National Artist Ildefonso Santos dies at 84


Posted at Jan 30 2014 05:57 PM | Updated as of Jan 31 2014 01:57 AM

The late National Artist for Architecture Ildefonso P. Santos Jr. Handout photo

MANILA – National Artist for Architecture Ildefonso Santos Jr. passed away on Wednesday. He was 84.

In a statement released Thursday, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) said Santos died due to multiple organ failure.

The CCP will hold a necrological ceremony at 9 a.m. on Sunday, February 2, at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater) lobby. Interment will follow at the Magallanes Crypt.

Known as the "Father of Philippine Landscape Architecture," Santos had a distinguished career that spanned more than 40 years.

He was proclaimed National Artist in 2006 and was cited for “designs that took inspiration from the Filipino celebration of free-flowing, positive, ‘maaliwalas’ space.’”

Some of Santos’ well-known projects include the Loyola Memorial Park in Manila, the Eternal Gardens Memorial Park in Caloocan City, the Caliraya Lake Resort in Laguna, the Batulao Village Club in Batangas, the Imus town plaza in Cavite and the Rain Tree Sports Club in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.