CSSP-OSA and CSSPSC Go B.I.G. in 6th College Career Fair


[From left to right] Assoc. Dean del Pilar, Vice-Chancellor Agpaoa, Dean Aguiling-Dalisay, and Assoc. Dean Kraft unfurling the ribbon

The College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP), under the leadership of the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) and in cooperation with the CSSP Student Council (CSSPSC), held its 6th Annual CSSP Career Fair with the theme: “The B.I.G. Career Fair: Pursue your Passion, Serve the Nation” from March 21 to March 24, 2017 at the Palma Hall Lobby. “B.I.G.” is an acronym which stands for “Build, Innovate, and Generate”, emphasizing the capability of the social sciences to build indigenous systems of knowledge, innovate on existing cognitive frameworks, and generate solutions to relevant issues. The event was also aimed at encouraging the youth in search of careers and jobs to be of service to nation-building.
The opening of the CSSP Career Fair was held on March 21, 2017 at the 1st floor of the Palma Hall Lobby from 11:00 in the morning to 1:00 in the afternoon. The program began with the opening remarks given by the OSA Coordinator, Mr. Jairus D. Espiritu. Mr. Espiritu explained the meaning behind the “B.I.G.” Career Fair in connection to the call for CSSP students to address local, national, and international issues. This year’s career fair, Mr. Espiritu remarked, is not “big” for the sake of hosting a big event but because big things are demanded of CSSP graduates in society.
Following Mr. Espiritu’s remarks was a message given by the dean of the college, Dr. Grace H. Aguiling-Dalisay. Dean Aguiling-Dalisay emphasized the need for students to go out into the working world with the vision-mission statement of the college, Haraya 2020, in mind and in heart. The dean also viewed the event as an extension of the NGO Summit, in which the college was in cooperation with the University Job Fair, held last March 14, 2017.
The Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs of the University of the Philippines – Diliman, Assistant Professor Jerwin F. Agpaoa, also gave a message wherein he recounted several experiences as the previous OSA Coordinator tasked with organizing career fairs. Vice-Chancellor Agpaoa also invited the audience for an even “bigger” career fair, the University Job Fair, at the Bahay ng Alumni from March 28 to March 31.
An unfurling of the ribbon then took place to symbolize the opening of the CSSP Career Fair. This was facilitated by Dean Aguiling-Dalisay; Mr. Espiritu; Vice-Chancellor Agpaoa; the Associate Dean for Research, Extension, and Publications, Dr. Gregorio E.H. del Pilar; and the Associate Dean for Administration and External Affairs, Associate Professor Herman Joseph S. Kraft.
Intermission numbers were given by Capacities, a band composed of university students, and by U.P. Pintinig, a university-wide singing group based at the College of Music. Lunch was served shortly after the intermission numbers to formally end the opening of “The B.I.G. Career Fair”.
The emcees of “The B.I.G. Career Fair: Pursue your Passion, Serve the Nation” were Mr. Renzo Relente and Ms. Xandi Pascua of the CSSPSC.

3rd CSSP Graduate Student Research Conference

Venue: College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Palma Hall, UP Diliman
Time: April 28 -5:00-8:30 PM | April 29: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

The College of Social Sciences and Philosophy invites you to the 3rd CSSP Graduate Student Research Conference to be held on April 28-29, 2017 at the University of the Philippines, Diliman.  The conference aims to bring together graduate students who engage in social science and philosophy research, and provide them a venue to share insights and findings from studies conducted for their graduate courses, theses or dissertations. There are around 40 graduate students who will be presenting papers in parallel sessions for this year’s conference. This is open to CSSP and non CSSP graduate students.

The Plenary Lecture by Dr. Maria Serena I. Diokno will highlight the Opening Program of the conference on April 28, 2017 at 6:00 pm.

Participants are required to register online at  https://goo.gl/nLV491  to be given Book of Abstracts.

For inquiries, Please contact the CSSP  Office of the Graduate Program at 981 8500 loc 2438 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



CSSP Holds First Alumni Reunion

The College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) held its first ever CSSP Alumni Reunion on February 24, 2017 at the Palma Hall Lobby. A Palma Hall Tour was conducted at 4:00 in the afternoon while registration officially began at 5:30 in the afternoon. The CSSP Alumni Reunion was aimed at gathering the numerous alumni of the college for the first time in the history of CSSP.

The crowd of CSSP Alumni looking on

The program commenced with the singing of the national anthem was led by one of the students of the college, Therese Vilog. After this, the welcome remarks were given by Dean Grace H. Aguiling-Dalisay. Dean Aguiling-Dalisay welcomed the alumni present at the event while explaining that CSSP has come a long way since its founding in 1983. She further explained the official mission-vision statement of the college, Haraya 2020 (or Vision 2020), as one of the recent hallmarks of CSSP and as a common link among all past and future graduates of the social sciences and philosophy in the university.

CSSP Alumni enjoying the night

Two audio-visual presentations were then projected of “CSSP Today”, wherein this showed the recent accomplishments of the college in terms of facilities, centers, projects, among others., and of Haraya 2020, wherein this showed how the official mission-vision was actualized through the various undertakings of the college.

Asst. Prof. Clemente and Asst. Prof Encinas-Franco entertaining the audience

The next part of the program was the recognition of the attendees. The emcees of the reunion, Assistant Professor Jose Antonio R. Clemente and Assistant Professor Jean S. Encinas-Franco, facilitated the getting-to-know portion of the event through a cheer per department and a rollcall of the alumni through their student numbers. Other alumni were then asked to share their past experiences as students and faculty of CSSP, such as the distinguished Professor Noel V. Teodoro formerly from the Department of History.

Retired Prof. Noel V. Teodoro sharing his experiences with CSSP

Dinner was then served to bring out the nostalgic feeling of being a student of UP and of CSSP. Barbeque from the famous “Beach House” and daing na bangus with rice were being catered. Throughout the event, squid balls, fish balls, kikiam, kwek-kwek, and “dirty ice cream”were also served.

“Between the Lines – Ileana and Gyle” performing their intermission number

While the audience was having their dinner, an intermission number by “Between the Lines – Ileana and Gyle” (composed of Ileana Cobachan and Jergil Gyle Tamayo Gavieres – both CSSP students) was performed through an acoustic song. After this, a game of “Jeopardy” was facilitated by Assistant Professor Francis Joseph A. Dee in which the players came from each table. The categories were about random trivia and jokes about each department.

CSSP Alumni playing “Jeopardy”

After the game, Mr. Dee, the main organizer of the reunion and the External Affairs Officer of the college, officially launched the first ever Search for the Outstanding CSSP Alumni to be conducted through the official college website. These nominations for potential outstanding awardees who have graduated from CSSP, whether with a bachelor’s degree and/or a graduate degree, is in preparation for the grand alumni homecoming in 2018. This year will mark the 35th annual founding of CSSP when the outstanding alumni will be awarded. Nominations begin on February 25 to August 31, 2017.  Finally, Mr. Dee recognized and thanked the CSSP alumni core group for the support and assistance provided in the management of the event.

External Affairs Officer Dee launching the Search for the Outstanding CSSP Alumni

Before closing the event, the attendees altogether sang the university hymn, UP Naming Mahal. A photo opportunity of all those who attended the reunion officially ended the CSSP Alumni Reunion. All photographs are courtesy of the college’s official photographer, Herby Jireh Esmeralda.

The alumni photo opportunity to officially close the reunion







CSSP Welcomes Incoming Freshmen in Open House 2017

The Office of Student Affairs (OSA) of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP), together with student organizations UP PRO CSSP and the CSSP Student Council (CSSPSC), held its annual CSSP Open House on February 25, 2017 at the Palma Hall Room 207 from 8:00 in the morning to 12:00 noon. Other partner student organizations in cooperation with CSSP-OSA were the University of the Philippines Psychological Understanding for Growth and Distinction Society (UP PUGAD Sayk) and the University of the Philippines Kabataang Pilosopo Tasyo (UP KaPiTas).

CSSP Open House 2017 was an event intended to introduce and welcome the incoming freshmen accepted into the University of the Philippines-Diliman and, more specifically, into CSSP. It was the most well-attended open house event with over 100 participants.

The program began with the opening remarks given by College Secretary Rowena Q. Bailon, PhD. Dr. Bailon congratulated and welcomed the future students of CSSP as the cream of the crop within the country, having passed the nationally competitive University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT).

A welcome message followed which was delivered by Dean Grace H. Aguiling-Dalisay, PhD. Dean Aguiling-Dalisay introduced the college through its mission-vision, Haraya 2020 (or Vision 2020). She explained the need to imbibe the spirit of Haraya as the soon-to-be CSSP students enter the academic life within the social sciences and philosophy.

After the dean’s welcome message, the program proceeded with the introduction of each of the eight departments of the college given by several faculty members. Providing an overview of each department were the following: Assistant Professor Felipe P. Jocano, Jr. for the Department of Anthropology; Mr. Engelbert C. Prim for the Department of Geography; Assistant Professor Aaron Abel T. Mallari for the Department of History; Assistant Professor Farah C. Cunanan for the Department of Linguistics; Mr. Jairus D. Espiritu for the Department of Philosophy; Assistant Professor Jan Robert R. Go for the Department of Political Science; Assistant Professor Michelle G. Ong for the Department of Psychology; and Associate Professor Manuel Victor J. Sapitula for the Department of Sociology.

An open forum for both students and parents was allotted for the attendees who had further questions regarding the college and the departments. The department representatives from the CSSPSC facilitated the forum. The forum ended with a picture-taking of all the faculty, parents, and students in attendance.

UP PRO CSSP and the CSSPSC then toured the parents and students around Palma Hall while conducting an interactive session with the UPCAT passers through trivia and games. After the historical tour, the audience was led to the Palma Hall Lobby for a buffet of snacks.

The emcees of CSSP Open House 2017 were Mr. Lorenzo Miguel Relente and Ms. Mariel Louise Cunanan of the CSSPSC. All photographs are courtesy of UP PRO CSSP.


The crowd of incoming CSSP freshmen and their parents

 The crowd of incoming CSSP freshmen and their parents


 Dean Aguiling-Dalisay with Asst. Prof. Jocano, Mr. Prim, Asst. Prof. Mallari, Asst. Prof. Cunanan, Mr. Espiritu, and Asst. Prof.

 The college administration and faculty with the incoming CSSP students and their parents


 College Secretary Bailon giving her opening remarks



CSSP Staff, REPS, and Faculty Recognized in GAWAD KAPP 2017

The awardees of staff, REPS, and faculty with the college administration

The Office of the Associate Dean for Administration and External Affairs (OADAEA) celebrated its annual recognition rites for the college’s staff, REPS (research, extension, and professional staff), and faculty, “GAWAD KAPP para sa mga Kawani, REPS, at Kaguruan”, on February 24, 2017 at the Palma Hall Room 207 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. The aim of the event was to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of the staff, REPS, and faculty members of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP). The emcee of the program was Assistant Professor Jem R. Javier.

The program opened with the singing of the national anthem and the opening remarks given by Dean Grace H. Aguiling-Dalisay. Dean Aguiling-Dalisay congratulated the endeavors of all the employees of CSSP while still encouraging them to imbibe the spirit and theme of CSSP Week 2017 – “Mapanuring Gabay sa Bayang Pilipino”.

After the dean’s remarks, the event proceeded with the recognition proper. The service awards were the first to be given out. Recognized first in this category were the retirees from the staff, REPS, and faculty. Among the retirees were Rafael E. Esteves (40 years in service), Professor Arturo M. Perez of the Department of Philosophy (28 years in service), and Zenaida F. Salas (41 years in service). An audio-visual presentation for each retiree was also presented before the actual awarding. The second to be recognized in the same category were the staff, REPS, and faculty who have served 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 40 years with CSSP.

The second category of awards to be given out were the various achievement awards such as the International Publication Awards, UP Faculty Grant Awards, UP Professorial Chair Awards, among others. Also awarded in this category were the new Professor Emeriti: Professor Ma. Luisa T. Camagay, PhD of the Department of History; Professor Jonathan C. Malicsi of the Department of Linguistics; and Professor Elizabeth R. Ventura of the Department of Psychology. Former Dean Consuelo J. Paz, PhD also attended the event to be awarded the University of the Philippines Alumni Association Distinguished Achievement Award.

A small salu-salo was held throughout the whole event outside the room. All photographs are courtesy of the college’s official photographer, Herby Jireh Esmeralda.

Associate Dean Kraft and Dean Aguiling-Dalisay awarding retiree Rafael E. Esteves      


 Former Dean Paz being awarded by Dean Aguiling-Dalisay and Associate Dean Kraft

 Associate Dean Kraft, Professor Emeritus Ma. Luisa T. Camagay, PhD, and Dean Aguiling-Dalisay

Associate Dean Kraft giving his closing remarks


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