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Monday, September 25, 2017

LEGO-fied Intramuros iconic landmarks coming soon in Fort Santiago

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The famous landmarks in Intramuros, Manila will rise as a LEGO version in a soon to open public exhibit this November 2017 inside Baluarte de Santa Barbara Chamber in Fort Santiago, Intramuros. The LEGO version of old churches, structures, buildings and even ruins of churches will be created by 200+ students from 12 school and university from all over the Philippines.

The most fun part is to see a complete and pre-war design of the these architectural landmarks of Intramuros.


The project is spearheaded by DOT, Intramuros Admin and FELTA Multi-Media Inc, the local and exclusive distributor and partner of LEGO Education brand in the Philippines, organized the iMake History Fortress Architecture Scale Model Competition.

Its a national competition composed of BS Architecture, BS Industrial Design and BS Engineering students from 12 schools, that was approved by their respective school administration and was granted by the officials to join the LEGO building content.

12 schools who will join the contest

Polytechnic University of the Philippines
Don Bosco Technical College Mandaluyong
Technological Institute of the Philippines Quezon City
New Era University Quezon City
University of Baguio
Columban College Olongapo
Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila
National University
Kalinga  State University
University of Santo Tomas Manila
Surigao State College of Technology
De La Salle-College of St. Benilde Manila.

Each of the following school representative are task to build these landmarks into LEGO

Manila Cathedral
San Agustin Church
San Ignacio Church
Santo Domingo Church
San Francisco Church
Recoletos Church
Lourdes Church
Ayuntamiento de Manila
Palacio del Gobernador
Intendencia

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According to Ms Mylene Abiva, CEO of Felta, each scale model entry should be within the scale of 1:100 meters and they are only allowed to use 70% LEGO Architecture bricks and 30% alternate bricks, It means that they should be using the exclusive LEGO Architecture bricks, all have standard colors and most of the brick colors are colored white, these bricks are different from LEGO toy set for kids and it is exclusively available within the LEGO Architecture brand.

Grand prize for the best in show is PHP50,000 cash, then 2nd place PHP 30,000 and for third PHP20,000.

The contest is to end this month and the complete built LEGO Intramuros landmark will be exhibited inside Baluarte de Santa Barbara Chamber in Fort Santiago, Intramuros.

The Baluarte de Santa Barbara Chamber will house everything that is made from LEGO. Massive displays and LEGO built structures will be open for everyone to see and visit.

This will be the 1st ever in the world to have an exhibit of iconic landmarks inside a historical site.

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Ms Mylene Abiva also shared to us that they will install their the first ever Philippine Eagle robot made from LEGO


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LEGO Architecture bricks
all white and some of the brick formation are not available to the LEGO toy version

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A visual guide to show the converted Baluarte into a LEGO exhibit area.



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Baluarte de Santa Barbara Chamber in Fort Santiago, Intramuros


Here are some old photos of iconic landmarks of Intramuros

San Agustin Church

SAN AGUSTIN CHURCH


Manila Cathedral

MANILA CATHEDRAL



San Ignacio Church

SAN IGNACIO CHURCH


santo domingo pre war

STO DOMINGO CHURCH (PRE WAR)


San Francisco Church

SAN FRANCISCO CHURCH

Recoletos Church

RECOLETOS CHURCH


Lourdes Church

LOURDES CHURCH


Ayuntamiento de Manila

AYUNTAMIENTO DE MANILA


Palacio del Gobernador

PALACIO DEL GOBERNADOR


Intendencia

INTENDENCIA

(photos via Wiki Pilipinas, Wikipedia, National Archives and Nostalgia Filipinas, Batang Lakwatsero, Hecho Ayer blogs)


The other photos that are taken black and white are photos of churches and buildings that are badly damaged during the war. Its up to the expertise of the students to do research and also measure the exact miniaturized scale based on old plans and photos just to complete the look of the LEGO-fied version.


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Im excited for the final leg of the competition and the contribution of the students in building the LEGO structures are helpful for us to understand and also appreciate the awesome architectural heritage that we have during the pre-war, post-war and modern era

For news and updates head to Felta Multimedia Inc FB page - https://www.facebook.com/feltamultimediainc



Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collects Transformers toys.
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