Conference and Enrichment Sessions on the New GEC

Last September 2-3, 2017, the Council of Deans and Department Chairpersons of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CODDCCAS) Region V held a Conference and Enrichment Sessions on the New General Education Curriculum at the Ateneo de Naga University in Naga City. According to the Commission on Higher Education Regional Office V CHED Regional Memorandum number 82 series of 2017, the activity aims to “enrich approaches in teaching the new GE courses that the General Education teachers will be handling this SY 2018-2019.”

I and Marivic Fullante handled the sessions on “Mathematics in the Modern World.” (I lectured during the morning of September 3, 2017, and she lectured during the afternoon.) Here are the slides that I used: Introduction, Mathematics in Our World, Mathematical Language and Symbols, Problem Solving and Reasoning, and Geometric Designs.

I also talked about the teaching of mathematics using the Filipino language.


Bicol Science, Technology & Engineering Conference 2017

Edit made on January 11, 2017: BiSTEC 2017 has been cancelled. Details can be found in the comment to this post.

The Ateneo de Naga University College of Science and Engineering is organizing the first Bicol Science, Technology & Engineering Conference (BiSTEC 2017) on January 25-27, 2017 at the Avenue Plaza Hotel in Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines.

The theme is “Science and Technology Towards Bicol Development” and the sub-themes are Science and Technology Innovations, Mathematical Modeling, Climate Change Adaptation, Computational Intelligence, Natural Products and Molecular Medicine, and Environmental Issues and Problems. The plenary speakers are Fabian M. Dayrit, Joel S. Marciano, Jr., Aurelio Asug De Los Reyes V, Carlo A. Arcilla, Bryan Martin, and Allan A. Sioson.


Click here to see the BiSTEC 2017 brochure containing a call for papers.

2016 Bicol Mathematics Conference

The 2016 Bicol Mathematics Conference will be held on February 29 to March 2, 2016 (Monday to Wednesday) in Ateneo de Naga University, Naga City, Philippines. Three plenary talks will be given (pure mathematics, applied mathematics, mathematics education). I am the plenary speaker for mathematics education.

Ateneo de Naga University International Research Conference 2015

To celebrate the 75th foundation anniversary of the Ateneo de Naga University (ADNU), the University Research Council of ADNU is holding the Ateneo de Naga University International Research Conference 2015 (ADNU IRC 2015) from November 29, 2015 to December 1, 2015 at the Villa Caceres Hotel in Naga City (Region V). The theme of the conference is The World Beyond 2015: Forging New Frontiers through Research, Development, and Extension.

The conference will have the following speakers:

  • Napoleon K. Juanillo, Jr.: Director IV, Office of Planning, Research, and Knowledge Management, Commission on Higher Education (keynote speaker)
  • (tentative) Shanaka Jayanath Peiris: Resident Representative to the Philippines, International Monetary Fund (invited plenary speaker: ASEAN Integration 2015)
  • Titon Mitra: Country Director, United Nations Development Programme, Philippines (invited plenary speaker: millennium development goals)
  • Jane E. Rovins: Director, Disaster Reduction and Resilience Solutions, Ltd, New Zealand (invited plenary speaker: climate change and disaster resilience)

A copy of the first announcement is here.


I recently presented a poster and a paper at the 7th ICMI-East Asia Regional Conference on Mathematics Education (EARCOME 7) last May 11-15, 2015 at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel.

Shown above is a picture of me with Frederick K. S. Leung (who was the honorary plenary lecturer) and Catherine P. Vistro-Yu (who was the international program committee chair).

The poster and the paper were based on parts of my dissertation with Dr. Vistro-Yu as my advisor. The poster had the title “Assessing Proportional Reasoning Skills and Understanding Using the Water Rectangle Task” and was co-authored with Dr. Vistro-Yu. (A copy of the poster is here. The poster is the one on top in the photograph above.)

The paper had the title “Teaching Proportional Reasoning Concepts and Procedures Using Repetition with Variation” and was co-authored with Dr. Vistro-Yu. (A copy of the slides is here. Also shown in the photograph above is the session chair Enriqueta Reston.)

2014 Bicol Mathematics Conference: Call for Papers

The 2014 Bicol Mathematics Conference will be held on February 7–8, 2014 at the Ateneo de Naga University. We are inviting mathematicians and mathematics educators especially those in the Bicol region to present a 30-minute talk. More details can be found in the call for papers.

Ticao Stone

(Originally posted at on February 17, 2012 7:53 PM)

Two stones with baybayin writing found in Rizal Elementary School in Ticao Island, Masbate have been attracting a lot of attention lately.  (I got the picture of the larger stone from here.)  Tito Genova Valiente, the officer-in-charge of the Institute of Bikol History and Culture at the Ateneo de Naga University, has written a few articles about them in the Business Mirror.  I encourage you to read the one published in July 20, 2011 and the other published in February 11, 2012 to learn more about the stones.

The First Philippine Conference on the “Baybayin” Stones of Ticao, Masbate was held in Monreal, Masbate on August 5-6, 2011 (the conference proceedings can be found here), and the Second Batong Ticao/Ticao Stone Conference was held in Ateneo de Naga University last February 11, 2012.