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Applications for Academic Year 2021-2022 opens 07 January 2021

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131890019 4080233881999475 2600644782818970716 oRESIZE20The University of the Philippines will begin accepting applications for first-year students for Academic Year (AY) 2021-2022 on 7 January 2021, via an online portal especially for admissions applications.

First-year applicants to UP for AY 2021-2022 will not undergo the UP College Admissions Test (UPCAT). This decision follows the unanimous vote by the University Councils (UCs) of all the UP constituent universities not to administer the UPCAT for AY 2021-2022 in light of health and logistical issues brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. More details:

[Related: No UPCAT 2021, UP admissions system undergoing modification]

UPDATE #2: Virtual Kasadya 2020

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 Update #2: Message of Chancellor Larry Digal to UP Mindanao constituents in the Virtual Kasadya 2020 held on 22 December 2020
To the faculty, staff, students, and friends, I’m happy to see all of you kahit sa Zoom lang. I think most of us agree that we cannot end this year without being together. Yes, we cannot hold the usual face-to-face Christmas party, but even just meeting via Zoom gives us a sense of normalcy and, definitely, a sense of unity that we all need in this difficult and challenging time. I’m sure each one of us has struggled and are still struggling, still adjusting, and trying our best to cope, to meet head-on, all the challenges that come our way. And despite all these challenges, and I hope you agree with me, there are still many blessings to thank for. For one, we should be thankful that we are all here, still able to do the things that we need to do as a University, as UP Mindanao, despite the huge blow from this pandemic. Kung na knockdown man ‘ta, bangon gihapon. When this pandemic hit our ground, our first priority was to protect and save lives, to install a system to protect us from the virus. Once that’s done, we thought of re-calibrating our plans. I was surprised, to be honest, that most units did not want to slow down. And wanted to continue with their plans. In fact, hesitating to give up their budget to comply with the national Budget Circular 580, which mandates a budget cut from all government agencies to come up with the required amount for the national program to fight this pandemic. This hesitation indicates that while all of us are disrupted by this virus, we want to continue to do good work for UP. Of course, we needed to reconfigure some of these plans. And you have seen, for example, that we developed the Mindanao Health Initiative program as one of our priorities for 2020 and onwards. For those of you who are not familiar with this, this program has three components. The College of Medicine, the Davao City-UP Hospital, and the Mindanao Center for Infectious Diseases. Let me share with you some highlights of what we have accomplished this year all because we refused to be tied down by this pandemic and all because of your unfazed attitude and courage in carrying out your work despite COVID-19. 
Our enrollment is higher this year compared to last year. It is fast-growing, faster than the UP System average. Our undergraduate enrollment increased by thirty-three percent and our graduate enrollment by about twenty-three percent. Although our freshmen enrollment was lower compared to last year, only a little lower than our carrying capacity, which is the same for the other UP campuses. Yes, we struggled and wrestled with the challenges in migrating to our remote learning system, but we are in a much better position now starting next semester.
We continue to work on our new academic programs. Although we slowed down a bit, which is expected, as indicated in our strategic plan, the one we pushed for during the Alumni Institute assembly in 2019. We plan to establish 3 colleges. The College of Medicine, the College of Human Kinetics, and the College of Engineering. All these actually include the offering of 16 new programs, mostly by adoption from the other UP constituent universities. We have accomplished one already, the PhD by research program. And in our budget presentation last month to the UP System, our administration, the UP System, continues to support our expansion program. 
We have made our message clear and consistent. We are not UP Mintal or UP Davao, we are UP Mindanao, with the potential to contribute significantly to Mindanao’s development and even beyond. This is one of the reasons why we were able to get twelve new faculty items. This is a big win for us as we continue to push for regularizing both faculty and non-faculty items and getting the items required for our new programs, not just with the UP System, but with the Department of Budget and Management, with the support of our alumni. We also performed well in research. Our publications are in high-quality journals. External research funds are increasing. We now have a Niche Center in the Regions, or NICER, on interdisciplinary diseases modeling, which will further push for the establishment of the Mindanao Center for Infectious Diseases. Especially with the network built by the Philippine Genome Center Mindanao, which has been in the forefront in assisting various groups, both public and private, in establishing their COVID-19 testing facilities. Our public service programs have been focused on addressing this pandemic. Not just with the trainings and technical assistance provided to these COVID-19 testing laboratories, but also in contributing to policy discussions with our work in modeling the spread of COVID-19 and in assisting Micro-, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) to recover from this pandemic, for example. 
We have made some strides in improving our processes and systems. We have improved our planning and monitoring system. We distributed a copy of the strategic plan that became one of the inputs in our campus master development plan, which we also distributed for comments. We also made some changes in our structure to improve performance. 
Yes, there are a number of things that we have not done, but we have done well given the difficult situation that we are all in and this is a testament to your commitment to our work, our mandate to serve. So I would like to thank you for your commitment to serve UP Mindanao, your hard work, patience, commitment, and perseverance made a big difference in what we’ve done this year despite this pandemic. As we celebrate this holiday season, although not in the usual way, let us be thankful for the many blessings we receive. Personally, I feel that we are all blessed to be able to continue the good works that God has prepared us to do for UP Mindanao. Whether as faculty, as staff, as students, or administrators, and because of this, we’re able to continue to help others. Advance Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone! Keep safe and let us all enjoy this time together.
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UP Mindanao invites you to the Virtual Kasadya 2020 this 22 December 2020, 7:00 p.m. 

Join us in our annual Christmas celebrations using the Zoom meeting details below:

URL: Meeting ID: 863 5905 4495  Passcode: upkasadya

You may also watch the event on Facebook:

Tema (Theme):

"Ni’ng taknáa, ipadáyon náto ang diláab sa pagláum, pinaági sa pag-serbísyo ug pag-higúgma!" 

(This yuletide season, let us keep the spirit of hope burning through acts of service and compassion!)

 Mga Unod (Features):

 • Mga Mensahe sa Pasko (Messages) • Mga Dula (Games) • Hadumanan sa Kasadya (Kasadya Through the Years) • Mga Pasundayag (Performances) • Tigi sa TikTok Video (TikTok Video Contest)


Survey for degree programs in sports

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2020 121420 AASS SURVEY RESIZE30Calling Junior High and Senior High students, you may be interested in a career in sports. Please read and answer our survey:
 Republic Act 9500 mandates the University of the Philippines to “undertake and support comprehensive sports programs that promote physical education, uphold excellence and encourage competitive participation in sports activities . . . [and] cultivate pride, self-discipline and teamwork,” especially among the youth.
The UP Mindanao Department of Human Kinetics plans to offer a Bachelor of Sports Science and an Associate of Arts in Sports Studies to start in Academic Year 2021 – 2022.
The Bachelor of Sports Science is a four-year program that requires passing the UP College Admission Test or UPCAT. The Associate in Arts Sports Studies or AASS is a two-year certificate program that does not require passing the UPCAT. Graduates of AASS can already be employed or they can continue to the Bachelor of Sports Science (BSS) as third-year students. Graduates of the AASS or BSS can pursue professional careers in sports and related areas.
With the construction of the Davao City-UP Sports Complex within its campus, UP Mindanao is in a position to provide support for the development of sports in Mindanao. A college of human kinetics will arise in the university in the near future.
Be part of this milestone in Mindanao Sports as we promulgate the Department of Human Kinetics' vision!

"Langkub" a documentary, a fundraiser

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LANGKUBresize33"Langkub" a documentary | In Competition | 18th Mindanao Film Festival

The documentary explores the lives and ideas of individuals belonging to indigenous groups of Mindanao and presents perspectives on the impact of modernity on indigenous cultures and traditions. 

It is available for viewing on Youtube until 13 December 2020 (Sunday) only. View it now at

The documentary project will also serve as a fundraising event for the production partners, the Lumad-Bisaya students of Kanacan National High School in Marilog, Davao City. All fund donations will be forwarded for improving the education of these Lumad-Bisaya students. 


Donations to the school may be sent through any of the following accounts below:

GCASH: Patricia Suarez, 09171773152

MAYBANK: Patricia Suarez, 10850018429 

"Langkub," A film by Ed Priete, with Jairus Perez, Erika Baldos, Michelle Deslate, Irish Natinga, and Mark Lacaba, all students of UP Mindanao

Film Page:

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