Another commemorative tree planting ceremony was initiated by the Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS) of the University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU), in partnership with the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS), on 08 March 2024 at the FMDS Perma G.A.R.D.E.N (Growing Appreciation towards Resilience, Development, Entrepreneurship, and Nutrition). This historic initiative of planting a Philippine lime tree, or commonly known as calamansi in the Philippines, aims to promote the trans-pacific bridge opportunities for our students as collaborative projects between TUFS and the University of the Philippines (UP).

(from left to right) Dr. Figueroa, Asst. Prof. Fukuda, Ms. Nagayama, Dean Serrano, Ms. Suarez, and Mr. Mangubat during the tree planting commemoration

Dr. Joane Serrano, FMDS Dean, spearheaded the commemorative event together with Dr. Roberto Figueroa, Jr., UPOU’s Immersive Open Pedagogies (IOP) Program Director. Representing TUFS were Assistant Professor Aya Fukuda, Trans-Pacific Collaborative Online International Learning (TP-COIL) Coordinator, and Ms. Aikiko Nagayama. It was also attended by Mr. Lexter Mangubat, UPOU’s Center for Open and Digital Teaching and Learning (CODTL) Educational Media Production (EMP) Deputy Director, Ms. Margaret Suarez, UPOU’s Institutional Linkages Program Development Associate, and Ms. Maryjane Reondanga, FMDS Perma G.A.R.D.E.N. caretaker.

FMDS Dean Serrano (3rd from the left) during a quick tour and harvesting of pechay in the FMDS Perma G.A.R.D.E.N

(from left to right) Dr. Figueroa, Dr. Serrano, Ms. Nagayama, Asst. Prof. Fukuda, Mr. Mangubat, and Ms. Suarez at the front of UPOU Main Building

Following the ceremony, FMDS Dean Serrano accompanied the attendees for a quick tour around the FMDS Perma G.A.R.D.E.N and the UPOU premises.

Written by: Raizza Anna Alforja • Edited by: Larry N. Cruz

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