Thursday, August 2, 2012

A forum on the History and Cultural Preservation of Malate with Focus on DLSU

Noong nakaraang July 27,2012 ako'y naimbitahan para umattend ng forum para sa history and cultural preservation, labis akong natuwa sapagkat ilan sa mga speakers ng forum walang iba kungdi ang mga members and officers ng THE HERITAGE CONSERVATION SOCIETY, an NGO which advocates the conversation of the Philippine's built heritage resources.

Narito ang mga Speaker ng forum:

Dr. Jose Victor Torres is recipient of the Palanca Awards for Literature including two first prizes for his plays "Resureksyon" (2001) and "Huling Panauhin" (1996). His plays have been performed by theatre companies such as the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA), the Gantimpala Theater Foundation, the Teatro Tomasino, and Harlequin Theatre. His Cuidad Murada: A Walk Through Historic Intramuros won the Manila Critics Circle's National Book Award for Travel Writing. He is the Associate Director for Drama and History of the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center and teaches history and playwriting at De La Salle University.

He talks about the The Heritage and the history of the Malate Area.


Arch. Paulo Alcazaren is both an urban planner and landscape architect and has developed,among many projects, the plans for Ayala and Rockwell mall in Makati City. He is a director of PDAA Design International with offices in Manila, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur and was recognized by the Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects Design for his work at Hong Kah Town and British Club. He received the Alab ng Haraya from the National Commision for Culture and Arts for his article series of design.
Arch. Paulo Alcazaren was a former president of the Philippine Association of Landscape Architects and writes a column for Philippine Star called "City Sense."

He talks about Metro Manila, and its suburns: The Unfinished story of the unbuilt capital of the incomplete nation.

FYI : Did you know that Boracay is considered as the Philippines Capital before.


Arch. Rene Lusi Mata attainted a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree at the University of the Philippines in Diliman and finished his graduate studies on Architecture Restoration And Rehabilitation of Patrimony at the University of Alcala-Henares in Madrid,Spain. At present, he is the Head of the History, Theory and Criticism Studio Laboratory of the UP College of Architecture. He worked with the Intramuros administration for 13 years as a Senior Historic Sites Development Officer and a curator of the Casa Manila Museum. He also a Board Member of THE HERITAGE CONSERVATION SOCIETY and a member of the International Committee for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) Philippines. His expertise includes architectural restoration,heritage conversation,historic preservation, and architectural history, theory and criticism.

He talks about the New Building in Old Settings: A Reinterpretation of Conservation Laws (Corporate Architecture)


Ms. Gemma Cruz-Araneta works for the city of Manila as the Executive Assistant of Mayor Alfredo S. Lim and chairperson of the Manila Historial and Heritage Commission. She is Mayor Lim's representative to the Escolta Commercial Association,Inc. and the Task Force for the Manila Central Post Office project of the Department of Finance. She is also known for being the first Filipina to win the Miss International title in Long Beach, California in 1964. A writer by profession, Ms.Araneta has seven books to her name, the latest of which is an English translation of Jose Rizal's last book, Sibylla Cumana. At present, Ms.Araneta writes a bi-weekly column about Philippine history,culture and heritage for the Manila Bulletin. She is also the president of THE HERITAGE CONSERVATION SOCIETY.

She talks about the government part and the good news about the Escolta Commercial and i really happy for that good news (can't reveal for now).
And to the Manila Central Post Office project, by the way the MCPP will soon to be convert to 7 star hotel by the Fullerton Hotel.(Fullerton is the hotel in Singapore which is managed by the HK group.)

FYI: Lease ang Philpost at hindi for sale.

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The Speakers References credit to the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center(BNSCW of De La Salle University) 


  1. bagay ka sa mga ganyang even axl

  2. updates si master lagi sa mga ganyang events haha

  3. Sana naging guest speaker ka din hihihi

    At boracay as capital?sino may pakana nun?lol

  4. Thanks for writing this. it's not that frequent to find write ups/articles related to Philippine architecture and heritage. Hope you can write more on this topics.

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