by RONALYN BANAKEN
More than six decades ago, the University of Baguio (UB) set out on one remarkable cause: to shape minds. Now, after 65 years, it celebrates such cause – one which continues to mold future leaders and trailblazers.
Starting off with the Foundation Mass, UB employees and students gathered to give tribute to the inspiration laid by UB's founders Dr. Fernando "Tatay" Gonzaga Bautista and Ms. Rosa "Nanay" Castillo-Bautista.
The festive mood spiraled up with the students’ Foundation Fair which featured some of the biggest movies of the decade. The School of Engineering and Architecture’s (SEA) Pacific Rim-inspired flick booth prevailed, clinching the top spot. The School of Information Technology’s replica of the Pirates of the Caribbean won the second place. Meanwhile, the School of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences’ Avatar-clad stall came in third.
The Fair also included the Freshmen Idol which showcased the UBian talent. Jannica Joy Ligon (School of International Hospitality and Tourism Management) championed the competition with her powerful performance of Beyoncé’s “Listen”. Carissa Lavarias (SLAHS) followed at number two while Christine May Wagner (School of Teacher Education) settled at the third place with her interpretation of the classic “I (Who Have Nothing)”. In addition, Kevin Zacchary Watanabe (SIT) got the audience on their feet with his captivating dance number, earning him the fourth place. Moreover, Joyce Diga’s (School of Criminal Justice and Public Safety) emotional cover of The Hunger Games’ OST “Safe and Sound” got her in the fifth place.
With screaming girls adorning the gym, UB went wild with one of the country’s hottest R&B sensations, Duncan Ramos. Duncan – a member of the soulful South Border – performed some of the Billboard Top 100 hits, including Bruno Mars’ romantic pieces which left the audience craving for more.
One of the most anticipated events of the Foundation Anniversary yet, the UBian glamor added some colors to the celebration as UB’s muses strutted their stuff during the Miss UB pageant. Radiating the classic grace and elegance, Myle Anne Costales of the SIHTM wowed the crowd, clinching the crown while Phoebe Sherrae Langaoan (SEA) landed as the First Runner-Up. Likewise, UB High School’s Alyssa Dominique Mendoza secured the Second Runner-Up, Arlene De Vera (School of Dentistry) the Third Runner-Up, and Maricris Julian (SLAHS) the Fourth Runner-Up.
Furthermore, the cheerdance competition had the UB students and faculty members alike roaring for their respective departments’ pep squads. In the end, SIHTM pulled it off, nailing the Championship – as well as the Best in Cheer Leader and Best Costume accolades – and leaving the second, third, and fourth spots to SLAHS, the School of Natural Sciences (SNS), and STE, respectively.
The Faculty, Alumni, Management, Employees & Students (FAMERS) Awards recognizes the hard work and dedication of UB employees. This year, the School of Business Administration and Accountancy, SNS, SOD, STE, and SIHTM were presented the Presidential Award for their exemplary performance in board examinations and in relevant competitions.
Also, Ruby Buccat, Charesma Grace Lud-ayen, Julius Simon, and Paciencia Calpito were honored as top-performing teaching employees. In addition, Marilyn Lapada, Michael Jan Ostrea, and Jacqueline Hernandez received their top-performing award for the non-teaching category. Moreover, Maria Lourdes Cantor was hailed as the most outstanding teacher while Victoria Ramolete and Erlinda Domanaco were bestowed the dedicated service award.
To top it all off, PBA legends Nelson Asaytono, Marlou Aquino, Bong Alvarez, Jerry Cordiñera, Bal David, Kenneth Duremdes, EJ Fiehl, Bong Hawkins, Poch Juinio, Alvin Patrimonio, and Vince Hizon graced an exhibition game, drawing a crowd of basketball aficionados.
The Foundation Anniversary was commemorated with a series of outreach activities in UB’s adopted barangays in the city.
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Bishop Carlito Cenzon officiates the Foundation mass.
South Border's Duncan Ramos renders a duet with a member of the audience, setting the UB gym wild.
The Miss UB 2013 winners (from left): Maricris Julian (4th Runner-Up), Alyssa Dominique Mendoza (2nd Runner-Up), Myle Anne Costales (Miss UB 2013), Phoebe Sherrae Langaoan (1st Runner-Up), and Arlene De Vera (3rd Runner-Up)
The opening of the Intramurals
The School of Dentistry is presented the Presidential Award for their "exemplary performance" in the licensure examination during the FAMERS Awards.
The PBA legends with UB president Johann Ben Bautista (center) tossing the ball