"CHRISTMASEUM Year 2"
The UST Museum took the lead in ushering in Yuletide festivities this year, with “Christmaseum Year 2.” The Museum collaborated with the UST College of Fine Arts and Design (CFAD), with Interior Design majors crafting a theme of golden doves and lanterns with cutout silhouettes depicting Christmas themes to delight holiday guests. The UST Museum took charge of putting up the Belen (Nativity scene) and the art installation featuring Christmas trees with cut-out designs, evoking the message of allowing the light of Christ to shine through us during this season.
This year’s celebration of Our Lord’s birth was made doubly festive and merry with a concert that showcased the talents of the faculty members and students of the UST Conservatory of Music, along with the UST Junior High School Glee Club.
The UST Conservatory of Music Guitar Ensemble
The UST Guitar Octet started out as the core members of the UST Guitar Ensemble, one of the UST Conservatory of Music's performing groups. In 2016, the original lineup won 2nd place – besting nine other international ensembles and duos – at the Tarrega Malaysia International Guitar Ensemble Competition in Klang, Malaysia. They continue to train, refine their art and expand their repertoire, gearing up to represent our country once more for future competitions and musical performances.
The UST Guitar Quartet is one of the Conservatory’s premiere performance ensemble. It was originally formed by Professor Ruben Reyes, former Guitar Department coordinator and his students. The quartet has performed in some of the most prestigious venues all over the country, and have over the years produced several outstanding guitarists, some of which are now teaching and performing locally and internationally.
The current lineup consists of Erskine Basilio, Mario Echipare, Alberto Mesa and James Peter Namit, all faculty members from the UST Conservatory of Music’s Guitar Department.
The UST Guitar Ensemble’s repertoire consists of arrangements, transcriptions and original guitar ensemble pieces from the Renaissance to the Contemporary. Under the direction of Alberto O. Mesa, its current members include: Luis Capistrano; Manuel Chua; Nico Panopio, Lyon Lopez; David Reyes; Karl Sabado; Rogelio Imperial; Gentry Nalzaro; Aaron Paul Serrano; Miguel Sto. Domingo; Gelvin Dalena; Frances Ancheta; Angelo Rodriguez; and Val Villamin. The Guitar Ensemble performed with Marco Raquiza on percussion and Lucas Paredes on piano.
The UST Junior High School Glee Club
The UST Junior High School (JHS) Glee Club is the High School’s official chorale ambassadors composed of a select group of students, under the direction of Ms. Maria Lulu P. Orlina and Mr. Nicanor Infante.
It envisions itself to be one of the best high school choirs in the country. They aim to explore the different genres of music, sing songs to build relationships, inspire the human spirit with the Divine, and serenade hope and healing to those whose lives they touch.
Formerly known as the UST High School Music Society, it had its humble beginnings as the school’s show choir for school and club programs, as well as a liturgical choir for regular Masses and prayers. Over the years, choir members have gone on to become the nation’s popular chorale conductors, musicians and singers.
The UST JHS Glee Club student soloists were: Job Clarence Centeno; Rafael Miguel Dichoso; Regillkent Esquivas; Johann Paulus Coronel; Alexander John Dimalibot; John Derick Ramos; Imee Claire Calaro; Johann Mariel Lopez; Kristin Millamena; Isis Audrey Magpantay; Alyssa Skylar Raagas and Janette Beverly Jurado.
The UST Woodwind Quintet
The UST Woodwind Quintet is a chamber group formed by students from the UST Conservatory of Music. Initiated by Mr. Jedrick Itugot alongside fellow students who founded the group, each batch aims to uphold the vision the quintet was founded on – to develop wind players' chamber music performance skills, and to foster camaraderie between different individuals participating in the group.
Throughout the years, the UST Woodwind Quintet lineup has produced batch after batch of remarkable young performers. The UST Woodwind Quintet’s lineup for the November 15 performance was comprised of: Josh Rampall Silangcruz; Angeli Marie Nicolas; Peter Joseph Ocampo; Ian Resureccion; and Agnes Bayato. Performing on November 16 were Zach Tad-y; Kevin Rivera; Paolo Noprada; Eimard Teano; and Deiniel Sanchez.
UST CFAD Interior Design Department
Adding a visual component to “Christmaseum” was the “KINDLE: THE LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS” installation created by Interior Design majors from the UST College of Fine Arts and Design (CFAD). The ceiling installation consisted of lanterns of various sizes, taking inspiration from the Christmas song composed by St. Alphonsus Liguori.
Above the lanterns were hung hundreds of golden doves, symbolizing the Holy Spirit, hope and peace. The word “kindle” means to “set alight.” The display of lanterns and doves aimed to kindle hope and the light of Christ in the hearts of exhibit viewers as they await Christmas.
The UST Museum is grateful to the following major sponsors: Divina Law; Ramcar; KFC; Wok With Me; Cindy’s Grill; RSL Rhythm Sound and Light Trading Corp.; and TV Maria. Our University partners were: the UST Communications Bureau; EdTech Center; Facilities Management Office; Office of Public Affairs; College of Science; and the Security Office. We also thank UST JHS Principal Assoc. Prof. Marishirl P. Tropicales, PhD; Mr. Rudy Olaso; and Mr. Henry Maralit.
This collaborative project was coordinated by KASIBULAN President Ms. Rajelyn Bustamante and curated by UST College of Fine Arts and Design alumna Ms. Doris Rodriguez. The exhibition ran until November 21, 2018.
UST Museum Facilities Upgrade
New Religious Images on Display
The UST Museum is proud to invite guests to view the new display of santos at the Hall of Philippine Religious Images, on indefinite loan from a private collector.
The images include a figure of the Crucified Christ with silver ornamentation, and a sculpture of St. John the Beloved with ivory head and hands. Images of St. Barbara and St. Augustine are also featured, both of which have ivory heads and hands as well, and are garbed in exquisitely embroidered garments. An eye-catching ivory set of head and hands of Our Lady of Sorrows or Mater Dolorosa, along with a silver rostrillo, pierced Immaculate Heart of Mary, and rosary are also included in the special display.
2018 AAMG UMAC Annual Conference
Museum Staff: Updates
We wish our graduating Student Assistant, Joanna Estorque, the best of luck! Joanna, or as we fondly call her, Joe, is an AB Journalism graduate this year from the Faculty of Arts and Letters. We’re very proud of you, and look forward to the trails we know you will blaze in the future!
"SERIAL KOLORISTA: Color More, Stress Less Year 3"
"The Visionary Comes Home: A Mañosa Beyond Architecture Exhibit"
The UST Museum, in cooperation with Tukod Foundation, Inc., the UST College of Architecture (USTCA), and the Heritage Conservation Society (HCS) – UST Youth Chapter, presented “The Visionary Comes Home: A Mañosa Beyond Architecture Exhibit” at the Main Gallery from February 27 to April 6, 2018.
The exhibit was an exploration of Thomasian Architect Francisco “Bobby” Mañosa’s contribution to Philippine architecture. He became renowned for his study and understanding of indigenous building styles, and advocated the use of traditional materials combined with modern building technology to create a uniquely Filipino architectural identity.
The exhibit featured scale models of Mañosa’s most iconic works, as well as samples of the local materials he regularly included in his designs.
New Religious Image Acquired
A new image of Our Lady of the Rosary has been acquired by the UST Museum. It has been carefully restored under the guidance of Museum Director Rev. Fr. Isidro Abaño, O.P., and has a new home at the 4th floor lobby of the College of Commerce at the St. Raymund Building.
90 years of the ‘V’ shown in exhibit
By Kathleen Therese A. Palapar, courtesy of the Varsitarian
The “V90” exhibit ran until Feb. 20, 2018 at the UST Museum.
UST Annual Inter-School On-The-Spot Painting Competition 2018
The University of Santo Tomas, in collaboration with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) held the 2018 UST Annual Inter-School On-the-Spot Painting Competition (OTSPC) on February 22, 2018, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Benavides Garden, UST.
This year the participants were allowed to paint a theme of their own choice. The UST Museum invited students of Fine Arts to look beyond themselves and think about how their futures are shaped by their choices, expressed through art.
The winners were: “Mga Matang Mapanghusga” by John Frances N. Ochoco of Eulogio “Amang” Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (EARIST), 1st prize; “Beyond What I See” by Ma. Alyssa T. Castro of UST, 2nd prize; and “Hindi Mapigilan ang Pag-asa” by Mark Anthony P. Laza of EARIST, 3rd prize.
Honorable Mentions were awarded to: an untitled work by Kenneth Santiago of the University of the East (UE); “Pantay-Pantay, Magkaisa” by Jamia Mei Tolentino of the University of the Philippines (UP); and “Paro at Pinang” by Josephine Mari Ramos of Far Eastern University (FEU). Each Honorable Mention awardee received a cash prize, and all of the winners and awardees received a set of Pébéo art materials from Times Trading, and gift certificates from Giordano.
The panel of judges for this year’s OTSPC were: National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) National Committee on Art Galleries (NCAG) Head John Delan Robillos; multi-awarded visual artist Florentino “Jun” Impas, Jr.; renowned painter and sculptor Romeo “Omi” Reyes; and UST Museum Director Rev. Fr. Isidro Abaño, O.P.
The awarding ceremony was held at 6:00 p.m. on the same day, the winning works were exhibited at the UST Main Building lobby from February 22 to March 2, 2018. The UST Museum is once again proud to have partnered with the NCCA, Giordano, and Times Trading to unite student artists and encourage them to further hone their artistic talent.