FEU alumnus turns heads in Tokyo Fashion Week

Renz Edward Reyes graduated with degree in BFA Major in Advertising Arts in 2011.

Renz Edward Reyes graduated with a degree in BFA Major in Advertising Arts in 2010.

Far Eastern University alumnus Renz Edward Reyes made a statement in the recent Tokyo Fashion Week where his horror-movie themed creations were cited as the “strongest of the lot” by vogue.com writer Monica Kim.

Kim stated that the techniques of this Bachelor of Fine Arts Major in Advertising Arts graduate was “effectively cross utility with craft.”

Reyes was able to land a spot in the Japan show after being selected as one of the three winners of the Bench Design Awards in September.

Renz’s passion for fashion design started in the middle of his college years at FEU. He shared that taking up Fine Arts was an easy choice because since he was a kid he always liked to draw.

“I enjoyed drawing clothes and so when it came to picking my thesis topic, I chose textile and fashion.”

Renz said it was important to find a creative avenue to be passionate about. He credited this thinking to how FEU Fine Arts fused traditional and digital arts in its curriculum.

“In FEU we were taught about art from past to the present and as well as different movements.  It gave me the understanding and open-mindedness to certain subjects that people may find polarizing. It allowed me to be more of a forward thinker.”

Renz shared he fondly looks back at the mini fashion shows he and his classmates staged in and outside of the campus and appreciates how far they have “improved” over the years.

 

Renz's creations showcased in Tokyo Fashion Week featured in Inquirer Too be You.

Renz’s creations showcased in Tokyo Fashion Week featured in Inquirer Too be You.

Renz offers these several tips for fine arts students in whatever medium they choose.

“Learn as much as you can while still in school. Every bit of knowledge and skill you gain will only aide you in your future pursuits. Try to absorb as much culture as you can. Be it art, film, music and even society itself. It will only enrich your creativity. You have to know what you want and take steps towards that goal and keep hammering away. There is no substitute for hard work and it will pay off eventually. Lastly, just believe in yourself and don’t give up.”

 

 

 

FEU alumni filmmakers vie for Sine Kabataan grand prize

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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.

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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Far Eastern University confers honorary degree on Ramon Ang

(From left) FEU Chair Emeritus Dr. Lourdes Reyes-Montinola, Chairman Aurelio Montinola III, Ramon Ang, FEU president Dr. Michael Alba, and Former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban

(From left) FEU Chair Emeritus Dr. Lourdes Reyes-Montinola, Chairman Aurelio Montinola III, Ramon Ang, FEU president Dr. Michael Alba, and Former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban

Far Eastern University (FEU) confers Ramon Ang — business magnate, leader, and philanthropist — with the degree of Doctor of Business Engineering Honoris Causa. Graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Ang receives the honorary degree for embodying the FEU core values of fortitude, excellence, and uprightness.

“FEU is proud to bestow this significant honor on a man of excellence, patriot, and one of our own outstanding alumni,” says FEU president Dr. Michael Alba.

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Spearheading nation-building projects, interconnecting transportation systems, building modern power facilities, providing world class public utilities, Ang has raised our country’s competitiveness and helped improve the daily lives of millions.

He continues to introduce innovations leading the San Miguel Corporation into becoming one of the nation’s largest, most diversified companies, spanning the industries of food and beverage.

This philanthropist has also implemented some of the biggest corporate social responsibility initiatives in the history of Philippine business, addressing critical needs like housing, job creation, education, environmental sustainability, and disaster preparedness.

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FEU confers upon Ramon Ang the honorary degree during its 90th General Commencement Exercises on Wednesday, June 27 at the Philippine International Convention Center.

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2018 Green and Gold Awards honor great FEU alumni

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In line with the celebration of Far Eastern University’s 90th Founding Anniversary, the University recognized the exemplary and extraordinary contribution of its graduates last June 11, 2018 at the FEU Auditorium. These are alumni whose achievements in their respective fields have substantially brought honor and prestige to the University and to the growth and development of our society. Spearheaded by FEU Alumni Relations Office (ARO) in collaboration with the President’s Committee on Culture (PCC), and Athletic Office, these awards are being given every five years.

The Green and Gold Awards exemplify the official university colors which were selected by our founder and first president Dr. Nicanor Reyes Sr. according to him “The Green symbolizes the youth as the fair hope of the fatherland to whom the University is committed to giving them the best education, thus sprouting from their mind and heart their potentials to become productive, upright citizens of the country and of the world. Gold represents the gold standard of service to the creator the nation, and the world that Far Eastern University always aspires to reach.”

The Green and Gold Awards consolidate three major awards: (1) The Outstanding Alumni Award; (2) The Cultural Award; and (3) The Sports Hall of Fame Award. The three awards encompass the University’s key strengths as an institution: academics, culture, and sports.

The new members of the FEU Sports Hall of Fame with Hall of Famer Johnny Abarrientos and FEU Athletics Director Mark Oliver P. Molina.

The new members of the FEU Sports Hall of Fame with Hall of Famer Johnny Abarrientos and FEU Athletics Director Mark Oliver P. Molina.

FEU SPORTS HALL OF FAME AWARD
The Sports Hall-of-Fame Award recognizes athletes and coaches who represented or helped the university attained an exceptional feat in the field of sports

Awardees
1. Jesson Ramil D. Cid 
2. Rachel Ann L. Daquis 
3. Janelle Mae B. Frayna 
4. Jayson Gonzales 
5. Dennis E. Miranda 
6. Arwind A. Santos 
7. Marestella Torres-Sunang 
8. Christopher T. Ulboc, Jr.

FEU Cultural Award recipients with FEU Outstanding Alumnus and Ramon Magsaysay Award recipient Dr. Ligaya Fernando - Amilbangsa and President’s Committee on Culture Martin Z. Lopez.

FEU Cultural Award recipients with FEU Outstanding Alumnus and Ramon Magsaysay Award recipient Dr. Ligaya Fernando – Amilbangsa and President’s Committee on Culture Martin Z. Lopez.

FEU CULTURAL AWARD
The Cultural Award recognizes professionals and performers whose works influenced or advanced the cause of Architecture, Arts, and Culture.

Awardees
1. Jessa Czaraina E. Dulay
2. Reynaldo “Rey Valera” Guardiano
3. Josefina S. Sison
4. Dexter M. Sy

FEU Outstanding Alumni awardees with Dr. Antonio Abacan and FEU Alumni Relations Director Celmer L. Santos.

FEU Outstanding Alumni awardees with Dr. Antonio Abacan and FEU Alumni Relations Director Celmer L. Santos.

OUTSTANDING ALUMNI AWARD
The Outstanding Alumni Award takes pride on the exemplary achievements of the recipient to his/her chosen field and strong commitment to the community and Far Eastern University.

Awardees
1. Lourdes G. Alfonso 
2. Jamela M. Alindogan 
3. Leah T. Armamento 
4. Angel P. Bautista 
5. Dominador D. Buhain Jr. 
6. Juan D. De Zuñiga
7. Christopher M. Ferareza 
8. Maria Rhodora Perpetua P. Fresnedi 
9. Romeo S. Fresnedi Jr.
10. BGen. Eduardo L. Lacanienta 
11. Atty. Romulo B. Macalintal 
12. Teresita C. Moran 
13. Corazon D. Ong 
14. Rev. Fr. Anton C.T. Pascual 
15. Karen Graciles L. Remo 
16. Rosalind L. Wee

FEU Outstanding Alumni awardees with Dr. Antonio Abacan and FEU Alumni Relations Director Celmer L. Santos.

FEU Outstanding Alumni awardees with Dr. Antonio Abacan and FEU Alumni Relations Director Celmer L. Santos.

 

FEU alumnus is IPA Philippines “Photographer of the Year”

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Far Eastern University alumnus Ezra Acayan was named “Photographer of the Year” in the International Photography Awards Philippines for his work “Blood in the Streets”.

Acayan, who graduated Bachelor of Fine Arts Major in Advertising Arts in 2016, is a documentary and editorial photographer based in Manila whose work primarily focuses on social issues and human rights.

Over 5,000 entries joined this year’s competition, which include Filipino photographers from all over the world, according to IPA Philippines.

Acayan’s work will be showcased and compete in the 14th Annual Lucie Awards at Carnegie Hall in New York City this October 2017. The Lucie Awards is the premiere annual event honoring the greatest achievements in photography.

To view his award winning entry, please click HERE.

FEU honors hero of Marawi

The family of 1st Lt. Jeff Frederick Savellano attended the requiem mass held at the FEU Chapel

The family of 1st Lt. Jeff Frederick Savellano attended the requiem mass held at the FEU Chapel

WHEN the gun battle in Marawi first broke out, 13 brave soldiers were killed. Among the heroes who died in the fight against the Maute group was the troop’s leader, 1st Lt. John Frederick Savellano.

His team was responsible for one of the most successful AFP operations in Marawi, having discovered and surrendered millions in cash from the Maute group. To honor and remember the bravery of this fallen soldier, Far Eastern University, Jeff’s alma mater, held a mass in his honor forty-days after the Marawi siege.

Jeff, fondly called “Borgy” in class, graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Nursing and passed the licensure exam in 2009. He was described as very amicable and a source of happiness of to his classmates and teachers. Professor Lorna Defino, reminisced “He had an engaging personality and a unique ability to interact with his classmates.

He displayed confidence that inspired respect and cooperation from his peers and teachers.” Borgy’s life exemplified the core values of Fortitude, Excellence and Uprightness. He endured the hardships of a soldier, dutifully accomplished his sworn oath to the country, and withstood the temptations of glory. “1st Lt. Jeff Frederick Savellano proved worthy of the uniform he wore. He is a true Tamaraw, a true hero. Our country, most especially the FEU community, will long remember his valor,” said FEU president Dr. Michael Alba.

Outstanding alumnus Abacan named to BSP Monetary Board

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Prominent banker Antonio S. Abacan Jr. has been named a new member of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) Monetary Board. Mr. Abacan is an FEU Bachelor of Science in Accountancy graduate and FEU Outstanding Alumnus awardee in 2007. He was appointed together with Peter B. Favila and Felipe M. Medalla, who will serve a second term in the board.

“They were carefully chosen by the President to ensure that we continue with fiscal policies that would help sustain our growth momentum and attract more investments. I’m certain that Messrs. Medalla, Favila and Abacan will carry on the great service set by their predecessors,” according to Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III.

Mr. Abacan served as president of Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. from 1993 to April 2006 and of Philippine Savings Bank and Unibancard Corp. from 1988 to 1991.

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In Memoriam-1Lt. John Frederick Savellano

In Memoriam-1Lt. John Frederick Savellano

Let us pray for the eternal repose of the soul of 1Lt. John Frederick Savellano, who joined our Lord last June 9, 2017 after the bloody battle in Marawi City. He is indeed FEU’s very own alumnus, a brave soldier, and most importantly, a Filipino Hero.

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FEU distinguished alumnus Alfonso Yuchengco passes away at 94

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Far Eastern University mourns the passing of one of its most esteemed alumni, Alfonso T. Yuchengco. He was 94. He graduated with a degree in BS in Commerce from FEU Institute Accounts,  Business, and  Finance in 1946 and eventually had successful ventures in the fields of banking, insurance, and education. He was recognized as Most Distinguished Alumnus during FEU’s 75th Foundation celebration in 2003.

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