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The Oblation, Vol. 2 No. 3, September 2008

The Oblation, Vol. 2 No. 3, September 2008

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The University of the Philippines Centennial Newsle�erVol. 2 No. 3 September 2008
100 years, 100 nudes
OurUniversity: After ahundred years
Pamantasang Hirang, p. 6
he University of the Philippines Alumni Association held its Centennial Grand Alumni & Faculty Homecoming andReunion at the Araneta Coliseum, Cubao,Quezon City on June 21, 2008. At the reunion were members of the UP
celebrated its centennial by, among others, putting up a show that bestencapsulated both its heritage and legacy, itspast and future. The concert brought together the many opposing facets that dene the UP personality,
Concert encapsulates UP heritage & legacy
juxtaposing the lofty ideals of the Oblation andthe street smarts of Isko, and the grit of theFirst Quarter Storm (FQS). It brought togetherthe follies and the triumphs, the academicbreakthroughs and the social changes, and the
he UP College of Fine Arts (UP CFA)has been launching, since January 2008, aCentennial series of collaborative exhibitionsand art activities with major art institutionsin the country to pay tribute to its mostoutstanding artists, alumni, faculty, andstudents.
Forming Lineage: The National Artists in the Visual Arts of UP 
opened on June 11, 2008
National Artists in the Visual Arts of UP honored in
Forming Lineage of Mentors 
exhibition at National Museum
as the agship exhibition of CFA in theircentennial year, featuring the nine nationalartists produced by the UPCFA. The exhibition, jointly curated by Prof.Ruben D.F. Defeo, director of the UP Ofcefor Initiatives in Culture and the Arts (OICA),and professor of the UPCFA; and Dr. Patrick Flores, director of the National Gallery of the
Forming Lineage
 author Prof. RubenDefeo (left) and exhibition organizer CFA Dean TinaColayco (second  from left) duringthe exhibitionopening with UP Chancellor SergioS. Cao (far right)and UP Regent NeliaGonzalez (third  from left).
Forming Lineage, p. 3
UP’s beloved icon, GuillermoTolentino’s theOblation, iscelebrated by UP Filipinianaand the UP Dance Company in a piecechoreographed by Van Manalo.
 A successful UPAA Centennial Grand Alumniand Faculty Homecoming and Reunion held
Top: UP President Emerlinda R. Roman, BSA ’71,MABM ’77, and DBAd ’89, addresses the Grand Homecoming.Insets: Regent Nelia Teodoro-Gonzalez at theHomecoming, Presidential Awardee for Serviceto UPAA; Ms. Deanna Lorenzana Gregorio, BSHE ’59, Distinguished Alumni Awardee for Poverty  AlleviationGrand Homecoming, p. 3
 The University of the PhilippinesCENTENNIAL NEWSLETTER 
n May 23, 2008 some 40 artists were gathered in anon-the-spot nude sketching session at the MandarinSuites 4/F Gateway Mall, Araneta Center. Four femalestudents volunteered to pose in the nude. But the mainevents were to be the exhibition of 100 nude paintings andsculptures and the compilation of these exhibits in a coffeetable book. The exhibition of the works of 79 UP alumni artistscoming from different generations of the last 100 years of the University’s existence sponsored by the UP DilimanInformation Ofce and the UP Alumni Association wasthe rst happening of its kind. Some of the works exhibitedcame from nine National Artists for Visual Arts from theUP College of Fine Arts namely: Napoleon Veloso Abueva,Fernando Cueto Amorsolo, Benedicto Reyes Cabrera,Carlos Villaluz Francisco, Abdulmari Asia Imao, Jose Tanig  Joya, Jr., Cesar Torrente Legaspi, Vicente Silva Manansala,and Guillermo Estrella Tolentino.For this special collection, curator and professor of  Art History Ruben D. F. Defeo painstakingly put together abeautiful coffee-table book, in full color, hard bound, with asize of 11 x 13 inches, 120 pages, with a rst deluxe edition of only 1,000 copies. The coffee table book will contain beautifulprints of the entire collection. The brochure on the exhibit says the works are the artists’fearless way “to lay bare their earnest gratitude to the University for priming them to be the vanguards of the naked truth in theservice of the nation.”Regent Tiongco was chairman of the exhibit, which aimedto honor the University on its one hundred years of existenceand at the same time give recognition to the participating artists.
President Emerlinda R. Roman visited with variousalumni associations in America from June 21 to July 3to brief them on the new University Charter, the ongoing UPCentennial celebration and fund-raising activities, as well as tocelebrate the University’s 100
anniversary with them. Accompanied by College of Business AdministrationDean Prof. Erlinda Echanis and College of Music Dean Prof.Ramon Acoymo, President Roman rst met with alumni in Los Angeles, California on June 22. Around 80 UP alumni attendedthe merienda cena held at the LA residence of Jun and May  Tugade. During the event President Roman acknowledgedthe UP Alumni Association (UPAA) Greater Los Angeleschapter, as well as several of its individual members, who havecontributed professorial chairs and faculty grants to UP. Twoprofessorial chairs and one faculty grant were contributed by LA alumni. The following day, President Roman was interviewedby Ms. Awee Abayari on Radio Manila, where she spoke atlength about the Centennial activities and the new UP Charter.President Roman then left for San Diego, California on June24, where she was hosted by Crisostomo and Cristina Garcia. The following evening, President Roman met with the ofcialsand members of the UPAA San Diego at a dinner party, whereDean Acoymo wowed the crowd with an impromptu mini-concert.During the dinner, UPAA San Diego presented PresidentRoman with a donation for UP. Before leaving for LA thefollowing afternoon, Dr. Estela Matriano personally committedto fund the studies of an Education major, and presentedPresident Roman with her initial donation.On June 27, President Roman left for Las Vegas, Nevada.She met with the ofcials and members of UPAA Nevada(UPAAN) during a special dinner to commemorate the UPCentennial. During the program, the UPAAN ofcials launched“Alay ng UPAAN,” a fund-drive to establish a professorial chairfor the University by 2010. They also held a silent auction, theproceeds of which will also go towards a professorial chair.Philippine Consul General Mary Jo Bernardo-Aragon was alsopresent at the dinner. The next day, President Roman had a lunch with Deans
PERR commemoratesUP Centennial withalumni in America
 Acoymo and Echanis, and Dr. Dan and Lydia Soriano, whohosted President Roman’s visit in Las Vegas.On June 29, President Roman’s group ew to San Francisco,and had lunch with the ofcials and members of UPAA SanFrancisco (UPAA SF) in the city of Milpitas, California, whereMayor Jose Esteves, a UP alumnus, presented President Romanand Dean Echanis with the Key to the City of Milpitas.During the lunch, UPAA SF President Manuel Gaspay pledged to establish a new professorial chair in honor of  Teodoro Rey, a UP alumnus who recently passed on. This isin addition to two other professorial chairs raised by UPAASF; one named for the chapter, and the other in honor of Titode Santos, another alumnus who recently passed on. FormerUPAA in America (UPAAA) president Ted Aquino meanwhilepresented President Roman with the UPAAA’s initial donationfor a centennial professorial chair.Later that afternoon, President Roman met with the Boardof the Friends of UP Foundation in America (FUPFA), a non-prot U.S. corporation focused on disseminating information toalumni and friends in the United States, and the establishment of targeted projects or scholarships at UP. At the meeting, FUPFA Vice-Chair Ms. Polly Cortez handed over her initial donationfor a new faculty grant. That evening, the President visited thecity of San Ramon in Contra Costa County, California, whereshe was hosted by Dr. Marietta Ison.On June 30, she joined the alumni in Walnut Creek, also inContra Costa, and received a pledge for a new professorial chairfrom several BSBA (Accounting) 1968 alumni, before heading to Berkeley where she was hosted by Jorge and Simplicia FlorCruz. The nal leg of President Roman’s trip found her in thecity of San Francisco where she attended the 23
Annual UPMedical Alumni Society in America (UPMASA) Conventionheld at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco from July 2 to 5.On July 2, she spoke before the alumni during a cocktailreception. She also spoke before a bigger audience late evening of the same day, during the UPMASA’s variety show whichshowcased the medical alumni’s talents and skill in ballroomdancing. Dean Acoymo also performed to the delight of theaudience.Dean Echanis, on the other hand, informed PresidentRoman of the interest of BA alumnus Alberto Ilano to fund aprofessorial chair. The chair’s launch is scheduled for Septemberthis year.
Regent Gari Tiongco, UP Pres. Emerlinda R. Roman, & UPAA First Vice PresidentPonciano Rivera show off 
100 Years, 100 Nudes
(the book). Above: Jess Abrerawith his “Paisley, 2008” Acrylic on Paper.
Nine Muses (2008) by Napoleon Abueva
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 At the annual FUPFA Board Meeting held at Hotel ManilaTowncenter in San Francisco on June 29, 2008. Back row (L-R): Dr. EmmanuelLat, Dr. Crisostomo Garcia, Marietta Ison, Alma Onrubin, Gigi Cervero, Zenda Lat, Mae Echanis, Archie Laano, Vicente Limcaoco, Johnny Collas. Front row (L-R): Luchie Galang, President Roman, Polly Cortez, Julie Hudson.
 Volume 2 Number 3SEPTEMBER 2008
National Museum, professor at the ArtStudies Department of the UP College of  Arts & Letters, presents works from theart collections of the UP’s seven campusesand the National Museum. The Exhibition will run until the end of December at theNational Artists Gallery of the NationalMuseum. The occasion also marked thelaunching of the book carrying the sametitle as the exhibition. The publication isnot only a catalogue of the exhibition butalso a documentation of the art collectionof the University of the Philippines by thenine national artists.UP national artists in the visualarts continue to inspire and inuencePhilippine art and art education. Fernando Amorsolo, Guillermo Tolentino, Jose Joya, and Napoleon Abueva served asdeans of the UP College of Fine Arts, while Carlos “Botong” Francisco, VicenteManansala, Cesar Legaspi, Abdul MariImao, and Bencab chose different routesof mentoring and supporting artists. The other exhibitions organized by CFA Dean Tina Colayco, in conjunction with its centennial year are: “Heroes Anonimos (The rst 40 years of theUP School of ne Arts (1908-1940)”curated by Prof. Santiago AlbanoPilar at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila – January to July 2008; “Artista,Debuhista, Manlilikha: Paghubog atPaghiwatig ( Commercial Arts and VisualCommunications Curriculum at the UPSchool of Fine Arts 1920-1970)” curatedby Prof. Joey Tanedo and Prof. TinaColayco at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila – April-May 2008; “Transmissions: The Filipino Contemporary Artist: The Thirteen Artist Awardees of the UPCollege of Fine Arts (1970-present)”curated by Prof. Leo Abaya at the CulturalCenter of the Philippines; “The Tide of Modernism: UP College of Fine Arts(1948-1960)” curated by Prof. Santiago A. Pilar at the UP Main Library Basementopening in October 2008; and “The UPLandmarks Sketchbok Exhibition” curatedby Prof. Ruben Defeo, in collaboration with the UP Foundation Inc, presently on view at the UP Theater Lobby from June16, 2008 to October 2008.
“Sabel” by Bencab
Board of Regents, UP administration ofcials,UP & UPAA past presidents, the UPAA Board,UPAA awardees, Special Family Recognitionawardees, and the Jubilarians. The morning program included a roll callof Alumni, UPAA President Gari M. Tiongco’s welcome remarks and President’s report,Special Family Recognition, UP PresidentEmerlinda Roman’s message, and the renewalof allegiance to UP led by Dr. Roman. The afternoon program, Part II: theHomecoming Extravaganza, included ActOne: Creating UP starring the Emerald Jubilarians Class ’53, Act Two: Ang Galing Mo UP starring the Sapphire Jubilarians Class’63, and Act Three: Militant UP starring theSilver Jubilarians Class ’83. The Epilogue, thelast part, included community singing of “UPBeloved” / “UP Naming Mahal.”
Clockwise from top: Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno, BSJ ’62, LLB’62, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and Most Distinguished  Alumnus, is shown with his family and UPAA President GariM. Tiongco, UP President Emerlinda R. Roman, UPAA ActingPresident and UP Alumni Regent Ponciano E. Rivera, Jr 
the Ruby  Jubilarians performing a Mindanao-inspired production number;and the Sapphire Jubilarians singing a medley.
 A successful Grand Homecoming, from p. 1Forming Lineage, from p. 1
Institute for Small Scale Industries(UPISSI) launched recently the book 
Iskolar ng Bayan Gives Back, the Enterprising Way 
 at E. Virata Hall in UP Diliman. Quoting from the foreword of Prof. Ruperto Alonzo,UP Vice President for Development & UPISSIdirector:
“Iskolar ng Bayan Gives Back, the Enterprising Way 
is arguably the rst book that celebratesthe University’s capability of nurturing entrepreneurs so critical to nation building.“The book documents the stories of 25 alumni in business—their start-up years,problem-solving and growth strategies,management style and business philosophy,entrepreneurial competencies, and waysof managing information and sourcing assistance.“By putting up job-creating, income-generating, sometimes dollar-producing enterprises, these UP-bred entrepreneursimplicitly help build the nation and community.In other words, by simply being in business,they are already doing enough in terms of ‘giving back.’“Almost invariably they credit the
ISSI book on alumnientrepreneurs out
University education they’ve had for theirenterprising and achieving ways. The UPtaught them to be independent, to think ‘out-of-the-box,’ to be resourceful, to compete withthemselves rather than with others, to aspire toserve society. Quite a few passionately think of themselves as being UP daughters and sonsrst and foremost. One alumna wants herashes strewn in the UP campus when the timecomes.” The 25 alumni entrepreneurs are JoseMartin O. Aliling, Juan Carlos R. Anton, LiliaRonquillo-Bautista, Isagani C. Belarmino,Edilberto B. Bravo, Jose Feliciano C.Carandang, Philip S. Cruz, Rodolfo B. de laCruz, Victoria Bello-Jardiolin, Antonio S. Jon, Pacita U. Juan, Johnlu G. Koa, Francis C.Laurel, Victoria Diel-Leuterio, Loida Nicolas-Lewis, Barbara F. Munar, Hector C. Navasero, Yolanda Villanueva-Ong, Ruby Catalan-Pornan, Luciano L. Puyod II with LucianoP. Puyod III & Edward P. Puyod, Nazario S.Racoma, Winston D. Santos, Miraor Aquino- Torrente, Peter M. Valdes and Manuel Paul H. Villanueva.
VEA family donates to CE & SE
Shown receiving a painting of the “Carillon Tower” from UP President Emerlinda R. Romanare Orlando, Reynaldo, and Aniceto Vea and their mother Mrs. Agnes Benzon Vea.On June 16, 2008, Engr. Orlando Vea and his family donated two Centennial ProfessorialChairs to the University of the Philippines: The Vea “Technology for All” for the Collegeof Engineering and The Vea “Technology & Evolutionary Economics” for the School of Economics.
ardbound and in full color,
Our University: After a Hundred Years 
consists of 126 glossy pagesof photographs of all constituentuniversities accompanied by excerpts of literary works from published writers who are UP alumni and/or faculty members.Edited by Assistant Vice Presidentfor Public Affairs and System InformationOfce Director Isabelita O. Reyes, thebook features the work of Oscar “Ocs” Alvarez, whose career covers 21 years of commercial photography, and the layoutdesign of Sigrid Aragona. At PhP2,000 per copy, limitedcopies are available at the UP SystemInformation Ofce, Mezzanine Floor,Quezon Hall, UP Diliman, Quezon City,and at UP Press Bookstore branches andselected bookstores in Metro Manila.For inquiries and reservations, call (632)9261572 or 4367537.
Photos of CUs featured inSystem publication

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