Escuela Taller restores the choir loft of the San Agustin Church in Intramuros

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.



  • 17 Oct @EmbEspFilipinas * Thank you Danny & Sergi of @ramblaph for having us today w/ @vincevandorpe x a scrumptious taste of Spanish gastro…
  • 17 Oct @EmbEspFilipinas * RT @SpaininFiji: Ongoing plenary discussion to make @COP23 a great success thanks to ambition and common will to progress #PreCop23 @Map ht…
  • 17 Oct @EmbEspFilipinas * RT @MAECgob: Asumimos la responsabilidad de contribuir a mejorar la eficacia de la protección internacional de todos los #ddhh
  • 17 Oct @EmbEspFilipinas * It is official Spain is a member of @UNHumanRights Council for the period 2018-2020! #Spain4HumanRights
  • 16 Oct @EmbEspFilipinas * RT @desdelamoncloa: Carta de @marianorajoy a @KRLS en la que lamenta que no haya contestado al requerimiento del pasado 1 de octubre: https…
  • 16 Oct @EmbEspFilipinas * RT @SpainMFA: #Spain strongly condemns yesterday's #terrorist attacks in #Mogadishu #Somalia
  • 16 Oct @EmbEspFilipinas * RT @SpainMFA: Tomorrow 16 Oct ➡️➡️ elections to the Human Rights Council for the period 2018-2020. Spain is standing for 1 post. https://t.…
  • 16 Oct @EmbEspFilipinas * RT @SpainMFA: Foreign Affairs Council #FAC in Luxembourg. Agenda highlights: #Iran #NotrhKorea #Turkey #HumanRights #Myanmar #Burma @Alfons…
  • 16 Oct @EmbEspFilipinas * RT @UN: The 🌏 produces enough food to feed everyone. Yet 800 million people are hungry. Monday is World Food Day: #…
  • 16 Oct @EmbEspFilipinas * RT @desdelamoncloa: El Gobierno emplaza a @KRLS, presidente de la Generalitat, a rectificar antes del próximo jueves.
  • 16 Oct @EmbEspFilipinas * Looking forward to the next 6 weeks when we’ll be sharing with @vincevandorpe the feel for Spain #HOLASoutheastAsia
  • 14 Oct @EmbEspFilipinas * RT @IC_Manila: #PELÍKULA2017 Audience Choice is AL FINAL DEL TÚNEL! The film will be shown again on a special screening on Sunday, October…
  • 14 Oct @EmbEspFilipinas * RT @IC_Manila: Today, October 1, #PELÍKULA2017 presents: 2pm: KOBLIC. 4:30 pm: AL FINAL DEL TUNEL. 7:00pm: TARDE PARA LA IRA. 9:30pm: EL CI…
  • 14 Oct @EmbEspFilipinas * RT @SpainMFA: Amb. Fernando Arias will become the next @OPCW Director-General for the period 2018-22.
  • 13 Oct @EmbEspFilipinas * RT @aseanfoundation: Today is International Day of Disaster Reduction! Do you have any idea about the AADMER? Find out more at


  • Applying for a visa?
  • Instituto Cervantes
  • Spanish Aid in The Philippines
  • Study in Spain
  • Instagram
  • Twitter SpainMFA
  • Twitter
  • MAEC / Sede Palacio de Santa Cruz
    Plaza de la Provincia, 1
    28012 MADRID
    Tfno: 91 379 97 00
  • MAEC / Sede Palacio de Viana
    Duque de Rivas, 1
    28071 MADRID
    Tfno: 91 379 97 00
  • MAEC / Sede Torres Ágora
    Serrano Galvache, 26
    28033 MADRID
    Tfno: 91 379 97 00
    Avda. Reyes Católicos, 4
    28040 MADRID
    Tfno: 91 583 81 00 / 01
    Fax: 91 583 83 10 / 11
  • Dirección General de Españoles en el Exterior y de Asuntos Consulares y Migratorios
    C/ Pechuán, 1
    28002 MADRID
    Tfno: 91 379 17 00
Gobierno de España
©Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y Cooperación
Portal gestionado por la Oficina de Información Diplomática