The UP Visayas College of Arts and Sciences celebrated the 75th year of UP presence in Iloilo through an entertaining and colorful show titled “CASadyahan: CAS 9 ka Dekada” last 21 Oct. 2022, Friday, at the UPV Auditorium, Iloilo City campus.
A total of 112 performers composed of professors, members of the staff, and students from the different CAS divisions danced to the popular tunes of the decades from 1947, when UPV was established in Iloilo, and onwards leading to 2022.
Each division represented a specific decade in UPV’s history: Department of Chemistry (the 1940s), Division of Professional Education (1950s), Division of Social Sciences (1960s), the combined efforts of the Language Program/ Center for West Visayan Studies/ COP-BIDANI (1970s), Division of Biological Sciences (1980s), Division of Humanities (1990s), Division of Physical Sciences and Mathematics (2000s), Department of Physical Education (2010), and the Office of the Dean and the Office of the College Secretary (2020s).
From lively dance routines to a Binalaybay and solo singing performance, all the performances depicted milestones and seasons that UPV experienced over the past years. The explosive production number, choreographed by Ms. Teresita Portugalete from the Department of Physical Education, was a medley of energetic songs that climaxed to a group dance to the song “Let’s Get Loud.”
After the curtain call, all the performers enjoined the audience to join them in dancing to the song “Jerusalema,” which was first introduced by Dean Alice Joan G. Ferrer during CAS Day 2022 last March.
Dr. Ferrer envisioned a united effort to promote the merchandise of the college, which is part of a series of fundraising efforts in connection with the anniversary celebration. To elevate the overall CASadyahan experience, Dr. Ferrer surprised the audience with the presence of the four previous deans of the college during the catwalk. Joining the performers on stage were Dr. Minda J. Formacion, Dr. Ma. Luisa E. Mabunay, Dr. Ebonia B. Seraspe, and Dr. Resurreccion B. Sadaba.
The gala was attended by Chancellor Clement C. Camposano, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Philip Ian P. Padilla, and Vice Chancellor for Administration John Lorenz R. Belanio. Their collective support of the show contributed greatly to its success.
The production team was made up of Gerthrode Charlotte Tan-Mabilog (Director), Ms. Teresita Portugalete (Artistic and Creative Director), Rupert Quitag (Videographer), and Engr. Joe Albert Abong (Music Director), Prof. Catherine Anecita and Prof. Jude Parcon (Floor Directors), and Mr. Alfred John Abalos (Stage Design). The stage backdrop was made possible through the help of the personnel from the Campus Development and Maintenance Office (CDMO) and janitorial services.
An acoustic performance by Mr. Dave Eslabra from the Division of Physical Sciences and Mathematics was the front act of the show. (UPV-IPO)