The UST Research Center for Culture, Arts, and Humanities acquired two new research grants from the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

A project led by RCCAH Fine Arts and Design Studies Research Fellow and Industrial Design faculty member Asst. Prof. Guillerma Mendoza, titled “Diskarte: Understanding Design culture through the Works of the Filipino Exemplars,” secured a grant until 2020.

Another recipient is Assoc. Prof. Maria Alexandra Inigo Chua, Ph.D., whose “Julio Nakpil @ 150 Music Project: Rethinking and Reimagining the Musical Works of Julio Nakpil in the Context of Philippine Modernity, Transculturation and Cultural Nationalism,” obtained a grant until 2019.

Both research grants are under the SALIKHA Creative Grants project, a joint program by CHED and NCCA.

Diskarte,” which also includes RCCAH Research Fellows Asst. Prof. Mary Grace Hernandez, Assoc. Prof. Nady Nacario, and Assoc. Prof. Lilia de Jesus, Ph.D., underlines the understanding of the emergence and development of Filipino design.

“Julio Nakpil @150,” highlights and reassess the renowned revolutionary composer’s contributions to Philippine culture and history. Together with Chua in this research project are RCCAH Director Prof. Joyce L. Arriola, Ph.D., Conservatory of Music Dean Assoc. Prof. Antonio Africa, Ph.D., and Interior Design faculty member Asst. Prof. Mary Ann Venturina-Bulanadi.

The SALIKHA Creative Grants project is a financial endowment initiative by CHED and NCCA for higher learning institutions to support creative projects affected by the K to 12 transition program.

The project also aims to support local researchers who endeavor on studies focusing on culture and the arts, namely, its present theme “Transforming higher education through culture and arts.” A preliminary monitoring for the “Julio Nakpil @150” grant was already conducted last November 20.