Saturday, October 31, 2015


I am a fan of amazing architecture and interior designs to be honest way back before and until now I want to be an architect or interior designer because I really love designing houses, buildings or anything and I can say that this is may ultimate passion and dream in my life. : )  

Last October 20 I was invited to the NYPDA awarding ceremony happen at Marco polo hotel, I was excited because this is my first time to watch this kind of event and I am excited to know that one of my co-warriors "UE" is a finalist in architecture category in this prestigious awarding ceremony.

Every body is excited on this competition because lots of young interior designers and architects from all over the country roll up their sleeves as they come closer to the verdict round of the Nippon Paint Young Designer Award (NYPDA) 2015, a regional competition across 12 Asia Pacific countries organized by Asia’s no.1 coatings manufacturer Nippon Paint. 

Amazing opening!
This event was hosted by Sam Y.G. 
Using this year’s theme as their guiding principle, “Design with Heart,” participating students are challenged like never before to further push the boundaries for future living by creating spaces that can connect people from all walks of life—including the physically challenged community, the elderly, the young, and nursing mothers—as well as enhance experience and transform lives.

“With the official launch of the NPYDA in the Philippines last year, we have noticed how Filipino designers have this genuine passion in creating spaces which are people-oriented and environment-friendly,” said Mr. Michael Chung, General Manager of Nippon Paint (Coatings) Philippines.  “We are very sanguine that this year’s finalists can maximize that innate talent to step up and compete with other countries,” he added.

Each of the Gold Awardees will win PhP50,000 cash prize, a 6-month internship at Lor Calma & Partners (for Interior Design)/ Casas Architects (for Architecture), plus an  all-expense paid overseas trip for a once-in-a lifetime learning programme, an exclusive workshop crafted especially for winners featuring internationally renowned speakers in the fields of architecture and interior design.

The winner’s professor/adviser will also get P10,000 cash prize, while his or her academic institution will receive P10,000 cash prize and P10,000-worth of paint voucher.

On the other hand, the Silver Awardee will receive P30,000 cash prize and a plaque. Eight finalists will get P10,000 each, and special awards will also be given out to Best Colour Choice and Best Green Innovation with P5,000 cash prize each.


Martha Joyce Tomas from the University of Sto. Tomas is this year's Interior Design category winner for her brilliant concept of an ideal working environment, the 'Biojet'.

Set to present their concepts of ideal working environments, finalists for the Interior Design category include: Rosalie Ann Perez, Krizia Hesusa Tejada, Patricia Ella, Justine Esternon, Martha Joyce Tomas, Ella Monica Monteroso, and Lynelle Delmo—all from the University of Santo Tomas; Andrea Louise Vergara from University of San Carlos; Courtney Gatus from the University of the Philippines and Paul Angelo Montesines from Eulogio "Amang" Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology. Judging their entries are IDr. Michael Pizarro, IDr. Rachelle Medina, IDr. Vincent Louie Tan, IDr. Belen Morey, IDr. Jose Maria "Johnny" Hubilla, IDr. Wilfrid Nicholo Magcase, IDr. Marichie Costelo and IDr. Roland Laurena.


Jose Augustine Ricarte from the University of Sto.Tomas is this year's Architecture category winner for his winning concept of a comprehensive Community Interactive Space, the 'Marikina Link'

Meanwhile, architecture students who are bound to present their unique ideas of a comprehensive Community Interactive Space are: Von Christian Andrade from the Technological Institute of the Philippines, Rowell Pinote from the University of Mindanao, Mikael Jerome Lim from the University of the East, and Ruben Felizarte from Far Eastern University. Joining them are finalists Marko Alab Adviento, Andrew Cerwin Yu, Kae Ann Aguila, Jose Augustine Ricarte, Justine Salvador and Mary Nicole Ligan, all from the University of Santo Tomas. Architecture judges include Ar. Jose Ramon Carunungan, Ar. & IDr. Eduardo Calma, Ar. Rolando Cordero, Ar. Chona Elvas-Ponce, Ar. Consuelo “Peach” C. Buencamino, Ar. Carmelo “Meloy” Casas, Ar. Abelardo M. Tolentino, Jr. And Ar. Nina Bailon Arce.

And I want to congratulate Mikael Jerome Lim my co-warrior for making one of the finalist of this prestigious award. Go Warrior! 
I wish you the best and Go and share your knowledge to others. 

Works will be evaluated based on their Green & Sustainable Design Concept, Colour Concept, Design Innovation, and Design Concept Statement.

In collaboration with such reputable professional societies such as the Philippine Institute of Interior Designers (PIID), Council of Interior Design Educator (CIDE), United Architects of the Philippines (UAP), and Council of Deans and Heads in Architecture Schools in the Philippines (CODHASP), Lor Calma and Partners, CASAS + Architects and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the NPYDA braces for a more exciting, more fruitful competition this year.

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