The USTCAAA Alumni Homecoming Exhibit was organized by the CAAA, the official Alumni Association of the College of Architecture in cooperation with the Architecture Alumni Board members: President, Ar. Mariano S. Arce, Jr., Membership VP, Ar. Jose Redor, Fellowship VP, Ar. Conrado Kison, Ex-Officio, Ar. Lora Rivera, the Alumni Organizing Committee members, Batch ’92 Representative, Ar. Henry Herrera, Ar. Rex Chua-Tak, Ar. Raymund Chua, under the supervision of the CAAA Exhibit Curator and Professor of College of Architecture Ar. Froilan Fontecha and Batch ’86 Representative and CAAA Committee member – Historian, Ar. Robert Benedict Hermoso. The event is highlighted by the theme: Past Presidents collaborating with the Jubilarians, hosted by the fellow Alumni Ar. John Carlo Sayco.
Students from all levels in Architecture, as well as the Fine Arts & Design College, the Architecture Student Council and UAPSA attended the event.
The Exhibitors who participated and attended the event are as follows:
Ar. Felino Palafox, Jr., FUAP – Sapphire Jubilarian Batch 1972. CAAA President for FY 2005-2007. He is a prominent Filipino architect, urban planner and environmentalist. He is the Principal Architect-Urban Planner and Founder of Palafox Associates. He is in the field of planning and architecture for four decades serving both the government and private sector. He was educated in Christ the King Seminary, University of Santo Tomas, and University of the Philippines. For continuing education, he took up an Advanced Management Development Program for Real Estate at Harvard University and attended seven other special courses. He has lectured in Harvard University, MIT, and in 16 other countries in Asia, Europe, and North America. He is the Country Representative for the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). On July 1, 2013, CTBUH headquartered in Chicago has elected him as one of its two new Fellows worldwide. He was also cited by Forbes Asia Magazine as one of the 48 Heroes of Philanthropy in Asia, one of four in the Philippines. Aside from his duties in his architectural firm, he also serves as a member of the board of directors in Asian Terminals, Inc. from 2009 to present, chaired professional and civic organizations such as PIEP, MAP and Rotary Club of Manila. He is also included in Membership of Professional Associations local and international. He achieved the ff awards: The Outstanding Thomasian Alumni (TOTAL) Awardee in Architecture (2009), The Best of the Best by BizNews Asia Magazine (2010), People of the Year by People Asia Magazine (2010), BCI Asia Top 10 Architecture Awardee (2005-2011), Gusi Peace Prize (2011), The Best of the Best in 2011 and 2010, BizNews Asia Magazine, Consistent BCI Asia Top 10 Architecture Awardee (2005-2013). Web: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ Felino_Palafox
Ar. Nestor Mangio, UAP – Sapphire Jubilarian Batch 1972. CAAA President for FY 2007-2009. He is the principal architect of Nestor S. Mangio Associates, an architectural and urban planning company; chairman, president and CEO of Central Country Estate, Inc.; president of N.S. Mangio Construction and Development Corporation; managing director and architect of Nobleman Properties, Inc.; owner of Hotel Gracelane; president and general manager of A.C. Emerald Realty & Development Corporation; and Chairman of the National Real Estate Association of the Philippines. Presently, he is developing The Lakeshore, a 255 hectare property of which he is the urban planner, architect, contractor and part owner. Lakeshore is a dream project that was conceptualized in 1995, which started out as a vision of creating a well planned community for Filipinos where they can experience quality living. He served his country when former Philippine President Fidel Ramos appointed him as a director of the Bases Conversion Development Authority, Clark Development Corporation and Fort Bonifacio Development Corporation during the Ramos administration. He was in charge of infrastructure, master planning and joint ventures of previous camps. He was also elected president of the United Architects of the Philippines for two (2) years and was a chancellor of the UAP College of Fellows. He is the head of many other socio-civic-religious organizations. He graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a BS degree in Architecture. Currently, he is taking up Advanced Management Development Program in Real Estate at Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts.
Ar. Jose Pedro Recio, FUAP – 2015 Homecoming Ruby Jubilarian Batch 1975. CAAA President for FY 2009-2011. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture from the University of Santo Tomas in 1975. He began his international career in architecture with his move to Hongkong in 1976, where he joined one of Hong Kong’s long established architectural firms, Eric Cumine Associates. In 1978, he joined another well-known architectural firm, Wong Tung International, as Design Architect and stayed on for six years. In 1984, M. Moser Associates, Ltd. invited him to join their firm with the position of Associate and was subsequently offered partnership two years later. In 1988, Mr. Recio went on his own and co-founded RECIO+CASAS, Ltd. In 1992, he moved back to the Philippines. Since then, Mr. Recio has worked on a number of major projects in the Philippines – Shangrila in Boracay, The Cebu Temple for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and the Church of the Gesu and The New Rizal Library at the Ateneo de Manila University, among others. In 2008, Mr. Recio established RCHITECTS, Inc. a professional architectural firm where he remains as Principal, leading a team of architects to deliver retail, residential, hospitality and institutional projects, . Notable projects include The Bellevue Resort Bohol, The San Antonio Plaza in Forbes Park Makati, and the FEU-Tech Center. His affiliations are: Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Habitat for Humanity Philippines ; Member of the United Architects of the Philippines and ASEAN Architects Registry ; A Fellow of the Philippine Institute of Architects ; An International Associate of the American Institute of Architects. Web: http://www.rchitects.ph/about- us/people/
Ar. Catherine Balce-Carunungan, FUAP, ASEAN, – 2014 Homecoming Pearl Jubilarian Batch 1984 Representative, CAAA President for FY 2011-2013, Principal Architect of Carunungan & Partners, Co. Ar. Carunungan is a Principal Architect and Managing Partner with fellow Principal Architect, batch mate and husband Ar. Jose Ramon Carunungan, FUAP, ASEAN, PIEP. Website: http://carunungan-partners. com/
Ar. Lora B. Rivera, FUAP – 2013 Homecoming Pearl Jubilarian Batch 1983 Representative, CAAA President for FY 2013-2015. In 2011, she was the Director of the 37th UAP National Convention at Makati CBD Chapter. The Theme was: Reinventing SOA: Service-Oriented Architecture. Also in 2012, at 38th UAP National Convention at Makati CBD Chapter, with the theme: Architectural Pride: Landmarks, Leadership and Legacy. Web: http://jasonaba1.wixsite.com/ natcon/maintenance
Ar. Mariano S. Arce, FUAP – 2016 Homecoming Coral Jubilarian Batch 1981 Representative, CAAA President for FY 2015-2017. He is the Managing Partner of Arce•Bailon•Arce Architects. He obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture at the University of Santo Tomas in 1981. As a graduating student, he and his group were awarded the Perez Pinero Prize, U.I.A. XIVTH International Congress International Design Competition, Warsaw, Poland. He passed the 1982 Philippine Architecture Licensure Examination. He is a member of the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) and has held various positions and committee chairmanships, has been a National Board District Director (District B-2) as well as being the former Atelier Chapter president. Aside from running a firm, he was a faculty member at the University of Santo Tomas teaching Architecture for more than a decade. He is also serving other firms, companies and religious institutions as an architect, project manager and consultant since 1998. Web: http://www.arcebailonarce.com/
Ar. Edgar Reformado, FUAP – Diamond Jubiarian Batch 1957., 2016 TOTAL Awardee. With almost 60 years of experience, is an influential architect noted for his advocacies and initiatives for environment-sensitive principles and practice in the design and construction field. His passion for environmental preservation and architecture forged a nationwide awareness and practice of green and sustainable design. The UAP-Green Architecture Movement under his helm earned the coveted Father Neri Satur Award for Environmental Heroism, in 2010. He is a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas in 1957, and is amongst the first one thousand one hundred registered architects of the country. As a professional, Arch. Ega worked as a designer, consultant and builder with decades-worth of work under his belt. He is an expert in commercial, residential, institutional and recreational designs. His practice and initiatives broaden his range of work and collaboration with notable private and government institutions in the country, including several of the top companies such as Ayalaland Corp., ABS-CBN, BayaniJuan and ABS-CBN Foundations, GSIS, etc. A recognized member emeritus by the United Architects of the Philippines College of Fellows and was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the organization in 2014. He is an active member of the UAP and has served the organization as National Secretary and Vice President, along with several year of service as Chapter President of the UAP-Manila Maharlika Chapter, which was herald as the Best Chapter by the UAP for two consecutive years paving its way to be the first chapter to receive the Hall of Fame Recognition. He also lead and pioneered several professional organizations. In 1977, he co-founded the Architects Bowling Club (ABC) and was immediately elected as its first president. He served as president and director of the Philippine Bowling Congress (PBC), Philippine Construction Association (PCA – Mandaluyong, San Juan & Pasig Chapter) and Architects Toastmaster Club (ATC). Web: http://www.ldg-architects.com/ about-us/people-partnership/ green-partners
Ar. Ramon Ma. Zaragoza, UAP – Golden Jubilarian Batch 1967 Representative, Jose M. Zaragoza and Associates. He started the restoration of old houses in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. By converting an abandoned 18th-century mansion into his palatial “Villa Paz” home, he inspired his neighbors to bring back the splendor of their ancestral homes. Today, Vigan is famous for its elegant historical houses, thanks in large part to his restoration mission which he describes as “a virus that I want to share.” Ramon Zaragoza, 57, has written eight books including Old Manila, published by Oxford University Press. In his bid to “bring back the culture, lost architecture and history of our country,” our bachelor explored more than 2,100 Philippine islands, roughing it out in the jungles for his research.
Ar. Carmelo Casas, UAP- 2016 Homecoming Ruby Jubilarian Batch 1976, President & CEO Casas+Architects, Inc. He is a product of the University of Santo Tomas and earned his degree in Architecture in 1976. He placed 7th in the Architecture licensure examination in 1978. He worked with various architectural firms in Hongkong for almost 10 years until he co-founded Recio+Casas, (HK), Ltd with Architect Jose Pedro Recio in 1988. This partnership endured for 2 decades until the withdrawal of Arch. Recio in the partnership and the subsequent renaming of the Firm to Casas+Architects in September 2008 followed by its incorporation in 2013 as Casas+Architects, Inc. The firm is a consistent awardee of BCI Asia Top 10 Architectural Firm of the Philippines from 2006 to 2014. Arch. Casas recently received the award from the Professional Regulation Commission 2015 as the Outstanding Professional of the Year. He is also one of the Top 50 Individual Taxpayer from 2011 to 2013 and No. 62 Top Taxpayer in 2014. Arch. Casas is responsible for the design of major local projects such as the Bellagio Towers, Pacific Plaza Towers, St. Francis Towers, Grand Hyatt Hotel and Residences, The Icon, The Infinity Residential Towers, Resorts World Entertainment and Commercial Complex, Eastwood Mixed use development, One Shangri-la Place Towers and Solaire Resort and Casino Hotel to name a few.
Ar. Henry Herrera, UAP – Silver Jubilarian Batch 1992. The Faculty Member of College of Architecture. He is situated in Metro Manila,Philippines.They offer architectural design and consultancy services. He was one of the appointed officials of UAP as the Chair, UAP-Academe Industry Linkages under the Commission on Education, Standing Commissions and Committees Under the Office of the National Executive Vice President.
Ar. Rex Chua-Tak, UAP – Silver Jubilarian Batch 1992. He is an Independent Architecture & Planning Professional. He graduated Architecture in 1992 and continued his degree and worked at Singapore Associate Architects In 1994-1999. Specialties: Architectural Design for Residential,Commercial and Institutional Bldgs.Interior Designs for Residential and Commercial Buildings.
Ar. Rosanno Soriano, UAP – Silver Jubilarian Batch 1992.
Mr. Marco Antonio Misa Torres – Silver Jubilarian Batch 1992. He is an Associate Director of KRA International. He brought honor to the Philippines by being one of only foreigners living in China honored with carrying the torch during the 2008 Olympics. He bested over 260 foreigners who included CEO’s and ambassadors in the process. In winning the award, Marco united all Filipinos into a positive cause, thus, having a Filipino carry the Olympic torch for the 1st time since the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. As an OFW, he has earned the respect, trust and confidence of his employer, superiors and co-workers. Marco is an effective role model employee. Proof of his competence is his growth from a mere Marketing Manager to Senior Marketing Manager to Business Development manager, then Associate, then Associate Director and now Associate Director-Asia Pacific all in just 5 years. He achieved this because despite having no contacts and no Chinese speaking skills, he strived to better himself. Now, this Filipino is an ambassador to his company’s international clients. Because of Marco’s shining example, companies want to hire more professionals from the Philippines.
Ar. Raymund Chua, UAP – Silver Jubilarian Batch 1992. Practice for Interior Designing and Layouting.
Ar. Richard Buxani – Silver Jubilarian Batch 1992. Born of a Filipina mother and an Indian Father, he was raised in Manila where he received a catholic education, from pre-school to college. He studied Architecture at the College of Architecture and Fine Arts (CAFA), University of Santo Tomas where he unknowingly had first influences and lessons in art. He never really pursued it since discipline was in Architecture, but the foundation was already laid then.He embarked on a career in the corporate world after college, and was propelled in the field of high-rise property development. Though it has nothing to do with the process of creating art, it has everything to do with living with and around it. In architecture, He is an advocate of the use of recycled materials in building houses, and this is a great influence in designs, whether it is modern or vernacular. Old wood has played a great importance in the use of materials, and he has greatly used it in many different ways for building structures, furniture and accessories. It was a natural progression for him to go back again to art, and in 2008, after a trip to Singapore, he started to paint and have never stopped since. His discipline has always been Architecture, so it naturally is a source of inspiration. He has taken to using Acrylics as a medium since he like to work fast. He wants to hold the spur of the moment and translate it to the canvass as quickly as possible. He prefer the rawness of brass by infusing it with a finite form but seemingly evolving feel. The journey is only the beginning for him. Web: http://richardbuxani.com/ about/
Ar. Steve Dy, UAP – 2015 Homecoming Crystal Jubilarian Batch 2000. An architect and specialties with Architectural Services & 3d renderings. He is UAP affiliate.
Ar. Ardel Santos, UAP – Crystal Jubilarian Batch 2002. An Architect of Office for Architectural Planning and Design.
Ar. Felicisimo Tejuco, Jr., UAP – Crystal Jubilarian Batch 2002. The Faculty Member of College of Architecture. Graduated from Architecture in 2002. In 2007, he studied Master of Architecture (M.Arch.), Field Of Study Environmental Design/Architecture until 2013. In 2012, he volunteered in UST College of Architecture – Community Development. Cause Civil Rights and Social Action. He was an Instructor in Far Eastern University – Institute of Architecture and Fine Arts Dates Jun 2010 – Mar 2012. In 2014, he works at National Commission for the Culture and the Arts. Planning Consultant and Academician. Member of United Architects of the Philippines – ORBIS from 2011 to present.
Ar. Henry Castaneda, UAP – Aluminum Jubilarian Batch 2007. attended or expected graduation 2007 – 2012 . Activities and Societies: Commissioned to various design and media projects for the University of Santo Tomas, Commissioned for various architectural design projects for clients from residential interiors, food stores and commercial interiors, Original Music composer. In 2010, he was a Design encoder of C.A. Ventura Architects and contractors. In 2012, He is licensed Architecture and interior designer, Film Maker, Graphics Artist, Music Composer.