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UPVTC holds 40th commencement exercises

The University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College held its 40th Commencement Exercises on June 27, 2016 at the Arts and Sciences grounds with a total of 247 graduates. Dr. Arsenio Balisacan, Secretary of the Philippine Competition Commission, was the guest speaker.

Among the UP officials who were present include Faculty Regent Philip Ian Padilla, Alumni Regent Ramon Maronilla, University and BOR Secretary Lillian de las Llagas, UPV Chancellor Rommel Espinosa, Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension Ricardo Babaran, and UPV Registrar Jose Go. UPV Prof. Emeritus Merlie Alunan was also on stage. Other visitors were representatives from SGV& Co. Philippines and the Department of Science and Technology.

It was the third time since 2014, that the college held the said ceremony at the Arts and Sciences grounds. A lightning rally headed by the graduates concluded the ceremony.

Class 2016 produced two magna cum laude graduates and 41 cum laude graduates.

The commencement program was followed by a dinner where the multi-awarded UP An Balangaw Performing Arts Group performed some OPM classics and popular Waray folksongs.

On the day before the commencement exercises, June 26, a baccalaureate service for the graduates was also held. The speakers for the ecumenical servicet were Pres. Ricardo Aban (Tacloban Stake President, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), Fr. Jan Ian Brylle Callera (Resident Priest, Sacred Heart Church, Tacloban City), Ms. Jinky Mae Manalo (Ministry Head, LifeCare Department, New Life Tacloban), and Rev. Cesar Tumandao (Administrative Pastor, United Church of Christ in the Philippines, Dulag, Leyte). Ms. Arianne Kris Villegas, BS Biology, shared her reflections before the end of the program.

On the evening of the same date, the college sponsored the very first Parangal in honor of UPVTC graduating class 2016 and their parents. The program was made special with the UP Arco String Quartet and Prof. Edna Marcil Martinez (conductor), as guest performers. UP Arco is a multi-awarded and internationally acclaimed orchestra of the University of the Philippines College of Music. They have performed in a number of festivals in Europe and have been recently given the the Best String Orchestra Award, 2nd Festa, in Venice, Italy. UP Arco’s role had been significant in gathering support for the college after the super typhoon Yolanda.

The holding of Parangal 2016 was spearheaded by the Division of Humanities, Leyte-Samar Heritage Center, with the support of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. (By: Marilou Morales)

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