Portals, landmarks turned over to UPLB; new marker unveiled

November 12, 2010 1:05 pm 

LOS BANOS, LAGUNA, Nov. 12 -– In observance of the Golden Jubilee of the University of the Philippines (UP) Class ’60, three newly refurbished/newly built landmarks were dedicated and turned over recently to the state University here.

The three landmarks include the Languages and Humanities Portal, the Pegaraw, and the College of Economics and Management (CEM) Econ Alumni Gazebo.

In the same occasion, UP’s College of Agriculture (CA) unveiled a new historical marker of its own.

UPLB Class '60, this year's golden jubilarians, spearheaded the refurbishment of the Languages and Humanities Portal and the rededication of the Pegaraw.

The Languages and Humanities portal is a collaborative work of Jun Yee, UPLB resident artist and internationally renowned installation artist, and Susan Ong, landscape architect and professor at the Crop Science Cluster.

Former UPLB Chancellor Ruben Villareal and former UP President Emil Javier, who led Class '60, said that the portal is a reminder that many of the great scientific leaders of the Philippines who studied in Los Baños passed through it.

The Class of '60 proposed that the University should consider naming the mini park where the Languages and Humanities Portal stands after Sam F. Trelease and Emma Serapta Yule who taught technical and scientific writings in English at UPCA in the early 1920's.

Class '60 also rededicated the Pegaraw or the winged tamaraw sculpture in front of the University Library that was designed and executed by National Artist for Sculpture Napoleon Abueva.

The Pegaraw represents an inspired university that soars to greater heights of creative, scientific and technical productivity. Class '60 dedicated the monument to future generations of UPLB students.

UPLB Chancellor Luis Rey Velasco accepted the Languages and Humanities portal while Vice Chancellor for Instruction Rita Laude accepted the Pegaraw on behalf of Chancellor Velasco.

The ribbon cutting ceremony was led by Dr. Velasco, Dr. Edelwina Legaspi, Dr. Laude, UP Regent Nelia Gonzalez, Dr. Villareal, Dr. Javier, and other Class '60 members.

At 9 AM, the UPLB Economics Society and BS Econ alumni led by Mr. Zaldy Patron and Dr. Jose Camacho, Jr., respectively, turned over the CEM Econ Alumni Gazebo to the College of Economics and Management led by Dean Flordeliza Lantican.

The CA's historical marker, which was done in partnership with the National Historical Commission, was unveiled last Oct. 10 at the island-intersection of Royal Palm Road and Sampaloc Street, the spot where the entrance gate to the old building of CA used to be located.

The historical marker enshrines and commemorates the events that made the CA known internationally as a Center of Excellence in tropical agriculture education research and rural development.

Chancellor Velasco, CA Dean Domingo E. Angeles, and NHC Acting Executive Director Emelita V. Almosara attended the unveiling ceremony. Also present were former CA deans, Dr. Cledualdo B. Perez, Jr. and Dr. Fernando A. Bernardo, former UP Regent Romulo G. Davide, Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., Laguna Board Member Andrew Nocon, CA faculty and staff, and alumni.(PNA) LOR/FMB

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