LIKE how lightsabers ignited the battle scenes in Star Wars, Rodelio Gonzalez treats his canvas, paint and brush as his weapons in carving his name in the art industry.
Gonzalez, who studied in the former College of Architecture and Fine Arts in 1976 to 1978, had the exclusive opportunity to be the lone Filipino to paint interpretative pieces for Star Wars when he was invited by Acme Archives Ltd., the exclusive publisher of Star Wars, to be a part of their team last 2013.
FOR THIS Thomasian pre-school teacher, self-study pays off.
After obtaining degree in Psychology from the University in 2011, Paola Jane Esteron opted to make a name in typography after two months of watching instructional videos uploaded in Youtube.
It was in 2013 thay she started teaching herself how to create artworks using nib pens while working on her master’s studies in Early Childhood, which she eventually finished in St. Joseph’s College in 2014.
The 25-year-old preschool teacher from Lourdes School in Quezon City, however, diverted from nib pen to brushes because it was more convenient.
FROM black and white city walls, a Thomasian can turn grays into vibrant colors.
After graduating with a degree in Advertising from the College of Fine Arts and Design in 2012, Ana Korina “Kookoo” Ramos immediately found her heart drawn to plastering portions of Metro Manila with murals, which she considers as a calling beckoned upon her.
She has done live art for Globe Telecom at the Bonifacio Global City, The Sweet Spot Pasig, and for Jack TV’s Kimbra Concert last 2014. She also painted commissioned graffiti murals in Tuscany McKinley Hill, Lift Hard Philippines, Melody Restaurant, and SM Fairview, as well as personal paintings in Ortigas and Quezon City.
December 23, 2015, 2:20p.m. - A THOMASIAN bagged first place in an international online competition on hotel and restaurant management held last Nov. 9 to 20.
Miguel Angelo Viray Eñano, a hotel and restaurant management senior, won in the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education (ICHRIE) & Collegiate DECA Virtual Business Hotel Competition, an online contest where participants competed in a hotel simulation focused on profit and customer satisfaction.
Eñano, along with two other Thomasians, competed with hundreds of students from more than 50 universities worldwide.
December 16, 2015, 1:52p.m. - In time for the premiere of the seventh installment of the Star Wars franchise, "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens," a Thomasian painter will exhibit his new Star Wars collection at Bonifacio High Street Cinemas from Dec. 16 to 20.
Rodel Gonzalez is the only Filipino artist licensed to paint interpretative pieces for Star Wars. He studied at the former UST College of Architecture and Fine Arts from 1976 to 1978 and finished his studies at the Philippine School of Interior Design.
A Thomasian is making a name in architecture with bamboos.
With passion and determination, Christian Salandanan, found his big break with the use of bamboos, which he considers as “greener alternative” for architecture.
“There are various materials that are being utilized in our modern era, all of which leaves a significant amount of carbon footprint on the long run. We need to find alternatives for those kinds of construction materials,” he said in an interview.
Like the strength of a sturdy bamboo, Salandanan stood firm and steadfast in passing through the challenges he experienced while working with his bamboo thesis during his stay in the University, which he mentioned as “common for any other artists.”
LIKE A finely tuned instrument that produces wondrous harmonies, Kabaitan Bautista’s unwavering nationalism and strong influence among the youth continue to reverberate like the beat percussions.
Bautista, a Baguio native, acquired his sense of nationalism from his parents who gave their kids unique names reflecting their Filipino identity. Bautista eventually used nationalism and patriotism to create his music. Having heavy metal rock as his favorite genre, Bautista had a rough transition from screams and amplified tones to the melodious classical tunes, as he entered the Conservatory of Music.
“Pumasok ako nang hindi ako marunong mag-notate ng notes, nang hindi ako marunong magbasa ng mga score. Naaliw naman ako, kaya ko naman pala,” Bautista said.
WITH a fan base of almost 9,000 followers in the music website SoundCloud, this Thomasian artist is just waiting to be discovered by a bigger audience.
But Chiara “Chir” Cataran already had her own moment in the spotlight. The Musical Theatre student has her own plethora of awards, recordings and formal training to set her apart from other aspiring artists.
In the recently concluded 19th World Championships of the Performing Arts in California, Cataran bagged one of 32 silver medals won by the Philippine contingent for her victory in the Senior Solo Voice category. The team brought home 47 gold medals, 49 bronze medals, 13 industry medals, and even won second place in national costume.
(Photo from John Sonza)
October 14, 2015, 9:58p.m. - THE CULINARY prowess of two Thomasians won first place in a cooking competition.
Fourth-year Hotel and Restaurant Management students Jan Reitchelle Atanacio and John Sonza topped the Ham, Sauces and Garnishing category of the seventh ‘QCNA! Kulinarya, Turismo, Talento, Atbp.’ contest held at TriNoma Mall in Quezon City last Oct. 1.
“Marami rin kaming mga batchmates at iyong ibang students na gustong sumali,” Sonza said. “Nine pairs kaming nagcompete from different schools kaya hindi ko ine-expect na kami 'yung mananalo.”
9 October 2015, 5:57 pm - A THOMASIAN was crowned Miss Globe on Oct. 9 at the Rose Theater Brampton in Toronto, Canada, according to the Facebook page of the Binibining Pilipinas pageant.
Ann Lorraine Colis, a Management Accounting alumnus of the UST-Alfredo M. Velayo College of Accountancy, bested 54 other contestants from countries such as Russia, Mexico and Poland.
According to the post, Colis' win serves as a "special recognition to the worldwide acclaim and appreciation for true Filipina grace and beauty."