Leandro Locsin: Timeless and Concrete

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Leandro Locsin, born August 15, 1928 in Silay City, Negros Occidental, is a known architect, artist, and interior designer. He was proclaimed National Artist of the Philippines for Architecture by the late President Corazon Aquino in 1990.

Before World War II erupted, he studied in what was then De La Salle College, and returned to Negros because of the war. Locsin took a pre law course when he returned to Manila, but shifted to taking a degree in music at the University of Santo Tomas, but shifted again to take architecture just a year before his graduation.

Locsin is known for his distinct and original designs which utilize concrete and reflect Philippine Art and Culture. It was from his visit to the States when he realized that he could use concrete for his buildings since it was cheap in the Philippines and was easy to form.

Locsin’s works include the Theater of Performing Arts of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), the Ayala Museum, the Folk Arts Theater, the University of the Philippines Los Banos campus library, the Manila Hotel, Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1, Philippine International Convention Center, the InterContinental Manila, and many others.

In his lifetime, Leandro Locsin has produced 75 houses and 8 buildings, of which include 11 chapels and churches, 23 public buildings, 48 commercial buildings, six major hotels, and an airport terminal.

At present, the De La Salle University campus in Canlubang is named after him, and his son Leandro V. Locsin Jr. continues his legacy of designing timeless structures.

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