UPVTC holds 40th commencement exercises

The University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College held its 40th Commencement Exercises on June 27, 2016 at the Arts and Sciences grounds with a total of 247 graduates. Dr. Arsenio Balisacan, Secretary of the Philippine Competition Commission, was the guest speaker.

Among the UP officials who were present include Faculty Regent Philip Ian Padilla, Alumni Regent Ramon Maronilla, University and BOR Secretary Lillian de las Llagas, UPV Chancellor Rommel Espinosa, Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension Ricardo Babaran, and UPV Registrar Jose Go. UPV Prof. Emeritus Merlie Alunan was also on stage. Other visitors were representatives from SGV& Co. Philippines and the Department of Science and Technology.

It was the third time since 2014, that the college held the said ceremony at the Arts and Sciences grounds. A lightning rally headed by the graduates concluded the ceremony.

Class 2016 produced two magna cum laude graduates and 41 cum laude graduates.

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UP Visayas grants various degrees to 977 graduates

The palpable energy and excitement filled the grounds, lobby and big hall of the Iloilo Convention Center, Iloilo City on June 24, 2016 as graduates, parents and families, along with the faculty and staff, gathered for the UP Visayas 37th Commencement Exercises.

Mr. Rico M. Hizon, an award-winning news anchor of the British Broadcasting Corporation or BBC World News’ daily business and finance program “Asia Business Report,” was the featured commencement speaker.

Juliene Lindy C. Tiu, a BS Accountancy major from the College of Management delivered the valedictory address to the graduating Class of 2016. She earned the highest GWA of 1.282 among her peers, magna cum laude.

In addition, there were eight others who graduated as magna cum laude. They are the following: Reil Gallenero Abucay, College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), GWA1.286; Pauline Mae Garillos Gallo, College of Management CM, GWA 1.369; Angelica Faith Legayada Suarez, CAS, GWA 1.380; Jia P. Marcellano, UPV Tacloban College (UPVTC), GWA 1.392; Cecille Clarisse Valles Suarez, CM, GWA 1.431; Mart Anthony Dacurro dela Peña, UPVTC, 1.434, Ralph Anthony Aranda Gonzales, CM, GWA 1.446, and Vince Neil Bolasco Fuertes, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, GWA 1.447.

The graduates of UPV are broken down as follows:

Arts and Sciences 332 28 360
Fisheries and Ocean Sciences 63 16 79
Management 186 56 242
School of Technology 51 0 51
Tacloban 236 9 245

The UPV Tacloban College had a separate Commencement Exercises on June 27, 2016 in its campus with Commissioner Arsenio Balisacan of the Philippine Competition Commission as the guest speaker. (With sources from the Office of the University Registrar)

Balay Balay Child Minding Center soon to rise in the UPV Miagao campus

“Today, we mark another milestone in our path to a more gender sensitive society. We are breaking ground for the Balay Balay Child Minding Center (BBCMC) here in the Miagao campus,” says UPV Chancellor Rommel Espinosa during the ground breaking ceremony of the BBCMC on June 20, 2016, UP Visayas Miagao campus.

Espinosa said that the BBCMC is a service mandated by Executive Order No. 340. Section 1 of the EO says that all national government agencies and government-owned and-controlled corporations shall provide day care services to children of their employees under five years of age and should be provided either within their office facilities or in the areas accessible to the parents.

UP Visayas, through its Gender and Development Program (GDP), opened its first child-minding center in the Iloilo City campus in 1999, the second one in Miagao in 2014 and recently, the UPV Tacloban College opened the Duyan Child Minding Center in its campus.

Dr. Mary Barby Badayos-Jover, Director of the UPV GDP welcomed the 33 pre-school children currently enrolled in the Miagao BBCMC, as well as their parents, and other guests. She thanked the support of the UPV administration for making it possible for the 1.6M BBCMC building to be constructed. At the moment, the BBCMC in Miagao is located in a limited area at the basement of the College Union Building.

The brief ceremony included the participation of the children who placed some items inside the time capsule. The blue print of the building was placed by Chancellor Espinosa. He led in the burying of the time capsule along with Vice-Chancellor for Administration Nestor G. Yunque, Vice-Chancellor for Planning and Development Evelyn Belleza, Campus Development Maintenance Office Chief Rolando Jamero, Engr. Mario Morano and Dr. Jover.

Dept Chem, CAS holds technical briefing on cassava in Aklan

Upon the invitation of Ms. Charmae Antipatia, the Cassava Focal Person of the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 6, the Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, University of the Philippines Visayas conducted a public service activity on 14 June 2016 at the Kusinasa Kalibo in Kalibo, Aklan. The purpose of the public service activity was to give technical briefing to focal persons for cassava in Aklan province.

The participants were composed of 18 focal persons for cassava from the different municipalities of Aklan headed by Ms. Flordeliza Cortes, Provincial Corn Coordinator of DA-Aklan. To address issues and concerns on cassava and corn more effectively, the two commodities are lumped together in the Department of Agriculture.

A brief talk about cassava varieties, cynogenesis, acute and chronic effects of cyanide in the human body, and a way of determining cassava cyanide using the Color Wheel Test Kit was given by Dr. Vivian Azucena-Topor, Project Leader in the development of the Cassava Cyanide Color Wheel Test Kit. The said test kit was developed through the funding assistance of the UPV Foundation, Incorporated and the CAS Department of Chemistry.

Topor then demonstrated to the cassava focal persons how to determine the cyanide content using the Cassava Cyanide Color Wheel Test Kit. It was followed immediately by a hands-on training of the cassava focal persons using samples collected from Iloilo Province.

At the end of the activity, the CAS Department of Chemistry thru Topor donated four test kits for the use of Aklan Province, which was represented by Cortes. (By: Anthony Salvador B. Albaladejo and Enrique N. Legaspi III)

Hizon, award-winning BBC news anchor to speak in UPV’s 37th Commencement Exercises

An award-winning news anchor of the British Broadcasting Corporation or BBC World News, Mr. Rico Hizon will be the speaker of 37th Commencement Exercises of UP Visayas on Friday, June 24, 2016, 4:00 pm, at the Iloilo Convention Center, Megaworld Blvd., Mandurriao, Iloilo City.

Hizon has won as news anchor of the daily business and finance program “Asia Business Report,” and the general news-based show “Newsday” aired live from Singapore and London, every weekday morning. These news programs are broadcast to more than 300 million households worldwide. “People Asia” also named him as one of the “Men Who Matter” in 2016.

His program “Asia Business Report” is produced out of Singapore and offers viewers up to the minute economic and market news from the Asia-Pacific region, with in-depth analysis of the latest trends from the movers and shakers in the business world. On “Newsday,” he reports on the latest political and social issues from the people who make the news, and also a thorough viewpoint from more than 200 BBC correspondents around the world, and its impact on the global scenes.

His reporting job has taken him all over the region to include Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, and the Philippines. As a broadcast journalist for 25 years he has interviewed famous personalities in the financial, political and sporting world.

Hizon studied in De La Salle University and started his broadcast career at the Manila-based GMA Network from 1988 to 1995 where he was responsible for covering capital markets, banking and finance, real estate, investment and corporate developments. He anchored the daily business program, Business Today, GMA News Live and Stock Market Live from the trading floor of the Philippine Stock Exchange.

He then joined CNBC Asia in April 1995 based in Hong Kong and later in Singapore, where he was the main anchor of the morning edition of CNBC Today, Squawk Box, Market Watch and Power Lunch.

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