By Nephele Kirong
Alyansa ng mga Mag-aaral para sa Panlipunang Katwiran at Kaunlaran (ALYANSA) bagged eight college representative seats while Nagkakaisang Iskolar Para sa Pamatasan at Sambayanan (KAISA UP) and Students Alliance for the Advancement of Democratic Rights in UP (STAND-UP) both won five positions out of the total 20 colleges.
For the second straight year, an independent candidate won from the College of Mass Communication while the College of Fine Arts failed to field any candidate for the position.
The university’s largest voting bloc, the College of Engineering, split their two college representatives, Michael Brian Bien and Cyrus Cruz between ALYANSA and KAISA, respectively.
Meanwhile, representatives Maria Kriselda Sebastian of CAL, Englebert Chua of CBA, Montana Amir Dominguez of Educ, Angelo Flores of CHK, Carlo Go of Econ, Nigel Patrick Cornel of CMC, Nicole Roxanne Aldiosa of Music, Marie Gold Villar of CSWCD and Heverly Bravo of Stat ran unopposed with the plurality rule evident for their win.
Unlike other university student council positions, the college representative post is specifically voted by students of their respective college units.
Candidates running for this position usually have been a part of their local student council.
This year, nine of the 19 candidates are incumbent officers of their respective college’s student councils.
Newcomers who do not currently hold a position in their college council
ARCHI- ALEXANDER DOMINIC MAYORALGO (ALYANSA)
CAL- MARIA KRISELDA SEBASTIAN (STAND UP)
CHE- KARMELA VICTORIA ABESAMIS (KAISA)
CHK- ANGELO FLORES (KAISA)
CMC- NIGEL PATRICK CORNEL (Independent)
CSSP- JUAN CARLO TEJANO (ALYANSA)
CSWCD- MARIE GOLD VILLAR (STAND UP)
ENG’G- MICHAEL BRIAN BIEN (ALYANSA)
NCPAG- DESIREE ICO (KAISA)
SLIS- JOHN RONALD ALMONINA (STAND UP)
Incumbents who currently hold a position in their college council
AIT-JUAN CARLO DANGANAN (KAISA)
CBA-ENGLEBERT CHUA (ALYANSA)
CS- JACKIE CANLAS (ALYANSA)
ECON- CARLO GO (ALYANSA)
EDUC- MONTANA AMIR DOMINGUEZ (STAND UP)
ENG’G- CYRUS CRUZ (KAISA)
LAW- MA. FLORENCE THERESE MARTIREZ (ALYANSA)
MUSIC-NICOLE ROXANNE ALDIOSA (ALYANSA)
STAT- HEVERLY BRAVO (STAND UP)
Breakdown per party
ALYANSA: Archi, CBA, CS, CSSP, ECON, Eng’g (1), Law, Music
KAISA: AIT*, CHE, CHK, Eng’g (1), NCPAG
STAND-UP: CAL, CSWCD, EDUC, SLIS, STAT
*Local party START-AIT is an affiliate of KAISA.