By Marisol Bo-oc, Helen Castaño| 11:18 AM May 29, 2022
The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), through the National Committee on Architecture and the Allied Arts, has conferred on Catigbian Municipal Town Center the “Haligi ng Dangal” award for the People’s Choice category during a ceremony held at the Metropolitan Theater Manila on Saturday, May 28.
The Haligi ng Dangal is a biennial award conferred upon completed/executed works in Architecture and its Allied Professions, namely: Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, and Environmental Planning. The citation jointly commemorates the exemplary structure or site, and its licensed designer(s).
It recognizes exemplary works and encourages the nourishing of the Filipino spirit through the improvement of their built environment and enhancing the awareness of the role of design and designers particularly that of architecture and its allied professions, in the social, economic and environmental development of the Philippines. Ultimately, it aims to demonstrate the positive influence of good design on the human environment, and that the physical development of the built environment in the Philippines can be integrated with the cultural values, national identity, and the natural environment of our nation.
Other honorees for this year are:
For the field of Architecture, TEATRO AMIANAN, University of the Philippines, Baguio City designed by Archt. Aristotle Go
For the field of Landscape Architecture,
BULACAN CAPITOL GARDEN,
Bulacan Capitol Compound, Malolos City designed by L.Archt. Madonna Danao, L.Archt. Ross Pabustan, and L.Archt. Danilo Flores.
The Catigbian Municipal Town Center was deaigned by Archt. German Janus Niño Guidaben.
On Saturday, Catigbian Mayor Elizabeth Mandin received the plaque. She was accompanied by Guidaben and Benjie Oliva, former Commissioner of the National Youth Commission.
Its recognition is described as follows:
The memory of the October 2013 Bohol earthquake left us with bad and good memories. Bad because it damaged properties and lives. Good because it made us realize how to persevere and stand amidst crises and catastrophes. A testament of rising anew may be seen in this project, for it demonstrates how Boholanos have transcended hardships by rebuilding major government edifices.
The creative integration of local architecture exemplifies the virtue of a sense of place and pride of identity. It is a dream come true, with its basic sustainability feature of using white colored roofing, natural ventilated common areas, pavers for rainwater percolation to natural ground.
The integration of the callado, ventanilla and local lattice design motifs unravels the splendor of vernacular architecture woven intò major public edifices.
Indeed, the advocacy of claiming an identity of place is a long journey but it is only through this journey we will be able to complete our goals and find the genius of our people.