UP's Pride and Glory

36th MP Debate, 2017

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Achievements

UP Mindanao Debate Society hosted the 36th Mindanao Parliamentary Debate Championship on 22-24 September 2017. It gathered around 152 debaters and 56 adjudicators from all over Mindanao to compete for the open title and high school championships.

In the elimination rounds the debates were on the motions to invest in a sovereign wealth fund; to subject the pardon of public officials to a people’s referendum; to support Antifa (anti-fascism) as a social movement; and whether or not the US should stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia.

Meeting in the Grand Finals were Western Mindanao State University, Mindanao State University-Iligan Inst. of Tech., the UP-Mindanao Team A composed of Michael Bacus and Frederick Omalza, and Ateneo de Davao University, all of whom debated on the motion, “As a progressive employee of the Duterte Administration, This House Will Resign”.   

Ateneo de Davao won awards in both the High School and the Open (Collegiate ) category and both Finals Best Speaker in the High School and the Open Category. UP Mindanao made their best finish in their history in the MPDC. In the Best Speaker competition, Frederick Omalza and Michael Bacus tied with two others for third place with 306 speaker scores.

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Palanca Awards for Literature, 2017

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Achievements

Writers from University of the Philippines Mindanao (UP Mindanao) won prizes in the prestigious Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature in ceremonies held on September 1 in Makati City.

Alumnus and assistant professor John Bengan (Dept. of Humanities) won First Prize in the English Division-Short Story for "Disguise", a story about a city official who drives a taxi at night as a means to watch over the city. The story was premiered in a spoken-word reading by the author in the recent "Kumbira-A Panel Discussion on Mindanawon Writing" held in Notre Dame University-Cotabato City.  

This is Prof. Bengan's second occasion to win First Prize in the English Division Short Story, having won for the first time in 2013 with "Armor". Prof. Bengan's award strengthens the BA English (Creative Writing) program of UP Mindanao which already includes two-time Palanca awardee Prof. Jhoanna Lynn Cruz, who has won prizes in the English-Full-Length Play and English-Essay.

Likewise, Mr. Errol Merquita, a BA Social Science alumnus, won two prizes in separate categories in the Cebuano Division.

Merquita won 2nd Prize in the Cebuano Division-Tula Para Sa Mga Bata for his "Tagulilong: Ang Mga Nawawala". In addition, Merquita also won 3rd Prize in the Cebuano-Short Story for "Aninipot" ("Firefly").

Merquita has previously won in the Palanca Awards Filipino Division. He won 1st Prize in the Filipino Division-Tula Para Sa Mga Bata in 2015 for the poem “Ang Iisang Paa ng Tsinelas” and 2nd Prize in the Filipino Division-Short Story in 2011 for "Isla Verde".  (See their photo here)

14th Art Exhibit, 2017

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Achievements

"BONG PEREZ COLORED PENCILS 14th Solo Art Exhibit Original & Print" is the title of the on-going exhibit of visual art by UP Mindanao Asst. Prof. Teody Perez (Dept. of Humanities). The exhibit is available for viewing by the public throughout the month of September at the lobby of Seda Abreeza Hotel, Davao City.  The exhibit includes the winning works from the Color Pencil Magazine international competitions of December 2015, May 2016, and March 2017. According to the artist, a number of the artworks on display have been sold to local and foreign-based art patrons. (See the photos here: https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/1682352808503980 )

5th Staff Regent, 2017

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MS. ANALIZA "Liza" FULVADORA, UP Mindanao Scholarships Officer, has been conferred as 5th Staff Regent to the UP Board of Regents, the highest policy-making body of the University of the Philippines. This is a culmination of the result of elections conducted on July 18 by non-teaching personnel across the entire UP System. She will represent the 8,700 members of this sector in the 11-person Board for a term of two years until June 30, 2019. Her selection is historic for being the first Staff Regent to come from UP Mindanao.

Her conferment was made in ceremonies held on July 27. A Turn-over of the Office of the Staff Regent was done between Mr. Alexis Mejia and Ms. Fulvadora. She took her Oath of Office as administered by Board co-chairperson Patricia Licuanan. She assumed her seat upon Call to Order and participated in the 1329th Meeting of the Board.

Regent Liza has pledged, in her vision paper, to pursue the regularization of casual and contractual employees, increased employee salaries and benefits, expanded service recognition, full implementation of the collective negotiation agreement with the UP administration, and democratic participation in policy-making.

In the BOR, Regent Liza will be in the company of the other sectoral regents, namely, Faculty Regent Patricia Arinto, Alumni Regent Ramon Maronilla, and Student Regent Shari Oliquino; the three Malacañang-appointed regents, namely, Francis Laurel, Angelo Jimenez, and Frederick Farolan; the chairpersons of the Senate and House Education Committees, namely, Senator Francis Escudero and Congresswoman Ann Hofer; and the Board co-chairpersons, who are CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan and UP President Danilo Concepcion.

Her path to the BOR began as president of the All UP Workers Union-UP Mindanao chapter. Because the current policy for the selection of the staff regent requires that the opportunity to be nominated be rotated among the eight UP constituent universities, Presidente Liza was nominated when the opportunity came for the cluster of UP Mindanao, UP Cebu, UP Baguio, and UP Open University.

Regent Liza has been with UP Mindanao since 1998 and has degrees in commerce, nursing, and special education.

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Debate Society in national competition, 2017

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Achievements

UP Mindanao Debate Society competed in a national debate for the first time in the Philippine Inter-Collegiate Debating Championship held on June 2-7, 2017 in UP Diliman. Some 54 teams representing 25 universities and colleges competed. Ateneo de Manila University emerged as champions in the grand finals against De La Salle University. UPMin Team A ranked 23rd among all teams with 4 wins and 3 losses while UPMin Team B earned 2 wins and faced 5 losses.

Round 1 was on education. UPMin A took the opposition but lost to Mindanao State University-Iligan Team A to the motion "This house believes that states should stop imposing a national curricula".

Round 2 was on the Philippine state. UPMin A took on the affirmative side and won over Far Eastern University Team B on the motion "This house believes that the Philippine Government should actively discourage OFWs from becoming domestic helpers".

Round 3 was about sports where UPMin A faced San Beda College Team C. UPMin A won in its opposition to the motion "This house believes that city governments should stop subsidizing the creation of sports arenas."

Round 4 was about International Relations. UPMin A took on the opposition but lost against Xavier University Team A on the motion "This house regrets the influence of the anti-intervention rhetoric in the resolution of the Syrian crisis".

Round 5 was on Health. UPMin A took on the side of government but lost to College of Saint Benilde Team A on the motion "This house believes that doctors should stop prescribing placebos".  

Round 6 was about Protest. UPMin A took on the side of government and won over Bulacan State University Team A on the motion "This house celebrates the Kadamay housing protest".

Round 7 was about Media. UPMin A took the affirmative and won over Miriam College Team A on the motion "This house regrets the use of political correctness in media".

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