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UP Alumni Association forums, June 2021

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Alumni


Dear Fellow Alumni:

I am pleased to invite you to the next session of “e-Kapihan ng Bayan sa U.P.” via Zoom on 22 June 2021, Tuesday, 10:00-11:00 a.m. (Manila time). The discussion will center on the popular community pantries, which started on Maginhawa Street in Diliman, Quezon City.

The resource speaker will be Ms. Ana Patricia Non (in photo, left) of the Maginhawa Community Pantry.

Those interested are invited to register with the UPAA Secretariat at Tels. 920-6868; 920-6871; Mobile 0917-8372098; or e-mail to get the Zoom meeting ID and your personal participant’s password.

“E-Kapihan ng Bayan sa U.P.” is a public service project of the UPAA that aims to serve as a vehicle for intelligent and constructive discussion of issues relevant to the Filipino people’s advancement as a nation. In a democracy like the Philippines, such public discourse is a valuable tool for guiding the national leaders and all concerned citizens to collectively confront and attempt to resolve the challenges posed by current issues of general concern.

We look forward to your joining us at the e-Kapihan!

Sincerely yours,


President and Alumni Regent


2021 062621 GLOBAL-FORUM The Global Network of the University of the Philippines Alumni Associations, in collaboration with a number of organizations, is organizing a "Global Forum on Racism, Discrimination, and Asian Hate" on 26-27 June 2021 [Philippine time: 11PM-2AM].  
"Dear Fellow UP alumni,
I am sharing with you the flyer announcing the "Global Forum on Racism, Discrimination, and Asian Hate in support of the UNESCO Global Call Against Racism on June 26-27, 2021 [Philippine time: 11PM-2AM]. This is a UP alumni-led initiative by UPAA in America, Inc. and three European country organizations in Geneva, Germany and Netherlands in a collaborative endeavor to work together and focus on this issue that affects Filipinos who live and work in foreign countries especially in the United States, Europe and the Middle East.
President Danilo Concepcion will be giving a video message during the opening ceremonies along with Vice President Leni Robredo who will also give a video message. This event will feature speakers from top-ranking diplomatic corps, UN, international advocacy groups, as well as other notable individuals from the U.S. and Europe.
I hope that you would make time to attend even a short portion of this event, especially a Fellowship gathering of UP alumni at the end of each day. Your participation will be most appreciated. The link to register is also attached.
In U.P. spirit!
Daisy Rodriguez
National President, UPAA in America, Inc.
UPAA Global Network Organizing Committee"


Prof. Alviola elected Director of PAEDA

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Alumni

2021 061621 PAEDA ALVIOLACongratulations to Prof. Dr. Pedro A. Alviola IV of the School of Management for being elected to the Board of Directors of the Philippine Agriculture and Economic Development Association (PAEDA)!
Post from the Philippine Agriculture and Economic Development Association - PAEDA
We are pleased to announce the seven (7) PAEDA members who will be joining the incoming president, Dr. Arnulfo M. Mascariñas, and immediate past president, Dr. Melvin B. Carlos (ex-officio board member) in the PAEDA Board of Directors:
  • Dr. Antonio P. Abamo (VSU)
  • Dr. Moises Neil V. Seriño (VSU)
  • Dr. Pedro A. Alviola, IV (UPMin)
  • Dr. Teresita A. Narvaez (WMSU)
  • Ms. Princess Alma B. Ani (DOST-PCAARRD)
  • Dr. Maria Excelsis M. Orden (CLSU)
  • Dr. Fezoil Luz C. Decena (DOST-PCAARRD)
Congratulations to the newly elected PAEDA Board of Directors!

UniRank's Top 200 Philippine Universities/ Highlights of May, 2021

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Alumni

MANILA, Philippines – The University of the Philippines - Diliman (UPD) is still the most popular university in the Philippines, according to the 2021 Ranking of Philippine Universities, a non-academic result revealing online popularity as released recently by UniRank (formerly 4 International Colleges & Universities or, an international higher education search engine and directory reviewing accredited institutions in the world.

The University of the Philippines Mindanao is #25 in its ranking. (

NOTE: According to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), there are 2,393 total Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in 2019, including satellite campuses of State Universities and Colleges.


Read the UP Mindanao Chancellor's May 2021 Report to the President's Advisory Council

May 2021 PAC report.v3

UP celebrates 113th anniversary and 2nd anniversary during the COVID-19 pandemic

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Alumni

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The University of the Philippines (UP) celebrates its 113th founding anniversary on 18 June 2021 and its second during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As with last year’s celebration, UP’s 17 campuses are still closed. In addition, the country remains under quarantine to contain the spread of the viral disease that shut the world down in 2020. However, the faculty, students, staff, alumni, and other members of the UP community continue to commemorate UP’s annual milestones with a sense of nostalgia and longing for life in the University’s verdant campuses again, a sense of pride in UP’s continuing achievements through this extraordinary period in its history, and hope for a University of the Philippines for the future in a post-COVID world.

113 years of excellence

The country’s premier state university was founded on June 18, 1908, through Act No. 1870 of the Philippine Assembly, with the mandate to give “advanced instruction in literature, philosophy, the sciences and arts, and to give professional and technical training” to every qualified student regardless of “age, sex, nationality, religious belief, and political affiliation.”

Over the past 113 years, the University evolved from being the pinnacle of the American-established educational system to a “University for the Filipino” as envisioned by its first president, Murray Simpson Bartlett. It weathered through World Wars and the recovery effort, periods of political unrest and the subsequent declaration of Martial Law in 1972, the end of a dictator’s reign and the return to democracy, and the transition into a digital world racing toward the Fourth Industrial Revolution. [Click here for a more detailed history of UP.]

In 2008, UP celebrated its first centennial. The Republic Act No. 9500 was also signed this year, establishing UP as the country’s national university. By the year 2017, when former UP College of Law Dean Danilo L. Concepcion took the reins as UP President, UP had grown into a massive University System consisting of eight constituent universities located in 21 campuses throughout the Philippine archipelago.

UP in the “new normal”

Then in 2020, UP confronted its biggest crisis since the Second World War as the world grappled with a hundred-year pandemic. The University met this new challenge head-on, harnessing its considerable knowledge resources to aid the members of its academic community, the government, and the country’s citizens. UP scientists and engineers have created locally produced, accurate, and affordable COVID-19 test kits, personal protective equipment, sanitation facilities, and much-needed sanitation chemicals. UP social scientists and researchers have mapped the progression of the disease through the country, creating databases and generating research that would inform policy and decision-making on the national and local levels. UP artists and musicians have shared works that inspire, give hope, and pay tribute to the country’s heroes. UP students, alumni, administrators, and residents have come together to help the UP community survive the viral outbreak and the quarantine. And UP’s doctors, nurses, and healthcare providers through the UP Philippine General Hospital once again heroically serve those in need despite the risks to life and well-being.

UP has been moving non-stop since then. The run-up to its 113th anniversary has been marked with shifts, breakthroughs, progress, and a selfless commitment to serve the people throughout the pandemic. UP held fast not only against the pandemic but against threats to its academic freedom as well. Even in the face of a fire that hit the third floor of the UP Philippine General Hospital, the country’s premier COVID-19 referral center, UP medical and administrative personnel responded with courage and discipline, thus preventing any loss of life and earning for several staff members conferment of the Order of Lapu-Lapu for their extraordinary acts of service and exceptional contributions to the country.

Shift to remote learning

By the time the first semester of Academic Year 2020-2021 began, UP had made the necessary preparations to shift to fully remote teaching and learning, with guidance from the UP Open University and its wealth of resources that help guide academic institutions in making the shift. To take on the admittedly tricky challenge of shifting abruptly from traditional classroom learning, UP crafted its Academic Roadmap for AY 2020-2021 along with three operational principles: 1) to protect the UP community from the pandemic; 2) to sustain the continuity of instruction and learning; and, 3) to consider equity concerns in all plans.

Some measures UP were: subscribing to a Zoom account for webinars that can accommodate up to 3,000 participants; purchasing the learning management system, Canvas, and continuing upgrade UP’s own LMS; acquiring software to support remote work, teaching, and learning; and procuring additional library resource subscriptions and library information systems. In addition, UP faculty prepared course packs that are made available online and offline, with physical course packs produced and delivered to students via courier or through the various campuses at no cost to students.

To help support UP students from vulnerable households who were at the risk of dropping out because they lacked the means to continue their studies via remote learning, UP launched the Kaagapay sa Pag-aaral ng Iskolar ng Bayan fundraising campaign to help provide these students with the gadgets and connectivity they needed. UP also provided device and connectivity support for faculty and staff who are working from home. To help care for and support the students’ mental health and well-being during this exceptionally trying period, UP also created and is currently strengthening its Mental Health and Wellness Network across the UP System to provide psychosocial support and services to UP students and facilitate referrals for treatment and other interventions.

Breakthroughs, honors, and expansion

Despite the pandemic, UP scientists and researchers continued to produce cutting-edge research and make history-defining discoveries. Just to name a few: In March 2021, Dr. Deo Florence L. Onda of the UP Marine Science Institute became the first and only Filipino and one of the first two human beings to make the first crewed descent into Emden Deep, the third deepest point on Earth. In the next month, a team of researchers, including UP archaeologists Dr. Janine Ochoa and Dr. Armand Mijares, discovered fossil remains of three extinct giant cloud rat species in northern Luzon. And UP scientists and engineers continued to work with the Philippine Space Agency to create breakthroughs in the country’s space program, such as the successful launch of the nano-satellite Maya-2 and the planned launch of the Multispectral Unit for Land Assessment or MULA satellite.

The University also set in motion its plans to expand the UP Visayas campus in the province of Antique to more effectively implement its continuing education programs. The UP Manila has similarly signed a Memorandum of Agreement to establish a UP School of Health Sciences extension campus in Tarlac. In UP Mindanao, discussions are ongoing for a proposed city hospital on campus, in line with its Mindanao Health Initiative.

In recognition of their outstanding lifetime achievements and valuable contribution to the University and the country, two former UP presidents—National Scientist Emil Q. Javier and Alfredo E. Pascual—and Amb. Edgardo Espiritu and retired Supreme Court Justice Antonio T. Carpio were conferred honorary degrees by the University.

UP para sa bayan

Fulfilling its mandate and role as the country’s national university, UP continued to do its utmost to aid the national and local governments and serve the people during the COVID-19 pandemic. The UP Manila, the UP National Institutes of Health, and the UP College of Medicine share their knowledge, expertise, and experience in treating and managing COVID-19 through the ongoing weekly webinar series, “Stop COVID Deaths,” produced by TVUP. These webinars, a valuable source of scientifically and medically accurate COVID-19 information, are available to the public via TVUP’s YouTube channel.

The Philippine Genome Center and the UP Manila National Institutes of Health also detect and track the different SARS-CoV-2 variants spreading throughout the country through genomic biosurveillance. At the same time, the UP-PGC’s two satellite facilities based in UP Visayas and UP Mindanao train local health professionals in rRT-PCR testing and helped set up laboratories in their regions. The PGC Visayas and Mindanao also monitoring their respective areas for other pathogens that might pose a threat to health and food security.

UP Los Baños (UPLB) opened the COVID-19 Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory to serve as a subnational testing center for Laguna and nearby provinces. Both UPLB and UP Diliman have offered their Copeland Gymnasium and College of Human Kinetics gymnasium, respectively, as COVID-19 vaccination centers for the UP community and nearby municipalities.

UP constituent units continue to produce free, educational webinars for the public, live-streamed on their respective social media sites and YouTube channels. UP has also supported and promoted the establishment of community pantries, which have become symbols of the Filipino’ bayanihan spirit since it was pioneered by entrepreneur and UP College of Fine Arts alumna Ms. Ana Patricia Non.

These and much more are UP’s achievements in just a year since its anniversary celebration last year. As the national university turns 113, the UP community and the country continue to look forward to the new heights UP will reach as a University of the Future, moving firmly into the “next normal” of a post-COVID-19 world.


Mabuhay! Ika-113ng anibersaryo ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas!

Take a look back at the year that was, and watch the tribute video to UP here by Johnoy Danao via

UPMin receives HART Award from Caraga State University

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Alumni

CARSU Caraga State UniversityThe Caraga State University accorded Chancellor Larry Digal and UP Mindanao with an Honorable Antonio Rosales Tupaz (HART) Award for Development Partner in a simultaneous live and online ceremony on 18 May 2021. The award was given in recognition of the collaboration between UP Mindanao and CARSU in the Phil-LiDAR, Geo-SAFER Mindanao, and other projects. The HART Award, that was was launched on the same occasion, is named in honor of the late assemblyman who was responsible for the conversion of the Northern Mindanao Agricultural College, to the Northern Mindanao State Institute of Science and Technology, now known as Caraga State University.

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