Fourth-year students Zion Enrico R. Licup and Schneider S. Arbas from the UST College of Architecture were hand-picked to participate in the gathering of talented Asian architecture students that aimed to initiate knowledge exchange and build fellowship among the ASEAN countries.
The students were part of a team that represented the Philippines for this year’s Architects’ Regional Council Asia (ARCASIA) Student Jamboree held via Zoom.
The Philippine delegation was composed of Licup, who is also the National President of United Architects of the Philippines Student Auxiliary (UAPSA), Arbas, and their fellow architecture students, namely, Quiou Nikolai M. Malabao (Adamson University), Adon M. Dela Rosa (Don Honorio Ventura State University), Maxine Andrea N. Lumbera (Ateneo de Davao University), Bryan Steven E. Borja (University of the Philippines-Mindanao), Marlo S. Maraña Jr. (Technological Institute of the Philippines), and Zuyuska Yvanna A. Bennett (National University).
The team was mentored by Architecture alumnus Ar. Adrian U. Tampolino. Fifteen countries from the ASEAN region participated in the ARCASIA Student Jamboree 2021.
With the theme, “Reconnecting Our Community,” the Student Jamboree had a series of workshops and talks that led to the culmination project that was developed and presented by each participating country.
The Philippine delegation presented their project titled “HAPAG: Connecting through Indi-genius Approach,” which aimed to aid families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic by transcending the ‘bayanihan’ spirit through architecture and design.
The project was developed to connect the disconnected, provide universal access to proper recreational facilities, and promote the co-existence of man and his environment through the amplification of natural on-site features.