Intramuros Learning Sessions episode no. 30


The world of Philippine arts and culture was shocked last year on the passing of historian, writer and antiquarian Martin “Sonny” Tinio, Jr. Tinio who served as a consultant for the Intramuros Administration (IA) and the Museo de Malacanang (present-day Presidential Museum and Library), was renowned for his important writings on various subjects on Philippine antiques, furniture and colonial architecture that culminated with his magnum opus, “Philippine Ancestral Houses: 1810-1930” co-authored with fellow historian Dr. Fernando Zialcita published in 1980 that has become the reference in the study of Philippine architecture. But beyond the writings, it is often forgotten that Tinio was a genuine lover of Philippine cuisine. Neither is it often credited, that this genteel farmer from Nueva Ecija dabbled in interior design that spurned the establishment of the Casa Manila Museum and the restoration of important ancestral houses in Kawit, Cavite and Taal, Batangas. One year on from his sudden passing, let us know more about the man behind the sharp intellect by the man they called Sonny, and give due recognition to the “pamana” that he has left to the nation.

  • Guest speaker: Matthew Lopez
  • Panel discussants: Jaime Laya, Ph.D., Sandra Castro-Baker, Frances Arrespacochaga, Jose Ramon Faustmann
  • Moderator: Rancho Arcilla

About the Speaker: Matthew Lopez

Matthew Lopez is an art researcher, independent curator, art advisor, and author. He has a BA in Political Economy from the University of Asia and the Pacific. Presently, he is a Museum Consultant at the Fundacion Sansó. Previously he has worked as a researcher for the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and served as one of the founding curators of the Manila Biennale in 2018. He has contributed extensively to the CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art (2nd Edition) in 2017 and has also contributed to a special edition of the Philippine Panorama.

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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