University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao Department of Architecture is one of four Philippine architecture schools that are participating in the “16th Venice Architecture Biennale 2018” in Italy. The Biennale opened on 26 May and will be on public display until 25 November 2018. UP Mindanao is an exhibitor in the Philippine Pavilion with the theme “The City Who Had Two Navels” curated by Edson Cabalfin. UPMin’s design exhibit is titled “Empowerment and Transformation between and across Filipino Ethno-linguistic Cultures through Architecture”. It showcases a fully self-sufficient socio-cultural ecological village that will offer a rich source of indigenous systems: ethno-medicine; organic farming; construction material systems; natural food processing; natural wind mill systems; and water-harvesting systems.
Aside from UP Mindanao, the Philippine Pavilion features works from UP Diliman, De La Salle – College of St. Benilde, University of San Carlos, TAO Pilipinas, a women-led architectural NGO; as well as artist Yason Banal and photographers Marvin Maning and Jinggo Montenejo.
Curator Edson G. Cabalfin is Associate Professor at the School of Architecture and Interior Design at the University of Cincinnati. Prior to coming to the U.S., he received his BS Architecture (cum laude) and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of the Philippines Diliman. (Rene Estremera, Public Relations Officer, UP Mindanao)