Volume 34 issue no. 3 APRIL 2009
1,306 Architects troop
th 35 NatCon UAP Elects 3rd Lady Prexy
On behalf of the United Architects of the Philippines, it is with extreme pleasure that I extend my warmest greetings and my best wishes to all the delegates, participants, organizers, exhibitors and sponsors of the 35th UAP National Conventions and Convention Exhibits 2009 to be held on April 2326, 2009 with the theme: “The Power of Architecture: Dream, Create, Transform”. Why the power of architecture? Unquestionably, outstanding works of architecture contribute significantly to the creation of distinctive cities. Excellent architecture is not only a beautiful piece of art to behold, but can bring in real benefits in the area of architecture tourism, or enhancement in property values. It distinguishes a distinctive city from the mundane, and reflects an appreciation of quality and creativity among the city’s inhabitants. Cities that aspire to be distinctive seek the skills of established architects in achieving this vision. Filipino architects have achieved international recognition through creativity and hard work. The fact that Filipino architects are able to transcend geographical boundaries to leave their mark of distinction demonstrates that there is no barrier for architects who possess outstanding competencies, and this reflects the power of architecture. Further, as globalization continues to dictate and affect market trends and despite the new scope of our operating environments, the one thing remains unchanged is public expectation of Filipino architects. Nothing but the highest standards will do. Architecture is responsible for developing and promoting high quality and consistent professional standards. Integrity and ethics are strong fundamentals upon which the architecture profession is built and this is a message of this convention with reference to the power of architecture. Lastly, a key element derived from this convention is inspiration - it strives to inspire, and be inspired. It promotes professionalism. It imparts a vision. It strives for excellence. Likewise, we too are inspired and totally dedicated towards presenting a highly professional and educational meeting here at SMX Convention Center. Welcome!
The heat continues to sizzle at SMX Convention Center even as the closing of the 35th UAP National Convention approaches. Themed “the Power of Architecture: Dream, Create, and Transform,” 1,306 architects (as of April 24, Day 2 ) have registered for the three-day affair of professional development, recognition, and fellowship. Moreover, the Comelec will declare Ana Mangalino-Ling as UAP’s third lady president. Joining her as the new officials will be Michael Ang (NEVP), area vice presidents Editha de Vera (Area A), Domingo Ll. Tablizo, Jr. (Area B), Guillermo Hisancha (Area C), and Jemma Semana (Area D). Other winning officials are Gil Evasco (secretary general), Amado Tandoc, Jr. (treasurer), and Ernesto Tianco (auditor). continued on page 2
Hours before the canvassing of ballots, former NEVP Ana Mangalino-Ling casts her vote. Together with her are Comelec officials led by Pamela Amador.
Ex UAPSA prexy tops 2009 archi board Past UAP Student Auxiliary President Cerise Anne Abenoja Mina topped the Architect Licensure Examination (ALE) with a rating of 80.20%. A graduate of Mapua Institute of Technology (MIT), Mina served as UAPSA President for the Fiscal Year 2006-2007. She is joined by fellow Mapuan Angello Adriano for second place (79.30). Other board placers were: Vangie Cheryl Ulila, University of San Carlos (USC), 78.60; Vincent Jo Hipolito (UP Diliman), 78.10; Arsenio Waje, Jr. (Columban College-Olongapo City), 77.80; Alexander Adiova (FEU) 77.60; Karen Anne Naguit (UST), 77.40; Cris Jan Banaag (UP DIliman), 77.20)]; Marc Lawrence Aquino, (St Louis College of San Fernando) and Diane Faye Gapas (UP
Medeliano T. Roldan, Jr., fuap
National President FY 2009-2010
Cebu Chapter’s Sing n’ Get Wet Party
Diliman), 77.00; and Nheil Crisostomo (University of San Carlos), Jade Ocot, (St. Joseph Institute of Techology), and Juan Crisostomo Olveros, (UP Diliman) 76.80. The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced that 372 out of 942 passed the ALE given by the Professional Regulatory Board of Architecture (PRBoA) headed by its Chairman, Arch. Armando N. Alli with two other members, Arch. Angeline T. Chua Chiaco and Arch. Marietta B. Segovia. The examination was held in Manila last January 16 & 18, 2009. Oathtaking ceremony of the successful examinees in the said examination was held before the Board on 26 March 2009, Thursday at the Fiesta Pavilion Manila Hotel, One Rizal Park, Manila.
A Superman and a Tarzan Like Adventure!
Arki Photography Workshop
Manila La Solidaridad th Year Anniversary
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The Official Publication of The United Architects of the Philippines The Integrated and Accredited Professional Organization of Architects (IAPOA) in the Philippines., holder of Accreditation No. 001, the first to be issued by the Professional Regulation Commission in 1975. The UAP-IAPOA has a current membership of over 22,000, affiliated with 115 local chapters and 5 international chapters EDITORIAL BOARD F.Y. 2008-2009 Medeliano T. Roldan Jr., fuap National President
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Chantal Honey F. Degorio, uap and Clarissa M. Lorenzo, uap (Area A) Eduardo F. Bober, Jr., uap, piep (Area B) Karl Aries Emerson F. Cabilao, uap (Area C) Ericson P. Europa, uap, piep (Area D) Corresponding Editors
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UAP Executive Committee F.Y. 2009-2010 Ana Mangalino-Ling, fuap National President
Michael T. Ang, fuap
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Editha P. de Vera, uap Vice President for Area A
Domingo Ll. Tablizo, Jr., fuap Vice President for Area B
Guillermo Hisancha, uap Vice President for Area C
Jemma Semana, fuap Vice President for Area D
Gil C. Evasco, uap Secretary-General
Amado E. Tandoc, Jr., uap National Treasurer
Ernesto D. Tianco, uap National Auditor
Medeliano T. Roldan Jr., fuap
Immediate Past National President
Maria Cristina V. Turalba, fuap Chancellor, College of Fellows
Like its national counterpart, the UAP National Elections has always been an exciting and colorful annual affair. For one, the path of the professional organization will be determined by the succeeding administration as UAP’s future leaders compete. This year, former NEVP Ana Mangalino-Ling bested Sonny Rosal, formerly head of Taskforce RA9266, for the presidency. Ling’s party is composed of former or re-elected officials while Rosal is a lone candidate. Unlike local elections, it should be noted that, UAP has come up with a more organized and unique voting scheme. Generally, only chapters with at least 30 good standing members can have an electoral college. For each five good standing member, one member will represent one electoral vote, which does not include the chapter president. Thus, it it no surprise that the winning candidates can be declared in just a day. More important, the current setup is similar to block voting where each chapter has to come up with a resolution signifying their choice of officials. It is signed, sealed and, submitted to Comelec officials, which will be opened during the day of canvassing. Unless each electoral college complies with their respective resoluton, the vote is considered null and void. This is where the conflict arises. It should be noted that in previous elections, ballots have been declared void because the voters have decided to go against the resolution. On the other hand, this year, it has been reported that less ballots were casted. The four-way test of the Rotary teaches us about ethics and decisionmaking. “Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?” The UAP National Elections is about making choices. Let us always choose to do what is right for the betterment of the profession, the professional, and the professional organization. Architects troop 35th Natcon ... from page1
Before it formally opened, national, local, and school officials met up to discuss issues of their respective areas. They included the Council of Deans and Heads of Architecture Schools in the Philippines (CODHASP), UAP National Board of Directors, and the chapter presidents. 35th NatCon It officially started off with the opening ceremonies led by guest speaker Hon. Manuel Villar and the opening of the Convention Exhibits (Conex). Discussions continued through the Candidates’ Forum and General Assembly and Business Meeting. A number of recognitions was also held. One of the highlights was the awarding of the Likha award to the “Father of UAP;” Norberto M. Nuke, fuapn and the new College of Fellows. Winners of the 2008 UAP National Awards and Bahay Pinoy Bamboo Design Competition 2009 were also presented. Seminars covered heritage conservation in Macau by Augusto “Toti” Villalon, fuap; feng shui by Maritess Allen and Annie Pugeda, uap; Architectural Facade by Ron Bertoli; and LEED architecture and sustainable desgin by Peter Zieth Now on its Third Year, UAP also held the Arkilympics, a series of sports events including badminton, basketball, bowling, billiards, and golf. Major sponsors like Davies Paints will sponsor the Fellowship Night with its “Uban Retro Graffiti” theme.
FeLixir Felicisimo A. Tejuco, Jr., uap, piep
Turning Japanese School has taught me that culture is the “sum total lifeways of a people.” When you’re in Japan, it wouldn’t be difficult to appreciate it. For centuries, they have kept the Japanese beauty and pride alive not only in their art and culture but within themselves. On April 14 to 24, together with students, faculty members, and alumni of the UST College of Architecture, I took part in a 10-day tour of Japan. There, I enjoyed Japan through its food, transportation, and architecture. Each city we visited boasts of a cultural treasure like a temple or castle. This does not include the old houses, which a great number remain in use. Despite the growing awareness, the Philippines is way behind when it comes to conservation particularly with the lack of government support. In Nara, a declared heritage site by (Unesco), Japan proved that political will and advocacy can save heritage. Government is very supportive in the conservation of heritage treasures, going to as far as supporting more than half the project cost. Thus, heritage structures exist together with new buildings giving the area a rich cultural feel. In most cases, adaptive reuse is strongly encouraged, with old structures like houses or food storages being converted to offices, radio stations-souvenircoffee shops, and restaurants. It is no surprise that all the heritage structures we have visited are packed by visitors, foreign and Japanese. They come from all walks of life: students, families, professionals and even senior citizens. *** The Japanese played a significant role in world history when it allied itself with the axis powers in World War II. For three years, the Philippines was under their rule. Having read the harshness of those times then only in history books, it is hard for me to imagine the cruelty Filipino veterans had to endure. However, when we visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, where Americans dropped the atomic bomb, I cannot help but feel pity for the Japanese. Seeing the documentations and testimonies of the survivors. Imagine seeing
a loved one, not only physically deteriorate or even mutate, but die infront of you. In the musuem, most of the subjects were women, mostly mothers and their children. *** While Japanese can be criticized for their flaws and eccentiricities, I choose to admire them for their good qualities. Whether they are in suits (which does not necessarily mean they have high-paying jobs) or not, they are really driven and hardworking to a fault that they seem to be robots. The waiters/waitresses, attendees of convenience stores or souvenir shops, and even security guards are polite, despite the language barrier. Discipline and orderliness was also evident. Wheter you’re on foot or commuting, the Japanese see to it that rules are being obeyed and proper courtesy implemented. Pedestrians use designated areas for crossing or foot bridges. Drivers obey traffic signs, giving way to pedestrians, almost always. In the train stations, passengers stepping out of the train go out smoothly without a mob of commuters blocking the doors. *** It certainly wasn’t an entirely pleasure trip my fellow Thomasian tourists will agree that it will always be a memorable experience. I am extending my sincerest gratitude to the organizers Amelia C. Fajardo, phd of UP College of Education-Samahan ng mga Kurikulista (Samaka) and Mr. Albert Reyes for giving me and the UST contingent this opportunity. Arigato desaimas!
Leiron Mark S. de Guzman, uap, piep
Recently, assemblies of the 4 major Areas of the UAP, namely UAP Area A, B, C & D respectively has concluded their annual meet. The gathering of the different areas pave way for the different Districts and Chapters in their respective Areas to interact, deliberate business meetings, charter resolutions, mingle with fellow architects and colleagues, lastly to have a break with much fun and enjoyment. This year in the occasion of the 35th UAP National Convention, the National Awards Selection shall be bestowed upon the winners of the Excellence Awards from the different Areas to vie for the title for the following Categories: The UAP National Awards for Meritorious Chapter Projects, (in five (5) categories namely: Best Chapter Projects on: (1) Public Relations Program, (2) Professional Development Program, (3) Civic Involvement Program, (4) UAP Nationalwide Architecture Week Event, and (5) Best Joint Program by a Group of UAP Chapters)
The UAP National Award for Individual Meritorious Achievements (in three (3) respective categories as (1) Most Outstanding UAP Chapter President, (2) Most Outstanding Regular UAP Member and (3) Outstanding UAP New Member), and The UAP National Award for Outstanding Chapter The UAP Post Editorial Board would like to extend congratulations to the Area Council, respective men and women of the Assemblies and Awards Councils and the recipients of their respective Area Excellence Awards, the chapter projects and for the qualifying bids for the National Category. See you at the 35th National Convention…
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ANA S. MANGALINO-LING,
APEC Architect, PIEP, FRIA
“Action Na Architects”… is the battle cry of this petite lady gifted with both beauty and brains...Perfection, excellence, ethics, integrity and credibility are the key words combined with Action... sealed with Dedication and Sincere Service to the United Architects of the Philippines through sustaining the four (4) elements included in the UAP’s 10-Year Long Range Plan: the Profession wherein primacy of the architecture profession is sustained to be responsive to the design and construction industry and its allied concerns; the Professional which upholds and safeguards the integrity of architects in achieving the highest level of profession; the Professional Organization which connotes effective leadership in promoting qualified, respected, globally prepared and competent architects and the Professional Product which provides opportunities for development and innovation to attain local and global recognition and exposure. Completing Arch. Ana’s team are: Arch. Michael T. Ang,fuap, for National Executive Vice President; Arch. Editha Parayno-De Vera,uap, for Area A Vice President; Arch. Domingo LL. Tablizo, fuap, for Area B Vice President; Arch. Guillermo H. Hisancha, fuap for Area A Vice President; Arch.Gemma Sarol-Semaña,uap, for Area D Vice President; Arch. Gil C. Evasco,uap, for Secretary General; Arch. Amado E. Tandoc, Jr., uap, for National Treasurer and Arch. Ernesto D. Tiangco, Jr. uap for National Auditor.
2009 UAP National Excellence Awards Most Outstanding Chapter
The United Architects of the Philippines Professional Development Commission (UAP PDC) has set the UAP Training Center for Computer-Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) in coordination with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). The UAP-TESDA Committee was spearheaded by VP for Area A, Arch. Ramon S. Mendoza, fuap, and overseen by Immediate Past National Executive Vice President Arch. Mangalino S. Ling,fuap. As a backgrounder training sessions were conducted l a s t N ove m b e r 2 0 0 7 a n d w e r e p a r t i c i p a t e d i n b y representatives from varied districts namely: Architects: Ana S. Mangalino-Ling (Quezon City); Claudio O. Rillera Jr.(A1a La Union); Garry M. Advento (A2b Tarlac); Pamela N. Amador and Maria Carla G. Epino (Quezon City); Cipriano T. Cruz, Jr. (Quezon City South Triangle); Minerva C. Rosel (A4 Diliman); Maria Elena C. Cayanan & Corazon F. Tandoc (Greenhills); Felicisimo A. Tejuco, Jr. (Rizal Kalayaan 100); Corazon F. Cruz-Adivoso (Rizal-Taytay) and Richard R. Pamplena (San Juan-Mandaluyong) and Zosimo M. Breguera, Jr. (Manila Maharlika). The UAP is the only accredited TESDA CADD Training Center and all other organizations who wish to be considered will have their certification and accreditation facilitated by UAP. The members in UAP-TESDA will be tasked to train and assess in the forthcoming CADD training seminars which will be funded under the scholarship grant of Her Excellency, Pres. Gloria Macapacal Arroyo. It will be held in TESDA, located at the City of Taguig, to be participated in by Architects: Claudio O.Rillera, Garry M.Advento, Ana S. Mangalino-Ling, Richard R. Pamplena, Pamela N. Amador, and Corazon F. Cruz- Adivoso. The initial session will last for two weeks to be conducted for four (4) hours daily with hands on training and assessment on the last day. Trainers will be compensated at Php300.00/hour. The committee is currently in need of additional trainers. Those interested may contact any TESDA member or UAP Secretariat at telephone numbers 532-6034 0r 532-6364. The scholarship will run up to December 2009 with three sessions to be held in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Through this humble gesture the UAP–TESDA Committee aims to help others to become globally competitive even in times of economic crisis. It is a part of the social responsibility of our organization and at the same time promote UAP as truly the professional organization to look up to.
Rizal-Taytay (Group 3) San Juan-Mandaluyong (Group 2)
Most Outstanding Chapter President
Dennis Villanueva - Camanava Hilaga (Group 3) Francis Ryan Rivera - Pampanga-San Fernando (Group 2) Henry Steve R. Olonan - QC (Group 1)
Most Outstanding UAP Member Jowette Anne del Rosario Gorospe Pampanga-San Fernando (Group 2) Leiron Mark S. de Guzman - QC (Group 1)
Most Outstanding New UAP Member
Mary Eunice Francisco-Santos - Pampanga-San Fernando (Group 2)
Best Public Relations Program “Toilet Donations” Camanava Hilaga (Group 3) “Tree Planting” Pampanga-San Fernando (Group 2) “Lecture Series: International Collaboration Outsourcing” QC (Group 1)
Best Professional Development Program “Seminar Series” Rizal-Taytay (Group 3)
“Officers’ Bearer Course and Planning Session” Pampanga-San Fernando (Group 2) “Urban Planning in China” QC (Group 1)
Best Civic Involvement Program
Cavite (Group 3) “Adopt-a-Barangay” - San Juan-Mandaluyong (Group 2)
Best Joint Project by a Group of UAP Chapters “Tree Planting: Greening Spaces, Enhancing Living Spaces” QC and Elliptical (Group 3) ‘Dental Mission” Pasig and A5 District (Group 2)
Best Project for Nationwide Architectecture Week (NAW)
“Painting Seminar” - Rizal-Taytay (Group 3) “NAW Event Series” - Pampanga-San Fernando, (Group 2) “Lakbay Series: Visit to Manosa’s Residence” - QC (Group 1)
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A Superman and a Tarzan Like Adventure!
Tomato Pen Clarissa M. Lorenzo, uap Quezon City Chapter
I WISH I COULD
I wish I could turn into a mermaid and other times have stunning wings. I’d be gorgeous, of course, despite the deformities. I’d be sparkling and radiate a kind of hush---peaceful and happy. I would swim the seas and joke around with the clown fish, lounge inside the whale, and do a duet with a lobster. Under the warm sun, I would soar high up above and teach an elephant to fly, help a luckdragon find a cure for the empress, and join a carpet save the street rat. The possibilities are endless! I don’t think I’d be able to contain myself. Every time I’d transform I’d be peeing in my pants. Imagine all the things I could do! All the places I’d see. All the people I’d meet. I wish I could exude the joy cartoons years ago brought. I wish I could make you feel brighter than sunshine. I wish I could wipe the tears that come at night. I wish I could make it better, better, better. I know I could…if you would let me. Let us all be the smile in each other’s lips!
Tandang Sora side trip event at the Area A assembly in Subic
Nerve wracking and a life to death experience! Are the best words to describe the experience of hanging like Tarzan on top of a 120 feet high tree and swing and fly with the help of a safety strap and a cable wire and travel 100 kilometers per hour in a position like the Superman do!, or enter the Tiger’s den and see the savage part of a hungry animal like what Daniel (in the Bible) experienced!. No words can describe the feelings of coming to what they called as the TREE TOP and ZOOBIC ZAFARI adventure a place you can go inside the Subic free port. These are great places to conquer your fear of heights and fear of wild animals. Places suited to bring our kids, family and friends. We have forgotten our tiredness (from the hectic schedule of the assembly), hunger and thirst just to experience a heart pounding travel from tree to tree for one and one-half hour and finish the task of swinging like SUPERMAN do. We have also conquered our fear of wild animals in entering into the hungry wild Tigers colony by the help of a well secured jeepney full of steel grills. Century old trees, lash vegetation, monumental structures panoramic views, different kinds of birds and wild monkeys are added highlights of our travel to the place. You will not enjoy your trip to SUBIC by not experiencing what we have experienced! WOW! Is the best word to sum it up! Another page was added to the UAP TANDANG SORA ADVENTURE!
Unity in Adversity… We celebrated our 31st anniversary last month at Bahay Kawayan, giving awards of recognition to our founding and active members. We also had the election of our new set of officers for the year 2009-2010. Our February GMM was attended by the most number (37) of our members so far. This goes to show that the chapter is very much alive and the members are actively participating. Evidently, our activities and projects gained recognition during the Area-A Assembly in Subic, Zambales. Our collective efforts and the painstaking documentations by our past president Johnny Vinta have paid off. The following is the list of our awards during the Assembly: 1. Best Joint Program by a Group of 4. Best Chapter Project on Public UAP Chapters – 2nd runner up Relations Program- 1st runner up “Rules of Order and Leadership “Solid Waste Management Training Seminar” Seminar” 2. Most Outstanding Chapter 5. Best Chapter Project Concerning President – 2nd runner up Nationwide Architecture Week Celebration – Award of Excellence “Eugene C. Ferraris” “Painters’ Seminar” 3. Best Chapter Project on Civic Involvement – 1st runner up 6. Best Chapter Project on Professional Development “Outreach Programs - Tsinelas sa Program – Award of Excellence batang Pinoy and Kanlungan ni Maria Home for the Elderly” “Seminar Series” The 2 awards of excellence shall be eligible for the national awards. This Month, we shall be having our Family Day, taking an early respite from the hustle and bustle of our activities, and enjoy each other’s company. Next month, our unified action will again be most needed especially that on the coming National Convention, from our ranks, our past District Director, Archt. Cora Adivoso will be running for the national position for Area Vice President. Let us show everyone that a seemingly miniscule dot could make a lot of difference. Let us stand together and support this undertaking.
The Marikina Valley Chapter Gift Giving Program With the Christmas season once again upon us, the Marikina Valley Chapter put together their annual Gift Giving Project for our less fortunate brothers and sisters so that we can extend to them the spirit of the season. Having been so blessed in the past years the chapter had a need to share these blessings if anything to spread hope to them as sometimes hope in the goodness of others are all the less fortunate have to hold on to. In this light, the chapter decided to expand their horizon and in expanding found the Cottolengo Bahay ng mga may Kapansanan. This year the chapter’s beneficiaries are the special children of the above mentioned organization. They are referred to as special children due to their extra special need of caring. These children are basically poor, abandoned, orphaned, unwanted, neglected and surrendered to the organization who readily takes on the responsibility of caring for them. On top of that these children are physically and mentally impaired (mentally retarded, blind, deaf, mute orthopedically handicapped, cerebral palsied, autistic, Down syndrome, etc). Having continued on page 6
features Treasures of the North
Barasoain Chapter The Barasoain Chapter headed by Arch. Ma. Teresa Gopez, with the participation of the artistic hands of the Bulacan State University-Fine Arts Likha Art Group, conducted a mural painting activity on the perimeter wall surrounding the playground of the Bethany House Sto. Niño Orphanage in Tabe, Guiguinoto, Bulacan last 17 January to 03 February, 2009. The group worked on the painting on weekends with an aim to make the place become livelier and homey with the introduction of color in the surrounding. The theme of the painting illustrates happy children playing on a vast greenery - a friendly surrounding deserved to be experienced by children. Sister Irene, the Mother in charge of the orphanage, was very delighted with the outcome of the project and the children housed in the orphanage were eager to share a play and smiles.
After getting a taste of Mindanao’s beauty and writing an inspired article for this publication about it, some gust of wind from the north made me feel that I should go back to my birthplace, visit some little known but significant places, and tell the world about. One of the main tourism destinations up north is Metro Vigan (composed of a cluster of towns with Vigan as its main hub). Apart from the century-old houses and grand festivities, visitors are also treated with sumptuous native Rosario House street signage before restoration cuisines, unique arts and crafts, and a warm hospitality uniquely Ilocano. One of the inspiring sights is the sunset seen on top of Bantay Belltower. Sitting on top of a hill, it offers breathtaking views – the most awesome of which is the sun setting on the horizon. For pure bred Ilocanos like me, what awes me most every time I watch the setting sun atop the belfry is the sight of smoke from numerous parts of the metro rising to the orange sky. For everybody’s information, this is the time of day when most of the populace clean their backyard, dispose the garbage into a pit (temtem in Ilocano dialect) and burn it. This may be an Ceiling centerpiece at the environmental issue but nonetheless, it symbolizes some sala of Rosario House of the Ilocano’s unique traits that help him survive and prosper wherever he sets his foot on. Another place which for me is a must for a heritage junkie is the Adora House, a century old bahay kubo constructed circa 1900s. It is located along Rizal St. near the Vigan public market. It has undergone occasional repairs but maintained its original layout and facade. The owner said that the nipa roof is the one that absorbs the most damage and needs to be repaired annually. Few tourists go to the place as the tourism in Vigan is more focused on the busy town center. Aside from the ones previously mentioned, there are other spectacles hidden in the century old Vigan houses. Well preserved and maintained antique furniture as well as decorative interior paintings are found on some of these cultural edifices. The Quema House along Quirino St. boasts well preserved antique furniture. Grand decorative ceiling design and wall paintings adorn the Lazo House. The Rosario House along Calle Salcedo which is undergoing restoration boasts a well preserved ceiling painting characteristically Filipino. Embedded on the exterior on one of its columns is a wood plank bearing a carved street name “Calle de Salcedo.” These are just some of the hidden treasures which make my hometown unique and proudly Ilocano. When going to Vigan, try visiting these places and have a unique way of experiencing the colorful mix of culture that is uniquely Biqueño. by Arch. Michael Colis
The Marikina Valley Chapter... from page 6
found this organization, the UAP Marikina Valley Chapter held it’s Annual Gift Giving on December 19, 2008 at the Cottolengo Bahay ng mga may Kapansanan, San Rafael, Montalban. The theme for this Gift Giving Program was “Tulong ko…Tulong mo…Tulong ng bawat Arkitekto.” This was headed by Chapter President Architect Remegio G. Abello and the Chairman, Architect Jhun Fetalvero together with Architect Salvador Villamor – Director. As soon as we arrived, we were greeted by Fr. Julio Cuesta Ortega - Chairperson/ President of Cottolengo Filipino, Inc. As requested by the foundation we brought disposables diapers for kids and adults from smallest to biggest sizes, milk, eggs, disposables comforters, cookies, juice and snacks from Jollibee for the kids. Ms. Joan and Ms. Tess – Secretaries, gave the visiting Architects a tour of the place and talked about the children in their care and their status. We saw children who, at their age, should be playing around bedridden practically their whole life, children who’s parents probably so poor and uneducated regarding their conditions give up their mentally challenged children as they do not fully understand their plight. This was such a touching and painful experience for even the most intelligent of people as nothing can prepare you for what you will see here. Maybe the sheltered lives we’ve had, the blessings we enjoyed have hidden the situation of these kids from us but the painful truth is that they do exist and they badly need the hope, help, love and blessings we can offer them. Watching the volunteers who pledged their time and love to these special children are some of the greatest people one can have the honor of meeting. These kids are not of their flesh and blood in all biological sense of the world yet they realized that are our flesh and blood in all the sense of spirituality. Having been chosen by a greater force to experience this, the visiting
architects felt a need to communicate their needs for them to reach as much people as they can who can help these children... our brothers and sisters in hopes of making their probably very short time on earth as comfortable and as loved as we can. Although logistically their place is situated inconveniently far for many of us a trip to this place is very much worth it. Let it be a reminder to us of the 3 wise men who followed the star, crossing desserts and plains to reach the baby born in a manger. I don’t think any of them regretted the inconvenient travels on camels they had to endure to bring gifts for this very special child who later turned out to be our savior and salvation. Any kind of donations for this charity will be greatly appreciated as they hardly have one consistent benefactor. To contact them please call Telephone No. 942 3013 or visit their website at cottolengofilipino.org. For those who would like to hold true to the saying “may the spirit of Christmas be always in our hearts the whole year through” maybe this could be the way. Allow our chapter to be that shinning star that will lead you to them, and may you too becomes the same star for others.
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Manila La Solidaridad 4th Year Anniversary
Maroon & Green Waves Eduardo F. Bober, Jr., uap, piep Palawan Chapter
Ordinary deeds, extraordinary effects Scorching days, hot and humid nights, water rationing, frequent brownouts, and recently unpredictable weather conditions…these are circumstances we now face during summers. Was it really all this bad a number of summers back? It was not. As professionals we all know why our summers have gotten this bad. Our environment finally succumbed to the insensible, indifferent, and selfish acts of human kind. I dare say, architects and planners, those who have gone before and to all of us still continuing this noble but highly influential profession are partly to blame for the state of today’s environment. But, it is not yet too late…if we work diligently together. So, how can we as architects and planners help slow down if not reverse the very real threat of further destruction of the only place where we as a human race can live and survive? I think a personal decision to adhere to a lifestyle with the least negative environment impact is a step towards achieving this goal. Our daily lives should reflect our support for a better environment. Things we do around the house like garbage segregation, using pail and dipper instead of the shower for baths, utilizing gray water to flush our toilets and watering our plants, harvesting rainwater during rain season for household use. Small things, which can help conserve scarce resources. Additionally, purchasing decisions which may cause more money at first but will be of greater benefit in the long run like choosing furniture and equipment that do not emit harmful elements and which are water and energy efficient. Even the design we implement for our own houses, either new or just minor renovations should reflect wise use of materials, and constructive utilization of renewable resources. We could bring this concern further into our social life. We could inform and encourage family members, neighbors and friends of the impending effects that will result out of our continued indifference to this environmental situation. Joining groups which support environmental conservation like Kalikasan, GENESYS, Haribon, and Pemsea to name a few or even just a local organization in your community having the same aim of protecting our environment. Environmental volunteerism is a way to perform our civic responsibilities. As we are professionals involved in planning, building houses and communities therefore extending our concern for what will happen and what will be left of our
18 March 2009 at Dragon Gate Seafood Restaurant (Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City)
Cavite - Gawad Kalinga
Technical interpretation of Cavite Chapter for the Gawad Kalinga, Munting Paraiso Bayanihan Alumni/WN Gawad Kalinga Village, Trece Martires City, Cavite on 27 February 2009. Hon. Melencio “Jun” de Sagun, mayor of Trece Martires City, Cavite , as Guest of Honor.
environment for the next generation should reflect in how we think professionally. Concepts we present to our valued clients should also reflect that concern, enlightening our clients through our designs that reflect the conscientious use of renewable resources; without sacrificing the precepts of architecture, clients’ needs, comforts and convenience. Patiently explaining to them benefits of passive cooling, natural illumination and landscapes; introducing alternative energy source, energy-efficient lighting and appliances, water-saving fixtures; and the efficient use of space. These are but a few of the numerous ways wherein we can actually advance our professional practice from designing for clients’ satisfaction to a
higher cause of protecting the future world for the unborn. We are at the same time helping in kindling and renewing other people’s concern for our world. Ultimately, to act on what we say, making that act a habit, a part of who we are is the key. We may view our own efforts as a small thing which may not even make an impact, but think about this: If every one of the more than 22,000 UAP members will make this a personal advocacy, wouldn’t that small impact be a big one? As Jean Paul Richter said, “do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good action, try to use ordinary situations”.
Two Sides of the Pen Karl Aries Emerson F. Cabilao, uap Sugbu Chapter
HERITAGE TALES Dumbfounded. Their chops were gaping in awe as they desperately tried to make sense of the news that they just heard. A group of architects who were doing a study on heritage buildings in the southern towns of Cebu went back to Argao town were greeted by the sad news. A maternity house, built during the Spanish era, was demolished to pave way for a new government building. Just some weeks prior to their return, the old house, which Argaoanons have a special attachment to since most of them and their ancestors were born or treated there, was still standing along side another Spanishera structure, the Casa Real. Now, a sore thumb of a government building, a clear rip-off of classical Greek buildings, stands in place of the old maternity house. What made matters worse, was the construction of another of this “rip-off” at the other side of the Casa Real, the town’s municipal hall. With Argao touted as one of the oldest remaining Spanish “walled pueblos” in the country, it surely puzzles heritage lovers what those “Greek temples” are doing there. This is just among the many “horror stories” regarding urban and heritage conservation in the country. Recently, we have heard of the news about a Gabaldontype school building in Ilocos Norte which was supposed to be demolished to pave way for a commercial center. Thankfully, after a multitude of protests, the plan was shelved. All that is old are not entirely obsolete that must be wiped out and replaced with a new one. Being rich in history, our country boasts a lot of beautiful and historicallysignificant buildings and spaces that were built during the Spanish and American eras, and even way before that. These structures speak a lot of our culture and how it has evolved through the centuries. The significance of these buildings is not just about its history but also in its architectural and aesthetic aspects as well as the social and economic. Thanks to our Urban Conservation subject in our masteral class, we were not just made aware of the numerous heritage “horror stories” but in the need for conservation and appreciation of these buildings. It all goes back to the old Filipino cliché that goes “Ang hindi marunong lumingon sa kanyang pinaggalingan ay hindi makakarating sa kanyang paroroonan.” How we treat our heritage buildings portrays how high or low our regard is for our past
Cebu Chapter’s Sing n’ Get Wet Party Splash the stress away at the pool and sing one’s heart out. This was what the young and hardworking officers of the Cebu Chapter thought as a great way to celebrate 34 years of active service in the UAP and as the organization’s first chapter, having been chartered on 20 January 2009. The chapter held their 34th “birthday” celebration at the poolside of the Metro Park Hotel in La Guardia Drive, Lahug, Cebu City last 31 January 2009. It had all the trimmings of a birthday party to remember: balloons, birthday cake, great food and warm company (Regional District C-1 Council members were also invited to the affair). Past Chapter Presidents Melva Java, Jose Mari Canizares, Daisy Mah and Benjamin Alino joined the incumbent leader, Emmanuel Cuizon, in blowing the candles on their cake. After dinner, members and guests took turns on the microphone as they sang their favorite ditties on videoke while the other donned their swimming attire and headed for the pool. The chapter’s weekend to remember was sponsored by Boysen Paints. by Karl A.E.F. Cabilao, uap
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Past Chapter Presidents with incumbent blow the candles wishing for more fruitful years to come
Humabon new officers During its General Membership Meeting held last 21 Feb. 2009 at the Grand Convention Center, the Rajah Humabon Chapter elected its new set of officers for FY 2009-2010. Youth dominated the chapter board this year. President Gloria Anino passed on the chapter presidency to Rolan Paolo Alberto. Josephril Partosa and Duane Dale Anino were elected as VPs for Programs and Development and Operations, respectively. Also chosen were Leonida de Vera (secretary), Rudyard Cinco (treasurer), Eleazar Lara (auditor) and Richard Cabaluna, Leartes Tabotabo, Jr., Mark Anthony Castillon, Florante Catalan and Carlos Pio Zafra (directors). and how we care about our future. In some districts in Havana, Cuba, old building facades serve as basis for future building designs. Thus there is visual clarity in the urban setting and more importantly, the old but beautiful facades are still available for future generations to discern. Architects are more sensitive to these issues. As practitioners of a profession where engineering and art amalgamates into a great blend, urban conservation is best at the hands of the architects. Well, there should also be added passion for the endeavor which is attained through continuous immersion in
Last March 14, the outgoing chapter board had its first joint meeting with the incoming officers at Cafe Georg. The meeting was primarily aimed to orient the new batch of leaders of their respective functions and duties and responsibilities to the chapter. In behalf of the board, June Bayaton, VP for Programs and Development urged the incoming officers to continue the worthwhile projects in addition to new ones that they will be pursuing. by Leonida C. de Vera, uap local history, culture and traditions. Through successful examples of urban conservation efforts together with the LGU’s (yes, some government leaders must stop being all-knowing and seek help from the right professionals and experts), the love-for-heritage “bug” will spread throughout each community, town and city. Hopefully there will be less (or no more) eyesores, pointless and heartbreaking demolitions of historic structures, ill-advised renovations and dumbfounded looks on heartbroken heritage advocates.
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Rediscovering Plumbing with Sugbu Chapter R e cog n izi n g the importance of plumbing as architecture’s allied profession, the Sugbu Chapter held its 2nd Professional Growth Seminar (PGS), entitled “Plumbing for Architects”, last January 31, 2009 at the Madrid and Bilbao Function Rooms of Casino Español de Cebu, V. Ranudo St., Cebu City. The chapter had its last PGS in 2005, where Past Chapter President, Arch’t. Milton Ogdoc, served as resource speaker in the half-day seminar which dealt with the preparation of contract documents. Four years after, UAP-Sugbu invited architect, educator and master plumber, Danilo V. Ravina, as the main speaker for their 2nd PGS. More than 40 architects and architecture graduates took part in the seminar-workshop and
listened to Arch’t. Ravina’s engaging delivery of his lecture. With the seminar’s success, Arch’t. Ravina was tapped by the UAP Area-C Council to share his expertise to Visayan architects during the Area-C Assembly seminars in Dumaguete last February.
Chapter Director Grace Ann Culpa chaired this year’s seminar, which was sponsored by Techno-Trade Industries, Inc. Fresh from this successful professional development program, the chapter is eagerly preparing for its 3rd PGS still with Arch’t. Ravina later this year. by Karl A.E.F. Cabilao, uap
UAP Architects in USC CAFA’s ‘Lantawan’ Magazine When the University of San Carlos College of Architecture and Fine Arts (USC CAFA) launched the maiden issue of its official publication, Lantawan, during the Nationwide Architecture Week celebration in Cebu, UAP members in Cebu felt a dose of pride. Within the glossy pages of this architecture and design magazinetype journal are the articles written by Cebuano UAP members. Among those featured tackle on relevant architectureand design-related topics like urban design, heritage, rainwater harvesting and street art among many others. Leading the writers’ pool is Past UAP National President, Arch’t. Richeto Alcordo, who wrote on the importance of originality and creativity in his article entitled “On Being First Handers”. Other architect-writers who contributed their talents and knowledge though their write-ups are USC CAFA Dean Omar Maxwell Espina (Lapu Lapu Chapter), Past UAP Vice President for Area-C Melva Rodriguez-Java (Cebu Chapter), Danilo LANTAWAN Magazine cover depicts the Ravina (Rajah Humabon Chapter), maiden issue’s theme on the search of and Carmencita Solis and Karl Cabilao Philippine art and architecture’s identity. (Sugbu Chapter).
They join selected architecture students, as well as Fine Arts faculty and students, in breathing life to the first issue of Lantawan magazine. Editor-in-chief Bro. Bela Lanyi, a Hungarian architect and professor a t U S C C AFA G ra d u a t e S c h o o l , continues to work tirelessly to make the magazine available beyond the walls if USC CAFA. Last February, when he invited as guest speaker in UAP Sugbu Chapter’s GMM, he took the opportunity to promote the magazine to the 50-plus architects in attendance. His talk was about “Organic Architecture in Hungary” which is also the topic of his writeup in Lantawan. According to him, he was able to make his “biggest sale” during the meeting. “Lantawan” is a Visayan word for a place where one can view the outdoors. Lantawan magazine is available at the USC CAFA Dean’s Office, USC Library and in all Cagnaan Bookstore branches. by Karl A.E.F. Cabilao, uap
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The Chapter, led by President Kendel Esperas, reached out to the community with their gift-giving activity and breakfast with the orphans at the Lingap Center. The members also visited the Eastern Visayas State University. After sharing their blessings, the chapter partied with their fellow District C3 colleagues. by Karl A.E.F. Cabilao, uap
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The Southern Shores Ericson Europa, uap, piep Davao Chapter
BIENVENIDOS a la cuidad de Zamboanga! This was the all-toofamiliar greeting which welcomed me as I arrived, after a 50-minute flight from Davao City, at the Zamboanga International Airport for the 5th UAP Area D Assembly. The moment I got in this beautiful city in the southern tip of western Mindanao, it seemed I was transported to another country or another era, more aptly, back to the Spanish colonial times. Indeed, Zamboanga, considered as one of the oldest and the most Hispanized city in the country, is really unique. There’s no other place in the country where the legacy of Spain’s 300-year rule has been indelibly embedded than in Zamboanga. No wonder they call her, not only the Philippines’ Little Spain, but La Ciudad Latina De Asia or Asia’s Latin City. I first set foot in Zamboanga City back when I was still a college student at UP Diliman. Whenever I would go home to Davao by ship (I still couldn’t afford the airfare then and the airline companies didn’t have these affordable promos they have now), the 54-hour voyage would make a brief stopover at the Zamboanga port. But during those occasions, my four-hour stay in the El Orgullo de Mindanao (Pride of Mindanao) went only as far as the pier gates, where I would buy some tubao as pasalubong for my friends. Since then, Zambaonga Hermosa, or Beautiful Zamboanga, with its mystic and allure, has become one of my dream destinations. When news came that the city would be the site of this year’s Area D Assembly, without second thoughts, I readily made my schedule open for the two-day UAP event. Unfor tunately, most of my chaptermates were apprehensive of joining the activity due to the region’s perceived unstable peace and order situation as evidenced by the spate of kidnapping incidents reported in the area recently. Hence, I, together with Angga Salanatin-Valencia and Kiko Hidalgo, UAP Davao Chapter’s incumbent president and incoming pr e sident, r e spe c tively, wer e the only brave souls who r e p r e s e n t e d o u r c h a p t e r. The most telling proof of Spain’s
lasting influence in Zamboanga is the interesting Chavacano tongue. I was so amazed listening to the native dialect spoken by the Zambaongueños that it made me wonder, “Am I still in the Philippines?” Chavacano is a form of Spanish-Creole language, which is a delightful mix of 60% Spanish and 40% local words. Traces of Castillan culture can also be found in the songs and ballads and, of course, the mouthwatering Zamboanga cuisine. Perhaps the best tangible heritage left by the Spaniards in the city is the impressive Fort Pilar, a coastal military fortification built in 1635 as defense against pirates and slave raiders. This is Zamboanga’s counterpart of Intramuros in Manila. On one side of the fort is the shrine to the Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragoza, who is said to have performed miracles among the local populace. It explains why, as I’ve observed when we were there, the place never seemed to ran out of devotees, who kept on arriving in droves to venerate the city’s beloved patron. While Zamboanga has been highly-Hispanized, the Americans, for their part, have also managed to make a significant imprint in the city’s interesting landscape. Some of its prominent buildings and landmarks date back to the early 1900s when the US colonial government made Zamboanga the capital of the Moro Province, covering the entire island of Mindanao. Through the animated stories of the tour guide who accompanied us during the city tour, I was able to get snippets of information about them. Zamboanga’s verdant Pasonanca Park with its famous treehouse, was started in 1912 by Gen. John Pershing, when he served as governor of the Moro Province. The present Zamboanga City Hall, completed in 1907 as the erstwhile Provincial Capitol building, used to house the offices of Pershing and the other American governors. The Pettit Barracks, which originally was the home of the Spanish soldiers, became the headquar ters of the American forces when they captured the city and developed the site into a beautiful landmark. Zamboanga City, with its colorful history and rich culture, is truly one interesting place. Its unique heritage is matchless. Despite the setbacks and problems with regards to security that have hounded the city in recent years, Zamboangeños have remained steadfast and proud of their enduring legacy. Muchos gracias to Area D Vice President Prosty Abellano and District D-2 Director Roel Cadungog for bringing the assembly to Zamboanga. In d e e d, my t wo - d ay s t ay in Zambaonga was regrettably too short. I’m sure there is more to see, more to explore and more to enjoy in this “City of Flowers.” Nevertheless, my brief visit was one experience that is truly hard to forget, for “in Zamboanga, the waters murmur, the flowers whisper, the breezes sing...and in every step taken, a discovery...that she is a city, once visited, is never forgotten.”
Socsksargen Hosts Arki Photography Workshop in Gensan
In line with the organizations direction of developing the Filipino Architect as a versatile professional in the field of arts, the Socsksargen Chapter recently conducted a two day seminarworkshop on architectural photography. The project, which was jointly conducted with the National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA), committee on architecture and allied arts, was implemented last 22-23 January 2009 at the STI College Building in General Santos City. Resource person was Archt. Paulo G Alcazaren, a writer of a popular column on urbanism, architecture and design called ‘City Sense’ in the Philippine Star. He finished BS Architecture and Landscape Architecture degrees from the UP Diliman. He is also a holder of a Master’s Degree in Urban Design from the University of Singapore where he was awarded the Singapore Institute of Architects Book Prize. The seminar workshop entitled “ARKIPHOTOGRAPHY”, aims to promote photography as a medium for architectural presentation and equip practicing architects, designers, students and photography enthusiasts the proper knowledge and skill on capturing architecture in photography. It also intends to promote photography as a form of art. The workshop focused on understanding the art Digital Photography for Architects, Designers and Photography Enthusiasts.” The seminar lecture provided an introduction to general photography, the difference between film and digital photography, the importance of the proper selection of camera type and lenses, the importance of tripods and vibration, the basics of composition, how to prepare for the pictorial. how to tell the photographic story, case studies of professional pictorials from the archives of BluPrint architectural magazine and analysis of pictures sent by participants. The speaker also presented the importance of photographic documentation for designers and architects. The first day lecture session was followed by an actual photo shoot session in the afternoon at the following sites: the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Parish Church, the Philam Life Building and the East Asia Royal Hotel. Participants were asked to do the following shots: (a) Interior shoots (2) External Shoot (daytime) (3) External Shoot (night time). The output of the first day photo shoot session was critiqued by the workshop resource person and strengths and weaknesses of each shoots were clearly presented and analyzed. A total of 40 participants composed of architects, architecture students and graduates, as well as photography enthusiasts attended the workshop. The output of the workshop was presented as an exhibit at the City Hall Lobby of General Santos City on 24-28 March 2009.
It was a hardcourt encounter like no other for the Cebu-based United Architects Basketball Club (UABC). Last 19 February 2009, a select team of UABC players led by UAP District C-1 Director Alan Choachuy met with Team Pacquiao led by the “Pambansang Kamao” himself, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao in a friendly basketball game at the Benedicto College Gym in Mandaue City, Cebu. Although it was just an exhibition game, the outcome was far from being the same as Pacman’s previous runaway victories in the boxing ring. This time, it was a close one (and Pacman lost!) as the UABC selection squeaked past Team Pacquiao by just three points, 73-70. A day prior to the game, the world-renowned boxer from General Santos was conferred a doctorate degree in humanities (honoris causa) by the Southwestern University in Cebu City for his “exemplary performance in the field of professional boxing and thereby making the entire Philippines proud”. by Karl A.E.F. Cabilao, UAP with report from Alan G. Choachuy, UAP
Pacman’s hang time Manny Pacquiao obliges District C-1 Director “Big Al” Alan Choachuy an autograph. Or is it the other way around?
Lists of Winners BASKETBALL Champion - Angeles City Chapter First Runner Up - Tarlac Chapter Second Runner Up - Sinukwan Chapter Most Valuable Player - Arch. Vincent Vitug (Angeles City Chapter) BADMINTON Champion - Sinukwan Chapter First Runner Up - Tarlac Chapter Second Runner Up - Angeles City Chapter Best Player - Arch. Arnel Dungca (Sinukwan Chapter) CHESS Champion - Arch. Edrian Sitchon (UAP-PSFC) First Runner Up - Arch. Olive Robles (Bataan Chapter) DARTS Champion - Arch. Roldan Garcia (Tarlac Chapter) First Runner Up - Bataan Chapter Second Runner Up - Sinukwan Chapter BILLIARDS Champion - Arch. Rogelio Elepedes (Sinukwan Chapter) First Runner Up - Arch. Enrique Santos (UAP-PSFC) Second Runner Up - Olongapo Chapter TABLE TENNIS Champion - Arch. Enrique Santos and Arch. Mark Cordero (UAP-PSFC) First Runner Up - Arch. Ryan Galura and Arch. Vincent Vitug (Angeles Chapter) Second Runner Up - Arch. Herbert Aldana and Arch. Rogelio Elpedes (Sinukwan Chapter)
UABC Architects with Team Pacquiao
The United Architects of the Philippines Regional District Area A2-B recently held it Annual District Sportsfest at The University of the Assumption Gymnasium last 7 March 2009. It was spearheaded by the District Director Arturo Galang, uap. Six chapters with its respective players and delegates attended the event including UAP-PSFC, A n g e l e s C i t y C h a p t e r, Sinukwan Chapter, Tarlac Chapter, Bataan Chapter, and Olongapo Chapter. The sports activities started at 8 am. Events included basketball, badminton, billiards, darts, table tennis, and chess. After the long day of play, the whole District proceeded to Dulang Restaurant also in the City of San Fernando for the Awards and Fellowship Night.