CBA Reps Win in National Congress Quiz Bee

University of the Assumption Business Administration students proved their competence as they snatched top places during the “4 th A-Best National Congress” held in Baguio City, March 3-5, 2017.

The congress is an annual event hosted by the Alliance of Business Educators and Students of the Philippines (A-Best).

Tricia Lien Delos Reyes was the champion in the A-BEST Quiz Individual Category-Marketing, besting the participants from different universities and colleges nationwide.

Meanwhile in the A-BEST Quiz Group category, Team UA emerged as the second runner up with De La Salle-Lipa and De La Salle University-Dasmarinas, champion and first runner up respectively. Team UA was composed of Raezel Mae Mallari, Sherika de Jesus, Nicole Ann Loi Romero, and Tricia Lien delos Reyes.

College of Business Administration Dean Winefrida Torres was jubilant that BA students shone in the competition. She said, “we are very proud of our students for participating well and for their outstanding performances during the competition which led them to outdo the other equally competent students in the congress.”

A-BEST is an association of professors, teachers and students in all fields of businesswhich aims “to maintain a sustainable allied professional association of educators and students in the Philippines that consistently cultivates and promotes quality and ethical business education”.

AB Comm Films Honored in 12th Mise-en-Scene Awards Night

Glitz and glamour filled SM Pampanga’s event center asthe University of the Assumption AB Communication students, alumni, faculty members and guests arrived all dressed in their alluring gowns and suits during the Awards Night of the “12 th Mise-En- Scene Documentary and Short Film Festival” held on March 6.

With the theme “Perfection of Creativity”, the twelfth year of the film festival was a showcase of excellence. Only twelve, out of twenty-oneentries, qualified to compete after undergoing screening and evaluation.

“For this year’s fest, the students were challenged to be more imaginative and creative in presenting their stories through film,” said Precious Eunice Canlas, Mass Communication Students Association president. She also said that they made sure that the films catered to different types of audiences.

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Bumisitawas adjudged as the Best Original Story, Best Editing, 2 nd Best Picture, and Best Short Film titles. Its director, TheriesMagbag, was hailed as the Best Director. Meanwhile, Balu Cu Naman, a sequel to last year’s EdaBalu, earned four recognitions: Best Screenplay, Best Picture and 2 nd Best Short Film. The director of the film, Angela Yusi, was the recipient of the prestigious Brilliante Mendoza Award.

Here is a complete list of the awarded films and personalities:

  • Best Original Story: Bumisita
  • Best in Production Design: Paninap
  • Best Musical Score: Pulandit
  • Best Editing: Bumisita
  • Best Movie Theme Song: Iska
  • Best Screenplay: Balu Cu Naman
  • Best Cinematography: Pisabyan
  • Best Supporting Actor: YajedRamleyYusi (Balu Cu Naman)
  • Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Manliclic (4 th Horseman)
  • Best Director: TheriesMagbag
  • Best Actor: John Nicole Buenafe
  • Best Actress: Lorraine Villanueva (Ana Iskitso)
  • Viewers choice: Oksi
  • Box Office Award: Oksi
  • 3rd Best Picture: 4th Horseman
  • 2nd Best Picture: Bumisita
  • Best Picture: Balu Cu Naman
  • 3rd Best Short Film: 4th Horseman
  • 2nd Best Short Film: Balu Cu Naman
  • Best Short Film: Bumisita
  • Brilliante Mendoza Award: Balu Cu Naman (directed by: Angela Yusi)
  • Over-all Champion Award: Exemplary Class

The filmfest had its premiere screening at the SM Pampanga Cinema 3 on February 23, 2017 and a three-day regular screening from February 28 to March 2 at the University auditorium.

Mise-En-Scene Documentary and Short Film Festival is an annual event of the Mass Communication Students Association which started in 2005. It served as an arena for students to put into practice the theories and elements of film making they have learned.

UA CCSIT Students Are 1st Runner-Up in Programming Tilt

Tristan Buan and John Gabriel Urbano bagged the 1 st runner-up prize during the Hackathon Web Programming Competition held at Wesleyan University Philippines on February 3, 2017. Buan and Urbano are fourth year students of Bachelor of Science in Information Technology in the University of the Assumption.

According to Dr. Joey Suba, dean of the College of Computing Sciences and Information Technology (CCSIT), the competition is a good arena to train and expose the students’ capabilities in programming and web developing. “We want to make them more adept especially in dynamic web developing so that they are better prepared for work after their graduation,” he said.

The competition, organized by the Philippine Society of Information Technology Educators, was part of the International Research Conference on Information Technology Education (RCITE) 2017. It was attended by students and teachers from twenty five (25) schools and industry practitioners from various parts of the country.

Meanwhile, the following research papers by CCSIT students were also accepted for research poster presentations:

  1. “SoilMos: A Soil Moisture Monitoring System with SMS Update and Triggered Watering Device for Gardens” by Neca Rose Valdez, Allan Joshua Bulaon, Kelvin Gomez and Maribeth Rivera
  2. “Kultura: An Educational, PC-Based 3D Role Playing Game for Enhancing Problem Solving and Strategy with respect to Filipino History and Values” by:  _________ Oronce, Maribeth Rivera and Marren Christian Valencia
  3. “OMetrics: An Online Data Analytics System with Predictive Capability for à La Crème Cafe Bistro Cakeshop” by Ivan Gonzales, Eugine Pineda, Karl Renzo Sagum, John Gabriel Urbano and Maribeth Rivera

UA BS Tourism Management Students Run Colorful Run

In line withoutcome-based education (OBE) model, which is currently being used in all academic programs to ensure the preparedness of UA students to global jobs in the 21 st century, students of Events Management course are required to organize, at least, one major activity to enhance their proficiency.

One such event was the Color Coalition 2017 on February 4, 2017 at Beverly Place Commercial Center in Mexico, Pampanga.BS Tourism Management 3B class organized and managed the event.

Students used social media to promote Color Coalition which proved to be a cheap way to reach out to many prospective runners. According to JeninahLazaro, student manager, they were expecting that the participants will come from the UA community. “After we uploaded the promotions and ads on the internet, we were surprised at the response we received.”Runners came from Guagua, San Fernando, Mexico and nearby places, including students from different schools.

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“Organizing the Color Coalition 2017 was a good way for us (BSTM students) to discover our potentials and realize that while we are still studying, we can also excel in managing events,” explained Lazaro. She added that it was, as well, an effective means to promote UA and show the versatility of its students even as she thanked her classmates for their commitment.

Medals and cash prizes were awarded to the top finishers.

Registrar Releases List of Honor Students for First Sem of SY2016-2017

The list of academic honorees for the first semester of School Year 2016-2017 was released today by the Office of the University Registrar (OUR). It is composed of 35 President’s Listers and 168 Deans’ Listers.

The President’s Listers garnered general weighted average grade of 93% or higher with no grade lower than 89% in any course and the Dean’s Listers general weighted average grade is 89% to 92% with no grade lower than 85% in any course.

The College of Education has the most number of President’s Listers numbering at 14 while the College of Accountancy has 41 Dean’s Listers.

Ms. Racquel M. Patawaran got the highest GWA of 96.61% among the President’s Listers. She is a third year Bachelor of Elementary Education student. Meanwhile, Ms. Sherika E. de Jesus topped the Dean’s List with a GWA of 94.5%. She is taking up Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with major in Marketing Management.

Awarding of the academic honorees will be on January 27 at 8:00AM in the University Chapel.

To view the complete list, please click the links below:

  1. President’s Listers
  2. Deans’ Listers

UA Wound-Cleaning Prototype Receives Funding from DOST

A research project by the University of the Assumption was funded and approved for development by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (PCHRD- DOST).

Entitled “Prototype development in the irrigation, drainage and drying of wounds”, the research project was a collaborative work of the College of Nursing (CON) and College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA). The authors are Dr. Emmanuel Bagtas, Dean Anele Mallari, Ms. Cherry Lazatin, Engineer Joselito Rosario, Engineer Eugene Borbajo, Engineer Marvin Mallari, Architect Edrian Sitchon, and Dr. Neil Tangquilut, a veterinarian.

“We have submitted a proposal (to PCHRD) and it was reviewed by a council for funding. Then after one or two revisions, our proposal was accepted to be funded,” explained Dr. Emmanuel Bagtas, the Researcher for Academics and clinical instructor from the College of Nursing.

The research was also included in the Priority Areas of Hospital Equipment and Biomedical Devices of the PCHRD-DOST Health Research Agenda. Its main significance is to develop a reasonably-priced, sterile and reliable hospital device.

Once developed, the wound cleaning device is planned to be applied for patent according to Bagtas. More so, the proponents are hoping that the project will be commercially available for it will not only benefit them but also the University, as well as patients and medical practitioners.

The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) is one of the three sectoral councils of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). It is a forward-looking, partnership-based national body responsible for coordinating and monitoring research activities in the country.

UA Teachers Surpassed National Passing Rates in Sept. 2016 LET

University of the Assumption takes prideof the new teachers who passed the September 2016 Licensure Examination (LET). UA has attained an overall passing rate of 46.43% for elementary level and 43.94% for the secondary-level teachers; both surpassing the national passing rates. Among the elementary-level first-timers, 78.57% passed while 64.44% secondary-level first-time takers passed the board exam.

“We are very happy because for the past five consecutive years, we were always above the national passing rate,” said Dr. Dexter Balajadia, dean of the College of Education.

Dean Balajadia also shared that even before graduation, students are prepared for the board examination through free reviews and exam simulation exercises. “We prepare our students and motivate them especially on the psychological (aspect),” added Balajadia.

He mentioned that the department does not have any problem regarding the employment of the recent LET passers since even before graduation, most of the them have been accepted in different institutions.

“I could expect more because I know their capabilities, I know their potentials and they could achieve more from what they have started.”

Among the September 2016 LET passers are:

Batch 2016

  1. BALAIS, KAREN THEA MANASAN
  2. BALATBAT, JENNIFER LAXA
  3. BELTRAN, PATRICIA ANNE LANSANGAN
  4. BONDOC, IAN ONOFRE
  5. CATAP, ALYANA DUNGO
  6. CONCEPCION, DONABELLE SEMBRANO
  7. CUNANAN, RICKA CATE TULLAO
  8. DE GUZMAN, RAISSA ROMINA DEL ROSARIO
  9. DIZON, TWINKLE JASM RIVERA –
  10. FABIAN, MADEL PINEDA –
  11. FAJARDO, FROLINE CANLAS –
  12. GALANG, KRISHA BELASA
  13. GARCIA, JOSEPH NIKKO AGUILAR
  14. GUINTO, RICA TORNO
  15. GUINTU, IVY MARIE VIELLE GOMEZ
  16. JAIME, IRAH SALAC
  17. LORENZO, ROSEANNE REYES
  18. MAGAT, ANN DOMINIQUE VENASQUEZ
  19. MALANG, DIANE MAGDALENE
  20. MANALILI, JONATHAN DIZON
  21. MANDANI, KIM PAUL MANALANG
  22. MARTIN, MARICRIS LALU –
  23. PANLAQUI, LORENELLA KIM BALAJADIA
  24. PINEDA, DINAHLYN DAVID –
  25. PINEDA, MARA CLARA FATIMA ROSALES –
  26. PASADAS JR., CARLOS ODIADA
  27. PUNZALAN, IDA MARIE INTAL
  28. RIVERA, FRANCIS DUNGO
  29. SICAT, MARY GRACE PALMA
  30. SUBA, JOAN COLOMA
  31. SUPAN, CATHERINE MAE MIRANDA
  32. VILLANUEVA, IDELLE JEHAN
  33. YANGO, SHANEN PABUSTAN
  34. ZAPATA, JESSICA CANLAS

From other batches:

  1. BATO, JENINE FAUSTINA DELA CRUZ (2015)
  2. FLORES, CINDY BARSATAN (2014)

UA CCSIT Qualifies for Championship in Web Programming Tilt

Students of University of the Assumption College of Computing Sciences and Information Technology (UA CCSIT) qualified to the championship round of Toro Inter-school IT Elite Challenge after winning in the qualifying round held at the UA Domus Mariae Coffee Shop on November 29.

Tristan Buan (BSIT 4) and Juan Franco (BSIT 3) outdid the representatives of other colleges and universities in the province in the Elite Back-end web developing category which qualifies them to compete in the finals.

Meanwhile, among the UA BSIT students who participated in the Elite Front-end category were John Gabriel Urbano, Pamela Toledo, Ivan Gonzales, Josef Sulit, Christian Jasper Macalino and Chrystelle Louis Jean Marido.

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Dr. Joey Suba, CCSIT Dean said that the competition was an amazing experience for the students especially “when it comes to learning the techniques, strategies applied in web development and troubleshooting the machine problems that they (students) encountered,” for it exposes them to the actual industry-driven programming challenges. He also said that it is a good exposure as it prepares them to employment opportunities.

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For the championship, Dean Suba said that they will have an intensive review. “I, as the coach along with the co-coach, Mr. Lester Loyola will intensify the training of the students,” he said.

The Toro Inter-school IT Elite Challenge championship will be joined by thirty-five schools from Central Luzon with two hundred twenty-two participating teams.

UA CHRM Bested Competitors in Cook Off

The University of the Assumption College of Hotel and Restaurant Management (CHRM) brought home the bacon during the “Big Bite: The Northern Food Festival 2016” culinary contest held at Marquee Mall, Angeles City on November 11-13. The event aimed to promote the various flavors of Northern Philippines while showcasing the culinary skills of the contestants.

UA-CHRM representatives were Lucia Villar, Pamela Pangan, Richard Lance Pituc, and Patrick Garret Tayag with their coaches Ms. Jovie Bondoc and Chef Fatima Garcia.

According to Chef Garcia, the hardwork and sleepless nights of the students in preparing for the cook-off really paid off in the end for they were able to emerge as winners even though it was their first time to join.

During the competition, culinary challenges were presented including incorporating in the dishes the mystery ingredients composed of chocolate, coffee, salted egg, tamarind, and turmeric which were revealed only before the preparation of the dishes.

Among the other competitors were students from different universities, colleges and culinary schools in Pampanga.

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Day 1: SALTED EGG CHICKEN WITH BUTTERED ROOT VEGETABLES AND MANGO SALSA

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Day 2: COFFEE BRAISED BEEF SERVED WTH RATATOUILLE

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Day 3

Appetizer:

TUNA TARTAR WITH MIX GREENS IN ORANGE TURMERIC VINAIGRETTE

Main Entrée:

BEEF RENDANG WITH SWEET AND SOUR SALAD AND MANGO CHUTNEY

Desserts:

TRIO OF TURMERIC:

PUMPKIN TURMERIC CHEESECAKE

CARAMELIZED TURMERIC BANANA AND MANGO

DARK CHOCOLATE TURMERIC MOUSSE

By: Shawn Carlo B. Juico

CEA Partners with SACOP for Structural Project

A memorandum of agreement (MoA) was signed between University of the Assumption College of Engineering and Architecture (UA-CEA) and Social Action Center of Pampanga (SACOP) on August 26, 2016 for collaboration on social development projects.

Under the agreement, CEA faculty of engineers and architects will provide assistance in evaluating SACOP’s low-cost housing project for the poor in Magalang, Pampanga.

The agreement is part of the existing memorandum of understanding (MoU) between UA and SACOP to strengthen ties in the areas of research, development and extension services.

Read: UA and SACOP sign Memorandum of Understanding

In the MoA, CEA will assume the “producer of research” role in support of the social development program of the archdiocese. The researches and evaluation findings will serve as baseline information that will be used by SACOP for decision-making, planning and reforms.

Part also of the agreement is SACOP’s accommodation of CEA students as trainees in the construction project where they could apply and practice the theories learned inside the classroom.

The MoA was signed by UA President, Fr. Joselito Henson and SACOP Executive Director, Fr. Kenneth Alde.