24 January 2011

Winners: “CHILE: ODES FROM THE PHILIPPINES”A Poetry Contest for Filipino Students

“CHILE: ODES FROM THE PHILIPPINES”A Poetry Contest for Filipino Students

http://www.up.edu.ph/features.php?i=226


A Project of The Embassy of Chile and The University of the Philippines System in commemoration of the Bicentenary of Independence of the Republic of Chile, and in celebration of the rescue of 33 Chilean miners in San Jose.


Winners

1. The 34th Miner (Rene Calunsag, UP Diliman)

2. Kiss of Sunrise ( Therese Marie Villarante, Cebu Normal University)

3. Scarred Land ( Marie Celine Anastasia Socrates, UP Diliman)


Honorable Mention

4. Chile. Hope is in the heart (Mariejo Maris Sawal Ramos, UP Diliman)

5. (tie)

A) Chile in the land where the earth ends (David John Descalzo Ubera, Nueva Vizcaya State University)

B) Immured (Mirava Yuson, UP Diliman)


Prizes will be awarded on Tuesday, 1 February 2011, 6:00 p.m. at the Executive House, Pardo de Tavera near E. de los Santos St., UP Diliman, Quezon City. The event is by invitation only.


EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

His Excellency Professor Dr. Roberto Mayorga, Ambassador

of the Republic of Chile

Professor Emerlinda R. Roman, President of the University of the Philippines System


Honorary Chairpersons

Consul Luis Alberto Palma, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Republic of Chile

Professor Jose Wendell Capili, Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs, UP System

Project Coordinators


Associate Professor Mercedes Planta, Deputy Director, UP System Information OfficeAssociate Professor Wystan de la Pena, Chairperson, UP Department of European Languages

Committee Members


H.E. Ambassador of the Republic of Chile Professor Dr. Roberto Mayorga (Chair)

Consul Luis Alberto Palma, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Republic of Chile

Philippine National Artist for Literature F. Sionil Jose, Winner, Pablo Neruda Literary Prize from the Republic of Chile

University Professor Emeritus Gemino Henson Abad, former Vice President for Academic Affairs, UP System

Professor Emeritus Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, former Vice President for Public Affairs, UP System

Professor Isabelita Orlina Reyes, Vice President for Public Affairs, UP System

Board of Judges


RULES OF THE CONTEST – 2010

1. The contest is open from 19 September 2010 until 30 November 2010

to all Filipino students from any tertiary education (college) course except current family members of officers and employees of the Embassy of Chile and the University of the Philippines.


2. The contest has the following division and category: English Division – Poetry.


3. An entry must consist of one (1) poem of any form or length on or about the Republic of Chile—its bicentenary, people, scenery, culture and/or society and/or the emotions of the poet regarding the successful rescue operations involving 33 Chilean miners in San Jose.


4. Authors may submit only one (1) entry.


5. A work which has been awarded a prize in another contest before 30 November 2010 is not qualified for the awards.


6. All entries should be submitted through this email address:poetrychile2010@gmail.com

7. All entries should be in Rich Text Format (RTF) or in a Word Document File and should be sent as an attachment together with scanned copies of the author’s full résumé. The time of transmission should be NOT LATER THAN

12:00 m.n. of 30 November 2010


An entry will only be considered submitted if official confirmation is received through poetrychile2010@gmail.com


8. In submitting an entry, a contestant represents and warrants that the work is his own and that he has absolute ownership of all intellectual property rights thereto. If the entry is an adaptation of another author’s existing work, the contestant shall submit to the Embassy of Chile and The University of the Philippines the written consent of the author of the existing work, allowing the contestant to adapt the work, and to enter the adaptation in the contest (the Consent). The Consent shall include a clear and categorical statement that the Embassy of Chile and The University of the Philippines shall be exempt from any and all liability in the event that the adaptation is said to infringe the intellectual property rights of the author of the existing work. The Consent must be notarized and, if executed outside the Philippines, should be authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or consulate.


9. All copies should be legible and neat. Entries must be addressed by email to the Board of Judges, “CHILE: ODES FROM THE PHILIPPINES”A Poetry Contest for Filipino Students c/o The University of the Philippines System Information Office, Mezzanine, Quezon Hall, University of the Philippines, DIliman, Quezon City 1101


10. Entries submitted must comply with government policies on printed matters. Submitted copies of winning entries shall remain with, and become the property of the Embassy of Chile.


11. In order to give public access to all of the competing works presented, the author hereby grants, assigns, and transfers unto the Sponsors, the right without necessity of any payment other than the prize which may have been awarded: to publish from time to time any winning entry or selection or portion thereof as it may at its discretion determine; to designate or appoint editors to edit the work or any portion thereof to suit the demands of publication; to furnish a reasonable number of copies of all winning works to libraries; to make the works available for downloading on the Internet or other electronic media; and/or to allow students to make copies for research or in connection with their school requirements. The Sponsor shall also have the right to appoint or designate editors or directors who may edit the work or any portion thereof to suit the demands of production or exhibition.


11. The prizes, in United States Dollars, are the following:

1st Prize – United States Dollars US$ 1000

2nd Prize – United States Dollars US$ 500

3rd Prize – United States Dollars US$ 500

Honorable Mention Winners (3) – United States Dollars US$ 100


All five (6) winners will also receive two (2) round trip tickets to Cebu or Boracay, courtesy of Air Philippines and La Isla Magazine. The winning poems will be published in three languages: English, Spanish and Filipino. The anthology of poems will be launched in Chile and in the Philippines.


12. There shall be no co-winners and/or splitting of the prize money. The Board of Judges shall have the discretion not to award any prize if, in its judgment, no meritorious entry has been submitted.


14. The Embassy of Chile and The University of the Philippines have the sole right to designate the persons who shall constitute the Board of Judges in each of the contest categories. The decision of the majority of the Board of Judges in all categories shall be final.


16. All parties submitting entries are deemed to have accepted the rules of the contest, and agree to abide thereby.


ALL ENTRIES MUST STRICTLY COMPLY WITH THESE RULES.

ALL DOCUMENTARY REQUIREMENTS MUST BE COMPLETE AT THE TIME OF SUBMISSION


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04 January 2011

from CARMELA LAPEÑA, GMANews.TV: Eager students, parents flock to UP to see exam results

The usually empty atrium at the University of the Philippines Office of Admissions on Tuesday was filled with students and parents, eager to see the results of the most recent entrance exams.

Even if the results had been available online just after midnight on January 3, many still preferred to see the posted results.

Roughly 13,000 senior high school students passed the University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT) for the 2011-2012 academic year.

The figure seems large, but taken into perspective, it represents a small percent of some 67,000 examinees who took the UPCAT in August last year.

The qualifiers are ranked according to their university predicted grade (UPG), which combines their weighted averages of high school grades and their weighted scores in the UPCAT sub-tests on language proficiency, reading comprehension, mathematics and science.

The UPCAT is a five-hour examination in English and Filipino, which many aspiring UP students prepare for seriously.

Some schools even arrange for UPCAT reviews for their students. In Quezon City Science High School (QCSHS), it is an unspoken rule that majority "should" pass the UPCAT.

Among the first people to check the list of passers were QCSHS graduates Meg Rivera and Duane Banzon, who are both in their first year at UP Diliman.

The two students were scanning the list, which was posted on several bulletin boards at the Office of Admissions.

Asked if they were looking for anyone in particular, they explained they were just looking for people they knew. "It's good to see familiar faces," they said, recalling that they themselves were ecstatic when they saw their own names on the list a year ago.

Nervous parents

Several parents were also there, nervously peering at the lists, hoping to see their children's names.

Anna Velasco, whose son qualified for a slot in the Comparative Literature program, was evidently pleased.

Apart from the relatively low tuition fees, UP is known for its good reputation.

"This is where the true life is," she says. "In UP, one does not merely survive. They get exposed to all sorts of people. They learn to live, they go through several tests. UP balances the students - they learn to question what they've learned in Catholic schools," says Velasco, who studied at the Philippine Normal University.

She shares that her eldest child also went to UP, and she is very happy that her second son will get to have the same college education.

"They have established their roots, now they have their wings," she says, adding that as a parent, she also learns from them.

Policy of democratization

Based on the university’s “policy of democratization," socioeconomic and geographic factors are also taken into consideration when ranking students.

Because of this, UP has long had a reputation for being a melting pot of cultures from all walks of life.

A few other parents looked pleased, excitedly sharing the news over their mobile phones. Some others were obviously dejected. "Hintayin na lang natin sa mail," said one father to his daughter as they walked away.

After inquiring about their options, they had been told to wait for the UPG or their university predicted grade, to see if it qualifies them for courses in other campuses.

'You deserve UP'

Micah Nazal was sitting down looking glum but brightened up when asked if she passed the UPCAT.

Nazal, who was accepted in the B.S. Economics program shares that she had been so nervous the whole day yesterday that she threw up during her Economics class.

She shares that in retrospect, it may have been a good sign after all. She actually knew the results since last night when she was woken up by her father.

"Grabe, iyak ako nang iyak," she said.

"Congrats, you deserve UP," was her best friend's message to her. Nazal shares that although she was extremely happy that she passed, she was also sad as her best friend's name was not on the list.

She shares that it had been their dream to both go to UP, even though many of their batchmates at Miriam College wanted to go to the Ateneo de Manila University, which was next door to their campus.

"First of all, ang mahal mahal na ng tuition," explains Nazal, adding that this is one way she can help her parents, who have already spent so much for her private school education.

Among her reasons for choosing UP, she lists academic freedom and the fact that UP is a microcosm of the Philippines.

Apart from the UPCAT, Nazal also took the entrance exam at the Ateneo but has already decided studying in UP. In fact, she has already memorized her student number.

Breaking the bad news

"Paano ko sasabihin sa kanya? Ayoko naman siyang umiyak," said one student who had just emerged from the growing crowd.

Albert Cuaresma had just discovered that his brother's name was not on the list, and could not bear to break the bad news.

"I want to put it gently," he says, sharing that he knows his parents will also be disappointed.

He recalls that he himself was so afraid to find out if he passed that he asked someone else to check for him. He was very happy when he learned that he had passed, despite not making it into his program of choice, which was Psychology. He ended up taking B.S. Statistics, and he says he has no regrets.

"Maganda kasi, number one. It's known for academic excellence, and compared to other schools also known for excellence, it's more affordable," he says.

Low tuition

The tuition at UP is still lower than most private schools, even with the strongly-opposed 300-percent tuition increase in 2007.

The top 50 UPCAT qualifiers are awarded Oblation Scholarships, which provide them with benefits as free tuition, miscellaneous and laboratory fees, a semestral book subsidy, and a monthly incentive and transportation allowance.

All in all, there are several reasons why students and parents are eager to be part of UP. It is the only national university in the country and UP takes pride in being the pioneer in higher education through academic excellence. – VVP, GMANews.TV

From Jerrie Abella, GMANews.TV: UPCAT results for SY 2011-2012 out

Roughly 13,000 senior high school student passed the University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT) for academic year 2011-2012, based on results posted Monday midnight on the UP website.

A complete list of qualifiers will be posted at the Office of Admissions in UP Diliman on Tuesday, January 4. The results may also be viewed on the following mirror websites:STICKBREAD SOLUTIONS, MVS, and PREGINET.

Some 60,000 high school students take the UPCAT every year. In 2009, over 67,000 students took the test. On average, however, only about 10,000 students pass the test.

The UPCAT, a five-hour examination in English and Filipino includes subtests on language proficiency, reading comprehension, mathematics, and science. It can only be taken once.

Successful applicants are ranked based on two factors: their combined weighted scores in the UPCAT sub-tests and the weighted averages of their high school grades.

In line with the university’s “policy of democratization," socioeconomic and geographic factors are also taken into consideration when ranking students.

Founded in 1908, UP remains the top choice of Filipino students, given its relatively cheaper tuition compared to private institutions that offer quality education, and despite a 300-percent tuition increase imposed in 2007.

It has seven constituent universities in 12 campuses nationwide serving over 50,000 students, and offers 246 undergraduate and 362 graduate programs.

According to its website, 30 percent of UP’s faculty have doctorate degrees and 42 percent have master’s degrees.

UP also awards Oblation Scholarships to the top 50 UPCAT qualifiers, who receive s uch benefits as free tuition, miscellaneous and laboratory fees, a semestral book subsidy, and a monthly incentive and transportation allowance.

The university also has a Socialized Tuition and Financial Assistance Program (STFAP), which provides tuition discounts and additional financial assistance to deserving students, in the form of monthly subsidies for living and travel expenses, and a book allowance. —With Jerrie M. Abella, DM/HS, GMANews.TV

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MANILA, Philippines - The results of the University of the Philippines (UP) College Admission Test (UPCAT) were released on Monday night.

The exam determines who can enter the university as freshmen in the incoming academic year 2011-2012.

The exam was held on August 7 and 8, 2010.

"Admission into UP depends not only on your performance in the UPCAT but also on your high school grades -- your weighted standardized scores on the UPCAT subtests in Language Proficiency, Reading Comprehension, Mathematics and Science, and the weighted average of final grades in your first three years in high school are combined," the university explained in the UPCAT website.

"Moreover, to implement the policy of democratization to make the UP studentry more representative of the nation's population, socio-economic and geographic considerations are factored in the selection of campus qualifiers," it added.

The exam is one of the largest, if not the largest, college entrance examination in the country. In 2009, more than 67,000 students took the exam in testing centers nationwide.

The results can be accessed at these websites:

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/01/03/11/college-admission-test-results-out


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UPCAT Results 2011 Online
Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The results for UPCAT 2011 (for incoming freshmen of AY 2011-2012) are now available online at http://upcat.up.edu.ph/results/