Benildean innovators sweep awards at the Nippon Paint Asia Young Designers Summit

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  • February 23, 2021
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Sustainable pavilion highlights Cebu’s culture

Young innovators and imaginative creator-students received major and special awards in the recent 2020 Nippon Paint Asia Young Designer Awards (NYPDA) Philippines. 

With the theme Human-Centered Design, the competition was launched in 2008 as the Philippine edition of the prestigious Asia Young Designer Awards (AYDA), Asia’s leading design competition.

For the Interior Design category, Margaret Therese Hagad and Lauren Ghenrich Khoo of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) School of Design and Arts bagged the gold and silver awards, respectively. 

Margaret Therese Hagad

Hagad’s winning project Bagasse Mountain Resort explores the relationship of neuroscience and interior design to give emphasis on spatial memory, all in support of hospitality and sustainability. This was done under the guidance of Benilde Interior Design instructor IDr. Karol Ann Antonio, who was awarded as Best Mentor.

Lauren Ghenrich Khoo
“Puyanan” by De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Interior Design student Lauren Ghenrich Khoo

Khoo’s project Puyanan, named after a Cebuano term which means habitat, is a sustainable pavilion. It highlights Cebu’s culture, history and heritage through calming interior design aspects. It houses a one-stop shop, an inspiring crafting area for meditation and recreation and a café. It hopes to provide tourism and employment opportunities to locals. This plan was completed under the apprenticeship with IDr. Candice Arboleda.

Ynes Sofia Manguerra

Benilde Interior Design’s Ynes Sofia Manguerra won The Best Green Innovation Award. University of San Carlos’ Ryan Japhet Gablines and University of Santo Tomas’ Jazzy Caroline Kho received The Best Color Choice and The People’s Choice titles, respectively.

For the Architecture category, NPYDA awarded Paul John Jandoc of University of Baguio and Napoleon Marion Clarke Mui of University of Santo Tomas with Gold and Silver, respectively. 

DLS-CSB’s Nikko Regalado earned The Best Color Choice, while Yson Karl Dañez of Polytechnic University of the Philippines bagged The Best Green Innovation. Erol Kim Mandocdoc of Batangas State University received The People’s Choice.

Architect Tim-Paul Balbas Villanueva of University of Baguio was likewise named as The Best Mentor. Benildean Jazel Lynn Ong, mentored by IDr. Ley Gatpandan, made it as one of the top contenders of the competition.

The De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde was awarded The Best College/University for the Interior Design category, while the University of Baguio was recognized as the Best College/University Award for the Architecture category. NYPDA named Benilde as The Best Supporting College/University for both the Architecture and Interior Design categories.

Benilde Interior Design Program chairperson IDr. Katherine Anne Correa, MArch, explained that their goal was to create sustainable and livable spaces by understanding and exploring their function and the way individuals live. “Knowledge and the know-how about the different allied professions is essential to be able to produce a sound and competitive design proposal,” she added.

The recipients of the Gold Awards will represent the Philippines in the regional leg of the competition where they will compete for the prestigious Asia Young Designer of the Year distinction.

This is not the first Gold for the Benilde Interior Design Program, as college representative Noelle Samantha Bernardo took home the sought-after award at the 2016 NYPDA. After topping the 2019 Interior Design Board Exam, she is now a licensed interior designer.

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