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.

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.

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.

UA and Siena Heights University Sign MoU for Academic Ties

To establish cooperation in the field of education, University of the Assumption and Siena Heights University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on October 3, 2016.

UA and Siena Heights University agree to collaborate in the areas of academic programs, administration, research and development, and cultural affiliation.

Siena Heights University, according to its website, “is a Catholic university founded in 1919 and sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. Enrolling a diverse community of traditional-age and working adult students, Siena Heights is a coeducational North Central accredited institution founded in the liberal arts tradition, offering associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and specialist’s degrees. The University is headquartered in Adrian, Michigan.”

The MoU was signed by Fr. Joselito Henson, UA President and Sister Peg Albert, Siena Heights University President.

In the MOU, both parties are to exercise efforts in attaining various goals such as the promotion of academic programs for different degree levels; development of learning resources; cultural exchange through special events like cultural tours and student camps; and other opportunities in research and extension services that are mutually beneficial to both universities.

Further undertakings and specific projects will be discussed and outlined in the forthcoming agreements that will be entered into between the UA and Siena Heights University.

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.