Who is Rey D. Galua?
Early Life And Education:
Rey Diegas Galua was born in 1974 in Kitcharao, a small town of northern Mindanao, south of Philippines. He was the fifth child of Hilario and Geonita Galua.
Galua attended his elementary in San Roque Elementary School, at San Roque, Kitcharao Agusan del Norte. He attended his High School in Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy, Kitcharao Agusan del Norte, and graduated with honors and gold medalist, excellent in mathematics award.
In 1992, Galua began his study in Architecture at Cagayan de Oro College, College of Engineering and Architecture in Cagayan de Oro city Philippines, and graduated in 1997.
In 1998, Galua took and passed the board examination in Architecture given by the Professional Regulation Commission. He registered his own Architectural Consulting firm whose trade name was RD Galua Associates, and later it was change to GALUA PLUS Architectural Design Studio.
In 2004, Galua attended his master’s studies in Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology, Iligan city Philippines, Master in Sustainable Development Studies major in Rural and Urban Planning, and graduated in 2007. He continue his studies to Doctoral degree in Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology, Iligan city, Doctor in Sustainable Development Studies major in Rural and Urban Planning, and graduated in 2011.
Galua was married to his wife Jade Galope in 1999, and blessed with four children namely; Rey Moises, Erica Jade, Rey Julius, and Angelina Jade. They lived in their home in Golf Estate Pueblo de Oro, Cagayan de Oro city.
In 2006, Galua was diagnosed with rheumatic heart disease that cause for his fatal heart stroke in 2011. In 2012 he had undergone an open heart surgery for the replacement of his heart valve at Asian Hospital and Medical Center with his Doctor the famous Filipino heart surgeon Dr. Jorge Garcia.
Career From 1998 To Present:
In 1998, Galua started his practice of his profession. He established his rdGalua Associates Architectural firm, later in 2020 it was change to GALUA PLUS Architectural Design Studio with an office at 168 Mandumol st., Macasandig, Cagayan de Oro city. While on practice, he joins the faculty of Engineering and Architecture in Mindanao University of Science and Technology, School of Architecture at Cagayan de Oro city.
In 2012, he became the head of department of Architecture. He design some of the significant buildings of the university like, the Engineering complex building, Science Complex building, ICT building, Gymnasium, Education complex building, and Administration building. He also made the master plan for the 300 hectares new main campus of the same university at Alubijid, Misamis Oriental.
Galua gain a reputation when he design several government and private offices; like DENR LMS office in Cagayan de Oro city, BIR office in Butuan city, Municipal Hall building Claveria, Misamis Oriental, and PAG ASA Weather Station office at alubijid misamis oriental. He also designed the Madonna & Child Hospital in Cagayan de Oro city, and the Buenavista Community Hospital Buenavista Agusan del Norte.
In 2017, Galua leaved his teaching job in the university as he moved his residency to his new house in his home town in Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte for the plan to serve his constituency and subsequent filling of candidacy for municipal mayoral race in 2019 election.
Galua believes that attracting young talent is essential, and is proud that the average age of people working for Galua Plus is 28.
In 2017, Galua was awarded with the medal of Fellowship of Philippine Institute of Architects.