Volume 2 Number 3JUNE 2009
New UP Charter signed into law
is ofﬁcially the national university of thePhilippines.On April 29, 2008, just in time for the UPCentennial, “The University of the Philippines Charter of 2008” was enacted after several years in the legislative mill.In ceremonies held at the UP Visayas Cebu College Library Conference Hall, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed intolaw Republic Act 9500, “An Act to Strengthen the University of the Philippines as the National University,” which served as theculmination of years of efforts toward a charter more capableof meeting the challenges of the 21st century.
Centennial Commission formed,ofﬁcers elected and named
n September 6, 2005, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo issued Proclamation No. 913 which providedfor the creation of the Presidential Commission forthe UP Centennial. On August 15, 2006, Arroyo issued anotherproclamation directing the UP President to name the membersof the Commission, which will be called the UP CentennialCommission. The Commission was responsible for formulating andimplementing a plan of activities for the Centennial but itsmajor task was to raise funds. It also promoted the celebrationin the Philippines and abroad.Senator Edgardo J. Angara, former UP President, was theChairman. Dr. Magdaleno B. Albarracin, former Dean of theCollege of Business Administration and top business executive, was Vice Chairman. Prof. Benjamin C. Sandoval, professor of Business Administration, was Executive Director. Dr. ElenaPernia, Dean of the College of Mass Communication, wasSpokesperson.From government, members were former Commission onHigher Education Chair Romulo Neri and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Deputy Governor Nestor Espenilla; from the privatesector, Dr. Gregorio Alvior, Robina Gokongwei-Pe, Atty. GizelaGonzalez-Montinola, Atty. Eduardo Hernandez, Menardo Jimenez Jr., Jose “Pitoy” Moreno and Dr. Angelita Reyes.Members who are alumni representatives from abroad were Theodore BM Aquino and Dr. Diosdado Banatao, Dr.Carmencita C. Quesada-Fulgado, Dr. Bienvenido Jongco,surgeon, and Dr. Roberto Mariano, economist.
‘Diliman Oval’ project launche
aunched in 2007, the Diliman Oval project is a fund-raising activity aimed at protecting UP’s heritage of excellent faculty, which is endangered by low salaries. To support the Diliman Faculty Development Fund,the existing inner sidewalk along the Academic Oval will bedeveloped. Donors’ names and possibly those of their UPalumni family members and friends will be inscribed in specialcommemorative tiles surrounding UP Diliman’s favorite walkway. The income from the Faculty Development Fund will beutilized for professorial chairs and faculty grants.
n December 18, 2007, after almost two decades, theUP Diliman (UPD) campus was once again ringing with carillon musical pieces as 36 new bells wereinstalled in the UP Diliman Carillon. Through the efforts of the UP Alumni Association (UPAA), the bells were importedfrom the Netherlands, the old clavier keyboard was replaced with a new heavy-duty oak-wood one, a hook-up with a masterclock, and synthesizer; and the steel frames bolts, cables, wallsand ceilings were refurbished.Former UPAA President Lt. Gen. Jaime S. de los Santosand current Alumni Regent and UPAA President, Ponciano E.Rivera Jr. formally turned over the bells to UPD ChancellorSergio S. Cao, and earlier in the day to President Emerlinda R.Roman. As of May 2009, the Carillon plaza surrounding the tower was almost complete. The second goal is to institutionalize theCarillon’s operation and maintenance. This includes maintaining scholarships to ensure the availability of a steady pool of welltrained carillonneurs.
Carillon plays music once again
UPAA activities for the U.P. Centennial
In a very productive and creative centennial year, the UP AlumniAssociation undertook the following projects:1. Decembery 17, 2007, U.P. Theather: “Ciento Comico – 100 Years of Fun and Laughter” (a pre-Centennial activity of the UPAA)2. December 18, 2007, Carillon Plaza: U.P. Carillon Restoration Project“Ringing of the new 36 bells”3. January 8, 2008, University Avenue, U.P. Diliman: Grand Launching of U.P. Centennial Year4. May 23, 2008, Mandarin Suite, Gateway Mall, Araneta Center:Nude Sketching by U.P. Artists5. June 2008.• June 17, U.P. Executive House, U.P. Diliman: UP President’s dinnerin honor of UPAA Outstanding Alumni Awardees• June 18, U.P. Los Baños: Tree Planting• June 19-25, Mandarin Suite, Gateway Mall, Araneta Center: “100Years 100 Nudes” Exhibit and Coffee Table Book• June 20, Ang Bahay ng Alumni: UP Alumni Council Meeting,Outstanding UPAA Awardees Exhibit• June 20, UP Alumni Hostel: UPAA General Assembly and ChaptersMeeting• June 21, (whole day affair) Araneta Coliseum: UPAA CentennialGrand Alumni and Faculty Homecoming & Reunion (directed byProf. Behn Cervantes)• Celebrating classes: 25th (1983), 30th (1978), 35th (1973), 40th(1968), 45th (1963), 50th (1958), 55th (1953), & 60th (1948• Outstanding UPAA Awardees Exhibit• June 23, Carillon Plaza: Memoirs of UP Alumni Abroad book launch6. July 27, 2008, UPD Gym: “YIPPEE! YOOPEE!” (a beneﬁt dinner for theUP Men’s Basketball Team)7. September 25, 2008, Ang Bahay ng Alumni: “Blood for Peace”8. October 15, 2008, Music Museum: “100 THX 2 UP”9. November 2008• November 14, Valley Golf & Country Club South Course, AntipoloCity: UP Centennial Open• November 17, Mandarin Suite, Gateway Mall, Araneta Center:Nude Sketching by UP Artists• November 19, Gateway Trade Fair, Araneta Center: UP CentennialArt Exhibit• November 20, HSBC Centre, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig: HSBC-UP Alumni Night – “Huntahang Peyups sa HSBC – Sentenaryo atSandaang Kwento”• November 21, 3:00 P.M. (matinee show); 8:00 PM, UP Theater:“100 Years of World-Class Music” (directed by Prof. BehnCervantes)• November 22, City Museum, Dagupan City: 34th UPAARegional Alumni Institute (hosted by UPAA Pangasinan Chapter)10. December 2008• December 13, University Avenue, UP Diliman: “U.P. Para saBayan”• December 16, PICC Reception Hall: UP Grand Centennial Ball andRafﬂe• December 17, U.P. Diliman: UPAA Participation in the annual UPLantern Parade• December 17, Mandarin Suite, Gateway Mall, Araneta Center:Nude Sketching by UP Artists• December 16, Philippine International Convention Center: “TheLast Hurrah, a Grand Centennial Ball” and Grand CentennialRafﬂe of a Mercedez Benz and a Nissan Sedan as grand prizes• December 18, 2008 – January 15, 2009, Gateway Trade Fair,Araneta Center: “Mother and Child” Exhibit.
he Parangal Sentenyal was held on June 16, 2008 at the UP Theater in Diliman, Quezon City to pay tribute to formerUP presidents and UP alumni who were recognized asNational Scientists and National Artists. The awardees eachreceived a medallion especially designed by National ArtistNapoleon Abueva for the UP Centennial awards.UP also paid tribute to UP heroes. On August 27, 2008, it held atestimonial dinner at the UP Executive House to honor the lateSenator Lorenzo M. Tañada.On November 29, 2008, with the help of a committee led by School of Labor and Industrial Relations Dean Jorge Sibal, UPpaid tribute to 72 UP scholars who were among the 170 martyrsand heroes whose names are inscribed at the Bantayog ng mgaBayani along Quezon Avenue, Quezon City.
Presidents, National Artists andScientists, heroes honored
“Tuloy Po Kayo”
uloy Po Kayo” is one of eight major projectsprepared by the UP Diliman Centennial Committeeto mark UP’s 100th year.“Tuloy Po Kayo” aims to extend a warm welcome tothose who use UPD’s access points and also to ensure campussafety. The project zeroes involved the construction of portalsor gateways in ﬁve key access points on campus, each to beequipped with security outposts and speed tables—slightly elevated pavements with embedded designs deﬁning pedestrianlanes. The portals will function as locus signiﬁers and will benamed according to the zones they represent, namely: Moog Luntian or Green Gate at Ylanan Street to represent the Ecology Park; Moog Bulawan or Gold Gate at Jacinto Street for theinnovativeness of the College of Fine Arts and Architecture;Moog Bughaw or Blue Gate at Velasquez Street to represent theenvironmental concerns of the Marine Science Institute (MSI)and the National Institute for Geological Sciences (NIGS);Moog Sangre or Red Gate at Magsaysay Street to represent thepassion of Asian people since it is near the Asian Center, theInstitute for Islamic Studies and the International Center; andMoog Pilak along Katipunan Road to reﬂect the sterling spiritof the Science and Technology Complex. The Blue Gate isshown above.
UPAA Centennial Grand Alumni andFaculty Homecoming and Reunion
he UP Alumni Association held its Centennial Grand Alumni & Faculty Homecoming and Reunion at the Araneta Coliseum, Cubao, Quezon City on June 21, 2008. At the reunion were members of the UP Board of Regents, UP Administration Ofﬁcials, past UP & UPAA Presidents, UPAABoard, UPAA Awardees, Special Family Recognition awardeesand the Jubilarians.
kicked of the UP Centennial and featured thebest of the state university’s comic talents
Living UP presidents