University of the Philippines Visayas restored pre-war UPV Main Building in Iloilo City

Manila, Philippines – The University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) formally unveiled today the newly-restored pre-war UPV Main Building in Iloilo City.

The UPV report indicates the 1930s structure was restored under the guidance of the National Historical Commission (NHCP) which alloted a Restoration Grant of Php54M in 2017 for the rehabilitation and adaptive re-use of the UPV Main Building through the facilitation of the Sen. Franklin Drilon and Sen. Loren B. Legarda.

The UPV Main Building traces its historical value to the beginnings of the structure as the seat of the Municipal Government of Iloilo which was constructed in 1935.

The UPV description of the historical building says:

BPW Consulting Architect Juan Arellano designed a very formal, one-level structure with a neat row of arched windows which started in 1935. The main entrance dividing the horizontal plane into two equal parts echoed the arches of the windows and is flanked on either side by austere looking composite pilasters. It was capped with interesting cupola or dome.

He devised the facade to look more grandiose and interesting by letting his Italian friend, Francesco Riccardo Monti, sculpt two seated bronze male statues representing the abstract concepts of Law and Order on either side of the entrance and a bas-relief of four figures above the arched opening. The design of the building is a composite of neo-classical and revivalist influences through Art Deco and nativist elements are predominating in its interior.

The centerpiece of the building is the Court Room and the Session Hall, also known as Lozano Hall, which was named as such in honor of Cresenciano M. Lozano, a Guimarasnon law-maker who authored House Bill 2368 granting Iloilo a status of a chartered city in 1937.

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