Lantawan Magazine Releases First 2019 Issue
Photo by Jhessa Ugdamina
The School of Architecture, Fine Arts, and Design (SAFAD) of the University of San Carlos published the first Lantawan 2019 issue, a biannual art and design magazine, with the theme “Academe and Society: Does Academe Live in an Ivory Tower?” to accentuate the involvement of the academe not only inside the four walls of a classroom but also in the real and practical world. The launching was held last Dec. 8, 2018 at Casa Gorordo Museum.
Ar. Joseph Michael Espina, dean of SAFAD, discussed the crux of the magazine tackling the engagement of the academe in the public and governmental sectors of society in their pursuit to improve the quality of education and produce competent professionals amidst the major educational shift nationwide. Afterwards, Lantawan authors such as Yuji Labajo, Phil Figues, and Katarina Codera talked about their articles entitled, “Go Forth and Set the World on Fire”, “Beyond the Walls”, and “Checkpoint,” respectively, which can be found inside the magazine.
Guest speaker Ar. Aurora Panopio, representing the National University-Manila in behalf of Dean Ar. Chona Ponce, shared a preview of the NU experience—from winning competitions, excelling in the academe, and reaching out to society through the implementation of communal projects—under the university’s Architecture education. Another guest speaker Gigi Ocampo, chairperson of Advertising Arts Department in the University of Santo Tomas, highlighted the relevance of emotional engagement, sense of belongingness and connectivity in cultivating students to become committed and compassionate professionals in the real world.
In an open forum, the Lantawan Editor-In-Chief, Br. Bela Lanyi, opened the discussion regarding the experiences of universities under the K-12 educational shift. Ar. Panopio stated that the new curriculum enabled the pioneers to mature and be ready for college, thus, lessons and lectures are easier to disseminate. On the other hand, Fr. Dionisio Marcelo Miranda, president of the University of San Carlos, expressed his sentiments about the nonfulfillment of the K-12 promise to produce graduates who are legible to work under certificate courses. Fr. Miranda hoped that the lack of communication and cooperation between TESDA, CHED, and DepEd will soon be changedfilled.
Deborah Tudtud, editor and layout director of Lantawan, gave a brief background of the cover page and the overall design of the magazine. It followed a trending style called duo tone composed of two complementary colors to signify the two most prominent words in the magazine—academe and society—which are also complementary in nature as one. One needs the other to prosper.
Along with the release of the magazine, a 12-page Lantawan supplemental brochure will be distributed to Senior High School and Junior High School students to promote and inspire future freshmen to join the School of Architecture, Fine Arts, and Design.