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UPD honors finest constituents


The Natatanging Mag-aaral awardees, center with medallion, with UPD officials.

(March 13) — Twelve UPD constituents were recognized for their outstanding achievements in a simple ceremony at the Gawad Chanselor 2013, the highest recognition conferred by the University, on February 22 at the Malcolm Auditorium, College of Law.

Of the total awardees, three faculty members were named Natatanging Guro, five students were chosen Natatanging Mag-aaral, two research extension and professional staff (REPS) were awarded as the Natatanging REPS, and two administrative staff were named Natatanging Kawani.

According to UPD Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma “all nominees meet the pre-defined minimum requirements laid down by a committee of peers and approved by the chancellor.”

This year’s criteria for Natatanging Guro have been slightly modified. The awardee must have teaching load credit of at least six units per term; no Student Evaluation of Teacher lower than 1.75 in any term; mentoring of at least two graduate level students graduated; a tenured faculty with at least 5 years teaching with the unit; a research publication of at least one ISI or one international refereed journal, or refereed book chapter (local/international), or creative work comprising two major exhibits/curatorial work in a national venue or one major performance in a national venue (currently equivalent to what merits a centennial Professorial Chair), and at least one extension service to the University.

The faculty members named Natatanging Guro were: Dr. Sonia D. Jacinto of the College of Science (CS); Dr. Agnes Clotilde T. Paras, also from CS; and Dr. Ma. Luisa T. Camagay of College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP).  Fourteen faculty members were nominated for the award.

Jacinto is a professor and current director of the CS’ Institute of Biology. Her specialization is on cell biology, animal development biology, and anticancer natural products. Jacinto’s citation noted: “Para sa pagiging isang mahusay na mananaliksik, na pinatutunayan ng kanyang maraming publikasyon sa mga prestihiyosong journal; sa kanyang mahahalagang ambag sa pagtuklas ng mga katangi-tanging produkto mula sa sa mga likas na organismo; sa kanayang dedikasyon bilang guro; at sa paglalaan ng sarili upang makamit ang pinakamataas na pamantayan ng karangalan at kahusayan ng Unibersidad.”

Paras, a professor at the Institute of Mathematics was appointed Scientist I in 2011, the first math faculty member to be recognized by the UP System.


The Natatanging REPS and Kawani recipients, center with medallion, with UPD officials. 

Her citation stated: “Para sa kanyang pagiging tunay na huwaran sa larangan ng pagtuturo at pananaliksik, na nag-aangat sa antas ng Institute of Mathematics at ng College of Science; sa kanyang sipag at dedikasyon sa paggabay sa kanyang mga mag-aaral, maging undergraduate man o gradwado, na nagbubunga ng maraming international publicaton; at sa kanyang pangkalahatang pagbibigay-inspirasyon sa mga kasamahan sa pamantasan at sa pambansang komunidad ng mga matematiko.”   

Camagay, is a professor at CSSP’s Department of History and a former director of The University of the Philippines Press.  Her citation reads: “Para sa pagbibigay liwanag at gabay sa kanyang mga mag-aaral upang matamo nila ang kanilang potensyal sa kanilang mga propesyon, habang siya naman ay nananatiling isang maningning na halimbawa ng matayog na kapantasan sa larangan ng kasaysayan. . . para sa kanyang mga premyadong aklat at iba pang publikasyon kasabay ang mahusay na pagtuturo at ang pagganap sa mga tungkuling iniatas sa kanya, na nagpakita ng buhay at talino na nakalaan para sa Diyos, sa bayan, at sa Pamantasan.”

The five students honored for excellent performance were Kiko A. Cortez, a BS Sports Science student from the College of Human Kinetics; Jasper Powell S. Esguerra and Angela Rainbow H. Lim, both Chemical Engineering majors from the College of Engineering (CoE); Gabriel Paolo F. Diño and Jann Adriel C. Sy from CS’ Institute of Mathematics, and National Institute Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, respectively. Twenty-two students were nominated for the Natatanging Mag-aaral.

The two recipients of Natatanging REPS, chosen from 9 nominees, were Jojene R. Santillan of the Department of Geodetic Engineering, CoE, and Hipolita R. Ricalde from the School of Labor and Industrial Relations Library.

Ester M. Mendoza of the Office of Student Activities, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, and Ruben A. Rebaldo of University Library were bestowed the Natatanging Kawani, besting 19 other nominees.

Hosted by CSSP professor Dr. Aldrin P. Lee, the program featured musical numbers performed by Jason E. Santiago (tenor), Marienique Pereda (soprano), Jett Russel P. Panganiban (pianist) and John Paul Edgar V. Estoy (pianist).

The Gawad Chanselor was instituted in 1992 by then UPD Chancellor Emerlinda R. Roman as a reward and incentive mechanism to recognize excellent performances of UPD constituents. —ACG