UP's Pride and Glory

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. 

ENROLLMENT BY UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM is, as follows:
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.

36th MP Debate, 2017

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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.

See the photos here: https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/1697279800344614 and here: https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/1701377983268129

Palanca Awards for Literature, 2017

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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)

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