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This is the blog of Ian Rosales Casocot. Filipino writer. Sometime academic. Former backpacker. Twink bait. Hamster lover.

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Friday, September 19, 2008

entry arrow6:31 AM | The Midnight Society Exhibit This Weekend in Dumaguete

The Midnight Society is the name of a group of college friends, mostly composed of then Mass Communication students, who graduated in the late 1990s from Silliman University—and who have now slowly come to a professional maturing in the arenas of journalism, literature, law, banking, and the culinary arts, who all share a common passion for the art of photography. Coined by Kristyn Maslog-Levis, the name was based on the nocturnal habits of the group’s members. The group started out with five members, each of whom had to go on a ritual initiation that required completing a task that would require inner strength and conquering fear and rejection. Soon the group expanded to include some of the most creative movers and shakers in Silliman. Today, their number includes Clee Andro Villasor, Ian Rosales Casocot, Ted Regencia, Quddus Ronnie Padilla, Eric Samuel Joven, Kristyn Maslog-Levis, James Renan Dalman, Beth Castillo-Winsor, Daniel Fernandez, Jade Sheryl Yamut-Zapanta, Dinah Baseleres-Ladia, and Aldwyn Fernandez. After graduation, the members of the Midnight Society spread around the country and around the world, each taking their own paths and following their own destinies. This group of close friends has never been in one place at the same time for almost a decade. This exhibit—featuring photography by five of its members—is the beginning of a hopefully long-term collaboration between its members. It’s a reflection of the lives each individual has taken after leaving Silliman University, and it also reflects the invisible tie that binds them together no matter where they are. Through the photography exhibit, the group pays homage to where it all started – Silliman University. The Exhibit opens on September 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium Foyer.

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