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NAIA-1 to undergo renovation
By Rudy Santos
(The Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines—Airport authorities disclosed that the 28-year-old Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 (NAIA-1) would be renovated in August after an architectural and engineering firm was picked to conduct an assessment of the project.
Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Jose Honrado said P-Square, an engineering and consulting firm, was selected to start the month-long study worth about P9.4 million.
He said the firm would conduct various tests to know the load-bearing capacity of the building before any improvement could be done, as well as do an analysis to determine which part of the building is already unsafe.
NAIA-1 is being refurbished to keep up with the demand as it has already exceeded its capacity of 10 million passengers a year several years ago.
Most of the estimated 28 foreign airlines that operate at the NAIA-1 had expressed their intention to stay at the old terminal and almost all are reluctant to transfer to the NAIA Terminal 3 until all legal problems are settled.
Cebu Pacific, AirphilExpress and All Nippon Airways are the three airlines operating at the NAIA-3.
Although the planned structural tests had been announced earlier this year, the process was fast-tracked after the styrofoam insulation of the ceiling on the ground level, as well as some plaster concrete pieces from the façade, fell off last May. These were attributed to deterioration due to fatigue or effects of previous earthquakes.

NAIA Terminal 1

Structural tests would start in August and are expected to be completed in January 2012.
The MIAA would later announce a bidding to determine which architectural firm would conduct the renovation of NAIA-1.
“We want the public to know that the MIAA is upgrading not only the toilets, water supply and carpeting, but is also determined to upgrade the NAIA-1 to international standard,” said airport senior assistant general manager Antonio Bautista.
He pointed out that the NAIA-1 arrival area has been completely refurbished, with its walls and ceiling sporting a new look after these were clad with a metal finish to cover the old style “washout.”
Bautista added the Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines is assisting the MIAA to come up with a new NAIA-1 that would be attuned to the needs of travelers.
The project would cost about P500 million or more.
“The MIAA has the money to fund the airport’s renovation,” he said, adding that the board of directors would have the final say with the concurrence of Honrado.
Critics of the old terminal have pointed out that nearby airports look modern because of their glass and steel facade, which gives them an airy, spacious and traveler-friendly look with amenities for sleeping.
On the other hand, NAIA-1 looks stodgy and cramped and still sports the washout finish fashionable in the 1980s.
This is the grayish brown color that people see when they look at NAIA-1’s façade since its builders covered the concrete with washout brown pebbles during construction.
Bautista said that architects would surely keep that in mind when remodeling NAIA-1 and would probably wrap the premier airport in gleaming faux stainless steel or similar-looking material to make it look modern and tasteful.
“We will spare no expense to give the NAIA-1 a modern look that Filipinos could be proud of and make it user friendly with various amenities for the satisfaction of users,” Bautista added.
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kristine

hi! i’ve been reading your blog and i know how disappointed you are in how NAIA terminal is being run. i thought of sharing this link i found in facebook about philippine customs officers and how they just continue to harrass people. they’re the first persons travellers see when they arrive in the philippines and their corruption is not going to make a good impression. hope you can share this so that people will know what to expect (i know i wouldn’t be impressed if this happened to me), and maybe somebody can do something about it. 
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2237128962856&set=a.2157447770876.2125718.1086931584&type=1&ref=nf

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Arevjackson

NAIA renovation must focus on functional design. Efficiency is the keyword.  We must also get rid of fixers of all complexion roaming around. Only the very top government officials and visiting dignitaries must be given special accommodations. That said, if we’re not impressed with the outcome, Let’s launch the airport renaming campaign immediately. I suggest that it be aptly and justifiably renamed the Rolando Galman International Airport. Logo may be inspired by the infamous briefs with the name Rolly printed on them. Remember the briefs that helped identify the Ninoy Aquino assassination gunman? “Rolly Airport.”  I like it already. Well,… Read more »

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Prisma_ed

P10 million is not enough for Naia’s reno.

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I can’t wait!

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omnesia

It says in this article that the budget is P500M but what they said on TV  is P200M. Either way, I think it’s a SMALL budget. Condominium buildings being built in the metro have billions in budget… hope P500M brings us far.

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I really hate it when old buildings are “renovated” when all they do are just face lifts. The Insular Life building in Makati is one such case. It’s such a beautiful building, all it needed was some repainting and constant maintenance. But then they placed the “faux stainless steel” on its facade and now it looks like any new generic building.

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I agree that they should check the structural & foundation first. What’s the use of a pleasantly looking structure if it crumbles when hit by a supertyphoon?

And I hope the consultant/engineering/architectural firms they hire are legit and would not tamper with the building’s exterior.  Aluminum cladding would be much better than faux steel but I hope they leave the exterior be and just focus on the interiors. If they really need to project modernity, maybe they can make an extension & encase it in glass/steel like what they did to the singapore museum extension.

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jemriz

i like the exterior..its the inside that really needs repair and also the employees, attitude adjustment towards the customer –“us” they need to be more professional hindi ung parang palengke sila sa waiting area dun nakain at naglalagay ng make up!!!

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This renovations are just a ploy for airport officials so that they can have a “kickback” during the bidding process. Besides, they use substandard materials for the improvements. So that the extra budged goes to their pockets.

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substandard. be very afraid.

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substandard. be very afraid.

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i wish they’d renovate the waiting “lounge” (if you can call it that) at the arrival area too. it’s dingy, dilapidated and hot. kawawa kaming normal folk who have to wait for our loved ones arriving from abroad.

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Ging

Merun pala silang fund for the renovation eh bakit August pa sisimulan? I hope the usual corrupt and “porsyento” practices will not be the norm when this renovation begins.  It does not have to be bongga basta safe, malinis at hindi na nakaririmarim.

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I wonder what all my siblings will say when they arrive next month. It’s been so long since they went home to Manila, baka gustuhin na lang nila bumalik ulit sa US.

All that talk about “faux stainless steel” is just another indicator of the Pinoy “tapal” mentality, also known as “puwede na” mentality. Nakaka frustrate that they’re not looking at the real issue of NAIA – poor & inefficient service, grossly overpriced merchandise, corrupt personnel, poorly maintained facilities and machines.

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I don’t mind the exterior finish, it’s the interior that’s desperately in need of an overhaul! I would rather they use the budget for “gleaming faux stainless steel” for interior remodeling instead. [Reply]CVS Reply:June 22nd, 2011 at 1:41 AMi agree, who cares about the outside when the inside sucks [Reply]ladykillington Reply:June 22nd, 2011 at 2:20 AMi’m happy with the signature Leandro Locsin architecture.  they can still make this look airy with a smart facelift and landscaping. yung loob, logistics and operations ang ayusin nila. Why is this so hard for them to resolve? Hindi ba sila pwedeng mag pa bidding… Read more »

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Medyo natakot ako sa “gleaming faux stainless steel”. Parang tacky. If they must, why couldn’t they use real stainless steel instead especially if it’s for the exterior. It might deteriorate easily especially in our weather.

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100% agree. The passengers haven’t been complaining that it’s ugly from the outside, 99% of the issue is that it’s fugly and falling apart inside! How out of touch are they to not understand that?!? And speaking of out of touch, the fact that they are ignoring the history of the building’s architecture (as someone mentioned, it was by Locsin and was meant to go with the PICC, CCP, etc.) worries me. I hope whoever they hire doesn’t just build senseless structures out of ” gleaming faux stainless steel” (which sounds wrong in so many levels) and would know how… Read more »

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I find it hard to believe that the airlines that use NAIA 1 want to actually STAY in that cesspit! 

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I agree. To see is to believe. They’ve had so many statements about this matter and I wanna literally SEE CHANGES than just empty talk. It is never to late. NAIA 1, may God and the engineers conducting the refurbishing be with you.

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