The newly-awarded UP artists with University officials. Photo by Thomas Benjamin Roca, UP Aperture

By Justine Jordan

Photos by Thomas Benjamin Roca, UP Aperture

The dean, associate dean and four other faculty members of the College of Mass Communication (CMC) were recognized as UP Artists by the University of the Philippines Arts Productivity System (APS) on Wednesday.

The APS, which aims to promote creative productivity for national development, held the awarding ceremony for 28 honorees at the Bahay ng Alumni.

In her welcome remarks, Vice-President for Academic Affairs Prof. Gisela Padilla-Concepcion said the awardees joined “the ranks of the prestigious circle of achievers.”

The titles were given under eight categories: Music and Dance, Film, Fine Arts, Literary Works, Radio, Television and Related Media, Scholarly Work, and Theatre.

Four faculty members of the UP Film Institute (UPFI) were accorded Artist titles.

Dr. Rolando Tolentino (UP Artist II), CMC dean and a faculty member of the UPFI, received his title for literary works. Some of his pieces include Almanak ng Isang Aktibista and Kathang Isip: Mga Kuwentong Fantastiko, where he served as co-editor.

Tolentino said it that it was expected for one to become more productive if he/she would wish to further his/her title as UP Artist. He added that those who wished to hone their craft must dedicate more time in its pursuit.

“[O]ne would not be human, one would not be an Iskolar or Guro ng Bayan, if one is not also able to uplift his or her soul through the arts,” Tolentino said.

Assistant Professor Sari Raissa Dalena (UP Artist II), who directed Cinema One Originals Best Picture film Ka Oryang (2011), and Dr. Grace Alfonso (UP Artist I), director of Flames of Love (2012) received their titles under the Film category. Alfonso is also the Chancellor of the UP Open University.

Assistant Professor Jason Banal was conferred the title of UP Artist II for Fine Arts. Since 1998, Banal has been holding both solo and group exhibitions of his works around the world – from film, photography, painting and other installations.

Honorees under Radio, Television and Related Media were Assistant Professor Fernando A. Austria, Jr. (UP Artist I) and Assistant Professor Danilo Arao (UP Artist I), faculty members from the Broadcast Communication and Journalism departments, respectively. Arao is also the Associate Dean of CMC.

Arao advised those who wanted to go into artistic production to think more of how their outputs could shape public opinion and less of how they would get awards for their work.

“You should aspire in terms of reaching out to the people, because part of the responsibility of a UP Professor or a UP Artist is to help mold public opinion through their outputs,” said Arao, also a columnist for Pinoy Weekly.

Other awardees include Prof. Gerard Rey Lico, Ph. D., Artist III and Arch. Jose Danilo Silvestre, Artist II for Architecture; and Prof. Patrick Flores, Ph. D., Artist II, Prof. Leonilo Doloricon, Artist II, Associate Prof. Ruben Fortunato De Jesus, Artist II, Assistant Prof. Ma. Eileen Ramirez, Artist I and Associate Prof. Reuben Cañete, Ph. D., Artist I for Fine Arts.

Along with Tolentino, seven professors were conferred Artist titles for Literature: Prof. Jose Dalisay, Ph. D., Artist III, Prof. Ricardo De Ungria, MFA, Artist I, Associate Prof. Eugene Evasco, Ph. D., Artist II, Prof. Jose Neil Carmelo Garcia, Ph. D., Artist I, Prof. Rosario Yu, Ph. D., Artist II, Assistant Prof. Layeta Bucoy, UPLB, Artist II, and Associate Prof. Victor Emmanuel Carmelo Nadera, Jr., Ph. D.

Prof. Priscelina P. Legasto, Ph., D. received an Artist I title for Scholarly Work, while Associate Prof. Josefina F. Estrella, MFA, Artist II,  Assistant Prof. Dexter M. Santos, Artist II and Prof. Alexander Cortes, Ph. D., Artist II were awarded for their work in Theatre.

Associate Prof. Jonas Baes, Ph. D. Artist II and Prof. Josefino Toledo, Artist III were awarded for Music and Dance, along with Assistant Prof. Maria Christine Muyco, Ph. D., Artist II and Associate Prof. La Verne Dela Peña, Ph. D., Artist I, who were awarded in 2012.

The UP Artist title, effective from 2012 to 2014, has three ranks. Honorees given the UP Artist I title will be receiving at total of P 120,000 per annum; UP Artist II, P 144,000 per annum; and UP Artist III, P 180,000 per annum.

The APS is the artistic counterpart of the UP Scientific Productivity System, which confers titles to faculty members from the sciences.

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