UP's Pride and Glory

Alumnus Errol Merquita wins a 1st Prize in Palanca, 2015

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Achievements

Picture3b     UP Mindanao alumnus Errol A. Merquita (BA Social Science 2002) won a 1st Prize in the 2015 Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, the country’s most prestigious literary awards.  Mr. Merquita won in the Tula Para sa mga Bata Category for "Ang Iisang Paa Ng Tsinelas".
     This is Mr. Merquita's second Palanca Award, having won 2nd Prize in 2011 in the Short Story in Cebuano Category for “Isla Verde”, named after an area in Davao City populated by marginalized indigenous peoples. In 2010, he won 2nd Prize in the Bisaya Fiction Writing Contest of the Davao Writers Guild for his story “Kinsa ang Nagpatay sa Pari sa Calinan?” (in file photo).

New Medical Doctors, 2015

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CSM PLE20152Eleven alumni of U.P. Mindanao are newly-licensed medical doctors after having passed the August 2015 Physician Licensure Examination. The new doctors are Raquel B. Agustin (BS Biology 2010), Modassir D. Calalagan (BSB 2010), Loradel Marbella S. Calio (BSB 2010), Ed Levi L. Camarillo (BSB 2010), Marcel Joshua L. del Fierro (BSB 2010), Donna Veda T. Escarlos (BSB 2009), Dannel Patrisha Grace H. Hiquiana (BSB 2009), Alfred Daniel M. Navarro (BSB 2010), Stephen Matthew B. Santos (BSB 2010, cum laude), Maria Sabrina A. Suaybaguio (BSB 2010), and Jude Carlo J. Muca (BSFT 2009).   [image/info from College of Science and Mathematics]

UPMin and Climate Change Office, 2015

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RAPID-ClimEx-Inception-6Prof. Nilo Oponda (Dept. of Math., Physics, and Compu. Sci.) gives a talk at the Project Climate Twin Phoenix conference in Tacloban City in June 2015. Representatives from local governments covered under the Resilience and Preparedness toward Inclusive Development (RAPID) program adopted their implementation strategies for the survey on Climate and disaster Exposure Database (ClimEx.db) in a two-day workshop in June 2015. The database shall be the source of valuable information for the preparation of climate and disaster risk-sensitive comprehensive development and land use plans, contingency plan, as well as guide the community-based initiatives of RAPID. “The process of long-term recovery requires a factual base to understand who and what are at risk, and what makes them vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and disasters”, emphasized Climate Change Office’s Assistant Secretary Goco in her opening message. The survey will adopt a tablet-based application, ClimEx.db, in the collection of household, building and production area data, which allows faster and more efficient data gathering, processing, and data analysis – veering away from the traditional paper-based surveys. Data are georeferenced, allowing their use in geographic information system platforms and overlay with thematic and hazard maps. The app is a breakthrough in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. Developed under Project Climate Twin Phoenix by the CCO, it has been used in the cities of Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, and the municipalities of Boston and New Bataan. (from PCTP-RAPID Program website)

LiDAR 2 Map Turn-over Ceremony, 2015

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The LiDAR 2 project held a Map Turn-over Ceremony on 21-22 July 2015 in Quezon City. LiDAR 2 participating institutions turned over maps to local government officials of Davao Oriental and other partners. In the photo are Sr. Research Supervisor Melvin Pasaporte, Senator Cynthia Villar, UP Mindanao LiDAR 2 project leader Prof. Annabelle Novero, DOST Secretary Mario Montejo, Exec. Director Rowena Guevara, and other officials. Phil-LIDAR-2, also known as Detailed Resources Assessment Using LiDaR aims to produce high-resolution maps and formulate recommendations regarding the inventory and vulnerability assessment of resources. The Phil-LiDaR-2 components are the Philippine Agricultural Resources and Facilities Inventory from LIDAR Survey (PARMap) led by Ariel C. Blanco, the Coastal Resources Inventory from LIDAR Surveys (CoastMap) led by Ayin M. Tamondong, the Forest Resource Extraction from LIDAR Surveys (FRExLS) led by Enrico C. Paringit, and Development of Philippine Hydrologic Dataset (PHD) from LIDAR led by Anjillyn Mae C. Perez, and the Philippine Renewable Energy Resource Inventory from LIDAR (REMaps) led by Ma. Rosario Concepcion Ang. 

Alumni who are new licensed teachers, 2015

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DSC 0057ALUMNI WHO ARE NEW TEACHERS converged at the oath-taking on 09 July for passers of the March 2015 Licensure Exam for Teachers. In the photo are (left-right) UP Mindanao Vice Chancellor Antonio Obsioma, April Mae A. Ydel (BA Anthropology 2010), 7th-placer Arturo S. Ballesteros III (BS Biology 2009), Joy Reginaldo-Risonar (BA Communication Arts 2003), Marianne C. Seras (BA Communication Arts 2013), and Rae Katherine V. Duran (BA Communication Arts 2006). Last year, alumna Zaidy Ong (BA Anthropology) made it to the 9th-place in the March 2014 LET. See more photos here.  

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