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UP mourns passing of 4 ex-professors

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The University of the Philippines is mourning the passing of four of its former professors.

In a statement, the UP noted the death of Ananias Aurelio, a retired UP Assistant Secretary of the University and of the Board of Regents.

“Long before computers and search engines, Mr. Aurelio remembered significant dates, policies, personalities and landmarks in the university,” it said.

It added Aurelio’s daughter Julie is now a reporter of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

The UP also mourned the death of former Diliman chancellor Roger Posadas, who served from 1993 to 1996.

Posadas earned his BS Physics degree from UP Diliman in 1964, and his PhD in Relativity Physics from the University of Pittsburgh in 1970.

He was UPD College of Science Dean from 1983 to 1993, and Physics Department Chair from 1980 to 1992.

The UP said Posadas “conceptualized and initiated the development of the UP Science Complex, spearheaded the establishment of the College of Science in UP Diliman, and instituted the Philippines’ first PhD Program in Physics.”

Posadas was also credited for drawing up a five-year development plan for the Department of Physics, and taught in UP Diliman for more than 50 years.

Meanwhile, the UP mourned the death of Baltazar Aguda, a research professor who earned his BS Agricultural Chemistry degree from UP Los Baños and his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Alberta (Canada).

It described Aguda as a “multidisciplinary scientist who started his scientific career as a theoretical-physical chemist investigating the nonlinear dynamics of complex biochemical reaction systems, developing methods for predicting interaction network instabilities and the construction of predictive computational models.”

Also, the UP mourned the passing of Maria Lilia Realubit, a retired professor of the UP College of Education and a recipient of Masirang na Bituon kan Kabikolan (Lifetime Achievement Award) in the first Premio Tomas Arejola para sa Literaturang Bikolnon (Tomas Arejola Prize for Bikolano Literature) in 2004.

Realubit founded Kabulig Bikol and Bikol Heritage Society, Inc. Her writings include:

– an English translation of Mariano Goyena del Prado’s cultural work “Ibalon: Ethnohistory of the Bikol Region” (Ibalon: Monografia historica de la region bicolana) (1983)
– “Bikols of the Philippines” (1984)
– “Bikol Dramatic Tradition” (1989)
– “Haliya Anthology of Bikol Poets and Poems” (2004)
– “Bikol Literary History” (2004)
– “Jose T. Fuentebella: Nationalist and Statesman” (2004)

She published “Bikol Poetry Galore At Last A Report,” a critique of modern rawitdawit (Bikol poetic narrative), in February 2011.