Philip Recto Joins International Panel of Experts
The city of Haikou, capital of China's southernmost province of Hainan where the recent Boao Forum for Asia annual conference was held, in its desire to hasten the development of the city to attain world-class standards, has recently formed an international think tank panel composed of 38 experts from 14 countries, namely: USA, Australia, Japan, England, Germany, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Sweden and Hong Kong, to offer expert advise on the various development fields. For the past 20 years, Hainan had been in a rapid development mode since it was formally installed as a province in 1988. It now has the biggest Special Economic Free Trade Zone in China and is a major tourist destination.
Architect Philip Recto has been appointed as senior adviser in architectural design and planning. Taken into consideration was his expertise on big, modern high-rise developments such as the 54-storey One San Miguel Avenue in Ortigas and the soon-to-be completed 54-storey One Corporate Centre at the corner of Julia Vargas and Meralco Avenues, and other projects in China, Singapore and Malaysia, Recto, the lone expert from the Philippines, is a registered Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) architect.
Dubbed "Hawaii of the East", Hainan Island has the same tropical climate as the Philippines, with an abundance of coconut trees and numerous "Waikiki" type of white sand beaches. It has numerous international-class 5-star hotels and fantastic golf courses. The island is the favorite venue of the international beauty pageants aside from the Boao Forum for Asia.