UP Baguio graduate earns McCall MacBain Regional Award

University of the Philippines Baguio graduate earns McCall MacBain Regional Award.

University of the Philippines Baguio graduate Khianne Orteza (BSc’23) has earned a C$10,000 McCall MacBain Regional Award. This scholarship recognizes engaged student leaders who have demonstrated exceptional character, community engagement, leadership potential, entrepreneurial spirit, academic strength, and intellectual curiosity. It provides funding for a full-time master’s or professional program at any public university in Canada.

Khianne recently graduated magna cum laude from University of the Philippines Baguio, where he majored in microbiology and co-authored a research paper on biotherapeutics as treatment for skin conditions. He participates in a volunteer program, conducting workshops at under-served schools in the Cordillera, and assists patients at an HIV clinic. Khianne also helped raise funds for a sustainability initiative and contributed to a teletherapy service. One of his most significant leadership experiences was initiating a science training program during an internship in 2019. Khianne is applying for master’s programs in microbiology and related fields.

“The McCall MacBain Regional Award fuels my drive in connecting science with people’s lives through education,” said Khianne.
Khianne placed among the top 50 of international applicants from 2,250 universities. He is one of the first two Philippines university graduates selected for the program.

The McCall MacBain Scholarships are the result of a landmark C$200 million gift in 2019, then the largest single donation in Canadian history, by John and Marcy McCall MacBain.

Applications will open in June 2024 for September 2025 admission. In addition to 30 fully funded scholarships, up to 100 awards of C$5,000 to $20,000 will be offered. More information about the McCall MacBain Scholarships can be found at mccallmacbainscholars.org.

Congratulations Khianne Orteza

Source: UP Baguio Facebook

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].