UE CFAD Academic Guild Recognized as Major Brigada Eskwela Partner

Photo shows (from left) Brigada Eskwela Coordinator Ms. Bracamonte, LTES Principal Egot (with LTES’ plaque as Second Place winner in the Division Search for the 2019 Brigada Eskwela Best Implementer in his right hand), Prof. Bacani, Ar. De Olazo and Prof. Legaspi (bearing various certificates of recognition for UE CFAD as a major partner of LTES)

Photo shows (from left) Brigada Eskwela Coordinator Ms. Bracamonte, LTES Principal Egot (with LTES’ plaque as Second Place winner in the Division Search for the 2019 Brigada Eskwela Best Implementer in his right hand), Prof. Bacani, Ar. De Olazo and Prof. Legaspi (bearing various certificates of recognition for UE CFAD as a major partner of LTES)

The UE College of Fine Arts, Architecture and Design (CFAD) is not only known for having produced accomplished local and international artists since 1964, and a roster of faculty members who are also trailblazers and visionaries of arts and culture in their respected fields.

Behind the awards, accolades, industry and academic contributions which are a powerful guiding light and inspirations for the students, socially engaged art initiatives and community outreach programs are still among the best ways to give back for more than five decades of utmost blessings upon the College.

This year, the UE College of Fine Arts, Architecture and Design Academic Guild, an association of the College’s faculty members, was awarded by the Department of Education (DepEd)-Schools Division Office of Caloocan City as one of its major and significant partners in Brigada Eskwela 2019, through its adopted public school, Libis Talisay Elementary School (LTES). The awarding ceremony was held on September 27, 2019, at Bulwagan ng Katipunan, New Caloocan City Hall.

Brigada Eskwela or the National Schools Maintenance Week is a nationwide initiative by the DepEd that encourages parents, private-sector constituents, non-government organizations, academicians, students and individuals to volunteer their time and skills in transforming schools into a holistic space for learning.

The UE CFAD Academic Guild Praefectus Maximus (President), Asst. Prof. Ronwell Jason L. Bacani; former Scriba-Legatus (Secretary-General) and the UE-CFAD Student Council faculty adviser, Ar. Jan Michael H. De Olazo; and the guild Vicarius Praefectus (Vice President) and Community Outreach and Services Chairman, Dir. Richard Soriano Legaspi, accepted the award of recognition for the guild’s invaluable support as the major partner of LTES. For its part, Libis Talisay Elementary School bagged Second Place in the Division Search for the 2019 Brigada Eskwela Best Implementer.

UE CFAD’s partnership with Libis Talisay Elementary School is not just for Brigada Eskwela, as there is an ongoing memorandum of agreement between its Principal, Dr. Romeo Sta. Maria Egot, Brigada coordinator Ms. Genelyn B. Bracamonte, and the members of the UE CFAD Academic Guild to support LTES for two years. According to Asst. Prof. Bacani, it is essential to track the development of their support, and that sustainable projects should be realized with ample time for a progressive outcome.

As a major stakeholder, the UE CFAD Academic Guild contributed not only to the physical and aesthetic development of the school but also to the cognitive and holistic expansion of the LTES faculty members and students. In line with this, a series of talks and workshops have been given and others are scheduled for execution in the coming months.

Asst. Prof. Bacani gave LTES students a seminar-workshop on Editorial Cartooning. The UE Caloocan School-to-School Promotions (STSP) Head, Prof. Eloida C. Dagumboy, shared her expertise to LTES teachers who are interested in applying to be international research paper presenters. Prof. Cynthia G. Leyson gave her creative input on home makeovers back-to-back with former advertising arts professor Mark D. Mapua, who offered his green thumb on basic landscaping. CFAD alumni John Lanbert Rafols and Elvin Macanlalay assisted select LTES faculty members on video editing and multimedia presentation.

A number of other UE CFAD faculty members also served as a powerful support system for this whole endeavor. Ar. Janice Ma. Irene V. Echieverri-Quintano donated children’s books in cooperation with the Soroptimist International of the Philippines-Silangan Club. Engr. Jemuel A. Jao headed the school clean-up drive. Mr. Kristoffer M. Tolentino assisted the students in mural painting. While Ar. Jan Michael H. De Olazo and Dir. Richard Soriano Legaspi mobilized and empowered all the student and alumni organizations, such as the UE CFAD Student Council, the student organization Buklod Sining, Buklod Alumni Society, the organizations Pintura and Artstroke, and the United Architects of the Philippines Student Auxiliary (UAPSA-UE, Cal) on how to help and support the cause.

For the Academic Guild, this recognition is a bonus that will fuel and motivate the organization to help more and generate more initiatives, and is an unexpected but much-appreciated validation of the essential concept of helping―that UE CFAD constituents can be of service to the community, by using creativity as a prevailing tool for social change. In this way, UE CFAD students also get to understand and identify with the spirit of communal unity through the modern-day bayanihan.

Kudos, Warrior CFAD officers, faculty members, alumni and students!

Report and photo courtesy of the UE CFAD Academic Guild

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