Principal Architect: Gloryrose Dy Metilla
Designers: Faroukh Guiabar
Project Stage: ongoing construction
Site Area: 270 sq.m
Gross Floor: 563 sq.m
Storeys: 2 ½
No. of Bldgs. 1
Construction start: December 4, 2017
Construction end: October 30, 2017
Structural Consultant: Engr. Elorde
Electrical Consultant: Victor Salce
Sanitary & Plumbing Consultant: Alan Navasquez
General / Main Contractor: Dario Luga
Architecture Photography: Sheena Marie Franco

This apartment building has three doors all with roof decks. The walls are made of red bricks from SIDLAK-Pinoy. The production of these red bricks are a part of an environmental solution to save a dying river in Valencia, Bukidnon, that was almost covered with silt due to heavy downpour. This apartment building is both environmentally friendly and also advocates a modern Mindanao Architecture with outdoor decors carrying the okir motif.


Principal Architect: Gloryrose Dy Metilla
Designers: Faroukh Guiabar, Don Dion Cawaling
Project Stage: Completed
Gross Floor: 46 sq.m
Project cost: 557,000


Woodsy with a lot of Bamboo Accents is our signature interior design look for small houses like this.


Principal Architect: Gloryrose Dy Metilla
Designers: Eric Manzano
Project Stage: Completed – Design and Build
Gross Floor: 48
Construction start: June 2016
Construction end: September 2016

To match its exquisite coffee servings is the intriguing design incorporated in Coffee for Peace Bistro. Connoisseur and cultural spot come here to get a feel of the vibrant Maranao and T’boli traditional art; a few servings that will make them venture to the real adventure in the different parts of Southern Philippines.



Principal Architect: Ata Manobo Tribal Council, Gloryrose Dy Metilla, Henna Dazo
Designers:, Don Dion Cawaling, Faroukh Guiabar
Project Stage: Construction ongoing and ongoing fundraising with partner NGO – Iemmergence
Site Area: 2000 sq.m
Gross Floor:
Storeys: 2
No. of Bldgs. 5
Construction start: November 2016
Construction end:-
NGO Partner: Iemergence
Constructed by: Ata Manobo Tribal Council
Project cost: 600,000
We very thankful that we were able to help the Ata Paquibato community facilitate in designing their school of learning through a participatory design process. Together, we did the master plan of Cultural village with the Gantangan Palabian, Panubaran, Panuluanan, Baloy and the Livelihood center. We are very amazed at how they plan to help each other build this place in actuality by using their own natural resources that are endemic in the community. All materials needed to build are sourced locally by the assigned barrangay.



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.

Panigurado Series

PANIGURADO Workshop Series is a project based workshop that inculcates the value of peace, unity and building with the heart within the community and the interaction between cultures per se. It brings people who are interested to help fund and construct a certain project into one of community work. The organizers of Panigurado Series, SwitoDesigns, is the design arm of Switotwins Inc, a social enterprise that advocates for expression through digital storytelling and story- based , people-centered Architectural Design.

“A Not-so-Technical Workshop on Learning Building Construction” , “Concrete Earth Blocks, When, Where and How to use it” “Sky Gardens and Horizontal Gardens 101” and “From Drinking to Building: Putting Bottles on Walls” are the series’ themes.



Principal Architect: Gloryrose Dy Metilla
Designers: Faroukh Guiabar, Don Cawaling
Project Stage: Ongoing Fund raising with Partner NGO- Dire Husi
Gross Floor: 187 sq.m
Storeys: 2
No. of Bldgs. 1
Construction start:
Construction end:
Project Manager: Henna Dazo
Project cost 500,000


After 5 years the Artsville training center have depreciated because of the indigent material and last January 27, 2017 after a series of Low Pressure Area (LPA) rains hit Cagayan de Oro City which caused one of the worst urban flooding in the city, Artsville Resource Learning/Training Center collapse with the combine non-stop rain which leaked in the nipa roof and the strong winds.

The organization plans to rehabilitate the facility with the proposed design using recyclable materials. Instead of indigent materials, this time it will be thrown mineral water bottles that will be used for wall construction. These mineral water bottles will be stuffed with found cellophane that will be gathered with volunteer groups who will conduct a clean up drive on creeks and canals in Barangay Puerto, Cagayan de Oro and paste it together with cement. This center will become an eco center facility where art trainings will be conducted, multi-purpose function for seminars and trainings on drug rehabilitation program using art as a tool for psycho social intervention at the same time will become a model building for alternative eco friendly establishment.



Principal Architect: Gloryrose Dy-Metilla ,Mary Catherine Diaz and El Vim Cabazares
Project Stage: Proposed in a International Architecture Design Competition
Site Area: 14, 177 sq.m
Project cost: 10,000,000


The proposal is a model that interlinks three parks in San Pedro St., Davao City namely Quezon Park, Rizal Park, and Osmeña Park. These three parks has a total of 14, 177 sq.m. The three parks are set side by side at the heart of the city, in between the city’s landmarks such as the City Hall, Provincial Hall, and the San Pedro

The Parks are currently use by different individuals for outdoor massage. It is also a place for people to wait for their applications from the City hall. It is also a place for sleeping, loitering and even performing during fiestas.

Street stores are located all round the area but since Davao City has a city ordinance that does not allow smoking, the people around are not allowed to smoke.

The area is perfect for people of Davao City in all ages to rekindle being children because it is very accessible for all. It is somehow known as a park but it is not known as an interactive park where in people can exercise and have a healthy life style.

When we were conceptualizing what to do with the park, we realize that the best way to make this already busy park into an even busier one but with the context of a healthily lifestyle, we decided to use the concept of the board game.

The board game is a very vital model for exercising sensory and cognitive. Adding a more physical element to it by making a giant board game, will provide both cognitive and kinesthetic activity.

With the use of a board game model, we divided the park into three levels based on the intensity of activities such as Light Intensity Activities, Moderate Intensity Activities and Vigorous Intensity Activities. These three levels will be assigned to each park and will be translated to seventeen stations that represent each kind of activity.

To make this concept modular and implementable in different kinds of conditions, we decided to provide temporal element designs such that it is changeable according to the seasons. We decided to put modular installation that can be changed to four kinds of forms. All these installations have QR codes that will provide text info/clues to games.