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In celebration of FAB LAB Mindanao’s THE ARCHITECTURE AND CITY guest speaker Paul Joseph Blasco, the Principal Architect of Blasco Architect, enlightened the young architects and engineers of Mindanao State University Iligan Institute of Technology.

Years of expertise and experience led him to impart the different strategies and progress, comparing the local cities of the Philippines to the advancement of other nations such as Singapore and the city of Siem Reap.

Integrating the imperfections and varieties on the job. More often than not, clients have different ideas and inspiration in their desired house; ideas that disagree or contradict architectural designing. He motivates the embracing of these flaws, creating a design in reflection to the owner’s identity. Associating artistic designs such as Piet Mondrian is common in his work. 

“Architectural designs invite people. Progress invites talent.” Blasco says in his speech. “We should learn to practice the People First policy, because if a city invests its people, people invest the city.”

FAB LAB Mindanao’s THE ARCHITECTURE AND CITY was graced by special guest and speaker: honorable Senator Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV on May 18, 2017.

His presence involves his contribution to the promotion of ‘micro and small enterprises’. “Progress matters in all of those MSE (micro and small enterprises).” Senator Bam says. “Their progress is equal to national progress.” He explains the different boosts and advancements to aid the MSE and the students who would soon run these enterprises.

The Vice-Chancellor of Mindanao State University Iligan Institute of Technology: Edgar W. Ignacio, Ph.D. welcomed the said speaker. Upon Senator Bam’s arrival, he was granted the tour to visit various offices present in the said school.

Some of the said offices include: Center of Innovation and Technopreneurship, IDEYA Office and FAB LAB Mindanao Office.

By: Czarina Grace B. Del Valle

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