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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)

Dula sports festival, 2017

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DULA 2017 UP Mindanao Sports Festival will be played on 16-18 October in the UP Mindanao campus, Mintal, Davao City. Dagan-Dula, the foot race, will be the first of the competition events, to assemble at 6AM on 16 October, at the starting line in the Oblation Plaza.

The games to be played in competition are: Banner-Raising, Basketball for Men and Women, Volleyball for Men and Women, Chess for Men and Women, Dama for Men and Women, Table Tennis for Men, Women, and Mixed Doubles, Badminton for Men, Women, and Mixed Doubles, and Bowling.

The competing teams are: College of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Management, Administrative Services, and defending champions College of Science and Mathematics. Participation by faculty members and some alumni is encouraged.

Exhibition Games will be played for: Scrabble, Football (Soccer), Philippine Games/Amazing Race, and Cyber-games. There will be no cheer-dance competition this year due to the transition created by the introduction of senior high school in the national educational system.

General Rules

Ground Rules

AM Schedule of Games

PM Schedule of Games

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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