UA is 27th Among Philippine Universities in Web Ranking

University of the Assumption ranked 27 th among the 271 Philippine universities in the July 2016 edition of Spanish National Research Council Webometrics, a research organization that ranks universities based on their web presence and impact.

According to Webometrics, the ranking is compiled from reliable prestigious open data sources. Rankings were also based on the quality and usefulness of contents published in university websites and the data generated from search engines.

Mr. Jaime Orlanda of UA Center for Information Technologies and Laboratories (CITL) clarified that the ranking measures the performance of the websites of the different universities worldwide in terms of visibility and its adherence to excellence.

Webometrics is the largest web ranking of higher educational Institutions. Every six months, the organization conducts a scientific exercise to provide information on the web presence of universities in the world.

In February, UA landed on the 42 nd place inching its way up to rank 27 in July.

-Jennifer Anne de Castro

New Research Papers Published in International Journals

In line with the strengthening of research culture in the University of the Assumption (UA), several papers were published recently in different international journals. These are:

1. “Jesus Christ in the Post-Modern University” by Mr. Fernando Lopena Jr., professor in the Institute of Theology and Religious Studies, which was published in the Journal of Cultural and Religious Studies, October 2015;

2. “3crypt: A Developmental Tool for Complex Encrypting and Decrypting of Data” by the College of Computing Sciences and Information Technology (CCSIT) Dean Dr. Joey Suba and Professor Dr. Grace Sadac published in the Journal of Teaching and Education, Volume 5;

3. “Suffering and the Empowering Grace of the Lord” by VP for Administration Father Victor S. Nicdao published in Concilium, July 2016;


4. “An assessment on the existing program offerings of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) : A route to global competitiveness” by Ms. Jocelyn Arrozal of the School of Arts and Sciences was printed in the Journal of Modern Education Review vol.5 , Number 6 , June 2015 ;

5. “Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR): Does it reach Philippine Campuses?” and “FOI Bill at daybreak: Is there hope for its green light in the Philippines?” by Dr. Melanie V. Briones of the School of Arts and Sciences published in the Journal of Modern Education Review vol.5 , Number 6 , June 2015;

6. “Gauging the ICT-based Teaching Readiness of Pre-service Teachers in the Light of the 21st Century Education” by College of Education Dean Dr. Dexter Balajadia was published in People: International Journal of Social Sciences Special Issue of 2015

Currently, UA College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA) is involved in a community extension service program with the Social Action Center of Pampanga in efforts to develop a project advocating low-cost housing, greener architecture and technology.


Through research, members of the academe are given the opportunity to employ their expertise in discovering new knowledge that will hasten the learning process.

Dr. Arnel Sicat, Director of UA Research and Planning Office, explained that teachers, particularly in college, should be able to produce knowledge in their field of discipline to be able to teach efficiently.

– Jennifer Anne de Castro

Fr. Nicdao’s Paper Published in Six Languages by International Journal

University of the Assumption Vice President for Administration Fr. Victor S. Nicdao paper was published in one of the most widely read theological journal in the world, the Concilium International Journal for Theology.

He was invited to write for the journal by a Filipino member of the Board of Editors, Father Danny Pilario of St. Vincent School of Theology where he used to teach. “He knows my expertise (which is on the) New Testament, particularly Pauline letters and Pauline Theology,” according to Fr. Vic.

Published under Sufferings and God, his paper entitled “Suffering and the Empowering Grace of the Lord” reflects on St. Paul’s understanding on suffering which, according to Fr. Vic, will contribute to the whole reflection on the theme.

Fr. Vic attributed the contents of his paper to Saint Paul’s paradoxical statement, “when I am weak, then, I am strong”. In his paper, he explored the reasons why St. Paul is resilient and has a positive disposition in the midst of suffering and the missing component that must be brought out to make sense of this statement of Paul.

Fr. Vic explains: “For me, it is Paul’s experience of the grace of God. That is why the title of my paper is ‘Suffering and the Empowering Grace of the Lord’. Although one suffers, the grace of God does not fade. It’s true that you continue to suffer, but at the same time, there is that divine power.”

Concilium is published five times a year with contributions from theologians in Asia, Africa, North and South America and Europe.

“Suffering and the Empowering Grace of the Lord” was among the articles in this year’s third issue of the journal. It was published in English, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Croatian.

UA Reps Bag Awards in Milo Sporting Event

University of the Assumption (UA) athletes brought home major awards from the Milo Little Olympics North-Central Luzon leg held in Baguio City on September 2-4, 2016.

The badminton team overpowered their opponents and was declared champion. It was composed of Sean Dela Cruz, Mark Louise Garcia and Juan Miguel Guidote of UA Junior High School (UA-JHS) and Christian Lloyd Garcia of UA Senior High School (UA-SHS). Their coach was Mr. Ronald Allan Mandap.


In taekwondo, Mark Eledir David, Angelo Gabriel Davide, Rhoderick Nikolas Reyes and James de Dios Jr. won silver medals while Diego Silang Elano and Yshianna Daphne Punzalan were bronze medal winners. Mr. Dauphin Punzalan was the coach of the team.

The event was joined by some 8,000 athletes from public and private schools in Regions I, II, III and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) who competed in fifteen different sporting events.

UA President Fr. Joselito C. Henson expressed his appreciation and gratitude to the coaches and athletes in a fete he hosted for them on September 9, 2016. Also present during the meeting were the Vice President for Administration Fr. Victor S. Nicdao, Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Mediatriz D. Martin, Vice President for Finance Mrs. Belina S. Katigbak, UASHS Principal Dr. Violy Fernanda Santos, UAJHS Principal Ms. Edita Sagmit, QMO Director Ms. Khriselle Castillo and Mr. Tony Legaspi.

The champions will be advancing to the national finals in their respective events of the Milo Little Olympics.

-report by Jennifer Anne de Castro

UA and SACOP Sign Memorandum of Understanding

University of the Assumption (UA) President Fr. Joselito C. Henson and Social Action Center of Pampanga (SACOP) Executive Director Fr. Kenneth D. Alde signed a Memorandum of Understanding on July 1, 2016 to establish cooperation in the areas of research anddevelopment and extension services.

University President Fr. Joselito C. Henson said that the agreement is important because it seals a partnership which is ultimately beneficial to the people of Pampanga.

Under the agreement, the UA Research and Planning Office headed by Dr. Arnel T. Sicat will be the research and development unit of SACOP. Meanwhile, the latter will serve as the extension arm of the university.

Fr. Alde acknowledged the significance of the collaboration of the two (2) archdiocesan institutes. “Our synergy will allow us to put our actions together and develop integrative actions for the benefit of the people,” he said.

UA is an archdiocesan catholic university administered by the Archdiocese of San Fernando and SACOP is the social arm of the archdiocese.

UA CON, ASF and ABC Global Health Care Extend Medical and Dental Aid to Indigents and Aetas

UA College of Nursing once again engaged its students and faculty in the development of Catholic leaders through medical missions in poor communities in Pampanga.

For four (4) days, the Nursing Student Council (NSC) and the UA chapters of the Citizens Drug Watch (CDW) and the College Red Cross Youth Council (CRCYC) together with the Archdiocese of San Fernando and the ABC Global Health Care provided medical and dental assistance in different areas.

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Students and clinical instructors assisted the doctors led by Dr. Julieta Gamboa who organized the mobile clinic.

The first stop of the mobile clinic was at the Arzobispado de San Fernando in San Jose, City of San Fernando. The second stop was in Margot, Angeles City and third, at Nabuklod in Floridablanca.

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According to the students, they learned a lot from the experience especially on matters of handling patients in economically disadvantaged situations. “It is these experiences of dealing with exceptionally hard circumstances that we learn and grow,” said one of the student nurses.

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Another student said that she understand all the more now their motto in CON that “Nursing is not just a profession but a way of life”.

Almost 500 families, including Aetas, were given dental and medical care. Medicines were also distributed.

The University of the Assumption and CON extend their warmest gratitute to the Archdiocese of San Fernando and ABC Global Health Care for making the outreach activity a reality and a success.

Hail, Assumption!

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