It’s a milestone year for the UP Forum! To celebrate the 20th anniversary of its creation as a monthly community publication for and by the UP Community, the UP Forum’s January-March 2019 issue is featuring some of its most notable and relevant past articles. These articles span two decades and focus on still-controversial national issues and reflections on the nature and role of UP as national university.

The mother language of West Visayas, Kinaray-a, and Aklanon which grew out of it, were once considered mere dialects of the vulgar and uneducated. But the literary history of West Visayas took a turn with the emergence of new literature written in Kinaray-a, Aklanon and Visayan-influenced Filipino.

I would like the College of Music to go out and visit provinces in Mindanao and organize music camps for the marginalized population in geographically isolated communities. I hope that the College of Music will offer short summer courses, or even degrees, in Mindanao for those who cannot afford to send their kids to Diliman. There are UP campuses in Mindanao that can host a College of Music degree program. For instance, UP Mindanao is hosting UPLB’s PhD in Development Studies program.

What musical event in UP do you look forward to or regularly attend? Why? “Overture Concert”—an annual concert held by the UP Mindanao Koro Kantahanay. The concert showcases the musical pieces that range from classical to cultural genres, and also introduces the new batch of official resident members in the said university choir.

Two worth mentioning here in UP Baguio are, first, the Baguio Summer Arts Festival, which for 30 years now has offered various seminars on arts, music, and dance. The second is the UPB Pasiklaban. Both events have become the university’s way of giving back to the community, be it in providing free education on indigenous music and dance for young people who want to learn about their culture, or just simply for the sheer joy of sharing musical talents with a larger audience in the spirit of togetherness and celebration.

Versus Verses FlipTop as Counterculture

The University’s long and rich tradition of celebrating while studying the arts has allowed its sons and daughters to carve out their niche across art forms. UP has made its mark in mainstream and popular music, but it is also in these spaces where countrerculture has thrived. One of these emerging forms is rap battle, the modern Filipino balagtasan.