Highlights of December, 2018

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LAST DAY OF CLASSES for 1st Semester of Academic Year 2018-2019 is on 7 December 2018. Final Examinations are on 10-12 December 2018. Deadline for submission of grades is on 21 December 2018. Registration for the 2nd Semester of AY 2018-2019 is on 10 January 2019. Classes start on 14 January 2019.

KASADYA, UP Mindanao's Lantern Parade will be on 13 December 2018 on the theme, "Pagsaulog sa Kauswagan Pinaagi sa Panaghiusa ug Pagtambayayong sa Katilingban/ Celebrating Prosperity through Solidarity and Converging of Communities".

THE BUILDING DECORATION CONTEST was held on 3 December 2018 where the colleges and administrative units in their respective sites conveyed the spirit of Christmas through visual elements made of ordinary, organic, or recycled materials enhanced through design ideas, incorporating innovation, and an adherence to the theme. The judges were Nikolai Muana, Rap Pizana, Lindsay Catog, and Giovanni Lapesigue. Winners will be announced in the Kasadya Lantern Parade Program Ceremony.  

THE PA-ILAW CEREMONY commencing the University Christmas celebration was held on 3 December 2018. On this occasion Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion shared her thoughts "let us reflect on the meaning of our Pa-ilaw lighting ceremony. When we light our lanterns, our lighted lanterns are a symbol of victory of light over darkness, or of knowledge over ignorance. When we light our lanterns, we are better off when we are in the light, it is better for our enlightenment. Let us enlighten our faces--by smiling. Smiling is better for our work environment. Let us be the light for everybody else. Let us illuminate others". Koro Kantahanay harmonized on a Yuletide carol to accompany a solo dance from the UP Mindanao Dance Ensemble. BACA senior Joven Nino Villacastin performed "Autumn Leaves" on the violin. The Lighting Ceremony had Maria Stella Salazar, Aurelia Luz Gomez, Cyrose Silvosa Millado, and Ryan Songcayauon, representing their units, joining Chancellor Concepcion to flip the light switch. Finally, Emcee Julius Piala invited the audience to hang their Christmas wishes onto the University Christmas tree, saying "Let us put our wish for ourselves, for our department, for our country".

THE LANTERN PARADE on 13 December 2018 begins with the Assembly at the Barangay Mintal Gym, Mintal, Davao City at 3PM. The Parade Proper begins at 4PM to culminate in the Administration Building Atrium. The Kasadya Ceremony Program follows at the Atrium with the Presentation of the Christmas Lanterns and the Christmas Dance Competition. Dance groups who wish to compete in the Dance Competition are advised to read the mechanics: Kasadya Dance Mechanics Parties who wish to compete for prizes in the Kasadya Lantern Competition are advised to read the rules:  Kasadya Lantern Mechanics

The University personnel Christmas Fellowship is on 14 December 2018, 3PM


    BARANGAY BANGKAS HEIGHTS, Davao City, residents were awarded certificates of completion from the livelihood extension project named "Skills Camp: Nurturing Grassroots Change Though Partnerships". The awarding was done in commencement ceremonies held on 2 December 2018 in UP Mindanao. The 39 female residents completed four months of training in business skills, baking, cooking, and food processing provided by technical experts from UP Mindanao. The food-related training was held in the laboratories of the UP Mindanao Dept. of Food Science and Chemistry with the expertise of their faculty. Integrative business skills were taught by faculty of the School of Management and other technical experts.
    Present at the ceremony were representatives of the organizers of the Skills Camp namely Arthur Fontanilla of National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, Edna Estefania Co of the University of the Philippines CIFAL, Barangay Chairman Wilberto Al-ag, UP Mindanao Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion, and Vice-Chancellor Nilo Oponda. Also present were some of the resource experts of the Integrative and Technical Skills Training: Ms. Mae Aborde, Prof. Jackie Lou Tagubase, and Prof. Lemuel Calatrava. Facilitating the ceremonies were Office of Extension and Community Service project coordinator Michael Gatela and site facilitator Ferly Jane Leray.
    Chancellor Concepcion, in her remarks, advised the trainees to begin the business enterprise by registering with the DTI and to avail of credit for their business capital from the Dept of Trade and Industry P3 lending program or "Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso".
    Prof. Edna Co explained the need for coordination among the government agencies and the barangays for the equipment donations and for small capitalization from DTI and DSWD.
    NGCP engineer Arthur Fontanilla explained that communities through which the NGCP electrical posts pass through receive are entitled to assistance from NGCP. He explained the NGCP plan to connect the Visayas-Mindanao electrical power network through an infrastructure backbone of 230KV from Matanao up to Lanao. All these infrastructure efforts and the livelihood assistance, he said, are intended to improve lives of Filipinos.
    The Awarding of the Certificates of Completion to all 39 trainees were given in the presence of the trainers, the organizers, and Barangay Chairman Al-ag.
    The response from the graduates was given by Arlyn P. Ybañez who recalled being surprised to learn that math, accounting, and marketing would be taught, believing that the training involved only cooking. They were impressed by the dedication of the organizers which they reciprocated with their cooperation and diligence. She hoped that this would be the beginning of their success as individuals and as a group and that their unity would continue.
    Barangay Chairman Wilberto Al-ag in his response displayed his qualities as barangay chairman by provoking laughter from everyone with his remarks expressing his happiness and gratitude and his stories. He underscored the advantages of business enterprise over employment and pledged financial assistance for the livelihood project.
    The residents also elected officers for their group: Rosalina S. Decio as president, Editha A. Denlaoso as Vice President, Ma. Rose Almie Arboladora as Secretary, Evelyn G. Tacsan as Assistant Treasurer, Rhea R. Tecson as Treasurer, and Robelita G. Tomambo as Auditor; their oath of office was administered by Bgy. Chairperson Al-ag.
    VC Nilo Oponda mentioned the need for product accreditation and certification, links to the supply and value chain, production technologies, social processing, marketing, and areas for improvement which could be solved through facilitated extension. He offered UP Mindanao to connect the group to the appropriate government agencies and expertise together with the first project in Bgy. Bago Oshiro. He expressed this all as being in the spirit of Christmas.


BASIC HOME SAFETY AND IMPROVEMENT Seminar-workshop was given by UP Mindanao for residents of communities on 10-11 December 2018. The workshop objectives were to impart skills improvement in basic home repairs and safety measures to homeowners. Lectures were given on basic carpentry, finishing works, basic electrical, and basic plumbing works. Each of the four lectures was followed by an accompanying workshop session. Expertise was provided by the Dept. of Architecture and workshop facilitation was provided by the Office of Extension and Community Service and BS Architecture students and faculty members. Homeowners who availed of the seminar-workshop were from the Davao City barangays of Bangkas Heights, Bago Oshiro, Buhangin, Sto. Nino, 75-A Matina Aplaya, and Mintal, and Bgy. Penaplata in the neighboring Samal City. Interested UP Mindanao constituents joined, as well. Among the workshop observers was a Belgian national, Mr. Filip Van Brantegen, a fresh graduate of Mechanical Engineering from the Catholic University of Leuven. He visited the Philippines as an affiliate of AIESEC and LinkBuild Inc. and is planning to devise a low-cost brick-making machine. The group photo shows the participants and resource persons with Professor, Architect, and Dean Jean Marie Juanga and OECS Associate Michael Gatela.


     "PAG-ABOLL: FACETS OF MINDANAO" 1st Mindanao Studies Interdisciplinary Research Symposium was held by UP Mindanao College of Humanities and Social Sciences on 7-8 December 2018 in Davao City. Talks on architecture, urban and regional planning, social science, communication, literature, and sports were given in plenary and parallel sessions.
    In the plenary talk "Envisioning spaces and places in rapidly changing environments", architect and transport expert Dr. Eden Sorupia gave answers to the question "What makes a great place?"
    In "Give Peas a Chance: Livelihood Improvement through Facilitated Extension (LIFE) in conflict-vulnerable areas of Mindanao", Prof. Anne Shangrila Fuentes related her research experiences in the provinces of Zamboanga Sibugay, Maguindanao, and South Cotabato.
    Parallel Session 1 on the theme "Envisioning Mindanao in a rapidly changing environment" featured "Social constructionism in housing and architectural research" by Dr. Isidoro Malaque III, "Community-based development approach for sustainable tourism of the South-Central Mindanao Development Corridor's Biodiversity and Ecotourism Cluster" by Ar. Minerva Rosel, and "A comparative visual analysis of the architectural elements of ancestral and vernacular houses in Glan" by Ar. Sheena Marie Franco.
    Parallel Session 2 on the theme "State of Unrest" featured "Livelihood strategies and farming transitions in an agricultural community in Sitio Ladi-an, Marilog, Davao City" by Garelle Kris Bacaron and "Rhythm of Tagakolu agriculture: Intersections of local knowledge and crop commmodification" by anthropologist Albert J. Santos.
    On Day 2, the plenary on communication had Dr. Ma. Theresa M. Rivera of Far Eastern University relating the experience of creating a broadcast radio station by a community of Teduray indigenous people, Bangsamoro muslims, and Christian settlers in Maguindanao province in her talk "Weaving Mindanaon stories and perspectives on communication for social change".
    The second plenary that focused on literature had Redemptorist brother Dr. Karl Gaspar narrating his development as a writer followed by a thorough review of Mindanawon writers and literary works in his talk titled, ""Are these questions taken seriously?: Literature by and for Mindanawons? Literature about Mindanao?"
    Plenary 3 on sports had University of Tasmania PhD candidate Jeffrey Pagaduan who introduced his free software app "Pulse Express" in his talk "Low-cost equipment for measurement of autonomic health and vertical jump".
    Parallel Session 3 on the theme "Conflict-sensitive communication" began with Mr. John Frances C. Fuentes speaking on news reporting by the media in his talk "Why go for conflict-sensitive reporting?" Prof. Karen Joyce G. Cayamanda (Dept. of Humanities) recalled the 2011 flooding incident in Davao City for her study "Towards a human-ecological framework of disaster resiliency". Jade M. Baylon (BA English 2017) described his writing of the biographical essay "Maligon". Rizia Jahziel Perez (BA English 2018) also shared her  experiences in "Writing to understand: A testimony on writing the undergraduate thesis 'Subversions (Essays)'". Ms. Glorypearl Dy (BA Communication Arts 2010) showed digital filmexcerpts for "Participatory storytelling: The case of maternal neonatal health policy implementation in 4 indigenous communities". Finally, Mr. Mark Roel B. Narreto spoke on "Conflict-sensitive reporting: Philosophy and practice".
    Parallel Session 4 on "Dula, Sayaw, ug Isports" featured "A dance notation of the Ata-Manobo in Talaingod, Davao del Norte" from Jezreel M. Abarca (Dept. of Human Kinetics) and "Assessment of motor skill acquisition and rhythmic performance using virtual reality" by Prof. Albert Francis Reginald T. Ramos (Human Kinetics) showing persons interacting with images using virtual reality goggles. Coaches' education was the subject of the research by Mr. Jerome Ferdinand O. Balaga and school motivation in achieving awards in sepak takraw was the study of Mr. Franz Cubillas.
     Mindanao State University researchers attended the Symposium. MSU-Naawan campus was represented by researchers Delyn M. Bucay, Aida D. Perpetua, and Jeanette J. Samson. MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology was represented by Dr. Delia G. Balgoa, Dr. Maria Cecilia M. Ferolin, and Dr. Hairula Munap.   
    In closing Dean Jean Marie Juanga thanked the department chairs Ryan Songcayauon, Maria Teresa Escano, Erwin Protacio, Raymundo Pavo, the session moderators Julius Neil Piala, Ryan Songcayauon, Hazel Lozada, Lakan Umali, and Ralp Pizana, the staff led by Ruelyn Peronilla, Grace Aponte and the support staff, and hoped for the continuation of the symposium in the future.


THE PHILIPPINE GENOME CENTER, a multidisciplinary institution that combines basic and applied research for multisectoral development such as in agriculture, food quality and safety, biodiversity, environment, and health, will open its Mindanao component in 2019. The Genome Center component in Mindanao was allocated the amount of P70 Million for operations and will be housed in UP Mindanao. This was announced by UP Mindanao College of Science and Mathematics Dean Dominica Dacera at the opening of the CSM Research Colloquium on 17 December 2018.

The announcement was one of the highlights of the Colloquium that featured talks and a poster exhibit offering science-based solutions on plant propagation, post-harvest technology, animal and public health, food, geographical modeling, and robotics. The first research presentation was on the Coconut somatic embryogenesis technology (CSET) which was described by Dr. Annabelle Novero as the mass propagation of quality coconut planting materials being produced by a network of coconut laboratories nationwide. The planting materials are for eventual distribution to coconut farmers with the ultimate objective of rejuvenating the Philippine coconut industry.

The next talk was on the local public health threat of rabies and how this may be mitigated using various approaches in science and mathematics. These ways were discussed by mathematician May Anne Mata, economist Pedro Alviola, and biologist Lyre Anni Murao as part of their project in partnership with the Davao City local government.

In mango-ripening technology, using ethylene gas encapsulated in powder was proposed by Research Associate Angelyn Lacap as a safer alternative to the traditional but harmful calcium carbide (carburo).

In the science of robotics, Dr. Jose Ildefonso Rubrico discussed the inevitable pervasiveness of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (AIR) in various aspects of daily life of individuals and whole communities. He brought out and operated a device on wheels that could detect persons and make corresponding adjustments to its movements.

In wildlife and public health, biologist Lief Erikson Gamalo reported that the Philippine macaques (monkeys) in Palawan are carriers of zoonotic malaria parasites and proposed the protection of their habitats in order to prevent the infection of human beings.

The continuing search for a cure against lung cancer was discussed by Dr. Joel Hassan Tolentino in his on-going study of plant extracts with the ability to inhibit the growth of lung cancer cells, a project that is part of a larger study in partnership with UP Manila researchers.

Mathematician Ritchie Mae Gamot studied the banana industry supply chain and proposed mathematical tools that could be used to allocate the distribution of harvested Cavendish bananas either for the export market or for other markets in order to minimize losses and maximize the profit of farmer-growers.

In the urban environment, Dr. Dann Marie Del Mundo described how sewer drains become clogged by deposits of Fat, Oil, and Grease (FOG) from urban and industrial waste and how this can be melted and washed-off using laboratory-created calcium soap.

The newspaper reporters Mr. Yas Ocampo and Ralph Llemit of Mindanao Times, Gil Doquila of Sun Star Davao, and Ms. Reg Ronquillo of The Edge Davao probed the researchers with questions for their news leads. The research partners who attended the Colloquium were Giovannni Montejo and Jopriz Bueno of Assumption College of Davao, Araceli Yebes and Ever Orboc of Bureau of Plant Industry, Phoebe Nemenzo Calica and Karen Carigo of Davao Doctors College, Glady Mae Lutarte of Dept. of Agriculture, Annbeth Calla and Ma. Theresa Ferolino of Rizal Memorial Colleges, Alex Palero of DENR, Jeff Fuentes of Davao City Health Office, and faculty members and researchers of the CSM.


UP MINDANAO DEBATE SOCIETY competed in the 20th National Debate Championship held on 15-20 December 2018 in Northwestern University, Laoag, Ilocos Norte. UP Mindanao Team A were Union Cup Finalists. Frederick Omalza (4BS Biology) was awarded "Best Speaker of the Finals". Nissa Caderao (4BS Agribusiness Economics) was recognized as "Finalist". Andres Segovia (4BA Communication Arts) served as Adjudicator.         


FOOTBALL FIELD ARTIFICIAL TURF was installed in December. The turf that is artificial grass gives a green color over the entire playing field. The synthetic track for the TRACK-AND-FIELD OVAL has likewise been installed. This gray-colored material will be used before the rust-colored material that will be installed on a later date. In the AQUATIC CENTER, the contractors have started the ground excavation works for the swimming pool. This will be followed by the pouring of concrete and tiling. Simultaneously, construction of the Aquatic Center bleachers have been started. The Football Stadium will be the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Davao Region Athletic Association Meet scheduled on the fourth week of January 2019.       

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