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A life in the grand



UPAAA holds 19 th grand

reunion and convention


UP Cebu celebrates

centennial day


Pusô and UP Cebu




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



Jose Y. Dalisay, Jr.


11 University of the Philippines Alumni Association in America

12 Music for Marawi

13 Alumni commemorate UP Cebu’s 100 th 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


A hundred years of

gathering light to scatter

Jose Wendell P. Capili


Frances Fatima M. Cabana


Flora B. Cabangis


Stephanie S. Cabigao

Celeste Ann L. Castillo

Andre dP. Encarnacion

Jo. Florendo B. Lontoc


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)


Peter Paul D. Vallejos


Abraham Q. Arboleda

Misael A. Bacani

Jonathan M. Madrid

Arlyn VCD Palisoc Romualdo


Lyzete C. Balinhawang

Jovita R. Ronquillo



UP @ the movies

Jay C. Amorato

Jennifer A. Duarte

Roberto G. Eugenio

Tomas M. Maglaya

Cristy M. Salvador


Nelson E. Carandang

Evan Jay A. Villacorte


The Carillon is a publication of the UP Media and

Public Relations Office (UP MPRO).

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A life in the grand manner


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 Presidency.

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


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 “Pamamaalam, Pagpupugay at Pakikidalamhati.” Photo by Arlyn VCD Palisoc Romualdo, UP MPRO.

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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 19 th

grand reunion and



The 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,


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 (9 th 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).

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


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

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

Jubilarians receive UP medallions during UPAAA’s Fellowship Night.

Photo by Nelsie Parrado (UPAAA).

Architect and DJ Noel Gamboa (UPAA New York) and Daisy

Macadaeg (UPAA New Jersey) lead the line dancing during UPAAA’s

Fellowship Night. Photo by Nelsie Parrado (UPAAA).

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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).

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.

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 Society

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 19 th Grand Reunion and Homecoming at Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel in Iselin, New Jersey

on October 27-29, 2017. Photo by Nelsie Parrado (UPAAA).

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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


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).



University of the Philippines

Alumni Association in America

The 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.

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. UPA-

AA 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 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

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.

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 UP-

AA-NJ in hosting the event. For the 20th

UPAAA Grand Reunion and Convention

in 2019, UPAA San Francisco will be the


In December 2017, UPAAA co-sponsored

Simbang Gabi at the Philippine

Consulate in New York City with UP-


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


Drawing 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


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 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

ranking Philippine government

and University officials,

UP alumni and students, fans

of the three choral groups,

and plain music lovers.

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.

“Pabaon sa Pagbangon”

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


This was not the first instance

in recent years for the UPAA

to reach out to their calamity-stricken


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

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.

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.

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


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.

Alumni commemorate

UP Cebu’s 100 th Year


The 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


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.

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.

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.

Alumni commemorate UP Cebu’s 100 th Year

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The newly-inaugurated Technology

Innovation Center of UP Cebu.

Photo by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO.

UP Cebu inaugurates new R&D

centers and projects


UP 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.

“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


Affirming 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.

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 affirms its niche in the arts

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UP Cebu celebrates centennial day


May 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.

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


Earlier in the day, UP Cebu Chancellor Liza Corro unveiled

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.

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.

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.

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 Cebu’s newly-installed Oblation.Photo by Abraham Arboleda, UP MPRO. Carillon 17

Pusô and UP Cebu


The 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.



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.

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


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


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

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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 campus’

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 buildings

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

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.

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.

Commission on Higher Education (CHED) OIC J. Prospero de Vera III (center) and UP Cebu

officials pose for photographers during UP Cebu’s 81 st commencement exercises on its Lahug

campus on June 27, 2018. Photo courtesy of Public Information Office, UP Cebu.

Pusô and UP Cebu

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A hundred years of gathering light to scatter


In 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


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


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


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.

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.

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


A hundred years of gathering light to scatter

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F.H. Constantino’s Charito, I Love You, (1956), starring Charito Solis and Leroy Salvador, featured UP Diliman’s sprawling campus. 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.

UP’s history and academic reputation

inspired screenwriters and directors

to feature the university in several iconic


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

(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

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.

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).

Charito Solis (4 th 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).

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

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Designed by UP College of Architecture (magna cum laude) alumna and Miss Universe 2011 3 rd 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


For 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.

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.

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,

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.

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.

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



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.

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


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.

go into a fund that will be used to pay the

center’s future staff and repairs, helping

to make it self-sufficient.

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”.

“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.”

Like Guevarra, UP Diliman Office of

the Campus Architect (OCA) Director

Enrico B. Tabafunda views the project

as a success—particularly as it is the first

major alumni donation from Chancellor

Tan’s first term.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

A physical high from Epsilon Chi

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A new promenade in Diliman


Photos courtesy of Diliman Information Office.

On 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


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


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


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


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

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Photo courtesy of UP Alumni Foundation, Inc.

UP alums in Pagadian: 36 years

and going strong


Way 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.

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

Groundbreaking 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.

Photo courtesy of Office of Public Relations, UP Los Banos.

The event was organized by the UPLBAA, Office of Alumni

Relations, and the Upsilon Sigma Phi Alumni Association

UPLB Chapter.

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.

Two structures soon to rise at the UPLB Alumni Plaza

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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


Since 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


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


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


The 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.

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


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.

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


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

Photo by GC Castro (UP Visayas Office of Alumni Relations).

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Photo Courtesy of UP Alpha Sigma Fraternity.



The essence of giving:

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.

In 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


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.

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.

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 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


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.

In 2015, the Manila Chapter

of the fraternity also gave out

solar lights to the indigenous

communities of the Aetas in


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


The essence of giving: UP Alpha Sigma

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A farewell to Dr. Arsenio

Talingdan, UP’s “Action Agad”



Photo courtesy of UPAAA.

Dr. 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


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


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


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


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


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 and “Father of Modern

Philippine Sculpture” Napoleon Abueva, 88


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, 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.

National Artist and “Father of Modern Philippine Sculpture” Napoleon Abueva, 88

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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


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


+Engr. David M. Consunji (BSCE 1946;

LLD 1993), 04 September 2017

+Dr. Antoliano M. Alday (MD 1944;

CPH 1956), 26 December 2017

+Dr. Ramon, Jr. Fabella Abarquez (AA

1948; MD 1953), 10 January 2018

+Ms. Angelina Leyco Arvisu-Dumol (AB

1949 mcl), 15 January 2018

+Dr. Abelardo B. Agulto (DVM 1946;

MPH 1993), ND

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


+Justice Wenceslao I. Agnir, Jr. (LLB

1956), 27 June 2017

+Dr. Gelia O. Tagumpay-Castillo (AB

1953 mcl), 05 August 2017

+Atty. Pio Perez Frago (AA 1958;

CGM 1978; LLB 1963; MPA 1978), 14

August 2017

+Dean Manuel A. Dia (AB 1958; CGM

1975; MPA 1975), 21 August 2017

+Atty. Mario T. Meneses, Jr. (AA 1958;

AB 1958; LLB 1960), 03 September


+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. 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

+Atty. Leonida G. Tansinsin-Encarnacion

(LLB 1956), 14 January 2018

+Mr. Jose R. Moreno Jr. (BFA 1951), 15

January 2018

+Sr. Wilhelmina Padilla De Polonia,

RGS (BSHE 1956), 15 January 2018

+Ms. Carmelita U. Casanova-Montenegro

(BSHT 1955), 22 January 2018

+National Artist Napoleon Veloso

Abueva (BFA 1953), 16 February 2018

+National Scientist Bienvenido Ochoa

Juliano (BSA 1955 mcl), 21 February


+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


+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


+Atty. Edgardo J. Angara (LLB 1958;

LLD 2013), 13 May 2018

+Atty. Hermenegildo C. Dumlao

(ROTC 1958; LLB (1965), 27 May


+Justice Flerida Ruth Pineda Romero

(AA 1952;AB 1953; LLB 1952), ND

+Mr. Manuel E. Villa, Jr. (AA 1959),


+Prof. Sonia Morales Joaquin-Valenciano

(AB 1952; AB 1967), ND

+Ms. Mater M. Gamboa-Mascarinas

(AA 1952; BSE 1954; MAT 1973), ND



Graduates of 1961 to 1969

+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


+Ambassador Jose P. Del Rosario, Jr.

(BSFS 1964), 04 July 2017

+Dr. Jesse T. Espinola (MD 1964), 27 July


+Judge Napoleon Rigor Sta. Romana (AA

1960; AB 1960; LLB 1962), 07 August


+Dr. Lilia Maria F. Realubit (MA 1961;

PhD 1987), 17 August 2017

+Mr. Aurelio B. Ananias (MPA 1960), 20

August 2017

+Rev. Romeo Antonio Jocson Intengan,

Jr. (AA 1960; MD 1965 w/h), 10 October


+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

+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

+Arch. Geronimo V. Manahan (BSArch

1962 cl; PhD 1992), 18 February 2018

+Ms. Adoracion Salcedo-Acuna (BSN

1962; MAT 1977), 27 February 2018

+Atty. Gloria Alfaro Fortun (LLM 1966),

21 March 2018

+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),


+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; MH-

ProfEd 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

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

+Mr. Alexander M. Dacanay (AB 2004),

20 November 2017

+Atty. Gerik Caesare Aguirre Paderanga

(AB 2000), 25 December 2017

+Atty. Benjamin Espino Mendoza (LLB

1983), ND

+Ms. Mary Ann Therese A. Javelona

(MMgt 1998), ND

+Mr. Reynaldo C. Lulu (AB 1984; MMgt

1995), ND

+Mr. Severino J. Formacion III (BSME

1992), ND

+Ms. Ma. Cristina D. Harder (BSBA

1984), ND

+Ms. Jeanette S. Deslate (MMgt 1996;

DipURP 2006), ND

+Mr. Benedict T. Lapeña (BSChE), ND

In Memoriam

Source: UP Office of Alumni Relations

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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).

117 th 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

Research and Development Award for Basic

Research (Eduardo A. Quisumbing Medal)

and the Outstanding Young Scientist Award


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

Dr. Alonzo A. Gabriel (BSFT 2002; MS 2007),

as one of the 2017 Outstanding Filipinos.

Dr. Sailila E. Abdula (MS 2003), recognized

as the Outstanding Rice Scientist of the


67 th Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for


Filipino Division

Mr. Nicko M. De Guzman (SertMPFil 2015), 3 rd

prize for Maikling Kuwento for Troll.

Ms. Maryrose Jairene C. Cruz-Eusebio (BSIE

2010), 1 st prize for Maikling Kuwentong Pambata

for Ang Patay-gutom.

Mr. Cheeno Marlo D.M. Sayuno (MA 2015), 3 rd

prize for Maikling Kuwentong Pambata for Si

Tiya Salome.

Dr. Eugene Y. Evasco (BArts, magna cum

laude, 1997; MA 2000; PhD 2007), 1 st prize for

Sanaysay for Ang Mapa ng Taglagas sa Aking


Mr. Will P. Ortiz (AB 1992; MA 2002), 2 nd prize

for Sanaysay for Sisid.

Mr. Jason G. Tabinas (MA 2014), 2 nd prize for

Tula for Na Inyong Ikinalulunod.

Mr. Errol A. Merquita (ABSS 2002), 2 nd 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), 1 st prize for Dulang

May Isang Yugto for Pilipinas Kong Mahal With

All the Overcoat.

English Division

Mr. John B. Bengan (AB 2005), 1 st prize for

Short Story for Disguise.

Ms. Michelle Josephine G. Rivera (BSCT 1993),

1 st prize for Essay for In My Father’s Kitchen.

Dr. Paul Gideon D. Lasco (BSBMS 2007; MD

2010; MS 2014), 2 nd prize for Essay for The Art

of ‘Hugot’ in our Republic of ‘Sawi’.

Mr. Rodrigo V. Dela Peña, Jr. (AB 2004), 2 nd

prize for Poetry for Blood Compact.

Dr. Joachim Emilio B. Antonio (PhD 2012), 2 nd

prize for Full-Length Play for exesanonymous.


Mr. Glenn L. Diaz (BSecEd 2008; MA 2015),

Grand prize for Novel for The Quiet Ones.

Regional Division

Mr. Peter S. Nery (BS 1990), 2 nd prize for Short

Story-Hiligaynon for Ang Milagros sa Ermita.

Dr. Lilia C. Quindoza-Santiago (AB 1971; MA

1980; PhD 1990), 2 nd prize for Short Story-Ilokano

for Siak Ti Interpreteryo.




June 2017 Achitecture

9 th place (82.10%) Rod Kevin Calaguan Gonzales, BSArch 2015

10 th place (82.00%) Ayana Isabel Adriano Kasilag, BSArch 2015 cl

October 2017 Fisheries Technology

2 nd place (86.75%)Jerwin Gallego Baure, BSFish 2016 cl

4 th place (86.00%) Byrille Tiara Mejica Galon, BSFish 2017 cl

5 th place (85.25%) Hazel Coleen Gales Gaya, BSFish 2017

6 th place (85.00%) Michael Andre De La Cruz Treyes, BSFish 2016 cl

7 th place (84.75%) Efren Emboc Temario, BSFish 2017

8 th place (84.50%) Paul Filip Arroyo Depra, BSFish 2017

9 th 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

2 nd place (82.40%) Ohn Kent Ocio Remolador, BSGeo 2017 cl

3 rd place (80.90%) Oliver Paul Cafe Halasan, BSGeo 2017 cl

3 rd place (80.90%) Ian Dave Caezar Turallo, BSGeo 2017 cl

4 th place (80.80%) Mervin Dave Tulauan Virrey, BSGeo 2016 mcl

7 th place (80.20%) Alexandria Mina Tanciongco, BSGeo 2017 mcl

8 th place (80.10%) Ana Lorena Cañeda Abila, BSGeo 2017 mcl

9 th place (80.00%) Jose Norbiel Garcia Florendo, BSGeo 2017

9 th place (80.00%) Richard Victor Ignacio Palma, BSGeo 2017 cl

November 2017 Civil Engineering

1 st place (97.90%) Nikho Lawrence Ramos Corres, BSCE 2017 mcl

8 th place (95.45%) Conrad Matthew Francisco Soriano, BSCE 2017 mcl

November 2017 Chemical Engineering

1 st place (84.60%) Jared Philip Marquez Condez, BSChE 2017 cl

2 nd place (83.90%) Dave Ersan Ramos, BSChE 2017 cl

8 th place (82.80%) Salvador Marrod Martinez Cruz, BSChE 2017 cl

9 th place (82.50%) Bea Camille Kalalo Patulot, BSChE 2017

November 2017 Interior Design

1 st place (86.20%) Paulyne Kate Sacdalan Genson, BSID 2017

2 nd place (84.00%) Bianca Ysabelle Tiamzon Duran, BSID 2017 cl

3 rd place (81.05%) Feliza Denice Esteban Lansangan, BSID 2017 mcl

December 2017 Dentistry

3 rd place (83.60%) JOAN CLAIRE NOAY CAÑETE, DDM 2017

5 th place (83.17%) KEZIAH CAMARA PARAS, DDM 2017

10 th place (82.84%) CHANEL ISSELINE DIZON SY, DDM 2017

March 2018 Pharmacy

1 st place (92.95%) Ryan Joseph Caballes Tuzon, BSPhar 2017 mcl

2 nd place (92.72%) Ma Ysabel Lyra Padilla Brual, BSIP 2017

3 rd place (92.37%) Lara Alyssa Batiles Liban, BSIP 2017 cl

4 th place (92.08%) Jonash Nucum Mallari, BSIP 2017 cl

5 th place (92.05%) Mara Angeli Varin Sarabillo, BSPhar 2017 cl

6 th place (92.03%) Jose Emmanuel Carpio Mariano, BSPhar 2017 cl

7 th place (91.83%) Regina Martha Co Nueva, BSPhar 2017

8 th place (91.65%) Jebb Patrick Molina Delos Santos, BSPhar 2017 cl

9 th place (91.60%) Jamaica Salazar Bulario, BSPhar 2017 cl

9 th place (91.60%) Brian Jay Pascual Loria, BSIP 2017

10 th place (91.42%) Kifner Rex Magallanes Quejada, BSIP 2017

Source: UP Office of Alumni Relations

Candidates for graduation cheer for this year’s top academic honorees. Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO.

Aumni Acolades

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All over the world, many UP alumni and friends give to UP.

These donors are clearly aware of UP’s role in revitalizing the Philippine

countryside. Every day, there is a UP alumnus or alumna working on a

groundbreaking cultural, scientific, political or social project. UP graduates

continue to dominate government licensure examinations. Most National Artists

and National Scientists, many Philippine Presidents, senators, congressmen and

women, heads of state colleges and universities, and pioneering figures in every

imaginable discipline are UP alumni or faculty members.

Whether big or small, a donation to UP is an investment for the future of the

Philippines. Donations may fund scholarships for financially underprivileged

but exceptionally gifted students or professorial chairs that frequently augment

salaries of internationally acclaimed artists, scientists and other scholars.

Endowments to the university may also include donations to help maintain

the Philippine General Hospital, academic programs, dormitories, classrooms,

laboratories, lecture halls, information technology rooms and other facilities.

UP needs the assistance and generosity of donors to sustain its creative and

innovative endeavors.

UP donors are visionaries. They know that giving to UP is the best way to invest

in the future of the Philippines. People give to UP because it is a place where they

can get the best possible return on that investment.

When you give, you empower UP to make a difference.

Please make a gift to UP. Kapag tumaya ka sa UP, tumaya ka na rin para sa lalong

ikauunlad ng ating bayan.

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on UP alumni to enable the University to reach out

to its alumni more effectively. Please help us keep this

database updated. Email your name, UP degree and

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