Bilyonaryo Ramon Ang’s deal to buy out the Philippine Daily Inuirer may still be up in the air, but he has successfully taken over the classroom that was once named after the broadsheet.
On May 7, officials of the University of the Philippines Diliman inaugurated the high tech news laboratory and classroom that was constructed with a generous P2-million grant from Ang.
The state of the art news laboratory, which used to be known as the Inquirer classroom, now features personal computer units with the latest software, a smart TV, an inverter air conditioning unit, a new projector and screen, and new tables and chairs.
The room will be used for classes in online journalism, newsroom management, publications design and data journalism.
According to officials of the UP College of Mass Communication, the upgrade was necessary since the old computer units can no longer run the program needed by journalism students in their classes.
Aside from improving the news laboratory, Ang also funded the improvement of the adjacent classroom for use in seminars and other student activities.
Room M207 in Plaridel Hall features a Smart TV, an LCD projector and screen.
Jane Llanes, head of the San Miguel Corporation Media Relations, told UP Diliman’s media relations office that Ang’s personal donation for the upgrade of the classrooms “is part of his continued support for higher education.”