ACADEMIC Distinction Awards

RV MERTO  (b. Malabon City, Philippines, 1990)

JAMES TRINIDAD (b. Malabon City, Philippines, 1986)

James Trinidad studied Fine Arts at the University of the East, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He was among the UE CFA students who participated in the Department of Tourism’s (DOT) Paskong Pinoy 2007 sa Kamaynilaan Lantern-Making Contest and Parade with their lantern entry, named “Estrella ng Silangan,” designed by UE for the City of Caloocan, which emerged as the Grand Prize winner.

Trinidad is currently the artist of the University of the East.

CHRISTIAN DE JESUS ( b. Malabon City, Philippines, 1983 )

“Be proud you are not somebody else!”

I’d always believe that when you love what you do, you will be fine. I was born in Malabon, 13th of September 1983. I graduated from Malabon Elementary School and Malabon National Highschool. I am an Independent Catholic (Aglipayano). I was raised in a very loving family. I have two lovely sisters and wonderful parents. Art has always captivated me even when I was still a small kid. I always knew that I would be taking my course in that field.

Buklod Sining Art Organization has been a big part of my college life in UE CFA. I have gained many friends and enjoyed many activities through my beloved Organization and College. I am more than thankful that I graduated Magnacumlaude of our batch. I am fascinated with animation, museums, history and fashion. I’m currently a junior designer for a fashion retail brand.

I also had a great opportunity to teach in UE under the College of Fine Arts for two semesters and under the College of Arts and Sciences for 3 semesters. It was the best two years of my life. I have learned more than just art but life in general through teaching, for in teaching… we learn.

“What office is there which involves more responsibility, which requires more qualifications, and which ought, therefore, to be more honorable than teaching?” -Harriet Martineau

ELIZABETH C. NAVAL  (b. Malabon City, Philippines, 1980)

Elizabeth C. Naval graduated as Cum Laude in 2001 at the University of the East, where she studied Fine Arts. She also became one of the officers of Buklod Sining Art Organization.After graduation, she worked as Jewelry Designer at Manila Peninsula.

Naval is currently working as Graphic Artist at New Song Ministries and a part-time Music and Arts teacher at Gospel Light Christian Academy.


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