Sunday, June 16, 2013

THE UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-DILIMAN


Quezon Hall
Upon entering the campus, visitors will be greeted by the Quezon Hall.  The statue of the Oblation is the notable structure of the institution, which is derived from the Latin term meaning an offering.  This iconic symbol of the University of the Philippines is a concrete statue of the famous Filipino artist Guillermo Tolentino.  It depicts a man facing upward with arms outstretched, symbolizing selfless offering of oneself to his country.

As the school starts, I am occupied by the idea if indeed the vision of the oblation is shared by the students of UP and even it's alumni.  This is I think a simple reminder even to myself, being an alumni of the university.  I was never able to memorize the university hymn during my college days. 

But more than an institution, I should say the campus is an eco-tourism site as well.  Thus, it is worthy of visit as well for all the travelers around the world.

Wandering around the campus only takes a jeepney and a simple walk for short distances.  Jeepneys that would take you to the campus are situated at Philcoa at the back of McDonalds.

The last time I visited the campus was during my review for the 2009 Bar Examinations and it has been years since I went back to the campus.  And special thanks to a friend of mine who has never been to the university and so I become an instant tour guide but only for the usual places visited excluding the hole in the wall eateries, which I shall feature sometime soon if schedule permits.

BAHAY NG ALUMNI








One of the convention facilities of the UP Diliman campus is the Bahay ng Alumni, which is a home to various business and commercial establishments as well.

Notable restaurant is the The Chocolate Kiss Cafe, where sumptuous pastries and cakes are offered.  It is ideal for business meetings as well due to its cozy feel and ambiance.  My personal favorite is the Devil's cake matched with their home-made iced tea.





Isaw, a known street-food in the country made from barbequed pig or chicken intestines, is a known staple of the campus.  And this has been marked as an iconic status as well of the university.  The UP ISAWAN (isaw stall) was my favorite hangout while studying and inevitably memorizing Philippine laws and jurisprudence.





SUNKEN GARDEN

This is the most famous landmark of the University of the Philippines and is in the heart of the Academic Oval surrounded by acacia trees.  This has been the rendezvous for students and visitors of the campus who stay under the shades of the acacia trees aligned for school work and do some personal activities.  Most sports enthusiasts are likewise making this area their mainstay.







These are just a few of the places to be visited on a short span of time.  And the University still has a lot of places to offer.

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