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Official Publication of the University of the Philippines Alumni Issue No. 7

alum.up.edu.ph January - December 2023


and experience the UP Carillon magazine

Cover Photo in Augmented Reality.

The Flutist|The Butterfly|The Goddess|The Seed

Sculptures by Kublai Millan

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Jose Wendell P. Capili

Roland B. Tolentino


Jeanette L. Yasol-Naval

Associate Editor

KC M. Abalos-Orendain

Managing Editor

Frances Fatima Cabana

Copy Editor

Susan Claire Agbayani

Kristine Cruz

Danielle Uy


Anna Cañas-Llamas

GC Castro

Bino Gamba

Alexis Faith Gonzales

Jeraline Gumalal

Margarita M. Gutierrez

Mariamme D. Jadloc

Celeste Ann Castillo Llaneta

Imelda S. Mariveles

Raymund Sisenando R. Mercado

Ken Rusell M. Peñaflor

Christian San Jose

Lydia V. Solis

Cecilia Fe L. Sta Maria-Abalos


Marie Ylenette W. Reforzado

Layout and Design

El Bacani, UP MPRO

UP Diliman Information Office Archives

Mindanao Public Information Office


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Joper Cunanan

Rommel Feria

Nicholas S. Jalea

Romeo Nungay III

John Vash Tiston

AR and Carillon Online Developer

Lyzete C. Balinhawang

Nelson E. Carandang

Carlo Vince W. Fernando

Michelle L. Pollier

Jovita Ronquillo

Eileen D. Anonas

Jomari C. Valdez

Grexy C. Montillana


Jay C. Amorato

Jennifer A. Duarte

Benjamin P. Oleriana III

Evan Jay A. Villacorte

Administrative Support

Con ents














Arts Feature

UP Buildings as Inspiration for Art

Featured Alumni Chapter in the Philippines

Pan Xenia Fraternity

Sports Feature

Celebrating and Reviving the UP Latagaw Cup

UP in Pop Culture

UP in Komiks

Featured Alumni Chapter Abroad

UPAA Greater Los Angeles Area

Biographical Tributes

Dr. Emmanuel V. Soriano

Dr. Milagros Ibe

Cover Story

Rites of Passage: The Four Sculptures


A world-class home for Mindanao’s athletes:

The Davao City-UP Sports Complex

in the UP Mindanao campus


UP Mindanao: A fast growing community

Alumni Engagement

UP Alumni: The bedrock that

supports UP Mindanao

CU Hopping

UP Diliman

UP Manila

UP Baguio

UP Cebu

UP Los Baños

UP Open University

UP Visayas


Sunflowers as grad rites in UP Diliman

Alumni Accolades


In Memoriam

OAR Directors

From the Editor’s Desk

As the flagship publication of the UP System Office of Alumni Relations (OAR), The Carillon Magazine

is a valuable platform for sharing updates and engaging in meaningful discourse with our diverse and

accomplished alums.

At the University of the Philippines, we take great pride in our role as the country’s first national

university. With a history of over 115 years, UP has consistently produced outstanding individuals who

have significantly impacted various fields, both locally and globally.

Through The Carillon Magazine, we also shed light on the progress and impact of UP’s various

programs. From community engagement and social responsibility initiatives to collaborations with

industry partners, our university is committed to creating a positive and lasting impact on society. We

will showcase narratives of our faculty, staff, students, and alums who have exemplified the spirit of

public service through transformative projects and research endeavors.

Furthermore, we will explore the dynamic landscape of UP’s many efforts, highlighting the importance of

strategic communication in fostering transparency, enhancing stakeholder relationships, and promoting

the university’s mission and values. We will delve into the evolving role of digital transformation in

shaping public perception and engagement while also addressing the challenges and opportunities

that lie ahead.

In addition to focusing on public affairs, we will provide updates on the latest advancements in

academic programs, creative and research breakthroughs, and campus development projects. We

believe a comprehensive understanding of UP’s progress in these areas is crucial

in keeping our external and internal publics informed and connected.

I thank Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs Jeanette Yasol-Naval

and the dedicated team at the UP System OAR for their tireless efforts

in curating this edition of The Carillon Magazine. Their commitment to

excellence and passion for showcasing the accomplishments of our

university is truly commendable.

As we navigate these challenging post-COVID times, I am confident

that the stories shared in this issue will inspire and uplift our spirits.

Together, let us continue to uphold the values of honor, excellence,

integrity, service to others, kindness, and accessibility to

a larger demographic that should define

the University of the Philippines.

Thank you for your unwavering support and continued

engagement with our beloved university.

Daghang salamat sa tanan!

Jose Wendell P. Capili


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. Kindly check out the online UP

Alumni Profile Update at alum.up.edu.ph. For notices on Accolades and

In Memoriam sections, including Chapter Information updates, please

send to: up.alumnioffice@up.edu.ph.

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Arts Feature

UP Buildings as Inspiration for Art:

Let the Old Buildings Speak

By Kristine Cruz

Architect Paulo G. Alcazaren explains it simply:

“Essentially, it’s design communication.” He

goes on to say, “Kung nasa ibang kurso kayo,

you communicate

through words or

diagrams, [like in]

Science or Math.

With architecture

and design, you


through drawings

and text.”

A l c a z a r e n

graduated with

a double degree

in Bachelor

in Landscape


and Bachelor

of Science in

Architecture in

1979 and 1981,

respectively. He

then obtained a

master’s degree

in Urban Design

from the National

University of


Currently, he is a

practicing landscape architect and urban

planner in his private firm. In the age of

tablets and smartphones, he still prefers to

first develop his ideas using pen and paper

before he passes them on to his employees

who will make the digital form.

These days,

in addition to

managing his

firm, he spends

his time taking

photos around

the city and

sketching iconic

old buildings

and structures.

He appreciates

them for what

they are and

envisions what

they could

become. And

rants about it.

According to


there is not

much difference

b e t w e e n

drawing in the

past and today.

Whether it’s

with paper or

with a tablet, “[drawing] is still [the act of]

taking an instrument, whether analog or

digital, and translating a three-dimensional

reality into two dimensions on

a sketch pad or tablet. And it’s

important because these design

professions, when you ask us to

design a house, we create the

design on a two-dimensional

screen or paper, which is then

used to build the actual house.”


continued to explain that

developing the ability to

conceptualize design solutions

in a two-dimensional form is a

crucial skill for architects and

related fields to acquire. And he

knows this well because, apart

from practicing his profession,

he also taught at the UP Diliman

College of Architecture for a few


But he emphasized that it doesn’t end

with just drawing. “Your buildings are still

experienced by people physically… you still

have to go to a physical structure and walk

through it. The experience of architecture

is not on paper.” For Alcazaren, what

you see should be what you actually

experience. It’s about being able to depict

what is currently present and what you can

see eventually. It’s the ability to translate

2D into 3D reality. And that concludes the

entire drawing experience.

However, the drawing experience is not just

for conceptualizing new buildings; it is also

for documenting existing ones. In 2022, he

partnered with the UP Alumni Association

and released the UP Naming Mahal 2023

desk calendars, which featured his 24 hand

sketches of iconic UP campus buildings.

But why draw the old UP buildings? “I’ve

always wanted to do it,” said Alcazaren.

“And every chance I have, dino-document

ko either through photography, drawing or

sketching. Pero most of the sketches were

done during COVID... So UP was one of

the few [places] na puwedeng puntahan

na may social distancing diba? So yan ang

libangan ko nung pandemic—to go back to


The University is, after all, home

to many interesting structures,

and “iconic” is probably one

of the best words to describe

them. The first building that

would probably come to mind

is Quezon Hall, designed by

Architect Juan Felipe Nakpil,

the country’s first national

artist for architecture. It

serves as the seat of the

administration for both the UP

System and UP Diliman.

Another example would be the

twin buildings, Melchor Hall

and Palma Hall, both of which

were designed by Architect

Cesar Concio. While Melchor

Hall houses the College of

Engineering, Palma Hall is

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Alumni Chapter in the Philippines

100 Years of Embracing Goodwill

International Honorary Fraternity, Pan Xenia, celebrates its centennial and its golden legacy in UP and the Philippines

home to the College of Social Sciences and

Philosophy, which was formerly known as the

College of Arts and Sciences (thus popularly

known as “AS”). And lastly, from the big

four, there is Gonzales Hall, also known as

the UP Main Library, which was designed by

Architect Nakpil.

In addition to these academic buildings,

Arch. Alcazaren also notes the unique dome

shape of the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice

along Apacible Street and the Church of

the Risen Lord along Laurel Street. These

structures are unique, and their design

became popular during the 1950s. There

are only a few structures shaped this way

due to their complicated design. There

are also the Carillon and the UP Theater,

the Abueva waiting sheds, and more. And

through drawing, Alcazaren believes that

he is able to highlight the value that these

old structures can offer in contrast to the

country’s preoccupation with modernity.

In previous interviews, Alcazaren is known

to have been working towards slowing down

the urban degradation that has been taking

place in our country. And apart from his

successful involvements, such as the Iloilo

Esplanades and the ‘Plazas in the Philippines’

exhibit last May, he also uses social media

to document and highlight the importance

of preserving our country’s architectural

heritage. When he posts his sketches on

social media, he makes sure to include a

backstory. “It pedagogically teaches people

why this building is structured this way and

what its purpose was. So, there is educational

value in presenting the sketches. And the

sketches, because of their nature or form,

are appealing to a lot of people because they

see a unique way of viewing the building.”

With the rise of newer buildings on campus,

Alcazaren could not help but rant about how

jarring the University’s new face has become.

More than just putting up newer and taller

buildings, he believes that there is wisdom

to be gleaned from the old buildings that

surround us. Nowadays, in the fast-paced

urban jungle we live in, he invites us to take a

moment, set aside our camera phones, and

allow the old buildings to tell their stories.

“If you sit down and draw it, for designers, it

gives you time to absorb the beauty of the

building and the creativity that the designer

put into it. And then, like I do, you will also

see everything that is wrong with either the

building or the context. And usually, it’s the


Reference: Severino, H. (2023) Paulo Alcazaren’s 'Plazas in the Philippines' exhibit: A love letter to a vanishing urban grandeur, Retrieved

23 June 2023.

Credits: The key informant for this article is Architect Paulo C. Alcazaren of PGAA Creative Designs. Arch. Alcazaren graduated with a

double degree in Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Architecture in 1979 and 1981, respectively. He also

pursued a Master’s Degree at the UP School of Urban and Regional Planning, but completed it at the National University of Singapore.

Pan Xenia International Honorary Fraternity’s 99th anniversary celebration hosted by Bro. UP Chancellor Fidel Nemenzo at UP Balay

Tsanselor on September 23, 2022.

By Christian San Jose

The year 2023 marks the 100th anniversary of

the founding of the Pan Xenia Fraternity, an

International Honorary Fraternity with its roots

in Washington State, U.S. It was established

in 1919 at the University of Washington. The

fraternity upholds its cardinal virtues of

honesty and business ethics, caution and

courage, knowledge, and appreciation of

human relationships.

Since inducting its first honorary members

in the 1930s, the once-small tight-knit group

of students has become a guild of exemplary

men in business, government, and diplomacy.

This includes notable figures such as President

Elpidio Quirino, UN General Assembly

President Carlos P. Romulo, University of

the Philippines Presidents Onofre Corpuz,

Emanuel Soriano, and Francisco Nemenzo Jr.,

and Central Bank Governors Miguel Cuaderno,

Sr., Gregorio S. Licaros, and Jaime C. Laya.

These remarkable men, along with the

fraternity itself, all originated in the east wing

of the UP Diliman campus, specifically at

the College of Business Administration. The

college is named after a Most Distinguished

Brother, Cesar E.A. Virata (Virata School

of Business), a renowned statesman and

prominent figure in finance. Most of its deans

are Pan Xenians as well.

Pan Xenia’s impact is also indelible on the

rest of the campus. The Sunken Garden

Grandstand, facing the College of Business

Administration (also known as “BA”) is

designed after Pan Xenia’s Japanese torii

emblem. Formally opened in 2004 with the

assistance of Bro. Vicente S. Quimbo, the

founder of Bel Mondo Italia Corporation, the

Grandstand is slated for another renovation

this year.

Continuing to give back to the UP community,

Pan Xenia is partnering with the UP Institute

for Small-Scale Industries to organize a

series of management development and

training seminars and workshops for aspiring

entrepreneurs. This event will be led by

esteemed members of the Pan Xenia Business

Advisory Council who possess practical and

professional insight and experience in their

respective fields.

Businessman and former senator, Pan Xenian

Bro. Manny Villar, in partnership with UP, will

also open the first Technopreneurship school

in the country. This initiative aims to nurture

the next generation of Filipinos who are wellversed

in the field of technology.

UP Chancellor and Pan Xenian Bro. Fidel

Nemenzo put it best when he said, “Liberal

education combined with specialized technical

education is what UP education is about.” Pan

Xenia, in turn, is bridging these two fields—

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and

Mathematics) and the liberal arts—to serve a

greater purpose for society.

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Sports Feature

UPIS Highschool Football Team Batch 1982 and 1984.




By Dr. Raymund Sisenando R. Mercado

The University of the Philippines (UP) life is

characterized by several annual events, such

as the lantern parade, university run, February

fair, concerts, intramurals, participation

in the University Athletic Association of

the Philippines (UAAP), and other events

that make life in the university unique and

memorable. The university is also renowned

for its iconic structures, landmarks, and

vibrant daily life. These include the Oblation,

the Carillon, academic oval, lagoon, and the

amphitheater. Students often enjoy riding

the Ikot and Katipunan jeepneys, indulging

in tapsilog at Rodic’s restaurant, savoring

street food at Mang Larry’s, and relishing

meals at Area 2 Lutong Bahay.

Through the years, daily life in the university

has evolved into a mixture of activities and

new places to explore. This includes the food

haven of J.P. Laurel Street at Area 2 of the

UP Diliman campus and Maginhawa Street,

which is located at the border of UP Village

and Cruz na Ligas along C.P. Garcia Avenue.

After the UP Town Center, we now have the

newly renovated Vinzon’s Hall and soon-toopen

university Shopping Center.

However, some alumni wish that certain

places they used to frequent, which are

considered by many as their old hangouts

(“tambayans”) and also known for serving

great food, would continue to operate and

serve their specialty dishes. Some of the

places they usually visit are Pampangena’s

along Katipunan Avenue, which serves

liempo, giniling, dinuguan, and other

familiar Filipino dishes, and Nanette’s along

Maginhawa Street, which has the best

barbecue, chicharron, and balut. We are

fortunate enough that the popular Trellis

restaurant, located along Kalayaan Avenue

at the corner of Matalino Street, is still open

and serving a variety of delicious Filipino

dishes. Some of their specialties include

chicken, sizzling pusit, kangkong with oyster

sauce, and the famous sisig.

One of the most anticipated annual events

back then, which was part of UP life, was

the Latagaw Cup. For the new generations

and those who are not interested in football

(soccer), they have no idea what the Latagaw

Cup is. But what is the Latagaw Cup, and why

is it missed by the UP alumni community and

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even non-football enthusiasts, who are

now commonly referred to as “followers”?

The Latagaw Brotherhood is a collegelevel

organization based in the UP. The

organization hosted and organized the

UP Latagaw Cup, an annual football

competition among teams representing

organizations, colleges, or groups initially

from the UP. Over time, the event expanded

to include teams from other universities.

The UP Latagaw Cup is a highly anticipated

and celebrated annual event as part of UP

life. It coincides with the annual university

fair. The success of the UP Latagaw Cup

can be attributed to the popularity of the

sport among “aficionados” – those who

passionately follow the sport international

players, European and regional leagues,

and the Fédération Internationale de

Football Association (FIFA) World Cup.

The support and cheers from the fans

of each team, well-known rivalries,

spectacular and unexpected goals, higher

level of skills, the presence of popular

students, artists, and rockstars, as well as

the unexpected visits from celebrities and

national athletes, all contributed to the

highlights of this highly anticipated event.

a host and organizer, developed initiative

and organizational skills, while the players

developed discipline, determination,

and willpower to excel in academics and

athletics. Some of the alumni from the UP

Latagaw Cup are now highly recognized

professionals, experts, specialists,

managers, national and/or local officials,

and global leaders in various disciplines,

fields, and organizations. Some individuals

have made significant contributions to

socioeconomic development and nation

building, and have also gained recognition

internationally. The “love of the game”

developed among the former host,

organizer, and players created a sense of

camaraderie. This is manifested by the UP

Latagaw Cup alumni through an activity

that begins with reminiscing about the

UP Latagaw Cup, UP life, and their common

classmates and acquaintances. They then

plan to have another meeting or collaborate

in the future for a program, project, or

activity. Their camaraderie can also be

observed through their gestures, such as

simply greeting a former rival in football

anywhere they meet. The UP Latagaw Cup,

although less known to other alumni, had

played a significant role in the transition of

several players to become part of the UAAP

Men’s Football Team, which represented the

university in the UAAP. Partly through the

UP Latagaw Cup and its contribution to the

UAAP Men’s Football Team, the team has

won 18 championships, making it one of the

most successful teams in the university.

The UP Latagaw Cup played a significant

role in UP life, benefitted the alumni, and

contributed to the development of studentathletes

for the UAAP. These are the main

reasons why we are eager to revive this

much awaited and celebrated annual event.

College-based teams who play football at

the sunken garden or indoors, as well as

other students may consider collaborating

to host and organize the UP Latagaw Cup,

in order to revive the culture of football as

part of the annual UP life. For the love of the

UP life and the game, the UP Alumni Men’s

Football Team, along with other alumni

groups will be delighted to volunteer and

donate resources to revive one of the most

celebrated annual events at UP Diliman.

The good times, stories, friendships,

sportsmanship, celebrations, months-long

festive mood, as well as the athleticism,

are still reminisced among those who

participated and by the organizers of

the estimated 15 very memorable years

of the UP Latagaw Cup. There is a great

demand to revive the annual event, but

the organizers continue to face the usual

concern of a lack of students or individuals

to host and organize the event.

In June 2022, the author was interviewed

by a panel of faculty and academic

managers from a leading university in

Cebu City. It was a coincidence and a

very surprising experience for two of the

former organizers of the UP Latagaw Cup

to meet, along with the author who is a

former UP Latagaw Cup player and/or

manager for four seasons. It was an online

mini-reunion. There were “pockets” of

very friendly casual conversations, where

alumni of the UP Latagaw Cup discovered

the benefits they gained, in addition to

the natural joy and love for the game. It

was observed that the alumni, particularly

The author would like to thank the assistance of the UP – Office of Alumni Relations, UP Integrated School - Highschool Football Team (UPIS-HFT) Alumni, and

the UP Latagaw organization. The original version of this article and the details of the author’s participation in the UP Latagaw Cup is in his LinkedIn profile/

account. This version has additions and some revisions to suit the readers of this university paper.


Dr. Raymund Sisenando R. Mercado is a member of the UPIS-HFT that was awarded the trophy for 2nd place of season 1983-1984. The UPIS-HFT was the first

and only highschool team in a collegiate league that received the award. He also played, managed, and/or received awards in seasons 1986-1987, 1991-1992,

and 1996-1997 and hopes to manage again a team. He completed all of his education from kindergarten to his doctorate degree from the UP; represented the

university in the UAAP as member of men’s football team; a former faculty member of the university; and represented the university and/or the Philippines

in international postgraduate studies and conferences as a recipient of international scholarships or fellowships.

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By Susan Claire Agbayani

Perhaps, at one point or another, you have dined

at Rodic’s—the iconic restaurant on campus

(“since 1949”)—while craving tapsilog. And you

must have noticed the reproduction of the work

by cartoonist and former College of Fine Arts

(CFA) professor, Larry Alcala, mounted on the


The said reproduction is reminiscent of “Slice of

Life,” which won the Best in Humor award at the

1988 Catholic Mass Media Awards. It originally

appeared as half-page comic spreads in the

Daily Express and, eventually, The Philippine Star

several decades ago.

“Slice of Life” was a collection of caricatures

portraying familiar neighborhood characters

and depicting typical situations in everyday

Filipino life, accompanied by incisive visual


Who is the man behind the original drawings or

sketches depicting life in UP during the 1950s?

Born in Daraga, Albay on August 18, 1926,

cartoonist Lauro Zarata Alcala attended the

UP CFA as a scholar of Don Ramon Roces of

Manila Times. He graduated in 1950. Among his

classmates were Malang Santos and the Spanish

painter Juvenal Sanso.

Alcala is recognized as the dean of Philippine

cartoonists. He was a founding member of the

Samahang Kartunista ng Pilipinas, a local group

of cartoonists.

His career as a cartoonist actually began in 1946

when he was just a college freshman at the Padre

Faura campus. His comic strip “Islaw Palitaw”

appeared in Liwayway.

He was also part of a group of artists, including

Hugo Yonzon, who worked with Roces’s and

Antonio Velasquez’s Ace Publications. This

publishing company was established in 1947


and released various comic book titles such as

Pilipino Komiks, Tagalog Klasiks, Hiwaga Komiks,

Espesyal Komiks, and Kenkoy Komiks.

In the 1960s, while Danny Dalena was creating

powerful caricatures for the Philippines

Free Press, and Corky Trinidad was drawing

caricatures of world leaders, Alcala was busy

producing popular comic strips such as “Kalabog

En Bosyo,” “Gorio,” and “Asyong Aksaya.”

In the 1970s and then the 80s,Nonoy Marcelo,

Jose Tence Ruiz, and Jess Abrera (UPD ’64)

emerged as cartoonists who lampooned social

issues in the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

While cartoons were the lifeblood and a

dependable source of income for Alcala, he also

taught at UP Diliman for three decades.

A year after graduating from college (this time,

in Diliman), he started teaching at his alma mater

until his retirement in 1981.

In 1978, he was named UP’s “Cartoonist-in-

Residence” in recognition of his contributions in

the field of cartooning, a year after the UP Alumni

Association honored him with a professorial

award in Fine Arts.

In April 2003, the UP CFA posthumously

conferred upon Alcala the Gawad Alab ng

Sining for “initiating the establishment of the

Visual Communication Department where he

taught, mentored, and inspired budding artists

in the fields of Advertising, Editorial Design and


Among the people who acknowledge him as

their inspiration are cartoonists Roxlee, Rene

Aranda, and DengCoy Miel.

In his letter to the National Artist Secretariat of

the National Commission for the Culture and

the Arts, former CFA Dean Neil Doloricon said,

“Larry Alcala, one of the pillars of Philippine

contemporary cartooning, has entertained

people from all walks of life for decades. He

livened up the Filipino cultural traditions and

the day-to-day living in rural as well as in urban


His leadership in spearheading the Vis Comm

Department was also mentioned as a key

factor in helping the college “keep abreast with

international standards [in] graphic design

programs in many advanced countries.”

He started animation classes using Super 8

cameras. He also pioneered animated cartoons

for TV advertisements.

Cartoonist Boy Togonon, in his reminiscences

of Alcala, said that during his lifetime, Alcala

“created 500 characters, 20 comic strips, 6

movies, 2 murals, and 15,000 published papers”

in over 50 years of cartooning.

In 2018, Alcala was posthumously conferred the

title of National Artist for Visual Arts.

The Iconic TIBO Comic Strip of Kule,


Sometime between 1979 and 1982, the Philippine

Collegian featured a regular comic strip called


According to “The Best of Tibo,” which appeared

on the inside back cover of the Philippine

Collegian Folio in 1981, Tibo first appeared as

a cartoon character in the September 27, 1979

issue of Kule.

In the 1981 folio, however, Tibo appears in the

upper left hand of the page as a “homage to

Hello Kitty by Sanrio, which was popular at that


“Si Tibo was initially conceptualized by the

Collegian staff during Malou Mangahas’ time

[as editor-in-chief] to react to the banning of

Voltes V [by then Philippine president Ferdinand

Marcos Sr.] during martial law,” said Zaldy Zuño,

a staff artist from Kule who was then enrolled at

the College of Fine Arts at that time.

“Kesyo violent daw [ang Voltes V] for the

kids, so we made a comic strip with Tibo the

probinsyano freshman making a commentary

while watching TV. Over time, it appeared

regularly as a strip sa Collegian and his initial

design has evolved into the cute character that

he is now. The only hitch is that Tibo is always

a freshman,” Zuño shared.

Zuño succeeded future CFA dean Doloricon

as the Kule staff artist. He continued to create

the iconic Tibo comic strips throughout the

terms of Roan Libarios and Bobby Coloma as

EICs until 1982. Zuño recently retired from the

animation industry.

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The Filipino Komiks Art Market, more commonly

referred to as Komiket, was established as the

“first komiks art market” at Centris Elements

in Quezon City on Easter Sunday in 2015. That

same year, it also held its inaugural Comic Book

Creator’s Workshop, aimed at discovering new

creators, according to Komiket president and

co-founder Paolo Herras.

Herras graduated with a bachelor’s degree

in Comparative Literature, with a major in

Philippine Literature, from UP Diliman in 2003.

He then pursued graduate studies in Philippine

Studies, with a major in Film, also at Diliman.

Komiket had its first Komiket Awards in 2016

and began publishing komiks anthologies in

2017. In November 2019, Secret HQ was opened,

serving as “our indie comic bookstore/office

and providing a home for over 200 titles,” said


During the pandemic, however, “We pivoted

online and gained access to over 6,000 readers

for more than 300 Filipino komiks titles,”

Herras added.

“We also started publishing more comic books

and graphic novels (like Kevin Eric Raymundo’s

Tarantadong Kalbo) and the Official Selection

of the Philippine International Comics Festival

(PICOF) [which] go through a Creator’s Lab,

where we develop their original stories and

characters into a full-length graphic novels,”

he added.

The Way It Was In The 50’s

sketch by National Artist Larry Alcala

In 2021, despite the pandemic, “Our comic books

represented the Philippines at the Frankfurt

Book Fair. It was the first time for Filipino komiks

to have such a significant presence, with a

dedicated shelf. And in 2022, half of the books

in the Philippine stand at the London Book Fair

were comics,” Herras explained.

In 2022, Komiket won its first National Book

Award for Best Comics and Graphic Novel for

Raymundo’s debut book.

“We also won five National Children’s Book

Awards for Alandal, Little Wolf, Doobiedoo

Asks, Twinkle Twinkle, and Alitaptap ng Pulang

Buhangin,” he added.

Tori Tadiar won the Best Comics and Graphic

Novel award at the Filipino Reader’s Choice

Awards. Raymundo won the Good Design Award

in the Philippines and Japan for his artwork,


connecting its community with international

comics festivals, creators, scholars, publishers,

and readers, Komiket is organizing the in-person

PICOF in July 2024.

Check out Komiket at its website komiket.org.

J. Philip Ignacio’s Alandal

“I self-published my first book, The Merchant

of Oltrarno, in 2018,” said J. Philip Ignacio, a

graduate of UP Manila with a BA in Development

Studies degree in 1995.

“It’s not a comic book, but rather a short story

with 12 illustrations. Thanks to the paintings of

Alex Niño and the calligraphy of Leigh Reyes,

the book attracted much attention within the

komiks community. The story was also wellreceived,

and I received positive reviews as a

writer,” Ignacio clarified.

Infirmary 1980 is an unpublished work of Filipino visual artist DengCoy Miel, who “did it on a lark,”

and originally posted it (as well as Oble in fatigues) on Facebook during the lockdown. He is currently a senior

executive artist in an English-only daily newspaper in Singapore. Photos of drawings, courtesy of DengCoy Miel

Jesie Castro of UP Baguio, did the Overheard at UP Illustrated series

Early this year, Komiket represented the

Philippines at the Angouleme International

Comics Festival in France, where five comic

book anthologies were nominated for the Best

Alternative Comics Award.

“We won two more National Book Awards this

year,” Herras said, Alandal won the award for

Best Graphic Novel in English, and Ang Mga

Alitaptap ng Pulang Buhangin also received an


“We have organized 34 komiks art markets in 9

cities nationwide, taught 8 comic book creator’s

workshops, and published 34 comic books and

graphic novels,” he added.

“We collaborated with the National Book

Development Board to showcase komiks at the

Philippine Book Festival, to make sure komiks has

a dedicated space and better representation.”

After successfully organizing PICOF online and

“When this was followed up with my first graphic

novel (and Niño’s last), Alandal, it created a buzz

in certain circles in the United Kingdom and the

European Union. There will be a German edition

of this book soon. It also won the 2023 National

Book Award for Best Graphic Novel in English,

which is a tremendous honor for a first-time

komiks writer,” Ignacio said.


There are others who have either achieved great

success or are emerging as comic artists, not

just in the Philippines, but globally as well. Some

notable names include National Artist Francisco

Coching, Ludwig Ilio, the father-and-son duo

of Jess Abrera (A. Lipin) and Manix Abrera

(Kikomachine), JP Cuison, Mervin Malonzo,

Mong Barcelon, Adam David, Ethan Chua and

Scott Lee Chua, Tori Tadiar, Tepai Pascual, Leinil

Francis Yu, AJ Bernardo, Aaron Felizmenio,

Armand Roy Canlas, Spider Dan, Elmer Damaso,

Melvin Calingo, and many others.

Philippine Star

cartoonist Rene Aranda’s tribute

to his mentor Larry Alcala, “Mount

Laughmore” has images of well-loved

characters from Alcala’s comic strips: Mang

Ambo, Asyong Aksaya, Kalabog En Bosyo,

among others.

Image from Philippine Star.

Comics of TIBO, a

character created by former UP

Collegian staff artist Zaldy Zuno (BFA

’82) in 1979, following then Pres Marcos

Sr. having banned Voltes V under Martial

Law. “The Best of Tibo” came out in

the Collegian Folio in 1981. Photos

courtesy of Zaldy Zuno.

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Alumni Chapter Abroad


UPAAGLA Fundraising Gala and Alumni Awards Night

Alumnus Tribute

UP bids farewell to its 14th President,

Dr. Emmanuel V. Soriano, 87

By Celeste Ann Castillo Llaneta

Party in 1957-1958 and 1958-1959, respectively.

Soriano went on to earn his Doctor of Business

Administration (DBA) degree from Harvard

Business School. He was among the first group of

Filipino faculty members to be sent to the United

States for advanced studies in business during

the tenure of UP CBA Dean Cesar E.A. Virata.

The group included former deans of the UP CBA:

Jaime C. Laya, Magdaleno B. Albarracin, Jr., and

Rafael A. Rodriguez.

By Lydia V. Solis

The University of the Philippines Alumni Association of

Greater Los Angeles held its gala and awards night on

March 18, 2023, at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel.

“Our gala is traditionally celebrated every two years. It

usually takes place from the first to the third month after

the changing of the guard, so to speak. This is when the

baton is passed from the previous two-year term to the

new board on the first day of July. However, for our term,

I wanted to ensure that our board members had been

inducted so that its officers and Board of Directors can

function officially in their first month. Thus, instead of

the usual large and formal induction gala held in a hotel,

we had a smaller and more intimate induction event

hosted by our very own alumnus, ConGen Ed Badajos,

at his lovely residence . . . It is interesting that tonight,

while we are inducting five of our new board members,

the main purpose of our gala is to honor members of our

FilAm community and UP alumni, as well as raise funds

for UPAAGLA. I refer to it as ‘The Oblations’: our version

of The Oscars,” stated President Evelyn Andamo during

her opening remarks.

Evelyn is the President of Ace HealthCare International

and the President/CEO of the Nicolas-Genoveva Machan

Foundation, which is based in Carson, California.

The primary objective of the 12-year-old organization is to

provide community-based long-term care and culturally

sensitive quality healthcare and human services support

to uninsured and underserved residents of Southern

California. It will also include Filipino American health,

education, information and research.

Besides welcoming dignitaries who received awards,

Evelyn also acknowledged former Mayor Jim Dear of

the City of Carson (the home of the author’s company

Westin Enterprises, Inc., DBA Carson Adult Day

Healthcare Center); Field Representative Jun Aglipay

of the Office of Assemblymember Mike Gipson; as well

as Gala Sponsors, UP Alumni, families, and friends. “This

evening is made special by your presence,” she said.

Evelyn continued with her remarks.

“Immediately after our board induction, we held a virtual

retreat. Once again, thanks to our board members, we

had a most fruitful brainstorming retreat that helped

us establish our goals and objectives for achieving our

UPAAGLA vision: To enlighten our alumni in the Greater

Los Angeles Area and beyond, [encouraging them]

to share their current resources, talents, and efforts

to their Alma Mater, cognizant that with the gifts they

have received come the responsibility to give back and

support the university as a whole.

“With this vision in mind, the platform focused on

ensuring that our endowment funds would have ROIs,

allowing the use of interest to meet UPAAGLA’s giftgiving

needs in the future, without touching the capital.

We hope that tonight’s event will contribute to increasing

that capital.

“Our board has created an Endowment Fund Committee

to oversee and manage the fund, surveying our options

and providing recommendations. Other fundraising

projects were on the wings, such as the creation of Circle

of Friends and the initiative to designate UPAAGLA as a

beneficiary of Wills and Trust Funds. The Circle of Friends

is akin to the fundraising methods used by universities,

which involve continuous fundraising rather than relying

solely on events or solicited donations when funds were


“Other projects not focused on fundraising are

addressed to meet our mission of providing camaraderie

and lifelong relationships among our UP alumni. The

mentorship program and the inclusion of our members

in our UPAAGLA committees are two of the projects for

this term. Currently, we are in the process of creating a

database to make these projects operational.

“In summary, amidst the unprecedented and most

challenging COVID-19 pandemic, our board has

incrementally worked towards achieving our 2021-2023

goals and objectives. It was truly an onward and upward

journey, despite all the challenges of the pandemic. Let

us add to this journey tonight’s festivity.”

A Lifetime Achievement Award was given posthumously

to Dr. Gemma Teresa Narisma, and Leandro B. Lecaros

received the Alumni Family Recognition Award.

Closing remarks were delivered by President-elect for

the term 2023-2025, Eric Panuncialman.

The University of the Philippines (UP) community

mourns the passing of Dr. Emanuel Valdez Soriano,

a pioneering Business Administration faculty

member and the 14th President of UP. Dr. Soriano

passed away in the morning of April 22, 2023, as

confirmed by a Facebook post from his daughter,

Ms. Rinna Soriano. He was 87 years old.

Dr. Emanuel V. Soriano, fondly called “Noel” or

“Bob” by his friends and colleagues, served as the

President of UP from 1979 to 1981, succeeding Dr.

Onofre D. Corpuz. President Edgardo J. Angara, in

turn, succeeded President Soriano.

Born on December 30, 1936, Soriano earned his

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

in 1959 and his Master’s degree in Industrial

Management in 1962, both from the University

of the Philippines. As a college student, he was

actively involved in student affairs, serving as

the Vice President and Acting President of the

University Student Council under the UPSCA

Soriano served as the director of the UP Graduate

School-Cebu and as Executive Vice President

during the tenure of UP President Onofre Corpuz.

In September 1979, he assumed the UP Presidency

after Corpuz was appointed as the Education

Minister by President Ferdinand Marcos. He is

one of only two UP Presidents who are engineers,

the other being the 8th UP President, Dr. Vidal

Tan. During the succeeding terms of Corpuz

and Soriano, several institutes and programs

were established at UP, including the Institute

of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, the

Transport Training Center, the National Institute

of Biotechnology and Microbiology, and the Third

World Studies Program.

Once a supporter of President Marcos, Soriano

became one of the opposition leaders from 1983

to 1986. He swore in the members of the University

Student Council, which was restored in 1980 after

Marcos abolished it in 1973. On September 5, 1983,

he published an open letter in the Business Day

newspaper, calling for Marcos’ resignation in the

wake of the assassination of opposition leader

Benigno Aquino, Jr. He was an active member

of the Convenors Group, which played a crucial

role in selecting Cory Aquino as the opposition

candidate against Marcos in the 1985-1986 Snap

Elections. He later served as the National Security

Adviser to President Corazon Aquino from 1987

to 1989. He also served as a faculty member at the

Asian Institute of Management until 1996.

He published numerous books and papers on

business policy and management in Asia. One

of his notable works is The Big Powers in South

East Asia in the 1990s: Their Interest and Roles,

published by the Kuala Lumpur Institute of

Strategic and International Studies in 1989. He

remained in active service to the University he

loved well after his term as UP President. He was

recognized by the UP College of Engineering, his

alma mater, and the UP Alumni Engineers as one

of the 100 Outstanding Alumni Engineers.

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Alumna Tribute


By Danielle Uy

Dr. Milagros D. Ibe, a distinguished professor of

mathematics, passed away on April 22, 2023.

She dedicated her life to nurturing young minds,

establishing teacher-training programs, and

conducting research studies. Needless to say,

Ibe left behind a profound impact on Philippine


Born in Lubao, Pampanga on November 28, 1931,

Ibe began her academic journey with a passion

that would define her lifelong commitment to

learning and teaching. Graduating summa cum

laude from Quezon College with a Bachelor

of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Science in

Mathematics, she quickly embarked on a teaching

career that would set the stage for her future. Her

early teaching experiences, both in her hometown

and at the University of the Philippines (UP)

Rural High School in Los Baños, Laguna, laid the

foundation for her subsequent endeavors.

The majority of Ibe’s academic career was

spent at UP Diliman, where she established her

reputation as a notable professor and leader in

mathematics education. Serving as the Director

of the UP-Institute for Science and Mathematics

Education Development (UP-ISMED), she not

only nurtured students but also pursued her own

academic growth by earning a Master’s degree in

curriculum and instruction. Later on, she pursued

her PhD at the University of Toronto in Canada.

Ibe’s impact as an educator went beyond the

classroom. Dr. Rosanelia T. Yangco, her former

student, vividly remembers her cheerful presence

and invaluable nuggets of wisdom. “She would

walk down the hallway and enter the room,

holding her breath but beaming with a wide

smile,” recalls Dr. Yangco. “She would then

facilitate class discussions, sharing her insights

and rich experiences in research and curricular

programs with great enthusiasm.”

Her ability to captivate and engage her students

was a testament to her teaching prowess. Dr. Dulce

R. Dawang, Vice President for Basic Education at

Xavier University, echoes Yangco’s sentiments,

recounting her experience with Ibe as her reader.

“No matter what time of day it was, she was

always cheerful and supportive. She tirelessly

encouraged me to finish my dissertation,” Dawang

shares. Ibe’s unwavering support and dedication

A Legacy of Faith and Academic Brilliance

to her students’ success were evident in her

interactions and guidance.

A teacher, mentor, and friend

Ibe’s impact extended far beyond the realm of

academics. Her nurturing nature and genuine care

for her students earned her the role of mentor

and friend.

Yangco recalls, “She was indeed a brilliant

professor, resource speaker, panel discussant,

or reactor in any forum. There was never a dull

moment, thanks to her unparalleled wit and sense

of humor. Her teaching style, diction, repartee,

and delivery captivate every student and anyone

who listens to her.”

Dr. Moises Alexander T. Asuncion, one of Ibe’s

research advisees, reminisces about her unique

teaching style. “Whether in class, at a professional

conference, or in a brief conversation, Dr. Ibe

had a habit of punctuating her punchlines with

a raspy gasp, followed by a mischievous grin and

twinkling naughty eyes magnified by her

spectacles, always anticipating the audience’s

pleasant reaction.”

Indeed, Ibe had the ability to engage her students

and make mathematics come alive through her

dynamic teaching methods. But she also cared

for her students beyond the classroom.

“Dr. Ibe was also like a mother to me. After

completing our academic work at compre namin,

we no longer saw her on a regular basis. At times

na bumabalik ako ng UP at magkita kami, she

would smile—her eyes smiling as well—and even

give me a tight hug,” shares Dr. Leorence Tandog,

who is now the Graduate School Dean of the

University of Southern Mindanao.

An excellence marked by faith

While Ibe’s work ethic and academic excellence

were undeniable, her profound devotion to her

faith further enriched her journey as an educator.

Ibe’s faith served as a wellspring of energy and

inspiration, propelling her forward in her pursuits.

Dr. Ma. Nympha Beltran-Joaquin, one of her

former students, recounts, “I think that, in addition

to excellence in work, she values her relationship

with God. When I asked her where she got her

energy, she would always say she takes Vitamin

G: G for God, while pointing her finger upward.”

Ibe’s dedication to teaching, fueled by her faith,

radiated joy and inspired those around her. Yangco

shares, “I believe she valued most our Creator,

the Source of her limitless energy, academic

excellence, and priceless time.”

An everlasting legacy

Ibe’s influence extended far beyond the walls of

UP Diliman. She made significant contributions

to the Philippine educational system, serving

in various capacities at different institutions.

From being a consultant in popular educational

programs at ABS-CBN network to being a trainer

of teachers in FUSE (Foundation for Upgrading

the Standard of Education), Inc., Ibe’s dedication

to advancing education was unwavering.

Ibe’s legacy lives on through her research reports,

which have benefited not only UP but the entire

nation. Her expertise and contributions to the

field of mathematics education, along with

her involvement in significant projects such as

the Mathematics Framework Project for Basic

and Teacher Education Levels (MathTEd), have

established her as a trailblazer in her field.

Dr. Elvira L. Arellano, one of Ibe’s former students

and research advisees, speaks about the skills she

acquired from her mentor. “The most valuable

lesson I learned from her was the skill of being a

good research adviser,” says Arellano, who later

became a research adviser at West Visayas State


Ibe’s mentorship enabled Arellano to successfully

graduate numerous scholars. For five years in a

row, her advisees have been winning the Best

Doctoral Dissertations awards. “I just pray that

I have passed on the same skills to my advisees

because that’s one way to immortalize Dr. Ibe’s

legacy,” she says.

As we bid farewell to this remarkable educator,

we honor the memory of Dr. Milagros D. Ibe

and carry forward the torch of knowledge and

compassion that she shared. Her unwavering

dedication, academic brilliance, and profound

impact on her students will continue to inspire

future generations.

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Cover Page Story


The Four


By Rene Estremera, Xer Jason Ocampo

& Angela Sucaldito

To former University of the Philippines

Mindanao Chancellor Ricardo de Ungria,

the journey into the College of Mathematics

(CSM) is a rite of passage. When entering

the CSM on the Kanluran side by foot, the

first thing one sees are the four prominent

landmarks of UP Mindanao. These are four

massive sculptures, ranging from three to

five meters in height. These sculptures,

inspired by mythology, have created an

inspiring atmosphere for generations of CSM


Mindanawon artist Rey Mujahid ‘Kublai’ Millan

created the sculptures in 2003. An alumnus

of UP Diliman College of Fine Arts in 1995,

Millan dedicated the sculptures to his mother,

Maximiana “Min” Ponce-Millan, who is also an

alumna of UP Manila. As inspirations go, the

project began as an inspired creation that

required a suitable outdoor location.

UP alumnus Tita Lacambra Ayala, who is the

mother of musician Joey Ayala, reached out

to then-UPMin Chancellor Ricardo de Ungria.

The rest, as they say, is history.

The chancellor offered Millan a campus site

for the sculpture. After finding the CSM site

ideal, Millan proceeded with the project. He

worked on the masonry himself and bent the

steel bars by hand. He said the project had

caused him back pain, which he admitted to

experiencing up to the present.

Despite the challenges, the sculptures have

become iconic artworks that hold great

meaning for students and constituents.

The four sculptures represent the physical,

fantastical, ideal, and transcendent realms.

The Flutist represents the physical world, the

Butterfly represents the imaginary world, the

Seed represents the transcendent world, and

the Goddess represents the ideal world.

According to Millan, the Flutist is a selfportrait

of the artist. It is a gift from the

Talaandig tribe for his services during a

painting workshop.

“The only gift I can give is art. For them to

appreciate the joy of painting and creating,”

he said.

The Butterfly represents the imaginary world,

where one can tap into their fullest potential

by allowing creativity and imagination to


The Seed sculpture expresses the cycle of

human transcendence, as one grows towards

the heavens while remaining grounded in the


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The Goddess is depicted as a figure cradling

an infant and a butterfly, while holding a torch

and a book. This symbolizes the journey of

a human being towards becoming a total

person. It is the most popular sculpture

because it represents Mebuyan from the

Bagobo mythology. Mebuyan is a goddess

portrayed as a pregnant woman with breasts,

who nurses infants in the underworld. And,

like Mebuyan, UP Mindanao nurtures its

students until they are ready to enter the real


Millan also associates the Goddess with the

UP Oblation.

“The Oblation is an ideal when you give

yourself totally,” he said. True enough,

Millan’s labors have shown his own sacrifice,

as he continues to bear the burdens of the

project to this day.

The sculptures, according to the former

chancellor, Ricardo de Ungria, represents

elemental and spiritual energies of the air,

earth, and nature. They are well-suited to

the foliage that surrounds them, as well as

the biology and food technology programs

behind it.

The Flutist, in his opinion, reiterates the

concept that music is the structure of the

universe. The Butterfly, often seen as an

Kublai Millan taken during his interview in his home in Davao City.

angel, symbolizes the creative spirit. The

Seed, with its banana leaf, symbolizes the

mystical powers of nature. The Goddess is

a symbol of fertility and creativity that has

been passed down through generations.

The former chancellor considers the

sculptures, which are positioned by a creek

and between two footbridges leading to

campus, to serve as a rite of passage rather

than just physical artworks. He relates this to

the fact that, as far as he is aware, there have

been no bad incidents in the area.

In addition, he believes that the sculptures

capture the spirit of the place.

“Mindanao is a challenging place. Everywhere

you go, you need to say, ‘Tabi, po.’ The

sculptures represent a kind of ‘Mano, po!’ on

behalf of the entire campus,” he said.

But regardless of the interpretation of the

four statues, Millan is confident about the

value of his services to students and others.

“This is the little way I could give back,” he


He stated that the artworks are for everyone.

To allow people to ponder on the concept of

joy in all their worlds of being. For younger

students, the artist presents the artwork as a






The UP Office of Alumni Relations (UP OAR)

serves as the link between the alumni and the

rest of the academic community. The UP OAR

seeks to encourage the maximum participation,

involvement, support, and commitment

of the alumni to the University of the

Philippines’ social mission.


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A World-class Home for Mindanao’s Athlete

The Davao City-UP Sports Complex in the UP Mindanao campus

The Multi-Purpose Gym at the Davao City-UP Sports Complex

If it’s any indication, the successful hosting of

the Davao Region Athletic Association and

the Palarong Pambansa in February and April

2019, which brought together thousands of

student-athletes from the region and the

nation, was a dream that finally came true

after a long struggle.

The Davao City-UP Sports Complex on

campus is now extending University of the

Philippines (UP) Mindanao’s reach and driving

its expansion.

However, the realization of a sports complex

on the campus took a long time, as it was

first conceived alongside the creation of UP

Mindanao (UPMin) through Republic Act

(RA) No. 7889 in 1995.

The Sports Complex originated from in a

conversation between former UP President

Emil Javier and former Davao City Mayor

Rodrigo Duterte. Learning that the city had

no existing sports complex, President Javier

offered Mayor Duterte the use of a portion

of the campus land. An initial agreement

was signed in 1998, until then Mayor Duterte

and UP President Alfredo Pascual signed a

memorandum of understanding in 2015.

Located within a 20-hectare area on the

UPMin campus, the project initially cost a total

of PhP280 million from the 2015-2016 general

appropriations. By 2019, the government

implementing agencies had completed the

The expanded stadium under construction in 2023.

By Rene Estremera, Xer Jason Ocampo & Angela Sucaldito

initial phases of the multi-purpose gym, the

football field with artificial turf, the track oval,

the stadium, the olympic-sized swimming

pool, and the perimeter road.

Improvements and expansions have continued

since then to the present.

The pool, gym, archery field, and FIFAcertified

football field saw action and hosted

ceremonies during the Palarong Pambansa.

Since then, the gym and fields have hosted

football, volleyball, and archery events,

training exercises, and ceremonies. The

Under-15 Girls National Football Team and

various leagues played on the pitch.

Subsequently, former UP President Danilo

Concepcion and Davao City Mayor Sara

Duterte-Carpio signed a memorandum of

agreement in January 2019 for the joint

management of the Complex. Furthermore,

President Concepcion disclosed UP’s plan

to establish a UPMin College of Human

Kinetics and a Mindanao universities athletic

association league.

These developments propelled UPMin and its

Department of Human Kinetics (DHK) to the

forefront of sports and academic development

in Mindanao. It opened opportunities for

affirmative action as mandated in RA 7889.

From 2017 to 2023, the DHK obtained

approval from the Board of Regents for four

programs that were adopted from the UP

Diliman College of Human Kinetics. The DHK

now offers the Associate in Arts in Sports

Studies (AASS), the Bachelor of Sports

Science, a Diploma in Exercise and Sports

Science, and a Master of Science in Human

Movement Science.

The AASS, in particular, requires aptitude in

sports or dance for admission instead of the

UP College Admission Test. By 2023, the 15

pioneering AASS students graduated.

In this way, the Sports Complex supports

the spirit of RA 7889 by providing deserving

Mindanao youth with access to a UP education.

Since its establishment in 1995, UPMin

has produced 4,029 graduates. UPMin

has intensified its affirmative action and

admission initiatives in the Bangsamoro and

other underserved parts of Mindanao. As a

result, the number of UPMin students from the

Moro and Indigenous Peoples communities

increased by 152 percent, from 27 students in

2017 to 68 students in 2022.

Furthermore, the UPMin Ugnayan ng

Pahinungod volunteer program, in

collaboration with the DHK and other UPMin

units, facilitated 308 applications in 2022

from students in rural areas, who do not have

access to the internet. A number of students

were eligible for admission to UPMin.

As a focal point for sports events, the Sports

Complex plays a crucial role in UPMin’s strategic

expansion plan, which aims to enhance

infrastructure and academic programs.

Bachelor of Science in Data Science program

tops the list of incoming degree programs

and future degree-granting units. Programs

in various disciplines and additional academic

buildings are in the pipeline. The incumbent

UPMin chancellor, Prof. Lyre Anni Murao,

leads these ongoing efforts.

As mandated in RA 7889, a medical education

program is underway. The UP System, UP

Manila, and UPMin’s medical alumni support

this initiative. Health research programs and

facilities, such as the Philippine Genome

Center Mindanao and related research and

development (R&D) programs, are in place.

The sports programs also qualify as premedical

and allied medical courses, with a

focus on sports medicine. These complement

the upcoming Davao City Public Hospital that

will be built on the campus.

UPMin has refined its academic programs to

cater to the needs of the southern Philippines,

offering a wide range of disciplines including

science and technology, arts and social

sciences, as well as new programs in sports,

data science, and medical curricula.

In this context, the Davao City-UP Sports

Complex helps UPMin expand its capacity

and reach. Through the organization of sports

events and the training of sports professionals,

UPMin embodies its motto, “in Mindanao, by

Mindanao, for Mindanao,” towards helping

Mindanao to the development and progress

it deserves.

24 UP Carillon In addition to the sports programs, the new

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By Rene Estremera, Xer Jason Ocampo & Angela Sucaldito

At its inception, it could be said that the pioneers of the University of the Philippines Mindanao (UPMin) community

had a hand in building the constituent university, literally. Faculty, students, and staff, as well as members of the

pioneer community, brought rocks from their hometowns in Mindanao and placed them at the base of the Oblation


It was February 20, 1998, UPMin’s third anniversary, when the UP Mindanao Oblation arrived in Davao City by sea,

serenaded by the UP Madrigal Singers. Former chancellor Rogelio Cuyno oversaw the placement of the Oblation

before the Administration Building, and pioneering constituents placed rocks on its base, where it stands 25 years

later. The administration built a road around the palm trees that the alumni planted, and alumnus Sebastian Angliongto

proposed the name “Alumni Unity Circle.”

In 2015, constituents and alumni of UPMin gathered to install pavers and gabions in order to improve the Oblation

Plaza to its current state.

In retrospect, Republic Act 7889 and Presidential Proclamation 822 specified the campus location in Mintal, Davao

City. President Fidel V. Ramos signed both documents during the term of UP President Emil Q. Javier.

“Seeing how far the university has progressed,” said former university president Javier in 2021, “I take a lot of pride

and satisfaction in being associated with its founding.”

Since then, the General Appropriation Acts and the UP System have provided most of UPMin’s funds for infrastructure


Sports Complex

After making its debut at the 2019 Palarong Pambansa,

the Davao City-UP Sports Complex has become the hub

of sports activities for UP Mindanao and Davao City.

Additional sections of the Football Stadium are under

construction, as well as the bleachers, diving boards,

and roof for the Aquatics Center. Additionally, a water

system is being installed for the complex.

CHSS Cultural Complex

With the vision of becoming the center of culture and the arts,

the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) has

constructed the CHSS Cultural Complex, which includes a stateof-the-art

CHSS Performing Arts Theater.

Dormitory and Housing Buildings

UPMin students view Elias B. Lopez (EBL) Hall, the only

dormitory at UPMin, as their home away from home.

But with the increasing student population, a threestory

dormitory was constructed nearby, providing

accommodations for 232 students and including a multipurpose


Faculty and staff also have housing needs, and to assist

them, the new Faculty and Staff Housing Building

provides accommodation for five families and 30


Information Technology Infrastructure

Toward the campus’ digital transformation, UPMin’s Network

Upgrade Project and the upcoming IT Complex Data Center

will be connected to the University Library and the Interactive

Learning Center. This will enhance UPMin’s academic and

administrative efforts.

Academic Buildings

For the students’ instruction and pursuit of academic

excellence, the School of Management Building Phase 2,

an upcoming College of Science and Mathematics (CSM)

Academic Building, and CSM Research Development &

Extension (RDE) Building are under construction and

will be completed soon.

New roads

Gone are the days when students rode habal-habal due

to the muddy and rocky roads around UPMin. Students

can easily access different buildings thanks to the new

road networks.

Following the construction of the Davao City-UP Sports

Complex in 2019, the corresponding road network was


The northern section of the Academic Loop Boulevard

has been completed.

A new two-kilometer boulevard along the campus’

southern perimeter provides access to the Sports Complex,

the future Davao City Public Hospital, and other

medical and research facilities.

As a tribute to the Indigenous Peoples, the original set of

paved campus roads were named after Mindanao tribes.

Research Buildings

At the height of the pandemic, the University’s focus

shifted towards a call for research. In response, UPMin

expanded the Center for the Advancement of Research in

Mindanao (CARIM) Building with Phases 2 and 3.

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Alumni Engagement

UP Alumni

The Bedrock that Supports UP Mindanao

By Rene Estremera, Xer Jason Ocampo & Angela Sucaldito

With numerous UP alumni residing in

Mindanao, their associations are active in the

major cities. The presence of UP Mindanao

(UPMin) in Davao City attracts and motivates

local alumni to engage in more service for the

university and the community.

In 2016, the alumni united to create a float for

the Kadayawan Festival. They have hosted

several Regional Alumni Institutes (RAI), with

the most recent being the 44th RAI in 2019.

During this event, resolutions were approved

to support UPMin’s expansion plans.

Several alumni associations in Davao City assist

the university in its community service efforts.

Among these are the UP Los Baños Alumni

Association Davao, UP Alumni Association-

Davao, UP Mindanao Alumni Association, and

the UP Mindanao Foundation Inc. (UPMFI).

The UP Los Baños Alumni Association Davao

is an organization of UPLB alumni. Their

annual fundraising event, the Loyalty Golf

Cup, benefits their Adopt-a-School program.

The members celebrate UPLB Loyalty Day,

hold fellowships, and host a UP Maroons

championship watch party. In 2023, they

welcomed visiting UPLB Alumni President

Manny Baradas and UPLB Chancellor Jose


UPAA Davao officers before the Legacy Tiles at the Oblation Plaza

The UP Alumni Association-Davao (UPAA-

Davao), the founding chapter established

in 1949, initiated the effort that led to the

establishment of UP Mindanao in 1995 and

remains actively involved with the university.

The UPMin chancellor is an ex-officio director

of the UPAA-Davao.

In 2015, the UPAA-Davao spearheaded the

improvement of the UPMin Oblation Plaza,

which was made possible through the “Isang

Libong Alumni Para Kay Oble,” a bayanihan

that involved alumni Senator “Migz” Zubiri.

The late Dr. Roberto “Bo” Puentespina of

UPAA-Davao initiated the Legacy Tiles

project, which allows alumni to have their

names engraved on the Oblation Plaza. The

tradition continues to the present.

The campus plans proposed by UPAA-Davao

include the renovation of the Muslim mosque

and providing assistance in the development

of the UP President’s Executive House. They

have also recently began the development of

the Bahay Alumni on campus by identifying

a suitable location and organizing a design


During the COVID-19 lockdown, the UPAA-

Davao, through the “Balikatan, Barkadahan,

Bayanihan” program, provided meals to

UPMin students who were stranded in the

dormitory. They hosted a vaccination forum

and provided food during the immunization

sessions. They also provided malongs to

typhoon victims and launched a paint drive

for public schools.

Currently, the UPAA-Davao is collaborating

with the UPMin Department of Human

Kinetics to establish a Mindanao Universities

Athletic Association as a means of promoting

sports development in Mindanao.

The UP Mindanao Alumni Association is the

newest, yet most promising, alumni association,

with a continuously expanding membership

of UPMin graduates. They held Panagtagbo, a

homecoming event, to pay homage and renew

their oath of service to the institution.

With the upcoming Davao City Hospital on

campus and the Medical and Health Science

programs, the alumni of UP College of

Medicine in the region and the UPMin alumni

doctors convened separately to support the


The UP Mindanao Foundation Inc. (UPMFI) was

founded by the pioneering alumni who helped

establish UPMin in 1995. Through the years,

the UPMFI provided student scholarships and

faculty support. In December 2022, the UPMFI

raised additional funds by co-organizing

the first UP Symphony Orchestra concert in

Davao City in partnership with UPAA-Davao,

UPMin, and various sponsors.

In 2023, the UPMFI supported 15 scholars.

Six UPMFI scholars graduated in the 25th

Commencement Exercises, four of whom are

magna cum laude. After graduation, scholars

can seek meaningful employment, which has

been shown to have an exponential impact

on poverty alleviation and nation-building.

Through new donor engagements, the UPMFI

hopes to increase the number of scholarships

and stipends. Donors can fund an individual

student’s four-year education or contribute to

a collective scholarship fund. Donors become

perpetual benefactors on the UPMFI roster.

The UPMFI urges donors to be perpetual

benefactors of the UPMFI Scholarship

or a Sponsor of the Individual or Group

Scholarship Programs. Donors can contact

the UPMFI Executive Committee via email at

info.upmfi@ymail.com, phone at +63917-638-

3662, or by mail at Room 9, Quitain Building,

Anda Street, Davao City.

On February 11, 2023, the UPMFI Board

of Trustees inducted the current Board of

Trustees and Officers, namely, Chairman

Sebastian L. Angliongto, Vice-Chairman

John Y. Gaisano, Jr., President Anacleto B.

Guevarra, Vice-President Ma. Corazon B.

Reyes, Secretary Charmaine P. Valentin,

Treasurer Marie Glenn Cedeo-Sorila, Internal

Auditor Celia C. Castillo, and fellow trustees

Dinah S. Tolentino-Fuentes and Rizalina

Mitra-Pangan are among the members of the

board. UP Mindanao Chancellor Lyre Anni

Murao and UPAA Davao President Pedro A.

Quitain III serve as Ex-Officio Trustees of the


With UP Mindanao exerting its efforts

throughout the southern regions of the

Philippines, the alumni are supporting it every

step of the way. From the first rock that built

UP Mindanao and the Oblation, the UP Alumni

stood there strong, becoming the foundation

that uplifts the University.

Participants to the 44th Regional Alumni Institute, with Secretary Fortunato de la Peña and Regent Angelo Jimenez.

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UP Diliman


ick’s Dream for Cinema


By Bino Gamba & Mariamme D. Jadloc

UP College of Pharmacy Alumni Association, Inc

It was Nick’s dream to make cinema relevant to

the educational community.

On 27 April 2023, at 20th anniversary celebration

of the Institute of Environmental Science and

Meteorology (IESM) of the UP Diliman (UPD)

College of Science (CS), this dream slowly but

surely turned into reality.

The institute screened Bakawan, a scienceoriented

educational video that Nick produced.

The screening was held at the CS Institute of

Biology auditorium.

Bakawan is a 45-minute documentary that

explores the importance of mangroves in the

coastal ecosystem, the reasons behind the

decline of mangrove forests in the Philippines, the

ongoing threats to mangroves, and the current

efforts to rehabilitate them. It was directed by

Lemnuel V. Aragones, PhD, of the IESM.

It is the first of the 10 films in Nick’s research

project Cinema for Education: Rationalizing

the Philippine Audiovisual Industry to Promote

Inclusive Education through Film Literacy

(Cinema for Education). Cinema for Education

is a research project that explores how cinema

can be utilized as a powerful tool for teaching,

as well as a means of reorganizing the country’s

audiovisual industry to benefit the educational


Nick said the 21st century is the age of audiovisual


He expressed his desire to create a third film

front, one that combines different disciplines and

goes beyond traditional artistry. He envisions a

cinema that not only caters to artists, “but what I

think of is that the audiovisual industry can really

take root in the academic community.”

“We are not putting books aside. I am a book

writer myself. I love words and I write books. But

the important thing is that we need to reconcile

Nick Deocampo. Photo by Jerald DJ. Caranza, UPDIO

ourselves with the new media in the same way

that Johannes Gutenberg, in 1493, introduced the

printing press, and look what kind of a revolution

it created in terms of knowledge production, it

has all become word-based,” Nick said.

He added that by watching Bakawan and many

other films, “we are now reconciling ourselves to

the new media that will allow us to really have a

sign-based pedagogy, so that we will be looking

at motion pictures, we will be looking at images,

as a source of our knowledge.”

Nick Deocampo is an award-winning filmmaker,

film historian, director, writer, and educator.

On April 21, six days before Bakawan’s screening,

Nick received the 2023 Premio Casa Asia for

Culture and Society category from Casa Asia.

Casa Asia is a public diplomacy institution

launched by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign

Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation,

the government of Catalonia, and the Madrid

City Councils and Barcelona. It aims to advance

Spain’s diplomatic relations with countries in the

Asia Pacific Region, including the Philippines.

According to the UPD College of Mass

Communication (CMC) Facebook page, Nick

was awarded “for his decisive contribution to the

knowledge of Filipino cinema and the recovery

of Filipino classical cinema in his country, as well

as for his commitment to cinema as a tool of

change and social progress, for his advocacy for

LGBTQ+ rights, giving voice to this collective at

film festivals, workshops, and other activities.”

Nick is also an associate professor of film at the

CMC Film Institute. He earned his AB degree,

cum laude, from the UP College of Arts and

Sciences in Diliman in 1981.

Recipients of the Gadget Assistance of UPCPAA for AY 2022

By Margarita M. Gutierrez, RPh, MHPEd, PhD

Alumni associations have become increasingly

essential in helping former students maintain

connections with their alma maters. However,

many alumni associations go beyond simply

organizing reunions and networking events. They

also actively engage with the community and

the university itself to promote positive change.

The UP College of Pharmacy (UP CP) Alumni

Association, Inc. is one such organization, and

its numerous initiatives, projects, and programs

demonstrate the influence of alumni in creating

an impact and making a difference.

One of the association’s initiatives was a seminarworkshop

titled “Pharmacist-led Medication

Safety Practices in the Philippines.” This event

highlighted different pharmacist-led medication

safety initiatives across various practice settings.

The webinar, held in honor of World Patient

Safety Day 2022, garnered a significant audience

and illustrated the importance of pharmacistled

initiatives in safeguarding patient safety and

improving health outcomes.

The UP CP Alumni Association also launched the

HyFlex project, an initiative aimed at providing

students with a flexible learning experience. This

project involved equipping classrooms with new

technology to facilitate hybrid learning, enabling

students to attend classes both in-person and

remotely. The project was a resounding success,

as it helped ensure that students could continue

their education despite the challenges posed by

the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to its educational initiatives, the

Association also significantly ’helped students

gain access to technology. Through its laptop

and gadget assistance program, the alumni

provided laptops and tablets to students who

’were unable to afford them, allowing them

to participate in online classes. Additionally,

Block Screening for a Cause of UPCPAA

it provided grants for internet allowances to

students who had trouble paying for internet

services. By providing these resources, the

Association helped students overcome financial

barriers to education and equipped them with

the necessary tools for success.

Moreover, the Association utilized its platform

to support the community by organizing a

movie block screening fundraiser in support of

the ’“adopt-a-ward” initiative of the Philippine

General Hospital. Through this program, the

organization was able to raise funds and

help improve the ’health and well-being of

the patients. This also provided a venue for

graduates to reunite while making meaningful

contributions to the community.

Finally, the Association’s mentorship program

has been a crucial component of its engagement

with students and fresh graduates. Through this

program, alumni are matched with students

and recent graduates who benefit from their

guidance, advice, and support. This program has

been highly successful, providing students with

a valuable resource to navigate the challenges

of professional life.

The Alumni Association’s engagement with its

alma mater is a testament to the enduring bond

between the institution and its former students.

Through its initiatives, projects, and programs,

the Association has not only impacted the lives

of students but also the surrounding community.

Its efforts are a true representation of the

power of alumni engagement and serve as a

reminder of the importance of giving back to

one’s community. As the Association continues

to make a positive impact, it inspires others to

do the same, demonstrating the significance

of alumni associations in creating meaningful

change in society.

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Coming home to

UP Baguio

UP Cebu

UPHS Batch 1982 Supports Science Education

Evening Gala Program

By Cecilia Fe L Sta Maria-Abalos

Coming home to UP Baguio for the Alumni

Homecoming on May 6, 2023, brought back

memories of our college years. For many of us,

UP Baguio was our home for four years and

more. The experience of coming home reminded

us of the small challenges we faced as students:

not having enough sunlight to dry our clothes,

figuring out how to get from the boarding house

to the campus without getting soaked in the

rain, struggling to wake up in the morning for

a 7:30 a.m. class, and dealing with the pressure

of passing our courses. We also had to navigate

issues like what to do if we received a blue

admission slip for enrollment and figuring out

how to manage our allowance, which sometimes

led to the dilemma of finding money for our

next meal. Ours is not exactly a unique student

experience, but we like to think that our stories

as students are deeply connected to the place…

connected to UP Baguio.

More than the university education we received,

many of us have a special bond and fondness

for UP Baguio as a place. Not only because of its

idyllic scenery and cool climate, but also because

of how the people on campus made us feel, I

believe our emotional connection to the campus

is strong. We come from the generation of UP

Baguio students who know each other. Our small

population fostered a sense of belonging and

mindfulness among each other. This is where

decades of friendships were built.

UP Baguio was our safe haven. The wooden

walls of our classrooms safely contained our

thoughts, from ruminations about nonsensical

things to that of the social mobilization plans.

The campus woods bore witness to tears shed

due to academic demands, failing grades, and

shattered hearts. The trees of UP Baguio have

witnessed creative ideas, joys, and jubilations

resulting from academic success, as well as the

collaboration of individuals to serve the people.

Alumni volunteers manning the merchandise table. Left to right:

Ms. Marie Parulan-Bernardo, Judge Sarah Vedaña Delos Santos,

Ms. Angel Aquino and Ms. Aireen Perol-Jamaylin

And if the walls of the campus could speak, they

might reveal the identities of students who fell

asleep drunk and those who caused chaos. The

UP Baguio campus has witnessed our growth.

Most of our stories emanated from UP Baguio.

We are who we are now because of UP Baguio.

We arrived at UP Baguio on May 6, 2023. The

UP Baguio campus may have undergone radical

changes in appearance, but it still holds our

stories. It is still our campus on a hill. We chose to

stay before, and we will always go back because

UP Baguio is our home.

On a campus on a hill, where the fog touches the

ground and the wind blows in every direction, we

are home.

On the campus on a hill,

Where the fog touches the ground

And the wind blows in every direction,

We take the path toward lifetime learning.

We learn by seeing and touching,

examining what we see

feeling what we hold

building and innovating

We learn by asking questions,

Reflecting, putting things in perspective.

We learn by being perceptive

of our social environment.

Creating and re-creating.

We learn through conversing,

interpreting meanings,

sharing ideas and information

We listen. We speak for others.

We learn that our lives are honed to serve many.

On the campus on a hill

Where the fog touches the ground

And the wind blows in every direction,

Learning is drawn from nature, evolving culture,

that challenges us

and reminds us that learning does not stop.

Learning is not giving up.

It is about being resilient

It is the constant search for answers

To transition into the best versions of ourselves.

The best version for others.

On a campus on a hill,

Where the fog touches the ground

32 UP Carillon

and the wind blows in every direction,

University Alumni Magazine 33

We are home.

By Jeraline Gumalal

In celebration of their 30th anniversary, the

UP High School Cebu Batch of 1982 revisited

their years at UP Cebu by touring the campus

and meeting with the science teachers of the

UP High School Cebu. This year, the batch

focused on addressing the needs of high

school students and improving the science

teaching area.

This year, their project is to improve

the UPHS Science Laboratory facilities.

They officially handed over the funds for

laboratory improvement on July 2, 2022.

The funds were used to purchase Chemistry

and Physics PASCO laboratory equipment,

as well as electronic devices, which will

greatly enhance the learning and research

experiences of UPHS students in the field

of Science. The equipment was successfully

delivered and tested on October 12, 2022.

Batch 1982 representative and active UPAA

Cebu Chapter Board member, Randy Nelson

Cabahug, expressed his gratitude and

happiness for his batch’s contribution to

their alma mater during one of UPHS Cebu’s

milestone years—its 50th anniversary.


The UP Los Baños Alumni Center

By Imelda S. Mariveles

The UP Los Baños Alumni Center building,

located at Domingo Lantican Avenue, can

be considered a memorial to Former Regent

Nelia T. Gonzalez, who was the driving force

behind raising funds for its construction.

Conceived in 1975 and formalized through a

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on

November 28, 1975, between the University, led

then by Chancellor Abelardo G. Samonte, and

the presidents of the UP College of Agriculture

Alumni Association (UPCAAA) and College of

Forestry Alumni Association, respectively, the

Alumni Center was constructed based on the

plans mutually agreed upon by both parties.

Stated in the MOU was the agreement for the

University to provide the site for the center, as

well as to cover half of the total construction

cost. Based on this condition, the University

has identified the site location where the

residence of the late Bienvenido Gonzalez,

the first agriculture alumnus to become dean

and UP president, used to be. The University,

furthermore, covered half of the construction

cost for the initial phase of the project.

On October 10, 1977, the Alumni Center was

inaugurated, with UPCAAA serving as the

center’s administrator. Office spaces were

rented out to various organizations, but one

of the major occupants of the building was

the then Office of Alumni Affairs (now Office

of Alumni Relations), which also served as the

secretariat of the UPLBAA until 1996.

When the building was donated to the UPLB,

it also served as offices for various units, such

as the Office of Student Affairs (after the

Student Union building was burned down),

the UP Open University, and offices related to

alumni affairs, such as the UPCAAA.

UPLB saw the need to renovate the Alumni

Center. Thus, on February 4, 2010, UPLB

awarded the project “Improvement of Alumni

Center building (Ground Floor and Basement)

Phase 1” to the contractor E.B.A Construction

through public bidding, with a contract price

of PhP9,165,028.77.

The Center is composed

of office rooms, currently

occupied by the Office of

Alumni Relations (OAR) and

the UPLB Alumni Association,

Inc., seven hostel rooms

available for rent, and a

conference room.

The UPLB Alumni

Center, whiach had been

rehabilitated, was blessed

on January 18, 2011, before it

was occupied by the staff of

OAR. The inauguration of the

Center was held on March

7, 2011, in conjunction with

the 102nd Foundation Day

celebration of UPLB.

Renaming of the Alumni Center

to Nelia T. Gonzalez Hall

Regent Gonzalez’s work as president of

the alumni association of the College of

Agriculture in the 1970s, as well as her efforts

in establishing a federation of all college

alumni associations known as UPLB Alumni

Association (UPLBAA) in 1982, where she was

elected as its first president, were exemplary.

She played a key role in the construction of

the impressive Carillon Tower in Los Baños,

known as the Rizal Centenary Carillon, which

was inaugurated by President Fidel V. Ramos

on August 23, 1997. Likewise, she also led the

inauguration of “Ani,” a modern and robust

interpretation of UP’s first 100 years, by artist

Sandra Torrijos on January 17, 2010, in UPLB.

The love that Regent Gonzalez has for her

alma mater cannot be quantified. She is a

selfless and vibrant leader, organizer, and

fundraiser for numerous civic, charitable,

religious, educational, and philanthropic

organizations. Foremost among these was

her role as one of the Council of Advisers of


Her engagements in social causes and

philanthropy are not only very numerous and

long-running, but they are also incredibly

The family and friends of the late Regent Nelia T. Gonzalez posed with UP and UPLB officials and dignitaries for the unveiling ceremony.

varied, reflecting her broad and comprehensive

interests and life commitments.

Regent Gonzalez, as a social entrepreneur,

combines many roles: manager, technologist,

businesswoman, technocrat, and administrator.

But her influence and impact on society lie in

her being all of these and more. In addition to

her role as an agriculturist, she is also a friend,

dedicated alumna, and public servant. Perhaps

what is most remarkable of all is that Nelia T.

Gonzalez carries her role with exquisite grace

and charm. She is truly a woman of substance.

The Ad Hoc Committee for the Renaming of

the Alumni Center Building, chaired by Alumni

Relations Director Eileen Lorena M. Mamino,

proposes renaming the UPLB Alumni Center

to the Nelia T. Gonzalez Hall. This proposal

is based on UP Naming Rights Policy, which

recognizes “persons who have supported the

University through either distinguished efforts

or substantial financial endowment .” The

Committee was formed on June 21, 2022, with

the prodding of Chancellor Jose V. Camacho

Jr. Earlier this year, the renaming of the UPLB

Alumni Center to Nelia T. Gonzalez Hall was

approved during its 1378th Board of Regents

Meeting held on February 23.

The year 2023 marks the 41st foundation year of

the UPLBAA, providing an opportune moment

to commemorate the memory and legacy

of its founding president, Nelia T. Gonzalez.

She effectively harnessed the strength of the

alumni to support the University and mobilize

them towards a common cause.

Last June 16, 2023, an unveiling ceremony

was held at the Alumni Center to honor and

commemorate the legacy of Regent Nelia T.


Present during the ceremony were Senator

Cynthia Villar, National Scientist Emil Javier,

National Scientist Dolores Ramirez, UP

President Angelo A. Jimenez, and former UP

President Atty. Danilo Concepcion and his

wife, Atty. Gaby Concepcion, former UPLB

Chancellors Dr. Ruben Villareal, Dr. Luis

Velasco, and Dr. Fernando Sanchez Jr., along

with around 150 faculty, staff, alumni, and

friends of Regent Nelia T. Gonzalez, attended

the affair.

Future-proofing the building

In 2021, the project “Rehabilitation of Student-

Industry-Alumni Hall” was approved with

a budget of PhP12 million. The project will

support the various activities of the current

UPLB administration’s goal of building a

future-proof University.

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A Career Shift and Multiple Awards Later:



By Alexis Faith Gonzales & Anna Cañas-Llamas

Who knew that a career shift would ignite a series

of international and prestigious awards for Glenn

Fernandez? What began as an opportunity to

work and study simultaneously has resulted in

remarkable accomplishments and significant

contributions that have brought about social,

economic, and environmental benefits to society.

“People should think

about having other

pathways other than

what they started with

in their undergrad

days. There will be

more opportunities for

career growth, even in

shifting to another area

or another discipline so

while working, they can

pursue another


Glenn Fernandez

pursued engineering

at UP Diliman as an

Oblation Scholar and

received multiple

scholarships from the

Department of Science

and Technology, UP

Engineering Research

and Development

Foundation, Inc. Soon

after, he began working

in sales at San Miguel

Corporation, where he discovered his passion

for the environment. This led him to pursu the

Diploma in Environment and Natural Resources

Management (DENRM) program at UP Open

University. His position required him to travel

across countries, and online learning was the best

option for him. “Work was stressful, but studying

[provided] a respite from the daily tasks at work,”

he mentioned during an interview with the UPOU

Office of Public Affairs. Needless to say, he aced

DENRM, finishing at the top of his class on the

Dean’s List with a GWA of 1.19.

DENRM served as the catalyst for him to pursue

his passion for environmental and disaster

management. It fueled his desire to learn and

accomplish more in this field. He went on to obtain

a scholarship for a Master’s in Environmental

Management and a Ph.D. in Global Environmental

Studies at Kyoto University in Japan. Afterward,

he pursued a Master of Public Management

from UPOU and graduated in 2020. A lifelong

learner at heart, he is currently enrolled in the

Professional Teaching Certificate program, which

is also offered by UPOU.

His exceptional

contributions to


management and

disaster risk reduction

and management

(DRRM) have earned

him numerous

awards, including

the Presidential

Pamana ng Pilipino

Award in 2021. His

research continuously

makes critical global

contributions, such

as his study on

global health and

the challenges of

disaster diplomacy

during the COVID-19

pandemic. Because of

the significant impact

of his works in DRRM

and their contribution

to the implementation

of policies in the

country, Dr. Fernandez was awarded the UPOU

Most Outstanding MPM Alumni Award. His award

was presented during the MPM@25 Celebration

on February 24, 2023, as part of UPOU’s 28th

anniversary celebration.

Glenn Fernandez’s journey is a testament to

the importance of pursuing passions and the

transformative power of education. UPOU’s

flexible online learning environment enabled

Fernandez to balance his career and studies.

Zealous individuals like him can explore new

disciplines, discover opportunities for career

advancement, and experience personal growth.

Investing in education is significant, especially in

fields that can make outstanding contributions to

our society.

From UPIC and Beyond:

By GC T. Castro

The Journey of a Pioneer Alumnus

In 1947, UP Iloilo College (UPIC) opened its

doors to 223 students from public schools and

middle-class families. Jose L. Concepcion, Jr.

was one of them.

Born in 1926 in Iloilo City, Joe attended local

schools. He was a first-year student at Iloilo

High School (HIS) when World War II broke out.

After the war, he went back to IHS. But when

UPIC opened, he decided to transfer for his last

year of high school because of UP’s reputation

for quality education. “I wanted to experience

the kind of education UP offers,” Joe said.

He enrolled in UPIC Lower Division, which only

offered classes for third and fourth year high

school students. The Upper Division, on the

other hand, focused on first and second year

college courses.

UPIC then had only one building that housed

a few classrooms, a library, and a canteen. It

offered a variety of extracurricular activities,

including monthly socials and dances where

music was played on phonographs. They also

had sports. Joe was part of the UPIC Basketball

Varsity Team.

Joe fondly remembers his teachers, some strict

and others more lenient, but all deserving of

his utmost respect. His favorite was Professor

Pag-asa Javier, who taught Tagalog. She left

a lasting impression with her “coolness” and


Approaching graduation, Joe experienced

anxiety as he had to pass removal exams in

certain subjects. However, he passed and was

able to graduate. He was part of the pioneer

Class of 1948.

This experience shaped his approach to higher

education. Having recognized the importance

of diligent studying avoiding complacency, he

dedicated himself to his studies and ultimately

obtained a degree in Civil Engineering in 1952.

Joe had a long and illustrious career. He progress

from being a Surveyman to an Inspector, then

to a Project Engineer at the National Irrigation

Administration (NIA) Region 6. Finally, in

the 1980s, he was appointed as the Regional

Director of NIA Regions 7 and 8.

He was awarded the Oblation Trophy for being

the oldest alumnus in attendance during the

2022 UP Visayas Alumni Homecoming, which

was coincided with the 75th year of UP’s

presence in Iloilo.

Now 96 years old, Joe still exudes the charisma

of a basketball player and the elegance of

a ballroom dancer. He aims to attend this

year’s (2023) UPV Alumni Homecoming as his

pioneer class is celebrating its Red Diamond


Joe had a message for the younger generation

of UP alumni and students: “If you want to

become successful in your profession, you

should take your job seriously. Do it well and

work hard. At first, you have to make sacrifices,

but you must continue working. In the long

run, you will see success.”

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eavers of Teleserye Narratives

By Cecilia Fe L. Sta. Maria-Abalos

Teleserye, a portmanteau of the Filipino words

“telebisyon” (television) and “serye” (series), is

a genre of television show. Despite criticisms

regarding melodramatic plots, stereotypical

characters, and overly dramatic dialogues,

teleseryes continue to gain popularity among

Filipino audiences.

With a range of criticisms about teleseryes—

from stories that tend to romanticize the plight

of the poor, depicting distorted views on revenge

and justice, emphasizing gender stereotypes—

what we cannot discount is that the followers

and viewers of teleseryes usually come from

the masses. Teleseryes are not exactly made for

media critics, nor are they produced to immerse

an audience with a higher level of social

consciousness. Teleseryes are made for Filipino

audiences who are too distracted to ponder on

socio-political issues because their everyday life

is a battle for survival.

“The General’s Daughter” and “Unbreak My

Heart” were directed by Emmanuel Q. Palo

or Direk Manny. The “Legal Wives” and “Maria

Clara at Ibarra” were directed by Zig Carlo M.

Dulay or Direk Zig. Both renowned and multiaward-winning

directors for film and television

are alumni of UP Baguio. Direk Manny and Direk

Zig’s woven narratives on film and television

are a warp and weft of critical examination of

social reality and immersion in the lives of the

masses. Both student leaders during their

college years, Direk Manny and Direk Zig are

digressing from the banal and usual directorial

treatment of teleseryes by introducing ways

of watching, and at the same time, raising the

social consciousness of the mass audience.

Teleseryes can facilitate critical thinking among

the Filipino audience. If one is to draw from

Freire’s concept of Pedagogy of the Oppressed,

a teleserye can become a way to educate

because it begins with the commonplace

situational contexts that can elicit imaginings

and facilitate ways of knowing. Direk Manny and

Direk Zig are achieving this.

The Spectrum of Realities of Direk Manny Palo

Emmanuel Q. Palo, the director of “The General’s

Daughter” (released in 2019) and the recently

streamed “Unbreak My Heart” is not new to the

film and television industry. Tracing his passion

for the performing arts, Direk Manny was a BS

Premed, then a BS Biology student at UP College

Director Emmanuel Q. Palo

Baguio in the late 70s. He then shifted to the

BA Theater Arts program in the 80s. A student

leader, Manny’s works on television and film are

drawn from his community work in rural and

urban areas. His works do not strictly conform

to social realism because it also includes

suggestive ways of seeing social realities.

Far from simply drawing inspiration from reallife

events and people for his teleseryes, Direk

Manny’s directorial approach involves the use

of metaphors, allegory, and a spectrum of

different realities.

If one were to watch “The General’s Daughter,”

they would see that the portrayal of 2nd Lt.

Rhian Bonifacio, played by Angel Locsin and

streamed on television in 2019, goes beyond

showcasing a woman’s strength and ability

to challenge a corrupt regime. This teleserye

also demonstrates how we can examine

larger political issues by exploring the smaller

forms of oppression experienced by ordinary

Filipinos. Taking an inductive approach to

understanding social reality, Direk Manny

facilitates the unraveling of complex sociopolitical

issues by dissecting and translating

them into melodramatic forms.

In “Unbreak My Heart,” Jodi Sta. Maria plays

Rose Jacinto who is searching for her daughter.

Alongside her journey, she is searching for her

authentic self. In this teleserye, Direk Manny once

again shows us that the female character is not

merely a stereotypical woman who is indecisive,

confused, forlorn, and heartbroken. Instead, it is

a confrontation of the woman question. Rose

Jacinto is an epitome of women’s experiences

of oppression across social classes, and solving

broad gender problems necessitates the probing

of gendered private and public roles. “Unbreak

My Heart” opens up a multi-faceted debate on

women, while also suggesting possibilities for

resolving it.

The personal is said to be political, and in the

teleseryes he directed, Direk Manny shows us

narrative metaphors that contain a spectrum of

powerful images that illustrate social reality. He

deals with contemporary and recognizable social

issues, drawing his viewers to imagine other

possibilities that may become starting points for

higher levels of socio-political discourse.

Sociological Imaginings of Direk Zig Dulay

Zig Carlo M. Dulay is the director of “Legal

Wives,” which aired in 2021, and the recently

concluded “Maria Clara at Ibarra.” Zig is a

graduate of BA Mass Communication from

UP Baguio and received his MA in Creative

Writing from UP Diliman. Zig usually delves into

unfamiliar narratives, often immersing himself

in unpopular historical tales that are usually

concealed chronicles. Direk Zig shapes his

narratives and allows them to unfold organically.

The director of the highly acclaimed teleseryes

“Legal Wives” and “Maria Clara at Ibarra,” Direk

Zig, demonstrates the importance of thorough

reading, extensive research, and determination

in both writing and directing.

Iterating what Mills says, a social scientist, in this

case, the director, should have an “understanding

of one’s position and experiences as reflective

of broader social historical forces” (Mills, 1959;

2000). Direk Zig’s works show a clear stance

and understanding of cultural and historical

issues. His teleseryes highlight the importance

of perspective and framing a story to provide

interpretive social commentary.

to bridge the unconfronted discourse on cultural


In the teleserye “Maria Clara at Ibarra,” Direk

Zig takes on a historical approach. He brings to

life the characters of Maria Clara, Ibarra, Sisa,

Padre Damaso, and others in his interpretation

of the two great novels written by Jose Rizal,

“Noli Me Tangere” and “El Filibusterismo.” With

a retrospective timeline, “Maria Clara at Ibarra”

is retold by an apathetic student portrayed

by Barbie Forteza. With its clear exposition,

the teleserye sheds light on Philippine history

while addressing current questions that

would otherwise be ignored by an apathetic

audience. It also serves as an educational tool

that encourages the audience to critically

examine history, making it imperative to

reflect on questions of social involvement and


In two of his teleseryes, Direk Zig offers a means

of examining social, cultural, and historical

events. He draws his television viewers into his

social imaginings. He narrates mundane social

experiences to engage an otherwise indifferent


Direk Manny and Direk Zig continue to weave

narratives on television, resonating with the

stories of the masses, shaping the minds of

television viewers, and engaging them in a series

of reflections and inquiries on the why’s, what

if’s, and the how’s of political issues. Their art of

teleserye-making is an embodiment of serving

the people. And, as we watch Direk Manny and

Direk Zig continue this journey on television, we

can hope that we will have a more vocal and

socially aware Filipino masses.

Zig Dulay envisions a culturally diverse society

that fully understands and respects each other’s

cultural differences. In “Legal Wives,” the

characters played by Dennis Trillo, Alice Dixon,

Andrea Torres, and Bianca Umali are not merely

suggesting resolutions on marriage and family

relationships, rather, they represent how the

dominant socio-cultural perspectives tear down

the cultural and religious beliefs of Islam. In his

directorial treatment for this teleserye, Direk Zig

elucidates the Maranaw culture, shedding light

on contentious issues on multiple marriages,

moral duty, and cultural rooting, and attempting

Director Zig Carlo M. Dulay

Cited References:

Wright Mills, C. (2000). Social Imagination. New York, USA: Oxford University Press.

Forrest, D. (2013). Social Realism: Art, Nationhood, and Politics. Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

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Behind the Beautiful Sunflowers

By Kristine Cruz

A quick Google search would tell you

that sunflowers symbolize cheerfulness,

hope, luck, and positivity. But for the UP

community and everyone involved in the

annual display of bright yellow flowers during

commencement season, it has become a

tradition symbolizing a joyful culmination of

many years of hard work.

How it Started: Science and Serendipity

Like every meaningful tradition, planting

symbolic sunflowers isn’t just a spur-ofthe-moment

aesthetic choice. According

to Arch. James Christopher Buño, the

practice of planting sunflowers around the

campus started in the 1980s. Back then,

the unit in charge of this was the Campus

Landscaping Office and Arboretum, headed

by Agriculturist Dionisio Liwag. Initially, it

was done as an experiment to drive worms

away from the existing Doña Auroras along

University Avenue. However, it wasn’t until

Prof. Amelia Guevarra led the commencement

committee as Vice Chancellor for Academic

Affairs (VCAA) that the sunflowers actually

became a part of the commencement


“Flowers really make my day,” Prof. Amelia

Guevara said as she explained why the

tradition started during her term as VCAA.

“Hindi talaga sunflower ang nag-umpisa

niyan,” she further clarifies. “I was a

University Registrar before. We organized

an international conference and held it at

the Science Teacher Training Center (STTC).”

She then coordinated with the Campus

Maintenance Office (CMO) and, since their

event will be held in December, she requested

potted poinsettias to be used as decorations

on the stage of the STTC hall. After the event,

Prof. Amy distributed the potted flowers

to everyone who had helped organize the

event, and she noticed that they were very

well received.

Eventually, when Prof. Amy became VCAA,

she once again partnered with CMO. This

time, she requested white and yellow

Malaysian Mums to be used as decorations

for the commencement ceremony. By this

time, the CMO Head, Mr. Emil Sotalvo, took

notice of Prof. Amy’s fondness for flowers. To

her surprise, before the next commencement

season started, Mang Emil informed her that

they had planted sunflowers as their gift to

her. They initially started by planting just

along University Avenue, from the police

outpost leading towards Quezon Hall.

Although this was a relatively small portion

compared to the long stretches of sunflower

blooms we now see, the yellow flowers

served as a beautiful surprise to all graduates

and guests. The planting of sunflowers

continued for several years while Prof. Amy

was the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs,

overseeing the annual graduation ceremony

of UP Diliman. In 2005, Prof. Guevara became

the Vice President for Academic Affairs of

the UP System. In 2009, she concurrently

served as the inaugural Executive Director of

the Philippine Genome Center (PGC), which

played a pivotal role during the COVID-19

pandemic. In 2011, she left the University to

become the Undersecretary for Research and

Development at the Department of Science

and Technology (DOST). Eventually, as the

years went by, the planting of the sunflowers

continued and became a tradition, gradually

spreading across the plant beds and covering

more and more of University Avenue.

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How It's Going: Patience, Hard work, and


Compared to the earlier sunflowers in the

1980s, the University had to make necessary

adjustments due to the shift in the academic

calendar and changes in the commencement

exercises season. This required more

patience and, of course, hard work.

Everything starts with precise timing

for these beautiful flowers, which begin

blooming as early as January. This will give

the UP Diliman CMO just enough time to

process all documentary requirements, from

budget requests to procurement, and the

actual delivery of the seeds. But the planting

doesn’t start yet. They have to prepare

the bed first. “Usually nagsa-start yan ng

April. So inuumpisahan nang i-cultivate

or bubungkalin yung lupa kasi kailangan

mas ma-expose [yung lupa] sa araw para

mabawasan ang mga pests, microbes, o

pathogens,” explains Buño. This will make the

soil more suitable and increase the chances

of seed survival. This process occurs multiple

times from April to May. This means that just

like the soil, the workers are also repeatedly

exposed to the scorching heat of the sun

during the peak of the summer season. To

minimize their exposure, they do this early

in the morning and late in the afternoon. By

June, the seeds are delivered and are planted

into the soil beds.

In addition, the shift in the academic calendar,

which has also moved the commencement

ceremony to the rainy season, has made it

more challenging. Buño explained that in

2014, they had to look for ‘certified seeds’

that were better suited and more resilient

for the rainy season, which are also more

expensive than the usual seeds.

And lastly, timing becomes crucial. “Yung

seeds na binibili natin, ang maturity rate is

around 50-55 days,” he adds. After planting,

these plants are watered, fertilized, and cared

for in order to flower and bloom by the end

of July, which is when the commencement

exercises usually takes place. All of these

tasks, including the labor-intensive process of

manual soil cultivation and themaintenance

and protection from pests, are done by the

Plant Nursery and Arboretum Section of


The Sunflowers are not the End

And while it’s easy to think that finally seeing

the plants grow means they can finally relax,

new challenges arise: ensuring they survive

until the actual commencement season.

“Kapag nag-uumpisa pa lang tumubo,

mataas ang tendency na matapakan,” Buño

said. This happens because the University

Avenue is a public place frequented by

visitors and joggers. When this happens, they

will have to replant in the area to ensure that

the blooms arrive on time. In addition, due

to the growing popularity of the beautiful

sunflower fields, some visitors also pick

flowers. The obstacles are truly inevitable

and seemingly endless.

This holds true for every isko and iska who

finally graduates from the University, greeted

with a joyful farewell by the sunflowers. More

than just the beautiful yellow blooms, this

tradition holds a special place in the hearts of

every member of the UP community. Every

yellow flower is a reminder of the beautiful

fruits of hard work, patience, and perhaps a

touch of luck as a student of the University

of the Philippines.

To the fresh graduates, the obstacles will

most likely not end here, but wherever

your feet would take you, may you bloom

wherever you are planted.


Photos from the UPDIO archives.

The key informants for this article are Prof. Amelia P. Guevara of the Institute of Chemistry, former

University Registrar, former Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of UP Diliman, former Vice

President for Academic Affairs of the University of the Philippines System, and former Department

of Science and Technology (DOST) Undersecretary for Research and Development; and

L.Arch. James Christopher P. Buño, head of the Diliman Environmental Management Office or

DEMO. L.Arch. Buño is the current Board Secretary of the Philippine Association of Landscape

Architects (PALA) and was a former Project Director of the Luntiang Pook: A Landscape Design

Workshop Using Indigenous and Edible Plants for Filipino Communities, PALA’s community engagement


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The Board of Regents

J. Prospero E. De Vera III

AB History 1978, D PubAd 1999

UP Diliman

Chairperson | Chairperson, CHED

Angelo A. Jimenez

AB Socio 1987, LLB 1994; UP Dil

Co-chairperson | President, UP

Francis Joseph G. Escudero

AB PolSci 1988, LLB 1993; UP Dil

Chairperson, Senate Committee

on Higher, Technical, and

Vocational Education

Mark O. Go

AB PolSci 1975, UP Manila

MMgt 1979, UP Diliman

Chairperson, House Committee

on Higher and Technical Education

Robert Lester F. Aranton

AB Eco 1984, UP Diliman

MMgt 1998, UP Mindanao

Alumni Regent | President, UPAA

Raul C. Pagdanganan

BS BAA 1980, UP Diliman


Gregorio B. Pastorfide

MD 1967, UP Manila


Gladys S.J. Tiongco

BS FS 1967, LLB 1971; UP Diliman


Carl Marc L. Ramota

AB PolSci 2004, UP Diliman

Faculty Regent

Sofia Jan Trinidad

AB SocSc, UP Baguio

Student Regent

Executive Committee

Angelo A. Jimenez

AB Socio 1987, LLB 1994; UP Dil


Jose Fernando T. Alcantara

BS PolSci 1983, UP Diliman

Executive Vice President

Leo D.P. Cubillan

BS Bio 1986 mcl, UP Diliman

MD 1991, UP Manila

Vice President for Academic Affairs

Iryn Y. Balmores

BS BAA 1995, UP Diliman

Vice President for Planning and


Augustus C. Resurreccion

BS GE 1997, UP Diliman

Vice President for Administration

Ferdinand Jesus A. Pecson

BS ME 1981, PhD EnergyEngg

1988, UP Diliman

Vice President for Development

Rolando B. Tolentino

Vice President for Public Affairs

Abraham Rey M. Acosta

LLB 2005, UP Diliman

Vice President for Legal Affairs

Roberto M.J. Lara

AB 1982, UP Manila

LLB 1987, UP Diliman

Secretary of the University

Ricky D. Dela Torre

BAPA 2004, DJuris 2017, UP Dil

Chief of Staff, Office of the President

Special Advisers

to the Executive Committee

Ma. Theresa T. Payongayong

AB Philo 1990, MA Philo 1999

PhD PhilStud 2011; UP Diliman

AVP for Academic Affairs

(Instruction and Curriculum)

Jose Antonio Clemente

AB Psychology 2005

MA Psych 2011, UP Diliman

AVP for Academic Affairs

(R and D Resource Mobilization)

Alyssa M. Peleo-Alampay

BS Geo 1985; MAGeo 1990, UP Dil

AVP for Academic Affairs

(Quality Assurance)

Imee S. Martinez

BS Chem 2000, UP Diliman

AVP for Academic Affairs

(Internationalization) | Director,

Office of International Linkages

Ma. Shari Niña G. Oliquino

AB BroadComm 2017, UP Diliman

AVP for Student Affairs

Noreen P. Escultura

BSBAA 1993, MBA 2000; UP Dil

AVP for Planning and Finance

Richard S. Javier

AVP for Administration

(Human Resource Development)

Tiffany Adelaine G. Tan

BSBE 1991, MS Mgt 2012,

PhD Bus Adm 2013, UP Diliman

AVP for Administration

(Organizational Development and


Jeanette L. Yasol-Naval

AB Philo 1989 cum laude

MA Philo 1994, UP Diliman

AVP for Public Affairs

Victoria C. Belegal

B Agr 1991, UPLB

Staff Regent

Emmanuel C. Lallana

AB 1979, UP Diliman

Adviser for Digital Transformation

Roberto M.J. Lara

AB 1982, UP Diliman

LLB 1987, UP Manila

Secretary of the University and

of the Board of Regents

Elena E. Pernia

AB Journ 1976, MA CommRes

1983 PhD Comm 1993; UP Diliman

Adviser for Public Affairs

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Program Directors

Marie Therese A.P. Bustos

BEEd 1999, MA ReadEduc 1999

PhD EducSPED 2008; UP Diliman

System Director, Ugnayan ng

Pahinungod Office

Teresa S. Encarnacion Tadem

BSFS 1980, MA PolSci 1986; UPDil

Executive Director, CIDS

Marie Aubrey J. Villaceran

AB EngStud 1998

MA EngStud 2008; UP Diliman

Director, Center for Women and

Gender Studies

Cynthia P. Saloma

BS Fisheries 1987 mcl, UP Visayas

Executive Director, Philippine

Genome Center

Cherish Aileen A. Brillon

MA MStud Broad 2007,

PhD PhilStud 2018; UP Diliman

Director, Padayon Public

Service Office

Alfredo Mahar Lagmay

BS Geo 1987, MS Geo 1993; UPDil

Executive Director, UPRI

Grace J. Alfonso

BFA 1972, MA Art History 1980

PhD Comm 1990; UP Diliman

Director, TVUP

Edna Estifania A. Co

MPA 1989, D PubAd 1997; UPDil

Director, UP CIFAL Philippines

Administrative Offices


Francisco N. De Los Reyes

BS Stat 1990, MS Stat 1993; UPDil

Director, Office of Admissions

Galileo S. Zafra

AB Phil Stud 1990 scl; MA Fil 1995

PhD Fil 2000, UP Diliman

Director, UP Press

Noreen P. Escultura

BS BAA 1993, MBA 2000; UPDil

Director, System Budget Office

Jennifer M. Tolentino

BSCS 2002, UP Los Baños

OIC, System Cash Office

Isagani L. Bagus

MPA 2005, DipIR 2008, UPDil

Acting Chief, System Supply and

Management Office

Susan C. Sanchez

Director, System Accounting Office

Flor L. Ofilada

BSBA 1987, LLB 1995

MBA 2003, UP Diliman

Director, Procurement Office

Ma. Shari Niña G. Oliquino

AB BroadComm 2017 cl, UP Dil

Director, OSDS

Richard S. Javier

Director, UP System Human

Resource Development Office

Luis G. Sison

BS EE 1990 mcl, UP Diliman

Director, Technology Transfer and

Business Development Office

Paulo Noel G. Paje


MTMgt 1999, UP Diliman

Director, ITDC

Larissa Mae R. Suarez

BA Journ 2010

MA Creative Writing 2022, UP Dil

Director, MPRO

KC M. Abalos-Orendain

BA Philo 1999, UP Diliman

Director, Office of Alumni Relations

Edgardo Carlo L. Vistan

BSMBB 1998 cl, LLB 2003 cl; UP Dil

Executive Director, UP BGC

Chancellors of Constituent


Edgardo Carlo L. Vistan

BS MBB 1998, LLB 2003; UP Dil

Chancellor, UP Diliman

Jose V. Camacho, Jr.

BS Eco 1990, UP Los Baños

Chancellor, UP Los Baños

Michael L. Tee

BS Bio 1993, UP Diliman

MD 1998; MH ProfEd 2007, UP

Manila; MBA 2015, UP Diliman

Chancellor, UP Manila

Clement C. Camposano

AB PolSci 1986, MA PolSci 1992,

PhD PhilStud 2009; UP Visayas

Chancellor, UP Visayas

Melinda dP. Bandalaria

BSA 1982, MS DevtComm 1995,

PhD DevtComm 2001; UP LB

Chancellor, UP Open University

Lyre Anni E. Murao

BS MBB 1997 cl, UP Diliman

Chancellor, UP Mindanao

Corazon L. Abansi

BS AEco 1980, MA Eco 1994,

MS Agrcl Eco 1989,

PhD AgrclEco 1998; UPLB

Chancellor, UP Baguio

Leo B. Malagar

ABPolSci 1991, UP College Cebu

LLB 1998, UPDiliman

Chancellor, UP Cebu

Gerardo D. Legaspi

BS 1983, UP Diliman

MD 1987, UP Manila

Director, PGH

UP in Outstanding Young

Scientists 2023

Nonawin B. Lucob-Agustin

BSA 2011, UP Los Baños

Agricultural Sciences

Jillian Aira S. Gabo-Ratio

MS 2010, BS Geo 2006; UP Dil

Earth Resources Engineering

Reinabelle C. Reyes

Assoc Prof at the National

Institute of Physics, UP Diliman


Albert Remus R. Rosana

BS Biology 2005 mcl, UPLB

Microbiology and Biotechnology

Ourlad Alzeus G. Tantengco

MD PhD 2022, BS Bio 2014 cl; UPD

Molecular Medicine

UP in The Outstanding Young

Men (TOYM) Award 2022

Beverly Lorraine C. Ho

BS Bio cl 2005, UP Diliman

MD 2010, UP Manila

Paul Gideon Dionela Lasco

BS BMS 2007, MD 2010

MS 2014, UP Manila

Ramon Lorenzo Luis R. Guinto

BS BMS 2009 cum laude

MD 2012, UP Manila

Rico Calora Ancog

MS EnvI Sci 2006

PhD Envl Sc 2011, UP Los Baños

Ronnie E. Baticulon

BS BMS 2005 cum laude

MD 2008 cum laude, UP Manila

UP in The Outstanding

Womens in the Nation’s

Service (TOWNS)

Ani Rosa Soriano Almario

BS 1998, PhD 2017; UP Diliman

Pia D. Bagamasbad

BSMBB cl 2001, UPDiliman

Beverly Lorraine C. Ho

BS 2005 cum laude, UP Diliman

MD 2010, UP Manila

Erika Fille Tupas Legara

BS 2006, MS 2008; PhD 2011

UP Diliman

Keisha Alena Llanto Mayuga

AB 2016, UP Diliman

Ana Patricia Non

CFA BS, UP Diliman

Anna Rosario Remulla Oposa

AB Eng Stud 2011 cum laude

UP Diliman

Aletta Concepcion T. Yñiguez

BS Bio 1999 magna cum laude

UP Los Baños

UP in Outstanding

Professionals of the Year

2022 Awardees

Anna Bella Elizabeth R. Borromeo

GN 1976, UP Manila

Outstanding Nurse

Celia C. Carlos

BS 1979 mcl, UP Diliman

MD 1983, UP Manila

Outstanding Physician

Maria Natalia R. Dimaano

MS ChE 1995, UP Diliman

Outstanding Chemical Engineer

Vic Lopez Dul-Loog

M Arch 2012, UP Diliman

Outstanding Landscape Architecture

Gerard Rey A. Lico

BS Arch 1997, MA 2000

PhD 2006; UP Diliman

Outstanding Architect

Imelda G. Peña

BS Phar 1984, MS Phar 1994

DPH 2007, UP Manila

Outstanding Pharmacist

Hernulfo B. Ruelo

BS Geo 1983, UP Diliman

Outstanding Geologist

Josefe C. Sorrera-Ty

BS BAA 1990, LLB 1996 UP Dil

Outstanding Certified

Public Accountant

Violeta L. Villaroman-Bautista

AB 1975, MA 1980,

PhD Psych 1988; UP Diliman

Outstanding Psychologist

UP in 100 Accountancy

Centenary awardee of


Estelita Caleon Aguirre

BSBA 1963, UP Diliman

MS Mgt 1981, UP Cebu

Manuel S. Alba

AA 1955 cum laude, UP Iloilo

BSBA 1957, UP Diliman

Emilia T. Boncodin

BS BAA 1975

UP Diliman

Vicente F. Fabella

PhD 1999

UP Diliman

Aurora Geotina D. Garcia

BS BAA 1973; MBA 1978

UP Diliman

Jaime C. Laya

BSBA 1957 cum laude,

UP Diliman

Conchita L. Manabat

BSBA 1967,

UP Diliman

Felipe M. Medalla

MA Eco 1976, UP Diliman

Raul C. Pagdanganan

BS BAA 1980, UP Diliman

Josefe Cemine Sorrera-Ty

BSBAA 1990, LLB 1996

UP Diliman

Joel L. Tan-Torres

BSBAA 1979 cum laude

MBA 1983, UP Diliman

Maria Gracia Pulido Tan

BS BAA 1976

LLB 1981, UP Diliman

Manuel Villar

BSBA 1970,

MBA 1973; UP Diliman

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July 2022

Landscape Architect

Licensure Examination

• 2nd place 86.00%

Eric Joseph Creencia Tenorio

BS Civil Engineering 2019 (UPLB)

Environmental Planner

Licensure Examination

• 1st place – 84.40%

Aleya Carmela Esquivel Arca

BSCD 2015 mcl; DipURP 2019

BSStat 2020 (UP Dil)

• 2nd place – 84.20%

Mark Anthony Acosta Francisco

UP Diliman

• 3rd place – 82.80%

Lisa Marie Babasa Jacinto

BS in Eco 2012 (UP Diliman)

• 4th place – 82.40%

Joshua Rupido Ladia

BSHEc 2017 (UPLB)

• 5th place – 81.95%

Lowieann Salvaleon Hinanay

BSHEc 2017 cl (UPLB)

• 6th place – 81.85%

Almira Geles Lumbres De Mesa

MS in Devt Mgt & Gov 2016


• 6th place – 81.85%

Gerard Patrick Jao Mayo

MA in URP 2018 (UP Diliman)

• 7th place – 81.80%

Christine Seraspe Chicano

BSBA 2014 cl (UP Diliman)

• 8th place – 81.35%

Sealtiel Caceres Patiño

BSHEc 2016 (UPLB)

•8th place – 81.35%

Maria Cristelle Ancheta San

Antonio; BSCE 2015 (UP Diliman)

• 9th place – 81.30%

Maria Clarissa Cueva Magdaraog

BA in Comm Res 1986;

MA in URP 1996 (UP Diliman)

• 10th place – 80.60%

Joben Ryan Abad Padre

BSCE 2017 cl (UP Diliman)

Interior Designer

Licensure Examination

• 1st place – 88.25%

Ira Louise Fernandez Cayanan

BSID 2018 cl (UP Diliman)

• 4th place – 86.40%

Racquel Christine Valencia Lim

BSID 2018 cl (UP Diliman)

• 6th place – 84.40%

Nichelle Jimenez Ventigan

BSID 2018 (UPD)

• 10th place – 82.60%

Nicole Alexis Abuel Olan

BSID 2019 (UPD)

August 2022

Guidance Counselor

Licensure Examination

• 7th place – 88.30%

Julie Jane R. Pagcaliwanagan

UPV - IloIlo City

September 2022

Electrical Engineer

Licensure Examination

• 4th place – 90.55%

Ryan Francis Ner Alvar (UPLB)

• 5th place – 90.50%

Jossel Itto Salao Marquez

BSEE 2020 mcl (UP Diliman)

• 7th place – 90.05%

Ymelson Asis Llantino (UPLB)


Licensure Examination

• 1st place – 88.20%

Marzo Meco Bagayaua Alfonso

UP Diliman

• 2nd place – 87.75%

August Emmanuel N. Florese

BLIS 2016 (UP Diliman)

• 3rd place – 87.65%

Paul Martin Perit Jequinto (UPD)

• 4th place – 87.60%

John Arjude Calilap Gerona

BLIS 2020 cl (UP Diliman)

• 5th place – 87.00%

Beatrice Bernardin Go Tan (UPD)

• 7th place – 86.45%

Ces Archae D. Buenavista (UPD)

• 8th place – 85.90%

Raymond Mendoza Reyes

MLIS 2018 (UP Diliman)

• 10th place – 85.40%

Diana Faith Fernando Dalilis (UPD)

Mining Engineer

Licensure Examination

• 1st place – 89.40%

John Martin Rivera Cirio

BS in Mining Engg 2020 mcl (UPD)

• 2nd place – 89.30%

Jaime Cumigad Baquiran Jr.

BS in Mining Engg 2020 cl (UPD)

• 3rd place – 89.10%

Gavrie Bryan Arboleda Mascardo

BS in Mining Engg 2020 (UPD)

• 4th place – 89.00%

Nathaniel Abantao Chagas (UPD)

• 5th place – 88.30%

Albert Justine Garcia Arnedo

BS in Mining Engg 2020 (UPD)

•7th place – 87.40%

John Kenneth Salces Suan

BS in Mining Engg 2020 (UPD)

• 8th place – 87.35%

Angelino Del Rosario Atadero

BS in Mining Engg 2020 (UPD)

• 9th place – 86.70%

Stella Maris Rivera Bautista

BS in Mining Engg 2020 (UPD)

• 10th place – 86.65%

Renee Moster Daza

BS in Mining Engg 2020 cl (UPD)

Agricultural and Biosystems

Engineer Licensure


• 7th place – 83.66%

Vincent Dioshua A. Yambao

UP Los Baños

Licensure Examination

for Social Workers

• 1st place – 88.80%

Gian Paul Cajilig Salanio (UPD)

• 4th place – 87.60%

Sydney Claudelle Miña Aguba

UP Diliman

• 4th place – 87.60%

Jeravem Gamao Ortiyas (UPD)

• 5th place – 87.40%

Gia Santos Evangelista (UPD)

• 6th place – 87.20%

Hermie Dawn I. Salmon (UPD)

Veterinarian Licensure


• 1st place – 84.90%

Kenny Vergara Pique (UPLB)

• 2nd place – 84.52%

Regina Isabelle Kaimee Ignacio

Ranada (UPLB)

• 4th place – 83.72%

Ray Miguel Padua Canlas (UPLB)

• 5th place – 83.48%

Jino Joshua Ong Remoto (UPLB)

• 6th place – 83.34%

Aixian Leslie Portillo Ling (UPLB)

• 7th place – 83.04%

Clouie Jeanne P. Dimatulac


• 8th place – 82.82%

Job Almajeda Corcuera (UPLB)

• 9th place – 82.64%

Alisha Ysabel A. Poyaoan (UPLB)

October 2022

Metallurgical Engineer

Licensure Examination

• 1st place – 84.65%

Christian Jimenez Basa (UPD)

• 2nd place – 82.30%

Mac Rounseville L. Eugenio (UPD)

• 3rd place – 81.15%

Riana Athalia Gabriel Evangelista


Geodetic Engineer

Licensure Examination

• 2nd place – 91.00%

Paul Henry T. Camacho (UPD)

• 5th place – 90.20%

Krystine Pearl S. Robles (UPD)

•6th place – 89.60%

Nicole Alyzza C. Mejia (UPD)

• 9th place – 88.80%

Pierre Romayne S. Ilao (UPD)

Results of Licensure Examination

for Fisheries Professionals

• 1st place – 86.25%

John Rey Fortu Rasgo

(UPV-IloIlo City)

•3rd place – 85.75%

Angelica Marie S. Dominguez

(UPV-IloIlo City)

• 5th place – 85.25%

Leslie Tutas Sampollo

(UPV-IloIlo City)

• 6th place – 84.75%

Cedric Jay Aganan Nantong

(UPV-IloIlo City)

• 6th place – 84.75%

Cherry Dale Cepe Templonuevo

(UPV-IloIlo City)

• 7th place – 84.50%

Robert Christian Flores Patani

(UPV-IloIlo City)

• 8th place – 84.25%

Joseph Keith Paulo Tabilid Nava

(UPV-IloIlo City)

• 9th place – 84.00%

Reymark Capistrano Busalla

(UPV-IloIlo City)

• 9th place – 84.00%

Marianne Joyce Sudario Herrada

(UPV-IloIlo City)

• 10th place – 83.75%

Yessamin Tamayo Lebaqui

(UPV-IloIlo City)

Electronics Engineer

Licensure Examination

• 1st place – 91.10%

Harold Andre T. Puig (UPD)

• 3rd place – 88.40%

Christopher Jeff Peret Sanchez


• 5th place – 88.00%

Adrian Racela Umadhay (UPD)

Chemical Engineer

Licensure Examination

• 3rd place – 87.80%

Caesar John T. Alcoriza (UPD)

• 4th place – 86.30%

Michael Tan Castro (UPD)

• 5th place – 85.70%

Joshua Therell S. Cuesta (UPD)

• 8th place – 84.10%

Chris Ian L. Aveñdano (UPLB)

• 9th place – 84.00%

Jan Carlo Japor Tinaja (UPD)

• 10th place – 83.80%

Angelo Joseph M. Suzara (UPD)

Chemist Licensure


• 1st place – 91.30%

Carmel Rose M. Rolloque (UPLB)

• 4th place – 88.75%

Carlos Antonio Nicdao

Concepcion (UPLB)

• 5th place – 88.65%

Christian John G. Cordero (UPLB)

• 6th place – 88.40%

Justine Ruseel O. Molina (UPLB)

• 9th place – 87.35%

Rollan Paul P. Parakikay (UPLB)

Chemical Technician Licensure


• 1st place – 94.00%

Carlos Antonio Nicdao

Concepion (UPLB)

• 4th place – 92.50%

Don Gil David Tamayo (UPLB)

Certified Public Accountant

Licensure Examination

• 6th place – 88.33%

Lorenz De Lemios Nalica (UPD)

• 7th place – 88.17%

Angelica Dela Cruz Igna (UPD)

• 8th place – 88.00%

Keith Daniel Ang Dee (UPD)

• 8th place – 88.00%

Loudette Remirose Catris Tejada


Licensure Examination

for Foresters

• 2nd place – 92.25%

Ren Antoinette S. Leovido


• 3rd place – 91.70%

Irene Mae C. Baldosano (UPLB)

• 8th place – 90.65%

Jane Valencia Lanao (UPLB)

Nutritionist-Dietitian Licensure


• 4th place – 89.65%

Angelo Riem Reyes Dante (UPD)

• 4th place – 89.65%

Giuliana Solano Medina (UPLB)

• 5th place – 89.60%

Stella Grace R. Abrencia (UPD)

• 7th place – 89.35%

Kioh Cerez Monato (UPLB)

• 8th place – 89.30%

Sheena Koa Chua (UPD)

• 10th place – 89.05%

Ceres Natalie B. Basuel (UPLB)

Physician Licensure


• 1st place – 89.00%

Justine Adriel Gautier Togonon


• 2nd place – 88.75%

Francesca Marie Abu Lagrosa


• 7th place – 87.42%

Trisha Marie Ramos Galapon


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December 2022

January 2023

April 2023

May 2023

• 8th place – 87.25%

Christopher Tabora Pilarta (UPM)

• 10th place – 87.08%

Christine Bernadette Orfano Lo


Licensure Examination for

Professional Teachers –

Elementary Level

• 3rd place – 94.00%

Elaine Lopez Velasco (UPM)

• 7th place – 93.20%

Dominic Lazar Rolloda (UPD)

Licensure Examination for

Professional Teachers –

Secondary Level

• 6th place – 93.20%

Niccolo Alexio Rodriguez Frando


• 9th place – 92.60%

Richglo Seludo Maraviles (UPD)

• 10th place – 92.40%

Angela Atencio Arma (UPD)

• 10th place – 92.40%

Marianne Cano Garcia (UPLB)

• 10th place – 92.40%

Mylen Quinahan Piosca

(UPV-IloIlo City)

November 2022

Midwife Licensure


• 1st place – 90.10%

Jonathan Jr. Calunsag Gatela

(UP SHS-Leyte)

• 3rd place – 89.90%

April Toledo Tabios

(UP SHS-Leyte)

• 5th place – 89.40%

Rhealyn Cabanlit Fedelino

(UP SHS-Leyte)

• 5th place – 89.60%

Cristal Cenco Gayo

(UP SHS-Leyte)

• 7th place – 87.42%

Maryl Criztel Marantan Catenza

(UP SHS-Leyte)

Geologist Licensure


• 1st place – 83.70%

Tiffany Ashley Falsis Uy (UPD)

• 2nd place – 83.00%

Editha Rose Buhay Chavez (UPD)

• 4th place – 82.40%

Hannah Sophia Niño Manuel


• 5th place – 82.00%

Rachelle Boado Belmoro (UPD)

• 7th place – 80.10%

Ayhin Huyag Itorma Catenza


• 8th place – 80.00%

Philip Javier Kawi (UPD)

Civil Engineer

Licensure Examination

• 1st place – 95.00%

Carl Jervin Rivera Magtira (UPLB)

• 2nd place – 94.00%

Andrew Aren Binondo Ong


• 3rd place – 93.95%

Joseph Lawrence Galletes Celeste


• 6th place – 93.30%

Levi Azriel Garcia Degaños (UPD)

• 7th place – 93.25%

Sophia Mariya Kysha Gomez

Camacho (UPD)

• 10th place – 92.90%

Juan Miguel Rojas Estanislao


Agriculturist Licensure


• 1st place – 86.83%

Rio Sergote Antion (UPLB)

• 6th place – 85.50%

Miki Angela Talagtag Kurahashi


Dentist Licensure Examination

• 1st place – 83.64%

Janelle Kirsten Ong Go (UPM)

• 3rd place – 83.50%

Tristan Robby Layne U. Legaspi


• 6th place – 82.93%

Chelsie Cabalce Horiondo (UPM)

Occupational Therapist Licensure


• 4th place – 82.60%

Samuel Capuno Mariaga (UPM)

• 6th place – 82.20%

Doreen Ysagun Dalayap (UPM)

• 7th place – 82.00%

Khristina Marie Grefiel Banauag


• 7th place – 82.00%

Daniella Francesca A. Dorado


• 8th place – 81.80%

Sofia Urielle Camba Riñon (UPM)

• 8th place – 81.80%

Jona Flor Selerio Villarido (UPM)

• 10th place – 81.40%

Frances Gwyneth Danielle

Francia Savilla (UPM)

• 10th place – 81.40%

John Pierre Martin Ubales (UPM)

2022 Bar Examination

• 1st place – 88.8083%

Czar Matthew G. Torres Dayday

• 2nd place – 88.7666%

Erickson Cayabyab Mariñas

• 3rd place – 87.9667%

Christine Claire Cregencia

• 4th place – 87.7750%

Andrea Jasmine Ong Yu

• 5th place – 87.4250%

Kim Gia Grande Gatapia

• 13th place – 86.7000%

Jayvy Rosales Gamboa

• 15th place – 86.5834%

Sharlene Ann Oliva Joson

• 17th place – 86.5583%

Luis Gabriel Arevalo Perez

• 23rd place – 86.2417%

Joji Marie Insular Salaver

• 28th place – 86.0166%

Aaron Daryl Pasumbal Marquez

• 30th place – 86.0000%

Patricia Marie Eugenio Ignacio

Real Estate Consultant

Licensure Examination

• Ma. Dani Vi Patal Edrad (UPD)

Licensure Examination for


• 4th place – 83.10%

Mariel Mei Yson Rias (UPD)

• 6th place – 82.40%

Emmanuel Dusaran Inocencio


• 7th place – 82.30%

Dawnelli Mahomoc Luar (UPMin)

• 8th place – 82.20%

Marie Raphaelle Salvacion Lopez


March 2023

Veterinarians Licensure


• 1st place – 83.58%

Maria Adrianna Isabella

Gray Claravall (UPLB)

• 2nd place – 82.60%

Nikki Flores Pasion (UPLB)

• 3rd place – 82.10%

Novehm Allen G. Pagal (UPLB)

• 5th place – 81.68%

Brigitte C. Calimag (UPLB)

• 9th place – 80.88%

Gabrielle Ann L. Cruz (UPLB)

• 10th place – 80.84%

Olive Marie P. Gonzales (UPLB)

Physicians Licensure


• 8th place – 86.92%

Jumela Mica Q. Bautista (UPM)

• 10th place – 86.67%

Claire Marie Sayon Jacinto (UPM)

Licensure Examination for

Professional Teachers –

Secondary Level

• 10th place – 91.00%

Joy Charisse Orfanel Bulan (UPD)

• 10th place – 91.00%

Joan Ivy Tumaneng Garcia (UPD)

Special Professional Licensure

Examination for Professional

Teachers (Elementary)

• 1st place – 92.20%

Lorenz Payton Domingo Domer


Pharmacists Licensure


• 2nd place – 93.30%

Sheryl Chisom Paz Madike (UPM)

• 6th place – 92.90%

Lyra Adrienne R. Rivera (UPM)

• 8th place – 92.83%

Karen Kate D. Tumale (UPM)

• 10th place – 92.73%

Samuel Si Aquino (UPM)

Electronics Engineers

Licensure Examination

• 4th place - 87.20%

John Vincent A. Portugal (UPD)

• 8th place - 86.70%

Moises Angelo Quiming Sanchez


• 9th place - 86.40%

Constantine Nicolai Uy Tan (UPD)

Civil Engineers Licensure


• 2nd place – 90.45%

Casmer Blah Dilangalen (UPD)

• 3rd place – 90.35%

Emilson Ryan Domanog Antes

(UP Diliman)

Electrical Engineers Licensure


• 3rd place – 92.10%

Lance Patrick Cadiz Alarcon


• 6th place – 91.05%

Mark Jayson Ilao Salud (UPLB)

• 9th place – 90.15%

Charles Vincent Soriano Arandia


Licensure Examination for

Professional Teachers –

Elementary Level

• 1st place – 92.20%

Mikaela Andrea T. Bonador (UPD)

• 8th place – 90.80%

Mikaela Isabel Q. Almalvez (UPD)

Chemical Engineers Licensure


• 2nd place – 89.10%

John Vincent Tiu Yu (UPD)

• 3rd place – 88.40%

Ian Jason Pangilinan Ebio (UPD)

• 4th place – 87.80%

Neil John Flores Catapang


• 10th place – 85.10%

Jean Roven Nobleza Gentolea


Philippine Nurses Licensure


• 1st place – 91.60%

Cristin Bagang Pangan (UPM)

• 6th place – 90.40%

Jazryl Robles Gayeta (UPM)

• 6th place – 90.40%

Vanessa Kate Santiago Manzano


• 6th place – 90.40%

Adolf Ausquin Juntilla Yasa


• 8th place – 90.00%

Maria Angelica Cordova Lontoc


• 8th place – 90.00%

Tommy Jay Gabriel Takada (UPM)

• 8th place – 90.00%

Christell Danya Bagaoisan Tansiongco


• 9th place – 89.80%

Audrey Dacumos Ayuste (UPM)

• 10th place – 89.60%

James Ordine Agustin Gunnacao


• 10th place – 89.60%

James Ian Dela Paz Vargas (UPM)

June 2023

Licensure Examination for


• 7th place – 83.50%

Ma. Katrina Joy Remudaro Seno

• 8th place – 83.40%

Lorenzo Jarell Real Lasaleta

• 9th place – 83.10%

Ellora Trisha Gaduyon Narida

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In Memoriam

Jose Veloso Abueva

AA 1949, AB 1951 cum laude

August 19, 2021

Neva A. Aguilar-Jardenil

AA 1949, BS in Education 1951

MEd 1962

July 30, 2022

Manuel S. Alba

AA 1955, BSBA 1957 cum laude

March 19, 2023

Alicia V. Alteros-Riego

Doctor of Medicine 1942

Efren L. Alvarez

BS in Agri Engineering 1977,

MS 1980

June 5, 2022

Leonor A. Angeles-Jayme

Doctor of Dental Medicine 1951

November 14, 2022

Jerome Berrmejo Bailen

BS 1961, MA 1975

November 08, 2022

Maria Ines Rosana D.


BS in Geology 1982, MS 1984

August 8, 2022

John Sanchez Baroña

BSSW 1991, ROTC 1990

October 01, 2022

Benjamin J. Bartolome

BS in Agriculture 1971

November 2022

Alan D. Batallones

AB in Economics 1979

April 2, 2022

Frances Gay Marie H. Beldia

BA Broad Comm 2001

May 19, 2023

Filemon Ternate Berba, Jr.

BS in Electrical Engineering

magna cum laude

April 4, 2023

Rolly Valerio Breva

FRC 1991, BSF 1994, MS in

Forest Resources Mgt 2008

May 7, 2023

Zenaida P. Buenaflor

MA in Teaching 1978

February 1, 2023

Ernani Ramos Bullecer

DrPH (Nutrition) 2017

March 24, 2023

Luisito Garcia Cabaluna

Doctor of VetMedicine 1965

December 26, 2021

Josefina F. Caluya-Fonacier

BS in Educ 1948 cum laude

May 16, 2023

Gregoria De Leon Cervantes

Bachelor of Pedagogy 1964

M Ed 1973

September 8, 2022

Francisco Honorio Colanta

BS in Agriculture 1958, MS 1972

January 5, 2021

Mario Antonio S. Coronel

BS BA 1987

December 26, 2021

Soledad I. Cuevas-Francisco

M Ed 1971, PhD 1994

May 24, 2023

Napoleon M. Dagdagan

BS in Agriculture 1960

hc, MS 1969

July 4, 2022

Moises R. De Guzman, Jr.

BS in Agriculture 1955

MS 1970, Doctor of Philosophy

Animal Sc 1981

April 8, 2023

Nestor M. De Jesus

Doctor of Vet Medicine 1982

May 29, 2022

Ruben Fortunato M. De Jesus

BFA 1985

May 12, 2023

Erlito P. Del Rosario

GR 1977; BSF1980

January 2023

Paulina Demerry-Pages

BS in Agriculture 1943

MS 1955, PhD 1971

January 16, 2023

Buenaventura B. Desquitado

MBA 1973

December 2021

Lina Belen Diaz de Rivera

MAT 1976, Doctor of Philosophy

(English Studies) 1991

May 25, 2023

Burt G. Dignadice

BS in Food Technology 1995

November 20, 2022

Gil Gallego Divinagracia

BS in Agriculture 1956

July 13, 2022

Victorio A. Dumaual

ROTC 1964

August 16, 2021

Helen Z. Estacio-Lopez

AB 1966, MA 1973, PhD 1983

November 13, 2022

Elvero C. Eusebio

BS Foresrty 1972

April 15, 2023

Antonio Carino Fajardo

BS in Agriculture 1977

February 15, 2022

Teresita T. Flores

BS in Agriculture 1976

March 2023

Romeo D. Fortes

BS Fisheries 1968

August 2, 2022

Miguel Dino Fortes

BS 1970, MS in Botany 1975

Doctor of Philosophy

in Botany 1986

April 30, 2023

Alma E. Gabertan-Romero

BS in Home Technology 1972

November 30, 2022

Besosie Malvar Ganal

Doctor of Medicine 1968

July 21, 2022

FelinoJr. Salem Garcia

BA History 1989

August 27, 2022

Christer Kim Ortega Gerona

BA SS Political Science 2014

April 18, 2023

Onofre Taleon Grino, Jr.

BS in Agriculture 1953

December 4, 2021

Luis V. Guanio

BS in Mech Engineering 1973

March 6, 2021

Milagros D. Ibe

MEd 1965

April 22, 2023

CrispuloJr. Julio Icban

AB 1954 magna cum laude

April 5, 2021

Crestita B. Jimenea-Dayot

BSBA in Marketing 2001

September 27, 2022

Consuelo Morales Joaquin-Paz

Bachelor of Arts 1953

MA 1967, PhD 1978

September 15, 2022

Teodoro Valente M. Katigbak

BS in Agriculture 1953

April 1, 2023

Daisy M. Labadan-Barradas

BS in Agriculture 1968

September 2022

Manuel M. Labastilla

BS in Forestry 1970

May 16, 2021

Fe Aida A. Lacsamana-Reyes

BS in Elem Educ 1967

May 22, 2023

NonelonJr. L. Lara

BS in Accountancy cum laude

June 1, 2023

Hazel M. Llapitan-Bumarlong

BS in Civil Engineering 2002

October 27, 2022

Lee R. Lozano

BS in Agriculture 1997

July 2022

Telesforo Wisco Luna, Jr.

ROTC 1953, BSFS 1953

May 21, 2023

Jocelyn M. Lusanea-Tababa

BS in Zoology 1978 cum laude

Doctor of Medicine 1982

June 4, 2023

Jose Oliveros Lustre

ROTC 1962

April 16, 2021

Reynaldo J. Macaraig

Doctor of Vet Med 1964

February 12, 2021

Ma. Caridad M.


BS 1959, MS in Math 1972

April 5, 2023

Daisy B. Magalit-Rodriguez

BS in Nursing 1969

M Nursing 1971

October 24, 2022

Clemente A. Malabayabas

BS in Agriculture 1968

September 2022

Connie Manuel-Lim

BS 1976 cum laude

MS in Math 1979

January 31, 2023

Ramon M. Maronilla

Bachelor of Laws 1972

February 23, 2023

Jaime Rogando Marquez

BS in Agriculture 1960

June 3, 2021

Erwin D. Mendoza

BS in Agriculture 1992

October 2022

Rosa S. Menguito-Vallejo

AB 1951

February 3, 2023

Remigio D. Mercado

MPH 1960

March 2023

Cris T. Michelena

AB in Theater Arts 1985

July 7, 2022

Raymond B. Mizal

GR 1977

June 18, 2021

Belisario L. Monteagudo

Doctor of Vet Med 1959

October 7, 2021

Natividad J. Munarriz

BS in Education 1949

August 5, 2022

Darius Kintanar Muñoz

AB 1964

May 30, 2021

Cirlo P. Nuyles

BS in DevComm 1979

December 26, 2021

Ephraim Miranda Orteza

BS in Agriculture 1954

October 31, 2022

Rolando G. Panopio

MS in Math 1980

January 9, 2023

Marilen M. Parungao-Balolong

BS in Biology 1995

MS in Microbiology 2002

Doctor of Public Health 2014

December 18, 2022

Ma. Larissa L.C. Pesimo-Gata

BS in Forestry 1994

MS in Forestry 1998

October 10, 2022

52 UP Carillon University Alumni Magazine 53

Nicolas Beda A. Priela, Jr.

BS in Agriculture 1975

M ProfStud 1985

July 2022

Florendo C. Quebral

BS in Agriculture 1955

MS 1963

February 9, 2021

Fernando P. Quililan

BS in Forestry 1968

January 15, 2021

Karen D.C. Quiñanola-Gonzales

AB in MassComm 2000

cum laude

September 1, 2022

Fidel Valdez Ramos*

LLD 1993, hc

July 31, 2022

Juanito Purificacion Regadio

BSF 1969

July 22, 2022

Helen Socorro Dagdag Reyes

BS 1974

Doctor of Medicine 1978

December 29, 2022

Lazaro M. Ricafort, Jr.

BS in Agriculture 1961

November 8, 2021

Alfonso Vega Rodriguez

BS BA 1963

July 1, 2021

Patricio N. Roman

BS in Agriculture 1972

May 24, 2023

Jayson P. Rosales

Doctor of VetMed 2008

October 20, 2021

Ramon C. De Vera Salvacion

BS in ElectEngg 2018

October 25, 2022

Luzon Tanap Salvador

BSF 1973, MS in Forestry 1981

February 26, 2022

Reynaldo Orcine Samson

Dip Public Management 2020

August 30, 2022

Benjamin Callejo Santos

AA 1957; AB 1957 cl

Bachelor of Laws 1957 cl

May 2021

Roberto Nasol Santos

Doctor of VetMed 1980

July 4, 2022

Jose Maria C. Sison

AB 1959 cl

December 16, 2022

EduardoJr. R. Soliman

ROTC 1964

July 24, 2021

Emanuel Valdez Soriano

BS in Mech Engg 1959

Master in Industrial Mnmgt 1962

April 22, 2023

Vita S. Susmerano-De Leon

MProfStud 1982

October 2022

Amado T. Tadena

BSFS 1965

September 7, 2021

Mercedes G. Tan-Gotianun

BS in Pharmacy 1950 mcl

December 11, 2022

Edward P.B. Tenefrancia

AB 1989

June 18, 2021

Luis V. Teodoro

AB 1964

March 14, 2023

Nelia Teodoro-Gonzalez

CGM 1977

BS in Agriculture 1946

June 19, 2021

Jose Manigque Tiongco

Doctor of Medicine 1971, Master

Hospital Administration 2018

May 19, 2023

Anecita C. Trasmonte-Altis

BA Broad Comm-Psych 1993

Dip LST 2002, MA Ed 2005

April 9, 2023

Dr. Carlos R. Uyan*

Doctor of VetMed 1962

January 4, 2021

Dante K. Vergara

BS in Mathematics 1982

December 16, 2022

Mae Lynn Pavillar Villalobos

BA in Communication and

Media Studies 2016

October 2022

Antonio P. Villamor

Law 1955, MPA 1966

February 26, 2022

Ma. Nylda Villena-Caramancion

BS in Agriculture 1966 cl

MS 1971

November 22, 2022

Wilfredo M. Wico

BS BA 1969

December 31, 2021

Reynaldo Ebreo Yago

BS 1956, M Ed 1985

October 2020

Anna Liza Rivere Yago

BS 1987

April 19, 2020

Ramon C. Yedra

BS AE 1978

MMgt in Devt Mgt 1995

PhD in CommDevt 2009

May 6, 2023

Neptale Q. Zabala

GR 1960, BSF 1962

March 2023

Christian Mari Baldoza Zamora

BS in Chem Engineering 2014

September 2022

Clarissa Geroche Zamora

BS in Natural Science 1984

April 29, 2023

OAR Directors

UP System

Jeanette L. Yasol-Naval

Assistant VP for Public Affairs

Contact information:


(02) 8929-9226

UP Mindanao

Krishna Balaga

PDA for Alumni Relations

Contact information:


(082) 293-0402

UP Visayas

Rey Carlo T. Gonzales

Director, OAR

Contact information:


(033) 336-8837

UP System

KC M. Abalos-Orendain

Director, OAR

Contact information:


(02) 8929-9226

UP Cebu

Geofe O. Cadiz

Director, OAR

Contact information:


(6332) 232-8104

UP Manila

Dr. Melfred L. Hernandez

Director, OAR

Contact information:


(02) 8525-3802

UP Baguio

Cecilia Fe Abalos

Alumni Relations Officer

Contact information:


(074) 444-8719

UP Diliman

Jose Carlo de Pano

Director, UP DIO

Contact information:


UP Los Baños

Eileen Lorena M. Mamino

Director, OAR

Contact information:


(049) 536-0844

UP Open University

Myra Almodiel

Director, OPA

Contact information:


(049) 536-5992

UP Tacloban

Ervina Espina

Director, OAR

Contact information:


The UP Office of Alumni

Relations (OAR) links UP

and its alumni communities.

It seeks to encourage

the alumni's maximum

participation, involvement,

support, and commitment

to the University of the

Philippines' social mission.

It assists the UP and

its Alumni Association

(UPAA) in identifying, cultivating,

and involving the

alumni in institutional and

alumni programs, events,

and activities. It also

represents the UP and the

UPAA at institutional and

alumni programs, events,

and activities locally, on

and off-campus, and in

foreign venues whenever


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Caril on

Official Alumni Magazine of the University of the Philippines

January - December 2023


Photo courtesy of Andrei Aly Chio

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