When people think of Southeast Asian countries, they usually think about beautiful beaches, high buildings in the city, historic architectures, and tasty delicacies. As one of these countries, the Philippines has many things to offer in any of these categories.

Recently, the Mactan-Cebu International Airport received an international award in architecture, beating the world’s tallest indoor waterfall located in Singapore’s Jewel Changi.

The Mactan-Cebu International Airport features wooden arches that look like an inverted boat hull, and a wave-shaped roof signifying its tropical vibes inside. Not only that, the place is a stone’s throw away from white sand beaches, waterfalls, adventure trails, and shopping malls.

The principal architect of International Design Associates (IDA) provided the standards the jury is looking for in granting the award.

He reiterated that judges are looking for “economy in manufacturing” where architects and designers could achieve a similar result with fewer resources on the table.

The grand building of Changi Airport amounting to $1.25 billion achieved the merit of being phenomenal.

The Mactan-Cebu International Airport was built in collaboration with renowned Filipino firm BUDJI+ROYAL Architecture and Design headed by Budji Layug and Royal Pineda, and industrial designer Kenneth Cobonpue.

Aside from giving travelers the vibe that they are on an authentic holiday experience every time they arrive at the airport, the Mactan-Cebu International Airport can withstand natural calamities like earthquakes and typhoons.


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