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From ‘bahay-kubo’ to ‘bahay-na-bato’

VIGAN’S elegantQuema House is one of the few remaining in their
authentic and original state.

“Philippine Heritage Homes: A Guidebook” is a welcome addition to the scant bibliography on heritage architecture.

Posted: July 28th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Columns,Featured Columns | Read More »

Reuse, adapt, retrofit: Heritage conservation models in Negros, Iloilo

IMPRESSIVE shell of an early 1900s mansion in Talisay,Neg. Occ., is now The Ruins.

Reuse, adapt, retrofit are the more common buzzwords conservationists use to encourage owners to retain their old structures.

Posted: July 14th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Columns | Read More »

Display our monuments with pride

HERITAGE 101. Vistas to heritage buildings should be unobstructed.

Among the basic principles of conservation followed internationally is the stipulation that all angles of architectural monuments or heritage buildings should always remain in full view to the public.

Posted: May 5th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Columns | Read More »

Rebuilding consensus on Bohol

WHILE parishioners file into the temporary tent-covered area in front of
them, sacristans wait for Mass to start at a makeshift altar in the front porch of the Baclayon Churh parish hall.

Here is an interesting response to last week’s column about leaving seriously damaged Bohol churches as ruins rather than totally reconstructing them.

Posted: April 28th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Columns | Read More »

Should all Bohol churches rise again?

OPENINGS must be temporarily covered to protect the structure from further water
damage during the coming rainy season.

The general sentiment is that Bohol churches devastated by the recent earthquake will rise again from the rubble, reconstructed faithfully, patiently, carefully rebuilt stone by stone, until each damaged structure returns to what it used to be.

Posted: April 21st, 2014 in Arts and Books,Columns | Read More »