Except for 2013, the blood drive has been held in April of each year in memory of Haydelle. Emely said that she has received messages telling her that they were excited to donate, that they were asking more of their friends to go with them, that perhaps the one-day event could be extended to two so that more donors could be accommodated.

Since the program started in 2012, the number of donors has been increasing and so has the number of partner organizations. It even encouraged more people to volunteer their services and sponsor items such as food and beverage for blood donors.

As a result, UPOU’s program has been cited by the PRC “for meritorious service rendered in the promotion of Blood Services.” Emely’s way of “paying it forward” doesn’t stop with the blood donation drive. UPOU is entitled to ten percent of its total blood collection, freely given to those in need. When it runs out and there are still indigent patients asking Emely for help, she calls other blood drive organizers to ask for their “free blood.” She also extends assistance to those who need to secure blood from the PRC.

Emely said that while the program was conceived by a mother’s gratitude, it owes a big part of its life to the University.

The University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS) in partnership with the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) launched the Aruga sa Batang may Cancer (ABC) Initiative: A Web-based Pediatric Palliative Care Service Provider in the Philippines on 22 March 2018. The event was held at PCMC in Quezon City with representatives from collaborating agencies such as the Ruth Foundation for Palliative Care and Education and Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD), fellows from PCMC and other guests.

The University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) organized the “Cultivating Accessible and Inclusive Education: Disability Awareness Seminar” on 18 May 2018 at the Audio Visual Room, UPOU Headquarters, Los Banos, Laguna. The seminar is part of @cessUP, one of UPOU’s flagship programs, and part of UPOU’s thrust towards Universal Accessibility.


For more than two decades now, the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) has been playing a pivotal role in widening access to quality education especially to sectors that are not normally reached by the conventional educational system. The UPOU is the pioneer and leading institution in open and distance learning (ODL) in the Philippines and the 5th Constituent Unit (CU) of the University of the Philippines (UP) System.

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 Office of the Legal Aid (OLA) is an institutional unit in charge of the clinical legal education program of the University of the Philippines College of Law. Aside from providing law students with exposure to actual law practice, OLA inculcates in the minds of law students the concepts of public service and social justice by providing free legal services to those who cannot afford it. Many Filipinos find themselves involved in legal disputes requiring legal representation or simply need advice on legal issues but do not have sufficient resources to engage the services of private lawyers. OLA aims to bridge this gap by providing the legal service they need, while also giving its interns learning experience by handling actual cases.