FEU short films win IUF awards, vie for Gawad Alternatibo

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by Prof. Seymour Barros Sanchez (FEU Department of Communication)

Two films made by Far Eastern University students under their Cinema Production (CNM2) classes won a total of six awards during the Indie Un-Film Festival awards night held last July 21 at the Bro. Andrew Gonzales Hall, De La Salle University-Manila.

In the Pamana category, “Sa Gabing Tanging Liwanag ay Paniniwala” (Belief as the Light in Darkness) brought home the Best Pamana Film award, Best Production Design for Ron Christian Alos, Best Sound Design for James Manalili and Best Cinematography for Rommel Ruiz. The new Pamana category aims to bring forth stories of Filipino heritage and culture.

Directed by Francis Guillermo, the film revolves around the continuous disappearances of townsfolk, prompting the local chieftain to find out who is behind it and where they are being brought. Upon conducting a search, he and his son came across a mysterious answer.

The production team of DAMA.

The production team of DAMA.

Meanwhile, “Dama” directed by Trish Ruedas Antonio, bagged Best Production Design for Reopaolo Nuñez and Best Actor for Rolando Inocencio in the Feature category. Inocencio plays a father who adopts a stray child to cope with his son’s death in a crisis-ridden world.

“Sa Gabing Tanging Liwanag ay Paniniwala” was submitted as a final CNM2 project to FEU Department of Communication chair and Film Society adviser Cherish Brillon while “Dama” was made under the class of former FEU Filmsoc adviser Seymour Sanchez.

The 15th annual intercollegiate digital film festival, organized by the DLSU Green Media Group, celebrates film by showcasing the competition’s finalists and the IUF Talks involving the country’s renowned filmmakers.

The talks, held at Warehouse Eight in Chino Roces Avenue last July 14, had award-winning scriptwriter Clodualdo “Doy” del Mundo Jr. and filmmakers Antoinette Jadaone, Pepe Diokno, Ice Idanan and Kaj Palanca as speakers.

The two award-winning films will next compete in the 30th Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video, also known as Gawad Alternatibo, from August 4 to 6 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Tanghalang Manuel Conde or CCP Dream Theater.

All the winning entries in the IUF will again be screened on August 3, Friday, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Waldo Perfecto Seminar Room, Ground Floor, Br. Connon Hall, DLSU. Interested parties may visit www.indieunfilmfestival.com or contact Jenni at 0915-1291021.

 

Tamaraw brothers to re-launch legendary DI-13 comic series

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A legendary figure in Philippine comics is set to make a big return as FEU alumni and brothers Damy Velasquez III and Tommy Velasquez are launching “The New DI-13″. Their grandfather Damy Velasquez created and wrote the original DI-13 series in the mid-1940s until the 1960s, while his older brother Tony Velasquez is known as the “Father of Tagalog Komiks.”

DI-13 was a hit among avid comics readers and a film adaptation was made in 1955 entitled “Adventures of DI-13″, which starred Jose Romulo.

The upcoming release is both a modern update and a continuation of Damy III and Tommy’s grandfather’s work.

The New DI-13 is the first komiks project by brothers Damy Velasquez III and Tommy Velasquez.

The New DI-13 is the first komiks project by brothers Damy Velasquez III and Tommy Velasquez.

Damy III is an AB Mass Communication graduate and served as faculty in the Department of Communication for nearly two decades, while Tommy is a Fine Arts Major in Advertising graduate and a graphic artist and illustrator for a local and international promotions company.

Despite pursuing different career paths, they knew they would venture into comics sooner or later.

“I’ve always felt that I should continue my grandfather’s legacy as a Velasquez & his namesake. He is a komiks pioneer so I decided to honor my heritage by re-introducing the series to modern readers,” said Damy III.

Damy Sr and Tony Velasquez  are credited for jumpstarting the local comics industry and mentored Darna creator Mars Ravelo, National Artist Francisco V. Coching and numerous comics greats.

Issue #0 of The New DI-13 will be released on August 4, 2018 exclusively at Komikon Indieket 2018 for PHP50. Damy III shared that The New DI-13 #0 is essentially the prologue that sets the scene for issue #1.

Damy Velasquez, DI-13’s creator & writer, is the younger brother of Tony Velasquez, the “Father of Tagalog Komiks.” Damy’s other creations include Falcon and Love Story Illustrated Magazine. Both DI-13 and Falcon were made into movies starring Jose Romulo (DI-13) and Zaldy Zshornack (Falcon).

Damy Velasquez, DI-13’s creator & writer, is the younger brother of Tony Velasquez, the “Father of Tagalog Komiks.” Damy’s other creations include Falcon and Love Story Illustrated Magazine. Both DI-13 and Falcon were made into movies starring Jose Romulo (DI-13) and Zaldy Zshornack (Falcon).

“What I can say is the DI or Department of Investigation has evolved from the original. Also while it’s a modern story, it is inspired by classic DI-13 detective elements. There is definitely a new agent Trese. Who he is, comics readers will have to find out in issue #0.”

While the komiks series is the main focus, Damy III is optimistic this re-incarnation of DI-13 can achieve the crossover appeal of the original.

“Hopefully, it is made into a film again. I’ve already pitched it to a well-known film production company. I think it can also work as a television series. We are currently finalizing a deal with an online comics platform to feature the original series as well as The New DI-13.”

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FEU students experience “Chinese on the Go”

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Far Eastern University (FEU) Institute of Accounts, Business and Finance (IABF) Manila and IABF Training And Management Services (IABF-TAMS) and the National Sun Yat Sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Taiwan Education Center (TEC) Philippines for “Chinese on the Go” jointly held the “Free Business Mandarin Language Training” held last July 2 to 13, 2018 for selected business and finance students.

The 10 day- 30 hour training were participated in by 42 IABF students from different year levels. It included the Mandarin language course, a Cultural course on the introduction of different Chinese teas, Calligraphy, and Learning Chinese by singing.

“By learning the Mandarin language, our students will be able to understand the Chinese culture and equip themselves with correct pronunciation, vocabulary, and sentence structures so they can confidently communicate, interact, and do business with Chinese nationals,” Dr. Joey P. Tem, Associate Dean of IABF said

The objectives of this training program are to enrich IABF’s international linkages; equip business students with the basics of Mandarin language and to familiarize them with Chinese culture.

From left to right of front row: Minister James Chiu, Deputy Representative of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office  (TECO) in the Philippines, Mr. Jerry Chuang , Press Division Director, Mr. Arthur Yang, Coastguard Attache,  Mr. Lorenzo Ramos , Executive Assistant, Mr. Richmond Huang, Manager, Taiwan Education Center, Ms. Shih Yuan (second row left),  Mandarin Teacher, National  Sun Yat Sen University, Dr. Myrna Quinto, VPAD,  Dr. Alma Vicentina V. Dela Cruz, Dean, IABF,  Ms. Leah  Ballares, Academic Development Coordinator, Linkages and Student Mobility,  Dr. Joey P. Tem, Associate Dean, IABF

From left to right of front row: Minister James Chiu, Deputy Representative of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines, Mr. Jerry Chuang , Press Division Director, Mr. Arthur Yang, Coastguard Attache, Mr. Lorenzo Ramos , Executive Assistant, Mr. Richmond Huang, Manager, Taiwan Education Center, Ms. Shih Yuan (second row left), Mandarin Teacher, National Sun Yat Sen University, Dr. Myrna Quinto, VPAD, Dr. Alma Vicentina V. Dela Cruz, Dean, IABF, Ms. Leah Ballares, Academic Development Coordinator, Linkages and Student Mobility, Dr. Joey P. Tem, Associate Dean, IABF

FEU- IABF is committed to producing quality graduates possessing skills that meet the needs of the industry. The Institute helps graduates to be successful in their chosen fields through exposure and opportunity to learn different languages and cultures that are believed to be essential in the workplace.

FEU Painting majors shine brightest in Manila mural contest

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A group of FEU IARFA Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Major in Painting students won the Grand Prize in the On the Spot Mural Painting Contest held last July 20-22, 2018 at SM City San Lazaro. The participating students are Venus Camil, Armer Keisha Cabatbat, Franz John Balete and Rasid N. Ibrahim.

The theme of the competition was “Glow your City: Capturing the City of Manila in Bright Lights” and it was organized by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Davies Paint and Mosaic by the creek.

The FEU students we’re awarded P15,000.00 and a trophy. The competition was coordinated with IARFA faculty, Mr.Manny Billoso.

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FEU G&C director appointed as PRC CPD Council member

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Dr. Sheila Marie Hocson, director of Far Eastern University’s Guidance and Counseling (G&C), was appointed as a member of the Professional Regulatory Commission’s (PRC) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Council.

The two-year appointment will task Hocson and fellow Council members to promote, ensure, and implement the continuous improvement of knowledge, skills, and competencies of guidance and counseling professionals in accordance with the national, regional, and international standards of practice. Among other functions, the Council will act on the applications of CPD providers and monitor and evaluate the CPD programs.

Hocson’s new appointment succeeds her presidency of the Philippine Guidance and Counseling Association (PGCA), which recently won the Best Innovative Practice Award conferred by the American Counseling Association National Awards 2018 and sponsored by Capella University in Atlanta, USA. Hocson has also traveled in the country and abroad as a speaker for her advocacy on cyber-bullying, mental health, career, parenting, and managing the millennials, I-Gens, and Alpha Gens.

“The new appointment is a challenge to provide dynamic, responsive, proactive, evidence-based, and advocacy-driven guidance and counseling programs not only for FEU but for other universities in the country. Relevant and regular training for guidance counselors entails better professional practices that help advance the holistic development of students,” said Hocson.

Major upgrade in FEU and Thomson Reuters partnership

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Thomson Reuters Manila (TR Manila) has strengthened its industry-academe partnership by supplying computer terminals equipped with its flagship product Eikon to the Far Eastern University (FEU).

Eikon – a set of financial analysis tools – will be used by students of the Institute of Accounts, Business, and Finance (IABF) and will support a more meaningful learning experience by providing them with access to real-time stock market data, analytics, trading and messaging tools for different asset classes.

Michelle Bautista, director of the Placement Office, said: “Our fruitful partnership began in 2016 and spans resource sharing, faculty and student training, internships and job postings”.DSC_9257

Peter Buenaseda, Senior Site Officer and Head of Human Resources at Thomson Reuters added: “Eikon is an extremely useful tool that will help future financial analysts make evidence or market-based decisions. The ability to understand and analyze big data is a critical skill for the job markets of the future and we’d like to develop this highly technical skill among students now”

“More and more IABF curriculums will be powered by input from our industry partners and advisers. This is to ensure the alignment of our students’ training with the demands of the business ecology,” added Alma Dela Cruz, IABF dean.

The ceremony to mark the occasion was held at the FEU in their Interactive Laboratory and ManCom Room – two future-ready facilities that boast of a collaborative space and an intelligent board. Attendees at the event included representatives from Thomson Reuters Manila, led by Peter Buenaseda, Senior Site Officer and Head of Human Resources, while the FEU officials and faculty were led by Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Maria Teresa Trinidad Tinio.

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Lourdes Montinola Piña Weaving Competition showcases Filipino artistry

HABI, the Philippine Textile Council, puts the spotlight on Filipino textile artisans who can showcase their creativity in revitalizing the traditional piña cloth through the Lourdes Montinola Piña Weaving Competition.

The contest is named after the Far Eastern University Chair Emeritus who wrote Piña, a formative book presenting pineapple cloth as a national treasure. This queen of Philippine fabrics, which is a naturally glossy ivory-white fiber extracted from the leaves of the tropical fruit, is often blended with cotton, abaca, silk, or polyester to produce traditional Filipino dresses such as the Barong Tagalog and Baro’tSaya.

The contest is named after FEU Chair Emeritus Lourdes Montinola

The contest is named after FEU Chair Emeritus Lourdes Montinola

Sharing the same advocacy as Montinola, the competition encourages young talents to take up piña weaving as a craft and a vocation.

The competition challenges all artisans, who weave, dye, embroider, or embellish piña to create a new form of the elite fabric. Winning pieces must encapsulate the full artistic ambition of cloth-making using tried and unknown techniques alike. The cloth must be 2 meters in length with no limitation on width and at least 50% piña. It must champion excellence in weave and design—tension control, balance between fabrics, and execution of dyeing among others; and embrace the fibers of craftsmanship and innovation such as dexterity in handling materials and blends.

On October 2018, three awards will be given to artists and artisans who—individually or collaboratively—create extraordinary piña cloth. The winning entries will be exhibited at the annual Likhang HABI Market Fair at the Glorietta Activity Center, Ayala, Makati, from October 13 to 15. These will remain the property of their makers after the full documentation of HABI.

The top three entries will receive cash prizes of P50,000, P30,000, and P20,000, respectively.

Deadline of entries is on September 15 at the HABI office: 4D Carmen Court, 6080 Palma Street, Barangay Poblacion, Makati.

FEU faculty holds workshop for Navoteño HS students

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Advocacy filmmaker and film educator Seymour Sanchez recently conducted a seminar-workshop on digital filmmaking and mentoring sessions for junior high school students and teachers at the Pangisdaan Hall, 4th Floor Navotas City Hall, in connection with the 3rd Navoteño Film Festival to be held on June 23.

Sanchez teaches cinema, scriptwriting and journalism at the Far Eastern University (FEU) Department of Communication. He is a graduate of the 14th Ricky Lee scriptwriting workshop and the first Brillante Mendoza directing class.

His short film “Caretaker” won second prize in the short fiction category of the sixth CAM International Festival for Short Films in Cairo, Egypt, as well as the Golden Philippine Eagle Festival Director’s Choice and Best Actor award for Rolando Inocencio at the third Singkuwento International Film Festival, Audience Choice prize at the Active Vista Human Rights Film Festival, among others. He also won the grand prize for “Hiwaga” in the screenplay category of the 59th Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature.

Sanchez discussed development, pre-production, production, post-production and distribution, and talked about scriptwriting, cinematography and lighting, production design, sound, music, editing and directing. His wife, Eloisa, imparted her knowledge in production management and producing films for Red Room Media Productions while FEU’s resident actor and short film editor Rowi Du shared some tips and advice in his fields of expertise.

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The annual project, which is facilitated by PIO head Irish Cubillan, is open to all junior high school students from the city. Competing this year are Kaunlaran High School, La Naval Academy, Navotas National HS, Navotas National Science HS, San Jose Academy, San Rafael Technological and Vocational HS, San Roque National HS, Tangos National HS and Tanza National HS.

The film festival, which has tourism as its theme this year, serves as a platform for the city’s future filmmakers to develop and harness their craft and showcase their works, as well as a means to discover young and talented Navoteños for the city’s art scholarship program.