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.