March 2016

UP Manila Biochemistry Students Win 2016 PACSIKLaban Competition

PACSIKLaban is an Annual Intercollegiate Chemistry Competition organized by the Philippine Association of Chemistry Students, Incorporated, (PACS Inc.). This year, participating schools included UST, PUP, De la Salle University, Adamson University, PLM and Ateneo De Manila, among others. Adamson University hosted this year’s event held last February 21, 2016 at the Adamson University campus in Manila.

CAS Celebrates Biochemistry Week

Every year, the Department of Physical Sciences and Mathematics, in coordination with the UP Biochemistry Society, opens its door to celebrate the Biochemistry Week. This is an event which focuses on students gathering together and learning more about Chemistry through the series of activities being conducted.


7 - 11 March 2016

  • 7 March 2016
    • Launching of Political Science Week Exhibit, 11:00am, CAS Student Center
    • Block Wars: Annual Political Science Week Quiz Bee, 1:00 - 4:00pm, PGH Social Hall
  • 8 March 2016
    • Assessing Philippine Democrarcy and Elections: Challenges and Prospects, 10:00am - 1:00pm, PGH Science Hall
      Speakers: Dr. Nicole Curator, University of Canberra
                      Dr. Arles Arugay, University of the Philippines
    • Forum on PCOS: Mechanics and Cases of Election Rigging, 1:00pm - 4:00pm, PGH Social Hall
      Speaker: Leo Querubin, Philippine Computer Society
  • 9 March 2016
    • Suri at Pili: Media and Elections Forum Series (in partnership with Out of the Box and Young South East Asian Leaders Initiative). 1:00pm, GAB 301A-B
      Speakers: Marlon Nombrado, Out of the Box
                      Tonyo Cruz, OneVote
                      Cleve Arguelles, University of the Philippines
  • 10 March 2016
    • Your Face Sounds Familiar: Presenting the Presidentiables, 1:00 - 4:00pm, PGH Science Hall
  • 11 March 2016
    • PolSciYan: Annual Political Science Variety Show, 1:00 - 4:00pm, PGH Science Hall


Four CAS Faculty Members Presented Research Accomplishments During the 3rd OVPAA Symposium

Four faculty members of the College of Arts and Sciences presented their creative work and research outputs during a two-day symposium (March 1 and 2) held at the Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology (IESM) Auditorium at UP Diliman.

  • Theoretical Study of the Structure and Electronic Absorption Spectra of Ruthenium Complexes and their Intercalation in DNA by Dr. Junie Billones, Department of Physical Sciences and Mathematics.
  • Development of Laboratory Manuals for Biochemistry of the Gene (Biochem 121.1) and Physical Biochemistry (Biochem 124.1) by Dr. Maria Constancia Carillo, Department of Physical Sciences and Mathematics
  • A Comparison of Plasma Zinc Concentrates of Glucos-6-phosphate Dehydrogenase (G6PD)-deficient Filipino Neonates seen at NIH-UPM and Normal Controls by Dr. Marilou Nicolas, Department of Physical Sciences and Mathematics
  • Revision of Philippine Begonia by Dr. Rosario Rubite, Department of Biology


In celebration of International Women’s Month, members of the U.P. Sigma Alpha Nu sorority presented a red rose to female employees and students of the College of Arts and Sciences. This traditional rose giving was part of its month-long activities aimed to spread the message on women empowerment.

The U.P. Sigma Alpha Nu, with its UP Manila chapter formed in1988, is an all female organizatIon of the University of the Philippines established in service of the Filipino people.(Dina A. Estanislao)