Celebration at Quezon Hall on June 18, 2008

The University of the Philippines Centennial Newsletter Vol. 2 No. 3 June 2009

UPAA Centennial Grand Alumni and Faculty Homecoming and Reunion

he launch on January 8, 2008 of the celebration of the University of the Philippines’ 100 years of existence was both grand and moving. The opening ceremony alone was dramatic: It featured a 100-torch relay to light the eternal flame on the Centennial Cauldron at Quezon Hall. Adding a symbolic touch to the ceremony was the participation of Fernando Javier, who, at 100, is the oldest surviving alumnus. He was joined by a 6th grader from the UP Integrated School and Emerlinda R. Roman, the 1st woman president of the state university. The lighting of the eternal flame by President Roman and the concert at the amphitheater that followed signaled the start of a centennial year filled with great celebration. On June 16, UP paid tribute to the movers and shakers in the Philippine arts and sciences in Parangal sa Sentenyal, held at the University Theater. The program feted 17 past UP Presidents, 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 employees of 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 twohour extravaganza featured some of the most recognizable alumni in the media. The concert was also the premier of “Paano Susukatin ang Isang Daantaon,” a composition by music master and UP alumnus Ryan Cayabyab with lyrics by concert scriptwriter Floy Quintos. Contests were held for students and qualified Filipino citizens. The Gawad Likhaan: The UP Centennial Literary Prize commemorated the important role UP has played in the shaping and nurturing of the country’s literature. The UP Centennial Digital Film-making and Photography Competition encouraged UP students to focus on the unique experience of being part of UP’s 100 years. The UP Centennial Song-Writing Competition recognized student composers who reflected on UP’s history. In this last issue of The Oblation, we look back on celebrations of the Centennial and on the year that was: the jubilation, the tremendous creative output—the books, the Centennial Lectures, the concerts, the painting sessions and exhibits, the lantern parades, additions to the UP Diliman and other campuses, and celebrations in all campuses of the UP System. The Carillon bells rang again. The tower had been restored and will soon be the centerpiece of the Carillon Plaza with a café and meeting place. New gates have been installed in all entrances and the Oval Walk will soon be completed. There are new or refurbished buildings, laboratories, and other facilities at the CUs. With the UP-Ayalaland Technohub, a public-private sector collaboration, UP, according to Pres. Roman, took a step toward being at par with the leading R & D institutions in the region. The alumni and friends of UP from all over the world demonstrated their loyalty and support to UP through their generous gifts and donations, in support of more faculty members and students. Looking back, we took excerpts from the last five issues of The Oblation and combined them with our coverage of the centennial events that took place in the first quarter of 2009.

UP Centennial Symbols

UP Centennial Logo One of the first projects initiated for the centennial celebration was the UP Centennial Logo-design contest in 2005 which was eventually won by Ringer Manalang, an architect and an alumnus of UP Diliman. The logo was included in all visual materials and presentations of the various centennial activities and events of the UP System. Manalang’s design incorporated three important elements that symbolize UP: • the Oblation – in the foreground of the logo; the iconic symbol of UP that captures the youth sacrificing itself in the service of the country • the Sablay – the sash worn by graduating UP students with inscribed Alibata symbols for “UP”; represents the university’s commitment to remain as the 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 the National University of the Philippines The logo displayed UP’s official colors – forest green and maroon – for most parts of the logo; as well as the color yellow for the Alibata inscription on the Sablay. UP Centennial Theme The theme for the UP Centennial celebration, “UP: Excellence, Service, and Leadership in the Next 100 Years” was approved by the UP Centennial Commission on April 25, 2007. It

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Centennial Activities

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What was the meaning of the UP Centennial celebration to you


Overwhelming response to the UP Centennial Fund Campaign


Books, concerts, etc.


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Isang Daan sa Isandaan

Centennial activities in June 2007


The Oblation plaza on the night of the kick-off, January 8, 2008

Centenary celebrations launched in grand kick-off ceremony

he date June 18, 2007 marked the 99th foundling anniversary of UP. President Emerlinda R. Roman kicked off the Centennial celebrations by delivering the Foundation Day lecture at the College of Medicine. President Roman’s lecture titled “PGH as the National University Hospital: Stepping into the Future” also celebrated the Centennial of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH). In Diliman, celebrations began with “Isang Daan sa Isandaan,” a free concert held at the UP Theater at 7 p.m. Distinguished university alumni from the music industry such as Heber Bartolome and Ryan Cayabyab, and several of UP’s dance and chorale groups, performed in the colorful event. At UP Los Baños (UPLB), a motorcade led by officials after the flag-raising ceremony did the rounds of the Lower Campus starting from AG Samonte Hall and ending up at the Student Union Building. At Freedom Park, Chancellor Luis Rey Velasco released the UP Centennial Logo, which was lifted by balloons.


s the contingents from the constituent universities (CUs) massed along University Avenue and the Oblation Plaza in UPD, helicopters hovered low and scattered confetti, flower petals, and balloons among the crowd. The gathering was also highlighted by two batches of sky-divers from the military’s Special Action Force and the police bearing the emblems of the different CUs and congratulatory banners. All throughout the day, projectors flashed highlights of the activities live on at least four giant screens installed along the University Avenue and the Oblation Plaza. Intermittently, the newly-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 start of a program in front of the Oblation Plaza. Torches were then passed by a hundred alumni, University officials, former UP presidents, students, national scientists and artists, and other alumni around the 2.2-kilometer Academic Oval, accompanied by 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’s quest to learn more and be of service to mankind.

The first torch-bearer was Civil Engineer Fernando Javier from Baguio, an alumnus (Batch 1933) who turned a hundred years old on December 22, 2007. He has been a civil servant, a survivor of the Bataan Death March, an Engineering professor in Afghanistan and Korea, and an environment worker in Guam. The 100th torch-bearer was the 19th and current UP President, Dr. Emerlinda R. Roman, who lighted the Centennial Cauldron in front of the Oblation Plaza. The cauldron, 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 flowers representing the seven CUs. The cheering crowd burst into singing UP Naming Mahal. The crowd was then invited to the UPD Amphitheater for the Centennial kick-off concert, which featured the UP Madrigal Singers, UP Pep Squad, UP Jazz Orchestra, UP Concert Chorus, UP Symphonic Orchestra, UP Symphonic Band, Ryan Cayabyab, and Nanette Inventor. A grand fireworks display, sponsored by Beta Epsilon, capped the day-long festivities.
UP Los Baños, through the Institute of Plant Breeding, began developing what it calls the Oblation Series in 2006 to commemorate the UP Centennial by honoring pioneering and outstanding alumnae who have served UP in extraordinary ways. Among these alumnae singled out for this honor by having a unique Hibiscus 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 University of the Philippines System); Dr. Estrella T. Alabastro (first woman secretary of the Department of Science and Technology); Dr. Perla Santos Ocampo (first woman Chancellor of UP Manila); the late Betty Go-Belmonte, (founder of the Philippine Star); and Mercedes 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 Visayas Tacloban College. “35 Years On: Nelfa Querubin’s Retrospective Exhibition,” a sculpture exhibit and lecture were held in Iloilo City in June. The “Ilonggo Sarswela: Padayon and Istorya,” featuring excerpts from six short Ilonggo plays, by the alumni of the UPV theatre groups, was held in July. A sculpture exhibit “100 Stone Fishes” 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’s Committee for Culture and the Arts at the UP Visayas Art Gallery in November. Finally, the Main Building of UP Iloilo was designated a National Historical Structure by the National Historical Institute. UP Mindanao launched the fund drive for the projected Oblation Plaza Legacy Garden care of UPAA Davao, and held a testimonial dinner for the CU’s “prime movers and benefactors.” It also held its first alumni homecoming. At UP Baguio, the Cordillera/Northern Luzon Historical Archives launched the Robert Fox, Sr. Collection in August 2007. In September 2008, the Howard Fry Collection was formally turned over to UP Baguio. AT UP Open University, the first UPOU Independent Film Festival and Forum was held in August 2007 with “Gender Through Indie eyes” as its theme. “Ang Paghahabi ng Tagni-tagning mga Alaala,” a tapestry of memories on which UPOU alumni, faculty, students and friends embroidered, painted, marked or quilted 12”x12” pieces of cloth, was also launched on the first day of the Film Festival. The unfurling of the completed tapestry took place in May 2008. From February to April 2008, UPOU launched “One Hundred Days of Global Voices Online”; the “Visual and Virtual Conversations on Open and Distance Learning;” and “UPOU’s 100% Courses Online.” The first two were online conferences on open and distance learning by global voices linked to UPOU either as students, faculty members, alumni, or friends. In February 2009, an offline and online demonstrationexhibit was set up in the UPOU Lobby featuring the Google Map, Google Earth, and the Moodle course sites of the Faculty offices of UPOU. The Google Map and Google Earth map out the UPOU global community and provide brief information on their whereabouts. Greetings videotaped in the You Tube were linked to provide ‘live’ messages from our learners all over the world.

UP-AyalaLand Technohub launched
Arlyn VCD Palisoc Romualdo


Other centennial activities of the constituent universities


side from organizing centennial lectures, conferences, and other forums, the various campuses celebrated the UP Centennial in many creative ways. At UP Diliman, the College of Arts and Letters mounted the First National Komedya Festival in February. Dulaang UP presented “Orosman at Zafira,” as its contribution to the festival; and “Atang: Dulang May Musika” to kick off the First National Sarsuela Festival on CAL Alumni Night in November. For the whole year, the Vargas Museum offered a different exhibit/performance each 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 collection of works by the college’s well-known alumni and award-winning artists called “UP Landmarks Sketchbook” at the Philippine Center in New York City in December 2007. The works of the 14 UP artists who have been named National Artists in the Visual Arts were exhibited in the Vargas Museum in February 2008. The College launched its new ceramic studio with Visiting Professor Tom Decker in August-September 2008; and held the CFA Art Fair and Homecoming in November 2008. “The Monochromed Memories: UP Landmarks Centennial Exhibition,” curated by Dean Florentina P. Colayco, Prof. Dakila Fernando, and Prof. Ruben David Defeo was presented at the Salle de Pas Perdus at the UNESCO in Paris in November 2008. CFA also offered several exhibitions inside and outside the UP campus: “Heroes Anonimos of the Brilliant Struggle: Artmaking and Artmakers of the School of Fine Arts (1908-1948)” at the Metropolitan 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, curated by Dean Florentina Colayco and Mr. Jose Alberto Tañedo; “Transmissions,” an exhibit of the Thirteen Artists awardees from UP at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in July-August 2008, curated by Prof. Leo Abaya and the late Sid Hildawa; and “The Tide of Modernism: UP College of Fine Arts (1948-1970),” curated by Prof. Santiago Pilar in 2008-January 2009. The College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, as part of its Collective Memory Project, sponsored a photo and memorabilia exhibit of the college’s history at Palma Hall. Historical markers were placed in sites designated “historical landmarks,” like the AS Steps and the Manansala mural in the 1st floor lobby of Palma Hall. UP Manila staged in December 2007 “Tao Rin Pala” with the theme “Night of Magic,” a variety show showcasing the artistry of UP Manila constituents, specially the medical students who spearheaded the show. In April 2008, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) was designated a WHO Collaborating Center for Health, Research Ethics, and Good Clinical Practice. The NIH also launched the BATA Movement to focus on child survival strategies in the country.

e hope that UP will ignite a new technological revolution that will upgrade our science and technology capability and bring our country to the threshold of the First World in 20 years,” Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said during the inauguration of the UP-AyalaLand Technohub on November 21. “The newly-opened facility along Commonwealth Avenue will serve as the country’s foremost information technology (IT) laboratory, training ground, and incubator of new and high value products and services.” She stated further that, as the pioneer academically-based IT park, the Technohub will play a central role 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 hopes the collaboration would give [UP] faculty and students access to world-class learning laboratories, and will offer students competitive employment opportunities.” President Roman added that the Technohub is “an initiative fueled by the recognition of the importance of a scientific manpower base for a developing country.” Part of accomplishing this agenda is the UP S&T Park, which goes hand in hand with the UP Scientific Productivity System, the Emerging Fields in S&T Program, the National Science Complex, and the Engineering Research and Development for Technology program.

Pre- and centennial lantern parades


ine Arts students’ three-dimensional larger-than-life rendering of Manansala’s “Cumbancheros” made a grand entrance during the 2007 Lantern Parade at UP Diliman on December 15, 2007. The much-awaited participation of the College of Fine Arts also featured stylized and witty renderings of UP icons such as the Oblation and ikot jeeps. Effigies of artists Ben Cabrera and Malang provided the climax to the preCentennial lantern parade. The 2008 lantern parade was the mother of all lantern parades. The College of Fine Arts stole the show again (see photo) with their spectacular circus-themed presentation. UP lantern parades are part of alumni’s cherished memories.



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Centennial Commission formed, officers elected and named


New UP Charter signed into law


is officially the national university of the Philippines. On April 29, 2008, just in time for the UP Centennial, “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 into law Republic Act 9500, “An Act to Strengthen the University of the Philippines as the National University,” which served as the culmination of years of efforts toward a charter more capable of meeting the challenges of the 21st century.

Presidents, National Artists and Scientists, heroes honored

n September 6, 2005, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo issued Proclamation No. 913 which provided for the creation of the Presidential Commission for the UP Centennial. On August 15, 2006, Arroyo issued another proclamation directing the UP President to name the members of the Commission, which will be called the UP Centennial Commission. The Commission was responsible for formulating and implementing a plan of activities for the Centennial but its major task was to raise funds. It also promoted the celebration in the Philippines and abroad. Senator Edgardo J. Angara, former UP President, was the Chairman. Dr. Magdaleno B. Albarracin, former Dean of the College of Business Administration and top business executive, was Vice Chairman. Prof. Benjamin C. Sandoval, professor of Business Administration, was Executive Director. Dr. Elena Pernia, Dean of the College of Mass Communication, was Spokesperson. From government, members were former Commission on Higher Education Chair Romulo Neri and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Deputy Governor Nestor Espenilla; from the private sector, Dr. Gregorio Alvior, Robina Gokongwei-Pe, Atty. Gizela Gonzalez-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.


Living UP presidents

he Parangal Sentenyal was held on June 16, 2008 at the UP Theater in Diliman, Quezon City to pay tribute to former UP presidents and UP alumni who were recognized as National Scientists and National Artists. The awardees each received a medallion especially designed by National Artist Napoleon Abueva for the UP Centennial awards. UP also paid tribute to UP heroes. On August 27, 2008, it held a testimonial dinner at the UP Executive House to honor the late Senator Lorenzo M. Tañada. On November 29, 2008, with the help of a committee led by School of Labor and Industrial Relations Dean Jorge Sibal, UP paid tribute to 72 UP scholars who were among the 170 martyrs and heroes whose names are inscribed at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani along Quezon Avenue, Quezon City.

UPAA activities for the U.P. Centennial
In a very productive and creative centennial year, the UP Alumni Association 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 Year 4. May 23, 2008, Mandarin Suite, Gateway Mall, Araneta Center: Nude Sketching by U.P. Artists 5. June 2008. • June 17, U.P. Executive House, U.P. Diliman: UP President’s dinner in honor of UPAA Outstanding Alumni Awardees • June 18, U.P. Los Baños: Tree Planting • June 19-25, Mandarin Suite, Gateway Mall, Araneta Center: “100 Years 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 Chapters Meeting • June 21, (whole day affair) Araneta Coliseum: UPAA Centennial Grand Alumni and Faculty Homecoming & Reunion (directed by Prof. 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 launch 6. July 27, 2008, UPD Gym: “YIPPEE! YOOPEE!” (a benefit dinner for the UP 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, Antipolo City: UP Centennial Open • November 17, Mandarin Suite, Gateway Mall, Araneta Center: Nude Sketching by UP Artists • November 19, Gateway Trade Fair, Araneta Center: UP Centennial Art Exhibit • November 20, HSBC Centre, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig: HSBCUP Alumni Night – “Huntahang Peyups sa HSBC – Sentenaryo at Sandaang Kwento” • November 21, 3:00 P.M. (matinee show); 8:00 PM, UP Theater: “100 Years of World-Class Music” (directed by Prof. Behn Cervantes) • November 22, City Museum, Dagupan City: 34th UPAA Regional Alumni Institute (hosted by UPAA Pangasinan Chapter) 10. December 2008 • December 13, University Avenue, UP Diliman: “U.P. Para sa Bayan” • December 16, PICC Reception Hall: UP Grand Centennial Ball and Raffle • December 17, U.P. Diliman: UPAA Participation in the annual UP Lantern Parade • December 17, Mandarin Suite, Gateway Mall, Araneta Center: Nude Sketching by UP Artists • December 16, Philippine International Convention Center: “The Last Hurrah, a Grand Centennial Ball” and Grand Centennial Raffle 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.

‘Diliman Oval’ project launched

Carillon plays music once again


aunched in 2007, the Diliman Oval project is a fundraising 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 be developed. Donors’ names and possibly those of their UP alumni family members and friends will be inscribed in special commemorative tiles surrounding UP Diliman’s favorite walkway. The income from the Faculty Development Fund will be utilized for professorial chairs and faculty grants.

“Tuloy Po Kayo”



n December 18, 2007, after almost two decades, the UP Diliman (UPD) campus was once again ringing with carillon musical pieces as 36 new bells were installed in the UP Diliman Carillon. Through the efforts of the UP Alumni Association (UPAA), the bells were imported from the Netherlands, the old clavier keyboard was replaced with a new heavy-duty oak-wood one, a hook-up with a master clock, and synthesizer; and the steel frames bolts, cables, walls and ceilings were refurbished. Former UPAA President Lt. Gen. Jaime S. de los Santos and current Alumni Regent and UPAA President, Ponciano E. Rivera Jr. formally turned over the bells to UPD Chancellor Sergio 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 the Carillon’s operation and maintenance. This includes maintaining scholarships to ensure the availability of a steady pool of well trained carillonneurs.

uloy Po Kayo” is one of eight major projects prepared by the UP Diliman Centennial Committee to mark UP’s 100th year. “Tuloy Po Kayo” aims to extend a warm welcome to those who use UPD’s access points and also to ensure campus safety. The project zeroes involved the construction of portals or gateways in five key access points on campus, each to be equipped with security outposts and speed tables—slightly elevated pavements with embedded designs defining pedestrian lanes. The portals will function as locus signifiers and will be named 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 the innovativeness of the College of Fine Arts and Architecture; Moog Bughaw or Blue Gate at Velasquez Street to represent the environmental 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 the passion of Asian people since it is near the Asian Center, the Institute for Islamic Studies and the International Center; and Moog Pilak along Katipunan Road to reflect the sterling spirit of the Science and Technology Complex. The Blue Gate is shown above.

UPAA Centennial Grand Alumni and Faculty 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, UPAA Board, UPAA Awardees, Special Family Recognition awardees and the Jubilarians.

Ciento Comico kicked of the UP Centennial and featured the best of the state university’s comic talents

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alou de Peralta, UP High, Batch ’68, BSBA ’72, Citibanker, NY, and multiawarded amateur photographer, in her email to her former teacher and The Oblation editor says, “I was very much impressed with the incredibly varied output the Centennial celebration inspired in its alumni, from so many parts of the world! “Essays, books, art exhibits, theatre and dance, centennial-related festivals, new music and revival of the old, numbers-ambitious oblation run, outpouring of donations for various university projects, and of course the incredible artistic output seen during the lantern parade. In all, still brimming with passion after all these years! How can I not feel proud all over again? No matter what they say about slipping the global and even national school rankings, UP has so much to offer. Not just academic excellence, but more importantly, excellence in after-school life.” Here are highlights of the creative output during the centennial year.


The Centennial Lectures
he centerpiece of our celebrations is the UP Centennial Lecture Series. We see the Centennial as more than an occasion for celebration. It is also an opportunity for stock-taking and contributing expert knowledge to the issues of the day. The Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs had chief responsibility for this program and was assisted by staff from constituent universities. Twelve UP Centennial Fellows were named to guide us in a process of self-reflection--what we refer to as “The Insiders’ View” the first of the four sets of lectures. The fellows were chosen for their deep commitment to scholarship, distinguished achievements in their field, and contributions to the growth of UP as respected scholars. Because the University answers to the larger public, the second set of lectures focused on public expectations of UP. Prominent individuals from different sectors were invited to share their insights on this. To highlight UP as an intellectual resource for dealing with burning issues of the day, the third set of lectures was presented by experts and scholars in different fields. The last set of lectures was by distinguished international figures on the issues which most deeply concern them. All lectures were beamed live to the UP constituent universities and were viewable as streaming video from the Diliman Interactive Learning Center website.
--UP President Emerlinda R. Roman

concerts etc.



Our University: After a Hundred Years

100 YEARS, 100 NUDES

UP: The Insider’s View
Date February 15 February 29 March 27 May 7 June 19 July 22 Venue UP NISMED UP Mindanao UP NISMED UP NISMED UP NISMED UP NISMED Centennial Fellow Prof. Francisco Nemenzo Prof. Gemino H. Abad Prof. Edgardo D. Gomez Prof. Emmanuel S. de Dios Prof. Cecilia A. Florencio Prof. Jose V. Abueva Prof. Randolf S. David Prof. Ernesto O. Domingo Prof. Wilfredo P. David Prof. Maria Serena I. Diokno Prof. Jose M. Magpantay Prof. Ramon P. Santos Lecture


Beyond the Classroom: Rebuilding a Damaged Nation As Imagined, As Lived: Sense for Language, Sense of Country Changing Attitudes as a Key to Success for UP’s Second Century Secular Morality and the University Unibersidad ng Pilipinas, Pag-asa ng Bayan Learning for Leadership and Social Transformation: The Role of UP as the National University Modernity and the UP: The First 100 Years UP Manila: Created out of a vision, is it fulfilling its mission? Reassessing UPLB’s commitment to excellence, academic freedom and social responsibility Living in Old Glory and Other Comfort Zones, But What of the Future? Is UP a Cause or Consequence of the Country’s Weak Industry? UP and the Cultivate Filipino: In Search of Spirit-Self in a Culture of Humanism and Aesthetic Judgment

August 29 September 18 September 26

UP Baguio UP Manila UP Los Baños

n May 23, 2008 some 40 artists were gathered in an on-thespot nude sketching session at the Mandarin Suites 4/F Gateway Mall, Araneta Center. Four female students volunteered to pose in the nude. But the main events were to be the exhibition of 100 nude paintings and sculpture and the compilation of these exhibits in a coffee table book. The exhibition of the works of 79 UP alumni artists coming from different generations of the last 100 years of the University was sponsored by the UP Diliman Information Office and the UP Alumni Association. The artists include the nine National Artists for Visual Arts from the UP 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.

ardbound and in full color, Our University: After a Hundred Years consists of 126 glossy pages of photographs of all constituent universities accompanied by excerpts of literary works from published writers who are UP alumni and/or faculty members. Edited by Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs and System Information Office Director Isabelita O. Reyes, the book features the work of Oscar “Ocs” Alvarez, whose career covers 21 years of commercial photography, and the layout design of Sigrid Aragona.

UPAA 2008 Centennial Year


he special three-volume UPAA 2008 Centennial Yearbook was launched on June 21, 2008, during the Grand Alumni-Faculty Homecoming and Reunion at the Araneta Coliseum. Focusing on the theme “UP Alumni: Excellence, Leadership, and Service in the Next 100 Years,” Volume 1 features the year’s distinguished alumni and essays by prominent personalities. Volume 2 is devoted to jubilarians while Volume 3 presents profiles of UPAA chapters and alumni organizations.

November 18


November 28 December 5

UP NISMED Abellardo Hall (UP College of Music)


UP-ISSI comes out with book on UP alumni entrepreneurs
Victoria Diel-Leuterio, Loida NicolasLewis, Barbara F. Munar, Hector C. Navasero, Yolanda Villanueva-Ong, Ruby Catalan-Pornan, Luciano L. Puyod II with Luciano P. Puyod III & Edward P. Puyod, Nazario S. Racoma, Winston D. Santos, Miraflor Aquino-Torrente, Peter M. Valdes and Manuel Paul H. Villanueva.

UP: The View from Outside
Date May 21 July 10 Venue UP NISMED UP NISMED Centennial Lecturer Mr. Ramon del Rosario Congressman Saturnino “Satur” Ocampo Rev. Fr. Bienvenido F. Nebres, S.J. Lecture The National University in the Nation’s Service UP will forge through risk-filled neo-liberal era; so will militant activism persist Building Internationally Competitive Institutions and Overcoming Poverty: Can These Two Paths Converge? Media Power and People Power: Citizens, Journalists and the University in the Internet Age Questions for the Future of U.P.

July 31

UP Manila

August 22


Ms. Sheila Coronel

September 3


Dr. Washington SyCip

Lectures on Burning Issues of the Day
Date January 31 Venue UP NISMED Lecture POVERTY ALLEVIATION Poverty, Facts, Theories, and Remedies 1.) Dr. Arsenio M. Balisacan (UPSE Professor and SEARCA)”What we know and don’t” 2.) Dr. Dante B. Canlas (UPSE Professor) “Why the Poor Remain Poor” 3.) Dr. Raul V. Fabella “Globalization WOMEN Convenor: Dr. Carolyn Sobritchea Women Contesting Fundamentalisms and Various Forms of Intolerance GLOBAL WARMING Convenor: Dr. Perry Ong Anthropogenic Global Warming: Beyond the Hype, Doing the Right Thing for the Right Reason (with reactors) PEACE Convenor: Prof. Miriam Ferrer Peace ngayon, war bukas, pwede ba yon? The Constitutional Imperative to Pursue Peace STATE OF NATION’S HEALTH Convenor: Dr. Alberto Romualdez INDIGENOUS PEOPLES Convenor: UP College of Law Dean Prof. Marvic Leonen STATE OF RP EDUCATION When Reforms Don’t Transform: Reflections on Philippine Education A Joint Lecture by Dr. Cynthia Rose Bautista, Dr. Allan B.I. Bernardo, and Dr. Dina Ocampo

he UP Institute for Small Scale Industries (ISSI) launched 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 and ISSI Director: “Iskolar ng Bayan Gives Back, the Enterprising Way is arguably the first book that celebrates the University’s capability of nurturing entrepreneurs so critical to nation building.” The book documents the stories of 25 alumni in business—their startup years, problem solving and growth strategies, management style and business philosophy, entrepreneurial competencies, and ways of managing information and sourcing assistance. The 25 alumni entrepreneurs are Jose Martin O. Aliling, Juan Carlos R. Anton, Lilia Ronquillo-Bautista, Isagani C. Belarmino, Edilberto B. Bravo, Jose Feliciano C. Carandang, Philip S. Cruz, Rodolfo B. de la Cruz, Victoria BelloJardiolin, Antonio S. Jon, Pacita U. Juan, Johnlu G. Koa, Francis C. Laurel,


Other Centennial Publications

March 11


Pamantasang Hirang

Memoirs of UP Alumni Abroad launched

May 14



July 2


September 9 October 2 November 12

UP Manila Malcolm Hall UP NISMED

r. Carmencita C. Quesada Fulgado, member of the UP Centennial Commission, launched the book Memoirs of UP Alumni Abroad on June 18, 2008. A limited edition, the book depicts UP days and life after UP as written by more than 200 alumni donors and features greetings from alumni abroad. Proceeds from this artist-designed, hardbound, and glossy book will go to the maintenance of the

Lectures by Distinguished Fellows
Date January 9 January 16 Venue UP Film Center UP Film Center Distinguished Fellow Dr. David Jonathan Gross Dr. Baldomero Olivera Dr. Douglass C. North H.E. Jose Ramos Horta H.E. Fidel V. Ramos Lecture The Lessons of Science From Cone Snail Venom to Drugs: The Scientific Odyssey of a UP Graduate Why Institutions Matter


March 15

UP School of Economics Auditorium UP College of Law UP NISMED

August 11 August 12

South to South Peoples’ Solidarity: The East Timor Experience Peace and Development: The Noblest Aspiration of Mankind

n June and July 2008, at the CCP and the UP Diliman Theater, UP artists performed UP’s history as a tribute in song and dance, a collaborative effort between playwright Floy Quintos and stage director Prof. Alexander Cortes of the UPD College of Arts and Letters. The 14th Congress, Coca-Cola Phil., the Phil. Amusement & Gaming Corp., the Phil. Charity Sweepstakes Office, the Land Bank of the Phil., and the Development Bank of the Phil. sponsored the concerts at CCP and contributed to the Centennial Scholarship Fund, which was launched during the concert on June18.

he University of the Philippines Press’ contribution to the Centennial celebrations was the “100 Centennial Publications,” selected by its editorial board from among forthcoming, active, and out-of-print UP titles published since its founding. These were formally presented to the public at the “UP Press Centennial Grand Launch,” held in Malcolm Hall in December. The roster contains some of the country’s most distinguished writers and scholars, belonging to different generations—including National Artists Francisco Arcellana, NVM Gonzalez, Bienvenido Lumbera, Virgilio Almario, Edith Tiempo, and Jose Maceda. The Centennial Publications are prominently displayed in special sections of UP Press bookstores in Diliman, Baguio, Cebu, and Davao. They were also showcased at the 2008 Manila International Book Fair at the SM Mall of Asia. A book which is bound to become a collector’s item is 1908: The Way It Really Was by UP Professor Emeritus Raul Ingles. Subtitled “Historical Journal for the UP Centennial, “the volume is a day-to-day chronicle of the year when UP was founded. Finally, there is the updating of the book UP: the First 75 Years, edited by former Regent Oscar M. Alfonso, and published by the UP Press in 1985. While retaining the framework of the first volume, i.e. the different UP administrations in chronological order, the new volume focuses on the “the overall forward motion of the University as a premier academic institution, its active role in society, and how society acted upon it.” The project involves some of the University’s most prominent historians with Dr. Ferdinand C. Llanes, chair of the History Department of UP Diliman’s College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, at the helm. In August 2008, the team presented its initial findings to the public in a conference titled “UP in the time of People Power.”
Other publications, p. 8

Carillon and an an endowment fund to be called Centennial Memoirs Scholarship Fund. A sequel is in the works, Memories: A Legacy Gift of Filipinos at Home and Abroad. The goal is to raise $100,000 to support scholarships for eligible students in all UP campuses. The book will be dedicated to the 19th and first woman UP President, Emerlinda R. Roman. For more information visit http://www.

Far Though We Wander by Vicki Bello-Jardiolin


Volume 2 Number 3 JUNE 2009


What was the meaning of the UP Centennial celebration to you?


r. Mag Albarracin, alumnus and former Dean of the UP College of Business Administration, alumnus of the College of Engineering, and generous donor and fundraiser to both always says that UP is one of the three loves of his life and he has as to a deeply cherished woman celebrating her birthday, given his alma mater “millions of assurances” to affirm his love and devotion. As we end our Centennial celebrations, I asked several alumni to share their thoughts on what the UP and the Centennial celebration meant to them. From Luchie Galang, BSBAA ‘74, former UP, Citibank, NY, donor. “More than anything else, UP’s centennial celebration reminds me of how lucky and privileged I have been to have attended this great university. Am quite proud and honored to be a UP alum and am thankful to UP for the excellent education I obtained and the exciting roads that this education has taken me. I hope UP will continue its tradition of providing world-class education to the greatest number of Filipino youths with talent, drive and ambition without regard to their financial means. This will benefit not only deserving Filipino students but the country which now competes in a world dominated by knowledgebased economies.” Gov. Victor Tanco of Capiz and President of UPAA Capiz Chapter wrote “The excellent, nonpareil and inimitable values I obtained from UP, no doubt, molded my character and political career. To be part of the UP Centennial celebration is, to my belief and thinking a rare privilege, a distinct honor and a once-in-a-lifetime experience.” Two members of the faculty of the UP College of Arts & Letters saw different meanings in the Centennial. Professor of English Tess Isidro wrote, “100 years of being the ‘University of the People’? What have the UP faculty, administration, and students been doing to deserve this title? We perhaps should rethink the kind of education and values we pass on to our students. Intellectual excellence and integrity are not enough. The ‘devaluation’ of moral values and social conscience of many Filipinos, particularly UP students has to be addressed. We should put into concrete actions all the thoughts and theories we discuss in refereied journals. We should think less of our privileges and benefits and think more of what we can contribute to lessen the even-more widening gap between the privileged and the underprivileged. This transformation should start from this university because a lot of people look up to us as the vehicle of change.” Wendell Capili, Assistant Vice President of Public Affairs and Director of the UP System Information Office: “The UP Centennial enabled UP officials, faculty members, staff members, students, and alumni to articulate the contexts and nature of UP as a national university. Many of us achieved this by being the best in our fields. The true iskolar ng bayan moved further by making a difference to inspire or serve others.” From Tessy Abaldonado-Beldia, Coordinator, UPAA, Capiz: the theme of The UP Centennial affair in Iloilo City, last July was “Excellence Leadership and Service in the Next 100 Years”, I would like to add “again” and “Mabuhay!” “Sabi nila mayabang daw ang mga taga-UP…….. sagot naman ni Pres. Emer, “eh kami lang naman ang nagyayabangan!” . The thing is, if I may add again, may karapatan naman tayong mga Alumni magyabang di ba? He he….. joke lang” Ever so serious about the mission of the UP College of Medicine’s (UPCM), Dr. Joe Gonzales, prominent pediatric

cardio-vascular surgeon, Pre-Med, class ’68, UP College of Medicine class ’72, Professor of Surgery, and Chair of UPCM Regionalization Program for Underserved Areas, wrote. “The Centennial reminds us that UP has provided access and affordability to the highest standard of education in the country. We are very grateful that a few of us from Mindanao were able to enter and finish our medical education at our Alma Mater. In return, we will continue to be of service to the underserved regions of our country”. Dr. Carmencita “Menchee” Quesada Fulgado of New York, Centennial Commissioner, celebrated the UP Centennial by inviting fellow alumni abroad to walk down memory lane— more on that in the “Books, Concerts, etc.” section. Dean Guevara of the College of Engineering and Dean Erlinda Echanis of the College of Business Administration and their colleges’ alumni foundations celebrated the Centennial by raising record amounts of donations. In the course of editing “The Oblation”, I spoke to many alumni. Their celebratory mood was often edged with the concern largely echoing Prof. Isidro’s thoughts that our 100th year should be also a time to reexamine the values we develop in UP—survival and success but, often, at any cost. We have produced leaders who make us proud, but we have also produced rogues who have despoiled and almost wrecked our country and grievously corrupted our Filipino soul. Still, to many of us, UP was and is the repository of our young dreams. How could it not be for me when my father rocked me to sleep by singing “UP Beloved”. It is certainly the stuff of dreams of the 60000+ bright hopeful high school graduates from Aparri to Jolo who take the UPCAT yearly. For me, the UP Centennial is like a grand family reunion. In both its intangible and physical totality, it is an ancestral home. It feels like the place where several generations of my family grew up and old in, and where the young ones will come of age and learn to face the real world. Both my father, mother, and my father-in-law, Jose Jardiolin were in the Padre Faura campus in the late 1920’s. I earned two degrees from the UP College of Business Administration. Basti Jardiolin, my late husband, was both in UP Iloilo & Diliman. My sister Ging Pajaro did her BA Speech and Drama at then taught at the then College of Arts and Sciences. My mother became professor of European Languages and I, later, of Marketing in the CBA. We lived first in a quonset hut in Area 2 and later a cottage in Area 1 from which my kids walked to school at UP Elem. In Area 1, they had community. My daughter-in-law is from the College of Engineering. Now, my granddaughter is a junior at the UP College of Fine Arts. This is not just my family’s story. The Dodong and Princess Nemenzos, the Jim and Connie Pazes, the Renato Constantinos, the Joe and Mae Gatchalians, the Martin and Lucille Gregorios’ and many more families could look back on variations of these memories, lives entwined with UP, the University and it’s campus. UP is a place where we were both nurtured and neglected, a spiritual home, a love (making friends for forever, the soaring intellect of some professors, many of whom took a “vow of poverty” to teach in UP, according to former UP President Abueva), and hate object (“Terrors”, “DQs”, “Inc”, walang kamatayang reflection papers.) a memory, a tradition, a future and a source of pride, in ourselves and in a great institution. Mabuhay ang UP!

Model Iskolar ng Bayan awarded at UP Visayas


he University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV)-Iloilo campus as part of its UP Centennial celebrations on July 30, 2008 honored 100 of its alumni as “Model Iskolar ng Bayan”. Participating in the awarding ceremonies were UPV Chancellor Glenn D. Aguilar; Iloilo Vice Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog, College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and UPHSI Alumni Association President; CAS Dean Ebonia B. Seraspe; and CAS Alumni Affairs Coordinator Prof. Monette Pama. Model Iskolar ng Bayan Awardee Manuel E. Villa, Jr. responded in behalf of the awardees. Other highlights of the celebration were An “Oblation run” by about 30 young men and photo exhibits with classes and organizations showing montages of UPV days past. The UPV Iloilo Grand Homecoming on July 26 was attended by UP President Emerlinda R. Roman and alumni from Antique, Aklan, Capiz, and Iloilo. Several alumni from abroad came home to celebrate the UP Centennial at UPV.

UPAA CAPIZ Chapter sponsors “Padayon ang Istorya”
By Teresita A. Beldia


n celebration of the UP Centennial, the UPAA Capiz Chapter in partnership with the Capiz Council for Culture and Arts sponsored “Padayon ang Istorya,” a sarswela performed on November 29, 2008 at the Capiz Gymnasium. The show featured faculty, alumni, and students from various UPV performing groups. The production was chaired by Capiz Gov., Victor A. Tanco, the UPAA-Capiz president, ably assisted by Provincial Prosecutor Randy Beluso and wife Pilot Beluso. The sarswela committee members were Lina Desales, Nonong Desales, Diva Torrosa, Gina Regalado, Racquel Corros, Ritz Evangelista, Toto Brotarlo, Salim Biclar, and Fe Villaruz. Terry A. Beldia was the project’s over-all coordinator.

Alumni international musical artists presented by UPAA


concert featuring worldclass music from the past hundred years and top-billed by Evelyn Mandac and Noel Velasco was held on November 21, 2008 at the UP Theater. Shown above on the cover of the concert program are names of participating alumni artists and other performers. Prof. Behn Cervantes directed.


PERR visits UP alumni in Bicol

National Artists in the Visual Arts of UP honored in National Museum exhibit


he UP Diliman (UPD) College of Fine Arts (CFA) has been launching, since January 2008, a series of exhibitions and art activities together with major art institutions in the country to pay tribute to its outstanding alumni, faculty, and students. Lineage of Mentors opened on June 11, 2008 as the flagship exhibition of CFA in their centennial year, in partnership with the National Museum, featuring the nine national artists produced by the CFA. The book Forming Lineage was also launched that night. The exhibition was jointly curated by Prof. Ruben D.F. Defeo, Director of the UPD Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts (OICA) and professor of the CFA, and Dr. Patrick Flores, Director of the National Gallery of the National Museum and professor at the UPD Department of Art Studies. They also wrote essays for the coffee table book.

n May 31, 2008, UP President Emerlinda R. Roman and Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs Lydia R. Arcellana visited Bicol as part of the “road show” undertaken by Dr. Roman to encourage all UP alumni to be part of the UP Centennial celebrations. President Roman and Dr. Arcellana met with the UP alumni in Legaspi. The UPAA in this city has been inactive for several years and this visit by the UP officials served to revive it. Ms. Rosario Bercen was unanimously elected as president and was sworn in on-the-spot by President Roman. After lunch, the UP officials proceeded to Naga City, accompanied by Judge Nilo A. Malanyaon (BSJ’62; LLB’62) and his wife. Judge Malanyaon is the president of the UPAA Camarines Sur Chapter for 2008-2009. In the afternoon, they met with the UPLBAA Camarines Sur Chapter officers of 2008-2009, headed by Nicolas Beda A. Priela (BSA’75; MProfStud’85). In the evening, there was a dinner and lively fellowship hosted by the UPAA chapter at the Bob Marlin Restaurant. The event was attended by about 60 alumni from both the UPAA and the UPLBAA Camarines Sur Chapters.

PERR visits Tuguegarao, Cagayan Valley


President Emerlinda R. Roman, accompanied by Vice President for Academic Affairs Amelia P. Guevara, Assistant Vice President Lydia R. Arcellana, and executive assistant Chit Loyola, flew to Tuguegarao on Sept. 12, 2008 upon the invitation of the officers and members of the UP Alumni Association Cagayan North (UPAACN) Chapter. The UPAACN had been moribund for several years until a group of UP alumni decided to revive it. The chapter is now led by its president, Atty. Mila Catabay-Lauigan (BSEco’89), and other officers. In the afternoon, President Roman and party attended a press conference at the Villa Blanca Hotel. Dr. Ma. Angelcita Torres-Capio announced to the press the launch of the coffee table book Kwentong Peyups: Cagayano Yaw. The book, one of the major fund-raising projects of the UPAACN for the UP Centennial, is a compilation of anecdotes of UP alumni about their student life in UP, edited by Dr. Capio. The highlight of the press conference was the turnover to President Roman of P100,000 raised by the UPAACN for the UP Centennial Fund.

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Overwhelming response to UP Centennial fundraising campaign


lumni associations, families, individuals—and friends of the University of the Philippines responded generously and enthusiastically to Pres. Emerlinda R. Roman’s call for support of UP’s programs and projects. Foremost among these were professorial chairs and grants to augment the salaries and research funds of the UP faculty, the university’s most important resource. President Emerlinda R. Roman says, “If we are to fulfill our mission as the National University, we need to always be at the cutting edge of things. Our university is only as good as its faculty and the faculty is only as good as the scholarship it generates and inspires…..our priority must continue to be research and development……..Thus, fund-raising will be a continuing agenda,” she said. Shown below are reports from UP Foundation, Inc., the PGH Medical Foundation, Inc., the UP Business Research Foundation, Inc., the College of Engineering alumni foundations, the UP Engineering Research and Development Foundation, Inc., and the UP Alumni Engineers. The lists are no means exhaustive as more information on other foundations’ fund-raising activities is expected.


Outpouring of support at UP’s Centennial Donors Night
The annual donors’ night is the University’s modest way of thanking individuals and organizations whose contributions allow UP to maintain academic excellence and pursue advanced studies in various fields. In appreciation of their support, the University presented each donor with a painting of the UP Carillon. After the presentation of gifts, UP received more pledges. Diosdado P. Banatao, pledged US$500,000 to the Friends of UP Foundation of America (FUPFA) for UPCoE. Banatao is managing partner of Tallwood Venture Capital and executive chairman of the board and interim CEO of SiRF Technology Holdings Inc.

antastic” was UP President Emerlinda R. Roman’s response to the donations and pledges made by alumni and friends of UP at the Donor’s Night at the Makati Shangri-la Hotel on May 8, 2008.

Daikin Industries honor Cesar E.A. Virata


UP Foundation, Inc. reports donations
Donors 1. Macarthur & Josefina de los Reyes 2. Dr. Rafael C. Chan 3. Hanston Commercial and Industrial Corporation c/o Chedy Yu 4. Dr. Rafael C. & Mrs. Christina G. Chan 5. Rafael M. Salas Foundation, Inc. 6. The children & descendants of Jose O. & Libroda Marin Chan through Amoloso Corporation 7. UP Diliman Mathematics Foundation, Inc. 8. Dr. Dennis K. W. Li 9. Betty B. Tang 10. Mary L. Uy 11. UPAA Toronto 12. Josefina Capuyan Cruz, Vicky, Oyti and Tammy Wong, Ramon, Monica & Waya Santos 13. Leonor Zamuco, MD, Glenwood Technologies, Int’l, Mart & Essem Perez, Rudy & Sally Ramos, Ed & Gloria Sanz, Ryan & Tricia Mercado, Sol & Merla Tabangay Professorial Chairs

Donor Ramon del Rosario Jr., with UP and Centennial Commission officials

he UP Foundation (UPFI) reported an overwhelming response to the centennial fund-raising campaign. Among the biggest was the establishment and maintenance by Philex Mining Corporation of a P40 million trust fund to support the Mining, Metallurgical, and Materials Engineering and the faculty of the National Institute of Geological Sciences, both at UP Diliman. Friends of former UP President Edgardo J. Angara as of last count had raised P39 million for his fellowship program. Donors were Kuok Foundation Overseas Ltd., Chairman Ephraim Genuino of Pagcor, Alphaland, Enrique Rozon, Ambassador Philippe Lhuiller, Dennis T. Villareal, Liwayway Marketing Corporation, Philippine Farmers Bank, D. M. Wenceslao, Ambassador Francis Chua, Jose Mari Chan, and the Development Bank of the Philippines, among others. The UPFI also reported donations received from alumni. Among these are the following professorial chairs, scholarship grants, and contributions to the Centennial Fund and to various projects in the UP System.
UP Centennial Professorial Chairs 1. Gonzalo W. Gonzalez Professorial Chair in Corporation Law 2. Oscar M. Lopez Sterling Professorial Chair in Economics & Law 3. Atty Claudio Capulong Amador, UP Centennial Chair in Labor Law 4. Estelito P. Mendoza Centennial Professorial Chair in Law 5. Manuel O. Chan (LLB 31) and Luz O. Chan, Professorial Chair in Law 6. Enrique O. Chan (LLB ’35) Professorial Chair at the College of Law, UPD 7. Danilo B. Soriano M.D. Professorial Chair in Neurosurgery at the College of Medicine, UPM 8. Conrado Dayrit Centennial Professorial Chair in Medicine and Basic Sciences 9. Gregorio T. Alvior, Jr. Centennial Professorial Chair 10. Jejomar Binay, Sr. Centennial Professorial Chair for the College of Arts and Letters 11. Teresa Ancheta Aquino Centennial Professorial Chair in Nursing 12. PetroEnergy Resources Corporation UP Centennial Professorial Chair in Family Life and Child Development at the College of Home Economics, UPD 13. Sec. Vicente S. Perez UP Centennial Professorial Chair in Sustainable Energy Economics, UPD 14. Crisostomo B. and Cristina C. Garcia Distinguished Professorial Chair in Mathematics 15. Dr. Francisco P. & Aurora Pizaña Mamaril Centennial Professorial Chair for Science & Technology 16. Dolores F. & Eduardo F. Hernandez UP Centennial Professorial Chair 17. Teodoro C. Rey Centennial Professorial Chair in Good Governance Donors Gizela M. Gonzalez First Gen Corporation Feli Marie Gregorio-Amador Susan A. Mendoza Children & Descendants of Manuel and Luz Chan Dr. Rafael C. Chan Dr. Danilo and Mrs. Lydia S. P. Soriano United Laboratories, Inc Dr. Gregorio T. Alvior, Jr. Mayor Jejomar Binay Dr. Belinda Ancheta Aquino UPAA District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia (DCMDVA), USA

Prof. Felina Mapa Professorial Chair Institute of Mathematics for Teachers Award Enrique O. Chan Professorial Chair at the College of Law, UPD Proposed Professorial Chair at the School of Economics, UPD Rafael C. Chan, MD, FACP, FACRO Professorial Chair in Medicine—Basic Sciences Rafael M. Salas Professorial Chair in Public Administration and Demography Jose O. Chan and Librada Marin Chan Professorial Chair in Opthalmology Felina G. Mapa Professorial Chair in Mathematics at the Institute of Mathematics, College of Sciences, UPD Dr. & Mrs. Dennis K. W. Li Professorial Chair in Dentistry Dr. Tung Chuen Tang Professorial Chair Professorial Chair UPAA Toronto Professorial Chair Proposed Wilhelmina Regala Professorial Chair


n May 19, 2009, Daikin Industries Ltd., through its deputy general manager Seiichi Egawa (right), turned over to the University P2.5 million for a Centennial Professorial Chair at the College of Engineering, an Entrepreneurship Seed Fund for the College of Business Administration (CBA), and a Philippine General Hospital Assistance Fund, all in honor of former Prime Minister and CBA Dean Cesar E.A. Virata (middle).

EDC sets up Centennial Professorial Chair and Faculty Grant
Francis Paolo M. Quina

Proposed Dr. Gregorio T. Zamuco Professorial Chair in Social Forestry

Scholarship Grants 1. Vicente B. Bello Scholarship Fund 2. Dr. Jose and Celestina Raymundo Scholarship Fund 3. Centennial Memoirs Project Scholarship Grant 4. UP Club of America Scholarship Grant 5. UPAA Scholarships II 6. Dr. Romeo M. Flores Scholarship at the National Institute of Geological Sciences, UPD 7. Rodolfo M. Lejano, Sr. Scholarship 8. UPAA New Jersey Scholarship 9. FSN College of Home Economics Scholarship 10. College of Home Economics Scholarship 11. Pi Sigma Delta Sorority Outstanding Women Scholarship Grant 12. Jollibee Foundation Scholarship Grant

Donor/s Shoecat, Inc. Raymundo Family Educational Trust Centennial Memoirs Project UPAA, Greater Chicago UPAA, America Dr. Romeo M. Flores & family Alice Perez Lejano and Rodolfo Lejano, Sr. UPAA New Jersey Maria Raquel Pañgan Carmencita Sy, Sta. Maria Pi Sigma Delta Sorority Outstanding Women Jollibee Foundation, Inc.


CEO Paul Aquino with a gift for UP

Vicente S. Perez, Jr.

Dr. Crisostomo B. Garcia Dr. Francisco Mamaril Atty. Eduardo Hernandez Manuel & Maybelline Gaspay, Eriberto & Socorro Carando, Gilbert Dulay, Terry & Jose “Boy” Jaurigue, Arturo Martin, Gabby Moraleda, Rene Q and Teresa A. Lacsina, Mr. Victor Ramos & Mrs. Marinella Ramos, Dr. Reynaldo Medina, the Beta Sigma Fraternity Midwest-USA Chapter, Paul Alvin & Gwendolyn Torres Alvin, Lorna Dean, Archimedes Garbes, King Nepomuceno, Salvador Curameng, Nestor Marquez, Benjamin Cubacub, Amy and Dan Galoso, Gene Galace, an Anonymous donor, Danilo & Lynn Abalos, Carlos Belleza, Eduardo Cornelin, Jay Endiape, Alica Eva, Carlo Taguinod, Wilhelmina Tolentino, Amado Antonio, Isabelita Castillo, Geronimo David, Ricardo Fernandez, Cecillo Jose, Jimmy and Annie Millan, Jinah Tayao & Rodel Obordo, Ric Sarino, Gilmelina Avena, Heidi Regodon Barce, Jerry De Witt and Nimfa Bamba De Witt, Laureen Escobar, Ma. Victoria & Cyrus Fagar, Julie & Richard rancia, Danilo Lachica Mely & Rick Rey Foundation, Inc., Ronaldo Boya, Genaro and April Mempin, Richard & Luisa Yee, Rogelio Ancheta, Tito de Santos The Ostrea Family

Other gifts were Manila Bulletin Chairman Emilio T. Yap’s donation of P5,000,000 for the airconditioning of the Bahay Alumni, Dr. Johnny Brawners and Mayor Feliciano Belmonte, Jr.’s donations of P1 million each to the Carillon Project, and the proposed UP Royal Diamond Jubilarians Educational Fund and contributions to the UP Centennial Fund.
Centennial Symbols, from p. 1
was used in all projects, activities, and events related to the year long celebration. Quoting from President Roman’s centennial report, “For the Centennial theme, the Commission approved ‘UP: Excellence, Leadership, and Service in the Next 100 Years.’ Our Centennial is more than a commemoration of the University’s founding. It is a tribute to a sterling record of academic excellence, outstanding research, and dedicated public service. And it is a promise to do even better in the next century.” The Oblation In 2007, The Oblation, the official quarterly newsletter of the UP Centennial celebration was launched. This newsletter edited by Professor Victoria Jardiolin of the College of Business Administration disseminated information on all UP centennial-related events and projects to alumni in the Philippines and abroad through mail and online. Commemorative Stamps and Notes The Philippine Postal Corporation printed the UP Commemorative Stamp. On June 19, the series of 100-peso notes bearing the UP logo issued by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas was launched at the BSP Headquarters on East Avenue, Quezon City. Present during the launch were BSP Governor Amando Tetangco, members of the Monetary Board and UP officials. The BSP presented President Roman several frames of 32 uncut 100-peso notes as its gift to the university. The University also launched the collectors’ items of 4 uncut 100-peso notes.

n December 11 at Quezon Hall, officials of the Philippine National Oil Co. Energy Development Corporation (PNOC-EDC) and UP signed a contract to establish the EDC-UP Centennial Professorial Chair in Biology and the EDC-UP Centennial Faculty Grant in Biology to be awarded to faculty members of the Institute of Biology working in the field of biodiversity. The EDC had also earlier provided the UP Institute of Biology (IB) in Diliman an institutional development grant of P3 million to upgrade the facilities and equipment of its Biodiversity Research and Monitoring Program. PNOC President and CEO Paul A. Aquino said that biodiversity has always been an important issue for everyone at PNOC EDC, and UP’s leadership in research in the field has made the partnership all the more important.

Gonzalez generations continue support of UP

18. UPAA San Francisco and Mely & Rick Rey Foundation Centennial Professorial Chair 19. Enrique and Elena Ostrea UP Centennial Professorial Chair in Mining, Metallurgical & Materials Engineering 20. UPAA Northern California (Berkeley) Chapter Centennial Professorial Chair 21. UPAAM/UPMASA Michigan UP Centennial Professorial Chair at the College of Science 22. Apolinario, Sr. & Esmaela Reyes Carangal Centennial Professorial Chair for the College of Home Economics and Management at UP, Los Baños 23. Energy Development Corporation UP Centennial Professorial Chair in Biology (Biodiversity) and Energy Development Corporation and UP Centennial Distinguished Faculty Grant in Biology (Biodiversity) at the Institute of Biology 24. Vea Technology and Evolutionary Economics Centennial Professorial Chair

Northern California UPAA Medical Alumni Society in America (UPMASA) Michigan Chapter Luzviminda C. Santos, Teodoro Carangal, Dr., Dr. Irineo and Forentina Gutierrez, Ma. Teresita Dela Rosa Ribay


Energy Development Corporation

The Vea Family c/o Mr. Orlando B. Vea

he family of the late lawyer, public servant, professorial lecturer, and UP regent Gonzalo W. Gonzalez donated an amount for a Professorial Chair in Corporate Law for the College of Law and the construction of a new reading room for the College of Arts and Letters, both named after him, at UP Diliman. Gonzalo was UP President Bienvenido Gonzalez’s son. Shown accepting a certificate of appreciation from President Roman on December 5, 2008 at the BOR Room, Quezon Hall is Gonzalo’s daughter and Centennial Commission member Atty. Gizela Gonzalez-Montinola; surrounded by Gonzalo’s siblings (from left to right) Lilia, former College of Home Economics dean Eva Beatriz, and Bienvenido Jr.; niece Diane Lourdes; and nephew Manuel Angel. Deans Atty. Marvic MVF Leonen and National Artist Virgilio Almario were also present to express the gratitude of their colleges.



Volume 2 Number 3 JUNE 2009


UP pays tribute: Dr. Magdaleno B. Albarracin Jr. chair established
Jo. Florendo B. Lontoc UP Engineering Class of 1956 Professorial Chair Award, Professor Emeritus Norberto S. Vila Professorial Chair Award, and Roger M. Murga UP Centennial Professorial Chair in Engineering. At the College of Science, Albarracin was credited for the PHINMA Grant 1 and Grant 2 for the NIP, PHINMA Professorial Chair in Mathematics for the Institute of Mathematics, and PHINMA Faculty Incentive Award Professorial Chair in Chemistry for the Institute of Chemistry.

honored Dr. Magdaleno B. Albarracin Jr., captain of industry and philanthropist, on September 29, 2008 at the UP Executive House in UP Diliman, with the launch of a Centennial Professorial Chair in Engineering. Dr. Albarracin is the former Dean of the College of Business Administration (CBA), who is currently vice-chair of the UP Centennial Commission. Business heads Francisco L. Viray and Willie J. Uy representing the donors from the PHINMA Group (AB Capital & Investment Corp., Bacnotan Consolidated Industries, Inc., Trans-Asia Oil and Energy Development Corp., PHINMA, Inc., PHINMA Property Holdings Corp., and Union Galvasteel Corp.) turned over the endowment for the professorial chair to University officials. Albarracin is currently vice-chair of the PHINMA Group, a major investment management consultant firm, and chair of its executive committee. Roman described Albarracin as a loyal UP supporter, an avid UP cheerleader, and a very effective fund-raiser. She also thanked him for his dedication as UP Centennial Commission vice-chair, and credited him for broaching the idea of the grand conference to synthesize the Centennial Lectures pertaining to UP. Chancellor Cao described Albarracin as a truly great man, judging from “the seeds which he leaves behind to grow.” CBA Dean Erlinda Echanis thanked Albarracin for his love of UP, which he expresses through the selfless donation of time, talent, and money. She described Albarracin as a goal-oriented man of few words. College of Engineering Dean Rowena Cristina Guevara cited Albarracin’s novel but practical ways of leading and challenging alumni, friends, and college constituencies in raising funds, motivating the college to have the best engineering faculty possible, and improving its student graduation rate. College of Science Dean Caesar Saloma remarked that the two PHINMA chairs at the National Institute of Physics (NIP) are the most coveted in the college. He assured Albarracin that the College of Science will always be worthy of financial endowments. In response, Albarracin acknowledged PHINMA and his wife Trinidad for his success, saying he was happy to share his talent, time, and money with the University, “making sure that talent is much more than the money because the money is limited.” He also thanked the UP faculty for sharing their time and talent with students. He stressed that the faculty’s unrealized market value equals veritable millions donated to the University, which very few alumni can match. He reiterated his focus on the faculty, whom, he said, makes UP what it is. He expressed three wishes for UP: the institutionalization of fund-raising, the reduction of dropout rates, and the incorporation of character-building in the teaching. At the CBA, Albarracin was responsible for the endowments for the Ambassador Ramon del Rosario Sr. Centennial Professorial chair, the UP Business Research Foundation Inc. Professorial Chair, the Bacnotan Consolidated Industries Inc. Centennial Professorial Chair in Business Administration, and the PHINMA Centennial Professorial Chair. At the College of Engineering, Albarracin raised funds for the Filadelpio Panlilio Professorial Chair, Dr. Edgardo S. Pacheco Professorial Chair, Jose Segovia Professorial Chair, PHINMA Professorial Chair in Engineering, Dr. Jose C. Araneta UP Centennial Professorial Chair in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Dean Marino Mena Professorial Chair Award, Prof. Jose Jovellanos Professorial Chair Award,

Donations to the PGH Medical Foundation, Inc.

Dean Aileen Baviera, Chancellor Sergio Cao, Centennial Commission Chair Sen. Edgardo Angara, President Emerlinda Roman, TMP Chair Dr. George Ty, and TMP President Hiroshi Ito inspect a scale model of the facilities.

r. Gregorio Alvior, Jr., the creative and tireless chairman of the PGH Medical Foundation (PGHMFI), reports that P18,661,977 and US$1.03 million were raised for the period 20072008. The biggest donations were US$1 million from Coca-Cola Foundation and P12 million from UP Medical Alumni Society of America (UPMASA). Donations of P200,000 and above are shown in the list below. Name of Donors
Anita Magsaysay-Ho Casino Español Coca Cola Export Coca Cola Foundation Concepcion Carrier Dennis Hernandez Dr. Danny David PAG-IBIG Sally Maliuanag Taihon Chemicals and Services UPMASA Dr. John Chan through UPMASA Dr. Melfred Hernandez Dr. Teresita Joy Evangelista Johnson & Johnson Marjorie Abiera MEGAWORLD Nestle Phils. Inc Rodolfo Puno Siemens Yokohama

New Asian Center facilities in UPD to rise


Jo. Florendo B. Lontoc

ew multimillion facilities for the UP Asian Center are expected to be inaugurated by the end of 2009, said Centennial Commission Chair and former UP President Sen. Edgardo J. Angara. The ground-breaking rites for the GT-Toyota Asian Heritage House and the GT-Toyota Asian Center Auditorium were held on December 13, 2008 in UP Diliman. At P100 million, the donation is the single biggest donation to the University from the private sector thus far in the course of the UP Centennial fund-raising campaign.

The donation by Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) was agreed upon by Angara, UP President Emerlinda R. Roman, and George S.K. Ty. Ty said the donation coincided with Toyota’s 20th anniversary in the Philippines and UP’s 100th, and that it would further firm up the partnership between two entities that are both committed to excellence and the welfare and improvement of society. Ty said he envisions the new facilities as a showcase of Asia’s rich heritage. He also believes they will provide perspective on the global role that the region plays.


Dean Guevara—“Strong Support and Inspiring Generosity of Engineering Alumni”
of the College, especially those led by its alumni have contributed to this overwhelming support as manifested in the long list of new professorial chairs for 2008-2009.
1. Alexan Professorial Chair 2. Analog Devices Professorial Chair 3. Angel Alejandrino Professorial Chair 4. Beta Epsilon Professorial Chair 5. Chua Liong & Loreta Dy Chua Professorial Chair 6. Ciriaco Corp Professorial Chair 7. Don Felipe Say and Theresa Chua Say Professorial Chair 8. Dr. Magdaleno B. Albarracin, Jr. Professorial Chair 9. Enrique and Elena Ostrea Professorial Chair 10. Felix Limcaoco Outstanding Instructor Award 11. Felix Limcaoco Technopreneurship Grant 12. Holcim Professorial Chair 13. Manuel Lopez Professorial Chair 14. Marithe Girbaud Professorial Chair 15. Marubeni Professorial Chair 16. Maynilad Professorial Chair 17. Philex Professorial Chairs (2) 18. Pozzolanic Professorial Chair 19. Primary Group of Builders Professorial Chairs (2) 20. Prof. Dominador Ilio Professorial Chair 21. Prof. Jose Araneta Professorial Chair 22. Prof. Jose Diago De Castro Professorial Chair 23. Prof. Salonga Professorial Chair 24. Recia-Simon Professorial Chair 25. Roger Murga Professorial Chair 26. Semirara Mining Corporation Professorial Chairs (4) 27. SR Metals Professorial Chair 28. Sy Ling Chat Professorial Chair 29. Team Energy Professorial Chair 30. Vea Technology for All Professorial Chair 31. Dado and Maria Banatao Institute for High Impact Engineering Research 32. Cesar E. A Virata of Daikin Industries Ltd. for the UP Centennial Professorial Chair 33. Augmentation of Ciriaco Corporation Professorial Chair 34. Augmentation of Cristy Hernandez Professorial Chair 35. Augmentation of FF Cruz Professorial Prof UPERDFI Prof Chair 36. Augmentation of Filemon Rodriguez Professorial Chair 37. Augmentation of Meralco Professorial Chair 38. Augmentation of NPC Professorial Chair 39. Augmentation of PHINMA Professorial Chair 40. Augmentation of Sy Ling Chat Professorial Chair 41. Augmentation of UPERDFI Professorial Chairs



he UP Business Research Foundation (UPBRF) ended a banner fundraising year. Alumni of the UP College of Business Administration (CBA) and various corporations and government agencies responded to the Foundation’s appeal to augment the salaries of and support the College in retaining its faculty. CBA has been losing its faculty to private business companies and universities as well, both in the Philippines and abroad. The UPBRF is a non-stock, non-profit Corporation the purpose of which is to undertake, encourage and assist the CBA on research in the business and management sciences. President of UPBRF is former Prime Minister and former Dean of CBA Cesar E.A. Virata. Trustees of the foundation are prominent CBA alumni Mrs. Corazon Estrella, Domingo Gregorio, Jr., Victoria Bello-Jardiolin, Johnlu Koa, Carmelita Salgado, and ret. Gen. Ismael Villareal. Below is a list of new centennial professorial chair endowments and upgraded to existing professorial chairs.
NEW 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. ENDOWMENTS Alice Sandoval Laya Centennial Professorial Chair Alma Hidalgo Onrubia Centennial Professorial Chair Ambassador Ramon V. Del Rosario, Sr. Centennial Professorial Chair Annabelle Pizzaro Brown Centennial Professorial Chair BSBA (Accounting) Class 1968 U.P. Centennial Professorial Chair Cynthia A. Villar Centennial Professorial Chair Dean Erlinda S. Echanis Centennial Professorial Chair endowed by Dr. Victoria Bello-Jardiolin Gilbert Zuellig Centennial Professorial Chair in Business Communication Gilbert Zuellig Centennial Professorial Chair in Intenational Business Gilbert Zuellig Centennial Professorial Chair in Intenational Marketing Gilbert Zuellig Centennial Professorial Chair in International Finance Isabelita Bengzon Poe Centennial Professorial Chair Jardiolin Centennial Professorial Chair Mercedita Santiago-Nolledo Centennial Professorial Chair Roberto P. Alingog Centennial Professorial Chair Security Bank Corporation Centennial Professorial Chair Senator Jose J. Roy Centennial Professorial Chair UP BRF, Inc. Centennial Professorial Chair in Financial Derivatives endowed by Dr. Alberto R. Ilano Vicente C. Quimbo Sr. UP AB 1920 Memorial Professorial Chair Willy Keng Centennial Professorial Chair

he number of professorial chairs of the College of Engineering doubled during the UP Centennial Year with the strong support and inspiring generosity of the alumni led by Dr. Magdaleno B. Albarracin, Jr. (EE ‘56), UP Engineering Research and Development Foundation, Inc. (UPERDFI) Chairman of the Board; Engr. Isidro A. Consunji (CE ‘72), UP Alumni Engineers (UPAE) Fund Raising Committee Chairman; Engr. Alex Sy (EE ‘71, ChE ‘71), UPERDFI Finance Committee Chairman; Engr. Antonio S. Herrera, Jr. (EE ‘78), UPAE President 2005-2007; Dr. Benito M. Pacheco (CE ‘80), UPAE President 20072008; and Engr. Frederick A. Trinidad (CE 88), UPAE President 2008-present. These professorial chairs are managed by UPERDFI with Dr. Leopoldo V. Abis as President, and the UP Foundation, Inc. headed by President Emerlinda R. Roman. During the Centennial year, the UP Alumni Engineers (UPAE) held a fund-raising raffle that raised P20 million and this amount was matched by Dr. Albarracin and Engr. Consunji. Dr. Walter Brown and Engr. Jose Ernesto C. Villaluna, Jr. (EM ‘62) were instrumental in Philex’s P25 million donation to the College for scholarships, professorial chairs, and faculty grants. Dr. Diosdado and Mrs. Maria Banatao donated US$500,000 for the Dado and Maria Banatao Institute that will provide funding for faculty members and their research advisees in solving pressing problems through highimpact engineering research. Industry partners

UP CMC receives a series of donations
Bernice P. Varona


UPGRADED ENDOWMENTS TO CENTENNIAL PROFESSORIAL CHAIRS 1. Angustias Jereos -Bello Centennial Professorial Chair 2. Bacnotan Consolidated Industries, Inc. Centennial Professorial Chair 3. BSP U.P. Centennial Professorial Chair in Accounting 4. BSP U.P. Centennial Professorial Chair in Banking and Finance 5. BSP U.P. Centennial Professorial Chair in Business Administration 6. C.L. Manabat & Co. Foundation, Inc. Centennial Professorial Chair 7. Development Center for Finance Centennial Professorial Chair 8. Dean Cesar E.A. Virata Centennial Professorial Chair 9. Dean Jaime C. Laya Centenial Professorial Chair 10. Don Norberto Ty Centennial Professorial Chair 11. Don Pio Pedrosa (BSBA 1925) Centennial Professorial Chair 12. Fanny Cortes-Garcia (BSBA 1940) Centennial Professorial Chair 13. Manuel B. Villar, Jr. Centennial Professorial Chair in Business Administration

n an exuberant week, the UP College of Mass Communication (CMC) celebrated the receipt of several donations for the renovation and construction of the College’s facilities. UP President Emerlinda Roman attended all the events and reiterated the University’s heartfelt gratitude. September 25, 2008 saw the opening of the Gawad Plaridel Hall Lobby Gallery. The renovation of the lobby and the creation of the exhibit were joint efforts of the Coca-Cola Export Company, the UP CMC Alumni Association, the UP CMC Foundation Inc. Pay It Forward Campaign, and the UP CMC organization Excommunicators.
14. 15. 16. 17. Philippine Investment Management Consultants, Inc Centennial Professorial Chair Philippine Stock Exchange Centennial Professorial Chair The French Baker Centennial Professorial Chair Vicente B. Bello Centennial Professorial Chair

Following are additional chairs/faculty grants received by the UP Foundation and the UP Business Research Foundation for the UP Centennial Fund campaign: 1. BSBA Class 1968 Professorial Chair 2. Wilma L. Regala Professorial Chair 3. Novellino Wines Faculty Grant 4. Gregorio Family Faculty Grants 5. BSBAA Class 1981 Professorial Chair 6. Doña Salustiana Dec Faculty Grant 7. P & A Foundation Inc. Faculty Grant

UP CMC donors (from top): Isaac Belmonte Jr. of Philippine Star, Sandy PrietoRomualdez of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and Carmencita Esteban of the Philippine Survey and Research Center-Research International.




he Oblation: The University of the Philippines Centennial Newsletter is an update for University alumni about University events and projects running up to the UP Centennial in June 2008. UP reaches out to its graduates and friends for whom the UP is an indelible chapter of their lives and because of which, have continuously supported the University’s projects and objectives as the premier and national university. How to bridge distances and participate in this momentous juncture in the University’s and the country’s history? The Oblation features the many who have already done so and is also a means to thank them and invite them to come visit and be part once more of the UP community. The quarterly newsletter is accessible online at

Editor in Chief Prof. Victoria Bello-Jardiolin | Editorial Consultant Prof. Isabelita O. Reyes, PhD | Managing Editor Jo. Florendo B. Lontoc | Copy Editor Marby Villaceran | Writer Francis Quina | Layout Artist Alicor Panao

Fund Raising for the Centennial


he fund-raising effort for the Centennial involved the Centennial Commission, the Board of Regents, the UP President, the chancellors, the deans and directors, and various alumni groups. The objective was to raise P5 billion half from the National Government and the other half to be raised by the University. If UP is successful in having the full amount released, National Government would have given UP P3.2 billion additional budget over and above its regular budget. In UP’s 2009 budget, funds have also been provided to complete the construction of buildings which were started in 2007. These buildings include those that are part of the National Science Complex and the Engineering Research and Development for Technology Program. On UP’s part, the various campuses collectively raised about P2 billion from various sources including other government agencies. For example, in 2007 DOST granted UP almost P102 million and in 2008 another P430 million for research projects which are distributed across all UP campuses. The Philippine General Hospital received through PGH Medical Foundation a donation from Coca-Cola Philippines of about P46 million ($1 million) for the renovation of a charity ward, two-and-a half pay blocks, a chiller for centralized airconditioning of the pay wards, and re-cabling of the hospital’s telephone system. The Senate Spouses Foundation also contributed to the renovation of charity wards in the hospital. The Government of Spain donated equipment worth P2 million for the Sentro Oftalmolojico. Senator Edgardo J. Angara in February 2008 turned over a donation of P7 million for Centennial Projects to the deans of the colleges in the Humanities Cluster, plus P1 million each for the College of Human Kinetics and the UP Office of Initiatives for Culture and the Arts (OICA) as seed funding for performances, traveling shows, and exhibits. One hundred fifty (150) professorial chairs and faculty grants were established or upgraded, funded by alumni and friends of the University who donated to foundations that support UP’s programs and projects. While that alumni and friends have a choice of channel for their donations, many donated to foundations. New professorial chairs were endowed while other donors upgraded professorial chairs established years ago by augmenting the endowment funds which they originally set aside for the purpose. Chairs that were upgraded were reclassified as centennial professorial chairs. In addition, UP Diliman awarded 100 Centennial Professorial Chairs and Centennial Professorial Grants in 2008. Two hundred more will be awarded in 2009. UP Manila awarded 81 Centennial Professorial Chairs, 39 Centennial Faculty Grants and 2 Clinic Faculty Grants. And UPOU awarded one UPOU Centennial Professorial Chair. Some donations were in kind. Renovation and repair of classrooms and the upgrading of facilities were funded by donations from private groups, many of whom chose their own

You make us proud!

The University’s wellspring of pride
Here is the second of two batches of UPAA Alumni and Special Recognition Awardees for 2008. Atty. Antonio A. Oposa, Jr., LLB ’82, Environmental Conservation and Sustainable Development. He pioneered the practice of Environmental Law in the Philippines and is one of Asia’s leading voices in Environmental Law. Ambassador Rosario Gonzalez-Manalo, BSJ ’57; LLB ’58; MPA ’61, Gender Equality/ Women Empowerment. The first Filipino woman to pass the Foreign Service examinations, she became the first woman Director General of the ASEAN National Secretariat and assisted in the founding of ASEAN in 1967. Atty. Loida M. Nicolas-Lewis, LLB ’67 cl, Global Entrepreneurship. Entrepreneur, lawyer, author, civic leader and philanthropist, chair of the TLC Beatrice International Holdings, Inc. Under her leadership, the company cemented its position as the world’s top multibillion-dollar multi-national food company. Dr. Benjamin D. Adapon, MD ’58, Health. He is president and Physician-in-Chief of the Computerized Imaging Institute (CII) of Makati Medical Center. A “BalikScientist,” he pioneered CT scanning technology in the country. Dr. Manuel M. Dayrit, MD ’76. Health. He began his public health career as a community physician in Davao del Norte. He founded and directed the Philippine’s Filed Epidemiology Training Program and AIDS Prevention and Control Program. He was Secretary of Health from 2001 to 2005. Dr. Bernadette J. Madrid, BS ’79 cl, Health. She is Director of the Child Protection Unit of the Philippine General Hospital, expanding its services to include legal protection, education and livelihood assistance. She has been elected to the Executive Council of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. Ms. Ma. Socorro I. Diokno, AB ’77 cl, Human Rights. As Secretary-General of the Free Legal Assistance Group, the oldest human rights and lawyers’ organization in the Philippines, she has worked unceasingly for human rights for the past 32 years. Dr. Teofilo T. Bangayan, MD ’58, Poverty Alleviation. He is Medical Director of the Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center (CGH). In 1994, he and his wife led a Couples for Christ prayer group, which worked to transform depressed communities in Bagong Silang, Caloocan City through a sustainable and holistic program. Ms. Deanna Lorenzana-Gregorio, BSHE ’59, Poverty Alleviation. A civic leader and philanthropist, she is Sectoral Representative for Persons with Disabilities at the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) and heads the NCR Committee for the Welfare of Disabled Persons and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of the Philippines. Mr. Juan Y. Solomon, BSA ’54, Poverty Alleviation. He served the government for 33 years. When he retired at age 60, he established the King Cooperative Inc., which was eventually designated as implementor of the administration’s Lingap sa Mahihirap Program. Amb. Lilia R. Bautista, LLB ’57; MBA ‘69, Public Service and Good Governance. She was Ambassador Extraordinaire and Plenipotentiary, Chief of Mission, and Permanent Representative to the UN, World Trade Organization, and International Labor Organization. She was head of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Dr. Carolina Galicia-Hernandez, BSFS ’61 cl, Public Service and Good Governance. At the forefront of the theory and practice of civil-military relations, democratization and security sector governance in the world, she served in government fact-finding commissions and was Presidential Adviser in monitoring reforms in the military. Atty. Rora H. Navarro-Tolentino, BSFS ’67; LLB ’73, Public Service and Good Governance. She distinguished herself as a career diplomat for over 40 years. She served as Permanent Delegate to UNESCO and Alternate Permanent Representative to the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. Dr. Priscilla Chinte-Sanchez, BSA ’57; MS ’65, Science and Technology. A retired professor of Food Science and Technology and Adjunct Curator of the Microbial Culture Collection, Museum of Natural History at UP Los Baños, she advanced food processing technologies, quality control, and microbial preservation. Dr. Francisco C. Dimayuga, II, BSMetE ’78 cl, Science and Technology. He is the Facility Manager of the Recycled Fuel Fabrication Laboratories (RFFL) of Atomic Energy of Canada, Ltd. (AECL). He played a central role in the effort of the United States, Russia and Canada on the disposition of weapons plutonium. Dr. Hernani G. Golez, BSA ’72; MS ’81; PhD ’86, Science and Technology. He played a lead role in the development of the mango as a high-value crop and helped expand access of Philippine fruits into the global market. He is Agricultural Center Chief of the National Mango Research and Development Center in Guimaras. Dr. Gisella Padilla-Concepcion, BSChem ’75 cl; MS ’82; PhD ’95, Science and Technology. A professor of Marine Biochemistry at the UP Marine Science Institute, she leads the Philippine PharmaSeas Drug Discovery Program, which aims to find new anti-infective and anti-pain drugs from marine organisms. Dr. Jorge G. Camara, BS ’72; MD ’76 cl, UPAA International Alumni Achiever. He is an outstanding and internationally renowned ophthalmologist, scientist, educator and humanitarian. He performed many surgical firsts, including the use of YAG laser capsulotomy in Hawaii and doing orbital surgery using Telemedicine. Mr. Jose Duddley D. Diaz, BFA ’83, UPAA International Alumni Achiever. He is an internationally recognized sculptor whose works have been exhibited in the Philippines, Europe, Singapore and the United States. Ms. Luzviminda N. Sapin-Micabalo, BSN ’58, UPAA International Alumni Achiever. A dedicated nurse, she led the celebration of the Philippine Centennial in Northeast USA. She founded the Phil-Am Charity Foundation, which has raised funds for Gawad Kalinga and the GILAS Project in the Philippines. UP. Madrigal Singers, UPAA International Alumni Achiever. Founded in 1963 by National Artist Andrea O. Veneracion and is composed mostly of UP students, faculty and alumni, it has won top prizes in international choral competitions, and is the first choir to win the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing twice. Ambassador Edgardo B. Espiritu, ROTC ’56; LLB ’58, Presidential Awardee for Service to UPAA. As president of the UP Alumni Association for 16 years his most remarkable achievement was the construction of Ang Bahay ng Alumni. Mr. Danilo A. Gozo, AB ’68, Presidential Awardee for Service to UPAA. After being Director of the UP Alumni Association, Inc., he continues to serve the association as consultant for Ways and Means. Regent Nelia Teodoro-Gonzalez, BSA ’44; CGM ’77, Presidential Awardee for Service to UPAA. Apart from playing key roles in government and industry, she dedicated her life in service to UP. Of the P85 million needed for Ang Bahay ng Alumni project, P82 million were solicited by her from prominent UP alumni and friends. Sen. Judith Paulette-Guthertz, AB ’68; MA ’72; MPA ’74; DPubAd ’80, UPAA Presidential Awardee for Public Service, International Category. She is serving her first term as Senator and Assistant Majority Leader of Guam. A professor of Public Administration at University of Guam, she was Director of Public Safety and Acting Chief of Police.

Cebu City donates five hectares to UPVCC


hrough Cebu City Mayor Tomas R. Osmeña, the City Government of Cebu donated to UP a parcel of land located at the South Road Properties (SRP), Cebu City, measuring 51,372 square meters more or less, as second campus site for the UP Visayas Cebu College. In his speech, Mayor Osmeña invited UP to be the city’s strong and continuing partner in the manpower development of the city. He envisions the establishment of a Masters in Business Administration program to train the city’s public and private executives and to serve as the next progressive step in the careers of the city’s call center agents. UP alumni, officials, and faculty members pose before the billboard marking the five-hectare property donation. Shown above are Atty. Manuel S. Go, Prof. Ernesto P. Pineda, Prof. Ferdinand G. Manegdeg, Prof. Christopher SP Espina, Dr. Magdaleno B. Albarracin, Jr., Prof. Theodore O Te, former UP President Dr. Jose V. Abueva, Prof. Rafael A. Rodriguez, UP President Emerlinda R. Roman, Prof. Erlinda S. Echanis, Prof. Mary Ann A. Espina, Prof. Ruperto P. Alonzo, and Prof. Enrique M. Avila. contractors. Other in-kind donations to UP were buildings, equipment, vehicles, art pieces, etc. To address the perennial shortage of dormitory space for Diliman students, many of whom come from the provinces, the Philippine Investment Management (PHINMA) and the UP Engineering and Research Development Foundation, Inc. have also agreed to put up two dormitory buildings for UP Diliman students. UP Diliman’s counterpart contribution are two more dormitory buildings. Payment for its lease of the UP property along Commonwealth Avenue where the UP-Ayala Technohub now stands has been advanced by Ayala Land. The amount of P100 million is now with the University.


Alumni donate more Centennial Professorial Chairs for CBA, IM, CL, Nismed, SE, & CoE
Four UP Centennial Professorial Chairs were launched on November 7, 2008 also at the Executive House. These were the Crisostomo and Cristina Garcia Centennial Professorial Chair for the Institute of Mathematics, the Dolores F. and Eduardo Hernandez UP Centennial Professorial Chair for the College of Law and the UP National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development; the Vea Technology and Evolutionary Economics Centennial Professorial Chair for the UP School of Economics; and the Vea Technology for All Centennial Professorial Chair for the College of Engineering. Present during the launch were donors Prof. Crisostomo Garcia of the Friends of the UP Foundation in America and wife Cristina, who both flew in from the US to witness the event; UP Centennial Commission member and former UP Regent Atty. Eduardo Hernandez; and the Vea family, led by the matriarch, Agnes Banzon Vea, and her sons Orlando, Reynaldo, and Aniceto—all alumni of the University. During the Nov. 7 dinner, President Roman also acknowledged the presence of Ohio-based alumnus MacArthur delos Reyes, who, together with his wife Josefina, also an alumna, regularly donates to the University through their University Charitable Fund. Shown in the photos

n February 3, 2009 at the UP Exectuive House, three professorial chairs, The French Baker Centennial Professorial Chair, C. L. Manabat & Co. Foundation Inc. Centennial Professorial Chair, and the Vicente C. Quimbo, Sr. Memorial Centennial Chairs were endowed at CBA through the UP Business Research Foundation (UPBRF).

Other publications, from p. 4

with their families and with President Roman, Dr. Cesar Virata, President of UPBRF, Chancellor Sergio Cao, and Prof. Benjamin Sandoval, Executive Director of the Centennial Commission (bottom), Johnlu & Mrs. Marilu Koa, (top right) Dr. Conchita Manabat, and (left) Mr. and Mrs. Vicente Quimbo, Jr..

President Roman poses with the alumni donors, who include (first photo) the Vea family headed by mother Agnes Banzon Vea (seated, left) and sons Aniceto (behind Mrs. Vea), Orlando (on President Roman’s left), and Reynaldo (extreme right); Atty. Eduardo Hernandez (second, shown with sister Dr. Lilia Hernandez-Chiong and wife Matilde); Dr. Crisostomo Garcia and wife Cristina (third photo, shown with Dr. Fidel Nemenzo of the Institute of Mathematics, Centennial Professorial Chair recipient); and MacArthur delos Reyes (fourth photo).

The book will be published by the UP Press, and released along with a reprint of the Alfonso book as twin editions, by the end of 2009. In UP Diliman, the UP Institute of Creative Writing released the second issue of Likhaan: the Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature, a refereed journal, which accepts only original, unpublished work in English and Filipino, including excerpts from new media like blogs and the graphic arts. Funded by the Office of UP Diliman Chancellor it is regarded by the literary community as the best literary journal in the country. The 2008 issue, its Centennial edition, was edited by Virgilio S. Almario, National Artist for Literature, College of Arts and Letters dean, and a former director of the ICW. The College of Business Administration (CBA) launched the 2nd edition of Philippine Corporate Finance. Vol. 1 edited by Prof. Roy C. Ibañez and Dr. Alberto Ilano; and an audio-visual presentation of the history of CBA. UP Manila launched 11 new books and re-launched 12 books and manuals; as well as 137 journal articles published in national and international journals, on November 14. UP Los Baños released a centennial coffee table book, UPLB: 100 Years in the Science and Nature City edited by Arturo Cariaga and Anita Feleo. UP Visayas launched Compendium of the Economically Important Seashells in Panay, Philippines by Dr. Liberato Laureta of the UPV College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. And UP Mindanao launched Changing Agrifood Markets in Southeast Asia: Impacts on Small-Scale Producers edited by Larry N. Digal, Felicity Proctor, and Bill Vorley.

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