October 16, 2019
It is good that Letran spearheaded an awareness program in the Intramuros community, particularly for the students. I was invited to talk about Intramuros that centered on the theme of today’s conference entitled “Rediscovering Intramuros Borderlines.” When we say “borders,” we mean, of course, boundaries. Limitations. Surprisingly, Intramuros didn’t have borders. Yes, there were stone walls that marked the city. And from within grew the city of Manila. But the walls weren’t enough to enclose the minds, the traditions, and the customs of Manila. It spread beyond the city and into the provinces creating what we now consider as our heritage. It is this heritage that we now have slowly forgotten. So now, as your theme today says, we have to rediscover the borders of Intramuros. Rediscover the past that grew out from within the walls. It now will start with memory because as the famous of the Dominican graduates have said: Ang hindi marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan ay di makakarating sa paroroonan. The past must be remembered. So let me start with what history I have regarding this place. It’s been three months since I assumed the position of Administrator of the Intramuros Administration. But my past with Intramuros goes beyond this job and the role I had played as a heritage advocate.
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