14th Art Exhibit, 2017

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"BONG PEREZ COLORED PENCILS 14th Solo Art Exhibit Original & Print" is the title of the on-going exhibit of visual art by UP Mindanao Asst. Prof. Teody Perez (Dept. of Humanities). The exhibit is available for viewing by the public throughout the month of September at the lobby of Seda Abreeza Hotel, Davao City.  The exhibit includes the winning works from the Color Pencil Magazine international competitions of December 2015, May 2016, and March 2017. According to the artist, a number of the artworks on display have been sold to local and foreign-based art patrons. (See the photos here: https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/1682352808503980 )

Palanca Awards for Literature, 2017

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Writers from University of the Philippines Mindanao (UP Mindanao) won prizes in the prestigious Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature in ceremonies held on September 1 in Makati City.

Alumnus and assistant professor John Bengan (Dept. of Humanities) won First Prize in the English Division-Short Story for "Disguise", a story about a city official who drives a taxi at night as a means to watch over the city. The story was premiered in a spoken-word reading by the author in the recent "Kumbira-A Panel Discussion on Mindanawon Writing" held in Notre Dame University-Cotabato City.  

This is Prof. Bengan's second occasion to win First Prize in the English Division Short Story, having won for the first time in 2013 with "Armor". Prof. Bengan's award strengthens the BA English (Creative Writing) program of UP Mindanao which already includes two-time Palanca awardee Prof. Jhoanna Lynn Cruz, who has won prizes in the English-Full-Length Play and English-Essay.

Likewise, Mr. Errol Merquita, a BA Social Science alumnus, won two prizes in separate categories in the Cebuano Division.

Merquita won 2nd Prize in the Cebuano Division-Tula Para Sa Mga Bata for his "Tagulilong: Ang Mga Nawawala". In addition, Merquita also won 3rd Prize in the Cebuano-Short Story for "Aninipot" ("Firefly").

Merquita has previously won in the Palanca Awards Filipino Division. He won 1st Prize in the Filipino Division-Tula Para Sa Mga Bata in 2015 for the poem “Ang Iisang Paa ng Tsinelas” and 2nd Prize in the Filipino Division-Short Story in 2011 for "Isla Verde".  (See their photo here)

Lectures: Knowledge x Change, 2017

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"The Inaugural Lectures: Knowledge x Change" was a public forum held on August 30, featuring research from UP Mindanao. In the opening, Academic Vice Chancellor Nilo Oponda said more efforts are needed to bring the benefits of research to the lives of Filipinos, while Research Director Emma Bayogan said extension service, such as this forum, is the way to achieve these goals. With these objectives in mind, the various lecturers gave talks to the audience in a conversational manner.

Social scientist Leah Miñoza, in her talk on contractualization, likened this to a love story that is not forever--due to the absence of an employer-employee relationship--which affects 20 million workers nationwide who suffer "heartbreaks".

Poet Darylle Rubino showed a sample of concrete poetry in his poem "Flom'lok" using spaces between words and verses to create a poem with a visual character--which in his poem depicted an image of Mt. Matutum.

Biologist Mae Responte related her affinity with spiders from her youth to her professional life that led to her discovery of a species of spider that now bears her name--"Calapnita mae".

Professors John Bengan, Myfel Paluga, and Andrea Ragragio showed on video the practice by marginalized peoples of extracting edible starch from palm trees.    

Economist Jedi Ebarle-Bangcaya described her infatuation with goats as the "poor man's cow" for providing the meat that is among the healthiest and milk that is the closest substitute to that of humans, but which industry needs more support from government.

Food technologist Marbie Alpos said food and vegetables make up half of total crop production nationwide and that farmers will benefit greatly from its extended shelf-keeping life thru the use of the fiber named chitosan.

Mathematician Kenneth Montajes discussed the fluctuating electrical power situation in Mindanao and proposed the use of the mathematical model "Auto-Regressive Integrated Moving Average" or ARIMA to achieve a more accurate forecast of electrical demand.

Architect Kristin Olalo, a third-placer in the 2016 board exam, offered throw-away materials for use in building evacuation centers.

Mathematician Kim Ligue, the last speaker, recalled the life-threatening flooding incident in Matina-Pangi, Davao City and how LiDAR mapping technology could be adopted to prevent similar recurrences in the future.

(See the photos here: Knowledge x Change)

Inclusion Through Sports, 2017

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INSTRUCTOR ALBERT FRANCIS REGINALD T. RAMOS (Dept. of Human Kinetics) was in Nairobi, Republic of Kenya on 4-11 July 2017 for the Inclusion Through Sports (ITS) training program. Upon his return, he presented Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion with the ITS handbook. (See the photo here)

ITS is organized by the Italian non-government organization Mine Vaganti for sports coaches and youth workers. ITS uses sport as a form of non-formal education to improve skills and competencies of young people and to enhance their social inclusion.

A number of simple games--called "methodologies"--have been devised for these objectives. Mr. Ramos helped create the methodology "Tic-Tac-Shuttle"--similar to the game of tic-tac-toe but played in an open space. Another methodology he co-created is "Pac-man", wherein players move along lines on the ground--similar to the "Pac-man" computer game--to change direction with every encounter, which promotes strategic thinking and a sense of fun.

ITS methodologies are being adopted in Italy, Bulgaria, Romania, Kenya, Cameroon, Senegal, Guatemala, Peru, Argentina, China/Hong Kong, India, and the Philippines.

Mr. Ramos' participation in ITS 2017 is a continuation of his involvement in the July 2016 ITS training in Senegal. He will join the delegation in the presentation of the ITS to co-funders, the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, in Sofia, Bulgaria on September 28-30.

Tuesday-to-Friday work week, July only

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TUESDAY-TO-FRIDAY WORK WEEK, Tuesdays to Fridays being the working days, will be adopted by University of the Philippines Mindanao (UPMin) from July 3 to 28, 2017, with the exception of School of Management and some front-line offices.

Exempted from the four-day work week are the following offices that will continue to operate from Monday to Friday, from 8AM to 5PM: Accounting; Cash; Information Technology (ITO); Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (OVCAA); SOM; Physical Plant (PPO); and Extension and Community Service (OECS).

The offices that will adopt the four-day work week, but with extended hours, namely from 7:30 AM to 6:30 PM, are the following: Office of the Chancellor (OC); Vice Chancellor for Administration (OVCA); all offices in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) and College of Science and Mathematics (CSM); Budget; Campus Planning and Development (CPDO); Gender and Anti-Sexual Harassment (OGASH); Human Resource Development (HRDO); Legal; Library; Registrar (OUR); Research (OR); Student Affairs (OSA); Supply and Property Management (SPMO); and Technology Transfer and Business Development (TTBDO). Urgent communication for these offices on Mondays may be directed to telephone number (082) 293-0016 local 113.

Offices will revert to regular days and hours on 31 July in time for the start of classes for Academic Year 2017-2018 on August 3.

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