Quiapo Pagoda: a talk by Chester Ong

Thursday, February 15, 2018
5:00 PM
6:30 PM
Social Science Conference Rooms 3/4, Ateneo de Manila University

Internationally-celebrated Filipino-Chinese photographer Andrew Chester Ong lectures about the captivating history and the eventual local integration of the stunning but culturally eclectic pre-war Ocampo house, commonly known as the Ocampo Pagoda, in Quiapo, Manila. Drawing from his photographic documentation of the pagoda's recent restoration, Mr. Ong will discuss and compare the aesthetics of the Ocampo house with the Kenkohji Temple that he simultaneously photographed while currently being in Yokohama-Tsurumi, Japan. Mr. Ong's talk intends to explore aspects of medieval, Japanese and European architecture that inspired the design and architectural details of the Ocampo pagoda, which was originally set up byan eccentric patron of the arts. Mr. Ong would then explain how the symbolism of the Pagoda architecture and design is rooted in the Chinese, Tibetan, Japanese and medieval European mythology.

About the Speaker
Hong Kong-based Andrew Chester Ong has extensively photographed heritage sites throughout Asia (India, Japan and especially China) and the United States. His photos have been published in many landmark publications, journals and books including the China Style; Chinese Houses: The Architectural Heritage of a Nation; Chinese Furniture: A Guide to Collecting Antiques, and Tropical Living: Contemporary Dream Houses in the Philippines.

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