• Filipino architects called to join Asean-wide competition

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    The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) Committee on Culture and Information (COCI), and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) call on the best Filipino master builders and prime movers to join the “Citation of Excellent Architectural Design Reflecting East Asian Identity” open to architects from Asean member states, South Korea, China and Japan.

    Themed “Expression of Cultural Identity: Emergent Architecture in Asia,” the citation aims to acknowledge exemplary architectural work in the region, as well as encourage the sustenance of the East Asian spirit through the development and improvement of the East Asian built environment.

    The award is also a channel to enhance the awareness of the role of architecture and architects in the socio-economic and cultural realm of East Asian countries. The citation intends to demonstrate that good architecture is a major component of the positive influence on the human environment, and that physical development in Asia need not be in disharmony with the cultural values, national identity or the natural environment of
    developing countries in Asia.

    The NCCA, being the primary government agency dedicated to preserving, developing and promoting the Philippine’s culture and arts, and as a member of COCI Philippines, is tasked to implement the program in the national level.

    Licensed architects who are below 55 years old upon the deadline of submission are entitled to participate. Works should be operational for at least two years and a maximum of five years. It should be 100-percent Filipino, with no collaboration with foreign architectural consultants at any phase.

    Assessment of entries will take into consideration regional differences, socio-cultural and environmental location, and the standard of the facility. Entries should be conceptually and technologically sound and should be relevant to its country of location and to Asia as a region.

    Three winning entries in the national level (one winner and two citations), will be sent to the Asean National COCI Indonesia, the coordinating country for the project, through their Ministry of National Education and Culture.

    The deadline of submission is on February 15. The regional exhibition will be held in Indonesia in October 2015.

    For more information, visit www.ncca.gov.ph or contact Rulet Salvador or Rodelio Candor at 527-2192. You may also drop by at the NCCA Building at 633 General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila.

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