According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are about 4,700 new childhood cancer cases in the Philippines annually. Forty percent of these cases are leukemia—a treatable condition, especially during early diagnosis and with consistent chemotherapy. Unfortunately, 1,700 children still die from leukemia each year in our country. Compounding this are unseen impacts of COVID-19 […]

  UP to hold UPCAT for first-year student intake in AY 2024-2025 The University of the Philippines (UP) will hold the UP College Admission Test (UPCAT) in 2023 for first-year admission in Academic Year 2024-2025. This will be the first time the UPCAT will be held since 2020. This was decided during a meeting on […]

COVID-19 can have severe effects on people with immunity problems.  They are part of the group of immunocompromised individuals who must be vaccinated and provided with additional protection, even more than the general population. There are more than 400 types of immunodeficiencies that have been identified.  Some people have inborn immunity errors (IEI), while other immunodeficiencies manifest […]

On September 21, 1972, President Ferdinand E. Marcos signed Proclamation No. 1081 declaring martial law over the entire country, supposedly responding to the rising “communist threat” at the time. This year marks the 50th anniversary of this declaration that led to a decades-long period in Philippine history remembered for its authoritarian rule, a record of […]

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a virus that attacks the body’s immune cells, making a person more vulnerable to other infections and diseases. If left untreated, HIV can lead to AIDS or Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. HIV is a major global public health issue, having claimed 40.1 million lives since 1981. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the […]

Some people experience symptoms of COVID-19 long after the virus has infected them. But what do we know about post-acute COVID-19, post-acute sequelae of SARS CoV-2 infection (PASC), or chronic COVID, better known as “long COVID”? According to the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC), “post-COVID conditions are found more often […]

The Office of Student Development Services will open the Student Learning Assistance Online (SLAS Online) to accommodate UP students who require learning assistance in AY 2022-2023. The SLAS Online is a web-based program that serves as a portal for applicants who wish to apply to student financial assistance programs of the University. Undergraduate students, including […]

  While forgoing its college admissions test in light of the public health situation, the University of the Philippines (UP) assured the public its ad hoc admissions system is more closely analyzing the applicants’ high school performance so that “excellence and equity” are not compromised in accepting new students. Excellence refers to choosing the best […]