UP Visayas (UPV) held a simple groundbreaking ceremony for the University Avenue in its Iloilo City campus on August 16, following the turnover and blessing of the newly-restored Main Building. The University Avenue is part of the campus’ re-orientation of its academic core zone. Funded by the Department of Public Works and Highways, the cost of the whole project is estimated at P100 million.

It was a nail-biter reminiscent of last season’s finals bid: the UP Fighting Maroons head to head with the Adamson University Soaring Falcons. Last year’s semifinals saw UP snatching the finals spot away from Adamson, knocking away its twice-to-beat advantage in what was arguably the two most exciting games of Season 81 of the University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball tournament.

First game, first win. The UP Fighting Maroons took the Far Eastern University (FEU) Tamaraws by the horns to win its Season 82 opener in the University Athletics Association of Philippines (UAAP) men’s basketball tournament on September 4 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

“A UP education is a great gift and privilege. . . .The University gave us the skills, the knowledge, and wisdom that we needed to face our future; honed our talents towards achieving our dreams; and most importantly, provided us the values that we hold dear and that also formed our character: love of country, service to our countrymen, professionalism and pursuit of excellence, integrity, and a sense of justice and fairness.” —Ambassador Edgardo B. Espiritu, UPAA Most Distinguished Alumnus for 2019, in his response on behalf of the alumni awardees

The UP Alumni Association handed out its awards during “Pandayan ng Bayan,” the General Alumni Homecoming on August 24 at Ang Bahay ng Alumni, UP Diliman. The recipients were 33 individuals, 13 families, and an alumni chapter. The individual honorees consisted of the Most Distinguished Alumnus, four Lifetime Distinguished Achievement awardees, and 28 Distinguished Alumni in 25 fields.

UP System employees were the first recipients of the new UP ID produced by PayMaya, free of charge, for the University.

In a ceremonial presentation, UP President Danilo Concepcion, Executive Vice President Teodoro Herbosa, and Vice President for Development Elvira Zamora received their new IDs from UP alumnus and PayMaya founder and CEO Orlando Vea on August 27, the first day of release.

The result of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines’ (NHCP) P54-million two-year restoration of the UP Visayas (UPV) Main Building in its Iloilo City campus was finally unveiled on August 16.

The ANTENA Consortium, of which UP is a member, held the ANTENA Project’s First National Round Table and Coordination Meeting on July 15 and 16 at De La Salle University (DLSU) Manila.

The ANTENA Project is an initiative on the internationalization of Philippine higher education institutions (HEIs), coordinated by the Oficina de Gestión de Proyectos Internacionales (International Project Management Office) of the Universidad de Alicante (UA), Spain. It is co-funded by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ Program.