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A Conversation with Benedict Anderson at the GT-Toyota Asian Center Auditorium

March112013GTToyotaBenedict Anderson, renowned and distinguished scholar of Southeast Asian studies, will be a guest at a special public forum on Monday,March 11, 2013, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the GT-Toyota Asian Center Auditorium, University of the Philippines Diliman.

Entitled  “A Conversation with Benedict Anderson,” the forum will be in the format of a panel interview to be conducted by four scholars from the University of the Philippines Diliman: Professor Eduardo Gonzalez, Asian Center; Professor Lily Rose Tope, Department of English and Comparative Literature; Associate Professor Ramon “Bomen” Guillermo, Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature; and Associate Professor Michiyo Yoneno-Reyes, Asian Center.

The event is organized by the U.P. Asian Center, in partnership with the Asian Politics & Policy journal (Wiley-Blackwell/PSO); the Asian Studies journal; the UP Department of English and Comparative Literature; the UP Department of Political Science; and the UP Third World Studies Center. The interview will subsequently be published in Asian Politics & Policy.

Benedict Richard O’Gorman Anderson is Professor Emeritus of International Studies, Government and Asian Studies at Cornell University. He is best known for his Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism, which was first published in 1983 but has since undergone countless editions. It is a path-breaking and highly innovative work that has supplied one of the most popular and oft-quoted concepts in the academe and beyond. His other books include The Spectre of Comparisons (1998); Under Three Flags: Anarchism and the Anti-colonial Imagination (2007); and The Fate of Rural Hell: Asceticism and Desire in Buddhist Thailand (2012).

Admission is free and open to the public, but seats are on a first-come, first-served basis.

The GT-Toyota Asian Center Auditorium is located on Magsaysay cor. Guerrero Sts., University of the Philippines Diliman. For inquiries, please contact Janus Nolasco or Kat Navallo at 981-8500 local 3586 or email

OVCRD Colloquium to feature UP Diliman’s Research, Creative Work and Extension Centers


The Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD) is pleased to invite the UP community and the public to the  Paliwanagan sa UP Diliman-OVCRD Colloquium 2013 to be held  on 21 January 2013 (Monday), 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, at the National Institute of Physics,  National Science Complex, UP Diliman. This is the third colloquium organized by the OVCRD under the theme Paliwanagan sa UP Diliman. Paliwanagan is a biannual event that aims to promote the research and creative work initiatives of UP Diliman constituents.

Unlike the past colloquia that featured individual researchers and creative workers, the January 21 Colloquium focuses on UP Diliman’s centers for research, creative work, and extension service.   The Colloquium provides a rare opportunity for the UP community to hear directly about research, creative work, and extension activities of the various centers in the campus.  Fifteen (15) such centers, coming from different academic disciplines, will discuss one of their current projects during the main Colloquium program.   Two special sessions will tackle vital University concerns: extension service and mentoring. In addition to the 17 oral presentations, a preliminary inventory and profile of 104 UP Diliman centers, institutes, laboratories and studios undertaking research, creative work and/or extension activities will be launched. Copies of the inventory will be distributed during the Colloquium.

The Colloquium also includes an incentive scheme in support of the research and creative work initiatives of UP Diliman units. Units could avail of additional funds for research/creative work initiatives or for research dissemination grant allocation depending on their participation in the Colloquium. Details about the incentive scheme can be found here.

We request that the attendees pre-register by email (upd.ovcrd.rduo(at) by 17 January 2013 and provide the following information to secure their accommodations:

  • Name
  • Sector (e.g. faculty, REPS, graduate student, undergraduate student, staff)
  • College/Unit and Department
  • For graduate and undergraduate students: a) degree program and b) faculty adviser

Our staff from the Research Dissemination and Utilization Office (RDUO) will be following up our invitation with you. You may also contact them by phone (927-2568, 436-8720, 981-8500 VOIP 4048 – please look for Nanie, Dercy or Bang) or through e-mail (upd.ovcrd.rduo(at), bang2gc(at), naniemendez(at)

Please visit our Office’s website ( and the memo for the event for more information about the event’s mechanics and other updates.

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OVCRD Hosts Seminar-workshop on Internationalization of UP Diliman Journals

by Narita EC de las Alas

The UP Diliman Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD), in cooperation with the UP Diliman Main Library and iGroup, held the Seminar-workshop on Listing/Internationalization of UP Diliman Journals last 19 November 2012 at the Audiovisual Room of the UP Diliman Main Library. The resource person was Dr.  Khee Hiang Lim, Principal Consultant of Thomson Reuters’ Intellectual Property & Science Southeast Asia.

The whole day seminar-workshop focused on the submission and evaluation process followed in selecting the journals that are listed in the Web of Science, the academic citation index of Thomson-Reuters, formerly known as ISI.  According to Dr. Lim, journals that apply for inclusion in the Web of Science are evaluated vis-a-vis four broad areas: publishing standards, editorial content, international diversity of authorship, and citation analysis.

Observance of good publishing standards means that journal articles should comply with international editorial conventions and have, among other things, an abstract in English, complete author information, and a bibliography with all-English entries. Above all, journal issues must be published on time. Dr. Lim stressed that timeliness is a crucial criterion that journals applying for Web of Science listing must satisfy. Journal publishers must be able to consistently release their journal issues on the exact promised date of publication.

Journals aiming to be included in the Web of Science must also ensure that their editorial content is of high quality. Editors should be quick to identify new scholarly topics in the field that is of interest to their intended readers. There should also be a good geographic spread of contributors, editors, and the editorial advisory board members.  Finally, the contributors and editors should be well-cited by their peers, and the journals themselves should be cited by scholars and researchers.

Dr. Lim’s presentation was followed by a workshop, during which the participants had the chance to evaluate how well their own journals meet Thomson-Reuters’ listing criteria. The assessment showed that the journals generally satisfy most of the standards for editorial content and international diversity of contributors and editors. However, many of the journals lose points on timeliness and citedness. The challenge for UP Diliman journals, therefore, is to find ways to attract more paper submissions and to be more ‘visible’ in the local and international research community.

Present during the workshop were editors/representatives from 22 UP Diliman journals, namely, Alipato, Asian Studies Journal, Daluyan, Diliman Review, Education Quarterly, Humanities Diliman,  Journal of English Studies and Comparative Literature, Journal of Philippine Librarianship, Kasarinlan, Muhon, Musika Jornal, Philippine Engineering Journal, Philippine Humanities Review, Philippine Journal of Labor and Industrial Relations, Philippine Journal of Public Administration, Philippine Journal of Social Development, Philippine Law Journal, Philippine Review of Economics, Philippine Social Science Review, Plaridel,  Science Diliman, and Social Science Diliman. Also present in the workshop were Dr. Violeda A. Umali, Director of the OVCRD’s Research Dissemination and Utilization Office; Mr. Rod Y. Tarlit, UP Diliman University Librarian; Mr. Felix Gaston, Jr., Managing Director of Libtech; and Ms. Marian Ramos-Eclevia, head of the UP Diliman Main Library’s General Reference Section.

Dr.  Khee Hiang Lim shares with the participants the Web of Science’s journal evaluation process

The participants do the self-evaluation of their journals in consultation with Dr. Lim

Some of the seminar-workshop participants with Dr.  Khee Hiang Lim of Thomson Reuters (1st row, center), RDUO-OVCRD Director Violeda Umali (1st row, 4th from left), University Librarian Rod Tarlit (1st row, 3rd from left), and General Reference Section Head Marian Ramos-Eclevia (second row, extreme left)


OVCRD unveils “Creative Decisions” Photo Exhibit

By Cedrik Ben A. Gayares

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD) unveiled the “Creative Decisions” Photo Exhibit on 13 April 2012 at their Office at the Lower Ground Floor of the Philvocs Building in UP Diliman. The Opening Ceremony was led by Vice-Chancellor Benito Pacheco and his family, together with OVCRD Project Management Office Director Henry Ramos and Research  Dissemination and Utilization Office Director Violeda Umali.

The Exhibit features the work of OVCRD staff who attended the point-and-shoot photography workshop conducted in the OVCRD last 27 March and 2 April 2012. Under the tutelage of UPD Film Institute Assistant Professor Jose C. Gutierrez III, the staff learned the rudiments of the art of photography. With the aid of numerous paintings and photographs, Mr. Gutierrez showed the participants how composition is the key to taking good pictures. Composition, the participants learned, is the sum total of a photographer’s creative decisions, and reflects his/her sensitivity to such details as lighting, proportions, and focal point. Mr. Gutierrez also gave pointers on how to enhance a picture’s composition using different camera settings and basic Photoshop features.

The photographs in the exhibit feature familiar and ‘ordinary’ subjects. “Creative Decisions” illustrates how thoughtful composition can transform even the most commonplace subject into a profound statement about life.

Please visit this site for an online view of the gallery.

Vice Chancellor Benito Pacheco (far right) and his wife Dr. Elizabeth Pacheco (far left) officiated the ribbon cutting for “Creative Decisions” with Director Henry Ramos (center right) and Director Violeda Umali (center left)


The gallery of pictures taken by the OVCRD staff currently resides at the hallway of the OVCRD conference room.


BCH Pilipinas Hosts Biosafety Clearing-House National Workshop

by Cedrik Ben A. Gayares

The Biosafety Clearing-House of the Philippines (BCH Pilipinas) held the Philippine Biosafety Clearing-House National Workshop last 6-8 March 2012 at the Computational Science Research Center of the University of the Philippines Diliman . IThe activity is a joint initiative of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the United Nations Environment Program-Global Environment Facility (UNEP-GEF).

The workshop focused on the capacity building of various research and government institutions on the use of the Biosafety Clearing-House, a mechanism established by the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. The Protocol is an international agreement that aims to protect biodiversity from the potential dangers of Living Modified Organisms (LMOs). The Clearing-House maintains an online portal that provides stakeholders with scientific, technical, environmental and legal information on LMOs. The information is envisioned to help stakeholders comply with their obligations under the Protocol.

Among those who attended the workshop are representatives from government agencies that handle LMOs, such as the DOST, Department of Agriculture, and Department of Health. The University of the Philippines Diliman Institutional Biosafety Committee (UPD-IBC) sent Dr. Vermando Aquino, the Committee’s Chair, and Mr. Cedrik Ben Gayares, one of the Committee’s Support Staff, as its representatives to the workshop.

The workshop participants were briefed about the regulations stated by the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, especially those concerning the transportation and use of LMOs in research. The participants were also given hands-on training on the use of both the International Biosafety Clearing-House and the Philippine Biosafety Clearing-House websites.

BCH Pilipinas also conducted the National Workshop Training of Trainers on 9 March2012  for participants who are interested in conducting the Biosafety Clearing-House training program in their respective institutions. In this workshop, the participants learned how to conduct orientation sessions on the use of Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the Biosafety Clearing-House educational materials in different contexts and for different audiences (e.g. students, farmers, researchers, etc.).


Please visit for more information on BCH Pilipinas.



The participants and workshop facilitators of the Philippine Biosafety Clearing-House National Workshop held on 6-8 March 2012 at the UP Diliman College of Science Resource Center

Hybridigm holds forum on start-up capital generation and technology valuation

Hybridigm CEO Maoi Arroyo

By Cedrik Ben A. Gayares
Hybridigm Consulting Inc., the Philippines’ first biotechnology consulting firm, held a tech entrepreneurship forum entitled “Raising Capital the HybridigmTM Way” last 22 February 2012 at the UP-Ayala Land TechnoHub Conference Room. Representatives from the academe, technology start-ups, and venture capital firms, together with inventors, discussed in the forum how to properly gauge the value of one’s company and to successfully approach potential investors to raise capital.
According to Hybridigm’s CEO Maoi Arroyo, innovation is the interplay of invention and commercialization. As such, no matter how promising a technology is it will not reach the target costumers without capital and effective marketing. Arroyo advised start-ups to always be prepared to give a short pitch about their innovations in order to catch the interest of potential investors such as venture capitalists and angel investors. She also stressed that even though various investors scrutinize different aspects of a start-up, one of the most important things they want to see is the start-up founders’ resolve to execute the company’s business plan.
Liz Fumar, an Associate Consultant of Hybridigm, presented a number of valuation methods that investors use to assess an innovation’s commercial potential. She described valuation as a form of “guesstimate” that provides founders and investors with a starting point for discussing the start-up’s future. She also emphasized that when doing valuation, researchers and inventors should consider not only their research and development costs but also the technology’s net utility to its end users.

OVCRD and ORP hold Research & Creative Work Disclosure and Patent Application Invention Seminar

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD) and the Office of Research and Publications (ORP) of the College of Home Economics (CHE) of the University of the Philippines-Diliman held the Research and Creative Work Disclosure and Patent Application Invention Seminar last February 14, 2011 at the CHE’s Tea Room. The Seminar is part of the Research, Publication and Extension Week 2011 of the College of Home Economics’s 50th anniversary Kick-off. The seminar aims to increase the awareness about Intellectual Property and its protection through the assistance of the Technology Transfer Office.ORP Chair Patricia Azanza opened the seminar by introducing OVCRD’s resource speakers to the audience of students and faculty members of the College of Home Economics. The speakers were Ms. Melissa Angelica Camacho, Ms. May Japson and Mr. Cedrik Ben Gayares of OVCRD’s Technology Transfer Office and Ms. Mary Rose Austria of UP’s Enterprise Program. Ms. Camacho introduced the definition of Intellectual Property, its different types and the importance of registering it for protection. She also discussed the benefits of registering one’s creative works for IP protection through OVCRD’s Technology Transfer Office. Ms. Japson detailed the Technology Transfer Process. She also described how OVCRD could assist researchers register Copyrightable works through the Copyright Information form. She also talked about how researchers could estimate the readiness of their work to market entry through the Opportunity Assessment Form. Mr. Gayares explained the various sections of the Invention Disclosure Form, the first step in disclosing their patentable inventions to the OVCRD. Finally, Ms. Austria introduced the Enterprise Program, UP Diliman’s Technopreneurship program. The Program offers serices such as mentorship and office services to assist researchers in introducing their technologies and creative works to the market.
Prof. Patricia Azanza opened the question and answer session after the resource speakers finished their discussion. Some participants inquired about how Intellectual Property protection would affect the development of their academic career. They also asked how they could gain revenue from their creative works through registration for Patents, Industrial Design and Copyright. CHE Dean Adelaida Mayo formally closed the seminar after the lively forum.

For more information about the Technology Transfer Office please visit

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ORP Chair Patricia Azanza introduces the Technology Transfer Officers

Ms. Melissa Camacho discusses Intellectual Property (IP) and the benefits of protecting IP through the OVCRD

Ms. May Japson discusses the Technology Transfer Process and the Copyright Application Protocol

Mr. Cedrik Ben Gayares discusses the Invention Disclosure Form

Ms. Mary Rose Austria introduces Enterprise, the DOST-UP Technology Business Incubator

Audience composed of students and faculty members of the College of Home Economics

CHE Dean Adelaida Mayo closes the Research & Creative Work Disclosure and Patent Application Invention Seminar

By Cedrik Ben Gayares

UP Diliman Seminar-Workshop Plots Moves to Upgrade Academic Journals

The Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD) of the University of the Philippines Diliman held the Seminar-Workshop on “Reinventing Academic Journals: Moves Towards Internationalization” last February 17-18, 2011 at the Multimedia Auditorium of the National Engineering Center. About 70 participants attended, mostly the editors of academic journals from 15 state university and colleges nationwide, and the UP system. Six private universities were also represented. The seminar-workshop was made possible through the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) with some support from the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) and the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST). Elsevier provided most of the resource speakers. Vice-Chancellor Luis G. Sison and Director Corazon D. Villareal led the group that conceptualized and managed the event.Click HERE to read the rest of the article.


The University of the Philippines Progressive Responsive Innovative Movement in Engineering (UP PRIME) held “iNNOVATE: Innovation starts with you”, an idea-generation seminar on February 3, 2011 at the Engineering Theatre of the College of Engineering in UP Diliman. 

The seminar aims to inspire and equip the audience of UP Diliman Engineering students to excel in innovation through the inspiring words of various experts. Mr. Brian Quebengco, founder of the industrial design company Inovent Inc., showed the audience that a change in one’s perspective is the key to innovation. Mr. Mark Ruiz, Managing Director of the sari-sari store chain Hapinoy and co-founder of social enterprise Rags2Riches, told the audience that innovation is being able to see beyond what you normally see. H discussed vuja de – the opposite of déjà vu, as the means of seeing things in a different light. Mr. Henry Grageda, the Knowledge Focal Person the World Bank Group in the Philippines, pointed out that innovation is nothing unless it produces value. He also introduced, a collection of open access data of developing countries. Among the data contained in the collection are agriculture development, poverty rate and health status. Mr. Willy Arcilla, marketing and branding expert whose clients include multinational companies such as Procter and Gamble and the San Miguel Corporation, concluded the seminar by discussing the importance of marketing in conjunction with innovation. Mr. Arcilla said marketing is a way of life and a business philosophy and is too important to be left to marketing people. He encouraged the Engineering students to get at least three units of marketing or read books about it.

For more information about the event, please visit the iNNOVATE facebook page at:

By Cedrik Ben A. Gayares

UP ALCHEMES and Nestle Philippines Hold the Research Fair 2011 Finals

The University of the Philippines Academic League of Chemical Engineering Students (UP ALCHEMES), and Nestle Philippines held the Finals of Research Fair 2011 at the Engineering Theatre of the College of Engineering of the University of the Philippines-Diliman (UP Diliman) on January 29, 2011. Research Fair 2011 was the tenth annual Research Fair conducted by UP ALCHEMES.The Research Fair: “Ideas Immortalized: A Decade to Infinity” is a Luzon-wide search for young minds that could provide fresh ideas for the benefit of the Filipino people. The event also aims to guide these future researchers in honing their skills in executing and presenting their research. The fair was a two-day event (January 28-29, 2011) where research teams from the various Luzon-based high schools were trained in idea generation and presentation workshops.On the morning of January 29, 2011, the teams presented their research in a closed-door session before a group of UP Diliman judges. Five of the fifteen teams were able to ascend to the finals.

The finals were held later that afternoon at the Engineering Theatre where the top five teams presented their research to an audience composed of other high school research teams, faculty and students from UP Diliman and representatives of Nestle Philippines. Dr. Evangeline Amor, Dr. Irene Rodriguez of UP Dilliman’s Institute of Chemistry and Mr. Cedrik Ben Gayares of UP Diliman’s Office of the Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development judged the various teams based their project’s goals, originality and significance and the team’s creativity, resourcefulness, and skills in oral presentation.

Rizal High School won first place with the research entitled “Utilization of Calcium Carbonate from Perna viridis and Phosphorus Oxide in the Production of Concrete Blocks”. The Regional Science High School III obtained second place for the research entitled “Plastic Bags, Wood Shavings and Karael (Albizia procera) Bark as Component of Artificial Wood”. Navotas National Highschool got third place with their research entitled “Determination of the Potency of Crude Ethanol Extract of Talisay (Terminalia catappa) Leaf against Vibrio harveyi in prawns compared to standard antibiotics”.

Nestle Philippines showed a presentation “Pursuing a Corporate Career Opportunities with Nestle” to the high school research teams. The presentation aims to show these future scientists and engineers the benefits of working under Nestle, one of the largest food and nutrition companies in the world.

UP ALCHEMES President Camille Rivero formally opens Research Fair 2011.

The first day of RF 2011 involved an exhibit with impromptu discussions with judges about the research works of the students.

Participants took the opportunity to pose in front of the photowall during the second day of RF 2011.

An expert in communications talks about speeches in a scientific context in the Research Workshop.

A closed-door defense.

Workshop participants during an interactive activity. Note the Nestle TVC being played at the back.

The panel of judges for the Finals (from left to right): Mr. Cedrik Ben Gayares, Dr. Irene Rodriguez and Dr. Evangeline Amor.

One of the Final speeches.

Navotas NHS delegates taking questions about their research.

Eula Mae Awa, Keannu Lewis Vidallo and Kaisy May Bual, winners of the RF 2011 from Rizal High School in Pasig.

Maria Moper Dionaleigh Nunez, winner of Best Speech and Best Exhibit. Beside her are Camille Rivero (UP ALCHEMES president) and a representative from Nestle, co-presentor of RF 2011.

Nestle's talk about careers in their company and in the manufacturing sector in general.

By Cedrik Ben Gayares

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