University of the Philippines Los Baños
Monday, 07 August 2017 18:22

UPLB welcomes 2nd ‘nano’ batch of freshies

Eighty-four students make up the second batch of UPLB’s new freshmen after the nationwide implementation of the K to 12 Basic Education Program.

This may be a far cry from the intake of freshmen in UPLB prior to K to 12, usually at 2,500; nonetheless, the new UPLB students experienced the traditional welcome that their predecessors enjoyed at the opening of classes: the welcome breakfast called “Alm-OSA-lan” and the Freshmen Convocation on Aug. 2.

Dr. Nina M. Cadiz, director of the Office of Student Affairs, in her welcome remarks during the Freshmen Convocation at the DL Umali Hall, called the new students as the second “nano” batch of UPLB, a prefix that means one-billionth but was used to emphasize the small number of students.

Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., in his message, assured the students of UPLB’s quality of education. “As the country’s national university, UP is more than capable of bringing out your full potential in the field of study that you’ve chosen for your undergraduate degree,” he said. “As one of the oldest among the constituent universities, UPLB has a proud and distinguished history as one of the foremost schools for higher learning in the nation.”

After commending the students for passing the competitive UP College Admission Test (UPCAT), Chancellor Sanchez underscored that the bigger challenge that they have to conquer is completing their degree and to becoming productive citizens of the country.

This year’s convocation guest speaker was Maria Rizza “Mariz” Laksamana, a field reporter of ABS-CBN Southern Tagalog and a BS Development Communication alumna (Class 2014). In her message, Laksamana shared two basic tips to the freshmen: first is to start building their network in college, which will be useful in the future; second is to take advantage of learning opportunities, such as working during summer for the value it brings in enriching one’s knowledge and profile.

Laksamana also advised the student not to get overwhelmed by college freedom and to know their limitations. She also reminded them to study hard, do their best, and wear their UPLB education with pride.

The top eight UPCAT passers of UPLB were also recognized during the event. They were Reyno Manuel U. Manilay (BA Philosophy); Marco Bienvenido DV. Amora (BS Development Communication); Andi Lynson O. Torres (Civil Engineering); Andrei Marie O. Lim (BS Agribusiness Management); Andre Nathaniel F. Aquino (BS Forestry); Korinne Beatrice E. Esteban (BS Nutrition); Cherilyn C. Monis (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine); and Brent Miller C. Wong (BS Food Technology).

Present during the convocation were University officials, deans, and college secretaries. (Kristine Araguas)