Tuesday, October 7, 2014

FEU Heritage Tour

October 4, 2014  was my first time to set foot inside the FEU campus, after my 4 years of studying in the school a mere walking distance from it.

When I got an invitation to go on the FEU Art Deco Tour, I immediately said yes. I appreciate beauty and works of art.

First of all, what is Art Deco?

According to Wikipedia, Art Deco (/ˌɑrt ˈdɛkoʊ/), or Deco, is an influential visual arts design style that first appeared in France after World War I and began flourishing internationally in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s before its popularity waned after World War II. It is an eclectic style that combines traditional craft motifs with Machine Age imagery and materials. The style is often characterized by rich colours, bold geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation.


I am really surprised to find all these gems inside the FEU campus. Most of them are art works by National Artists. Here are some:

Glass mosaic in Chapel by Vicente Manansala

Glass mosaic by Vicente Manansala

FEU Chapel is considered one of the most expensive chapels in the country because of the art works it houses.

Pieta by Napoleon Abueva

Pieta by Napoleon Abueva, Crucifixion and Stations of the Cross by Carlos 'Botong' Francisco

Stations of the Cross by Carlos 'Botong' Francisco

Sculpture by Vicente Manansala

Sculpture by Vicente Manansala

The 4.5 hectare Far Eastern University (that is in both Sampaloc and Quiapo) takes pride in its art deco style buildings.

I spotted the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award Honourable Mention plaque in the FEU-East Asia College Building, Law Building and Administration Building.

feu east asia college

FEU is the ONLY campus in the country with a UNESCO citation.

Architects/Designers are Pablo S. Antonio, National Artist; and Pablo R. Antonio, Jr.

feu unesco

Wooden reliefs by Italian sculptor Francesco Riccardo Monti.

Notice also the very expensive Carrara marble (made in Italy) floor.

Wooden reliefs by Italian sculptor Francesco Riccardo Monti

Fascinating Auditorium. The space in the top sides are for VIP's  private viewing.

large and well maintained auditorium of feu

The oldest building in FEU is the Nicanor Reyes Hall. The slab (roofing) in the ground floor is getting lower because the flooring had been elevated.

Oldest building in FEU nicanor reyes

Nicanor Reyes sculpture by Peter De Guzman

Nicanor Reyes sculpture by Peter De Guzman

Painting by Simon Saulog

Painting by Simon Saulog

Painting by Roberto Kho

Painting by Roberto Kho

Painting by Antonio Dumlao

Painting by Antonio Dumlao

This was from the Muslim Mosque in Quiapo, glasses are from beer bottles

sarimanok prow and tail by antonio dumlao

FEU Symbols

Far Eastern University

The Sarimanok and the mascot of FEU athletic teams, the Tamaraw, which is endemic to Mindoro.

feu tamaraw, sarimanok

The bronze tamaraw in the Tamaraw Plaza is donated by Menardo Jimenez.

Here's a trivia:

Taipans Henry Sy, Lucio Tan, Alfonso Yuchengco and Ramon Ang, celebrities Vice Ganda and Ai Ai de las Alas (to name a few,) are alumni of FEU. WOW, Kabog!!!

Thanks Sir Rence Chan!

feu heritage tour

For inquiries regarding the tour of the UNESCO awarded campus of FEU Manila, call the President's Committee on Culture at (02) 7364897, email pcc@feu.edu.ph or send a message to www.facebook.com/FEUPCC or www.facebook.com/GUIDES.FEU

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