Day 2. Tuesday, February 28. Philippine-Spanish Built Heritage and Disaster Risk Reduction Management


Philippine Built Heritage and Current practices of preservation.

In this session, examples of Philippine-Spanish heritage structures that can be affected by the West Valley Fault will be presented with focus on how they are currently being preserved. The influences of current preservation practices on the effectiveness of risk reduction and prevention shall also be evaluated. Other cases will be presented for purposes of comparison.

Paco Park, Manila. Sketchers participating in "Drawing Manila" Project.
Paco Park, Manila. Sketchers participating in “Drawing Manila” Project.



The national expert Jose T. Regalado, archivist at the University of Santo Tomas will be the keynote speaker of this session. His expertise is related to Hispanic cultural heritage of the Philippines. He has has researched and written for more than 30 years on the cultural heritage of the Hispanic Philippines. He obtained his A.B. in Anthropology and M.A. in Philippine Studies, both from the University of the Philippines. His master’s thesis on Philippine Spanish colonial church art was eventually published as Simbahan which won the National Book Award for the Art Category in 1992. His other published books and articles deal with early Philippine books, church bells, 19th century parish priests, ivory sculpture, and Philippine art in Spanish museums.

 Session 3. Keynote Speaker. Jose T. Regalado

Other speakers are:


The topic of the Round Table of Session 3 is Spanish Colonial Heritage, how to protect it effectively?. The moderator of this round table is Architect Gerard Lico, from the University of the Philippines, College of Architecture.

The participants are Guillermo Escribano Manzano (First Secretary and Head of Cultural Affairs, Embassy of Spain in the Philippines), Ivan Henares (Head, National Committee on Monuments and Sites, National Commission for Culture and the Arts , Melva Rodriguez- Java (Architect, University of San Carlos, Cebu) and Augusto Villalon (Architect, ICOMOS Philippines).



Disaster Risk Reduction Management Framework for Built Heritage: Provisions and measures to consider.

This session will be the venue for discussing the important aspects of disaster risk reduction management for built heritage and the provisions or measures to be considered to make a heritage structure disaster resilient.

ETFFI team at Fort Santiago Walls Project in Intramuros.
ETFFI team at Fort Santiago Front Walls Project in Intramuros, Manila.



Joaquín García Álvarez, architect and coordinator of the conservation program of Fundación Santa María la Real del Patrimonio Histórico from Spain is the keynote speaker of this fourth session. He worked for 13 years in the Fundación del Patrimonio Histórico of Castilla y León, where he was in charge of evaluation, documentation, hiring, development and post-work maintenance of numerous restoration projects of the Historical Heritage of the Autonomous Community of Castilla y León. At present, he is involved in the restoration of the Escuelas Mayores of the Universidad de Salamanca and in other diverse cultural projects.

Joaquín García_Foto Autor_Technical Approach_ETFFI digital magazine

You can read his article featured on Escuela Taller Magazine here.

Other speakers are:


The topic of the Round Table of Session 4 is Funding the preservation of built heritage, a priority? Is the preventive maintenance a right approach?. The moderator is Mario Deriquito, President of SM Foundation.

The participants are Fr. Leo Distor (Malate Church), Dr. Rene R. Escalante (Acting Chairman and Commissioner, National Historial Commission of the Philippines), Fr. H. Rentoria (National Commission for Culture and the Arts) and Jimmy Sy (Jesuit House, Cebu).


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