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 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 Stakeholders Attend Pre-Strategic Planning University-Wide Consultation

University President Rev. Fr. Joselito presenting the summary of findings during the university-wide consultation. (Photo courtesy of: UASHS FB Page)

University President Rev. Fr. Joselito presenting the summary of findings during the university-wide consultation.
(Photo courtesy of: UASHS FB Page)

UA stakeholders gathered for a whole day university-wide consultation at the Arzobispado de Pampanga Function Hall on November 4.

The activity brought together in a plenary the members of the UA community including the executive committee, employees, support staff, students, parents and alumni to sketch the next seven (7) years of UA which will culminate in its 60 th year in 2023.

University President Fr. Joselito C. Henson expressed his gratitude to the participants for their enthusiastic participation and explained the significance of the inputs given during the focus group discussion. “These (inputs from the stakeholders) will serve as baseline data, our reference points on which the strategic plan will be formulated,” he said.

Members of UA community gather in groups to contribute ideas and inputs for the University.

Members of UA community gather in groups to contribute ideas and inputs for the University.

Henson also said that the development of the university will be anchored on the commitment to fulfill “what we have promised to contribute, what we promised to give ourselves, and the strategies that we have come up with,” so that the university will continue its progress in the coming years.

The event closed with the expression of commitment by all those who attended led by Mr. Charlie Espiritu, Director of the Outreach Ministry Office.

UA Tourism Studes are Mr. and Ms. World Tourism 2016

Christian Dave David and Diana Vital Yumul were crowned as Mr. and Ms. World Tourism 2016 in the gathering of tourism students in Mabalacat City to celebrate World Tourism Day on September 27, 2016. David and Yumul are taking up Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management.

David also won the Best in Formal Wear Award while Yumul was declared Ms. Photogenic, Best in Creative Attire, Best in Corporate Attire, Organizer’s Choice and Best in Long Gown.

Mr. Toni Legaspi, trainer and manager of the two, said that the attributes of the Assumptionists are really showing wherever they go including competitions such as the Mr. and Ms. World Tourism.

Meanwhile, Gian Carlo Magno also bagged the gold award for his entry in the scenic photography contest which was also part of the celebration.

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“We are so proud of their achievements,” said Ms. Aliah Amor Uy, program chairperson of the CTM.

According to Uy, since the theme of the event is “Tourism for All: Promoting Universal Accessibility”, the winners could serve as inspirations in promoting equality and a discrimination-free tourism for everyone.

The event was participated by tourism students from different colleges and universities in Pampanga, Subic, and Tarlac.

Psych and Comm Studes Present Paper in International Conferences

Five students from the University of the Assumption School of Arts and Sciences presented their papers in different international conferences earlier this year.

BS Psychology students Camille Joyce Soriano and Airajoy Keynn Medina, together with their thesis adviser Ms. Heidi Pantig, presented their paper at theTomorrow People Organization

International Conference on Spirituality and Psychology on March 25-27 in Bangkok, Thailand. Entitled “Selflessness through Selfish Means: Rejection Sensitivity and Socio-emotional Adjustment among Codependents”, the paper aimed to propagate awareness on the experiences of families of people incarcerated with drug-related issues, according to Medina.

Camille Joy Soriano, Ms. Heidi Pantig, and AirajoyKeynn Medina at the International Conference of Spirituality and Psychology

Camille Joy Soriano, Ms. Heidi Pantig, and AirajoyKeynn Medina at the International Conference of Spirituality and Psychology

Meanwhile, the following papers were presented by AB Communication students at the International Conference of Social Sciences, Literature and Education held also in Bangkok, Thailand last April 2 and 3:

  • Filipino Film: An Aperture to Art or Tool for Film Promotion?”by Sarah Mae Lugtu and Dax Nathaniel Bondoc presented their paper entitled “; and
  • “This Guy’s in Love with You Pare: Homosexuality in Philippine Television Programs and its Impact on the Youth” by AnjeleneLugtu
Dax Nathaniel Bondoc and Sarah Mae Lugtu answering questions after their presentation at the International Conference of Social Sciences, Literature and Education

Dax Nathaniel Bondoc and Sarah Mae Lugtu answering questions after their presentation at the International Conference of Social Sciences, Literature and Education

AnjeleneLugtu discusses their group research before international professionals.

AnjeleneLugtu discusses their group research before international professionals.

The students were joined by their thesis professor Dr. Melanie Briones in the conference which was organized by Ontario College for Research and Development.

“We are really grateful to our professors and advisers for giving us the chance and challenged us to get there. It was an unforgettable experience. The place was filled with foreign experts, then, there we were – Filipinos, Assumptionists.” said Sarah Mae Lugtu.

The two papers authored by the AB Comm students were published in the Canadian International Journal of Social Science and Education in July 2016.

Topics that were presented, according to Dr. Edna Calma, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, were “very relevant in today”. “They got international attention because of their relevance,” she said.

Off-Campus Payment Method Now Available for UA Students

True to its commitment to excellent service to its students and their parents, the University of the Assumption has partnered with the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), Philippine National Bank (PNB) and SM Bills Payment to make payment of school fees more convenient and economical.

Assumptionists can now settle their tuition, miscellaneous and other fees through the internet banking facilities of BPI and PNB. This will allow them to pay anywhere at their preferred time. They can also make their payments over-the- counter in any of the branches of the said banks.

Click link to see procedure for bank payment procedures: BPI and PNB

Also, starting on October 3, 2016, Assumptionists can settle their fees at the Business Service Center (3 rd floor) and Consumer Welfare Desk (ground floor near St. Paul’s Bookstore) at SM City Pampanga and at the SM Bills Payment Counters located in the following:

  • The SM Storeat SM City Pampanga
  • SM Supermarket at SM City Pampanga
  • The SM Store at SM City Downtown San Fernando
  • SM Supermarket at SM Store Downtown San Fernando
  • SavemoreGuagua
  • Savemore Sta. Ana
  • SavemoreCabiao (NueveEcija)

To pay, Assumptionists can go to any of the above and do the following

  1. Fill up the Bills Payment Validation Slip (BPS Validation Slip) with the following information:
    • Biller Company – UNIVERSITY OF THE ASSUMPTION
    • Date of Payment – (Month, Day, Year)
    • Card/Account/Policy No. – STUDENT NUMBER
    • Account Name – STUDENT NAME
    • Mode of Payment – CASH
    • Amount to be Paid
  2. Give the duly accomplished BPS Validation Slip, cash and valid UA issued STUDENT ID to the Bills Payment Counter Teller.
  3. Acknowledgement Receipt (AR) shall be issued by the Bills Payment Counter teller.

This facility will allow students and parents to settle their accounts even on weekends and holidays. SM Bills Payment counters will charge the payor a convenience fee of seven pesos (₱7.00) for every transaction.

The Official Receipt will be issued by UA Treasurer’s Office upon presentation of the proof of payment for bank transactions and Acknowledgement Receipt for settlement made at SM Bills Payment counters, at least, one day after the payment was made.