UPCEd Successfully Hosts the 9th International Conference on Teacher Education


Last September 1 to 3, the UP College of Education hosted the 9th International Conference on Teacher Education (ICTED). The ICTED is a biennial event sponsored by the College of Education of the University of the Philippines – Diliman.

This year’s conference foregrounds the theme of teacher agency, defined as the exercise of individual and collective power of teachers in the midst of challenging situations. It aims to create a forum for educationists, social scientists, policy-makers, and students to discuss the central question: In what ways can educational reforms support or constrain teacher agency, for what purpose, under what conditions, and with what consequences? It seeks to foster interdisciplinary conversations among participants of diverse persuasions about policy and practice; capacity building; and curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment.


The keynote speaker for this year’s ICTED was Judy Durrant, the Faculty Director of Education Graduate Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK, where she leads a research group focused on professional, organizational and leadership development. Judy is an internationally acclaimed scholar whose work on Teacher Leadership has had significant impact around the world.


The distinguished lectures were delivered by DepEd Undersecretary Dina Joana S. Ocampo and CHED Commissioner Maria Cynthia Rose Banzon Bautista.


Four plenary themes were also presented in the conference. The first theme was Teacher Agency in Governance which was discussed by Emma E Porio, Professor of sociology at the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and Edicio Dela Torre, one of the founders of Education for Life Foundation.


This was followed by a plenary session on Teacher Agency in Curriculum and Instruction. This session was facilitated by Ma. Luisa T. Camagay, professor in the Department of History, University of the Philippines Diliman; Gerson Abesamis, founder of HABI Education Lab; and Efleda Preclaro Tolentino, professor of Early Childhood Education in Long Island University, New York.


The third plenary session was about Teacher Agency in Asia where John Pegg, professor and Director of the SiMERR National Research Centre; and Peter Grimes, Senior Specialist for Teacher Development of the Basic Education Sector Transformation Program’s (BEST) shared their insights and experiences in the region.

The final theme, Teacher Agency in Situ, was discussed by Carol Bumanglag, executive director of Lilik Foundation; Sister Aristea R. Bautista, FMM, founder of the PAMANA KA foundation; and Maisara C. Dandamun-Latiph, founder of the Khadija Center for Muslim Women Studies.

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EdArt Holds First MAPEH Seminar

_MG_9450_MG_9347The Art Education area of the UP College of Education (UPCEd) held its first Music, Arts, P.E., and Health (MAPEH) seminar at the UP NISMED on July 16, 2016, Saturday, entitled “Creative Teaching Strategies in MAPEH.” About 400 participants attended the event. There was a diverse range of delegates in attendance, composed of MAPEH teachers, administrators, students, and representatives from the UPCEd Art Education Area. There were also attendees coming from other provinces, such as Bulacan, Laguna, Pampanga, and even as far as Zamboanga and Aurora. The major sponsors for the event include Rex Bookstore, Adarna House, and Quezon City Sikap Buhay.

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The perspectives of expert MAPEH professionals highlighted the work that can be done to provide an interesting and fun learning atmosphere for students who are taking the subject across the K-12 program. Prof. Jama M. Ramos gave a presentation about the important theories and drawing strategies for art education. Prof. Grace Duka-Pante, and Prof. Maria Cecilia V. Zamora, the speakers for Health Education, gave tips and techniques on how to teach the the various sub-topics of the subject. Prof. James Diaz, gave fun strategies, and enjoined the participants to sing with him during his presentation for Music Education. Prof. Ernida A. Tolentino, the speaker for Physical Education, discussed about how to involve the students’ imagination, and integrate gymnastic movements in PE lessons.


The launch of the annual seminar for MAPEH received positive feedback about the event from the delegates with regards to the speakers and overall program, with majority of delegates at the seminar stating their intent to be part of the future projects, the area is now projected to improve and grow rapidly in the coming weeks and months. With this, we now look forward to welcoming new endeavors, as the UPCEd Art Education Area is now set to further increase its presence in delivering the needs of educators in the different regions of the country. The Area is already underway in preparing for another project, the details of which will be announced as soon as they are available. Meanwhile, the core group encourages everyone to check updates about future seminars and activities in their facebook page:




UP College of Education Celebrates HAPI Days Anew

The University of the Philippines College of Education through its Health Education Area celebrated its Health Advocacy, Promotion, and Instruction (HAPI) Days last April 12-15, 2016 with the theme “Nurture Health, Advocate Wellness.”

Dubbed as “Kalusugan Serye,” the 4-day event kicked off with a Run for Health participated by undergraduate students enrolled in EDH classes and faculty alike.


“The event started at around 7:30 in the morning. Before the run, a few minutes were allotted for stretching and warm-up exercises. Students and faculty run around the academic oval wearing messages that promote health. Food and beverages were provided at the end of the run. As evidenced by the smiles on everyone’s faces, the event showed that healthy practices need not be tedious. It can also be fun!”

Eric Domantay, BEEd Language major , Jessica Ignacio, SPED Major & Vixens Nonato, BEEd Math Major


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It was followed by an announced (1:00 pm) and unannounced (5:45 pm) earthquake drills in the afternoon.



Champorado with dilis remains to be the most popular snack during HAPI Days


An important objective of the celebration is to raise people awareness on healthy diet, thus free health snacks were prepared and distributed to students, faculty and staff.

Through an exhibit, the different health classes tackled health issues relating to population, nutrition, disease prevention, healthy aging, stress management, physical activity, and importance of sleep.


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HAPI Days exhibit focuses on vital issues affecting youth health

There were also free medical and dental services and health lectures during the event. Dr. Raquel Bautista and Dr. Mark Hilario provided free dental consultation while Dr. Maria Sylvia DS. Santos gave free medical advice and served as a resource person on Reproductive Health. Her lecture entitled “Panandaliang Saya, Worth it Ba?” comprehensively discussed the health impact of young people’s sexual behaviors as well as the various ways to protect oneself from sexually transmitted infections.


“I realized lots of things because of the talk and I made a promise to myself that I will use wisdom in all decisions that I will make in the future.”

-Cush Ravin E. Jainani, BEEd Science and Health Major”


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Check-up at Chika kay Dok


Ms. Jenny Jade N. Dellosa, a Registered Nurse shared her knowledge on health appraisal procedures. She also discussed self breast examination which is important in the early screening of breast cancer.

“The first part of the lecture focused on measuring the body temperature, respiration, blood pressure and pulse rate. These signs reflect the current condition and state of our body and know what it needs. Abnormalities indicate a possible disease, viral or bacterial infection that might not have been detected otherwise. Having experienced this lecture made me value awareness about my body and made me feel the need to be more mindful about keeping these vital signs in check at all times.”

-Jesse Beryll L. Cheng, BEEd Science and Health Major ”


The second part of lecture dealt on self-breast examination.


“The speaker was very intent in encouraging healthful practices and emphasized on the importance of self-breast examination leading to early detection of breast cancer.”

-Ellice J. Balgos, TEG Major”


In the afternoon, Dr. Florecita Padua lectured on Lifestyle and Allergy. She emphasized the importance of eating smart, the interplay of allergy, lifestyle, environment and their impact on nutrition.

The highlight of the second day is the “Musikalusugan,” a 2-hour variety show filled with songs, dance, zumba and games. Through it, the students realized that advocating health can be done in a creative and fun way.

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The Barkada Kontra Droga, a newly-recognized student organization in the university, facilitated the Peer to Peer: Life Skills Training on Drug Prevention. Headed by Ms. Genevieve Allison Alambra, the team prepared several activities to develop communication skills of their peers which is very important in preventing drug abuse.

A new feature of the HAPI Days this semester is the extension of the activity to the community. An EDH class conducted a storytelling session for kids and a lecture-demonstration to parents regarding heat emergencies and musculoskeletal injuries. Participants were from Area 17 of Barangay UP Campus.



A Health Education student demonstrating first aid for muscle cramp


   Return demonstration for heat stroke by the participants

“The community outreach gave focus on the community rather than just of the college, something that struck me for I thought that HAPI DAYS only involves the college. Being able to share to the community is a really good experience. I went to the community thinking that the adult group would lack enthusiasm but I was pleasantly surprised to have them so engaged, interested and curious about the discussion.”

-Mary Janelle Fortuno, BEEd Science and Health Major


“It is better to give than to receive. Learning is a two-street. The EDH 115 class conducted an outreach program for the children and adults. An informal interactive – discussion tagged as “ Usaping Pang-unang lunas” on Heat Stroke and other health conditions were tackled. Misconceptions were revealed and clarifications are addressed as well. Flyers were given as supplemental tools in the event.”

– Milo Salvador ,Pauline Sambilay, BS European Language Majors; Angelica Bonot, Ariel De Jesus and Paula Villapando, Education Students

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Usaping Kalusugan ukol sa Pang-unang lunas


“Story telling about proper garbage disposal, taking care of the environment and using resources wisely were shared to the children. Games and Arts were also integrated. Through these activities, we had taught and promoted environmental and health awareness among the children. We were glad to see the children learn and have fun at the same time. We are looking forward to take part in the future HAPI DAYS.”

– Ysabelle Elipse, FLCD major, Margarita Mendoza, TEG major, Hannah Obrique, Sped Major, Claire Encio, TEG Major and Ivan Arthur D.C. Decano, FLCD Major


Reflections on HAPI Days by non- educ majors:

“In one word, HAPI DAYS was nakakatuwa and I do genuinely hope that one day it can expand throughout the university to further increase the students’ awareness on health and health issues.

-Angelica Montalbo, Statistics Major


“Being non-education majors, HAPI DAYS was a foreign experience for us. It was a refreshing experience outside our majors…We realized that we have a purpose, outside of merely making money after college. We were also given opportunity to learn outside the classroom and given a better picture of how there is misinformation about health in the community. Lastly, but definitely not the least, we realized that no matter your social status or standing is health truly is wealth.”

– Wulmar Cerio, Philosophy Major; Kara Mei Herrera and Javier Lopez, BS Economics Majors


With HAPI Days as a regular event, the students, faculty, and staff of the College commit to make wellness a way of life. Cheers to health!

We acknowledge all EDH classes, our resource speakers, Brgy UP Campus officials, UP College of Education staff and fellow health advocates. Thank you very much…until our next HAPI DAYS!!!

EdArt Hosts Seminar on Trends in Art Education

The UP College of Education Art Education Area (UPCED ArtEd) celebrated the Arts Month by giving a free seminar entitled, “Trends in Art Education.” It was held last February 20, 2016, from 9 am to 12 nn. The speakers, Ms. Alice Pañares and Ms. Patria Bautista, respectively gave updates on the K to 12 Arts and Design Track, and shared applications of the Discipline Based Art Education Approach. One hundred sixty (160) students, teachers, school administrators and art education advocates attended the event.

In addition, 3 separate workshops were held during the day, namely, the children’s workshop, oil pastel, and water-based media (watercolor and poster paint) techniques. The free workshops were conducted by the UPCED ArtEd post graduate students for the children’s workshop, Mr. Glenn Blanco and Ms. Gem Blanco for watercolor/ poster paint, and Mr. Julius Legaspi and the Philippine Pastel Artists (PPA) for oil pastel. Crayola Philippines sponsored the materials for the event. Each workshop had 30 participants, who enjoyed learning about basic techniques, and free items from the sponsor.


Seminar speakers Ms. Alice Pañares and Ms. Patria Bautista giving their lectures

Masayang Matuto ng Wikang Filipino in Cambodia


The Moving Up Day for the pilot edition of the Filipino language class for Filipino children at Sentro Rizal Phnom Penh (SRPP) was held last December 5, 2015 with Dr. Rosario Alonzo, Dean of the UP College of Education, as a special guest. This project, which was dubbed “Masayang Matuto ng Wikang Filipino” was launched last August 15 2015 with the support of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

Dr. Alonzo developed the 15-session module for this project, which was actively participated by more than 20 Filipino children living in Cambodia, with ages from 5 to 14. One participant was David Garcia who travelled over 100 kilometers to Phnom Penh from Svay Rieng province.  The students enjoyed the sessions, which focused not only on the Filipino language but also on Filipino culture through a variety of stories and other fun activities. Among their meaningful experiences were getting to know local songs and savoring the taste of halo-halo, ginatan, turon, pansit and other local delicious food.

In his welcome remarks during the Moving Up Day, Philippine Ambassador Christopher Montero reminded the participants of the importance of preserving the use of Filipino, including regional and local Philippine languages. “The need to learn and speak Filipino is more felt for Filipino children abroad in order for them to better understand and appreciate their cultural heritage and identity.”

In her remarks as a guest speaker, Dean Alonzo asked the youngest participant Serif to read a line from the poem written by Dr. Jose Rizal, “Ang hindì marunong magmahal sa sariling wikà, masahol pa sa hayop at malansang isdâ.” After elucidating the meaning of this, she encouraged the use of the Filipino language and motivated the participants to touch the future by planting seeds of knowledge that would continually flourish.

The event included games such as Pinoy Henyo and Pera o Bayong and singing of local songs in the caroling segment of the program. The project was a success especially with the generous support of Liwayway Cambodia Food Manufacturing Corporation, a Filipino company and makers of Oishi/Rinbee snack food. Everyone is looking forward to the second module of this project.


UPCEd Holds Research and Development Agenda-Setting Workshop

Last December 1, the UP College of Education (UPCEd) held a research agenda workshop. The main objective of the workshop is for the UPCEd to forge a research agenda that will determine its research priorities and initiatives for 2016-2018. This initiative is driven by the challenges and educational changes the national education system is facing.

To inform the development of the UPCEd Research Agenda 2016-2018, current challenges and changes in education are culled from global, regional, and local educational policies. Examples of such policies include the Commission on Higher Education (CHED)’s policy framework for the internationalization of higher education and a credit transfer system to establish the comparability of Philippine higher education with the rest of the world. In the case of the national basic education system, the implementation of the K to 12 program brings about the institutionalization of Kindergarten, mother tongue-based multilingual education, and senior high school.

In addition, the workshop aims to revisit the previous research agenda of UPCED for 2012-2015, alongside with the research agenda of education institutions in the ASEAN region such as the National Institute of Education (NIE) of Singapore, the Korean Educational Development Institute (KEDI) of South Korea, the Hong Kong Institute of Education, and the Philippine Normal University (PNU). This is to assist UPCEd in gauging its research capacities with respect to its regional counterparts.

Prof. Sheryl Lyn Monterola facilitated the workshop. Members of the UPCEd faculty were asked to present their area’s research goals, research strands, and research priorities. The workshop concluded with a synthesis of all the outputs presented by the areas.

The UPCEd Research and Development Agenda-Setting Workshop

The UPCEd Research and Development Agenda-Setting Workshop


Prof. Sheryl Lyn Monterola gives an overview of the workshop proper


Dean Rosario Alonzo discusses the mission and vision of the College


Prof. Eufracio Abaya poses a question to the faculty


The UPCEd faculty listen to an area’s presentation


Prof. Maria Mercedes Arzadon presents her area’s research priorities


The UPCED faculty listen to the research priorities of the Health Education area


Members of the UPCEd faculty pose for a photo

National Conference on Research on Teacher Education: A Success


The UP College of Education held the National Conference on Research in Teacher Education (NCRTE) 2015 at the Benitez Theatre, UP College of Education last October 22-24, 2015.

This year’s conference, with the theme “Internationalization of Teacher Education in the ASEAN 2015 Integration”, presented an excellent opportunity for teacher educators and practitioners to discuss evidence-based educational practices and issues. It served as a venue for the exchange of views and perspectives on how teacher education in the Philippines can position itself in the ASEAN integration.

The conference had for its keynote speaker Dr. Ethel Agnes P. Valenzuela, the Deputy Director for Programs of the SEAMEO Secretariat in Bangkok, Thailand. She highlighted that it is essential for teacher education institutions to take an active role in transforming teaching and learning in the 21st century. To address this, it is crucial to create a national roadmap towards ASEAN 2015 for teacher quality assurance, qualifications framework, and credit transfer. The plenary speakers included Dr. Allan De Guzman, Dean of the College of Education of the University of Sto. Tomas; Dr. Jaime Caro, UP Assistant Vice President for Development; and UP College of Education professors Dr. Eufracio Abaya and Dr. Virgilio Manzano.

The success of the event was evident in the participation of 236 academicians, educationists, teacher educators, teacher-practitioners, school administrators, and policymakers from different parts of the country.

Blessing of the EDUC Faculty Lounge

The faculty and staff of the UP College of Education witnessed the blessing of the new site of the Faculty Lounge at Room 110 of the College of Education last October 5, 2015.   Reverend Father Cris Pine, OFM, and Father Robert Reyes, from Our Lady of the Angels Seminary, blessed the lounge, the attendees, and their intentions. It was highlighted during the event that aside from praying for the elimination of harmful energies and expressions such as evil spirits, jealousy, or discord, intentions should also focus on the nurturing of relationships among people who interact with each other in this work place. Good luck coins and candies were spread in the lounge and a luncheon fellowship capped the event.




A Partnership Between the UP College of Education and the UP Alpha Phi Omega Alumni Association

Work started at the northeast corner of the UP College of Education in May 2015 that very few may have noticed. Fewer still may know of the vertical rock column that was raised there some 16 years ago in the aftermath of a gruesome murder.

On February 19, 1999, Nino Calinao, a senior UP Journalism student was shot and killed after being mistaken for a member of a rival fraternity. It was an atrocity further aggravated by the victim’s circumstances — a son of a jeepney driver who was the brightest hope of his family to ease out of poverty. It was also the latest tragedy in many decades of fraternity-related violence within the UP campus, and unfortunately it would also not be the last. In that moment at least, the appalled UP community found itself gathered in a common ground as the resurgence of campus violence was denounced collectively.

The UP Alpha Phi Omega found parallels that ran close to home. They too lost one of their own, 5th year UP College of Engineering student Rolando T. Abad, in a similarly senseless act on August 30, 1977. This fueled their drive to put up a symbol that will remind one and all of the need to end the cycle of violence.

They found a kindred spirit in then UP College of Education dean Dr. Leticia Ho, who supported their idea to raise the Peace Rock at the northeast corner of the Benitez Hall, to kick-off a campaign calling out the culture of violence corrupting the fraternity system.

In the years that followed, the reason for the Peace Rock’s placement has all but been forgotten. While the resident members of UP APO have been conducting periodic cleanups of the area, lack of practical use for passersby has left the Peace Rock and what it advocates largely ignored.

On April 20, 2015, current UP College of Education dean Dr. Rosario Alonzo endorsed the proposal to improve the Peace Rock. Eight benches were added, strategically designed and placed so that respect for personal space is enhanced. Facing inward, the center of each bench can also serve as a table for laptops or lunch boxes. Paved walkways provide easy access to and from the college’s laboratory school, the UPIS, as well. A drinking fountain, too, offers relief for the parched UP scholar.

The iconography of the dove as a messenger of love, peace, and hope is universal. On top of the Peace Rock is a rendition with an olive branch, created by sculptor Ral Arrogante. The artwork has been ingeniously put together from copper discards and has no welded parts, a trademark of the artist.

The oblique placement of the Peace Rock in a bed of river stones points to the role of peace in the university — not as an end in itself, as might be interpreted had it been in the center, but as a means for the various disciplines, represented by flow-shaped stones, to flourish.

The hope is that the Peace Rock will serve as a constant reminder for campus organizations of their responsibility, to their members as well as the academic community, to always strive to support an atmosphere conducive to learning, research, and innovation.