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.

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;

(See related story here: FR. NICDAO’S PAPER PUBLISHED IN SIX LANGUAGES BY INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL)

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.

(see related story here: UA AND SACOP SIGN MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING)

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

ITRS Director Earned His Doctor of Sacred Liturgy

Father Oliver G. Yalung, Director of the University of the Assumption Institute of Theology and Religious Studies (ITRS) finished his doctorate degree in Sacred Liturgy from San Beda College Paul VI Graduate School of Sacred Liturgy in July 2016.

His dissertation was entitled “The Growth and Maturation of the Church by the Paschal Mystery of Christ in the Light of the Sunday Prefaces of Ordinary Time of the Roman Missal 2002”.

Fr. Yalung explained that attaining the degree was difficult for him because it required him to do a lot of research even while he was busy in his ministry as a priest in the Archdiocese of San Fernando and one of the formators in the Mother of Good Counsel Seminary.

It took Fr. Yalung almost four years to finish his doctoral degree. But it definitely inspired him to continue doing researches and discover new perspectives in Theology and Liturgy.

“I always tell myself and others that the degree is not the end of the line, it is just the beginning of a long life of research.” said Father Yalung.

Fr. Yalung dedicates his new achievement to his parents who never failed to motivate him to finish whatever he started.

He said, “I dedicate this (diploma) to both my parents because they are my inspiration in the process of equipping myself through Theological studies and, secondly, to liturgists and enthusiasts of the sacred liturgy for their selflessness and patience in laboring on researches that allows us to gain new knowledge.”

Father Yalung finished his degree in Theology and Philosophy at the Mother of Good Counsel Seminary and his Licentiate in Sacred Liturgy from the Pontifical Liturgical Institute in Rome.

-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.

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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 Welcomes Central Luzon Youth Pilgrimage Cross

The Youth Pilgrimage Cross which is making the rounds of schools and parishes in Region 3 was warmly received by the UA community on September 5, 2016. It will stay in UA until September 7, 2016.

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University President Fr. Joselito C. Henson officiated in the Eucharistic celebration to welcome the holy cross.

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According to the Campus Ministry Office, formation programs are scheduled during the 3- day stay of the pilgrim cross. On September 5, a conference on “Mercy alive @ UA” was held at 5:00PM. On September 6, students are invited to a bible sharing event called B-FAST.

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UA Observes Founder’s Day

University of the Assumption celebrated the birthday of its founder Archbishop Emilio A. Cinense through a Holy Mass officiated by the University President Fr. Joselito C. Henson.

Founder's day 2016 photoArchbishop Cinense was born on September 2, 1911 in Guimba, Nueva Ecija. He was the 2nd bishop of the diocese of San Fernando and was appointed as its first archbishop when it was established into an archdiocese in 1975.

Archbishop Cinense founded the Assumption Junior College on January 12, 1963 in response to the prevailing social injustices at that time. In his homily during the Mass, Fr. Henson said that the good bishop must have “thought that a good education was the biggest long-term solution that could break the cycle of poverty, transform the social landscape of Pampanga and improve the quality of life of its people”.

(Read: Homily of University President Fr. Joselito C. Henson during the Holy Mass for the birth anniversary of Archbishop Emilio A. Cinense.)

Assumption Junior College was granted university status in 1981 and renamed as University of the Assumption, a testament to its continuing quest for excellence in the formation of young men and women through quality Catholic education as envisioned by its founder.

According to Fr. Henson, Archbishop Cinense must have envisioned UA as an institution that offers good education informed by Catholic values. “Excellence not only in learning, but excellence in virtue and communal responsibility as well,” he said.

At the opening of the Holy Mass, presidents of the student councils for Grade School, Junior High School, Senior High School and College; representatives of the alumni, parents and employees union; and Dean Joey Suba of the College of Computing Sciences and Information Technology (CCSIT) representing the university management committee and Vice President for Finance Ms. Belina Katigbak for the Executive Council led the community in the ceremonial wreath laying.

Earlier, several students, together with the Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Mediatriz D. Martin and the Campus Ministry Director Sr. Marissa Figueroa, OP, offered flowers and prayers at the tomb of Apu Lakay at the Carmel Monastery in Angeles City.

Fiesta Spirit Lives on for Assumption Day

In the University of the Assumption, fiesta spirit dominates the annual celebration of the solemnity of our Lady of the Assumption (SOLA), patroness of UA.

Fiesta is one tradition that Filipinos cannot do without despite the rise of modern technology and the exposure of the present generation to new lifestyles and economic development.

The religious face of the fiesta is usually composed of the Holy Mass, novena and procession. But long after these activities are over celebrations continue with eating and merry-making, sometimes extending up to the wee hours of the following day.

Fiestas promote devotion to the faith, the family and friends, three values that are very close to the heart of every Filipino.

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This year, although the celebration of SOLA was delayed by one week because of the cancellation of classes from August 15 to 18 due to flooding in low lying areas in the province, it was celebrated on August 22, feast of the queenship of Mary, with the same ardor and excitement as the Filipino fiesta brings.

The festive ambiance was very evident at the St. Thomas Aquinas Courtyard which was decked with blue buntings, flaglets and tents for the AGAPE. Buffet tables were put up by the UA Central Student Council (UACSC) and the different college recognized student organizations (RSOs). During the AGAPE, bands composed of UA college students performed while food was served to students, teachers, administrators and non-teaching personnel.

Earlier, the Holy Mass was celebrated simultaneously at the Bishop Emilio Cinense gymnasium for the colleges and senior and junior high schools and at the University chapel for the pre- school and grade school. Archbishop-emeritus and former chairman of the UA Board of Trustees Most Reverend Paciano B. Aniceto, University President Fr. Joselito C. Henson and Vice President for Administration Fr. Victor S. Nicdao presided in the Holy Mass at the gym while Institute of Theology and Religious Studies Director Fr. Oliver S. Yalung and Fr. Israel Garcia officiated at the Mass in the chapel.

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After the Mass, the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between UA and MOKSA was signed by Fr. Henson and the President of the Malayang Organisasyon ng mga Kawani Sa Assumption (MOKSA) Mr. Joel Gamboa.

(Read: UA and MOKSA sign Collective Bargaining Agreement)

The celebration continued with the Marian Choral Competition 2016 organized by the UA Chorale. Six (6) colleges and schools competed for the top prize which was won by the College of Education (COE).

(Read: College of Education bags the top prize in 2016 Marian Choral Competition)

During the AGAPE, winners in the different competitions were awarded. The College of
Hotel and Restaurant Management (CHRM) was the grand winner in the Bulletin Board Design Challenge. The team was composed of Shawn Juico, Joanne Dungca, Heizelle Angulo and Nikko Maniego.

The College of Accountancy (COA) represented by Jaymee Ramos, Jennalyn Medina, Bianca Keanna Chua and Kaycee Diaz bagged the first runner up and the College of Education (COE) composed of Mary Rose Leonido, Kelly De Ala, Deinielle Keith Pineda and Loren Kaye Panlaqui got the second runner up.

For the Charcoal Painting Contest, Teo Jon Mangune of the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) won the top prize followed by Princess Jonina Soriana of CON as first runner up and Gian Carlo Magno of the College of Tourism Management (CTM) for the 2nd runner up.

Mary Grace A. Catacutan of CHRM was the top prize winner in the Poetry Writing Competition. Ma. Ana Christina Tantengco, a Nursing student and Rodrigo Valdez of the College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA) tied for the first runner up.

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Meanwhile, the Senior High School teachers and students partake their lunch together in the covered court, with the Central Student Council as host. Prior to the fiesta, senior high school students collected goods which they donated to the Outreach Ministry.

In the Junior High School each section enjoyed their common lunch. In the UAGS, the pre-schoolers and grade school pupils shared their snacks with their classmates and teachers. It was an opportunity for them to strengthen the bond between the students and teachers in each section.

The Campus Ministry Office was the over-all responsible in the celebration of SOLA.

– With reports from the UACSC and UASHS

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UA and MOKSA Sign Collective Bargaining Agreement

The administration and employees’ union of the University of the Assumption signed a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) after the Mass held for the feast of the assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on August 22, 2016. The celebration and CBA signing was originally scheduled on August 15. It was postponed due to the suspension of classes on August 15 to 18 because of the heavy rainfall caused by southwest monsoon which flooded low lying areas in the province.

University President Fr. Joselito C. Henson signed on behalf of UA while Mr. Joel Gamboa, president of Malayang Organisasyon ng mga Kawani Sa Assumption (MOKSA) signed for the members of the union. The agreement was decided after three (3) meetings.

Fr. Henson, in his message during the Mass, thanked the union officers and members for the immediate approval of the agreement. He said, “this shows the existing mutual trust between management and the union”.

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The UA management panel was composed of Human Resource Director Mr. Rogelio Eco Jr. as Head, Quality Management Director Ms. Khriselle Anne Castillo, Student Affairs Director Ms. Precious Bernadette Estrada, High School Princiapl Ms. Edita Sagmit, Grade School Principal Ms. Ma. Jennifer Gonzales and Physical Plant Director Architect Bernard Valencia.

MOKSA panel was headed by Mr. Gamboa the union president, Mr. Antonino Diaz, Ms. Ruth Intal, Ms. Melanie Junio, Ms., Dolores Mallari and Mr. Arnold Yumul.