by RONALYN BANAKEN
Executive Vice President Engr. Javier Herminio Bautista (right) spearheads the ceremonial bell-ringing
for the University's 70th anniversary celebration kick-off. (Photo: Rene Pascua/UB-MAP)
The University of Baguio (UB) kicked off its 70th founding anniversary celebration on the occasion of founder Dr. Fernando “Tatay” Bautista’s 110th birthday commemoration at the UB Gym last March 10.
The activity commenced with a mass, followed by the student recognition rites, where over 500 student awardees were recognized along the categories of academics and sports.
Meanwhile, a testimonial dinner capped the kick-off activity in the evening, where UB topnotchers and passers in the different board examinations were honored. Among them were Fairybelle Liwayan (Top 9 in the June 2017 Criminologist Licensure Examination) and Arvin Cabalhin (Top 10 in the September 2017 Licensure Examination for Teachers).
In a press conference held earlier on March 7, activities for the year-long celebration were bared. Highlights include the following: Luzon Culture and Arts Festival (March), environmental activities (April), UBAFI Golf Tournament (May), outreach activities (July), Grand Alumni Homecoming (August), “Alay sa Baguio” (September), “Salamat, Baguio” Concert (November), and “Cantata at the Park: Handog ng UB sa Baguio” (December).
UB was founded in 1948, then known as the Baguio Technical and Commercial Institute or Baguio Tech, by educators Dr. Fernando Bautista and his wife Rosa “Nanay” Bautista.
Tatay and Nanay put up the institution with the goal of helping rebuild the nation from the rubbles of the Second World War. Setting up a five-room structure along Session Road, they opened technical courses which could equip the young Filipinos with the necessary skills and competencies needed at the time. With 89 students and five teachers, they offered automotive mechanics, radio telegraphy, horology, typing, stenography, and bookkeeping.
In the years that followed, UB has steadily expanded its academic portfolio, alongside increasing access to education and providing more opportunities for students to develop on an all-inclusive scale. By 1969, the school was conferred the university status.
UB’s programs are accredited by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) under the Federation of Accrediting Agencies in the Philippines. UB is the only higher education institution with the highest number of PACUCOA – accredited programs in the region.
By virtue of CHED Memorandum Order No. 20, Series of 2016, the Commission on Higher Education awarded UB the Autonomous Status (April 1, 2016 – May 31, 2019), a seal of excellence in tertiary education in the country.
The kick-off activity commenced with a mass. (Photo: Rene Pascua/UB-MAP)
Student achievers were recognized during the "Parangal UBian". (Photo: Rene Pascua/UB-MAP)
Dr. Esmeralda Gatchallan, Vice President for Institutional and External Affairs, presents a UB High School student her certificate of merit
during the recognition rites. (Photo: Rene Pascua/UB-MAP)