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Gabii sa Kabilin Security Advisory

To ensure public safety and orderly conduct of UP Cebu’s participation this year of
the “Gabii sa Kabilin” cultural activity of the Cebu Provincial government on 3o May
zor4 (Friday), the following safety and security advisory shall be observed strictly:

  1. Gate #1 (i.e. Entrance) will be totally closed to all forms of vehicular traffic starting from 5:00 P.M. until 12 midnight. At all times, Gate #1 serves as the ONLY entrance for all pedestrians who wish to enter the admin area from 5:oo PM onwards;
  2. From 1-4 PM, all vehicles entering Gate #1 are directed to take a left turn instead of going straight, which is the usual route (passing in-front of the administration building), and take the road at the back, and then proceed to Gate #2 for the exit. Parked vehicles in the Administration and Management building areas going for the exit shall take the same route;
  3. Between 4 and 5:oo PM, ALL vehicles parked in areas of the administration building, Management building, and Arts and Humanities building complex are required to transfer and park their vehicles at the AS building parking space;
  4. Gate #2 (i.e. Exit) serves as the exit point at all times for all pedestrians inside the campus (i.e. Admin area) from 5:oo PM onwards. However, exception in the use of gate #2 is granted ONLY in the event of emergencies as entry point for vehicles such as ambulance, fire truck, police mobile, and the likes;
  5. The AS building parking space is the designated parking area for all vehicles of guests and visitors, faculty members, staff, students, and TBI locators on a first-come, first-served basis;
  6. In case the AS building parking space becomes full, the high school ground will be opened for vehicle parking, still, on a first-come first-served basis; and,
  7. Bomb check on bags, knapsacks, packages, etc. and random body frisk shall be implemented at Gate #1.

The above stated security advisory shall take effect starting from 5:oo P.M. to 12 midnight of May 3o (Friday).

For your guidance and compliance.

Demelo M. Lao
Campus Security Officer

The Core of Corro’s Leadership

Photo by Jun Madrid (UPSIO). This was taken on December 5, during the oath-taking of UP Cebu Dean, Atty. Liza D. Corro. The oath was administered by UP President Alfredo Pascual at the Quezon Hall, UP Diliman, Quezon City.

Photo by Jun Madrid (UPSIO). This was taken on December 5, during the oath-taking of UP Cebu Dean, Atty. Liza D. Corro. The oath was administered by UP President Alfredo Pascual at the Quezon Hall, UP Diliman, Quezon City.

Having assumed the helm of the deanship last December 2012, lawyer and educator, Dean Liza Corro, is clearing the pathways for much needed change in the University of the Philippines Cebu. Rushing from a makeup class from the other side of where her office sits, Dean Corro breezes in at lunch hour and leaves no room for pauses as she bares herself, and more critically, the projects she has taken under her wing as the new dean of UP Cebu.

Nine is an auspicious number for the lady lawyer turned university dean. She is the ninth in a brood of ten. She is also the ninth dean in the college’s history. Naturally, here are nine things from the new dean.
“I come from a large family.”
As second to the youngest of ten children, Dean Corro’s installation into the academic oval a year ago was attended by her six other siblings, including Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza; with her three other siblings currently based in other countries for work. Family, no doubt, is important for her as she credits her parents for giving her and her siblings the extra push to pursue their field of dreams. After obtaining her political science degree in UP Diliman, Dean Corro trooped to the same university’s college of law where she graduated from in 1986.
“We have a happy problem.”
Money is not a problem for the Corro deanship. Straightforward, she opens up to money matters by simply stating that the university has enough funds. By her account, the real problem lies in acquainting the members of the university with the process of getting a piece of the budget pie.

Corro observed the conservative attitude when it came to handling finances. “Kung makapugong ka’g gasto (If you can help yourself from spending), you hold on to it,” she described of the prevalent approach. Under her leadership, Corro strives for a balance between generosity and transparency. She assures of proper provisions where it is due and believes in their turnaround: “If you do not practice generosity, nothing will happen.”
“I relish the academe.”
Prior to her assumption of the top seat in UP Cebu, Dean Corro was a corporate lawyer juggling with the demands of various civic and professional organizations. The exposure to both worlds could have helped her ease a way into the jungle of traditional politics but Corro opted to go through the rigors of a three-month-long dean selection process instead. As proof of her continuing passion for education, the dean still attends to her classes for undergraduate students, on top of her regular administrative duties.
“Make your presence felt.”

BS Computer Science senior Lemuel Beduya explains his poster-presentation entitled Disaster-Related Tweet Classification Using Support Vector Machines during the 10th National Natural Language Processing Research Symposium at De La Salle University, February 21-22.

BS Computer Science senior Lemuel Beduya explains his poster-presentation entitled Disaster-Related Tweet Classification Using Support Vector Machines during the 10th National Natural Language Processing Research Symposium at De La Salle University, February 21-22.

Like any nurturing parent, Dean Corro is quick to prod her constituents to make their presence felt. Students are encouraged to jump into competitions but at the same time she is first to admit that she is a bag of nerves when she sends them off to such activities.

Already launched as Center of Excellence for Information Technology (IT) and well noted for its computer science programs, UP Cebu recently flew in professors from UP Diliman for lectures on artificial intelligence and advanced data structures—an activity attended, not only by the students, but also by employees of IT companies in Cebu City. Having these scholars over helps bolster the niche of UP Cebu as a teaching university.

The dean is also vocal about wanting to see more participation in volunteer work by the members of the faculty. She cites the oil spill incident of August 2013 in Cordova, Cebu where staff members of the environmental science facility in UP Cebu took the lead in the reconnaissance efforts into the said incident.
“We are a research university.”
Repeatedly, Dean Corro would share the clear mandate of UP Cebu, that is, a university dedicated to excellent teaching, research work, community extension and public service. Not losing sight of this four-pillared goal, the dean’s hankering for academic work is paying off. She reports that everyone is submitting their respective research agenda. To complement this surge of research and faculty development, funds have been appropriated in the form of faculty grants and in the improvement of the library facility- with the digital library being underway.
“We will have more graduate students.”
Corro’s deanship could not have come at a more crucial time. Four years short from being a centenarian, UP Cebu has newly established another campus site: The UP in South Reclamation Project (SRP) campus. A two-story building in a commercially viable area, the UP SRP aims to serve the professionals. Soon, Corro projects that there will be more graduate students than there are undergraduate students. If it should be any positive indication towards that projection, the SRP campus is now “low” on classrooms and has in fact, resorted to making makeshift lecture rooms from administration offices—another one “happy problem” her administration is eager to respond to.

 

The UP Cebu SRP campus is home to the UP Professional Schools which offers graduate degrees to professionals, researchers, and academicians. Backed by a portfolio of faculty who are immersed in research and industry practice, the UP Professional Schools is a rich training ground for future leaders of the different academic disciplines and professional careers.

The UP Cebu SRP campus is home to the UP Professional Schools which offers graduate degrees to professionals, researchers, and academicians. Backed by a portfolio of faculty who are immersed in research and industry practice, the UP Professional Schools is a rich training ground for future leaders of the different academic disciplines and professional careers.

“We should increase the enrollment numbers.”
Corro believes that there is strength in numbers and warm bodies. With the progress of the UP Professional School going full steam ahead, Corro is not shy to admit of her “aggressive drive to increase enrollment.” She has proposed to have enrollment campaigns targeted towards third-year high school students in order to avoid the situation wherein potential UP enrollees lose their chances of getting in the university because they ran short of time to prepare. Now, UP Cebu’s team go around high schools to conduct research activities which would work to get the curiosities of future enrollees.
“Let’s call people up!”
There is a gold mine of net worth from a good network. The friendly dean is upfront about being open to opportunities when they come a-knocking. “Consciously, I try to reach out to them,” Corro said as she relates of how casual meetings and phone calls with corporations have led to outpouring of donations.
“I feel the enormity of the job.”
“When I think of all the things that have happened, sometimes I feel the enormity of the job,” Corro had this to say when she stopped to reflect on her transition year into her new job. But this pensive moment quickly dissipates into an enthused chatter on the future of UP Cebu. She goes on about fielding more industry expert-lecturers in the industrial design program, strengthening the mass communication program by supporting a campus radio that could be heard even off-campus (a feat unheard of to date), among other daunting tasks. Much work has to be accomplished.

Corro quipped of her steely role: “The dean should be a very optimistic person. Don’t tell me we can’t do it. Just tell me the problem and I can find a way to solve it.”

This feature is contributed by Ms. Kara Mae Noveda, BAMC 2006.
Photo which appears in the homepage as featured image is taken from http://cebu.businessguide.ph with the permission of Mr. Max Limpag.

Sciences Cluster invites researchers, faculty to lecture series on modeling and simulation

Dr. Florian MikschThe Sciences Cluster of the University of the Philippines Cebu, in coordination with its Department of Computer Science (DCS), is offering a lecture series on modeling and simulation for the period January – March 2014.  Prof. Florian Miksch, PhD, DCS visiting professor from the Vienna University of Technology, will share his expertise and experience on the field during the lectures.
The first session of the six-part Lecture Series on Modeling and Simulation started yesterday, January 15, 2014, at the UP Cebu ILC-AVR. Next sessions will be on January 29, February 12, Febuary 26, March 12, and March 26.
Researchers and faculty who are interested to attend the next lectures are free to register.
The organizing committee has decided to give the Certificate of Completion to those who can attend at least 5 of the six(6) sessions. This is to give chance to those who were not able to attend today’s session.
Hope to see you in the next session on January 29 about Modeling System Dynamics at ILC-AVR in UP Cebu. Feel free to forward this to your friends and colleagues who might be interested in Modeling and Simulation.
Download this document for details on the schedule and venue: Memo 2-13-January-2014-SciencesCluster Lecture Series-Dr Miksch

UP Cebu’s Lampara Parade to give light to Northern Cebu

The University of the Philippines Cebu will transform its annual Christmas celebration into a lampara parade with the aim of collecting gas lamps for Northern Cebu. Several households still do not have electricity restored after typhoon Yolanda (International name: Haiyan) destroyed powered lines in the area.

The academic clusters and support offices are encouraged to pitch in by bringing reusable lanterns and gas lamps. The lamps will then be transported to families in Northern Cebu.

The lampara design is taken from the Qube Gallery, Don't Forget Bogo Project

The lampara design is taken from the Qube Gallery, Don’t Forget Bogo Project. Click to view better resolution image.

Pasko sa Paglaum

UP Cebu Lampara Parade Guidelines:

  1. The contest is open to all clusters and offices.
  2. The contestants are highly encouraged to use reusable lanterns/lampara that will be collected after the event and given to Yolanda victims in Northern Cebu. (Sample design attached)
  3. The contest will be judged on the following criteria:
    • 20% Originality
    • 25% Creativity and Artistic expression
    • 35% Relevance to the theme
    • 20% Over-all impact
  4. The winners will receive the ff:
    • 1st prize – 1,000.00
    • 2nd prize – 800.00
    • 3rd prize – 500.00

Initiatives to help UP constituents affected by the earthquake and Yolanda

1. ACCOMMODATION AT THE UP CEBU EXECUTIVE HOUSE

  • One (1) week stay free of charge for faculty of UP Tacloban who are still looking for a permanent place to stay;
  • A maximum of two (2) days and one (1) night free of charge for UP Tacloban staff and union members, until such time that they will be relocated at the Union Building of UP Cebu.

2. MEAL ASSISTANCE TO EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS (UP CEBU STUDENTS FROM AFFECTED AREAS IN BOHOL) AND YOLAND VICTIMS (UP STAFF AND STUDENTS FROM TACLOBAN, NOTHERN CEBU AND OTHER AFFECTED AREAS)

  • One (1) month free lunch (maximum of 50 pesos) at the UP Cebu Cooperative Canteen, from Monday to Saturday.

3. ACCOMMODATION ASSISTANCE FOR STUDENTS

  • UP Cebu is looking at the possibility of converting the second floor of the Union Building to house temporarily UP Tacloban students and staff in case students can’t find accommodation elsewhere. Likewise, the UP Cebu administration will try to secure/borrow beds and portalets from the City Government.

4. STFAP BRACKET ADJUSTMENT

  • Students (UP Cebu and UP Tacloban) who are from areas affected by the earthquake and Yolanda will have their STFAP brackets adjusted only for this second semester.

To avail of the assistance, students are kindly requested to visit the UP Cebu Office of Student Affairs (OSA). UP Tacloban faculty and staff are requested to visit the Office of the Associate Dean for Administration for more details.

Thank you for your usual cooperation.

ATTY. LIZA D. CORRO
Dean, UP Cebu

Prayers, songs to highlight UP Cebu relief drive

UP Cebu alumni and students target 15,000 food packs to augment aid to Yolanda victims.

UP Cebu alumni and students target 15,000 food packs to augment aid to Yolanda victims.

Students and alumni of the University of the Philippines Cebu (UP Cebu) are inviting the general public to an all-night event to collect more donations for survivors of Supertyphoon Yolanda.

The event dubbed “1UP: The Yolanda Relief Drive” will be held on the school grounds tomorrow, Nov. 15 from 5 p.m. until midnight and will feature a solemn moment of prayer for those who perished during the storm and the ones they left behind.

Participants are encouraged to bring candle that will be lighted during the memorial.

1UP, organized with the Philippine Red Cross, will highlight the effort to pack 15,000 sets of relief goods for Yolanda survivors in northern Cebu, Leyte and Biliran that began Sunday, Nov. 10.

As of Wednesday, volunteers in the national university’s relief drive centered on the Arts and Sciences Building collected and sent off 6,000 packs of goods.

The countdown to 15,000 packs will be headed by the hosts of 1UP between performances by local bands and disc jockeys.

Participants can drive through and leave packs of relief goods using the 1+2+3+1 formula. That means each pack contains a kilo of rice, two canned goods, three packs of instant noodles and one liter of water.

Otherwise, they can step into the venue with a donation of P20 each and join the volunteers in packing collected goods.

While in the venue, they can buy goods to donate, avail of the services of concessionaries, or buy the works of local artists.

All proceeds will be used to purchase more relief goods, all of which will be distributed through the Philippine Red Cross and 1UP’s partner organizations situated in the areas hardest hit by Yolanda.

Netizens can use the hashtags #1UP, #YolandaPH and #ReliefPH to keep abreast of the relief effort.

Message of sympathy from Kansai University of International Studies

ATTY. LIZA D. CORRO
Dean

We have been deeply saddened to learn about the recent devastation and loss of lives being caused by the earthquake in Philippines.

Kansai University of International Studies would like to present the profound sympathy and sincere condolences to the people of the Philippines. We also will dedicate the most sincere prayers for the victims of the disasters.

May the touching love, thoughts and care from our people comfort and strengthen the people of Philippines in this difficult time and always.

Our fingers are crossed with deepest sympathy.

DR. KOJI ABE
Director for International Affairs
Kansai University of International Studies

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.

Application

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.

Feedback

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.

Alumni win online stock trading tilt

A team from the University of the Philippines Cebu (UP Cebu) bested over 200 others from different colleges and universities nationwide in this year’s Stock X Challenge, an interschool online stock trading competition. 

Fresh management graduates of UP Cebu achieved the biggest return of investment in the contest that started midnight last Oct. 16, 2012 until the close of trading last March 16.

Team Mago, which stands for the names of members Monneth Miral, Arianna Lou Amper, Greta Almina Garcia and Orly Rafunzell Porcia drew a portfolio valued at P12.95 million from a virtual capital of P10 million given to participating teams.

The team received a check worth P100,000 and P30,000 in cash in a ceremony at the First Metro Sec Online Trading Facility of the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) in Makati City last May.

Team 4FM4 from the University of Santo Tomas took the runnerup spot while Team Bulaga from the UP Diliman took the third place.

According to a report, First Metro Investment Corp. President Roberto Juanchito Dispo said, “We have an impressive number of participating teams representing the biggest colleges and universities nationwide.

“Teams from provinces, like Cebu, Davao, Cagayan De Oro, Iloilo, Tugegarao, Baguio and Isabela, have performed at par, if not better, against their peers from Metro Manila,” Dispo said.

Teams from UP Diliman dominated the early seasons of the challenge.

Another team of UP Cebu alumni, Team Dash also participated and grabbed the 10th spot.

Team Dash was composed of John Padua, Nikki Tampus, Donna Limoran and Diana Zalsos.

The Stock X Challenge was conducted to “promote stock market awareness and portfolio management knowledge among college students, thereby helping the local stock market develop future investors.”

The competition, according to firstmetro.com.ph is an online stock trading tournament accessible through the PSE website which provides players with real-world trading experience using First Metro Securities Brokerage Corp’ online platform.

The contest is part of First Metro’s advocacy to promote investment literacy and its mission to develop the country’s capital markets.

Stock X Challenge was organized by First Metro Investment Corp. in partnership with the PSE and the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines.

Contributed by by Marviana Lovella Gravoso and Verona Ann Abregana Entoma

*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.

UP Radio returns to the airwaves

Keiza Empleo, one of the program directors of UP Radio, discusses the segments which await their listeners.

Keiza Empleo, one of the student program directors of UP Radio, discusses the segments which await their listeners. Photo courtesy of Mary Claire Christner Catado.

After years of setbacks, the official radio station of the University of the Philippines Cebu (UP Cebu) was finally relaunched Aug. 22.

With the motto “Radio Upgraded,” dyUP 98.9’s official comeback was made possible under the direction of Prof. Ulysses Sison, broadcast communication instructor.

Justine Raphael Luis Balane, student station manager said the campus wired radio’s motto suggests that it is an advanced version of itself.

Second year students taking up broadcast communication prepared for the return of the station and will man the facility that operates on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

They were divided into 29 radio programming teams to brainstorm about show content and genre. Each student works for three hours a week.

Katrine Brille Camposano, one of the radio announcers said, “I feel so lucky to be part of the new UP Radio, because as early as now, we are able to experience pressure and probable problems that can help us prepare for the real thing.”

The station’s relaunch was witnessed by UP Cebu officials and faculty including Dean Liza Corro, Prof. Lilia Tio who chairs the Arts and Humanities Cluster and Prof. Genoveva Bartolo, a general education instructor.

Dr. Belinda Espiritu, coordinator of the mass communication program expressed gratitude for the reopening of the station.

“The installation of a proper UP Cebu Radio has been our long sought-after goal and desire,” she said.

Sison said the project took a year to realize. The mass communication program had to seek funding from the UP Cebu administration amounting to P122,000 to buy studio equipment and speakers that were installed in the campus.

UP Radio, Sison said, is the mass communication program’s laboratory for radio speech and performance and audio procedures.

It will serve as space for students to put into practice the broadcasting theories that they learn in the classroom.

The station started out as UP FM in UP Cebu’s 1996 intramurals. In 2006, faulty wiring led to the burning of the transmitter, which halted statio operations.

In 2011, then senior mass communication students taking the course Development Communication 143 tried to revive the station in time for the intramurals.

However, operations could not be sustained for four days at the cost of P4,500 per day.

Students said they enjoy listening to UP Radio.

“It’s awesome, it brings good vibes. It also makes me aware of what is happening right now,” said management student Patricia Alturas, a freshie.

Senior management student Edrian Belongilot said listening to the radio programs is a means of stress relief.

Contributed by Mark Kavin Salomon

*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.