ARCHITECT Ned Carlos’ architectural debut was the completion of Hotel de Tanjay, the foremost hotel in Tanjay, Negros Oriental, in which he designed a 12-room hotel fit for a haciendero’s guest. Now, with an important list of landmark projects in Dumaguete City and across Negros Oriental including St. Paul University, Don Bosco school, and DCCCO buildings, it may seem that the Dumaguete-City-based architect has done it all.

“Not all,” says the architect, “but the pandemic has taught me a very important lesson and that is to live in the present. As for me, traveling is the best way to cherish the present moment. When traveling, I forget the past and never think of the future.”

This summer, the architect is thinking of bringing his family to London but it is still doubtful that they will be able to travel as a family due to stringent restrictions. Instead, he shares his favorite travel accessories and destinations.

What’s the most interesting place you’ve been to so far?

"To me, Japan has been the most amazing place. There is so much to see and so much to learn about its culture. I especially like that the Japanese are well-mannered and discreet in their conversations."

What’s your favorite city in Japan?

"Kyoto has immersed me in traditional Japanese architecture. The craftsmanship of even the lowliest house is superb. I would say class triple A for our standard in the Philippines. Oh, their chocolates and matcha ice cream are matchless!"

Name five things that you can’t travel without.

"My family, my watch, my phone, my eyeglasses, my jeans. Whether it's Japan or Hong Kong, I like wearing jeans all the time. I guess that’s the tradition I personified while studying Architecture at the University of San Carlos in Cebu City."

What’s an ideal day in the city where you live?

"Dumaguete City has been home for two decades now. I like having a cappuccino and walnut cinnamon at Sans Rival, eating the best pizza at “Why Not” restaurant and, of course, having Chantilly bread and triple choco mousse cake at Chantilly when I’m really hungry."

What’s next on your bucket list?

"Definitely, England and the Nordic countries. I am always thrilled at how the Vikings conquered England, especially now that I’m into Netflix’s “Valhalla” and “The Last Kingdom” which are more historical than Game of Thrones. The stories I’ve heard have made me plan a trip to these countries very soon!" PR.