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Weekly Centralian Link (January 27, 2017)

CPU dedicates new Research & Development Laboratory Building

CPU President, Dr. Teodoro C. Robles leads the ribbon cutiing together with Engr. Eddie Cañuto and Atty. Peter Irving Corvera, Chairman, CPU Board of Trustees.

With its completion, the new Research & Development Laboratory Building located at the back of the University Warehouse and High School Science Building facing CPU Gate 5 was dedicated on January 21, 2017.

The new Research and Development Laboratory Building.

Spearheading the ribbon cutting was University President Dr. Teodoro C. Robles together with Atty. Peter Irving Corvera and Engr. Eddie Cañuto. Dr. Robles talked about the statement of purpose of the new building which is to provide a venue for students and faculty to expand their potential and make them excellent lifelong learners. The event was attended by members of the CPU Board of Trustees and some members of the CPU Corporation.

The new hallway soon to be filled with Centralians.

Rev. Sian led the prayer dedicating the building to the advancement of God’s kingdom and declaring His protection and blessing that Centralians may enjoy the benefit it may serve. The prayer was then followed by the benediction.

New laboratories to help aid students and faculty in research and experiment.

Centralians examining the interior of the new building.

Centralian is Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2017 Iloilo City

Certified Centrallian Beauty – Merry Grace Tubelleja is Ms. Iloilo Dinagyang 2017 Iloilo City.

Merry Grace R. Tubelleja – Miss CPU 1st Runner Up 2016, a senior CPU Bachelor of Science in Tourism student was crowned Miss Iloilo Dinagyang 2017 Iloilo City at University of San Agustin Gymnasium, January 18, 2017.

Tubelleja with Vice City Mayor Joe Espinosa III and fellow beauty queens.

During the pageant night, Tubelleja garnered the Best in Swimwear, Best in Production Number and Best in Long Gown together with 7 Corporate namely: Miss PLDT, Miss Petron, Miss YSA Skin and Body Expert, Miss Global Business Power, Miss Startek, Miss Supercat and Miss Chooks To Go.

Merry Grace Tubelleja charms the crowd with her winning smile

The Festival Costume Pre-Pageant Event was held at Robinson’s Place Iloilo on January 7 while the Swimwear competition was held on January 14, 2017.

Tubelleja is crowned Ms. Iloilo Dinagyang 2017 Iloilo City


CPU launches iCON Mobile App

The birth of iCON – CPU and ICONTECH finalizes signing of MOA. (L-R) Rev. F. Neil G. Jalando-on, Director for Communications, Dr. Teodoro C. Robles, CPU President, Ms. Jennifer C. Sumindol, Vice President of ICONTECH)

With the aim of global competitiveness, CPU together with Innovative Connection Online Technology Inc., (ICONTECH) launched iCON – an exclusive social media app and learning management system exclusive for Centralians at the Alumni Promenade Park, January 24, 2017.

Ms. Jennifer C. Sumindol, Vice President and John Benjamin Lasola Jr., Project Development Manager, ICONTECH during the MOA signing.

For his opening remarks, CPU President Dr. Teodoro C. Robles emphasized the critical role of communication as a vital part of the university life of Centralians. “Communication is important between you and your friends, you and the administration and you and the faculty. This software engineered application made exclusively for CPU will help us become a closed-knit community.”

Dr. Teodoro C. Robles in his opening remarks during the launch of iCON

Jenifer Sumindol, Vice President of ICONTECH and a CPU College of Nursing Alumnae introduced the application features. “iCON will change the way we connect with one another here at Central. iCON is a student development centered application aiming to create an institution friendly community for Centralians. It will create forums and venues for effective information dissemination – fast and reliable. It will have a “My Campus Feature” which will contain four tabs namely: CPU Admin page, Central Echo page, student government page and a college/department page.”

CPU President,Dr. Teodoro C. Robles and Office of Communications Director, Rev. Francis Neil review the MOA between CPU and ICONTECH.

iCON which stands for Interactive Computer-based Network is a social media and communications mobile application and  software with learning management system functionalities intended for student usage. It will be a software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting and delivery of electronic educational technology (also called e-learning) courses or training programs.

For the application demo, Adrian Palomar, Operations Manager of ICONTECH explained how the application can be installed and used. According to Palomar, iCON will boost the quality and efficiency of information dissemination. “We want to increase the no. of students visiting the CPU website. The information we get from facebook or any other social media site is not 100% reliable, with iCON we will have certainty of information and efficiency in relaying it.”

CPU President,Dr. Teodoro C. Robles and Office of Communications Director, Rev. Francis Neil G. Jalando-on, CPU-R President, Mr. Jayson Troy Bajar together with the ICONTECH staff.

For the closing remarks, CPU Republic President Jayson Troy Bajar commended the launch of iCON stating that the social media application will increase the interaction between Admin and students. “iCON will improve the Centralian system of communication, this app will expand the realm of participation of students  and remove relaying of one sided information.”

iCON will be available for installation and use on the first week of February while its Management Learning System feature will be available for use 45 days after. The CPU Office of Communications headed by its Director – Rev. Francis Neil G. Jalando-on closely monitors the development and updates of the app.

It makes sense!

By Cyrus A. Natividad

Adrian Palomar, Operations Manager of ICONTECH explains iCONs features.

How many types of cellphones have you used, and how soon did you change one after the other?

Do you still cling to that obsolete N5210, or have you changed your lifestyle with the latest smartphone?

The powerful smartphones include user-friendly and convenient information systems. They get the better of communications, such as the social media and other user connectivity. They reach out to the vast sea of humanity by a touch of a fingertip. The information technology revolution is an evolution of logic and awareness – purposely to interact and entertain.

On January 24, a newly founded enterprise called ICONTech in partnership with Central Philippine University launched a user friendly-student information system currently available for Android based phones.

It was amazing how CPU Nursing alumni Jennifer Sumindol and Adrian Palomar, and the bright students    from Central Philippine University College of Software Engineering were able to join their heads together and revolutionize what we call a social media application exclusively tailored for CPU.

iCON is a student development-centered application that enables students to showcase their profile, chat with other students and receive messages from a group.  A CPU Admin, Central Echo, CPUR and CPU Communications pages are also provided in order to receive timely news and announcements.

The teacher-student communication system is embedded in the Learning Management System of the Application.  Students can now have social interactions with their teachers with regards to their assignments and advisory.

iCON is a product of young minds – Alumni and graduating students of Software Engineering course (the first and only one in the country). The possibilities and opportunities that the iCON App can bring are endless.

CPU hosts the first gathering of communication students in Western Visayas

A communications convention dubbed “COMvention” was held at the CPU Educational Media Center Conference Hall from January 26 to 27 (Thursday and Friday) with the “Theme: Black, White and Gray Areas.” The two-day convention was organized for the benefit of students of Mass Communication of Central Philippine University and students from other schools in Western Visayas. This COMvention was a first of its kind.

Francis Allan Angelo, Editor in Chief of The Daily Guardian newspaper was the keynote speaker. Among the prominent resource persons were Aksyon Radyo Iloilo Station Manager and top rated commentator John Paul Tia – on Media Ethics, and Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Nestor Burgos on the present state of Philippine Media.

Other speakers at the convention were Rufino Gonzales II lecturing on Photojournalism, Carmelle Frances Romero on Personality Enhancement; Rhoda Campillan on How to Carry Yourself as a Broadcaster, Russel Jude Patina on Multi Media Communication, Teddy Tan on Film Appreciation, and May  Castillo on Development Communication.

Other activities at the convention included Team Building workshop, and Sharing of Opportunities. A Media Art Gallery opened on the second day at the CPU EMC TV Studio.
It was an opportune time for the students to elect their organization officers. Similar conventions are likely to be held for Mass Com students in the coming years./ CAN

IAVI and FAFGI awards 52 scholarships to Centralians

The recipients of Ilonggo Association of Victoria, Inc. and Filipino-Australian Foundation of Queensland, Inc. (FAFQI) Scholarships.

With the spirit of generosity and Christian excellence, Ilonggo Association of Victoria, Inc. (IAVI) and Filipino-Australian Foundation of Queensland, Inc. (FAFQI) gave 52 scholarships to deserving Centralians at the CPU Educational Media Center, January 23, 2017.
The awarding of certificates of scholarships to recipients was headed by Mr. Melvin Espiga, Head of the IAVI Delegation and other members of the IAVI delegation and Mrs. Myra Jandoquile Maghanoy, FAFQI Representative. They were assisted by Prof. Annalie D. Gilongos, the Coordinator of the Work and Study Program and Dr. Margen A. Java, Director, Student Development and Programs.
For its invaluable support to CPU, a certificate of recognition was given to IAVI and FAFQI by Dr. Teodoro C. Robles, University President assisted by Dr. Java.

  • Ilonggo Association of Victoria, Inc. (IAVI)


  • Abaldo, Grace Lynn P                     BSBA BM     3
  • Anotado, Rose Jane G                   BSBA BM     2
  • Buaron, Jenny Pearl C                    BSBA FM      3
  • Cordero, Hershey A                        BEED Z          3
  • Eduria, Michelle S                            BSBA FM      3
  • Erfe, Leonance D                              BSBA BM     3
  • Fernandez, Jonah D                        BEED Z          3
  • Fuertes, Michael C                          BS PkgE        3
  • Hitalia, Vincent Paul F                     BSBA BM     3
  • Madera, Artchel A                           BSBA BM     3

Individual Donors Solicited by IAVI              

Jennifer Yunsay Welk

  • Palmes, Mary Jane R                      BSBA MM 3

Jack F. Moffatt

  • Rebato, Ruben B Jr                          BSEd B 3

Gloria Kerr

  • Teruel, Ma. Jenina Faith T            BSAT 3

Mrs. Chona Meman

  • Ventura, Pamela L                           BSBA BM 3

Mrs. Aurelia Q. Cerdana

  • Yocogco, Epiphany G                      BSBA FM 3

Miss Marigold C. Espiga

  • Loria, Marie M                                   BSEd S 3

Jonathan & Michelle Espiga

  • Talagon, Aira T                                   BSSW 3

Harvey and Alison Gabo

  • Gadot, Jotham A                              BS IT 3

St. Peter’s Chanel Parish Church

  • Ticzon, Grace T.                                BS Psych 3

Claritian Missionaries of Melbourne, Australia

  • Tubesa, Gerardo J                           BSBA MM 3


Carmi Clark

  • Nacita, Jinabell S                               BSSW 3

Sarah Dofeliz Sammut 
22.            Yap, Erica S.                                        BSSW  3

Carwel, Sarah & Alexia Casimiro

23.            Torotoro, Kerusso L                        BSDMIA 3

Rafael “Popoy” Alamo

  • Palmes, Gelyn Rose S                     BSBA FM 3

Ilocano Filipino Australian Association of Victoria, Inc.

  • Rumay, Aljun Mark J                       BS A 2


  • Filipino-Australian Foundation of Queensland, Inc. (FAFQI)

& Individual Donors Solicited by FAFQI Donors



Province                                              Name                                                    Course/Year     

  • Antique                                              Magno, Angel Joy D                          BS AT 3
  • Capiz                                                   Gerapista, Rochel Joy T                   BSBA BM 3
  • Guimaras                                           Garde, Jeanette G                             BS AT 3
  • Iloilo                                                    Guilamo, Ciarra G                               BSBA BM 3
  • Iloilo City                                            Salditos, Jeanny Pearl J                    BSBA BM 3
  • Negros Occidental                         Santillan, Sheila D                               BS SW 3
  • CARES   Salivio, Lester John J       BS A 3


  • Individual Donors Solicited by FAFQI          

Ludy Taculod Brett

  • Estrevencion, Ma. Roisa S            BSBA FM 3

Carl Desacola and Emele Bulewa

  • Bantillo, Joerence T                         BSBA BM 3
  • Barroa, Analiza J                               BSBA FM 3
  • Braña, Crystal Mae M                     BSBA MM 2
  • Cordero, Judy Ann D                      BSBA FM 3
  • Eraula, Jason L                                   BSBA MM 3
  • Galuyo, Ellen Mae G                       BSBA BM 3
  • Garzon, Tisha Claire B                     BSBA FM 3
  • Guilaran, Caren Jell T                      BSBA BM 3
  • Jornadal, Herman V                        BS Ed E  3
  • Quitor, Eunice M                              BSBA FM 3
  • Salibio, Jonalyn R                              BS SW 3
  • Sumampone, Klyn S                        BSBA FM 3
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