University of the Philippines (UP) and Tau Alpha fraternity officials marked the start of the construction of the pathway that will connect Quezon Hall to the Main Library of UP Diliman with the ceremonial groundbreaking and laying of the time capsule on January 31, 2020 at the lagoon area facing the Carillon.
Dubbed as the “Tau Alpha Infinity Walk”, this legacy project coincides with the fraternity’s 90th anniversary celebrations and will benefit the UP Diliman community as well as the visitors of the campus. The project features a promenade or walkway across the lagoon, a plaza for showcasing artworks and cultural activities, tunnels with vaulted ceilings, and rockscape and waterworks that complement the biodiversity and enhance the natural beauty of the lagoon. The completed project will be turned over to UP in 2022.
President Norberto P. Mendoza of the Tau Alpha Foundation said this legacy project would benefit the entire UP community. Chairperson Antonio A. Turalba, Sr. of the Tau Alpha Legacy Project Committee said they presented their conceptual plan and Memorandum of Agreement to UP officials in May and these were approved by the UP Board of Regents in June 2019. He said their design took into consideration the biodiversity in the lagoon to enhance the area, preserve trees and plants, and continue to attract migratory birds. He added that everyone could be proud of the project, as it was also the fraternity’s way of giving back to UP, the institution that had molded them into who they are today.
UP President Danilo L. Concepcion commended the University’s alumni for partnering with UP for projects such as this. He added that the Tau Alpha legacy project was the newest of the many infrastructures being contributed by fraternities such as the Upsilon Sigma Phi, Beta Epsilon, and Epsilon Chi that supported UP’s goals of having a world class campus.
Engr. Mario G. Montejo, former Secretary of Science and Technology, thanked UP officials for this opportunity and lauded fellow alumni here and abroad for supporting the project. He added that the project involved UP’s alumni engineers, architects, designers, and managers, and that the fraternity’s commitment to UP went beyond the “Infinity Walk” legacy project.
Also present were UP officials: Vice President for Development Elvira A. Zamora, Vice President for Legal Affairs Hector Danny Uy, Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs Jose Wendell P. Capili, Dean Bernadette L. Abrera of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Executive Director Romy S.A. Carlos of the UP Alumni Association, Student Regent John Isaac B. Punzalan, and the residents and alumni of Tau Alpha.
A dinner program was held to cap the event at the University’s Ang Bahay ng Alumni.