Harvard Needs You!

Harvard is interested in students from the Philippines seeking to enhance their educational experience in the U.S. according to Dr. Sheila Thomas, Dean, Academic Program and Diversity, Graduate School for Arts and Sciences. Harvard University recently conducted a student information session at UP Manila titled “Educational Opportunities at Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and How to be a Strong Candidate in US PhD Programs” at the UP Manila Theater on March 14, 2017. The event was attended by faculty and students from various colleges at UP Manila.


About 15 alumni of UP Prep Class '67 made a brief visit at CAS as part of its 50th Grand Reunion celebration.

Dean Leonardo R. Estacio Jr welcomed the alumni and presented the current flagship programs of the College during the get together in the CAS Alumni Conference Room, followed by tour of CAS including the Little Theater (now UP Manila Theater) and Rizal Hall classrooms which are presently undergoing renovations. The alumni walked along familiar corridors and visited their old classrooms. Lunch was served at UP Manila Museum after the tour.


With research entitled “From Bosons to Permutations: Surprising Connections between Combinatorics and Physics,” CAS held its 1st Brown Bag Research Forum for 2017 with Professor Ken Gonzales as the main speaker. The event was sponsored by the Department of Physical Sciences and Mathematics (DPSM).

Outgoing Convenor of Manila Studies Program, Prof. Glenn L. Sia Su and DPSM Chair, Prof. Marcelina Lirazan, awarded the Certificate of Appreciation to the speaker. (DAEstanislao)


Preventing a workplace injury is more complicated than simply providing a safe working environment and to CAS, the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and public is of paramount importance. CAS aims to be UP Manila’s leader in safety practices.

As part of Dean Leonardo Estacio’s "RISE UP CAS” initiative, improved safety awareness programs and standards are a significant item in the agenda. To the safety goals of the College, CAS trains individuals on safe working practices and requirements for safety.

APC-UPM Inc. Meeting

The Association of Parents-Counselors of UP Manila, Inc (APC-UPM, Inc),an organization composed of parents of UP Manila students, met with Dean Estacio last October 12, 2016 to give updates on their recent and upcoming activities/projects and also to address student related issues.

DPSM Sponsors the CAS 5th Brown Bag Research Forum

Assoc. Prof Herbert B. Domingo and Instructor Maria Ai Kristine P. Tolentino, faculty members of the Department of Physical Sciences and Mathematics (DPSM), presented their research papers during the 5th Brown Bag Research Forum held on September 22, 2016 at Rm 111, CAS. The topics were:

  • Piezoelectric Sensor for Ethylene Vapor Based on Silver (1) Polymer Composite – Instructor Maria Ai Kristine P. Tolentino
  • On Taking the Quantum Leap – Asso. Prof. Herbert B. Domingo

4th Brown Bag Research Fora: Understanding the Maguindanaoan Kulintang Music

With research entitled “When Gongs Speak: Performance and Communication in Maguindanaoan Kulintang Music,” UP Manila College of Arts and Sciences held its 5th Brown Bag Research Fora 2016 with Professor Juliet Bien as speaker. The event was sponsored by the Department of Arts and Communications (DAC).

Kulintang music, particularly among the Maguindanaoan people, is a living testament to the rich cultural heritage and history of the Philippines. Accordingly, it represents the highest form of gong music attained by Filipinos.


Dean Leonardo R. Estacio, Jr administered the oath of office of the following new members of the CAS Executive Committee :

Asst. Prof. Jerome A. Ong - Chair, Department of Social Sciences
Prof. Maria Constancia O. Carrillo- Associate Dean for Academic Affairs 
Prof Sharon A. Caringal- Coordinator,Graduate Program of Arts and Sciences and Continuing Education

The event was held at the Office of the Dean after the Special Execom Meeting this morning, August 17, 2016. 

Photos: Dina A. Estanislao

Associate Professor Marilen P. Balolong, new Diplomate of the Philippine Academy of Microbiology (PAM)

Associate Professor Marilen P. Balolong, new Diplomate of the Philippine Academy of Microbiology (PAM)

To quote: "A UP Manila faculty was recently bestowed a Diplomate title by the Philippine Academy of Microbiology (PAM). Associate Professor Marilen P. Balolong, of the Department of Biology of the College of Arts & Sciences, received the conferment during the 45th Annual Convention and Scientific Meeting and 7th Asia Pacific Biotechnology Congress, July 20-24, 2016, at the Vigan Convention Center, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur.