Intramuros Learning Sessions episode no. 50

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For this special 50th episode of the Intramuros Learning Sessions, we take you on a virtual tour of the redesign of Casa Manila and a closer look at the life and times of 19th century Intramuros.

  • Guest speakers: Anton Mendoza and Toto Gonzales
  • Moderator: Rancho Arcilla

About the speakers

J. Anton Mendoza

J. Antonio Mendoza has built an interior design career who is known for his pristine and elegant modern designs of residences, restaurants, hotels, commercial establishments and institutions. A master of clarity and glamour, his excellence in interior design has given him recognition in countless publications in the in the field of design locally and internationally. His design practice was established in 1991. He is the design principal of the firm J. Antonio Mendoza Architects. Mendoza is 100% Philippine-trained and holds a degree of Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the 400-year- old Royal and Pontifical Universidad de Santo Tomas, Manila.

Toto Gonzalez

Augusto Gonzalez III, known in his circle as “Toto,” is a lifelong student of Philippine and World history. His priorities in life are books and plants. He is the specialist for antique Filipino furniture at the Leon Gallery. Gonzalez works in the real estate industry. He attended De La Salle University and the University of the Philippines. He is descended from old Pampanga and Manila families.

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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In Truth and Virtues: Timeless Legacies of the University of Santo Tomas, 1611-1941
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