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MOA for a scholarship from Japan

Written by Rene Estremera. Posted in Achievements

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Chancellor Digal signed a memorandum of agreement on behalf of UP Mindanao to receive a scholarship grant offer from a Japanese non-profit company in an online ceremony held on February 2, 2022. The grant came as part of the ongoing collaboration between UP Mindanao and the Consulate-General of Japan in Davao for the creation of a Knowledge Innovation S&T Park on campus. Mr. Toyoaki "Tony" Miwa, the donor, signed on behalf of the Mindanao Japan Science and Technology Platform, witnessed by his brother, Consul-General Yoshiaki Miwa.

“I am glad we are able to squeeze in this memorandum signing before Consul General Miwa leaves Davao next week,” said Chancellor Digal. “This agreement is very significant to us because it is about a partnership for the common goal of contributing to the development of Mindanao through innovation, science and technology, and its most important ingredient, the human resource.”

Mr. Miwa introduced himself as the founder of a company that trains Japanese CPAs to qualify in the US CPA exams. “Knowing that my brother has been working to launch an industry-academic-government collaboration project, my part could be to provide scholarships to faculty members and students in master and doctoral courses from Mindanao which will cover tuition, living expenses, and travel expenses to and from Japan. I believe that education and technological advancement are essential to long-run economic growth. I also believe that there are many fields in which Japanese educational institutions can contribute to the academic part of these projects,” he said.

Consul-General Miwa expressed his hopes for the project despite the end of his assignment in Davao. “When you think of the future of the development of Mindanao, science and technology are among the most important elements in the future,” he said. “The cooperation between the government, academia, and industry is really important in order to create a new industry cluster. I am also coordinating with Cagayan de Oro to establish a science and technology park in their city, I hope that both the CDO and Davao projects will be realized so that those two regions will be the growth center in Mindanao and a spillover effect created in between the areas, and Mindanao will develop as a whole. This is my strong hope.”

In his statement of commitment, Chancellor Digal said, "This scholarship offer aligns with UP Mindanao’s mission to be responsive and relevant to the diverse sectors in Mindanao and to sustain Mindanao heritage and biodiversity through innovative systems and technologies. Thus on behalf of UP Mindanao, I sincerely commit to fulfill the obligations of the university as stated in the memorandum of agreement for the scholarship program offered by the Mindanao Japan Science and Technology Platform.”

BSA graduates hit 100%-passing in Architecture board exam

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2022 012822 ARCHI PASSERS BLUEBS Architecture graduates again achieved a 100%-passing performance in the January 2022 Licensure Exam for Architecture. Congratulations to:
- Genisse Reville C. Corona
- Peben Jay F. Fadriquela
- Camela J. Gonzaga
- Maria Eloisa D. Gumanid
- Jasper Andrei E. Lampasa
- Catherine S. Lora
- Maria Agnes R. Malbas
- Marianne Jane A. Navarro
- Alyssa Mae D. Palacios
- Lawrence Daniel Joseph M. Taojo
- John Khenbert L. Yu

Highlights of 4th Quarter, 2021

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UP Mindanao October 2021 PAC Report UP Mindanao November 2021 PAC Report  
                                 a page from the October Highlights Report                          a page from the November Highlights Report  

October 2021: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PogAnK6fBl79sOXOW8VgzfcNdvva5fsc/view?usp=sharing

November 2021: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MNBM7ik2iWt0KabvPyl0LZZ7ZkOZn70Y/view?usp=sharing

December 2021 (draft): https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PTiPOQmQL6OkKkc9ANCBhF0bvwJtkx4t/view?usp=sharing

Prof. Perez appointed UP Artist

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UP ArtistAssociate Professor Teody Boylie "Bong" R. Perez of the Department of Humanities was granted an appointment as Artist 1 under the UP Arts Productivity System. This was conveyed in an email from the UP Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs on 15 December 2021.

The UP Arts Productivity System (APS) was established in December 2008 and is aimed at encouraging outstanding productivity in the creative arts or in arts scholarship for national development. Artists and arts scholars in the university who qualify are conferred the title “UP Artist” with a monetary award, the UP Arts Productivity Award. 
The APS covers architecture and landscape, dance, film, fine arts, literary, music, radio-TV, and theater. (Read the guidelines: https://bit.ly/3mAUvJ4)
 
Prof. Perez qualified for the Fine Arts category for his accomplishments in 2014-2019, as follows:
 
a. Traditional and Contemporary Painting
 
International Art Exhibitions
 
1. Beijing International Art Biennale, China 2019 (Juried Exhibition). 
Chosen as one of the two Filipino artists to represent the Philippines at the 8th Beijing International Art Biennale, China 2019 at the National Art Museum of China, Beijing from August 26th to September 23rd of 2019.
2.“SAMPAGUITA NECKLACE” SOLO ART EXHIBIT – “Sampaguita Necklace” Original Book Illustrations and Other Works, August 24 – September 8, 2016, at Kyobunkwan, Ginza, Tokyo, JAPAN, Sponsored by IMAJINSHA Co. Ltd. in coordination with Mindanao Children’s Library (MCL).
Series of Art Exhibits (Repeat Exhibitions) in Japan for the “Sampaguita Necklace” Book illustrations and other works, Sponsored by IMAJINSHA Co. Ltd., Tokyo, JAPAN.
3. International solo art exhibit (repeat exhibition) – “Sampaguita Necklace” Original Book Illustrations and Other Works, September 17, 2016 at Takatsuki ShiminKaikan, OSAKA CITY, JAPAN, Sponsored by IMAJINSHA Co. Ltd. In coordination with Mindanao Children's Library (MCL)
4. International solo art exhibit (repeat exhibition) – “Sampaguita Necklace” Original Book Illustrations and Other Works, September 19, 2016 at Mizumaki Town Library, Onga Gun, Foukoka Ken, FUKUOKA CITY, JAPAN, Sponsored by IMAJINSHA Co. Ltd. In coordination with Mindanao Children's Library (MCL)
5. International solo art exhibit (repeat exhibition) – “Sampaguita Necklace” Original Book Illustrations and Other Works, September 21, 2016, at Fukuoka shi Chouku Kurumon, FUKUOKA CITY, JAPAN, Sponsored by IMAJINSHA Co. Ltd. In coordination with Mindanao Children's Library (MCL)
6. International solo art exhibit (repeat exhibition) – “Sampaguita Necklace” Original Book Illustrations and Other Works, September 23, 2016, at Nunuiki Cathedral, NAGOYA CITY, JAPAN, Sponsored by IMAJINSHA Co. Ltd. In coordination with Mindanao Children's Library (MCL)
7. International solo art exhibit (repeat exhibition) at the “23rd Tokyo International Book Fair” on September 24-25, 2016, at the Tokyo Big Site, Tokyo Japan. Sponsored by IMAJINSHA Co. Ltd. In coordination with Mindanao Children's Library (MCL)
Local Solo Art Exhibitions
1. Solo art exhibit –Saging Republic Restaurant, Tionko Ave. Corner V. Mapa St, Davao City, Davao City March 9 – April 7, 2017, in coordination with UP Mindanao Technology Transfer and Business Development Office (TTBDO).
2. Solo art exhibit – Balik Bukid Restaurant, Quimpo Blvd, Sandawa Park Ecoland Bucana, Davao City March 2017 in coordination with UP Mindanao Technology Transfer and Business Development Office (TTBDO).
3. Solo art exhibit - HOMECOMING Solo Art Exhibit (13th One-Man Solo Exhibit), December 17, 2016, USeP Gymnasium and Cultural Center in coordination with Career and Alumni Center of the University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP).
4. Solo art exhibit entitled “Colored Pencils”, 2nd Level, GMall of Davao, January 28 February 7, 2016. 
5. Solo art exhibit entitled “Prints and Original”, September 1-30, 2017 at Seda Hotel, Bajada, Davao City 
Juried Group Exhibits
      Major group exhibit (Juried), "My City, My SM, My Art" group art exhibition on August 1-7, 2018, Curated by the Metropolitan Museum of Manila in Cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Atrium, SM Premier, Lanang, Davao City.
      Local Group Exhibit
1. Group exhibit - "BEGINNINGS AND BEYOND" curated by Victor Secuya, Sponsored by Phoenix Petroleum Philippines. SM Premier, Lanang, Davao City from December 8 - 16, 2017.
2. Group exhibit of “Visit Davao Art Exhibit” a group exhibit at the atrium of SM Lanang, Bajada, Davao City from April 9-17, 2016 organized by the Department of Tourism XI, Davao in partnership with the City Hall of Davao.
3. Exhibitor for “A house built in Love” an art exhibit back to back with Kublai’s “Lullabyes” at the atrium of Ayala, Abreeza Mall on February 11-14, 2016.
4. Group exhibit - Davao Art Market 2016, Atrium of SM Premier Lanang. April 9 -17, 2016 in coordination with the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the City Government of Davao.
5. Group exhibit - Davao Art Market 2015, Atrium of SM Premier Lanang. March 9 -16, 2016 in coordination with the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the City Government of Davao.
6. Group exhibit - Tabula Rasa Group Art Exhibition on April 17- May 15, 2015, at the Freedom Hall, Annex Building, SM City Davao.
International Art Awards 
       FIRST PLACE:
1. WINNER (1st Place) –Advance Category of Colored Pencil Magazine (CPM) Art Contest – with the entry “At the Beach” an international art contest sponsored by CPM based in North Carolina, USA. July 2017. The entry was published in the October 2017 issue of Colored Pencil Magazine
2. WINNER (1st Place) - Advance Category of Colored Pencil Magazine (CPM) Art Contest - with the entry “Bridle on Post” an international art contest sponsored by CPM based in North Carolina, USA. March 2017. The entry was published in the June 2017 issue of Colored Pencil Magazine. 
3. WINNER (1st Place) - Advance Category of December Art Challenge an international competition sponsored by the Colored Pencil Magazine, based in North Carolina, USA. The entry is entitled “Old Wooden Toys”. The entry was published in the March 2016 issue of Colored Pencil Magazine.
     HONORABLE MENTION:
1. HONORABLE MENTION –Advance Category of Colored Pencil Magazine (CPM) Art Contest - with his entry “Roses are Pink” an international art contest in North Carolina, USA. April 2017
2. HONORABLE MENTION –Advance Category of Colored Pencil Magazine (CPM) Art Contest - with his entry “Fallen Leaves” an international art contest based in North Carolina, USA. November 2017
3. HONORABLE MENTION (“Blue House” Colored pencil) - International Art Competition – October 2016 Colored Pencil Magazine's Art Challenge ADVANCE CATEGORY, based in North Carolina, 
4. HONORABLE MENTION (“American Pup Bulldog” Colored pencil)- International Art Competition - August 2016 Colored Pencil Magazine's Art Challenge ADVANCE CATEGORY, based in North Carolina.
5. HONORABLE MENTION (Tomatoes) - International Art Competition - July 2016 Colored Pencil Magazine's Art Challenge ADVANCE CATEGORY, based in North Carolina.
6. HONORABLE MENTION ("Garden Prep") - Advance Category, Colored Pencil Magazine's June 2016 Art Challenge, based in North Carolina, USA.
     OTHER AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
1. DATU BAGO AWARDEE 2016 (The highest award given by the city government to its outstanding constituents), Conferment at the Royal Mandaya Hotel, March 12, 2016.
2. Most Outstanding Alumnus in Arts and Culture in 2016 of the University of Southeastern Philippines. Awarded during the “Adlaw sa mga Bahandi” on December 16, 2016.
3. Ranked Sixth in “TOP 21 DABAWENYOS WHO GAVE A LOT” in the SunStar 21st Anniversary Issue, September 7, 2016, Page 8. 
2. GRAPHIC DESIGN / ILLUSTRATION
     CHILDREN’S BOOK
1. Full Book Illustration -(International) - “Sadam and the Biggest Crocodile in the World" Japanese children's book published in TOKYO, JAPAN in July 2017 by the Imajinsha Publishing Company.
2. Full Book Illustration -(International)- Sampaguita Necklace (Japanese Children’s Book) Full Book Illustrator, published by Imajinsha Co., Ltd., TOKYO, JAPAN, ISBN978-4-905530-38-1 NDC726 32P, May 2015
 
    SCHOLARLY WORKS
1. Co-Author, ALAMPAT: An Introduction to Art Appreciation, ISBN 978-971-95094-9-3. Published in 2013 by Blue Patriarch Publishing House, Cabantian, Buhangin, Davao City, Philippines. Book Launching on August 5, 2013. The books were distributed to schools as an Art appreciation textbook at the beginning of January 2014.
 
Prof. Perez' will hold his UP Artist 1 appointment for three years with an award of P150,000 a year. The appointment may be renewed or elevated. The first UP Artist from UP Mindanao was Prof. Ricardo M. de Ungria. The APS serves as a counterpart to the UP Scientific Productivity System that issues appointments for UP Scientist. The current UP Scientists in UP Mindanao are professors Larry N. Digal, Emma Ruth V. Bayogan, and Raymundo R. Pavo.     
  
In late 2019 to the present, Prof. Perez continued his prodigious output by exhibiting paintings in China and the US and, most recently, winning a Grand Prize in the Philippine Quincentennial Celebration Painting Competition in January 2021. These recent accomplishments are outside the period of qualification in the evaluation of his appointment but may contribute to a future appointment.    

"SAVE Food Systems," Gawad Pangulo for Excellence in Public Service

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Strengthening Against Vulnerabilities and Externalities (SAVE) of Food Systems" from the School of Management was awarded a Gawad Pangulo: Excellence in Public Service in ceremonies held on 16 December 2021. SAVE Food Systems' School of Management core team is composed of Prof. Glory Dee A. Romo,  Prof. Jon Marx Sarmiento, Mr. Adonis Traje, Mr. Francis Levi Durano, and Ms. Geraliza Wahing. The project was funded through the Australian Government’s Australia Alumni COVID 19 Response Grant Scheme. This was made possible through the Australian Aid, Australia Global Alumni, and Australia Awards and Alumni Engagement Program-Philippines. For this project, the following were the initiatives undertaken to respond to the challenges faced by the food system actors during the COVID-19 pandemic: 1) Provided smallholder farmers in Davao with hygiene kits to ensure safety from exposure to COVID19 virus; 2) Conducted community tree planting, distribution of vegetable seeds to farmers, and food packs to the farming communities in Barangay Kapatagan in Digos City and Marilog District in Davao City; and 3) Conducted free training on Good Manufacturing Practices to Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the food processing sector, government and regulatory personnel from Food and Drug Administration, and faculty members and students in UP and other universities.

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