A Shining Lantern, a Dazzling Float:
Twin Victories for UE
By Professor Rhodel O. Peña, College of Fine Arts

“Estrella ng Silangan,” UE’s prize-winning Christmas lantern which also represented Caloocan City in a DOT competition.

What more fitting way to end calendar year 2007 than by garnering two major awards in two of the most fabulous contests of the holiday season? The year 2007 has been a very fruitful one for the University of the East College of Fine Arts (UECFA), with its students winning major prizes in the country’s most prestigious annual art competitions.

The first victory came when the Christmas lantern designed by the UECFA was adjudged the 1st Prize winner in the Department of Tourism’s (DOT) Paskong Pinoy 2007 sa Kamaynilaan Lantern-Making Contest and Parade held during the Christmas season.

The UECFA was chosen by the local government of Caloocan City to execute the city’s entry to the said contest. Choosing UECFA for the project has shown the city’s confidence in the creative talents of UECFA’s faculty and students. As early as October 2007, all local government units in Metro Manila were enjoined by the DOT to participate in its tourism program for the Christmas season. The parade, display and partial judging took place on December 8, 2007 along Roxas Boulevard.

The lantern, named “Estrella ng Silangan,” designed by UE for the City of Caloocan emerged as the Grand Prize winner during the final judging held on December 15, 2007, besting 11 entries that qualified for the contest. (Second place went to the City of Manila, while Third Place went to the City of Navotas.) Professors Edgardo Garcia and Ellen Villanueva were present to receive the award in behalf of the school. Members of Buklod Sining, who executed the lantern under the supervision of Professors Garcia, Villanueva and Richard Legaspi, include, among others, James Patrick Trinidad, Ricardo Adeva, Lorraine Sarmiento, Ralphine Jay Bonus, Ahrold Bautista, Sir Eden Sosa and Marvin Efecticio of BUKLOD SINING ART GROUP.

The winning, 6 ft. x 10 ft. lantern design was conceptualized by UECFA students. Indigenous and recyclable materials were used to create a giant lantern surrounded by smaller star-shaped lanterns, enhanced by 60 pieces of Christmas lights. The delegation from Caloocan City and the UECFA lent a festive air to the whole occasion. UECFA’s entry bested 10 others from various National Capital Region schools, and won for the UECFA team PhP150,000 and a trophy.

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