The University of the Philippines has issued an open call for entries to the PAG-AALAY webXHIBITION & FESTIVAL, an online video festival that will showcase stories of everyday Filipino heroes. The festival welcomes entries from all, amateur or professional, Filipino filmmakers, multimedia creators, and artists whose works capture stories of resilience, inner strength, and humanity of Filipinos.

The theme for this year’s festival is “Pag-aalay sa Panahon ng Pandemya”. The Festival will accept video entries that honor, remember, and immortalize Filipinos whose stories of selfless acts amid the COVID-19 pandemic reflect our values of heroism (bayanihan) and selfless offering or oblation (pag-aalay).

Anesthesiologists are among the medical workers who serve at the frontlines in the battle against the viral pandemic. As such, they face health risks due to their exposure and close proximity to COVID-19-positive patients in enclosed spaces. How then can these medical frontliners keep themselves safe while taking care of their patients? Find out in the upcoming webinar in the UP “STOP COVID DEATHS” series on July 10, 12nn.

For many patients who survive severe COVID-19, rehabilitation is the next stage of the fight. The next installment in the UP “STOP COVID DEATHS” webinar series will focus on the needs of patients recovering from severe COVID-19, with Dr. Celso F. Bate of The Medical City and VRP Medical Center as speaker.

Without continued vigilance on the part of the government, private sector, civil society, and citizens, this significant community transmission in the country may lead to the pandemic getting out of control. If both national and local governments continue to fail to provide a prompt and adequate response, all our societal and financial sacrifices will be wasted, and we will likely experience another wave. This may lead to yet another round of more stringent restrictions, which could be harder for the government to implement and will likely undermine our economic recovery.

Department of Science and Technology XI Assistant Regional Director Kenneth Barroga, Davao de Oro Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy, UP Mindanao Chancellor Ρrof. Larry Digal, Davao de Oro Chief of Hospital Dr. Ferdinand Soberano, and Ρhiliррine Genome Center Mindanao Director Ρrof. Lyre Anni Murao show the Memorandum of Agreement for a COVID-19 testing facility in Davao de Oro. Ρhotos courtesy of Ρhiliрpine Genome Center Mindanao

The University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao will help set up another COVID-19 testing facility in Davao de Oro Province, signing a memorandum of agreement with the Provincial Government and the Department of Science and Technology Region XI last 22 June 2020 at the Provincial Capitol in Nabunturan, Davao de Oro.

Its effects on health, labor and the economy aside, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us all, especially our mental, emotional and psychological health. So how do we manage the effects of COVID-19 on our lives? The UP Baguio Cordillera Studies Center is holding a free livestream on “Katatagan at Pagbangon sa Panahon ng Pandemya,” with Prof. Rozel Balmores of the UPB Dept. of Anthropology, Sociology and Psychology as speaker, on June 26, Friday, 10:00 a.m.

There are many ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic may negatively affect the health, wellbeing, and development of children, from the disease triggering a potentially life-threatening multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children to managing the detection and treatment of COVID-19 in children. The 10th installment of the UP “STOP COVID DEATHS: Clinical Management Updates” series, slated this Friday, June 26, at 12:00 nn, will focus on the impact of the viral disease on children.

“Mandëko Kito!” UP Baguio’s artisans market opens at the University of the Philippines Baguio Oblation Grounds, 15 June 2020. It will run Mondays and Tuesdays, 09:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, from June 15 to July 15, 2020. Called “Mandëko Kito!” from the Ibaloy, meaning “let’s sell,” the initiative promoting local crafts and folk art products is a joint project of the University of the Philippines Baguio through the Museo Kordilyera, the Cordillera Textile Project (CordiTex), and the Kasarian Gender Studies Program, in cooperation with the Baguio Arts and Crafts Collective, Inc. (BACCI).

Of the 12 scientists and researchers who were given the 2020 Outstanding Young Scientist Awards (OYS) by the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), seven are from the University of the Philippines.

Should we take zeroes at face value when it comes to disease statistics? Listen to Zython Paul Lachica of the UP Mindanao Interdisciplinary Applied Modeling laboratory on June 19, 10:00 AM, Philippine time, as he discusses “Are Zeroes Really Zeroes?: Detecting Underreporting in Disease Reports.”.