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Dumaguete City, Philippines Wednesday, November 11, 2015
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Sillimanian finalist
in piano contest

A graduate of Silliman University's College of Performing and Visual Arts advances to the championship round of the 2015 piano competition of the National Music Competition for Young Artists, set November 24, at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, a press release from the school said.

Ricardo Abapo Jr., who finished his undergraduate degree in music, major in piano in 2013, will compete with four other finalists in the championship round for category C in piano. He is the only finalist from outside Manila.

NAMCYA is a national program that seeks to discover and develop young Filipino musicians through competitions and a series of workshops and training.

Abapo is currently with SU, working part-time at COPVA for its extension program.

Meanwhile, SU's Institute of Environmental and Marine Sciences professor, Hilconida Calumpong, was the keynote speaker in the 47 th annual convention of the Federation of Institutions for Marine and Freshwater Sciences, at the Eastern Samar State University in Borogan City, Samar, recently.

She reflected on the theme, “Disaster Mitigation, Ecosystem Rehabilitation and Livelihood Support Through Aquatic Sciences”, and discussed the summary of the results of the first integrated World Ocean Assessment, the press release said.

The Assessment was developed by a group of 22 scientists from around the world, including Calumpong, the lone expert from the Philippines. It was earlier submitted for discussion and adoption by the United Nations General Assembly in its 70 th session in September.

Officially called the Group of Experts of the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, the group was organized by the UN in 2010, after a recommendation of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development at Johannesburg, South Africa.

Also attending the Samar convention from Silliman were Biology Department chair Roy Olsen de Leon, Persie Mark Sienes, Jean Asuncion Utzurrum, and Julius Canja.

Sienes, who won the Best Paper Award, and Utzurrum, presented their papers under the graduate category, titled “In Site Temperature Profile of Shallow Reef Communities in Negros and Apo Islands”, and “Fish Standing Stock and Catch from Coral Reefs in Three Regions of the Philippines,” respectively.

Canja shared the findings of his work under the undergraduate category, titled “Length-Weight, Gonadal Wet-Weight Relationships and Color Morphology of Tripneustes gratilla (Linn.) in Three Areas of Negros Oriental, Philippines”, the press release said.

Established in 1968, FIMFS is the longest-running national scientific organization of aquatic sciences in the country, and serves as a venue for presentation of research papers and studies related to aquatic sciences by academic and research institutions, both private and government-affiliated, all over the country, the press release added.*


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