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Nestor S. Mangio celebrates 50 years of architecture

Nestor S. Mangio

In high school, Nestor S. Mangio excelled in geometry. His teacher was so impressed that he advised the young lad, “Start architecture. You are going to be a great architect!”

The boy did, and now architect Nestor S. Mangio has just celebrated 50 years as a professional architect. He graduated from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in 1972 and retired from the Board that same year.

At the Lakeshore Tent in Mexico, Pampanga, one of his flagship projects, members of his architectural firm Nestor S. Mangio & Associates gathered to celebrate his milestone.

Also, his associates and collaborators from the 70’s to present have received recognition plaques for their contribution to his achievements. Among them were architects Rene Mangio, Josephine Paras, Joey Punzalan and his son Brian Mangio, who is the managing partner of his practice.

Mangio recalled that this profession as an architect began when his parents enrolled him at the UST where he pursued his preferred major – architecture.

After passing the board, he began his office modestly in his bedroom in Palawi, San Fernando. During the day he met customers and made the hand drawings until late at night. He could finish five leaves in one day.

In 1975 the young up-and-coming architect Marion Panlilio married. They were able to build their dream house in 1978 in Villa Angelina, Angeles City. Next to it he built an office, supported by his wife Marion and a secretary.

In 1982 they were able to build their vacation home in Green Valley, Baguio City.

The homes he built advertised his work, particularly in Baguio, where his neighbors were from Manila. So he also started getting projects in Manila. He designed the Paskuhan Village, which received an Excellence Award from the National United Architects of the Philippines.

Mangio also designed the Pampanga Convention Center, various commercial buildings and many residential buildings.

Paskuhan Village was a prominent tourist attraction as it was shaped like the giant “Slogans” of San Fernando City. Here you could buy Christmas items all year round and there were duty-free shops, inspired by the thousands of OFWs who flocked to Metro Manila’s duty-free shops. President Cory Aquino requested that something be designed in Central Luzon for returning OFWS from the North to do their shopping there. It was also Minister of Tourism Mina Gabor who oversaw the project

Mangio has also been able to create his own projects through “build-and-sell” residences in Angeles and condos in Baguio City.

His eldest son Brian passed the architecture board and joined his company NSMA as a partner and his daughter Hazel managed the construction aspect of Design Build Services.

Mangio became active in the UAP, founding the UAP Angeles City Chapter, being elected Regional Director for Region 3, becoming VP of Operations, Treasurer and eventually National President for two consecutive terms. His administration hosted the Arcasia (Asian Architects) Conference. He was elected UAP Fellow, Chancellor of Fellowships, and Arcasia Fellow.

NS Mangio Architects & Associates expanded its services by obtaining a Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) license for Environmental Planning (Urban Planning), Interior Design, Design Build and Real Estate.

In addition to his PRC licenses in the fields of architecture, environmental planning and interior design, he has also worked as a real estate agent. Architect Mangio was also awarded “Professional of the Year for Architecture” by the PRC in 2005.

In 2020 he was awarded the highest award bestowed on a Filipino architect – the Likha Gold Medal Award by the United Architects of the Philippines. He is the 15th architect to receive this award.

In recent years he has been able to develop corporate clients such as Century Properties, Federal Land, San Miguel Properties, Dolmar, Marubeni etc.

Mangio and his son Brian are now at the helm of NSMA and continue to provide architectural services, master planning, interior design and real estate brokerage.

For his 50th anniversary as an architect, he wants to continue his passion for design, real estate development, interior design and building services. And he is grateful to his hard-working employees and associates for all the years of fruitful cooperation!

He is often asked if he still does design. In fact, he is now designing more ambitious projects such as affordable housing, each measuring 45 square meters that needs to appear and feel spacious.

And yes, he was awarded Professional of the Year in Real Estate Service by the PRC in June 2022. Congratulations my dear friend Arch. Mangio, whom I met while ministering in the fellowship of our mutual spiritual mentor, the late healer. Fr. Fernando Suárez. More creative years ahead!

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