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).

Cebu, the Queen City of the South, has been cited by UP researchers as the “second major battleground” in the country’s fight against COVID-19. The ninth webinar in UP’s “STOP COVID DEATHS: Clinical Management Updates” series on June 19 aims to provide valuable lessons on the clinical management of COVID-19 in Cebu and other LGUs, with Dr. Mitzi Marie Chua, ICC Chair of the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City, as speaker.

In a time as dark as a pandemic, the true heroes shine the brightest: our medical and healthcare frontliners and essential workers, the people who risk each day to save lives, protect our campuses and communities, and keep the world safe for the rest of us. The University of the Philippines System and TVUP offer a tribute video to thank and honor the people who continue to serve despite the gravest odds, featuring an original song titled “I’ll Hold the Line,” composed, arranged and performed by UP Integrated School alumnus Ardie O. Lopez.

COVID-19 famously targets the lungs, but it doesn’t stop there. Dr. Elizabeth Montemayor, Vice President of the Philippine Nephrology Society, discusses the way COVID-19 attacks the kidneys, rendering patients with kidney problems especially vulnerable to the virus.

The University of the Philippines enters into a memorandum of understanding with the Commission on Higher Education and Office of the Ombudsman to create anti-corruption programs for the youth sector.

As recognition of the University’s role at the forefront of awareness, vigilance, and militancy, and to build on last year’s inaugural program, the University will launch an expanded lineup of events with the theme, Dambana ng Paggunita at Pagtutuos sa Batas Militar ni Marcos, to banner the key messages: Marahas ang Batas Militar, Lugmok ang Ekonomiya, Niyurakan ang Karapatang Pantao, Sinupil ang Pamamahayag, at Ninakaw ang Kabang-Yaman.