Church heritage conservation webinar series memorializes Fr. Alex Bautista’s legacy

In memory of Fr. Alex Bautista, a Thomasian architect, heritage worker, and man of the cloth, who passed away on July 9, 2020, the University of Santo Tomas Graduate School Center for the Conservation of Cultural Property and Environment in the Tropics (CCCPET) in collaboration with the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Episcopal Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church, UST College of Architecture, UST College of Fine Arts and Design, and UST High School Batch 1985, continue to collaborate by organizing the Fr. Alex O. Bautista Memorial Lecture Series on Church Heritage Architecture.
The webinar series aims to memorialize the contributions and impact of Fr. Alex Bautista in religious and professional practice, highlight the state of church heritage architecture conservation efforts in different dioceses and professional sectors, and promote values of the priestly vocation, heritage competency, and architectural professionalism in church heritage architecture, interior design, and conservation.
The lecture series which started on August 3, 2020, is live-streamed at the USTGS-CCCPET official Facebook page every other Monday of the month. It will run for a year.
In its most recent episode held on October 12, 2020, Thomasian priest, Fr. Victor Emmanuel Quintos of the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao was featured. He shared the diocese’s continued efforts to conserve church heritage structures in the Cagayan Province.
For the month of September, Thomasian alumni Fr. Brian Brigoli of the Archdiocese of Cebu and Fr. Julius Heruela shared their experiences and efforts in conserving their church heritages within their respective Archdioceses.

The past episodes featured Thomasian educators and heritage advocates Dr. Eric B. Zerrudo, Ar. Michael Manalo, and Prof. Regalado Trota José who talked about the Church Concerns on Heritage, the Conservation of Church Architecture between Church and State, and Researching the House of God, respectively. The series was live-streamed weekly during August.

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