In Memory of Dr. Ernesto Constantino: Department of Linguistics Looking Back and Forward in 94th Anniversary

The Department of Linguistics with the Panel of Speakers

The Department of Linguistics celebrated their 94th anniversary with a forum entitled, Paglingon: Dr. Ernesto Constantino, on August 25, 2016 at the Bulwagan ng Dangal. The event commemorated the legacy and contributions of Dr. Constantino as one of the foundational figures in Philippine linguistics, lexicography, and folklore studies. The highly respected and renowned linguist passed away last June 21, 2016. A full-fledged university professor of the University of the Philippines-Diliman, Dr. Constantino also played a vital role in the development of the country’s national language. He eventually helped pave the way for the emergence of the Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas (DFPP) of the College of Arts and Letters of the same university campus.

The forum comprised of a panel of four speakers: Dr. Rosario Torres-Yu of the DFPP, Dr. Viveca Hernandez of the Linguistics department, Prof. Melecio Fabros III of the DFPP, and Dr. Anicia Del Corro. Each speaker presented his/her recollections about Dr. Constantino or researches attributed to the memory of the icon in Philippine linguistics. After every presentation, a short question and answer portion was opened to the audience for further discussion. The audience members consisted of undergraduate students, graduate students, and teachers in Filipino, linguistics, and anthropology.

Dr. Torres-Yu, a former student of Dr. Constantino, recalled how influential her mentor was in the planning for the institution of a national language in the Philippines. She also noted how the national language to be formalized in the mind of Dr. Constantino was to be Filipino and not simply Tagalog.

The Department of Linguistics celebrated their 94th anniversary with a forum entitled, Paglingon: Dr. Ernesto Constantino, on August 25, 2016 at the Bulwagan ng Dangal. The event commemorated the legacy and contributions of Dr. Constantino as one of the foundational figures in Philippine linguistics, lexicography, and folklore studies. The highly respected and renowned linguist passed away last June 21, 2016. A full-fledged university professor of the University of the Philippines-Diliman, Dr. Constantino also played a vital role in the development of the country’s national language. He eventually helped pave the way for the emergence of the Departamento ng Filipino at Panitikan ng Pilipinas (DFPP) of the College of Arts and Letters of the same university campus.

The forum comprised of a panel of four speakers: Dr. Rosario Torres-Yu of the DFPP, Dr. Viveca Hernandez of the Linguistics department, Prof. Melecio Fabros III of the DFPP, and Dr. Anicia Del Corro. Each speaker presented his/her recollections about Dr. Constantino or researches attributed to the memory of the icon in Philippine linguistics. After every presentation, a short question and answer portion was opened to the audience for further discussion. The audience members consisted of undergraduate students, graduate students, and teachers in Filipino, linguistics, and anthropology.

Dr. Torres-Yu, a former student of Dr. Constantino, recalled how influential her mentor was in the planning for the institution of a national language in the Philippines. She also noted how the national language to be formalized in the mind of Dr. Constantino was to be Filipino and not simply Tagalog.

Dr. Hernandez shared the three papers of Dr. Constantino which are considered to be milestones in the field of Philippine linguistics. To this day, these works are still studied in basic undergraduate courses in linguistics. The speaker also highlighted Dr. Constantino’s contributions in structural linguistics as the latter applied the theoretical framework and tradition of Noam Chomsky to Philippine languages.

Prof. Fabros III presented his current research in folklore studies and dedicated it to Dr. Constantino. It tackled the phenomenon involving the 2016 Philippine Olympiad Hidilyn Diaz. The speaker from the DFPP elaborated on the general pattern of Filipino epics and how Diaz fits into that scheme. For his study, Prof. Fabros conducted an ethnological fieldwork wherein he dealt with archival studies of certain groups, together with their languages and oral traditions.

Finally, Dr. Del Corro who previously taught at the university also offered her research interests and background on lexicography, dialectology, and Philippine linguistics to the memory of Dr. Constantino. The speaker was a translation consultant of the Philippine Bible Society and has held workshops on the translation of biblical texts and gospels.

After the panel presentations and discussions, a small salu-salo took place. Paglingon, headed by Prof. Jesus Federico Hernandez of the Department of Linguistics, began at 1:00 in the afternoon and concluded at 5:00 in the afternoon.

 An audience looking back and looking forward with memories and lessons from Dr. Constantino

 

Pasinaya: Newly Renovated Buildings and Spaces Inaugurated

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.

 

CSSPSC and OSA Festively Welcomes Freshmen, Shiftees, and Transferees

The student council, freshmen, shiftees, transferees, and college officials (photo courtesy: CSSPSC)

 

The College of Social Sciences and Philosophy Student Council (CSSPSC) in coordination with the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) held their annual College Welcome Assembly (CWA), entitled Ang Salubong, on August 20, 2016 at the Palma Hall Lobby. The program led by the CSSPSC is designed to welcome the college’s new freshmen, shiftees, and transferees every year. The theme of this year’s CWA was national festivals wherein each department represented a specific fiesta in the Philippines.

The CWA began with opening remarks from the Office of the College Secretary headed by Dr. Rowena Q. Bailon and given by the Assistant College Secretary Aaron Abel T. Mallari. Mr. Mallari continuously stressed that their office is always open to students for any form of academic assistance. An encouraging message related to the mission-vision statement of the college was later shared to the audience of new students by the college dean, Dr. Grace H. Aguiling-Dalisay.

After the dean’s message, the heads of the departments, institutes and units of the college, and their representatives were introduced to give their welcoming speeches. An intermission number by the Kontemporaryong Gamelan Pilipino or Kontra-GaPi was positively received by the audience following the messages from the heads and their representatives.

Each department representative from the CSSPSC then discussed his/her respective festival theme with a video presentation. The video presentation also provided an introduction on the nature of each department’s discipline. In between the presentations of the department representatives were interactive games such as trivia and Bring Me facilitated by council members.

The program neared the end with updates from the University Student Council and reminders from the CSSPSC Vice-Chairperson JV Bautista. Closing remarks were also warmly given by OSA coordinator, Asst. Prof. Jerwin F. Agpaoa. The CWA officially ended with a dance number by the CSSPSC and a picture-taking with all the attendees of the event.

Ang Salubong commenced from 1:00 in the afternoon and ended at 4:00 in the afternoon.

  

Assistant College Secretary Aaron Abel T. Mallari giving his opening remarks (photo courtesy: CSSPSC)

Dean Grace H. Aguiling-Dalisay, PhD warmly greeting the freshmen, shiftees, and transferees (photo courtesy: CSSPSC)

 

Department of History Chair Maria Bernadette L. Abrera, PhD enthusiastically welcoming the new students (photo courtesy: CSSPSC)

 The crowd of freshmen, shiftees, and transferees attentively watching the program (photo courtesy: CSSPSC)

 

Office of Student Affairs Coordinator Jerwin F. Agpaoa giving his closing remarks (photo courtesy: CSSPSC)

 

CSSP Library Recognized at Line Staff Meeting for the First Time

College Librarian, Mr. Rhoel Rondilla, presenting the projects

The Office of the Dean held a meeting and workshop for its administrative team on July 29, 2016 at the Wellness Center, Palma Hall. The program, facilitated by Dean Grace H. Aguiling-Dalisay, PhD., lasted from 10:00 in the morning until 4:00 in the afternoon.

The meeting highlighted and featured the recognition of the librarians of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) Library, popularly known as the Main Library. This was the first time the CSSP Library was formally acknowledged as part of the administrative staff of the Office of the Dean.

College Librarian Rhoel Rondilla led the presentation of the mission-vision, organizational structure, and the rules and regulations of the CSSP library. He further informed the team of the projects undertaken by the library from 2013 to the present. These include exhibits, book drives, renovation of facilities, book fairs, the release of the first issue of the official library newsletter, CSSP Libe!, new acquisition of books, and other related extension programs in various public libraries and barangays around Metro Manila.

Earlier on, Dean Aguiling-Dalisay started off with a review of the college’s Haraya (Vision) 2020, key area results (KRA), and key performance indices (KPI). Two workshops based on a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis followed and extended for the duration of the day.

The first workshop on the internal strengths and weaknesses of the team was conducted in the morning and individually performed by each college officer. Meanwhile, the second workshop on the external opportunities and threats of the college was conducted in the afternoon and performed in groups.

Dean Grace Aguiling-Dalisay speaking in front of the Line Staff    

Mr. Aaron Abel T. Mallari (Asst. College Secretary). Asst. Prof. Arlyn P. Macapinlac (NSTP Coordinator), and Asst. Jerwin F. Agpaoa (OSA Coordinator) during the workshop session.
 
 

The CSSP Librarians and Line Staff
 
 

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