University of the Philippines Los Baños
Friday, 16 October 2015 00:00

Int’l students showcase talent at cultural night


In celebration of its 37th anniversary, the International Students Association (ISA), in cooperation with the International Student Services of the Office of Student Affairs (OSA), staged its annual cultural night at the DL Umali Hall on Oct. 14.

According to Dr. Nina Cadiz, OSA director, the event was “meant to promote the welfare and cooperation of foreign students in UPLB and to promote the benefits of internationalization in a University” such as UPLB.

With the theme “Unifying Force for Global Community,” the event featured song and dance performances of students from the Philippines, Indonesia, Timor Leste, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Nigeria.

University officials in attendance had good words for the cultural program and presentations. “Tonight is a night of celebrating friendship amidst global conflict,” said Dr. Serlie Barroga-Jamias, vice chancellor for community affairs, in a message in behalf of Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. Meanwhile, Dr. Jose V. Camacho, Jr., Graduate School dean, reiterated the importance of international graduate students to the University. “We are supportive of our international students. In fact, they have been our inspiration in enhancing our programs,” he said.

The UPLB Street Jazz Dance Crew and Los Baños-based musician Arneil Sarzuelo also showcased their dancing and singing talents, respectively.

The event ended with ISA members’ singing the song “Kaleidoscope World” by Francis Magalona. (JLR Roble III)