The UPV Summer PEP, organized by the UPV Office of Alumni Relations, was a success. Held at the UPV Auditorium last April 7 to 11, 2014, the workshop featured 20 UP alumni experts in 20 different sessions, all in a span of five days.
Topics ranged from teenage sexuality, love and dating, addiction, and bullying to poetry, music, and visual art, to responsible use of social media, disaster preparedness, sports injuries, stress management, food and wellness, and zen.
37 students from different schools in Iloilo joined the workshop, some of which are also children of UP alumni. The children actively participated in activities like exercises, body movements, mind games, meditation, poetry writing, making visual art, plotting personal budgets, and presenting business proposals.
The children loved, in particular, sessions in visual art, zen, poetry and entrepreneurial skills, wherein they exhibited their outputs during the Culminating Activity held on April 11, 2014. Their parents, university officials and some speakers attended the program.
In their speeches, some children mentioned that they are already looking forward to next year’s UPV Summer PEP.
The UP Alumni Association, Inc. (Iloilo Chapter), in collaboration with the UPV Office of Alumni Relations (OAR), will hold the Alumni and Faculty Homecoming on Saturday, July 19, 2014. On this occasion, the Alumni Board will give special recognition and awards to outstanding alumni belonging to the celebrating years.
Deadline for submission of nominations is on May 15, 2014 at the UPV Office of Alumni Relations.
Download attached file for details and nomination form (2014 Award form).
The UP Teatro Amakan Alumni Association in cooperation with the UPV Center for West Visayan Studies and other sponsors brought UP Teatro Amakan back to the stage in a remake of one of their hit productions, Kanlaon!
Kanlaon! is a political satire on the the legend of Mt. Kanlaon. It is the story of the people of Tribu Dalumbukid living at the foot of a mountain where a vicious dragon lives. Many have already fallen prey to the dragon so they turn to Bathala for help. Bathala went on to choose his champion to defeat the dragon.
The events in the play are “basically commentaries on the political situation and the corruption happening right now in the legislative bodies and other branches of our government,” says Teatro Amakan’s Artistic Director, Ed Defensor, in his online post. There are scenes like the trial of Lanit Lim Napulis, the clash between Inday Miyam Santigo, Bhong Ponsi Outrile and the unlikely champion, Lakanlaon. There is also a quick pass on the mauling of Outrile by Sedrik Lee-Bat, and finally, the feeding of Napulis to the dragon. The play ends with all lights going out except the one that lights the remains of the fallen Napulis, an image that will let the viewers remember crime does not pay.
“Some of the language used here may not be suitable for children, but they certainly come from the heart of an angry people who are sick and tired of the corruption and the thievery happening now in the different branches of our government,” Defensor said.
The play had a matinee and a gala show last March 11, 2014 at the UPV Auditorium. It started with the usual mini-concert of Tunog Amakan. Tunog Amakan provides the live scoring for all Amakan plays. Our own OAR Director, Prof. Amy Tanoy, who is an Amakan Alumni, joined in the jamming session.
Established in 1979, UP Teatro Amakan is the performing arm of the UPV CWVS. It became the University Performing Group for Hiligaynon Theater until the late 90′s. The company was an Official Philippine Representative to various international festivals, and a recepient of CCP grant for a National Performance Tour.
In 1999, Amakan became inactive. After a 10 year hiatus, the UPTA Alumni Association was formed. With its alumni’s undying passion, it aimed to bring Hiligaynon Theater back. The association worked on reviving Amakan by getting new student members. In 2008, the Teatro Amakan went onstage once again with “Baloy!, Ang Pagbalik” with most of its cast being alumni and only seven new student members. The next Amakan productions had more student members, and slowly the alumni went behind the scenes.
“The Teatro Amakan of the UPV Center for West Visayan Studies, proved its mettle once again as one of the topnotch performing groups in the Visayas and Mindanao, an area of responsibility where 15 years ago it reigned supreme…” Defensor added.
Photos courtesy of Gabbie Castro
CUE, a theater talk and mini workshop by Prof. Alfredo B. Diaz was held last February 26, 2014 at the UPV Art Gallery. A couple of topics were tackled including updates about the cinema and theater, the different types of acting and a discussion on a couple of faved actors/actresses and their style of acting and accomplishments in the cinema or theater.
A number of participants were alumni, faculty and staff who are members of the UPV Alumni Community Theater (ACT). UPV ACT was conceived in 2008 as a pool of alumni artists from various college theater companies such as TAGUPCI, Teatro Amakan and JTAC. It presented “Sarswela: Padayon ang Istorya” in UPV’s celebration of the UP Centennial, followed by a tour, which includes performances around Panay and a series of performances in UP Diliman’s Sarswela Festival in 2009.
Another group of participants were faculty and students from UP High School in Iloilo.
The event was highlighted by the participants’ acting showcase.
The UP Alumni Association (Iloilo Chapter), Inc. and UP Silak Brotherhood Alumni Association (Iloilo Chapter) organized Oblation Cup Shootfest, a shooting competition open to UP Alumni and other practical shooters. The shootfest consisted of 6 stages and ran from February 21 to 23, 2014 at the Iloilo Gun Club, Inc. Outdoor Firing Range in La Paz, Iloilo City.
The opening program was graced by the presence of UPV Vice Chancellor for Administration Prof. Nestor Yunque who opened the event with the ceremonial firing.
The shootfest is a Philippine Practical Shooting Association sanctioned Level 1 Match. A total of 143 practical shooters from Panay and Negros competed. Trophies were awarded to the winners in the classic, standard, production and open categories.
The University of the Philippines Visayas College of Arts and Sciences held its first alumni and faculty reunion last February 15, 2014 at the UPV Auditorium, Iloilo City. It served as a culmination of the CAS Week Celebration.
Graduates from different divisions came to see old friends and teachers. The day started with an Alumni Forum with talks from Dr. Daisy Chua-Daquilanea, Asst. Dir. Arnold Siena and Mr. Francisco Villanueva. It was followed by a fellowship lunch and a fun-filled afternoon with activities like Trivia Game and Videoke Challenge.
Photos courtesy of Prof. Severa Katalbas and Ms. Almera Facto
Pagbangon: Rising from the Ruins, Manny Librodo’s homecoming photo exhibit, opened at the UPV Art Gallery. Librodo is a world-renowned Ilonggo photographer and UPV Alumnus who has done exhibits and workshops around the world.
The show features 20 of his recent works and are open for auction. Silent bidding continues until the end of the exhibit where the highest bidders will get to own their chosen pieces.
The opening was graced by the presence of photography enthusiasts, photographers from local clubs, university and government officials, students and alumni. Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog and UPV Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development Dr. Evelyn Belleza joined Librodo in the ceremonial ribbon cutting.
An Artist’s Talk was held at the UPV Cinematheque before the exhibit opening. Librodo shared the story of how he became a photographer. He also shared some insights on the creative process of the exhibit photos.
The show is presented by the UPV Chancellor’s Committee for Culture and the Arts, UPV Sipat, and Giclee Manila. It will run until February 14, 2014.Photos courtesy of GC Castro
A group from UP High School Class of 1988 recently made a visit to the Office of Alumni Relations to drop their batch’s donation to the university.
Prof. Amy Tanoy toured the group around the Cinematheque where they will have their batch name etched in a brass plate in one of the theater seats.
The OAR has an ongoing project involving sale of Cinematheque chairs as fund raising.
UPHSI Class ’88 was represented by Atty. Hilarion Firmeza, Jr., Mr. Severo Pison IV, Ms. Sylvia Sajo, Ms. Charissa Jedidiah Quimpo-Kiok, Ms. Jasmine Torrecampo and Prof. Alfredo Diaz.
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