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Champions in Mindanao IHL Debates, 2017

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Forums

The Mindanao International Humanitarian Law Debates 2017, organized by the Phil. National Red Cross for high school and college students, were held on 13-15 October in St. John Paul II College of Davao.

The University of the Philippines Mindanao Team B emerged as Champions in the College category over a field composed of teams from Ateneo de Davao, Colegio de Kidapawan, St. Peter's College of Toril, Southern Baptist College, University of Mindanao, University of Southern Mindanao, University of the Immaculate Conception, University of the Philippines Mindanao, and Xavier University.

Bukidnon State University-HS Team A were the Champions in the High School Category in a field that included Ateneo de Davao, Assumption College of Davao, Southern Christian College, University of Mindanao, and University of the Immaculate Conception.

The elimination rounds held on 14 October had 4 rounds of debates. Round 1 on Neutrality raised the motion "This House Believes That The Int'l Red Cross/Red Crescent Should Condemn Regimes that Undermine International Humanitarian Law". Round 2 on Gender, stated that "This House Would Assign Female Judges To War Crime Cases That Involve Rape". Round 3 on the Environment, said "This House Would Prosecute State or Non-State Actors for Environmental Law Violations Done During Armed Conflicts". Round 4 on Private Military Corporations moved that "This House Supports NGO's Use of Private Military Corporations During Armed Conflicts".

The Grand Finals Debate was on the motion "This House Regrets The Airstrikes in Marawi" where UP Mindanao Team B was on the side of Government and Xavier University was on the side of the Opposition.

UPMin Team B, the champion team, was composed of Karl Tristan Butalid (4BA Anthropology), Bryle Matthew Batacan (4BS Food Technology), and Andres Karl Segovia (4BA Communication Arts).

UPMin Team A, composed of Frederick Omalza (3BS Biology), Kimberly Cabantug (4BA Communication Arts), and Michael Bacus (4BS Biology), were Pre-Semifinalists.

UPMin Team C was composed of Sarika Rey (3BA English), Nissa Caderao (3BS Agribusiness Economics), and Gloriline Deximo (4BSABE).

The UPMin Adjudicators were Justin Niel Villanueva (4BA Communication Arts), Hyacinth Tiffany Jungco (4BA Communication Arts), and Gaily Vani Labasano (4BS Biology).

The UP Mindanao Debate Society received a total of 6 medals: 3 medals awarded to the members of the champion team; 1 for Finals best speaker, awarded to Andres Karl Segovia; 1 for being 9th Best Speaker of the tournament, awarded to Karl Tristan Butalid; 1 for 6th Best Adjudicator, awarded to Justin Niel Villanueva.

UP College Admission Test, 21 & 22 Oct.

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Forums

University of the Philippines College Admission Test 2018 (UPCAT 2018) will be held on 21 and 22 October 2017. Applicants will take the exam in one whole day, either on 21 October or on 22 October. UP Mindanao will serve as the Test Center for Davao City applicants. Other Test Centers are listed at the website http://upcatonline.up.edu.ph

Regarding the Test Permit, here is the instruction from http://upcatonline.up.edu.ph:

"For applications filed through an authorized school representative, pick up your Test Permit from the school representative, about a week after the date of submission of application;

For personally filed applications, pick up your Test Permit from the Office of Admissions on the same day;

For applications filed thru regional filing centers or by mail, wait for your Test Permit to be mailed to your school. The list of examinees with processed applications will also be sent to your school's official e-mail address. If your name is not among the listed examinees for your school, check with the Office of Admissions (9818500 Local 3827, 3828 or 3831), and follow-up with the UPCAT Examiner assigned to the UPCAT Test Center nearest to your high school on the Friday just before the UPCAT."

(Addendum: When going to claim your Test Permit on 20 October, bring your school iD and two pieces of recent iD photos)

UP and NGCP project, 2017

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Nurturing Grassroots Change Through Partnerships was launched on 30 September in UP Mindanao. This is a Skills Training Camp organized by the Office of Extension for residents of Bgy. Bago Oshiro. This is a nation-wide project partnership between UP and the National Grid Corp. of the Phils. for implementation in various UP constituent universities. Cacao Nursery Production, Meat Processing, and Desserts and Snacks Preparation are the modules that have been produced for implementation in the UP Mindanao environs. The opening day speakers were CDS Zara Perez of Cooperative Development Authority-XI, DMO Arriel Nengasca of Dept. of Trade and Industry-XI, and SRS Ruby Manongdo from the Dept. of Science and Technology-XI. Dr. Reynaldo Abad and Mr. Danny Abad were also present as the resource persons for cacao. The Training Camp is will run until November 2017 under the supervision of Office of Extension and Community Service.

See the photos here: https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/1702443693161558

36th MP Debate, 2017

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UP Mindanao Debate Society hosted the 36th Mindanao Parliamentary Debate Championship on 22-24 September 2017. It gathered around 152 debaters and 56 adjudicators from all over Mindanao to compete for the open title and high school championships.

In the elimination rounds the debates were on the motions to invest in a sovereign wealth fund; to subject the pardon of public officials to a people’s referendum; to support Antifa (anti-fascism) as a social movement; and whether or not the US should stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia.

Meeting in the Grand Finals were Western Mindanao State University, Mindanao State University-Iligan Inst. of Tech., the UP-Mindanao Team A composed of Michael Bacus and Frederick Omalza, and Ateneo de Davao University, all of whom debated on the motion, “As a progressive employee of the Duterte Administration, This House Will Resign”.   

Ateneo de Davao won awards in both the High School and the Open (Collegiate ) category and both Finals Best Speaker in the High School and the Open Category. UP Mindanao made their best finish in their history in the MPDC. In the Best Speaker competition, Frederick Omalza and Michael Bacus tied with two others for third place with 306 speaker scores.

See the photos here: https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/1697279800344614 and here: https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/1701377983268129

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)

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