UPV Iloilo City breaks ground for University Avenue

| Written by Arlyn VCD Palisoc Romualdo

Perspectives of the University Avenue that is being constructed in the Iloilo City campus of UP Visayas (Images from UPV Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development Martin Genodepa)

 

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. The cost of the whole project is estimated at P21 million.

 

From left: UP Vice President for Adminstration Nestor Yunque, UP President Danilo Concepcion, Congresswoman Loren Legarda, Senator Franklin Drilon, UPV Chancellor Ricardo Babaran, and UPV Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development Martin Genodepa in the ceremonial groundbreaking for the Iloilo City campus’ University Avenue (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

The Iloilo City campus is bordered by General Luna St. in the north, Delgado St. in the south, Ybiernas St. in the east, and Infante St. in the west. Except for Delgado St., the gates along the other streets provide access to the campus.

The Oblation monument is currently in front of the Graduate and Continuing Education Building facing General Luna St. and the Infante Flyover. The new campus orientation entails the transfer of the Oblation, to be positioned facing Delgado St., which will be the campus’ main access point.

 

The Oblation in the UPV Iloilo City campus (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

The Oblation in the UPV Iloilo City campus (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

View from outside: The gate along Delgado St. has not been used for many years, but it will soon be UPV Iloilo City campus’ main gate. (Screen grab from Google Maps)

 

View from the inside: Somewhere behind the tractors on the left side of the photo is the gate along Delgado St. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

The plan harmonizes UPV Iloilo City’s layout with other UP campuses, where the Oblation figures prominently upon entry, with a significant building as backdrop. In the case of the Iloilo City campus, that structure of importance is the Main Building, which was the original focal point of the area when it was still the Iloilo City Hall.

 

A perspective showing the placement of the Oblation monument in front of the UPV Main Building (Image from UPV Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development Martin Genodepa)
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