DLSAU CONFERS HONORIS CAUSA DEGREE TO MR. EDGAR CHUA
May 13, 2018
Dr. Edgar Chua—Independent Director of Integrated Micro Electronics, Inc., Metrobank, and Energy Development Corporation—was awarded a Doctor of Humanities Honoris Causa degree by De La Salle Araneta University (DLSAU) during its 71st Commencement Exercises held at the Aguinaldo (AFP) Theatre in Camp Aguinaldo last May 13. He was also the guest speaker during the event.
Speaking in front of 450 graduates, their parents, and other guests, Dr. Chua talked about five life lessons which he has learned in his 40 years of corporate experience, one of which was to “focus on the objectives, rather than the results”. He also shared that the most important life lesson of all is to always have three things in mind in everything that we do: God, country, and family.
Dr. Chua is the university’s second recipient of a Doctor of Humanities Honoris Causa degree as DLSAU, in recognition of his achievements and contributions in the field of humanities, and of his active involvement in educational service, meaningful advocacies, and philanthropic works for the benefit of society. In addition to his involvement with various corporation, Dr. Chua is the Chairman of the Makati Business Club, De La Salle University Board of Trustees, DLSU Science Foundation and the Philippine Eagle Foundation.
DLSAU HOLDS 1st SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES
MAY 11, 2018
Two hundred sixty-nine Senior High School graduates marched last May 11 at the Teresa Yuchengco Auditorium of De La Salle University for the 1st De La Salle Araneta University Senior High School Commencement Exercises. The occasion also recognized 66 of the graduates in the areas of academics, research, sports, and performing arts.
De La Salle Philippines President Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC, the guest of honor and speaker for the occasion, spoke in front of the graduates and their parents about resilience, challenging the graduates—through various references of the film Avengers: Infinity War—to “create [their] own endings when endings are not to [their] own liking. He also encouraged the graduates to never give up and to always thank their parents “who ensure that battles in life will be fought and fought well”.
Jammiel Cherié Dahilan, an ABM student who received the highest honors, spoke for the graduates. She reminded her batchmates that learning is a life-long endeavor, and that the key to success is to continue to grow spiritually, intellectually, and socially.
DLSAU-ECCRI HOSTS 2nd ASEAN SCIENCE DIPLOMATS’ ASSEMBLY
APRIL 27, 2018
The De La Salle Araneta University Environmental and Climate Change Research Institute hosted the 2nd ASEAN Science Diplomats Assembly last April 23–27 at the Ritz Hotel in Davao City. On its second year, the international event convened experts from ASEAN member-nations to identify common problems and challenges in communicating science and technology, build participants’ communication skills and confidence in engaging public audiences, and train participants on best practices and effective communication mechanisms.
The assembly, with the theme “Empowering Science and Technology Leaders for Climate Smart ASEAN, featured speakers from both the public and private sectors including Philippine Center for Terrestrial and Aquatic Resources Executive Director Dr. Emerson Sy, Japan International Cooperation Agency Chief Representative Mr. Susumu Ito, Applied Planning and Infrastructure Inc. Chairman and CEO Mr. Richard Hirsch, WEnergy Pilipinas President Mr. Quintin Pastrana, and British Broadcasting Corporation Consultant Director Ms. Nadine Jacinto. Each workshop was followed by synthesis sessions that were facilitated by the 2018 Outstanding ASEAN Science Diplomats from the Philippines, Cambodia. Indonesia, Malaysia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. The keynote message during the opening ceremony was delivered by United States National Aeronautics Space Administration and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration affiliate-scientist and Statweather Institute President and CEO Dr. Ria Persad, whereas the keynote speech during the closing ceremony was given by Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Lead Author and Nobel Prize Laureate Dr. Brian Soden.
The assembly was co-organized by the Mindanao Development Authority and the Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Association of the Philippines in collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat, ASEAN Foundation, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Agriculture, and BIMPT-EAGA (or the East ASEAN Growth Area).
HUMSS GRADE 12 STUDENT CHOSEN AS ONE OF THE 2018 DENR-EMB YOUTH GREENDUCATORS
Pamela Shayne Gozo, a Grade 12 HUMSS student, was chosen by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources as one of the 30 Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Youth Greenducators for 2018. Every year, Youth Greenducators are chosen to help the EMB’s Environmental Education and Information Division implement its youth and environmental awareness programs, develop informational and promotional materials, and provide assistance and support to the Bureau during special occasions and activities.
DLSAU HOSTS DA-ORGANIZED LECTURE ON HALAL FOR SUCs
APRIL 3, 2018
Last April 3, De La Salle Araneta University hosted a Department of Agriculture (DA)-organized lecture on Halal at the Osmeña Hall. The lecture is part of an ongoing series of seminars that are specifically targeted at State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and which aim to solidify the DA Halal Program Management Office’s efforts to strengthen the involvement of youth and students in the promotion of the Halal industry in the country.
The speakers of the lecture were: Mr. Sahraman C. Disomimba, Program Development Officer, and Mr. Datu Bimban P. Pangonotan, Jr, Planning Officer—both from the DA Office of the Undersecretary for Special Concerns—and Ms. Baibonn D. Sangid, Technical Adviser for the DA Halal Food Industry Development Program.
Over 100 students from the following SUCs attended the lecture: Xavier University–Ateneo de Cagayan, Central Luzon State University, University of the Philippines Los Baños, University of the Philippines Baguio, Siliman University, Cebu Technological University, Bohol Island State University, Lazi National Agricultural School, Mindanao State University, Central Mindanao University, Zamboanga State College Marine Sciences and Technology, Sultan Kudarat State University, and University of Southern Mindanao.
UNILASALLE BEAUVAIS ADMINISTRATORS VISIT DLSAU
APRIL 17, 2018
Two administrators from UniLasalle in Beauvais, France—Director of International Relations Office Dr. Marie Lummerzheim and Director of Student Life Dr. Jerome Colin—visited the university last April 17 and Salikneta Farm last April 18. The visit focused on the finalization of arrangements for the arrival of 29 UniLaSalle–Beauvais students in August 2018. Steps to further prepare for student mobility in the framework of UniLaSalle’s “GO-LASALLE Mobility” Program, an exchange student program within the network of Lasallian Schools worldwide were also discussed.
4thSTUDENT RESEARCH AND POSTER COMPETITION
APRIL 6, 2018
Last April 6, the De La Salle Araneta University (DLSAU) University Research Center organized the 4th Student Research and Poster Competition, a contest to encourage its Tertiary Education students to present worthwhile and innovative researches in their fields of study. The two-part event featured oral and poster presentation contests and was participated in by over 50 Senior High School and Tertiary Education students. Sixteen entries were judged by 16 faculty from different departments.
The winners of the oral presentation, held at the university’s The Forum, were:
Maryiene Christia Aldea and Kaitlyn Ann Magallanes (1st Place, Social Sciences); Bea Teresa Sengco and Franchesca Mechael Castillo (2nd Place, Social Sciences); Mharc Jhusteen Calalang (1st Place, Food Technology); K. M. Madriaga and D. D. Lorenzo (1st Place, Agricultural Sciences); Cristin Talabon, Irene Roa, Dr. Anneth Rigon, and Ana Tameta (2nd Place, Agricultural Sciences); Aljoshua Alcantara, Mark Jayson Dela Rosa, and Josiefie Anne Mendoza (1st Place, Technology); Narmel Rodriguez, Jonathan Cagas, and Cameron San Gabriel (2nd Place, Technology); Renato Tan, Jr. (1st Place, Business); and Princess Zenia Delis and Alexandra Ericka Mae De Paz (2nd Place, Business).
The winners of the poster presentation, held at the university’s Life Sciences Building Lobby, were: Gerramere Xavier Aratia and Rhezell Earl Dela Cruz (1st Place, Social Sciences); Suzanna Agujar and Diane Marie Oñate (2nd Place, Social Sciences); Mary Rose Sta. Ana, Ma. Angela Palacio, and Angela Mae Pedro (1st Place, Business); Rafael Guevarra, Kyla Alessandra Oliveros, and Jack Daniel Tapia (1st Place, Technology); Melinda Paz Jurado (1st Place, Agricultural Sciences); and K. M. Madriaga and D. D. Lorenzo (2nd Place, Agricultural Sciences).
Winners in the oral presentation were awarded P2 000 for the first place and P1 000 for the second place, whereas the winners of the poster presentation were awarded P1 200 for the first place and P800 for the second place.
DLSAU SIGNS MOU WITH DLS-CSB
MARCH 22, 2018
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between De La Salle Araneta University (DLSAU) and
De La Salle–College of St. Benilde (DLS-CSB) was signed last March 22 at the Hotel Benilde Maison de La Salle, DLS-CSB.
Present during the MoU signing were President Dr. Bjorn Santos, Chancellor Mr. Christopher Polanco, Vice Chancellor for Academics and Research Dr. Bernardo Sepeda, College of Arts, Sciences and Technology Dean Dr. Rosario Chu, and Head of International Linkages and Engagement Mr. Frederick Reyes (from DLSAU). President Br. Dennis Magbanua FSC, Vice Chancellor for Academics Mr. Geronio Ulayao, School of Design and Arts (SDA) Dean Arch. Asela Domingo, School of Professional and Continuing Education Dean Mr. Terrence Tiu, Arts and Culture Cluster Associate Dean Ms. Sunita Mukhi, SDA Environment Studies Center Associate Dean Arch. Cynthia Funk, and Academic Linkages Associate Ms. Julie Pineda.
The MoU focused on the exchange of professors, scholars, professionals, and administrators through mutual visits; exchange of students for study and research in both universities; exchange of research publications, academic materials, and information; promotion of joint projects, meetings, and conferences; and use of facilities and laboratories at both universities and their satellite campuses.
FOODSHAP, INC HOLDS FIRST TRAINING WORKSHOP
MARCH 12 - 17
As part of the university’s partnership with the Food Safety and Hygiene Academy of the Philippines (FoodSHAP ®), Inc., instructors from FoodSHAP ® facilitated a week-long seminar last March 12–March 17 at Room 414-A of the Life Sciences Building.
The training workshop featured the following modules: Basic Food Safety for Food Handlers, HACCP Principles and Practices, and Food Safety Compliance Officer (FSCO).
DLSAU-ECCRI HOSTS 4th DER FORSCHER LECTURE
The De La Salle Araneta University Environmental and Climate Change Research Institute (DLSAU-ECCRI) hosted the fourth Der Forscher Lecture last March 13 at The Forum of DLSAU. The lecture featured three speakers who talked about climate change, health, and infectious diseases.
The first speaker, Dr. Alonzo Gabriel, is an Outstanding Young Scientist and one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men in Food Science. The second speaker, Dr. John Mark Velasco, is an Outstanding Young Scientist in Public Health and one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men in Medical Science. The third speaker, Dr. Ria Persad, is the Founder and CEO of StatWeather Inc. & StatWeather Institute. She is also a renowned climate scientist of the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration–National Center for Environmental Information.
LSA STREET FORCE AND STREET ARCHERS WIN TOP PRIZE IN ELITE INTERNATIONAL DANCE CHAMPIONSHIP 2018
The De La Salle Araneta University dance crew, composed of members of the LSA Street Force and Street Archers, was hailed as the champion in the School Division of the Elite International Dance Championship 2018 that was held last March 11 at the Tanghalang Pasigueno in Pasig City. The crew beat contenders from all over the country as well as contenders from Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, and Solomon Islands.
Elite International Dance Championship is the first international street dance championship in the Philippines, with titles up for grabs in five divisions: varsity, open, monster crew, rookie, and school.
DU30PLAYS: ANG PILIPINAS SA LIDERATO NI PANGULONG DUTERTE
MARCH 08 - 09
As part of the 3rd Recital Play Festival 2018, the Dulaang La Salle Araneta Ensemble (DLSAE) performed three one-act plays titled DU30PLAYS: Ang Pilipinas sa Liderato ni Pangulong Duterte last March 8 and 9 at the Performing Arts Hall.
The plays—written by Batch 2, 2016-2017 Basic Theatre students and inspired by the country’s current situation under the leadership of President Rodrigo Duterte—are: Taglamig sa Tag-Init (written and directed by Karen Tan), Double Sided (written by Jammiel Cherie Dahilan and directed by Chen Domingo), and Sa Likod ng Kamera (No, Thank You!) (written and directed by Paulo Gonzaga). In addition to the one-act plays, a spoken poetry piece was performed by a Batch 3, 2017-2018 Basic Theatre student, Noreen Dominguez.
All the performances were under the creative and artistic direction of Engr. Aleksandre Pates.
DLSAU WINS BIG AT NAASCU SEASON 17 MINOR SPORTS EVENTS
Sixty-seven (67) De La Salle Araneta University student-athletes brought home major awards in the minor sports events of the 17th Season of the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (NAASCU), held last February 27–March 6. This season marks the first outing of DLSAU in the said league, having participated in the Universities, Colleges, Schools Athletic Association since its
inception in 2010.
The winning teams are as follows:
The Athletics team, coached by Ms. Myra V. Saludo, was hailed the overall 1st Runner Up. The team brought home a total of 3 golds, 17 silvers, and 14 bronzes.
The Badminton team, both Men’s and Women’s Divisions were hailed as the overall champion. The teams were coached by Mr. Anthony Lee Deveza.
The Chess team of the Men’s Division, coached by Mr. Eric M. Masela, ranked 4th place overall.
The High School Boys and Girls Table Tennis teams, under the guidance and supervision of Coach Rebokm Cruz, were hailed as overall 1st Runner Ups in their respective divisions.
The Taekwondo Team, coached by Mr. Noel Y. Almaida, won overall 1st Runner Up in the Poomsae, Senior Women, and Senior Men Divisions. The team brought home a total of 6 golds, 3 silvers, and 6 bronzes.
The Swimming Team, under Coach Richard Odchigue, placed overall 1st Runner Up and brought home a total 12 golds, 18 silvers, and 7 bronzes.
In addition to the minor games, the DLSAU dance troupe was hailed as the Overall 1st Runner Up in the hip-hop dance competition that was held last March 5. The troupe’s choreography was handled by Mr. Rogelio E. Castro.
DLSAU HOLDS 3RD HOPE AWARDS
Last March 5, De La Salle Araneta University hosted the 3rd HOPE (Honoring Our Partners in Education) Awards at The Forum. The event honored and recognized the generosity and support of numerous individuals and institutions that have assisted in the university’s mission of providing access to quality Lasallian education to everyone, especially to the underprivileged and marginalized,
Of the sixteen awardees for 2018, seven were present during the occasion: One La Salle Scholarship Endowment Fund (OLSSEF), as represented by its Director for Advancement Ms. Marivic Mercado; Calata Foundation, Inc as represented by its Vice President for Business Development, Mr. Parker Ong; Rotary Club of Taguig, as represented by its President, Mr. Hector Santos, Jr; Private Education Assistance Committee (PEAC), as represented by its Executive Director, Ms. Ma. Rhodora Angela Ferrer; Luis Co Chi Kiat Foundation, Inc. as represented by its Scholarship Foundation Administrator Dr. Jayson Diaz and Scholars Foundation Assistant Mr. Patrick Damasco; Commander Security Services, as represented by its General Manager Mr. Ramel Cofreros and Area Manager Mr. Henry Nadanga; and the De La Salle Araneta University Tertiary Education Parents Association and Senior High School, as represented by its President, Ms. Asuncion Ramos. The attendees also witnessed the unveiling of the newly installed donor and benefactor name plates at the Friends of DLSAU Wall.
Speaking on behalf of the donors and benefactors present during the event, PEAC Executive Director Ms. Ferrer lauded the university’s efforts to make education more accessible to everyone through its involvement in PEAC’s Education Service Contracting and Senior High School Voucher Programs.
Mr. Patrick Cipriano, a former DLSAU scholar, also spoke in the event. Mr. Cipriano placed 9th in the May 2016 Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination.
2ND BUSINESS RESEARCH CONGRESS
Last March 2, the College of Business, Management, and Accountancy hosted the 2nd Business Research Congress at the Osmeña Hall. With the theme “Social Responsibility and Resources Management for Sustainable Development”, the congress’s plenary and parallel sessions featured experts who talked about the social responsibility initiatives and resource management programs that are undertaken by various businesses in the country.
Among the speakers of the congress are Dr. Emiliano Hudtohan (“Responsibility, Management, and Sustainability in the 21st Century”), Dr. Leonardo Garcia, Jr. (“Corporate Social Responsibility in Startups, Microenterprises, and Small Businesses”), Dr. Divina Edralin (“Predictors of Humanistic Sustainability HRM Practices”), and Atty. Amado Maralit (“Sustainable Governance in High Places: Exacting Accountability thru Impeachment”).
COLLEGE HONORS’ ASSEMBLY, TERM 2, SY 2017-2018
Eighty-six dean’s listers were recognized in the College Honors’ Assembly last March 1 at the Osmeña Hall. The dean’s listers were awarded for their exemplary academic performance in the September to December Term, SY 2017-2018. The speaker for the assembly, Ms. Ma. Cristina SC. Eusebio, is the Coordinator for Formations of the NSTP and Formation Office of De La Salle University.
2ND TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH CONGRESS
A total of 120 student participants attended the 2nd Technology Research Congress (stylized TechCon 2.0) last February 27 at the Osmeña Hall. Organized by the College of Arts, Sciences, and Technology—in partnership with the National Research Council of the Philippines and Hytec Power Inc.—the research congress was held with the theme “New Trends in Technopreneurship and Innovation”.
The speakers of the assembly were Mr. Jay Jaboneta of De La Salle–College of St. Benilde (DLS-CSB), Mr. Joey Climaco of SCREEM Technologies, and and Mr. Rex Lor of DLS-CSB. Mr. Jaboneta talked about disruptive technologies, resource mobilization, and social innovation. Mr. Climaco discussed artificial intelligence, whereas Mr. Lor talked about tech startup incubation in the university setting.
CVMAS FACULTY-SCHOLARS AT CBNU RECOGNIZED IN HAYO AT GILAS PIKO
Dr. Khristine Kaith S. Lloren and Dr. Norbert John C. Robles were awarded a Gilas PIKO Award last February 18 at the Hayo at Gilas PIKO, held at the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in Seoul, South Korea. The Gilas PIKO Award is given to Filipino scholars in South Korea who have published their papers in an international journal. Dr. Lloren published a paper in December 2017, whereas Dr. Robles published one in January 2018.
The Gilas PIKO Award is part of the prestigious Hayo at Gilas PIKO, an annual awards event organized by the Pinoy Iskolars sa Korea (PIKO). The event recognizes Filipino scholars who have graduated from a Master’s or Doctoral program in Korea (Hayo Award) and those who have published, presented, and received special awards (Gilas Award) from international conferences for their respective papers.
Dr. Robles and Dr. Lloren are College of Veterinary Medicine and Agricultural Sciences faculty who are presently attending Chungbuk National University for their Master’s degree in Microbiology.
PAASCU RESURVEY VISIT
A team from the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU) went to the university for a resurvey visit of our Basic Education Department (BED) last February 8–9. The visit is part of the university’s bid to have BED re-accredited for Level II.
The PAASCU team—headed by Dr. Cynthia Arcadio—is composed of Fr. Mauricio Ulep, CMF, Ms. Ines de Guzman, Ms. Maria Lourdes Abarquez, Ms. Delia Hernandez, Bro. Niño Pizarro, FMS, Mr. Ricardo Ventic, Ms. Lydia Villacrusis, and Mr. Alex Gesmundo.
2ND FOOD SECURITY AND ANIMAL WELFARE RESEARCH CONGRESS
The College of Veterinary Medicine and Agricultural Sciences hosted the 2nd Food Security and Animal Welfare Research Congress last February 8 at the Osmeña Hall. With the theme Empowering Filipino Agriculturists, Food Technologists, and Veterinarians for the Millennium, the congress invited experts who shared their challenges and triumphs in the featured disciplines.
Among the speakers are Ten Outstanding Young Men of the Philippines 2017 Honoree for Veterinary Medicine Dr. Eugene Mende, DLSAU Agrivet Sciences Institute Officer in Charge – Executive Director Ms. Maria Eda Apple Suplido, and Department of Science and Technology Senior Science Research Specialist Engr. Rogelio Prospero.
DLSAU ECCRI ORGANIZES CLIMATE SMART NORTHERN LUZON AND CLIMATE SMART MINDANAO BATCH 4
The DLSAU Environmental and Climate Change Research Institute (DLSAU ECCRI)—in partnership with the Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Association of the Philippines (HKSAAP) and Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)—organized the very first Climate Smart Northern Luzon seminar last January 22-26 at the Pangil Beach Resort in Ilocos Norte. The seminar was attended by representatives from selected local government units (LGUs) and state universities and colleges (SUCs) of Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). Aside from the training workshop, the Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction (CCA-DRR) Consortium for Northern Luzon—with DLSAU ECCRI as board member—was created. The group aims to capacitate the communities of the region.
Last January 31 - February 2, DLSAU ECCRI hosted Climate Smart Mindanao (Batch 4), a seminar focused on leadership for climate resilient development, at Casa Leticia in Davao City. Organized in partnership with the Mindanao Development Authority, GGGI, and HKSAAP, the event was attended by officials from 15 LGUs that were capacitated to develop science-based programs and local plans.
Both seminars are under the Climate Smart Philippines program, one of the flagship programs of DLSAU ECCRI.
72nd FOUNDATION ANNIVERSARY
The university celebrated its 72nd Foundation Anniversary last January 25–31. Aside from the usual line up of activities, the anniversary was highlighted by two important events: the relaunch of the Own-a-Tree Project and the unveiling of the new college and unit logos.
The relaunch of the Own-a-Tree Project was held during the Opening Salvo, the first day of the foundation anniversary. The project, together with the institutional exhibit that was launched a week earlier, reflected the theme of the week-long celebration, “DLSAU Shares”. The exhibit, in particular, was also able to involve the entire university community in a cause for the Ministry of Ecology, Diocese of Caloocan. At the exhibit’s closing, a total of P6 420 was raised.
At the Testimonial Dinner and Lasallian Partners Awards Ceremony 2018—the anniversary’s culminating program—last January 31, 13 Lasallian partners were recognized for awards such as Extra Mile Award, Teaching and Learning Excellence, and Mentorship Excellence. It was also during the program that the new college and unit logos were unveiled as part of the university’s move towards a more unified and consistent branding image.
BEDAN DANCE THEATRE BODY WARS 2018
The La Salle Street Archers (LSA)—composed of 18 of our Junior High and Senior High students—participated in the Bedan Dance Theatre Body Wars 2018 last January 27 at the MVP Gymnasium of San Beda University. Of the 15 teams that participated in the competition, LSA landed 4th place. The group is coached by Mr. Rogelio Castro.
The university hosted a testimonial and recognition program last January 26 for its 36 board passers in the November 2017 Agriculturist Licensure Examination at the university’s The Forum. The board passers posted a 94.74 percent passing average, the unofficial second best passing average for at least 30 test takers in the licensure examination. Their performance ranks DLSAU behind the University of the Philippvines–Los Baños for the first time.
During the testimonial and recognition program, President Dr. Bjorn Santos congratulated 22 of the graduates in attendance for their remarkable achievement, and also thanked their parents, the faculty volunteers, and the university’s benefactors for supporting the university, particularly the DLSAU AgriVet Sciences Institute (DLSAU-AgSI). Last year, a DLSAU BS Agriculture alumna—Ms. Emmie Marie Rosales—placed fourth in the same examination. In 2016, another BS Agriculture alumna—Ms. Eloiza May Galon—placed seventh.
DLSAU-AgSI, situated in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan, is the university’s center for agricultural sciences studies and the home to 118 BS Agriculture students currently—98 percent of which are full university scholars.
OWN-A-TREE PROJECT RELAUNCH
The Own-a-Tree Project—an environmental and scholarship initiative that was first launched in 2015—was relaunched last January 25 during the 72nd Foundation Anniversary’s Opening Salvo. With the theme “DLSAU Shares”, the foundation anniversary was selected as the most opportune time for the project’s relaunch.
The Own-a-Tree Project—an environmental and scholarship initiative that was first launched in 2015—was relaunched last January 25 during the 72nd Foundation Anniversary’s Opening Salvo. With the theme “DLSAU Shares”, the foundation anniversary was selected as the most opportune time for the project’s relaunch.
DLSAU ECCRI FOUNDER HOLDS LECTURE FOR BANGLADESHI GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
DLSAU Environmental and Climate Change Research Institute (DLSAU ECCRI) Founder Mr. Glenn Banaguas conducted a lecture for Bangladeshi government officials last January 15 at the Orchid Hotel in Manila. The lecture, one of the many in a series, was organized by the Philippine Association of Research Managers. The lecture, entitled Climate Smart Agriculture and Water Systems, highlighted the impacts and risks of climate change as well as focused on possible solutions to address such. Among the solutions considered were adaptation and mitigation strategies, engineering designs and innovations, and participatory approaches. Areas of collaboration were also explored during the lecture.
MOA WITH FOODSHAP, INC.
A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed between De La Salle Araneta University (DLSAU) and the Food Safety and Hygiene Academy of the Philippines, Inc (FoodSHAP®) last January 11 at the President’s Conference Room of De La Salle Araneta University. The MOA formally recognizes DLSAU as an authorized FoodSHAP® course provider in the areas of food safety and hygiene in the country.
DLSAU was represented by President Dr. Bjorn Santos, Chancellor Mr. Christopher Polanco, Vice Chancellor of Academics and Research Dr. Bernardo Sepeda, and College of Business, Management, and Accountancy Dean Dr. Carolina Ditan, whereas FoodSHAP® was represented by Vice President Mr. Glenn Hyde de Leon and General Manager Ms. Elsie Gatpayat.
Last January 18, FoodSHAP® General Manager Ms. Gatpayat facilitated an orientation on being an authorized FoodSHAP® course provider. The orientation was attended by Dr. Ditan, faculty from the Hotel and Restaurant Management, Food Technology, and Technical-Vocational Education Departments, and representatives from the LSB (VMES) Cafeteria and High School (Elise) Canteen.
MOU WITH KUNJANG UNIVERSITY COLLEGE
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between De La Salle Araneta University (DLSAU) and Kunjang University College last January 9 at the President’s Conference Room of De La Salle Araneta University. The MOU, with has a five-year validity, covers the exchange of information and materials in areas of mutual interest, as well as exchange of faculty and students for academic and research purposes.
DLSAU was represented by Chancellor Mr. Christopher Polanco and Academic Linkages and Internationalization Director Mr. Joseph Hyun, whereas Kunjang University College was represented by Office of International Affairs Director Dr. Oh Kyosung and Philippines Program Coordinator Mr. Hong Sungdo.
Kunjang University College, established in 1994, is a private university located in Gunsan, South Korea.
DLSAU ALUMNA IS 2016 SEARCH FOR THE GURO NG PAG-ASA FINALIST
Dr. Madonna Guevarra-Acebuche, Ed.D., a 1982 De La Salle Araneta University BS Commerce, Major in Accounting alumna, was one of the finalists in the 2016 Search for the GURO NG PAG-ASA (Gantimpala Para sa Ulirang PagtutuROng PAG-iimpok at Araling PanSAlapi). The Department of Education announced Dr. Guevarra-Acebuche’s selection as finalist last October 2017.
The search—organized by the Department of Education, through the Bureau of Learning Delivery and the Bureau of Curriculum Development, and in partnership with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas—is conducted yearly to recognize teachers who display extraordinary dedication in teaching financial literacy and the habit of saving money among school children.
Presently affiliated with the Santiago A. De Guzman Elementary School in Valenzuela City, Dr. Guevarra-Acebuche was chosen as finalist from the National Capital Region.
DLSAU-ECCRI SIGNS MOU WITH ECS AND PRODIGYAE, INC. FOR CLIMATE SMART PHILIPPINES
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the De La Salle Araneta University Environmental and Climate Change Research Institute (DLSAU-ECCRI) and the two leading Building Information Management construction firms in the country—Elite Construction Services (ECS) and ProdigyAE, Inc—last December 22, 2017 at the Richmonde Hotel in Ortigas. The MOU signing was attended by top management officials of ECS and ProdigyAE, as well as by DLSAU-ECCRI Founder and Senior Research Scientist Mr. Glenn Banaguas and his junior research scientists.
The terms of reference of the MOU include (a) the promotion and implementation of the Food-Energy-Water (F-E-W) Nexus System based on international standards, and (b) the provision of engineering and architectural design assistance to stakeholders and partners.
SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL RESEARCH FESTIVAL
Our Senior High School (SHS) students hosted a research festival last December 19 at the Life Sciences
Building Lobby. The festival, which featured research and poster presentations, was launched as a culminating activity by the SHS students for their Practical Research 1 & 2 classes. Researches were categorized under five areas of interest: qualitative, business, social science, technology, and applied science.
Aside from the presentations, the festival featured competitions for the best researches and poster presentations under each category. The winning entries were Facebook: Building Confidence Against the Walls of Insecurities (Qualitative), Student-Friendly Services: Effect on Sales of Specialty Coffee Shops (Business), When the Game Stops Yet the Mind Keeps Going: A Study on Game Transfer Phenomenon Among Video Game Players, and Coping Strategies Among Senior High School Students (Social Science), Laser-Based Security System with Mobile SMS Notification (Technology), and Antagonistic Effects of DLSAU Hydroponics Bacterial Isolates on Tilapia Pathogens (Applied Science).
For the poster competition, the winning entries were Designing Small Scale Battery Systems for Domestic Application Using Salt Water Battery Bucks (Technology), DLSAU Faculty Members’ Perception of Networking (Business), Banana Peels and Rice as a Component for Bioplastic Production (Applied Science), and Coping Strategies Among Senior High School Students (Social Science).
DLSAU-ECCRI PARTNERS WITH MINDA FOR CLIMATE CHANGE TRAINING WORKSHOPS
Two training workshops were organized by the De La Salle Araneta University Environmental and Climate Change Research Institute (DLSAU-ECCRI) in collaboration with the Mindanao Development Authority (MINDA) last December 10–12 and 13–15, 2017.
The first training workshop—entitled “Demystifying Climate Change” and held last December 10–12, 2017 in Davao City—was conducted in order to mainstream climate change to local communities. The event was attended by Davao Chamber of Commerce President Arch. Daniel Lim, MINDA Director of Policy and Planning Mr. Reyzaldy Tan, MINDA Undersecretary Janet Lopoz, Department of Energy Undersecretary Mary Rose Magsaysay, DLSAU-ECCRI Founder and Senior Research Scientist Mr. Glenn Banaguas, and DLSAU-ECCRI Junior Research Scientists Marlon Co and Peter Glenn Nuestro.
Last December 13–15 at the Ritz Hotel in Davao City, a second training workshop was held for Mindanao River Basin (MRB) Organizations. Attended by representatives from the Office of the Governor, Mindanao local government units, private sector, and other Technical Working Group members of the MRB, Tagum-Libuganon, Davao River Basin, and Agusan River Basin, the workshop aimed to train stakeholders to preserve and conserve the biodiversity of the region and to adapt to the changing environment through rigorous science-based workshops, capacity-building, and project development.
ARANETA WELCOMES CHRISTMAS 2017 WITH LUMINARE AND PANULUYAN
Despite the muted tone and less frivolous nature of festivities this year, the university welcomed Christmas 2017 with two programs that were held during the first week of December at the Golden Pavilion.
Last December 4, the community gathered for Luminare, a program for the official lighting of the university Christmas Tree. During the event, the guidelines for the Community Lantern Contest and the list of Christmas outreach activities for personnel were also announced. In particular, the Lasallian Mission and Formation Office organized four outreach activities for Lasallian partners: BAYANIKASAN, a tree planting and urban gardening activity (at the Ministry on Ecology in La Loma last December 9); Date with the Heroes, an interaction meeting with the wounded soldiers from Marawi (at the Heroes Ward of the AFP Medical Center last December 14); and interaction meetings with the aged (at the Emmaus Home of Apostolate in Malolos, Bulacan) and the youth (at the Maharlika Elementary School in Taguig City) last December 16.
Last December 8, a reenactment of the Nativity scene—dubbed Panuluyan—was performed by the De La Salle Araneta Ensemble. DLSAU Serenata provided musical accompaniment for the brief program.
DLSAU ALUMNUS HAILED AS 2017 ASEAN BMW HOTELIER UNSUNG HERO AWARDEE
Mr. Michael Lumbres, a Batch 2006-2007 De La Salle Araneta University High School alumnus, was hailed as a 2017 Association of South East Asian Nations BMW Hotelier Unsung Hero Awardee last December 14 at the Studio City in Macau. Mr. Lumbres currently works as a Supervisor in Emergency Response at the City of Dreams, Macau.
The Hotelier Awards, the only one of its kind in Asia, honors dedicated professionals in the hotel industry and inspires future generations to pursue a career in the hospitality industry.
DLSAU POSTS UNOFFICIAL SECOND BEST PASSING AVERAGE IN AGRICULTURISTS LICENSURE EXAMINATION 2017
De La Salle Araneta University posted a 94.74 percent passing average in the Agriculturist Licensure Examination 2017, the unofficial second best passing average for at least 30 test takers in the licensure examination after the University of the Philippines Los Baños. The passing average of our graduates, 35 of them, was also well above the national passing average of 38.25 percent.
LARO SA HARAYA EXHIBIT
Our Senior High School (SHS) students held an art exhibit entitled Laro sa Haraya last December 15 at the Life Sciences Building Catwalk. The exhibit, organized by SHS students from the Arts & Design strand, presented works in different art forms—literature, photography, drawing, painting, and mixed media.
TESTIMONIAL AND RECOGNITION PROGRAMS FOR 2017 LASALLIAN PROFESSIONALS
Three testimonial and recognition programs were held this month for our board passers in the accountancy, psychology, and education licensure examinations. All programs were held at The Forum, and were attended by the board passers and their families.
In December 5, our two new Lasallian accountants—Ms. Krishna Joie M. Maliwat and Ms. Christine Dianne D. Ham—were recognized. Ms. Maliwat and Ms. Ham were among the 4 511 out of the 14 813 who passed the October 2017 Certified Public Accountants Licensure Examination.
In December 7, our ten new Lasallian psychometricians were recognized. Our board passers posted a 78.38 percent passing average—well above the national passing average of 56.97 percent.
In December 14, our 19 new Lasallian teachers were recognized. Two of them passed as new elementary school teachers, whereas the other 17 passed as new secondary school teachers.
SOUTH KOREAN UNIVERSITIES HOLD EDUCATIONAL FAIR
The Lasallian Language Center, in partnership with the Southeastern Korea Universities Alliance, hosted an education fair for Grade 11 & 12 students last December 12 at the Osmeña Hall. The event featured representatives from four South Korean universities: Gyeongsang National University, Kyungnam University, University of Ulsan, and Changwon National University.
The fair is a venue for foreign students to consult with South Korean university representatives about college admissions, preparatory courses, and scholarships in South Korea.
DLSAU STREET FORCE IS 2ND RUNNER UP IN THE WOBBIE'S STREET DANCE COMPETITION
De La Salle Araneta University Street Force, the university’s official students hip-hop dance troupe, placed 2nd Runner Up in the Grand Finals of The Wobbie’s Street Dance Competition held at World Trade Center – Manila last December 9. Our dance troupe beat other groups from all over the country in the Open–Mixed Category.
UNIVERSITY LAUNCHES COMMUNIQÚE AND REVIVES INSTITUTIONAL BULLETIN
The university launched Communiqúe—a new communication platform—and relaunched an updated version of the Institutional Bulletin last December 8. The two platforms are meant to facilitate the proper and wider dissemination of information on institutional and academic activities, and to augment other communication channels that are currently in use by the university.
The Communiqúe is the President’s platform for official announcements and statements addressed to the entire community. The Institutional Bulletin, on the other hand, is the Chancellor’s platform for broadcasting upcoming information on institutional and academic activities, as well as for advisories related to the university’s operations and services.
UNILASALLE DELEGATION VISITS DLSAU
A delegation from the Institut Polytechnique UniLaSalle in Beauvais, France (UniLaSalle – Beauvais) visited the university last December 6. The purpose of the visit was to discuss student exchange possibilities and matters of mutual interests between the two institutions in the areas of agriculture and food technology.
The delegation, led by Director of International Relations Dr. Marie Lummerzheim, comprised of Vice Dean for Academic Affairs (Agricultural School) Dr. Anne Combaud, Academic Dean for the Rouen Campus Dr. Christophe Gangneux, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs (Food & Health School) Ing. Jean Francois Tharrault, and Associate Professor (Animal Production) Dr. Marion Dutreuil.
Earlier this year last April, Dr. Lummerzheim visited the university to talk about the UniLaSalle Learning Abroad Program.
After the visit to the Malabon campus, the delegation headed to the DLSAU AgriVet Sciences Institute (DLSAU-AgSI) in Salikneta Farm for a whole-day visit. They were toured by Executive Director for DLSAU-AgSI and Director for Academics Ms. Apple Suplido.
The Institut Polytechnique UniLaSalle, a private higher education establishment offering integrated degree programs, was officially recognized as a private higher education establishment in the public interest in July 2016. The school has two campuses, in the French provinces of Beauvais and Rouen.
MOA SIGNING WITH MFI POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE, INC.
A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)—which aims to establish a co-branding partnership to provide and offer Technical Vocational Education and Training–Information and Communication Technology (TVET-ICT) programs—was signed between De La Salle Araneta University (DLSAU) and MFI Polytechnic Institute, Inc. (MFI) last November 28 at the Henry Sy Sr. Hall of De La Salle University.
MFI was represented by Chair and President Engr. Jose Sandejas, together with Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Externals Mr. Antonio Kosca, Jr., Trustee Members Engr. Renato Ermita and Engr. Oscar Barrera, Manager of Satellite and Branches Mr. Noel Dumaguit, MFI DLSAU Branch Manager Mr. Ed Dy Guaso, and Administration Services Head Mr. Leonardo Felipe. For DLSAU, President Dr. Bjorn Santos, Chancellor Mr. Christopher Polanco, Vice Chancellor for Academics and Research Dr. Bernardo Sepeda, and Technical and Vocational Programs Coordinator Ms. Jinky Macatulad were present.
MFI—formerly MFI Foundation, Inc.—is a provider of career-oriented and technology-relation education services and programs for more than 40 years.