AHEAD of celebrations of the 500th year since Christianity arrived on our shores, the architecture and design school of the University of San Carlos (USC) has launched a “time document.”

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 Cellan Jr., SVD, during the launch held during a Facebook Live event on Thursday afternoon, February 18.

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 Brother 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 about “how architecture and art support our faith.”

A combination of scholarly and reader-friendly stories, about the urban history of Cebu, for example, and about how the story of faith is told on Cebu’s beautiful church ceilings, fill the issue. (Excerpt from SunStar’s feature.) Watch the Launching under:  https://www.facebook.com/794042327377337/videos/233406598453183


All current 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 an amount in their tuition. SAFAD students, teachers, and staff will even receive the printed copy of this magazine at SAFAD after March 15, 2021. You may pick it up at Lantawan Office, USC-SAFAD or receive it later when face-t-face classes start.

Guests outside USC may order both online and printed copies through the e-commerce site of Megatexts Philippines Inc. which is:   https://www.megatextsphils.store/  Printed copies ordered at the said 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!

Further information can be found on Lantawan Magazine’ homepage as well which is: https://lantawanmag.wordpress.com  Encoding the words Lantawan Magazine in the Google search machine, it will first show our Facebook page and then the homepage. Inquiries: Lantawan Publications Office, USC-SAFAD, 0063-32-2300-100 loc. 232 (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday during office time).