Lakas ng Kabataan, Lakas ng Lipunan

The works of PUP Guhit Sudlungan Artists shall be featured in an exhibition dubbed as "Lakas ng Kabataan, Lakas ng Lipunan: A visual arts exhibition on Youth Empowerment" from February 21 to 26, 2011 at the Ninoy Aquino Library and Learning Resources Center, Polytechnic University of the Philippines Main Campus, Sta. Mesa, Manila. The Opening Program shall be on February 21, 2011, 2PM. Participating artists include: Arnold Lalongisip, Joel U. Chavez, Neil Defeo, Mary Joyce Bautista, Aldrin Alarcon, Bryan Defeo, Alex Defeo, JM Saycon, Joseph Reylan Viray, Alfredo Martirez, Rey Martirez, Just Fadriquela Jr., Denise Delos Reyes, Queency Reolope, Jasper Barba and other invited artists. The artists are all members of Guhit Sudlungan and active advocates of youth empowerment thru their collaborative efforts with the National Youth Assembly for Moral Leadership which co-sponsored the event. This project is an initiative of the PUP Visual Arts Office, University Center for Culture and the Arts in partnership with the PUP Graduate School, PUP College of Arts, Lakandayang Cultural Association Inc. and the National Youth Assembly for Moral Leadership. For inquiries call Joseph Reylan Viray, Chief of PUP Visual Arts Office, at 09175351923.

Three PUPians Shine in Bangkok Confab

Hector Calma, PUP News, Volume 8 Issue No. 2 January 16-31, 2011

Mr. Joseph Reylan B. Viray, Prof. Kriztine R. Viray, and Mr. Jordan Niel A. Dinglasan participated and presented their respective productions, artworks and papers in the Asia Pacific Youth Forum on Climate Change: Explorations Thru Cultural Expressions held at Rajamangala Technological University, Bangkok, Thailand on January 24-28, 2011.

Mr. Joseph Reylan Viray, Chief of the PUP Visual Arts Office, UCCA, presented a paper/poster entitled "Doing Painting the Ancient Way: Going Back to Basics" explored the use of ancient painting materials such as achiote (annato seeds), onion skin, curry, alugbati, extracts from plants and minerals, and other environmental friendly materials in producing visual artworks. Mr. Viray emphasized that commercially and synthetically produced painting materials which are harmful to the environment confused the view of modern artists as to their concept of aesthetics. Artists began to rely so much on these materials and that beauty became synonymous with how painters masterfully manipulate these materials. Mr. Viray suggested that painters should start to redo their ways and that they should go back to basics. This is to truly manifest their concern and care for the environment.

Five artworks by Mr. Viray and the artists of the PUP Guhit Sudlungan were exhibited for five-days in the conference venue. The collection which was made out of ancient materials stunned the international participants for their simplicity and beauty. The collection was donated to the SEAMEO-SPAFA office in Bangkok, Thailand.

On the other hand, Prof. Kriztine R. Viray, Director of the PUP Film Center, tore the hearts of the participants when she presented her documentary film entitled "The Unwanted Visitor". The film was so powerful that it generated a melancholic atmosphere in the conference venue. Almost everybody cried including the organizers. The film essayed the events that unfold during the visit of typhoon Ondoy in the Metropolitan Manila. Graphic and vivid images of deaths, loss of property, livelihoods, and sorrows touched the hearts of the delegates. Prof. Viray's actual interviews with the victims likewise left unforgettable marks to the audience. Towards the end of the film, Prof. Viray stressed the resilient spirit of the Filipino people. The film showcased how Filipinos became aware of the evils of climate change and that they started to do their own little ways in caring for mother nature. The film underlined that there is still hope or that there is "a rainbow after the rain", as the popular song of South border band goes.

A music video of the "Earth Song" composed by Ryan Cayabyab was presented by Mr. Dinglasan, a student artist of Guhit Sudlungan, in the same conference. The MTV was meant to educate and inform the youth about the importance of environmental awareness. Mr. Dinglasan, barely 18, used MTV because according to him this is a popular medium among young people. "This is the best way to reach out to my fellow youth", he stressed.

Through travel grants provided by SEAMEO-SPAFA and Japan Foundation to the three PUPIANS, they were able to exchange minds with other 200 youth delegates from countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Laos PDR, Cambodia, Thailand, England, China, and other countries in the Asia Pacific Region.

PDI: Street Painting Goes 3D...

GUHIT SUDLUNGAN, a visual arts student group from Polytechnic University of the Philippines?Sta. Mesa, took home P75, 000 and a special glass trophy for their artwork ?Greater Access to Convergence? in the 3D Street Painting Festival recently organized by Avida Towers Centera.

Theme was ?Fast-forward: Life at the Center of the Metropolis.? The awarding was held at the MegaTent in Pasig City as part of the launch of Avida Land Corp?s latest high-rise development, Avida Towers Centera.

Guhit Sudlungan, which took inspirations from the works of American master artist and architect Kurt Wenner, won over 23 other teams.

?We were a bit discouraged when we learned that some of the artists we look up to joined the competition because they are already accomplished and popular. But we just told ourselves to do our best and focus on our work so we could execute our plans correctly,? said Arnold Lalongisip of Guhit Sudlungan.

Other team members include Neil Defeo, John Mark Saycon, Justito Fadriquela Jr. Malanio Balauitan III, Jasper Barba and Joel Chavez. Their three-dimensional masterpiece depicts children living on the fringes, awaiting a bright future.

The fact that the 3D paintings for the competition were painted on the ground added an extra challenge.

?We are used to painting using a canvas so it was really a huge a challenge to paint the ground,? Lalongisip said.

Stycon was second place and was awarded P50,000 and a trophy for ?Connected and Green.? The group, which is involved in graphic and fashion Alvin AƱonuevo, Pars Cea, Jawo Gonzales and Manolette Tizon.

A five-piece group from University of the Philippines-Diliman placed third for ?Metropolis Mania?: Anna Leah Aldaba, Kathleen Fallaria, Clarissa Marie Rodriguez, Ralph Louis Barrientos and Clara Herrera. They got P30,000 and a glass trophy.

Avida Towers Centera will also be giving away P20,000 and a trophy for the most favorite 3D street painting in its Facebook fan page. The entry that will get the most number of ?likes? wins. To vote, visit Artworks can also be viewed at the Avida Towers Centera site on Edsa Avenue corner Reliance Street, Mandaluyong.

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Guhit Sudlugan Wins 3D Painting Tilt

The Guhit Sudlungan, visual arts group of the University Center for Culture and the Arts, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Manila wins the Grand Prize in the Avida 3D Painting Competition organized by the Avida Tower, Ayalaland Development on March 19, 2011, Mandaluyong, Philippines.
The group composed of Arnold Lalongisip, Joel Chavez, Justito Fadriquela, JM Saycon, jasper Barba, Neil Defeo, and Melanio Bulauitan outdone entries from professsional visual art organizations and university based student visual arts groups. Guhit Sudlungan essayed in their entry the role of Ayaland Development Corp in nation building and development.

The group won a cash prize of Php 75,000 and a trophy. When asked about the group's reaction about this recent achievement, they are in unison in saying " our efforts were not in vain".

The group thanked their former adviser and former Chief of the Visual Arts Office, UCCA- Mr. Joseph Reylan Viray for the support, continued motivation and inspiration. "We owe this achievement from Mr. Viray because of his support and motivation", Arnold lalongisip, the leader of the group said about thier former adviser. They also recognized the support of the University Center for CUlture and the Arts Director Prof. Segundo C. Dizon. (By Michael Servitillo,

Kulturang Pinoy, Kulturang Global: Visual Arts Exhibition at PUP

Polytechnic University of the Philippines, University Center for Culture and the Arts, through the Visual Arts Office will open a visual arts exhibition entitled Kulturang Pinoy, Kulturang Global at the Ninoy Aquino Library and Learning Center, PUP Main Campus on February 8, 2010 at 2pm. The exhibit will run from february 8 to february 13, 2010. For details call Joseph Reylan Viray at 7137369.

2nd Photography Workshop at PUP

The Polytechnic University of the Philippines through the University Center for Culture and the Arts, Visual Arts Office will be having the 2nd Photography Workshop at the NInoy Aquino Library and LEarning Resources Center, Bulwagang Bonifacio, on February 10-11, 2010. The activity shall be facilitated by a topnotch photographer Mr. Jo Avila...For more details please call 7137369 and look for Mr. Joseph Reylan Viray

PUP GUHIT SUDLUNGAN members dominate Three Art Tilts


dominate Three Art Tilts

PUP Guhit Sudlungan members Arnold Lalongisip (3rd Year, BSEE), Emil Adrine Alarcon (2nd Year, ADPR) and Alfredo Martirez (1st Year, ADPR) bagged major prizes in three national painting competitions in a span of two months from July 2009 to August 2009.

Mr. Lalongisip, Mr. Alarcon, and Mr. Martirez won the 1st Place , 2nd Place and 3rd Place respectively in the recently concluded on-the-spot painting/poster competition organized by the Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center Inc.- Kasama sa Kalikasan/Friends of Earth-Philippines held on July 26-28, 2009 at the College of Social Work and Community Development, University of the Philippines-Diliman Campus, Quezon City.

In another contest, Mr. Alarcon won the Grand Prize in the On-the-Spot Painting Competition organized by Philevents Management and Advertising Comp. in partnership with PNRC, UNICEF, WHO, DEPED, MMDA, DOJ, DOH, PNP-NCRPO, NDCC and PDEA held on August 29, 2009 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.

Likewise, Mr. Lalongisip won 1st Runner Up in the 3rd Colors of Life Students’ Visual Arts Competition organized by the Cocolife and Cocolife Healthcare. Mr. Lalongisip vested approximately a hundred entries from around the archipelago. Awarding of the winners was held during the 10th Anniversary Celebration of Cocolife Healthcare on August 28, 2009 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza.

MOODern Aesthetics

PUP invites you to visit and view the MOODern Aesthetics: 2009 Collection of PUP Guhit Sudlungan, a painting exhibition organized by the PUP Visual Arts Office in partnership with the Ninoy Aquino Learning Resources Center. The exhibit will be on board ...from August 14 to 21, 2009 at the Lobby of the Ninoy AQUINO Learning Resources Center, Sta. Mesa, Manila. Opening program is on the 14th of August 2009. See you...

Philippine Epics on Canvas and Paper

The University Center for Culture and the Arts of Polytechnic University of the Philippines through the Visual Arts Office put up a painting exhibition dubbed as "Philippine Epics on Canvas and Paper". The exhibition runs from September 22-28, 2008 at the CCA Training Room, CCA Building (Formerly Antique House), Pureza St., Sta. Mesa. Manila.

The exhibition features the works of Bachelor of Science in Interior Design 4-1 of the College of Architecture and Fine Arts of PUP, Guhit Sudlungan Members, and other guest artists. The works showcase the different regional epics of the country. Epics like Lam ang Sandayo, Ullalim, Darangan and others were artistically transformed into visual images.

The Visual Arts Office of the University Center for Culture and the Arts of PUP may be contacted at 713-7369, look for Arlene, for reservations and bookings.

Color Explorations: A Photography Exhibit

The PUP Graduate School and the Visual Arts Office of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines will hold a two-man photography exhibit featuring KJ Rosales and James Brian Ona on September 30 to October 8, 2008 at the PUP Graduate School Lobby. The exhibit is billed as "Color Explorations".The exhibit will usher in the celebration of the 104th Founding Anniversary of Polytechnic University of the Philippines.


KJ Rosales is a photo correspondent of Manila Times, a major broadsheet of the country. He is known for his themes and subjects. He likes to use his lens to communicate his innermost sentiments about social issues and concerns. He captures unfolding important national events in a very artistic manner.

James Brian Ona is a two-time Art Petron Grand Prize winner for photography. Ona crosses varied lines of techniques and orientations. He is a t present the Trainor of Lente Photo Club, a resident organization for student photographers.

Macario Sakay: Kilabot ng Sierra Madre at PUP

EViray Kristinfren Yambot’s Macario Sakay: Kilabot ng Sierra Madre was staged at the Bulwagang Balagtas of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines on September 15, 2008. The play was directed by Prof. Kriztine Rosales-Viray, Chief of the Drama and Dance Office of the PUP University Center for Culture and the Arts.

Hon. Alfredo S. Lim of the City of Manila through the Manila Historical and Heritage Commission and Museo ng Maynila made the staging of Macario Sakay possible. The play is the major event which closed a week long commemoration of the hero’s 101st death anniversary.

Prof. Segundo Dizon who played Gen. Sakay led a cast of less than a hundred actors and performers from PUP. Other actors who lent breath to high ranking revolutionaries were Reylan Viray as Gen. Julio Montalan, Raul Sebastian as Gen. Francisco Carreon, Paul Jake Paule as Col. Lucio De Vega, Dante Balboa as Gen. Villafuerte, Mark Distor as Bertong Barat, and Apple Garay as Kapitana Trining. Also featured in the play were performers and actors from PUP Sining Lahi Polyrepertory, PUP Bagong Himig, PUP Serenata, and PUP Maharlika Dance Artists.

Prof. Kriztine R. Viray, a noted stage director, was successful in her aim of portraying Macario Sakay as an ordinary man who feels pain, sorrows and sympathy to his people. She was able to showcase the humanity of Gen. Sakay, a characteristic which is far from how the hero was portrayed in most history books. With the effective portrayal of Prof. Dizon, Sakay was seen on stage in tears, mad, thrilled, angry and fretful of death.

Among those who spared time to watch the play were former Secretary of Tourism Gemma Cruz Araneta, playwright Atty. Efren Yambot, Atty. Luis Sioson , Museo ng Maynila Curator Monina Santiago, PUP Graduate School Dean and cultural worker Dr. Amalia C. Rosales, and Educator-writer-stage actress Dr. Milagros Canares. Guests from the City of Manila, City College of Manila, and Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila.

With the excellent direction of Prof. Viray, the outstanding performance of Prof. Dizon and the rest of the cast, live musical scoring by musician Bobby Buhain, and the exceptional lights design and sound scoring, the play received rave reviews from the overwhelmed audience.

The play was last staged during the 70’s by the University of the Philippines at Diliman. The playwright Atty. Efren Yambot was so delighted by the PUP play and has this to say: “The PUP’s Macario Sakay is far better than the UP’s.”

Canvas, Pinsel, etc...

The Polytechnic University of the Philippines through University Center for Culture and the Arts and PUP Graduate School in cooperation with Lakan Dayang Cultural Association Inc. mounts a two- week painting exhibition billed as “Canvas, Pinsel etc 2008 Guhit Sudlungan Collection“. The exhibit opens on July 7, 2008 and is on board until July 19, 2008.

The event is organized by Lakan Dayang Chairman Joseph Reylan B. Viray and Lakan Dayang President Dr. Amalia C. Rosales. Mr. Viray is the current Chief of the Visual Arts Office of the University Center for Culture and the Arts while Dr. Rosales is the Dean of the PUP Graduate School.

Participating artists include: Neil Defeo, Alex Defeo, Joel Chavez, Jordan Dinglasan, Victor Meer, Aldrin Alarcon, Eleanor Orencio, Michael Rayo, Joseph Reylan Viray, Henry Lazaro, Carlo Castillo, Charmaine Garceron and other Guhit Sudlungan members. Guhit Sudlungan is the resident visual arts group of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

The exhibition is dedicated to PUP President Dr. Dante G. Guevarra who celebrated his first year anniversary as PUP President. Dr. Guevarra ,who is known for his love for the arts, is himself a visual artist.

Monas of Jakarta Indonesia

The National Monument of Jakarta is the "Monas". This is one of the monuments built during the Sukarno era of fierce nationalism. It stands for the people's determination to achieve freedom and the crowning of their efforts in the Proclamation of Independence in August 1945. The 137-meter tall marble obelisk is topped with a flame coated with 35 kg. of gold. The base houses a historical museum and a hall for meditations. The monument is open to the public and upon request the lift can carry visitors to the top which offers a bird's eye view on the city and the sea.

Our group was able to see the monument in different angles and in different time of the day. It stands majestically right in the center of Jakarta. Every one noticed its golden flame symbolizing the aspirations of the Indonesians.