UPLB 99th Loyalty Day

UPLB alumni, personnel, and students continue the almost century-old tradition of the annual celebration of Loyalty Day every Oct. 10 when they come together and break away from their usual routines. It is also a time when alumni return to UPLB to celebrate the “Los Baños spirit.”

The parade that started at 7 AM from the Jose B. Juliano Ave (formerly Waling-waling Road) to the DL Umali Hall area officially opened the festivities. Alumni, faculty members, staff, students, and partner agencies carried their banners and marched from the Alumni Plaza to the DL Umali Hall steps with their festively decorated floats.

The parade was punctuated by special performances from the colleges, each showcasing their specializations and advocacies. This was followed by a luncheon at the Baker Hall, where the winners of best float and performance were announced.

Winning for the 3rd time in a row, the College of Agriculture and Food Science once again dominated the scene with a float proudly bearing the fruits of a good harvest. Meanwhile, the College of Forestry and Natural Resources won over the crowd with an energetic dance number from its students, with the special participation of its dean, Dr. Willie Abasolo.

Present during these activities were the UPLB officials led by Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., past administrators, and jubilarians, or those who graduated from UPLB in the years ending in 2 and 7. This year’s golden jubilarians had the most number of representatives.

In the afternoon, art lovers sated their love for the aesthetic with ergonomic sculptures by Jemil Araos (BSHE ’03), son of sculptor Jerry Araos who is known for his functional sculptures and poetic torsos. The exhibit entitled “Artfully Araos” was launched at the Sining Makiling Gallery at the DL Umali Hall. Wooden creations ranging from furniture to decorative sculptures were put on display for public viewing.

Araos’s carved creations showed traces of his father’s artistic influence and are carefully crafted to accommodate the human form. Jemil Araos also used fallen wood from typhoons, following his artist father’s legacy in reducing environmental damage by reusing wood and turning them into art pieces. The Artfully Araos exhibit will run until Nov 10, 2017.

A mini-concert called “GALing Elbi, GaLING Elbi” that showcased homegrown UPLB performers and featured performances from UPLB students and staff concluded the celebration. Among the performers were Kathleen Ann Galula, Tawag ng Tanghalan contender; Anton Benavente and Gonzalo “Bojo” Amante Jr., both of the Office of Student Affairs; UPLB Sandayaw; Wyre Underground; UPLB Cheerdance Team; bands Form 137, UP Kairos, and UP Jammers’ Club. It was organized by OSA’s Student Organizations and Activities Division. (Jessa Jael S. Arana).