Mr. Ronaldo “Ronnie” G. del Carmen, an alumnus of Bachelor of Fine Arts major in Advertising, Batch 1985 and co-director of the Disney Pixar movie “Inside Out”, reminisced his days in the University of Santo Tomas in a homecoming visit and encounter with University administrators, faculty members, and College of Fine Arts and Design (CFAD) students.

     He began his homecoming by walking through the historic Arch of Centuries, to get a feel of the Thomasian spirit of present-day students. He proudly posed for photographs in the Arch, the statue of Archbishop Miguel de Benavides, and the UST sign located near Main Building together with his family. As he recalls his memories in UST Campus, he exclaimed “I had a great time here. This is actually where Liberty and Wander happened for me.”

      In his courtesy visit in the Office of the Vice-Rector, Ronnie paid tribute to UST and exchanged gifts with Rev. Fr. Richard G. Ang, O.P., the university’s Vice-Rector.

      On his way to his home college, one of his avid fan had a photo opportunity and autograph signing with him. When his fan asked, who is his favorite emotion character in the movie “Inside Out”, Mr. del Carmen mentioned “I like sadness, because in sadness, we learn empathy, and that’s needed in our work. We have to be empathic to understand people.”

     After a short time with Fr. Ang at the main building, the Fine Arts’ son was warmly welcomed and greeted in Beato Angelico Audio-Visual Room by an overflowing crowd composed of the faculty members, administrators and current students of Fine Arts and Design. Everyone was so excited to meet him and listen for his short inspirational talk.

     In his talk, he mentioned that among all the technology available at hand; let us not forget that everything begins with a pencil and a paper, a very elementary tool that every first graders is familiar with. He tells everyone not to be afraid to commit mistakes and learn from these because it is in falling down that we learn to rise up and become better persons.

     For him, art is storytelling. He advised them that even if we follow the structure and format, we have to learn how to tell from the heart. He asked the audience to think of a time when they felt they are lost, will they be able to tell a story from that? A great story is when the emotions of the animators touches the listener’s heart.

     At the end of his talk, he was asked to draw his favorite character on a sketch pad, on which he drew “Sadness”. To end the visit, he was given a statuette of Beato Angelico, an award usually given in the college for their invaluable services in different fields, to remind him of the patron saint the Angelic Artist and that art is a gift from God and offered to God in the service for our society, as explained by Rev. Fr. Edgardo Alaurin, O.P., CFAD’s regent. A senior advertising student, Ava Aboy, also gave Mr. del Carmen a portrait of the animator she made, which Mr. Carmen joyfully accepted. Mr. del Carmen gave CFAD his sketch of a girl going out in a cave in a dark wilderness, a drawing he will soon use in future disney films.

    After his visit in UST, he proceeded in SM Aura for the premiere of the movie “Inside Out”. The Disney-Pixar movie “Inside Out” will be shown in Philippine theaters on August 19, 2015. Hazel Vera D. Tan, RN

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