FEU DepComm launches Brownbag Lecture Series

Karen Lee V. Panelais a faculty member of the Department of Communication teaching communication and media courses. Her areas of interest include media violence, political economy of media, comedy in film and television, political communication, and genre studies.

Karen Lee V. Panela is a faculty member of the Department of Communication teaching communication and media courses. Her areas of interest include media violence, political economy of media, comedy in film and television, political communication, and genre studies.

The humor in selected Vic Sotto films and the influence of a Julia Roberts movie in teaching speech courses to students kicked off the Far Eastern University (FEU) – Department of Communication’s (DEPCOMM) Brownbag Lecture Series last  September 12.

The series originated from the idea of the brown bag lunch where participants share not only food but ideas as well. It was launched to enhance FEU DECPOMM’s culture of research.  DEPCOMM faculty member Karen Lee V. Panela and Assistant Professor Damian Velasquez III were the inaugural speakers.

Panela’s study, “When laughter is not the best medicine: Physical humor in the selected films of Vic Sotto,” examined some comedy films of the famous actor. Her study showed that Sotto’s celebrity identity influenced how physical humor, enhanced his ‘power’ as a comedy actor. Panela’s research also showed that comedy may in fact disempower characters who support the comic lead.

Meanwhile, Velasquez in his study “Film as Instructional Aid in Teaching Intonation: Effects on Performance and Attitude towards the Speech 1 Course” focused on the film “Mona Lisa Smile.” This  film, which stars Hollywood actress Julia Roberts, teaches  how film can  be an instructional aid in teaching  speech  to students and influencing their attitude towards the subject.

“This project is patterned after the practices of international universities where faculty members are encouraged to gather informally to exchange ideas, topics and trends in research”, explains Cherish Aileen Brillon, Program Head of DEPCOMM.

Panela, who teaches communication and media courses, specializes in research on media violence, political economy of media, comedy in film and television, political communication, and genre studies. Meanwhile, Velasquez teaches Effective Speech Communication, Film Criticism, and Introduction to Film. He holds an MA degree in Instructional Management from Miriam College.

Damian Velasquez III is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Communication handling Effective Speech Communication, Film Criticism, and Introduction to Film. He holds an MA degree in Instructional Management from Miriam College.

Damian Velasquez III is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Communication handling Effective Speech Communication, Film Criticism, and Introduction to Film. He holds an MA degree in Instructional Management from Miriam College.

 

FEU claims third in 1st Philippine Collegiate Peace Debates

FEU debaters Allison Dela Cruz, Kevin Ken Ganchero and Marco Carlo Sana.

FEU debaters Allison Dela Cruz, Kevin Ken Ganchero and Marco Carlo Sana.

Far Eastern University’s (FEU), Oratorical and Debate Council (ORADEC) landed third place in the 1st Philippine Collegiate Peace Debates (PCPD). Jointly organized by the Armed Forces of the Philippines and La Salle Debate Society, PCPD aims to promote patriotism and raise the Filipino youth’s awareness in national peace and security issues.

The country’s top 20 debating universities participated in the tournament.

FEU was represented by Kevin Ken Ganchero (Fourth Year, AB Political Science), Allison Dela Cruz (Fourth Year BS Psychology), and Marco Carlo Sana (Masters in Business Administration-Juris Doctor). They defeated UP Visayas-Miag-ao, Ateneo de Naga University, College of Saint Benilde, and San Beda College to advance to the semifinal round.

FEU battled Xavier University (XU) on the motion, “This house believes that the local government, rather than the military, should be the front liners in countering local insurgency.” The tightly contested round ended with a 3-2 split decision in favor of XU.

UP Diliman finished first place followed by XU, while Ateneo de Manila University settled for fourth.

Medal haul for FEU in National Food Showdown

Students and professors from Far Eastern University’s (FEU) Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management (ITHM) brought home awards from the 7th Annual National Food Showdown 2013 held last September 20-21, 2013 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

The National Food Showdown is an annual culinary reunion of students and professionals. According to its official website, the event is envisioned to help develop skills along the lines of tourism and the hospitality industry, for participants not only in Manila but also in the rest of the country. It  has grown to be the only nationwide cook-off in the Philippines.  Backed by media giant ABS-CBN, it continues to excite competitors in the provinces.

This year’s theme is “Mastering the Basics” where the 2 day annual culinary reunion and the Philippines’ only national event focuses on the heroic skills and talents of both industry professionals and students in food service all over the country. Below are the NFS winners from FEU Manila.

Professors Richard D. Tabuena and Mark D. Alvero won the Silver Medal in the Professional Division's  "Klasika Kulinarya", which had the theme: Adobo, The National Dish.

Professors Richard D. Tabuena and Mark D. Alvero won the Silver Medal in the Professional Division’s “Klasika Kulinarya”, which had the theme: Adobo, The National Dish.

 

Student Winners (Coached by Mr. Harold B. Bueno)

John Vincent Naïve (4th year, HRM) Top Individual in Cocktail Mixing and Silver in Cocktail Mixing.

John Vincent Naïve (4th year, HRM) Top Individual in Cocktail Mixing and Silver in Cocktail Mixing.

Katherine Joy Calma (4th year, HRM ), Ron Ron Alcon (3rd year HRM Student), Karen Bautista (2nd year HRM), Bronze Medalist Table Setting “Wine and Dine”.

Katherine Joy Calma (4th year, HRM ), Ron Ron Alcon (3rd year HRM Student), Karen Bautista (2nd year HRM), Bronze Medalist Table Setting “Wine and Dine”.

Albert Owen De Guzman (3rd year HRM), Diploma Vegetarian Amuse Bouche.

Albert Owen De Guzman (3rd year HRM), Diploma Vegetarian Amuse Bouche.

Kevin Ogania  (3rd year HRM), Diploma in Flambé Dessert “It's Show time”

Kevin Ogania (3rd year HRM), Diploma in Flambé Dessert “It’s Show time”.

Rowen Alfred Luna (2rd year HRM), Diploma in Chips and Dips

Rowen Alfred Luna (2rd year HRM), Diploma in Chips and Dips.

Josiah Agunat  (Fourth year, HRM), Diploma in Mocktail Mixing.

Josiah Agunat (Fourth year, HRM), Diploma in Mocktail Mixing.

 

 

 

 

 

Unity and commitment to excellence keys to greatness for current Tams, says Coach Nash

Coach Nash believes the Tams are destined for greatness if they play the right way.

Coach Nash believes the Tams are destined for greatness if they play the right way.

Finishing the UAAP tournament with a better result from last year and exceeding expectations were enough for Far Eastern University (FEU) Men’s Basketball Team Head Coach Nash Racela to declare this season as a good one for his team.

The FEU Tamaraws were eliminated by the De La Salle Green Archers in the UAAP Final Four, 71-68, yesterday at the Mall Of Asia Arena.

“We were in control for most of the game, they were struggling against our defense almost the whole game and our players executed properly. We made extra passes. The players were enjoying. They were acknowledging drop passes. But that’s the story of basketball, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.”

Being free from controversy and the players gradually accepting the internal changes he introduced upon his arrival are the most significant rewards he is taking despite the loss. He strongly believes his team is destined for greatness as long as they are united and commit themselves to excellence.

“I think what’s more important this year is we represented the school better.”

Before the start of the season, many predicted FEU would not make it past the elimination round and finish as low as seventh place. However, the Tams turned heads after an impressive 7-0 sweep of the first round.

“If you were not considered to make it to the Final Four, but still you made it then that is an achievement,” said Coach Nash.

Officially leaving the team this year are Ryan Roose “RR” Garcia and team captain Gryann Mendoza. Garcia was UAAP Most Valuable Player in Season 73, while Mendoza unarguably had his best season as an FEU player this year.

Despite not winning a UAAP title, Garcia said he is satisfied how his collegiate career turned out and confident FEU will remain a serious challenger without him.

In addition, Terrence Romeo, who is set to win the MVP award, has pledged to play his final year of eligibility. Romeo said he only wants a championship for FEU and expects the lessons from this year will result to a more mature FEU Tamaraws in UAAP Season 77.

Coach Nash said he is thankful to the FEU community for the strong support they got.

“I’m sorry that we were not able to win the championship, thank you for believing, we promise that next year we will try to do a better job.”

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Sherisa Nuesa: The CFO built on risks

Sherisa Nuesa graduated from FEU in 1974 and was ING FINEX CFO of the Year in 2008.

Sherisa Nuesa graduated from FEU in 1974, was ING FINEX CFO of the Year in 2008 and a member of the FEU Board of Trustees.

MANILA, Philippines – Business risks make some of the toughest managers and well-trained executives shiver. Risks force numerous industry giants to change their company’s paths or even turn back and go back to the drawing boards.

But Sherisa Nuesa, one of the country’s top chief finance officers (CFOs),  has made a career out of taking risks head on.

With more than two decades of senior management experience in the fields of real estate (Ayala Land Inc.), water infrastructure (Manila Water Co.), electronics (Integrated Microelectronics Inc.), and conglomerate (Ayala Corp.), Nuesa shares her thoughts on the climb to the top.

As CFO of various companies under the country’s oldest conglomerate Ayala Corp., Nuesa has handled not only controllership and treasury functions but also strategy formulation, business development, and risk management.

“I consider myself lucky to be part of a number of major activities that were part of the strategy crafting and execution game, and at the same time, professionally empowering,” Nuesa said.

Fresh from graduating with the highest honors from the Far Eastern University’s Institute of Accounts, Business and Finance in 1974, Nuesa joined Ayala Corp. as a junior financial analyst in 1975.

Read the full feature in The Philippine Star

FEU claims gold in top MedTech quiz bee

1240494_10201700223124454_1618810612_n (3)Far Eastern University (FEU), Manila bagged the championship in the 32nd National PAMET (Philippine Association of Medical Technologists, Inc.)-PASMETH (Philippine Association of Schools of Medical Technology and Public Health, Inc.) national quiz show held on September 20, 2013 at the Cuneta Astrodome.

The FEU team is composed of Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology students Dioma Puyat, Judette Chelsea Luna, Jeremiah Lim, and Bunny Dawn Lagman. The coaches are Mr. Rene Jesus Dinglasan, Mr. Giovanni Milanez and Mr. Aaron Palmares.

FEU Manila bested 38 other MedTech teams from different universities and will keep the highly coveted Key of Academic Excellence until September 2014. Centro Escolar University Manila finished second place, while the third and fourth places were obtained by Trinity University of Asia and University of Santo Tomas, respectively.

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Indie filmmakers could be missing point

Joel Lamangan has was won numerous awards from local and international award-giving bodies.

Joel Lamangan has was won numerous awards from local and international award-giving bodies.

Acclaimed Director Joel Lamangan believes a certain change in attitude will be key in making locally produced independent films more popular in the Philippines. He cited that indie filmmakers nowadays seem to aim for international audiences that is why the “masa” cannot relate and patronize their films.

“Filmmakers should keep in mind which audience they are writing and doing films for, because part of the problem of films nowadays is that they seemed to be lost in translation with the Filipino audiences.

Direk Joel was in Far Eastern University (FEU), Manila last September 13, 2013 and conducted a directing workshop with the FEU Film Society. The event, organized by the Department of Communication through the FEU Film Society and Mass Communication Society, is part of the 5th Pandayang Lino Brocka Political Film and New Media Festival that is in the university for the first time.

The industry stalwart and cultural and political activist strongly advocates that films should mirror a slice of life and its characters and the reality they face in the society.

“There should be a difference with how independent and mainstream films are perceived by viewers because not all indie films are good and not all mainstream films are bad.”

The festival was also brought to us by Tudla Productions, in cooperation with the National Commission on Culture and the Arts, and carries the theme of national sovereignty and serves as a tribute to the struggles and nationalism of Andres Bonifacio.

It has also featured some of the FEU Department of Communication’s alumni in several of its previous screenings. It will close its FEU run with a film screening of selected films on September 25, 2013, at AB 208 from 3:00-6:00pm.

FEU FilmSoc contributes in Nora Aunor film

“Ang Kwento ni Mabuti” will be screened on September 18-24 at Gateway Mall, Shangri-La Mall, and Resorts World Manila.

“Ang Kwento ni Mabuti” will be screened on September 18-24 at Gateway Mall, Shangri-La Mall, and Resorts World Manila.

Alumni and officers of the Far Eastern University (FEU) Film Society were given the chance to work with premier actress Ms. Nora Aunor in her film “Ang Kwento ni Mabuti” directed by Mes de Guzman. An entry to the 1st CineFilipino Film Festival sponsored by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), the film will have its screening on September 18-24 at Gateway Mall, Shangri-La Mall, and Resorts World Manila.

Filmed on location in Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya, the FEU Film Society group spent more than a month learning not only from one of the legends in Philippine film, and other notable actors but also with the award-winning filmmaker, cinematographer Albert Banzon, and industry stalwart Cesar Hernando. The movie brings to life the story of a local healer (Aunor), who stumbles upon a huge amount of money and is confused on what to do with it, relying only on her good morals to dictate the steps she would take.

FEU Film Society alumnus Vircent Labrador was 2nd unit camera operator, while Philip Quintos acted as editor and Charmagne Vidallon as assistant director. Meanwhile, current officers and members Joseph Ronquillo acted as the film’s gaffer, Rochelle Crisostomo, Maine Belen, Jovie Ann Rose Concepcion and Andy Plan took care of the film’s production design. Additional editing credits by Chino Villagracia, sound recording by Jasper Valencia and stills by John Van Medrano.

Lisa Macuja performs ‘Carmen’ at FEU

Lisa Macuja is set to retire at the end of 2013.

Far Eastern University (FEU), through its President’s Committee on Culture (PCC), will present Ballet Manila’s production of “Carmen,” featuring  prima ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, on Sept. 25, 3 p.m., at the historic FEU Auditorium.

Featuring music by Georges Bizet and Rodion Shchedrin, the ballet is a poignant retelling of Prosper Mérimée’s classic novella about an ambitious and manipulative woman whose lust for life, love and luxury ends in bitter heartbreak and misfortune. Macuja-Elizalde, playing the titular role, will also be joined by a host of Ballet Manila’s talents.

With choreography by Eric V. Cruz, Ballet Manila’s first artistic director, the production is part of Macuja-Elizalde’s “Swan Song Series.” The prominent ballerina is set to retire at the end of 2013.

“We at FEU are deeply honored to host Ballet Manila and  Lisa Macuja-Elizalde in one of her farewell performances,” said Martin Lopez, director of the FEU-PCC. “Indeed, this production of ‘Carmen’ featuring Macuja-Elizalde is one of the reasons FEU’s cultural season for the school year is entitled ‘Debuts and Farewells.’”

The first foreign soloist to be invited to join the prestigious Kirov Ballet—now known as the Mariinsky Ballet—Macuja-Elizalde has collected numerous awards during her illustrious career, including the Pearl of the Orient Award and the Gawad Buhay Awards for the Performing Arts in 2008. She was conferred the Order of International Friendship by Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2001 and was part of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World in 1997 and the Ten Outstanding Young Filipinos in 1995.

Ballet Manila’s “Carmen” is part of FEU’s 2013-2014 cultural season, which carries the theme “Debuts and Farewells.” The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call FEU President’s Committee on Culture at tel. 7364897 or visit www.facebook.com/FEU-PCC.

Romeo nears MVP award, as Tams blitz Maroons

MANILA, Philippines – Terrence Romeo starred anew in leading FEU to a lopsided win over hard-luck UP squad, 87-69, to guarantee a playoff for a twice-to-beat incentive in the Final Four of the 76th UAAP men’s basketball tournament at the MOA Arena in Pasay city Wednesday.

Romeo erupted for a career-high 33 points, grabbed nine boards and dished out five assists while Mike Tolomia added 14 markers to help the Tamaraws jump back to the top of the standings with a 10-4 slate.

Read more in the Philippine Star

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