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Highlights in September, 2019

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Announcements



02 September - Presentation of UP Mindanao Strategic Plan to UP Mindanao employees

03 - Administrative Processes Forum

03-28 - Exhibit of Prof. Perez's painting in Beijing Biennalle

04 - "PEP talk on Medical Genetics"

05 - First General Assembly of Mindanao Genomics Consortium 

09 - Extension Seminar and Planning

09 - "Pagpamatbat" Paligsahan sa Talumpati at Balagtasan

17 - Launching of Technology Business Incubation UPGraDE

18 - Ribbon-cutting ceremony for UP Mindanao Technology Business Incubation-UP Growing and Developing Enterprises (TBI-UPGraDE)  

21 - UP Day of Remembrance

Chancellor Larry Digal presented his Strategic Plan to internal stakeholders on 2 September 2019. The plan was presented to the faculty in the morning and to the non-teaching staff in the afternoon. Vice-chancellor for academic affairs Nilo Oponda presented the academic strategic plan, research and engagement director Emma Ruth Bayogan presented the research & development & engagement plan, and vice-chancellor for administration Aurelia Luz Gomez, likewise, presented her plan.

"PEP talk on Medical Genetics" was carried out by Dr. Bryan Edgar Guevara of and Dr. Chao Kai Hsu. This talk was organized by Philppine Genome Center-Mindanao Satellite Facility for students of the College of Science and Mathematics.

Call for Abstracts: Pag-Aboll 2019, Facets of Mindanao

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67182622 2630413653658452 4441827105616953344 o444The College of Humanities and Social Science will hold "Pag-aboll: Facets of Mindanao", the 1st Mindanao Studies Interdisciplinary Research Conference in 7-8 November 2019 in Davao City.

Individuals who wish to present their researches are invited to submit abstracts on or before 16 August 2019. Researches in the fields of architecture and urban planning, creative writing and literature, risk communication, the social sciences, and human kinetics are welcomed.

For inquiries, please email <, or call (082)293-0863 and ask to be connected to the Office of the Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Kadayawan! Highlights for August, 2019

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01 AUGUST 2019, THURSDAY -  Let's Talk it Over (LTiO) Seminar on Research Management: Creativity in R&D

02 AUGUST 2019, FRIDAY - Deadline of applications for UPCAT by applicants from regional high schools

05 AUGUST 2019, MONDAY - University Convocation for First-Year Students 

07-09 [updated] AUGUST 2019, TUESDAY - Training on iProcurement

07 AUGUST 2019, WEDNESDAY - Agribusiness Economics and Management Forum 

09 AUGUST 2019, FRIDAY - In-House Research Review

15 AUGUST 2019, THURSDAY - Public Lecture by Dr. Joel L. Cuello

16 AUGUST 2019, THURSDAY - Deadline of submission of abstracts for Pag-aboll: Facets of Mindanao conference

23 AUGUST 2019, FRIDAY - "Cultivating Consistency: Cell Culture Best Practices"


Let's Talk it Over Seminar on Research Management, 1 August 2019 

The Diploma in Research and Development Management (DR&DM) program of the UP Open University will lead a Let's Talk it Over (LTiO) Seminar on Research Management: Creativity in R&D on August 1, 2019, 9:00 am to 12:00 nn, at the CHSS-AVR at UP Mindanao, Davao City. Dr. Rogelio V. Cuyno will serve as Lead Technical Expert. The LTiO seminar aims to introduce concepts in research management and to pre-test a video learning material titled “Overview of Creativity and Innovation in Research Organization.” The event is co-organized with the Master of Research and Development Management (MR&DM) project of UPOU and Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD). Interested parties may pre-register online at <>. The online registration form is open until July 29, 2019. For additional information, please email <.
Deadline for Applications for UPCAT by applicants from regional high schools, 2 August
Grade 12 students who wish to study in the University of the Philippines (UP) in 2020 are now advised to apply to the UP College Admission Test 2020 (UPCAT 2020). The deadlines for application for UPCAT 2020 are on 2 August 2019 for Regional Public High Schools; 9 August 2019 for Private High Schools; 16 August 2019 for Metro Manila Public High Schools; 23 August 2019 for Metro Manila Private High Schools. All applicants must apply online through  UPCAT 2020 will be administered nationwide on 5 and 6 October 2019. 
University Convocation for First-Year Students, 5 August 2019
The University Convocation for First-Year Students will be held on 5 August 2019, Monday, at 8:00 A.M. at the Administration Building Atrium. The Convocation aims to officially welcome the first-year students of the University. 
Training on iProcurement, 7-9 [updated] August 
The UP Information Technology Development Center is scheduled to conduct training on the SPCMIS at Gaisano Room. On 6-7 August is the training for end-users and on 8 August is the training for SPMO personnel. 
Agribusiness Economics and Management Forum, 7 August 2019
The University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao School of Management reviewed the agribusiness value chain research and development in the Agribusiness Economics and Management Forum: The Works and Life Achievements of Prof. Sylvia B. Concepcion held in Lorenzo Hall on 7 August 2019. The research projects were recalled by colleagues who traced their origins from the pioneering work of Prof. Concepcion from 2000 onward. In her response, Prof. Concepcion expressed her gratitude for the testimonies and her satisfaction at seeing that people will continue what she started and, likewise, acknowledged the Vegetable Industry Council of Southern Mindanao for having undertaken the development journey alongside UP Mindanao. 
In-House Research Review, 09 August 2019
Office of Research will hold the 2019 UP Mindanao In-House Research Review on 9 August 2019 at the Lorenzo Hall. Proponents of the UP Mindanao In-House Research Grants will present their research accomplishments. 
Lumluman sa Dakbayan Hack-athon, 9-11 August 2019
As part of the month-long Kadayawan sa Dabaw celebration, the Lumluman sa Dakbayan hack-athon was organized by the Technology Business Incubation units of UP Mindanao, University of Southeastern Philippines, University of Mindanao, and DevCon on 9-11 August 2019. IT students from different schools in Davao City participated in this startup pitching event aimed to boost the startup scene in Davao City. Fifteen entries were chosen to participate in the 3-day event out of the 67 ideas/innovation entries. UP Mindanao computer science students and alumni were among the selected 15. The event also provided mentorship to the finalists and were judged by local, national, and international entrepreneurs such as Jonathan de Luzuriaga of Spring Valley and Andrew Wong of MAD incubators in Singapore.  Participants pitched their ideas on 11 August, the last day of the hack-athon. Cash prizes were given to the 3 top winners. 
Students win prize in Cinemalaya 
Second-year BA Communication and Media Arts students Catherine Joy J. Catulong and Jasmine Nicolle S. Jain won a Special Jury Prize in the 2019 Cinemalaya Campus Short Shorts Competition for their short film "Praktis." The award was given on 13 August 2019 in ceremonies at the Abreeza Mall of Davao. The Competition aims to seek out, support, and recognize film-making projects of Filipino students from the Bicol Region, Iloilo City, and Davao City.
Public Lecture by Dr. Joel L. Cuello, 15 August 2019
Prof. Joel L. Cuello, a professor of agricultural bio-systems engineering at the University of Arizona, United States, gave a public lecture in UP Mindanao on "Strengthening The Innovation Ecosystem Of The Philippines Toward Inclusive National Development" on 15 August 2019. Chancellor Larry Digal gave the welcome remarks. The reactors were DOST-11 Asst. Regional Director Elsie Solidum, and DTI-11 Division Chief Ariel Nengasca. Joining the panel discussion were DTI-Board of Investment Governor Nap Concepcion, Prof. Jose Ildefonso Rubrico, and Asst. Prof. Raymundo Pavo.  
Deadline of submission of abstracts for Pag-aboll: Facets of Mindanao conference

The College of Humanities and Social Science invites individuals who wish to present their researches in the fields of architecture and urban planning, creative writing and literature, risk communication, the social sciences, and human kinetics to submit abstracts on or before 16 August 2019 and be part of Pag-aboll 2019: Facets of Mindanao. For inquiries, please call (082)293-0863 and ask to be connected to the Office of the Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

UP team visits Mayor's Office to strengthen academe-government partnership
UP officials and alumni paid a courtesy call to Davao City Acting Mayor Sebastian Duterte at the Davao City Hall on the Kadayawan festival weekend of 17 August 2019. The delegation was headed by UP Mindanao chancellor Larry Digal, with vice chancellor for academic affairs Nilo Oponda, visiting professor Joel Cuello from the University of Arizona, UP Mindanao Foundation Inc. (UPMFI) chairman Sebastian Angliongto, UPMFI president Dinah Tolentino-Fuentes, Davao City councilor and UPMFI trustee Mabel Acosta, and UP Alumni Association director Robert Aranton. The UP team briefed Acting Mayor Duterte and Atty. Francis Mark Layog, his Chief of Staff, on the UP Mindanao plans for sports development, a campus botanical garden, and the upcoming Regional Alumni Institute in Davao City on 22-23 November 2019. Professor Cuello, for his part, proposed a closer partnership between Davao City and UP Mindanao in order to attract more business enterprises to Davao City. In closing, the UP team invited Acting Mayor Duterte to visit the campus after he said that he had not seen UP Mindanao.
Training for Coaches 
UP Mindanao is hosting a training for coaches who have existing or plan to have football programs for children and youth in schools and communities. This will be held at the Davao City-UP Sports Complex on 19-23 August 2019. The organizers are Gawad Kalinga in partnership with Asian Football Confederation and Coaches Across Continents, a US-based NGO. The training will impart additional and complementary knowledge to enliven coaching methods to be fun, educational, and value-oriented. The objective is to discover how sports can be used beyond competition and discipline.

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Deadline of application for UP College Admission Test 2020

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 Grade 12 students who wish to study in the University of the Philippines (UP) in 2020 are now advised to apply for the UP College Admission Test 2020 (UPCAT 2020). Tuition is free in UP and admission requires qualification through the UPCAT. 
The deadlines for application for UPCAT 2020 are on 2 August 2019 for Regional Public High Schools; 9 August 2019 for Private High Schools; 16 August 2019 for Metro Manila Public High Schools; 23 August 2019 for Metro Manila Private High Schools. Applications received after 23 August will be processed only if test permits are still available. 
The minimum requirements for UPCAT 2020 are the following: 
•Senior high school student expecting to graduate before SY 2020-2021 from a DepEd-accredited high school or an accredited secondary school abroad; OR
•Graduate of a DepEd- accredited high school or accredited secondary school abroad; AND
•Must have final grades for three (3) high school years preceding the year of graduation;
•Must not have taken any college subject/s prior to taking the UPCAT; AND
•Must not have taken the UPCAT before.
All applicants must apply online through  
UPCAT applicants must prepare four (4) recent and identical 2X2 photographs; fully-accomplished UPCAT Form 1-Personal Data Sheet; and UPCAT Form 2-High School Record to be filled-up by the school administrator. 
Application forms should be mailed directly to:
Office of Admissions 
University of the Philippines 
Kalaw cor. Quirino Ave., UP Diliman, 
Quezon City 1101 Philippines
UPCAT 2020 will be administered nationwide on 5 and 6 October 2019. 

Highlights for July, 2019

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16 July  - UP President's Advisory Council Meeting      

17-18 July - UP Mindanao Management Committee mid-year reporting

20 July - Fumigation in the campus
23-24 July - Teaching Effectiveness Workshop
23 July - Bioplastic Global Satellite Symposium in UP Mindanao
26 July - Davao City-wide Earthquake and Tsunami Drill
27 July - Enactus Business Innovation Idea Challenge  
29 July - Research Planning Workshop
30 July - Information Seminar on GSIS Programs


The Professional Regulation Commission released the results of the June 2019 Architect Licensure Exam four days after the end of the exams on 30 June. Some 2,104 passed from among the 3,172 takers, or equivalent to 66%. UP Mindanao's BS Architecture graduates again achieved a 100%-passing rate in the June 2019 Examination with 14 passers. The  new licensed architects are Ar. Dax Raymond S. Aznar, Ar. Fayanna P. Cerillo, Ar. John Christien G. Dacalos, Ar. Charisse Alexia S. Dinopol, Ar. Abegail Imee R. Enriquez, Ar. Reyl B. Espirituoso, Ar. Eiries Von B. Estilloso, Ar. Mercy B. Gomez, Ar. Kim O. Laguitao, Ar. Christine C. Laniba, Ar. Jomarie Viel R. Maglunob, Ar. Kate C. Patayon, Ar. Sherwin O. Puntas, and Ar. Ceino Rey U. Quimintan. 
Ms. Ella Angelique M. Bucoya (BS Food Technology 2019, cum laude) and faculty adviser Prof. NGV Fundador won 1st Prize in the 2019 Philippine Association of Food Technologists Undergraduate Research Competition held on 12 July 2019 in Quezon City, for her work on the research entitled, "Biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles using mangosteen pericarp extract and evaluation of their antimicrobial properties." 
Ms. Pete Maverick Nicole Estudillo (BSFT 2019, summa cum laude) was awarded 1st prize for her poster and 2nd prize for her oral presentation of her thesis "Anti-oxidant and anti-cancer potential of artocarpus fruit wastes" in the Food and Nutrition Research Institute. Prof. Joel Hassan G. Tolentino served as her thesis adviser.    
"Omics: Unraveling Mindanao's DNA," Read it here,  
"IN SHOW: 'The City Who Had Two Navels' at the Metropolitan Museum | Inquirer Lifestyle. Read it here 
"Davao region's top sports facilities," SunStar-Davao. Read it here: 


The last call for abstracts of papers and posters for ICAEM 2019 is on 15 July 2019. ICAEM 2019, or the 9th International Conference on Agribusiness Economics and Management, will be on the theme of, "Inclusivity, Innovation, and sustainability in Agricultural Value Chains." Abstracts may be submitted online to: For more information, visit the website:, or email <;

Mr. Howard Hall, the new Research Program Manager for Agribusiness of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), and ACIAR Country Ms. Mai Alagcan visited UP Mindanao on 15 July 2019. The ACIAR team was received by Chancellor Larry Digal, research director Dr. Emma Ruth Bayogan, former project proponents Dr. Sylvia Concepcion and Ms. Roxanne Aguinaldo, and ACIAR alumni coordinator and ICAEM conference organizer Ms. Marilou Montiflor. The UP Mindanao team gave a briefing for the ACIAR team on the long-standing ACIAR-UP Mindanao research partnership, particularly in the areas of vegetable and mango value chains, including the experiences and lessons learned in linking smallholder farmers and the private sector. The preparations for the upcoming 9th International Conference on Agribusiness, Economics and Management (ICAEM) that is co-funded by ACIAR, was also shared with Mr. Hall. The ACIAR is a partner of the Australian Government’s aid program in the Philippines to promote prosperity, reduce poverty, enhance stability, and to help respond to the Philippines’ agricultural research and development priorities. 
The Tuklas Lunas® Protocols for Drug Discovery and Development Manuals were presented in a book-launch on 17 July 2019, during the celebration of the 2019 National Science and Technology Week at the World Trade Center, Pasay City, Metro Manila. This is the final output of the “Standard protocols for drug discovery and development Research project” under Dr. Rita Grace Alvero of Pharmalytics Corporation as the project leader and Dr. Amelia P. Guevara as the editor. The seven manuals produced were a collaborative effort of the researchers/experts involved in the Drug Discovery and Development Program of DOST-PCHRD. The team of Dr. Aleyla E. De Cadiz and Mr. Adrian Almeria of the UP Mindanao Department of Biological Science and Environmental Studies wrote the SOP Guidelines on the “Collection and Processing of Terrestrial Plant Samples for Drug Discovery and Development” under the Manual 1: Collection and Extraction of Biosources and Purification of Bioactives. 
DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña, DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development Dr Rowena P. Guevara and DOST-PCHRD Executive Director Dr. Jaime Montoya received the Manuals from Dr. Marita Reyes, Dr. Malou Nicolas, Dr. Christine Hernandez, Dr. Aleyla De Cadiz, Dr. Fabian Dayrit, Dr. Irene Villaseñor, Dr. Rita Alvero, Dr. Hiyas Junio, and former DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development, Dr. Amelia P. Guevara.
The Health Services Section of the Office of Student Affairs, in coordination with the City Health Office, will conduct a fumigation/fogging in the UP Mindanao campus buildings and grounds on 20 July 2019 to control the spread of dengue disease. University constituents are advised to vacate the areas on the said day.    
UP Mindanao will host the "Bioplastic Global Satellite Symposium" on 23 July 2019. This is part of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Core to Core Program “Japan-Southeast Asia Collaboration Hub of Bioplastic Study” that started in 2017, a three-year program funded by the JSPS. The program aims to establish linkages on bioplastic-related research between Japan and South-East Asian countries namely Malaysia, Indonesia Thailand, and the Philippines. Participating institutions of this program are Osaka University, The University of Tokyo, Riken, Hokkaido University, Gunma University, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo University of Agriculture, Nagoya University, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Chulalongkorn University, Indonesian Institute of Sciences-(LIPI) and University of the Philippines. In 2017, a kick-off symposium was held at Osaka University and a satellite symposium at the University of Tokyo. The following year the symposium was held at the Universiti Sains Malaysia. This year it will be hosted by the University of the Philippines Mindanao.  Visit the website here:
A Teaching Effectiveness Workshop was conducted by the Interactive Learning Center on 23-24 July 2019. Prof. Roja Rivera and Prof. Maria Rowena Raymundo of UP Open University served as resource persons. The workshop was interactive and the teaching staff was participative.         
The Master of Management program conducted a two-day Bridge Program for incoming MM students. General information was provided by MM program coordinator Asst. Prof. Glory Dee Romo, Registrar John Bengan, College Secretary Vlademir Shuck, and Librarian Briccio Merced. Special topics were discussed by assistant professors Glory Dee Romo, Aurelia Luzviminda Gomez, Roxanne Aguinaldo, Lemuel Calatrava, Thaddeus Acuna, Exegesis Jedidiah Ebarle, and Dean Pedro Alviola IV.    
Alumnus Jeffrey B. Javier [BA English, Creative Writing] was awarded 2nd Place in the 2019 Hawker Prize for Southeast Asian Poetry in an announcement published online on 25 July 2019. Javier was awarded for his poem “Mama Was Reciting from the Book of Revelation.” Read the poem here: Jeffrey was a First Prize Winner in the "Reconciliation" Poetry Contest of Cha: An Asian Literary Journal in 2014 for his poem "Blackout." His poems have been published in local and international publications and on-line journals. He was a fellow of the Silliman University National Writers Workshop and the Iligan Writers Workshop. He is currently taking MA in Creative Writing in UP Diliman.  He is a member of the Davao Writers Guild and has been designated Workshop Director for the Davao Writers Workshop in November 2019.
"Get READY to SHAKE OUT; 3rd Davao City-wide Earthquake and Tsunami Drill" will be held on 26 July, Friday, 9:00 A.M. All UP Mindanao constituents are called to participate. The UP Mindanao Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Administration is the coordinating unit for the university. For more information, call City Disaster Risk-Reduction and Monitoring Office at (082)2952387 or 2969626 local 211. 
A mobile game proposal by a team of UP Mindanao students was selected as one of five national finalists in the Enactus Business Innovation Idea Challenge. BS Computer Science seniors Paula Ann Gabrielle I. Yap, Mia Wednesday Faith B. Tom, and Jeselle Kimberly M. Carriedo were selected for their proposal entitled, "Mobile Rabies, Bye Bye." The team described their proposal as a game for mobile phones that is designed for rabies control and eradication. The idea originated from a call for proposals from the S.T.O.P. Rabies research program of UP Mindanao. Asst. Prof. Miguel Carlo Guillermo of the Department of Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science and Mr. Albert Francis Reginald Ramos of the Department of Human Kinetics are the team advisers. The team will present their proposal in oral presentations in the grand finals to be held at the SMX convention Center in Pasay City on 27 July 2019.
A research Planning workshop on the theme "Shaping the Future of Research, Development, and Engagement (RDE) in Mindanao: Setting our Agenda for the Next Five Years" was organized by the newly-constituted Center for the Advancement of Research, Development, and Engagement in Mindanao (CARIM) for UP Mindanao researchers and faculty members. Chancellor Larry Digal gave the welcome remarks and an inspirational message wherein he enjoined everyone to do research in teams by invoking his experiences in the banana research and other projects. CARIM Director Emma Ruth Bayogan presented strategies for research productivity through CARIM. University Researcher Mitchiko Lopez and Extension Specialist Michael Noel Bonghanoy spoke on targeting funding and on strategies for improving research outputs, respectively. Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs Nilo Oponda gave updates on UP Mindanao's research initiatives. The workshop proper focused on crafting multi- and inter-disciplinary research programs for targeted funding.            
Mr. Deity U. Manampan, Branch Head of GSIS Region-XI, will lead an Information Seminar on GSIS Programs on 30 July 2019, 9 AM - 12 NN, at the CHSS AVR, Administration Bldg., UP Mindanao. The Seminar will convey information on the new GSIS benefit programs, refresh knowledge on existing policies, and address/clarify personal GSIS-related concerns. Active GSIS members are requested to review their membership records and statement of loan accounts via the Electronic GSIS Member Online (eGSISMO) facility in preparation for the seminar:
The January 2019 edition of Webometrics Ranking of World Universities is published at University of the Philippines Diliman is still the country's no. 1 university based on web presence, impact, openness and excellence, the Spanish National Research Council’s Webometrics has reported. UP Mindanao is ranked at 13th nationwide and 2nd in Mindanao in the 2019 Top 200 Universities and Colleges in the Philippines.

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