CBA Reps Win in National Congress Quiz Bee

University of the Assumption Business Administration students proved their competence as they snatched top places during the “4 th A-Best National Congress” held in Baguio City, March 3-5, 2017.

The congress is an annual event hosted by the Alliance of Business Educators and Students of the Philippines (A-Best).

Tricia Lien Delos Reyes was the champion in the A-BEST Quiz Individual Category-Marketing, besting the participants from different universities and colleges nationwide.

Meanwhile in the A-BEST Quiz Group category, Team UA emerged as the second runner up with De La Salle-Lipa and De La Salle University-Dasmarinas, champion and first runner up respectively. Team UA was composed of Raezel Mae Mallari, Sherika de Jesus, Nicole Ann Loi Romero, and Tricia Lien delos Reyes.

College of Business Administration Dean Winefrida Torres was jubilant that BA students shone in the competition. She said, “we are very proud of our students for participating well and for their outstanding performances during the competition which led them to outdo the other equally competent students in the congress.”

A-BEST is an association of professors, teachers and students in all fields of businesswhich aims “to maintain a sustainable allied professional association of educators and students in the Philippines that consistently cultivates and promotes quality and ethical business education”.

AB Comm Films Honored in 12th Mise-en-Scene Awards Night

Glitz and glamour filled SM Pampanga’s event center asthe University of the Assumption AB Communication students, alumni, faculty members and guests arrived all dressed in their alluring gowns and suits during the Awards Night of the “12 th Mise-En- Scene Documentary and Short Film Festival” held on March 6.

With the theme “Perfection of Creativity”, the twelfth year of the film festival was a showcase of excellence. Only twelve, out of twenty-oneentries, qualified to compete after undergoing screening and evaluation.

“For this year’s fest, the students were challenged to be more imaginative and creative in presenting their stories through film,” said Precious Eunice Canlas, Mass Communication Students Association president. She also said that they made sure that the films catered to different types of audiences.

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Bumisitawas adjudged as the Best Original Story, Best Editing, 2 nd Best Picture, and Best Short Film titles. Its director, TheriesMagbag, was hailed as the Best Director. Meanwhile, Balu Cu Naman, a sequel to last year’s EdaBalu, earned four recognitions: Best Screenplay, Best Picture and 2 nd Best Short Film. The director of the film, Angela Yusi, was the recipient of the prestigious Brilliante Mendoza Award.

Here is a complete list of the awarded films and personalities:

  • Best Original Story: Bumisita
  • Best in Production Design: Paninap
  • Best Musical Score: Pulandit
  • Best Editing: Bumisita
  • Best Movie Theme Song: Iska
  • Best Screenplay: Balu Cu Naman
  • Best Cinematography: Pisabyan
  • Best Supporting Actor: YajedRamleyYusi (Balu Cu Naman)
  • Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Manliclic (4 th Horseman)
  • Best Director: TheriesMagbag
  • Best Actor: John Nicole Buenafe
  • Best Actress: Lorraine Villanueva (Ana Iskitso)
  • Viewers choice: Oksi
  • Box Office Award: Oksi
  • 3rd Best Picture: 4th Horseman
  • 2nd Best Picture: Bumisita
  • Best Picture: Balu Cu Naman
  • 3rd Best Short Film: 4th Horseman
  • 2nd Best Short Film: Balu Cu Naman
  • Best Short Film: Bumisita
  • Brilliante Mendoza Award: Balu Cu Naman (directed by: Angela Yusi)
  • Over-all Champion Award: Exemplary Class

The filmfest had its premiere screening at the SM Pampanga Cinema 3 on February 23, 2017 and a three-day regular screening from February 28 to March 2 at the University auditorium.

Mise-En-Scene Documentary and Short Film Festival is an annual event of the Mass Communication Students Association which started in 2005. It served as an arena for students to put into practice the theories and elements of film making they have learned.

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 CCSIT Students Are 1st Runner-Up in Programming Tilt

Tristan Buan and John Gabriel Urbano bagged the 1 st runner-up prize during the Hackathon Web Programming Competition held at Wesleyan University Philippines on February 3, 2017. Buan and Urbano are fourth year students of Bachelor of Science in Information Technology in the University of the Assumption.

According to Dr. Joey Suba, dean of the College of Computing Sciences and Information Technology (CCSIT), the competition is a good arena to train and expose the students’ capabilities in programming and web developing. “We want to make them more adept especially in dynamic web developing so that they are better prepared for work after their graduation,” he said.

The competition, organized by the Philippine Society of Information Technology Educators, was part of the International Research Conference on Information Technology Education (RCITE) 2017. It was attended by students and teachers from twenty five (25) schools and industry practitioners from various parts of the country.

Meanwhile, the following research papers by CCSIT students were also accepted for research poster presentations:

  1. “SoilMos: A Soil Moisture Monitoring System with SMS Update and Triggered Watering Device for Gardens” by Neca Rose Valdez, Allan Joshua Bulaon, Kelvin Gomez and Maribeth Rivera
  2. “Kultura: An Educational, PC-Based 3D Role Playing Game for Enhancing Problem Solving and Strategy with respect to Filipino History and Values” by:  _________ Oronce, Maribeth Rivera and Marren Christian Valencia
  3. “OMetrics: An Online Data Analytics System with Predictive Capability for à La Crème Cafe Bistro Cakeshop” by Ivan Gonzales, Eugine Pineda, Karl Renzo Sagum, John Gabriel Urbano and Maribeth Rivera

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 BS Tourism Management Students Run Colorful Run

In line withoutcome-based education (OBE) model, which is currently being used in all academic programs to ensure the preparedness of UA students to global jobs in the 21 st century, students of Events Management course are required to organize, at least, one major activity to enhance their proficiency.

One such event was the Color Coalition 2017 on February 4, 2017 at Beverly Place Commercial Center in Mexico, Pampanga.BS Tourism Management 3B class organized and managed the event.

Students used social media to promote Color Coalition which proved to be a cheap way to reach out to many prospective runners. According to JeninahLazaro, student manager, they were expecting that the participants will come from the UA community. “After we uploaded the promotions and ads on the internet, we were surprised at the response we received.”Runners came from Guagua, San Fernando, Mexico and nearby places, including students from different schools.

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“Organizing the Color Coalition 2017 was a good way for us (BSTM students) to discover our potentials and realize that while we are still studying, we can also excel in managing events,” explained Lazaro. She added that it was, as well, an effective means to promote UA and show the versatility of its students even as she thanked her classmates for their commitment.

Medals and cash prizes were awarded to the top finishers.

UA Grade School Pupils Dominate Pagdiriwang 2017

University of the Assumption Grade School was once again declared as Overall Champion in Pagdiriwang 2017, an annual interschool event hosted by Chevalier School during their foundation celebration.

This year’s competition, which covered academic and skills contests, was participated by 14 private and public schools in Angeles City, City of San Fernando and nearby towns.

UAGS pupils won in four (4) of the six (6) events they participated which entitled them again to the most coveted top prize. “UAGS has been the overall champion for three consecutive years,” declares the UAGS Student Activity Coordinator Ms. Ruth Intal.

16195521_1303597006350730_252634576492712367_nIn the Bible Quiz, Jheiney Manalo (Grade 6 – Patriotism), Sophia Quiambao (Grade 5 – Generosity) and Faith Sebolino (Grade 4 – Prudence) emerged as champion. According to Ms. Intal, UAGS has been undefeated in this event, a proof of the commitment of UA to equip its pupils with knowledge on matters necessary for their holistic growth. Mrs. Anna Manalastas was their teacher-coach.

16265628_1303596989684065_1355022011722525655_nThe academic team composed of five (5) Grade 6 – Patriotism pupils finished as first runner up in the Academic Quiz. The team was composed of Jheiney Manalo, Radha Nacpil, Patrixia Munoz, Emmanuel Langdet and Michael Odsinada. The academic quiz challenged the students in the following fields: Math, Science, English, Filipino, Philippine History and General Information. They were assisted by their teachers Mrs. Amira Maniacup, Mr. Lauro Musni, Mr. Edwin Mejia, Ms. Roselyn Cruz and Mrs. Jonalyn Dizon

16266274_1303597036350727_6951814249116267895_nAnother Grade 6 Patriotism pupil, Gisel Garcia, won the 2 nd Runner Up in the declamation competition for her powerful and eloquent rendering of “Promise Land”. She was trained by teachers Mrs. Maybelien Maglanque and Mrs. Estrell Mateo.

16142555_1303597106350720_7392837741171597407_nMeanwhile, Liandre Lumba and Deric Elagio, both from Grade 6 Patriotism class, were declared champion for their beautifully designed tshirts in the T-shirt Painting Competition. They were assisted by their Arts teacher, Mr. Rommer Lumba.

Miguel Enzo Conel (SK-Respect) and Hannah Gabrielle Petel (Grade 5- Generosity) also competed in the Poetry Interpretation and Solo Singing Contest, respectively. Mrs. Jennifer Gatbonton and Ms. Darlyn Alonzo were their trainors.

Ms. Jennifer Gonzales, UAGS principal, expressed that though the pupils have only limited time to train, they were still able to win the overall title because they are inspired by their teachers. “We try to tell them to do their best, and that it’s not really about the winning. Rather, it’s more of gaining friends, the patience and teamwork being instilled to them. Above all, the glory that they give to God after winning.”

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UAGS, which was given recently its Level III accreditation status by the Philippine Association of Accrediting Schools, Colleges and Universities and the Federation of Accrediting Associations of the Philippines, have proven year after year their commitment, work ethic, and passion for excellence.