Tuesday, 24 July 2012

UAP Architect's Private Practice Center (UAP APPC)

The Area A council of fiscal year 2010-2011, through the leadership of Arch. Richard M. Garcia, fuap had incorporated in its program “Reach More Goal” the planning, designing, construction, and interim management of the UAP Architects Private Practice Center at the Third floor of UAP Headquarters. The center was completed last January 2012 with the assistance and support from Area B, C and D and several sponsors. The center will serve as a virtual and time sharing office for starting architects, architects in the provinces and architects looking for a branch office. The facility will have a secretary employed by the UAP and will basically run the office for the architects according to the package availed. The center will be self sustaining and all the net earnings will be turn-over to the UAP National Treasury.

The APPC will be activated August 1, 2012 after two weeks of intensive marketing and promotion through direct email to Chapter Presidents and Social Network postings starting July 17, 2012 by the UAP Secretariat led by Finance Officer Alma Valencia.

The APPC will be a test market project for the Architect Business Center that will be set-up by the current administration under the PROMOTE AND PROTECT THE PROFESSION AND SERVICE TO MEMBERS advocacy and theme for 2012-2013. If the APPC concept is successful, a similar and more formal office of the Architect Business Center will be offered on the second floor of the UAP Headquarters, with more individual Architect rooms and more amenities.


I. UAP APPC BASIC Php 500.00 Monthly Fee

a. Professional Message handling services
b Use of office address for business cards and marketing tools
c. Use of Tel/Fax No. for business cards and marketing tools
d. Self collection of Mails and Parcels
e. Pick up and drop off point of products / Plans.
f. Free message Alert via SMS

II. UAP APPC ADVANCE Php 1500.00 Monthly Fee

a. Professional message handling services.
b. Handling of inquiries on products and services.
c. Use of office Address for business Cards and marketing tools.
d. Use of Tel/Fax No. for business Cards and marketing tools.
e. Pick up and drop off point of products / Plans.
f. Self collection of Mails and Parcels
g. Free message Alert via SMS
h.Use of the office table assigned as meeting or working area on scheduled basis 2 days/week, from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

A. Mon and Thursday 9am-1pm and 2pm-6pm
B. Tues and Friday 9am-1pm and 2pm-6pm
C. Wed and Sat 9am-1pm and 2pm-6pm

III. UAP APPC EXCLUSIVE Php 3000.00 Monthly Fee

a. Professional Message handling services
b. Handling of inquiries on products and services.
c. Use of office address for business cards and marketing tools
d. Use of Tel/Fax No. for business cards and marketing tools
e. Pick up and drop off point of products
f. Self collection of Mails and Parcels
g. Free message Alert via SMS
h. Use of the office table assigned as meeting or working area on scheduled basis 3 days/week, from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Time-sharing (APPC Exclusive):
A. Mon, Wed and Friday 9am-1pm and 2pm-6pm
B. Tues, Thurs and Saturday 9am-1pm and 2pm-6pm


1. Meeting Rooms Rates (6 person capacity):
a. Weekdays 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM : Php500/hour
b. Saturdays 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM : Php600/hour

2. Other Secretariat Services:
a. In and Outbound Fax : Php 10.00 per page domestic only
b. Printing : Php 10.00 per sheet-black
c. Photocopy : Php 5.00 per page
d. Scanning : Php 5.00 per page

NOTE: The APPC is open from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Mondays to Saturdays only.

1. Applicant must be an active UAP-IAPOA member in good standing
2. Fill up and submit Application Form from the UAP membership area at the Ground floor.
3. Sign a contract with APPC Interim Management after approval of application form submitted. The contract will have a lock-in period of six (6) months, renewable.
4. After contract signing, three (3) months advance fee will be collected

a. No Set up Fees
b. No Utility Fees

Interim Management Under the Office of the UAP National Treasurer (Term: July 2012 – June 2014)

Honorary Chair : Arch. Richard M. Garcia, fuap
Operations Head : Arch. Alfred Geoffrey C. Carandang, uap
Operations Deputy : Arch. Donato Magcale, uap
Treasurer / Finance : Arch. Melencio D. Manalo
Promotion : Arch. Felicisimo Tejuco / Secretariat
Secretariat : Arch. Claudio Rillera Jr.

For more inquiries, pls. call or text Arch. Alfred Geoffrey C. Carandang, uap (09177923635 0r 09228923635)

UAP CCD Passers in the June 2012 Board Exam

Congratulations to the 123 new architects from UAP Center for Career Development with a 78% passing rate!!! Congratulations also to the 4th placer, Ar. Angela Azalea L. Dalumpines of UP Diliman.

Monday, 23 July 2012

June 2012 Architecture Board Topnotcher Speech

by Benjamin Casono

My physics professor back in college began her lesson on the Principle of Uncertainty proposed by Heisenberg in 1927, by asking us: “How do you know that the sun would rise again tomorrow?” The predicted end of the world was a hot issue back then. Clearly, the answer to the question was: No one would know. We can never know for sure, but we can only believe so.
“To see is to believe”. Yes, we woke up the next morning and we witnessed the sun rise again. That is the beauty of hindsight. Well, what about illusions and hallucinations, parallax, color-blindness, lucid dreams, etc? Being so much dependent on our hindsight, we have taken for granted that the reverse is what usually occurs and could even be more profound. We have all forgotten that “to believe is to see”, that we also have the gift of foresight.
PRC Commissioner Honorable Teresita R. Manzala, PRBOA Chairperson Architect Armando N. Alli, UAP National President Arch. Rozanno C. Rosal, deans of various colleges, distinguished guests, fellow architects, venerable politicians, beloved parents, professionals, ladies & gentlemen, good afternoon.
Bago po ako magpatuloy, nais ko po muna batiin ang lahat ng congratulations.
To establish my point, first, let us look back and reminisce our nostalgic, glorious days of reviewing and preparing for the board exams, the whole duration of which can be broken down into three phases: foresight, hindsight and what is in between.
Our foresight was when we were preparing for our exams, strategizing, internalizing, anticipating probable questions, building confidence & strongly believing in ourselves and in the thought of successfully passing the exams. This was where we had a great field of uncertainty and randomness ahead of us where we only had to believe in order to see.
Now, the hindsight was having read the PRC post online that we passed and we have done well in our exams. “To see is to believe”.
Now what happened in between our foresight and hindsight for me, is the most sensational part. Opo, dito po tayo nagbisita-iglesia, nag-alay ng itlog kay Sta. Clara, nagpadasal sa Pink Sisters, etc. Dito po tayo sumugal, na dahil limitado lang ang oras kinailangan nating magprioritize. At dahil sa sobrang bagal ko po magbasa, pinili ko na lang po yung mga paborito kong subjects. This is the part where we believed in our lecturers and mentors as if they were priests, and in our books & reviewers as if they were our Bible. Muntikan na po ako umatras dahil sobrang andami ko pang hindi nabasa at hindi rin po ako nakatikim ng kahit anong mock exams. Nagkaroon pa po ako ng bonggang diarrhea ng tatlong araw at trangkaso sa loob ng linggo ng eksams. Pero nagtiwala at nanalig na lang po ako sa Kanya at sa lahat ng mga natutunan ko sa aking mga guro mula pa noong kolehiyo hanggang sa review centers.
My point is, the bridge between our foresight to our hindsight, is where the magic happens. It is where we take the risk of walking into the great sea of uncertainty, and entrusting our lives & our future to each other. This also happens when we entrust our design and specifications to our chosen engineer, contractor, foremen, workers and laborers. This even goes on in daily lives of people like me, riding a jeep, when we entrust the whole 15 to 30 minutes of our lives to a jeepney driver, a total stranger.
Belief, trust and faith in other people, in our goals and even in our own ideas are the pillars of the bridge we walk across, over the deep gap of uncertainty.
Mga kaibigan, hindi ko po sinasabing magpaka-utu-uto na lang tayo o magpaka - “bahala na” o “bahala ka na”. Of course we take precautions, we verify things, we monitor them, we have to be watchful but not paranoid, we also trust our instincts, we do research, we do our part, and we choose the right people to believe in, that is when we have a choice. But this does not mean that we give doubt, for to do so is to never proceed at all, and to breed doubt, is to slowly destroy everything that was built. Doubt takes away all our guts to take the risk & to take a leap of faith towards something possibly greater.
Friends, we are now in the business, in the professional business of Architecture and I strongly disagree when they say that this is “only business, nothing personal.” Business, being run by humans, is a personal matter based on relationships. We are not merely mechanical machines that are connected by bolts or rods and driven by gears. Instead we are all linked by the trust we build with each other, and fueled by the passion we share. We get a partner, or partners whom we trust that they share our visions. We hire an accountant to whom we entrust our hard-earned money to.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe once said: “Treat a man as he is and you make him worse than he is. But treat a man as he has the potential to become and you make him better than he is.”
Before I finally end my speech, I would like to selfishly take this opportunity to thank the PRC, PRBOA & UAP, and the two universities I came from: Ateneo de Manila and UP Diliman. I would also like to thank some particular people I believed in and have learned so much from: Arch. Rey Gabitan, Arch. Jeremiah, alyas “Jeje” Queddeng, Arch. Emilio Ozaeta, my mentors: Arch. Nicolo del Castillo, Arch. Danilo A. Silvestre, sir Felix Chua & sir Jerry Araos. I would also like to thank my first mentor & my kuya Arch. Avegail Casono, with his wife Arch. Edra Belga Casono, plus my ate & professional guidance counselor– April Joy Casono. Thanks also to Mr. Dondi and Mrs. Christina Aguilar, for all the encouragement and assistance most especially during the crucial week of exams. I would also like to thank a very special & faithful friend of mine – Arch. Paul Henrick Letana. Also, I would like to thank my girlfriend, who is of course, here with us today, who is also my best friend, my partner, my first employer, my constant companion and commander, Arch. Darlene C. Aguilar. I always feel so lucky and blessed because she chose me, and she always believes in me. Also, many thanks to my tatay and nanay. My tatay lived most part of his yearly life in a ship, as a captain, sailing oceans of deep and dangerous uncertainties. Being far from land and from his family, he knew he could easily get swallowed by the ocean or by his own loneliness, yet he chose to believe in what he does just so we could have a convenient life. My nanay on the other hand, never left our side so she could give us her full support and guidance all the way. Both of them always believed in the success of their kids. Mula po sa kaibuturan ng aking puso, mahal na mahal ko po kayong lahat.
And of course, most of all, I would like to thank Him, yes, capital H, I, M.
And also, let me congratulate and thank you all in advance, for being great Architects of this Nation, that truly believe & serve The Filipino People.
Well, finally, believing does not really ensure a 100% success of course, but it dramatically increases the chances, trust me. If only we could learn how to harness the power of having faith in everything we do, in the people we trust, and in the goals we pursue, and in Him, then we can say with great confidence to every challenge we face: “Consider it done.” Mabuhay po tayong lahat, mabuhay po ang Pilipinas.

BluPrint 4th Annual Visionary Design Competition (AViD 2012)

BluPrint 4th Annual Visionary Design Competition (AViD 2012)
Theme: Destination Pit Stop
The vision of the Aquino government’s National Tourism Development Plan, launched in early May, is for the Philippines “to become the must-experience destination in Asia”. The Department of Tourism slogan “It’s more fun in the Philippines” has drawn international attention to our destinations, particularly to our UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This year is the40th anniversary of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, which established the UNESCO World Heritage list.
The National Tourism Development Plan’s goal is to increase international tourist arrivals to 10 million, and domestic travelers to 35.5 million by 2016. The Plan is anchored in the safeguarding of natural and cultural heritage, and advocating their sustainable use. It calls for the improvement of tourism destinations, the development of a sustainable tourism destination infrastructure program, and the design and construction of tourism information centers and support infrastructure.
This competition honors both the National Tourism Development Plan and the 40th anniversary of the UNESCO World Heritage List by asking for the design of a tourism visitor center at any one of our World Heritage sites. Solutions should foster the dialogue between old and new, past and present, natural and manmade, in a manner that is most sensitive to these fragile gifts.
To register and submit your entries, log on to:
About the competition:
  1. The competition is to design a contemporary and site-sensitive Pit Stop/Visitor Center to be located at any one of the Philippine World Heritage Sites:
  2. The size of the Pit Stop, as well as its precise location within or on the edge of the site Buffer Zone, is up to the participant.
  3. The Pit Stop will be a visitor/tourist information center providing information on the World Heritage Site’s significance. The precise program of facilities such as toilets, restaurants, retail outlets/convenience store, refueling station, etc. is up to the participant.
There is no restriction on the construction materials to be used. There is also no budget constraint. However, the design must be sensitive to environmental, cultural and socio-economic realities of the UNESCO World Heritage site (e.g.: a fragile environment facing pressures from large visitor numbers; meager operations and maintenance budgets, etc.), and must respect the World Heritage criteria that were used to select the site. Refer to http://whc.unesco.org/en.
Relevant documents, such as the Venice Charter, are also to be found on the ICOMOS website http://www.icomos.org/en/charters-and-texts and include:
  1. International Cultural Tourism Charter http://www.icomos.org/tourism/charter.html , pertinent passages of which are:
    • Touris

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Review Schedule for the January 2013 Architecture Licensure Exam

Review classes for the January 2013 Architecture Board exam will start July 30, 2012 at the UAP Center for Career Development, 3rd floor of the UAP headquarters in Scout Rallos, Quezon City.

MWF section (6:00-9:00 pm) start July 30, 2012

Saturday section (8:00am-6:00pm) start August 4, 2012

Course Fee: Basic - P8,500

Design - P3,500

Refresher - P3,500

Package (3 courses): P13,500.00


Please call 412-6364 for more details. Look for Ms. Gigi

The performance of the second batch who took the June 2012 LEA:

1. 4th Placer - Angela Azalea Dalumpines (UP)

2. high 78% passing rate for solid CCD reviewees (those who enrolled in all 3 courses)

3. 123 new architects

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