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Rustica Carpio: Smartest head, softest hands and sweetest heart

Nenet Galang-Pereña – The Philippine Star

February 9, 2022 | 12: 00am

Rustica Carpio’s tutorial and ingenious achievements are extraordinary. Her curriculum vitae is inimitable, having straddled two exacting worlds: Academe and the arts, all in a blazing glory of prodigious talent. She has obtained moderately various awards for pedagogy, writing, directing and performing by blueprint of decades dedicated to the university, the reputable stage and cinema. After her passing, what looms ravishing is the cerebral, compassionate and caring lady, who made the realm a considerably higher direct when she chanced on it 91 years within the past.

Tita Rustie, as she is fondly called, earned her Partner in Arts in Commerce stage from the then Philippine College of Commerce (PCC), now Polytechnic College of the Philippines (PUP), with honors. She then pursued a Bachelor of Arts stage, vital in English at Manuel L. Quezon College (MLQU), where she graduated magna cum laude. After garnering Fulbright and Global Home scholarships, she chose Modern York College (NYU) Steinhardt College of Culture, Training, and Human Construction for her graduate work, incomes a Grasp of Arts, vital in speech education in 1956 . For her PhD in Literature from the College of Santo Tomas (UST) Manila in 1979, she performed summa cum laude. Later, she modified into a UNESCO fellow in Dramatic Arts at the National College of Drama and Asian Theatre Institute in Modern Delhi, India.

She used to be the predominant dean of the College of Mass Communication of two institutions – the PUP and the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) and served as director of the Far Jap College (FEU) President’s Committee for Culture and the Arts. She furthermore served as a board member of the Movie and Television Overview and Classification Board (MTRCB) from 1996 to 1998 and the Movie Committee on Appeals of the Videogram Regulatory Board (now Optical Media Board) from 1998 to 2000.

“I even comprise always admired Tita Rustie as a scholar, as she had written so many books, among them the existence and times of the zarzuela monumental, Hermogenes Ilagan, which used to be her doctoral dissertation,” confides Arnold Aldaba, recordsdata officer at Land Bank of the Philippines, who used to be her student and later, co-college at UST. “When she bagged the 33rd Gawad Urian Easiest Actress award for the 2009  film Lola, that used to be the time majority of her followers chanced on her erudition as an educator, as they’ve largely known her for the supporting roles she played within the motion photographs of Ishmael Bernal, Lino Brocka, Celso Advert Castillo, Brillante Mendoza, et al,” Arnold provides.

The identical high cherish for her enthusiastic suggestions is held by her colleague in media and co-college at UST, Nestor Cuartero, Leisure journalist and editor of Tempo and Bulletin, as no topic her years, she never bored with mental pursuits.

“She used to be doing an update of her book, Shuttling By technique of Stage and Display camouflage (first revealed in 2008) when Ricky Lo and I last had lunch with her and in her files are three performed film scripts that she hoped will shortly observe the sunshine of the monumental display camouflage: Lagablab, Fifth Commandment, and Kasalaý Naipit ng Placing Mainit,” Nestor provides.

Actor-host Ryan Agoncillo, her co-important person within the 2013 film directed by Jose Javier Reyes, Ano ang Kulay ng mga Nakalimutang Pangarap, reminisces about Tita Rustie’s palms: “Ang lambot ng kamay niya, ha. Yun ang una kong napansin. Siyempre ‘pag magkasama kami sa eksena, nahahawakan ko yung kamay niya, ang lambot talaga ng kamay niya. At ang galing nya mag-internalize nung papel nya na yaya, na gusto nang idispatsa ng mga inalagaan nya. Iba talaga si Tita Rustie (Her palms are actually gentle. That used to be what I observed about her. For sure, when we did scenes collectively, I’m ready to shield her palms. And she is merely very honest accurate when she internalized her feature of a yaya, now very veteran and whose wards are attempting and acquire rid of her. Tita Rustie is basically high quality.).”

The softness of her palms is a sentient metaphor for the ease with which she maneuvered her art work. She used to be unselfish in sharing with her co-artists the miracle of increasing one thing that will dread and inspire, mentoring them with deft palms that were actually and figuratively softly caressing. Another student and later colleague within the academe, Bien Mabbayad remembers how she honed his talent on stage in 1998, with attain performing:

“Ma’am Rustie used to be a extraordinarily style and considerate mentor, assisting with props and stage setup for the UST Graduate Theater (USTGT) no topic her age and stature. We learned about her ravishing occupation as a stage actress since World Battle II by blueprint of her accurate honest accurate friend, the unhurried Dr. Milagros Tanlayco, as Ma’am Rustie never boasted about it. Our first play used to be Modern Yorker in Tondo and she taught us study how to dam our actions and modulate our voices. Basically the most unforgettable is her advice on combating scenes: Shake your our bodies whereas provocative to execute it observe similar to it is probably you’ll maybe maybe presumably be in fact combating. I’d no longer ever omit her as a trainer every for the stage and the lecture room.”

But what made Tita Rustie a sage used to be her coronary heart that beat for bestowing comfort and ache to these she cherished. Even supposing she never married and had no childhood, her nephews and nieces accurate down to grandnephews and grandnieces were recipients of her nurture. This author may maybe perchance no longer ever omit her tear to to her faculty room in August 2016, handing her a mass card and hugging her tightly, with the words: “Continue to write, as your pen will probably be burnished by the anxiety it be fundamental to embody now.”

Her grandniece Mitchie remembers the assorted people she had helped by blueprint of the years, sacrificing her time, talent and fancy to tide them over against higher times. “Ang dami po nyang natulungan kahit hindi din naman sobra-sobra ang kakayanan, at hindi sya nanghinayang (She has helped so many even supposing she used to be surely no longer prosperous and had no regrets).”

Many rued that she may maybe perchance gentle were given the National Artist Award, but her veteran world delicadeza expose her into humble silence except the live. At her passing, legions of her college students, colleagues and admirers thanked her on social media for her reward and beauty. For these that knew her, they may maybe always observe the laurels in her forehead, sense the softness of her touch and indulge in the surprise of her coronary heart as they mourn her unruffled passage from their midst after the gloaming.

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