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September 01, 2014

Paras: The First-Ever ArchiNEXT Grand Winner

Contributed by Hocheng Philippines Corporation


One hundred ten (110) Sustainable Community Comfort Area (SCCA) proposals coming from eighteen (18) United Architects of the Philippines-Student Auxiliary (UAPSA) colleges and universities nationwide competed to be the first-ever ArchiNEXT: HCG Young Designers’ Competition (AYDC) Grand Winner.

The challenge for 3rd & 4th year architecture students in ArchiNEXT, a corporate social responsibility program of Hocheng Philippines Corporation (HPC) in partnership with the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) and Council of Deans and Heads of Architecture Schools in the Philippines (CODHASP), is to conceptualize an SCCA for 300 people in an area limited by water and electricity.

After rigorous 2-step blind preliminary and final judging on February and March 2015, respectively, the leaf-inspired concept of Laredo Angelo Paras, Jr. of Tarlac State University gained the approval of the judges.

On April 17, 2015 at SMX Convention Center, in front of over a thousand architects, Paras together with TSU’s Dean of the College of Architecture and Fine Arts, Ar. Marco Bildan, was awarded a Plaque of Recognition, Php 40,000 cash and counterpart prize for his university. None other than United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) National President Ar. Ma. Benita Regala and Hocheng Philippines Corporation (HPC) Chairman Patrick Chiu conferred the accolade to Paras.

Joanne Pauline Villanueva of Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) grabbed the second spot receiving Php 20,000 cash with plaque and school-prize with PUP’s dean, Ar. Ted Villamor-Inocencio

The third place went to Gino Vincent M. Diongzon of University of the Assumption (UA) who accepted his Php 10,000 prize with plaque and counterpart school prize with Ar. Edrian Sitchon.

Furthermore, two (2) special awards are given from the Limitless Creativity Award granted to Christian Salvador Martinez of UA and Best Presentation Award to the grand winner, Laredo Angelo D. Paras.

Twelve (12) runners-up, Christian Salvador Martinez of UA, Klina Reyes of University of San Carlos (USC), Marchie Teodoro Borja of National University (NU), Nerique Louis P. Taruc of Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University (DHVTSU), Michelle Vergara of University of Northern Philippines (UNP), Jann Paolo Emmanuel D. Dela Cruz, Clarisse Estela S. Peralta, Riziel Dahren A. Soliveres, Regie A. Rico, Marco F. Andriade, Chris Cyrill P. Reyes and Deo V. Balanay of TSU, were also recognized.

Furthermore, as part of the competition, scholarships to entrants are also granted. The ArchiNEXT Scholars, Dorothy Joy Casbuse, Christian Joy Abril, Mc Jaspher Hernandez Aguila, Rafael Vicerra, Jerwin Andres, Sultan Dave Puglay, John Will Jay Dumot from UNP; John Paul Aloy of Ateneo De Davao University (ADDU); Daniel Talion of Far Eastern University (FEU) and Marchie Teodoro Borja of NU received one-year financial assistance worth Php 30,000 from HPC.

Likewise, the judges of the competition, Ar. Rey Gabitan, Ar. Luis Ferrer, Ar. Ted Inocencio, Ar. Ma. Benita Regala, Ar. Fidel Jose Siapno, Ar. Michael Tomeldan, and the ArchiNEXT Inspirational speakers, Ar. Benjamin Panganiban, Ar. James Jao, Ar. Jose Ramon “Pippo”Carunungan and Ar. Alfred Geoffrey Carandang during the school tour shared this special moment with the winners, runners-up and scholars.

ArchiNEXT: HCG Young Designers’ Competition is a corporate social responsibility program of Hocheng Philippines Corporation (HPC) in partnership with the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) and Council of Deans and Heads of Architecture Schools in the Philippines (CODHASP). The CSR program aims to challenge the ingenuity and proficiency of young aspiring architecture students to design sound yet sustainable architectural masterpieces in the Philippines and allow them to showcase their limitless creativity. This year’s challenge is to create a Sustainable Community Comfort Area (SCCA). The CSR program started September 2014.

For more info, log on at http://www.archinextcompetition.hcg.com.ph/

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