UP Antiqueños reenergize for 2017


San Jose, Antique, Philippines – The UP Visayas Office of Alumni Relations (UPV-OAR) visited the UP Alumni Association Antique Chapter on January 2017 at the New Antique Capitol Building. Part of the visit under the “Kamusta Ka Iskolar ng Bayan” program was to reconnect with the alumni in the provinces, organize or reactivate alumni groups, and work with them in producing events. This with the hope of gathering more alumni to promote fellowship among the Isko and Iska in the Visayas, as well as to rekindle the deep rooted spirit of oblation that spells selfless service to the community and giving back to the university.

Antique now boasts of sprouting new commercial establishments in the town proper of San Jose. The popularity of the tourist attractions in the towns outside the capital, the ever-growing number of cultural events and festivals, and the dynamic promotion of local products all around the province have turned the province of Antique into a bustling community.

A number of UP alumni gathered to meet with UPV OAR to discuss future possibilities on how to contribute in this fast-paced development of the province. A set of officers was elected to handle the preparations for its upcoming events January 20, 2017. Heading this newly-energized UP Alumni Association (UPAA) Antique is its long time President, Mr. Nicolasito S. Calawag, Antique’s Provincial Agriculturist, who was again reelected for another term. Together with him are the other officers and members of the board: Mr. Erwin E. Ilaya as Vice President, Ms. Marilu B. Baculna as Secretary, Dr. Susan F. Atienza as Asst. Secretary, Ms. Emma O. Feranil as Treasurer, Ms. Susima Q. Nermal as Asst. Treasurer, Ms. Emmerald A. Villavert as Auditor, Mr. Kristoffer Ryan T. Gidaya as Asst. Auditor, Mr. Rey John M. Sandoy as Business Manager, Mr. Francisco P. Fullon, Jr. as Asst. Business Manager, Ms. Saredith Camiña-Sola as PIO, Mr. John Jowil D. Orquia as Asst. PIO, and Ms. Mary Joy Hiñola-Muescan, Mr. Richard C. Garcia, Ms. Lumen Marie Rose C. Quanico, Ms. Arlene A. Villaram, Mr. Joseph C. Negrillo, Ms. Jondale Mae A. Garcia, Ms. Roma P. Romero, and Mr. Eddie C. Gonzaga as members of the board. They were sworn in by Prof. Amy D. Tanoy, Director of UPV OAR. The new officers will serve for a term of one year.

UPAA Antique Chapter is an independent organization and maintains close coordination with the UPV Office of Alumni Relations for projects, fund drives and other activities involving the university such as the yearly UP Alumni & Faculty Homecoming and other alumni related activities.

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.

California State University Prof shares expertise on sensitizers and nanoparticles in UPV forum

The CAS-Department of Chemistry hosted Dr. Matthias Selke of the California State University, Los Angeles on January 16, 2017 at the UPV Miagao campus as part of the ‘World Expert Lecture Seminar Series.’ His lecture was entitled "Singlet Oxygen Sensitizers and Inorganic Nanoparticles,” and 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 under the 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 and Dr. Danilo Ortillo of the UP Visayas Department 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.

CAS DOC holds API project for faculty enhancement in chemometrics and statistical genetics

The Department of Chemistry of the College of Arts and Sciences, UP Visayas conducted an Academic Program Improvement (API) project to enhance faculty capability in chemometrics and statistical genetics on 03 – 05 January 2017 at the Interactive Learning Center, UPV Miagao Campus. The activity was attended by the faculty members of the Department of Chemistry, Division of Physical Sciences and Mathematics, Division of Biological Sciences, as well as teachers from Department of Education, and chemists/researchers from other government agencies (DOST, BFAR, Maridan Industries Inc.). The three-day workshop was aimed at (1) strengthening the capabilities of the faculty members in chemometrics and statistical genetics using the R program, (2) identifying possible research proposals that will employ chemometrics and experimental design, and (3) at revising and updating the current chemometrics course outline used in the Master of Chemistry curriculum.

Dr. Gerard G. Dumancas, a DOST Balik Scientist Program (Short-term Category) was the invited resource person for the event. Dr. Dumancas’ field of expertise is in the area of chemometrics, statistical genetics, molecular genetics, and bioanalytical chemistry.

He is presently a tenure tack Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University – Alexandria, USA. He obtained his BS Chemistry (cum laude) at UP Visayas and his PhD in Analytical Chemistry with specialization in Chemometrics from Oklahoma State University, USA.

UPV starts 2017 with open-house reception for faculty and staff



Photos courtesy of Mr. Gian Genoveza

Following UP Visayas New Year tradition, the Office of the Chancellor, executive offices and the administrative offices at the UPV Miagao campus opened their doors to welcome well-wishers on January 5, 2017. Chancellor Rommel A. Espinosa and Vice Chancellors Prof. Emilia S. Yap, Prof. Nestor G. Yunque, Dr. Ricardo P. Babaran and Dr. Evelyn T. Belleza were at hand to welcome visiting UPV personnel and guests.

At the Iloilo city campus, morning refreshments were made available for the Iloilo City campus and Brackishwater Aquaculture Center (BAC), Leganes faculty and staff on January 6, 2016. Chancellor Espinosa with his Vice Chancellors were also present to welcome everyone.

The open house is a fitting occasion to start a harmonious and vibrant working year for UPV employees. (IPO)

TVUP Feature on the Suguidanon (Epics) of Panay

The Suguidanon (Epics) of Panay is a research undertaken by a team from UP Visayas headed by Professor Emeritus, Dr. Alicia P. Magos and is published by the UP Press.

Matsuoka stresses cooperation not conflict in fisheries resource management

International cooperation rather than conflict should be the guiding principle in the global community in the management and sharing of fisheries resources.

This was the gist of the keynote address of Dr. Tatsuro Matsuoka, keynote speaker of the 2nd International Conference on Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (ICFAS) held on January 26-27, 2016, Amigo Terrace Hotel, Iloilo City.

Matsuoka, who had to tackle snowstorm and blizzard in Japan just to make it to the conference, is the Dean of the Faculty of Fisheries, Kagoshima University. He has an extensive experience in academic and technical cooperation in the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, Africa, South America and the Caribbean countries.

In the same address, Matsuoka gave a brief historical development on international fishery management, conflicts that arise between enclosing oceans, common management schemes, and the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. He also talked about the new Postgraduate Program in Tropical Fisheries with International Linkage. It was conceived with the recognition that tropical fisheries are more complex in nature than temperate fisheries.

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UPV, APhio deliver health services to Brgy. Malagyan, Miagao

And so it begins. The promise to adopt a barangay for a year-long Feeding and Nutrition Program for children, Well-Baby Clinic, Medical Clinic and Dental Services for adults and children officially started on January 16, 2016 at the Barangay Malagyan Health Center, Miagao, Iloilo.

New born babies to age one availed of the Well Baby Clinic and children from 2-5 years old and 6-8 years old were given multivitamins. Eight grown-ups were able to avail of the free tooth extraction. The 2-5 age group will also have a year-long feeding program that started on this day and will be conducted every Saturday for the rest of the year.

On December 18, 2015, the Alpha Phi Omega (APO) Alumni Council of North America (ACNA), through the Alpha Phi Omega Kappa Gamma (UPV chapter), in partnership with UP Visayas, signed a Memorandum of Agreement for this undertaking.

Miagao Mayor Macario Napulan, who himself is a medical doctor by profession, underscored the importance of good health and expressed his appreciation for the endeavour during a short program held at the Health Center.

Prof. Pepito R. Fernandez, Jr., faculty member of UP Visayas and project proponent, once again appealed to the community to cooperate with the barangay officials led by Brgy Captain Rose Mary F. Galvan to make the project successful.

ACNA President Alexander Garcia was once again represented by Zita Balagot and Rosemarie Mesina (Project Auditor and Evaluator, respectively).

UPVTC students are promising millennials in entrepreneurship

Photo source: http://www.gonegosyo.net/

Two students from the Division of Management of the University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College (UPVTC) were named among the five promising millennials in the field of entrepreneurship the by non-profit organization Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, more popularly known as Go Negosyo (http://www.gonegosyo.net/blog/featured-entrepreneur/5-promising-millennials-in-the-field-of-entrepreneurship/).

Senior B.S. Management students Mariel May Obregon and Michael Earl Castroverde made it to the list of promising millennial entrepreneurs following the implementation of their respective business ideas in 2015.

Obregon was chosen for establishing AgriBlock Builders, a company that builds hollow blocks made of rice hulls that are five times stronger than commercial hollow blocks.

“AgriBlocks are also cheaper and lighter. Not only does AgriBlock Builders solve the problem on supply and demand, it also reduces agri-waste in Eastern Visayas; thus, living up to its motto: Helping Nature. Building Homes,” said Go Negosyo in recognizing Obregon.

Castroverde, meanwhile, was awarded for founding Brain Camp, a study lounge aimed to provide conducive learning spaces for students in Tacloban City.

“Brain Camp is designed to provide students with an affordable and accessible overnight studying area to facilitate optimum lesson absorption complete with the basic student needs like internet, food, printer, and a photocopying machine,” said Go Negosyo.

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UPV ICFAS 2016 addresses issues on sustainable fisheries

As an archipelagic country, the Philippines relies heavily on the produce of the sea. Many of the major population centers are located on coastal areas comprising mostly of fishing villages and among the poorest sectors in our society. Our county’s aquatic environment economically supports important fishery resources. It provides essential livelihood to many local folks and food security for the entire populace. 

Overfishing, aquatic pollution, destructive fishing methods, devastation of aquatic habitats, and the threat of climate change beset the aquatic environment and the fisheries industry. 

Among the many initiatives to prevent, rehabilitate, and sustain fisheries production this include the establishment of marine protected areas, the introduction of Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management, use of interdisciplinary studies that incorporates both the natural and social sciences, and the creation of regional/global networks. However, there is still a need to properly downstream these initiatives to the local situations to come up with successful results. 

UP Visayas has organized the 2nd International Conference on Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences in response to this need. It will deal with issues relating to the localization of global concepts that can hopefully help in pursuing a sustainable future for the fisheries industry.

The conference will be held on January 26-27, 2016 at the Amigo Terrace Hotel, Iloilo City. It will be attended by participants coming from various parts of the country and from Japan, Malaysia, Korea and other ASEAN country members.

With UPV as convenor, the conference is funded by the UP system administration and supported by the Department of Tourism, the Province of Iloilo, and the Department of Agriculture’s National Fisheries Research and Development Institute and its Bureau of Agricultural Research. 

In addition, a “Strategy Planning and Priority Setting for Harvest Control Rules and Reference Points of RA 10654” will be held on January 28, 2016 at the same venue which will tackle amendments on the Philippine Fisheries Code.

OVCRE holds 2nd RCWPS planning-workshop

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension (OVCRE) of U.P. Visayas conducted the second planning workshop on Research, Creative Work, and Public Service (RCWPS) at the Audio-Visual Hall, Interactive Learning Center, College of Arts and Sciences, Miagao campus on January 7-8, 2016.

Deans, College Research and Extension Coordinators, heads of units, faculty, and REPS from the Miagao, Iloilo City, and Tacloban City campuses participated in the two-day activity. 

Chancellor Rommel A. Espinosa welcomed the participants to the activity, which he was hoping will further enhance the research atmosphere in the University as well as promote its public service mandate. Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension Ricardo B. Babaran presented the objectives of the workshop, which include:1) to present the summary of 2015 RCWPS performance and other OVCRE initiatives; 2) to  identify priority projects for 2016; 3) to review the budget cycle process as well as to prepare the OVCRE budget plan for 2017 to include research, creative work, public service, publications, proposal review process, and institutional linkaging; and 4) to deliberate on some research-related policies for implementation and present policies for formulation. 

The RCWPS activities of colleges/units of the University in 2015 were reviewed and discussed particularly that of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS), College of Management (CM), School of Technology (SoTech), UPV Tacloban College (UPVTC), National Institute for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (NIMBB), Sentro ng Wikang Filipino (SWF), Office of the Continuing Education and Pahinungod (OCEP), and Gender and Development Program (GDP).These units also prepared and presented their respective RCWPS plans and proposals for 2017.The participants were re-oriented on the UPV Research, Creative Work, Publication, and Public Service (UPV-RCWPPS) Reporting System. 

The first RCWPS workshop was conducted on February 2-3, 2015.

UPV CFOS is Center of Excellence in Fisheries

The College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences of UP Visayas has once again been recognized by the Commission on Higher Education as a Center of Excellence (COE) in Fisheries Education.

Effective January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2018, the three-year designation will enable CFOS to avail of financial assistance on a project proposal basis geared towards the development or improvement of its programs, particularly cutting-edge technology. 

In order to qualify for a COE, a higher education institution (HEI) must be actively engaged in research and generating cutting edge knowledge and technology. In addition, an HEI is also rated on the quality of its teaching and instruction, research and publication and must also be engaged in extension and linkage activities.

UPV holds open house to welcome 2016

UP Visayas welcomed the New Year with a fellowship among officials, staff and service personnel on January 7 and 8 at the Office of the Chancellor, Miagao campus and the Liaison Office at Iloilo City Campus, respectively.

As a New Year tradition for UPV, the event dubbed as “open house,” provides for camaraderie among the personnel and gives time for each to greet one another. This too marks a positive start for a dynamic and productive year for the University.

UPV Team Building 2015 highlights increasing productivity

Before the fun, laughter and prizes, the administrative staff of the various offices of UP Visayas listened to a short talk on “12 Ideas to Motivate Productivity” during the team building program held on December 17, 2015, Iloilo City campus.

Ms. Anna Liza Barcelona, faculty member of the Division of Humanities, College of Arts and Sciences, was the resource person who prepared the topic in the spirit of the season as inspired by the song “The 12 Days of Christmas.” 

Ms. Barcelona’s 12 Ideas to promote productivity are as follows:

  1. Choose the right time – determine at which time of the day you are most productive and energized to do the critical task,
  2. Toss it – put aside tasks that do not really need to be done,
  3. Get the bad stuff out of the way – do the unpleasant task quickly, get it over and done with,
  4. Ready, set, goal! -  set a goal each day, the best time to do this is the night before,
  5. Eliminate all communication - put social media activities on hold , put cell phone on silent mode and focus,
  6. Batch similar tasks together - do similar tasks together (i.e. writing, emailing, phone calls, follow-ups),
  7. Set a timer - avoid distraction and get more done in less time,
  8. Set Targets – set you want to accomplish during the day,
  9. Apply the Pareto Principle – determine the 20% of the tasks that will affect the efficiency and the productivity of the 80% and focus on the former,
  10. How much is on your plate? - learn to delegate,
  11. Set a deadline for task completion – set a deadline a few days before the deadline, and
  12. Increase your speed – find out how fast you can finish a task.

Grouped into team colors of blue, green, red, orange and yellow, the staff competed in several games. The yellow team was declared the best team. Hams, gift certificates, cash and other prizes were raffled off and given away. 

The hard work and effort of the various committees involved in the planning of the event paid off as things went smoothly. Their labor of love and the support of the UPV administration are highly appreciated by the staff.

APO and UP Visayas adopt a barangay

The Alpha Phi Omega (APO) Alumni Council of North America (ACNA), through the Alpha Phi Omega Kappa Gamma (UPV chapter), and UP Visayas, partnered to adopt Barangay Malagyan in Miagao Iloilo as the recipient of a year-long Feeding and Nutrition Program for children, Well-Baby Clinic, Medical Clinic and Dental Services both for adults and children which will be conducted at the Barangay Malagyan Health Center. 

A Memorandum of Agreement was signed between ACNA, UPV and Brgy Malagyan on December 18, 2015 at its Health Center and the program itself will start on January 16, 2016. ACNA President Alexander Garcia was represented by Zita Balagot and Rosemarie Mesina (Project Auditor and Evaluator, respectively). 

UP Visayas Chancellor, Dr. Rommel A. Espinosa signed for the university, Prof. Pepito Fernandez, Jr. for APO, and Brgy. Captain Rose Mary F. Galvan, for Barangay Malagyan. Prof. Fernandez of the Division of Social Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, is the faculty adviser of the APO Kappa Gamma chapter.    

Also present during the signing were Vice-Chancellor for Planning and Development, Dr. Evelyn T. Belleza; Jonathan Gonzales, representative of the APO Kappa Gamma Alumni Association; and Isaiah Matthew Herbo, current Grand Chancellor, APO Kappa Gamma-UPV. Also present were the barangay officials. 

Brgy. Captain Galvan, who welcomed the guests, expressed her appreciation to APO and UPV for choosing Malagyan as the beneficiary of the Project. In a short message, Prof. Fernandez emphasized that APO is an international service organization known for its charitable and humanitarian services. For this project it will focus on assisting and promoting the welfare of the local citizens specifically in the areas of medical, dental, health, and nutrition of children and adults. 

APO will provide financial support and manpower for the project while UPV will likewise provide additional manpower through its Health Service Unit. 

Chancellor Espinosa, who considers himself an adopted son of Miagao, commended the project and emphasized that UP is a public service university who is very much involved in community development.

UPV Lantern Parade 2015

Days before the scheduled UP Visayas Lantern Parade, intermittent rains have been threatening the event. But on December 16, 2015, the Lantern Parade and the Christmas program that followed were spared. Not even a slight drizzle dropped.

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) repeated the feat of wining 1st place again this year in the Big Lantern Contest with their butterfly inspired theme, decked with colourful lights and animated wings. Last year, it was the lighted mushrooms.

True to being the guardians and stewards of the sea, the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS) came up with a stunningly-lighted-from-within coral reef that took 2nd place. 

Meanwhile the School of Technology came up with an eagle inspired theme, with the eagle sitting on globe as if it was its egg nestled on a nest. This won 3rd place.

The other contests and their winners are as follows:

1) Hand held Lantern - 1st place – Clovers, CAS, 2nd place – School of Technology, 3rd place – College of Management;

2) Welcome Cheer - 1st place – Skimmers, CAS, 2nd place – Elektrons, CAS, and 3rd place – CFOS;

3) Group Performance - 1st place – Clovers, CAS, 2nd place – CFOS, and 3rd place – School of Technology. 

In the “Got Talent Competition” the winners are: 1st place – Skimmers, CAS, 2nd place – Ugyon, and 3rd place – CFOS. CFOS was declared as the overall winner.

Chancellor Rommel A. Espinosa, led the UPV community during the parade that were participated in by the students, faculty and staff of the various colleges, offices and units.

Media roundtable discussion on BBL hosted by UPV

The University of the Philippines Visayas hosted the 4th Media Round Table Discussion on Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) on December 4, 2015 at the UP Visayas auditorium, Iloilo City. The event was convened by MindaNews and the Philippine Information Agency in partnership with the Asia Foundation, the Australian Government, B-Bangon Project and the Conciliation Resources-European Union.     

Media round table discussions on the proposed BBL has been going around nationwide in order to help public awareness and understanding on the issue related to the peace process involving the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).     

Dr. Crispino A. Saclauso, gave words of welcome on behalf of UPV Chancellor Dr. Rommel Espinosa, pointing out that as a premier public university, UPV endeavors to serve as an anchor in intellectual discussions on issues of national importance. Efren F. Balbuena, the Regional Director of the Philippine-Information Agency XI and Cluster Head for South-Central and Western Mindanao Cluster, also gave his remarks. He emphasized that one of the goals of the day’s discussion was to know the Ilonggos’ perspective towards the Muslims, the Maranaos, or the Tausogs, whether they be positive or negative. 

Ms. Carolyn O. Arguillas, Editor-in-Chief of the MindaNews, gave a brief presentation about Mindanao to put the issue in its proper context. She said that Mindanao is composed of 27 provinces, 33 cities and 6 regions. In the year 1911 onwards, it was referred to as the “Land of Promise” but asked “for whom?”

According to her, it appeared that Mindanao promised a better future for residents of Luzon and Visayas through favorable land laws at the expense of the Moros and iIndigenous people who were marginalized and minoritized because of the arrival of Spanish and American colonizers as well as the settlers from the other parts of the country starting 1913. 

“Today, when we mention Mindanao, the images that the word evokes are war, kidnappings, poverty, bombings, guns, illegal logging, mining, disasters, massacres, etc.,” she pointed out. 

In addition she also said Mindanao is home to more than half of the country’s armed forces, home to all Moro liberation fronts, and home to the largest concentration of communist guerillas in the country. But Mindanao also has the richest natural resources in the country with its vast agricultural lands and mineral resources such as gold, silver, nickel, copper, uranium. It is multi-cultural, has a glorious pre-colonial past (Sultanates of Sulu and Maguindanao, Pat a Pangaampong in Lanao), it is where the IP’s have their own governance systems, is home to so many peace-building initiatives (NGO’s and POs, church, media, academe, youth, business, etc.), and is paradise for its 21.9 million residents. 

Arguillas also presented some basic information and issues about the Basic Bangsamoro Law such as: the several peace processes between Philippine Government and the NDF, the MNLF and the MILF, the proposed Bangsamoro core territory, the Annex on Normalization, the Decommissioning, the timeline of the supposed passage of the BBL and its current status in Congress. 

The event proceeded with the statements on the BBL by Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, Chair of the Philippine Government Peace Panel. She pointed out that the signing of the agreement between the Philippine Government and the MILF was “one positive example of how to deal with a conflict, that is, to deal with it through political negotiations, through peaceful means and democratic processes” which is very evident with the comprehensive agreement of the Bangsamoro. 

Mr. Mohagher Iqbala, Chair of the MILF Peace Panel and the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) gave a brief background of the peace negotiations between the Philippine Government and the MILF which has been ongoing for the last 17 years. 

In her closing remarks, Dr. Rosalie Arcala Hall, UPV faculty member of the Division of Social Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences reminded the participants that the task of the forum was to correct the misconceptions about the Muslims or Moros and the average Filipino’s images of Mindanao.

By: Alexander Porras

2nd Suguidanon conference tackles integration of Philippine epics in K-12 curriculum

After a successful initiative of foregrounding the Panay Suguidanon (Epics) in 2013 and holding the 1st National Conference on the   Suguidanon (Epics) in 2014, UP Visayas took the next step through the 2nd National Conference on the Suguidanon (Epics) of Panay. The main purpose of the conference is to build on the wealth of knowledge in and about the epics of Panay by bringing together scholars, community workers, and local chanters in an effort to propagate Panay epics and other Philippine epics.

With the theme, “Integrating the Suguidanon (Epics) of Panay and other Epics of the Philippines in the K-12 Curriculum,” this year’s conference gave emphasis on the relevance of the epics integration to the enhanced basic education curriculum held at the UPV Auditorium, Iloilo City campus on December 10-11, 2015. 

UPV Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension, Dr. Ricardo Babaran, who opened the conference, emphasized the objectives of the two-day conference especially the need to link the Suguidanon of Panay to the K-12 curriculum as well as to build the network of scholarships and community outreach particularly in the context of performative and expressive culture. 

The conference objectives are 1) to bridge the learning modules  of the Schools of Living Tradition and/or local communities with the development of the curricula of academic institutions and the Department of Education ; 2) to develop young scholars  who will help  build  the network of  scholarship and community work in support of the Panay Bukidnon  performing and expressive culture, particularly those related to chanting; 3) to create awareness among the academics, inculcating in them the value of recognizing culture and living traditions as essential learning tools; 4) to build linkages between the Panay Bukidnon and other indigenous communities and institutions like the academe, the government, and NGOs for the harmonious production of knowledge that will make the most of local literatures such as the Suguidanon (epics) in the educational curriculum; 5) to relate and  compare the Panay epics  with the other epics of the country and generate links with the other epics of the world; and 6) to integrate  the Suguidanon and other epics of the country in the K-12 Curriculum. 

In his message, UPV Chancellor Rommel A. Espinosa pointed out the importance of embracing the Panay Bukidnon culture and its relevance to the K-12 curriculum and the importance of institution of support for similar endeavors. 

Dr. J. Neil Garcia, Director of the UP Press, gave the keynote speech. Garcia said with 160 excellent book titles that they have published since he assumed office as the director of the UP Press in 2011, “without a doubt among the titles that I’m proudest of are the books that we are featuring here today. The product of decades of painstaking research and translation work by a team of researchers from the UP Visayas—admirably headed by Professor Emeritus Alicia P. Magos—this epic series marks a singular moment in the history of Philippine publishing, for it presents in textual form the irreplaceable wisdom and communal lore of the Panay Bukidnon people. This is the first time that such a substantive oral corpus has been recovered, transcribed, translated into three languages, and subsequently published, in our country.” 

Garcia also spoke on the role that Suguidanon plays in the K-12 i.e., how storytelling can be an approach to teaching and learning, as well as the use of mythopoeia or the creative appropriation of folkloric materials as examples of how myth intertwined with creativity. 

He also read one of his mythopoetic retellings coming from the Panay Bukidnon entitled “The Legend of the Seafoam.” It features the characters of Tungkung Langit and Alunsina, the primordial conjugal couple in the primordial Visayan world. 

The keynote speech was followed by the launching of two new books, Amburukay and Derikaryong Pada. The books were turned over to Chancellor Espinosa, VCRE Babaran Prof. Emeritus Dr. Alicia Magos as well as to Panay Bukidnon representatives Federico and Romulo Caballero. 

Magos, the chief researcher and senior translator of the epics, expressed gratitude to the University for the support to her efforts in documenting and publishing the Suguidanon epics, which were the product of almost 25 years of her arduous research. 

There was also an opening of the exhibit that featured the influential and powerful women in Suguidanon by the students of the University of San Agustin. A cultural show was also held. 

The two-day conference featured18 papers, four creative works, and one panel discussion, which talked about the integration of the Suguidanon in the K-12 curriculum, the epic’s potential as resource for teaching, as basis for referencing, and calls for the development of materials that are culturally sensitive and age appropriate as well as promotes teacher effectiveness and their ability to negotiate between in their own culture and that of what is embodied in the text.  Some presentations also discussed the epic’s adaptation into other genre types, which can be used as resources for discussing regional literature, use of eclectic approaches to promote cultural awareness, and the use of Suguidanon to contextualize lessons in measurement. There was also a discussion on the ethno-mathematical protocols and procedures on some selected tinubok patterns of Panay Bukidonon could be used as context and illustrations in certain lessons in high school mathematics, among others. 

The conference was organized the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension through the Office of the Continuing Education and Pahinungod (OCEP).   

A Suguidanon character cos play by the students of the University of San Agustin and Central Philippine University at the Bike Lane, Sen. Benigno Aquino Avenue on December 5 complemented the conference activity. Furthermore, a Suguidnon maritime exhibit on “Ang mga Buyong kag ang Ila mga Barangay sa Suguidanon” was also opened at the John B. Lacson Maritime University Maritime Museum on December 9, 2015.

UP Visayas to go on a holiday break

UP Visayas will go on a holiday break on December 21, 22, 23, 28 and 29, 2015.

This is in accordance with the issuance of Memorandum (PAEP) No. 15-57 by University of the Philippines President Alfredo E. Pascual, wherein constituent universities of UP, including UP Visayas will observe this mandatory holiday break.

Since December 18 is a local holiday in the province of  Iloilo, being the Graciano Lopez Jaena Day,  the last working day for UPV will be on December 17, 2015. 

Those who need to transact business with UPV are encouraged to do so on or before December 17, 2015.

UPV personnel resume work on January 4, 2016.

Art exhibit features Suguidanon boats

In collaboration with the John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University and the University of San Agustin, UP Visayas launched “Mga Barangay sa Suguidanon ka Panay,” a maritime exhibit about the boats in the Suguidanon (Epics) of Panay on December 9, 2015 at the ArtDeck of the JBLFMU.

The exhibit was formally opened by Dr. Raymond Sebastian, President of JBLFMU; Dr. Alicia P. Magos, Professor Emeritus of UPV and Chief Researcher of the Suguidanon Epics of Panay; Dr. Melchor Magramo of JLBMU; Prof. Liby Limoso of the USA Fine Arts Department; Ms. Anna Razel L. Ramirez, Project Coordinator for the Suguidanon Epics; prominent artist Rock Drilon; and faculty and students of JBLFMU and USA.

Maritime life and boats in the epics are featured in the exhibit through the works of the following USA faculty artists: Marge Chaves, Noel Epalan Jr., Liby Limoso, Mia Reyes, Yannie Noble-Tuazon and Rosalie Zerrudo. 

The exhibit opened a day before the conference on the Suguidanon Epics of Panay, which was held on December 11 – 12  at UPV.  It will run until January 29, 2016.

Mancao on the use of social marketing for sustainable fisheries

“All want to take [the fish] but nobody wants to take care of the fish,” said Mr. Roquelito Mancao, Director for Technical Operations of RARE Philippines during a lecture on December 1, 2015 at the Pidlaoan Hall, UP Visayas, Miagao campus. RARE is an international conservation organization whose stated mission is to help communities adopt sustainable behaviors toward their natural environment and resources organization with the use of social marketing and technical interventions. 

At the start of his talk, Mancao said that the total land area of the Philippines is 300,000 sq. km, while its total territorial waters is 2.2 million sq. km, a vast resource of marine wealth for our country and people. 

“How do you argue with the reasoning of seasoned fishermen that fish never runs out,” he posed this question to his audience. He answered by saying that you can ask them to make a list of the fish they have been catching for decades and they will eventually see that the present catch are now the low-value species for the high-value ones have completely disappeared.

He emphasized that a change in people’s behavior is the only way that we can truly have sustainable fishing. To do this, he said that the use of marketing, particularly social marketing should be used. 

He defined marketing as, “the process of planning and executing the conception, pricing, promotion and distribution of ideas, goods and services to create exchanges that will satisfy individual and organizational behavior.”

“The use of social marketing techniques to improve social well-being by changing behavior and attitudes about social concerns, creates a change in the entire system or community,” he pointed out.

He said that people buy products that they know, products that they think they will get their money’s worth, products that can satisfy them, and products they can benefit from. 

He said that if we truly want to “sell” the idea of sustainable fisheries, we need to satisfy the fisherfolks’ question of “what’s in it for me” in order to have a change in behaviour. 

The lecture was organized by the Institute of Fisheries Policy and Development Studies, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences and was made possible by the Academic Program Improvement fund.

UPV lights up for PASKUA 2015

With the simultaneous lighting of the Christmas lights in the Miagao and Iloilo City campuses on December 1, 2015, UP Visayas is all set to celebrate PASKUA 2015.

Waiting for the dark of night to come, employees in the Miagao campus, some of whom brought their young children, gathered at the main entrance to watch the personnel of the Campus Maintenance Development Office (CDMO) to switch on the lights.

Vice-Chancellor for Administration, Prof. Nestor Yunque, led the lighting of the Christmas lights together with Prof. Ruben Gamala, Vice-Chairperson of the Steering Committee for PASKUA 2015 and Director of the Office of Student Affairs. 

At the city campus, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Resurreccion Sadaba who is this year’s Chairperson of the PASKUA Steering Committee, led the lighting along with Architect Luis Rabut of CDMO. 

The various Christmas decors that have been installed in both campuses became more colourful and festive with the lighting of the Christmas lights. They are best viewed at night.

UPV-CWVS spearheads building culture of resilience in Western Visayas

The Center for West Visayan Studies (CWVS), UP Visayas, launched the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation Resource Hub on December 3, 2015 at the GCEB Audio Visual Hall, UPV Iloilo City campus. 

Attended by various member-organizations that make up “Scaling UP Resilience in Governance” or SURGE in Western Visayas, the event introduced the DRR-CCA Resource web portal that would complement the knowledge products available at drrknowledge.net, an online  library for the  Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction Management. The website was established to serve as a learning platform for UPV students and faculty, national and local government agencies, civil society organizations and individual practitioners deeply involved in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation efforts. The project is currently maintained by the CWVS.

The activity also became a venue for SURGE members in Western Visayas to present reports of their response efforts especially in small island barangays, which are most often neglected during calamities of great magnitude such as that of Typhoon Haiyan. SURGE aims to increase resilience of high risk communities to confront increasing disaster risks and climate change impacts in the Philippines and to consolidate the learning on inclusive Community-Based DRR and lessons from Haiyan experience, and use them to influence change in disaster reduction management (DRM) policies and practice in the Philippines.

Prof. Jorge Ebay, UPVFI-SURGE Program Manager, emphasized that “building a culture of resilience among communities is an urgent call.” 

The SURGE Program is actively supported by the Christian Aid, Handicap International, OXFAM, Plan International and Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection.

Dr. Arsenio S. Camacho: In memoriam

“He had a deep love for UP Visayas.” 

Of all the fine things that were said of former UP Visayas Chancellor, Dr. Arsenio S. Camacho during a tribute that was held in his honor, this was the one that probably best captured the reason why he had given the best of himself not only as a faculty member of UPV but also as one of its administrator. 

Prof. Ma. Joji Tan, faculty member of the UP High School in Iloilo and former Director of the Information and Publications Office who served during his term, said these words and was one of those who spoke during the tribute held on November 20, 2015, at the GCEB Training Room, UP Visayas, Iloilo City campus. The late Dr. Arsenio S. Camacho, 5th Chancellor of UP Visayas passed away on October 22, 2015. The tribute was attended by top current UPV officials led by Chancellor Rommel A. Espinosa, former UPV officials, and faculty and staff, some of whom have already retired from the university.

A visionary leader, a bold and brilliant administrator who has a compassionate, generous heart, and who looked after the well-being of his people. This was the common thread expressed in the words that were said by those who spoke during the tribute. 

Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Prof Encarnacion Emilia Yap gave an extensive background on Camacho, who, although born in Baliwag, Bulacan, spent a great part of his childhood in Tondo. By her reckoning, he was one of the fastest faculty member of UP to have been promoted from Instructor I in 1966 to full professorship in 1982. When he left UPV in 2001, he was Professor 12 at the Institute of Aquaculture of the then College of Fisheries, (now College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences), the highest rank among UP faculty.

“He was the kind of person who held no grudges. There is no meanness in him. He was always looking after the well-being of others. But he was no pushover,” said former UPV Chancellor, Dr. Ida M. Siason, who served as Vice-Chancellor for Academic affairs during his term (November 1, 1993 – August 16, 1998). Siason also said that Camacho was pleasant and joyful to work with and made people feel good about themselves. 

“He is one tough act to follow, says current CFOS Dean, Dr. Crispino Saclauso who also described Camacho as an aggressive, strong and a passionate leader. Saclauso said that although Camacho admits that he has temper, the latter said that “age and experience has tempered his temper.”

A message from UPV’s 1st Chancellor, Dr. Dionisia Rola, was read by retired professor Lorenza Padojinog who herself was Camacho’s Vice-Chancellor for Administration and likewise shared her own memories of him. Padojinog said that she started working with him when he was still the head of the Brackiswater Aquaculture Center (BAC) of the College of Fisheries in Leganes, Iloilo.

“At that time there were no paved roads yet leading to BAC. We waded in the mud to get there,” she recalled, revealing Camacho to be a hands-on leader as well. 

“When he believed in an idea and that when he was right, he will fight for it,” she added. “But what I love most about him is his brilliance, his boldness. He said that that ‘unless you learn to dare, you will never grow up in courage,’” she pointed out.

Others who also gave messages were former Chancellor Dr. Minda Formacion who was a classmate of Camacho in several undergraduate classes in UP Diliman, and Drs. Romeo Fortes and Arnold Naldoza, Vice-Chancellors for Planning and Development, now both retired. 

“He never raised his voice. He is a kind, cheerful and, compassionate man,” said former Executive Assistant to the Chancellor Mrs. Fely Mendoza (retired) of her former boss. 

“You gave me the good years of my life, said former administrative officer of the Office of the Chancellor, Ms. Teresita Arcones who also gave a message which was read by Ms. Lea Papilota. “He was considerate and kind, and always asked how we were,” she added. 

Mr. Rudy Lasquite, who served as Camacho’s driver during his term remembered him as a relaxed, laid back boss.

Mr. Eugene Solutin, a retired administrative officer of BAC remembers Camacho as one who “loves the people of BAC.” “He called us on a first-name basis. He went abroad and when he returned he had a gift for all of us including even me who was a newcomer at that time,” he recalled. He also said that Camacho was his mentor.

UPV is indeed fortunate to have this visionary leader whose deep love for the University has left indelible marks not only to UPV but also to its people. 

Dr. Saclauso said it best. He is a tough act to follow.

25th Visayan History and Culture Conference Highlights Cultural Resilience

The 25th Conference on West Visayan History and Culture highlighted cultural resilience with the theme “Spaces, Places and Resilience in West Visayan Culturescape.”  The conference was held by the Center for West Visayas Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, UP Visayas (CWVS-CAS-UPV) in collaboration with the Christian Aid (CA), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Rise Gigantes Project, SURGE,  Handicap International, Oxfam, and Plan International on November 19 -20, 2015 at the Iloilo Convention Center, Iloilo City.

Dr. Resurreccion Sadaba, CAS Dean, emphasized that the conference is very crucial at this time as “…more recent scientific findings disclose the increasing vulnerability of Western Visayas to meteorological, seismic and climate-related risks. As the major repository of knowledge about the region, it is only fitting for the Center to be at the forefront of efforts that promote a culture of resilience  while at the same time exploring inter-multi- and trans- disciplinary discourses related to these concerns.”

Mr. Edlin Lumanog of the Christian Aid challenged the participants to reflect on the recent social and physical developments happening around.  According to him, there is a need to be clarified between the built ones and the natural ones and influence practices that propels these developments.

Prof. Jorge Ebay, CWVS Director said that the 13 presentations during the conference featured research and public service outputs that relate to the Visayan legacy of culture and resilience and understanding the totality of  human experience  in the Visayan context.

The keynote presenters were Dr. Kristoffer Berse of the National College of Public Administration, UP Diliman  who discussed “Unpacking Resilience: Global Priorities, Local Actions;”  and Dr. Emmanuel Luna of the College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD), UP Diliman who tackled “Indigenous Knowledge and Disaster Risk Reduction.”

“Tikum Kadlum” is National Book Awardee for Poetry

“Tikum Kadlum,” the first title in the Suguidanon (Epics) of Panay, which was published by the University of the Philippines Press in December 2014 was given the National Book Award for Poetry Category (Hiligaynon/Kinaray-a) by the National Book Development Board and Manila Critic’s Circle.  

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2015 Graduate Research Conference Held

“Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century Landscape” was the theme of the 2015 Graduate Research Conference held on November 5 to 7, 2015 at the University of the Philippines Visayas Auditorium, Iloilo City campus.

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SWF Honors National Artist Federico Alcuaz

The Sentro ng Wikang Filipino, UP Visayas conducted the 2nd leg of the National Artist Lecture Series with the theme “Dayaw: Halad ng UP Visayas sa Pagbubuhay ng Kulturang Filipino Pinaagi sa Wikang Filipino.” on October 30, 2015 at the Graduate and Continuing Education BUilding, UPV, Iloilo City.  As a tribute to the country’s national artists, the second lecture for the series honored Federico Aguilar Alcuaz, National Artist for Visual Arts. 

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UPV faculty members launch books

Faculty members from UP Visayas launched their books on August 21, 2015 at the Grand Tower Hotel, Iloilo City. The same books was also re-launched at the UPV Art Gallery, Iloilo City campus on October 28, 2015 and at the UPV Miagao campus on October 29, 2015.

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IPO trains new batch of University tour guide volunteers

The scenic main campus of UP Visayas in Miagao has always attracted visitors not only in Region VI but from Luzon to Mindanao and from other countries. In order for them to have an organized visit and acquire accurate information on UPV, the University Tour Guide program was created in 2000. As a volunteer service program of the university that deals with its external public, the UTG also responds to the call of UP to be a public service university. 

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CFOS welcomes postgraduate students of tropical fish program

The College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences of UP Visayas, Miagao welcomed two graduate students from Japan to the Postgraduate Program in Tropical Fisheries with International Linkage on October 19, 2015 at the dean’s office of the college on October 19, 2015.

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Shared service facility for bamboo technology launched at UPV

“The difference between a Chinese and a Filipino mind set can be seen in what they would ask a classmate upon seeing them years after graduation. The Pinoy would ask, ‘Where are you working now?’ whereas the Chinese would ask, ‘What is your business now?’”

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COP/BIDANI conducts training on new WHO child growth standards for BHWs

To enhance the skills and knowledge of community volunteer health workers in assessing the growth and nutritional status of children in their community, COP/BIDANI conducted training on the new World Health Organization (WHO) Child Growth Standards (CGS) on 5 October 2015 at the Conference Room, Administration Building, University of the Philippines Visayas, Miagao, Iloilo.  Present during the said training were barangay health workers (BHWs) and members of the barangay council (punong barangay and barangay kagawad) of COP/BIDANI partner-communities in the municipalities of Igbaras and Tubungan, Iloilo. 

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UPV top performer in psych licensure exam in Western Visayas

The graduates of the BA Psychology program of the Division of Social Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, UP Visayas repeated the feat of scoring the highest passing percentage in the 2015 Psychometrician Licensure Exam in Western Visayas at 72.73%. The national passing percentage of the said exam this year is 46.15%. UPV’s passing rate last year was 83.33 %.

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RELO introduces English teaching materials for Iloilo City teachers

Introducing a collection of resources for teachers of English – this was what had been accomplished during the “Introduction to the Regional English Language Office (RELO) of the US Embassy Manila” on September 30, 2015 at the audio-visual room of the Graduate and Continuing Education Bldg., UP Visayas, Iloilo City.

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UPHSI prof is national leader of the 42nd Filipino SSEAYP delegates

Prof. Alfredo Diaz, a faculty member of the UP High School in Iloilo, College of Arts and Sciences, UP Visayas will serve as the national leader of the 28 youth ambassadors of goodwill from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao who will be in the 42nd Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP). The program is a diplomatic-cultural event that brings together more than 300 youths from Southeast Asian Nation member countries and Japan.

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UPV links with Indonesian embassy for academic and cultural collaboration

The Center for West Visayan Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, University of the Philippines Visayas conducted a forum entitled “ From Palembang to Iloilo: Exploring Prospects for Knowledge and Cultural Exchange on September 28, 2015 at the Training Room of the Graduate and Continuing Education Building of UP Visayas, Iloilo City campus.

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UPV inks MOU with ASU

The University of the Philippines Visayas , represented by its Chancellor, Dr. Rommel A. Espinosa entered into a Memorandum of Understanding for Institutional Cooperation with the Aklan State University (ASU), represented by its President, Dr. Danilo Abayon on September 23, 2015 at the UPV Iloilo City campus. 

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Restoration plans for the UPV main building presented

On Friday, September 18, 2015, Prof. Martin Genodepa, Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Culture and the Arts of UP Visayas gathered culture and arts friends and alumni to present plans for the restoration of the main building as well as the preservation of art works in the UPV Art Gallery.

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Sesbreño is 10th place in the 2015 chemist licensure exam

Roxzien Shaye Gensaya Sesbreño, a BS Chemistry graduate of UP Visayas, is one of the examinees who garnered the ten highest places in the recent Chemist Licensure Exam administered by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) in September 2015.

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Guidote shares lessons learned in fishery law enforcement

Through the invitation of the Institute of Fisheries Policy and Development Studies (IFPDS) of the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, UP Visayas, Mr. Marlito Guidote, Policy and Enforcement Advisor of the USAID-ECOFISH Project 1, was at the UPV Miagao campus to talk about “Recent Innovations in Fishery Law Enforcement.”

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UPV profs to co-author YAFS4 regional papers

Two faculty members of UP Visayas were invited by the Demographic Research and Development Foundation (DRDF) to conduct further analysis of the 2013 Young Adult Fertility and Sexuality Study (YAFS4) data during a workshop held on September 3-5, 2015 at the Sequoia Hotel in Quezon City.

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UPHSI student wins in regional essay writing contest

Vanessa Joy Denoman, a senior student at the UP High School in Iloilo, College of Arts and Sciences, U.P. Visayas bested other high school contestants from Western Visayas and Negros Island regions during an on-the-spot essay writing contest held at the Hua Siong College of Iloilo on September 4, 2015.

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UPVTC OCEP & ADMU holds 2nd Katatagan program

After successfully running Katatagan para sa Kabataan in July, the UPV Tacloban College Office of Continuing Education and Pahinungod (UPVTC OCEP) teamed up once again with the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Department of Psychology and offered the same program to a second batch of participants on August 29-30, 2015 in UPVTC, Tacloban City. 

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UPLB Dean talks about graduate university challenges

Dr. Jose V. Camacho, Jr, Dean of the UP Los Baños Graduate School was the invited speaker for the Academic Program Improvement (API) lecture on the “Challenges of a Research and Graduate University: the UPLB Experience“ held on August 25, 2015 at UP Visayas, Iloilo City campus.

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Dr. Siason honored at retirement

Friends and colleagues of Dr. Ida M. Siason marked her retirement date with a celebration on August 15, at the UPV Auditorium, UP Visayas Iloilo City campus. Siason served the University for 36 years as faculty member of the Division of Social Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences. She was also appointed Chancellor from 1998 – 2005 and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs from 1993 to 1998.

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UPV psych profs join AASP & PAP conference

The University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) showed strong presence through various presentations of psychology faculty members from the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and Tacloban College (TC) in the joint 11th Biennial Conference of the Asian Association of Social Psychology (AASP) and 52nd Annual Convention of the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) held at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City on August 19-22, 2015.

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COP/BIDANI promotes proper oral hygiene

In line with the Community Outreach Program/ BIDANI’s advocacy to combat malnutrition through oral hygiene among children, a demonstration on proper tooth brushing was given to Kinder and Day Care pupils in Barangay Taminla, Dueñas  on 20 July 2015 and Brgy. Pinaopawan, Igbaras on 12 August 2015, respectively. Ms. Ma. Glyza A. Ciasico, staff of the COP/BIDANI demonstrated the proper tooth brushing with the aid of  a short video presentation for children. 

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UPV welcomes AY 2015-16 incoming and returning students

To mark the beginning of academic year 2015-2016, the UP Visayas held the opening exercises at the Covered Court, Miagao campus on August 11, 2015. This was the second time that it was held in August as a result of the shift in the academic calendar.

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Zamora is new UPHSI principal

Dr. Lourdes Callanta Zamora was appointed as the new principal of the UP High School in Iloilo, College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), U.P. Visayas. She will serve for a term of three years, that is, from July 1, 2015 to May 31, 2018.

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UPV ITSO conducts Patent Search Seminar for CFOS

With the increasing disclosure of inventions received from UP Visayas College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS), the Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO) under the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development of UP Visayas conducted the Patent Information and Documentation Search Seminar Workshop for the College on July 21-22, 2015 at the Conference Room of the New Administration Building, UPV Miagao Campus.

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