2007 YP Summer Interns

Aaron Andro V. Ching

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Aaron Ching is a senior student of BS Geodetic Engineering at the University of the Philippines – Diliman. Aaron handled the research project on land acquisition, registration, surveying and titling processes in Metro Manila. He says that the internship experience gave him a better understanding of the complexity and the realities that the urban poor had to face for land tenure. Aaron also took part in the house-build volunteer activities in Tondo and in facilitating a community design workshop in Tanza, although these were not part of the academic training of geodetic engineers. The exposure taught him that “geodetic engineers should not only focus on the technical aspect of their profession but also on the social aspect of it.”

Ownery Rose DC. Diala

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Ownery Diala is a senior BS Architecture student at Mapua Institute of Technology. Ownery was involved in the SANAGAMANA Chapel Design project wherein she facilitated a series of community design workshops for children and adults. This allowed her to apply participatory planning approaches in coming up with schematic designs for the community chapel. Ownery says that fieldwork in the community provided her with a different kind of work experience. (“I’ve come to realize some things that never crossed my mind before, such as my role as an architect in the country’s problems of poverty and inadequate housing…”)

Rose Anne R. Evangelista

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Anne Evangelista is a senior BS Architecture student at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. Anne worked on the development of various visual aid tools and popular materials for TAO’s Education and Training Program like doing sketches for the solid waste management posters. She was also involved in the research project on alternative building materials and technologies for social housing (SABMAT Project). From her reflections, Anne considers the most important lesson from the internship is that “architecture is really about the people and not just about beautiful structures.” On her involvement in the community fieldwork activities, she adds, “I have met so many people and have actually learned from them more than what they were supposed to learn from me.”

Michelle G. Galarion

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Michelle Galarion is a senior student of BS Civil Engineering at University of Sto.Tomas. Prior to joining the summer internship program, Michelle was also one of the participants of the 2006 YP Workshop in Infanta, Quezon. As an intern, she worked on two TAO projects: the documentation of the SAPSPA housing project in Tondo and the subdivision development planning of SANAGMANA site in Tanza, Navotas. Michelle considers her internship experience as an eye-opener, realizing that “there are a lot more things to learn and see beyond the four walls of the classroom…”

Mark Anthony I. Lopez

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Mark Lopez is a senior BS Geodetic Engineering student of the University of the Philippines – Diliman. Mark also worked on the research project on land acquisition, registration, surveying and titling processes in Metro Manila. He likewise participated in the house-build volunteer work at SAPSPA, Tondo and community workshops in SANAGMANA.

Paulo Nico S. Noble

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Nico Noble is a senior BS Architecture student at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. Nico worked on the research project on alternative building materials and technologies for social housing (SABMAT Project) and facilitated the community workshops for the design of the Materials Recovery Facility for SANAGMANA. For Nico, the internship activities gave him a better appreciation of how architects can help improve people’s lives. (“I realized that the boundaries of architecture extend beyond working drawings, computations, and designing for the well-off.”)

Jasmine M. Soriano

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Jasmine Soriano is a senior student of BS Architecture at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. Jasmine helped develop the 3D scaled model of TAO’s design prototype for Disaster Resilient Housing. She was also part of the project team that handled the documentation of the SAPSPA housing project in Tondo. Jasmine says that the internship taught her to be “more sensitive to the social issues and problems that the urban poor communities face” as an architect.