Intramuros Learning Sessions episode no. 25



Overview

Intramuros has often been regarded as the most important of Spanish Colonial settlements in the Philippines. Its evolution spans almost five centuries, from the pre-Hispanic “supra baranggay” ruled by Rajah Sulayman, to becoming the center of Government and Religion during the Spanish Colonial, as well as the early part of the American Colonial Periods. Today, it stands as the symbolic heart of Manila, and as is the case in historic cities, it is part of a living, evolving heritage. Thus, it has had to deal with a wide range of issues that involve heritage conservation, public awareness, and cultural tourism, among others. This presentation attempts to understand the built heritage of Intramuros not only by examining its historical morphology, but also by looking at the layers of change in recent years. In particular, the current state of its built environment which includes the evolving uses and access points, as well as the styles and forms that make up the walled city.


  • Guest speaker: Caryn Santillan, Ph.D.
  • Moderator: Rancho Arcilla

About the Speaker: Caryn Santillan, Ph.D.

Caryn Paredes-Santillan has a BS in Architecture from the University of Santo Tomas, and an MA and a PhD from the Graduate School of Engineering of the University of Tokyo.

She is a consultant at the UST Center for Conservation of Cultural Property in the Tropics (UST-CCCPET) and was a Project Manager at the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). She is also involved in a number of Conservation Management Plan studies, including those of the Walled City of Intramuros, Basilica Minore de San Sebastian, and the Manila Central Post Office Building.

She currently teaches at the College of Architecture of the University of Santo Tomas. Her main research interests include modern Asian architecture, architectural morphology, and phenomenology.


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.

For inquiries contact us at research@intramuros.gov.ph