Gerard Lico provides an analysis of power and architectural commentary/criticism of the massive infrastructure projects of President Ferdinand E. Marcos, particularly the Cultural Center of the Philippines complex. Lico delves into the idea that architectural projects were used by the Marcos dictatorship in order to legitimize authoritarianism and maintain social control. By looking at Marcosian architecture, the author interrogates Marcos’ idea of the New Society through his ambitious projects that attempt to propel an illusion of “progress” under the context of the dictatorship.