Rewarding Filipino and Asian tal­ent in ar­chi­tec­ture and in­te­rior de­sign

The Philippine Star - - LIFESTYLE MODERN LIVING -

The Asia Young De­signer Award (AYDA) or­ga­nized by Nip­pon Paint is a trend­set­ting pro­gram that has grown in the past nine years to en­com­pass the best of lo­cal tal­ents from 15 coun­tries —Malaysia, Bangladesh, In­done­sia, Pakistan, Thai­land, Korea, China, Sin­ga­pore, Viet­nam, In­dia, Tai­wan, Ja­pan, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, and of course the Philip­pines.

Filipino stu­dents from Baguio to Zam­boanga sub­mit­ted ideas in a bid to win as coun­try rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the AYDA. Among the par­tic­i­pat­ing uni­ver­si­ties were Holy Angel Univer­sity, Na­tional Univer­sity, Univer­sity of Philip­pines, Univer­sity of Min­danao, Bu­la­can State Univer­sity, and Tech­no­log­i­cal In­sti­tute of the Philip­pines.

Maria Re­becca Plaza from Na­tional Univer­sity emerged as the win­ner in the ar­chi­tec­ture cat­e­gory, while Noelle Sa­man­tha Bernardo from De La Salle Univer­sity-Col­lege of St. Be­nilde pre­sented the win­ning idea in the in­te­rior de­sign cat­e­gory.

The theme of the an­nual com­pe­ti­tion for 2016 is “Be Bold, Be Free, Be You.” It en­cour­ages the stu­dents, “to get out of their com­fort zones, to ven­ture on new paths, and de­liver ideas with­out bound­aries – yet stay­ing true to in­her­ent com­po­nents such as en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity and com­mu­nity cen­tric­ity,” said Nip­pon Paint Malaysia Group gen­eral man­ager Gla­dys Goh.

The judges for the ar­chi­tec­ture cat­e­gory were ar­chi­tects Nina Bailon Arce, Con­suelo Buen­camino, ar­chi­tect and in­te­rior des­giner Ed­uardo Calma, ar­chi­tects Jose Ra­mon Caru­nun­gan, Chona El­vas-Ponce, Maria Benita Re­gala and Abe­lardo M. To­lentino Jr.

The judges in the in­te­rior de­sign cat­e­gory were Marichie Costelo, Jose Maria Hu­billa, Wil­frid Ni­cholo Mag­case, Be­len Morey, Michael Pizarro, Mel Reyes and Vin­cent Louie Tan.

Apart from a cash prize, the Philip­pine AYDA grand prize win­ners will also em­bark on a six-month in­tern­ship with top ar­chi­tec­tural firm Aidea Inc. or top in­te­rior de­sign firm Lor Calma & Part­ners. More­over, they will com­pete and par­tic­i­pate in the AYDA Re­gional Learn­ing Pro­gram, which will be held in Jog­jakarta, In­done­sia in 2017.

Ar­chi­tec­ture Gold Prize win­ner Maria Re­becca Plaza from Na­tional Univer­sity (cen­ter) is flanked by cat­e­gory head judge ar­chi­tect Nina Bailon-Arce and Nip­pon Paint Malaysia group manag­ing di­rec­tor Yaw Seng Heng

In­te­rior De­sign Gold Prize win­ner Noelle Sa­man­tha Bernardo from De La Salle Univer­sity–Col­lege of St. Be­nilde and cat­e­gory head judge in­te­rior de­signer Wil­frid Mag­case

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