The oldest architectural society in Asia, the Philippine Institute of Architects – with delegates from all over the country and UAE – recently visited Iloilo City for a series of events, including the launching of the Iloilo Mural at SM Southpoint in SM City Iloilo. The Philippine Institute of Architects (PIA), on its 85th anniversary, chose Iloilo to be the host of its 85th National Convention and Expo 2018 as well as venue for the launching of the ‘Gold Medal of Merit Award’ Book, authored by Joel V. Rico. Photo above: Launching of the Iloilo Mural at SM Southpoint Iloilo
About the Philippine Institute of Architects. Founded in 1933, the Philippine Institute of Architects is composed of noble men and women from the architectural profession in the Philippines with the aim to further the development of architecture in the country. The society was established during the American occupation, in 1933, through the efforts of the Pensionado and members of the Academia de Ingeniera, Arquitectura y Agrimensura de Filipinas (AIAAF). Prior its current name, it was known as the Philippine Architects Society.
Through the years, the society started awarding merits to architects who have rendered and/or contributed to the enrichment and development of the profession in the Philippines. The award is known as the Golden Medal of Merit and is the oldest architectural award in the country. In 2018, a publication was made to honor the esteemed architects for their contribution to architecture in the Philippines. Thus the ‘Gold Medal of Merit Award’ book by Joel V. Rico was launched March 8th in Iloilo City.
The Gold Medal of Merit Award Book
85th National Convention and Expo 2018. In a bid to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the Philippine Institute of Architects, delegates from Davao, Quezon City, La Union, Makati, Butuan, Cavite, Tarlac, Zamboanga, CaMaNaVa, Negros Occidental, and the United Arab Emirates were gathered in host city, Iloilo, to attend the National Convention with the theme ‘One PIA: Pioneering Intercultural Alliances’. Prior the convention, the NatCon Expo 2018 was launched at SM City Iloilo and was later followed with the Gold Medal of Merit Award book launching.
The Iloilo Mural. Through the effort of the Philippine Institute of Architects, SM City Iloilo, Davies Paint, and local artists of Iloilo, the Iloilo Mural was launched at SM Southpoint, March 9th. The mural illustrates the entirety of Ilonggo history and culture – as well as the talent of Ilonggo artists behind the mural: Jun Ray Canonicato, Abbey Salting, Argie Magallanes, Bryan Caoyonan, Kristoffer Brasileño, Marion Lamaslig, Ronn Bulahan, Jlarry Vido, Peter Clyde Yoro, James Caserial, Cheska Sarmon, and Jeremiah Aristoki.
The Iloilo Mural at SM Southpoint Iloilo. Below: Videos of the events