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Darnay Demetillo’s relief Atang features the iconic Oblation pose and the Cordilleran symbols, namely, the likeness of a rice deity bulul and the g-string garment. Behind the main figure is a traditional hut or balé. Atang means a ritual of offering to the spirits, the same meaning of oblation. This work adorns the administration building of the University of the Philippines – Baguio.

Photo by I.R. Arenas

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The Ifugao culture in the Philippine highlands had been set apart from the invading cultures of the lowlands for centuries, if not millennia. Today, although adapting with the times, it is seen as a rich repository of traditions and as a display of proud ethnicity. Here, a life-size model is decorated with the kango headdress that has a hornlike structure and a centrepiece made from a scarlet hornbill, as well as with necklaces of various origins.

Photo by I.R. Arenas

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My affinity to my university is perhaps lifelong. The University of the Philippines Baguio may just be a little more than 50 years but the it is connected to the history, tradition, and spirit of the “first” UP, which was founded on 18 June 1908. UP is not merely an institution. It is an ideology in itself that thrives in every student, faculty, alumni, and anyone who embraced it. This year, UP is 108 years strong. The image is the copy of the Oblation statue in UP Baguio, with the distinctive pine trees in the background.

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Photo by I.R. Arenas

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Meet Rolando “Rolly” Fernandez, the editor in chief of the Northern Luzon bureau of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. He worked previously for The Daily Express during the 1980s. Rolly was a former journalism professor at UP Baguio and was considerably popular with journalism students.

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In his office, Rolly decides which stories and contributions from the bureau come out on the Inquirer the next day.

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Photos by I.R. Arenas