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February is UP Diliman Month.  In commemoration of the campus’ pioneering move to its new home and coinciding celebration of National Arts Month, the Office of the Chancellor has lined up a calendar of activities that celebrate UP Diliman Honor and Excellence in various disciplines. 

Highlights of this year’s UP Diliman Month are two exhibits, three concerts, four outdoor performances at the Carillon Plaza and the Linggo ng Parangal. 

Opening the month-long fete is Joya: Artist, Mentor, Scholar on February 1, 6 p.m., Bulwagan ng Dangal (BnD).  Organized by the Joya Family and the College of Fine Arts featuring the works of National Artist José Joya, the exhibit presents rare and known pieces of the artist on loan from various private collectors together with that of the University Art Collection, photos and vignettes on the man who dedicated more than half of his life to the University and his legacy to the Philippine art scene.  Exhibit runs until February 29, 2012. 

The second exhibit is a retro show of noted contemporary printmaker Ofelia Gelvezon-Tequi on February 13, 4 p.m. at the Atelyer, BnD entitled Ofelia Gelvezon-Tequi: Prints and PaintingsA one-time faculty of both the College of Fine Arts and College of Arts and Sciences, Tequi is now based in Dordogne, France, and continues to contribute to the Philippine Art scene with her discourse of the diaspora in art.

A series of concerts will be staged in February beginning with the Pambungad, February 17, 6 p.m. at the University Theater.  This will be the first concert of the UP Orchestra at the home front.  The internationally renowned UP Orchestra under the baton of Prof. Edna Marcil Martinez has been featured in various concert halls off campus.  This will be the first time that the UP Orchestra will be presented in a solo concert on campus.  International Filipino cellist Wilfredo Pasamba and Award-winning pianist Nita Abrogar-Quinto are guest artists of the concert. 

Following suit is the 1980s-inspired dance concert of the UP Varsity Pep Squad, Eleva80’s, February 29, 6 p.m., University Theater.  This is the Squad’s thanksgiving concert for their double win in 2011: as Champion of the 2011 UAAP Cheerdance Competition and adjudged Third best at the 6th Cheerleading World Championships in Hong Kong.

The much-anticipated Sunday concerts Himigsikanwill kick-off on February 5, 5 p.m. at the Carillon Plaza and every Sunday of February thereafter.  The free outdoor concerts this year will be offering World Music and have lined up homegrown favorites Kekeli Ensemble (February 5), Diwa de Leon Band (February 12), Cynthia Alexander (February 12) and Joey Ayala (February 26).

UP Diliman Month is not complete without the Linggo ng Parangal, the annual recognition of achievements of outstanding UP faculty, personnel and students, from February 21 to 24.  Linggo ng Parangal opens with a Scout’s Parade (February 21).  This is followed by the Parangal sa Mag-aaral (February 22), 1 p.m. at the UP Film Center (Cine Adarna), Parangal sa Retirado and Gawad Paglilingkod (February 23), 1 p.m., NISMED Auditorium, and capped by the Gawad Chanselor on February 24, 2:30 p.m., NISMED Auditorium.

Wrapping up the UP Diliman Month is the Golden anniversary and send-off concert of the UP Concert Chorus (Korus), SingKwenta-SingKwela, March 3, 7 p.m., University Theater.  In gratitude for the 50 blessed and bountiful years of the group, Korus is giving to all UP personnel, students and alumni the concert tickets at a discounted price of Php50.00 for each UP ID presented.  Regular ticket price is at Php150.00.  Multitalented singer, actress and Korus alumna Ms. Nanette Inventor is guest artist.

The month-long festivity is jointly organized by the UP Diliman Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts, the UP Diliman Information Office and the University Theater.