A depiction of the problem of child labor was adjudged the winner of the 41st annual Jose Joya art competition at the gallery named after the artist in the University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu last Feb. 15.
Jurors chose senior fine arts major Ferdinand Aragon’s “Beast of Burden” for the top prize in the tilt that featured the best student works of the previous year.
The victory was Aragon’s third consecutive one. He bested second placer Cleanne Padilla with her work titled “It’s Too Early For You To Bloom, Rosie” — a piece that hints at teenage motherhood — and third placer Tyroon Mike Nuñez with his animated piece dubbed “Handumanan sa mga Batan-on (Souvenirs of the Youth).”
“It did not sink in immediately that I had won the Jose Joya Award for the third time,” Aragon said in a statement to the UP Cebu Public Information Office.
“I’m just thankful to God for bestowing upon me this gift of art that I can use for His glory.”
The works of seven other student artists were also rexognized as finalists. They are Ave Rothe Marie Mayol, Marriane Lourdez Abenoja, Daniele Astrid Nazareno, John Michael Pujante, Ninniane Sojor, Precille Love Terante, and Sitara Beatriz Enguerra.
This year’s top three artists received medals and certificates conferred by UP Cebu chancellor Liza Corro, professor J. Karl Roque — director of the Joya gallery, and juror Lucilo Sagayno of the University of San Carlos fine arts program.
Aragon’s entry, a paper mosaic is part of a series in his undergraduate thesis. Working with the medium has been difficult, he said, adding that he does not know anyone in the local art scene who specializes in the use of paper for mosaics.
For Aragon, previous triumphs did not diminish the pressure to produce excellent work.
“Even if I were not a previous awardee, being a senior means people always expect something great from me,” he added.
He feels that coming up with content cannot be done by force.
“I’d like to believe that the message of a painting is born rather than made,” he said.
Professor Roque congratulated the participants of the exhibit and the organizers — the Fine Arts Students’ Organization. He encouraged those who did not receive any citation to keep working and to vie for the prize again next year.
Chancellor Corro expressed pride in the fine arts majors and noted that the centerpiece of her office, “Island Girl” is a Joya award winner.
Dean Jocelyn Pinzon of the College of Communication, Art, and Design commended the fine arts students and paid tribute to art as a statement about the cultural and historical contexts of the artist and his or her creation.
The Joya contest is over but all entries are on exhibit at the eponymous gallery until March 10.
The late Jose Joya was conferred the title of National Artist in Visual Arts in 2003.
He served as UP College of Fine Arts dean from 1970 to 1978 and won several awards including the Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan Award from the City of Manila in 1971.
According to the website of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Joya “distinguished himself by creating an authentic Filipino abstract idiom that transcended foreign influences… He espoused the value of kinetic energy and spontaneity in painting which became significant artistic values in Philippine art.”/MARIA ARNIE BENITO AND UP CEBU PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
As the Philippines enters the 31st anniversary of the four-day 1986 Edsa People Power Revolution, academic, government and industry leaders will gather at the premier state university to craft a roadmap for improved national conditions.
The School of Management of the University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu will host the forum titled “The academe, government, and industry: Synergies for a better Philippines” on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, 1 p.m. at the school’s Performing Arts Hall.
The event is the opening salvo of UP Cebu’s countdown to its centenary in May 2018. It falls on the 31st year since events that led to the peaceful overthrow of dictator Ferdinand Marcos broke out.
UP Cebu was established on May 3, 1918, making it UP’s oldest regional unit. Its Board of Regents recently pronounced it the eighth constituent unit of the UP system along with UP Diliman, Manila, Baguio, Los Baños, Open University, Visayas and Mindanao.
In the forum, Fr. Dionisio Miranda, president of the University of San Carlos will speak on behalf of the academe.
Central Visayas directors Freddie Bernal of the Commission on Higher Education and Asteria Caberte of the Department of Trade and Industry will speak for the government together with lawyer Mark Tolentino, Cebu provincial administrator.
Melanie Ng, president of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry will represent industries.
Dean Venus Empuerto of the University of Southern Philippines Foundation’s School of Business and Management, Glenn Anthony Soco of the Mandaue Chamber of commerce and industry are among those who will deliver reactions.
Delegates from University of San Jose-Recoletos, University of Cebu, Cebu Institute of Technology-University, University of Southern Philippines Foundation, University of the Visayas, University of San Carlos and Southwestern University will be on hand.
The UP Cebu School of Management that organized the event is headed by acting dean Tiffany Tan./WAYNE MATTHEW MARTE AND UP CEBU PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
In one of his first public acts, lawyer Danilo Concepcion, the new president of the University of the Philippines (UP) will deliver a message at the opening of a graduate design program — part of the events leading to this year’s Cebu City Charter Day.
Concepcion, who succeeds Alfredo Pascual at the helm of the country’s national university accepted UP Cebu’s invitation to speak during the debut of its Master of Arts in Applied Arts and Design (MAAAD) program at the UP Professional Schools in Cebu City’s South Road Properties (SRP) on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017.
The rollout of the MAAAD program is another step in UP’s journey towards global competitiveness under Concepcion’s six-year term that began on Feb. 10, 2017.
The MAAAD is a two-year international graduate degree program. Professors from Taiwan’s Shu-Te University (STU) will teach the program’s core courses, while a team of teachers from both STU and UP Cebu’s College of Communication, Art, and Design (CCAD) will handle electives.
Concepcion, with his history of leadership in the public and private sector, himself benefited from studies abroad, having graduated as a Chevening scholar with a master of laws from the University of London in 1986.
MAAAD students will travel to Shu-Te University in the city of Kaohsiung, Taiwan to defend their thesis and participate in graduation ceremonies. Kaohsiung is Cebu City’s sister city.
According to Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña, the city government facilitated the collaboration of the Philippine and Taiwanese universities, apart from donating the land on which UP’s SRP campus sits.
The two universities are expected to showcase excellence in art and design. Shu-Te University is a leading institution in Southern Taiwan that promotes professional, advanced design with a broad perspective on technology, art and culture.
“Nothing beats an education from an institution recognized by the company you want to work for,” Mayor Osmeña said, referring to industry recognition for UP and STU. He also said the MAAAD program would be a great opportunity for Cebuanos interested in working abroad.
The MAAAD opening rites that start at 3 p.m. will also feature messages from Osmeña, internationally-renowned designer Kenneth Cobonpue, UP Cebu chancellor Liza Corro, CCAD dean Jocelyn Pinzon, STU chair professor Eing Ming Wu and STU former president Chu Yuan Hsiang.
The event will culminate with a video presentation and a press conference./MARIA ARNIE BENITO AND THE UP CEBU PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
Congratulations to our very own UP Serenata for winning the BEST INTERPRETATION OF THE CONTEST PIECE and for being the 2nd PLACE in the 2nd UP Gawad Pangulo Choral Competition!!!
Choral trainor/conductor: Dr. Catherine M. Rodel
Special thanks to Paolo Panagsagan (Piano student from the UP College of Music), our pianist for the piece Kausa Nabasa Ang Tubig.
(Photo by Asst Prof. Kim Bondoc)
Chancellor’s Speech in DTI SlingShot Maker 2017 – “Building Communities to Accelerate the Innovation Economy”
DTI officials, makers movement, enablers, the Cebuano local makers’ community, creative entrepreneurs, start-ups and heads of academic institutions, participants, welcome and maayong buntag!
UP Cebu, together with the rest of the UP constituent units just tarted its school for this second semester. This is just actually our second week of classes.
A lot of you must have experience during start of classes when parents will mostly tell you to study well so you will get good grades, so you can find a high paying job. Very seldom do you hear parents motivate a child with an encouragement, to study hard so he or she, will become a scientist, a businessman or entrepreneur. Going into business and embarking on your own enterprise, or becoming researchers, and advancing in the field of studies especially in sciences, are options, we, in UP, strongly encourage after graduation from the University.
Here in UP Cebu, we encourage and nurture an innovative and entrepreneurial ecosystem. Our tagline articulates it for us: “Nurtured to Create, Inspired to Innovate and Destined to Serve”. This is best manifested thru our academe based shared services’ facilities or SSFs. These shared services facilities cater, and provide opportunities internally for our students, faculty and staff, for them to harness their innovative talents and entrepreneurial skills. And as part of our public service, externally, for our alumni and the whole community as a whole, these SSFs, provide the real life laboratories where they can do test runs of their ideas.
UP Cebu, as an academic institution is fortunate, to collaborate with other government institutions who are of the same min in giving value to the innovative and entrepreneurial culture. Here in UP Cebu, we are host to both DTI and DOST sponsored facilities, consisting of: the DTI’s UP Cebu FabLab, Go Negosyo Center and Co-working Space, and the Creative Digital Media Production Center where Cebuano musicians are given the support to produce their compositions. While for DOST, under the umbrella of UP Cebu’s Technology Transfer and Business Development Office (or TTBDO), we host the Technology Business Incubation Center, together with the Innovation Technology Support Office (ITSO) and the Technology Transfer Office (or TTO). The latter two offices are being assisted by the Intellectual Property Office (IPOPhil). Of course, these are aside from the other DOST sponsored project we host here in UP Cebu, called the Light Intensive Detection and Ranging or LIDAR projects.
The sustainability of these SSFs, are more assured for having been located inside a university. We have tried and tested this under our Technology Business Incubation model which we call the CEBUinIT, which first started in 2009. CEBUinIT has assisted various start-up companies, which have graduated and are now commercially operating, while for others, have averted their losses, after they learned the non-viability of their business models. In here, we provide our faculty coordinators with administrative load credits and/or honorarium for running these SSFs. We conduct and host, and participate in various activities to encourage the creativity and innovativeness of our students and community.
For those who may not be familiar with Cebu, Cebu is a hub for around 200 BPO’s, sea and air transports and high and low manufacturing, and is home to around 700 copyright based industries, or better known as creative industries. As they say, Cebuanos are very creative and artistic.
We regularly conduct here Idea Challenge and for a few times ahd hosted Start-up Weekend. I recall in on Start-up Weekend I attended, wherein one participating group, introduced innovations ot the AirBnB. But this time, instead of regular guests and travellers to be hosted thru sharing of spaces, their concept was sharing of spaces for funeral wake. Can you imaging your house’s garage, or your vacation house in the province, earning income, by regularly hosting a wake? It might be a crazy idea right now for us. but that’s how innovative ideas re regarded at the onset of there conceptualizations. The doomsayers will always be fast to tell you, “you’ll never make it”, like the Gulliver’s Island.
I recall a few times I was using somebody else’s laptop and I was swiping a spot on the screen, but it never moves, only to remember it is not a touch screen laptop, nor like our smart touch screen phones. One time, while watching TV, i wanted to transfer channel and kept on pressing the control, but it doesn’t move, only to find out I was using my cellphone as the remote control. Or how I wanted to open up my car, and it just won’t, because again it was my cellphone I was using as a remote. Oh well, anyway there ar enow keyless cars.
These are some of the wonders of modern day gadgets and technology which we never had before, but which we all had gotten used to nowadays, and had made our everyday live easier.
If we al pool in our efforts and talent, through policies and support for our makers’ talent, to heighten their movements’ “cause”, I believe, it will just be a matter of time that we create the innovative community culture. Not only it will provide us solutions to day-to-day problems, but it will necessarily result into high value products and services. And these high value products and services, needless to say, make us more competitive in attracting investors. Where the talents and skills are more knowledge based and not easily replicated, ti gives us more leverage and competitive edge. And we can expect, that where there are more investors, the more it will generate quality employment. And with its multiplier effects, it will surely redound into a highly beneficial economy for all of us.
SO YOU, THE MAKERS’ COMMUNITY, START-UPS, CREATIVE ENTREPS, AND OF COURSE THE ACADEME, LET US ALL PITCH IN, TO ACCELERATE IN TURNING OUR COUNTRY INTO AN INNOVATION CENTERED ECONOMY.
A Sociological Caravan will take place in February 3, 2017, at the UP Cebu Performing Arts Hall from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The purpose of the workshop is to increase understanding of sociological methods to go about writing an article to prepare participants for the Philippine Sociological Society (PSS) Conference and the International Sociological Association (ISA) on the theme “Sociology of Justice” which will happen this October 2017.
This is to encourage local participants to read papers and be able to join in the panels that will be set up in the October Conference.
PHOEBE ZOE MARIA U. SANCHEZ, Ph. D.
CSS-UP Cebu Faculty Member and PSS/ISA 2017 Convener
(Association of Pacific Rim Universities hold 2016 APRU Asia-Pacific Women in Leadership Workshop)
By Euchrissa Theresa Ladrera for UP Cebu Public Information Office
(Fotos by Elisha Judy Tabaque)
TO DISCUSS the progress of gender mainstreaming as strategy for promoting gender equality and challenges of women leadership in the academe, senior university leaders, researchers and administrators from four Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) member universities convened at the 2016 APRU Asia-Pacific Women in Leadership (APWiL) Workshop, Wednesday.
Launched in June 2013, APWiL serves as a platform for sharing practices in advancing women’s participation in the academe and research as well as in bridging the gender gap in higher education through policy development.
This year’s two-day workshop, which is centered on the theme, “Making Numbers Matter: Sustaining the Next Generation of Women Academic Leaders,” is hosted by the University of the Philippines through the Office of International Linkages (UP OIL), a unit under the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs mandated to explore areas of linkages with foreign and local institutions.
The workshop aims to continue the discussions on previous APWiL workshops on the necessity of gender quotas, issues of merit and excellence, and implicit gender bias as well as to explore ways of addressing the gaps and drawbacks of women leadership in the academe.
Outgoing UP President Alfredo Pascual, through Professor Joselito Florendo, UP Vice President for Planning and Finance, recognized the university’s role as an instrument for gender equality and justice starting in its own campuses.
“Universities as leaders of many disciplines and researchers have the means and the obligation to study and to provide solutions to the societal issues and the challenges of development. Examining the ways of achieving development is paramount so that it will become faster, sustainable and inclusive,” Pascual said.
Aside from its national mandate, Pascual also recognized UP’s mandate to be the country’s global research and regional university.
“It is incumbent upon UP to channel the successes of our country to efforts of other countries to make gains in the same fields,” Pascual said, highlighting UP’s role in the country’s great success on gender equality.
He also acknowledged the successful history of women leadership since the year 1912, citing that half of the university’s major administrative positions was held by women.
“For change to be true, it must always come from within,” Pascual said, calling APRU universities to uphold gender equality and justice as essential within their spheres of influence.
Gender Equity in US Higher Education
Meanwhile, Dr. Cindy Fan, Vice Provost for International Studies and Global Engagement of the University of California, Los Angeles, introduced the idea of the “pipeline myth” during her discussion of gender equity in US higher education.
“Women graduated at a higher rate than men across all racial groups, which increases women’s representation in the pipeline,” Fan said.
She also interpreted the “glass ceiling” as a two-dimensional concept that refers to intangible barriers preventing women to rise to senior level positions as well as a reflection of the persistent pay gap between men and women at the same faculty rank.
According to Fan, among all public sectors, the academe is the only one with a declining number of women leaders.
“Women do not hold associate professor or full professor positions at the same rate as men appears. They are also not ascending to leadership positions,” she said.
State of Gender Mainstreaming in Tertiary Education and Women’s Academic Leadership
Dr. Amaryllis Tiglao-Torres, Professor Emeritus from the University of the Philippines Diliman and executive director of the Philippine Social Science Council, defined gender mainstreaming as putting gender equality in the center of policy, plans, structures, research and teaching.
“To mainstream is to introduce separate courses on women if it’s possible, but also to say that the perspective that is carried into the women’s studies course is also adapted in the other courses of the university,” Torres said.
In her lecture, Dr. Helen Lockey, Director of Educational and Institutional Intelligence of University of Hongkong pointed out that the greatest difficulty women face in moving to senior-level roles is a “double-burden.”
“The double burden is that, we hold on a job and we hold on the family as well, something that men don’t have to manage, Lockey said.
She also highlighted that family background could influence women’s leadership capacity.
“Women who have been mentored achieve greater successful careers,” she said.
To achieve gender parity, Lockey cited initial steps such as women-friendly policies, talks and seminars for women and researches assessing the classification of the jobs offered to men and women
in the university.
During the panel discussion, Dr. Carolyn Sobritchea, Chairperson and Technical Working Panel on Gender and Women’s Studies, Commission on Higher Education stressed that consultative process, listening skills and participatory planning are essential to the survival of women academic leaders.
“I also value the attitude and the norms in my university. While there’s a lot of patriarchal narratives, there is respect on academic excellence,” Sobritchea said, adding that women should assert for the post they deserve to get in the academe.
Continuing Challenges to Equity and Promotion of Women to Key Leadership Positions
Through the concept of “glass ceiling and glass floor,” Dr. Michael Tan, Chancellor of UP Diliman differentiates male and female approaches towards academic leadership.
“If you are male, you do it by storming the barricade. While women need to be much more careful because they are the ones on a glass floor. They have to thread carefully and softly and not make too much noise,” Tan said.
Continuing Gender Equity Issues in Academic Disciplines To wrap up the presentations, Dr. Robyn Overall, Emeritus Professor and Chair of Women in Science, University of Sydney and Dr. Merlyne Paunlagui, Director, Center for Strategic Planning and Policy studies illustrated gender equity in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
“In an environment where things are changing, it is important to be able to think outside the box. To do that, we have to optimize diverse opinions to harness researches done in a team,” Overall said, stressing that diverse teams deliver better results than homogeneous teams.
In an interview, Dr. Rhodora Bucoy, Charperson of the Philippine Commission on Women, shared that APWil workshop is a platform to share practices on gender equity with other foreign universities.
“Through this workshop, we hope to be able to come up with concrete steps to address the socalled, glass ceilings and better schemes based on the experience of AustraliA and other countries,” Bucoy said.
The second leg of the APWil workshop continues today at the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu. Representatives from the different APRU-APWil universities hope to come up with action plans for pursuing collaborative research projects and training collaborations among APRU member universities in order to develop the next generation of women academic leaders.