Highlights of August, 2018

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MS IN FOOD SCIENCE was opened for applicants in July 2018. This is the fourth graduate degree program in UP Mindanao. Some 14 students were enrolled in the program at the start of by August 2018.

UNIVERSITY CONVOCATION FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS University Convocation for First-Year Students was held in U.P. Mindanao on 6 August 2018, the first day of Academic Year 2018-2019. There are 260 first-year students. University Registrar Aurelia Luzviminda Gomez introduced the 260 first-year students by geographical origin, namely: National Capital Region-6; Cordillera Administrative Region-1; Central Luzon-1; Calabarzon-1; Mimaropa (Palawan, Occidental Mindoro)-5; Bicol-1; Eastern Visayas (Leyte)-2; Zamboanga Peninsula-2; Northern Mindanao-15; SoCksarGen-57; Caraga Region-15; ARMM-2; Davao Region-151. Distribution by academic program is, as follows: BS Anthropology-16; BA Communication and Media Arts-39; BA English-14; BS Architecture-51; BS Applied Mathematics-24; BS Biology-46; BS Computer Science-22; BS Food Technology-30; BS Agribusiness Economics-18. Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Nilo Oponda each gave welcome messages. The Inspirational Message to the Freshies was given by alumnus Dr. Kenneth D. Barroga (BSAM 2009) wherein he imparted “ten tips for freshmen” infused with insight and humor. The University Student Council 2018-2019, headed by Frederick Omalza (4BS Biology) as chairperson, was administered their Oath of Office by Chancellor Concepcion. The Orientation for parents and “freshies” was held earlier, on 1 August 2018.
AS UPCAT TEST CENTER FOR DAVAO CITY, UP Mindanao's Office of the University Registrar accommodated UPCAT applications from walk-in applicants and through postal and courier services up to the close of office hours on 10 August 2018.        
LACTIC ACID project of UP Mindanao was featured in the Leaders in Innovation Fellowship Batch 4 (LIF4) Demo Day held on 2 August 2018 at the Asian Institute of Management. The UP Mindanao Technology Transfer and Business Development team operated the project booth and accommodated prospective investors. In the plenary session, UP Mindanao proponent Dr. Melvin Pasaporte delivered his "sales pitch" for the "Polylactic Acid-based Biodegradable Plastic" to popular acceptance by the audience. On 3 August 2018 was held the Closing Ceremonies of Leaders in Innovation Fellowship Batch 4 in the Asian Institute of Management including Dr. Pasaporte. LIF is sponsored by Newton Agham, Royal Academy of Engineering, Dept. of Science and Technology, and Asian Institute of Management

HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTION READINESS FOR INNOVATION AND TECHNOPRENEURSHIP (DOST-HEIRIT) program of the DOST held its Mindanao event in Davao City on 23 August 2018 for the participating universities in the Mindanao cluster, namely Caraga State University, Mindanao State University-Iligan, University of Mindanao, and UP-Mindanao. Asst. Prof. Miguel Carlo Guillermo delivered the Senior Partner Pitch for UP-Mindanao to the prospective investors, students, and other partners, in his capacity as Technology Business Incubator Manager. The HEIRIT is a preparatory program for higher education institutions (HEIs) to implement, build and run a technology business incubator.
UNIVERSITY IN-HOUSE R & D RESEARCH REVIEW was organized by Office of Research on 8 August 2018 for the monitoring and evaluation of in-house funded research projects towards their timely completion and publication. The external reviewers were Architect Iluminado Quinto of University of Mindanao, Dr. Mervin Gascon and Dr. Samuel Herbert Mamora of University of Southeastern Philippines, Dr. Doris Montecastro of Ateneo de Davao University, and Dr. Louella Cabahug of Central Mindanao University. The research papers presented were "Reconnaissance of palm trees" by Asst. Prof. John Bengan (Dept. of Humanities), "Christianity among the Matigsalog" by Asst. Prof. Janus Ruel Cabazares (Social Sciences), "Urban and spatial morphology of Mintal" by Asst. Prof. Jean Marie Juanga (Architecture), and "Dance notation of the Ata-Manobo dances" by Instructor Jezreel Abarca (Human Kinetics).  The researches in the natural sciences were "Callus induction for coconut" by Asst. Prof. Cyrose Suzie Millado (Biological Sci.), "Rotavirus A in pig farms" by Mr. Michael Bacus (Biological Sci.), "Consumption of vegetables by children" by Asst. Prof. Aileen Grace Delima (Biological Sci.), "Contamination on banana peels and its suitability for value-added product" by Prof. Dominica Dacera (Food Sci. & Chem.), "Characterization of sago via rDNA Internal Transcribed Sequences" by Asst. Prof. Aileen Delima (Biological Sci.), "Production of coastal fishes for 'amihan' and summer seasons" by Asst. Prof. Leo Manuel Estana (Math., Physics, Comp. Sci.), "Development of anti-microbial films" by Assoc. Prof. Noreen Grace Fundador (Food Sci. & Chemistry), "Effect of processing on the nutrient content of corn" by Asst. Prof. Jennifer Fronteras (Food Sci. & Chemistry), "Assessment of flora and fauna in the campus" by Asst. Prof. Marion John Achondo (Biological Sci.), and "Bio-physical characterization for UP Marilog Land Reservation" by Asst. Prof. Nilo Oponda (Math., Physics, Comp. Sci.). Given recognition for Best Presentations were Prof. John Bengan and Prof. Noreen Fundador for social science/humanities and natural science, respectively.
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES 2018 (ICSET 2018) was co-organized and hosted by Mapua University, Manila, Philippines, on 19-21 August 2018. At 2018 ICSET Session 9: "Building Industry and Sustainability", Asst. Prof. Ryan Songcayauon (Dept. of Architecture) was presented with a Certificate of Award for ICSET 2018 Session 9 Best Paper for his research paper titled, "An initial quantification of embodied energy of economic and socialized housing units in Davao City, Phils."
BEST PAPER PRESENTATION award was given to Asst. Prof. Karen Joyce G. Cayamanda (D/Humanities) in the Asia Future Conference (AFC) 2018 held at Seoul, South Korea on 24-28 August 2018. The paper titled "Towards a human-ecological dimension of disaster resiliency: Exploring a social vulnerability model for sustainability" highlights the role of culture and symbolism for a context-specific approach to disaster risk reduction and mitigation strategies, using lessons from the Matina Pangi (Davao City) flood incident of 2011.
"NIPA HUT" and "Talikud", paintings by Prof. Teody Boylie Perez (Humanities) were on display in the "Celebration of Phillippine Visual Arts" group art exhibit in SM Lanang Mall, Davao City on 1-7 August 2018. The exhibit "showcases Davao's vibrant cultural scene and how the late National Artist Victorio Edades made it his home and influenced a new generation of artists."  

ASST. PROF. DANN MARIE DEL MUNDO (Dept. of Food Sci. and Chem.) reported for work on 29 August 2018 after having earned her PhD in Food Science from Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand. Prof. del Mundo and Asst. Prof. Giovanna Oguis (Dept. of Math., Physics, and Comp. Sci.) are two faculty members who recently completed their PhD degrees from Suranaree.  
QUALITY ASSURANCE LEADING TO ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE workshop was held for faculty members on 31 July-1 August 2018 with Dr. Philip Ian Padilla as Resource Person. The topics were Quality Assurance in UP and in the ASEAN Universities Network and the criteria. Faculty members articulated their expectations and apprehensions and drew up activities for the next six months strategically aligned towards Quality Assurance.

BLENDED LEARNING training-workshop was conducted for faculty members on 31 August 2018 with professors Vicente Calag, Ritchie Mae Gamot, and Nelfa Glova as Resource Persons. The workshop introduced the popular learning management systems, creating and managing on-line classrooms and related issues, and culminated in the presentation of outputs by the participants.
THE 12TH PHIL- BIST (PHILIPPINE-BOOK, INFORMATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY) CONFERENCE AND FAIR was mounted by the Davao Colleges and Universities Network (DACUN), which UP-Mindanao is a member, at University of the Immaculate Conception, Davao City on 7-9 August 2018. The Fair was organized by the DACUN Library Committee on the theme, “Sustaining the Standards for Quality Assurance of Institutions of Higher Learning: Repositioning the Role of Libraries and Information Professionals” and featured 6 plenary lectures and exhibits by academic publishers.
RESIDENTS OF BGY. BANKAS HEIGHTS, Davao City are the Mindanao beneficiaries of "Nurturing Grassroots Change through Partnerships" Skills Camp in the Project Launch held on 18 August 2018 in UP Mindanao. The beneficiaries selected Baking and Pastry-making as the skill they desire to acquire, to be imparted in consecutive weekends from August through October 2018. The Skills Trainers are Ms. Grace Aponte for Book-keeping, Prof. Lemuel Calatrava for Business Management, and Prof. Virginia Obsioma for Food-making and Baking. Ms. Amparo Tulo of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority said that beneficiaries will qualify for TESDA certification upon their completion. The project is funded by National Grid Corporation of the Phils. for communities traversed by their electrical grids with UP as the project implementer.
THE 17th NATIONAL VEGETABLE CONGRESS with accompanying Trade Fair and Exhibit was held on 22-24 August 2018 in Davao City with UP Mindanao, Vegetable Industry Council of Southern Mindanao (VICSMIN) Inc., and Department of Agriculture-XI as co-organizers. Some 500-plus farmers and delegates from industry and the regions attended the plenaries and farm tours. UP Mindanao's School of Management (SOM) has been involved with the vegetable industry since 2000 through its agribusiness research and extension, and as a project partner for more than 15 years through projects such as the Gulayan sa Barangay (GSB) projects, Farmer's Training, Vegetable Awareness Campaign, Organizational Development, and vegetable congresses.

EFFECTIVE FARM CULTURAL PRACTICES for cacao production was the subject of training provided for farmers of Special Barangay Talle residing within the UP Laak Land Reservation in Compostela Valley Province on 30-31 August 2018. A total of 36 farmer-beneficiaries (17 male, 19 female) benefited from the Training, one of a series, provided by the Land Reservation Management Office in partnership with Kennemer Foods Int'l and the Talle Barangay council.      
THE DEBATE SOCIETY competed in the 11th Visayas-Mindanao Debate Championship held in Fr. Saturnino Urios University, Butuan City, on 24-26 August 2018. UPMin Team B was a Grand Finalist and UPMin Team A was a Semi-Finalist, with students also winning individual awards. Andres Karl Segovia (4BA Communication Arts) was awarded 2nd Best Speaker of the Tournament, Frederick Omalza (4BS Biology) was 3rd Best Speaker, Nissa Caderao (4BS Abribusiness Economics) was 7th Best Speaker, and Bryle Matthew Bacatan (4BS Food Technology) was 10th Best Speaker.   
TINUKIB 2018 was held at Abreeza Ayala Mall, Davao City, on 28-29 August 2018 by the Architecture program to promote architecture to high school students. The 2018 theme “Balai Bata: Paaralang Walang Kapansanan, Disenyong Pangkalahatan” promotes architectural design for persons of all sexes, size, age, or disability. Lectures were given by professionals on the topics of accessibility for persons with disability, anthropometrics, design, color theory, and green architecture. Architectural drawings, scale models, and design projects of UP Mindanao students were exhibited. In the workshops, High School students competed in the Balai Bata Model-Making and Mixed-Media Arts.  Tinukib 2018 was co-organized by the UP Mindanao Architecture Student Council, the Dept. of Architecture, United Architects of the Philippines Student Auxiliary, and Davies Paint, Solid Steel Machinery and Tools Inc., and Orient Glass Corp. as major sponsors.

THE INTERNATIONAL DEFENSE OF THE ANCIENTS 2 CHAMPIONSHIPS on 15 August 2018 featured Shoutcasting (sports-casting over the internet) services by Instructor Albert Francis Ramos (Dept. of Human Kinetics), and student Paula Yap (BS Computer Sci.).
DAVAO CITY ATHLETES AND COACHES' RECOGNITION 2018 was held on 23 August 2018 wherein City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio led the rites of recognition to athletes of Team DAVAO--among whom were UP Mindanao Swim Varsity Team Captain Juan Antonio A. Mendoza (4BS Agribusiness Economics) and Team Coach Vasit Venturillo--for their podium finish in the 2018 PHILIPPINE NATIONAL GAMES held on 19-25 May 2018 in Cebu.
BADMINTON VARSITY held tryouts on 15 and 23 August 2018 at the Davao City-UP Sports Complex Multi-Purpose Gym. MEN'S BASKETBALL VARSITY held an orientation for 25 candidates on 23 August 2018 with coach Isidoro Malaque III with trainings and try-outs in the following weeks.
WOMEN'S FOOTBALL VARSITY placed 3rd runner-up in the 33rd Kadayawan Futsal Festival (Women's Open) held at the DC-UP Multi-Purpose Gym. The top scorers of the Varsity team were Moira Isabella Calizo with 9 goals, Paula Marielle Elises with 2, and Bess Aparece Tulio, 2.

33RD KADAYAWAN FUTSAL FESTIVAL 16-Under age group was co-organized by Davao-South Regional Football Association with UP Mindanao Women's Football Varsity and Siki ni Obli student group. Boys Division was won by BP-Eagles, BP-Durians, and Black Rose Football Club, as champions and runners-up, respectively, while the Girls Division was won by Sakya FC, Phil. College of Technology, and Calinan FC.

DAVAO CITY-UP SPORTS COMPLEX construction work continued throughout August with civil works on access roads and the Aquatics Center implemented with composite teams composed of surveyors and engineers from Dept. of Public Works, Davao City Engineers Office, UP Mindanao, and contractors, social workers of UP Mindanao, and security personnel from UP Mindanao and the Phil. National Police.

NEW EMPLOYEES WERE ADMINISTERED THEIR OATH OF OFFICE by Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion on 13 August 2018 following their Orientation Seminar by the Human Resource Development Office. Administered their Oaths were Julius Neil Piala (Humanities); Merle Dawn Comidoy (Humanities); Lakan Umali (Humanities); Minerva C. Rosel (Architecture); Micah Amor P. Yares (Architecture); Lennie Leen Uyog (Accounting); Lemuel O. Calatrava (School of Management); Lief Erikson Gamalo (Biological Sci.); Eliezer O. Diamante (Mathematics); Melissa P. Loquias (SOM); Magno Batomalaque (Human Kinetics).

NATIONAL HEROES DAY CELEBRATION was held in Osmena Park, Davao City on 27 August 2018 with City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, war veterans, and the diplomatic community. Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion served as Guest Speaker wherein she related her family's experience to her insight that putting other families before one's own family is a true mark of heroism.

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