27 May 2007

return to u.p. diliman

u.p. diliman is one of the big reasons why i am thrilled to be home again. i love the acacia trees lining up diliman’s academic oval. i enjoy circling around the symmetry of quezon hall (administration building) vis-à-vis gonzalez hall (main library), palma hall (social sciences and philosophy) vis-à-vis melchor hall (engineering), and benitez hall (education) vis-à-vis malcolm hall (law). despite the national government’s inability to provide adequate financial support for u.p., the university manages to produce achievers from every imaginable profession. some of these achievers were students from my general education, creative writing or comparative literature classes. i must have taught at least eight thousand students since 1988. provided with opportunities to encourage and nurture the country’s brightest students, i developed a sense of mission to remain in the academe. i can only hope that teachers, especially public school teachers all over the country, will be compensated well. from these primary and secondary school teachers, there will be a steadier flow of good students in the u.p. system for the years to come.

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inside palma hall (formerly known as "liberal arts" and later, "a.s. building" )
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palma hall
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towards quezon hall
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the new office of the university registrar (our)
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the academic oval
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half of the university avenue
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plaridel hall (mass communication)
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bahay ng alumni (alumni house)
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view of academic oval from palma hall
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kalayaan residence hall
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sampaguita residence hall
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yakal residence hall
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molave residence hall
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ilang-ilang residence hall
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international center
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u.p. infirmary
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benitez hall (education)
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college of business administration
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school of economics
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sunken garden
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hardin ng mga diwata, college of arts and letters (faculty center)
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side view of palma hall from bulwagang rizal (arts and letters/faculty center)
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inside bulwagang rizal (faculty center)
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wilfrido maria guerrero theater
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"beachhouse" behind the main library
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view of the sunken garden from vinzon's hall
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andres bonifacio, across vinzon's hall
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vinzon's hall
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bulwagang rizal (arts and letters/faculty center), from the u.p. lagoon
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view of the u.p. lagoon from bulwagang rizal
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the carillon
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villamor hall (university theater)
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u.p. film center
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melchor hall (engineering)
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college of fine arts
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vintage shopping center
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fire trees between arts and letters/social sciences&philosophy and engineering
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typical class in u.p. diliman
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view from engineering, molave, yakal and kalayaan
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sunken garden lovers
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sunflowers in bloom
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view of the new arts and letters building from bulwagang rizal (arts and letters/faculty center)

quezon hall, university avenue, oblation

10 comments:

chaz said...

Thanks so much for the pictures. It's been over a decade since last been to UP. The pictures brought back some good memories.

wendell said...

chaz!

the u.p. videos are right at the bottom of this page. or you may search them in youtube. it's always great to be back. diliman brings back good memories to its past and present inhabitants.

enjoy the winter down under.

cheers,

w.

Marianne said...

Love your blog, Wendell.

How long was your visit to Manila? Were you there during the elections? How are things?

-- Marianne

wendell said...

Marianne!!

how are you?

have not gone back to the bay area for ages. hope to see you really soon!!

i returned to manila. im done with my studies in australia. im back teaching and doing admin work.

drop by diliman should you be in manila.

take care,

w.

exskindiver said...

hi wendell.
loved the pictures.
the beach house brought me back to my daily barbeque fix memories of my college days.
this is a good trip down memory lane without the jet lag.
~chesca

wendell said...

chesca!

i am recharged seeing diliman's students, trees and the familiar landmarks. drop by when you are in town!!

cheers,

w.

Karla said...

I was at Diliman over the weekend, jogging around the oval with my friend, Inquirer reporter Leila, also a UP grad, and we realized, wow, UP is on its centennial next year! Are there preparations for this? I wish they'd do a coffee table on "100 UP graduates who matter" or something. :)

wendell said...

karla!

there is a UP centennial and here's the website:

http://www.up.edu.ph/content.php?r=14&c=14

president emerlinda roman is a hands-on president and she's on top of the centennial festivities.

selecting the top 100 graduates can be controversial. UP has achievers in every possible discipline. but there are wonderful activities taking place for the next few months.

btw, great interview, the one you had with leo abaya.

stay cool.

w.

kelly said...

Sir wendell! Your photos remind me NEVER to take for granted the beauty of our beloved UP! I'm just in campus, i'll give you a ring one of these days! Glad to have you back in manila :)

- kelly

wendell said...

kelly!!

have been trying to get in touch with you. i think i dont have your new mobile no. my no. is still the same. do keep in touch. we can all go out with anna and james if they are around. hi to your mom.

cheers,

w.