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DAL Week 2020: Valuing and Understanding the Human Experience

Written by: Kristin Clarisse H. Mateo

In light of the current pandemic situation, the Department of Arts and Letters (DAL) held its second annual week-long celebration from July 7 to 11 through various online media platforms. 

DAL Chairperson Ma. Eliza S. Torres shared that the core of this year’s celebration is “to see things from a purely scientific and technical standpoint is to miss the golden opportunity to discover the value, the strength, and the resilience of the human spirit,” during the virtual opening ceremony via Facebook Live. The department also presented its various achievements and events since 2018.

Subsequently, the respective heads of DAL’s four clusters – those being the Filipino, Humanities, English, and Communication clusters – presented their organized online events. 

The Filipino Cluster launched the “Dihital na Timpalak sa Pagsulat at Pagbigkas ng Tula” (Digital Competition in Writing and Delivering a Poem) following the theme “Sa Gitna ng Pandemya: Padayon, Pagsulong, Edukasyon!” (Amidst the Pandemic: Continue, Improve, Education!) starting July 7 to 24. The last day of submission of the video entries was last July 11. Two days later, the chosen video entries were uploaded on the Youtube channel KaDALdalanMU. The winners will be announced on DAL’s Facebook page on July 24.

The Humanities Cluster, meanwhile, held the 6th Annual Literary Quiz Show via Zoom last July 8. Two days later, Prof. Norman “Noy” Narciso conducted a webinar entitled “Indi-Genius: Culture of Improvisation, Creativity, and Innovation.” 

The English Cluster initiated the activities under “Amazing Challenges”, which are the creation of TikTok or Jingles videos as well as posters or infographics last July 8 and 9, respectively. Additionally, a tribute to frontliners was initiated last July 9. 

The Communication Cluster held the second installment of  “TC Flash Talks competition” wherein students explained a concept from science and technology in simpler terms to a general audience via Zoom last July 11.

Aside from those events, there was also a thanksgiving mass livestreamed from The Manila Cathedral last July 8, and an overview of the department’s program offerings during a Mapúa Meets session last July 10. 

To conclude the week-long celebration, the faculty members of DAL had a virtual get-together via Zoom and acknowledged all efforts made for this year’s DAL Week last July 11.

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