UCCA conducts 1st Virtual Art Talk

Patricia Marie Cugal, News, Communication Management Office

The University Center for Culture and the Arts (UCCA) conducted their first virtual art talk titled “A Glimpse of the Philippines” A Reflective Artwork Journal of Zixuan Feng Sophia on April 22 via Zoom. 

Spearheaded by UCCA Director Prof. Bely R. Ygot, the seminar revolves around how the Philippine culture is seen by a Chinese artist. "We thank you for spending your afternoon with us as we get to listen and reflect on how we are perceived as a nation with the lens of a Chinese scholar," Director Ygot said. 

“Our concern is also much of the people's concern. We are all connected in the circle of life although we may divide into cultural norms, we all are united as human beings. Breathing the same air, to prevent us with the power of blood, and united in the call for a just and humane society where we can feel express what we want," he added. 

Ms. Zixuan Feng Sophia, a Chinese artist-scholar taking up her doctorate degree in Educational Management at the Jose Rizal University (JRU) and a Chinese teacher at the Philippine Cultural College (PCC) was the speaker of the forum. 

Feng described the Philippine’s culture and environment through her astonishing and unique artworks. 

She mentioned her experience on riding different kinds of Filipino vehicles especially the jeepney. “Riding on and off (in) the colorful (jeepney), so enjoyable to feel the warm air outside. Seeing the golden beach merged with its beautiful colors. Bringing everything alive,” Feng described her artwork. 

The Chinese artist loved how Filipinos are so polite and friendly everywhere even though they did not know each other and that is one of the reasons why she loves staying in the Philippines. 

Meanwhile, Feng, when asked about some advice to an aspiring artist but is struggling due to pandemic, “No need to spend more, just enjoy life and think about your life,” she said 

The closing remarks was led by Director of PUP International Affairs Ms. Jonna Karla Bien. 

"We can see really how we are connected with one another and most importantly how we could collaborate with each one of us at the same time, the use of our art is very essential especially this time of pandemic," Director Bien said on her closing remarks. 

The art talk was attended by PUP Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs and Services Engr. Florenda Oquindo, University Registrar Office - Admissions Chief Engr. Adelio Sulit, student artists from PUP UCCA, students from different colleges, and Chinese scholars.


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