Intramuros Learning Sessions episode no. 58

Errata from the Speaker: The image presented in Slide no. 26, at 57:27, is that of Sto. Tomas Villanueva and not San Nicolas Tolentino.


Join us in our discussion on the records, ecclesiastical objects, and retablos of the Church of Patrocinio de Maria in Boljoon, Cebu.

  • Guest speaker: Victorino Mapa Manalo
  • Moderator: Jeffrey Yap

About the speaker: Victorino Mapa Manalo

Victorino Mapa Manalo, C.E.S.E. is the Executive Director of the National Archives of the Philippines. He is also a Board Member at the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. Previously, Director Manalo was a Museum Director at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila as well as at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. He previously worked with the Ayala Foundation, Inc., where he developed, designed and established exhibits, tours and programs for the community museum of the parish of his hometown, Dauis, Bohol. He is also a writer who has won national prizes like the Don Carlos Palanca Award for Literature. Director Manalo holds a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University, and a Post Graduate Certificate for Archival Studies from Hongkong University. In December of 2013, he was the topnotcher for the Career Executive Service (CES) Eligibility examination administered by the Career Executive Service Board.

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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