The Philippines is fast losing its chance to read and learn the orally transmitted folk literature of the Mandaya people of the Davao provinces in Mindanao, the second largest island in the country. Every year, the number of magdadawot (bards) who can chant the Mandaya dawot (epic poems) and old bayok (spontaneous poems), or recite the uman-uman and hullubaton (stories or historical narratives), tutukanon (riddles), and proverbs and sayings is fast diminishing. The language used in these oral traditions is archaic Mandaya, no longer spoken or clearly understood by the present generation. The few who are gifted and skilled to […]
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The Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (OVPAA) will be holding the 2017 UP OVPAA Research Symposium on 20-21 November 2017 at the National Institute of Physics, UP Diliman. The event will feature projects being funded by the UP through the Emerging Interdisciplinary Research (EIDR) Program and the Balik PhD Recruitment Program. Thirty-four oral presentations and 29 poster presentations will be given by past and present EIDR and Balik PhD grantees. The EIDR was established by UP to strengthen the culture of research in the University. It funds innovative, interdisciplinary and inter-CU research that generates fundamentally new knowledge […]
UP is still the leading university in the Philippines despite falling five notches in the new Asian University Rankings released by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) in October. From No. 70 in 2016 and 2017, it is now No. 75, with an accumulated score of 57.3. The national university received high points for employer reputation, followed by academic reputation and faculty-student ratio. Employer and academic reputation are measured by means of global surveys. Lower scores, however, were given to UP in research and internationalization metrics, particularly in citations for paper, outbound student exchange and inbound student exchange. Over 400 universities around Asia […]
David Emmanuel M. General Museum of Natural History UP Los Baños First Global Molecular Phylogeny and Biogeographical Analysis of Two Arachnid Orders (Schizomida and Uropygi) Supports a Tropical Pangean Origin and Mid-Cretaceous Diversification. Journal of Biogeography, 44 (11): 2660–2672, November 2017. Mount Hamiguitan, in Davao Oriental, is famous for a large (~225 has.) pygmy forest and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We sampled ants in four zones (elevations in brackets): 1) near the Research Center [400 meters above sea level (masl)]; 2) established trail to Camp 4 [no fixed elevation]; 3) Camp 4 [940 masl], a semi-permanent campsite for researchers […]