[Blueboard] Lecture-discussion on "More than a Thoroughfare: Alternative Interpretatations of a Manila Street"

Dhea Santos esantos at ateneo.edu
Wed Oct 5 10:09:12 PHT 2005


Institute of Philippine Culture
Ateneo de Manila University

cordially invites you to a lecture-discussion on

Alternative Interpretations of a Manila Street


Fernando N. Zialcita, PhD

5 October 2005, Wednesday, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Training Room, Institute of Philippine Culture 
Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City

Although seemingly an innocuous pastime, leisurely strolling along a city street has been linked by specialists in urban studies to the emergence of modernity and individual creativity. However, there are problems in pursuing this pastime in Metro Manila: the streets are clogged with vehicles and vendors, and many landmarks, including heritage structures, are allowed to decay. Using a phenomenological approach, the lecture discloses the various meanings a once-beautiful street in Manila holds for its various stakeholders, such as jeepney drivers, vendors, shopkeepers, teachers, residents, religious, property owners, and local officials. It explores the connection between these meanings and the differing milieus of the stakeholders. On the basis of their interpretations, the lecture identifies factors that may either thwart or encourage leisurely strolling. 

Dr. Zialcita obtained his MA in Philosophy from the Ateneo de Manila University, and his MA and PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Hawaii. He teaches at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila University, and heads the Department's Cultural Heritage Studies Program. He has written books and articles on traditional Filipino architecture and its connection with local culture, and has been deeply involved in various organizations that seek to preserve built heritage and to regenerate inner cities in the Philippines. This lecture is based on his study of Quiapo's Calle Hidalgo and its present challenges, which is supported by a Merit Research Award of the IPC. 

For confirmation of your attendance, please call tel. no. 426-6067 loc. 100 (Faith Arce) or
122 (Cecille Bartolome), or send an email to farce at ateneo.edu or cbartolome at ateneo.edu. 
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