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UP CIDS forum explores new themes on Rizal

Up cids forum explores new themes on rizal

Photo by Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO.   In commemoration of the 158th birth anniversary of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, the country’s national hero, the University of the Philippines Center for Integrative and Development Studies (UP CIDS) Program on Alternative Development (AltDev) hosted a forum, “Rethinking Rizal for the 21st Century: Unexplored Themes and New

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UP faculty and alumni reap NAST PHL awards at 41st Annual Scientific Meeting

Up faculty and alumni reap nast phl awards at 41st annual scientific meeting

UPLB scientists Dr. Rex Victor O. Cruz and Dr. Juan M. Pulhin are the recent addition to the growing and elite pool of Academicians of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST). Photo from the UP Los Baños website, http://uplb.edu.ph/top-stories/uplb-scientists-researchers-reap-nast-honors/   Faculty, researchers and alumni of the University of the

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UP-ICE unveils marker for David M. Consunji Theater

Up-ice unveils marker for david m. consunji theater

The University of the Philippines Institute of Civil Engineering (UP-ICE) in Diliman, Quezon City recently unveiled the marker for the 260-seat David M. Consunji Theater which was named in honor of the late founder of the DMCI Group of Companies. The unveiling of the marker coincided with the 2019 UP-ICE Recognition Rites and Graduation Dinner on June 26. The P9.2 million

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Mga Pahayag at Sabi-Sabi sa SONA 2019: A UP Roundtable Discussion

Mga pahayag at sabi-sabi sa sona 2019: a up roundtable discussion

The UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies (website: https://cids.up.edu.ph/; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/upcids/), through the UP CIDS Program on Social and Political Change, and the UP Department of Political Science (website: https://polisci.upd.edu.ph/; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/upd.polisci/) invite everyone to Mga Pahayag at Sabi-Sabi sa

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Fishing industry leader shares success story with UPV graduates

Fishing industry leader shares success story with upv graduates

Francisco Tiu Laurel Jr. shares lessons learned from the success of Frabelle Fishing Corporation. Photo by Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO   Candidates for graduation from the Iloilo City and Miagao town campuses of UP Visayas had a  glimpse of their possible future in the person of fishing industry leader, Francisco Tiu Laurel Jr., who spoke before them during the

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Tribute to slain UP Cebu graduate becomes reminder for UP Cebu Class 2019 to serve

Tribute to slain up cebu graduate becomes reminder for up cebu class 2019 to serve

The entrance of colors during UP Cebu’s 82nd Commencement Exercises held in the afternoon of June 28, 2019 at the UP Cebu campus. Standing in front (2nd from left) is UP Cebu Class of 2019’s valedictorian Juan Carlos Tabacon Roldan. Photo by Jun Madrid, UP MPRO.   Among the 383 members of UP Cebu Class of 2019 who marched onstage to receive their diplomas at UP

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UP Mindanao graduates first summa cum laude, holds investiture rites for fifth chancellor

Up mindanao graduates first summa cum laude, holds investiture rites for fifth chancellor

Newly-installed chancellor of UP Mindanao, Dr. Larry N. Digal, addresses the constituent university’s graduating class of 2019. Photo by Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO.   UP Mindanao had its first summa cum laude graduate and held the investiture rites for its fifth chancellor, Agricultural Economics Professor Larry N. Digal, during the constituent university’s 22nd

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UP Mindanao graduates achieve 100% passing in the architecture board exams

Up mindanao graduates achieve 100% passing in the architecture board exams

BS Architecture graduates of the University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao bested the national passing rate in the June 2019 Architect Licensure Examination when they achieved a 100% passing rate once again. This was revealed after the Professional Regulation Commission released the results of the exam where 2,104 passed among the 3,172 takers or equivalent to a 66%

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Leonen to UPB grads:  ‘Do we still have the passion and courage to do right by our people?’

Leonen to upb grads: ‘do we still have the passion and courage to do right by our people?’

The Ritwal ng Pagtatanglaw, a UP Baguio graduation tradition symbolizing the pursuit and sharing of knowledge. The flame of a single candle is used to light other candles, and that light is passed on until all the candles held by the members of the graduating class have been lit. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)   Supreme Court of the Philippines Associate Justice

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Laurel family presents gift of appreciation to UP

Laurel family presents gift of appreciation to up

Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO   The family of former Philippine President Jose P. Laurel, through G.A. Yupangco & Co., Inc., donated a digital mini grand piano to the University in appreciation of the contribution of its scholars and experts to the making of the biographical film, Laurel. The piano has been placed at the lobby of the Plaridel Hall of the UP

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Space age spine surgery for Filipinos

Space age spine surgery for filipinos

 Video by UP Media and Public Relations Office   Sitting in the UP College of Medicine’s Department of Anatomy, Dr. Rafael Bundoc began by explaining how a big part of his mission was to change the attitudes of Filipinos when it comes to spine surgery. Spread out in front of the orthopedic surgeon as he spoke were his tools — silver streamlined

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Poor condition of reefs in the West Philippine Sea reveals a need for regional efforts for better management and conservation

Poor condition of reefs in the west philippine sea reveals a need for regional efforts for better management and conservation

Upper mesophotic coral ecosystems in the West Philippine Sea have low abundance and diversity of corals and fish. Photo credit: Edwin Dumalagan   A recent paper by University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute’s Timothy Quimpo and colleagues, published in the Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom (JMBA), revealed that coral

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UP ID to get an upgrade

Up id to get an upgrade

UP students and employees are about to say goodbye to the barcoded UP ID as the new and improved radio frequency identification (RFID)/near-field communication (NFC) UP cards will be rolled out soon.   UP President Danilo Concepcion (second from left) and PayMaya Founder and CEO Orlando Vea (third from left) show the mock-ups of the new UP ID for employees and

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UP climbs higher in world university rankings

Up climbs higher in world university rankings

The University of the Philippines (UP) further climbed international rankings, appearing in the top 33 percent of the 2020 QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Rankings. It placed 356th, up by 28 notches from last year, in the top 1,000 institutions from around the world. As with previous editions, UP held the top spot in the Philippines, ahead of three other

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Science Journalism Workshop for Public High School Journalists and School Paper Advisers

Call for applications: science journalism workshop for public high school journalists and school paper advisers

  REMINDERS: • The workshop is limited to applicants from public secondary schools in the National Capital Region (NCR) • Slots are limited to one (1) science campus journalist and (1) adviser per school. We will only accept two (2) publications per city/municipality on a first come, first served basis • The training will be for both science campus journalists

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Shaping the future of Philippine forensics

Shaping the future of philippine forensics

 Video by UP Media and Public Relations Office   It was a biology class unlike any other. When graduate student Lorraine Joyce del Rosario took to the podium to deliver a report on the last regular day of class, one could have expected to hear a thorough rundown of foundational topics in cell biology or genetics. Instead, the polo-clad MS Biology student opened

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Using DNA barcodes against the wildlife black market

Using dna barcodes against the wildlife black market

Dr. Ian Kendrich Fontanilla, Head of the Institute of Biology’s DNA Barcoding Laboratory. Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO.   While recent news of giant clams (Tridacna gigas) being harvested in the disputed Scarborough Shoal drew massive outrage online, it was only the latest low point in the dark history of wildlife exploitation in the region. A poignant series of

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CALL FOR PAPERS: 3rd Colleges and Universities Public Service Conference

Call for papers: 3rd colleges and universities public service conference

  The University of the Philippines, through the Padayon Public Service Office of the Office of the Vice President for Public Affairs (OVPPA), will host the 3rd Colleges and Universities Public Service Conference (CUPSCon 3) this October 16-18, 2019 in UP Visayas City Campus Auditorium, Iloilo City. We are cordially inviting faculty members, department heads,

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71 earn rank of UP Scientist

71 earn rank of up scientist

The UP Scientists with University officials (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)   Seventy-one faculty members and researchers from across the UP System received the rank of UP Scientist for the period 2018-2020. They were recognized during the UP Scientific Productivity System (SPS) awarding ceremony on May 28 at the School of Statistics Auditorium, UP Diliman

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Tech, plant-based products shown at NIH conference

Tech, plant-based products shown at nih conference

A vending machine for non-prescription drugs and other over-the-counter products; a device that helps lifeguards detect drowning victims; and a tracking system for Alzheimer’s patients. These were among the innovative products showcased at the 21st anniversary conference of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-University of the Philippines Manila (UP Manila) on

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Pagdiriwang: Festivals as Heritage, International Conference on Folklore

Pagdiriwang: festivals as heritage, international conference on folklore

  The College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP), in partnership with the ALIGUYON-UP Folklorists and the University of the Santo Tomas Center for Religious Studies and Ethics, is organizing an international conference on folklore to be held on December 11-12, 2019 at the University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City. The conference calls for submission

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UP Forum Roundtable Discussion: What do you think is the legacy of the UP Forum?

Up forum roundtable discussion: what do you think is the legacy of the up forum?

Dr. Jose Y. Dalisay Jr.Vice President for Public AffairsUP System (2003-2005, 2017-2019)   The UP Forum was created to serve as a venue for University-focused and University-related think pieces. Appearing quarterly, it’s different from a newsletter or a research journal; it was meant to talk about issues important to the University community—not just the faculty

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Nurturing Wisdom through the Liberal Arts

Nurturing wisdom through the liberal arts

A poster from an exhibit during the June 18, 2011 UP College of Liberal Arts Centennial Celebration. Photo by Jun Madrid, UP MPRO.   Finally, for many Filipinos, education has become much too old-fashioned to fit in today’s scheme of things. Even those who hold college degrees now say that education has lost its efficacy, but as many would hasten to add, this is so

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The Burden of Being a National University

The burden of being a national university

Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO.   Raising the quality of public discourse Universities like UP are uniquely positioned to intervene in the ongoing public discussion of issues and problems. This is a terrain that tends to be dominated by politicians, social activists, church people, mass media commentators, and opinion writers. Each one of these players represents a

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Poverty, War and Peace: Lumad and Muslim Women’s Issues in Mindanao

Poverty, war and peace: lumad and muslim women’s issues in mindanao

In UP Diliman, the Lakbayan participants call to end attacks in Lumad schools, to lift Martial Law in Marawi, and to stop the imperialist plunder of Moro territories, among others. Photo by Pau Villanueva, taken from her September 7, 2017 article for CNN Philippines Life, “Following the Lumad, from Bukidnon to Manila.” Check out her other works at

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Rainbow Connections: Making UP Safe for LGBTQs

Rainbow connections: making up safe for lgbtqs

Participants in UP’s Pride March of June 2013. Photo by Misael Bacani, UPMPRO.   As the country’s premier secular institution of higher learning, UP takes pride in being a haven of liberalism, open-mindedness and independent thinking. But the university is hardly free from the discrimination, ostracism, harassment and violence inflicted upon LGBTQs.

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Science in UP: Thriving despite Constraints

Science in up: thriving despite constraints

“I expect the Filipino scientist to contribute towards establishing a scientific culture in the Philippines,” Dr. Caesar A. Saloma, director of the National Institute of Physics (NIP), said when he received the first Concepcion Dadufalza Award for Distinguished Achievement in 2001. Indeed, Saloma wasn’t and isn’t alone in this expectation. In science teaching and

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Champions League: Athletic Excellence beyond the UAAP

Champions league: athletic excellence beyond the uaap

The University Athletics Association of the Philippines (UAAP) is a collegiate league giant. And in UP, athletes who compete here get the most attention and support. UP doesn’t lack non-UAAP athletes who bring honor and glory to the University and the country. But they are hardly recognized, perennially falling under the UAAP’s shadow. A look at some of them reveals

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Is This Man the ‘Father of UP’?

Is this man the ‘father of up’?

Oil portrait found at the Pangasinan Governors Gallery, Capitol Building, Lingayen, Pangasinan. Photo from Ms. Joy Napolitano, Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office, Pangasinan   Murray Bartlett, the first President of UP. Ignacio Villamor, the first Filipino UP President. Guillermo Tolentino, sculptor of the Oblation. Great men in UP’s history, all of

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Abelardo Hall closes season with rock concert

Abelardo hall closes season with rock concert

In its 55 years, the Abelardo Hall Auditorium has become the premier training ground for countless Filipino musicians, many of whom went on to reap honors for the country.  Today, the auditorium continues to provide a convenient venue for recitals, concerts, and theater and dance presentations performed by students, faculty, alumni of the college, as well as visiting

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Arki celebrates 63rd year, inaugurates infrastructure

Arki celebrates 63rd year, inaugurates infrastructure

The College of Architecture Building 3 (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)   “Keep thinking out of the box.” This was the message of UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan to the students and faculty of the College of Architecture on May 7, during the opening ceremony of Haraya 2019, the College’s five-day commemoration of its 63rd founding anniversary. Haraya used to

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What makes a good Senator? Tips from an old Senate hand turned UP prof

What makes a good senator? tips from an old senate hand turned up prof

Video by the UP Media and Public Relations Office   With the Commission on Elections finally declaring the winners of the recent senatorial elections, it is apparent that some of those who made it are new to the legislature. And with much to learn about the duties and responsibilities of members of the chamber, these senators-elect may need all the tips and help

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Maging Gurong Pahinungod

Maging gurong pahinungod

The UP College of Education is reviving its Gurong Pahinungod program in partnership with Balangkayan National High School (Eastern Samar) and Apu Palamguwan Cultural Education Center (Bukidnon). To our Eduk graduates (and graduating batch), heed the nation’s call, be a Gurong Pahinungod! For inquiries, contact the College of Education’s Dean’s Office at

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UPMASA to assist UPLB Infirmary, PGH Diliman

Upmasa to assist uplb infirmary, pgh diliman

Photo by Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO   When a delegation from the University of the Philippines Medical Alumni Society in America (UPMASA) visited President Danilo L. Concepcion on February 21 at the Board of Regents Room in Quezon Hall, UP Diliman, proposals of assistance for the improvement of facilities in the UP Los Baños Health Service or Infirmary, and support for

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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: ASEAN University Network 2nd International Health Promotion Conference

Call for abstracts: asean university network 2nd international health promotion conference

  The University of the Philippines will host the 2nd International ASEAN University Network – Health Promotion Conference this 20-21 August 2019 in Manila. The conference, with its theme of “Moving Towards Healthy Universities in Asia,” aims to highlight the roles of universities in promoting healthy lifestyles and environments with the end-goal of empowering

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Tau Alpha to donate ‘legacy’ pathway from Main Library to Quezon Hall

Tau alpha to donate ‘legacy’ pathway from main library to quezon hall

Tau Alpha Legacy Project Committee Chair Antonio Turalba accepts the great responsibility for the construction on behalf of his fraternity. Photo by Bong Arboleda, UP MPRO   Officials from the University of the Philippines (UP) joined their counterparts from the Tau Alpha fraternity on May 3, 2019 at Quezon Hall in UP Diliman to sign a Memorandum of Agreement for the

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IUCN red-listing of tawilis reveals advocacy of Philippine scientists

Iucn red-listing of tawilis reveals advocacy of philippine scientists

Sardinella tawilis, Bombon Sardine. Photo courtesy of Mudjekeewis Santos, NFRDI   The humble Tawilis is famous for being the only Sardinella fish to live entirely in freshwater, and it can only be found in Taal Lake. Surrounding towns and cities consider the tawilis a staple food, and tourists love them deep-fried and served with Batangas bulalo. But all good things

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Caring for kids with cancer

Caring for kids with cancer

A scene in the situational video in Chapter 5: Helping the Child Cope with Treatment of the Aruga sa Batang may Cancer website   “You have cancer.” No one ever wants to hear to those words. Imagine when the cancer-stricken patient is young, a child or a teenager who should still be looking forward to many experiences life has to offer. Even more devastating is

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Surviving the ‘Big One’ with Diwata-2’s Amateur Radio Unit

Surviving the ‘big one’ with diwata-2’s amateur radio unit

   Last month, the Philippines experienced two strong earthquakes in Luzon and Leyte —each measuring at least 6.0 in magnitude—reviving anxieties about the “Big One,’’ an extremely powerful quake that experts predict could hit with devastating effect during our lifetime. A catastrophic event of such magnitude struck Haiti in 2010, when a magnitude 7.0

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Dating propesor at CSC Chairperson Karina David, pumanaw sa edad na 73

Dating propesor at csc chairperson karina david, pumanaw sa edad na 73

Larawan ni Karina David. Mula kay Kara David.   Pumanaw na ang dating Chairperson ng Civil Service Commission na si Karina Constantino-David. Si David ay isang propesor sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas at dating tagapangulo ng Department of Community Development. Siya ay nagsilbi sa gobyerno sa loob ng mahigit isang dekada sa ilalim ng iba’t ibang administrasyon.

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People/Power: Counter/Publics of Work, Cinema, and Video

People/power: counter/publics of work, cinema, and video

  In celebration of UP College of Mass Communication (CMC) Week, the Office of Research and Publication and UP Film Institute present a lecture by Daniel Rudin on People/Power: Counter/Publics of Work, Cinema, and Video this coming April 27 (Saturday) at the Film Studio, UPFI Media Center bldg., UP Diliman Q.C. Admission is free and open to the public. Interested

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The Asian Journalism Research Conference 2019

The asian journalism research conference 2019

AJRC Speakers (from the left): UST Prof. Felipe Salvosa; Canadian Amb. John Holmes; CNN Philippines AVP Tress Reyes; ABS-CBN Jeff Canoy; NTU Edson Tandoc; UP CMC Assoc Dean Rachel Khan; Journalism Asst. Prof. Terry Congjuico   With the theme “Journalism in Crisis. Crisis in Journalism,” this year’s annual Asian Journalism Research Conference 2019 (AJRC)

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UP Symphony Orchestra plays music for Lenten reflections

Up symphony orchestra plays music for lenten reflections

Video by the UP Media and Public Relations Office   The UP Symphony Orchestra (UPSO), together with UP chorus classes and vocal groups Auit and UP Madrigal Singers, breathed life to spiritually inspired compositions for its second concert offering in 2019, “Faith, Hope & Devotion: Lenten Reflections in Music,” held on April 11, 2019 in the Abelardo Hall

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Interseksiyon: Panitikan, Pelikula, at Wikang Filipino

Interseksiyon: panitikan, pelikula, at wikang filipino

In celebration of the National Literature Month, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the U.P. Film Institute will hold a conference entitled Interseksiyon: Panitikan, Pelikula, at Wikang Filipino. The conference, directed by film scholar Patrick F. Campos, surveys the rich intertwinings between Filipino literature and cinema, from its inception a

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Pahayag ukol sa Pagkamatay ng UP student na si Kis Tryvl Ramos

Pahayag ukol sa pagkamatay ng up student na si kis tryvl ramos

Pahayag ukol sa Pagkamatay ng UP student na si Kis Tryvl Ramos Labis na ikinalulungkot ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas ang balita ukol sa malagim na pagkamatay ng isa sa mga mag-aaral ng UP Cebu na si Kis Tryvl Ramos. Si Kis ay magtatapos na sana sa kanyang kurso nang mabaril siya noong Miyerkules ng gabi sa lugar na kanyang pinagtatrabahuan sa Cebu. Kasama niyang nasawi sa

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Fascism and Cinema: First in a Series of Lectures by Nick Deocampo

Fascism and cinema: first in a series of lectures by nick deocampo

  With the alarming rise of fascist regimes in the world, Nick Deocampo gathers together a number of films in order to interrogate the role that cinema can play in periods of autocratic rule. Principally focusing on the film of Italian master filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci, The Conformist (1970), which will be shown in its entirety in the session, discussion will

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UP-led international team discovers new human species in the Philippines

Up-led international team discovers new human species in the philippines

 Video from the UP Media and Public Relations Office   An international multidisciplinary team, led by University of the Philippines Associate Professor Armand Salvador B. Mijares, discovered a new human species, the Homo luzonensis, from an excavation site inside Callao Cave in Peñablanca, Cagayan. Mijares said the hominin fossils and teeth are from at least

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OFF THE PRESS: The UP Forum Special 20th Anniversary Issue is now online

Off the press: the up forum special 20th anniversary issue is now online

It’s a milestone year for the UP Forum! To celebrate the 20th anniversary of its creation as a monthly community publication for and by the UP Community, the UP Forum’s January-March 2019 issue is featuring some of its most notable and relevant past articles. These articles span two decades and focus on still-controversial national issues and reflections on the nature

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UP units highlight women’s health and wellness for development in lectures

Up units highlight women’s health and wellness for development in lectures

Participants and resource speakers alike follow along with a physical therapist from the University Health Service as she demonstrates some simple exercises office workers can do at their work stations. Photo by Jun Madrid, UP MPRO.   Women’s health and wellness was the focus of an afternoon of lectures dubbed “3K: Kababaihan, Kalusugan, Kaunlaran! Women’s

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Literature Engineering in West Visayas

Literature engineering in west visayas

(Condensed from the original article published in the UP Forum March 29, 2000 issue) A participant at an Ati-Atihan festival in Kalibo, Aklan. Photo by Bernardo “Berniemack” Arellano III, taken January 25, 2014, from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ati-Atihan_Festival_Participant.jpg   West Visayas is designated Region 6. Its lingua franca is Hiligaynon,

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