November 2021 Issue


UP BAGUIO University Council
issues a public statement of concern
on the “removal of subversive books
in the library”

“As a university, UP Baguio is morally bound to guide students towards an enlightened understanding of social dynamics.”

The University Council (UC), the highest decision making body of the University of the Philippines Baguio issued a public statement of concern on the CHED-CAR Memo No. 113, series 2021 on the “Removal of Subversive Books and Materials from Library and Online Services through the initiative ULIRAT: Ugnayang Laban sa Impormasyong Rendido at Akdang dulot-Terorismo.”

The University Council of UP Baguio is in agreement with the UP System Library Council, ALL UP Academic and Employees Union-UP Baguio, All UP Sectoral Regents, Student Councils, UP Diliman Executive Staff and UP Professors Emeriti. The UC-UP Baguio’s statement was posted on the UP Baguio Facebook Page, UP Facebook page on November 12, 2021. Scroll down to read the full statement.

“We will continue to nourish this critical culture by refusing
to rid our library and online platforms of materials defined
in the CHED-CAR memo as ‘subversive.’ “

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Bulletin and Report

Monitoring COVID transmission
In Baguio

By: R.C. Addawe, J.T. Viernes, C.P. Libatique,S.S. Domilies, J.D. Marigmen, A.J. Pajimola, J.B.Bulauan, R.N. Gueco, and D.T. Panes

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COVID-19 Updates posted on UP Baguio
Facebook page and UP Baguio website.

Initiated by Professor Rizavel C. Addawe of the UP Baguio Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (DMCS), College of Science, the research titled “Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA) of Baguio City COVID-19 Cases Daily Updates” is an ongoing study, statistical data analysis, and monitoring of the COVID-19 cases and situation in Baguio City. The study is in partnership with Baguio City’s Health Services Office (HSO) which started on March 2, 2020. It is being updated daily by Prof. Addawe and her team of volunteers: Prof. Jhunas Paul Viernes, Ms. Criselda Libatique, Ms. Shielden Grail Domilies, Mr. Joseph Ludwin Marigmen, Ms. Aprimelle Kris Pajimola, and Jay-anne B. Bulauan. Results are submitted daily to Dr. Donnabel Tubera-Panes of the Baguio City Epidemiology Surveillance Unit.


The ongoing research aims to contribute to the city’s active monitoring of COVID-19 cases by providing relevant data analysis, graphs, tables, geographic information system (GIS) Maps, and insights for the city’s health office aiding  the decision and policy-making of the LGU regarding the pandemic. The data used in the study are provided by the HSO. 


The outcomes of the research include daily updated information and statistics continuously used as references for various business meetings such as the Management Committee of Dr. Rowena P. Galpo (City Health Officer) of the HSO, UGNAYAN Baguio City Live Interviews, Baguio City Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of COVID-19, Regional IATF, and Health Professional Organizations in Baguio and CAR. Two research papers on COVID-19 in Baguio written by the team were accepted at the International Conference on Mathematical Sciences and Technology 2020 for international presentations and possible publications. Results from the study have also been presented in some local meetings and events by Prof. Addawe and Prof. Viernes.

COVID transmission update, in cooperation with the Office of Public Affairs- UP Baguio, is another initiative launched last October 2020 which aims to keep the public safe and informed about COVID-19 in Baguio by publishing relevant information on the official Facebook page of UP Baguio.

Working closely with the Office of Public Affairs-UP Baguio, information on COVID-19 transmissions are posted every Monday on the UP Baguio Facebook page and website.

Average Daily Attack Rate (ADAR) and Risk Classification Rate in mp4 format posted every Monday on UP Baguio Facebook page.

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Science and Technology:

Responding to the Challenges and Times

By: Windol Charls C. Santos

In celebration of National Science and Technology Week (NSTW), the CS Lecture Series Committee organized lectures in partnership with the Department of Biology, CS-USC, UPB BioSoc, and Physics Sphere. The lectures were held through Zoom and streamed in social media platforms whenever possible. The theme for this year’s NSTW was Agham at Teknolohiya: Tugon sa Hamon at ng Panahon (Science and Technology: Responding to the Challenges and Times). Participants were treated to diverse selections of talks, encompassing areas such as culture, society, gender, complex systems, and conservation.

Pre-NSTW Lectures (November 9 & 16)

Two Mondays preceding the event tackled food security and climate change. For food security, Dr. Lumanayo (UP Visayas) shared his insights on aquaculture. Dr. Nogoy (Central Luzon State University) on the other hand, looked at the importance of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) while on climate change, Ms. Maxwell (Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research, Bremen, Germany) provided how past sea levels have implications for the Philippines in an ever-warming world.

NSTW Lectures

Women in Science (22 November)

The lecture series started with UP Baguio’s Professor Emeritus, Dr. Elsie Jimenez who focused on researching well, giving instructions on how to publish research, and explaining how impact factor determines what journal to choose for publication. She was followed by Dr. Macam (National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan) who extended the understanding of how magnetism and spin-orbit coupling arise in a system where topology, correlation, and geometry matter.

Viruses in Our Time (23 November)

The morning session started with Dr. Padua-Lozano (UP Manila Phil-DIAMOND) on how the body responds to HIV and COVID-19 infections through T-Cells. She was followed by Dr. Tubera-Panes (UP Resilience Institute) who shared how disease surveillance can explain how a complex system can give rise to wicked problems and how the pandemic has taught people to work on a more sustainable healthcare system.

Culture and Science (23 November)

Dr. Eusebio (UP Diliman) revealed how food is not just for biological sustenance, but is mediated through foodways. Dr. Mendoza (UP Diliman) finished the day by presenting the relationship of math and language, using Dr. Nemenzo’s TedX talk and insights from STS students.

Science and the Society (25 November)

Dr. Vallejo (UP Diliman) began with a timely discussion of science and politics which showed us that scientists cannot be apolitical. Next, Ms. Panela (Clean Air Asia) laid out science communication in the Philippines. The afternoon session featured Dr. Treyes (UP NISMED) who disseminated how the Science-Technology-Society (STS) approach is used in the K-12 science curriculum, and Dr. Minimo (UP National Institute of Geological Sciences) who showed how science and technology play a part in disaster resilience.

Cracking the Physics Code (26 November) by Physics Sphere

Ms. Verzola (National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan) shared her knowledge on how high-performance computing can simulate materials. She was followed by Mr. Carrudo (GfK) who looked at data science from a physics perspective. Finally, Mr. Angeles (UP Diliman) demonstrated how Raman spectroscopy can “fingerprint” nanoparticles.

Department of Biology (22-27 November)

Mr. Arthien Pelingen (Ateneo Biodiversity Research Laboratory) presented the biodiversity of Philippine aquatic insects while Dr. Reginaldo studied the biodiversity of rodents in La Trinidad, Benguet. Dr. Balangcod and Dr. Hipol both gave virtual tours of their labs which showed various apparatuses in their research.

Dr. Santos (DA-NFDRI) illustrated how a species is declared endangered.

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The new #breathe Baguio logotype as seen in flaglets that are displayed and hanged along Upper Session Road as part of the opening rites for Baguio’s 112th Year as a Chartered City. Photo by Vince Dangiapo, September 1, 2021

Breathe Baguio

By: Fara Martia Manuel-Nolasco

In the last week of April, the Office of the City Administration – City Tourism and Special Events Office of the City Government of Baguio began efforts to craft a new face for the city. Design consultation sessions were held at the Boardroom of Baguio Convention Center with the thrust to re-brand Baguio City’s identity; this aligned with the efforts to revitalize the city’s urban plan and bolster its social infrastructure. By the end of the intensive working sessions, the team of designers, urban, tourism and marketing experts agreed to develop the slogan – “Breathe Baguio,” deemed the most apt “call-to-action” that resonated with the times. Though seemingly controversial this time, the act of freely “breathing” or drawing in and expelling air could mean finding respite from everyday worries. It is “keeping the horrors of life at bay”– to consciously acknowledge that breathing is mindfulness and finding that connection to the more-than-human.

Breathe Baguio Logotype

As the lead designer for the “Breathe Baguio” logotype, it was my goal to represent the city’s cultural fabric and rich history by translating those aspects into nuances within the type’s form. There were overlapping influences – Baguio’s rich cultural ecosystem, it’s colonial past and the influence of modernity to the city’s urban framework. The logotype is as a combination of the humanistic “breathe” typeface and the more formal and contemporary “Baguio” typeface. The hand-lettered “#breathe” is energetically presented using quick strokes that directly contrast the mono-weighted, angular typeface for “Baguio.” Symbolically, the forms that make up “Baguio” stand for the architectonic geometry of the Art Deco movement where triangular patterns are common. The traditional everyday object, the kalasag is apparent in the angled “a,” “u” and “o.” Overall, the logotype sought to represent continuity, stability and dynamism.

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Breathe Baguio logo as seen in flaglets that are displayed at the bike lane along Upper Session Road, Baguio City. Photo by: the Author.

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Breathe Baguio logo as rendered in cups. Photo by the Author.

UPBAA Baguio-Northern Luzon Chapter
and Rotary Club-Baguio donate vitamins
and medicines to UP Baguio

The UP Baguio Alumni Association-Northern Luzon Chapter (UPBAA Baguio-Northern Luzon Chapter) and the Rotary Club of Baguio donated vitamins and medicines to the University of the Philippines Baguio.

With the ongoing pandemic, Prof. Charita A. Delos Reyes, the director for Student Affairs-UP Baguio said that many students have signified their need for vitamins and medicines. To ensure the physical wellness of UP Baguio students, the president of the UPBAA Baguio-Northern Luzon Chapter, Ms. Lilia Bautista and Rotary Baguio donated vitamins and medicines to UP Baguio on November 10, 2021 to be distributed to students. This donation was acknowledged and received by Chancellor Corazon L. Abansi.

On behalf of the UP Baguio community, thank you very much UPBAA and Rotary Club-Baguio.

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From Left to Right: Baguio Rotarian, President Lilia Bautista (UPBAA Baguio-Northern Luzon Chapter), Chancellor Corazon L. Abansi, Director Charita A. Delos Reyes (ODSA-UP Baguio),Dr. Jara (Medical Doctor of UP Baguio) and Baguio Rotarian.


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