Intramuros Learning Sessions episode no. 54


In its 150 years of existence, the UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery has been in the forefront of providing Catholic medical education. The faculty and graduates have played an important role in providing care for Filipino patients demonstrating the Thomasian three core values of competence, compassion and commitment through the years. The legacy continues as the UST FMS adapt to the times and prepare for the future.

  • Guest speaker: Earl Louis Sempio, M.D.
  • Moderator: Rancho Arcilla

About the speaker: Earl Louis Sempio, M.D.

Earl Louis A. Sempio, M.D., F.P.C.P., F.P.C.C.P. is a Filipino physician. Dr. Sempio is currently an instructor at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Faculty of Medicine and Surgery (FMS), as well as an assistant professor at the Oceania University of Medicine. At the UST Hospital he is the unit head at the UST Hospital Center for Respiratory Medicine Media and Resource Creation Unit, a coordinator at the Department of Medical Education and Research Continuing Medical Education Unit, and a member at the Residency Training Committee of the hospital’s Department of Internal Medicine. From UST he has a BS in Biochemistry and a Doctor of Medicine, while from the Northwestern University School of Professional Studies in Chicago, Illinois he currently completing an MS in Science in Health Informatics.

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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