By MANILA BULLETIN LIFESTYLE
Collegiate basketball’s legendary rivals came together for the launch of a book of reflections on 52 terms in the Christian faith last Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the De La Salle University (DLSU) in Manila.
Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University had temporarily set aside their athletic differences to celebrate the launch of Siya Nga! Reflections with Art, a new book penned by Fr. Jose Ramon “Jett” Villarin, S.J., president of Ateneo, edited by David Jonathan Bayot, and published by the De La Salle University Publishing House.
Each of the 300-word reflection aims to shed a light on the terms that both the author and the editor deemed significant in the life and living of those who share the Christian faith.
“What we wanted to do is to make these familiar words unfamiliar once again,” Fr. Jett 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.”
Siya Nga! Reflections with Art contains 52 reflections on terms like Incarnation, Trinity, Word, Freedom, and Christmas. Each reflection is elucidated by images of artworks created by a broad range of Filipino artists including, Federico Aguilar Alcuaz, Benedicto Cabrera, Arturo Luz, Elmer Borlongan, to name a few.
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A painting of mine printed on the book “Siya Nga: Reflections with Art.” ❤ Honored to be alongside some national artists in this book whom I’ve taken personal inspiration from as well. Some people actually ask me why I love doing collaborations and use my paintings on different avenues. My answer to that is simple: my paintings were NEVER meant for just ONE person. They were meant to be INCLUSIVE, to INSPIRE widely, and to be SHARED and enjoyed by many.
“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. In so doing, the book seeks to foreground the artistic representations of the Filipinos and the range of the representations,” the book’s editor, David Jonathan Bayot explained.
The launch of the book culminated in St. La Salle Hall being lit in Blue and Green—the school colors of Ateneo and La Salle, respectively—to celebrate the partnership between the two universities and to mark the 60th birthday of Fr. Villarin as well.