Intramuros Learning Sessions episode no. 29


For a historic and cultural landscape as significant Intramuros, the need to document its overarching statement of significance is crucial. As such, the Conservation Management Plan (CMP) of Intramuros was drafted to help develop the management strategy for Intramuros’ historic assets, including its monuments, and sites. It explains the significance of its cultural and historical properties and examines how any future use, management, alteration, or repair should be carried out in order to retain its significance. It informs how an important property is conserved and managed by establishing why it matters and what matters about it. Join us for another Intramuros Learning Session as we discuss the CMP of the Walled City of Intramuros.

  • Guest speaker: Mark Evidente
  • Panel discussants: Rene Escalante, Ph.D., Victorino Mapa Manalo, Reynaldo Lita, Edison Molanida, Tina Paterno, Oscar Medalla, Lally Medalla
  • Moderator: Rancho Arcilla

About the Speaker: Mark Evidente

Mark Richard Evidente is both a lawyer and an environmental planner. He is President and CEO of TwoEco, Inc., a consulting firm that focuses on sustainable tourism development, preparing policy studies and development plans for national and local governments, communities, and developers.  He also serves as President of the Heritage Conservation Society, and sits on the boards of the Southeast Asian Cultural Heritage Alliance, Philippine Green Building Initiative, and Clean Our Oceans Project, and on the Sustainability and Social Responsibility Committee of the Pacific Asia Travel Association. 

He has taught and conducted research at the University of the Philippines and is currently working on a book on heritage and culture law. He finished his master’s degree in environmental law, policy and economics at Yale University, law and political science degrees at the University of the Philippines, and trained in heritage conservation with the Getty Institute.  

About the moderator: Rancho Arcilla

John Paul Escandor Arcilla, known professionally as Rancho Arcilla, is the author of the Intramuros Register of Styles (2021). He served as Chairperson of the Intramuros Technical Committee on Architectural Standards (TCAS) from June 2022 to May 2024. As TCAS Chairperson, Arcilla oversaw the review of all development, including new constructions, in the Walled City.

Arcilla was also the first Archivist of the Intramuros Administration. With a mandate from Atty. Guiller Asido, Administrator of Intramuros from 2017 to 2022, Arcilla established the Administration’s Archives and Central Records Section, serving as its first Section Head from July 2019 to June 2024.

He has an MA in Philippine Studies from UP Diliman and a BA in Asian Studies from the University of Santo Tomas. Arcilla specializes on colonial architecture.

In 2021, Arcilla was instrumental in the development of the Revised 2021 Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Presidential Decree No. 1616, the main framework and legal instrument in the management of Intramuros District. The architectural provisions of the IRR and the Intramuros Register of Styles (2021) is based on his MA thesis Walls within Walls: The Architecture of Intramuros (2021).

About the Intramuros Learning Sessions

The Intramuros Learning Sessions (ILS) is the educational lecture 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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