Intramuros Learning Sessions episode no. 24


History has shown that political ambitions have spatial dimensions, often cast in the form of cities as embodiments of a nation-state’s power. The capital city thus occupies an exalted space within the geo-political body of the nation as the best spatial representation of the desired community. Capital cities are invested with symbolic meaning in the form of architecture and city planning. This provided the fundamental objective for both the 1905 Burnham plan for Manila and the 1941 Frost-Arellano plan for Quezon City, although the latter also explicitly aimed at replacing Manila as the Philippines’ capital city. This presentation reviews the major features of both plans and their respective contexts. From this, it attempts to explain why certain elements were implemented while some were not, and the underlying reasons behind this.

  • Guest speaker: Nina Ynion
  • Moderator: Rancho Arcilla

About the Speaker: Nina Ynion

Nina Ynion is an art conservator. She has a BA and an MA in Humanities from the University of Asia and the Pacific, and a Postbaccalaureate in Conservation from the Studio Arts College International in Florence, Italy.

Among previous affiliations, she has been involved with celebrated conservator Missy Sanares-Reyes, and has interned at the Filipinas Heritage Library. She is presently a member of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

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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See Previous ILS Episode
The 1905 Burnham Plan for Manila
See Next ILS Episode
A Re-Assessment of Intramuros Architecture

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