The 390 million peso Egg of NAIA 3?
1 July 2011
The few times that I’ve flown through the NAIA 3 terminal, I’m always left wondering what that structure in the middle of the rotunda is. I’ve seen its transformation through the months. The other weekend, when I went to Singapore, I saw it again and it sort of evolved to something else already. The structure is now colored, but the grass around it is so tall that it makes you think it’s not yet finished or is it? Found out that it was inaugurated last December 2010.
Photo by Gerry Ruiz
I Googled it and found out that the thing is, in fact, finished. It was the result of a competition sponsored by MMDA (from the time of Bayani Fernando) and NAIA. Below is the press release for the competition I saw online:
NAIA Terminal 3 Landmark Rotundas Design Competition
A sculpture that gleefully showcases the rich natural resources of the country and shrouded triangulated planes of fragmented islands and continents of the world have copped the top prizes respectively of the NAIA Terminal 3 Landmark Rotundas Design Competition at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City.
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Bayani Fernando and Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Alfonso Cusi, together with the board of jurors composed of national artists and renowned sculptors, architects and landscape artists, awarded yesterday in simple rites the P2-million cash prizes in the design contest of the two recently-completed monumental rotundas at the country’s premiere airport.
A total of 113 entries from Filipino communities here and abroad vied for the top plums in the contest, which also include participants from New York, Malaysia, Singapore and Honking.
Fernando said the winning entries were the best artistic and architectural designs for the two NAIA Terminal 3 rotundas that encapsulate the Filipino’s rich cultural traditions and profound sense of affinity with the global community.
“The winning designs will showcase Metro Manila as the window of the country to the world and will enhance the image of NAIA to be at par with similar facilities worldwide,” he said.
The contest is divided into two categories namely the “Circulo del Mundo,” for the big rotunda and the “Maligayang Pagdating” for the smaller rotunda.
Layag Islas (Islands in Flight) of Adrian Lorenzo, Alfredo Alfonso, Mynn Alfonso, Carlo Lorenzo Tibajia, Chris Anthony Jimenez, Keith Bryan David and Karen Anne Naguit bagged the top prize of P500,000 for the Circulo del Mundo category.
The entry “Alibata of Jason Romeo Abustan, Mark Chua, Henry Concepcion, Arthur Seco, Ian Legaspi and Anne Lorraine Caban won the second prize of P300,000, while the design of Rafael Vesina, Mary Christine Josephine Layusa, Darrel Palma and Maria Arabella Sotto got the third place cash prize of P200,000.
In the Maligayang Pagdating category, Paul Chanco got the top prize of P500,000 for his entry “Pagbubunyi” while the “Sigay” design of Romeo Quicio won P300,000 cash prize, and P200,000 for the third place entry of Alexis Valiente, Herbert Jose and company.
I am very curious how the other 112 designs looked like. I tried to Google, but no results came up. I’m not saying that the winners don’t deserve the nod, though, don’t get me wrong.
Something that will probably make you more interested in this – the cost to have the structure constructed sums up to about 390 million pesos in Filipino tax-payer money? How true is that? I asked my self again, did it really cost 390 million pesos? Was Lady Gaga inside the egg-shaped structure? Please do not give me a poker face.