(From left to right) Beta Epsilon Fraternity Alumni
Association officers turned over the Beta Theatrum to
(center) UPD Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma. Also in
photo are (second from left) OICA director Prof.
Ruben D.F. Defeo and (extreme right) National
Hydraulic Research Center director Prof. Leonardo Q.
(July 27)— The renovated Beta Theatrum opened to the public with a jazz concert at 6:00 p.m. on July 24.
Refurbished jointly by the Office of the Chancellor and the Beta Epsilon Fraternity, the open air theater at the Lagoon behind the University Amphitheater was turned over to UP Diliman, through Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma, as the newest operational performance and cultural venue on campus. The venue was blessed by Rev. Fr. Victor Jonathan Bote.
The launching concert entitled “JAZZ” featured performances by the UP Percussion Ensemble and the Camerata Jazz, capping the month-long activities welcoming the freshmen. The event was in line with the audience and venue development efforts of the Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts (OICA) under the Office of the Chancellor.
Professor Ruben D.F. Defeo, OICA director, said the re-launching of the Beta Theatrum and the jazz concert “will jumpstart the series of activities that we will plan for the venue...This is the quadrangle now that we will collectively call the University Art’s Hub.”
Among the repertoire of the UP Percussion Ensemble were Miki, Kwaderno 3 para sa Marimba, Toccatta without Instruments and What a Wonderful World; while the Camerata Jazz performed Inventiones (an original composition), Blue Skies, Body and Soul and Dahil Sa’yo.