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Weekly Centralian Link (January 5, 2018)

CPU RCECC and CPU Kindergarten hold Intensive Certificate Course in Teaching English to Young Learners

CPU President, Dr. Teodoro C. Robles and CPU Kindergarten Principal, Mrs. Hannah P. Siosan (Fourth from right) together with guest speaker Prof. Marco A. Brazil.

Helping teachers encourage young minds to be globally competitive—The Central Philippine University Review, Continuing Education and Consultancy Center in cooperation with the CPU Kindergarten held an intensive certificate course in Teaching English to Young Learners at the Educational Media Center on January 4-5, 2018.

The short course featured lecturer Prof. Marco A. Brazil considered as Asia’s King of Games. Brazil is a well experienced teacher for children and teacher trainer who has been writing, presenting, and developing teaching materials for over 15 years. He works for Shubunsha a division of GAKKEN Corporation as Director of BEANS English School in this capacity. He is also a regular and popular workshop presenter of Oxford University Press Teaching Workshop Series.

Guest speaker, Marco A. Brazil together with CPU Kindergarten Principal Mrs. Hannah P. Siosan and the CPU Kindergarten faculty.

Participants eagerly await workshop instructions from Prof. Brazil.

The workshop-lecture included sessions on Multiple Intelligence, such as “How Do Children Learn?” and “Multiple Intelligences in the 21stCentury Classroom.” Other topics were on using drills (“Fundamentals of Drilling” and “Different Types of Drilling”) and games (“Communication Games in Teaching Children” and “Why Use Games in the English Classroom”) inside the classroom. Other subjects discussed were “Why Use Active Learning Approach?” and “Phonics and Sight Words: Empowering Children to Read and Classroom Management and Guidance.”

For the opening remarks, CPU President, Dr. Teodoro C. Robles highlighted the importance of making children love learning by encouraging them to be curious and observant, “I believe that in the first five years in the life of a child, we have to teach them to love learning not only in the classroom but also at home.”

Loretizo hailed as Jose Rizal Model Student

Keeping the Centralian flame of excellence burning – Loretizo was chosen as one of the Jose Rizal Model Students.

Celebrating the 121st martyrdom of Dr. Jose P. Rizal— John Elmer Loretizo, a 5th year Software Engineering student of Central Philippine University was one of the recipients of the Order of the Knights of Rizal’s Jose Rizal Model Students. Loretizo was awarded at the Knights of Rizal International Headquarters Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila on Rizal Day, December 30, 2018. The Jose Rizal Model Students is an award recognizing young scholars that excel in their academics, engage themselves in co-curricular activities, and are passionate about community service.

A student leader, debater, and community servant, Loretizo has gained recognition in local, national, and international competitions. He bagged the top prize in National Geographic’s “Everyday Genius” with his innovative phone application PaDS or Patient in Transit Diagnostics System, a mobile app that sends a patients diagnostics to the target hospital for treatment preparation. “Everyday Genius” is a contest encouraging young minds all around the globe to submit ideas that might change the world. He was also awarded as the best delegate during the Asia Youth International Model United Nations ASEAN Regional Forum held at Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on November 3-6, 2017.

With another feat, Loretizo has kept the Centralian flame of excellence bright and burning.

CPU COE Batch 1992 reunites after 25 years

CPU President, Dr. Teodoro C. Robles thanked the batch for their continuous love and support to the university.

Celebrating the Centralian spirit of camaraderie—The Central Philippine University College of Engineering Batch 1992 held their Silver Jubilee reunion at the CPU Alumni Promenade Concert Park on December 29, 2017.

For the welcome remarks, CPU President, Dr. Teodoro C. Robles, thanked the alumni for their consistent love for and support to the university and for coming back to rekindle their Centralian spirit, “I’m glad that you came back to CPU to see what the university is like now. It will be an interesting year ahead of us. We believe that with everybody working together, we can meet challenges with flying colors.”

Guest Speaker and former CPU President Agustin A. Pulido encouraged the alumni anchor theirselves in the spirit of excellence Central has taught them and most importantly in the Word of God.

Former university President and guest speaker, Dr. Agustin A. Pulido, talked about CPU’s commitment in producing exemplary Christian learners, “The real inspiration is the lives you have lived since 1992. I have not heard the stories of where you have been in the last quarter of a century but I believe that you have done well. CPU is now 112 years old and in all that time, the university has stayed true to its mission of teaching its students about the world that is around us and the Word of Lord that is in the Bible—this is summed in our motto Scientia et Fides.”

Although he was not present, 1992 College of Engineering Dean, Walden S. Rio also gave his greetings to the alumni through a video. In his message, Dean Rio asked them, “Was your education at CPU adequate enough to cover your happiness, strong family ties, friendship, work, and faith and God?” He went on to say that adequate did not have to mean wealth, fame or popularity, “If your answer is yes to the former question, your former teachers and I are grateful to God because we have done our job.” Dean Rio then urged the alumni to remember the lessons they have learned from CPU and to pursue excellence wherever they may be.

CPU College of Engineering Batch 1992 together with CPU President, Dr. Teodoro C. Robles, Guest Speaker and former university President Dr. Agustin A. Pulido, Vice President for Student Affairs, Rev. Joniel Howard H. Gico, College of Engineering Dean, Engr. Dany C. Molina, 1992 University Vice President for Operations Engr. Aurora Alerta Lim, CPUAAI 2016-2017 President, Mr. Daniel P. Dorillo and present CPUAAI President Isagani G. Jalbuena.

Batch 1992 gives their tokens of appreciation to CPU President, Dr. Teodoro C. Robles, Guest Speaker and former university President Dr. Agustin A. Pulido, Vice President for Student Affairs, Rev. Joniel Howard H. Gico, College of Engineering Dean, Engr. Dany C. Molina, 1992 University Vice President for Operations Engr. Aurora Alerta Lim, CPUAAI 2016-2017 President, Mr. Daniel P. Dorillo.

College of Engineering Dean, Engr. Dany C. Molina, talked about the innovations and achievements of the College of Engineering especially on output-based education, technology, and learning management systems. Engr. Molina thanked the alumni for attending the reunion and hoped that they would continue to revisit CPU in the future.

Also present during the event was 1992 University Vice President for Operations Engr. Aurora Alerta Lim. Engr. Lim thanked the alumni for their active participation in university programs.

The batch then unveiled its Silver Jubilee project which is the rehabilitation of the EN 200 comfort room. The batch raised funds to remove and reinstall toilet fixtures and accessories, floor and wall tiles, ceiling and lighting fixtures, and toilet doors, jambs, and door knob sets.

Centralian nurse shares Christmas spirit

Beauty with a heart for others, Tess Duenas inspires others through her love for music and passion in helping those in need. Photo Credit: Fely AG

Tess Subang Duenas, Centralian alumna of the College of Nursing Batch 1985 and currently the Clinical Supervisor of Providence St. John’s Health Center in Sta. Monica, California, together with her co-nurses, was featured in the Los Angeles News and Video for Southern California as the “Caroling Nurses.”

Along with co-workers Joanne Clark and Irene Mendoza, they sang their way along the halls of St. John’s this Christmas season with carols and songs, encouraging patients with their voices. In their interview with the local news network, Tess shared that she had been traditionally singing Christmas carols in the hospital but this year, she decided to share the tradition with her co-workers and their patients, “I figured because we do it anyway, we should just share it with our patients.”

Tess’s love for music started at an early age. In fact, she had been part of the Pavia Baptist Choir. As a pastor’s kid, Tess originally wanted to be a missionary. Her heart for the ministry eventually led her to be a nurse.

Tess has always had the heart for others. This is shown in her service and compassion to those who need care and encouragement. Back in 2013, Tess helped raised funds for those affected by typhoon Yolanda. Through her efforts, St. John’s Health Center initiated a donation drive. The proceeds were then given to the Red Cross.

Though far from CPU, Tess actively participates in the Centralian alumni community. She was even hailed as the 2014 CPU Federation of Alumni Associations Global Queen. Her involvement is a testimony of how Centralians beyond the borders of CPU keep connected.

Indeed, Labor is Honor!

Warm Up! Members of the CPU Work Student Organization hold party games prior to the official program.

The Work-Student Organization (WSO) of Central Philippine University (CPU) put forth its hundred years dictum, “Labor is Honor” when they celebrated their annual celebration of “Dies Felices” last December 22-23, 2017 at CPU High School Gymnasium and Alumni Promenade Concert Park as their venues.

The two-day celebration was planned and organized by the initiative of the WSO officers headed by their president, Ms. Precious Mae Jamola. In her message, Jamola emphasized the significance of the celebration to every work students. “Dies Felices is an annual event of the work student organization which all members of the work student organization participate in. The main objectives of this activity are to provide avenue for its members to acquaint themselves with one another, showcase their talents and to build connection to the work students. It is also very important to realize the mission and vision of the organization.” Ms Jamola said.

The program started with a Sport Fest held at the CPU High School Gym. The four chapters of WSO namely; Clerical Student Assistants (CSA), Janitorial Student Assistants (JSA), Library Student Assistants (LSA) and Services & Laboratories Student Assistants (SLSA) competed in both volleyball and basketball event. The overall victor of the Sport Fest was earned by the SLSA, followed by the CSA as second place, LSA and JSA landed on third and fourth place, respectively. The winners was also given cash awards.

A seminar on “Safety in the Workplace” was conducted on the second day of the Dies Felices celebration with Mr. Prim Vergara, OHS Officer/Technical Assistant to the President, as the resource speaker. Mr. Vergara pointed out in his talk the Japanese way of living. He taught work students the five Japanese words that encompass the Japanese method in harmonizing their workplace; the Seiri (Sort), Seiton (Set in Order), Seiso (Shine), Seiketsu (Standardize) and Shitsuke (Sustain).

The highlight of the celebration was the Mr. and Miss Dies Felices held at Alumni Promenade. Dinner was served for everyone before the program started at around 7 pm. It was hosted by Ms. Divine Grace Sorioso and Pastor Alfred Morales. Sixteen candidates (8 males, 8 females), two pairs from each chapters vied to win the crown as Mr. & Miss Dies Felices 2017. The pageant started as each of them displayed their confident poses in their production number followed by their casual wear production. They also walked on stage wearing their formal attire sponsored by Ilonggo fashion designer, Mandy Salcedo after heading to the Q&A portion.

The contestants and candidates of the search for Mr. and Miss Dies Felices 2017 (From L-R. 3rd runner up- Geraldine Quinquero (JSA), 3rd runner up- Rex Caraecle (LSA), 1st runner up- Lauren Shinia Marie Dorado (CSA), 1st runner up- Niegil Libo-on (SLSA), Ms. Dies Felices 2017- Shaira Mae Patnubay (CSA), Mr. Dies Felices 2017- Junar Onico (CSA) , 2nd runner up- Sumabong, Jessa Paula (JSA), 2nd runner up- Francis Jumilla (SLSA).

The winners of Mr. and Miss Dies Felices are as follows;

Mr. Dies Felices 2017- Junar Onico (CSA)

Ms. Dies Felices 2017- Shaira Mae Patnubay (CSA)

1st runner up- Niegil Libo-on (SLSA)

1st runner up- Lauren Shinia Marie Dorado (CSA)

2nd runner up- Francis Jumilla (SLSA)

2nd runner up- Sumabong, Jessa Paula (JSA)

3rd runner up- Rex Caraecle (LSA)

3rd runner up- Geraldine Quinquero (JSA)

As president of WSO, Jamola felt grateful that Dies Felices 2017 became a successful one.

“It truly made me realize that the work students are not just about working and schooling, we also have the capacity to organize events like the Dies Felices 2017. The success of the event is a proof of the hard work, unity and creativity of the work students. As the president of this organization it filled my heart with great joy and love, knowing that I am a leader of a student body that breaks boundaries”, Jamola remarked.

At the moment Jamola is looking forward for the Dies Felices 2018, “The new set of officers next year will surely do their best to exceed the expectation of the organization’s members. Through the help of the members, officers and adviser, the Dies Felices 2018 will surely a remarkable one”, she added.

The prize for perseverance: The Abelardo Carman Story

A man of faith and perseverance – Carman inspires the Centralian community with his testimony.

“A positive attitude can bring anyone from a humble beginning to a higher achievement.”

This is what Mr. Abelardo Bedaño Carman, a 2017 CPU Long Service Awardee, believes in. Carman received his award after forty long years of working hard at Central Philippine University as a janitor, Assistant Supervisor, and then, a Unit Head in 2013.

Carman was a work student. He studied in the CPU College of Commerce but never got the chance to finish. Eventually, he got employed by the university in 1977.

Out of his love and responsibility for his wife and children, Carman has to endure being away from his family and coming home to them once a week for many years. Carman, who hails from Brgy. Kayan Oeste, Lambunao, Iloilo is married to a Public School teacher Melly Perla of Badiangan, Iloilo. In his hometown, Carman served as the Chairman of the Church Council of Foward Baptist Church. He and his wife have two daughters, Alfa June and Myla. With a scholarship privilege from CPU, Carman was able to have his two daughters graduate from CPU and they are now successful professionals.

He highlighted his achievement as an awardee with an inspirational message that affected the audience inside the Rose Memorial Auditorium, where the ceremony took place. It was a sentimental moment of joy and gratitude which he shared with his fellow awardees, faculty and staff, the Vice Presidents and Unit Heads—including the University President Dr. Teodoro C. Robles. Dr. Robles had personally asked Mr. Carman to extend his employment with CPU due to the need for his valuable service to the University.

The 61-year old Mr. Carman, fondly called Sir Abelard by everyone in the campus, is an idolized figure of perseverance and hard work. He lives and thinks of CPU as a way of life. As a matter of attitude, according to Carman, he loves and enjoys his work at CPU. His mindset is that when the CPU grounds are clean, then the teachers can teach better, and the students can study better. When the day’s toil has ended, he stays to check that all garbage cans were collected, gardens and bushes were trimmed, and plants were watered. He did all of these for the length of time that he worked for the Grounds Upkeep and Maintenance. “My secret of being able to work for 40 years and receive the award is perseverance and a positive attitude at work,” Carman said.

One of his daughters, Myla Carman Cañes (now married with two children) is employed at the CPU Human Resource Development Office. She proudly describes her father as a passionate Centralian worker. According to Myla, “My father loves our family very much. He also loves the CPU grounds. He comes home every weekend to bring home food and delights from the city, and comes back to his work in CPU the next day.”

Abelard is regarded and well respected by his co-workers and by the administrators at Central Philippine University. On a sentimental note to the audience during his response speech, Carman asked this question, “What would have happened to me without CPU?”

Working for God ‘s greatest glory: The Nelia G. Bonete story

Prof. Nelia Bonete encourages fellow faculty and staff to love and offer their best for Central and ultimately for the glory of God.

“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.” – Colossians 3:23

This verse is the guiding principle of Miss Nelia Bonete, Chairperson, Department of Business and Administration, College of Business and Accountancy, CPU who recently received the 45 years Long Service Award from the University.

The young-looking professor in her early sixties was born in Dao, Capiz and migrated with her parents to Mindanao in the 60’s. She is one of the seven children of the Bonetes. Her father was tailor and farmer and her mother, a housewife.

Bonete delivered a response speech on behalf of the faculty awardees. The address was simple, but full of appreciation and gratefulness for God and the opportunity He allowed—to serve Central Philippine University during the best years of her life.

For Nelia Bonete, “It’s a great privilege to have worked in CPU where I gained more knowledge and experiences; I was enriched with love, belongingness and security.” She added that while in CPU, God equipped her with skills and competencies. Her right attitude helped her much to achieve her goals.

The beginning of her desire to go to college was what pushed her to apply in the work-study program of CPU. It was her classmate in high school who encouraged her to apply. It was during a difficult time in 1972 when God granted her desire to be accepted in the CPU work-study program.

Bonete was trained to become a responsible worker by the College of Agriculture Dean, Dr. Wilfredo Espada, who recommended her to become a part-time clerk before her graduation. Upon her graduation from college, she was hired as a fulltime secretary. Bonete is an accounting major. As she had to keep working in order to send her sisters, nephews and nieces to school, she was never able to take the board examination. However, she studied MBA on Saturdays and finished in due time.

Upon her graduation with an MBA degree, CPU took Bonete in as a full-time faculty member. She worked under three university presidents: Dr. Agustin A. Pulido, Dr. Juanito M. Acanto, and Dr. Teodoro C. Robles. She had been under six deans as part of the staff, as part-time faculty, and then as a full-time faculty member. She was the chair of the Department of Business Administration under two deans in the College of Business and Accountancy for 18 years.

In her response speech during the Awarding Ceremony for Long Service, Bonete reminded her fellow service awardees to “not be weary in doing well for in due season, we shall reap, if we faint not (Galatians 6:9).” Bonete made her challenge to the awardees and all the faculty and staff “to continue to do our best in whatever task we are assigned to do.”

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