Intramuros Learning Sessions episode no. 35


Have you ever wondered how the famous walls of Intramuros actually `work`? In this Intramuros Learning Session, Mr. Erik Akpedonu of the Ateneo de Manila University explains the walls of Intramuros from a military perspective: How did the complex geometry of the walls function? What strategies, tactics, and weapons were used in attack and defense, and why? Why did the city fall during the British invasion of 1762? Exploring the vital role of Intramuros in the network of fortified cities in the Spanish Empire, Mr. Akpedonu traces the development of medieval castles into state-of-the-art fortress cities that emerged in the 16th century in Europe and the Americas and of which Intramuros is a prime example in Southeast Asia.

  • Guest speaker: Erik Akpedonu
  • Moderator: Rancho Arcilla

About the Speaker: Erik Akpedonu

Erik Akpedonu teaches Art Appreciation/Architectural History and Philippine Colonial Art & Architecture at the Ateneo de Manila University. He studied Architecture at the Lippe University of Applied Sciences in Detmold, Germany. As Research Associate at the Ateneo`s Institute of Philippine Culture, Erik Akpedonu has been conducting extensive surveys of historic Filipino architecture in Bohol, and in Metro Manila as Project Manager of the Architectural Heritage of Manila Project, 1571-1960. He has published extensively on architecture, urbanism, culture, and heritage, and is co-author of Casa Boholana: Vintage Houses of Bohol (2011).

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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