The CM Play Festival, on its 13th year, epitomizes the roles of “Iskolars ng Bayan” in the community. This was held on February 23 with the theme “The Stigma of Mental Health” at the UPV Auditorium as part of 70th Anniversary of the UP Presence in Iloilo. Organized by the CM Student Council, this year’s CM Play Festival is officially part of the 3rd Iloilo Theater Festival spearheaded by the University of San Agustin Little Theater.
This theatrical presentation needed the cooperation of the majority of the students of UPV College of Management. Included in the play festival are minor events such as the playbill and trailer competition, batch shirt design, and band performances. The major events include the scriptwriting competition and the play performances by the four batches of CM. Writing, directing, and acting workshops were also held for the participants in preparation of the play festival. The judges for the play performances were Mr. Eric Divinagracia, the head of Iloilo Theater Festival, Prof. Alfredo Diaz, Mr. Joseph Albaña, Mr. GC Castro, and Mr. Gabriel Felix Umadhay.
The event also captured some nuances of the UP culture and ideals. This also offered the audience insights and understanding about the interconnectedness of individuals with mental health issues in their community. This project of the UPV College of Management Student Council will also be for the benefit of its chosen beneficiary, the Pototan Mental Health Unit and its patients. Prior to the event, the student council officers held a Mental Health Talk to educate the scriptwriters and the people involved in the production process. The officers also conducted a visit to the beneficiary in Pototan with the guidance of Dr. Ali Robles and Dr. Donaldo Tugbang where the student officers were oriented on the current situation of the institution. The students will have another visit this March for a one-day immersion and gift giving.
Over one thousand teachers and LGU personnel of the Municipality of Lambunao gathered at the Iloilo Convention Center on February 18, 2017 for the Lambunao Education Summit 2017 with the theme: “Teachers for Lambunao: A Partnership for Quality Education.”
The restructuring of the Philippine Education System to K-12 program poses many challenges to the government and the clamour to promote quality education moved different stakeholders in the Municipality of Lambunao to gather in a one-day Summit that inspired and united education stakeholders to find solutions to the challenges that the Philippine Education System is facing.
Spearheaded by Lambunao Mayor, Hon. Jason R. Gonzales, the Summit brought together teachers, LGU representatives (barangay and municipal officials), community members and other stakeholders to discuss ways in troubleshooting the Municipality’s problems, among which, are the low National Achievement Test (NAT) scores and high dropout rates. District Supervisors and School Principals presented not only the accomplishments but also the challenges that their schools are facing.
The UP Visayas Division of Professional Education, in collaboration with the UP High School in Iloilo, hosted the Tech-Know-Kasyon Research Forum with the theme: “Enhancing Service Learning through Community Partnership” on February 22, 2017 at the GCEB Training Rooms, UP Visayas Ioilo City Campus,
This was conducted in accordance with the celebration of 70th Anniversary of the UP Presence in Iloilo. Professors from the UPV community gathered to share their research outputs to graduate, undergraduate and high school students.
The event facilitated learning and exchange of ideas between the resource speakers and the participants. The forum was divided into two parallel sessions that were held separately in the morning and afternoon. Each parallel session have a plenary session with speakers: Prof. Early Sol Gadong who talked about “The Community as a Learning Laboratory” and Prof. Donne Jone Sodusta who talked about “The University’s Public Service Mandate and Graduate Teacher Education Service Learning.”
The forum was further categorized on the following topics: Mathematics and Classroom Management, Communication Arts and Sining ng Komunikasyon, Learning Experiences and Traditions, and Social Science & Literature, which have three research speakers each.
Photos courtesy of Misael Bacani, UP System
President Danilo Concepcion appointed Prof. Nestor G. Yunque as the new UP Vice President for Administration. He took his oath of office before the president on February 10, 2017 at Quezon Hall in UP Diliman, Quezon City. Yunque was immediate-past Vice Chancellor for Administration of the University of the Philippines Visayas.
Yunque was a PhD candidate with thesis proposal approved in November 2000 at the Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He has also a Certificate in Aquaculture (Senior Aquaculturist, Academic Excellence Awardee) from the Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia and Pacific Region. He graduated both his Master of Aquaculture and B.S. Biological Sciences from U.P. Visayas, Iloilo.
Yunque is faculty member of the Division of Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, UP Visayas. An active advocate and resource person on disaster risk reduction and climate change resiliency campaigns, he was Project Leader of the Project ReBUILD (Jalaur River Basin Component): A project on capacity building for 21 municipalities comprising the river basin of Jalaur directed towards resiliency in relation to Climate-induced disasters. Project ReBUILD was funded by the Government of New Zealand and was managed by United National Development Program and the Philippine Climate Change Commission. Yunque was also declared by former President Pascual as his “man on the ground” in rebuilding UPV Tacloban when Typhoon Yolanda hit the Visayas regions in 2013.
He is married to Lorena T. Yunque, a former TESDA Regional Director, with whom he has two daughters - Dianne Aster and Vanessa Aura.
The Vice President for Administration is directly responsible for administrative operations specifically in the areas of human resources, finance and procurement of the University of the Philippines System.
Heather Angelique Parangan and Marc Leo Layson, Grade-10 students of University of the Philippines High School in Iloilo grabbed the championship trophy during the Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) Meet. The competition was held on February 06, 2017, at Buenavista, San Jose, Antique.
They competed against six other pairs in the Junior Category of the Latin American Dance Sport Competition. Under the guidance of Prof. Imelda Catequista as their coach, Parangan and Layson wowed the crowd and did a great performance at the dance floor that made them brought home gold medals.
Parangan and Layson will represent the Region VI in the 2017 in Palarong Pambansa this coming 23rd of April with the venue yet to be announced. Aside from being superb dance performers, they also managed to excel in their studies and in extra-curricular activities. Layson is governor of the Goldies, while Parangan is the president of the Science Club. They serve as an inspiration to many young aspiring dancers and their fellow students at the UPHSI. (Kyla Agnes Ramirez, UPHSI)