At daybreak on October 20, the UP community and friends gathered at UP Diliman’s Palma Hall steps to mark the UP Ugnayan ng Pahinungód’s new chapter, as it celebrated it’s 26th inception anniversary through a fun run.
The fun run commemorated and helped relaunch Ugnayan ng Pahinungód’s revitalized volunteer program, according to Ugnayan ng Pahinungód System Director Grace Aguiling-Dalisay. More than a hundred registrants coming from various UP constituent universities, such as Diliman, Manila, Los Baños, Visayas and Open University, participated in the 4.4 kilometer-race around the Academic Oval. A Zumba dance class was also offered during the event. The top three finishers were Isidro Perpetua, Jovie Villaganas and Kristoffer Troy Sison who earned the first, second and third places, respectively.
“Kasabay ng ating pagtakbo ang pagbuhay nating muli sa Ugnayan ng Pahinungód bilang isang tanggapan ng UP System. Ako ay labis na natutuwa sa suportang ibinigay ninyo ngayon. Ito ay isang pagsasama-samang walang katumbas, na ang ibig sabihin ay buhay na buhay ang malasakit nating mga taga-UP,” UP President Danilo L. Concepcion said.
The Ugnayan ng Pahinungód, also known as Oblation Corps, started over two decades ago. It was an offshoot of and a response to a study conducted by Dr. Maria Luisa Doronila and Dr. Ledivina Cariño that looked into how much value UP students ascribed to social commitment. Following the study was the creation of the Ugnayan ng Pahinungód/Oblation Corps on February 28, 1994, making it as the country’s first university-based formal volunteer service program.
The event was attended by Ugnayan ng Pahinungód’s directors, among them were UP System Director Grace Aguiling-Dalisay, UP Diliman Director Jocelyn Caragay, UP Manila Director Eric Talens, UP Open University Director Rhonna Marie Vereña, UP Visayas Director Ruben Gamala, as well as UP faculty, non-teaching staff, students and other members of the UP community.