Palacio de Memoria hosts its first ever heritage weekend lecture series dubbed “Tertulia de Memoria,” on July 27 and 28, 2019, in partnership with ANCX as co-presenter and media partner. The restored pre-war Roxas Boulevard estate and gardens serve as the ideal backdrop and venue for this enriching two-day event that aims to foster a renewed sense of heritage appreciation from attendees.
Harkening to the past, the tertulia, the event format, is a soiree or evening party that has for decades been akin to gatherings of literary, artistic and cultural interchange—way before the advent of social media—that lead to independent thinking and helped launch pivotal movements.
With respected media personality and seasoned broadcast journalist Ces Drilon as moderator, the invited speakers to the talks include multi-faceted heritage and cultural advocate Isidra Reyes; esteemed architect, author and professor Dr. Gerardo Lico; ABS-CBN Film Restoration head Leo Katigbak; Cultural Heritage Studies Program Head of the Ateneo de Manila University, Dr. Fernando N. Zialcita; playwright and essayist Floy Quintos; and Heritage Conservation Society trustee Conrado Alampay.
“Our goal is to provide a space where art and mind intersect. The Palacio’s rich history, and our commitment to tell the Filipino cultural narrative is the foundation of our mission at the Palacio. Yes, it may be an event space, but it sets the mise-en-scene for telling our rich history, and the glory of Manila,” says Camille Lhuillier, Marketing Manager of Palacio de Memoria.
Key topics to be presented during the forums cover adaptive reuse for buildings, to art and film restoration. The talks will be capped by special sunset movie screenings of digitally re-mastered and restored Filipino movies courtesy of ABS-CBN Restoration and Cinema One.
“ANC X is at the forefront of telling the story of the Filipino. Cultural preservation is an advocacy that needs to be told,” notes Paolo M. Pineda, Head, Lifestyle Ecosytem, ABS-CBN. “Our team has spent time – boot camp style – with the heritage society and like-minded individuals to push forward awareness on issues, problems and solutions in relation to preserving our identity,”
For the Sunset screenings, two award-winning films, both digitally restored and remastered, will be shown.
On July 27, Saturday, at 5pm there’s Peque Gallagas’ 1982 masterpiece “Oro, Plata, Mata “ – a period film set in the milieu of an impending world war, with the insouciant Filipino aristocracy oblivious of the impending danger. On July 28, Sunday, at 5pm, National Artist Eddie Romero’s 1976 film, “Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon” completes the weekend event. Also a period piece set in colonial Philippines, it chronicles how a young man’s journey into the city leads to questions of national identity.
The Palacio de Memoria is thus proud to host the “Tertulia de Memoria,” as it continues the discourse about Filipino culture and identity in these changing socio-political times. The event is co-presented by