Award winning chemist to launch chemistry book

Dr. Vivian Azucena-Topor, faculty member of the Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, UP Visayas, will launch a chemistry book entitled, “ChemSearch & ChemPuzle” on December 1, 2016 at the lobby of the UP Visayas Museum of Natural Sciences, Miagao campus.

Topor, an honoree of the “2016 The Many Faces of the Teacher (TMFT)” of the Bato Balani Foundation, Inc., understood that chemistry has its own language. According to her, this language expresses itself through the symbols of elements, cations, anions, and chemical formulas. She thus said that when one becomes skilled in the use of this language, one is able to understand and convey a chemical message through chemical formulas, naming compounds, and eventually answering higher level problems involving chemical formulas and compounds.

ChemSearch & ChemPuzle” aims to develop one’s skill, mastery, and love of chemistry through answering the different challenges. The more one plays the puzzle, the more one interacts with the chemical symbols and formulas, one becomes more familiar with the elements, cations, anions, and different compounds. On the same occasion, the UPV Library will also launch its Website and a book donation drive.

“Pahagunong” of Suguidanon launched

Pahagunong, the fourth title and the fifth installment in the Suguidanon (Epics) of Panay was launched by University of the Philippine Press on November 25, 2016 at the Balay Kalinaw, UP Diliman Quezon City.

Dr. Alicia Magos, Chief Researcher and Senior Translator of the book; Anna Razel Limoso Ramirez, Associate Researcher and Overall Coordinator for Publications; and Eliodora L. Dimzon – Co-Coordinator for Publications, received the launching copy from the UP Press.

Pahagunong was chanted by Gawad Manlilikha ng Bayan Federico Caballero of the Panay Bukidnon Indigenous Group. It was a part of a research project done more than 20 years ago by UP Visayasemeritus professor and anthropologist, Dr. Alicia P. Magos with her Associate Researcher Anna Razel L. Ramirez in the hinterlands of Central Panay. They translation and eventual publication of the book is a collaborative effort of a team from UPV composed of Elidodora Dimzon, Teresita Quezon, Analina Salvador, Milagros Cañalete, Prof Joji B. Tan, and Agnes Espano. The cover design was done by Liby Limoso while photographs were supplied by Ramon Ramirez. The publication was made possible through a memorandum of agreement between UP and the Panay Bukidnon Communities of Garangan, Agcalaga and Masaroy in Calinog, Iloilo.

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Lecture on high performance imaging fundamentals conducted

Dr. Dao Vu Truong Son, lecturer at the Ho Chi MinhInternational University, Vietnam National Univertsity, Vietnam, was the UP Visayas Miagao campus on November 25, 2016 for a lecture on “Machine Vision and Image Processing Fundamentals” held at the conference room of the Umali Hall, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences (CFOS).

In a nutshell Dao’s lecture covered the evolution of the camera, its various parts and how they work. He focused particularly on the lens and how it has become more powerful through time in capturing both still and moving images. He also explained various camera technologies that have been developed and are still being developed to make image capture even more powerful. He discussed research studies he has undertaken that has to do with ultra-high speed image sensor. Because “seeing is believing,” he pointed out that high performance imaging is highly important. He further emphasized that cameras such as those using ultra violet rays are able to detect fake food products.

During the open forum, the questions that were raised were mostly on how such technologies can help in fish processing particularly in detecting spoilage. The faculty, research extension professional staff, graduate students and staff of the Institute of Fish Processing Technology, CFOS, comprised the audience.

The lecture was organized by IFPT and funded by the Academic Program Improvement of the UP system.

MOA for UPV main building restoration signed

UP Visayas Chancellor Rommel A. Espinosa and National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) Chair Serena Diokno signed the Memorandum of Agreement for the restoration and preservation of the UPV Main Building in Iloilo City on November 24, 2016 at the GCEB Audio Visual Room, UPV, Iloilo City campus.

A P40M grant was given by the national government for the restoration through the NHCP. Additional funds are further proposed to complete the restoration.

UPV Vice Chancellor for Administration, Prof. Nestor G. Yunque, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Emilia Yap, and Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development Evelyn Belleza were present during the MOA signing.

The other guests who witnessed the MOA signing include Architect Friscian Panganiban as well as the committee who facilitated the submission of the proposal for restoration headed by Prof Martin G. Genodepa including its members Dr. Alicia P. Magos, Dr. Randy Madrid, Prof. Celia Parcon, Anna Razel Ramirez, and Lea Papilota. 

In 1933, known Filipino architect Juan Arellano conceptualized the UPV Main Building, which was originally the Iloilo City Hall. Its sculptural decorations were executed by the famous Italian sculptor Francesco Riccardo Monti with the assistance of local artisans. The building together with its site of approximately 10 hectares was donated for the exclusive use of U.P. Iloilo College by the Municipal Board of Iloilo City in 1947.

UPV hosts installation exhibit for VIVA ExCon


Japanese and Korean artists in collaboration with artists from Negros Island Region held a group exhibition of installation art, entitled ‘Cycles 001’ at the UP Visayas, Iloilo City campus grounds during the VIVA ExCon Iloilo or Visayas Island Visual Arts Exhibition and Conference. The exhibit opened on 17 November and will run till the end of the month.

Rhoderick Tijing, Young-sil Seo, Raymond Legaspi, Hyun-Don Kim, Manny Montelibano, Ryu Eun, Junjun Montelibano, Bae Soo-Min, Paks Gonzaga, Karina Broce-Gonzaga, Christoph Sagemuller, Mark Espuerta, Elwa Gonzales, Ginoe Ojoy, HR Campos III, Faye Abantao, Charlie Co and Dennis Ascalon are the artists who participated in this exhibition.

According to Prof. Martin Genodepa, Chairperson of UPV-Chancellor’s Committee on the Arts, “‘Cycles 001’ is an exhibition that is inspired by the repetition of event in society, the reverberation of history, and life patterns.” He further said that “as artists continue to reflect society in their artworks, subjects repeat as history recurs, Cycles 001, attempts to intervene in these repetitions, by exploring new grounds art production but maintain the attention to the subjects that the artist is working on.” This exhibition aims to interrupt and reflect the usual as well as to challenge the conventional.

The participating artists went through diverse methods of production, which involved the understanding of individual methods and cultural backgrounds, collaboration, the use of alternative mediums and manner of presentation, subject focus, and conditions for production and exhibition.  (With sources from Prof. Martin Genodepa, UPV-CCCA)

Staff Regent Mejia consults with UPV staff and REPS

Hon. Alexis M. Mejia, Staff Regent of the UP Board of Regents (BOR) was at the UP Visayas Miagao campus in the morning and at the Iloilo City campus in the afternoon of November 11, 2016 to consult with the administrative staff and the Research Extension Professional Staff (REPS).

UPV Chancellor Rommel A. Espinosa welcomed Mejia and remarked that this consultation is critical. It will give the staff the opportunity to air their issues and concerns to him, who along with the rest of the members of the UP BOR, will be interviewing the six candidates for the next UP President in mid-November before electing one on November 30, 2016.

Mejia briefly summarized the UP President Search Process and proceeded to explain the two important benefits that are foremost in the minds of his listeners. These are the Service Recognition Pay (SRP) and the new hospitalization program of UP now called UP Hospitalization Program (eHoPe) as the replacement of the existing Financial Assistance Program of Hospitalization Expenses (FAPHE). eHope is still at the proposal stage.

The current SRP is a monetary benefit for the administrative staff and REPS in an amount payable equivalent to 10 day’s salary for every year of service. It is payable upon: 1) compulsory retirement at the age of 65; 2) early retirement due to severe illness as defined by PhilHealth; and 3) death an early age eligible for optional retirement. This was implemented on January 2012.

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Siason and Seraspe appointed as Prof Emeriti

Dr. Ida M. Siason, retired psychology professor from the Division of Social Sciences and Dr. Ebonia Seraspe, retired biology professor from the Division of Biological Sciences, were recently appointed as Professor Emeriti by the UP Board of Regents during its 1321st meeting on October 27, 2016. Both are from the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS).

The conferment means that Siason and Seraspe can once again teach, do research, mentor and perform administrative work in the University.

Siason has served as a faculty member of UP Visayas for 36 years and was its Chancellor for two terms in 1998 to 2005 and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs from 1993 to 1998.

Meanwhile Seraspe has served UPV for 43 years and was the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Extension in 2001 to 2003 and Dean of CAS in 2005 to 2008. 

Sabalo appointed as new UPVTC Dean

The search process for the next dean of UP Visayas Tacloban College (UPVTC) has come to a close. Prof. Virgildo E. Sabalo, Ph.D., has been appointed as its new Dean by the UP Board of Regents during its 1321st meeting on October 27, 2016. He will serve his term effective November 1, 2016 until October 31, 2019.

In the plans and programs that he presented during the search process, Sabalo pointed out that, among others, UPVTC has produced competitive graduates, conducted and published researches in SCOPUS indexed journals and served several institutions and communities in the two islands of Leyte and Samar. In addition, many of its graduates occupy important positions in both public and private offices and likewise continue to excel in licensure examinations particularly in the CPA licensure examinations.

To continue asserting UPVTC’s leadership roles in education, research, and public service in the Region, Sabalo stressed the need for a the review and revision of existing curricular offerings as a priority during his term not only taking into consideration the implementation of the K-12 program, but also the mandate of UP as a Research University.

Along with this would be the development of new degree programs especially graduate programs (such as MS Environmental Science, MS Biology, MA Psychology) for institutionalization in response to the mandate of UP as a Graduate University and for the manpower needs of the region.

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REPS attend Scientific Career System Orientation & Research Colloquium

Photos courtesy of: Dr. Mary Jane Apines-Amar

Several Research Extension Professional Staff (REPS) and a faculty member of UP Visayas attended the Scientific Career System Orientation and Research Colloquium on October 25, 2016 at Richmonde Hotel, Iloilo City.

The participants were briefed about the National Academy of Science and Technology, an advisory body on science and technology tasked to recognize outstanding achievements in S & T as well as provide meaningful incentives to those engaged in S & T researches. It also advises the President and the Cabinet on matters related to S & T, and engage in projects and programs designed to recognize outstanding achievements in science and to promote scientific productivity.

In addition, the Scientific Career System was also explained as a system of recruitment, career progression, recognition and reward, co-implemented by the Department of Science and Technology and the Civil Service Commission. The SCS awards scientist rank to qualified research personnel in the government service. The goal is to promote world class Filipino scientists.

There was also a talk on the Magna Carta for S & T Workers that included accreditations and benefits as well as a discussion on ethics in research.

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