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FMDS-UPOU Organized the 1st Wood Forum and Hosted the 2nd Wood Design and Carving Competition

The Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS), UP Open University in cooperation with the UPOU Foundation Inc. (UPOUFI)  and International Wood Culture Society (IWCS) hosted the 1st Wood Forum and the 2nd Wood Design and Carving Competition on 24 February 2014 alongside the celebration of UPOU’s 19th Anniversary. The forum’s participants and wood carving and design competitors were guided by the theme of the celebration “Wood ConnEctions: Wood in a Changing Culture.” These events highlight the crucial role of wood in ensuring a sustainable future.

The Wood Forum, held at the UPOU Centennial Center for Digital Learning (CCDL) Auditorium, was attended  by approximately 100 participants coming from Ifugao, Mountain Province, Laguna, Pampanga, Rizal. Major forum sponsor is Matimco Incorporated  with Smart Communication and Industria Productions as minor sponsors. 

Dr. Grace Javier Alfonso, UPOU Chancellor, talked on “Wood is Good: Mainstreaming Wood Culture.” The General Secreatry of the International Wood Culture Society (IWCS), Ms. Su Jinling, discussed the “Initiatives of IWCS on World Wood Culture.” Prof. Pastor Malabrigo, UPLB College of Forestry and Natural Resources, elaborated on the “Importance of Natives Trees in Sustaining Wood Culture.” On the other hand, Mr. Antonio C. Antonio, the Executive Vice President of Artimco Inc.. and a UPOU student, discussed the “Issues, Challenges and Sustainability of the Wood Industry.”

The 2nd Wood Design and Carving Competition gathered 55 entries from wood carvers and designers from Antipolo City,  Baguio City, Davao City, Paete in Laguna, Hungduan of Ifugao, Betis of Guagua in Pampanga, Binangonan of Rizal and UP Diliman. 

The 2nd Wood Design and Carving Competition had three categories. The first, second and third winners received cash prizes of P30,000, P20,000 and P10,000, respectively. They also received certifications of recognition. 

The winners for the Wood Design category: First prize - “Tiklop” by Maria Veronica Ginez, Venice Victoria King and Jona Gabrielle Manalastas; Second prize - “Innovative Ifugao Native House” by Pio Bahatan nd Mateo Cummiting; and the Third prize - “Bakoy: Balay-Kahoy” by Nina Joan Revalde, Lea Francesca Batac and Denise Oblena. 

The Wood Furniture category winners are: First prize- Angelito Baldemor for the “Farmer’s Seat,”, Second prize - Raymundo Dong-e for the “Collapsible Chair,” and the Third Prize - Yvette Co, Cesar Cagayat and  Melody Yapson for their  work “Farmer in Rice Terraces.”

Ruperto de Mesa received the first prize for the Wood Culture Competition for his entry entitled “Stop Abuse. Stop Child Labor.” The second prize was awarded to Francisco Sibug for his sculpture entry “Kapit Kamay.” Alejandro Carpio won the third prize with his entry “Flowers.” The entries on “Tulong Na, Tayo Na” by Ernesto Cagayat, “Be Leaf” by Jayson Taguyungon, and “Keep Us Together” by Danil Cads were given honorable mention award.


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