This March 2018, Architecture Network brings you the 3rd National Architecture Jamboree. Through tours, talks, and workshops, the 6-day event is an immersion to our roots, as Filipinos and Thomasians. Launching on March 5th with a Welcoming Ceremony and ending on March 10th with a Fellowship Dinner, the Jamboree will kickoff with MAYNILAKAD: the UST Campus Tour and a Manila City Tour on day two to be followed by a Design Workshop on day three. Prepare to be enthralled with Villa Escudero and Las Casas de Acuzar, the tours to be held on day four of the jamboree will provide an insight to Filipino architecture away from the city. Nesting in the university’s own Benavidez Park, the Manila Architecture Festival is an opportunity to mingle with other students, delegates and professionals and will be held on March 9th. A worthy finale and the jamboree’s flagship event, the 10th National Architecture Symposium will feature renowned architects Prof. Jason Pomeroy, Ar. Claude Godefroy and Ar. Carlos Arnaiz. The biggest event to be hosted by the organization, the 3rd National Architecture Jamboree is an opportunity to enrich one’s architectural knowledge and expertise.
National Architecture Jamboree Tours
University of Santo Tomas
The Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, The Catholic University of the Philippines, or simply the University of Santo Tomas (UST), is a private, Roman Catholic research university in Manila, Philippines. Founded on 28 April 1611 by Miguel de Benavides, Archbishop of Manila, it has the oldest extant university charter in the Philippines and in Asia, and is one of the world's largest Catholic universities in terms of enrollment found on one campus.
City of Manila
The Spanish City of Manila was founded on June 24, 1571, by Spanish conquistador Miguel López de Legazpi, which was regarded as the official foundation date of the city. Although, there are evidence of human habitation around the present-day site of the City since 3000 BC, making it one of the oldest cities in the world. Manila was also the seat of power for most of the country's colonial rulers. It is the home to many historic sites, some of which were built during the 16th century. In 2016, the Globalization and World Cities Research Network listed Manila as an alpha- global city.
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
Spread over 400 hectares, the park features a collection of 27 Spanish colonial-era buildings, with the entire site made to resemble a period settlement. The resort has a restaurant, a beach, calesa rides and a swimming pool. The houses were often of the bahay na bato (Tagalog for "stone houses") type. These houses were carefully dismantled, transplanted from around the Philippines. The original locations of the structures were in Manila (Tondo, Binondo and Quiapo), Quezon City, Bulacan, Pampanga, La Union, the Ilocandia and Cagayan. Acuzar often bought houses that were in a state of neglect, and in some cases also purchased the lot where the mansions stood.
Villa Escudero Plantations was founded in 1872. Originally a sugar cane plantation, the crop was converted to coconut in the early 1900s. The plantation was opened to the public in 1981 as a tourist attraction offering glimpses of plantation life. Carabao cart ride takes visitors to the resort area, surrounded by park-like setting while being serenaded by locals. Dining is offered in a unique al fresco restaurant where the dining tables are situated below the spillway of the hydroelectric dam (the Labasin waterfalls). Later attractions include an authentic live cultural dance show choreographed by National Artist Ramon Obusan, performed with live music. The resort has since expanded offering accommodations, more restaurants, sports facilities, and a conference center.
National Architecture Symposium
With the title, Unifying Barriers, Architecture Network offers an opportunity for new insights and perspectives for the continued development of architecture. The highlight of the 3rd National Architecture Jamboree, the symposium will be held on March 10, 2018. Going back to its roots, Architecture Network will take you to the venue where the first symposium took place, UST’s Medicine Auditorium. Featuring renowned architects Prof. Jason Pomeroy of Pomeroy Studio and Pomeroy Academy, Ar. Claude Godefroy of Henning Larsen Architects and Ar. Carlos Arnaiz of CAZA, the symposium is a venue for discussions regarding the relevance of design in accordance with each professional practice.
Manila Architecture Festival
A chance to celebrate architecture with fellow students, delegates and professionals, Architecture Network presents the Manila Architecture Festival 2018. Set in front of the UST Main Building in the Benavidez Park, the festival will accommodate the architecture community on March 9, 2018 during the 3rd National Architecture Jamboree. Headed by various student organizations, the festival will include a film showing, food booths and exhibits. From 9 am to 6 pm, the festival will be a platform for talks and dialogues relevant to the practice. A Pecha Kucha powered ARCHIVE of Archinet, UAPSAPAN live Dialogues by UAPSA UST and keynote speeches will commence throughout the day. The festival is a venue for generating connections as there will be a Networking Tent where students from different schools may socialize and make connections, an Embassy Tent where embassies may set up a booth showcasing opportunities Filipino students may have in their respective countries and Sponsor Booths where sponsors may showcase their products and other promotional materials.