• Posted on: 22 March 2019

UPPI Faculty are Regular PopQuiz Formulators

Baller for the National Festival of Talents where the National Pop Quiz is part of
Baller for the National Festival of Talents
where the National Pop Quiz is part of

Part of the extension work being undertaken by a number of faculty from the UP Population Institute (UPPI) is to provide support in the conduct of the annual Population Quiz in collaboration with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Population Commission (POPCOM). UPPI faculty members involved in this activity are tasked in the formulation of test questions to be used in the regional and national population quiz As test formulators, part of their task is the identification of relevant and current materials and research outputs to be used as reviewers for the participants.

Assoc. Prof. Maria Midea Kabamalan (extreme left) and Assoc. Prof. Maria Paz Marquez (third from left) sitting as judges in the 2015 NFOT in Makati City
Assoc. Prof. Maria Midea Kabamalan (extreme left) and Assoc.
Prof. Maria Paz Marquez (third from left) sitting as judges in the 2015
NFOT in Makati City

They also sit as members of the board of judges during the events themselves, specifically the annual NCR Regional Quiz held every November of the year with contestants from various high schools in each of the 17 cities and municipalities of Metro Manila and, subsequently, the National Population Quiz held every February or March.

Since 2012, the National Population Quiz has been subsumed as one of the activities under the DepEd’s National Festival of Talents (NFOT), a yearly event which provides students the chance to exhibit their skills in the arts and technical-vocational. Hence, apart from formulating test questions and preparation of materials, the faculty also take part in judging other contests such as essay writing, poster, and jingle making, among others.

Prof. Grace Cruz (extreme right) with the victorious contestants in the 2016 National PopQuiz held in General Santos Cityy
Prof. Grace Cruz (extreme right) with the victorious contestants in
the 2016 National PopQuiz held in General Santos City

For POPCOM Exec. Director Juan Antonio A. Perez III, the youth need to have a greater awareness of population, health and environment (PHE) issues and their interconnectedness. Precisely for this aim, the National PopQuiz is an advocacy tool aimed towards enhancing the youth’s cognizance of these issues in the quest for national development. (POPCOM website) The faculty who regularly represent UPPI in the pop quizzes are Professor Grace T. Cruz, Assoc. Prof. Maria Midea M. Kabamalan, Assoc. Prof. Maria Paz N. Marquez and Prof. Nimfa B. Ogena.

Assoc. Prof. Maria Paz Marquez sits as one of the judges  during the 2015 NCR Regional PopQuiz
Assoc. Prof. Maria Paz Marquez sits as one of the judges during the 2015 NCR Regional PopQuiz