Escuela Taller de Filipinas Foundation Inc (ETFFI) is a non-profit organization established in December 2013 to ensure the sustainability of the Escuela Taller Intramuros Program, which started in 2009 as a collaborative project of the government of Spain represented by the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID) and the government of the Philippines represented by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). Other partners involved in this project include the Intramuros Administration (IA), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

The goal is to further promote the protection, conservation and rehabilitation of the Philippines’ tangible heritage through skills development and training of the economically challenged youth.

Today, Escuela Taller de Filipinas is a technical/vocational formation school located at the Revellin de Recoletos in Intramuros and Maribojoc, Bohol, whose goal is to further promote the protection, conservation and rehabilitation of the Philippines’ tangible heritage through skills development and training of the economically challenged youth.

ESCUELA TALLER IN THE WORLD

Escuela Taller Program (“School Workshop” Program) began in 1985 under Spain’s Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social to address the rising unemployment in the country. Believing that the preservation of the country’s cultural patrimony is linked to social and economic development, the school workshop trained young people in occupational skills related to the recovery and restoration of cultural heritage.
Following the formulas pioneered by the school workshops in Spain, other talleres were established by AECID all over Latin America beginning in 1991. During this period, countless built heritage conservation projects throughout the region were completed. By 2014, there were 266 Escuelas Taller projects in the world, in 67 cities of 24 countries with 27,383 graduates.

ESCUELA TALLER IN THE PHILIPPINES

The Philippines with its unique tangible heritage shows the richness of its vernacular and traditional architecture, enriched through its shared histories with Spain, the United States and its Southeast Asian neighbours. The vernacular edifices, heritage churches and other religious structures, civic buildings and Fil-Hispanic dwellings are of cultural significance and distinction in the Southeast Asian region. However, with the passage of time and due to neglect, most of these buildings have deteriorated, while others have been destroyed.

ESCUELA TALLER DE FILIPINAS, THE FIRST IN ASIA

Escuela Taller de Filipinas, being the first school workshop in the Philippines, heeds this growing concern while addressing the skills development and employment needs of Filipino youth in the built heritage field. As the first Escuela Taller in Asia, it aims to rekindle the history of the Philippines through the restoration of built structures of significance and at the same time revitalize its declining traditions in craftsmanship and artisanship particularly in the disciplines of stone and wood carving as well as decorative painting and finishing.