Sunday, June 5, 2011

Some Activities This Summer


On May 7th, the UPOU held its 15th Graduation Ceremonies at the UPOU Oblation Park, in front of the UPOU Headquarters in Los Baños.  The graduation ceremony itself was held early evening, so it wasn’t completely hot, although admittedly it has been very hot this summer.  We had described said graduation in past postings, but we simply would like to show a picture of the crowd that gathered on the UPOU Oblation Park amphitheater steps to watch the proceedings that evening.
Yes, indeed, graduation ceremonies at UPOU are a bit different in that they're held right in front of the UP Oblation before whom graduates pledge their allegiance to the UP as an institution.  The graduates also pledge their allegiance to UP as new members of the UP Alumni Association.  Absolutely symbolic and sentimental.


In Los Baños today are four medical facilities (and some small clinics).  We’ve written about the UPLB Health Services and the Los Baños Doctors’ Hospital in past postings.  We haven’t written about the St. Jude Family Hospital, though. 

While we've  mentioned of the HealthServ clinic before, we haven’t reported about the new physical structure.  The recently-completed HealthServ Medical Center is, indeed, an imposing three-level medical facility, complete with appropriately-landscaped frontage.  It’s much larger than the LBDH, although practically the same set of medical doctors and professionals serve in both facilities.

President/CEO of HealthServe Medical Center is Dr. Rhodora D. Ocampo.  Medical Director is Dr. Lafayette R. Ang-Santo, and Chief of Clinics is Dr. Ma. Isabel B. Romana-Jamias.  All these top-rate medical doctors have one in common: all are related to professors of UPLB

While LBDH is located along Lopez Avenue, close to Grove and the UPLB Gate, HealthServ is located at Crossing behind the old HealthServ building along the National Highway.

By the way, for those who still can recall how this place looked like in years past, where the old HealthServ facility stands today used to be the exact place where Doce Theater, one of three third-class movie houses in Los Baños in the 60s, used to be.  (To complete the recollection, Robinson’s Town Mall now stands where Gerry’s Theater used to be, and a small shopping mall across from the Junction Wetmarket now stands where Chit theater used to stand).


Those of you of who’ve visited UPLB recently must have seen the new marker on the place where the Department of Humanities used to stand.  The Arch has been restored and the area landscaped.  This is part of UPLB’s restoration of historical sites on the campus.
Viewed from the ground floor of the Physical Sciences building (which houses the Departments of Chemistry, Physics, and the Computer Center, one can see structures behind the Humanities Arch.  Those buildings are the Post Office, and the UPLB Foundation Inc. building.

Speaking of relics of the past, recently Jegs and I visited once again the Pagsanjan Cathedral, home of Our Lady of Gudalupe, in Pagsanjan, Laguna.  The cathedral was founded in 1687, and its first curate was Fr. Agustin de la Magdalena.  Originally, the cathedral was made of bamboo and nipa, but was reconstructed three years later in 1690 under the direction of Miguel Guan-co and Alguacil Mayor Alfonso Garcia (that's what's on the marker). 

In 1853, the Cathedral was greatly improved through the efforts of Fr. Joaquin de Coria.  Further improvements were introduced in 1872 by Fr. Serafin Linares and Fr. Cipriano Bac.  The Pagsanjan Cathedral was damaged during the Second World War, but has been restored since and it looks great today.  It receives quite a number of tourist visitors annually, particularly devotees of Our Lady of Gudalupe.


On the other side of the street at the center of Pagsanjan is the Municipal Hall, which has been cleaned up and repainted. Viewed from the Cathedral’s parking area, this government structure looks clean and a lot more respectable than it used to.  By the way, fronting the main door of the cathedral is the church’s parking area.  This used to be a small park that could hardly accommodate more than twenty people.  Now, it looks spacious.


Introducing Waku, our family pet.  He’s a Shih Tzu, 15 months old.  In most of his first 12 months, however, he suffered from demodectic mites infection.  He has survived those terrible mites, although we’ve been warned by the vet that such condition usually recurs.  Waku is a survivor, though.  He’s not completely free of those mites yet, but we’ve been giving him the best veterinary care we possibly can manage, including a weekly medicated bath at the Hayop Kalinga clinic in Calamba City. 
Waku is highly intelligent, like any other Shih Tzu.  The Vets who've seem him are uniformly impressed by his "good boy" demeanor and friendly behavior.  When the attendants in the clinic cut his hair, he remains steady.  Of course, this changes when his hair is cut by Jegs.  Waku becomes much more playful and difficult to groom as he likes to play with his masters all the time.  Whenever we leave him behind (as in when we go to work), he becomes very silent and uninterested.  Like, he knows he'd be alone during most of the day.  This is a problem because Shih Tzus are known to be emotionally affected when left alone.  Such experience is very frustrating to them.  When we arrive home after a good day's work, he greets us with a wildly wagging tail, a playful mood, including what humans would normally call embraces.

When he sees some other creatures outside the window, he starts barking wildly, as if he's angry.  He also looks very quisically at new visitors in the house, although eventually he'll become uninterested.  In all, Waku's nice to be around the house.  We're enjoying him.

I had an ordinary B-day lunch on the 30th of May at the Hongkong Emperor Restaurant at the MOA in Pasay City.  My guests were Jegs (pix 1, below),

and Daniyelle and her Mom Ruby (pix 2 above), her Lola Lita, and her Tito (Papa) Nonie (both not in picture).  The group also went to watch the movie Panda 2 in 3D.  Nice treat for the day.

By the way, this was also our first "family" trip using the second hand L300 van we just purchased for our school service project.


On June 2, UPOU gave outgoing FEd Dean Terret de Villa a testimonial in recognition of her successful stint as Dean of the Faculty of Education.  In this pix, Dr. Baggy Bagarinao, UPOU Registrar and Associate Professor of Education narrated his professional experience working with Dean Terret.

I knew Dean Terret only recently, when she became Dean of FEd.  It so happens that her younger sister, Mitch de Villa, who's now residing in Australia with her family, was my student in development communication at UPLB years back.  In any case. Dean Terret has, indeed, been very good administrator and professor.  She'd be retiring sometime in September.  I understand that she's being recruited by a big university in Batangas.

Nothing wrong there.  She's from Batangas, anyway.

Effective 1 June 2011, the FEd has been operating with a brand-new dean in the person of Associate Professor Patricia B. Arinto.  Pat earned her Bachelor's degree from the UP Visayas (magna cum laude), her Master's degree from UP Diliman.  She's completed all the requirements for the professional doctorate, Doctor of Education, from the University of London.  She's just waiting for the results of the external review of her doctoral thesis.

To Dean Terret deVilla, thank you and God speed.  To Pat, welcome to the FEd Deanship.

Most of the faculty and staff of the FEd whom I've talked with believe that Dean Arinto would be an effective Dean.  Of course, they're all aware of her no-none sense, business-like demeanor, which, for some, can be unnerving at times.  I have no problem with such kind of management style.  In fact, I believe we also need this management style in order to gain clearer focus on what we need to do now and then.  My professional experience with Dean Arinto has been good. 

Again, Pat, congratulations.  We in the FEd are all behind you and ready to go the extra mile with you leading us.


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