Intramuros Learning Sessions episode no. 45


Since its establishment in 2009, Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation, Inc. has embraced the advocacy of engaging more women in heritage conservation and the construction industry in general. As a training institution focused on built heritage, it has recruited and trained as many young women possible. The Foundation’s trainees are out-of-school youth( men and women) who have difficulties accessing formal education and jobs but now have found meaningful work, renewed dignity and pride as masons, carvers, painters and restorers in various conservation activities of Escuela Taller and others. Get to know more about these humble female heroes in heritage conservation who not only contribute to the preservation of our cultural heritage but also have successfully broken out of the prevailing gender identity and roles.

  • Guest Speaker: Bettina Silao-Bulaong
  • Moderator: Jeffrey Yap

About the Speaker: Bettina Silao-Bulaong

Carmen Bettina Silao-Bulaong is an architect and a cultural worker. Ar. Bulaong is currently the OIC Executive Director of the Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation, Inc. She is also a professor at the College of Architecture at the University of the Philippines Diliman where she teaches undergraduate courses in architecture and graduate courses in heritage conservation. She has a BS in Architecture from the UP Diliman, and an MA in Architecture with specialization in the restoration of monuments from the Escuela Nacional de Conservacion, Restauracion, y Museografia in Mexico. She is currently a Ph.D. student in Environmental Science at the University of Shiga Prefecture in Japan.

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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