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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!!!

MEMORANDUM CIRCULAR NO.4, S. 2015 / Fiscal Year 2015-2016 / JULY 2, 2015

                   CHAPTER PRESIDENTS
Pursuant to the desire of the current administration to restore the good standing status of UAP Members and their active participation in all UAP activities, by providing relief to delinquent UAP Members through condonation of accumulated arrears and penalties, the National Board of Directors in its regular meeting held last June 25, 2015 at the UAP National Headquarters passed and approved Board Resolution No. 15-16 No.1-11 adopting the One-Time General Amnesty Program for Past UAP National Annual Membership Dues and Chapter Annual Membership Dues, including corresponding Penalties.
The following guidelines and procedures on General Amnesty Program for Past UAP National Annual Membership Dues and Chapter Annual Membership Dues for reference, including any penalties thereof, and guidance of the General Membership:
    1.   Coverage
    All interested UAP Members who are delinquent in the payment of their UAP Annual Membership Dues (National and Chapter) since
    membership with the UAP until Fiscal Year 2014-2015.
    2.   Payment
    No payment for the Amnesty Program.
    3.   Implementation Period
    The Amnesty Program shall be implemented beginning July 1, 2015 until September 30, 2015.
    4.   Procedure for Availing the Amnesty Program
a.    Fill-up the UAP General Amnesty Application Form (See Annex A)
The form can also accessed at the UAP Official Website (
b.    Submit the Form to your respective Chapter President for processing and recording.
c.    Submit the Form to UAP National Office as properly endorsed by the Chapter President.
d.    Pay the UAP Annual Membership Dues for the Fiscal Year 2015-2016.
e.    Receive the Membership Certificate from the UAP National for the Fiscal Year 2015-2016.
     5.   Terms and Conditions
a.    The Amnesty Program shall apply to both National and Chapter Membership Dues.
b.    The UAP Membership Number of the delinquent UAP Member who availed the Amnesty Program shall be retained however will have a suffix of “0” after the UAP Number indicating that said member has availed the amnesty.
Example: 12345-0
c.    The Membership Status of the delinquent UAP Member who availed the Amnesty Program shall start on the Fiscal Year 2015-2016.
All Area Vice Presidents, Regional District Directors and Chapter Presidents are encouraged to disseminate this Order immediately. Further, the Office of the National Treasurer is instructed to submit a report to the National Board of Directors the upshot of this Amnesty Program.
                                                                        AR. MARIA BENITA OCHOA-REGALA, FUAP, AA
                                                                                                  National President
By the President:
Secretary General


Click here for Annex A – UAP General Amnesty Application Form

Invitation for the July General Membership Meeting: “2015-16 Induction of Officers & New Members and Best Practices Fair”

Induction Invite

July 30, 2015 – THURSDAY, 7:00pm

Isabela Ballroom B&C
Makati Shangrila Manila, Ayala Avenue cor Makati Avenue, Makati City

Formal (with a hint of futuristic)

Type < VERY SURE >< NAME >< PRC Number >

and send to MIKE – 09774025571
or Email:

Deadline of confirmation is on July 27.

• There is a ceiling for the number of very sure confirmations. 30 for new member inductees and 80 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.

Registration Fee:
P300 for all confirmed members
P1800 for unconfirmed attendees and non-members

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


Mike L. Baluarte
Incoming Secretary
UAP-Makati Chapter
FY 2015-2016