Seaside City Cebu

sm-seaside-cityA new mall, called SM Seaside City Cebu will be one of the first developments in the master plan of SM Properties for their 304,100 sq. m. site, which stretches from the northern part of the South Road Properties (SRP) to the sea, which is set to open on the 3rd quarter of 2014.  This 4-storey mall, designed by Miami-based architectural firm Arquitectonica, will have a gross floor area of 292,043 sqm, complete with an IMAX theatre, an ice skating rink, an 18-lane bowling center, and a roof garden.   It is set to be the 4th largest Mall in the world.  There will also be a 100m Viewing Tower which will offer panoramic views of Cebu.   The proposed mall is quite a departure from the usual SM Mall designs, circular layout and more green/open areas.

And we thought SM will never get tired of their (tried and tested) monotonous boxes.

Magallanes Church

273278_origArchitect: Dominic Galicia, Leandro Locsin, Ildefonso Santos, Jr.
Date Built: 1968 − 2007
Timeline: N/A
Location: Magallanes Village, Makati
Construction: 1968 – 2007

The Magallanes Church, also known as the Parish Church of St. Alphonsus, was built in 1968 and consumed by fire in September 2004. The church was rebuilt by Architect Dominic Galicia, preserving the concrete structure that survived the fire while adding a soaring roof that increased the height from six meters to 28 meters. With a new mezzanine, seating also increase from 300 to 900. The new structure served as a symbol of a community transforming tragedy into grace.

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In 1968, Architect Leandro Locsin designed an 800-square-meter parish church that was intimate and low, with an interior that was dark. The plan was a perfect square, 28 meters each side, with a four-meter-high ceiling that was flat. The central aisle ran along the diagonal of the square. Marching along the perimeter were 28 concrete buttresses four meters tall, which were wide at the base and narrow at the top. They seemed to support a massive roof slab, which was actually a tall parapet wall that shielded the corrugated metal roof.

Thirty-five years later, it was one of the busiest churches in Metro-Manila. A 22-story college building had risen to dwarf it. Beside it, a country road had become a two-level highway. Makati had become the country’s financial capital.


philconstruct2012The 22nd PHILCONSTRUCT will be held on November 7-10, 2012 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. This event will gather the industry’s leading suppliers and manufacturers in one venue, showcasing the latest products and technology available in the market!
The PHILCONSTRUCT 2012 trade show is organized by Philippine Constructors Association (PCA) and Global-Link Marketing & Management Services, Inc. This year’s event promises to be even bigger. Visitors can look forward to a wide range of display from more than 500 companies whose products and technologies represent other countries like China, Japan, Italy, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and more.

Calle Crisologo, Vigan City

thumb_image_1328_1Location Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Typology Residential

The City of Vigan is a 5th class city in the province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines. It is the capital of the Province of Ilocos Sur.
It is a World Heritage Site in that it is one of numerous Hispanic towns in the Philippines, and is well-known for its cobblestone streets, and a unique architecture that fuses Philippine building design, and construction with European architecture.
Calle Crisologo and Vigan Heritage Village is what Vigan City is known for. It is a street lined with Spanish Era houses and cobble-stoned streets, which led to Vigan’s inscription in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Tourists can buy souvenirs or even ride a calesa (horse-drawn buggy).
The city of Vigan’s full name at the time of its Spanish foundation was “Villa Fernandina”, or “Town of Ferdinand”, in honour of Prince Ferdinand, the firstborn son of King Philip II of Spain.
As the city grew, and the seat of the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia transferred to Vigan, it was later re-named “Ciudad Fernandina de Vigan” (“Ferdinand’s City of Vigan”).

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normal_CSB_south_FacadeArchitecture begins with an idea. Some ideas are simple while others are complex. Ideas also come from diverse sources. Architecture might derive ideas from everyday experiences or from esoteric origins.

Whatever the case, one needs to act on that idea for architecture to come to reality. Often, only people with vision and courage act on that idea. The College of St. Benilde – Schoolof Design and Arts (CSB-SDA) building is a perfect exampleof how conviction, temerity and bravery are necessary in the actualization of an idea. It would take a designer with a strong passion for creativity and a patron with an unwavering commitment to innovation to fully realize the dream



MakatiskylineWe love drawing connections between things that do not seem to be related, like our post on Manny Pacquiao and the CCP. Quite interestingly, we received some comments that made the connection more valid. Like when we asked on Facebook what’s the connection between Pacquiao and CCP, Nick Ramos said “They’re both made of concrete.”

One reason why we love to draw these connections is to give a sense of perspective. This time, we want to have another sense of perspective on our top ten skyscrapers.The bi-annual event, held every March & October, is organized by the Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM), in partnership with Manila Now, Cebunext and Bijoux Cebu. This year’s Manila FAME was curated by some of the most renowned players in the industry, namely

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normal_20071226041901_CSB-SDA1The post at Facebook on the DLS-CSB School of Design and Arts (SDA) building by Ed and Lor Calma sparked discussions and debate, among other things, on the building’s relationship with its “context.” Several people said that it is out of its context. While several still said that it is, in fact, in context.
Some modernists find the Farnsworth House, the Georges Pompiduo, the Rokko Housing, and several modern icons, to be in context with their surroundings. Others see that it is the flavor of the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre, or the Sagrada Familia, or the Therme Vals that are actually in context with their surroundings. Each of these claims have their take on what it means to be “in context.” And since each of them are strong in their arguments, it seems that the line between in and out of context is just an illusion.

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Vertis North, Quezon City

img3Quezon City is fast becoming a center of gravity for economic developments as it works to be at par with international business standards,” says Antonino T. Aquino, President of Ayala Land Inc. “Ayala Land is investing a total of P65 billion to bring Vertis North into Quezon City to help establish the premier central business district north of Metro Manila.”

Vertis North is the city center of Quezon City. Uniquely located and masterfully planned, Vertis North unifies the city’s resources in an engine of dynamic growth. The North Triangle property on which Vertis North stands spans 45 hectares of prime land, inclusive of TriNoma. It is a location of unparalleled strategic importance, bound by EDSA, Agham Road, and North Avenue. Masterplanned by Ayala Land in a joint venture with the National Housing Authority, Vertis North is the nucleus of a uniquely entrepreneurial city.

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magnumPeople going gaga over an ice cream bar…seriously?

From Twitter to Facebook, and all over the blogosphere, Filipinos having been raving and slaving over the Magnum. I’ve had a few, and to be fair they were really good. But to see the how far celebrities and netizens back home have gone to make sure everyone knows they’re munching on a Magnum – right now – is absurd. It has become the newest Filipino status symbol.
The Nokia 3210, Starbucks coffee, the Le Pliage by Longchamp are but a few examples of the long line of materialistic obsessions Pinoys have bragged about. Even here abroad, it is the Filipino/Filipina that will automatically flash the LV bag and Hermes scarf,

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Juan Marcos Arellano

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download (1)Juan Marcos Arellano y de Guzmán (April 25, 1888 – December 5, 1960), or Juan M. Arellano, was a Filipino architect, best known for Manila’s Metropolitan Theater (1935), Legislative Building (1926), now houses the National Museum of the Philippines), the Manila Central Post Office Building (1926), the Cebu Provincial Capitol (1937), the Bank of the Philippine Islands Cebu Main Branch (1940), and the Jones Bridge.

Juan M. Arellano was born on April 25, 1888 in Tondo Manila, Philippines to Luis C. Arellano and Bartola de Guzmán. Arellano married Naty Ocampo on May 15, 1915. They had one son, Oscar. He died at the age of 72 on December 5, 1960.

He attended the Ateneo Municipal de Manila and graduated in 1908. His first passion was painting and he trained under Lorenzo Guerrero, Toribio Antillon, and Fabian de la Rosa. However, he pursued architecture and was sent to the United States as one of the first pensionados in architecture, after Carlos Barreto, who was sent to the Drexel Institute in 1908, Antonio Toledo, who went to Ohio State, and Tomás Mapúa, who went to Cornell.

Arellano went to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1911 and subsequently transferred to Drexel to finish his bachelor’s degree in Architecture. He was trained in the Beaux Arts and subsequently went to work for George B. Post & Sons in New York City, where he worke