Ahead of celebrations of the 500th year since Christianity arrived on our shores, the School of Architecture, Fine Arts, and Design of the University of San Carlos (USC) has published the February 2021 issue of Lantawan as a “time document” to celebrate life- and art-changing faith.
Stories, illustrations, and reflections on how historical and religious events have shaped art and architecture, not just in Cebu but in virtually all of the Philippines, fill the special quincentennial edition of Lantawan, a publication (now both printed and digital) of the USC School of Architecture, Fine Arts, and Design (SAFAD).
“As the Philippines celebrates the history of 500 years of Christianity, we embark on a unique journey of extending and creating another chapter of Filipino Christian history,” said University President Fr. Narciso A. Cellan Jr., SVD, D.Comm. during the launch held through a Facebook Live event on Thursday, February 18, 2021.
Despite the changes, Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma urged the magazine launch’s participants and the entire community to make 2021 a different year by celebrating “the gift of faith” in this “once-in-a-lifetime celebration of God’s presence journeying with us.”
Lantawan editor-in-chief Br. Bela Lanyi, SVD thanked the writers, artists, and CAD operators who worked on the stories about how 500 years of Christianity have shaped our landscapes and spaces and “how architecture and art support our faith.”
A combination of scholarly and reader-friendly stories about the urban history of Cebu and how the story of faith is told through Cebu’s beautiful church ceilings fills the issue. (With excerpts from SunStar’s feature story.)
How to get your copy of Lantawan?
All Carolinians may download an online copy of Lantawan magazine’s special edition through the University’s ISMIS portal. This is due to the generosity of student organizations of USC SAFAD who contribute to the magazine through a portion of their school fees.
SAFAD students, teachers, and staff will receive a printed copy of this magazine available at SAFAD starting March 16, 2021. Copies may be obtained from the Lantawan Office, USC SAFAD or collect it later when face-to-face classes start.
Guests outside USC may order both online and printed copies through the e-commerce site of Megatexts Philippines Inc. Printed copies ordered at the e-commerce store will be delivered to any place in the Philippines through Lazada. Non-USC students pay only half price for the online issue. Non-USC SAFAD students pay only half price for the printed issue. Grab your copy now!
You may also visit Lantawan‘s website or call the Lantawan office at +63 32 230 0100 loc. 232 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays during office hours (local time).