The University of the Philippines Centennial Newsletter Vol. 2 No. 2 June 2008

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. According to Vice President for Legal Affairs Marvic Leonen, the most significant portions of the new UP Charter are: • the recognition of UP as the country’s National University; • the redefinition of UP as a University System, thus acknowledging the role of the chancellors as administrative leaders, and of the university council


Admin urges community to work hard for implementation
• • • • • • • • as the highest policy governing body in each constituent university; the granting of greater flexibility to enable UP to offer a more competitive compensation package; the granting of an additional 100 million pesos each year for the next five years, over and above UP’s regular budget and the budgets for other existing programs and projects, etc.; the exemption of academic awards from taxes; the exemption of equipment to be used for academic purposes from customs duties and other charges; the reduction in the number of the members of the Board of Regents from 12 to 11 and the inclusion of a staff regent; the granting of greater flexibility in the development of UP’s assets; the inclusion of provisions that allow UP the benefit of advice from private advisory groups in the management of our funds; and the affirmation of democratic access and governance.
New UP Charter, p. 3

New UP Charter signed into law

ormer Justice and UP Regent Abraham F. Sarmiento was the speaker during the Centennial commencement exercises in UP Diliman on April 27, 2008 at the UPD Amphitheater. The former Justice delivered a moving speech—“the thoughts of an old man, a UP graduate like all of you”— to Batch 2008, the centennial graduates as he called them. “It is on your shoulders that we, your elders, now put our hopes for [the] search for truth and knowledge, just as it is on your shoulders that we, your elders, hope to see in you our future leaders—but future leaders who are nationalistic, fair, decent, and honest.” The speech captured the essence of the UP experience and its impact on the spirits and lives of us “privileged few”, as he calls the UP alumni. He does not say “iskolar ng bayan” and yet that is what we all were, and he reminds us of our debt so we may remember that we must pay back. Coming from various backgrounds into UP, Sarmiento said the UP freshmen find themselves in a microcosm of Philippine society but one which is an “aristocracy of the mind.” In addition, it is “a society where a child of a jeepney driver or army sergeant or market vendor or farmer could be with a child of a corporate executive
Regent Sarmiento, p. 5


Regent Sarmiento calls alumni privileged few, urges them to give back

New professorial chairs for the College of Engineering
by Marie Filio

Outpouring support at UP’s Centennial Donors Night

From left to right: Dr. Leony Liongson, Dr. Tonet Tanchuling, & Dean Guevara receiving a check from Mrs. De Castro, Dr. Pacheco, and Prof. Peter Paul Castro

PHINMA President Ramon Del Rosario receives a token of appreciation from UP and the Centennial Commission.


he College of Engineering has recently received donations of three more professorial chairs, in support of its continuing efforts to retain its most important resource, its faculty members. On February 15, Mrs. Caridad de Castro, the widow of the late Prof. Jose de Castro, personally presented the donation to Dean Rowena Guevara in a simple ceremony at the

Dean’s office. She was welcomed by the faculty of the Department of Civil Engineering (DCE) led by DCE Chairman Dr. Benny Pacheco. The donation formally established the Prof. Jose Ma. Diago de Castro Professorial Chair in Civil Engineering. Prof. Joe, as he was fondly called by his colleagues, was a fulltime professor of Civil Engineering at UP Diliman.
New professorial chairs, p. 2


antastic!” was UP President Emerlinda R. Román’s response to the donations and pledges made by alumni and friends of UP at the recently concluded Donors’ Night at the Makati Shangri-la Hotel on May 8. 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. Dr. David

M. Consunji, chair of both the Semirara Mining Corporation and the DMCI Holdings Inc. and an alumnus of the UP Diliman College of Engineering (UPCoE), hosted this year’s dinner. Victoria Bello-Jardiolin, founder and chair of “Natasha” and UP Diliman College of Business Administration (UPCBA) alumna, and an anonymous UPCoE alumnus co-sponsored the evening’s cocktails. Welcoming the donors, Román
Outpouring support, p. 6

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UP alumni among 100 most influential Pinays in the US


Here’s looking at you kids!


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in that way, I believe, every one of us can make a difference. Dr. Padolina has a degree in Chemical Engineering from UP, an MS in Chemistry from Ateneo de Manila University, and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Texas in Austin. She has served as the Commissioner of the Commission on Higher Education, Chancellor of the UP Open University, and Director of the Institute of Chemistry, U.P. Los Baños. She is currently president of CEU and a Professor Emeritus at UP.

UP alumni in Education

ducation and the development of skills and knowledge have always been a vital part of a country’s growth. Our needs as a developing country make the work of our educators even more vibrant and challenging. UP alumni who have become university presidents, because of their quality education and their training in reaching for higher bars to success, are in strategic positions to make significant contributions to the shaping of Philippine society. Here we feature four of them, Dr. Ester Garcia of University of the East, Dr. Ma. Cristina Padolina of Centro Escolar University, Dr. Teresita Salva of Palawan State University, and our very own UP President, Dr. Emerlinda Roman of the University of the Philippines System. We asked them four questions, (1) What was in your UP background that moves and informs your work as a university president?, (2) Are you aiming to make your university like UP? In what ways?, (3) How are you doing it? and (4) What in your UP education will help you make a difference? Dr. Ester Albano Garcia has a degree in Chemistry from UP and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Ohio State University. She was a Fellow at the ICN Nucleic Acid Research Institute in California, and an International Research Fellow at Syracuse University. She has taught in U.P. and served under a number of administrative positions including that of Vice-Chancellor (UPD), Vice-President, and Chairperson of the Board of Regents. As a researcher, she published 20 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals of national and international circulation and has written at least 125 other papers on various issues related to science, education, technology, environment, and gender.


Four university presidents

Dr. Teresita L. Salva Palawan State University
1. My UP background has prepared me well for my role as PSU president. It has made me fearless and resolute in pursuing the goals we have set to transform PSU into one of the best universities in the country. It has also taught me the value of cooperation among peers, which is why my stewardship is based on the power of synergistic governance. 2 & 3. UP has remained a role model in pursuing excellence in all aspects of campus life particularly in instruction, research, and extension for students, faculty, and staff. I likewise dream of making the same true for PSU, transforming it to a university community where the learning and living become one in the same. I am confident that, when my stewardship is up, I shall have done enough to set PSU on that course. 4. My UP background compels me to strive towards excellence, and it is something that I try to develop among the people I work with and serve. I put a premium to those who have the passion for excellence, and I aim to make excellence a way of life for everyone in PSU. Dr. Salva was president of PSU twice. Her first appointment was as OIC president, Nov. 12, 1990 to March 7, 1991, and her second, June 4, 1999 to June 3, 2003, then June 3, 2003 to present. Her term has been extended up to June 3, 2011.

Dr. Emerlinda R. Roman University of the Philippines
“I have spent my entire professional life in UP. I regard it a rare privilege. I am one of those people who love it here. On the good days, I still feel a sense of wonder, when the Diliman campus is all green and gold, and young people are striding purposefully to their classes or lingering in the shade of the acacia trees, filling the air with their boundless energy and their infectious laughter; and the classrooms and coffee shops are filled with intelligent people of all ages and persuasions engaged in lively debate. Where else, I ask myself, where else would I have all this, and more? “If the UP is to continue to fulfill its mandate it must do so as the National University of the Philippines. I use the term ‘national’ to mean four things, First, there is the geographic meaning of the word. With its seven campuses in twelve locations, UP is literally present all over the country. The second meaning has to do with the depth and breadth of the UP education. No other university in the country can boast of the scope and range of our course offerings; these include all the disciplines, and therefore embrace all interests and inclinations. Third, like the National University of Singapore, the University of Indonesia, the University of Malaya in Malaysia, Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, Tokyo University, and Seoul National University, UP is the leading university in the country, spearheading the country’s quest for knowledge and keeping abreast of advances of advances in different fields of knowledge worldwide. And fourth, UP’s orientation remains firmly nationalist: everything we do here we do in the service of the nation.” Dr. Emerlinda R. Roman, the19th President of UP, is the first woman UP president. She obtained her highschool, undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the UP. Aside from teaching at her home college, the College of Business Administration, since 1974, she has held various posts in the system, such as Secretary of the University and the Board of Regents, Vice President for Administration, and Faculty Regent. She was UP Diliman Chancellor in 1991-1993 and in 1999-2005. Department Chairmen Dr. Virginia J. Soriano (Industrial Engineering and Operations Research), Dr. Ernesto dela Cruz (Chemical Engineering), and Dr. Manuel Ramos (Electrical and Electronics Engineering). The Enrique and Elena Centennial Professorial Chair was donated by the Ostrea siblings: Antonio M. Ostrea, Ph.D., Milagros Ostrea-Ikari, Enrique M. Ostrea Jr., MD, Ma. Elena Ostrea-Esguerra, and Leocadio M. Ostrea for the MMME Department in honor of their parents. Their father, the late Prof. Enrique M. Ostrea, was chairman of the Department and full-time professor. Present during the signing ceremony last 24 March were President Emerlinda Roman, Chancellor Sergio Cao, Dean Guevara, Prof. Gerry Agulto of UP Foundation, Inc., the Ostrea brothers, chairmen of the different departments, faculty members, and Mr. Alfonso Aliga Jr. and Prof. Art Disini, who were former students of Prof. Ostrea.

Dr. Ester A. Garcia University of the East
1. My experiences in UP, as a student and as an academic leader, informed many of my decisions/actions. Coming from a small parish high school in a small town in Ilocos Norte, I had to learn how to get along well with all kinds of people on a day-to-day basis, very often in the laboratory. This ability to deal with people is an absolute necessity in any kind of organization, whether as a manager or as a regular employee. 2. & 3. Many universities in the Philippines aim to be, like UP, a research university. But I personally believe that a country needs different types of higher education institutions to cater to its many needs. I aim to make UE an excellent teaching university, in the medium term. Most of UE’s resources, at the present time, will be for instruction, and that research and extension are done mostly in support of instruction. We have embarked on an aggressive program of assessment and accreditation of all courses and related activities, including research and extension, the results of which we have used to implement significant changes and improvements. Policy changes were in curriculum planning and development, as well as with faculty evaluation, grading system and procedures, and student’s welfare. The research and extension activities in UE have also increased and improved dramatically since I took over, and our extension office is now considered a model among different HEIs and CHED. 4. A university is a collegial body where decision-making often follows the bottomsup approach. Transparency, open exchange, dialogue and democratic participation are necessary. These are the characteristics that I learned as a student; you are forced to argue your point even with your superiors, your teachers. The student must think and develop his confidence and independent-mindedness, characteristics important in a flat, horizontally organized institution like a university. This is the leadership that I try to exercise in UE and so far it has served me well.
Enrique Ostrea Jr., MD hands over a $30,000 check to President Roman.

Dr. Ma. Cristina D. Padolina Centro Escolar University
1. My experience in UP, both as a student and as an educator, has left me with a drive towards excellence. As president of CEU, the same drive informs my work of inspiring, challenging, and leading CEU to excel, and therefore be recognized as one of the leading higher education institutions in the country. My time in UP has also made me much more resourceful, critical, and holistic; virtues that I find very useful both in my job of running a university, and as a human being. 2 & 3. I personally believe that each university has its own unique role, and therefore I don’t aim to make CEU like UP, because there can be no other UP just like there can be no other CEU. That said, I do believe that what is most important for any institute of higher learning is a good faculty, and that is what I aim to do at CEU. We have been developing and implementing a responsive staff recruitment and development program to attract, encourage, as well as challenge the CEU faculty. We are also trying to create an environment for a robust research culture and activity to grow in the university. 4. My time in U.P. has taught me that hard work and persistence, as well as an orientation towards excellence, are key to achieving one’s goals. As CEU president I try to instill these valuable lessons with the people I work with,

July 22-26 a good time to go back to UPV

New professorial chairs, from p. 1

He devoted more than 40 years of his life as an academician and engineering consultant. Last March, two more professorial chairs were inaugurated—the Pozzolanic Professorial Chair in Engineering and the Enrique and Elena Ostrea UP Centennial Professorial Chair in Mining, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering (MMME).

On 04 March 2008, Pozzolanic Philippines, Inc., represented by its president Mr. David A. Peabody, attended the signing of the deed of donation held at the Board of Regents Board Room. Present at the affair were Dr. Lorna I. Paredes, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs; Dean Guevara: Brendan Murphy, Timothy Schroeder, and Benette Consolacion of Pozzolanic Phils; Mr. Felipe F. Cruz;

Prof. Amy Daquilanea-Tanoy Want to meet old friends, teachers, classmates, and fellow alumni? Want to reminisce about the good old days? Scheduling a trip back to UPV? Make it in July! UPV is celebrating its Foundation Day on July 22-26, 2008. Coming from abroad or from other parts of the Philippines? There are enough reasons to go back to Iloilo and stay longer. Schedule of activities: July 22 AM - Opening Program; motorcade from Miag-ao passing for alumni in Guimbal, Tigbauan, and Oton, to the UP Iloilo campus; photo exhibits of UP’s past, Interactive Museum of Western Visayas Traditional Arts and Crafts, student activity: Food Sale (until July 26) PM - Fireworks display and Spirit of ’67 Concert (A retro “jam session” featuring a live band, and “cage girls” dancing onstage) July 23 AM - Larong Pinoy (until July 26: this event encourages alumni participation) PM - Nostalgia Theater (a montage of excerpts from the past plays that will feature alumni cast and characters) July 24 PM - Pasundayag (a stage presentation featuring the UPV faculty REPS and staff) July 25 AM - Student activity: Centennial Tree Planting, Centennial Lunch PM - Hinugyaw (Fashion Show, a student-organized activity) July 26 UPV highlights the celebration with the UP Alumni and Faculty Centennial (19082008) Homecoming at the Iloilo Grand Hotel on July 26, 2008, registration at 2:00 pm, cocktails at 3:00 pm, and dinner at 7:00 pm. Door prizes will be given away. Homecoming tickets are at P400 each. Should you wish to be with your circle of friends/classmates/batchmates, reserve a table (or more) seating 12. Call us at (033) 3368837 or (033) 5090596 or visit our office at the 2/F Alumni Bldg., CM Annex, Infante St., Iloilo City for payment and reservations. Reservations will be confirmed upon full payment of the ticket.



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UP alumni named to The Filipina Women’s Network’s “100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the U.S.”


UPAA Northern California (Berkeley) hands over first professorial chair donation
Roman, along with College of Business Administration Dean Erlinda Echanis, graciously treated Zulueta to a tour of the Alma Mater and later to lunch after the presentation of the check donation.

Standing (from left to right) are UP alumni Sony Robles Florendo, Dr. Arlene Marie A. “Bambi” Lorica, Dr. Connie Somera Uy, Lorna Lardizabal Dietz, Luz Sapin Micabalo, Dr. Mutya San Agustin, Ludy Payumo Corrales, Lolita Kintanar, Regina “Ging” Reyes, Polly Santiago Cortez. Front: Aurora Cavosora Daly, Nimfa Yamsuan Gamez, Loida Nicolas Lewis, Sonia Delen (Fitzsimmons), Christina Formento Stover


By Elena Mangahas he Filipina Women’s Network (FWN) gathered the “100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the U.S.” at its 5th Annual Filipina Summit, “Pinay Power 2012: Filipina Voices Changing the Face of Power in America.” The FWN 100 were celebrated by their peers for their lasting and significant contributions to the emergence and recognition of Filipina women as influential power brokers in the U.S. at a gala awards ceremony. FWN launched a groundbreaking sixmonth search for remarkable Filipinas who have shifted the course of events in their own areas of influence through ideas, activities, and public interactions. In the one hundred years of Filipino immigration in America, the FWN 100 have moved beyond gender, race and power boundaries, affected change and inspired passion, gathered wisdom and roused compassion, and intuitively redefined how to spread influence in their careers and in the local and national communities in which they thrive.
New UP Charter, from p. 1

Memoirs of UP Alumni Abroad launched

PAA Northern California (Berkeley) Chapter president Alexis Zulueta presented the chapter’s first professorial chair endowment to University of the Philippines President Emerlinda R. Roman in a meeting at the latter’s office in UP Diliman on February 15, 2008. Roman noted that the $30,000 donation came from the first-ever alumni chapter established outside of the Philippines. With pride, Zulueta responded that the Berkeley chapter is continuing its commitment to assist the University’s faculty by raising funds for a second professorial chair endowment. In a letter accompanying the donation, Zulueta acknowledged immediate past president Romi Beza, philanthropist Julie Zarate-Hudson, and Madrigal Concert chair Henry Torres, among others, for their valuable contribution in raising funds for the chapter’s first professorial chair endowment fund. It was under Beza’s term that $35,000 was pledged by chapter members—led by Julie Zarate-Hudson—and over $22,000 was collected. Additionally, Beza and his board of directors laid the foundation for the very successful Madrigal Singers concert that Henry eventually implemented during the start of Zulueta’s term and from which an additional $15,000 was raised. The chapter’s second professorial chair endowment therefore now is about one-third complete.

UPAA Northern California (Berkeley) President Alexi Zulueta hands over check to President Roman.

UP Delta Lambda Sigma Sorority Alumni Association donates to UP Oval Walk Centennial Project
by Coralie M. Divinagracia-Labog he officers and members of the UP Delta Lambda Sigma Sorority Alumnae Association, Inc. of the University of the Philippines recently met with UP President Emerlinda Roman in her office on March 25, 2008 at the UP Quezon Hall (Administration Bldg.) in Diliman, to turn over the initial donation of the Sorority for the UP Oval Walk Centennial Project. Alumnae Sisters from here and abroad (US, Canada, and Europe) pooled their resources to raise P300,000.00 for the UP Oval Walk Project, which is intended to establish a fund for faculty development in the University. The check was given to President Roman by Delta Lambda Sigma Alumnae Association President Lilia Coritana-Casanova and witnessed by Deltan Sisters Victoria Bello-Jardiolin, Clarita Ravina, Lilia Nuqui-


Witnesses to the historic event included President Emerlinda Roman, Chair of the UP Board of Regents Romulo Neri, Regents Abraham Sarmiento, Nelia Gonzalez, Romulo Davide, Ponciano Rivera, Francis Chua, Faculty Regent Felix Librero, and Student Regent Shahana Abdulwahid; former UP President Jose V. Abueva; the UP vice presidents and the secretary of the University and the Board; the chancellors; other University System officials and officials of the constituents units; faculty members, student leaders, and alumni. The national government was represented by several members of the Cabinet, and by members of the Senate and the House of Representatives, led by Speaker Prospero Nograles, Senator Edgardo Angara, and the law’s chief sponsors Senator Francis Pangilinan from the Senate and Representative and Regent Cynthia Villar from the House. After working for the law’s enactment, the UP administration enjoins the UP community to work even harder to implement the new law. To dispel false hopes and avoid wrong interpretations of the law, it has scheduled an information dissemination campaign which starts first week of June, when the faculty and students shall have come back from their vacation. The new UP charter replaces the UP charter of 1908, which had been deemed obsolete despite many amendments. Enacting a new UP charter was seen as urgent during the administration of Edgardo J. Angara Jr. in the mid-1980s when consultations were

r. Carmencita C. Quesada Fulgado, member of the UP Centennial Commission, has announced the launching of the book Memoirs of UP Alumni Abroad on June 18, 2008 at Dr. Fulgado’s log home at the Catshills in New York State, USA. A limited edition, Memoirs of UP Alumni Abroad defines moments of UP days and life after UP as written by over 200 alumni donors, with greetings from alumni abroad. This artist-designed, hardbound, glossy book is a contribution to UP’s 100th year celebration. Proceeds will go toward the maintenance of the Carillon and to create an endowment fund, Centennial Memoirs Scholarship Fund. The book will be presented at the June 2008 celebration in Diliman. Be the first to own one. Orders are entertained on a firstcome, first-served basis at a cost of $65/ book for donors plus $6.95 US shipping or $71.95/book and $100 for non-donors plus US shipping or $106.95/book. Delivery begins May 1. Checks should be made out to UPAA Centennial Memoirs and mailed to Jackie Calumba, Memoirs Project Treasurer, 207 East 37th St. Apt. 2E New York NY 10016. made to propose revisions to the University Code, but the UP charter issue only reached Congress during the term of President Jose Abueva from the late 1980s to the early 1990s, when senators felt a need to review the charter. Abueva formed a Charter Review Committee which conducted several consultations on the need to draft a new UP charter. It was during the term of President Emil Q. Javier when UP was able to come up with a draft charter for presentation to Congress. The term of President Francisco Nemenzo, from 1999 to early 2005, saw several draft charters being proposed by many representatives and senators and more consultations with the many UP stakeholders were made, resulting in the need to modify and reconcile several provisions. A new UP charter came closest to enactment during the 13th Congress when the bill— already reconciled versions of the House’s and the Senate’s—missed being ratified by the House, for lack of quorum. Thus, when the 14th Congress started in 2007, the time was ripe for the passage of a UP charter bill.


Pineda, Carol Garcia-de Leon, Gloria PascuaMorte, Cherrie Belmonte-Lim, Gladys Cordero, Erlinda Nicolas, Norma Crisologo-Liongoren, and Coralie Divinagracia-Labog. During the brief meeting with President Roman, she thanked the Deltan alumnae sisters, most of whom are leading members in the business, professional, religious, and cultural circles where they belong, for their donation in behalf of the Delta Lambda Sigma Sorority, a leading university sorority. She also expressed the hope that this generous gesture will be duplicated by other sororities in the University. The alumnae Deltans present at the meeting assured the UP President that they will continue to support the projects of the UP as a way of expressing their gratitude for the nurturing and education the University provided during their student days.

Shown with President Roman are Deltans (from left to right) Cherrie Belmonte-Lim, Coralie DivinagraciaLabog, Maria Clara Ravina, Norma Crisologo-Liongoren, Lilia Coritana-Casanova handing the check to President Emer Roman, Carol Garcia-De Leon, Lily Huqui-Pineda, and Gladys Salido-Cordero. Behind (from left to right) are Linda De Leon-Santos, Glo Pascua-Morte, and Vicki Bello-Jardiolin.

special three-volume UPAA 2008 Centennial Yearbook will be launched on Saturday, June 21, 2008, during the Grand Alumni-Faculty Homecoming and Reunion at the Araneta Coliseum, Cubao, Quezon City. 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. Limited copies of this once-in-a-lifetime publication will be available during the homecoming at an incredibly low price of P500. Reservations could be made now at the UPAA Office, Ang Bahay ng Alumni, Magsaysay Ave., UP Diliman Campus, Quezon City, Telephone nos. 920-6868, 9206871- 920-6875 and 929-8327.

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Far Though We Wander | by Vicki Bello-Jardiolin


usually jampacked, very casual, with easy going vibe until a rumble breaks out. Then there are the off-campus ticketed events with dressed-to-kill or party-fun fashion, attended usually with orgmates held around Metro Manila clubs, bars, and bistros. Did we go off-campus? Who had a car? Not me, and it seemed the bars then were only in A. Mabini St. in Ermita, and, in those days, the idea of a barkada going for a drink sounded much too daring, even faintly immoral. My mother would have died first before allowing me to go out for a drink. I asked some of my students what luxuries they spend on. Answers: Techie gadgets like ipods, the Internet, flipflops with name like “Havaianas”, “Banana Peel”, “Ipanema”, Starbucks coffee, “gimik” (yes, that’s the spelling) and “inuman.” In our time, we saved for new party dresses for the next monthly social and ate more halo-halo and went on dates, hoping not to graduate without the assurance and status symbol of a serious boyfriend. What do they consider taboo and yucky? Some answers: cheating, cheaters, talking about virginity, PDA (public displays of affection), drugs, hazing and frat-related activities. And what is great in UP? Great teachers, teach us to be resourceful, exposure and training, new friends, being able to choose our own GE subjects and electives because we learn things beyond our courses at the same time mingle with people who are not in our usual circle of friends. Oh yes, they do study hard. Graduating with distinction is a major objective, according to the students I interviewed. The Terror teachers still inhabit the classrooms and avoiding them and enrolling with the “unoables” (new word) remains a major survival skill. “It’s still the same old story,” Sam sings in “Casablanca”, but, in our time, the guys entertained themselves with flirting with and courting the girls and we flirted back and allowed ourselves to be courted. We had “understandings” in those days but they were not called “MUs”, (mutual understanding). Miss Rafols often reminded us, “30 minutes only per visit.” Girls don’t get visited anymore. People now meet up to play video games. They go to movies together like we did. They do YM, multiply, blogging, download MP3s, videos, and the YouTube. They write on online journals and surf the net. They bond. But one thing is certain: When young couples are alone, then and now, they do what we did and, I assure you, this is not praying the rosary together.

Here’s Looking at You, Kids!

The way we were: UP coeds in the ‘50s all dressed up

hy are these students wearing rubber ‘tsinelas’?” a prominent alumnus from Class ’55 fumed during a meeting of his class at the UPCBA Lounge. “Inappropriate attire!” His classmates agreed. The Dean called for support. “Here’s Vicki who’s in the fashion business. She’ll explain.” I started out by saying, “Those are not rubber slippers nor ‘Beachwalk’ anymore as we boomer elders wore them. They’re now flipflops and they are the students’ footwear of choice and status.” Feeling the alumni group’s mounting disapproval, I pressed on with more shocking revelations of the students’ new dress code, or lack of it. I must hasten to say that, I do not belong to class ’55 and being a professorial lecturer at UPCBA, I have had the continuing pleasure of watching the Diliman campus that I so love and its population evolve. So here’s sharing with you notes on lifestyles then (my time, your guess) and now, in UP’s centennial year. Manner of dress? Dress? Ok, maybe for parties but hardly anybody wears a dress anymore. It’s jeans “na butas at punit pa”, T-shirts, the occasional skirt, city shorts, and sometimes wildly printed ones, more suitable to a beach resort than to the campus of the National University, and, of course, flipflops. My students listen with polite disbelief when I tell them I ran across the campus in three-inch stiletto heels, petticoats flying. Like a scene from a vintage movie, they probably thought. In our time, shoes, bags, and belts had to match perfectly, if possible. Girls wore earrings, and the guys their macho. Now must-have accessories are eco-(green) bags, cellphones, ipods and music players, and some guys wear earrings. Generations of us UP students, for some reason, survived on food service cafeteria food—the indifferent beefsteak, the overcooked veggies, and the rock-hard hamburgers. The major treat was halo-halo at Little Quiapo. Now on campus, hamburgers and footlong sandwiches near the main lib, “isaw”, the all-time favorite, and siomai and “palamig” in the coop, dirty ice cream at the Sunken Garden, and fishballs from the manongs and manangs selling them from the controversial campus food carts, and, of course, fast food. The food service will soon be just an unlamented memory while the fate of the classic “isaw”, the fish balls, and banana cues as student snacks and as cherished fragments of the Diliman experience will depend on how the battle for allowing food vendors on campus turns. The frats and the sororities seem to be near extinction. Fifty of us applied for admission to Delta Lambda Sigma sorority back then. Now sororities report fewer and fewer neophytes a year. The “Orgs” are the thing now and seem to be the major base for the students building their present and future networks. Enlightened university authorities have even provided “tambay” places for them. At CBA, there are orgs like the Junior Marketing Association, Entrepreneurs Circle, and the Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants. They are busily raising funds and undertaking outreach programs like medical missions, UPCAT tutorials or seminars, and lectures on business management, entrepreneurship and related topics—what one student calls valueadding and socio-relevant activities. Maybe from this generation will be leaders who will


be also socially responsible. (Fifteen thousand applicants vie for 200 slots in the UPCBA BSBA and BSBA Accounting programs every year.) These kids are arguably the best and the brightest BA students in the country, future captains of industry. Dean Guevara reports 31 orgs at the College of Engineering, the oldest being the UP Association of Civil Engineers, UP Engineering Radio Guild (EEE), and the Society of Chemical Engineers. The Engineering frats Beta Epsilon & Tau Alpha, to mention two, are alive and active, and together with their alumni brods provide valuable support to the College. The orgs, says Dean Gev, sponsor quiz shows, development tutorials, outreach programs, handle freshman blocks and generally help the College. This seems to be their way of prepping for life and building their own meaningful experiences. Our then self-absorbed concerns of love, courtship and eventually marriage, and being best-dressed on campus pale in comparison, I must admit. UP in the Visayas (UPV) alum Manuel Villa, Jr. recalls the organized socials at UPV then, the Acquaintance Party, September Affair, Valentine’s Party, the Junior-Senior Prom, among others. In Diliman, there were the Monthly Socials at the Social Hall, a sawali relic from the Diliman campus’ American occupation days, conducted under the watchful eye of Mrs. Ursula Clemente, our Euthenics teacher. Though certainly not the wallflower type (ehem), I looked forward to these events with mixed dread and anticipation—as surely all coeds then did. There was the promise of meeting and dancing with the campus swains but, before that, we had to sit around agonizing, hoping to be approached by the most “pogi” guys. Then, when finally dancing to the strains of “The Nearness of You” we would dreamily forget Miss Rafols’ (Euthenics 2, “Love, Courtship and Marriage” which seen from a 2008 perspective seems incredibly archaic and quaint.) admonition to gently push “Juan” back, when he tried to pull us closer, to a prim and proper foot away. Wish she were here. It would comfort her to see today’s young people—gyrating solo, vigorously gesticulating, hands safely in the air and jumping around in what now passes as dance. Marika Melgar, B.A. in English Studies, recalls, “From my four years in UP, socializing in UP can be judged by where you ‘tambay’, and more significantly, by who you ‘tambay’ with. For instance, certain public places in UP are known homes of frats and sororities like the FC walk, AS walk, and AS parking lot. Vinzons houses thespians and political activists, the second floor of engineering is a noisy corridor of eng’g orgs, and the Fine Arts siomai stand is where you’ll find weirdly colorful people you won’t see anywhere else. Most college orgs and councils, however, are hanging out in their own buildings, having rooms that they themselves decorated with calendars, mats, and other things only fellow orgmates could appreciate.” In our time, the AS basement was the Sigma Deltans’ and Upsilonians’ almost exclusive watering hole, always heavy with smoke and hip talk. The social menu is more varied these days. There are freshman concerts usually at Bahay ng Alumni, UP fairs at the Sunken Garden, band gigs at Kalayaan dorm, concerts, fashion shows and circus-themed events at the AS parking lot. A fresh grad describes these as

Coeds in present-day get-ups for (clockwise) protesting, relaxing, performing, cosplaying or costume-playing, and celebrating

UPAA-Nevada Chapter officers for 2008-2009 inducted on April 12, 2008

Left to right: Pete Puertollano (BA ’73), board member; Ira Singson Kiener (BA, HS Diploma ’92), auditor; Pat Enriquez Barber (BSBA ’65), UPAA-N past president and board member; Lydia Castillo Fontan, MA, PhD (BSE ’51), PRO; Luzviminda Sapin Micabalo, MPS (BSN ’58), board member; Minerva Ramos Wimperis (BSE ’69), treasurer; Romualdo Aragon, Jr., MD (BS Biology ’78, MD ’82), president; Isidro Dela Cruz (BSBA ’68), UPAA-N past president and inducting officer; Rodolfo L. Nitollama, MD (BS Pre-Med ’71), 2nd vice president; Felimar Ileto Villafuerte (BSN ’59), board member; and Diana Carole P. Ebro (AB ’58, MS ’65), corresponding secretary. Not in picture: Max Noel, immediate past president and board member; Will Vicuna (AB ’70), past president and board member; BenLor Rivera (BSBA ’71), first vice president; and Roger P. Megino (BSA ’58, MS ’66), board member.


You make us proud!
The University’s wellspring of pride


Volume 2 Number 2 APRIL - JUNE 2008



his is the 4th part of our series on UP Alumni who, with their dedication and excellence in their work, give us great pride. Presented here are UP Alumni Association awardees for 2007. Dr. Jaime Aristotle B. Alip, Most Distinguished Alumnus, BS Agricultural Economics, 1972; MS Agricultural Marketing, 1983. More and more Filipinos have gained access to microfinance because of Jaime Aristotle B. Alip. He is the founder of the Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD) Mutually Reinforcing Institutions (MRI) whose helping arm reaches 300,000 poor women. This pioneering institution is both an NGO, bank and an insurance agency—with 307 offices all over the country and total assets of US$30 million. Justice Ameurfina Melencio-Herrera, Most Distinguished Alumna, LLB, (Valedictorian), cum laude, 1947. As Justice of the Supreme Court from 1979 to 1992, she rendered landmark decisions and was the indefatigable Chairperson of the Court’s Second Division. She chaired the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal until her retirement in 1992 and was the forerunner of Bar reforms and received numerous awards both here and abroad. Justice Florentino P. Feliciano, Lifetime Distinguished Achievement Awardee, BA, LLB 1952. A scholar and educator, he is a renowned figure in international law with a long and illustrious legal career that started with his obtaining his undergraduate BA and LLB degrees from UP. Appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1986. He became senior Associate Justice in 1994. His decisions ranged over complex legal issues in commercial law, tax law, commercial arbitration, and included the administration and recognition of domestic and foreign arbitral awards. Dr. Ester Albano-Garcia, Lifetime Distinguished Achievement Awardee, Cum laude, BS Chemistry. She has always been a catalyst for positive change. Her progressive scientific publications, her positions in the academe and various professional organizations, particularly her chairmanship of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), her activism in the Martial Law days provide us a profile of a life dedicated to service. Dr. Gelia Tagumpay-Castillo, Most Distinguished Alumna, AB Psychology, magna cum laude 1958. Castillo’s work as a rural sociologist in the past four decades has never strayed far from the question of how to use social science to address the problems of the economically disadvantaged rural poor. It is a systematic pursuit both of scholarship and its relevance. Yolanda Bello-Pajaro, Outstanding Professional Awardee, Business Administration, AB Speech and Drama 1966. Yolanda Bello-Pajaro, a former speech professor, became a successful entrepreneur. Her success story is the revival of the 34-year old Via Venetto brand which became a market leader in the export industry, catapulting Pajaro herself to the top of the Marikina shoe industry. With an eye of beauty, comfort, and strict workmanship, she has enhanced the competitiveness of Philippine shoes in the world market, at the same time reviving Marikina’s fame as the country’s shoe capital Tomas Cadorna Banguis, Outstanding Professional Awardee, Business Administration (Advertising), BSBA ’66. Tomas C. Banguis pioneered in the establishment of all Filipino advertising agencies. He received the Agora award for outstanding achievement in marketing management, and many more awards for his energetic impedus in reshaping the advertising world that benefited creative Filipinos in the industry.

Prof. Leticia H. Tison, Arts and Letters, BA, cum laude 1956, Outstanding Professional Award: Arts and Letters. She taught speech communication with great enthusiasm to decades of UP students, always bringing out the best in them. During her time as Chair of the Department of Speech Communication and Theater Arts, Professor Tison was a significant factor in making the Dulaang UP one of the best university theater companies in the country. Maryo J. De Los Reyes, Outstanding Professional Awardee, Communication (Film and Audio-Visual). A graduate of the UP College of Mass Communication, Maryo J. de los Reyes has directed 50 films and more than 20 TV shows. He is also a screenwriter of feature films, TV shows, and director of commercial advertisements. Dr. Felix D. Librero, Outstanding Professional Awardee, Education, BSA ’69, MS ’74. One of the pioneers of broadcast education, Felix Librero has made UP Los Banos’ school-on-the-air program the media extension program of many government institutions and state universities. Librero’s rich variety of experiences and depth of knowledge in this field has resulted in a manual for rural broadcasters and two other books that outline the concept and practice of community broadcasting. Dr. Aura Castillo-Matias, Outstanding Professional Awardee, Engineering and Technology, BSIE ’82, MSIE ’89. A multiawarded woman engineer who has devoted years of research on occupational safety and health, she has preoccupied herself with the problems and solutions to the maladies suffered by modern-day workers. She has done invaluable and pioneering research on the role of engineering in making a better, more productive, and safer workplace. Lenore Raquel Santos-Lim, Outstanding Professional Awardee, Fine Arts, BFA ’67. A renowned printmaker based in New York City, she has forged dynamic links with artists and institutions and continues to support, sponsor, and curate UP and fellow Filipino artists in their exhibits in the Philippines and abroad. Her work has been shown in many world capitals and acquired by a number of significant collectors. Prof. Belen O. Rillo, Outstanding Professional Awardee, Home Economics (Food Science & Technology). Belen Rillo, a long-time food developer and commissary manager, became the R & D manager of the Jolibee Foods Corporation in 1998. Her job was to create and develop a variety of

food products. As vice president of the company’s commissary’s division, she guided the establishment of the company’s network of commissaries in various parts of the Philippines. Prof. Ruben F. Balane, Outstanding Professional Awardee, Law, LLB ’66 cum laude. A dedicated law professor, a legal scholar, and an indefatigable law practitioner, Ruben F. Balane is at home both in the classroom and the courtroom. Since 1981, he has been a professor of Law at UP Diliman and at the Ateneo University de Manila. Dr. Romeo V. Fajardo, Outstanding Professional Awardee, Medicine (Opthalmology). Known as the “Uveitis Man of the Philippines” for a pioneering study on the chromatic layer (uvea) of the eye, Romeo V. Fajardo is Professor Emeritus in the UP College of Medicine’s Opthalmology Department. He was instrumental in upgrading the medical education and residency training of the ophthalmologists in the College and credited with five inventions in eye surgery. Dr. Asuncion Karganilla-Raymundo, Outstanding Professional Awardee, Natural Sciences – Biology (Microbiology), BSA Soil Microbiology 1966. Teacher, researcher, administrator. She is one of the foremost scientists in the country, pioneering in the use of microbial genetics in agriculture. She headed the research team that solved a decades-old problem on banana rot that had a tremendous impact on the country’s banana industry. Dr. Carmelita A. Divinagracia, Outstanding Professional Awardee, Nursing, MN ’75, Ph. D. ’01. Carmelita Divinagracia has given unstintingly of her services both as nurse and teacher. As president or member of several nursing associations, she has developed links with key agencies related to education and health. She has also acted as thesis adviser, organizer, facilitator, and resource speaker in various conferences. Mayor Ma. Lourdes Carlos-Fernando, Outstanding Professional Awardee, Public Administration, Hotel and Restaurant Administration. The unprecedented transformation of Marikina city is the handiwork of Ma. Lourdes Fernando who was elected mayor in 2001. She has been cited for her leadership, decisiveness, and dedication in combining public service and economic management in local governance. Dr. Virginia Alvarez-Miralao, Outstanding Professional Awardee, Social Sciences, AB Sociology 1964, MA Sociology, 1971. She is known as the “Gender and Survey Expert,”

her studies being used as baseline material or framework for pursuing national, local or sectoral development plans. Her expertise is eagerly sought by social development agencies anxious to spur growth and progress in the localities that adopt their programs. Rosa Samson-Pacubas, Community Service Awardee, Luzon, BSE 1944. An 86year-old public school teacher who has never quit being Good Samaritan to people in need. When Typhoon Yoling struck Manila in the early ‘60s, she commandeered a group of student volunteers to work with ABS-CBN in bringing relief to the flood victims. She organized student volunteers to help when a major earthquake flattened the Ruby Tower in Manila. She volunteered in the Sagip Bayan relief operations when Mount Pinatubo erupted. Countless citations and awards show that people have abundantly appreciated her good deeds. Rep. Loretta Ann Pargas-Rosales, UPAA Presidential Awardee, BA, Foreign Service, MA Asian Studies. She was in the thick of the anti-Marcos dictatorship struggle. The scars of incarceration and torture during the Marcos era only sharpened her sense of humanity and directed her politics. She has fought tough civil battles to restore human rights, advance more equitable wealth distribution and fair labor practices. Now on her third term as a congresswoman representing Akbayan, hers is a life that follows the UP ideals of sacrifice and service to the nation. Alejandro J. Casambre, UPAA Presidential Awardee, Alejandro H. Casambre has taught generations of UP students, affecting their lives and touching their souls, as teachers do, in a selfless, inimitable way, through example and practice. Few will begrudge the professional contributions of this exemplary academician, administrator, and UP alumnus a well-deserved UPAA Presidential Award. Prof. Margarita De La Torre-De la Cruz, Community Service Awardee, BS Fisheries (1973), MS Fisheries Biology (1986). An environmentalist at heart, Margarita De la Cruz put up the Guiuan Development Foundation Inc. to work towards a productive marine environment. It empowered people in the coastal communities, making them understand the cause of the depletion of their resources and why these resources should be conserved. In time, the community established the first marine sanctuary in Region 8: transplanting coral and enhancing particular species of fish and developing seaweed farming and making it a livelihood project. Seven municipalities were organized into putting up a coastal management and monitoring system.

Regent Sarmiento, from p. 1

or a top official—in one environment,

and all treated equally… For graduation, UP’s own academic standards are what mattered and your wealth or lack of it, your power and lack of it, [is] likewise immaterial.”

said he went to UP not because of the facilities. “I entered UP in Padre Faura in 1939. The College of Law … was a sawali structure, spacious yes, but with GI roofing built so low that whenever it rained, classes had to stop because we couldn’t hear each other… For us, it was the institution—UP—that mattered. It was UP’s prestige.” “Or did you choose to enroll in UP because of its political atmosphere?” Sarmiento asked. “For, in UP, we do not declare martial law. We have no states of rebellion… Neither the words ‘left’ nor ‘right’ are dirty words… Here, not only you are welcome, also welcome are your ideas.” Sarmiento spoke highly of the faculty, low salaries and poor benefits notwithstanding. Lastly, Sarmiento gave advice to the alumni. “If you are to be a doctor, remember these lines from the Hippocratic Oath—‘I swear that unto whatever house I go, I will do no harm.’ If you are to be a lawyer, hold fast to that part of the attorney’s oath which says—‘I will delay no man for money or for malice.’

Citing his own experience, Sarmiento

And if, perchance, in 2016, one of you gets to be the President, remember these words of the Oath—‘I do solemnly swear…..that I will….. do justice to every man.’ “The oath applies not only to the President, but to each and every one of you.” “As part of your journey is over. The next part of it has come. Give back. UP expects no less,” Sarmiento concluded. Regent Sarmiento graduated with an Associate in Arts degree in 1941 and a Bachelor of Law in 1949. He was a USAFFE Veteran–Recognized Guerrilla, an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines from 1987 to 1991, and a UP Regent from 1973 to 1979 and from Feb. 28, 2002 to the present. He served as UP’s Special Legal Counsel from 2002 to 2004 at P1.00 a year. Sarmiento is the moving spirit behind the UP North Science and Technology Park.



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 (From left to right) 1. Victor Valdepeñas pledges a Centennial Professorial Chair and P10 million for UPSE on behalf of Union Bank. 2. Isagani Yambot, representing PDI, pledges P2 million (to be raised to P8 million) for CMC. 3. Kevin Belmonte, representing Mayor Sonny Belmonte & Phil. Star, pledges the Betty GoBelmonte Centennial Fund, & P1 million for CMC. 4. Orlando Vea of PLDT-Smart Foundation pledges P25 million to the Centennial Fund, and, on a personal basis, a professorial chair each for UPSE & UPCoE.

Outpouring support, from p. 1

announced the signing of the new UP Charter into law on April 29, making UP the country’s National University. “[I]f 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. Román said the campaign for the UP Centennial Fund is nearing its goal. She thanked Congress for releasing to UP more than its regular budget. The more than 150 guests who attended the affair donated funds, which are earmarked for faculty development, student scholarships, modernization of campus programs and facilities, additional benefits for the athletes and the artists, and to the Centennial Fund, which is designed to augment UP’s income. Meanwhile, Angara who chairs the UP Centennial Commission expressed his delight in the donors’ support. “The world has already drastically changed direction. Curriculum, educational methodology, and even the direction of knowledge have changed. I am happy that you (donors) are going to concentrate and increase our investment in science and technology (S&T) because I believe (that) in the next decade or so, science and technology will be the drivers of growth and the creators of wealth in the world,” Angara said. 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. Pledges for centennial professorial chairs were from French Baker founder and CEO Johnlu Koa and Security Bank, through representative Melissa Aquino, for UPCBA; the PHINMA Foundation in honor of Roger Murga for UPCoE; Union Bank through its President and COO Victor B. Valdepeñas and former Energy Secretary Vicente S. Perez Jr. for the UP School of Economics (UPSE); and lawyer Susan Mendoza representing the family of former Solicitor General Estelito Mendoza for the College of Law (UPCL) in honor of the former solicitor general. Orlando Vea, chief wireless adviser of PLDT-Smart Foundation, pledged on a personal basis two professorial chairs, one each for UPSE and UPCoE. The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) through UPCL alumnus Ronnie Reyes representing PCSO chair Sergio O. Valencia, pledged P3 million for the Iskolar ng Bayan Centennial Scholarship Fund. Walter Brown pledged to donate for a scholarship fund in honor of his wife UPCBA alumna Anabel Brown. Meanwhile, Metrobank Foundation through its president Aniceto B. Sobrepeña pledged to continue its scholarship funds to the various UP units. Vea in behalf of PLDT-Smart Foundation pledged P25 million to the Centennial Fund. Meanwhile, Valdepeñas pledged in behalf of Union Bank P10 million for UPSE. Quezon City mayor Feliciano “SB” Belmonte Jr., represented by his son Kevin, pledged the Betty Go-Belmonte Centennial Fund, as Makati mayor Jejomar Binay through his daughter Makati (2nd District) representative Mar-len Abigail, pledged a Centennial professorial chair for the UP College of Arts and Letters (UPCAL) and scholarships for UPCL. The Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) and The Philippine Star (PStar) pledged donations to the UP College of Mass Communication (UPCMC). PDI, through publisher Isagani Yambot representing PDI president Sandy Prieto-Romualdez, pledged P2 million (and will be raised to P8 million), while PStar through Kevin Belmonte, representing PStar CEO Miguel Belmonte, pledged P1 million. The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) also expressed its additional support to UP through its executive director, veteran journalist and UPCMC alumna Malou Mangahas. Centennial Commission members who pledged for professorial chairs were vice chair Magdaleno B. Albarracin Jr., for a professorial chair of P1.5 million at the UPCAL in honor of his mentor Dr. Concepción Dadufalza, Dr. Gregorio T. Alvior for UP Visayas, lawyer Eduardo F. Hernandez, lawyer Gizela M. Gonzalez-Montinola for UPCL in honor of her father Gonzalo, and Dr. Angelita T. Reyes for the UP Manila College of Medicine Commission member Robina Gokongwei-Pe pledged a classroom at the UPSE. Asia’s Fashion Czar and Commission member José “Pitoy” Moreno, a previous benefactor of scholarships, also made a pledge.

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 for SiRF Technology Holdings Inc. Other Commission members present that night were Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas deputy governor Nestor A. Espenilla, UP Regent Nelia T. Gonzalez, and Commission on Higher Education chair Romulo Neri. Centennial Commission executive director Benjamin C. Sandoval and Centennial Commission spokesperson Dr. Elena E. Pernia were also present. UP alumni in Congress who were in attendance that night were Senate President Manuel B. Villar Jr., and senators Edgardo J. Angara, Juan Ponce Enrile, and Loren B. Legarda, and congressmen Binay (2nd District Makati), Anna York P. Bondoc (4th District Pampanga), Edgardo M. Chatto (1st District Bohol), Salvador H. Escudero III (1st District Sorsogon), Dulce Ann K. Hofer (2nd District Davao City), Adam Relson L. Jala (3rd District Bohol), Edcel C. Lagman (1st District Albay), Jesus Crispin C. Remulla (3rd District Cavite), Isidro T. Ungab (1st District Parañaque), Luis R. Villafuerte (2nd District Camarines Sur), and Eduardo C. Zialcita (1st District Parañaque). Responding in behalf of the donors were PHINMA President and CEO and EMAR Corporation President Ramón R. del Rosario Jr. and Senate President Villar. Del Rosario said while the new UP Charter has numerous desirable provisions, the focus of UP’s role as the National

University is particularly exciting and timely. “The State’s stated objective of promoting, fostering, nurturing, and protecting the right of all citizens to accessible quality education is best achieved not through a proliferation of state and local colleges and universities, but through a strengthened, reinvigorated University of the Philippines that can build on its 100-year history of excellence and perhaps establish a campus in every one of our country’s regions,” Del Rosario said. For his part, Senate President Villar said, “Sa Pamantasan ng Pilipinas ko nakita ang kahalagahan ng pagmamahal sa bayan…pagmamahal sa kapwa.” Meanwhile, Fernando Zobel de Ayala and Ma. Victoria E. Añonuevo, president and SVP of Ayala Land Inc., respectively, presented UP a check in the amount of P100 million as advance lease payment of the UP North Property Holdings Inc. for the UP Science and Technology Park. Román, UPD Chancellor Sergio S. Cao, representing Regent Abraham F. Sarmiento, and former UP president Francisco Nemenzo received the check for UP. The Donors’ Night was capped with the singing of “UP Naming Mahal” led by Cao and accompanied on piano by UPCoE dean Rowena C.L. Guevarra. This year’s Donors’ Night was organized by the committee headed by UPCBA dean Erlinda S. Echanis and Sandoval (cochairs), with UP Diliman vice chancellor for student affairs Elizabeth L. Enriquez, UP College of Fine Arts dean Florentina P. Colayco, Dr. Rosario Torres-Yu, and Prof. Ludendorffo T. Decenteceo as members. (Mariamme D. Jadloc, UPD Information Office)


alumni will be most proud of the performance of UP examinees in the national licensure exams. For their information, here is a report on how our graduates fared.

Accountancy Architecture Chemical Engineering Chemistry Civil Engineering Electrical Engineering

Number of Qualifiers Examinees U.P. DILIMAN 66 28 77 46 33 7 43 12 52 21 16 24 110 57 219 39 26 21 7 31 14 U.P. LOS BAÑOS 29 115 72 48 53 50 65 59 77 U.P. MANILA 29 33 148 47 20 57 36 Number 62 24 75 44 33 7 40 11 50 21 7 14 94 57 215 37 25 18 7 29 14 27 112 69 44 53 50 61 58 61 27 33 142 47 20 57 34 Rate 94% 86% 97% 96% 100% 100% 93% 92% 96% 100% 44% 58% 85% 100% 98% 95% 96% 86% 100% 94% 100% 93% 97% 96% 92% 100% 100% 94% 98% 79% 93% 100% 96% 100% 100% 100% 94%

UP perfomance in the CY 2006 Licensure Examinations
U.P. VISAYAS Leyte Midwifery Nursing Iloilo Accountancy Chemistry Fisheries Technology Tacloban Accountancy 36 18 50% 87 20 15 44 12 15 51% 60% 100% 31 28 28 21 90% 75%

Electronics & Comm. Eng’g. Environmental Planning Geodetic Engineering Geology Interior Design Landscape Architecture **Law LET – Elementary LET – Secondary Library Science Mechanical Engineering Metallurgical Engineering Mining Engineering Nutrition and Dietetics Social Work Agricultural Engineering Agriculture Chemical Engineering Chemistry Civil Engineering Electrical Engineering Forestry Nutrition and Dietetics Veterinary Medicine Chemistry Dentistry Medicine Nursing Occupational Therapy Pharmacy Physical Therapy

Dean Erlinda Echanis of the UP College of Business Administration reports 100% passing in the October 2007 CPA exams. Thirty two graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration & Accountancy took the exam. Dean Rowena Cristina Guevara of the UP College of Engineering (COE) reports on the performance of COE examinees in 2007.
Board Exams 2007 Chemical Engineering 11/27 Civil Engineering May 2007 11/2007 (Invalidated by PRC) Electrical Engineering 2007 Electronics and Comm. Eng’g. Geodetic Engineering Mechanical Engineering 4/2007 10/2007 Metallurgical Engineering Mining Engineering


Number of Examinees 47

Rate 85%

Top Notchers 2nd, 4th, 6th and 10th (Ranked 1st schoolwise)

21 15 30 60 5 11 12 9

95% 66% 96% 95% 100% 100% 83.3% 100%

3rd, 8th, 8th, 10th 3 in top 10 slots 2 in top 10 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th 10th 7th All top ten places except 8th All top ten places except 7th

** Examinees stated are 2006 graduates only.