Weekly Centralian Link (November 10, 2017)
Central Philippine University will be holding its College Baccalaureate and Graduation Rites for its 410 graduates at the Rose Memorial Auditorium on November 12, 2017.
The Baccalaureate will start at 8:30 in the morning. The baccalaureate speaker is Rev. Rosan Valencia-Tabaodaja, Lady Minister of Masville Baptist Church, Sucat, Parañaque City, Metro Manila. On the other hand, the Commencement Exercises will be held at 3:00 in the afternoon with Prof. Evangelica Diesto-Padernilla, former Principal of the CPU Elementary School, as commencement speaker.
Parents and relatives are encouraged to attend as we celebrate our new graduates. It is an occasion of thanksgiving and joy as the students’ and parents’ hard work and perseverance finally bear fruit.
The CPU Festival of Lights is a reminder that as Christians we should let our light shine not only during Christmas but throughout the year.
A more attractive Christmas display of lights will be put up for this year’s Festival of Lights at CPU. According to the sub-committee in charge for art and installation, Mr. Efraim Alfaras and Engr. Ben De Leon, CPUAAI Vice President and Festival of Lights 2017 Chair Engr. Isagani Jabuena presented a model of what will be installed in areas such as the Alumni Promenade, the Smile Hill, and the flagpole. The new designs will be different from last year’s, but will have the same symbolic significance.
The Festival of Lights 2017 is expected to bring crowds of spectators to the CPU campus. As in the previous years, there will be a variety of entertainment numbers during the opening ceremony. Guests which include Iloilo City Officials and CPU Alumni are to be invited and designated to ceremonially switch on the lights in the evening of December 1, 2017. The ceremony will signal the beginning of the 2017 Festival of Lights and Music at CPU. Newly elected officers of the CPU Alumni Association will be inducted at the same time.
Raphah Ganuhay Cortel garnered the 10th spot at the the Board Licensure Examinations for Psychologists & Psychometricians with an 82.60% rating.
According to the PRC, 4,957 out of 8,701 examinees passed (national passing percentage is 56.97%). CPU got a passing percentage of 58.82%. The licensure exam took place on October 29-30, 2017.
Central Philippine University proudly congratulates its 30 new Centralian psychometricians:
ABONADOR, JEL ELEDIA
BARROCA, JEMIMAH JOY MACA
BATILES, LESANDRO BARBIA
BATISLA-ONG, MA NOVEA ALVARADO
BOUHAOUALA, SARAH SHELLY ALIBUSA
CATEDRAL, GEE CEL CHIVA
CATOTO, CLAUDIA CECILIENNE BUYCO
CORTEL, RAPHAH GANUHAY – 10th Placer (82.60%)
DACLES, PRINCE JOASH LIM
DEPAKAKIBO, PATRICIA MAE ELPOS
DIONELA, KRISTINA SUVILLAGA
ESCLAMADO, RUTHER LOUIS VALLE
FETALSANA, JESSALYN FAJARITO
FLORO, MARIE VEIL LUÑO
FORTIT, ALEIA LUREYN VA-AY
GABION, KIM JERNIE PASIGNA
GENER, DARLENE TENDIDO
IBABAO, ALVIN JOHN DELA ROSA
ILARDE, KELLY MARIZ LACSON
LEYSON, JESSICA LOUISE BARRERA
LOPEZ, BRITANEE JOY DIVINAGRACIA
MOLINOS, KEZIA GRACE NOBLE
NICOPIOR, ALYSSA JAYNE RAYMUNDO
OPINION, ROSEBELLE GRACE BASA
PANADERO, CHERRY LYN AZUCENA
PREMIRO, PAULIN MARIE SORIANO
QUILLO, AIRA MARIE NARAG
SAYNO, JIMMIE CAMILLE OLIVEROS
TARRAN, CHELSIE LOUISE CEBUJANO
TIMTIMAN, IRIS FAYE JARANILLA
Central Philippine University hails its new accountants. Twenty-nine (29) out of 51 Centralian examinees passed the recent Public Accountant Licensure Exam held in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan De Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi Lucena, Tacloban and Tuguegarao last October 2017.
According to the Philippine Regulation Commission, 4,511 out of 14, 816 examinees successfully passed the exam (national passing rate is 30.45%). CPU got a passing percentage of 56.36%.
The following are the new Centralian Certified Public Accountants:
Central Philippine University lauds its 20 new Centralian Electronics Engineers and 22 Electronics Technicians who successfully passed the October 2017 Electronics Engineer Board Exam and Electronic Technician Board Exam.
For the ECE Board Exam, CPU got a passing percentage of 71.43% while the national passing percentage is 46.72%. For the Electronic Technician Board Exam, CPU got a passing percentage of 100% whereas the national passing percentage is 89.50%.
The following are the new Centralian Electronics Engineers:
The following are the new Centralian Electronics Technicians:
AMISTA, EILDON PAUL CAHILIG
BRILLANTES, ALBERT LOUIS BURGOS
CABEROY, KATHERINE JOY ANDRE-E
CANATA, EULA LOUISE MORQUICHO
CAÑONASO, NE ACANA
DE ASIS, KATE DIOPIDO
DIMAJIVA, BILLY JOHN JAPITAN
ERA, JHON MARK ORDINAL
EVANGELISTA, CHRIS THOMAS PREGIL
GARDOSE, CHENIE FERNANDEZ
GELORYAO, CHRIS JOHN GERONIMO
MALLORCA, MARIEL GREGORIOS
MARMETO, PHILIP BRYAN EUSTAQUIO
MECHA, RUFFA SHANE CORDERO
MONJE, KIT JASON BIGNAYAN
NEÑERIA, EMEROE VEN BASYL MURILLO
PALOMA, NIÑA ROCEL CAHUYA
PAULIN, ANA MARIELLA SUEGAY
ROSETE, HANNAH MAE NICOLE ILAO
SANTOS, MAY JARANILLA
SOCION, JAY ANN DELLAVA
YUDELMO, EDMOND MINOR
Organizers, headed by CPU Agrifair Chairman, Joel H. Somosierra, will focus on Agri-Tourism in the 7th Agri-Research Seminar and Exhibits at Central Philippine University and will involve Local Government Units (LGU’s). Iloilo municipalities will showcase their agricultural and industrial products as well as indigenous arts and crafts. A display booth will be provided by the Agrifair Committee. Lanterns made of indigenous materials from the municipalities will be on display at the booths for the first ever municipal parol contest. The inclusion of the parol contest is in relation to the upcoming Festival of Lights celebration in CPU.
The 7th Agri-Research Seminar and Exhibits at Central Philippine University will run from November 21-24, 2017 and will include different activities involving farmers, agribusiness groups, and the academe. Agricultural products will also be sold and exhibited during the Agrifair.
Brigadier General Reuben S. Basiao’s life is a testimony of bravery and faith. (Photo Credit: news.davaooriental.com.ph)
Centralian alum, Reuben S. Basiao has been promoted to Brigadier General last October 2017. BGen Basiao took up his kindergarten, elementary, and high school education at Central Philippine University. He thereafter pursued Chemical Engineering in the same university but stopped on his second year to pursue his desire for military service.
During his stay in the Philippine Military Academy, he became the Class Baron. He graduated in 1988. On January 20, 2017, then Col. Basiao assumed leadership of the Philippine Army’s 701st Brigade from BGen Bienvenido R. Datuin Jr. He also served as the Philippine Defense and Armed Forces Attaché in Thailand.
BGen Basiao is the son of the late Rev. Melecio T. Basiao, former Head of the CPU Religion and Ethics Department and Mrs. Esther S. Basiao, a long time University Registrar of CPU.
Known as a man of peace and prayer, BGen Basiao has carried the Centralian Spirit of camaraderie and faith. He has indeed made the Centralian community proud.
Captain Eligio P. Parcon received an award during the 2017 Alumni Homecoming.
CPU alumni have always shown passion for excellence. The word “Centralian” has become synonymous with determination, integrity, faith in God, love, generosity, gratefulness and loyalty to one’s Alma Mater. Centralians always look back to their Alma Mater and are grateful for what the Lord has done in and through their lives.
One example of a Centralian who proudly looks back to his Alma Mater is retired Captain Eligio P. Parcon, Jr. who is the first Centralian international pilot and was recently awarded a Certificate of Recognition during the Alumni Homecoming 2017 at CPU.
He finished his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering at CPU in 1971, joined the Philippine Navy in 1974, and later pursued a Master’s Degree in Flying. He then ventured into the international skies as a pilot of the Airbus for Philippine Airlines for many years.
Captain Eligio P. Parcon with CPU President, Dr. Teodoro C. Robles.
Parcon hails from Passi City where he took his elementary education. He is married Marivic Caga of Leon. They have two children. The daughter and the eldest is presently a professor of Psychology at UP Diliman and the son, who is following in his father’s footsteps, works as a First Officer onboard the Airbus for Philippine Airlines.
For all his achievements, his love and endearment for CPU remains. He fondly remembers that he finished his studies through the CPU’s Work-Study Program. There he learned the Christian values of hard work and integrity. He carried these lessons with him even from the very beginning of his career. Upon his retirement, he contemplates on building a scholarship project for deserving students in need of help in their studies at his beloved Central Philippine University.
Packaging Engineering students received the award during the ASEAN Packaging Conference.
Excellence in design and innovation—Four teams of Packaging Engineering students from Central Philippine University garnered national awards for excellence in packaging design during the ASEAN Packaging Conference and the 50th Anniversary of the Packaging Institute of the Philippines held at Sofitel Philippine Plaza on October 27, 2017.
For the Food Packaging Category, Hannah Grace Barrato, Recel Joy Debil, Elian Angel Dagang, Jess Mark Perez, and Adelia Bless Demetillo’s entry entitled “Decagonal Box for Pinasugbo” showcased a modern twist to the usual pinasugbo packaging. Their work highlighted Ilonggo innovation and culture.
The entry “Innovative Easy Open Crown Cap with Four Bottle Compartment for Beer” by Jose Mari Bales, Karl Paolo Enriquez, Sheena Mae Inocente, Grazielle Caytiles, and Rod Gerard Fuentes received an award in the Beverage Packaging Category for introducing an environment-friendly and easy-open packaging for beverage products.
Ariel Lorenz Castronuevo, John David Maza, Jedidah Ponilas, Lester Aaron Divinagracia, and Deanna Pauline Pepito’s entry, “Squid Side Tuck with Twin Edge Lock and Partial Openings for Bandage Strips,” for the Non-Food Packaging Category introduced an interesting improvement to bandage strips.
For the Disaster Packaging Category, Shaun Patrick Flores, Alyzha Glorie Mae Ventura, Kate Angelu Pe, Marv John Armada, and Therese Faith Brasileño’s entry, “LifePack: A Glo-in-the-Dark Medical and Survival Kit,” provided a breakthrough in disaster risk prevention and reduction. Their packaging design made it easier to apply first aid and to manage risk reduction in the dark.
Prof. Lena F. Figueroa, Administrator of the CPU College of Nursing Birthing Center, credits the award to the hard work and commitment of her staff in the College of Nursing Birthing Center.
Excellence in public health services—The Central Philippine University College of Nursing Birthing Center was one of the recipients of the Achiever Awards 2015 given by the Department of Health and the Newborn Screening Center-Visayas during the Newborn Screening Ceremony at the Grand Convention Center in Cebu City on October 26, 2017.
The College of Nursing Birthing Center was adjudged as one of the facilities offering the best newborn screening services in the country.
The award is given to organizations, agencies, and health facilities for their varied roles in helping the government improve the health of the Filipino people through their contributions in the field of newborn screening advocacy, education, implementation, and institutionalization of the program.
According to Prof. Lena F. Figueroa, it is because of their commitment and passion to their work that they have been recognized as one of the outstanding newborn screening centers in the country, “There were at least 2000 nominees all over the country and we got into the top 200. We always see to it that we perform our job well.” She added that they ensure that specimens would not be contaminated, which could adversely affect the results of the newborn screening.
Prof. Lena F. Figueroa received the award at the Grand Convention Center in Cebu City.
Prof. Lena F. Figueroa together with, Iloilo Mission Hospital Director and CPU Board of Trustees member Dr. Elmer Pedregosa.
The CPU College of Nursing Birthing Center offers two kinds of newborn screening. The regular newborn screening can detect 6 diseases whereas the expanded newborn screening can identify 16 additional diseases, “We really encourage our patients to have their babies undergo newborn screening. I think it is why we were recognized as one of the most outstanding birthing centers in the country. We have perfect compliance with regards to newborn screening with our patients.”
CPU President, Dr. Teodoro C. Robles receives the check from Halla Middle School.
Partner academic institution, Halla Middle School in South Korea led by its Principal Kim Myugkyung together with its students and faculty, visited Central Philippine University. The group paid a courtesy call on CPU President, Dr. Teodoro C. Robles, at the Administration Building Conference Room on November 6, 2017.
During the courtesy call, Halla Middle School Principal and representatives talked with Dr. Robles; Prof. Leilani Fatimah Ledesma-Trompeta, Director, Office of International Relations and Cooperation; Rev. Francis Neil G. Jalando-on, Director, Office of Communications; and Prof. Janet S. Jalbuena, CPU Junior High School Principal.
Kim Myugkyung, Principal of Halla Middle School with Prof. Janet S. Jalbuena, CPU Junior High School Principal and students.
The CPU Junior High School also received 11 boxes of school supplies from Halla Middle School.
Halla Middle School gave a check worth $1, 844 and 11 boxes of school supplies to the CPU Junior High School. Prof. Jalbuena gave the group a tour of the CPU Junior High School Building. During the tour, Filipino and Korean students had the chance to interact with each other.
Halla Middle School also visited CPU the previous year. The school has been partnering with the university to promote stronger international ties through academic and cultural exchanges.
China’s Kai Feng Cheng Long Middle School and Kai Feng Cheng Long Culture Training Institution visit CPU
Representatives of Kai Feng Cheng Long Middle School and Kai Feng Cheng Long Culture Training Institution with Mr. Xiu Bin, Dr. Rowena Libo-on, Director, Transnational Office and Prof. Leilani Fatimah Ledesma-Trompeta, Director, Office of International Relations and Cooperation.
Fostering global ties—Kai Feng Cheng Long Middle School and Kai Feng Cheng Long Culture Training Institution visited Central Philippine University on November 6, 2017.
Representatives of the said school talked to Rev. Francis Neil G. Jalando-on, CPU Director Office of Communications. Rev. Jalando-on introduced them to Prof. Janet P. Jaco, Principal of CPU Elementary School, to discuss possible academic partnerships. Both sides discussed conceivable curriculum integration such as the teaching of Mandarin and Tai Chi, a Chinese martial art for self-defense and health improvement, to CPU students.
All smiles - Representatives of Kai Feng Cheng Long Middle School and Kai Feng Cheng Long Culture Training Institution with Mr. Xiu Bin and Rev. Francis Neil G. Jalando-on, Director, Office of Communications.
They also met with Dr. Rowena Libo-on, Director, Transnational Office and Prof. Leilani Fatimah Ledesma-Trompeta, Director, Office of International Relations and Cooperation.
It is also expected that faculty and student exchanges will be conducted in the future. CPU faculty will be sent to China to teach English, while Chinese teachers will be sent to CPU to teach Mandarin and share the Chinese culture to Centralians. On the other hand, student exchanges will focus on strengthening the cultural awareness and creating social ties between the young citizens of both countries.
The visit was made possible through the efforts of Xu Bin, a Chinese studying in the CPU Doctor of Management program, and co-founder of the Filipino Chinese Youth Culture Promotion Inc., based in Iloilo. The organization aims to establish connections between the Philippines and China through youth education and exchange.
CPU President with Prof. Levi De Los Santos Jr., CESLC Director and Ms. Maria Belinda E. De La Paz, Chief Operating Officer of Haribon Foundation.
With the aim of conserving the bird wildlife ecology through education and outreach linkages, Central Philippine University signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Haribon Foundation for the Conservation of Natural Resources, Inc. and the Department of Education-Schools Division, Province of Iloilo at the Knowledge Development Center, Henry Luce III Library on November 8, 2017.
For the welcome remarks, Prof. Levi De Los Santos Jr., Director of the CPU Community Engagement and Service Learning Center (CESLC) highlighted CPU’s efforts in promoting environmental stewardship, “We have conducted various seminars and outreach programs encouraging our students and people in the community to protect and conserve the environment. Biodiversity conservation is something we want to promote and advocate. The university has conducted five studies about endangered birds. I’m sure that our partnership with Haribon Foundation will enlarge and expand the knowledge and appreciation of our bird wildlife.”
Prof. Levi De Los Santos Jr., CESLC Director and Ms. Maria Belinda E. De La Paz, Haribon Foundation member and CPU student pose with the "Biodiversity of Wheels" mini truck.
Maria Belinda E. De La Paz, Chief Operating Officer of Haribon Foundation, shared the history of the organization, “Haribon started as bird watching club. Eventually, the need to protect and conserve the birds and their ecology was developed. Haribon transformed into an organization with a deep commitment to protecting the bird wildlife.”
The parties agreed to collaborate and maximize awareness on biodiversity conservation through various environmental training programs. CPU will lead the implementation of “Biodiversity on Wheels” (BOW) using the HARI Eco Van in the Iloilo Province in at least 10 elementary and secondary schools. DepEd, on the other hand, will assist CPU in the implementation of BOW. According to Prof. De Los Santos, CPU is preparing to implement the BOW program this November.
CPUR Past President Albert Jan Matthew Java, Ayala Young Leader, heads the indoor session.
With the theme “CPU Student Organizations Sharing Time, Talent and Treasure for One CPU,” the Central Philippine University Office of Student Development Programs headed by Dr. Margen A. Java held a Leadership Training Seminar at the Educational Media Center on October 26-28, 2017.
The three day training seminar gathered the officers and members of the 74 recognized student organizations in 2017-2018: 35 academic organizations, 14 special organizations, 11 religious organizations, 2 cultural and arts organizations, 2 sport organizations, 8 fraternities and sororities and 2 municipal and provincial organizations. The CPU Republic and Central Echo also joined the training-seminar.
Participants share their organizational goals and commitments.
Spearheading the team building activity is the Ayala Young Leaders Ilonggo Chapter AYLAngga. The indoor and outdoor sessions were geared towards developing the leadership management skills of the participants and their heart for student service.
Present during the training were CPUR former presidents Marvin Segura and Albert Jan Matthew Java.
Engr. Jones H. Somosierra with Pastor Richard Plana.
The chance encounter with CPU’s veteran Spanish Professor Richard Plana took place during lunch time at a mall.
Plana was enrolled in the CPU Bachelor of Arts in 1960, but moved to the Universidad Central de Madrid in Spain shortly before his graduation from CPU in 1961. He also took his Master of Arts degree at the Instituto de Cultura Hispanize de Madrid. He was called back three times to teach in CPU before finally accepting. At that time, 12 units of Spanish were required before a student could graduate from college. One of his unforgettable students who excelled in his class was no less than the present university president, Dr. Teodoro C. Robles. “I’m so proud of President Robles. He was the brightest student in my class,” Plana recalls.
He is now a practicing pastor in a local church after his stint at the CPU College of Theology. Asked about his occupation, the ever optimistic professor said, “It’s about my relationship with my Creator, and then the rest is thinking about what good there is to do.”
Those who met him were happy to see him in good health. They immediately greeted him, “?Como usta usted Senior?” One of a few phrases that they still remembered from a favorite teacher’s clase’español a long time ago.
Be part of the Centralian community! – inviting all graduating Senior High School students to take the ongoing CPU Placement examinations in various dates and venue posted below; Placement fee is Php 200.
The pre-registration of the Senior High School – Grade 11 and 12 has already started. We only have limited slots so please hurry up and pay your pre-registration fee of Php 500 which is deductible to your tuition and fees after enrollment.
CPU has been granted autonomous status by the Commission on Higher Education and has been providing competitive academic programs as well as Exemplary Christian Education for Life (EXCEL) for 112 years. The university is ISO certified, providing graduates with opportunities to work and study abroad.
We invite you to study at CPU where the student is always central.