Category Archives: Arts & Culture

DLSU Publishing House publishes two-volume Betsy Westendorp coffee-table book

Westendorp

A CELEBRATION of art and life, Betsy Westendorp is a two-volume coffee-table book that was launched last Thursday, February 22 at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila. It presents the extraordinary range of the world-renowned painter, who remains a dynamic force of the cultural scene at the golden age of ninety! Her paintings are timeless classics.

 

A citizen of Spain and the Philippines, Betsy Westendorp has received prestigious awards from both countries. In 1976, His Majesty King Juan Carlos I of Spain bestowed on her the distinguished Lazo de Dama de la Orden de Isabel la Catolica, the equivalent of knighthood for ladies.

In 2008 during the term of Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Merit for Art and Culture.

Published by the De La Salle University Publishing House, the book was lavishly created by Filipino art critic Cid Reyes and Spanish graphic designer Iñigo Cerdan. It is unique in its inclusion of the Spanish text by the famed Spanish art critic Elena Florez, who wrote an expansive and eloquent critique of the artist’s works. It was translated by the artist’s daughter Isabel Brias Westendorp.

As Cerdan states, “Designing these volumes is a way to show the world how valuable and successful is the career of Betsy Westendorp.”

The Museum at DLSU presents FRAGMENTS: Cityscape stories and reflections

The Museum Fragments graphic

The Museum at De La Salle University opened its third exhibition that focuses on art and environment entitled FRAGMENTS: Cityscape stories and reflections. The exhibit will be on view until August 18 at the 2nd Level of the Don Enrique Yuchengco Hall in the Manila campus.

The word “Fragment” means “broken off,” “incomplete,” or “detached.” This alludes to people’s stories within the city, their lives and experiences as a small piece of a whole.

The exhibit presents the essential structures and developments of a city plus people’s activities at daytime and nighttime, as interpreted by artists. The selected pieces also express stories of inspiration through their artistic representation of the physical aspects of a city. It aspires to motivate and encourage viewers to participate, in their own way, in making our surroundings clean, orderly, beautiful, and pleasantly inhabitable.

The exhibit also gives  viewers freedom to speak of their mind through art by creatively writing their opinions, drawing, and forming puzzles. This serves as an interactive experience for all visitors. This aspect of the exhibit aims to touch the domains of learning through the use of cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills in order to encourage viewers’ formulation of fresh ideas which can be applied in their daily lives.

The artworks in “Fragments” are from the Wili and Doreen Fernandez collection, University art collection, and loaned works from selected artists and art collectors.

This exhibition is open to the general public. For more information, please contact The Museum at (+632) 5244611 local 368 or email: nicky.bradecina@dlsu.edu.ph. You may also check The Museum website at http://themuseum.dlsu.edu.ph

DLSU to hold national conference on teaching literature, humanities

 

The Department of Literature of De La Salle University will conduct “Writing the Classroom: National Conference on the Teaching of Literature and the Humanities” from  May 25 to 27 at the Verdure, 4/F Henry Sy, Sr. Hall, in Taft Avenue, Manila.

This is open to all teachers of literature especially those who are teaching in either senior high school or college levels.

The 3-day conference will have plenary lectures, lesson planning workshops, and teaching demonstrations on the following topics: teaching poetry, teaching fiction, teaching drama, teaching creative nonfiction, teaching 21st century Philippine literature, teaching Afro-Asian literature, teaching Anglo-American literature, teaching literary theory and criticism, and teaching Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere.

Recognized by the Commission on Higher Education as a Center of Development, the DLSU Department of Literature is home to writers and scholars who are respected and published in the Philippines and abroad. It has on its faculty winners of the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards and the National Book Awards.

The conference fee is P1,500 that comes with a teaching manual. The fee does not include food and accommodation. For more details and reservations, please email the conference director, Dr. John Iremil E. Teodoro, at john.iremil.teodoro@dlsu.edu.ph or call telephone number 524-4611 local 541 or 532 and look for Donna Mina.

DLSU wins gold in Anvil Awards

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De La Salle University’s special publication, Involved, nabbed a Gold Award at the 52nd Anvil Gabi ng Parangal. The ceremony was held at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel last March 10.

Involved, a special publication developed by DLSU’s Office for Strategic Communications, celebrates knowledge in action and how it can transform lives. The magazine focuses on the community engagement efforts of faculty members and highlights the various programs and initiatives of DLSU as a national resource, in line with the educational work of St. John Baptist de La Salle towards a humane, progressive, and peaceful society.

The latest issue can be viewed here.

Manila 1945 in Text and Images Exhibit at the DLSU Learning Commons

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In commemoration of the Liberation of Manila, the DLSU Libraries is holding an exhibit entitled “Manila 1945 in Text and Images” at the 6th floor Exhibit Area of The Learning Commons, Henry Sy Sr. Hall.

This exhibition will feature selected images and works taken during the Battle of Manila from the holdings of the Libraries. The exhibit is intended to remind the academic community of a critical period in the history of the nation and the sacrifices that both the armed forces and civilian population endured during the Second World War.

Currently, the Libraries have a Special Collection on War Years, consisting of 88  volumes of books on World War I and World War II, located on the 13th floor of The Learning Commons. In addition, 260 titles or 501 volumes of books on World War II are  available in the Filipiniana Collection (10th floor HSSH).

The exhibit will run from 20 February to 03 March 2017, 7:00AM to 8:00PM and is in line with Proclamation No. 653, s1993.

Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa to visit DLSU

 

Nobel Laureate for Literature Mario Vargas Llosa

Nobel Laureate for Literature Mario Vargas Llosa

Nobel Laureate in Literature Mario Vargas Llosa will be at De La Salle University on November 8 to receive an honorary doctorate in literature, the highlight of his visit to the country.

University administrators, faculty, students, writers, and members of the diplomatic corps are expected to attend the ceremony which will be held at the Teresa Yuchengco Auditorium.

Vargas Llosa studied in La Salle schools in Bolivia and Peru for his elementary education.

In 2010, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature, “for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt, and defeat” (Nobel Prize Foundation). According to the Swedish Academy, Vargas Llosa is “a divinely gifted storyteller.”

His critically acclaimed novels and fictions include: La ciudad y los perros (1963, Eng. trans. The Time of the Hero), La tía Julia y el escribidor (1977, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter), La guerra del fin del mundo (1981, The War of the End of the World), El sueño del celta (2011, The Dream of the Celt), El héroe discrete (2013, The Discreet Hero), and Cinco esquinas (2016, Five Corners). His collections of essays include Sables y utopías. Visiones de América Latina (2009, Sabres and Utopias: Visions of Latin America) and La civilización del espectáculo (2012, The Civilization of the Spectacle).

Aside from the Nobel, Vargas Llosa has received many prizes and awards such as the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature, 1986; Miguel de Cervantes Prize in Spanish-language literature, 1994; PEN/Nabokov Award, 2002; and the XII Don Quijote Journalism Award.

Write Green: Premio Ambahan 2016

When a Mangyan poet writes of a flower, he writes of it not for the purpose of celebrating its beauty or fragrance but to make it an allegory or symbol of human life, its problems, and its challenges. – Antoon Postma

The DLSU Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center (BNSCWC) announces Write Green: Premio Ambahan 2016. This competition seeks to promote the writing of ambahan as a contemporary expression deep-rooted in our tradition. Ambahan is a short poetic form indigenous to the Hanunuo Mangyans of Mindoro. It consists of seven-syllable lines, mono-rhyme scheme, and images illustrating people’s lives in relation to their natural habitat. Its original language uses an ancient syllabary or a writing system Indic in origin.

Guidelines

Premio Ambahan is open to all bona fide undergraduate students of De La Salle University, Taft and STC campuses. The entry is one (1) good unpublished poem, an original work. It should follow the stylistic features of an ambahan, composed in English or Filipino. Theme is landscape and environment. The poem may reflect on green things, retell scenes of disasters, rediscover myth and milieu, imagine the future, or just love the planet.

Only one entry per contestant will be accepted. Entry should include author’s full contact information (address, email, phone) and copy of current EAF (3rd Term AY2015-2016). Not eligible for the contest are the student personnel of BNSCWC.

Three winners will be selected to receive the following prizes: First, PHP5,000; second prize, PHP4,000; and third prize, PHP3,000. The decision of the Board of Judges is final.

Entry deadline: 30 June 2016.  Winners will be announced in August 2016.

Please submit entry as Word attachment to: bnscwc@dlsu.edu.ph. “Premio Ambahan” should be indicated in the space marked “Subject.”

This competition celebrates the Philippine Environment Month, and complements the DLSU No Impact Experiment in June.

For inquiries, please contact BNSCWC at (632) 5244611 local 233; drop by the office at M208; or email bnscwc@dlsu.edu.ph.

Dr. Cirilo F. Bautista Officially Inducted as National Artist for Literature

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Noel Pablante, Manila Bulletin

 

Dr. Cirilo F. Bautista, De La Salle University Professor Emeritus and University Fellow, was among nine Filipinos formally inducted into the Order of National Artists last April 14 by President Benigno S. Aquino III at the Malancañang Palace. The induction of Bautista as National Artist for Literature follows the proclamation made on June 20, 2014.

The Order of National Artists is presided over by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). Upon the recommendation of both the NCCA and CCP, the President of the Philippines confers the National Artist award on Filipinos “who have made distinct contributions in the field of arts and letters.

Described as a Renaissance man, Bautista is a poet, fictionist, painter, literary critic, and educator. At DLSU, he was honored as a member of the elite group of University Fellows. He spent 33 years teaching in the University, retiring in 2006.

He earned his Doctor of Arts in Language and Literature at DLSU in 1990. He was an exchange professor and honorary fellow in various universities abroad. He received notable literary recognitions including the first Hall of Fame Award of the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature, numerous National Book Awards, and the Grand Prize in the Centennial Literary Contest.

 

DLSU to Host Cartoons for Peace Master Class

Cartooning for Peace

EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture), the Cultural Center of National Institutes composed of Alliance Française de Manille, Goethe-Institut Philippinen, along with the Embassies of Denmark, France, and Switzerland in the Philippines will present Cartooning for Peace in Manila in May 2015.

by Plantu (France), Le Monde, Paris, March 11, 1999

by Plantu (France), Le Monde, Paris, March 11, 1999

Cartooning for Peace project, spearheaded by EUNIC Philippines, aims to invite European cartoonists from the Cartooning for Peace international network, together with Filipino cartoonists to participate in a series of conferences, master classes, interviews, and cartooning workshops in De La Salle University and other reputable academic institutions in the Philippines.  DLSU will host a master class for selected students for  its segment of the tour on May 7, 2015 and will be lead by renowned cartoonist Plantu, Bob Katzenelson, and local veteran Manix Abrera.

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by Manix Abrera

This project will also collaborate with leading newspapers companies such as Manila Bulletin, Manila Times, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star, and Tempo to promote the event and to publish their cartoons in their respective editorial sections.

by Bob Katzenelson Source: http://www.caricature.dk/node/99

by Bob Katzenelson, Source: http://www.caricature.dk/node/99

Among its objectives is to encourage understanding among different cultures and beliefs using editorial cartoons. In particular, the initiative hopes to raise awareness on the role of cartoonists in promoting peace and fighting prejudice. It hopes to provide opportunities for interaction between the international cartoonists and the Filipino cartoonists, journalists, academe and the general public of the Philippines.

Five cartoonists from Europe (Denmark, France, Germany, and Switzerland) and six cartoonists from the Philippines will participate in Cartooning for Peace in Manila.

The 5 European cartoonists are as follows:

  • Denmark : Bob Katzenelson
  • France: Plantu, President of Cartooning
  • Germany : Thomas Plassmann and Miriam Wurster
  • Switzerland : Philippe Baumann

The 6 Filipino cartoonists are as follows:

  • Steven Pabalinas : Manila Times
  • Norman Isaac : Tempo
  • Rene Aranda : Philippine Star
  • Manix Abrera : Philippine Daily Inquirer
  • Roni Santiago : Manila Bulletin

 

CARTOONING FOR PEACE

Founded at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in 2006 by Kofi Annan (former Secretary General of the United Nations) and Plantu (French cartoonist), Cartooning for Peace is a network of 130 cartoonists around the world who use the power and language of images to fight for peace and freedom of expression.

EUNIC

EUNIC is the network of the European National Institutes for culture. Formed in 2006, EUNIC is a recognized leader in cultural cooperation. Its members work in the arts, language, youth, education, science, intercultural dialogue and development sectors.

New Literary Arts program for writers

Cirillo

De La Salle University recently lauched the Cirilo F. Bautista Program for Literary Arts, named in honor of the 2014 National Artist for Literature and DLSU Professor Emeritus.

The announcement was made last March 19 at the DLSU Henry Sy, Sr. Hall, during a special tribute for him that also coincided with the launching of his new book, Things Happen Poems 2012, published by the University of Santo Tomas.

Announcing the establishment of the literary program, Vice Chancellor for Academics Dr. Myrna Austria said that a seed fund of one million pesos has been allocated by the University to support both professional and budding writers of poetry, essay, and fiction.  Literary grantees will be chosen annually.

Chancellor Emeritus Dr. Carmelita Quebengco delivered the opening remarks, and Br. Bernard Oca FSC, De La Salle Santiago Zobel School president, the remarks of circumstance.  Fellow National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera and National Artist for Music Ramon Santos graced the occasion.

Described as a Renaissance man, Bautista is a poet, fictionist, painter, literary critic, and educator.  At DLSU, he was honored as a member of the elite group of University Fellows.  He spent 33 years of teaching in the University, retiring in 2006.

The tribute for Bautista featured a poetry reading by eminent writers Gemino Abad, Alice Sun Cua, Carlomar Arcangel Daoana, Marjorie Evasco, Dinah Roma, and Alfred Yuson. An open forum  with the writer, hosted by journalist Lito Zulueta, culminated the event.

The event was organized by the Department of Literature, the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center, and the College of Liberal Arts.

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