UP Visayas grants various degrees to 977 graduates

The palpable energy and excitement filled the grounds, lobby and big hall of the Iloilo Convention Center, Iloilo City on June 24, 2016 as graduates, parents and families, along with the faculty and staff, gathered for the UP Visayas 37th Commencement Exercises.

Mr. Rico M. Hizon, an award-winning news anchor of the British Broadcasting Corporation or BBC World News’ daily business and finance program “Asia Business Report,” was the featured commencement speaker.

Juliene Lindy C. Tiu, a BS Accountancy major from the College of Management delivered the valedictory address to the graduating Class of 2016. She earned the highest GWA of 1.282 among her peers, magna cum laude.

In addition, there were eight others who graduated as magna cum laude. They are the following: Reil Gallenero Abucay, College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), GWA1.286; Pauline Mae Garillos Gallo, College of Management CM, GWA 1.369; Angelica Faith Legayada Suarez, CAS, GWA 1.380; Jia P. Marcellano, UPV Tacloban College (UPVTC), GWA 1.392; Cecille Clarisse Valles Suarez, CM, GWA 1.431; Mart Anthony Dacurro dela Peña, UPVTC, 1.434, Ralph Anthony Aranda Gonzales, CM, GWA 1.446, and Vince Neil Bolasco Fuertes, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, GWA 1.447.

The graduates of UPV are broken down as follows:

COLLEGE UNDERGRADUATE GRADUATE TOTAL
Arts and Sciences 332 28 360
Fisheries and Ocean Sciences 63 16 79
Management 186 56 242
School of Technology 51 0 51
Tacloban 236 9 245
      977

The UPV Tacloban College had a separate Commencement Exercises on June 27, 2016 in its campus with Commissioner Arsenio Balisacan of the Philippine Competition Commission as the guest speaker. (With sources from the Office of the University Registrar)

Balay Balay Child Minding Center soon to rise in the UPV Miagao campus

“Today, we mark another milestone in our path to a more gender sensitive society. We are breaking ground for the Balay Balay Child Minding Center (BBCMC) here in the Miagao campus,” says UPV Chancellor Rommel Espinosa during the ground breaking ceremony of the BBCMC on June 20, 2016, UP Visayas Miagao campus.

Espinosa said that the BBCMC is a service mandated by Executive Order No. 340. Section 1 of the EO says that all national government agencies and government-owned and-controlled corporations shall provide day care services to children of their employees under five years of age and should be provided either within their office facilities or in the areas accessible to the parents.

UP Visayas, through its Gender and Development Program (GDP), opened its first child-minding center in the Iloilo City campus in 1999, the second one in Miagao in 2014 and recently, the UPV Tacloban College opened the Duyan Child Minding Center in its campus.

Dr. Mary Barby Badayos-Jover, Director of the UPV GDP welcomed the 33 pre-school children currently enrolled in the Miagao BBCMC, as well as their parents, and other guests. She thanked the support of the UPV administration for making it possible for the 1.6M BBCMC building to be constructed. At the moment, the BBCMC in Miagao is located in a limited area at the basement of the College Union Building.

The brief ceremony included the participation of the children who placed some items inside the time capsule. The blue print of the building was placed by Chancellor Espinosa. He led in the burying of the time capsule along with Vice-Chancellor for Administration Nestor G. Yunque, Vice-Chancellor for Planning and Development Evelyn Belleza, Campus Development Maintenance Office Chief Rolando Jamero, Engr. Mario Morano and Dr. Jover.

Dept Chem, CAS holds technical briefing on cassava in Aklan

Upon the invitation of Ms. Charmae Antipatia, the Cassava Focal Person of the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 6, the Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, University of the Philippines Visayas conducted a public service activity on 14 June 2016 at the Kusinasa Kalibo in Kalibo, Aklan. The purpose of the public service activity was to give technical briefing to focal persons for cassava in Aklan province.

The participants were composed of 18 focal persons for cassava from the different municipalities of Aklan headed by Ms. Flordeliza Cortes, Provincial Corn Coordinator of DA-Aklan. To address issues and concerns on cassava and corn more effectively, the two commodities are lumped together in the Department of Agriculture.

A brief talk about cassava varieties, cynogenesis, acute and chronic effects of cyanide in the human body, and a way of determining cassava cyanide using the Color Wheel Test Kit was given by Dr. Vivian Azucena-Topor, Project Leader in the development of the Cassava Cyanide Color Wheel Test Kit. The said test kit was developed through the funding assistance of the UPV Foundation, Incorporated and the CAS Department of Chemistry.

Topor then demonstrated to the cassava focal persons how to determine the cyanide content using the Cassava Cyanide Color Wheel Test Kit. It was followed immediately by a hands-on training of the cassava focal persons using samples collected from Iloilo Province.

At the end of the activity, the CAS Department of Chemistry thru Topor donated four test kits for the use of Aklan Province, which was represented by Cortes. (By: Anthony Salvador B. Albaladejo and Enrique N. Legaspi III)

Hizon, award-winning BBC news anchor to speak in UPV’s 37th Commencement Exercises

An award-winning news anchor of the British Broadcasting Corporation or BBC World News, Mr. Rico Hizon will be the speaker of 37th Commencement Exercises of UP Visayas on Friday, June 24, 2016, 4:00 pm, at the Iloilo Convention Center, Megaworld Blvd., Mandurriao, Iloilo City.

Hizon has won as news anchor of the daily business and finance program “Asia Business Report,” and the general news-based show “Newsday” aired live from Singapore and London, every weekday morning. These news programs are broadcast to more than 300 million households worldwide. “People Asia” also named him as one of the “Men Who Matter” in 2016.

His program “Asia Business Report” is produced out of Singapore and offers viewers up to the minute economic and market news from the Asia-Pacific region, with in-depth analysis of the latest trends from the movers and shakers in the business world. On “Newsday,” he reports on the latest political and social issues from the people who make the news, and also a thorough viewpoint from more than 200 BBC correspondents around the world, and its impact on the global scenes.

His reporting job has taken him all over the region to include Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, and the Philippines. As a broadcast journalist for 25 years he has interviewed famous personalities in the financial, political and sporting world.

Hizon studied in De La Salle University and started his broadcast career at the Manila-based GMA Network from 1988 to 1995 where he was responsible for covering capital markets, banking and finance, real estate, investment and corporate developments. He anchored the daily business program, Business Today, GMA News Live and Stock Market Live from the trading floor of the Philippine Stock Exchange.

He then joined CNBC Asia in April 1995 based in Hong Kong and later in Singapore, where he was the main anchor of the morning edition of CNBC Today, Squawk Box, Market Watch and Power Lunch.

Gellecanao to speak at the UPV Papuri 2016

An alumna of UP Visayas, now a practicing accountant in California, will be the featured speaker of the UPV Papuri 2016 program on June 23, 2016, 8:00 am, at the auditorium of the Iloilo City campus.

Marilyn M. Gellecanao (nee Magno) is a BS Business Administration major in Accounting (1983), magna cum laude graduate of the College of Management where she likewise earned her Master of Management (major in Business Management) in 1998.

Gellecanao is presently connected with SAGE Publishing as a Senior Financial Analyst since 2012. SAGE is a leading independent, academic and professional publisher of innovative, high-quality content. She is described as a performance-driven business strategist with over 25 years of progressive and high integrity finance and accounting experience in prominent global organizations, and in various industries; most recently in publishing, manufacturing, engineering, retail, and utilities. She is a US Certified Public Accountant and a member of the California Society of CPAs.

The Papuri is a University recognition program for graduating honorific scholars and special achievement awardees. (With sources from the College of Management)

Tiu to deliver valedictory address in UPV’s 37th Commencement Exercises

On the 37th Commencement Exercises of UP Visayas on June 24, 2016, Juliene Lindy C. Tiu will have the distinction of delivering the valedictory address to the graduating Class of 2016. This because Tiu, a BS Accountancy major from the College of Management, has earned the highest GWA of 1.282 among her peers.

Tiu graduated class valedictorian in elementary and in high school at the Iloilo Central Commercial High School, now Huasiong College of Iloilo. Her being a consistent university scholar brought her to graduate as magna cum laude at the end of the five-year accountancy program that she enrolled in.

The consistent university scholar found time to join and win in competitions that were particularly related to her field. These included: 1st place in the 2014 IFJPIA Practical Accounting 1 and 2 Quiz Bee (Team Competition), 1st place in the 2015 PICPA Iloilo Chapter Practical Accounting 1 and 2 Quiz Bowl (Team Competition), 1st place in the 2016 17th InterCollegiate Finance Competition (ICFC)- Western Visayas Regional Level, and 2nd place in the 2015 CIMA Global Business Challenge (GBC)- National Level. She also won Best Speaker/Best Future Business Leader in the CIMA Global Business Challenge (GBC)- National Level and 3rd place in 2015 NFJPIA- Region 6 11th Midyear Convention (MYC) Practical Accounting 2 Quiz Bee.

Of her life as a valedictorian among valedictorians and honor students in UP, she said that it is very well known fact that UP’s high academic standard can easily “dissipate a first year student’s illusions of superiority cultivated by his or her multiple achievements during high school.”

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Abucay is the top graduate of CAS Class of 2016

“Besides honing my analytical skills, UP has taught me to be flexible, personality-wise. It has prepared me for life by keeping me grounded. In the four years that I have been a student, I realized that you cannot know everything and that's okay. One must learn to deal with one’s limitation. What's important is the realization that since there is so much to learn out there, you just have to be always open to new ideas; and to never confine yourself to just one type of learning.”

So says Reil Gallenero Abucay, BS in Applied Mathematics major from the College of Arts of Sciences who earned the distinction of having the highest GWA of 1.286 among the 2016 graduates of the College, magna cum laude.

The native of Tagbilaran City, Bohol, was already an academic achiever during his elementary years wherein he graduated as valedictorian and with high honors in high school.

In the 2012 UP College Admission Test, Abucay was ranked among the top 10% of all UPCAT qualifiers. Because of this, he was a recipient of a UP Government Scholarship and also qualified for a DOST- RA Scholarship based on competitive examination.

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Marcellano is UPVTC’s class valedictorian

The story of UP students coming from a life of poverty and making something of themselves is a narrative that continues to inspire and awe. One never gets tired of being told about it.

Such is the story of Jia P. Marcellano, a BS Biology graduate who is graduating at the top of Class 2016 of the UPV Tacloban College, magna cum laude with a GWA of 1.392.

Marcellano was born to a humble family whose father is a tricycle driver and a housewife for a mother. She said that they live in a house built on a land that is not theirs.

“My father, Cornelio Marcellano, works hard to provide for us while my mother, Violeta Marcellano, plays the invaluable role of being a housekeeper. My sister Ethel and I grew up in a place where sung lullabies lured us to sleep instead of television,” she recalled.

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Fuertes leads CFOS graduates

Humble beginnings did not deter Vince Neil B. Fuertes, the younger of the two children of Herculino M. Fuertes and Aileen Hazel B. Fuertes, to achieve academic excellence. The native of Dipatlong, Maribojoc, Bohol said he and an older sister were raised by their parents accustomed to simple living.

As a Bachelor of Science in Fisheries graduate, with a GWA of 1.447, Fuertes ends his undergraduate life in UP as magna cum laude and leads the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences 2016 graduates.

“Back then and until now, we never had much. My mother is a public school teacher while my father is the assistant head of the DRRM of the Maribojoc LGU,” he said. He credits his mother as the one who made sure that they would value education. It was no surprise then that he and his older sister were consistently at the top of their class during their elementary years and both graduated as valedictorians in Santa Cruz Elementary School. He also graduated with honors (1st) in Tagbilaran City Science High School.

Fuertes added that at a young age, he already had an inclination towards the sciences, spending hours reading science books, watching science shows and enjoying science subjects. He competed and won in science competitions in elementary and high school.

“I had high hopes upon entering UP because it is not just a university but a learning institution where the best of the best are found. Fisheries was not my first choice as degree program because I really wanted to be a Chemical Engineer like my sister. But my father suggested that I take fisheries because UPV is known to be the Center of Excellence in fisheries education,” he pointed out.

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Plarisan earns highest GWA among SoTech graduates

Edpril B. Plarisan earned the highest GWA of 1.609 among the 2016 graduates of the School of Technology, making cum laude. The native of Hinigaran, Negros Occidental finished at the Hinigaran Elementary School-A as class salutatorian and earned his high school diploma at the Negros Occidental National Science High School Victorias City, Negros Occidental.

The BS Chemical Engineering graduate said that his five years in UP has taught him a lot of things not only in the world of learning but also about life.

“Every year, as a student, was filled with challenges and struggles. But these challenges taught me how to survive and have probably prepared me for life after college.”

He added that UP has taught him how to manage time efficiently with its very demanding academic life such as: exams being given almost every other week, activities of school organizations, and other extra-curricular activities.

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UP Visayas sets 37th Commencement Exercises

While the rest of the country has gone back to school or gearing for the opening of classes, UP Visayas, along with the constituent universities of the UP system, has just concluded Academic Year 2015-2016. UPV has set its 37th Commencement Exercises on Friday, June 24, 2016, 4:00 pm, at the Iloilo Convention Center, Megaworld Blvd., Mandurriao, Iloilo City.

Rico M. Hizon, an award-winning news anchor of the British Broadcasting Corporation or BBC World News’ daily business and finance program “Asia Business Report,” will be the featured commencement speaker.

In addition, UPV will have its Papuri on June 23, 2016 at 8:00 am, in the auditorium of the Iloilo City campus. The Papuri is a University Recognition Program for graduating honorific scholars and special achievement awardees. Ms. Marilyn M. Gellecano, an alumna of UP Iloilo, will give the inspirational message.

A violin concert will be performed at the Parangal in the afternoon of the same day at 6:00 pm at the same venue. This concert is in honor of graduating students, their parents, the alumni, and benefactors. It will feature Pundaquit Virtuosi, a string ensemble led by international violin virtuoso Alfonso "Coke" Bolipata, to perform the works by Mozart, Dvorak, Beethoven, Brahms, Medelssohn, Strauss, Waltzes and the likes.

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Dept Chem, CAS holds curriculum review

The Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, U.P. Visayas conducted the Academic Program Improvement Project entitled, “Curriculum Review of the BS Chemistry Program”, at the Assemblage Point Resort and Convention Hub, Lawigan, San Joaquin, Iloilo on 31 May 2016 to 03 June 2016. Thirteen faculty members, including Dr. Rolly Fuentes of UPV Tacloban College, and four academic support staff participated in the 4-day live-in seminar-workshop.

The activity aims to revise the existing the BS Chemistry Program of UP Visayas and align it with recent developments such as the implementation of the K-12 Program in the country. Its other objectives include: to establish the program goals, structure, and requirements, and to develop syllabi for the Chemistry courses to be instituted.

Dr. Aurora Fe Bautista served as the facilitator and the main resource person of the seminar-workshop. During the first day of the activity, Prof. Jay Martizano talked about the topic, “Establishing the Program Structure and Program Requirements of the BS Chemistry Program.” Prof. Rica Cainglet discussed “UP’s New GE Framework,” and Prof. Steve P. Janagap, the Chairperson of the Department of Chemistry, presented the “Mission, Vision, and Goals of UP System, UP Visayas, CAS and the Department of Chemistry.” Janagap also lectured about “Setting the BS Chemistry Program Goal.” Bautista discussed the last topic for Day 1, which was on “Outcomes-Based Education.”

Day 2 began with the lecture of Bautista on “Redefining the Program Outcomes (CHED and the Department of Chemistry Program Outcomes).” The first workshop involved the making of the OBE syllabi by the Organic and Analytical Chemistry clusters, which was followed by the presentation of their outputs. In the afternoon, the Inorganic, Physical and Biochemistry clusters also had a workshop on the creation of their respective OBE syllabi. Day 2 ended with the presentation of outputs by the Inorganic, Physical and Biochemistry clusters.

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