Intramuros Learning Sessions episode no. 55


Ancestral homes may continue as habitable spaces and heritage districts as interactive destinations and not merely as just repositories of old structures. Heritage conservation in localities comes from within and adaptive reuse practices are determined by how the present owners embrace the evolution of their families. Heritage conservation is a dynamic process. What’s constant are the tangible reminders and collective memory passed on from one generation to another.

  • Guest speaker: Solomon Locsin
  • Moderator: Rancho Arcilla

About the speaker: Solomon Locsin

Neil Solomon Lopez Locsin is a cultural worker. He grew up in the heritage city of Silay where he started his heritage and cultural work. He is currently the Chief Tourism Operations Officer of the Department of Tourism in Boracay Island, and is also presently the Chairperson and President of the Heritage Conservation Society (HCS). HCS is the prime mover and advocate for the preservation of Philippine built heritage, through advocacy and volunteerism, project implementation, education and information, to contribute toward the establishment of a Society that preserves and values its cultural heritage. •

Locsin has a BS in Marketing from La Salle-Bacolod and a Masters in Public Management from the Ateneo de Manila University. He was also a JICA scholar and earned his Certificate on Community Tourism Promotion in Akita Prefecture, Japan.

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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