VENUS MAY H. SARMIENTO
DAGUPAN CITY – Students of the University of the Philippines (UP) who trace their roots to Pangasinan have returned to the province to ‘give back’ to their hometown.
Some 60 UP students from the Diliman and Baguio chapters and members of the UP-Subol Society spearheaded a two-day academic and literary contest for Pangasinan elementary and high school students dubbed ‘Padunungan 2016.’
Chem Gallardo, president of the UP Subol Society-Baguio chapter, said the Padunungan is one of UP Subol’s services that gives empowerment to students and provides an avenue where they can showcase and further develop their talents.
Aside from the quiz show, UP Subol have integrated contests on impromptu speaking, poster making, poem recitals , singing contest and folk dance competitions.
“Padunungan is our way of giving back to our province through various activities. We believe that a student must not be honed only intellectually. They have to be honed also in other skills,” Gallardo said who hails from Mangaldan town.
Michael Carane, a native of Dagupan City and president of the UP–Subol Diliman chapter, said the Padunungan also aims to preserve and promote the Pangasinan and Ilocano dialects that are being spoken in the province.
“It makes me happy to see competitive students. Ang standards na dapat nilang malaman ay dapat tumaas pa at makakatulong ang Padunungan,” Carane said.
‘Subol’ is a Pangasinan word for spring and the society continues to be a wellspring of ideas, talents, socio-civic mindedness and academic consciousness among its members, he added.
UP Subol Society was formed originally in the Diliman campus in 1975. It branched out to the Baguio campus in 1977. The Padunungan, a yearly activity, is now on its 36th year. (MCA/VHS/PIA-1Pangasinan)