Far Eastern University Nicanor Reyes Sr. Memorial Building Vintage Postcard

Far Eastern University is one of the colleges and universities that is popular feature in many postcard issuance. Her art deco architectural style was an icon during the times.

One of the earliest known postcard feature was from the Philippine Education Company Incorporated, Which is the leading school supply company about 60 years ago.

Far Eastern University -Nicanor Reyes Sr. Building Postcard

The 3 known art deco buildings within Far Eastern University that were featured by PECO.

1.) The most recognizable one were Nicanor Reyes Sr. Memorial Building, 2.) Arellano High School ( Boy’s High School) and 3.) Girl’s High School.

The vintage postcard was bought a couple of years ago at a local stamp bourse for an equivalent of 2 burger meals.

Technical Description

Divided Back (c. 1907-1915) could be reprinted until mid- 1960’s
Type: Printed (Lithograph)

Far Eastern University, Nicanor Reyes Memorial Hall, Manila, Philippines

The postcard is in used good condition. Genuine Curteich-Chicago “CT Photo Colorlit” No. 7B-H1061. Philippine Education Co., Inc. Manila, PI. No. 4028.

Produced with scalloped or straight edges and with a smooth or linen textured surface.

Philippine Educational Company Incorporated

Philippine Educational Company Incorporated(PECO) was the one stop shop for school supplies, postcards, books, magazines, pencils, drafting materials, toys, imported items among other stuffs. Our great grandparents, grandparents or even parents enjoyed the heydays of the premier business district in the country.

The original PECO shop at 101 Escolta Avenue, Manila was founded by Verne Miller, a Thomasite schoolteacher, who landed in the Philippines in 1901. Surviving the American, Japanese and destruction of the last world war.

Their business eventually moved out of the financial district by the mid- 1950’s to Makati Commercial Center and the operations spanned for more than 70 years.

One of the items which was quite popular was their postcards, Some of the postcards were even sold to nearby town, cities and provinces for students, tourists and postcard collectors.

PECO eventually folded-up by the mid -1970’s due to strict competition, import regulations and other problems which affected the operation of the company.

According to some resellers and old time postcard/ stamp dealers, PECO postcards circulated until the mid -1970’s in Metro Manila well up to early 1980’s for far flung provinces. A postcard then would only cost few centavos and some would be send abroad.

I have two aunts which collected stamps and postcards told me that majority of their collection were lost during the great Binondo fire in the late 1960’s.

Written Letter and Stamps

In a letter apparently from an exchange student and her host family back in Philadelphia: “Greetings from Manila. You really should visit these islands someday. It’s wonderful to be back home – my parents are both well, and the city has grown tremendously. There are many new buildings all over, but there is still a lot of poverty and the downtown section is as dirty as ever. Will write again. Best Love, Jo.”

The postcard was mailed from Manila to 9512 Hilspach St, Philadelphia, United States with 3 stamps which featured Marcelo H. Del Pilar ( 5 centavos face value per stamp) dated September 25, 1958.

Note: According to a stamp and postcard collectors- The Marcelo H. Del Pilar stamps were issued in 1952 and might have circulated until early 1960’s.

Sources and References:

American Regime Manila Thru Postcards (part 1)

American Regime Manila Thru Postcards (part 2)

American Regime Manila Thru Postcards ( part 3)

American Regime Manila Thru Postcards (part 4)

Personal interview from postcard collectors and dealers

Philippine Postcards page 130 to 137 Consuming Passions

Philippine Postcards.com:

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.

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

 

 

FEU- UAAP Victory Celebration

Far Eastern University – Nicanor Reyes Sr. Street , Sampaloc, Manila -Philippines

This was the victory celebration that everyone is waiting for. The UAAP senior men’s basketball championship is back again to Morayta aka Nicanor Reyes Sr. street again.

This is a bitter sweet victory after several attempts during the 10-year period.

FEU chapel

The event in the afternoon started with a  thanksgiving mass at the FEU chapel past 4:00pm

group photo

The main campus ground was jam-packed with thousands of students, faculties, employees, alumni  and FEU board of directors led by Dr. Lourdes Reyes-Montinola and Dr. Micheal Alba ( president )  .  I was introduced to them by Mr. Martin Lopez (Chairperson-FEU President Committee on Culture ).

students proudly wearing their FEU T-shirts and Tamaraw cap

FEU-Tech and FEU -IAS students

FEU faculties holding the UAAP championship cup

IABF- students

Institute of Accounts Business and Finance students got an interesting head piece. It serves dual purpose , headband and accessory too.

open air amphitheater

cotton candy operator with smiling students

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students line-up for the free ice cream

Meal stubs were distributed during the event which participants can used them to buy cotton candy, dirty ice cream, sandwiches and hot dogs.

Oishi booth

Oishi Philippines ( Liwayway Marketing ) booth gave away hundreds of snacks items.

students enjoyed their Oishi snacks

group of students posing for group photo at the Tamaraw Plaza aka Freedom Plaza

The mood is quite festive and almost everyone had to capture them on their mobile phones and cameras.

 Mrs.Daisy Cariño,  Mr. Jorge Cariño ( ABS-CBN channel 2 newscaster and FEU Alumnus ) and Professor Joeven Castro

lechon or roasted pork

Vice Ganda also sponsored 2 lechons with rice meal which were given to all the participants with ticket stubs.  Someone told me that Vice Ganda always supports FEU basketball team and varsity players event before he became famous  .  There was also a hashtag #PaKainNiVice . This was supposed for his twitter account  followers.  I must say that this is a good gesture for him to give back to his followers and to the university .

FEU Employees selling paper mache tamaraws with signature autograph of the winning basketball team

I find the cute tamaraw paper mache as collectible items . But it is quite bulky . It is being sold at Php 200 per item.

There are also FREE face painting session

The street party extends to nearby R. Papa street where the FEU Gymnasium is located . Students who were not able enter the main campus ( gates were closed by 6:00pm) opted to join the free street party at the R. Papa street .

students and alumni that were not able to enter the campus

The campus ground was almost filled to the capacity as there were also some bands like sponge cola that were invited . I also learned that Vice Ganda was able to joined the party a little bit later .

stores along R. Papa street with congratulatory tarpaulin

The event was organized by some FEU alumni who opted a street party style with car show and loud music. This concept seems quite good and fantastic since the campus cannot accommodate all the students and visitors flocking the area. But as usual, it caused some traffic congestion and to some extend loud noises to neighboring schools within the U-Belt zone.

They got a permit from Barangay 395 of Manila to host a street party . Some street vendors were very happy because people are buying foods and they are having brisk sales .

Slogan : Make Love FEUST Not War

There are also rumors that somebody ( FEU alumni) had sponsored a truck of beer and sound system for the street party . I saw some students from nearby campuses also joined the street party.

I stayed near the rear entrance of the gate waiting for the program and countdown to finish . The fireworks display was seen within the U-BELT area and some people are clueless about the celebration. They thought that FEU is having a Christmas lightning ceremony  .

As for the traditional bonfire being lighted within the campus ground , It did not happened . However , the more elaborate fireworks display which illuminate the dark sky.

Note: I wanted to buy a souvenir t-shirt during the celebration, but the long lines of students and buyers prevented me from purchasing the t-shirt.

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 !!!