Please read the Open Letter from the UP President by clicking on the link below.
The UP Alumni Association joined the Pamulak sa Kadayawan Floral Float Parade with a delegation from UP Mindanao on August 21. The float symbolizes the new hope of the Filipinos for political unity, environmental sustainability, and economic prosperity. The float depicts the face of President Duterte with VP Robredo, Environment Secretary Lopez, Police Chief de la Rosa, and Agriculture Secretary Pinol carved on Mt. Apo with a Philippine flag on the peak, all of which are mounted on a nigo (flat basket) which is supported by the arms of Filipino citizens standing on green terraced, farm lands, with the UP Oblation statue at the rear with coconut husks at the base.
Mt Apo and the leaders' faces are made of millet seeds (dawa), and the flag is made of orchids and other flowers. The Oblation and the citizens are made of sorghum seeds, eggplants, tomatoes, stringbeans, carrots, and fruits, and the fields are of germinating palay seeds in a terrace fashion highlighted by the Mindanawan okir design.
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19th Commencement Exercises of UP Mindanao
28 June 2016, UP Mindanao Administration Building, Davao City
The UP Graduate: Essence of the Sablay
Alfredo E. Pascual
President, University of the Philippines
UP Mindanao graduating students of 2016, congratulations for a job well done. I am honored to have this opportunity to speak before you today, as we send you off to on your next journey. There are many reasons to celebrate this big day but let me begin by reminding you that as graduates of UP Mindanao, you are special.
Even the location of your campus is special. It is an hour away from the bustling heart of Davao City and is surrounded by a landscape isolated from urban and commercial distractions. Students who come from various places and backgrounds are as diverse as the plant and animal species that thrive in the more than 200-hectare campus of UP Mindanao.
The significance of Davao City, of course, has become more pronounced in the political sphere with the election of the city’s mayor to the country’s highest seat of office. He was elected on a platform of change.
Ar. Evan Glece M. Casas (BSA 2009), shown between Ar. Myrafe Sebastian and Ar. Jean Juanga, has been elected President of the United Architects of the Philippines Davao Chapter during its 41st Induction Ceremonies held at Seda Hotel, Davao City on July 26, 2016. Ar. Casas is the first alumnus of UP Mindanao to head this prestigious chapter. The UAP Davao Chapter is the second oldest UAP chapter, according to Ar. Panganiban, the pioneer chapter in Davao City and the biggest chapter in the city (according to Prof./Ar. Jean Marie V. Juanga). (photo from Ar. Myrafe Sebastian)
Alumna Ira Sisa Aparra (BA Communication Arts 2016) was a finalist in the World Championship for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles, California in the week of July 14. She was selected for her ethnic-inspired solo dance. Alumnus Paolo Rizal (BACA 2016) reported this in his write-up in Davao Today. Ms. Ira performed on many occasions with the UP Mindanao Dance Ensemble throughout her college life (Photo from the Facebook page of Ms. Aparra)