Wednesday, August 29, 2007

UP Stude Dies of Hazing

Statement on the Death of Cris Anthony Garcia Mendez

The University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) extends its condolences to the family of Cris Anthony Garcia Mendez, a fourth-year student of the National College of Public Administration and Governance, who passed away reportedly from fraternity hazing on August 27.

We wish to assure the Mendez family and the general public that the University is doing its best to ensure that those responsible for his death are made to face the bar of law.

UPD strongly condemns the use of violence as a prerequisite for admission into any organization. It firmly believes that the constitutional provision on the freedom of association ends when life is sacrificed for the fraternity values of barkada and pakikisama. Human life, as the ultimate cost in any rite of passage, is an utterly unacceptable price to pay for brotherhood: such distorted values have no place in an institution of higher learning like UP.

We sternly urge the officers, members and alumni of the concerned fraternity to extend their full support and cooperation to the University and the authorities to swiftly bring this case to its just and proper resolution.

Rules and regulations governing the conduct of student organizations have been in place and strictly enforced since 1976, way before the passage of Republic Act No. 8049, or the Anti-Hazing Law in 1995. Successive UPD administrations have added teeth to these measures to make them even more responsive to the dynamics of the current interaction among these student organizations.

Yet the culture of violence continues to exist. It has to stop.

We therefore appeal to the fraternities, particularly their alumni, to take the lead in transforming the culture of violence into more productive endeavors to benefit the University and society.


Sergio S. Cao
UP Diliman
August 29, 2007

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Be humble, hopeful, and proud’: 12 summa cum laude graduates lead Class of 2007

Be humble, hopeful, and proud’: 12 summa cum laude graduates lead Class of 2007
Arlyn VCD Romualdo

“Go with humility, and with hope, and with pride,” UP President Emerlinda R. Roman told almost 7,000 graduates of the Class of 2007. President Roman reminded them that as they leave the university, they will realize that there is still much to be learned in a “world that will give [them] no quarter, though [they] might be young and bright and full of promise.”

Twelve summa cum laude graduates, 153 magna cum laude graduates, and 913 cum laude graduates led this year’s batch. Of the 12 who graduated with top honors, eight came from UP Diliman (UPD): Mikaela Irene D. Fudolig (BS Physics) with a general weighted average (GWA) of 1.09; Ariel C. Lopez (BA History) with a GWA of 1.1; Deniece S. Yusun (BS Architecture) with a GWA of 1.13; Hannah Hazel Morales (BS Chemistry) with a GWA of 1.18; Lorraine Joyce N. Yu (BS Architecture) with a GWA of 1.18; Ma. Lourena M. Mangaban (BA Philosophy) with a GWA of 1.18; Magdalene Y. Lim (BS Business Administration) with a GWA of 1.18; and Ivan Chester G. Canoy (BS Biology) with a GWA of 1.19.

UP Los Baños (UPLB) had two summa cum laude graduates: Michael B. Gamalinda, who finished his BS Biology (major in Genetics) degree with a GWA of 1.14 and Carlos Juan Paolo I. Vega, who earned his BS Economics degree with a GWA of 1.17.

UP Manila (UPM) and UP Baguio (UPB) had one summa cum laude graduate each. Gerald Raimon Saranza received his BS Biology degree at UPM with a GWA of 1.17 while Jahzeel Abihail G. Cruz of UPB earned his BA Communication (Journalism) degree with a GWA of 1.15.

Of the magna cum laude graduates, 133 came from UPD, nine from UPLB, six from UP Visayas (UPV), and five from UPM. Of the cum laude graduates, 638 came from UPD, 118 from UPLB, 85 from UPM, 46 from UPV, 20 from UPB, and six from UP Mindanao (UPMin).

According to the UPD Office of the University Registrar, UPD, the biggest constituent university, had a total of 3,927 graduates, including those who earned their degrees at the Extension Programs in Olongapo and Pampanga. In addition, the Board of Regents also approved the graduation of 1,122 students in UPLB, 908 students in UPV, 658 students in UPM, 242 students in UPB, and 111 students in UPMin.

The following guests of honor graced the commencement exercises of the whole UP System: in UPD, Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea, president of the Mapua Institute of Technology and former dean of the UPD College of Engineering; in UPM, Prof. Ambeth Ocampo, concurrent chair of the National Historical Institute and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts; in UPLB, Department of Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap; in UPMin, Gawad Kalinga President Antonio Meloto; in UPV Iloilo, respected broadcast journalist Cecilia Lazaro; in UPV Tacloban, activist-lawyer Katrina Legarda; in UPV Cebu and UPB, National Artist for Literature Bienvenido Lumbera.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Grand concert kicks off countdown to UP’s centennial

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Isang Daan sa Isandaan, a star-studded musical extravaganza to be staged at the UP Theater at 7 p.m. on June 18, will formally open the University of the Philippines’ countdown to its centennial in 2008.

The show features UP alumni who have made names and blazed trails in the entertainment industry, among them singer-actress Nanette Inventor, OPM legend Ryan Cayabyab, actress-comedienne Candy Pangilinan, film-and-stage actress Harlene Bautista and singer Heber Bartolome. The presentation will also showcase the talents of internationally-acclaimed perfoming groups from the University of the Philippines Diliman such as the UP Concert Chorus, the UP Cherubim Seraphim, the UP Jazz Orchestra, the UP Symphonic Band and the UP Staff Chorale, among others.

Through song and dance, the performers will portray life at UP at different eras and depict how the University responds to the burning issues of the day. The show is produced for the Office of the Chancellor by the Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts and the UP Diliman Information Office.

The concert is free and open to the public.


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June 18, 2007 is a red letter day in the UP calendar; it is the birthday of the University.

This year, however, is no ordinary celebration. It is the 99th year of the University. Yes, just one year shy away before the University turns a hundred. And to mark this pre-centennial milestone, several activities have been lined-up by central administration to ensure that the day-long celebration, simple as it should be, is just as meaningful.

The day opens with a parade around the campus by the UP ROTC Symphonic Band under the baton of Prof. Leopoldo Lopez. It will be followed by flag raising ceremonies at the Quezon Hall to be led by UP President Emerlinda R. Román and UPD Chancellor Sergio S. Cao, assisted by other officials of the University.

The day-long celebration will be capped by the kick-off program at the UP Theater entitled, Isang Daan sa Isangdaan (One hundred, one path) where Román will formally launched the centennial agenda.

The centennial agenda will officially direct or guide the centennial celebrations in the constituent universities in 2008.

In Diliman, several projects in line with the centennial celebration are underway. These are improvement of campus facilities and physical well-being, commemorative exhibits, cultural performances, conferences and academic discourses, book publications, among others.

By way of launching these projects, UPD has lined-up an evening of an all Filipino music and dance repertoire in the Isangdaan, Isang daan program.

The program starts with a parade of the academic units participated in by the deans, faculty members, staff and students donning their college colors as they enter the Theater. Accompanied by the Gamelan Ensemble, the parade is expected to be celebratory and festive.

The one hour program will feature the foremost UP performing groups based in the College of Music: the UP Cherubim and Seraphim, and UP Concert Chorus, UP Dance Company, UP Jazz Orchestra, UP Staff Chorale, UP Symphonic Orchestra, and UP Vocal Ensemble.

Isang Daan sa Isangdaan will also feature UP alumni who made a name in the entertainment industry led by impersonator Willie Nepomuceno, singer-actress Nannete Inventor, noted musician Ryan Cayabyab, actress-comedienne Candy Pangilinan, film and stage actress Harlene Bautista, singer Heber Bartolome and many more.

Thru songs and dances, it will portray the life in the University thru the different eras and how the University responds to the burning issues of the day.

The evening program is produced for the Office of the Chancellor by the OICA and DIO.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

CRS SCHEDULES (as of May 16, 2007)

For Freshmen and Graduating Students
June 4 Registration for freshmen and graduating students
Freshmen and graduating students are encouraged to enroll on June 4 to improve their chances of getting their desired classes. Those who were not able to enroll on June 4 may still enroll during the regular registration period on June 5 to 15.

Pre-enlistment Schedule for First Semester, AY 2007-08
April 26 - May 16 First Round
May 17 Processing outcome
May 18 - 21 Second Round
May 23 Processing outcome
May 24 - 27 Third Round
May 29 Processing outcome
May 31 - June 1 Distribution of Form 5A
June 5 - 15 Regular Registration
June 12 Start of classes

Wednesday, May 9, 2007


*Daily Schedule

8:00 am - 10:00 am College Briefing
The Preliminary Registration Form (Form 5A) indicating the subjects and schedule in which you pre-enlisted will be distributed. Attendace is a must.

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Registration at the Melchor Hall Lobby

*Form 138 (4th year HSC) with principal's signature
*2 passport size photos (with your name and signature at the back of your photos)
*Student Directory (2 copies) don't forget your signature
*Form 5A with Adviser's signature
*Medical Certificate from UP Health Service

Note: Bring black or blue ballpen (not sign pen pls.)


College/Degree Program
May 7 College of Arts and Letters
(BA Aral. Pilipino, BA Art Studies, BA Comparative Literature, BA Creative Writing, BA English Studies, BA European Lang., BA Filipino, BA Mal. Pagsulat sa Filipino, BA Speech Com., BA Theater Arts)

College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
(BA Psychology, BS Psychology, BS Geography BA Philosophy)

College of Engineering
(BS Computer Engg., BS Elect. & Comm. Engg., BS Elect. Engg.)


May 8 College of Engineering
(BS Chemical Engg., BS Civil Engg.)

College of Soc. Sciences and Philo.
(BA Anthro., BA Pol. Science, BA History, BA Sociology, BA Linguistics)

School of Economics
(BS Business Economics, BS Economics)

College of Music
(B Music)


May 9 Asian Institute of Tourism
(BS Tourism)

College of Architecture
(BS Architecture, B Landscape Architecture)

College of Human Kinetics
(B Physical Education, B Sports Science)

College of Education
(B Elementary Education, B Secondary Education)

College of Engineering
(BS Metallurgical Engg., BS Mining Engg., BS Materials Engg.)

College of Social Work and Com. Dev.t.
(BS Social Work, BS Community Dev.t.)

Institute of Library and Info. Science
(B Library & Info. Science)

National College of Public Adm. and Governance
(BA Public Administration)

School of Statistics
(BS Statistics)


May 10 College of Business Administration
(BS Bus. Adm., BS Bus. Adm. & Acctcy.)

College of Engineering
(BS Computer Science, BS Geodetic Engg., BS Industrial Engg., BS Mechanical Engg.)

College of Home Economics
(BS Cloth. Tech., BS Comm. Nutrition, BS F.L.C.D., BS Food Technology, BS Home Economics, BS H.R.I.M., B Interior Design)


May 11 College of Fine Arts
(B Fine Arts)

College of Mass Communication
(BA Broad. Comm., BA Comm. Research, BA F.A.V.C., BA Journalism)

College of Science
(BS Applied Physics, BS Biology, BS Chemistry, BS Geology, BS Math., BS M.B.B., BS Physics)

And those who did not make it on their scheduled date.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Dormitories in UP Diliman

by: DJ

There's only one month left of our summer vacation before another exciting semester commences. For us who are already used to the punishing processes of enlisting a subject (lucky you if you have enlisted all your subjects through CRS) and paying your tuition fee, we all yearn for an extended vacation.

On the other hand, the incoming "Iskolars ng Bayan" are definitely excited to enter the great halls of the premiere university in the Philippines- what else but UP. Allow me then to give you a glimpse of the existing dormitories inside UP DILIMAN where you can stay at a very low cost.

Incoming freshies are encouraged to stay at Kalayaan Residence Hall since it is exclusive for freshmen students. But if you want, you can also apply in other dormitories aside from Kalayaan. I have a friend who stayed at Ilang-ilang Residence Hall in her first year, and another friend who lived in Narra Residence hall also in his first year at UPD.

Below are the descriptions of the 7 dormitories for undergraduates inside UPD.

1. Kalayaan Residence Hall
Location: Roces Avenue
Clientele: freshman students
Capacity: 198 (Male) and 344 (Female)
Rates: P 500/month
Dorm Manager: Ms. Alma Tirona
Contact Number: 929-8666

The first co-educational freshmen residence hall on campus, the Kalayaan Residence Hall opened its doors to its first group of residents in June 1975. It is only 10-15 minutes walk to the College of Social Science and Philosophy and is just a few meters away from the Catholic and Protestant chapels, the UP Health Service (Infirmary), the UP Shopping Center, and the UP Consumers' Cooperative Store. Transportation is very accessible since it is located along the main jeepney thoroughfare. Each room is designed for two students only and is provided with basic furnishings such as study table and chair, bed with mattress, lockers and mirrors. Bath and comfort rooms are common.

2. Yakal Residence Hall
Location: Magsaysay Avenue
Capacity: 196 (Male) and 182 (female)
Rates: (Male) P 250/4 in a room; (Female) P 350/2 in a room
Dorm Manager: Mr. Rodolfo Robidillo
Contact Number: 981-8500 local 4620, 4621

Yakal Residence Hall was built in 1962 from the vestiges of six-type-A cottages of UP Men's North Dormitory which were demolished in 1961. US Peace Corps-male and female volunteers, including their Filipino counterparts, were the first occupants of Yakal for one summer in 1962. Upon their departure, female students of all year levels who could not be accommodated in Banahaw Residence Hall (now Ilang-Ilang Residence Hall) were accepted.

3. Molave Residence hall
Location: Magsaysay Avenue
Capacity: 189 (Female) and 189 (Male)
Rates: P 250/4 in a room; P 270/3 in a room; P 290/2 a room
Dorm Manager: Ms. Ester Ilano
Contact Number: 981-8500 local 4611, 4612

At present, Molave is a co-ed dormitory accommodating upperclassmen but with preference for sophomores. It now pursues the psycho-social assistance program started for the freshmen residents of Kalayaan Residence Hall under the policy of democratization of admissions. The participation of this hall in the experimental democratization of admission program started in June 1978, when it opened its doors to the first batch of XDS sophomore students. Rooms vary in sizes to accommodate two, three or four students. All rooms are furnished with beds and mattress, lamps, study tables and straight-back chairs. Total capacity is 360 residents.

A well-equipped dining hall plus efficient food service personnel continue to meet the demands of an institutionalized food service. Molave operates on a single-fee (board and lodging) basis.

4. Narra Residence Hall
Location: A. Regidor St.
Clientele: Male only
Capacity: 356 students
Rates: P 175/month
Dorm Manager: Mr. Romeo Bernardo
Contact Number: 981-8500 local 4613, 4614

Brief Background: Narra Residence Hall is home away from home to all students who enjoy its roof. The congenial atmosphere of the house, of the people running it, and of the residents surely complement the academic pursuits of its occupants. Narra started serving the studentry in 1952, when Building I was completed. It originally housed only 88 students, and had one supervisor and two janitors. The construction of Building II (accommodating 88 students and 1 janitor), Building III (88 students and 3 personnel), and Building IV (88 students) took only a year, for 1953 saw all buildings completed.

5. Ilang-Ilang Residence Hall
Location: F. Ma. Guerrero St.
Clientele: Female only
Rates: P 300.00/month
Officer-in-Charge: Ms. Elenita de Guzman
Contact Number: 981-8500 local 4601, 4602

Ilang-Ilang started operation as the first UP-operated dormitory for girls in January 1949. It has a unique structure and design unlike of the typical dorm. Composed of four wings forming a rectangle, its front wing houses the reception hall, the office and information counter, the dining hall and the residence head's quarters. The other three wings compose the 68 rooms that can accommodate four residents in a room. All rooms faces an inner court lawn. The spacious quadrangle boasts of a well-kept garden at the center of which is a sculptured fountain and sixteen fruit bearing caimitos along the corridors.

6. Kamia Residence Hall
Location: Quirino Avenue
Clientele: female only
Capacity: 420 students
Rates: P 250/month
Officer-in-Charge: Ms.Imelda Jimenez
Contact Number: 981-8500 local 4609,4610

Kamia Residence Hall is a forty-six year old dormitory for upperclassmen. It is connected by a covered walk to another campus dormitory for women, the Sampaguita Residence Hall. Kamia Residence Hall is across the street from the College of Social Science and Philosophy and the Department of Zoology. Consisting of a basement, first floor and a second floor, the dormitory has spacious rooms and students may select a furnished room for two, three or four. Each floor has its own communal toilet, bathroom and utility room. A large, well-ventilated study hall on the second floor services every resident. An L-shaped receiving hall is furnished with four upholstered sala sets, a piano and a television set donated by previous House Councils. Public telephone and intercom systems are available.

7. Sampaguita Residence Hall
Location: Quirino Avenue
Clientele: Female only
Capacity: 284 students
Rates: P 225/month
Dorm Manager: Ms. Imelda Jimenez
Contact Number: 981-8500 local 4617, 4618

Sampaguita Residence Hall, situated across the Zoology building and adjacent to the Kamia Residence Hall, was in June 1957 referred to as the UP Women's South Dorm II. Three years later, it was known as Halcon Hall, when acting UP President Virata designated it as such. It was only in 1962 that its present name was adopted. The two-storey dormitory with a basement library on its eastern wing has a snack counter on its western wing. Rooms are adequately furnished for 284 residents, with four students sharing a room; a snack room serves each
wing. At the reception hall, there are two television sets, a stereo and a piano for the residents.

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