Paquito Answer for the Day 23

Creativity comes in many forms, it is not limited to our five senses. A winding road can be easy to some but not to you… yet you can have unlimited choice to go with it or decide not to go at all. That’s how short or brief your unlimited thoughts on unlimited challenges are… remember when, if you get there ahead of time…

Unlimited not all possesses the same genetics to see things as they are.  – Paquito


RESULTS !!! The UAP-QC Chapter Newly Elected Officers for FY 2017-2018

The members have spoken and voted the next set of officers task to run and manage the administrative and organizational affairs of the UAP Quezon City Chapter for the fiscal year 2017-2018. Incumbent president Ar. Carla Epino formally cemented her second term with almost the team with some officer moving up a position or two. Committee Chairman for Election affairs past chapter president Ar. Maricel Arce-Ignacio led the proclamation of winners of the election result inside the Max’s Restaurant in Quezon City where a monthly General Membership meeting were simultaneously held  for a productive evening attended by more than a hundred members. See complete list of set of new officers who will take oath this coming July 2017 in a venue to be announce. Watch out for it! Congratulations.


UAP Quezon City Chapter Officers 2017-2018

Chapter President : Carla Epino

Vice President for Programs : Marian Eileen Florentino-Marudo

Vice President for Operations : Dante Aguirre

Secretary : Norma Mae Ferrer

Treasurer : Nilda Santos

Auditor : Jacobsen Montoya

Directors : Marlon Reyes ; Cielo Perez ; Jonalyn Lauchengco ; Jordan Cerina

The beacon of an organization’s success depends on the height of of sacrifices and dedication to uphold its purpose of existence. – Paquito


Earthquake Information and How to Deal with the Big One?

It’s early morning hours of office works and everybody’s just arriving and queuing at front stairs, hallways and elevator lobbies… it was a normal day and suddenly the lights went out and you heard blast like a power transformer explosion, the floor you’re standing shakes sideways sending all into shock and panic, screams and cries filled the once cold space into a hot and seemed unventilated place with a humming sound eeriest at anybody’s ears coupled with glass walls breaking and falling debris from above…. what will you do? And that simple question is like a thin hair strands gap you have between life and death or succumbing to extreme injury a devastating phenomena like an earthquake could bring. Are you ready for the big one?

Too many visuals, reminders and all other suggested preparations were published, shown and disseminated to the general public and yet there’s still some  casualties that are recorded whenever an earthquake strikes. Maybe we should rethink our way of dealing with it, will quick response action based on our own knowledge help us in a way or two? perhaps we can use our own technical, health, communication and practical expertise deal with the situation once it struck us? What i’m trying to say is to act cautiously the way we think it is effective. Like if you’re an engineer , how do think you’ll react in the first five seconds of the scenario? The first thing that’ll run into your mind is to position yourself in a safer part of the building you’re in right?   What about those in the media, use your loud voice to say “stay calm everybody” in a very mild and calming clear as headphones… and so on. This way you are helping yourself to survive by having everybody else survive also.

Remember that it is not the earthquake itself that kills people, it is the surrounding structures, fires, suffocation, abrupt water level rise, tsunami, unstable earth grounds and hard falling object. Count the unhealthy nervousness that most of the old people have… these are the true killers, the source of casualties that is retributive to the calamity.

Why people can’t be vigilant when it comes to wrath of nature? It is because of our differences in cultural beliefs that we must put to stop as early as yesterday. Earthquake has been scientifically explained and made known to man and yet not all people believe and subscribed to the idea. For as long as people continue to believe with what they think is the true source of the earthquake, with what their ancestors have taught them with regards to  the disastrous effect it brings to mankind there will be countless casualties in the coming generation. Preparation is the key.

Allow me to share to you a message from the government agency DOST-PHILVOCS as to types of earthquake hazards for you might be living in any of the illustrations shown.

Your survival depends on your willingness to learn. – Paquito

Paquito Quote for the Day 26

We tend to make promises just to put a stop at those people trying to force us to do something out of their own prejudice. But will you give in even at the back of your mind you’re not subscribing to the idea or issues just to please them outright? Sounds common in every corner right, albeit annoying.

So how does someone create a no-offense-meant response in the middle of conversation ? Depending on your relationship with the same person you can always speak your mind the way you’re doing it in a normal and casual way. Besides it’s better to hold on nothing that is true and sincere to your heart…. than something that’s in the first place you’re aware you can’t formally do as expected.

Promises should never be pronounce at all, as simple as that. – Paquito

The Importance of Technical Professionals in the Construction and Documentation Phase of a Simple Residential and Commercial Projects

As promised in the previous article we will be discussing the ways, methods and strategies to help those earthquake victims cope up at least progressively towards recovery and eventual normal life. Most of you might be baffled with the tremendous impact this disaster had in the south, what are the possible scenario and how is it able to caused such magnitude in terms of damage, did somebody laid a blind eyes with those important documents pertaining to compliance of standard procedural requirements with the aide of technical pros during the permit issuance phase.

A lot of reports were widely seen in nationwide television indicates several material, workmanship, quality and stability flaws which could’ve been avoided during the phases as mentioned previously. where do we start and how do we start again, is the most basic yet high impact question these victims including the local volunteers and government unit involve in the process of rebuild.

This is the proper time to extend our pro-bono services especially by those in the areas of Structural, Electrical and Sanitary Plumbing engineers including Geo-technical experts and practitioners  to make the PROPER ASSESSMENT and Potential, Practical and Realistic and Cost Effective means of Rebuilding the city and its constituents. This is easier said than done I am sure you must’ve think about. But i must tell you that there is no challenge so hard that a man can hurdle. Agree?…

This is not the time to a blame game or point fingers to those whom they’ve thought could’ve failed to perform the proper duties and responsibilities of the powers vested upon them during the processing phase of submitted documents that became obviously ingrained with below-standard or sub-standard materials? methodologies? Specifications? Depth of anchorage or foundation system? And these are all technical in nature, isn’t it…. And the best person that could’ve provide the necessary expertise are none other than but You, Me and Them who are all duly registered and has the moral obligation to help conditionally in times like this or during the natural calamities.

Once were done with the assessment, we can now provide the technical recommendation to the local government units and the damage structures rightful owner to comply the necessary findings with the rightful owner rights on his freewill to select at his own expense the services of the same for his further use. Areas that will be identified as extremely hazardous to habitation must be avoided once and for all. Cost of repair or retrofitting works are expected to be significant as compared to normal repair works.

Ideally it looks like easy, seems readily available at first glance but it’s not as the professional organizations need have to pool and create a master plan sort of covering multiple issues and concern as to how they can be of optimum service towards the calamity.

Going back to the government side, it is high time that the National Building Code which was created through Presidential Decree 1096 be subjected for further revision that is adaptable and financially applicable to the city or municipality class of a certain region.

On our next article  posting, we will talk about the STANDARD SET OF REQUIREMENTS as prescribed by the Local Government Units to obtain a Building Permit.

Standards are prescription towards a common and safe grounds of humanity. – Paquito

When Compliance becomes an Issue

The million survivors of the recent 6.7 magnitude earthquake that hit Surigao province in the southern part of the Philippines and  currently experiencing repeated and unexpected aftershocks as strong as 4.3 magnitude caught everyone flabbergasted with the heavy damages in infrastructure as almost the entire capital were involved, where most of their daily lives evolved for years.

The human instinct is to react to any adversity and as an act of resurrection… this time stronger, educated and willing to rebuild their lives and city. For some it’s easy and doable… given their financial resources and access to professional services needed for a brief rebuild but sadly for many of the affected families it’ll take a lot time for them to cope up that they’ve got to stay for the meantime inside the local government provisions of evacuation centers.

Join me as we tackle step by step as to how we can help the common population in dealing with this type of disaster by at least setting the limits of destruction through best practices in design and construction standards in a moral and obligatory way of services.

Civilization will continue together with natural disasters… social responsibility requires no age, gender and beliefs as all must choose to live a life to its fullest…. responsibly. – Paquito 

UAP-QC Election of Officers 2017

The United Architects of the Philippines Quezon City Chapter will be having it’s election a week from now. While most of the incumbent officers will either go up a level in terms of their position to continue their desire to serve and share their humble effort and commitment to one of the most distinguished chapter in the official organization for the Architects, it is expected that new faces will come out and participate in the said event. Following are the details of the forthcoming affair.

1. GMM and CHAPTER ELECTION on Feb 22, Wednesday at Max’s Restaurant , located at Scout Tuazon, QC. Topic: Accessibity Law and Universal Design Speaker:Ar. Rix Abordo, time of ingress and egress 6:00 pm-10:00 pm and everybody who intend to attend must come in their Business Attire.


For every books and or magazines donated, you’ll receive a Chapter special edition shirt. Date of publication must be 2010 and above.


Everyone is enjoin to share a small amount of  Php 100.00 to help raise the needed school supplies of students from TULAY NANG KABATAAN that will be accepted during the GMM by the Chapter Treasurer.

Seats are limited and a confirmation through the Chapter Secretary Mae Ferrer is a must!

Photos shown were of the last GMM at the Tower Restaurant courtesy of Mr Michael John R. Santos.  


In leadership lies the great responsibility to manage. – Paquito



Happy Valentines Day Everyone!

Whatever the heart desires , man has his own little ways. – Paquito

Paquito Quote for the Day 25

A young man keeps on looking at every photos posted of a woman’s Instagram account for more than a week since he stumbled upon her shapely bikini clad posed, he turns so excited that seemed like a love at first sight with the social media account that even in his sleep keeps on haunting him in every great angle a photo she’d published publicly. I got to meet this woman who is in the same country and not so far location from my place. Research he did and slowly his eagerness suddenly turn into anguish as it never took so long for him to find out that he is dealing with a troll.

In this modern times, old fashion way of tricks have camouflage into something that any social media could cloaked as true. Never forget that all advance technologies and its extensions or anything related to it are indeed created by human.

Never, to fake news!

Don’t judge the book my friend by its cover, remember…. – Paquito

Paquito Answer for the Day 22

They say that it is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret. Absolutely true by an angle you look at. We are all natural born winners and whiners, agree? And to some who has a penchant to spent time thinking the future always mostly ends up as the winner. This was how a multi-awarded most valuable player ingrained in his mind in order to beat the odds. He skillfully dominated his peers and guide his team mates into an improbable and impossible historic comeback ever in sports. Let’s try it to ourselves, forget yesterday… just work for tomorrow and we will end up as winners as well.

Your thoughts please… Have a nice day ahead.

Pressure is only a motivating factor to work seriously with whatever we have right now. – Paquito