UP Art Studies Society

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The UP Art Studies Society (UP ASS) is a collegiate student body organization from the College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines, Diliman. We are a group of young hardworking and dedicated individuals, who embark on projects for the students and for the community as well.

Through the years, UP ASS has continuously contributed to promoting and cultivating the arts and culture in the country, to developing critical awareness of various artistic expressions of Filipinos, and to providing a venue for discussing problems, issues and theories in art and culture.

UP ASS also aims to gather young visual artists in order for them to share, enhance, and apply their talents in the art field. In the past three years, the organization has been actively interacting with artists from different areas to provide/to conduct talks and workshops for exploration and derivation of knowledge (by the participants) from their experience. Also, the works of the invited artists are presented to the public through exhibitions both inside and outside the school campus.

Within the organization, members are given a chance to talk and relate to people who share the same interest and passion for the arts. Through these relationships, members are driven and inspired by both their love of the arts and their interpersonal relationships within the organization to further improve themselves in the chosen field.


The Art Studies Society (ASS) is a student organization that hails from the Art Studies Department of the College of Arts and Letters. Formerly known as the Organization of Art Studies Majors (ORGASM) in the early 90's the name was changed in 1997 to expand its scope as the promotion and cultivation of cultural awareness need not be limited only to Art Studies majors.


EXECOM 2013-2014

Chairperson: Margaret Callanta

External Committee Head: Veonica Fuentes

Membership Committee Head: Isabella del Castillo

Finance Committee Head: Vicente Ibarra Ubiña

Publicity Committee Head: Carla Michaela Escueta

Academics Committee Head: Michael Pastor

Secretary: Alyssa Haira Cortez

EXECOM 2012-2013

Chairperson: Julia Javier

External Committee Head: Cyril Viel Noroña

Membership Committee Head: John Aaron Rivera

Finance Committee Head: Charlene Torres

Publicity Committee Head: Neslynn Duran

Secretary: Veronica Fuentes

EXECOM 2011-2012

Chairperson: Neslynn Duran

External Committee Head: Nico Patiño

Membership Committee Head: Mari Joie Altiche

Finance Committee Head: John Aaron Rivera

Publicity Committee Head: Julia Javier

Secretary: Bea Mariano


Academic Year 2007-2008

JULY 2007 -“Parol Sa Aking Burol” (Indie Film at UP Film Institute)

AUGUST 2007 -“Borat” (Film Showing) – tie-up with UP Batangan -Tree Planting with Upsilon Sigma Phi

SEPTEMBER 2007 -“Blood Diamond” (Film Showing) – tie-up with UP Batangan -ACLE, “Sin City” (Graphic Arts) – from Comic book to film

JANUARY 2008 -ACLE, Jazz Music by Prof. Joey Valenciano

FEBRUARY 2008 -“Love Out Loud” Art Auction at CCP (Ushering Event)

MARCH 2008 -Photography Workshop

Academic Year 2008-2009

ACLE: Photography @ 100 - The organization invited Prof. Gerardo Lucena of the Department of Art Studies to share to the students the contents of The Centennial Coffee-table Book of the university. He also gave lectures on the basic of photography – techniques and subjects.

Art Boulevard: Let the Streets Catch Your Eyes (An Exhibition) - The exhibition featured works Elvin John Villar, Zeus Bascon, Ian de Ocampo, Chloe Umali, Tricia Pestaño, Tabitha Fernan and Napoleon Sanidad.

Digital Art Workshop - with Elvin John Villar

Graffiti Art Workshop - with JJ Zamoranas aka “Exld” of the Pilipinas Street Plan (February 20). - The organization agreed to conduct the activities to provide its audience a ‘street art experience’ from what street art has been initially known for.

Academic Year 2009-2010

In Their Shoes - In cooperation with Outlooke Pointe Foundation, Metrobank Foundation Inc., PNP Badge of Honor - Moving Stills | In Their Shoes is a partnership project of The Outlooke Pointe Foundation and UP Art Studies Society. The project hopes to foster a new sense of awareness among the youth and the civilian sector about what it means to be a policeman. Seeing things from the other side is a sure way to bring about awareness, through the framework of appreciative inquiry. An exhibit shall be held to showcase the winners of the photojournalism contest that will celebrate and show the other side, human side of policemen.

CRIBS Art Workshop - UP ASS organized an art workshop for the girls of CRIBS (in preparation for a drawing/painting contest that the children were about to participate in)

ACLE: Culture on Shirts - With Christian San Jose of Team Manila - A talk on how the popular culture, the mundane and everyday things are able to hit the public’s interest

Shadow Play Workshop - with ANINO Shadow Play Collective - As a project of the organization for the month of September, UP ASS featured a Talk-Workshop from ANINO – a group of artists, educators and cultural workers who are dedicated to the popularization and advancement of the art of shadow play in the country. Through the event UP ASS hopes (1) to showcase a new genre in the performing arts field, particularly theater and (2) to help promote ANINO, the first and only Shadow Play Organization in the Philippines.

When I Grow Up: An Art Sale and Exhibition - In cooperation with GenAsia Technika, Creative Box Inc, and WriteShop - The art sale and exhibition that is aptly titled “When I Grow Up..”, showcased works from Filipino visual artists who wish to share their talents to help young children who have been downtrodden in the society. The event also featured works that uplift and strengthen the lives, hopes and dreams of these children. - the event is for the benefit of CRIBS Foundation Inc.

Rockin’ the Arts 2: PINTAg-init - Funded by PAGCOR - A fun night to appreciate art. The event featured up and coming band artists and body paint artists. - The event was participated by UP students, professors (who even modeled for the body paint show) and outsiders.

Academic Year 2011-2012


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