DLSU-D Multimedia Arts Students Go Solarpunk for PRISM 2021 Virtual Exhibition – Manila Bulletin



By Andrew Encapas, Carrie Concepcion and Andrea Abogado

Exploring the world of solarpunk was the theme of the seventh annual PRISM exhibition entitled “PRISM: The 7th Voyage!” A digital exploration of reinvented islands.

The project, led by Project Manager Friday Galvez, saw the Multimedia Arts (MMA) of De La Salle-Dasmarinas University in Cavite exhibit their arts and creations in a ‘one-of-a-kind’ way. This year’s event was hosted virtually via Facebook Live and Behance for the first time. With over 50 virtual exhibitors ranging from students of graphic design, animation, and film and video production, the four-day event showcased different fields of art and design as well as potential multimedia arts professionals on their journey towards the conquest of the creative industry.


The FB Live event took off with a fun heart-to-heart podcast on Quarantined Creations featuring DLSU-D BGM alumni Naomi Tayao (@medyotoyo), Pam Legaspi (@plcreates) and Nicole Lunaria (@thecuriouscreative). They spoke about their struggles over how isolation affected creativity and productivity in their profession. They shared tips on how to deal with creative burnout. By sharing, they made their audience feel that they were not alone in their experiences.


Know your value as a designer

The second day of the event focused on the exhibition of graphic design majors showcasing their collaborative production. Entitled “30 Types Reimagined”, the exhibition featured different illustrations of letters and numbers under three themes: Solarpunk, Ethereal and Arcade. The artwork included the students’ personal portfolio that was posted to their Behance account. The event also included a series of virtual exhibit webinars titled “Creative Conversations”.

In the first part of the event, graphic designer Martin Juner Cosme explained how competitive the graphic design industry is, especially for newcomers. Cosme discussed the issue of low prices for graphic design services and encouraged students to stand up for themselves, educate themselves, and educate themselves on the need to focus on their skills and services for the sake of the whole industry.

The second speaker, Nicole Lunaria, who is also a graphic designer, showed how to create an image of an alcohol brand through a live editing process using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

More than drawings

On the third day of the FB Live event, PRISM focused on the theme of animation. Speaker Rene Glenn Ramos, animation and illustration teacher, character designer and storyboard artist, focused his talk on storyboarding and character animation. He opened the conference with clips from animation productions he was able to participate in and shared his experience of working on various animated feature films and TV shows.

He also stressed the importance of learning as a facilitator and advised aspiring animators to read, watch and learn more about the craft. The conference also touched on how to start a career in animation and the responsibilities of a facilitator.

DLSU-D MMA’s fourth-year student animation majors collaboration release was also featured during the live event, featuring a trailer for it. The collaboration titled “Philippines Reimagined” is students’ take on famous Philippine landmarks and attractions reimagined in a Solarpunk setting. This can be seen in the Behance account of PRISM 2021.

What is behind the cameras

The final day of Facebook Live featured webinars and the work of film and video production majors. The live event continued with the final two creative talks from filmmaker Kyle Francisco who spoke about the entire filming process from start to finish, from conceptualization, pre-production to post-production of his short film “Gulis” and Filipino actor Anthony Falcon. on the theme of the different means of action in the Filipino film and television industry.

PRISM 2021: MMA SHORTFLIX also took place with the premiere of the student shorts Kolehiya by Lester Racelis, The Girl in the Mirror by Victoria Cervantes, Lone by Clara Cinco, Child by Afaf Elsayed, Kolorete by Jo Magpantay and Francis Aritao , Dilim by Ralph Jhon Medez and finally “Blank”, the collaborative short film produced by all the majors of DLSU-D MMA Film and Video Production. The show also featured behind-the-scenes footage from “Blank” and the photographic vlog of the Solarpunk photo collaboration release taken in Bonifacio Global City.

The virtual exhibit also included sponsored gifts from Prismacolor Philippines, Clissora Cosmetics, Drip to Go Manila, Coli Philippines, The Paper Star Shop, The Kettle Project Philippines, Sugar and Spice Philippines and Fiori Philippines, in partnership with the Multimedia Arts Program Council. . (MMA-PC), CEAT Student Government (CEAT-SG), DLSU-D University Student Government (USG), Visual and Performing Arts Production Unit (VPAPU), Heraldo Filipino, Antipara Studios, T’nalak Productions and Manila Bulletin.

The public can still access the event on the official PRISM 2021 Behance account:






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