UP's Pride and Glory

100% Passing in Exam for Agriculturists

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Achievements

UP Mindanao BS Agribusiness Economics alumni Mr. Jason Paul C. Simborios and Ms. Cherry Mae M. Nagar passed the April 2010 Licensure Examination for Agriculturists. The exam results were released on July 20-22, 2010. This successful examination result is another 100% passing-mark for UP Mindanao. Congratulations to Mr. Simborios and Ms. Nagar!

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Freshman wins "Dear P-Noy" Letter-Writing Contest

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Achievements

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UP-Mindanao BA English freshman Julie Kristine de Guzman won First Prize in the "Dear P-Noy" Letter-Writing Contest organized by the Voice of Mindanao (VoM), a youth organization. As per contest rules, the main theme for the message must be “the letter-writer’s message for President Noy, or P-Noy, of his/her dreams for southern Philippines. This message, coming from his/her heart, may contain his/her vision in line with P-Noy’s statement during his inaugural address as Philippine President of his action plan for Mindanao. A total of 120 letters were submitted by Mindanao youth from ages 11 to 18. The winners were declared on August 20 during the 3rd anniversary of Voice of Mindanao in Zamboanga City. Ms. de Guzman's prizes include a shirt, a phone, a watch, gift packs and an audience with President Aquino in Zamboanga City. The board of judges were the sister of PNoy Ms. Victoria "Viel" Aquino-Dee as Chairman; Mr. Christian Olasiman, head of the Yo Noy Movement in Zamboanga City; Mr. Ryan Rosauro, secretary-general of the Peace and Conflict Journalism Network; Ms. Frencie Carreon, program head of the Voice of Mindanao; and Ms. Carol Arguillas, editor-in-chief of Davao-based MindaNews. ” The text of Ms. de Guzman's winning letter follows:

"Dear P-Noy,

Sa pagkakaluklok mo sa pinakamataas na posisyon sa bansa, nasa’yo ang aking tiwala. Hindi man ganoon kalakas ang tinig ko bilang ordinaryong estudyante, hayaan mong maisalaysay sa pamamagitan ng liham na ito ang mga pangarap ko bilang taga-Mindanao. Hindi ka man si Superman o Batman, sana’y magkaisa tayong suportahan ang pagbabago alang-alang sa bayan. Hindi man biglaan ang pagbabago, sana’y makapagsimula tayo. ‘Pag sinabing ‘Mindanao’, takot pa rin ang namamayani sa mga nakakarinig nito. Unti-unting natatabunan ang kagandahan nito dahil sa mga pangyayaring hanggang ngayon ay wala pa ring hustisya. Sana’y maging matiwasay ang pagsasaayos ng hindi pagkakaunawaan – mapa-Lumad man, Bangsamoro o Kristiyano. Tulungan mong maiangat ang pangalang Mindanao mula sa kanyang pagkalugmok. Tutukan din sana ng iyong gobyerno ang pagsasaayos ng mga imprastruktura para sa transportasyon, turismo at pangangalakal dito sa Mindanao sapagkat lubusan na kaming naiiwan sa pag-unlad. Pangarap kong mapagmasdan ang bawat bata sa Mindanao na nakabihis-uniporme sa eskwela na bitbit ang lapis at libro. Walang mga tambay sa lansangan. Lahat nasa paaralan at may mga disenteng trabaho ang mga tao kahit hindi nakapag-aral sa kolehiyo. Mabigyan sana ng atensyon ang mga kababayan nating walang ligtas at maayos na komunidad na tirahan. Magkaroon sana sila ng pagkakataon upang may maituring na tahanan. Pangarap kong magkaroon ng kaayusan sa daloy kalsada. Walang naghahari-harian. Lahat pantay-pantay sa karapatan. Maging ganap na malinis sana ang bawat sulok ng kalsada. Sana’y maituring na lugar para sa kalinisan ang mga lugar sa Mindanao. Mapayabong pa sana ang mga produktong likas sa Mindanao upang magsilbing pang-akit sa mga turista maging sa mga negosyante na magsisilbing daan upang mapayabong ang ekonomiya ng bansa. Sana’y magkaroon ng ngiti sa bawat labi ng taga-Mindanao ngayon at bukas.

Magsilbi sanang tulay ang liham na ito upang marinig mo ang pangarap naming mga taga-Mindanao.

Sumasainyo,
Julie"


Sources:
Mindanao Times, Vol. 64, No. 233
http://www.pia.gov.ph/?m=12&r=&y=&mo=&fi=p100824.htm&no=34 (25 August 2010)
http://dateline.ph/?p=6234 (25 August 2010)

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UPMin grad is number 5 in Archi Board, 100% passing

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Achievements

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UP Mindanao BS Architecture graduate Jeremy Roy A. Sanchez placed number five nationwide in the recently concluded Licensure Examination for Architecture (LEA) conducted by the Professional Regulatory Commission. Architect Sanchez led a group of ten UP Mindanao BS Architecture graduates who all passed the LEA, once more achieving a 100%-passing rate for the program of UP Mindanao. The successful examinees are (in alphabetical order) Mishelle B. Baldove, El Vim Noel T. Cabazares, Eric C. Manzano, Pinky N. Parreño, Richie Rossi H. Rellama, Lemuel B. Ruyeras, Jeremy Roy A. Sanchez (fifth placer), Loverly Marie M. Sarte, Charissa DG. Valdez, and Maria Rallah E. Villaseca. According to BS Architecture program coordinator Prof. Jean Marie V. Juanga, “the Architecture program started in 1999 with twelve students and one faculty member. The first batch of BS Architecture students graduated in 2005 and the first set of graduates to take the LEA was in 2007.” UP Mindanao Chancellor Gilda C. Rivero said, “The BS Architecture program has withstood the test of time with the 100%-passing rate of its graduates in the licensure examinations. This is the acid test, the clear evidence that indicating that the BS Architecture program of UP Mindanao is of the highest quality standard. While much remains to be done in terms of facilities, UP Mindanao has rigorously provided our students with that conducive and enabling environment with the best mentors." "The BS Architecture program has embraced the challenge of creating a research-oriented and relevant architecture program for Mindanao. Our students and faculty have immersed themselves in the study of indigenous architectural designs of our region, thus enriching architecture in Mindanao. Perhaps in the near future, our program will be at the forefront of blending indigenous Mindanao designs with the architectural concepts of the western world”.

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Profs win CHED Republica Awards

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UP Mindanao's Professor Isidoro R. Malaque III (Dept. of Humanities-Architecture) and Professor Vanessa C. Ramoran (Chairman, Dept. of Math, Physics & Computer Science) were awarded as Region XI Winners in the 2009 CHED Republica Awards held last May 19, 2010 at the HEDC Auditorium, UP Diliman, Quezon City. Professor Malaque was awarded Region XI Winner in the Social Sciences and Humanities category for his study titled, "Urbanization process and the changing agricultural landscape pattern in the urban fringe of Metro Manila, Philippines" which he co-authored with Makoto Yokohari. Professor Ramoran was awarded Region XI Winner in the Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Engineering and Information Technology category for her study titled, "Web tool for teachers: Information systems for categorized teacher materials and online examination". The National Awards Board were composed of Dr. Graciano P. Yumul Jr., Chairman, and members for the Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Engineering and Information Technology category composed of Dr. Fabian M. Dayrit, Dr. Ruben L. Villareal, and Dr. Rogelio O. Juliano, and members for the Social Sciences and Humanities category composed of Dr. Gelia T. Castillo, Dr. Virginia A. Miralao, and Dr. Edita A. Tan. The CHED REPUBLICA Awards are offered biennially to recognize and reward outstanding research outputs leading to significant advances in priority disciplines and contributing to national development. A total of thirty-four (34) awards are open at the regional and national levels under two major discipline cluster categories. UP Mindanao Chancellor Gilda Rivero, UP Min-CHED ZRC XI Director, Prof. Larry Digal, and CHED-XI Dir. Edward Aquino proudly assisted the winners during the awarding ceremony.

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UPMin students chosen as youth ambassadors for Japan visit

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(Original news story with update below)

Three UP Mindanao students (left-right), Ms. Francis Lyn Malalis, Mr. Theodore Lozada and Ms. Maureen Joyce Homez, were among those chosen to represent the Philippines as Youth Ambassadors for the “Visit Japan: 2010 JENESYS Programme”. They will travel to Japan in April/May 2010 to exchange views with Japanese youths, to experience home stays, visit schools and see historical and cultural sites. The three UPMin students were enrolled in the Japanese language course under Japanese Language Professor Teody Boylie “Bong” Perez which provided them the basic qualification to apply for the Programme. The Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) Programme was created by the Japanese Government through the Japan Information and Culture Center, the Embassy of Japan, in cooperation with the National Youth Commission of the Philippines.

Update (March 30, 2010):

An additional four UP Mindanao students were also selected as youth ambassadors to the "Visit Japan: 2010 JENESYS Programme". They are Cecilia Eikinela C. Gervacio (2 BSFT), Kristine Mae Dorado ( 1 BSFT), Maria Lourdes S. Braceros ( 1 BAE) and Chris David F. Lao ( 1 BAE).
 
Bon voyage to all of you!
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