UAP mourns death of National Artist for Architecture Francisco Mañosa

February 21, 2019 | By: UAP Keeping You Posted;

The United Architects of the Philippines on Thursday, February 21, through its UAP National President offered its deepest condolences to the family of National Artist for Architecture Francisco Mañosa, who died at the age of 88.

Mañosa, one of the nation's greatest architects, passed away on Wednesday, February 20, nearly four months he was conferred the Order of National Artist in the field of Architecture by President Rodrigo Duterte. Franciso "Bobby" Mañosa, known for his designs inspired heavily by the aesthetics of the bahay kubo and the bahay na bato, has died due to lingering illness at 88. 

In his message, Arch. Panganiban said that "On behalf of the UAP community and the UAP National Board of Directors, I offer our deepest condolences on the passing of our treasure, Arch. Franciso “Bobby” T. Mañosa. His untimely death has deeply touched us all; especially those of us who knew him well and had the privilege of working with him. I am deeply saddened by the loss of a fellow architect whose last days were unwaveringly devoted to the architecture profession however, I respect his journey with our Great Architect and as the President of the United Architects of the Philippines I pay the highest tribute to his eternal voyage. We honor his legacy and mourn his loss alongside his family and our friends."

Mañosa, a central figure in Philippine architecture for more than 50 years, passed away Wednesday, according to his children, only a few months after he was conferred the National Artist award. 

He was acclaimed for his buildings, which highlighted indigenous materials such as the bamboo and the rattan, placed emphasis on spaces meant to convey the importance of family and communities to Filipinos, and incorporated considerations for our tropical climate. 

"I design Filipino, nothing else," he once declared. 

Mañosa is also credited for pioneering sustainable architecture, way before the environmental design movement gained headwind locally. He conceptualized the "edible garden" -- a design where plants surround the external walls of structures. 

The Cultural Center of the Philippines, which is located near one of his greatest creations, the Coconut Palace, led the tributes by calling him the "Father of Philippine Neo-vernacular Architecture." 

Some of Mañosa's landmark projects included the Our Lady of Peace Shrine in EDSA, the initial design for the LRT-1 stations, the Chapel of the Risen Lord in Las Piñas City, the Amanpulo resort in Palawan, and the San Miguel Corporation headquarters in Ortigas. 

He was named a National Artist Award in October last year for his valuable contribution to the development, preservation and promotion of the Philippine architecture. 

Mañosa was born in Manila in 1931. His father was an engineer, while his mother was an actress. He graduated with a degree in architecture from University of Santo Tomas in 1953, and went on to establish a firm the following year with his two brothers, Jose and Manuel. 

An important point in his career was his decision to put up his own architecture company in 1976, where he made a conscious attempt to push his signature "Filipinism" style. 

He was knighted in 1982 by Pope John Paul II after designing the altar and Papal chair in Luneta -- an achievement he was said to have considered to be his greatest honor. 

Mañosa is survived by his wife Denise and three children Bambi, Dino and Gelo.


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