ECO-CULTURAL VILLAGE

Principal Architect:  Henna Dazo, Gloryrose Dy Metilla
Designers: Faroukh Guiabar
Project Stage: Conceptual
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There’s an interesting place composed of Maguindanaoan, Maranao and Irranun tribe found in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao that’s about to be a model village for the promotion of green technologies, peace and love for all things living. Once called Sultan Gumander before 2006, this hidden town with 14,136 people is now named Picong and is our chosen site to become the spot for an eco-friendly village because of its potential to serve as good example for all municipalities in ARMM in terms of architecture and sustainability. In partnership with the municipality of Picong, we set to break glass walls to conceptualize and rise the Picong Eco-Cultural Peace Village that will surely put South Mindanao in the map especially in the present golden years of Mindanao until year 2050.
Picong Eco-Cultural Village will be a venue for cultural preservation, peacebuilding and sustainable architecture. There will be two major functions of the design which are Peacebuilding Community Development and Material Recovery Facility and Livelihood.
The Eco-Cultural Village will represent the three entho-linguistic groups of Picong which are the Maguindanaoan, Maranao and Irranun tribe. The design will reflect their ethnic history based on a meticulous anthropological and architectural research.

One of its major design reference is the Torogan Maranao Royal House. The torogan is the ancestral communal house of the Maranao sultan or datu. It is the highest house in the community, which signifies the sultan or datu’s rank, prestige. and power. The construction of the torogan is undertaken by the community ruled by the sultan or the datu. The community does not only contribute labor but also materials for the construction of the torogan. Drafts animals such as horses and carabaos are used to ease the process of transporting heavy hardwood parts of the torogan to the construction site. This is reflective of the inclusive and participatory strategies which is done also in peacebuilding.

The Eco-Cultural village will incorporate creative solid waste management strategies such as the presence of Material Recovery Facility which will also serve as the Livelihood Center for the residences of the village.