The long-overdue conferment of the National Artist for Architecture award to Francisco Tronqued Mañosa has finally come. After the Unified Nomination was jointly signed on 28 July 2017 by the country’s leading architects and architectural institutions—among them the United Architects of the Philippines, the Philippine Institute of Architects, the Professional Regulatory Board of Architecture, the Council of Deans and Heads of Architecture Schools in the Philippines, and the U.S.T. College of Architecture Alumni Association, the move to have the architect proclaimed as National Artist proved unstoppable and a fitting manifestation of the high esteem and regard his colleagues hold for him and his long and illustrious career. Born in Manila on 12 February 1931 to Manuel Mañosa, Sr., a Harvard-educated Sanitary Engineer who was instrumental in designing Manila’s waterworks system, and Maria Tronqued, film and stage actress, “Bobby” was the … [Read more...] about Francisco Tronqued Mañosa: The Filipino’s architect
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RIYADH - Saudi Arabia signed deals worth $50 billion on Tuesday, showing it can still attract investment at a conference boycotted by Western politicians and global business chiefs after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Saudi cabinet, after a meeting headed by King Salman on the same day, promised to hold to account those who where responsible for Khashoggi's death and those who "failed in their duties" in the case that has provoked an international furore and strained ties between Riyadh and the West. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived at the investment conference late in the day after attending a meeting at which King Salman received members of Khashoggi's family, including his son Salah. Many in the audience of over 2,000 clapped or cheered as the prince, the kingdom's de facto ruler and architect of its reform drive, entered the main hall, smiling as he sat down. Earlier, Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih assured the investment conference that the world's top … [Read more...] about News Saudi signs deals worth $50-B at investment event despite boycott
LAST JULY 2, after being declared ineligible to bid for the multibillion-peso contract to rebuild Marawi City’s conflict zone or “most affected area (MAA),” a consortium led by a China state-owned enterprise filed a motion for reconsideration with the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM). As of this writing, the Task Force has yet to decide with finality on the consortium’s motion. Yet on the same day that the motion for reconsideration was filed, TFBM began negotiations with another group, also led by a China state-owned enterprise. Power Construction Corporation of China Ltd. (PowerChina) -- through a newly registered "domestic" firm called PowerChina Corporation of the Philippines (PCPC) -- heads the new consortium that is reportedly the “second-best proponent” for the massive Marawi rehabilitation project. Initially, PCPC wanted to snare the deal for PhP19 billion or PhP3 billion more than what was put forth by the first consortium. But which of the … [Read more...] about News The PowerChina puzzle: Newly registered ‘domestic firm’ bids for P17-B Marawi deal
By Carola Vyhnak Special to the Star Fri., Aug. 10, 2018 It’s kind of a crazy story: a stunning house in Kuala Lumpur designed by a Toronto architect is cast as the home of “crazy rich Asians” in a Hollywood movie of the same name. And the proud family of five who actually live there have a blast when their home became a bit of a madhouse for 13 hours during filming last year. The Warner Bros. movie, Crazy Rich Asians, is a romantic comedy based on a novel by Kevin Kwan. It opens in Toronto on Wednesday, Aug. 15. The plot follows Rachel (played by Constance Wu) and her boyfriend Nick (Henry Golding) to Singapore for a friend’s wedding. Nick introduces her to his very wealthy family who have different plans for the dashing young man, considered to be the “Prince Harry of Asia.” Cut to the silent star of the film: Be-landa House, built on stilts among the treetops on a jungle hillside. Designed by Stephanie Maignan, who … [Read more...] about How a Toronto architect designed the home in ‘Crazy Rich Asians’
That’s certainly a view that will be explored here in Thailand as the Milken Institute co-hosts a “Future of Finance” roundtable with the Bank of Thailand tomorrow and at the 21st annual Milken Institute Global Conference next month in Los Angeles. In the new landscape of finance – with “fintech” serving as shorthand for the technologies that are delivering innovations as well as new challenges and opportunities to the once staid banking sector – up for debate are future business models, regulatory frameworks and how to align fintech practitioners, investors and beneficiaries. From blockchain to crypto-currencies including Bitcoin and Ethereum, as well as Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) that allocate “tokens” as a new means of crowdfunding capital, the language and disruptions buffeting the mainstream banking and financial services industry can seem overwhelming. Yet, just as we overcame fears and concerns about the advent … [Read more...] about Can fintech bridge Asia’s digital divide?