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Benjie Cabangis, Reelin’ in the Years

The UP Fine Arts Gallery Legacy Series is proud to present Professor Emeritus BENJAMIN ISLA CABANGIS’ 31st Solo Exhibit “Benjie Cabangis, Reelin’ in the Years” featuring works from 1976 to 2023 at the Gallery One, Gallery Two and Multipurpose Hall of Parola. It will be launched on March 1, 2023, 4.30PM, and will run until March 31, 4PM.

“There is an opportunity to slow down when I draw, and to immerse myself in the process. My art making is a way to discover, reflect on, and express myself. It’s like writing a journal or keeping a diary, but with lines and marks instead of words.” (Cabangis)

[The UP Fine Arts Gallery Legacy Series is an exhibition series featuring works of retired and former professors of the U.P. Diliman College of Fine Arts. The exhibition ceremonially marks the lasting relationship of the mentor to generations of artists as life-long learners. Benjie Cabangis is the fourth feature– acknowledging his contributions as Professor Emeritus, former Chair of the Department of Studio Arts, and former curator of Corredor Gallery (UP Fine Arts Gallery). Earlier exhibits in the series were for Leonilo Doloricon (Visual Communication Professor and former Dean), Johnny Reynoso (Visual Communication Professor), and Yasmin Almonte (Studio Arts Professor).

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Anong Papel Mo? Mga Kwento ng Pagmulat at Pagyabong

Anong Papel Mo? Mga Kwento ng Pagmulat at Pagyabong on March 3, 2023

The public is invited to “Anong Papel Mo? Mga Kwento ng Pagmulat at Pagyabong”, an Artist Talk on March 3 (Friday), from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the UP Fine Arts Gallery Multipurpose Hall.

The talk launches “Limbag at Likhang Kamay: Papel ng Kababaihang Manlilikha sa Pagmumulat”, a discussion and workshop project that explores how women artists wielded paper, among the most fragile of materials, towards pamumulat: connecting the personal and the political through the written page, painting, and printmaking, writ large.

The talk highlights the contributions of UP’s women artist-scholars to cultural work and art practice. It features a panel of distinguished art practitioners: director and scriptwriter Bibeth Orteza, conservation expert and visual artist June Dalisay, and printmaker and educator Ambie Abaño. It will be co-moderated by Annie Pacaña and Lisa Ito. Please register for the event at

The second part will be art workshops on and children’s book production, printmaking, and giant poster painting to be facilitated by the artists. Interested participants may sign up for limited slots in one-day free art workshops, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Participants will experience hands-on production of these art forms and hear stories of how these were used to express personal to collective struggles. The workshops are:

  • Basic Woodcut with Color Enhancement Techniques with Ambie Abaño (March 10)
  • Writing and Illustrating for Children’s Books with Annie Pacaña (March 25)
  • Memory Project: Making the NPAA’s Giant Poster with June Poticar-Dalisay (March 27)

To register for the first workshop on March 10 on basic woodcut, please fill out this form: and inquire via

The project threads the UP Diliman Arts and Culture Festival 2023’s theme of “KALOOB mula at tungo sa Bayan: Artista-Iskolar-Manlilikha” with International Women’s Day 2023 on March 8, 2023 and National Women’s Month in March.

It is a pilot project of the UP College of Fine Arts, through its Gender and Development (GAD) Committee in cooperation with the UP Diliman Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts (OICA), UP Fine Arts Gallery, and the Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP).

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Leo Abaya Thesis Grant


On the 24th of February, 2023, Fundacion Sansó donated proceeds from the Masters Giclées sales (composed of limited-edition giclées of the works of National Artists Federico Aguilar Alcuaz and Abdulmari Imao, and of Juvenal Sansó)  to the University of the Philippines – College of Fine Arts (UPCFA) for the establishment of the Leo Abaya Thesis Grant.

Named after the late artist and UPCFA professor and mentor Leo Abaya, this Thesis Grant is for the research and development of thesis projects in the college. We would like to thank the Aguilar Alcuaz family and the Imao family for their great generosity in this project, and UPCFA for letting us be a part of this program, as UP is Juvenal Sansó’s alma mater, and it is his consistent wish to help art students.

In attendance were UPCFA Dean Marc San Valentin, Dr. Dayang Yraola, Professor Riza Romero of Studio Arts, Fundacion Sansó Director Ricky Francisco, College Secretary Manolo Sicat, Professor May Lynn Cruz, Toym Leon Imao, and Veronica Fuentes and Analyn David of Fundacion Sansó.

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UPCFA One UP 2022-2024 Professorial Chair & Faculty Grant Awardees

Itong buwan ng Pebrero, Buwan ng Sining, malugod kaming nagpupugay sa mga Artista ng Bayan ng Kolehiyo ng Sining Biswal na nakatanggap ng pagkilala bilang One UP Professorial Chair at Faculty Grant Awardees (2022-2024)!

Isulong ang taglay na likas na talino at talento sa paglikha ng sining!

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Assistant Professor Abdulmari “Toym” D.L. Imao Jr. (UPAA) Distinguished Alumni Awardee 2022

Assistant Professor Abdulmari “Toym” D.L. Imao Jr.
(UPAA) Distinguished Alumni Awardee 2022


The UP Alumni Association (UPAA) Distinguished Alumni Awards was held on Nov. 11, 2022 , 6pm at the Ang Bahay ng Alumni. This year’s theme was Magsikhay (persevere). UPAA President Reynaldo C. Laserna and UP Vice President for Administration Nestor G. Yunque were present to award the trophies and certificates. Among seven UP Diliman (UPD) faculty members honored, Assistant Professor Abdulmari “Toym” D.L. Imao Jr. (BS architecture, 1993) of the UP College of Fine Arts received the honors for the culture and the arts Visual Arts category.


This year’s UPAA Distinguised Alumni Awardees: were Josefino “Chino” J. Toledo, PhD (bachelor of music, 1979); Carlo A. Arcilla, PhD (BS geology, 1981); Arthur Luis P. Florentin (BS statistics, 1977; diploma in industrial relations, 1987; master in industrial relations, 1988); Abdulmari “Toym” D.L. Imao Jr. (BS architecture, 1993); Gerard Rey A. Lico, PhD (BS architecture, 1997; MA art history 2000; PhD Philippine studies, 2006); Lorelei Regilme-Vinluan, PhD (BA 1992; master in education, 1996); and Flora Elena Rivera-Mirano, PhD (BA English, 1971; MA comparative literature, 1976; PhD Philippine studies, 1991).





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UPCFA Congratulates Professor Emeritus Benjamin I. Cabangis

Congratulations Professor Emeritus Benjamin I. Cabangis

Congratulations Professor Emeritus Benjamin I. Cabangis of the UPD College of Fine Arts Department of Studio Arts! Prof. Benjie Cabangis is one of the 21 professors conferred emeritus on the 1376th BOR meeting.The Department of Studio Arts resolved through its departmental online meeting on 07 December 2020:

That Professor Cabangis has dutifully served the department as faculty member of the department for the past forty years;

That he also served as chairperson of the department for many consecutive terms and helped maintain its relevance alongside the exigencies that come with administering a creative practice-based unit;

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SANAG: UP Art Prize


The University of the Philippines launches SANAG: UP Art Prize 2023. This art prize is open to all present and former UP students. Submission of entries from 14 September 2022 to 14* October 2022. 

SANAG is the first University of the Philippines Art Prize (UP Art Prize). It is sponsored by the 21st University of the Philippines President, Danilo L. Concepcion, during the last year of his term (AY2022-2023). SANAG, a Hiligaynon term denoting the beacon of light, lucidity, or enlightenment embodies the essence of the UP Art Prize, which is an award given to artist members of the University of the Philippines System who lived by the University’s core values of honor and excellence, serving as beacons of light in these trying times.

UP Art Prize is not limited by age, gender, or nationality. Its eligible awardees are present and former students at the University of the Philippines System, from any course, whether they have graduated or not, with a professional practice as a visual artist between five to ten years. Again, this art prize is open to all present and former UP students. Submission of entries is from 14 September 2022 to 14 October 2022. Email us at

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CFA Highlights Featured Events

Tanglaw ng Sining 2022

"Sulo ng Pagsulong: Tanglaw ng SIning 2022"

Ang ika-tatlumpu’t dalawang (ika-32) pagtatapos ng mga mag-aaral ng Kolehiyo ng Sining Biswal ay binigyang pugay sa birtwal na seremonya ng Tanglaw ng Sining o Candlelight Ceremony sa temang “Sulo ng Pagsulong” noong ika-30 ng Hulyo 2022, sa ganap na 6 pm. Ito ay pinangunahan ng Kalihim ng Kolehiyo, Propesor Jose Manuel Sicat at ng Graduation Committee sa direksyon ni Propesora Riza Romero. Ito ay pinaunlakan ng Panauhing Pandangal na si Presidente Danilo Concepcion. Ginawaran ng parangal bilang Alab ng Sining 2022 si Dekano Leonilo O. Doloricon. 

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Parangal sa mga Kawani at Retirado 2021

Parangal sa mga Kawani ng UPCFA

Pagpugay at malugod na pagbati sa mga kasamahan sa Kolehiyo ng Sining Biswal na umani ng parangal mula sa 2021 Parangal at Pagkilala para sa mga Kawani at Retirado ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas! Lubos naming ikinararangal ang makasama kayo sa loob ng matagal na panahon at masaksihan ang inyong husay at dedikasyon sa serbisyo. Mula sa mga mag-aaral, kawani, guro, at namumuno sa Kolehiyo ng Sining Biswal, taus-pusong pasasalamat, aming mga gabay ar huwaran!

Ang 2021 Parangal at Pagkilala para sa mga Kawani at Retirado ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas (UP) ay idinaos noong Hunyo 23, 2022 bilang pagpapahalaga at pasasalamat sa mga natatanging kawani, retirado, at mga tanggapan na lubusang nag-alay at patuloy na nag-aalay ng kanilang buong kakayahan sa pagtaguyod ng adhikain ng Unibersidad. Mapapanood ang birtwal na Parangal sa website ng UP Diliman ( at YouTube channel nito (…/UniversityofthePhilippinesDil…).

Alquin F. Gayagoy, 40-taong serbisyo

Basilio B. Torres, retiradong kawani

Marissa R. Rullan, Gawad PUSO awardee

Parangal sa mga Retiradong Guro ng UPCFA

Dekano Leonilo O. Doloricon

Propesor Leo Antonio C. Abaya