His parents wanted him to become a medical doctor, but fate had a different vision for him. Brillante Mendoza, 2009 Cannes Film Festival best director, missed his entrance exam for a pre-medicine course in UST, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
“I arrived late for the B.S. Psychology entrance exam so I was not able to take it. At that time, only the slots for Advertising were available,” Mendoza said.
Having missed the bus for a profession in the medical arts, Mendoza instead took the flight for a career in the visual arts. His parents initially disapproved of his decision to study Advertising, but eventually supported him as he started studying at the old College of Architecture and Fine Arts in 1978.
It was in the University where he laid the building blocks for his now fledging career as a film director. Mendoza was a regular in photography and television production competitions on campus. He won a handful, including first place in a campus photography competition, group exhibitions, and painting contests.
“My fondest memories of my UST days were the midnight preparations I had with my classmates for those competitions,” the Pampanga native told the Varsitarian.