* the remaining part of the sugar mill that was once in existence inside UPLB; it was constructed in 1928 but was destroyed during the Second World War
Call it UPLB nostalgia. Or whatever one would describe it. Staying in the university far longer than what was expected of my course had in effect a strong attachment to the place. And in knowing that the very grounds on which UPLB stands today were witnesses to some important events in our country’s history made every single day of my stay in the university all the more exciting. Of course one can just crawl up to that newly-built room in the university library and dig in that comprehensive history book of UPLB, complete with pictures from the past and narratives to describe the places and events inside the campus. But in the end, nothing beats the never-outmoded process of strolling through the campus’ sidewalks and see UPLB with the bare eyes.
Although I have already posted some of the places in UPLB (which can be accessed through these links: link 1, link 2, link 3), they are in fact incomplete and have been the only ones which were readily available before. The contents of the following series have been captured during those hectic thesis days of the previous academic year – brief moments of breather, knowing that the last of the school days would soon come.
As in the case of some of my Back Trails, these are by no means exhaustive. Limitations include times and opportunity to fully cover each and every place of interest (not necessarily of historical significance) inside the campus. One major handicap of the series is that I was not able to go up the upper campus and cover it. But then, tours are sometimes more intoxicating the second that around. Let us then look into the many faces of UPLB.
Post-note: I have decided to divide the campus into three and make details of them respectively. And, it’s quite amusing to note that things are getting more and more like features (as in a feature article) here at Back Trails. Better improve on them.