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Official Publication of the University of the Philippines Alumni Issue No. 3

up.edu.ph July 2018 - May 2019


The Blossoming of the UPLB Soul

Con ents

Cover Story

On the Cover

Featured Fraternity AA


Beta Epsilon @ 90:

Building Legacies,

Inspiring Excellence

Arts Feature


UP Alumni Exhibit

Excellence in the Arts



The Blossoming

of the UPLB Soul

Spotlight 24

Photo Essay 26

Hindsight 28

A famous UP Los

Baños landmark is

the Maria sa Banga,

a statue of the

mountain goddess

Mariang Makiling,

perched on a fourcolumned


porch and is

depicted carrying a

clay pot (banga).

UPLB Maria sa

Banga photo by

Misael A. Bacani


Featured Sorority AA

Delta Lambda Sigma

Sorority AA: Never

Leaving Home



College-Based AA

72 Years of the UP

Alumni Engineers


Featured Location-

Based Alumni Chapter

in the Philippines

UP Alumni Association-

Palawan Chapter


Featured Location-

Based Alumni Chapter


UP Alumni Association-

The Netherlands


Science Feature

PAASE’s UP Alumni:

On Volunteerism and

Being Catalysts for

S&T Innovation


Sports Feature

Nowhere To Go But

UP: A Story of How

A Lowly Basketball

Team Inspired the UP



in Touch

UP Baguio 31

UP Cebu 32

UP Visayas 33

UP in Popular

Culture (POP-UP) 34

Alumna Tribute 36

Alumnus Tribute 38

In Memoriam 40

Alumni Accolades 42

Topnotchers 44

Office of Alumni

Relations 46

The UP Office of Alumni Relations maintains a

database 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 year of

graduation with your new/updated mailing

address at: up.alumnioffice@up.edu.ph. We also

welcome notices for In Memoriam and Accolades

section, including Chapter Information Updates.

From the Editor’s Desk

Our University marked an auspicious anniversary on June

18, 2019, its 111 th birthday. That is more than a century of

UP education striving to instill the values of honor and

excellence in each iskolar ng bayan, who walks its many

hallowed halls.

It has been remarked over and over again that it is the total

UP experience—the immersion into our unique university

culture — that has forged in our students the tatak UP. This

means the ability to think critically, to view the world from a

broad and interdisciplinary perspective, to lead and to adapt

to disruptions that have so changed our world. You, our

alumni, who now number more than 300,000, are the living

exemplars of this tatak UP.

You are in all fields of expertise, spread all over the

Philippines and the world, making a difference whether as

influential or quiet hero. Among you are doctors, engineers,

lawyers, scientists, artists, educators, entrepreneurs,

journalists and communicators, community workers and

public servants who remain committed to our UP core

values of honor and excellence, leadership, and service.

As the university administration under the leadership of

President Danilo L. Concepcion continues its work to make

UP a leading regional and global university that sustains 21 st

century learning, knowledge creation and public service for

society and humanity, we look to you, our alumni, for your

continued loyalty and support to UP. With you by our side,

UP can continue its rise in world university


I invite you to enjoy this issue of UP

Carillon, the official alumni

magazine of the University of the

Philippines, as it walks you through

how our campuses accomplish

their mandates and prepare to

meet future challenges, how the

University’s excellence is manifest

in the various arts (including the

art of pulchritude), how alumni

passion has been harnessed

to achieve a dream


and how alumni

volunteerism is still

much needed to

support programs for

the community and

the nation.

Dr. Elena E. Pernia

Vice President

for Public Affairs

University of the


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University Alumni Magazine I July 2018 - May

Elena E. Pernia


Maria Angelica D. Abad

Associate Editor

Jose Wendell P. Capili

Art Director

Teresa S. Congjuico

Managing Editor

Artemio Jun Engracia

Copy Editor

Patricia Ruth B. Cailao

Maita Domaoal

Marie Ylenette W. Reforzado


Corazon F. Azucena

Leonardo M. Berba

Josephine M. Bo

GC T. Castro

Farrah Marie Catubay

Renan B. Dalisay

Fina A. De la Cuesta-Tantuico

Miguel Victor T. Durian

Bituen P. Hidalgo

Lester Arvin S. Pascua

Roland Rabang

Ravenz Ravelo

Eric Augustus Tingatinga


Writers Edge

Layout and Design

Misael A. Bacani

Frances Fatima M. Cabana


Misael A. Bacani

Cover Photo

Lyzete C. Balinhawang

Nelson E. Carandang

Carlo Vince W. Fernando

Michelle L. Pollier

Marie Ylenette W. Reforzado

Jovita Ronquillo


Jay C. Amorato

Jennifer A. Duarte

Administrative Support

Benjamin P. Oleriana III

Evan Jay A. Villacorte


University Alumni Magazine


Featured Fraternity Alumni Association

Beta Epsilon @ 90:

Building Legacies,


By Leonardo M. Berba

In 1929, nine students of the UP College of

Engineering, all top scholars, athletes and

student leaders of the time, founded the

Beta Epsilon Fraternity, the first collegebased

fraternity of the University of the


The first faculty adviser was Engineer Alejandro

Melchor, after whom the College of Engineering

building was later named. From the hopeful

aspirations of these nine young gentlemen 90 years

ago, a tradition of building legacies and inspiring

excellence emerged, and it continues to this

day, spanning generations and crossing national


Through the years, the Beta

Epsilon stands proud of its

legacy projects that continue

to genuinely benefit the UP

Community: The Beta Way

(1953), UP Children’s Park

Entrance Area XIV (1965), UP

Theatrum (1984), UP COE

AVR/MMH (1992), the Annual

Block Booster (1974), Annual

Maskipaps (1978), UP Annual Lantern Parade

Fireworks (2003), Annual Year End Maskipaps

Crossover (2014), not to mention the numerous

on-going outreach projects, professional chairs,

student awards, and donations.

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Building the Beta Way in 1953

The dedication and collaborative efforts of Resident

and Alumni members, genuine brotherhood, is the

foundation on which the continuing success and

relevance of these projects stand. With this type

of experience as UP students, it is not a surprise

that the Fraternity has produced an impressive

and extensive alumni roster that include names

like David Consunji, Cesar Buenaventura, Manuel

Agustines, Filemon Berba Jr., Isidro Consunji, Levi

Espiritu, William Liu Jr., Ramon Castillo, Jose Cruz,

Luis Calingo, and from the UP Academia: Dean

Alfredo Juinio, Chancellor Ernesto Tabujara, Dean

Aurelio Juguilon, Dean Geronimo Manahan, Dean

Leopoldo Abis, Prof. Dominador Ilio – just to name a

few. When one really thinks about it, as a Betan, our

Brotherhood is our Legacy!

This year, the Beta Epsilon commemorates its 90 th

foundation year! To celebrate nine decades of

brotherhood, officially kicking off the journey to

the Centennial Anniversary, the BE alumni, through

Beta Epsilon Alumni, Inc. (BEAI), has committed

to redevelop the BETA WAY into the UP Historical

Landmark that it truly is. It is hoped that the

redevelopment will be completed in or before

August 2019, Beta Epsilon’s 90 th anniversary.

The Beta Way was first physically built by the

resident members as a gravel and sand path in

1953 to provide students a short path through

the marshes of the campus between Melchor

Hall (College of Engineering) and Palma Hall

(College of Liberal Arts). It is one of very few

structures that represent the period when UP

Diliman campus was first built post-World

War II. It was the first ever student-initiated

infrastructure project for which the fraternity

was awarded the Wenceslao Q. Vinzons Award

in 1962.

Since its humble beginnings in the 1950s, the

building, repair and occasional renovations – have

been spearheaded by the residents themselves,

every generation of resident brods investing in

real “sweat equity” through manual labor. Through

the years, it has been transformed into a concrete

pathway that has been in use for generations, and is

considered a landmark by the UP Community.

For the Beta Epsilon brods, the BETA WAY

represents — physically, symbolically, as well as in

spirit – the very essence of the legacy and purpose

that the brotherhood has always been guided by.

Every member of the UP community using the Beta

Way, each generation – whether student, faculty,

alumni, parent, turon vendor, visitor, vagrant, stroller

– rich or poor — has his or her own experience

and story to tell. Each Beta Way pedestrian has a

personal reflection of what the Beta Way is.

During one of the consultation meetings, Fine

Arts Professor Toym Imao shared some solicited

impressions he has gathered from various

individuals in the UP Community in answer to the

question, “What does the Beta Way mean to you?”

One reaction stood out when he asked a recently

retired UP rank and file personnel, who replied,

“Ang Beta Way – daanan ng mga estudyante at

faculty papunta at pabalik sa mga klase nila! Ang


simple answer from a simple person, who speaks

the raw and pure truth of what the BETA WAY truly

is: A BRIDGE! For the past 66 years, the BETA WAY

has been “Bridging Disciplines, Communities and


And so, we now embark on the task of redeveloping

the Beta Way, once and for all, into the UP Historical

Landmark that has bridged the University of the

Philippines through history. Beta Epsilon @ 90,

Building Legacies, Inspiring Excellence! MABUHAY!

University Alumni Magazine


Featured Sorority Alumnae Association

UP Delta Lambda Sigma Sorority Alumnae Association


By Fina A. de la Cuesta-Tantuico

Behind Vinzon’s Hall, there is a bungalow that used

to be the UP Women’s Club Home. Eventually,

this nondescript structure became a haven for

members of the UP Delta Lambda Sigma Sorority

– a place for forging bonds of friendship and

sisterhood, a place for dreaming big dreams, the

ultimate “tambayan,” which defined the essence

of one’s UP sojourn. We called that bungalow, our

“Deltan Home.”

Today, that bungalow still stands, no longer as a

student’s gathering place, but as an administrative

office. Like all structures that had been lived in,

however, its walls carry stories… and the Deltan

story is one of them.

The UP Delta Lambda Sigma Sorority was formally

organized on April 5, 1946 by 33 women scholars of

the university. They are:

College of Medicine (14): Luisa St. Antoinette

de St. Joseph Bengzon, Olivia Dumlao-Gaerlan,

Magdalena Elicano-Castillo, Alma Pura Fernandez-

Tancinco, Virginia Hilario-Evidente, Carolina Ines-

Campomanes + , Sylvia Ines-Paulino, Purificacion

Luis-Cruz, Lourdes Quisumbing-Roxas, Carmen

Angela Reyes-Fuentes, Natividad Reyes-

Allado, Priscilla Santos + , Marita Sevilla, Filomena

Tambuatco-Muellis + ;

College of Liberal Arts (4): Esther Asuncion-Vibal,

Josephine Cojuangco-Reyes, Elizabeth Sycip-

Cheng, Gloria Candido;

College of Education (4): Rosario Acuna-Limcaoco,

Anunciacion Ramos-Menez, Ofelia del Rosario-

Reyes, Eva Beatrice Gonzales;

College of Pharmacy (2): Aurora Regina Abreu-Yulo,

Margarita Gomez-Garcia;

College of Business Administration (2): Dolores

Arrastia-Santilla + , Teresita Tan-Suarez + ;

Foreign Service (2): Felicidad Bengzon-Gonzales + ,

Aniceta Estrella-Reyes;

Philosophy (2): Ernestina Evora-Sioco + , Anna Yu-


Chemistry (2): Araceli Villanueva-Rivera, Aurora

Mamauag- Landel; and

Botany (1): Leticia Dizon-Fernando.

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On April 16, 1946, or 11 days after its founding, it was

recognized by the University Council Committee on

Student Organization Activities (UCCSOA). Diverse

in its membership, the organization was formed to

be a university-based sorority.

Sixty-one years after its founding, the ideals of

the Delta Lambda Sigma Sorority continue to

live through its alumnae with the incorporation

of the UP Delta Lambda Sigma Sorority Alumnae

Association Inc (UPDLSSAA) in September, 2007.

It was organized to bring all qualified alumnae to

participate in activities that will contribute to the

economic, social, and cultural development of the


At the helm of UPDLSSAA is Past Grand Archon

Ernestine “Bingbing” Villareal-Fernando. On her

second term as president, Bingbing envisions the

organization as the catalyst that will ensure the

continuing realization of the sorority’s goals even

after the sisters have left “home”:

“Our formative years in the Sorority begin when we

become part of it, be this in our undergrad years

or like many of the Law sisters, in our graduate

courses. The years of formation continue when

we are building our careers and our families. The

formation as Deltans continue even as we grow

older. It does not stop. It is for life. Hence as we

approach our 75th year, we continue with our

formative, educational and civic projects.

This asserts our continuing anniversary pillars

of Sisterhood, Strength and Service.” Bingbing

describes how these pillars have been achieved:

Sisterhood: Through our constant reunions,

serendipitous or planned the bonds of deep

love, respect and friendship that have survived

time and distance continue.

Strength: Every member of

the Sorority is driven to pursue

leadership and academic excellence

within the university and this quest

for achievement is carried over in

our respective fields of endeavor.

Education continues, be these

for scholarship, culture, health

and other aspects. For instance,

the Sorority and individual sisters

have continuing projects and

opportunities for Deltans and the

community to learn and educate

others on law, health, culture, policy

and other relevant subjects.

Service: This makes the life of a

Deltan even more meaningful and

fulfilling – love for others expressed

in concrete acts of service. We

share our anniversary calendar

with more groups such as ERDA

and its school, the scholars of the

sorority, the DLS Golden Gawad

Kalinga Village, the Invisible Sisters.

We acknowledge that in diversity

we find growth, in loyalty we find

strength, in education we find

knowledge, in experience we find

wisdom, in integrity we find Truth.”

Indeed, with the continuing quest for

the higher things in life — the Deltans

have truly never left home.

University Alumni Magazine


Featured College-Based Alumni Association

72 years of the UP

Alumni Engineers

By Eric Augustus Tingatinga

The UP Alumni Engineers Association

(UPAE) was organized in 1947 as the

primary organization that unifies the

alumni of the UP College of Engineering

and provides linkage among the alumni,

the business community and the College.

One of its first projects was to rehabilitate the

engineering library in 1949, as the pre-war library

was totally destroyed. The UPAE was also able

to donate a sizeable number of books solicited

from alumni and friends. Subsequently, the UPAE

donated a piano to the college glee club for the

Engineering Sing annual program. The steel Sundial

project was constructed in 1958 on the west side of

the building façade but unfortunately destroyed in


On June 12, 1960, a motorcade from the old

engineering building in Ermita made its way to

Diliman as part of the College’s 50th anniversary

celebration. On the same year, construction also

started on the Alumni Center located on the

deck terrace above the wing connecting the

main building with the hydraulics laboratory and

was presented to the University during the 1962


The next year was spent on raising funds and the

start of construction of the UP Alumni Engineers

building. The edifice was completed in 1966 and the

building was turned over to the University in 1967.

This was the first university building to be built by

an alumni group. In 1971, the project to reconstruct

the original Sundial was launched and the structure

now stands in front of the NCTS.

The Life Membership drive was started in 1972

and the UPAE came up with a bronze plaque

listing down the first 500 members. In the same

period, Operation Comfort to rehabilitate and

repair the comfort rooms of Melchor Hall started.

Other projects completed in the 70s include

the furnishing of the student lounge, a summer

employment project, and the set-up of the senior

seminar/lecture room. The UPAE also undertook

the installation of a water reservoir on top of the

building to supply water to the various comfort


In celebration of the Engineering Diamond

Jubilee in 1985, the UPAE took a leading role in

the preparation of the various activities including

publication of the coffee table book, 75 Years of

Service to Philippine Engineering. The same year,

Project Alaala was launched, whereby engineering

alumni and friends could donate money or

materials, such as books and laboratory equipment,

to the College. Assisted by UPAE, the Engineering

Manufacturing Linkage Program was launched by

the College.

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In 2006, the renovation of the new UPAE office at

the ground floor of the National Engineering Center

was undertaken. That same year, its 1st annual raffle

draw raised P10 million for use in modernizing

teaching facilities of the College. Part of the funds

was spent on the latest multimedia equipment.

The year 2008 marked the inauguration of the

New Engineering Library and the Computer

Science Building. The latter was named the UP

Alumni Engineers Centennial Hall in recognition

of the UPAE’s generous support to the College. In

2009, UPAE had its first exhibit, “Ibang KlasEngg

Networking,” which promoted the UPAE sponsors’

offerings and career opportunities available for


Commemorating the College of Engineering’s

100th year in 2010, the College and the UPAE lined

up several activities for the year: fun-run, Ekot

Jeep and motorcade, Retro Engg Week, Faculty

vs. Alumni Exhibition Basketball, UPAE Golf Cup,

culminating in the awarding of the 100 Outstanding

Alumni Engineers. In 2011, UPAE turned over funds

for the Professorial Chair project of the College.

At this time, the UPAE started re-establishing

linkages with alumni groups for the more organized

mobilization of resources and expertise.

Continuing its commitment to the College of

Engineering and its alma mater, the UPAE currently

sponsors a Study Now Pay Later program that

provides students with financial assitance for living


To date, the SNPL has benefitted 29 students. The

committee continuously monitors the status of

the grantees by conducting a regular Kumustahan,

which also serves as a venue for personal, academic

and professional mentoring and advice.

The year 2019 marks the UPAE’s second year of

continued support to College’sinternship program.

Since the start of the immersion program, UPAE

has successfully deployed students in various

engineering fields in different companies. The

UPAE, in coordination with the IGLAP committee

of the College, plans to increase the number of

partner companies to the industry immersion

program in the coming years to accommodate

more students in the program.

The UPAE has also been active in promoting sports

and social gatherings among its alumni. UPAE

co-hosted golf tournaments for two years now

(the Argo Cup with Tau Alpha Fraternity, the Mike

Villanueva Cup with Beta Epsilon and Ikot Cup

with Epsilon Chi) and conducts its very own UPAE

Cup. UPAE also organized a bi-annual fellowship

night of socials, food, drinks and fun to expand the

alumni community network. These activities are

held at strategic locations to give equal opportunity

to alumni coming from different places, and from

wide range of ages and disciplines of engineering

to attend. To keep the alumni updated, the UPAE

Facebook page was set up in 2017 to reach out to

a broader and younger alumni base. In addition,

updates on Alumni can also be viewed on the UPAE

website (http://upae.org).

Over the years, the UP Alumni Engineers has

remained true to the aims that the original

founders had envisioned for the organization. It has

responded well to the needs of the College in order

for it to retain its stature as a premier institution

providing engineering education in the Philippines.

It has brought together alumni through its various

activities, recognized alumni who have been of

service to private and public sector and continued

to provide a venue by which alumni can be of

service to the College, to its students, and to the

country in general.

Ruby Jubilarians during the UPAE Homecoming

University Alumni Magazine


Featured Location-Based Alumni Chapter in the Philippines

UP Alumni Association-

Palawan Chapter

Rekindling the Spirit of Honor and Excellence during “Ember: A Night of Reminiscence.”

By Ravenz Ravelo

“UP rin pala siya!”

These words echoed in the Victoriano J. Rodriguez

Hall of the Palawan Provincial Capitol Compound

in Puerto Princesa City. For the first time in the

history of the University of the Philippines Alumni

Association, Palawan’s “mga Iskolar ng Bayan” were

gathered for an evening of festivities.

The two-day celebration of the silver anniversary

of Pautakan, UP Palaweños’ academic and creative

competition, concluded with a formal dinner

entitled “EMBER: A Night of Reminiscence” on

January 5, 2018.

Why EMBER? “Ember symbolizes the unceasing

passion and love of every Palaweño ‘isko’ in

upholding honor and excellence in serving Palawan

and the nation,” UP Palaweños Execom explains.

Pernelle Bruno, then Vice President for External

Affairs of UP Palaweños, described the event as

“nakaka-overwhelm kasi ang dami palang pupunta.

Akala namin low turnout.” She adds, “Medyo takot

kaming walang pumunta and super thankful kay Sir

Sammy (Magbanua) kasi wow! Legit na hinanda na

nila lahat.”

Economist and UP Visayas alumna Christia Ulson

called it fun and exciting. “Antagal ko kasi hindi

nakita ang mga Miagao people.” Miagao is the main

campus of UP Visayas.

UP Los Baños alumna and UPAA staple Lyn

Sembrabo Valdez admitted that she too

was surprised by the turnout. “May mga umattend

na nandito rin pala pero doon lang natin


It was the event host and TV Patrol Palawan Anchor

Jay Zabanal who verbalized what the majority of

the attendees were thinking: “Biruin mo yan, arawaraw

pala tayo nagkikita at nagkakabanggaan

pero hindi natin alam na pare-pareho pala ang

pinagdaanan natin ng college.”

The evening was capped by a performance from

the Palawan Dance Ensemble, which left the

attendees wishing that activities like this would be

held more frequently.

UP Palaweños president Ralph Santos left these

words for the night: “We hope this ember rekindled

our passion for honor and excellence in serving


UPAA-Palawan Chapter’s President Engr. Cesar

Javarez reminds the alumni to give back to their

alma mater. The event was made possible through

the efforts of the Office of the Governor through

Caesar Sammy Magbanua and the office of the Vice

Governor Dennis Socrates, both UP alumni.

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Featured Location-Based Alumni Chapter Abroad

UP Alumni Association-


By Bituen P. Hidalgo

The University of the Philippines - The Netherlands

Chapter, (UPAA-NL) is an independent association

of UP alumni who are residing, working or studying

in The Netherlands. It was founded in 1992 and reestablished

in 2006. It is duly accredited by the UP

Office of Alumni, and is a registered foundation in

the Netherlands.

Since its founding, UPAA-NL has been engaged in

projects related to the University of the Philippines.

To support these projects, foster a sense of

community among Filipinos in the Netherlands, and

promote Philippine culture, the organization has

held various fundraising events.

Over the last decade UPAA-NL mandated itself to

provide financial support to various projects of the

University. Its first main project was funding the

digitizing of the UP Main Library. For this project

from 2007 to 2012, UPAA-NL provided €20,000

for the purchase of four server units and hardware

to provide students, faculty members, staff of all

constituent universities and outside researchers the

best possible access to information.

In November 2013, typhoon Yolanda drastically

affected the lives of the many students enrolled

in the different campuses of UP Visayas. Without

hesitation, UPAA-NL donated funds to address the

immediate and basic needs of these students. In the

years after, to help UP Tacloban rebuild its library,

UPAA-NL organized a book donation drive resulting

in a donation of 1,405 books worth P1.3 million.

Since 2017, UPAA-NL has been funding the

purchase of equipment to provide UP Los Baños

Rural High School its own brand new physics

laboratory and to support the creation of the

university’s hands-on, interactive and mobile

Physics exhibit, which will be open to the students

and the public. The UPAA-NL is proud to say that

it has supported diverse projects for the different

units of the university since 2006

To sponsor the various projects, UPAA-NL has

organized many events of diverse nature for its

network of friends and supporters.

Aside from projects and fundraising activities,

UPAA-NL has continued to join Philippine

community events led by the Philippine Embassy

as well as getting in touch with UP alumni visiting

the Netherlands. In 2018, for the first time the

organization held a forum open to the public.

The forum “Philippine Indigenous People’s Voices

for Climate Justice’’ was held at the Erasmus

University Rotterdam in The Hague. The forum

provided a good venue for informing the public

of the developments in the Philippines as well as

interacting with members of the academe in the


To remain connected with the university, UPAA-NL

continues its close coordination with various UP

units. It has also held informal meetings with other

UP alumni associations. To promote cooperation

among its members, UPAA-NL holds annually

a general assembly meeting as well as regular

quarterly meetings.

At present, UPAA-NL has 28 members and

continues to be active in recruiting more members.

UPAA-NL looks forward to continuing its efforts in

being a positive contributor to UP and the Filipino

community in The Netherlands.

Officers and Members of UPAA-NL during the General Assembly on April 13, 2019.

University Alumni Magazine


Arts Feature

UP Alumni

Exhibit Excellence

in the Arts

UP honors five more alumni who were conferred the prestigious title of The Order of National Artist (Orden ng Pambansang Alagad

ng Sining), the country’s highest honor in arts and culture.

By Maita D. Domaoal

Anyone seeking some creative inspiration would have gotten a huge dose from the

appointment of the most recent National Artists. The Muse herself must have walked

the halls of the University of the Philippines as five more alumni were conferred the

prestigious title.

The Order of National Artist (Orden ng Pambansang Alagad ng Sining) is the country’s highest honor

in arts and culture, given to Filipinos who have promoted creative expression as significant to the

development of a national cultural identity. These are the visionaries of various disciplines, driving the next

generation of Filipino artists through their life’s work in literature, theater, film, architecture, visual arts,

dance and music.

Thirty-nine of the 73 National Artists hail from the university, with many more to come as the opening

ceremony of UP’s Linggo ng Parangal 2019 will attest. UP not only recognized these talented alumni

but also had performances of snippets of these National Artists’ works, making for an entertaining and

enriching afternoon. These were all UP artists gathered to honor their National Artists.

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(Left) Dr. Resil B. Mojares, National Artist for Literature, the

Visayan titan of letters, a prolific writer, historian and literary


(Right) Lauro “Larry” Zarate Alcala, National Artist for Visual

Arts, was represented by his widow, Mrs. Guadalupe Alcala.

Dr. Resil B. Mojares

National Artist for Literature

The Visayan titan of letters, a prolific writer,

historian and literary critic, earned his Ph.D. in

Literature from UP Diliman in 1979, a time he

remembered as “deeply formative.” Born in

Zamboanga del Norte, he grew up in Cebu where

his mother had originated. He continues to reside in

Cebu, where he is currently writing the province’s

history under the Cebu Town History Project.

“My stay in Diliman put me in touch with

some of the best writers and scholars in the

country. Combined with UP’s highly competitive

environment, the experience was most stimulating

and will always be part of my formation as a writer,”

Mojares said.

He is the first Cebuano to be named a national

artist, causing elation across the province. He

founded the Cebuano Studies Center (CSC), a

pioneering historical research and cultural studies

center where he served as founding director.

Between writing and teaching at University of San

Carlos, he has also served as visiting professor in

various US universities as well as Kyoto University

and National University of Singapore.

What Dr. Mojares has achieved really is embodied

by what SunStar, the newspaper where he was

once columnist, aptly titled him, “a Cebu scholar for

the whole nation.” Here is a man who has dedicated

his life to Philippine cultural and historical studies,

whose writings, research and observations have

basically explored the soul of Filipino cultural

identity. As Dr. Hope Yu, current CSC director put it,

“He has intellectualized the Filipino nation.”

Mojares is the recipient of the Centennial Award for

Cultural Research from the Cultural Center of the

Philippines and the Gawad Tanglaw ng Lahi award.

Six of Dr. Mojares’ numerous works have won the

Philippine National Book Awards. His bibliography

includes Origins of the Rise of the Filipino Novel;

War Against the Americans: Resistance and

Collaboration in Cebu; Waiting for Mariang Makiling:

Essays in Philippine Cultural History; and House of

Memory: Essays.

It is an excerpt from the latter that UP’s tribute

presented with a reading set to a Visayan love

song played tenderly on a guitar. For anyone who

has never read him, the presentation was a call to

discover more of his work.

Lauro “Larry” Zarate Alcala

National Artist for Visual Arts

If England has Martin Handford (Where’s Wally?),

the Philippines boasts of Larry Alcala. Sunday

paper readers regularly sought the curving lines

of a mustached man with sideburns, glasses and

a collared shirt. This was Alcala’s profile cleverly

inserted in fiesta celebrations, local elections and

other Filipino situations. His Slice of Life was funny

and subtle, a social commentary so accessible

that even his many international exhibits yielded

understanding and appreciation. It was his most

popular work in 56 years of cartooning, illustrating

and art education.

He graduated from what was then the UP School

of Fine Arts in 1950 with a BA in Painting. The

Daraga, Albay native went on to create over 500

cartoon characters, some even before graduation.

His memorable ones included Siopawman, Mang

Ambo, Kalabog en Bosyo, Tipin, and that epitome

of wastefulness, Asiong Aksaya.

Commercial success came from pioneering

animated cartoons for local TV ads and consulting

on movie adaptations of his comic strips. His

cartoons were used in corporate calendars,

marketing campaigns, promotional T-shirts and

even San Miguel beer cans.

But at his heart was his alma mater, a school he

had entered through a scholarship from prominent

publisher Ramon Roces. Alcala worked to advance

art education, pushing for a Commercial Design

degree course in 1953 that would later become

the Visual Communication program. He rose from

instructor to professor over the years, and served as

the first department head of Visual Communication.

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He introduced the first 8mm animated cartoon

production for the department. He was the cartoonistin-residence

of the UP Gazette and served the

college’s alumni association and foundation in

different capacities.

Along the way, he helped form professional and

artistic organizations like the 40-year old Samahang

Kartunista ng Pilipinas, Ang Illustrador ng Kabataan

(INK) and the Philippine Board on Books for Young

People (PBBY), a non-profit organization dedicated

to children’s literature. PBBY annually gives out the

Alcala as their top illustrator’s prize.

The Larry Alcala Tribute Exhibit was held last year at

the opening of the new Art and Design West Wing of

the College of Fine Arts. He died in 2002.

Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio

National Artist for Theater

A passion for storytelling and puppetry led Professor

Emeritus Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio to found Teatrong

Mulat ng Pilipinas, the country’s first puppet theater

group, and UP’s official puppet performing group, in

1977. As playwright, puppet maker and director, she

has seen it through hundreds of performances locally

and abroad, enthralling adults and children alike with

plays like Abedeja: Ang Ating Sinderela; Sita at Rama:

Papet Ramayana; and Papet Pasyon (The Passion Play

in Puppetry).

Lapeña-Bonifacio was a BA English student in

Diliman when she was inspired and challenged by

her professors, literary greats Francisco Arcellana

and N.V.M. Gonzales. Both would eventually become

National Artists for Literature.

Her first short story, Death of a Baby, was selected by

Gonzales for the country’s first writing workshop in

1950. Her second short piece, The Bird and the Boy,

won first prize at the Collegian writing competition.

“For a beginning writer, these proved to be very

strong motivations to strive in writing. We had literary

outlets like the Collegian, The Literary Apprentice and

membership in the prestigious UP Writers Club,” she


After graduating in 1953, she earned her MA in Speech

and Theater Arts from the University of Wisconsin-

Madison, and attended Beloit College under a

Fulbright scholarship. She returned to UP to teach at

the Department of English.

“As a beginning teacher, we were given the freedom

to plan our approach and lesson plan and given all the

needed support to carry these out. I am grateful to UP

for all the encouragement they provided,” she said.

Lapeña-Bonifacio was the director of the UP Creative

Writing Center for a decade. She also served as

editor of the UP Gazette, and was named UP artist-inresidence.

Today, the Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio Teatro

Papet Museo, located in Quezon City, has opened the

eyes of many Filipino children to the magic of stories

through puppetry.

In between teaching and raising her family, Lapeña-

Bonifacio continued to write extensively, producing

ten books, 16 plays, 30 children’s plays, and over 130

short stories for children. Among her many accolades

are two Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for her work.

“I am proud to be one of the five National Artist

graduates from UP,” she declared. “As a University

Professor Emeritus, I will continue to do creative work

and research still under the unwavering support of my

dear UP.”

Kidlat Tahimik

National Artist for Film

One can recognize Kidlat Tahimik from a mile away,

with his white hair and signature bahag. At his recent

UP tribute, he carried his bamboo camera as well, a

wonderful twisting of bamboo twine shaped into a

film camera. He gamely used it for a selfie with UP

officials onstage.

At last year’s Tokyo International Film Festival, he

explained what it symbolized. “Because of the strong

influence of Hollywood, we lose track of our local

stories. This is not just a prop. This is a symbol of ‘Let’s

tell stories with our own indigenous eye, with our own

local eye, let’s tell the local story.’ The bamboo camera

is for all Asian films,” he said.

That’s the Father of Philippine Independent Cinema

for you, always with a heart for expressing, filming

and telling our unique stories our way. The multiawarded

film icon, a.k.a. Eric Oteyza De Guia, served

as the University Student Council president in Diliman

in 1962-1963. He studied about the same time as

future filmmakers Lino Brocka and Behn Cervantes.

Kidlat completed his BA Speech and Drama degree

in 1963 and earned his MBA from the Wharton School

of the University of Pennsylvania in 1972. Five years

into working as an economist in France, he found a

motion picture camera in Germany and it gave him an

epiphany. He famously tore his MBA diploma, much

like the Katipuneros had done in 1896. For Kidlat, the

act symbolized his independence, the emergence of

his creative self.

Kidlat’s famous films include the Berlin Film Festivalwinning

Mababangong Bangungot (Perfumed

Nightmare), Sinong Lumikha ng Yoyo?, Why is Yellow

the Middle Color of the Rainbow?, and Turumba.

His films have been called witty, whimsical, critical,

political, postcolonial, native, thought-provoking, and

avante garde. A fitting word would be visionary, for

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Amelia Lapeña-Bonifacio,

National Artist for Theater,

founder of Teatrong Mulat

ng Pilipinas, the country’s

first puppet theater group,

and UP’s official puppet

performing group.

Kidlat Tahimik, National

Artist for Film, The Father

of Philippine Independent


Raymundo Cipriano “Ryan”

Pujante Cayabyab, National

Artist for Music has straddled

all aspects of music: singing,

composing, playing the

piano, conducting, directing,

producing, and teaching.

without his unique perspective, local filmmakers would

still be hesitant to move away from the norm, to find

their own way and perhaps mine their own history and


“If only our filmmakers knew about the great stories

about our grandparents. We should not be ashamed

that we come from a group of ‘indie-genius’ people,”

he once said in an interview.

Kidlat resides in Baguio City, where he was born, and

maintains art spaces VOCAS Art Gallery and Ili-Likha

Artist Village. There he continues to make films and

create art installations. He is currently a trustee of the

Baguio Arts and Crafts Collective.

Kidlat has said the awards and recognition are all very

flattering, and that they encourage him to plant seeds

by working with young filmmakers, artists and writers.

Baguio artists fondly refer to him as “tatay,” to which

Kidlat has quipped, “Don’t be intimidated by that

national artist title. I’m still your National Tatay.”

Raymundo Cipriano “Ryan” Pujante Cayabyab

National Artist for Music

The country, nay the world, would be a sadder place

without Ryan Cayabyab’s music in it. Original Pilipino

Music would just not be what it is today without

him. He has straddled all aspects of music: singing,

composing, playing the piano, conducting, directing,

producing, and teaching. The maestro is behind hit

pop songs like Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika, Limang

Dipang Tao, Tuwing Umuulan at Kapiling Ka, Da

Coconut Nut, Kumukutititap and so many more.

He has done film scores (Hihintayin Kita sa Langit,

Aguila), theater musicals (Katy!, Rama Hari), dance

productions (Ballet Philippines’ La Revolucion Filipina),

opera (Spoliarium), and liturgical music (The Prayer

of St. Francis). More recently, Cayabyab garnered

acclaim for his work on Ang Larawan, the musical film

adaptation of Nick Joaquin’s A Portrait of the Artist as


Cayabyab grew up in UP Diliman, where his mother

was a professor at the College of Music (CMu).

He attended UP elementary school and high

school before entering the College of Business

Administration. But his musical genius shone too

brightly to be ignored. No less than Vice President

Salvador ‘’Doy’’ Laurel, still a senator at the time,

offered him a scholarship to a music school of his

choice. So at age 18, Cayabyab made the shift to CMu.

In between studies, he was doing tours and eventually

graduated with a BA in Music.

“In 1981, my composition and theory teacher offered

me a job to teach at the university, to start as a

lecturer. I thought, ‘Ooh, I’ve never done that before.’

I had a high regard for the academe, so I thought,

“Wow, I’d love to do that, I’d love to teach college

students. I’ll teach them everything I know,”’ he said in

a CNN interview.

Cayabyab was a full-time professor at the Department

of Composition and Theory for almost 20 years. He

established the Music School of Ryan Cayabyab, now

located in Ortigas, to nurture other young talents in

piano and voice studies.

When he became speaker at the 2005 university

commencement exercises, he said: “Alam naman natin

na ang bawa’t isa sa atin ay may natatanging angking

galing. Walang halaga ito kung hindi ninyo gagamitin

para sa ikabubuti at ikauunlad ng inyong komunidad,

ng inyong pamilya at ng buong sambayanan. Itanghal

ninyo ang inyong pagiging Pilipino na nag-aral sa UP

kahit saan kayo mapadpad.”

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Science Feature

PAASE’s UP Alumni:

On Volunteerism and Being

Catalysts for S&T Innovation

By Lester Arvin S. Pascua

“How do we use science and technology and

innovation (STI) in order to accelerate the

country’s socioeconomic development and, more

importantly, raise the quality of life of Filipinos?”

Dr. Ernesto M. Pernia, Secretary of the National

Economic and Development Authority and

UP Professor Emeritus of Economics, posed

this question during his keynote message to

fellow Philippine-American Academy of Science

& Engineering (PAASE) members and nonmember

attendees of the “2018 PAASE Meeting:

Volunteerism to Promote Science, Engineering and

Innovation” held on October 24-25 at the National

Institute of Physics (NIP) Auditorium in UP Diliman.

It was a tough question. Fortunately, Secretary

Pernia was addressing the 200-strong crowd

best suited to rise to this challenge. Composed

of national scientists, academicians, top Filipino

scientists based in the country and abroad,

SUC and HEI presidents, former UP presidents,

chancellors and vice-chancellors of UP campuses,

and members of the government such as former

cabinet members and senators, the meeting served

as a hub—a formidable think tank of established

and young Filipino scientists and government

officials—to push Philippine STI forward and bolster

socioeconomic development. The meeting was

PAASE’s way of contributing to the implementation

of NEDA’s Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022

and Ambisyon Natin 2040.

“We envision the Philippines in 2040 to be a

prosperous, predominantly middle-class society

where no one is poor. Filipinos enjoy long and

healthy lives, are smart and innovative, and live

in a high-trust society in the midst of a global

knowledge economy. No one would dispute that

science, technology and innovation, or STI, will

greatly help us to get there,” said Secretary Pernia.

It seemed serendipitous that the meeting, which

served as a follow-up to PAASE’s 38th annual

meeting and symposium held earlier that year, was

held at the National Science Complex (NSC), a

national hub for the generation and application of

new scientific knowledge that PAASE campaigned

for in 2006 together with key PAASE stalwarts in

Congress. That campaign resulted in the signing

of the Executive Order No. 583 by then President

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, promulgating the

establishment of the NSC.

Now, 12 years later, PAASE, which boasts a

membership of over 300 distinguished Filipino

scientists and engineers from all over the world,

many of whom are UP alumni, was once again

taking leaps to form new resolutions and position

papers set to put Philippine STI advancement

in motion. In the spirit of volunteerism, PAASE

scientists convened at the NIP to recognize and

showcase Philippine STI capabilities and potentials

to stakeholders in the country.

One of the highlights of the meeting was the

conferment of the PAASE Distinguished Vanguard

of Philippine Science Award to 20 individuals who

made an impact to the growth and promotion of

science in the country.

The inaugural awardees:

Congressman Luis Villafuerte Sr.; former Senator

and former UP President Edgardo Angara

(posthumous); Senator Loren Legarda; former

Senator Ramon Magsaysay Jr.; DOST Secretary

Fortunato de la Peña; DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez;

former DOST Secretary Mario Montejo; former

CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan; former

DOST Secretary Dr. William Padolina; former

DOST Secretary Ceferino Follosco (posthumous);

former ADMU President and National Scientist Fr.

Bienvenido Nebres;

Former UP President Emil Javier; Mindanao State

University Founding Father Manaros Boransing;

former UP President Alfredo Pascual; former DLSU

President Bro. Andrew Gonzalez; former UP Diliman

Chancellor Dr. Roger Posadas (posthumous); Asia

Pacific College Founding President Dr. Paulino Tan;

Ignite Impact Fund co-founder Ms. Maoi Arroyo;

Coalition for Agriculture Modernization in the

Philippines Founding President Dr. Benigno Peczon;

and former UP Open University Chancellor Dr.

Grace Alfonso.

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The inaugural PAASE Distinguished Vanguard of Philippine Science Award recognized non-PAASE members who had impactful

contributions to the growth and promotion of S&T in the country.

After the awarding, distinguished PAASE scientists

based abroad delivered talks to present the results

of their research and their collaboration with local

PAASE researchers, and to showcase the vast,

untapped potential of Philippine STI. The roster

included UP alumni Dr. Michael Purugganan,

Silver Professor of Biology and Dean for Science

at New York University, who talked about the

adoption of the Joint Laboratory Model among

local and foreign laboratories to help accelerate

S&T development in the country; Dr. Rigoberto

Advincula, Professor at the Department of

Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case

Western University, who discussed sandwich

programs to train young Filipino scientists;

Dr. Baldomera Olivera, Distinguished Professor of

Biology at the University of Utah, who detailed the

vast potential of marine biodiversity of our country

that can strategically place the Philippines at the

center of a biomedical science revolution; and, Dr.

Arnold Guloy, Moores Professor of Chemistry at

the University of Houston, who talked about the

Philippine-US collaboration in graduate education

and training.

Other UP alumni and local PAASE counterparts,

such as Dr. Giovanni Tapang of the National

Institute of Physics; Professor Emeritus Dr. Rhodora

Azanza of the Marine Science Institute; DOST

Undersecretary for Research and Development

Dr. Rowena Guevara; UP CIFAL Philippines

Executive Director Dr. Edna Co; Asian Institute of

Management professor Dr. Christopher Monterola;

and Director of UP Technology Transfer and

Business Development Office Dr. Luis Sison,

also shared their proposals for new strategies in

Research and Development and higher education.

“PAASE is deeply committed to harnessing the

vast potential of STI and convincing government,

academe, and the private sector about the

importance of investing in S&T research and

development for public good,” said Dr. Gisela

Concepcion, 2018 PAASE meeting chair and former

UP Vice-President for Academic Affairs.

At the end of the two-day event, PAASE President

Dr. Joel Cuello; PAASE Vice-President Dr. Kathleen

Aviso; and Dr. Concepcion turned over the position

papers drafted through breakout sessions with the

attendees to Secretary Pernia. These papers would

then be presented to President Rodrigo Duterte.

Secretary Pernia also shared the memorandum

of understanding between the DOST, NEDA, DTI,

CHEd, DepEd, DOA, and DICT for the creation of a

working and effective STI ecosystem, and invited

Dr. Joel Cuello to sign the MOU and have PAASE

as the 8th department to join in the collaboration.

A separate memorandum of understanding was

also signed by the Philippine Board of Investments

to collaborate with a PAASE advisory committee

to build globally-linked manufacturing and R&D

innovation ecosystems in the Philippines.

“This is what we mean by volunteerism for

Philippine science, engineering, and technology:

that is, with a view to building and establishing

a thriving and prosperous STI ecosystem in the

Philippines with these stakeholders cooperating

and closely working together,” Dr. Cuello said.

“This is the best time for all of us to work together,

take advantage of this great opportunity, when

the Philippines is in the upswing economically, to

establish the STI ecosystems in the country,” he


University Alumni Magazine


Sports Feature

A Story

of How

A Lowly




the UP


By Renan B. Dalisay

Photo by Skip Tan / Nowhere to Go but UP Foundation Facebook page

Five years ago, our small but passionately

fanatical group of UP alumni decided it

was time for our men’s basketball team to

start winning. It was a dream, seemingly an

impossible one. The fulfillment and logistics

of that dream was equally daunting. Winning

wasn’t going to be easy, but our fierce,

stubborn conviction emboldened us. It was

going to be worth it.

Five years later and with a glorious runner-up finish

during Season 81 of the UAAP Men’s Basketball

Competition, we are now closer than ever to reclaiming

the glory of the fabled 1986 team that won the


The story of the UP Maroons men’s basketball team

began when a fellow Iskolar ng Bayan, from a humble

economic background and very much tempted by the

lure of lucrative offers elsewhere, sought our help so he

could continue pursuing his childhood dream -- to play

the game he loved most, and equally important, to finish

his studies at the country’s premier university.

To initiate our helping effort, we started passing the

hat to pay for necessities like food, Ikot fares as well

as to cover electricity costs in the athletes’ sleeping

quarters. We promised them we would be part of a UP

community that doesn’t abandon its own. We promised

them that we would proudly tell their story to the world

to get the support they needed.

What we faced: twenty-seven consecutive losses and

the stigma of perennial UAAP cellar dwellers for the last

three years. We needed to start building. To our mind,

we had nothing to lose. Whatever we do to help, we had

nowhere to go but up, if given a fighting chance.

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Nowhere To Go But UP thus became a rallying call.

It morphed into a slogan, an urgent call to action.

At first, Nowhere To Go But UP symbolized the

ambitious campaign for a winless men’s basketball

team to get that one win. As the months passed,

the proverbial ball started rolling. Volunteers

worked overtime to extend help not only to the

basketball team, but also eventually to all UP varsity


The community of UP alumni invested in our teams

started to grow. Assistance came in steadily and

spontaneously and in various forms, of course

fostered by the a strong sense of school spirit –

sponsoring recovery meals, mentoring the athletes

in their academic subjects, even playing the role

of foster parents to athletes who came from the


If any lesson can be gleaned from this, it’s that

oftentimes all it takes is a small, single match to

ignite a big bonfire, and light that bonfire we did– a

spontaneous, magnificent bonfire that celebrated

not just that one win, but also signaled the

emergence of a UP Community coming together to

unite behind a common goal. What we witnessed

was the truism that there is no other force more

powerful than the heart of a volunteer.

The exciting part is, we are just beginning. If you

follow the narrative of Nowhere To Go But UP:

2012 – 0 win

2013 – 0 win

2014 – 1 win

2015 – 3 wins

2016 – 5 wins

2017 – 6 wins

2018 – runner up

What could it be for 2019? Make no mistake: we will

vie and fight for the crown. Our last championship

was in 1986. That was 33 years and several

generations of UP students ago.

A championship would not be an easy feat. The

most critical challenges are off the court. We can

confidently claim that now, we have the talent.

We have the skills. We have the heart. We have a

growing number of rabid fans and supporters.

The players, together with the coaching staff,

are prepared to meet the pressure head-on. As

members of the greater UP community, however,

we need to support them all-out. When you say

Nowhere To Go But UP, the next step, indeed the

only step to being runner-up is to reclaim the glory

of ‘86.

Nowhere To Go But UP isn’t just about that one

win in 2014, nor it is about merely winning games,

trophies or championships. It is about us, the UP

alumni community, going back to our alma mater

and giving back to our university after getting our


Ano man tayo ngayon, saan man tayo naroroon,

ano man ang ginagawa natin, pilit tayong tinatawag

at inaakit bumalik sa ating alma mater upang

tumulong. Nobody is requiring us to do this. The

essence of our UP education drives us to share

back to the very institution that molded us into

who we are now. It inspires us to help the athletes

who have chosen to represent us in the UAAP and

in other competitions despite extremely tempting

offers from more affluent schools.

University Alumni Magazine


UAAP Season ‘81 Men’s Basketball Team

These young men and women, our University

athletes, our best and our brightest, choose to wear

our colors despite them knowing the challenges

of representing UP’s financially challenged sports


We know that our dedicated athletes cannot rely on

the university alone for their needs. They need our

help as alumni. To paraphrase an immortal slogan

from a famous alumnus, written during tumultuous

times for the country and the university in the

Seventies: Kung hindi tayo tutulong, sino tutulong?

Kung hindi ngayon, kailan pa?

As our UP education gave us a fighting chance to

survive outside the four walls of the classroom, we

are hoping that our efforts will also give that same

fighting chance to our varsity teams. I’m fully aware

that UP alumni are a diverse group. We have our

differences, disagreements, limitations. Despite our

differences, we can focus on what unites us instead

of what divides us.

This is not just about raising funds to support our

athletes. This is about how we can work together

to build, strengthen, and nurture our cherished

UP Community. We do not have that single knight

in shining armor who will answer and provide

for all our needs, but we can patiently build our

community, brick by brick, inch-by-inch, step-bystep

until we reach heights never reached before.

Isn’t that what being from UP is all about?

Just as we learned from our university that “the

power of imagination makes us infinite,” we want

to build teams that are not dependent on financial

resources alone. We want to build teams that are

supported by a dedicated, committed, zealous

community — teams that value grit over glitz,

athletes who value valor over glamor. We want

Iskolars ng Bayan who have true passion to win.

Nais natin ang mga koponan na matatag ang

paninindigan, na magpapa-alala sa ating lahat na

hubad ang tagumpay kung hindi ito nagmumula

sa pagmamahal — pagmamahal sa komunidad at

pagmamahal sa bayan. Nais natin ang mga koponan

na kahit dehado, laging lumalaban at walang


We want teams that will embody the ideals of a

community whose narrative will draw out that

fighting, beating, raging Maroon heart in every one

of us. As proud children of UP, we willingly fight

in the trenches just as we are ready to raise the

scepter of victory.

Last year, we witnessed our school pride shine in

its grandest form. We saw a UP Community united

and proud. Our euphoria was beautiful, historic,


Many of us have enjoyed individual successes in

our careers and callings after leaving UP. Somehow,

we are always drawn back to where we all started.

In part, we are reminded of our love and loyalty

for UP because of the yearly competitions, which

evoke equal measures of pride and nostalgia for our

Pamantasang Hirang.

As alumni, deep inside, we all know that we have

nowhere to go, but go back to UP. Malayong

lupain, atin mang marating, hindi magbabago ang

damdamin. Babalik balikan naman natin talaga ang

UP Nating Mahal.

For those who want to help, please visit the site


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Cover Story


The Blossoming

of the UPLB Soul

Pahinungod, Cebuano word for “offering,” was an apt choice made by former UP President Emil Q. Javier to name

the volunteer service that he institutionalized across the UP System in 1994, not only to put to rest the questions on

whether UP had lost its soul but also to continue to inculcate the culture of service in UP.


When then UP President Emil Q. Javier

institutionalized volunteerism and

established the Ugnayan ng Pahinungod

in UP, he cast a spotlight on the culture of

service that has long existed in UPLB.

The UPLB story is replete with many accounts

of volunteerism, the first on record made by the

pioneer students and teachers who trudged miles

every afternoon and carved the UP College of

Agriculture (UPCA) or today’s UPLB campus out of

the wilderness at the foot of Mt. Makiling.

There were also the UPCA staff and students who

volunteered to fight during World War I and who,

in World War II, led and comprised the guerrilla

arm that helped liberate the internment camp at

UPCA where more than 2,000 Allied nationals were


Natural and man-made calamities have seen

UPLB units, alumni, staff, and students working

the frontlines to help victims. Organized or not,

these efforts were most often ad hoc until the

establishment of the Pahinungod provided an

institutional lead. Most importantly, it became

the platform through which the community

channeled an abiding desire to serve. Through the

Pahinungod, the UP soul, to rephrase the words of a

UP writer, blossomed and in ways unexpected.

While the Pahinungod is being revitalized, in

UPLB, there obviously is no shortage of volunteers

because it is now strengthening its technical

assistance programs in food security, gender

and disaster risk management to encourage and

accommodate a growing number of UPLB faculty

and staff volunteers.

Creating Change

Pahinungod volunteers most often march into

the program so full of wide-eyed optimism and

confidence that they can create change. Vangie,

now a teacher in genetics at UPLB, talked about

how her general education subjects in UP Baguio

succeeded in inculcating in her the love of

country, and motivated her to get into the Gurong

Pahinungod (GP) program in 2005.

Inspired by a teacher who told their class of her

travails as a volunteer, Ria also sought to serve

and immersed herself in a far-flung, underserved

community through the GP with Vangie, her

classmate and now her co-teacher at UPLB.

Jicker, a biology teacher also at UPLB, was

motivated by his desire to provide opportunities

for people to maximize their potentials. “Inspiring

them, sparking an idea, an emotion that could

help them get off the condition they are in.” These,

he said, prodded him to join the Pahinungod. By

“them,” Jicker meant the sectors of society he

met as a Literacy Training Service student whose

lives came as a stark contrast to his. “We, as UP

students, are so privileged whereas others do not

have the opportunities [that we have] to maximize

their potentials,” Jicker said.

“To contribute to our country.” Menard, a BS

Math and Science Teaching junior student and a

Pahinungod volunteer for three years now, said that

this was his and a couple of his friends’ reason for

volunteering. Reynalyn, a BS Computer Science

senior, was introduced to Pahinungod through

a video that their NSTP 1 class watched. What

she saw encouraged her, and then and there she

decided to become a volunteer.

Being Changed

But it was being Pahinungod volunteers that

changed them more than them changing the

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Photo by Christopher V. Labe

communities where they immersed. A major takeaway for

Vangie, Ria, Jicker, Menard, and Reynalyn is how volunteering

made an impact on their lives. Ria and Vanjie finished the GP

program “honed into persons of character by the challenges

that tried the limits of their patience and tested their values.”

They said with some amusement at how the tables were

turned on them: “Pahinungod prepared us for life!”

After his first stint, Jicker realized that he wanted to become

a teacher, and a very good one at that. “What I am now, my

passion for teaching, and my teaching style, I credit to my

immersion with Pahinungod,” he said. According to him, it

was Pahinungod that equipped him with facilitation skills and

an engaging teaching style that he consciously cultivates.

Menard credits Pahinungod with giving him a “new skills set,”

having been tasked to teach chemistry and math even though

he specializes in biology. Reynalyn said that Pahinungod

taught her to speak better in public. “We are learners as much

as teachers in the program,” was how she encapsulated a

common realization among the volunteers.

Revitalizing the Pahinungod

UP President Danilo L. Concepcion has declared in speeches

at events in UPLB that plans are underway to revitalize

Pahinungod to make the free tertiary education law

meaningful to those who cannot get a UP education.

Menard is all thumbs up for the plan because it is a way to pay

forward. For him, volunteering is an act of gratitude. “The help

that I give is the help that was given to me,” he said.

Ria and Vangie reflected on how volunteering took out the

selfishness and self-entitlement in them, and made them more

caring persons. “If we continue to think only of ourselves,

change will not happen.”

Reynalyn said that revitalizing Pahinungod will make the

slogan ‘’Iskolar ng bayan para sa bayan’’ truly meaningful

while Jicker could only exclaim, “imagine a world with more

Pahinungod volunteers!”

Indeed, revitalizing the Pahinungod will help tilt the balance

in favor of those on the fringes of society, as much as the

privileged who only need to be aware of the opportunity to

allow their UP soul to blossom.

Photos by the UPLB Ugnayan Ng Pahinungod

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UPLB-UHS: The Little

Hospital that Could

By Miguel Victor T. Durian

Who would have thought that this little hospital,

tucked away in a quiet corner of UPLB, could

provide services such as major surgeries and

caesarian section?

Yes, doctors at the University Health Service (UHS)

can do radical mastectomy, exploratory laparotomy,

open reduction and internal fixation for serious

bone fracture, hip replacement, surgical removal

of uterus or ovaries for cancer and complicated

conditions of female reproductive organs, and a

host of other major procedures.

Its affordable rates, coupled with the fact that many

of its medical officers, consultants, and ancillary

staff are alumni of the UP Philippine General

Hospital make it the hospital of choice for the


For all of these reasons, the hospital is often

considered as the “Little PGH” of Los Baños.

Dr. Jessie Imelda Foronda-Walde, UHS director,

said that the UHS implements special programs,

including diabetes education and nutrition,

newborn screening, and the student welfare

clinic for psychiatric consultation. It also

conducts seasonal public service programs

such as circumcision and vaccination drives for

influenza and pneumonia. Moreover, it recently

had its personnel trained in handling snake bite

management. Indeed, UHS has come a long way

from its “infirmary” status since 1995 when the

Department of Health accredited it as a secondary

level hospital.

This 30-bed hospital has the key facilities to carry

out these procedures, particularly an operating

room, delivery room, outpatient department, X-ray

room, and a diagnostic laboratory. However, the

hospital is now a little run-down and its equipment

need to be upgraded. As Dr. Walde said, “Major

surgical procedures have been valiantly performed

under miserable conditions.”

UP President Danilo Concepcion, after a recent visit

to the UHS, made a commitment to raise funds to

upgrade its Operating Room.

“There is no better cause that you can support than

health care. When you help us, you do not just help

financially needy students, you also help members

of the community,” said a very grateful Dr. Jessie

Imelda F. Walde, director of the UPLB University

Health Service (UHS), on the support given to the


For the past few years, UP alumni have been

extending help to UHS. Filled with gratitude, UHS

recently celebrated its 104th anniversary with a

program dedicated to its benefactors, entitled

Pasasalamat. Because fleeting words of thanks are

not enough to express its gratitude to its partners,

the UHS installed a “Donor’s Wall” at the hospital,

immortalizing the names of its partners.

According to Dr. Walde, one of their consistent

donors is the Sigma Delta Phi Alumnae Association,

which has chosen the UHS as its outreach programs

through the decades. The sorority adopted and

refurbished patients’ rooms, lactation rooms,

and rest rooms, as well as donated several air

conditioning units, refrigerators, tables and chairs,

hand dryers, and other equipment.

President Danilo L. Concepcion and Atty. Gabriela Concepcion

are given a tour of the facilities of the UPLB University Health

Service by Dr. Jessie Foronda Walde, UHS director.

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The UPLB Alumni Association of America and the

UPLB Alumni Group in America donated $1,500 and

$2,200 (or more than Php 190,000), respectively,

which was used to procure equipment and renovate

rooms. Other donors are the Rotary Club of Los

Baños and Rotary Club of Los Baños Makiling, Vice

Governor of Laguna and a UP alumna Atty. Karen

Agapay, Dr. Rene Rafael Espino and Dr. Teresita

Espino, and the UPLB Zoological Society.



Then and Now

WORDS BY Corazon F. Azucena

IMAGES BY Eric John F. Azucena

The many landmarks that

dot the campus landscape

tell of the history of UP

Los Baños, an institution

that has come a long way

— from a small College of

Agriculture to become the

first autonomous university

in the UP system.

These “Then and Now’’

pictures were taken by

Dr. Robert Pendleton, an

American who pioneered

the teaching and study of

soil science in UPCA (1923-

1935) and by Eric John

F. Azucena, BS Chemical

Engineering 1994. The

old photos are integrated

and superimposed on the

recent ones.

The UPLB main entrance is flanked by two columns that bear murals in

terra glass mosaic. The first seven panels trace the roots of the university

and the eighth one is a vision of UPLB in the future. The Gate Mural, as it

is called, was designed by Filipino “mosaicist” Elizabeth Grace Chan and

was installed in 1978. Superimposed on the 2014 color photo are images

from a black-and-white photo taken in 1935 showing the original icon that

used to welcome people and motorists, that of The Man, The Plow, and the

Carabao. The campus gate was also flanked by replicas of carabaoheads

on top of two pillars designed by Juan M. Arellano, a consulting architect

of the then Bureau of Public Works. The monument and the carabao

head pillars were moved to its present site in 1969 as part of the physical

development of the campus in the 1960s and 1970s.

The Man, the Plow, and the

Carabao used to have engravings on

all four sides of its base, which have been

replaced by hard granite walls after it was

refurbished by UPCA Class of 1958. This

and the carabao head pillars represent

the University’s efforts to improve

Philippine agriculture through research

and development. The carabao pillar

used to be where the “UP Los Baños”

could be seen before it was moved to its

current location at the UPLB Alumni Plaza.

The campus fringes on Velasco and Ela

Avenues used to be lined with residential

structures like the one on the left side

of the photo. Time has overtaken some

of these structures and they have been

replaced by commercial establishments.

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Baker Hall, one of the oldest remaining buildings

on the UPLB campus, was erected in 1927 and was

named after Charles Fuller Baker, former dean of the UP

College of Agriculture. Posing with the Baker Hall in the

background are men and women of the period dressed

in resplendent ternos and white suits characteristic of the

time. Today, Baker Hall still stands with a commanding

presence over a vast open space where outdoor sports

and other activities are held, a silent sentinel that

witnessed history unfold in UPCA/UPLB.

Institute of Mathematical Sciences and

Physics of the College of Arts and Sciences. It used to

be the Women’s Dorm, the home for freshmen who, on

their second year in college, had to move out to give way

to the incoming freshmen.

On this spot where the present-day College of Arts

and Sciences Annex II building stands is where the

Chemistry Building once stood before it was razed to

the ground by a fire in the late 1980s. The old Chemistry

Building then housed BIOTECH, SESAM, and the Institute

of Chemistry. The entrance to the old building was

retained in accordance with the practice in UPLB of

preserving old arches and portals.

An old photo of the Royal Palm Avenue, now called

the Harold Cuzner Royal Palm Avenue in honor of the

American teacher who headed the Department of Rural

Engineering and Mathematics during UPCA’s pioneering

years. In his book, Centennial Panorama: Pictorial

History of UPLB, Dr. Fernando A. Bernardo of class ‘55

documented a story told by Francisco C. Bernardo of

Class ’23 about Dr. Cuzner’s lasting legacy, not only

in planning and supervising the construction of all of

UPCA’s buildings but also in having his class plant the

colonnade of royal palm trees lining one of the campus’s

main thoroughfares. Dr. Cuzner required his class in

engineering to plant the royal palms using a transit to

ensure that these were arranged in straight and perfectly

parallel rows.

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The Harmony BEHIND U

By Maita D. Domaoal

For golden jubilarians returning to reminisce in this

year’s homecoming, singing the university hymn

will have a special meaning. This year marks the

50 th anniversary of the translation of UP Beloved

into UP Naming Mahal, when the graduating class

of 1970 first raised their voices, singing in Filipino

to its familiar melody, with their fists in the air in

defiance and hope.

Civil unrest had been growing over the years as

inflation, rising national debt, and social injustices

became rampant. Student activism was at its peak

and the university was at the center of the action.

Historians would dub the start of the year as the

First Quarter Storm. It was a turbulent time these

April graduates faced. Wouldn’t this wonderful

hymn sung in Filipino stir them to boldly move

forward in national pride and public service?

As riots and protests became an almost regular

sight in Manila streets, the College of Music called

for translations of UP Beloved into the mother

tongue. The response was a UP system-wide

affair from faculty, administration and a student

body united in the fervor of asserting nationalism.

A screening committee headed by College of

Music Dean Ruby K. Mangahas was tasked with

evaluating the submissions in 1969. The committee

members were a group of respected musicians

and composers. Col. Antonino R. Buenaventura,

a former student of Nicanor Abelardo and later,

National Artist for Music, was on board, as was

another future National Artist for Music, Felipe

Padilla de Leon. The latter had first entered UP as

a Fine Arts student but had eventually graduated

from UP with a diploma in music teaching and

conducting in 1939.

Two friends, both professors from the College of

Music, rounded out the committee. Concert pianist

Regalado Jose had grown up in a home without a

piano. It did not stop him from becoming one of the

best pianists in the country; he earned his degree

from the college where he taught for many years.

The maestro often played accompaniment for his

friend Aurelio Estanislao, the famous baritone from

Bocaue, Bulacan, who later penned the lyrics of

Pasko Na, Sinta Ko.

Although there are no more copies available of the

submitted translations, the committee judged that

no single contribution seemed to work as a whole.

It found “none of them to be, in full, suitable to the

hymn’s musical accents nor literally acceptable.” As

musical composers, they together decided to cull

the translated verses from different submissions to

produce a composite poem.

The contributors were truly a mixed bunch.

Conrado Galang hailed from UP Baguio, while Jose

L. Pelayo came from the UP College of Engineering

Shops. Tomas N. Aguirre was a teacher from what

was then the Department of Pilipino and Philippine


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UP Naming Mahal

Two scientists of renown also had a hand in the

translation. Dr. Carlito R. Barril was a UP Los Baños

(UPLB)-bred agricultural chemist who completed

his doctorate there. Dr. Barril would specialize

in analytical chemistry, biotechnology and

environmental chemistry. Dr. Bienvenido T. Miranda,

the first director of the Natural Sciences Research

Institute (NSRI), was a chemistry professor and

international scientist. Interestingly, he published a

paper on “A Tested Scheme for Creating the Filipino

Science Vocabulary.” The NSRI hall was later named

after him.

There was also Celestino P. Habito from the College

of Agriculture, founder of the Office of Student

Affairs in UPLB. Habito also tried his hand at

translating the College of Agriculture hymn from

English to Filipino, as well as that of the Central

Luzon Agricultural University (now Central Luzon

State University). His family recalls that Filipino

professor Felicidad Sagalongos-San Luis, the

esteemed author of Diksyunaryong Ingles-Filipino

Filipino-Ingles, was also part of the university

hymn’s translation. Habito may have collaborated

with her or submitted the translation on her behalf.

Thus, she should take credit for parts of the final

composite poem.

Sagalongos-San Luis, in fact, was appointed to

the Lupon ng Pagsasapilipino ng mga Lathalain

sa Araw ng Pagtatapos in 1970. The administrative

order decreed the translation of the graduation

ceremony program, diplomas and certificates,

invitations, introductions and other related

graduation documents to Filipino.

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Hindsight: The harmony behind...

UPLB also had another contributor in Atty. Severino

Tabios, the university’s legal counsel. He would be

appointed Assistant Professor of Laws on Family

Relations at the College of Agriculture in late 1970.

Finally, there was Hilarion Rubio, a retired faculty

member of the UP Conservatory of Music and

former conductor of the National Opera Company.

A much-respected composer, conductor, clarinetist

and music teacher, he brought something else to

the university hymn. Professor Rubio is credited

with being among the contributors to the

translation, as well as to transposing the piece from

the key of B-flat to A-flat. For non-musicians, it

simply means that the music has been modulated

to a key more manageable for most people to sing.

On April 11, 1970, UP Naming Mahal debuted at

the 59th General Commencement Exercise in

UP Diliman. The University of the Philippines

Gazette, published monthly by the Information

Office, posted the new translated lyrics for wider


Most students and alumni probably know the

university hymn’s origin from two contests held in

1917. The first contest called for a poem “capable

of touching the heart and soul of every UP student

and alumnus.” A young student from Cagayan de

Oro, Teogenes Velez, won for writing UP Beloved.

He went on to finish law in 1921, and served as

Representative of the 2nd District of Misamis in the

7th Philippine Legislature (1925-1927).

The second contest that same year was to put

UP Beloved’s words to music. Enter the Nicanor

Abelardo, the king of Filipino kundiman and

future National Artist for Music. Abelardo was

just a student at that time, but would head the

department of composition seven years later. When

the conservatory moved to Diliman and became a

college in 1968, the hall fittingly bore his name.

Today, UP Naming Mahal rings out in every

graduation, every homecoming and reunion, every

athletic victory, in concerts, organizational meetings

and even protests and demonstrations. The hymn’s

history is the consolidated achievement of the

university’s unique and diverse voices, a blend from

the minds of musicians, lawyers, singers, composers,

teachers, scientists and administrators.

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Stepping up for the Community

By Roland Rabang

The University of the Philippines alumni leave their

mark in many ways and in many places.

At the University of the Philippines Baguio (UPB),

the alumni come to mind whenever students,

faculty and other researchers consult JSTOR, a

digital library of academic journals, books and other

primary sources. A group of UPB alumni based

in the United States made lifetime access to this

digital library possible by donating to UPB a lifetime

JSTOR subscription.

This is just one of many instances where the

generosity of the alumni continues to benefit the

university’s constituency. Students with financial

difficulty, for instance, could avail themselves of free

meals at the UPB canteen as the alumni, through

the UPB Alumni Association has assumed the cost

of their daily sustenance in a program dubbed

“Food for Thought.” There were more instances

where the alumni came through for UP Baguio in

nearly all aspects of its existence. The need for a

campus-wide information dissemination system

also brought donations for audio-visual equipment.

The weather in Baguio City, which it is frequently

visited by heavy rainfall and strong typhoons,

requires that the university should have in store

emergency equipment such as power generators,

emergency lamps, raingear and other tools in

anticipation of inclement weather.

In September of 2018, Northern Luzon was on the

path of a strong typhoon code named “Ompong.”

The morning after the typhoon made landfall

on September 15, the people of Baguio and the

province of Benguet woke up to news of a massive

landslide in the mining village of Ucab in Itogon

municipality in Benguet. It was a humanitarian

crisis that prompted the UP Baguio community

to action with Chancellor Raymundo D. Rovillos

making the call for the UPB community, both

constituents and alumni, to help in the unfolding

situation in Itogon, Benguet.

On September 24, UP Baguio volunteers were

ready to embark on a relief caravan carrying gallons

of potable water as well as hygiene kits. The effort

brought together volunteers from the alumni sector

as well as faculty, students, administrative staff and

UP Baguio volunteers unload care packages for distribution to

evacuees in barangay Ucab, Itogon, Benguet in the aftermath of

typhoon Ompong which made landfall in northern Luzon on

15 September 2018.

REPS (Research, Extension and Professional Staff).

Onsite relief coordinators pointed to at least four

locations that needed the items. The coordinators

said displaced families were in evacuation centers

mostly operated by church denominations. At

Lower Gommok evacuation site, at least 25

families were recipients of 35 five-gallon waterfilled

containers as well as 35 hygiene kits. The

same process also took place in at least two more

evacuation sites in Ucab.

College of Social Sciences faculty member Dr.

Jennifer Josef facilitated efforts to mount another

relief caravan seeing that immediate assistance was

paramount since severe road cuts virtually isolated

Benguet and other Cordillera provinces. Agricultural

produce could not be transported to marketplaces

in La Trinidad (Benguet), Baguio City and Manila.

She added that families relying on agriculture had

no income.

Together with the UP Baguio administration, alumni,

students, faculty and REPS, Dr. Josef contacted

anti-crime advocate Teresita Ang-See and her

group Kaisa sa Kaunlaran Foundation, which

provided financial assistance to purchase relief and

care packs for 340 families and 300 elementary

and high school students of Bakun, Benguet as

well as 200 high school and college students of La

Trinidad, Benguet and Baguio City.

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Oblation statuettes were given to the awardees by the UPAA Cebu Chapter.

Tatak UP sa Sugbu Awards 2018

Mark of Honor and Excellence

By Farrah Marie Catubay

‘’Tatak UP’’ is used to denote someone possessing

the qualities that make an Iskolar ng Bayan. It is

not just a mere label, but also an indication of

something to strive for and an embodiment of a

tradition that stems from the deepest root of the

university—the tradition of honor and excellence.

On December 6, 2018, the UP Alumni Association

(UPAA) Cebu Chapter organized the 4th Tatak

UP sa Sugbu Awards at the Casino Español. The

ceremony recognized alumni who have excelled

in their respective fields and have made indelible

contributions to the Cebuano community.

Ten people working in different yet interlaced

facets of the community were awarded: Anita

Estrera-Baleda (Social Change, Advocacy, Women

Empowerment); Atty. Carlo Pontico Fortuna (Law,

Public Service, Governance); Cris Evert Lato-

Ruffolo and Atty. Ian Anthony Sapayan (Social

Change, Advocacy, Community Empowerment);

Dr. Jose Eleazar Bersales (Culture and Heritage

– Conservation); Atty. Rose-Liza Eisma-Osorio

(Environmental Conservation); Haidee Emmie

Palapar (Communication and Culture); Prof.

Raymund Fernandez (Art, Design, and Culture);

Architect Michael Torres (Art, Design, Corporate

Social Responsibility); and Ma. Teresa Canton


The co-chair of the screening and selection process,

Dr. Madrileña dela Cerna, explained that regardless

of which UP campus they came from, they may

be an awardee as long as they are based in Cebu

or have made significant contributions for the

Cebuano community.

Oblation statuettes were given to the awardees

by the UPAA Cebu Chapter. These statuettes

carry different stories of struggles and victories, of

perseverance and breakthroughs, of challenges and


By empowering women, developing a program

for drug addicts, reigniting the love of reading,

helping student activists, conserving culture and

heritage, protecting the environment, developing

communication and culture, documenting Cebu’s

art history, leading in architecture, and developing

education in the region, the awardees have

manifested the tradition of honor and excellence

cultivated in the university to solve problems facing

Cebu and to realize positive change.

Honor and excellence must be upheld while

studying in the university, but it is even more

expected and demanded of the Iskolar ng Bayan as

they graduate and join the real world. With this, the

ten awardees proved to be Tatak UP.

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ALUMNI Reunited

in 4-Day Affair

United Colors of UPV: An invitation to various academic organizations to gather and work with one another for a better UP Visayas.

By GC T. Castro

The University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV)

celebrated its annual UP Alumni and Faculty

Homecoming on August 23-26, 2018, in UPV Iloilo

City campus.

Various activities were also held to gather the

alumni and let them reconnect with their respective

academic organizations and their alma mater.

Regular annual events held on August 25 included

the annual homecoming Mass at the UPV

Auditorium, sponsored by UP Scintilla Juris and

UP Stella Juris. This was followed by UP Validus

Amicitia’s “VArrio Fiesta” alumni brunch at the

GCEB, and the “Golden Lunch” for retired faculty

and staff sponsored by UP Silak Brotherhood and

UP Silab Sisterhood at the New CM Building. The

yearly election of UPAAIC Board was held at the

PA Rooms. Five new members were elected to the

board to succeed the five outgoing members.

In line with the Academic Groups Day celebrations,

the College of Fisheries Alumni Association (CFAA)

had a workshop at the UPV Auditorium and “Fish

Night: Retro Style” reunion at Westown Hotel on

August 23; College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

had “CAS Family Movie Time” and “Skimmers’

Soiree,” both at the UPV Cinematheque on August

24; the High School Department’s “Goldies Day,”

spearheaded by iAmUPHi in cooperation with

various batches, was held Aug. 25 at the UPV

Auditorium; the Biological Sciences Division’s

“Clovers’ Nook” exhibit at the SWF Lobby; the

Social Sciences Division’s “Redbolts Olympics” at

the Student Lounge; the College of Management’s

“Bluechips: Back to Base Version 2” fellowship

lunch at the New CM Building; and the School

of Technology (SOTECH) Alumni Association’s

“SOTECH Socials,” an intimate lunch followed by

their yearly bingo games at the Graduate and

Continuing Education Building (GCEB).

Sports events included the Alumni Basketball

games organized by the UP Alumni Association

Iloilo Chapter, in coordination with UP Hamili

Brotherhood and UP Hamilia Sisterhood with finals

games on August 22 and Fisheries clinching the

championship; UP Validus Amicitia had its first

night bike ride, “Vayk Fest,” on August 24; and the

biggest sport event, the yearly “Run UP! 8” fun run,

sponsored by UP Silak Brotherhood and UP Silab

Sisterhood, was held August 25 at SM City grounds

with over 400 runners.

Other events included “Tindahan sa UPHI”

homecoming fair organized by iAmUPHi in

coordination with UPAAIC; a “Politica Sermonem:

A Forum on National Issues” with former Solicitor

General Florin T. Hilbay, sponsored by UP Scintilla

Juris and UP Stella Juris; “Human Trafficking” forum

with retired Police Supt. Ma. Cecilia Detablan,

sponsored by Gender and Development Program;

UPHS Batch ‘81’s “Dugo kay Isko” blood drive and

open house of UPV Dormitory Balay Ilonggo; and

UPV Cinematheque.

Capping the festivities was the UP Alumni and

Faculty Homecoming Dinner and Awards Night

held on August 26. Senior jubilarians from various

classes were honored and recognized. Five UPV

outstanding jubilarians were awarded Oblation

trophies and medals.

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UP in Popular Culture (POP-UP)

Alumni in Pageantry

By Jose Wendell P. Capili

Despite perceptions that pageants are

frivolous and exploitative, a number of

Iskos and Iskas have dominated such

competitions since the American colonial

period. While many past winners are

forgotten easily, pageant winners from UP

sought to make a dent by pursuing more

meaningful roles in their lives.

Miss Philippines 1912 Paz Marquez-Benitez wrote

“Dead Stars,” the first distinguished piece of short

fiction written by a Filipino writer in English. She

taught English, creative writing and literature in

UP for many years. Some of her notable students

include former UP Presidents Carlos P. Romulo and

Salvador P. Lopez, National Artists for Literature

Jose Garcia Villa and Francisco Arcellana, iconic

writers Bienvenido Santos and Manuel Argulla

Pre-World War II Miss Philippines winners from UP

also include Victoria Lopez-Araneta (1922), who

co-founded White Cross, Feati University, Araneta

University (now DLSU-Araneta), Republic Flour

Mills (now RFM Corporation), and Feati Bank (later

known as City Trust, before it was acquired by BPI

in 1996).

UP College of Law alumna, bar topnotcher,

professor and philanthropist Pacita Ongsiako de

los Reyes-Phillips was Miss Philippines 1929. The

UP College of Music produced two successive Miss

Philippines: Engracia Laconico (1933) and Clarita

Tan Kiang (1934).

Maria Kalaw-Katigbak, one of Paz Marquez-

Benitez’s students, became Miss Philippines 1931.

A former Philippine Collegian writer and UP

Student Council officer, Kalaw-Katigbak earned

her Associate in Arts, Bachelor of Philosophy

and Master of Social Work degrees from UP. She

earned her MA Literature degree as a Barbour

Scholar at the University of Michigan. Later, she

obtained her PhD in Social Sciences from UST.

Kalaw-Katigbak became senator of the Philippines

from 1961 to 1967 during the Fifth Congress, and

Board of Review for Motion Pictures and Television

(later MTRCB) Chief from 1981 to 1986.

Mr. Philippines World 2018 and UP College of Human

Kinetics Sports Science major Jody Baines “JB” Saliba

(seated at the center) with friends.

After the war, local franchise holders sent Philippine

representatives to international pageants.

Remarkably, UP has produced numerous delegates

to the Miss Universe Pageant, including UPD

Broadcast Communication alumna and Bb. Pilipinas

Universe 1971 Vida Doria; UPLB Biology (summa

cum laude) and UPM Medicine alumna and Bb.

Pilipinas Universe 1976 Liz Beth de Padua; UPD

Economics alumna and Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1979

Criselda Cecilio, UPD Fine Arts alumna and Bb.

Pilipinas Universe 1982 Maria Isabel Lopez; former

UPM CAS student and Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1985

Joyce Burton; UPD Speech Communication alumna

and Bb. Pilipinas Universe 1989 Sarah Jane Paez;

UPD Fine Arts alumna and Bb. Pilipinas Universe

2000 Nina Ricci Alagao; UPD Economics (cum

laude) and Law alumna and Bb. Pilipinas Universe

2001 Zorayda Ruth Andam; UPD Psychology

alumna and Bb. Pilipinas 2006 Lia Andrea Ramos;

UPD Broadcast Communication (summa cum

laude) and Law alumna and Bb. Pilipinas Universe

2007 Anna Theresa Licaros; UPD Community

Development alumna, Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2010

and Miss Universe 2010 4th runner-up Maria Venus

Raj; UPD Architecture (magna cum laude) alumna,

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Philippine representatives to the London-based

Miss World Pageant include UPD Economics

alumna and Miss World Philippines 1967 Maita

Gomez; former UPD CAS student, Mutya ng

Pilipinas-World 1977 and Ambar del Mundo 2nd

runner-up Peachy Veneracion; former UPD Interior

Design student and Mutya ng Pilipinas World 1983

Marilou Sadiua; former UPD Speech and Drama

student and Mutya ng Pilipinas World 1987 Malou

Apostol; UPD Broadcast Communication alumna

and Mutya ng Pilipinas-World 1989 Estrella Singson

Querubin; UPD Education (magna cum laude) and

Bb. Pilipinas World 1997 Kristine Florendo; UP Cebu

Mass Communication alumna, Bb. Pilipinas World

2004 and Miss World 2004 finalist Karla Bautista;

and UPD Art Studies alumna, Bb. Pilipinas World

2005 and Miss World 2005 finalist Carlene Aguilar.

Miss Philippines-Earth titleholders from UP include

Miss Philippines-Earth 2001 and Miss Earth 2001

finalist Carlene Aguilar; UPD Psychology (cum

laude) and UPOU Energy Management alumna,

Miss Philippines-Earth 2006 and Miss Earth 2006

2nd runner-up Cathy Untalan; UPOU AA student,

Miss Philippines-Earth 2010 and Miss Earth 2010

semifinalist Psyche Resus; and UPD Communication

Research alumna, Miss Philippines Earth 2011 and

Miss Earth 2011 2nd runner-up Athena Imperial.

Bb. Pilipinas International 2019 and UPD Economics (cum

laude) and Law alumna Bea Patricia “Patch” Magtanong

with her choreographer, UP PhD Comparative Literature

student, Mahds Guinto.

Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2011 and Miss Universe

2011 3rd runner-up Shamcey Supsup; and UPLB

Chemistry alumna, Bb. Pilipinas Universe 2013 and

Miss Universe 2013 3rd runner-up Ariella Arida.

UP alumnae were also sent to the Miss International

Pageant in Japan, including UPD Home Economics

alumna, Bb. Pilipinas International 1972 and

Miss International 1972 2nd runner-up Yolanda

Dominguez; former UPD Broadcast Communication

major and Bb. Pilipinas International 1993 Sheela

Mae Santarin; UPD Speech Communication

alumna, Bb. Pilipinas International 2008 and Miss

International 2008 finalist Patricia Fernandez; UPD

Interior Design alumna, Bb. Pilipinas International

1994 and Miss International 1994 finalist Alma

Concepcion; and UPD Economics (cum laude)

and Law alumna and newly-crowned Bb. Pilipinas

International 2019 Bea Patricia Magtanong.

Mutya ng Pilipinas winners from UP also include

UPD Tourism alumna and Mutya ng Pilipinas Asia-

Pacific 1988 Hyacinth Lotuaco; UPD European

Languages alumna and Miss Asia Pacific 1993

Michelle Aldana; and UPD Speech Communication

major and Mutya ng Pilipinas Tourism International

2001 Liza Dino.

At least two UP alumni figured prominently in the

world of male pageantry. Former UPD Education

student Aaron Mark Banez was named Ginoong

Pilipinas 1991, while UP Sports Science major Jody

Baines Tejano Saliba was proclaimed Mr. World

Philippines 2018.

A number of UP alumni received prizes in

LGBTTQQIAAP pageants but these contests

were rather short-lived and smaller in terms of

magnitude compared to their male and female

counterparts. Perhaps, a UP graduate will be

proclaimed Miss International Queen in Thailand

sometime in the future.

Indeed, the Iskolar ng Bayan uses all platforms

available to them to create awareness, generate

interest, and catalyze change for their personal or

social advocacies. They bring honor and excellence,

not only to the University of the Philippines, but

also to the entire nation.

University Alumni Magazine


Alumna Tribute

Continuing the

Pioneering Spirit

of Art Educator



By Patricia Ruth B. Cailao

“Art should be lived; it should be part of everyday

life. It’s not meant to be just a décor. But it should

capture ideas. It should capture identities.” This,

according to artist and academician Prof. Grace

Javier Alfonso was the philosophy of her art

mentor, the late Professor Emeritus Virginia Flor-

Agbayani, who died on October 22, 2018, at the

age of 96.

Alfonso was a freshman taking up Painting at

the UP College of Fine Arts in the 1970s when

she became a student of Prof. Agbayani. She

described her mentor as a tall, attractive woman

with an enormous personality “walking around in

a colorful long dress—imposing, quite seductive.”

The two became close friends, especially when

Alfonso decided to lecture at the same college after


Hailing from Batac, Ilocos Note, Prof. Agbayani or

“Manang Betty” as she was often called, was born

on May 20, 1922. She graduated with a Bachelor of

Fine Arts degree (Painting) from the University of

the Philippines (UP) School of Fine Arts in 1947. In

her college years, she became Junior Council and

Student Council representative, was president of

Pallete and the Brush Association, and chairperson

of the Fine Art’s Woman’s Club. She was also a staff

artist of the Philippine Collegian in 1946-1947.

As a professor, Prof. Agbayani was known to be a

terror. But she was also a loving mentor. Alfonso

said Agbayani had a loud, distinct and commanding

voice that compelled everyone to listen.

Agbayani’s artworks revealed that still life and

landscapes were her favorites. “She had freeflowing

strokes with blended colors, and a blend of

abstract and figurative touches,” Alfonso said. “She

had this great awareness of cutting space in her


Virginia Agbayani was very supportive to her

students. She was the one who helped Alfonso set

up her fourth solo exhibit in 1986 at the UP Vargas

Museum entitled, The Third Image.

“[During] the opening of my solo exhibit, she

performed this ritual of offering chicken, some

drinks, tobacco, and eggs, to the spirits as a form of

blessings,” Alfonso said. Prof. Agbayani was in full

ethnic attire and moved while chanting. All these

were done before the cutting of the ribbon, which

was made of sampaguita, with then UP President

Edgardo Angara leading the ceremony.

During a Still Life Painting class, Alfonso recalls,

Prof. Agbayani brought native fruits such as

bananas and atis and made them the subject of

her students. This, she said, was a reflection of

Agbayani’s love for things Filipino.

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Prof. Agbayani with national artists

Larry Alcala and Napoleon Abueva

Photo from the University of the

Philippines Alumni website

Prof. Agbayani also went beyond the use of

materials and focused more towards the philosophy

of art. Alfonso said Agbayani encouraged students

to explore themselves through art and to develop

why they do their own art.

The common knowledge in the past, Alfonso said,

was that painting should be mimetic. You copy, like

a camera would capture a subject; that’s skill. But

for her, it’s not photographic; it’s more essential.

Prof. Agbayani instructed her students to capture

the essence of an object. It did not have to be a

close resemblance. In fact, she didn’t want that,

Alfonso pointed out.

Hailed as “The Grand Dame of Philippine Art

Education,” Prof. Agbayani mentored many of

the country’s artists including National Artist for

Visual Arts, Jose Tanig Joya, who was considered a

pioneer in modern and abstract art.

Agbayani taught bachelor and graduate courses at

the UP College of Fine Arts, where she also served

as the chairperson of the Studio Arts Department,

College Secretary, Officer-in-Charge, and then

Associate Dean. She was instrumental in the

transition of the School of Fine Arts into a college

with more comprehensive programs for students.

Even after retirement, Agbayani continued to

lecture and was active in conducting graduate

program activities, being conferred the title of

Professor Emeritus. She also served as director of

the UP Fine Arts Alumni Association in 1978.

She also pushed for the inclusion of art education

at the primary and secondary levels when she

served at the Philippine High School for the Arts.

According to Alfonso, Agbayani worked for the

funding of various programs in the art high school.

Interestingly, Prof. Agbayani was full of stories

about Philippine history, culture, and society.

Perhaps, much of Agbayani’s interest in storytelling

can be attributed to her being one of the pioneers

of the Diliman campus.

Agbayani was one of the faculty, students and

staff members involved in the transfer from the

University’s 10-hectare campus in Padre Faura,

Manila to the 493-hectare campus in Diliman,

Quezon City.

An essay entitled “Recollections of a Pioneer”

(from UP Diliman: Home and Campus, 2010)

details how Prof. Agbayani witnessed UP Diliman’s

transformation from an open and undeveloped

land into a vibrant community of intellectuals and

culture shapers.

She and her husband Mariano Leano were the first

ones to build a permanent house inside the campus

using their own money. Their bungalow home was

known as the “Hansel and Gretel House” for it stood

alone in the woods in Area 1 before it became a

residential area.

It was where Agbayani learned the rich history of

the place through the stories of the older residents

in the area. For instance, the mango tree in front of

her house used to be a favorite meeting spot of the

Katipuneros, including Melchora Aquino (Tandang

Sora). From the old folk, Agbayani learned how

the area came to be known as Diliman. ‘‘Kasi po,

mayroon kaming kasabihan dito: Mag-dilim man,

wag mag-alala. Sisikat din ang araw, dala ang

ginhawa.’’ (There’s a saying here that says: It may

get dark, but don’t worry; the sun will soon rise and

bring prosperity).

Up to this day, Prof. Agbayani continues to be

an inspiration for Alfonso. “I went into many

(other) things. I was teaching Photography,

Visual Communications, Film, etc. In a sense her

pioneering spirit somehow still lives in me,” Alfonso


Prof. Agbayani is survived by five children: Anne

Victoria Agbayani Resurreccion, Marianne, John

Patrick, Cana-Mari, and Franz John Agbayani; sonin-law

Rey Resurreccion; grandson Carl Francis

Agbayani and his wife, Marie. Her daughter, Ida,

died in 1999.

University Alumni Magazine


Alumnus Tribute





By Patricia Ruth B. Cailao

On June 11, 2018, Ferdinand “Toto” Golez, a former

Navy chief, was driving inside Bonifacio Global City

(BGC) when he was stopped by a traffic marshal

to make way for a speeding ambulance. Following

it was a red van which struck his attention because

it looked like it belonged to his older brother. It

didn’t make sense to him at that time until a series

of phone calls from the Golez family urged him to

go to St. Luke’s Medical Center in BGC, where his

brother, former congressman and former National

Security Adviser Roilo S. Golez, was rushed due

to a heart attack. Roilo, he said, was supposed to

attend a television interview that morning. He did

not make it. He was 71.

The Navy officer said he was at first in denial of

his brother’s demise, for the latter continued to be

active in his political advocacy over the country’s

territorial claims and maritime rights against China

in the West Philippine Sea (WPS), even after he

retired from public service.

Jose Roilo Golez was born on January 9, 1947 in

Looc, Romblon. He was the second of five siblings.

“He had his own way of doing things. There were

times that you would misunderstand him,” Toto,

who’s seven years younger than Roilo, recalled.

He said his brother would not show his affection

and care for a person but one could sense those

feelings were there.

Toto recalled that when they were kids, he asked

his brother’s help for a drawing assignment. Roilo

refused and told him to do his own homework. The

next day, however, Toto was surprised to see his

homework finished. It was a sketch of a mountain

drawn by Roilo. “He also had a knack for sketching

caricatures of people,” Toto said.

While in college, Roilo helped his family by working

as a part-time salesman at an appliance store. He

was then taking up Political Science.

Life was hard for them when they were growing

up, Toto remembers. They were a family of seven

who shared a home in Project 3, Quezon City with

only two rooms. Their parents were public school


According to Toto, Roilo had always planned on

becoming a lawyer. He didn’t seem fit for military

service although their father was a World War II

veteran and a survivor of the infamous Bataan

Death March. Nevertheless, an older cousin

whom he and Toto looked up to as a brother had

encouraged Roilo to serve in the Navy. Roilo then

entered the Philippine Military Academy and was

later accepted at the United States Naval Academy

in Annapolis, Maryland where he majored in

mathematics and operational analysis.

Roilo also earned a Master in Business

Administration (MBA) from the University of the

Philippines (UP) Diliman, Class of 1977. He was

a senior lecturer at the UP Graduate School of

Business Administration, served as a Navy officer

until he retired from service as a Navy captain. As

a civilian, he held several government positions,

among them as deputy administrator of the

Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) from 1978 to

1981 before his appointment as postmaster general

under the Marcos administration from 1981 to 1986.

Golez was among the first government officials

to withdraw their support for then President

Ferdinand Marcos during the early hours of the

civilian-backed military uprising now known as the

38 UP Carillon


Golez the Young Boxer: Seeking

his fourth championship in the

127-pound class of the Brigade of

Midshipmen boxing tournament,

as reported in Evening Capital

newspaper dated March 10, 1970.

Before and After: Golez and his

brother Toto

Photos and news clipping courtesy

of (Ret.) Vice Admiral Ferdinand S.


1986 Edsa People’s Power Revolt. Golez announced

his “irrevocable resignation” as postmaster general

on Radio Veritas, one of the only reliable sources of

breaking news during those dangerous times.

After that historic event, he served as

representative of Parañaque City from 1992 to

2001, when the city had only one legislative district;

and as the city’s second district representative

from 2004 to 2013. In each of the elections for

all six terms as congressman, Golez won by a


In Congress, Golez was a respected member of the

House of Representatives’ committees on national

defense and on public order and security. He

espoused the national interest above all in matters

of external and internal defense and security. He

also served as the head of the House Contingent to

the Commission on Appointments during his last

term. In between his service as congressman, Golez

was appointed as National Security Adviser by

former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2001.

The younger Golez, who eventually became the

Flag Officer in Command of the Philippine Navy,

said that during his military service his Kuya Roilo

would always help him, give him advice and share

his knowledge with him.

“He was the idol of the family. When our parents

died, he became our father. He saw to it that the

family stayed close together; that we continued

helping each other,” Toto said.

Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesman Col.

Edgardo Arevalo was one of those in the military

and government service who paid tribute to Golez.

He called him “a sailor, a patriot, and a public

servant whose contributions to the Filipino nation

and its people extended throughout his lifetime.”

Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri

regarded him as “a lover of the common tao,” even

as Golez mingled with the high and mighty. “His

day was not complete without walking among the

masa in Parañaque and praying in Baclaran Church.

He walked, shopped, dined, prayed, and consoled

the common man every day,” Zubiri was quoted in

a news report.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

described Golez as someone who “embraced

lawfare as a peaceful means of asserting our

sovereign rights in the WPS.”

Online news site Rappler cited a 2002 Newsbreak

profile of Golez where his concept of external

security was expounded as something anchored

on good relations with our Asian neighbors,

minimizing irritants with them, engaging China,

and expressing views when there are perceived


Golez was one of the three convenors of the

West Philippine Sea Coalition, and he established

the Movement and Alliance to Resist China’s

Aggression. He joined rallies and spoke about

China’s “bullying.” He was also a regular lecturer on

the sea dispute at the National Defense College of

the Philippines.

Golez is survived by his brothers Toto and Elias,

sisters Henrietta and Amelita, his wife Natalia, and

their two children, Rico and Guadalupe.

University Alumni Magazine


In Memoriam: June 2018 to July 2019

Dr. Ramon Fabella Abarquez Jr.

(AA 1948, MD 1953) January 10, 2018

Rep. Roque Ravelo Ablan Jr.

(AA 1953, AB 1953, ROTC 1954)

March 26, 2018

Ms. Samia R. Abraham-Henrage

(BSHE 1975) August 13, 2018

Prof. Emeritus Napoleon Veloso Abueva

(BFA 1953) February 16, 2018

Rev. Dr. Federico Ines Agnir

(AB 1959) July 9, 2018

Atty. Anna Tencing Lacuanan Alfaro-


(AB 1994, LLB 1999) September 15, 2018

Hon. Felix Rigoroso Alfelor Jr.

(LLB 1960, MPA 1966) March 29, 2018

Mr. James De Villa Alvarez

(BSBio 2012, MS 2018) December 8, 2018

Atty. Edgardo J. Angara

(LLB 1958, LLD 2013) May 13, 2018

Dr. Zuriele G. Arambulo

(BSBio 2012) February 7, 2019

Mr. Henry Carino Arcangel

(BSA 1960) July 19, 2018

Mr. Antonio Ibanez Arquiza

(BSBA 1968)

Ms. Angelina Leyco Arvisu-Dumol

(AB 1949 mcl) January 15, 2018

Ms. Lourdes Teresa Borja Asprec

(BSN 1974) June 5, 2018

Dr. Elaine A. Atos-Rodzion

(BSN 1968) December 26, 2003

Ms. Ma. Bulaklak P. Ausente

(AB 2007) March 13, 2019

Atty. Senen Danao Baccay

(AB 1964) January 28, 2019

Dr. Leon Angel Purugganan Banez Jr.

(MD 1948) September 4, 2018

Mr. Emilio Basbas Batino

(BSA 1978) October 6, 2003

Dr. Ma. Riza Lazaro Bondal

(BSBE 1984 mcl, MEd 1990)

November 1, 2018

Dr. Eliadora Fe Balisay Bote-Vera

(BSBA 1966, DVM 1975, BFA 1993 mcl)

October 14, 2018

Ms. Aleli R. Bustrillos-Yap

(BSACh 1973 mcl, MS 1983)

Mrs. Belen R. Butuyan-Calixto

(BSE 1951, MAT 1979) April 20, 2018

Ms. Carmelita U. Casanova-Montenegro

(BSHT 1955) January 22, 2018

Ms. Marian B. Castigador-Pornel

(GN 1975)

Prof. Karina R. Constantino-David

(AB 1966) May 7, 2019

Mr. Juan Nasayao Contreras

(BSA 1974) October 6, 2018

Ms. Veronica “Nonie” M. Convocar

(BSBA 1968) March 6, 2019

Engr. Conrado Estrada Cortes

(BSCE 1997, MS 2000) June 4, 2018

Hon. Carmen “Carmeling” P. Crisologo

(CGM 1976, MPA 1977)

Ms. Norma C. Crisologo-Liongoren

(BSN 1968)

Ms. Rhoda C. Dacanay-Santos

(BSBA 1961) May 13, 2018

Prof. Victoria Dans-Reidenbach

(BSChem 1949 cl) March 1, 2018

Atty. Diogenes C. Dayan

(AB 1965, LLB 1969)

Sr. Wilhelmina (Sis. Mary Stanislaus)

Padilla De Polonia

(BSHE 1956) January 15, 2018

Atty. Connie Gumanit Del Rio-Villamor

(AB 1999) September 24, 2018

Mr. Mario “Maryo” Jorolan Delos Reyes

(AB 1974) January 27, 2018

Ms. Jeanette S. Deslate

(MMgt 1996, DipURP 2006)

Atty. Hermenegildo Castellano Dumlao

(ROTC 1958, LLB 1965) May 27, 2018

Ms. Madonna Joy L. Ednaco-Tanyag

(AB 2007)

Atty. Mamerto B. Endriga Jr.

(LLB 1968) February 11, 2018

Ms. Teresita De Joya Enriquez-Vivar

(AB 1972) October 7, 2018

Atty. Godofredo C. Esguerra

(LLB 1954) February 26, 2018

BSP Gov. Nestor Aldove Espenilla Jr.

(BSBE 1980 mcl, MBA 1982)

February 23, 2019

Dr. Jesse T. Espinola

(MD 1964) July 27, 2017

Mr. Manuel V. Estillore Jr.

(BS 1963) July 8, 2018

Ms. Nelia L. Evangelista

(MN 1974) January 15, 2018

Judge (Ret.) Fernando L. Felicen

(BAPA 1969) February 10, 2018

Prof. Emmanuel Quisumbing Fernando

(AB 1975, MA 1980, LLB 1995)

November 27, 2018

Ms. Virginia Flor-Agbayani

(BFA 1947) October 22, 2018

Mr. Severino J. Formacion III

(BSME 1992)

Atty. Gloria Alfaro Fortun

(LLM 1966) March 21, 2018

Ms. Perlita J. Francisco-Suguitan

(BSN 1968)

Ms. Wulfilda P. Galvante

(BSE 1969, MAT 1974) March 11, 2018

Ms. Mater M. Gamboa-Mascarinas

(AA 1952, BSE 1954, MAT 1973)

Mr. Gerardo C. Garcia

(BSChE 1965, MBA 1970) January 26, 2018

Dean Ruben A. Garcia

(BSME 1954)

Atty. Andres G. Gatmaitan

(BSJ 1961 cl, LLB 1961 cl) July 25, 2018

Atty. Jessie John P. Gimenez

(AB 1983, LLB 1987) September 28, 2018

Hon. Jose Roilo S. Golez

(MBA 1977) June 11, 2018

Dr. Alice G. Guillermo

PhD 1995 (July 29, 2018)

Dr. Acela F. Gutierrez-Tantiongco

(BS 1954, MHProfEd 1988) April 22, 2019

Ms. Ma. Cristina D. Harder

(BSBA 1984)

Dr. Harivelle Charmaine T. Hernando-


(BS 1976; MD 1981; MHProfEd 1997;

PhD 2013) May 11, 2018

Ms. Mary Ann Therese A. Javelona

(MMgt 1998)

Ms. Ma. Lourdes H. Jesena-Madamba

(GN 1975)

40 UP Carillon

Prof. Sonia Morales Joaquin-Valenciano

(AB 1952, AB 1967)

Atty. Ruben DC. Judit

(LLB 1955) March 12, 2019

National Scientist Bienvenido Ochoa


(BSA 1955 mcl) February 21, 2018

Mr. Roberto F. Kuan

(BSBA 1971) September 15, 2018

Asst. Prof. Ma. Anna Rowena Luz

G. Layador-Roaquin

(MIS 1998) September 5, 2018

Dr. Bella Grace L. Legayada-Barrera

(BSFish 1980; DPubAd 1992; MMgt 1984)

June 2018

Judge (Ret.) Leandro Tejo Loyao Jr.

(CGM 1977, MPA 1978)

Atty. Oliver Ocol Lozano

(LLB 1972) April 12, 2018

Mr. Reynaldo C. Lulu

(AB 1984, MMgt 1995)

Ms. Ella Alma Madarang Maceda-Calleja

(BSHE 1957) March 23, 2018

Dr. Raymundo Solomon Magno

(MD 1960) August 9, 2018

Dr. Leilani Gail Vidallon Magtolis

(BS 1986) October 8, 2018

Ms. Rosa L. Mamon-Manzala

(BSBA 1962, MPA 1977) August 2018

Arch. Geronimo V. Manahan

(BSArch 1962 cl, PhD 1992)

February 18, 2018

Mr. Edgardo B. Maranan

(BSFS 1967) May 8, 2018

Mrs. Fortuna Edralin Marcos-Barba

(BSE 1952) March 3, 2018

Rev. Fr. Hector C. Mariñas, O.P.

(MEd 1983) August 4, 2018

Mr. Jose “Pitoy” R. Moreno Jr.

(BFA 1951) January 15, 2018

Ms. Fe P. Navarro-Reyes

(BS 1949 cl, MS 1966) July 31, 2018

Ms. Angelita Careaga Ofilada

(BSFS 1951, MIM 1962, MPA 1955)

April 23, 2018

Dr. Perry S. Ong

(BS 1983, MS 1988) March 2, 2019

Ms. Luz Anita M. Orallo-Perez

(BSPhar 1953) April 23, 2019

Ms. Pacita Zapata Orata

(BSPhar 1982) October 21, 2018

Mr. Emmanuel Libre Osorio

(AB 1964) January 12, 2018

Ret. Ambassador Tomas Delos Reyes


(AB 1953, BSFS 1954) January 31, 2019

Ms. Carmelita D. Palabrica-Pineda

(BSN 1973)

Atty. Pareto Oliver B. Patacsil

(BAPA 1959) February 8, 2013

Ms. Valentina B. Patacsil

(GN 1959, BSN 1961) July 24, 2015

Ms. Rosalita Sayoc Prospero

(AB 1983) May 28, 2019

Mr. Luciano “Sonny” L. Puyod II

(BSA 1972) March 1, 2018

Ms. Erlinda A. Rada-Pilkington

(BSN 1968) February 1, 2017

Ms. Aurelia S. Redoble-Pada

(BSE 1953) November 6, 2018

Atty. Teodoro D. Regala

(BSJ 1959 cl, LLB 1959) June 1, 2019

Engr. Felisberto G.L. Reyes

(BSCE 1949, MIM 1955) March 29, 2019

Dr. Milagros Z. Reyes

(MA 1958, DEd 1980)

Sec. Rodolfo T. Reyes

(Liberal Arts 1958) April 14, 2016

S. Maria Adela Torro Robledo

(CCD 1975) April 12, 2019

Atty. Manuel Benitez Rojo Jr.

(AB 1963, LLB 1969) September 13, 2018

Ms. Nena Adamos Rola-Bustrillos

(BSA 1948 cl) July 22, 2018

Mr. Enrique “Pocholo” P. Romualdez

(AA 1948, PhB 1950) February 28, 2019

Dr. Leon B. Sabas

(CHA 1966, MHA 1968) November 10, 1990

Mr. Melito Sison Salazar Jr.

(BSBA 1971, MBA 1974) February 16, 2019

Ms. Adoracion Salcedo-Acuna

(BSN 1962, MAT 1977) February 27, 2018

Ms. Rosa Crisostomo Samson-Pacubas

(BSE 1947) June 5, 2019

Mr. Bayani S. San Diego Jr.

(AB 1995) October 24, 2018

Dr. Michael C. San Felipe

(BS 1989) October 2, 2018

Ms. Sylvia Sandejas Reyes

(BSHT 1957) May 26, 2018

Ms. Concepcion V. Santos-Bantug

(BSN 1968)

Dr. Ruben D. Santos-Cuyugan

(PhB 1949 mcl) August 12, 2018

Dr. Luz Dawang Segui

(MEd 1970) June 29, 2018

Dr. Vidal “Boy” O. Simpao Jr.

(BS 1968) June 1, 2018

Mr. Ernesto Galvez Sonido Jr.

(BSFish 1990; MLIS 2003) July 7, 2019

Dr. Arsenio P. Talingdan

(AA 1951, AB 1953, MPA 1955) April 2018

Mr. Arturo R. Tanco Jr.

(LLD 1976) April 19, 1985

Atty. Leonida G. Tansinsin-Encarnacion

(LLB 1956) January 14, 2018

Mr. Sherman B. Tenorio

(BS 1993) July 2018

Mr. Gerardo A. Teodoro

(BSA 1965) April 24, 2012

Prof. Ligaya Gragera Tiamson-Rubin

(AB 1966, MAT 1974) May 18, 2018

Atty. Melania Campit Tijam-Ariola

(LLB 1977) September 16, 2018

Dr. Teodulo M. Topacio Jr.

(DVM 1951 cl) July 1, 2019

Ms. Aletha Ma. I. Trasporte

(DipIR 2000, MIR 2000) July 8, 2018

Dr. George Siao Kian Ty

(LLD 1999 hc) November 23, 2018

Mr. Mark Joseph Holandes Ubalde

(AB 2007) April 1, 2019

Ms. Vilma A. Vecera-Paner

(BSN 1959, CPH 1968) May 12, 2017

Atty. Rogelio A. Velasco

(AB 1974, LLB 1978) May 11, 2018

Mr. Manuel E. Villa Jr.

(AA 1959)

Judge Armando Alvarez Yanga

(LLB 1973) December 4, 2018

Ms. Zenith Katalina O. Zuniga-Delgado

(GN 1975)

University Alumni Magazine


Alumni Accolades

UP Alumni Elected in the May 2019 Midterm Elections

Senate of the Philippines

Cynthia A. Aguilar-Villar (BSBA 1970)

Juan Edgardo “Sonny” M. Angara

(LLB 2000)

Maria Lourdes “Nancy” S. Binay-Angeles

(BSTour 1997)

Pilar Juliana “Pia” S. Cayetano (UPDil-

SchEco-AB-85cl, UPDil-Claw-LLB-1991)

Ma. Imelda “Imee” R. Marcos (Law-1976,

2nd sem. to 1983, 1st sem.; earned 130

units and 6 units, CSSP AB Program)

Aquilino Martin “Koko” D.L. Pimentel III

(LLB 1990)

Mary Grace Senora Poe (AB Development

Studies 1988)

House of Representatives

Rodrigo A. Abellanosa (UPDil-BSMetE-

1984cl) 2nd District-Cebu City

Cyrille F. Abueg (UPDil-SchEco-BS-1991,

UPDil-CLaw-LLB-2003) 2nd District -


Maria Lourdes Acosta-Alba (UPDil-

ABPsych-1988) 1st District-Bukidnon

Stella Luz F. Alabastro-Quimbo (UPDil-

SchEco-BSBE-1991scl, UPDil-SchEco-

MA-1994, UPDil-SchEco-PhD-1994) 2nd

District - Marikina City

Isagani S. Amatong (UPDil-CLa-AB-1964,

UPDil-CBA-MBA-1970) 3rd District -

Zamboanga Del Norte

Dahlia A. Ambayec-Loyola (UPLB-CAS-

BS-1982) 5th District - Cavite

Marisol C. Aragones-Sampelo (UPLB-

CDC-BSDC-1999) 3rd District- Laguna

Shirlyn L. Banas-Nograles (UPV-

BSBio-1996) Gen. Santos City

Robert Ace S. Barbers (UPDil-NCPAG-

MPA-2006) 2nd District- Surigao del


Jose Christopher Y. Belmonte (UPDil-

SchEco-AB-1997, UPDil-Claw-LLB-2002)

6th District - Quezon City

Juan Pablo P. Bondoc (UPDil-CBA-

BSBA-1990) 4th District - Pampanga

Peter John D. Calderon (UPDil-SchEco-

BSBE-1981, UPCebu-MMgt-1983, UPDil-

CLaw-LLB-1988) 7th District - Cebu

Alan Peter S. Cayetano (UPDil-CSSP-

AB-1993) Lone District-Taguig City-


Edgardo M. Chatto (UPDil-AB-1981)

1st District - Bohol

Junie E. Cua (UPDil-CBA-BSBA-1967cl,

UPDil-CBA-MBA-1973) Lone District -


Lorenz R. Defensor (UPDil-CSSP-

AB-2000) 3rd District - Iloilo

Cheryl P. Deloso-Montalla (UPDil-CSSP-

AB-1990) 2nd District - Zambales

Arnulf Bryan B. Fuentebella (UPDil-CSSP-

AB-1998) 4th District - Camarines Sur

Greg G. Gasataya (UPDil-ABPolSc-1992)

Lone District - Bacolod

Ciriaco Gato Jr. (B UPMla-CMed-MD-1984)

Lone District- Batanes

Marquez “Mark” O. Go (UPCM-AB-1975,

UPDil-MMgt-1979) Lone District - Baguio


Evelina B. Guevara-Escudero (UPDil-CHE-

BSHE-1964, UPDil-CEduc-MAED-1999,

UPDil-CEduc-PhD-2005) 1st District -


Ramon V. Guico III (UPDil-CSSP-AB-1997,

UPDil-CEduc-MAEd-2004) 5th District -


Dulce Ann K. Hofer (UPCC-MMgt-1996,

UPDil-NCPAG-DPubAD-2005) 2nd

District - Zamboanga Sibugay

Lacson-Noel, Josephine R. UPDil-CMC-

(ABC-1991) Lone District - Malabon City

Edcel Castelar Lagman (UPDil-AB-1962cl,

UPDil-LLB-1966) 1st District - Albay

Ma. Lucille K. Ledesma-Nava (UPV-CAS-

BS-1988) Lone District - Guimaras

Lorna Regina “Loren” B. Legarda (UPDil-

IMC-AB-1981cl) Lone District - Antique

Edward Michael VP. Maceda (UPDil-CMC-

ABC-1993) 4th District - Manila

Eleandro Jesus F. Madrona (UPDil-CLaw-

LLB-1978) Lone District - Romblon

Ruth B. Mariano-Hernandez (UPLB-CAS-

BSBio-1994) 2nd District - Laguna

Josephine Y. Ramirez-Sato (UPDil-CLaw-

LLB-1978) Lone District - Occidental


Jesus Crispin C. Remulla (UPDil-CAS-

AB-1983, UPDil-CLaw-LLB-1987) 7th

District - Cavite

Rufus B. Rodriguez (UPDil-CLaw-

LLB-1980) 2nd District - Cagayan de Oro


Geraldine B. Roman (UPDil-AB-1997)

1st District - Bataan

Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez (UPDil-

CLaw-LLB-1992) Tacloban City

Roman Gabriel T. Romulo (UPDil-SchEco-

BS-1991, UPDil-CLaw-LLB-1994) Lone

District - Pasig City

Deogracias Victor “DV” B. Savellano,

(UPCM-CAS-AB-1981) 1st District - Ilocos


Lucy Marie M. Torres-Gomez (UPCC-

BBMgt-1995) 4th District - Leyte

Isidro T. Ungab (UPLB-ROTC-1982, UPLB-

BSA-1983) 3rd District - Davao City

Henry R. Villarica, (UPDil-CAS-AB-1967,

UPDil-CLaw-LLB-1971cl) 4th District -


Victor A. Yap (UPDil-SchEco-AB-1990)

2nd District - Tarlac

Ronaldo B. Zamora (UPDil-CLaw-

LLB-1969, UPExtDivMla-AB-1965) Lone

District - San Juan City

Party List

Justin Caesar Anthony D. Batocabe

(UPDIL-Claw-Djuris-2015, UPDil-SchEco-

BS-2010cl) Ako Bikol Political Party (Ako


Arlene D. Brosas (UPDil-CAL-AB-1997,

UPDil-CAL-SertMPFil-1995) Gabriela

Women’s Party (Gabriela)

Sarah Jane I Elago (UPDil-CHE-BSHRIM-

2010cl) Kabataan

Sharon S. Garin (UPV-CMgt-BSBA-1993)

Ang Asosasyon Sang Mangunguma Nga

Bisaya Owa Mangunguma (AAMBIS-


Bernadette Herrera-Dy (UPDil-CBA-

MS-2000, UPDil-SchEco-BSBE-1997)

Bagong Henerasyon (BH)

Ron P. Salo (UPDil-CLaw-LLB-2003,

UPDil-CSSP-AB-1998cl) Kabalikat ng

Mamamayan (KABAYAN)

42 UP Carillon

Provincial Government


Eleanor B. Begtang (UPCB-BS-1987)


Dakila Carlo E. Cua (UPDil-CBA-

BSBA-1999) Quirino

Arthur R. Defensor Jr. (UPDil-CSSP-

AB-1992) Iloilo

Francis Joseph “Chiz” G. Escudero (UPDil-

CSSP-AB-1988, UPDil-CLaw-LLB-1993)


Gwendolyn F. Garcia (UPDil-AB-2000)


Samuel T. Gumarin (UPMla-CPH-

MPH-1997) Guimaras

Hermilando I. Mandanas (UPDil-MBA-1969)


Edwin C. Ongchuan (UPDil-CSSP-AB-1991)

Northern Samar

Juanito Victor C. Remulla (UPDil-CSSP-

AB-2014) Cavite

Presbitero J. Velasco Jr. (UPDil-CAS-

AB-1967, UPDil-CLaw-LLB-1971)


Vice Governor

Katherine C. Agapay (UPDil-CSSP-

AB-1995) Laguna

Marc Douglas C. Cagas IV (UPDil-CSSP-

AB-1997) Davao del Sur

Hilario P. Davide II (UPDil-AB-1991) Cebu

Vicente R. De Jesus (UPLB-Carg-

BSA-1979) South Cotabato

Christine S. Garin (UPV-CMgt-

BSAcctcy-1996) Iloilo

Mark Ronald D.G. Lambino (UPDil-CSSP-

BS-2005) Pangasinan

Edcel Greco B. Lagman (UPMla-CAS-

AB-1993) Albay

Victorino Dennis M. Socrates (UPDil-

CLaw-LLB-1986) Palawan

Susan A. Yap-Sulit (UPDil-CSSP-AB-1987)



Suzette T. Alquisada (UPV-CMgt-

MMgt-1995) Tigbauan, Iloilo

Kim Mikael D.G. Amador (UPCB-AB-2001)

Manaoag, Pangasinan

Nestor L. Alvarez (UPDil-CS-PhD-1998,

UPDil-CS-MS-1986 , UPDil-CAS-BS-1976)

Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija

Marcos G. Ayangwa (UPMla-CPH-

MOH-2000) Paracelis, Mountain Province

Mar-Len Abigail ‘Abby” S. Binay (UPLB-

CHEc-BSHEc-1997) Makati City, Metro


Boen Dorotheo R. Cabahug (UPCC-

AB-1995) Aurora, Zamboanga Del Sur

Lino S. Cayetano, (UPDil-CMC-AB-1999)

Taguig City, Metro Manila

Enrico R. Corvera (UPLB-CAEIT-

BSAE-1976, UPLB-GradSch-MS-1983)

Nasipit, Agusan del Norte

Natali Ann F. Debuque (UPMLa-CPHar-

BSIP-2018) Anilao, Iloilo

Eleanor DJ. Dominguez (UPDil-CEduc-

MAEd-203cl) Castillejos, Zambales

John Wesley R. A Dulawan (UPMla-CPH-

MPH-1995) Banaue, Ifugao

Rosario Mediatrix P. Fernandez (UPV-

CMgt-BSMgt-1998) San Enrique,


Trina Alejandra Firmalo-Fabic (UPDil-

CSSP-AB-2005mcl) Odiongan, Romblon

Rommel A. Gecolea (UPLB-GradSch-

MPubA-2013) Cabuyao City, Laguna

Richard I. Gomez (UPOU-Fed-

CertAA-2009) Ormoc City, Leyte

Ralph C. Lantion (UPDil-CLaw-LLB-1977,

UPDil-CAS-AB-1973) Bayombong, Nueva


Jasmin Angeli M. Maligaya-Bautista

(UPLB- Gradsch-MDMG 2014) Magallanes,


Emmanuel L. Maliksi (UPDil-CSSP-BS-1991)

Imus, Cavite

Fe G. Maruhom (UPDil-CSWCD-

MSW-1996) San Francisco, Southern Leyte

Eliordo U. Ogena (UPDil-CLaw-LLB-1978)

Koronadal City, South Cotabato

Ramon A. Orfanel (UPDil-CLaw-LLB-1996)

Catanauan, Quezon

Joelle Mathea S. Panganiban (UPB-KAP-

BS-2017) Angadanan, Isabela

Vivian F. Pugal-Alvarez (UPOU-FMDS-

MA-2014 Oras, UPMla-Cnursing-BSN-1995)

Eastern Samar

Edward T. Quilala (UPDil-CSSP-AB-1991)

Curimao, Ilocos Norte

Pablito V. Sanidad (UPDil-CBA-

BSBAA-1980) Santa Catalina, Ilocos Sur

Marcelino R. Teodoro (UPDil-CSSP-

AB-1990 cl) Marikina City, Metro Manila

Francisco Javier M. Zamora (UPDil-

NCPAG-MPA-2006) San Juan, Metro


Vice Mayor

Anatonio G. Bagasao (UPDil-CBA-

BSBA-1980) Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya

Michelle Alice B. Baguilat (UPDil-CMC-

AB-2003) Kiangan, Ifugao

Aidel Paul G. Belamide (UPLB-CAS-ABCA

2009 scl) Silang, Cavite

Philip A. Dacayo (UPLB-Carg-BSA-1986)

Solano, Nueva Vizcaya

Arvin L. Losaria (UPV-CMgt-DipURP-2016)

Lambunao, Iloilo

Joel E. Manangan (UPDil-CEngg-

BSGE-1986) San Narciso, Zambales

Zaldy G. Marin (UPMla-CPH-DipDPH-1991)

San Agustin, Romblon

Leif Laiglon A. Opina (UPLB-CEM-

BSAgbMgt-1999) Cabuyao City, Laguna

Jesus D.V. Poquiz (UPMla-HIS-CBHW-1984,

UPMla-HIS-CCHW-1986) Quezon, Isabela

Rizal G. Salih Jr. (UPMla-CAMP-

BSPT-2000) Castillejos, Zambales

Jeffrey C. Sumbilla (UPV-CMgt-

DipURP-2006) Santa Barbara, Iloilo

Joje B. Undar (UPV-CAS-BS-1990, UPV-

CMgt-MMGt-2016) Banete, Iloilo

Judy D.L. Vargas (UPLB-CDC-BSDC-2011)

Lingayen, Pangasinan

Jerry T. Yaokasin (UPCT-AB-1990)

Tacloban City, Leyte

Silvano C. Zanoria (UPDil-CAS-MS-1978)

Aurora, Zamboanga Del Sur

University Alumni Magazine



June 2018

Architect Licensure Examination

• 5 th place: 82.80% - Arielle Jan Salazar

Baldonado, BSArch 2016 (UPMin)

• 8 th place: 82.50% - Gerard Silvestre

Alejandro, BSArch 2016 (UPD)

Environmental Planner Licensure


• 1 st place: 83.05% - Amillah Sescon Rodil,

BSArch 2002 cl; MA 2009 (UPD)

• 2 nd place: 82.00% - Alvin Fabellore

Veron, BS 2009 cl (UPD)

• 3 rd place: 81.55% - Rio Compra Yonson,

BS 1995 cl (UPD)

• 4 th place: 81.40% - Ace De Guzman

Ligsay, BS 2011; MA 2013 (UPD)

• 6 th place: 81.25% - Maja Cielo Henson

Jose, BSArch 2005 mcl (UPD)

• 7 th place: 81.15% - Gemeniano, Jr. Beluan

Crisante, BS 2007 cl (UPD)

• 8 th place: 80.95% - Weslene Irish Uy,

DipURP 2017 (UPD)

• 10 th place: 80.80% - Theresa Jane

Guigayoma Cajarte, BSDC 2009 cl;

DipPubMgt 2014 (UPLB)

July 2018

Social Worker Licensure Examination

• 3 rd place: 83.50% - Miguel Paolo Dolfo

Ocampo, BSSW 2018 cl (UPD)

August 2018

Agricultural Engineer Licensure


• 1 st place: 84.96% - John Carlo Llamoso

Navasero, BSABE 2018 (UPLB)

• 2 nd place: 84.63% - Ginalyn Robel Marzan

Brazil, BSABE 2018 cl (UPLB)

• 8 th place: 82.97% - Jay Ann Quion

Lomod, BSABE 2018 (UPLB)

Mechanical Engineer Licensure


• 9 th place: 91.20% - John Paulo Orca

Castro, BSME 2018 (UPD)

Mining Engineer Licensure Examination

• 4 th place: 90.85% - Kenneth Davebrune

Red Geriane Chan, BSEM 2018 cl (UPD)

• 9 th place: 89.40% - Jade Mark Leal

Santos, BSEM 2018 cl (UPD)

Nutritionist-Dietitian Licensure


• 3 rd place: 90.35% - Anton Ian Gabriel

Miranda Gozum, BSNut 2018 cl (UPLB)

• 5 th place: 89.65% - Renz Hamor Sale,

BSNut 2018 cl (UPLB)

• 6 th place: 89.35% - Simoun Rainier Luis

Bayudan, BSCN 2018 mcl (UPD)

• 8 th place: 89.00% - Mary Nicole

Importante Grecia, BSCN 2018 cl (UPD)

• 9 th place: 88.30% - Renezzi San Jose

Libay, BSNut 2018 cl (UPLB)

Pharmacist Licensure Examination

• 10 th place: 90.63% - Matthew Dominique

Quinton Tan Ong, BSPhar 2017 (UPMla)

Veterinarian Licensure Examination

• 8 th place: 82.62% - Shaira Mitchie

Gangan Ortiz, DVM 2018 (UPLB)

• 10 th place: 82.40% - Alay Maria Consuelo

Barin Paz, BSportsS 2013 cl; DVM 2018


September 2018

Forester Licensure Examination

• 1 st place: 91.80% - Freddie Saenz

Palermo, BSF 2018 cl (UPLB)

• 5 th place: 90.90% - Philip Jones Gabriel

Reyes, BSF 2018 cl (UPLB)

• 9 th place: 90.30% - Mark Bryan Anog

Carayugan, BSF 2018 cl (UPLB)

• 10 th place: 90.05% - Jomari Christian

Dela Cruz Baggay, BSF 2018 (UPLB)

Librarian Licensure Examination

• 5 th place: 88.05% - Mikee Jay Camille

Moral Chan, BLIS 2017 (UPD)

• 6 th place: 87.75% - Daniel Paulo Francisco

Dela Cruz, BLIS 2018 mcl (UPD)

• 8 th place: 87.45% - Aris Andrada

Gragasin, BLIS 2007 (UPD)

• 10 th place: 87.30% - Fzaira Libot Cerrero,

BLIS 2018 (UPD)

Physician Licensure Examination

• 3 rd place: 90.58% - Ernest Matthew

Provido Paggabao, BSN 2013 cl


• 4 th place: 90.42% - Ma Sergia Fatima

Papiona Sucaldito, BSBMS 2015 cl

(UPMLA); MD 2018 cl (UPMLA)

• 5 th place: 90.08% - Ron Michael Labador

Castillo, BS 2013 mcl (UPMLA); MD 2018


• 6 th place – 90.00% - Iandycel Cabarles

Mijares, BSFT 2012 scl (UPLB)

• 10 th place: 89.58% - Marie Abigail Rivera

Lim, BSBMS 2015 mcl (UPMLA); MD

2018 cl (UPMLA)

October 2018

Certified Public Accountant Licensure


• 6 th place: 90.00% - Joanne Lynsley

Tuason Go, BSBAA 2018 scl (UPD)

Electronics Engineer Licensure


• 6 th place: 89.50% - Norman Vincent

Padua Coquia, BSECE 2018 cl (UPD)

Fisheries Technologist Licensure


• 1 st place: 86.75% - Liza Mina Lorraine

Dignadice Iwag, BSFish 2018 cl (UPV-IL)

• 4 th place: 84.50% - Lhumen Arpilleda

Tejano, BSFish 2014 cl (UPV-IL); MSFish


• 6 th place: 84.00% - Edcel Rebadomia

Sudaria, BSFish 2018 cl (UPV-IL)

• 6 th place: 84.00% - Valerie Lorraine

Magarse Tan, BSFish 2014 (UPV-IL)

• 7 th place: 83.75% - Ruperto Pasigay

Olivares, BSFish 2018 (UPV-IL)

• 9 th place: 83.25% - Mery Rose Arcenal

Baroquillo, BSFish 2018 (UPV-IL)

• 9 th place: 83.25% - Kyle Iris Cano Touzo,

BSFish 2018 mcl (UPV-IL)

• 10 th place – 83.00% - Jenelyd Acdol

Bretaña, BSFish 2018 (UPV-IL)

• 10 th place: 83.00% - LC May Calud Gasit,

BSFish 2018 cl (UPV-IL)

• 10 th place: 83.00% - Denise Vergara

Miranda, BSFish 2018 (UPV-IL)

• 10 th place: 83.00% - John Ray

Nomananap Moleño, BSFish 2015 (UPV-


Geodetic Engineer Licensure Examination

• 1 st place: 90.00% - Kristian Rabi Monay,

BSGE 2018 mcl (UPD)

• 3 rd place: 87.80% - Karl Kevin Dungca

Talplacido, BSGE 2018 (UPD)

• 4 th place: 87.40% - Dariel Franz Poblete

Noveloso, BSGE 2018 mcl (UPD)

• 5 th place: 87.20% - David Carlos Cordial

Naval, BSGE 2018 (UPD)

• 7 th place: 86.20% - Fritz Rhaem Malinao

Olivar, BSGE 2018 cl (UPD)

• 10 th place: 85.60% - Franklin Decosto

Maraya, BSGE 2018 (UPD)

Psychologist Licensure Examination

• 2 nd place: 85.65% - Kim Ronaline

Bautista Salvador, BS 2011 mcl (UPD);

MA 2018 (UPD)

• 8 th place: 84.15% - Mary Grace Macapagal

Raymundo, AB 2008 mcl (UPD); MA

2015 (UPD)

• 10 th place: 83.85% - Maria Beatriz Cinco

Guerrero, AB 2014 cl (UPD)

Psychometrician Licensure Examination

• 3 rd place: 81.80% - Grazianne-Geneve

Villafuerte Mendoza, AB 2018 scl (UPD)

• 4 th place: 81.60% - Ma Angela Pascual

Maskariño, BS 2018 mcl (UPD)

• 6 th place: 81.20% - Darynne Ariana Mortel

Solidum, AB 2017 cl

• 8 th place: 80.80% - Mary Jonne Tura

Auza, AB 2018 (UPV-Cebu)

• 8 th place – 80.80% - Patricia Monique

Mendoza Paca, AB 2012 (UPV-Cebu)

• 10 th place – 80.40% - Mary Grace Apa

Nonay, ABSS 2013 (UPTC)

• 10 th place: 80.40% - John Paul Amaya

Velez, AB 2018 (UPV-Cebu)

November 2018

Bar Examination

• 6 th place: 85.0320% - Nadaine Peralta

Tongco, BSBAA 2013; DJuris 2018

• 7 th place: 84.8590% - Patricia Orendain

Sevilla, BSBA 2014; DJuris 2018

Chemical Engineer Licensure Examination

• 1 st place: 84.40% - Peter Nicholas

Saquido Onglao, BSChE 2018 scl (UPD)

• 3 rd place: 83.20% - Ernest Pahuyo

Delmo, BSChE 2018 scl (UPD)

• 4 th place: 83.10% - Jose Rafael Balagtas

Quidilig, BSChE 2018 cl (UPLB)

• 5 th place: 83.00% - Sidny Aaron Peña,

BSChE 2018 mcl (UPD)

• 7 th place: 82.50% - Marc Alec Dominic

Ong Yau, BSChE 2018 mcl (UPD)

44 UP Carillon

• 9 th place: 82.10% - Neil Aldrin Paul

Rosales Caraos, BSChE 2018 mcl


• 10 th place: 81.80% - Rans Miguel Nunag

Lintag, BSChE 2018 mcl (UPD)

Civil Engineer Licensure Examination

• 1 st place: 97.20% - Jaydee Niere Lucero,

BSCE 2018 mcl (UPD)

• 4 th place: 95.10% - Churchelle Mendez

Ballon, BSCE 2018 cl (UPLB)

• 6 th place: 94.65% - Raul Ligaya Mendoza

Jr., BSCE 2018 mcl (UPD)

• 7 th place: 94.60% - Jayvee Rodriguez

Marjes, BSCE 2018 mcl (UPD)

• 9 th place: 94.30% - Ma Patricia Leriezz

Johnston Corpuz, BSCE 2018 mcl (UPD)

Geologist Licensure Examination

• 1 st place: 85.40% - Dainty Clarice

Vicentino Rabang, BSGeo 2018 cl (UPD)

• 4 th place: 83.80% - Michael James Cadag

Cabreros, BSGeo 2018 cl (UPD)

• 5 th place: 83.60% - Timothy Glenn Paat

Iringan, BSGeo 2018 cl (UPD)

• 6 th place: 83.50% - Jon Dave Bultron

Pillejera, BSGeo 2018 cl (UPD)

• 7 th place – 83.40% - Jesley Mei Abiño

Dycoco, BSGeo 2018 cl (UPD)

• 9 th place: 83.00% - Denise Faye Salvador

Janer, BSGeo 2018 cl (UPD)

• 9 th place: 83.00% - Julius Ajes Pasco,

BSGeo 2018 (UPD)

• 9 th place: 83.00% - Ma Patricia Leriezz

Johnston Corpuz, BSGeo 2018 cl (UPD)

• 10 th place: 82.80% - Juan Paolo

Punongbayan Pamintuan, BSGeo 2018


Interior Designer Licensure Examination

• 2 nd place: 86.60% - Gabrielle Gay

Paningbatan Sayson, BSID 2018 cl (UPD)

• 3 rd place: 86.35% - Cleyanne Ysabel

Nenita Ko Dela Calzada, BSID 2018 cl


• 4 th place: 85.95% - Patricia Louise Cruz

Rojas, BSID 2017(UPD)

• 8 th place: 84.80% - Trisha Lyn Sabayle

Perez, BSID 2018 (UPD)

Nursing Licensure Examination

• 3 rd place: 86.40% - Robert Lacayanga

Mejia, BSN 2018 cl (UPMla)

• 5 th place: 85.80% - Ella Mae Lolith Panal

Mahilum, BSN 2018 cl (UPMla)

• 5 th place: 85.80% - Micahella Jane

Castañares Merencilla, BSN 2018


• 6 th place: 85.60% - Lyka Monique Garcia

Mauleon, BSN 2018 (UPMla)

• 8 th place : 85.20% - Jose Raphael

Madulid Delos Santos, BSN 2018


• 8 th place: 85.20% - Sophia Alberto

Tubera, BSN 2018 (UPMla)

• 9 th place: 85.00% - Andrea Franchesca

Dela Cruz Descalzo, BSN 2018 (UPMla)

• 9 th place: 85.00% - Sophia Ruth Santos

Mora, BSN 2018 (UPMla)

• 10 th place: 84.80% - Andrei Jane

Francisco Gavino, BSN 2018 (UPMla)

• 10 th place: 84.80% - Susanna Martha

Beltran Ibe, BSN 2018 (UPMla)

December 2018

Dental Licensure Examination

• 1 st place: 84.20% - Michelle Parafina

Robledo, DDM 2018 (UPMla)

• 2 nd place: 83.84% - Vance Lenin Bautista

De Leon, DDM 2018 cl (UPMla)

• 5 th place: 82.50% - Cara Alexandria

Salafranca Esguerra, DDM 2018 (UPMla)

• 6 th place: 82.40% - Corvi Cadapan

Ildefonso, DDM 2018 (UPMla)

January 2019

Architect Licensure Examination

• 2 nd place: 83.50% - Carlo Martin Lovete

Llanto, BSArch 2016 mcl (UPD) 10th

Industrial Engineering Certification


• 1 st place: 87.38% - Marc Edelbert S.

Villanueva, BSIE 2018

• 2 nd place: 85.70% - John Bernard M.

Croox, BSIE 2018

• 3 rd place: 85.14% - Nigel Fredric R.


• 4 th place: 84.58% - Maetien M. Dayto,

BSIE 2018

• 4 th place: 84.58% - Alyssa Mikaela S.


• 6 th place: 82.34% - Angela Ira B. Ramos,

BSIE 2018

• 9 th place: 81.21% - Christian Earl J. Buna,

BSIE 2018

• 10 th place: 80.93% - John Russel L.

Macatangay, BSIE 2018

February 2019

Occupational Therapist Licensure


• 1 st place: 83.80% - Nicole Kyla Dy Delfin,

BSOT 2018 (UPMla)

• 2 nd place: 82.80% - Veronica Roleda Dee,

BSOT 2018 (UPMla)

• 3 rd place: 82.00% - Camille Anne Laroya

Guevara, BSOT 2018 (UPMla)

• 4 th place: 81.60% - Jorge, III Villarosa

Sombillo, BSOT 2018 (UPMla)

• 5 th place: 81.40% - Juviel Rev Reyes

Cruz, BSOT 2018 (UPMla)

• 5 th place: 81.40% - Gabrielle Alyssa

Dionisio Elefante, BSOT 2018 (UPMla)

• 7 th place: 81.00% - Zanda Jane Detalla

Abenes, BSOT 2018 (UPMla)

• 8 th place: 80.80% - Jann Martha Aujero

Celeste, BSOT 2018 (UPMla)

• 10 th place: 80.40% - Renee Camille Delos

Reyes Cahinde, BSOT 2018 (UPMla)

• 10 th place: 80.40% - Fides Nadine Raya

Ballon Toribio, BSOT 2018 (UPMla)

Physical Therapist Licensure Examination

• 9 th place: 84.55% - Jenica Mae Bulanadi

Galang, BSPT 2018 (UPMla)

• 9 th place: 84.55% - Henny Angelica

Panes Geroche, BSPT 2018 (UPMla)

• 9 th place: 84.55% - Lara Narvacan

Marqueses, BSPT 2018 (UPMla)

March 2019

Pharmacist Licensure Examination

• 1 st place: 92.70% - Julienne Nicole Chua

Dela Cruz, BSPhar 2018 cl (UPMla)

• 3 rd place: 91.80% - Jonas Angeles

Aquino, BSIP 2018 cl (UPMla)

• 5 th place: 91.50% - Patricia May

Geronimo Arellano, BSIP 2018 (UPMla)

• 5 th place: 91.50% - Sarah May Laguador

Obmaña, BSIP 2018 (UPMla)

• 6 th place: 91.40% - Alison Mary Albesa

Docena, BSPhar 2018 cl (UPMla)

• 7 th place: 91.32% - Lance Gerik So Chan,

BSIP 2018 (UPMla)

• 9 th place: 91.17% - Karl Ian Hernandez

Maliwat, BSPhar 2018 (UPMla)

Physician Licensure Examination

• 8 th place: 87.58% - Ralph Benedict

Baranda Ma-Alat, BS 2013 (UPDil)

• 8 th place: 87.58% - Jonathan Jallorina

Macatiag IV, MD 2018 cl (UPMla)

• 9 th place: 87.42% - Karl Josef Niño

Jimenez Separa, BSBMS 2015 (UPMla);

MD 2018 (UPMla)

April 2019

Electrical Engineer Licensure Examination

• 1 st place: 93.50% - Clark Sigmund

Rabano De Castro, BSEE 2018 mcl

• 3 rd place: 91.85% - Aljon Samiento

Gablan, BSEE 2018 cl

• 4 th place: 91.55% - James Christian

Turner Diaz, BSEE 2019

• 5 th place: 91.40% - Ma. Danica Galicia

Castillo, BSEE 2018 cl

• 6 th place: 91.15% - Carl Peter Christian

Canido Caampued, BSEE 2018

• 9 th place: 90.70% - Jenifer Gallardo

Ricalde, BSEE 2018 cl

May 2019

Chemical Engineer Licensure Examination

• 2 nd place – 83.60% - Kem Monterico

Taghap, BSChE 2018 cl

• 6 th place – 80.80% - Genesis Lance Unira

Orejas, BSChE 2018 scl

• 10 th place – 80.20 % - Manuel Christian

Salvagon Caparas, BSChE 2019 cl

Dentist Licensure Examination

• 2 nd place: 83.63% - Anna Nikole

Guimmayen Delos Santos, DDM 2019 cl

• 3 rd place: 83.36% - Dan Aron Anselmo

Santiago, DDM 2019

• 5 th place: 82.56% - Czarina Mikaela

Castro Benoza, DDM 2019

• 6 th place: 82.37% - Rainier Samaniego

Ruedas. DDM 2019

• 7 th place: 82.24% - Roschelle Dominique

Estoesta Lorezco, DDM 2019

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