Intramuros Learning Sessions episode no. 57


Presently, there is an increasing interest in reconstructing the Seven Churches of Intramuros based social media specially in various pages related to heritage advocacy. Prior to the Second World War, Intramuros epitomized the grandeur of the Spanish colonial era with the numerous Church edifices of the first religious orders that reached the Philippines Islands – the Augustinians, the pioneer, followed by the ssecular priests, then by the Franciscans and its tertiary order, then by the Jesuits, the Dominicans, the Recollects and in the late turn of the century by the Capuchins. Also the religious congregations for women: Beaterio de la Compania de Jesus, Hijas de Caridad, Dominican Beatas and Monjas-Clarisas. Unfortunately, the aftermath of World War II left everything in ruin with the exception of the Iglesia de San Pablo (San Agustin), the only one left standing; and the Manila Cathedral, rebuilt shortly a decade after its destruction. With the existing archival photos available from the Intramuros Administration, San Agustin Museum and private collectors, this study evaluates the architectural elements of the Churches. The question remains, are they worth reconstructing.

  • Guest speaker: Roy de Guzman
  • Moderator: Rancho Arcilla

About the guest speaker: Roy de Guzman

Roy de Guzman is a Filipino liturgical architect and cultural worker. He is at present the In-House Architect at the San Agustin Church Museum in Intramuros, Manila, and Consulting architect of Order of Friars Minor-Province of San Pedro Bautista as well as the proprietor of RDG Ecclesiastical Architecture. As a practicing architect he is licensed in the Philippines and was honored as an Outstanding Young Architect of the Year in Professional Practice during the 43rd United Architects of the Philippines National Convention 2017. As an educator, he was honored as a National University Teaching Excellency Awardee in 2017. Ar. De Guzman has a BS in Architecture from the Far Eastern University. and a member of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, New York-Central Chapter.

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