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The Oblation, Vol. 2 No. 3, June 2009

The Oblation, Vol. 2 No. 3, June 2009

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The Oblation. The University of the Philippines Centennial Newsletter
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The University of the Philippines Centennial NewsletterVol. 2 No. 3 June 2009
Overwhelming response to theUP Centennial Fund CampaignBooks,concerts, etc.
Centennial Activities
UPAA Centennial Grand Alumni andFaculty Homecoming and Reunion
he launch on January 8, 2008 of the celebration of theUniversity of the Philippines’ 100 years of existence wasboth grand and moving. The opening ceremony alone was dramatic: It featureda 100-torch relay to light the eternal flame on the CentennialCauldron at Quezon Hall. Adding a symbolic touch to theceremony was the participation of Fernando Javier, who, at 100,is the oldest surviving alumnus. He was joined by a 6th graderfrom the UP Integrated School and Emerlinda R. Roman, the1st woman president of the state university. The lighting of the eternal flame by President Roman and the concert at theamphitheater that followed signaled the start of a centennialyear filled with great celebration.On June 16, UP paid tribute to the movers and shakersin the Philippine arts and sciences in Parangal sa Sentenyal,held at the University Theater. The program feted 17 past UPPresidents, 30 National Scientists and 34 National Artists.On June 18, 2008, the main theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines was packed with alumni, students, and employeesof UP who came to attend the gala night of “Pamantasang Hirang,” a benefit concert featuring 100 years of UP history.Directed by Dulaang UP Director Alexander Cortez, the two-hour extravaganza featured some of the most recognizablealumni in the media. The concert was also the premier of “Paano Susukatin ang Isang Daantaon,” a composition by musicmaster and UP alumnus Ryan Cayabyab with lyrics by concertscriptwriter Floy Quintos.Contests were held for students and qualified Filipinocitizens. The Gawad Likhaan: The UP Centennial Literary Prizecommemorated the important role UP has played in the shaping and nurturing of the country’s literature. The UP CentennialDigital Film-making and Photography Competition encouragedUP students to focus on the unique experience of being part of UP’s 100 years. The UP Centennial Song-Writing Competitionrecognized student composers who reflected on UP’s history.In this last issue of 
The Oblation 
, we look back on celebrationsof the Centennial and on the year that was: the jubilation, thetremendous creative output—the books, the Centennial Lectures,the concerts, the painting sessions and exhibits, the lanternparades, additions to the UP Diliman and other campuses, andcelebrations in all campuses of the UP System. The Carillon bells rang again. The tower had been restoredand will soon be the centerpiece of the Carillon Plaza with a caféand meeting place. New gates have been installed in all entrancesand the Oval Walk will soon be completed. There are new orrefurbished buildings, laboratories, and other facilities at theCUs. With the UP-Ayalaland Technohub, a public-private sectorcollaboration, UP, according to Pres. Roman, took a step towardbeing at par with the leading R & D institutions in the region. The alumni and friends of UP from all over the worlddemonstrated their loyalty and support to UP through theirgenerous gifts and donations, in support of more faculty members and students.Looking back, we took excerpts from the last five issuesof 
The Oblation 
and combined them with our coverage of thecentennial events that took place in the first quarter of 2009.
UP Centennial Symbols
UP Centennial Logo
One of the first projects initiated for the centennialcelebration was the UP Centennial Logo-design contest in 2005which was eventually won by Ringer Manalang, an architect andan alumnus of UP Diliman. The logo was included in all visualmaterials and presentations of the various centennial activitiesand events of the UP System.Manalang’s design incorporated threeimportant elements that symbolize UP:the Oblation in the foreground of the logo; the iconic symbol of UP thatcaptures the youth sacrificing itself inthe service of the countrythe Sablay the sash worn bygraduating UP students with inscribedAlibata symbols for “UP”; representsthe university’s commitment to remain asthe Philippines’ premier institution of higher learning• a globe with a highlighted map of the Philippines –represents UP taking its rightful place in the world as theNational University of the PhilippinesThe logo displayed UP’s official colors – forest green and maroon– for most parts of the logo; as well as the color yellow for theAlibata inscription on the Sablay.
UP Centennial Theme
The theme for the UP Centennial celebration, “UP:Excellence, Service, and Leadership in the Next 100 Years” wasapproved by the UP Centennial Commission on April 25, 2007. It
Centennial Symbols, p. 6
What was the meaning of the UPCentennial celebration to you
Celebration at Quezon Hallon June 18, 2008
s the contingents from the constituent universities (CUs)massed along University Avenue and the Oblation Plazain UPD, helicopters hovered low and scattered confetti,flower petals, and balloons among the crowd. The gathering wasalso highlighted by two batches of sky-divers from the military’sSpecial Action Force and the police bearing the emblems of thedifferent CUs and congratulatory banners. All throughout the day, projectors flashed highlights of theactivities live on at least four giant screens installed along theUniversity Avenue and the Oblation Plaza. Intermittently, thenewly-restored Carillon rang out with tunes being played by Prof. Jerry Dadap, one of the first carilloneurs of the University. As the parade ended, a group of students blew ten tambulis while a barrage of kwitis rocketed to the sky to signal the startof a program in front of the Oblation Plaza. Torches were thenpassed by a hundred alumni, University officials, former UPpresidents, students, national scientists and artists, and otheralumni around the 2.2-kilometer Academic Oval, accompaniedby a 100-gun salute from the UP Rifle Team. According to Alumni Regent Ponciano Rivera, Jr., concurrently president of UP Alumni Association (UPAA), the flame symbolizes UP’squest to learn more and be of service to mankind.
Centenary celebrations launched in grand kick-off ceremony
ine Arts students’ three-dimensional larger-than-liferendering of Manansala’s “Cumbancheros” made a grandentrance during the 2007 Lantern Parade at UP Dilimanon December 15, 2007. The much-awaited participation of theCollege of Fine Arts also featured stylized and witty renderingsof UP icons such as the Oblation and ikot jeeps. Effigies of artists Ben Cabrera and Malang provided the climax to the pre-Centennial lantern parade. The 2008 lantern parade was themother of all lantern parades. The College of Fine Arts stolethe show again (see photo) with their spectacular circus-themedpresentation. UP lantern parades are part of alumni’s cherishedmemories.
 Arlyn VCD Palisoc Romualdo
e hope that UP will ignite a new technologicalrevolution that will upgrade our science andtechnology capability and bring our country to the threshold of the First World in 20 years,” PhilippinePresident Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said during the inaugurationof the UP-AyalaLand Technohub on November 21. “Thenewly-opened facility along Commonwealth Avenue willserve as the country’s foremost information technology (IT)laboratory, training ground, and incubator of new and high valueproducts and services.” She stated further that, as the pioneeracademically-based IT park, the Technohub will play a centralrole in the much larger UP Science and Technology (S&T) Park, which “will set the standards [for] future S&T parks.”UP President Emerlinda R. Roman said that she hopesthe collaboration would give [UP] faculty and students accessto world-class learning laboratories, and will offer studentscompetitive employment opportunities.President Roman added that the Technohub is “an initiativefueled by the recognition of the importance of a scientificmanpower base for a developing country.”Part of accomplishing this agenda is the UP S&T Park, whichgoes hand in hand with the UP Scientific Productivity System,the Emerging Fields in S&T Program, the National ScienceComplex, and the Engineering Research and Development for Technology program.
Pre- and centennial lantern parades
he date June 18, 2007 marked the 99th foundling anniversary of UP. President Emerlinda R. Romankicked off the Centennial celebrations by delivering theFoundation Day lecture at the College of Medicine.President Roman’s lecture titled “PGH as the NationalUniversity Hospital: Stepping into the Future” also celebratedthe Centennial of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH).In Diliman, celebrations began with “Isang Daan saIsandaan,” a free concert held at the UP Theater at 7 p.m.Distinguished university alumni from the music industry such asHeber Bartolome and Ryan Cayabyab, and several of UP’s danceand chorale groups, performed in the colorful event. At UP Los Baños (UPLB), a motorcade led by officials afterthe flag-raising ceremony did the rounds of the Lower Campusstarting from AG Samonte Hall and ending up at the StudentUnion Building. At Freedom Park, Chancellor Luis Rey Velascoreleased the UP Centennial Logo, which was lifted by balloons.
Centennial activities in June 2007UP-AyalaLand Technohub launched
side from organizing centennial lectures, conferences,and other forums, the various campuses celebrated the UPCentennial in many creative ways.At UP Diliman, the College of Arts and Letters mountedthe First National Komedya Festival in February. Dulaang UPpresented “Orosman at Zafira,” as its contribution to the festival;and “Atang: Dulang May Musika” to kick off the First NationalSarsuela Festival on CAL Alumni Night in November. For the wholeyear, the Vargas Museum offered a different exhibit/performanceeach month, among them “Muling Ptyk” Da Art of Nonoy Marcelo”from June to August 2008; and “Capturing Anxieties: Amorsolo,His Contemporaries and Pictures of the War” in September 2008.The College of Fine Arts (CFA) exhibited a special collectionof works by the college’s well-known alumni and award-winningartists called “UP Landmarks Sketchbook” at the PhilippineCenter in New York City in December 2007. The works of the14 UP artists who have been named National Artists in the VisualArts were exhibited in the Vargas Museum in February 2008. TheCollege launched its new ceramic studio with Visiting ProfessorTom Decker in August-September 2008; and held the CFA ArtFair and Homecoming in November 2008. “The MonochromedMemories: UP Landmarks Centennial Exhibition,” curated byDean Florentina P. Colayco, Prof. Dakila Fernando, and Prof.Ruben David Defeo was presented at the Salle de Pas Perdus atthe UNESCO in Paris in November 2008.CFA also offered several exhibitions inside and outside the UPcampus: “Heroes Anonimos of the Brilliant Struggle: Artmakingand Artmakers of the School of Fine Arts (1908-1948)” at theMetropolitan Museum of Manila (MMM) from January to July 2008,curated by Prof. Santiago Pilar; “Artista, Dibuhista at Manlilikha:Paghubog at Paghiwatig” also at the MMM in April 2008, curatedby Dean Florentina Colayco and Mr. Jose Alberto Tañedo;“Transmissions,” an exhibit of the Thirteen Artists awardees fromUP at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in July-August 2008,curated by Prof. Leo Abaya and the late Sid Hildawa; and “TheTide of Modernism: UP College of Fine Arts (1948-1970),” curatedby Prof. Santiago Pilar in 2008-January 2009.The College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, as part of itsCollective Memory Project, sponsored a photo and memorabiliaexhibit of the college’s history at Palma Hall. Historical markerswere placed in sites designated “historical landmarks,” like theAS Steps and the Manansala mural in the 1st floor lobby of PalmaHall.UP Manila staged in December 2007 “Tao Rin Pala” with thetheme “Night of Magic,” a variety show showcasing the artistryof UP Manila constituents, specially the medical students whospearheaded the show. In April 2008, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) was designated a WHO Collaborating Center forHealth, Research Ethics, and Good Clinical Practice. The NIH alsolaunched the BATA Movement to focus on child survival strategiesin the country.UP Los Baños, through the Institute of Plant Breeding,began developing what it calls the Oblation Series in 2006 tocommemorate the UP Centennial by honoring pioneering andoutstanding alumnae who have served UP in extraordinary ways.Among these alumnae singled out for this honor by having a uniqueHibiscus hybrid named after them are the following: Dr. Nelia T.Gonzalez (first woman President of the UP Alumni Association);Dr. Emerlinda R. Roman (first woman President of the Universityof the Philippines System); Dr. Estrella T. Alabastro (first womansecretary of the Department of Science and Technology); Dr.Perla Santos Ocampo (first woman Chancellor of UP Manila); thelate Betty Go-Belmonte, (founder of the
Philippine Star 
); andMercedes Concepcion (the first Filipina demographer).At UP Visayas, “Handuraw” was presented in Miag-ao,Iloilo, by UP An Balangaw, a performing arts group of UP VisayasTacloban College. “35 Years On: Nelfa Querubin’s RetrospectiveExhibition,” a sculpture exhibit and lecture were held in Iloilo Cityin June. The “Ilonggo Sarswela: Padayon and Istorya,” featuringexcerpts from six short Ilonggo plays, by the alumni of the UPVtheatre groups, was held in July. A sculpture exhibit “100 StoneFishes” by Prof. Roman Sanares was held Miag-ao, also in July.And “100 Oblations,” a solo painting exhibit by Mr. PG Zoluaga,a UP alumnus, was presented by the UP Visayas Chancellor’sCommittee for Culture and the Arts at the UP Visayas Art Galleryin November.Finally, the Main Building of UP Iloilo was designated aNational Historical Structure by the National Historical Institute.UP Mindanao launched the fund drive for the projectedOblation Plaza Legacy Garden care of UPAA Davao, and held atestimonial dinner for the CU’s “prime movers and benefactors.”It also held its first alumni homecoming.At UP Baguio, the Cordillera/Northern Luzon HistoricalArchives launched the Robert Fox, Sr. Collection in August 2007.In September 2008, the Howard Fry Collection was formallyturned over to UP Baguio.AT UP Open University, the first UPOU Independent FilmFestival and Forum was held in August 2007 with “Gender ThroughIndie eyes” as its theme. “Ang Paghahabi ng Tagni-tagning mgaAlaala,” a tapestry of memories on which UPOU alumni, faculty,students and friends embroidered, painted, marked or quilted12”x12” pieces of cloth, was also launched on the first day of the Film Festival. The unfurling of the completed tapestry tookplace in May 2008.From February to April 2008, UPOU launched “OneHundred Days of Global Voices Online”; the “Visual and VirtualConversations on Open and Distance Learning;and “UPOU’s100% Courses Online.” The first two were online conferenceson open and distance learning by global voices linked to UPOUeither as students, faculty members, alumni, or friends.In February 2009, an offline and online demonstration-exhibit was set up in the UPOU Lobby featuring the GoogleMap, Google Earth, and the Moodle course sites of the Facultyoffices of UPOU. The Google Map and Google Earth map out theUPOU global community and provide brief information on theirwhereabouts. Greetings videotaped in the You Tube were linkedto provide ‘live’ messages from our learners all over the world.
 The first torch-bearer was Civil Engineer Fernando Javier from Baguio, an alumnus (Batch 1933) who turneda hundred years old on December 22, 2007. He has beena civil servant, a survivor of the Bataan Death March, anEngineering professor in Afghanistan and Korea, and anenvironment worker in Guam. The 100th torch-bearer was the 19th and currentUP President, Dr. Emerlinda R. Roman, who lighted theCentennial Cauldron in front of the Oblation Plaza. Thecauldron, designed by Joel Ajero, 1969 Chemical Engineering graduate, features three pillars representing the three core values of the University: excellence, service, and leadership.Springing from the base is a tree with seven flowersrepresenting the seven CUs. The cheering crowd burst into singing UP Naming Mahal. The crowd was then invited to the UPD Amphitheaterfor the Centennial kick-off concert, which featured the UPMadrigal Singers, UP Pep Squad, UP Jazz Orchestra, UPConcert Chorus, UP Symphonic Orchestra, UP SymphonicBand, Ryan Cayabyab, and Nanette Inventor. A grandfireworks display, sponsored by Beta Epsilon, capped theday-long festivities.
Other centennial activities of the constituent universities
The Oblation plaza on the night of the kick-off, January 8, 2008Isang Daan sa Isandaan
 The University of the PhilippinesCENTENNIAL NEWSLETTER 
 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 AwardeesJune 18, U.P. Los Baños: Tree PlantingJune 19-25, Mandarin Suite, Gateway Mall, Araneta Center: “100Years 100 Nudes” Exhibit and Coffee Table BookJune 20, Ang Bahay ng Alumni: UP Alumni Council Meeting,Outstanding UPAA Awardees ExhibitJune 20, UP Alumni Hostel: UPAA General Assembly and ChaptersMeetingJune 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 (1948Outstanding UPAA Awardees ExhibitJune 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 2008November 14, Valley Golf & Country Club South Course, AntipoloCity: UP Centennial OpenNovember 17, Mandarin Suite, Gateway Mall, Araneta Center:Nude Sketching by UP ArtistsNovember 19, Gateway Trade Fair, Araneta Center: UP CentennialArt ExhibitNovember 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 2008December 13, University Avenue, UP Diliman: “U.P. Para saBayan”December 16, PICC Reception Hall: UP Grand Centennial Ball andRaffleDecember 17, U.P. Diliman: UPAA Participation in the annual UPLantern ParadeDecember 17, Mandarin Suite, Gateway Mall, Araneta Center:Nude Sketching by UP ArtistsDecember 16, Philippine International Convention Center: “TheLast Hurrah, a Grand Centennial Ball” and Grand CentennialRaffle of a Mercedez Benz and a Nissan Sedan as grand prizesDecember 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.
Ciento Comico
kicked of the UP Centennial and featured thebest of the state university’s comic talents
Living UP presidents

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