Arki celebrates 63rd year, inaugurates infrastructure

 05 - 23 - 19
University of the Philippines System- Diliman News
The College of Architecture Building 3 (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

“Keep thinking out of the box.” This was the message of UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan to the students and faculty of the College of Architecture on May 7, during the opening ceremony of Haraya 2019, the College’s five-day commemoration of its 63rd founding anniversary.

Haraya used to be an annual event but beginning this year, has become biennial. According to Dean Armin Sarthou, this allows for better preparation and consequently, a bigger celebration.

 

UP College of Architecture Dean Armin Sarthou (left) envisions Haraya to someday be like the Venice Biennale, where students and faculty of architecture, and architects can showcase their designs. In the right photo, UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan wonders why he was not invited to Haraya last year as he has always attended the event, only to find out Haraya has become a biennial celebration. (Photos by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

Haraya 2019 had a grand kick-off with the inauguration of two new structures in the College of Architecture complex: the seven-level Building 3 and the Benito Sy Pow Auditorium.

 

The ceremonial opening of Building 3: from left, Prof. Kelvin de Chavez, Prof. Dolores Madrid, UP Diliman Vice Chancellor for Research and Development Fidel Nemenzo, UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan, College of Architecture Dean Armin Sarthou, former College of Architecture Dean Mary Ann Espina, and Prof. Richelle Baria (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

Currently, only the first four floors of Building 3 are being utilized as the top three levels are still undergoing completion. The College expects full use of the structure next year.

Meanwhile, the Benito Sy Pow Auditorium, donated by New Golden City Builders through its president, Manny Sy, still has a few more finishing touches to go. It was named in honor of the donor’s father.

 

The ceremonial opening of the Benito Sy Pow Auditorium: UP Diliman Vice Chancellor for Administration Virginia Yap (leftmost), UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan, and College of Architecture Dean Armin Sarthou untie one of the ribbons at the entrance; while Prof. Christopher Stonewall Espina, former UP President Alfredo Pascual, New Golden City Builders President Manny Sy, and former College of Architecture Dean Mary Ann Espina untie the other. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

The Benito Sy Pow Auditorium (Photos by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

Other activities in Haraya 2019 included an exhibit, the awarding of the best thesis, student recognition program, night of music, career talks, workshops, film showings, research colloquia, lectures, and a culminating event on the evening of May 11.

 

The Haraya 2019 exhibit (Photos by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

The College of Architecture recognizes 1956 as its foundation year, when the Architecture program was first offered in the University during the first semester of Academic Year 1956-1957. The program was still under the College of Engineering then. In the timeline of the College’s history, it notes that the first day of classes was on June 1, 1956, with 36 initial enrollees and its lone faculty member, Prof. Aurelio Juguilon.

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