By: Asst. Prof. Fernando P. Florendo 

The University of the Philippines Baguio participated in the 2024 Cordillera Administrative Region Association of State Universities and Colleges (CAR-ASUC) hosted by the Apayao State College from April 29 to May 3, 2024.

HKP Program Coordinator, Asst. Prof. Jessica Talangchey and Asst. Prof. Jennifer Inovero headed the UPB contingent comprised of 34 athletes and 4 coaches who competed in 5 events namely; Badminton Men, Basketball 3×3 Men, Table Tennis Women as well as Volleyball Men and Women.

Despite the relatively small delegation compared to the other state schools, the UPB athletes were able to win 7 bronze medals courtesy of 4 medals from the table tennis women and 3 medals from men’s 3 x 3 basketball.  

The men’s basketball 3×3 coached by Mr. Darwin Delizo finished behind Ifugao State University (IFSU) and Abra State Institute of Science and Technology (ASIST)  but defeated Mountain Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC) and host Apayao State University. Both the Benguet State University (BSU) and Kalinga State University (KSU) were disqualified from fielding players coming from their 5×5 teams in the 3×3 event due to the ground rules of having separate entries for 5×5 from that of the 3×3.

The women’s table tennis team coached by Asst. Prof. Fernando Florendo defeated Mountain Province State Polytechnic College (MPSPC) twice  2-1 in the eliminations and 2-0 in the step ladder semi-finals. They also defeated the host school ASC 2-0  and ASIST 2-1 also in the eliminations. They lost a close 1-2 decision to defending champion BSU and 0-2 to eventual champion IFSU after leading 2-0 in opening singles game. Overall, the women’s table tennis team manage to bag 4 wins,  the most wins for any UPB team since the BBEAL during the 1st semester.

Although not being able to win medals, the men’s badminton and men’s volleyball teams both coached by Mr. Joshua Laureta had impressive performances. The men’s badminton team placed 4th behind BSU, IFSU and ASIST who won 1st , 2nd and 3rd  place respectively. However, they finished ahead of MPSPC, KSU and ASC.  The Men’s Volleyball Team also placed 4th behind BSU, ASIST and ASC but ahead of KSU and MPSPC. They narrowly lost to ASC 25-23, 25-23 after crucial calls which adversely affected the game results. Both events were played using the double elimination format.

The women’s volleyball team coached by Ms. Irish Claire Balay-as lost to 3rd placer IFSU 2-0 in their first game and 2nd placer ASIST 2-0 in their second game in the double elimination women’s volleyball event. Even powerhouse BSU was not able to garner a podium finish in this event dominated by the  host ASC.  

The UP Baguio delegation would like to congratulate the Apayao State College for the successful conduct of the CARASUC meet. They would also like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Kagawad Erwin Ballesteros who assisted in the transportation of the athletes to and from the different far flung venues to their billeting area  The administration of the Luna Central School for their overwhelming hospitality as well as the Municipality of Calanasan for graciously hosting the UPB Delegation with a welcome program with free dinner and breakfast as well as souvenirs for each delegate. 

The College of Science, University of the Philippines Baguio, and the SINSM committee are pleased to announce the 29th Summer Institute in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics which will be held in person for Biology, Mathematics and Computer Science, and Physical Sciences on April 4-6, 2024.
The theme for this year’s SINSM is ”Recalibrating Science and Mathematics Education Instruction through Modern and Flexible Teaching and Research Methods Part 2” which aims to reinforce approaches in pedagogies and research methods to sustain hybrid modes of learning.
Whether you are a secondary or tertiary educator/researcher, this workshop is designed to provide valuable insights and practical knowledge that can be applied in your personal and professional life. We encourage all interested individuals to register for the event and take advantage of this unique opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills.