Origins of the Dula Perpetual Trophy

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Alumni

The Dula Perpetual Trophy

Dula, a Cebuano word for "play," is the name of the University of the Philippines Mindanao’s (UPMin) annual sports festival. UPMin students, faculty, and staff, clustered by colleges and the administration, compete in an intense two-to-three-day period of the Dula. The champion claims the Dula perpetual trophy, a wooden sculpture with the Oblation statue on top, and holds on to it in the year it reigns.   

Unknown to many, the Dula perpetual trophy was designed back in UPMin’s early days by a pioneer UPMin BA Social Science student. Atty. Yuri M. Beluan, a former vice-chairperson of the UP Mindanao University Student Council who graduated with the Class of 2000, recalls the trophy’s creation. 

UPD alumnae dormers visit UPMin in 2024

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Alumni


Alumnae who were dorm-mates in Ilang-Ilang and Sampaguita Residence Halls and presently living here and abroad visited UP Mindanao on February 28, 2024, some with their spouses. They expressed their greetings to the chancellor on video. In the photo above, they are (from left to right):

  • Rafiul Ahad, U. of South. Calif.

  • Frances Kasala-Ahad, CoE, BSME '72

  • Louella Torres-Espiritu, BS Pre-Med 

  • Edna Ravela, BS PoliSci, '71 

  • Sonia Sanchez-Morales, BS Pre-Med, '70 

  • Teresita Banzon-Cruz, BS Nutrition, Major in Dietetics 

  • Rey Cruz, National U., BS Arch '69

  • Larry Guillam 

  • Elsa Mateo-Guillam, BS Foreign Service'70 

  • Corazon de la Rosa-Las Marias, BSBA '70 

  • Caloy Las Marias, BS Pre-Med '69

  • Rosalinda de la Rosa-Bernal, BS Pharm '56 

  • Kay Palileo-de Leon, CFA '71

  • Mr. de Leon, CoE '72

  • Mary Jane Mateo Tesoro, BSBA MM '84

  • Jocelyn de la Rosa Bernal, Student# 1985


CBA Golden Jubilarians visit UPMin in 2024

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Alumni

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Alumni of the UP College of Business Administration's Golden Jubilee Class of '69 visited UP Mindanao on February 26, 2024. They are, in the photo above, from left to right:

  • Angelica "Toots" Francisco-Garcia

  • Alice Angeles-Katigbak

  • Sylvia Calingo-Olivar

  • Teresita Portugal-Roldan

  • Alexis Alcantara-Zulueta

  • Solomon Carpio

  • Myrna Yap-Urtula

  • Carmen Borra

  • Rebecca Reyes-Igot

  • Nieva Magpayo-De la Cruz

  • Sonia Beris-Fowler

  • Lily Gotauco-Cukingnan



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UPMin Masjid Rededication Rites

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Alumni

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Grand Mufti of Davao City Aleem Mohammad Pasigan
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UPMin Chancellor Murao, University President Angelo Jimenez, Ustadh Eisa Javier 
UP Mindanao hosted the rededication of the renovated UPMin Masjid on September 14, 2023, with University President Angelo Jimenez and guests. Donors made this project possible after a six-week renovation period, aiming to promote the Masjid's use by Muslim students and community residents. Members of the UP Alumni Association Davao (UPAAD), UP Mindanao Association of Muslim Students (UPMAMS), the Grand Mufti of Davao City Aleem Mohammad Pasigan, UPAA Davao President Pedro Quitain III, UPAA Davao Auditor Dr. Khalil Guinomla, UPAA Chairperson Napoleon Concepcion, UP Mindanao Chancellor Lyre Murao, and other distinguished guests joined the rededication rites.
Aleem Mohammad Pasigan, the Grand Mufti of Davao City, read from the Quran. UP Mindanao Chancellor Lyre Anni Murao received the symbolic key from UP Alumni Association Davao (UPAAD) Chair Nap Concepcion, and President Jimenez unveiled the rededication marker. 
Philippine Army engineers and their Muslim integrees constructed the Masjid in 2000 during their tenure in the area. President Jimenez, in his remarks, recalled his role as a beginning lawyer in the Mindanao peace process proceedings in 2000.   
The ribbon-cutting was done by President Jimenez, Chancellor Murao, and Islamic preacher Ustadz Eisa Javier. 
The renovation project was completed after a month of intensive fund-raising by the UPAAD. The donations ranged from modest to generous, with many donors preferring anonymity. The rededication ceremony marked the completion of the renovation and its public opening. 
Among the guests were Bangsamoro Deputy Speaker Abdulkarim Misuari, Member of Parliament Atty. Ras Mitmug, and the Muslim deputy mayors of Davao City. 

UPAAD's Masjid rehabilitation project

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Alumni

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To help UPMin in the holistic development of its students, the UP Alumni Association Davao has volunteered to rehabilitate the Masjid on the UPMin campus. Funds for the rehabilitation will be raised through donations. This initiative aims to promote its use by members of the UP Mindanao Association of Muslim Students (UPMAMS) and other Muslim students. Moreover, the Masjid contributes to UPMin's differentiation among UP campuses, Mindanao being the home of the Bangsamoro. The Masjid was constructed by elements of the Philippine Army during their tenure in the area before the site's conversion into the UPMin campus. The rehabilitation will place it among the prominent campus landmarks, alongside the Oblation, the Kublai sculptures, and the Sports Complex. For this, UPMin and the UPAAD held a ceremonial signing of a Memorandum of Agreement for the rehabilitation of the UPMin Masjid in a board meeting on August 12, 2023. UPAAD President Pedro "Bogs" Quitain III (seated left in the above photo) and UPMin Chancellor Lyre Anni Murao (seated third from left) led the ceremonial signing witnessed by UPMAMS head Sittie Asia Marohom of BS Anthropology 2023 (seated second from left), and UPAAD Vice-President Bai Ashrafia Aymee Biruar-Mitmug. UPAAD directors who were present and witnesses to the ceremonial signing were (standing, left-right) Dr. Khalil Guinomla, UPAAD chairperson Nap Concepcion, Ana Gualberto, assistant secretary Rene Estremera, and (online) Marie Glenn Sorila, Krishna Balaga, and Brian Good. 

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