UE faculty, UNIDEE Laureate Legaspi bags illy design competition


 Legaspi's weavers of tomorrow, Illy Can winning entry

UE College of Fine Arts, Architecture and Design (UE CFAD) professor Richard Soriano Legaspi won the illy Can Prize, during his stint as a UNIDEE laureate (resident artist) from June to October 2013 at Biella, Italy. The illy Can Prize is a unique design competition in the contemporary art scenes presented by illy, UNIDEE (University of Ideas) and Cittadellarte-Fordazione Pistoletto in Biella, Italy. Now back in the country, he resumed his teaching post with the UE CFAD.

The design competition is open to all UNIDEE resident artists and aims to create a design or art masterpieces for the cylindrical cans of illy Coffee, which represents the artist’s advocacy projects in his/her home country. Legaspi’s winning entry entitled “Weavers of Tomorrow” showcases the colorful weaving tradition of the indigenous Filipino. The design was also linked to the weaving tradition of Biella, Italy. The illy Company has been collaborating with UNIDEE and Cittadellarte since 2002, spearheaded by Arch. Armona Pistoletto of Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto and Carlo Bach. Bach, the Art Director of illy Caffè since 2006, heads the illy Art Collection Project. Through the years, the can’s circular shape has inspired intriguing concepts exploring infinite possibilities. Contributors included James Rosenquist, Liu Wei, Michael Lin, famous Italian art povera painter Michelangelo Pistoletto of Cittadellarte, Tobias Rehberger, renowned social photographer Sebastião Salgado and UNIDEE 2010 alumnus Alioum Moussa from Cameroon.

Legaspi submitted six designs representing the culture of different provinces and communities in the far flung regions of the Philippines. According to him, an effective way of introducing art to the younger generation is creating a solid bridge of connection through diverse structured projects in their local communities that will encourage them to appreciate what they have, their tradition and their heritage. These projects are also instruments for their understanding the importance of arts, to showcase imaginative ideas and for transforming the territory. Thus, everyone can contribute towards socio-cultural rebirth.

Legaspi’s illy Can Prize is a back-to-back international recognition for the prize-winning filmmaker and Carlos Palanca awardee in 2013 after being hailed as UNESCO Laureate Artist in June, which paved his residency in UNIDEE. He also shot a documentary project entitled “Dimensioni di Appartenenza” as a UNIDEE resident artist. Legaspi may return to Italy this May to receive his prize of 3,000 euros and to create an artistic project in Italy for three months.

Legaspi earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Advertising from the CFAD, UE Caloocan.  He is a multi-awarded director of indie and main stream films, as well as a script writer. He was a fellow of the Asian Film Academy in South Korea, studying filmmaking under renowned directors Mohsen Makhmalbaf and Pen-Ek Ratanaruang. His first full-length film ‘Paano Ko Sasabihin?’ starring Enchong Dee and Erich Gonzales, won the Special Jury Prize, Audience Award and Best in Editing at the 2009 Cinema One Originals, and a finalist at the Babel Film Festival in Italy. He directed and wrote the script of award-winning films ‘Manenaya,’ Jury Prize winner at the Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, 11th Gawad Tanglaw for Movies, Gawad URIAN nominee for short films, and the opening film at the prestigious Asiatica Film Mediale in Rome in 2012; ‘Ambulancia,’ which earned the Miglior Montaggio Award at the San Gio Film Festival, Italy, and was a finalist at Dubai International Film Festival (IFF); ‘Kinulayang Kiti,’ Gawad CCP Alternative Film and Video Festival winner and finalist at the Auburn IFF in Australia; and ‘Hunger Pangs,’ an entry at the Naousa IFF in Greece and part of the official selections of the World Film Festival Bangkok in 2012. Legaspi’s latest films are ‘Si Pipo at ang Pusang si Kamuning,’ funded by the NCCA, top billed by Maliksi Morales, Lou Veloso and Channel Latorre; “Ang Walang Katapusang Paglalakbay ng Pulang Maleta” and “Dimensions of Belonging”. He wrote ‘Aliping Lupa’, a new script, the Philippine finalist in the ASEAN Residence 2013, Bangkok.

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