Influences on Philippine Architecture

Archian Design Architect Studio Iloilo - Cebu City

Influences on Philippine Architecture

House in Philippine Antillean Style

House in Philippine Antillean Style

If a foreigner visits the Philippines Isles, it doesn’t take long for him to recognize that Read more of this post

History of Philippine Architecture

Archian Design Architect Studio Bacolod City

The first inhabitants of the Philippine Islands arrived between 300 and 200 B.C. They were of Malay-Polynesian descent. The people lived in groups of 30-100 families in societies known as barangay. They were mainly an agricultural and fishing people, others were nomadic. Trade with mainland asia, especially China, was established by these people. In the 14th century, Islam was introduced. Then in 1521, Magellan stumbled upon the islands in his attempt to circumnavigate the world. This was the introduction of the Philippines to the western world. What followed was 300 years of rule by the Spanish and the acceptance of Roman-Catholicism, Read more of this post

The Quest for Filipino Architecture

Archian Design Architect Studio Bacolod City

Repost From Philippine Daily Inquirer

Due to the Filipinos’ love for Country and Nationalism, there is an enduring issue that keeps coming up in the mind of the young Filipino Architect: the Question of having a Filipino Architectural Identity. Oftentimes, the simplest questions are the most difficult to answer.

I submit that we lack a strong architectural identity. This may be due to the numerous events that influenced our country. There are Moorish influences in Mindanao, Spanish influences in the Visayas and Luzon, and Modern American influences in Read more of this post

Finding Philippine Architecture

Archian Design Architect Studio Bacolod City

By Paulo G. Alcazaren

The first year of the new millennium was a year of trauma, reflection and re-orientation for the Philippines and Philippine architecture. Little came by way of actual buildings completed, and those in progress were still mostly foreign-designed or influenced, contributing little to the development of Filipino architecture. In fact, the biggest news in the architectural world was the demolition of landmark buildings and damage caused to heritage structures and sites. Much like the political and social structure of our country, the integrity of our built heritage and emerging architecture was and is being shaken to its very foundations.

Philippine architecture, both product and profession, faces the danger of deterioration of quality and depth Read more of this post