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Feature stories on events, traditions and members of the university community

Message of the President at the 44th UP Los Banos Commencement Exercises

25 June 2016
DL Umali Freedom Park
College, Laguna
You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.
This is a popular quote of unknown origin. Nonetheless, its message is clear: Life is more than just working for a living. This is the theme I would like to discuss this morning.
But before proceeding, I want to first congratulate the parents and guardians of our graduates. You, parents and guardians, were selfless in giving to your children and wards the support that enabled them to get this far. I am sure their graduation today makes you …

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Message of the President at the 107th UP Manila Commencement Exercises

17 June 2016
Philippine International Convention Center
Manila
We make a living by what we take, but we make a life by what we give.
This quote is often mistakenly attributed to Sir Winston Churchill, but regardless of who originally said it, the message is clear: Life is more than what we take or what we have.
Before anything else, I want to congratulate the parents and guardians of our graduates. You parents and guardians were selfless in giving to your children the support that enabled them to get this far. I am sure their graduation today makes you happy and proud.
I also commend …

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Message of the President at the 105th UP Diliman Commencement Exercises

26 June 2016
University Amphitheater
UP Diliman, Quezon City

Members of the Board of Regents, Chancellor Michael Tan and his able team, my hardworking colleagues in the UP System Administration, our dedicated faculty and staff, our students (the best and brightest in the country), esteemed alumni and guests, ladies and gentlemen,
Good morning! With the sunflowers still abloom and the rain on hold1 until we finish the commencement exercises, I can say that the morning has broken, together with our hopes and gladness.
Congratulations to the UP Diliman Class of 2016!
I am sure most of you woke up very early today, while others failed to catch …

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Message of the President at the Times Higher Education Asia Universities Summit

19 June 2016
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Innovation in its various primeval, progressive forms, e.g., instinctive, intuitive, creative, inventive responses, has been the way of nature to find solutions to problems or challenges.  This has, led to survival, success, and permanence of the human species and underlies the progress and the continuous development of human culture and civilization.
Nature has experienced revolutions, starting with biological/genetic evolution, and then, in human society, agricultural, industrial, medical, molecular, IT, and now communications revolutions.  All revolutions, or disruptive changes, were driven by an innate spirit of competition and innovation, by a drive towards progressive, …

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Blood Match: Elections and Identity in the DNA Age

Left on the doorstep of the Jaro Cathedral in Iloilo as a baby, she was eventually adopted by the King and Queen of Philippine movies, Fernando Poe, Jr. and Susan Roces. Photo from http://gracepoe.ph/meet-grace/
The case that thrust the saga of blood and identity currently playing out in the country’s presidential race into the public eye began almost 48 years in a church in Jaro, Iloilo.
According to facts from both the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the Supreme Court (SC), the foundling now named Mary Grace Natividad S. Poe-Llamanzares or Grace Poe was abandoned as an infant in the parish church …

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UP Knowledge Festival: Day 3

Morning Activities
Opening of Exhibits
President Alfredo E. Pascual (left) and Vice President for Academic Affairs Gisela Padilla-Concepcion cutting the ribbon for the opening of the exhibits.
Vice President for Academic Affairs Gisela Padilla-Concepcion giving her welcome message
President Pascual giving his message.
President Pascual and Vice President Concepcion at the Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition cluster exhibit
President Pascual at the Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition cluster exhibit
Health and Wellness cluster exhibit
President Pascual at the Energy and Environment cluster exhibit
Vice President Concepcion and President Pascual Energy and Environment cluster exhibit
Progressive Teaching and Learning cluster exhibit
Optics, Sensors, and …

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UP Knowledge Festival: Day 2

Morning Activities
Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs Carla Dimalanta giving her opening remarks
President Alfredo E. Pascual giving his talk.
 
President Pascual giving his talk, Culture, Creativity, and Innovation
Dr. Jose Dalisay talking about Why Arts Should Matter
Dr. Clarissa David giving her talk, Hazard Vulnerabilities of the Public School System: Communicating Data and Science
Dr. Gonzalo Serafica giving a talk about Commercialization of Technology and Appreciating Value Creation
The open forum moderated by Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs Alyssa Peleo-Alampay
National Scientist Gavino Trono speaking at the open forum
UP Office of International Linkages Deputy Director Aaron Villaraza speaking at the open forum
UPOU Faculty of Education …

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UP Knowledge Festival: Day 1

UP Knowledge Fesitval Sign
Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs and Office of Alumni Relations Director Jose Wendell Capili serving as Master of Ceremonies.
President Alfredo E. Pascual giving his welcome remarks.
 
President Pascual giving the welcome remarks
Ceremonial toast led by Vice President for Planning and Finance Joselito Florendo.
Another photo of the ceremonial toast led by Vice President for Planning and Finance Joselito Florendo.
Musical Number
UP Knowledge Heroes
UP Officials
UP Manila Experts
UP Los Baños Experts
UP Diliman Experts
UP Mindanao Experts

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Plenary Talk on Human Capital Development

A pleasant afternoon to you all. I’m glad to see all of you still looking alert and fresh at this hour.
Based on the program, you have heard talks about how to build great, livable, and sustainable cities, with medical innovations, mobility, and information technology. You’ve also heard talks on how to design a happy and green city beyond the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga.
Now I will tell you the main ingredient to achieving all that. Not technology, although it is important. Not buildings or infrastructure, although these are important too. Not even master city plans or programs.
The main ingredient is …

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UP connects with Filipino scholars in Europe

Young Filipino scholars gathered at the Philippine Embassy in London on Friday, April 24, for the UK stop of the University of the Philippines (UP) roadshow.
The three-week tour aims to update UP graduates abroad on developments in the University as well as to encourage them to share their academic expertise or make financial contributions to UP.
(READ: Infographics on the new system-wide donation scheme – page 1 and page 2)
Dr. Aaron Joseph Villaraza, deputy director of the Diliman-based Office of International Linkages, was tasked to meet with the thirteen PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and faculty members from the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, …

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