Volunteering During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Personal Reflection

By Wilzen Bermoy As a first-time Ugnayan ng Pahinungód (teaching) volunteer, I started my journey feeling bewildered. For one, I had a hard time balancing my full-time teaching job with my coursework as a part-time doctorate student, not to mention the anxiety and depression I dealt with when I was quarantined for days. Then, I... Continue Reading →

Earthquake Safety and Preparedness Tips in Times of COVID-19

by Phoebe May D. Apostol The month of July is National Resilience Month. This year’s theme is “Tamang Pamamahala’t Kahandaan, Kaalaman at Pagtutulungan sa Sakuna at Pandemya’y Kalasag ng Bayan.”    Filipinos are known to be resilient people.  I guess this is because we are used to natural disasters considering that  every year we experience  numerous... Continue Reading →

Ugnayan ng Pahinungód Volunteerism Now Easier!

by Moireen Espinosa and Wilzen Bermoy  “Ugnayan'' is a Tagalog word for linkage, while “pahinungód” is a Cebuano term that is the closest translation of the Oblation, or the giving of oneself for the service of the nation.  As a bona fide iskolar ng bayan, the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) students can... Continue Reading →

The Mozart Effect: Of Music and Podcasts

By Moireen Espinosa  Listening to music has its benefits to productivity, especially for someone like me who has done academic units via the online learning systems or platforms. Even prior to the pandemic lockdowns, I have had a glimpse on how to do things with the “at home” setup. There were times that I have... Continue Reading →

Araw ng Kalayaan 2021

by Lovelyn Petrasanta Mahal kong Pilipinas Lulan ka pa rin ng pag-asa Sa katatagan mo'y Hindi mawawala ang paghanga Dumating man ang pagsubok Mananatiling naka-tindig ka Daanan man ng kalungkutan May ngiti pa rin sa mga mata Mapagod man kung minsa’y Hinding hindi magsasawa Paglilingkod sa inang bayan Sa puso ay nakatatak na Mabuhay ka... Continue Reading →

UPOU Public Service Initiatives in 2021

For the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU), public service is not just an additional function but a meaningful function that cuts across its teaching and research functions. This is in line with the responsibility of giving back meaningful service to the nation and to the world which remains deeply embedded at the core... Continue Reading →

UPOU from A to Z (26 Things to Know about UPOU)

by Moireen Nicola Antoinette Espinosa 2021 -- the 26th anniversary of the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU). Indeed, it is an eventful year for everyone to celebrate. The ongoing pandemic has shaken the lives of many, yet the institution and its community still remain– strong and persevering. Here is a listicle of the... Continue Reading →

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