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The competition provides an outlet for the students to express their scientific-mathematic and artistic side.  It may also become a venue for the different colleges to showcase their talents.  Concurrently, this may be able to contribute to a greater cause of protecting and building a sustainable environment.  The building of communities through sustainable means is not only the responsibility of adults.  Students are the future heirs to this treasure.  Their participation at the earliest stage is of great concern.  Through the execution of this project, a greater awareness of the need for a sustainable future shall be realized.

Open to all architecture students in the island of Luzon, the competition focuses on designing a wetland center for the Candaba Marsh, a site known for the regular flocking of a wide array of migratory birds.  Based on this, students are encouraged to explore planning and design options, in consideration of the surrounding wetlands, to keep its productivity and infinite-renewal ability through sustainable management and wise-use.  It is believed that the solution will be a balance of the competing needs of economy, society, and environment.  Conceptual papers, architectural drawings and scale models are part of the expected output from the participants. 

The Project has the following objectives.

1 To create awareness among college students on sustainability in the fields of architecture, engineering, interior design, landscape architecture, tourism, and the environment.
2 To showcase the talents of architecture, engineering, landscape architecture and interior design students.
3 To encourage the youth, particularly college students, to be an active participant in the building of a sustainable future.
4 To promote the participatory approach for all stakeholders of a particular project.
Launching of the Competition / Design Symposium -
    Unraveling Nature: A Peek into Wetlands and Architecture
Visit to Project Site
Exhibit of Entries to the Competition
    at the World Wetlands Day
Exhibit of Entries to the Competition
    at the Haraya 2010
Final Judging of Ten Finalists
Awarding Ceremony
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participating schools

               

Launching of the Competition /
Design Symposium - Unraveling Nature:
                 A Peek into Wetlands and Architecture

01 December 2009
Melchor Hall, University of the Philippines - Diliman
Quezon City

To officially launch the Competition, a design symposium entitled "Unraveling Nature: A Peek into Wetlands and Architecture" was held at the University of the Philippines.  It was attended by 256 students from various schools of Luzon.

The Project Manager of the Design Competition, Ms. Grace Montemayor of ASAPHIL-UP, discussed with the students the competition requirements, instructions and all the things the contestants should know about the competition.

The symposium featured distinguished speakers in their respective fields who discussed topics and concepts such as -
  • the Importance of Candaba Wetlands Centre to Local Nature Tourism (Ms. Stanie Soriano of the Department of Tourism)
  • Wetlands and Wetland Centres (Ms. Amy Lecciones of the Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands)
  • Green Architecture (Arch. Amado de Jesus)
  • Landscape Architecture for Wetland Centre Development (Arch. Jose Dan Villajuan
  • Environmental Planning (Arch. Requito Bellosillo)

It was also graced by Architect Dan Silvestre, Dean of UP College of Architecture; Dr. Candido Cabrido, President of the Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands; Atty. Roger Quevedo, President of G-Star Venture; and Mr. Japaul Flores, President of ASAPHIL Inc.

Dr. Candido Cabrido, President of the Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands, welcomes the participants.

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Visit to the Project Site
12 December 2009
Km 55 North Luzon Expressway, Apalit, Pampanga

To provide the participants information for the competition, a visit to the project site was arranged for them. 

Thirty-one (31) groups joined the site visit on 12 December 2009.

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Exhibit of Entries to the Competition
   at the World Wetlands Day
02 February 2010
Amphitheatre of Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Nature Centre

At the World Wetlands Day celebration, one of the highlights of the program was the opening of the exhibit of all entries to the design competition.  The gallery of twenty-five proposal boards and concept papers were exhibited at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Nature Center until 07 February 2010.  Similar gallery was also opened at the project site.

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more on the Exhibit
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Exhibit of Entries to the Competition
   at the Haraya 2010
09-12 March 2010
College of Architecture, University of the Philippines - Diliman

The gallery of architectural drawings of the twenty-six entries, with the respective design proposal and concept boards, was opened on 09 March 2010.  The ceremony opened the week-long celebration of Haraya 2010, an official event of the College of Architecture of the University of the Philippines.
Pre-judging of entries was done during the exhibit to determine the top ten entries that will proceed to the final phase of the competition.
   

top ten entries

Final Judging of Ten Finalists
23 April 2010
Calabia Theatre
School of Urban and Regional Planning
University of the Philippines - Diliman

Final phase of the design competition, which is the judging of the ten finalists, took place on 23 April 2010 at the School of Urban and Regional Planning.  The contestants presented their scale models and other submittals to the panel of judges.

 

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Awarding Ceremony
18 May 2010
Ortigas Park of the Ortigas Center
Pasig City

The Awarding Ceremony, which was the culminating activity of the design competition, was successfully held in the afternoon of 18 May 2010 at the Ortigas Park. One hundred fourteen architecture students (26 groups) from various schools in Luzon were given recognition in their participation.  The top three entries from the University of Santo Tomas (first place), University of the Philippines - Diliman (second place) and Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (third place) were each given trophies and cash prizes.

The scale models and design boards of the top three entries were also opened for viewing during the event which was attended by over a hundred people from the participating schools, sponsors, organizers, partners and officials from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Ms. Elizabeth Aguilar (G-Star Ventures), Dr. Candido Cabrido (Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands), Mr. Chito Macapagal (Unilever Philippines), Mr. Ricardo Calderon (Department of Environment and Natural Resources - Region 3)
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the winning entries
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