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The designs are in!

Exciting things are brewing at the Manila Bulletin (MB) main office. Expect a total touch-up of its lobby before the year ends. But what can its visitors, from heads of state and dignitaries to students, look forward to? Definitely, the majestic chandeliers and marbled floors wouldn't be touched as they are part of Manila Bulletin's iconic design.

As part of an agreement between MB and the University of Santo Tomas, College of Fine Arts and Design (UST-CFAD), the participating junior design students have all submitted their proposals for the new MB lobby. The designs vary from classic to modern: Some infuse cool typographies, some opt for austere colors like black and white; some are industrial; while some are utilitarian.

The three groups, each with four members, all have "big ideas," their coaches/interior designers Wilan Dayrit, Anna Marie Bautista, and Trisha Padernal say. The challenge is to dilute them and make them plausible while using recycled items, as indicated in their memorandum of agreement.

The winning design will be implemented before the year ends. Each member of the winning group will receive a laptop. The participating students are: Milcah Barrantes, Nelle Shasiana Sanchez, Ma. Aurora Carlos, Alison Mae San Juan, Smile Lynne Gan, Arvin Ong, Mike Lester Tan, Jennievave Elimanco, Samantha Carlos, Louise Vilches, Erika Fernandez, and Liana Limjoco.

What could the final blueprint look like?


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Publication:Manila Bulletin
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Date:Nov 7, 2014
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