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Handumanan: Little Tokyo exhibit, 2017

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"HANDUMANAN: REMEMBERING MINTAL AS LITTLE TOKYO OF PRE-WAR PHILIPPINES", a photo exhibit, opened on 19 April in Barangay Mintal Hall, Davao City. The exhibit features historical photographs showing Mintal as a center of Japanese industry in Davao City during the 1930s, mixed with present-day photos. The featured sites are the Ohta Kyosaburo Worship Site and Monument, the Japanese Cemetery, elementary school, hospital, abaca plantation, and hydroelectric power plant.

The news item is published in Sun Star Davao 25 April issue. In the featured photo are exhibit creator Ms. Kendall Joyce Abrio (4BA Communication Arts, UP Mindanao) with resource persons Ms. Lourdes Monteagudo and Mr. Andres Buot, who witnessed the historical period, and exhibit guest Mr. Eamonn Harnett of The Netherlands. Barangay chairman Ramon Bargamento, in his remarks, noted the contribution of the exhibit towards the increased visibility of Mintal in the international scene.

The exhibit is on view in the Mintal Barangay Hall until 28 April. It will be on display in UP Mindanao Administration Building on 2-5 May. (This updates the previous information that the exhibit will be at the Barangay Hall on 19-21 April only). See the photos here:

35th Mindanao Debate, 2017

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UP Mindanao Debate Society fielded four teams in the recent 35th Mindanao Parliamentary Debate Championship held in Fr. Saturnino Urios University in Butuan City on 7-9 April 2017.

In the quarter-finals on international relations, the UPMin Team B composed of Karl Butalid (3rd year, BA Anthropology), Michael Saraña (3BS Biology), Wolfe Ote (3BA Communication Arts) debated to support independence movements within Chinese territories and for a military intervention in Syria.

In the Pre-quarter finals topics on the academe, the UPMin Team A of Bryle Bacatan (3BS Food Technology), Frederick Omalza (3BSB), Renzo Polinar (3BACA), supported websites that provide access to copyrighted scientific literature and of the use by the scientific community of results from unethical research, and contradicted the rise of militant anthropology in the academe.

In earlier rounds, the Teams debated on gender issues such as bisexuality, women in mandatory military service, and men in traditionally female occupations. On media issues, the debates were on religious motivations behind crimes, a neutrality policy for media companies, and the use of social movements in corporate advertising. Propositions on law and order and money and the economy were likewise subjected to debate. 

Completing the UP Mindanao delegation were Kimberly Cabantug (3BACA), Isabel Abonal (3BAA), Justin Villanueva (3BACA), Andres Segovia (3BACA), Tiffany Jungco (3BACA), Yrneh Ladera (3BSB), and adjudicators Sarika Rey (3BA English), Gaily Labasano (3BSB), and Nissa Caderao (2BS Agribusiness Economics).

Swim Team in 80th Araw ng Dabaw, 2017

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The UP Mindanao Swim Team won a total of 25 medals in the 80th Araw ng Dabaw Sports Festival 2017 Inter-school Swimming Competition held on 1-2 April 2017. Team swimmer Juan Antonio A. Mendoza (2nd year, BS Agribusiness Economics) was awarded "Most Outstanding Swimmer" in the "18-year-old and above-Male" category.    

The 6-person UP Mindanao team earned 14 gold medals, 6 silver medals, and 5 bronze medals gained throughout 17 individual and 2 team events to finish 7th overall in a field of 55 schools. The UP team was composed of Mendoza, Bhazel Acac (BS Food Tech.), Angelica Jem Verga (BS Architecture), Paula Yap (BS Computer Sci.), Joemer Aliman (BS Applied Math.), and newcomer Tobias Suico (BSAM).

Coach Albert Ramos reported that his team's proudest accomplishment was in the 4x50-meter relay where they won an upset victory over the event's defending champion, the Davao Merchant Marine Academy, in what he described as a "David-and-Goliath" triumph.

A total of 220 swimmers competed in the two-day event, representing schools from Davao and Mindanao regions, Metro Manila, and individual swimmers from overseas.

The event served as a selection process for the Batang Pinoy events for swimmers in the 8-15 year-old age group, and also for the Philippine National Games for swimmers in the 18-year-old-and-up category. See the photos here:

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