DLSAU JOINS PHILIPPINE LASALLIAN HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY WEEK 2018


September 21, 2018

Last September 17–21, our university joined De La Salle Philippines and other Lasallian institutions from all over the country in observance of the Philippine Lasallian Human Rights and Democracy Week 2018. With the theme “Defending Democracy, Upholding Human Rights”, the week-long observance was organized by the Lasallian Justice and Peace Commission (LJPC) to increase awareness on and appreciation of basic human rights, democracy, and Marcos Martial Law among Lasallian students.

Among the activities that were featured during the week were a democracy exhibit (held in partnership with the Center for Youth Advocacy Network), federalism and charter change discussions (conducted in classes by Social Science teachers), and a simultaneous mass to commemorate Martial Law (entitled Mass for Peace: DLSAU Prays for Victims of Human Rights Violations Then and Now). A forum on federalism and charte change was also hosted at The Forum, facilitated by a resource speaker invited by the LJPC.

 
 

LA SALLE ARANETA STREET FORCE WINS TOP PRIZE IN DANCE SYNERGY CONTEST 2018


September 7, 2018

La Salle Araneta Street Force was hailed as the grand champion in the Synergy Hip Hop Dance Competition 2018, a dance contest organized by the Notre Dame of Greater Manila – Caloocan, last September 7. The crew beat other dance groups from all over Metro Manila for the title.

On October 6, the group is set to compete in the Revolution Dance International Competition in Melbourne, Australia.

 
 

DLSAU JOINS INTER-ED’S 28th CCGF


September 5, 2018

Last September 4–5, the university joined the 28th Career Consultation & Guidance Fair (CCGF) that was organized by Inter-Ed at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

CCGF is an annual event that started in 1988, which aims to provide high school students with informative seminars, free career assessment examinations, and other interactive activities that will help them make informed choices about their future and gain more perspective on the various educational opportunities available to them.

Inter-Ed remains to be the oldest and premiere student placement center in the Philippines.

 
 

DLSAU WELCOMES 29 FRENCH STUDENTS FROM UNILASALLE-BEAUVAIS


September 3, 2018

The university welcomed 29 French students from the Institut Polytechnique UniLaSalle in Beauvais, France (UniLaSalle-Beauvais) with an orientation program last September 3 at The Forum.

The students will be staying in the country for one academic term—25 of whom will take their BS Food Technology degree in our main campus, whereas the remaining four will take their BS Agriculture degree at the AgriVet Sciences Institute in Salikneta Farm, Bulacan.

 
 

ASEACCU FORMALLY WELCOMES DLSAU AS MEMBER INSTITUTION


August 2018

The Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities formally welcomed De La Salle Araneta University as member institution last September 2. Our university’s acceptance to ASEACCU was conveyed through a letter sent by its Executive Secretary, University of Santo Tomas Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P.

The university’s membership in ASEACCU aims to strengthen its linkages and expand its network with other higher education institutions in the region, and widen collaborative and partnership activities for its administrators, faculty, and students. With its acceptance to the association, our university becomes the fifth Lasallian ASEACCU member institution in the Philippines—joining De La Salle University, De La Salle–College of Saint Benilde, De La Salle University–Dasmariñas, and De La Salle Lipa.

 
 

DLSAU ALUMNA RANKS 7th IN AUGUST 2018 VETERINARY MEDICINE LICENSURE EXAMINATION


August 2018

Dr. Karina Altea Bernert, one of our Doctor of Veterinary Medicine alumni, placed 7th in the August 2018 Veterinarian Medicine Licensure Examination. Dr. Bernert led 54 other successful test takers from our university and is among the 455 who passed out of the 950 who took the examinations this month.

Our new Lasallian veterinarians are Marie Antoinette Abad, David Aldaya, Nanette Micah Alonzo, Dwight Amparo, Rystelle Joyce Argana, Chris Martin Bain, Joe Vincent Barbosa, Nicole Rigel Bautista, Aldrich Bencito, Karina Bernert, Angelbert Bondoc, Karla Bundalian, Johanna Marie Burce, Joan Capuno, Getafe Cartas, Kevin Chan, Bridget Co, Juan Rodrigo Colegado, Luc Jesse Coma, Jonathan Comanda, Ma Erika De Hitta, Charlie Delavin, Jovanito Ellema, Lea Meeka Fernando, Jean Bernadette Garcia, Ralph Niño Lapuz, Lester Lava, Jacob Lee, Joan Lumabiang, Paula Reeva Macabare, Oscar Anthony Macenas, John Christopher Mangalus, Philip Augustus Maristela, Darvin John Navera, Josef Troy Oliva, Marynade Orgaya, Benedict Pamintuan II, Miguel Franco Pañgan, Karen Claire Patdu, Princess Charmaine Peñano, Marinelle Perez, Jan Christian Rey-Matias, Felissa Erika Romerde, Lloyd Benedict Rosario, Mary Mylene Selisana, Simasheni Sivam, Simon Daniel Suyo, Brian Marlo Taguilaso, Alfie Tamesis, Goldie Liza Tanglao, Christian Jemuel Tatel, Roland Edward Timpug, Joannalyn Torres, and Marz Angelo Wisco.

A testimonial and recognition program for the board passers and their families is being planned this month.

 
 

DLSAU BED STUDENTS BAG TOP PRIZES IN THE MALABON CITY DIVISION SCHOOLS PRESS CONFERENCE 2018


August 25, 2018

Our Basic Education Department students brought home a couple of major awards from the Malabon City Division Schools Press Conference and Contest 2018 last August 18 and 25 at Malabon Elementary School.

For the English Category, our students placed in the following:

Secondary Level:
1st Place Science Writing | Gaevielli Prevosa Grade 9-Galatians
1st Place News Writing | Arabella Resado Grade 10-Br. Paternus
3rd Place Copyreading and Headline Writing | Denisse P. Morelos 10-Br. Paternus
4th Place Feature Writing | Reign Jazmine Almazan 10-Br. Paternus
4th Place Editorial Cartooning | Angela Beatrice Q. Magcanta 10-Br. Paternus
6th Place Editorial Writing | Ira Neiel Diokno 10-Br. Xavier
6th Place Sports Writing | Julianna Angeles 10-Br. Xavier

Elementary Level:
1st Place Editorial Writing | Lara Victoria B. Cornelio 6-Br. Janos
1st Place Column Writing | Mirabel Rhiannon C. Ollet 6-Br. Berthwin
2nd Place News Writing | Mishia Anjeline L. Angeles 6-Br. Berthwin
4th Feature Writing | Trishia Andrea N. Lipat 6-Br. Berthwin

The group was also awarded as First Runner-Up in the Individual Contest Category.

For the Filipino Category, our students placed in the following:

Sekundarya:
9th Place Pagkuha ng Larawan | Alejandro Ventura
7th Place Pagsulat ng Balita | Tobias Simon De Leon
7th Place Pagsulat ng Balitang Editoryal HS | Rhaen Elline Litan
10th Place Pagsulat ng Balitang Isports | Kim Magno
9th Place Pagsulat ng balitang Agham | Rania Roxas
9th Place Pagsulat ng Lathalain | Faith Queenie Mallari

Elementarya:
1st Place Pagsulat ng Balitang Editoryal GS | Kate Hilary Colinares
7th Place Pagsulat ng Balitang Isports GS | Kimberly Kate Gonzaga
8th Place Pagguhit ng Kartung editorial GS | Joanna Patricia Sarabia

 
 

DLSAU DVM STUDENT PARTICIPATES IN GLOBAL HANMA 2018


August 23, 2018

Ms. Elena Sarmiento, one of our Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students, participated in Global Hanma 2018, a Korean language and cultural program, that was mostly held at Kyungnam University from August 6–23. Seventy-nine participants from nine countries—Taiwan, Japan, Germany, United States of America, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, and the Philippines—joined the program that aimed to educate students on the culture of Korea, as well as build friendships and associations among participants from other cultures and countries.

Participants in the program were taught Korean language, Korean fan making, Sa-mul-no-li (Korean percussion instruments), Korean K-pop dances, Taekwondo, and exposed to Korean foods, Korean costumes, tea tasting, and Korean films. They were also sent to field trips to Seoul, to a soju factory, and to a Korean professional baseball game.

Reflecting on her experience, Ms. Sarmiento stated that her participation in the program helped her gain a deeper understanding of cultural differences, taught her how to read and write in Korean, led her to build friendships with fellow participants, and also made her feel more independent.

 
 

JOINT BASIC AND TERTIARY EDUCATION COMMISSION MEETING


August 16-17, 2018

The university hosted the Joint Basic and Tertiary Education Commission Meeting last August 16–17, an event that convened the Basic Education Commission (BEC) and Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) to explore ways to synergize De La Salle Philippines’s (DLSP) network-wide projects. Discussions revolved around the many ways to empower instructional leaders in various aspects of school governance.

The first day featured four sessions that were attended by both BEC members, led by BEC Chairperson Mr. Ramelle Javier, and TEC members, led by TEC Chairperson Dr. Olive Legaspi. Session 1 focused on Mental Health Awareness; Session 2 discussed the BEC Action Plan, the TEC initiatives in support of BEC, and the DLSU ConnectED Program with Lasallian 101; Session 3 highlighted the programs/projects that DLSP, BEC, and TEC can work on; and Session 4 concentrated on DLSP initiatives and partnership-strengthening programs with Metrobank Foundation, as well as the upcoming World Congress for Lasallian Education.

The second day had parallel sessions of the BEC’s Principals’ Forum and the TEC’s Forum on Internationalization. The Principals’ Forum, held at The Forum, discussed strategic action plans for the next three years, BEC’s ongoing projects and upcoming activities, and professional development programs for principles based on their expressed needs. The Forum on Internationalization, held at the President’s Conference Room, focused on benchmarking with De La Salle University and De La Salle–College of Saint Benilde on their internationalization programs and practices, and on the ways that other Lasallian institutions can help each other in the establishment of similar programs and practices.

The two day-event was participated in by over 60 administrators from other La Salle schools.

 
 

SEPARATION OF CHURCH & STATE EDUCATIONAL FORUM


August 9, 2018

Last August 9, the Philippine History and Constitution with Human Rights Education class under Mr. John Paul Samonte organized an educational forum entitled Separation of Church and State: Duterte in Focus at the Rizal Hall. The forum focused on remarks made by President Duterte against the Catholic Church that were deemed by many to have serious implications on the issue of the separation of Church and state—a matter highlighted in the 1987 Philippine Constitution.

Three guest speakers—Atty. Fortune Guerrero of the Presidential Anti-Smuggling Task Force, Rev. Fr. Raymond Tapia of the St. Therese of the Child Jesus Parish, and Mr. Geraldino Loyola of the Redemptorist (Baclaran) Church—were invited to discuss the religious, legal, and sociopolitcal aspects of the issue. They also weighed in on the questions posed by the forum’s attendees.

 
 

MOA SIGNING WITH DR. SOETOMO UNIVERSITY


August 8, 2018

A Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) between Dr. Soetomo Univeristy and our university was signed last August 8 at the university’s President’s Conference Room. The MoA signing was the highlight of the visit of Dr. Soetomo University Rector Dr. Bachrul Amig and Research and Publications Director Mr. Daniel Susilo to the university and its Salikneta Farm campus in Bulacan. Dr. Soetomo University, founded in 1981, is a private higher education institution located in Surabaya, East Java.

 
 

DLSAU HOSTS PICPA NMMC DAY 2018


August 1, 2018

De La Salle Araneta University (DLSAU) hosted the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants– Northern Metro Manila Chapter (PICPA–NMMC) Day last August 1 at the university’s Institutional Activity Center. The event featured a seminar in the morning and a quiz bee entitled Pautakan in the afternoon.

The seminar, entitled Philippine Financial Reporting Standards for Small-and Medium-Sized Entities, was facilitated by PICPA–NMMC’s current Professional Development Co-Chair Mr. Mark Chito Fajiculay, CPA, MBA. At the quiz bee, where 14 groups from seven schools in the CaMaNaVa area vied for the 7th NMMC Cup Championship Title, DLSAU students placed 2nd behind the team from the University of Caloocan City–Camarin.

One of the most significant outcomes of the event was the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) between DLSAU and PICPA–NMMC at the university’s President’s Conference Room. The MoA, which will be valid from July 2018 to July 2021, aims to establish professional development initiatives for DLSAU BS Accountancy faculty and students, as well as PICPA–NMMC members.

PICPA–NMMC is one of the 88 chapters of the PICPA—a non-stock, non-profit organization with over 200 000 members around the country.

 
 

DLSAU RECEIVES RECOGNITIONS FROM PRC AND DLSP


July 2018

Our university received two recognitions in the past two months for its support of the advocacies of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and De La Salle Philippines (DLSP).

The university received a Diploma of Service Award from the PRC last July 27 at the PRC Tower in Mandaluyong City, for its “noble contribution to the advocacy and mission of saving lives through blood donations”. Mr. Gabriel Gaela, Head of the Lasallian Mission and Formation Office (LMFO), received the recognition on behalf of the university.

For its contribution to the Marawi 2.0: Pakapipiya Ka! We Are One Project, the university was recognized by DLSP last August 24 at La Salle Green Hills. For the said initiative, the university community was able to raise P27 000 which was wired to La Salle Academy Iligan last school year. Dr. Marie Allison Parpan, Vice Chancellor for Students and Mission, and Mr. Gaela received the recognition on behalf of the university.

 
 

MS. PEDRACIO IS OUTSTANDING UNESCO CLUB EDUCATOR 2018 AWARDEE


July 31, 2018

Ms. Alicia Pedracio, our Night College Program Chair, has been chosen as one of the Outstanding United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Club Educators for 2018. Ms. Pedracio’s selection was conveyed through a letter that she received from the National Association of UNESCO Clubs in the Philippines Chairman Dr. Serafin A. Arviola, Jr. last July 31.

Ms. Pedracio is the adviser of the Junior Lasallian Volunteers (JLV), a student organization from our Basic Education Department that was recognized by NAUCP last year as an Outstanding UNESCO Club. Her work with JLV was deemed as an invaluable contribution to the attainment of UNESCO’s goal and the Sustainable Development Goal of Education for All.

Ms. Pedracio is set to attend the awarding ceremonies on September 8 at the International Assembly of Youth for UNESCO Closing Program in Quezon City.

 
 

MOU WITH CHUNGBUK PROVINCIAL COLLEGE


July 23, 2018

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the university and Chungbuk Provincial College last July 23 at the President’s Conference Room of De La Salle Araneta University. Chungbuk Provincial College was represented by President Dr. Byeong-Yong Gong, International Cooperation Center Director Dr. Jae Hwang, and Planning and Cooperation Division Director Mr. Sang-Jun Bae.

Chungbuk Provincial College is a university in Okcheon Country in North Chungcheong Province, South Korea.

 
 

DLSAU ALUMNA PLACES 3RD IN JUNE 2018 AGRICULTURE LICENSURE EXAMINATION


July 20, 2018

Seventeen of our graduates from Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Accountancy successfully passed the March 2018 Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) and the May 2018 Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination (CPALE). Four of our graduates were among the 13 774 new elementary teachers (out of 58 323 examinees), eleven were among the 22 936 new secondary teachers (out of 76 673 examinees), and two were among the 2 843 new accountants (out of 9 830 examinees). The results for the March 2018 LET were released last May 23, whereas the results for the CPALE were released last May 28.

Last June 7, a testimonial and recognition program was held at The Forum, where all seventeen of our board passers and their families were in attendance. Our new elementary teachers are Adoralyn Consigna, Aivory Hular, Aurzelle Joy Mauricio, and Jerome Pagsanjan. Our new secondary teachers are Arman Joseph Adina, Hanahjean Avino, Kenn Badoy, Maria Concepcion Dela Cruz, Arlene Duran, Gerald Kristopher Ebina, Shania Denise Gonzaga, Andrea Guison, Malene Naluz, Jerica Mae Setera, and Jasmine Kaye Vasquez. Our new accountants are Erika Jones Pataueg and Erwin Valle.

The program was preceded by a Thanksgiving Mass that was celebrated by Fr. Arnold Tan at the University Chapel.

Last July 20, a testimonial and recognition program was held for the board passers and their families. During the program, President Dr. Santos applauded the graduates for their remarkable achievement, and also thanked their parents for their continued support and trust in the university.

 
 

CVMAS FACULTY-SCHOLARS AT CBNU PRESENT AT 37th ASV ANNUAL MEETING


July 18, 2018

Dr. Khristine Kaith S. Lloren and Dr. Norbert John C. Robles—our College of Veterinary Medicine and Agricultural Sciences faculty who are presently attending Chungbuk National University for their Master’s degree in Microbiology—recently presented their papers in the 37th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Virology (ASV) last July 14–18 at the University of Maryland, College Park.

The annual scientific meeting aims to provide a venue for discussion and collaboration among virologists from around the world. Dr. Lloren presented her co-authored paper entitled In vitro and vivo characterization of neuraminidase substitutions identified from screening of laninamivir-resistant influenza A(H1N1)pdm09, whereas Dr. Robles presented his co-authored paper entitled Molecular genomic characterization of tick and human-derived severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome virus isolates from South Korea.

The ASV, founded in 1981, is the first scientific society in the world dedicated exclusively to virology.

 
 

DLSAU-MFI SCHOOL OF TVET & ICT INAUGURATION


July 12, 2018

The DLSAU-MFI School of Technical Vocational Education and Training–Information and Communication Technology (TVET & ICT) was formally inaugurated last July 12. The event was attended by former Senator Jun Magsaysay, Malabon Mayor Antolin A. Oreta III, Department of Education Malabon School Division Superintendent Helen Grace Go, Technical Educational and Skills Development Authority–CaMaNaVA District Director Mariflor R. Liwanag, MFI Polytechnic Institute, Inc. (MFI) Chair and President Dr. Jose S. Sandejas, and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Antonio M. Kosca Jr.

MFI—formerly MFI Foundation, Inc.—is a provider of career-oriented and technology-relation education services and programs for more than 40 years. In November of last year, a MOA was signed between our university and MFI which establishes a co-branding partnership to provide and offer TVET-ICT programs to young people and working professionals in the CaMaNaVa area.

 
 

GRADE 12 HUMSS STUDENT PRATICIPATES IN GENFEST 2018


July 8, 2018

Di-an Thrista Bien, a Grade 12 HUMSS student, represented the university in the GenFest 2018: Beyond All Borders summit last July 6–8 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. The three-day international youth summit aims to foster bridges of fraternity and contribute to breaking barriers of indifference, prejudice, and egoism among the youth to help them change the world.

The first day was highlighted by a cultural night, where youth from participating countries showcased their talents and different forms of performing arts. The second day featured fora and seminars on media and communication topics to help foster greater understanding and camaraderie among the participants. The third day featured a send-off mass celebrated by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, together with the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Gabriele Caccia and other priests.

GenFest, established in 1973, is the brainchild of Chiara Lubich, the foundress of Focolare Movement—an international organization founded in 1943 to promote ideals of unity and universal brotherhood.

 
 

DR. BJORN SANTOS IS CHIEF GUEST AT ICCT 2018 INAUGURATION


July 7, 2018

President Dr. Bjorn Santos was invited as the chief guest for the inauguration of the International Conference on Convergence Technology 2018 (ICCT 2018) that was held last July 4–7 at the Jeju National University in South Korea. His invitation marks the first time that De La Salle Araneta University participated in the said conference since its inception in 2010.

The ICCT is an annual convention that provides an opportunity for students, researchers, and practitioners of information technology, culture technology, bioscience and medical technology, telecommunications technology, mechanical technology, and nursing technology from all over the world to share and present their latest research on convergence technology applications, developments, experiences, and evaluation.

 
 

DR. SEPEDA AND DR. AGUJA ARE GUESTS OF HONOR AT 8TH IPRRFSS 2018


July 6, 2018

Last July 3–6, Vice Chancellor for Academics and Research Dr. Bernardo Sepeda and Graduate Studies Vice Dean Dr. Socorro Aguja attended as guests of honor at the 8th International Postgraduate Roundtable and Research Forum cum Summer School 2018 (8th IPRRFSS 2018) held at the Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK).

The conference aims to provide postgraduate students from all disciplines with a venue to collaborate, to present their work, and to work with people from different cultures and communities. This year, the Philippines was represented by Graduate Studies students from De La Salle University, Philippine Normal University, and from our university. During the conference, three of our graduate students presented their papers—one of whom, PhD Educational Management student Mr. Rex Lor, was cited with an Outstanding Paper Award for his paper entitled Design Thinking in Education: A Critical Review of Literature.

As a side event, Dr. Sepeda and Dr. Aguja met with Prof. Sing Kai Lo, the Dean of the EdUHK Graduate School for possible collaboration on research and faculty, and graduate student exchange activities. Furthermore, Dr. Sepeda met with Dr. John Lee Chi-kin, the EdUHK Vice President for Academics and concurrent Director of the Center for Spiritualty and Religious Studies and his staff for potential partnership in research and training on spirituality, values and religious studies between our universities.

On July 5, Dr. Sepeda paid a courtesy visit to Br. Dodo Fernandez, FSC, Brother Visitor, at the Provincialate of the Lasallian East Asia District in La Salle College, Hong Kong.

 
 

LASALLIAN LANGUAGE CENTER GRADUATION CEREMONIES


June 8, 2018

Seventy-three students from nine South Korean universities graduated from the Lasallian Language Center on June 8 at the Osmeña Hall. The students, who attended the 15-week English course from February – June 2018, came from the following universities: Kyungnam University, Kongju National University, Gyeongsang National University, Cheongju University, Chungwoon University, Changwon National University, Yong In University, Chungbuk National University, and Dankook University.

University Chancellor Mr. Christopher Polanco was the guest speaker for the ceremony.

 
 

NEW LASALLIAN TEACHERS AND ACCOUNTANTS 2018


June 7, 2018

Seventeen of our graduates from Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Accountancy successfully passed the March 2018 Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) and the May 2018 Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination (CPALE). Four of our graduates were among the 13 774 new elementary teachers (out of 58 323 examinees), eleven were among the 22 936 new secondary teachers (out of 76 673 examinees), and two were among the 2 843 new accountants (out of 9 830 examinees). The results for the March 2018 LET were released last May 23, whereas the results for the CPALE were released last May 28.

Last June 7, a testimonial and recognition program was held at The Forum, where all seventeen of our board passers and their families were in attendance. Our new elementary teachers are Adoralyn Consigna, Aivory Hular, Aurzelle Joy Mauricio, and Jerome Pagsanjan. Our new secondary teachers are Arman Joseph Adina, Hanahjean Avino, Kenn Badoy, Maria Concepcion Dela Cruz, Arlene Duran, Gerald Kristopher Ebina, Shania Denise Gonzaga, Andrea Guison, Malene Naluz, Jerica Mae Setera, and Jasmine Kaye Vasquez. Our new accountants are Erika Jones Pataueg and Erwin Valle.

The program was preceded by a Thanksgiving Mass that was celebrated by Fr. Arnold Tan at the University Chapel.

 
 

BASIC EDUCATION DEPARTMENT RECEIVES PAASCU LEVEL II ACCREDITATION


June 1, 2018

Our Basic Education Department received a Level II Accreditation from the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU), after applying for a second formal resurvey visit this year. The accreditation results, released last June 1, have a validity of five (5) years.

DLSAU BED first received a Level I accreditation from PAASCU in 2015, the validity of which ended in May of this year. Since then, the department has undergone significant changes in curricula, instruction, and infrastructure that has massively improved its teaching and learning environment for its faculty and students.

A PAASCU Level II accreditation grants full administrative deregulation, financial deregulation in terms of tuition and other fees and charges setting, authority to revise the curriculum without approval from the Commission of Higher Education, and authority to graduate students from accredited courses or programs of study, among others.

 
 

ECCRI’S MR. BANAGUAS IS NEW COUNTRY REPRESENTATIVE TO THE UNCCD


Mr. Glenn Banaguas, Founder and Executive Director of the De La Salle Araneta University–Environmental and Climate Change Research Institute (DLSAU-ECCRI), has been appointed as the Country Representative/Consultant of the Philippines to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

As country representative, Mr. Banaguas’s tasks include resilience building, biodiversity conservation, combating land desertification, and climate resilient forest management—all with the end goal of achieving Land Degradation Neutrality in the Philippines and in the ASEAN Region.

UNCCD is one of the 1992 Rio Earth Conventions, together with the Convention on Biological Diversity and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Its main headquarters is in Bonn, Germany.

 
 

DLSAU SERENATA PERFORMS IN JAKE ZYRUS’S MUSIC & ME CONCERT


May 25, 2018

The De La Salle Araneta University Serenata choir performed in Jake Zyrus’s concert last May 25 at the Skydome of SM City North EDSA, Quezon City. Entitled Jake Zyrus: Music & Me, the concert featured Kyla, Jessica Sanchez, and Inigo Pascual as other special guests.>

The show, Jake Zyrus’s second major offering after his sold-out debut concert “I Am Jake Zyrus”, talked about his journey after transitioning to a different persona in 2017. The concert also serves as a birthday celebration to express his gratitude to everyone who stood by him amid personal and professional hardships throughout the past few years.

 
 

TWO CBMA FACULTY RECEIVE FSCO CERTIFICATION


May 16, 2018

Two administrators from the College of Business, Management, and Accountancy—Ms. Maria Theresa Bernabe, Program Chair for Tourism Management, and Ms. Jinky Macatulad, Coordinator for Technical-Vocational Education—recently received a Food Safety Compliance Officer (FSCO) certification from the Food Safety and Hygiene Academy of the Philippines (FoodSHAP®, Inc). Ms. Bernabe and Ms. Macatulad took the examination after attending the three-day FSCO training that was held in the university last May 14-16 from the same accrediting agency.

An FSCO certification, recognized by the Department of Health, allows one to oversee the implementation of food safety programs and activities of food businesses according to the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the 2013 Food Safety Act.

 
 

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.

 
 

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 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.

 
 

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


MARCH 13

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


MARCH 11

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


MARCH 06

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


MARCH 05

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


MARCH 02

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


MARCH 01

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


FEBRUARY 27

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


FEBRUARY 18

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


FEBRUARY 9

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


FEBRUARY 8


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


FEBRUARY 2


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


JANUARY 31


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


JANUARY 27


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.

 
 

ACCOLADE 2018


JANUARY 26


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


JANUARY 25


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


JANUARY 15


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.


JANUARY 11


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


JANUARY 09


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


JANUARY 2018


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


DECEMBER 22


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


DECEMBER 19

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


DECEMBER 16


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


DECEMBER 16


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


DECEMBER 14


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


DECEMBER 14

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


DECEMBER 15


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


DECEMBER 14


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


DECEMBER 12


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


DECEMBER 09


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


DECEMBER 08

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


DECEMBER 06


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.


NOVEMBER 28


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.