The University of the PhilippinesCENTENNIAL NEWSLETTER
UP alumni in Education
ducation and the development of skills and knowledge have always been avital part of a country’s growth. Our needs as a developing country makethe work of our educators even more vibrant and challenging. UP alumni whohave become university presidents, because of their quality education and theirtraining in reaching for higher bars to success, are in strategic positions to make
signicant contributions to the shaping of Philippine society. Here we feature
four of them, Dr. Ester Garcia of University of the East, Dr. Ma. Cristina Padolinaof Centro Escolar University, Dr. Teresita Salva of Palawan State University,and our very own UP President, Dr. Emerlinda Roman of the University of thePhilippines System.We asked them four questions, (1) What was in your UP background thatmoves and informs your work as a university president?, (2) Are you aiming to
make your university like UP? In what ways?, (3) How are you doing it? and (4)
What in your UP education will help you make a difference?
Four university presidents
July 22-26 a good timeto go back to UPV
Prof. Amy Daquilanea-Tanoy
Want to meet old friends, teachers,classmates, and fellow alumni? Wantto reminisce about the good old days?Scheduling a trip back to UPV? Make it in July! UPV is celebrating its Foundation Day on July 22-26, 2008. Coming from abroador from other parts of the Philippines? There are enough reasons to go back toIloilo and stay longer.
Schedule of activities:July 22
AM - Opening Program; motorcadefrom Miag-ao passing for alumni inGuimbal, Tigbauan, and Oton, to the UPIloilo campus; photo exhibits of UP’s past,Interactive Museum of Western Visayas Traditional Arts and Crafts, student activity:Food Sale (until July 26)PM - Fireworks display and Spiritof ’67 Concert (A retro “jam session”featuring a live band, and “cage girls”dancing onstage)
AM - Larong Pinoy (until July 26: thisevent encourages alumni participation)PM - Nostalgia Theater (a montage of excerpts from the past plays that will featurealumni cast and characters)
PM - Pasundayag (a stage presentationfeaturing the UPV faculty REPS and staff)
AM - Student activity: Centennial TreePlanting, Centennial LunchPM - Hinugyaw (Fashion Show, astudent-organized activity)
UPV highlights the celebration with theUP Alumni and Faculty Centennial (1908-2008) Homecoming at the Iloilo GrandHotel on July 26, 2008, registration at 2:00pm, cocktails at 3:00 pm, and dinner at 7:00pm. Door prizes will be given away.Homecoming tickets are at P400 each.Should you wish to be with your circle of friends/classmates/batchmates, reserve atable (or more) seating 12. Call us at (033)3368837 or (033) 5090596 or visit our ofceat the 2/F Alumni Bldg., CM Annex, InfanteSt., Iloilo City for payment and reservations.Reservations will be conrmed upon fullpayment of the ticket.
Dr. Emerlinda R. Roman
University of the Philippines
“I have spent my entire professional lifein UP. I regard it a rare privilege. I am one of those people who love it here. On the gooddays, I still feel a sense of wonder, when theDiliman campus is all green and gold, andyoung people are striding purposefully totheir classes or lingering in the shade of theacacia trees, lling the air with their boundlessenergy and their infectious laughter; and theclassrooms and coffee shops are lled withintelligent people of all ages and persuasionsengaged in lively debate. Where else, I ask myself, where else would I have all this, andmore?“If the UP is to continue to fulllits mandate it must do so as the NationalUniversity of the Philippines. I use the term‘national’ to mean four things,
, there isthe geographic meaning of the word. Withits seven campuses in twelve locations, UPis literally present all over the country. The
meaning has to do with the depth andbreadth of the UP education. No otheruniversity in the country can boast of thescope and range of our course offerings;these include all the disciplines, and thereforeembrace all interests and inclinations.
,like the National University of Singapore,the University of Indonesia, the University of Malaya in Malaysia, ChulalongkornUniversity in Thailand, Tokyo University, andSeoul National University, UP is the leading university in the country, spearheading thecountry’s quest for knowledge and keeping abreast of advances of advances in differentelds of knowledge worldwide. And
,UP’s orientation remains rmly nationalist:everything we do here we do in the service of the nation.”Dr. Emerlinda R. Roman, the19thPresident of UP, is the rst woman UPpresident. She obtained her highschool,undergraduate, master’s, and doctoraldegrees from the UP. Aside from teaching at her home college, the College of Business Administration, since 1974, she has held various posts in the system, such as Secretary of the University and the Board of Regents, Vice President for Administration, and Faculty Regent. She was UP Diliman Chancellor in1991-1993 and in 1999-2005.
Dr. Ester A. Garcia
University of the East
1. My experiences in UP, as a student andas an academic leader, informed many of my decisions/actions. Coming from a small parishhigh school in a small town in Ilocos Norte,I had to learn how to get along well with allkinds of people on a day-to-day basis, very often in the laboratory. This ability to deal with people is an absolute necessity in any kindof organization, whether as a manager or as aregular employee.2. & 3. Many universities in the Philippinesaim to be, like UP, a research university. ButI personally believe that a country needsdifferent types of higher education institutionsto cater to its many needs.I aim to make UE an excellent teaching university, in the medium term. Most of UE’sresources, at the present time, will be forinstruction, and that research and extensionare done mostly in support of instruction. Wehave embarked on an aggressive program of assessment and accreditation of all coursesand related activities, including researchand extension, the results of which we haveused to implement signicant changes andimprovements.Policy changes were in curriculumplanning and development, as well as withfaculty evaluation, grading system andprocedures, and student’s welfare. Theresearch and extension activities in UE havealso increased and improved dramatically sinceI took over, and our extension ofce is now considered a model among different HEIs andCHED.4. A university is a collegial body wheredecision-making often follows the bottoms-up approach. Transparency, open exchange,dialogue and democratic participation arenecessary. These are the characteristics that Ilearned as a student; you are forced to argueyour point even with your superiors, yourteachers. The student must think and develophis condence and independent-mindedness,characteristics important in a at, horizontally organized institution like a university. This isthe leadership that I try to exercise in UE andso far it has served me well.
Dr. Ma. Cristina D. Padolina
Centro Escolar University
1. My experience in UP, both as a studentand as an educator, has left me with a drivetowards excellence. As president of CEU, thesame drive informs my work of inspiring,challenging, and leading CEU to excel, andtherefore be recognized as one of the leading higher education institutions in the country.My time in UP has also made me muchmore resourceful, critical, and holistic; virtuesthat I nd very useful both in my job of running a university, and as a human being.2 & 3. I personally believe that eachuniversity has its own unique role, andtherefore I don’t aim to make CEU like UP,because there can be no other UP just likethere can be no other CEU. That said, I do believe that what is mostimportant for any institute of higher learning is a good faculty, and that is what I aim todo at CEU. We have been developing andimplementing a responsive staff recruitmentand development program to attract,encourage, as well as challenge the CEU faculty. We are also trying to create an environment fora robust research culture and activity to grow in the university.4. My time in U.P. has taught me that hard work and persistence, as well as an orientationtowards excellence, are key to achieving one’sgoals. As CEU president I try to instill these valuable lessons with the people I work with,Dr. Ester Albano Garcia has a degree inChemistry from UP and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Ohio State University. She was aFellow at the ICN Nucleic Acid ResearchInstitute in California, and an InternationalResearch Fellow at Syracuse University. Shehas taught in U.P. and served under a numberof administrative positions including that of Vice-Chancellor (UPD), Vice-President, andChairperson of the Board of Regents. As aresearcher, she published 20 scientic papersin peer-reviewed journals of national andinternational circulation and has written at least125 other papers on various issues related toscience, education, technology, environment,and gender.
Dr. Teresita L. Salva
Palawan State University
1. My UP background has prepared me well for my role as PSU president. It has mademe fearless and resolute in pursuing the goals we have set to transform PSU into one of thebest universities in the country. It has alsotaught me the value of cooperation among peers, which is why my stewardship is based onthe power of synergistic governance.2 & 3. UP has remained a role model inpursuing excellence in all aspects of campuslife particularly in instruction, research, andextension for students, faculty, and staff. Ilikewise dream of making the same true forPSU, transforming it to a university community where the learning and living become one inthe same. I am condent that, when my stewardship is up, I shall have done enough toset PSU on that course.4. My UP background compels me tostrive towards excellence, and it is something that I try to develop among the people I work with and serve. I put a premium to those whohave the passion for excellence, and I aim tomake excellence a way of life for everyone inPSU.Dr. Salva was president of PSU twice. Herrst appointment was as OIC president, Nov.12, 1990 to March 7, 1991, and her second, June 4, 1999 to June 3, 2003, then June 3, 2003to present. Her term has been extended up to June 3, 2011.in that way, I believe, every one of us can makea difference.Dr. Padolina has a degree in ChemicalEngineering from UP, an MS in Chemistry from Ateneo de Manila University, and a Ph.D.in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Texas in Austin. She has served as theCommissioner of the Commission on HigherEducation, Chancellor of the UP OpenUniversity, and Director of the Institute of Chemistry, U.P. Los Baños. She is currently president of CEU and a Professor Emeritusat UP.He devoted more than 40 years of his life as anacademician and engineering consultant.Last March, two more professorial chairs were inaugurated—the Pozzolanic ProfessorialChair in Engineering and the Enrique andElena Ostrea UP Centennial ProfessorialChair in Mining, Metallurgical and MaterialsEngineering (MMME).On 04 March 2008, Pozzolanic Philippines,Inc., represented by its president Mr. David A.Peabody, attended the signing of the deed of donation held at the Board of Regents BoardRoom. Present at the affair were Dr. LornaI. Paredes, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs; Dean Guevara: Brendan Murphy, Timothy Schroeder, and Benette Consolacionof Pozzolanic Phils; Mr. Felipe F. Cruz;Department Chairmen Dr. Virginia J. Soriano(Industrial Engineering and OperationsResearch), Dr. Ernesto dela Cruz (ChemicalEngineering), and Dr. Manuel Ramos (Electricaland Electronics Engineering). The Enrique and Elena CentennialProfessorial Chair was donated by the Ostreasiblings: Antonio M. Ostrea, Ph.D., MilagrosOstrea-Ikari, Enrique M. Ostrea Jr., MD, Ma.Elena Ostrea-Esguerra, and Leocadio M.Ostrea for the MMME Department in honorof their parents. Their father, the late Prof.Enrique M. Ostrea, was chairman of theDepartment and full-time professor. Presentduring the signing ceremony last 24 March were President Emerlinda Roman, ChancellorSergio Cao, Dean Guevara, Prof. Gerry Agultoof UP Foundation, Inc., the Ostrea brothers,chairmen of the different departments, faculty members, and Mr. Alfonso Aliga Jr. and Prof. Art Disini, who were former students of Prof.Ostrea.
Enrique Ostrea Jr.,MD hands over a$30,000 check toPresident Roman.
New professorialchairs, from p. 1