Araceli “Ara” d’Aboville is the wife of Hubert d’Aboville and mother to two other board members, Emman and Olivia. She bore the idea of the Surat Mangyan Teaching Program when it came to her knowledge that majority of the younger Mangyans did not know how to write their own pre-hispanic script. Surat mangyan education program “Surat Mangyan” is one of the few remaining Filipino indigenous pre-hispanic “baybayin” or syllabic scripts. This program was designed for the preservation and teaching of “Surat Mangyan”, among its young generation who are fast becoming ignorant of a valuable cultural heritage. Mangyan Syllabic Script or Surat Mangyan The Mangyans of Southern Mindoro, Philippines, (also referred to as Hanunuo Mangyans),are still practicing a pre- Spanish syllabic writing system that was in general use all over the Philippines at the arrival of the Spaniards in the 16th century.
The University of the Philippines Kamangyan, Incorporated is an organization of Mindoreño youth studying in UP Diliman duly recognized by the university, accredited by the Provincial Government of Oriental Mindoro and approved by Securities and Exchange Commission. UP Kamangyan is also a member of the UP Sanlahi Alliance. Apart from its thrust of upholding social awareness, academic excellence, civic mindedness and camaraderie among its members, the organization also serves as an avenue for promoting the rich culture, tradition and heritage of the Mindoro provinces. Activities such as the Mangyan Month, Alternative Classroom Learning Experience, and Surat Mangyan and Ambahan Tutorials embody these ideals and aspirations of the organization.
UP Kamangyan was founded on November 15, 1995 by students from Oriental Mindoro while gathering at the UP Main Library. The organization included students from Occidental Mindoro as members in 1996. In 1998, the UP Kamangyan gained official recognition from the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) as a regional organization. It wasn't until 1999 that the organization had their tambayan, which was then located at the Vinzons Hill Tambayan Complex.
The Tagisan ng Talino at Galing (TNT), the organization's inter-highschool quiz bee for Mindoreno students, was first held on 2001 in Calapan City. Another highlight event of the organization is its free College Entrance Exam Review and Career Orientation Program (CEERCOP) which started on 2005.
Tagisan ng Talino at Galing
The most highlighted event of the organization, for twelve years now, is the Tagisan ng Talino at Galing (TNT). TNT is a platform where the Mindoreno high school students can hone their skills through friendly competitions such as TNT Quiz Bee, Impromptu Speaking Contest in English and Filipino, Poster Making Contest, and Essay Writing Contest in English and Filipino. Winners of the said competitions get to represent Mindoro for the annual Patalasanlahi sponsored by the UP Sanlahi Alliance.
Mangyan Month is a week-long celebration of the organization's anniversary every month of November. Mangyan Month 2010 included a blood-letting campaign, Sanduguan. The organization also featured two seminars regarding the tourism state of Mindoro and the Mangyan writing system. The culminating activity was a grand alumni homecoming at the last day of the week-long celebration.
College Entrance Exam Review and Career Orientation Program (CEERCOP)
The College Entrance Review and Career Orientation Program was one of the headstart activities of the organization as the organization goes hand-in-hand with UPK alumni in giving UPCAT reviews, thus, providing an edge to fourth year high school Mindoreno students in their college entrance examinations. On its 8th year, CEERCOP was held in three different areas namely Calapan City and Pinamalayan in Oriental Mindoro, and San Jose in Occidental Mindoro.
CEERCOP includes review of the subjects included in UPCAT and other college admission tests. Aside from introducing exam questions, there are also talks regarding possible courses to take in college in the Career Orientation Program. UPK alumni who were successful in their fields are chosen as speakers.
Alternative Classroom Learning Experience (ACLE)
UP Kamangyan annually joins the Alternative Classroom Learning Experience (ACLE) with the vision of delivering to the UP community the identity of the provinces of Mindoro. UP Kamangyan's ACLE centers on the ecological, ethnical, and social issues in Mindoro.
The Executive Committee of UP Kamangyan for AY 2012-2013.
President: April Anne Acosta
Executive Secretary: Mary Frances Dominique Castro
Vice President for Academic Affairs: Krisha Villanueva
Vice President for External Affairs: Desteen Marie Magbanua
Vice President for Finance: Kris Bernadette Faller
Vice President for Internal Affairs: Jake Canaco
UP Kamangyan members (AY 2012-2013):
Acosta, April Anne
Atienza, Miko Mark Francis
Castro, Mary Frances Dominique
Cruz, Jezel Dyn
De Castro, Jethro
Dela Torre, Kathleen
Faller, Kris Bernadette
Foja, Rhona Dyan
Magbanua, Desteen Marie
Panganiban, John Eric
Ricohermoso, Emmanuel III
Serraon, Ace Christian
Tanada, Kaizzer Irvin
For questions, please email us at [email protected] or you can also visit us at E4 Tambayan Complex, Vinzons Hill, UP Diliman, Quezon City.
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