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A town south of Laguna, Paete is just about two-hour ride from the Office of the Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS) of the UP Open University.

Paete’s name was taken from the word “paet” (or pait), which is the local term for chisel, the main tool used in woodcarving. Paete is famous for wood carved items such as statues, images, intricate furniture and other products. In 2005, Paete was proclaimed as the wood carving capital of the Philippines.

From UPOU, you will pass by Santa Cruz, Pagsanjan and a few towns before reaching Paete.

First of the places you must visit is the Church of Santiago Apostol, a declared National Historical Site. It is filled with woodcarvings that Paeteños have carved collectively for many decades, centuries even. This includes the beautifully carved retablo and the life-size Last Supper, complete with the 12 apostles, sitting around the rectangle dining table.

Paeteños are world-class carvers. Many churches in the country have at least an image carved in Paete. The image of the Crucified Christ found in St.Peter’s Basilica in Rome was carved in Paete. They also are now famous as ice carvers, and many are employed in luxury cruise ships as ice carvers.

Paete is also well known for its paper mache products. It is also believed that the first yo-yo, a wooden toy, is made in Paete. They also carved intricate designs on the wooden sole of the Filipino bakya, our traditional footwear.

The carvers of Paete have joined and won in the UPOU Wood Carving Design and Competition organized by the FMDS.


One of Laguna’s most popular tourist attractions, Pagsanjan Falls, is  about an hour away from the office of the Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS) located at the main campus of the UP Open University (UPOU). To get there by bus, you can take a Sta. Cruz bound bus just in front of the UPOU Headquarters. From Sta. Cruz, the capital of Laguna, take a jeep to the next town of Pagsanjan.

To reach the refreshing cool waters of Pagsanjan Falls, take an hour boat ride passing through Bumbungan and Balanac Rivers. You will pass through 14 rapids, with the help of two boatmen. If you are the sporty type person, you can hike to the falls from Cavinti, a nearby town. After 500 steps and two vertical ladders, you will be at the bottom of the falls. From there, you can take raft ride passing through the waterfalls into the Devil’s cave.  

For the return trip, you will shoot the rapids of Pagsanjan Falls. Individuals who have shoot the rapids of the 91-m tall Pagsanjan Falls claim it is an exhilarating experience.

Pagsanjan Falls is the location shoot of the last scene of the Hollywood film Apocalypse Now.


Mt. Makiling is home to two campuses of the University of the Philippines, UP Open University (UPOU) and UP Los Banos (UPLB). It is one of the mega diverse tropical rainforests in the country. 

Based on altitude, it has four types of vegetation namely: 1) upper montane rainforest (above 1000m), lower montane rainforest (above 750 m), lowland evergreen rainforest (100-500m) and Parang vegetation comprising mixture of grassland and second growth forests. It is rich in flora and fauna.


Makiling is also home to more than 2,000 species of flowering plants, 291 species of ferns, 211 species of mosses, 45 species of mammals, 181 species of birds, 65 species of reptiles, 22 species of amphibians and thousand insects and other arthropods.

Considered a dormant volcano in Laguna, Makiling rises to an elevation of 1,090 m above mean sea level, and is the highest in the Laguna Volcanic Field, otherwise known as the San Pablo Volcanic Field. It does not have any recorded volcanic eruptions, but is considered dormant because of its geothermal features such as mud springs and hot springs. 

Mt. Makiling is a state-owned forest reserve managed by UPLB.  Prior to becoming a forest reserve, it was the first national park of the Philippines established in February 23, 1933. Republic Act No. 3523 transferred it to UPLB for use in forestry education and information. Presently known as Mount Makiling Forest Reserve, it was declared as ASEAN Heritage Park in 2013.


Laguna de Bay, the largest lake in the Philippines, is just hundreds of meters away from the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) grounds. If you are standing on the side of the road going to the Makiling Forest via PCARRD road, you will be able to see the lake. 

Laguna de Bay, or Laguna Lake, is situated east of Manila, between the provinces of Rizal to the north and Laguna to the south. Its total area is 911.7 km2, with a surface elevation of 2.0 m and is 41 km long. Looking from an aerial perspective, it is shaped like a stylized “W”.  At the middle of the lake is Talim Island. 

Landsat Photo


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 Dampalit Falls is one of the many beautiful spots in Los Banos that you should not miss visiting when you go to UP Open University to attend to your academic requirements.

It is about 1.5 to 2 hours ride from Manila.  Take a Sta. Cruz bound bus and alight at Barangay Dampalit of Los Banos, just next to Camp Eldridge.  From there, take a 15-20 minute walk from the main road, passing through the houses of the barangay and then you will see the refreshing waters of the Dampalit Falls.




FMDS Comprehensive Examination Date Schedule (2nd semester 2017-2018)

Diploma in Social Work

  • Human Behavior & Social Environment Social Welfare Policies and Research (May 14, 2018)
  • Social Work Profession and Practice Social Agency , Leadership and Management (May 16, 2018 )

Master of Social Work

  • Human Behavior & Social Environment Social Welfare Policies and Research (May 14, 2018)
  • Social Work Profession and Practice Social Agency, Leadership and Management (May 16, 2018 )
  • Area of Specialization (May 18, 2018)

Master of Environment and Natural Resources Management

  • General Field (May 29, 2018)
  • Major Field (May 31, 2018)

Master of Public Management

  • General Field (May 28, 2018)
  • Public Policy and Program Administration (May 30, 2018)
  • Local Government and Regional Administration (LGRA) and Voluntary Sector Management (VSM) (June 1, 2018)

Master of Arts in Nursing

  • Content (June 5, 2018 )
  • Methodology (June 7, 2018 )

Master of ASEAN Studies (July 6, 2018)

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