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Weekly Centralian Link (May 26, 2017)

CPU tops UniRank’s 2017 Western Visayas Ranking and League Tables

By Keziah G. Huelar

Trending in Western Visayas – Central Philippine University ranked no. 1 in UniRank’s Western Visayas Ranking and League Tables and no. 28 in the entire Philippines. The ranking is based on web popularity and activity.

UniRank (formerly 4 International Colleges & Universities or is an international higher education directory reviewing accredited Universities and Colleges in the world. UniRank includes 12,358 Colleges and Universities, ranked by web popularity, in 200 countries.

The aim of the uniRank University Ranking™ is to provide an approximate popularity ranking of world Universities and Colleges based upon the popularity of their websites in terms of traffic, trust and quality link popularity. This is especially intended to help international students and academic staff to understand how popular a specific University or College is in a foreign country (

CPU’s ranking is credited to the internet activity of its students, alumni, faculty and staff. There are also a lot of hits from Google search from foreign students. Some of them are already enrolled in the university. Since the re-launch of the Centralian Link on November 2016, CPU has been a consistently trending.  Traffic in the CPU website and Facebook page has increased four-fold. The Weekly Centralian Link has connected Centralians all over the world creating an on-line community of CPU graduates. Every like, click and share has increased the platform for Centralian news and stories to be heard around the globe contributing to the increase of the university’s popularity on-line.

The goal now, according to Office of Communications Director Rev. Francis Neil G. Jalando-on, is to be part of the top 20 all over the Philippines. Apart from popularity, the greatest aim is to share Centralian stories of faith and excellence – to let the Central Spirit shine in the platform of new media.

Amazing Trend for CPU´s online presence

By Cyrus  A. Natividad

 A tarpaulin posted at Aklan State University highlighting their ranking as Rank 6. What is amazing is that CPU Ranks Number 1 in the list. Let us have a bigger tarp in the campus!

It’s amazing, or you may not be surprised anymore by the “Interesting Tarp” posted by Rev. Jalando-on on his FB wall – a tarpaulin posted outside the Aklan State University highlighting their achievement as Rank 6 in the list. It’s amazing to see Central Philippine University ranked Number One in the list of Top Universities in Western Visayas in terms of web popularity.  The trend is actually based on the number of viewers-searches and likes that involves  on-line  activities with the CPU Website ( and Facebook pages ( for announcements, and ( for news items.

We may not be surprised however, as the number of netizens actively using or viewing the CPU Website has been growing by the day since the CPU Communications Team led by Director Francis Neil G. Jalando-on has proactively enhanced the site with interesting formats including web publications.

We consider this as another feather on the cap not only of our team – with Mr. Mark Clemens J. Ortaliz (Webmaster), and Miss Keziah G. Huelar (Publishing Assistant), but to the CPU Administration, the faculty and staff and all the Centralian Alumni worldwide. Let’s keep on coming back to our website. To God be the Glory!

Transforming Learners into Christian Leaders

Keynote Message of Dr. Teodoro C. Robles, President, Central Philippine University
during the 56th ACSCU Convention in Cebu City last May 15, 2017

The first thought that came to me when requested to deliver the plenary message is that, only pastors and church leaders could very well deliver a message on topics such as this, “Transforming Learners to become Christian Leaders.” Thus, a lay person like me could only depend on what scholars have to say on this subject matter.

So as an Educator for so many years like most of you the first step for me was to do research on the topic.

I read many books on leadership, Christian leadership and of course on what the Holy Bible says about Christian leadership. A book on Human Behavior in Organization by Carmel Mosura, et al defines leadership as the ability to influence a group toward the achievement of goals. There are definitions from other sources and looking at these secular definitions, there is a bit of a semblance as to how the Bible defines leadership. In John 10:11, the Bible says, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” In other words, the Bible emphasizes that the leader as a shepherd is not only a guide, but a protector as well.

The article, God’s Truth for Today’s Youth speaks of how Christian schools must use every opportunity to speak Biblical truths into students’ lives and help them become more Christ-like. This is the role of Christian institutions in transforming learners into Christian leaders.

After going through these resources, I realized that I will be speaking before fellow Christian Leaders and they must have read these resources and other books that may have been given by others when they assumed leadership positions in their respective institutions.

However what intrigued me is the epigraph “Lawyers, I suppose, were children once” by Charles Lamb in the book “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. For many, this story is about racial discrimination, bigotry, injustice, stereotypes, the American people, the division before Martin Luther King, Jr. became known for his Civil Rights Movement.

But, this is also the story of Scout, a girl in her growing up years, who saw the world through her father’s eyes. Her father, Atticus Finch, a lawyer, stood by his ground to represent in court a colored man against a white woman. Scout’s values were shaped by what she saw in her surroundings and by what her father taught her. Her “growth”, her “transformation”, her “coming of age” was highly influenced by the pieces of advice she received from her father, Atticus and by the things she experienced and observed. Scout lived and breathed the words and actions of her father and the things happening during that time. So you, see, I want to say the quote again, “Lawyers, I suppose, were children once.”

Like the girl, Scout, each of us present here today started from something. We have been or we are still being shaped by these three: the experiences we have had, the relationships we have built, and the institutions that we have been part of.

If we do some introspection now, what experiences did you have that made you the leader, a Christian leader that you are today?

Let me tell you mine. I was a reluctant President. Modesty aside, I was asked by some alumni if they could nominate me for the position the first time it was opened and then, the next time again. I declined, every time, twice or thrice. I was uncertain if I’m capable of becoming President. I remembered not handling many administrative or supervisory positions while I was in the United States, as I was content and very much happy as an engineering professor for 35 years. Simply put, I do not have the background to become a University President. But,  eventually, I accepted the challenge for reasons I can’t fully explain. And, I was brought in this podium by the position I was, at first, hesitant to take. And it has become an eight-year and counting learning experience. And I thank four (4) past presidents from two universities in the governing board for making it an interesting and enjoyable learning experience.

I accepted the presidency of CPU not as a job. I do not treat a position like it’s a job. When you look at something as your job, it becomes your source of income; thus, you will do everything to keep it. For me, this Presidency is not a job at all; it is a mission, so I can do this without having to compromise anything just to keep this in my possession. I work hard to be better at what I do, but I do that without having to neglect the values that were taught to me by the relationships I have built for many years. Speaking of relationships in relation to leadership, several people have to be credited for what I have become. My father’s experience as a high school principal of a school that relied only on tuition as a source of operational expenses, sub-consciously, taught me a lot about running a school especially in looking into finances. I learned by example from the three former deans of Central Philippine University College of Engineering when I was a student and later as member of the faculty, the influence of the American Missionaries at CPU, and my department heads from four other colleges in the U.S. Their lives made me value the fruits and even the sacrifices of having to work hard, in service to God and humanity. They, too, epitomized sense of responsibility: be responsible for the things that you have done or the decisions that you have made. And, perhaps, who I consider as the most influential of these relationships would be the one I have with my wife. Let’s admit it, all the married gentlemen here, behind a great man is an even greater woman.

How about the organizations that I was affiliated with that have really shaped my leadership skills? Well, I remembered one time in the United States when my wife was appointed as the Treasurer of the Filipino American Association of Wisconsin and I became reluctantly, the Secretary to the Treasurer. A year later, she stepped down as Treasurer, and I reluctantly (I seemed to have fondness with reluctance) took over. Interestingly, nobody wanted the position. Many wanted to be the President, nobody wanted to be the Treasurer. And I asked myself, is the job of the President easier than the Treasurer’s. See? From where I stand now, I must say that I have truly made an upgrade.

Anyway, going back to the organization, we were told that it was suffering from mismanagement of funds. It was a seesaw of good management followed by poor management over the years the organization existed. Savings is always a good target for spending. My wife and I tried our best to help the organization recover from a serious financial problem sometimes stepping on some people’s toes. The organization taught me how important integrity is. Around us will be tests that would make or break us and even the values that we have had they been not strong. Integrity is what kept me going. Integrity helped my wife and I in restoring financial stability in the organization. We served under four (4) presidents for eight (8) years until a decision was made for us to move to CPU.

Truly, our leadership styles have been shaped by the people we have met, by the experiences we have had and the institutions that we are or we used to be a part of. And this same truth is applicable to our students.

Cliché as this may sound, but with great power comes great responsibilities. We have reached that level where much power is granted to us, thus much responsibility is expected from us. As we are in the academe, perhaps, our biggest responsibility is in transforming the young minds whose educational journey is entrusted in our respective schools. Let us take note of the word TRANSFORM, and ask ourselves the big, HOW?

If we take a look at some of the personalities in the Bible who have led for the greater good, they have set the standards of what leaders should be: Moses had the heart to lead despite being flawed, and he mentored Joshua, a follower first before becoming a leader; Joseph held on to his values despite being tempted; Daniel was concrete with his faith and was full of courage as he stood by the right ground, to name a few. Of course there is none finer than Jesus Christ! What can we take from these leaders? That everyone can be a leader… but not everyone will have the heart and the values that Christian leadership requires.

From several definitions of Christian leadership, I came up with this one: Christian leadership is a dynamic relational process in which people of integrity and passion are guided and fueled by Godly principles.

So, now, how do we transform our learners to Christian Leaders? I will insert the “Walk your talk” principle on this one. Remember the saying, “You cannot give something which you don’t have?” That is the very same concept applicable here: We can only transform others if we, ourselves, are also transformed. An effective preacher is one who lives what he preached.

How I wish there is really a full proof formula to transform learners to become Christian leaders, but there really isn’t. However, I would like to focus on three things that I personally believe are needed in Christian Leadership as it applies to academe. I am sure that there are more but time is important so I limit myself to three otherwise we could be here the whole day.

First, Christian leadership demands HARD WORK

Hard work is not and should not be measured in simply getting the job done. Hard work is seen in the quality of the accomplished task. And if we want “quality” in these finished products, we, make it clear to the people we work with; however, more than that, we epitomize “quality” in the roles that we play, in the tasks we carry out, in the decisions we make.

Yes, hard work is something that we demonstrate to our students and employees. This, like any other positive traits, will have a domino effect, not drastically, but slowly and surely.

Let us work hard, therefore, in becoming better as a person, a part of the academe, a leader. To illustrate hard work, it is important that we maximize the impact of our strengths. Where are you good at? And how do you utilize this area to significantly contribute to better your respective institutions? The Holy Scripture reminds us that our strengths are blessings from our Almighty Creator. They are gifts that should be used properly and exhaustively. Every day, every single day, let us seek to maximize the impact of our strengths. Let us not hesitate to find out what we do well and, more importantly, do more of it.

However, as we are blessed with strengths, so are with weaknesses. Hard work also entails that we minimize the impact of our weaknesses. What is it that you don’t do well? As we have found answers to the question, we can do less of our weaknesses or we can surround ourselves with people whose strength is our weakness.

Also, working with people entails hard work. We come from different backgrounds, we take our “culture”, part of what we are accustomed to, in our work places. We have worked with people whom we’ve had differences. We clash even. I’m just trying to let you reminisce meetings in your respective board rooms. I mean, if you look back to these discussions and even arguments that you had (and will still have), differences are revealed. And it takes a lot of hard work to be in the same room, same institution with individuals you don’t agree with all the time.

In times like these, may we remind ourselves that we need to work hard to reach a compromise for the common good. 1st Corinthians 12:18-19 tells us that God brings people into our lives whose personal style is different from our own. Despite this, because we are part of one body, we will strive to use these differences to complement us. 1st Corinthians 12:20-21 reminds each of us that, indeed there are many members and yet there is only one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of you, nor the head to the feet, I have no need of you.

Second, Christian leadership requires FAIRNESS.

Decision making is, perhaps, one of the most difficult tasks that a leader performs. I believe that the experience of staying extra hours in the office looking at the papers that scream “DECIDE NOW” or “NOW, WHAT?” is not new to us. We all have late nights at the office or even extending office hours in our respective homes, even in the early morning hours just so we could come up with a decision. What makes this task difficult and draining is the many considerations that a leader has to look into. My word, yours, happens to be the final say. Daunting. Always daunting, isn’t?

But, I try, we try, we should always try to be fair all the time, to decide for the common good and not just for the advantage of the chosen few.

I am guided by this verse from Philippians 2:3-4, “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind. Let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”

Third, Christian leadership entails HONESTY.

Honesty is easier as a concept than to be put into practice. What makes this even more difficult is because culture plays a major role in our definition of “honesty”. When we were asked for an honest opinion regarding, let’s say, back in college, (wow, that’s a lot of backtracking to do, but, yes, let’s do that). Recall a time when you were asked, “So, what do you think of this?” and you answered, “It looks okay (okay lang).” when in reality it does not look okay to you, it is bad, it can still be improved, or maybe the idea should just be forgotten. The point that I am arriving here is that, if we want better results, better work, we must be honest about the standards that we set. In the process of doing that, let us not be afraid to hurt other people’s feelings. Christian leadership is about practicing honesty without the sound of ridicule or the intention of embarrassing others. Objectivity is the key here. Remember, we do not work for ourselves. Bad decisions have been made because we don’t want to hurt other people’s feelings especially if we strongly disagree. Our learners who are part of our respective school organizations or student governments are not working for themselves. We are all working for the common good. And the common good can only be achieved if we are honest about our take on matters that have to be addressed, our plans for the future, our assessment of the programs implemented. Many times one has to say no or stamped requests “Disapproved”. We are in an organization working to better the institutions that we are part of and we are cascading that message to our learners. The book of Ephesians tells us in Chapter 4 verse 25 that each of us must cut off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

We set the example of what Christian Leadership is. Being in the position grants us with more power to influence our learners, to inspire them, to transform them. Our deeds and decisions, the signals that we send, the values that we communicate will reach them and they will make an example out of what we show to them, what they see in us; thus, let’s work even harder, strive to be fair all the time, and do our best to keep our integrity unscathed. May we be living examples of what Christian leadership truly is.

Going back to the epigraph, “Lawyers, I suppose, were children once.” I hope that the extent of the “power” granted to a Christian leader has become clearer to us by now the same way that it has painted a more vivid picture of leadership to the man who, many years ago, was reluctant to have it.

In closing, I offer you this challenge. As academic leaders of the institutions where you belong, have you been faithful in delivering the kind of Christian education that would produce Christian leaders? Apart from giving your students the kind of education to make them competitive as professionals, have you considered, developing professionals that will stand out from their peers because they exemplify the virtue and characteristics of a Christian leader?

I thank ACCSCU for the opportunity given to me today to speak before you. I thank the leadership of our organization for organizing this event. I thank all members for continually advocating Christian education and desiring to produce Christian leaders in the society that will become the salt and light of the earth.

World Bank Group in partnership with CPU KDC holds Visayas Regional Consultation

By Keziah G. Huelar

Mara Marwick, Philippines Country Director, talks about partnership as a crucial element of social development.

The World Bank Group together with the CPU Knowledge for Development Community held a Visayas Regional Consultation at the Knowledge Development Center, Ground Floor, Henry Luce III Library on May 19, 2017.  The consultation included a performance and learning review aiming to maximize partnerships between the World Bank and its Visayan stakeholders.

For the welcome remarks, CPU President Dr. Teodoro C. Robles talked about the importance of social awareness and responsibility as a crucial element of development discussion. He also emphasized consultation as a way of gearing towards effective social investment. “Every three years we have to look back to what has been done and what needs to be done. CPU has benefited much from KDC activities with the support of the World Bank.”

CPU President Dr. Teodoro C. Robles with World Bank officials.

During her introductory remarks, Mara Marwick, Philippines Country Director of the World Bank talked about the importance of partnerships in pursuing economic and social stability. “We greatly value the partnership we have with our KDCs. We listen to the views of all our stakeholders. After three years of implementation we now hold this progress review, we aim to keep stock of key developments, views and insights. The better we can understand your views, the better we can serve you better.”

Georgia Wallen, Senior Country Office of the World Bank presented the meeting overview and session objectives. The agenda included: the background on WBG country partnership strategy, strategic alignment and emerging results, lessons learned and program risk management.

The WBG Country Partnership Strategy was launched in 2014. For the last three years it has worked with stakeholders to promote inclusive growth to attain poverty reduction and shared prosperity. Five engagement areas of the partnership strategy include: transparent and accountable government, empowerment of the poor and vulnerable, rapid, inclusive and sustained economic growth, climate change, environment, disaster risk management and peace, institution building, and social and economic opportunity.

Representatives from the local, youth, environment, education, and government sector shared their insights during the discussion. Strengthening local entrepreneurship, environmental sustainability and youth empowerment was tackled as immediate issues that need to be addressed.

PAHK holds Return Mission in CPU

By Keziah G. Huelar

CPU President, Dr. Teodoro C. Robles shares that the university has been home to many foreign students.

The Iloilo Provincial Government presented Iloilo as one of the fastest growing business hubs of the country in a visit to Hong Kong last May 20, 2017. In return, the Philippine Association of Hong Kong held a Return Mission at CPU, Henry Luce III Library Seminar Room on May 17, 2017.

The event gathered academic institutions namely: UI Phinma represented by Mr. Edurado Arevalo, University of San Agustin represented by Ms. Carina Railos, WVSU and CPU.

Prof. Leilani Fatimah L. Trompeta, Director of the CPU International Programs with the Chinese Delegation & officials from the different universities in China.

On the other hand, the Chinese delegation was composed of Danny Chau, President – Online Media Culture Association, Flora Tsang, Partner – Ambrose Financial Services Hong Kong, Vincent Chingho Hon, Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Hainan Commercial Association, Anson Wong, Chairman of Acadsoc Limited, Jazz Lee, Co-Chief Executive of Acasoc Limited, Emma Kefkei Tang, Project Specialist of Acadsoc Limited, Johnny Zhang, General Manager of Acadsoc Limited, Kenneth Kwong, Business Executive and Scylla Kwong, Head of the Overseas Workers Loan – a prime credit financial company based in Hong Kong.

Mr. Adrian Funtelar, Ms. Jessraf Palmares and Mr. Joeven Tansi, representatives from the Iloilo Federation of Information Technology (IFIT) were also present.

Mr. Ansong Wong, Chairman of Acadsoc, asks question regarding investment possibilities in education.

CPU President, Dr. Teodoro C. Robles welcomed guests and spoke about the international linkages CPU has over the years. “Central Philippine University is home to hundreds of foreign students. We have a lot of Korean students who study here in order to learn English. We have partnered with universities around the globe to ensure the competitiveness and excellence of our degree programs”. He also showcased Iloilo as a developing city that is ready to welcome investments in education and information technology. “Iloilo is a thriving city, investors and their family feel safe here. Iloilo offers good opportunities for the IT industry and others”.

The academic sector presented their centers of excellence and top courses. They also highlighted the investment opportunities in education to safeguard economic stability with regards to employment standards. On the other hand, the IFIT promoted Iloilo as one of the BPO hubs of the country.

The discussion aimed on assessing investment opportunities in Iloilo. Both sides hope that future partnerships will develop from the exchange of ideas and information.

Centralians share insights in the CBYFP national gathering

College of Theology faculty visits CBYFP — (L-R) Pastor Adele Grace Fegarido, Pastor Milanie Arandela, Rev. Lydia Gal Rev. Dr. Bernabe Pagara, Pastor Rea Villeza and Pastor Excelyn Landero.

More than 1,300 delegates from all over the Philippines came to Aklan State University, Banga, Aklan to attend the 60th year and 4th Biennial National Assembly of the Convention Baptist Youth Fellowship of the Philippines (CBYFP) on May 22-26, 2017 — the national youth organization of the Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches.

This group of young people listened attentively and asked pointed questions to the presentation of Rev. Jalando-on on the topic of Homosexuality.

The officers led by President JP Bayang from Romblon invited speakers and lecturers from Central Philippine University. Director for Communications, Rev. Francis Neil G. Jalando-on delivered a lecture on a “Theological Survey on the Issue of Homosexuality.” The popular forum that was most attended by young teens and young people was on the topic of “Love, Courtship and Marriage” led by a panel of former CBYFP leaders — Mrs. Carol Kay Cortuna Blando (faculty of the Social Work Department, CPU), Mrs. Hermely Agriam Jalando-on (CPU Purchasing Officer, and former President of the CBYFP), Harrace Jem Caver (BS Psychology graduate) and Pastor Rayman Palada (Bachelor of Theology graduate).

Pastor Rayman Palada shares to the young teens and young people how to overcome a broken heart.

The faculty of the CPU College of Theology led by the Dean, Rev. Dr. Bernabe Pagara visited the assembly. They promoted the College of Theology and challenged the young people to respond the calling of God to become pastors. There were some who signified their intention and talked to the dean.

The all-Centralian CBYFP lecturers pose with former CBYFP President Eleazar Blando (General Secretary, YMCA Iloilo) (2nd from left) and long time CBYFP Adviser Pastor Miriam Barrato (Pastor, Sta. Barbara Baptist Church) (4th from left).

In the Opening Celebration, another Centralian visited and encouraged the group of young people – CPBC General Secretary Rev. Dr. Jerson B. Narciso.

The CBYFP advisers are mostly Centralians – CPU Recruitment Officer, Pastor Alfred Morales and Pastor Love Joy Quimpo Leysa (alumnus of the College of Engineering and College of Theology).

Jaro Football Club U13 Boys snag Ceres Cup Championship

By Ces Maria Sarria-Amular

The 4th Ceres Cup 7-A-Side Football Festival – U13 Boys Champions point their fingers to heaven acknowledging their faith in Jesus Christ.

It was another great win for the Jaro Football Club U13 Boys as they claimed the championship crown at the 4th Ceres Cup held on May 21-22, 2017 at Talisay City, Negros Occidental. The Jaro FC U13 Boys bested forty other football teams coming from all over the country; beating Sagay City FC (A) in the championship game with a 9-1 win.

The champions raise their hard earned trophy.

The U13 Boys breezed through the qualifiers showing their skills and determination through these wins: Game 1 vs Sum-Ag FC (2-0), Game 2 vs Crocs FC (1-1), Game 3 vs Silay FC (8-0), and Game 4 vs Escalante FC (2-1). The quarterfinal match was a heart-stopping game beating NOFA Selection with a 1-0 win. This was then followed by an exciting semi-final 4-1 win against KNN Cebu. The final game against Sagay City FC was a class of its own as the U13 Boys dominated the game with 9 goals, thus winning the U13 championship!

The Jaro FC U13 Boys is mainly composed of players from Central Philippine University, namely Lian Joseph Celis, Johann Mitchell Javellana, Jan Roger Lamparero, Jake Andrew Loable, Selwin Nickos Mamon, Francis Josh Mediana, Jake Salazar, and John Joshua Moises. The rest of the players are from other Iloilo schools: Ignatius Daniel Amular from Assumption Iloilo, Ross Alfred Ferrer and Kevin Sibayan from Hua Siong, Charles Mana-ay from Jalandoni School, and Benj Justin Lustica – who was also hailed as the MVP of said game – from La Paz. They are guided, coached, and mentored by Coach Jonathan Alabado and Coach Snap Plagata Cajelo.

The Ceres Cup is a national invitational league that provides football enthusiasts in the Philippines the opportunity to exhibit their skills and talents in football while competing with other teams. It is also a venue for them to foster sportsmanship and in a competitive, safe, and friendly environment.

CPU football teams at the CERES Cup 2017

By Cyrus A. Natividad

Centralian Nursing students at the Ceres Cup 2017.

Three football teams from Central Philippine University joined in the 4th Ceres Cup in Negros Occidental on May 20 to 21. One of the CPU teams was composed of female Nursing and CBA students, and two others among the more than 400 participating teams across the country.

The tournaments were played at North Field, Carlos Hilado Memorial State College Football Field, and Sta. Maria Football Field – all in Talisay City. The major organizer and event benefactor – Vallacar Transit (owners of the Ceres line transport) provided the participants with free transportation.

The two-day football festival is aimed at providing football enthusiasts the opportunity to foster and exhibit sportsmanship in a competitive, safe, and friendly environment. Ceres Cup also encouraged the CPU teams to become stronger in the local, national and commercial tournaments. / with reports from Karen Kaye Natividad & Sunstar Philippines

Multi-tasking at a glance

By Cyrus A. Natividad

Jojie Calinao engages in multi-tasking.

The best time to evaluate a person on his job is when you catch him doing his best beyond your expectation.

We saw a guy with a paint roller on hand to make yellow demarcation lines on the car park in front of CPU Engineering Building on a sunny Tuesday morning. We learned that he was doing an extra job “on his own initiative” (under the heat of the sun).This guy, a regular university staff assigned to the Engineering Laboratory Maintenance is Jojie Calinao. He is always smiling and full of energy. He said that his “multi-tasking attitude” leads to good stewardship.

Our observation is that he is efficient in his work at the laboratory, and “wasting time” may not be in his vocabulary.

Is multi-tasking a need to become a good steward? People have considered multitasking in their minds to be some specific activities or assignments attached to the main task. Using the principle of Jojie, multi-tasking results from an awareness that God has endowed us with gifts that we can use. The activity may not be related to the process of accomplishing the main task. It comes as a need arises. At a break time, after cleaning up and painting part of the equipment in the laboratory, Jojie saw the excess paint. At that moment the faded demarcation lines on the concrete floor of the car park appeared in his mind. He acted on it, and fulfilled one of the core values of the university – stewardship.

CPU Commerce Batch 1997 celebrates its 20 years

By Connie Gomez-Molina

The Centralians of the College of Commerce Batch 1997 are all smiles in their first ever reunion 20 years after graduation.

It was one fine day on the 20th day of May 2017. All things were set and done. Tarpaulins were put up. Permits done. T-shirts done. Programs done after many hours of meetings and discussions. All is set to start the ever first reunion of CPU Commerce Batch 1997.

The assembly area was at CPU NV Building, the house of the College of Commerce during our time 20 years ago. I was the first to arrive a minute before 1:00 P.M. since I was in charge of the Registration. One by one, Alumni arrived — some in cars and others on foot. Little by little the hall of the New Valentine echoes the deafening laughter’s and chatters of each other’s stories. One could not imagine that these people have graduated college 20 years ago but felt that they were just kindergarten kids with no inhibitions.

College of Commerce batch 1997 poses in front of the University Church.

While waiting for others to arrive, some were busy taking pictures. Most, were busy chitchatting and reminiscing back the old days. A total of 27 Alumni came (not bad for a first). After the registration, we had our official picture taking around the grounds of CPU. Having to smile at different cameras at different angles — all these were worth it. Then we had our motorcade from CPU and went around the City proper until we arrive in our venue, The Mango Tree at Guzman St., Mandurriao, Iloilo City.

After we have settled in at The Mango Tree, our Master of Ceremony (MC) DJ John Lemon welcomed us with a big smile. A short prayer was led by Joy Osano-Durana followed by a Welcome Address of Heman Simora, one of the reunion’s core group. He stressed on how important it is that we have reunited with our batch mates and reminisced the days when we were in college and also to openly share our lives after college. He ended up by thanking those who have attended and most especially to those have not attended yet shared their blessings to make this reunion a success.

The next part program was the Kamustahanay in which each one was given an opportunity to share who their fondest memories during college time, and also their current whereabouts. All had a short yet meaningful sharing. We had a good laugh when Ms. Ma. Cypress shared a mini-lecture about the dangers of rabies. (Peace Cypress!)

Everyone relished the sumptuous dinner with the obligatory Lechon. The food was really, really, really great! Hands up to the Chef! A short history was shared by myself — on how the reunion was materialized. It was last year when a few of our batch mates wanted to organize a reunion — 20 years after graduation. Some made a FB page but to no avail – it was not a hit. Sometime in February of this year 2017, I was pushed by many of our batch mates to make a Group Chat in the FB Messenger. That is how this reunion came to be.  Meetings were held and a few came by. So we volunteered and named ourselves as the Reunion Core Group – Michael Rene Jaranilla, Petsferald Palencia, Heman Simora, May Maniva, Jocelyn Ramos and myself Connie Gomez Molina. Hopefully, next time around a lot will join us.

After sharing time, we enjoyed the games together with the best MC in town guiding all throughout the program.

The officers of the Commerce batch 1997 take their oath of office.

Election of Officers and Oath-taking followed. Elected officers are as follows:

President:               Connie Gomez-Molina

Vice President:        Michael Rene Jaranilla

Secretary:              Liza Cuba

Treasurer:             Grace Gimotea-Genovate

Asst. Treasurer:     May Maniva-Monteclaro

P.R.O.:                  Heman Simora

Auditor:                 Emerald Joy Esmaya-Perucho

Muse:                   Geraldine Salmeo-Arancillo

Escort:                  Gilbert Arancillo

The reunion was concluded by a speech from Batch President Connie Gomez-Molina. She shared that cooperation is important to make any given event a success. Being an officer or not, one should be accountable and give a firm commitment for the betterment of the organization. We thank God that the reunion was a success with just two months of preparation. The memories continue to linger and will forever be kept in our hearts. See you in our next reunion!

Dr. Erwin Plagata leaves a Centralian legacy of service

By Cyrus A. Natividad

Dr. Plagata with his wife Franzine and son Keith Erwin.

Former Iloilo City Councilor Dr. Erwin Plagata, popularly known as “Tongtong” returned to his Creator on May 17 (2:00PM) at the Iloilo Mission Hospital, leaving his wife Franzine and son Keith Erwin.

Dr. Plagata was a member of the CPU High School Batch 1973. He was one time President of the CPU Alumni Association, Iloilo City Chapter. He served his term as Iloilo City Councilor from 1995 to 1998 and from 2001 to 2012 with his helpful Barangay Extension Services. He provided free circumcision and surgery among other medical services to the people, especially to the “grassroots” of Iloilo City. The Centralian Doctor and former “Kagawad” left a remarkable public service – in line with his profession and government position. Long after working in the Iloilo City Council, Dr. Plagata continued to extend free surgical services to his constituents. A necrological service will be held before the cremation of the body of Dr. Plagata on Saturday, May 27, 2017, 2:00PM. The service will be at University Church, Central Philippine University. To his family, relatives and friends: Our condolences and prayers – from the CPU family.

CPU releases the list of approved university scholars

Congratulations to the approved university scholars for SY 2017-2018! Here is the list as submitted by Dr. Margen A. Java, Director, Student Development and Programs.

Grade VII

  1. Rank 1 or Valedictorian – Full Free Tuition
  2. Dalumpines, Julianne Heart H
  3. Rendon, Luke John Benjie T
  4. Segura, Althea Mae I
  5. Silveo, Sophia P


  1. Rank 2 or Salutatorian – Half Free Tuition
    1. Ong, Sarah Estha S
    2. Patricio, Isabella C
    3. Zaldivar, Kaycee Angel C


Senior High School

  1. P 10,000.00/year (17 students)
  1. Araneta, Micaela Jouraine S
  2. Barcas, Matthew Anthony B
  3. Boleche, John Vincent A
  4. Cordova, Zerky Jan B
  5. Deocampo Jr, Tom Lin S
  6. Elisanan, Kathleen Flor B
  7. Espada, Graziella Marie L
  8. Hablado, Yusimay V
  9. Jerez, Jethro Mark G
  10. Magahum, Eric Angel V
  11. Molina, Noelle Angela G ** Faculty Dependent
  12. Montaño, Allyne Mae B
  13. Pagayonan, Jedro Vienne Deo E
  14. Radoc, Shekainah Yari Dawn C
  15. Samillano, Rheilyn Ann M
  16. Sumbillo, Marian Louise S
  17. Villarin, Kathleen L


Note: **Scholarships are both funded by the University, may opt to choose whichever grant is higher.

b. P 8,000.00/year (24 students)

  1. Advincula, Catherine Anne U
  2. Alvariño, Rae Gabrielle M
  3. Andana, Joanna C
  4. Balasa, Roda Marey Gale R
  5. Barairo, Rica Mae C
  6. Billones, Francheska Marie D
  7. Dignadice, Elisa May L
  8. Domingo, Gabrielle Fran C
  9. Estrera, Rejean Melly C
  10. Grio, Raven C
  11. Hablo, Elan P
  12. Lañosa, Ma. Roshan Jia S
  13. Mallare, Edelynn P
  14. Panaguiton, Mathew Jalem R
  15. Pumarin, Jazzie Lou P
  16. Quillamor, Krystle Kate E
  17. Rizardo, Cera Angely S
  18. Sola, Jannie Louise J
  19. Sullano, Cara Eloesa F
  20. Sullesta, Aileen Rose S
  21. Tormon, Adrienne V
  22. Tulayba, Anne Nicole O
  23. Vencer, Lanz Vincent T
  24. Yap, Theo Fideseus S


  1. P 6,000.00/year (50 students)
  1. Aclan, Adrian Joshua C
  2. Aguilar, Kent Dominique B
  3. Alinsog, Mikee V
  4. Alonte, Rachel Angela G
  5. Basamot, Mariann Joy H
  6. Bernasol, Neri Dem D
  7. Bignayan, Kristel Ann L
  8. Biñas, Faye G
  9. Cabanggay, Gaille A
  10. Capanas, CZBJ D
  11. Catedral, Roland Sangrador P
  12. Cejalvo, Rose L
  13. Celoso, Krizzel Gale B
  14. Cercado, Rex Ann Joy C
  15. Cordero, Clarence D
  16. Daypuyart, Genel V
  17. De la Cruz, Arjolyn M
  18. De la Peña, Hyatt Kaye Y
  19. Dy, Lyanna Andrea D
  20. Falayas, Gerlei Kay L
  21. Galea, Nelle Iryca T
  22. Galvez, John Lemuel N
  23. Hulleza, Marcella C
  24. Jimeno, Christian Philip S
  25. Lapizar, Jacqueline M
  26. Leguira, Dezamin Lyca A
  27. Lorilla, Yma Arianee B
  28. Manero, Renel S
  29. Mirador, Jerah Murielle B
  30. Mission, Feliz Lyndelle J
  31. Moneva, Cindy Marie C
  32. Montuya, Eric Jan A
  33. Morales, Lorriefel Joy C
  34. Padernal, Ruezalin Anne C
  35. Payo, Daniella Grace M
  36. Pineda, Janaica Rose L
  37. Pinuela, Jireh Daniel Tim L
  38. Pinuela, Ronald Kim G
  39. Polines, Tanya Angelie B
  40. Porras, Karla R
  41. Portillo, Pamela Grace D
  42. Quimba, Danz Rasheed Reynald P
  43. Quindipan, Ma. Aimee T
  44. Sales, Mary Dominique M
  45. Sampil, Ray Ann S
  46. Sanz, Jesreal Mentzi E
  47. Solinap, April G
  48. Soquiña, Trizzia Mae L
  49. Sucaldito, Jamille V
  50. Torrico, Darryn Dawn A


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