THE FILIPINO family is a standard symbol of Christmas in the country. And such was the theme of Paskong Pamilyang Pilipino, which exhibited vignettes mounted by educators from different interior design academic institutions, at the UST Museum from Nov. 26 to Dec. 19.

Participants, including UST, sought to embody in their respective vignettes a tradtional Filipino family value, such as prayerfulness, thoughtfulness, creativity, joyfulness, charitableness, respectfulness, frugality, and hopefulness.

UST design professors Ana Marie Bautista, Flora Urquico and Lilia De Jesus chose prayerfulness.

Their vignette features the religious altar in a typical Filipino home. A crucifix, adorned with framed photographs of Jesus Christ and Virgin Mary on both sides, hangs over a bed of ornaments in red, gold and bronze. Two steel candlesticks stand at the sides of the altar. Mirroring the royal and pontifical titles of the University, gold served as the artwork’s main motif.

Meanwhile, the designs of two other participating schools—Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) and Philippine Women’s University (PWU)—may have been in reference of the survivors of typhoon Yolanda.

PUP depicted the Filipino family’s joyfulness during Christmas amid unfavorable circumstances by putting together a miniature Nativity scene, framed photographs and a painting of families wearing their widest smiles, while PWU showed Filipino charity in response to natura calamities ravaging the country. Depicting the strong foundation of the Filipino family’s selflessness, the work makes substantial use of wood and sand.

Other participants were Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology, Philippine School of Interior Design, University of the Philippines, University of the East-Caloocan, and Mapua Institute of Technology. The exhibit was organized by the UST Museum of Arts and Sciences, Metrobank Foundation and Council of Interior Design Educators. Juan Carlos D. Moreno

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