UPVTC psych students bag awards in PAPJA 2017 confab


The UPVTC Psych Circle delegates emerged victorious in the 30th Annual Psychological Association of the Philippines Junior Affiliates (PAPJA) Convention held on 20 January 2017 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City and on 21 January 2017 in various schools in Manila.

The UPVTC delegates won first place in the Outstanding Community Extension Project competition for their entry entitled “Implementation of the Katatagan Resilience Program among Tacloban Youth Scholars Affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda.” This was a project of the Applied Psychology class of Prof. Querima Deborah Jopson, in partnership with Save the Children - Eastern Leyte Program Office. Justine Ynnes Oballo and Rosemarie Sarte presented a summary of the project to the audience and received the plaque on behalf of the organization. The UP Visayas Miagao delegates landed in third place while St. Paul University Quezon City won second.

The UPVTC team also grabbed the third spot in the Inter-School Psychology Quiz Competition (ISPQC) after a series of grueling tie-breaker questions with Angeles University Foundation and Far Eastern University. A total of 58 schools from all over the Philippines joined this year’s ISPQC, with the University of the Philippines Clark Pampanga as champion and Bulacan State University in second place. UPVTC contestants Mar Augustine Chloey Lee, Victor Macasil Jr., and Janara Trixia Perez were trained by Psych Circle adviser Prof. Pierce Docena.

On the second day of the convention, the delegates were given the chance to attend a workshop of their choice, which were simultaneously conducted in De La Salle University Manila, Mapua Insititute of Technology, and Colegio de San Juan de Letran.

The PAPJA Convention is an annual gathering of psychology students in the Philippines which serves as an important venue for the sharing of recent developments in the field of psychology as a science, exposure to the practice of psychology through workshops, exchange of ideas, and fellowship. This year’s convention centered on the importance of mental health in the Philippine society with around 8,000 delegates from all over the country.

UCLA Prof shares expertise on sensitizers and nanoparticles in UPV forum

The CAS-Department of Chemistry hosted Dr. Matthias Selke of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) on January 16, 2017 at the UPV Miagao campus as part of the Department’s program on ‘World Expert Lecture Seminar Series.’ His lecture was entitled "Singlet Oxygen Sensitizers and Inorganic Nanoparticles,” which was attended by both the students and faculty members of the Department of Chemistry.

Dr. Selke’s research interests is in the area of organic and inorganic photochemistry. This includes the development of new sensitizers, materials for environmentally benign oxidation reactions, reaction mechanisms involving molecular oxygen, and the chemistry of singlet oxygen. After his lecture, Dr. Selke together with faculty members discussed possible collaborations between his research group and the department. This was followed by a visit of the laboratories in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. A quick tour of the campus and Miagao town followed later.

The event is part of a series of lectures sponsored by the Office of International Linkages / OVPAA, and the Institute of Chemistry at UP Diliman. This visit was made possible by the efforts of Dr. Leon Payawan of the UP Diliman Institute of Chemistry.

UP Visayas alumnus is PRA Gen Manager and CEO


General Manager and CEO Janilo E. Rubiato (L) is welcomed by outgoing General Manager and CEO Virgilio T. Ambion (R).

Atty. Janilo Rubiato, a UP Visayas alumnus, was recently appointed by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte as General Manager and Chief Executive Office (GM/CEO) and Member of the Governing Board of the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA), formerly Public Estates Authority. PRA is a Government Owned and Controlled Corporation.

The Philippine Reclamation Authority administers and implements government land development projects as there is an increasing demand for land and growing interest for investment locations in the country.

Rubiato finished his Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Communication / Political Science at UPV in 1992 before taking his law degree from the Ateneo de Davao University and passed the bar examinations in 2006.

Prior to his appointment to PRA, he was a partner at Angeles & Rubiato Law Firm in Davao City. He also rose from the ranks at Bombo Radio as newscaster, news writer and sports editor until becoming Area Manager for Mindanao for the AM Division of Bombo Radyo Philippines from January 01, 2005 to December 31, 2008.

He was also a long time technical adviser and consultant to former Davao City Mayor and now President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. (IPO)

Award-winning Ilonggo Painter holds Second Solo Show


Melvin Guirhem unveils his vision of an ideal environment as well as his longing and lament for lost indigenous heritage in his second solo painting exhibition Diminishing Thumbmark opening on 17 January 2017 at the UP Visayas Art Gallery, Iloilo City.

In small as well as large scale canvases, Guirhem portrays tattooed humans in various cheerless expressions amid forests, both lush and denuded. Guirhem generally explores surrealism deftly combining them with personal symbols.

Guirhem who hails from Oton, Iloilo, studied Architecture at the University of San Agustin but decided to devote more of time to the visual arts. His winning the Visayas Regional Competition of the Philippine Art Awards in 2013 affirmed his abilities as a painter.

His works have been included in major art exhibitions at Yuchengco Museum, Galleria Duemila, Galerie Ana, and Museo Iloilo among other art venues.

Diminishing Thumbmark will run until 17 February. UP Visayas Art Gallery is at the Main Building of UP Visayas Iloilo City Campus. For details call (33)3379159, look for Fryia Guzman.

UPV BSCS graduate tops ITPEC-FE Certification in ASEAN Region

An alumnus of the University of the Philippines Visayas Miagao Campus topped the recent Information Technology Professionals Examination Council – Fundamental Information Technology Engineers (ITPEC-FE) Certification Exam.

Franz Angelo Apoyon (BS Computer Science 2016), topped the examination with a score of 94.69%, besting 248 passers among 1,088 examinees from 7 countries in the ASEAN region namely Bangladesh, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. In the country, the certification exam was given by the Philippine National I.T. Foundation (PhilNITS) on October 23, 2016 and the results were released on December 8, 2016. Only 97 out of 294 examinees from the Philippines successfully passed the IT certification exam.

The ITPEC Certification Examination is an assessment tool of IT human resources that measures IT skills and knowledge of IT engineers. It is based on the IT Engineers Exam of Information-Technology Promotion Agency (IPA) of Japan. The certification is recognized in Japan and the 7 ASEAN countries mentioned.

Mr. Apoyon joins the elite club of ITPEC Top Gun whose members are the top-class scorers of ITPEC certification exams. He will participate in a 10-day ITPEC TOP GUN Program Training on February 20 to March 1, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. The training includes project management, workshops and discussions with Japanese IT companies, and hands-on experience of cutting edge IT services and products of Japan.

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