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.
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.
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.
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.
Far Eastern University student short film “Caterwaul” was awarded the Gold Medal in the Viddsee Juree Philippines Awards 2017 held on November 25 at the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP).
Director and Bachelor of Arts in Communication senior Josel Fajardo was awarded a Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K Digital Cinema Camera EF worth US$4,995 and a five-day film immersion course in Los Angeles sponsored by the Motion Picture Association. Group Members include fellow Comm majors Jennifer Leonicio, Shiela Ballos, Elmarc Lim, Chay Coronado, Giecelli Magnaye.
Actresses Andrei Eunice Osano and Quennie Abuyuan are members of the FEU Theater Guild and FEU Film Society, respectively. The film is the group’s final output in Cinema 1 class under Professor David Corpuz.
The top entries were selected from ten finalist films by a panel of international judges: Loïc Valceschini, festival programmer of Neuchâtel Int’ Fantastic Film Fest & Locarno’s Semaine de la Critique, Marcus Manh, Vietnamese film producer & founder of YxineFF and Antoinette Jadaone, Filipino film director. The judges said of the films: “We commend ‘Caterwaul’ for the simple story and strong performances from the actresses, and their delivery of the storytelling twist.
Viddsee Juree Awards for the Philippines is a newly organized initiative by the entertainment platform Viddsee to celebrate and support filmmakers and film communities in Asia.
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FEU honored TOSP 2016 awardee Ronalyn Pordan on March 13, 2017. She graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Magna Cum Laude, Batch Salutatorian and Dr. Nicanor Reyes Sr. Leadership Awardee.
Far Eastern University (FEU) Institute of Education (IE) students recently finished a month-long Global Leadership Development Program in FEU Korea from January 4 – February 3, 2017.
This is FEU IE’s first international exchange program for students who are doing their practice teaching. “It ventured into this endeavor to expose student teachers to global education. The international project aims to enable student teachers to develop their teaching skills and pedagogy and to allow them to gain a broader regional and world view of education,” said Dr. Elisa Mañalac, IE dean.
At least five students who major in English experienced what is it like to teach foreign students (Korean, Indonesian, Thai).
Emu Yamagishi, future Tamaraw teacher shared, “the international exposure provided us with the opportunity to share our knowledge and to practice our philosophies and ideologies as future teachers.”
“It was really a pleasure teaching the foreign students despite the language barrier and the cold climate,” Medel Zarsuelo added.
Aside from doing their internship in the Land of the Morning Calm, the students also grabbed the opportunity to explore and visit some famous places. Lyra Sheene Vinoya said, “ I was stunned by the beauty of Gyeongbokgung Palace when I saw how colorful and sturdy it was. I also felt the patriotism of Koreans because of the way they give importance to this majestic place.”
“This experience taught us a lot of things like being independent, mindful of our actions in a foreign land, and professional to all we encounters representatives of FEU,” Ana Bernandine added.
FEU-IE also sent students to Thailand and Indonesia to do their practice teaching as well.
(Former senator and Senate president Jovito “Jovy” Salonga became part of the FEU Institute of Civil Law first as a professor in 1952 and Dean in 1956 to 1961. He passed away on Thursday, March 10. He was 95 years old. All photos from the Salonga family archives)
“The Treaty is defeated!,” Senate President Jovy Salonga intoned as he banged the gavel and cast the decisive 12th vote to end the US military presence on Philippine territory on 16 September 1991.
Solemn, vigorous and courageous, it is this image of Jovy Salonga that remains forever etched in my memory.
“Mustering the Courage and the Will”
In explaining his vote to the “resolution of non-concurrence” that Senator Bobby Tanada had sponsored on the floor of the Senate, Jovy Salonga declared: “September 16,1991 may well be the day when we in this Senate found the soul, the true spirit of this nation because we mustered the courage and the will to declare the end of foreign military presence in the Philippines.”
I remember Jovy Salonga as the senator who topped the national senatorial race thrice. I voted for him in 1965, 1971 and again in 1987. He was principled and practical, brilliant and articulate, and more than anything else courage personified. He came from humble beginnings, taught law and became dean at FEU’s Institute of Law from 1956-63, before he entered public service as legislator and fiscalizer.
Paying the Price for His Political Beliefs
Jovy Salonga nearly died as a bomb blast ripped apart the Plaza Miranda stage where nearly the entire Liberal Party slate for the Senate stood in 1971. It caused him injuries that he bore to his dying day.
Briefly detained in 1980 and then exiled, Jovy Salonga returned to the country in 1985. It was in the house of Ka Tanny, the legendary Senator Lorenzo Tanada, that I witnessed first hand how he stood firm and argued the best way to resist the dictator. There, in his meeting with both the late Senators Pepe Diokno and Tanada, he calmly expressed his thoughts on how the people can be mobilized and encouraged in their collective efforts to bring down the dictatorship.
He had defended political detainees when martial law was declared, he spoke out against the excesses of inept and corrupt conjugal rule and he was credible because he was willing to pay the price for his beliefs. In brief, he witnessed with his life and lived by the principles that he stood for.
Transforming the Principle of Power into the Power of Principles
Soon after the Senate’s rejection of the treaty that would have allowed the extension of US military installations in Subic and Clark, Jovy Salonga was to run for the presidency in the elections of 1992. He had asked me to be part of a small team of academics to help prepare briefs and talking points in the meetings and discussions he would conduct.
I had been part of the debates in the Constitutional Commission and supported the provisions dealing with declaring the country’s “freedom from nuclear weapons” as well as requiring a formal treaty in the question of foreign military bases. Subsequently, together with Prof Dodong Nemenzo, I had co-authored a book entitled, “A Sovereign Quest” dealing with the withdrawal of US military bases in the Philippines.
At his modest home in Pasig, we would discuss the alternative uses of the bases into productive communities wherein people had more dignified sources of employment. He had a probing mind, asking the difficult questions, humbly listening to alternative opinions even when expressed by younger people who, so to speak, “sat at his feet”.
Reflecting on the Relevance of Jovy Salonga in the 2016 Elections
It is perhaps no coincidence that Jovy Salonga at 95 now leaves us at this opportune moment when the nation goes to the polls to elect its leaders. When Jovy Salonga run for president in 1992, the first regular elections after the people’s power experience and the presidency of the beloved Cory Aquino, we have to recall that he finished sixth in a field of seven candidates.
He was bested then by both President Ramos and Miriam Santiago; he even received fewer votes than Danding Cojuanco and Imelda Marcos. He was nearly the last of seven candidates, but he knew how to lose with grace. He knew that his “No” vote on the US bases was to cost him dearly in the national elections, driving some well-meaning supporters from whitholding their backing. But Jovy Salonga was a man who believed in the power of principles which he put above the principle of power.
As we reach the homestretch of our campaign period, it is good to be reminded that we have a tradition of great leaders in our midst in the likes of Claro M Recto, Lorenzo Tanada, Jose Diokno, Ninoy Aquino, and Jovy Salonga; high standards indeed for people aspiring to lead our country in the years to come.
10 March 2016
(Ed Garcia was a member of the 1986 Constitutional Commission; worked with Amnesty International and International Alert based in London for over two decades; previously taught at the Ateneo de Manila University and the University of the Philippines; and currently serves as a consultant on formation with FEU-Diliman.)
To commemorate the death anniversary of Far Eastern University founder Dr. Nicanor Reyes, the Academics Affairs is hosting a lecture by Ricardo Jose of the University of the Philippines Department of History entitled “Overcrowded trambyas, blackouts and Pilapinas: Some aspects of life during the Japanese Occupation” on Tuesday, 2:00 p.m. on February 9, 2016 at the University Conference Center.
Dr. Maria Teresa Trinidad P. Tinio, senior vice president for Academic Affairs said, “We have a statement that recounts the death of the founder and some of the circumstances of the war followed by a short prayer that we print out and stick on the teachers desks in all the classrooms. Teachers will be asked to read the statement.”
Part of the tribute is the month-long display of “The Dr. Lourdes R. Montinola World War 2 Collection: An exhibit in commemoration of the 71st death anniversary of the fall of Manila, World War 2” at the third floor of the Nicanor Reyes Hall.