University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) An institution of higher learning focusing on liberal education and professional specialization Thu, 04 Feb 2016 08:49:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 EM students bag second place in social business model competition Wed, 20 Jan 2016 07:24:40 +0000 2nd Placers at the SBS Competition

Left to Right: EM Alumnus and NBV Mentor Alf Peña-Reyes, EM program staff Rosana Gonzales,  Kaila Jaine Dela Torre, Jessica Luciano, Dainele Renee’ Fajilagutan, Mara Samson, and EM faculty Jeremy Tamayo.


Kaila Jaine Dela Torre (EM 2nd year), Dainele Renee’ Fajilagutan (EM 3rd year), Jessica Luciano (EM 4th year) and Mara Samson (EM 4th year) won 2nd Place in the Want to be Boss: A Social Business Model Competition last January 16, 2016 at GK Enchanted Farm in Angat Bulacan.

The business model is called Fine Swine, a social business proposal involving the full value chain of a pig farm that will source their organic feeds from different communities. The proposal aims to help pig farmers in areas of Narra and Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

This event is a partnership between Social Adventours and Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm which seeks to provide an avenue for young entrepreneurs to hone their skills, talents and further develop their start up businesses.

EM students rank third in Global Student Entrepreneur Awards Wed, 20 Jan 2016 03:58:49 +0000 Rika Franchel Rustia and Lorenzo Nuguid, both EM senior students, won 3rd Place in the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) held last January 16, 2016 at the New World Hotel in Makati. They competed alongside EM 2015 alumnus Emmanuel Florendo Jr. and current EM senior Matthew Cire Blanco against 10 groups from Ateneo.

Rika Rustia & Mio Nuguid

Left to Right: EM Program Director Dr. Eligio Ma. P. Santos, Lorenzo Nuguid, Rika Franchel Rustia, EM NBV Coordinator Mr. Roberto Anonas Jr., and EM alumnus batch 2014 Edward Rojas.

Rika Franchel Rustia and Lorenzo Nuguid are the owners of The Bickering Couple, a pie commissary that supplies sweet and savory pies to corporate, bulk and retail accounts. It aims to spread the love for pie in the Philippines using local flavors the country has to offer.

The Global Students Entrepreneurship Awards (GSEA) Program is the premier awards for students that own and run businesses while attending College. GSEA is hosted by the Entrepreneurs Organization.

Inspiring young people to start and grow entrepreneurial ventures, the GSEA operates as an international series of competitions for student entrepreneurs who are attending a recognized high school, college or university, own a for-profit business that has been operational for at least six months, and are principally responsible for its operation. GSEA represents over 1700 of the leading student entrepreneurs from over 20 countries.  The competition is in its third year.

For more information about the GSEA, visit the website

EM junior bags Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Big Earners Award Tue, 19 Jan 2016 02:42:53 +0000  

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Lea Francesca Riñon during the awarding ceremony. photo courtesy of the Entrepreneurial Management Program.

Lea Francesca Riñon, EM Junior student won Young Entrepreneur of the Year & Big Earners Award during the annual Noel Bazaar.

Riñon represented the University of Asia and The Pacific in Noel’s Young Entrepreneur’s Program last November 26-30, 2015 at the World Trade Center. She owns Serigrafia Manila, a business that specializes in textile, pop culture merchandise, customized drawstring and tote bags and hoodies.

Riñon's plaques for Young Entrepreneur of the and Big Earners Award. Photo courtesy of the Entrepreneurial Management Program.

Riñon’s plaques for Young Entrepreneur of the and Big Earners Award. Photo courtesy of the Entrepreneurial Management Program.

Cut Unlimited Inc. has organized the most successful seasonal retail event in the country at the World Trade Center and the Filinvest Tent Alabang (Noel Bazaar Series). The organizer extended this opportunity to all Business Management (and other related courses) students to provide them a real-world experience of doing business.

You can visit Serigrafia Manila on their Facebook page here.

UA&P to begin academic calendar in August Fri, 15 Jan 2016 09:47:58 +0000 Starting this year, UA&P will be opening classes in August and ending its academic calendar in July. The move away from the June-May schedule was finalized after the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) posed no objection to UA&P’s shift. The university will begin the first semester of school year 2016-2017 on August 8, 2016.

With most universities in the world beginning the school year in August, September, or October, the shift will allow UA&P to better synchronize with foreign universities. More higher education institutions in the Philippines have adopted the August-May schedule in recent years as part of their internationalization efforts in light of the ASEAN integration in 2015. The Philippines remains the only ASEAN member to start its academic year in June after Thailand adopted the September-May calendar in 2011.

The new calendar will facilitate UA&P’s pursuit of partnerships for student and faculty exchange programs with foreign institutions, as well as foster collaboration with other universities in Metro Manila that have adjusted to the new calendar. Last year, the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University and University of Santo Tomas made the move to start opening classes in August.

UA&P came to its decision to make the change following consultations conducted with students and faculty members. Management also deemed it best to observe first and learn from the experiences of the other universities.

The university will not be making any changes to its curriculum related to the new calendar. During the transition, the university will hold two regular five-week summer terms in the summer of 2016. Having two summer terms will allow the students to catch up with their subjects or to take a lighter load. This will also give their families some leeway in planning their summer activities.

CAAP commends UA&P alumnus’ ‘exemplary performance’ Fri, 11 Dec 2015 09:31:33 +0000 120802-550x264The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) recently commended UA&P alumnus First Officer Victor Martin Mariano and Captain Darren de Ocampo for safely landing an Air Asia flight which encountered mechanical trouble in South Korea last July.

Awarded the “Kahusayan Award,” the two were cited for “exemplary performance and remarkable awareness” during CAAP’s celebration of International Civil Aviation Day this week.

Mariano graduated from the Entrepreneurial Management program in 2011.

On his Facebook account, he wrote: “Thank you lord for this opportunity and award. We are blessed for this second life. I know that we have more missions in this world and may we continue to serve others guided by your love.”

Read more at Kicker Daily News >>

Additional entrance exam date Fri, 11 Dec 2015 02:57:44 +0000 There will be an additional UA&P entrance exam for high school students in Metro Manila on February 21, 2016.

Application forms will be available from January 4 to February 5. Submission is from January 4 to February 10. Application forms may also be downloaded here.

For inquiries and confirmation, please call the Admissions Office at 637-0912 locals 310 or 321 or email

Associate Professor on ‘Why We Vote the Way We Do’ Wed, 02 Dec 2015 02:33:15 +0000 image001On December 9, UA&P Associate Professor Dr. Paul Dumol give a talk entitled “Why We Vote the Way We Do: Our History Gives Us Clues” at the Ortigas Foundation Library.

Dr. Dumol will take a look at the history of the establishment of elections in the Philippines dating back to 16th century—how local officials were chosen by the Spaniards, how chaotic elections were, and the beginning of election cheating and fraud at the end of the 19th century.

An open discussion will take place after the 45-minute lecture.

Admission is free but limited seats are available. Reservation is required. Please call 631-1231 locals 187/181 or 401-6503.

Why We Vote The Way We Do: Our History Gives Us Clues
December 9, 6:00 pm
Ortigas Foundation Library
2nd Floor Ortigas Building
Ortigas Ave. corner Meralco Ave.
Pasig City

Dr. Dumol’s ‘Manila Synod of 1582’ translation wins National Book Award Tue, 24 Nov 2015 08:48:12 +0000  

Dr. Paul A. Dumol

Dr. Paul A. Dumol

Last November 12, Dr. Paul Dumol was announced as one of the winners of the 34th National Book Awards for his translation of “Manila Synod of 1582: The Draft of Its Handbook for Confessors.” Dr. Dumol bested four other translated works including E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web” as translated by Eugene Yvasco, and Paulo Coelho’s “The Alchemist” as translated by Edgardo Maranan.

The other two books up for the award were accounts on Philippine history: “Ang Diablo sa Filipinas Ayon sa mga Casulatan Luma sa Kastila” translated by Benedict Anderson, Carlos Sardiña Galache, and Ramon Guillermo, and “History of Ilocos Vols. I and II” translated by Maria Elinora Peralta-Imson.

The announcement was made at the National Book Development Board (NBDB) offices in Pasig City by NBDB Chair Flor Marie Sta. Romana Cruz and Manila Critics Circle (MCC) Chair Isagani Cruz.

Written by the first Bishop of Manila Domingo de Salazar after hearing reports from Filipinos of the abuses they received from Spanish officials and soldiers, the handbook for confessors not only listed the cases in detail, but also vividly portrayed a number of missionaries who defended native rights and human dignity. Kabayan Central explains that the handbook went through several challenges during publication including delays brought about by the death of Salazar, and a calamity that destroyed almost half the manuscript. A copy of the surviving chapters was eventually made by scribes who incorporated early 17th century annotations haphazardly into the main text.  Dr. Dumol managed not only translating the text into English, but also the painstaking task of extricating the annotations and reconstructing the original text.

Dr. Dumol, also known as the playwright of “Ang Paglilitis kay Mang Serapio,” is a literature professor at the University of Asia and the Pacific.

Published by Ateneo de Manila University Press, “Manila Synod of 1582” was also lauded for its design by artist and National Book Awardee Karl Frederick Castro.

The winners of the 34th National Book Awards will be awarded on December 5 at the Old Senate Session Hall, located at the third floor of the Museum of Fine Arts at the National Museum in Manila. Hosted by the NBDB and Manila Critics Circle, the National Book Awards is an annual event that recognizes books published in the previous year.

To know more about the winners of the 34th National Book Awards, visit the official NBDB website here.

UA&P newest campus partner for L’Oreal Brandstorm 2016 Mon, 16 Nov 2015 02:03:39 +0000 BS2016 UA&P Roadshow

UA&P is the new campus partner for L’Oreal Brandstorm 2016!

L’Oreal will be holding a Campus Roadshow on November 24 (Tuesday), 12:30-1:30pm at the PLDT Hall.

The event will serve as a primer to the competition and will formally open the registration to UA&P students. Juniors, seniors and fifth years are invited to attend.

Visit for more details.

For inquiries on the Campus Roadshow, contact Kat Reodique of Marketing at or local 342.

Conference on “Educating for Excellence and Character” Tue, 03 Nov 2015 02:14:00 +0000 Dr. Michelle Borba

Dr. Michele Borba

The School of Education and Human Development will hold an international conference on “Educating for Excellence and Character: How Teachers and Parents Can Make a Difference” at the Li Seng Giap auditorium on November 12 (Thursday) at 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The conference will feature Dr. Michele Borba, an internationally recognized educator and speaker, and an award-winning author of parenting and educational books.

Dr. Borba will talk about how teachers and parents can successfully raise children withcharacter. Based on her best-selling book Building Moral Intelligence, the conference will highlight practical and proven strategies to help children distinguish right from wrong, choose what is right, and behave morally.

The conference fee for each participant is PhP1500, which covers the certificate of participation and snacks. The registration form may be downloaded here.

For more information, please call Ms. Honeylet Reyes at 637-0912 local 378 or email