Activities Report 2007
The Board of Trustees and Gurus (Advisory Council) of the HCS conducted monthly board meetings during the year.
HCS has been one of the prime lobbyists of the Heritage Bill filed by Sen. Edgardo Angara. Trustees, led by HCS President Gemma Cruz Araneta, gurus and advocates showed their support by attending public hearings and technical working group meetings. We enjoin members to also support it when it is filed in the House of Representatives. The proposed Heritage Bill is one of the most powerful instruments that we can hope to have.
Teachers’ Camp, the final project of the “Heritage Schoolhouses Restoration Program” between HCS and DepEd, is now in the construction phase, with HCS Trustee Arch. Melvin G. Patawaran and Arch. Cesar Andrew Alaban supervising. HCS’s participation in its restoration is the documentation of the whole camp and proposal of a Master Plan, which have been submitted completely in the early part of the year.
A meeting of the youth members was held in May at the Secretariat, presided by HSC Trustee/Youth Adviser Ivan Henares. With the presence of Arch. Manolo Noche and Dr. Butch Zialcita, a lively discussion ensued about past, present and future activities among the different school chapters.
The Annual General Assembly was held last June 30 at the Gota de Leche, Sampaloc, Manila. After the President’s and Treasurer’s Reports, updates were given on the Teachers’ Camp restoration and upcoming seminar entitled, “Phil. Towns & Cities” Series 2. Ivan Henares solicited help in collecting photos for the 2008 HCS Calendar Collection, “Adaptive Reuse.” Mr. Henares also reported on the youth’s educational visit to House of Precast and Far Eastern University. Arch. Augusto Villalon was kind enough to give a tour of the venue. As an added treat, attendees were invited to visit Nuestra Señora de la Soledad de Camba, an ancestral house in Manila.
As a response to the interest generated by the first seminar in 2006, the 2nd Seminar on “Philippine Towns & Cities: Reflections of the Past, Lessons for the Future” was held successfully last 09 November in Iloilo City. Some 300 participants, including a Provincial Governor and several Mayors, attended the seminar. Seven (7) city case studies were presented, and a Mayors’ Forum highlighted the event. Discussed were lessons and challenges of institutionalizing heritage conservation as a tool for urban development and management. Organizers: HCS, Urban Partnerships
Foundation (UPF), Phil. Institute of Environmental Planners (PIEP), Iloilo City Government and DOT Regional Office for Western Visayas. Sponsors: Spanish Program for Cultural Cooperation (SPCC) administered by Instituto Cervantes, National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and Sarabia Manor Hotel and Convention Center.
HCS Trustees, Gurus and members were invited to speak/lecture about different aspects of heritage conservation, architecture, adaptive reuse, and schoolhouses restoration program in various conferences and conventions here and abroad. They were also requested to join discussions with World Bank, local government agencies and private institutions. Some write regular articles in national newspapers and magazines to awaken public interest in architectural treasures, heritage sites and settings and the challenges we all have to face to conserve them. HCS was represented by Ivan Henares in the Cagayan Youth Congress held last September. He lectured on the subject, “Heritage Stewardship.”
HCS members and advocates were interviewed in several television shows, sharing their knowledge and expertise in history, heritage and ancestral homes.
HCS Trustees (RLMata, MGPatawaran and IAHenares), Gurus (AFVillalon and DQGalicia) and members, attended the annual CIAV (Comité international d’architecture vernaculaire) conference of ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) from 02-08 December. There were experts from Europe, North America, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Japan, as well as from various regions of the Philippines. The exchange of ideas was extremely rewarding for everyone, foreigner and Filipino alike, and especially Ifugao. Thank you, Arch. Villalon, for enabling the significant presence of HCS at the event.
HCS Gurus (Bambi Harper and Dom Galicia) and members (Nening Manahan, Jeffrey Yap and Lawrence Chan) met with the staff of Mayor Alfredo Lim last 12 December on the alleged demolition of Luneta Hotel.
HCS documented the following heritage structures: Nuestra Señora de la Soledad de Camba chapel in Tondo, Manila and the ancestral house of Amb. Narcisa Escaler in Quezon City.
Restoration projects in the shortlist are the Army Navy Club (now Museo ng Maynila) and the Dominican Hill in Baguio City.
ADVOCACY AND ACTIVITIES REPORT
3 January – Negotiations with PFSED-DepEd on Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for Teachers’ Camp. (GCAraneta, Arch. MGPatawaran and Atty. MBCortez)
16 January – Procurement meeting in DepEd for Teachers’ Camp project (Arch. MGPatawaran)
23 January – HCS Board meeting
30 January – Conference on Information Technology on Arts, Culture and Heritage; sponsored by DOST in Vigan (GCAraneta)
07 February – Procurement meeting in DepEd for Teachers’ Camp project (Arch. MGPatawaran)
– “Building Modernity” Exhibit launch, National Museum of the Filipino People. (GCAraneta, AFVillalon, RLMata)
15 February – Proposal submitted to World Bank for funding of “Phil. Towns & Cities” Seminar – 2
– Meeting with Website developer (IAHenares)
23 February – HCS Board Meeting
7 March – Opening of Bids for Teachers’ Camp-Roxas Hall restoration (Arch. MGPatawaran)
9, 16 March – Funding request approved by Essenses Foundation for HCS book project, HER LEGACY: Filipina Business Pioneers. GCAraneta, writer; beneficiary, HCS.
20 March – HCS Board Meeting
21 March – Presentation to DepEd Sec. Lapus of decision on Memorandum of Agreement
22 March -“Phil. Giving Portal” Launch Forum on Foreign Donations (IAHenares)
24 March – Launch of Quiapo: Heart of Manila (Dr. Fernando Zialcita, HCS member)
27 March – GMA 7 (i-Witness) interviews HCS members (Jeff Yap, Ivan Mandy, Arch. Richard Bautista of NCCA and IAHenares) for its 02 April episode, “Mansyon de Pobre”
20 April – HCS Board Meeting
25 April – NHI issues certificate to HCS for its involvement in restoration work and rendering of professional architectural conservation services in various projects around the country.
26 April – Meeting at PFSED-DepEd on final decision re TCamp MOA. (GCAraneta, Arch. MGPatawaran, Atty. MBCortez)
05 May – First Youth Group meeting presided by IAHenares. Attendees: Arch Manolo Noche, Dr. Butch Zialcita, Jeff Yap, Rior Santos, Patty Laurel, DLSU Liga Historia representative Chris An, UP Architecture students, Adamson Univ. UAPSA past president Jeremy Badong)
10 May – PCNC General Assembly. HCS inducted as member. (GCAraneta, Dorie Soriano)
16 May – Launch of Arch.Manolo Noche’s exhibit “Puentes de Español en las Filipinas”
17 May – Initial documentation visit to Nuestra Señora de la Soledad de Camba ancestral house restoration (Arch. MGPatawaran)
06 June – Launch of Arch. AF Villalon’s book, Living Landscapes and Cultural Landmarks, Paris.
07 June – Final documentation visit to Nuestra Senora de la Soledad de Camba anscestral house (MGPatawaran)
08 June – Bid Conference, Teachers’ Camp, Baguio City (MGPatawaran)
16 June – House of Precast Educational Visit, HCS youth group and members.
– UAP Green Architecture Movement Conference – GCARANETA guest speaker
16, 17 June – Eric Isaac (volunteer photographer) shoots Gota de Leche, Nielsen Tower and Orchid Garden Suites for 2008 HCS calendar collection
19 June – Presentation to DepEd Sec. Lapus of Teachers Camp Master Plan (MGPatawaran)
21 June – Meeting with Baguio Councilor Weygan on the restoration of Dominican Hill, Prayer Mountain. (GCAraneta, Arch MGPatawaran)
29 June – Unveiling of NHI marker on Malabrigo Lighthouse, Lobo Batangas. (GCAraneta, Arch. AFVillalon)
30 June – General Assembly of HCS, Gota de Leche, Sampaloc, Manila
2 July – Manila Historical and Heritage Commission (MHHC) is reconvened by Mayor Lim, Bistro Remedios, Adriatico, Manila. HCS documented the event.
4 July – GCAraneta accompanies a group of fundraisers to the ocular inspection of Army Navy Club building.
9 July – Special meeting of HCS architects and Trustees on the restoration project of Army Navy Club
20 July – HCS architects inspect Army Navy Club with Manila City engineers and legal officers.
23 July – Spanish Program for Cultural Cooperation under the Ministry of Culture of Spail and administered by the Instituto Cervantes generously provided funds for the 2nd Seminar, “Phil. Towns & Cities: Reflections of the Past, Lessons for the Future.”
27 July – Ocular inspection of Army Navy Club, now Museo ng Maynila. GCAraneta joins Mayor Lim’s Chief of Staff with City Planning engineers and architects.
30 July – Calendar meeting. Presentation of layout by Basic Elements. (GCAraneta, Tina Bonoan, Dorie Soriano)
7 August – Calendar meeting. (GCAraneta, Tina Bonoan, Dorie Soriano)
9 August – Documentation of MHHC’s initial meeting, Oval Room, Manila City Hall
13 August – MGPatawaran inspects TCamp with Asec. Malaya re revised Master Plan
28 August – HCS Board Meeting
4 September – UP-Alternative Classroom Learning Experience (ACLE). GCAraneta, RLMata and IAHenares were guest speakers
5 September – Meeting with DepEd’s architects re TCamp (AFVillalon and MGPatawaran)
14 September – Discussion on World Heritage with World Bank representatives at Red Café, Makati Shangri-La. (GCAraneta, MGPatawaran and IAHenares)
20 September – Cagayan Regional Youth Congress – IAHenares speaks on “Heritage Stewardship”
24 September – Meeting with DepEd’s Asec Malaya and UP urban planning volunteers re TCamp, Crowne Plaza, Ortigas (AFVillalon and MGPatawaran)
27 September – Rotary Club-Forbes Park Assembly, GCAraneta presented Adaptive Reuse and Schoolhouses Restoration Program
12 October – HCS Board Meeting
24 October – Makati Boys & Girls Week, Makati Museum – GCAraneta and Prof. Jaime Veneracion presented heritage conservation and turning points in Phil. history.
9 November – 2nd Seminar on Philippine Towns & Cities: Reflections of the Past, Lessons for the Future, Iloilo City
10 November – Interview L’Fisher Hotel representatives for a book project of HCS, Bacolod City
– GCAraneta was guest of honor at Adobo Festival in Silay
– Meeting in Bacolod City with Escalante Mayor on the restoration of old Plaza and one Gabaldon school
17 November – HCS Board Meeting
23 November – HCS was invited to speak at the PIEP Annual Convention. (GCAraneta and Arch. Nathaniel von Einsiedel)
24 November – GCAraneta spoke about Adaptive Reuse and Schoolhouses Restoration Program to North Phil. Tourism Convention participants, Clark, Pampanga.
27 November – AFVillalon’s lecture in FEU on Macau Architecture
– GCAraneta spoke about Adaptive Reuse and Schoolhouses Restoration Program at the CBNE Forum , Camp Aguinaldo
29 November – GCAraneta spoke about heritage conservation to Manila barangay officials, Colleges of Manila, Mehan Garden.
02-08 December – HCS Trustees (RLMata, MGPatawaran and IAHenares), Gurus (AFVillalon and DQGalicia) and members, attended the annual CIAV (Comité international d’architecture evnaculaire) conference of ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites). There were experts from Europe, North America, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Japan, as well as from various regions of the Philippines. The exchange of ideas was extremely rewarding for everyone, foreigner and Filipino alike, and especially Ifugao. Thank you, Arch. Villalon, for enabling the significant presence of HCS at the event.
12 December – HCS Gurus (Bambi Harper and Dom Galicia) and members (Nening Manahan, Jeffrey Yap and Lawrence Chan) met with the staff of Mayor Alfredo Lim re Luneta Hotel’s alleged demolition.