UE Graduate School Pioneers PhD Multidisciplinary Metropolitan Studies


The University of the East Graduate School will launch a new academic program, Doctor of Philosophy in Multidisciplinary Metropolitan Studies (PhD MMS), in the first semester of school year 2017-2018.

This pioneering program in the U-Belt and metropolitan communities in the country draws its theoretical framework and research methods (historiography, ethnography, phenomenology and quantitative) from various social science disciplines applied to historical, cultural, educational, societal and political phenomena.

It is an advanced study in the social sciences that will: (1) generate knowledge on metropolitan phenomena with implications for metropolitan and national development and (2) promote comparison of human experiences across societies/cultures for global understanding. With a certain degree of flexibility, the program is a means to enrich and align the disciplinary orientation of the graduate students on program with the academic disciplines that they teach and pursue in the social sciences.

Through comparison of human experiences across metropolitan societies in the Philippines, Asia and other parts of the world, this multidisciplinary study is to be taught by highly trained faculty members with specialized training in the following disciplines: History, Applied Anthropology and Political Science—and hailing from prestigious universities in the country and abroad.

The 52-unit program is divided as follows: 15 core, 12 research, 13 major and 12 dissertation units, and a comprehensive examination.

Admission requirements include the following: 1) passing the UE Graduate School entrance examination, 2) preferably an undergraduate and a holder of a master’s degree in the social sciences or related fields, 3) and passing the interview.

Inquiries can be made by phone at 735-5471 local 358 (Tuesdays to Saturdays, within 9 a.m. to 12 noon or within 1 to 6 p.m.) or email to atpaalajr@gmail.com

Thank you and we hope to welcome you to UE, PhD Warriors!

The UE President’s Christmas Message 2016 By Dr. Ester A. Garcia


In November of this year, the University prepared its third five-year Strategic Plan (2017-2022), since I joined UE in early 2016. As part of the planning process I also prepared a 10-year (2006-2016) overview of our achievements during the period. I am happy to tell you that, in general, it was a very positive report. Together, we have achieved much to improve the University and I wish to take this occasion to thank all of you: faculty, staff, students, alumni, academic and administrative officers, and the Board of Trustees of the University. As I said in my investiture speech, for UE to succeed we must help each other, “…no President or strategic plan, no matter how good, will result in an excellent University. It is you who will make it happen. And I am confident that you will make it happen.” And you did!

In 2007 we had three accredited programs, all level II and all in UE Manila. Now there are 48 accredited programs: 33 in Manila and 15 in Caloocan, two of which are level IV, with another one just waiting for the results of the visit made recently. Only 10 programs are not accredited, five of which are new and one has no accreditation process in place. The other four do not meet the requirements. Because of the high percentage of accredited programs, our autonomous status has been extended to 2019 and the UE College of Computer Studies and Systems has been upgraded from Center of Development to Center of Excellence. Our next challenge is meeting the upgraded standards of CHED to continue to merit our autonomy.

This year we started the implementation of the most ambitious education reform undertaken by government since our independence, the K to 12 Reform Program. We have 5,000 UE students in Grade 11 who will continue to Grade 12 and expect another new batch of 5,000, maybe even more, in 2017. We are busy preparing our infrastructure and other resources to accommodate the expected increase of SHS students next year, although there will be a corresponding decline in tertiary level students with much fewer freshmen and sophomores. Although the number of students overall will not decline, the revenue will decrease dramatically because of the much lower tuition fee at the basic education level compared to the tertiary level.

Quality improvements, attractive degree programs, infrastructure development and aggressive marketing efforts have all paid off in the continuing increased enrollment in the University, up to 59,920 in AY 2015-2016 from 37,411 in 2006-2007. The students continue to bring honor to the University through their achievements in their academic, cultural and sports-related activities. This year three of our students got 1st and 2nd prizes in the Petron and Shell National Arts Competitions and the IPA Digital Painting Photography Competition in New York. We had three topnotchers in the Dentistry Board examination, two in the CPA, five in the Engineering Boards and one in the Librarian’s Board. Most of our programs now show higher than national passing percentages in the boards and some are 100% (Dentistry and Mechanical Engineering of UE Manila). I want to thank our faculty, staff and, of course, the students for their achievements.


The UE community (faculty, staff, students and alumni) continue to receive awards and accolades for their continuing commitment to serve our countrymen in various endeavors, such as Brigada Eskwela, feeding programs, computer training for teachers, students and out-of-school youth, dental and medical missions, blood donation, environmental awareness, clean-up drives, disaster preparedness, disaster relief operations and similar activities in community service and extension. The extension and community activities have helped UE in its marketing efforts for SHS. The high schools and communities we have helped through these activities recognize the caring and nurturing characteristics of UE and want to entrust their children to us.

Research and publications by our faculty and students are the hallmarks of an excellent university. I am pleased to report that there is a continuing increase in the finished research projects, papers published and paper presentations here and abroad, not only by faculty members but also by students. Our faculty members are given incentives for publications and some financial support to enable them to present in international and national conferences.

Our international agreements continue to flourish and have proved to be very beneficial to the University. Some of our faculty members have gone for advanced studies in their campuses, mostly for free and some with partial support from CHED and UE. One faculty member who availed of such support just finished his Ph.D. Our students have been accommodated for their on-the-job training, often with allowances from our counterparts. They continue to send their students for language training in UE, which gave extra income to the University and the faculty. Soka University (Japan), on the other hand, sent two of its students as exchange scholars to UE this year. Our College of Education continues to partner with UNESCO in preparing multimedia instructional materials and training teachers in the use of these materials.

The alumni continue to be a source of inspiration and support to UE. They share their expertise and experiences with our students as our speakers in various fora, and some serve as commencement speakers and members of thesis defense panels. They continue to support us with scholarship funds. The Beta Epsilon fraternity and the Hiyas ng Silangan sorority, both accounting honors societies, celebrated their 50th anniversary this year, highlighted by the launching of a coffeetable book with their individual stories.

As you all know, we had a tragedy this year, with the fire in early April gutting the UE Manila CAS building and parts of the Chapel and the College of Engineering (CEng’g) building. We decided to completely tear down the Chapel and the Engineering building and build an eight-story building (with the possibility of extending to 10 stories) which will house CAS, CEng’g, CCSS, the College of Education and the Chapel. The building now occupied by the College of Education will continue to house the Science and HRM laboratories while serving the additional SHS students. In addition, we will add to the current six stories of the Tan Yan Kee Academic Building in UE Caloocan to house the increasing number of students, including the incoming SHS students, while we continue to prepare the plans for UE Laguna. The new constructions in the Manila and Caloocan campuses will proceed alongside the already ongoing retrofitting of the Dalupan Building.

This year, we celebrated the 70th anniversary of the University with a variety of academic and cultural activities highlighting the many achievements of the University over the years. I wish to again thank everyone for a job well done.

May the good Lord continue to bless all of us and our beloved University. I wish all of you a blessed Christmas and a peaceful year ahead. My special greetings go to our non-Christian brothers and sisters and their families during this holiday season.

UE Student Wins as 2nd Most Outstanding Civil Engineering Student

The photo shows Christian Oliver C. Sumugat flanked by PICE National Director and Student Chapter Affairs Committee Chairman Engr. Guillermo C. Suñega Jr. and a MOCES committee member.

The photo shows Christian Oliver C. Sumugat flanked by PICE National Director and Student Chapter Affairs Committee Chairman Engr. Guillermo C. Suñega Jr. and a MOCES committee member.

Christian Oliver C. Sumugat, a fifth-year BS Civil Engineering student of the UE College of Engineering-Caloocan, was awarded as the 2nd Most Outstanding Civil Engineering Student (MOCES) of 2016 last November 17, at the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers’ (PICE) 42nd National Convention at the SMX Convention Center of the SM Lanang Premier in Davao City.

From 187 student chapters all over the country, Mr. Sumugat of UE CEng’g Caloocan was among the top five students who were interviewed by the MOCES 2016 committee in Davao. The others were students of Cebu Institute of Technology, Southern Luzon State University, University of St. Lasalette Inc. and National University.

PICE bestows the Most Outstanding Civil Engineering Student Award to an outstanding student member of PICE belonging to an accredited active student chapter. This annual award is given by the organization under the auspices of the PICE National Student Chapter Affairs Committee, which created the MOCES 2016 Committee, in coordination with the 97 PICE Chapters, the 187 student chapters and the respective Deans or Chairs of the Civil Engineering Departments of the schools, colleges and universities where there is an accredited PICE Student Chapter.

This is the first time that UE CEng’g Caloocan student became one of the finalists of the Most Outstanding Civil Engineering student award.

Joining Mr. Sumugat as part of the UE CEng’g Caloocan delegation in the National Convention are UE BS Civil Engineering students Ellanis Laine Blas, James Harvey Castro, Leonel Catalon, Donita Rose Cruz, Steven Aldrin De Fiesta, Jianne Nicole Duque, Armand Lyndon Edrada, Jhunar Escalante, Kenneth Bryan Ladignon and Mhico Adrianne Villafranca. They also joined the 9th Rube Goldberg Design Competition and 24th Bridge-Building Competition that coincided with the Convention.

The UE CEn’gg Caloocan group was accompanied by the College’s Civil Engineering faculty members, headed by CE Department Chair Engr. Mannie D. Demdam, UE ACES faculty adviser Engr. Eduardo B. Leron, Jr., Dr. Josephine Limeta and Engr. John Rei Gomez.

Congratulations, Outstanding Engineering Warrior!

New UE CFAD Graduate among Vision Petron’s 2016 Grand Prize Winners!


Congratulations to John Nikko S. Pelaez. who has just graduated from the UE College of Fine Arts, Architecture and Design this December, for being a Grand Prize winner in this year’s Vision Petron National Student Art Competition!

Mr. Pelaez, who earned his Bachelor Fine Arts, major in Advertising Arts, degree from the University last December 8, 2016, was among the Grand Prize in not just one but two categories: He was recognized in the Painting (Oil/Acrylic) Category for his work “Nena and Nature,” and in the T-Shirt Art Design Category for his “I See Leaf and I See Life.”

As a UE student, Mr. Pelaez was nominated as Best Director, for his film Balik Loob, in the Twenty Quatro Guerilla Filmmaking Competition of CineSB6, De La Salle-College of St. Benilde’s independent film festival last July. Balik Loob also won the Audience Choice award in the same film festival.

Vision Petron is an exhibition and competition for young artists, photographers, painters and designers, for “all Filipinos to converge and be one through their shared love for Philippine art and culture.”

Kudos, Warrior Artist!

(Artwork images are as seen in http://www.visionpetron.com/)

UE CEng’g Students Win Big in Synergy EE and ECE Summit!

The photo here shows, from left, Arthur Dauag, Paul John Ronald Manapat, Michael Sta Maria and Erldrine Mangawang.

The photo here shows, from left, Arthur Dauag, Paul John Ronald Manapat, Michael Sta Maria and Erldrine Mangawang.

Students of the UE College of Engineering-Caloocan were recognized and awarded in competitions conducted within the 2016 edition of “Synergy: Electrical and Electronics Engineering Summit” held from November 8 to 11, 2016, in UP Diliman.

The group of UE Computer Engineering students Paul John Ronald Manapat, Arthur Dauag, Michael Sta. Maria and Eldrine Mangawang won First Place in the Revolutionary Robotics competition, while UE Electronics Engineering students Gerald Rick Angeles, Rochelle Martin, Jazmyn Marriane Mendoza and Gino Antonio Nicolas won Second Place in the same competition.

Ingenious Ideas Second Runners-Up (from left): Mary Jean Eunice Castor, Rochelle Martin, Marvie Marie Aurellana, Gian Carlo Diaz and Jasmin Baron

Ingenious Ideas Second Runners-Up (from left): Mary Jean Eunice Castor, Rochelle Martin, Marvie Marie Aurellana, Gian Carlo Diaz and Jasmin Baron

The team of UE BS ECE Students Arbyn Acosta, Mitchie Adanza, Chadbert Nikko Aquino and Christopher John Mata got Second Place in the Ingenious Ideas competition, with the group of fellow UE ECE students Rochelle Martin, Mary Jean Eunice Castor, Gian Carlo Diaz, Jasmin Baron and Marvie Marie Aurellana winning Third Place.

Revolutionary Robotics First Runners-Up (from left): Gino Antonio Nicolas, Rochelle Martin, Jazmyn Marriane Mendoza, Gerald Rick Angeles

Revolutionary Robotics First Runners-Up (from left): Gino Antonio Nicolas, Rochelle Martin, Jazmyn Marriane Mendoza, Gerald Rick Angeles

Acting as the groups’ mentors were Engr. Alexis John Rubio, Engr. Nelson Rodelas, Engr. Mark Anthony Aseoche, Engr. Francis Gubangco, Engr. Joan Lazaro, Engr. Regie David, Engr. Ronnel Agulto and Dr. Paraluman Sim.

 Ingenious Ideas First Runners-Up (from left): Arbyn Acosta, Chadbert Nikko Aquino, Mitchie Adanza, Christopher John Mata

Ingenious Ideas First Runners-Up (from left): Arbyn Acosta, Chadbert Nikko Aquino, Mitchie Adanza, Christopher John Mata

Congratulations, UE Caloocan Warrior Engineering students!

Congratulations to UE’s 2016 candidates for midyear commencement!


The latest batch of graduating UE students, including 1st Semester, SY 2016-2017 candidates for graduation and Summer 2016 graduates, will have their graduation at UE’s 18th Midyear Commencement Rite this Thursday, December 8, 2016, 12:30 p.m., at the Plenary Hall of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) at the CCP Complex in Pasay City.

This momentous event can be viewed online via http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ue-lualhati this Thursday afternoon!

Seen here is a full-color of the “red and white” print ad to be published in this Thursday’s respective issues of the Philippine Daily Inquirer and The Philippine Star. The ad features UE alumna and commencement speaker Patricia N. Arches and the Latin honor recipients among UE’s latest graduates.

Ms. Arches, whom UE had recognized as among the 2006 UE Diamond Jubilee Achiever-Awardees in Business Management, is a Summa Cum Laude graduate and Class Valedictorian of the UE College of Business Administration-Manila, from which she earned her BSBA Accounting degree in 1974. She had been a certified public accountant since topping the 1974 CPA licensure exam. She later earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration, with specialized studies in corporate finance and strategic planning, in 1978 from Stanford University.

Ms. Arches rose to prominence in the advertising and marketing communications industry as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of McCann WorldGroup Philippines, steering the company as a business conglomerate highly capable of providing clients with wide-ranging services in integrated marketing communications solutions. Under Ms. Arches’ leadership, the company received five citations—Best in Management of Business, Market Performance, Media as well as Community and Industry Leadership—and was named Agency of the Year by 4As (Association of Accredited Advertising Agencies).

Ms. Arches later on took the role as Vice-Chairman and President of Operation Smile Philippines, the local arm of the international foundation based in Norfolk, Virginia, USA, that gives free reconstructive surgery to children born with a cleft lip or palate. She continues to share her management expertise and marketing experience to help raise funds and awareness for Operation Smile Philippines as a member of its Board of Advisers.

The UE graduates taking part in this latest UE commencement rite represent the UE Graduate School, the UE Manila Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CAS), Business Administration (CBA), Computer Studies and Systems, Dentistry, Education, and Engineering (CEng’g) and UE Caloocan’s CAS, CBA and CEng’g, and the UE College of Fine Arts, Architecture and Design.

Congratulations, Warrior Graduates!

Tips on How to Study and Learn Better

Students of both UE campuses: On behalf of UE President Ester Garcia, this is to share with you a piece on how to study, and learn, better courtesy of Dr. Danton Remoto, as published in his “Lodestar” column in The Philippine Star earlier this month: http://www.philstar.com/…/…/11/05/1640643/ready-2nd-semester

We hope you take these tips to heart, to help you make the most of your studies now and in the future, Warriors Students!

UE Red Warriors Women’s Judo Team, 1st Runner-up in UAAP 79 Judo Tournament!

The photo here shows the UE Red Warriors Women's Judo Team's, from left, Bianca Mae Estrella, Patricia Nicole Rosario, Sandra Faye Samson, Regine Paula Laudiño, Ma. Jeanalane Lopez, Claudine Nargatan, Shaira Deane Batalla and Sharlene Mae Guyo.

The photo here shows the UE Red Warriors Women’s Judo Team’s, from left, Bianca Mae Estrella, Patricia Nicole Rosario, Sandra Faye Samson, Regine Paula Laudiño, Ma. Jeanalane Lopez, Claudine Nargatan, Shaira Deane Batalla and Sharlene Mae Guyo.

Congratulations to the UE Red Warriors Women’s Judo Team for being declared the 1st Runner-up in the UAAP 79 Women’s Judo Tournament, which was held on November 19 and 20, 2016 at De La Salle Zobel in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

The Warrior Lady Judokas won one gold medal, one silver medal and four bronze medals. Leading the pack is Bianca Mae Estrella, who won a gold medal in the under 70kg division. Patricia Nicole Rosario won a silver in the under 63kg division, while the duos of Ma. Jeanalene Lopez and Regine Paula Laudiño, and Claudine Nargatan and Shaira Deane Batalla won bronze medals in the under 44kg and under 48kg divisions, respectively. Judokas Sandra Faye Samson and Sharlene Maye Guyo also participated in the tournament.

The UE Red Warriors Boys’ Judo Team, for their part, won three medals: Edward Larioza won a gold medal in the under 81kg division, Lorenzo Noel Tolentino won the over 100kg division silver medal, and Emmanuel Del Rosario won the under 100kg division bronze medal.

The UE Red Warriors Men’s Judo Team, on the other hand, took home three medals. Nathaniel Morales won a silver medal in the under 66kg division, while Raul Baldos Jr. and Luis Benitez III both won a bronze medal each in the under 55kg and under 90kg divisions, respectively.

The UE Red Warriors Judo Team is under the helm of Coaches Rodimple and Dianne Rodriguez, and Rochelle Tagle.

Congratulations, Warrior Judokas! Go Fight, Red and White! GO FIGHT, RED AND WHITE!

UE Advertising Arts Senior is Inter-school Contest’s Grand Prize Winner!


Congratulations are in order for UE student John Patrick A. Gañas, who won the Grand Prize in the recently concluded Numina: Prevara 2016 art competition!

Mr. Gañas, a 4th-year Advertising Arts student of the UE College of Fine Arts, Architecture and Design (CFAD) in UE Caloocan, bested all other competitors in the graphic design category of Numina: Prevara, a new media arts competition organized by the Ateneo Association for Communications Technology Management (ACTM) and whose 2016 theme is surrealism. (The other category was photo manipulation.) The awarding ceremony was held on November 12, 2016.

Mr. Gañas won for his entry titled “Not the Five Stages of Acceptance,” which is shown at left/below. An elaboration of Mr. Gañas’ magnum opus can be seen on the Numina event page on Facebook, here: https://www.facebook.com/actmnumina/photos/pcb.664516600393551/664516553726889/?type=3&theater

Congratulations, Surrealistic Warrior Artist!

UE Manila Guidance Week Celebrates a Decade of Caring


Warrior students of UE Manila, come over to the UE Guidance and Counseling Office’s (GCO) festive yet meaningful Guidance Week 2016 celebration!

Please see the wide array of colorful activities indicated in the poster here for the 10th UE Manila Guidance Week celebration, the theme of which is “SynerDiez: Una Decada de Cuidando (A Decade of Caring)”!

See you there, Warriors, and congratulations to Team UE Manila GCO for 10 years of synergized caring!


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