Invitation for the August General Membership Meeting and Induction of New Members: With the topic on ARCHIPRENEUR: “Out-of-the-Box Practices” by Ar. Dan Lichauco.

Elwin F. Buenaventura
Makati Chapter President

August 27, 2015 – THURSDAY, 7:00pm

Historic Filipino Cuisine
2/F Glorietta 3, Ayala Avenue cor. Pasay Rd., Makati City

Smart Casual

To Confirm:
Type < VERY SURE >< NAME >< PRC Number > below this thread or….
Via Mobile/SMS: MIKE – 09774025571
Via Email:

Deadline of confirmation is on August 24.

• There is a ceiling for the number of very sure confirmations. 10 for new member inductees and 55 for regular members.
• As previous, if you are 100% sure of attending please text (to 09774025571) or email (to “very sure” with your confirmation together with your full name and PRC Number.
• We are counting only the “VERY SURE” confirmations. Non-attendance of “very sure” confirmations shall be charged an amount accordingly.
• To all “Inductees”, kindly indicate “inductee” with your confirmation together with your full name and PRC Number.

Registration Fee:
P150 for all confirmed members
P1000 for unconfirmed attendees and non-members

Fees for New Members-Inductees:
P100 Initial Membership Fee (National)
P600 National Dues
P600 Chapter Dues
P300 Induction Fee (Chapter)


Mike L. Baluarte
Chapter Secretary


The 2nd Steeltech Playball Invitational Cup

Dear Members,

The 2nd Steeltech Playball Invitational Cup is on September 26, 2015. It will be held at The Village Sports Club, El Grande corner Tropical Avenue, BF Homes Paranaque City.

Please sign up for the following games:
1. Basketball: 3 to 5 players
2. Volleyball (Female): 6 to 8 players
3. Badminton: 2 players
4. Billiards: 2 players
5. Bowling: 1 player

IMPORTANT: We need to also submit uniform sizes by tomorrow Aug 15 to Hash.

Basketball, Volleyball and Badminton players will get a dri fit sando and polo shirt. While Billiards and Bowling players will get a polo shirt.

They sizes are as follows:

SP32-20150814-212532 SP32-20150814-212716

To sign up send an email to Include your preferred sport, dri-fit size (if applicable) and polo shirt size.



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Fiscal Year 2015-2016

The Architects Regional Council Asia (ARCASIA) Awards for Architecture, which is restructured and re-branded to AAA in 2013, is aimed at acknowledging exemplary work done by architects working in Asia. In so doing, it encourages the sustenance of the Asia spirit, the development and improvement of the Asian built environment and enhancement of the awareness of the role of architecture and architects in the socio-economic and cultural life of Asian countries.

With this Award, the intention is also to demonstrate that good architecture is a major component of the positive influence on the human environment, and that physical development in Asia need not be in disharmony with the cultural values, national identity or the natural environment of developing countries in Asia.

As member-institute of ARCASIA, the UAP encourages its members to participate in THE ARCASIA AWARD FOR ARCHITECTURE (AAA) – 2015 EDITION to showcase the exemplary works of Filipino Architects in this international competition.

For more information about the ARCASIA Awards, kindly visit the following links:
1. Information/Details and Forms About the Awards:
2. For queries please contact :

Deadline for submission is on the 14th of August 2015 until 5pm.
Immediate dissemination of this Circular is highly appreciated.


UAP National President

Pictures of the Recently Concluded Induction Ceremonies #uapmakatilivegmm


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Inaugural Speech of Arch. Elwin F. Buenaventura, UAP Makati Chapter President FY 2015 to 16

To all the members of the United Architects of the Philippines Makati Chapter, I am honoured to be here delivering this Inaugural Address.

At the start of this fiscal year, let me delve with you into two words which would characterize how we would do things from this time on.


Have you ever asked yourself why we do the things we do?
Why am I attending this general membership meeting? Just to get a piece of paper? To be more competitive than the rest? What is the end of all this learning?

Why are we the “United” Architects of the Philippines?

You know what just a few people can do. Your board last year managed to hold

  • 2 major events: an induction and an anniversary;
  • 3 education related GMMs: The Archipreneur, the Greentectural, and a talk on Seismic evaluation which is the 1st of our Building Tech Series;
  • 2 business meetings: one to decide on the Chapter By-laws and to get a consensus on the Draft Congressional Bill seeking to strengthen and to harmonize laws affecting the architecture profession; and the second business meeting to elect your officers who are now standing here;
  • 2 fun events: the Christmas Party and to join the Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo last January.
  • They also made a viral video for the 40th Anniversary of UAP, submit a bid for Best Chapter and Best Chapter President.

And that was just 13 people.

Imagine what 460 (number in good standing) can do?

And here is where we come to our second word,


We don’t believe in unity as an end in itself but a means to achieving what is greater.

Imagine what we can do if we are united….

  • We can meet our members professional needs and aspirations;
  • We can learn more from each other through the sharing of best practices;
  • We can write books, our own CAD program, our own graphic standards;
  • We can be more competitive as our borders open to practice by foreign professionals.

I think the founders of UAP saw it from Day 1 as they included in the Objectives of the organization the following:

“To participate in matters concerning national and regional development”

Ultimately, we are to impact our country for the better.

I love it how Norman Foster describes us architects:

“If you weren’t an optimist, it would be possible to be an architect.”

We are the optimists, positive minded, creative, dreamers. This evening celebrates more about you our members, than us your Board.

Our upcoming activities are geared towards our achievement of this vision:

  • You are the successful Archipreneur as we discuss the business side of architecture this August and how to market the profession on May of next year;
  • You are the expert in the profession and industry as we discuss building technology in January; the secrets to success of our Starchitects in April and the opportunities for further studies in June;
  • You are the earth keeper as we talk about Green Architecture and Sustainable Design in September;
  • You are the guardian of our country’s heritage as we celebrate the World Day of Architecture through tours around the National Museum, Intramuros, Binondo and the CCP Complex;
  • You are the shaper of our city as we discover accessible design in February.

 A world of possibility awaits for us to act on it and the doors are open for you to participate.

Approach and sign up with our committee chairmen:

Gabo Vitales for membership;

Jean Paul Singson for ways and means;

Kaydee Velasco and Angelito de Jesus for external affairs;

Jeremy Badong for Information Dissemination;

Verna Escolano for Education and;

Nam Lachica for Professional Practice.

Together let’s shape our Skyline for the better. Thank you very much and God bless!!!