Monday, July 13, 2009

"Manila's Disappearing Heritage," An Invitation from the Heritage Conservation Society of the Philippines, July 18, 2009, 8am at PLM

13 July 2009

The Heritage Conservation Society of the Philippines is inviting everyone to attend a lecture entitled "Manila's Disappearing Heritage."  The lecture to be held on July 18 will be given by Dr. Fernando Zialcita of ADMU.

This is the full text of the invitation I received via email:
The Heritage Conservation Society invites everyone to the 3rd Architectural Conservation Lecture entitled Manila's Disappearing Heritage, on Saturday, 18 July 2009, 8 a.m. at the Bukod Tanging Bulwagan, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Manila, Intramuros, Manila.

The lecturer will be Dr. Fernando Zialcita, professor at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the Ateneo de Manila University. For more information, contact our Secretariat at 5212239 or hcs_secretariat@ yahoo.com.

Arch. Erik Akpedonu and Dr. Fernando N. Zialcita

Although many have been lost during World War II and up to now continue to be lost to mindless development at an alarming rate, Manila still has a comparatively rich and varied trove of buildings from the 1600s to today. If  properly conserved and utilized to their full potential, these structures could significantly contribute to the city’s attractiveness and be a source of national pride. Since June 2008, a team organized by the Institute of Philippine Culture of the Ateneo de Manila University has explored the streets of Manila’s various districts in order to document the city’s remaining architectural assets, highlight  the significance of each, and evaluate its present condition, originality and possible threats to its existence . The lecture reports on what has been done so far and discusses some of the distinctive featuresof each of the districts that were studied.  Second, it tallies heritage buildings that have been lost in recent decades and points out specific current threats to remaining vintage structures in each district. 

Heritage Conservation Society
G/F Museo Pambata Building
Roxas Boulevard, Ermita
Manila, Philippines
Tel. +632 521 2239
Fax. +632 522 2497

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