NU Lady Bulldogs bag historic sixth straight UAAP title

The NU Lady Bulldogs women’s basketball team completed another season sweep defeating UST in their best-of-three finals series, 66-54, last November 23, 2019 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. The Lady Bulldogs also extended their brilliant run into 96 games, making it the longest active winning streak in the history of the UAAP.

Veteran playmaker Monique del Carmen stepped up for the Lady Bulldogs chalking in 15 points, 4 assists, 2 boards and 2 steals while Kaye Pingol tallied 15 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals before she was subbed out of the game due to an apparent right shoulder injury. Del Carmen finished her UAAP career with the Finals MVP plum.

The team dubbed the championship win as “ANIMam” dedicating the crown to graduating team captain Jack Danielle Animam who was not able to suit up in the finals after sustaining an injury on her right eye while playing for the Philippines in New Zealand.

According to the team’s head coach Patrick Aquino, he is happy for the school and the team. “I didn’t imagine we will have six titles in six years with no losses.”, said Coach Pat.

The Lady Bulldogs are set to lose the services of Animam, Del Carmen, Pingol, Samantha Harada, Rhena Itesi and one-and-down player Kelli Hayes who all completed their UAAP playing years.

[Photo: The UAAP]

NU Chorale wins back-to-back championship in Festival Mall’s Awiting kay GLEEng Season 9

National University Chorale once again brought pride to the Nationalian community after successfully bagging the back-to-back title in Awiting kay GLEEng Season 9: Harana last September 21, 2019 at the Festival Mall in Alabang.

The NU Chorale bested nine choir groups in the amateur choral competition that featured community-based and school-based vocal groups from around the metro. Participants in the competition were required to perform a rendition of any OPM song in two rounds. The team composed of twenty members thrilled the audience with their version of “Pangarap Ko Ang Ibigin Ka” and “Kung Ako’y Mag-Aasawa” that made them garner an average score of 91.70%.

According to the group adviser Maria Gailanne Rodriguez, it took them only two weeks to prepare for the event due to the conflict on the students’ schedule.

“Dapat hindi na talaga kami tutuloy, pero napagkasunduan na sige, ilaban na natin. Pero sinabi namin sa mga bata, walang expectations, pero we were hoping kasi target na rin naman before na mag-back-to-back. We were nervous but super happy when we heard na sa announcement that NU won.”, she said.

As grand champions, NU Chorale took home a cash prize amounting to thirty thousand pesos plus a trophy.

MEET: The New College of Dentistry’s Dean Ranny Reyes

The College of Dentistry is set to occupy a new home and it will be spearheaded by a familiar face.

Dean Rannier Reyes, or Dean Ranny, as he prefers to be called, may be the newest dean but he is no neophyte in the field of dentistry. A product of the UP College of Dentistry in 1983, Dean Ranny became a staple in the country’s periodontics industry when he took up post-graduate training and research fellowship in Periodontology in the Royal Dental College in Aarhus, Denmark. He then became the founder of the Philippine Society of Periodontology and served as the president of the organization for 13 years. But one of his passions is to inspire young dentists and dental/oral health practitioners that paved the way for him to become the Dean of the NU College of Dentistry in 2007 where he served for two years.

He was then tapped to be part of the PRC Board of Dentistry in 2010 before he became its chairman in 2015. He left the PRC this year to continue doing what he loves to do, to teach as well as make the NU CDent one of the best in the country.

“When I was a student before, I really wanted to teach in NU. I told my classmates back then in 1983, let us help them [NU] and let us teach them. We were full of idealism back then.”

And now that the CDent is moving to the brand-new NU MOA located in Pasay City, he is positive that it is a way to serve and teach the students better.

“For the students, it is going to be state-of-the-art and it will be manned by better faculty. We will give them the tools to learn, our faculty will have to teach in a manner by which the students can understand us. We promise to train them from day 1 to be a board-passer.” Dean Ranny said.

Dean Ranny is not only a respected Periodontologist, he is also a farmer (he supplies veggies in few restaurants around the metro) and a professional musician for 15 years as he was a member of the 80’s retro-music band 8Track. He also formulated Orahex, the country’s first chlorhexidine-based mouthwash.

Truly, with Dean Ranny onboard, the future is bright not only for the NU CDent’s students but also for the country’s dental industry.

National University co-organizes 15th National Natural Language Processing Symposium


National University, together with Computing Society of the Philippines-Special Interest Group on Natural Language Processing (CSP SIG-NLP) and Bicol University, successfully organized the 15th National Natural Language Processing Symposium (NNLPRS) held last March 8-9, 2019 at the Bicol University, Legazpi City, Albay.

One of the main objectives of NNLPRS is to establish and provide a mechanism for leveraging Natural Language Processing (NLP) research in academic institutions. With its theme, “Indigenous Languages”, the symposium also served as an avenue to discuss the various challenges and opportunities that researchers face in addressing issues and in integrating human language technology to document and process Philippine languages.

The two-day event was graced by more than 100 attendees from Bicol region and other universities in Metro Manila and nearby provinces. Invited to speak in the event were Dr. Tod Allman from the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics and Dr. Robert Roxas of UP Cebu.

Meanwhile, National U’s VP for Academic and Development Research Dr. Rachel Editha Roxas and NU RaIN’s Assistant Director for Research Nathaniel Oco served as board members of CSP SIG-NLP. “As co-organizer, it helps build NU’s academic reputation. In the past years, it has also served as a venue for our research results to be disseminated.” Oco said.

After the successful staging of this year’s symposium, it was announced that the 16th National Natural Language Processing Research Symposium will be hosted by UP Cebu in 2020.

Photo fr: Chicco Sy

National U hosts fourth edition of architectural conference “Haligi”


National University’s College of Architecture successfully hosted another edition of “Haligi” last March 7, 2019 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. Now on its fourth year, Haligi is an annual event hosted by the NU-College of Architecture which features prominent personalities in the field of Architecture, where they talk about current issues, trends and developments in the industry.

This year’s theme, “Roots and Wings: Keeping Your Identity, Sharing Our Destiny” featured five homegrown architects who are successful not just in the Philippines but in the international field.

Invited to speak in the event are SpaceFabrik’s principal architect Ar. Stephanie Joyce Tan-Branqquinho, Budji + Royal Architecture + Design’s Ar. Royal Christopher Pineda who talked about Modern Filipino Architecture and Design, Ar./ENP. Joel Luna who discussed Planning and Design Provocations on 21st Century Urbanism in Metro Manila, Visionarch’s Ar. Daniel Terence Yu who tackled Life Centric Architecture and Roy Salazar Mendoza who shared his thoughts on the topic Identity, Influence and Impact.

According to College of Architecture dean Ar. Chona Ponce, this is the first time the event was opened not just to Architecture students from other schools but also to practicing professionals to help them earn CPD points. They are also happy with the turnout with more than 800 participants attending the one-day event. “Of all the Haligi events, we believe this is the best because the speakers are all homegrown, plus the reception of the attendees was really warm, they were actively participating in the discussion.” Dean Chona said.

Fifth year NU Architecture student Ren Quimson also shared that he felt inspired after listening to the talks. “Haligi taught us about widening our concepts. As an Architecture student, this also gave us ideas for our upcoming projects, and someday when I become an architect, I can apply what I learned in our field.”

Aside from the talks, this year’s event also featured a special tribute to 2018 National Artist for Architecture Francisco “Bobby” Mañosa who passed away last February 20.


Photo from: UAPSA NU

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