#Delayed

I have a fair share of “delays” in my life’s first quarter – my education, Tae Kwon Do, and even my menstrual period. Yes, all of these are the significant delays that I realized in my almost 25 years that are due to my limits as a growing child. I used to aspire to get a scholarship in UP as a Tae Kwon Do athlete; and be the first Filipino to get the Olympic Gold. That didn’t happen, but at least I am now graduating from one of the state-run universities of the country. In highschool, I knew I can acquire my black belt in 3 consistent years of training. That didn’t happen but here I am coming back to my original passion. I have a job which sustains the lifestyle that I want, while supporting my loved ones in the long run.

I’m sharing this to inspire my fellow young adults to honour the past. Continue the passion you started. Do you want to be a Tae Kwon Do jin/Architect like me? Do what you love in the time you already own. #Delayed

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CENTRO LAKBAYANI: An Alternative Learning Campus for the Lumad in Surigao del Sur

An Undergraduate Research presented to the PUP College of Architecture & Fine Arts in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Architecture

Aerial Perspective

“An Application of Participatory Environmental Design in an Ancestral Domain”

The Indigenous People of the Philippines has been facing struggle to acquire basic social services in order to survive their last kin. Their introduction to society is a journey of obstacles that unwillingly sacrifice the sacred customs & traditions. In order to protect these ancestral properties, ‘Lumad schools’ are being initiated especially in Mindanao.

Centro Lakbayani is an educational & agricultural complex of an expanded development for cultural concentration – a concept that will allow the indigenous people (IPs) to fully immerse within their community in order to bring back guidelines in building appropriate environment for the Lumad. This aims to hone the IP’s academic, health, & socio-economic needs, which are translated into ‘zones’.

It primarily shelters the ALCADEV Lumad School, one of the pioneers in bringing alternative education to the IPs. It is the destination of elementary children & community adults mostly from the Manobo tribe where sustainable techniques in agriculture will be taught. Academic courses equip them for the future of rural development & collaboration with other sectors of the society. The farmland will serve as a real-life visual aid from the classrooms that overlook it – THIS IS THE ACADEMIC ZONE.

 

It also offers basic services through the Community Relations Center, wherein the locals can come to acquire necessities in the cooperative store & health clinics. The building hosts the informative galleries of the artisanship & lifestyle of the Lumad, wherein guests who wish to attend immersion programs can explore. It is also the venue for social interactions of the local people & the administration behind the school, in order to improve the quality of services. Not only the physical health of the people are maintained but also the relationships of the school with the community – this is THE HEALTH ZONE.

Exterior Perspective

Community Relations Center

THE SOCIO ECONOMIC ZONE comprises of the collection of nurseries & plantations within the site. The nurseries teach everyone to be responsible in preparing baby trees for future developments while improving the quality of timber construction. Dendrology suggests that underrated trees for specific purposes be utilized while threatened species be propagated. The farms are the interactive areas where not only the resources for living increases, but also the betterment of the coexistence in the campus.

 

 

  1. TRANSPORT TERMINAL
  2. SOLAR STADIUM
  3. COMMUNITY RELATIONS CENTER
  4. ALCADEV LUMAD SCHOOL
  5. DORMITORIES FOR STAFF & STUDENTS
  6. NURSERIES & PLANTATIONS
  7. ANIMAL FARM
  8. WATER SHED
  9. WATER STABILIZATION PONDS

If the Lumad relies on the output of food production for all of their lives, then the output of the built environment must be in PROPORTION with it.

 

The project took advantage of the natural attributes that lessened the facilities to be built, utilizing soil barriers from the valleys & drainage pit that allows water to reserve itself. The project uses “Water Stabilization Systems” in order to recycle the building’s effluent for fertilizing the agricultural soil, along with the other power harvesters incorporated in the building technology. As environmental advocates, the Lumad relies on the assets of nature as their basic sustenance.

Thus, not only the people should be participatory but also the natural environment. #pupcafathesis2018

 

For ‘Fly-by’ Presentation, visit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAoY0_i_zaA&feature=youtu.be

 

1 Week to Go

Omg. 1 week na lang, ngunit bakit hindi ako kinakabahan?

Dahil ba sa tapos na ko sa drawings? Dahil ba sa konti na lang babaguhin ko sa research book ko? Ngunit tuwing naiisip ko kung mayroon akong hindi masasagot, ayan yung kaba ko.

Nakakakaba i-anticipate na yung thesis jury ay baka hindi magtanong kung hindi ay baka magiimply ng though sa isang tanong. Therefore, hindi siya tanong kung hindi ay suhestyon. Mas ‘panunumbat’ pa nga yata.

Sana maging constructive lahat, lalo na yung project ko. 🙂

Salamat po sa isang mahiwagang eksistensiya na tinulungan ako na umabot sa ganitong punto.

Weird

Bukod sa may kanya kanyang gusto tayo, mahirap ako intindihin. Hindi ako sasabay sa normal na agos ng mundo na ang babae ay pormal lamang. Baliw ako, at masaya ako don. Nakakairita man.

At dahil sa pagtuligsa ko, may maiinis.

What can we do?

In a dark room where sleep is only welcome, I couldn’t sleep due to existing mind preoccupations. There I was looking back at old buildings in Manila, & the ones that took over their site.

My interest was sparked at the perspective of the deceased Rizal Theater where Makati Shangrila now stand. It is the creation of Juan Nakpil, an National Artist for Architecture. I didn’t clicked anything, but I was curious of some unknown reason. Its beauty perhaps? What made me more interested is the excerpted captions in one the engine results. The Rizal Theater closed permanently because the moviegoers lessened to the point where the owner of this masterpiece thought that maybe it didn’t have use anymore. Why did the moviegoers lessened in the first place? They preferred the cinemas inside the malls.

During this time when Nakpil’s contribution was to be demolished, the land acquisitions of historical sites were on sale. They will develop this lands that they will endorse as inviting places for all walks of life, but the truth is only for the ruling class. Of course, they will also add that the design inspiration will come from the former occupant for ‘respectful’ gestures. Let’s face it, the models in the ads wear expensive outfits that the ‘masa’ do not usually have, & at most times foreign models are used instead of Pinoys. Take note: majority of old historical buildings are designed by fellow Filipinos of Juan Nakpil. Those developers who took over heeded the advice of international consultants, contrary of the plea of Ar. Nakpil to the government to employ Filipino designers in nation building.

This is the point where I was urged to do something.

As a person without degree or power, I can just use my words to capture the hearts of Filipinos. Earlier, I was on a point of giving up my career – and getting tired of thinking of working for my whole life without achieving anything worthy. I couldn’t sleep, and I couldn’t sleep more of thinking that there are some things that should be thought over. Here’s the thing: I like the idea of having everything in one place. Personally, I easily become tired of having to commute from one place to another because of my wants & needs.  I guess this is one of the reasons of the ex-moviegoers of Rizal Theater back then. They want accessible places in one place. In my past internship with a prominent firm inAyala, I was also asked to detail a mixed-used development where the Manila Jockey Club once where – another mixed-used development that will primarily serve the upper middle class.

It’s a clever strategy, but don’t you think that human beings are more prone to life-threatening diseases because of instant solutions? They tend to not walk very far because they are lazy, & this case applies including to food. My mentor once said that modernization is applicable, but we have to analyze the past design because maybe it is what is appropriate for the country’s condition.

I feel sadder because there was not enough persuasion from someone credible enough to deliver back then, maybe there are a lot of persons or places who were saved. Civilization sped up and people are forced to go with the flow without having the chance to think if it was the right thing to do. Although the increasing population demands towers to be built, maybe it is still respectable to retain buildings with single purposes. I just want people power be used by thinking things over before mindless actions- that sometimes take being selfless every once in a while.

Maybe at this time, I can sleep.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos: Jay Ramos, Jerms Estrada, and Agoda.com

 

Send Help

“Pasok ka ba? Send help.” 

Ito ang mga katagang sinasabi namin sa isa’t isa kapag kailangan namin ng tulong sa opisina. Ito yung panahon na ‘di ko lubos akalain na magiging magkaibigan muli kami dahil nag-laylo kami dahil naging abala siya sa thesis at ako nama’y naging aktibo sa mga organisasyong pangmasa. Ngayon, kami ay sumasambit ng “Send Help” para sa isang mabuti at mahusay na kaklase, kaibigan, komrad, & katrabaho.

Matutuwa siya nang lubos kapag nalaman niyang magsusulat ako sa wikang Filipino. Ang ‘Thyroid Lymhoma” ay isang kundisyon kung saan ang white blood cell ay magpapalit-anyo bilang isang ‘cancer cell’. Ang Lymphoma ay isa sa Cancers na pinakamabilis kumalat at lumala sa katawan. Labis nitong inaapektuhan ang Lymphatic System, ang siyang nagtatrabaho upang maalis sa katawan ang mga ‘di kanais-nais na mga materyales katulad ng toxins. Kung ito ay malalagay sa alanganin, magiging mahina ang sandata ng katawan laban sa iba’t ibang klase ng sakit.

Kakatapos niya pa lamang sa kursong Arkitektura sa isang pampublikong paaralan, at pinili niyang magtrabaho sa isang mapagkumbabang opisina malapit sa kaniyang kinalakihang lugar. Mahusay ngunit simpleng tao siya sa aming propesyon, at sige na nga – masipag! Buhay na buhay ang opisina kapag pinagsama kaming tatlo; at aaminin namin na mayroong pagkakataon na masyado kaming masaya. Kilala ko siya bilang may simpatya sa Bayan, at walang pagtatanong na magbibigay ng tulong kung kakayanin niya. Naalala ko nung naospital ang pusa ko ay pinautang niya ako na hindi nagtatanong kung para saan. Ayaw niya pa naman sa pusa! Sa ngayon ay kasama kaming mga kaklase bilang isa sa mga pangunahing sandigan niya sa kaniyang pakikibaka sa naturang sakit. Ngunit kahit gaano pa kami karami or katatag, hindi namin ito kayang mag-isa. Nakikiusap po kami sa inyo na sana ay tulungan niyo kaming makalikom ng pondo para sa kaniyang chemotherapy sessions.

Anumang klase ng tulong yan na sinamahan ng dalangin sa Maykapal ay malaking epekto sa kanyang paggaling.  Ngunit sa ngayon, ang primarya natin ay makaipon ng salapi para sa isang sesyon ng gamutan ng aking kaibigan. Paki-hulog lamang po ang inyong mga tulong sa:

BPI FAMILY SAVINGS BANK
CHERYLLE ANNE M. BACASON
5576-5748-88
BANK OF THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS
JEST MAGDALENO D. ROMANILLOS
9739-1320-85

 

 

 

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