2nd Collab concludes this year’s CMTS at School of the Holy Spirit

2nd Collab concludes this year’s CMTS at School of the Holy Spirit

by Ysabela Angela Flores

Collab is stronger than ever with its second installment as it marks the end for this year’s Check Marks the Spot (CMTS), a flagship event of UP Chemical Engineering Society Inc.’s (UP KEM) at School of the Holy Spirit, Quezon City.

KEMers have fun with their interaction with the HS students who are eager to learn cool science experiments.

Guided by its vision of strengthening the foundation of high school students in chemistry and physics through interactive workshops and fun experiments, the team conducted three sessions in the said school last November 11, 25 and December 2. This benefitted a total of 29 junior high school students, a number which ranks among the highest in Collab history to date. The three sessions also have served as opportunities for KEMers, resident member and alumni alike, to come together in the service of science and technology in the nation. Dana Allison Reyes, who has volunteered for all three sessions, recounts that it has been very inspiring to witness the young students’ enthusiasm to the experiments they have presented. “It feels good to have captured the smiles of these children, knowing that Collab has achieved its goal of cultivating appreciation for the sciences,” adds Gian Carlo Aguila, Vice-President for Membership. Under the supervision of CMTS co-heads Kristin Joy Davila (14A) and Juan Ramon Danganan (14A), Collab is spearheaded by Johndel Obra (15A) together with his team, Neil Jasper Agpalza (14A), Tyrone Robert Garcia (14A) and Ivy Camille Radaza (16A).

The participants from School of the Holy Spirit happily posed with their certificates at the end of the event.

2nd Compass installment held at San Jose Academy

2nd Compass installment held at San Jose Academy

by Mary Joyce Tan

In its envision to have a larger, more competent and driven body of scientists and engineers in the Philippines, the team Check Mark’s the Spot (CMTS) visited San Jose Academy in Navotas City last October 2, 2017 for its second installment of Compass, a sub-event of CMTS that aims to promote science and technology to grade 9 to 10 students.’

UP KEM conducted Compass under CMTS to promote the STEM track to junior high school students.


The seminar was kicked off by Mr. Mark Steven Santiago, who is a current professor in the Institute of Chemistry. Mr. Santiago talked about the possible careers in the field of science and how the field of science has held the different sectors of the country. The second talk, which aimed to encourage the students in taking the path of engineering, was given by Mr. Benedict Requejo, who also talked about the different opportunities that the track offers to its graduates. The talk mainly focused on how engineering has made a great impact in the society and how each engineering course is applied to the different aspects of life.

Mr. Tolentino on the other hand talked about how life was as a STEM Student. He talked about the different struggles that one might experience while pursuing a course in science.

The seminar was concluded by Dr. Delia Laguyo who discussed the results of the assessment exam given during registration. Dr. Laguyo also talked about the different steps that students must undergo when choosing a senior high strand.

Compass 2017 first installment was held in New Era High School, Quezon City.


Handouts were also given during the registration to inform the students of the different paths that were not discussed in detail during the talk. The handouts also include tips in making career choices. With all these talks given and guide materials distributed, the junior high school students will surely have a better understanding of how they should choose the path to pursue for their senior high school, and eventually, for their college education.

Junior high school students eagerly listened to the inspirational talks of the guest speakers with the aim of enticing them to the STEM track.

The event team gathered together to celebrate the successful installment of Compass 2017.


Compass launches in New Era HS

Compass launches in New Era HS

by Jessica Ann Vilvestre

Selecting a course of study in higher education is one of the first major decisions students make. Questions like “What will I be? What will I do?” flood the mind. At this time, a young student may feel as if they are on a crossroads; surrounded by paths full of the unknown.

Junior high school students of San Jose Academy were encouraged to take the STEM track through the Compass event of CMTS.


It is with this that UP KEM holds Compass, a career series to promote the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) track to junior high school students. The event is a sub-project of the year-long Check Marks the Spot. This year’s first Compass installment, held last September 25, 2017, was for the 200 tenth-graders of New Era Public High School.

STEM handouts were given to students to provide tips in making their career choices.

Mark Steven Santiago from the Institute of Chemistry spoke about career opportunities in the sciences. He spoke about what a career in the sciences can do for them as individuals, and for their society and fellowmen. Science is a way of life, and “science befriends failures,” Mr. Santiago said. He sought to inspire the students to see science not as a boring class of memorization and book-reading, but as a boundless and boundlessly interesting pursuit of knowledge.

Christian John Immanuel Boydon of the Industrial Engineering Department showed the New Era high schoolers the true meaning of an engineering education and career. He said, “If you want to use the world’s knowledge in order to make life easier for mankind, go for engineering.” Some students asked about which engineering field would be best for their interests, and Mr. Boydon explained the differences between the different engineering fields.


The crowd of high schoolers met UP Diliman Class of 2017’s batch valedictorian Williard Joshua Jose with giddy awe and applause. Mr. Jose’s talk on technology as a career path began with an anecdote on the models of cellphones he has ever owned. He spoke mostly about his experiences as a student, and now as he works with a telecommunications company. The audience asked a lot about Mr. Jose’s successful academic track and how they can take similar steps towards this. Mr. Jose urged the students to explore their many skills as they pursue their education, and to be diligent in studying.

As the last speaker, Dr. Belina Cuevas of the UP Diliman Office of Counseling and Guidance gave the students simple steps and factors to consider when selecting a course or specialization track. Dr. Cuevas spoke of factors like personal skill, interest, financial capacity, and availability of the courses desired. In the forum, students brought up some of their problems in facing this decision. One student shared that her parents already selected a college course for her. Dr. Cuevas assured the students that their parents will be supportive of their decisions, and encouraged them to take tracks in line with what is best for them.

Career orientations are so valuable to the decisions to be made by these young students. Hopefully, UP KEM left the New Era Public High School with the hearts of the students magnetized like compass needles; slowing the nervous spinning and set pointing toward a better course.


The Compass team gathered together to celebrate the successful 2nd installment of Compass.

CARES kicks off at Judge Juan Luna HS

CARES kicks off at Judge Juan Luna HS

by Greg Alfonso Cembrano

As preparation of the graduating high school students for the upcoming UP College Admission Test (UPCAT) on October 21-22, CARES commences in Judge Juan Luna High School in Quezon City.  The review series, which is designed by UP KEM to help graduating high school students prepare for college entrance examinations, is held into four installments last September 23, September 30, October 7 and October 11.

On the first day of CARES at Judge Juan Luna High School last September 23, students took a mock exam in the morning session of the review. This was to check if they have improved after the second mock exam, which is administered at the end of the series. In the afternoon session, Greg Cembrano discussed English Proficiency and Reading Comprehension.

Graduating HS students took a mock exam in the first session of CARES to check their improvement after the end of the review series.

Language Proficiency covers topics such as vocabulary and grammar, and is measured by tests such as analogy, identification of errors, sentence ordering, and vocabulary questions. Greg discussed several ways of choosing the right answer without knowing the meaning of the words and stressed the importance of reading widely to broaden the students’ vocabulary, which saves time in answering vocabulary and analogy questions.

The Reading Comprehension section of an entrance exam requires students to read and understand a given passage under time pressure. Several speed reading techniques were given and there was also a discussion on the different types of exam questions in this section, and the different ways of getting the answers for each type.

On the second session of CARES last September 30, Mary Joyce Tan and Kristin Joy Davila discussed Filipino while Mathematics was tackled by Justin Quintos. Same as the English subject, the discussion on Filipino was also divided into two: Language Proficiency and Reading Comprehension. Different tips in speed reading and answering grammar and vocabulary questions were given in the session and again, the importance of widening the vocabulary was reiterated. On the other hand, Justin’s discussion in Math covers algebra, statistics and geometry where several problems are solved in the review.

For the third installment of CARES, Science subjects such as General Science, Biology and Chemistry were tackled. James Maranan facilitated the review of General Science which included earth science and basic astronomy while Gerald James Balon discussed Biology which covered living things classification, evolution, basic genetics, anatomy of the human body and other high school biology topics. On the other hand, Chemistry was explained by Dean Sotoya and Gerald James Balon. In this review session, basic concepts on each of the science subjects were emphasized aided by examples and problems solved by the class.

The remaining science subject, Physics, was discussed on the fourth and last session of CARES in Judge Juan Luna High School. Ramon Danganan and Mary Joyce Tan handled the review on Physics which covered topics such as statics and dynamics, work and energy, forces and electricity. To conclude the review series, a comprehensive exam was administered to check how much the students learned from the past four review sessions. Before the review ended, it was made sure that the students retained the things they have learned from the session with the closing reminders of Alec Yau.


Students from Judge Juan Luna congregated after the successful installment of CARES 2017 in their school.

In its installment in Judge Juan Luna High School, CARES is successful in honing and preparing the ingenious minds of the students for their upcoming college entrance examinations. Spearheaded by Ernest Delmo, this review series is a big help to graduating students so they can be admitted to their dream college especially for those who cannot afford enrolling in a review center.

Voyage: Orientation Seminar 17A

Voyage: Orientation Seminar 17A

by Alicia Theresse Dumlao

Since 1954, UP KEM has always invested in their members since they are the main pillars that drive UP KEM to explore new wonders. And members always start as aspirants undergoing the application process. To jumpstart this sem’s application process is the Orientation Seminar, Voyage. It was held at the P&G Hall last September 6, 2017 (Wednesday). The event was hosted by Dean Sotoya and Mac Pasciolco.

The OrSem started off with welcoming words from the Executive Vice President, Rans Lintag. An icebreaker followed this to develop the atmosphere of the event. The program was a series of explanatory and inspiring talks given by various KEMers. Heads of ad hoc committees (namely CMTS, KOSH, Awitan, KGB, and SNCEC) started the series of talks, orienting the potential applicants of how KEMers work together to successfully organize an event that will not only benefit the event’s diverse constituents, but also benefit those who have worked hard for the event by allowing the members to build their work ethics. But growth doesn’t end with these AdHoc committees. UP KEM also offers growth by exposing its members to external organizations, may it be within the college, or even outside the university. Gab Lerona, Engineering Representative to USC, also talked about how we should be critical of the issues of our country as iskos and iskas.  ESC Vice Chairperson, Gill Leyson, mainly talked about the connections that KEM and ESC can offer while heads from other service orgs such as Regcomm, Inhenyero, and CAPES, talked about the opportunities joining these orgs can give. Other testimonials of how UP KEM encouraged them to seek greater heights by applying for external orgs with a wider range of constituents came from PIChE EVP, Laia Valencia, and PACS President, Yra Camacho.

(From the left) Gian Aguila, incumbent UP KEM VP for Membership; Jose Fernando Perez, UP KEM 1011 Executive Secretary; Alexander Roxas, incumbent UP KEM President

(From the left) Gian Aguila, incumbent UP KEM VP for Membership; Troy Tolentino, UP KEM 1617 President; Alexander Roxas, incumbent UP KEM President

Alumni members were also present at the event. Fresh graduate and former president, Troy Tolentino, gave a speech about the achievements UP KEM has had and how these achievements also helped him accomplish his personal life goals. Jose Fernando Perez, the Executive Secretary, AY 2010-2011 from Philippine Batteries Inc., talked about how it is a lot more fun if more people shared the ups and downs the app process has in store for the applicants. With all these, the attendees were given an idea how UP KEM upholds academic and professional proficiency. But the organization doesn’t stop with these two ideals, since it also advocates for its members’ holistic development. Jun Juen, a representative of the org’s Engineering Week team, talked about how many podium finishes KEM performers have had, how KEMers always do their best in every performance, and how every KEMer supports each other during competitions.

Talent Pools’ Mega-Production. KEMers showcased their talents by entertaining the attendees with their tula-dula play.

The KEMers surely didn’t disappoint because the audience had a very fun and enjoyable time watching the different talent pools team up for the mega-production. The mega-prod was a tula-dula play which tackled current issues, from light topics like SHS students’ potential up to heavy matters like EJKs. Dance routines, band song numbers, and chorale performances were also scattered all throughout the play to emphasize parts of the storyline and to show just how talented KEMers can be.

The series of talks ended with a very inspirational speech of Batch 16B’s Summa KEM Laude, Goran Tomacruz. Indeed, this series of speeches aren’t simply enlightening talks, but also encouraging testimonies. Despite the unforeseen dilemmas that the team encountered at the day of the scheduled OrSem, they were still able to organize an informative yet enjoyable OrSem, with an attendance of 12 unaffiliated students. From here on, the organization can only hope that the potential applicants are ready for everything that KEM has to give and offer them.

Department Seminar 2017

Department Seminar 2017

by Hazel Angelica Go

Last September 4, 2017 marked the takeoff of this year’s ChEck-In: the Department of Chemical Engineering Building Tour and Seminar. Freshmen and seniors alike gathered at the department to attend the first event of the day, the Department Seminar, handled by UP KEM as part of the ChEck-In umbrella event.

Greeting the attendees at the doorway of A101 was a registration booth marked by lively tarpaulins decorated with an array of colorful hot air balloons. Here they were given printed handbooks filled with useful write-ups about chemical engineering as a course and as a career to serve as a portable piece of the seminar to carry with them even after the day was over.

The program began at 9 AM with a warm welcome from the hosts of the event, Dean Ryan Sotoya and Darlene Centina. Throughout the rest of the morning, the attendees were informed and educated by a variety of talks presented by three distinguished speakers from the Department of Chemical Engineering. First was an introduction to chemical engineering as a profession, presented by Sir Aldren Ribalde, who proved to be both informative and entertaining, drawing laughs from the audience as he described the basics of the chemical engineering profession and the wide variety of industries that it could contribute to.

Inspirational talk. Participants are engaged in the discussion of Dr. Joey Ocon during the Department Seminar last September 4 held at the Chemical Engineering Building, UP Diliman.  

Following this was Mr. Rey Marquez’s introduction to each chemical engineering course offered in the curriculum, taking the students on a journey through the production of commercial sugarcane and how each major course contributed to the knowledge necessary to make such a seemingly simple yet underrated process possible. To close, Dr. Joey Ocon told the story of his awe-inspiring journey of success, from his earliest days as a student to his establishment of the Laboratory of Electrochemical Engineering within the Department. His impressive achievements and honest sharing gave the attendees a glimpse of a chemical engineer’s life of continuous learning and sharing of knowledge with others.

Keeping the attendees refreshed between speakers were performances from the chemical engineering organizations, featuring a sassy dance number from UP KEM and a relaxing song number by UP ALCHEMES. Volunteers from the audience were also called upon to join the icebreaker game, an amusing 4-on-4 game of pass-the-message, in which the participants relayed words and phrases to each other only through frantic, silent gestures. Snacks were shared and distributed as well, keeping the attendees in good spirits.

Awarding of certificates. Engr. Aldren Ribalde (3rd from the right) and Mr. Rey Marquez (2nd from the right) received their certificate of appreciation for being the speakers of the event. 

The Department Seminar ended with the presentation of certificates to the speakers and free lunch for the satisfied attendees. Through the various talks, the freshmen present at the event were able to learn more about the possibilities of their new course, and even the upperclassmen were engaged by the seminar which served as a spirited reminder of the future they’ve been working for. All-around, the Department Seminar was a simple yet fun and informative event, providing the attendees with a wider perspective of the different aspects of chemical engineering in a relaxed, intimate, and casual atmosphere.


Dalayday: UP KEM’s 63rd Anniversary Week Celebration

Dalayday: UP KEM’s 63rd Anniversary Week Celebration

by Sabrina Nicole Blanco

Last August 23 to 26, 2017, UP KEM celebrated the organization’s 63rd anniversary with week-long festivities. With the theme Dalayday, which means “the flow of blood through one’s veins,” the Anniversary Week aimed to return to KEM’s roots and look back on 63 years of academic excellence, holistic development, and prime professionalism.

Prior to the Anniversary Week itself, KEMers built up the hype online. Vibrant hues and nostalgic photos decorated Facebook news feeds as KEMers changed their display pictures and shared publicity materials with a myriad of KEM facts regarding its history, events, awards, and much more.


Going strong at 63. Members celebrate the 63 years of academic excellence, holistic development and prime professionalism of UP KEM.

The Anniversary Week proper started off with the exhibit launch, entitled Pasinaya, held in the 3rd floor lobby of Melchor Hall. Though the event was postponed for a day due to the suspension of classes because of heavy rains, the stormy weather did not dampen the spirits of the KEMers who came to the launch on August 23, Wednesday. After a few short words from KEM’s President, Alexander Roxas, and this year’s Anniversary Week Overall Head, Ysabela Angela Flores, the Exhibit and Launch team cut the ribbon and opened up the explosion box. Inside, a golden 63 sat atop a three-tiered “cake” with the organization’s core values written on it. The box’s sides were covered with pictures of KEMers from previous events, as well as their recent profile pictures. All of this was set against a backdrop of tarpaulins bearing information about UP KEM’s vision, mission, 5 P’s, and major events.

After a few photos, some members of the Executive Council and the Anniversary Week team went around Melchor Hall, visiting the domiciles of different organizations and some offices to deliver pichi-pichi as a way to let everyone in the College of Engineering partake in the anniversary celebrations. The same was done in the Department of Chemical Engineering building so that the faculty and staff of DChE would not be left out as well.

Throughout the week, the exhibit remained in Melchor Hall, catching the eyes of passers-by and drawing in people who were curious about UP KEM. Meanwhile, the KEMers remained in high spirits until the much-awaited Culminating Night, which was held on August 25, Friday.


Culmi Night. KEMers ended the 63rd anniversary celebration with Salu-Salo in Xavierville 3 Clubhouse

The Culminating Night which is entitled Salu-Salo, gathered KEMers in the Xavierville 3 Clubhouse to bring the Anniversary Week to a close and to ring in UP KEM’s 63rd anniversary together. The program started with a few words from Engr. Von Dela Cruz, who spoke on behalf of the organization’s advisers, and opening remarks from President Alexander Roxas. In their respective speeches, both emphasized how it was the members who made KEM’s 63 years possible—a reminder for all the attendees about the reason behind the celebration.

As the KEMers feasted on a selection of Filipino dishes for dinner, the awarding ceremony for this year’s Culmi Awards began where a few lucky KEMers were given certificates for unique and fun awards. Afterwards, members of the KEM Band serenaded the attendees with a couple of soulful acoustic songs as the dinner finished up. The Troupers also danced to the songs “River” and “Into You”, full of life in every step and motion. Not to be outdone, the Executive Council prepared their very own dance number as well.

Anniversary Week Head Ysab Flores delivered the closing remarks, expressing her deepest gratitude for the Anniversary Week heads, staff, and guiding lights, as well as to the resident KEMers and alumni for all their support. With a group photo and an enthusiastic chant of “KEM go fight!” the program drew to a close. However, the fun was far from over, as the night continued with music, dancing, and good company. The festivities lasted well into the night, until August 26 finally rolled around, marking UP KEM’s true anniversary.


All in all, the Anniversary Week stayed true to its goal of sharing the fruits of 63 years to all. Even though the week itself is over, the endeavor has not ended yet, as Sibol, the Service Project is still being discussed with DChE in order for the team to come up with a meaningful and feasible way for KEM to give back to the department. This only goes to show that gratitude remains at the center of the Anniversary Week celebration, as well as an important virtue instilled in KEMers.

“I think [the Anniversary Week] is a great avenue to remind everyone of KEM’s successes throughout the years,” remarked Ysab Flores, noting that this can serve as a source of inspiration for resident members to do well as KEMers. Moreover, it is also a way to establish stronger resident-alumni relations, as the Anniversary Week always returns to everything that unites the members of UP KEM, old and new: the history, achievements, dreams, fellowship, and much more.

In a sense, the same blood flows in every KEMer’s veins because of the unshakeable bond that ties everyone together. The love from each and every KEMer has kept UP KEM’s heart beating for 63 years, and it is sure to keep it beating for many more years to come.

KEM shines in UP EnggSoc’s Evolution

by Yra Mae Camacho

In celebration of their 20th anniversary, the UP Engineering Society hosted their annual kick-off party, Hysteria: Evolution, last September 23 at the Le Rêve Events Venue, Sgt. Esguerra Avenue, South Triangle, Quezon City.

With this year’s theme, eight fabulous young ladies became living testaments to the timelessness of fashion. UP KEM’s Patricia Mae Baratilla embodied a pristine, proper, and powerful young lady during the early 1950’s with her white polo shirt. From that vintage symbolism of elite social class, Baratilla exhibited a more sensual and modern touch to the same clothing representing this generation’s more liberal style.

Apart from the glamour, the night was also filled with overflowing talent from the seven engineering bands that competed in the Acoustic Jammeng’g competition. UP KEM’s Hot Stuff won 2nd runner-up in the said competition. Shayne Rae Primavera (vocals), Errol Saluta (guitar), Hans Laurence Quan (bass), Beatriz Andrea Tan (saxophone), John Carlo Flores (percussions), and Alyssa Somido (keyboards) showed the evolution of music from the 60’s to this year’s hits with their soulful renditions of Frankie Valli’s Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get It On, Boyz II Men’s I’ll Make Love To You, Bruno Mars’s Gorilla, and Calvin Harris’ This Is What You Came For.

A New Start, A New Catalyst

by Jelor Gallego

Their team met and discussed night after night, trying to figure out what to call their event. Countless words after word were thrown out and yet in the end, they decided upon that word – catalyst.

With Catalyst, their event would be an idea generation project catered towards high school students, seeking to get them to discuss and conceptualize ideas for the future. And the word has struck a chord, it fits, it makes sense, and it’s a one-word description that lays out the nature of the events.

“Ideas, whatever they are, remain a catalyst for change in the world,” Kim Co (13B), the event head, explains, “And yet, at the same time, the event is trying to be a catalyst for these students, trying to get them to pursue science and go out there and change the world.”

Catalyst has its root in Checkmate, a former event of UP KEM. Checkmate, in its original conception, was supposed to be a quiz bee event for high school students to showcase their skills in chemistry and other engineering related topics.

And yet with the advent of so many quiz bee events around UP Diliman, Kim Co is trying to spice things up. “There are so many quiz bees around [UP] that we’re trying to find a way to stand out.” In Catalyst, they found it.

A 2-day idea generation event involving teams of four Grade 9-12 students from the greater Metro Manila, Catalyst seeks to involve the students in solving energy problems in the country with a theme of “Powering Up The Philippines Through Smart Energy Solutions”.

Set on January 21-22, 2017, the event tries to convince students to pursue tracks in science by getting them to design a specific solution to a specific energy problem of their own choosing. On the first day, resource speakers such as Dr. Tamayao, head of UP Sustainable Energy Program, will impart their knowledge to the audience while later on, mentors will advise the teams as to how they can improve on any ideas they conceived.

The last day is purely presentation of their ideas and concepts and finally awarding, with the the 1st, 2nd and 3rd garnering a cash prize of 5k, 3k and 1k prize respectively.

At the end of the day, Kim Co and her team are hoping the KEMers and alumni will bring awareness of their event to their alma mater and invite students from their former schools to participate in the event. It’s an event four years in the making and they’ll stop at nothing to pull it off.

Another Lab for Collab

by James Quin Maranan

Given the state of science and technology in the country, Collab, formerly known as ChEmaraderie, returns to ignite the interest of high school students in science. Collab, like its predecessor, is a 3-day workshop consisting of handon experiments which aim to stimulate the interest of high school students for science and technology. These experiments are not only fun, but also illustrate Chemistry and Physics concepts. The experiments include making glue out of milk and ice cream making.

Together with 3 days of experiments, the students are given a module detailing the science behind the experiments as well as additional information that could help them in their school work. Lectures are also given before each experiment to immediately explain and orient the participants for the upcoming activity.

When asked about her favorite part being one of the people behind this project, Corine Caracas, the current Collab head, answered: “Watching the students during experiments. I like seeing their reactions every time something cool or unexpected happens during experiments and their “aaaah” faces when the concepts behind them are explained.“

Two 3-day workshops have already been planned for this school year. The first one was in St. Jude and the second one, currently ongoing at the time of this writing, is being done at the School of the Holy Spirit of Quezon City.

Additionally, this year, Collab, plans to reach out to public high schools. At the end of the workshops, Collab will provide a selected public high school with laboratory equipment in order to make them capable for a better education in science. A free 3-day workshop will also be provided.