Officials from the University of the Philippines (UP) joined their counterparts from the Tau Alpha fraternity on May 3, 2019 at Quezon Hall in UP Diliman to sign a Memorandum of Agreement for the construction of the latter’s legacy project. Estimated at around P80 million, the project will lead to the creation of a pathway connecting Quezon Hall to the Main Library of UP Diliman.
Tau Alpha, which was represented at the signing by Legacy Project Committee Chairperson Antonio Turalba and Tau Alpha Foundation President Norberto Mendoza, thanked UP President Danilo L. Concepcion for the opportunity to undertake the prestigious project. “That honor also brings with it tremendous responsibility,” Turalba added in his message, while clarifying that Tau Alpha was ready to undertake that responsibility.
President Concepcion was joined in the signing by UP Vice President for Development Elvira A. Zamora as representatives of the University. Also with them at the ceremonies were UP Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs Jose Wendell P. Capili and Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs and Director of Office of Alumni Relations, Rica D. Abad.
Tau Alpha’s legacy project was created to commemorate the fraternity’s 90th anniversary, which will be in 2021. In addition to the pathway, the project’s budget will cover the cost of one or two bridges (depending on the final design) along Roces Avenue, with tunnels featuring vaulted ceilings. It will also cover the cost of incidental landscaping with provision for benches and artworks across the pathway, as well as the refurbishment of the Lagoon and the possible addition of a holding pond. Construction is expected to finish in 2022.
Concepcion lauded the agreement as “historic,” noting that partnering with UP alumni has always been productive for the University. He said that it was his dream for UP to have a world class campus, but he always hoped to achieve it without sacrificing the open spaces, trees, and natural beauty. The current project, he clarified, was a major step towards achieving that goal.
Concepcion also announced that his administration had several more major projects in the pipeline and asked for the alumni’s continued support in these endeavors.