UST faculty members discuss shared history, cultural heritage of Philippines, Japan

College of Architecture faculty member Ar. Caryn Virginia Paredes-Santillan, Ph.D., Faculty of Arts and Letters mentor Prof. Augusto V. de Viana, Ph.D., and former Chair of the UST Department of History, and Graduate School Center for Conservation of Cultural Property and Environment in the Tropics Director Prof. Eric B. Zerrudo, Ph.D., participated in the roundtable discussion held recently to discuss the shared history and cultural heritage of Japan and the Philippines. The conference covered topics on anthropology, architecture, arts and culture, heritage conservation, and others.

Santillan talked about “Japanese Influences in Philippine Architecture Before World War II,” while de Viana discussed “Shigeru Nakashima and the Nakashima Shoten: The Story of a Very Popular Pharmacy in Manila Before World War II.” For his part, Zerrudo, participated in the roundtable discussions by addressing the challenges to the cultural sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event’s theme was “Bunka isan no kōsaten: Nihon to Firipin” or “Cultural Heritage Intersection: Japan and the Philippines.” The event highlighted the shared history and cultural heritage of Japan and the Philippines. The conference covered topics on anthropology, architecture, arts and culture, heritage conservation, and others.

Organized in partnership with the Japan Foundation Manila and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), the forum was held by Groupo Kalinangan Inc. (GKI). It was the first International Conference on Shared Histories and Cultural Heritage of Japan and the Philippines held by GKI. 

The two-day online conference was attended by local and foreign heritage and cultural experts, historians, architects, and the like.

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