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Badminton clinic, 2018

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“Hapák ug Sálom” a 3-day badminton clinic will be held in the University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao from 30 April to 2 May 2018. The venue is the new Human Kinetics Building located at the UP-Davao City Sports Complex, UP Mindanao campus, Mintal, Davao City. Sessions are at 1-4 PM. Interested parties may contact Coach Maido at 09984277466, Miss Michelle at 09168831765, or Sir Jerome at 09278206028. The badminton clinic organizers are professionals enrolled in the Diploma in Exercise and Sports Science program of the UP Mindanao Department of Human Kinetics. According to the organizers, "Health is needed by everyone in order to pursue their desired endeavors. “Hapák ug Sálom” badminton clinic aims to contribute to maintaining the health of individuals through exercise that is both recreational and competitive." See the event page here.

23rd Anniversary in February, 2018

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23RD ANNIVERSARY was celebrated in February with public offerings towards the UP Strategic Goal: Contribute to National Development. The College of Humanities & Social Sciences offerings were on 5-9 February, featuring the following events:

21st UPMIN WOMEN'S FOOTBALL FESTIVAL Futsal Tournament on 3 February in the newly-opened Training Gym at the Davao City-UP Sports Complex
DESIGN & PLANNING LECTURES on 5 February: “Safety in Building Management” by Ruel estrada and “Evolution of Planning Practices in Local Government” by Josef Sumabal.     
SOCIAL SCIENCE LECTURES, 6 February: "Positive Discipline in Everyday Life"by Josefa Petilla; "Space and Power in Roxas Night Market" by Raymundo Pavo; and "Mandaya (indigenous peoples) Continuum" by Emmanuel Nabayra  
GENDER SENSITIVITY TRAINING by Prof. Pavo for Catalunan National High School students on 8 February.
SOLIDARITY WALK & CAMPUS RISING forum on social issues, 9 February   
LITERARY CAFE spoken-word performances, 7 February)
ARCHITECTURE DESIGN EXHIBIT, on 5-9 February, showed theses on school and airport design, bio-waste fibers and reused debris for construction, Mindanao vernacular architecture, and cities of the future.
ALL ABOUT ISLAM: Fundamentals of Muslim Faith" forum was held by Association of Muslim Students in partnership with the Muhajiraat organization on 9 February.
"PAGDAKOP SA KAHAYAG" (Catching the Light) screening of films by BA Communication Arts students was on 9 Feb. including a panel discussion with the film-makers
6TH REGION-WIDE INTER-SCHOOL SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL “SPEAK UP!” Competition by Communicators Guild student org. was on 12 February in Abreeza Mall of Davao. Awards were given for the Oratorical and extemporaneous-speaking and documentary film-making contests.         
LINTUNGANAY” (translation: original; archetype) inter-high school competition from Omega Alpha org. featured “i-Spell-Eng” spelling competition, “i-Guhit” poster-making competition, and “i-Tuklas film-making competition for high schools on 19 February in UP Mindanao.

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE & MATHEMATICS RESEARCH CONFERENCE was on 12 February, featuring: "Making Sense of the Sea on a Shoestring" by Dr. Maricor Soriano; and "A ‘good’ undergraduate thesis and a well-paid industrial research” by Dr. Robert Pefferly of Estonian Business School.
Plus student theses: "Hunting hot spots approach to bat algorithm", by Kim B Pentin; "Web-based software system for schedule management..", by Janica N. de Guzman; "Ricardian analysis of the impact of climate determinants on aquaculture", Zython T. Lachica;  "Optimal investment allocation and savings propensity of the Philippine government”, Eleazar O. Diamante. 

RECOGNITION CEREMONY FOR STUDENTS was held on 19 February with participation of Koro Kantahanay chorale and UP-Mindanao Dance Ensemble resident company. Dyan Aimee Mabunga-Rodriguez was the Guest Speaker. CERTIFICATES OF RECOGNITION were given to University Scholars and College Scholars for the past two semesters.  For BS Architecture students, Certificates of Building Technology were issued to those who had completed the first six semesters, Certificates of Proficiency in Basic Computer-Aided Modeling, Rendering and Animation for those who completed Arch 107 course, and Certificates of Proficiency in Basic Computer-Aided Drafting and Design for those who completed Arch 106.

STUDENT-ATHLETES were sent to the 2018 Phil. Association of State Universities and Colleges-State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (PASUC-SCUAA) National Games, held in Antique on 18-24 February. UP Mindanao athletes were deployed to the Davao Region teams for swimming, futsal (indoor football), chess, volleyball, and badminton. The Davao Swim Team won 8 medals and a trophy for 3rd overall ranking in men’s swimming. Of these, Juan Antonio Mendoza (BS Agribusiness Economics) won 5 medals including 2 golds in the 100m and 200m Freestyle Events, where he bested his previous time records. Bhazel Acac (BS Food Technology) won 2 bronze medals and varsity coach Vasit Venturillo earned 1 bronze medal.

SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT LECTURES on 21 February were: "Can awareness transform Willingness-To-Pay for Environmental Services?" by Aurelia Gomez; "Optimal diets of indigenous children in conflict and non-conflict areas" by Pedro Alviola; "Democratizing food governance through Direct Marketing" by Vlademir Shuck; "Philippine retail trade liberalization: Any gains after 17 years?" by Larry Digal; Hybrid Rice adoption and its Implications to rice self-sufficiency" by Shemaiah Placencia; and "Gender and social capital in household food security" by Glory Dee Romo.

MONSANTO FORUM had Dr. Milton Stokes speak on "Modern agriculture for food and nutrition security" on 22 February.
"IKA-WALONG TABÓ" vegetable and farm produce sale by farmer-partners was on 23 Feb. at Kalimudan Student Center.
13TH SUPPLY CHAIN FORUM was on 26 Feb. with the talks: "Engaging multi-stakeholder partnerships in the mango industry" by Mary Bachanicha, "Developing communities thru sustainable livelihoods" by Gerlie Rivero, "Assessing gains from direct marketing by vegetable farmers" by Hermelie Oracion;
"Developing safe vegetable production" by Lemuel Legado, "Impediments and development of organic agriculture" by Roxanne Aguinaldo, and "Income optimization for vegetable farmers" by Pedro Alviola.
"SCHOOL OF DANGEROUS MINDS" forum of Society of Agribusiness Economists (SOABE) student org. on Feb. 20 had talks by faculty members from three colleges: Pedro Alviola on “Fake news: why we need to care”; Miguel Guillermo on “Better recommendations from people we trust”; Leo Estaña on “Free tuition”, Nelfa Glova on “Cognitive dissonance in the age of post-truth”; Raymundo Pavo on “Logic of question-and-answer”; and May Anne Mata on "BetKa (Mag-ingat kung binaliktad)".

THE MANDAYA DAWOT “Gambong Sadya Dilam”, a book publication from faculty researchers Genevieve Jorolan-Quintero (Humanities) and Emmanuel Nabayra (Social Sciences) came out of the press on 19 February. This research on the epics of the indigenous people is funded by the UP Emerging Interdisciplinary Research Program with the printing funded by the NCCA.

TANDIWAN (translation: “peeping through a window”) Mindanao Architectural Research Symposium was held by Dept. of Architecture on 23 February at SM City Davao Mall, in conjunction with “Defining Spaces 11” architectural industry expo. Faculty members presented their current research pursuits and methods: "Establishing a Walkable Panabo city Center" by Angelo Felix N. Regalado; "Space Efficiency" by Jean Marie V. Juanga; "Condominium Satisfaction Guaranteed" by Mark Ndsy L. Puso; "Deconstructing the Pedestrian Environments along Institutional Developments in Davao City's Collector Roads" by Alexei Gideon C. Ibanez; and "Mirror of the City: Understanding the Public Open spaces of Urban Waterfront in Panabo City" by Myrafe S. Ylagan.    

LOCALPULSE.NET ranked UP Mindanao as third best architecture school in the Philippines in their “LocalPulse School Rankings” report published in January 2018, based on licensure exam performance and other criteria. LocalPulse describes itself as “a social news and entertainment network”.  

LAAK LAND RESERVATION in Compostela Valley had “Empowering Communities, Expanding Opportunities: Livelihood Training on Banana Cake and Muffins Production for Women” on 26 February; organized by the Land Reservation Office.              

18th "DUGO MO-BUHAY KO" Blood Donation Campaign was held on 8 February by Office of Student Affairs and Phil. National Red Cross, with 54 qualified donors.

ABS-CBN news team visited on 8 February to report on the Davao City-UP Sports Complex and the blood-letting activity. They returned on 23 February to video-shoot a student rally for an EDSA Day report.

LAW APTITUDE EXAM was held in campus for some 30 local applicants on 18 February.

Towards the strategic goal: Optimize Use of Resources

HEIRIT (HEI Readiness for Innovation and Technopreneurship) program of DOST-PCIEERD sent their team led by Science Specialists Jejomar Carlos and Catherine Miranda with DOST-XI to discuss technologies for commercialization with the UP Mindanao TTBDO team led by Chancellor Concepcion on 15 February, with the participation of DTI Board of Investments Governor Napoleon Concepcion. 

VP ELVIRA ZAMORA visited the Marilog Land Reservation on 20 February to see developments in the banana and cacao plantations.

Towards the Goal: Improve Welfare of Constituents

STAFF REGENT ANALIZA FULVADORA held a Sectoral Consultation with UP-Mindanao employees on 12 February where she gave updates and heard employee issues and concerns.  

UP MINDANAO MADAYAW MULTI-PURPOSE COOPERATIVE officers held their Accomplishment Reporting and Strategic Planning Meeting on 16 February.  

RECOGNITION CEREMONY FOR PERSONNEL was held on 19 February to highlight the 23rd Anniversary: Vice-President Elvira Zamora attended; Carolina Santillana (in photo, left), the first registrar, was Guest Speaker. RETIREES honored were former deans Antonio G. Moran and Maria Araceli Dans Lee.     
TWENTY-YEAR SERVICE awardees were: Nilo Oponda, Antonio Obsioma, Karen Cayamanda, Vicente Calag, Zenaida Calatrava, Virginia Obsioma, Stella Salazar, Cleto Nanola, Erwin Protacio, Armando Salazar. AUXILIARIES (janitors) with Twenty-Years Service were: Fernando Sungcang, Roberto Reyes, Elma Masanegra, and Jonnel Tepait. GAWAD CHANSELOR awardees were: Scholarship Officer Ma. Concetta Mascardo for Sr. Professional; HR Asst. Sheena Marione Nazareno, for Jr. Professional; Prof. Larry Digal, for Sr. Faculty; Asst. Prof. Cyrose Suzie Millado, for Jr. Faculty; and TTBDO OIC Lynda Buenaobra, Supervisor. FIFTEEN-YEAR awardees were: Fritzie Camino, Antonino de Veyra, Maria Mae Aborde, and Genevieve Quintero. TEN-YEAR Service awardees were: Joan Acaso, Ivy Manlangit, Raymundo Pavo, Jhoanna Cruz, Teody Perez, and Helen Corton. Professional Advancement Awardee was Allan Villanueva.


SCUAA National Games, 2018

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The 2018 Phil. Association of State Universities and Colleges-State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (PASUC-SCUAA) National Games was held in Antique on 18-24 February 2018, and was attended by thousands of athletes and trainers from some 102 Philippine state colleges and universities. The UP Mindanao delegation of athletes to the Games, headed by Varsity Coordinator Prof. Armando Salazar,  were deployed to the Davao Region teams for swimming, futsal (indoor football), chess, volleyball, and badminton.

At the end, the Varsity swimmers and their coach won a total of 8 medals and a 2nd runner-up trophy, as part of the Davao Region Swim Team. Swimmer Juan Antonio Mendoza (BS Agribusiness Economics) won 5 medals: 1 bronze, in the 50m Butterfly; 2 silvers, in the 200m IM and in the 50m Freestyle; and 2 golds, in the 100m and in the 200m Freestyle events, where he bested his previous time records. Swimmer Bhazel Acac (BS Food Technology) won two bronze medals, in the 400m IM and in the 100m Butterfly events. Coach Vasit Venturillo was awarded a bronze medal in the best coach category.

The team received a trophy for 3rd place (a.k.a. 2nd runner-up) for overall ranking in Men’s Swimming, while achieving 4th overall ranking among all regional teams for combined men and women in swimming; based on the combined group effort, placings, and equivalent points of the rest of the swim team comprised of UP-Mindanao swimmers Dominique Epie (BSABE), Kathryn Hintay (BS Architecture), Angelica Jem Verga (BSA), and Paula Yap (BS Computer Science), with team members from other Davao SUCs.

The Davao Women’s Volleyball team, among whose members includes Varsity First Striker Junissa Consuegra (BS Biology), was able to enter the quarterfinals after beating ARMM (3 sets), Region 12 (3 sets), and Region 4 (5 sets). Ms. Consuegra was able to provide essential kills during the games, but the team eventually fell away from the top 3 spot after succumbing to a well-fought and convincing 5-set, 14-16 score, game against Region 8.

Badminton player Sharyz Dane Cabalhin delivered a good individual performance, as she was able to win her single games against Region 5 and 7, although the team was not able to best the rest of the teams in the bracket.

Chess players Cherrie Lopez (BSABE), and Shenna Malnegro (BSA) were able to contribute to the Davao Region team’s Swiss-system score of 6 points (12th place), securing a victory against Region 5, but bowing to match-ups against Region 1, 4, and 7.

The Futsal team was able to gain early ground into the bracket-placing with a commanding 3-0 win against Region 8 but suffered a 0-5 defeat against Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR). A third game with defending champion Region 3--which would determine their fate in the quarterfinals--was intensely fought but was ultimately lost. (By: Albert Francis Reginald T. Ramos, UP Mindanao)

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