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The state of UP Diliman
Chancellor Saloma holds second convocation

UP Diliman Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma took the center stage at the University Theater on February 20 to inform the constituents of the present state of the university at the 2013 UP Diliman Convocation.

The lecture was roughly divided into three parts. The first presented the facts and figures supporting the accomplishments and further challenges in fulfillment of the university’s various mandates as: a graduate constituent university, a research constituent university, a public service constituent university and a regional and global constituent university

For the second part, the chancellor discussed the various innovations and measures implemented to enhance the safety and security of its constituents on campus. He also spelled out his administration’s operating policy on informal settlers, along with accomplishments to improve the welfare of the students, faculty and staff.

In his address’ highlight, Saloma gave a sneak preview of the forthcoming infrastructure projects on campus. Two of the most well-received were the proposed Olympic-size swimming pool and the wellness center, complete with a pool and spa facilities, to be constructed where the current women’s swimming pool at the University Arcade now stands.

Applauded 17 times, the chancellor capped his presentation with his weltanschauung of UP Diliman:

“UP Diliman is a complex community that is comprised of many constituencies and collectives (faculty, students, research and administrative staff, alumni, parents and guardians, service providers, local government officials, informal settlers and ordinary taxpayers) with diverse worldviews, differing skill sets, talents and educational backgrounds as well as dissimilar economic means and stakeholder interests.

Diversity is a common feature that is found at different levels of our community – between constituencies and among members of the same UP Diliman constituency. …. The Office of the Chancellor recognizes and respects the presence of diversity in the UP Diliman community.”

Performances from the UP Staff Chorale UP Cherubim and Seraphim, the UP Filipiniana Dance Group, the UP Varsity PEP Squad and the UP Jazz Ensemble enlivened the program.  Produced by the Office of the Chancellor, the presentation was directed by College of Arts and Letters Professor Alex Cortez, with College of Home Economics professor Dr. Raquel Florendo as program manager. The event was organized in cooperation with the UP Diliman Information Office, the University Theater, Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts and the Business Concessions Office. --CAI

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