UP's Pride and Glory
UP Mindanao Debate Society fielded four teams in the recent 35th Mindanao Parliamentary Debate Championship held in Fr. Saturnino Urios University in Butuan City on 7-9 April 2017.
In the quarter-finals on international relations, the UPMin Team B composed of Karl Butalid (3rd year, BA Anthropology), Michael Saraña (3BS Biology), Wolfe Ote (3BA Communication Arts) debated to support independence movements within Chinese territories and for a military intervention in Syria.
In the Pre-quarter finals topics on the academe, the UPMin Team A of Bryle Bacatan (3BS Food Technology), Frederick Omalza (3BSB), Renzo Polinar (3BACA), supported websites that provide access to copyrighted scientific literature and of the use by the scientific community of results from unethical research, and contradicted the rise of militant anthropology in the academe.
In earlier rounds, the Teams debated on gender issues such as bisexuality, women in mandatory military service, and men in traditionally female occupations. On media issues, the debates were on religious motivations behind crimes, a neutrality policy for media companies, and the use of social movements in corporate advertising. Propositions on law and order and money and the economy were likewise subjected to debate.
Completing the UP Mindanao delegation were Kimberly Cabantug (3BACA), Isabel Abonal (3BAA), Justin Villanueva (3BACA), Andres Segovia (3BACA), Tiffany Jungco (3BACA), Yrneh Ladera (3BSB), and adjudicators Sarika Rey (3BA English), Gaily Labasano (3BSB), and Nissa Caderao (2BS Agribusiness Economics).
Datu Bago-awardee and UP Mindanao Asst. Prof. Teody Boylie "Bong" Perez (Dept. of Humanities) once again won an international art contest organized in the USA.
In an announcement made recently by contest organizer Colored Pencil Magazine, Prof. Perez was selected as Winner in the Advanced Category of the March Art Challenge by the magazine which is based in North Carolina, USA.
The CPM Art Challenge-Advance Category is an international competition open to artists who have been working with colored pencils as an art medium for over 2 years. The organizers provided a photograph which the contestants render by hand using the medium of the colored pencil. The photo used in the March contest is "Bridle on the Post".
The winning work of Prof. Perez will appear in the June 2017 issue of Colored Pencil Magazine.
The UP Mindanao Swim Team won a total of 25 medals in the 80th Araw ng Dabaw Sports Festival 2017 Inter-school Swimming Competition held on 1-2 April 2017. Team swimmer Juan Antonio A. Mendoza (2nd year, BS Agribusiness Economics) was awarded "Most Outstanding Swimmer" in the "18-year-old and above-Male" category.
The 6-person UP Mindanao team earned 14 gold medals, 6 silver medals, and 5 bronze medals gained throughout 17 individual and 2 team events to finish 7th overall in a field of 55 schools. The UP team was composed of Mendoza, Bhazel Acac (BS Food Tech.), Angelica Jem Verga (BS Architecture), Paula Yap (BS Computer Sci.), Joemer Aliman (BS Applied Math.), and newcomer Tobias Suico (BSAM).
Coach Albert Ramos reported that his team's proudest accomplishment was in the 4x50-meter relay where they won an upset victory over the event's defending champion, the Davao Merchant Marine Academy, in what he described as a "David-and-Goliath" triumph.
A total of 220 swimmers competed in the two-day event, representing schools from Davao and Mindanao regions, Metro Manila, and individual swimmers from overseas.
The event served as a selection process for the Batang Pinoy events for swimmers in the 8-15 year-old age group, and also for the Philippine National Games for swimmers in the 18-year-old-and-up category. See the photos here: https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/1474392455966684
The U.P. Mindanao Swim Team received a heroes welcome from U.P. Mindanao officials and staff upon their return from their pioneering participation in the State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association National Meet held in Batangas City on 20-22 February 2017. A gold medal was captured by varsity swimmer Juan Antonio Mendoza (BS Agribusiness Economics), who won the 50-meter freestyle event as part of the Davao Region Swim Team--a majority of which was composed of UP Mindanao Swim Team members Paula Yap (BS Computer Sci.), Dominique Epie (BS Agribusiness Economics), Bhazel Acac (BS Food Tech.), Joemer Aliman (BS Applied Math.), medal-winner Mendoza, Angelica Jem Verga and Kathrine Hintay (both BS Architecture)--with Elthon Buhay, John Cuyos, and Carlo Nazareno completing the team. Instructor Albert Ramos (Dept. of Human Kinetics) served as coach of the Region Swim Team.
Photos may be viewed here: https://www.facebook.com/UPMindanao/posts/1440160312723232