Intramuros Learning Sessions episode no. 53

Protecting Intramuros Series
Part 2: Current Conservation Projects in the Walled City


What is being done right now to conserve the existing historic fabric of Intramuros? Join us as we discuss the current conservation projects in Intramuros by the Intramuros Administration. Covered in this webinar are the government’s initiatives for the protection of the fortification system of Intramuros, the Administration’s museum collection, as well as present archeological projects in the walled city.

This episode is the second part of the series Protecting Intramuros.

  • Guest speaker: Ramil Tibayan
  • Moderator: Rancho Arcilla

About the Speaker: Ramil B. Tibayan

Ramil Belleza Tibayan is a Filipino architect and cultural worker. He is presently the Chief of the Cultural Properties Conservation Division of the Intramuros Administration. As an academic, he is also presently a lecturer at the College of Architecture of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. As a practicing architect he is licensed in the Philippines and in the national licensure examinations in 2009 he earned the top place. From the University of Santo Tomas he has a BS in Architecture (Cum Laude) and a Masters in Cultural Heritage Studies. He was also trained with the Getty Conservation Institute and ThinkCity Malaysia on Conservation of Historic Urban Districts.

About the Host: Rancho Arcilla

John Paul Escandor Arcilla, known professionally as Rancho Arcilla, is the author of the Intramuros Register of Styles (2021). He is currently the Chairperson of the Intramuros Technical Committee on Architectural Standards (TCAS). As TCAS Chairperson, Arcilla oversees the review of all development, including new constructions, in the Walled City. He is also a PhD student at the Tri-College of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman. 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. The architectural provisions of the Revised 2021 Implementing Rules and Regulations of Presidential Decree No. 1616, the main framework and legal instrument in the management of Intramuros District, is based on his MA thesis Walls within Walls the Architecture of Intramuros (2021).

Protecting Intramuros

This is Part 4 of the Intramuros Learning Session’s Protecting Intramuros Miniseries.

In 1979 the Intramuros Administration was established by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 1616. Protecting Intramuros is a series of episodes under the Intramuros Learning Sessions discussing how the Intramuros Administration fulfills its mandate of managing the orderly restoration and development of the Walled City.

Part 1 / ILS no. 47

Urban and Architectural Regulations in the Walled City
Rancho Arcilla and Vhincent Cañares
Part 2 / ILS no. 53

Current Conservation Projects in the Walled City
Ramil Tibayan
Part 3 / ILS no. 56

Intramuros as a Creative Urban Heritage District
Sheena Botiwey
Part 4 / ILS no. 80

Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations of PD No. 1616
Rancho Arcilla

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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