Intramuros Learning Sessions episode no. 46

Mga Mahal na Araw, Mga Banal na Araw: Heritage of Faith and Theology in the Holy Week Practices in the Philippines


This seminar aims to present the two levels wherein the practices of Holy Week in the Philippines are identified, one being the anthropological-historical level which covers human heritage and the other being the theological-spiritual level which understands how these practices are upheld in the lens of faith and spirituality. Since most of these practices are held within the sphere of time that it assigned by the Catholic Church yearly, what this talk will primarily discuss are intangible heritage activities during the Holy Week itself from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. From there, we shall establish how these practices lead to both a catechesis in line with faith and cultural appreciation in line with heritage.

  • Guest speaker: Kendrick Ivan Panganiban
  • Moderator: Rancho Arcilla

About the speaker: Kendrick Ivan Panganiban

Bro. Ivan specializes in Catholic theology and heritage advocacy. He holds two Masters degrees, one in Systematic Theology and another on Pastoral Ministry, from the Immaculate Conception Major Seminary in Bulacan. He is currently taking up a Licentiate and Master of Arts degree in Sacred Theology in Church History at the University of Santo Tomas.

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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