HONORABLE HARALD FRIES, Ambassador of Sweden to the Philippines, took a tour of the UP Mindanao campus on 30 April 2019 on the second day of the Floorball Program in the campus. He was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Susan Fries, Atty. Leo Dominguez, founding chairperson of the Philippines-Sweden Business Council, and Ms. Charlene Balaan, embassy communications officer. The visitors were guided by vice-chancellors Nilo Oponda and Aurelia Luz Gomez.
The group started with a visit to the College of Science and Mathematics where they were welcomed by Dean Dominica Dacera and College Secretary Dr. Ritchie Mae Gamot. They were joined by the department chairpersons, professors Leo Manuel Estaña, Cleto Nañola Jr., and Juma Novie Alviola. Ambassador Fries made a brief stop at the biology dispensing room to view the equipment. Continuing onward, Prof. Nañola gave a walking briefing about the projects of the Dept. of Biological Science and Environmental Studies. At the Drug Discovery Laboratory, Prof. Joel Hassan Tolentino talked about their ongoing research for a cure to lung cancer. At the Fermentation Lab, Prof. Alviola gave a briefing on the research on sago flour and the other flours of the Dept. of Food Science and Chemistry. At the Geo-SAFER flood hazard mapping project, Supervisor Gus Oguis presented the maps and Project Leader Joseph Acosta added to the conversation.
At the DC-UP Sports Complex, the group was met by Dept. of Human Kinetics chairperson Prof. Erwin Protacio at the Human Kinetics Gym, where they observed a volleyball game of the Palarong Pambansa before a jampacked crowd. The ambassador pointed out to Prof. Protacio how the gym was ideal for playing floorball. A team of female volleyballers trotted by and chanted "Magandang umaga, Mabuhay" in unison, to the delight of the ambassador. The ambassador also visited the football field and the Aquatic Center.
The group returned to the Administration Building where they were met by Chancellor Larry Digal. They watched the on-going floorball game at the Atrium supervised by Mr. Saldio Amador. At the second floor, Prof. Armando Salazar showed the model of the Sports Complex which triggered a discussion between Ambassador Fries, floorball coach Peter Eriksson, and Chancellor Digal.
After lunch, the ambassador spent time signing the certificates for the participants of the floorball program. In his closing remarks, Ambassador Fries expressed his appreciation for the welcome and accommodation they received and that he looked forward to coming back to UP Mindanao.