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Leaving footprints in 2016
2016 has changed the game all over the Philippines. With the new administration’s clarion call peace, order, and progress; infrastructure development is being pushed at the forefront of the socioeconomic agenda. This is to alleviate the traffic congestion in Metro Manila and Metro Cebu, provide more options for mass transport, and improve the overall connectivity within the Philippine archipelago. Palafox Associates and Palafox Architecture Group also submitted our 100 recommendations on architecture, planning, and design to the government including the Department of Transportation, the Senate, and the House of Representatives.
Such emphasis on infrastructure creates many opportunities for other sectors including tourism, business, employment, and real estate, among others. Together, Palafox Associates and Palafox Architecture Group are working on 93 projects comprising of government facilities, schools, health care, residential, interior design, commercial, resorts, hotels, religious, and mixed-use developments.
This year, we are grateful for opportunities to work with homeowners, entrepreneurs, business leaders, national and local government agencies, and international organizations in the Philippines and elsewhere in the world. Some of the projects we completed this year includes the review and update of Zamboanga City’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan and Zoning Ordinance, Corabes Tower One in Cebu City, Tzu Chi Eye Center in Manila, and a school for indigenous people in Aurora, among others. We are also seeing the completion of the Lucena City Hall in Quezon, Tarlac Medical Hospital, the master plan of St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City, Sta. Cruz Public Market in Zambales, private residences in Metro Manila, Crystal Sand in Boracay, Army and Navy Club in Manila, the expansion of Plazuela de Iloilo in Iloilo City, Atlas Fertilizer Administration Building in Cebu, and the Social Weather Stations building in Quezon City.
We are also fortunate to be collaborating again with the Tzu Chi Foundation in planning and designing schools and a cancer hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal. We have been actively working together to rebuild communities that have survived calamities, not just in the Philippines but also in Iran, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia.
Palafox Architecture Group was also included in BCI Asia’s Top Ten Architecture firms in the Philippines for 2016. Similarly, Palafox Associates received an International Award for Planning Excellence from the Royal Town Planning Institute in the United Kingdom for the Master Planning of San Vicente Palawan as a Flagship Tourism Enterprise Zone.
We look forward to more opportunities and collaborations in architecture, urban planning, master planning, environmental design, engineering, and interior design in 2017 and beyond.