“Meet, Greet, and Pick” Book Fair 2016

Written By: Darius L. Martinez

A week-long celebration for the love of reading is happening now at the main lobby of Palma Hall building inside UP Diliman. Dubbed as “Meet, Greet, and Pick” Book Fair 2016 is a collaborative effort of the Office of the Associate Dean for Research & Publication (OADRP) of the UP CSSP and the Social Science Division (SSD) of the UP Main Library. The book fair commenced last Monday, April 11, and will conclude this Friday, April 15.

According to Assoc. Dean Josefina Natividad of the OADRP, “The Book Fair 2016 project with Mr. Rhoel Rondilla, Head Librarian of the SSD, aims primarily to bring closer to the academic community such as UP Diliman book fairs usually held in malls like SM Mega Mall.” And because Palma Hall is the heart of the university, it is the perfect venue for bookworms to meet, greet, and pick from a variety of literature collections and academic readings. Latest publications both here and abroad are being showcased all under one roof.

Assoc. Dean Natividad explains further that faculty members of the university can 1) purchase books for their personal or academic use; and 2) recommend references and academic materials to the UP Main Library. The library of the university, on the other hand, will purchase any recommendations subject to approval. Also in the light of the recent fire incident that gutted the historic Faculty Center, CSSP and CAL faculty members hopefully find at the book fair references or any academic reading materials which they can use for their classes or for the rebuilding of their personal and/or academic information data bank.

For a fee of P2500, the following have gathered to support the event— ForeFront Book Company, Inc; Golden Movers Service, Inc.; Fast Books Educational Supplier, Inc.; Libtech Source Philippines, Inc; Emerald Group Publishing Limited; New Century Books; Linar Educational Materials, Inc; and Mega Texts Phil., Inc.

The Research & Publication and the Diliman Review, both publication offices of CSSP, participated in the event as well.


From left to right: The OADRP team Ms. Angie Varela, Associate Dean Josefina Natividad & Ms. Peye Raña

Mr. Darius Martinez from Diliman Review


Second CSSP Graduate Student Research Conference Attracts 48 Presenters

The conference attendees at the lobby of Lagmay Hall. Seated are Dr. del Pilar, Dean Dalisay, and Psychology Department Chair Dr. Lynna Marie Sycip.

The second edition of the CSSP Graduate Student Research Conference was held at Palma Hall and Lagmay Hall last March 11 and 12, 2016, with Dr. Leslie Bauzon and Dr. Percival Almoro, leading figures in the social and natural sciences in the Philippines, as plenary speakers.  Dr. Bauzon was the first to hold the deanship of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (1983-1989), and is currently the chair of Division of Social Sciences of the Natural Research Council of the Philippines.  Dr. Almoro is Professor of Physics at the National Institute of Physics, and holds the rank of Scientist I in the UP Scientific Productivity System.  Dr. Bauzon spoke about the necessity of studying the historical dimension of current social problems in order to arrive at more viable solutions.  Dr. Almoro shared best practices in mentoring culled from the experience of faculty and students at the National Institute of Physics.  According to him, scientific productivity is increased when mentoring is takes place within a group setting.  The next day, 48 presentations were made in eighteen sessions distributed throughout the day.  The plenary session was held at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater in Palma Hall, while the parallel sessions were held at Lagmay Hall (formerly Palma Hall Annex), which houses the Department of Psychology.  Over a hundred students attended the two-day affair.  Dr. Gregorio E. H. del Pilar, Coordinator of the Graduate Program chaired the Organizing Committee, with Ma.  Corinna Escartin,  a second year MA Sociology student as Co-Chair.  Dr. Josefina Natividad, Associate Dean for Research and Publications, was Chair of the Scientific Committee.  After successfully holding the conference at the Department of Psychology building, there are plans to hold the third conference next year at the Population Institute, and the fourth conference in 2018 at the Department of Philosophy’s new locale at the Second Pavilion of Palma Hall.       

The plenary speakers pose at the entrance of Guerrero Theater. L-R: Dr. Gregorio E. H. del Pilar, Dr. Josefina N. Natividad, Dr. Ma. Luisa Camagay, Dr. Grace H. Aguiling-Dalisay, Dr. Leslie Bauzon, and Dr. Percival Almoro

The graduate students volunteers in the Organizing Committee pose with Sociology graduate students volunteers: From fourth from left: Regine Carmelli Reyes, Ma. Corinna Escartin (Organizing Committee Co-Chair), Racine Maniego, Joefer Maninang, Felip Biongan.




CSSP faculty database launched

The CSSP Faculty Information Online (CSSP FIO), an online faculty database project, was launched on February 16 at the Palma Hall Main Lobby as part of the opening program for the 2016 CSSP Week celebration.

Dr. Perseville U. Mendoza, the CSSP Computer Laboratory Coordinator, gave a brief history and an overview of the faculty database project, which can be traced back to 2003.  He then showed how to access the actual webpage via the CSSP website homepage (web.kssp.upd.edu.ph).

The CSSP FIO initial search features include faculty listing by department, listing by academic rank, and listing by the first letter of faculty last name or searching by any part of the faculty name. Most especially, the database can be searched according to expertise or specialization, which is particularly helpful to those who are seeking experts and scholars whom they might need for consultations and interviews. The CSSP FIO page displays the recent research projects and publications of the CSSP faculty. It also displays recent awards, grants, scholarships, and other several distinctions received by the CSSP faculty.

All faculty members have an account in the CSSP FIO. The database allows the individual faculty to manage their own information, from encoding to updating their own data. It also has a security feature that gives the faculty control over what to display in public, and which information to remain confidential.

In addition to the plain listing of search results, faculty names may be “clickable”, if set or allowed by the individual faculty. This means that the names become links that, upon clicking, will direct the search to the individual web pages.

Technically, the CSSP FIO as a database application is just in its initial beta version. Being in its infancy, feedback not only from the individual faculty users, but also from the general website visitors is most welcome. Please email your remarks, comments, and/or suggestions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Chinese New Year Episode on Tabi-tabi Folkloradyo

Matagumpay at matiwasay na naidaos ang programang Tabi-tabi Folkloradyo nitong Lunes, Pebrero 8, 2016, kasama ang mga bagong host na sina Dr Perseville 'Pareng Bing' Mendoza (Philo) at Prop Mary Jane 'Mareng Jane' Rodriguez (Filipino). Kanilang pinaksa ang kahalagahan at kaugnayan ng pagdiriwang ng Chinese New Year sa kaalamang bayang Pilipino. Makikita din sa larawan si Pareng Kaloy, producer ng programa, at ang bisita na si Dr Rosarito T. Suatengco, Assoc Dean ng Institue of Education, Far Eastern University. Ang Tabi-tabi Folkloradyo, programang tinataguyod ng KSSP, sa pakikipagtulungan sa Aliguyon-UP Folklorists, Inc., ay napakikinggan sa DZUP 1602 tuwing Lunes, 6-7 ng gabi.

Tabitabi Folkloradyo sa DZUP General Assembly

Matagumpay at masayang idinaos kahapon, Enero 25, ang DZUP General Assembly sa College of Mass Communications kung saan ang mga programa ng CSSP na Tabi-tabi Folkloradyo at Psych o'clock habit ay kabilang. Pinag-usapan sa pagtitipong ito ang mga naging karanasan at obserbasyon sa pagraradyo sa nakaraang taon at ang mga inobasyong gagawin ngayong 2016. Pinasalamatan din ang mga Kolehiyo, mga Dekano, mga Producer, mga Host, mga guro at mga estudyante sa patuloy na pagsuporta sa radyong pang Campus at pang Komunidad ng UP. Makikita sa mga larawan ang Producers at ilan sa Hosts ng Folkloradyo, kasama ang kapwa nagraradyo mula sa ibang Institute pati na ang masisipag na pamunuan at staff ng DZUP 1602. Sa DZUP, kasali ka!


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