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Interior design students renovate PAWS

Benilde group aims to provide comfort and home for rescued pets

Renovation undertaken by Interior Design students of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde

Recovery area of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) Animal Rehabilitation Center

Aiming to provide relief and comfort for rescued pets, a group of young designers renovated the reception and recovery areas of the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) Animal Rehabilitation Center, a non-government organization’s shelter in Loyola Heights, Quezon City.

PAWS reception area

Founded in 1954 by British educator Muriel Jay, the low-cost clinic provides veterinary services to pets of the indigent community. The organization has since spayed and neutered over 300 cats and dogs saved from neglect or cruelty.

Entitled Alwán, a Filipino word for serenity and relief from sorrow, it is the transformation project of the concerned Interior Design Program students of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB). It aligns with PAWS’ mission to alleviate suffering and stigma surrounding lost or abandoned furry companions.

The waiting lounge, was designed to be spacious to accommodate and offer an engaging expanse for personnel and guests.

The space has small ramps for puppies. It has feline steps for active kittens to access elevated places. There are cozy chairs with cushions for adoptive owners and donors who visit the sanctuary.

PAWS recuperation pen

The learners use blue, green, and yellow to evoke warmth, hope, and the power of nature in the 10 recuperation pens intended for isolation and specialized care of the animals.

The facilities have been refurbished and curated for easy access to create an environment for nurturing and humane treatment.

Indoor plants such as selloum and moses-in-the-cradle, and photos were installed to give visitors an eco-friendly experience.

Under the guidance of Benilde Interior Design mentor IDr. Randy Pabona, the team was composed of Kelly Andrei Abad, Angelika Mae Aguilar, Julia Pamela Alfonso, Zenisa Claire Asuncion, Rudi Jenelle Concepcion, Athena Mae Cruz, Carla Gionna Dayanghirang, Dorisa Gwen De Joya, Jameela Durrani-Khan, and Kathryn Lauren Enorme.

It also included Sophia Margarett Ferrer, Alaine Nicole Hernandez, Franchezka Johnna Jumarang, Gabrielle Grace Luy, Kaila Gabrielle Miranda, Cyra Therese Muyano, Mary Antoinette Nery, Jhemmar Vincent Riguerra, Victor Raphael Santos, Eddie Shi, and Winona Alyssa Te.

They organized fundraising activities such as bazaars, merchandise sales, and raffle draws to gather resources and facilitate community empowerment.

The young visionaries amplified their concepts, journey, and construction process through presentation and illustrative materials in an exhibit at the Ayala Malls, Manila Bay.

For more information about Alwán, visit

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