UAGS Pupil Tops Nat’l Editorial Cartooning Tilt

Angelou Fiona D. Legaspi was hailed as champion in Editorial Cartooning – Filipino category during the National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) 2017 held at Pagadian City, Zamboanga Peninsula on January 22-25.

Angelou belongs to Grade 6-Patriotism in the UA Grade School. She bested other competitors from =different regions of the Philippines in elementary division. She was supported and coached by Mr. Rommer Lumba, UAGS teacher.

NSPC is a conference pursuant to Republic Act (RA) No. 7079 (Campus Journalism Act of 1991), and the DepEd Memorandum No. 216, s. 2016 that aims to “equip and provide students with knowledge, skills and experience in campus journalism.” (DepEd). It is one of the biggest campus journalistic event in the country.

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.

Registrar Releases List of Honor Students for First Sem of SY2016-2017

The list of academic honorees for the first semester of School Year 2016-2017 was released today by the Office of the University Registrar (OUR). It is composed of 35 President’s Listers and 168 Deans’ Listers.

The President’s Listers garnered general weighted average grade of 93% or higher with no grade lower than 89% in any course and the Dean’s Listers general weighted average grade is 89% to 92% with no grade lower than 85% in any course.

The College of Education has the most number of President’s Listers numbering at 14 while the College of Accountancy has 41 Dean’s Listers.

Ms. Racquel M. Patawaran got the highest GWA of 96.61% among the President’s Listers. She is a third year Bachelor of Elementary Education student. Meanwhile, Ms. Sherika E. de Jesus topped the Dean’s List with a GWA of 94.5%. She is taking up Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with major in Marketing Management.

Awarding of the academic honorees will be on January 27 at 8:00AM in the University Chapel.

To view the complete list, please click the links below:

  1. President’s Listers
  2. Deans’ Listers

UA Wound-Cleaning Prototype Receives Funding from DOST

A research project by the University of the Assumption was funded and approved for development by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (PCHRD- DOST).

Entitled “Prototype development in the irrigation, drainage and drying of wounds”, the research project was a collaborative work of the College of Nursing (CON) and College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA). The authors are Dr. Emmanuel Bagtas, Dean Anele Mallari, Ms. Cherry Lazatin, Engineer Joselito Rosario, Engineer Eugene Borbajo, Engineer Marvin Mallari, Architect Edrian Sitchon, and Dr. Neil Tangquilut, a veterinarian.

“We have submitted a proposal (to PCHRD) and it was reviewed by a council for funding. Then after one or two revisions, our proposal was accepted to be funded,” explained Dr. Emmanuel Bagtas, the Researcher for Academics and clinical instructor from the College of Nursing.

The research was also included in the Priority Areas of Hospital Equipment and Biomedical Devices of the PCHRD-DOST Health Research Agenda. Its main significance is to develop a reasonably-priced, sterile and reliable hospital device.

Once developed, the wound cleaning device is planned to be applied for patent according to Bagtas. More so, the proponents are hoping that the project will be commercially available for it will not only benefit them but also the University, as well as patients and medical practitioners.

The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) is one of the three sectoral councils of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). It is a forward-looking, partnership-based national body responsible for coordinating and monitoring research activities in the country.

UAGS Chorale Sings for Gold

UA Grade School MuntingTinig emerged as Champion in the 2016 WALTERMART PAMASKONG HIMIG BULILIT held on December 9, 2016.

MuntingTinig bested 5 other competing choirs from different member schools of the Association of Private School Administrators (APSA).

Trained and conducted by Mr. Joseph Erwin Limpin, MuntingTinig amazed the judges and the audience with their rendition of “Gloria” and the official contest piece “What Child is This”.

UA Graders Bag Gold in Math Competition

University of the Assumption Grade School emerged as champion in the recently held Math-alino Ako Mathematics Competition held at SM City Pampanga last November 25.

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Janelle EiraCamaya, Marco Abraham Roxas and Cedric Elagio bagged the grand prize for the grades 1 to 3 level while Paul James Santos, Kenneth Canlas, and Juwan Baladad brought the gold home in the grades 4 to 6 level.

Sponsored by Galileo Enrichment Learning Program, the said academic competition was held to test the mettle of pupils from schools which have adapted the Singaporean Math system.

The participants were guided by their coaches Ms. Liza Canlas, Mrs. Esperanza Manio, and UAGS Mathematics chair Mr. Lauro Musni.

UA Grade School is PAASCU Level III Accredited

The University of the Assumption Grade School (UAGS) has been granted level-III accreditation by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU).

The level-III accreditation attests not only to the high standard of instruction of UAGS but also to the achievement and performance of students in both academic and co-curricular activities and the high level of competency of the teachers. It is a testament to the high standard of instruction in the UA Grade School and a well-developed mechanism for curriculum upgrading. It recognizes the capability of the UA Grade School to promote effectiveness of teaching and learning.

Along with the PAASCU level-III accreditation are the benefits given to UAGS including the permission for a “full curricular autonomy, including the authority to innovate without need for prior approval provided that the concerned DepED Regional Office is duly informed,” and “grant of full autonomy including freedom from visitation, inspection and/or supervision by DepED supervisory personnel or representatives for the duration of its Level III accredited status,” as stated in DepEd Order 32 s. 2006.

PAASCU, one of the founding members of the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP), accredits academic programs which meets the standards of quality education such that of the University of the Assumption.

This accreditation which was released on December 12, 2016 is effective until December 2020.

UA Teachers Surpassed National Passing Rates in Sept. 2016 LET

University of the Assumption takes prideof the new teachers who passed the September 2016 Licensure Examination (LET). UA has attained an overall passing rate of 46.43% for elementary level and 43.94% for the secondary-level teachers; both surpassing the national passing rates. Among the elementary-level first-timers, 78.57% passed while 64.44% secondary-level first-time takers passed the board exam.

“We are very happy because for the past five consecutive years, we were always above the national passing rate,” said Dr. Dexter Balajadia, dean of the College of Education.

Dean Balajadia also shared that even before graduation, students are prepared for the board examination through free reviews and exam simulation exercises. “We prepare our students and motivate them especially on the psychological (aspect),” added Balajadia.

He mentioned that the department does not have any problem regarding the employment of the recent LET passers since even before graduation, most of the them have been accepted in different institutions.

“I could expect more because I know their capabilities, I know their potentials and they could achieve more from what they have started.”

Among the September 2016 LET passers are:

Batch 2016

  1. BALAIS, KAREN THEA MANASAN
  2. BALATBAT, JENNIFER LAXA
  3. BELTRAN, PATRICIA ANNE LANSANGAN
  4. BONDOC, IAN ONOFRE
  5. CATAP, ALYANA DUNGO
  6. CONCEPCION, DONABELLE SEMBRANO
  7. CUNANAN, RICKA CATE TULLAO
  8. DE GUZMAN, RAISSA ROMINA DEL ROSARIO
  9. DIZON, TWINKLE JASM RIVERA –
  10. FABIAN, MADEL PINEDA –
  11. FAJARDO, FROLINE CANLAS –
  12. GALANG, KRISHA BELASA
  13. GARCIA, JOSEPH NIKKO AGUILAR
  14. GUINTO, RICA TORNO
  15. GUINTU, IVY MARIE VIELLE GOMEZ
  16. JAIME, IRAH SALAC
  17. LORENZO, ROSEANNE REYES
  18. MAGAT, ANN DOMINIQUE VENASQUEZ
  19. MALANG, DIANE MAGDALENE
  20. MANALILI, JONATHAN DIZON
  21. MANDANI, KIM PAUL MANALANG
  22. MARTIN, MARICRIS LALU –
  23. PANLAQUI, LORENELLA KIM BALAJADIA
  24. PINEDA, DINAHLYN DAVID –
  25. PINEDA, MARA CLARA FATIMA ROSALES –
  26. PASADAS JR., CARLOS ODIADA
  27. PUNZALAN, IDA MARIE INTAL
  28. RIVERA, FRANCIS DUNGO
  29. SICAT, MARY GRACE PALMA
  30. SUBA, JOAN COLOMA
  31. SUPAN, CATHERINE MAE MIRANDA
  32. VILLANUEVA, IDELLE JEHAN
  33. YANGO, SHANEN PABUSTAN
  34. ZAPATA, JESSICA CANLAS

From other batches:

  1. BATO, JENINE FAUSTINA DELA CRUZ (2015)
  2. FLORES, CINDY BARSATAN (2014)

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 CCSIT Qualifies for Championship in Web Programming Tilt

Students of University of the Assumption College of Computing Sciences and Information Technology (UA CCSIT) qualified to the championship round of Toro Inter-school IT Elite Challenge after winning in the qualifying round held at the UA Domus Mariae Coffee Shop on November 29.

Tristan Buan (BSIT 4) and Juan Franco (BSIT 3) outdid the representatives of other colleges and universities in the province in the Elite Back-end web developing category which qualifies them to compete in the finals.

Meanwhile, among the UA BSIT students who participated in the Elite Front-end category were John Gabriel Urbano, Pamela Toledo, Ivan Gonzales, Josef Sulit, Christian Jasper Macalino and Chrystelle Louis Jean Marido.

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Dr. Joey Suba, CCSIT Dean said that the competition was an amazing experience for the students especially “when it comes to learning the techniques, strategies applied in web development and troubleshooting the machine problems that they (students) encountered,” for it exposes them to the actual industry-driven programming challenges. He also said that it is a good exposure as it prepares them to employment opportunities.

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For the championship, Dean Suba said that they will have an intensive review. “I, as the coach along with the co-coach, Mr. Lester Loyola will intensify the training of the students,” he said.

The Toro Inter-school IT Elite Challenge championship will be joined by thirty-five schools from Central Luzon with two hundred twenty-two participating teams.