Being a college professor, universities have been a big part of my life. And since one of this month’s article requests is about universities, I will be writing about a couple of them here in the Philippines; starting with my alma mater, and former employer, Far Eastern University.
I studied BS Psychology in Far Eastern University (FEU) from 1996 to 2000 and worked there as a member of the Faculty of the Psychology Department from 2008 to 2010. With that said, FEU is truly dear to my heart. Far Eastern University is a private, non-sectarian tertiary educational institution founded by Nicanor Reyes, Sr. in 1928. More than just a school, it is, in a lot of ways, a place of art.
Before the 70s, the FEU Auditorium, located in the Administration building, was dubbed as the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The auditorium served as a venue for plays, concerts, and other artistic performances. It is also the first auditorium in the country to have a centralized air conditioning system.
Likewise, FEU holds a collection of paintings of renowned Filipino artists such as Fernando Amorsolo and Carlos “Botong” Francisco. One of Botong’s famous creations is his depiction of the stations of the cross, which adorn the walls and altar of the FEU chapel.
In front of the chapel, is a small yet cozy park, which students casually refer to as “Freedom Park."
A few paces from the park is the flag pole, which is surrounded by another masterful collection of artworks; this time, a series of bronze sculptures by Vicente Manansala.
On top of this, the collection of buildings within FEU, especially the old ones, may as well be considered as works of art, with its notable architecture. Most of these buildings were designed by National Artist for architecture, Pablo Antonio. Not too many people know that Far Eastern University was actually awarded with a UNESCO Honorable Citation as the biggest well-preserved cluster of Art Deco structures in the Philippines.
Here are some of the newer buildings in the campus.
Writing this article made me miss college, and so I will end my article with some analogue photos back when I was a student at Far Eastern University.