Social Sciences Cluster

Faculty, students help address town’s oil spill woes

For raising more awareness about an oil spill in Cordova town in Cebu’s east coast, an environmental lawyer extended her appreciation to the University of the Philippines Cebu (UP Cebu).

Lawyer Gloria Estenzo Ramos lauded the UP Cebu community for heading the forum dubbed “Impact of Oil Spill in Cordova” at the school’s Audio Visual Room 2 last Sept. 11.

The forum, the first convened by the academe about the spill, was hosted by the Political Science 189 or Environmental Politics and Policy class of Prof. Zenaida Ligan.

Ramos, an instructor with the University of Cebu College of Law also encouraged UPians to do more particularly through research.

“Cordova needs our help and we can do that through forums like this,” said Ramos, who is also the coordinator of Philippine Earth Justice Center Inc.

She sought assistance for running an information campaign, saying that her group cannot do all the work by itself.

Ramos was joined by Julieta Baguio of the Cordova agriculture department and Owen Migraso of the Central Visayas Fisherfolk Development Center.

Cordova is the worst-hit town in the aftermath of an oil spill that followed the collision of MV St. Thomas Aquinas and a Sulpicio Lines cargo ship at the Lawis Ledge Aug 16.

Cordova townsfolk, most of whom depend on fishing for their livelihood, are unable to make ends meet since their catch is considered unfit for eating.

Hectares of mangroves in the area may die of oil contamination.

UP Cebu Dean Liza Corro said the faculty will certainly release a study about the spill “especially on social economics” in Cordova.

She also said the biology and environmental science professors gave preparedness advice to the Lapu-Lapu city government even before the spill.

Dr. Mary Joyce Flores, a UP Cebu biology and environmental science faculty said they are are doing research in collaboration with the University of San Carlos.

“We don’t want to compete. We want to help Cordova,” said Flores, who joined Prof. Henry Francis Espiritu and Dr. Mary Gretchen Chaves as forum reactors.

Prof. Ligan’s environmental politics and policy students will also conduct research in Cordova.

“We will endeavor to ascertain what possible livelihood programs can be suggested or recommended to the municipality based on what the affected community wants,” she said.

“We are pro-active.”

The students, Ligan said, went to Cordova Sept. 24 to interview affected residents.

They will present their research in the Oct. 7 session of the Cordova Municipal Council.

Contributed by Carmen Jonahville Matarlo
*This story is brought to you by students of Journalism 102: News Writing and Journalism 104: Editing in cooperation with the UP Cebu Public Information Office.

Teachers present research on pageants, games, arnis

Physical Education (PE) instructors from the University of the Philippines Cebu (UP Cebu) presented their research works to an international audience Aug. 9.

Professors Alena Macasil, Joan Grace Empleo and Marlon Timbang joined the 23rd Pan Asian Sports and PE Conference at the Summit Circle Hotel in Cebu City.

The gathering drew delegates from 18 countries.

Macasil presented her thesis titled “Dynamics of Beauty Pageants in Intramurals” an analysis of beauty pageants as a component of school sports festivals.

Timbang demonstrated indigenous games played by the Mamanwa tribe of Sison, Surigao del Norte province in Mindanao.

Empleo presented results of a field test following her production of a manual on arnis, local martial arts that feature two sticks as weapons.

Macasil said she found out that pageants complemented the competitive aura of sports events.

“Beauty pageant is also an avenue for them (students) to explore their talents and build their self-confidence,” her study reads in part.

Timbang invited the foreign delegates to participate in the games, which he said “showed the Mamanwas’ affinity with nature.”

He said the games evince the tribal people’s “excellent skills in hunting animals through the use of different traps.”

Timbang said he is pushing for the inclusion of the games in the physical education curricula of Surigao schools to preserve them.

The UP Cebu instructors said they were overwhelmed to present their works to an international audience for the first time.

They received certificates and will join the Pan Asia Sports and PE Society, Philippine Chapter.

Contributed by Ianne Clarisse Ortiz

*This story is brought to you by students of Journalism 102: News Writing and Journalism 104: Editing in cooperation with the UP Cebu Public Information Office.

Students learn using apps

High school students from the University of the Philippines Cebu (UP Cebu) are learning their day to day lessons using android tablet applications.

The students received 40 android tablets worth P10,000 each as part of eUP, UP’s information, communication and technology project to improve teaching, research and public service.

Dr. Aurelio Vilbar, the high school principal earlier proposed the use of tablets for learning.

The devices were distributed in August, said instructor Kim Bondoc, UP High School physics instructor.

“While other teachers use it primarily for the student’s learning, I and Principal Aurelio Vilbar are using it for research,” said Bondoc, who is conducting research on science applications.

The students, Bondoc said have rated the use of the tablets on a scale of 1 to 5 with five as the highest.

“So far, the average rating is an estimated 4. Therefore, students are positive about the use of tabs for lessons,” Bondoc said.

He said his end goal is to enhance teaching and learning.

“They use technology and not the mere pen and paper in their classes,” he said.


Social Science teacher Magnolia Laus is among the teachers who use tablets and the free application Google Earth for her map exercises.

“It is interesting to students because if you access Google Earth, it’s really attractive,” Laus said.

She also said that the three dimensional building feature makes it more valuable.

Students can also create an image of going to any place using the application, she said.


But not all students are excited about using tablets.

Karl Bryan Vercede, a junior said he can better understand notes written on the board than on tabs.

“I can see the step by step explanation of the lesson… If there’s a lesson or quiz, the tab might be low on battery causing us to charge it,” Vercede said in Cebuano.

UP High School teachers will continue observing the effect of using tablets.

Contributed by by Carmen Jonahville Matarlo

*This story is brought to you by students of Journalism 102: News Writing and Journalism 104: Editing in cooperation with the UP Cebu Public Information Office.

Hudyaka! UP Cebu Intramurals 2013

With just a few days before the 2013 University of the Philippines Cebu Intramural Games, students are looking forward to the event which will run from August 27 to 30, 2013.

According to Jezrelle Rasonabe, a Mass Communication major who will be dancing for the Artscomm Bullets cheerdance entry, the excitement for Intrams is mixed with pressure.

“Along with the excitement, I am also pressured.We have been training hard for the Intrams since all the clusters are becoming really competitive,” said Rasonabe.

For Sheila Garrido, a Psychology major who will be playing Basketball, looks forward to the fun and camaraderie.
“I decided to play for the Stallions because of the fun, and you get to experience it by playing with other athletes,” she added.

Festival of festivals

According to Maria Elena Macasil, the head of the PE program, the main purpose of the UP Cebu Intramural Games is to provide a wholesome physical activity to the students through sports competition, as an important and integral part of their total education and development.

This year’s Intrams will be a “festival of festivals” with theme “Hudyaka! Sa Panglawas nga himsog magsaulog; Sa hinigalang sangka, magsadya” which will celebrate festivals all over the country.

The theme will be incorporated in various events such as the dance fusion and cheerdance.

“We celebrate as we show our talent and physical ability through sports and cultural events,” said Macasil.

The annual intramurals will contest major events: basketball, soccer, volleyball, softball, cheeradance, dance fusion, Pinoy games, and hataw fitness; and the minor events: badminton, table tennis, chess, scrabble, Mr. & Ms. Fitness, and dance sport.

The four clusters that will compete in the Intramurals are the Tycoons of the Management, Stallions of the Social Sciences, Scions of the Sciences, and ArtsComm Bullets of the Arts and Humanities.

Contributed by By Sherwin Gabrinez, BA Mass Communication 3

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