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03-26-2014: Walking with Pride

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I received my graduation photos prior to graduation. Upon holding my printed photos that was the time I started to get excited about my graduation. I remember as a child, I was counting years and figuring out when would be the year of my graduation, how old I would be by then, and finally, that time came, and I was perfectly on time just like what I planned years ago. I am proud of myself for I know I did everything just to stay on track and be not left behind. That was my goal, it has been in my heart.

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As much as I did not want to fail myself, I never wanted to fail my parents as well. There are maybe moments of rebellion and stuff I did that I know would disappoint them, I still made it a point that this part of our lives would be a gift for them. It was clear to me how hard it is to invest in education, since money is an issue to survive in a demanding course in a prestigious university that’s why wasting time and money should never be considered.

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Although my family was not complete on my graduation day, I was still grateful that my sister was able to come and be there for me on my special day. She came back last December in Manila to spend time with our family (and attend my graduation) here since she will be entering the US Navy bootcamp on July 2014. And of course, with my pretty mom, Alpha, who has been there to take care and support me and also for being the most patient and understanding mother through all these years. And to Tita Divine that has been praying for my health, career and spiritual life. To my father who was there for me in spirit, thank you for being a huge part of my journey as a student, for supporting me, morally and financially, for being my inspiration and idol. To my family, this is all for you. Fruits of my hard work will be shared with you as soon as I get a decent job. Lol

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Of course, graduating with the people you loved since the day you tied your heart together is one of the most precious things that you will forever treasure. Through thick and thin, they were the ones who helped me stand up, the people who pushed me to do better, who offered me a hug to comfort me, who celebrated with me for successful events. Reaching this success together was the greatest feeling ever since they were the ones who was with me battling to reach the goal. To my 1-9 family, the TF, thank you very much for being there for me, for everything, you guys is why I loved and survived college. To my bestfriend since first year, Nico and to my favourite friend, Francis, thank you both for everything, alam nyo yan! To my AR-2 family, thank you for the 3 happy years!! We were not that close as a class, but I know we still enjoyed the company of each other whenever our weirdness meet. I will miss you all

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And for my man, Andoy. Thank you for everything, thank you for keeping me sane for 4 years in Architecture. I can’t imagine college and life without you. Thank you for making college more awesome and easier for me. You are the best thing happened in my college life. Congratulations, my love! Congratulations to us!

Congratulations UST College of Architecture Batch 20141!

Congratulations to all graduates of 2014!

March 26, 2014

  05/24/14 at 05:55pm

Thesis Journey: The Golden Ticket to the Real World

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Whatever It Takes

Almost 6 months of hard work for the main thing to be nailed before the final march on March. I gave all I got- soul, heart, sweat and blood. I was drained, always tired, always hungry, and always thirsty for energy and ideas. There were nights that I was being haunted by nightmares of thesis as I sleep… times when I contemplated about the defence scenarios. Times when out of the blue, I just felt worried about tomorrow knowing my time was already running out.

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Panic Attacks

Since it would be the last plate before I graduate, I wanted to get a subject that would mark in this time of my life as a student. I want to remember all the sting and hard knocks from this experience and to do that, I should make it like a self-inflicted scars beneath my flesh. I chose to challenge myself, to get a complex and complicated in nature kind of project with sensitive and broad scope. Indeed, selecting a prison facility as a thesis was never a piece of cake. 

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[It is a feast of most of what I’ve learned through 5 years of  BS Architecture from housing, to hospital, religious facilities, school, office, sports facilities, security planning, landscaping, court rooms and everything in between.]

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There were times that crying was all I could do to release all emotional, physical and intellectual stress. I thought I was weak. I was weak enough to lose hope on myself, in life, in God. But I have realized that it was I who will decide in my future given that I am fortunate enough for the resources I need through my parents, that I hold my victory with Christ helping me all right the way through. I’d always tell myself, “gawa lang ng gawa, hanggang kaya.” But thank God,  I got through my endorsements and deadlines on time with just believing in myself that I can. 

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On Setting Expectations and Getting Disappointed

Nobody told me not to be too much hopeful of great outcomes. Perhaps I must have gotten so much confidence for my work and effort. Although not aiming for an uno, I knew in the back of my mind that I would pass my thesis and get a considerable grade because, I gave all my best and I know everyone did too. But I sacrificed many things just for this- Semestral Break, Christmas Break, etc. However, due to intricacy of planning A LOT of spaces considering the best circulation possible, I unintentionally sacrificed the aesthetics (which is indicated in the consideration of having the concept of Utilitarianism). The time to get all things done was very limited and it was all used for the planning part. Given that I focused more on designing the most effective plan for a prison facility, my work was judged about its building character which I didn’t give much attention to. Defending the only tricky question they asked from me was a pretty slap on my face, it was the only question the head juror asked from me and he was leading me to just agree with him and wouldn’t open his mind to take my concept, so I gave him what he wanted to hear. I must be thankful for that though, na at least, yun lang. On the other hand, I am grateful that there were no major questions about the planning, circulation and program – so hard work paid off on this part. 

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Well, thesis defence session went out smoothly, there were only few questions asked, far from considering it as guisado, and fortunately,I got through it with no sweat. Since defence turned that way, I was hoping for a very good grade.

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Thank God, I got a good grade, minus the very. It is unusual to receive a blank jury comment/s area on the grading sheet, so I was a little surprised and flattered, or maybe they were lazy to put some. I am also thinking that it is possible that they do not have sufficient ideas regarding my project so they gave me that grade.  Honestly, it was hard to accept that I didn’t reach the target grade that I wanted, but I’m still lucky to have passed it considering the complexity of the project, just like designing hospital facilities, it is also considered a suicide. Some remarks were also hard to accept most especially when the impact of it is a little degrading and personal. Honestly, it still hits me inside until now. . Acceptance is the key and will always be the key. Yes, it damaged me however I am also considering it as an inspiration for to prove the world wrong of what I can do in this career I’m taking.

The main thing is, I am graduating very soon, and that is nothing but bliss.

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Thesis Tips for the next post!

  03/12/14 at 12:07pm
Class picture earlier with 5ar2 :) #doodlesandphotos #ust #archofthecenturies

Class picture earlier with 5ar2 :) #doodlesandphotos #ust #archofthecenturies

  07/29/13 at 10:53pm
A quote from ARCH. GENE FLANCIA
An outstanding product of UST-College of Architecture and one of the most influential professors in UST.He also teaches in Philippine School of Interior Design (PSID). You are so lucky if you are/were/will be handled by this master who is also known as Ironman.
He got inspiring works, experiences and tips that will encourage you to do well in your works and to aim for success in the near future as an architect/designer.
He is a good source of knowledge because he is well-experienced man and a professional. And from his words, we can say that he is definitely thriving in his career.
Vision Magazine, 2012

A quote from ARCH. GENE FLANCIA

An outstanding product of UST-College of Architecture and one of the most influential professors in UST.He also teaches in Philippine School of Interior Design (PSID). You are so lucky if you are/were/will be handled by this master who is also known as Ironman.

He got inspiring works, experiences and tips that will encourage you to do well in your works and to aim for success in the near future as an architect/designer.

He is a good source of knowledge because he is well-experienced man and a professional. And from his words, we can say that he is definitely thriving in his career.

Vision Magazine, 2012

  09/06/12 at 10:51pm
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If I had known about this before, I would have considered a math-less course. I really never liked Math. What was I thinking, really
Jose Siao Ling
Vision Magazine, 2012 

If I had known about this before, I would have considered a math-less course. I really never liked Math. What was I thinking, really

Jose Siao Ling

Vision Magazine, 2012 

  09/06/12 at 09:58pm
My very first plate in Interior Design.
Primitive Store
Antre means cave
I got my inspiration from primitive culture of living in caves and treehouses. This one is my most favorite among the plates I have done with this subject. Well, i got a so-so grade here and i was kind of disappointed when I saw the mark, nevertheless I accept the challenge to improve.
Related plates can be viewed here

My very first plate in Interior Design.

Primitive Store

Antre means cave

I got my inspiration from primitive culture of living in caves and treehouses. This one is my most favorite among the plates I have done with this subject. Well, i got a so-so grade here and i was kind of disappointed when I saw the mark, nevertheless I accept the challenge to improve.

Related plates can be viewed here

  09/06/12 at 09:39pm
My early morning drink. I’ve been drinking a lot of Cobra especially this past 2 weeks. I need it to stay awake for hours and be productive. Coffee doesn’t work for me though energy drinks contain caffeine too. Anyhow, Cobra is really effective to me. Mom said it’s bad for the liver, maybe i’ll just suffer the consequences soon. One more week and this goddamn plate will be over.

My early morning drink. I’ve been drinking a lot of Cobra especially this past 2 weeks. I need it to stay awake for hours and be productive. Coffee doesn’t work for me though energy drinks contain caffeine too. Anyhow, Cobra is really effective to me. Mom said it’s bad for the liver, maybe i’ll just suffer the consequences soon. One more week and this goddamn plate will be over.

  07/25/12 at 10:09am
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Yes, a very nice thought of Andoy Lagman. I remember Arch. Mercado underscored that Architecture is not only about Art but it is also the Science of building structure. It is the combination of Engineering and Design. Whereas Engineering pertains merely to Science of Building while Design is Art of Building. You see, Architecture students get more complicated programs that those two. Interior Design is included in our curriculum. We have subjects that are associated with Engineering. We got plumbing, electrical, mechanical and strength of materials and mind you, it is not just a crash course. We spend semesters and semesters dealing with those. All subjects mentioned needs to be considered while we work on the design, the aesthetics, the function and the beauty of every structure we conceptualize. 
And you gotta love us. We need love, we need hugs! We get not only the most stressful but also demanding school and home works. We don’t get enough sleep every night plus we get 100% tired from thinking and putting it to paper by means of drawing. It’s like a Full-body workout.

Yes, a very nice thought of Andoy Lagman. I remember Arch. Mercado underscored that Architecture is not only about Art but it is also the Science of building structure. It is the combination of Engineering and Design. Whereas Engineering pertains merely to Science of Building while Design is Art of Building. You see, Architecture students get more complicated programs that those two. Interior Design is included in our curriculum. We have subjects that are associated with Engineering. We got plumbing, electrical, mechanical and strength of materials and mind you, it is not just a crash course. We spend semesters and semesters dealing with those. All subjects mentioned needs to be considered while we work on the design, the aesthetics, the function and the beauty of every structure we conceptualize. 

And you gotta love us. We need love, we need hugs! We get not only the most stressful but also demanding school and home works. We don’t get enough sleep every night plus we get 100% tired from thinking and putting it to paper by means of drawing. It’s like a Full-body workout.

  07/24/12 at 09:49am
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But not lately. I’ve been staying up til morning, not to watch sunrise, but to do my plates. These nights of tribulation for sure will be over soon but then it still stresses me to think of how i will ever to go through it without even failing.
Sleep is for weaklings. Sleeping is a grave sin when the deadline is just around the corner. This is the life of an Architecture student. To pass Design means giving up social life and bed life. Sacrifice.
Let the sleepless night begin. Most critical week in my school life, so far.

But not lately. I’ve been staying up til morning, not to watch sunrise, but to do my plates. These nights of tribulation for sure will be over soon but then it still stresses me to think of how i will ever to go through it without even failing.

Sleep is for weaklings. Sleeping is a grave sin when the deadline is just around the corner. This is the life of an Architecture student. To pass Design means giving up social life and bed life. Sacrifice.

Let the sleepless night begin. Most critical week in my school life, so far.

  07/19/12 at 12:04am
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NOOBSHIT
This plate was kinda rushed since it was not my priority among my plates. There are Design and BT which are heavier than Interior Design Subject. We are told to make an interior perspective of a Record Studio, with Art Nouveau as inspiration. Art Nouveau is French term for “New Art” and associated with the concept of nature. Avoiding right angles is the key to achieve this design style.
Anyway. I dont think I designed this one well. My work lacks life and doesn’t comply that much with the demands of the theme. I was too lazy to even complete all the components and add entourage. One word to describe the lighting, fail. LOL 
Sketch-up and a sucky renderer, Twilight.

NOOBSHIT


This plate was kinda rushed since it was not my priority among my plates. There are Design and BT which are heavier than Interior Design Subject. We are told to make an interior perspective of a Record Studio, with Art Nouveau as inspiration. Art Nouveau is French term for “New Art” and associated with the concept of nature. Avoiding right angles is the key to achieve this design style.

Anyway. I dont think I designed this one well. My work lacks life and doesn’t comply that much with the demands of the theme. I was too lazy to even complete all the components and add entourage. One word to describe the lighting, fail. LOL 

Sketch-up and a sucky renderer, Twilight.

  07/17/12 at 11:03pm
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