Cognizant of the importance of Intramuros as a key symbol of Philippine heritage, the Instituto Cervantes, with the collaboration of the Embassy of Spain and the Intramuros Administration, presents “Intramuros, the Underrated Jewel”, a round-table discussion in which various Spanish and Filipino experts on fortifications will tackle the challenges of conservation of the walled city. The forum will be held on February 18, Tuesday, at 2 PM at the Intramuros branch of Instituto Cervantes, located at Plaza San Luis Complex, Real St., Intramuros.

The walled City of Manila is a cultural icon with historical significance for the Filipinos. Destroyed during the Second World War, the city has risen from its ruins, with the Philippine government entrusting the preservation of the historical site to the Intramuros Administration, whose mandate is to ensure that the general appearance of Intramuros shall conform to Philippine-Spanish architecture of the 16th to the 19th century.

Various Spanish experts on fortifications of this period –Alfredo J. Morales, Ignacio J. López Hernández, Manuel Gámez Casado, and Pedro Luengo– and Intramuros Administrator Atty. Guiller B. Asido, will discuss the exceptional historical worth, as well as explore the challenges of proper conservation and highlight the significance of Intramuros, whose design mostly corresponds to the eighteenth-century, and is a remarkable case in the international historical heritage scene.

The round-table discussion will be moderated by Dr. Javier Galván, Director of Instituto Cervantes de Manila. Dr. Galván obtained his Doctorate in Architecture from the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura in Madrid, on the topic: “Architecture in the Philippines from Spanish period.”

The round-table at Instituto Cervantes is open to the public. Admission is free. For further information, visit or call Instituto Cervantes at (632) 8526 1482.

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