UP Community Mourns Loss of Shopping Center to Fire

Goodbye, Rodic's. :(

(SPOT.ph) The University Shopping Center at the University of the Philippines - Diliman suffered damage as fire broke out in the building past 7 a.m. on Thursday, March 8. The fire immediately progressed to second alarm at 7:36 a.m. before it was declared fire out around 8:53 a.m.





Videos and photos by students and teachers on campus show a massive column of smoke coming from the one-level building that houses computer shops and food stalls. The University Shopping Center (SC) was also the first home of Rodic's, which has been serving tasty tapsilog since it opened in 1949. Another popular store is the ever-dependable Blessings, which had been mass-producing a lot (and we mean a lot!) of readings assigned by UP professors since time immemorial.





There was an outpouring of emotions as photocopied papers, low-priced books, and UP souvenir items went up in flames. Not to mention the heartbroken store owners of the cooperative who depended on SC for their day-to-day expenses.

















This is the seventh time that the state university has been hit by a major fire in the last decade. The Narra Residence Hall, an abandoned dormitory for men, caught fire in November 2008. Palma Hall Pavilion II of the UP Institute of Chemistry was heavily damaged by fire in June 2010. The south wing of Quezon Hall suffered minor damage when fire broke in August 2010. The June 2015 fire in the university completely ravaged the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Association food center. Faulty electrical wiring at the Alumni Center behind UP's Bahay ng Alumni caused fire in July 2015. The biggest fire prior to the SC incident was in April 2016 when fire razed the three-storey Faculty Center to the ground.


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