By Dom Galeon
National Artist for Architecture Francisco Mañosa passed away Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 88, according to daughter Bambi Mañosa-Tanjutco. He was reportedly battling pneumonia.
Bobby, as he was known among family and friends, was one of the most influential figures in 20th century Philippine architecture, spearheading what is called Philippine neo-vernacular architecture. His most notable works include the San Miguel headquarters in Ortigas, which he designed together with brothers Jose and Manuel; the Coconut Palace, which was among the first projects he worked on after putting up a solo firm; and the EDSA Shrine.
All throughout his long career as an architect, Bobby was known for advocating a design principle that put a Filipino identity to his works, often harkening back to traditional cultural symbols like the bahay kubo and the bahay na bato. The former was evident in the original designs he created for the LRT-1 stations along downtown Manila, which were meant to have a more pronounced bahay-kubo-style roofs.
Although his name had been shortlisted for consideration as National Artist since 2016, Bobby was only recently recognized as a National Artist for Architecture by President Rodrigo Duterte last October 2018.