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Weekly Centralian Link (July 28, 2017)

CPU Elementary joins in the Nutrition Month Celebration

CPU Elementary Principal, Prof. Janet Jaco, and Assistant Principal Ms. Susan Herga pose with some of the exhibits during the culmination of the Nutrition Month celebration.

With the Theme: “Healthy Diet, Gawing Habit for LIFE”, the CPU Elementary School joined the celebration of the Nutrition Month spearheaded by National Nutrition Council. The Department of Education (DepEd) through a memorandum mandated all public and private elementary schools, and also secondary schools to celebrate Nutrition Month for the whole July.

CPU Elementary teachers are proud of the fruit and vegetables arrangement that their students did.

The CPU Elementary School celebrated the Nutrition Month by having the following activities: Essay Writing Contest in English and Filipino for Grades IV-VI, July 14; Poster-making contest for Grades I-VI, July 21, 2017; and on July 28, 2017: Fruits and Vegetables Arrangement Contest in all Grade levels, Teacher’s Cooking Activity, and a Graded Healthy Packed Lunch for each pupil. The over-all in-charge of the month-long activities is Mrs. Mary Ann Saladar, Grade IV teacher.

As stated by Prof. Janet Jaco, Principal of the CPU Elementary School, the aim of the Nutrition Month is to make the CPU elementary students aware of what is healthy, and to practice eating healthy foods. The fast-food culture is prevalent in our society nowadays, and it is high time to let the children and parents be reminded that a healthy diet should be a lifestyle. She also added that the Fruits and Vegetables Arrangement Contest is a visible reminder on what should be there in the table of families every day, and for us to buy and eat local fruits and vegetables.

According to the National Nutrition Council (NNC) the clarion call is for “all Filipinos to start the consumption of healthier foods and discourage them from eating unhealthy diets has never been stronger and louder. This years’ Nutrition Month celebration aims to promote healthy diets to contribute to the reduction of overweight, obesity and non-communicable diseases. It also teaches the public on how to better discern between healthy and unhealthy foods for better food choices; and encourage food industry including farmers, producers and distributors and food establishments to produce and make available healthier food options to consumers.” (

Nursing Class of 1987 turns over cash donation to the College of Nursing Virtual Lab Project

Batch 1987 together with Atty. Salex E. Alibogha and Prof. Rowena M. Libo-on.

The CPU Nursing Class of 1987 Alumni that arrived from the United States this week turned over a check of 100,000 Pesos to the CPU College of Nursing at 9:30 AM on July 28, 2017 at the CPU Board of Trustees Conference Room. The amount is another tranche of donation for the Nursing Virtual Laboratory Project of the CPU College of Nursing. A fund raising campaign for the proposed project has been ongoing with Nursing Alumni Associations worldwide.

The turn-over ceremony was witnessed by Atty. Salex E. Alibogha, Acting Dean, CPU College of Nursing and President of  CCI-NAA (Central Philippine University, Capiz Emmanuel Hospital, and Iloilo Mission Hospital), members of the CPU Nursing Class of 1987, and Prof. Rowena M. Libo-on, Director for CPU Transnational Programs.

At home in Central – Batch 1987 visits CPU.

According to Atty. Salex E. Alibogha, the fundraising will continue until the amount is enough to finance the proposed project. He is grateful that the “CPU Nursing Alumni have been very responsive to the need of the CPU College of Nursing to have the Virtual Lab project realized.” A number of  Nursing  Alumni Chapters from abroad and some individuals have already turned over checks for the project.

Atty. Salex E. Alibogha hopes that the virtual lab will expand the learning experiences of students.

Thirty-three members of the Nursing Alumni Class of 1987 led by Mrs. Eva Espanera Rafols are on a tour of the country, and purposely dropped by to handover the check to the CPU College of Nursing. Most of the Nursing Class of 1987 also belongs to the CPU Alumni Association, Chicago Chapter.

CPU Golden Lions play a friendly match with the Sepak Takraw Philippine Team

Members of the Sepak-Takraw National Team and CPU Golden Lions Sepak Takraw Coach pose with VP for Finance and Administration Dr. Florence P. Bogacia, VP for Student Affairs Rev. Joniel Howard H. Gico, and Atty. Alejandro Somo, CPU Sports Office Director.

Who does not want to see an exhibition game of “Sepak Takraw” by the Philippine Team? Who would not get excited with the “friendly match” between the Philippine Team and the CPU Golden Lions?

On Friday, July 21, 2017, the CPU Golden Lions Team had their “dream match” as they played against Sepak Takraw Philippine Team at the CPU covered Gym. In the warm-ups and preliminary game, the national team showed off what it can do to win medals for the country. Some members of the team were in France to participate in a European tournament. The first regu of the Philippine is considered as among the Top 5 in the world.

Members of the Sepak Takraw National Team pose for posterity in front of the CPU Administration Building.

The match brought so much thrill and excitement to the students, coaches and spectators at the covered gym. With “no guts and no glory” in mind, the CPU Golden Lions roared. They did their best to make the most out of the spectacular chance to play a “friendly game” with the Philippine Sepak Takraw Team. In the 3 sets that were played, the Philippine Team bested the CPU Golden Lions team with a score of 8-21, 19-21, and 13-21. CPU Coach, Pastor Keith Dune Gallos, tried to put his best Regu in the second set in order to win a game. It was a close match. Much to the delight of the crowd, the CPU Sepak Takraw team led by 17-15. But eventually, they Philippine Team won the game. But it only shows that the CPU Sepak Takraw team, the 2017 National PRISAA games champion, can go toe to toe with national team.

Weekly Centralian Link Publication Team led by Director Rev. Francis Neil G. Jalando-on watches the game from a side bench of the covered gym.

In an interview earlier at the CPU Administration Conference Room, Pastor Gallos, Coach of the CPU Golden Lions Team excitedly said that “the game is a big booster to the CPU team, and that the Philippine Team is willing to extend training and technical assistance to the CPU Golden Lions Sepak Takraw Team.”

Another tournament with the CPU Golden Lions will be held on October, according to the team. The Philippine Team coach is a Centralian — Hector Memarion, AB Political Science Batch ’96. After the game, Coach Memarion told Coach Gallos that the CPU team have great talents and is strong in the spiker and setter, but has to practice double time in the tekong. He hopes that their training in Iloilo can help them get a Gold in next month’s competition in Thailand. The Philippine Team had previously won Silver at the SEA Games in Singapore.

An exciting offense and defense actions by the National Team. 

During the meeting, Pastor Jec Dan Borlado, area representative of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) took the opportunity of distribute Gideon’s Bible and motivational materials to the national players. He also encouraged the Philippine Team to link up with FCA so that they avail of the programs and spiritual guidance that this organization offers.

Spiker makes a winning hit for the Sepak Takraw National Team.

Dr. Florence P. Bogacia, Vice President for Finance and Administration, and Rev. Joniel Howard H. Gico, Vice President for Student Affairs received a couple of Chinlone Sepak Takraw balls made in Myanmar from the Philippine Team during the courtesy call at the CPU Administration Conference Room.

Blue vs. Yellow – Centralian blocks spike in a game against the Philippine team.

There are, at present, 12 members of the CPU Golden Lions Team who are studying in CPU with a scholarship provided by the University, according to Atty. Alejandro S. Somo, Director of the Sports Office. It is great to note that former varsity players of CPU later became members of the national team.

Jacqui Rose, “Ironwoman of CPU” joins in the Triathlon Asian Championships

For God and country – Lamparero flashes a smile with fellow Filipino athletes.

Jacqui Rose Lamparero, a CPU senior high school student participated in the 2017 ASTC Triathlon Asian Championship on July 21, 2017 held at Jakabaring Sport City, Palembang, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The race was organized by the Asian Triathlon Confederation.

Lamparero was able to finish the 750m swim, 20 km bike and 5 km course in 01:21:31 placing 22nd among international contestants in the Junior Elite Female category. The winner, a Japanese, finished the race with a time of 01:05:43.

The perseverance of a Centralian champion lies in the faith to endure – Lamparero (Second Biker)  in yellow and blue. 

Previously, Lamparero ranked No. 1 in the National Age Group Triathlon (NAGT) Leg 4 Women Sprint Distance in Cagayan De Oro besting 30 other contestants from all over the country. She also won 1st place in the Sprint Distance 16-19 Age Group Female Title in the recently concluded National Age Group Triathlon 2017 Subic Leg on January 29, 2017 at ACEA Subic Bay (formerly Sands of Triboa) with a time of 1:19:45. The Sprint Distance includes 750M swim, 20K bike and 5K run.

The CPU Golden Lions and the whole CPU community continue to support Jacqui Rose in her training and future races. Centralians are cheering and praying for her.

CPU Research Center holds Research Agenda Formulation Meeting

The University Research Center is located at the Franklin Hall.

With the aim of pursuing excellence in research, the University Research Center held a Research Agenda Formulation Meeting at the Franklin Conference Room on July 27, 2017.

The meeting was spearheaded by University Research Acting Director, Dr. Mary O’ T. Penetrante. According to her, the goal of the meeting is to assess the current status of research work in the university and to increase faculty and staff participation. “Our goal is to have 100% faculty participation in research. At the moment, we have 125 faculty and staff out of 360 that are engaged in research.”

Dr. Penetrante’s report stated that from June 2016 to May 2017, the participation of 22 faculty and staff in research yielded to 9 completed researches, four of which are externally funded while five were funded by the university. On the other hand, the university currently has 30 ongoing researches involving 103 faculty members; 21 of which internally funded while nine are externally funded.

Present during the meeting were Prof. Ceasar Rico S. Acanto from the College of Engineering, Prof. Rea P. Balontong from the College of Commuter Studies, Dr. Ilda G. Borlongan from the College of Arts and Science Chemistry Department, Dr. Stella G. Fernandez from the College of Arts and Science Life Science Department, Dr. Merly L. Junsay from the College of Education, Prof. Marygold E. Jutare from the CPU Junior High School, Dr. Lenny Rose P. Mucho, Director of the Review Continuing Education and Consultancy Center, Dr. Ananias C. Sabijon Jr, Director for Curriculum Development and Prof. Hope G. Patricio from the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. All are part of the University Research Committee (URESCOM).

The URESCOM Committee discussed the implementation of the University Ethics Board which will take over the role of the Research Ethics Committee and the application and publication of research findings. “For our dissemination and utilization, we still need to catch up with three years of publication of the Patubas. Our last newsletter issue was produced on July 2016 but our Salient Findings and R and D Week publications are on schedule.”

Dr. Sabijon emphasized the importance of cross discipline that will foster partnerships and expand research development. “Cross discipline will help us learn what research practices work in different research classifications.” Dr. Penetrante added that the Research Center should look into the best practices of each college. “We should delve into the best practices of each college so we can create a system of effective research process.”

The URESCOM Committee for Academic 2017-2018 includes: Dr. Ilda G. Borlongan for Evaluation, Dr. Ananias C. Sabijon Jr. for Training, Education and Symposium, Dr. Diadem Pearl Equina for Research Ethics, Prof. Hope G. Patricio for Editing and Publication, Dr. Stella G. Fernandez for Monitoring, Dr. Lenny Rose P. Mucho and Prof. Jessica Cananman for Data Processing, Dr. Reynaldo N. Dusaran for External Linkages, Prof. Ceasar Rico S. Acanto for Research Website, Dr. Jaime C. Cabarles and Dr. Merle L. Junsay for the Editorial Board, Prof. Marigorld E. Jutare for the CPU Junior High School and Prof. Rea P. Balontong for the College of Computer Studies.

Centralian Girl Scout Achiever represents Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP) and World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) in the United Nations

Serving as the voice of the Filipino into the global arena.

Angeli Monique Siladan, an alumna of Central Philippine University High School Class of 2009 and Bachelor of Science in Information Technology in 2013, represented not only the Girl Scouts of the Philippines but the entire World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts to the United Nations High Level Political Forum last July 10-19, 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

Last year, she went to Copenhagen, Denmark from May 16-19, 2016 to deliver a lecture for the “Women Deliver´s 4th Global Conference.” This is the world’s largest global conference on the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women in the last decade. From 5,000 applicants, Angeli was one of the 700 young people selected for a scholarship from Women Deliver to attend the event.

Empathy is the universal language of development.

While in the CPU High School, Angeli was a Chief Girl Scout Medalist in 2008, and the Girl Representative to the Iloilo Council Board in 2009-2012. She later became a Member of the GSP National Program Committee in 2012-2015.

In the website, Angeli wrote, “In a world where we are challenged to make a difference, it is my aspiration that: More girls stay longer in school. More women are healthier and are free to make their life choices. More women own enterprises and are able to provide for their families. And finally, more women take on key decision-making positions in the government. For a young woman like me, this is what a successful future looks like, and it is my dream that we all continue to take action for all girls and women worldwide.”

She previously attended the following international conferences representing the Girl Scouts of the Philippines: 11th Asia Pacific Regional Conference 2013 in Japan; Participatory Photography Training on Maternal and Child Health 2013 in Pax Lodge, London; World Conference on Youth 2014 in Sri Lanka; ASEAN Young Women’s Leadership Conference 2015 in Malaysia.

Currently, she is a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) Youth Committee and WAGGGS Advocacy Network for SDGs.

Girl Scouts of the Philippines has been a venue for girls and young women to develop their personality, enhance their talents and skills and improve their communication and leadership abilities. Through the years, GSP Iloilo Council produced a lot of young women achievers and leaders in different fields.

CPU Alumni hold Summer Get Together

The CPU British Columbia-Washington State Alumni Chapter.

Rekindling the Centralian Spirit – The CPU British Coumbia-Washington Chapter and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Batch 1995 based in the U.S. held a summer get together, gathering familiar faces of cheer and nostalgia.

The CPU British Coumbia-Washington Chapter had a meet up with fellow Centralians to celebrate the Centralian Spirit of camaraderie.

CPU BSN Class 1995.

On the other hand, the BSN Batch 1995 enjoyed an outing in Log Country Cove Texas Hill Country on July 23-26, 2017. Together with and friends, the group enjoyed a three day vacation reminiscing their stay in CPU and looking forward to more events with the Centralian family.

A summer get together, rekindling the Centralian Spirit.

The 2017 Grand Alumni Homecoming and General Assembly will be held on September 30, 2017. Centralians around the globe are encouraged to come home at CPU.

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