College Honors’ Assembly for Term 1, SY 2017–2018

Sixty-six dean’s listers were recognized for their exemplary academic performance in the May–August Term, SY 2017-2018 at the College Honors’ Assembly last November 9 at the Osmeña Hall.

Mr. Jose Ramelle E. Javier, the Principal of the La Salle Green Hills Grade School Department, was the guest speaker for the event.

Calata Corporation Donates Weather Forecasting Equipment to Salikneta Farm

Representatives from Calata Corporation—Vice President for Business Development Mr. Parker Ong, Head of Human Relations Mr. Mark Llauder, and Weather Station Sales Manager Mr. Ross Manzanares—visited the university last October 27 to sign the Deed of Donation and turn over weather forecasting equipment for use at Salikneta Farm.

The representatives were met by De La Salle Araneta University (DLSAU) President Dr. Bjorn Santos, Chancellor Mr. Christopher Polanco, Vice Chancellor for Academics and Research Dr. Bernardo Sepeda, Vice Chancellor for Students and Mission Dr. Marie Allison Parpan, Infrastructure and Administrative Services Executive Director Engr. Michael Buluran, and DLSAU-Agrivet Sciences Institute Executive Director Ms. Apple Suplido.

JGF Agro-Entreprise Social Innovation Boot Camp

Three student teams from our university participated in the Jollibee Group Foundation (JGF) Agro-Enterprise Social Innovation Boot Camp last November 15–17 at the Rizal Re-creation Center in Rizal, Laguna. The teams were joined by Jollibee partner farmers from all over the country.

The boot camp aims to provide participants with an opportunity to further improve their project ideas through various lectures and activities. For Day 1, the facilitators organized lectures on design thinking, social innovation, and prototyping. For Day 2, a lecture on project pitching was held, which was followed by the teams’ creation of their prototypes and their subsequent presentation to farmers. For the last day, the teams were asked to present their projects to JGF.

The three entries that were submitted by the teams and selected by JGF are: FarmHack, eRice, and iKot-Buhay. The teams were accompanied by Dr. Bernardo Sepeda, our Vice Chancellor for Academics and Research.

Animo Serenata and Bed Chorale holds Concert at the PAH

The Animo Serenata Chorale and the Animo BED Chorale, coached by Mr. Roengen Atienza, held a concert last November 9 in the Performing Arts Hall. They performed themed group musical performances in their original musical style, while also showcasing their acting and other musical skills.

The concert—which aims to promote and continuously develop the university’s Culture and Arts Unit headed by Mr. Primo Siatan—was a resounding success, due in large part to the large crowd that the groups drew and the positive feedback that the audience gave of the performances.

The chorales are currently planning and preparing for their upcoming grand concert in February 2018.

NCP Celebrates its 2nd Anniversary with a Faculty Volunteer and Employers Recognition Program

Last October 27, university’s Night College Program (NCP) celebrated its 2nd Anniversary at the Forum with a program that recognized the efforts of faculty volunteers and the generosity of our students’ employers. The event was graced by President Dr. Bjorn Santos, Chancellor Mr. Christopher Polanco, Vice Chancellor for Academics and Researches Dr. Bernardo Sepeda, Vice Chancellor for Students and Mission Dr. Marie Allison Parpan.

Established in 2015, the Night College Program (NCP) is part of the university’s community extension program that is especially designed for working individuals who are unable to attend to regular classes because of their professional involvements.

DLSAU–ECCRI chosen as 15th TAYO Awards Finalist

The De La Salle Araneta University–Environmental and Climate Change Research Institute (DLSAU-ECCRI), through one of their recent research projects—was chosen as one of the finalists in the 15th Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) of the Philippines Awards. The group’s selection this year marks the second time that the group has been chosen as finalist, having been recognized in the 13th TAYO Awards in 2016.

The project——Climate Smart Calamianes Islands—was entered under the Environment, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Climate Change Adaptation Category. The project focuses on creating climate-disaster resiliency in the islands of Busuanga, Coron, and Culion of Palawan (collectively known as the Calamianes Group of Islands).

DLSAU-ECCRI Formally Launches Monthly Der Forscher Lecture Series

The De La Salle Araneta University–Environmental and Climate Change Research Institute (DLSAU-ECCRI) formally launched the Der Forscher Lecture Series last November 21 and November 24 at the Forum. The two-day lecture series featured five accomplished and respected individuals in the fields of climate change and environmental research.

For the first day, DLSAU DVM students Alec Chiu Wan and Jeanette Sabocojan (ECCRI Junior Research Scientists, ASEAN Champions for Biodiversity, Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations of the Philippines), and Dir. Emerson Y. Sy (Philippine Center for Terrestrial and Aquatic Research Executive Director, and Technical Working Group on Amphibians and Reptiles, Biodiversity Management Bureau - DENR Member) presented their researches. Wan and Sabocojan presented ECCRI’s research entitled Climate Smart Calamianes Islands, whereas Dr. Sy presented his research entitled Philippine Reptiles – Threats, Conservation, and Diversity.

Dr. Thomas Dela Cruz (Outstanding Young Scientist, Metrobank's Search for Outstanding Teacher) and Dr. Jessie Pascual P. Bitog (Outstanding Young Scientist, Ten Outstanding Young Men) were the speakers for the second day. Dr. Dela Cruz presented his research entitled Fungal Diversity for Drug Discovery, whereas Dr. Bitog presented his research entitled The Application of CFD in the Design of Photobioreactors for MicroAlgae Production.

2nd Kadsa Student Leaders’ Congress

The university hosted the 2nd Kalookan Diocese Schools’ Association (KADSA) Student Leaders’ Congress last November 20 and 21. This year’s congress, with the theme “Christian Leadership Towards Greatness and Solidarity”, was participated in by 121 individuals from five schools: De La Salle Araneta University, Immaculate Conception Parochial School, St. James Academy, St. Gabriel Academy, and San Jose Academy.

The KADSA Student Leaders’ Congress is an annual event where student leaders are provided the opportunity to celebrate and deepen their faith and life of service.

Visitation of the Official Pilgrim Image of our Lady of Fatima

The university welcomed the Official Pilgrim Image of Our Lady of Fatima October 27, an occasion that highlighted the month-long celebration of the Lasallian Mission and Formation Office (LMFO)-organized Month of the Holy Rosary and the Centennial Anniversary of the Marian Apparitions in Fatima.

The pilgrim image, carved in 1947 by the Michael Angelo of Portugal under the guidance of Sister Lucia of Fatima, was accompanied by two other significant relics: the relic of the wood coffin of Saints Francisco and Jacinta of Fatima and the relic of the wood from the Tree of Apparition.

The occasion, which begun with the arrival and subsequent procession around the campus of the image and relics, was followed by a welcoming rite, the opening of the image and relics to public veneration, and a thanksgiving mass at the University Chapel. Angelus and Vespers were recited on the departure of the image and relics at the end of the day.