UP's Pride and Glory

Swim Team in SCUAA National Meet, 2017

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Achievements

The U.P. Mindanao Swim Team received a heroes welcome from U.P. Mindanao officials and staff upon their return from their pioneering participation in the State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association National Meet held in Batangas City on 20-22 February 2017. A gold medal was captured by varsity swimmer Juan Antonio Mendoza (BS Agribusiness Economics), who won the 50-meter freestyle event as part of the Davao Region Swim Team--a majority of which was composed of UP Mindanao Swim Team members Paula Yap (BS Computer Sci.), Dominique Epie (BS Agribusiness Economics), Bhazel Acac (BS Food Tech.), Joemer Aliman (BS Applied Math.), medal-winner Mendoza, Angelica Jem Verga and Kathrine Hintay (both BS Architecture)--with Elthon Buhay, John Cuyos, and Carlo Nazareno completing the team. Instructor Albert Ramos (Dept. of Human Kinetics) served as coach of the Region Swim Team.

Photos may be viewed here: https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/1440160312723232 

Architecture Licensure Exam 100%, 2017

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Achievements

The UP Mindanao Department of Architecture continued its record of achievement with another 100%-passing rate in the January 2017 Architect Licensure Exam. The new architects are Ellen Marie Bebelone,  Karl Kevin Bernasor, Amor De Castro II,  Patrick Deo Dela Cruz,  Mich Lourence Jubelag,  Hannah Liza Saquilabon,  Alleyne Erika Santos, and Chrystele Santos.

Gawad Pangulo for Public Service, 2017

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Achievements

"Economic Upliftment of the Indigenous People's Community through Agricultural Projects", an on-going program located in the UP Mindanao Marilog Land Reservation was given recognition with a "Gawad Pangulo: Award for Excellence in Public Service" in ceremonies held on January 30.

The plaque of award states, "University of the Philippines Office of the President presents this Gawad Pangulo for Excellence in Public Service to the Office of the Chancellor Land Reservation Management Office 'Economic Upliftment of the Indigenous Peoples Community through Agricultural Projects' University of the Philippines Mindanao, in recognition of its exemplary work contributing to the fulfillment of UP's mandate to lead as a public service university. Given this 30th day of January 2017 at the Executive House, University of the Philipines, Diliman, Quezon City, (signed) Alfredo E. Pascual, President".

According to Land Management Officer Joel Sagadal, the UP Mindanao project was one of six awardees selected from a field of more than 100 proponents from the Constituent Universities of the University of the Philippines System.

The project has the Obu-Manuvu indigenous people among its proponents and beneficiaries. The program began with an agro-forestry project with Kennemer Foods Inc. in 2011, and extended to making of banana chips and other food from agricultural produce, food packaging and labeling, natural farming techniques and organic fertilizer-making, and the production of cacao, cardava banana, strawberries, and vegetables.           

Evaluators for the "Gawad Pangulo: Award  for Excellence in Public Service" were UP VP for Public Affairs Edna Estifania Co (National College of Public Administration and Governance), Prof. Emeritus Manuel Flores Bonifacio (College of Social Sciences and Philosophy), Prof. Jocelyn Caragay (College of Social work and Community Development), and Prof. Jaime Veneracion (former chairman, Dept. of History).

 (See the photos here)

Varsity players join Davao SCUAA, 2017

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Achievements

The University of the Philippines Mindanao (UP-Mindanao) Swim Team earned their places in the Davao Region team after emerging as overall champion in swim events in the State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (SCUAA) Regional Selection held in Mati City. The SCUAA was held to select athletes to represent Davao Region in the National SCUAA Meet to be held on 20-24 February in Batangas.

The 7-person-strong UP Mindanao Swim Team, under Coach Albert Ramos (Dept. of Human Kinetics), raked in 33 gold medals, 9 silver medals, and 3 bronze medals across different swim events.

The UP Mindanao rookie delegation--participating for the first time in the Regional SCUAA--also claimed second place and five silver medals in Women's Futsal (indoor football) under coach Krishna Balaga, and second place with three silver medals in Women's Beach Volleyball under coach Jezreel Abarca, with the Table Tennis and Chess teams completing the delegation headed by Prof. Armando Salazar.

Consequently, the Davao Region Swim Team will be composed of 5 women, namely UP-Mindanao's Bhazel Acac (BS Food Tech.), Dominique Epie (BS Agribusiness Economics), Kathrine Hintay (BS Architecture), Angelica Jem Verga (BSA), and Paula Yap (BS Computer Sci.) and 5 men, namely UP-Mindanao's Joemer Aliman (BS Applied Math.) and Juan Mendoza (BS Agribus. Econ.), with Elthon Buhay, John Cuyos, and Carlo Nazareno. Coach Ramos was selected as head coach.

Also selected to represent Davao Region were UP-Mindanao volleyball players Junissa Consuegra (BS Biology), Hannah Ricci Baronia (BS Food Tech.), and Kimberly Joy Uy ((BSFT), and table tennis player Deborah Naciongayo (BS Computer Sci.).

Coach Ramos proclaimed, "It’s Time for UP-Minda-NOW! This is our slogan to describe the increasing and progressive presence of the University in the field of sports beyond the local scene".

The SCUAA Regional Selection was held on 25-28 January with the participation of the Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology (DOSCST), Southern Philippines Agri-Business and Marine and Aquatic School of Technology (SPAMAST), Compostela Valley State College (CVSC), University of Southeastern Philippines (USeP), Davao Del Norte State College (DNSC), and UP Mindanao.

Banwa Monograph: Mapping Sago, 2017

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Achievements

The publication "Banwa Monograph Series 1: Mapping Sago" was released by the Office of Research in January. The Monograph contains 11 articles with Associate Professor Myfel D. Paluga (Dept. of Social Sciences) as Editor. The publication has a dedication page for former Associate Professor Dulce M. Flores. The journal articles:
- Inflorescence: Mapping the Development of Interdisciplinary Studies on the Sago Palm in the University of the Philippines, by MD Paluga, AM Ragragio, MR Bonghanoy, AG Moran
- The Indigenous Dry Sago Starch Extraction Process of Argao, Cebu, in the Central Philippines: Process Documentation and flour Laboratory Analysis, by DM Flores
- “For really it is only pounded wood” Ethnohistory of Sago in the Philippines from the Precolonial Period to the Twentieth Century, by AM Ragragio, MD Paluga
- Indigenous Technological Innovations in Palm Starch Extraction in Central Philippines, by MD Paluga, AM Ragragio
- Recent Distribution of Sago Palms in the Philippines, by JR Santillan, MM Santillan
- Bioresource Availability and Potential Starch Yield of Sago Stands in Mindanao, Southern Philippines, by LB Estaña, JE Acosta, NB Oponda, JL Oñez
- Market Potential for Sago Starch and Its Derivatives in the Philippines, by NL Laorden, AA Fedillaga, TR Acuña, BM Ramoneda, SB Concepcion
- Mapping Suitable Areas for Mass Propagation of Sago Palms in the Philippines, by MM Santillan, JR Santillan
- Traditional and Alternative Methods of Sago Palm Propagation, by AD Delima
- Financial Viability of Developing a Sago Plantation in the Philippines, by TR Acuña, NL Laorden, AA Fedillaga, BM Ramonete, SB Concepcion
- Popularizing and Advocating Sago (and other Native Plants), by MD Paluga, AM Ragragio, EM Ragragio, AG Moran

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