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Weekly Centralian Link (March 9, 2018)

CPU University Research Center holds 15th Research and Development Week

Dr. Irving Domingo L. Rio, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dr. Mary O’ T. Penetrante, Acting Director, University Research Center led the ribbon cutting to officially open the 15th Research and Development Week.

Promoting research as a vital tool in inclusive development, the Central Philippine University Research Center held its 15th Research and Development Week at the Educational Media Center on March 5-9, 2018.

With the theme “Technopreneurship: Driving Growth and Expanding Beyond Borders,” the event also showcased the 19th Faculty Research Symposium and the 16th Student Symposium, which featured studies done by the CPU faculty, staff, and students.

Keynote speakers included Dr. Richard S. Abendan, Manager, USAID-STRIDE Research and Industry Partnerships and Ms. Marianne Tajanlangit-Bebit, Intellectual Property Field Operations Specialist, Intellectual Property of the Philippines.

Posters of the different studies presented during the 15th Research and Development Week are exhibited at the Educational Media Center.

Faculty presenters included Dr. Reynaldo N. Dusaran, Director, Accreditation and Instructions with his study on “Validation of 2017 Business Permit Licensing System”; Mr. Jun Ozbert M. Haguisan, Stockroom Coordinator; Prof. Ann Marie P. Alguidano, faculty, Chemistry Department, College of Arts and Sciences presented their study entitled “Comparison of Heavy Metals in Salt”; and Dr. Mary O’ T. Penetrante, Acting Director, University Research Center gave a presentation on her study entitled “Farmers’ Market Linkage” .

The students also presented their studies on information technology, social sciences, social and political sciences, business, engineering, agriculture, education, humanities, chemistry, and other related fields.

KDC, URC, HRDO and RCECC hold seminar on TRAIN Law

Dr. Mary O’ T. Penetrante, in her closing remarks, highlighted the importance of conducting talks on economic legislations.

In line with the celebration of CPU’s 15th University Research and Development Week, The Knowledge for Development Center (KDC) in coordination with the University Research Center (URC), Human Resource Development Office (HRDO), and Review, Continuing Education and Consultancy Center (RCECC) held a seminar entitled “DevTalk on the TRAIN Law” at the KDC Hall, Henry Luce III Library on March 6, 2018.

The objectives of the seminar included discussing the salient changes to the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997 and other affected laws, determining implications of these changes to educational institutions and individual taxpayers and promoting awareness in price monitoring.

For the welcome remarks, Engr. Amy C. Castigador, Director of the Office of Institutional Advancement, highlighted the partnership of research and taxation in community development. “Recognizing the role of taxation in Research and Development not only for CPU but for the country as a whole, CPU is hosting this DevTalk. We hope that we could have more DevTalks or events that tackle burning development issues with a view to getting some questions answered and identifying actions that may need to be taken. All these we consider as part of our stewardship of God-given resources.”

Atty. Joenifer S. Joslito, Revenue Officer II talked about the benefits of TRAIN Law.

Participants composed of CPU faculty, staff and students eagerly listen to the lecture.

Ms. Judith Degala, Consumer Protection Division Chief, Department of Trade I Region VI talked about consumer protection and price monitoring. She also discussed the effects of the TRAIN Law on the price of basic necessities and the role of DTI in regulating the prices in the market.

On the other hand, Atty. Brianna Kay T. De Los Santos, Attorney II, Legal Division; Atty. Joenifer S. Joslito, Revenue Officer II; and Mr. Cecil Rey F. Panelo, Group Supervisor, Revenue Officer IV from the Bureau of Internal Revenue, discussed the effects of the law among private employees. They also tackled the amendments on the NIRC Code and the benefits to be expected in the long term application of the law.

An open forum was then moderated by Engr. Jeriel G. Militar, Chairperson, Mechanical Engineering Department. The questions addressed to the DTI and BIR focused mainly on the effect of TRAIN law to consumer goods and the benefits of its implementation.

For the closing remarks, Dr. Penetrante thanked the resource speakers for sharing their time and expertise and the participants for contributing to the discussion. The closing prayer was led by Rev. Francis Neil G. Jalando-on, Director, CPU Office of Communications.

College of Pharmacy holds Pinning and White Coat Ceremony

CPU takes pride in its tradition of producing excellent pharmacists throughout the years.

“If you cannot be seen, see to it that you can be great; there is no substitute to being great.” This was how the guest speaker Gilda R. Rivero started his challenge to 85 students who received their pins from the CPU College of Pharmacy. The students were about to enter the crucial years of college life: their third year in BS Pharmacy.

The Pinning Ceremony of the BSPH Batch 2019 was held on March 15, 2018, Monday, at the University Church. The program started at 9 A.M. with the processional. The invocation was led by Rev. Cris Amorsolo V. Sian, Senior Pastor, University Church, and was followed by the Pambansang Awit and Alma Mater Song.

Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Irving L. Rio (on behalf of the University President Dr. Teodoro C. Robles), welcomed the parents, guests, faculty and students. He acknowledged their enthusiasm in pursuing success in the College of Pharmacy.

Ma. Jaen A. Jamistas, faculty, introduced the guest speaker, Gilda R. Rivero, former Dean of the College of Pharmacy, University of San Agustin. Rivero delivered an inspirational message meant to inspire and equip the candidates. She told the candidates to “dream like Jose Rizal, to have a critical mind, to think of your dream.”

Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Irving Domingo L. Rio encouraged the students to carry on the Centralian spirit of excellence.

“I was a board top-notcher,” Rivero added, “and once I landed on top, I never allowed things or anyone to bring me a notch down. I prayed to be number one and I made it.” She stressed to the students the need to “pray hard, work hard, and study hard!” Rivero, who feels 25 years old at 75, believes that “as man proposes, God disposes.”

Rivero, who heads the Pharmacist Association in Iloilo City, has worked with several pharmaceutical organizations and companies as consultant and lecturer.

Dr. Rio and Darlene Joy J. Marañon, Dean of CPU College of Pharmacy, presented a Plaque of Appreciation to the guest speaker. Dareen Joy B. Taytayon, Community Internship Coordinator, presented the Community Pharmacy Internship Institutional Guidelines. Dean Marañon presented the interns for the Pinning.

Dr. Irving Domingo L. Rio, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Darlene Joy J. Marañon, Dean of CPU College of Pharmacy presented a Plaque of appreciation to the Guest speaker, Gilda R. Rivero.

Jan Noelle Estilo Ang, on behalf of the class, delivered a response to the challenge. It was followed by the class singing Bruno Mars’ song “Today My Life Begins.” The program closed with the benediction by Rev. Sian.

The White Coat Ceremony of the College of Pharmacy was held on March 6, also at the University Church. It is where the candidates are cloaked with their white coats to symbolize the start of their proper training as future pharmacists.

Hon. Ferjenel G. Biron, Representative of the 4th District of Iloilo, gave the inspirational message. The Congressman, who is a pharmaceutical businessman, congratulated the candidates, inspiring them to keep working to succeed in the pharmaceutical industry in the future.

Dr. Rio presented the Certificate of Appreciation to Congressman Biron. Rev. Sian made the dedicatory prayer and benediction, followed by the Philippine Pharmacy Hymn and the recessional.

CPU Kindergarten holds Moving-Up Ceremony

CPU’s future Handbell Ringers – the CPU-K Rainbow Ringers gave a special number.

The Rose Memorial Auditorium was flocked by parents who were very excited that their adorable children are moving up to the next level in pre-school learning at CPU Kindergarten School.

On March 8, 2018 at 8:30 in the morning, The CPU-K Pipers led the processional of Kindergarten children with their parents at the Rose Memorial Auditorium. The program opened with an animated prayer by the CPU-K Body Movement group. It was followed by the National Anthem.

Miss Ruth G. Fernandez, University Registrar, gave the opening remarks, inspiring the parents and pupils to move up academically with motivation and discipline. Entertaining numbers were delivered by Kindergarten 1-Patience, Peace and Hope and Nursery-Faith, Charity, and Joy. Other special numbers were presented by CPU-K Singing Group and CPU-K Rainbow Ringers. The Movers of 2018 rendered a Moving Up Song. Prayer for the Movers and the benediction were given by Ptr. Ruth G. Lunasco.

The Moving up Ceremony of the CPU Kindergarten School is held every year under the supervision of the CPU Kindergarten Principal, Prof. Hannah G. Siosan.

Prayer for the Movers and Benediction – the kindergarteners focus their attention in prayer.

Prof. Hannah G. Siosan, Principal, CPU Kindergarten   together with faculty and staff.

The kindergarteners gave a dance number honoring God and His faithfulness.

Announcements for new students and transferees:

Assessment of students:

April 2-6          – for Kinder 2 only

April 9-13        – for Kinder 1 only

April 16-17      – for Nursery only

April 23-27      – Last week of Assessment


April 23-25      – for Kinder 2 only

April 26-27      – for Kinder 1 only

May 14-18       – Last week of Enrollment

For inquiries, please call 329-19-71 local 1014. Look for Ma’am May.

CPU congratulates new MEs and PMEs

Central Philippine University congratulates its five new mechanical engineers and three new professional mechanical engineers. CPU got a passing percentage of 100% in the Mechanical Engineer Licensure Examination held this March 2018.

CPU also hails its three new professional mechanical engineers who passed the technical evaluation for the upgrading in January and March respectively.

Three CPU professors conduct Seminar-Workshop in Myanmar

Dr. Anita Illenberger, Prof. Sharlene Gotico, and Prof. Anna May Yap-Zerrudo with the participants of the seminar-workshop on Documention and Referencing held at Myanmar Institute of Theology, Myanmar on 02 March 2018.

Three faculty members from the College of Arts and Sciences conducted seminar-workshops in two academic institutions in Myanmar.

Dr. Anita Illenberger, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Prof. Sharlene Gotico, Chair of the Department of Languages, Mass Communication and Humanities (DLMCH); and Prof. Anna May Yap-Zerrudo, faculty member of DLMCH and current Officer-in- Charge of the Office of International Relations and Cooperation, conducted a seminar-workshop on Enhancing English Communication Skills to 41 professors from the different disciplines of Dagon University on February 27-28, 2018. Topics discussed were Review of English Sounds and Pronunciation, Developing Good Oral Communication Habits, Speaking Well in all Situations, Writing as a Communication Skill, and Creating Effective Presentations.

Dr. Anita Illenberger, Prof. Sharlene Gotico, and Prof. Anna May Yap-Zerrudo with the participants of the seminar-workshop on Enhancing English Communication Skills held at Dagon University, Myanmar on 27-28 February 2018.

On March 2, the CPU professors were at Myanmar Institute of Theology (MIT) to conduct a seminar-workshop on Documentation and Referencing to 27 professors of the Departments of Theology and Liberal arts. At MIT, Dr. Illenberger talked about documentation and referencing using the American Psychological Association (APA) format. Profs. Gotico and Zerrudo conducted workshops in line with the topic.

This activity is part of the university’s thrust to strengthen international relations and forge foreign partnerships with academic institutions in Asia and other parts of the world.

Through this Myanmar trip, the CPU professors have initiated talks with the Philippine Embassy in Myanmar on the possibility of bringing the CPU Handbell Ringers to Myanmar for cultural and artistic exchange.

CPUR is 2018 TAYO Awardee

CPU Republic President, Jan Christian Española and Dr. Mar Rafael Ambos holding the trophies awarded by TAYO. Photo Credit: Mar Rafael Ambos Facebook Profile

The Central Philippine University Republic received the #NowPh Award given by the YesPinoy Foundation during the 15th Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations Awarding Ceremony held at the AG New World Manila Bay Hotel on February 22, 2018.

With their advocacy “Recycling Paper, Advocating Development in Society (REPADS) Project,” CPUR was recognized as one of the student organizations embodying the vision of #NowPh, an advocacy campaign of the National Youth Commission and the Climate Change Commission aiming to promote environmental awareness and initiatives.

CPU Republic President, Jan Christian Española together with singer-actress Cariza Aiza Seguerra, Chairperson of the National Youth Commission (NYC) and other TAYO awardees. Photo Credit: Mar Rafael Ambos Facebook Profile

The award was received by CPUR President, Jan Christian Española. In his Facebook status report, Española encouraged fellow Centralians to continue supporting REPADS Project. “We continue to ask for your support with our REPADS Project. You may donate your used bond paper (with clean backside) at the CPUR President’s Office and help produce notebooks, coloring booklets and story books to children in far-flung areas.”

Alumni donate to CPU

The Centralian Spirit of Generosity—The Central Philippine University Federation of Overseas Alumni Associations, Inc. donated $3,400 to the university on March 1, 2018. Rachel Villanosa and her family donated $2,000 of the said amount to the CPUFOAA Grant-in-Aid and Recognition Endowment Fund while $1,000 came from Evelyn Turalba to be added to the College of Nursing Virtual Laboratory Project. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Class 1979 gave $400 to the said project also.

The said amount was presented to CPU President Dr. Teodoro C. Robles by Mrs. Perla G. Londres Waters, former president of the CPU Federation of Overseas Alumni Association, Inc. (CPUFOAA).

Alumni Imelda G. Quimpo and Michael F. Quimpo donated $55 dollars; $30 of which is for the renovation of the tennis court and $25 for the Occupational Safety Program. The said amount was turned over by the couple on March 1, 2018.

On March 4, 2018, the CPU Alumni Association Midwest Chapter, headed by Mrs. Mae Celiz Rogers, donated $700 to the God’s Grace Project of the University Church.

The university recognizes the role of Centralian alumni around world in propagating the Central Spirit. Thus, the Central Philippine University Federation of Overseas Alumni Association and CPUAA Midwest USA is inviting all CPU alumni around the globe to attend the 10th CPU Alumni Global Reunion to be held at Crowne Plaza, Chicago O’Hare, Rosemont, Illinois on July 5-8, 2018. This year’s global reunion will banner the theme “Fostering CPU’s Legacy-Let the Central Spirit Shine!”

Alumni are expected to be part of this grand event of rekindling the Centralian flame of friendship. Let us celebrate the Central Spirit with pride and joy as we gather together and immerse ourselves in the years of camaraderie and faith that CPU has helped shape.

For more information on the event, please check for the itinerary and registration.

CPU hopes that more donations will be raised to complete the Nursing Virtual Laboratory Project before 2018 ends. For your donations and inquiries, please call (033) 3291971 loc. 1037 (College of Nursing Secretary’s Office) or loc. 2107 (Faculty Room), or email

For other inquiries about CPU’s other projects and donations drive, please email

Centralian Joseph Celis is new NAPOLCOM Chief for Region 6

Atty. Joseph Celis, Director, National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) Region 6 shared how CPU honed him to act with integrity and discipline. Photo Credit: Aksyon Radyo Bacolod Facebook Page

Attorney Joseph S. Celis, Director of the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) Region 6 is a leader who exudes loyalty, love, and respect—among the core values he imbibed from Central Philippine University. Joseph Celis, also known as Jong-jong, revisited CPU after being installed with a Special Order as Director II at the Iloilo City NAPOLCOM Headquarters. He reminisced his good old college days as an idolized football star, an active student leader in the CPUR, and a member of the Political Science Student Organization and Order of Kalantiao.

The son of Jose A. Celis, CPU Commerce graduate and a businessman, and CPU Education graduate, Elvira Celis, Joseph studied in CPU from Kinder 1 up to Grade 2. He graduated from CPU High School in 1984 and he finished his AB Political Science, also from CPU, in 1988. Celis recalled how he was supported in his studies by their family business—the famous Jackson Steel Cabinet manufacturing in Western Visayas, producer of quality vaults and other equipment. He helped his father in the business while also doing well in school.

He proceeded to study at University of Santo Tomas Law School after he finished college in CPU. Later, he worked hard to finish his Bachelor of Laws at the Philippine Law School. After that, he was appointed to several government agencies as legal officer, Assistant Regional Director, and Director, particularly at the National Police Commission, which is attached to the Department of Interior and Local Government.

His early engagements in the police included monitoring, inspection of police stations, spot checking, and compliance level for the police assigned. His job also included press and media interviews. His first assignment was in July 7, 2004 as Acting NAPOLCOM Assistant Regional Director of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), after which, he was promoted to Assistant Director on December 2006. He became the Regional Director in December 2008.

He is the youngest Director in an Army Camp’s Instructional Defense Risk Association in Camarines Sur. He covered five provinces as NAPOLCOM Regional Director in Tuguegarao City’s Regional Office in 2010. In 2011, Celis served as NAPOLCOM Assistant Regional Director of Davao before being appointed in the same year as NAPOLCOM Regional Director for Muslim Mindanao. He has become the longest sitting non-Muslim Regional Director.

From 2004 to 2006, Celis was the Regional Director for Negros Island Region (NIR) while serving as concurrent NAPOLCOM Provincial Officer for Iloilo. He was assigned as Provincial Officer of Aklan and other provinces until his appointment as Regional Director of Western Visayas with Special Order: NAPOLCOM 2018-001, dated January 4, 2018.

Celis has been assigned another responsibility when he was elected President of Central Philippine University Elementary School Parent-Teachers Association for 2017-2018.

All his stints, positions and responsibilities, he carried on with excellence and integrity. These he attributes to his basic training at CPU, a strong Central Spirit and discipline in himself.

WSSP holds seminar on Personality Development

WSSP Officers with the donations given by the CPUAAI Florida Chapter.

Empowering Centralians by innovating the heart and mind—The Central Philippine University Work Student Study Program held a Personality Development Seminar for Centralian work students at the Educational Media Center on March 5, 2018.

For the opening remarks, Prof. Annalie Gilongos, WSSP Coordinator, encouraged the work students to persevere, to work hard, and to offer their success to God. The seminar featured Mandy Salcedo, a graduate of CPU Development High School and one of Iloilo City’s top fashion designers. Salcedo studied at the Manchester School of Fine Arts in London, England.

CPU President, Dr. Teodoro C. Robles  together with Prof. Annalie Gilongos, WSSP Coordinator, Mrs. Nica Abaldo, Adviser, WSSP and Guest Speaker, Mandy Salcedo.

During the open forum, participants got to express their queries.

In his message, Salcedo encouraged the working students to pursue their dreams and to be strong in times of challenges because success is bound to arrive. He also shared his journey as an aspiring designer. Salcedo talked about the importance of believing in oneself and one’s capacity for success.

Apart from protecting the welfare of the Centralian work students, the WSSP seeks to conduct activities and seminars that cater to the holistic training of Centralian work students. The organization’s dedication is seen in their continuous support to enrich and inspire work students to achieve their dreams.

Janeen Dale B. Geroso: Taming the crown

Faith and passion – Janeen Dale B. Geroso encourages young women to believe in the power of their dreams. Photo Credit: Janeen Dale B. Geroso Facebook Page 

Janeen Dale B. Geroso is breaking the conventional definition of what it means to be a beauty queen. With a headstrong perspective on life, faith, and success, Janeen is encouraging young women to pursue their own definition of what is beautiful—to be oneself in an era that overlooks what is skin-deep.

At an early age, Janeen developed a passion for beauty pageants. Encouraged by her teachers and family, she viewed the pageantry as a platform to empower other women and to share her advocacy in promoting environmental awareness.

Currently a third year student taking up Bachelor of Science in Biology with specialization in Microbiology, Janeen has a deep appreciation for the life sciences. “The study of life fascinates me; there is so much to discover. I definitely love the challenge of learning and discovering. In Biology, there is always something new to learn.”

When asked why she chose CPU for her tertiary education, Janeen shared that the university’s reputation in academic excellence and faith ultimately made her want to be a Centralian. “CPU has always been my dream school. Though I lived in Bacolod, I would hear stories about how good the education here is and that the university is really centered on God. CPU is also one of the top universities in Western Visayas.”

Grace and confidence – Janeen entices the crowd in her long gown. 

Janeen recently joined the search for Miss Paraw Regatta 2018. After weeks of pre-pageant activities, she was crowned Miss Paraw Regatta 2018 first runner-up on February 15, 2018 at the Iloilo City Diamond Jubilee Hall.

According to Janeen, the search for Miss Paraw Regatta 2018 is her most memorable beauty pageant experience to date. “This, by far, is a pageant experience that I will never forget. We went to different parts of Western Visayas to see the beautiful flora and fauna and I also get to be surrounded by beautiful and strong women who support each other.”

For Janeen, the best part of joining beauty pageants is the friendships that she formed and the chance to share advocacies that showcase how women empowerment can change and help the community. “My advocacy is the restoration and conservation of mangrove forests. I grew up near the beach, so it’s a cause close to my heart. We often times neglect the impact of not taking care of our mangrove forests.”

She shares that beauty pageants are platforms for women to impart their advocacies and to showcase their confidence and their heart to others. It is also a venue for women to meet together and discuss issues that affect the community, promoting social awareness.

During her pageant journey, Janeen shares that it is the support of her family and her faith in God that made every experience worthwhile. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help of my family and the prayers of those who support me. I’m active in my church back in Bacolod City and I really believe that my faith has helped me throughout my journey.”

For Janeen, becoming a beauty queen does not mean wearing the crown, being garbed in beautiful dresses, or getting the applause. A beauty queen is one who has a genuine heart that inspires others, bringing out the best in them. “You don’t need a crown if you know you’re a queen in your own right. Kindness is power; helping others, encouraging those around you, and knowing that beauty is what’s on the inside—that is my definition of beauty.”

As for her advice to young women who want to join the beauty pageant scene, Janeen said, “Believe in the power of your dreams. Pursue what is in your heart. Your dreams will open doorways of opportunities for you, trust in God’s plans.”

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