Pride of Educ

Reflections from a Grateful Student

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Recipients of the 2015 MacArthur and Josefina Reyes Excellence in Teaching Awards

 

In the year 2000-2001, when I first attended Torres High Class 1961 40th anniversary reunion ( it was called reunion of the millennium), I had the opportunity to sit down with then Dean Vivien M. Talisayon, and we discussed what help we can extend to the College of Education. At that time we had helped in the renovation of the MAURA DELOS REYES Audio visual room, in honor of our mother who was a schoolteacher in our hometown all her life. (Later we also dedicated another room for our oldest pamangkin AGNES MADAMBA who was a graduate of UPCOE and specialized in Special Education.)

Dean Talisayon and I came up with the idea of establishing the Teachers Awards to honor and recognize the outstanding work and dedication of the faculty of UPCOE.

Coincidentally before our 40th high school reunion/ I tried to locate my high school teachers, and those I found, I invited to our reunion dinner dance. That was the first time I saw these teachers after graduating from Torres High School in 1961. Our class was excited to see our former teachers.

As I reflect on my life, I would not have gone to high school after grade school in Caingin, San Rafael, Bulacan, if not due to some twist of fate, that the then principal, Cesario Bandong, admitted me, a provincial student, in a Manila City School (Torres High), which provided me four years of free high school education.

Getting admitted to Torres Hi was just the first step, I was so blessed to be under great and excellent teachers, who were proficient in their major subjects, who were devoted to their students, who were all kind to me, and who gave me all kinds of encouragement – you see, I was quite shy, having grown up in the province. Our teachers spent a lot of extra hours after school, to train us to compete in the Manila inter – high school math and science contests. The results were gratifying, we won several trophies and medals in those contests for dear Torres High.

Their hard work and dedication paid off in 1961 when our class produced four science scholars of the Science Foundation of the Philippines (NSDB). Two of us, (including myself), were in the top 20 students nationwide. The scholarship afforded me a free ride to finish BS Electrical Engineering at UP Diliman. Free tuition, free books with substantial monthly cash allowance.

After graduation, I was invited to teach at UP Engineering, and did it for 5 years; topped the Electrical Board Exams; worked for MERALCO for 4 years before doing graduate school in the US. After Graduate school, I established my career in electrical engineering in Ohio, USA, until retirement.

As you can see the College of Education Excellence in Teaching Awards is to mainly say thank you to my many teachers and mentors who have touched my life in a very special way – MacArthur would have not been MacArthur today if not for the inspiration and mentoring they unselfishly provided me.They are part of God’s blessings to me, my family, and my loved ones. I realized, when I started teaching at the UP College of Engineering, how a teacher in many little ways, can be instrumental in the life and success of their students. The story of these awards is not only the story of my teachers, it is also the story of my life.

Mac Arthur Delos Reyes

Torres High, Class ’61

UP Eng. Class ’66

LLC Award Recipient from the UP College of Education

Pinky Cupino for Lontok Awards

Fleur de lys Cupino, a College of Education graduate, was a recipient of the 5th Lourdes Lontok-Cruz’s  (LLC) award for Most Outstanding Dissertation in Women’s and Gender Studies in a ceremony held at the UP Mass Communications auditorium last December 7, 2015.  Her dissertation adviser, Dr. Grace Koo joined her in this event.  This cycle of LLC awards covers theses and dissertations for the academic years 2011-2015 from entries of the entire UP system. Her research on “Stories of Martial Law: Teaching and Learning Processes from the Lenses of Activist Mothers and their Children” was one of the four awarded in the dissertation category.

The UP Center for Women’s Studies (UPCWS) and UP Center for Women’s Studies Foundation, Inc. (UPCWSFI) introduced the LLC award in 2000 with a grant from Atty. Lourdes Lontok-Cruz, president of the UPCWSFI from 1998-2009.  The LLC Award recognizes and highlights the significant role of of Atty. Lontok-Cruz (1923-2011) in strengthening women’s studies in the University of the Philippines and her advocacy for women’s equality and gender empowerment.

It is with pride that that the UP College of Education celebrates this event with Ms. Cupino, who was also a recipient of the Most Outstanding Dissertation Award at the College of Education graduation ceremony in June 2015.

 

UP Special Education Council Honored as 2015 Volunteer Group Advocate for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities

SPED

The Philippine Foundation for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled, Inc. (PFRDI), through its Apolinario Mabini Awards Committee, honored the University of the Philippines Special Education (SPED) Council as the year’s Volunteer Group Advocate for the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (PWD). President Benigno S. Aquino III presented the award on September 29, 2015 at the Heroes Hall of the Malacañan Palace. High Council President Shiela M. Odoño, Members’ Development Committee Head Alexandra Regina D. Martin and UP College of Education Secretary Prof. Vanessa Lusung-Oyzon received the award in behalf of the student organization. Externals Committee Head Maria Beatriz A. Vergara and Secretary General Shaira M. Odoño accompanied them to the occassion. Professor Charo Deefeo-Baquial is their Faculty Adviser.

 

The Award is given to a volunteer group that has supported PWD and/or their families through care/service provision, advocacy, social action, community development, legal action, and related services. The UP SPED Council was recognized for giving its time and talent to educate special children through various innovative ways and means. Through their unconditional service, utmost excellence and unwavering commitment, the leaders and members of the student organization uplift children with special needs and their families via various projects. Aside from these, the UP SPED Council partners with Volunteers for Children for the VFC Laugh. Play, Learn; and with Miriam College for Run for FAN (Fully Abled Nation).

 

The UP College of Education and the Special Education Area are very proud of the accomplishments of UP SPED Council and hope that they would continue their selfless service of empowering the Filipino child with special needs.

UPAA confers 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award to Educ alumnae, Dr. Dina S. Ocampo and Dr. Barbara Wong-Fernandez

The College of Education is proud of the achievement of two of its beloved alumnae, Dr. Dina S. Ocampo and Dr. Barbara Wong-Fernandez.

The College of Education is proud of the achievement of two of its beloved alumnae, Dr. Dina S. Ocampo and Dr. Barbara Wong-Fernandez.

 

Two Eduk alumnae, Usec. Dina S. Ocampo and Dr. Barbara Wong-Fernandez, recently received the 2015 UP Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award for Educational Innovation and 2015 UP Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award for Educational Administration respectively on June 20, 2015 at the UP Bahay ng Alumni. The UPAA official website explains that the UPAA Distinguished Alumni Award is conferred to “alumni who have demonstrated, in their chosen field of endeavor, exceptional achievements and outstanding contributions that bring about substantial benefits to society and distinct honor to the University.” Achievements and contributions that impact the community in the local, national, and international level are especially valued. Nominees are evaluated based on their service orientation, leadership, impact of work, and integrity.

Dr. Dina Ocampo is currently the Undersecretary for Programs and Projects of the Department of Education. She earned her BEEd (1985) and master’s degree (1991) at the College of Education where she is also a faculty member and one time Dean (2010-2012). She was one of The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS) in 2007 and an awardee of the Search for Outstanding Teacher (SOT) sponsored by Metrobank Foundation (2009).

Dr. Barbara Wong-Fernandez is currently Assistant Vice President for Academic Development and Director of the University Research Center at Far Eastern University (FEU). She earned her MEd in Guidance at the College of Education (1975 ) where she was once a faculty member. Dr. Wong-Fernandez also served as guidance counselor at the UP Integrated School and was Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs in UP Diliman from 1996 to 1999. Prior to moving to FEU, she taught at De La Salle University in 2000 and became Dean of the College of Education from 2003-2007.

The College of Education is proud of the achievement of two of its beloved alumnae, Dr. Dina S. Ocampo and Dr. Barbara Wong-Fernandez.

Educ Students’ Demo Teaching Impresses Japanese Students and Teachers

A group of undergraduate Education students brought their Tatak Educ way of teaching and impressed Japanese students and faculty when they did a lesson demonstration at Hiroshima Saniku Gakuin last April 13, 2015 and at Ehime University Attached Junior High School on April 16, 2015. The demonstration of Apple Dungao, Aya Casim, Angelica Pinon, Alfonso Inocencio, and Meg de Castro is part of this year’s Japan Educational Tour organized by Dr. Amelia Fajardo of the Curriculum Studies Area of the College of Education. The group did a demo-teaching at the Grade 8 level of Hiroshima Saniku Gakuin and Fuzoku Junior High school and to Education Majors of Ehime University. Each student did two demo-teaching on the same lesson. No less than the Director of Fuzoka Junior High said that the Educ students’ lessons and demonstrations have positively changed their views of and expectations for Philippine education. The reception for the group was so great that they were featured in the local newspaper and television news the next day. The activity was done as part of the memorandum of agreement between the Ehime University Faculty of Education and the UP College of Education. For the past seven years, Japanese students have been coming to the Philippines to demonstrate at the UP Integrated School. For this year, Dr. Amelia Fajardo experimented and tried to bring UP Education undergraduate students to Japan for the first time.

Meg de Castro, Aya Casim, Dr. Amelia Fajardo, Apple Dungao, Angelica Pinon, Alfonso Inocencio, and faculty from Ehime University Attached Junior High School

Meg de Castro, Aya Casim, Dr. Amelia Fajardo, Apple Dungao, Angelica Pinon, Alfonso Inocencio, and faculty from Ehime University Attached Junior High School

Apple Dungao, Angelica Pinon, and Alfonso Inocencio during demo teaching at Ehime University Attached Junior High School

Apple Dungao, Angelica Pinon, and Alfonso Inocencio during demo teaching at Ehime University Attached Junior High School

 

Japanese students  participate in the demo teaching

Japanese students participate in the demo teaching

Radyo Edukado Lands as Finalist at the 23rd Golden Dove Awards

Pagpupugay sa Radyo Edukado

Radyo Edukado, the DZUP (1602 Khz) radio program of the College of Education, University of the Philippines has been recently proclaimed as Finalist (Top 4) for the Best Children’s Program Award at the prestigious 23rd KBP Golden Dove Awards for radio and television. Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters sa Pilipinas (KBP) President, Mr, Ruperto S. Nicdao, Jr. explains that the KBP Golden Dove Awards are given to recognize the efforts of the “best and brightest in the industry.” These refer to programs that not only inform or entertain but also “inculcate positive values in children, adolescents, and adults.” This is the first time that Radyo Edukado has become a finalist in the Golden Dove Awards. The show was recognized for its December 22, 2014 episode, Ang Pasko sa Puso ng mga Bata, which featured guest children, Mika Acido-Muega, and Pio and Bea Oyzon. The program is produced by Dr. Maricris Acido-Muega, and hosted by College of Education Professors, Dr. Michael Arthus Muega and Prof. Vanessa Lusung-Oyzon.

Prof. Vanessa Lusung-Oyzon, Dr. Maricris Acido-Muega, and Dr. Michael Arthus Muega at the KBP Golden Dove Awards Ceremony

Prof. Vanessa Lusung-Oyzon, Dr. Maricris Acido-Muega, Dr. Michael Arthus Muega at the KBP Golden Dove Awards Ceremony

Dr. Maricris Acido-Muega, Mika Acido-Muega, Dr. Michael Arthus Muega, Bea and Oyzon during the Ang Pasko sa Puso ng mga Bata episode

Dr. Maricris Acido-Muega, Mika Acido-Muega, Dr. Michael Arthus Muega, Bea and Pio Oyzon during “Ang Pasko sa Puso ng mga Bata” episode

 

UP-Educ Recognizes Teaching Excellence on Gawad Kolehiyo 2015

Six teachers who exemplified teaching excellence received the five awards for 2015’s MacArthur and Josefina Reyes Excellence in Teaching Awards on Gawad Kolehiyo 2015 held last February 24. The different awards are named after the sponsors’ best teachers at Torres High School. Prof. Portia P. Padilla received the Esperanza Bautista Excellence in Teaching Award, Prof. Amelia C. Fajardo received the Milagros Ibe Excellence in Teaching Award, Prof. Maricris B. Acido received the Maxima Jorda-Velasquez Excellence in Teaching Award, Prof. Ana Margarita Salvador received the Paz Troncales-Malicdem Excellence in Teaching Award, while Prof. Charo Defeo-Baquial and Prof. Maria Hazelle Preclaro Ongtengco received the Gawad Kolehiyo on ICT Integration for their LTS course. The affair was graced by the sisters of the sponsors, Dr. Zenaida Delos Reyes-Jandi and Mrs. Leyte Delos Reyes-Madamba who awarded the recognized teachers along with Dr. Rosario Alonzo, the College Dean, and Dr. Leonor Diaz, Chair of the Gawad Kolehiyo 2015 Adhoc Awards Committee. The winners received bookstore gift certificates and a check of thirty thousand pesos each. Prof. Maricris Acido gave the response on behalf of the awardees, stressing that teaching is a beautiful profession. The MacArthur and Josefina Delos Reyes Teaching Awards are given every year to qualified permanent teachers at the College of Education.

The sisters of Mr. and Mrs. MacArthur and Josefina Delos Reyes and special guests, along with Dean Alonzo

The sisters of Mr. and Mrs. MacArthur and Josefina Delos Reyes and special guests, along with Dean Alonzo

Teacher JM Dela Pena and Ms. Michelle Agas serenade the audience

Teacher JM Dela Pena and Ms. Michelle Agas serenade the audience

Professor Padilla (center) receives the Esperanza Bautista Excellen in Teaching Award

Professor Padilla (center) receives the Esperanza Bautista Excellen in Teaching Award

Prof. Salvador (center) receives the Paz Troncales-Malicdem Excellence in Teaching Award

Prof. Salvador (center) receives the Paz Troncales-Malicdem Excellence in Teaching Award

Prof. Fajardo (center) receives the Milagros Ibe Excellence in Teaching Award

Prof. Fajardo (center) receives the Milagros Ibe Excellence in Teaching Award

Prof. Defeo-Baquial and Prof. Ongtengco (center) receive their award for ICT INtegration

Prof. Defeo-Baquial and Prof. Ongtengco (center) receive their award for ICT INtegration

Prof. Acido-Muega deliver a response on behalf of fellow awardees

Prof. Acido-Muega deliver a response on behalf of fellow awardees

Prof. Acido-Muega (center) receives the Maxima Jorda-Velasquez Excellence in Teaching Award

Prof. Acido-Muega (center) receives the Maxima Jorda-Velasquez Excellence in Teaching Award

Dean Alonzo delivers the opening remarks for the event

Dean Alonzo delivers the opening remarks for the event

UP Educ Students Dominate 1st Teachers’ Education Summit 2015

The participants of the UP College of Education swept the top awards in all three contests they joined in at the First Student Teachers’ Education Summit organized by the Philippine Association for Teacher Education (PAFTE-NCR) held at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (Del Pilar Campus) on February 10, 2015. Mara Danica V. Ramos was proclaimed Champion of the EDUCWIZARD (Professional Education Quiz Bee) individual category, while the group of Ericka Jane A. Angeles, Meg Pearl C. Calesterio, Matthew Cyrille A. Ferreras, Alfonso Luis M. Inocencio, and Mara Danica V. Ramos won the group category for the same Quiz Bee. The tandem of Apple Michelle Grace G. Dungao and Ra. Andrea R. Casim were declared Champion for the Education AVP Contest for the said event. Watch their winning AVP here. The event which had the theme, “The Making of Quality Teacher: Ensuring Possibilities” was attended by over a hundred pre-service teachers from several Teacher Education Institutions in the National Capital Region like the University of Sto. Tomas, National Teachers College, Centro Escolar University, and New Era University, among others.

PAFTE Educ Summit

PAFTE Educ Summit 2

Link to AVP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nv_Y_w2Fs0

Photo credits: https://www.facebook.com/PAFTENCR

ATCPDE representative attends 34th ASOD in Myanmar

Dr. Rosanelia T. Yangco, OIC Director of the ASEAN Training Center for Preventive Drug Education (ATCPDE), attended the 34th ASEAN Senior Officials on Drug Matters last September 24 to 27, 2013 in Yangon, Myanmar. More