by KAREN RENEE S. NOGOY and MATTHEW DAVE A. JUCOM
THIRTEEN STUDENTS and alumni from the Faculty of Arts and Letters (AB) have won in this year’s Student Quill Awards, the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Philippines announced on Friday.
Artlets reaped awards in four different categories and divisions namely, Communication Management – Student Entry Division, Communication Skills – Student Entry Division, Special and Experiential Events Category and Social Media Programs Category.
Three Communication Arts (CA) students have won under the Communication Skills, Student Division: Elijah Punzalan for the “UAAP Season 82: All For More,” Maria Gabriel Jopillo for her entry “Flow,” and Rona Alondra Agulto for her short documentary film “Pinarang Sining.”
Agulto, director of the “Pinarang Sining,” told the Flame that the film was meant to serve an awareness on the dying art of Jeepney painting and “the importance of Jeepney in the Philippine culture.”
“We didn’t make the film for the purpose to win anything, but we wanted to send a message about the importance of Jeepneys in Philippine culture and what the Jeepney phase out meant,” Agulto said.
“[I]t’s a call for action that we demand our government and publicly funded institutions to not turn a blind eye on the plight of artists and workers alike,” she added.
Two Artlets staff of the Varsitarian have won Student Quill Awards under the Communication Skills. Faith Ragasa for her entries “Transgenders in Sports — a call for fair rules,” “Covid Comms 2020: V Exclusives: CJ Cansino,” and “Sports Infographics,” and Mariel Serquiña for the “5th UST Campus Journalism Awards.”
Meanwhile, “Disrupt Your Usual: An IMC Campaign on TaskUs” by Ma. Angelica Mariano, a CA alumna, secured a spot in the Communication Management – Student Entry Division.
CA alumnus Voltaire Avendaño also won the award for Special and Experiential Events Category for his work “d’Catch Manila 2020: TRANS.”
“I believe we won because of the extraordinary circumstances that came upon us. The event was held when the university issued restrictions on all student-led events. Thanks to the support from the UST Communications Bureau, we were able to push through with the event via live stream set-up,” shared Voltaire Avendaño, d’CATCH 2020 officer-in-charge.
In the Social Media Programs Category, “Behind the Roar,” which is an individual entry of Tiger Media Network’s (TMN) team led by Micha Gayle Resubal, another CA student, was awarded.
Four more Artlets and members of TMN also received awards. Beatrice Gonzales for “#XPTMN” under the Communication Management category, while the other three: Kathya de Leon with her work “#LifeAfter UST,” Pia Torres with “#TigerTakeover,” and Ashley de Mesa for “#USTeXP: The UST Minecraft Tour” have won under the Communication Skills category.
Former political science student and The Varsitarian staff Klyra Orbien is also included in the list of awardees for Communication Skills, Student Division for her work in “21st Inkblots.”
The University received 21 awards in total. The Varsitarian, UST’s official student publication, and Tiger Media Network, the official broadcasting arm of the university, Tomasian Media Circle and Talents, the premier events management and media production organization in the university, and UST Minecraft, a Minecraft building community created by students from the Institute of Information and Computing Sciences, also secured placements in the competition.
The Philippine Student Quill Awards recognizes students with exemplary communication research, programs, skills, and creative work. It is conducted annually by IABC Philippines, an association of top business, industrial, and organization communicators and professionals in the country. F