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Student from Bacolod interior design tilt winner

A budding interior designer from Bacolod City, who believes memories are anchored on spatial frameworks, was the champion in a recent national inter-school interior design competition called Estilo de Vida.

Magaret Therese Hagad, a student at De La Salle College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) in Manila and the daughter of Felix and Catherine Hagad, won for her entry “Memory in Space.”

Estilo De Vida is an annual inter-school interior design competition that gathers “the most promising student designers into a show of creativity, passion and ingenuity.”

The competition, co-organized by Philconstruct Events, Exhibitions and Conferences Corp., the Philippine Constructors Association and the Philippine Institute of Interior Designers, was held November 5-8.

Hagad, 21, who is on her third year at DLS-CSB’s Interior Design Program, said her entry “Memory in Space” examines the relationship between constructed environments, whether natural or manufactured, and its ability to trigger a recollection of memory.

Maurice Halbwachs, a French philosopher, suggests that memories are always anchored in spatial frameworks, she said.

“This demands us, therefore, to take a closer look at this relatively unexplored terrain and particularly what it has to offer in the shaping of interior workspaces,“ she said.

“This project in some small way attempts to examine the relationship between material objects, emotions, and how workspaces have the ability to improve memory for increased productivity,” she added.

Hagad said her interest in Interior Design started around two years ago when she was applying for college.

“I was already enrolled and accepted in the Fashion Design program but shifted to Interior Design a few weeks before classes started. I do feel that there is still so much to explore and as I go on with my studies, my interest for Interior Design continues to grow,” she added.

Asked what he inspires her, Hagad said “creating meaningful and personal work through design”.

Hagad said she wants to become a licensed Interior Designer and take up a master’s degree abroad.

Hagad studied at St. Scholastica’s Academy from grade school until junior high school, and at the Career Academy Asia for senior HS.*

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