Thursday, March 27, 2014

EDII - "Panaghiusa" Multipurpse Ribbon Cutting Mar. 25, 2014

Estudio Damgo Panaghiusa Multipurpose Hall located at Core Shelter, Bajumpandan, Dumaguete City, Philippines.  This is the second student-led design-build project for the Department of Architecture at Foundation University.                                - Photo by Hersley-Ven Casero
It’s been only 10 months since Estudio Damgo sat with the community for the first time to develop the plans for a dream to gather, access medical services, training programs, and hold meetings.  Today, over 100 households have a place for a variety of needs where they will be sheltered from the hot sun and rain, and able to stay cool and breezy because of the design and materials.

As we know, a project of this scale is accomplished by the work of many heads, hands, and hearts.  

Estudio Damgo is thankful to the countless supporters, donors, consultants and volunteers that made it possible to realize this dream.  The most notable material donations were 160 Kawayan Tanik bamboo poles by Herbie Theodoro of Bambusa Callabo. We were able to utilize the interlocking clay bricks donated by Counselor DanDan Teves.  Core Shelter donated 27 ceramic tiles, symbolizing 27 weeks of construction.   

Estudio Damgo thanks Foundation University’s Staff who manage the behind the scenes production.  To Foundation University worker’s skills and labor to put all these materials together and build this dream.  To the Dauin Farm for all your training and assistance in bamboo.  To our foreign donors and Global Giving which has funded a large chunk of the material costs.  To 34 participating artists and 7-venues from the ARTWalk:Art for a Cause fundraiser last November, for sharing your art and spaces for this cause and to the patrons for supporting the local arts for a community.  To 7-bands, 4 dance troupes, and sound by putting forth your talents at the Benefit Concert.  And to those who helped organize the Benefit Concert last December.  To all the Deans of the departments for putting forth department funds towards construction costs. To the Creative Department for the promotional video and countless pictures during the entire project.  To the departments of Architecture, Agriculture, Industrial Engineering, Political Science Society and Entheos for your consultation, support, during the design phase and volunteering during construction.

To loved ones, friends, and family who found ways to encourage us throughout the year and follow our progress on facebook and the blog. To all our partners: this building is truly built for the community by the community and led by three Estudio Damgo student leaders: Rhea Mae Dicen, Leigh Margareth Lagrimas, and Daryl Suasin.

An applause for all the long hours and hard work from countless individuals involved at every level and dedication to seeing the project through its completion and to Realizing a Collective Dream.

“The power of design is to make things concrete – to make the abstract tangible”.  
- Bjarke Ingels of BIG

Nicky Dumapit and Zydor Dumapit Casero introduce DIY native instruments and sounds at the opening of the ceremonies. - Photos by Hersley-Ven Casero

We were asked to perform with Nicky: Daryl Suasin shakes the "thunder-maker", Anna Koosmann uses the "rain-maker", Nicky and Zydor keep time with drums, and Benzi Florendo rattles the goat horns.  Everyone was entertained by the new sounds and positive energy that Nicky brought to the stage.

Anna delivers opening remarks of gratitude for all the support for this project.

Mayor "Chiquiting", impressed by the design and structure of the building, he stated "there should be more buildings like these in Dumaguete City."

Student Leaders, Rhea and Leigh, hand out certificates of appreciation.  Anna is pictured with Core Shelter resident, Franco, volunteer with honorable mention.

Core Shelter's dance troupe, Beatz Mazda, performs for the guests.  The Multipurpose is officially being used by the community!

The President of Core Shelter, Johna David, gives her speech.

Officiated the turning over and blessing of the building by cutting the ribbon with community partners: Dr. Eva Melon, Johna David, the Mayor, Rhea Dicen, Dean Sinco, Orlando Enguiq, Karen Villanueva, Ma'am Corola, and Anna Koosmann.

Father Julius blessing the building.

President Dr. Mira Sinco and Father Julius.

Guests pile into the main space which was noticeably cooler than outside under the tarp. 

Light fixture detail. - Photo by Benzi Florendo

Sir Dean awards students with a Gold Medal of Achievement.

Proud student leaders and their mentors.

Student leader, Rhea Dicen, talks about her Estudio Damgo experience.

Community children lining up for food.

The spread of food. Student leader, Daryl Suasin's family, donated a goat to the Core Shelter community to cook.  It was my first time to eat goat meat. 

The crew of FU workers, instructors, and student leaders who worked full-time on the Multipurpose Building.

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