The University of the Philippines has issued an open call for entries to the PAG-AALAY webXHIBITION & FESTIVAL, an online video festival that will showcase stories of everyday Filipino heroes. The festival welcomes entries from all, amateur or professional, Filipino filmmakers, multimedia creators, and artists whose works capture stories of resilience, inner strength, and humanity of Filipinos.

The theme for this year’s festival is “Pag-aalay sa Panahon ng Pandemya”. The Festival will accept video entries that honor, remember, and immortalize Filipinos whose stories of selfless acts amid the COVID-19 pandemic reflect our values of heroism (bayanihan) and selfless offering or oblation (pag-aalay).

Anesthesiologists are among the medical workers who serve at the frontlines in the battle against the viral pandemic. As such, they face health risks due to their exposure and close proximity to COVID-19-positive patients in enclosed spaces. How then can these medical frontliners keep themselves safe while taking care of their patients? Find out in the upcoming webinar in the UP “STOP COVID DEATHS” series on July 10, 12nn.

UP is moving forward into the “next normal” of a COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 world, and getting ready to explore new prospects, platforms, and possibilities for remote and blended remote and face-to-face teaching and learning, with a series of initiatives, preparations, webinar-workshops and dialogues for the next two months.

For many patients who survive severe COVID-19, rehabilitation is the next stage of the fight. The next installment in the UP “STOP COVID DEATHS” webinar series will focus on the needs of patients recovering from severe COVID-19, with Dr. Celso F. Bate of The Medical City and VRP Medical Center as speaker.

Physical distancing or “social distancing” prevents the spread of COVID-19, but it is a challenge to enforce in highly dense communities such as those in the Philippines. An upcoming webinar by the UP CIFAL, scheduled on July 3, Friday,will focus on this particular challenge in the fight against the pandemic.

Its effects on health, labor and the economy aside, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us all, especially our mental, emotional and psychological health. So how do we manage the effects of COVID-19 on our lives? The UP Baguio Cordillera Studies Center is holding a free livestream on “Katatagan at Pagbangon sa Panahon ng Pandemya,” with Prof. Rozel Balmores of the UPB Dept. of Anthropology, Sociology and Psychology as speaker, on June 26, Friday, 10:00 a.m.

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True to the University as a public service institution, UP Open University (UPOU) will offer free online bridge courses in English and Mathematics for senior high school students, college freshmen, and all other interested individuals. It is a joint initiative of the Faculty of Education and Ugnayan ng Pahinungod of UPOU.

Should we take zeroes at face value when it comes to disease statistics? Listen to Zython Paul Lachica of the UP Mindanao Interdisciplinary Applied Modeling laboratory on June 19, 10:00 AM, Philippine time, as he discusses “Are Zeroes Really Zeroes?: Detecting Underreporting in Disease Reports.”.