UP Diliman’s College of Arts and Letters welcomes its newly appointed dean, Dr. Amihan Bonifacio- Ramolete. She succeeds former CAL Dean Dr. Flora Elena R. Mirano for a term of three years (1 June 2015 to 31 May 2018). Bonifacio-Ramolete is the youngest Dean in the history of the College.
Towards Creative Collaborations
Bonifacio-Ramolete envisions a CAL that is guided by what she refers to as “creative collaborations”. Using theatre as a metaphor, she emphasizes how the success of a theater production relies heavily on the creative collaborations between its artistic and production units.
Transposing this concept to her vision of a successful CAL community, Bonifacio-Ramolete says, “Para sa akin, kapag may pakikisangkot at pakikiisa ay nagkakaroon ng pagpapahalaga ang indibidwal hindi lamang para sa gawain kundi para na rin sa kolehiyo.” (For me, if there is collaboration and cooperation, the individual is able to value not just his tasks, but also the College.) Moreover, she reminded the College of the importance of keeping communication lines open so that problems may be clarified and addressed properly.
Three Years, Three Themes
The new Dean identifies themes for each of the three years of her term which would serve as her guide in performing the tasks expected of her. For her first year as Dean, she has the themes Pagbabalik-aral, Pagpapatuloy, at Pagtukoy (Reviewing, Continuing, Identifying), suggesting a thorough assessment of past and present projects, the continuing of ongoing ones, and determining what the priorities would be for the next two years. For her second year, she sets the theme Pagpapatibay (Strengthening), the enhancing of current projects. Pagpapalaganap (Sharing) is the theme for her third year, as Bonifacio-Ramolete aims for a College that is able to share its talents to inspire, to serve, and to set standards worthy of emulation within and beyond the UP community.
CAL’s new dean has authored and co-authored several publications on speech communication and theatre arts including articles in international and local journals as well as textbooks.
She was also the director and puppeteer of several puppet plays including Dalawang Bayani, Pagong at Tsonggo, The Race of Twelve Zodiacs, A Glimpse of Christmas, Philippine Creation Stories, and the annual Lenten puppet presentation Papet Pasyon.
Bonifacio-Ramolete has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards. Among her most recent awards are the UPAA Distinguished Alumna in Culture and the Arts (2014), Natatanging Guro Gawad Chanselor (2014), UP Arts Productivity Award (2013), and The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS) Award for Theatre Arts (2013).
Administrative and Teaching Duties
Prior her appointment as Dean, Bonifacio-Ramolete was the Chairperson of the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts (DSCTA) from 2013-2015, and is concurrently the Managing Director of Dulaang Unibersidad ng Pilipinas (DUP) since 2012. She is also the company manager of Teatrong Mulat ng Pilipinas, artistic consultant of the Usbong Papet Baclayon in Bohol, and one of the two Philippine representatives to the ASEAN Puppetry Association.
Bonifacio-Ramolete, an Associate Professor, handles undergraduate and graduate communication and theatre classes.
Education and Advocacies
Bonifacio-Ramolete at a tender age has been thrust to the world of theatre and puppetry. She considers her mother, playwright and writer Amelia Lapeña Bonifacio, the founder of Teatrong Mulat ng Pilipinas, as the person she admires the most. In fact, she has devoted most of her life nurturing and living out her mother’s passion for the stage.
A staunch advocate of Philippine theatre arts, Bonifacio-Ramolete continues to promote the importance of creative expression and learning through theatre and puppetry. In partnership with UNICEF, Teatrong Mulat ng Pilipinas organized the project “Promoting Resilience Thru Puppetry”, where they facilitated workshops for daycare workers. She is often invited as a resource person and facilitator, and also conducts theatre and puppetry workshops for children and adults.
Bonifacio-Ramolete is a proud UP Diliman alumna from grade school to graduate studies. She has a degree in Psychology (cum laude, 1989), two Master’s degrees- one in Theatre Arts (1996) and the other in Psychology (2009), and a PhD also in Psychology (2013). She finished grade school and high school at the University of the Philippines Integrated School.