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A Formidable Assembly: The 16th WORLDBEX Seminars

by Worldbex Services InternationalPublished: March 11, 2014Updated: December 2, 2014

WORLDBEX has invited 12 prestigious speakers to share their insight on this year's theme, "Resilient Construction".

The discussion on resilient construction has been ongoing for quite some time now. But there is no better time to discuss it even further than today. The realities that Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) has put forth is both shocking and alarming. The need for a forum to properly thresh out the things concerning resilient building and proper zoning is more important than ever. WORLDBEX Services International (WSI), running on its 16th year, will be inviting some of the biggest names in the building and construction industry for a seminar, to share their thoughts about the country’s preparedness on future disasters and their expertise on their respective fields.

Twelve speakers were invited to lecture on the varied subject matters concerning resilient construction. With talks of a catastrophic earthquake hitting Metro Manila, information regarding retrofitting of buildings and bridges is vital. Angelo L. Lazaro III will tackle this in his talk “Seismic Retrofitting of Buildings and Bridges”. Eng. Bayani Bueser on the other hand, will discuss the highlights of the Second Engineering Summit of the ASEAN Mutual Recognition Agreement and what it would mean to the engineering discipline and industry of the country. Arch. Mary Ann Espina, Dean of the UP College of Architecture meanwhile, would give a lecture entitled “Sustainable Design Principles Of Landscape Architecture: The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SSI) Report” which gives credence to the importance of adopting sustainable land practices. On the subject of high-rise and towers, interior designer Christina U. Periquet will deliver “Shaping Space in the 21st Century Tower”, a talk which will discuss the nuances of of creating high-rise towers and its significance in the shaping of the city.

Pivoting back to Asian heritage and iconography, Mr. Mink Tan will facilitate “Crafting Urban Icons Out of Asian Heritage”, a lecture which gives importance to our Asian roots and how this can be incorporated in design and architecture that is being done in our city. The indefatigable Arch. Felino Palafox meanwhile, will present his seminal work “Smart Cities of the Future: Urban Planning, Architecture, Engineering in Addressing Climate Change and Global Warming”, and share with us his viewpoints on the future of architecture and the buildings that we would build in the future. To give insights on how to handle clients, Engr. Carmelo Casas would present “Project Evolution: Conceptualization to Completion”, an exciting lecture on how he approaches contracts, deals with clients and do a project from start to finish.

On the subject that many are familiar with, Arch. Annie Cruz-Pugeda will present “Feng Shui In The Work Space”, a fun and insightful look at how to properly harness the power of feng shui on the work place to make one become more productive. Engr. Abner V. Pahilanga will then lecture on liquid manipulation in “Plumbing Hydraulics For A High Rise Building”, a talk which discusses the application of hydraulics in the design and control of machines. Finally, Mr. Allen Folks in his lecture “Urbanity and the New Asia”,will give his forecast on the New Asia and the new patterns on development that will emerge as it continues its upward trajectory.

Tweleve incredible speakers. Twelve insightful lectures. The 3-day WORLDBEX Seminars, the highlight of the biggest and most attended construction expo in the Philippines, gives a wide range of subjects and subject-matter experts to listen to. These experts are the shakers and movers in the construction industry, all doing their part in sharing their knowledge so that we would all be better informed and enlightened about the things that need to be considered especially now that calamities are becoming the new norm.

The 19th WORLDBEX Philippine Building and Construction Expo will run from March 12 to 16 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City, Metro Manila. For inquiries, bookings and questions please contact +632 656 9239 or email

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