Last April 15, 2019 at the Plenary Hall of the U.P. Fine Arts Gallery Building, design competition registrants came for the Competition Forum and Site Tour despite the April summer heat. Almost 110 registrants were present to hear out the competition briefing and see for themselves the museum site where The Freedom Memorial Museum will rise.
The event started with MemCom’s Executive Director Chuck Crisanto welcoming the registrants and thanking them for joining the design competition and for coming to the forum and site tour. It was followed by an inspirational talk from Ms. Marian Pastor Roces, member of the Stage I Jury, about the importance of the design competition not only to the architecture community but to the whole Filipino community as well. The design briefing by Atty. Rachelle P. Ki, design competition secretariat member, followed after. She discussed the process of the Stage I phase of the competition while ED Chuck Crisanto explained further the Stage II process. After the briefing, the open forum ensued. Questions were asked regarding the site specifications and boundaries, the role of the winning design’s architect in the construction of the museum, the galleries, the items that will be housed in the galleries and etc. Before the registrants were led and shown to the site, they first had a short break wherein they had the chance to eat, rest, and socialize with the other registrants.
Under the 4:30 pm heat, registrants were led to the site. Currently, the Campus Maintenance Office of U.P. Diliman is still residing in the site but they will be relocated within this year to give way to the museum’s construction. The access road and boundaries were shown to them with the help of MemCom’s moving location pin.
For those who have missed the forum and site tour, you may watch the FB Live Coverage videos in our Facebook page at fb.com/hrvvmemcom.