The University of the Philippines Visayas launched five books during the Pagtib-ong: The UPV International Conference on Intangible Heritage on May 26, 2017 at Casa Real (The Old Iloilo Provincial Capitol), Iloilo City, Philippines.
Three books were that of Prof. Merlie Alunan – “Sa Atong Dila,” “Susumaton,” and Our Memory of Water published by University of the Philippines Press, Ateneo de Manila University Press, and Ateneo de Naga University Press, respectively.
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.