“Duet” in magenta by Bienvenido Araw III uses shading to give the painting a 3D effect. Photo by Lester G. BabieraTIME for the mentors to shine.

Faculty members of the College of Fine Arts and Design (CFAD) showcased their individual strengths as artists in a group exhibit at the UST Museum last August 25.

An on-and-off tradition, Sikad, CFAD! featured a variety of artworks which ranged from intricate paintings to sharp photography.

CFAD Dean Cynthia Loza said the exhibit served as a special “bonding moment for the faculty members.”

“This is to show the camaraderie between our professors. We are trying to revive and bring out the closeness of the faculty members in order to ensure a productive academic year,” she told the Varsitarian.

She said the opportunity for the mentors to showcase their works to the University audience would also help in their development as artists.

The exhibit offered no particular theme, giving the faculty members a free rein on what they wanted to put on display. The results, as expected, showed only the signature of individual artists.

“We imposed no limitations. We welcomed every mind in the faculty to take part in the groupwork,” said Loza.

Paintings ranged from being acryclic-based, to a simple pen and ink rendering. Rhea Adonis’ Maria Makiling showed environmental images, using earth colors to portray her nature-loving character.

Erly Estrelia, a professor in Advertising Practice, used colored pencils for her two works in the exhibit, namely Flowers and Sunflowers. Hers was similar, in terms of simplicity, to Noel Torres’ pen and ink sketches and drawings, seen in the comic strip-like Self-Portrait which presented six various countenances, and Untitled, which displayed a girl in a somber stance.


Bong Ducat showed his skills in both painting and sculpture with the masterpiece Orchid, wherein he glued sculpted mediums to the canvas and painted over it with shades of gold for a beautiful blending effect.

On the digital photography side was Romeo Remalante, with his Playa Calatagan and Corregidor Topside panoramas. Myrna Sunico’s colored photographs Crossing the Sunset and Insex contrasted with Tony-Rome Balde IV’s black-and-white photography in his work titled The Door.

“This exhibit is an outward expression of our faculty’s readiness in facing whatever challenges may come this year,” exhibit curator Mary Ann Venturina-Bulanadi said.


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