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Learn About Manila’s "Forgotten Treasure"

Instituto Cervantes hosts a round table discussion on the San Nicolas District for architects, urban planners, historians and the general public

The district of San Nicolas has great historical value. The interaction of Spanish and Chinese influences that largely contributed to the Filipino identity took place in Chinatown, which San Nicolas is part of. Here you can find buildings from the 19th century, some dating about 150 years ago. These are the last vestiges of a previous era, of which not many people know about. Unfortunately though, not much value has been placed on this area which resulted in the loss of its heritage value.

Design Students Give An Icon Of The Manila Skyline The Modern Treatment


Design Students Give An Icon Of The Manila Skyline The Modern Treatment

As a first step towards raising awareness about the historical and heritage value of San Nicolas, Instituto Cervantes de Manila, is organizing a round table discussion for historians, architects, urban planners, businessmen, residents of the area and the general public to reflect on the value of the San Nicolas district, explore its potential as an historical site, and brainstorm for ideas on how to conserve it.

See this historic gem of a neighborhood through the years in the gallery below:

This encounter, titled San Nicolas (Manila): The Forgotten Treasure will be held on May 26, Thursday at 5PM in Instituto Cervantes’ Intramuros branch (Calle Real, Plaza San Luis, Intramuros, Manila). The event will follow a hybrid format in which people can view the discussion and participate online, via Zoom. The link is

Admission is FREE but if you will be attending in Intramuros, prior registration is required by sending an email to For more information, please visit our website at or our Facebook page at You may also contact us at 8526- 1482.