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