Fr. Yalung Presents K-12 Paper on Diocesan Forum

Father Oliver G. Yalung, Institue of Theology and Religious Studies director, presented a paper entitled “Coping with K-12: The UA experience” during the 3 rd Diocesan Forum of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines and its sub-committee National Tertiary Educational Commission (CEAP-NTEC) in Butuan, City on April 27-28, 2017.

During the forum, Yalung discussed his paper which speaks about the challenges surrounding the K-12 implementation in the University of the Assumption as well as how UA addresses these concerns. He explained that the paper was an assessment from study interviews of the UA Research and Planning Office regarding the implementation of the program.

In his article, Yalung used the image of the ‘Woman in Labor’ to describe how higher educational institutions (HEIs) such as UA are dealing with K-12. He refers to the K-12 challenges as the ‘birth pains’ which involves the development of curriculum, enrolment uncertainties, faculty displacements, senior high school identity, facilities, and the school’s finances and operations.

He also highlighted the efforts of the university to handle these concerns including the establishment of a K-12 working committee which eases out the pains of birthing the program and ensuring its smooth transitions.

“I took it from the scriptural text of St. John 16:21. Our schools are in labor. They are in anguish because K-12 has arrived. But when they have given birth to their child, they no longer remember the pain because of the joy that the child has been born,” he explained.

He added that papers and reports regarding K-12 are essential for institutions like UA to be more introspective and conscious of the new challenges in private higher education.

“I think this is something that we have to do really in the university… We expect more researches like this, more assessments and eventually, more sharing and benchmarking to other institutions, “ he said.

UA Taekwondo Players Haul Medals in National Games

Taekwondo players of the University of the Assumption collected medals in the recently held Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) National Games 2017 and PalarongPambansa 2017.

Representing Region III, UA players brought home 2 silver and 11 bronze medals from the PRISAA National Games 2017held on April 23-29 at Iba, Zambales.

Azur Nasserpal P. Diaz (BS Architecture) and Aldrin G. Lulu (BS Accounting Technology) won silver medals in Kyurogi category. Julizer Leo L. Borromeo (BS Psychology), Christian Marione M. Pasumbal (BS Architecture), Kenneth G. Reyes (BS Information Technology), Iris Kheylle P. Bacani, Kateleen Rei B. Bonifacio and Araceli Gieann G. Bustamante (BS Business Administration), Edil Jane Cabuso (BS Education) were bronze medalists in the same category.

Meanwhile, for the Poomsae category, UA won a total of 5 bronze medals in team and mixed duo events. Members of the Team were Kateleen Rei B. Bonifacio, Araceli Gieann G. Bustamanteand Edil Jane G. Cabuso. Winners in the mixed duo event were Julizer Leo L. Borromeo and Kateleen Rei B. Bonifacio.

Meanwhile, Grade 8 student Mark Eledir D. David of the UAJHS won the silver medal in the Taekwondo secondary boys fin weight division of the Palarong Pambansa 2017 held in Antique, Aklan on April 23-29.

Sports Coordinator Mr. Ulysses Rengel and Head Coach Dauphin Punzalan consider the dedication and hardwork that the UA athletes are giving to their sports that made them win in national competition.

UA Alumni Foundation Awards Scholarships

The UA Alumni Foundation, Inc. (UAAFI) announces the awarding of full scholarship to seven (7) college students starting in School Year 2017-2018.

The candidates were initially evaluated by the Office of the Student Affairs Director and Scholarship Committee Chairperson Ms. Precious Bernadette Estrada based on their academic records, leadership skills and economic standing of their family. The final screening was conducted by UAAFI President Mr. Senen Quiambao and UA Director for External Affairs and Media Mr. Fernando Santos.

The students who made it to the list of UAAFI scholars are: Angela May S. Amameda (BSA), Ma. Christina P. Balatbat (BSA), Angelica V. Baluyut (BSAT), Kimberly B. Franco (BSA), James S. Jaime (BSA), Raymond S. Maniago (BSAT) and Kiana A. Mejia (BSAT).

According to Mr.Quiambao, the foundation is committed to helping intelligent students in financial difficulty finish a degree in UA. “Education is the only way out of poverty and UAAFI is willing to assist poor students to realize their dreams,” he said.

The scholarship will cover tuition, miscellaneous and other fees until the scholars willfinish their academic program provided that they do not get a failing grade in any course.

Job Opportunities for UA Grads Brought to Campus

To assist graduating students and job seekers find employment opportunities, the University of the Assumption facilitated the 2017 Local Recruitment Activity on March 28, 2017 in cooperation with twenty-four local and international companies and industry partners in the country.

UA Guidance and Admissions Office (GAO) spearheaded the annual job placement pursuit as an extended service to the Assumptionists. “One of the services of the school is to guide the students even after they have graduated and not only while they are schooling. We always wanted to help them especially with their job search,” said Ms. Leila Luz Caballa, GAO director.

Graduating students attended the activity bringing not only their resumes but also their hopes to be immediately interviewed and be accepted for employment.

According to Shawn Carlo, an HRM student, the campus job fair is really convenient to them since it saves them time and money in visiting their prospect companies.”This recruitment activity is helpful for us. It’s like a one-stop shop where you get to submit your resume and have your initial interview right away without spending on transportation fares and allowances.”

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Moreover, John Nicole Buenafe, an AB Communication student said he felt that the school is helping its graduates to secure their future through helping them find and land a job by providing a venue where they could apply to as many companies they desire.

The participating companies came from outsourcing, banking, business, marketing, IT, media, medical, and educational industries and institutions.

UA Athletes to Compete in National PRISAA 2017

University of the Assumption will advance to the national games of the Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) 2017 after accumulating 28 gold, 10 silver, and 3 bronze medals in different individual sporting events during the regional competition of PRISAA held last March 4-5, 11-12 in Angeles, City.

In the team sports, UA women basketball players were hailed champion while players won silver in the men and women categories of the beach volleyball.

Gold medalists of their respective events will automatically take part in representing Central Luzon in the national leg of the athletic meet to be held in Iba, Zambales on April 23-28 together with players coming from the different clusters in region three which include Pampanga, Angeles City and Tarlac, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, and Zambales-Olongapo-Bataan.

See list of winners here

According to Mr. Ulysses Rengel, UA Sports coordinator, it was somehow challenging to compete in the athletic meet knowing that the competitors also come from big schools and universities nationwide. “For the national competition, UA players will undergo rigid trainings and sports program daily during the summer break so that they will be more prepared and set for the national meet,” Said Rengel.

PRISAA serves as as the venue of sports, academic, and cultural development on the Filipino youth who are expecting to bring pride honor and prestige to the country. It is committed to harness the potentials of the youth for excellence in sports, academic, and cultural activities for a competitive and strengthened republic. (zamboanga.com)

Assumptionist Awarded as Outstanding Gawad Anak OFW

Kersie Q. Galang, a student of the University of the Assumption championed this year’s Search for Gawad Anak OFW of the Archdiocese of San Fernando Pampanga. The search aims to recognize the sons and daughters of Filipino migrant workers who have maintained good academic record, exhibited leadership skills, served the community and have lived by their values despite being away from their parents.

Besting other college students from different private and public schools in Pampanga, Kersie said that he dedicates the recognition to the University but most especially to his father who works in Korea for 15 years now.

“The award is not for me, it’s for my father. I only represent all his hardwork and sacrifices being away to sustain our family. This is also a great opportunity to influence SDO (Sons and Daughters of OFW) like me to consider the situation as an advantage and transform it as an inspiration to work and study harder.”

Kersie also shared that the impact of the award really motivates him to give back to his parents. More so, he encourages students with parents living with them or working abroad to cherish and acknowledge what their mothers and fathers do, to let them feel that their perseverance really pays off.

“With Kersie, even though his father is miles away, he was able to make it. He has good foundation, he has values, and he excels in his study. He knows the worth of all the sacrifices of his parents,” said Ms. Angie Evangelista, UA guidance counselor.

Recently, Kersie was also elected as the University of the Assumption Central Student Council President for the academic year 2017-2018. He said that part of his platform, in cooperation with the Guidance and Admissions Office, is to form an organization that would support the needs and welfare of students who are children of migrant workers.

Gawad Anak OFW is a project of the Archdiocesan Commission on Family and Life.

UA Gathers in Prayer to Stop Killings, Death Penalty

I believe that anyone is capable of changing his or her life; therefore, our lives must not be taken away by anyone,” said Garnett Tolentino, a grade six pupil of the University of the Assumption, who participated in the university –wide Eucharistic Adoration held on February 17, 2017. Garnett pointed out that “we should not waste the life given to us by God“who loves us even if we sin.

These words are the very reason for the Church’s opposition to death penalty and the recent killings which are associated to the campaign against drugs.

In a circular letter, Archbishop Florentino G. Lavarias, D.D. requested Catholic schools and parishes to gather “to beg our Father to enlighten us all and move us to express our opposition to the death penalty” through Eucharistic celebrations and adoration.

Many of the members of the UA community attended the activity which simultaneously happened at the University chapel, UAGS Oratory, and UAJHS prayer room.

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Sister Marissa Figueroa, O.P., director of UA Campus Ministry Office, explained that everyone in UA was invited to the Eucharistic Adoration to fervently pray for the sanctity of life and country. “The killings or campaign related to drugs is really challenging us to make a stand and express our conviction as a Catholic institution: that justice will continue to prevail and we continue to experience peace,” she said.

Figueroa clarified that they respect those who are not in favor of the university’s move. “We cannot force them but we can encourage them to reflect and come up with a more solid and more foundational stand based on the teaching of Christ and the Church.” She also said that the school will continue to educate on human rights so students will be aware of the Catholic teachings on the importance of life and respect for it.

On Thursday, February 16, several UA students and employees, together with seminarians of the Mother of Good Counsel Seminary, marched from UA to the Metropolitan Cathedral of San Fernando for the “Mass for Life” which was officiated by the Archbishop and Kapampangan clergy.

UA Conducts Mass Baptism for Adopted Community

What better gift can we give to a child than to help initiate him or her to Christianity through the Sacrament of Baptism.

Ten (10) infants from San Jose Matulid in Mexico, Pampanga received the Sacrament of Baptism through the efforts of students from the UA College of Hospitality and Restaurant Management, in cooperation with the Outreach Ministry Office, on February 10, 2017.

Fr. Pete Valencia of San Jose Parish officiated the rite of baptism. This was followed by the reception which was organized and funded by the students. “We knew that some of the parents were financially incapable to prepare even a simple feast to celebrate the baptism of their children,” said Ms. JovieBondoc, Council of Hotel and Restaurant Management Students (CHARMS) adviser. So the students took over to help them get through it and have a memorable family experience.

The baptism ceremony held at the San Jose Parish Church, CSFP was graced by the families and godparents of the ten infants ages 0-11 months old.

The baptism ceremony held at the San Jose Parish Church, CSFP was graced by the families and godparents of the ten infants ages 0-11 months old.

The event was organized to give the students actual experience in events management. It was also an opportunity for them to reach out to others which is an important element of the UA mission.

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In recent years, HRM students also took the lead in organizing mass weddings for poor unmarried couples.

San Jose Matulid is an adopted barangay of UA.

Assumptionists Celebrate UA’s 54th Year

Euphoria filled the Bishop Emilio Cinense Gymnasium as the students and their friends stamped their feet and sang with the guest performers like one voice. It was the Students’ Night, the closing activity for the 54 th Foundation celebration of the University of the Assumption. Youthful roar filled the hall as Chocolate Factory opens the concert with their opening song and temperatures went high when Parokyani Edgar climbed the stage. One netizen called this the epic crowd. But, for us in UA, it is our way of celebrating our resurgence, the theme of the celebration.

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Jayson Martinez, the President of the UA Central Student Council,explained that “Resurgence: we rise, we move forward, we excel” was “inspired by how UA had shown its capability to rise repeatedly amidst odds and difficulties”. It is a testament and a celebration of the solidity and consistency of UA in the past fifty four years and an assurance of the future despite the many challenges in the education sector.

On the first night of the celebration, the gymnasium was an epitome of elegance and smartness as nine ladies and ten gentlemen vied for the Mr. and Ms. UA Models of Excellence. Strutting their way to the crown was definitely not easy especially before a discriminating crowd and astute board of judges. In the end, the following went home with the most coveted titles and made their families and respective colleges and schools prouder:

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Ms. UA Model of Excellence : Shane Diaz (UAJHS Grade 9)
Mr. UA Model of Excellence : Lance ArmelCaingat (UASHS Grade 11)
Ms. Sciencia : Alyssa Jean Navarro (SAS)
Mr. Sciencia : Jerome Rodriguez (COE)
Ms. Virtus : Cristine Joy David (COA)
Mr. Virtus : Ederic Luis Fernandez (CCSIT)
Ms. Communitas : Alliyah Ignacio (CHRM)
Mr. Communitas : Lester Bondoc (COA)

Other activities in the 2-day festivities were the Supermoves, Group Stunt Competition, Cultural Presentations, and Retro Dance Competition where the adorable pupils of the UA Grade School danced to the beat of the 70’s and 80’s. Versatility and critical thinking skills were put into test during the DoTA Online Competition and the Inter-school SingkaBiasa.

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There were also physical activities such as the Run for Love which was a fund-raising campaign for the YAKAP scholars, the cycling caravan, community zumba, laronglahi, amazing race to promote fitness, wellbeing, and team playing.

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The 54 th founding anniversary celebration, although shorter compared to previous years, was a success.Martinez noted that the activities were really supported and enjoyed by students and the parents, teachers, employees, and outsiders, as well. “Because of that, all of the sleepless nights and stressful daysspent in preparing for the celebration paid off,” he said.

The University of the Assumption Central Student Council 2016-2017 spearheaded and organized the overall celebration of the 54 th founding anniversary together with the different Recognized Student Organizations of UA. It was held on January 12-13, 2017.