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Thursday, July 3, 2014



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U.P. as it is called was dubbed as Harvard, Philippine style.  Before one
could enter this university in Diliman, Quezon City, one has to undertake
a rigorous examination before the June opening of the current year.
To take the exam, one has to be in the top 10 of the graduating class of
fourth year high school.

As an aspiring 4th year high school student, one is tested on Maths,
Reading Comprehension, Abstract Analysis, English Grammar
and the sciences.  This is how it works:  For that particular year, all
over the Philippines, they will generally get the top 5-10 percent of
the Top 10 of each school!  In this case, maybe only the Valedictorians,
Salutatorians and others who are gifted in a way will pass the exam.

The University of the Philippines boast a gigantic library that house the
ancient writings and the expensive books that are world -standard.
There was a time in the 70's to 80's that U. P. ranked about # 4 in the world
in terms of academic standard.  The others above it are Harvard University,
Cambridge and Yale.  Interesting!  At present, the University of Sto Thomas,
Dela Salle University and Ateneo de Manila University are competing for
world standard, too.

The university in Diliman, Quezon City is ultra-huge.  To go from college
to college, one has to ride a bus.  Just like other big universities, it is self-sufficient.
It has large dormitories, shopping centre, bookstore and all facilities needed
by students.

One quality of a UP student is confidence.  Sometimes, it could be misconstrued
as arrogance.  It's not a surprise, most UP students excel in their own field.
There could be many scholars with doctorate degrees or there could be space scientists
in NASA.  Sometimes, we could find them in the forefront of journalism,
engineering, medicine and and many more fields of study.
Next time we meet UP students, let us talk about current events and politics.

Cynthia Abegail

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