By Reyster Mae Perez
College of Architecture and Fine Arts (CAFA) – After successfully implementing the first university-based Cinema Program in Visayas last year, the University of San Carlos Department of Fine Arts takes on another pioneering achievement in the field of Philippine cinema as it opens the first (and currently the only) Master of Fine Arts degree in Cinema Studies June of the incoming academic year.
“The carrying out of the course is a crucial step towards producing a generation of Filipino Film Professors,” said Misha Anissimov, acting USC Film Program Coordinator, during the official press launching of the program April 26, at the CAFA Theatre. “We’d like to emphasize the importance of scholarly research, apart from the usual workshop offerings for aspiring filmmakers.”
The course is largely directed at Mass Communications graduates and cinephiles who have potential as future film scholars and critics. To be led by Fullbright scholar from the New York University Dr. Paul Douglas Grant, other members of the faculty will include esteemed Cebuano filmmakers Diem Judilla and Remton Zuasola.
Aside from the Bachelor of Fine Arts – Major in Cinema and MFA-Cinema Studies programs, the curriculum will also offer one-year courses under Certificate in Film Studies and Certificate in Screenwriting this semester. The courses will involve subjects on Film Curation; Screenplay; Cebuano, Philippine and World Film History; Film Research, Thesis and Criticism; and Film Theory among others.
If you have environmentalist friends / contacts in Baguio City, text/call them and tell them to go to Luneta Hill NOW and hug the trees —YES, you read it right, FUCKING HUG THE TREES IF YOU DON’T WANT THEM GONE. SM is starting the earth-balling / cutting of trees to give way to a parking lot. People are starting to gather in Luneta Hill already. Go!
Related article: http://blogwatch.tv/2012/01/sm-baguio-plan-to-earth-ball-pine-trees-is-tantamount-to-killing-them-protectbaguiotrees/
The group in charge of earth-balling the trees in Luneta Hill had no idea that we’re constantly on the look-out. They thought doing it at night would prevent us from knowing.
SM Baguio’s cutting down approximately 182 pine tress to make way for a parking lot but they released this manifesto to justify their actions. Our friends in Baguio have been protesting against it, but their efforts proved to be in vain.
I hate it when nature has to give way for concrete, but still, I am not qualified to say that SM Baguio is doing the wrong thing.
I wish I took environmental management instead (when I had the mind to shift to this course, the department head advised me otherwise and said the department’s removing the program) it would be easier for me to decide whether to believe in this manifesto or not.
One thing’s for sure though.
I don’t like it.
So if you are wondering what is the artwork of the artist Mideo Cruz, being referred in the recent article of Yahoo Philippines that set off an uproar by the Filipinos who have seen the artwork, here it is. For more info, visit this link: http://ph.news.yahoo.com/filipinos-cry-sacrilege-over-art-christ-phallic-symbols-082007882.html
Country’s 1st Plant Billboard Launched
Ever heard of a billboard that helps protect the environment?
The plant billboard, the first in the country, was made possible through the partnership of beverage giant Coca-Cola Philippines and environmental group World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
The 60x60-foot billboard located along EDSA-Forbes area, will use thriving species of Fukien tea plant , which is known to absorb air pollutants.
The plants are spread across the billboard with a space in the center in the shape of a Coca-Cola bottle.
Even if it’s one of those capitalist propaganda to make you think that their product is good for you, this billboard is pretty swell.