On to the Finals

November 28, 2023
The UP Fighting Maroons Men鈥檚 Basketball Team (UPMBT) is back in the Finals. This came after the UP Fighting Maroons defeated the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles, 57-46, in their semifinals match at the Season 86 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men鈥檚 basketball tournament on Nov. 25 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. Diouf. Photo from the UAAP Media Team Malick Diouf, who was named best player of the game, powered the UP Fighting Maroons with 12 points, 16 rebounds, three steals, and three blocks. Diouf also got the much need support from Francis Lopez, Janjan Felicilda, and Gerry Abadiano in the crucial stretch of the game The UP Fighting Maroons struggled in the early part of the game and were down by three points, 22-25, at the half time break. The UPMBT led by Diouf, Sean Aldous Torculas, and Felicilda, with stifling defense and better ball distribution, came alive in the third period and were able to grab the lead, 42-37, going to the final quarter. Lopez. Photo from the UAAP Media Team The Blue Eagles were able to come within two points, 40-42, on split free throws and undergoal basket by Mason Amos at the 9:12 mark of the final period. However, Abadiano, Lopez, and Felicilda worked together for the UP Fighting Maroons鈥 11-6 scoring run. This increased their lead to seven points, 53-46, with two minutes and 23 seconds remaining. In the ensuing plays, the team shut off the Blue Eagles offensive plays before Lopez scored on a layup and two free throws to send the UP Fighting Maroons in the Finals for three straight seasons. Lopez also contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Felicilda, and Abadiano chipped in 10 and nine points, respectively. The UP Fighting Maroons will face the De La Salle University Green Archers in the Finals. Game one of the best-of-three final series will be played on Nov. 29, 6 p.m., at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Felicilda. Photo from the UAAP Media Team

Pagpupugay, Dean Dandan!

November 28, 2023
Sa isang payak na pagtitipon, binigyang-pugay ng 草榴视频 Kolehiyo ng Sining Biswal (College of Fine Arts / CFA) ang yumao nitong dekana, si Virginia 鈥淕inny鈥 Bonoan-Dandan, PhD. Pumanaw si Dandan noong Nobyembre 9. May pamagat na Gunita: Buhay at Sining ni Dean Ginny Dandan, nagsama-sama sa CFA Arts and Design West Hall ang pamilya ni Dandan, mga naging kapwa guro, kasamahan, at mag-aaral niya sa CFA, pati na ang ilang mga kaibigan sa UPD, upang alalahanin ang mga karanasan nila kasama si Dandan. Naging dekana si Dandan ng CFA mula noong 2001 hanggang 2006. Iginuhit na larawan ni Dandan. Larawang kuha ni Jefferson Villacruz, UPDIO Sa pamamagitan ng mga video presentation, musika, at mga mensahe ng pag-alaala, pagkilala, at pasasalamat, binalikan ng mga dumalo ang mga panahong naging bahagi ng buhay nila si Dandan. 鈥淒ean Dandan, as a mentor, as an administrator, guided a lot of people. Ngayon, administrador na rin ang ibang na-guide niya. , na naging advisee niya,鈥 panimula ni Marc J. San Valentin, kasalukuyang dekano ng CFA. 鈥淪a mga ginabayan ni Ma鈥檃m Ginny, mga naging kaibigan, mga tumabi sa kanya noong mga panahong kailangan siyang tabihan, you have to remember, what you do in life will certainly matter to people,鈥 paalala ni San Valentin. San Valentin. Larawang kuha ni Jefferson Villacruz, UPDIO 鈥淣aging guro ko po si Ma鈥檃m Ginny. Siya po ang aking FA 199 adviser,鈥 ani Sicat na kasalukuyang kalihim ng kolehiyo. Inalala ni Sicat ang mga panahong siya ay nasa konseho ng mga mag-aaral ng CFA habang si Dandan ang dekana, hanggang sa naging 鈥渟culptor major ako kung saan ko mas nakilala si Ma鈥檃m Ginny.鈥    Ikinuwento rin ni Sicat kung paanong nagalit si Dandan sa thesis defense niya sa sculpture program dahil labas na sa sakop ng sculpture ang ilang mga tanong ng mga panelist. Ang thesis niya ang hinirang na 鈥渂est thesis鈥 sa kanilang pagtatapos. 鈥淪iguro ako na ang pinakamatagal na kaibigan ni Dean Dandan,鈥 bungad ni Ruben David F. Defeo sa kanyang mensahe ng paggunita. Si Defeo ay isa sa mga haligi ng kolehiyo at ng CFA Department of Theory (DTheory) at aniya, magkaibigan na sila ni Dandan 鈥渨ay back in the 1970s. We were not faculty members yet.鈥 Defeo. Larawang kuha ni Jefferson Villacruz, UPDIO 鈥淣ever a dull moment with Ginny Dandan. I don鈥檛 know if you saw that in her. All you have been talking about the last few minutes…


UN now uses UPD researchers鈥 MVI

October 02, 2023
The World鈥檚 Mangroves 2000-2020, the 2023 report of the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), used the Mangrove Vegetation Index (MVI) developed by 草榴视频 researchers as its mapping methodology. The report is about global and regional estimates of the area covered by mangrove forests, including area changes between 2000 and 2020. The MVI is a new index developed to map mangroves to help preserve coastal ecosystems. This was developed by Alvin Baloloy together with Ariel C. Blanco, DEng, Raymund Rhommel C. Sta. Ana, and Kazuo Nadaoka, researchers from UPD and the Tokyo Institute of Technology, respectively. Baloloy. Photo from Baloloy鈥檚 LinkedIn account Baloloy is a remote sensing and geographical information system (RS-GIS) specialist from the Training Center for Applied Geodesy and Photogrammetry (TCAGP) at the Department of Geodetic Engineering (DGE) of the UPD College of Engineering (COE). Blanco is a professor of geodetic engineering at the COE and currently the director of Space Information Infrastructure Bureau of the Philippine Space Agency. Meanwhile, Sta. Ana is an RS-GIS research associate at the TCAGP, and Kazuo Nadaoka is a professor at the Department of Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering at the School of Environment and Society of the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Book cover. Image from FAO website According to the researchers鈥 study published in the ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (Volume 166, August 2020), the MVI is a new index that 鈥渞apidly and accurately maps mangroves extent from remotely-sensed imageries.鈥 It uses green, NIR (Near Infrared), and SWIR1 (shortwave infrared) bands 鈥渢o discriminate the distinct greenness and moisture of mangroves from terrestrial vegetation and other land cover.鈥 The MVI was also used in generating the mangrove extent map of the Philippines in 2019. The MVI was developed under the BlueCARES project of UPD and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The JICA website post on 6 July 2020 explained that BlueCARES project aims to aid 鈥減olicymakers develop scientific-based conservation measures to preserve and improve coastal ecosystems.鈥 In his Facebook post, Baloloy credited Blanco for being his mentor, under whose watch MVI was developed. Referring to the MVI, Baloloy said, 鈥淣agamit ng ibang bansa, sana magamit din sa PH.鈥


November 24, 2023
After almost five years, the project labeled only as 鈥淩emains Collection and Identification鈥 will now be able to resume its activities. In May 2018, then 草榴视频 chancellor Michael L. Tan initiated the project of collecting and identifying human bones from the National Museum which are believed to be that of Japanese soldiers of World War II. The project is a partnership between the Philippines through the UPD and the Japanese government through its Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare (MHLW). The project intended to assist the Japanese government in their efforts to return the remains of their soldiers to their country. (From left) Vesagas, Koshikawa, and Hayashi. Photo by Jerald DJ. Caranza, UPDIO The project鈥檚 implementation is now ongoing, the latest of which was the UPD Department of Anthropology鈥檚 (DAnthro) negotiation with the National Museum and the eventual transfer of about 250 boxes of probable Japanese remains to UPD. These boxed remains came from various locations in the country believed to have been sites where most Japanese soldiers were based during World War II. The MHLW and Japanese embassy are also closely working with the Department of Foreign Affairs for the repatriation of the remains, and the Department of Interior and Local Government, for the coordination with the towns and cities for the remains collection. The Japanese (left side) and UPD (right side) representatives during the briefing at Balay Kalinaw. Photo by Jefferson Villacruz, UPDIO UPD Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development Raquel B. Florendo said under Tan鈥檚 guidance, a series of meetings that included planning for a laboratory and storage room began in May 2022. The UPD Office of the Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development was in charge of the renovation of the rooms in Llamas Hall behind Palma Hall Pavilion 1, which will serve as the project鈥檚 storage room and laboratory. 鈥淭hank you very much for giving us a hand in this very important national project. With the support of the Philippine government, we can strategize these very intensive remains collection activities. However, because of COVID-19, this project has been suspended for two to three years. Finally, we can start this very important remains collection,鈥 said Koshikawa Kazuhiko, Japanese ambassador to the Philippines. Koshikawa (in white barong) pays respects to the remains inside the boxes. Photo by Jerald DJ. Caranza, UPDIO Koshikawa was in UPD on Nov. 15 for the project briefing with Tan and Florendo. In response to Koshikawa, Tan said 鈥渆 recognize the cultural importance of bones in Japan, China, and East Asia. So we are very supportive of this. We also see the value for our programs to be able to host…