Past National Presidents


2016-2017 & 2017-2018


2014-2015 & 2015-2016
UAP National President, FY 2014-2015, FY 2015-2016
Member, UAP College of Fellows
Member and Chair Legislative Group, Philippine Council for the Architecture Profession, FY 2012-2013
Representative of UAP to the Philippine Council for the Architecture Profession, FY 2011-2012, 2012-2013
UAP National Executive Vice President, FY 2011-2012
UAP Executive Director, Government and External Affairs, FY 2010-2011
UAP District Director, District A4, Area A, FY 2001-2002
Editor, UAP Post, FY 1990-1991
UAP Chapter President, QC Elliptical Chapter, FY 1989-1990


2012-2013 & 2013-2014
Member, MAKATI CBD Chapter
ASEAN Architect 
UAP National President, FY 2012-2013, FY 2013-2014
Member, UAP College of Fellows
Deputy Executive Director, Commission on Professional Practice (FY 2005-2006)
Chairman, UAP Task Force Watchdog (FY 2004 to present)
National Chairman, Committee on Allied Professions (FY 2002-2003)
National Chairman, Balangkasan Committee (FY 1999-2000)
Vice President for Area B (FY 1998-1999)
National Auditor (FY 1997-1998)
Deputy Convention Director, 19th Natcon (Year 1993)
District Director, RD-B3 (FY 1991-1994)
President, UAP Makati Central Business District (CBD) (FY 1990-1991)
Director, UAP Makati Central Business District (CBD) (FY 1986-1987)

UAP won the 2014 PRC's Outstanding Accredited Professional Organization
Established and institutionalized UAP Emergency Architects
Instituted Electoral Reforms in the UAP
Generated more than 30 million in several revenue generated activities
Approved the audit of the UAP Financial Statements for the last five years
Initiated the Promotional campaign dubbed as "Sa Arkitekto Sigurado", a significant step leading towards public awareness of R.A. 9266 and a simple statement of declaration that the Filipino Architect deserves to be respected, and the "UAP Builds Project"
Filed Motion of Certioari at the Supreme Court re: Intervention Case
Initiated the proposed amendments to RA 9266
Support and Promotion of Architect as Building Official and City Architects through City Ordinances
Reactivation of Task Force RA 9266
Signed MOA among PRC, CHED and UAP for the establishments of ASEAN Monitoring Committee on Architectural Services of the Philippines (AMCASP)
Crafted a UAP Action/Engagement Plan on Strengthening RA 9266
Total Numbers elevated to Fellows: 34
Total Likha Awardees: 2
Repainted the UAP National Headquarters Building, construction and completion of UAP Membership Center, UAP Lobby Portal, Glass and Steel Canopy, Retiling of the Ground Floor, Wall Decor at the Ground Floor Lobby, renovation of the UAP Bulwagang Mayor


2010-2011 & 2011-2012




2007-2008 & 2008-2009
UAP National President, FY 2007-2008, FY 2008-2009
Member, UAP College of Fellows
Executive Director,  Commission on Conventions and Conferences (FY 2006-2007)
Member, UAP Document 201-Pre Design Services (FY 2005-2006)
National Executive Vice President , UAP (FY 2005-2006)
Area Vice President, UAP Area B (FY 2004-2005)
Secretary General, UAP (FY 2003-2004)
District Director, UAP RD B2 (FY 2002-2003)
Deputy District Director, UAP RD B2 (FY 2001-2002)
Adviser, 23rd UAP National Convention (FY 1996-1997)
Convention Director, 22nd National Convention (FY 1995-1996)
Overall Chairman for Finance, 21st National Convention National Convention (FY 1994-1995)
Executive Director, Commission on Internal Affairs (FY 1994-1995)
Chapter President, UAP Manila Maharlika (FY 1993-1994, 1994-1995)
Chapter Secretary, UAP Manila Maharlika (FY 1992-1993)

2007 PRC's Outstanding Accredited Professional Organization
2009 Father Neri Satur Award for Environmental Heroism
First APO to give its Pledge of Commitment to the Department of Energy concerning the National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Program
MOA signing among the Department of Health and CODHASP for the Hospital Planning and Design seminars 
First APO to be listed in the WIKIPILIPINAS as accredited professional organization
UAP initiated a partnership with the Philippine government for the Millennium School International Design Competition in 2007
Initiated the amendments of the 2006 UAP By-laws that led to the approval of the 2009 UAP By-laws
Won intervention cases at RTC twice
Established a partnership with Rotary Makati Central D-3830 for the Bahay Pinoy Design Competition ( A National Design Competition for Community Housing in the Philippines)
UAP bested 14 countries including the United States of America to serve as the Secretariat of the APEC Architect Central Council for the years 2009 and 2010
Construction and completion of the UAP Auditorium named "Teatro Arkitekto"



2005-2006 & 2006-2007




2002-2003 & 2003-2004


2000-2001 & 2001-2002


1998-1999 & 1999-2000
A hard act to follow

MAKING HER ENTRY INTO UAP National Board as the Centennial President and bowing out of it as the Millennium President, UAP`s first female National President, is by all counts a hard act to follow. Under her term, the efforts and dreams of many past leaders have come to fruition: A stable organization that has come of age and has reached out across the Pacific to embrace the Filipino architects abroad even as, at home, it tried to win back those who have opted to remain on their own; a UAP Headquarters that is well on its way to completion; the review of the UAP Long-Range Plan 1992-2002; a comprehensively written history of the organization-all these are major accomplishments of a most memorable term.

Even as she assiduously applied herself to the development of the organization, YD Reyes never lost sight of her academic persona. As dean of College of Architecture and Fine Arts of the University of Santo Tomas, she successfully helped UAP achieve its corporate objective of making higher education more through the UST Graduate School`s Distance-learning Program for Masteral Studies in Architecture.

This same dual role as academic and professional enabled YD Reyes to convene an international conference on the theme Sustainable and Humane Cities in April, which featured lectures, presentations and workshops conducted by acknowledge authorities on architecture and planning, environment, urban housing and conversation of socio-cultural heritage. Among the guests and presentors was the UIA President Vassilis Sgoutas, represented by the Union` Vice President for Region IV, Dato Dr. Hisham Albakri; the Hungarian and Mexican secretaries fro environment; officers of ARCASIA; representatives of WHO, UNICEF and the Japanese Foreign Ministry; urban and planning agencies of other ASEAN countries; cabinet members and key officials of the Philippine government. The conference led to the adoption of the Humane Cities Agenda 2000 and the establishments of the Center for Humane Cities-based in Manilaat the University of Santo Tomas-which will be the executor of follow-up actions to implement the protocols of the conference.


1996-1997 & 1997-1998
When in distress, you can always count on Manny
IN 1991, DURING THE MOUNT PINATUBO eruption, UAP members who attended the regional Conference of Architects in Bacolod suddenly found themselves stranded. The eruption caused many PAL flights to be cancelled. Thus, many architects from Luzon found themselves cooling their heels in Bacolod. Manny Cuntapay rose to the occasion by calling up his pilot friends in Manila to fly to Bacolod to bring the 80 stranded architects to Cebu, where connecting flights to Luzon were available. It was a high moment where Manny earned the praise and administration of his colleagues.
There is little that Manny Cuntapay isn`t up to. In 1981, while he was with the government he would always take on the position of a vanguard in public works projects. To his fellow architects, he has been of great assistance by providing correct interpretations of building-related laws and provisions.

For all his accomplishments at UAP, he still has a few more dreams for the association. For one, he would like to see the day when the UAP National headquarters is finally completed. He also hopes that the organization would maintain an upgrading of the UAP Long-Range Plan every year. He eagerly awaits the eventual implementation of the Architectural Code of the Philippines. And on a defining note, he hopes that `urban renewal and zoning regulations be enforced all over the country, with Filipino architecturebeing redefined to include our intrinsic design influences.`

Looking back, he says that having been a National President was a turning point-not only in his personal life but also for the association. It is a legacy he has left to UAP that continues to inspire ordinary members that for as long as one is equipped with the necessary skills, one can be President of UAP- even if one feels uncomfortable in formal clothes during formal occasions.


1994-1995 & 1995-1996
This President has come a long way

AFTER HISTORY HAS been written and recorded for prosperity, it can be truly be said that Nestor S.Mangio has come a long way from the architect who founded and was part of the chartering of the Angeles City Chapter. The chapter, by its innovative activities and camaraderie, caught the attention of the members of the National Board, who invited him to head a convention committee. His significant contacts with people of consequence in the profession and allied industries proved valuable in his work as convention director, and enabled his chapter tosuccessfully host two regional conferences in Angeles City. He recalls a memorable Fellowship Night when the architects, enjoying the after glow of an enriching conference, laughed and exchanged stories over drinks and roast calf.

His performance in the chapter and dedication to the organization inevitably landed him the position of Regional Director for Region 3, and from there was no way he could go but up the organizational ladder. He became part of the National Board, initially as National Treasurer, then Vice President for programs, VP for Operations, and finally as National President.

In his unique brand of service, he showed that indeed that Filipino professional could rise to the occasion and meet the demands of the times. He reached out to UAP members in far-flung areas and aligned himself with their dreams and aspiration for a better, stronger UAP. He did this all and, in turn, UAP has changed the course of his life in the same reciprocal way that he had changed people`s lives at UAP. His dedication to his work and UAP matches the intensity of his devotion to his family and his God.


1992-1993 & 1993-1994
An Organization of vibrant members and protective of a profession respected and trusted by society
IAM SURE THAT OUR PAST NATIONAL PRESIDENTS joins me in this sentiment: that being the national president of UAP is no easy task. We continually ride on a pendulum of approval and disapproval for the decisions we have made. Thus, alternately, we bask in the sun of a popular or feel terribly alone and repulsed for an unpopular one. We can not at all time please everyone. But one thing is important in leadership: the sense of responsibility for strong decision made, whether popular or unpopular. We are after all, in the end, the ultimate responsibilities and liable person for the national administration we lead and propel.

Like a grid in a system, the road traversed by UAP is dotted with many cross-roads-major ones-all decision-making points. One and a half years ago, we came along upon a major crossroads. And today, we are at another, challenged once again. I can only make one promise as your national president: that at crossroads, I will have the interest of UAP foremost in my mind in my decision making. I hope that whether my actions had been popular or unpopular, my efforts would eventually join the flow of the many efforts before me by previous national presidents, in making the UAP a professional organization worthy of vibrant membership and protective of a profession respected and trusted by our society.


He also served who stood and waited

AT THE END OF his two terms of office, Richeto C. Alcordo wrote about leadership styles and the ideal type fit to lead an organization like UAP. On the one hand, he described a leader who would never antagonize volunteer worker members and could cause people to work by smiling often-the Goody-goody Nice Guy; and on the other, he described the well-prepared, performance-oriented leader with a vision but who was sometimes aggressive or abrasive-the Task-master. The ideal kind, he said, would be one between these two extremes.

What he had strived to be as the leader of UAP for two consecutive years would be difficult to scale and measure between these two extremes. He had trained well for his profession, reinforcing his basic education with a Master in Architecture degree from the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His earlier work in the hierarchy of the UAP system, and his commendable patience in waiting by the wings until the opportune time presented itself for him to be able to serve, manifested a genuine inner resolve to successfully scale the leadership ladder. And on the way to the top, the pleasant smile behind his beard never failed to win people over to his side.
Before vanishing from the limelight of the national presidency of UAP, he made sure that the turnover of responsibilities to his successor, Jaime C. Marquez, would be easy. On December 12, 1991, he made a graceful exit from the scene as the incoming members of the National Board of Directors were inducted into office.


It pays to have in (high) places when you travel solo
Before his Election to the highest position in UAP, AR Lazaro were a low-profile UAP worker and avid traveler. Not until ten years later did he divulge that he had been the sole UAP member who witnessed a momentous event in its history in 1987. His story in his own words:

DURING THE THREE YEARS BEFORE 1984, THE UIA steering committee went back and forth to Manila, always very excited because the 1984 UIA International Convention might not be staged in Manila as originally approved. That period was the peak of the UAP-PIA controversy. PIA was the recognized Philippine national architectural organization by UIA, and UAP was the other very aggressive claimant. Lindy Locsin and Manny Mañosa, led by Ipe Mendoza, also did a lot of traveling to Europe to meet UIA President De Hors of Spain. I was in the UAP National board at the time, 1979-1980-1981, 1984-1985, 1987-1988-1989.

UIA finally decided to transfer the 1984 convention from Manila to Cairo alone without any credentials, and tried to fraternize with some UIA directors. PIA sent three official delegates and enjoyed full UIA recognition and the right to vote at the Council meeting held afterwards in Alexandria. I did not go to Alexandria. UAP had only me as a lone observer who did not say a single word except when drinking coffee with some UIA directors. I stayed at Holiday Inn, next door to Giza pyramid, went to Luxor and Valley of the Kings, and made a side trip to Israel.

In the next three years, I attend ARCASIA conventions and got better acquainted with architects from Indonesia, Hong Kong and Australia. Then came the 1987 UIA Convention at Brighton, England. I came alone, stayed at the Old Ship Hotel with the most complicated corridors on the world.

As usual, first, the three-day general convention for everybody at Brighton, followed by the two-day Council business meeting at Dublin, Ireland. Again, I was alone, without any UAP credentials, but this time, I had Australian, Hong Kong and Indonesian Friends. The UIA President was from Russia.

In Dublin, PIA had three delegates; one of them was Imelda Cancio. They never spoke, but I was granted about ten minutes to talk to the entire convened council (through the help of my Australian and Hon Kong friends.) what I said was probably recorded in UIA. After my talk, the three PIA delegates and I were invited to the center of the stage (where I even gave Imelda a friendly kiss) and the entire UIA Council loudly applauded and appeared happy in welcoming UAP as the new member of the UIA in lieu of PIA.

When ballots were distributed, the three ballots for the Philippines were given to me and not to the PIA delegation. I voted for the English architects as the new UIA President.

To me, that occasion was the clearest transfer of UIA membership from PIA to UAP.


A well-loved-and loving-man

FROILAN L. HONG IS A WELL-loved man- by his colleagues in the profession, by his students in the University of the Philippines, where he is a member of the faculty of the College of Architecture, and bypeople he deals with.

He has a self-effacing kind of humor and makes fun of his own family name. When one time nominated to be chair of the Kanlungan Foundation, he declined, reasoning out that a Chinese man could not be a good chair of a foundation that worked for Filipino architecture.

Froilan is man gifted with ease in the use of words. When some UAP members were asked what they remember about him the most, they said, `He was good with words.` FL Hong plays with words and letters-putting them together, scrambling them, fashioning and re-expressing them-to explain a point, to lighten the air, to disarm an opponent, to end a debate.

But as an architect, he is fluent in yet another language-the graphic language, which he uses to explain,with a pencil and a few strokes, otherwise complicated ideas. His is the enviable talent to dissect and simplify problems.
It has always been said that the initials FLH meant faith, love, and hope, the man being involved deeply in the propagation of faith, love, and hope in the charismatic group called the Lord`s Flock. In 1991, his efforts at parenting were acknowledge when he was chosen recipient of the Ulirang Ama award.


Whatever he does, he plays it forceful and strong

AS A PRIVATE PRACTITIONER SINCE 1954, Cesar V. Canchela had been designing institutional and commercial buildings, among them a couple of modern hospitals, the fifteen-storey building that made innovative use of structural steel frames, and a university in the Bicol Region. This guitar-playing architect would often be called Attorney Canchela even after his terms of office as UAP President had expired. He always argued his points forcefully under legal parameters, which he knew fully well. He would often be consulted by many of his successors on delicate matters that might have legal repercussions. Even after he had bowed out of the national presidency, he continued to be active in UAP as chair of committees dealing with professional practice, ethics and standards. During his incumbency as chairman of the Board of Architecture and as national President of UAP, he himself passionately fought to define the matters and bounds of architecture.


UAP`s strong and silent President
HIS COLLEAGUES AND FRIENDS HAVE ALWAYS known Manuel T. Mañosa, whom they fondly address "Manny", as a soft-spoken and devout family man. Many of them consider him to be a perfect gentleman, a thinker and a professional of the highest integrity. They have seen his superb skills as a planner, as reflected in his leadership in UAP, in the efficient methodology by which he obtained-and imparted-information, and in the firm way hestood is principles and defended those of UAP. He spoke his truths softly, led by quiet example, and commanded respect from is peers and colleagues.

It was the fortune of the UAP to have had Manny as National President at a period referred to with Oriental inscrutability as `interesting times`. As a leader, he moved in contrast with the times-calm in the sea of turmoil, composed in the cacophony of chaos, focused in a storm of changing loyalties. In the crisis at the time, the UAP found inner strength in itself, in its membership and, ultimately, in its National President, Manuel T. Mañosa, Jr.

Manny is one of the thirteen awardees to date of Likha Award, an honor bestowed to him in 1996 by the organization that he has served admirably and well.


The looming landmarks of Lindy Locsin

Known as Lindy to his friends, Leandro V. Locsin stood head and shoulders above the rest; no other Filipino architect has perhaps left an indelible in the Filipino consciousness than he did with the monolithic structures - the buildings at the Cultural Center Complex, particularly-that have become enduring testimonials to his craft. His contributions and influence on Filipino architecture have been acclaimed to have been phenomenal and unparalleled by any Filipino architect, a practice that brought new impetus and vigor to the Filipino architect`s ingenuity, originality, sensitivity, audacity and style.

In 1959, he received the prestigious Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines award for architecture, the only recipient ever to have received this award in 20 years. He was Outstanding Architect of the year for 1978, and in 1987 became one of the thirteen recipients to date of the prestigious Likha Award of the UAP.

Among his notable works are the magnificent Palace for the Sultan of Brunei, Antipolo Church, St. Andrew`s church and several hotels. Notwithstanding the fact that he took architecture in the Philippines, LV Locsin gained international recognition through sheer talent and the quality of his work. He exemplified the noble spirit of true Renaissance man, as manifested by his affinity with the other Arts, such as music, painting, sculpture, dance, the stage. His artistic hands were equally nimble on the keyboard as well as on the drawing board and the chopping board: he was a gifted pianist; he designed the ceremonial toga of the UAP College of Fellows, and many of those he had asked to dinner remember the superb pot roast he used to serve in house. Many remember him as a gentleman with a spontaneous sense of humor.


An Architect with an instinct for form and function

NOBODY WHO WAS SOMEBODY IN THE architectural profession in the Philippines was the least surprised when Otilio A. Arellano, known to his friends as Oti, was proclaimed by the Professional Regulatory Commissions in 1977 as Outstanding Architect of the Year, the first to receive this prestigious award.

One of his notable works was the Philippine Pavilion for the 1964 World`s Fair in New York. Conceptualized according to the inspiration provided by the graceful lines distinct contours of the native salakot, the pavilion served notice to the rest of the world that architecture was vibrantly alive and well in hands of the Filipino. Oti used prestressed laminated timber, an invention by a Filipino engineer, for the structure, the result, he said, was 'a solution which to me united native form and function, the search for which unity has been an overriding motivation in my many years of architectural practice.`


The First among his equals

THE THIRD PRESIDENT OF UAP IS THE first recipient of Likha Award, the highest distinction that could be conferred by UAP upon a Fellow. In the organization`s two and a half decades of existence, it has been awarded only six times. In the same year that FM Mendoza received the Likha Award, the PRC also recognized him as the Outstanding Professional in the Field of Architecture in 1982. he has also been honored with the City of Manila`s Patnubay ng Kalinangan Award, the Mapua Institute of Technology`s Most Outstanding Alumnus Award, and the PFPA`s Professional of the Year Award.

Some of his notable works consist of Batasang Pambansa Complex, the Ministry of Education and Culture Building, the Development Academy of the Philippines Building in Pasig, the Ministry of Foreign affairs Complex, Philippine Veterans Bank Building in Bonifacio Drive, Manila, the IRRI Laboratory Complex, and Institutional buildings for Bicol University in Legazpi City the Palawan Agricultural College, the Mariano State University in Batac, Ilocos Norte, the Central Mindanao University in Bukidnon, the UAP Los Baños, and the College of the Holy Spirit. Fondly known to many as Ipe, he is acclaimed by his colleagues and co-workers as a driven, systematic andmeticulous individual, who has skillfully used paper and the printed word as a formidable tool in his interpersonal dealings with colleagues.


A naturally gregarious individual

The second president of United Architects of the Philippines is an exceptionally multifaceted professional who has excelled in the design of commercial and institutional buildings, such as the Century Park Sheraton Hotel, the Rizal Provincial Capitol Complex, the Rodriguez Sports Center, and the Quezon City Hall. His obligations while he was dean of the College of Architecture of Far Eastern University were not even enough to constrain him within these cluded confines of an academic`s ivory tower; he actively involved himself in construction and development projects that took him right there in the field.

He was conferred the title Patnubay ng Kalinangan by the City of Manila, and was the recipient of both the Philippine Federation of Professional Associations and Professional Regulation Commission award for Outstanding Professional of the Year in the Field of Architecture in 1993.

Colleagues especially remember him by the many stories he would recount from his colorful experiences. Although by nature a naturally gregarious and outgoing individual, he takes quiet pride in his own accomplishments; from the time he supported himself financially in his young age while working alternately as a bootblack and a newspaper delivery boy up to the stage where he attained excellence in the profession of his choice. A quick thinker and a complete diplomat in his dealings with others, he believed in entrusting responsibilities to his fellow officers.


A dapper, old-school gentleman

THE FIRST PRESIDENT of UAP will henceforth be remembered for his parliamentary skills, formal and by-the-book demeanor which was always evident in the board meetings. Always dapper in Italian suits and ties, JV Herrera was an old-school gentleman who showed genuine concern for his colleagues. In Behalf of the organization, he attended the 1975 UIA Congress in Madrid on his own expense. In 1984, for his accomplishments in architecture, which include the Philippine Veterans Memorial Hospital, Philippine National Bank, Philippine Bank of Communications, he was posthumously named by the Professional Regulation Commission as Outstanding Professional in the Field of Architecture. Aside from the singular distinction of having been the first elected President of the UAP, he was also the first president of the former League of Philippine Architects.

Many of the concerns of UAP at present were initially identified and acted on by JV Herrera and his administration. At a time when there were no ready answers for first-time questions, he responded with energy, commitment, and adherence to the Constitution and Bylaws. It was a time for ground-breaking policies, a time when an imperfect policy was better than none at all, which the leadership developed by consultation and always leaving the door open for other welcome ideas. And for JV Herrera, it took a considerable amount of foresight, discipline, courage and, when occasions called for it, flexibility to standing front of a fledgling membership and say to them, `This way, fellow architects`.


UAP National President, Year 1975
Chairman, UAP Committee on Bylaws, Fiscal Year 2015-2016
Chancellor of the College of Fellows

The Charter President
DURING A MEETING OF THE UAP Interim Board and Incoming President Norberto M. Nuke was presented with a well-deserved plaque of achievement in recognition of his dynamic and enlightened leadership. He would be honored with, among other distinctions, the UAP Presidential Award and the Philippine Federation of Professional Associations Professional of the Year Award. He would continue to be active in UAP in various positions of responsibility, especially in the field of continuing professional education as Executive trustees of the Professional Development Center which was institutionalized in 1988. 

Bert, as he called, has always been a self-made man, having worked his way through college, partially by being a dance instructor long, long before the fad for ballroom dancing swept the country. With nimble legs and graceful carriage, he dance a mean, jaw-dropping tango on many Fellowship Hour of the UAP.

His dedication to the young organization, as well as that of his team was fully recognized when, in aresolution, the next Board changed the term `Interim` to `Charter` thus recognized him for posterity as UAP`s Charter President and his Board as UAP`s Charter Board.