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ASAPHIL-UP FIRM HOPPING
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ASAPHIL-UP FIRM HOPPING
THE SCENES OF PASYAL ILOG PASIG
WHAT MAKES A UP ARKI STUDENT
MEM OF THE MONTH
THE MOMMY DIARIES
asaphil-up a quick look to what’s in store for us
As a premiere academic student organization, it is the goal of the Architectural Students’ Association-University of the Philippines Chapter to enrich the knowledge of its members, and extend its reach to other students through different academic events – and one of it is the ASAPHIL-UP Firm Hopping. Through this beyond beyond-the-classroom experience, attendees will be able to have a quick look and have a unique experience of what’s really in store for them once they’ve gotten their aspired degrees. Led by the Academics Committee of the organization, attendees of the ASAPHIL-UP Firm Hopping went to three renowned firms, each belong to different architectural fields to cater to the attendees whose population is not limited only to architecture students. CREARIS, a landscape architecture firm along Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City, was the first on the list. In the firm’s extremely spacious and well organized office – not to mention their full blast air conditioning units – the attendees were very fortunate meet its founder and managing director Mr. Michael John V. Espiritu, a landscape architecture graduate from Cal Poly Pamona in California, who also eagerly gave a talk about their company and how their works are very much dedicated to environmental design. Then, the firm hoppers were granted a quick tour around the office. Though the whole tour only took a short while, the attendees took with them a handful of inspirational thoughts, such as making use of one’s knowledge and making use of this combination of information and confidence to even further and refine one’s own design – pieces of advice that would definitely be a lot of help to them as future designers.
...it all pays off when you see the look on the participants' faces when they learn something new
Before going to their second destination, the firm hoppers took a short break and had lunch, which was a perfect opportunity to have an exchange of thoughts about their first destination and also to discuss what would happen for the rest of that day. Their delicious meals also gave their conversation some spice –an opportunity to explore a different setting aside from school. When their tummies were filled up and their bond more obvious, the group made their way to WTA Studio, an architectural firm that is evidently leaning towards modern design that is located along the busy Ortigas in San Juan. Unfortunately, the firm’s Principal Architect, Arch. William Ti, had been to Russia to represent the firm after winning a design completion making him unable to meet and greet the participants. But thankfully, the firm’s Managing Director, Arch. Melissa Tan, a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas who ranked 2nd place in the Architecture Licensure Exam, came to the rescue and handled the group. The employees enthusiastically interacted with them. They had met the group graciously, entertained their questions about the firm and about how they undergo the design process, showed them around the workplace and gave them little idea regarding the firm’s work ethics, and lastly, treated them to a delicious box of pizza. But forget the pizza. What’s really important and much fulfilling are the thoughts such as too never stop learning even after graduation because the world itself has so much to offer and so much to teach you outside of the comfort of school, that the firm hoppers took with them when they left.
For their final stop, the group headed straight to Grupo Santamaria, an interior design firm located in a world class building in Makati. Ms. Nina Santamaria, the firm’s founder and principal designer warmly welcomed the participants, introduced them to the firm’s team and gave them an interactive tour within their office – even allowed some of the participants to examine and touch their materials swatches and several items inside the studio – while she handed to them the firm’s history. But what really captivated those young designers-to-be was Ms. Santamaria’s story of her humble beginnings, how she managed to be where she is now by experiencing something new for her, by persevering, using her skills, and ultimately, believing that everything defi nitely happens for a reason. Questions kept coming, but the firm’s team was more than happy and eager to answer all of them, together with snacks and drinks they prepared specially for the group. After a few exchange of goodbyes, the group left the office having with them the lessons they learned from Ms. Santamaria and her team and the experience they gained from that quick office tour, and soon the participants were already on their way back going to reality, their humble beginning – their campus. “It was super fun,” said Kathlene Besa, the Academics Committee Head of ASAPHIL-UP in an interview. “It’s fulfilling because no matter what the twists and turns were during the planning process, it all pays off when you see the look on the participants' faces when they learn something new,” she added. In totality, the event was a highly enriching one, very entertaining as well. It is undeniably that each participant took with them pieces of thoughts and realizations from the talks and office tours, even if it’s a thing or two, that only this kind of activity can give. Also, the bond shared by the participants is an additional factor that made the whole activity worthwhile. ASAPHIL-UP Firm Hopping was definitely a success for it attained its main purpose of being an educational experience that is neither bounded by the four walls of classrooms, nor the boundaries of school rules, but by the reality we call workplace.
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#0-# .''S 0/# 動*'4+$-$/ .)- &' When calamity strikes, perhaps all you can do is brace yourself. That is what the people of Bohol did on October 15, 2013, as a 7.2-magnitude earthquake shook their homes. The quake was felt by the entirety of the Visayas area, and has since become known as the deadliest earthquake in the last 23 years of Philippine history. Nearly 3.2 million people, a total of 671 103 families were affected by the disaster, with many being displaced from their homes. 222 people were reported to have been killed by the earthquake, 8 missing, and 976 people injured, according to reports by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. Whilst the loss of human life was put into great jeopardy by the earthquake, further damages were incurred in the form of structural damage to all cities in the area. Estimates hold that an amount of approximately 2.25 billion pesos worth of damages to public buildings, roads, bridges, and flood controls resulted from the quake. Furthermore, more than 73,000 structures were damaged following the quake, of which nearly 15,000 were completely destroyed. Credits of all the photos from their owners respectively. None of the photos are ours.
Of these structures, dozens of the historical churches were found in various states of disrepair. These churches dating from the Spanish colonial period were found to have collapsed in structure due to the quakes. The 16th-century Basilica Minore del Santo Ni単o in Cebu, the oldest Roman Catholic church in the Philippines, was amongst those churches damaged. The church was established in 1740, and is said by historians to have been sited upon the spot where the image of the Sto. Ni単o de Cebu was found by Spanish explorers led by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi in 1565. Some of its walls and frescoes were rendered cracked, whilst most of the fa巽ade and the belfry were destroyed. The Church of San Pedro Apostol in Loboc, Bohol was not spared in the calamity. Widely regarded as one of the most magnificent in the province, the church in its current incarnation was built in 1638, and stood a fine example of Jesuit colonial architecture from the Spanish colonial period. The church features many magnificent frescoes on the ceiling. In addition to the church is a three-story convent on the third floor of which houses the Museo de Loboc, filled with various statuaries of saints, as well as other religious artifacts.
The church itself has two facades, each being architectural marvels in their own right. One is the Jesuit built Baroque faรงade, embellished with medallions depicting saintly figures, while the other is an example of a Neoclassical portico, which was later added. But such treasures might no longer be seen for such time. The church was damaged severely during the earthquake. Other churches such as the Church of San Isidro Labrador in Tubigon, Church of the Holy Child in Cortes also suffered damages, having their faรงade and back, and faรงade respectively collapse in the disaster. The Church of Our Lady of Light in Loon collapsed, as did the Santa Cruz Parish Church in Maribojoc. Churches dating from the same time period as are found in Dauis, Dimiao, and Loay also found themselves in varying states of damage. Although proceeding the earthquake, restoration efforts were already beginning in order to bring the churches back to their former glory, these attempts may never be able to return them to perfect reproductions of the way they once were. For those who have already visited these historic places, unfortunately to them they exist only in memory. For those who have never seen such sights, they too suffer the consequences of this calamity, as they never will be given the opportunity. Though the damages to life and safety are numerous, our heritage too takes a blow, as by losing such monuments we lose something that can never be retrieved, never brought back once lost.
Although it may be difficult to gleam a moral from anything involving a natural disaster, it is certain to this writer that we must treasure whatever it is we have. No amount of prediction, nor preparation can allow us to know when something may be taken away from us. We must safeguard all that has been inherited by us so that others may experience the joy and memories we hold so dearly. The places we hold uniquely in our hearts are no exception. But surely enough, as soon as the Visayas area has recovered not only from this earthquake, but also the horrendous effects of Typhoon Yolanda, the people shall begin to repair both their lives and their surroundings. For that is the nature of the Filipino people, to rise back up after they have been battered down. Although the stone and mortar of these churches have found themselves collapsed, the Filipino spirit is unbreakable, and shall rebuild. All we can do is brace ourselves.
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