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Rosete is the new CFA dean

(Seated from left) Prof. Leonardo C. Rosete signs his
appointment as witnessed by Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma,
and (standing) his sister Ma. Thelma R. Abella, mother
Estella, his son Tristan and wife Kit P. Rosete.

(October 2)—Prof. Leonardo C. Rosete, chairman of the Department of Visual Communication (VisComm), is the new dean of the College of Fine Arts.

He was sworn into office by Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma in a simple ceremony at the Office of the Chancellor in Quezon Hall on October 1. He serves a 3-year term.

Rosete obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts at CFA in 1980. He served as VisComm chair three times: from June 1994 to May 1996, June 1999 to May 2001 and June 2010 to September 2012.

He concurrently serves as a research associate and Packaging Committee member of the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (OVPAA); and CFA’s technical committee member.

Rosete received three professorial chairs namely: Diamond Jubilee Professorial Chair award (July 1, 2011- June 30, 2012) for his creative work Contemporary Designs for the Kalakat Weavers of Agusan del Sur; the Jose Joya Professorial Chair Award (July 1, 2005- June 30, 2006) for his work Virtual Gallery for Digital Artworks; and the Guillermo Tolentino Professorial Chair Award (July 1, 1999-June 30, 2000) for Sustainable Design using Recycling and Reusing Concepts. He also received a grant from the Office of the Vice Chancellor Research and Development (from November 14, 2003 to September 6, 2005) for his work entitled 3D Modeling and Animation Using Open Source Software.

His professional practice includes systems design and exhibits, product/system design and digital media/graphic design.

(from left to right) Colleagues from the CFA also
witnessed Prof. Leonardo C. Rosete’s oath taking as the
new CFA dean. In photo are Prof. Emmanuel Garalde,
CFA College Secretary Prof. Jamel Joseph Obnamia,
former CFA dean Prof. Florentina P. Colayco, Rosete’s
wife Kit, son Tristan, mother Estella, sister Ma. Thelma
R. Abella and Prof. Ninel Constantino.

He was an exhibit designer at the Mind Museum at the Fort, organized by the Bonifacio Art Foundation, Inc., from March 2008 to April 2012. He was also a consultant and designer for rural development at the Gateway East in collaboration with the local government units and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) from May to August 2010.

He participated in various group exhibits such as the In Circle Art Exhibition at the Pinto Museum in Antipolo City from February to May 2012; and AC@Botong’s at Botong’s UP Bar and Gallery in Makati City in June 2011.

He conducted several public lectures and workshops such as the Design Thinking for Social Innovation for the Asian Institute of Management on July 27, 2012; Design for the Open Market for the DTI on July 18, 2012; and Organizing and Participating in Trade Fairs (for the DTI and Department of Tourism-Region IV in June 2011.

Rosete succeeds Prof. Florentina P. Colayco, while CFA instructor Mark J. San Valentin assumes the VisComm chair post.—H.C.P.