‘Water, water everywhere, and relationships all around‘
“It is all about relationships,” said Architect Maria Cynthia Funk, cluster associate dean of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) school of design and arts (SDA) environment studies. “When you throw something away, it means that you do not have a relationship with it anymore. But the truth is, whatever you throw does not go away, it just goes somewhere else.” Issue: lack of relationships Funk explained that the residents’ decision to throw their garbage into the waterways reflects their lack of relationship with their surroundings. “The estero is currently the receptacle for the solid and water wastes of four cities in Metro Manila. We can ask everyone do their part and help our communities to be its guardians,” Funk said. “It’s a feat but we can start now.” The group (Seen in photo) was comprised of innovators Philip Nathan Jude Sy from the University of the Philippines Diliman; Marcelo Luteria, Al John Carl Ramos, and Francis Gester Fernandez from the Adamson University; Frances Abigail Vinluan, Rovianne Santiago, Michael Angelo Reyes, Leslie Anne Vital, Hana Richelle Tan, Maria Julia Andrei Malicdem, Marielle Joy Villamayor, Oscar Kevin Castro, and Jianne Libunao from the University of Santo Tomas; and Jon Russell Sy, Sebastian Francisco, Giuseppe Luigi Abcede, Katrina Ruiz, Louie Nathaniel Kiu, Noelle Alido, Eunice Miracle Clemente, Carla Andrea Rosario, Matthew Jonathan Gan, and Liam Anthony R. Tangan from the DLS-CSB. They were mentored by a panel of industry practitioners and educators including Bamboo architecture expert and consultant Ar. Christian Salandanan, UP Architecture’s Ar. Gerard Joson, and Benilde’s Ar. Lyle La Madrid, Ar. Harry Serrano, Ar. Joel Deocaris, Ar. Cesar Concio III and Arnold Rañada. The team took an intensive two-week global summer school (GSS) 2019 of the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), a Barcelona-based center for research, education, production, and outreach to meet the challenges in the human habitability for the early 21st century, accredited by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). Making a bigger space
The team hopes that respective planning offices and local government units, as well as the private sector, would be encouraged to help in pushing through with the completion of the project.