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Home NEWS Events FHL hosts Pamana: A Seminar on Built Heritage Conservation

FHL hosts Pamana: A Seminar on Built Heritage Conservation

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Nielson Tower and Airport and the 16th anniversary of the Filipinas Heritage Library (FHL), a special seminar on built heritage conservation was held at the FHL Reading Room on August 23. Organized in cooperation with the Heritage Conservation Society (HCS), the seminar, entitled Pamana, attracted architects, tourism professionals, real-estate developers, and others.


HCS Director Architect Manuel Lopez del Castillo-Noche laid the groundwork for the discussions through with his talk entitled What is Heritage? The next speaker was conservation architect Rene Luis Mata, who talked about heritage conservation cases and the concept of “adaptive reuse.”

This was followed by four breakout sessions. Topics were Republic Act No. 10066 (or the National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009), discussed by HCS Vice President and award-winning heritage and travel blogger Ivan Anthony Henares; heritage and tourism, discussed by del Castillo-Noche; heritage and industry, discussed by Dominic Galicia, principal of Dominic Galicia Architects; and Built Heritage Preservation 101, with historical finishing and coloring expert Liliane Manahan.

The participants then gathered for a session on the challenges in heritage conservation, which was discussed by Nathaniel von Einsiedel, chairman and CEO of Consultants for Comprehensive Environmental Planning Inc..

Historical finishing and coloring expert Liliane Manahan talks about Built Heritage Preservation 101 at the FHL Tower Room


Business Mirror and Ayala Land Inc.’s Make it Happen, Make it Makati were the sponsors for Pamana.

Nielson Tower is the only remaining pre–World War II structure in the Makati Central Business District. FHL’s adaptive reuse of Nielson Tower received an honorable mention at the 2001 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards.

Photo Caption (inset):
HCS Director Architect Manuel Lopez del Castillo-Noche gives his talk at the FHL Reading Room