Papu Leynes, UP Beta Sigma '62A
from the files of Wally Rodriguez'63
Papu Leynes entered the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts in 1961 as an entrance scholar. He was initiated into the UP Beta Sigma Fraternity in his sophomore year of 1962. In 1963, Papu was invited to join the U.P. chapter of the Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Fraternity, then based in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Papu earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1966.
On graduation, Papu worked as a storyboard artist at FAME/Nepomuceno Productions, then as a Visualizer at Admakers-Dentsu Advertising. He joined the Responsible Parenthood Council as staff artist in 1971. In 1973 he was attached to the Task Force for the Development Academy of the Philippines to design the Corporate Identity Program of the Academy. On the Academyís formal launch Papu was appointed Project Officer, Production Unit, of the Office of Special Services (later Office of Publications). As the Academy reorganized, Papu moved on to the Technology Resource Centerís Corporate Communications Office and later headed the Centerís Reports and Documentation Office. When the Ministry of Human Settlements took control of the TRC, he moved over as Art Director of the Aklat Adarna project in 1978. Simultaneously, he lectured at the U.P. College of Fine Arts for two semesters.
As a graphic designer, Papu produced various informational materials and identity symbols. Notable among these were the Department of Natural Resources logo, the Kabataang Barangay symbol, the logo of the Institute of Development Studies that was later adopted by the TRC and the logos of the Development Academy and many of its programs. In his spare time Papu painted off and on, participating in group shows prominently the Group Exhibition of the DAP Artists and the three-man show of Baen-Santos, Leynes and Ricio, both at the Sining Kamalig in the mid-seventies. Some of Papuís paintings are in private collections and at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
Papu immigrated to Toronto, Canada in 1980. He immediately embarked on a career as a Magazine Designer, Art Director and Production Director. This career ended when the Toronto magazine industry collapsed in 1994. Papu registered his own home-based business Papu Leynes Graphic Communications in 1995, specializing in the design and production of Internet WebPages and presentation graphics. He gave up the free-lance practice in 1998 and returned to painting in January 1999. His new early works have been a struggle at dismantling a computer-assisted design mindset.
[Web note: Sadly, Brod Papu, whose wife Tita is a UP Sigma Deltan, passed away some years ago in Toronto, Canada.]