Monday, September 18, 2006

SDA Faculty GA

Last Friday afternoon, the SDA had its second General Assembly for the faculty. Initially, we organized this gathering to brief incoming new faculty re matters that concern teaching in the SDA and in CSB i.e. the various forms they need to accomplish for various activities, our policies on attendance, out-of-campus and substitution, guidance on syllabi making, computation and submission of grades, general info and plans re the SDA and CSB, etc. and also because we wanted to augment the CSB GA with a session that focuses more on concerns of the school especially for those that are not able to attend the first one.

This time we added a new segment for the proceedings - the first SDA Faculty Citations. We thought that it was about time we honor our professional track teachers who have done exemplary work in their fields of expertise, have garnered awards, or been recognized as experts in their profession. I also wanted to encourage the SDA faculty to interact and network with each other for within our school can be found some of the most interesting, talented and dynamic design, arts, music and dance practitioners. And was it a long list!

To name some, they are: 2006 Aliw Awardee for Best Classical Performer Male - Montet Acoymo; Palanca Awardee for Poetry 2nd Place Sid Gomez-Hildawa; Jed Balsamo's original composition“Angele Dei” one of the winning songs of the Philippine Madrigal Singers when they bagged the Grand Prize of the 2006 Florilege Vocal De Tours International Choral Competition in Tours, France; Jerold Tarog who composed the music for the digital film "Masahista" that won Best Film at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland and the 2006 Philippine Young Critics Circle Aural Orchestration Award; Lito Casaje's “Siling Labuyo sa Kabilugan ng Buwan” for winning the Film Academy of the Philippines' 2006 Storyline Competition and for publishing last June his collection of original plays "Mga Premyadong Dula"; Danvic Briones and Dolly Ofrasio for winning the 1st and 3rd prizes for the “One La Salle for One Healthy Environment” Painting Contest last August; Rino Datuin for winning the 1st Prize in the Booth Design for the Organic Food Pavillion in the Bio-Search CITEM Exposition in May 2006; CSB graduate Ecker de Guzman, production designer for the movie “Binibining K” and the teleseryas “Pedro Penduko”and “Gulong ng Palad” for ABS-CBN; Noel Flores - costume and special effects designer for “Enkantadia”, “Eteria” and “Atlantika" of GMA-7; Mio Infante for designing the Ma-yi Theater Ensemble's production of “Nikimalika/Li'l Brown Brothers” in New York, in Manila the play “Doubt” and the musicals “Footloose” and "Beauty and the Beast" for Atlantis Productions, the Miss Earth 2005 pageant, Andrea Bocelli's Concert, and Lea Salonga's Home for Christmas 2005 plus ABS-CBN's Wazzup Wazzup, ETK, Entertainment Konek, U Can Dance, and Bandila; sound designer Jethro Joaquin for the plays “Saint Louie Loves Em Filipinos” and CCP Tanghalang Pilipino's “Pokpok ng Ohio”; Benjie Marasigan who was selected by the French Embassy as one of the two Philippine Representative to the GOBELINS, l’ école de l’ image International Summer School in Paris last July, as a speaker for the Animation Education Conference in Hongkong last May and most especially for mentoring Nelson Caliguia, Jr. and Jason Confesor in their animation project "Doodle of Doom" which was selected as one of only two Asian entries to the Nicktoons Network Animation Festival USA; Julius Clar for his 2006 photography exhibits “Sun Prints-an exhibition of 19th century photographic processes” at the Art Center in Megamall and “Van Dyke Prints” at Workshop 1 La Fuerza Plaza II, Makati City ; RM de Leon's 2006 solo art exhibits “Specific Gravities” and “Between Structure and Gesture” at Galleria Deumila; our SDA auteurs who have directed their own digital films - Paolo Herras for "Lambanog" and "Recados", Gabby Fernandez for "Nasaan si Francis?", Ed Lejano for "Seroks" and Elvert Banares who has finished three film projects and is working on two at the moment, organizing international film festivals for China and representing the country in this year's Shanghai International Film Festival!

Whew! It was a simple ceremony during the citation but everyone who came was pleased to know that we had such talents in our midst; for those who were cited, a sense of pride and achievement for being recognized by their fellow SDA professionals. Congratulations to all of them and may their tribe increase!

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