Architecture in the Philippines: Filipino Building in a Cross-Cultural Context. Klassen, Winand. Published by University of San Carlos, Cebu City, ISBN Klassen Winand Architecture in the Philippines Filipino Building in a Cross from CEA at University of the Cordilleras (formerly Baguio Colleges Foundation). Main Author: Klassen, Winand W. Language(s): English. Published: Cebu City, Philippines: University of San Carlos, Subjects: Ethnic architecture >.

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Zubu explores the distortion of masses in this QC home. The idea of “Filipino,” whether in the arts, literature, history, sciences and technology, stood out as the rallying point for nationalist movements.

And that the word bahay-bata”house-child”, is the word for uterus; where life begins. Churches of Bohol Before and After the Earthquake. The list below are the references that were used in the articles.

The National Museum in Manila has a display of photos and architectural drawings of Vigan’s ancestral homes as of July Another good book is “Filipino Style” with a chapter about traditional houses also written by Zialcita.

Photographed by Ed Simon. However, instead of a courtyard, Sia placed a lobby-like entrance hallway within the structure, which serves as a central distribution space. Great Churches of the Philippines. While it is true that Filipino designers and architects did not find it problematic to use local and indigenous motifs and ideas in the development of modern architecture, localization cannot be merely thought of as an appendage of modernization.


This feeling of interchangeability and connectedness with the outdoors is supplemented by the veranda on the second storey bedrooms, which face the southeast and north. Remember me on this computer. There are also some regional differences but they all have some features in common.

All four works of the architect-priest Fr. A large roof overhang also prevents excessive sunlight from getting into the curtain walls, especially by mid-morning.

What were the similarities and differences of the various concepts of vernacularization in architecture throughout twentieth-century Philippines?

Bedrooms facing north are a traditional Chinese spatial arrangement in which north is the direction of the ancestors, while south is the direction of the subordinates.

To take advantage of cooling breezes, large windows surround the upper floor. Countries such as Australia, Canada, Nigeria, India, and Papua New Guinea aggressively promoted a national architectural style to communicate their nation’s political sovereignty. At the time, being Filipino meant having a distinct and essential national culture differing from other world cultures.

We cannot simply use a single and monolithic definition of the vernacular. University of Washington Press, Other approaches of vernacularization avoided literal interpretations of forms and instead extracted abstract concepts.

As towns and plantations grew, more substantial homes were being built by the rising upper-class. The Recoletos Observer Vol. When a Town has to Move: Only venerated relief in Cebu.

InUSC Press established Verbum Books as an imprint for its textbooks that are not only used by students of the university but are also sold to other schools as part of the knowledge-sharing thrusts of USC.


Skip to main content. The dwindling use of wood in construction can be blamed on the loss of the great forests that once covered the islands with a seemingly endless supply of lumber. The true origins of Filipino architecture are still debatable and may not be fully understood at this point.

While the question of “where we came from” is important, we should not be completely oblivious to the dynamic practices of identity formation. New Day Publishers, Experimentation with the national style usually highlighted literal reinterpretations of shapes coming from indigenous architectures.

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This space, the zaguanwas used to store the family carriage and processional cart in the old days and nowadays often function as office, shop or the family’s sari-sari store. Sofas and chairs are primarily by Kenneth Cobonpue, which are supplemented with accents done by Sia himself, such as his trademark stainless steel cubistic tables with beveled edges—which, to a Star Trek fan like myself, compares favorably to the shape of a Klingon command console.

Instead, I propose that we refocus our understanding of how identity is practiced and how this knowledge of our identity formation can lead to more empowering and ennobling projects.