Argentine Ambassador visits UPV
His Excellency, Roberto Bosch, Ambassador of the Argentine Republic was in the UP Visayas Iloilo City campus on October 20, 2016 for a cultural visit. He was in town for the Argentine Film Festival in Iloilo City.
UPV Chancellor, Rommel Espinosa, along with the UPV Officials, welcomed Bosch at the UPV Cinematheque. He expressed his pleasure for being able to visit Iloilo City, including UPV. He briefly talked about the similarities shared by Argentina and the Philippines such as being a former Spanish colony, having Catholicism as the main religion and both as still developing countries.
Questions that were raised after his brief remarks included a possible academic cooperation between the two countries by UPV Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Encarnacion Emilia Yap; and how to make the Philippines more interested in football as a sports, more suited to the average height of the Filipinos, as asked by one of the UP High School in Iloilo (UPHSI) students.
A short Argentine film entitled, “The Florist” was shown at the Cinematheque with the UPHSI students as audience. The film was about the brevity of life as seen through the eyes of a florist. When the film started, Bosch left the venue for a guided tour of the Center for West Visayan Studies Museum and the UPV Art Gallery. Dr. Randy Madrid and Prof. Martin Genodepa served as tour guides, respectively.
The visit was arranged by Dr. Kevin Villanueva and Prof. Alfredo Diaz, faculty members of UPHSI. Other UPV officials present were Vice-Chancellor for Administration Nestor Yunque and Vice-Chancellor for Planning and Development Evelyn Belleza, Deans Resurreccion Sadaba (College of Arts and Sciences)
Emeliza Lozada (School of Technology) and Mary Ann Gumban (College of Management). Also present were Office of Alumni Affairs Director Amy Tanoy, Division of Professional Education Chair, Celia Parcon and UPHSI Principal Lourdes Zamora.