Pres. Pascual feted by UP Visayas
“Pagpasidungog, Pagdayaw, Pagpasalamat - to honor, to praise, to thank…these are the thoughts and emotions echoed by UP Visayas as it gathered its faculty, REPS, staff and students for a tribute to UP President Alfredo E. Pascual on February 15, 2017 at the Grand Xing Imperial Hotel, Iloilo City.
A 5-minute video produced by the Information and Publications Office opened the tribute that highlighted the achievements of the Pascual administration.
All sectors of the community – the students, faculty, staff, REPS expressed their acts of pagpasidungog, pagdayaw, pagpasalamat, through speeches, songs, dances, a violin solo and a skit.
President Pascual, whose moniker is PAEP in the UP community, also received a two-foot statue of the sea goddess, Luyong Kabig, as a gift in grateful appreciation for his most valuable support to the mandate of UP Visayas in protecting the sea and its marine life. According to the Suguidanon (Epics) of Panay, “Luyong Kabig is a goddes of the undersea world. She is a powerful deity governing all sea creatures including Bagsang, the seven-headed sea snake. She is both wise and strong because she settled a long conflict between two brave people – Labaw Donggon from the terrestrial world and Masangladon from the undersea world.”
Current UPV Tacloban College (UPVTC) Dean, Dr. Virgildo Sabalo, particularly pointed out how the PAEP administration massively poured in its support to UPVTC in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda wherein it suffered massive damage.
For his part, UPV Chancellor Rommel Espinosa pointed out that under PAEP’s leadership has significantly increased UP’s budget particularly its MOOE to 350% while a 250% increase in the budget of constituent universities was also assured.*
“I thank you for this wonderful and heart-rending tribute, which showcased the immense talents of UP Visayas…your presentations and your many kind words,” says President Pascual in response.
He likewise thanked the organizers who put the program together and Chancellor Espinosa and the UPV executive officials who worked with his administration in achieving strategic thrusts toward academic and operational excellence. He also made mention of the deans, the heads of various offices and units and the students for their “commitment to honor excellence,”…which “have served as an inspiration for our administration for the past six years.**
Towards the end of his speech, Pascual said that he continues to believe in UP’s worth and its role in the country’s future.
“Even after my service is done, I shall continue to make myself available to the call of my Alma Mater,” he ended. Thereafter, the president was swarmed by those who attended and requested for photo a opportunity with him.
*A full text of PAEP’s accomplishment will be published in the UPViews, UPV’s official publication
**A full of PAEP’s speech will likewise be published in the UPViews.