IN PHOTOS: the newly-restored UPV Main Building

| Written by Arlyn VCD Palisoc Romualdo

The restored Main Building in the UP Visayas Iloilo City campus (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

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 ceremonial cutting of the ribbon at the building’s main entrance: from left, UPV Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development Martin Genodepa, UPV Chancellor Ricardo Babaran, Senator Franklin Drilon, UP President Danilo Concepcion, NHCP Chairman Rene Escalante, and JS Lim Construction and Trading General Manager Joselito Lim (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

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.

 

A central feature of the Main Building is this hall that directly faces the main entrance. It was originally the courtroom when the building was still the Iloilo Municipal Building during construction, then later became the Iloilo City Hall upon inauguration. The left photo, taken on 14 August 2017, shows the space as an art gallery with a mezzanine. The right photo, taken on 15 August 2019, shows the hall as it was originally designed. Old wood that matched the original flooring were bought from old houses, according to NHCP Chairman Rene Escalante. (Photos by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

Before (top, taken 14 August 2017) and after (bottom, taken 15 August 2019) photos of the restoration of the Main Building’s façade. The paint was removed from the bronze sculptures and bas relief at the entrance. (Photos by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

Before (left, taken 14 August 2017) and after (right, taken 15 August 2019) photos of Lozano Hall, the Session Hall. It was named in honor of Cresenciano M. Lozano, the legislator from Guimaras who authored House Bill 2368 which elevated the status of Iloilo from a municipality to a chartered city in 1937. The left photo shows its use as a library two years ago. The chandeliers in Lozano Hall were the only originals left, so the restoration entailed the recreation of the chandeliers to be put in the former courtroom and in the hall across Lozano. (Photos by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

The yet unnamed hall across Lozano: the left photo is from before the restoration two years ago (14 August 2017), and the right photo shows “Aggregation,” the exhibit mounted in celebration of the Main Building’s turnover from NHCP to UPV, as well as the recreated chandeliers copied from the originals in Lozano Hall. (Photos by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

One of the two courtyards in the Main Building shows the change from concrete to the original landscaped garden with a pond at the center. The top photo, where Prof. Martin Genodepa gives a tour of the Main Building, was taken on 14 August 2017 and the bottom photo was taken on 15 August 2019. (Photos by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

The west entrance of the Main Building (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

The back of the Main Building (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

Senator Franklin Drilon (leftmost), an alumnus of the UP High School in Iloilo and UP Diliman, reminisces about his classes at this particular room in the Main Building, to the amusement of the UP and NHCP officials. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

Congresswoman Loren Legarda visits the exhibit, “Aggregation.” (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

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.

 

From left: Senator Franklin Drilon highlights the importance of preserving cultural heritage; Antique Congresswoman Loren Legarda talks about the preservation of cultural and environmental treasures in her province; and UP President Danilo Concepcion emphasizes the necessity of restoring and maintaining heritage structures for future generations to appreciate and enjoy. (Photos by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

From left: UPV Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development Martin Genodepa formally opens the program and briefly discusses the project; NHCP Chairman Rene Escalante talks about how the restoration was carried out; and UPV Chancellor Ricardo Babaran accepts the restored Main Building on behalf of the University. (Photos by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

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.

 

From left: JS Lim Construction and Trading General Manager Joselito Lim and UPV Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development Martin Genodepa with Senator Franklin Drilon, NHCP Chairman Rene Escalante, UPV Chancellor Ricardo Babaran, and UP President Danilo Concepcion who are holding up the signed certificate of transfer and acceptance of the restored UPV Main Building. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

The UPV community and its guests pose for a photo outside the newly-restored Main Building. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

To learn more about the Main Building, read the pre-restoration feature, “From Historical Landmark to Cultural Hub,” as well as “History of the UPV Main Building.

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