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Keeping that intruder away

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I had been reading up on and following the tragic death of Reeva Steenkamp, the aspiring South African model who was shot and killed by her famous “blade-runner” boyfriend, the double-amputee Olympian runner Oscar Pistorious. Was it pre-meditated murder? Culpable homicide? Or a simple accident? Pistorious claims he’d mistaken his girlfriend for a burglar. And through a locked bathroom door he shot her. Living through trial by law and by opinion, the greater tragedy is ironically his.

Posted: March 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

San Francisco traders, execs keen on setting up firms in PH

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An employee works on a machine inside a newly built product distribution warehouse in Cabuyao, Laguna, in this file photo. AFP

A trade delegation comprising of 70 businessmen and government officials from San Francisco, California, has expressed interest in tapping prospective investment opportunities and possibly setting up manufacturing facilities in the Philippines.

Posted: March 12th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Stories behind the brushstrokes

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While there are many things that bring us joy, one cannot deny that beauty, creativity and the deep mystery that constitute the origins of visual art stir our many emotions. In this year’s Art Fair Philippines, the second of what we hope will be a continuous and ever-growing show of great local contemporary art, we felt it all.

Posted: March 1st, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »

Designing a green vacation house

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COMPOSITE image of actual site with the 3D CAD rendering of vacation house simulating the sunlight and shadows at 3 p.m. in December. The building orientation ensures that there is no direct sunlight into the living room even at 3 p.m.  photo: ArchITECT Amado de Jesus & Associates/Green Architecture

Working in a foreign land for many years can be quite stressful. Given the work discipline and hectic schedule in industrialized countries, it seems inevitable that upon retirement, one would seek the quiet and relaxing atmosphere of a vacation house, away from the noise and pollution of a busy metropolis like Metro Manila.

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »

8 ways to add awesomeness to spaces

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Insert an unusual piece of furniture into the normalcy of your space: a swing, a cocoon or even a slide, for a sense of fun and adventure. Used indoors, hanging furniture are not only visually refreshing; they also provide the user with an alternative experience, that of being enclosed in and cradled in their very own personal space.

Posted: February 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »

SM mall introduces speed skating in PH

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A new winter sport is coming to tropical Philippines courtesy of the SM group’s largest shopping complex Megamall.

Posted: January 29th, 2014 in Uncategorized | Read More »

The pains and rewards of value engineering

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It is an inevitable exercise in design. Any kind of design, for that matter. Value engineering (VE) attempts to make the most out of your money by prompting a deeper understanding of the requirements of a design project, and analyzing its functions to make the most use of the available resources. Unlike its reputation, true VE is not merely a cost-cutting process. It is—and as a designer, I’d hate to admit—a noble exercise in making the most out of a limited budget.

Posted: January 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Property Guide | Read More »

PH set to take part in more int’l fashion, furniture fairs

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The Philippines will make an aggressive pitch for its local food, furniture, furnishings and fashion industries in the global arena, as it targets to participate in more trade fairs this year.

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

From ideas to sketches to actual products

Fifteen micro, small, and medium manufacturers from the National Capital Region and one from Cavite who have participated in one-hour design consultations and trends briefings with the Design Center of the Philippines have their products featured in an ongoing exhibition entitled Designers’ Monday.

Posted: December 21st, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Inquirer Features | Read More »

The Namly House

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A SUCCESSFUL MODERN TROPICAL HOME  The structure’s thick reinforced concrete walls help keep temperatures down. Combined with a breezeway, landscaping and a water feature, the interior temperature of the house can go as much as 2 to 3 degrees lower than the outside. Photo by Chang Architects

It would likely be in Asia where you will find homes like this one. You see, owners Peter and Lucy wanted a house that could be a happy home for three generations under one roof, one that the grandparents could enjoy as much as their grandchildren would. And of course, cater to the generation in between.

Posted: December 13th, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »

Filipino students win at the architectural festival

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ARCHITECTURE students Jon Medalla, Kathleen Canlas, Keshia Lim and Jorge Rocha got together during their school break, and after tossing ideas about, came up with the “Village in a Box”—a cluster of homes within a porous mass that allows light to filter in and air to circulate.

I was walking across one of the exhibition halls when I stumbled upon the final deliberation of the student charrette. Up on stage was the team of five architecture students from the University of San Carlos in Cebu, coming unto friendly scrutiny from the competition judges as they delivered their final presentation for the Student Division of this architectural design competition. This was early October in Singapore, Day 3 of the World Architecture Festival.

Posted: November 29th, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »

20×20 and the Wisdom of Pecha Kucha

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Twenty slides, twenty seconds each. In 2003, Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham of the design firm Klein Dytham Architecture in Tokyo devised a presentation format that deviated from the boring, wordy and antagonizingly long and random powerpoint presentations. Unfortunately, not all persons with good ideas are concise and quick with excellent presentation skills.

Posted: October 4th, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Property Guide | Read More »

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