Day 1, February 27. Natural Hazards and Built Heritage. International Symposium Program

The 3-day International Symposium Disaster Risk Reduction Through Preventive Maintenance: the West Valley Fault and Philippine-Spanish Built Heritage will be held from February 27 up to March 1, 2017.

Five sessions with national and foreign experts from India, Indonesia, Japan, Spain, Taiwan and Thailand. Philippine experts are from national agencies and leading public and private organizations in disaster risk management and heritage preservation. Each session has a plenary session and a round table followed by an open forum.

 DAY 1. MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2017.


Natural hazards and their relationship with our built heritage.

This session will be the venue for discussing how our built heritage was designed to respond to natural hazards and the vulnerabilities of the same structures to present-day natural disasters in general.

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Photo: Robert Michael Poole



The keynote speaker for this first session will be Rohit Jigyasu from the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) through a video conference.

Rohit Jigyasu Profile black and white

Prof. Jigyasu is a heritage conservation and risk management professional from India, currently working as UNESCO Chair professor at the Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan, and is the Board Member of ICOMOS, President of ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness (ICORP) and ICOMOS-India. He is also senior advisor at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) based in Bangalore, India. He is also with International Center for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM).

 Other speakers are:



The topic of the Round Table of Session 1 is Natural Hazards & Built Heritage. What is the role of public and private institutions?. The moderator of this round table is Landscape Architect, Elisabeth H. Espino, former Executive Director of the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC) and trustee of Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation Inc.

The participants are Ruel Maranan (President, Ayala Foundation Inc.), Fr. Milan Ted Torralba (Committee for the Cultural Heritage of the Church), Atty. Guiller B. Asido, a representative of AECID and a representative of the Archdiocese of Manila.



The current state of Philippine heritage structures and how they can be affected by the West Valley Fault.

This session will highlight the existing conditions of Philippine built heritage and the structural implications of seismic movement by the West Valley Fault. Factors that cause structural vulnerability will be taken into account.


The keynote speaker of Session 2 is Toshikazu Hanazato from MIE University in Japan. His expertise is in conservation and restoration of heritage structures of timber and masonry on the basis of earthquake and geotechnical and conservation Engineering.

Hanazato visiting Escuela Taller de Filipinas in 2015
Prof. Hanazato visiting Escuela Taller de Filipinas in 2015.

Other speakers are:

In 2011, a magnitude-5.2 earthquake in Lorca, Spain, damaged around 75 historical buildings. Spanish expert Ángel de Sousa Seibane from the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, was the director of the Rehabilitation Master Plan and he will present this special case study in Manila.

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Image: Perro Berde, Revista Cultural Hispano-Filipina, no. 5, p. 34.


The round table of this session is entitled How to preserve our built heritage from West valley fault activity? Are retrofitting activities value for money?. The moderator is Luis Maria T. Bo-ot, from UPCA, University of the Philippines. The participants are Jeremy Barns, National Museum of the PhilippinesLessandro Estelito O. GarcianoCivil Engineering Department, De La Salle UniversityRuel Ramirez, University of the Philippines, College of Architecture (UPCA) and Ángel de Sousa Seibane, Instituto del Patrimonio Cultural de España, Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports.




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