Wednesday, April 1, 2009

School of heritage restoration opens

From Business World ( . This is such a great initiative.

ESCUELA TALLER, a school that teaches the restoration of heritage buildings for out-of-school and indigent youths, opened March 25 at Intramuros.

A project of the Agencia EspaƱola de Cooperacion Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID), Escuela Taller started in Spain in the 1980s as the government's way of solving the problem of youth unemployed and the dearth of workers working on the country's heritage buildings needing restoration. The program worked so well in Spain that it was soon done overseas, in Latin America, and then in other parts of the world.

For the Philippines, 75 out-of-school youth, aged 16 to 25, from BASECO were chosen to receive Escula Taller scholarships, which include allowances and tuition for courses on masonry; stone and brick; woodwork, including carpentry and wood carving; metal works including decorative grills, which will be taught according to the standards of the 18th and 19th century. The modern elements that will be added in the module are electrical and plumbing.

The newly opened school, located at the Revellin de Recoletos, is headed by its director Michael Manalo, a practicing architect.

For details, contact the NCCA-Public Affairs and Information Office (PAIO) at 527-5529 or 527-2192 loc. 612 to 615; PAIO Head Rene Napenas at 0928-508-1057 or Willyan Maglente at 0920-951-4916, e-mail at

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