More than 250 licensed fisheries technologists and members of the Asosasyon ng mga Propesyonal sa Pangisdaan ng Pilipinas, Inc. (APPP) from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao gathered and participated in the first APPP Seminar-Workshop and Business Meeting held on June 16, 2017 at the Training Rooms, Graduate and Continuing Education Building, UP Visayas, Iloilo City campus. Dr. Crispino A. Saclauso, Dean of the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS) of UPV gave the opening remarks. He recognized the significance of the undertaking as part of the continuing professional development and capacity building of the fisheries professionals.
Ms. Lily Ann R. Baldago, retired Regional Director of the Philippine Regulations Commission (PRC), Region VI; Dr. Catalino R. dela Cruz, member of the Board of Fisheries; and Mr. Wilfredo G. Yap, Executive Director of Santeh Foundation were the guest speakers.
The 2017 graduates, their parents, benefactors and alumni were honored with a Commencement Concert as they graduate from the University of the Philippine Visayas. This was through a performance by the singing group Acapellago on June 21, 2017 at the UPV Auditorium, Iloilo City.
Acapellago’s repertoire at the Parangal was composed of the following: 24K Magic, Ulit-Ulit, Hasula, Peroplano, Kahit Maputi Na Ang Buhok Ko, Can’t Stop the Feeling, Queen of the Night, Burlesque, and Conga.
With the highest GWA of 1.274 among his peers, Clyde Jason A. Bustillo, a BS in Accountancy major from the College of Management, is the Valedictorian of the UP Visayas Class of 2017.
The magna cum laude also graduated Class Valedictorian in high school from the Mindanao State University – General Santos City where he received the University Gold Medal for Academic Excellence and the Mercury Gold Medal for Excellence in Science.
“My UP education was like a door that opened thousands of possibilities. It may not be absolutely complete but to me it was holistic and integral. Before UP, I thought that education is all about studying the concepts introduced by our mentors and things learned from textbooks. But after being in the University for five years, I have also realized that the things we experienced outside the classrooms are also equally important. Our education does not stop after the final exams when we receive our hard-earned grades. It concludes when we relate and use what we have learned in our daily lives and, hopefully, aspire to improve the welfare of the people around us.” This was his response when asked what his UP education meant to him.
Kimberly D. Caimbre will lead her batch as she receives her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, magna cum laude, at UPV Tacloban College. Kimberly garnered a Grade Weighted Average (GWA) of 1.400.
Kimberly hails from Brgy. Hinulogan, Dagami, Leyte. She graduated Salutatorian from St. Joseph High School of Dagami, Inc. in Dagami, Leyte in 2013. She is a student leader, having been one of the organizers of the 5th Biennial Eastern Visayas Political Science Conference held in Villa Amor Function Hall, Tacloban (2017) and was elected as the Public Relations Officer (2016-2017) of UP Politikons, an academic organization in the Univeristy of the Philippines.
“Taking into account the things I have encountered before college, I realize that I have lived a monochromatic life in high school. Entering UP has added more colors to the spectrum because of the wide range of people that I have met. Each one has different characteristics, preferences, and opinions. UP has taught me to respect these differences. Just because someone has a different view on a national issue doesn’t automatically mean that he is wrong. Just because someone supports the politician that I criticize doesn’t give me the right to mock. Instead, UP has taught me to engage in intellectual discussions.”
Ma. Alyssa Joyce I. Tansinco, the top graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), has truly embraced and understood the kind of education that UP is giving to its graduates. This was her response when asked what life lesson has UP taught her.
The BS Statistics major also said that such a life lesson “will be useful in the future because it is an advantage in the workplace if the employee can work well with other people. Working with people means having to maintain good relationships and maintaining relationships means having to respect differences.”