by  Genevieve Balance Kupang

Baguio City, Philippines. Students and faculty from Baguio Central University (BCU) actively participated in the RISE 2024: ICREATE 1st International Conference on Research and Exhibits on Aviation & Aeronautics, Tourism, Engineering and Education (ICREATE), held at WCC Aeronautical and Technical College on May 28-29, 2024. The conference served as a valuable platform for knowledge exchange and learning, fostering connections between researchers and industry professionals. BCU participants, like Collin Raye Kelly (College of Business Administration), Camella Mae Mangili and Agustina Cayat, both Doctor of Philosophy and Administration students (PHAS) delivered presentations titled “Adoption of E-Banking of the College of Business Administration Students in Baguio Central University,” The Significance of Professionalism in Real Estate Practice” and “Partnerships for Indigent Community Development: Bridging Gaps” respectively.

Engineer Leonora Quarte, Education Supervisor II at the Commission on Higher Education, Regional Office I in San Fernando City, La Union, presented a valuable framework for summarizing conference learnings during her plenary talk. This framework, known as the “Three Ls,” highlights key takeaways through the lens of what we Learned, what we Liked, and what we Longed For. We’ll be using this framework to share insights gleaned from the conference participants.

Camella Mae Mangili conveyed “I was particularly inspired by the high school students presenting their research at the conference. It was a remarkable assembly of brilliant minds, and seeing their work recognized underscored the continuous nature of learning – it truly transcends age.”

Making memories at RISE 2024: ICREATE! Camella Mae Mangili (BCU) strikes a pose, filled with gratitude for the opportunity to share and connect at this incredible conference.

“Observing the presenters take such pride in showcasing their exhibits and research was a highlight of the event. Their enthusiasm was contagious, and it really fostered a desire in me to connect with these accomplished individuals. The conference left me eager for more opportunities to connect with such brilliant minds, both at international and local conferences. This experience truly underscores the value of personal interaction in fostering knowledge and inspiration.”

Collin Raye Kelly, on the other hand, shared the following: “Here’s what resonated most with me as a student participant:

-Learned: I discovered the importance of Biochar technology in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, a critical aspect of achieving sustainable development. ICREATE also highlighted the importance of applying theoretical knowledge in real-world scenarios, fostering collaboration between academia and the professional sphere – something I believe is crucial for progress. The conference provided insights into collaborative research projects across multiple locations, an approach offering exciting possibilities for advancing research in my field.

Sharing knowledge and insights! BCU’s Collin Raye Kelly (center) poses with Dr. Jeanica C. Joson (left), Chair of Parallel Session 4 (Business, Finance and Management), and University of Luzon (UL) Research Director. With them is Evaluator Dr. Amalia Dela Cruz (right), Dean of the College of Business Administration and Hospitality and Tourism Management at UL. Photo credit: Dr. Michael Sebullen.

-Liked: ICREATE provided a dedicated space for young researchers like myself to showcase our work. It was inspiring to see so many passionate individuals and exchange ideas with peers.

-Longed For: More events facilitating collaboration with international researchers would be fantastic. This would broaden perspectives and enrich the research experience. In-depth workshops with a focus on specific research topics would be a valuable addition, providing a more practical learning experience and allowing for deeper exploration of key concepts. Creating follow-up meetings or social media platforms would facilitate continued discussions and collaboration beyond the conference.

ICREATE 2024 was a stimulating experience, and I’m eager to see the insights gleaned from other participants using the “three Ls” framework.

BCU shines bright at RISE 2024: ICREATE! Our strong contingent of researchers, deans and faculty proudly representing Baguio Central University. We were excited to learn, share, and network at this important conference at the Aeronautical and Technological College. Photo credit: Kyla Cabrera, Books Beyond Publication.

Agustina B. Cayat, another PHAS student, and also a DepEd teacher at Itogon, Benguet, had these to say: “First, I gained valuable skills in presenting research according to professional standards, thanks to the feedback from the panel. Second, networking with other attendees and listening to the insightful plenary speakers broadened my knowledge base. The entire conference has fueled my passion for research, and I’m eager to participate again if given the opportunity. I’m particularly interested in learning more about publishing research articles and books, both online and in high-impact journals. Additionally, I’d love to explore different research styles and approaches.”

Conquering RISE 2024: ICREATE! with a smile! Ma’am Agustina Cayat (BCU, Baguio City/DepEd Itogon) radiates confidence and knowledge after a phenomenal conference experience. She is so proud of lessons she learned and the inspiration she brings back to the classroom and her community.

This is the second in a series of articles covering the RISE 2024: ICREATE conference. Stay tuned for more detailed updates in the coming days.

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About the Author:

 Genevieve Balance Kupang serves as the Dean of the Graduate School at Baguio Central University (BCU), a co-host for this conference. She was the lead convenor of the BCU delegation. At the conference, she won the Best Presenter and Best Paper awards for her research, “Weaving Narratives of Integrative Intelligences: Lived Experiences and Impact of Award-Winning Women Peace-Builders.” She is a Leadership Team Member for the Exceptional Woman of Peace Award at Pathways to Peace, a UN Peace Messenger Organization, and the Chair of Special Interest Groups (SIG) of the World Council for Curriculum and Instruction (WCCI).