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New Arki auditorium soon to rise


(From left to right) College of Architecture (CA) Dean Mary Ann Espina, Rep. Fatima Aliah Dimaporo, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., UPD Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Ronald S. Banzon, UPD Campus Architect Gerard Rey A. Lico and OIC District Engineer Ramon P. Devanadera of DPWH-Quezon City Second District at the UPCA Mindanao Auditorium groundbreaking ceremony on June 26.

(June 27)—Groundbreaking ceremonies for the construction of the UP College of Architecture’s (CA) Mindanao Auditorium (MA) were held on June 26 at the Architecture Complex (AC).

The ceremony came six months after the college received a donation of some P40-million from Rep. Fatima Aliah Dimaporo of Lanao del Norte’s 2nd district.

Dimaporo said the groundbreaking marked the first phase of the construction of the new auditorium, which she regarded as “a symbol of modern architecture, of the modernized culture, of the modern Filipino.” 

Among the guests were House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. and Officer-in-Charge District Engineer Ramon P. Devanadera of the DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways) Quezon City Second District Engineering Office.


(Center, seated) Rep. Fatima Aliah Dimaporo pose for posterity, together with UP officials (from left to right) UPD Campus Architect Gerard Rey A. Lico, UPD Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma, UP College of Architecture (UPCA) Dean Mary Ann Espina, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Ronald S. Banzon; (standing) and the UPCA faculty members.

Present were UP officials Assistant Vice President for Development Cristopher Stonewall P. Espina, UPD Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Ronald S. Banzon, UPD Campus Architect Gerard Rey A. Lico, the CA faculty, staff and students.

Located behind CA’s Architecture Building I, the MA includes a 413-seat main theater which will be used for the College’s various events. It is expected to be finished by the second quarter of 2014.  

At the program, CA Dean Mary Ann Espina explained that the MA is inspired by Islamic Architecture. Among its features are wind catchers which will serve as ventilation systems, patterns on the acoustical wall which will echo Vinta colors and the word ARKI spelled out in alibata using mounted steel letters at the building façade.

During the ceremony, a time capsule containing the blueprints of the new auditorium was buried at the construction site. —H.C.P.