Being in UP Cebu also looped it into the culture of cutting-edge research and development of the academe. In handling human resources—and wages and benefits already reaching more than P9 billion—the system is recipient to a huge amount of data, which is huge scientific grist. This makes the start-up not only a business incubatee, but a possible partner of UP in finding what is best for human resources in the country.
UP Cebu holds its 81st commencement exercises at its Lahug campus open grounds on June 27, 2018, capping a centennial year as it graduates 405 students, 344 with a bachelor’s degree, 11 magna cum laude, and 74 cum laude. Chancellor Liza Corro expresses confidence in the batch’s eagerness to “pay it forward,” ahead of any return service requirement.
May 3, 2018 was the culmination of UP Cebu’s centennial celebrations, which carried the theme “Unang Siglo: Halad sa Katawhan, of Academic Excellence and Public Service”. The day saw the unveiling of a “gratitude wall” for UP Cebu donors, the inauguration of the UP Presidents’ markers at the new Oblation Square, awarding ceremonies for constituents, and a grand centennial “cookout” out in the open.
UP Cebu continues to elevate its research, development, and public service with the launch of new centers and projects, and of the new building to house them.
UP Cebu, which has found a niche in the arts and creative design, showcases the visual art talent it has nurtured through the years and its contribution to the development of Visayan art and culture through an exhibit called “Sentenaryo: 100 Artworks by 100 Artists Celebrating 100 Years of Academic Excellence and Public Service”.
Many traditions across the UP constituent universities started out as a form of protest, and the UP Cebu Cookout is one such tradition. In 1987, the students of the then UP Cebu College gathered together on the campus grounds to protest against a repressive dean, and they literally cooked food as they discussed the issues that affected the university and the country.
The short video makes its metaphor clear: Education is like pusô, an iconic Cebuano street food consisting of rice boiled in packets of woven coconut leaves. In the video, the values of hard work, perseverance, strength, faith and experience helps a young man earn his degree from UP Cebu, while his mother provides him support and pusô.