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Archt. Pablo D. Panlilio

Are you aware that for each house constructed, there is one Panlilio contribution that goes with it? It was Architect Pablo D. Panlilio who introduced the use of 1.5 meter wide eaves in the Philippines as protection from sun and rain. Since then, this policy iplemented. Before the war and prior to this Panlilio modification, only the 90 centimeter-wide eaves were required.

The landmarks attributed to the genius of this Thomasian architect include the Manuel L. Quezon University and the Singian Memorial Hospital. In 1951, he was commissioned to design the American Veterans Memorial Hospital located in Quezon City, which was the first most complete hospital in Asia. He was also named the honorary consulting architect of the city of Manila.

Leadership in the profession was a Panlilio trademark. In addition to his feats, he founded the League of Philippine Architects, the professional organization of architects. In recognition of his exemplary performance as an architect, he has named member of the Board of Examiners for Architects.

When he graduated from the University in 1937, he took the licensure examinations for architects in 1938 and passed it placing 66th. In the same year he took his post-baccalaureate studies at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Founrainbleau, France. It was in this institution where he had for his teacher, the Dean of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who was the city architect of Paris. In 1939, he took his Master of Arts in Architecture at the Catholic University of Washington, USA.

Panlilio went back to Europe in 1939 and was caught by the war. He stayed in Norway and had the chance to work under Arch. Grensgard who was one of the supervising architects of the City Hall of Oslo, Norway.

Despite his numerous architectural projects, he was able to find time to take part and lead various professional, civic organizations and recreational organizations such as the Architectural Centre Club, Inc., United Architects of the Philippines, Philippine Constructors Association, Rotary Club of Quezon City, Wack Wack Golf and Country Club, Royale Tagaytay Golf and Country Club, Knights of Columbus Fraternal Association of the Philippines, 4th Degree, and the Philippine Coast Guard and Auxiliary 101.

Panlilio, who hails from San Fernando, Pampanga, was born on June 29, 1913. He has been married to Ma. Dolores Arguelles for more than 50 years now and has five children: Corito, Dol, Conie, Pablo Jose and Nestor Vicente.


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