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Highlights of May, 2018

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Forums

Goal: Contribute to national development

A GRAMMAR-WRITING WORKSHOP for Mother Tongue-Based Multi-Lingual Education (MTB-MLE) teachers was held in UP Mindanao on 1-7 May 2018. The activity was for Dept. of Education teachers/leaders of Kindergarten to Grade 3 and aims to localize and indigenize the language curriculum by developing culturally-appropriate lesson exemplars for the MTB-MLE subject for K-3. The workshop included a special training on the Bloom software for creating Big Books. The workshop was made in collaboration between the DepEd, the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL/LEAD) and the UP Mindanao Department of Social Sciences thru a/Prof. Janus Cabazares. The resource persons were Dr. Tom Payne (University of Oregon), Dr. Ricky Nolasco (UP Diliman), and Dr. Bruce and Xinia Skoropinski (SIL LEAD).

MONDE NISSIN Food Corporation expressed its interest in the UP Mindanao technology for producing lactic acid for use in creating bio-degradable plastic for food packaging. This was reported by Chancellor Concepcion following the 18 May 2018 meeting among Monde Nissin Manager Romeo Marañon, Chancellor Concepcion, Dr. Luis Sison and the UP Mindanao and UP System TTBDO teams in Makati City. Monde Nissin expressed willingness to fund a laboratory to further develop the technology for bioplastic production using UP Mindanao’s proprietary process. tbhe Chancellor contextualized this development as a result of the research originated by the late Prof. Dulce Flores who formulated the direct process of creating lactic acid from starch, which now has a patent pending number assigned to UP Mindanao. 

MR. KELSEY NGO, a food industry consultant, visited on 28 May 2018 to explore food product offerings available at the Dept. of Food Science and Chemistry. He was presented with products such as noodles, meat substitutes, and desserts that use underutilized natural bio-resources. The visit was facilitated by Dept. of Trade and Industry-Board of Investments Governor Nap Concepcion.

"CITY, UPMIN TO PARTNER ON RABIES RESEARCH" was a news story published in Sun Star Davao newspaper issue of 26 May 2018. It reported that the city council approved on first reading a memorandum of understanding to be entered into by the Davao City LGU and UP Mindanao for cooperation in research in the area of animal rabies. Prof. Lyre Murao (Biological Science) and Prof. May Anne Mata (Math.) are the proponents of the research project in cooperation with the City Health Office. The undertaking, once approved, will include data sharing, trainings and workshops, and statistical, mathematical, geospatial, biological, and epidemiological analysis.                  

THE "16TH VENICE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE 2018" is the destination of the UP Mindanao Dept. of Architecture as one of four Philippine architecture schools to exhibit at the Philippine Pavilion with the theme "The City Who Had Two Navels" curated by Dr. Edson Cabalfin. The UP Mindanao exhibit is titled "Empowerment and Transformation between and across Filipino Ethno-linguistic Cultures through Architecture". The exhibit is described as, "A fully self-sufficient socio-cultural ecological village [that] will offer a rich source of indigenous systems: ethno-medicine; organic farming; construction material systems; natural food processing; natural wind mill systems; and water-harvesting systems". The exhibit is on display from 26 May to 25 November 2018.

"THE BEST FILIPINO BOOKS OF 2017" was published on the website “cnnphilippines.com” in January and accessed in May 2018. Some 26 books were cited by seven literary experts. The list of writer Glenn Diaz included “3 Baybayin Studies”. This book on the baybayin writing system, published by UP Press, has Prof. Myfel Joseph Paluga (D/Social Sciences) as co-author together with Ramon Guillermo, Maricor Soriano, and Vernon Totanes. The study of baybayin writing using computer software was the subject of an anniversary lecture by Prof. Paluga in 2016.

SEVEN ALUMNI PASSED the Licensure Exam for Teachers in May 2018, delivering the honor of a 100%-passing performance for UP Mindanao, according to the Professional Regulations Commission website. Although UP Mindanao does not offer a program in education, it is included in the list of "Best Performing Schools in Licensure Exam for Professional Teachers" published in the website "www.pinoymoneytalk", accessed on 24 May 2018. UPMin is in Rank #1 with 23 passers, together 12 other schools who have a 100%-passing rate as of September 2017.

CAREER PLACEMENT ORIENTATION and Pre-Employment Seminar was organized for graduating students on 16 May. Mr. Ricardo de Jesus of Jobstreet.com Phils. Inc. spoke on job and recruitment trends and on posting on the Jobstreet website. Angelica Amorado of Public Employment Office gave a pre-employment seminar for local applications and Jovita Fontilla of Dept. of Labor and Employment spoke on workers’ rights and responsibilities. The Job Registration and Referral Fair was held on 17 May with companies posting their job openings for graduating students. The two-day activity was organized by OSA.

“BAYLANAN" DANCE-CONCERT was performed by the UP Mindanao Dance Ensemble in celebration of their 19th anniversary as a resident company on May 10, 2018. The storyline told through dance portrayed the death and re-birth of an individual and the baylans. According to Coach Ira Sisa Apara (BA Communication Arts 2016), "Baylanan is a collection of movement inspired by the life and the culture of the baylan or babaylan. They were women and men who were the community's healers, priests and priestesses; but, they were also considered as leaders and warriors who defend and protect their people, their land, and culture."  The Ensemble dancers were Zoe Sabanal (4BA Communication Arts), Aleimar Villabrille (3BS Computer Science), Patricia Capangpangan (4BA Anthropology), Jeremiah Onor (4BACA), Lornille Taypin (4BS Biology), Eliza Sayon (4BA English), and Gil Zealor (3BSCS).

ALUMNA Kendall Abrio (BA Communication Arts) disclosed her candidacy for Barangay Mintal (Davao City) Sangguniang Kabataan Chairman, in conjunction with the Barangay Elections, with campaign posters unveiled on 4 May 2018. She was unopposed and was elected to office.  Ms. Abrio belongs to Class of 2017. 

PHI SIGMA Honor Society welcomed a number of UP Mindanao students among its new members at its Annual Initiation of New Members held on 12 May 2018 in UP Diliman.

SOM AND SOCIETY OF AGRIBUSINESS ECONOMISTS organized career-related forums on 2 May 2018. Prof. Sylvia Concepcion gave the Welcome Remarks wherein she advised that financial literacy discussions be opened to students of all programs. “Broke Free”, on the theme "Building a financially literate world, building you", featured the talks "Understanding financial statements" by Prof. Acuña of SOM, "Investment Strategies" by Mr. Nino Segovia of Sun Life Canada (Phils.), and "Crypto-currency" by Mr. William Braza.  The "Industry Orientation Seminar 2018” (IndOrS 2018), on the theme "Life vest for a bigger ocean" featured talks by Mr. Kenneth Mangaya-ay of ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation, Sherelyn Evangelio of Dept. of Math., Ar. Alexis Ibanez of Dept. of Architecture, and Ms. Edelyn Kudemus of Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas on career options in their respective sectors.     

BS ARCHITECTURE students participated in the PhilBex Davao-Philippine Building and Construction Exposition held on 10-13 May 2018 in Davao City.They joined Projeto: Furniture Design Competition 2018 and was tasked to design a multifunctional sofa bed. The design team of “Habi” composed of Joanne Espejo, Michelle Mascariñas, Aprille Golimlim, and Lawrence Valencia emerged as the Grand Winners. “Pungko” designed by Cresart Mata, Sophia Muñez, and Nikka Solidarios won as the 2nd runner-up. In the Architecture Quiz Bee, Neil Hela won 3rd place and Kristoffer Abella was the Grand Champion. The students also attended the Mini Convention of industry associations.

"ROADKILL: Sino ang tunay na nasasagasaan?", a photo exhibit, was on display on the week of 16 May 2018 at the Administration Building Atrium. The exhibit featured female workers engaged in small business and employment and their observations on how the new TRAIN tax law affects their lives. This was a class project for ANTH 187 (Sex and Culture) class. 

MATAG GABII publication was given a book-launching ceremony on 16 May 2018 by Daiya Productions student group. The book collected stories of people who work by night in Davao City. The book is a project of a BA Communication Arts class.

"LAYAS TIPDAS: resBAKUNA pangluwas!" a health campaign was held at Barangay Mini Forest, Davao City on 16 May 2018 by BA Communication Arts students. More than 60 residents attended the event. Dr. Julinda Acosta of Davao City Health Office gave a lecture on measles and vaccination, and barangay health representatives spoke on the importance of immunization. Iinteractive games and activities were also facilitated by the students.

“DEHYDRATION BANTAYAN, Peligro sa Dengue Malikayan”, another health campaign, was held at Barangay Talomo Proper, Davao City on 18 May 2018. Dr. Richard Mata, author of "A New Hope Against Dengue Fever", was the keynote speaker. The campaign was organized by BA Communication Arts students in collaboration with the City Health Office and medical professionals.

SINEWS FOR SYLLABLES, the performance showcase of the Creative Writing program, presented "Revel in the Ruins" on 17 May 2018--featuring 14 creative theses of BA English majors interpreted through dance, drama, cinema, and music. The new works are: "The Clan", a novel by Peter Magalit; the short story collections "Leaving the Shore" by Clarisse Paronda, "Familiar Corners" by Andrey Caridad, "The People of Purok Sto. Nino" by Cara Fajardo, "The Spree" by Charmaine Dimalanta; the essay collections "Names I Go By" by Diana Agcambot, "A Home that Never Was" by Eliza Sayon, "The Other Twin" by Rhinna Poster, "A Canvas of Faith" by Joanna Cagape, "Subversions" by Rizia Perez, and "In Spite This City" by Janne Ruiz; "Toto the Peculiar Boy" children's poetry by Erlyn Piolo; "Ground Zero" by John Doquila and "At Seventeen" by Mivida Garcia      

THE UP MINDANAO LAAK LAND RESERVATION was the site of a seminar on common pests and diseases of agricultural produce organized by the Land Reservation Management Office on 3 May 2018 with Dr. Araceli Yebes as resource person. Farmers of the Dibabawon indigenous persons of Special Bgy. Talle were the beneficiaries of the seminar co-organized by the
Land Reservation Management Office with the Bureau of Plant Industry-Davao.

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE PRODUCTION seminar was given for Obu Manuvu indigenous people farmers of UP Marilog Land Reservation by the Land Reservation Management Office on 17 May 2018 with Mr. Lemuel Legado as resource person. The UP Mindanao Vegetable Production Demo Farm nearby was the site for the practical application of the seminar lessons by the participants.

Goal: Promote access and diversity

ALLIANZ NATIONAL YOUTH FUTSAL Competition was co-organized and hosted by UP Mindanao Dept. of Human Kinetics on 26-27 May 2018 in the Human Kinetics Building at the Davao City-UP Sports Complex. The games served as selection for the national team age category with selected players to be sent to Germany to train. The ceremonial kick-off was graced by football prime movers Prof. Erwin Protacio (UPMin Human Kinetics), former congressman Isidro Ungab, alumnus Rafael "Pops" Vilela, and Eunice Carillo of Allianz Corporation

Goal: Improve welfare of constituents

"SEMINAR ON TRAIN LAW and the latest BIR Implementing Regulations" was organized by All UP Workers Union on 4 May 2018, in cooperation with administration offices and Bureau of Internal Revenue officers Abolhasan Balindong and Roy Richie Panes as resource persons. Contractual personnel and regular employees were among the members of the audience who closely studied their options for tax payments. AUPWU officials Joel Sagadal and Lynda Buenaobra facilitated the proceedings.

SPORTS AND WELLNESS NUTRITION" lecture and forum was held for faculty, staff, and students on 17 May 2018. Prof. Luchie S. Callanta, a Lecturer of the UP College of Home Economics Dept. of Food Science and Nutrition and a member of the Phil. Society of Nutritionists and Dieticians, served as resource person. The forum was organized by the Dept. of Human Kinetics.

Goal: Optimize use of resources

DAVAO CITY-UP TECHNICAL WORKING GROUP for the Davao City-UP Sports Complex met on 3 May to work on the Davao City commitment to host the Davao Region Athletic Association Meet in January 2019 and the Palarong Pambansa in April 2019. The facilities targeted for operational use are the Aquatics Center for swim events, the football field and track oval with stadium, the multi-purpose gym, and the access roads and utilities. The TWG is composed of UP Mindanao and the Davao City LGU and is chaired by City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio who is represented by Asst. City Administrator Atty. Lawrence Bantiding. The members are the City Planning and Development Office, City Sports Coordinator, City Social Services, and the City Engineer; and the UP Mindanao offices of the VC for Administration, Campus Planning, Legal, Physical Plant, Land Reservation, Community Services, and Dept. of Human Kinetics. The meeting was hosted by Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion. The Philippine Sports Commission , Dept. of Public Works and Highways, Davao Light and Power Co., Phil. Long Distance Telephone Co., and MINSAS security agency were represented.

DEPARTING BGY. BAGO OSHIRO PUNONG BARANGAY Christopher Lapayag, and Kagawads Maria Luisa Lapayag, Marife Bonghanoy, Gerardo Canque, and Ralph Pantollano were awarded Certificates of Appreciation by UP Mindanao Chancellor Concepcion for their support in various activities and implementation of government infrastructure projects in the campus during their incumbency as barangay officials. The Certificates were transmitted on 25 May 2018 by Campus Planning & Development Office chief Cherrylyn Cabrera and staff Etheldreda Lanaban and Rose Lugo.

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