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Regional Alumni Institute, 2019

Written by Rene Estremera on . Posted in Madayaw News

imageCROPT2230Dear fellow UP alumni,

It is our honor to invite you to the University of the Philippines Regional Alumni Institute (RAI) on November 22-23, 2019 at the Grand Regal Hotel, Davao City. 

This event is organized by the UP Mindanao and UP Mindanao Foundation, Inc. (UPMFI), in cooperation with the UP Alumni Association-National and UPAA-Davao City Chapter.

Carrying the theme “Attaining Inclusive and Sustainable Development in Mindanao through Investment in UP Mindanao’s Programs”, this RAI seeks to rally together UP alumni and other relevant stakeholders from various sectors to address vital development issues in support of the current administration’s development thrusts, through UP Mindanao’s present and planned expansion programs. 

We have a rare opportunity to help define and shape the future of Mindanao, because the Philippine President is from Mindanao and several key government positions are held by Mindanaoans, many of whom are UP alumni.

The lone UP campus in Mindanao, located in Davao City, is the only campus that has its own charter, created through a legislative act.  This was made possible by intensive lobbying in congress of Mindanao-based alumni. 

This proves that in working together, UP alumni in Mindanao can indeed make their voices heard and effect major changes, especially in Mindanao.

UP Mindanao offers courses and programs that are uniquely suited to Mindanao, and is generous in sharing its expertise in various fields by developing programs and policies to cater to and address issues and concerns of Mindanao. Its lack of resources, though, can hamper its effective contribution to the region’s and Mindanao’s progress and development.  More is still needed to be done and the RAI is an excellent opportunity to address this challenge.

We have invited key government officials to listen to proposals in areas we have identified as crucial.  Among the invitees are the cabinet secretaries of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Department of Tourism (DOT), the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), the Office of the Presidential Adviser for the Peace Process (OPAPP), the Mindanao Development Authority (MINDA), senators and congressmen from Mindanao, and officials of the UP System and the UP Alumni Association. 

This 2-day event is designed to optimize the presence of alumni and government officials in order to offer concrete solutions and proposals on key development areas for UP Mindanao, in particular, and Mindanao, in general.  

A minimal registration fee of P500.00 will be collected to cover the cost of the gathering and to help finance UPMFI’s scholarship program for poor but academically-excellent students of UP Mindanao.  

We are all stakeholders of Mindanao and as former "Iskolar ng Bayan", we are called to be at the forefront of making Mindanao a better place for us, our families, and fellow Filipinos. We invite you to be part of this event and ask you to help us uncover all that Mindanao has and can offer to the country.

Daghang salamat and we look forward to seeing you at the RAI!



UP Mindanao Foundation Inc. president Dinah Tolentino-Fuentes and UP Mindanao public relations officer Rene Estremera attended the Kapehan sa Dabaw weekly press conference in SM City Davao on 16 September 2019. Here is the link to the news report:


Academic Year 2019-2020 begins

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IMG 2062     The University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao opened the first semester of Academic Year 2019-2020 with 111 graduate and 727 undergraduate students. University officials, faculty members and staff welcomed the 340 First Year students at the University Convocation for First-Year Students on 5 August 2019. Chancellor Digal also led the swearing of new University Student Council officers (in photo, right).

    In a highlight on 7 August, the School of Management reviewed the agribusiness research and development in Mindanao at the “Agribusiness Economics and Management Forum: Works and Achievements of Prof. Sylvia B. Concepcion” held in Lorenzo Hall. Colleagues recalled the research projects from the vegetable supply chain started by Prof. Concepcion that had grown to include value chain studies in tuna, corn, palay, kalamansi, mango, and Cavendish bananas, and had broadened to encompass aspects of gender, environment, poverty, jobs creation, and capability-building of farmers and researchers. In her response, Prof. Concepcion expressed her satisfaction at seeing people continuing what she started and acknowledged the Vegetable Industry Council of Southern Mindanao for having undertaken the development journey alongside UP Mindanao.

    In a welcome surprise from students, BA Communication and Media Arts sophomores Catherine Joy Catulong and Jasmine Nicolle Jain won a Special Jury Prize in the 2019 Cinemalaya Campus Short Shorts Competition for their short film "Praktis" in ceremonies held on 13 August. Films by students from the Bicol Region, Iloilo City, and Davao City were showcased in the competition.

    On 9 August, the Center for the Advancement of Research and engagement in Mindanao organized the In-House Research Review for selected research projects to prepare these for publication, possible patentable technologies, and contributions to sustainable development goals for Mindanao. The research presentations on smallholder Cavendish banana farmers and livelihood in conflict-vulnerable areas, map-making for flood effects and risks in southeastern Mindanao, and marine fishes in Davao and Sulu were among the externally-funded projects presented. The smallholder goat value chains, the pollination ecology of cultivated durian (Durio zibethinus Murr.), the molecular characterization of bats, and the environmental compliance of the UP Mindanao campus were among the internally-funded projects. In addition, researches on the nitrate/nitrite levels in longgonisa, the potential antioxidant and anticancer food components from various plant sources, and the probiotic potential of lactic acid bacteria isolates from the UP Mindanao culture collection completed the presentations that were heard by a panel of experts from partner universities.  Assistant professors Joseph Acosta [map-making] and Fritzie Camino [pollination ecology] were named best presenters for the external- and internal-funded research, respectively.

    On 15 August, Prof. Joel Cuello, a world-renowned professor of agricultural bio-systems engineering of the University of Arizona, delivered a landmark public lecture on the topic "Strengthening the Innovation Ecosystem of the Philippines Toward Inclusive National Development" as part of the UP World Experts Lecture Series. In his talk, Prof. Cuello envisioned a stronger and deeper tripartite partnership between academe, government, and industry in the Philippines in order to create a science and technology innovation ecosystem that can drive the economy forward, similar to Silicon Valley in the United States.

    In closing, Prof. Cuello showed photos of his projects such as bio-system farms inside buildings and his academic institution, “This is my university, the University of Arizona in Tucson. I hope you can visit and it is my sincere hope is that we’ll have long term relationship with UP Mindanao,” he concluded.

    On 29 August, UP Mindanao welcomed a delegation of professors from the Republic of China (Taiwan) National Sun Yat Sen University (NSYSU) Department of Biological Sciences and the Institute of Medical Science and Technology. The UP Mindanao panel presented its research projects having common areas of study with the visitors: genomics, anticancer drug discovery, reef fisheries, flood hazard mapping, organic polymer science, polylactic acid, and artificial intelligence and robotics. The two parties discussed possible research collaborations, faculty and student exchanges, and joint academic offerings. UP Mindanao also arranged the visits of the NSYSU team to the Davao Colleges and Universities Network, Davao Medical School Foundation, Ateneo de Davao University, and University of Southeastern Philippines.

    These public service highlights in August are among the contributions of UP Mindanao in fulfillment of its mandates as a graduate university, a research university, and a public service university as it moves toward it's 25th anniversary in 2020.

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.

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. 

Architecture grads pass June exam, 2019

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     BS Architecture graduates of the University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao bested the national passing rate in the June 2019 Architect Licensure Examination when they achieved a 100%-passing rate once again. This was revealed after the Professional Regulation Commission released the results of the exam where 2,104 passed among the 3,172 takers or equivalent to a 66% national passing rate. The newly licensed architects from UP Mindanao 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.
     The UP Mindanao Architecture program has been able to maintain its 100%-passing record for a number of years and has produced eight passers to the top-ten rankings. Apart from the board exam reviews undertaken outside of the university, students of the program also take mock exams or the architecture instructional exam. The undergraduate thesis topics in the architecture program include housing studies, materials development, and heritage and indigenous architecture, all of which contribute to UP Mindanao’s built environment research. Public service through participation in industry fairs further hone the students’ abilities.     
     After earning their licenses and proceeding to professional practice, a number of the architects have also pursued careers as faculty members in various architecture schools in Mindanao.  Some have taken higher studies in the UP Mindanao Diploma/Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning to better serve the needs of various sectors in the region, particularly in the practice of environment and natural resources, public works, transportation, and estate planning. Graduates from this program have also earned licenses as professional environmental planners, which further extend their scope of service to development in Mindanao. 

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