All Gender Comfort Rooms within Far Eastern University Campus

An all gender comfort room tour was part of the highlight of the Balik FEU and UE campus tour last August 24 when participants were allowed to see the comfort rooms inside the university premises.

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This is said to be the first university within University-Belt zone to have an all gender comfort room.

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Cross Dressing and All Gender Comfort Room

Since August 2016, the private non- sectarian university has relaxed its uniform rules to allow cross-dressing on campus.

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We were told that the all gender comfort rooms were located in 9 areas within the campus. This became some sort of curiosity among the participants.

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all gender comfort room located at the Science Building -3rd floor

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guidelines

Here are the following areas with all gender comfort room

1.) Accounts Business and Finance (ARB )- 3rd floor

2.) Admissions Office – 2nd floor

3.) Alfredo Reyes Hall (ARH)-3rd floor

4.) Architecture and Fine Arts Building ( ABF) – 2nd floor

5.) Arts Building  ( AB) -2nd floor

6.) Education Building ( AB )- 4th floor

7.) Nursing Building (NB)- 3rd floor

8.) Nicanor Reyes Hall ( NRH) – 2nd floor

9.) Science Building ( SB ) – 3rd floor

The poster indicate that it was installed on March 20, 2019 and posted at the comfort rooms.

Far Eastern University is now amongst the ranks of universities that have been putting extra effort to making their campus more friendly for LGBTQ+ groups but also those with students and people with disabilities like Ateneo de Manila, University of the Philippines.

It is good that the university management and the student council had worked hand in hand in this project.

9 Fun Facts about Our Lady of Fatima Chapel inside Far Eastern University

Our Lady of Fatima chapel or FEU chapel is located inside the Far Eastern University campus in Manila.

group photo of FEU campus tour by Professor Dennis Maturan last July 6, 2019

It has long been the source of spiritual strength of the academic community since this was blessed and inaugurated in 1957. It is under the titular patronage of Our Lady of Fatima. The chapel houses priceless religious work of art beautifully crafted by some of the country’s national artists and world re-known architect. the chapel is also known for UAAP championship celebration.

religious statues

National artist for literature Nick Joaquin’s memorabilia is also exhibit at the FEU library.

9 Fun Facts about Our Lady of Fatima chapel

9.) Old Site of ROTC Armory  – It was the site of old ROTC armory. It was a project of FEU Student Catholic Action during the incumbency of Mr. Herminio A. Astorga ( 1954-1955) and later on his successor Ms. Amelita Tanseco ( 1955-56) and Mr. Ernesto Rivera ( 1956-57).

Architect Felipe M. Mendoza ( FEU archives)

8.) Architect Felipe M. Mendoza– (May 26, 1917 – April 28, 2000) is a renown Filipino architect, urban planner, writer who partnered with Mr. Gabino de Leon and Mr. Homero Ingles in his early years as architect. Then he established his own architectural firm in 1951.

He designed the chapel in 1955 and two other FEU buildings . It took almost two years before the chapel was completed. Among his notable works also included Batasang Pambansa, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Development Academy of the Philippines, Philippine Veterans Bank, Assumption College , Antipolo, Sandigan Bayan building among others.

7.) International style architecture – This is a type of post modern architectural style which started in 1920’s to 1930’s which is related to post modern architecture. The architectural style flourish after the world war 1 in Netherlands, Germany, France, Sweden and eventually spread in many parts of Europe and United States.  In the Philippines, This style trended in the mid-1950’s up to late 1960’s.

The style is characterized by an emphasis on volume over mass, the use of lightweight, mass-produced, industrial materials, rejection of all ornament and color, repetitive modular forms.

FEU chapel marker

6.) First Lady Luz Banzon Magsaysay and Education Secretary Manuel Lim as  principal sponsors  –  The chapel was inaugurated on December  8, 1957. The blessing was conducted by then Manila Archbishop Rufino J. Santo (who would later become cardinal). The chapel is 62 years-old in 2019.

5.)  Sitting Capacity and Standing Capacity – The chapel can only accommodate between 300 to 350 people at any given time. Which is small compared to the number of students, faculties and employees of the university.  The altar area was elevated by 5 feet so that those standing outside can still see it unobstructed from the Tamaraw Plaza, Independence Plaza, Freedom Park, Activist Plaza. Which a further 300 to 500 people can view the ongoing mass of celebrations outside the chapel.

4.) Talleres Maximo Vicente– Several religious icon found inside the chapel are carved by a well -known religious sculptor santorero Mr. Maximo Vicente from Quiapo district. He was commissioned to make the life-sized statues of Sacred Heart of Jesus, Our Lady of Fatima and Joseph with Jesus in the late 1950’s.

3.) La Pieta by Napoleon Abueva – This was donated by the Maestro Napoleon Abueva to the university in 1999. This was made from fiber glass material and the personal interpretation of the La Pieta in Rome.

FEU chapel interior- the crucified Christ was oil on canvass by Maestro Carlos “Botong” Francisco. and the halo at the center was for the Our Lady of Fatima.

2.) Stations of the Cross and Crucified Christ by Maestro Carlos “Botong” Franciso – The 14 stations of the cross is divided into different sections. The painting was signed on August 1, 1956 by the artist.  The Crucified Christ serves as a focal point of the chapel is made from oil on canvass.

tile mosaic

1.) Our Lady of Fatima tile mosaic by Vicente Manansala–  One of the rare works of Vicente Manasala in glossy blue hues for the facade of the chapel.

How to commute and take public transportation:

1.) From East side of Metro manila : Ride the LRT-2 Station and alight off at Recto Station. From there, look for Jeepneys bound to Morayta ( Nicanor Reyes Sr. street) . Ask the driver to alight you at FEU gate #4.
2.) If you are coming from the North or South:  Ride the LRT-1 and alight off at Doroteo Jose Station.  From there, look for Jeepneys bound to Morayta. Ask the driver to alight you off at FEU gate #4.
3.) From Novaliches/ Blumentritt / Retiro area: Take a Blumentritt route then take Dimasalang- UST – Padre Campa route.
4.) Fairview area: Take jeepney with Quiapo route or bus , take off at Lerma street. There is an underpass.
Photo courtesy of Mr. Dennis Maturan, a participant of the Balik FEU and UE campus tour
Note: There is a FREE guided tour conducted by the author or FEU tour guides (by special appointment) At least 1 week in advance reservations.

Sources and References:

Personal interview with FEU alumni

Commemorative marker inside the chapel

FEU Paragon – Mr. Conrado L. Venzon IV and Ms. Donna Mae Z. Catangay

 

Hudyat Exhibit at Far Eastern University

 

 

Press Statement

HUDYAT!

Artists for Human Dignity

 

On 09 March 2017, a group of artists led by National Artist Ben Cabrera (BenCab) will come together to share their works around the theme of human rights and human dignity. (See attached list of artists).

HUDYAT! is a pioneering project by a group of artists that will put the spotlight on the abuse of human dignity amid the spate of summary and extrajudicial killings in the Philippines.

The spate of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines is unprecedented in post-Marcos history. Since the Duterte administration waged its all-out war on drugs, more than 7,000 people have been killed as of end-January 2017 either in legitimate police operations or in those described as consequences of vigilante killings.

After a brief moratorium because of mounting pressures both here and abroad and the killing of a Korean businessman by rogue cops, President Duterte reinstated his war on drugs making it a top priority of his government. There is outrage but not loud enough to convince President Duterte who is spearheading the anti-drug war to rethink his zero tolerance to anyone who stands in the way; and when he is still enjoying a very high acceptance rating from the public.

This project aims to put the spotlight back on human dignity that is being lost in the current anti-drug campaign of the government.  Human dignity is an innate right of each person to be valued, respected, and to receive ethical treatment. Human dignity is the basis of fundamental human rights; it is inviolable and must be preserved, respected and protected.

Without human dignity at the center, the purported gains of the anti-drug war will be short-termed instead of having a real and lasting significance in society. In the drug war and the problem it seeks to eradicate – human dignity pays the price. It is lost in the broken lives of families and victims of drug addiction. It is lost in the most brutal and grotesque manner by which the extra judicial and summary killings are carried out. It is lost in the wretched conditions in jails and state rehabilitation centers. It is lost in the chaos and abuses in police stations and on the streets. It is lost in the poor villages whose residents lack access to services and knowledge that could help them deal with the problem. It is lost in the public apathy towards the killings.

“ ‘To battle for the right’ is in FEU’s hymn and one of our core values is Uprightness. The Hudyat sa FEU is a discourse platform that will guide us in making a more informed decision to uphold and protect human dignity,” said Romel Bernardo, president of FEU’s Central Student Organization.

The exhibit will run from 09 to 25 March at the FEU campus at Nicanor Reyes St., Sampaloc, Manila. Student fora to further expose the problem through the voices of the participating artists, advocates and the victims and survivors will take place on 10 March (2:00 to 3:30 pm) and 18 March (10 to 11:30).  For more information, contact us through Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HUDYATSAFEU/ or call 09176302924 or (02)7364897.  

List of Participating Artists

National Artist Ben Cabrera

Pandy Aviado

Xyza Bacani

Melvyn Calderon

Sheila Coronel

Antipas Delotavo

William Elvin

Patricia Evangelista

Carlo Gabuco

Toym Imao

Marne Kilates

Jose F. Lacaba

Raffy Lerma

Julie Lluch

Nikki Luna

RESBAK

Rick Rocamora

Jose Tence Ruiz

Ea Torrado

Mark Valenzuela

Veejay Villafranca

 

FEU Artists

Ma. Eugene Aniar

Christopher Bautista

Manuel Billoso

Jun Concepcion

Alexandre Dalit

Gabriel Gapay

Archie Jacinto

Candido Manarpiz

Gene Paul Martin

Victor Sison

Dexter Sy

Curated by

Ricky Francisco

 

 

THE ARTISTS’ PERSPCTIVES

 

A long time ago, I saw a sign in a local police precinct that read “It’s better that 10 guilty men go free than one innocent man be wrongly convicted.” That statement moved me and in a fleeting moment restored my hope in our justice system of upholding human dignity. The tragedy is that a life taken cannot be returned.  Antipas Delotavo

 

The pleasure of despair. But then, it is in despair that we find the most acute pleasure, especially when we are aware of the hopelessness of the situation…

…everything is a mess in which it is impossible to tell what’s what, but that despite this impossibility and deception it still hurts you, and the less you can understand, the more it hurts. Pandy Aviado,  Notes from the Underground

 

“A good way to measure civil society’s sense of humanity and justice is to take a closer look on how it manages its jail system. The state of Detention Centers in the Philippines is a clear manifestation of the failure of the criminal judicial system to adhere to the 1987 Philippines Constitution’s mandate to build a just and human society for the poor. No amount of penology expertise can solve the problem because the root is institutional and lack of support from our government to correct existing deficiencies.”  Rick Rocamora  2.28.17

 

My art practice has long been concerned with conflict and resistance, in particular the points of tension between the individual and the collective. This work critiques the ways in which machismo and fanaticism are used to generate violence and gain dominance. Seeking to understand and question the process by which dominance is obtained can be viewed as a form of resistance. – Mark Valenzuela

 

The images that is part of Hudyat stands for several issues that needs our continuous attention. The role of photographs as evidence and an aid to social change needs to be reiterated and we as visual journalists hope that the public takes heed and sparks a continuous dialogue about the issues. – Veejay Villafranca

 

The worst cases are when the person is shot in the same area as their home, or in their neighborhood, or even if it’s a [body] dump, if they recognize the face, then that’s when you brace yourself, because the wife will walk in, the mother will walk in. And it’s weeping and wailing and screaming. And you know that you’re witness to the worst moment of a person’s life and you don’t know if you’re a voyeur. And you don’t know if you’re doing the right thing by asking questions.- Patricia Evangelista

 

 

Far Eastern University clinches the 78th UAAP Men’s Basketball Championship

SM Mall of Arena,  Pasay City -Philippines

 

Far Eastern University ended a decade-long title drought after a tight fight with the University of Santo Tomas, 67-62, in a grueling Game 3 of the UAAP Season 78 men’s basketball Finals ( wednesday )  yesterday before a exuberant crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena crowd.

The tightly contested finals were from two universities which were known for their traditional rivalries at the UAAP basketball scenes during its early years until the mid- 1960’s .

photo from Facebook Mobile upload by.  Mr. Christian Iñigo Evasco

There are also reports that some students and alumni from both schools slept at the venue place in order to get a nice seating location. While some waited patiently queuing in line early in the morning just to get this chance to support their respective schools.

The rivalries from both camps also sends social media like Facebook , Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr with hashtag  #HulingSigawTamaraw and #GoUSTe became the top trending topics  in the Philippines and in the world .

For FEU fans , other trending hastags includes : #‎feuchampion2016‬ ‪#‎congrats‬ ‪#‎proudtamaraw‬  ‪#‎BeBrave16‬ ‪#‎FEUvsUST‬

For UST fans- trending hastags includes: ‪#‎USTGrowlingTigers‬  ‪#‎GoUste ‪#‎ferrerrousious ‪#‎ProudThomasian‬

The rivalries also extend at the ticket sales when SM Mall of Arena tickets for the UAAP Season 78 Men’s Basketball Championship this Wednesday, December 2, 3:30 p.m. at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena were officially sold out! in a matter of barely 50 minutes !

Some of the avid forumers and netizens even suggested that because of the high interest that the game had generated .  The UAAP officials should change their GAME 3 finals and moved them to Philippine Arena .

It was well fought battle and the raise to the UAAP championship is not easy .

With FEU’s 20th UAAP Senior Men’s Basketball Championship title tuck under its feathers – My Heartfelt Congratulations !!!

 

 

 

 

 

Nick Joaquin Memorabilia at Far Eastern University ‘s library

Far Eastern University , Manila -Philippines

Far Eastern University library

Far Eastern University will dedicate a special section in the FEU Library dedicated to
Nick Joaquin, National Artist of the Philippines for Literature. Nick Joaquin is considered the third most important Filipino writer after Jose Rizal and Claro M. Recto and is best known for his novels and short stories written in English.

FEU Hymn

Chair-Emeritus Dr. Lourdes R. Montinola thought it was fit that FEU house these works
because of the strong connection of the legendary writer with the school.The
legendary writer wrote the lyrics of the FEU Hymn and the biography of founder Dr.
Nicanor Reyes Sr, which was launched on February 12, 1995.

First Day Cover in Frame issued by Phlpost in 2010

Dr. Montinola said she pitched the idea to Nick Joaquin’s niece Ms.Joaquin Villegas after visiting a recent exhibit at the Ateneo De Manila University.

There are also books

Aside from books there are also personal memorabilias that were given to the author by his friends.

Mr. Nick Joaquin started his literary career by contributing poems and essays to national magazines. He published his first poem in 1935 in The Tribune.

personal typewriter

He joined the Philippines Free Press magazine in 1950 as proofreader. He soon became a staff writer, signing his work as Quijano de Manila. Then as the Free Press literary editor, he influenced the careers of young writers, most of whom have become icons of Philippine literature themselves.

He later edited the Asia-Philippine Leader magazine. And became editor in chief of the Philippine Weekly Graphic. He was publisher of the Mirror magazine when he died.

His short stories have won every major prize in the Philippines, including the Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. In 1996 he was chosen Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for literature and journalism.

The tour participants enjoyed the quaint memorabilia room at the library dedicated to Mr. Nick Joaquin.