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San Agustin to co-host nat’l critics workshop May 4-7

Frederick C. Comendador


THE University of San Agustin (USA) in Iloilo City will co-host with De La Salle University (DLSU) this year’s KRITIKA, the national workshop on art and art criticism on May 4 -7, in the USA President’s Conference Room.

KRITIKA is a summer workshop in criticism, covering various arts and culture, including architecture, literature, visual arts, film, theatre, multi-art, popular culture, and gastronomy. In this one-week live-in workshop, established art critics and talented young scholars gather to form an intellectual community. In line with contemporary critical practice, KRITIKA retains interdisciplinal and multidisciplinal ways of approaching art and cultural forms as texts. This practice is enriched with the creative integration of concepts and modes from diverse disciplines.
Rolando Tolentino, cultural critic and Dean of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication, is the workshop director.

He is supported by a distinguished panel of experts which includes: urban design and landscape architect Paulo Alcazaren, cultural critic and educator Isagani R. Cruz, literature scholar Isidoro M. Cruz, heritage conservationist Rene Luis Mata, visual art critic and artist Cid Reyes, culinary expert and visual artist Claude Tayag, and cultural historian Jose Victor Torres.
Chosen as the 2015 fellows are: Vijae Orquia Alquisola (literature/cultural heritage), Jose Santos P. Ardivilla (pop culture), Gregory Mark Del Carmen (pop culture), Olivia Kristine Nieto (theatre), Seneca N. Pellano (literature), Tito R. Quiling, Jr. (film/architecture), Juan Miguel Leandro L. Quizon (cultural studies), Guillermo Ramos, Jr. (gastronomy), Angela Velasco (gastronomy), and Mavreen Jackie Yapchiongco (literature/architecture).

This project is organized by the DLSU Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center, co-hosted by the USA Fray Luis De Leon Creative Writing Center and the USA Graduate School, and supported by the DLSU Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, the USA Special Projects Office, and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. The food writing fellowships are sponsored by the DLSU Angelo King Institute for Economics and Business Studies.

KAPLAG 2015 Commemorative Book All Set for Launching

Kaplag 2015 Commemorative Book Cover Page

The year 2015 marks the celebration of three events of utmost importance not only to the Augustinian Order (OSA), but to the entire Filipino nation as well – namely, the 450th anniversary of the finding (“kaplag” in Cebuano) of the miraculous image of the Sto. Niño de Cebu (1565-2015), the 450th anniversary of the Augustinian presence in the Philippines (1565-2015), and the 50th anniversary of the elevation of the Sto. Niño Church in Cebu City to the rank of a “minor basilica” (1965-2015).

In line with the above-mentioned events, a commemorative book (entitled “Kaplag 2015”) was published by the Augustinian Province of Sto. Niño de Cebu – Philippines, edited by Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, OSA. It will be formally launched on April 20, 2015 at the North Wing of SM City Cebu, to be attended by various local government officials, representatives from the Augustinian Order, and press people (among others).

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USALT wins top 10 TAYO awards

Claire Palma

At the Heroes Hall in Malacañang Palace

AFTER being adjudged as one of the top performing youth organizations in Region VI by the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) in November 10, 2014, the University’s Little Theater finally received a trophy and cash grant as one of the ten grand winners during the awarding ceremony last February 24, 2015 at the Heroes Hall in Malacañang Palace.

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University of San Agustin Tops Medical Technology Board Exam

University of San Agustin

University of San Agustin

The College of Pharmacy and Medical Technology of the University of San Agustin (USA) tops this year’s Licensure Examination for Medical Technologists with a 94.37% passing percentage. USA ranked first among the schools with 50 or more examinees and the only university outside Luzon to have made it to the list. Other schools that made it to the top 5 list are Our Lady of Fatima University, Antipolo City, (91.67%); Far Eastern University, Manila, (88.64%); Lyceum of the Philippine – Batangas , Inc., (85.71%); and Centro Escolar University , Manila, (83.53%).

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USA fetes 2015 service awardees

IN RECOGNITION of their dedicated service and loyalty to the school, 62 service awardees were feted with a dinner party by the University of San Agustin (USA) last February 14, 2015 at the Crown Ballroom, Punta Villa Resort.

Fr. President Frederick C. Comendador, O. S. A., noted the good number of attendees although it was Valentine’s Day, reiterating the concept of love in the Augustinian way as expressed in one’s concern for others – “a mark of true Augustinian service, of malasakit.”

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