UST writers and poets are resource speakers of creative writing seminar at BSU

By upao - Posted on 02 April 2018


Professors from the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) Center for Creative Writing and Literary Studies were the resource speakers during the seminar on Creative Writing and Literary Studies held on March 21, 2018 at the College of Teacher Education Function Hall.

The whole day seminar was attended by faculty members of the CAS-Department of Humanities and CTE-Secondary Laboratory School. CTE students majoring in English and Filipino with their teachers also attended the seminar.

“I gladly support the holding of a national writers’ workshop, free in our university, knowing that this could be a very good opportunity for the teachers in our department and our English and Filipino major students as well. This is to expand our horizon in the area of creative writing and literature teaching,” said CAS-Humanities Department Chair, Dr. Cynthia T. Lubiton as she welcomed the UST professors and the participants.

The first speaker was UST Assistant Professor Chuckberry Pascual who dwelled on the topic of popular culture.

“Pop Culture has been introduced by the Spaniard-colonizers who wanted to change the folk culture of our ancestors into Christian and European culture. National culture is the aggregate of Pop and Folk culture” said Asst. Prof. Pascual. He added that popular culture is not created by the populace, rather, it is a culture created by the ruling elite for the consumption of the populace, thus it is a packaged entertainment or art intended for the profit of the rulers, the colonial administrators, bureaucrats and businessmen.

Asst. Prof. Pascual was followed by Assoc. Prof. Ralph Semino Galan who talked about Teaching and Learning Latin American Literature.
Professor Augusto Aguila presented the History of Love Teams in the Philippines. He enumerated and described love teams in the country from Cathy Rosales and Rogelio Dela Rosa in 1940 until Katherine Bernardo and Daniel Padilla of late. He said that love teams all bank on the concept of “love” which is a very saleable commodity. His lecture was based on his study “Loveteams and Local Fandom: The Quest for Authenticity.”
Meanwhile, Asst. Prof. Joselito Delos Reyes talked about Social Media. He presented his observations on how the Filipino’s fondness of social media affect their daily lives both in positive and negative ways.

“You should not post any private details ofyourself on Facebook because you are exposing your privacy that could endanger you in many ways,” Delos Reyes cautioned.

“People today maintain a dual existence, which are the real and the virtual world. “Marami akong nakikitang teachers na nagshashare ng fake news, none validated information at marami pang iba, dahil ang lakas makapangloko ng social media, maraming dumarating sa atin na mistulang totoo lahat, ang bagal ng buhay sa realidad, pero sa social media kapag namatay ka puwede kang mag re-activate at mag create ng multiple accounts. Ang buhay sa realidad ay napakabagal, kailangan mo ng apat na taon bago makatapos ng degree samantalang sa virtual na mundo ng mga gamers tumataas ang lebel kapag marami kang napupuksa”, said Delos Reyes.

Dr. Kenneth A. Laruan, Vice President for Academic Affairs expressed his gratitude to the resource speakers and thanked everyone for their participation.

Prof. Galan also acknowledged BSU for making the seminar possible and successful ‘for the continuing development of Literature’.//UPAO BSDC Interns