• Batanes Satellite Training Program


    Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation, Inc and its local partners recently held the graduation of the Batanes Satellite Program of Escuela Taller last 26 Oct. 2019.

    Escuela Taller welcomed ten new graduates under the program who trained and worked in the conservation of some traditional Ivatan houses in barangay Savidug for more than a year. All ten graduates received certificates in Traditional Masonry while 3 of them received certificates in Carpentry.

    Under the buddy system and the learning-by-doing methodology, these Ivatan graduates worked with ET graduates from Manila and later, local master builders who took lead in repairing some of the more traditional components of the houses like the roof. As graduates, they are expected to take part in conservation activities, not just in Sabtang but other parts of Batanes as opportunities arise.

    Mayor Emilio Maxilindo Babalo, Sabtang town mayor, welcomed guests and expressed continued support for conservation projects that would ultimately served their town and help preserve Ivan heritage.

    Meanwhile, the graduation’s keynote speakers, former Education and Budget Secretary, Mr. Florencio “Butch” Abad, the brains behind the project, emphasized that there should be ownership from the Ivatan’s of their built heritage. He said that initiatives like this can only succeed with local support. He also pointed how heritage conservation can be carefully tied with sustainable tourism and serve as potential economic gains for local stakeholders and the community.

    The Batanes Heritage Foundation and the Jorge, Aurora and Pacita Abad Memorial Foundation will take charge of the conservation works needed in the remaining vernacular houses in Savidug which have been the platform of training and the object of the conservation. As earlier planned, the houses will be converted into a community-managed bed & breakfast( B&B) to cater to the growing number of tourists who visit Batanes.

    For Escuela Taller’s part, Ar. Cobilla thanked all the partners in Batanes and expressed ET’s continued commitment to a more sustained collaboration and partnership in safeguarding the province’s very rich and unique built heritage. By far, the Batanes project has been the farthest engagement that Escuela Taller has been involved in. It is also the first vernacular houses that Escuela Taller has been requested to intervene in.


    Pamanaliksik- International Research Conference on Moveable and Immoveable Heritage

    The practice of Architectural Heritage Conservation in the Philippines is still in its infancy stages. Despite the experiences of great damage and massive reconstruction during the aftermath of the World War II, as well as the restoration efforts of the 70s and early 80s, there is a slow advancement in the industry of tangible heritage conservation, protection and recuperation. This stunted development may be attributed to the lack of technical expertise and specialization in the said field. There is also a lack of research and dissemination of knowledge that could help minimize the number of anomalies and mistakes in the interventions that have been performed on such important cultural properties in the last decades that have led to their loss or total destruction. 

    In the aftermath of the relatively recent disasters that have affected the Philippines, particularly the earthquake and storm surge that have affected the Visayan region, the recent earth- quakes in the province of Batangas, Pampanga and Batanes, as well as the man-made disasters due to conflicts in Mindanao, there are extensive damages to important religious and civic structures and their contents. These natural and man-made disasters have served as a wake- up call regarding the need to address the need to proactively safeguard and protect our heritage resources. This can be achieved through increased public awareness and participation, proper legislation, and increased technical know-how pertaining to the conservation and protection of these cultural assets. 

    As the premier academic institution of the country, the University of the Philippines has proven its capacities to conduct research and to disseminate new knowledge to the general public. It is thus positioned to contribute to the development of the practice of architectural heritage conservation through the College of Architecture’s research work. The new knowledge that can be gained as a result from these research endeavors can help inform the industry of heritage conservation. 

    The Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation, Inc., on the other hand, is a Foundation organized on initiative of the Philippine and Spanish governments, respectively through the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Agencia Española de Cooperacion International para el Desarrollo (AECID), to train out-of-school youth employing a specialized learning-by-doing method in masonry, carpentry, woodworking, and related skills needed for the conservation of Philippine tangible heritage. Due to its mission of skills transfer, it has become one of the main actors in the heritage conservation space that aims to improve the quality of conservation practices and services through research and dissemination. 

    Through this collaborative project that deals with research, publications and conferences, the University of the Philippines College of Architecture and the Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation, Inc. intends to bridge the gap between theory and practice to ensure a solid foundation for the development of systems, standards, policies and guidelines for the conservation of our built heritage. It is the intention that this project will lead to a continuous collaboration between the two Parties and perhaps with other institutions that share the same interest and advocacy, so that research, publications and conferences shall be organised annually. 


    The International Research Conference on Moveable and Immoveable Heritage entitled Pamanaliksik was held last August 29-30, 2019 at the UP College of Architecture, University of the Philippines, Diliman Campus. The two-day international conference was followed by a whole-day tour on August 31, 2019 of Escuela Taller facilities, as well as important heritage sites within Manila.

    This two-day research conference and educational day-tour was jointly organized by the Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation, Inc. (ETFFI) and the University of the Philippines College of Architecture (UPCA), with the support of the Escuela Taller Council of Founders, namely, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the Intramuros Administration (IA), and the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID). 

    The international research conference and educational day-tour were the culminating activities of a collaborative research project between the ETFFI and UPCA. Research papers jointly prepared by the research teams composed of the ETFFI Technical Team members and the faculty of the UPCA about the conservation of moveable and immoveable heritage in the Philippines were presented during the conference. 

    Millennials to Revitalise Intramuros! Competition for Escuela Taller Expansion Area in Intramuros

    Millennials to Revitalise Intramuros!  

    Competition for Escuela Taller Expansion Area in Intramuros


    Creative Millennials are invited to conceptualize how training facilities can be integrated with the historic Intramuros fortifications.

    The Intramuros Administration (“IA”) and Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation (“ETFFI”) are holding an ideas design competition for the development of the presently idle area prominently sited near Manila City Hall and the Manila Bulletin Building. The objective is to provide for the expansion of Escuela Taller training facilities while respecting and indeed enhancing, the history and appearance of the Intramuros fortifications.

    The competition is open to young Filipino designers and students and seeks to accomplish the following:

    Encourage discourse and generate ideas for the expansion of the ETFFI training facilities and other auxiliary spaces to anticipate growth and future needs;

    Enhance the preservation, appearance and relevance of Intramuros fortifications in the context of present day Escuela Taller requirements;

    Promote the development of expertise and specialists that may be integrated with the ETFFI team; and

    Promote awareness and critical thinking among young Filipino designers and students in redefining space used within the context of a heritage site.

    The Intramuros Administration was established in 1979 to oversee the restoration, development and promotion of Intramuros, the historic center of Manila and seat of government for close to 400 years. Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation, Inc. (ETFFI) is a non-profit institution created in 2009 with the support of the Philippine and Spanish Governments. It trains out-of-school youth in traditional trades needed for tangible heritage preservation.

    Escuela Taller occupies the Revellin de Recoletos on Victoria Street and Taft Avenue and has been authorized by IA to expand in the former moat area bounded by Baluarte de San Andres, the curtain wall towards Victoria Street, Revellin de Recoletos, and a public parking lot. The hope is that the project will be a model for the contemporary and sympathetic use of space adjacent to heritage structures.

    The objective of the competition is to generate ideas to accommodate the growth of ETFFI beside the existing campus facilities. (See Lot Plan and Location Map).
    Schemes should be based on an analysis of the activity systems and operations of the training facility within the given site. The distribution of spaces and space relationships should also be based on the requirements of ETFFI. The users of the facilities include ETFFI trainees, assessors, instructors and administrative personnel.
    Ideas and solutions should be firmly latched on to both the descriptive essay of the concept and the overall space program. The concepts should also observe the regulations and standards set forth by the Intramuros Administration.

    Students, recent graduates, young designers and talented Millennials between the ages of 18 and 28, with or without formal college education, may participate, either individually or in groups.
    Groups shall designate a group head who shall be named and communicated in the Dossier “1” of the submission.
    Persons who have at least a 2nd degree relationship or any affiliation or link to any member of the Jury, Technical Panel, or staff member of IA or ETFFI may not participate in the competition.


    Schedule of Participants’ Optional Site Open Visit and Forum: March 16, 2018
    Deadline of Registration and Submission of Ideas: April 30, 2018
    Announcement of Winners: May 2018
    Participants may address questions and request clarifications to ETFFI before April 30, 2018 through millenials4intramuros@gmail.com. Questions concerning the nature of the ideas, the jury composition and other similar queries will not be entertained.

    Interested persons are invited to a general briefing and open forum at the Escuela Taller Office on March 16 at 10:00 a.m. Complete agenda of this day will be announced in Escuela Taller’s Facebook Page (Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation, Inc.) and website (http://www.escuelataller.org.ph). Arrangement for site visits will also be announced during the general briefing.


    A competition kit shall be made available to the participants as downloadable files or can be personally collected in ETFFI premises with prior arrangement. These downloadable files shall be made available as a link of the website of the Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation, Inc. The Kit contains the following:
    Terms of Reference
    Location Map and Lot Plan
    ETFFI and IA Backgrounder/Brochure
    Site photographs (including aerial photographs)
    Intramuros Backgrounder / History website links

    To download, please check the link below

    To know more about Intramuros and the Intramuros Administration :


    No fee will be charged for joining the competition subject to the strict compliance with competition rules and procedures. Submissions that do not conform with competition procedures shall be disqualified.
    The competition shall follow a strict anonymity policy in all phases of the evaluation and judging process. Submissions and proposals with identifying marks or that in other respects fail to respect the anonymity rule shall be eliminated.
    Participants will submit the proposals in digital format (PDF) by email to : millennials4intramuros@gmail.com , with an identification code in the subject, with no other text, and attaching only 2 folders containing the following:

    Folder “1” _
    1. Selected Identification Code (4 nonconsecutive letters and 4 nonconsecutive digits), and title of the proposal (max 25 characters). Code will be maintained in all phases of the process and will be the subject of the email submission.
    2. Name of participant/s in the competition, contact email address and phone number of responsible focal point, if in a group.

    Folder “2”.
    Outputs on the translation of ideas should be included in this dossier, without any identification other than the Code. The document must have at least a .pdf extension A3-A4 format, and may be composed as a panel. List of information to be submitted is the following:
    A4 Bound Sketch Journal (max 2 A4 page, 1 MB size), which may contain:
    Concept in a short explanatory essay
    Programming of spaces
    Schematics / Sketch drawings
    A3 Bound Translations (max 4 A3 page, 4 MB size), which may contain:
    Site Development Plan and details
    Axonometric/Aerial Perspective of the entire site
    evolution of ideas and concepts 3D Perspectives, showing spaces of interest
    Material Specifications and Spot Details
    Other additional formats and sizes may be subject to acceptance by the organizers in this competition phase

    The competition shall be divided into two categories, namely: (a) Submissions by young Filipino designers and (b) Submissions by undergraduate college or university students.
    The procedure for selecting the competition winners is as follows:

    Starting on April 31, 2018, pre-selection will be conducted by a Technical Panel appointed by ETFFI and IA. The panel shall evaluate all submissions and prepare a short-list of semi-finalists numbering at least fifteen (15). The short listed participants shall be requested to submit a printed format of the digital submissions as basis for a second round of evaluation.
    The second round shall be conducted by a Jury appointed by ETFFI and IA which shall perform its work with assistance from the Technical Panel. The Jury shall initially prepare a list of six (6) finalists who may be invited for interviews at the discretion of the Jury.

    Final Jury deliberations will be conducted in May 2018 at which time the prize winners will be determined.
    The judges’ evaluation shall be on the basis of responsiveness to the place as a heritage site, relevance to the overall development of Intramuros, and appropriateness to the needs of Escuela Taller.
    Winners shall be announced in May 2018 at a formal Awards Ceremony.

    The prizes for the winners in the different categories are the following:
    Millennial Designers
    Trophy or Token awarded by IA
    Employment Contract in a permanent basis with ETFFI, working on the site project development.

    Millennial Students
    Trophy or Token awarded by ETFFI
    Internship of 6 months in ETFFI, with a work schedule as agreed upon with ETFFI.
    Special prize for the most original approach on cultural heritage
    Trophy or Token

    Grand Prizes
    The Jury shall award three (3) Grand Prizes selected from all submissions that will receive Trophies and cash of P20,000, P10,000 and P5,000 for the first, second and third places respectively.


    The submission of entries to this competition shall be considered as complete acceptance of the Terms of Reference and acceptance of the Jury’s decision as final.
    The ideas will become the intellectual property of their authors. However, their participation in this competition shall be understood as grant of authorization for the organizing institutions to use any and all aspects of the submission as a guide or inspiration for the final project.

    The winners of the competition shall work for a maximum of 6 months with ETFFI and IA to produce a technical proposal integrating one or more components of the winning ideas. The final product will be considered legal ownership of ETFFI under any circumstances.

    It shall also be understood that the authors of the ideas shall be recognized for their contribution to the project. However, they may not be recognized as the professional designer of such a project if they are not duly licensed by any appropriate Philippine professional regulatory board.

    It shall also be understood that upon joining this ideas competition, the authors of the ideas give the organizing institutions the rights to use, reproduce, disseminate, communicate and diffuse said ideas. It is also understood that neither ETFFI nor IA shall sell the final product, commercialize it in any way, or obtain any fee or financial benefit from it without the knowledge and authorization of the participant concerned.

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    Escuela Taller Bohol graduates ready to help restore earthquake-damaged built heritage in their province


    Last September 15, a total of 48 young men and women completed Escuela Taller – Bohol’s one-year training program in traditional construction and conservation techniques for masonry, carpentry and wall finishing. This group of young people are now part of a unique pool of specialists and skilled workers in conservation aptly called Heritage Protectors. They can now be tapped to help conserve and restore the historical structures of Bohol that were ravaged by the 7.2 magnitude quake in 2013 and other heritage structures in the region that consistently demand conservation works through preventive maintenance. They will be soon be part of the rehabilitation efforts within the Santa Cruz Parish Complex in Maribojoc. The restoration of the church’s retablo, the repairs of the stone steps leading to the rear side of the church and the restoration of the old convent are among the many projects included in their list of future undertakings.


    According to ET Executive Director Carmen Bettina Bulaong, “Escuela Taller’s mission in Bohol is to equip the local youth with skills related to the conservation of built heritage. This new skill set is not simply a means of livelihood for these young men and women. It is their opportunity, as members of a community, to actively participate in safeguarding the legacy of a culture that they are so much a part of. This is our shared mission with other Escuelas Taller in Spain, North Africa and Latin America.” In fact to ensure the quality of their training, ET has sent its finest graduates from Manila to become instructors in the various trades and workshop areas that were established as a response to massive damage due to the earthquake in October 2013.


    Escuela Taller in Intramuros was among the first organized groups who conducted emergency response by conducting the assessment and documentation of the damage caused by the earthquake. Eventually, ET’s first satellite training program, which was participated in by 28 young Boholanos, was organized through the support of the Ayala Foundation. The training involved the restoration of the Dauis WatchTower as the “learn-by-doing” project of the trainees. The Dauis church complex, where the watchtower stands, is a declared National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum and a National Historical Landmark by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.

    After the satellite training program in Dauis and the completion of the Dauis Watch Tower, Escuela Taller established its center for training in Maribojoc Church Complex through the support of Senator Loren Legarda and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

    Among the special guests graced this momentous event were Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr., who is the former Mayor of Maribojoc, the Spanish Ambassador to the Philippines, H.E. Luis Antonio Calvo and NCCA Executive Director, Rico Pableo Jr.

    Escuela Taller restoration of the San Agustin choir loft completed



    The inauguration of the newly conserved San Agustin choirloft  last June 28 marks an important date in Escuela Taller history. Interestingly, this project was completed with the participation of skilled workers trained by Escuela Taller while being directed by a pool of consultants who are experts in various related fields.

    Making good use of their training in carpentry and woodworking, Escuela Taller trainees and graduates worked on the 400 year old sillería ( wooden choir stalls) repairing the termite-ridden and damaged parts of these 68 -piece intricately carved chairs. They carved and replaced missing fragments as well as refitted and realigned these chairs.

    Meanwhile, works were also done on the first bay of the arched stone vault of the church, which had been painted several times after the late 19th century trompe l’oeil work of Alberoni and Dibella—among others in the 1970s by Fray Niceforo Rojo, OSA and in 1990 by a young painter, Mr. Ben Cabisada. The 1990s work of Cabisada, which was an overpainting with latex paint, was flaking off and detaching itself from the stone vault due to humidity and moisture coming from leaks from the roof, water infiltration from poorly maintained windows in the main facade and water seepage from holes on the floors of the towers of the church. The then extant Alberoni and Dibella and/or Niceforo Rojo works were already disintegrated underneath the latest paint layers by Cabisada due to the trapped moisture and humidity caused by the use of latex paint.

    The artist-consultant of Escuela Taller, Guy Custodio, and the painting restoration team had to duplicate as faithfully as possible the visible, flaking Cabisada layer incorporating available information or remaining evidence of earlier layers. This was done after problems of water leaks were addressed and the stone vault was consolidated. A proper substrate for the re-painting of the ceiling using the al secco technique was also prepared by Custodio and his team, who also worked with several experts and conservationists. Escuela Taller graduates were also mobilized in the process of preparing the vault and walls.


    Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation, Inc. takes pride in the accomplished works, not only because a portion of a National Cultural Treasure and a Unesco World Heritage Site has been conserved but because needy young Filipinos made significant contributions to its conservation. The project has been a good learning experience for Escuela Taller trainees and graduates and has become an opportunity to refine their skills. It is a testimony to the effectiveness of the mission of Escuela Taller in providing opportunities to the Filipino youth through capacity-building which can eventually lead them to work in conservation or in general construction.

    Dr. Esperanza Gatbonton led the whole conservation program of the choirloft, which was completed in 3 years . It was made possible by the grant generously provided by the Ministry of Labor of the Spanish government through the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID) together with funds from the Office of then Senator Pia Cayetano who is now District Representative of Taguig.

    Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation, Inc and the San Agustin Museum are grateful to those who joined us in the inauguration.

    Photo No 1: ETFFI Chairman Jaime Laya, Mr. Juan Pita, Secretary General of AECID-Philippines, Dr. Esperanza Gatbonton,  Fr. Ricky Villar, OSA, His Excellency, Luis Antonio Calvo of the Embassy of Spain and Fr. Blas dela Sierra, OSA led the inauguration of the choirloft.

    Photo No. 2 :  Cong. Arthur Yap, ETFFI Chairman Jaime Laya and Ambassador Luis Calvo inspect the details of restored silleria

    Day 3. Wednesday, March 1. Preventive Maintenance: Traditional practices and new technologies

    5th  SESSION

    Preventive Maintenance: Traditional practices and new technologies.

    Discuss the maintenance of structures as a tool for preservation and an essential measure for disaster risk reduction. Discuss specifically the traditional practices and new technologies for preventive maintenance.

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    Pórtico de la Gloria, Santiago de Compostela Cathedral.



    Concepcion Cirujano Speaker Session 5 copyArt Restorer, Concha Cirujano has worked at the Institute of Cultural Heritage of Spain (IPCE) of the Secretary of Culture of the Spanish Government since 1982. Among other works, she was the director of the intervention projects on the four historical façades of the Seville Cathedral, the main entrance of Huesca Cathedral and the Jerónimos Cloister in the extension project of the Prado Museum in Madrid. In 2009, she was in charge of the research of the Pórtico de la Gloria ofSantiago de Compostela Cathedral, and carried out this work until September 2011, when she was appointed coordinator of the Scientific Committee of the project.

    Between 2012 and 2014 she worked in the Research Program for Preventive Conservation and Access Regime of the Altamira Cave, firstly, as coordinator of one of the six projects that were part of the program and in the last year, as chief technical coordinator. Since 2011, when Lorca was hit by an earthquake, she has also worked on the management of catastrophic risks by promoting the National Plan for Emergencies and Risk Management for Cultural Heritage.

    Other speakers are:


    The topic of the Round Table of Session 5 is Heritage preservation and New technologies, a controversial field?. Susan Aquino-Ong (UPCA, University of the Philippines Los Baños), will be the moderator.

    The participants are Richard Tuason-Sanchez Bautista (architect),  Carmelo Casas (Casas Architects, Philippines), Reynalto Lita, (National Historical Commission of the Philippines) and Andres Winston C. Oreta (Civil Engineering Department, De La Salle University, Philippines).

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    Escuela Taller Graduate working on Malate Church Project. Condition of the exterior wall after cement plaster was removed.

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

    3nd SESSION

    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).


    4th SESSION

    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.

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    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).


    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.

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    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.




    International Symposium, "Disaster Risk Reduction Through Preventive Maintenance", February 27-March 1

    We welcome this year with great optimism and we look forward to hosting an international symposium, Disaster Risk Reduction Through Preventive Maintenance: The West Valley Fault and Philippine-Spanish Heritage.  This event is a joint project with UP College of Architecture, Manila Observatory and the Archdiocese of Manila and is made possible through the support of the Hispanex Grant of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of the Spanish government. This event will take place on February 27 to  March 1 at the Ayuntamiento Building in Intramuros, Manila.


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    Given the effects of climate change, international and local experts, policymakers, advocates, heritage conservation practitioners and other stakeholders will come together to exchange, share technical knowledge, advances and innovation in the field of conservation and other related issues, in order to amplify the discussion on risk reduction for built heritage.
    The symposium will pay particular attention to the case of the West Valley Fault and its impact on the Philippine-Spanish built heritage. Special focus will be given to the increasing risks and perils caused by more frequent and more dangerous occurrences of natural disasters as experienced in the Visayas in 2013.

    One of the salient segments of this series of linked events is a forum to be attended by different representatives of national agencies, public and private institutions, with the objective of identifying policy areas and issues related to disaster risk reduction for built heritage.

    This International Symposium is also linked to a subsequent International Workshop in Paco Park which is coordinated by ETFFI and the National Parks Development Committee.  In this event, international and local experts and students will collaborate with ETFFI Technical Team and NPDC officials in developing a program of preventive maintenance for the Paco Park masonry walls.

    Among the International and local experts participating in these activities are Rohit Jigyasu (ICCROM, India), Toshikazu Hanazato (MIE University, Japan), Juan Ramón Jiménez Verdejo (University of Shiga Prefecture, Japan), Joaquín García Álvarez (Fundación Santa María la Real del Patrimonio Histórico, Spain), Jose T. Regalado (University of Santo Tomas, Philippines), Sisira Kumara (Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, Thailand), Muhammad Lulu (Indonesia) or Alex Ya-Ning Yen (Center for Cultural Sites Rehabilitation and Development, Taiwan).

    More info to follow!

    Symposium registration procedure:

    Register by filling up this form:

    Registration fee:
    Students: Php 1,000.00
    Non-students/Professionals: Php 2,300.00

    Payment can be done by depositing to our Metrobank account
    Account name: Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation, Inc.
    Account number: 200-7-20052397-7

    Kindly send a copy of the deposit slip as proof of payment to register.escuelatallerph@gmail.com to confirm your attendance. Please indicate your full name (or participant’s name if payment was made by another person) as the subject of the email. If you are registering as a student, please also attach a copy of your ID or any proof of school registration.

    Last day of registration and confirmation is on Feb 18, 2017.

    For questions about the registration, you may send your inquiries to register.escuelatallerph@gmail.com.
    Other inquiries may be sent to info@escuelataller.org.ph


    Let's Continue Looking Forward!

    Hello everybody!

    Through this section, Escuela Taller de Filipinas will inform you about what is happening at our school, to our students and graduates and in our projects. We will also share with all of you any kid of information related to the activities that we organized and participated in. For example, the last ACERCA Seminar held in Colombia from March 29 to April 3, where Escuela Taller de Filipinas, with a Philippine Delegation learned about the National Program of Escuelas Taller of Colombia.

    The garden of Escuela Taller de Filipinas by the Spanish illustrator LPO (Luis Perez Ortiz), one of the results of the “Drawing Manila” project.

    We will talk, as well, about the fruitful exchange and inputs generated through the visit of architecture, history, design and heritage personalities to the school under our Guest Professor Program.

    As so many other things that we already working on… Do not miss them!