The result of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines’ (NHCP) P44-million two-year restoration of the UP Visayas (UPV) Main Building in its Iloilo City campus was finally unveiled on August 16.
The undertaking was prompted by UPV’s proposal for rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the structure that was named a National Historical Landmark by the NHCP in 2009. The restoration was not limited to the design and the materials used. It also ensured the structural integrity of the building.
Senate Minority Floor Leader Franklin Drilon and former Senator, now Deputy House Speaker, Loren Legarda—acknowledged by UPV as having been instrumental in the approval and implementation of the restoration—graced the event.
The certificate of transfer and acceptance of the restored UPV Main Building was signed by NHCP Chairman Rene Escalante and UPV Chancellor Ricardo Babaran, with UPV Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development Martin Genodepa as signing witness.