The College of Social Sciences Congratulates Asst. Prof. Jonathan de la Cerna for His Recent Publication

The College of Social Sciences, University of the Philippines Cebu, congratulates Asst. Prof. Jonathan de la Cerna for his recent publication entitled: “Am I Wired to be Happy of My Job? Looking into the Dispositional Predictors of Job Satisfaction” in Volume 24, Number 1 (January-June, 2021) Issue of Thammasat Review, Thammasat University, Thailand.


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The EDP 213 Class of MEd Program Conducts a Webinar about Curriculum Development

The EDP 213 class of the Master of Education Program, under the advisory of Dr. Lita Bacalla, will be conducting a webinar about Curriculum Development Issues and Concerns.
This webinar is FREE and OPEN TO ALL.

However, registration will be closed on June 24, 2021 at 12:00 NN. For those who wish to attend the webinar but are unable to register, you can still watch it via Facebook Live.

Please see posters below for details.


Dr. Flora Generalao Officially Retires from Professional Work

Daghang salamat ug pag amping kanunay, Miss G!

Dr. Flora Generalao of the Psychology Department, affectionately called “Miss G” by the UP Community, will officially retire from professional work this May 30, 2021, after more than 25 years of service in the university.

Her passion for teaching and commitment to excellence leave a staunch legacy within the four walls of the campus that is rarely seen, let alone matched. Going beyond her dedication to her craft she has, in a deeper, more meaningful way, left a legacy of lives forever changed.

“Miss G is one of the professors in UP who showed compassion and empathy to her students under the remote mode of learning,” Kaemarie Fernandez, a psychology junior, disclosed. “She would always remind us to rest and to look after our mental health especially in these trying times.”

Fernandez further mentioned how the retiring professor never fails to be vocal about social issues, as the latter stresses that students should never be detached from the struggle of the masses. With all that Miss G discussed with her class, she mostly learned that psychology will always strive to serve the people—a lesson she will never forget.

Moreover, Willianne Gabrielle Delos Reyes, a second-year psychology major, expresses her utmost gratitude to Miss G for giving her comfort and clarity through her mere presence and guidance in the few classes she has been blessed to experience together with the professor.

“She is more than just a mentor, and a teacher, she is an icon that I can only aspire to become,” she said. “Even though I may not be the brightest tool in the box, she had a way of making you feel that we all had the potential to be greater and better than we are in this current moment of time.”

Students even shared some of their most memorable moments with the beloved professor. Third-year psychology student Aurelle Mace Cresencio confessed how even though her first class with the professor, Psychology Statistics, was filled with tears and removal examinations, Miss G was always there to check up on them especially in times when you start to doubt your skills.

Cresencio further disclosed her one-on-one sessions with Miss G during the most difficult times of her college life. Teary-eyed, she listened to Miss G’s advice which more so helped her surpass what she experienced: “Daghan kaayo og lives [nga] na-touch si Miss [G] and usa na ko ato (Lots of lives have been changed because of Miss G and I am just one among many.”

Of course, Miss G has touched the lives of not only her current students, but also former learners under her care, some of which even became her co-faculty in UP Cebu.“

She [Miss G] shows care in even the smallest of things, like that time I was running all across campus doing errands for my org on a hot day. She spotted me and told me, ‘Pag payong uy!’ knowing my illness made me sensitive to sunlight. It’s these small gestures of love that constitute the Miss G we know and cherish.” writes Claire Michaela Obejas, an alumna of the psychology program Batch 2019. “Miss G is someone who personifies what it means to teach with compassion. More than teaching us psychology, she also pushed us to be better people. I cannot thank her enough for believing in us when we felt like we couldn’t even believe in ourselves.”

Sir Jonathan “Jo” dela Cerna, a current faculty member in the department, said that Miss G was a totally different person from the different perspective of a student and a co-faculty. “I wasn’t treated as a low person…she even told me during a birthday greeting that she considered me a colleague and an equal, and Miss G quickly became my go-to person for all my questions. Miss G was always supportive of me finishing an MA degree, and was even kind enough to review my thesis and proposal.”

“It will be hard,” Sir Jo disclosed, “when things go back to normal, Miss G will no longer be in her office, no more casual conversations or joining her for lunch. You’re used to the presence of Miss G then all of a sudden she’s no longer there.”

Sir Jo ended with encouragement for Miss G, saying “Miss G, you are the one-woman program for psychology. Enjoy your retirement, and don’t forget about us…She didn’t just mold me as a professional, but also as a person. She is a big chunk of my life and has been a part of my existence for the past almost ten years. I am more than grateful.”

Collectively, the teachers, alumni, and students see Miss G as an icon, an advisor, a mentor, and an empathetic person above all else. No matter how scary the recitation or tear-inducing the locked examination doors, these stories always end with Miss G on a light note of comfort.

Now retired, Miss G will always be remembered as the pillar of the psychology program, a seeming paradox of demand for excellence and motherly love, with a dash of sass thrown into the mix for good measure. When we pay tribute to Miss G, we commemorate the good and bad, the scary and wholesome, but if one thing is for sure, every second of it is unforgettable.

Thank you, Miss G, for making our collegian lives unforgettable.

✍️ Clive Rabuya and Kurt Romariz

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Guidelines for the UP Cebu NSTP-CWTS Logo Making Contest

The contest is initiated to engage all members of the University of the Philippines Cebu Campus in designing a logo for its NSTP-CWTS program. It intends to showcase an innovative design that not only reflects the values of the institution as a public service university but also the Cebuano identity as a unique cultural community.

In this light, the following guidelines are drafted to keep the contest fair and accessible to all participants.

• The logo contest is open to all members of the University of Philippines Cebu Campus, including Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, and REPS.
• A participant is entitled to submit one entry only to give chance to varied ideas as much as possible.
• Each entry must be the participant’s original work.
• Each entry must not have been submitted in other contests or promotional fares.
• Each entry must not have been used previously in whatever form to represent whatever entity or initiative.

The entries must be submitted to UP Cebu NSTP-CWTS official email: [email protected] for evaluation by the NSTP-CWTS Coordinator and Instructors. Entries must be in PNG or JPEG format and must include the full name, address, and contact number of the participants.

Criteria for winning entries are the following:

• Originality – the entry exhibits creativity and imagination in materializing the mission of UP Cebu NSTP-CWTS (30%)

• Relevance – the entry adheres and visualizes the UP Cebu NSTP-CWTS values and mission (40%)

• Aesthetic – the entry adheres with the UP visual identity guide and displays mastery in unifying aesthetic elements to create an appealing design (30%)

Prizes (include certificates and bragging rights):
• First prize: P1,500.00
• Second Prize: P1,000.00
• Third Prize: P 500.00

The deadline for submission of entries is on May 28, 2021.

Winners shall be notified through email on May 31, 2021. The list of winners shall also be posted through the official FB page of UP Cebu NSTP-CWTS.

All entries would become the property of UP Cebu NSTP-CWTS. As such, they may be used by the office for purposes it deems legally fit.

The UP Cebu’s Scrabble Team Wins in the First Intercampus Scrabble Competition against UP Baguio

The University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu Physical Education (PE) 2 Scrabble Team, known as the Dried Mango Warriors, won in the First Intercampus Scrabble Competition against UP Baguio PE 2 Scrabble Team.

The competition was organized by the two PE 2 professors; namely, Prof. Joan Grace Pacres (UP Cebu) and Prof. Ivy Inovero (UP Baguio). The said competition was held online, using the Scrabble Go app for two Saturdays (May 8, 2021 and May 15, 2021). Its objective is for the students to have a venue to collaborate and socialize with other students in the other campus and to have fun in between academic-related responsibilities.

Congratulations Dried Mango Warriors!

Prof. Joan Grace E. Pacres Joins the Composite Team to Evaluate the Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology to become a State University

Being a member of the Commission on Higher Education Region VII (CHEDRO VII) Regional Quality Assessment Team (RQAT), Prof. Joan Grace E. Pacres, a faculty member of the College of Social Sciences of the University of the Philippines Cebu, Physical Education (PE) Program, was invited by the Office of Institutional Quality Assurance and Governance (OIQAG) as one of the members of the Composite Team. The team is designated to conduct a remote validation of the Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology (DOSCST). This remote validation of DOSCST, with the main campus at Mati, Davao Oriental, is conducted for the conversion of the college into a state university by virtue of Republic Act (RA) 11033.

This is another recognition for the PE Program faculty member to be part of CHED’s composite team.

The UP Padayon Public Office Invites Faculty Members and REPS to the 3rd Public Service Writing Fellowship

The UP Padayon Public Service Office is once again cordially inviting you, fellow faculty members, and REPS to submit applications to the 3rd Public Service Writing Fellowship from May 7 until May 31, 2021. The application packet may be downloaded from

As a regular program of UP Padayon, the Fellowship is a means to encourage UP faculty and REPS to document their public service initiatives in order to expand the scholarship of public service, especially in face of the challenges of the pandemic. A strong and healthy research culture in public service and extension will help the University fulfill its mandate and bring its services closer to its beneficiaries, institutional partners, and stakeholders. In this regard, successful Fellows will be participating in a virtual Writeshop on July 22-23, 2021 to help develop their public service and extension research.

Applications must be endorsed by your Unit Head, Dean or Vice Chancellor, and the Member of the System Committee on Public Service Monitoring and Reporting for your CU. Please find attached for your perusal the official poster, the Fellowship Guidelines, and the Application Form.

For further inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Charles Ramos via email at [email protected] or mobile phone at 0917 571 8886.

For details, please visit the the link for the PDF Documents.

CALL FOR PAPERS – Decolonial Perspectives: Reclaiming Our Rights as People in the Global South!

An Extramural with the College of Social Sciences (CSS), in collaboration with the Central Visayas Studies Center (CVSC), University of the Philippines Cebu, the Philippine Historical Association (PHA), the Philippine Sociological Society (PSS), and the International Sociological Association (ISA) RC47 and RC48, in commemoration of the 500th year of Magellan’s Landing in the Philippines. Extramural is on October 26-30, 2021.

Call for Papers

Antonio Pigafetta (1524:154-155) wrote in his “Primo viaggio intorno al mondo” (Magellan’s voyage around the world), that on March 16, 1521, Magellan signed a peace pact with Zugbu’s King Humabon. Along with this are Pigafetta’s testimonies on the first mass and material traits of residents of the island upon the first contact. Such was the historical fact that established how Spanish intervention commenced 500 years back. It puts the Island of Cebu (Zugbu) in the spotlight. Along with Pigafetta’s works were also published materials from known chroniclers namely: Pedro Chirino, Francisco Alzina, Antonio de Morga, Juan de la Isla, and Diego Aduarte among others. All these archival works stood to witness that Catholic-Hispanic institutions imposed variegated colonial rent-seeking strategies, namely: the repartimiento, polo y servicios, compras reales, tributos reales, indulto de comercio, hacienda-monopolio asukarera, tobacco, y abaca, etc.

The Spanish colonial past sustained 333 years of administration in the Philippines. And then, who could have thought that one day a Treaty of Paris will see Spain trade the country at $20 Million for the Americans to take control over the Philippine archipelago. We’ve been passed around from one colonial master to the other. Both cultural and ecological landscapes stood witness to how the nation is marred by a long history of colonial and neocolonial struggles.

At the moment the Global North and the Global South, although positioned on different poles, still share various social realities along related dimensions. Class divisions continue and the ruling classes often maintain close relationships with each other since they share similar living standards, regardless of whether they find themselves in the Global North or the Global South. The toiling classes both in the Global South and the Global North are exploited by the capitalist classes from both locations.

The grim past of colonialism leaves moral and colonial debts, as global neo-liberal policies in the field of trade and investments continue. Global trade pushes for contemporary forms of colonialism such as exploitation of populations in industries called “tourism”, mining and extractivism that devastate resources and biotopes, creating more damage than cultural and religious oppression, the infusion of haute finance into neo-liberal and global debt mechanisms, and the unequal trade and unequal labor relations expressed in the internationalization of the division of labor, among others. Given this pattern, the world order remains the same even after “political decolonization.” It appears that world powers are still allied to keep former colonies in the same coercive situation. Unless there is a greater and holistic resolve to redirect the plight of the poor and the exploited classes at a global scale, will it be possible for real change to take place? It is in this light that the College of Social Sciences in the University of the Philippines Cebu calls for a conference on the theme: Decolonial Perspectives: Reclaiming Our Rights as People in the Global South!

The conference invites paper presentations that shall bring about narratives on the historical experience as colonized sub-national or national territory able to reclaim its position in the greater realm of an independent nationstate. Likewise, it invites conversations and/or discourse on the relationship between the historical experience and the recent social, political, and economic dimensions of national-global realities. Furthermore, the conference shall articulate theoretical and methodological models that may be crucial in putting forward arguments, claims, and themes in decolonial and other Global Southern approaches. In this manner, the conference shall foster Global Southern knowledge production to de-territorialize, decolonize, de-stratify, and democratize social knowledge production. The conference aims to gather contributions that shall problematize and theorize on the fields of Social Sciences, Philosophy, and Humanities from the perspective of Global Southern Scholars.

We invite contributions rooted in Global Southern epistemologies, including decolonial, postcolonial, anticolonial and other perspectives, for varying sub-themes such as:

  • Women and gender relations
  • Power and resistance: The Filipino/Global South experience
  • Transnational Social Science and Humanities perspectives viewed from the Global South
  • Citizenship and Identities: The Filipino/Global South Experience
  • Filipino Art: Research, theory, and practice
  • Humanism and Visual Art: Research, Theory, and Practice
  • Language, Politics and Culture
  • Humanities and Social Science: Methodological and Epistemological Divides
  • Humanistic theory and relationship to pedagogies of teaching and learning
  • Religion and Philosophy: In the lens of Global Southern Scholars

Abstracts shall not exceed 300 words and must be uploaded in the google form, in this link:

Should you find it more interesting to propose a panel, please send the proposed title and a short description.

The deadline for submission of abstracts and panel proposals is on June 30, 2021, at 12:00 noon Philippine time.

Notice of paper acceptance shall be given by July 30, 2021.

Full paper submission for accepted abstracts is on September 5, 2021, 12:00 noon Philippine time.

Paper submissions shall be sent to [email protected].

DP-ROR in PDF Format