UP Visayas (UPV) held a simple groundbreaking ceremony for the University Avenue in its Iloilo City campus on August 16, following the turnover and blessing of the newly-restored Main Building. The University Avenue is part of the campus’ re-orientation of its academic core zone. The cost of the whole project is estimated at P21 million.
The Iloilo City campus is bordered by General Luna St. in the north, Delgado St. in the south, Ybiernas St. in the east, and Infante St. in the west. Except for Delgado St., the gates along the other streets provide access to the campus.
The Oblation monument is currently in front of the Graduate and Continuing Education Building facing General Luna St. and the Infante Flyover. The new campus orientation entails the transfer of the Oblation, to be positioned facing Delgado St., which will be the campus’ main access point.
The plan harmonizes UPV Iloilo City’s layout with other UP campuses, where the Oblation figures prominently upon entry, with a significant building as backdrop. In the case of the Iloilo City campus, that structure of importance is the Main Building, which was the original focal point of the area when it was still the Iloilo City Hall.