Intramuros Learning Sessions episode no. 66 – Mi Amada Ciudad Murada: The Literary Landscape of Intramuros

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Writers draw inspiration from the places they visit or inhabit. In the case of Nick Joaquin, for instance, his love for Intramuros produced a canon of literary works that feature the Walled City as a subject or a setting. Other writers have also written about Manila from the Spanish Colonial Period up to the present, and these works reflect how the physical and sociocultural landscape of the district transformed over time. As we explore the stories written about our Noble and Ever Loyal City, we will discover how fiction can tell the history of a place—its ups and downs and ever changing fortunes—in surprisingly engaging and perhaps more endearing ways.

  • Guest Speaker: Jeffrey Yap
  • Moderator: Rancho Arcilla

About the Guest Speaker: Jeffrey Yap

Jeffrey P. Yap is a Supervising Historic Sites Development Officer of the Intramuros Administration. He took up BA Philosophy at San Beda University and M.A. English Studies, major in Creative Writing at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. He has published essays, short stories, and papers with life in Manila as a central theme. He has taught Philippine Literature in English at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran and more recently at Assumption College San Lorenzo where he gives an online lecture on media and literary arts.

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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