Monday, October 23, 2017


USTv Reviews

SURVIVOR PHILIPPINES: Gripping but sadomasochistic

Students’ Choice of Reality TV Program criterion

*Despite its name, reality television is really a construction. It is a “construction” on the lives of ostensibly real people in a highly controlled setting, purportedly on a round-the-clock or 24/7 coverage. By the nature of reality TV, there is a tendency toward voyeurism which the Christian viewer must deal with critically. In some instances, characters in a reality TV show by virtue of their isolation as a result of the controlled setting they’re in are made to “naturally” gravitate toward one another, resulting in illicit or near-illicit liaisons. The Christian viewer must view these “forced” or “artificial” narratives of distorted relationships with care. If reality TV is, like any TV program, a construction, then there’s no reason it cannot be made to construct what is positive, moral, and uplifting.

Ikabod lives on

WELL-LOVED cartoonist Severino “Nonoy” Marcelo may be gone, but his humor and artistry live on as shown in a commemorative exhibit.

“The two most important things that Nonoy gave us were one, humor, and two, art,” curator Virgilio Aviado said during the opening of the exhibit, Muling Ptyk: Da Art of Nonoy Marcelo, which ran from Sept. 16 to Oct. 3 at the UST Museum. It featured original Nonoy Marcelo drawings from the private collection of lawyer Saul Hofileña.

While the collection is not actually for public viewing, Hofileña has agreed to a campus tour, with Vargas Hall at the University of the Philippines as the exhibit’s first venue.

Good times, Good music

RELEVANT and entertaining—two words that describe Katoto, an independently produced song compilation from two UST alumni. Erstwhile Varsitarian editor-in-chief Victor Emmanuel Carmelo “Vim” Nadera and former staff photographer Paul Val Peña are the minds behind Katoto. Peña set Nadera’s poetry to music, a collaboration they have had since their college days at the University. In his music, Peña employs guitars almost all the time, while making use of ethnic-sounding instruments like the cajon and the harmonica.

No sweat, really

UST STUDENTS dominated the ArtPetron 2008, winning three grand prizes in photography and one in oil painting.

Grand-prize winners in photography were Advertising majors Alexa Remalante and Marcelo Bugaoan for “Lugod” and “Indayog” respectively, and Varsitarian photographer Paul Allyson Quiambao of the College of Architecture for “Season of Grace”. Another Advertising student, Blane Louie Rosales, won a grand prize for his oil painting, “Ipagpatuloy Ang Daloy Ng Alon.”

The grand prize winners received P30,000 while Rosales got P50,000. The grand prize winners received a trophy designed by National Artist Napoleon Abueva.

Rosales’ “Alon” combines realism and collage, rendered in eye-catching colors. In his painting, four children are crouched, with painting masks, festive flags and other colorful images on the floor.

The yin and yang of photography

Alike in many ways. Fine Arts professors, photography enthusiasts and former Varsitarian artists Anlex Basilio (left) and Meo Remalante applaud one another after successcully holding their twin-bill exhibit.LENSMEN Meo Remalante and Anlex Basilio, former Varsitarian artists and alumni of the former College of Fine Arts and Architecture (CAFA), combined photographic mastery and passion for nature in the photo exhibit “2x2: an Exhibit on Contemporary Digital Photography,” unveiled last August 26 to 30 at the Beato Angelico Gallery.

Remalante’s Northern Light series and Basilio’s O Oleiro Pelo Mar— all of 67 frames—captured mainly the picturesque Ilocos region and Bataan province.

Truth in Media shines in Cinemalaya

FROM missing knives to abandoned fetuses, poignant images characterize the films featured in Cinemalaya 2008. The competition, which has always been a fertile ground for new talents in Filipino independent filmmaking, is now on its fourth year.

Out of 194, entries were whittled down to 10, all of which were shown last July 11 to 20 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. This year, none of the ten finalists dropped out of the running, a probable indication of the quality of these films. In a Philippine Daily Inquirer report, competition director Laurice Guillen said, “even if the themes are similar, the treatment is not the same.” Jay and Huling Pasada, for example, talk about the consequences of media on society, but they develop differently.

UST Maestro judges international contest

UST SINGERS instructor Fidel Gener Calalang stamped his mark once more as a world-class conductor after sitting as the only Filipino jury in the 20th International Festival of Academic Choirs Competition (IFAS) in Pardubice, Czech Republic last July 1 to 8.

“There were many different artistic elements of sounds presented by the choirs, making the competition this year more diverse,” Calalang told the Varsitarian.

Calalang is not new in the business, as this was his second time to be invited as a member of the jury in IFAS. It also helps that the outstanding composer and conductor has been to many prestigious musical events in the world and has received many awards, such as the “best conductor” at the 2002 Tonen International Choral Competition in the Netherlands, and the top prize at the 1999 International Composers Competition in California, United States.

Asian women artists in UST

IN AN art world dominated by males, it is always refreshing to see women artists stepping up with their art-making and challenging the men in the latter’s own turf.

Held at the UST Museum of Arts and Sciences last July 8 to 12, the ”Flame of Asia” exhibit showcased the works of Asian women artists from Korea, Nepal, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines.

Comic art back with a vengeance

Manga and graphic novels may dominate people’s concept of the comic book these days but the enduring mystique rests on more than just the flashy images of this ever-evolving medium.

This was the crux of “Cartooning and Comic Art: Catching Up in a Digital World,” held last July 12 at the Miguel de Benavides Library Auditorium of UST. The event was sponsored by the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre and the Philippine Association of Communication Educators together with the Varsitarian and the UST Department of Communication and Media Studies.

Architecture goes green

AMID global warming, measures to check excessive carbon emissions have become more pressing.

Recent findings from the US Energy Information Administration indicate that buildings are responsible for almost half of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually. Not only that, buildings also consume six times as much fossil fuel energy and produce six times as much GHG emissions as all cars and trucks combined.

Hence, the urgent need for the building industry to go green.

Green is in