National Artist for Architecture Bobby Mañosa, 88

Honor guards carry the remains of National Artist and UST alumnus Francisco “Bobby” Mañosa during a necrological service at the Cultural Center of the Philippines on Feb. 23. MICHAEL ANGELO M. REYES

NATIONAL Artist for Architecture Francisco “Bobby” Mañosa passed away after a bout with pneumonia on Feb. 20. He was 88.

Mañosa graduated from the old College of Architecture and Fine Arts in 1953 and is known as a pioneer of Philippine architecture, having highlighted local designs and materials in his works.

In an interview with the Varsitarian in 2010, Mañosa spoke about his devotion to promoting Philippine architecture, and encouraged others to find inspiration in one’s native land.

“I was so touched by all the distinct architectures of the world that I convinced myself on pursuing this Filipino architecture. To do Filipino, I must know my country, and I have to believe in what my country can offer,” he said.

His works adhere to a philosophy called “organic architecture,” which uses materials and structures that work in harmony with the environment.

His prominent works are the Coconut Palace, San Miguel Building in Ortigas, the Shrine of Mary, Queen of Peace on Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA), St. Joseph Church in Las Piñas and the San Lorenzo Ruiz Monument in Manila.

On Feb. 23, a necrological service was held at the Cultura Center of the Philippines in Pasay for the late National Artist.

Bambi Mañosa, Francisco’s daughter, paid tribute to her father’s efforts to establish the identity of Filipino architecture in the country.

“When my dad began his career, and often throughout him, many did not understand him and many defied him in his purpose and philosophy of practicing Philippine architecture. Yet his passion, determination and persistence paid off. He paved the way for many local cottage industries to flourish,” she said in her speech.

Mañosa was conferred the title National Artist for Architecture last year at Malacañan Palace.

Mañosa’s other notable awards include a Knighthood from the Pontifical Order of St. Gregory in 1979, the Golden Award in the field of Architecture from the United Architects of the Philippines in 1989 and the Cultural Center of the Philippines’s Award for the Arts in the field of Architecture in 2004. KATRINA ISABEL C. GONZALES and J.A.C. CASUCIAN


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