By Anna Regidor, images by Haidee C. Pineda
(NOV. 7)—“Sa Lilim ng Akademya,” a photographic exhibit depicting UPD student traditions throughout the years is now open to the public at the foyer of the Office of the Chancellor (OC) at Quezon Hall.
Tracing traditions, starting with UP’s transfer to Diliman in 1949, these include the Cadena de Amor, a rite where the responsibilities of senior students were symbolically turned over through the passing of long garlands of the Cadena de Amor flower; the UP Lantern Parade and more recently, Open House of Kalayaan Residence Hall.
Each photo is accompanied by a stanza from a poem by a UPD professor or alumnus. The source works for the stanzas range from Charslon Ong’s “Banyaga: A Song of War” from UPD’s Likahaan: The Journal of Contemporary Philippine Literature to Ryan Cayabyab’s “Minsan ang Minahal ay Ako” from Katy! The Musical to the Eraserheads’ “Minsan” from the album Circus.
The exhibit will be on display until January and is part of the celebration for UPD Chancellor Michael L. Tan’s Affirmation held on Oct. 17.