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The interior design students of Philippine Women’s University-Manila recently had their opening of their ID4B: Construction project last July 2, 2019. The batch comprising of 29 students renovated 6 different areas in the Asilo de San Vicente de Paul, their chosen beneficiary. These areas include a dormitory for girls, another dormitory for boys, a function room, the archive, the big kitchen and the souvenir room, each with the concept correlating with different Philippine indigenous weavings across the country.

The goal of the project was to interconnect diversities of people, culture, traditions and design and transform them into a unified bond of shared philosophy, art and design. In the late hours of the afternoon, the turnover ceremony started with the ribbon cutting. A Daughters of Charity (DC) sister led the prayer and Sophia Ang formally opened the ceremony by giving a speech on behalf of the president of the batch. The evening was filled with music and laughter and bond. The children of the ASVP presented dance and song numbers to the guests. Sponsors also gave talks about their company and gave motivational messages to the class – these were from Ms. Valentina Ang, EVP for Marketing and Operation of Cedarside Industries, Inc., Ms. Lady Dy, Marketing Head of HCG, Sir Robert of Kraut and a representative from sponsor Microcadd.

The highlight of the night was the mass tour around the areas wherein each group presented their concepts.

The Big Kitchen revolves around the Pis Syabit, the traditional tapestry of the Tausug. With the significance of the concept of symmetry in the development of the aboriginal weave, they had concurred aspects such as flow of traffic and function of the space.The colorful vintas and the visual aspects of the culture and said art form of the Tausug are also implied in the visual function of both the kitchen and dining area.

The 130sqm area for the girl’s dormitory including the toilet and bath were abstracted by another group. The inspiration for the design was from the Ikat of the Ifugao indigenous group with the symbolism of the diamond, conveying the overlooked ancestral history. From having 2 areas, the addition of a study area was made. The areas are partitioned with latticework derived from the significance of the diamond of the Northern Philippine native.

The dormitory for the boys has accustomed the Solihiya as the derivation of their design concept. This woven rattan art form has been utilized throughout the country due to the its sustainability and suitability to the tropical archipelago which is why the students used this, not only through concept but also material application.

The duality of the space is represented and precepted through the use Saputanga tapestry. This type of space heartens the use of the whole community through the multiplicity of the function. Details of the tapestry is painted into the divider which depicts the range of movement and routine when using this room.

The design of the archive room is a commemoration and homage to the Mandaya tribe. The way this indigenous group has preserved their culture and traditions is how the students want to implement the philosophy of the design; their inspiration and guide on preserving the archived documents of the institution. The rich and colorful artistry of this ethnic group modelled to the visual aspects of the interior.

The sacred weaving of the T’boli, the T’nalak, is the design concept used for the souvenir and community hall. The inspiration of the design is mostly from the enriched culture and the warmth of the people. These people, who are termed Dreamweavers, create their textiles from the interpretation of their dreams which is why the general ambiance applied is warm yet dreamy. Biophilia also gives the interior life being it a living space.

Sponsors were awarded with token of gratitude and a sister of the DC gave a talk. The evening adjourned with having our dearest adviser, Dr. Melanie Botor, give a speech. All of these would not be possible without her help and guidance and of the sisters of the Daughters of Charity and Kuya Benjie. Gratitude was expressed to these people and to family, friends and sponsors for being a huge part of the possibility and completion of this outreach.

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