CHE Museum and Child Development buildings inaugurated

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The facades of the newly inaugurated CHE Museum building and Child Development Center complex. (Photos by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

The facades of the newly inaugurated CHE Museum building and Child Development Center complex. (Photos by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)
The facades of the newly inaugurated CHE Museum building and Child Development Center complex. (Photos by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

Three years after its inclusion in the UP budget proposal, the College of Home Economics’ (CHE) infrastructure development project, beginning with the College Museum and the Child Development Center buildings, was inaugurated on December 12, 2018.

The inauguration was led by UP President Danilo Concepcion, UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan, and CHE Dean Aurorita Roldan, with former UP President Alfredo Pascual and former CHE deans and faculty members as guests of honor.

They toured around the facilities of the CHE Museum, which include the costume museum; and of the new CDC building, which include observation classrooms, playgrounds, and an auditorium.

Aside from the costume museum, the CHE Museum will house museums for traditional Philippine attire, home implements, toys, and other home artifacts.

The CDC is the laboratory school of the CHE’s Family Life and Child Development Department, which educates children from three months to 5 ½ years old.

 

Part of the CHE's collection of ternos on display in the costume museum. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)
Part of the CHE’s collection of ternos on display in the costume museum. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

The CDC open-air playground highlighted by a slide said to be the work of Napoleon Abueva and a wading pool. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)
The CDC open-air playground highlighted by a slide said to be the work of Napoleon Abueva and a wading pool. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

Two of the CDC observation classrooms, especially designed for infants (top photo) and older pre-schoolers (bottom photo). (Photos by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

Two of the CDC observation classrooms, especially designed for infants (top photo) and older pre-schoolers (bottom photo). (Photos by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)
Two of the CDC observation classrooms, especially designed for infants (top photo) and older pre-schoolers (bottom photo). (Photos by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

“I know this is a work in progress that we will support in whatever way we can, as part of the larger vision to be a center of Home Economics,” said Tan in the inauguration program. “Many of our problems are rooted in the destruction of what we used to teach at home.”

He added that Home Economics “. . . is an appreciation of what we have. That is where we shape our Filipino-ness and where we have our inculturation.”

 

Chancellor Michael Tan and President Danilo Concepcion deliver messages. (Photos by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

Chancellor Michael Tan and President Danilo Concepcion deliver messages. (Photos by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)
Chancellor Michael Tan and President Danilo Concepcion deliver messages. (Photos by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

Concepcion wanted the name of the College “tweaked” to reflect the many disciplines in the College and to get recognized alongside their international counterparts.

He assured the College of more support from him, so that it can lead the country in terms of its expertise and expand the coverage of courses to include emerging industries. He called upon the initiative of the College to contribute to the country’s food security by discovering new food sources and processes. He also spoke about extension programs to make courses such as culinary arts and hospitality management more accessible in the Philippines. (Jo. Lontoc, UP MPRO)

 

Works of children wards hang just outside the classrooms. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)
Works of children wards hang just outside the classrooms. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)
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