UPV lights up for PASKUA 2016

The Miagao and Iloilo City campuses of UP Visayas marked the start of the holiday season through a simultaneous lighting of Christmas lights in both campuses during the early evening of December 2, 2016. Chancellor Rommel Espinosa led the simple ceremony along with Vice-Chancellor for Administration Nestor Yunque and Office of Student Affairs Director Ruben Gamala who is also the Co-Chair of the 2016 UPV PASKUA Committee.

At the Iloilo City campus, the lighting ceremony was led by College of Arts and Sciences Dean Resurreccion Sadaba, who chairs this year’s UPV PASKUA Committee, and UP High School in Iloilo Principal Lourdes Zamora.

On December 9, UPV will have its Christmas celebration that will start with a Liturgical Celebration at 4:00 pm at the administration building grounds in the Miagao campus. The Lantern Parade will follow which will go through the main streets of the town proper. A dinner fellowship and a Christmas program will end the night’s festivities.

The children of UPV employees will have their own Christmas party on December 17, 2016 at the Auditorium of the Iloilo City campus.

UPV profs and REPS are IDI awardees

(standing, L-R) UP President Alfredo E. Pascual, TTBDO Director Dr. Luis Sison, and UPV Vice-Chancellor for Research & Extension Ricardo Babaran; (sitting, L-R) Ernestina M. Peralta, Prof. Valeriano Corre, and Prof. Francis Dimzon
Photo Credits: UP System Website

Prof. Valeriano L. Corre, retired faculty member of the Institute of Aquaculture, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (IA-CFOS) was a recipient of the 2nd Invention Disclosure Incentive Award given by the Technology Transfer and Business Development (TTBDO) of the UP System.

Along with his co-inventors Prof. Victor Marco Emmanuel Ferriols (IA-CFOS), research assistants Ernesto del Rosario and Jan Michael Genesila, Prof. Francis Dimzon, faculty member of the Department of Physical Sciences and Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences, they were feted during the awarding ceremony on November 25, 2016 at the Executive House, UP Diliman. The group received a cash award of P40,000.00

Corre and his team invented the Remote Operated Automatic Bottom Feeder, one of the research outputs of the DOST-UPV Milkfish Program B: Improved Grow-out Technology for Sustainable Milkfish Industry funded by DOST-PCAARRD. The invention was filed last 11 December 2015 with Patent Application No.: 12/015000432under the Patent Protection Incentive Package (PPIP) Grant Program of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines.

Meanwhile, Ms. Ernestina M. Peralta of the Institute of Fish Processing Technology (CFOS), was also awarded for the “All Natural Oyster Powder” that she developed. This was as an output of her research funded by DOST-PCIEERD. She will receive P15,000.00 for the 1st tranche of the IDI. She is also one of the recipients of the IP Assistance Program granted by DOST-TAPI during the IP Audit conducted by Mr. Caezar Arceo and Engr. Mario Rance on August 23-24, 2016.

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Award winning chemist to launch chemistry book

Dr. Vivian Azucena-Topor, faculty member of the Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, UP Visayas, will launch a chemistry book entitled, “ChemSearch & ChemPuzle” on December 1, 2016 at the lobby of the UP Visayas Museum of Natural Sciences, Miagao campus.

Topor, an honoree of the “2016 The Many Faces of the Teacher (TMFT)” of the Bato Balani Foundation, Inc., understood that chemistry has its own language. According to her, this language expresses itself through the symbols of elements, cations, anions, and chemical formulas. She thus said that when one becomes skilled in the use of this language, one is able to understand and convey a chemical message through chemical formulas, naming compounds, and eventually answering higher level problems involving chemical formulas and compounds.

ChemSearch & ChemPuzle” aims to develop one’s skill, mastery, and love of chemistry through answering the different challenges. The more one plays the puzzle, the more one interacts with the chemical symbols and formulas, one becomes more familiar with the elements, cations, anions, and different compounds. On the same occasion, the UPV Library will also launch its Website and a book donation drive.

“Pahagunong” of Suguidanon launched

Pahagunong, the fourth title and the fifth installment in the Suguidanon (Epics) of Panay was launched by University of the Philippine Press on November 25, 2016 at the Balay Kalinaw, UP Diliman Quezon City.

Dr. Alicia Magos, Chief Researcher and Senior Translator of the book; Anna Razel Limoso Ramirez, Associate Researcher and Overall Coordinator for Publications; and Eliodora L. Dimzon – Co-Coordinator for Publications, received the launching copy from the UP Press.

Pahagunong was chanted by Gawad Manlilikha ng Bayan Federico Caballero of the Panay Bukidnon Indigenous Group. It was a part of a research project done more than 20 years ago by UP Visayasemeritus professor and anthropologist, Dr. Alicia P. Magos with her Associate Researcher Anna Razel L. Ramirez in the hinterlands of Central Panay. They translation and eventual publication of the book is a collaborative effort of a team from UPV composed of Elidodora Dimzon, Teresita Quezon, Analina Salvador, Milagros Cañalete, Prof Joji B. Tan, and Agnes Espano. The cover design was done by Liby Limoso while photographs were supplied by Ramon Ramirez. The publication was made possible through a memorandum of agreement between UP and the Panay Bukidnon Communities of Garangan, Agcalaga and Masaroy in Calinog, Iloilo.

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Lecture on high performance imaging fundamentals conducted

Dr. Dao Vu Truong Son, lecturer at the Ho Chi MinhInternational University, Vietnam National Univertsity, Vietnam, was the UP Visayas Miagao campus on November 25, 2016 for a lecture on “Machine Vision and Image Processing Fundamentals” held at the conference room of the Umali Hall, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS).

In a nutshell Dao’s lecture covered the evolution of the camera, its various parts and how they work. He focused particularly on the lens and how it has become more powerful through time in capturing both still and moving images. He also explained various camera technologies that have been developed and are still being developed to make image capture even more powerful. He discussed research studies he has undertaken that has to do with ultra-high speed image sensor. Because “seeing is believing,” he pointed out that high performance imaging is highly important. He further emphasized that cameras such as those using ultra violet rays are able to detect fake food products.

During the open forum, the questions that were raised were mostly on how such technologies can help in fish processing particularly in detecting spoilage. The faculty, research extension professional staff, graduate students and staff of the Institute of Fish Processing Technology, CFOS, comprised the audience.

The lecture was organized by IFPT and funded by the Academic Program Improvement of the UP system.

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