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.

“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).

The UP community in each constituent university banded together to give donations and other forms of assistance for UP students who have been stranded in campus and off-campus housing by the enhanced community quarantine.

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Classes, both residential and online and alternative learning activities in the UP System (except the UP Open University) are suspended until 14 April 2020 while the University assesses the situation and decides on how best to facilitate learning and manage academic requirements in the time of COVID-19.

Congratulations to the 71 UP Scientists for 2018-2020!

Faculty members and researchers from across the UP System earned the rank of UP Scientist in an awarding ceremony on May 28 at the UP Diliman School of Statistics Auditorium. Forty-four were named UP Scientist I, 11 received the rank of UP Scientist II, and 16 were awarded UP Scientist III.

UP alumni scientists continue to lead research and provide data on saving Philippine freshwater ecosystems such as that which supports the tawilis, recently declared an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

School children with a DSWD teacher in a a classroom in Barangay San Roque, Gapan City, Nueva Ecija. Photo from Judgefloro, taken 16 January 2015 (Phoro from Wikicommons,,Gapan_CityNEfvf_10.JPG)

In 2009, the Department of Education (DepEd) recognized the benefits of teaching children using their mother tongue or first language. Local and international research has found that children learn to speak, read, and write more quickly in their first language, and can pick up a second and third language more easily if taught in their first language. In the same way, they acquire other academic competencies more quickly, particularly in science and math.