Oakwood Premier Joy~Nostalg Center located along ADB Avenue in Ortigas is probably one of the most nondescript buildings dotting the Ortigas skyline. And yes, if you noticed, it uses the tilde symbol (~) instead of the usual hyphen in its name.
1. The building is owned by Quantuvis Resources Corp., a property developer owned by Chinese-Filipino business magnate Jacinto Ng who founded the Republic Biscuit Corporation (Rebisco).
Jacinto Ng and his family’s business interests include the Republic Biscuit Corporation (Rebisco), JBC Food Corporation, Suncrest Foods Inc., Manila Bay Development Corporation, and Asia United Bank.
He is also a known crony of former President Joseph Estrada and stood as a godfather (“ninong”) at Senator Jinggoy Estrada’s wedding.
2. Joy~Nostalg Center was conceptualized by Philippine-based architectural firm Esteban Tan and Associates. Among the firm’s other projects include The Bellevue Hotel in Muntinlupa, the W Fifth Avenue, and the Taison Building, both located in Bonifacio Global City.
3. The façade and interior design concepts of the building were done in collaboration with Taiwan-based C.Y. Lee & Partners, the same firm behind the former tallest building in the world, the iconic Taipei 101.
Founded in 1978 by C.Y. Lee and C.P. Wang, C.Y. Lee & Partners is best known for spearheading the design of Taipei 101. At the time of its completion in 2004 –until 2010, the iconic landmark was the tallest building in the world.
Among the firm’s other projects include the Beijing Pangu Plaza, Fang Yuan Mansion Shenyang, Les Suites Orient Bund Shanghai, and the Siemens Headquarters in Beijing –all located in Mainland China. In Taiwan, they are also behind the Hung Kuo Headquarters Building, Chung Tai Zen Monastery, Taipei National University of the Arts Building, and the Kaohsiung Chang-Ku World Trade Tower.
4. Aromin & Sy Associates, Inc., who served as the building’s structural engineer also worked on PBCom Tower, formerly the tallest building in the Philippines before it was unseated by Grand Hyatt Manila.
The firm’s other projects include The Enterprise Center, Rockwell Center, Philamlife Tower, Petron Megaplaza, the Pacific Plaza Twin Towers, and Ayala Tower One.
– The Manila Project
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