BAGUIO CITY, Nov. 30 (PIA) -- The University of the Philippines Baguio opens its doors to the public in its 1st Knowledge Festival from November 22 to 04 December 2017.
With the theme: “Sika ken Siak, Puseg ti Sirib, Propagating Wisdom, Excellence and Innovation for a Sustainable Cordillera”, the event gathered together the University’s faculty scientists, researchers and artists to forge stronger interdisciplinary collaborations and to cooperate towards effectively showcasing their outputs to media and the university’s home community.
“The Knowledge Festival is an attempt to bridge the gap between UP and the public by showcasing and popularizing the works of the university for public knowledge and utilization as well,” UP Baguio Chancellor Dr. Raymundo Rovillos said.
The Chancellor admitted there is a perception that UP Baguio is an “ivory tower” or is not connected with the society, and the activity aims to correct that perception by opening to the public the University’s facilities as well as the products and outputs so that the public will know how it will be used in their lives.
The event also showcases the technologies, researches and creative works in their “laymanized” form so these could be better understood by the public. This hopes to develop an appreciation for the value chain from basic research to applied research and innovations that could provide solutions to problems and maximize its impact to Northern Luzon society.
Rovillos said they also invited officials from the local government units and the different government line agencies to look into what are the relevant outputs of the University that would be useful in their policy making and implementation.
The festival opened on November 22 with tour of exhibits of the different facilities and colleges such as the College of Arts and Communication which features the art installations and sculpture exhibits, performances and media experiences; the College of Science which has tours at the Plasma Physics Laboratory; Biology and Chemistry Lab; Molecular and Microbiology Lab and Math and Computer Science laboratories. The College of Social Sciences has exhibits of working papers, research outputs/reports, books, posters and photos, thesis, and seminar papers.
The UP Cordillera Studies Center also has exhibits on recent publications, training programs and extension services including the Cultural Heritage and Community Archives, Governance and Public Policy and Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management.
Other exhibits include the UP Baguio Library with the launching of the Baguio, Then and Now; Worcester Photographic Collection; the Committee on Culture and Arts, the Program for Indigenous Cultures and the Kasarian Gender Studies Program.
Aside from the exhibits, the Festival also features faculty and student conferences, symposiums and lectures scheduled until December 4, and the UP Baguio Foundation Day celebration on December 1.
Meanwhile, Department of Tourism-Cordillera Regional Director Venus Tan said the festival is an opportunity for the people of Baguio as well as tourists to learn and appreciate the UP Baguio and what it can contribute to the public.
“With the recent declaration of Baguio City as a UNESCO Creative City, UP Baguio proves that the city is really a creative city and this could be part of the creative circuits of the tourism programs for the City of Baguio,” Tan said. Redjie Melvic Cawis (JDP/ RMC with D. Montano & V. Corpuz- PIA CAR/ ISU interns)