Members of the University of the Philippines community were not thrilled when a Facebook page promoted maroon-colored hoodies with the statement “I graduated from UPD. To save time, let’s just assume I’m always right.”
A sample design of the said hoodie was uploaded on a Facebook page titled “University of the Philippines Diliman Graduates.” Interested buyers are then asked to click a link to Fabrily.com to place their orders.
As of January 8, the page has less than 1,000 likes though the uploaded photo has been liked nearly 4,000 times, 374 comments, and 500 plus shares. Curiously, the page was only created last December 29 – the same day the hoodie design was uploaded.
The comments to the hoodies being sold online are mostly negative. “Huwag gawing negosyo ang kayabangan. Huwag niyo kaming idamay sa pagnanais ninyong kumita,” wrote Kerby Alvarez, an instructor from the History Deparment.
For her part, Jia Catalina Sison pointed out that “the first thing a UP student learns is that NO ONE is absolutely always right, not even himself.” She added: “That is why we ask, we question, (and) we do not immediately accept things as they are.”
Rod Marmol, an alumnus from the College of Mass Communication, for his part pointed out that “a lot of the most notorious corrupt politicians” also came from UP.
Boj Ordonio, meanwhile, pointed out that the message in the hoodie excludes the graduates of other UP constituent universities. What makes Ordonio’s observation all the move relevant is the recent effort of the UP administration to erase the lingering public misconception that the graduates of certain UP campuses are superior to others.
Jeff Crisostomo, a former member of the University Student Council and now a legislative officer at the House of Representatives, went as far as revising the hoodie design.
In his blog “Politically Intoxicated,” he suggested using the following statement instead: “I may have graduated from UP, but I continue to study and learn because I was taught to assume that I don’t know everything.”
PS: When I was still in my undergraduate years in UP Diliman, there’s a popular statement shirt from the College of Engineering which goes “So what kung UNO ka? Eng’g ka ba?!?”
I used to tell my partner at that time that given the chance, I’ll come up with shirts saying “So what kung Eng’g ka!?! Magiging masscom ka rin!”
Also, let me add that the College of Human Kinetics also have their own “yabang” shirt which says “UP na, CHK pa!” which implies that they have both intellectual and physical strength.