This Year’s Student Congress
The Office of the Student Regent (representing the 50,000 students of the UP System in the Board of Regents), in partnership with KASAMA sa UP (the oldest and largest alliance of student councils in the Philippines) and UP Solidaridad (the UP System-wide Alliance of Student Publications and Writers’ Organizations) will be co-hosting the 2012 University of the Philippines Student Congress with the theme: “#CHANGE: Revolutionizing Trends in Youth Involvement in Nation-building.” This annual Student Congress is the only venue which gathers UP’s top student leaders from student councils, organizations, publications, and other student formations from the different UP campuses to discuss our different concerns as well as to formulate our unified response.
This Year’s Theme
UP students have always been at the forefront of different advocacies such as environmental justice, reproductive health, youth welfare, human rights, gender equality, and good governance. While UP students maybe differing in advocacies, we have always been one in recognition that there are many areas in which our country needs change. More than this, we have always claimed the role of the youth in forwarding these changes. This Congress, we aim to synthesize the different trends of our involvement, develop unity on our common concerns, and formulate a collective response on the challenges ahead.
This Year’s Hosts
Our Student Congress will be hosted in the following key UP campuses nationwide:
Mindanao-wide| UP Mindanao, Davao | August 31, 5pm -September 2, 5pm
For UP Mindanao, UPM SHS Koronadal, South Cotaboto
Aside from being the largest city in the Philippines, Davao is known for its durian, must-visit places such as the Crocodile Center and Eagle Center, and restaurants offering delicious servings for a cheap price. It is also near to Samal Island- a place offering the glory of nature ranging from white sand beaches to breathtaking falls.
Visayas-wide | UP Cebu | September 14, 5pm- September 16, 5pm
For UP Cebu, UPV Tacloban, UPV Iloilo, UPV Miag-ao, UPM SHS Palo, Leyte
Cebu, being the oldest city in the Philippines and known as the Queen City of the South, offers many historical places, old churches, and other era destinations. It is also home to grand beaches as well as to the hard-to-find and amazing ‘butandings’ or whalesharks.
Luzon-wide | UP Baguio | September 21, 5pm- September 23, 5pm
For UP Baguio, UP Diliman, UP in Pampanga, UP Manila, UP Los Banos, UPM SHS Baler
The Philippine version of a city that never sleeps is Baguio home to scenic views, strawberry farms, and famous ‘ukay-ukays’ or night markets. Six hours away from Manila, Baguio welcomes you with thousands of pine trees and a cold weather ranging from 15-20 degrees Celsius.
This Year’s Program
The three Congresses will feature keynote speeches of national leaders, discussions on different pressing national concerns by notable advocates, workshops on various issues confronting UP, resolution-building synthesizing proposed solutions, and overnight community integration. As a twist, a Congress Declaration titled as the ‘Panata ng Iskolar ng Bayan’ is also expected as an output representing our unified response and renewed commitment.
We will be charging all delegates only at cost. Subsidies or financial assistance may be granted depending on the amount of sponsorships that the organizers will get.
Total ALL-IN Fee (without transporation) PHP 1,000.00
Basic fee (overhead cost, materials, etc.) 200.00
With food (8 meals @ 50 ea) 400.00
With accommodations (2 nights @ 200 ea) 400.00
Confirmation of attendance should be submitted 2 weeks before the scheduled Congress for your unit (August 17 for Mindanao-wide, August 31 for Visayas-wide, September 7 for Luzon-wide) through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the online registration form in the Facebook page 2012 UP Student Congress.
Solicitation letters is also available to assist delegates in financing their registration.
Travel advisory will also be available three days before the scheduled event to guide delegates to the venue. We can also arrange group travel for willing delegates for easy transportation.
For inquiries and other concerns, the organizers can be contacted thru
Eds Gabral- 09273841392 (Luzon Coordinator)
Roscelle Cruz- 09068761234 (Visayas Coordinator)
Orly Putong- 09151125979 (Mindanao Coordinator)
Mariel Quiogue- 09178670120 (Finance Officer and Overall Coordinator)
This is the only venue where student leaders from different UP campuses can come together not just to meet and know each other but to discuss pressing concerns of the university and our country. It also gives us the chance to know the situation in other UP campuses as well as get fresh ideas coming from other student leaders.
We are excited to see you and other student leaders!
CLEVE KEVIN ROBERT ARGUELLES
Student Regent, Board of Regents
University of the Philippines System
RENDELL RYAN CAGULA
National Chairperson, KASAMA sa UP
KEVIN MARK GOMEZ
National Chairperson, UP Solidaridad
From 2012 UP Student Congress facebook page