(6ISC Day 1 @ AUP). The 6th International Scholars’ Conference (6ISC) with the theme, “Translating Research in a Borderless Community: From Theory to Action” has been held at the Adventist University of the Philippines in Puting Kahoy, Silang, Cavite on October 29-30, 2018. From the registry, 599 registered, 253 are presenters while 346 as participants from 30 higher education institutions (HEIs) and two basic education institutions, both local and international. The opening ceremony started at 8:30 AM.
The keynote speaker during the opening ceremony was Dr. Custer C. Deocaris, Head of the Research Management Division on Commission on Higher Education (CHED) of the Philippines. Dr. Deocaris is a well cited researcher and multi-awarded scientist. His message was entitled, “Our Road to NHERA II.” NHERA stands for National Higher Education Agenda, which is basically a Research and Development laboratory that supports HEI researchers to produce research outputs and innovations to advance the country’s economy. Dr. Deocaris encouraged the Filipino researchers to produce more research to lift the rank of the country in the ASEAN region. He reported that there were only 97 projects and PhP522,205 budget for research in NHERA I (1999-2017) while in NHERA II (2008-2018), the number of projects reached 447 with PhP1.1 million budget. Although the budget and research outputs increased, Dr. Deocaris lamented that the country is lagging behind from its ASEAN counterparts especially Malaysia and Thailand. In his message, he also stated that Natural Science has more proposed research with 39.8% while Humanities and Arts is at the bottom with 0%. He also said some aspirations for the NHERA III which “aims to create a strategy, to spawn 21st century Filipino researchers to have a curious and creative minds and diversity of talents”. Dr. Deocaris emphasized that the HEIs are now considered as the most powerful sector that can change people’s lives through research.
Parallel sessions in various strands (Allied Health, Arts and Humanities and Education, Business and Governance, Science and Technology, and Philosophy and Theology) were well participated. In the afternoon plenary session, Dr. Danny Rantung, President of Asia Pacific International University, Thailand, was the speaker. Dr. Rantung discussed the challenges facing HEI administrations. He explained how HEIs can break boundaries and walls for innovation to take place.
The 6ISC participants were welcomed with cultural presentations during dinner. As AUP is known for its diversified students from over 50 countries, the cultural night was spectacular in entertaining the conference guests and participants.
This annual event is a partnership of four Adventist HEIs in the ASEAN region, namely Adventist University of the Philippines, Asia-Pacific International University (AIU) in Thailand, Universitas Advent Indonesia (UNAI), and Universitas Klabat (UNKLAB) also in Indonesia. The First International Scholars’ Conference was held in AIU in Thailand in 2013, the second was hosted by AUP, the third was by UNAI, and the fourth was by UNKLAB. Then, last year, the cycle began again in AIU as these four HEIs take turns in hosting the ISC.
by Arjem Noryn Caringal-Agum
Batangas City- 5th CALABARZON Research and Statistics Forum with the theme Innovations and Competitiveness, October 18, 2018 Batangas State University – Main Campus, Twenty-eight researchers from various government and private institutions exhibited 27 research papers and posters. Presentations and posters were all cream of the crop − screened and filtered from among hundreds of entries.
Ma’am Carmela Malabat receives the PhP5,000 as prize for the 2nd Best Poster (Photo by Beryl Ben Mergal)
Ma’am Joyosthie Orbe receives the PhP3,000 as prize for the 3 rd Best Poster (Photo by Beryl Ben Mergal)
Six presentations and posters were entries from Adventist University of the Philippines. Researcher Ferdinand E. Mendoza, with his paper entitled: “Detection and Differentiation of Enterococcus, Escherichia coli, and Other Coliforms in Drinking Water Using a Novel Testing Method”, earned the 1st Place with the monetary prize of PhP10,000.00.
What’s more? Among the 27 exhibited posters, “Efficacy of Ripened Extract Peel of Musa paradisiaca (Banana) Against Staphylococcus aureus” by Student Researchers Jahzeel Neil Salagubang, John Mikko Riosa, Florence Gaye Salido and Research Adviser Carmela G. Malabat and “Phytochemical Screening and Anti-Fungal Activity of Pseudelephantopus spicatus (Dog’s Tongue) Against Aspergillus niger” by Student Researchers Edelweiss Tutor, Dennis Rane Zamora, Edriel B. Rivero and Research Adviser Joyosthie B. Orbe obtained 2nd and 3rd Place, respectively, with the monetary prizes of PhP5,000.00 and PhP 3,000.00.
Indeed, “the more entries, the more chances of winning”, as commented by Ms. Rona Beth Saban, one of the presenters. That is why, Dr. Jolly S. Balila, AUP’s Research Director, is encouraging students and faculty to enjoy the fun in the world of research!
“We would also like to thank the participation of Ms. Jo Anne Kristine Lucero, Ms. Rona Beth Saban, Dr. Mary Jane Yap and their students in the aforementioned forum. Moreover, we also appreciate the support extended by Dr. Miriam P. Narbarte and all the Research Consultants, namely, Dr. Eunice M. Aclan, Dr. Lorcelie B. Taclan, Dr. Beryl Ben C. Mergal, and Ms. Weanne Myrrh R. Estrada. Congratulations to all student research enthusiasts and faculty researchers behind this success. We thank the Lord for His intellectual empowerment. To God be the glory!” – AUP Research Office
Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila held the 51st Annual Convention for the APMC or the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges on February 7-9, 2018. With the theme “Medical Education in Challenging Times”, certain awards were given to those who represented and made their school proud. Serge Aclan, Pioneer Batch 2019 Class President, was Awardee #1 for “Project Gifted”. Dr. Doris A. Mendoza, our very own COM Dean, was elected to the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges, Inc (APMC) as member of the Board of Trustees. The induction ceremony was done on February 9, 2018 with the Inducting Officer , Ireneo Bernardo, President of the Philippine Medicals Association.
Dr. Doris Mendoza and Serge Aclan carried the AUPCOM banner as well as the University’s name in the processional of college Deans.
AUP participated in the Information and Education Exchange (iEDEX) 2018 on January 26-28, 2018 at Ayala Malls, Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna. The event was organized by the South Trade Caravan and presented by the Voice of the South Newsletter. Major schools in the Philippines such as FEU and De La Salle also joined in this event. AUP displayed and showed the university programs through brochures, book, flyers, bags and other materials that were freely given to the community.
Performances from different educational institutions were highlighted in the event. AUP representatives showcased their God-given talents, which left the organizers and the crowd stunned and blessed. The performers that represented AUP were the AUPA Senior High Chorale conducted by Mr. Cyril Punay, the Soli Deo Gloria conducted by Mr. Ramon Lijauco Sr., the AUP Gymnairs for Christ headed by Mr. Ian Cervantes and Mrs. Amelina Fabroa, the AUPE Little Singers conducted by Mrs. Melody Abacan, and the “Spyros” brothers, Marc and Marco Betito.
AUP certainly left a mark to the nearby community, for it accomplished its purpose of participating in the iEDEX 2018. The University continues to shine as it primarily aims to bring people closer to God by acquiring a quality and Bible-based Christian education, once an individual is given the chance to enroll at Adventist University of the Philippines
September 12, 2017 was a special day for the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science department. The 36th PAMET-PASMETH Inter-school Quiz show took place yesterday in Quezon City despite the flooding and the strong winds and rain that Typhoon ‘Maring’ brought. Medical Technology students from schools nationwide took part in this quiz show.
The representatives of the University were Lois Kyle Zabat, Spencer Tañalas, Nathalie Cafe, and Nicole de Guzman who served as an alternate contestant. They were accompanied by a few of their faculty and mentors from the BMLS department namely Ferdinand Mendoza, Ma. Estrella Sales, Yanna Yvonne Macayan, Princess Red, Rose Gabutero, Gershon Mark Cortez, and Mary Cyrin Victoria Defino.
Preparation for this event was crucial. The contestants were informed that they were to be a part of this quiz show at the end of the month of July. Time was not to be wasted. One of their professors, Mrs. Julie Anne Amurao-Panghulan states that they had mock quiz bees and their competitors were their own classmates. Other than that, they prayed their way through the review. Ms. Mary Cyrin Victoria Defino, one of their professors as well said, “They have been dependent to God. I was personally blessed when they relied everything to Him. During the quiz bee, they prayed after answering each question and I learned that they fasted for this. The Lord never failed them in return.”
It has been 14 years since AUP garnered the Champion title for this quiz bee. This is the fourth time for our BMLS department to claim the title. 1997 was the first time ever. Mendoza, Tana, and Nelson were the first to lead the University to victory. Hernandez, Liwanag and Tantia followed 3 years after in 2000, and in 2003, Franche, Herce and Trisno were the last champions for AUP. 2011 was the last time that they had a top placer. This year, they not only received loud cheers of encouragement from their classmates who came to support them despite the pouring rain, but they also received a trophy, medals, and 10,000 pesos as a cash prize.
The Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology department has brought such pride to the University throughout the years through their accomplishments. It was a joyous day and that definitely was a rainbow after the storm for them. Also, Ms. Nathalie Café celebrated her birthday and her gift was their grand achievement. Glory be to God for all the blessings He has showered upon the University.