UPD fetes student-athletes

June 14, 2024
UP Diliman (UPD), through the UPD Office for Athletics and Sports Development (OASD), celebrated the achievements of student-athletes at this year’s Varsity Night. The event which carried the theme Laban UP! was held on June 10 at the Varsity Training Center. OASD Director Dolreich Bo Perasol said the Varsity Night was an event to recognize student-athletes’ achievements at the recently concluded Season 86 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP). “This is our way of recognizing all the efforts and achievements of UPD student-athletes, and to encourage them also to do more next UAAP season,” explained Perasol. Perasol. Photo by Jerald DJ. Caranza, UPDIO Among those honored were the varsity teams that performed well and gave pride to UP by scoring podium finishes in the second semester UAAP events. These were the Men’s Football Team (champion), Women’s Softball Team (second place), Women’s Fencing Team (third place), Women’s Football Team (third place), and the Streetdance Club (third place). The OASD also gave Varsity Letter awards to student-athletes who excelled in their respective events at UAAP Season 86. According to event host Sam Corrales, the varsity letters are awarded to student-athletes who have excelled in their sports. The Varsity Letter Award was introduced by the Harvard University Baseball Team in 1865. Attendees of the varsity night. Photo by Jerald DJ. Caranza, UPDIO Maroon Letter awards were given to 78 student-athletes for their outstanding performances. Green Letter awards were given to 27 student-athletes who are UAAP champion team members and are national team members. Aside from letter awards, star awards were presented to student-athletes for their outstanding feats. Green Star awards were presented to 16 student-athletes who won individual awards in UAAP Season 86, while Gold Star awards were presented to 52 to student-athletes who played in international competitions. Individuals and teams that set new records at the UAAP Season 86 were presented with the UAAP New Record Holder awards. The awardees were Sally Campus (3000-meter walk), Ed Deliña (discus throw), Alhryan Labita (100- and 200-meter dash), the Men’s Swimming Team (4×100 medley relay), and Women’s Swimming Team (4×100 freestyle relay). Meanwhile, 48 student-athletes received the Varsity Recognition Award for playing at the UAAP tournaments for four to five years. On the other hand, 10 student-athletes received the Varsity Loyalty Award. They are student-athletes who have already graduated but taken a master’s or a second degree program in order to play and represent UP at the UAAP. Twenty-one student-athletes who stood out in their participation in international competitions were honored with the Maroon Letter with Gold Star award. Fifteen UP coaches who assisted and served the national…

UP hosts scientist advocating CBD research

June 11, 2024
At the book talk and signing event of Mighty Flower: How Cannabis Saved My Son that the University Hotel and UP Press jointly organized, author Annabelle Manalo-Morgan emphasized that she advocates for research on medicinal cannabis. Manalo-Morgan is a cell and developmental biologist. She is on the board of directors and the lead scientific officer of Flora Growth. She also started the medical company Masaya Medical Inc. in 2019. Manalo-Morgan is of Filipino descent, whose parents Arturo and Luzviminda hail from Batangas and Laguna, respectively. Manalo-Morgan holding a copy of her book. Photo by Jefferson Villacruz, UPDIO Her book is about how she was able to create a cure from CBD (cannabidiol) for her son Macario who, as an infant, had almost 40% of his brain removed because he used to have 200 to 500 seizures every day. Because he has lost a big part of his brain, Macario was expected to be paralyzed on his right hand side. According to Manalo-Morgan, “Macario was not going to have a visual processing center, spatial and depth perception, object and face recognition, memory, comprehension, verbal, and speech.” As she puts it, “This was a child who was going to have quite a rough life.” “When Macario was six months old, he was no different than a newborn baby,” she said. “He never cried; he functionally was very dormant,” she added. Manalo-Morgan shared that her son was on seven neurological medications. Manalo-Morgan with Macario. Photo by Jefferson Villacruz, UPDIO Manalo-Morgan continued, “We think about a lot of these drugs as helping the child to not have seizures. Well my thought was we’re keeping the child from being able to develop. We’re keeping the child from being able to create these connections that a developing brain wants to make. We’re keeping the child from having neuroplasticity… which means the ability of the brain to rewire, the ability of the brain to adapt to change. And in my son’s case, maybe the ability for it to compensate for the area that’s lost.” After some research, mostly through articles published in peer-reviewed journals, she found studies on the ability of the CBD to improve health conditions. When she was able to get hold of the isolated compound she needed, Manalo-Morgan proceeded on creating him a drug. Manalo-Morgan said, at seven months, Macario went “cold turkey on all his medications… I just pushed this new formulation into his tube. In two days, my son was moving his arms around. He was moving his eyes. A few months later, Macario was crawling. He was walking by 14 months old, and today, a perfectly normal eight-year-old boy.” She clarified that she never advocated for only the…


Middle Paleolithic landscape understood through micromammal assemblage

June 13, 2024
A study led by Juan Rofes, PhD, an associate professor at the UP Diliman (UPD) School of Archaeology, determined the Middle Paleolithic landscape of the Iranian Zagros, through Tang-e Shikan cave, by using micromammals as paleoecological indicators. Rofes. Photo from the School of Archaeology website In an article by H. J. B. Birks in Encyclopedia of Ecology (2008) cited by the Science Direct website, paleoecology “is mainly concerned with reconstructing past biota populations, communities, landscapes, environments, and ecosystems from available geological and biological (fossil) evidence. There are two major types of paleoecology: Quaternary paleoecology, concerned with the last 2.8 million years of Earth’s history, and deep-time paleoecology, based on fossils from pre-Quaternary sediments over a wide range of timescales.” Rofes, who is an environmental archaeologist and paleontologist, in his correspondence with UPDate Online, explained “micromammals can be useful palaeoecological indicators, and that is the case of the remains from Tang-e Shikan Cave in the Iranian Zagros range. Through thorough taphonomic and taxonomic analysis, this assemblage reveals slight landscape and environmental changes between the older and younger human occupations of the site along the Middle Paleolithic period which can be reasonably correlated with cultural change in the region. Hominins involved in this process could be both Neanderthals and Anatomically Modern.” The Tang-e Shikan cave in Iran. Image from the research paper In the study Evolving Landscape and Cultural Change During the Middle Paleolithic in Southeast Zagros (Iran): Insights from a Micromammal Assemblage, Rofes and his team wrote, “The Iranian Zagros is a remarkable zone to study Middle and Upper Paleolithic human occupations, and Tang-e Shikan (Arsanjan) is a strategic cave site which archaeological evidence can be taken as a proxy for the southeast portion.” Rofes and his team explained they extensively used the micromammal assemblage from Tang-e Shikan cave “to infer the landscape and environment that framed and arguably triggered cultural change.” In their study, 14 taxa have been identified. These are “two ‘insectivores’, nine rodents, two lagomorphs, and an unidentified chiropteran.” Rofes and his team stated that their study’s “results show that shrubland and grassland dominated the distribution of habitats in the area during the Middle Paleolithic (MP), followed by moderate rocky, desert, and steppe components, and sparse patches of woodland. The younger period of the MP would be somewhat wetter than the older period.” Micromammal specimens from Tang-e Shikan cave. Image from the research paper More details of the team’s research can be read in Quaternary Science Reviews which published his study ( last May. Rofes said this was his first international research funded by the UPD Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and…

SOLAIR hosts job fair

May 31, 2024
The UP Diliman (UPD) School of Labor and Industrial Relations (SOLAIR) recently conducted a job fair titled Soar UP at SOLAIR Job Fair: Elevating Future Talents. Participating companies at the job fair were Alorica Teleservices Inc., Excellent Home Décor, ilaw atbp., InteLogix Philippines, Marstech Unlimited Solutions & Technology Inc., Pru Life UK, Samgyup Salamat, The Sven Group, Toyota Financial Services, and World of Fun (KT Wonderland). Job-seekers at the SOLAIR job fair. Photo by Jerald DJ. Caranza, UPDIO According to event organizers, the job fair aims to foster “a platform that bridges the gap between talented individuals and prospective employers.” The job fair was organized by the Industrial Relations 202 (Organization and Work) class of Virgel C. Binghay, PhD, and SOLAIR Center for Industry Productivity and Competitiveness. Also featured at the job fair was a talk by three resource persons who discussed employment-related topics. In Skills and Competencies to Succeed at the Workplace, Cyrill Santos enumerated and discussed “the most important skills that we must have to succeed in the workplace.” These are learnability, resiliency, agility, collaboration, communication, empathy, creativity, problem-solving, leadership, negotiation, technological adeptness, and integrity and ethics. Santos is a human resources operations lead for employee and labor relations of Med-Metrix, a service provider company specializing in revenue cycle management. Santos. Photo by Jerald DJ. Caranza, UPDIO She explained that integrity and ethics are the most important. “Integrity and ethics are the most important. These are what define a person, and employers look for candidates who are honest and have integrity. Employees who are trustworthy and work ethically are known to build better relationships with others in the organization,” Santos said. The two other speakers were Michael Daguinod, who discussed Wages/Benefits and Compensation Trends, and Justin Carpio who talked about Preparing to be an Empowered Worker in the Digital Workplace. Daguinod. Photo by Jerald DJ. Caranza, UPDIO Daguinod is a lawyer and chairperson of the Department of Legal Management at San Beda University while Carpio is an associate ASEAN engineer and the human resources planning and control head of the Makati Development Corporation. Carpio. Photo by Jerald DJ. Caranza, UPDIO Santos and Carpio earned their diploma in industrial relations program at SOLAIR, while Daguinod is currently enrolled in the school’s diploma/masters of industrial relations ladderized education program. Conducted in partnership with InteLogix Philippines, a solution provider company, and the Quezon City Public Employment Service Office, the job fair was held on May 10 at the SOLAIR Isabelo de los Reyes Auditorium.