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Ate­neo, La Salle un­veil book on faith

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THE Ate­neo de Manila Uni­ver­sity (AdMU) and De La Salle Uni­ver­sity (DLSU) set aside their long-run­ning col­le­giate basketball ri­valry to launch Siya

Nga! Re­flec­tions with Art at the lat­ter’s cam­pus in Manila on Jan­uary 28.

Writ­ten by AdMU Pres­i­dent Fr. Jose Ra­mon “Jett” Vil­larin, S.J., edited by David Jonathan Bayot and pub­lished by the DLSU Pub­lish­ing House, Siya Nga! col­lects re­flec­tions on 52 terms used in Chris­tian­ity.

Each 300-word re­flec­tion in the book — on terms like the In­car­na­tion, Trin­ity, Word, Free­dom and Christ­mas — aims to shed a light on the terms that Vil­larin and Bayot deemed sig­nif­i­cant in the lives of those in the Chris­tian faith.

“What we wanted to do is to make these fa­mil­iar words un­fa­mil­iar once again,” Vil­larin said. “The book aims to look at these words in a dif­fer­ent way, in a dif­fer­ent man­ner so that we may show that the new­ness of God will never grow old, and the big­ness of His love will never grow small.”

Each re­flec­tion is ac­com­pa­nied by im­ages of art­works by no­table of Filipino artists, in­clud­ing Fed­erico Aguilar Al­cuaz, Bene­dicto Cabr­era, Ar­turo Luz and Elmer Bor­lon­gan.

“I en­vi­sion the book to be one that con­tains im­ages of art­work by a broad range of Filipino artists: from the canon­i­cal ones, in­clud­ing the Na­tional Artists, to the younger voices in the Philip­pine art scene,” Bayot said.

“In so do­ing, the book seeks to fore­ground the artis­tic rep­re­sen­ta­tions of the Filipinos and the range of the rep­re­sen­ta­tions,” he added.

The launch cul­mi­nated in St. La Salle Hall be­ing lit in blue and green — the col­ors of AdMU and DLSU, re­spec­tively — to cel­e­brate the part­ner­ship be­tween the two uni­ver­si­ties and to mark Vil­larin’s 60th birthday.

 ??  ?? Fr. Jett Vil­larin, S.J. (sec­ond from right), pres­i­dent of the Ate­neo de Manila Uni­ver­sity (ADMU), re­ceives the first copy of SiyaNga!Re­flec­tion­swith­Art from Br. Ray­mundo Su­plido, FSC (right), pres­i­dent of De La Salle Uni­ver­sity (DLSU) dur­ing the book’s launch at the DLSU’s Henry Sy Sr. Hall on Jan­uary 28. With them are Dr. David Jonathan Bayot (far left), ex­ec­u­tive pub­lisher of the DLSU Pub­lish­ing House, and DLSU Chan­cel­lor Br. Bernie Oca, FSC.
Fr. Jett Vil­larin, S.J. (sec­ond from right), pres­i­dent of the Ate­neo de Manila Uni­ver­sity (ADMU), re­ceives the first copy of SiyaNga!Re­flec­tion­swith­Art from Br. Ray­mundo Su­plido, FSC (right), pres­i­dent of De La Salle Uni­ver­sity (DLSU) dur­ing the book’s launch at the DLSU’s Henry Sy Sr. Hall on Jan­uary 28. With them are Dr. David Jonathan Bayot (far left), ex­ec­u­tive pub­lisher of the DLSU Pub­lish­ing House, and DLSU Chan­cel­lor Br. Bernie Oca, FSC.

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