Palo, Leyte – A year after Ortigas & Company launched Build Forward, a nationwide architectural design competition for climate-adaptive housing and school buildings, the property developer finally hands over the fully constructed prototype of the winning house design in Barangay Libertad, Palo, Leyte.
Leading the turnover ceremony to the Benedictine nuns of St. Scholastica was Ortigas & Company Senior Vice President Joey F. Santos who was joined by Habitat for Humanity Philippines Design and Construction Quality Control Director August Baltazar, St. Scholastica’s College-Manila President Sr. Mary Frances Dizon, Libertad Barangay Captain Darina Romero, and a representative of Palo Mayor Remedios Petilla.
Initiated in 2014 by Ortigas & Company, Habitat for Humanity Philippines, and the Department of Science and Technology, Build Forward invited architecture and engineering students all over the country to design climate-adaptive structures, in light of Typhoon Yolanda. The winning house design called “Bambox Hut” was made by then University of Santo Tomas Architecture student Lara Therese Cruz.
In the last couple of months, Ortigas & Company’s in-house architects and international structural engineering consultants have refined the Bambox Hut together with Habitat for Humanity’s engineers and architects to make it a strong, stable, and cost-efficient structure that may be replicated by Habitat for Humanity Philippines in all its build-sites, not just in Tacloban.
Ortigas & Company’s Joey F. Santos says, “The goal of Build Forward is to climate-proof the Philippines, one house at a time, using the the talent and ingeniuity of the Filipino youth. We are happy to finally turnover the fruit of the Build Forward project and we hope that it becomes a commemoration to the resilience of the people of Leyte. Like all the structures Ortigas & Company built, the collective will of Leyte’s people is strong and we are here to fortify it.”
For 84 years, Ortigas & Co. has been bringing to life some of the nation’s most-loved and most iconic places—and with it, creating new experiences and traditions. Still, it continues to build for life.
It is the developer behind some of Metro Manila’s known residential enclaves and mixed-use projects such as Frontera Verde, Circulo Verde, Capitol Commons, Greenmeadows and the Greenhills Subdivisions.
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