Members of the University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu community conferred a special citation on outgoing school president Alfredo Pascual last February 2.
“Pasidungog: A tribute for President Alfredo E. Pascual,” was held in the UP Cebu Performing Arts Hall. The event was among Pascual’s final high-profile engagements as leader of the national university.
The program, which began at 11 a.m., featured performances by Serenata, UP Cebu’s multi-awarded chorale, and artists from the College of Communication, Art, and Design.
Pascual delivered a valedictory following an address by UP Cebu’s first chancellor, Liza Corro.
Pascual was appointed to a six-year term as UP president in 2011. He will be succeeded by Danilo Concepcion, who at his election was dean of the UP College of Law.
Prof. Michael Tan, UP Diliman chancellor, has described Pascual as “a leader who shaped minds and hearts and who, like a goldsmith, knows the importance of strength and resiliency as we handle one of the most precious of resources of our nation: our iskolar ng bayan.”
Pascual’s leadership saw progress in the university’s public service activities and the Board of Regents’ (BOR) recognition of UP Cebu as the university’s eighth constituent unit with others in Diliman, Manila, Los Baños, Baguio, Visayas, Mindanao and Open University.
Chancellor Corro said the recognition underscores “the pivotal role that UP Cebu plays in the development of UP Cebu and Central Visayas.”
With its new status, UP Cebu’s academic clusters were elevated by Pascual and the BOR into the College of Communication, Art, and Design; College of Science; College of Social Sciences; and School of Management.