Professional Advancement in Taiwan, 2017

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UP Mindanao participated in the UP Faculty Professional Advancement in Southern Taiwan Universities last 12-17 February 2017. The first batch of UP Mindanao delegates visited different universities in Kaohsiung and Pingtung. The delegates include Dr. Nilo B. Oponda (Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs), Dr. Ritchie Mae T. Gamot (Dept. of Math., Physics, and Computer Science), Assistant Professor Junaldo Mantiquilla (Dept. of Biological Science and Environmental Studies), Assistant Professor Fritzie Ates-Camino (DBSES), Assistant Professor Cyrose Suzie Silvosa-Millado (DBSES), Assistant Professor Aileen Grace D. Delima (DBSES), Assistant Professor Marion John Michael M. Achondo (DBSES), Ms. Mae A. Responte (DBSES), Ms. Mary Grace G. McManus (Laboratory Aide), Ms. Marie Analiz April A. Limpoco (DMPCS), Ms. Armacheska R. Mesa (DMPCS), and Assistant Professor Cinmayii G. Manliguez (DMPCS). Their schedule of visit to the universities was facilitated by Dr. Tim E.M. Wu, a chair professor of Shu-Te University.

The delegates stayed in the Kindness Hotel, where the UP Coffee (a coffee shop) was located, in Kaohsiung. View the photos here: 

Conversation on Cebuano Literature, 2016

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IMG 3306A CONVERSATION ON CEBUANO LITERATURE was held on July 3 in Balik-Bukid restaurant in Davao City. Adonis Durado, the poet of "Lisay sa Bugan" ("A Swelling in the Loins"), his translator Anthony L. Kintanar, and Davao historian and fictionist Mac Tiu were the guest resource persons. Mr. Durado (fourth from left in photo) shared his discoveries in creating rather than writing poetry, such as using the format of tweets, email, etc. to create poetic surprises. Mr. Kintanar (second from left) shared the challenges of translating the poems from Cebuano to the English language. Dr. Tiu spoke of the adoption of Cebuano or Binisaya in schools and its recognition as one of the National Languages. Eroll Merquita, John Bengan, and Jeffrey Javier served as facilitators, while former dean Tess Guillen, and Prof. Jhoanna Cruz gave reactions. The event followed the book launch of "Lisay sa Bugan" that was held on July 2 in Reggae Grill, Davao City. The events were co-organized by the UP Mindanao Dept. of Humanities, Davao Writers Guild, and Young Davao Writers.

UPAA-Greater Chicago new scholars, 2015

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DSC 0046bThe UP Alumni Association of Greater Chicago continued their support for UP Mindanao students through their scholarships beginning Academic Year 2015-2016 onward. Moreover, the UPAA-GC expanded their scholarship to four students following the recent graduation of their first two scholars. The scholarship covers full tuition and stipends for the students who applied and are able maintain their academic average from their first-years until graduation. UPAA-GC former treasurer Evelyn Espina met the new scholars on 09 November 2015 in preparation for her report to the Chicago chapter. Present at the meeting were (left-right) Scholarships Officer Analiza Fulvadora, Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion, scholars Jeia Manila and Cherrie Mae Lopez (1BS Agribusiness Economics), Ms. Espina, scholars Shaina Lou Palar and Hannah Ricci Baronia (1BS Food Technology), and Office of Student Affairs Director, Asst. Prof. Junaldo Mantiquilla.

New State Auditor, 2015

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The new auditor of the Commission on Audit assigned to UP Mindanao paid a courtesy call on 3 November 2015 to University officials (left-right), accounting chief Zenaida Calatrava, budget chief Teresita Lagsub, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Nilo Oponda, executive assistant Ms. Jo-an Garcia, Chancellor Sylvia Concepcion, incoming COA team leader Helena L. Valdez (State Auditor IV), outgoing team leader Elesa M. Pusta (SA IV), continuing team member Jovita V. Buhian (Auditor), and Vice Chancellor for Administration Antonio Obsioma. 

"Bomen" Guillermo on the Filipino novel, 2015

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     Prof. Ramon "Bomen" Guillermo gave a talk on September 28 in U.P. Mindanao about his novel, "Ang Makina ni Mang Turing", published by U.P. Press and the recipient of the Juan C. Laya Prize for Best Novel in a Philippine Language conferred by the National Book Development Board in 2014.
     According to Prof. "Bomen", the novel is set in the historical period of Rizal and focuses on the game of "sungka" and on the search for a winning combination through the use of a machine, and other philosophical meditations.
     When asked, he confessed that he used the novel form, instead of the essay or non-fiction form, partly to amuse himself, and also to align the book to the tradition of the Filipino novel in the 1900-1930 period, which he referred to as "the golden age of the Filipino novel" wherein the novel served to introduce new ideas and to provoke discussions among the public.
     At the insistence of the audience, he read the opening, "Mula sa kinatatayuan natin ngayon, kinamamangha natin ang kamangmangan mga panauhin ng kasaysayan; tungkol sa kanilang sariling daigdig at panahon. Kapag nagbabasa ng mga kasaysayan ay umiiling-iling tayo habang pinagmamasdan silang lumulusob sa mga landas na nalalaman natin ngayon ay walang pinatutunguhan. Hindi natin sila mapipigilan habang sila'y tumatalon sa mga dagat na walang sukat ang kalaliman, o buong tiwalang lumulusob sa mga malaput na kumunoy na hindi na nila matatakasan. Natitiyak natin na ang mga eksperimento nila ay mabibigo kahit na ilang beses pang ulit-ulitin. Paulit-ulit itong mabibigo.
     Pero nakikita natin, sa hindi mabilang na halimbawa, na wala nang nilalang na mas matigas pa ang ulo kaysa sa isang tao na ayaw tumanggap ng pagkatalo. Bugbog-sarado, pikit na ang mga mata, basag ang mga buto ng mga daliri, nakahandusay sa maruming kanal, pero ang lagi pa ring sinasambit na parang nababaliw, 'Darating din ang araw na maglalaho ang mga inaapi at mang-aapi! Mababanaag ang pagkapantay-pantay ng sangkatauhan!'"
     In addition, Prof. "Bomen" showed a sheet of paper that showed the numbers to play in order to win a sungka game everytime, which, he said, forms part of the book. He disclosed that he used a computer to make millions of iterations in order to come up with the numbers to win.
     On the question of Filipino readership, he said that current studies showed that Filipinos bought an average of only 5 books a year --mostly on the Bible, romances, and cookbooks--while Malaysians, Indonesians, Vietnamese, and Singaporeans read much more. He said that Japan published 440,000 books in 2014 while the Philippines published only 5,000.    
     The talk of Prof. "Bomen" Guillermo was organized by A/Prof. Jhoanna Cruz (Dept. of Humanities) as part of their academic program improvement, and was attended by students of the BA English (Creative Writing) program, faculty members of the Humanities and of the Social Sciences, and Mr. Tyrone Velez, a columnist of Sun-Star Davao.

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