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After the ceremonies, these new graduates flock the iconic Oblation statue (also draped in the academic costume called sabláy) and the blooming sunflowers in the traffic island (a symbol for graduation in this university) for a photo op, summing up their memories in academe.

Photo by I.R. Arenas

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What remains of an art installation by Sulong Likha is a mural of a student (pictured), a farmer, a worker, a mother and child, indigenous peoples, and a cultural worker. The art collective explains that these sectors “are holding it all up for us; standing in a circle, sturdy and strong together, silent witnesses to the vagaries of existence.”

Photo by I.R. Arenas

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A student-athlete trains in the derelict stadium of a sports complex. Sadly, sports development in most schools is not seen as something leading to a professional career but more likely as a medal generator during sports events. This may be a reflection of the country’s poor performance in regional and international competitions.

Photo by I.R. Arenas

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Young and old: these boys peruse the works of Jose Maceda, National Artist for Music, that involve a wide-ranging research on Philippine and Southeast Asian ethnomusicology. Indigenous instruments become prominent in mainstream music because of Maceda, who is celebrated this year for his 100th birth anniversary.

Photo by I.R. Arenas