Intramuros Learning Sessions episode no. 56

Protecting Intramuros Series
Part 3: Intramuros as a Creative Urban Heritage District


Since 2017, the IA has been implementing projects and events with a focus on rebranding Intramuros as a sustainable creative urban heritage district. The speaker will talk about these efforts that are focused on community collaboration in crafting and implementing projects, integrating Filipino Culture and Values of Pagkamalikhain and Malasakit, as mandated by the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022, and how Intramuros is becoming a platform for the public to contribute to nation-building.

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

  • Guest speaker: Sheena Anjeli Miles Botiwey
  • Moderator: Rancho Arcilla

About the Speaker: Sheena Botiwey

Sheena Anjeli M. Botiwey is currently the Sales and Promotions Supervisor at the Intramuros Administration (IA) and concurrently the Technical Assistant to the Administrator of Intramuros where she manages the agency’s branding, special projects, and events. 

She has been working in the tourism industry for a total of 10 years, in both the government and the private sector. She has previously worked for the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), where she handled promotions of incentives for Tourism Enterprise Zones under the Tourism Act of 2009, as well as serving as project manager for site enhancement efforts during the Philippine hosting of key international events such as APEC 2015, ASEAN 2017, Routes Asia, and Madrid Fusion Manila.

Sheena has a BS in Tourism, Cum Laude, from the University of the Philippines Diliman, and is currently a scholar of the Development Academy of the Philippines under the Public Management Development Program, the government’s Career Executive Service Development Program.

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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Housing our Heritage: Household Heritage Conservation Initiatives in the City of Silay
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Matriz: Architecture and Environ of the Mother Churches in Intramuros

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