THE ARCHITECTURAL firms of Thomasians Felino Palafox Jr. and John Patrick Anthony Buensalido made it to the top five of an architectural design competition spearheaded by the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) for the construction of the Artists’ Center and Performing Arts Theater.

Both structures are part of the CCP Complex Master Development Plan, which proposed seven iconic buildings: Museum of the Philippine Arts, Cultural Resource Center, CCP Film Complex, Contemporary Art Museum of the Philippines, and Popular Arts Theatre.

The planned structures intend to provide world-wide facilities and spaces for core programs of the CCP because it is currently inadequate for the demands of the arts community.

Five firms—namely Palafox Associates, Buensalido Architects, Lor Calma Design, Inc., Syndicated Architects, and the late Thomasian National Artist’s Leandro V. Locsin Partners, Architects —topped 12 other prestigious architectural firms that also submitted two designs each for the CCP performing Arts Center and Artists’ Center.

Currently, the finalists are developing their scale models for the phase two of the competition. The winner will be tasked to design the building and landscape of the two new iconic structures of CCP as part of redeveloping its 62-hectare property. Announcement of winners will be on June 3. Ana May R. Dela Cruz and Alexandra A. Dimatera

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