PROJECT DUO PART 2
The second set of Duo alumni featured for the month of January – February 2017 come from various career backgrounds: creative and performing artists, athletic coaches, and religious men who have committed to the service of God and country.
Meet our second set of alumni for Project Duo Part 2:
NORBERTO “NOR” DOMINGO
LSGH HS ’84 and GS ’80
Nor is an actor and teacher at the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) since 1994, and Philippine Playhouse, Inc. from 2002 up to the present.
A prolific actor, Nor has appeared in a multitude of stage plays, television commercials and movies. His experience as a stage actor has brought him to France, Japan and the US (New York City, Washington, DC) appearing in various stage plays. He has directed several theater productions, TV commercials, concerts, and events, and was also a Cinematographer and Lighting Director for many independent films.
Nor took up professional acting classes at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, with the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute in New York, and with PETA. He attended cinematography and basic film-making workshops at the Mowelfund Film Institute.
For his undergraduate degree, Nor holds a degree in Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.
GAWAD URIAN – Best Cinematography, STA. NIÑA, 2013
ALIW AWARD – Best Stage Direction (Musical) Play for SKIN DEEP, 21st Aliw Awards, 2008
GAWAD BUHAY! Philstage Awards for the Performing Arts – Winner – Outstanding Musical Production, SKIN DEEP, 2008
GAWAD BUHAY! Philstage Awards for the Performing Arts – Citation – Outstanding Stage Direction, SKIN DEEP, 2008
GAWAD BUHAY! Philstage Awards for the Performing Arts – Citation – Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play, TOSCA, 2008
2007 CINEMA ONE ORIGINALS – Nominee – Best Supporting Actor, ALTAR
2013 CINEMA ONE ORIGINALS – Nominee – Best Supporting Actor, PHILIPPINO STORY
TOP TWENTY INDEPENDENT ARTISTS FOR 2008
DANIEL DE LA CRUZ
LSGH HS ’84 and GS ‘80
Daniel was born in Metro Manila in 1966, and by the early 1980s was already sculpting figurines and small décor forms using whatever materials he found in his family home. He describes it as a “hobby born of boredom”, which started when he was briefly ill and confined to bed. Through the years of his schooling at La Salle Green Hills, and on to the University of the Philippines, his flair and imagination captured the attention of others. On August 1985 he was featured in Panorama Magazine where the resourcefulness, spirit and sensitivity seen in his creations were featured.
A confident and prolific designer, Daniel’s talents were soon noted by giftware industry insiders. In 1992 a fun, stylized animal collection called ‘The Animaloons ©’ that he created received the award of ‘Best Gift Range’ at the Tokyo Gift Fair. The popularity of his creations quickly spread across the Pacific and the United States. In 1994 he was a Featured Designer at Walt Disney’s Florida DISNEYLAND, a week-long stint where he was invited to personally sign items at his product launch.
His work came to the attention of Enesco International, Inc., one of the largest distributors of collectibles in the United States, Canada and Europe. He was invited to license his designs for distribution through their popular catalogues and networks, thus becoming the first Filipino designer to be a Licensed Artist in the United States, having his creations catalogued alongside industry notables such as the ‘Precious Moments ©’ and ‘Mary Engelbreit ©’ lines.
Over the years, Daniel has continued to receive recognition around the world; his creations distributed under signature labels by leading European and American gift and décor suppliers. He has done extensive seasonal product lines and became the trendsetter Christmas décor using tin, which today is a staple in Christmas displays in many homes. He is comfortable working in almost any product medium, including metals, capiz shells, resin, paper and board, fabric and ceramics. And, most recently, he has ventured as far as the printed form, designing stationary products under his very successful ‘Moo America ©’ line in the U.S. He is the first Filipino designer to have personally developed seasonal ceramic collections for the world-renowned German brand, Villeroy & Boch.
A presentation series of ‘Three Kings’ that he personally designed, assembled and painted won a United Nations APHADA ‘Best Design Award’ in 2001 for Asia Pacific handcrafted pieces. The ‘Daniel dela Cruz©’ trademark has become synonymous with innovative, inspired, quality products.
Daniel has been tapped by the Philippine Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) to provide the Christmas trends and design direction for the Manila F.A.M.E. International Gift and Home Décor Show, a Bi-annual Exporter’s Fair which has been tagged as one of the best in Asia. His initial success in the April 2004 F.A.M.E. show has led to his re-appointment for the October 2004 Show and, with more than thirty participating exporters, was the largest and most successful Special Christmas setting to date.
In 2006, Daniel embarked on a new venture by launching “DLC Designworks,” a design studio that offers art and design services, product development, proto-typing and sampling. The studio now caters to a select group of local and international clientele.
At age 40, Daniel ventured into the world of art. Using skills and knowledge derived from his exposure to product manufacturing, Daniel came up with a completely new and revolutionary technique of hand-carving and hand-forming metal sculptures. His very first exhibition as an artist-metal sculptor was held at the Ayala Museum on August, 2007. Entitled “Kandungan (A Mother’s Lap) – A Tribute to Women in Our Lives”, the exhibition was a life-long dream come true, a huge success that was completely sold-out. More exhibits came after:
- a group sculpture show on “Philippine Contemporary Sculpture” held at the SM Art Center on September 21 to Oct 7, 2007;
- 2nd Solo Exhibition entitled: “Parangal – A Tribute to Christ our Saviour” held at EDSA Shangri-la Mall on April 2008;
- Exhibit of Daniel’s women sculptures at the Ayala Museum on September 2008
Daniel lives in Pasig City with his wife Monica and three children. His home life is an enduring passion from where he draws much inspiration that gives meaning to his designs and to his art.
EDMUNDO “DODO” L. FERNANDEZ, FSC
LSGH HS ‘81
Br Dodo is currently the Provincial of the Lasallian East Asia District (LEAD) which includes the following countries/territories: Hong Kong-SAR, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. He received his Master of Education, Major in Religious and Values Education at De La Salle University. He has a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, major in Painting from the University of the Philippines, Diliman. As an artist, Br Dodo has performed in three one-man art shows, including one at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont, USA.
Prior to his current position as LEAD Provincial, Br Dodo was the Provincial of the De La Salle Brothers of the Philippine District. He was interim president at the College of St Benilde, the President of the Policy Board of the NCAA, the Auxiliary Provincial of the De La Salle Brothers of the Philippine District, and the Director of Postulants and Scholastics of the De La Salle Brothers.
Br Dodo’s other school-based work background include:
- Assistant Principal for Lower Years at LSGH
- Director, Center of Spiritual Development at LSGH
- Head, Campus Ministry Team, LSGH
- Administrative Assistant for Upper Years and Part Time Teacher at De La Salle Lipa
- Full-time Christian Living Teacher and Homeroom Adviser at De La Salle Lipa
Major Responsibilities within the De La Salle Brothers
- Member, District Council, Philippines
- Director, Lasallian Formation Center
- Chair, De La Salle Brothers, Pacific-Asia Regional Conference, Lasallian Services Commission
- Chairman, Director’s Association
- Director, Brothers’ Community, La Salle Green Hills
Br Dodo has served as Chairman, as well as being a member, of several Lasallian School Boards of Trustees. He also held positions in different professional organizations such as the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU), the Commission on Secondary Education, the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP), and the Association of Major Religious Superiors of Men in the Philippines (AMRSMP), the largest organization of male religious superiors in the Philippines.
JOSE MARI “JJ” L. JIMENEZ, FSC
LSGH HS ’88 and GS ‘84
A full-blooded Lasallian, Br JJ was the class salutatorian in grade school, class salutatorian and St La Salle awardee in high school, and a magna cum laude at De La Salle University with a BS Industrial Engineering degree minor in Chemical Engineering. He is a recipient of the Br Gabriel Connon Award, the Gold Medal for Best Thesis, and the BPI Science Award in 1992.
Br. JJ is currently serves as the President of De La Salle Philippines.
As a La Salle Brother, Br JJ held varying positions in different Lasallian schools. He was the School Principal at Jaime Hilario Integrated School – La Salle in Bagac, Bataan; Director of the Lasallian Formation Center; Head Administrator for the Center for Spiritual Development at LSGH; member of the Lasallian Animation and Formation Team based in Dasmariñas, Cavite; a religion and math teacher at the University of St La Salle Integrated School in Bacolod City and LSGH. He also served at the Rosary Secondary School – Kondiu in Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea as a math teacher.
Prior to joining the De La Salle Brothers, Br JJ worked for San Miguel Corporation as an Operations Research Analyst and a part-time lecturer at the College of Engineering at DLSU.
Br JJ’s passion for learning is reflected in his pursuit of higher education. He is currently enrolled at UP – Diliman finishing his PhD degree in Environmental Science. He received his Master’s degree in Religious Education with specialization in Formative Counseling and Spiritual Direction at DLSU in addition to his MA units in Religious Studies at Maryhill School of Theology in QC. His other formation training include Session for Novice Masters from the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools in Rionegro, Colombia, Anthropology of Christian Vocation, Personality Theory, Psychological Assessment, and Spiritual Direction from the Formators’ Training Institute at the Our Lady of Peace Guidance Center in QC.
Br JJ’s interests are not limited to higher education alone. He also received special training in Coastal Vulnerability Assessment with the Coral Triangle Support Partnership; Coastal Resource Management Foundation Course given by the Conservation International – Philippines and Marine Environment and Resources Foundation, Inc. He also plays the piano and violin and is very much into photography.
LSGH HS ’79 and GS ‘75
Joseph “Jong” Uichico has a very impressive career as a basketball coach. He first coached the UAAP Men’s Basketball Team of De La Salle University. He then moved to the professional basketball league of the PBA where he became the coach of several teams which included San Miguel (Beermen), Barangay Ginebra (Kings), and TNT Katropa. He also served as team consultant for the Meralco Bolts.
Here are the highlights of Jong’s coaching career:
- NINE TIMES PBA champion (1999 Commissioner’s, 1999 Governors’, 2000 Commissioner’s, 2000 Governors’, 2001 All-Filipino, 2005 Fiesta, 2007 Philippine, 2008 Fiesta, 2015 Commissioner’s)
- TWICE PBA Coach of the Year (2000, 2007)
- TWICE PBA All-Star Game Head Coach (2001, 2007)
Jong is currently the Assistant Coach of GILAS PILIPINAS NATIONAL TEAM.
LSGH HS ’71 and GS ‘67
Virgil started his basketball coaching career quite early when he served as the Coach of the LSGH Junior Division team in 1980. He moved to De La Salle University to coach the women’s basketball team that won the WNCAA Championship in 1978. Virgil became the Head Coach of the UAAP DLSU Men’s Basketball team from 1993 to 1996.
He moved to the professional league when he joined the MVP Group as Team Manager for Meralco and MVP Group Head Media Manager in the PBA.
Virgil concurrently serves as the Team Manager of the KATROPA-TNT PBA Basketball Team.
HERMINIO JOSE “OGIE” ALCASID, JR
LSGH HS ’85 and GS ‘81
Herminio Lualhati Alcasid, Jr., popularly known as Ogie Alcasid, is a multi-awarded singer, songwriter, television personality, comedian, parodist, and actor. He graduated from the University of the Philippines – Diliman in 1993. He was married to Australian beauty queen Michelle van Eimeren, but eventually divorced. He is now happily married to songbird, Regine Velasquez.
He debuted as a singer in 1988 with the release of a self-titled album which reached gold status. He has since released twenty-two (22) albums, including a Christmas album (Larawan ng Pasko / Images of Christmas, 1994), a live album (OA sa Hits (Live), 2002), and four (4) greatest hits album. He garnered a total of twelve (12) gold records, three (3) platinum records, and three (3) double platinum records.
Ogie Alcasid’s television career spanned over 23 years to date, first appearing in a comedy series called Mana Mana with ABS-CBN from 1991-1992. He appeared and/or starred in eleven (11) shows and comedy and drama series, hosted eleven (11) game and variety shows, and judged Pinoy Idol. In 2013, after a long stint with GMA-7, he went back to his original home network TV-5 (formerly ABC-5) where he started his TV career in the gag show Tropang Trumpo. TV-5 network owner, Mr. Manny V. Pangilinan, assigned Ogie Alcasid to head the station’s music department. He is in charge of creating music content for the Kapatid network. He is also tasked, among others, to write theme songs for various TV-5 shows.
Although Ogie Alcasid is identified as a singer and songwriter, he is also known for his acting prowess. His hilarious performances and comic-acting have proven that he could impress a multitude of audiences coming from different social backgrounds. His comical characters, like the ever-famous Bebang who spoofed known personalities such as former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and also his other characters like Boy Pick-Up Bubble Gang, were memorably hilarious that it immediately caught the public’s attention and interest. In fact, his timing and talent for making people laugh during his TV appearances, interviews, and concerts have gained him millions of fans in the Philippines and abroad. It was only a matter of time when Ogie ventured into cinema, portraying the same funny characters that made him famous. Indeed, Ogie Alcasid can win people’s hearts, not only by his balladeer talents, but also by his impressive comedy acts.
Ogie is also very active in non-showbiz activities and advocacies, such as:
- Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-Aawit where he serves as its President
- EDSA People Power Commission as one of its Commissioners
- Sagip Foundation Spokesperson
- National Commission for Culture and Arts Heritage Month Ambassador
- Kapuso Foundation supporter
- ChildHope Asia Spokesperson
- An advocate of legal adaptation of children
ARMANDO “DING-DONG” EDUQUE
LSGH HS ’76 and GS ‘72
Ding-dong Eduque is one of the few original members of KUNDIRANA who joined from first year till his senior year in high school. A very talented singer and artist, Ding-dong was the lead singer of the famous Manila Band that regularly performed at the Calesa Bar of the former Hyatt Hotel on Roxas Blvd.
He is also a Vocal Arranger and Musical Director for various glee clubs & bands, and a composer who created two beautiful songs, HOLD ON and SET YOU FREE, which were sang and popularized by the Side A band.
Ding-dong is currently a member of the retro band, ROUTE 70, which performs at Strumms in Makati. Aside from his band, Ding-dong also performs with the LSGH choir, Mass Appeal, where he serves as a founding member.