University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) http://www.uap.asia An institution of higher learning focusing on liberal education and professional specialization Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:05:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 106378166 Family well-being at the center of UA&P meet http://www.uap.asia/blog/2016/11/25/family-well-center-uap-meet/ Fri, 25 Nov 2016 06:11:03 +0000 http://www.uap.asia/?p=10214 In what could be the start of stronger ties in support of […]

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In what could be the start of stronger ties in support of the Filipino family, the Institute for Family Development (IFD) of the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) gathered family-oriented groups to talk about the current needs of this basic unit of society and the ways by which to address the issues confronting the Filipino family.

Present on October 26, 2016 in UA&P were members of the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc., Alliance for the Family Foundation Philippines, Inc., Answering the Cry of the Poor, Asian Institute for Marriage and Family, Couples for Christ, EduChild Foundation, Elim Community, Focolare Movement, Ligaya Ng Panginoon, and Regnum Christi.

Participants of the recently seminar hosted by UA&P-Institute for Family Development.

Participants of the recently-held seminar hosted by UA&P-Institute for Family Development.

“We need more positive agents of change in society that are focused on the family,” said Dr. Riza Bondal, Executive Director of IFD and faculty member of the UA&P School of Education and Human Development. “If we work together, we’ll be able to reach more.”

Among the issues that came out were poverty, lack of family values, and the prevalence of online child exploitation and abuse. To illustrate, Mrs. Susan Bautista-Afan, Managing Director of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, recalled a case of child pornography and how stumped she was by the mother’s lack of remorse in her participation to the abuse and the child’s adverse reaction to her being saved.

“There is something very wrong with this picture,” Mrs. Afan said.

The loss of moral values of the authority figures puts at risk the growth of the younger generation as the abuse becomes a cycle. In talking to OFWs who face cases of stealing from their employers or abusing the elderly they take care of, Mrs. Afan learned that most of them have been abused themselves. “They have lost all sense of values. They do not see anything wrong with stealing, with lying. It’s mostly about survival.”

The participants acknowledged the need to help the parents see their beauty and dignity as persons and the important role they play in the upbringing of their children, to have one clear voice about what the Filipino family is, and to have synergy in the forms of research, conversations, and one-on-ones. Access to all media platforms is also seen as beneficial. The most pressing need, however, is to gather hard, fast facts to support one’s moral stand on issues.

“Young people now cannot stand motherhood statements anymore,” Executive Director of Woodrose PAREF School and IFD managing team member Dr. Rina Villegas told the attendees. “They have to be beefed up by some pragmatic findings for them to be more convinced that something needs to be done. Truth, once captured, cannot be argued with. But this argument has to be beefed up by research.”

This was further emphasized by UA&P co-founder Dr. Bernardo Villegas, who came carrying the book Marriage and the Public Good by the Witherspoon Institute, which summarizes global data and reveals the effects of undermining the family, such as an increase in drug usage.

“There is evidence all over the Western world that the decline of the family leads, for example, to so many single mothers, with governments spending billions of dollars in support. All these nefarious effects—which have nothing to do with faith—destroy the family,” he said. “Millennials have to be addressed with scientific information because they may not be very concerned about living their faith, but we can argue with them that if they do not treasure their family, they will be building a society that will be destroyed.”

Dr. Bernardo Villegas discusses important points to the participants.

Dr. Bernardo Villegas discusses important points to the participants.

He stressed that the young must know that marriage is a vocation, and added that the coming years will be more challenging as funding from the major superpowers will come into play through supporting anti-family initiatives such as abortion bills and same-sex marriage.

“We have to fight. If we allow families to suffer, the whole of society will be destroyed,” Dr. Villegas remarked.

IFD sees the dialogue as an important step in the protection of the Filipino family and looks forward to more concrete plans to collaborate with these family-oriented groups.

“We are the way we are primarily because of all that we have received [from the family, from formation activities],” said Marie Escueta of EduChild. “There is so much that we can all do. We cannot reach individually or through our own organizations all of the families in the Philippines, but I’m sure through our collective and cooperative efforts, we can do much more and maybe continue the vision of God as far as family and marriage are concerned.”

UA&P, through its Center for Research and Communication (CRC), established the Institute for Family Development to help the family in the exercise of its educational role, in consideration of the many challenges and issues currently facing the family and family life worldwide. IFD aspires to promote the fullness of the family through research, education programs, policy advocacy, and other services that would favor the strengthening of the family as the basic social unit of society. With research expertise from Dr. Antonio Torralba of CRC’s Mariano and Estelita De Jesus Que Professorial Chair for Family and Youth Education, it is envisioned that IFD will be a center of excellence for family well-being.

 

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Forum on Character-Based Education in Human Sexuality http://www.uap.asia/blog/2016/11/17/forum-character-based-education-human-sexuality-2/ Thu, 17 Nov 2016 02:42:48 +0000 http://www.uap.asia/?p=10206 The Center for Research and Communication and the Institute for Family Development […]

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The Center for Research and Communication and the Institute for Family Development invite everyone to a forum on Character-Based Education in Human Sexuality with the theme “Teach Me How to Understand… How to Love” at the Li Seng Giap Auditorium on November 23-25.

The speakers will be Dr. Esther J. Esteban, Mr. Emmanuel Rentoy, Dr. Corazon T. Toralba, and Dr. Antonio N. Torralba.

Registration fee is Php2500 for public school teachers and Php3000 for private school teachers and parents.

For inquiries, please contact Melisa Capistrano at 637-0912 local 350 or email melisa.capistrano@uap.asia.

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SLG Announces Law School Qualifying Test Dates for 2017 http://www.uap.asia/blog/2016/11/07/slg-announces-law-school-qualifying-test-dates-2017/ Mon, 07 Nov 2016 06:32:05 +0000 http://www.uap.asia/?p=10179 The School of Law and Governance is now accepting applications to its […]

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img_4221The School of Law and Governance is now accepting applications to its Law program for SY 2017-2018. The schedule of its Law School Qualifying Test next year is as follows:

  • March 25, 2017 (Saturday), 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • May 27, 2016 (Saturday), 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Both testing dates will be held at the PLDT Hall, 4th Floor, APEC Communications Building of UA&P.

The UA&P Law program, currently in its third year, confers to students a Juris Doctor degree. The 4-year Law course fulfills all government requirements for those preparing for admission to the bar and requires previous completion of a bachelor’s degree course. In keeping with the UA&P culture, the Law program of the university also offers the professional mentoring program – the only Law school to do so – where aspiring lawyers are personally advised, guided, and assisted by legal pracitioners.

Some of the faculty members of the Law program include retired SC Associate Justice Roberto Abad, CA Associate Justice Mario V. Lopez, Pasay RTC Judge Rowena Tan, and Atty. Timoteo B. Aquino. The pioneer batch of UA&P Law students are set to take the bar examinations in 2018.

Qualified applicants may apply for scholarship in the Law program. Application forms may be downloaded here. For details on the program, visit slg.uap.asia.

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Dr. Angelito Antonio appointed new SED Vice Dean http://www.uap.asia/blog/2016/11/02/dr-angelito-antonio-appointed-new-sed-vice-dean/ Wed, 02 Nov 2016 02:42:13 +0000 http://www.uap.asia/?p=10171 The Management Committee (ManCom) has appointed Dr. Angelito Z. Antonio as the […]

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Dr. Angelito Z. Antonio. Photo courtesy of the School of Education and Human Development.

The Management Committee (ManCom) has appointed Dr. Angelito Z. Antonio as the new Vice Dean of the School of Education and Human Development (SED) and Vice Chair of its Operations Committee (OpCom). This is concurrent with his position as Director of the Child Development and Education (CDE) Program. His term begins on November 1.

With Dr. Antonio on board, ManCom hopes that SED may further gain fresh perspectives on the delivery of educational services and the management of human capital within and outside of the University.

ManCom’s announcement reads: “In particular, we see SED capitalizing on its latest achievement, the Level III reaccreditation of the Master of Arts in Education program (with specializations in Child Development and Education, and Educational Leadership), in order to advance the cause of the School’s other degree programs. At the same time, we look forward to the School and its network of contacts carving out new niches in the rapidly evolving knowledge economy.

“We invite everyone to support the now complete SED OpCom as they strive to stay true to our mission of service-oriented academic innovation and whole-person education and development.”

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Young leaders convene at UA&P for World Youth Alliance Conference http://www.uap.asia/blog/2016/10/28/young-leaders-convene-uap-world-youth-alliance-conference/ Fri, 28 Oct 2016 04:44:24 +0000 http://www.uap.asia/?p=10154 The fifth World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific Emerging Leaders Conference took place […]

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The fifth World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific Emerging Leaders Conference took place at UA&P last October 20-22 with the stated aim of contributing to solution to the world’s environmental problems. The Emerging Leaders Conference is an annual event of the youth-led World Youth Alliance Asia-Pacific and seeks to enable young people from diverse backgrounds to connect and share ideas in response to today’s important issues.

This year’s conference attracted nearly 200 young people from the region, with most from the host country and the rest from Vietnam, China, Indonesia, Nepal, South Korea and East Timor. Participants, comprising young leaders aged between 15 and 30 years, learned from experts on how innovations can make a difference. Among the speakers was UA&P trustee Dr. Antonio Torralba.

 

Various seminars, workshops and panel sessions were held in line with the theme “Upgrading Earth: Maximizing Innovation for People and Planet.” Topics ranged from innovation for social good, sustainable housing and transportation, art for social impact, campaign-building, wildlife preservation, to green-business management.

The United States-based Youth Alliance is a nongovernmental organization empowering young people to promote human dignity though advocacy, education and culture. The organization has regional offices in Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and North America.

Read more at Jakarta Globe.

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BEC 2016 Year-end Business Economics Briefing http://www.uap.asia/blog/2016/10/25/business-economics-briefing-2016/ Tue, 25 Oct 2016 01:44:53 +0000 http://www.uap.asia/?p=10138 The Business Economics Club (BEC) will hold the 2016 Year-End Business Economics […]

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teaser-rpotential-v6The Business Economics Club (BEC) will hold the 2016 Year-End Business Economics Briefing entitled “Beyond the First 100 Days: Unleashing RPotentials” at the Li Seng Giap Auditorium on November 22 (Tuesday) from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm.

Former Ambassador Jose Romero, holder of the Diosdado Macapagal Professorial Chair on Political Economy, will give his thoughts on the Duterte administration as well as the issue of federalism.

Ms. Karmi Palafox, Managing Partner and Head of the Planning and Urban Design Teams at Palafox Associates, will present a private sector view on traffic congestion and infrastructure.

Mr. Aftab Ahmed (to be confirmed), Citibank Philippines’ Country Officer, will talk about  how a multinational bank views the Philippine business environment under the current administration.

UA&P economists Dr. Bernardo Villegas and Dr. Victor Abola will present their outlook for the Philippines and global economy.

The briefing fee is Php7,000 (50 percent discount for BEC members; 20 percent discount for ABEP and SBEP alumni and students).

Those who wish to attend may register online here or fill out this reply slip and fax it to 634-2822 or email it to bec.sec@uap.asia on or before November 18 (Friday). No cancellations will be accepted after November 17 (Thursday).

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‘The World We Give, the World They Receive’ family colloquium on November 12 http://www.uap.asia/blog/2016/10/20/world-give-world-receive-family-colloquium-november-12/ Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:48:49 +0000 http://www.uap.asia/?p=10126 The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) invites everyone to a family […]

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family-colloquium-vertical-poster-1-page-001The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) invites everyone to a family colloquium on millennial children, their friends, and their world entitled “The World We Give, the World They Receive” at the Telengtan Hall on November 12 (Saturday) at 8:00 am (registration) to 4:00 pm. The colloquium is CAS’ contribution to the countdown to UA&P’s Jubilee Celebration.

UA&P alumni and employees with millennial children, parents of UA&P students, and millennials themselves will have a healthy dialogue on raising and understanding millennials from the lens of seeing the world and society as a legacy passed on from one generation to another. Parents of  millennials, millennials, and teachers of millennials, will examine issues from different perspectives through conversations with the audience.

There will also be a 20-minute Compact Shakespeare performance of “Hamlet” to highlight the theme of one generation passing their world to the next. Moderated forums will cap each set of activities as a means to share experiences and concerns related to the theme.

The fee is Php900 per individual registrant (early bird rate of PHP 700 until October 27), or PHP 1,400 per couple (early bird rate of Php1200 until October 27).

For confirmation and inquiries, please contact Ms. Maricar Ledesma at local 288 or email maricar.ledesma@uap.asia.

 

EDIT: Please be advised that the colloquium has been moved to March 2017. The final date will be announced shortly.

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Forum on character-based education in human sexuality http://www.uap.asia/blog/2016/10/20/forum-character-based-education-human-sexuality/ Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:56:38 +0000 http://www.uap.asia/?p=10119 The University of Asia and the Pacific-Institute for Family Development (UA&P-IFD) is […]

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howtolove9b-2The University of Asia and the Pacific-Institute for Family Development (UA&P-IFD) is inviting everyone to a two and a half-day forum on Character-based Education in Human Sexuality scheduled on November 23-25, 2016, Wednesday to Friday, at the Li Seng Giap Auditorium, University of Asia and Pacific, Ortigas Campus.

Carrying the theme “Teach me How to Understand…How to Love,” the forum seeks to help parents and teachers to:

1. Take stock of the home and cultural factors that are shaping young people’s views and attitudes towards human sexuality.
2. Promote education in human sexuality within the context of character education, which is directed to human flourishing.
3. Develop an appreciation for human sexuality, which in the context of marriage is an expression of authentic human love.
4. Strengthen their expertise in the pedagogy of education in human sexuality, including the importance of the teacher’s example.

The fee for each participant is Php 2,500 for public school teachers, Php 3000 for private school teachers and parents. The fee is inclusive of participation cost, training certificate, training kit, and meals (lunch and snacks) for two and half days.

To reserve slot(s) for the forum, participants are requested to deposit the seminar fee at any BPI branch, and fax the scanned deposit slip to (02) 634-58-74 or email to melisa.capistrano@uap.asia, along with the accomplished reply forms (Part 1 and Part 2).

BPI Account Name: Center for Research & Communication, Foundation, Inc.
BPI Account Number: 0201-0493-42

For more information, you may contact Miss Melisa Capistrano at (632) 637-0912 loc. 350 or email us at melisa.capistrano@uap.asia.

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Entrance Exam rescheduled http://www.uap.asia/blog/2016/10/17/entrance-exam-rescheduled/ Mon, 17 Oct 2016 01:50:38 +0000 http://www.uap.asia/?p=10113 The College Entrance Exam scheduled last October 16, 2016 has been moved […]

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The College Entrance Exam scheduled last October 16, 2016 has been moved to October 23, 2016 at 1:00PM to 4:00PM in the afternoon (1:00PM to 5:00PM for those taking the diagnostic test for EM).

Those who cannot make it on this date can still take the entrance exam on October 30, 2016 from 8:15AM to 11:45AM.

For more details, contact the Admissions Office at 637-0912, locals 217/321/310, or through their direct line at 634-2809.

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Attn. UA&P Community: HEALTH ADVISORY on DENGUE http://www.uap.asia/blog/2016/10/11/attn-uap-community-health-advisory-dengue/ Tue, 11 Oct 2016 06:05:38 +0000 http://www.uap.asia/?p=10092 Dengue cases are normally more prevalent during the rainy season. Thus, greater […]

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Dengue cases are normally more prevalent during the rainy season. Thus, greater vigilance should be practiced to minimize the incidence of this disease. Everyone is advised to take measures to protect themselves against dengue-carrying mosquitoes.
CAUSE
The dengue virus is contracted from the bite of an Aedes aegypti (or less commonly Aedes albopictus) mosquito that has previously bitten an infected person (person-to-mosquito-to-another-person).
TRANSMISSION
The incubation period (the time interval between exposure to an infection and the appearance of the first symptoms) is 3-15 days (usually 5-8 days) while the period of communicability (the time during which the dengue virus can be transmitted directly from an infected person to the mosquito vector) is usually 3–5 days (from shortly before the febrile period to its end).
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
• Fever (usually high-grade, 40 degrees centigrade) and chills
• Headache, backache and other body pains
• Rash (flushed or reddish or pale pink in color)
MANAGEMENT
• If you or a family member has a fever of 2 days duration and rashes on the skin, consult a physician or visit the nearest clinic/health center/hospital immediately.
• Report suspected cases of dengue to the University Clinic (call 637-0912 loc. 252 or email mildred.razon@uap.asia / aimee.mercado@uap.asia)
• If you have been recently infected by dengue, get a medical clearance from the University Clinic before resuming classes or work.
CONTROL AND PREVENTION
• Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, socks and closed shoes to avoid mosquito bites, especially at dusk and dawn.
• Use safe mosquito repellents on your clothing and exposed skin.
• Use anti-mosquito nets.
• Spray insecticides under tables and behind curtains.
• Throw away, turn over or empty any containers and old tires that may accumulate rain water.
• Clean and change the water in flower vases every week.
• Always place a tight lid on containers used for water storage (e.g. drums, buckets).
• Check that there are no mosquito larvae or “kiti-kiti” in stored water.
• Avoid having plants that could accumulate rain water.
• Use screens on doors and windows.
• Conduct mosquito fogging only during outbreaks. Fogging operations usually fail because they merely drive mosquitoes away to other areas.
• Get vaccinated. Dengvaxia, a product of Sanofi Pasteur, is the first dengue vaccine approved by the World Health Organization. The vaccine is given in three injections spaced out over one year to persons 9-45 years of age. Please consult your physician for more information about the vaccine.
To help safeguard the UA&P community against dengue and other mosquito-borne diseases, the University, under the direction of Architect Raymund Go, Campus Maintenance and Planning Manager, continues to implement the following year-round pest control measures:
• Regular mosquito misting around the UA&P campus, including the University Residence Hall construction area
• Pouring of hot water on drains with stagnant water (i.e. floor drains, culverts, etc.), done twice a week
• Deployment of electronic mosquito killer lanterns in strategic locations
In addition, the followings steps have been taken:
• Removal of plants (i.e. bromeliads, etc.) that accumulate water
• Supporting and sponsoring the “Adopt-an-Estero” program by the DENR to do clean-ups at the nearby creek

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