by Iris Ditan, Class 2021
Last May 12, 2017, the UP Medical Students’ Society hosted Fridays At The East or FATE 2017: Tambay, a battle of the bands from the UPCM-PGH community, at the PGH Science Hall. The theme ‘Tambay’ pertained to the easy pleasure of listening to and making music when and wherever, focusing on Original Pinoy Music that brought people together.
by Nadine Uy, Class 2020
Last December 15-17, 2016, students from the University of the Philippine-Manila, College of Medicine participated in the 21st Biological Science Graduate Congress held in University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Ourlad Alzeus Tantengco and Markyn Jared Kho from Class 2020 won the first and second price, respectively, in oral presentation under the theme Applied Science and Biotechnology.
The Biological Science Graduate Congress is yearly organized by the University of Malaya (UM), National University of Singapore (NUS) and Chulalongkorn University (CU) to serve as a platform for international graduate students to exchange their research findings, ideas and thoughts under the umbrella of Biological Sciences. Studies are showcased orally or by poster. The best presenter of their research per theme wins. Four themes were included this year: (1) Applied Science and Biotechnology, (2) Biochemistry and Physiology, (3) Biodiversity, Ecology and Systematics, and (4) Cell and Molecular Biology.
by Lorena Osorio, Class 2021
As part of the university’s Christmas tradition, UP Manila held its annual Lantern Parade last December 9, 2016 at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) Oblation Plaza. Students, faculty, employees, and friends of UP Manila and PGH took part in the festivities.
United by the theme “Christmas at UP Manila, the National Health Sciences Center”, the lanterns were brought to the plaza as early as noon to allow for setup and prejudging. Onlookers within and just outside the campus and hospital grounds gazed in awe at the gigantic and colorful lanterns made almost entirely of recycled materials, as well as at the participants clad in college colors, headdresses, banners, and other props.
by Leander Quilang, Class 2020
When the Supreme Court approved of the burial of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani, the UP College of Medicine (UPCM) raised its voices in protest. Being only one block away from the Supreme Court, members of UPCM joined the “Black Friday” anti-Marcos rally held on November 25, 2016, culminating in a mass demonstration in Luneta Park.
With the chant being “Marcos! Hitler! Diktador! Tuta!” and “Marcos! No Hero! No Glory! No Shame!”, the rally kicked off with a gathering at the lobby of the Rizal Hall of the UP Manila College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) at around 1 PM. After an hour, it proceeded to go around the UP Manila campus, gathering strength as it went along the other colleges before ending in front of the UP Oblation on Taft Avenue.
by Benjo Kho, UPCM 2020
The Student Academic Information System, also known as SAIS, is an online registration system for classes within the UP System. It is part of a wider project called the eUP Project, which ”seeks to integrate, harmonize, and interoperate information and Communication Technology systems and infrastructure across all constituent universities of the UP System.” The eUP Project’s website described SAIS as “a student lifecycle data management system encompassing admission application to graduation and alumni trafficking.” It was tested in UP Manila last 2014, replacing CRS as the main data management system used for enrollment.
This year, it was rolled out for use in UPLB. It is causing quite a stir with its crashing, which led to a glaring part of the student population in UPLB unable to enroll and having to resort to camping out within the campus. Since UPCM students have had experiences with the SAIS system from the past few years, UP Medics contacted some people from the UPCM community to know their experience with the system as well as their opinion on it.