To culminate this year’s National Arts Month, the The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) awarded 58 artists from various fields at its annual Ani ng Dangal (Harvest of Honors) ceremony on March 23 via Facebook live.
For its achievement as the overall winner of the 2021 WAFX Award at the 2021 World Architecture Festival, WTA Architecture and Design Studio is one of two awardees under the Architecture and Allied Arts Category.
“The overall winner of this year’s #WAFX goes to ‘Horizon Manila’ by William Ti, Jr., a 419-hectare masterplan designed to serve as a new hub for growth and development for the Philippines’ capital. The Award recognises project proposals tackling today’s global issues. #WAF2021,” World Architecture Festival stated in a post on their official Twitter page on December 4.
The Ani ng Dangal recognizes Filipino artists who have earned distinguished international awards and accolades in the categories of: Architecture, Cinema, Dance, Dramatic Arts, Literary Arts, Music, Visual Arts, Folk Arts, and Broadcast Arts. This year’s theme was “Sining ng Pag-asa” (Arts of Hope).
WTA, along with other awardees, will be receiving the Sarimanok trophy sculpted by National Artist for Visual Arts, Abdulmari Asia Imao. The trophy depicts a transformed sarimanok, a mythical bird of the Maranaos, soaring above a globe that symbolizes the height of artistic achievement in the global stage.
Horizon Manila: Manileño
Horizon Manila: Manileño is a 419-hectare reclamation project located in Manila, the Philippine capital, masterplanned by WTA. The development seeks to rediscover and embrace the city’s role as the heart and soul of the country. With the vision to build 28 distinct communities, Horizon Manila aims to integrate the needs of our social and cultural heritages while adapting a sustainable lifestyle that emphasizes self-sufficiency, climatic adaptations, and cultural resiliency.
WTA sees Horizon as a City of Tomorrow. It is envisioned to once again bring back development and growth energy back to the City of Manila. It will reestablish Manila as the heart of our nation and provide a model and impetus for the rehabilitation of the old city center.