UPMin BS Architecture program is exhibitor in Venice Biennale

University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao Department of Architecture is one of four Philippine architecture schools that are participating in the “16th Venice Architecture Biennale 2018” in Italy. The Biennale opened on 26 May and will be on public display until 25 November 2018. UP Mindanao is an exhibitor in the Philippine Pavilion with the theme “The City Who Had Two Navels” curated by Edson Cabalfin. UPMin’s design exhibit is titled “Empowerment and Transformation between and across Filipino Ethno-linguistic Cultures through Architecture”. It showcases a fully self-sufficient socio-cultural ecological village that will offer a rich source of indigenous systems: ethno-medicine; organic farming; construction material systems; natural food processing; natural wind mill systems; and water-harvesting systems.

New batch of UPD-NSTP graduates inducted into NSRC

More than sixty students of the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) who completed the course requirements under the National Service Training Program (NSTP) – UP College of Fine Arts (CFA) for academic year 2017-18 received their certificates of recognition on May 30, 2018, at the new building of the UP CFA in Diliman, Quezon City. The UPD-NSTP graduates were also inducted as new members of the National Service Reserve Corps (NSRC) of the Philippines.

One of the themes that stood out at the launch of Aghambayan, the UP-Department of Science and Technology (DOST) sponsored innovation festival, was the need for UP’s researchers to engage the public regarding the relevance of their work. UP Manila Chancellor Carmencita David-Padilla, in particular, credited successful conversations with lawmakers, hospitals and the general public as a major reason why her research on children’s health eventually became what is known now as the Newborn Screening Act of 2004.

Farewell, SEJA

The University of the Philippines bade farewell to one of its sons, Edgardo Javier Angara, in necrological rites on May 18 at UP Diliman. It was the last stop of the 16th Senate President’s remains before he was laid to rest in his hometown of Baler, Aurora on May 22.

UP Cebu 100

May 3, 2018 was the culmination of UP Cebu’s centennial celebrations, which carried the theme “Unang Siglo: Halad sa Katawhan, of Academic Excellence and Public Service”. The day saw the unveiling of a “gratitude wall” for UP Cebu donors, the inauguration of the UP Presidents’ markers at the new Oblation Square, awarding ceremonies for constituents, and a grand centennial “cookout” out in the open.

The Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) units of the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) and UP Los Baños (UPLB) jointly held their commencement exercises, turnover of command, and testimonial parade at the University Ampitheater in UPD, Quezon City on May 5, 2018. National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) chief Alex Paul Monteagudo served as their guest of honor and speaker.