Monday, June 18, 2007


(this article is reposted from

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.

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