Category Archives: UP News

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UP Pep Squad Place Second, Push for Equality in Cheerdance Competition

UP Pep Squad members are visited by UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan and UP Diliman Information Office Director S. Anril Tiatco
With the roar of the UP community behind them, the UP Pep Squad bent conventions en route to a solid runner-up finish in the UAAP Cheerdance Competition 2014.
In what was described as more of a vision than a theme, the squad which has been called the “Pep Squad ng Bayan” sported colored braids and featured pyramids that had female dancers lifting their male counterparts in an embodiment of the spirit of equality (pantay-pantay).
Supporters of the ‘Pep Squad ng Bayan’ at …

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UP names hibiscus hybrid after senator, CHED chair first honoree in new series

Honorees and UP officials pose for photos after the presentation of new hibiscus varieties. From left to right, UP Los Baños (UPLB) College of Agriculture Dean Domingo E. Angeles, UP President Alfredo E. Pascual, CHED Chair Patricia B. Licuanan, Senator Pia S. Cayetano, UPLB Chancellor Rex Victor O. Cruz, and Institute of Plant Breeding Prof. Pablito M. Magdalita. Photo by UPSIO.
Source: Institute of Plant Breeding
The University of the Philippines has named two new hibiscus hybrids after Senator Pia S. Cayetano and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairperson Patricia B. Licuanan.
Created through the hibiscus breeding program at the Institute of Plant …

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Gawad Plaridel conferred upon Nora Aunor

Gawad Plaridel recipient Nora Aunor sings the national anthem at the beginning of the awarding ceremonies at Cine Adarna, UP Diliman, Quezon City, August 27, 2014. Beside her are UP College of Mass Communication Dean Roland Tolentino, screenwriter Ricky Lee, UP President Alfredo Pascual, and UP Professor Emeritus and film critic Nicanor Tiongson.
For Nora Aunor, the UP Gawad Plaridel was like fulfilling her dream of finishing school, and in UP at that.
The actress, recognized by UP as a “transmedia artist” or an artist who excels in more than two media platforms, was conferred the award last August 27 at UP …

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Virata biography as Philippine economic history launched

Former Prime Minister Cesar EA Virata signs a copy of his book for UP Regent and former UP College of Business Administration Dean Magdaleno Albarracin (center) and UP Vice President for Public Affairs Prospero de Vera (right).
The University of the Philippines Press has come out with a book spanning four decades of Philippine economic history through a biography of the most recognized technocrat who guided the country through the toughest times in the latter half of the 20th century.
Written by foremost economist and first National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Director General, Dr. Gerardo Sicat, the book Cesar Virata: Life …

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We have a new tarsier species – UP biologists

Tarsier sitting on a flower pot in Loreto, Dinagat. Photo by Melizar V. Duya.
The genes have spoken. The Dinagat tarsier is a new Philippine tarsier species.
Dr. Perry S. Ong of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman Institute of Biology (IB) shared the good news today, after the group’s paper, “Conservation Genetics of the Philippine Tarsier: Cryptic Genetic Variation Restructures Conservation Priorities for an Island Archipelago Primate,” was published on PLOS ONE.
Genetic tests performed as part of this study by a multi-country team of scientists have proven this: the tarsier found on Dinagat Island is distinct from its relatives in …

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Despite Setback, Pascual Urges Maroons to ‘Keep Fighting’

UP Fighting Maroons Head Coach Rey Madrid (sitting on cooler) briefing the members of his squad at the UP-UE game.
Despite falling to the UE Red Warriors, 68-48, last 16 August, UP President Alfredo E. Pascual praised the fighting spirit of the UP Fighting Maroons.
A 19-point effort from guard Mikee Reyes was not enough to prevent the Maroons from falling to the Warriors in Saturday’s second game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Warriors’ frontline was simply too strong, led as they were by a 15-point, 14-rebound effort by Charles Mammie.
There was no quit in the Maroons for much of the …

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Research group compares local governance in Phl and neighbor countries

Philippine Public Administration expert Alex Brillantes Jr. (far right) suggests a less dichotomous view of Philippine leaders to researchers on Philippine local governance, (second, third, and fourth from left) Prof. Kenichi Nishimura, Prof. Masao Kikuchi, and Prof. Jun Kobayashi, as NCPAG Dean Maria Fe Villamejor-Mendoza (far left), the moderator of the discussion, listens.
Having decentralized governance in the last decade of the last century, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand can compare notes on how successfully or unsuccessfully they have devolved even as they continue to strengthen their systems. For the first time, a comparative study of decentralization in the three countries …

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Albarracin donates 20-M to UP

UP President Alfredo E. Pascual inspects in jest the check worth P20 million handed by Regent Magdaleno B. Albarracin Jr. to the University on August 13 at the Executive House, UP Diliman (UPD). The donation is for the establishment of the faculty development and research endowment fund to benefit the UPD Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business (VSB). With them are (seated from left to right) VSB Dean Ben Paul B. Gutierrez, UPD Chancellor Michael L. Tan, Mrs. Trinidad M. Albarracin, and Mario M. Albarracin.
Regent Magdaleno B. Albarracin Jr. and his family have donated P20 million to the University—the first …

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New UP VP for Planning and Finance takes oath

UP Vice President for Planning and Finance Joselito G. Florendo takes his oath of office administered by UP President Alfredo E. Pascual at a ceremony held in the Office of the President on August 13.
He was appointed to the post on May 7, with the Board of Regents confirming his appointment at its 1,298th meeting on June 30.
A faculty member of the UP Diliman Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business, Florendo is also UP Provident Fund Inc. executive director. He served as assistant vice president for Planning and Finance and UP System Budget Office director during the term of UP …

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Ukkil at Sutla features Islamic Mindanao art

UP President Alfredo Pascual and National Artist for the Visual Arts Abdulmari Asia Imao discuss one of the latter’s works on display in “Ukkil at Sutla.”
Decorative art and textiles of Islamic Mindanao were on display on the third floor of the Jorge B. Vargas Museum, UP Diliman as part of “Ukkil at Sutla,” the exhibit that opened on August 5.
Organized by the Magbassa Kita Foundation and the Museum, “Ukkil at Sutla” celebrated the end of Ramadan and was part of the 2014 Eid’l Fitr Festival.
It featured pieces on loan from National Artist for the Visual Arts Abdulmari Asia Imao, the …

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