Esperanza Bunag Gatbonton, Ph.D. is a writer and researcher on Philippine culture. She has a PhD in Philippine Studies from the University of the Philippines (Diliman).

She wrote the pioneering study of colonial religious imagery in the Philippines, A Heritage of Saints (1979). She was Consultant for Management and Direction of the Intramuros Administration from 1979-1983. In 1984, she was Field Director of the Archaeological Excavation of the Ayuntamiento. From 1986-89, she was Vice Chair of the Southeast Asian Ministry of Education Organization in Archaeology and the Fine Arts (SPAFA). She has taught at the University of the Philippines (Manila) and the Santo Tomás Graduate School. Until  2003 she was Consultant and Director for Heritage Sites at the NCCA. She also worked as Project Manager of an ‘Escuela Taller’ restoration project at the Heritage Church of San Agustín.

Her commitment to Philippine heritage conservation was recognized when she was awarded the PAMA-AS Gintong Bai Award for Conservation in 2005.

As main speaker
ILS 14 – Indio Response: The Museo de Intramuros Collection

About the Intramuros Learning Sessions

The Intramuros Learning Sessions (ILS) is the educational webinar series of the Intramuros Administration (IA). The IA is an attached national government agency under the Department of Tourism. 

Topics are interdisciplinary and cover themes related to Intramuros and Manila studies, Philippine studies, as well as cultural heritage studies. Pursuant to IA’s charter, the ILS aims to contribute to the strengthening of the Filipino’s national identity and sense of belonging and pride.

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