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Weekly Centralian Link (March 17, 2017)

Centralian is Rank 10 in the March 2017 Physician Licensure Examination

CPU College of Medicine alumnus, Dominique Ariel Bingcang Tomampos ranked number 10 and led the 16 new Centralian doctors in the Physician Licensure Examination.

Dominic Tomampos receives his diploma as an official Centralian Medicine graduate.

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced last March 16 that 813 out of 1,317 passed the Physician Licensure Examination given by the Board of Medicine in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cebu and Zamboanga this March 2017 or a National Passing percentage of 61.73%. CPU got a passing percentage of 88.89%.

Nic Tomampos leads the reading of the 2015 College of Medicine graduates´group commitment.

Here the list of successful examinees:

MARCH 2017

Congratulations to the CPU College of Medicine!


CPU Kindergarten holds 2017 Graduation

Go and let your light shine – 61 Kinder 2 students received their Certificates of Graduation as Central Philippine University Kindergarten held its annual graduation at the University Church on March 15, 2017.

CPU President Dr. Teodoro C. Robles with the Kindergarten faculty and staff.

Vivienne Rhone G. Del Castillo, K2 Mercy welcomed parents, guests, faculty and staff in her Opening Remarks. She thanked the parents for their love and support and congratulated her fellow graduates. “Graduation is a celebration, to dream dreams and to try our new wings.”

Mother-daugther duet – Mrs. Hermely Jalando-on and Francheska MJ, alumni of the CPU Kindergarten sings  “A Gift To You” as a tribute to graduates.

For his message, CPU President – Dr. Teodoro C. Robles thanked the parents for trusting CPU with their children’s pre-school education. He also encouraged graduates to continue living out the Centralian spirit of discipline and excellence as they continue their journey in the academe. “You have shown patience, obedience and courtesy to your parents and also to your teachers. We are proud that you have showcased affection towards your studies and your classmates as well. After this you will encounter pupils from different schools, backgrounds and families and we are confident that you will continue to live out exemplary Christian as you move to another level of education. To the parents, we are grateful for your trust, it is a manifestation that you give importance to pre-school education.”

We made it! Kindergartners gleefully show each other their diploma.

After the University President’s message, a song number was given by Mrs. Hermely A. Jalando-on, Kinder Alumna 1985 and her daughter Francheska MJ A. Jalando-on, Kinder Alumna 2015.

The distribution of certificates was headed by Dr. Teodoro C. Robles and Prof. Hannah C. Siosan, Principal of the CPU Kindergarten. 21 Kindergarteners from the Kinder 2 Gentleness class, 22 from the Kinder 2 Kindness class, 13 from the Kinder 2 Goodness class and 10 from the Kinder 2 Mercy Class were given their Certificates of Graduation for having completed their Kindergarten education.

The Closing Remarks was given by Dave Lorenz B. Abelarde, Kinder 2 Gentleness. After which, the graduates sang their graduation song “Go, Light Your Word.” Hera Jon Victoria O. Alipala, Kinder 2 Goodness then conducted the singing of the Alma Mater Song “Central, My Central.” A prayer for the graduates was then given by Rev. Ruth G. Lunasco, Christian Education Director, University Church.


Congratulations to the 13 new Centralian Pharmacists

In the March 2017 Philippine Pharmacy Licensure Examination, 13 graduates of the re-opened BS Pharmacy course passed it. Last March 14, 2017, the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced that 2,426 out of 3,732 (65%) passed the Pharmacist Licensure Examination given by the Board of Pharmacy in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cebu, Davao and Iloilo this March 2017. The CPU Passing Percentage is 76.47%.

It can be recalled that last 2011, under the leadership of Dr. Teodoro C. Robles, CPU re-opened the Pharmacy Department and put it under the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences.

The labors of the Department Chairperson Darlene Joy J. Marañon, MN, RN, RPh, and Dean Lily Lynn V. Somo, MAN, RN have been rewarded.

Here is the list of the new Centralian Pharmacists:


  1. Arches, Mary Ellen M.
  2. Agsamosam, Novelyn C.
  3. Alabado, Viah A.
  4. Berezo, Cara Joyce Janine C.
  5. Dador, Danna Grace S.
  6. De la Banda, Trisel Jun C.
  7. Galan, Yna B.
  8. Jaspe, Maeyel G.
  9. Jumilla, Clea Joan H.
  10. Macahilas, Adrian Jude
  11. Miranda, Mark F.
  12. Siosan, Jhana Kaice C.
  13. Sayson, Rex Ivan T.


CPUR Now and Then

By Cyrus A. Natividad

Every vote counts – Centralians line to cast their ballots.

Central Philippine University Republic (CPUR), known as  the oldest student government in the Philippines is so close to my mind after official results came out with names of winning candidates in the recent CPU Student Republic Elections 2017.

Centralians gather at the precinct booths located at the Promenade Park to exercise their right of sufferage.

Here are the newly elected ‘national government officials’ of the CPUR SY 2017-2018.

President         – Jan Christian “Yan yan” I. Espanola

Vice President – Sidrik L. Gotico


1. Sainthia Joy D. Sorilla

2. Aila Rose F. Asuelo

3. Bryan C. Robles

4. Charles Arthel R. Rey

5. Clem Marnel R. Burgos

6.  Andrew C. Perez

7. Leslie Jeanne L. Landoy

8. Gio Paolo B. Sorilla


More elaborate modern campaign materials are used by the candidates now – a far cry from what we have during our time. Group streamers and consolidated tarpaulins usually hanged by party slates – in designated areas are less expensive than personally financed campaign materials around the campus.

And as with real political campaigns in our country, the social media is more effective than anything else. The one who got more friends on Facebook should have gained more votes; FB Shares must have sponsored the campaigns more than we could have imagined. These are my personal observations during the past election period of the CPUR.

A sea of red (Koalisyon) and green (Reform) filled the CPU Promenade Park as Centralian cheer for their respective student parties.

The indulgence of recollecting bits and pieces of history during lunch and coffee breaks- a few days ago was also a must (thanks to our involvement in the CPUR until now). We talked about how young student leaders during those days – can be future leaders, or leaders of today. Those were the days when debates and campus politics in CPU got the better of students forming their own political parties; framing up their own agenda for governance.

We love to recall the activities- the campaign period, the commitments to change- not only on campus freedom, but on the peoples’ sentiment for national democracy; the restoration of student governments around the country in 1981. Then President Ferdinand E. Marcos suspended the operation of all student organizations in the Philippines when he declared Martial Law in 1972.

Almost at the same time when a parliamentary form of government was forming in Manila, students lost no time in getting ready to restore campus  government for the studentry. Thus, at Central Philippine University the CPU Republic (after a long period of hibernation)was reborn. Rallies for change and restoration of democracy  continued to drumbeat in downtown Iloilo and public plazas.

Preconceived stalwarts of the United Students’ Party(USP), the Alliance of Democratic Students (ADS), and the Partido Nang Mag-aaral at Sambayanan (PANGMASA) immediately went to select students to be their official candidates in the foreseen CPUR elections very soon. It did not take long for the students at Central to organize ‘political parties’, and have their party platforms, media interviews and buntings of party candidates.

The first President of the newly restored CPUR was Gerardo Sonalan of our PANGMASA PARTY. In this year, the Central Echo was reborn as one of our colleague in the Senate, CPUR Senator Vitini Edhard Idemne pushed for it. In 1983, another PANGMASA candidate won the CPUR Presidency – Gualberto Cataluña, Jr.

Later, ADS and PANGMASA Party coalesced and became ‘Koalisyon ng Demokratikong Mag-aaral Para sa Sambayanan (now simply called ‘Koalisyon’). Mr. Manuel “Mawe” de la Fuente who is now a pastor in New Jersey, USA, was the standard bearer and became President of CPUR in 1984.

Without social media during those times, we can only have the so called ‘Radyo Puwak’ to promote our candidates and share party platforms. Glee Clubs and fraternities were supporting casts in their own rights. Intead of tarpaulins (that are not yet available), sack cloths or flour sacks and newspapers  were used to print slogans and list of candidates.

It pays that passenger jeepneys are marked with the name CPU on all sides, so that we also  provided the drivers with CPU stickers with our party name on it.

It is worth noting that the CPU Republic which has gone through the dark days of  Martial Law has found the light of day – when democracy set in (or so it seemed). But the CPUR of today, nonetheless are blessed with countless possibilities of effectively relating and putting out their campaigns on social media and internet platforms; cellphones and other gadgets in the campus – and even to the world!


Gugma in the City of Light

By Audrey Rose Dusaran-Albason


Audrey Dusaran-Albason is a 2006 CPU graduate of Bachelor of Science in Nursing and in 2010, she finished her Masters in Nursing also in CPU. She is the daughter of the Dr. Rey N. Dusaran, Director University Research Center, CPU and Mrs. Adelfa D. Dusaran, CPU College of Nursing Faculty. Her love for fashion encouraged her so study Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of the Philippines. She has undergone internship under the world renowned designer Francis Libran.

With a brand that speaks to the modern woman in a contrasting medley of the classic and contemporary, six of Albason’s design under the collection “Gugma” were recently featured in the Oxford Fashion Studio Paris Collections AW 2017 at the Hotel D’Evreux, 9 Vendome, Paris France on March 4, 2017. She was the only Filipino that was invited in this event.

Audrey Dusaran-Albason relfects the delicate Filipino Flora in her design.

January 12 seemed like any other ordinary day – revolving around my 1-year-old baby boy, Sage (who is my entire universe these days) and doing some household chores. Before going to bed though, I decided to check my newly opened email account (which I decided to make a month ago strictly for client inquiries). Imagine my surprise and disbelief then when an email with the subject heading of Paris Fashion Week jumped up at me from my phone screen, right next to that message we all received from Andy from Google. I know right? Well like any other sensible, reality-oriented human I skimmed thru the message, laughed a little and forgot all about it. The next day though, I had trouble sleeping so I decided to check the message again and click on the links just to pass the time away. When these legit-looking PDF files started pouring in, my heart skipped a beat.

Fast forward to February 27, and I am about to board my plane to Paris (writing all this down makes it seem more like a dream really). I have literally never been anywhere else but the Philippines and I will be traveling some 7,000 miles alone. Of course I was horrified. All I had was my rough relationship with Google Maps and my equally rough handful of French phrases to carry me through. I visually imagined that if anything goes wrong, I can always snuggle up in a corner with my worn-out paperback copy of Ann of Green Gables and wait for my husband to rescue me.  Hahaha.

After an eternity (21 hours and 30 mins to be exact), I was safe and sound in my hotel along Rue Moliere, just a few brisk walks away from the Louvre and all the other tourist spots.

Arriving on the 28th of February, I had a few days to spare before the show day on March 4, so I braved the cold weather and the intermittent rain to get acquainted with all the wonders of Paris. A fellow Filipina, Apple, was gracious enough to show me around on my very first afternoon in the City of Light. We ventured into the dizzying world that is their Metro station from the Pyramides all the way to the Trocadero where I finally came face to face with the iconic Eiffel Tower. We saw other tourists perfecting the art of fingers-pointing-at-the-pyramid-tip-photos at the Museum Louvre. (Before I continue let me tell you how much more difficult it is to write all these places down as it is trying to say them in broken French). We marched the entire length of Avenue des Champs-Elysees like wanna-be rock stars from the Place de la Concorde to the colossal Arc de Triomphe. Imagine walking uphill in this mile-long avenue with your high-heeled boots and you will definitely catch yourself giving a silent salute to these beautiful, well-dressed French women who sashay these Paris streets without breaking a sweat. It was a struggle for me, and yes, I was wearing my Keds! We walked along the banks of the River Seine while I, upon seeing the little makeshift shops lining the street, mentally calculated how much those vintage Vogue magazines cost in Philippine Pesos (and whether or not my haggling skills in Divisoria and Quiapo can still be of use here). The perfect ending to that marvelous afternoon though, was delicious sidewalk Nutella crepe and some hot cappuccino.

Dusaran-Albason´s collection Gugma which translates to love showcases the passion and artistry of Ilonggo craftsmanship.

A day before the show, I knew I was going to be nothing but a bundle of nerves. Not helping at all was the fact that by this time, I was feeling a lot of separation anxiety for leaving my little baby boy for the longest time yet. So I booked a day tour to the Palace of Versailles, just to unwind and keep my mind off things. (Yes, it was a tour for my sanity and not my vanity, but it was absolutely gorgeous nonetheless!) Besides, I´m in the Fashion industry and who doesn´t love Queen Marie Antoinette?

Iloilo´s pride Audrey Rose Dusaran-Albason showcases in her collection Gugma.

After a few hours, I found myself in an Uber ride, on the way to Place Vendome. This was THE day, so I traded my trusted Keds with a pair of heeled boots I hastily bought at H&M, just to honor the occasion. This I would regret as soon as the first fitting was over and I realized I had to buy 2 extra pairs of shoes for the models who couldn´t fit into the size 9 flats I bought from SM (they were from Parisian, see the humor in that, hahaha). Because it was raining so hard and the traffic was unbearable, I couldn´t get any Uber ride back to the venue. So there I was, in heels and without my coat (I assumed a nice warm car would be available courtesy of Uber anyway) walking the length of Rue de Rivoli from Forever 21 to the corner at Rue Castiglione. The only saving grace of that walk though, was I discovered Angelina and the world famous Laduree along the way.


When Oxford Fashion Studio asked me to fill up a form detailing information about my collection, I didn´t really give it much thought. I must admit, that the opportunity they presented was so totally unbelievable and somehow over-reaching for a recent fashion school graduate based in the little town of Iloilo, with nary a Philippine magazine feature or celebrity endorsement to her name, that I thought it was simply impossible that I´d get through this first step of the process. Sometimes I get a little too pessimistic for my own good. But looking back now, I think “Gugma” was a wonderful choice. The Visayan region is in a way underrepresented as part of the three main islands of the Philippines. Culturally, when people refer to the Philippines, there´s nothing more recognizable than Manila and Tagalog. But I think the other lesser known Philippine languages are just as beautiful and just as expressive. So “Gugma” it was, and “Gugma” it remained. In the native language of Hiligaynon, this word translates to “love”. It’s a popular word often used in several other Visayan language – it is all-encompassing in its range and simplicity.

This collection is inspired by the natural landscape of the Visayan islands – filled to the brim with beaches, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, hot springs and other topographical treasures along with its abundance of unique flora and fauna. Tulle and luxurious silk gazaar in shades of soft grays, silvers and beige were embellished with lace and individually handcrafted fused tulle and glitter- layered and fused piece by piece and then cut out and beaded into shapes of Anahaw, Ilang-ilang and bamboo.

By 8pm, me and my friend Ruth Marcille Gico (who doubled as my backstage assistant and has been the Angel Gabriel incarnate for agreeing to accompany me at such short notice) arranged the garments back stage. Being chosen to show as the finale is equal parts thrilling and nerve-wracking. As I saw my models line up before their walk, I felt light-headed and the threat of unsightly tears was beginning to form. Better than Nutella crepes and cappuccinos, the warm applause of the crowd that greeted me as I bravely walked halfway through the runway was the perfect ending to my first Paris Fashion Week experience.

So, merci beaucoup Paris! It was one crazy beautiful adventure discovering you on my own. Losing myself in your cobblestone streets and all the while rediscovering the little girl inside – surprised that she´s still unafraid, and absolutely hopeful after all this time.

I´m thankful for unbelievable, over-reaching dreams and the ability to pursue them. For the man beside me whose faith in me knows no bounds. For Sage and his many other mommies while I was away.

Anne of Green Gables, puts it so wonderfully when she says, “I´ve had a splendid time, she concluded happily, “and I feel that it marks an epoch in my life. But the best of it all was the coming home.”


An Ode to Audrey: Reliving the Backstage Pass

By Ruth Marcille Tinsay Gico

 The day greeted me with an early faux pas after I sat in the front seat of the Uber taxi and was mistaken for a party animal who was suffering from a severe hangover by the driver. To validate his presumptions, I offered to pay him in cash after giving him a lecture on the pathophysiology of neonatal prematurity the entire trip to cover up for my embarrassment for being disoriented and exhausted from yesterday’s shift, thus the haggard-look. I was saving lives, you know. Thank God he was honest to remind me of automatic electronic banking and gave me well wishes for my trip “don’t get ripped off in Paris.” The truth is, nothing beats the excitement of catching up with a childhood friend after several years of just ogling each other’s lives on Facebook. Better yet, our several ill-attempts to meet in our dear hometown in the City of Love, brought us to an unexpected rendezvous in the City of Light for Paris Fashion Week instead. After two hours and a half of drifting in a mini-coma in Europe’s bullet train, the torrential rain of Paris welcomed me in an unforgiving fashion. I braved the cobblestones of Rue Moliere, drenched, with Google Map leading me to the hotel where my friend and I were booked. After hovering from one street to another, I finally got to the hotel, left my luggage and went straight to the venue which was thankfully a few blocks away from where we stayed.

Centralian smiles – Ruth Marcille Tinsay Gico and Audrey Dusaran-Albason at the Oxford Fashion Studio.

It was filled with people, of course, clad in all-black or something between the MTV Music Awards and the Grammys. “I’m here for Audrey Rose Dusaran-Albason, a designer. I’m her assistant,” were the words that came from my mouth when I was asked by the tall mademoiselle who was at the door. I was handed with an ID card and was ushered to the backstage where models ran around in their undergarments and fancy clothes, assistants painstakingly did their steam iron tasks and designers neurotically freaked out. Audrey Rose or “Smol,” as she was fondly called by her friends was somewhere along Rue de Rivoli panic buying for shoes in lieu of the ones she bought from SM City that didn’t fit her casted models. Although the eldest, “Smol” (small), is the most petite among the three daughters of Dr. Rey Dusaran (CARES) and Professor Adelfa Dusaran (College of Nursing), both actively working as faculty members of Central Philippine University. Originally from Dumangas, Iloilo, Smol grew up in the City of Iloilo and was a loyalty awardee of Central Philippine University, the place where we shared our fondest moments from grade school to graduate school.

Audrey and Ruth poses with a model wearing Audrey´s design.

“Nini!” as we endearingly call each other, echoed through the white walls of the hallway when we finally met after she was stuck in traffic for more than an hour. Still the unpretentious, humble friend and classmate that I knew despite her notable growing reputation in the fashion realm, we situated ourselves on the carpeted floor and got straight to business. Both armed with needles, we sutured the tulle and faux pearl designs on the new shoes like the full-fledged nurses that we were. Having completed Bachelor of Science in Nursing on 2006, we both enrolled in graduate school and finished our Master of Arts in Nursing on 2010. She worked at West Visayas State University Medical Center for a few years after that but her passion for fashion was just too strong for her to ignore. She took up short courses at TESDA and eventually got formally enrolled at the Fashion Institute of the Philippines. The opportunity opened doors for her to work as an intern for the world-renowned Francis Libiran and paved the way for her own clients as she continued to rub elbows with the dignitaries.

“Why gugma, Nini?” I curiously asked about her collection after running my fingers through the laces and tulles of her dresses. “Because I think the Visayan region is underrepresented in a way. Culturally, Tagalog and Luzon are more recognizable. I think the other Philippine languages  are just as beautiful and just as expressive so I chose to highlight that in my collection title”, she answers. Gugma, in the designer’s native language of Hiligaynon, translates to “love”. Her collection is inspired by the natural landscape of the Visayan islands – its beaches, rivers, lakes and waterfalls, along with the flora and fauna abundant in the Philippine forests. Tulle and luxurious silk gazaar in shades of soft grays, silvers and beige were embellished with individually handcrafted fused tulle and glitter-layered and fused piece by piece and then cut out and beaded into shapes of Anahaw, Ilang-ilang and bamboo. Speaking of gugma, she is married to Jude Chester Albason, a contractor in Iloilo City, with whom she shared a love for ultimate Frisbee and their adorable son named, Sage.

Friendship means supporting each other´s passion, Audrey and Ruth adding final touches to shoes to be worn by models.

I fiddled with the carefully crafted headpieces that were tucked nearby, “did you make these as well?” I said. “No, these were created by Dr. BJ Chavez. Do you remember him?” she answered. How can I forget Mr. CPU of the year 2000? After the constant babbling of idle gossips, our tete-a-tete was cut short when we were called to bring her collection to the backstage of the runway. Long-legged models gracefully met us like Middle-earth elves waiting for their time to move down the catwalk. I helped Smol suit them up in my internalized role as a designer assistant and felt like a pro for those brief, yet magical minutes. Closing the show with her ethereal, whimsical, ballerina collection, I watched her gleamed with excitement and flabbergasted with the overwhelming response of the audience for her collection. “They clapped for me, Nini!” “They were all smiling!” escaped her unassuming lips after strutting the runway with her model. The next minutes to hours (I lost track of time) catapulted her to instant stardom as snapshots were taken with models and visitors that were enthralled by her collection. As the only Filipino designer, she was also interviewed by a Filipino TV Network correspondent to be featured on Philippine national television.

When the euphoria died down and the adrenaline faded, we headed backstage to pack her collection. We then walked through the dark alleys and cobblestone streets of Paris like two wandering tourists with a giant suitcase, giggling our way to the hotel. It was almost midnight so all the shops were closed except for a convenient store nearby. We got ourselves some chocolates, pretzels and cup noodles, and celebrated the night like little girls in a slumber party. She fell asleep shortly as the stress of the day took a toll on her instantly; and as my languid self-fought for the last string of consciousness, I thought to myself… dreams do come true.


Paving the way

It will be graduation soon. Without talking a lot about it, we believe that we have children who will attain success, or something, by their own endeavors; some degree of achievement that will make us proud.

We keep track of their activities in school, get excited with their grades, but more important is the tracking of their development or improvement along the way. We need to be updated with their requirements or concerns with their teachers or their subjects. Even more significantly is to know what they need – mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Is it enough that we buy them books, gadgets, stationeries, or just give them money to buy at their own leisure? We become excited or restless for our children about their interest and eagerness in procuring their requirements (for success); sometimes we become exhilarated with the way they present their proposals; or the way they prescribe things to buy and how it works! (fortunately, most of us are working in the age of computers and riding on in what we call the information super highway).

It doesn’t matter if, sometimes we are supplanted by the more techy things or novel ideas coming from the mouths of our tech-savvy kids.  And the more you are overwhelmed, the more you become excited; appreciating them for trying their best and getting there – where you had never been before.

“We’re in another generation” is true – this is how the new generation responds when their parents try to compare their lifestyles (with their acts together) from the old generation.

If anything, I am most happy with children who reciprocate us with good attitudes.  It’s not money or things, but it is when they allow us to be with them – guiding them, advising them; suggesting or approving anything they buy or prescribe. It’s our time together in the bookstore or the mall that pays back for our struggles along the way for their success.

Otherwise, there’s no use looking back and counting our efforts and support for them. We can count it in our heads, but at the same time we can continue on paving the way for them. We should not stop influencing them to go to the right direction – proud and prepared for the challenges that will come along their way. Congratulations to the parents whose labors have paid off. God bless./ By Cyrus A. Natividad


CPU Signs Partnership with Tra Vinh University

Beyond borders – with the aim of establishing international academic and research ties, Central Philippine University and Tra Vinh University signed a Memorandum of Agreement at the CPU Administration Conference Room on March 16, 2017.

Central Philippine University partners with Tra Vinh University towards a better academic and community service to Philippines and Vietnam.

Tra Vinh University is found in Tra Vinh Province, Vietnam. It was formerly known as Tra Vinh Community College. Formed in 2001 under the Vietnam and Canada Community College Project, Tra Vinh grew from a local provider of vocational education into a multi-disciplinary, multi-campus educational center that offers a variety of higher education courses ranging from apprenticeships to PhD Programs across the following disciplines: Health Science, Culture Studies, Economics, Social Science, Technology and Engineering, Agriculture and Aquaculture, and Education.

CPU President, Dr. Teodoro C. Robles and Tra Vinh University Vice Rector, Dr. Nguyen Tien Dung and Vice Director of International Collaboration Office Ms. Chau Thi Hoang Hoa offially signs the Memorandum of Agreement.

In the MOA Signing, Tra Vinh University was represented by Vice Rector, Dr. Nguyen Tien Dung, Dean of Economics, Dr. Diep Thanh Tung and Vice Director of International Collaboration Office Ms. Chau Thi Hoang Hoa. On the other hand, CPU was represented by its President, Dr. Teodoro C. Robles, Rev. Joniel Howard H. Gico, Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Irving Domingo L. Rio, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Prof. Leilani Fatimah L. Trompeta, Director of the CPU International Programs, Rev. Francis Neil G. Jalando-on, Director of the CPU Office of Communications, Prof. Rowena M. Libo-on, Director of the CPU Transnational Program.

During the event, Dr. Nguyen Tien Dung talked about the similarities of CPU and Tra Vinh University. “I can see similarities between your university and ours. Both of us offer educational courses from kindergarten to doctorate degrees, both of us our community centered educational intuitions who want our students to contribute their learnings to the development of society, both of us have the same geographical feature and both of us are creating stronger international ties for our university.”

Dr. Teodoro expressed his gratitude to Tra Vinh University for the newly established partnership and looks forward to the exchange of ideas and joint academic projects that can help different both communities in the Philippines and Vietnam. “This is a beginning of a good relationship. We want to invest in research ventures that can impact our respective communities, in our exchange of ideas we will be helping each other establish a good start for the better understanding of our university and our people.”

Several research suggestions have been brought both sides; Engineering, Nano-chemistry, Indigenous Study, Agriculture Economy, Climate Change, Trade Relations and Sports. According to Dr. Rio, the partnership will help both universities learn about the different management styles of each other. “CPU is very much interested to learn about the Vietnamese style of management. Apart from student exchanges, we also want to send faculty and who will learn about university management and to conduct collaborative research.” The research outputs are to be published in a journal for the use and perusal of both universities.

On the other hand, Dr. Diep Thanh Tung suggested comparing and translating the different textbooks of the partner universities for comparative analysis, the aim of which will be to produce bilingual textbooks for Filipinos and Vietnamese students – it will also be an avenue to learn about each other’s culture.


CPU RCEC in cooperation with the Office of Institutional Advancement holds Effective Documentation for Workshop and Seminars

With the aim of enhancing the skills in documenting workshops, trainings, meetings, trainings and other forms of discussion relevant to a program, project of activity of public and private institutions, CPU Review, Continuing Education and Consultancy Center in partnership with the Office of Institutional Advancement held an Effective Documentation for Workshops and Seminars at the Educational Media Center on March 10, 2017.

Ms. Moira Enerva lectures on effective documentation  for workshops and seminars.

The seminar invited Ms. Moira Enerva as resource speaker. She is an independent consultant for communication and stakeholder engagement. She has projects with the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, USAID, Canada, International Finance Corporation, National Economic and Development Authority, Local Government Authority –DILG and National Council on Disability Affairs.

Participants eagerly listening to the seminar lecture.

Enerva lectured on the different documentation structures, styles and conventions, good practices and packaging and development.

Each session in the workshop is a combination of lecture, discussion, multimedia presentation and writing. Participants underwent different activities that developed their corporate writing skills.  Document styles and conventions used by government, international organizations, and private sectors were introduced to participants as methods of improving the effectivity of their outputs in their respective offices.

Enerva also taught on the importance of graphics, pictures and videos to further clearly deliver the information in respective documents. She talked about the difference between summary and details, attribution and confidentiality.

The Participants of the program include government and private agencies and faculty and staff of college and universities throughout the region.

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