An international multidisciplinary team, led by University of the Philippines Associate Professor Armand Salvador B. Mijares, discovered a new human species, the Homo luzonensis, from an excavation site inside Callao Cave in Peñablanca, Cagayan.

“The study situates the Philippines as a major area for evolutionary research,” Mijares said. “This discovery, to me, is a dedication to the Filipino people. It is our contribution to Filipino heritage and to the world’s heritage.”

The power of art to draw cultures together was on full display at the opening of ‘Common Ground: A Ceramic Art Collaboration Between Israel and the Philippines’ last Thursday at the Corredor Gallery, UP College of Fine Arts. The exhibit, which runs until April 12, 2019, features the fruits of a series of talks and studio sessions with UP artists conducted by Israeli ceramicist Roy Maayan, that aims to create bridges between both countries.

Inspired by the work she did on a disease whose victims rarely reach the age of 30, UP Manila-based clinical geneticist and National Institutes of Health Executive Director Eva Maria Cutiongco-de la Paz is using her knowledge of the Filipino’s genetic makeup to heal and manage serious birth defects and illnesses. And with the technology of a newly launched laboratory at the Philippine Genome Center behind her, this Dangal ng Bayan Awardee is ready to take the next step.

Experts from the King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia recently joined their Filipino counterparts to talk in-depth about the plight of Overseas Filipino Workers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and bilateral relations between both nations. UP Institute of Islamic Studies Dean Macrina A. Morados also thanked King Salman of Saudi Arabia for the Crown’s donation of $2 million for the construction of a new UP IIS building.

Soon we will see students from one of Japan’s most prestigious sport science universities teaching Physical Education in UP as Nippon Sport Science University (NSSU/Nittaidai) signed a Memorandum of Agreement with UP Diliman for NSSU students to teach here for 30-40 hours. NSSU-connected athletes have brought home 128 Olympic medals to Japan since the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, accounting for 1/4 of the nation’s total medals.

You can now grab your copies of your favorite books by UP’s best authors more easily as the University of the Philippines Press officially opened UPper Shelf, its first off-campus outlet, at the second floor of the UP Town Center. Located behind classic favorites Rodic’s and Chocolate Kiss, UPper Shelf hopes to bring UP’s top titles to a wider audience.

The electoral arrangements of the 1987 Constitution, according to Australia National University Professor and Southeast Asia politics expert Dr. Paul Hutchcroft, have shaped political parties in the Philippines into “convenient vehicles of patronage” rather than programmatic entities.

Alumni and representatives of both the University of the Philippines and Kyoto University joined their fellow leaders from the public and private sectors at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) on January 29, 2019 to attend the 13th Kyoto University Southeast Asia Network Forum. This international conference was co-sponsored by the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) and Kyoto University, with Japanese-trained UP alumni at the forefront.

A 35-person team of performers and faculty members from Thailand’s Angthong College of Dramatic Arts showcased traditional Thai dances at the University of the Philippines Diliman’s (UPD) Abelardo Hall Auditorium  on January 22, 2019. The event was made possible through the cooperation of the UP Office of the Vice President for Public Affairs, the UP Office for Initiatives in Culture and the Arts (UPD-OICA), the UP College of Arts and Letters, The UP College of Music, the UP College of Mass Communication and the Royal Thai Embassy.

A sizeable group of high school students from the Calabarzon region visited the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) when experts representing both academe and industry pitched the advantages of pursuing a career in Chemistry at the week-long fair, Kapnayan 2019. Kapnayan is a triennial event organized by the UPLB Chemical Society (ChemSoc), that aims to spread awareness about chemistry and its allied sciences through activities based on the year’s theme, and to inspire future scientists to be catalysts for change through the study of Chemistry.