A fire hit the University of the Philippines – Diliman Shopping Center (UP SC) on Thursday, March 8, breaking the hearts of students, teachers, vendors, everyone who had memories there.
The sorrow can be felt as people expressed their grief over Twitter because, for them, it wasn’t just a building. It was more than that. It was part of their lives and livelihoods.
The shopping center houses canteens and printing shops, being the pvblic’s very own go-to place for both academic and personal needs.
I kid you not when I tell you that it’s incredibly painful. A lot of our days were spent there. Whether it’s breakfast/lunch/dinner at Rodic’s or shopping for 2nd hand books or photocopying countless readings and finally, waiting for our bound thesis.
We will miss you, SC. 😔 pic.twitter.com/Ng2Sqg42ZT
— da(m)n (@DanandDone) March 8, 2018
Hindi ko kayang tignan yung mga owners and vendors na nawalan na ng trabaho dahil sa sunog sa shopping center. 😭
— Lhyra May Mendoza (@lhyramay) March 8, 2018
First day of class, wala kang index card at 1X1. San ka pupunta?
Malapit na exam, wala kang notes para sa isang lesson. San ka pupunta?
May org event kayo pero nakalimutan paprint yung certificates. San ka pupunta?
Papagawa kang sigsheet. Kailangan naka-bind. San ka pupunta?
— Jael Gonzalez (@gonzalezzdodis) March 8, 2018
The UP Shopping Center is home to thriving business owners, professors, students, and even visitors. Its destruction is a great loss to UP culture and it baffles me how some people in the comments section have found it cause for celebration. Please lang,… https://t.co/hSgf5X3G33
— Shaira Erika Noelle (@senfornolles) March 8, 2018
Reminds me of the time my comparative politics prof got held up in her car, and the first thing she said to the robbers was to not take the bag where her students' papers were. The human spirit always shines through. (PS: We need to help Shopping Center. 💔) https://t.co/yxdW4FCWKO
— Miss R (@plotandpolitics) March 8, 2018
Paalam, UP Shopping Center. 😞 pic.twitter.com/ZPn5GUl246
— arvin oliver ng (@bingineer) March 8, 2018
BeefX has opened its doors to students who need help getting things done with their free printing services starting March 9.
“Let’s help UP stand up from the sad loss,” it added in its statement.
In line with the sad event of the UP Shopping Center fire 😪, @beefXburgers is now offering free printing services at UP Town Center starting tomorrow. This is to accommodate the lost printing services from the 🔥 Let's help UP stand up from the sad loss! #UPFight ❤️🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/fSqQhPivp8
— Big B is now BeefX! (@beefXburgers) March 8, 2018
Be strong for those who need you most.