Intramuros Learning Sessions episode no. 76 – The Big One: The 1863 Earthquake of Corpus Christi


Are we prepared for the Big One? In 1863, after a long time of relative calm, Manila was struck by a devastating earthquake that forever changed the fabric of the walled city.

  • Guest Speaker: Christian Emmanuel Catahan
  • Panel Discussant: Renato U. Solidum, Jr., Ph.D.
  • Moderator: Rancho Arcilla

About the Guest Speaker:

Christian Emmanuel Catahan is a researcher. He is currently the Intramuros Administration’s in-house researcher and archivist, as well as Coordinator for the IA Center for Intramuros Studies.

He has a BA in History with a cognate in Anthropology (cum laude) from the University of the Philippines Diliman. Currently, he is taking his MA in Archaeology at the same university. He is a lifetime member of the Philippine Historical Association

The Hon. Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr. is a geologist. He is currently the head of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) as well as an undersecretary at the Department of Science and Technology.

He has a BS in Geology from the University of the Philippines, an M.Sc. in Geological Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego.

In recognition of his contributions to disaster risk reduction in the Philippines, Dr. Solidum has been awarded the Presidential Citation for Public Service, the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award by the Civil Service Commission, the Professional of the Year in the field of Geology by the Professional Regulation Commission, the Excellence Award for Government Service by the Philippine Federation of Professional Associations and the Presidential Career Executive Service Award by the Career Executive Service Board.

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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