Tams sweep Savaroso Art of Coffee 2018


ITHM Hotel and Restaurant seniors John Richard Co and Gian Carlo Valencia took home the top awards in the the Savaroso Art of Coffee 2018. In a field composed mostly of professional baristas, Co won the championship while Valencia finished 1st-Runner Up.

Both students are part of the Baristams Organization, which is being supervised by Café Alfredo.

Co used Brazil Cerrado Beans in his winning drink and said that competing against a fellow Tamaraw pushed him to prepare hard.

“I felt a lot of pressure going into the event but all of my hard work paid off when they called me as the champion.”

Meanwhile, Valencia shared that he focused on the coffee experience while making his drinks, with each representing a distinct emotion or feeling.

“My signature drink is dedicated to my family because without their overwhelming support, my skills and knowledge in the world of specialty coffee would not be a reality.”

John Richard Co claimed the championship in the avaroso Art of Coffee 2018.

John Richard Co claimed the championship in the Savaroso Art of Coffee 2018.


FEU alumni filmmakers vie for Sine Kabataan grand prize

Sine Kabataan finalists

Two short films directed by recent BA in Communication graduates of Far Eastern University made it among the eight Sine Kabataan finalists, which will be featured along with Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2018 full-length film entries from August 15 to 21 in cinemas nationwide.

Enalyn Legaspi‘s Alas-Nuebe ng Tanghali and Christian Babista‘s Anonymous Student Vlog will vie for the top prizes in the second edition of the competition, which aims to provide a youth lens on youth issues that affect the sector.

Their short films will be shown along with Bakwit Boys by Jason Paul Laxamana and Ang Babaeng Allergic sa WiFi by Jun Robles Lana, respectively. Both Legaspi and Babista are also alumni of the FEU Film Society.

In Alas-Nuebe ng Tanghali, the nicest toys and tastiest food await three children in their home after a long day. However, as they further indulge in euphoria, everything is not what they seem to be.Alas-Nuebe ng Tanghali1

Legaspi, who also co-wrote and co-edited the short film, got the support of previous members of her production team when she was still in college — assistant director, production designer and graphic designer Peej Tapel, production manager, co-writer, and co-production designer Mary Lourdes Membrebe, and director of photography and co-editor Prince Viterbo.

“Our take on the film is as simple as how the youth would perceive things. With all these heavy themes, we wanted it to be light and straightforward as much as possible. One liner, no dialogues, but more on sound scoring,” Legaspi explained.

“We started by putting ourselves in the shoes of our characters, who are kids. How far can their imagination go with the circumstances they are actually in? What are the first things they wanted to see? And so we came up with an idea to put three kid characters into a huge house where there are maids serving them,” she added.Alas-Nuebe ng Tanghali4

Membrebe further discussed the concept she originally came up with for their film. “We were very much inspired by the youth who dream like us, so I think it speaks a great deal about how our circumstances affects the way we see things. Through this story, we can realize that everyone has their own dreams and ways of survival,” she said.

Meanwhile, Anonymous Student Vlog takes on a student vlogger who is mistakenly identified as the prime suspect of a crime that went viral on social media. Similar to Legaspi, Babista also teamed up with his fellow FEU graduate and Filmsoc alumnus Raf Evangelista to shoot his film.

“What pushed me even more to do this is mainly my thirst to create a new film after two years since I graduated. I figured I have a lot of stories in mind so why not try it out. It’s nice to hear that Ena made it as well. I know it’s been awhile since she made a film and it’s good that we both made it,” Babista shared.

Anonymous Student Vlog

The young filmmaker added that he got the concept when he was still starting with his job. “It was my first time to encounter trolls while I was doing a Facebook live video. It somehow honed my idea into how people attack other people through social media accounts by using other identities. It’s interesting how social media is a tool that can make or break a person as it can be a source of information and at the same time be a medium to attack,” he explained.

Unlike Legaspi, however, Babista disclosed that his production wasn’t well-planned. “I just saw the post about Sine Kabataan the night before I decided to shoot the story I have in mind. I immediately tapped Raf and asked him if we can get at least 30 extras for the film we are about to shoot. However, only seven people made it to due to heavy rains,” he said.

“We decided to have a guerilla shoot instead for three hours only since we were thinking of the people who joined us and braved the rains for this shoot. We can’t thank them enough for their help. Despite the weather condition, they chose to push through with the shoot,” Babista concluded.

The other Sine Kabataan finalists are Bahay-bahayan by Brian Spencer Reyes, Bato Bato Pik by Lorys Plaza and Ardinian Sanque, Isang Tula Para Sa Nawawala by Rod Singh, Koleksyong Pamalo by Jocelyn Frago, Masaya Ako by Daniel Delgado and Runner by Levi Jun Miscala.

Alas-Nuebe ng Tanghali poster

The Best Picture winner will win 50,000 pesos, a round-trip ticket to Busan and Busan International Film Festival with four (4) days and three (3) nights accommodation, and immersive experience and exposure to the BIFF as a member of the Philippine delegation. All Sine Kabataan finalists will receive 10,000 pesos.

Sine Kabataan was launched last year as one of the pet programs of then National Youth Commission Chair Ice Seguerra with the Film Development Council of the Philippines. After Seguerra resigned from the NYC, the competition is now made possible through the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Philippines and FDCP.

FEU taps WEnergy Global for power partnership


In its pursuit to creating sustainable academic institutions, Far Eastern University (FEU) partners with WEnergy Global, a leading provider of solar energy. The collaboration will equip FEU’s campuses with cost-effective and greener source of power.

The project commences at one of FEU’s affiliate schools, Roosevelt College Inc, (RCI). The solar panels will serve 25% to 30% of the total electrical consumption of the campus in Rodriguez, Rizal. After these installations, the next set of major projects will be in FEU Silang in Cavite.

“Investing in better solutions for energy conservation and efficient power utilization is not just a conscious effort to fight climate change, but also our contribution to the advancement in Philippine education. We aim to offer our students and community with sustainable structures that will withstand this century and beyond,” explains FEU Chairman Aurelio Montinola.

The partnership reflects the university and company’s shared passion for excellence and innovation.

“It gives us hope to have a private university taking the lead for green growth. There is nothing like sustainability where it counts the most: the place where we educate our nation’s best and brightest,” says Quintin Jose Pastrana, President of WEnergy Power Pilipinas Inc.

Embracing advance Solar PV Energy in FEU is also in line with the university’s commitment to providing quality, future-ready education. It continues to find ways to utilize technology in its campuses, from the state-of-the-art facilities to its outcomes-based curriculum.

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


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”


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


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.



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

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.


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.