"Pambansang Alagad ng Sining Para sa Arkitektura - Ildefonso P. Santos, Jr. has generously donated to the UP College of Architecture Library his own prized collection of books. Sir IP Santos, is an avid reader and collector of books. In fact, he regularly purchases new books on a weekly basis, a true testament to his love for knowledge.
Among the prized donations is the hardbound, three-volume, 110th anniversary print of "Flora de Filipinas" by Fr. Manuel Blanco, OSA. The said book is considered as one of historical significance to the Philippines, and is considered by many collectors as one of the best botanical publications in the world. The original "luxe" print was produced between 1877 to 1883. The text by Fr. Blanco documents over 1200 vernacular species of plants, and contains 479 plates illustrated by artists such as Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, Lorenzo Guerrero, Miguel Zaragoza, Emma Vidal among others.
The books have been received by our Head Librarian - Ms. Merlyn Sornoza, last February 2013. A formal turnover ceremony will be held by the College on June 11, 2013 (11:30am) to mark the collection's availability to the public. Arch. IP Santos Jr. himself, together with his daughters, will be present in the said event. He shall be greeted by UPCA's faculty and students.
Note: Bust of Sir IP Santos shown in picture, is not included in the donations.
The UP Diliman College of Architecture, with the active participation of its Architecture Student Council (UPCA) has successfully launched its annual culminating festivities. Aptly dubbed as "HARAYA" - a vernacular term meaning imagination. The week-long festivities highlighted the best works of the College of Architecture, from its students (Masters & Undergraduate), as well as research works from UPCA's faculty.
This year, HARAYA's Building 1 Upper Ground Exhibit featured an upgraded gallery styling for all those those who have successfully passed their thesis deliberations in the BS Arch, and B Landscape Arch programs. It served as a fitting gift from the College, who recognized that the years of hard work spent by the students who will graduate should be given due recognition.
The lower ground exhibit featured curious class exercises facilitated by the professors of UPCA. Among the functional exhibits was the ARCH 23 wasterial lamps projects under Professor Dodi Madrid. The students fashioned lighting fixtures out of recycled materials such as PET bottles, CD's and DVD's.
Another interesting functional exhibit was the set-up done by the ARCH 20 class under Prof. Gerard Joson. Students were tasked to experiment with native materials in a form-finding exercise that ultimately make their way as actual constructed interior "dividers."
Masters students of the 'Pamana' group under Prof. Jojo Mata also showcased their accomplishments in documenting heritage structures in Sta. Catalina, Carcar, Cebu.
This year's Haraya is a testament not only to the creativity of UPCA's students but also to the Professors' uncanny ability to bring forth such talent amongst the young brilliant pliable minds that reside in the College.
WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR HARAYA SPONSORS!
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