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Weekly Centralian Link (February 10, 2017)

ACSCU-AAI accreditors visit CPU campus

A re-survey visit for the Liberal Arts, BS Biology, BS Chemistry, Business Administration, Accountancy, Education (BSEEd, BEED), HRM, Tourism, Elementary, and Pre-School programs was undertaken by accreditors from the Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities-Accrediting Agency, Inc. (ACSCU-AAI) on February 6-10, 2017.

Accreditors check and examine CPU outputs and bidbooks.

Preliminary visits were also done by the the accreditors for Pre-school and  BS in Special Education programs. During the  survey period, the team also observed classes and visited support offices. Dr. Estrella C. Buenaventura (WUP), and Prof. Erlizabeth R. Camara (LC) headed the accreditation team for College,  Elementary and Preschool, respectively.

A compilation of Centralian Progress through the years.

The members of the accrediting team for the collegiate level are Dr. Estrella C. Buenaventura (WUP) – Overall Coordinator; Goals/Purposes and Objectives, Organization and Administration, Dr. Juliet M. Tuazon (TUA) – Chairman: Education BSEd, BEEd, and Special Education – Faculty, Instruction, and Laboratories, Atty. Redentor A. Eslao (AUP) – Chairman: Hotel and Restaurant and Tourism – Faculty, Instruction and Laboratories, Dr. Maridel V. Eslao (WUP) – Chairman: Hotel and Restaurant Management and Tourism – Faculty, Instruction, Laboratories, Dr. Grace DG Sarao (TUA) – Chairman: Liberal Arts – Faculty, Instruction, and Laboratories, Prof. Dexter F. Pajarito (AUP) – Chairman: BS Biology and Chemistry, Faculty, Instruction and Laboratories, Prof. Henry C. Encabo (BC) – Chairman: Student Personnel Services, Social Orientation and Community Involvement, Physical Plant and Facilities (all collegiate programs) and Prof. Michelle O. Carbonilla (AUP) – Library (Colligiate and Basic Education).

Centralians make final preperations for the Accreditor+s arrival at the academic exhibit.

Elementary accrediting team is composed of Prof. Elizabeth R. Camara (LC) – Overall Chairman: Goals and Objectives, Organization and Administration, Ms. Jennifer T. Ramos (TCS) – Elementary: Faculty, Instruction and Laboratories, Ms. Maria Cecelia A. Bacani (LC) – Preschool: Faculty, Instruction and Laboratories and Ms. Evelyn I. Cardona (TCS) – common areas – Elementary – Pupil Personnel Services, Social Orientation and Community Involvement, Physical Plant and Facilities; Preschool – Pupil Services and Community Relation, Physical Plant and Facilities./CANatividad

Centralian Riego Ferrer Garcia is one of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines

Engr. Riego Ferrer Garcia, a BS Agricultural Engineering graduate of Central Philippine University was awarded as one of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) on February 9, 2017 at the Malacañan Palace.

CENTRALIAN EXCELLENCE – Engr. Riego Ferrer Garcia, a CPU BS Agricultural Engineering graduate awarded as one of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines.

As a student Riego served the CPU Republic as an official, and was chosen as Mr. College of Agriculture, Resources and Environmental Sciences (CARES). His commitment to Exemplary Christian Education for Life (EXCEL) has been rewarded by our Lord Jesus Christ.

Riego with TOSP founder, Jose Concepcion, Photo credits Engr. Aries Roda Romallosa

The Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) is a program that annually recognizes exceptional youths for their academic excellence, leadership, good morals and diverse involvement within the community. TOSP seeks to promote integrity, excellence and service as a way of life. It is believed that a unified commitment and understanding the importance of establishing high quality of living among scholars are crucial to the success of the Filipino community. (

With Engr. Aries Roda Romallosa, faculty of the CARES. Photo credits Engr. Aries Roda Romallosa

The Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) is an annual project of RFM Foundation, Inc. with the help and cooperation of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), National Bookstore, The Rotary Club of Makati Central and the RFM Group of Companies. Mr. Jose Concepcion, a prominent businessman was inspired by the tenets of Dr. Jose Rizal, the National Hero of the Philippines and because of that inspiration TOSP was born. Concepcion’s desire to honor students who are exemplars and leaders in their own academic fields and in their contributions to society, established TOSP on June 19, 1961, the 100th birthday of Dr. Jose Rizal, the embodiment of a model student who not only achieves academic citations, but also gives of himself to those in need. (

Engr. Riego Ferrer Garcia, one of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines with Dr. Margen A. Java, Director of Student Development and Programs. Photo credits Engr. Aries Roda Romallosa

CPU Handbell Ringers joins PASINAYA 2017

With the aim of showcasing Centralian talent and culture to the country, the CPU Handbell Ringers joined PASINAYA 2017: The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Open Festival at CCP Complex, Manila City on February 4-5, 2017. The PASINAYA Festival is an annual event that features performances from CCP Resident Companies and other partners.

CPU Handbell Ringers perform at the Kaisa Sa Sining Meeting held at the CCP Lobby.

The group together with Dr. Mai Lynn B. Jacar, Conductor, Mrs. Hermely A. Jalando-on, Adviser and Ms. Crista Huyong, Director of the CPU Cultural Affairs Office went to Manila on February 3, 2017 for the KAISA SA SINING meeting and the signing of Memorandum of Understanding between CCP and its partner organizations.

The CPU Handbell Ringers taking time to relax outside CCP.

During the meeting and MOU Signing, the group performed Beatle’s Medley by the Beatles and Fireworks by Katy Perry.
CCP, represented by its President, Dr. Raul M. Sunico recognizes the need to establish and further strengthen its linkages and cooperation with regional organizations in order to broaden public participation in the arts and bring its programs and services closer to the people in the regions.

The CPU Handbell Ringers has been preserving the CPU culture of music since 1970.

The MOU renewed CPU’s partnership with CCP in furthering advancing cultural and artistic development and promotions in the regions and country. The partnership includes CCP assisting, facilitating and providing training and apprenticeship opportunities to Centralians, on the other hand CPU will appropriate venues for CCP regional trainings, move-over or touring productions at least once a year.

The MOU shall take effect upon the signing of the agreement and shall continue to be in force for a period of three years, after which a new MOU may be drawn based on the evaluation of the program.

Dr. Mai Lynn Bermejo-Jacar, Director of the CPU Handbell Ringers explain the basics of handbell ringing to workshop participants.

On February 4, the group conducted a Handbell Workshop at the Silangan Hall, the event was attended by 40 participants. They were introduced to the art of Handbell as a musical instrument, its basics and other fundamentals. “The participants weren’t familiar about handbells being able to produce beautiful music, they were really amazed, playing handbells aren’t really common.” – Rusieljs G. Lunasco, the youngest member of the CPU HandBell Ringers. During the workshop, the group performed Hyfrydol and Disney’s Part of Your World, Fireworks and Tomorrow.

CPU Handbell Ringers conducting a seminar workshop.

On their last day, February 5, 2017 – the CPU Handbell Ringers performed at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Music Zone), popularly known as CCP Little Theater with a crowd of 300 to 400 people.  They performed the Festival Carillon, Carol of the Bells, Hymn to Joy, Climb every Mountain and Phantom of the Opera. “It is an artists’ highlight to perform at the CCP and to meet other people who are also into other forms of art like me but just in a different wavelength. Being part of the CPU Handbell Ringers, I am passionate about this craft and I like seeing people happy when we perform. At first it’s really hard to make my hands in sync with the notes and the music. It takes a lot of patience. Whenever I perform I try to very confident, to not overthink. ” – Lunasco.

The CPU Handbell Ringers is a religious cultural group of Central Philippine University. Through the leadership of Dr. Anita U. Illenberger, the former director of the CPU Cultural Affairs, the group was revived and reorganized in October 2006 after more than 10 years of inactivity in the cultural and spiritual life of CPU and the University Church. The CPU Handbell Ringers are composed of students, faculty and staff and alumni of CPU, most of whom are also members of the University Church which has served as its home base since the handbells were first rung in the 1970s. Previous trainers and conductors include Ms. Elizabeth Taylor, missionary to CPU in the 1970s, Mrs. Patricia Lopez, Mrs. Alice Thompson, visiting missionary to CPU in 1988-1989, Mrs. Thelma Parreñas, Mr. Solomon Estilo Jr., and Mrs. Eleanor Ruth Fabula. Dr. Mai Lynn Bermej –Jacar is the current director of the group, having been a member herself of the handbell choir trained by Mrs. Alice Thompson.

CPUFOAA donates to CPU anew

The Central Philippine University Federation of Overseas Alumni Association, Inc. spearheaded by Florence G. Cudiamat donated $3,500 endowment and scholarship fund to CPU. The donation will be used to help five deserving Centralians with their educational expenses.

CPU President, Dr. Teodoro C. Robles  with Dr. Margen A. Java, Director, Student Development and Programs.

Together with CPUFOAA Consultant, Ms. Perla G. Waters and the scholarship committee, Centralians who applied for the grant were interviewed and assessed. CPUFOAA hopes that they can sponsor more Centralians in the future. The scholarship program is one of the major projects of CPUFOAA that gives back to CPU.

Accredited CPU Student Organizations display who they are in a two-day exhibit

Rev. Joniel Howard H. Gico, Vice President for Student Affairs gives his inspirational message

Different Centralian organizations showcased their best during the Organizations Annual Evaluation and Exhibits at the Alumni Promenade Park on February 9-10, 2017. Booths of assorted sizes and color filled the Promenade, each with their own story to tell. Students flocked as exhibits about different reading materials, ads, crafts, science experiments and others were featured. Organizational members dressed up as prominent literary characters and historical persons – embodying the giants of math, science, literature, and others.

Blending books and coffee – a small cafe in the heart of the promenade displaying the different certificates and trophies won by Library Students Assisstants.

Rev. Joniel H. Gico, Vice President for Student Affairs gave the Inspirational Message during the Opening Celebration of this annual event. Here is the entire message of Rev. Gico:

 “We are gathered here today to observe a very important activity in the life of our student organizations – the time of Evaluation and Exhibits that is necessary for recognition.

Vice President Gico inspires Centralian encouraging them to work together for the Glory of God and for the excellence of CPU.

As we all know, reaching the status of a recognized student organization could not just happen overnight. And many could attest to the fact that it takes the united efforts of all concerned members to meet the needed requirements.

A College of Engineering organization gimmick for Valentine´s Day

Our theme “CPU Student Organizations: Living the Central Spirit beyond Borders” reminds us that as a campus organization we are being prepared to develop a kind of partnership and cohesiveness that could face the challenges beyond the boundary situations. There is therefore the need to clearly define the extent of our participation and roles within our respective organizations.

Vince Lombardi, an American Football Player, Coach and an Executive in the National Football League, echoes this observation: “The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined efforts of each individual.”

CPU College Red Cross Youth displays first aid and quick response equiptment for their exhibit.

In other words, no one can claim for himself/herself what an organization has fully achieved; it is all the result of a concerted effort of the group. Some may have contributed a bigger portion while others a smaller one but as a whole it boils down to a united effort. In a similar way, Bill Gates, owner of Microsoft made an affirmation: “Our success has really been based on partnerships from the very beginning.”

The Apostle Paul in I Corinthians 12:14-20 also speaks about this truth but using the image of a body with many parts:

Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,’ it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. And if the ear should say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,’ it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.” (1 Corinthians 12:14-20, NIV)

The organization could be compared to a body with many parts where each part has its respective function. The function of the foot is different from that of the hand; so do the ear, the eye, and the nose. But it is only when all the parts will do their share and function according to their purpose that the whole organization will grow and develop.

So, by the end of the day, what is important is that each member will be aware of the extent of his/her role, function and participation that would eventually contribute to the realization of the purpose, goal and success of the organization. As Steve Jobs once said, “Great things in business are never done by one person. They are done by a team of people.”

A word of reminder from Dee Hock, Founder and former CEO of Visa Credit Card Association maybe in order when he said: “An organization, no matter how well designed, is only as good as the people who live and work in it.” And as a rejoinder Helen Keller, a deaf-blind American authorgave these words: “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

So, with our inner strength of partnership in place in each of our organizations, we could face the challenges of living the Central Spirit beyond borders.”

CPU College of Engineering holds Seminar on Pumping Design Theory and Application

The CPU College of Engineering together with Junior Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers held a seminar on Pumping Design Theory and Application at the Audio Visual Room, College of Engineering on February 9, 2017.

Mr. Constantino “Tino” Senon, a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering graduate of CPU in 1967.

Guest Lecturer was Mr. Constantino “Tino” Senon, a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering graduate of CPU in 1967 and one of the first students of CPU President Dr. Teodoro C. Robles. He is a Technical Specialist in Hydraulics, Pumps and Mechanical Systems. Senon is the Chief Mechanical Engineer of MWH, an international company founded in 1980 that is engaged in the engineeringconstruction, and management of some of the largest and most technically advanced water, hydropowermining and transportation projects for municipalities, governments and multi-national private corporations throughout the world.

Student participants sign up for the seminar.

His relevant project experiences include being the Project Manager of the Olivenhain Pump Station, San Diego County Water Authority, San Diego, CA, Pump Station Design Specialist, Replacement of Utah Lake (Intake) Pump Station for the Bureau of Canal Presidents, Salt Lake, Utah, Pumping Station Task Leader, Lake Powell to St. George Raw Water Pipeline Project State of Utah Division of Water Resources, Utah, Pump Station Design Specialist, American River Intake Pump Station, Placer County Authority, Sacramento, California and being the Chief Mechanical Engineer of Spring Mountain and Durango Pumping Station for Las Vegas Valley Water District, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Guest Lecturer, Mr. Constantino “Tino” Senon shares his expertise to student and professional participants

Part I of the seminar focused on Hydraulics and Pumping System Theory and Fundamentals, it included lectures on the Bernoulli Equation, Determination of system TDH, Static Head, Friction loss in pipes and valves, Application of HW, DW Equations, Design criteria (flow, TDH), Plotting of System Curve, Different types of pumping system and others.
Part II on the other hand focused on Practical Applications of Deep Well Pumps, Booster Pumps for Households and Buildings, Raw Water and Treated Water Pump Stations, Raw Sewage aand Wastewater Treatment Plant Pump Stations.

Winners of the Sights of Central Photo Contest

Sights of Central Photo Contest 1st Place Winner
Scientia et Fides – CPU is home to Exemplary Christian education for 111 Years.
Photo By Lei Anne Sumergido

Sights of Central Photo Contest 2nd Place Winner
HAND IN HAND, Two Centralian kindergarteners race along the CPU Football Field.
“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.” ? C. S. Lewis
Photo By Joseph Kevin Coniza

Sights of Central Photo Contest 3rd Place Winner
The Valentine Hall is named after William Orison Valentine, the first president of Jaro Industrial School, now Central Philippine University.
Photo By Barry Jone Matutina

Sights of Central Photo Contest Finalist
“The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.” ? Albert Einstein
Photo By Jumar Desabille

Sights of Central Photo Contest Finalist
The Centennial Walkway also dubbed as the Palm District of CPU is venue to many Centralian programs and events including the Opening Program of the CPU Festival of Light and Music 2016.
Photo by Niña Sumergido

Sights of Central Photo Contest Finalist
111 Years of Faith – The University Church is a strong witness of the Centralian spirit throughout the years.
Photo By Simon Peter Jandinero

Sights of Central Photo Contest Finalist
A Bird+s Eye View of CPU
Photo By Fidel De Jose

Sights of Central Photo Contest Finalist
Lamps illuminate the Centennial Walkway, a favorite hangout place of joggers/bikers after a good run/ride around the CPU Campus.
Photo By Adolfo Tuvalles

Sights of Central Photo Contest Finalist
A PLAY OF COLOR – Pink and orange flowers dominate the foreground as a random Centralian passes by.
Photo By Christian Philip Jimeno

Sights of Central Photo Contest Finalist
CENTRALIAN SKYLINE – the sunset fills the sky with nostalgia as the University Church stands proudly in the background.
Photo By Joshimer Biñas


Kinder Day: A special preschool presentation

Here they come! A group of adorable kids in their kiddie- way attire marching centerstage and ready to breakdance for the excited spectators at the CPU Alumni Walkway. Who else but their proud mamas, lolas, yayas , and their teachers.

OUTDOOR FUN – CPU Kindergartners enjoy picnic and games during the CPU Kinder Day

It’s the CPU Kinder Day and this group has a class of its own performance. Cheers and applauses thundered in the CPU Field as the music played, and the kids started to dance by their choreographed strokes. Each  preschool section prepared a  presentation to fulfill everyone ‘s expectation in their own little way.

Kindergartners present a dance number during the Kinder Day.

The seemingly professional performances of the children are attributed to the enduring Kinder school teachers who take on their responsibilities seriously. The quality performance was a result from a sense of dedicated work for the pupils and the school.

Kindergartners in hula skirts enjoying their performance.

The parents expressed gratitude for the distinctive quality and exemplary Christian education enjoyed by their  young children at Central Philippine University kinderschool.Their discipline and training were shown in the way children followed their teachers with energetic performances and admirable moves during the Kinder day program./ CANatividad

The sweetness of sugar

By Cyrus A. Natividad

If sweet taste is the only reason why you love sugar, it must be the sweetness of whisper, “sweet nothingness” and endearment from somebody that makes it the reason why you can call that human being — Sugar, Sweetie, Honey or Candy. “How sweet it is to be loved by you…”

How many sweet items do you remember to buy on Valentine’s Day (Chocolates, cakes, pie, red wine, apples and grapes — for your own Sweet Sugar Honeypie?) They’re just about foods where sugar plays the role of giving them a great taste! But other symbolic things just add up to make Valentine sugary — for someone worthy of the sweetness of love.  After all, Valentines for us is not about a saint to be emulated, or a trend or lifestyle that comes around once a year to spoil society or destroy a religion or community.

Valentine is a Western symbolism that has been there, and will always be there with every person who believes that love is immortal.

Valentines is just another day to remind us that despite all the bitterness we have — it is still a beautiful world where the love of God abound — and love will always be sweeter than sugar.

Valentine in my mind

By Cyrus A. Natividad

Rev. William Orison Brown Valentine,the first principal of Jaro Industrial School.

It was coincidental that I pass through the corridor of one of the oldest buildings of CPU. It’s called Valentine Hall. To my very young mind as a fresh high school graduate visiting the University, I wondered why there is a memorial building dedicated to a saint Valentine, or so I thought.

The old Valentine building is considered a historical site by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines

It was not so long before I can dig up the history of this old building. I sought someone who readily explained to me why there is a Valentine Building at Central Philippine University.

CPU was founded by the American Baptist Missionaries in 1905. Rev. William Orison Brown Valentine became the first principal of the institution which they named Jaro Industrial School.  Rev. Dr. Valentine established the first school in the country to teach that “there is dignity in labor.” He was so dedicated in his mission work, giving education to students who are willing to work and study. It was his labor of love that developed the small school for boys into what is now one of the best Universities in the country.

The Old Valentine Building survived the test of time, and stands as a symbol of love for education in the campus. Previously, this building was the home of the CPU Administration. At the present time, it houses the College of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences. There is now a new Valentine Annex Building, but the old one represents a memorial of the founder of the University. A photo contest entitled “Sights of Central” was launched, thanks to the Office of Communications for organizing the event, and one of the winners is the entry of Barry Jone Matutina — a meaningful picture of the old Valentine.

The old Valentine building is considered a historical site by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.

CPUR to hold Centralian Fest

CPU Republic in partnership with the different campus organizations will be holding Centralian Fest, a week long filled with different programs that aims to usher in fun and holistic Christian growth to Centralians, on February 13 – 17, 2017.
The following are the schedule of activities:




February 14, 2017
Tuesday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM


Valentine’s Day Booth


Scale Model

February 16, 2017
Thursday, 8:00 AM to 12:00 NN


Alternative Classes


Different Venues

February 16, 2017
Thursday, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM





February 16, 2017,
Thursday, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM


All-Star Basketball Game



February 16, 2017
Thursday, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM


Laro ng Lahi


Big Field

February 16, 2017
Thursday, 4:00 PM


Boodle Fight


Big Field

February 17, 2017
Friday, 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM


KURUKASA (Amazing Race)




Everyone is invited to attend any class that interests them.



8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

10:00 AM to 12:00 NN



UY Hall B

Social Entrepreneurship


In Love and Faith


Environmental Restoration

UY Hall A

Student Media




Digitalizing Change


Millennials: The Myths and Truths



CPUR is responsible for checking the attendance of students who wish to attend any of the alternative classes. Attendance slips will be distributed and must be presented to teachers concerned. Failure to present an attendance slip means absence from the regular class.


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