A new and more beautiful walkway linking UP Diliman’s Quezon Hall and the Main Library will rise very soon. In a historic agreement with the UP System, the Tau Alpha Fraternity have agreed to fund the construction of the path, together with the necessary benches and artworks, as their legacy project to commemorate their 90th anniversary.

The recent series of earthquakes hitting the country has renewed anxieties about the so-called ‘Big One’. Luckily, STAMINA4Space engineers from the UP EEEI recently unveiled Diwata-2’s amateur radio unit (ARU), which can be the country’s last line of communication in the face of major disasters.

While the country relies on strong partnerships with foreign universities to launch satellites like Diwata-2, the ultimate goal has been to build them here. This 2019, a new graduate program track launched at the UP Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute aims to train our country’s future crop of satellite builders in-house. The STeP-UP program expands the Institute’s Masters in Engineering program to include a track specializing in nanosatellite engineering. The program welcomed its first batch of scholars this year, and they plan to launch two cube satellites when they graduate—this time completely made and designed in the Philippines.

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.