These Millennials Are Helping Preserve Heritage Sites in Intramuros
You can join, too!
It's not all social media and selfies—millennials are some of the country's most #woke citizens, too. Here's more proof: Escuella Taller de Filipinas Foundation has been training people to help protect and rebuild Philippine heritage sites since 2009, and a lot of those people are millennials.
These youths, ranging in age from 17 to 25 years old, are underprivileged and out-of-school youths residing in Manila. They are trained to perform traditional construction and conservation methods involving 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.
The foundation originated in Spain, and their Manila office is appropriately located within the walls of Intramuros. 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).
Dauis Church in Bohol
The trainees and graduates have also completed projects outside the walls, such as Malate Church, Mangatarem Church in Pangasinan, and Dauis Church in Bohol.
450-year-old San Agustin Church in Intramuros
One of the more noteworthy restorations of the Escuela Taller was the choir loft of the 450-year-old San Agustin Church, 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.
To extend this drive for conservation, Escuella Taller is launching the competition Millennials to Revitalize Intramuros!, a call out 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.
This story originally appeared on Realliving.com.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Spot.ph editors.