CAFA research committee organizes U-Talk, a Pechakucha


The College of Architecture and Fine Arts’ research committee organized U-talk: a forum for several educators to share their interests and passions with their students in the manner of a Pechakucha; a presentation style limiting each speaker to 20 slides and 20 seconds each slide.

Students and seven educators gathered at the CAFA theatre at around 2:00 in the afternoon of September 21, 2013 for the event. Speakers were given exactly 6 minutes and 40 seconds to talk about their chosen topics. Most, if not, all of the speakers were faculty members of CAFA and this event was attended by majority of the architecture students.


Though majority of the speakers were coming from the Architecture department, all of them spoke of topics that were not necessarily from their field. Sir Glen Martin Green of the Architecture department discussed about beliefs and delusions. He made comparisons of things the society usually believe in and how they are presented as delusions in a different light.

Sir Neil Andrew Menjares discussed about the value of saving money and the importance of investments to have a secure life and future. “People first, then money, then things.” he quotes Suze Orman, a financial expert.

Sir Paul Grant from the Cinema department talks of the Philippine Cinema and the growth of Philippine cinema in this new conceptual environment and national cinema industry.

Sir Nigell Abarquez juxtaposed architecture and music and stressed the similarities to each element. He began his discussion quoting Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, “Architecture is frozen music.”

Sir Adrian del Monte, an Interior design retrospective of what happened 10 years in his life. He showed us several slides of his projects, achievements and travels.

Sire Sherwin Ramosa talked of the third teacher, this being the environment. He discussed his gatherings on the ecological levels of analysis for communication psychology.

And lastly, Sir Rodney “Peewee” Senining, a fashion design teacher who talked of the environmental benefits of bamboo and how this could be useful when incorporated to clothing as well.

The pechakucha fueled fast learning for the students in a short amount of time, it was enjoyable and definitely something new. The program ended with Architect Troy Elizaga’s closing remarks and his invitation for another pechakucha for students happening on CAFA week: 30 students, 20 slides and 20 seconds each slide; 6 minutes and 40 seconds.

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