Assistant Professor and Chair Kara David wins Best Educational Program Host for Pinas Sarap and Best Documentary Program for I-Witness: The GMA Documentaries in the 35th PMPC Star Awards for Television

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Mabuhay at padayon kay Assistant Professor and Chair Kara David of the Journalism Department for winning Best Educational Program Host for Pinas Sarap and Best Documentary Program for I-Witness: The GMA Documentaries in the 35th PMPC Star Awards for Television.

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Congratulations to Naia for being the first-ever Drag Supreme in Drag Den Philippines.

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Mabuhay at padayon!

Congratulations to Naia for being the first-ever Drag Supreme in Drag Den Philippines.

Brian Black, who is a Broadcast Communication graduate of our college, served as a Councilor at the UP Diliman University Student Council, the President of the UP Children’s Rights Advocates League (UP CRAdLe), and the National Convener at Youth Act Now Against Tyranny.

Picture by Mimaidays, used with permission.

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Deocampo cops 2023 Premio Casa Asia for Culture and Society

Let us end our workweek on a high with this excellent news that Associate Professor Nick Deocampo is this year’s winner of the Premio Casa Asia for Culture and Society. The award seeks to “recognize and disseminate the work of individuals and entities, both public and private, that have stood out for their work in the economic, social, educational, cultural or development cooperation, promoting dignity and human rights in the Asia-Pacific region, and/or contribute or have contributed to promoting knowledge, dialogue and relations between Spain and the Asia-Pacific region.”

The citation reads:

Nick Deocampo, Filipino academic, in the category of Culture and Society, for his decisive contribution to the knowledge of Filipino cinema and to the recovery of Filipino classical cinema in his country, as well as for his commitment to cinema as a tool of change and social progress; for his advocacy of LGTBQ+ rights, giving voice to this collective at film festivals, workshops and other activities.

Nick Deocampo, académico filipino, en la categoría de Cultura y Sociedad, por su decisiva contribución al conocimiento del cine filipino y a la recuperación del cine clásico filipino en su país, así como por su compromiso con el cine como herramienta de cambio y progreso social; por su defensa de los derechos LGTBQ+ dando voz a este colectivo en festivales de cine, talleres y otras actividades.

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New Phivolcs chief seeks to modernize agency

By Arlie O. Calalo

Officially in Phivolcs director Dr. Teresito ‘Toto’ Bacolcol takes his oath before Science and Technology Secretary Renato Solidum Jr. on Monday, Jan. 23, 2023. Photo courtesy of Phivolcs

DR. Teresito Bacolcol, who has been named as “permanent” director of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), vowed to push for the passage of a bill that will modernize the agency.

He also wants to forge stronger partnerships with local as well as foreign organizations.

Bacolcol said that they already have a proposal, which they will file in Congress for Phivolcs’ modernization.

“The effects of the modernization to Phivolcs will depend on the law that will be enacted and its subsequent implementing rules and regulations. But basically, it involves augmenting its present volcano and seismic monitoring networks and requesting for more plantilla positions,” he said.

Bacolcol held Phivolcs’ top post as an officer in charge (OIC) following the designation of his predecessor Dr. Renato Solidum Jr. as secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DoST).

He was officially appointed to the post last January 13 by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and had his oath of office before the DoST chief on January 23.

In an exclusive interview with The Manila Times, Bacolcol admitted that he was a little apprehensive about leading the agency, but the massive show of support and trust of Phivolcs’ fellow officials and employees pushed him to carry on.

Asked about his plans now that he was named as its director in a permanent capacity under the Marcos administration, he said he will push for stronger partnerships with local and foreign organizations.

“We can continue to strengthen our partnership through active and responsive collaborations. We will continue to undertake projects that would be mutually beneficial to us and to our partners,” he said.

Bacolcol began his career in the agency as a science research specialist from 1997 up to 2005, then as an associate scientist (2005), director 3 (2021) and director 4 as Phivolcs OIC.

He graduated from the University of the Philippines Diliman in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in geology, and earned a DEA (Diplôme d’études Approfondies) in 1999 and his PhD in Geology in 2003 from the Universite de Paris VI (Université Pierre et Marie Curie) in Paris, France.

For the local government units, Bacolcol said Phivolcs will help them prepare their disaster preparedness plans and will explain to them natural hazards.

“We will maximize the use of the traditional and social media to ensure that the science and technology in Phivolcs is well-communicated to the people,” the official said.

As to its foreign partners, Bacolcol said his agency will continue exchanging technical knowledge through training, conferences and other joint efforts in advancing mutual capabilities.

He added that the Philippines has existing collaborations with various organizations from Japan, the United States and Taiwan in volcanology and seismology.


Chancellor Bandalaria Serves as Member of SEAMOLEC Governing Board

Dr. Melinda dela Peña Bandalaria, Chancellor of the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU), is now serving as a member of the Governing Board of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Regional Open Learning Centre (SEAMOLEC). She was appointed as the representative of the Philippines, effective from 7 November 2022, and will run until 6 November 2025.

As Governing Board member, Dr. Bandalaria will take part in determining policies for the operation of SEAMOLEC and approving the annual programs and budgets of SEAMOLEC within its five-year development plan. In addition, her task includes making annual evaluations and reviews of SEAMOLEC’s programs and budget, for recommendation to the SEAMEO Council, and approving the nominations of the SEAMEO Director, among others.

SEAMEO Regional Open Learning Centre (SEAMOLEC) is one of the 26 Centres under the auspices of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) focusing in the field of Open and Distance Learning (ODL). The goal of SEAMOLEC is to undertake relevant programs that are responsive to current national and regional needs through the utilization of open and distance learning system.


Chancellor Bandalaria Reappointed as ICDE Ambassador for OER

Dr. Melinda dela Peña Bandalaria, Chancellor of the UP Open University (UPOU), has been reappointed for another term as International Council for Open Distance Education (ICDE) Ambassador for Open Education Resources (OER) and member of the OER Advocacy Committee (OERAC). Her second appointment is valid for two years, from January 2023 until the end of 2024.

As a member of the ICDE OERAC, she will be working closely with the Chair and other Ambassadors within the ICDE Quality Network. As an ambassador, her tasks include contributing to reports, articles, and ICDE communication materials for ICDE campaigns and events; attending virtual meetings or events; and being available and providing support for traveling and representation at relevant events on behalf of ICDE.

As with her first appointment, Dr. Bandalaria happily accepted this opportunity to serve with ICDE and with the OERAC.

Chancellor Bandalaria was first appointed as ICDE Ambassador for OER and member of the OER Advocacy Committee from January 2021 to the end of 2022.


Three graduates of the UP Manila College of Dentistry lands in the top 10 of the 2022 Dentist Licensure Examination

Three graduates of the UP Manila College of Dentistry landed in the top 10 of the 2022 Dentist Licensure Examination held on Nov. 27-29 (written phase) and Dec. 3-10 (practical phase).

Janelle Kirsten Ong Go is the first placer with a rating of 83.64%.followed by Tristan Robby Layne Usita Legaspi in third place, and Chelsie Cabalce Horiondo in sixth. UP Manila has 14 newly licensed dentists after garnering a passing rate of 100%.

Congratulations, UPCD! Padayon, mga bagong dentista ng bayan! #DLE2022

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MDE-FEd Alumna Talisaysay-Carungcong, MDE Program’s First Graduate of the Thesis Track

Written by: FYPMaturan

Graduation photo of Ms. Maria Freya Talisaysay-Carungcong, CSP-PASP, MDE

The Master of Distance Education program (Thesis Track) of the UP Open University Faculty of Education has produced its first graduate in the person of Ms. Maria Freya Talisaysay-Carungcong.

Freya works as a speech and language pathologist and faculty member at the De La Salle Health Science Institute. She earned a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology from the University of the Philippines Manila.

Freya continued her studies at UPOU because she was interested in distance learning and how it could be applied to the courses she handles. With the knowledge and skills she gained from the MDE program, Freya was able to help her colleagues during the unanticipated shift in learning modality brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, she was able to use what she had learned in her clinical practice, where she provides teletherapy.

One of the difficulties she faced while working toward her degree was balancing her time and obligations between her studies, work, and family. Freya was able to maintain her emotional and mental health by practicing self-care and surrounding herself with a network of supportive people. She also struggled with time management while collecting, analyzing, and constructing her thesis. Her lack of knowledge regarding qualitative research has also been a challenge, but having Dr. Jean Saludadez as an adviser –for her master’s thesis has allowed her to gain more knowledge in this area.

Excited, ecstatic, and disbelief were the words to describe on how she felt the moment she learned that she was the first student to finish the program under the thesis track. After receiving an email requesting that she file the documents needed for graduation, she called her parents and husband and told them, “This is it!”

To MDE students who are working on their thesis, Freya’s advise is “Never give up!” She also shared what her thesis adviser would always say to her during their consultation sessions: “Enjoy the learning process. Appreciate the knowledge that is being discovered and the contributions that you are giving to upgrade education.” She added that “There were times that the work may be overwhelming, but looking back at how much knowledge I gained, especially with conducting research and the contributions it would provide in improving education, motivated me to move forward. Another advice is having a consistent support system. My friends and family would continue to cheer me on, take me away from work for a while just to have a quick break. They helped me regain my focus and inspired me to accomplish my thesis.”

When asked for a message and dedication, Freya shared:

“I would like to send all my love, my deepest gratitude and appreciation to everyone. Most of my cohort exited [with a GCDE degree] but prayed for me to accomplish MDE, we haven’t met in real life but I was able to build connections through their online updates and encouragement. To my professors, thank you for all the knowledge that you shared, through my online courses. I learned and experienced different distance teaching & learning strategies that I was able to apply in my personal practice. To my panel, thank you for being understanding and kind. It was an exceptional learning experience. Your constructive criticisms and suggestions were very helpful in improving my work. To my adviser, Dr. Jean Saludadez, I am truly grateful for your help and guidance. Thank you for your patience and knowledge. You took away my fears in conducting qualitative studies. I deeply appreciate your continuous encouragement especially during those times I feel exhausted and unmotivated. You made me a better researcher and educator. ♥️♥️♥️”

Ms. Talisaysay-Carungcong with her master’s thesis adviser, Dr. Jean Saludadez, during the 2022 UPOU Commencement Exercises

“I dedicate my accomplishments first and foremost to God for bestowing me with wisdom and resilience to accomplish all the requirements and overcome all the challenges. I would dedicate this to my family: Lauro Jr., Don July, Kuya Mark, Ate Apple, my parents Prosperidad and Oscar; and my colleagues and friends who were always there encouraging me, believing in me, and providing all the support I needed. I dedicate this to my adviser Dr. Jean, who patiently guided me and shared her knowledge for me to accomplish my thesis. And last but most importantly I dedicate this to my son, Lauro Joaquin T. Carungcong III. May this achievement inspire you to be a lifelong learner and to be passionate in the profession you will choose. My experience in MDE made me a better educator and clinician, who can impart knowledge, inspire and help others; and build meaningful connections online and in real life. Thank you UPOU for giving me this opportunity.”

The Faculty of Education proudly congratulates you on this achievement!


Palace bares appointment of new ARTA legal office head

by Betheena Unite

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. has appointed lawyer Geneses Abot as new undersecretary of the Anti-Red Tape Authority’s (ARTA).

Lawyer Geneses Abot takes oath as new undersecretary of the Anti-Red Tape Authority’s (ARTA) before Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin on Jan. 18, 2023. (Photo courtesy of ARTA)

Abot assumed office on Wednesday, Jan. 18, after taking his oath of office before Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin.

He will serve as head of the Office of the Deputy Director General for Legal (ODDGL) which handles the enforcement side of Republic Act No.11032 or the “Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018”.

His office deals with inspections, investigation, and the filing of cases against violators of the EODB law.

According to ARTA, Abot is experienced in the fields of compliance and risk management.

Prior to being appointed in ARTA, he previously worked with World Vision Philippines as Legal Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary and served at Community Economic Ventures as a Board of Trustee.

He also worked as a consultant at Philippine Trade and General Workers Organization.

He practiced litigation through private and law firm affiliations since 2012.

Abot obtained his BS Political Science degree at the University of the Philippines Manila and Bachelor of Laws degree at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) College of Law with Juris Doctor degree conferment.

He also teaches at the College of Law of PUP and the University of Caloocan City.


UP honors benefactors with Gawad Oblation

Written by Jo. Florendo B. Lontoc

All the recipients of the 2nd UP Gawad Oblation join UP President Danilo Concepcion (front, 9th from left) and UP Vice President for Public Affairs Elena Pernia (front, 8th from left) onstage at Ang Bahay ng Alumni. Photo by Abraham Arboleda (UP MPRO).

Thirty-eight individuals and institutions received the University of the Philippines (UP) Gawad Oblation for their support of the University in the past six years.

UP President Danilo Concepcion and UP Vice President for Public Affairs Elena Pernia handed specially designed medals to the awardees or their representatives in a dinner ceremony at Ang Bahay ng Alumni, UP Diliman, Quezon City, on January 17, 2023.

According to the citations read by the master of ceremonies, UP Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs Jose Wendell Capili, the awardees readily responded to the needs of the University, helping it to: expand services to internal and external publics, surmount and act on the pandemic and disasters; construct, upgrade, and preserve facilities; acquire equipment; manage utilities; and, support academic, artistic, and athletic excellence.

The first batch of UP Gawad Oblation awardees was called onstage to present their medals. Photo by Abraham Arboleda (UP MPRO).

Batch One of the awardees consisted of: Ramon Ang of San Miguel Corp.; Juanerio Jesus Atencio of Januarius Holdings, Inc.; Lilia Ronquillo Bautista of Organo Philippines; Virgilio Bautista of the University of Baguio; Picasso Chen of the Kindness Hotel Chain of Taiwan; Francis Chua of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc.; Napoleon Concepcion of UP Alumni Association-Davao; Polly Cortez of the Friends of the UP Foundation in America; Renan Dalisay of NoWhereToGoButUP Foundation, Inc.; Arthur Defensor of Iloilo Province; Sonia Delen of the Bank of America-Global Leasing; Agnes Devanadera of the Clark Development Corp.; and, Benjamin Diokno of the Department of Finance.

The second batch of UP Gawad Oblation awardees with UP President Concepcion and UP VP for Public Affairs Pernia. Photo by Abraham Arboleda (UP MPRO).

Batch Two consists of Ray Espinosa of Meralco; Ignacio Gimenez of Philequity Dollar Income Fund Inc.; Vincent Henry Go of Top Breed; John Patrick Gregorio of the Philippine Olympic Committee; Michael Peiyung Hsu of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office; Francis Laurel of YKK Philippines and Toyota Batangas City and Camarines Sur; Rod Libunao of Chevron Philippines; Benjamin Magalong of Baguio City; Ronald Mascariñas of Bounty Agro Ventures Inc.; Venus Navalta of IPG Media Brand; Manuel Pangilinan of Metro Pacific Investments Corp.; Robina Gokongwei Pe of Robinson’s Retail Holdings; and, Emeritus Professor Ernesto Pernia, former National Economic and Development Authority Secretary-General.

The third batch of UP Gawad Oblation awardees takes their turn onstage. Photo by Abraham Arboleda (UP MPRO).

Batch Three consisted of: Jonvic Remulla of Cavite Province; Agaton Uvero of Grupo Uvero, Inc.; Orlando Vea of Maya Philippines; Mark Villar of the Department of Public Works and Highways; Timothy Eing Ming Wu of Shu-Te University-Kaohsiung and Edu-Connect Southeast Asia Association; Susan Yap of Tarlac Province; Huawei Philippines; the Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation Inc.; Palawan Express; Wilcon Builders; the Zuellig Family; and, the Zuellig Family Foundation.

“UP awards the Oblation Medal to those who passionately give to the University their talents and expertise, material support, financial resources, and their time, all of which are precious gifts selflessly given for the benefit of the UP community and the public,” Concepcion said in his welcome remarks.

UP President Concepcion welcomes the Gawad Oblation awardees, recognized for giving “to the University their talents and expertise, material support, financial resources, and their time, all of which are precious gifts selflessly given for the benefit of the UP community and the public.” Photo by Abraham Arboleda (UP MPRO).

“Our hands together enabled the University in recent years to deliver extraordinary public service in various ways. You have provided UP with the more than usual means and resources,” Pernia, UP vice president, added through her closing remarks.

The award is named after UP’s symbol, The Oblation, a sculptural rendition by National Artist Guillermo Tolentino of the second stanza of Jose Rizal’s “Mi Ultimo Adios.” For UP, the Oblation is said to signify the offering of oneself in service. The Gawad Oblation medal was designed by Leo Abaya of the UP College of Fine Arts to articulate The Oblation’s symbolism.

The dinner ceremony featured musical numbers from strings musician Solaiman Jamisolamin and the UP Singing Ambassadors.