The UPLB Graduate School (GS), the College of Economics and Management (CEM), and the College of Engineering and Agro-industrial Technology (CEAT) joined hands to present the 2023 GSxCEMxCEAT Christmas Carol under the banner, “It’s Giving!”
The initiative was organized as part of the 2023 UPLB Christmas Celebration which had the theme “#PaskongUPLB: Liwanag ng Bayan” and was dedicated to supporting the “LINGAP Program” managed by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (OVCSA).
LINGAP aims to assist in providing for students’ mental health emergencies and financial needs and is under the UPLB CARES: Alay Iskolar para sa Akay Iskolar Program. The OVCSA manages LINGAP in collaboration with the Office of the Chancellor and other UPLB units as it solicits financial support from various institutions, organizations, and government and private individuals who offer monetary and/or in-kind donations for the realization of the program. LINGAP was instituted in 2020 along with the Hatid, Kawingan, and Kumustahan initiatives of OVCSA to address students’ needs at the height of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
A total of 56 carolers, comprised of faculty members, staff, and students from CEM, CEAT, and GS, joined “It’s Giving!” and devoted their time and talent to orchestrating heartwarming musical performances to spread the holiday cheer. Throughout Dec. 1 to 8, 2023, the group graciously serenaded UPLB officials, esteemed alumni, and retirees in their homes or workplaces. To culminate this heartfelt endeavor, the three institutions convened for a joyous Christmas gathering on Dec. 12, 2023, 6:00 pm, at the UPLB Baker Hall where the total proceeds were turned over to OVCSA.
The “GSxCEMxCEAT: It’s Giving!”endeavor yielded a generous sum of Php135,300.00, a testament to the support of the UPLB community. The proceeds were subsequently handed over to OVCSA through Dr. Janette H. Malata-Silva, vice chancellor for student affairs. Also present at the turnover ceremony were Chancellor Jose V. Camacho, Jr.; Dr. Jomar F. Rabajante, dean of the Graduate School; Dr. Ma. Angeles O. Catelo, officer-in-charge of CEM; and Dr. Marion Lux O. Castro, officer-in-charge of CEAT. (Arlene Gutierrez)