By Cyrus A. Natividad
Dr. Rene D. Huinda, College of Medical Laboratory Science Commencement Speaker.
The Commencement program of the CPU College of Medical Laboratory Science was held at the Rose Memorial Auditorium on September 23, 2022 at 3:00PM. The program started with the ROTC Entrance of Colors. The processional included the Graduating Class of 2022, Board of Trustees and Corporation Members, Officers of the Administration led by University President Dr. Teodoro C. Robles, the Guest Speaker, the Dean, Faculty and Program Participants.
Emilyn Lou A. Isiderio RMT (MLS Alumna 2017) sang for the Invocation. The National Anthem followed, with Ms Crista Huyong conducting.
In his message, Dr. Robles acknowledged how the world was shaken in the last two years, and the graduates’ experience of the difficulties of hybrid learning. He said, “Your presence today is proof that you have finally overcome what was deprived of you. But your road does not end here, this is the beginning of the next phase of your professional life.” He reminded the graduates “to continue to seek wisdom and strength from the Lord Almighty; quoting the verse from Matthew 7: 7 which says “Ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock, and the door will be opened to you.”
Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Irving Domingo L. Rio, DMgt introduced the Guest Speaker, Rene D. Huinda, RMT, MD, MBA, FPCP, FACP; presently CEO and President of Optiquest Inspira Health Ventures, Inc. President, Foundation for Lay Education on Heart Disease, Inc.
The Commencement Address was delivered by Dr. Rene D. Huinda who is a Centralian. He said that “My presence and the reason why the candidates for graduation are there in the Commencement Exercises were because many remarkable people paved the way to make it possible. He quote the famous Philanthropist Warren Buffet who said, “Someone is sitting under the shade today, because somebody planted a tree a long time ago.”
A Musical Number was rendered by Anaiah Ella Ong and Ray Christian Pasuelo (BSMLS-3 students). In the Conferral of Degree, Dr. Robles was assisted by Miss Charissa June G. Deocampo, CPU Registrar. Ingrid Vale B. Saquibal (Alton Bigelow/AlmaMater Awardee) Cum Laude delivered a Response from a Graduate.
Rev. Roger T. Quimpo (Associate Pastor for Outreach, UC) led the Prayer of Dedication. Dr. Florentino P. Alerta II (CPUAAI President) administered the Alumni Pledge. The singing of the Alma Mater Song followed with Ms Crista S. Huyong conducting. The Benediction was delivered by Rev. Quimpo. The program ended with a Recessional.
Carmelle Frances M. Romero was the Emcee of the program.
On the other hand, the College Baccalaureate Service of CMLS was also held in the morning of September 23, 2022 at 9:30 in the morning at the Rose Memorial Auditorium.
Dr. Robles delivered the Words of Welcome while the Call to Worship and invocation was led by Rev. Franz Hestia Lovejoy Q. Leysa (Coordinator, Youth and Family Ministry). The Hymns of Praise were sang. Shelly Veil E. Herbuella, BSLMS led the Litany of Praise. Lyzel Dyan R. Antiquiera, BSMLS (Magna Cum Laude) led the Scripture Reading (from the book of Philippians 3:14).
Dr. Esther Rose A. Romarate, VP for Student Affairs introduced the Speaker: Rev. Francis Neil G. Jalando-on who is the Director, CPU Office of Communications, Pulpit Pastor, Bacolod Bethany Church and La Carlota Evangelical Church, Negros Occidental. He delivered four points from the outline of the word RACE – Run with a Goal in mind, Allow the Coach to shape you, Clear the obstacles, and Enjoy the race with fellow runners.
Jessica Ann B. Sanchez, BSMLS (Magna Cum Laude) delivered a Reflection as a Response from the Graduating Class. Rev. Cris Amorsolo V. Sian (Senior Pastor, University Church) led the Closing Prayer and Benediction. The program ended with a Recessional.