The seventh of 11 children, he was born in San Fernando into a modest family. He went to high School at Don Bosco Academy in Pampanga, where he graduated with honors and medals.

He was often praised by his teachers for being good in geometry and vocational drawings, traits essential to architects. He enrolled at University of Santo Tomas, where he took up B.S. Architecture.

He was still an undergraduate student when he made his first projects—a tomb for his grandfather and bungalow houses for his older siblings. Although he was the president of his class, he was not able to attend the commencement exercises when he graduated in 1970 due to financial impediments.

In 1972, he passed the Board Licensure Exam for Architecture and began his career. As a young professional, he thought of ways to augment his income. He pioneered the concept of Design and Build. His initial projects were designing and constructing a display window for an optical shop and designing and installing the vinyl flooring for a master bedroom. Eventually he did commercial buildings, residential condos and houses, institutional and religious buildings.

He worked at the Lazatin Consolidated Corporation in Angeles City, where he was in charge of building affordable houses. It was in this company that he met his wife, Marion.

In 1974, he began his private practice, transforming his bedroom into an office. The next year, he and Marion tied the knot and resided in Pampanga where they raised a family of four. He eventually expanded his architectural wings to Metro Manila. Some of his more significant first clients were the Tropical Hut food chain and supermarket and Don Bosco schoolbuildings.

After Arch. Mangio is conferred the UAP Likha Awards with then UAP president Renato Heray, With wife Marion, daughter Hazel Ann and son architect Brian.

Architect Mangio got the entrepreneurial spirit early in his career. His clients sometimes referred to him as architect-businessman. He built houses for rent to Americans in Angeles City and developed a 1.2-hectare subdivision. People noticed his masterful work and eventually engaged him to build their own vacation houses in Baguio and other places, including Metro Manila.

In 1986, he built The Paskuhan (Christmas) Village, in which he was given a Marker of Excellence by the United Architects of the Philippines.

He started his involvement in UAP as a member of the Pampanga Chapter. Encouraged by national artist Francisco MaƱosa, he founded the UAP Angeles City Chapter and became its very first president. He was also very active in the national affairs of the organization, of which he became director for Region 3. He later served as national treasurer of the UAP before becoming its vice president for operations.

There seemed to be no stopping the success of Mangio, until in June 1990, Mount Pinatubo erupted. A year later, the catastrophic Baguio earthquake happened and the real estate business plummeted, especially in Central Luzon. What was once his flourishing business became a symbol of devastation.

The tragedies in Pampanga and Baguio forced Mangio and his family to move to San Juan, Metro Manila.

He kept his faith in God and worked harder. This great adversity made him closer to his Creator. This is why he founded the Spirit of Love Community with architects from Pampanga as the first batch of participants. He also became an active member of the Marriage Encounter Foundation of the Philippines.

In 2006, he became a good friend and follower of Fr. Fernando Suarez. The healing priest told Mangio he had long prayed for a servant-architect who could design places of worship and healing for his community, Mary Mother of the Poor Missionaries. Mangio was an answered prayer.

Nestor and Marion with St. Pope John Paul ll in the Vatican.

He designed the healing site at Monte Maria in Batangas. He accompanied Suarez in several tours abroad, including the Vatican, where he met the pope.

As national president of the United Architects of the Philippines, he introduced Life in the Spirit seminar to the organization. With faith in God and devotion to His Mother, Mangio was soon back on the road to success. Big projects came pouring in again like the Baywatch Tower in Manila. He eventually got his PRC license in environmental planning, interior design, and as a real estate broker.

On the request of President Fidel V. Ramos, Mangio to build his Alabang museum and residence. He was also appointed director of BCDA, Fort Bonifacio Development Corporation, CDC, and Philippine Expo. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo appointed him to be the chairman of Clark International Airport and Subic Clark Alliance Development Council.

As UAP national president, Mangio served for two consecutive terms. He spearheaded fund-raising activities for the organization. His term raised the highest net income of UAP, which became the seed money in acquiring the land where the current UAP building in Quezon City was built. He was also awarded the UAP Fellow, as well as Arcasia Fellow, and certified as APEC architect. He has received many other awards for himself and his works. Thankful for his achievements, Mangio and his family became more driven to give back to the community. He spearheaded outreach programs and other charity works.

On April 22, Mangio was awarded the much-coveted Likha Gold Medal Award by the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP). He is only the 15th architect to have been conferred this prestigious award in 45 years.

Mangio’s family is his top priority—his wife and his children Brian, Hazel Ann, Julie Ann, and Michael, all of whom are involved in the family corporation, a happy, motivated, God-centered team.

Source: Manila Bulletin (