UP Antiqueños reenergize for 2017

San Jose, Antique, Philippines – The UP Visayas Office of Alumni Relations (UPV-OAR) visited the UP Alumni Association Antique Chapter on January 2017 at the New Antique Capitol Building. Part of the visit under the “Kamusta Ka Iskolar ng Bayan” program was to reconnect with the alumni in the provinces, organize or reactivate alumni groups, and work with them in producing events. This with the hope of gathering more alumni to promote fellowship among the Isko and Iska in the Visayas, as well as to rekindle the deep rooted spirit of oblation that spells selfless service to the community and giving back to the university.

Antique now boasts of sprouting new commercial establishments in the town proper of San Jose. The popularity of the tourist attractions in the towns outside the capital, the ever-growing number of cultural events and festivals, and the dynamic promotion of local products all around the province have turned the province of Antique into a bustling community.

A number of UP alumni gathered to meet with UPV OAR to discuss future possibilities on how to contribute in this fast-paced development of the province. A set of officers was elected to handle the preparations for its upcoming events January 20, 2017. Heading this newly-energized UP Alumni Association (UPAA) Antique is its long time President, Mr. Nicolasito S. Calawag, Antique’s Provincial Agriculturist, who was again reelected for another term. Together with him are the other officers and members of the board: Mr. Erwin E. Ilaya as Vice President, Ms. Marilu B. Baculna as Secretary, Dr. Susan F. Atienza as Asst. Secretary, Ms. Emma O. Feranil as Treasurer, Ms. Susima Q. Nermal as Asst. Treasurer, Ms. Emmerald A. Villavert as Auditor, Mr. Kristoffer Ryan T. Gidaya as Asst. Auditor, Mr. Rey John M. Sandoy as Business Manager, Mr. Francisco P. Fullon, Jr. as Asst. Business Manager, Ms. Saredith Camiña-Sola as PIO, Mr. John Jowil D. Orquia as Asst. PIO, and Ms. Mary Joy Hiñola-Muescan, Mr. Richard C. Garcia, Ms. Lumen Marie Rose C. Quanico, Ms. Arlene A. Villaram, Mr. Joseph C. Negrillo, Ms. Jondale Mae A. Garcia, Ms. Roma P. Romero, and Mr. Eddie C. Gonzaga as members of the board. They were sworn in by Prof. Amy D. Tanoy, Director of UPV OAR. The new officers will serve for a term of one year.

UPAA Antique Chapter is an independent organization and maintains close coordination with the UPV Office of Alumni Relations for projects, fund drives and other activities involving the university such as the yearly UP Alumni & Faculty Homecoming and other alumni related activities.

UPVTC psych students bag awards in PAPJA 2017 confab

The UPVTC Psych Circle delegates emerged victorious in the 30th Annual Psychological Association of the Philippines Junior Affiliates (PAPJA) Convention held on 20 January 2017 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City and on 21 January 2017 in various schools in Manila.

The UPVTC delegates won first place in the Outstanding Community Extension Project competition for their entry entitled “Implementation of the Katatagan Resilience Program among Tacloban Youth Scholars Affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda.” This was a project of the Applied Psychology class of Prof. Querima Deborah Jopson, in partnership with Save the Children - Eastern Leyte Program Office. Justine Ynnes Oballo and Rosemarie Sarte presented a summary of the project to the audience and received the plaque on behalf of the organization. The UP Visayas Miagao delegates landed in third place while St. Paul University Quezon City won second.

The UPVTC team also grabbed the third spot in the Inter-School Psychology Quiz Competition (ISPQC) after a series of grueling tie-breaker questions with Angeles University Foundation and Far Eastern University. A total of 58 schools from all over the Philippines joined this year’s ISPQC, with the University of the Philippines Clark Pampanga as champion and Bulacan State University in second place. UPVTC contestants Mar Augustine Chloey Lee, Victor Macasil Jr., and Janara Trixia Perez were trained by Psych Circle adviser Prof. Pierce Docena.

On the second day of the convention, the delegates were given the chance to attend a workshop of their choice, which were simultaneously conducted in De La Salle University Manila, Mapua Insititute of Technology, and Colegio de San Juan de Letran.

The PAPJA Convention is an annual gathering of psychology students in the Philippines which serves as an important venue for the sharing of recent developments in the field of psychology as a science, exposure to the practice of psychology through workshops, exchange of ideas, and fellowship. This year’s convention centered on the importance of mental health in the Philippine society with around 8,000 delegates from all over the country.

California State University Prof shares expertise on sensitizers and nanoparticles in UPV forum

The CAS-Department of Chemistry hosted Dr. Matthias Selke of the California State University, Los Angeles on January 16, 2017 at the UPV Miagao campus as part of the ‘World Expert Lecture Seminar Series.’ His lecture was entitled "Singlet Oxygen Sensitizers and Inorganic Nanoparticles,” and was attended by both the students and faculty members of the Department of Chemistry.

Dr. Selke’s research interests is in the area of organic and inorganic photochemistry. This includes the development of new sensitizers, materials for environmentally benign oxidation reactions, reaction mechanisms involving molecular oxygen, and the chemistry of singlet oxygen. After his lecture, Dr. Selke together with faculty members discussed possible collaborations between his research group and the department. This was followed by a visit of the laboratories in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. A quick tour of the campus and Miagao town followed later.

The event is part of a series of lectures sponsored by the Office of International Linkages under the OVPAA, and the Institute of Chemistry at UP Diliman. This visit was made possible by the efforts of Dr. Leon Payawan of the UP Diliman Institute of Chemistry and Dr. Danilo Ortillo of the UP Visayas Department of Chemistry.

UP Visayas alumnus is PRA Gen Manager and CEO

General Manager and CEO Janilo E. Rubiato (L) is welcomed by outgoing General Manager and CEO Virgilio T. Ambion (R).

Atty. Janilo Rubiato, a UP Visayas alumnus, was recently appointed by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte as General Manager and Chief Executive Office (GM/CEO) and Member of the Governing Board of the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA), formerly Public Estates Authority. PRA is a Government Owned and Controlled Corporation.

The Philippine Reclamation Authority administers and implements government land development projects as there is an increasing demand for land and growing interest for investment locations in the country.

Rubiato finished his Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Communication / Political Science at UPV in 1992 before taking his law degree from the Ateneo de Davao University and passed the bar examinations in 2006.

Prior to his appointment to PRA, he was a partner at Angeles & Rubiato Law Firm in Davao City. He also rose from the ranks at Bombo Radio as newscaster, news writer and sports editor until becoming Area Manager for Mindanao for the AM Division of Bombo Radyo Philippines from January 01, 2005 to December 31, 2008.

He was also a long time technical adviser and consultant to former Davao City Mayor and now President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. (IPO)

Award-winning Ilonggo Painter holds Second Solo Show

Melvin Guirhem unveils his vision of an ideal environment as well as his longing and lament for lost indigenous heritage in his second solo painting exhibition Diminishing Thumbmark opening on 17 January 2017 at the UP Visayas Art Gallery, Iloilo City.

In small as well as large scale canvases, Guirhem portrays tattooed humans in various cheerless expressions amid forests, both lush and denuded. Guirhem generally explores surrealism deftly combining them with personal symbols.

Guirhem who hails from Oton, Iloilo, studied Architecture at the University of San Agustin but decided to devote more of time to the visual arts. His winning the Visayas Regional Competition of the Philippine Art Awards in 2013 affirmed his abilities as a painter.

His works have been included in major art exhibitions at Yuchengco Museum, Galleria Duemila, Galerie Ana, and Museo Iloilo among other art venues.

Diminishing Thumbmark will run until 17 February. UP Visayas Art Gallery is at the Main Building of UP Visayas Iloilo City Campus. For details call (33)3379159, look for Fryia Guzman.

UPV BSCS graduate tops ITPEC-FE Certification in ASEAN Region

An alumnus of the University of the Philippines Visayas Miagao Campus topped the recent Information Technology Professionals Examination Council – Fundamental Information Technology Engineers (ITPEC-FE) Certification Exam.

Franz Angelo Apoyon (BS Computer Science 2016), topped the examination with a score of 94.69%, besting 248 passers among 1,088 examinees from 7 countries in the ASEAN region namely Bangladesh, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. In the country, the certification exam was given by the Philippine National I.T. Foundation (PhilNITS) on October 23, 2016 and the results were released on December 8, 2016. Only 97 out of 294 examinees from the Philippines successfully passed the IT certification exam.

The ITPEC Certification Examination is an assessment tool of IT human resources that measures IT skills and knowledge of IT engineers. It is based on the IT Engineers Exam of Information-Technology Promotion Agency (IPA) of Japan. The certification is recognized in Japan and the 7 ASEAN countries mentioned.

Mr. Apoyon joins the elite club of ITPEC Top Gun whose members are the top-class scorers of ITPEC certification exams. He will participate in a 10-day ITPEC TOP GUN Program Training on February 20 to March 1, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. The training includes project management, workshops and discussions with Japanese IT companies, and hands-on experience of cutting edge IT services and products of Japan.

CAS DOC holds API project for faculty enhancement in chemometrics and statistical genetics

The Department of Chemistry of the College of Arts and Sciences, UP Visayas conducted an Academic Program Improvement (API) project to enhance faculty capability in chemometrics and statistical genetics on 03 – 05 January 2017 at the Interactive Learning Center, UPV Miagao Campus. The activity was attended by the faculty members of the Department of Chemistry, Division of Physical Sciences and Mathematics, Division of Biological Sciences, as well as teachers from Department of Education, and chemists/researchers from other government agencies (DOST, BFAR, Maridan Industries Inc.). The three-day workshop was aimed at (1) strengthening the capabilities of the faculty members in chemometrics and statistical genetics using the R program, (2) identifying possible research proposals that will employ chemometrics and experimental design, and (3) at revising and updating the current chemometrics course outline used in the Master of Chemistry curriculum.

Dr. Gerard G. Dumancas, a DOST Balik Scientist Program (Short-term Category) was the invited resource person for the event. Dr. Dumancas’ field of expertise is in the area of chemometrics, statistical genetics, molecular genetics, and bioanalytical chemistry.

He is presently a tenure tack Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University – Alexandria, USA. He obtained his BS Chemistry (cum laude) at UP Visayas and his PhD in Analytical Chemistry with specialization in Chemometrics from Oklahoma State University, USA.

UPV starts 2017 with open-house reception for faculty and staff

Photos courtesy of Mr. Gian Genoveza

Following UP Visayas New Year tradition, the Office of the Chancellor, executive offices and the administrative offices at the UPV Miagao campus opened their doors to welcome well-wishers on January 5, 2017. Chancellor Rommel A. Espinosa and Vice Chancellors Prof. Emilia S. Yap, Prof. Nestor G. Yunque, Dr. Ricardo P. Babaran and Dr. Evelyn T. Belleza were at hand to welcome visiting UPV personnel and guests.

At the Iloilo city campus, morning refreshments were made available for the Iloilo City campus and Brackishwater Aquaculture Center (BAC), Leganes faculty and staff on January 6, 2016. Chancellor Espinosa with his Vice Chancellors were also present to welcome everyone.

The open house is a fitting occasion to start a harmonious and vibrant working year for UPV employees. (IPO)

TVUP Feature on the Suguidanon (Epics) of Panay

The Suguidanon (Epics) of Panay is a research undertaken by a team from UP Visayas headed by Professor Emeritus, Dr. Alicia P. Magos and is published by the UP Press.

Matsuoka stresses cooperation not conflict in fisheries resource management

International cooperation rather than conflict should be the guiding principle in the global community in the management and sharing of fisheries resources.

This was the gist of the keynote address of Dr. Tatsuro Matsuoka, keynote speaker of the 2nd International Conference on Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (ICFAS) held on January 26-27, 2016, Amigo Terrace Hotel, Iloilo City.

Matsuoka, who had to tackle snowstorm and blizzard in Japan just to make it to the conference, is the Dean of the Faculty of Fisheries, Kagoshima University. He has an extensive experience in academic and technical cooperation in the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, Africa, South America and the Caribbean countries.

In the same address, Matsuoka gave a brief historical development on international fishery management, conflicts that arise between enclosing oceans, common management schemes, and the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. He also talked about the new Postgraduate Program in Tropical Fisheries with International Linkage. It was conceived with the recognition that tropical fisheries are more complex in nature than temperate fisheries.

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