Escuela Taller restores the choir loft of the San Agustin Church in Intramuros
6/29/2017

The Ambassador of Spain to the Philippines, Luis A. Calvo Castaño, inaugurated last June 28 the newly restored choir loft of the San Agustin Church in Intramuros, along with Dr. Jaime Laya, the chairman of the Board of Directors of Fundación Escuela Taller de Filipinas, whose students were responsible for the said restoration, the Director of Museo de Oriente in Valladolid, Fr. Blas Sierra, OSA, and the Coordinator General of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), Juan Pita. 

 

 (Photo: The trompe l´oeil of the choir loft of the San Agustin Church)

 

The restoration of the choir loft and trompe l´oeil of the San Agustin Church was made possible through subsidies granted to Escuela Taller by the AECID and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).  At the same time, the Augustinian Congregation has undertaken the structural repair of the dome and floor where the said choir loft is located.

 

 


(Photo courtesy of Escuela Taller:  Ambassador Calvo, Congressman Arthur Yap and Dr. Jaime Laya)

 

The San Agustin Church is one of the most iconic places in the Philippines.  It was the first church constructed in 1571 by the Spaniards on the island of Luzon, although after suffering successive destructions, its reconstruction was completed in 1607, making it the oldest existing church in the Philippines.  In 1993, it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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