Symposium on seismic retrofitting of churches slated

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Bakas Pilipinas: Philippine Historic Preservation Society, and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts spearhead the International Symposium on Seismic Retrofit of Unreinforced Masonry Heritage Churches in the Philippines slated January 13 and 14, 2016 at the National Museum Auditorium, P. Burgos Drive, Ermita, Manila.

The symposium will take on issues of reconstruction and retrofitting practices in the Philippines especially highlighting the need and the importance of different reinforcement strategies for church reconstruction. In depth discussions on contextual concerns, different structural analysis, and various remedies determined as employed in different case studies on international and local reconstruction projects and the solutions they employed will ensue.

Local and international experts will partake in the symposium.

NCCA and Bakas partner with National Museum of the Philippines, International Council on Monuments and Sites Philippines and the University of Santo Tomas-Center for Conservation of Cultural Property and Environment in the Tropics for this international conference.


Bakas Pilipinas Inc. is a US-based non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of historic structures and sites in the Philippines. It is offering a limited number of scholarships to senior structural engineering or architectural students enrolled at Philippine universities. The scholarship will pay for the P1,500 registration fee for the attendance to the International Symposium. Application may be downloaded from https://bakaspilipinas.wordpress.com and must be submitted on or before December 30.

Interested participants may register through mail at seismic.symposium2016@gmail.com. Student registration is at P1,500 while regular registration is P2,500.

For inquiries, contact Shiela Paz at 0948-0112630 or 0917-5554633 or e-mail seismic.symposium2016@gmail.com.

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