University of the Philippines Los Baños

It’s that time of the year again.

Everybody knows that October 10 is a red-letter day for the University. In fact, the month of October, in general, has become synonymous with celebrations and a festive atmosphere in the UPLB campus. The Loyalty Day (LD) and Alumni Homecoming, along with its host of programs and traditional activities, have always been about commemorations, merry making, reunions, nostalgia, and of convergence of the past, present, and future.

This year, the 94th LD and Alumni Homecoming will again generate plenty of wonderful moments and memories as always. In recent years, however, the LD has become more than just a happy gathering of UPLB faculty, staff, students, and alumni from across generations. It is gradually becoming a meaningful platform for the University to declare a political and social statement, notably UPLB’s role and relevance in a fast-changing world, especially now that UP has become a national university.

Last year, for example, UPLB carried the theme “UPLB Leads Green” to signify the University’s support to the National Greening Program. In 2010, the University validated its role and responsibility as an agent of social change with its theme “UPLB:Kaagapay sa Pagbabago.” This year, the key word for UPLB’s celebration and alumni homecoming is “handa” or “paghahanda,” which translates to being prepared or ready. Appropriately so, the 94th LD theme is UPLB: Handa sa Pagbabagong Panahon at Kapaligiran. This essentially carries the message of being proactive and being prepared in the face of climate change and environmental degradation.

The world is threatened by a host of environmental problems. Among the most critical is climate change. It is the goal of UPLB to take a more proactive stance by preparing for future changes and challenges. Part of its mandate includes generating and spreading knowledge, and in the process, acquire a deeper understanding of the world and the interconnectedness of man and nature. It strives to contribute in the efforts to achieve a balance between the needs of the present and the requirements of the future.

The current theme has a distinct resonance and relevance with the current administration of UPLB. Addressing and mitigating climate change, environmental degradation, and biodiversity loss are some of the major thrusts of the University. It’s no coincidence too that Chancellor Rex Victor Cruz, a forester, is a certified authority on the subject matter.This year’s loyalty day celebration is notable for being the first under his administration. But the notion of paghahanda also applies to the overall preparedness and readiness of the whole academic community. We must be ready to deal and manage diverse issues and become more relevant stakeholders in the community and in society.

The week-long program will officially commence on Oct.2 with the opening of photo and art exhibits including Ibong Malaya: Avian Treasures of the Philippines, a photo exhibit by the Wild Bird Photographers of the Philippines (WBPP); “Environment and Climate Change,” a photo exhibit by the Camera Club of the Philippines; and “Blessings,” an art exhibit by Bernard Vista.

Other major activities include the highly popular Flower and Garden Show at the Seniors Social Garden, which will open on Oct 4, with an Asian Garden theme. There will also be a tennis doubles tournament and basketball games on Oct. 6-7.

There will be an open house at the UPLB Alumni Center on Oct.8-12. Oct.8 is devoted to the reunion of the Golden Jubilarian Class ’62 to be held at the CEC. There will also be a photo exhibit called “Birds of Mt. Makiling” by Dr. Segfredo Serrano on the same day.

On Oct 9-10, the College of Engineering and Agro-Industrial Technology will celebrate its centennial. The Sigma Delta Phi sorority will also install the “Marya Fountain” marker.

One of the highlights of the celebration is the Alumni Fellowship and Awards Night at the EB Copeland Gymnasium on Oct. 9. During the program, outstanding UPLB alumni will be given recognition for their achievements in their respective fields and contributions to nation building.

During the much-awaited Loyalty Day Parade on Oct. 10, participants are encouraged to be at the assembly area at the Vet Med/An Sci Complex at 7 am. This will be followed by a salusalo at the EB Copeland Gymnasium.

Also scheduled on Oct 10 is the School of Environmental Science and Management’s (SESAM) symposium “Next Generation Environmental Leaders: Creating Waves of Change, Enhancing Seas of Opportunities.”

For more information, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at telephone numbers (049) 536 0844 or (049) 576-0104 or the UPLB Alumni Association at telephone numbers (049) 536 4649 or 09261061581.