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 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.

UA Campus Ministry Conducts Students’ Interfaith Assembly

University of the Assumption conducted an interfaith dialogue and meeting called “Sangbigkis” at the Msgr. Ricardo Serrano Auditorium, February 1, 2017.

With its theme “Sangbigkis: Peace and Harmony amidst Religious Diversity”, the focus of the gathering was to bring in one assembly UA students who belong to different religious traditions to discuss matters about their faith.

This is also in response to the call for interfaith dialogue by Pope Francis. Speaking at an ecumenical and interreligious meeting at the Franciscan international study center of Sarajevo on June 6, 2015, he said, “interreligious dialogue . . . must also extend as far as possible to all believers . . . to young men and women (in particular) who are called to build the future of this country.”

According to Mr. Reynald Velardo, Campus Ministry Student Agents (CAMSA) coordinator, the event was held to promote unity in the university despite differences in faith especially in this times when many wars in the world today are caused by religious differences and extremism. Putting together in one room young people with different beliefs may be a small step towards avoiding wars, it is still a big leap in building unity in the campus.

“We are diverse in many aspects including religion and faith . . . (and) by gathering students they may know that . . . (in UA) we do not discriminate,” said Velardo. He further explained that the assembly hoped that by listening to one another the participants will have a better understanding of their beliefs and appreciate each other better.

Sangbigkis, as Velardo mentioned, is envisioned to be an annual event in the future with more participants.

“That is one of our prospects in the future, to be able to invite various religious leaders and more students so that unity among different religions will be fostered here (at UA),” explained Velardo.

UA Launches “Paskuhan king Assumption 2016”

Christmas officially started in the University of the Assumption on December 5, 2016 with the annual Paskuhan king Assumption..

The festivity was attended by the whole UA community who participated in the program and enjoyed the entertainment. One of the highlights of Paskuhan king Assumption 2016 was the lantern-making competition which showcased student-crafted native lanterns made from scrap and recycled materials. The College of Hospitality and Restaurant Management (CHRM) emerged as the winner with the Senior High School and College of Tourism Management tailing for the second and third prizes, respectively.

(From left to right) Entries of the different schools and colleges for the lantern-making competition were made out of recycled materials including plastic bottles (College of Tourism Management) , foil wrapper (School of Arts and Sciences), magazine pages (College of Nursing), ipil-ipil leaves (College of Hospitality and Restaurant Management) , tin cans (College of Business Administration, and egg shells (Senior High School).

(From left to right) Entries of the different schools and colleges for the lantern-making competition were made out of recycled materials including plastic bottles (College of Tourism Management) , foil wrapper (School of Arts and Sciences), magazine pages (College of Nursing), ipil-ipil leaves (College of Hospitality and Restaurant Management) , tin cans (College of Business Administration, and egg shells (Senior High School).

Another most awaited part was the lighting of the giant Christmas tree at the UA façade embellished with Christmas lights and decorations.

Carols and dance presentations were rendered by the members of the UA Performing Arts for the gleeful audience.

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dance-troupePart also of the program was the launching of the 54 th UA Founding Anniversary logo and the unveiling of the schedule of activities for the two-day event on January 12 and 13, 2017.

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Filled with music and celebration, the program ended with a colorful fireworks display.

Bacani Facilitates Retreat for UA Community

From the members of the executive committee up to the faculty members and support personnel, the whole UA workforce attended a retreat to take a respite from their usual daily routine, and recharge their spirit at the UA Chapel on October 26 and 27.

Facilitated by Bishop Teodoro Bacani, the two-day retreat focused on the discussion of attaining a joyful life, more so, of God’s abundance and love to mankind.

Bacani expounded in his talk that the humankind must give back to God a “total, undivided, unsurpassed, unrivaled, all-inclusive type of love” to be able to experience and live a life of abundance. He also told the participants that the secret of happiness lies in building the right relationships. Already retired from his official work in the diocese and despite his age, Bishop Bacani is a living witness of what he shared during the retreat. His 2-day talk was filled with humor and wit.

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Bacani wrapped up the first day of the retreat session leaving the delegates with the following acronyms as reminder in building the right relationship with God, neighbor and the world:

UNLAD: Unahin Natin Lagi Ang Diyos

KAMPI: Kapwa Ay Mahalin Paglingkuran at Ingatan

MAPA: Mundo Ay Paunlarin at Alagaan

Some activities were also held during the retreat including the “Harana Kay Maria”, a ceremonial singing of praise offered to the Blessed Virgin Mary; and the celebration of the Eucharist. Moreover, food fellowships took place after every retreat session.

harana-kay-mariaretreat-massSister Marissa Figueroa of the UA Campus Ministry Office mentioned during the sharing that the this kind of activity is essential for the employees and staff to take a step back from work, unite with their colleagues and have a time to connect and reflect with God.

The annual retreat is organized by the Campus Ministry Office and the Human Resource and Development Office.

UA Employees Attend Gender and Development Seminar

Ms. Lora Yusi, CHED Regional Office III Chief Education Program specialist explains different concepts and matters on gender, stereotyping, policies, and the role of men and women in the present society.

Ms. Lora Yusi, CHED Regional Office III Chief Education Program specialist explains different concepts and matters on gender, stereotyping, policies, and the role of men and women in the present society.

A one-day seminar on Gender and Development (GAD) was held on October 28, 2016 at the University of the Assumption Msgr. Ricardo Serrano Auditorium. Present during the seminar were UA administrators, teachers and non-teaching personnel.

The objective was to promote equality between men and women in the university.

Ms. Lora Yusi, CHED Regional Office III Chief Education Program specialist, facilitated the discourse on the various contexts of gender and development within and outside the educational institution including the use of gender sensitive language, understanding the changing concept of gender roles, and the careful analysis of gender image and stereotypes in educational materials.

Yusi even challenged the educators to scan their textbooks to see if there are gender stereotyped images that could be corrected and revised. She also encouraged public and private HEIs to establish a GAD Focal Point Systems.

The activity is in conformity with CHED Memorandum Order no. 1 Series of 2015 which establishes the policies and guidelines on gender and development in the Commission on Higher Education and Higher Educational institutions.