FEU film wins at Singkuwento


A short film which tells the story of a woman fighting her own battles and trying to overcome her fears, won Best Cinematography at the recently concluded Singkuwento International Film Festival awards night held at the National Commission for Culture and the Arts Theater/Tanghalang Leandro V. Locsin.

“Ang Huling Bucketlist,” written and directed by Bibo Ebuen, was also nominated for Best Short Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Original Musical Score, Best Original Theme Song and Best Actress (Larissa Louise Alivio), in the event which is part of the National Arts Month celebration.

Assistant director Kate Lauren Restua received the award on behalf of director of photography Rosa Mina Olan. The rest of Cinco Productions is made up of Charmae Carambas, Stephanie Mae Mercado, Shaina Carandang, Angelica Virgilio, Japz Tacuyan, Jasmin Sellado, Mariel Torrejos and Angelo Angcaya. They made the film as a final requirement for their Cinema Production class at Far Eastern University.

“Through the art of filmmaking as a powerful medium to mirror society, ‘Ang Huling Bucketlist’ has been able to raise people’s awareness and give hope to those who can relate to the story. Making this film would not have been possible without the full commitment of my production team,” Ebuen said.ANG HULING BUCKETLIST




Assistant director Kate Lauren Restua with Best Cinematography award.

Assistant director Kate Lauren Restua with Best Cinematography award.

 The short film will be screened again together with fellow Singkuwento winners Belle Kay Loyola’s “Dalit,” Maggie Lirio’s and Therese Bayabo’s “Kung ‘di Man Dumating ang Gabi,” Maricel Cariaga’s “Limang Oras” and Tim Rone Villanueva’s “Paano Bihisan ang Isang Ina” on March 13 and 19, 9 p.m. at the UP Videotheque (back of Cine Adarna), when the film festival goes to UP Diliman this month.

Two other works from FEU alumni, which they made outside the university, also bagged awards in different categories. “Liwanag” by Arby and Christine Laraño won Jury Prize and Best Directors in the documentary category. It will be shown with three other documentaries on March 11, 4 p.m. and March 16, 9 p.m. at the UP Videotheque. Meanwhile, “Bisperas” by Ralph Lauren Quincena (Sinepanghalina) brought home the Audience Choice Award. The short film, which also made it as a finalist to Sinag Maynila 2019, will be screened with four other works on March 11, 5:30 p.m., and March 18, 9 p.m.

The other FEU finalists from the 25 short films which competed during the week-long Singkuwento festival are “Apo-Dios” by Victor Elijah Gador (Cine Mabuya Films), “Dama” by Trisha Marie Antonio (SineGang Films) and “Kumari” by Angela Aguila and One Carlo Diaz (Dream Developers Studios).

Presented by MPJ Entertainment Productions in cooperation with the NCCA, Asian Television Content Corporation and Film Development Council of the Philippines, Singkuwento aims to feature works of various Filipino and foreign filmmakers.

“It is an avenue for Filipinos both here and abroad to share their voice, sentiments and thoughts via the films they have created. It is also the festival’s aim to provide a channel for non-Filipinos to share their impressions of the Philippines and its people,” festival director, filmmaker and actor Perry Escaño said.

The official selection, according to Escaño, is “a collection of films which explore topics ranging from the youth to personal relationships, from growing up to death, and other thought-provoking social issues.”

The short film competition jury is composed of award-winning director Zig Dulay, FDCP Executive Director Will Fredo and producer-filmmaker Albert Almendralejo.

“Second Coming” goes to FEU

Second Coming director Jet Leyco answers questions while FEU Film Society member Kyle Macorol, actress Queenie Rehman and assistant director Kenneth Mandrilla look on

Second Coming director Jet Leyco answers questions while FEU Film Society member Kyle Macorol, actress Queenie Rehman and assistant director Kenneth Mandrilla look on

“Second Coming” film director and Far Eastern University alumnus Jet Leyco led his team as guest speakers in an alternative class organized by the FEU Film Society and Reality Entertainment. This was held in line with the celebration of the university’s 91st Foundation Week.

Apart from Leyco, who is also an alumnus of FEU FilmSoc, the campus tour was also graced by actress Queenie Rehman, assistant director Kenneth Mandrilla, director of photography Malay Javier and Rommel Ruiz, another member of the camera department and Leyco’s fellow FilmSoc alumnus. The event was hosted by FilmSoc member Kyle Macorol.

“Second Coming” revolves around a stepmother (Jodi Sta. Maria) who, after moving in with her partner (Marvin Agustin), starts dealing with the past of her new family as she is haunted by her possessed stepdaughter (Angelica Ulip). With the film focused on the dilemma of being a second wife, Leyco looks at this as his take on the recurring “mistress” cliché present in other genres. Bing Loyzaga, John Arcilla and Rehman, who plays Ulip’s mother Raquel, co-star in the film.

Second Coming poster

Leyco, who also helmed “Bukas Na Lang Sapagkat Gabi Na” for Cinema One Originals 2013 and “Matangtubig” for QCinema 2015, explained that it is not about revolutionizing the genre to make an effective horror film but, rather, about making small twists to the standards of the genre. “It is about less jump scares, more on setting the mood and evoking the scary feeling instead of showing it,” he said.

Rehman, former Miss World Philippines 2012, found the production of the film a complete turnaround from her pageant days. She said that she was always conscious on making herself beautiful back then but in the film, she is covered with lots of make-up to the point that she is already unrecognizable. She also talked about the difference between shooting a film and taping for a television show, which lies in the small intricacies and shots that must be achieved, unlike in TV where editing does most of the job.

Mandrilla, who is also an FEU alumnus and part of the FEU Theater Guild, emphasized the importance of knowing the director’s vision and overall plan for the film, something he did not really have a hard time doing since this was not his first time working with Leyco. However, despite this familiarity, he still considers his work as assistant director a learning experience.

Leyco and Mandrilla further discussed the production of the film. The director revealed that the creative process is constantly changing and collaborative. He also had a little difficulty in telling a linear story since his previous works leaned towards non-linear narratives.

On the other hand, Mandrilla talked about time management in production – from making sure planned timelines are met to maintaining scene continuities to making sure prosthetics are up to par. Working with the actors is a different story, especially in this specific production, since they were working with a child actor. He shared that when approaching Ulip, he would try a different and calmer approach to create a comfortable environment not just for the child, but for the entire cast as a whole.

Second Coming crew with FEU Film Society

The FEU Film Society is the university’s premiere student organization dedicated in promoting film literacy and filmmaking and imparting knowledge to others. It is behind Sinepiyu, an annual film festival where films from inside and outside the university compete and find a venue; FEUlikulahan, a film screening event organized with the FEU President’s Committee on Culture; Piyu I Love You, a competition among its members, and many more. Advocacy filmmaker and FEU Department of Communication special lecturer Seymour Sanchez currently serves as its adviser.

“Second Coming” is now showing in cinemas nationwide.

FEU film gets ticket to Short+Sweet Hollywood

Aswang film poster

A short film from Far Eastern University earned a ticket to Hollywood after winning People’s Choice Award at the Short+Sweet Manila Gala Finals held last September 26 at the Century City Mall Events Center in Makati.

Hannah Grace Maur‘s “Aswang” will represent the Philippines in the international competition together with Ar-Jen Manlapig‘s “Ang Unang Araw ng Pasukan,” which bagged Best Film, Best Direction and Best Screenplay. The two winners will be showcased along with other selected films at the Marilyn Monroe Theater in Los Angeles, California on October 13.

“Aswang,” a final requirement by FEU communication students for their Cinema Production or CNM2 class, tells the story of little Ruben (Alvin Maghanoy) who believes that Lilith (Lyka Dela Cruz), the beautiful lady in their town, is an aswang. His world changes upon knowing about Lilith’s suspicious interest in his family. Rowi Du and Gaye Piccio play Ruben’s parents.

Written by Marygail Alcantara, “Aswang” earlier topped the fourth and last heat of Short+Sweet Manila last August. This came after the film won honorable mention at the 30th Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video. It also bagged 3rd Best Film and Best Production Design at the Sinepiyu XI Golden Reel category last May.

“Ang Unang Araw ng Pasukan,” on the other hand, is about a 10-year-old boy from a poor family who goes to school on the first day of classes in what seems to be a very enticing day for him. The five-minute film also won the grand prize at the first Sinekabataan last year.

Or Kan Tor’s “Little Thing” won Best Cinematography while the Best Actor and Best Actress trophies went to Zyren Leigh Luansing of “Maghihintay, Tonton” (Alvin Baloloy) and Angeli Bayani of “Baon” (Noel Escondo), respectively.

Another FEU short film, “Taya” by GCay Reyes, also made it to the finals. Written by Lily Gomes, Taya is about Magda, a Filipina who comes home from Japan. Caught between her past and her present, she struggles to play around with her fate.

The other finalists are “Me Too” by Ayeshah Rose, “Just Fine” by Neil Sebastian, “Mr. Whistle” by Arjanmar Rebeta, “Gawilan” by Kelsy Lua, “The Return” by Luidmilla Komrakova and “Pikit” by Ivan Cortez.Aswang Short+Sweet awards

Short+Sweet, the biggest 10-minute performing arts festival in the world with events in more than 30 cities across 12 countries, presented the event in partnership with The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute-New York, Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles, Casting Networks AU, Pineapple Lab, Asia Pacific Film Institute and Century City Makati.

Aswang production team at Sinepiyu XI

Aswang production team at Sinepiyu XI


FEU partners with San Agustin Museum on assessment of retablos

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Consistent with Far Eastern University’s advocacy to promote heritage conservation, the Community Extension Services (CES) and the Institute of Architecture and Fine Arts (IARFA) partnered with the San Agustin Museum (SAM) in Intramuros, Manila to initiate the assessment and documentation of its retablos.

IARFA students and faculty-architects led byJeremy Jade Balagat, Arriane Joy Dullas and former Dean Lorelei De Viana collaborated with SAM’s Louella Revilla and Fr. Ricky Villar, OSA, conservation head and director respectively, in identifying architectural pieces that need to be assessed and documented for future conservation efforts.

The conservation effort showed the need to improve the physical environment of the retablos by providing appropriate lighting, humidity, and temperature. Systematic structural investigation of the wood joints, fastenings, anchorage, and retrofit are needed to improve structural resistance to induced dynamic forces such as earthquake. Regular cleanup and repair or replacement of deteriorated parts are also recommended.IMG_6287 - Abel Alvarez

“I am honored to assist the student volunteers of IARFA in documenting the four-cloister retablos of San Agustin. Documentation is a prerequisite for an informed decision and is very essential for heritage conservation,” said Architect Balagat.

The advocacy part and parcel of service learning initiatives for the students who were assigned per retablo. Julius Kristian Y. Palqueza, one of the student team leaders shared this insight: “The project has made me realize that architecture is not just about creating something new, but also about preserving the treasures of our rich history and culture. Documenting these retablos is not an easy task, but I took on the challenge in order to expand my horizons.”

Revilla, SAM’s conservation head, confirmed the significance of the partnership: “In conservation and restoration, any in-depth research and documentation presented can be deemed valuable records of this era and can be used as reference material in the future.”

Complementing this initiative is the assessment and documentation of paintings, SAM’s equally prized assets.DSC_7162 - Abel Alvarez

The newly reformatted CES has taken on this proactive role to pursue FEU’s programs on heritage conservation. “FEU has the country’s largest ensemble of well-preserved Art Deco Architectural structures in the country, and we hope to replicate the principles of this advocacy by helping in the documentation process of cultural treasures such as the retablos of the San Agustin Museum,” said Dr. Luzelle Anne Ormita, CES director.

SAM, conceived in 1965, houses centuries-old collection of religious art of the San Agustin Church, the oldest stone church in the Philippines.

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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.

Musica FEUropa 10


Musica FEUropa is Far Eastern University’s annual choral competition and festival supported by the European Union. Initially named as the European Union Choral Competition in the Philippines when the competition began in 2009 when there were only four (4) participants mostly from Manila, the name was later changed to Musica FEUropa in 2011. In the span of nine (9) years, Musica FEUropa has strengthened its hold as one of the most prestigious choral competitions in the country. Now on its 10th year, the competition will once again be the battleground of the best choirs in the Philippines, from high school choirs to university, church, company, government, and other choirs around the country.

The key criterion for Musica FEUROPA is that each choir has to sing two songs: one from any EU composer and one from the Philippines. In the last nine years, choirs sang songs in different European languages such as Czech, Latvian, English, Basque, Spanish, Italian, German, Finnish, French, French-Flemish, Flemish, Hungarian, Lithuanian as well as different Filipino languages such as Tagalog, Cebuano, Bisaya, Ifugao, Ilokano, Itneg, Kinaray-a, T’boli, Maguindanaoan, Yakan and Hiligaynon.

Musica FEUROPA 10 takes place on May 26 and 27, 2018 in the newly restored historic Auditorium of Far Eastern University, Manila.

Free Admission!

The Grand Champion shall receive P100,000 and a trophy. The first runner-up shall receive P30,000 and a trophy. The second runner-up shall receive P20,000 and a trophy. Three P10,000 checks shall be given as consolation prizes.

Follow Musica FEUROPA on Facebook, Twitter, and the official Musica FEUropa website.

FEU inks partnership with Kandama


Far Eastern University and Kandama social enterprise officially launched their partnership on August 9, 2017 at FEU Manila.

The partnership aims to promote social entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility both in the academe and fashion industry. It seeks to organize workshops, conduct joint research projects, exchange research materials, and engage in sustainable activities that would positively impact on struggling communities.

Kandama as a social enterprise brings together indigenous artisans, cosmopolitan designers, and master weavers to create pieces that reflect the elegance of cultural heritage and the flair of modernity while providing economic opportunities to indigenous women. It aims to preserve the tradition of handloom weaving by expanding the market for hand woven products.

FEU, known for its culture and the arts programs, supports this heritage conservation initiative. FEU student leaders will be exposed to the leadership prototype of Kandama’s founder, Victor Baguilat, Jr., as part of their training to do meaningful community projects. The partnership will also benefit FEU’s Fine Arts students enrolled in the course textile and fashion as they get to understand the process of handloom weaving and do internship with the Kandama designers.


“The partnership reminds us that innovation and collaboration are crucial to worthy causes such as cultural preservation. This is our moral obligation as concerned Filipinos and academics,” said Joeven Castro, FEU’s assistant vice president for academic services.

During the launch, the Kandama founder talked about his passion and the story of the social enterprise. On August 19, the second part of the launch will showcase the creations of the collaboration between indigenous women from Julongan village in Kiangan, Ifugao and cosmopolitan designers and fashion brands such as John Rufo, Jeff Tonog, Joco Calimlim, Ranroe, LA Sevilla, Mark Escay, Airaz, Ibarra and Nomad.

IARFA prof wins Artist in Residency Program of Alliance Francaise


Far Eastern University Special Lecturer Dexter Sy was recently named the winner of Alliance française de Manille’s Philippine Artist Residency Program 2017. Sy will be in France from August 1 to September 8, 2017 and will have a solo exhibition on September 7.

Sy shared he is excited to collaborate with other residency artists and his presentation will likely be similar to his recent Form of the Formless one-man show at the Ayala Museum.

The award-winning artist is already an established name in the international art scene as he has already conducted exhibitions in China, Italy, Japan, Germany, Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, and the United States since graduating from FEU with a degree in Fine Arts, Major in Advertising in 2005.

“My works evolve more on concept and its more mature now and simple.”

Sy offered an advice for young artists who dream of thriving in the local art scene.

“You need to be very sensitive, ready to fail, work hard and do your best, and lastly what ever you do put God first.


Remembering Our Nick: Friend and Artist


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Remembering our Nick: friend and artist, FEU celebrates the 100th birth anniversary of Nick Joaquin
FEU pays tribute to national artist Nick Joaquin


Far Eastern University (FEU) commemorates the birth centenary of National Artist Nick Joaquin in a series of activities that presents the renowned writer in an intimate and personal light. The year-long celebration kicks-off with a public memorial lecture, featuring the reopening of his memorabilia room, book relaunch, and an art exhibit.

“For FEU, Nick is more than just a Philippine treasure. His works are part of our identity and his legacy remains in the values and culture of the university,” explains Dr. Michael Alba, FEU president. “He wrote our hymn and authored books about our alma Mater; he even wrote the biography of our founder Nicanor Reyes, Sr. It is but natural for us to celebrate his life and his contributions not only to our community, but to all Filipinos.”

Family and industry friends of the great writer join the extensive program in honoring this milestone. Guests recall Nick as a poet through a lecture conducted by Professor Emeritus Dr. Gemino Abad. He shares his knowledge and view on the literary works of the award-winning journalist.

A Special Collections Exhibit, which gives a glimpse of Nick’s life history, is revealed to the public. The display includes rare memorabilia donated by Czech Ambassador Jaroslav Olsa Jr. and Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Ligaya Amilbangsa. Here, the Czech version of The Woman Who Had Two Navels and Nick Joaquin’s Pop Stories for Groovy Kids will be displayed to the public for the first time. A bust of Nick Joaquin by Julie Lluch was also unveiled. The exhibition is curated by FEU Literature and Humanities assistant professor, Timothy Sanchez with the guidance of literary scholar Jonathan Chua.

Different students from FEU’s Institute of Architecture and Fine Arts make an interpretation of Nick’s mind and translate his Palanca-award-winning Doña Jeronima. To complete the tribute to the man behind the pen, FEU Publications launches the centennial edition of The Complete Poems and Plays of Jose Rizal. This is a first edition book translated by Nick himself.

The event is hosted by the FEU Academic Affairs Office, Department of Literature, University Library Publications Office, President’s Committee on Culture, and Institute of Architecture and Fine Arts.





FEU student’s “Light of Hope” wins in 31st DPC-PLDT Visual Arts

Congratulations to Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Major in Advertising Arts student Maria Teresa Ramos for winning 3rd Prize Winner in the 31st PLDT Visual Arts Competition this year.

Maria Teresa Ramos (PLDT Visual Arts 2017 3rd Prize)


“Light of Hope”

We have so many struggles in our life but we still face them with a little hope living inside us, believing after all the pain and sacrifices we have gone though it will bear beautiful things in our life. Even if we are in the hardest part of our life or feeling a great depression there is still a little hope that help us to lighten up our mind. Remember there will be someone who will be there to comfort and lessen your sadnes. To tel you to keep on going because they know that you have a future waiting for you, to motivate you to keep on correct things, to have an inspiration to achieve your dreams and tell you that you must not give up.