Thomasian architect Francisco “Bobby” Mañosa named National Artist

Architecture alumnus Francisco “Bobby” Manosa was announced as the newest National Artist for Architecture last October 23, 2018, following the proclamation publicized by the Office of the President.

Manosa’s contribution to architecture—spanning for more than six decades—had enriched the Philippine culture and identity. His works boasted the indigenous designs and how the endemic craft was superior in itself as well as imbuing Filipino identity through materials and processes.

Some of his famous works are the the Coconut Palace, the EDSA Shrine, Centennial Tower, Amanpulo Resort in Palawan, Bahay Kubo, Pearl Farm in Samal Island, Shangri-La Hotel in Cebu, and the San Miguel Building in Mandaluyong.

Just last February 27, 2018, the life of the renowed architect was celebrated last in an exhibit entitled “The Visionary Comes Home – A Mañosa Beyond Architecture” at the UST Museum Gallery.

He graduated in the University with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree in 1953.

Mañosa joins five other previously proclaimed National Artists, namely Pablo S. Antonio, Leandro V. Locsin, Juan F. Nakpil, Ildefonso P. Santos, and Jose Maria V. Zaragoza.

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