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Design Diva

Design Diva


ANNEXED TO SHAMCEY Supsup’s home in Cainta, Rizal, where she and her mom have resided for the past 22 years when away from their native General Santos City, is an area where the beauty queen’s architecture firm currently holds office. The place is a simple, intimate, peaceful nook with less than ten people.

The firm is called 1237 Gridlines, Inc., aptly named after the rankings Shamcey and her three friends obtained when they took the architecture board examination in 2010. (She came in, of course, at No. 1.) It was the brainchild of Marcy, a civil engineer, and her daughter Shamcey even before she joined Binibining Pilipinas in 2011 and eventually became a runner-up at the Miss Universe pageant. The firm is fairly new, having been fully operative only late last year.

Dream come true

Having 1237 Gridlines, Inc. is a dream come true for Shamcey, 27, who has always been into design. She kept an interest in painting and sketching early on while looking up to her engineer- mom as her “idol.”

She went on to study architecture at the University of the Philippines (an experience she recalls as “very tough, pumayat talaga ako nun!”), graduating magna cum laude. For her undergraduate thesis, she explored the creation of a place where homegrown films are archived and kept a venue for Filipinos to gather and appreciate local cinema.

“My interest in architecture goes beyond building a home. Hindi lang mag-design ng bahay, gusto ko ng problem solving,” she says.

“Iba yung pakiramdam when you’re part of constructing and creating a place. Kasi everyday andun ka, you become very involved. I learned everything from the materials and the mechanical to the electrical aspects,” she says of the experience. “Dapat mapagsama-sama mo yung mga elements to make something useful.”

Principle of functionality

Shamcey follows the principle of functionality, adding that design should transcend more than the aesthetics. At 1237 Gridlines, Inc., she and her colleague Alvin Dimalanta work primarily in the design and architecture department.

Her mom Marcy, together with her staff of six, takes on the project management side. Another set of consultants tackle the engineering aspect. The firm got a big assignment recently as in-house project managers of a five-star condo hotel resort in Davao.

While becoming more involved with the firm, Shamcey still keeps busy as a TV personality, most recently as the host of the latest season of Interior Motives on Lifestyle Network. The interior design show seems to be tailor-made for her, and she likes it that she is given the chance to do two things that interest hehosting and designing.

“When Interior Motives came in, my love for architecture which was kind of put aside because of my showbiz commitments came back,” she says. “I like it that ang daming ideas na dumadating every time I visit someone’s home or space, or when we feature do-it-yourself renovations and upgrades. It’s always a learning experience.”

One of the many reference books Shamcey keeps at the office is the first volume of Towns and Cities of the Philippines: Selected Cases on the History and Evolution of Settlements. On its first page is a note from mentor, fellow beauty queen, and Manila Historical and Heritage Commission Secretary Gemma Cruz-Araneta, who signed the book for her in September 2011. Fittingly, as if to remind Shamcey about her power and potential in helping the advancement of local design, the note goes, “I hope you promote Filipino architecture at all times.”

Originally posted 2016-05-14 13:52:44.

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