Nippon Paint tags winners of the Asia Young Designer Award (AYDA) Philippines 2018


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The winners for the Asia Young Designer Award (AYDA) 2018 were finally named by Nippon Paint (Coatings) Philippines, Inc. in a recent ceremony held at GT-Toyota Asian Center Auditorium, with the theme “FORWARD: Challenging Design Boundaries.”

The gold award with a cash prize worth of P50, 000 for the architecture category was given to Prince Lu of University of the Philippines-Mindanao while the silver award with a cash prize of P30, 000 was awarded to Megan Recato of University of the Philippines-Diliman.

Lu’s design called Neokamaigen was all about a futuristic city concept that hopes to answer housing needs in the future and prepare the Philippines for the melting of the ice glaciers that will cause to raise water levels around the globe.

Meanwhile, for the Interior Design competitions, Odrysa Mie Serino from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) bagged the gold award and P50, 000 cash prize while the silver award with a P30, 000 prize money went to Jhessa Mae Romero from University of San Carlos.

Serino’s design named Gunita was a greenhouse cemetery concept that will deal with social issues like environmental deterioration and land insufficiency. According to her, the space-saving cemetery places the dead vertically inside a Manunggul Jar, a pre-historic practice where the jar serves as a burial pod.

The gold awardees for AYDA 2018, Lu and Serino, will go to the AYDA 2018 Regional Finals to compete with the best Architecture and Interior Design students in Asia and which will be held in Singapore. The winners will battle for the chance to be included in the Harvard University Graduate School of Design’s Design Discovery Program.

Aside from the major prizes, special awards were also given to other participants during the ceremony. For Architecture, the Best Color Concept award went to Eunice Ignacio of UST, while the Best Green Innovation was given to Jan Melvin of the Technological Institute of the Philippines. Meanwhile, Jericho Calderon of the Far Eastern University (FEU) won the People’s Choice award, and the Most Supportive School award went to FEU with 217 entries.

For the Interior Design category, Best Color Concept award went to Cristiane Macarabe of University of San Carlos, while Nino Tayao of College of St. Benilde won both the Best Green Innovation and People’s Choice award. UST was declared the Most Supportive school for Interior Design with 36 entries.

Michael Francisco, Nippon Paint (Coatings) Philippines General Manager said that this year’s entries were out-of-the-box and very creative.

He added that since Nippon Paint became part of AYDA, the entries became very strong and was optimistic that a Filipino will go to Harvard.

The General Manager also said that AYDA 2018 was the perfect opportunity to highlight the best of the country and showcase the brilliance of the youth. He also showed gratitude to the mentors and academic partners who selflessly guided, motivated and shared their expertise to the students, and for allowing them to join. Nippon Paint, he said, is proud to shine the spotlight on these great talents through AYDA 2018.

The AYDA 2018 is a design competition open to Architecture and Interior Design students. The judges were composed of prominent and well-established industry professionals and was supported by the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP), Council of Deans and Heads of Architecture Schools in the Philippines (CODHASP), the Philippine Institute of Interior Designers (PIID), and the Council of Interior Design Educators (CIDE).

For more information, visit www.youngdesigneraward.ph or visit www.nipponpaint.ph.


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Kaye David