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Happy Birthday and a still happier retirement, Sir Dodo!


Professor Defeo with three of his birthday cakes as his well-wishers sing “Happy Birthday”: (left to right) Vargas Museum director Patrick D. Flores, Campus Architect Gerard Rey A. Lico, former community affairs vice chancellor Cynthia Grace C. Gregorio, former Architecture dean Danilo A. Silvestre, former Defeo student Carlito Camahalan Amalla, good friend and Executive House staff Ernie Canlas, Ms. Carina Parial, UP Foundation, Inc. Director Gerardo Agulto, former UP Regent Nelia Gonzalez, former UP President Emerlinda R. Román, former student affairs vice chancellor Elizabeth L. Enriquez, UP Pep coach Prof. Lalaine Juarez-Pereña (partly hidden), former Home Economics dean Adelina Mayo and College of Arts and Letters dean Elena Mirano.

(November 13)—Colleagues, friends, UP officials, artists and former staff of UP Diliman Information Office (UPDIO) director Prof. Rubén D. F. Defeo gathered at the University Theater lobby on November 2 to greet him on his birthday and retirement party.

A Professor 12 at the College of Fine Arts (CFA), Defeo specializes in art history, theory and criticism. He earned an AB Humanities degree from the former College of Arts and Sciences at UPD in 1975 and joined the CFA as a lecturer in 1982. He served as CFA College Secretary for three terms under Dean Nestor Vinluan, from 1989 to 1998.


The UP Varsity Pep Squad perform their chant for
Professor Defeo as their coach Prof. Lalaine
“Lala” Juarez-Pereña looks on.

Defeo served four chancellors as DIO director beginning with Dr. Claro T. Llaguno in 1997.  He was re-appointed by Dr. Emerlinda R. Román during her term, by Dr. Sergio S. Cao and the last by Dr. Caesar A. Saloma.  He was Acting Director of the Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts (OICA) since 2006 and administrator of the University Theater since 2007.  He held three positions as DIO director, OICA acting director and Theater administrator concurrently since 2007.


Professor Defeo with the UP Concert Chorus
under the baton of Prof. Janet “Jai” Sabas-
Aracama (on Professor Defeo’s right).

Among Professor Defeo’s guests at the potluck party jointly organized by the staff of UPDOICA, UPDIO and the University Theater were former UP President Emerlinda R. Román, UP Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs José Wendell P. Capili, former UP regent Nelia T. Gonzalez, artist Norberto “Lito” Carating, former fine arts dean Vinluan, Professor Emeritus Edgardo Gomez, Engineering professor Leonardo Liongson, the present and former members of the UPDOICA Board, the former members of the Office of the Chancellor Executive Staff including former human resources director Dakila A. Fernando,  former student affairs vice chancellor Prof. Elizabeth L. Enriquez, former community affairs vice chancellor Prof. Cynthia Grace C. Gregorio and former vice chancellor for administration Prof. Mary Delia G. Tomacruz.

On hand to give surprise performances for the retiring professor were members of the Strings Orchestra UP ARCO under the baton of Prof. Edna Marcil “Michi” M. Martinez, the UP Concert Chorus, fresh from their world tour and an impromptu solo by its conductor Prof. Janet Sabas-Aracama and the UP Varsity Pep Squad under its coach Prof. Lalaine J. Pereña—that came prepared with a chant and cheer especially for the occasion.


Director Defeo serenaded by the members of UP
ARCO headed by their conductor Prof. Edna Marcil
“Michi” M. Martinez, right.

Prof. Maureen Anne Araneta of the College of Architecture (CA) succeeds him as DIO director; Prof. Danilo A. Silvestre of the CA has been appointed as OICA director while College of Home Economics Prof. Mary Delia G. Tomacruz has been named Theater administrator.—MDJ