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UPCAT postponement

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UPCAT UPDATE: The UP Office of Admissions will be postponing the administration of the UPCAT 2019 nationwide. This decision is based on consultation with UP System officials and weather experts on the latest forecasts on Typhoon Ompong and its expected impact on Northern Luzon and the Eastern Seaboard including Western Visayas, and in consideration of the nationwide scope of the exam that entails synchronized travel arrangements among others which pose undue risks to both UPCAT examinees and UPCAT personnel. The Office will announce a new date as soon as possible and provide instructions to all examinees.

UPCAT Test Permits will not be available at the Test Centers on 14 September 2018, for this same reason.

National Vegetable Congress, 2018

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UPDATE: The 17th National Vegetable Congress (17th NVC) held at the Davao Convention and Trade Center on 22-24 August 2018 was concluded with co-organizers, Vegetable Industry Council of Southern Mindanao (VICSMIN) Inc., Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office XI, and University of the Philippines Mindanao, disclosing that 500-plus farmers and delegates from the vegetable industry and the various regions attended. UP Mindanao 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. The VICSMIN and SOM carried out projects such as the Gulayan sa Barangay (GSB) projects, Farmer's Training, Vegetable Awareness Campaign, Organizational Development, and vegetable congresses. Currently, the SOM has an Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)-funded project in developing the vegetable value chains and integrating them with community development.

ORIGINAL POST: THE 17th NATIONAL VEGETABLE CONGRESS will be held on 22-24 August 2018 at the Davao Convention and Trade Center, Davao City. An accompanying Trade Fair and Exhibit will be open at the venue with free admission to the public throughout the congress. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol will give their messages as Guest Speaker and Guest of Honor, respectively, at the Opening Ceremony on August 22. Afternoon talks will be on "Food Safety Law", "Farm Mechanization Act", "Climate-smart, high-precision farming", and "Vegetable production and agri-tourism", simultaneous with Farm-2-Business market-matching, and a meeting of the Vegetable Industry Council in the evening. August 23 will be the Farm Tour and the Agricultural Fellowship Night. Participants who cannot join the Farm Tour can engage in business-to-business (B2B) or farmer-to-business (F2B) meetings in the congress venue. The August 24 morning session will tackle industry initiatives culminating in a talk by Senator Cynthia Villar. The afternoon session will focus on technologies, a presentation from Mindanao Development Authority Chairman Datu Abul Khayr Alonto, a presentation of Council resolutions, and the Closing Ceremony. Co-organizer U.P. Mindanao has supported the Vegetable Industry Council for 15 years. For inquiries, call 09556857268; #17NationalVegetableCongress is the hashtag.

Debate Soc in 3rd Davao Intervarsity, 2018

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UP MINDANAO DEBATE SOCIETY competed in the 3rd Davao Intervarsity which was held in Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) on July 6-8, 2018. Ten universities, namely UP Mindanao, AdDU, UP Manila, UP Diliman, Ateneo de Manila University Senior High School, University of Mindanao SHS, Mindanao State University-Iligan, Bukidnon State University, MSU Marawi, and Xavier University, participated in the tournament which adopted the British-Parliamentary debate format. Two teams (with 2 debaters in each team) from UP Mindanao competed and were recognized after the four preliminary rounds. UP Mindanao Team #1 composed of Allin Joy Camile (BA Anthro 2015) and Frederick Omalza (4BS Bio) made it to the pre-semifinals round and were tied for the award as 7th best speaker of the tournament while UP Mindanao Team # 2 which was composed of Michael Bacus (BSBio 2018) and Andres Karl Segovia (4 BACA) were recognized as reserve breaks. UP Min adjudicator Aleimar Villabrille (4 BSCS) was also part of the reserve breaks for the adjudicator category. Also present during the tournament were alumni Renzo Polinar (BACA 2018) and Karl Tristan Butalid (BA Anthro 2018) as swing team and Candy Latoza (3 BSCS) as competing adjudicator. The prelimenary round which was composed of four rounds were set for debaters to argue on the themes of politics and health, pop culture, international relations, and LGBT+ issues. During the pre-semifinals round, UP Min Team #1 was assigned to defend the economics motion "This house supports the adoption of protectionist economic policies by the US" but failed to advance to the next round.This year, Ateneo de Davao University emerged as champions while Xavier University's Lee Arvin Gogo was named as Tournament's best speaker. The Davao intervarsity is an annual debate competition hosted by the Ateneo de Davao University where debaters accross the country (whether in college or alumni) are allowed to debate and team up regardless of university affiliation as it envisions to be a platform for new debaters to learn from their experienced counterparts who are no longer eligible in collegiate and high school championships.

100%-passing, 5th-placer, in Exam for Architects, 2018

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BS ARCHITECTURE program continued its 100%-passing streak for the nth year in the June Licensure Exam for Architects with an additional 15 new licensed architects. It also produced its eighth board top-notcher in Ar. Arielle Jan Baldonado who was number five, in fifth place, in the ranking.The new licensed architects, culled from the website of the Professional Regulation Commission, are Clarisse Norikka Angeles, Janine Eve Ardepuela, Arielle Jan Baldonado, Christine Joyce Biala, Dahlie Amor De Castro, Alyssa Louise Dumol, Patricia Ynez Durano, Sheba Marie Fantin, Sheena Marie Franco, Tresamar Jamen, Kenneth Layno, Jacobsen Matanguihan, Jotham Norman Molinos, Glenn Pilayre, and Jovianne Angela Valdez.

21st Commencement Exercises, 2018

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University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao held its 21st Commencement Exercises on 26 June 2018 at the Administration Building Atrium in UP Mindanao, Mintal, Davao City. A total of 250 candidates were declared graduates by University President Danilo Concepcion and Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion. Class of 2018 was led by eight Magna Cum Laude followed by 59 Cum Laude.

A Conferment of the Degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, was held for Dr. Fortunato de la Peña, Secretary of the Dept. of Science and Technology. Following his Conferment, Secretary de la Peña was introduced as the Guest Speaker for the 21st Commencement.

Speaking in Filipino, Secretary de la Peña admitted to being deeply honored to be invited as Guest Speaker because it would be his first time to be a speaker in a graduation ceremony of a UP constituent university. He asked of the audience that he be allowed to deliver his message in the manner of "kwentuhan".

He narrated the beginnings of UP Mindanao wherein he served in a University Committee to study the proposed establishment of a UP in Mindanao, that was likewise pushed by UP President Emil Javier and Davao Congressman Elias Lopez. He also served in a Committee to propose the degree programs to be offered and was present in the opening of the first dormitory.

For the new graduates, he advised them to choose their preferred job and to know their measure of success early on. He admitted that he had no plans upon his own graduation but was recruited to teach in UP where he eventually completed 43 years of service in the College of Engineering. He advised the graduates to embrace challenges, be they difficult, because can only be two outcomes--success and recognition, or failure and lessons learned. He advised the importance of "work hard" over "work smart" in order to succeed. By way of example, he was invited to serve in government in 1982 and on three subsequent occasions, eventually serving under five Philippine Presidents.

As secretary of science and technology he disclosed the three directives from President Duterte to DOST: to reduce inequality; create new opportunities; expand potentials for growth. In  response, the DOST is expanding support for new entrepreneurs or existing enterprises in order to reduce inequality, to increase scholarships in order to create new opportunities, and stimulate new research or expand existing research such as in pharmaceuticals, space engineering, artificial intelligence, and agriculture.  (See the video here: [_1_], [_2_], [_3_])

The Commencement Exercises proceeded with the recognition of graduates, the oath-taking to the alumni associations, and the student speech on behalf of class 2018. The 21st Commencement was graced with the presence of Regent Francis Laurel, Regent Frederick Farolan, Regent Angelo Jimenez, Student Regent Ma. Shari Oliquino, Staff Regent Analiza Fulvadora, VP Elvira Zamora, VP Nestor Yunque, Mariquit de la Peña, and Atty. Gabriela Concepcion.    

Message of UP President Concepcion to the UP Mindanao Class of 2018

"My warmest congratulations to the graduating class of UP Mindanao!You have come a long way since you first enrolled in UP.During your stay with us you have grown intellectually, socially, emotionally, and mentally. We are proud to have been part of your development.

UP has endeavored to provide you the genuine space where you could freely express yourself without fear of discrimination, discuss ideas in a constructive manner and with respect, explore your interests, and really begin to carve your own path to becoming the person you want to be.As graduates of UP Mindanao, this desire for self-determination is woven into your intellectual heritage. It was the collective desire, after all, of Mindanao's own people for a UP in the region that is both sensitive to its people's needs and steeped in its culture that inspired this constituent university's founding in 1995. Like UP's other campuses, UP Mindanao is an institution that is attuned to global and timeless knowledge, while having it's feet rooted in the lives and experiences of the Mindanaoans.When the independence of our students is tempered by sensitivity to the needs of the marginalized, it produces a crop of scholars that are masters at reconciling national development with local values. In a society that puts a rightful premium on growth and innovation, UP Mindanao's graduates serve as both catalyst and conscience--combining the technical acumen to engender change with a heart to recognize and rectify its excesses.As the Philippines gears up towards development in an integrated ASEAN region, the nation will need UP Mindanao's graduates more than ever. While it is true that securing the foundations of a prosperous and global society is beneficial, it should not come at the expense of ways of seeing and thinking that are uniquely ours.

Moreover, we live in a world where access to technology and basic resources is thankfully increasing. The challenge, I believe, is in welcoming this prosperity while remaining true to the identities and systems that make our lives meaningful. UP Mindanao's graduates have a lot to teach the nation in this respect, and I know each and everyone of you will rise to the challenge when your time to lead finally comes.

Earning your degree--this is an achievement of a dream. But we all know that this dream of just part of an even bigger one. Graduating signals your journey's end as a UP student and ushers in the next chapter of your life.However you wish to continue on your path, I hope that you will remain guided by our values of honor, excellence, and public service. Be brave in meeting the challenges ahead of you and use the best of your abilities--your intellect and skills--with integrity, humility, conscientiousness, and compassion."

Danilo L. Concepcion
The 21st University President

Message of Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion to the UP Mindanao Class of 2018   

"Graduates, you have successfully completed a milestone in your life--your college degree from UP. This is no small feat and many will agree.   

As you graduate, we in UP Mindanao are confident that you are ready. We have endeavored to mold you into critical and productive thinkers, and inculcated in you the values that will allow you to be socially aware, vigilant, and advocates of just causes. No one knows what lies ahead but know and be comforted that we have equipped you with the right knowledge, skills, and character to succeed in your chosen path.

Now as Iskolar Ng Bayan, it is your turn to pay forward through service to the Filipino people. It is your turn to provide ways and ideas that will help solve the various problems of society. While talking about the issues of a good first step, an even better step is to use your education to provide solutions. Learn to work with others around you, since you do not have the monopoly of ideas. Be humble because there will always be someone who will be better than you at something. Understand that you can be a better human being if you decide that you can learn something from everyone. And that is the ultimate goal in life--to become a better human being, to be part of the positive force that helps solve problems and make the quality of life better for everyone, especially the underprivileged and the underserved.

In this 21st Commencement Exercises, we will send off our biggest batch of graduates, to date. We have, by far, dispersed 3,072 graduates to Mindanao and beyond. You will encounter them with increasing frequency in various places you will visit and most of them are strategically placed in areas where development is taking place. As you continue on your journey, you will become one of these UP alumni, and I ask that you remember your alma mater. By your own example or exemplary practice, help strengthen the belief among fellow Mindanawons that it is in quality education that the true path to a state of empowerment can be discerned.

To the graduating class of 2018, congratulations!"

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