Intramuros Learning Sessions episode no. 37


A forerunner to Original Pilipino Music (OPM), the Manila Sound is a popular musical genre that flourished from the mid to late 1970s. Its stylistic origin can be traced to rock and roll, disco, a little bit of jazz, and funky music. From the term “Manila Sound,” the context of its songs is mainly urban because of the mileau of the singers and band members who grew up in the city. Thus, most of the lyrics are in reference of urban sprawl and downtown district like Manila by the Hotdogs “Hinahanap hanap kita Manila, ang ingay mong kay sarap sa tenga…” or “Si Annie Batumbakal na taga Frisco…” Renowned singer and member of the group The CompanY, Moy Ortiz will takes us to the seventies as we relive good music that masked a rather turbulent time.

  • Guest speaker: Moy Ortiz
  • Moderator: Rancho Arcilla

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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