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by Mikee N. Norico, BA Comm-4, Centralian Link Intern

CAS Paindisanay Project where big minds meet transformation of student life, and where passion for fellow CASimanwa turns into innovation.

The Central Philippine University (CPU) College of Arts and Sciences Student Council (PASSC) successfully held its second annual Paindisanay: A Project Pitching Program on January 12, 2024, via Zoom. Spearheaded by BM Shealtiel Kyze Cahilig and CAS Governor Crisfe Vergara, the initiative aimed to empower academic organizations by providing funding and support for projects that benefit the student body and align with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Representatives from various academic organizations pitched their ideas to a panel of distinguished student leader judges, led by Danz Rasheed Reynald Quimba a former CPUR President 18th Parliament, Ingrid Vale Saquibal a former CPUR Senator, 15th Parliament and C-sar Mart Aguirre, Vice President 19th Parliament. The projects were evaluated based on feasibility, relevance, innovation, creativity, and sustainability.

APPS-CPU, with their project, emerged as the grand prize winner, taking home the top cash prize. CPU Biological Society and CPU Psychological Society secured the second and third places, respectively, while Junior Social Workers Association of the Philippines – CPU Chapter rounded up the top four awardees.

Alexander Ernest Apostol of APSPAS-CPU was also recognized as the Best Presenter for his impactful delivery.

In an exclusive interview, CAS Governor Vergara emphasized Paindisanay’s significance as a platform for student leaders to contribute meaningfully.

“We aim to empower them with resources and support to turn their ideas into reality,” Vergara said.

She also shared that the program has evolved since its inception, with increased funding and improved judging criteria.

The PASSC will closely monitor the implementation of the winning projects throughout the year, offering guidance and support. Updates and documentations will be posted on the PASSC Facebook page and the College’s Learning Outcomes Portal.

Paindisanay 2.0 marks a successful chapter in CPU’s student engagement initiatives, fostering innovation and collaboration among academic organizations. The program’s continued growth promises to further enrich the student experience at the prestigious university.


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