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Graduates of the UP Integrated School, UP High School, and UP Preparatory school will gather this Saturday for a grand homecoming that will also effectively serve as the community's farewell to the school's Katipunan campus. UPIS moves next year to a new complex inside the main UP Diliman grounds, moving the school closer to its mother unit, the UP College of Education.
This year's reunion at the UPIS grounds on Katipunan Avenue thus represents the last chance for its alumni to gather in the campus. Details and pre-registration for the homecoming have been set up on an official website.
Below is a slideshow of the proposed new complex for UPIS. The first four pictures are artist conceptions of the new high school and elementary school buildings. The last rendering is of the planned University Town to be built on the current site of the school.
UPIS Class of 1986, this year's Silver Jubilarians, will host the homecoming alongside the school's Golden Anniversary celebrants, the Class of 1961. Batch '86 organizers have a full day of activities for the occasion, starting with an "Amazing UPIS Race" in the morning to a day-long exhibit and an evening of music and food. The school will also make use of the reunion to brief alumni on the plans for the construction of the new UPIS complex by mid-2012.
Class of 1986 officers are encouraging all UPIS alumni to join in the festivities. The homecoming's official site may be accessed here.
Ayala Land has entered into a lease agreement with the University of the Philippines to redevelop the 7-hectare property on which the UPIS high school currently sits. Ayala Land and UP's contract will eventually see the development of a revenue-generating "University Town" on the prime lot along Katipunan Avenue, but, school officials stress, not before the property developer delivers on a completely new complex that would finally integrate the UP elementary and high school units in one design and facility, in closer and more logical proximity to the UP College of Education. The UPIS serves as the college's laboratory school.