President Danilo Concepcion visited UP Visayas to launch and inaugurate several projects at the Iloilo City campus, initiated under his administration on March 16, 2022. President Concepcion was joined by his wife, Atty. Gabriela Concepcion, Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs Rica Abad and Dr. Grace Alfonso of TVUP.
One of the UP Visayas’ prominent alumni, Senator Franklin Drilon, attended the events with officers and members of the UP Alumni Association Iloilo Chapter and the iAmUPHi Alumni Group. Chancellor Clement Camposano led the UPV officials, including his vice-chancellors: Dr. Philip Ian Padilla, Dr. Rhodella Ibabao, Dr. Harold Monteclaro, and Prof. John Lorenz Belanio, as well as the faculty and staff in the series of events scheduled on the day.
A Turn-over of the UPHSI Multipurpose Building, Phases 1 and 2, and the Launching of the Handumanan Project, which will pursue the Adaptive Reuse of the Old High School Building and the Women’s Club Building, was held at the UPV Little Theater with the UPV alumni Iloilo represented by Assoc. Justice Francis Jardeleza, as well as members of UPAA-Iloilo Chapter, UPV officials, faculty, and staff. In his message, Sen. Drilon recounted his early days on the campus and his aspirations to enhance these cherished structures of the UP High School.
An Artist’s Reception at the Lantip Gallery featured “From Lin-ay to Hangaway” Voices of Ilonggo Women Artists at the UPV Main Building followed. The exhibit features artworks of Women in Prison, which coincides with the Women’s Month Celebration. The Panapton Gallery and the Ed Defensor Wing of the UPV Main Building Museum Complex maintained by the Office of Initiative in Culture and the Arts were also opened for viewing.
The Inauguration of the University Avenue organized by the Office of Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development came after, which showcased Indigenous Dance and Ambahan of the Panay Bukidnon and a performance from a tribe from the Iloilo Dinagyang. The event also became a venue for celebration for the whole community.
In between these events, UP Visayas Officials also presented to President Concepcion UPV Proposed Infrastructure Projects for concept approval and locational clearance and the Proposed UPV Academic and Extension Campus in Pueblo de Panay in Roxas City. This took place at the OICA Conference Room, UPV Main Building. (Ms. Anna Razel Ramirez, UPV-IPO)