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UPLB alliance calls on school officials to protect students from red-tagging

May 25, 2020 - 1:59 PM

A video of a student demonstration in the UPLB campus is included in a military propaganda about progressive organizations being 'recruiters' of communists

WATCH: Miss Universe 1994 Sushmita Sen remembers historic pageant win 26 years later

May 24, 2020 - 7:00 PM

In 1994, Sushmita made history, becoming India's first Miss Universe titleholder

Avatar robots at graduation? Japan pioneered them

May 24, 2020 - 9:01 AM

A public school in Taguig is the first in the Philippines to dress robots in toga to represent its graduates. The first in the world to do that was a university in Tokyo.

SUBSTITUTES. ‘newme’ avatar robots representing graduates of the Business BreakThrough University in Tokyo exit the stage after receiving diplomas from president Kenichi Ohmae on March 28, 2020. Photo from the BBT University website

NBA legend Patrick Ewing hospitalized with coronavirus

May 23, 2020 - 9:12 AM

Georgetown University says Patrick Ewing, the Knicks great now coaching his alma mater, is the only team member who tested positive

ICON. Patrick Ewing turns to coaching after a legendary basketball career. Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images/AFP

Oxford expands virus vaccine trial to older adults and children

May 22, 2020 - 9:05 PM

'We are now initiating studies to evaluate how well the vaccine induces immune responses in older adults, and to test whether it can provide protection in the wider population,' says the Oxford Vaccine Group

Astra gets $1 billion from U.S. to fund coronavirus vaccine

May 21, 2020 - 9:40 PM

The company says it is 'engaging with international organizations,' including the World Health Organization, 'for the fair allocation and distribution of the vaccine around the world'

U.P. Board of Regents approves appeals to give ‘pass’ marks to students

May 21, 2020 - 3:30 PM

The University of the Philippines Office of Student Regent describes the approval as a 'big victory for the Iskolar ng Bayan' as they continue their campaign for mass promotion

ISKOLAR NG BAYAN. File photo of the University of the Philippines Diliman campus. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Cambridge University moves lectures online until 2021

May 20, 2020 - 9:16 PM

Cambridge is the first UK university to set out its plans for the coming academic year starting in September

U.P. recalls locally-made coronavirus test kits over ‘very minor’ defects – DOH

May 20, 2020 - 3:34 PM

The Department of Health says that UP experts are already on the last stage of correcting the defects, which the agency doesn't specify


LOOK: Palma Hall opens its doors as isolation unit for UP Diliman

May 19, 2020 - 8:14 PM

Dubbed as Kanlungang Palma sa Panahon ng Pandemya, the social sciences and humanities hub of University of the Philippines Diliman takes on the responsibility of housing suspected and probable coronavirus cases in the area

PALMA HALL. UP Health Service staff, Department of Health inspection team, and Act as One representatives stand in Palma Hall, which is now an isolation area for suspected coronavirus cases. All photos from UP Diliman website

Call for submission for anthology of literary works on COVID-19

May 18, 2020 - 9:20 AM

PRESS RELEASE: The call is open to all UP-affiliated faculty, students, staff, and alumni. This call is also open to fellows of UP creative writing workshops.

Ex-U.P. chancellor: Gov’t should give SUCs ‘more resources’ for online learning

May 15, 2020 - 9:07 PM

'They should never ever sacrifice the education budget so we could build up necessary facilities for online learning,' former University of the Philippines Diliman chancellor Michael Tan says

MORE FUNDS. Former UP chancellor Michael Tan says that the government should allot more funds to state universities and colleges for the shift to online learning. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

‘Let this be our final warning’: UP CMC slams red-tagging students during pandemic

May 13, 2020 - 9:02 PM

‘An attack on our students is an attack on our college,’ the UP College of Mass Communication reminds the NTF-ELCAC

While classes are on hold, students find ways to help affected communities

May 13, 2020 - 7:30 PM

To help out workers and their families struggling during the coronavirus lockdown, students make good use of their free time and lead donation drives online

Ladies of Barangay Sineguelasan and Barangay Talaba II preparing meals for the community. Photos by Vida Maylem.

U.P. experts say 'open data' is part of fight vs COVID-19

May 12, 2020 - 5:06 PM

The UP COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team, a group of some 200 professors, researchers, alumni, and students, says data sharing 'must be used to generate knowledge'

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES. File photo of Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III holding a press conference on March 4, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Volunteer group raises funds to cover shortage of PPE in Leyte

May 09, 2020 - 11:54 PM

Through the civic engagement group Tabang PH, a fundraising initiative was organized to produce alternative personal protective equipment for frontliners and other vulnerable groups

‘Physical’ school opening may increase coronavirus transmission in NCR

May 08, 2020 - 8:00 AM

Those below 20 years of age ‘have a high likelihood of bringing home the infection from school…to the more vulnerable members of their households’

AT RISK. Students attend a flag raising ceremony before singing the national anthem at a government school in Manila on June 2, 2014. AFP File photo by Jay Directo

FALSE: Aquino signed premium contribution hike for OFWs

May 07, 2020 - 4:22 PM

Duterte signed the Universal Health Care Act into law, which has a provision for the premium hike for direct contributors, including OFWs

UST to refund unused tuition, other fees

May 07, 2020 - 3:45 PM

The University of Santo Tomas will also not impose a tuition fee hike for schoolyear 2020-2021, according to The Varsitarian

HERD IMMUNITY. A study group from the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Faculty of Medicine and Surgery suggests herd immunity in a bid to address the coronavirus outbreak while ensuring economic growth. Image courtesy of WikiCommons

Miss Universe Philippines 2020 pageant night moved to October

May 06, 2020 - 10:34 AM

Here's what you can expect from the brand new pageant in the coming months

Miss Universe Philippines

WATCH: UP Singing Ambassadors perform 'The Prayer' in honor of medical frontliners

May 04, 2020 - 10:27 PM

The group also dedicates the song to doctors who died because of the coronavirus

UST likely to win 4th straight double UAAP general championship

May 03, 2020 - 5:06 PM

UST stands on top of the UAAP general championship table before the abrupt end to Season 82

DOMINANCE. University of Santo Tomas continues to dominate the UAAP across all sports. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Para sa bayan: U.P. lends expertise, resources in fight vs coronavirus

May 01, 2020 - 10:38 AM

The country's premiere state university has led initiatives to contain the coronavirus outbreak

ISKOLAR NG BAYAN. University of the Philippines leads several initiatives to help mitigate the impact of the coronavirus. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Among first Filipino nurses in his UAE hospital, Marlon Jimenea dies of COVID-19

May 01, 2020 - 12:00 AM

His wife, healthcare assistant Merry Janet, says Marlon didn’t show signs of breaking down, so they both took his condition lightly. He died in the ICU, where he worked.

FAMILY. Marlon Jimenea with wife, Merry Janet and daughter, Marianne Jane.

Universities, colleges with 'flexible' learning can start classes in August – CHED

Apr 30, 2020 - 9:11 PM

The CHED, however, says that higher education institutions using a face-to-face set-up can open classes in September

Building facade of Commission on Higher Education (CHED)

Despite lockdown, Lyceans find ways to help frontliners, Filipinos in Batangas

Apr 30, 2020 - 3:47 PM

Students, faculty members, and personnel of the Lyceum of the Philippines University-Batangas express their support for frontliners and Filipinos affected by the coronavirus outbreak in different ways

FOR OUR HEROES. Students and faculty of Lyceum of the Philippines University-Batangas lead initiatives to help frontliners and Filipinos during the coronavirus outbreak. Photos from LPU-B

WATCH: UST Singers alumni sing for the world in '#HeartHealHope'

Apr 30, 2020 - 12:08 PM

The singers virtually come together from all over the world in a show of solidarity in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic

SOLIDARITY. Alumni of the UST Singers come together from all over the world to perform a song dedicated to all those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Screenshot from

PAO or corporate law for Bar 2019 10th placer Bebelan Madera

Apr 29, 2020 - 7:09 PM

Bebelan Madera of the University of St La Salle in Bacolod City was working in Manila when she was called home by her parents, a move that paved her way to law school

BAR TOPNOTCHER. Bar examination 10th placer Bebelan Madera of the University of St. La Salle in Bacolod City

Bar 2019: Provincial schools again emerge on top

Apr 29, 2020 - 5:31 PM

The University of Santo Tomas-Legazpi in Albay produces the 2019 Bar examinations' 1st and 3rd placers

TOP 10. Provincial schools emerge at the top of the 2019 Bar Examinations. Photo from Supreme Court

Coronavirus batters Universal Robina, profit down 32% in Q1 2020

Apr 29, 2020 - 3:10 PM

Universal Robina Corporation starts off strong, but the coronavirus crisis disrupts its growth trajectory in the 1st quarter of 2020

U.P. experts urge universal approach to address people's needs during pandemic

Apr 28, 2020 - 8:07 PM

How can the government ensure inclusivity in responding to the crisis?

INFORMAL SECTOR. Residents at a depressed area in Brgy. Pasong Tamo, Quezon City post a message at a barricade that reads "Gutom na Kami." Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Universal Records says they are 'not involved' in 'Iisang Dagat'

Apr 28, 2020 - 1:39 PM

The label says their name was included in the caption for the song's video without their consent

'IISANG DAGAT.' Universal Records denies any involvement in the controversial song. Screenshot from Chinatown TV on YouTube launches free academic portal for stay-at-home students, teachers

Apr 27, 2020 - 12:30 PM

PRESS RELEASE: is a free-for-all scholarly website dedicated to both the Filipino student and teacher

#HAUyokoNa: Students urge Holy Angel University to suspend online classes

Apr 26, 2020 - 11:05 PM

Hoping to be heard, Holy Angel University students amplify calls to suspend online classes using the hashtag #HAUyokoNa

Photo from Holy Angel University

PUP orgs call for release of student detained over 'lockdown violation'

Apr 26, 2020 - 9:05 PM

Manila police detain student Rexon Aumentado over a supposedly invalid quarantine pass. Human rights lawyer Erin Tañada calls the detention a form of 'harassment.'

CALL FOR RELEASE. Student bodies in the Polytechnic University of the Philippines call for the release of mechanical engineering student Rexon Aumentado from detention. Screenshots from PUP Office of Student Regent

University of San Carlos to continue classes online

Apr 26, 2020 - 4:10 PM

The Catholic university rejects students' call to end the semester amid difficulties posed by Cebu City's lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus

UNIVERSITY. The University of San Carlos' downtown campus. Wikimedia Commons/Badz Patanag

U.P. to follow numeric grading system during outbreak

Apr 23, 2020 - 7:00 PM

University of the Philippines teachers who prefer to give a grade of Pass to students will have to seek approval from the Board of Regents, UP's highest decision-making body

File photo of the Oblation statue at the University of the Philippines. File photo from Wikimedia commons

Safety first or brain rot? Netizens weigh in on proposed December resumption of classes

Apr 22, 2020 - 4:21 PM

Some netizens think it's too early to set a date for the resumption of classes in the absence of a cure for the coronavirus disease, and suggest the provision of modules to students while waiting

Lockdown lessened rate of coronavirus infections in PH – U.P. experts

Apr 22, 2020 - 2:01 PM

The UP COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team says that the country's health care system should be prepared for an 'expected surge' in coronavirus cases once the Luzon-wide lockdown is lifted

RESPONSE. The National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City installs triage at the hospital's compound to evaluate and categorize patients on March 29, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Students, college councils urge University of San Carlos to #EndTheSem

Apr 21, 2020 - 5:39 PM

More than 8,700 people also sign a petition in a bid to persuade school administrators to heed students' complaints and needs

Photos from University of San Carlos website and Rise for Education Alliance Cebu's petition

To stop coronavirus spread, suspend classes till December 2020 – U.P. experts

Apr 21, 2020 - 5:13 PM

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque says the President has yet to decide on the suspension of classes

PROTECTION. Students at the Araullo High School wear face masks as protection against the novel coronavirus. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Facebook-powered virus 'heat map' unveiled

Apr 21, 2020 - 8:59 AM

The Carnegie Mellon University project uses millions of responses to surveys of Facebook and Google users as part of an effort to monitor the spread of the virus

CORONAVIRUS MAPPING. Researchers on April 20, 2020 unveiled a coronavirus "heat map" powered by Facebook data which is aimed at helping track the spread of the disease and plan for reopening society. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

Mindanao State University shortens semester, mass-promotes eligible students

Apr 20, 2020 - 8:17 PM

MSU President Dr Habib Macaayong says they shortened the second semester of academic year 2019-2020 because they gave 'consideration to the preservation of life, safety, and well-being' of the MSU community

Photo from Mindanao State University System website

Despite resumption of classes, UST students appeal for shorter semester

Apr 20, 2020 - 7:03 PM

Through a petition, students and members of the UST community continue to call on the administration to show compassion for Thomasians by suspending online classes while the coronavirus outbreak is ongoing

Images courtesy of WikiCommons and League of Filipino Students-UST

La Salle student publications echo calls to suspend online classes

Apr 19, 2020 - 8:58 PM

The student publications urge school administrators across De La Salle campuses to reconsider their academic directives during the coronavirus outbreak

NO STUDENT LEFT BEHIND. Student publications from different De La Salle University campuses call to suspend online classes. Graphic from Laxoxa Group of Publications

University of Makati students top Knowledge Channel's mini docu competition

Apr 19, 2020 - 2:18 PM

While the awarding ceremony was canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak, the 10 winning documentaries will be featured on Knowledge Channel in May

WINS. Class Project, a mini documentary competition, announces winners and finalists on April 17. Screenshot from Knowledge Channel's video

U.S. surpasses 700,000 coronavirus cases

Apr 18, 2020 - 3:08 PM

Johns Hopkins University's tally shows an increase of 3,856 deaths in the past 24 hours, but that figure likely includes 'probable' virus-linked deaths, which had not previously been counted

DEATH TRACKER. File photo of the Johns Hopkins Hospital on March 28, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo by  Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

Singapore disinfecting robot trialled in virus fight

Apr 17, 2020 - 1:02 PM

The 'XDBOT' is a box-shaped creation on wheels mounted with a dexterous robotic limb, which can reach awkward locations such as under tables and beds

DISINFECTION BOT. Singapore researchers have invented a disinfecting robot with an arm that mimics human movement, to help take the load off overworked cleaners during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo from NTU Singapore/AFP

Despite regents' decision, U.P. teachers pass students before end of semester

Apr 16, 2020 - 9:03 PM

In an act of compassion, several teachers opt to cancel requirements and pass students, allowing them to cope with the changes brought by the coronavirus outbreak

File photo of the University of the Philippines Diliman campus. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

U.P. Board of Regents approves proposal to end semester on April 30

Apr 16, 2020 - 5:39 PM

However, academic work for students and faculty will continue under the 'deferred' grade scheme

File photo of the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City