Since its inception on the 8th of December 1977, the Philippine Association of Landscape Architects (PALA) remains as the national organization representing the profession of Landscape Architecture in the country. A member association of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), PALA is responsible for the advancement of the profession as an instrument of service in improving the quality of life within a better natural and built environment. PALA also assists in raising the standard of education through accreditation of Landscape Architecture Programs in Philippine colleges and universities.
To be able to use the title “Landscape Architect” and practice Landscape Architecture in the Philippines, one must be licensed by the Professional Regulation Commission. The Board of Landscape Architecture conducts a thorough examination for licensure and handles professional discipline procedures.
The first wave of Filipino landscape architects trained in the United States arrives. Among them are:
First attempt to organize an association of Landscape Architects, fails because the members are too few. A second attempt is made in 1968 with the arrival of the second batch of Landscape Architects from the U.S.A.;1971A Department of Landscape Architecture, offering a four-year undergraduate course, is established at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, largely through the efforts of Ildefonso P. Santos Jr.;1977December 8
Nine charter members found the Philippine Association of Landscape Architects (PALA) at the Architectural Center Club in Makati City, with the assistance of Zvi Miller of IFLA and Campbell Miller of ASLA. The charter members are:
Zenaida Dela Cruz (now Galingan);
Felix Peronilla, Jr.;
Ildefonso Santos Jr.;
Jose Velasquez Jr.;1978September
PALA is unanimously elected a member of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) during the 1978 Regional Conference in Salvador, Brazil;1983The PRC recognizes Landscape Architecture as a profession;1985March
The Regional Center for Tropical Landscape Architecture is established at the University of the Philippines, Diliman; May
The Specialty Board of Landscape Architecture conducts its first licensure examinations;1989PALA hosts the 27th IFLA World Congress at the Philippine International Convention Center in Manila;1999June
PALA holds its first national convention at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel in Mandaluyong City;2001Republic Act 9053, the Landscape Architecture Bill, was signed into Law, thus creating an independent Board of Landscape Architecture;2003The University of San Carlos in Cebu opens the Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture program, a four-year undergraduate course, through the efforts of Omar Maxwell Espina, dean of the College of Architecture and Fine Arts;2004November
PALA holds its second national convention in Cebu City;2006February
PALA holds its third national convention at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City; June
Ildefonso P. Santos Jr. is recognized as a National Artist for Architecture and the Allied Arts, by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts