His Excellency, Roberto Bosch, Ambassador of the Argentine Republic was in the UP Visayas Iloilo City campus on October 20, 2016 for a cultural visit. He was in town for the Argentine Film Festival in Iloilo City.
UPV Chancellor, Rommel Espinosa, along with the UPV Officials, welcomed Bosch at the UPV Cinematheque. He expressed his pleasure for being able to visit Iloilo City, including UPV. He briefly talked about the similarities shared by Argentina and the Philippines such as being a former Spanish colony, having Catholicism as the main religion and both as still developing countries.
Questions that were raised after his brief remarks included a possible academic cooperation between the two countries by UPV Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Encarnacion Emilia Yap; and how to make the Philippines more interested in football as a sports, more suited to the average height of the Filipinos, as asked by one of the UP High School in Iloilo (UPHSI) students.
A short Argentine film entitled, “The Florist” was shown at the Cinematheque with the UPHSI students as audience. The film was about the brevity of life as seen through the eyes of a florist. When the film started, Bosch left the venue for a guided tour of the Center for West Visayan Studies Museum and the UPV Art Gallery. Dr. Randy Madrid and Prof. Martin Genodepa served as tour guides, respectively.
The visit was arranged by Dr. Kevin Villanueva and Prof. Alfredo Diaz, faculty members of UPHSI. Other UPV officials present were Vice-Chancellor for Administration Nestor Yunque and Vice-Chancellor for Planning and Development Evelyn Belleza, Deans Resurreccion Sadaba (College of Arts and Sciences)
Emeliza Lozada (School of Technology) and Mary Ann Gumban (College of Management). Also present were Office of Alumni Affairs Director Amy Tanoy, Division of Professional Education Chair, Celia Parcon and UPHSI Principal Lourdes Zamora. Lyncen M. Fernandez
With a 90 percent passing rate and an examinee on the ninth spot, the University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College continues to deliver a strong performance in the 2016 Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensure examinations.
Eighteen graduates of the College’s BS Accountancy program from the Class of 2016 passed the highly-competitive examinations held earlier in October 2016 including magna cum laude graduate Mart Anthony D. Dela Peña who ranked ninth among the top 10 passers, with a score of 92.17 percent.
The other graduates of the College who passed the board examination are Abigail E. Alegre, Paquito D. Alvez III, Aljon D. Angeles, Peter Martin B. Batica, Brenz Marion S. Cabagsican, Maria Liyan A. Data, Alex P. Dongallo and Leonora A. Falguera.
Completing the list are Genie Jasmine M. Juaban, NielEulysis Y. Jungaya, Luigi C. Molato, Joanne Lesley C. Padilla, Jullie Ann J. Piañar, Renee Ong S. Punsalan, Rafael I. Ras, Milrose A. Tisado, and Zheerex F. Villero.
A total of 5,249 out of 14,390 examinees – or 36.48 percent – passed the examination administered by the PRC Board of Accountancy on two consecutive weekends this October. They were tested on six subjects: Financial Accounting and Reporting; Advanced Financial Accounting and Reporting; Management Advisory Services; Regulatory Framework for Business Transaction; Taxation; and Auditing.
The examinations were held in Manila, Baguio, Cagayan De Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Lucena, and Tacloban. (Carlo Angelo T. Negado with sources from http://www.prc.gov.ph/)
Ms. Mariel May C. Obregon, a BS Management graduate of the University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College (UPVTC) was selected to be a part of a highly-competitive academic fellowship program that will be held at the University of Connecticut in the United States from October 9 to November 12, 2016.
Obregon, who graduated in July 2016, is among the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Academic Fellows for Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development and will be part of the Fall 2016 iteration of the program.
The YSEALI Academic Fellowship Institute is “an intensive academic program whose purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders and recently graduated leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills.”
The Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development fellows will be provided an overview of the entrepreneurial approaches that can be employed to address social issues. They will “review the development, history, challenges, and successes of social enterprises and community leaders in the United States and globally. Topics to be tackled may include, but are not limited to, trade, investment, financial literacy, banking, microfinance, organizational development and management, grant writing, innovation, emerging markets and risk analysis, strategic business planning, corporate social responsibility, and women and minorities in entrepreneurship.”
UP Visayas did it again. Through its College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS), UPV has once again dominated the 2016 Fisheries Technologist Licensure Exam, having a passing percentage of 97.01%.
The CFOS alumni claimed 8 out of the top10 placers from among the 457 examinees who passed the exam out of the 1,391 who took it this month of October, making the national passing percentage at only 32.85%.
UPV’s top 10 placers are: VINCE NEIL BOLASCO FUERTES, No. 1; DENNIS DE LIMA TANAY, No. 2; JERRY IAN LADOC LEONIDA, No. 4; KARMELIE JANE MONTAÑO MONAYA, No. 6; JOSEL FULLIDO CADANGIN, No. 7; RIZA JANE SERDEÑA BANICOD, No. 8; JANT CRES CAINGLET CAIGOY, No. 9; and MAY FLOR SIBONGA MUEGUE, No. 10.
Although there were some SUCs that scored a 100% passing percentage, they only have one examinee. Whereas UPV had 67 examinees and 65 passed. (With sources from http://www.prc.gov.ph/news/)
It used to be that the process in the search for the President of the University of the Philippines would entail the nominees to visit the constituent universities (CUs) and to present their respective vision statements including their plans and programs for a six-year term. Nowadays, advances in technology has made it possible for the search process to be done through live streaming.
On October 13, 2016, the faculty, students, research and administrative staff of UP’s constituent universities all over the country, from UP Baguio up north to UP Mindanao down south, watched the six nominees vying to be the next President present their vision statement.
Streamed from the UP Film Institute Media Center, UP Diliman, the nominees were also able to answer questions not only from the audience at the venue but also from the various CUs.
The nominees for the next UP President are the following: Danilo L. Concepcion, the current Dean of the College of Law, UP Diliman; Gisela P. Concepcion, current UP Vice-President for Academic Affairs; J. Prospero E. De Vera III, former UP Vice President for Public Affairs and recently appointed as CHED Commissioner; Rowena Cristina L. Guevara, current DOST Undersecretary for Scientific and Technological Services; Benito M. Pacheco, current Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UP Diliman; and Caesar A. Saloma, former UP Diliman Chancellor and Professor of Physics of the same campus.
The next UP President will be appointed by the UP Board of Regents and will replace outgoing President Alfredo E. Pascual whose term will end on February 2017.