The Grupo Kalinangan, Inc. (GKI) launched the lecture series Pamana Talks with a session on Recording Our Heritage on 18 May 2019 at Clock-In Vertis North, Quezon City.

The first edition of the four-part series featured presentations by three architects focusing on the importance and various techniques of documenting heritage sites and structures.

Arch. Manolo Noche of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) College of Architecture started off the discussion with a talk on how local traditional architecture become built legacies through which a country and its people are defined and identified. He also shared techniques in identifying and documenting heritage structures in a community, especially in old Philippine towns.

Meanwhile, Arch. Cesar Ramirez, Jr. of Cultural Heritage Resource Associates, Inc., who also sits as a Trustee of GKI, presented on methods of information gathering, data interpretation, and documentation that conservation professionals use. He also presented case studies of actual projects including the Manila Cathedral and Fort Santiago.

Finally, Prof. Eric Zerrudo, Director of UST Center for Conservation of Cultural Property and the Environment in the Tropics, discussed the concept of PAMANARAAN (PAMANA+PARAAN), an interdisciplinary and participatory approach to heritage conservation practice.

This first edition of Pamana Talks was sponsored by Clock-In by Ayala Land Offices and Baloy’s Bakeshop.

Three more sessions are slated this year, focusing on History and Heritage in August, on Community and Heritage in October, and on Initiatives for Heritage in December.