The Department of English and Comparative Literature (DECL), College of Arts and Letters opened its year-long centennial celebration on June 18, 2010. This coincided with the 102nd Foundation day of the University of the Philippines and the centennial of four other units. In the morning, the DECL contingent paraded around the Academic Oval with representatives of the Institutes of Biology, Mathematics and the Departments of History and European Languages. An exhibit showcasing publications, awards and other achievements of DECL in the past 100 years opened at the Faculty Center lobby in the afternoon. Chancellor Sergio Cao, College of Arts and Letters Dean Dr. Elena Mirano and the DECL Chairman Dr. Adelaida Lucero officiated the ribbon cutting to open the exhibit.
A program followed at the Claro M. Recto Hall of Bulwagang Rizal. Dean Mirano gave the opening message. Dr. Lucero, on the other hand, presented the history of the department in her powerpoint presentation entitled “Celebrating the Glory and the Grandeur of the Department of English and Comparative Literature.” Chancellor Cao challenged the faculty of the department to help increase enrollment and to plan sustainable initiatives.
The program featured performances by DECL alumni and students: a Shakespeare performance poem by Jeena Marquez-Manaois, an interpretative singing of John Donne’s “Batter My Heart” by Dr. Jonathan Malicsi and a modern dance on Mi Ultimo Adios excerpted from Itim Usu by Myra Beltran.
By Gracious Romero