Design Overview

The museum as a tool for storytelling- Rather than just making a visual icon, the design aims to become a tool for storytelling; freezing a chapter in history through an assemblage of symbols.





Conceptual Rendition of the external structure of the Freedom Memorial Museum.


The Freedom Memorial Museum is dedicated to honor the lives and sacrifices of victims and survivors who struggled for freedom, democracy, and human rights during the 1972-1986 martial law era in the Philippines. It is the flagship project of the Human Rights Violations Victims’ Memorial Commission. 

To generate the best ideas for the memorial, a design competition was launched with the full support of the United Architects of the Philippines in 2019.  Filipino architects around the world submitted their vision of what the museum should be; in what has been described as the most widely participated architectural design competition in the Philippines in the past decade.





Conceptual rendition of the museums interior


Of the 106 design submissions evaluated by an impeccable jury, 27 became semi-finalists. From this five grand finalists were chosen to develop their concepts and present them.

On August 21, 2019 , a grand recognition and awarding ceremony was held at the National Museum,  and Chairperson Jose Luis Martin “Chito” Gascon of the Commission on Human Rights and Chairperson Dr. Rene Escalante of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines announced that the Board of Trustees  after much deliberation had chosen the young and talented three-man team led by Architect Mark Anthony Pait as the winner.





In order to flesh out and detail this winning design perspective, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines bidded out the Architectural and Engineering Design Consultancy which was won by the reputable Arce Bailen Arce Architectural firm.