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Evangelista talks about award-winning book in UP Cebu launch

He’s a family man. He’s a religious man. He’s not a bad man. It’s just that some people need killing.

Internationally acclaimed journalist and award-winning author Patricia Evangelista recounted the conversation with one of the vigilantes behind the killings in the bloody drug war of former President Rodrigo Duterte that influenced the title of her award-winning book “Some People Need Killing” during the UP Cebu leg of her book tour last April 22, 2024.

Over 200 people attended the public event which was organized in collaboration with the UP Cebu College of Communication, Art, and Design (CCAD) and Streetlaw PH.

She also talked about what it was like as a trauma journalist covering violent deaths, such as the extrajudicial killings of suspected drug personalities that started on the first day of Duterte’s administration. She explained that she asked the same questions every night like a checklist and learned how to stand still and listen for the screaming to know where the families of the victims were. Some People Need Killing tells the stories of the victims of the drug war and the families they left behind.

The book launch also featured a short conversation between Evangelista and CCAD Prof. Maria Theresa Angelina Tabada and a moderated forum with the audience, media, and campus press asking questions.

During the chat, Evangelista expounded on the use of the craft of creative nonfiction to bring readers to the grim and the absurd as well as the unexpectedly hopeful in the War on Drugs.

Some People Need Killing is available in hardbound and paperback versions in all Fully Booked branches.

UP Cebu holds public screening of award-winning short film ‘Sibuyas ni Perfecto’

The University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu has opened to the public the screening on Sept. 1, 2023 of the Cinemalaya XIX Best Short Film “Sibuyas ni Perfecto.”

Directed and produced by Prof. Januar E. Yap of the College of Communication, Art, and Design (CCAD) of UP Cebu, “Sibuyas ni Perfecto” will be shown at 3 p.m. and then again on 4:15 p.m. at the UP Cebu Lawak Sinehan.

Yap said the film documents one day in the life of a farmer as he goes about performing a task for someone he considered a friend. He added that he leaves it to the viewers how they will see this one day in the life of Perfecto.

“Gilaum namo nga ang mga mananaway makakita o mahimong saksi sa usa ka sitwasyon nga bisan tuod og kadiyot lang o simple lang pero duna siyay dagkong kahulugan sa konteksto sa atong kinabuhi isip nasud,” Yap said.

In choosing to award “Sibuyas ni Perfecto” the Balanghai for Best Short Film, Cinemalaya cited its “quiet but coruscating take on social iniquity and how the poor’s exploitation by the rich is driven by their own denigration and self-abasement.” The Cinemalaya 2023 awards night was held on August 13 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.

NBSC Visits UP Cebu CCAD for Benchmarking Activity

The Northern Bukidnon State College visited the University of the Philippines Cebu with the Vice-President for Academic Affairs and the Dean of their College of Education today, November 16.

As a newly established State College, they aim to learn from our best practices as a leading university in the country and to explore the possibility of collaborating with our institution in the areas under curriculum and faculty development programs for their newly approved program offerings on Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts and Design.

Communication Faculty Shared Her Expertise on Combatting Disinformation

Assistant Professor Mia Embalzado-Mateo of the Communication Program shared her expertise on combatting disinformation at the Gugma ug Kamatuoran Forum – Communication for Positive Change: The Fight Against Disinformation earlier today at the Seminario Mayor de San Carlos Social Hall.

Watch the replay of her talk here.

Author of National Book Award Finalist REMAINS gave this year’s first lecture for UP Cebu Creative Writing Program Pundok Katitikan Lecture Series

For their first in-person event this year, Pundok Katitikan Lecture Series invited Daryll Delgado, an award-winning author, and professor, to discuss three crucial questions in the post-truth era last October 14, 2022.

Some of the questions that one must ponder include:

What happens when the distinctions between truth, fiction, and lies collapse?

Why do people coalesce more easily around certain fictions than around inconvenient truths?

How important is the moral imagination in helping us navigate current realities and threats of an erased history?

She also mentioned that her form of writing is her own way of resistance. Additionally, she also highlighted the importance of cultivating the relationships between publishers, writers, and readers, as this connection can save us.

The lecture series was formally opened by College of Communication, Art, and Design Faculty Marie Rose Arong’s statement.

“Public Humanities is not just about sharing knowledge with the general public. It is also about learning from them. So, I hope today’s lecture continues to foster the knowledge exchange that we imagined when we originally started this in 2018,” said Arong.

This was followed by a spoken word poetry performance by former Tug-Ani EIC and former VP of Tinta, Alvin Dave. The spoken poetry was entitled Sa Payah Sila Nagpahinga, a tribute to the farmers in Sagay City who were massacred last October 2018.

The lecture was attended by UP Cebu and CNU students.

Local Cebuano Artist, Bastinuod, was also there for a pop-up booth of postcards.

The event included a brief question and answer portion, a photo opportunity, and snacks.

An annual UP Cebu Creative Writing event since 2018, Pundok Katitikan provides spaces for Filipino writers to share. The second and last lecture for Pundok Katitikan will be on November 11, 2022.

Text by: Alyanna Nicole Lauzon, BA Communication I

UP Cebu Participates in Gabii Sa Kabilin 2022

The University of the Philippines Cebu commenced the UP Cebu Museum of Art and Culture’s soft opening as they exhibited different collections of artworks and cultural performances from various artists as part of the activities for this year’s Gabii sa Kabilin (GSK) last night.

The kickoff of the exhibit was initiated through the ribbon cutting ceremony at the end of the program that was led by UP Cebu Chancellor Atty. Leo Malagar, Vice Chancellor for Administration Dr. Hazel Trapero, Office of the Student Affairs Director Alena Macasil, and Jose T. Joya Art Gallery curator Jay Jore.

As part of the cultural performances, UP Cebu’s SayawE and Iskultura Dance Ensemble opened the presentations as they showcased their collaboration on their “Kahayag” dance production. A Balak performance was also staged by Jae Magdadaro and Ton Daposala.

Iskultura also performed again with their own dance rendition to the Sinulog dance and a song production was carried out by Daisy Rosos. SayawE also presented a hip hop dance performance. The set of cultural performances concluded as Icy Lumactud sang the popular Bisaya Song “Usahay.”

After the series of performances, the exhibit held inside UP Cebu’s Administration Building was then opened for the spectators and participants of GSK. Several artworks from different artists were hung on the walls of the stairway and corridor of the second floor of the building.

UP Cebu was one of the 20 participating heritage sites and museums in the annual cultural event hosted by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. Culture and Heritage Unit along with its partner museums, cultural organizations, and local government units after a two-year hiatus brought by the pandemic.

The university is presenting three exhibits:

  • Katahum: Musings on Cebuano Arts, which is the soft opening of the UP Cebu Museum of Art and Culture at the Administration Building;
  • Pamantasang Halangdon: The School that Refuses to Die, which features the history of the university and a tribute to Prof. Madrilena De La Cerna at the covered walk, curated by Jay Nathan T. Jore and Greys Lockheart; and
  • The 46th Jose Joya Awards Exhibition, which features the artworks of the Fine Arts students of UP Cebu at the Jose T. Joya Art Gallery.

Aside from these, UP Cebu has also prepared some activities like cultural performances and film showing for the visitors.

Text and photos by: Ian Peter Guanzon and Kirstein Anne Pilongo, BA Communication II

UP Cebu Creative Writing Program Launches Pundok Katitikan 2022

The first lecture on the series revolves around the concept of truth and power and the crucial role of fiction in the post-truth era.

Daryll Delgado, an award-winning author, and professor, will be the first guest lecturer of the said series.

Participants of the lecture are expected to express their creative ideas by honing their writing skills.

Text and photos by: Alyanna Nicole Lauzon, BA Communication I

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