Dean of Boholano architects honored with national award

At the UAP Balik Tanaw 2017 Honoring in Quezon City, National Awardee Ar. Araneta with his family and with the delegation of architects from Bohol led by UAP-Bohol President Ar. Nino Guidaben.

In line with the World Day of Architecture celebration, the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) honored UAP Fellows for their lifelong contributions to the UAP and for the individual roles they played and continue to play as lifetime achievers.

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UAP-Bohol President, Ar. German Janus Nino Guidaben, proudly announces that one of only four awardees nationwide comes from Bohol.

Ar. Eufrasio M. Araneta, fuap, Bohol Chapter, is one of the honorees for this year’s Balik Tanaw 2017 held at the UAP Headquarters in Quezon City on October 7, 2017. The former Dean of the University of Bohol College of Architecture and Fine Arts (UB-CAFA) is recognized as “an important member of the UAP College of Fellows.”

In an interview, he explained: “The title UAP Fellow is an honor and distinction awarded to those with notable contribution to the advancement of the architecture profession. I was given the award in 2003 for outstanding achievement in the field of Public Service. I was cited for rendering my services, usually pro bono, for significant projects; among others, the design for the Blood Compact Shrine for the Tagbilaran City Government; the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish church and the St. Dymphna Chapel for the Diocese of Tagbilaran and the construction of the Sunshine Home in Cabawan for a socio-civic organization.”

But, Architect Araneta is not just an ordinary architect nor a mere designer and builder of structures. Call him the builder of builders.

He is foremost an educator who endeavored to help lay down the foundation of the architectural profession in Bohol and who made every effort to challenge and build up the young men and women who are now actively making a living in the field of design and construction.

He must have been the country’s longest-serving Dean of Architecture as UB CAFA Dean for 43 years and had practically mentored almost all of the province’s practicing architects today. It was also during his watch that UB produced some national topnotchers in the Architecture Board Exams. (Sonieta D. Labasan)



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