StudentsApril 12, 2023
UPIS players bag UAAP awards
Two players of the UP Integrated School (UPIS) Junior Fighting Maroons basketball team were recently recognized at the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 85 high school basketball boys awarding ceremony on March 17 at the FilOil EcoOil Centre in San Juan. Kobe Demisana and Daryl Valdeavilla were awarded the Mythical Five and Rookie of the Year titles, respectively. Congratulatory poster for Demisana and Valdeavilla. Image from the UPIS Junior Fighting Maroons Facebook page Demisana, the team’s small forward, power forward, and center, garnered 83.643 statistical points (SPs) this season. This made him one of the top five players in the tournament with the highest SPs. He contributed an average of 17.64 points, 12.64 rebounds, 2.64 assists, 2.14 steals, and 4.07 blocks per game to the UPIS Junior Fighting Maroons. Demisana said individual awards are just a bonus to him for, “Hindi ko makukuha iyon if wala ang mga teammate and coach ko.” This will be the last time Demisana, who joined the team in 2020, is playing in the junior basketball division. He thanked all those who watched their games. “Playing for the UPIS community is an honor.Grabe sila mag-support, they are there every game, and alam ko walang tatalo sa support ng UP community,” he said. Demisana (left) with UAAP President Emmanuel Calanog. Photo from the UAAP Media Bureau Demisana is joined by National University Nazareth School’s Reinhard Jumamoy; Ateneo de Manila’s Kristian Porter; De La Salle Santiago Zobel’s Rhyle Melencio; and Far Eastern University-Diliman’s John Rey Pasaol in the Mythical Five. Meanwhile, team point guard and shooting guard Valdeavilla won the Rookie of the Year award after amassing 54.75 SPS, averaging 14 points, 4.75 rebounds, 2.75 assists, and 1.83 steals. UPIS won the award back-to-back after Jean Lorenz Canillas took home the title last season. The award came as a surprise to Valdeavilla, who never expected to be crowned Rookie of the Year. “I just did my very best to help the team. also thankful dahil naging worth it lahat ng pagod at stress,” he said. He also shared how he felt about his first UAAP tournament. “Kahit manalo o matalo, it helped the team to learn, grow, and focus on what we can improve,” he said. Valdeavilla. Photo from the UAAP Media Bureau Valdeavilla plans to keep on playing and representing UPIS in the future and hopefully win the championship title.
StudentsApril 12, 2023
UP Pep is NCC Champion
The UP Varsity Pep Squad (UP Pep) bagged the championship title for the All-Girl College Cheer Division at the 16th National Cheerleading Championship (NCC) that took place from March 25 to 26 at the Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig City. UP Pep’s All-Girl College Cheer Team. Image from The UP Varsity Pep Squad Facebook page The NCC is an annual cheerleading competition for elementary to college cheerleading teams from schools all around the country. They also have a coed elite division open to participants of all ages. UP Pep’s all-girl college cheer team earned a total of 311 points, beating De La Salle University’s Animo Squad which garnered 283.5 points. The breakdown of their points is 60.5 for basic elements; 56 for tumbling; 67.5 for stunts; 62 for tosses; 66 for pyramids; and one point deduction for a minor mistake. The maximum number of points possible for each category is 80. This is the team’s first appearance in the NCC after a 16-year hiatus. UP Pep also competed in the open coed group stunts division and open partner stunts division, where they finished in third place.
AcademeApril 11, 2023
Using film in pedagogy
A documentary film on the importance of mangrove in the ecosystem was recently screened at the UP Diliman (UPD) Institute of Biology Auditorium. Bakawan is a 45-minute documentary that tackles the significance of mangroves to the coastal ecosystem, the reason for the decline of mangrove forest in the Philippines, the persisting threats to mangroves, and the rehabilitation efforts being carried out. Shot on the island of Alabat, Quezon, Bakawan was produced and co-written by Nick Deocampo, an associate professor at the Film Institute of the UPD College of Mass Communication, and directed and narrated by Lemnuel V. Aragones, PhD, former director of the Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology (IESM) of the UPD College of Science. Deocampo. Photo by Jerald DJ. Caranza, UPDIO Deocampo described Bakawan as an example of a third film front. He believes that the audio-visual industry can really take root in the academic community. “By watching Bakawan today and many of the other films that we could be producing, we are now reconciling ourselves to the new media that will allow us to really have a sign-based pedagogy. We will be looking at motion-pictures, we will be looking at images as a source of our knowledge,” Deocampo said. A scene from Bakawan. Photo by Jerald DJ. Caranza, UPDIO Meanwhile, Aragones said Alabat used to have serious problems with its coastal areas, but now has a good coastal ecosystem. It is special to him since he frequently visited the island when he was an undergraduate student. “My initial prognosis at that time was kawawa na itong isla na ito, because when we were snorkeling and scuba diving in the eastern side of the island, maraming issue sa pagpapaputok noon. However, when I came back in 1998 after my PhD, I saw that there was a semblance of recovery. This (semblance of recovery) became a very important impetus for me to package in the mindset of a scientist; to showcase the environmental issues this educational material,” Aragones said. Aragones. Photo by Jerald DJ. Caranza, UPDIO Bakawan is one of 10 films and the only science-oriented film under the research project Cinema for Education: Rationalizing the Philippine Audio-visual Industry to Promote Inclusive Education Through Film Literacy (Cinema for Education). According to the event program, Cinema for Education is “a research project conducted on the subject of introducing a new philosophy of education and a new way of organizing the country’s audio-visual industry. The project includes a study on cinema and other forms of motion pictures as it investigates how the educational cinematic medium can serve…
ResearchJanuary 27, 2023
Stories from Babuyan Claro
In the northernmost island of Luzon lies the community of Babuyan Claro. It is home to the Ibatans. In her dissertation, The Stratigraphy of a Community: 150 Years of Language Contact and Change in Babuyan Claro, Philippines,Maria Kristina Gallego, PhD said the Ibatans “… emerged from a century and a half of intense social contact between people from different, but closely related, ethnolinguistic groups: Ivatan and Itbayaten (Batanic) and Ilokano (Cordillera).” Gallego is an assistant professor of linguistics and chair of the UP Diliman (UPD) Department of Linguistics (DLingg) of the UPD College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. Gallego (in green shirt) with the locals of Babuyan Claro. Photo by Kristina Gallego, DLingg Map of Babuyan Claro. Photo by Kristina Gallego, DLingg Northern tip. Babuyan Claro belongs to the Babuyan group of islands at the northernmost islands of the Philippines, under the township of Calayan. It is a small island with a rugged terrain and generally lacks exploitable natural resources. Gallego said, “Until several decades ago, this region was relatively isolated from the rest of the country given the extreme difficulty in crossing the Babuyan and the Balintang Channels.” Babuyan Claro landscape. Photo by Kristina Gallego, DLingg First families. Babuyan Claro traces its beginnings from one family’s attempt to return to their homeland. But they ended up establishing a new home for themselves. According to Gallego, there was a group composed of five persons from Calayan and Camiguin that were shipwrecked on Babuyan Claro in their attempt to go back to Batanes. These were Alvaro and Maria, both of Batanic ancestry, and their Ilokano friends Fidel, Mauricio, and Marcelino. “For the next 50 years or so, Babuyan Claro witnessed similar arrivals of small groups of people from Batanic- and Ilokano-speaking groups,” Gallego said. Language. Ilokano is used as the lingua franca in Babuyan Claro, but the local language of Babuyan Claro is Ibatan and it is used by about 3,000 first- and second-language speakers. “It belongs, linguistically, to the Batanic sub-group along with the languages of Batanes, Ivatan, and Itbayaten and also Yami or Tao which is spoken in Orchid Island in Taiwan,” Gallego said. Distinct lines. The present-day Babuyan Claro community is an outcome of the coming together of families from either Batanic or Ilokano-speaking ancestry. The general preference in keeping ethnolinguistic lines separate during the early years of Babuyan Claro is reflected in how residential settlements have developed on the island. “While settlements are scattered in the whole island, the greatest density is found on the southern…
ExtensionMarch 15, 2023
BSID students give back
For the seventh time, a group of senior interior design (ID) students from the UP Diliman (UPD) College of Home Economics (CHE) Department of Clothing, Textiles, and Interior Design (DCTID) helped renovate and revitalize the interiors of a center for street children in Quezon City as part of a special projects class. The BS (interior design / BSID) Class of 2023 are 29 student-designers composed of Johncis Quiambao, Daphne Quelapio, Ally Antonio, Mabea Malana, Glenn Cultura, Frances Dandan, Crystal Babst, Lee Villarama, Rain Alqaseer-Del Rosario, Yuki Añonuevo, Joh Carreon, Ja-ne Calinawan, Nikkei Castillo, Nikki Bedia, Ysai Castro, Law Competente, Annie Dela Cruz, Ria Escultura, Erika Feliciano, Kirsten Joloyohoy, Vea Magpantay, Paskee Manumbas, Annika Miguel, Joyce Orda, Ian Patarata, Kaye Picazo, Christine Roa, Loren Santos, and Rowell Villafuerte. The BSID Class of 2023. Photo from the BSID Class of 2023 Facebook page As the capstone coursework of their ID179 subject (Special Project in ID) under Joseph Taluban, an assistant professor at the CTID, the students created Project Akbay: Disenyong Gabay Tungo sa Pangarap at Pag-asa (Project Akbay). Project Akbay is an initiative to renovate Kuya Center for Street Children (KCSC), a Cubao-based temporary shelter providing food, shelter, and education for runaways, orphans, and children from low-income families aged 8 to15 years old who are unable to afford public schooling. According to the project’s online primer, the center “hopes to re-establish their self-esteem and help them adjust their lives, so that they may successfully undertake rehabilitation, reconciliation, and redirection to becoming responsible family members in society once again.” Starting October 2022, the class conducted fundraising projects to raise the P2.1 million needed to design, renovate, and revitalize KCSC’s interior spaces. The students conducted art and digital modeling workshops; a two-day benefit concert and drag show; a raffle; staycation packages; as well as partnerships with various small businesses and a badminton center as fundraising activities. In addition, there were the various sponsors that aided the group: Arksmith Furniture Design & Manufacturing, Boysen Paints Philippines, Felport International Marketing, AllHome, Focus Global Inc., Landlite Lighting Solutions, SOGO Home & Office Center, Pots for Plants, Carlo Guison, the Antonio Family, V&C Masterbuilders Corporation, and Mrs. Honey Castro. After months of work and effort, the group held a turnover ceremony on Feb. 27 at the center, attended by stakeholders. The renovated KCSC activity area. Photo from the BSID Class of 2023 Facebook page The areas that the group designed are the exteriors (Cultura), the activity area (Competente, Dandan, Quiambao, Quelapio, Añonuevo, and Lee), the educational room (Castro, Dela Cruz, Antonio, Bedia), administration office and filing room (Miguel, Babst, Castillo, Malana, Joloyhoy, Carreon, and Santos), kitchen (Magpantay, Picazo, Escultura, Villafuerte, Feliciano, and Roa), and laundry area…
UPD screens The Restless Heron
The Department of History (DHist) of the UP Diliman (UPD) College of Social Sciences and Philosophy held a virtual film screening of the Maguindanawon film The Restless Heron (TRH / Su Di Makapangintelen a Talik) as the latest installment of SineKas, the department’s film screening activity. Previously, SineKas presented HONOR: The Legacy of Jose Abad […]
Vistan is UPD chancellor
Edgardo Carlo L. Vistan II is UP Diliman’s (UPD) new chancellor. An assistant professor at the UPD College of Law (LAW), Vistan was appointed as the UPD’s 12th chancellor by the UP Board of Regents (BOR) at its 1379th meeting on April 3. He succeeded Fidel R. Nemenzo, DSc. His appointment was announced by UP […]
UP ranks 1st in round 1
The UP Baseball Team overwhelmed the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Baseball Team with a score of 11-3 on March 26 at the UP Diliman (UPD) Baseball Field, giving them a 4-1 win-loss record and ending the round ranked first. The UP Fighting Maroons steadily gained their advantage in the early innings, scoring three points […]
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