CCCA launches books on Panay culture and heritage

The UP Visayas Chancellor’s Committee for Culture and the Arts launched three books on Panay culture and heritage on June 28, 2016 at the UPV Gallery lobby, UP Visayas, Iloilo City campus.

Prof. Martin Genodepa introduced the books and their authors. These are Kalampay, the fifth in the series of 13 titles of the Suguidanon of Panay published by the University of the Philippines Press and Sibod and Mumunting Tinig by Dr. Christine Muyco.

Kalampay tells the story of a Matan-ayon (Ayon), the beautiful wife of Labaw Donggon (Abaw) who was lured to go to the protruding back of the Kalampay (crab) which posed as a little island with inviting ripe betel nut trees. Kalampay was chanted by Federico Caballero and was researched more than 20 years ago by anthropologist and UP Professor Emeritus, Dr. Alicia Magos and her associate researcher, Anna Razel L. Ramirez in the hinterlands of Central Panay. The book published the epic chants which were translated into the nearest Kinaray-a, Filipino and English. Dr. Magos is Professor Emeritus of UP Visayas and Anna Razel L. Ramirez is Publication Circulation Officer at the Information and Publications Office at UPV.

Sibod is an ideology and is expressed in binanog dance, music, and folkways of the Panay Bukidnon. In this book, Dr. Christine Muyco provides the magic key to enter a remarkable world where music, dance, and gesture are woven together to create a fabric of human meaning. It is a must-read for the people in Philippine culture and arts according to Elena Rivera Mirano, Professor, University of the Philippines, Diliman. The book was published by the Ateneo de Manila University Press.

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Strategic student recruitment seminar held

The Division of Professional Education of the College of Arts and Sciences, UP Visayas conducted a Strategic Student Recruitment Management Seminar Workshop on July 18-19, 2016 at the GCEB Training Rooms, UP Visayas, Iloilo City campus.

In an effort to enhance professional collaboration among faculty members to ensure increase in enrolment, the Division conducted the activity for its faculty and staff. The workshop objectives are for the participants to 1) learn current trends in promotion and recruitment particularly in all media platforms; 2) develop a year-round strategic plan for student recruitment and promotions; 3) establish protocol, standards and requisites for the constitution of a committee on recruitment and promotion; and 4) develop a 5-year development plan for enrolment targets and recruitment enrichment.

Prof. Vicente R. Tan, former faculty member of the UP Visayas and current Director of the Culture, Arts and International Relations Office of the Sacred Heart School – Ateneo de Cebu was the resource person of the seminar. He discussed trends, branding and marketing as well as professional conversations and standard articulation during the first session, among others. On the second day, Tan talked about technological advancement, civic diversity in student recruitment, and targeted communication outreach and social media.

After the workshop, the group was able to come up with an annual strategic plan for student recruitment and promotions; form a student recruitment and promotions committee; and draw a five-year development plan for recruitment targets and enrichment strategies.

UPV’s summa cum laude named 34th Student Regent

Raoul Daniel Abellar Manuel was chosen to be the 34th Student Regent of the UP Board of Regents by the student leaders of the different constituent universities during the 42nd General Assembly of the of student councils held on July 17, 2016 at the University of the Philippines Los Banos.

Manuel was nominated by the Student Council of UP Diliman where he is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Applied Mathematics. He made history by being the first UP Visayas summa cum laude during its 2015th Commencement Exercises, garnering a general weighted average (GWA) of 1.099. He is known to be a staunch activist and a passionate student leader. He was chairman of the UP Visayas College of Arts Student Council and was also Chairperson of KASAMA sa UP – the biggest student alliance in the UP system.

Manuel was a consistent honor student who graduated as class valedictorian of UP High School in Iloilo in 2011 and class valedictorian of the Integrated School for Exceptional Children in Iloilo City in 2007.

CFOS profs are ‘UP Scientist' awardees


(L-R: Traifalgar, Laureta, and Serrano)

The UP Scientific Productivity System (SPS) Committee conferred the title of UP Scientist to three faculty members of the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS), UP Visayas for producing outstanding publications that support the development of science and technology.

Prof. Rex Ferdinand M. Traifalgar, Prof. Liberato V. Laureta, and Prof. Augusto E. Serrano, Jr. were recently named as UP ​Visayas Scientific Productivity System awardees. Traifalgar has been chosen as UP Scientist I for CY 2015-2017. Laureta was re-appointed as UP Scientist I for CY 2016-2018, while Serrano was elevated to UP Scientist III for CY 2016-2018. Their appointment was approved by the Board of Regents (BOR) during their 1317th meeting on April 28, 2016.

Dr. Rhodoa V. Azanza, Chair of the Productivity System Committee and Asst. Vice President for Academic Affairs, UP System, invited the aforementioned UP Scientists to receive the award in a formal ceremony to be held at UP NISMED Auditorium, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City on July 26, 2016.

A UP Scientist I and UP Scientist III will receive Php150,000 and Php250,000 per annum, respectively.

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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