Sunday, November 19, 2017


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

A little love for ‘Analog Heart’

FEW things in the world would inspire frantic album sales, with emotion being at the top of this scant list. Perhaps, American Idol (AI) winner David Cook uses emotion fact to its full extent in his 10-track solo album, Analog Heart.

Before shooting to AI stardom, Cook had a fledgling career as an underground artist. It was during this time when the Oklahoma native released his independent album, Analog Heart, recently made available online and now a favorite among AI fans.

Pinoy animation makes stride with ‘Urduja’

MAKING a locally animated film at par with Disney productions has always been in the back of every Filipino animator’s mind, and Reggie Entienza’s Urduja (2008) shows this.

Going loco over LOMO

PATCHES of rainbow-hued photos mounted on huge white frames could not be mistaken for anything but a lomography exhibit. These greeted mall-goers strolling along Bonifacio Global City during Passionfest 2008. LomoManila, a lomography club, was invited to put up an exhibit showcasing the complex from morning until night. Various scenes were caught in a fraction of a second by eight photographic teams with some 10 members each, and the pictures were made into a collage.

Vibrantly colorful and offbeat shots composed the collage. They were mostly of one dominating color, a trademark of LomoManila. The triangular positions of the pictures remind one of banderitas or festive flags ever-present in Philippine fiestas.