Intramuros Learning Sessions episode no. 44


From February 3 to March 3, 1945, Manila was the scene of the worst urban battle of the Pacific War, now known as The Battle of Manila. The atrocious 29-day battle resulted in the deaths of more than 100,000 non-combatant civilians – maniacally and deliberately murdered by the Imperial Japanese forces. Thousands of homes and buildings – more than 600 city blocks – were systematically razed to the ground by Japanese fire or finished off by American artillery. But amidst the atrocities and the carnage, humanity endured. Countless Filipinos, unnamed and unrecognized, risked life and limb to help their fellows in need. Join us on Saturday, Feb 27, as we revisit the Battle, and discuss the selfless acts of these patriots – the heroes of the Battle of Manila.

  • Guest speaker: Ricardo Jose, Ph.D.
  • Guest Moderator: Desiree Ann Cua Benipayo

About the Guest Speaker: Ricardo Jose, Ph.D.

Prof. Dr. Ricardo Jose is a Professor of History at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. He has a BA and an MA in History from the University of the Philippines, and a Ph.D. in History from the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.

He authored The Philippine Army, 1935-1942 and Volume 7 of Kasaysayan. His accolades include: Outstanding Young Scientist Award in the field of social sciences, 1997; Gawad Chancellor Para sa Natatanging Guro, 2011; Batobalani Many Faces of a Teacher Award, 2018; and Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipino in Teaching, 2019.

About Guest Moderator: Desiree Ann Cua Benipayo

Desiree Ann Cua Benipayo is a writer and film producer. She is currently the Vice President for Research and Education at the Philippine World War II Memorial Foundation, and the Secretary at the Memorare Manila 1945.

Ms. Benipayo is author of Honor: The Legacy of Jose Abad Santos, which was recently awarded Best Book of Nonfiction Prose in English in the 2019 National Book Awards. Ms. Benipayo, together with her husband, also produced a film documentary adaptation of her book, which received an “A” rating by the Philippine Cinema Evaluation Board.

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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Blessed Justo Takayama Ukon: The Japanese-born Manileno Who Was Proposed as Manila’s First Saint 1945
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