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Weekly Centralian Link (November 3, 2017)

PRC, BOP and CPU hold Oath taking of New Centralian Pharmacists

Ms. Blesilda T. Magsangcay, MPA, Supervising Professional Regional Officer, Officer-in-charge of PRC Region VI led the oath taking.

The Philippine Regulation Commission Region VI and the Board of Pharmacy in collaboration with the Central Philippine University College of Pharmacy held the oath taking rites of the new Centralian pharmacists at the Educational Media Center (EMC) on October 30, 2017.

The invocation was led by Rev. Cris Amorsolo V. Sian, Senior Pastor, University Church. For the welcome remarks, CPU President, Dr. Teodoro C. Robles, congratulated the new pharmacists and thanked their parents for trusting CPU with their children’s education, “Thank you for partnering with CPU with regards to the education of your children. Pharmacy is one of the pillar programs of our university and we hope that we continue and improve our good record in the board exams as we strive for excellence.”

CPU President, Dr. Teodoro C. Robles inspires the new pharmacists to carry on the centralian spirit of excellence.

Prof. Darlene Joy J. Marañon, Acting Dean of the College of Pharmacy, introduced guest speaker, Ms. Blesilda T. Magsangcay, Supervising Professional Regional Officer, Officer-in-charge of PRC Region VI. Ms. Masangcay encouraged the new pharmacists to excel in their chosen field. She stressed that Filipino professional health workers have created a picture of excellence in the global community, “There is a high demand for Filipino professional health workers abroad because they know that Filipinos are excellent in the field of health care. Let us be steadfast in our pursuit of excellence. The legacy that you can leave behind to the next generation is to become the best health care professionals you could ever be. Uphold your license with integrity, pride, and honesty.”

Dean Marañon presented the 36 new Centralian pharmacists after which Ms. Masangcay led the oath-taking. Ms. Ma. Edisa Valerie M. Tupas read the Code of Ethics of Registered Pharmacists.

Ms. Krista Ysabel A. Palma gave the response on behalf of her fellow board passers. She acknowledged the hard work of her batch and the love and support of their family, “Nothing of worth ever comes easy. During the past months of our review, my timeline (on Facebook) was flooded with motivational quotes and Bible verses that helped me through. Now we finally have those three letters attached to our name—to God we offer all praises and glory. As the saying goes, ‘What you are is a gift of God; what you become is your gift to God.’ Let us strive to be Centralian men and women of faith.”

CPUAA of Northeastern USA donates anew for the CPU Table Tennis Team

Rev. Manuel “Mawe” Dela Fuente hands over $200-worth of Ping-pong balls to Rev. F.Neil G. Jalando-on, Coach of the CPU College Table Tennis Team. The balls are donated by the CPUAA of Northeastern USA Chapter.

The CPU Alumni Association of Northeastern USA donated $200 worth of table tennis balls to the CPU College Table Tennis Team. The chapter, represented by their Chaplain, Rev. Manuel “Mawe” Dela Fuente, turned over Donic and Gewo table tennis balls to the varsity team Coach, Rev. Francis Neil G. Jalando-on. It can be recalled that the same chapter also donated three Joola World Cup 25 table tennis tables worth $1,000 each last October 2016. The President of the chapter is Rev. Felix Colinco.

The “reverends” have been in contact with each other on how to support the sports programs of the university. They also dream of having a world-class table tennis center in the campus. Table tennis is close to the heart of Rev. Mawe because he has been playing this sport since his CPU High School days, during his college days, and even now in New Jersey where he pastors a church. It was during his time as CPUR President when the University Student Center was re-opened after the Martial Law was lifted.

The Northeastern USA chapter is also headed by Mr. Jonathan Gapilango as the Vice President and Dr. Eby Banas as their Adviser.

The Table Tennis tables donated by the CPUAA of Northeastern USA Chapter were used during the U-Day 2017 Table Tennis Tournament at the University Student Center.

Coach Neil is grateful that an alumni chapter is supporting the table tennis teams of the university. In the recently concluded ISSA (Iloilo Schools Sports Association) games, the Elementary Boys’ Team, High School Boys’ and Girls’ Team, and College Women’s Team won the championship. In the last seven years, the College Women’s Team has reached the National PRISAA (Private Schools Athletic Association) games and has won championships. The High School Boys’ Team has been to the Palarong Pambansa and has won many times. The rest of the teams have reached up to regional levels, and some members were picked up by opposing teams and have reached national levels also. The coach of the Elementary and High School Teams is Mr. Simplicio “Jun” Gayoso.

The chapter, in its talks with the CPUAAI (CPU Alumni Association, Inc.), is looking into improving the lawn tennis facility, which they have likewise funded many years ago.

CPU Kindergarten teachers attend the International Educators Conference

Mrs. Hannah C. Siosan, Principal and Mrs. Praise Enriquez Glory with Asia’s King of Games himself, Mr. Marco Brazil.

Mrs. Hannah C. Siosan, Principal of CPU Kindergarten, and Mrs. Praise Enriquez Glory attended the International Educators Conference and 1stEarly Childhood Conference in Asia hosted by STI West Negros University and Consultancy Corporation, Bacolod City last October 23-25, 2017. The theme for the conference was “Overcoming Borders in Education.”

A total of 530 participants from all over the country attended the conference. According to Ma’am Praise, one of the most important lessons that she learned was to make the classroom more effective by implementing TPR (Total Physical Response) in the lessons. This means that a teacher must maximize learning domains using the head (cognitive) and hands (psychomotor) to educate the heart (affective). Moreover, teachers must be advocates for radical changes and must not blindly follow what is already there. Teachers must fight the TTWWADI (pronounced “twadi”) mentality—“That’s the way we’ve always done it.”

Mrs. Hannah C. Siosan, Principal and Mrs. Praise Enriquez with the Murphys.

The lecturers of the international conference were Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, Ai Rita Murphy, Marco A. Brazil, Robert S. Murphy, and Sean Edgely, an adjunct professor in CPU.

The lecturers emphasized the following: “Once a teacher, Always a learner.” “A teacher that can be replaced by a computer SHOULD BE REPLACED.” “If teachers only teach knowledge without going deeper, there’s no need for teachers because information is readily available in Google.” “Think globally but act locally—use Filipino culture, music, games.”

CPU RCECC, CBA, CHED in partnership with IBM Philippines Inc. holds training in Business Analytics

CPU President, Dr. Teodoro C. Robles, Dr. Lenny Rose P. Mucho, RCECC Director, guest speakers and the participant-graduates.

The CPU Review, Continuing, Education and Consultancy Center (RCECC), College of Business and Accountancy (CBA), Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in partnership with IBM Philippines held a Business Analytics Training at the CPU Campus on October 23-27, 2017.

Topics include Fundamentals of Business Analytics with Prof. Lalaine B. Divinagracia as resource speaker, Data Warehousing with Prof. Jeremias C. Eparanza as lecturer, Predictive Analytics and Prescriptive Analytics with Prof. Jonalyn G. Ebron and Prof. Neil H. Datu as speakers respectively.

CPU President, Dr. Teodoro C. Robles, Dr. Lenny Rose P. Mucho, RCECC Director, guest speakers and the participant-graduates.

The seminar aimed at enhancing data analyzing skills and services and orienting participants with the different tools in business analytics. It highlighted the importance of business analytics in the growing era of globalization and new technology.

For the closing ceremonies, Dr. Roldan P. Pescos, Training Coordinator, and Dr. Lenny Rose P. Mucho, RCECC Director, led the giving of certificates of completion and sash to the participant-graduates of the seminar.

CPU holds fire drill

Responders reenact how to put out a fire.

Safety first—Central Philippine University in partnership with the Bureau of Fire held a fire drill with the different offices, namely: the Office of Communications, the Administration Building, the Purchasing Office, the Special Assistance to the President, and the Enterprise on October 30, 2017.

The aim of the drill is to prepare and equip CPU faculty and staff in case of a fire emergency. The drill included a simulated evacuation, first aid application, and fire suppression.

The Iloilo Bureau of Fire also held a briefing involving the security and safety personnel of CPU. They reminded the CPU personnel to always reacquaint themselves with the basic response drills during fire and rescue operations in order ensure the safety of people in the buildings.

The response team with Mr. Prim Vergara III (in white hat), Technical Assistant to the President and Occupational Safety and Health Officer.

Staff of the Administration Building simulate an evacuation drill.

The first aid response team performed a fire rescue.

The CPU Fire Brigade Organization is headed by the Fire Chiefs, Vice President Florence Bogacia, during office hours and Vice President for Student Affairs, Rev. Joniel Howard Gico, during non-office hours. The Assistant Fire Chief is Mr. Jonathan Tumalay.

The following are the teams and team leaders under the Fire Chief: Communication and Media Relations–Rev. Francis Neil G. Jalando-on; Evacuation–Pastor James Peter Transporto; Medical/First Aid–Mr. Jojee Roy Juarez; Search and Rescue–Mr. Prim Vergara III; Security and Traffic–Mr. Jonathan Tumalay; Fire Fighting Team–Engr. Rhett Allan Baldonado.

Emergency hotlines: for CPU, local 1111; for the Bureau of Fire, 337-3011 or 16000.

DA-CPU Agrifair 2017 to focus on Agri Tourism

The Department of Agriculture (DA) and Central Philippine University (CPU) will hold the 7th DA-CPU Agri-Research Fair, Seminars and Exhibits from November 21 to 24, 2017 at the CPU Promenade and Concert Park. Themed “Agri-Tourism: Stewardship of God’s Resources,” the event is expected to involve more participants from provinces and municipalities in Western Visayas to showcase organic produce, symbolic agricultural and industrial products.

DA-CPU Agrifair Chair Joel H. Somosierra pointed out three significant objectives for this event: First, to enhance soil management in order to produce healthy crops, natural production which entails the use of organic fertilizer and implements. Second, to provide farmers and stakeholders with awareness regarding organic agriculture. Third, to disseminate information about production of healthy farm to table food.

The annual event will include agri-tourism, farm visits, lectures, and exhibits of products. Experts in the field of organic agriculture were invited to lecture on different topics related to farming management and sustainable organic food production.

Cultural presentations, including art and literary contests, will be among the events during the four-day Agrifair. One of the new items of Agrifair 2017 is the lantern contest to be participated by the provinces and municipalities of Western Visayas. As a tourist attraction, each participant will hang a lantern made of indigenous materials reflective of the products and symbols of the local government unit (LGU) at a designated kiosk to be provided by the Agrifair committee.

Organic food products will also be sold at the bazaar area.

Hatching Success: The story of Jesse Pareja

Mr. Jesse Pareja shares that faith, hardwork and appreciation of the people around you are the keys to success.

In a span of 18 months, it is said that a hen would have approximately produced 300 eggs. The process seems quite simple but behind such a process is the determination and hard work of farmers in raising chickens and providing ample supply of eggs to Filipino homes everywhere.

One Centralian who has dedicated his life to this passion is Jesse Pareja, a 1967 graduate of the CPU College of Agriculture. He shared that he chose CPU for his undergraduate degree because of the sound reputation of the university when it comes to competitive education and for its emphasis on faith in Christ, “I heard a lot of good stories about the university. I was also encouraged to enroll in CPU because of the Christian based education.”

Pareja’s father encouraged him to take up Agriculture and utilize a portion of their land in starting an agricultural business. He majored in Animal Husbandry and Livestock Poultry. This paved the way for him to engage in the business of chicken raising and egg production, “I applied the skills I learned in the College of Agriculture to put up an egg farm. My learnings in the college, especially our practical and field work, have helped me in the maintenance and production of my farm.” He is the owner of Danao Dragon J Poultry Farm, Inc. — the producer of Dragon J eggs sold in supermarkets all over Western Visayas.

Twenty-eight years in the business—Pareja has turned his humble farm to one of the largest producers of eggs in Western Visayas. Situated in Pototan, Iloilo, he revealed that his experience in egg production has made him love being a farmer-entrepreneur, “Being a farmer-entrepreneur is now part of my system. Every morning I go to our farm in Pototan to check things. It is an enjoyable habit of mine that grew over the years, especially that egg production requires attention to detail.”

His success in the business has made him realize the value of hard work but most notably, the importance of faith in achieving one’s goals, “It is always important to remember that whatever you have accomplished in your career is because of the help and favor of God. He is the source of all success.”

Pareja encourages young Centralians, especially those taking up Agriculture to follow the calling God gave them and to embrace the Central Spirit, “You must have love for your profession and trust God. Risks are always there but take heart and risk what is needed for you to excel in your chosen path. Don’t be afraid to start small and always appreciate the people around you. I would not have been successful without the help of my wife. Always remember the Central Spirit in your journey, so you know that you are not alone in this journey.”

Anything is possible with God – The Story of Pastor “Mawe”

Rev. Manuel “Mawe” L. Dela Fuente with Mr. Jones Somosierra, Staff, Office of the President, and Mr. Cyrus Natividad, CPU Media Relations Officer.

“My transfer to the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK to finish my Masters Degree in Theology in 1991 was pushed through my belief that anything is possible with God,” Rev. Manuel “Mawe” Dela Fuente shares to his friend and contemporary, Office of Communications Director Rev. Francis Neil Jalando-on and Media Relations Officer Cyrus Natividad.

Before his stint in Scotland, he was a senior student in CPU’s Master of Divinity program from 1982 to 1986. He graduated from the CPU College of Commerce in 1979. He studied from Kindergarten to High School at Central Philippine University.

The conversation focused on his college days, especially on how he survived the challenges and pains of the Martial Law years. His two brothers, John and Edward, were senselessly murdered by the military. They were Centralians who advanced the causes of the youth such as enlightenment and cultural reorientation. John was a CPU Engineering student while Edward, the eldest brother, was the Editor in Chief of Central Echo. Both bravely fought for the principles of freedom, especially freedom from the shackles of oppression and injustice.

At the same time that Mawe and his family were experiencing these tribulations, change was in the air for the CPUR. The Partido ng Mag-aaral at Sambayanan (Pangmasa) and the Alliance of Democratic Students (ADS) decided to form the Koalisyon ng Demokratikong Mag-aaral Para Sa Sambayanan (Koalisyon) that would embody their changing and growing ideologies. Mawe was the first standard bearer for the Koalisyon Party. He subsequently became the CPUR President.

The Reverends at the Calvary Baptist Church of Clifton, New Jersey. Rev. Manuel “Mawe” L. Dela Fuente (right) with Rev. Felix Colinco (left), President of CPUAA of Northeastern Chapter, and Rev. Dr. Jerson B. Narciso (2nd from right), General Secretary of the Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches.

As President, Mawe designed programs in tune with the need for campus freedom and expression. Mawe provided students with facts and updates on the state of the nation. He also published newsletters and magazines. He also pushed for the reopening of the University Student Center. After much discussion with the administration of CPU President Dr. Agustin A. Pulido, the University Student Center opened its doors once more—a symbol that students of CPU can now once again freely play and discuss ideas without fear of the oppressive Marcos dictatorship.

Because of the urgent need to apprise the students on social issues and the spiritual concerns, he helped organize ecumenical projects which were politically progressive. Mawe also joined the Protestant Propagating Human Enlightenment for the Transformation of Society (PROPHETS). Notable leaders of this group were Sharon Rose Ruiz-Duremdes, Nestor D. Bunda, and Edwin I. Lariza.

Rev. Manuel “Mawe” Dela Fuente believes that the Central spirit should be more like the Spirit of Christ: centered on love, righteousness, peace and justice. Thus, for Pastor Mawe, the Central Spirit and his Christian conviction must embrace understanding and forgiveness.

Rev. Dela Fuente is now the pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Clifton, New Jersey, an international and multi-cultural Christian Church and a member of the American Baptist Churches. His other brother Nelson is now a municipal doctor in Valladolid, Negros Occidental.  His two sisters Lilian Dela Fuente Velonia and Josie Dela Fuente McMillan are successful in their chosen careers. Their late father, Mr. Johnny Dela Fuente was the president of the Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches (1968-1972), and a member of the CPU Board of Trustees. Their loving mother, Professor Lucy Lahaylahay Dela Fuente has retired from her teaching profession in CPU, still healthy and enjoying her retirement years.

Mawe goes back to the Philippines every year to visit friends, family, and CPU. He comes home most especially to serve his mother. This annual ministry focused on Arguelles St., Iloilo City, his ancestral home, only shows that, aside from being an advocate for social transformation, Mawe is a caring pastor and a devoted son.

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