More than 800 Senior High School students in the university was treated to a week-long celebration of the National Arts Month.
The activity themed “Malikhain. Mapagbago. Filipino.” covered five contests, namely, Giant Poster Making (Feb. 6), Spoken Poetry (Feb. 7), Quiz Bowl (Feb. 8), Photo Poetry (Feb. 9), and Essay Writing (Feb. 9).
An opening program was held Friday, Feb. 3, 8 a.m. at the University Convention Center and was participated by the students with their advisers and instructors.
Dr. Agapito Bayron Jr., a professor from the Department of Languages and Literature and the guest speaker, shared his personal meanings of the letters in “arts.” He said “arts” stands for artistic, responsive, talented, and self-reliant, and that Filipinos have these natural characteristics. He said art is essential as “it is part of the natural human behavior; it is communication; it is healing, it tells our story; and it is a shared experience.”
Ms. Marlene Zarate, an SHS adviser and overall event coordinator, expressed hope that the “senior high school students would also learn from this celebration.”
She also expressed gratitude to the DLL faculty, some of whom are teaching SHS subjects, for their full support.
The celebration was initiated by DLL, College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), with the assistance of the SHS organization Guild of English Language and Literature Students (GELLS).
Prof. Amita B. Sususco, DLL chairperson, urged the students in her closing remarks to “be creative and innovative not just for the month of February but in all months of the year…”