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UPD honors 2011 student achievers
Parangal sa mag-aaral underscores the value of academic freedom and of being a public university.


Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Elizabeth L. Enriquez

Chancellor Sergio S. Cao


Aretha B. Angcao

Chancellor Cao (center) with the vice chancellors, the deans and
representatives of the Colleges at the Parangal sa Mag-aaral 2011

February 28—Student achiever Corrina P. Azarconof the College of Science, in an inspirational message during the Parangal sa Mag-aaral expressed how grateful she is for the academic freedom she enjoyed in UP and how she learned to be responsible in handling this freedom. Now that she is graduating this semester, she said she realized her journey as an Iskolar ng Bayan is about to end. Soon, she will be tested for what she has learned in UP. In the meantime, she said “UP is a place to learn and to have fun.”

Chancellor Sergio S. Cao said after listening to Azarcon’s speech, he felt happy and grateful that for the last time, he has the opportunity of giving the Parangal sa mga Mag-aaral award to student achievers. The ceremony was held on February 22, six days before the end of his term.

Azarconis one of the more than 2,000 students in the graduate and undergraduate levels recognized by for their achievements in the past year at the UP Film Institute’s Cine Adarna.

Among the student achievers honored this year are the University Scholars (US), students who have earned a General Weighted Average (GWA) of not lower than 1.25, and those who have distinguished themselves in various fields.

This year, the Science and Technology cluster once again produced the most number of achievers as led by the College of Engineering with 633 awardees followed by the College of Science with 330.

The Management and Economics cluster came in second, producing 660 awardees composed mostly of those from the College of Business Administration, which had 329 awardees. It was followed by the School of Economics, which produced 170 awardees.

UPD also honored its graduates who ranked among the top 10 in various licensure examinations in the country. The graduates made their presence especially felt in the Architecture, Certified Public Accountant, Teachers, Geology, and Chemical, Geodetic, Mining and Metallurgical Engineering licensure examinations.

Moreover, UPD dominated the top three ranks of the licensure examinations for architects, geologists and geodeticengineers.

UPD also prides itself in molding its students’ into becoming well-rounded individuals who excel in more than one field. During the ceremony, the university honored students who won in national and international competitions.

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Elizabeth L. Enriquez proudly welcomed the student achievers who brought pride and glory to the university. She said everywhere they go, the student achievers who were carefully chosen among the entire UP student population not only brought honor to their Alma Mater and the entire nation but also embodied the tatak UP or the mark of a true UP student.

Meanwhile, the Chancellor congratulated and extended his deepest gratitude to the awardees and their parents. He said “Sa lahat sa inyo na mga Natatanging Mag-aaral, sa inyong mga magulang at mahal sa buhay na sumusuporta at tumutulong sa inyo, isang maligayang pagbati. Congratulations sa inyong lahat. Ang inyong pagkakasama sa listahan ng mga Natatanging Mag-aaral ng UP Diliman ay isang napakalaking tagumpay, karapat-dapat na ipagsaya…ipagmalaki at ipagpasalamat.”

“…kaming mga kaguruan ay may pagmamalaking nadarama dahil gaya ng mga magsasaka, itinuturing namin kayong mga butil na itinanim, inalagaan at diniligan. At gaya ng sunflowers na tutubo ay para kaming nag-ani sa aming paghihirap. May katapatan kong sasabihin sa inyo, na kami ay nangangarap na magtagumpay at sana ay maging mas mahusay at mas matagumpay kayo kaysa sa aming mga naging guro ninyo. Our students should do better than us,” he added.

Finally, the Chancellor’s sincere reminder to the students: “Una, maraming problema sa ating kapaligiran, sa ating bansa, sa daigdig. May mga natural na kalamidad, may mga trahedyang gawa ng tao. Sana ay makatulong kayo sa paglutas ng mga problemang katulad nito. At kung hindi man kayo maging bahagi ng solusyon, sana naman ay huwag na kayong maging bahagi ng problema.”

In addition, he said “Hindi namin kayo tinuruan ng buong husay upang ang maging tanging layunin ninyo ay mangibang-bansa. Kung kayo man ay export quality, hindi kayo ginastusan ng sambayanang Pilipino para i-export…kayo ay Iskolar ng Bayan, para sa bayan at hindi para mangibang-bayan lamang.”

Diliman Learning Resource Center director Professor Vanessa Lusung-Oyzon hosted the ceremony. Soprano singer Aretha B. Angcao from the College of Music serenaded the audience with the classic songs Someone Like You by Van Morisson, Smile by Judy Garland and composed by Charlie Chaplin, and Out Here On My Own by Irene Cara and written by Michael and Leslie Gore.

The event ended with the singing of UP Naming Mahal with the accompaniment from the members of the UP ROTC Symphonic Band led by Professor Rodney Ambat.

 

-Haidee C. Pineda