KAPP CUP 2015: A Social Science and Philosophy lecture series and tournament for high school students

Published on 02 February 2015


In an effort to put a spotlight on the oft-overlooked and underestimated social sciences, the UP Bukluran sa Sikolohiyang Pilipino (UP Buklod-Isip) held the KAPP Cup, a tournament and lecture series on the various disciplines under the UP College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP), on January 24 and 26, 2015. Open to high school students within Metro Manila, the KAPP Cup comprises five competitions: debate, extemporaneous speech, essay writing, photojournalism, and a quiz bee.

With the theme “Ang Lipunang Pilipino sa Silakbo ng Pagbabago” (The Filipino Society in the Surge of Change), the first-ever KAPP Cup kicked off with a series of short lectures by notable faculty from the various departments of the college. Former CSSP dean Dr. Zosimo Lee opened the program by giving a general overview of the dynamics among the social sciences and philosophy.

Professor Emeritus Manuel Bonifacio talked about the inherent potentials of people, and how sociology and the social sciences have a bias for the good society. David Garcia, a former instructor at the university now serving as an urban planner and field coordinator at UN-HABITAT, discussed geography as the study of “how and why, the whare and where”. Danielle Ochoa, current instructor at the Department of Psychology, busted common myths and misconceptions about the discipline. Dr. Nestor Castro introduced the students to the history of anthropology, as well as to its various dimensions and subfields. Jerwin Agpaoa of the Department of Philosophy dealt with logic, common sense, and pamimilosopo. Jay-Ar Igno of the Department of Linguistics shared insights with regard to the diversity and richness of language and its systems, as well as the changing meanings that can be prescribed to them. Kerby Alvarez, an instructor from the Department of History, introduced the necessity of looking back in order to contextually move forward.

The KAPP Cup is awarded to the school which garners the highest number of points from their students’ performance in the tournament. The Meridian International Learning Experience (Meridian) was the overall championed of this year’s KAPP Cup, followed by Manila Science High School (MaSci) and Ateneo de Manila High School (AHS).

Jeredan Tunac, Bernadette Calica and Luis Rafael Moreno (Meridian) dominated the quiz bee. Odlanyer Ramirez, Hazel Esmama, and Jolene Valenzuela (MaSci) came in second, and Reimart Sarmiento, Lois Corliss Rivera, and Joan Ellaine Rubio from The Lord of Grace Christian School (LGCS) placed third.

Raphael Ramiro, Leo Isaiah Yap III, and Cesar Tomas Solis (AHS) won against Samantha Viliran, David Ezekiel Asuncion, and Maria Christina Silvestre (Meridian) as they debated on the motion “THW require elected government officials and their families to use only public utilities and services” in the finals.

Samuel Carlos (Meridian) placed first in the extemporaneous speech competition, with Lyanne Iris Erlano (MaSci) at second place and Lorraine Ojimba from Divine Grace School (DGS) at third place.

Angela de la Rama (MaSci) won first place in the essay writing competition, while Beatrice Grace Berida (Meridian) took second place and Charlotte Anne Berbon from St. Scholastica’s Academy Marikina (SSAM) placed third.

Alessa Cube (DGS) took the top spot in the photojournalism competition, followed by David Peralta (LGCS) at second place and Crystal Jean Natividad (MaSci) at third.

The KAPP Cup aims to pique the interest of HS students in the social sciences and philosophy to use them as tools of analysis for solving societal problems and nation-building. KAPP is short for Kolehiyo ng Agham Panlipunan at Pilosopiya, the Filipino name of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy.

The KAPP Cup 2015 was organized by UP Buklod-Isip and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy in partnership with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (OVCSA), BUKLOD CSSP, and UP Lipunang Pangkasaysayan (UP LIKAS), together with the Department of Philosophy, the Department of Geography, the Department of Linguistics, the Department of History, the Department of Psychology, Goldilocks, WhenInManila.com, UP Anthropology Society (UP AnthroSoc), UP Sirkulo ng Kabataang Artista (UP SIKAT), UP Psychedelics, and the UP Debate Society (UPDS).

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