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Filipino Architects

Master of Architecture


Born in Manila to a family of architects Graduated BS in Architecture in 1953 in University of Sto. Tomas Passed the board examination for Architects in 1954 In 1957, Arch. Manosa finished a Landscaping Course in Tokyo University in Japan From 1962 to 1976, he was a partner of Manosa Brothers and Associates, a design firm composed of his architect brothers

Awards and Recognitions

He was proclaimed a National Artist of the Philippines for Architecture in 2009 by former President Gloria MacapagalArroyo. Papal Awardee of the Noble Knighthood of the Pontifical Order of St. Gregory the Great in September 1982 Recognized by the Professional Regulations Commission as the Most Outstanding Professional of the Year in September 1994 Recipient of the 7th LIKHA Gold Medal Award given by the United Architects of the Philippines in April 2003 The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) bestowed upon him the Gawad CCP Para sa Sining in the field of Architecture in June 2004 One of The Five Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) by the Philippine Jaycee Senate and Insular Life in December 2004

I design Filipino Architecture must be true to itself, its land, and its people. Three factors make architecture truly Filipino, Filipino values, Philippine climate and the use of indigenous materials

Amanpulo Beachside Casitas

Location: Pamilican Island, Palawan Design Concept: Bahay Kubo Square in plan but diagonally split to form two rooms. Glass doors maintain a feeling of openness Outside benches also allow the deck to be used at all times of the day to meet and converse with a larger group of people extending a living space beyond the bedroom. Year Established: 1993

Pearl Farm Beach Resort

Location: Samal Island, Davao The area is blessed with various natural attractions and flourishing flora and fauna. Design Concept: Maranao/ Samal ethnic tribe The interiors of the different houses focus on the Yakan, Tausug, Maranao and Badjao culture and craft

Coconut Palace
Also called Tahanang Pilipino Location: CCP Complex, Manila Design Concept: Coconut Tree The coconut triumphs as the ultimate Tree of Life. From its roots to its trunk, its bark, fruit, flower and its shell, all have been the source of design forms, elements, and ornaments throughout the structure. Inspired by the salakot hat of the farmer Year Established: 1978

St. Joseph Church

Also Known as the Bamboo Organ Church Location: Las Pinas, Manila Design Concept: Bamboo Organ It underwent extensive reconstruction which involves meticulous design and authenticity Year Completed: 1974

Lanao del Norte Provincial Capitol

Location: Tubod, Lanao del Norte A personification of Muslim Architecture Design Concept: Environment Plant boxes, recessed slanted windows and wide overhangs ensure that even without airconditioning, the building interiors will remain cool and comfortable for the users. All building materials used are local to the region and from sustainable sources thus protecting the environment.

Canyon Woods Clubhouse

Location: Laurel, Batangas The development created a mountain resort which looked at the log cabin as a prototype. Infused with distinct Filipino characteristics that is responsive to the clients needs, the local culture and the environment. As such the Canyon woods Clubhouse is a uniquely Filipino Building. The distinct roof lines mimic the local houses while the exterior rustic treatment is influenced by western prototype.

Mary Immaculate Parish

Location: Las Pinas Design Concept: Nature Situated within a forest of mango trees Sheltered by an anahaw/cogon combination tent roof. It is basically a suspended roof structure and open at all sides. The church is nestled in natures bosom and the surrounding are integrated with the church itself. The interiors make novel use of capiz shells in the form of doves in flight in the interior not only illuminating the space but adding a sense of movement that makes this place unique.

San Miguel Building

Location: Ortigas, Pasig City Year Built: 1976 The unique and memorable San Miguel Building in Ortigas is among the institutional landmarks that Maosa created. It reflects the Philippine National identity

Sulo Restaurant
Location: Makati City First built in 1962, it was rebuilt in 1978 after it caught fire. Its architecture was markedly Muslim inspired and its various function rooms influences from north to southern Philippines. The structure was brought down in 1985 to make way for the expansion of the Makati Commercial Center.

Mactan Shangri-La
Location: Cebu, Philippines An ocean-to-shore theme of warm, golden sand and fresh turquoise ocean hues to integrate seamlessly into the resorts existing structure and seaside location. Tropical elements such as coral and seashells inspire room accents.

Stations of the Metrorail Transit System or Light Rail Transit

Shrine of Our Lady of Peace aka EDSA Shrine


Master of Architecture


born on Aug 15, 1928 in Silay City, Negros Occidental, a grandson of the first governor of the province. studied at the De La Salle Brothers in 1935 study Pre-Law, before shifting to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Music at the University of Santo Tomas. Although he was a talented pianist, he later shifted again to Architecture, just a year before graduating. he had two children, one of whom is also an architect. died on November 15, 1994 (aged 66)

Awards and Recognitions

He was proclaimed a National Artist of the Philippines for Architecture in 1990 by President Corazon C. Aquino. In 1992, he received the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize from Fukuoka City. Recipient of Gold Medal of Merit given by The Philippine Institute of Architects (PIA in 1978 United Architects of the Philippines Likha Award on 1987 The Professional Regulations Commission annual recognition award PRC Outstanding Architect of the Year on 1978 The Patnubay ng Sining and Kalinangan Awards was instituted in 1963 by the City Government of Manila and the handing out of the award coincided annually with the celebration of the Araw ng Maynila was awarded to him on 1972

Istana Nurul Iman

Location: Brunei Design Concept: Utilizes the architectural motif of golden domes and vaulted roofs to echo Bruneis Islamic and Malay influences. His largest single work, the official residence of the Sultan of Brunei. It is the largest residential palace in the world and the largest single family residence ever built. Year Year Completed: 1984

The Cultural Center of the Philippines

Location: Pasay City, Manila

The CCP is set back from Roxas Blvd and constructed in the bombastic style favoured by dictators everywhere.
Year Completed: 1966

Church of the Holy Sacrifice

Location: UP Diliman The first building designed by Locsin to be constructed. Built by Alfredo L. Juinio and fellow UP professors it is the first circular church and the first thinshell concrete dome in the Philippines Year Established: May 30, 1977

Manila Hotel
Location: Manila, Philippi nes Manila Hotel is the oldest premiere hotel in the Philippines, built in 1909 to rival Malacaan Palace, the official residence of thePresident of the Philippines, and opened in 1912.[ alongRoxas Boulevard. the lobby is lined with white Doric columns. Year Completed:

Philippine Pavilion of the World Expo

Location: Osaka, Japan. The dramatic roof sweeping up from the ground was intended to express the soaring prospects and futureoriented outlook of the Filipino people. Year Completed: 1970


Master of Architecture


was born on April 25, 1888 in Tondo Manila He attended the Ateneo Municipal and graduated in 1908. he pursued architecture as a government scholar at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1911, before finishing his course at Drexel He was trained in the Beaux Arts and subsequently went to work for George B. Post & Sons in New York City He then returned to the Philippines to begin a practice with his brother died at the age of 72 on December 5, 1960.

Awards and Recognitions

For his work in architecture, Arellano was awarded the Philippine Institute of Architects (PIA) Gold Medal of Merit in 1958

The Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan Award in 1968.

His career is documented in the National Museum's Arellano Room in the National Art Gallery with an exhibit which shows his versatility and his interest in indigenous as well as Western architectures