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Scroll down to read a message from Godofredo Bamba, the first Ecosoc president
When Kenneth Reyes approached me to write a short message to you wonderful people, I could not help but feel humbled and endlessly thankful for the privilege, for in truth I am just a regular alumnus, with no significant achievement, intellectually or otherwise, and now a plain citizen who no longer works. That unforgettable episode of having been elected the first president of the association makes it my singular honor and weighs heavily in my heart far above and beyond those obtained elsewhere. That’s how I value my alma mater and that’s how much I love you people.
School year 1958-1959 is a lost time, forever gone to the dust bin of history, a time when most of you were not yet born, when the minimum wage was a measly P120 a month, when—oh you will envy this—one ikot fare around the campus cost only P0.05 and the bus fare to Quiapo via JD Bus was only P0.15, and at the then-Little Quiapo, an isolated off-road eatery row, a lunch of unlimited rice with soup and two viands and a banana for dessert cost only P0.70.
At the time, the College of Business Administration was yet homeless—a squatter at the third floor of what was then the LA, now AS, Building. The members of the class, almost all active in campus affairs, fraternities and sororities, felt the need for that important sector of Economics to have its own organization, and thus founded and established the UP Economics Society under the advisory of our venerable professor Dr. Amado Castro.
From that simple beginning, crude and still groping in the dark as any beginning organization experiences, with subdued fun-fare and devoid of media exposure, that seed we planted has germinated and matured into this strong, well-knit organization it is today. UP is providing you with the essential tools and knowledge by which to set order in the turbulent chaos confronting you. Later, with a sad heart, as you leave the hallowed halls to face the dark cobwebs and treacherous quick sands along the way, just bear in mind that mastering adversity is not just facing the enemy and pulling the trigger; it is also doing negligible things, those littlest of actions, in righting what is wrong, with compassion in your heart.
September 8, 2011