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Tradition and Innovation from a Central Philippine University Artist's "Paint of View"

By Lucell Larawan

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Among the highlights of the national arts month is the Philippine Visual Arts Festival: The Rizal Experience (PIVAF: TRE) at Angono, Rizal.

This is the main event for sculptors, painters and cultural workers. I am among the five delegates in Panay, representing Iloilo.

My painting entry entitled “Kambal na Tradisyon at Inobasyon Tungo sa mas Matibay na Pagkakakilanlan” is my interpretation of this year’s theme. It shows that both tradition and innovation are Siamese twins where one animates the other.

Tradition is the treasure trove of indigenous wisdom, without which communities cannot establish a unique identity that they can call their own. Innovations are indications of growth needed for a stronger and more mature culture.

Cultures doe not have to stagnate; they should soar. As they evolve, people should have a stronger identity needed for a better sense of pride. Such sense of pride is mediated by an intervening variable—symbols of excellence.

People who develop a better sense of pride are liberated from a psychic malady called Doña Victorina syndrome or self-contempt (common among Filipinos) and become more prepared as building blocks of national development.

My painting shown here is more particular about the Iloilo milieu. Some reminisce our Carabao-Carroza festival, Pinta Paraw and the distant past where the barter of Panay used the salakot medium. We can also take pride of original inventions by two Central Philippine University professors: the single-burner rice husk stove of Alexis Belonio and the pellet mill by Jaime Cabarles and associates.

In a state of flux, our culture continually establishes a stronger distinction developing among the Filipino subcultures.

The approach used as I limned this in acrylic is a synthesis of modern styles. The composition embraces the tradition of breaking traditions when it comes to canons of art making.
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ABOUT LUCELL LARAWAN

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Lucell Larawan is an Associate Professor of the Department of Business Administration, Central Philippine University. As a prolific researcher, he completed eight single-authored researches on business and management, and art.

He presented papers in the “International Conference on Business and Management” in Turkey (April 15-17, 2011) and the “First International Conference on Visayan Art and Culture” (SM Trade Center, Cebu City, 2010).

Lucell will be presenting two papers in June 2012, one in the UP National College of Public Administration and Governance International Conference and another in the Second Asian Conference on Cultural Studies.

He availed the First President Manuel Roxas and Sanag 2010 Literary Fellowships. In 2010, Lucell got a research grant from the NCCA on the fine artists of Panay. He had two solo visual arts exhibits at Museo Negrense and UP Art Gallery and served as trainer of Artist for Crisis Program of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

Since two years ago, he had conducted visual arts training for the indigenous people and the youths at Rizal street and has managed their visual arts festivals through the Kalinawa Art Foundation (Makati-based) and the Pagtubo sa Kasanag.

Lucell regularly writes a column in The Daily Guardian, a daily in Western Visayas.

In sculpture, Lucell has two semi-finalist awards in the Metrobank Art and Design Excellence. He is a member of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts-National Committee on Visual Arts.

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Central Philippine University wins Best Film Award in Iloilo Contest

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The Central Philippine University-BS Advertising film entry, Kasugtanan “The Covenant”, recently won the Best Film Award in the 1st Iloilo Short Film Competition during the 2nd Iloilo International Film Festival.

The film, besting 26 other short films, is a story of unfading love of a groom to his bride. On the day of the supposed-to-be wedding celebration, the groom waits on the altar, as the casket of his beloved bride was brought to him on a funeral procession. He delivered his eulogy which is a promise to love until death.

“This film is a product of prayers,” said Sharlyn Joy S. Velasquez, writer and director of the film and faculty member of the BS-Advertising Program of the College of Business and Accountancy (CBA).

Actors in the play are Dora Jane Balleras , Pe Mark Abapo (the groom), Gretchen Legara (the bride), and Roland and Mariquit Dy Buco as Mr. And Mrs. Gonzales.

Other members of the production team are Jovette Aimee Barcelona, Ken Nacepo, Gracel Elidia, Mas Calma, Jeanil Sajo, Leah Prodigo, Diana Lyn Atienza, and Dr. Lenny Rose Mucho. The play was supported by Dr. Teresita E. Crucero, CBA dean and Dr. Teodoro C. Robles, president of CPU.

Published by Manila Bulletin, February 9, 2011

Magnitude 5 Earthquake Images through Centralian Photographer Cicero Omero II

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Cicero Omero II took this pictures seconds after the shaking had stopped at 12:00 o’clock, February 6, 2012.

An earthquake of magnitude 5 struck Iloilo City sending people out on the streets for safety. Offices and schools closed temporarily. This includes our very own, Central Philippine University. The epicenter was located between Negros and Cebu with 6.9 Richter magnitude scale.

For more news about the earthquake please click on this link… Earthquake Iloilo City

More aftershocks were felt. Another was at about 7:48 PM on Amy Campos‘ watch, which according to her was longer than other aftershocks before it.

Jerry Bionat, Deputized Civil Defense Deputized Coordinator at PDRRMC Iloilo, expressed over Bombo Radyo that this was so far the strongest earthquake he experienced in his life.

Monitor earthquakes and aftershocks in the Philippines through this link… PHIVOCS LATEST EARTHQUAKE INFORMATION.

Here’s the news from The Philippine Star, February 7 editiong… 6.9 QUAKE KILLS 43

Capturing a Decade of Central Philippine University in 20 Minutes

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These videos capture the 10-year period, from 1997 to 2006 of Central Philippine University dubbed as the “Years of Bliss, Years of Fulfillment” for the university.

From his book, “Years of Bliss, Years of Fulfillment”, Dr. Juanito Acanto writes:

“The blessings that befell this university came from ideas, people, and events, all of which could have been made possible only by and through the intervention of the All-knowing Power, the Almighty God. He uses people and guides them to a clear and strong belief of what a great University of the Baptist Faith should be, and gives them insight to the dreams and aspirations of their leaders of yesteryears and find ways to realize these.”

Watch these videos and see the progress that Central Philippine University amassed in ten years, making it the best university in Western Visayas.

Copies of the book, “Years of Bliss, Years of Fulfillment” by Dr. Juanito M. Acanto are available at the Henry Luce III Library.

For more details about this decade-long period of CPU, browse http://www.cpu.edu.ph/cpupo/pub/introduction.htm.

Capturing a Decade of Central Philippine University in 10 Minutes

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These videos capture the 10-year period, from 1997 to 2006 of Central Philippine University dubbed as the “Years of Bliss, Years of Fulfillment” for the university.

From his book, “Years of Bliss, Years of Fulfillment”, Dr. Juanito Acanto writes:

“The blessings that befell this university came from ideas, people, and events, all of which could have been made possible only by and through the intervention of the All-knowing Power, the Almighty God. He uses people and guides them to a clear and strong belief of what a great University of the Baptist Faith should be, and gives them insight to the dreams and aspirations of their leaders of yesteryears and find ways to realize these.”

Watch these videos and see the progress that Central Philippine University amassed in ten years, making it the best university in Western Visayas.

Copies of the book, “Years of Bliss, Years of Fulfillment” by Dr. Juanito M. Acanto are available at the Henry Luce III Library.

For more details about this decade-long period of CPU, browse http://www.cpu.edu.ph/cpupo/pub/introduction.htm.

Medical Mission Update from Pete and Judy Obregon


Pete Obregon is graduate of CPU High School. He is 1960 graduate of FEU Medicine School. He and wife, Judy are active missionaries of Medical Ministry International.

Read more about Pete Obregon by clicking this –> OBREGON FAMILY

Central Philippine University Blog – A Merry Little Christmas

Let the Christmas season remind us of our HOPE, PEACE, JOY, and LOVE in Jesus Christ.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to All!

PHOTO CREDIT: All photos used here are owned by Filomeno Sonza Jr.

A GLIMPSE OF CHRISTMAS HISTORY AT CENTRAL PHILIPPINEUNIVERSITY…WATCH THIS VIDEO!

Central Philippine University Hand Bell Choir featured by GMA TV Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho

GMA TV Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho featured the CPU Handbell Choir in one Christmas episode of the show.

Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho is a popular show of GMA TV broadcast every Saturday evening. It is a magazine, documentary, lifestyle, public affairs show that Jessica Soho hosts.

Watching the CPU Hand Bell Choir perform on the popular Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho TV show makes us all proud to of our Alma Mater, Central Philippine University.

Watch the Central Philippine University Handbell Choir video and hear Jessica Soho narrate the history of the only five octave Hand Bell choir in the Philippines.

Hear some words from Dr. Mai Lynn Bermejo Jacar, the current CPU Hand Bell Choir Director and Trainer, as well as other members of the group.

Please watch the video…click on the play button now!

READ MORE about the CPU Hand Bell Choir from Central Echo’s “RING THEM BELLS”

Central Spirit – There's Happiness at CPU Forever

Perhaps you might be one of those who were touched deeply by the message of the Coca-Cola ad “Where Will Happiness Strike Next: The OFW Project”.

You can’t avoid identifying with and feeling how the three persons featured in the Coca-Cola advertisement felt, especially when you are located abroad and far from your loved ones.

However, when you are one of the alumni of Central Philippine University, the Central Spirit provides the needed warmth and comfort wherever you may be.

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Centralians are encourage to post a comment, sharing how the Central Spirit has lifted your spirits high as you go through your experiences and transitions in life.

Share your happy CPU Forever Experience now!

Central Spirit – There’s Happiness at CPU Forever

Perhaps you might be one of those who were touched deeply by the message of the Coca-Cola ad “Where Will Happiness Strike Next: The OFW Project”.

You can’t avoid identifying with and feeling how the three persons featured in the Coca-Cola advertisement felt, especially when you are located abroad and far from your loved ones.

However, when you are one of the alumni of Central Philippine University, the Central Spirit provides the needed warmth and comfort wherever you may be.

Central Philippine University Blog

Centralians are encourage to post a comment, sharing how the Central Spirit has lifted your spirits high as you go through your experiences and transitions in life.

Share your happy CPU Forever Experience now!