Deadline nears for ‘Salog kan Buhay’ design contest

NAGA CITY — This Sunday, Dec. 5, will be the last day of submission of entries for “Salog kan Buhay,” a contest for the best conceptual design for revitalizing the Naga River.

Willy Prilles of the City Planning Office said their office will be open on that date, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to receive last minute entries.

The contest is open to all interested individuals, groups and/or organizations residing or operating in the Bicol Region.

The subject of the contest is the Naga River Revitalization Program (NRRP) project site, defined as the length of the downstream portion of the Naga River from the landing site near the Peñafrancia Basilica in Barangay Balatas to its mouth in Barangays Tabuco and Sabang.

Each entry, according to contest rules and guidelines, shall revolve around the theme “Salog Naga: Salog kan Buhay.”

Among others, the entry should reflect Naga’s heritage as one of the royal cities established by the Spaniards. It will consist of perspective drawings and brief explanatory write-ups on the Riverwalk to be constructed on both sides of the riverbank.

The Riverwalk should provide various features including, but not limited to, pedestrian and biking lanes, retrofitting of existing bridges, new pedestrian bridges, observation areas, planting strips and provision/s for pollution control.

Entries must be submitted in the form of a scrapbook containing the write up printed on a long-size coupon bond paper (8.5”x13”) and drawings, each of which will be laid out or printed on a half-cartolina paper (14.5”x22.5”). Moreover, each scrapbook must be accompanied by a CD containing digital versions of the write up, drawings and a presentation material on the entry, preferably in Powerpoint format.

Public presentation and judging will be held starting on Dec. 6 to 12, according to the City Planning and Development Office. Winners will be announced on Dec. 15.

Cash prizes are at stake with P50,000 for first place, P30,000 for second place, and P20,000 for third place.

The results are non-binding to the city government such that winning entries may be used or modified as inputs in finalizing the project designs. Winners may also be invited to join the NRRP project team as advisers.

Entries will be judged on their aesthetic impact (50%), implementability and practicability (30%), and historical significance (20%).

Entries may be submitted to the NRRP Project secretariat, CPDO, 2/F City Hall, Juan Miranda Ave., Naga City. Tel. No. 054 4732053. Email:


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