BluPrint Editor in chief Judith Torres facilitated the Q&A's after each presentation at the WAF 2017 send-off at the GROHE Philippines showroom.


Filipino teams test run for WAF 2017 at GROHE send-off

PH teams join forces to refine their ten-minute pitches for the festival next month

  • Written by Angel Yulo

  • Photographed by Ed Simon

27 Oct 2017 – With six projects to be presented at Berlin, 2017 is a milestone year for the Philippines at the World Architecture Festival (WAF). This is the country’s biggest representation yet. Yesterday, the four shortlisted firms went through their WAF presentations at the GROHE Philippines showroom at Wilcon IT Hub, Makati City.

The Streetlight Tagpuro project was presented by Pierre Go of Leandro V. Locsin Partners. Visionary Architecture’s Daniel Terrence Yu put forward the context and programming of One Ayala. Out of WTA Architecture and Design Studio’s three shortlisted projects, the Chapel of St. Benedict and St. Scholastica was expounded on by Dianne Naval. And Jorge Yulo narrated how he processed his design concept for the New Supreme Court of the Philippines.

Pierre Go of Leandro V. Locsin Partners
Doors of the Streetlight Tagpuro study center | Photo by Alexander Eriksson Furunes
Visionarch president and CEO Daniel Terrence Yu
The 390,000-square meter transit-oriented development by Visionary Architecture is dubbed “One Ayala” after its address, No. 1 Ayala Avenue corner EDSA.

Following the formats of WAF live crits of 10 minutes for presentation and 8 minutes for Q&A, the event served as a test run for the festival next month. The audience, composed of colleagues and friends from the industry, served as a panel to critique what the different teams have prepared.

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Besides questions on form and meaning, suggestions were given regarding presentation length and organization, as well as which aspects of the projects to highlight for greater impact. Encouragement and rallying spirits were palpable in the room as this year can hold the country’s first WAF win. The evening was capped by soprano Lara Maigue who treated guests with a stirring performance of Mozart’s Queen of the Night aria.

Dianne Naval of WTA Architecture and Design Studio
The Chapel of St. Benedict and St. Scholastica by WTA Design Studio is located in a 10-by-12-meter courtyard of a mission hospital.
The Chapel of St. Benedict and St. Scholastica by WTA Design Studio is located in a 10-by-12-meter courtyard of a mission hospital.
Jorge Yulo
the New Supreme Court concept by Jorge Yulo
The slatted surfaces of the New Supreme Court concept by Yulo communicate transparency and accountability. Despite this make up, the scheme evokes a sense of epic solidity.

If this year’s Filipino shortlist is a testament to what we as a people hope for our built environment, we can say we seek to empower the marginalized, to mobilize those sustaining our economy, to tap into divine grace, and to make justice transparent and accessible to all. Embodied by the projects, these are the values the teams are set to present and defend on the world stage. May we defend them just as staunchly in our homeland.

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Together with GROHE, we wish LVLP, WTA, Visionarch, and JYAA the best of luck. The Filipino design community is cheering you on. 

Bluprint-GROHE WAF 2017 send-off

LIXIL Philippines head of project key accounts Carlo Malantic welcomes the guests

Pierre Go during the Q&A for Streetlight Tagpuro

Leandro Poco

Daniel Terrence Yu presents One Ayala

WTA Architecture and Design Studio's principal William Ti

Judith Torres asks Daniel Terrence Yu questions about One Ayala

Leandro V. Locsin Partners' Pierre Go and Aldo Mayoralgo

Joseph Javier

Dianne Naval presents the Chapel of St. Benedict and St. Scholastica

Rchitects principal Bong Recio begins the Q&A for each of the presentations

Manny Miñana, the first Filipino to be shortlisted at WAF, gives the presenters some notes and encouragement

Gigi Eala

Jorge Yulo presents the concept for the New Supreme Court

Daniel Terrence Yu poses some questions about Yulo's project

GROHE raffled away special prizes that evening. LIXIL Philippines marketing manager Emily Rose Besavilla, Raul Bumanglag, LIXIL Philippines country manager Alen Alban, Judith Torres

William Ti chats with Jorge Yulo in between presentations

LIXIL Philippines marketing manager Emily Rose Besavilla, Jumax Morgia, LIXIL Philippines country manager Alen Alban

Agnes Losantas wins a raffle prize from GROHE

LIXIL Philippines marketing manager Emily Rose Besavilla, Michael Cu Fua, LIXIL Philippines country manager Alen Alban

Ariana Rodriguez and Mise Sebastian join the social media contest GROHE had in store for guests that evening

Manny Miñana and Bong Recio

Carlo Malantic, Dianne Naval, and Arvin Pangilinan

Aya Pascual, Rica Plaza, and Michael Cu Fua

Daniel Terrence Yu and Bong Recio