Escuela de Bellas Artes

CTC-3450-image4 The first ever Fine Arts School of the University of the Philippines (U.P.) called the Escuela de Bellas Artes is one fine example of conservation of architecture.
Built in 1867, the two-story bahay na bato structure was designed by Felix Rojas, the first Filipino to earn an architectural degree. It also served as the residence of the first dean of the school of fine arts. The school eventually moved from R. Hidalgo St. in Quiapo to Padre Faura campus of UP, dooming Bellas Artes to its derelict state of neglect, disrepair and abandonment.
To save the quintessential structure, a team of architects moved each brick, stone and mortar to the Ciudad Real de Acuzar Heritage complex in Bagac, Bataan, and, under the auspices of the Acuzar family, reconstructed and restored it to its former glory.
Architect Joel Rico who is the principal architect of Ciudad Real de Acuzar, will discuss conservation of architecture using his experience in the dismantling, transporting and restoring of the Bellas Artes in Bagac, Bataan on August 16, from 2 to 4 pm., at the Lopez Museum.
Arch. Rico obtained his bachelor degree in architecture from the National University in 1993. He is an active member of the Philippine Institute of Architects (PIA), of which he was a National Board Secretary (2003-2004), and Chairman, Cultural Affairs Committee (2003-present). Likewise, a member of the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) of which he served as the Deputy Chairman, Center for Filipino Architecture (CFA) from 2006-2007. He was also member of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) serving as Executive Council Member (2004-2008), and the founder of the Architectural Archives Philippines (AAP) in 2004.
As an architectural historian, Arch. Rico published several architectural books and references such as the 100 years of Philippine Architecture (2004), the Philippine Institute of Architects 70 Years of History (2004), Zaragoza’s Iconographic Collection (2004) Gawad Gintong Likha (2005), Philippine Skyscrapers (2006), National Artist in Architecture (2007), Malacanan, Palace of the People (2009). Ang Mundo ni Maestro, 11 pioneering Filipino architects and maestro de obras (2009).
The lecture complements the exhibition The Sum of Its Parts which is ongoing until September 2008. The exhibition features works which have undergone or are slated to undergo conservation at the Roberto M. Lopez Conservation Laboratory of the Lopez Memorial Museum.
Lecture fee is P120 per person or P100 for students. For more info, contact Fanny or Jane at 404-2685 or email