[Full-text] Top FED Graduate and UPOU Class Valedictorian 2020, Mariebelle Balazuela’s Speech

In the face of unprecedented times, we find ourselves having to celebrate our graduation virtually. What could have been one of the most unforgettable events of our lives is now replaced by staring at a computer for a few hours hoping that ZOOM won’t pixelate our blemishes, double chins, and wrinkles; yet as online students,... Continue Reading →

Open Letter to the FED Community

Dear FED Community, When I entered UPOU, my welcome article was an opinion piece from an OU friend, an AA graduate too, published in Cyber Isko—the Official Student Publication of UPOU. It goes like this: “We must remember: it takes but a noisy few to warp the dreams and ideals we hold dear; it takes... Continue Reading →

Bridging the Education Gap: The Relevance of UPOU’s BES Program

Designed to equip education professionals with various competencies, the BES program “also aims to contribute to the enhancement and strengthening of non-formal education and ALS, vocational education and training, and open education and technology-supported learning.” Situated in the context of the Philippine education system, Lexter Mangubat, a graduate of the Bachelor of Education Studies (BES),... Continue Reading →

UPOU’s 1st Virtual Graduation

You are invited to the University of the Philippines Open University’s (UPOU) 24th Commencement Exercises on 05 December 2020, Saturday at 9:00 AM. The 1st Virtual Graduation will carry the theme, “Revolutionizing Disruptions for Excellence and Equity,” consistent with its 25th anniversary theme.  This is very timely considering the disruptions and challenges the world is facing... Continue Reading →

SyenSaya 2020 goes Virtual

The Los Baños Science Community Foundation, Inc. (LBSCFI) invites the public to this year's SyenSaya celebration! The entire event which carries the theme “Agham at Teknolohiya: Sandigan ng Kalusugan, Kabuhayan, Kaayusan, at Kinabukasan” will be held virtually from  2-4 December 2020.  The opening ceremony will be on 2 December 2020 at 9:00 am streamed via  LBSCFI official... Continue Reading →

Kaagapay sa Pag-aaral ng mga Iskolar ng Bayan sa UPOU

COVID-19 continues to put a toll on many Filipinos, not just economically but emotionally and mentally as well. Although UPOU has been offering its courses fully online,  many of its students have also been negatively affected by the pandemic. Among the negative effects are loss of lives, displacement, unemployment, financial vulnerability, separation from family, absence... Continue Reading →

A little help with WFH

WAHM, SAHM – we’ve probably heard of these before. The terms Work-at-home-moms or stay-at-home-moms have been circulating the virtual space for a few years now. Mothers, mostly, are the ones who maintain online jobs to earn while attending to their families. Today, however, forced by circumstances we find everyone staying home while earning.  With the... Continue Reading →

Psychosocial Help for Students in times of ECQ

What has kept us busy at home with the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in effect? Many students who have had their classes suspended find comfort in their smartphones and all its applications, in home makeovers, in gardening, and in doing whatever hobbies (or chores) that help keep them busy. Since online classes are still ongoing... Continue Reading →

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