The University of the Philippines Baguio Cordillera Studies Center will host the first Ibaloy Studies Conference on April 24-25, 2015 at the UPB College of Social Sciences audio-visual room.

            Convenors said this conference will gather together scholars doing surveys in the field of Ibaloy culture.  They added the conference will provide a venue for academic discourses on the subject matter, thus the theme “Surfacing Ibaloy Knowledge.”

            Conference convenors include UPB-CSC research affiliate Dr. Ma. Carmen Domingo-Kirk and

Dr. Jimmy B. Fong, chair of the Department of Communication at the UPB College of Arts and Communication. 

Dr. Fong is a foremost exponent of Ibaloy studies whose published works include studies in the production of popular culture in the Philippine Cordillera using materials written in the Ibaloy language.

            Dr. Domingo-Kirk of the University of San Francisco and the University of California in Berkeley said the importance of the conference lies in the endeavor to understand and situate the role of the Ibaloy in Cordillera history.

            She added that this being the first time that a conference of this nature is convened, she hopes that this would be a platform for scholars to make an assessment of the status of Ibaloy scholarship.

            National Artist of the Philippines for Music Dr. Ramon Pagayon Santos has been invited to be the conference keynote speaker.  Dr. Santos is currently the executive director of the UP Center of Ethnomusicology as well as president of the Musicological Society of the Philippines. He was also former dean of the College of Music at UP Diliman.

            Members of the conference advisory committee include Igorota Foundation co-founder and current head  Rosella Camte-Bahni and Ibaloy entrepreneurs Armand Voltaire Cating and Ninj Djohnson-Sabado. (ROLAND RABANG)

The University of the Philippines Baguio Committee on Culture and the Arts invites the public to participate in its Summer Arts Program to start on April 11, 2015.


                The workshop would be held every Saturday starting April 11 then succeeding Saturdays thereafter up to May 16.  Morning and afternoon workshops would be held.  Morning workshops start at 8:30 while afternoon sessions start at 1:30. Workshop venues are at designated areas in UP Baguio.


                This year’s program offers thirteen areas in the arts.  Morning sessions include theater play (ages 5 – 7), oil and pastel painting (ages 9-12), basic caricature and character design (ages 12 and up), music theater (ages 7-16), street and community theater (ages 13 and up), basic broadcasting (ages 10-12) and photojournalism (ages 10-13).


                Afternoon sessions include acrylic painting (ages 8-12), advance drawing techniques (ages as and up), animation (ages 12 and up), song composition (ages 13 and up), elementary journalism (ages 10-13), and basic video documentary (ages 13 and up).


                Registration fee of P2,000 covers basic workshop kit and certificate of attendance.  Materials needed for the sessions including cost of workshop output (such as printing of photographs), however, would be shouldered by the participants.


                A ten percent discount would be granted for early registration up to the day before the workshop.  However, a workshop on Cordillera dances is offered free of charge for participants with ages 7 to 16, the workshop organizers said.


                Interested parties may call 442-3888, 444-8393, 444-8719 or 09175060080 for inquiries and reservation, or visit online, or Parties may also inquire via email at .  (ROLAND RABANG)

The University of the Philippines Baguio Residence Hall (UPBREHA) is now accepting reservations for SUMMER AY 2014-2015 and FIRST SEMESTER AY 2015-2016. Interested applicants must accomplish the Application Form which must be submitted together with other requirements before 24 April 2015. These can be submitted through the following options:

Option 1: Hand-delivered to residence hall office.

Option 2: Send through courier at this address:

Ladies Residence Hall

University of the Philippines Baguio

Governor Pack Road

2600 Baguio City

Telefax: (074)-442-6178

Option 3: Email scanned copy of the application forms and complete requirements to: 

For further inquiries you may contact us thru the following:

1.    Telephone : (074)-442-6178

2.    Email Address:

Click the link to download the Checklist Form and Application Form

Positioning UP Baguio as a Leader in Indigenous Studies, Sustainability Science and Governance in the Cordillera/Northern Luzon and beyond

Dr. Raymundo D. Rovillos


We must affirm the vision that we stated three years ago and persist in realizing the vision. 

We began with the “first principles,” the mission and role of the modern University.  We regarded UP, being the premier State University, as a major site for the production and advancement of knowledge through research, and the diffusion of such knowledge through teaching and publishing, including the application of such knowledge for the betterment of society through extension.  The 2008 UP Charter emphasizes the idea and ideal of UP as a research university.  In synchrony with this vision for the UP System as a whole, we at UP Baguio intend to make this aspiration to research university status a strategic direction for UPB to take.

We shall continue to nurture the vision of our founding “father,” Dr. Vicente G. Sinco, the past UP president who was instrumental to the establishment of UPB in the early 1960s.  He said that an Arts and Science-based University must aim toward an integrative education that allows its graduates to perform “not just one kind of job, but any kind of job,” as well as to prepare them for graduate education or professional training.  We now hazard to add that we must aspire to produce leaders, empowered by a modern, secular, and liberal education—and equipped with critical minds by it—who are prepared to imagine a more just and humane society, and to participate productively in its transformation.

UP Baguio’s unique contribution to regional and national development is in the integral and complimentary field of liberal education in the arts and sciences.  We hone our students into the rigor and vigor of the traditions of the disciplines in the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences and mathematics.  At the same time, regardless of disciplinal training, we acknowledge the centrality of the power of the critical and trained mind both as an intellectual and as a social force. Such a power, according to education Philosopher John Henry Newman: “Is the result of a scientific formation of mind; it is an acquired faculty of judgment, of clear-sightedness, of sagacity, of wisdom, of philosophical reach of mind, and of intellectual self-possession and repose, acquired by discipline and habit.” (quoted in Pelikan, 1992). We also agree that “the most valuable of all natural resources, particularly at a time when all natural resources are under threat, is critical intelligence; and the most important of all national products, particularly at a time when all production has become problematic, is trained intelligence.” (Pelikan, 1992). 

Liberal education in the arts and sciences also provides the intellectual and social context for the professional and technical trainings.  Indeed, to a large extent,  “liberal education lays the ground and seals the promise of a better future.”  (Pelikan, 1992). 

The foregoing general philosophy of higher education informs and shapes our vision for UP Baguio.

UP Baguio's strategic vision is to be “a premier arts and sciences constituent unit of UP, making a crucial contribution to Cordillera and National Development anchored on Academic and Operational Excellence” [UP Baguio Strategic Planning Workshop Proceedings, 2012).  This specifically means UP Baguio becoming the lead institution in indigenous/ethnicity studies, sustainable development and governance in the Cordillera/Northern Luzon region and beyond (Philippines and ASEAN).   This will also include the emerging niche in the Computational Sciences.



Our accomplishments over the past three years have proven that  indeed, UP Baguio can scale greater heights!  Through our collaborative efforts and team-work, we have been able to do the following:  1) revitalized the Cordillera Studies Center; 2) established the Knowledge and Training Resource Center for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction (KTRC); 3) expanded the Cordillera and Northern Luzon Historical Archives; 4) instituted the Graduate Program Office (GPO); 5) reinvigorated the Culture and Arts Program of UP Baguio; 6)  institutionalized a “UP Baguio Green Campus Policy”;  7) forged stronger links with Baguio City and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) through pro-active and effective public service and community extension; 8) improved the welfare (health and wellness) of faculty, REPS, administrative staff and students through various programs and projects;  9) improved Governance- one that is participatory, inclusive, transparent and responsive management even a we persevere to be more efficient and effective.   We must also commend and celebrate the individual achievements of our colleagues (faculty and REPS) who contributed to the increased trajectory of refereed, ISI, SCOPUS-indexed and IPA publications as well as improved teaching performance and effective extension work/public service.



Much remains to be done in order to bring UP Baguio closer to its vision.  These are the following tasks that need to be completed:

1.      Institute innovative academic programs that will reinforce and securely position UP Baguio’s niche/s in Indigenous Studies and Sustainability Science:

a.       complete the institution and start the implementation of the Master of Science in Conservation and Restoration Biology (MS CaRE);

b.      complete the curriculum improvements/innovations in the various academic programs (e.g. MA in Physics and PhD in Mathematics, etc.);

c.       propose a graduate program on Indigenous Studies;

d.      revise current BA/BS programs in view of K-12 and ASEAN integration.

2.      Sustain and enhance the culture of research and innovation towards a research-intensive University by:

a.       maintaining, consolidating and expanding the established research centers and facilities (Cordillera Studies Center, KTRC, Cordillera/Northern Luzon Historical Collection and Archives,  College of Science Laboratories);

b.       increasing/enhancing the incentives for research and publication productivity and for research dissemination through participation in national and international academic conferences.

3.  Regularize and internationalize the official journal of UPB, The Cordillera Review.

4.      Complete the ongoing infrastructure projects, specifically the:

a.       Museo Kordilyera (Cordillera Ethnographic Museum);                      

b.      Agham Laboratories;

c.       CAC Theatre;

d.      HKP Gymnasium;

e.       Renovation of Bulwagang Juan Luna (part of UPB Cultural Hub);

f.        Balay International (International Guest House) and

g.       Green Infrastructure projects in UPB Campus.

5.  Continue to improve the well-being of faculty, REPS, administrative staff and students through policy reforms/enhancements and implementation of people-centered programs and projects  (e.g. day-care center, physical and spiritual fitness programs, health benefits, etc).



As we address the gaps and finish the projects that were initiated during the past three years, we shall also dedicate the next three years towards consolidating the gains and bestowing a legacy for our beloved UP Baguio.  This (legacy) is a UP Baguio community that is excellent in academics, especially in the fields of Indigenous Studies, Sustainability Science (including Computational Sciences) and Governance; socially-engaged through meaningful and effective public service/community extension and empowered to participate substantially in University governance.  Most importantly, we want to see a UP Baguio community that is in an ever-increasing state of well-being and happiness.


We are building such a legacy NOW.

U.P. Baguio is now accepting applications for vacant units at the UP Baguio Walk-up Housing:


Max. No. of Occupants

Rate per month*


Studio 12 (medium studio)


P 2,700.00


Studio 16 (medium studio)


P 2,700.00


Apartment F


P 6,500.00


Apartment A


P 6,500.00

Will be available by April 1, 2015

* Exclusive of utilities (water & electric)

**  Application forms are available at the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration.   

Interested full time employees including substitutes, temporary and contractuals  may submit their application form together with their letter of intent at the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration on or before March 13, 2015.

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