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UP Professional Schools soon to rise in BGC


(From left to right) UPOU Chancellor Grace J. Alfonso,
Cong. Luis Villafuerte, Cong. Juan Edgardo M. Angara,
BCDA Chairman Felicito C. Payumo, Taguig City Mayor Ma.
Laarni Lopez-Cayetano, Vice President Jejomar Binay, Sen.
Edgardo J. Angara, UP President Alfredo E. Pascual, BCDA
President and CEO Arnel Paciano D. Casanova, Esq., UPD
Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma, Regent Magdaleno B.
Albaraccin Jr. and UP College of Law dean Atty. Danilo L.
Concepcion at the UP Professional Schools groundbreaking
ceremony in Taguig. (Photo taken by Bong Arboleda of the
UP System Information Office)

(July 25)—After several postponements, groundbreaking ceremonies for the construction of the UP Professional Schools (UPS) at the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig were finally held on July 24.

The new UP campus will be constructed at the 4,300-square meter lot in BGC donated by the Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA). It will initially accommodate several UP Diliman academic units such as the College of Law (CL), College of Business Administration (CBA), College of Engineering (CoE), School of Statistics and the UP Open University, as well as the continuing education programs of other UP units.

During the ceremony, a time capsule containing copies of some UP publications, a copy of the July 24, 2012 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, a UP Sablay, peso coins, 100 pesos with UP logo and other materials from BCDA were buried in the construction site. The ritual was led by Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines Jejomar Binay, Sen. Edgardo J. Angara, UP President Alfredo E. Pascual and UPD Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma.

Among the guests were BCDA Chairman Felicito C. Payumo, BCDA President and CEO Arnel Paciano D. Casanova, Esq., Congressman Luis Villafuerte of the 2nd District of Camarines Sur, and Atty. Felipe Gozon, chief executive and chair of GMA Network Inc.

Also present were UP Board of Regents members Congressman Juan Edgardo M. Angara and Magdaleno B. Albaraccin Jr., Dr. Grace J. Alfonso, UP Open University Chancellor; Dr. Gisela P. Concepcion, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dr. Maragtas S.V. Amante, Vice President for Administration; Dr. Elvira A. Zamora, Vice President for Development; Atty. Hector Danny D. Uy, Vice President for Legal Affairs; Prof. Danilo A. Arao, Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs and System Information Office director; and Dr. Mary Ann A. Espina, College of Architecture dean.

UPCL dean Atty. Danilo L. Concepcion and Taguig City Mayor Ma. Laarni Lopez-Cayetano delivered the welcome remarks.

Dr. Jose Wendell P. Capili, Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs and Office of Alumni Relations director, served as the master of ceremonies. —H.C.P.