Melinda Bandalaria

The University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) through the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (OVCAA) holds Research Conversations every Friday at the UPOU Sandbox, Los Baños, Laguna. The forum serves as a venue for research collaboration and discussion among UPOU stakeholders. For this year, starting January 2017, the research conversations have been focusing on the 12 flagship programs of UPOU which can be categorized under four key areas: Teaching, Learning and Research (Saliksik, InnovaTE, FLEx, and @ccessUP); Public Service (Mission RA 10650, openUP, UPOU Connected, and PLAZA); Governance (e-FA 3.0, CARe-UPOU, and TAYO); and Quality Assurance.

Young Jose Maceda

The legacy of National Artist José Monserrat Maceda, composer, scholar, philosopher and humanist, covers a wide breadth of human endeavours, interests and aspirations, with special significance to the musical cultures of the Philippines and Southeast Asia vis a vis the Asian civilization at large, as well as the rest of the world.
To celebrate Jose Maceda’s 100th birth year, the U.P Center for Ethnomusicology launched the Maceda100, a series of special events featuring an international symposium, musical performances of his compositions, exhibits, and research activities scattered throughout the year of 2017 with an official kick-off on January 31, 2017 (his 100th birthday).


The 3rd AsiaEngage Regional Conference was held last 21-23 November 2016 in the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City and was attended by close to 250 participants from all over Southeast Asia. The event is a collaboration of the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia – UKM. Papers presented were chosen based on their relevance to the conference sub-themes which highlight partnerships of universities with government, communities, industries, and civil society.