UPV main building up for restoration

The University of the Philippines Visayas Main Building will be restored in 2017 in accordance with international and national conservation standards. The restoration will be facilitated by the National Historical Council of the Philippines (NHCP) with a grant of P40M from the national government.

A group of NHCP personnel headed by Architect Friscian Panganiban inspected the building on October 26, 2016 to assess the extent of restoration to be done. The conservation plan shall rehabilitate the structure with regard to its structural soundness, architectural, and historical integrity based on scientific studies and historical research.

Dr. Evelyn Belleza, Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development and Vice Chancellor for Administration, Nestor Yunque discussed the plan with them. The committee that submitted the proposal for its restoration headed by Prof. Martin Genodepa assisted the NHCP in the inspection of the structure. A signing of the Memorandum of Agreement is scheduled soon to finalize the plan of action.

The UPV Main Building was originally conceptualized by the famed Filipino architect Juan Arellano in 1933. Sculptural decorations were executed by the famous Italian sculptor Francesco Riccardo Monti with the assistance of local artisans. The local newspaper Ang Makinaugalingon in its July 10, 1934 issue described the structure as the biggest and most beautiful building in the Philippines during the Commonwealth Period.

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Argentine Ambassador visits UPV

His Excellency, Roberto Bosch, Ambassador of the Argentine Republic was in the UP Visayas Iloilo City campus on October 20, 2016 for a cultural visit. He was in town for the Argentine Film Festival in Iloilo City.

UPV Chancellor, Rommel Espinosa, along with the UPV Officials, welcomed Bosch at the UPV Cinematheque. He expressed his pleasure for being able to visit Iloilo City, including UPV. He briefly talked about the similarities shared by Argentina and the Philippines such as being a former Spanish colony, having Catholicism as the main religion and both as still developing countries.

Questions that were raised after his brief remarks included a possible academic cooperation between the two countries by UPV Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Encarnacion Emilia Yap; and how to make the Philippines more interested in football as a sports, more suited to the average height of the Filipinos, as asked by one of the UP High School in Iloilo (UPHSI) students.

A short Argentine film entitled, “The Florist” was shown at the Cinematheque with the UPHSI students as audience. The film was about the brevity of life as seen through the eyes of a florist. When the film started, Bosch left the venue for a guided tour of the Center for West Visayan Studies Museum and the UPV Art Gallery. Dr. Randy Madrid and Prof. Martin Genodepa served as tour guides, respectively.

The visit was arranged by Dr. Kevin Villanueva and Prof. Alfredo Diaz, faculty members of UPHSI. Other UPV officials present were Vice-Chancellor for Administration Nestor Yunque and Vice-Chancellor for Planning and Development Evelyn Belleza, Deans Resurreccion Sadaba (College of Arts and Sciences)

Emeliza Lozada (School of Technology) and Mary Ann Gumban (College of Management). Also present were Office of Alumni Affairs Director Amy Tanoy, Division of Professional Education Chair, Celia Parcon and UPHSI Principal Lourdes Zamora.

UPVTC attains 90% passing rate in 2016 CPA Board Exam; gets 9th spot

With a 90 percent passing rate and an examinee on the ninth spot, the University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College continues to deliver a strong performance in the 2016 Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensure examinations.

Eighteen graduates of the College’s BS Accountancy program from the Class of 2016 passed the highly-competitive examinations held earlier in October 2016 including magna cum laude graduate Mart Anthony D. Dela Peña who ranked ninth among the top 10 passers, with a score of 92.17 percent.

The other graduates of the College who passed the board examination are Abigail E. Alegre, Paquito D. Alvez III, Aljon D. Angeles, Peter Martin B. Batica, Brenz Marion S. Cabagsican, Maria Liyan A. Data, Alex P. Dongallo and Leonora A. Falguera.

Completing the list are Genie Jasmine M. Juaban, NielEulysis Y. Jungaya, Luigi C. Molato, Joanne Lesley C. Padilla, Jullie Ann J. Piañar, Renee Ong S. Punsalan, Rafael I. Ras, Milrose A. Tisado, and Zheerex F. Villero.

A total of 5,249 out of 14,390 examinees – or 36.48 percent – passed the examination administered by the PRC Board of Accountancy on two consecutive weekends this October. They were tested on six subjects: Financial Accounting and Reporting; Advanced Financial Accounting and Reporting; Management Advisory Services; Regulatory Framework for Business Transaction; Taxation; and Auditing.

The examinations were held in Manila, Baguio, Cagayan De Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, Lucena, and Tacloban. (With sources from http://www.prc.gov.ph/)

UPVTC BS Management graduate is YSEALI academic fellow

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Ms. Mariel May C. Obregon, a BS Management graduate of the University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College (UPVTC) was selected to be a part of a highly-competitive academic fellowship program that will be held at the University of Connecticut in the United States from October 9 to November 12, 2016.

Obregon, who graduated in July 2016, is among the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Academic Fellows for Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development and will be part of the Fall 2016 iteration of the program.

The YSEALI Academic Fellowship Institute is “an intensive academic program whose purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders and recently graduated leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills.”

The Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development fellows will be provided an overview of the entrepreneurial approaches that can be employed to address social issues. They will “review the development, history, challenges, and successes of social enterprises and community leaders in the United States and globally. Topics to be tackled may include, but are not limited to, trade, investment, financial literacy, banking, microfinance, organizational development and management, grant writing, innovation, emerging markets and risk analysis, strategic business planning, corporate social responsibility, and women and minorities in entrepreneurship.”

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UPV is top performer in the 2016 fisheries tech exam, graduates bag 8 spots in the top 10

UP Visayas did it again. Through its College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS), UPV has once again dominated the 2016 Fisheries Technologist Licensure Exam, having a passing percentage of 97.01%.

The CFOS alumni claimed 8 out of the top10 placers from among the 457 examinees who passed the exam out of the 1,391 who took it this month of October, making the national passing percentage at only 32.85%.


Although there were some SUCs that scored a 100% passing percentage, they only have one examinee. Whereas UPV had 67 examinees and 65 passed. (With sources from http://www.prc.gov.ph/news/)

UPV watches via live stream the presentation of UP President nominees

It used to be that the process in the search for the President of the University of the Philippines would entail the nominees to visit the constituent universities (CUs) and to present their respective vision statements including their plans and programs for a six-year term. Nowadays, advances in technology has made it possible for the search process to be done through live streaming.

On October 13, 2016, the faculty, students, research and administrative staff of UP’s constituent universities all over the country, from UP Baguio up north to UP Mindanao down south, watched the six nominees vying to be the next President present their vision statement.

Streamed from the UP Film Institute Media Center, UP Diliman, the nominees were also able to answer questions not only from the audience at the venue but also from the various CUs.

The nominees for the next UP President are the following: Danilo L. Concepcion, the current Dean of the College of Law, UP Diliman; Gisela P. Concepcion, current UP Vice-President for Academic Affairs; J. Prospero E. De Vera III, former UP Vice President for Public Affairs and recently appointed as CHED Commissioner; Rowena Cristina L. Guevara, current DOST Undersecretary for Scientific and Technological Services; Benito M. Pacheco, current Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UP Diliman; and Caesar A. Saloma, former UP Diliman Chancellor and Professor of Physics of the same campus.

The next UP President will be appointed by the UP Board of Regents and will replace outgoing President Alfredo E. Pascual whose term will end on February 2017.

Literary artist Mojares visits UPV

On the invitation of the BA Literature professors of the Division of Humanities, College of Arts and Sciences, distinguished professor in literature Resil Mojares was in the UP Visayas Miagao and Iloilo City campuses since October 4 and will stay until October 12, 2016 for a series of lectures and talks on Visayan literature.

Mojares, Professor Emeritus at the University of San Carlos is an advocate and an ambassador of Filipino literature. He recognized as a writer, a critic and a cultural researcher. He has also won, among others, several National Book Awards from the Manila Critics Circle for works in literary criticism, local and national history, urban and rural history, and political biography.

His series of lectures started on October 4 with a forum for local writers and literature teachers entitled, “Where in the World is the Filipino Writer” at the UPV Iloilo City campus. On October 5, he was with the students of the Miagao campus and talked about, “What is Visayan Literature” which he will likewise repeat on October 12 at the Iloilo City campus.

The BA Literature faculty of the Division of Humanities sat with the Carlos Palanca winner (short story) for a consultation on best practices on teaching literature. They also took the opportunity to have him critique the BA Literature program of the Division that is currently undergoing revisions.

Mojares, who earned his doctorate in Literature from UP Diliman, is also a Centennial Awardee for Cultural Research from the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

The visiting literary activity of the Division of Humanities is funded by Academic Program Improvement of the UP System.

Dr. Lumbera, tinalakay ang pagiging nasyonalismo sa National Artist Lecture Series

“Hindi likas sa tao ang nasyonalismo. Ito ay tinutuklas habang siya ay nagpapalawak ng kanyang kamalayan.” Ito ang pambungad mensahe ni Dr. Bienvenido L. Lumbera sa kanyang panayam sa ikalimang serye ng National Artist Lecture Series (NALS) na ginanap noong 29 Setyembre 2016 sa UPV Iloilo City campus.

Tinalakay ni Dr. Lumbera ang pagkakaiba ng nasyonalismo at patriotismo bagamat sa kanyang pag-aaral pareho itong may kinalaman sa bayan. Ayon sa kanya, “ang patriotismo ay likas na damdaming pagmamahal sa bayang sinilangan na binubuo ng mga diwa at damdamin na kaugnay ng kamalayan ng tao na siya ay bahagi ng isang nasyon, isang komunidad ng mamamayan na nagkakaisa na sila ay may iisang paninidIgan bilang komunidad at handang payabungin at ipagsanggalang ito sa harap ng ibang nasyon.”

Si Dr. Bienvenido L. Lumbera, Pambansang Alagad ng Sining sa Panitikan (2006), ang panauhing tagapanayam sa ikalimang serye ng NALS. Ayon kay Prof. Jose Julie E. Ramirez, program director ng NALS, ang programa na may temang “Dayaw: Halad ng UP Visayas sa Pagsabuhay ng Kulturang Filipino sa Wikang Filipino” ay isang pagpupugay ng UP Visayas bilang serbisyo sa bayan na nagbibigay pugay sa mga alagad ng sining upang magsilbing inspirasyon sa mga manunulat, mananaliksik, estudyante, guro at mga kabataang henerasyon.

Ang ikalimang serye ng programa ay dinaluhan ng mga guro at estudyante mula sa UP Visayas, UP High School in Iloilo, Jalandoni National High School, Leon National High School, Mandurriao National High School, Iloilo City NHS, Iloilo National High School, Ramon Avancena NHS, Western Institute of Technology, St. Therese La Fiesta, University of San Agustin, Philippine Science High School at Tagsing Buyo NHS. Ang National Artist Lecture Series (NALS) ay itinataguyod ng UPV Sentro ng Wikang Filipino at Opisina ng Vice Chancellor sa Pananaliksik at Ekstensiyon sa pakikipagtulungan ng Pambansang Komisyon para sa Kultura at mga Sining. Layunin ng programa na ibahagi sa mga delegado ang buhay, karanasan, kasanayan at kaalaman na tinahak ng isang pambansang alagad ng sining. (By: Prof. Jose Julie E. Ramirez and Sydna M. Lozada)

Nemenzo on gender equity in science and mathematics

“What is your idea of gender equality? Does this mean that men and women are equal in all things?” so asked Prof. Fidel R. Nemenzo, D. Sc., during a talk on “Gender, Science and Mathematics,” on September 30, 2016 at the Interactive Learning Center, UP Visayas Miagao campus.

He explained that gender equality does not mean that men and women are equal in all things, because according to him, there are obviously clear differences between men and women.  

Rather he explained that gender equality means that the rights, the roles, responsibilities and opportunities given to every individual should not depend on that individual’s gender.

“The issue of gender inequality is actually a concern of both men and women because men like women are affected negatively by gender discrimination. It creates unrealistic demands on men and women requiring us to behave in narrowly-defined ways,” he elaborated.

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Topor is Bato Balani Foundation, Inc. “The Many Faces of the Teacher 2016” honoree

Dr. Vivian Azucena-Topor, a biochemistry professor of the Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, UP Visayas, is one of the four honorees in the 2016 The Many Faces of the Teacher (TMFT) of the Bato Balani Foundation, Inc. The honorees, who are selected to become ambassadors of hope, goodwill and inspiration to teachers and students, were chosen by a select panel of judges from the academe and civil society.

Topor, who is also the current Director of the UPV Graduate Program Office, received her award along with her fellow honorees during A Tribute to Teachers 2016 held at Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino on October 1, 2016.  TMFT is an advocacy campaign of the Bato Balani Foundation, Inc. which aims to extol and honor the teachers who have dedicated themselves in the teaching vocation and had gone out of their way to become inspirations to their students, colleagues and the community.  It recognizes the exemplars in the teaching profession – the honorees – who play significant roles in the lives of the students, molding them to become successful professionals and leaders of the nation; develop teaching innovations; and become catalysts of change for a progressive academic community and society.

According to Topor, her dedication to the teaching profession is a moral obligation, which led her to develop innovative teaching materials.  She developed the chemistry game card called ChemTrump (available nationwide at C&E Bookshop) which stimulates student interests in the properties of the different elements in the periodic table.  She pioneered the conduct of the Chemistry Camp for high school teachers and students in Region VI. The Chemistry Camp is aimed to enhance the teachers’ knowledge in teaching chemistry, both lecture and laboratory classes and for the students to experience chemistry through simple experiments using ordinary household materials and solutions.  She also developed the chemistry games, ChemSquabble and ChemFactory, all geared toward awakening the interests of students in chemistry. Just recently, she submitted ChemSearch and ChemPuzzle (in press) to help enhance students’ learning of basic chemistry concepts.  A number of students took up BS Chemistry because they were inspired by the games, chemistry quiz bee and training conducted by the Department, which were spearheaded by Topor.

Topor is an inspiration and role model for her colleagues. She consistently receives excellent evaluation from her students.  Aside from excellence in teaching, she is also active in research and public service.  Recently, she developed a cyanide color wheel test kit through the support of UPV Foundation Inc., and the Department of Chemistry which find useful applications in food and human safety.  She and team mates Mr. Anthony Salvador Albaladejo and Ms. Rnie Shayne Gaurana, both faculty members of the Department of Chemistry have been conducting information dissemination campaigns on cassava cyanide and have held trainings on the use of the kit to LGU technicians (agriculturists, agricultural technologists, research specialists, cassava farmers and implementers) in the region, in coordination with Ms. Charmae Antipatia, Regional Cassava Focal Person of the Department of Agriculture, Regional Field Office 6. She had been presenting various papers in local and international conferences and had published them in peer-reviewed journals.  Topor is the first faculty from UPV to receive the TMFT award.(By: Enrique N. Legaspi III & Steve P. Janagap)

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