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UPD opens UP’s 105th with special flag-raising ceremony

(June 18)—UP Diliman marked UP’s founding today with a special flag-raising ceremony this morning at the Quezon Hall.

UP President Alfredo E. Pascual and UPD Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma led the UP System and Diliman officials and university constituents present, in honoring the Philippine flag and UP colors.  The UP Rayadillo and Honor Guards hoisted the flags while the UP ROTC Symphonic Band ,under the baton of Prof. Rodney Ambat, played Lupang Hinirang and UP Naming Mahal.

This was followed by inspirational messages from both Chancellor Saloma and UP President Pascual and special performances from tenor Conrado “Dondi” Calnea Ong III and soprano Geraldine “Fame” Flores thereafter. 

Ong and Flores had a duet of Francisco Santiago and Ildefonso Santos’s “Pilipinas Kong Mahal” and Ernani Cuenco and Levi Celerio’s “Gaano Ko Ikaw Kamahal.”

The ceremony was capped by a simple breakfast of rolls and kakanin, coffee and juice at the Quezon Hall Lobby.

The “105th UP Foundation Day” at the Oblation Plaza was an event organized by the UPD Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts for the Office of the Chancellor-UP Diliman.  Ms. Bianca Tallafer was master of ceremonies.

The flag raising ceremony at Quezon Hall is just one of the events to commemorate UP’s 105th anniversary; other constituent units have lined up their own activities for UP’s birthday.  At UPD, Campus Architect Gerard Rey A. Lico’s exhibit presentation and short film screening entitled The Celluloid Campus: The University of the Philippines in the Cinematic Imagination will be launched tonight at 6 p.m. at the University Theater Lobby.

UP was established on June 18, 1908 through Act No. 1870 of the Philippine Assembly.  On April 29, 1998, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed into law the UP Charter of 2008 (Republic Act No. 9500) declaring UP as the country’s “national university.”—MDJ