Architect Villalón gets Chevalier medal from French Ministry of Culture-A A +A
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
AUGUSTO Villalón, prominent Cebuano architect, cultural heritage planner, and president of Genvi Development Corp., which is developing Monterrazas de Cebu, was awarded the prestigious Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) by the Ministry of Culture of France.
The award was in recognition of his exemplary professional achievement in the international advancement of architecture and heritage conservation in the Philippines, France, and in many other countries around the globe.
Ambassador Gilles Garachon honored Villalón by conferring the Chevalier medal during a private ceremony held recently at the French Embassy in Manila.
Established by President Charles de Gaulle and the French Ministry of Culture in 1957, the Order pays tribute to important individual contributions in the propagation of arts and literature, and in the promotion of French culture.
The list of international conferees included actor George Clooney, designer Yohji Yamamoto, dancer Rudolf Nureyev, and others.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 18, 2012.