Alumni Batch Bluechips ’97 Reunite after 20 years

UP Visayas College of Management (UPV CM) Batch ’97 held their first grand reunion last December 29, 2023 at the UPV CM Lobby.

Almost a hundred of UPV CM Batch ’97 alumni from BS Accountancy, BS Management, and BS Business Administration (Marketing) went back to the CM grounds to reunite with classmates, friends, and former professors. This includes former CM Dean and former UPV Vice Chancellor for Administration, retired professor Mary Ann T. Gumban, retired Judge Daniel Amular, Prof. Mariel Elizaga, former UPV Office of Alumni Relations Director Prof. Benmar P. Panaguiton, and current CM Dean Prof. Christopher B. Honorario.

The batch enjoyed a full day with a “fun walk” to the Iloilo Esplanade, a thanksgiving mass, and an array of local food kiosks which included one for Alimodian delicacies. There was also a grill fest, a lunch, and a dinner buffet that everyone enjoyed. The day was capped with a 90s & 2000s jam session.

Written by: GC T. Castro, UPV OAR, with sources from Mr. Ken Lerona, UPV-CM Batch ’97
Photos courtesy of Mr. Ken Lerona, UPV-CM Batch ’97

More photos on UPV OAR Facebook

Source: UPV Office of Alumni Relations Facebook

Top 10 publications of UPD College of Science in 2023

In 2023, about 1 in 20 studies produced by the Philippines came from the UP Diliman College of Science (UPD-CS). With a total of 368 studies across all scientific disciplines, UPD-CS studies accounted for more than half of the total publications produced by UP Diliman. This number comes as no surprise since the College is home to 211 Ph.D faculty members. But beyond the numbers, UPD-CS has published groundbreaking research in many prestigious research journals.

Here are the Top 10 studies published by UPD-CS scientists in journals with high Impact Factors (IF)*:

1. Shedding Light on Mysterious Superconductors (IF: 41.2)

Superconductors allow electricity to pass through with no resistance. Previously, it was believed that when excessive electrons are removed from a superconductor, known as “overdoping,” the material would behave in accordance with the Bardeen–Cooper–Schrieffer (BCS) theory. However, Dr. Miguel Sulangi of the National Institute of Physics and collaborators from the Netherlands, Japan, China, and the USA showed that this is not the case for a mysterious type of superconductor called cuprate superconductors, challenging the long-held belief that BCS theory governs overdoped superconductors. Cuprate superconductors were discovered in 1986 but physicists have yet to uncover all its secrets.

Read the press release here:

Title: Puddle formation and persistent gaps across the non-mean-field breakdown of superconductivity in overdoped (Pb,Bi)2Sr2CuO6+δ
Journal: Nature Materials

2. Applying Einstein’s Concepts of Relativity to Exotic Particles (IF: 16.6)

Einstein’s Theory of Relativity claims that two events can only influence one another if they are inside each other’s spacetime area called the light cone. Borrowing this concept, Dr. Gennevieve Macam of the National Institute of Physics worked with an international team of researchers to explain how two exotic particles called Weyl fermions interact. Their study is the first to describe Weyl fermions in terms of spacetime concepts, demonstrating how two physics disciplines – condensed matter physics and high-energy physics – are fundamentally connected.

Read the press release here:

Title: Causal Structure Of Interacting Weyl Fermions In Condensed Matter Systems
Journal: Nature Communications

3. History of Single-celled Predators (IF: 15.9)

Single-celled organisms, like the protists Acanthamoeba and Dictyostelium, use metals to kill bacterial prey. Exactly how these organisms evolved is the focus of the study by Dr. Windell Rivera and collaborators from China. They provided a timeline for the evolution of metal-poisoning protists, from the moment protists were created to the time they adapted to the environment and acquired the ability to use metals in killing their prey.

Title: A Brief History Of Metal Recruitment In Protozoan Predation
Journal: Trends in Microbiology

4. Identifying First Bacteria Colonizers on Plastics (IF: 13.6)

Many types of bacteria live on plastics left in the environment. But for diverse colonies to thrive, a group of bacteria, called primo-colonizers, must first prime the plastics to make them habitable for other types of bacteria. Justine Marey Bitalac, Norchel Corcia Gomez, and Dr. Deo Florence Onda of the Marine Science Institute, together with Dr. Nacita Lantican of UP Los Baños, identified these primo-colonizers and described how they change the structure of plastics. Their study helps elucidate how plastics degrade in the environment and opens possibilities on how to solve the growing plastic pollution problem.

Title: Attachment Of Potential Cultivable Primo-Colonizing Bacteria And Its Implications On The Fate Of Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE) Plastics In The Marine Environment
Journal: Journal of Hazardous Materials

5. Simulating the Spread of Monkeypox (IF: 12.7)

Drs. Victoria May Mendoza and Renier Mendoza of the Institute of Mathematics proved the importance of self-reporting and contract tracing in preventing epidemics. Together with South Korean scientists, they simulated how self-reporting and contract tracing affect the spread of monkeypox in non-endemic regions. They found out that an unreported case can infect about five to ten times more people than a self-reported case, while a delayed contract tracing can increase the infected people by up to 40%.

Title: Estimation Of Monkeypox Spread In A Non-Endemic Country Considering Contact Tracing And Self-Reporting: A Stochastic Modeling Study
Journal: Journal of Medical Virology

6. Classifying Seaweeds in the Philippines (11.5)

Seaweeds such as the milyon-milyon, tambalang, and kab-kab are abundant in the Philippines, making the country one of the leading seaweed farming industries in the world. Despite this, Philippine seaweeds are undocumented. Bea Crisostomo, Zae-Zae Aguinaldo, Lourie Ann Hinaloc, and Dr. Michael Roleda of the Marine Science Institute established the taxonomy and distribution of different seaweeds in the Philippines using knowledge from local farmers. Their study provides a database of seaweeds that can be used for conservation efforts.

Title: The Diversity Of Eucheumatoid Seaweed Cultivars In The Philippines
Journal: Reviews in Fisheries Science & Aquaculture

7. Tropical Cyclones and its Threat to Food Security, Health, and Biodiversity (IF: 11.1)

Damages brought by tropical cyclones produce a cascading effect on food security, health, and biodiversity. In a perspective paper by Dr. Rene Abesamis of the Marine Science Institute and collaborators from Chile, Japan, Switzerland, and Norway, they explained that tropical cyclones can damage roads, agricultural infrastructure, and grazing lands, which affects food production. The destruction of tropical ecosystems also affects food security, which in turn produces health problems such as micronutrient deficiency. The authors urge researchers to develop tools that can aid in policy-making and governments to coordinate closely in a collaborative effort to curb the effects of tropical cyclones.

Title: Impacts Of Tropical Cyclones On Food Security, Health And Biodiversity
Journal: Bulletin of the World Health Organization

8. Tracking Human Settlers in the Holocene Period Using Genetics (IF: 11.1)

By analyzing almost two decades’ worth of genomic data, Jae Joseph Russell Rodriguez of the Natural Sciences Research Institute and international researchers traced how humans migrated around the world and how they facilitated the spread of language and agriculture about ten thousand years ago. In Southeast Asia, their study suggests that human settlers in the region, referred to as Austronesians, first migrated from China to Taiwan, then moved southward to the Philippines, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. Using sophisticated boating technology, Austronesians were then able to reach islands as far as Madagascar and Hawaii.

Title: Genomic Perspectives On Human Dispersals During The Holocene
Journal: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

9. Water-purifying Nanoparticles (IF: 9.9)

As water pollution becomes an ever-more pressing issue, we are in dire need of technologies that can purify water. Dr. Michelle Regulacio of the Institute of Chemistry collaborated with scientists from China to create a nanocomposite that can get rid of water contaminants with the help of light. The nanocomposites, made up of zinc oxide and carbon, can easily cling to organic dyes and bacteria and, using energy from light, decompose or kill them. The nanocomposites are cheap and simple to manufacture, offering a cost-effective wastewater treatment system.

Title: Hydrophilic ZnO/C Nanocomposites With Superior Adsorption, Photocatalytic, And Photo-Enhanced Antibacterial Properties For Synergistic Water Purification
Journal: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science

10. Marine Pollution and Its Effects on Southeast Asian Biodiversity (IF: 9.8)

Southeast Asia is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world while also contributing significantly to marine pollution. Yet the region is underrepresented in studies that focus on the effects of marine pollution on biodiversity. In their review paper, Dr. Lemnuel Aragones of the Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology and partners in Southeast Asia investigated why this is the case. They found out that these sorts of studies are complicated by language barriers, sociocultural limitations, and difficulties in examining species.

Title: Interactions Between Marine Megafauna And Plastic Pollution In Southeast Asia
Journal: Science of The Total Environment

In addition, here are the top studies published by UPD-CS-affiliated authors in high IF journals:

Using Algorithms to Model Social Behaviors (IF: 11.25)

Algorithms such as machine learning (ML) are better at classifying social responses than conventional statistical tools. That’s what Dr. Armando Apan of the Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology (IESM) and collaborators from Nepal concluded in their research that looked upon the perspective of Nepalese people on energy consumption. ML models of public perceptions can aid in policy-making, planning, and implementation.

Title: Application Of Machine Learning To Assess People’s Perception Of Household Energy In The Developing World: A Case Of Nepal
Journal: Energy and AI

Examining Ecosystem Services in the Himalayas (IF: 11.1)

Services from nature like water supply, crop production, and habitat quality are called ecosystem services. Ecosystem services have unique relationships with one another. For example, when farmers convert forests into farms to increase crop production, the habitat quality will decrease. These unique relationships are the research focus of Dr. Armando Apan of the IESM and his partners in Nepal. They looked into how each ecosystem service changes with respect to one another and examined how this affects the ways of living in the Himalayas.

Title: Understanding Production Possibility Frontiers And Utility Values Of Ecosystem Services In The Himalayas: An Analysis Of The Supply-Demand Divide
Journal: Journal of Cleaner Production

Why Renewable Energy Sources are Failing in Nepal (IF: 9)

The threat of climate change urges countries to transition to renewable energy sources, but developing countries such as Nepal struggle to do so. Dr. Armando Apan of the IESM and collaborators from Nepal examined the reasons and learned that solar and wind technologies shut down because of poor planning and fund discontinuation. Dr. Apan and collaborators emphasized the need to tackle the issue using “bottom-up” approaches that consider local contexts rather than “top-down” approaches that only look at the issue as mere technological transfers.

Title: Rationalizing donations and subsidies: Energy ecosystem development for sustainable renewable energy transition in Nepal
Journal: Energy Policy

* The metric Impact Factor (IF) measures the average number of times research papers are cited. For example, a journal with an IF of 9 means that, on average, research papers published in that journal are cited 9 times.

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Highlights of UP Padayon’s Report on UP Alumni Activities from October to December 2023

The UP Padayon Public Service Office recently released their October-December 2023 reports showing the various public service activities of UP Constituent Universities (UP CUs). These are highlights from the different alumni groups of each UP CU.


UP alumni organizations such as UP Baguio Alumni Volunteers and Friends (UPAVF) offered legal assistance to the general public.

UP Medical Alumni Society in America (UPMASA) arranged Neurographica Art Therapy to promote mental health.

UP Alumni Association in British Columbia (UPAABC) initiated a scholarship program.

Photo from UPAABC website

UP Baguio University Student Council in collaboration with Sigma Delta Pi Sorority (EDT) and Sigma Kappa Pi Fraternity (EKT) Alumni Association – UP Baguio Chapter held a “Kapihan” event for students.


The Office of Alumni Relations, the UPLB Alumni Association (UPLBAA), and the UP College of Agriculture Class of 1960 initiated the Pili Drive Legacy Project, a project that aims to adorn the iconic Pili Drive with more pili trees.

Read more about the project on the UPLB website


The UP Manila College of Medicine ’98, UP Medical Alumni Association, and UP Manila College of Medicine Postgraduate Institute of Medicine partnering in the last quarter of 2023 to provide the public with several educational webinars covering various medical updates and themes.

Read More about the UP Med Webinar

Visit the UP Med Webinars Facebook page

Read the other CUs’ Report
UP Cebu
UP Diliman
UP Mindanao
UP Visayas

UP Padayon Public Service Office relies heavily on each CU’s social media and website for their report. If there are initiatives that are not posted but would like to be included in their report, please get in touch with them at [email protected].

UPLB Office of the Student Housing (OSH) in collaboration with the UP Alumni Association in New York (UPAA-NY) inaugurates Makiling Residence Hall (MAREHA) Learning Hub

Representing UPAA-NY, former UP President Emerlinda Roman joined UPLB officials, students, and staff at the opening of the MAREHA Learning Hub.
The hub was envisioned to be a co-working space for studying and leisure reading among students and staff staying at the upper campus.

UPLB celebrated the fruits of its linkages with the alumni and industry today, January 23.

The Office of the Student Housing (OSH) inaugurated the Makiling Residence Hall (MAREHA) Learning Hub, a project in collaboration with the UP Alumni Association in New York (UPAA-NY).

Source: University of the Philippines Los Baños Facebook

University and the Philippine-Australian Alumni Association, Inc. (PA3I) holds tree-planting activity at the Makiling Botanic Gardens (MBG)

UPLB presented ongoing and future initiatives with the Australian Government to Ambassador Yu. The group discussed different opportunities for postgraduate studies, higher education institutions (HEIs) collaboration, and strengthening Philippine-Australia relations.
Prior to the meeting, Ambassador Yu joined UPLB and PA3I-Southern Tagalog Chapter at the Philippine-Australia Tree Planting Site located in the Makiling Botanic Gardens. They planted native tree varieties of marang banguhan (Artocarpus odoratissimus Blanco) and kalulot (Artocarpus rubrovenius Warb.).

UPLB welcomed Australian Ambassador Hae Kyong Yu on campus today, January 22.

The University and the Philippine-Australian Alumni Association, Inc. (PA3I) held a tree-planting activity at the Makiling Botanic Gardens (MBG). Ambassador Yu also met with university officials and personnel who completed their graduate studies in Australia.

Source: University of the Philippines Los Baños Facebook

Alumni Lantern Shine Bright in UPV Paskua

The Alumni Lantern brought more light to the UPV Lantern Parade which was already bright with the parading academic and administration lanterns. This year’s Alumni Lantern, commissioned by UP Alumni Association Iloilo Chapter (UPAAIC), is a creation of their Board Member, Architect Denis B. Jaleco, co-designed and crafted by Cidrex Guyos.

According to Arc. Jaleco, the lantern depicts a two-way illusion: that of an angel, as the essence of Christmas, and a paraw (sail boat) with its sail depicting our rich natural resources. The dancing waves convey both a joyful and tranquil atmosphere, while the term “layag” written in baybayin shows our being Filipinos/Ilonggos.

This colorful artwork is the alumni association’s contribution to the UPV Lantern Parade held in UPV Miagao last December 20, 2023. It upholds the UPV Paskua’s theme “Hilway Nga Pagpanakayon Padulong Sa Malipayon Kg Mahidaiton Nga Paskua.”

UPAAIC is the regional chapter for the province of Iloilo. They develop projects for the benefit of UPV.

Written by: GC T. Castro, UPV OAR
Photo courtesy of: GC T. Castro, UPV OAR; Ms. Colcol Rico-Geduspan and Arc. Denis Jaleco, UPAAIC

Source: UPV Office of Alumni Relations Facebook

Agency-based Security, Maintenance Personnel in UPV Receive Gifts from Alumni Groups

The UP Alumni Association Iloilo Chapter (UPAAIC), in partnership with UPV BS Accountancy (BSA) 2003 Block C, held their annual Gift Giving Activity last December 8, 2023. Around a hundred agency-based security and maintenance personnel detailed in UP Visayas (UPV) Miagao and Iloilo campuses received gift packs.

Present during the event were UPAAIC Officers headed by President Consuelo Rico-Geduspan, UPV BS Accountancy 2003 Block C headed by Ms. Liza Lutero-Madayag, also a UPAAIC Board Member, and the security and maintenance personnel.

This event is held in coordination with UPV Office of Alumni Relation (OAR). UPV OAR is a unit that sustains lifelong engagement of the University with its alumni through various activities and projects.

Written by: GC T. Castro, UPV OAR
Photos courtesy of: Ms. Colcol R. Geduspan, UPAAIC

Source: UPV Office of Alumni Relations Facebook

UPV OAR’s “A Christmas Dinner” brings alumni together during yuletide season

Mr. GC Castro

Photo from UPV OAR Facebook

The University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) Office of Alumni Relations (OAR) organized “A Christmas Dinner” in behalf of the University and the Chancellor, held last December 9, 2023 at the UPV Performing Arts Hall to share holiday cheer with both the past and future alumni benefactors.

A number of alumni from various batches and organizations came to enjoy a night of music, food, and fellowship. Welcoming them was UPV Chancellor Dr. Clement C. Camposano. Honorable Lorenz R. Defensor (AB Philosopy 2000, UPD) graced the occasion.

Also present were former UPV Chancellor Dr. Ida A. Siason; former OAR Director Prof. Della A. Ibabao; past UP Alumni Association (UPAA) Iloilo Chapter Presidents Atty. Gaudioso P. Geduspan II, Mr. Rosendo Caesar G. Arandela III, and Dr. Reynaldo M. Gustilo; current UPAA-IC officers headed by their President Ms. Consuelo R. Geduspan; UPAA Capiz Chapter Director Ms. Victoria Hariette O. Banzon; iAmUPHi Trustees, including Dr. Marovic A. Celis; and Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development Dr. Rhodella A. Ibabao, among others.

Moreover, some high school and college batches were represented by their respective batch coordinators.

UPV OAR is a unit that sustains lifelong engagement, interests, and concerns of the alumni and the University. It provides programs, projects, and activities that strengthen the link between the University and the alumni, between and among the alumni, and between the alumni and other institutions. To know more on how to partner with OAR for alumni projects, please send an email to [email protected].

More photos on UPV OAR Facebook page

Photo by GC Castro

CALL for NOMINATIONS UP Alumni Awards 2024

The University of the Philippines Alumni Association (UPAA) launches the search for nominees to the UPAA Distinguished Alumni Awards 2024 The awards ceremony will be held at Ang Bahay ng Alumni, UP Diliman Campus, Quezon City on Monday, August 17, 2024, at 4:00 p.m.         

The UPAA grants the awards to UP alumni who have demonstrated exceptional achievements in their chosen fields of endeavor and have given outstanding contributions that bring about significant benefits to society and distinct honor to the University. Recognition is given to those with accomplishments that impact the communities in which they are, or have been active in, whether on the local, national, or international level.

The categories for nominations are:
UPAA Most Distinguished Alumna and/or Alumnus Award
UPAA Lifetime Distinguished Achievement Awards
UPAA Distinguished Alumni Awards
UPAA Distinguished Service Awards
UPAA Multigenerational UP Alumni Family Awards

The 2024 UPAA Awards urges sectors and groups to identify alumni nominees who are everyday heroes or unsung achievers making a difference through their quiet work in obscure areas of the country or foreign territories.

Nominations for the awards are accepted from any UP alumnus or alumni chapter until Monday, April 1, 2024.

The awarding ceremonies will be held during the UP Alumni Homecoming on August 18, 2024, a red-letter day that we eagerly anticipate.

For details, please contact the UPAA Secretariat at Ang Bahay ng Alumni, Magsaysay Ave, UP Diliman, Quezon City, tels. 7910-6390; 7587-8722; or email [email protected] .

Read the 2024 UPAA Awards Prospectus

Urgent Hiring! One (1) Senior Project Assistant

We are looking for one (1) qualified individual to fill the Senior Project Assistant (SPA) position in the UPS-OAR. Interested applicants may send their application packets to [email protected] on or before January 17, 2024.

Position: Senior Project Assistant (SPA) (Salary Grade 14)
Nature of Appointment: Contract of Service
Place of Assignment: UP Office of Alumni Relations

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Assist the director with projects and initiatives;
  • Contribute significantly to the operational, logistical, and administrative tasks of the OAR, focusing on its events, projects, and other programs by:
    • updating and organizing project files, such as meeting minutes, timelines, and progress reports
    • assisting in the preparation of project presentations and reports
  • Coordinate with relevant offices and units to ensure prompt delivery of services by scheduling meetings, conference calls, and
    project-related events as well as following up on progress of action items and other tasks
  • Writing and distributing project-related messages, such as memos and status updates
  • Ensure internal synergy among the team by actively participating in meetings and supporting team members;
  • Conducting research and gathering data to support project initiatives and encourage good decision-making practices
  • Participate in relevant trainings and workshops as required; and
  • Performs other tasks as assigned by the director.


  • Bachelor’s degree relevant to the job,
  • At least two years of relevant experience;
  • Proficient in using MS Office Applications and virtual collaboration tools; and
  • Must have excellent written communication skills.

How to apply?
Interested applicants should submit a copy of the following requirements to [email protected] using this subject line format:
Application for Senior Project Assistant – [Last name], [First name]

  • Letter of Application addressed to:

K.C. Abalos-Orendain, Ph.D.
Director for Office of Alumni Relations

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Certificate/s of training attended and portfolio of wor