Unified Nomination of Architect Francisco T. Mañosa for National Artist in Architecture

July 28, 2017


QC - United Architects of the Philippines National President Guillermo Hisancha, PRBoA Chairman Robert Sac and PIA President Renato Basa lead in the signing of the Unified Nomination of UAP Likha Awardee Ar. Francisco "Bobby" T. Mañosa for National Artist in Architecture held last Friday July 28, 2017 at the UAP National Headquarters in Quezon City.

Signatories to the nomination which include the United Architects of the Philippines, Philippine Institute of Architects, UAP College of Fellows, PIA College of Fellows, Professional Regulatory Board of Architecture, Guild of Philippine Architects in Conservation, Architectural Archives Philippines, Council of Deans and Heads of Architectures School in the Philippines, University of Santo Tomas College of Architecture Alumni Association, acknowledge the architectural and cultural contributions of exemplary architect, FRANCISCO T. MAÑOSA, Fellow and Likha Awardee of the United Architects of the Philippines; Honorary Fellow of the Philippine Institute of Architects; Gawad Gintong Likha recipient of the UAP, PIA and Cultural Center of the Philippines; and ASEAN architect; to the development of Philippine architecture through his numerous groundbreaking projects that span more than fifty years. 





The Profile of Arch. Francisco T. Mañosa

Architect Francisco T. Mañosa was born in Manila. He graduated from the University of Sto. Tomas with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Architecture in 1953, passed the Board of Examinations for Architects in 1954, with registration No. 724, Registered APEC Architect in 2008 and accredited through the Grandfather Clause in Interior Design in 1993 with registration no. 441.

He is at present the Chief Creative Officer / Chairman of the Board of Mañosa & Company, Inc. From 2006 to 1976, he was the Managing Partner of Francisco Mañosa & Partners and from 1962 to 1976, he was a partner of Mañosa Brothers and Associates, a design firm composed of his architect brothers, Jose and Manuel.

He is the recipient of numerous awards from his peers and various civic and religious organizations. Among them are the Papal Knighthood of Pontifical Order of St. Gregory the Great in 1979, “Patnubay ng Kalinangan” Architect of the Year Award from the Manila Commission on Culture & Arts in 1982; First Recipient of Golden Award in the field of Filipino Architecture from the United Architects of the Philippines in 1989; the “Kalakbay” Special Award for Architecture in 1994 for his outstanding contribution to Philippine Tourism; the Most Outstanding Professional of the Year Award from the Professional Regulations Commission in 1994; the Most Outstanding “Las Piñero” Award in the field of Architecture from the Perpetual Help College of Rizal in 1996; the Design Award of Excellence in Architecture from the United Architects of the Philippines in 1996, the 7th “Likha” Gold Medal Awardee from the United Architects of the Philippines in 2003; the “Gawad CCP Para sa Sining in the Field of Architecture” given by the Cultural Center of the Philippines in September 2004; One of the Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) Award in the field of Architecture given the Philippine Jaycee Senate & The Insular Life in December 2004; The Outstanding Thomasian Alumni (TOTAL) Awardee in Architecture for the year 2005 given by the University of Sto. Tomas, Excellence Awards in the Field of Architecture given by the Philippine Federation of Professional Association in September 2005; “Gawad Diwa ng Lahi Sa Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan” Award given by the City of Manila in June 2006; the Brew Award : Real Estate Who is Who given by the Biz News Asian in November 2007; the Outstanding Artist for Golden Years of Service in the field of Architecture given by the National Commission on Culture & Arts in observance of the UNESCO World Theater Week 27 March 2009; and the San Beda Hall of Fame Award from San Beda College Alumni Association in 2010.

The architecture of Francisco “Bobby” Mañosa has been a consistent search and development of Philippine architecture both in the traditional and modern sense. His works are centered in the development of indigenous materials and as exponent of Filipino Architecture, he has been invited to lecture in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand as well as in local Schools, Universities, the United Architects of the Philippines and the Philippine Institute of Architects Chapters on the following subjects: Sustainable Design in Architecture & Philippine Architecture, Green & Sustainable Resort Design for Philippine Tourism, Seminar Series on Filipino Culture in Architecture, Church Architecture, Design Trends in the Philippines in the Last Decade, Culture & Tradition as Design Directions, Update on Philippine Architecture, Philippine Culture & Tourism, Tomorrow’s Architecture Today, Church Design and Construction, The Changing Environment and the Need to Integrate the Environmental Perspective in Architecture, “Kawayan” is the Answer, What Makes Architecture Filipino? Where is Filipino Architecture Going?, Philippine Contemporary Architecture, Palettes for Filipino Architectural Design, Career Talk: The Architectural Profession, Evolution of Philippine House, Insights into Philippine Architecture, Perspective on Philippine Architecture, The Need for Design, Let’s Build Indigenous, Filipino Crafts in Interior Design, Ecological & Environmental Issues in Interior Design, Clinic and Medical Offices Design Update, Use
of Indigenous Materials, Natural Light: Influences and Opportunities in Filipino Architecture, Old and New Architectural Design Relationship, Recognizing the Value of Our Heritage, Historic Preservation: Corregidor, a Historic Park. As a private practitioner, he has designed numerous projects depicting “Filipino Architecture” of the Coconut Palace (Tahanang Pilipino), the Pearl Farm Resort in Davao, the Amanpulo Resort in Palawan where he received a Design Award of Excellence from the United Architects of the Philippines, the Moonwalk Church, the Philippine Pavilions in the 1987 Philippine Independence Celebration in San Francisco Union Square in U.S.A., 1992 Seville Exposition in Spain, 1998 Lisbon Exposition in Portugal, 1987 & 2002 in Germany, 2002 Seoul Travel Fair in Korea & 2002 London World Travel Market, the San Miguel Building, the Ateneo Professional School in Rockwell, Ateneo Science Education Complex in Loyola Heights, the Environmental Research Center in Miriam College, the Aquino Center in Tarlac, the Mactan Shangri-la Hotel & Resort in Cebu and the New Medical City Hospital in Pasig City.

For five consecutive years from 1994 to 1998, the world famous Amanpulo Resort in Palawan has been cited and awarded by the Gallivanters Guide of London as the Best Beach Resort worldwide and in 2003, it was awarded as the Best Resort in Asia Pacific, Best Leisure Resort Worldwide and the Best Small Hotel under 100 Rooms. It was also awarded by the Asia Pacific Interior Design Award in Hong Kong for excellence in Interior Design in 1994. Another renowned resort, Pearl Farm in Davao was awarded the “Kalakbay” Award as the Resort of the Year in 1994 and 1995 by the Department of Tourism. His recently finished resort, the Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa is now gaining recognition as the latest haven in Bohol which was built of indigenous materials to complete its modern Filipino take – reminiscent of Amanpulo Resort in Palawan.

His undying support to the welfare of the future architects through his lecture series in various schools and universities, his book on Filipino architecture are his greatest contribution to the United Architects of the Philippines as a member of the UAP Makati Chapter and a Fellow of UAP. His community activities include his membership to the Makati Architects Foundation, Inc., the Philippine Institute of Interior Designers, the Ecology & Environment Committee in Ayala Alabang Village, the Philippine Green Building Council and a board Member of Building for Ecology Responsive Design Excellence (BERDE).



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