National Artist for Architecture Bobby Mañosa has died


Posted at Feb 20 2019 06:11 PM | Updated as of Feb 20 2019 09:18 PM

National Artist Francisco "Bobby" Mañosa during the exhibit, 'The Visionary Comes Home: A Mañosa Beyond Architecture,' to his tribute given to him by the University of Santo Tomas in March 2018. Michael Angelo M. Reyes

MANILA (2nd UPDATE) -- Franciso "Bobby" Mañosa, one of the country's great architects, known for his designs inspired heavily by the aesthetics of the bahay kubo and the bahay na bato, has died due to lingering illness at 88. 

Mañosa, a central figure in Philippine architecture for more than 50 years, passed away Wednesday, according to his children, only a few months after he was conferred the National Artist award. 


He was acclaimed for his buildings, which highlighted indigenous materials such as the bamboo and the rattan, placed emphasis on spaces meant to convey the importance of family and communities to Filipinos, and incorporated considerations for our tropical climate. 

"I design Filipino, nothing else," he once declared

Mañosa is also credited for pioneering sustainable architecture, way before the environmental design movement gained headwind locally. He conceptualized the "edible garden" -- a design where plants surround the external walls of structures. 

 An example of Mañosa's green architecture -- the San Miguel Building in Ortigas with its rice terrace-like green balconies and "tukod" (inwardly slanting windows). Mañosa & Co.

The Cultural Center of the Philippines, which is located near one of his greatest creations, the Coconut Palace, led the tributes by calling him the "Father of Philippine Neo-vernacular Architecture." 

Some of Mañosa's landmark projects included the Our Lady of Peace Shrine in EDSA, the initial design for the LRT-1 stations, the Chapel of the Risen Lord in Las Piñas City, the Amanpulo resort in Palawan, and the San Miguel Corporation headquarters in Ortigas. 

He was named a National Artist Award in October last year for his valuable contribution to the development, preservation and promotion of the Philippine architecture. 

The Our Lady of Peace Shrine in EDSA. Mañosa & Co

The Amanpulo resort in Palawan. Mañosa & Co

The Papal altar in Luneta. Mañosa & Co

The Mañosa family home. Mañosa & Co

A shot of the interior of the Chapel of the Risen Lord in Las Piñas City. Mañosa & Co

The vision for the LRT-1 stations. Mañosa & Co

Mañosa was born in Manila in 1931. His father was an engineer, while his mother was an actress. He graduated with a degree in architecture from University of Santo Tomas in 1953, and went on to establish a firm the following year with his two brothers, Jose and Manuel. 

An important point in his career was his decision to put up his own architecture company in 1976, where he made a conscious attempt to push his signature "Filipinism" style. 

He was knighted in 1982 by Pope John Paul II after designing the altar and Papal chair in Luneta -- an achievement he was said to have considered to be his greatest honor

Mañosa is survived by his wife Denise and three children Bambi, Dino and Gelo.