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3 architect groups win CCP design contest

By AYN VERONICA L. DE JESUS

Three professional winners have been chosen by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) for their visions of the new cultural complex.

The winners, announced on December 8 in awarding ceremonies at the CCP lobby, are the Syndicated Architects represented by De los Reyes, Juanga and Santos; the Manalang-Tayag-Ilano Architects of Tayag, Ilano, Tanzo, Natividad and Mangawang; and the JPA Buensalido Design Team of Buensalido, Dy, Go and Granda. The three architect groups won over seven finalists and a total of 15 entries.

The seven finalists were initially given P100,000 to produce their scale models. The three winners were given an additional P100,000 each as prizes. The concepts of each winner will be presented to prospective investors and stakeholders.

The purpose of the district design competition is to spur interest in the project and attract developers and businesses, and help them generate ideas as to how they want to implement their own projects, said Sid Hildawa, department manager of CCP’s visual, literary and the media arts department,

"It’s not easy to sell the idea of investing in a cultural complex without any visuals. The winning designs will give the businesses an idea of what the place will look like when the idea is sold to them.

However, "there is no guarantee that prospective investors will implement the winning designs," he said, adding that investors may choose to hire their own architects, execute their own ideas, as long as these comply with the CCP’s requirements.

For the moment, scale models of the visions are on display in an exhibit at the Bulwagang Juan Luna on the CCP’s third level. The exhibit will be open to the public free of charge until January 15, 2006, and is curated by Hildawa.

The designs were intended for the first two clusters of the complex. Cluster 1, named "The Promenade," is located in the northern seafront of the CCP complex and will be characterized by low-rise, mixed-use facilities contained in the cultural mall concept.

Cluster 2, meanwhile, is named "The Arts Sanctuary" and will feature cultural and administrative facilities, with indoor and outdoor performing arts venues.

In the student category, seven winners without ranking were chosen out of 17 entries—Alfonzo, Arcones, David, Jimenez and Tibajia of the University of Sto. Tomas (UST); Alcantara, Boncan, Cruz, Peteza and Reyes of UST; Baquir, Cabochan, Chua, Ling and See of UST; Lucena, Adriano, Bautista, Escondo and Lagman of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila; Angco, Dizon, Garrido and Lozano of the University of the Philippines (UP); Demafelis, Paz and Lobregat of UP; and Bolo and Boholst of Ateneo de Davao University.

The students were each awarded P20,000 in cash.

The competition was an initiative of the National Council for the Culture and Arts Committee on Architecture and the Allied Arts and was implemented by the Philippine Association of Landscape Architects in cooperation with the CCP.

The CCP was built in 1969 over one portion of an 85-hectare parcel of reclaimed land. Legal battles over land entitlements kept the CCP from fully developing the land. The Supreme Court’s ruling in 2002 finalizing the CCP’s ownership of the land paved the way for the design of a Master Development Plan that will render the complex a cultural hub that can as well attract business and generate revenues.

The development of the CCP under this plan will cover several phases over a 25-year duration, and entail investments from the business sector.

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