If it’s indeed true that birds of the same feather flock together, then all it takes is a little sleuthing to find the student organization that’s right for you. In fact, the rosters of certain orgs are composed entirely of students from a certain province or region.
For instance, Tarlaquenos studying at the University of the Philippines can check out UP Sandiwa. Besides serving as a safe haven and fun group for students from Tarlac, the org also engages in activities related to social consciousness, as you will see shortly.
UP Sandiwa is an organization of and for students who hail from Tarlac. Like other orgs who conduct UPCAT reviews, it’s geared toward academic and socio-civic activities, especially those that involve the welfare of fellow Tarlaquenos. In fact, the org has been busy with such projects for the past 17 years.
One of the most recent achievements of the org was the LOVEstROCK Valentine concert held last February 2010, wherein it promoted such values as social responsibility and love for country. To this day, the org continues to uphold its core thrust of nurturing UP scholars, knowing fully well that the latter are the first to serve their country.
Organizational UPCAT Review Background
REV-UP is the UP Sandiwa entrance exam review program designed to put the org’s core principles into action. It conducts this annual program in conjunction with the city government of Tarlac and the Rotary Club of Tarlac Metro.
The emphasis of the program is on knowledge and technique—that is, its purpose is to equip Tarlaqueno high school seniors with the tools they’ll need to pass the entrance test of their chosen university (especially the UPCAT). It consists of six sessions and even includes a free reviewer.
The last REV-UP was held for three consecutive weekend sessions at the Don Bosco Technical Institute in Sto. Cristo, Tarlac City.
UP Sandiwa has some very manageable requirements for would-be participants. Students must hail from Tarlac and must have valid school IDs. That’s all.
REV-UP covers familiar high school subjects such as:
- General Science
- English Grammar
- Reading Comprehension
- Filipino Grammar
- Pag-unawa sa Binasa
The program itself consists of three main parts: an orientation career assistance program, the review proper and a mock exam. UP Sandiwa will even throw in free reviewers for participants.
Kindly note that UP Sandiwa members take responsibility for preparing all the materials in the program.
Last year’s registration started on June 26 2010, 12 noon at the DBTI gym, Tarlac City. The org makes use of a SRS or Sandiwa Registry System–an information system especially made for Rev-UP. This system (the brainchild of alumnus Jap Salvador) acts as a warehouse of information regarding the participants and performed functions such as class management, student grade rankings, attendance checking, etc.
Basically, the SRS assigns student numbers and classrooms to participants. The students proceed to the Don Bosco Technical Institute gymnasium to register from seven to eight in the morning. There they will receive assistance from UP Sandiwa staff members. The participants then input relevant info (their names, schools, etc) into the SRS terminals, and the system takes care of sorting them out.
During the last REV-UP series, UP Sandiwa held review classes on July 3 and 4 and July 10-11, from 9:00am-4:00pm on Saturdays, and 9:00 am-12noon on Sundays. The only exception was the first week, where the Saturday session was held from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. while the Sunday session was held from 9:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
At the time of this article’s writing, the UPCAT review schedule for 2011 is still being ironed out.
For inquiries or clarifications about UP Sandiwa or its REV-UP program, kindly contact Ms. Kristine Cunanan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0915-3314517
Ms. Kristine Cunanan of UP Sandiwa