DEPARTMENT CHAIRS OF THE NEWLY RENOVATED PAVILIONS WATCH AS THE RIBBON IS UNFURLED (From left to right) Associate Dean Kraft, Department of Geography Chair Mabazza, Ustadz Sauradjan, Chancellor Tan, Fr. Manalastas, Dean Aguiling-Dalisay, Department of Philosophy Chair Sayson, and Department of History Chair Abrera
The College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) held the highly anticipated inauguration event entitled Pasinaya on September 2, 2016 at the newly renovated Pavilions 1 and 2 of the Palma Hall. The event celebrated the successful completion of the two Pavilion buildings where the Department of History, the Department of Philosophy, and some offices and classrooms of the Department of Geography, the Department of Sociology and the Population Institute are now housed.
The Department of History and the Department of Philosophy have been relocated to the Pavilion 2, along with the Department of Geography. Meanwhile, the Department of Sociology and the Population Institute have also been allocated extensions at the third floor of the Pavilion 1. Pasinaya was planned under the supervision of the Office of the Dean and the inauguration committee led by Asst. Prof. Joseph Santos E. Palis, PhD.
Various faculty members of the college congregated at the lobby of the Palma Hall before marching onwards to the first floor of the Pavilion 2 building for the ecumenical prayer. Distinguished figures of the University of the Philippines (UP) were invited to and were present at the event, including UP-Diliman Chancellor Michael L. Tan, DVM, PhD and UP President Alfredo E. Pascual. Also in attendance were Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs Benito M. Pacheco, PhD and Vice-Chancellor for Community Affairs Nestor T. Castro, PhD.
At the first floor of the Pavilion 2, the ecumenical prayer was led by Fr. Anselm Manalastas, OSB and Ustadz Nolhasan Sauradjan. After the prayer, the symbolic unfurling of the ribbon took place to represent the official inauguration of the two buildings. The ribbon was unraveled by Chancellor Tan, CSSP Dean Grace H. Aguiling-Dalisay, PhD, Fr. Manalastas, OSB, Ustadz Sauradjan, and the Associate Dean for Administration and External Affairs, Assoc. Prof. Herman Joseph S. Kraft.
An inaugural blessing then transpired after the unfurling of the ribbon. From the first floor of the Pavilion 2 to the third floor of the Pavilion 1, a blessing for each room of all the departments and institute of the college was conducted by Fr. Manalastas, OSB. The crowd of faculty and staff was then guided towards the Wellness Center for the official program hosted by Mr. Jairus D. Espiritu and Ms. Marielle Antoinette H. Zosa.
Dean Aguiling-Dalisay started off the program by giving her welcoming remarks filled with joy and excitement for the new spaces of the college. The dean also thanked all those involved in the process of reconstructing the two Pavilion buildings, which were incidentally burned down by a massive fire back in 2010. A short video then followed of the chairs of all the departments, institutes, and centers of CSSP extending their well wishes, thanks, and congratulations to the new occupants of the buildings. The new spaces were proclaimed enthusiastically by the heads as avenues for greater research and knowledge productivity.
Intermission numbers were subsequently given by Asst. Prof. Francisco Rosario, Jr. and the UP Staff Choral Society. Both performed renditions of songs specially prepared for the inauguration. Nearing the end of the program were the speeches of Chancellor Tan and of President Pascual.
Chancellor Tan endearingly recounted his past experiences of the liveliness of the old Pavilion buildings which were once owned by the Institute of Chemistry. Also, to add to the history of the old Pavilions was President Pascual who reminisced of his own fond memories as an undergraduate student of the Chemistry program. Both of the UP administrators gave their well wishes to the college and their congratulations in preserving the memory of the Pavilions of Palma Hall.
The program concluded with a photo op of all the officials, faculty members, and staff present at the event, and a small salu-salo with food and beverages served. Pasinaya commenced at 2:30 in the afternoon and ended at approximately 5:00 in the afternoon.