ASA TA PADULONG?
The July issue of USC’s Lantawan, an art and architecture magazine is out
Cebu City is full of discussions about traffic miseries, garbage processing, housing problems, and the culture behind these issues. In the July (2017/2) issue of Lantawan, the art and architecture magazine of University of San Carlos, university teachers and students express their opinions regarding Cebu’s problems. They believe that instead of emotional responses, rather a deeper, professional discourse is needed.
Thus the editors gave the July issue a meaningful title: Asa ta padulong? In professional terms, this is the translation: “What direction are we, Cebu and the Philippines, taking?” Which will then be our way towards a better future? Several paths, important decisions are offering themselves. Following any of them is a critical decision before us that carries a big responsibility. Where are we now? From where are we taking our way? Lantawan believes that the first step is to put local art and architecture in an international context. At the first pages, long-time residents of Cebu who were exposed to foreign cultures express their thoughts on pressing issues before us. Yes, the country has managed to pull off an impressive development feat with decreasing poverty rate, but there are still challenges that have to be addressed. Lantawan assesses Cebu’s urban problems in ten points of discussion—ten issues on the magazine’s tenth printed issue.
Cebuano talents are amazing. In this July 2017 issue, Lantawan features a “fully Cebuano” building, with developers, architects, engineers, and contractors all from Cebu. Cebuano identity is also emphasized in another featured building, the mausoleum of the late Senator Ernesto Herrera. On the next pages, Lantawan compares Colon Street with similar streets in Japan. To promote innovations, Lantawan presents personalities of art and architecture who dared to be the “first” towards a better future. For the first time, the magazine introduces a “passive house” that produces more energy than it consumes. Could we translate the foreign example into Philippine conditions? An article on creative animation, cartoon making presents an art that everybody loves but only few can do. An interview with USC-SAFAD’s newest topnotcher, Ar. Keshia Lim, closes the chain of articles. Her message reflects common sense, but for architecture students, an extraordinary wisdom: “No all-nighters!” With good time management and true commitment, we can reach success coming from our identity. Asa ta padulong? Looking for the right path, we are asking for God’s blessing on our commitment.
Right now in Metro Cebu, Lantawan’s July issue can already be bought for only P 200.00 in the following bookshops:
-National Bookstore Inc.: all branches in Metro Cebu
-Casa Gorordo Bookshop (Ramon Aboitiz Foundation)
-University of San Carlos Bookshop (USC Downtown Campus, P. Del Rosario Street)
-Archdiocesan Museum Bookshop (across Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral)
In the neigboring islands, National Bookstore’s branches in
-Cagayan de Oro City,
-General Santos City will sell Lantawan’s July issue starting next week.
In Metro Manila, 16 branches of National Bookstore Inc. are designated to sell Lantawan’s 2017/2 issue. Sales will start in the first week of August.
The School of Architecture, Fine Arts and Design of University of San Carlos (USC-SAFAD) hopes that beyond being an excellent educational provider with many topnotchers, it will also spread the atmosphere of an open-minded discourse in Metro Cebu, and nationwide in the Philippines.
Br. Bela Lanyi SVD, Editor-in-Chief