Intramuros Learning Sessions episode no. 72 – Santa Isabel College of Manila: A Lasting Legacy


The topic covers the historical years of Santa Isabel College of Manila (SICM) initially conceived in the 17th century in Intramuros as a charitable institution dedicated to the care of the sick and the orphaned daughters of the Spanish soldiers, which thereafter became an educational institution. Inclusive in its history are milestones that shaped and refined SICM to continuously move forward and progress for its learners, the community and country. The presentation outlines the different facets of SICM to depict the role that SICM partakes in the realization of its Vision-Mission and Core Values in consonance with its battle cry “Bridging Dreams, Building Character.”

  • Guest Speakers: Jhaun Paul G. Enriquez and Clarissa G. San Antonio
  • Moderator: Rancho Arcilla

About the Guest Speakers:

Jhaun Paul G. Enriquez is currently the Acting Director of the Information Communication Education Technology (ICET) Center and Office of Admissions at the Santa Isabel College Manila (SICM). As an educator, he is also currently a faculty member for the Senior High School and Higher Education Department at SICM. He has a BS in Biology from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila.

Clarissa G. San Antonio is currently the Acting Director for the Office of Promotions, External Affairs, and Linkages at SICM. As an educator, she was formerly an Assistant Professor at St. Paul University Manila as well as a former faculty member at the Higher Education Department at SICM. She has a BA in Political Science and a Juris Doctor degree from Adamson University, as well as a Masters in Public Administration from University of Makati.

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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