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Today at Palafox Associates we celebrate our 33rd anniversary! Looking back on our humble beginnings and a panoramic view of the last three decades, I am deeply grateful to see how Palafox Associates has grown into a multidisciplinary team of professionals – architects, designers, urban and environmental planners, engineers, partners, staff members and consultants. accredited — and able to complete more than 1,800 projects in 40 countries. Throughout the 33 years, we have achieved the master plan of more than 50 billion square meters of land and the architecture and design of more than 20 million square meters of building floor area.
Palafox Associates Group
July 1989 was not the perfect time to start a business, but with the support of my wife, Wilma, and my family, I took a leap of faith and established the professional practice of Palafox Associates in architecture, planning and master planning. Myself and three other colleagues worked even weekends and holidays to complete projects in three different time zones: Asian, American and European. During our early years, we worked together in rented office space in a condominium. Our work tables were made of plywood, and to make them last, we covered them with leather.
Architectural design of Palafox Associates tall building
Today we have so much to be thankful for. First of all, I would like to thank our chief architect and chief planner, our Almighty Lord, for all his blessings and my family for their unwavering support. Second, Palafox Associates would not have been able to achieve all of its milestones without the hard work, talent, skills, commitment and loyalty of our colleagues, staff members, team leaders and project managers. I am very proud to see my colleagues doing their best. Hard work pays off in ways money can’t measure. Together, we have spent millions of hours working together to plan and develop opportunities for others. It is a privilege to accompany you in our professions. We wouldn’t have done so many projects and so many firsts without our core values and design and planning principles.
Architectural design by Palafox for the 1,200 meter Gulf Dream City Tower
Third Atrium of the Asian Development Bank
Palafox Associates is the first Filipino company to be listed among the world’s top 500, 300 and 200; being one of the ASEAN companies included in the 100 best architects according to World Architecture Magazine, London; the first Philippine architectural firm to be ISO certified in management and environmental management in the fields of architecture, urban planning, environmental planning, landscape architecture, interior design, among others; the architects and planners of the Rockwell Center, the pioneer of mixed-use developments in the Philippines; Leyte Ecological Industrial Zone – the first ecological zone in the Philippines – and Batangas State University’s KIST (Knowledge, Innovation, and Science Technology) Park – the first KIST park in the Philippines; and many more.
We have also achieved other architectural and planning feats and milestones such as the Sultan Hassanal Al Bolkiah Mosque in Cotabato, the largest mosque in the country; the Gulf Dream Tourist City in the United Arab Emirates; the King Abdullah Financial District in Saudi Arabia; the Philippine Embassy and Chancellery in Brunei Darussalam; the Third Atrium of the Asian Development Bank; SM malls; and Robinsons shopping centres; Fisher Mall; Tarlac Medical Center; St. Luke’s Medical Center Redevelopment Master Plan Project; the Pasig River Rehabilitation Plan; La Mesa Ecopark; Marikina Riverfront Concept Master Plan; the megalopolis of Pampanga; Clark Free Zone Development Master Plan and Business Plan; the Davao Metro Urban Master Plan; the Ilocos metro development master plan; the Corregidor Global Tourism Master Plan; the overall land use plan of the city of Zamboanga; the comprehensive land use plan and urban design of the city of San Juan; and the Iloilo Comprehensive Land Use Plan and Zoning Ordinance; among others. We also look forward to the completion of the SMC Aerocity, which is expected to be among the largest aerocity in the world.
Architectural and Urban Design of Davao Gulf Bridge for Davao Metro Urban Master Plan
We are grateful to our clients from the private sector, government and civic organizations for the opportunity to plan and design urban centers, international gateways, communities, offices, schools, shopping malls, hospitals, hotels, resorts, civic centers and places of worship, among others, here and abroad. Your continued support, trust and belief in us has helped us develop visionary plans for a better future for our communities and cities.
The many challenges we have faced have also given us many opportunities. Coinciding with our 33rd anniversary is my golden jubilee or 50 years as an architect. I am extremely grateful for the countless learning experiences and for the fundamental values and principles that I acquired along the way and that I continue to uphold, which I also encourage my colleagues at Palafox Associates to uphold. I have always said that they are like beacons, especially in difficult circumstances, because these values and principles will strengthen us and guide us in stormy weather. Our fundamental principles include: 1) Integral ecology or people first, then planet earth or natural environment, and profit or economic development without forgetting culture, history, heritage, identity and interreligious spirituality; 2) 12 principles of green sustainable design; 3) Green urbanism; 4) Green architecture; 5) New Urbanism; and 6) Re-Century to re-imagine, re-plan, re-architect, re-design, re-design, re-develop, renew, reduce, reuse, recycle to hopefully achieve Renaissance.
Rockwell Center, the pioneer of mixed-use developments in the Philippines
Our vision for the Clark Freeport Zone transportation corridor that supports all modes of transportation – walking, biking, public transit and private vehicles
For every building, community, and city we help plan and design, every project must be “Pro Deo, Patri, and Terra”—for God, Country, and Planet Earth. We not only design architecture for business and infrastructure, we strongly advocate patriotic architecture, philanthropic architecture, architectural activism, architecture for humanity, architecture of faith, architecture for the poor, architecture for transportation, green architecture and democratic architecture, and we will continue our commitment to promote urban and regional development in the Philippines.
Aerial view of Batangas State University KIST Park
Leyte Ecological Industrial Zone, the first ecological zone in the Philippines
St. Luke’s Medical Center Redevelopment Master Plan Proposal
Tarlac Medical Center
Masjid Sultan Hassanal Al Bolkiah in Cotabato
Our goal is that Filipinos and the beneficiaries of our projects can live, work, study, play and prosper in environmentally friendly, planned and well-designed, smart and resilient buildings, communities and cities. , livable, accessible, walkable, bikeable, safer, better lit, convenient and clean with mixed-income, intergenerational and mixed-use developments that incorporate places to live, work, shop, dine, dine, of learning and worship with 24-hour health care recreation, recreation and activity centers.
Our journey to Palafox has just begun. Despite the challenges over the years, having a rear view of the past and a windshield view of the future can guide us in envisioning what’s next for our growing business in the coming decades and beyond. With the grace of God, we will continue to serve Him, the people, the country and the planet!