UP celebrates 107th foundation anniversary
MANILA, Philippines – The University of the Philippines (UP) celebrated its 107th Foundation anniversary with a tribute to the old and new through world-class performances by its students and alumni.
On Thursday, June 18, hundreds of students and alumni alike braved the heavy rain and trooped to the University Theater for “UP Foundation Day 2015: Pagdiriwang ng Pag-inog at Pagsulong.”
On June 18 1908, Act No. 1870 was signed, which established UP as a university for “advanced instruction” and “professional and technical training” for Filipinos. Its first two campuses were then opened a year after – the UP Manila and Los Baños campuses.
One of the highlights of the celebration was the performance of Gerphil Geraldine Flores, runner up in the recently concluded Asia’s Got Talent.
Flores sang her rendition of “Go the Distance” from the movie Hercules and “Impossible Dream” from Man of La Mancha. Flores graduated from the College of Music in UP Diliman.
UP Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Prospero de Vera said he hopes the celebration would remind the UP students their role in serving the nation.
"Bagamat ito ay isang masayang pagtitipon, nawa'y maging okasyon ito at daan upang pagnilay-nilayan natin ang ambag ng UP sa ating bansang Pilipinas at maging sa ibang bansa sa mundo. Gayun din, maging kasangkapan sana ang gabing ito upang makapagbaliktanaw tayo sa iba’t ibang hamon ng ating kinakaharap at landas na tinahak ng ating pamantasan sa loob ng lagpas na isang taon," De Vera added.
(While this is a joyous gathering, I hope the ocassion would help you ponder on the contributions of the university to our country and the rest of the world. I hope this night would help us all look back at the challenges that we are facing, and all the things the university has been through for more than a century.)
Other performances include UP PEP Squad Drummers, UP Filipiniana Dance Group, Dr Victor Emmanuel Nadera Jr, UP Cherubim and Seraphim, UP PEP Squad, UP Rondalla, UP Streetdance Club, Prof Micaela Pineda, Prof Banaue Miclat-Janssen, Luz Morete, Josue Greg Zuniega, and the UP Dance Company.
The program ended with both performers and the audience singing UP Naming Mahal (The UP We Love). – Rappler.com