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New auditorium for Architecture


Dimaporo is presented with a bas-relief sculpture of the UP Oblation along with two coffee table books.

(December 7)—Some P40-million, courtesy of Rep. Fatima Aliah Dimaporo of Lanao del Norte’s 2nd district, has been allocated for the construction of the UP Arki Mindanao Auditorium (UAMA), a shining new space for the college and its constituents.

This newest addition to the Architecture Complex will be built on a lot behind the CA’s Architecture Building 1, home to the college’s drafting spaces.

The first floor of the structure will house the 413-seat main theater, to be used primarily for college events such as conferences, thesis presentations and graduation ceremonies, while the full proscenium stage, a scene shop and backstage facilities are equipped to service concerts, plays and pageants.

The second floor will be “left largely open,” according to CA dean and building architect Mary Ann Espina while the control room for the stage will be placed on the third floor on the catwalk level.

Some of the UAMA’s architectural features are inspired by Islamic Architecture: its three wind catchers, part of a passive ventilation system, are reminiscent of minarets. Patterns on the acoustical wall will echo Vinta colors.

On the building’s façade will be the word “ARKI” spelled out in alibata using mounted steel letters, a tribute to pre-Hispanic Filipino culture and mirrors the alibata characters prevalent throughout the specially fabricated floor tiles of Architecture Building 2, which houses the CA’s classrooms, library and offices.


CA officials pose with Dimaporo and Saloma (front row, center). In photo are (back row, from left Prof. Jose Dan Villa Juan, Karl Taberdo, DIO Director Maureen Anne Araneta, Marc Paz (NCPAG), Prof. Emmanuel David Litonjua, (center row, from left) Lico, Prof. Emilio Ozaeta, UP Assistant Vice President for Development Cristopher S.P. Espina, (front row, from left) Prof. Richelle Rhea Baria, Prof. Mary Ann Espina, Dr. Grace Ramos and Prof. Dolores Cecilia Madrid.

Near the back wall of the auditorium will be a space for CA’s student organizations.

The UAMA has several built-in green features for air and water management. The passive ventilation system will allow fresh air flow to cool the interior space and reduce the amount of energy for air-conditioning.

Rain water harvesting will supply water closets; potable water will feed only the faucets. Drinking stations will also be placed to encourage drinking of tap water (bottled water will not be allowed inside the auditorium) to reduce the amount of waste.

The reed ponds built around the structure will serve to cool air around it as well as naturally filter grey water from lavatories.

The house lights will be LED lights, which only have a fraction of the power consumption of regular incandescent bulbs. Some of the architectural finishes will also include discarded materials such as seashells.

To be implemented in two tranches by the Department of Public Works and Highways, the project’s projected duration is 18 months, slated to finish during the second quarter of 2014.

Details of the project were discussed during a luncheon for Dimaporo held at the Balay Tsanselor on December 4, hosted by UPD Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma. Presenting the project details was Espina while Campus Architect Gerard Lico and other members of the CA faculty were on hand to provide support.

So why shall the auditorium be named “Mindanao?” Dimaporo explained that “[t]here are many very beautiful things about the southern part of the Philippines but it’s downplayed and the view of Mindanao is that it’s full of strife. And if the University of the Philippines, much more the Diliman campus, [can] reflect the better side of Mindanao, that will be more of a compliment.”—Anna Kristine Regidor

A video preview of the auditorium, courtesy of Karl Taberdo.