CPUAAI and the Municipality of Bingawan hold 2nd Bingawan-CPU Day

Keziah G. Huelar

CPU President, Dr. Teodoro C. Robles together with Engr. Isagani J. Jalbuena, CPUAAI President and Hon. Joy L. Quimba, President of the CPUAA Bingawan Chapter presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Hon. Matt P. Palabrica, Vice Mayor, Municipality of Bingawan. 

Celebrating Centralian alumni in Bingawan—The Central Philippine University Alumni Association, Inc., in cooperation with the Municipality of Bingawan and the CPU Alumni Association-Bingawan Chapter, held its 2nd Bingawan-CPU Day in Bingawan on June 20, 2018 at the Bingawan Civic Center.

The Bingawan-CPU Day is in line with the municipality’s 49th Founding Anniversary and 10th Pagnahi-an Festival. With the theme: “Bingawanon: Courageous to Face Change,” Bingawanon Centralians the celebration highlighted their resiliency and faith in facing the different challenges of the changing times.

The invocation was led by Rev. Francis Neil G. Jalando-on, Director, CPU Office of Communications, followed by the Pambasang Awit and CPU Alma Mater Song conducted by Ms. Crista S. Huyong, Coordinator, CPU Cultural Affairs Office and the Pagnahi-an Hymn by the CPUAA Bingawan Chapter.

A friendly match between the CPU Golden Lions Secondary Volleyball Team and the Bingawan National High School Volleyball Team.

On behalf of Hon. Mark P. Palabrica, Mayor, Municipality of Bingawan, his brother, Hon. Matt P. Palabrica, Vice Mayor, gave the welcome remarks. In his message, Hon. Palabrica thanked the CPU Administration and the CPUAAI for gracing their municipality’s festival.

He also shared the history of the Pagnahi-an Festival, “We founded this festival ten years ago based on the history of Bingawan.” Hon. Palabrica shared that the word dates back to the Spanish-American War. “After the American-Spanish War, people were already present in our town. People all over from Dumalag, Tapaz and Calinog came to Bingawan to hide from the atrocities of the war. They came here because of the spring. We know that if there is water, there is survival. To secure their families, members of the community tied 40 of their houses together and called it pagnahi-an house.”

Hon. Palabrica, in his message, also talked about the seeds of faith that inspired the faith of the Bingawanons: “An American-trained missionary by the name of Amando Zamora came here to our town to spread the Word of God. And in 1911, when the Americans knew that there were already Baptist converts, they sent another missionary named Antonio Dianala Plagata, who became the first official pastor of the municipality. Plagata established the Bingawan Institute which was under the Jaro Industrial School and at the same the time the Bingawan Baptist Church began to grow.”

Engr. Isagani J. Jalbuena, CPUAAI President led the oath taking of the new CPUAA Bingawan Chapter officers.

In his message, CPUAAI President, Engr. Isagani J. Jalbuena, thanked the Municipality of Bingawan for inviting CPU. Engr. Jalbuena thanked the CPUAA-Bingawan Chapter for their active commitment in proliferating the Central Spirit in Bingawan.

President, Dr. Teodoro C. Robles, in his inspirational message, thanked the municipality for partnering with CPU in terms of sports, cultural affairs, education, and community service. He also acknowledged the Bingawanon alumni for their love and support for the university, “I’m happy to be back here in Bingawan. The first time I came here was in 2012 and it was the first CPU Day Celebration in Bingawan. We are happy to see that Centralians here are moving up in the hierarchy of government service. I hope that for the students here today that you will be taking over the reins of government and become SK or Vice Mayor and Mayor yourselves, but, of course, to do that, maybe you need to study at Central Philippine University.”

Hon. Matt P. Palabrica, Vice Mayor, Municipality of Bingawan, welcomed Centralians.

Dr. Robles inspired the students in the audience to pursue their tertiary education by sharing the humble roots of the university, “Central Philippine University has grown from Jaro Indurstrial School with 17 students to a university where two years ago we had 14,400 students, the largest number of students in a single campus in Western Visayas. But because of the reform in the educational system with the introduction of grade 11 and grade 12, we will be having approximately 11,800 students but we will continue to grow in the next two years and hope to have 16,000 students in the community. The university is not only interested in education in the classroom but also in introducing its ideals in other countries. We have established an extension program of Business and Accountancy in North Vietnam, the program currently has 200 graduates. Your experience in CPU will not only be in education but also in culture. We also cater to different nationalities not only from Asia but from Europe as well. ”

Mr. Mico Andreia Hechanova and Ms. Aleia Robbyn Muyco from the CPU JHS and Champion, National PRISAA Dance Sports competition rendered a dance number.

United in Christ, united through the Central Spirit – the CPU Administration, CPUAAI Officers and CPUAA Bingawan Chapter together with the CPU athletes and performers.

After the messages, Engr. Vitini Edhard O. Idemni, CPUAAI Trustee led the Singing of Central Songs. It was then followed by the giving of Certificates of Recognitions to Centralians who won in the recent SK and Barangay Elections and the induction of the CPUAA-Bingawan Chapter Officers namely: Hon. Joy L. Quimba, President; Dr. Adleo Pagara, Vice President; Mr. Marvin P. Saladar, Secretary; Mr. Eme Joy C. Cataluna, Treasurer; Mr. Mershallene L. Castroverde, Auditor; Dr. Geronimo L. Espada, P.I.O.; and Mrs. Wayne C, Sagotoy, Business Manager.

It was then followed by a showcase of Centralian talent. Ms. Emilyn Isidro, BMLS 2017 and Ms. Patricia Taparo, BEEd, rendered a duet. Mr. John Ian Pitallar and Mr. Fervince Benomen, gave a trumpet and saxophone duet, while Ms. Mary Heart Castor gave a song number – all of them are members of the CPU Symphonic Band. The final performance was given by Mr. Mico Andrei Hechanova and Ms. Aleia Robbyn Muyco of the CPU Junior High School and the Champions in the National PRISAA 2018 Latin Dance Competition gave a dance number.

Hon. Quimba, SB Member and President of the CPUAA-Bingawan Chapter gave the closing remarks.

A friendly volleyball match between the CPU Golden Lions Secondary Volleyball Team and the Bingawan National High School Volleyball Team as well as a softball match between the CPU Golden Lions Tertiary Women’s Softball Team and the Bingawan Team composed of men followed the program. The CPU Table Tennis Elementary Boys Team also played against the Bingawan High School Team.