Danilo Concepcion steps in as 21st UP President

Reposted from the UP System Website. Original article by Arlyn VCD Romualdo.

IMG_6276The University of the Philippines (UP) welcomed its 21st president, UP Diliman College of Law Dean Danilo Concepcion, on February 10 in a ceremonial turnover of the university leadership at Quezon Hall, UP Diliman. He will serve a term of six years.

“Today, I will pass on, with both pride and humility, the mantle of leadership to my successor, whose outstanding qualifications give me confidence that the future of UP is in good hands,” said outgoing UP President Alfredo Pascual in his valedictory address. “I call on our faculty, students, staff, and alumni to help our new president stay the course as he takes his turn in putting a few more stones in the building of our great edifice—that is our UP beloved.”

In his acceptance speech, Concepcion highlighted compassion as an integral value in moving the university forward. “Marapat siguro na ating isaalang-alang na mas titingkad ang taglay nitong bisa kung ang dangal at husay ay kakambal ng pagmamalasakit. Kinakailangan nating itong isapuso at isadiwa sapagkat ito ang magiging pangunahin nating takaran upang matagumpay nating maiukit ang dibuho ng ating hinaharap. Sa susunod na anim na taon na ating pagsasamahan, malasakit ang magbibigay bigkis at buhay sa lahat ng ating layunin, sa lahat ng ating mga kilos, at sa lahat ng ating mga galaw.” (“We should consider that the meaning and value of honor and excellence is further deepened when it is coupled with compassion. We should keep it in our hearts and minds as this will be the foundation upon which we can successfully carve out our plans for the future. In the next six years that we will be together, compassion will unite and give life to all our objectives and all our actions.”)