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Archi students win in national essay-writing competition


(Photo Credit: Tom Baquilod)

(March 14)—Karen G. Tillada and Carlo Martin Llanto, undergraduate students of the UP College of Architecture (CA), garnered the first and second places, respectively, for theĀ  2013 Honrado R. Fernandez Architectural Writing Competition, a national essay-writing contest under the auspices of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) organized as part of the Philippine Arts Festival 2013.

Under the present competition theme, A Critique on Shopping Malls, Tillada’s winning entry is entitled When Stars Grow Dark: An Anthology of Spatial Declination, a critical architectural assessment on Starmall Alabang. Llanto’s essay is on the Ayala Center Mall Complex, dubbing it as The Urban Monumental. Their works bested entries from students of University of Santo Tomas, De La Salle-College of St. Benilde, National University (Manila), Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Adamson University, Manuel L. Quezon University and Far Eastern University.

The Honrado R. Fernandez Architectural Writing Competition is open to all college undergraduate students of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Interior Design in the Philippines. Held every two years, the competition was launched in 2006 by the History, Theory and Criticism Studio Laboratory of the CA to honor the memory of the late Honrado R. Fernandez, former dean of the CA.

The awarding ceremony was held at the lobby of the NCCA building in Intramuros, Manila last March 11. Delivering their welcoming remarks were Dr. Gerard Lico, Chair of the National Committee for Architecture and Allied Arts and Director of the UP Office of the Campus Architect, and Emelita V. Almosara, Executive Director of the NCCA.—MAA