[From left to right] Assoc. Dean del Pilar, Vice-Chancellor Agpaoa, Dean Aguiling-Dalisay, and Assoc. Dean Kraft unfurling the ribbon
The College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP), under the leadership of the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) and in cooperation with the CSSP Student Council (CSSPSC), held its 6th Annual CSSP Career Fair with the theme: “The B.I.G. Career Fair: Pursue your Passion, Serve the Nation” from March 21 to March 24, 2017 at the Palma Hall Lobby. “B.I.G.” is an acronym which stands for “Build, Innovate, and Generate”, emphasizing the capability of the social sciences to build indigenous systems of knowledge, innovate on existing cognitive frameworks, and generate solutions to relevant issues. The event was also aimed at encouraging the youth in search of careers and jobs to be of service to nation-building.
The opening of the CSSP Career Fair was held on March 21, 2017 at the 1st floor of the Palma Hall Lobby from 11:00 in the morning to 1:00 in the afternoon. The program began with the opening remarks given by the OSA Coordinator, Mr. Jairus D. Espiritu. Mr. Espiritu explained the meaning behind the “B.I.G.” Career Fair in connection to the call for CSSP students to address local, national, and international issues. This year’s career fair, Mr. Espiritu remarked, is not “big” for the sake of hosting a big event but because big things are demanded of CSSP graduates in society.
Following Mr. Espiritu’s remarks was a message given by the dean of the college, Dr. Grace H. Aguiling-Dalisay. Dean Aguiling-Dalisay emphasized the need for students to go out into the working world with the vision-mission statement of the college, Haraya 2020, in mind and in heart. The dean also viewed the event as an extension of the NGO Summit, in which the college was in cooperation with the University Job Fair, held last March 14, 2017.
The Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs of the University of the Philippines – Diliman, Assistant Professor Jerwin F. Agpaoa, also gave a message wherein he recounted several experiences as the previous OSA Coordinator tasked with organizing career fairs. Vice-Chancellor Agpaoa also invited the audience for an even “bigger” career fair, the University Job Fair, at the Bahay ng Alumni from March 28 to March 31.
An unfurling of the ribbon then took place to symbolize the opening of the CSSP Career Fair. This was facilitated by Dean Aguiling-Dalisay; Mr. Espiritu; Vice-Chancellor Agpaoa; the Associate Dean for Research, Extension, and Publications, Dr. Gregorio E.H. del Pilar; and the Associate Dean for Administration and External Affairs, Associate Professor Herman Joseph S. Kraft.
Intermission numbers were given by Capacities, a band composed of university students, and by U.P. Pintinig, a university-wide singing group based at the College of Music. Lunch was served shortly after the intermission numbers to formally end the opening of “The B.I.G. Career Fair”.
The emcees of “The B.I.G. Career Fair: Pursue your Passion, Serve the Nation” were Mr. Renzo Relente and Ms. Xandi Pascua of the CSSPSC.