On June 29, 2019 at 2 o’clock in the afternoon, the UP Institute of Islamic Studies (UP IIS) held its 29th Recognition Day at Virata Hall, UP ISSI Building, UP Campus, Diliman. The recognition day with the theme “Coming Home to Serve the Ummah and the Nation” was honored by the presence of UP IIS alumnus, His Excellency Ambassador Alan L. Timbayan.
After the procession and opening prayer, Dean Macrina Morados gave an opening remark, thanking the parents of the graduates, the faculty and staff and encouraged the graduates to sincerely serve their community as BARMM is already in place. Prof. Julkipli Wadi introduced the guest speaker, Ambassador Alan Timbayan.
Ambassador Timbayan is the seventh (7th) Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of the Philippines to the State of Qatar. Prior to his assignment in Qatar, Ambassador Timbayan is a seasoned diplomat who previously served as Philippine Labor Attaché in 3 different Foreign Service Posts, namely: Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (1987-1990), Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (1990-1994) and Osaka, Japan (1996-2003). He graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in Humanities in 1964 and with a degree of Master of Arts in Islamic Studies in 2015 both at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. He also graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree from the Lyceum of the Philippines University in 1971, in Manila.
Ambassador Timbayan is a recipient of numerous awards and commendations given by public and private groups and institutions. On October 20, 2016, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte appointed him as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Chief of Mission, Class I, to the State of Qatar.
In his Keynote speech, Ambassador Timbayan motivated the graduates to promote greater understanding of religion as a culture and way of life and appreciate those who are different. “While we as Muslims have Islam as our core, it is not enough,” he says, “for us to be able to practice our religion as we live and breathe. Aside from the obligation to make our non-Muslim brethren understand us, we are also bound to appreciate and value those who are different from us. It is our diversity as a country, as a people, that makes us unique – and by working together for progress and development, we stand to obtain everything there is to gain.” Ambassador Timbayan further reminded the graduates to use the knowledge they obtained from the university to move for a change, as change is what matters.
The graduates; Norhazrin S. Curo, Johayra A. Datlan, Nassif P. Ibra, Zeny-Linda S. Nandu and Johainah Repors were then presented and awarded with the certificates by the guest speaker assisted by Dean Morados. The graduates delivered their speeches, each shared the challenges they have gone through and aspirations to finish and thanked those who contributed to the success of their studies at the Institute. This was followed by special citations to partners and sponsors of the various IIS activities such as Iftar program. University scholars, college scholars, and students who have completed Arabic Language Courses were given certificates.
Comm. Abdulhadi T. Daguit, one of the IIS lecturers and alumni president administered the oath- taking of the alumni. The program ended with the closing remarks by former dean Prof. Julkipli Wadi who encouraged the students to learn and rise above whatever challenges they will face.