Intramuros Learning Sessions episode no. 41

Tala-Talaan: Documenting the Giant Lantern Festival of San Fernando, Pampanga Towards a Safeguarding Plan of an Intangible Cultural Heritage


The Giant Lantern making tradition is one of the outstanding cultural practices of San Fernando, Pampanga. Its historical development from a small church activity into a festival reflects the character and sensibilities of the local community while the design and construction milestones mirror the economic and industrial prosperity of the city. One of the major challenges of any intangible cultural heritage element is the conscious effort to preserve and transmit the tradition to the younger generations. This study focused on addressing that challenge by developing a safeguarding plan. This plan is composed of policies and programs that focus on conservation and sustainable development, designed to uphold the tradition’s cultural significance.

  • Guest speaker: Rafael Kalaw
  • Moderator: Jeffrey Yap

About the Speaker: Rafael Kalaw

Raphael Emmanuelle Valencia Kalaw graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts major in Advertising Arts from the University of Santo Tomas and recently earned his Master’s Degree in Cultural Heritage Studies, Cum Laude, from the same university. He is a faculty member of the Advertising arts program at UST- College of Fine Arts and Design. His professional practice focuses on Cultural Documentation, Museum Design, Product branding marketing and advertising.

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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