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Steering Committee Meeting Report No. 3

February 29, 2008

by Ann Mariano

To recap, the UP Ibalon has had the following meetings:

1. Feb. 2, 2008 – Reunion Dr. Eden Borja Fernando’s residence
2. Feb. 9, 2008 – Steering Committee Meet No. 1 – Little Asia
3. Feb. 23, 2008 -Steering Committee Meet No. 2 – Max’s Restaurant
4. Feb. 27, 2008 -Steering Committee Meet No. 3 – Kopi Roti


1. I gave a report on my friend James Jaucian’s planned 2-week live-
in intensive UPCAT Review in Libmanan. It is a project of the
Municipality of Libmanan Local School Board in cooperation with UPLB
Ugnayang Pahinguhod. It is entitled Academic Enhancement and Youth
Leadership Training because UP faculty are not allowed to conduct
review. The Top 2 of 14 schools in Libmanan will be the target
participants. UP Ugnayan will send 6 trainors and they will shoulder
per diem/honorarium. On the other hand, Libmanan will shoulder the
food, accommodation and trasportation of trainors. They will be
housed in the Bicol Central Academy.

2. Butch said that it will be better for us to develop our own
model/project rather than join with Libmanan or MEMORECALL. He
promised to shoulder also the food, accommodation and transportation
of reviewers if we have.

3 Mighty has been tasked to coordinate with UP Diliman Pahinguhod if
they would be willing to conduct a “review” in Naga City this summer.
Mighty has promised to get back to the Committee in one week if this
is indeed possible.

4. We are pressed for time considering that the school year is about
to end by March 15 or 20. This gives us only a week to conduct an
information campaign/send out invitations, if ever, to different
schools for a summer review class. Target is May 2008 for the

5. We will open it up to 3rd year students of public schools in Naga,
Iriga and neigboring municipalities.

6. It can just be a simple advisory, giving of materials, pointers in
application. All this will be decided after we get word from Mighty.

Addendum: Steering Committee Meeting Update

February 24, 2008

Not anymore included in Ann’s update:
1) Availability of P5000 donation, to be deposited by Totie Mesia to one of our bank accounts (Thanks, Totie!);
2) Next meeting, Feb 27, Rose Bernardo-Nayve will bring her Wi-Fi capable laptop, so anyone can participate in a video conferencing. (Attention all interested alumni, YM or Skype, take your pick.);
3) Next meeting, Dulce Bernardo will bring her Bayantel Span unit. (So, stand-by, Mighty and others who have Bayantel Span subscription: We will call you).

-Blog Admin

Update on the Steering Committee Meeting

February 24, 2008

by Annaliza Mariano

(Feb. 23, 2008 7:30 P.M. at Max’s Restaurant, Avenue Square, Magsaysay Ave., Naga City)

The Steering Committee composed of Butch Robredo, Ann Mariano, Rose
Bernardo-Nayve and Andy Gimpaya met together with Nene Badiola-Lopo
and Dulce Bernardo. The following were discussed:

1. The Back to School or Balik Eskwela proposed project where we will
distribute school supplies this June to incoming students of a
particular barangay, Butch said that we can do this anytime.

2. Medical/Dental Mission was also proposed in the Feb. 9 meet at
Little Asia, this can also be done anytime by the doctors/dentists in
the org.

3. Another project proposed last Feb. 9 was How to get more Bicolano
students into UP was discussed. HOW TO GET INTO UP proposal can be a long-term, recurring project that the group can undertake. As UP
graduates, this project is in the area of education and can foster
academic excellence. It is in an area of our commonality, experience
and expertise. Moreover, it is something that bears the UP stamp.

4. A resource speaker was invited, Clarine Palomares-Tobias, UP BS
Tourism 1990. She heads MEMORECALL, a study center at Ateneo Ave.,
Naga City which also offers UPCAT Review among others. She gave the
group a situationer. Among the things she shared are:

5. There is a lack of awareness of UPCAT. Students do not know that
there is even an UPCAT, nor the deadline for filing of application
form (June), exam date (August 5),applic. form fee (P250 or P500). In
short, very few students from Bicol get into UP because they don’t
even know it exists.

6. Students need help in filling up application form. Tips on what
course to choose as options, that quota courses as a rule have to be
avoided, and other insider tips are not known thus decreasing the
chances of ever getting into the UP system.

7. MEMORECALL offers UPCAT review for P4,500 per student. it consists
of 25 meetings or 100 hours of review. Review starts in April. Clarine
said that she can offer a group discount for UP Ibalon if and when we
do decide to undertake this project which can include sponsorship of
review classes for indigents.

8. Among the weaknesses noted in high school students is the lack of
reading comprehension. We are poor in English.

9. Math review classes include Algebra and Trigonometry. Dulce
Bernardo is now a tutor for MATH at Memorecall.

10. After UPCAT, many who do not make it to their first choices do not
know how to get in through other means like transfer, varsity, etc.

11. Many also do not know how to survive the UP Culture/Way of Life.
This can be another topic for discussion/lecture.

12. We can endorse students we choose to the care of UP Ibalon in
campus once they enter UP.

13. We can provide application forms, scholarships/ financial
assistance to those students who come from rural areas.

14. Ann Mariano will talk with a friend from Libmanan who is
undertaking a 2-week intensive review for 4th year students in
cooperation with Pahinguhod (UP Extension services) to find out the
model he is using and where we can enter,improve, etc.

15. We will try to come up with our business model that will use the
resources we have at hand and that we can hopefully replicate.

16. At least 3 areas were identified where we can be of assistance:
information campaign, application process and tutorials/review.

18. We can start this March for the information campaign before
schools close, review classes in April, help file application in June,
prepare for exam in August.

19. Next meeting is scheduled on Wednesday, Feb.27, 2008 7 pm at Kopi
Roti, Magsaysay Ave, Naga City. Everyone interested is invited.

For comments, please cite item number for easy facilitation.

– Annaliza Mariano

UP Ibalon Bicol Interim Officers Meet Anew

February 24, 2008

The UP Ibalon Bicol Interim Officers Meeting pushed through successfully at Max’s Restaurant, Avenue Square, Magsaysay Ave., Naga City, Feb. 23, 2008. The full transcript shall be available shortly after this post courtesy of Naning Mariano. Meanwhile, take a peek at the beautiful faces in that meeting here. Next meeting shall be on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008.

For your easy access, we also include here the links to the videos of the UP IBalon alumni reunion at Eden Borja-Fernando’s residence last Feb. 2, 2008.

UP Ibalon Alumni Reunion Part 1
UP Ibalon Alumni Reunion Part 2
UP Ibalon Alumni Reunion Part 3
UP Ibalon Alumni Reunion Part 4
UP Ibalon Alumni Reunion Part 5
UP Ibalon Alumni Reunion Part 6
UP Ibalon Alumni Reunion Part 7

-Blog Admin

UP Ibalon Alumni Elect Interim Officers, to adopt a barangay

February 20, 2008

by Jun Olin

The UP Ibalon Alumni elected interim officers last Feb.9, 2008 during a meeting held at Little Asia. Named president was Butch Robredo, vice-president, Ana Mariano, secretary, Jaze Morillo,treasurer, Balot Bernardo-Nayve,Webe Monitor-Facilitator, Sieglinde Bulaong, Liaison, Jun Olin.

The initial plan of the group focuses on updating the membership directory and adopting a barangay in which socio-civic projects will be conducted this coming June for the Back-to-School Assistance Project, September Medical and Dental Mission, December Gift-giving.

As of today the group has opened several bank accounts into which kind-hearted and civic-minded members may channel their donations:

First Naga Bank- 01-01595
(The account name in the following bank is First Naga Bank)

Bank of the Philippine Islands- S.A. 8863048932

RCBC- 1390124550

Land Bank of the Philippines- 0040041297026

Metrobank and Trust Company-4183418104849

Note: For wider dissemination, we reproduce in this blog this press release by Liaison Officer Jun Olin, originally posted as e-group e-mail.

– Blog Admin