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These Millennials Restore Heritage Sites In Intramuros And Bohol

This amazing foundation teaches construction and restoration skills to the youth, who in turn help protect Philippine heritage sites

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Photography: courtesy of Escuela Taller

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.


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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).


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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.


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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.



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

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