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The University of the Philippines Centennial Newsle�er

Vol. 2 No. 3

September 2008

A successful UPAA Centennial Grand Alumni and Faculty Homecoming and Reunion held

Grand Alumni and Faculty Homecoming and Reunion held T he University of the Philippines Alumni Association
Grand Alumni and Faculty Homecoming and Reunion held T he University of the Philippines Alumni Association

T he University of the Philippines 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

Top: UP President Emerlinda R. Roman, BSA ’71, MABM ’77, and DBAd ’89, addresses the Grand Homecoming. Insets: Regent Nelia Teodoro-Gonzalez at the Homecoming, Presidential Awardee for Service to UPAA; Ms. Deanna Lorenzana Gregorio, BSHE ’59, Distinguished Alumni Awardee for Poverty Alleviation

Grand Homecoming, p. 3

National Artists in the Visual Arts of UP honored in Forming Lineage of Mentors exhibition at National Museum

Concert encapsulates UP heritage & legacy

UP celebrated its centennial by, among others, putting up a show that best

encapsulated both its heritage and legacy, its past and future. The concert brought together the many opposing facets that define the UP personality,

juxtaposing the lofty ideals of the Oblation and the street smarts of Isko, and the grit of the First Quarter Storm (FQS). It brought together the follies and the triumphs, the academic breakthroughs and the social changes, and the

Pamantasang Hirang, p. 6

UP’s beloved icon, Guillermo Tolentino’s the Oblation, is celebrated by UP Filipiniana and the UP Dance Company in a piece choreographed by Van Manalo.

the UP Dance Company in a piece choreographed by Van Manalo. Forming Lineage author Prof. Ruben
the UP Dance Company in a piece choreographed by Van Manalo. Forming Lineage author Prof. Ruben

Forming Lineage author Prof. Ruben Defeo (left) and exhibition organizer CFA Dean Tina Colayco (second from left) during the exhibition opening with UP Chancellor Sergio S. Cao (far right) and UP Regent Nelia Gonzalez (third from left).

T he UP College of Fine Arts (UP CFA) has been launching, since January 2008, a

Centennial series of collaborative exhibitions and art activities with major art institutions in the country to pay tribute to its most outstanding artists, alumni, faculty, and students. Forming Lineage: The National Artists in the Visual Arts of UP opened on June 11, 2008

as the flagship exhibition of CFA in their centennial year, featuring the nine national artists produced by the UPCFA. The exhibition, jointly curated by Prof. Ruben D.F. Defeo, director of the UP Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts (OICA), and professor of the UPCFA; and Dr. Patrick Flores, director of the National Gallery of the

Forming Lineage, p. 3




of the Forming Lineage, p. 3 Parangal Sentenyal 2008 5 2 100 years, 100 nudes “Two
of the Forming Lineage, p. 3 Parangal Sentenyal 2008 5 2 100 years, 100 nudes “Two

100 years, 100 nudes

p. 3 Parangal Sentenyal 2008 5 2 100 years, 100 nudes “Two Kwentong Pe-Yups” 4 Our
“Two Kwentong Pe-Yups” 4
University: After a hundred years
After a


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PERR commemorates UP Centennial with alumni in America

UP President Emerlinda R. Roman visited with various alumni associations in America from June 21 to July 3

to brief them on the new University Charter, the ongoing UP Centennial celebration and fund-raising activities, as well as to celebrate the University’s 100 th anniversary with them. Accompanied by College of Business Administration Dean Prof. Erlinda Echanis and College of Music Dean Prof. Ramon Acoymo, President Roman first met with alumni in Los Angeles, California on June 22. Around 80 UP alumni attended the merienda cena held at the LA residence of Jun and May Tugade. During the event President Roman acknowledged the UP Alumni Association (UPAA) Greater Los Angeles chapter, as well as several of its individual members, who have contributed professorial chairs and faculty grants to UP. Two professorial chairs and one faculty grant were contributed by LA alumni. The following day, President Roman was interviewed by Ms. Awee Abayari on Radio Manila, where she spoke at length about the Centennial activities and the new UP Charter. President Roman then left for San Diego, California on June 24, where she was hosted by Crisostomo and Cristina Garcia. The following evening, President Roman met with the officials and members of the UPAA San Diego at a dinner party, where Dean Acoymo wowed the crowd with an impromptu mini- concert. During the dinner, UPAA San Diego presented President Roman with a donation for UP. Before leaving for LA the following afternoon, Dr. Estela Matriano personally committed to fund the studies of an Education major, and presented President Roman with her initial donation. On June 27, President Roman left for Las Vegas, Nevada. She met with the officials and members of UPAA Nevada (UPAAN) during a special dinner to commemorate the UP Centennial. During the program, the UPAAN officials launched “Alay ng UPAAN,” a fund-drive to establish a professorial chair for the University by 2010. They also held a silent auction, the proceeds of which will also go towards a professorial chair. Philippine Consul General Mary Jo Bernardo-Aragon was also present at the dinner. The next day, President Roman had a lunch with Deans

dinner. The next day, President Roman had a lunch with Deans At the annual FUPFA Board

At the annual FUPFA Board Meeting held at Hotel ManilaTowncenter in San Francisco on June 29, 2008. Back row (L-R): Dr. Emmanuel Lat, Dr. Crisostomo Garcia, Marietta Ison, Alma Onrubin, Gigi Cervero, Zenda Lat, Mae Echanis, Archie Laano, Vicente Limcaoco, Johnny Collas. Front row (L-R): Luchie Galang, President Roman, Polly Cortez, Julie Hudson.

Acoymo and Echanis, and Dr. Dan and Lydia Soriano, who hosted President Roman’s visit in Las Vegas. On June 29, President Roman’s group flew to San Francisco, and had lunch with the officials and members of UPAA San Francisco (UPAA SF) in the city of Milpitas, California, where Mayor Jose Esteves, a UP alumnus, presented President Roman and Dean Echanis with the Key to the City of Milpitas. During the lunch, UPAA SF President Manuel Gaspay pledged to establish a new professorial chair in honor of Teodoro Rey, a UP alumnus who recently passed on. This is in addition to two other professorial chairs raised by UPAA SF; one named for the chapter, and the other in honor of Tito de Santos, another alumnus who recently passed on. Former UPAA in America (UPAAA) president Ted Aquino meanwhile presented President Roman with the UPAAA’s initial donation for a centennial professorial chair. Later that afternoon, President Roman met with the Board of the Friends of UP Foundation in America (FUPFA), a non- profit U.S. corporation focused on disseminating information to alumni and friends in the United States, and the establishment of targeted projects or scholarships at UP. At the meeting, FUPFA Vice-Chair Ms. Polly Cortez handed over her initial donation

for a new faculty grant. That evening, the President visited the city of San Ramon in Contra Costa County, California, where she was hosted by Dr. Marietta Ison. On June 30, she joined the alumni in Walnut Creek, also in Contra Costa, and received a pledge for a new professorial chair from several BSBA (Accounting) 1968 alumni, before heading to Berkeley where she was hosted by Jorge and Simplicia Flor Cruz. The final leg of President Roman’s trip found her in the city of San Francisco where she attended the 23 rd Annual UP Medical Alumni Society in America (UPMASA) Convention held at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco from July 2 to 5. On July 2, she spoke before the alumni during a cocktail reception. She also spoke before a bigger audience late evening of the same day, during the UPMASA’s variety show which showcased the medical alumni’s talents and skill in ballroom dancing. Dean Acoymo also performed to the delight of the audience. Dean Echanis, on the other hand, informed President Roman of the interest of BA alumnus Alberto Ilano to fund a professorial chair. The chair’s launch is scheduled for September this year.

100 YEARS, 100 NUDES

O n May 23, 2008 some 40 artists were gathered in an on-the-spot 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 sculptures 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’s existence sponsored by the UP Diliman Information Office and the UP Alumni Association was the first happening of its kind. Some of the works exhibited came from 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.

Vicente Silva Manansala, and Guillermo Estrella Tolentino. Regent Gari Tiongco, UP Pres. Emerlinda R. Roman, &
Vicente Silva Manansala, and Guillermo Estrella Tolentino. Regent Gari Tiongco, UP Pres. Emerlinda R. Roman, &

Regent Gari Tiongco, UP Pres. Emerlinda R. Roman, & UPAA First Vice President Ponciano Rivera show off 100 Years, 100 Nudes (the book). Above: Jess Abrera with his “Paisley, 2008” Acrylic on Paper.

Yabong ay Inangkin (2004) by Gigi Javier-Alfonso
Yabong ay Inangkin (2004) by Gigi Javier-Alfonso
Untitled (1985) by Cesar Legaspi
Untitled (1985) by Cesar Legaspi
Twin Nudes (2001) by Amado Hidalgo
Twin Nudes (2001) by Amado Hidalgo

For this special collection, curator and professor of Art History Ruben D. F. Defeo painstakingly put together a beautiful coffee-table book, in full color, hard bound, with a size of 11 x 13 inches, 120 pages, with a first deluxe edition of only 1,000 copies. The coffee table book will contain beautiful prints of the entire collection. The brochure on the exhibit says the works are the artists’ fearless way “to lay bare their earnest gratitude to the University for priming them to be the vanguards of the naked truth in the service of the nation.” Regent Tiongco was chairman of the exhibit, which aimed to honor the University on its one hundred years of existence and at the same time give recognition to the participating artists.

Nine Muses (2008) by Napoleon Abueva



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A successful Grand Homecoming, from p. 1

Board of Regents, UP administration officials, UP & UPAA past presidents, the UPAA Board, UPAA awardees, Special Family Recognition awardees, and the Jubilarians. The morning program included a roll call of Alumni, UPAA President Gari M. Tiongco’s welcome remarks and President’s report, Special Family Recognition, UP President Emerlinda Roman’s message, and the renewal of allegiance to UP led by Dr. Roman. The afternoon program, Part II: the Homecoming Extravaganza, included Act One: Creating UP starring the Emerald Jubilarians Class ’53, Act Two: Ang Galing Mo UP starring the Sapphire Jubilarians Class ’63, and Act Three: Militant UP starring the Silver Jubilarians Class ’83. The Epilogue, the last part, included community singing of “UP Beloved” / “UP Naming Mahal.”

singing of “UP Beloved” / “UP Naming Mahal.” Clockwise from top: Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno,
singing of “UP Beloved” / “UP Naming Mahal.” Clockwise from top: Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno,

Clockwise from top: Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno, BSJ ’62, LLB ’62, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and Most Distinguished Alumnus, is shown with his family and UPAA President Gari M. Tiongco, UP President Emerlinda R. Roman, UPAA Acting President and UP Alumni Regent Ponciano E. Rivera, Jr.; the Ruby Jubilarians performing a Mindanao-inspired production number; and the Sapphire Jubilarians singing a medley.

number; and the Sapphire Jubilarians singing a medley. VEA family donates to CE & SE Shown
number; and the Sapphire Jubilarians singing a medley. VEA family donates to CE & SE Shown
VEA family donates to CE & SE Shown receiving a painting of the “Carillon Tower”

VEA family donates to CE & SE Shown receiving a painting of the “Carillon Tower” from UP President Emerlinda R. Roman are Orlando, Reynaldo, and Aniceto Vea and their mother Mrs. Agnes Benzon Vea. On June 16, 2008, Engr. Orlando Vea and his family donated two Centennial Professorial Chairs to the University of the Philippines: The Vea “Technology for All” for the College of Engineering and The Vea “Technology & Evolutionary Economics” for the School of Economics.

Photos of CUs featured in System publication

of Economics. Photos of CUs featured in System publication H ardbound and in full color, Our

H ardbound and in full color,






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. At PhP2,000 per copy, limited copies are available at the UP System Information Office, Mezzanine Floor, Quezon Hall, UP Diliman, Quezon City, and at UP Press Bookstore branches and selected bookstores in Metro Manila. For inquiries and reservations, call (632) 9261572 or 4367537.

ISSI book on alumni entrepreneurs out

UP Institute for Small Scale Industries (UPISSI) launched recently the book

Iskolar ng Bayan Gives Back, the Enterprising Way at E. Virata Hall in UP Diliman. Quoting from the foreword of Prof. Ruperto Alonzo,

UP Vice President for Development & UPISSI 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 start-up years, problem-solving and growth strategies, management style and business philosophy, entrepreneurial competencies, and ways of managing information and sourcing assistance. “By putting up job-creating, income- generating, sometimes dollar-producing enterprises, these UP-bred entrepreneurs implicitly help build the nation and community. In other words, by simply being in business, they are already doing enough in terms of ‘giving back.’ “Almost invariably they credit the

of ‘giving back.’ “Almost invariably they credit the Forming Lineage, from p. 1 “Sabel” by Bencab

Forming Lineage, from p. 1

Forming Lineage, from p. 1 “Sabel” by Bencab National Museum, professor at the Art Studies Department

“Sabel” by Bencab

National Museum, professor at the Art Studies Department of the UP College of Arts & Letters, presents works from the art collections of the UP’s seven campuses and the National Museum. The Exhibition will run until the end of December at the National Artists Gallery of the National Museum. The occasion also marked the launching of the book carrying the same title as the exhibition. The publication is not only a catalogue of the exhibition but also a documentation of the art collection of the University of the Philippines by the nine national artists. UP national artists in the visual arts continue to inspire and influence Philippine art and art education. Fernando Amorsolo, Guillermo Tolentino, Jose Joya, and Napoleon Abueva served as deans of the UP College of Fine Arts, while Carlos “Botong” Francisco, Vicente Manansala, Cesar Legaspi, Abdul Mari Imao, and Bencab chose different routes of mentoring and supporting artists. The other exhibitions organized by CFA Dean Tina Colayco, in conjunction with its centennial year are: “Heroes Anonimos (The first 40 years of the UP School of fine Arts (1908-1940)” curated by Prof. Santiago Albano Pilar at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila – January to July 2008; “Artista, Debuhista, Manlilikha: Paghubog at Paghiwatig ( Commercial Arts and Visual Communications Curriculum at the UP School of Fine Arts 1920-1970)” curated by Prof. Joey Tanedo and Prof. Tina Colayco at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila – April-May 2008; “Transmissions:

The Filipino Contemporary Artist: The Thirteen Artist Awardees of the UP College of Fine Arts (1970-present)” curated by Prof. Leo Abaya at the Cultural Center of the Philippines; “The Tide of Modernism: UP College of Fine Arts (1948-1960)” curated by Prof. Santiago A. Pilar at the UP Main Library Basement opening in October 2008; and “The UP Landmarks Sketchbok Exhibition” curated by Prof. Ruben Defeo, in collaboration with the UP Foundation Inc, presently on view at the UP Theater Lobby from June 16, 2008 to October 2008.

University education they’ve had for their enterprising and achieving ways. The UP taught them to be independent, to think ‘out- of-the-box,’ to be resourceful, to compete with themselves rather than with others, to aspire to serve society. Quite a few passionately think of themselves as being UP daughters and sons first and foremost. One alumna wants her ashes strewn in the UP campus when the time comes.” 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 Bello-Jardiolin, Antonio S. Jon, Pacita U. Juan, Johnlu G. Koa, Francis C. Laurel, Victoria Diel-Leuterio, Loida Nicolas- Lewis, Barbara F. Munar, Hector C. Navasero, Yolanda Villanueva-Ong, Ruby Catalan- Pornan, Luciano L. Puyod II with Luciano P. Puyod III & Edward P. Puyod, Nazario S. Racoma, Winston D. Santos, Miraflor Aquino- Torrente, Peter M. Valdes and Manuel Paul H. Villanueva.




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“Far Though We Wander” by Vicki Bello-Jardiolin

Two “Kwentong Pe-Yups”

by Vicki Bello-Jardiolin Two “Kwentong Pe-Yups” Dean Cesar E.A. Virata arriving at the UPAA Grand

Dean Cesar E.A. Virata arriving at the UPAA Grand Homecoming, June 21, 2008, with Mrs. Joy Virata. Back then, when he raised his hand to scratch his Emilio Aguinaldo haircut, we were like “Uh oh…., we’re in trouble.”


devoured every marketing strategy, advertising

and packaging story and article I could get my

for my never having

marketed anything at that time by narrating the stories with all the drama and aplomb I could



in chance meetings in

elevators and malls, still repeat the marketing slogans I recited to them. Before I left UP to start my own business, Confetti Shoes, we lived on campus, in Area

cottage awarded to my


mother who was a Spanish professor.


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hands on and made

my former students,

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able to raise my kids in the seemingly borderless leafy Diliman campus is one of UP’s greatest

gifts to me. and Martin Dodong and Princess Nemenzo and Lucille Gregorio who also enjoyed
gifts to me.
and Martin
Dodong and Princess Nemenzo
and Lucille
Gregorio who
enjoyed faculty housing will probably heartily
The kids would find their way to
Elem and back, play till dark with the kids of
the Gatchalians, the Binadays, Connie and Jim
Paz’ boys.
They built tree houses,
“sports ligas”, a vegetable cooperative, go on
all night stands, and hunt for “gagambas” and
generally had a great independent childhood.
That my boys who had no
father grew up in
close egalitarian academic community which
defined family and social and gender roles for
them was a priceless bonus.
So they struggled through UP, as I did and
their grandparents before them.
Now I have
In 1991, we were young and poor but good-
looking and slim and lucky enough to get invited
on an all expenses-paid trip. Here we are in
Tiananmen Square in Beijing, L-R, me, Profs.
Teresa Bernabe, Ralph Rodriguez, Ned Echanis,
and Roy Ybañez
granddaughter in the College of Fine Arts, a
In this 2007 photo with Dean Echanis, Dr. Jaime
C. Laya looks happy, maybe because his former
young undedicated faculty turned out not so
badly after all.
fact which gives me no
small satisfaction and
joy. I hope
survives UP
and I dream to
still see more of my grandkids living their own
Kwentong Pe-Yups.
supermarket and our so-called academic duties.
Dean Echanis and
Prof. Rodriguez,
We played hide
and seek with his
S eems all of us UP alumni have our own
our unfinished
no intention
into the
kwentong Pe-Yups and
those stories
and unfulfilled
and he,
Diliman sunset.
We will sit and have coffee in
that have
have been
well, seeking us.
the CBA garden and will have the satisfaction
received with nostalgia, amusement, and fond
remembering of our very own kwento.
being introduced
to a new generation
together, me
one chapter ahead
faculty as: “Ito yung mga boss ng CBA dati”.
too, long to tell my story and mine goes
four generations.
My father,
grad, never did meet my mother in the Padre
campus (where
my father-in-law
went to the College of Business at that time).
Dr. Alberto Ilano’s email read by his nephew Prof. Arthur
Ilano who represented him at the launching of the Centennial
Professorial Chair on Financial Derivatives on September 11, 2008
My mother was too busy with the
Club and
other extra-curricular activities
in the process contracted TB and had to drop
With UP firmly in his dreams for his two
girls, our father sang “UP Beloved” to me and
In 1975, during Dean Emmanuel Velasco’s term,
my sister Ging Pajaro as a lullaby.
Like most of
us, he probably had an unforgettable English
Dr. Fabian Tiongson, our Agri-business Program
partner presented a young faculty member from
teacher so he recited snippets of “The Raven”,
UP Los Baños, billing her a genius.
Since Dr.
“Hiawatha”, “Invictus”, “Elegy in
a Country
Churchyard”, etc
Tiongson was given to hyperbole, his intro was
taken with polite bemusement by all present.
Dr. Tiongson who has gone on to Agri-business
heaven is having the last laugh.
Emer Roman
Much later, admitted to UP, I was walking
in the
Oval with
mother when
Mrs. Ursula Clemente, her Euthenics (a course
went on to become Diliman Chancellor twice and
is the first woman president of the UP System.
Here she is with Pres. Nemenzo in 2001.
on ethics,
good manners,
etc.) teacher.
greeted us
with “Miss
case facts but only that.
The substantive areas
Jereos, Angustias!” After two world wars, she
were tackled by the gallant officers.
remembered the classcard and the face!
Magdaleno Albarracin,
who would
later, I brought my own daughter to UP. I met
later become our Dean, moved on to become
her again and
she greeted
me, “Miss
a captain of
industry and
a most
Victoria”. This after teaching the thousands of
donor to
UP. Unmoved by my copious
coeds who had to take Euthenics 1. Alas, the
me the
G reetings from Vancouver!
Here we were at the UPCBA Alumni
course is no more.
Nobody reminds us now,
disastrous (in graduate school) grade of 2.5 in
This Centennial year
has accorded me
Homecoming, December 1983 (Diamond Jubilee
Year of UP).
L-R, Alberto Ilano, Erlinda Echanis,
as Mrs. Clemente did that “It is not charming
to hurry; it is selfish to be late”.
“Manufacturing Processes”.
process, extrusion,
still remember
so I probably
an opportunity
to express
my gratitude
only one
UP for the years I spent on its campus both
as a student and faculty member, and for the
The 19-year old Jimmy Laya,
deserved the 2.5.
So we joined the faculty.
Generations of
Joel Tan-Torres, Victoria Bello-Jardiolin,
Corazon Estrella, Emerlinda Roman, Teresa F.
Bernabe, J. Antonio Aguenza, Norma Dinglasan,
and Johnlu Koa.
Econ instructor (and
would one
CBA students will remember Ralph Rodriguez;
values it engendered in me that have sustained
me in future years.
day be
Bank Governor), slammed
Popoy Pineda;
ng bayan Tody
measures so
we can
use the
on the
board when the
who emigrated
in disgust over
reminiscences of
my Diliman
all kinds of
dramatic entrances to
attract the
Melba Cantoria who
first enrolled in the MBA program as a fresh
chairs at all!
attention of someone who obviously would be
a prize catch.
on the teacher’s desk with legs crossed, to the
conditions for me to seek greener pastures and
delight of
her male
the Board
afternoons and
better chairs. After two years
at the
The stairs at
the old
building was
Nick Poblador; Teresa Bernabe; Ned Echanis;
taking MBA night courses, mostly in Herran.
left to pursue a Ph.D.
at UC Berkeley. To
perfect for
Corazon Estrella who went on to a big private
my second year
I applied for my
supplement my
parents’ financial
support, I
Vice President
Development Ruping
sector career; Mila
first-ever job as research assistant, the lowest
Alonzo is not the only guy who has confessed
the Indonesian
Budget Commission for
the academic
totem pole, at the Division
finding strategic positions under the stairs,
the last 25 years;
and Manuel Alba who later
of Business Research (DBR) of the College.
the better to watch us mini-skirted girls ascend
the stairs.
by then
decided that my
and Bien
eloped at 18 and got widowed at 24.
“French Baker”, and
Aragon, Johnlu Koa
Marivic Añonuevo
prospects for an engineering career were even
dimmer than
my slide-rule making it to the
worked again as a research assistant, this time
earning 200 dollars a month but I had a nice
cushy chair. By my last year there, I am very
grateful that the UPCBA endorsed me for a
Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship.
Back to Diliman, I had metamorphosed
found myself in the UP MBA program and the
who now,
big executive
age of computers.
I chose to
study Finance,
from RA
Director of
Business Research,
Many of our classmates were strapping
to make
the Science &
for which
minimal background,
that there was
not much
research to
majors and colonels who, since there were no
Technology Park a reality for partners UP and
Ayala Corporation. There was Bimbo Salazar
considerable interest.
direct back then, and I became Dept. Head of
projectors or
presentations in
About my first job at the College, there
Bus. Econ.
and Statistics, but I was all alone
days, brought along
hapless enlisted
who recently retired
the Monetary
two things,
to paraphase
T.S. Eliot,
in the department! Moreover, it took several
men who stood ramrod straight holding their
remember not
worth forgetting. First,
months for the UP Admin to verify that I had
for their
case reports.
take-home pay was less than P200 per month
indeed gotten my degree. As
song goes,
Erlinda Echanis,
at that
time betraying
Dean Cesar Virata, later Prime Minister, who
after deductions.
Secondly, since
didn’t believe me.”
of becoming the
future formidable
seemed even then like the Eminence Gris he is
almost a
year after
my return,
my previous
Dean of
and wearing like matching
We were in awe of him and to this day,
yellow dress, bag, and shoes was allowed by the
chivalrous officers and gentlemen to read the
still call him “Dean”.
We were mostly young
night about chairs, my first office chair, to use
today’s euphemisms, had a wicker-challenged
seat in dire need of repair. My fellow RAs at
RA take-home pay was still in force to haunt
me! But now, I had an even cushier chair. In
parents then and divided our time between the
the DBR had to device
some ingenious and
Dr. Ilano’s “kwento,” p. 6



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Parangal Sentenyal 2008

2 Number 3 SEPTEMBER 2008 | 5 Parangal Sentenyal 2008 President Emerlinda R. Roman and Senator

President Emerlinda R. Roman and Senator Edgardo J. Angara with former UP Presidents Abueva, Javier, Nemenzo, Corpuz, and Soriano.

T he Parangal Sentenyal 2008 was held on June 16, 2008 at the UP Theater in Diliman, Quezon City.

In her message, Pres. Emerlinda R. Roman said “The U.P. Centennial Award is the university’s way of acknowledging the outstanding men and women who have, through their life’s works and achievements,

effected significant changes in the University and the country in the last century… They are the men and women who exemplify the university’s commitment to service and


The awardees each received a medallion especially designed by National Artist Napoleon Abueva for the UP Centennial


The Awardees were former presidents of the University of the Philippines, UP alumni who were recognized as National Scientists, and National Artists. Former UP Presidents

were Murray S. Bartlett (1911-1915), Ignacio B. Villamor (1915-1920), Guy Potter W. Benton (1921-1923), Rafael V. Palma (1923-1933), Jorge C. Bocobo (1934-1939), Bienvenido S. Gonzalez (1939-1943; 1945-1951), Antonio

G. Sison (1943-1945), Vidal A. Tan (1951-

1956), Vicente G. Sinco (1958-1962), Carlos P. Romulo (1962-1968), Salvador P. Lopez (1969-1975), Onofre D. Corpuz (1975-1979), Emanuel V. Soriano (1979-1981), Edgardo J. Angara (1981-1987), Jose V. Abueva (1987- 1993), Emil Q. Javier (1993-1999), Francisco Nemenzo, Jr. (1999-2005). National Scientists were Juan S. Salcedo,

You make us proud!

The University’s wellspring of pride

H ere is the first of a two-part series on the UPAA Alumni and Special Recognition Awardees for 2008.

Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno, BSJ ’62, LLB ’62, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court ,Most Distinguished Alumnus. Appointed as a chief magistrate on December 6, 2006, he undertook unprecedented measures including those concerning extralegal

killings and the creation of new rules under the Rules of Court including the Writ of Amparo and the Rules on Habeas Data. In

a justice system buffeted by political storms,

Reynato S. Puno has proved himself equal to the challenge of upholding the law in favor of the poor, the marginalized, and the victims of injustice. Dr. Belinda A. Aquino, AB ’57, Lifetime Achievement Award. Concurrently Director of the Center for Philippine Studies at the University of Manoa. Her efforts to promote Philippine studies have helped to establish regional and national groups in the Philippines, US, Australia, Japan, Southeast Asia, and Europe. Dr. Natividad P. Crame-Rogers, PhB ’49, Lifetime Achievement Award. Natividad P. Crame-Rogers is an authority on Drama Education and Theater Arts. She majored in Southeast Asian Studies,

particularly in Classical Traditional Theater, and pursued an extensive study tour of Asian Classical Theater. Her current interest

is the senakulo.

Justice Leonor Ines-Luciano, LLB ’41, Lifetime Achievement Award. For over five decades, she worked for the protection of the rights of women and children and left her mark in the judiciary, academe, the legislature, and in family and community life.

Dr. Amefil M. Agbayani, LLB ’63, Academic Leadership. A lifelong champion of civil rights for Filipinos and other

marginalized minorities in Hawaii, she was

a key player in the immigrant and Refugee

Services and the Na Loio Immigrant Rights and Public Interest Legal Center. Ms. Felicisima M. delos Angeles- Bautista, BSFLCD ’79, Academic Leadership. Through the children’s shows Batibot and Pin-Pin, she pioneered the use of non-traditional approaches in Early Childhood Development and Education in the country. Dr. Cayetano C. Pomares, MS ’83. Dr. Cayetano C. Pomares is a researcher, scientist, and professor at the University of Southern Mindanao (USM). Dr. Pomares introduced an innovative technology for the artificial insemination of goats and sheep, which led to the creation of the Small Ruminant Artificial Insemination Center in USM. Dr. Teresita B. Ramos, BSE 52 cl, Academic Leadership. Teresita V. Ramos pursued development of the Filipino language and culture in the United States with unmatched dedication in making the language at par with other commonly taught languages in the US, such as Spanish and Chinese. Justice Romeo A. Brawner, AA ’59; LLB ’59, Championing Justice/Judiciary. A Chief Justice P. Laurel Awardee for Judicial Excellence, Romeo B. Brawner was known for his uncompromising sense of justice and unassailable personal integrity throughout his 45-year service in the Judiciary as a judge and then as justice in the Court of Appeals. Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales, AB ’64; LLB ’68, Championing Justice/ Judiciary. Conchita Carpio-Morales rose from the ranks of the Department of Justice to Regional Trial Court (RTC) judge in Pili, Camarines Sur; as Pasay City RTC judge; Executive Judge; and Justice of the Court of Appeals (CA). Justice Magdangal M. de Leon, BSFS ’68; LLB ’72. Championing Justice/ Judiciary. He served for more than 27 years in the Office of the Solicitor General, rising to Solicitor and Assistance Solicitor General and later as Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals. He has been recognized by various organizations for his hard work and personal integrity. Ms. Jessica A. Soho, ABC ’88, Communication and Information. The

Vice President for News Program and Public Affairs of GMA-7 is the country’s first George Foster Peabody Awardee for Investigative Journalism—broadcasting version of the Pulitzer, and recipient of several New York Film Festival trophies and other regional & international awards. Mrs. Florencia G. Casanova Dorotan, BSCN ’80, Community Empowerment/ Service. A Masters in Public Administration degree-holder from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, she pioneered the People’s Health Program in Sorsogon encouraging the participation of people in the communities. Dr. Lily Cenizal-Fojas, BS ’33; MD ’38. Community Empowerment/Service. Lily C. Fojas spent 70 years of her life as a physician, mostly to the poor, in her home town in Tanza, Cavite and its barrios. She chose to minister to the needy, never

charging professional fees and even refusing

to accept anything from the very poor.

Dr. Jose Antonio U. Socrates, Jr., BS ’70; MD ’74. Dr. Jose Antonio U. Socrates is a shining example of Filipino brain-gain—returning from abroad to help his fellow Filipinos. Officer-in- Charge of the Provincial Health Office of Palawan, he inititated changes that won the Department of Health’s “Gems and Jewels of Devolution” Award. Engr. Jose Martin O. Aliling, BSCE ’69, Responsible Corporate Governance. Established in 1991 with only three employees, his company Jose Aliling & Associates has become the largest construction management company in the country. He has undertaken various

outreach projects and built school buildings and resettlement structures for people displaced by the Mt. Pinatubo eruption. Prof. Ruperta R. Asuncion, Med ’82, Culture and Arts. Ruperta R. Asuncion, Assistant Professor at UP Los Baños, is

a well-rounded artist. One of the most

prominent literary and performing artists in the Iluko culture, she helps rescue the Iluko ballad from oblivion. Ms. Edita M. Carolino-Garcia, AB ’82, Culture and Arts. The struggles of ordinary folk and indigenous people in Mindanao serve as inspiration for her films. Her film on child labor, “Children Only Once” (“Minsan Lang Sila Bata”), won a gold medal for Current Affairs and Social Issues and the Grand Award for Documentary at the New York Festival for Television. She has received numerous Philippine & international awards.

Ms. Ofelia Gelvezon-Tequi, BFA ’64; AB ’66, Culture and Arts. For around four decades, she has worked as an artist,

printmaker, and painter who strived to bring the relatively unknown art of print-making to the Philippines. Though an expatriate

in France for many years, her paintings and

print etchings depict a deep involvement in Philippine life. Dr. Edsel H. Moscoso, BFA ’74, Culture and Arts. His pureline drawings which delineate the human anatomy with surgical precision depict how Filipino rural folks live, love, suffer, and die. They are exhibited in such venues as the UNESCO

headquarters, the Place de Fontenoy in Paris, and the Korean Cultural Foundation Center

in Seoul.

Mr. Orlando B. Vea, AB ’69 cl. Entrepreneurship/Employment

Generation. The Filipino technopreneur

is a founder, past president and CEO, and

current Chief Wireless Adviser of Smart Communication, Inc., the Philippines’ largest mobile telecoms company. He helped make the cellular phone affordable and available to every Filipino. Dr. Perry S. Ong, BS ’83; MS ’88, Environmental Conservation and Sustainable Development. A wildlife biologist, he is Director of the Institute of Biology in UP Diliman and head of environment and biodiversity conservation organizations. He has received the country’s three most prestigious awards for environmental conservation.

Gonzalez (Panitikan, 1997), Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero (Teatro, 1997), Jose Maceda (Musika, 1997), Andrea O. Veneracion (Musika, 1999), Daisy Hontiveros-Avellana (Teatro, 1999), Ishmael Bernal (Pelikula, 2001), F. Sionil Jose (Panitikan, 2001), Severino Montano (Teatro,

2001), Virgilio S. Almario (Panitikan, 2003), Jose T. Joya (Sining Biswal, 2003), Benedicto Cabrera (Sining Biswal, 2006), Abdulmari Asia Imao (Sining Biswal, 2006), Bienvenido L. Lumbera (Panitikan, 2006), Ramon A. Obusan (Sayaw, 2006), Ildefonso P. Santos (Arkitektura, 2006).

(Sayaw, 2006), Ildefonso P. Santos (Arkitektura, 2006). Ang Medalyon Sadyang nilikha ang medalyong ito ni Napoleon

Ang Medalyon Sadyang nilikha ang medalyong ito ni Napoleon V. Abueva, Pambansang Alagad ng Sining sa Iskultura, para sa Parangal Sentenyal 2008 ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas. Sinasagisag ng bronseng medalyon ang maalab na diwa ng malayang pagtuklas sa katotohanan at walang-maliw na paglilingkod sa bayan, ng mga paralumang gumabay sa unibersidad sa paglalakbay niya sa nakaraang dantaon. Ang sampung seksyon ng medalyon ay tumutukoy sa sampung dekada sa kasaysayan ng unibersidad, na maituturing na magkakasunod na panahon sa paglaki at pagkakagulang ng pamantasan, sa harap ng hamon at suliraning pinansiyal, pulitikal, at cultural (sinasagisag ang mga suliraning ito ng iba’t ibang uri ng linyang inukit sa bawat seksyon).*(From souvenir Program of Parangal Sentenyal 2008).

Jr (Nutrition and Public Health, 1978), Alfredo

1998), Jose R. Velasco (Plant Physiology,


Santos (Pharmaceutical Chemistry, 1978),

1998), Gelia T. Castillo (Rural Sociology,

Fe del Mundo (Pediatrics, 1980), Eduardo A. Quisumbing (Plant Taxonomy, Systematics, and Morphology, 1980), Geminiano T. de Ocampo (Ophthalmology, 1982), Casimiro

1999), Bienvenido O. Juliano (Organic Chemistry, 2000), Clare R. Baltazar (Systematic Entomology, 2001), Benito S. Vergara (Plant Physiology, 2001), Onofre D. Corpuz (Political


del Rosario (Physics, Astronomy, and

Economy and Government, 2004), Ricardo

Meteorology, 1982), Gregorio T. Velasquez (Phycology, 1982), Francisco Fronda (Poultry Science, 1983), Francisco O. Santos (Human

M. Lantican (Plant Genetics, 2005), Lourdes J. Cruz (Biochemistry, 2006). National Artists were Fernando C.

Nutrition and Agricultural Chemistry, 1983), Carmen C. Velasquez (Parasitology, 1983), Teodoro A. Agoncillo (Philippine History, 1985), Encarnacion A. Alzona (Philippine History, 1985), Hilario D.G. Lara (Public Health, 1985), Julian A. Banzon (Biophysical Chemistry, 1986), Dioscoro L. Umali (Genetics and Plant Breeding, 1986), Luz Oliveros-Belardo (Phytochemistry, 1987), Jose Encarnacion, Jr. (Economics, 1987), Alfredo V. Lagmay (Psychology, 1988), Paulo

Amorsolo (Pintura, 1972), Francisca Reyes- Aquino (Sayaw, 1973), Carlos V. Francisco (Pintura, 1973), Amado V. Hernandez (Panitikan, 1973), Antonio J. Molina (Musika, 1973), Guillermo E. Tolentino (Iskultura, 1973), Jose Garcia Villa (Panitikan, 1973), Napoleon V. Abueva (Iskultura, 1976), Jovita Fuentes (Musika, 1976), Vicente S. Manansala (Pintura, 1981), Carlos P. Romulo (Panitikan, 1982), Antonino R. Buenaventura (Musika, 1988), Francisco Arcellana (Panitikan, 1990),


Campos (Nuclear Medicine, 1989), Pedro

Cesar F. Legaspi (Pintura, 1990), Leandro V.


Escuro (Genetics and Plant Breeding,

Locsin (Arkitektura, 1990), Lucio D. San Pedro

1994), Clara Lim-Sylianco (Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry, 1994), Dolores A. Ramirez (Biochemical Genetics and Cytogenetics,

(Musika, 1991), Lino Brocka (Pelikula, 1997), Levi Celerio (Musika at Panitikan, 1997), Felipe Padilla De Leon (Musika, 1997), NVM

National Scientists pose together with Senator Angara and President Roman
National Scientists
pose together with
Senator Angara and
President Roman


T 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

| Writer Francis Quina | Layout Artist Alicor Panao Remembering the UP of our fathers and
| Writer Francis Quina | Layout Artist Alicor Panao Remembering the UP of our fathers and

Remembering the UP of our fathers and mothers.

The All Star Cast, including UP President Emerlinda R. Roman and guest star Julia Abueva, the President’s granddaughter, singing “UP Naming Mahal.”

The romance of the “Cadena de Amor” is recaptured in this nostalgic ensemble. Members of the “Rayadillo” honor guard are shown in the background.

Segment 5, “Move” Act 2 features The UP PEP

Segment 5, “Move” Act 2 features The UP PEP

Squad, UP’s UAAP pride and joy .

Concert, from p. 1

breakthroughs in education, science, and art while eliciting nostalgia for the days gone by and yet pointing to future directions. “Pamantasang Hirang,” with performances last June 18, 19, and 20 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and on several dates in August at the UP Diliman University Theater, looked back to the history, the personages, the customs and traditions of the university, just as it looked at the present and possible directions. “Pamantasang Hirang” was an insightful, entertaining, and informative show. The concert brought together music and song, poetry and language, mixed with audio- visual elements, and delivered by hundreds of talents from both the pop and classical fields who are products of the university. Through all these elements, “Pamantasang Hirang” reflected the distinct UP Personality that has been molded through one century. Inquisitive, analytical, patriotic, sometimes irreverent, perhaps critical, always fun, yet


Model Iskolar ng Bayan awarded at UP Visayas

yet engrossing. Model Iskolar ng Bayan awarded at UP Visayas Iskolar ng Bayan Awardees and UPV

Iskolar ng Bayan Awardees and UPV officials pose in front of Lozano Hall.

U niversity of the Philippines Visayas

(UPV)-Iloilo honored 100 of its

alumni as “Model Iskolar ng Bayan,” as

part of its Centennial celebrations on July 30,

2008. Participating in the awarding ceremonies

were Dr. Glenn D. Aguilar, UPV Chancellor; Hon. Jed Patrick E. Mabilog, CAS and UPHSI Alumni Association President, Iloilo Vice Mayor; Dr. Ebonia B. Seraspe, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences; Prof. Monette Pama, CAS Alumni Affairs Coordinator; and Manuel E. Villa, Jr., Model Iskolar ng Bayan Awardee who responded in behalf of the awardees. An “Oblation run” by about 30 young men added excitement and fillip to the celebrations. Other highlights of the celebration were the 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. Shown are selected photos from the week-long festivities.

Shown are selected photos from the week-long festivities. Alumni Jose C. Cabalum, Jr. and Manuel E.

Alumni Jose C. Cabalum, Jr. and Manuel E. Villa, Jr. deliver two computers donated by their class, HS ’57.

Jr. deliver two computers donated by their class, HS ’57. During the UP Visayas (UPV) Centennial

During the UP Visayas (UPV) Centennial Dinner held at the Grand Hotel on July 26, 2008, UP President Emerlinda R. Roman and UPV Chancellor Dr. Glenn D. Aguilar receive a symbolic check from Gov. Salvacion Z. Perez, Chair, UP Centennial Commission for Visayas and President, UP Alumni Association Antique (UPAA Antique); Congressman Arthur D. Defensor, Sr., Representative 3 rd District of Iloilo and Co-Chair, UP Centennial Commission for Visayas; and Dr. Reynaldo M. Gustilo, President, UP Alumni Association Iloilo (UPAA Iloilo) representing the P5 million donation of the UPAA Centennial Commission for Visayas.

Three Centennial Professorial Chairs endowed at CBA

Visayas. Three Centennial Professorial Chairs endowed at CBA The Poe children endowed the Isabelita Bengzon-Poe

The Poe children endowed the Isabelita Bengzon-Poe Centennial Professorial Chair at the College of Business Administation (CBA) in honor of their mother, Bel Poe. Shown in photo, from L-R, are Cesar Poe, Don Garcia, Zari Poe, Millet Poe-Garcia, Michaela Poe, Bel Poe, President Emerlinda R. Roman, Chancellor Sergio Cao, Dean Erlinda Echanis, Pinky Poe, and Jose (“Jojo”) Poe III. Pinky, Atty. Jose L. Poe, and Bel Poe and their children Cesar, Jojo, Ysabel, and Michaela, and daughter in law are all alumni of CBA. Son-in-law Don is a UP School of Economics alumnus.

T hree Centennial Professorial Chairs: The UP Business Research Foundation, Inc.

Chair in Financial Derivatives endowed by Dr. Alberto Ilano, the Isabelita Bengzon-Poe chair endowed by the Poe family, and the Dean Erlinda Echanis chair endowed by Victoria

Bello-Jardiolin, an alumna, were launched at the UP College of Business Administration (CBA) on September 11, 2008 at the Executive House in Diliman. The Poe family previously endowed the Atty. Jose L. Poe Jr. Professorial Chair in Entrepreneurship at the CBA.

Dr. Alberto R. Ilano, an alumnus, was Associate Professor of Finance at the Concorda University and Visiting Professor at Sir George Williams University, both in Montreal, Canada. He also taught at the National University in Singapore as a Senior Lecturer. Dr. Ilano’s letter about his memories of CBA and his donation of a Centennial Professional Chair in Financial Derivatives are included in Vicki Jardiolin’s “Two Kwentong Pe-yups” on page 4.

Dr. Ilano’s “kwento,” from p. 4

retrospect, these conditions inculcated in me the values of patience and non-violence. I was also fortunate that I finished my doctoral studies in Finance long before financial derivatives and options became part and parcel of reading lists for finance doctoral programs. Financial derivatives are relatively complex financial instruments that one might say delineate the generation gap between “old” finance and “new” finance. Unfortunately, they only make headlines when some rogue trader use

derivatives to incur billion dollar losses enough to bring down some financial institution. The benefits that they provide in daily transactions do not make news. Thus, I fully recognize that this field of study can provide fertile grounds both for further research as well as practical applications. It is therefore in this spirit that I chose to endow a Professorial Chair in Financial Derivatives, on this Centennial year, in the hopes that the faculty here will be motivated to study and research in this area.