UP's Pride and Glory

SCUAA National Games, 2018

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Achievements

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)

UP in THE Asia’s Top 200

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Riding on its research being cited by the world’s scholars, the University of the Philippines made a big jump in the Times Higher Education (THE) Asia University Rankings or the THE ranking of the top 359 universities of the region. The Philippine national university leaped from the 201st-250th ranked group in 2017 to the top 200, placing 156th, in 2018.THE released the results of its 2018 Asia rankings on February 7, 2018.UP is the only Philippine university to figure in the THE rankings, which is currently led by the National University of Singapore.At the same time, in the THE World University Rankings or the THE ranking of the top 1,000 universities in the world, UP moved in overall ranking from the 801st-1,000th ranked universities up to the 601st-800th ranked universities. In the areas of clinical, pre-clinical and health, UP ranks higher, falling under the 201-250 ranked group.UP is one of the top 3 Asian universities that moved the most in terms of citations of UP’s published research works by scholars from different parts of the world according to UP Vice President for Academic Affairs Cynthia Rose Bautista. According to THE data, UP’s citations score rose from 13.5 in 2017 to 40 in 2018.The citations score is a measure of the research influence of the university. THE tries to capture the average number of times a university’s published work is cited by scholars globally, using bibliometric data from Elsevier over five years.The citations score comprises 30 percent of the overall score, alongside teaching (25 percent), research (30 percent), international outlook (7.5 percent), and industry income (7.5 percent). From 2017, UP’s teaching score rose slightly from 23 to 23.4; and research, from 10.6 to 11.5.; although its international outlook and industry income scores fell several points.Bautista cited information personally shared by representatives of Elsevier to the university a week ago, revealing that papers from UP are cited 14 percent more frequently than the world average. In medicine, they are cited 336 percent more frequently, according to the same source.“We have not gone to details in terms of areas where we have more influence,” Bautista said. “For now we believe Elsevier when it says our citations are global as opposed to being confined to particular regions only.”The most recent THE Asia University Rankings are published at https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2018/regional-ranking. (Jo. Lontoc, MPRO)

1st Semester, 2017-2018

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ENROLLMENT IN THE 1ST SEMESTER OF ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-2018 totaled 767 students, composed of 245 male and 517 female students. This is expected to increase when the first batch of K-12 students enter by August 2018. 

BA Anthropology – 16 ● BA Communication Arts – 34 ● BA English (Creative Writing) - 40
BS Architecture – 153 ● BS Applied Mathematics – 62 ● BS Biology - 125
BS Computer Science – 93 ● BS Food Technology – 83 ● BS Agribusiness Economics - 68

BY GRADUATE PROGRAM:     Dip./Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning – 11
Dip. in Exercise and Sports Science - 8  ●  Master in Management - 40

Varsity win in SCUAA-XI, 2017

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UP Mindanao fielded a delegation of 65 athletes in eight varsity teams to compete in the State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association Region 11 meet held on 26-29 October in Tagum City. The UP Mindanao contingent brought home 29 gold medals, 10 silver medals, 1 bronze medal, and one team trophy. The Swimming Varsity won 28 of the gold medals, eight of the silver medals, and one bronze medal, to emerge as Over-all Champions in the swim events. The Women's Football Varsity, on the other hand, were undefeated in four matches in the futsal (indoor football) event to emerge as Over-all Champions, receiving a team gold medal and a trophy carved by inmates of Davao Penal Colony.

In addition, the Chess Women's and Badminton Women's Varsity Teams each won a silver medal in their team events. Also competing in their respective events were the Volleyball Women's Team, the Chess Men's Team, the Table Tennis Men's Team, and the newly-formed Basketball Men's Team.

The SCUAA Region 11 meet saw teams from Compostela Valley State College, Davao del Norte State College, Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology, Southern Philippines Agri-Business and Marine and Aquatic School of Technology (SPAMAST), University of Southeastern Phils. North and South Teams, and UP Mindanao. The winning teams and athletes will represent Region 11 in the national SCUAA National Meet to be held in February 2018.   

Champions in Mindanao IHL Debates, 2017

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The Mindanao International Humanitarian Law Debates 2017, organized by the Phil. National Red Cross for high school and college students, were held on 13-15 October in St. John Paul II College of Davao.

The University of the Philippines Mindanao Team B emerged as Champions in the College category over a field composed of teams from Ateneo de Davao, Colegio de Kidapawan, St. Peter's College of Toril, Southern Baptist College, University of Mindanao, University of Southern Mindanao, University of the Immaculate Conception, University of the Philippines Mindanao, and Xavier University.

Bukidnon State University-HS Team A were the Champions in the High School Category in a field that included Ateneo de Davao, Assumption College of Davao, Southern Christian College, University of Mindanao, and University of the Immaculate Conception.

The elimination rounds held on 14 October had 4 rounds of debates. Round 1 on Neutrality raised the motion "This House Believes That The Int'l Red Cross/Red Crescent Should Condemn Regimes that Undermine International Humanitarian Law". Round 2 on Gender, stated that "This House Would Assign Female Judges To War Crime Cases That Involve Rape". Round 3 on the Environment, said "This House Would Prosecute State or Non-State Actors for Environmental Law Violations Done During Armed Conflicts". Round 4 on Private Military Corporations moved that "This House Supports NGO's Use of Private Military Corporations During Armed Conflicts".

The Grand Finals Debate was on the motion "This House Regrets The Airstrikes in Marawi" where UP Mindanao Team B was on the side of Government and Xavier University was on the side of the Opposition.

UPMin Team B, the champion team, was composed of Karl Tristan Butalid (4BA Anthropology), Bryle Matthew Batacan (4BS Food Technology), and Andres Karl Segovia (4BA Communication Arts).

UPMin Team A, composed of Frederick Omalza (3BS Biology), Kimberly Cabantug (4BA Communication Arts), and Michael Bacus (4BS Biology), were Pre-Semifinalists.

UPMin Team C was composed of Sarika Rey (3BA English), Nissa Caderao (3BS Agribusiness Economics), and Gloriline Deximo (4BSABE).

The UPMin Adjudicators were Justin Niel Villanueva (4BA Communication Arts), Hyacinth Tiffany Jungco (4BA Communication Arts), and Gaily Vani Labasano (4BS Biology).

The UP Mindanao Debate Society received a total of 6 medals: 3 medals awarded to the members of the champion team; 1 for Finals best speaker, awarded to Andres Karl Segovia; 1 for being 9th Best Speaker of the tournament, awarded to Karl Tristan Butalid; 1 for 6th Best Adjudicator, awarded to Justin Niel Villanueva.

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