Travel

These Millennials Restore Heritage Sites in Intramuros And Bohol

The youths from the Escuella Taller de Filipinas Foundation are incredible.
Comments

We think that Millennials prefer the latest trends, the hippest cafes, and new-fangled technology (most of the time, though, this is true). But this special foundation focuses on teaching Millennials to protect and help rebuild Philippine heritage sites.

The Escuella Taller de Filipinas Foundation has, since 2009, been training underprivileged and out-of-school youths residing in Manila in traditional construction and conservation methods.

These youths, ranging in age from 17 to 25 years of age, are taught woodworking and carpentry, stone masonry, metal works, and painting and finishing, among other skills. These skills are applied to on-site projects that are part of the training, and these are skills that they could apply to other jobs outside of this livelihood project.


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

The foundation originated in Spain, and their Manila office is appropriately located within Intramuros’s walls. The old fort also serves as training ground for the youths, who have helped clean out and maintain Fort Santiago’s front walls in 2013, repair Casa Loggia’s decaying tisa-tiled roof, and most recently restore the Revellin de Recoletos (now called Aurora Garden after former First Lady Aurora Quezon).

The trainees and graduates have also completed projects outside the walls, such as Malate Church (above), Mangatarem Church in Pangasinan, and Dauis Church in Bohol (below and in main photo).


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

One of the more noteworthy restorations of the Escuela Taller was the choir loft of the 450-year-old San Agustin Church (below), which was completed last 2017. The youths repaired the silleria, or high-backed choir chairs, which date back to the 1600s and have ornately carved details with intricate inlays, and restored the ceiling mural from the 1800s.


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

To extend this drive for conservation, Escuella Taller is launching the competition Millennials to Revitalize Intramuros!, a callout for entries of ideas on the expansion area currently being occupied by Escuela Taller. The competition is open to Filipino Millennial designers and students, and deadline for entries is on April 30, 2018.


ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

For more information, follow Escuela Taller de Filipinas on their Facebook page, or visit their website.

This story originally appeared on Realliving.com.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

Comments
View More Articles About:
Recommended Videos
About The Author
Real Living Team for RealLiving.com.ph
View Other Articles From Real Living Team for RealLiving.com.ph
Comments
Latest Feed
 
Share
This annual spectacle has been a Christmas tradition for many Filipino families since its inauguration in 2009.
 
Share
For all its loaded dialogues and stunning imagery, the film deserves the undivided attention of its audience members.
 
Share
Don’t worry, your boss could feel like a fraud too.
 
Share
 
Share
The singer hit the streets of New York in some knitwear that looks a little familiar.
 
Share
The fast food giant is investing $7.8 million in the China franchise venture.
 
Share
Rife with biting satire, the film laughs in the face of modern society’s ills, and bravely so.
 
Share
The Malampaya gas field is a vital part of the Philippine gas industry.
 
Share
CEO Adam Mosseri has said they are happy to make decisions that hurt the business, but parent company Facebook has made it clear in the past that profit comes before users.
 
Share
She put her face on a fake cover of Time magazine, and expected to get away with it.
Load More Articles
Connect With Us