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(June 7)—Josefina A. Sebastian, School Records Evaluator at the UP College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP)’s Graduate Program Office died of a heart attack last Thursday, May 30.

Known in the college as “Ate Josie,” she first joined the university in 1984 as a Research Aide at the UP Registrar’s Office, then transferring to the UP Main Library in September 1989 as a Librarian 1.

Sebastian entered the CSSP as a School Credits Evaluator in January 1991 and finally became a School Records Evaluator in August of 1997.

Sebastian is survived by five siblings, one of whom, Mateo, is an administrative officer at the UP College of Science’s Institute of Chemistry.

Her remains will be at the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice until Sunday, June 9.—AKR

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Petronilo “Pete” Castañeda, retired professor of Department of Visual Communication of the College of Fine Arts died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on March 23. He was 74.

Born on 19 February 1939 in San Miguel, Pangasinan, Castañeda obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of the Philippines Diliman in 1959.

He taught at the University for 20 years, starting as Senior Lecturer in 1984 until his retirement as Associate Professor V in 2004. He served as Chairperson of the Department of Visual Communication from 1988 to 1990.  Castañeda was a recipient of the Fernando Amorsolo Professorial Chair and the Jose Joya Professorial Chair in 1991 and 1998, respectively.

Known for his mastery of watercolor as a medium, Castaneda was one of the guest exhibitors in the prestigious Annual Exhibition of the Asian Watercolor Confederation held in Singapore in 1997.

He was one of the founding members of grUPo, an organization of UP Fine Arts graduates in the advertising industry who came together to paint.

He is survived by his wife Teresita, and his children Martin, Raphael, Salvador, and Patricia. —ACG

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Roberto “Bobby” Chabet, retired professor of the Studio Arts Department of the College of Fine Arts, died of cardiac arrest on April 30. He was 76.

Born on 29 March 1937, Chabet finished Architecture from the University of Sto. Tomas.

He taught at the University for 31 years, starting as Instructor I in 1971 until his retirement as Professor IX in 2002. He served as Chairperson of the Department of Theory from 1978 to 1981 and of the Department of Studio Arts from 1981 to 1984. He was also named Artist-in-Residence from 1 June 1979 until 31 May 1983, on an extended basis.

Chabet is known for his thought-provoking art. His trailblazing works include installations, drawings, collages, sculpture and paintings.

Chabet initiated the Thirteen Artists Award in 1970, when he served as the founding Museum Director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The award is given to young Filipino visual artists in recognition of their pioneering works that set directions and trends in Philippine art.

He is survived by his sisters, Carmen Mesina and Milagros Garcia. —ACG

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(March 26)—Dr. Onofre D. Corpuz, 86, professor emeritus at the UP School of Economics (UPSE) and President of the University of the Philippines from 1975 to 1979, died of cardiac arrest on March 23.

According to the UPSE website, Corpuz was appointed Undersecretary of the Department of Education by former President Ferdinand E. Marcos in 1966 until he was promoted to Secretary in 1968, where he remained in office until 1971. In 1972 he became Founding President of the Development Academy of the Philippines

Corpuz was named a National Scientist by the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines in 2004 in recognition of his scholarly contributions, the trademark of which is an “…unalloyed fidelity to facts, a disdain for unsubstantiated claims and the courage to challenge existing orthodoxies and familiar interpretations.”

The Office of the Secretary of the University has announced that a necrological service, comprised of a memorial mass at 6 p.m. followed by a program, will be held on Monday, April 1 at the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice inside the UP Diliman campus.—AKR


Sevilla and Mercado (photo courtesy of CMC).

(March 14)—Dr. Cesar M. Mercado and Andres G. Sevilla, two retired professors of the Department of Communication Research of the College of Mass Communication (CMC), recently passed away.

Mercado passed away after suffering from a heart attack in Cebu City on March 8. He was 74. He is survived by his children Jeffrey, Raymond, Joy and Richie, and six grandchildren.

According to his Linkedin (the world's largest online professional network) profile, Mercado served as professor, researcher, project manager, consultant and trainor at CMC from 1970 to 1985.

After retiring from UPD in 1985, he served as planner/programmer and monitoring and evaluation specialist at the UNDP Development Training and Communication Planning Programme for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand.

Mercado obtained his bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Extension at UP Los Baños. He earned his M.S. in Agricultural Journalism and doctorate in Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin, USA.

Sevilla joined the Creator on March 9 after his long battle with lung cancer.  He was 75.

Sevilla joined the University as an instructor at UP Tacloban in 1975. He transferred to UPD in 1983 as a professorial lecturer at the then Institute of Mass Communication (IMC). He was promoted to associate professor in 1997 and served until his retirement in 2003. From 2004 to 2007, he was a professorial lecturer at CMC.

He obtained his A.B. Classical Studies, cum laude, at the Sacred Heart Seminary in 1958 and his M.A. in Communication at the UP CMC in 1983. He earned a Certificate in Social Mobilization for Health at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, USA.

CMC offered a necrological mass for Mercado and Sevilla on March 11 at the CMC Auditorium in Plaridel Hall.

They were laid to rest today. —H.C.P.

((February 7)—The UP College of Law lost another legend in Professor Domingo P. Disini Jr., who passed away on February 3 at the age of 83. Prior to his passing, Disini was teaching law subjects in Labor Law and Social Legislation, Legal Profession and Legal Writing.

Disini has a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from the University of the Philippines, Diliman. He also received a Master of Science degree in Labor Law, Collective Bargaining and Labor Movements from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, USA.

According to the Disini and Disni Law Office’s website, Disini or “Doming” is an institution at the college and is singly credited for strengthening the college's performance in the Labor Law portion of the bar examinations. He has been teaching Labor Law at UP since the 1980's.

He has had specialized training in different labor programs around the world such as the International Labor Office of Geneva, the Israel Federation of Labor in Tel Aviv and at the Staff Training Center in the Ministry of Labour and National Service of the United Kingdom in London.

His remains will be at the Mount Carmel Shrine Parish in New Manila until February 7, when he will be laid to rest at the Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina.—AKR

A necrological service will be held at Malcolm Hall on February 5 for Araceli T. Baviera, professorial lecturer and long-time scholar of civil law and procedure at the College of Law (CL), who passed away on February 1 at the age of 93.

Baviera’s remains will be at the CL until February 6, where they will be brought to the Manila North Cemetery for interment.  

She leaves behind a long and fruitful career few educators at the UP Law Center can match. She has taught in the U.P. College of Law since 1955, and handled virtually every subject in Civil and Remedial Law. Baviera has actively participated in several law reform projects of the U.P. Law Center since its inception, the latest being the Maritime Code Project, Family Code and Sales of Goods Act.

She was twice a holder of the Benito Lopez Professorial Chair and lectured on the topics “Politics and the Recent Constitutional Changes in the Philippines” in 1982 and on “Muslims in the Philippines:  A Problem of National Integration” in 1983. She was bestowed the “Lifetime Achievement” award by the U.P. Alumni Association in 2009.—AKR with reports from the Philippine Daily Inquirer

Dr. Ellen Paglinauan, former dean of the College of Mass Communication (CMC), passed away on January 13 at 11 a.m. at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute after her long battle with colon cancer. She was 73.

Paglinauan joined the University as a faculty member of CMC’s Department of Film and Audio Visual Communication (FAVC) in 1985. Among the courses she taught were film theory and criticism, documentary research in film, and film and literature.  She was awarded a Gawad Chanselor’s Natatanging Guro in 1993. She later served as FAVC department chair from 1989 to 2000. She became dean of the College from 2000 to 2003.

She retired from service in 2004. After her retirement, she became a CMC professorial lecturer from 2005 to 2007.

Faculty, staff and students of the UP CMC offered a mass for Paglinauan at the Loyola Columbary at Commonwealth, Quezon City on January 15. Her ashes were brought to Bicol the following day, January 16, where she was laid to rest.—H.C.P.

Dr. Emerenciana Y. Arcellana, wife of the late National Artist for Literature Dr. Francisco Arcellana, passed away on December 21, 2012. She was 87.

Arcellana was known as the lone summa cum laude in 1948, the year when UP transferred from Padre Faura in Manila to Diliman, Quezon City. After graduation, she joined the CSSP’s Department of Geology and Geography as faculty and taught courses in political science. In 1949, she received a Barbour Scholarship at the University of Michigan and a travel grant from the Fullbright Commission. In 1956, she became an international scholar and fellow at the University of Iowa.

In 1975, the UP Alumni Association honored her with a Distinguished Teacher Award. She became Professor Emerita of the Department of Political Science in June 1988. She also served as member of the Board of Regents in 1993.—H.C.P. 

Sculptor, writer, teacher and landscape artist Jerusalino V. Araos or “Jerry” to his family, colleagues and friends, passed on December 23, 2012. He was 68.

A friend and donor of the University, Araos is better known for his torso sculptures and sculptural furniture, many of which he generously donated to a number of offices at UPD. One of the most prominent of these are his functional sculptures found at the Balay Tsanselor's front lawn.—H.C.P.