Lakbay-Aral, 2015

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     Twenty-four UP Mindanao Administrative Services staffmembers and unit heads embarked on a Lakbay-Aral tour to the province of Davao Oriental on 26-28 June 2015. They were led by the Vice Chancellor for Administration, Prof. Antonio Obsioma, and Human Resource Chief, Prof. Dominica Dacera. The staff engaged in benchmarking by taking note of best-practices as described by city and provincial officials, extended community services, and took in the scenic views and infrastructure reconstruction after the effects of Typhoon Pablo.
     At the Mati City Hall, City Councilor Ma. Gracia "Ging" Tiago, Officer-in-Charge of the City, gave a briefing on the city programs relating to tourism, agriculture, waste management, disaster mitigation, and procurement.     
     At the Provincial Capitol, officials Freddie Bendulo and Ricardo Velasco gave briefings about the provincial programs on tourism infrastructure development, environment and cultural heritage, anti-insurgency, and resource mobilization.
     At San Victor Island, Baganga municipality, the team did a coastal clean-up and tree-planting of mangroves. Professor Obsioma inspected the grown mangroves that were planted by UP Mindanao constituents in the past years. In San Victor Elementary School, Prof. Obsioma gave a talk to adults on goat-raising and the care of livestock, while other staffers led group games for the pupils. School supplies, clothing, and snacks were also given to the pupils.
     The group engaged in team-building exercises before, during, and after the various activities.  
     The UP Mindanao team also visited the tourist sites of Carolina Lake, Aliwagwag Falls, San Victor Island, Balite Hot Springs, Banganga Sunrise Boulevard, Dahican Beach, the Mati Baywalk, and experienced first-hand the beauty of these natural resources.
     The culmination of the tour was a visit to the awe-inspiring Subangan Provincial Museum, created though the efforts of Provincial Governor Corazon Malanyaon. There, team learned more of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mt. Hamiguitan, the natural and cultural heritage of the province, and the widespread suffering that was experienced in the aftermath of the super-typhoon.
     The team members were rejuvenated and envigorated by the tour. The Lakbay-Aral also served as an observance of Eco-Month that is celebrated in the month of June.      

UP in Europe, 2015

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UP Mindanao's Asst. Prof. Ritchie Mae Gamot (fourth from the right) and other UP graduates presently located in the United Kingdom of Great Britain met with a UP team taking a roadshow to various countries. The roadshow, led by Dr. Aaron Joseph Villaraza, deputy director of the UP Office of International Linkages, delivered updates on the University's growth and strategic directions to graduates residing abroad, and encourage them to share their academic expertise to UP or make financial contributions. a/Prof. Gamot is a faculty member of the Dept. of Math., Physics, and Computer Science and is presently a Scientific Computing PhD Student at University of Warwick-Centre for Scientific Computing located in Coventry, United Kingdom. (Photo from the UP System Information Office. Read the full article from the UP System website here)

Visit of H.E. Ambassador Bosch, 2015

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His Excellency Roberto Bosch, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Argentine Republic (seated, center), paid a courtesy visit to the University of the Philippines Mindanao on May 14 to get acquainted with developments in UP Mindanao and to expand the mutual knowledge between the University and the Argentine Republic. Ambassador Bosch was received by UP Mindanao Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion (seated to the left of Ambassador Bosch), with Assoc. Prof. Pedro Alviola IV of the School of Management, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Karen Cayamanda, together with (standing) Mr. Julius Neil Piala of Dept. of Humanities, Mr. Albert Francis Ramos of Dept. of Human Kinetics, Asst. Prof. Erwin Protacio of the Office of Extension, Asst. Prof. Ana Raissa Trinidad of the Office of Student Affairs, Dean Maria Stella Salazar of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dean Annabelle Novero of the College of Science and Mathematics, and Mr. Jealmer Phoenix Delgado (4-BA Communication Arts). Ambassador Bosch was accompanied by Davao City Tourism Officer Ms. Lisette Marquez.

Alumni chemists visit the campus, 2015

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Some 22 UP alumni from other UP campuses visited UP Mindanao on 17 April. The visit was occasioned by their attendance at the Philippine Chemistry Congress, held at a university in Davao City. The group visited the Oblation Plaza, the Administration Building, and the grounds of the College of Science and Mathematics. They we able to pay a courtesy call to Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion. The group was accompanied by Assistant Professor Aurelia Luz Gomez (School of Management).

Prof. de Ungria at Vietnam Poetry Day, 2015

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Professor Ricardo de Ungria (Dept. of Humanities) was in the Republic of Vietnam on March 3 and onward as one of five Philippine representatives to the National Poetry Day of vietnam, together with 151 nationals representing 41 nations. Professor de Ungria had the opportunity to join a workshop on Vietnamese Poetry, to read his poem at the Ha Long International Poetry Night, and join an audience with the president of Vietnam, among other activities.

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