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ISSUE NO. 2 JANUARY-JUNE 2018 UP.EDU.PH Carillon
4 A life in the grand manner
18 PusĂ´ and UP Cebu
6 UPAAA holds 19th grand reunion and convention
16 UP Cebu celebrates centennial day
UP Cebu professors gather around the UP Cebu Professional Schools, situated at South Road Properties, Cebu City. Inaugurated in January 2013, UP Cebu’s second campus offers degree programs in arts and design, business administration, computer science, education and environmental studies. Founded on May 3, 1918, UP Cebu is celebrating its centenary this year. Photo by Ryan Redentor Seismundo (UP Cebu).
University of the Philippines
Carillon UNIVERSITY ALUMNI MAGAZINE
Jose Y. Dalisay, Jr. EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
11 University of the Philippines Alumni Association in America 12 Music for Marawi 13 Alumni commemorate UP Cebu’s 100th Year 14 UP Cebu inaugurates new R&D centers and projects 15 UP Cebu affirms its niche in the arts 26 A physical high from Epsilon Chi 28 A new promenade in Diliman 30 UP alums in Pagadian: 36 years and going strong 31 Two structures soon to rise at the UPLB Alumni Plaza 32 UPAA helps celebrate National Intellectual Property Month 33 “Kamusta Ka, Iskolar ng Bayan?” visits alumni in Negros 35 The essence of giving: UP Alpha Sigma Fraternity 36 A farewell to Dr. Arsenio Talingdan, UP’s “Action Agad” alumnus 37 National Artist and “Father of Modern Philippine Sculpture” Napoleon Abueva, 88 38 In Memoriam 40 Alumni accolades
22 A hundred years of gathering light to scatter
Jose Wendell P. Capili ASSOCIATE EDITOR
Frances Fatima M. Cabana ART DIRECTOR
Flora B. Cabangis MANAGING EDITOR
Stephanie S. Cabigao Celeste Ann L. Castillo Andre dP. Encarnacion Jo. Florendo B. Lontoc WRITERS
Giancarlo Abrahan Pamela Grace Amiantad (UPAFI Pagadian City) GC Castro (UPV Office of Alumni Relations) Johnny C. Ferrer (UPAA New Jersey) Nelsie Parrado (UPAAA) Leonardo Reyes (UP Diliman Information Office) Simon Santos (Video 48) Joe Santos (UPAA San Francisco) John Glen S. Sarol (UPLB Office of Public Relations) Ryan Redentor Seismundo (UP Cebu) Rafael Alejandro Solis (UP Alpha Sigma Fraternity) Maximiano Maximo Tuason, Jr. (UPAA) CONTRIBUTORS
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A life in the grand manner BY JOSE Y. DALISAY, JR.
Senator Edgardo Javier Angara—the 15th President of the University of the Philippines—passed away last May 13 at age 83, leaving behind a rich legacy of achievements in fields as diverse as legislation, education, agricultural development, and culture. In his memory, the Carillon is publishing this slightly adapted version of an article written by Dr. Jose Y. Dalisay Jr.—UP Vice President for Public Affairs and author of Angara’s biography, Edgardo J. Angara: In the Grand Manner (UP Press, 2015)—shortly after that book’s launch.
’ve been privileged to work with some of the most accomplished and interesting personalities in Philippine politics and business on their biographies—the accounting pioneer Washington SyCip, the brilliantly rebellious Lava brothers, the Marcos-era tycoon Rudy Cuenca, and the political maverick Tet Garcia, among others. Last April 2015, another biography I wrote—Edgardo J. Angara: In the Grand Manner, published by the University of the Philippines Press—was launched at the Manila Polo Club, focused on a man who will be remembered for many things in many ways, whose impact on our political, economic, and social life has been far greater than the headlines alone would suggest. The man known by many as SEJA (for Senator Edgardo J. Angara) courted consternation and even disdain from many people, including some old friends, when he stood by the embattled Erap Estrada into the last days of the latter’s doomed Presiden-
cy. He also confounded many of his own followers when, after leading the opposition, he signed up with Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s senatorial ticket in 2004. The biography addresses those issues, and more—the Apeco issue in his home province of Aurora, for example, involving the conversion of land claimed to have been the ancestral domain of the Dumagats into an economic zone. It also sheds light on some little-known but key moments in our political history, such as the peace agreement that Angara was able to negotiate, when he was Agriculture Secretary, with communist rebels in Negros. “That agreement continues to hold,” Ed told me. “It’s the longest-lasting agreement the Philippine government has achieved with insurgents.” The biography also narrates how Angara, still as Agriculture Secretary, was just about to conclude a rehabilitation plan for Camp Abubakar, in close consultation with the MILF leadership. “It would have been a historic breakthrough,” said Angara, “but it was opposed by the military, and ultimately dropped by President Estrada.” My favorite portions of the biography have to do with his days as UP President, when he threw that famously independent and historically dissident institution into a tizzy by coming in from the cold and applying corporate governance to the academe.
Rumored to have been President Marcos’ choice for the UP job—something Angara strongly denied, attributing his selection to the support of the late Onofre D. Corpuz—Angara stepped into Quezon Hall from out of the blue, “the blue” being ACCRA, the law firm he had set up with some of the brightest young lawyers of his time. Angara would recall that “OD asked me to meet with him in the coffeeshop of the Mandarin. He brought up the UP presidency with me, and I told him that while it was certainly a great honor to be considered for such a lofty academic position, I simply wasn’t prepared for it. My only teaching experience was as a lecturer for two semesters, right after I had returned from Michigan. The School of Business Administration was looking for someone to teach corporation law, and I drove my Beetle from Makati to Diliman to teach my classes.”
Photo from the collection of Jose Y. Dalisay, Jr.
His election by UP’s Board of Regents was no cakewalk: Angara faced a formidable and distinguished array of fellow candidates, including Secretary of Justice Vicente Abad Santos, Acting Budget Minister Manuel S. Alba, UPLB Chancellor Emil Q. Javier, Director of the United Nations Fund for Population Activities Rafael M. Salas, incumbent University President Emanuel Soriano, Economic Planning Min-
A life in the grand manner
UP honors its former leader with â€œPamamaalam, Pagpupugay at Pakikidalamhati.â€? Photo by Arlyn VCD Palisoc Romualdo, UP MPRO.
ister Gerardo P. Sicat, Assemblyman Arturo M. Tolentino, and Assemblyman Ronaldo B. Zamora, among others. It was even rumored that First Lady Imelda Marcos herself was interested in the position. In the end, the BOR elected the 46-year-old lawyer, and he lost no time wielding the broom—reorganizing and trimming down UP’s tangled and bloated bureaucracy, revamping its academic programs, and securing fiscal autonomy for the university. Some of these measures inevitably made him enemies, but also unlikely allies, such as the staunchly leftist professors Francisco Nemenzo and Roger Posadas. Known to his colleagues as an irrepressible jokester, University Secretary Mart Gregorio probably wasn’t joking when he recalled a moment when he entered the campus with Angara, who observed a virtual menagerie of farm animals along University Avenue. “He asked me, ‘Why are there so many animals at the university entrance?’ I told him, ‘Ah, Mr. President, that’s the College of Veterinary Medicine. In other universities abroad, you might be welcomed by a beautiful arch or statue. Here we have cows, chickens, and goats.’ And then he asked, ‘What’s that other college there?’ I said, ‘That’s the College of Fisheries, sir.’ He said, ‘Fisheries—but we don’t even have an aquarium here!’ And right there, he said, ‘I think that should be transferred to UP Visayas.’ And it was. ‘Vet Med should be transferred to UP Los Baños.’ And it also was.” I’m biased, of course, being a UP professor and university administrator myself, but that’s the kind of anecdote that made this book a pleasure to write. It was also the realization that I was talking to the man responsible for many landmark bills that made a key difference in my own life, among many other millions of Filipinos—the Senior Citizens Act, PhilHealth, the Generics Act, and the creation of the Commission on Higher Education and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, aside from laws on Agricultural and Fisheries Modernization, the Free High School Act, the creation of TESDA and of a host of financial and educational reforms.
UPAAA holds 19th grand reunion and convention BY JOHNNY C. FERRER, UPAA-NJ PRESIDENT
he University of the Philippines Alumni Association in America (UPAAA), with the University of the Philippines Alumni Association, New Jersey (UPAA-NJ) chapter as cohost, held its biennial 19th Grand Reunion and Convention at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel in Iselin, New Jersey with “Renew, Reflect, Rejoice” as its theme on October 26-28, 2017. Attendees coming from all over the United States, Canada, Italy and the Philippines heard UP President Danilo Concepcion, as the keynote speaker, list his goals over his six-year term for the UP system composed of eight universities located in 21 campuses around the country. President Concepcion cited faculty development and training programs intended to attract and retain top level professors as
He was a strong supporter of culture and the arts, and had lately been an avid Hispanist, but Ed’s emergence as a cultural champion came as a surprise to many people—even to Ed himself, who acknowledged that “I don’t even sing or dance, much to the frustration of my wife. I don’t do any artistic work.” From Con-Con delegate, corporate lawyer, and UP President to senator, Senate President, Agriculture and Executive Secretary, SEJA’s life was certainly one of the most storied hereabouts. “I will be the first to say that it has been a far from perfect life, fraught with challenge and accident,” he says in his foreword, “but in my 80th year I can only still feel privileged to have lived it the way I did. The title of this book may sound rather immodest—it draws on Justice Holmes’ admonition for the law to be taught and therefore practiced in the grand manner—but I would like to believe that in the end, this is the only standard we can be measured by, as we seek to reshape society itself and our nation’s future.”
Lynn (center) and Joe Santos (left), UPAAA Board Member and Gala Night Master of Ceremonies, with UP Alumni Regent Atty. Ramon Maronilla (right).Photo by Joe Santos (UPAA San Francisico).
UP President Danilo L. Concepcion (9th from the right) and UPAAA National President Nelsie Tabudlong Parrado (center) pose for a souvenir shot with members of UPAAA Executive Board members for 2017-2019. Photo by Nelsie Parrado (UPAAA).
Among his major goals is the establishment of an additional Philippines General Hospital facility in Diliman together with a Medical School that will also offer other health-related education. The burned-down Faculty Center will be rebuilt and the main library rehabilitated and refurbished. A guiding principle espoused by President Concepcion is the preservation of trees and the aesthetics of the surrounding areas whenever and wherever buildings are erected on campus. He plans to enhance the existing lagoon as well as develop a new lagoon with encircling walkways that will serve as a promenade for the UP
Jubilarians receive UP medallions during UPAAAâ€™s Fellowship Night. Photo by Nelsie Parrado (UPAAA).
Diliman campus community. These goals all require government funding and he has garnered support for these plans from different senators and other government agencies. Consul General Theresa Dizon-De Vega of the Philippine Consulate General in New York, introduced President Concepcion, but before doing so she related her UP education, journey, and experience. She highlighted statistics that showed the predominant representation of UP alumni among accomplished Filipinos in government, businesses, media, arts, medicine, law, literature, science, engineering and technology. Ms. Nelsie Parrado, UPAAA President, delivered the welcome remarks. Other guest speakers from the Philippines included Atty. Ramon Maronilla, UPAA President, and Mr. Max Ventura, President and CEO of PhilAm Life Foundation. Atty. Maronilla talked
Architect and DJ Noel Gamboa (UPAA New York) and Daisy Macadaeg (UPAA New Jersey) lead the line dancing during UPAAAâ€™s Fellowship Night. Photo by Nelsie Parrado (UPAAA).
UPAAA holds 19th grand reunion and convention
a continuing and overarching endeavor. He also laid out maintenance and infrastructure projects together with the funding outlook for these by the Philippines government. Diliman being the flagship campus will be the beneficiary of the initial set of projects.
Photo by Nelsie Parrado (UPAAA).
(L-R) UPAA President and Alumni Regent Atty. Ramon Maronilla, UP President Danilo L. Concepcion, Atty. Gaby Roldan-Concepcion, Mrs. Rebecca-Fong-Maronilla, and UPAAA Board Members Kellie Lalo Sabas and Joe Santos welcomed alumni attendees from Canada, Italy, the Philippines and the United States. Photo by Joe Santos (UPAA San Francisco).
Fr. Gregory Gaston, Rector of the Collegio Filippino in Rome, related his journey from being a UP medical student to entering the priesthood and discussed finding spiritual balance in our lives. Mr. Michael Dadap, Artistic and Music Director of the Children’s Orchestra So-
ciety and a renowned Filipino guitarist, presented the benefit that music and arts in general bring to the improvement of our society. He was then joined by some members of the Philippine Chamber Rondalla in a musical number. Several accomplished UP alumni shared their expertise and perspectives spanning various topics of interest including millennials, aging, lifestyle enhancement, history of UPAAA and UPMASA (UP Medical Alumni Society in America), balancing career and family, and alleviating stress. Ms. Marivic Acosta, a UP alumna and currently Managing Director of International Sales at Megaworld
International Corp., a major sponsor of the convention, spoke about investment opportunities in the Philippines. Jubilarians were acknowledged and recognized on the Friday Fellowship Night and were given UP medallions during the event. Among the numbers that entertained the audience were a Hawaiian hula dance by a UP 1967 group of women, a “black and white” optical dance rendition by six women from UPAA-NJ dancing to Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass,” and an ensemble rendition by the Philippine Chamber Rondalla and the UP Alumni and Friends Rondalla along with Mike Dadap.
UPAAA and UPAA-New Jersey co-hosted UPAAA’s 19th Grand Reunion and Homecoming at Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel in Iselin, New Jersey on October 27-29, 2017. Photo by Nelsie Parrado (UPAAA). Carillon
UPAAA holds 19th grand reunion and convention
about the important role that alumni groups as well as individual alumni do in contributing to the growth and development of UP. Mr. Ventura cited the value of social conscience (“doing well while doing good”) in uplifting the status of the less fortunate Filipinos particularly after natural events such as storms or earthquakes wreak their havoc.
The culminating event of the convention was a well-attended Saturday Gala Night, a formal affair, during which Distinguished Alumni awards were given to individuals and groups who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in various fields of endeavor as judged by an awards committee based on information contained in nomination forms submitted by alumni. President Concepcion handed out the citation certificates and draped UP “sablays” on each awardee. Musical numbers by two awardees, Dr. Roy Coloma and Ms. Aida Gamboa, provided the evening’s entertainment. A welcome reception on the first evening of the convention featured karaoke singing whereas both the Fellowship Night and Gala Night events had dancing to DJ music. Prizes offered by the major sponsors of the convention that were raffled off included a round-trip ticket for one to the Philippines from Philippine Airlines, a free three-day stay for two at a Megaworld facility in the Philippines from Megaworld International Corp., and 10 coupons for free Balikbayan shipping from LBC. Two UP alumni artists donated their paintings that were also raffled, two from the late Dr. Mars Custodio and one from Ms. Lenore Lim. A new set of UPAAA Executive Board officers was elected during the convention. Ms. Nelsie Parrado (NJ) was re-elected to another two-year term as President. The new officers were sworn in by President Concepcion. Other elected and appointed members of the UPAAA Executive Board were: Vice Presidents for the East, Midwest, South and West—Ludy Corrales(NJ) , Zenaida M. Sarmiento (IL), Emma Aquino (TN), and Zenaida Ply (CA) , respectively; Secretary, Dr. Jovenia Celo (NJ); Assistant Secretary Norie Catiis (NJ); Treasurer, Gary Camacho (NJ); Assistant Treasurer, Ana Parcon (NV); Auditor, Cristy Colmenar (CA); PRO, Kellie Sabas (CA); Assistant PRO, Joe Garbanzos (CA); Historian, Luz Sapin Micabalo (NV); Parliamentarian, Lou Tancinco (CA); Liaison Officers—East, Dr. Jun David (NY); Dr. Johnny Ferrer (NJ); Midwest, Dr. Romy Aquino (MI); Roy Coloma (MI) ; South, Dr. Menchee Fulgado (FL); West, Dr. Juanita Nacu (CA); Daisy Rodriguez (CA).
Emerald, Gold and Sapphire Jubilarians were honored during the Friday Fellowship Night. Photo by Nelsie Parrado (UPAAA).
he University of the Philippines Alumni Association in America, Inc. (UPAAA) was organized and founded by Dr. Arsenio Talingdan, who served as its first president, in New Jersey in May 1981. His vision for the alumni association was to unite as one organization the UP alumni chapters in America, with a communality of goals, foremost of which is to help preserve the University of the Philippines as the national center of academic freedom and excellence. UPAAA also aims to maintain open lines of communication between the University and the alumni in America, to include advancing the intellectual, cultural, and economic pursuits of UP alumni. Over the 36 years of its founding, UPAAA, a nonprofit organization in the US, has a long list of accomplishments, including a Scholarship Fund, Professorial Chairs, and the recognition of and granting of awards to alumni in the US who excel in their profession and field of expertise. Since its inception, past UPAAA presidents and their administrations have succeeded in raising funds and donating these to the Alma Mater. They have laid the seed and foundation for what UPAAA, Inc. is now. A long-held tradition since 1981 is the holding of a reunion, and later in the early nineties, it became a biennial Grand Reunion and Assembly, during which distinguished alumni are honored. The 19th Grand Reunion and Convention was held in Iselin, New Jersey in October 2017, with the 21st UP President, Danilo Concepcion, as the keynote speaker. His speech, “The State of the University of the Philippines,” was an
eye–opener for the US-based alumni, describing how much assistance the alma mater needs to alleviate the myriad problems confronting the university. UPAAA intends to address some of these issues by embarking on projects, some of which were already started early in 2016 to 2017. New projects are being considered for 2018 to 2019.
Men’s Varsity Baseball Team, for their uniforms; and partial to full funding for projects of the following student organizations in UP Mindanao—Food Technology; Dugong-Antro; Society of Programmers and Refined Computer Scientists (SPARCS); Pre-Medical Association; The Navigators; and UP Mindanao Mountaineering Society.
To maintain lines of communication with the University and to raise awareness among UP students that the alumni are responsive to their needs, UPAAA has involved itself in various projects in the Philippines. In 2015, Project Agapay (Aral, Gawa, Payo) was launched, directly benefiting student organizations in Diliman and UP Mindanao. UPAAA either fully or partially funded the following: (1) the 1st GYPSEA Camp project by UP Mindanao students in the Badjao community of Matina Aplaya, Davao City; ( 2) the Hinabi project for senior high school students, and project Pamamahayag for elementary and high students, both organized by UP Mindanao BA Communication Arts students; (3) projects organized by UP Diliman Student Catholic Action (UPSCA); (4) Multipurpose Hall renovation in the Molave Residence Hall, Diliman; (5) a fullbody mirror for the UP Concert Chorus rehearsal hall in Diliman; and (6) Project Tahanan for common areas in the Acacia Residence Hall in Diliman.
In its push to fulfill Dr. Talingdan’s vision of uniting UP alumni chapters in America, UPAAA has collaborated and will continue to work with various UP alumni groups. In 2016, UPAAA in partnership with UPMASA, co-presented the award-winning, internationally renowned UP Concert Chorus in a well-attended concert in Montclair, New Jersey. At the 19th UPAAA Grand Reunion and Convention, UPAAA partnered with UPAA-NJ in hosting the event. For the 20th UPAAA Grand Reunion and Convention in 2019, UPAA San Francisco will be the co-host.
In 2017, UPAAA sponsored the registration fee of a UP Mindanao student at the Asian Pacific Future Leaders Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This year, 2018, UPAAA is sponsoring the following: a donation to the UP Diliman
In December 2017, UPAAA co-sponsored Simbang Gabi at the Philippine Consulate in New York City with UPMASA- NYNJCT, UPAA-NJ, UPNEC, Knights of Rizal (NY), and UP Alumni and Friends Rondalla. UPAAA participated in a “Homecoming sa Konsulado” annual event together with other UPAA chapters in October 2017. It is a gathering of alumni organizations from different universities in the Philippines sponsored by the Philippine Consulate General in New York. UPAAA will continue to collaborate with other UPAA organizations to fulfill its mission.
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Music for Marawi BY MAXIMIANO MAXIMO TUASON, JR., UPAA
rawing on music as a response to crisis, the University of the Philippines Alumni Association (UPAA), led by President and Alumni Regent Ramon M. Maronilla, staged a concert, “MarAwit… Awit para sa Marawi,” featuring three of the country’s most internationally acclaimed and awarded choral groups—the UP Concert Chorus, the UP Madrigal Singers, and the UP Singing Ambassadors.
ranking Philippine government and University officials, UP alumni and students, fans of the three choral groups, and plain music lovers.
In the wake of the fourmonth siege by government forces to liberate Marawi City, which had been occupied by ISIS-affiliated Maute and Abu Sayyaf Groups, these three luminaries of Philippine music made history by performing together for the first time on one stage. The goal: extend a helping hand towards the education of the afflicted children of Marawi.
The proceeds of the concert will be used through a UPAA project dubbed “Pabaon sa Pagbangon,” whereby at least 50 Mindanao State University graduating students in Marawi City will be given monthly allowances of PhP1,000 each for one school year to help them finish their college education.
The UPAA partnered with the Sigma Rho Fraternity Alumni Council to produce the fund-raising concert, which saw the three world-famous ensembles singing singly, in tandem, and all three at once. A resounding success The concert, held on February 27, 2018, at Cine Adarna of the UP Film Center in the UP Diliman campus in Quezon City, was a resounding success, well attended by high 12
Although held in a relatively small venue with less than 800 seats), “MarAwit… Awit para sa Marawi” netted over PhP700,000 for the education of the youngsters of devastated Marawi City.
for one semester), plus allowance for books and transportation (P2,000 per student per month for one semester). The UPAA also sponsored comedian Willie Nepomuceno in a show titled “Comic Relief: It’s more fund in the Philippines” on December 14, 2013, at the Music Museum in Greenhills, San Juan City. The rib-tickling, rollicking show filled the venue to the rafters.
“Pabaon sa Pagbangon”
This was not the first instance in recent years for the UPAA to reach out to their calamity-stricken countrymen. After super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) desolated Tacloban City and the Samar-Leyte provinces in November 2013, the UPAA became involved in several outreach projects. For the benefit of UP students, faculty, and staff deprived of facilities and resources, the UPAA provided food for 226 UP Diliman and UP Visayas Tacloban College students (three meals per day
Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy President and Mindanao State University Regent Amina Rasul expresses her gratitude on behalf of Mindanao State University students who will receive a monthly allowance for one year to help them finish their college education. Photo courtesy of UPAA.
MarAwit featured the country’s most awarded and internationally acclaimed choral groups, The UP Concert Chorus, The UP Madrigal Singers and The UP Singing Ambassadors. Photo courtesy of UPAA.
Alumni commemorate UP Cebu’s 100th Year BY JOSE WENDELL P. CAPILI
T Still for the relief of the same beneficiaries, the UPAA partnered with the Filipino Portrait Artists Group, Inc. (FPAGI), in another fund-raising project called “Portraits for Yolanda: Sketching a Brighter Picture for UP Typhoon Victims,” which started on February 20, 2014. For every P50,000 fee a sitter or model donated, 80 percent went to the typhoon victims through the UPAA, while 20 percent went to FPAGI for expenses. On December 12, 2009, the UPAA and UP Diliman joined hands to produce “Pagbangon,” a musical-literary concert celebrating the power of hope in the face of catastrophe. In addition, a group of UP alumni artists donated close to a dozen paintings auctioned during the show to help raise more funds. A total of P500,000 was donated, through UPAA-Davao, to 100 homeless families (P5,000 per family) in Davao City for GI sheet roofings.
he University of the Philippines Alumni Association (UPAA) Cebu Chapter spearheaded UP Cebu’s Centennial Ball and Grand Alumni Homecoming on April 27, 2018 at Waterfront Cebu City Hotel in Lahug. The homecoming was attended by hundreds of Cebu-based UP alumni, including Cebu Provincial Governor Hilario Davide III, Vice Governor Agnes Magpale, Provincial Administrator Mark C. Tolentino, Mandaue City Vice Mayor Carlo Fortuna, Tourism Promotions Board Director Edwin V. Ortiz, University of Cebu Dean Baldomero Estenzo, designer Philip Rodriguez, professor and newspaper columnist Cherry Piquero-Ballescas, former Department of Tourism Regional Director Dawnie Roa, UP Regent Angelo Jimenez, and UPAA Cebu Chapter President, Atty. Ria Espina. In her opening address, Chancellor Liza Corro noted how UP Cebu emerged as UP’s eighth constituent university, and how it thrives because of massive alumni support. She also revealed that more than P700 million worth of infrastructure projects will rise in UP Cebu’s Lahug and South Road Properties (SRP) campuses within the next few years. Two-time Gawad Pangulo Choral Competition winner UP Cebu Serenata regaled the audience with Broadway, US Top 40, Philippine pop and folk music from the Visayas. Proceeds from the event will fund UPAA Cebu’s various projects to help improve campus services and facilities.
UPAA President and Alumni Regent Atty. Ramon Maronilla acknowledges the efforts of the Sigma Rho Fraternity Alumni Council for co-producing the fundraising concert. Photo courtesy of UPAA.
The UP Cebu Serenata rendered popular hits from every decade during the past 100 years. Photo by Jose Wendell P. Capili. Carillon
Alumni commemorate UP Cebu’s 100th Year
UP Cebu Chancellor Liza Corro describes the centennial ball and grand alumni homecoming as a night where the past and present collide. Photo by Jose Wendell P. Capili.
The newly-inaugurated Technology Innovation Center of UP Cebu. Photo by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO.
UP Cebu inaugurates new R&D centers and projects BY JO. LONTOC
P Cebu can now do more research, development, and public service with the launch of new centers and projects, and of a new building to house them. The launch on April 27, 2018, attended by Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato de la Peña and Undersecretary for Research and Development Rowena Cristina Guevara, was part of the centennial celebrations of the campus, which was founded on May 3, 1918. The new centers are: the Central Visayas Center for Environmental Informatics; the Center for Molecular Diagnostics and Research; the Cybersecurity Research, and Extension Center; and the Students’ Teachers’ Innovation, Incubation for Technologies and Commercialization Hub (STiiTCH).
STiiTCH is UP Cebu’s initiative to support and encourage the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the region by unifying the different shared services facilities of the campus, such as: the Fabrication Laboratory (Fablab); the Technology Transfer and Business Development Office; the Creative Digital Media Production Center; the Co-Working Space; and the Go Negosyo Center. The R&D projects consist: of Firecheck, an urban fire hazard mapping and fire spread modeling and geomapping; and, nutrient analysis of wild edible plants as food alternatives in disaster-prone areas in the Central and Eastern Visayas regions. The new centers and projects are housed in the new three-story Technology Innovation Center (TIC) building, which also features a store of UP Cebu fabrications. The DOST, Commission on Higher Education (CHED), and the UP System provided funds for the establishment of the centers and projects. “We are quite lucky because UP Cebu’s culture and environment match the thrust of these DOST-granted researches from environment to cybersecurity. As a Center for Excellence in Information Technology and a Center for Development in Environmental Studies, the strength of UP Cebu will be highlighted,” Chancellor Liza Corro said during the launch. “A lot more research projects of our faculty, students, and staff will be accommodated in this building in the near future,” she added.
(L-R) DOST Undersecretary Rowena Cristina Guevara, DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña, UP Cebu Chancellor Liza Corro, Regent Angelo Jimenez and AVP Jose Wendell Capili inaugurate UP Cebu’s new threestory Technology Innovation Center (TIC) building. Photo by Jose Wendell P. Capili. 14
“We believe that these are not just aimed to create science for the people but a science for change to provide sustainable and inclusive growth for the majority of our people,” Corro said, reiterating UP Cebu’s tagline: “Nurtured to Create, Inspired to Innovate and Destined to Serve.”
UP Cebu affirms its niche in the arts BY JO. LONTOC
ffirming its niche in the arts and creative design and its contribution to the development of Visayan art and culture through the years, UP Cebu hosted an exhibit called “Sentenaryo: 100 Artworks by 100 Artists Celebrating 100 Years of Academic Excellence and Public Service.” Curated by Prof. Jay Nathan Jore for the Fine Arts Program of the UP Cebu College of Communication, Art, and Design (CCAD) and the Jose T. Joya Gallery, the exhibit was launched on May 2, 2018,
the eve of UP Cebu’s centennial day. The gallery was jampacked with the featured Fine Arts Program graduates, including the pioneering 1975 batch and faculty members, joined by guests of honor Charlie Co and Manny Montelibano, both Bacolod-based visual artists making great contributions to the arts outside Metro Manila. “The displayed works illustrate the breadth and depth of the Bisaya creative spirit: of Bisaya Realism that captures the
luminance of the everyday, of portraitures that express the story of familiar and strange faces, of modernism that articulates hope and freedom, and of postmodernism that examines the present by looking at lessons of the past and looking forward to the possibilities of tomorrow,” the curatorial note stated. “As UP Cebu’s story continues, UP Cebu Fine Arts reaffirms its role to be a keeper of dreams and a custodian of artistic imagination,” it added.
UP Cebu affirms its niche in the arts
Guests view the artworks featured in UP Cebu’s “Sentenaryo” art exhibit at the Jose T. Joya Gallery. Photo by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO.
UP Cebu celebrates centennial day BY JO. LONTOC
ay 3, 2018 was the culmination of UP Cebu’s centennial celebrations, which carried the theme “Unang Siglo: Halad sa Katawhan, of Academic Excellence and Public Service.” The day saw the unveiling of a “gratitude wall” for UP Cebu donors, the inauguration of the UP Presidents’ markers at the new Oblation Square, awarding ceremonies for constituents, and a grand centennial “cookout” out in the open.
the Gratitude Wall in the Administration Building, with UP Law Class ’86–the first to respond to the centennial fund-raising with a P1-million donation–assisting the chancellor. The program had Grace Javier Alfonso delivering an artist talk on her design of the newly installed Guillermo Tolentino’s Oblation. Likewise installed was a small amphitheater to replace the old plaza in front of the Administration Building.
UP Cebu unveiled the stone markers for all UP Presidents with former UP Presidents or their representatives attending. They were Presidents Alfredo Pascual, Francisco Nemenzo, and Engr. Jose Paolo Soriano for his father Emanuel Soriano. Presidents Edgardo Angara and Emil Javier sent messages. Performances making use of multimedia and dinner in the Performing Arts Auditorium and Lobby, and the awarding of the Centennial Gawad Chancellor to outstanding constituents also marked the event.
The day ended with a grand centennial cookout out in the open, where UP Cebu officials and constituents enjoyed a picnic, concerts, fireworks, and an Oblation Run with their guests.
Earlier in the day, UP Cebu Chancellor Liza Corro unveiled
Faculty Regent Patricia Arinto, Regent Frederick Mikhail Farolan, Vice President for Administration Nestor Yunque, Vice President for Public Affairs Jose Dalisay Jr., UP Open University (UPOU) Chancellor Melinda Bandalaria, former UPOU Chancellor Grace Javier Alfonso, UP Los Baños Chancellor Fernando Sanchez, and former Assistant Vice President for Development Jaime Caro attended the day’s celebrations; as did Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III and his wife Jobelle, Mandaue City Vice Mayor Carlo Fortuna, and Cebu City Councilor Margot Osmeña. They were joined by officers and members of the UP Cebu Alumni Association led by Atty. Ria Espina, and the UP College of Law Batch ’86. It has been 100 years since UP Cebu’s founding as a regional unit of UP Diliman on May 3, 1918, in the Warwick Barracks built for the American military at the port area of the then town of Cebu. It is thus the oldest UP campus outside Luzon. It was closed down a few times and then became part of UP Visayas. In 2008, it was the venue of the signing of the new UP Charter or RA 9500 by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. UP Cebu was granted full autonomous status and converted into a constituent university (CU) on October 27, 2016, making it the youngest of the eight CUs of UP. “It might be providential that the conversion of UP Cebu to a full CU had to happen at the eve of our centenary. We did not mind the waiting, considering all the generous support we were blessed with in recent years, consisting of both infrastructure and non-infrastructure, like the substantial and continuing research funding from different government agencies for the past five years, foremost of which comes from the Department of Science and Technology,” Liza Corro, UP Cebu College’s last dean and UP Cebu’s first chancellor, said. “There is a lot of construction still ongoing.”
UP Cebu’s Centennial cookout party serves as a bonding moment for UP Cebu Chancellor Liza Corro and her students. Photo by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO. 16
She said the support inspires the CU to do better living up to a vision as lead university in research, creative design, ICT-driven innovations, responsible governance, and community service in Cebu and “the global world.”
UP Cebu celebrates centennial day
(L-R) Regent Spocky Farolan, Vice President for Administration Nestor Yunque, UP Cebu Chancellor Liza Corro, former UP President Alfredo Pascual, Professor Emeritus Gigi Javier Alfonso, UPOU Chancellor Melinda Bandalaria and UPLB Chancellor Fernando Sanchez unveil UP Cebuâ€™s newly-installed Oblation.Photo by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO.
Pusô and UP Cebu BY CELESTE ANN CASTILLO
he short video makes its metaphor clear: Education is like pusô, an iconic Cebuano street food consisting of rice boiled in packets of woven coconut leaves. In the video, the values of hard work, perseverance, strength, faith and experience helps a young man earn his degree from UP Cebu, while his mother provides him support and pusô. Titled “Puso 2—University of the Philippines Cebu,” the video is itself a symbol of the spirit of UP Cebu—steeped in the culture of the region, full of UP Cebu’s heart and sense of community, and showing a mastery of both technology and art. The video won the Most Creative Corporate Institution Video Award – Gold Prize during the 5th QS-Maple Professional Leaders in Education Conference and Exhibit in Doha, Qatar in May 2015. The win “puts UP Cebu on the map of academic institutions that lead in creative and persuasive visual communication,” says Prof. Gregg Lloren, the video’s creative director and assistant professor at the UP Cebu Arts and Humanities cluster (now the College of Communication, Art, and Design). Then UP Cebu Dean and now Chancellor Liza Corro was executive producer.
The school that lived UP Cebu is no stranger to change or to struggle. In fact, in a PowerPoint presentation based on an article on UP Cebu’s history, author and UP Cebu history professor Dr. Madrileña de la Cerna includes a photo of Cebu College taken around the late ‘40s with the caption “The School that Refused to Die.” When it comes to perseverance, resilience and sheer tenacity, UP Cebu has the right stuff. The Junior College of Liberal Arts in Cebu City was established on May 3, 1918, with classes at Warwick Barracks in front of Leon Kilat Street in Ermita District, near where Carbon market is now. The fledgling college soon faced challenges such as the lack of a permanent home, the effects of a global economic crisis, and opposition in Manila against the further expansion and continued existence of the college. But the will of the Cebuano people and the UP Cebu community prevailed, and the Junior College of Liberal Arts in Cebu City was granted a 13-hectare site in Lahug plus yearly funds by the Cebu Provincial Board.
National Artist Guillermo Tolentino’s Oblation, designed by Professor Emeritus and former UPOU Chancellor Gigi Javier Alfonso, welcomes visitors at UP Cebu’s SRP campus. Photo courtesy of Public Information Office, UP Cebu. 18
Inaugurated in January 2013, UP Cebu at the South Road Properties (SRP) offers graduate degrees in Arts and Design, Business Administration, Computer Science, Education, and Environmental Studies. Photo courtesy of Public Information Office, UP Cebu.
When war broke out, the College was forced to close on December 13, 1941. Its main building was used as an internment camp for American and British civilians and later as a stockade for condemned prisoners by Japanese forces. In 1945, the campus was returned to UP, and classes were held at the buildings the Americans had built. The main building and athletic field, which were damaged
during the war, were repaired through funds from the War Damage Commission. A few years later, in 1950, the College was closed again when UP students protesting the actions of powerful Cebuano politicians and their armed goons during the presidential elections angered a Cebuano Senate President. As Dr. De la Cerna wrote: “Only the students of UP Cebu dared to lampoon these politicians in the editorial cartoons of their campus paper, The Junior Collegian, getting the ire of the powerful political lords of Cebu.” After UP alumni campaigned for it, the College was reopened in 1963. The next decades saw turmoil within the College, followed by changes in 1986-1987 that placed UP Cebu under the UP in the Visayas. In 1990-1991, the entire collegial organization was restructured, with academic programs clustered into
five disciplines, namely Management, Humanities, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Social Sciences, and the High School. In 2010, the UP Cebu College was granted autonomy by the BOR. Then in 2011, UP Cebu grew again as construction began for its new campus in a five-hectare lot of Cebu City’s South Road Properties, which is now home to the UP Professional Schools, offering degree programs such as Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Computer Science, Master of Education and Master of Science in Environmental Studies. Finally, on the 27th of October 2016, the UP Cebu was elevated as the 8th constituent university with the installation of the former Dean to Chancellor, Atty. Liza D. Corro. Not bad for a tiny junior college that started out with 28 students and two faculty members.
Pusô and UP Cebu
In 1927, Prof. Teofilo Reyes of the UP College of Engineering finalized plans for the Lahug campus and oversaw the completion of a two-story building, which was inaugurated by UP President Rafael Palma in 1929. In 1936, the Junior College became a permanent branch of UP through Act No. 4244, enabling it to expand its role in the province by offering more courses leading to degrees in Commerce, Education, General Preparatory Law and Preparatory Medicine.
UP Cebu Oble. Photo courtesy of Public Information Office, UP Cebu.
The school of reinvention UP Cebu has gone through war and upheavals, political and administrative opposition, uncertainty and tension, and has risen above it all. It has mastered the art of rebirth and reinvention, changing its name eleven times throughout its almost 100-year history—from the Junior College of Liberal Arts in 1918, to Cebu College in UP in 1947, to the UP Graduate School in Cebu in 1963, to the UP Visayas Cebu College in 1987, to the UP Cebu College in 2010, and finally to UP Cebu. As the UP constituent unit born in the Queen City of the South, the campus wears both its history and the culture of the Central Visayas region proudly on its sleeve—most clearly evident in the cam-
pus’ iconic landmark, the Administration Building, in front of which the Oblation stands. The Administration Building was declared a historical landmark on December 2, 2010 by the National Historical Commission. The building is also featured prominently on UP Cebu’s logo, symbolizing both UP Cebu’s significance as the oldest campus outside Luzon and its resilient character, said Lloren. As if reflecting UP Cebu’s spirit of resilience and reinvention, the campus has evolved through the years. Other buildings were constructed during the ‘70s and ‘80s, and infrastructure development escalated further since the first decade of the 21st century. The campus today is a green, tree-lined haven featuring build-
ings with modern architectural designs such as the Arts and Science Building, and modern facilities such as the UP Cebu Library, which served as the media center during the Visayas leg of 2016 Presidential Debate; the Performing Arts Hall on top of the Library, which served as the venue of the historic presidential debate of 2016; the Open Field where sporting events and the annual UP Cebu Cookout are held, and which now includes a Jogger’s Path; benches and gazebos that serve as student tambayans; sculptures and art installations scattered everywhere; and the site often featured in photographs of UP Cebu, the UP Cebu signage and seal in front of the Oblation and Administration Building.
The school that looks forward
Through the Cebu Business Incubator in IT (CeBuinIT), UP Cebu and the DOST aim to create an environment that would help startup tech enterprises become sustainable and commercially successful. UP Cebu is also one of the implementing agencies for the DOST’s PHIL LiDAR 2 program, which aims to produce high-resolution maps and data to be used for ongoing government development programs. The UP Cebu SRP campus is a model of modernity and environmental awareness,
featuring a circular e-Library with 53 computer units and green building design. And as proof of UP Cebu’s strength in creative design and IT, the Shu Te University of Taiwan will begin offering a Master of Arts in Applied Arts and Design (MAAAD) program for interested graduates or professionals in arts and design through UP Cebu this year. As for the spirit of UP Cebu, Lloren says: “The campus is very much attached to its Cebuano heritage. Thus, we are proud to use the pusô to embody our ideals of resilience, hard work, nurturing spirit, and sharing. Our motto: Nurtured to Create, Inspired to Innovate, Destined to Serve. The first line represents our design thrust. The second represents IT. The third speaks of our mandate to serve the region and the country.” UP Cebu has thrived despite the odds with the support of the UP community and the Cebuano people. And like the young man in Lloren’s video, UP Cebu stands at a height, looking outward and forward to the future.
Pusô and UP Cebu
With its history at its heart, UP’s youngest constituent unit has embraced the modern, the artistic and the high-tech, as befits its role as one of the country’s centers of excellence in design and information technology. For example, the Department of Trade and Industry inaugurated the first Fabrication Laboratory (FabLab) in Cebu last year under the UP Cebu’s College of Communication, Art and Design. The FabLab is a service facility established for UP Cebu’s Fine Arts program. It aims to give arts and design students, professionals, entrepreneurs and the public access to advance prototyping, printing and related equipment, as well as training and workshop facilities.
Commission on Higher Education (CHED) OIC J. Prospero de Vera III (center) and UP Cebu officials pose for photographers during UP Cebu’s 81st commencement exercises on its Lahug campus on June 27, 2018. Photo courtesy of Public Information Office, UP Cebu. Carillon
A hundred years of gathering light to scatter BY CELESTE ANN CASTILLO
n 1918, ten years after the founding of the University of the Philippines, 14 young men were drawn together by circumstance, common interests, and similar ideals of leadership and excellence to form what would become the oldest student organization in UP, and the first Greek-letter society founded in Asia. On November 19, 1920, at the Metropolitan Restaurant in Intramuros, the Upsilon Sigma Phi was formally organized. The Greek letters “ΥΣΦ,” which stand for the “University Students’ Fraternity,” was adopted as the fraternity’s official name on March 24, 1921. And for the next hundred years, the Upsilon Sigma Phi kept true to its motto to “gather light to scatter.” From the beginning, the invitation to join the Upsilon was extended to outstanding students who possessed leadership qualities and a commitment to excellence. The caliber of the fraternity’s membership showed when the first crop of Upsilonians began serving as student leaders in the University, a trend that would continue for the next decades of the fraternity’s existence. In the 1920s, Upsilonians dived into the turbulent waters of university and Philippine politics, with members taking a stand during the debates over the Hare-Hawes-Cutting Act. In the 1930s, Upsilonian Ferdinand Marcos spoke out in criticism against President Manuel Quezon. The second World War devastated both the country and the University. The fraternity was forced to suspend its operations, but members were still inducted in 1940, 1941, 1942, and 1945. Upsilonians such as Wenceslao Vinzons gave their lives in the fight against the Japanese invaders. Two years after the war, the fraternity returned to the forefront of student leadership and activism, and a second chapter was established in UP Los Baños, the first Greek letter society in the campus.
In the 1950s, Upsilon Sigma Phi became one of the Diliman campus’ cultural trailblazers with its Cavalcades (stage plays and musicals). Among the popular stage productions were the romantic musical Aloyan and the comedy-drama musical Hanako, with the net proceeds going to the construction of the UP Church of the Holy Sacrifice. Upsilonian Cesar H. Concio also designed Quezon Hall, Melchor Hall and the Protestant chapel or the Church of the Risen Lord, while the fraternity and the UP Alumni Association campaigned for the construction of the Carillon Tower. The 1960s were marked by the preparations for the fraternity’s Golden Anniversary in 1968. The decade also saw the political rise of Ferdinand Marcos, as well as his fellow Upsilonians who would take on positions of power in government. In time, another Upsilonian, Salvador P. Lopez, would become UP President and oversee the transformation of the UP campus into the bulwark of militant freedom, culminating in the First Quarter Storm. During the growing tide of student activism and nationalism on campus, the fraternity was seen to take a conservative stance. Although its hold on student politics was weakened during the ‘60s and ‘70s, Upsilon still produced student leaders and Collegian and Philippinensian editors. One highlight was the fraternity’s successful lobbying for the transfer of a statue of a Katipunero from its original site in the Balintawak interchange to the front of Vinzons Hall. During the ‘70s, the bond between President Marcos and his fraternity led to a negative perception of Upsilon. Still, Upsilonians rose in protest against the dictatorial regime, such as Melito Glor who joined the New People’s Army and was killed in action during an encounter with government troops. Upsilon continued to work to enrich arts and culture both within the Diliman and Los Baños campuses.
Upsilon Sigma Phi was founded in 1918 by a group of UP students drawn together by the common ideals of leadership and excellence. Photo courtesy of Upsilon Sigma Phi Alumni Association.
out to the underprivileged and minorities through partnerships with Gawad Kalinga and Mission: Katutubo Village. As the century turned, two Upsilonians became UP Presidents: Alfredo E. Pascual and Danilo L. Concepcion.
For Upsilon Sigma Phi, it has been a hundred years of standing strong amidst turmoil, of creating order out of chaos, and of rising above the most trying times. And upon the firm foundation of its past, Upsilon will continue to gather light to scatter for the next one hundred years.
During the 1980s, another Upsilonian, Benigno Aquino, Jr., would rise to iconic status to stand in opposition against Marcos. Other Upsilonians such as director Behn Cervantes, led others in daily protests, which eventually grew in strength and culminated in the toppling of a dictatorship in 1986. Meanwhile in UP, Upsilon continued to carry on its longstanding tradition of leadership and excellence. In UPLB, the Upsilon Sigma Phi Los Baños Alumni Association was formally organized, and cavalcades were revived with several stage plays and concerts being performed on campus. In the 1990s, Upsilonians again became national and university leaders. Responding to the emergence of a globalized economy and IT-driven world, with its accompanying rise in the number of malls, restaurants and sundry other distractions, Upsilon advocated for a balance between social and academic lives, tracking members’ academic performances. In UPLB, Upsilon initiated the holding of several international symposia on international relations, and pursued justice against the perpetrators of brutal kidnap-murders involving UP students.
The 2000s saw Upsilon’s continued dominance in university politics and leadership. Upsilonians also dominated in sports, representing both the University and the country during the Olympics, the Southeast Asian University Games and the University Athletic Association of the Philippines. The fraternity also reached
In recent years, Upsilon Sigma Phi advocated a balance between the social and academic lives of its members. Since the 1990s, academic performances of Upsilonians have been closely monitored by alumni and senior members. Photo courtesy of Upsilon Sigma Phi Alumni Association. Carillon
A hundred years of gathering light to scatter
Fellowship within the fraternity flourished, as every November became Upsilon Month, with Upsilon holding a month-long celebration highlighted by activities that benefit the entire UP community. After the enactment of the Anti-Hazing law, Upsilon took it upon itself to implement policy changes to ensure compliance with the law, and the fraternity’s alumni helped guide the young new fellows through the new protocols, and into a new millennium of leadership and excellence.
F.H. Constantinoâ€™s Charito, I Love You, (1956), starring Charito Solis and Leroy Salvador, featured UP Dilimanâ€™s sprawling campus. Photo courtesy of Simon Santos (Video 48).
UP @ the movies BY JOSE WENDELL P. CAPILI
P’s history and academic reputation inspired screenwriters and directors to feature the university in several iconic films. After UP moved its central operations from Manila to Diliman in February 1949, the university was able to construct new buildings and facilities out of a P13 million-grant from the US-Philippine War Damage Commission. In an interview with UP Diliman Information Officer Mariamme D. Jadloc (2013), UP College of Architecture Professor Gerard Rey A. Lico said filming on campus began in the early 1950s “when the campus was newly formed out of a pastoral landscape destined to catalyze Manila’s urban expansion after the Pacific War.” “Diliman’s campus architecture championed the modernist capacity to facilitate a new social order in the aftermath of war by embracing a new aesthetics—the utilization of reinforced concrete, steel, glass, the predominance of cubic forms, geometric shapes, Cartesian grids, and absence of applied decoration—divorced from colonial reference,” Lico added. Soon after, LVN Pictures and Sampaguita Pictures featured various aspects of university life in films like Tia Loleng
Tia Loleng (Manuel Silos, 1952), starring Tessie Quintana and Armando Goyena, depicted campus life during the early 1950s. Photo courtesy of Simon Santos (Video 48).
(Manuel Silos, 1952) starring Armando Goyena and Tessie Quintana, Babaeng Hampaslupa (1952) starring Rogelio de la Rosa and Nida Blanca, R.O.T.C. (Octavio Silos, 1955) starring Ric Rodrigo and Carmen Rosales, Dalagang Taring (Gregorio Fernandez, 1955) starring Nestor de Villa and Delia Razon, and Charito, I Love You (F.H. Constantino, 1956) starring Charito Solis and Leroy Salvador. During the 1970s, pivotal scenes in critically-acclaimed films like Kung Mangarap Ka’t Magising (Mike de Leon, 1977) starring Christopher de Leon and Hilda Koronel, and Rubia Servios (Lino Brocka, 1978) starring Vilma Santos and Philip Salvador, were shot at the old College of Arts and Sciences (Palma Hall) and the College of Music (Abelardo Hall). During the 1980s, certified blockbusters such as Bukas, Luluhod ang mga Tala (Emmanuel H. Borlaza, 1984) starring Sharon Cuneta, and Hotshots (Jeric Soriano, 1984) starring Herbert Bautista, Aga Muhlach, Eula Valdez and Gary Valenciano, depicted the lives of UP Diliman students in Quezon Hall, the Oblation Plaza and the Sunken Garden. Other UP campuses also served as backdrop for a number of Filipino films. For
Charito Solis (4th from left) and her co-actors, along UP Diliman’s Academic Oval, on the set of Charito, I Love You (1956). Photo courtesy of Simon Santos (Video 48).
instance, UP Los Baños (UPLB) played host to Kambal sa Uma (Joey Gosiengfiao, 1979) starring Rio Locsin and Al Tantay, where UPLB Registrar Myrna G. Carandang, then a student at the College of Forestry and Natural Resources (CFNR), essayed a very special role. Sa Hirap o Ginhawa (Leroy Salvador, 1984), starring Sharon Cuneta, Gabby Concepcion, Nida Blanca and Cherie Gil, shot many crucial scenes inside the present location of UP Baguio’s College of Arts and Communication (CAC). In recent times, Diliman continues to fascinate the imagination of millennial Filipino filmmakers and artists. For instance, Dagitab (Giancarlo Abrahan, 2014), a highly-acclaimed Cinemalaya Film Festival entry, featured Eula Valdez and Nonie Buencamino as Creative Writing and Philippine Studies professors, married and on the brink of separation. The house of UP Professors Fidel Nemenzo and Marivic Raquiza served as the campus residence of Valdez and Buencamino in the film. In addition, Palma Hall, the Academic Oval, Area 2 residences and the much-lamented Faculty Center were also photographed very beautifully.
In Charito, I Love You, UP students on AS steps were portrayed by actors from LVN Pictures. Photo courtesy of Simon Santos (Video 48).
UP @ the movies
Giancarlo Abrahan’s Dagitab (2014) features Eula Valdez as a writer and UP Professor. Photo courtesy of Giancarlo Abrahan.
Designed by UP College of Architecture (magna cum laude) alumna and Miss Universe 2011 3rd runner-up Shamcey Supsup-Lee, funds generated from UP Epsilon Chi Fraternity’s Health and Fitness Center will be used in the repair and maintenance of student dormitories in UP Diliman. Photo by Jose Wendell P. Capili.
A physical high from Epsilon Chi BY ANDRE DP ENCARNACION
or those looking to get fit and to sweat it out in Quezon City, there are few destinations more scenic or iconic than the UP Diliman campus.
is not necessarily the case, as Dr. Shirley Villosillo-Guevarra, officer-in-charge of the UP Office of Student Housing (OSH) indicates—especially for the University’s beloved dormers.
Every day, thousands of people visit the 493-hectare campus, many with physical fitness in mind. Campus landmarks such as the Academic Oval, the National Science Complex and the Sunken Garden, among many others, have become go-to destinations for everyone from hardened athletes to beginners carrying out their very first exercise routines.
A faculty member from the UP College of Home Economics (CHE) and a proponent of holistic human development,” Guevarra notes that even the healthful atmosphere in UP has not prevented some dormers from dropping out or falling prey to various lifestyle and mental illnesses. While these cases have many causes, experts like Guevarra have been increasingly concerned by the stresses students face when meeting high-pressure academic requirements, as well as the attendant sedentary habits and isolation that can afflict dormers in particular.
Truly, very few other places in the metropolis offer fitness opportunities that are quite as scenic, safe and open as the UP System’s flagship campus. This fact, when combined with the respectable annual showings of UP’s varsity athletes, might lead one to think that fitness is no serious concern for UP’s students in general. This, however, 26
It was with great pride and excitement, therefore, that Guevarra and other officials welcomed the decision of the UP Epsilon Chi Fraternity under the leadership of Radian Governor
According to Guevarra, the decision to donate a Health and Fitness Center stems from the desire of both the fraternity and the UP administration to provide a “holistic environment for the dormers,” and, by extension, the rest of the UP community. It is also envisioned to be a convergence center, drawing people from around the campus and the city in the pursuit of health and community. The donation of a health and fitness center, while not always intuitive, is a very important one, primarily for its unique attributes. “There had already been a good number of scholarship grants given to the students by our alumni,” Guevarra says. Epsilon Chi, however, wanted something different. With a good number of them being dormers in the past, the members of the fraternity, Guevarra says, wanted to specifically provide a facility to improve the health of present and future dormers. As opposed to a single scholarship fund, Guevarra said the construction of the facility would provide a “bigger and greater impact” on the UP community that surrounds it. “If you have a facility, it is there and will be there (virtually) forever, if you maintain it well.” And that, indeed, is the plan. First, the Health and Fitness Center will improve existing facilities within Molave, in particular the basketball court. The newly refurbished and now-covered court not only can host basketball games, but can be converted for other sports, such as badminton or table tennis. One of the most anticipated features is the addition of a mezzanine containing a gym, with exercise equipment and spaces donated by Epsilon Chi. In addition, ancillary spaces and facilities are also being constructed. Bleachers were designed, as well as toilets and shower rooms for players and guests to use. Lastly, some stalls are planned from which the place can generate additional rental income, apart from the small fees that will be charged to outsiders for facility use. The income generated will
go into a fund that will be used to pay the center’s future staff and repairs, helping to make it self-sufficient.
as a success—particularly as it is the first major alumni donation from Chancellor Tan’s first term.
Guevarra says that there are no plans for the outright commercialization of the center and its services—just enough “to generate funding for maintenance of the place.” The center is planned to be free of charge for all UP dormers. Ultimately, for Guevarra, what the center will provide beyond the benefits of health is a sense of community and a clear reflection of what UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan calls “Pride of Place” and “Pride in People.” It is a tangible manifestation, for one, of the will of the UP alumni to give back and “to provide a healthy and holistic place for UP dormers and the community, as well”.
Tabafunda points out that one major advantage of the Health and Fitness Center is that it will give students access to equipment and facilities that they might otherwise have to travel a considerable distance to utilize.
“In the CHE, we go for what we call holistic development of people, of Filipino families,” notes Guevarra. “The residence halls are considered homes— second homes of students, so we need to address their needs from multiple dimensions and aspects. These are not just dormitories, where you eat and sleep. There are communities here. That’s why we welcomed this beautiful project. It’s aligned with the OSH’s aim to provide a nurturing environment, encompassing not only psychological, but physical and social aspects as well.”
As a personal display of “Pride in People” and since private funds were being used for the project, Tabafunda had one request—to have a UP architect design the Center, in order to highlight both pride and familiarity with the place, as well as the quality of the UP College of Architecture’s training.
Like Guevarra, UP Diliman Office of the Campus Architect (OCA) Director Enrico B. Tabafunda views the project
Studies show that closing the distance between students and opportunities for exercise may make a large difference in their capacity and willingness to get fit. A 2005 study of American university students by Julian Reed and D. Allen Phillips found that students exercised more and longer the nearer they were to exercise facilities.
Luckily, Governor Eugene Ong took his request seriously and got in touch with UP alumna and Miss Universe 2011 3rd-runner up Arch. Shamcey Supsup-Lee, who agreed to do the design for free. “She really is the architect-of-record in this project,” Tabafunda says proudly.
A physical high from Epsilon Chi
Eugene Ong to donate a legacy project in celebration of the fraternity’s 50th anniversary in 2014. The result of that decision is the Epsilon Chi Health and Fitness Center, which had its groundbreaking ceremony at the Molave Residence Hall on October 2014, and is expected to open its doors to the UP community sometime in 2018.
UPD Chancellor Michael L. Tan and Epsilon Chi Fraternity Radian Governor Eugene G. Ong (seated), together with (standing, from left) Office of Student Housing Director Dr. Shirley V. Guevarra, former UPD Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Neil R. Santillan, Engr. Manuel H. Torres and Engr. Roberto C. Ronquillo, during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Epsilon Chi Health and Fitness Center on October 2, 2015. Photo by Leonardo Reyes, UP Diliman Information Office. Carillon
Photos courtesy of Diliman Information Office.
A new promenade in Diliman BY STEPHANIE S. CABIGAO
n January 26, 2017, the UP Board of Regents approved a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the University and the Upsilon Sigma Phi Alumni Association for the construction and donation of a legacy project in the area fronting Gonzalez Hall in Diliman to serve as a promenade for the use of the University’s students, faculty and personnel. The MOA was signed on February 6, 2017, followed by a simple groundbreaking ceremony. Construction began on August 7, 2017. “The construction of the UP Promenade is a legacy project donated by the USPAAI in celebration of the fraternity’s 100th founding anniversary in 2018,” USPAAI President Jesse Andres said. The UP Promenade will consist of a 7.5-meter wide (extending to 16 meters,
more or less, at certain portions) by 115-meter long pathway with Internet and wi-fi capable facilities. The area will serve as a promenade for the use of the University’s students, faculty and personnel. The UP Promenade will also have benches, lamps, bollards, and roofed trellises, offering a learning venue away from the confines of the classroom and the library. Eventually, the Upsilon Garden will be constructed at the west end of the walkway. Former UP President and Upsilonian Alfredo E. Pascual said in a message, “I believe that the UP Promenade will serve exactly such a purpose. I personally envision it, first of all, to be a refuge for our students and faculty, providing a space for them to spend quality time with their friends and mentors. More importantly, I also see the UP Promenade symbolizing
an ideal that the University of the Philippines has long hoped to promote–that learning and meaningful connections can be had outside the confines of our classroom, and that the ideas that will shape our country’s future can be born and shared anywhere an isko or iska is to be found–one need only give them the space to do so.” A groundbreaking ceremony followed right after the signing of the MOA. Also present at the event were Vice President for Development Elvira A. Zamora, USPAAI Chair Ray Orozco, and USP Centennial Commission Chair Noy Dy-Liacco. Designed by UP College of Architecture Professor Ace Dimanlig, the UP Promenade is the flagship project of USPAA for the fraternity’s Centennial in 2018.
A new promenade in Diliman
Photo courtesy of UP Alumni Foundation, Inc.
UP alums in Pagadian: 36 years and going strong BY PAMELA GRACE GONZALES AMIANTAD
ay down south, the UP Alumni Foundation, Inc. (formerly the UP Alumni Association Pagadian City-Zamboanga del Sur chapter) is giving back to the community and country with various activities and programs in the most meaningful ways possible. Engr. Marcelino Malate, Sr., a graduate of Metallurgical Engineering from Diliman, gathered UP graduates in the early 1980s with the aim to create a local alumni association within Pagadian City and Zamboanga del Sur. A series of informal meetings eventually resulted in the creation of the UP Alumni Association, as well as the induction of the first set of officers on April 17, 1982. Engr. Malate became the first president of the organization. Today, Atty. Maria Teresa Llagas-Oh holds that position. Nearly 36 years after its founding, the organization still continues to welcome UP graduates opting to return to and serve their country by improving their hometown. New and younger members continue to join the association. Older members may take the backseat when it comes to organizing events, but they give whatever support they can with every activity. One of the organization’s foremost programs aims to help financially needy but deserving students get a UP education. More than a dozen scholars have graduated from various UP CUs, thanks for the help of the organization. Some members also offer to sponsor a scholar until he or she graduates. Currently, one scholar is being assisted by the organization—Joana Mong taking up BS Fisheries at UP Visayas, Miag-ao campus. Her sponsor is the association’s resident nephrologist, Dr. Maritess Dimaano-Racuya. College students haven’t been the only ones receiving help from UPAFI. At one point, 20 top 10 students received financial support for their tuition fees upon entering high school. Today, the organization keeps this program, as well as other projects, alive by organizing fundraising drives. 30
UPAFI’s fundraising events include rummage sales, bingo socials, raffle draws, and solicitation drives, among others. The members donate their time, effort, money, and even personal belongings to ensure the success of every project. Other than the scholarship programs, UPAFI also holds contests for students within the province such as debates, quiz bowls, and oratorical contests. This year, they are looking to revive Lantugi as well as launch Wiz Wars, a debate competition and quiz bee for high school students, respectively. UPAFI’s duty to enrich the youth’s minds doesn’t stop there. UPCAT information drives are also conducted every year to assist graduating students who want to apply for the entrance exam. Orientations are also held for those who eventually pass the test. As for the group’s service to the community and environment, medical programs, mental health programs, electoral debates, enhancement programs for professionals, and tree plantings have been done in the past. More projects are being planned in the next few months for these events. Christmas is also a fun season for the organization. In 2015 and 2016, UPAFI members joined the system’s traditional Lantern Parade by mounting customized lanterns on their vehicles and parading them around the city. The parade always culminated in a gathering for the members’ families. In previous years, Christmas caroling was a part of the season’s activities as well. UPAFI members, consisting of doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs, public servants, teachers, and professionals, all meet together despite busy schedules to fulfill mutual goals. Meetings become a venue for healthy discussions about current events as well as a chance to socialize with like-minded individuals. Sharing the same intent of serving the country and giving back to the community could not be more fun with UPAFI.
Two structures soon to rise at the UPLB Alumni Plaza
roundbreaking ceremonies for two alumni-sponsored projects were held at the Alumni Plaza a few days before the 99th Loyalty Day. These projects were the Kapit-Kapit Legacy Monument of the Upsilon Sigma Phi on October 8, 2017 and the Green Latrine project of the UP College of Agriculture (UPCA) Class of 1967 on October 9, 2017. The groundbreaking of the Kapit-Kapit Legacy Monument last year signaled the start of celebrations of the Upsilon Sigma Phi’s (USP) centennial anniversary this year. The monument symbolizes the fraternity’s tradition of brotherhood and aims to communicate the values of unity and camaraderie. Leading the ceremony were Albert Alan H. Ocampo, chairman of the Upsilon Alumni Association; Emil Luis M. Santos, illustrious fellow of Upsilon Sigma Phi; For. Leo R. Ballesfin, president of the UPLB Alumni Association (UPLBAA); UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr.; and Noah N. Nocon, member of the Upsilon Sigma Phi Board of Directors.
(L-R) UPLBAA President Leo R. Ballesfin, Dr. Ponciano M. Halos, Romeo B. Obedoza, Jr. representing Sen. Zubiri, UPLB Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., Francisco A. Moog, former UPLB Alumni Relations Director Dr. Mimosa C. Ocampo, and UPLB Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development Dr. Marish S. Madlangbayan. Photo courtesy of Office of Public Relations, UP Los Banos.
Meanwhile, the UPCA Class of 1967 launched the Green Latrine project, a state-of-the-art restroom that will use advanced technology such as lactobacillus to deodorize the place with less water. With the help of Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri (BSABM ‘90) in financing the project, the facility will soon be accessible to all guests and tourists visiting the campus.
Photo courtesy of Office of Public Relations, UP Los Banos.
Two structures soon to rise at the UPLB Alumni Plaza
The event was organized by the UPLBAA, Office of Alumni Relations, and the Upsilon Sigma Phi Alumni Association UPLB Chapter.
UP Kontra-Gapi under Professor Edru Abraham performs during this year’s National Intellectual Property Month festivities at the UP Bahay ng Alumni. Photo by Jonathan Madrid, UP MPRO.
UPAA helps celebrate National Intellectual Property Month BY JOSE WENDELL P. CAPILI
ince 2017, April has been celebrated as National Intellectual Property Month by virtue of Proclamation No. 190 signed last April 4, 2017 in view of international celebrations on intellectual property such as the World Book and Copyright Day and the World Intellectual Property Day. The University of the Philippines Alumni Association (UPAA), the Intellectual Property Association of the Philippines (IPAP), and the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPO) organized a series of events to commemorate both occasions.
The three-day celebration from April 17 to 19 with the theme “Itaguyod ang Yamang Isip Tungo sa Kaunlaran” featured an exhibition of Philippine indigenous works, contemporary visual arts, publications, and live performances in music and dance. Guest performers at the events include the UP Singing Ambassadors under the supervision of Dr. Ed Manguiat, UP Kontemporaryong Gamelan Pilipino (Kontra-Gapi) under Professor Edru Abraham, former UP College of Music Dean Montet Acoymo, and the UP Street Dance Club. Students and alumni from the UP College of Music also rendered musical numbers.
An on-the-spot sketching session was conducted by the Filipino Portrait Artists Guild. Keynote lectures were delivered by violinist John Lesaca (music) and Anvil Publishing General Manager and former National Book Development Board (NBDB) Director Atty. Andrea Pasion-Flores (literature). The events were held at the UP Bahay ng Alumni in UP Diliman.
“Kamusta Ka, Iskolar ng Bayan?” visits alumni in Negros BY GC CASTRO, UP VISAYAS OFFICE OF ALUMNI RELATIONS
he UP Visayas Office of Alumni Relations held its “Kamusta Ka, Iskolar ng Bayan?” program in Negros on January 13, 2018 at L’ Fisher Hotel, Bacolod City. It was aimed at reacquainting the alumni with the University, reuniting them with one another and reactivating their association.
UPV OAR Director Prof. Benmar B. Panaguiton urged the Iloilo and Bacolod alumni who attended the event to look back and support the current UPV administration’s projects. The fellowship was spiced up by a trivia game on UPV icons, structures, and locations, and a raffle. Prizes were given courtesy of UPV OAR’s Pabalon Souvenir Shop, MetroPac Water Invest-
ments Corporation, Metro Iloilo Bulk Water Supply Corporation, 92NineTwo Emission Center, Dova Brunch Café, SprintAds, and Ms. Fatima Peralta. Pabalon Souvenir Shop’s UP-inspired souvenir items such as T-shirts, mugs, pins, and books authored by UP alumni were also on sale at the event. UPV OAR’s “Kamusta Ka, Iskolar ng Bayan?” aims to visit alumni associations in the region to encourage members to share updates on the latest happenings in the University and with other alumni associations, and to strengthen the ties between the University and its alumni.
“Kamusta Ka, Iskolar ng Bayan?” visits alumni in Negros
The fellowship started with the induction of UP Alumni Association (UPAA)-Iloilo Chapter officers and members of the board. UPAA-Iloilo President, Dr. Gil Joseph F. Octaviano, III, who hails from Bacolod, proposed the idea of holding the oath-taking in Bacolod, also as a way of inspiring Negros-based alumni to join and reactivate the UPAA-Negros Chapter.
Among those present during the event were UPAA Negros Chapter President Dr. Gil N. Octaviano, Jr., Bacolod City Congressional Representative Greg Gasataya, UPV Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. Gay D. Defiesta, and other Iloilo- and Negros-based alumni.
Photo by GC Castro (UP Visayas Office of Alumni Relations).
Photo Courtesy of UP Alpha Sigma Fraternity.
UP Alpha Sigma Fraternity alumni, resident members and supporters formally turned over a refurbished bus for use by UP athletes. Photo courtesy of UP Alpha Sigma Fraternity.
The essence of giving: UP Alpha Sigma Fraternity BY RAFAEL ALEJANDRO “ROBBY” SOLIS
n recent years, the UP Alpha Sigma Fraternity has answered to the call of giving back to the University where it was founded in 1962. The highest goal of the fraternity is serving the people, and it has been doing that through projects that promote nationalism, academic excellence, leadership, and physical development.
“AS” may have been suggested by the fraternity’s base in the College of Arts and Sciences, but they soon stood for “Advocates of Scholarship” and “Alay sa Sambayanan.”
Since practicing in the facility, they have racked up a string of victories in pre-UAAP tournaments, and continue to improve on their training regimen.
It was in December 2017 when the fraternity, through its Alumni Association, formally turned over a refurbished bus for use by the Fighting Maroons. The University Bus, which was initially donated in the year 2008 in honor of UP’s centennial founding year, was refurbished and revived anew through the efforts of major donors from the brotherhood. The P2.5-million project was completed with the help of PLDT-Smart CEO and honorary Alpha Sigman Manny V. Pangilinan. It took two full months to overhaul the engine, brakes, suspension, electrical system, flooring, carpeting, hydraulic doors and the like. The bus was also equipped with a stereo system and a portable wi-fi router.
The UP Alpha Sigma is no stranger to various projects within and beyond campus. This is and has always been the primary characteristic of the fraternity: alay sa sambayanan or offering back to the people.
In 2015, the Manila Chapter of the fraternity also gave out solar lights to the indigenous communities of the Aetas in Zambales.
While the fraternity engages in philanthropic work, Alpha Sigma traces its roots to a non-traditional activist core. The initials
Balay Atleta, a dormitory for female athletes, was donated by Alpha Sigma Fraternity, with assistance from PLDT-Smart President and CEO Manny V. Pangilinan. Courtesy of UP Alpha Sigma Fraternity.
In 2013, Alpha Sigma renovated the former campus residence of the Gregorio family into Balay Atleta, a dormitory for UP athletes located at the corner of Pio Valenzuela and G. Apacible Streets behind the UP Shopping Center. The dormitory currently houses up to 50 UP female varsity players. Part of the P5 million grant was donated by Brod MVP. In June 2013, they also took part in the inauguration of the UP Men’s Basketball Team Gym. The new UP Basketball Gym augurs well for the Fighting Maroons.
Aside from the big-ticket projects presented by Alpha Sigma to the University, the brotherhood regularly conducts gift-giving to street kids and children of UP employees during the Christmas season through a program called “Toy For Totoy.” Prominent Alpha Sigmans include Sen. Greg Honasan, Bishop Nilo Tayag, Prof. Randy David, former Exec. Sec. Mike Defensor, former presidential spokesman Gary Olivar, Smart founder and businessman Doy Vea, former PBA chairman Pato Gregorio, ICJ Judge Raul Pangalangan, and writer and UP Vice President for Public Affairs Butch Dalisay. Carillon
The essence of giving: UP Alpha Sigma
A farewell to Dr. Arsenio Talingdan, UP’s “Action Agad” alumnus BY CELESTE ANN CASTILLO
Photo courtesy of UPAAA.
r. Arsenio P. Talingdan, former assistant professor in political science at UP Manila, former administrator of the Philippine General Hospital, and founding president of the UP Alumni Association in America, Inc., passed away in his home in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA, last April 20, 2018, at the age of 88. With his passing, the University of the Philippines lost a proud son and alumnus, and the UP community, a beloved former mentor, colleague, supporter, and friend. From his childhood, Dr. Talingdan, known among his friends and fellow UP alumni as Dr. Arse or APT, was committed to living his life in accordance with his mottos of “Action agad” and the Boy Scouts’ “Be prepared.” He was born on March 30, 1930 as the youngest of eight children of Mariano and Candida (née Preza) Talingdan of Dolores, Abra. He earned three degrees from UP: Associate in Arts in 1951, Bachelor of Arts in 1953, and Master of Public Administration in 1955. He went on to earn four more degrees from various higher educational institutions, including a BSC in Accounting, an MA in Organization and Management, an MBA in Health Services, and a doctorate degree in Health Care Administration. By dint of hard work and forward thinking, he completed these degrees while working full-time as a public administrator or business general manager, and while teaching part-time as a professional lecturer in economics, business, and public administration. In 1959, Dr. Talingdan became a management consultant on President Carlos
P. Garcia’s Presidential Committee on Performance Efficiency (PCAPE). In this role, he reorganized the Philippine Civil Service, developed and installed the national appointment system, and drafted the Civil Service Law of 1959. He also reorganized the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), establishing the first six BIR regional director offices, the Bureau of Printing and Department of General Services, and developed the National Rice and Corn Program. His other projects included designing and installing the first performance budgeting system in Philippine National Government; writing the Work Simplification Handbook that was distributed to all departments of the Philippine government; and developing and installing the National Disbursement System and National Cash Flow System. He also became the first director of financing at the Philippine Virginia Tobacco Administration, granting loans to farmers cooperative marketing associations all over Northern Luzon. In 1970, Dr. Talingdan returned to UP to become administrator of the Philippine General Hospital, where he made numerous changes to their established programs. He was also assistant professor in political science and chairman of the Social Sciences Department in UP Manila. He and his family emigrated to the US in 1973. Once there, he worked in various administrative positions in the area of health care in New York, where he pioneered and installed the first Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS). In 1981, he became one of the founders and the first president of the University
of the Philippines Alumni Association in America (UPAAA), whose primary aim is to unite different UP alumni associations in America and work for the preservation of the University as the national center for academic excellence, freedom, and service. After 26 years of outstanding service, Dr. Talingdan retired on March 29, 2003. Retirement, however, did nothing to slow down this lifelong worker. Instead, he committed himself to supporting several of his relatives in America and in the Philippines, offering his home, financial aid or simply his academic wisdom to any family member that asked. Dr. Talingdan was an avid storyteller, and often regaled party crowds with stories about his pet carabao, Kalangtangan, and his childhood in the ricefields of Abra. He enjoyed watching golf and basketball, and competed on bowling teams late into this retirement. He also continued to be active with the Filipino American Society of Teaneck (FAST), an organization that he led as the first president. He was also active in the Philippine American Community Center of Bergen County. Dr. Talingdan also had a passion for gardening, and he loved to give the fruits of his labor away. A visionary, charming, thrifty and dynamic man, Dr. Arse will always be remembered for his wit, storytelling, intelligence, and smile. His passing was preceded by that of his wife, Josefa Biason Talingdan. He is survived by his five children—Melda, Arsenio Jr. and wife Regina, Jocelyn and husband Patrick, Mariolindy and wife Luzel, and Abelardo and wife Hazel; and his nine grandchildren—Nathan, Aileen, Celine, Meghan, Christian, Francis, Khalista, Kathereina, and Lukas.
National Artist for Sculpture Napoleon Abueva. (Photo credit: Documentary on the story of the Philippine national artist for sculpture, Napoleon Abueva, by Katrina Ventura).
National Artist and “Father of Modern Philippine Sculpture” Napoleon Abueva, 88 BY CELESTE ANN CASTILLO
ational Artist, recognized “Father of Modern Philippine Sculpture” and esteemed alumnus of the UP College of Fine Arts Napoleon V. Abueva passed away on February 16 at the age of 88. The sculptor had been confined at the National Kidney Transplant Institute where he was being treated for pneumonia since December 31. Abueva was born in 1930 in Tagbilaran, Bohol. He had six other siblings, including the political scientist and former UP President Jose V. Abueva. In a 2003 interview with Dr. Jose Wendell P. Capili, he recounted that his own artistic career began in as early as primary school and high school where they were required to do gardening and he encountered clay for the first time. He graduated high school at Rafael Palma College in 1949 and entered the UP College of Fine Arts in the second batch of Fine Arts students who moved from the old campus in Padre Faura, along with his contemporaries Jose Joya and Federico Alcuaz, before he left for Spain. Abueva was mentored by National Artist and sculptor of the Oblation Guillermo Tolentino. Since the 1950s, his sculptures have been winning prizes in local and international competitions and have been installed and exhibited in prominent locations around the world, such as The Sculpture at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. He was an expert in both the academic representational style and modern abstract, and has utilized almost all kinds of
material in his art, from hard wood to adobe, metal, stainless steel, cement, marble, bronze, iron, alabaster, coral and brass. According to the National Commission on Culture and Arts, among “the early innovations Abueva introduced in 1951 was what he referred to as ‘buoyant sculpture’—sculpture meant to be appreciated from the surface of a placid pool.” Some of his major works include Kaganapan (1953), Kiss of Judas (1955), Thirty Pieces of Silver, The Transfiguration (1979), Eternal Garden Memorial Park, UP Gateway (1967), Nine Muses (1994) at the UP Diliman Faculty Center, Celebration of Life at the UP Manila campus, Sunburst (1994) at the Peninsula Manila Hotel, the bronze figure of Teodoro M. Kalaw in front of National Library, and murals in marble at the National Heroes Shrine, Mt. Samat, Bataan. He also did the Blood Compact Monument in Bohol and designed the door handles in all the National Museum galleries. In 1976, he was named National Artist for Sculpture in the field of Visual Arts at the age of 46, the youngest to be named National Artist. In the 2003 interview mentioned above, Capili asked Abueva how he wished to be remembered. Citing the inscription to one of his designs—a door to a parish chapel—Abueva said: “Whatever desire is expressed in form, one conceives in realm of design. The mind in the hand can falter or surpass: if you answer which one and how much was done by love.” Abueva is survived by his wife, Cherry Abueva, and three children, Amihan, Mulawin, and Duero. Carillon
National Artist and “Father of Modern Philippine Sculpture” Napoleon Abueva, 88
IN MEMORIAM One of the Carillon’s most useful albeit saddest roles has been to chronicle the passing of UP alumni, when they have been identified as such in published obituaries and other references. In keeping with that tradition, we are publishing this list, and apologize in advance for any errors or omissions, which we would be happy to correct online and in our next issue. Please report any such corrections to us at email@example.com. Dates covered June 2017- May 2018
Graduates of 1950 and earlier +Atty. Dionicia P. Buensceso-Inciong (LLB 1941), 29 June 2017 +Prof. Aurea S. Rodriguez-Aparato (BSChem 1946; MS 1955), 01 August 2017
Graduates of 1951 to 1959 +Ms. Teofista Laderas Vivar (BSE 1952;MEd 1971), 08 July 1905 +Ms. Vilma A. Vecera-Paner (BSN 1959; CPH 1968), 12 May 2017 +Mr. Roberto Cayabyab Bautista (BSA 1956; ROTC 1956; MS 1979), 21 June 2017
+Dr. Antoliano M. Alday (MD 1944; CPH 1956), 26 December 2017
+Dr. Abelardo B. Agulto (DVM 1946; MPH 1993), ND
+Dr. Ramon, Jr. Fabella Abarquez (AA 1948; MD 1953), 10 January 2018
+Ms. Alma Susana D. Aguila-Flavier (AB 1956), 29 November 2017 +Atty. Rosario L. Planas (AB 1953; LLB 1960), 07 December 2017 +Mr. Jose T. Domingo (AB 1954), 08 December 2017 +Dr. Adoracion L. Tañega (MD 1955), 12 December 2017
+Rep. Roque Ravelo Ablan, Jr. (AA 1953; AB 1953; ROTC 1954), 26 March 2018 +Dr. Arsenio P. Talingdan (AA 1951; AB 1953; MPA 1955), April 2018 +Mrs. Belen R. Butuyan-Calixto (BSE 1951; MAT 1979), 20 April 2018 +Ms. Angelita Careaga Ofilada (BSFS 1951; MIM 1962; MPA 1955), 23 April 2018
+Atty. Leonida G. Tansinsin-Encarnacion (LLB 1956), 14 January 2018
+Dr. Gelia O. Tagumpay-Castillo (AB 1953 mcl), 05 August 2017
+Mr. Jose R. Moreno Jr. (BFA 1951), 15 January 2018
+Atty. Pio Perez Frago (AA 1958; CGM 1978; LLB 1963; MPA 1978), 14 August 2017
+Sr. Wilhelmina Padilla De Polonia, RGS (BSHE 1956), 15 January 2018
+Atty. Hermenegildo C. Dumlao (ROTC 1958; LLB (1965), 27 May 2018
+Ms. Carmelita U. Casanova-Montenegro (BSHT 1955), 22 January 2018
+Justice Flerida Ruth Pineda Romero (AA 1952;AB 1953; LLB 1952), ND
+National Artist Napoleon Veloso Abueva (BFA 1953), 16 February 2018
+Mr. Manuel E. Villa, Jr. (AA 1959), ND
+National Scientist Bienvenido Ochoa Juliano (BSA 1955 mcl), 21 February 2018
+Prof. Sonia Morales Joaquin-Valenciano (AB 1952; AB 1967), ND
+Atty. Mario T. Meneses, Jr. (AA 1958; AB 1958; LLB 1960), 03 September 2017 +Dr. Antonio D. Talusan (AA 1951; MD 1956), 16 September 2017 +Dr. Ruperto Pacis Somera (GR 1958; BSF 1960), 16 October 2017 +Mrs. Concepcion Guerrero Bumagat (BSE 1958), 04 November 2017 +Engr. Leopoldo V. Abis (BSME 1954; BSEE 1954), 11 November 2017
+Ms. Angelina Leyco Arvisu-Dumol (AB 1949 mcl), 15 January 2018
+Justice Wenceslao I. Agnir, Jr. (LLB 1956), 27 June 2017
+Dean Manuel A. Dia (AB 1958; CGM 1975; MPA 1975), 21 August 2017
+Engr. David M. Consunji (BSCE 1946; LLD 1993), 04 September 2017
+Atty. Godofredo C. Esguerra (LLB 1954), 26 February 2018 +Mrs. Fortuna Edralin Marcos-Barba (BSE 1952), 03 March 2018 +Ms. Ella Alma Madarang Maceda-Calleja (BSHE 1957), 23 March 2018
+Atty. Edgardo J. Angara (LLB 1958; LLD 2013), 13 May 2018
+Ms. Mater M. Gamboa-Mascarinas (AA 1952; BSE 1954; MAT 1973), ND
+Dr. Leon B. Sabas (CHA 1966; MHA 1968), 10 November 1990 +Mr. Gerardo A. Teodoro (BSA 1965), 24 April 2012 +Academician Leonardo Q. Liongson (BSChE 1969 mcl; MS 1973), 05 April 2017 +Ambassador Jose P. Del Rosario, Jr. (BSFS 1964), 04 July 2017 +Dr. Jesse T. Espinola (MD 1964), 27 July 2017 +Judge Napoleon Rigor Sta. Romana (AA 1960; AB 1960; LLB 1962), 07 August 2017
+Sr. Paula V. Baerts (BSOT 1968), 16 November 2017 +Ms. Eufrecita C. Goyena-Antonio (BSE 1961), 16 November 2017 +Dr. Victor P. Gapud (BSA 1964), 29 December 2017 +Mr. Emmanuel Libre Osorio (AB 1964), 12 January 2018 +Mr. Gerardo C. Garcia (BSChE 1965; MBA 1970), 26 January 2018 +Judge Fernando L. Felicen (BAPA 1969), 10 February 2018 +Atty. Mamerto B. Endriga, Jr. (LLB 1968), 11 February 2018
+Dr. Lilia Maria F. Realubit (MA 1961; PhD 1987), 17 August 2017
+Arch. Geronimo V. Manahan (BSArch 1962 cl; PhD 1992), 18 February 2018
+Mr. Aurelio B. Ananias (MPA 1960), 20 August 2017
+Ms. Adoracion Salcedo-Acuna (BSN 1962; MAT 1977), 27 February 2018
+Rev. Romeo Antonio Jocson Intengan, Jr. (AA 1960; MD 1965 w/h), 10 October 2017
+Atty. Gloria Alfaro Fortun (LLM 1966), 21 March 2018
+Ms. Lita Leonor G. Tible-Escober (BSHE 1963), 29 October 2017 +Dr. Marcelito Canlas Custodio (BS 1964; MD 1968), 02 November 2017 +Prof. Ruperto Pascual Alonzo (MA 1969), 07 November 2017 +Ms. Zoe A. Rosalinas (BSPhar 1964; MS 1972), 07 November 2017
Graduates of 1981 and later +Dr. George Rayco Repique, Jr. (BSPH 1988; MD 1993), 13 July 2017 +Dr. Washington Z. SyCip (LLD 2001), 07 October 2017 +Dr. Romeo N. Dyoco, Jr. (PhD 2000), 10 October 2017 +Engr. Ferdinand Edwin Sy Coseteng (BSEE 1985), 13 October 2017
Source: UP Office of Alumni Relations
+Hon. Felix Rigoroso Alfelor, Jr. (LLB 1960; MPA 1966), 29 March 2018 +Mr. Edgardo B. Maranan (BSFS 1967), 08 May 2018 +Dr. Roger D.L.R. Posadas (BS 1964), ND +Atty. Diogenes C. Dayan (AB 1965; LLB 1969), ND
Graduates of 1971 to 1979 +Mr. Emilio Basbas Batino (BSA 1978), 06 October 2003 +Dr. Elisa Navarro Lorenzana (MEd_1979), 12 June 2017 +Atty. Pedro L. Linsagan (LLB 1970), 18 November 2017 +Justice Napoleon E. Inoturan (LLB 1976), 11 December 2017 +Atty. Georing George Ceniza Paderanga Sr. (LLB 1978), 22 December 2017 +Ms. Nelia L. Evangelista (MN 1974), 15 January 2018 +Mr. Mario Jorolan Delos Reyes (AB 1974), 27 January 2018 +Atty. Oliver Ocol Lozano (LLB 1972), 12 April 2018 +Atty. Rogelio A. Velasco (AB 1974; LLB 1978), 11 May 2018 +Dr. Harivelle Charmaine T. Hernando-Abdulla (BS 1976; MD 1981; MHProfEd 1997; PhD 2013), 11 May 2018 +Atty. Frederick D.G. Villarin (AB 1978; LLB 1983), ND +Dr. Baltazar Dacuycuy Aguda (BSACh 1978 cl), ND +Hon. Carmen P. Crisologo (CGM 1976; MPA 1977), ND
+Mr. Alexander M. Dacanay (AB 2004), 20 November 2017
+Mr. Severino J. Formacion III (BSME 1992), ND
+Atty. Gerik Caesare Aguirre Paderanga (AB 2000), 25 December 2017
+Ms. Ma. Cristina D. Harder (BSBA 1984), ND
+Atty. Benjamin Espino Mendoza (LLB 1983), ND
+Ms. Jeanette S. Deslate (MMgt 1996; DipURP 2006), ND
+Ms. Mary Ann Therese A. Javelona (MMgt 1998), ND
+Mr. Benedict T. LapeÃ±a (BSChE), ND
+Mr. Reynaldo C. Lulu (AB 1984; MMgt 1995), ND
Graduates of 1961 to 1969
ALUMNI ACCOLADES Honorable Nestor A. Espenilla, Jr. (BS Business Economics, magna cum laude, 1980; MBA 1982), appointed as Governor and Chairman of the Monetary Board of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. Honorable Bernadette T. Romulo-Puyat (BScience, cum laude, 1990; MA 1997), appointed as Secretary of the Department of Tourism (DOT). Mr. Jose Vicente Limcaoco Alde (Bachelor of Computer Science, cum laude, 1988), appointed as President of the Philippines Savings Bank (PSB). Ms. Katherine Adrielle R. Bersola (Bachelor of Sports Science, summa cum laude, 2017), recognized as one of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines awardees. Johanne Jazmin Tan Jabines, a third-year BS Business Administration and Accountancy student of UP Diliman, won the International Public Speaking (IPS) Grand Final on May 18, 2018 at the Royal Institution, Mayfair, London, won previously by Patricia Evangelista (B.A. Speech Communication, 1986), the first Filipino to win the annual competition sponsored by the London-based English-Speaking Union (ESU). 117th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary Dr. Joel M. Alcaraz (MS 2003), Mr. Neri O. Camitan (BSA 2004; MS 2013), and Prof. Lucia L. Lastimoza (MS 1980), received the Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award for 2017. Dr. Maria Corazon A. De Ungria and Dr. Ronelie C. Salvador (MSFish 1992; PhD 2004), received the Outstanding Public Official for 2017 (Dangal ng Bayan Award). 2017 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) Awards Mr. Jude L. Sasing (BS Mechanical Engineering, cum laude, 1992), Dr. Ilustre I. Guloy (BS 1981; MD 1986), and Dr. Ramon B. Gustilo (MD 1957), received the Outstanding Technology Commercialization Award (Gregorio Y. Zara Medal). Dr. Nathaniel P. Hermosa II (BS 1999; MS 2001; PhD 2007), received the Outstanding 40
Research and Development Award for Basic Research (Eduardo A. Quisumbing Medal) and the Outstanding Young Scientist Award (Physics). Dr. Maria Patricia V. Azanza (BSFish 1980; MS 1989), received the Outstanding Research and Development Award for Applied Research (Julian A. Banzon Medal). Dr. Cesar L. Villanoy (BS 1981), received the title Academician. Mr. Phillip A. Alviola (BS 1997; MS 2008), received the Outstanding Young Scientist Award (Wildlife Studies) Dr. Aletta Concepcion T. Yñiguez (BS Biology, magna cum laude, 1999), received the Outstanding Young Scientist Award (Marine Biology and Fisheries). Dr. Mario Antonio L. Jiz II (BS Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, cum laude, 2001), received the Outstanding Young Scientist Award (Medical Science). Mr. Jeffrey S. Perez (BSGeo 1998), received the Outstanding Young Scientist Award (Civil and Environmental Engineering). Dr. Manuel Joseph C. Loquias (BScience, magna cum laude, 2001; MS 2005), Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Prize for Young Scientist in the Philippines awardee
prize for Maikling Kuwentong Pambata for Si Tiya Salome. Dr. Eugene Y. Evasco (BArts, magna cum laude, 1997; MA 2000; PhD 2007), 1st prize for Sanaysay for Ang Mapa ng Taglagas sa Aking Maleta. Mr. Will P. Ortiz (AB 1992; MA 2002), 2nd prize for Sanaysay for Sisid. Mr. Jason G. Tabinas (MA 2014), 2nd prize for Tula for Na Inyong Ikinalulunod. Mr. Errol A. Merquita (ABSS 2002), 2nd prize for Tula Para Sa Mga Bata for Tagulilong: Ang mga Nawawala and 3rd prize for Short Story-Cebuano for Aninipot. Mr. Eljay C. Deldoc (BArts Communication Arts, cum laude, 2009), 1st prize for Dulang May Isang Yugto for Pilipinas Kong Mahal With All the Overcoat. English Division Mr. John B. Bengan (AB 2005), 1st prize for Short Story for Disguise. Ms. Michelle Josephine G. Rivera (BSCT 1993), 1st prize for Essay for In My Father’s Kitchen. Dr. Paul Gideon D. Lasco (BSBMS 2007; MD 2010; MS 2014), 2nd prize for Essay for The Art of ‘Hugot’ in our Republic of ‘Sawi’.
Dr. Alonzo A. Gabriel (BSFT 2002; MS 2007), as one of the 2017 Outstanding Filipinos.
Mr. Rodrigo V. Dela Peña, Jr. (AB 2004), 2nd prize for Poetry for Blood Compact.
Dr. Sailila E. Abdula (MS 2003), recognized as the Outstanding Rice Scientist of the Philippines.
Dr. Joachim Emilio B. Antonio (PhD 2012), 2nd prize for Full-Length Play for exesanonymous. com.
67th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature
Mr. Glenn L. Diaz (BSecEd 2008; MA 2015), Grand prize for Novel for The Quiet Ones.
Filipino Division Mr. Nicko M. De Guzman (SertMPFil 2015), 3rd prize for Maikling Kuwento for Troll. Ms. Maryrose Jairene C. Cruz-Eusebio (BSIE 2010), 1st prize for Maikling Kuwentong Pambata for Ang Patay-gutom. Mr. Cheeno Marlo D.M. Sayuno (MA 2015), 3rd
Regional Division Mr. Peter S. Nery (BS 1990), 2nd prize for Short Story-Hiligaynon for Ang Milagros sa Ermita. Dr. Lilia C. Quindoza-Santiago (AB 1971; MA 1980; PhD 1990), 2nd prize for Short Story-Ilokano for Siak Ti Interpreteryo.
TOPNOTCHERS IN LICENSURE EXAMINATIONS June 2017 Achitecture 9th place (82.10%) Rod Kevin Calaguan Gonzales, BSArch 2015 10th place (82.00%) Ayana Isabel Adriano Kasilag, BSArch 2015 cl October 2017 Fisheries Technology 2nd place (86.75%)Jerwin Gallego Baure, BSFish 2016 cl 4th place (86.00%) Byrille Tiara Mejica Galon, BSFish 2017 cl 5th place (85.25%) Hazel Coleen Gales Gaya, BSFish 2017 6th place (85.00%) Michael Andre De La Cruz Treyes, BSFish 2016 cl 7th place (84.75%) Efren Emboc Temario, BSFish 2017 8th place (84.50%) Paul Filip Arroyo Depra, BSFish 2017 9th place (84.25%) Alvin Hallares Bantiquete, BSFish 2012 October 2017 Accountancy 3rd place (91.00%) Carl Louise Garcia Chan, BSBAA 2017 mcl 5th place (90.33%) John Lester Heramis Aratea, BSBAA 2017 mcl November 2017 Geology 2nd place (82.40%) Ohn Kent Ocio Remolador, BSGeo 2017 cl 3rd place (80.90%) Oliver Paul Cafe Halasan, BSGeo 2017 cl 3rd place (80.90%) Ian Dave Caezar Turallo, BSGeo 2017 cl 4th place (80.80%) Mervin Dave Tulauan Virrey, BSGeo 2016 mcl 7th place (80.20%) Alexandria Mina Tanciongco, BSGeo 2017 mcl 8th place (80.10%) Ana Lorena Cañeda Abila, BSGeo 2017 mcl 9th place (80.00%) Jose Norbiel Garcia Florendo, BSGeo 2017 9th place (80.00%) Richard Victor Ignacio Palma, BSGeo 2017 cl November 2017 Civil Engineering 1st place (97.90%) Nikho Lawrence Ramos Corres, BSCE 2017 mcl 8th place (95.45%) Conrad Matthew Francisco Soriano, BSCE 2017 mcl
November 2017 Chemical Engineering 1st place (84.60%) Jared Philip Marquez Condez, BSChE 2017 cl 2nd place (83.90%) Dave Ersan Ramos, BSChE 2017 cl 8th place (82.80%) Salvador Marrod Martinez Cruz, BSChE 2017 cl 9th place (82.50%) Bea Camille Kalalo Patulot, BSChE 2017 November 2017 Interior Design 1st place (86.20%) Paulyne Kate Sacdalan Genson, BSID 2017 2nd place (84.00%) Bianca Ysabelle Tiamzon Duran, BSID 2017 cl 3rd place (81.05%) Feliza Denice Esteban Lansangan, BSID 2017 mcl December 2017 Dentistry 3rd place (83.60%) JOAN CLAIRE NOAY CAÑETE, DDM 2017 5th place (83.17%) KEZIAH CAMARA PARAS, DDM 2017 10th place (82.84%) CHANEL ISSELINE DIZON SY, DDM 2017 March 2018 Pharmacy 1st place (92.95%) Ryan Joseph Caballes Tuzon, BSPhar 2017 mcl 2nd place (92.72%) Ma Ysabel Lyra Padilla Brual, BSIP 2017 3rd place (92.37%) Lara Alyssa Batiles Liban, BSIP 2017 cl 4th place (92.08%) Jonash Nucum Mallari, BSIP 2017 cl 5th place (92.05%) Mara Angeli Varin Sarabillo, BSPhar 2017 cl 6th place (92.03%) Jose Emmanuel Carpio Mariano, BSPhar 2017 cl 7th place (91.83%) Regina Martha Co Nueva, BSPhar 2017 8th place (91.65%) Jebb Patrick Molina Delos Santos, BSPhar 2017 cl 9th place (91.60%) Jamaica Salazar Bulario, BSPhar 2017 cl 9th place (91.60%) Brian Jay Pascual Loria, BSIP 2017 10th place (91.42%) Kifner Rex Magallanes Quejada, BSIP 2017
Source: UP Office of Alumni Relations
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Enjoy the latest edition of Carillon, the University’s official alumni magazine. This January-June 2018 issue includes news tailored for the...
Published on Aug 16, 2018
Enjoy the latest edition of Carillon, the University’s official alumni magazine. This January-June 2018 issue includes news tailored for the...