People’s Choice

Votes Cast

One hundred six talented design teams with entries  coming from Filipino architects based in Davao, Cebu, Manila, Singapore, and other cities nationwide participated in this design competition.

Our prestigious jury selected 27 semi-finalists on their design concept alone. After extensive deliberations they voted on the 5 Grand Finalists.

After a month the people have voted for the design which for them best represents the Filipino struggle for freedom, democracy, and human rights. 


Maraming, maraming salamat sa lahat ng bumoto at sumali.

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Finalist 1

“All sites are unique and have a physiographic and landscape character that can and should be used to frame the proposed development…”

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Finalist 2

“A people’s collective history is constantly challenged by apathy, revisionist history and disinformation. By recognizing and memorializing painful histories and narratives of struggle, solidarity…”

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Finalist 3

“The design concept is a straightforward expression of the intent of the museum. When people look at the edifice, they will immediately understand what it stands for: freedom from the bondage of oppression.”

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Finalist 4

“The best way to remember the lesson of the past is to experience it and the best way to predict the future is to create it. More than just informing the mind, the Freedom Memorial Museum designed environment…”

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Finalist 5

“The approach to the design was from an experiential point of view. We strongly believe that this is not just an issue about design requirements of functionality and aesthetics. The real issue is how do you make…”

Board of Trustees

Frequently Asked Questions

On July 31, 2019

The 5 Grand Finalists will present their scale model and their CAD walk-through to the Board of Judges to be held at the National Museum.

The Board of Trustees comprising of the following government agencies and academic institutions will form the Board of Judges .

  • Commission on Higher Education
  • Department of Education
  • Commission on Human Rights
  • University Library of UP Diliman
  • National Historical Commission of the Philippines
  • National Commission for Culture and the Arts

The Freedom Memorial Museum is the flagship project of the Human Rights Violations Victims’ Memorial Commission mandated by Republic Act 10368 to build a memorial that shall stand as a monument to the heroism of human rights violations victims during martial rule in the Philippines from 1972 to 1986.

Upon completion, the Museum shall serve as an information portal to a moment in history where state violence and oppression spurred the growth of a widespread resistance from all corners of the nation. It shall revisit a period of tyranny that bred reformists, revolutionaries and freedom-fighters from among farmers and professionals, workers and academics, students and religious activists. It aims to build an experiential tapestry of lives, ideals, courage and determination of the victims and, in the end, the heroes of freedom.

The Museum shall house memorabilia, artifacts, educational materials, audiovisual content aimed to immortalize the triumphs and sacrifices, the blood, sweat and tears of Filipinos and allies in the struggle for freedom, democracy and human rights. 

It shall be a lasting symbol of the long-fought battle against authoritarian rule that culminated in the globally-acclaimed EDSA People Power revolt in 1986.

The Museum shall rise on an area inside the University of the Philippines campus located along C.P. Garcia Ave. adjacent to the College of Fine Arts.

The Freedom Memorial Museum Design Competition  is a two-stage competition open to all licensed Filipino architects and civil engineers.

Spearheaded by the Human Rights Violations Victims’ Memorial Commission, the design search hopes to engage the Filipino community in building a memorial that shall honor the lives and sacrifices of the human rights violations victims during the Martial Law period.

The memorial shall be an iconic structure to inspire present and future generations as well as a Filipino contribution to the international human rights movement. And as such, the envisioned design should embody the freedom-loving Filipino soul creatively woven into a universal, world-class concept in its physical, symbolic and functional aesthetics.

All licensed Filipino architects.*

Non-architects may join as long they form a team which shall be represented by a licensed architect.

Students are welcome to join.

*If no architect is available, a licensed civil engineer will suffice.

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