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UP Visayas fraternity under fire after leak of lewd messages

Jul 02, 2020 - 12:21 PM

Sister sorority UP Stella Juris says there is 'no place to justify nor tolerate any malicious conduct...allegedly committed by certain individuals who were identified as members of UP Scintilla Juris fraternity.'

Screenshots from Twitter account Manyaks of UPV

Iskolars ng Bayan band together to help stranded students during pandemic

Jul 01, 2020 - 10:34 AM

Sagip Kabataan gives food packs and other essential goods to stranded students of the University of the Philippines Diliman and the Polytechnic University of the Philippine

STUDENTS' NEEDS. Sagip Kabataan volunteers distribute food packs and female sanitary items to help stranded students at the University of the Philippines Diliman and Polytechnic University of the Philippines. Photos from Star Jhane Caparas and Kevin Mangayan

Netizens mock Roque's congratulating PH for 'beating' U.P. experts' COVID-19 prediction

Jun 30, 2020 - 6:53 PM

The study in question predicted that coronavirus cases could shoot to 40,000 by the end of June

U.P. Diliman frontliners positive for coronavirus now at 14

Jun 24, 2020 - 12:36 PM

(UPDATED) Palma Hall in UP Diliman has opened its doors as an isolation area for suspected and probable coronavirus cases in the university area

University of the Philippines Diliman campus on July 20, 2017

FALSE: Protesters at U.P. did not practice physical distancing

Jun 17, 2020 - 10:15 PM

Sandra Aguinaldo, the reporter who originally uploaded the photo under scrutiny, posts photos from other angles and clarifies that there was physical distancing during the protest

Fearful but defiant: Independence Day rallies push through despite warnings

Jun 12, 2020 - 1:10 PM

(UPDATED) The program at UP Diliman wraps up without any arrests

RALLIES PUSH THROUGH. Protesters gather at the University of the Philippines in Diliman QC on June 12, 2020, for an Independence Day protest. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

U.P. Visayas website down after defacement

Jun 11, 2020 - 8:39 PM

The UP Visayas website defacement is the latest in a string of cyberattacks targeting schools

U.P. Cebu confirms data breach on its Student Evaluation on Teaching system

Jun 08, 2020 - 6:48 PM

The names and passwords to access a site used to let students rate the performance of their lecturers and professors are made public in the breach

U.P. Cebu demands immediate release of students, alumni

Jun 08, 2020 - 9:33 AM

UP Cebu urges Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella and the chief of the Cebu City police office to 'seriously look into this clear transgression against our constituents and our property'

False Facebook accounts of U.P. students, alumni reported after terror bill protests

Jun 07, 2020 - 9:09 AM

Here's how you can report accounts pretending to be someone you know or someone that doesn't exist

'Ma, Iskolar ng Bayan na ako': Fulfilling Mama's dream after her death from cancer

Jun 04, 2020 - 11:02 AM

Even when she was battling cancer, Christopher Al Eugenio's mother saved money to ensure her son can get review classes to enter his dream university

UPCAT PASSER. Christopher Al Eugenio talks about his mother's role in making his dream of getting into University of the Philippines possible. Photos from Christopher Al Eugenio

U.P. inches up in latest Asia university rankings

Jun 03, 2020 - 9:25 PM

In the latest Times Higher Education rankings, the University of the Philippines climbs 30 points and is now 65th in the region. The De La Salle University, meanwhile, slides down to the 301-350 bracket.

‘Premature’ to ease modified ECQ in Metro Manila – U.P. experts

May 27, 2020 - 1:28 PM

Is it safe to ease the modified community quarantine in Metro Manila?

Residents of Mandaluyong City on May 16, 2020, use their bicycles to travel for work and buy essentials as access to public transport is not yet allowed during the MECQ period. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

UPLB alliance calls on school officials to protect students from red-tagging

May 25, 2020 - 1:59 PM

(UPDATED) UPLB Chancellor Fernando Sanchez Jr defends the students who participated in a demonstration in campus and were implicated in military propaganda against progressive organizations

U.P. Board of Regents approves appeals to give ‘pass’ marks to students

May 21, 2020 - 3:30 PM

The University of the Philippines Office of Student Regent describes the approval as a 'big victory for the Iskolar ng Bayan' as they continue their campaign for mass promotion

ISKOLAR NG BAYAN. File photo of the University of the Philippines Diliman campus. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

U.P. recalls locally-made coronavirus test kits over ‘very minor’ defects – DOH

May 20, 2020 - 3:34 PM

The Department of Health says that UP experts are already on the last stage of correcting the defects, which the agency doesn't specify


LOOK: Palma Hall opens its doors as isolation unit for UP Diliman

May 19, 2020 - 8:14 PM

Dubbed as Kanlungang Palma sa Panahon ng Pandemya, the social sciences and humanities hub of University of the Philippines Diliman takes on the responsibility of housing suspected and probable coronavirus cases in the area

PALMA HALL. UP Health Service staff, Department of Health inspection team, and Act as One representatives stand in Palma Hall, which is now an isolation area for suspected coronavirus cases. All photos from UP Diliman website

Call for submission for anthology of literary works on COVID-19

May 18, 2020 - 9:20 AM

PRESS RELEASE: The call is open to all UP-affiliated faculty, students, staff, and alumni. This call is also open to fellows of UP creative writing workshops.

‘Let this be our final warning’: UP CMC slams red-tagging students during pandemic

May 13, 2020 - 9:02 PM

‘An attack on our students is an attack on our college,’ the UP College of Mass Communication reminds the NTF-ELCAC

While classes are on hold, students find ways to help affected communities

May 13, 2020 - 7:30 PM

To help out workers and their families struggling during the coronavirus lockdown, students make good use of their free time and lead donation drives online

Ladies of Barangay Sineguelasan and Barangay Talaba II preparing meals for the community. Photos by Vida Maylem.

U.P. experts say 'open data' is part of fight vs COVID-19

May 12, 2020 - 5:06 PM

The UP COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team, a group of some 200 professors, researchers, alumni, and students, says data sharing 'must be used to generate knowledge'

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES. File photo of Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III holding a press conference on March 4, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

‘Physical’ school opening may increase coronavirus transmission in NCR

May 08, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Those below 20 years of age ‘have a high likelihood of bringing home the infection from school…to the more vulnerable members of their households’

AT RISK. Students attend a flag raising ceremony before singing the national anthem at a government school in Manila on June 2, 2014. AFP File photo by Jay Directo

WATCH: UP Singing Ambassadors perform 'The Prayer' in honor of medical frontliners

May 04, 2020 - 10:27 PM

The group also dedicates the song to doctors who died because of the coronavirus

Para sa bayan: U.P. lends expertise, resources in fight vs coronavirus

May 01, 2020 - 10:38 AM

The country's premiere state university has led initiatives to contain the coronavirus outbreak

ISKOLAR NG BAYAN. University of the Philippines leads several initiatives to help mitigate the impact of the coronavirus. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

U.P. experts urge universal approach to address people's needs during pandemic

Apr 28, 2020 - 8:07 PM

How can the government ensure inclusivity in responding to the crisis?

INFORMAL SECTOR. Residents at a depressed area in Brgy. Pasong Tamo, Quezon City post a message at a barricade that reads "Gutom na Kami." Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

PUP orgs call for release of student detained over 'lockdown violation'

Apr 26, 2020 - 9:05 PM

Manila police detain student Rexon Aumentado over a supposedly invalid quarantine pass. Human rights lawyer Erin Tañada calls the detention a form of 'harassment.'

CALL FOR RELEASE. Student bodies in the Polytechnic University of the Philippines call for the release of mechanical engineering student Rexon Aumentado from detention. Screenshots from PUP Office of Student Regent

U.P. to follow numeric grading system during outbreak

Apr 23, 2020 - 7:00 PM

University of the Philippines teachers who prefer to give a grade of Pass to students will have to seek approval from the Board of Regents, UP's highest decision-making body

File photo of the Oblation statue at the University of the Philippines. File photo from Wikimedia commons

Safety first or brain rot? Netizens weigh in on proposed December resumption of classes

Apr 22, 2020 - 4:21 PM

Some netizens think it's too early to set a date for the resumption of classes in the absence of a cure for the coronavirus disease, and suggest the provision of modules to students while waiting

Lockdown lessened rate of coronavirus infections in PH – U.P. experts

Apr 22, 2020 - 2:01 PM

The UP COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team says that the country's health care system should be prepared for an 'expected surge' in coronavirus cases once the Luzon-wide lockdown is lifted

RESPONSE. The National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City installs triage at the hospital's compound to evaluate and categorize patients on March 29, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

To stop coronavirus spread, suspend classes till December 2020 – U.P. experts

Apr 21, 2020 - 5:13 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says the President has yet to decide on the suspension of classes

PROTECTION. Students at the Araullo High School wear face masks as protection against the novel coronavirus. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Despite regents' decision, U.P. teachers pass students before end of semester

Apr 16, 2020 - 9:03 PM

In an act of compassion, several teachers opt to cancel requirements and pass students, allowing them to cope with the changes brought by the coronavirus outbreak

File photo of the University of the Philippines Diliman campus. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

U.P. Board of Regents approves proposal to end semester on April 30

Apr 16, 2020 - 5:39 PM

However, academic work for students and faculty will continue under the 'deferred' grade scheme

File photo of the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City

'Education with compassion': U.P. community urges mass promotion, early end of semester

Apr 15, 2020 - 6:53 PM

'UP, as the national university, should set itself as an example of decisively choosing the welfare of its constituents during a crisis like this,' says the UP Office of the Student Regent

HUMANE RESPONSE. The UP community calls on the UP Board of Regents to listen to their concerns and end the semester early. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

U.P. advisory council recommends ending semester due to coronavirus pandemic

Apr 14, 2020 - 6:50 PM

The guidelines on the new system for the second semester at the University of the Philippines will be released after Board of Regents decides on the matter

File photo of the University of the Philippines Diliman campus

Coronavirus can go from 1.5M to 15,000 cases with better testing – forecasting tool

Apr 08, 2020 - 5:17 PM

A DOST tool shows that the biggest factor in flattening the coronavirus curve in the Philippines may be the strengthening of the country's testing capabilities, from availability of test kits to availability of health workers, facilities, and devices

FASSSTER. Photo and screenshots from DOST

U.P. Resilience Institute sets up coronavirus information chat bot

Apr 08, 2020 - 1:59 PM

The chat bot, called Yani, lets users find information on hospitals near them, as well as information on the Philippine government's policies regarding the coronavirus, and psychosocial support

YANI. Yani the Endcovbot is here to help. Screenshot from UP announcement.

'Modified' community quarantine can be explored to flatten COVID-19 curve – study

Apr 06, 2020 - 10:05 PM

(UPDATED) A study from the University of the Philippines analyzes 3 possible scenarios after April 12, the day Luzon's 'enhanced community quarantine' was supposed to be lifted

LOCKDOWN. Police officers check on motorists in Rizal on April 6, 2020 as the province is placed under provincial-wide lockdown. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ex-Philippine Information Agency chief, U.P. prof Renato Velasco dies

Apr 04, 2020 - 8:42 PM

(UPDATED) Renato Velasco, a professor of political science, served the government in different capacities under the Arroyo administration

IN MEMORIAM. Political Science Professor Renato Velasco dies at the age of 66. Photo from the UP PolSci Department Twitter Page

U.P.-developed coronavirus test kits ready for mass use beginning April 4

Apr 03, 2020 - 8:33 PM

The locally-made test kits can accommodate up to 120,000 tests and are capable of fast detection of coronavirus in samples taken from patients. The results can be ready in two hours.

TEST KITS. File photo of test kits for the novel coronavirus disease

U.P. researchers develop coronavirus dashboard tracker

Apr 01, 2020 - 5:05 PM

The dashboard also has an online symptoms checker

U.P. scientists making ventilators – DOH

Apr 01, 2020 - 12:31 PM

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire says the University of the Philippines-Manila National Institutes of Health is developing ventilators for local use

UP NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH. The facade of the National Institutes of Health at the University of the Philippines Manila. Image from Google maps

5.5 million Filipinos over age 60 'most vulnerable' to coronavirus – study

Mar 28, 2020 - 12:23 AM

A research brief released by the UP Population Institute says 5.5 million Filipinos are most vulnerable to COVID-19 because aside from being among those aged 60 and above, they also have existing high-risk conditions

PHYSICAL DISTANCING. A supermarket in Barangay Highway Hills in Mandaluyong City, on March 17, 2020, taped lines on the pavement to ensure that physical distancing norms are followed. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Students of top 4 PH schools urge CHED to suspend online classes

Mar 25, 2020 - 5:15 PM

'While we understand the need for learning to continue, the different circumstances of students across universities are not ideal and conducive for such,' the student governments of ADMU, UP Diliman, DLSU Manila, and UST say in their petition to the Commission on Higher Education

SUSPEND ONLINE CLASSES. Students from UP, ADMU, DLSU, and UST submit a petition to CHED to suspend online classes. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

U.P. Mindanao keen to serve as coronavirus testing site in Davao Region for free

Mar 25, 2020 - 8:24 AM

The program includes establishing a P15-million biosafety molecular lab, which will have to be attached to a hospital

U.P. coronavirus test kit gov't validation will take 2-3 weeks

Mar 21, 2020 - 7:24 PM

The test kit developed by scientists from the University of the Philippines is capable of fast detection of the coronavirus in samples taken from patients

Dr. Raul V. Destura, Deputy Executive Director of Philippine Genome Center show sample of the UP developed Corona Virus Disease-2019 rRT-PCR Detection Kit at a press briefing held at Philippine Gerome Center at the UP Diliman in Quezon City on March 12, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

U.P. professor, China expert Aileen Baviera dies of coronavirus

Mar 21, 2020 - 9:31 AM

(3RD UPDATE) The former dean of the University of the Philippines Asian Center died at the San Lazaro Hospital early morning of March 21

LEADING PH EXPERT ON CHINA. Aileen Baviera, former dean of the UP Asian Center and one of the leading experts on China studies in the Philippines, died of COVID-19 on March 21, 2020. Photo from the Facebook page of Aileen Baviera

DOH designates Jose Rodriguez, building at UP-PGH as coronavirus hospitals

Mar 20, 2020 - 10:30 AM

Health Secretay Francisco Duque III acts on the urgent appeal of medical industry leaders

EXCLUSIVE FOR COVID-19 SOON. The facade of the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital in Manila. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PUP makes ethyl alcohol to protect students, teachers from coronavirus

Mar 19, 2020 - 2:18 PM

Developed by PUP's Institute for Science and Technology Research, the alcohol follows the requirements and standards of the Food and Drug Administration

FOR THE COMMUNITY. Polytechnic University of the Philippines' Institute for Science and Technology Research develops a local version of local ethyl alcohol in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus. Photo from PUP

This U.P. sports alumni group mobilizes meals for coronavirus frontliners

Mar 18, 2020 - 4:25 PM

While UAAP games are put to a halt, Nowhere To Go But UP turns to support the healthcare workers and military

ONLINE HELP. The UP alumni's online community makes sure to help the frontliners.

U.P. coronavirus test kits still need gov't validation, no mass use yet

Mar 13, 2020 - 4:56 PM

FDA chief Eric Domingo says the coronavirus detection kits developed by UP scientists will first undergo field testing on March 16

FASTER, CHEAPER. A sample of the UP-developed novel coronavirus detection kit presented to the media during a press briefing held at the Philippine Gerome Center on March 12, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler