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UPOU Takes Part in LBSCFI’s 32nd Anniversary Celebration and Super NSTW

Wonderama 2016a

(A standee of Prof. Bagarinao encourages students to be an environmentalist like him.)


The UP Open University joined the Los Baños Science Community Foundation, Inc. (LBSCFI) in the celebration of its 32nd Anniversary, in time with the celebration of the week-long Super National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) on 25-29 July 2016 at the PCAARRD Complex, Los Baños, Laguna.


The weeklong celebration started with the simultaneous opening of the Nationwide NSTW in  the morning of 25 July 2016, at the E. O. Tan Hall of PCAARRD, live streamed from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Central Office in Taguig City.


The anniversary celebration was held in the afternoon of 25 July 2016 at the R.D. Guerrero Room, DOST-PCAARRD Innovative Technology Center (DPITC). LBSCFI also launched its new logo, mission, vision and tagline, and its website, www.lbscfi.org.  Dr. Joane Serrano, Director of the UPOU Information Office and UPOU Multimedia Center attended the anniversary celebration together with Ms. Anna Cañas- Llamas as one of the representative staff of the university in the LBSCFI’s Information Committee.


Wonderama 2016

(Students enjoy playing with Prof. Cantada's Virtual Reality Game on History.)

UP Open University also took part at the annual SyenSaya 2016 with the theme “One Science: One Nation” which was composed of three different activities— Wonderama Exhibit, Techno Forum and the Research and Development (R&D) Awards.  Wonderama is an interactive science learning exhibit that  features science-based research and technological advancements. UPOU showcased the technology used in delivering its courses such as QR codes, virtual reality created by Prof. Roel Cantada used in History courses, augmented reality created by Prof. Reinald Pugoy for the Master of Arts in Nursing program and the video materials produced by students under the Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Studies (BAMS) program. Wonderama ran from 25 July 2016 to 29 July 2016 at the PCAARRD Complex. The exhibit was also participated in by the other member agencies of LBSCFI.


LBSCFI’s Techno Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction Management “Climate Crisis and its Solutions” was held on 26 July 2016 at E.O Tan Hall, PCAARRD Complex which was covered and live streamed by the UPOU Multimedia Center.


LBSCFI Oathtaking 2016

(Dr. Serrano (far right) takes oath as a member of the LBSCFI Board of Trustees,

in behalf of Chancellor Melinda dela Peña Bandalaria. (Photo from PCAARRD) )

During the LBSCFI’s awarding and closing ceremony held on 29 July 2016 at E.O Tan Hall,   winning papers for the R&D Awards were awarded, new special awards were also launched such as the “Youth Science Award” and the “Outstanding Research for  Los Baños Development” and new officers and board of trustees of LBSCFI were inducted. UPOU, with the leadership of Dr. Melinda dela Peña Bandalaria, will serve as one of the Board of Trustees of the organization for the year 2016- 2019. (Criscelle O. Moya-Pobre)