EVERYTHING happens for a reason, and for talented baritone Jesus Emmanuel “Nonon” Baang, entering in the Conservatory of Music after botching his enrollment at the College of Commerce was, in hindsight, a wonderful accident.
Having graduated from the Conservatory after 10 years as a student, Baang could not help but feel fortunate.
“When I entered the Conservatory of Music, I learned how to love music more and though it’s difficult, I found it more exciting and took it as a challenge,” Nonon said.
Baang started singing at the age of six when he formed the parish choir in Pagadian City, Zamboanga Del Sur, which should have paved the way for a career in music. But he had other things in mind.
“I wanted to follow the footsteps of my father who is a certified public accountant,” Baang told the Varsitarian. “I also wanted to take up law because we also have judges and lawyers in the family.”
A FLOCK of Thomasian nightingales accompanied by UST’s finest instrumentalists serenaded audiences with a repertoire of classical and modern Christmas carols during UST’s fifth Christmas concert, Symphony of Carols, at the Santisimo Rosario Parish Church last Dec. 7.
Besides celebrating Christ’s birth, the concert served as a channel to display the incomparable performing artists of the University.
“It is a way by which the University showcases the Thomasian talents and shares them with friends and other stakeholders,” said Giovanna Fontanilla, director of the Public Affairs Office.
Monsignor Joseph Edward Adams, the papal nuncio to the Philippines, led the diplomatic corps who were invited to the concert. Others in the audience were Wellington Wei, director of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, and Vic Vianzon, ABC 5’s vice-president for programming.
LEAVING a conspicuous mark in the colorful yet competitive world of the arts is a daunting challenge. But Thomasian painter Arturo Rafanan Rabara had made an indelible dent not only in Philippine art but in the United States as well. Ironically though, he was given more recognition on foreign soil and it took his death for Filipinos to accord him the recognition he deserved as a major Filipino artist.
Born on May 13, 1938, Rabara hailed from Ilocandia, which has produced world-renowned visual artists such as Juan Luna, Esteban Villanueva, Macario Vitali, and Venancio Igarta.
As a young kid, Rabara showed creativity in little ways. As a shoe-shine boy, he crafted his own shoe box. In high school, he would do letterings for barangay fiestas. He also reaped honors in provincial and regional school art competitions.
INDUSTRIAL Design juniors have come up with 74 ways to keep the handicapped agile and the old quick-witted.
Marveleux (a French word which stands for “physical,” “quickly,” and “fantastic”), an exhibit at the Beato Angelico Main Gallery last September 25 to 29, featured 74 clever and creative board games made out of synthetic, organic, industrial, and recycled materials. The games are playful but therapeutic creations to engage the old and the disabled.
“We want to show how Industrial Design touches the lives of many people through the practicality and usefulness of its products,” said Myna Suñico, professor and department head of Industrial Design.
OCTOBER is considered the month of the Holy Rosary, but despite the prominence of the devotion, only a few truly understand the purpose of the chain which supposedly binds Christian families together.
Cognizant of the need to emphasize the relevance of the Holy Rosary amid the changing times, the UST Museum of Art and Sciences merged aesthetics and faith in an exhibit sought to glorify and clarify the rosary, titled The Rosary: Into the Garden of Paradise, last October.
Aside from commemorating the month of the Holy Rosary, the exhibit coincided with the centennial celebration of the connonical coronation of the La Naval de Manila.
“The exhibit is a small step for Philippine Christianity to gain a better understanding of the rosary through art,” said Regalado Trota Jose, the curator of the exhibit.
ONE ELEMENT that unifies art works together is expression so that young and promising art aficionados called Kulay Malaya have banded together to cultivate their art and individual styles.
“We may not be able to send our message by words, but we could convey it through our paintings.” said Eleazar Orobia, a College of Fine Arts and Design professor. “While our group is still focused on personal topics, we would also like to paint about socially relevant issues.”
In the last three months, Kulay Malaya has successfully executed their infant steps toward the pursuit of their vision, largely through exhibits.
Awakening the sleeping emotions and interest of its spectators through striking paintings, Kulay Malaya’s art exhibit, Tulog, evoked the significance of sleep and dreams.
“WHY ARE lives in the West seem shallower than those in the Middle East where the stakes for success are lower?”
Trying to find an answer to this question, writer-director David Hare left Europe for a journey to Israel.
Via Dolorosa, a monologue performed by Bart Guingona for Actor’s Actors Incorporated, was the account of Hare’s travels and remarkable conversations with politicians, artists, historians, and settlers in Israel. Its Philippine premiere was held last July 5 at the Carlos P. Romulo Theater, RCBC Plaza, Makati City.