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Highly acclaimed Filipino pianist Albert Tiu performs in Abelardo Hall Auditorium on Friday, Januray 14, 2014, 6:30pm. The event is part of the on-going UP College of Music Concert Series and realizes informal institutional linkage the College and Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at the University of Singapore.

Billed “the Classical Elements,” the evening’s program consists of virtuosic, picturesque pieces exhibiting varied moods and colors that paint unto sounds the elemnts of nature: earth, air, water, and fire.

Some of the music to be played are Liszt’s “Waldesrauchen” and “Harmonies du soir” from Etudes d’ execution transcendante, Rachmaninov’s “Lilacs,” Quilter/Hough’s “The d’ Anacapri” and “Le ventdans la plaine” (Preludes Book I) and “Reflets dan I’eau” (Images I), Griffes’s “The Night Winds from Three Tone-Pictures Op.5, Satie’s “Feu d’ artifice,” “Skryabin’s “Vers la flame” Op.72, Mompou’s “El Lago” from Paisajes, Berio’s “Wasserklavier,” and de Falla’s Ritual Fire Dance.

Albert Tiu is a pianist of the highest caliber. A recording pianist whose interpretations of Beethoven, Chopin, Skryabin and Rachmaninov have garnered praises from critics, Albert has performed soloist in top orchestras of the world.

Known for his innovative and eclectic repertoire, Albert has been described by critics as “an artist of uncommon abilities” (American Record Guide), one whose “heart and mind unite in a deeply affecting union” (Gramophone), and one “who can make a single note or chord tell, yet always within an enviably natural lucid and refined contexts” (Fanfare). Albert has trained with Nelly Castro (Cebu), Nita Quinto (UP), John Winther (Hongkong), Michael Lewin (Boston), and with Jerome Lowenthal in Juilliard School where he received the 1998 Petschek Award that led to his debut in Lincoln Center, New York. He has won top prizes in international piano competitions in Pretoria, Calgary, Santander, Helsinki, and Seoul.

Admission ticket to the c0oncert is priced at P300 with special discounts for the elderly (20%) and students (50%). For further details, please call 9296963 and 981-8500, loc 2639 or email [email protected]

The University of the Philippines Los Baños, led by its Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Studies Center with partners German-funding agency GIZ, Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia, Asian Development Bank and SEAMEO-SEARCA successfully held the National Symposium on "Learning from Each Other: Building Blocks for Climate-Resilient Local Communities in the Philippines" last 27-28 November 2013 at the Traders Hotel Manila, Pasay City.

The symposium brought together researchers, scientists, local government officials and civil society groups to share appropriate and cost-effective tools and methods as well as success stories and inspiring lessons in the area of climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Nearly 120 participants from all over the country, with about half coming from the local government sector, participated in the symposium composed of plenary talks, parallel sessions, tools orientations/ tutorials and networking activities.

According to Dr. Felino P. Lansigan, Chair of the Symposium Organizing Committee, the symposium was an important activity as “it has been designed to document and later on disseminate innovative tools and experiences of stakeholders from the local communities.”

"We want these wellsprings of lessons available to the concerned sectors, specially the local communities, so that they can learn from them, and possibly employ the tools to become more climate-resilient," Dr. Lansigan explained.

Chancellor Rex Victor O. Cruz of UPLB welcomed the delegates during the first day. Dr. Bernd-Markus Liss, GIZ Principal Advisor to the Support to the Climate Change Commission in Implementing the NCCAP Project, also gave a message of support to the activities.

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The School of Environmental Science and Management (SESAM), in partnership with the College of Agriculture and the UPLB Food and Nutrition Security/Safety Studies Center, hosted a special seminar on food and nutrition safety in the Philippines last November 20, 2013 at the UPLB Operations Room, Abelardo Samonte Hall, UPLB, College, Laguna. Around 50 guests, including about 30 foreign delegates of a training course on crop-livestock-climate interaction participated in the event.

Three speakers were invited to share with the participants different aspects of the inter-relations of food production and accessibility, nutrition security and food safety.

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UPLB hosted the second leg of the Jiggy Manicad TV Lecture Series on Aug.30, at the D.L. Umali Auditorium. The event featured talks by Manicad, UPLB alumnus and one of the most distinguished broadcast journalist today; Marnie Manicad, TV and film director and producer and Jiggy’s spouse; and Maricar Cinco, Philippine Daily Inquirer reporter and a UPLB graduate as well.

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“What happens at UP should not stay at UP.” With these words, Dr. Jose L. Cuello, University of Arizona (UA) professor and UPLB alumni, set the tone for his seminar “Acting Locally and Partnering Globally: Remaking UPLB’s Excellence in the Knowledge-Based Global Economy of the 21st Century” hosted by the University on Aug. 7 at the College of Arts and Sciences lecture hall.

According to Cuello, it is UP’s mission to help “illuminate the way” for a nation facing significant economic challenges in a globalized world – “a world without walls.” UP and its role in its next 100 years is crucial in the development of a self-governing nation he said.

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