8th GRC highlights research culture in UPV

The 2019 UPV Graduate Research Conference, now on its 8th year, underscores the importance of cultivating a culture of research in the university, which calls for the provision of a supportive context in which research is produced, communicated, and valued in the University. This year, the GRC was held at the Grand Xing Imperial Hotel, Iloilo City with the theme: “Cultivating a Graduate Research Culture for Knowledge and Technology Creation” on October 23, 2019.

Dr. Gisela Padilla-Concepcion, Dr. Marie Antonette Juinio-Meñez and DOT-2 Regional Director Virgilio M. Maguigad were the plenary speakers who disclosed their knowledge and experiences during the discussions.

A professor at the Marine Science Institute in UP Diliman, Dr. Concepcion talked about the Ecological, Biological and Chemical Diversity Leads from Marine and Terrestrial Ecosystems for Drug Discovery and Development. Dr. Meñez, a professor in Biological Sciences in UP Diliman discussed her research on Biology, Sustainable culture and Management of Sea urchins and sea cucumbers. Director IV of the Department of Tourism II, Dir. Maguigad shared his presentation entitled, “Bakit baliw na baliw kayo sa research?”: Pathways on how Philippine society can be more receptive to research.

Simultaneous scientific sessions on Natural Sciences and Fisheries, Educational Innovations, Identities in Institutions, Managament Information Systems, Local Planning and Business Competitiveness and  Management, Social Sciences and Education were conducted during the event. Various poster papers were also presented.

Awards for exemplary oral and poster presentation were given. The panel of judges evaluated the competing entries and came up with the following winners: 



Cluster 1A- Natural Sciences and Fisheries


1st Place

Rizalyn P. Gonzales

2nd Place

Jonalyn Mateo

3rd Place

Dexter G. Balboa

3rd Place

Alexanra Bagarinao-Regalado

Cluster 1B- Natural Sciences and Fisheries


1st Place

Ma. Ramela Angela C. Bermeo

2nd Place

Kaent Immanuel N. Uba

3rd Place

Rey J. dela Calzada

Cluster 1A- Management, Social Sciences, and Education


1st Place

Herman M. Lagon

2nd Place

Helen Grace Concepcion Q. Fernandez

2nd  Place

Herman M. Lagon

3rd Place

Zyreen Lou B. Faramiran

Cluster 1B- Management, Social Sciences, and Education


1st Place

Maria Carmela T. Pullantes

2nd Place

Charles Vincent C. Manarang

3rd Place

Raimer Gel C. Caspillo



Natural Sciences and Fisheries


Best Poster

Venice Marie B. Hulleza

Management, Social Sciences, and Education


Best Poster

Ryan Cyril B. Gancia

Dr. Rolly Fuentes, Vice Chancellor for Research and Extension in his closing remarks acknowledged the presence of the participants as their presence serves as a leading measure of the students’ interests and commitment in pursuing research and higher studies. Dr. Fuentes also expressed his appreciation to the plenary speakers. Furthermore, heprods the participants to continue to be inspired to use research as a bridge in reaching the uncertainties that impede the progress of the Philippines and provide a solution for them all.  

The 2019 Graduate Research Conference was organized by the UP Visayas Graduate Program Office and participated in by graduate students of UP Visayas, faculty members, alumni, and professionals both from UPV  and other universities and colleges. Dr. Rowena Paz Gelvezon was Chair of the 2019 GRC.

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