UE Grade 12 Research Students Stand Out as Youngest Researcher-Presenters at International Scholars Summit!


Eight Grade 12/senior high school (SHS) students and three professors of the University of the East-Manila Basic Education Department attained the distinction of presenting their research studies at the 2017 UI Scholars Summit at the Depok Campus of Universitas Indonesia on October 10 to 12, 2017.

The UE Manila Grade 12 students were Beatriz Aguila, Deniz Apostol, Marc Jason Atega, Dorine Cubacub, Estelle Jelomay De Jesus, Irish Lacap, Joshua Elijah James Macaspac and Clod Anne Punzalan. With them were Professors and UE Manila SHS research coordinators Raymund Fantonalgo and Rhodelyn Saban. (UE SHS Prof. Chloe Nicole Piamonte also presented at the summit but represented De La Salle University as its graduate student.)

These eight UE Grade 12 students were the only senior high school students who presented at the said international conference. Other presenters from the Philippines and other countries were masters or doctorate students or holders of graduate degrees.

The summit, whose theme was “Shaping the Better World,” was attended by almost 400 experts and researchers from Asia and other parts of the world to showcase their research output under the three Chamber sessions: Health Science, Science and Technology, and Social Science and the Humanities.

Among 42 participants who presented their papers in the Health Science session was UE’s Ms. Punzalan, who presented her research paper on “Shells as Dark Smoke Emission Minimizer.” Among the 52 participants presented in the Science and Technology Session were UE’s Mr. Atega, who presented his paper on “Enclosed or Disclosed: Perception of Selected Residents on Household Composting in a Highly Urbanized Area” and Prof. Saban, who presented her paper on “Evidence of Solar Variability using Sr/Rb in the sediment record in the last millennia in the Philippines.”

Among the 250 Social Science and Humanities Sessions participants were six UE students: Ms. Aguila [“My Sweat, Your Comfort (Pawis Ko, Ginhawa N’yo): Lived Experiences of Trolley Men”]; Ms. Apostol (“From Caterpillar to Butterfly:” A Qualitative Research on the experiences of men in the journey to Transwomanhood”); Ms. Cubacub [“Your Death is my Livelihood (Kamatayan Mo, Ikinabubuhay Ko)”: Exploring the Lives of Embalmers”]; Ms. De Jesus (“Heroes of Special Children”: Lived Experiences of Special Children Educators”); Mr. Lacap (“To kill or To Be Killed”: Lived Experiences of Policemen Involved in Justifiable Killings”); Mr. Macaspac (“The Perspective of Senior High School Students with Overseas Filipino Workers Parents”); and Prof. Fantonalgo (“Battle against solid waste”: Contribution of the barangays along University Belt Area, Manila, Phils., towards a clean and disaster-prepared city.”)


The said students’ papers were their output as Grade 11 students, during their Practical Research I (Qualitative Research) subject in the second semester of schoolyear 2016-2017. The students did their research in groups and chose one of their group members to present their research at the summit. The Filipino students were very much appreciated and admired by their co-presenters from other countries.

There are actually 16 research papers by UE SHS students accepted for presentation at the Scholars Summit, the other eight students unable to join the trip for personal reasons.

The student-presenters were also joined at the summit by Prof. Jaypee Reyes, the UE Manila SHS Student Concerns Coordinator and the research adviser of four of the student-presenters. The students’ other research advisers were Professors Raymund Fantonalgo, Jericho Timbol, Marianne Camoying, Rex Jardeleza and Richard Campos, along with UE Manila SHS Research Coordinators.

The first day of the conference had a Plenary Session, with experts in different fields presenting their respective research output. The second day was for the Chamber Session, where the participants presented their papers under different sessions. The third day was for the participants’ excursion and visit to the Indonesian National Museum, the Bank Indonesia Museum and the Fatahilah Square. The participants enjoyed and appreciated Indonesian hospitality through the 2017 Universitas Indonesia Scholars Summit with free registration, accommodation and cultural tour of Jakarta.

The summit had the distinction of having the said UE students, who are part of the pioneer SHS batch under the Enhanced Basic Education or the K to 12 Curriculum of the Philippines’ Department of Education and that they were the only SHS students who presented in this international conference.

These students were honed by the Research Program of the UE Manila Basic Education Department headed by Dr. Nieva J. Discipulo as Principal and Assistant Principal Gerardo V. Venturina, with the support of Dr. Olivia C. Caoili, University Research Director; UE Manila Chancellor Linda P. Santiago, and UE College of Education Dean Evelina M. Vicencio.

Research has been one of the top priorities in the Ten-Point Agenda of UE President Ester A. Garcia, which has led to a “quantum leap” in the research output of the University of the East.

The classroom photo here shows (from left) Beatriz Aguila, Dorine Cubacub, Deniz Asis Apostol, Irish Dapula Lacap, Prof. Rhodelyn Saban, Marc Jason Atega, Joshua Elijah James Macaspac, Estelle Jelomay De Jesus, and Clod Anne Punzalan. The summit photo shows the same persons but also with Raymund Fantonalgo.

Congratulations on your amazing accomplishment, UE SHS Warriors!

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