Architects from Pangasinan, Manila, Baguio, Benguet, Ilocos-Laoag, Cebu, Davao, Batangas and Zamboanga attended the Philippine Institute of Architects (PIA) 76th Annual National Convention held last March 4 – 7, 2009 at the CSI Stadia in Dagupan City, Pangasinan.

Organized by the Philippine Institute of Architects, the event was guided by the theme “Building Quality Architects. The event was highlighted by panel discussions on the latest trends and challenges faced by Philippine architects, exhibit featuring products and construction suppliers, and sports fest.

Dagupan City Vice Mayor Belen Fernandez, PIA National President Architect Benedict Loy, and convention chairman Architect Theresa Velasco led the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the four-day convention.

In her speech, Vice Mayor Fernandez commended all the architects for their efforts and contributions in helping transform Dagupan City as the premier center of the Northern Luzon region. She added that, through the works of architects, Dagupan City can become a clean, green, orderly, healthy and progressive city in the future.

Meanwhile, Architect Loy thanked Vice Mayor Fernandez for allowing them to hold the annual convention at CSI Stadia, which the Belen family owns, and desribed the venue as the “largest, most beautiful and most sophisticated convention center in Northern Luzon.”

For more information about the event, visit the Philippine Institute of Architects website,