On its ninth year, ‘Likhang Bayan’ tackles environmental issues

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THOMASIANS took part in raising environmental awareness through “UST SweetArt,” the ninth edition of the “Likhang Bayan” art and photo exhibit by the UST Museum at SM City North Edsa.

The exhibit, which opened last April 22 in celebration of Earth Day, showcased over a hundred works by students from the College of Fine Arts and Design (CFAD) and College of Education.

“This exhibit is also a response to the papal encyclical Laudato Si and the National Development Plan from 2017 to 2022,” UST Museum Assistant Director Anna Bautista told the Varsitarian.

The development plan outlines the Duterte administration’s socioeconomic agenda, which “represents the collective vision and aspirations of Filipinos for themselves and for the country.”

Interior design student Hyun Jung Kim’s paper-cutting art, “Endangered Animals,” used Japanese paper to portray endangered animals such as pandas and blue whales.

Also on exihibit was advertising arts student Joreli Apellane’s eye-catching photograph of a Rafflesia on a mossy ground, titled “Antique: Into the Western Visayas.”

Last April 26, CFAD professor Danilo Santiago and Assistant Dean Romeo Castro held an on-the-spot painting competition.

“Likhang Bayan,” which started in 2007, was initially intended for a five-year run ahead of the UST Quadricentennial celebration. Education Dean Allan De Guzman chose to continue the annual exhibition.

This year’s “Likhang Bayan” will run until May 1.

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