“We wanted to generate this understanding about architecture, not just about school life, also not just about portfolios of students [or] student’s works but it is rather the understanding about architecture journalism and higher education that a university or a college delivers.”
– Br. Bela Lanyi, SVD (Lantawan Editor-In-Chief)
Every year, the School of Architecture, Fine Arts and Design (SAFAD) releases Lantawan, a magazine that focuses on art and design made by students and teachers. Its main goal is to raise awareness and generate understanding on the roles art and architecture plays in our current local and international society. It does not only aim to be a proactive platform for artists in the university to have their voices heard and elicit change in public perceptions of art and architecture but also a reader-friendly art-and-design magazine that, as stated by its editor-in-chief Br. Bela Lanyi, “even high school level [students] will understand.”. With a lot to offer for its readers, such as academic discussions of different topics in art and architecture, design discussions of prominent buildings and even artworks for one’s viewing pleasure, Lantawan is truly magazine that caters to art enthusiasts.
This year’s issue opens with a welcoming message from a multi-awarded furniture designer and manufacturer, Sir Kenneth Cobonpue that is sure to inspire readers to read and reflect about art and architecture here in Cebu City. One of the many highlights in the magazine is an article about Lantawan’s publisher, Dean J.M Espina’s architectural and urban vision on a Green Loop and Colon Revitalization. Green Loop is a plan that aims to create a public eco-park that would not only connect four different cities and municipalities, namely Mandaue, Cebu, Lapu-Lapu, and the Municipality of Cordova, but also be a portal for the locals and visitors to experience the cultural and historical activity in the area while doubling as a place of relaxation and recreation. The Colon revitalization plan is a move to bring back the essence of the “old Colon” to maintain its historical relevance while adapting to the modern times.
Lantawan may look like it is just for artists, but according to Br. Lanyi, Lantawan is open to all people from all disciplines. “Cebu City needs, at the moment, [a] magazine so that architecture and art [can have] general publicity because if the people don’t know about art and architecture, then they will actually also not appreciate it [and] contribute to it. So [this] needs a high contribution from the people,” he says
Lantawan is free for all SAFAD-enrolled students and copies can be acquired at the Dean’s office; for non-SAFAD students, copies are available at 200 PHP at the following locations: Dean’s office (USC Talamban Campus), Archdiocesan Museum close to the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Cebu -USC Museum (USC Downtown Campus), National Bookstore branch at SM City Cebu, National Bookstore branch at Ayala Center Cebu, and National Bookstore branch at Parkmall, Mandaue.
Lantawan magazine of USC-SAFAD needs an editorial office assistant. Good English, practical thinking, and serious commitment are required. The editors invite STUDENTS (for honorarium), or USC INSTRUCTORS or STAFF of any USC unit (for honorarium or even deloading). Look for EIC, Br. Bela Lanyi SVD ([email protected])