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The architecture of socialist realism


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Each civilization expresses itself through language, ideas, and cultural individuality, and architecture is one among the many expressions of diverse cultural realities.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Columns,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Max Balatbat’s architecture of happiness

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“HOMEWORK”

In the best-selling book “The Architecture of Happiness,” Alain de Botton writes: “We depend on our surroundings obliquely to embody the moods and ideas we respect and then to remind us of them. We look to our buildings to hold us, like a kind of psychological mould, to a helpful vision of ourselves.”

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Kritika 2014 fellows and panelists announced

The Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center (BNSCWC) of De la Salle University (DLSU) awards 11 fellowships for Kritika 2014: National Workshop on Art and Cultural Criticism, which will be held at the University of St. La Salle (USLS) in Bacolod on April 20-26.

Posted: March 24th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

What help is available to reconstruct privately owned heritage?


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BAMBOO floor framing is resilient to wind forces. Bamboo is an underutilized and
sustainable construction material.

Here is a question: As we find more national and international assistance to restore churches and public buildings damaged by recent earthquakes and killer typhoons, what assistance is available to restore privately owned structures, whether they be of heritage quality or not?

Posted: February 9th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

CCP holds necro rites for National Artist for Architecture Ildefonso Santos

National Artist for Literature Ildefonso Santos. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Cultural Center of the Philippines

The Cultural Center of the Philippines will pay tribute to National Artist for Architecture Ildefonso P. Santos, Jr. in a necrological ceremony on Sunday, February 2 at 9 a.m. at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo lobby (Main Theater lobby). Interment will follow at the Magallanes Crypt.

Posted: January 30th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »

Sorsogon hotel makes the rustic contemporary

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“LAYOUT at the lounge is more like that of a home than a hotel,” says Naval.

Growing up in Sorsogon City, Katherine Rodrigazo Naval would climb up the piles of copra in the bodega of her Lolo Siama, a grandfather from the paternal side.

Posted: January 7th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Tessa’s true calling

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Tessa Prieto-Valdes is famous for wearing many hats, literally and figuratively. Whether she’s launching a product, attending a social gathering, or running a marathon, the Inquirer Lifestyle columnist and media celebrity makes heads turn with her flamboyant personal style.

Posted: December 31st, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Villa 5 of Pearl Farm in Davao: Fashionably indigenous address

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BALANCED symmetry is achieved by the two oversized abaca rope lounge chairs and a pair of butaka with bakbak-woven chairs by Milo Naval. Brias’ t’nalak
ottoman and cushions complement and contrast Naval’s work.

Two decades ago, Pearl Farm Resort in Davao made it to Architectural Digest which noted its modern Filipino aesthetics.

Posted: December 18th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Photos & Videos | Read More »

We must look beyond Bohol’s Church heritage


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AMERICAN colonial civic building in Balilihan sustained minor damage.

Although the destruction of Bohol and Cebu churches is devastating, even more disastrous is the loss of lives and livelihood that takes precedence over the loss of heritage in the massive post-earthquake reconstruction effort.

Posted: November 4th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Historic concerts in heritage churches

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BACLAYON Church before the big quake. The choral music of Marilou Diaz-Abaya’s “Muro-Ami” was recorded in this heritage church.

Some heritage churches in Cebu and Bohol are memorable because of the concerts that took place in them.

Posted: November 4th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Francisco Mañosa’s ‘lonely’ crusade for a truly Filipino architecture

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LANTANA Lane, the three-storey, four-bedroom, 14-unit residence in New Manila, is the latest masterpiece designed by the venerable architect (right). PHOTOS BY JOHN DANIEL HIRRO

There have been only four National Artists for Architecture—Juan Nakpil, Pablo Antonio, Leandro Locsin and Ildefonso Santos—since the award was created in 1972, one would think the country has a dearth of world-class Filipino architects.

Posted: October 7th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

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