THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters (Artlets) and the Faculty of Engineering (Engineering) took top places in the initial staging of the UST Drama Contest sponsored by the Department of Languages last Nov. 26 at the Albertus Magnus Auditorium.

With the theme, “Molding the Competent, Compassionate, Committed, and Community-Oriented Thomasian,” the contest had Filipino and English categories.

Artlets ruled the Filipino category with its version of Paul David’s “Ang Paglilitis ni Mang Serapio.” The Faculty also swept the individual awards, including best director for Jenica Amurao, best actor for Gian Carlo Vizcarra, and best supporting actors for Abraham Dacles and Joel Zaporteza.

The College of Education placed second with “Ikalawang Mukha ng Paninindigan,” as Charmelyn Collado claiming the best actress award. The best supporting actress award went to Haydee Claire Batnan. Engineering wound up third with Jose de Guzman’s “Sa Ngalan ng Ama.”

In the English category, the Engineering placed first with a remake of Wilfredo Ma. Guerero’s “WOW, These Americans!” It also claimed the best director award for Roleine Ayala and best supporting actor award for Archie Co.

Education placed second with “Sabina,” with Rowena Dimatulac winning the best actress award. Education High School placed third with “With Patches of Many Hues,” with Gerard Jurado getting the best actor award.

The other contestants were the College of Commerce and Accountancy, Faculty of Pharmacy, and College of Science.From just a showcase of plays from the different colleges of UST, the Department decided to have it as a contest due to insistent public demand, languages department head Dr. Joanna Hashim said.

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The judges were Dr. Lilia Antonio, Dr. Pamela Constantino, and Geofferson Ting in the Filipino category, and Bart Guingona, Mary Joyce Laig, and Annabelle Mercado in the English category.

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