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THE PAULINIAN Pillar of Truth, Mover of Youth

Volume XXVI No.2 November 2012

The Official Student Publication of St. Paul University Manila


PAASCU Accreditation


What’s in for Twentythirteen


A True Pillar of Faith


Say What: Cybercrime Law

Woman gives birth on the street

Nursing students to the rescue MARCELLA VERNICE TULAO

While tropical strom Gener was threatening the country on 30 July 2012, eight heroic SPUM nursing students who were about to go on their duty came to the aid of a street dweller who had just given birth to her seventh child near the campus. Mr. Ricky Martinez, the school gardener, who reported the emergency to the students, found the woman and her newborn son lying on a piece of plywood on the sidewalk in front of Bio Pharmaceuticals, along Ma. Orosa Street. “Naawa ako doon sa mag-ina. Kitang-kita ko ‘yung babae at bata, ‘di pa putol ‘yung pusod. Naghahanap yung tatay ng puputol sa pusod; syempre babayaran pa nila ‘yun. Sabi ko, wala ka namang perang pambayad kaya naisip ko mga nurse natin na pwedeng magputol nun,” Martinez narrated. Alyssa Padiernos, one of the students, went to the students’ residence hall to call their clinical instructor, Ms. Carissa J. R. de Luzuriaga to help them. Marc Burog, another student, led the group in providing care for the mother and child. They bought diapers and other basic needs for the infant. Burog had just completed his delivery case assignment a day before the incident. The students offered to bring mother and child to the Philippine General Hospital but the father refused and jokingly said that they really intended to go to Manila Doctors Hospital but they could not get a taxi to get there. The mother wanted to name the child “Bio (pronounced as “Biyo”)” after Bio Pharmaceuticals. “Paul” was suggested by the

SPU Manila hosts 1st International Research Forum MARIA ALYSSA OCHOA

The 1st International Forum on Innovative Collaborative Learning (FICL) in Higher Education was held on 28-29 November 2012 in SPU Manila. Themed “Crossing Borders through Greater Collaboration and Learning,” FICL aimed to gather professionals around the globe to actively engage in the mission of achieving and fostering a higher level of education through frameworks of shared experiences. Delegates and presenters hailed from all over the country. Others came from Taiwan, USA, Oman, and India. Plenary speakers included Dr. Paul D. Tonks from Yonsei University, Korea; Dr. Benito L.

THE CHARITY OF CHRIST IMPELS US. In a rare and luckily captured moment, Ms. Carissa de Luzuriaga with the 4th year Nursing students strike a pose with newborn Gener and his mother. Indeed, Paulinians know how to respond to the call of stewardship and service for others. Photo courtesy of Jill Albaran.

Paulinians. The parents eventually decided to name him “Gener” after the tropical typhoon. According to the Community Development Center (CDC), Gener’s father, Mr. Jimmy Furto, used to drop by the center. Furto, who works as a parking boy, and his family live on the sidewalk of Malvar-Ma. Orosa Street. “Proud ako sa mga students ko kasi they took charge,” Ms. Luzuriaga said. Teehankee, Chair of the Management and Organization Department, College of Business of De La Salle University–Manila; and Dr. Eduardo Morato, Jr., President of ABS-CBN’s Bayan Foundation. The forum was organized by Sr. Fidelisa de Marie Portillo, SPC, Vice President for Academic Services, with Dr. Elizabeth Ramos, Dean of the Graduate School and the College of Business and Management (CBM) as Chair, and Dr. Nieves Medina, Dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Education (CASE) and Director of the SPU Manila Research Center, as Co-Chair. “Aside from being the first international conference of SPU Manila, this was a big initiative because it opened our doors to other schools and universities worldwide,” Ms. Kareen Belen, member of FICL committee, commented. Belen is also the Layout and Design Specialist of the SPU Manila Research Center. FICL was opened to all professionals with academic inclination.

The nursing students who assisted the woman were: Maureen Landicho, Anna Bettina Luminarias, Alexandria Jane Urtal, Jill Albaran, Marc Tristan Burog, Alen Alano, Alyssa Padiernos, and Mark Poral. These students, who are in their fourth year, have been handling delivery cases in different hospitals since their second year.

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“Prettier in pink”-this is what most Paulinians say about the newly renovated ladies lavatories with pink-walled cubicles. The renovation of the lavatories in Pere Louis Chauvet Building started in June 2012, a few days after the start of classes. Many are pleased with the new developments in campus. Sr. Natividad de Jesus Feraren, SPC, Vice President for Administrative Services, said the facilities, such as lavatories and the psychology and communication laboratories were renovated for the benefit of the students. The budget for these renovations came from the laboratory fees, institutional development fees, and administrative funds. Continued on page 9



Paulinians pay tribute to University President, teachers MARIA ALYSSA OCHOA

WELL DESERVED. SPC Sisters, with Rev. Fr. Roderick Salazar, SVD, receive tokens of appreciation from the students as teachers not just by profession but also by vocation and inspiration. Photo courtesy of Kathryn Eli

“President’s and Teachers’ Day” was celebrated on 1 October 2012 at the Fleur-de-lis Theater. A Holy Mass in commemoration of the Feast of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus opened the event. Fr. Roderick Salazar, SVD celebrated the Mass. Students expressed their gratitude to their mentors through a program and gave them cupcakes as simple gifts. Near the end of the program, in his open letter to students, Dr. Runvi Manguerra stated, “Thank you for loving us; even if we are difficult to love.” Dr. Manguerra is the President of the Kapisanan ng mga Guro (KG) of SPU Manila. The community singing of “If We Hold on Together” ended the event. As a gift to the community, Sr. Lilia Thérèse Tolentino, SPC declared “free day” for everyone. The event was spearheaded by the Paulinian Student Government and the Budding Educators Society. Students showcase talents

Aside from the cupcakes, videos, and messages presented to thank their mentors, the colleges also prepared numbers to spice up the program. Students from the College of Arts, Sciences, and Education (CASE) presented “Reverse Creation,” a speech choir selection. Kathrina Alano and Irynn Ralphe Viray, 4th year Mass Communication students, sang “Thanks to You” by Tyler Collins. An interpretative dance, Kanlungan by Noel Cabangon, was showcased by the students of the College of Business and Management (CBM). A readers’ theater piece, “The Giving Tree,” was performed by the Common Freshmen Program students. The students of the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences (CNAHS) presented a mime on SPU Manila’s environmental advocacy. A dance number, “Teacher’s Pet,” was rendered by the Paulinian Student Government. It was an encore of the Memories of Broadway concert for the students of the College of Music and the Performing Arts (CMPA). The Music students performed a medley of songs from Les Miserables.

The gift of teachers

In her book, Half Broke Horses, Jeannette Walls writes, “Teaching is a calling, too. And I’ve always thought that teachers in their way are holy - angels leading their flocks out of the darkness.” True enough, this has been what the Paulinian students feel for their teachers.

“They are more than our teachers-they are our second parents.” “Paulinian teachers are dedicated and very inspirational. When I was still a student, most people say that after graduation, we will not find a job. My teachers on the other hand would encourage us about a lot of opportunities that are open to our course. They are more than our teachers-they are our second parents,” Chelsea Angelica Acejo, a Nursing alumna, shared. Sr. Lilia expressed her gratitude for the Paulinian teachers in her message given to The Paulinian: “You are vital and critical, in fact, indispensable, for the effective realization of our educational mission. The real teacher sees teaching as a vocation, not just a profession. To the real teacher, teaching is a mission, not just a career. Dear Paulinian Teachers, we salute you in a special way and we thank you for being instruments in the formation and education of our students.” The story behind the name

Though “Teachers’ Day” is celebrated worldwide on 5 October, the event was celebrated simultaneously with our President’s feast day. 1 October 2012 marks the 45th feast day of Sr. Lilia Thérèse as a religious. People often wonder about the story behind religious people, their names, their reasons for entering the life, etc. To satisfy the readers’ curiosity is the story behind the name of our dear President, Sr. Lilia Thérèse.

Lilia Lindain Tolentino was born on the 1st of December 1944 in Baliwag, Bulacan. The only girl in the family, she finished her high school and Bachelor of Music studies in St. Paul College of Manila. She was 21 years old when she decided to enter the religious life. Sr. Lilia belongs to the first religious batch of St. Paul Sisters that kept their baptismal names when they become novices but were asked to choose an additional religious name. Lilia submitted “Sr. Lilia of the Cross, Sr. Lily of the Cross, Sr. Lilia Marie and Sr. Lilia Thérèse” for her religious name. However, her superiors said that “she would have many crosses in life” if she chooses Sr. Lilia of the Cross, hence, her name, Sr. Lilia Thérèse. According to Sr. Lilia, she included St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus in the list because she was attracted to the Saint and her life of simplicity. St. Thérèse’s life was deeply focused on Jesus, for whom she lived, and Sr. Lilia wanted to emulate this as a religious. On her third term as President

Sr. Lilia, the 7th President of St. Paul Manila, was installed on 1 October 2010. On her third term, Sr. Lilia conveys, “It is time to sow again and to move on. As we step into another century, we keep our vision and mission rooted in the rich history of our university that rose from poverty, ashes, crosses, and failures, while firmly holding on to spiritual, moral, and ethical values and principles amidst the temptations and lures of secularism and materialism. We continually ask ourselves ‘Where are we going?’ and ‘Where do we want to go?’ But we should never forget where we came from and where our roots are.” In the years to come, Sr. Lilia sees the university able to face and address challenges on sustainability and survival, with a curriculum that meets global standards and increasing demands from the Commission on Higher Education and accrediting agencies.

PAASCU Accreditation pushes through amid rain JENINA RAE CRUZ

The Philippine Accreditation Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU) team came to SPU Manila for re-accreditation on 13-14 August 2012. The PAASCU visit was for the Level III re-accreditation of the following programs: BS Accountancy, BS Business Administration, AB Mass Communication, BS Nursing. and BS Psychology. In spite of the torrential monsoon rain the country experienced and the one-week class suspensions, the PAASCU visit pushed through. Ms. Josie Peña of the Quality Assurance Office was quick to say “No” when asked if the “habagat” affected the PAASCU preparations. “The PAASCU organizers were here during the suspension of classes, working on the accreditation papers,” Peña continued. “The PAASCU visit has to push through.” The result of the accreditation will be released three to six months after the visit.

NEWS Fire hits Nursing Arts lab; Paulinians readied with drills KATHLEEN RASING AND CHERRY MAE SALAZAR

The Nursing Arts laboratory on the fourth floor of the St Paul Building caught fire around 3:00 A.M. of 22 September 2012. Fire departments were quick to respond. More than ten fire trucks, coming from Intramuros, Sta. Mesa, Pandacan, and Sampaloc, arrived at the university within half an hour. “Ibig sabihin mabilis ang response. Mabuti nang marami kaysa magkulang, di ba?” Raffy, a Sta. Mesa fire medic, commented. The fire allegedly started from the overheating of the laboratory ceiling fan. As of this writing, the administration has not released information about the fire. “Nung una akala ko nagloloko lang uli ‘yung alarm, kasi nangyari na rin ‘yun nung summer. Pero nung nag-check ako sa baba, sobra na ‘yung usok. Kaya nga ginising ko na [‘yung mga dormers] tapos pinababa agad. Buti maliit lang ‘yung apoy.



Paano kung malaki, eh ‘yung iba ayaw bumangon,” said Agnes Dulo, a staff from the Le Berceau Residence Hall. “Buti nga nag-fire drill na. At least alam na [namin] kung ano’ng gagawin,” Marcella Tulao, one of the dormers, said. The fourth floor of the St Paul Building was closed for weeks for investigation. Fire drill: a premonition? Four days before the fire, SPU Manila conducted an earthquake and fire drill. Students, faculty, and staff were instructed to duck, cover, and hold as part of the safety measures to maintain order and discipline in emergency situations. The drill was aimed “to prepare the students in case of an earthquake and fire, because if there’s an earthquake most likely Continued on page 19

The South Manila InterInstitutional Consortium (SMIIC) Research Committee, in collaboration with Fund Assistance to Private Education (FAPE), held a roundtable discussion on understanding corruption in the education sector on 25 October 2012 in the Café Fleur-de-lis, SPU Manila HRM Training Center. Among the 11 SMI-IC member schools, SPU Manila and Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) were the lead proponents of this event. Other member-schools that attended were St. Scholastica’s College (SSC), Philippine Christian University (PCU), Philippine Normal University (PNU), Adamson University (AdU), De La SalleCollege of Saint Benilde (DLSCSB), Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU), and Philippine Women’s University (PWU). Three paper-presenters delivered their research on the corruption found in the education sector, both national and local. Dr. Socorro Rodriguez, Chair of the SMI-IC Research Committee and Research Director of EAC, presented her paper, “Report on the Major Finding of the Recent National Corruption Survey and Its Implications to Education.” This was followed by Dr. Domingo Nuñez, Research Consultant of PCU, with “Vulnerability of Academe to Corruption”; and SPU

Manila’s Research Director and Dean of College of Arts, Sciences and Education (CASE), Dr. Nieves Medina with “Best Practices Employed by Schools to Combat Corruption.” Students were also present in the roundtable discussion. Maria Alyssa Ochoa and Chessamika Gatdula represented the Paulinian Student Government (PSG), with representatives from PCU, led by the student government president, Mikhail Jude Fabio, III. Dr. Rodriguez moderated the Q&A, while Dr. Medina handled the syntheses and resolutions. The roundtable discussion ended with the signing of resolutions which were proposed by the attendees. The roundtable discussion on corruption in the education sector was the third of a series. The first discussion, on nutrition issues among the youth-types and magnitude of the nutrition problems among the youth (adolescents), national programs and interventions, and policies was held on 15 May 2012 in the Department of Health Compound in Tayuman. A roundtable discussion on the ban of tobacco advertising in coordination with the World Health Organization followed on 22 May 2012 in Adamson University.

Compassion research intensified CHESSAMIKA JANE GATDULA AND MARIA ALYSSA OCHOA IN ACTION. Volunteers from the CNAHS help in organizing and facilitating the fire drill. This is in response to the typhoons and earthquakes that the country has been experiencing. Photo courtesy of Mr. Julius Riogelon “Nursing Students... Continued from page 1

“Tinuruan kami sa Nursing na kailangan lagi kang um-attend sa needs ng iba. Ginawa lang naman namin kung ano ‘yung dapat naming gawin. Basically wala naman kaming naramdaman na something special noong araw na ‘yun, parang normal lang sa amin,” Burog said. “Kahit umulan o bumagyo, as a Nursing student of [SPU Manila], and as part of a health care team, we should always be ready to serve other people’s needs,” Padiernos added. The university suspended classes that day due to onslaught of Typhoon Gener. The nursing students, along with Ms. Luzuriaga, were featured on the 10 October episode of ABSCBN’s “Ako Ang Simula.” They visited the place where Gener’s family live; they were still staying along Ma. Orosa Street.

“Una nahihiya pa ako syempre first time kong makunan sa TV. Proud ako sa sarili ko na narepresent ko ‘yung school and ‘yung college of nursing. It’s a [simple] way [of ] returning the favor na tinuruan nila ako,” Burog said. Clarice Bulias, one of their classmates, recommended the story to her friend, Michael Rolluque, who works as researcher in ABS-CBN. “With the heroic deed of my classmates, I think they deserve to be acknowledged to remind people that anyone, whatever status you are in, can do good deeds any day and anywhere. Also, helping out doesn’t need to be publicized. Knowing that you have actually helped out already gives you the feeling of selfworth. Sharing this story also reveals the true Paulinian identity (that Paulinian students do apply the five core values),” Bulias said.

“Research does not only add service to life. Research adds life to service,” Mr. Jerome Cleofas, faculty member of the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences (CNAHS), said in his opening remarks. SPU Manila Research Center reiterated this at the 1st Students’ Compassion Research Colloquia held on 20 July 2012. The event was attended by 219 students across colleges. This was the first time the Research Center organized an institutional research forum and the first time that three research activities happened on the same day. The colloquia introduced compassion research and the selfrealization page. Former Research Director, Dr. Brian Bantugan, introduced compassion research in 2008. It is “sustainable research founded on Gospel values to promote human dignity which aims to address social ills that cause personal or communal poverty.” It is value research directly uplifting the human condition.

The self-realization page is a new addition to Paulinian research. Coming after the recommendations section, it contains reflections of the researchers on Paulinian values realized in making the paper. Alumni were invited to present their undergraduate theses. Among the paper presenters were Roscel Isip (ABMC 2012), Audrey Reynoso (BSP 2013), Ben Joseph Quiñones (CNAHS 2011), and Michelle Sto Tomas (ABMC 2011). Senior Research Associate, Dr. Gerardo Guiuan, found the colloquia very relevant because “the sharers are students and our graduates.” Guiuan spearheaded the colloquia. Another Compassion Research Seminar was held in September to build up information on the subject A revised Research Manual is also to be released. “I am really very happy because I can see the fruit of our labor in research grow in a very short period of time,” commented Dr. Nieves Medina, newly appointed Research Director.



Paulinian CPA Board Passers’ strong character Five Manila Paulinians have been added to the list of Paulinian Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) this year. Bea Sotto and Jozza Sevilla passed the CPA licensure exam held in May, while Emilee Tingala, Stephanie Hernandez, and Gloria Magulhado took the examinations in October. Tingala described the CPA licensure exams as “one of the most terrifying exams I ever took ... My heart was bursting with happiness when I saw my name in the list. After almost five months of intensive review, I can finally breathe and sleep soundly and worry-free.” A fresh graduate, she passed the board exam at first take. Meanwhile, Sevilla said that the time she


spend reviewing was both “the most stressful and happiest moments” of her life. “I aimed to have that three-letter title but at the same time I also prepared myself that not everyone can pass the board exams, and one may not get it the first time, the second one or even on the third. ‘Everyone has his own timing for everything, not when one wants it but when He wants it to happen.’ I strongly believe that,” she added. For aspiring CPAs, Sevilla advised that they have their teachers as guide but they [should] always remember that their fate [depends] on their determination, effort, and faith. “It will be their hands, not others, that would make their future.”

CAS and TEP Student Councils merge MARIA ALYSSA OCHOA

One Arts. One Sciences. One Education. One college. One heart. This was the motto that the College of Arts, Sciences, and Education Student Council promulgated in their general assembly on 4 July 2012 in the Founders’ Hall. Formerly CAS SC, the College of Arts and Sciences Student Council merged with the Teacher Education Program Student Council in the last week of June 2012. Former President, Maria Alyssa Ochoa, is now the Council of Presidents Secretary. Former Vice President Internal, Nardine Aislinn Marie Agodon, is now the Council of Presidents P.R.O. The decision to unite the two student councils was made in response to the merging

President: Justine Rei Valenzuela Vice President: Katrina Bulgar Secretary: Roxanne Urquico Asst. Secretary: Chessamika Jane Gatdula Treasurer: Mary Marjiemae Lorenzo Auditor: Jairah Sebastian P.R.O.: Kathrina Alano Head, Advocacy Committee: Jenny Stephan Sampole Heads, Sports and Cheering Committee: Rica Angeles and Renelyn Seraspe Heads, Discipline Committee: Joriel Catura and Crystal Fatma Manlulu of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and the Teacher Education Program (TEP).

CMPA presents “Memories of Broadway” LOTI ABAD

The College of Music and the Performing Arts (CMPA) presented “Memories of Broadway” on 27 September 2012 in the Fleur-de-lis Theater. CMPA students and their mentors performed various Broadway musical excerpts from Brigadoon, West Side Story, Cabaret, Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Les Miserables among others. “Amazing! We’re a fan of Broadway! Favorite part namin ‘yung kinanta nila ‘yung America!” students from Paco Catholic School (PCS) said. Performers were pleased with the result. “I’m happy it’s finished!” Ronan Ferrer, one of the mentors of the students and a performer, said. “Masaya! [I feel] blessed! Thank God because it’s my very first time to sing solo on stage,” Kenneth Rarama confided. Nina Ganal, a former member of the Glee Club of SPU Manila, said, “I enjoyed the show! I was reminiscing the days we performed in shows like this!” Sr. Ma. Anunciata Sta Ana, SPC, Dean of CMPA announced, “Next will be A Night at the Opera!” GLIMPSE OF BROADWAY. Marlon Fernandez and Rosette Marie Aguinir, both Music students, wow the audience with their talents in singing. Photo courtesy of the Student Affairs Office.

Les Cherubins Centennaires take oath of Professional Nurses


A thanksgiving Mass and oathtaking ceremony for the new Paulinian registered nurses was held on 7 September 2012 in the Chapel of the Crucified Christ. Mr. Marco Antonio Sto. Tomas led the oath-taking ceremony. Sto. Tomas is a member of the Philippine Regulation Commission-Board of Nursing (PRC-BON). Accompanying the new Paulinian nurses were their families and the administration and faculty of the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences (CNAHS), who witnessed their promise to respond to God’s call of being at service to people. “Now that I am a Paulinian registered nurse, there is actually more to the happiness that I feel - that is responsibility... Anyhow, I’m proud to be a Paulinian registered nurse for we provide holistic care to our patients plus we carry the values of a true Paulinian, a Pro-life advocate,” John Byron Apolinar, RN remarked. The batch expressed their deep gratitude to CNAHS Dean Rhoda LiraReyes, Ed.D, RN and to the clinical instructors who brought and accompanied them on their journey to become Paulinian registered nurses. SPU Manila places 11th among top performing nursing schools Only 27, 823 of the 60, 895 passed the Nursing Licensure Examinations (NLE) this year, 102 of whom were from SPU Manila’s Centennial Nursing Graduates “Les Cherubins Centennaires” (LCC). LCC arrived at a passing rate of 96.26%, placing SPU Manila’s CNAHS in the 11th spot of the Top Performing Nursing Schools in the Philippines. Of the 106 Manila Paulinian NLE takers, only four failed the exam. Dr. Reyes said, “Though only a small percentage failed the exam, this is not enough reason to rejoice fully. The goal is to achieve a 100% passing rate.” Two hindrances Dr. Reyes mentioned two factors that might have hindered the CNAHS from getting a 100% passing rate: laxity in the implementation of admission and retention policy and lack of passion in becoming a nurse. Increasing the cut-off grade from 83 to 85 is seen as a solution to counter the aforementioned factors. The implementation has been approved by Sr. Fidelisa Portillo, SPC, Vice President for Academic Services. Students who will not be able to reach the grade requirement shall be given tutorial sessions. Dr. Reyes encourages the students to focus and know their priorities in life. Meanwhile, she urges CNAHS faculty to take time to know their students and listen to what “they are not saying and be sensitive to it.”



CMPA offers “A Night at the Opera” MARIA ALYSSA OCHOA

POISED. Lakambinis from different colleges show the crowd the class and elegance of Filipino culture and heritage in their bedazzling and modernized Filipiniana outfits. Photo courtesy of Kathryn Eli and Katherine Apan.

SPU Manila celebrates “Buwan ng Wika” BERNADETH MARIE PEREZ

As part of the nation’s month-long celebration and in compliance with the memorandum of the Department of Education (DepEd), SPU Manila unified with other educational institutions in giving importance to the month of August as the “Buwan ng Wika.” The “Buwan ng Wika” culminating activity was held on 31 August 2012 in the Fleur-delis Theater with the theme “Tatag ng Wikang Filipino, Lakas ng Pagka-Pilipino.” Participants from different colleges took part in the presentation. The program was composed of three segments: “Sabayang Pagbigkas,” “Isahang Pagawit,” and “Lakan at Lakambini ng Wika 2012.” It was the first time that that the university invited other schools to be part of the celebration. Dr. Juanito Infante said, “It is one way of establishing connections [with] our feeder schools. It’s also a way of acknowledging their talents.” Dr. Infante is Chairperson of the Common Freshmen Program (CFP) and the Teacher Education Program (TEP). Paco Catholic School won as the champion in the “Sabayang Pagbigkas” with Ermita Catholic School as 1st runner up. “Isahang Pag-awit” champion Lorenz Albert Sioson shared, “Sa totoo lang po, di po talaga ako makapaniwala since freshmen pa lang po ako [at] magagaling po talaga [mga] kalaban ko.” The “Lakan and Lakambini ng Wika 2012” contestants were greatly applauded by the audience as they walked onstage to represent their respective colleges and answered questions from the judges, including Bb. Pilipinas candidate Romelin Roxane de Castro. De Castro is a fresh Paulinian graduate from the Mass

The Fleur–de–lis Theater relived its glory as the “Broadway of Herran” during the 1960s on 15 November 2012 with “A Night at the Opera” presented by the College of Music and the Performing Arts. Voice professors and students, as well as other CMPA students, performed during the concert. Alumni, Russell Indab and Regina Garabiles, were also featured. Performances for the night were classics of Mozart, Lehar, Herbert, Sullivan, Gershwin, Romberg, Bizet, Offenbach, Saint– Saens, Delibes, Verdi, and Puccini. Paulinian students, families and friends of the performers, students from other schools, Sisters such as the Religious of the Virgin Mary, and guests such as Eric, the son of Gov. Luis “Chavit” Singson, watched the concert. Gov. Chavit donated Php 100,000.00. The donation and the proceeds of the concert will be for the scholarship fund of the CMPA. “A Night at the Opera” was the third concert of the CMPA for Academic Year 2012-2013. Ms. Rosalinda Orosa, a prominent advocate for culture and arts, was recognized during the concert. Ms. Orosa has written for The Manila Times, Daily Express, Manila Chronicle and The Philippine Star. “Magnifico,” Fr. Michael La Guardia, a faculty member of the Religious Education Program, enthused.

CMPA commemorates “Buwan ng Wika” with a concert MINETTE STO. TOMAS

Filipinos celebrate “Buwan ng Wika” every August. This year, the College of Music and the Performing Arts (CMPA) celebrated it with a concert, “Mga Gintong Awit Pilipino.” Held on 23 August 2012 in the Fleurde-lis Theater, the concert featured voice professors from CMPA, namely, Ms. Elisante Cortes, Ms. Nenen Espina, Ms. Thea Perez MAGINOO. The Lakans pose in their Barong Tagalogs for the Question and Answer portion of (sopranos), and Mr. Ronan Ferrer (tenor). the contest. Photo courtesy of Kathryn Eli and Their accompanists were Mr. Gary Silangcruz Katherine Apan. (flute), Mr. Ruben Reyes (guitar), and Ms. Communication Program. Melissa Taqueban (piano). Prior to the event, empty bottles were Some of the songs performed were “Sa displayed at the Pedro Gil Lobby for Libis ng Nayon” by Santiago Suarez, “Maalala Paulinians to drop monetary support for their Mo Kaya” by Constancio de Guzman, “Saan representatives. The collected amount was to be Ka Man Naroroon” by Restie Umali, and “Sa allotted for the PEACE fund of SPU Manila, Ugoy ng Duyan” by Lucio San Pedro. intended for its 100 catechists project. “The preparation leading to the concert Jonathan Fortes from the College of Arts, was stressful but once it started, everything Sciences, and Education (CASE) won as “Lakan went beautifully,” Ferrer said. ng Wika 2012,” while Mary Anne Dimalanta A student from the Mass Communication from CFP was adjudged “Lakambini ng Wika Program said, “Hindi ko get ‘yung ganoong 2012.” style pero maganda [at] ang gagaling nila!” Danica Joyce Sabangan of BS Accountancy Sr. Ma. Anunciata Sta. Ana, SPC, CMPA 4 shared, “It was well organized. Sayang hindi Dean, says that classical music has been ganoon karami ‘yung nanood tsaka nakakatuwa forgotten as time goes by. People do not kasi may mga guest from outside the school na appreciate classical music anymore and “our goal nagbahagi ng kani-kanilang talento. At syempre, is to promote it and let people see [its] beauty.” hindi nagpatalo ang mga Paulinian!” Last school year, Sr. Anunciata launched “Buwan ng Wika 2012” was organized by the T.G.I.M.F. (Thank God It’s a Musical Friday) Ms. Lourna Tagay, General Education Program which features CMPA students performing Chairperson, and Dr. Infante. classical music.




Third year Mass Communication students visited the Aeta Tumangan Tribe in Botolan, Zambales as part of their literacy program, “ABAKADA para sa Aeta.” This was held on 7 September 2012 as a requirement in their Development Communication class under the tutelage of Program Chairperson, Ms. Lalaine Vitug-Mallari. Lunch was served for the Aeta community and games were conducted. A storytelling session was rendered by students Aveneth Alindugan and Dawn Naval. Second and third year

Mass Communication students underwent a storytelling training with Alitaptap Storytellers Philippines in July. Donations and goodies collected through the efforts of the group were distributed. A computer unit coming from the profit of the recently staged play, Mamma Mia, was given to the Aeta community to aid in the children’s learning. The community immersion was also part of the requirement in Public Information Strategies class under Dr. Joseph Balaoing, who


The Mass Communication Program, in cooperation with RockEd Philippines, staged a benefit concert in SPU Manila in support of the OPM industry and for the benefit of the Aeta children in Botolan, Zambales. “Awit Para Sa Botolan”, which was held on 21 September 2012 at the covered walk, featured OPM bands and artists such as Keiko Necesario (a former Paulinian), Sandwich, Pedicab, and Duster. Eighty percent of the concert proceeds were donated to the Aeta children as part of the literacy program of the Mass Communication students. “I really like the cause, the one for Botolan. We’ve had many invitations before na it was just for the concert itself, parang the most important thing is the concert, but with the organizers from St Paul’s Mass Communication [Program], I felt that the fundraising for Botolan, Zambales [was] more important to them,” Gang Badoy, founder and executive director of RockEd Philippines, remarked.

RockEd Philippines is a volunteer group working to provide venues and events for alternative education. The conveners of RockEd decided to “Rock Society through Education” and educate the youth through rock culture. Senior Mass Communication students, Jessey Anne Guiam, Nadine Natiola, Kirstie Lorraine Patron, and Kimberly Vargas, organized the event as part of their thesis. Their Mass Communication thesis, “A Proposed Communicative Campaign on the Promotion of Original Pilipino Music (OPM),” aims to promote OPM as essential to Filipino cultural identity. Badoy added, “Sobrang galing ng St. Paul’s Mass Communication. There was no hitch; they knew exactly what they wanted. The event was so organized, and the space is great. And of course because we did all things right, the weather cooperated.” “I’m really happy to be helping Aeta children and I think it’s also a great opportunity for the OPM artists to be a part of this great benefit,”

“Dyip ni Juan Year 2” rocks SPU Manila KEESHIA RAPSING

The first band concert in SPU Manila this year was held in the university quadrangle on 31 August 2012. “Dyip ni Juan” is an all-Pinoy music campus tour presented by Northern Star Productions, Inc. (NSP). NSP partnered with Channel V, which hosted “Dyip ni Juan” last year. The campus tour aims to promote Filipino music to students. For its second year, it visited 10 universities and colleges in the National Capital Region. The concert kicked off with performances by the AB Sirens and the Paulinian Dance Troupe. Progeny, Parokyano, Maude, and

Sleepwalk Circus were in the lineup of performers. The rain did not stop the students from enjoying the show. “Okay lang na umulan, mas na-enjoy namin ‘yung concert,” a student who requested anonymity said. The concert was stopped past 10:00 P.M. due to the rain and for the safety of students. Students, though disappointed, were happy to meet and take pictures with UpDharma Down who were not able to perform. “You guys are sweet. We will come back again if you invite us,” Armie, UpDharma Down’s keyboardist and vocalist, promised.

ALL SMILES. The adopted Aeta community in Botolan, Zambales gather for an annual community immersion of the Mass Communication Program. Proceeds from the concert Awit Para sa Botolan were used to fund the project. Photo courtesy of Nathan Espinosa.

was present in the immersion. The Aeta Tumangan Tribe in Botolan, Zambales is the

adopted community of the Mass Communication Program of SPU Manila.

shared Keiko Necesario, a finalist in the song-writing contest of the Philippine Popular Music Festival. “It was the best in the universe, we love your school. This is my first time here, so I’m very happy to be here, thank you very much for having us,” Raimund Marasigan of Sandwich commented. “I hope you ask us back again because we love it here. Dito na ako magka-college.” “The benefit concert was fun. [We were] able to help uplift OPM and at the same time help the Aeta children,” Natiola, one of the organizers, said. “We were able to get funds to provide the Aeta kids [with] school materials. We’re grateful to the people who watched the concert and those who didn’t watch pero bumili pa rin ng tickets para lang makatulong. This shows how generous Paulinians are.” The concert also featured performances from Mass Communication student, Beige Elorde, Paulinian Dance Troupe (PDT), and SPU Manila Music students, Minette Sto. Tomas, Rosette Aguinir, and Kimberly Longkino. John Edward Capinpin (ABMC-4) and Hezekiah Callilano (ABMC-3) hosted the event.

MAMMA MIA: Make That Change

Hosted by Rain De Leon and sophomore student Mart Magdangal, “Dyip ni Juan” was made possible through the efforts of the Integrated Student Media Society (ISMS), the cocurricular student organization of the Mass Communication Program.


AB Mass Communication Theater Class staged the “ABBA-solutely fab” musical Mamma Mia on 24 August 2012 at the Fleur-de-lis Theater. Mamma Mia was staged to raise funds for indigenous children in Zambales. The proceeds of the play will be used in the literacy project of the Mass Communication Program for the Aeta children in Botolan, Zambales. The production was staged twice on that day and was open to the public. Mamma Mia was enjoyed not only by the Paulinian community but also by students from Colegio de San Juan de Letran, San Beda College, University of the East , Our Lady of Fatima University, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, University of the Philippines, and University of Sto. Tomas. Some compliments from the audiences were: “the actors and actresses are very in character”; “you don’t want to miss any part of it.” Others were speechless and all they could comment was a twothumbs up. The director of the musical, Nathan Espinosa, said the play was a success “because a lot of people watched and [we] saw [that] the audience enjoyed.” Challenges, such as the handling of the members of the production were hurdled: “It takes a lot of patience especially since most of them were females,” Espinosa added. The musical was made popular by the famous singing group ABBA with its catchy and classic music. Taking a cue from the success of the performance, many people have been inquiring whether there would be a repeat performance. Espinosa explained that “this kind of production occurs only once in a theater class each school year, so maybe [it’s up to] the next batch of students; if they want Mamma Mia Part 2; well nothing’s impossible”.


SPU Manila opens Year of Faith JORIEL CATURA

SPU Manila joined the Roman Catholic Church in opening the Year of Faith through a flash mob on 11 October 2012 in the university quadrangle. At exactly 10:20 A.M., the Paulinian community was surprised to see Paulinian Volunteers for Christ (PVC) and students from CF3 and HRM-2A dancing to the songs “Faith” by Hillsong and “Promises” by Desperation Band. The flash mob concluded with the formation of the word “FAITH” through the use of cards. This was followed by the unveiling of four banners, headed by Sr. Mary Vianney Ramirez, SPC, Vice President for Student Services. The banners were on the Year of Faith, the 50th Anniversary of the Opening of the Second Vatican Council, the 20th Anniversary of the Promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), and the canonization of Pedro Calungsod, the second Filipino saint. The activity was organized by the Christian Formation Program and the Campus Ministry Office, spearheaded by Sr. Josephine Ramada, Vice President for Christian Formation, and Ms. Elmgay Valeriano and Mr. Leonard De Leon, Campus Ministry Assistants. ‘Porta Fidei’ “Porta Fidei” (Door of Faith) is Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Letter dated 11 October 2011 for the indiction of the Year of Faith. In his letter, the Pope said, “The ‘door of faith’ (Acts 14:27) is always open for us, offering us the life of communion with God and offering entry into

His Church… It begins with Baptism (cf. Rom. 6:4); [and ends] with the passage to eternal life.” The Pope concluded with the hope that this Year of Faith may make our relationship with God stronger and firmer because He is the only one who can guarantee an everlasting love; He is always present in our midst to overcome the power of the evil one; and He is a sign of the definitive reconciliation with the Father. ‘Year of Faith’ In his speech during a Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City on 16 October 2011, Pope Benedict XVI declared 2012-2013 as the “Year of Faith” for the whole Roman Catholic Church. “It will be a moment of grace and commitment to a more complete conversion to God, to strengthen our faith in Him and proclaim Him with joy to the people of our time. It will give new impetus to the mission of the whole Church

to lead men out of the desert in which they often find themselves, to the place of life, of friendship with Christ,” the Pope said. The Year of Faith opened on 11 October 2012 and will end on 24 November 2013, the Solemnity of Christ the King. The opening of the celebration coincided with the 50th Anniversary of the Opening of the Second Vatican Council and the 20th Anniversary of the Promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC). The CCC is a document produced in collaboration with all the bishops of the Catholic Church and was promulgated by Pope John Paul II to respond to the request of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops in 1985 to serve the catechists. The Pope concluded his address by putting everyone who helped in new evangelization under the protection and guidance of the Blessed Virgin Mary who “helps every Christian to be a valid witness to the Gospel.”

FLASH MOB ALERT. The Paulinian Liturgical Animators form FAITH after their vigorous animation of the songs Faith and Promises. The animations were choreographed by Mary Joyce Chamorro (ABMC IV) and Mr. Leonard de Leon (Assistant Campus Minister). Photo courtesy of the Campus Ministry Office.

SPU Manila celebrates annual Christian Formation Week

Paulinians honor Mary in Exhibit JAMIE MARESE LAGUS


I SURRENDER. Paulinians raise their hands, lifting everything to God in the praise and worship led by Bro. Obet Cabrillas at The Paulinian Feast on 14 September. Photo courtesy of Sam Manuel.

Themed “Know, Live, Celebrate our Faith with Fervor,” the Christian Formation (CF) Week was celebrated from 10 – 14 September 2012. According to Mr. Leonard de Leon, Campus Ministry Assistant, this year’s CF week celebration is different and significant because SPU Manila is celebrating the Year of Faith. He adds that this celebration highlights a year of blessing as we also celebrate the centenary of SPU Manila and the proclamation of Pedro Calungsod as saint. CF Week started with an Institutional Mass presided over by Rev. Fr. Bong Gino in the Fleur– de–Lis Theater on 10 September. An exhibit on Pedro Calungsod was also showcased by the Religious Education teachers and their students in light of his canonization on 21 October 2012. The exhibit opened on the first day of CF Week. Different contests were held in the Founders’


Hall to encourage student participation. A CateQuiz was held on 11 September, a Reader’s Theater on 12 September, and Step Up for God, a praise and worship dance contest on 14 September. The Christian Formation Office places high value on building communities and spreading the Word of God. On 12 September, a catechism for SPU Manila’s partner communities was held. An interactive forum on the Year of Faith: Porta Fidei was held on 13 September. Eike Von Schuck, one of the organizers said that this year’s CF week attracted more students. The CF Week ended with the Youth Mass celebrated by Rev. Fr. Enrique Santos and The Paulinian Feast on 14 September in the Fleur– de–Lis Theater. The latter was led by Bro. Obet Cabrillas, SPU Manila’s Feast Builder. Cabrillas is also the Feast Builder of Feast Manila, which is held every Friday in SM Manila.

In celebration of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Marian Exhibit was held on 15-24 August 2012 at the Levesville Hall. The unique exhibit of life-size canonically crowned images and titles of the Blessed Virgin was held as part of the celebration of the Year of Faith as declared by Pope Benedict XVI. The exhibit promoted three principles: to promote deep devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary in the life of prayer; to promote awareness of the different images and titles of the Virgin Mary as the Mother of God; and to enrich classroom learning in religious education subjects. In groups, Paulinians participated by praying the rosary upon entering the exhibit. Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary is the absolute expression of love for Christ. People learn more about Christ through Mary. The Christian Formation Program held the event through the help of the Campus Ministry Office.

DOLOROSA. Various images of the Blessed Virgin Mary, such as this of the Nuestra Señora Dolorosa add to the ambiance and solemnity of the exhibit. Most of the statues were from Red Aaron Villafuerte, an HRM junior student. Photo courtesy of Katherine Apan.



Paulinian alumnae provide glimpse of the past CHERRY MAE SALAZAR

“Everyone you will see on this stage is a Paulinian,” University President, Sr. Lilia Thérèse Tolentino, said as she opened the Paulinian Heritage Forum on 17 August 2012 at the Fleur-de-lis Theater. The forum aimed to reintroduce the Paulinian heritage--from the pre-war years to the post-war years--to present Paulinian students. Invited as guests were notable alumnae, Atty. Benita Marasigan-Santos (pre-war) and former Justice Secretary Agnes Torres-Devanadera (post-war). The panelists were Ms. Sherry LaraAlingod and Ms. Monette Ocampo-Martinez. The forum was an off-shoot of the Caritas Christi Centennial Awards, where each awardee is honored with an activity or a grant in his/her field. In the name of Estelita Juco, two scholarships were provided for the Master of Arts in Special Education program. Juco taught in St. Paul College Manila and was a columnist in various publications. She represented women and the disabled in Congress for two years and pushed for three bills: requiring ramps for the disabled, a Braille Section in the National Library, and day care facilities for children of working mothers. She was an editor of The Paulinian and founder of the Public Relations Unit (PRU) of the university. The presentation of Prinsipe Rodante on 10 February 2012 was held for Dr. Felicidad Mendoza., who was a dentist by profession but wrote and directed theater plays, including comedias. She molded Celeste Legaspi and Maritess Revilla, among others. A conference on Restorative Justice held on 29 November 2011 was in honor of retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Ameurfina Melencio-Herrera. Herrera is the granddaughter of Emilio Aguinaldo. She also became Chancellor of the Philippine Judicial Academy. Two more events for the Caritas Christi Centennial Awardees are being held this year, one of which is the Paulinian Heritage Forum in honor of Atty. Santos. The other will be a re-staging of Fr. James B. Reuter, SJ’s The Night before Christmas in November. Described as an “ever-loyal alumna,” Atty. Santos half-jokingly said during the forum that she felt like she had never left St Paul.

LOOKING BACK. Atty. Benita and former Justice Secretary Agnes share their thoughts on how St. Paul was during and after the world war II. Experiences and memories are brought back to the present as they recount the tales of the past. Photo courtesy of the Student Affairs Office.

SPU Manila’s foreign students attend conference on Cross-Cultural Well-Being MICHELLE ANNE STO. TOMAS

Themed “Cross-Cultural Well-Being: A Thrust towards a Global Community,” the 10th Philippine International Friendship Organization Inc. (PIFO) National Conference was held on 5 September 2012 in Bahay Kalinaw, University of the Philippines-Diliman. The conference was attended by administrators, moderators, and students from about 25 universities and colleges in the country. International student-delegates from the International Students Association (ISA) were Ting Ting “Cyndi” Zhao, ISA President; Tsz Kit “Kevin” Cheung, Vice President; Diandra Saqui, Secretary; Harpreet Chohan, P.R.O; Seniha Selma and Darlyn Roxas, members. They were accompanied by ISA moderator, Ms. Michelle Sto. Tomas. Speakers were Dr. Jose Alberto Reyes from De La Salle University Manila and Dr. Maria Tinio from Far Eastern University Manila; and Dr. Romeo Barrios from Adventist University of the Philippines and Mr. Andrew Macalma from St. Louis University, Baguio City for the panel discussion. During the panel discussion, Dr. Tinio encouraged the international students to “think at large, think about the mission and nationbuilding.” On the other hand, Dr. Barrios said, “Happiness is not complete when we do not

share it with others.” Mr. Macalma challenged the participants to go out of their comfort zones and go to their growth zones. He inspired the participants to be happy within themselves first and let it “flow”; let it be experienced by others. PIFO officially launched the 43rd PIFO’s “Three Most Outstanding International Students in the Philippines” during the conference. Malaria Baraka and Moses Yosef, both Nigerians who were hailed outstanding international students last year, shared their insights on “Building a Global Community.” Yosef emphasized that humans are interdependent “and there’s no way we can commune and stay on our own.” As his final words, he stressed that we must have the desire and enthusiasm to learn and adjust; but learning isn’t enough. According to him, we must act upon it. PIFO also launched its Student Arm, the Circle of International Students in the Philippines (CISP). CISP was pioneered by the international students themselves. PIFO is a private, non-profit organization helping and introducing foreign students in the Philippines to its life and culture. In the same manner, it exposes Filipinos to the life and culture of foreign students. It was formed in 1952 as “Welcome Strangers Club of the Philippines” by Mr. Ben Mahinay.

Responsibility to vote emphasized in caravan CHESSAMIKA GATDULA AND MARIA ALYSSA OCHOA

Entitled “R18: Kaya Natin Kung Kakayanin Mo Rin,” the voters’ caravan was held on 5 October 2012 at the Fleur-de-lis Theater. The caravan was coordinated by the Paulinian Student Government with the Kaya Natin! (KN!) Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership and the Ateneo School of Government. Former Mayor Mary Jane Ortega of San Fernando, La Union and former Mayor Sonia Lorenzo of San Isidro, Nueva Ecija shared their experiences in politics. In concretizing good governance and ethical leadership, Lorenzo said that it is important to know how to govern the people properly with

transparency, honesty, and accountability. Joriel Catura, one of the KN! youth volunteers, said that the caravan is needed for people to be reminded that they have the responsibility to vote. “One vote can change the future,” he continued. The event was spearheaded by the Paulinians who joined the first batch of the Youth Leaders’ Summit in the Ateneo de Manila University on 19 – 21 April 2012: Katrina Bulgar (ABMC IV), Joriel Catura (BSEd IV), Chessamika Jane Gatdula (BSEd IV), and Maria Alyssa Ochoa (BSP 4). KN! Movement aims to empower Filipinos to know their rights and inform the youth about their responsibilities in the society.

Right to Vote. Kaya Natin! Volunteers, together with the PSG, guest speakers and Sr. Vianney, give a big smile to the camera as they receive their tokens of appreciation. Photo courtesy of the Student Affairs Office

NEWS ‘Superstars’ shine in assembly JAMES PATRICK ANARCON

The new set of Paulinian student leaders were united for the first time in “Superstars Unite,” their first general assembly this year, held on 6 July 2012 at the HRMTC Function Hall. Preceding the assembly was the daily noon Mass, sponsored by the Paulinian Student Government (PSG). Student leaders took their oath of office during the Eucharistic Celebration. PSG consists of all officers from the college student councils. An estimated number of 50 officers from college student councils, cocurricular and extra-curricular organizations attended the assembly. School policies and activities for AY 2012-2013 were presented. Proposed revisions for the Student Handbook, made during the leadership training of college

student council officers in Baguio, were also discussed. Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Undersecretary for Special Concerns, Jose Mari Oquiñena, led the Pilipinas Natin Balangayan Forum. Pilipinas Natin is a campaign for active involvement of the Filipinos to bring back the culture of “bayanihan.” The campaign advocates that every Filipino can engage in activities for nation-building and people empowerment. “It was very informative. [The assembly] made it easier [for us] to actually see and know who the student leaders are,” commented Beatrix Ongjoco, Treasurer of the Integrated Student Media Society (ISMS) and Vice President of Public Relations Unit (PRU). Hosts Mary Chesley Calderon, Marjiemae Lorenzo, and Frederick Murillo, ended the assembly with the statement, “I am a Paulinian, I walk, I talk. I walk my talk.”

SPU Manila joins Run for a Cause

campaign of Avon Philippines to raise awareness of and help reduce the risk of breast cancer among women. This year marks the 20th NESELLE MAGBOO year of the campaign. SPU Manila, in support of Themed “Let’s Walk the Talk its environmental and social Run,” the fun walk/run was held on responsibility advocacies, joined 21 October 2012 in the Mall of Asia the annual “Ilog Pasig Run” and open grounds. “Avon Philippines Walk.” Launched in the Philippines in 2002, KGBC aims to help provide Run for the environment access to care and support to “Run for the Pasig River,” medically under-served Filipinas. initiated by ABS-CBN, is an annual With yearly walk and run events advocacy run that serves as a and fundraising products in the fundraising and information country, the company for women campaign for the on-going has been able to help establish rehabilitation of several inlet the Breast Cancer Center in the canals (esteros) in Metro Manila. Philippine General Hospital (PGH) A total of 74 students from and offer free consultation, initiate the College of Business and support groups for sufferers, and Management (CBM), College of provide much-needed equipment Arts, Sciences and Education (CASE), to provincial hospitals. To date, and College of Nursing and Allied Avon has raised US$740 million Health Sciences (CNAHS); and staff worldwide for research and from the Campus Ministry and advancing access to breast cancer Student Affairs Office joined the care. (Source: http://www. “Run for the Pasig River,” which was in the Quezon City Memorial talk-run-and-walk-against-breastCircle on 30 September 2012. cancer/) Forty-eight Paulinians, Walk for health and accompanied by staff from against breast cancer the Student Affairs Office and “Kiss Goodbye to Breast International Relations Office, Cancer” (KGBC) is an annual joined the run/walk.

Paulinians join thousands of runners at the “Run for the Pasig River.” Photo from the ABS-CBN Foundation.


COLOR IT RED. Paulinians wear red to unite with fellow attendees in the prayer rally vs. RH bill. Red, according to Fr. Melvin Castro of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Family and Life, symbolizes the blood of “innocent babies” killed by contraception and mothers who die due to pregnancy complications. Photo courtesy of Mr. Melvin Macuha.

Students, faculty join prayer rally vs. RH bill MARIA ALYSSA OCHOA

Despite the heavy rains plaguing the Metro, Paulinians against the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill joined thousands of people at the EDSA Shrine on 4 August 2012 to pray for its non-passage. RH Bill or House Bill 4244 is An Act Providing for a Comprehensive Policy on Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health, and Population and Development, and for Other Purposes. Its principal author is Rep. Edcel Lagman with 103 other representatives as co-authors. Mr. Melvin Macuha, Student Affairs Assistant, expressed his opposition to the RH bill. “Yung values kasi mawawala kung mamimigay ka ng libreng condom. Kung gagawin mo yun,

anong values yung itinuturo mo?” Paulinians who joined the prayer rally were mobilized by the Christian Formation Office and Student Affairs Office (SAO). Heading the delegation were Ms. Evelyn de la Peña, Ms. Mary Day Tolentino, and Ms. Elmgay Valeriano, Mr. Melvin Macuha and Ms. Maribel Corcolla. “The prayer rally showed the unity of Paulinians and their faith. It showed that we are concerned with what is happening around us and that we are vigilant. It proves that we are pro-life,” one of the Paulinian Volunteers for Christ (PVC) who joined the rally said. The prayer rally was organized by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

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One student from the College of Arts, Sciences, and Education (CASE) said of the lavatories, “It’s better than before. The color really shows how ‘kikay’ Paulinians are. I just hope my fellow Paulinians will use it properly, because sometimes I notice the floor is a bit swampy after using the bidets. It was a good change though.” Another student said, “I like the changes. I just hope all restrooms will be renovated soon.” “It’s even more sanitized now than before. The water supply is good,” added someone from the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences (CNAHS). Ms. Lalaine Vitug-Mallari, Chairperson of the Mass Communication Program, said three communication laboratories have been renovated: speech, radio, and TV production laboratories.

The speech laboratory was renovated in 2011 and began re-operating in the same year. The renovation of the radio laboratory started in the summer in preparation for classes in June. Renovations for the TV production laboratory were finished recently, in time for the next semester. The renovation of the editing room is next in line this coming summer. Engr. Mervin Cequeña, custodian of the Communication Laboratories, said that they also upgraded and replaced devices and equipment as part of the total renovation of facilities in the program. The renovation of the Psychology Laboratory started in February and was completed in April, according to Engr. BennAnthony Soriano, Supervisor for Building and Grounds Maintenance.



Male students gather for ‘boy talk’

Orgs welcome freshies MARY CHESLEY CALDERON

Extra-curricular organizations and advocacy groups of SPU Manila opened their doors to new applicants during the recruitment day activity held on 22 June 2012 at the conference lobby. Organizations present were Hubog Paulino, Paulinian Dance Troupe (PDT), Paulinian Environmental Society (PES), Paulinian Peace Builders (PPB), Paulinian Shutters Club, Red Cross Youth Council (RCYC), SPU Manila Taekwondo Club (TKD), and Tanghalang St. Paul (TSP). The recruitment day catered mostly to freshmen and new students. PDT garnered the highest number of applicants. According to students from F8, it was the RCYC that caught their attention the most because of its “Christ-centeredness” mission. Meanwhile, other first year students think that it was TSP that demonstrated the most interesting skit because of their “Mara Clara–Sampalan Scene.” The rationale for having this recruitment day is to provide freshmen students an avenue to realize their skills and develop their talents as


Students from CF -7star as the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres (SPC) and reenact the 1940s decade of SPU Manila. The SPC Sisters were more than devastated by the destruction of the institution during World War II. What remained after the bombing was the façade of the Crucified Christ, which lives and stands strong up to this day. Photo courtesy of Katherine Apan.

they become part of the Paulinian community, according to Student Affairs Officer, Ms. Maribel Corcolla. In this way, SPU Manila will produce not only academically competitive students but also talented Paulinians grounded in their mission to proclaim and serve Christ.

Freshman Initiation: Unstoppable ANGELEEN JOY CRUZ AND MA. JENINA RAE CRUZ

No rain could stop the Paulinian Freshies from showcasing their talents. Despite the heavy downpour, the Freshman Initiation with the theme, “Now Showing: Reminiscing the Past, Going Back to the Decades,” went on to rock the university gymnasium on 20 July 2012. Freshman Initiation is an annual event for Paulinian freshmen students. Senior students were assigned as mommies and daddies to look after the freshmen “babies.” The event was organized by the Paulinian Student Government (PSG). The presentation of the decades was as follows: the 1910s - F4 and the Tourism Program; 1920s - F9 and the CS/IT Program; 1930s - F6 and the HRM Program; 1940s -F7 and the Psychology Program; 1950s - F8 and the Mass Communication Program; 1960s - F2 and the Teacher Education Program (TEP); 1970s - Music students; 1980s

– F1 and the Nursing Program; 1990s – F3 and / Financial Management Accounting Program; and 2000s – F5 and Entrepreneurship Program. Presenting The Sound of Music under the supervision of TEP, F2 bagged the award for best performance. “There are several differences that I can see in this year’s initiation. First of all is the location, I can say that the quadrangle is a more suitable place to hold the initiation. And there wasn’t much enthusiasm about this year’s initiation, unlike last year where it was fiesta mood since the morning,” Jonie Jacildo, a sophomore AB Mass Communication student, observed. The Acquaintance Party started with intermission numbers by the Paulinian Dance Troupe (PDT) and College of Business and Management (CBM) Sessionistas.

Male students of SPU Manila attended a seminar entitled “Tara, Usap Tayo, Brad: Boy Talk with Atty. JBJ,” held on 13 July 2012. Atty. Josephus “JBJ” Jimenez, resource speaker, is SPU Manila’s Restorative Justice Consultant and a faculty member of the College of Business and Management. Restorative Justice is an approach that gives justice not only to the victims, but also to the offenders, by giving them the right sanction, such as community service and apologizing to the victims. Important issues involving male students were discussed, including hazing and sexual harassment. The Anti-Hazing Act, signed by former President Fidel Ramos, disallows hazing or initiation rites in any fraternity, sorority, or school Boy Talk with Atty. JBJ. Photo courtesy of the Student Affairs Office. organization without written notice to the school authorities. In SPU Manila, students are not allowed to join fraternities and sororities. Ramos also signed the Anti-Sexual Harassment Act in 1995. Sexual harassment is a form of bullying that involves malicious acts and words. The act values the dignity and respect of each Filipino. The activity also paved the way in promoting organizations for the male students, like the Achian Society and the varsity teams for basketball and volleyball. “The talk with Atty. JBJ was really unexpected. It was weird yet fun to have that talk because we really learned a lot of things,” Eljohn Calisang, a CS-IT student, said. Darius Reambonanza and Frederick Murillo from the College of Music and the Performing Arts (CMPA) hosted the event.

Stepping Up for a Greener Environment BERNADETTE ANN SORILLA

“Let the youth get active and work for a greener environment.” St. Paul University Quezon City (SPU QC), in cooperation with Garnier Philippines, kicked off its “Get Active Campus Challenge” on 22 June 2012. “Get Active Campus Challenge” aimed to promote health and wellness through physical activities like sports. Preliminaries were held on 4 July 2012 with different colleges and universities participating, SPU Manila’s varsity team, VIPERS, had a friendly match with SPU QC’s PUMA. The G-Project was held on 27 July 2012 in SPU QC with activities such as Search for Most-Recycled Outfit, Get Captured, Photography Contest, and Search for Outstanding and Most Active Campus. Participanting schools and universities were SPC Pasig, SPU Iloilo, Our Lady of Peace School Antipolo, Jose Rizal University, Centro Escolar University, and Asia Pacific College. SPU Manila was represented by the Paulinian Shutters Club, Paulinian Dance Troupe, and the VIPERS basketball team. “It was a fun activity, since it involved other universities and I got to meet new people,” one of the participants shared. “And the cause of this project makes it more exciting–seeing youngsters do their part for a greener environment.”

ONE WITH NATURE. The gentlemen of Achian Society enjoy a swim by the waterfalls after the rigorous three hour climb (left). Participants plant a mahogany seedling during their mountain climbing activity (right). Photo courtesy of the Achian Society.

Achian Society goes mountain-climbing and tree-planting RALPH PATULOT AND MARIA ALYSSA OCHOA

Thirty-three participants climbed Mt. PanguilBuntot Palos in Pangil, Laguna, on 22-23 October 2012. Named “Hidden Falls” and “Eel’s Tail,” Buntot Palos is a level 1 climb, taking two to three hours to reach. Entitled “Push yourself to the Extreme Limit! Achi-At na tayo, Paulinians!”, the activity aimed to promote camaraderie among Paulinians, enhance survivability, experience nature and develop appreciation for it. “The climb was pretty rough because of the bad weather; the ground was wet and muddy, the trail was slippery and confusing, time was limited and we needed to reach the campsite

near the falls. With all the hardships and obstacles, the group managed to arrive safely at the campsite,” Ralph Patulot, President of Achian Society, narrated. The participants also planted mahogany, mango, and narra seedlings by the campsite. “The activity was successful and hopefully, more Paulinians would come and participate in the next climb,” Patulot added. Achian Society is an extra-curricular organization of SPU Manila promoting camaraderie, recreational and community development activities exclusively for male students.



Paulinians join young women leaders for peace CHERRY MAE SALAZAR Photo from

“A country that is in peace is a country that can prosper and grow.” This was stressed during the 12th Young Women Leaders Conference (YWLC) in Miriam College, themed “Engaging Young Women on Peace and Security Issues.” YWLC is an annual event organized by Miriam College’s Women and Gender Institute (WAGI) with CEDAW Youth Network, Women’s Peace Table, and the Sanggunian ng mga Mag-aaral ng Miriam. It aimed to provide an avenue for discussing social issues concerning young women. Speakers included Amanah Busran Lao, an independent researcher; Beverly Orozco of Generation Peace Youth Network; and Atty. Johaira Wahab, head of the legal panel of the negotiating panel for peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). For Lao, peace should be sustainable in order to foster societal changes. Orozco revealed alarming statistics on the status of armed conflicts in Mindanao. She said that 90% of the provinces have armed conflicts which are “smallscale and not visible” and that the number of casualties in the 40 years of armed conflicts in the Philippines is greater than the casualties in the bombing of Hiroshima.

Wahab provided an update and a “closer look” on the peace process negotiations and the impact of conflicts on women and children. “The effects of armed conflict on women and children go further than the statistics,” she said. Eleven Manila Paulinians were among the 140 young women delegates. SPU Manila delegates, Loti Abad (ABMC 2), Mari Jovel Beltrano (BSBA 4), Katrina Bulgar (ABMC 4), Camille Cabahug (BSN 3), Harpreet Chohan (BSBA 3), Danica Dela Cruz (BSHRM 3), Sheryl Anne Eupeño (BST 3), Marjiemae


Five students from SPU Quezon City (SPU QC) and 23 Manila Paulinians participated in the Pilipinas Natin (PN) Balangayan Camp. The camp was held in the Jamboree Hall, Boy Scouts of the Philippines, Los Baños, Laguna on 23-24 October 2012, with the theme “Bayanihan for Nation Building.” The Balangayan Camp is “about training more Filipino leaders to have a sense of volunteerism and responsibility in order to respond to social issues. It is also about instilling in students the Filipino leadership values and love for country,” Ms. Maribel Corcolla, Student Affairs Officer and a PN volunteer, remarked. The two-day-and-one-night activity consisted of talks on values formation,

volunteerism, and leadership, as well as team building activities, facilitated by Mr. Toby Madayag, PN-NCR Coordinator; Ms. Maribel Corcolla, Student Affairs Officer; Mr. Melvin Macuha, Student Affairs Assistant; and PN Paulinian Pioneers--Aislinn Agodon (ABMC4), Irish Asperga (BSBA-4), Johlemarie Diaz (BSFMA-4), Marjiemae Lorenzo (BSP-2), and Eike Von Schuck (BSENTREP-3). “The experience during the Balangayan Camp was the truest because from there, you will learn who you are, what you can and what you cannot do,” Roxanne Urquico, a participant in the camp, commented. Pilipinas Natin is a volunteer movement initiated by the Philippine Presidential Communications and Operations Office (PCOO).

Paulinians usher in CMMA Night CHERRY MAE SALAZAR

Ten senior Mass Communication students were usherettes in the 34th Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) Night, held on 25 September 2012 at the Star Theater in Pasay City. CMMA is an award-giving body that aims to acknowledge and award “media products that enhance the total human development of the Filipino audience.” This year’s theme was “Reflective Silence and Word: A Richer Communication of Our Faith.” The usherettes were Public Relations Unit (PRU) members: Nardine Aislinn Marie Agodon, Kathrina Alano, Katrina Bulgar, Mary Joyce Chamorro, Joyceanne Veronica Costelo, Colleen de Leon, Jessey Anne Guiam, Renalyn Magat, Nadine Natiola, and Cherry Mae Salazar. They were accompanied by Ms. Jenny Olivar,

moderator of the PRU. “My CMMA experience served as an opportunity for me to realize what or how it is to be part of the media industry. Although I was there as an usherette, I was overwhelmed by the program and the personalities present during the event,” Costelo shared. Joanne Castillo, a Mass Communication fresh graduate, now works at CMMA as Events Coordinator. As former PRU President, she knew that Paulinians would do well as usherettes for the awards night. “Very pleasant, accommodating, and elegant ang usherettes during the awards night. [They were] very highly commended during our post production meetings. CMMA would love to invite them again in the years to come,” Castillo said.

Lorenzo (BSP 2), Beatrix Ongjoco (ABMC 2), Rachel Ann Ramos (BMME 2), and Cherry Mae Salazar (ABMC 4), were accompanied by Disaster Management Coordinator, Ms. Mabel Abear. Other participating schools were Miriam College, St. Scholastica’s College (SSC), Philippine Women’s University (PWU), La Consolacion College (LCC), De La Salle University (DLSU), Caraga State University (CSU), Mindanao State University (MSU), and Philippine Normal University (PNU).

Saving a life through blood donation ERIKA KRISTEN ROMANA REGALADO

The Paulinian community saved lives by participating in the annual blood drive of the Red Cross Youth Council (RCYC) held on 26-27 July 2012 in the Community Development Center (CDC) Room. “Saving a life through blood donation” is the theme this year. As part of RCYC’s advocacy of promotion of life, the activity is conducted annually with the goal of three blood drives per academic year. The blood drive is made possible with the help of the clinical instructors of the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences (CNAHS) and SPU Manila alumni. A total of 61 volunteers registered. Among them were students, faculty, staff, family members, and invited guests. Only 46 volunteers passed the screening for blood donors; a total of 46 blood bags were collected. The Philippine Red Cross and the Philippine General Hospital sponsored the blood drive this year. The donations will be forwarded to their blood banks. When asked why she got involved in the blood donation, Dannica Vidal, a Tourism freshman said, “Kasi gusto kong ma-try yung feeling magdonate ng blood and makatulong as well.” “The activity was indeed a success because for each blood bag collected, three lives will be saved. Through this activity, we were able to see the spirit of volunteerism in the students, most of whom really have the desire to donate blood,” RCYC President Mikee Fabian said.



Nine Manila Paulinians become legislators for a day KEESHIA RAPSING

On 28 July 2012, over 350 students nationwide, including nine Manila Paulinians, became legislators for a day in the 1st Philippine Model Congress held in the Senate of the Philippines. The first Philippine Model Congress was a government simulation program wherein students engage in debates, caucuses, committee meetings, and plenary sessions for a day–which legislators normally do. The program was organized by an executive board of student leaders: Leandro Legarda Leviste, Thomas Rosal, Lance Katigbak, and Tricia Peralta. “There are so many young people who want to be involved

in the government and are interested in current affairs but don’t have an opportunity,” Leviste, son of Sen. Loren Legarda, said. Delegates were tasked beforehand to think of a bill which they want to amend and to prepare a privilege speech for whatever issues they want to address. They were grouped according to the committees they had chosen in their application: Political, Social, or Economic Committee. The “session” of these student legislators ranged from economic issues, like mining and contractualization, to social issues, like graft and corruption,

SPU Manila to host 8th leadership congress SPU Manila will host the 8th Tertiary Paulinian Student Leaders’ Congress (TPSLC) and 3rd Campus Journalism Congress (CJC) on 3-6 April 2013. TPSLC and CJC is an annual gathering of student leaders and campus journalists from seven member schools of the St. Paul University System (SPUS), St. Michael College of Cantilan, and St. Paul University Quezon City San Miguel and Bocaue campuses. The congress aims not only to further develop the leadership and writing skills of students but also to deepen their understanding of spirituality and faith. This will be the second time for the university to host TPSLC. The first was the second TPSLC. SPUS follows a rotation system in the hosting of the leadership congress. The first TPSLC was held in Iloilo, followed by Tuguegarao,

Manila, Surigao, Dumaguete, Quezon City, and Ilocos Sur. Committees such as Logistics, Welcoming and Invitation, Program, Documentation, and Food were formed for the upcoming congress. Student leaders and alumni were invited to help in the preparations. The theme has not yet been decided as of this writing. When asked how the preparations are coming, one of the committee members commented that everything is still in the stage of planning. They have not yet finalized everything but have submitted proposals on expectations for the congress. Starting next year, TPSLC will no longer be an annual event to make way for the GreenBoree, an environment fair that addresses the environmental advocacy of SPUS.

Urquico accepted in leadership journey FULFILLING. This was Roxanne Urquico’s reaction upon receiving the news that she has qualified to join the nationwide 8th Ninoy and Cory Aquino Leadership Journey (NCA LJ). Urquico joined the leadership journey to strengthen her relationship with God, because “in a relationship, you always strive to make it stronger; there is one thing in me that I never want to lose and that is my faith.” Other Manila Paulinians who were in the previous batches of NCA LJ are Ninya Sarena Saquilabon (BSBA Batch 2012; NCALJ Batch 2), Maria Alyssa Ochoa (BSP 4; NCALJ Batch



6) and Mary Joyce Chamorro (ABMC 4; NCALJ Batch 6)). Urquico is a third year Mass Communication student. She is the secretary of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Education Student Council (CASE-SC) and a Paulinian Volunteer for Christ (PVC). NCA LJ is a spiritual journey for youth leaders who have passion and great desire to serve. It is hosted by the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation and the Ninoy and Cory Aquino Center for Leadership. The leadership journey was held on 16-18 November 2012 in the SPC Vigil House.

poverty, and the Reproductive Health Bill. Former Sen. Richard “Dick” Gordon, keynote speaker of the model congress, highlighted the importance of vision and strong initiative among the youth. Rep. Rexlon “Rex” Gatchalian of the 1st District of Valenzuela and journalist Maria Ressa also gave talks about youth empowerment. Gatchalian shared his experiences as a young congressman and talked about how to become a good legislator. Ressa, on the other hand, discussed the impact of social media in empowering the youth and inspiring change.

“It was nice to act as a congresswoman even for one day. We represented each district of every province in our country. I learned a lot about the legislative body of our government. We had plenary sessions, debates, and talks. It was a total experience!” Kim Medrano, BS Legal Management 4, remarked. Manila Paulinian delegates were Kimberly Jean Medrano, Le Belle Soriano, Raiza Grace Zabala, Roxanne Yvanna Santiago, Maria Beverly Nuñez, and Marielle Tan (BSLM); Mary Joyce Chamorro, and Cherry Mae Salazar (ABMC); and Mary Chesley Calderon (BSA).

HRM Students go on Exposure Trips NESELLE MAGBOO

In line with the subjects, Filipino Cuisine, Introduction to Culinary, and Principles of Tourism, sophomore Hotel and Restaurant Management (HRM) students had a three-daytwo-night trip to Camarines Sur in August. Aiming to immerse students in actual scenarios, junior students also went on a CebuBohol trip as part of their Bar Management and Facilities and Layout Design subjects. Meanwhile, senior students from the HRM and Tourism Programs went to Macau on 23-26 September 2012 as part of their major subjects, such as Tourism Planning and Development, World Tourism, and Destination Marketing. Dr. Mary Grace Leongson, Chairperson of the HRM Program stressed that the tours are not mandatory, and a critic paper will be required of students who do not join. “We hold our international exposure trips once a year, and every semester for the local trips. We get the most beneficial and affordable packages for our students. Transportation, accommodation, food and beverage, seminars and certifications, city tours, and travel insurance are covered by the basic inclusions. All is set. Students just need to bring pocket money,” Leongson said. HRM and Tourism Programs share common learning objectives especially in exposure trips, local or abroad. The choice of destination depends on the subjects being taken within the semester. The students must achieve the same goals: interaction with the people and local government of the particular city or country, immersion in a hospitality industry, and comparison of facilities in local, provincial, and international settings.



What’s in for




So, if we have all managed to survive the so-called Doomsday, what better way to “celebrate” it than having a list of what to expect next year! 2013 is a promising year for launches of great books, movies, concerts, and gadgets; lots of things that will surely keep us all at the tip of our toes wanting for more! And so, I have made a list of what I would be thrilled to see and/or experience this coming year!

Google's Augmented Reality Glasses

Google pairs up with Vuzix for the ultimate dream gadget-a gadget we have seen only in futuristic games and films, 2013 brings these glasses to life. According to’s Ian Tucker, the Vuzix projects a small colour image in front of your eye, runs the Android operating system and connects via Bluetooth to your phone. The screen could show you text messages, emails, or map directions. This hi–tech spectacle can be in your hands for $500 (Php 20,000). Other gadgets coming up include Apple’s iPhone 5S and iPhone 6, Xbox 720 and more.

The Script is back!

The Irish band that made us fall in love with their hits, “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved,” “Science and Faith,” “Six Degrees of Separation,” and more will be live in Manila on the 31st of March 2013 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Get ready for this one special and rock-serenade night.

Celluon Laser Projection Keyboard

STAR Team Launches Campus Visits

work hand-in-hand in promoting the university as they conduct campus visits. Their aim is to increase potential college applicants through the representation of Paulinian students. Paulinian Ambassadors from each college were designated for this purpose. These ambassadors are selected students from different colleges who possess the qualifications of a true Paulinian in terms of academics and behavior. STAR Program Core Team had their first activity at the career fair of St. Peter the Apostle in Paco, Manila. The ambassadors were also ushers and


“Saan ang St. Paul University Manila? Exclusive for girls ‘yun, ‘di ba?” These are some of the questions commonly heard when referring to SPU Manila. That is why Dr. Arsenio Bignotia came up with a marketing team to answer these questions. Bignotia is the director of the STAR Team. STAR (Strategic Turn-Around) Program Core Team and the Paulinian Ambassadors

World War Z

Brad Pitt is back on the silver screen! And for his latest role, he is in conflict with what seems to be the latest craze: zombies! He plays a United Nations employee out to save the world from the deadly outbreak of zombies out to take over the living. Now, if you are one of the The Walking Dead fans, I am sure you would not miss this for the world! Other movies to watch out for are The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Despicable Me 2, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, and Iron Man 3. 2013 will be a definite bang in the stellar and film department!

Laser? Projection? Keybo...what? Yes, you read that one right! 2013 paves the way for some of the most advanced technologies we have laid our eyes on and this definitely does not fall short of our expectations! This gadget will project a laser keyboard on a table and detect any movement above the surfaces of the keys. Now how cool is that? But for such a nice gadget, it is also said to be retailing at a nice price of $116.99 (Php4,680).

usherettes in the Inter-Ed Career Counseling held at the Philippine Trade and Training Center on 13 September 2012. The school was exposed not only to local institutions but also to international schools. Because of the STAR Program Core Team, SPU Manila’s marketing strategy has been changed, and the design and layout of brochures and application forms improved. “Being part of this project is really challenging since the image and reputation of the school depends on [our] presentation to the people,” Kyrene Micu, one of the Paulinian Ambassadors, said.



Sister Mary Pilar Verzosa

A True Pillar of Faith KATHLEEN RASING

Every time we hear of the sudden and unexpected death of a person who has contributed a lot to the betterment of our society, we feel a tug at our hearts and a deep sense of loss. These are definitely the feelings of the numerous people who knew Sister Mary Pilar Verzosa, Religious of the Good Shepherd (RGS). Let us take a look at her wonderful life story and know what inspired her to be pro-life!


ister Mary Pilar L. Verzosa, RGS was inspired by the call of Fr. Paul Marx, who founded Human Life International in 1974. At the age of 28, she started the pro-life movement in 1975 and became one of the staunchest advocates of life and family in the crusade. As a Good Shepherd nun, Sister Pilar’s main mission was to help any “girl or woman who is in distress because of pregnancy she is not ready for, or being abandoned by the father of the baby, fearful of the anger of her parents and unsure of what her future might be,” through a counselingnursery center, the “Heart of Mary Villa.” She reached out to families nationwide through her radio programs, TV appearances, books, and training programs. In her commitment to serve the poor as a strong advocate of Pro-Life, Sr. Pilar, along with Sr. Zenaida Pineda, was charged with being an NPA commander responsible for the murder of several military informers in Lobo, Batangas, during the martial-law years. They were given conditional release and were confined within the convent walls, for their security and safety. While in the convent, Sr. Pilar always found something worthwhile to do. She gave sessions on health to novices, began encouraging the use of medicinal plants and concocted “pito-pito” during her spare time. She shared her gifts with the congregation, as well as the local Church by volunteering in the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’s Commission on Women and the promotion of

“Pondo ng Pinoy.” Indeed, Sister Pilar spent most of her lifetime as a nun not just defending but also protecting the culture of life against the culture of death sweeping our modern world of secularism. Even before the current controversy over the anti-life RH bill, she had already put up a Pro-Life Foundation obviously foreseeing that eventually the advocates of abortion in the western world would invade our shores and pressure our government to promote abortion by the use of artificial contraceptives under the guise of reproductive health. Thus the Pro-Life Foundation of the Philippines is now at the forefront of the movement opposing the passage of this bill. As Paulinians, we are one with the mission of Sister Pilar to stand up against abortion and the RH Bill. It is also our main advocacy to preserve the dignity of women and urge the Filipinos especially the youth, to hold on to their lifeaffirming values. Sister Pilar was and will always be a true Christ-centered Paulinian, an authentic and genuine example, a pillar of truth, faith, and life. As one Pauline Community, we are also called to share the same mission with great love and compassion to preserve life and give great importance to it by raising awareness among our fellow youth and leading them to become responsible individuals and faithful followers of Christ. Sister Pilar was a woman of deep faith and

courage. As her successors, let us keep the burning love for life alive in our hearts and continue the mission that has been handed down to us. Despite all of the unexpected circumstances and challenges we might encounter along the way, let us still DO THE RIGHT THING ANYWAY! Sr. Pilar, the leading pro-life advocate and founder of Pro-Life in the Philippines, passed away on 9 September 2012.

In Memoriam

at heart, she devoted herself to educating the mind of the young. Dr. Ravara was with the Paulinian community for many long years. She was very devoted in serving the school and educating the students despite being diagnosed with breast cancer. As a teacher, she is known to be strict but very hands-on. Her friends in the school (and even some students) commented that she really knows what she is teaching and doing. One of them described a typical scenario in the classroom wherein Dr. Ravara would just enter the classroom empty-handed. She would just pick a chalk and start discussing their lesson for that day. She was very accommodating and supportive. Everything personal remained confidential with Dr. Ravara. She respected people and their opinions. She could turn negativity to positivity. One of her friends in school said that she could always make you feel very comfortable with her. She did not easily judge people and this could be seen by how many friends she had. Dr. Grace was diagnosed with a Stage IV D Breast Cancer. Until the end, she fought her battle boldly and bravely. It was the fight of a brave woman who did not want to surrender to the pain, hardships, and discomforts of the illness

and the treatments. Dr. Ravara kept things mostly to herself. Because she did not want her friends to be sad, worried, or burdened, she kept her illness a secret. A teacher to all; a dean to many; a doctor to those who were in need. A mentor, a friend, a sister, an aunt, and a daughter -– these are just some of the personae of our beloved Dr. Ravara. What loss is greater than that of a friend? What absence can be felt more than that of a mother? What memory can always be remembered by the ones who can truly remember? She will forever be remembered as a mother, whose patience and understanding have been etched in the very hearts of students, colleagues, and friends. And as Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote in his poem, “In Memoriam A.H.H”: He is not here; but far away The noise of life begins again, And ghastly thro’ the drizzling rain On the bald street breaks the blank day. Dr. Ravara may not physically here with us, but our memories of her will continue to live in our hearts – never to be forgotten in the battle of life.


Words are not enough to describe and personify Dr. Grace Ravara. Only those who were able to be with her can truly know who the real Dr. Grace is. Born Regina Gracia Ravara on 3 January 1958, she was a graduate of BS Psychology in St. Paul College (now St. Paul University Manila). A doctor by profession but a teacher

God cannot be outdone in showering us with the promised hundredfold. I am sure He will continue to outpour His love on me from day to day in pastures yet untrodden. I would like to dwell in His house forever.

-Sis. Mary Pilar Verzosa, RGS


Letter for the Youth Today


In Retrospect:

My Life as a Paulinian MS. JENNIFER JOY OLIVAR


My life as a Paulinian is indeed a lifelong journey. At my current age, I would say I spent almost a lifetime. Since elementary up until now as a professional, St. Paul has been a big part of me.


For my fellow Filipino youth, Good day! My heart is overflowing with great joy and happiness for the opportunity given to me to write you a letter inviting you to become holy. I’m just a teenager like you. I was 14 years old when I became a sacristan and assisted Padre Diego in catechism. Our ages are not too far, right? I am from the Visayan region, your fellow countryman. I, too, am Catholic. We believe in God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit. I really wanted to help Padre Diego in spreading the Good News of our Lord so I went with him to the Ladrones Island in Guam. It was very different in our time, because if you wanted to go some place you would have to climb mountains and conquer jungles. But I knew that God was with us the whole time in our journey. So I continued teaching catechism to the young natives and baptizing babies. Some natives disapproved because of rumors spread by Choco that the baptismal water was poisonous, and they became violent to us. Despite all this, no one could stop our mission to serve God and preach His divine

love for all of us. When we heard that Chief Matapang’s daughter was born, we immediately went to baptize the baby while her father was out. When Matapang learned of this, he hurled spears at us. I did not want to leave Padre Diego. Soon, I was hit in the chest; then Hirao, a Chinese that Matapang enlisted while he was away, hit me on the head with a machete. I died protecting Padre Diego and proclaiming the Word. I have kept the faith. Ages have passed and today, Christianity is not that persecuted anymore. We are all free to proclaim and defend our faith in our own ways. Being one with the youth, I am encouraging you to be true servants of the Lord and become good children. Catholics, every action you take mirrors the goodness of our Lord. I am not saying that you should become a martyr. I am just saying ALL OF US ARE CALLED TO BE HOLY. Even in your simple ways, you can inspire people not only in our country but also in the whole world. And with that may God be praised! God bless everyone! Saint Pedro Calungsod 2nd Filipino Saint

rowing up with fellow girls was exciting. During those times there were a lot learned: how to build new friendship, how to be polite, and how to have “girl” manners. The Sisters would teach us how to sit down properly, walk properly, and talk properly. I even remember an old signage on the wall near the stairs as we go up to our classrooms saying, “Horses gallop, people walk.” So we tried our best to walk up the stairs quietly as not to disturb other classes. We also picked up manners such as not combing your hair in the canteen but do it in the ladies room. At that time I was thinking that we were being raised to become beauty queens. Of course, one thing I did learn and appreciate is my being a Catholic. At an early age, the Sisters would teach us about who Jesus is and how important is He in our lives, and how He transformed Saul who later became St. Paul. They also taught us that we should be witnesses to God’s love as St. Paul was. High school as some would say is the most unforgettable period of your school days. There were so many things that were keeping me busy aside from studies, like concerns on puberty and relationships. I remember subjects like Paulthenics which would teach us the changes in our anatomy and how these would affect us physically. Of course menstruation is part of the lessons. Would you believe one Sister even taught us how to wrap our pads with style? Of course at that time I did not quite understand the importance of that but now the rationale perhaps is on sanitation and waste management concerns. Intramurals was one of the most memorable days in school. It taught us not only the value of sportsmanship but also the true meaning of friendship – the greatest trophy that we could achieve. Despite our differences, we learned to appreciate one another and value relationships like Christ who valued his

relationship with His disciples. The value of simplicity is one of the lessons we learned. EDSA Revolution 1 was already happening before the month of our graduation. If the revolution would disrupt the peace and order in the country, the Sisters would not push through the graduation rites as planned. As the school directress discussed this with us, we all agreed and were contented with just receiving our diplomas without the beautiful ceremony. After all, we knew that it was just a ceremony and what matters most is the learning that we acquired from the school which would be with us as we face future struggles and daily endeavors. We were struggling to become adults when we reached college; nevertheless, the school helped us to get through with it

We were struggling to become adults when we reached college, nevertheless, the school helped us to get through with it by giving us holistic education. by giving us holistic education. I like being with people and I try to express myself in a positive manner that was taught to me. As a Catholic, I try to fulfill my obligations through attending regular Masses on Sundays and other holy days of obligation of the Church. As a concerned citizen and as a nurse, I do community service through medical missions and have rummage sales to help raise funds for community service projects. As a professional, I try to be excellent in everything that I do. I am a caring mother and wife. I value my relationships with my children and husband. I teach my children the values I learned from school. As a friend I try to be fair and I value friendships that I have developed and nourished through the years. I am a Paulinian through and through.



w o n k o t s g n i h T 0 1 ut the abo rime

c r e Cyb ention Act v e r P MARIA ALYSSA OCHOA

Aside from the Reproductive Health Bill which caused an uproar from the Filipino public, there is also the Cybercrime Law. Contrary to popular belief, it was not Senator Tito Sotto who pushed for the law. The early drafts of the Cybercrime Bill started in the early 2000s, and it was neither a celebrity nor a politician who urged the government to create such a law. Here are the things you probably do not know about the Cybercrime Law. 1. THE I LOVE YOU VIRUS MARKED THE BEGINNING OF THIS LAW. Surprisingly, the lethal virus was created by Onel de Guzman, a Filipino student. Also known as the love bug, it spread on 4 May 2000 in a five hour period. It was a computer worm that arrives as an e-mail with the subject “I love you” and an attachment, “Love – Letter – For – You.txt.vbs.” The virus caused $2 to $5 billion worth of damages worldwide.

opposition to the inclusion of libel was expressed by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.

law is “excessive” because it puts violators behind bars” according to the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility.

5. “WHAT SOPA AND PIPA AIMED TO DO, THE CYBERCRIME LAW HAS DONE,” 9. BORDERLESS Francis Acero said SOPA and PIPA are failed This was how an unnamed lawyer described bills. Our former bill [Cybercrime] is now made the Cybercrime Prevention Act. Section 21 of the into a law. On 12 September, new law states that the President Benigno Aquino III “Regional Trial Court shall SOPA/PIPA signed the bill into law which have jurisdiction over any SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) took effect on 3 October. violation of the provisions and PIPA (Protect IP Act) are US 2. IT TOOK 11 YEARS TO PASS THE LAW. of this Act including any bills designed to make it harder The first ever cyber law in the Philippines was 6. NETIZENS VS CYBERCRIME violation committed by a for sites--especially those located filed by Representative Eric Singson in 2001 in LAW VIA SOCIAL MEDIA. Filipino national regardless outside the United States--to sell or distribute pirated copyrighted response to the I Love You virus. It was named the Approval of the bill into of the place of commission. material, such as movies and music Anti-Cybercrime Act of 2001. However, a stronger law spun off a huge number Jurisdiction shall lie if any of as well as physical goods such as law is needed to further address and include of protesters via Facebook, the elements was committed counterfeit purses and watches. other cybercrimes. Tumblr, Twitter and the like. within the Philippines or #NoToCybercrimeLaw landed committed with the use 3. FROM SENATE BILL TO HOUSE BILL TO a spot in the Worldwide trends of any computer system REPUBLIC ACT: on Twitter. Other trends versus the law include wholly or partly situated in the country, or when The Evolution of the Cybercrime Act. Eight #BlackTuesday, #FreedomofSpeech, ‘comment by such commission any damage is caused to a years after the Anti-Cybercrime Act of 2001 was blocked’ and the use of black picture as profile natural or juridical person who, at the time the filed, Sen. Edgardo Angara filed Senate Bill no. 52 pictures in the social networking site, Facebook. offense was committed, was in the Philippines.” (later Senate Bill no. 2976) on 1 July 2010. Six days This in turn was explained by Phillip Guzman in later, [7 July] Tarlac Rep Susan Yap + five lawmakers 7. THE STORY ON LIBEL: DOUBLE JEOPARDY. one of his comments in Rappler: For instance, if filed House Bill No. 85, An Act Defining Cybercrime, In his article, Cybercrime law: Demonizing I posted a malicious content on Facebook, it will Providing for the Prevention, Investigation, Technology, Sen. Teofisto ‘TG’ Guingona III said be stored on the Facebook’s web server which is Suppression and the Imposition of Penalties that A Cybercrime Prevention Act is necessary, but located in the US. So, technically, I’m committing Therefore and for Other Purposes (later Senate Bill must not be oppressive. He continues, “that is why the so-called “cybercrime” (whichever term you no. 2976]. On 3 May 2011, Senate Bill No. 2976, it is very unfortunate that the overly vague and want to call it) in the US. Now, will the government An Act Defining Cybercrime, Providing for the oppressive provision on libel was inserted into the sue me for committing a “crime” outside of the Prevention, Investigation, and the Imposition of law at the last minute.” Sen. TG further states why Philippines but not a crime in other countries? Penalties Therefore and for he is against the libel provision. Will the government sue Facebook for storing that Other Purposes was filed by He said that there is no clear malicious content on their servers? Where’s the Bill vs. law Sen. Edgardo Angara. definition of the crime of libel logic there? A bill is a proposed law. It is a first and the persons liable. There draft and proposed law or statute 4. SENATE BILL NO. 2976 is also a graver punishment 10. YOU THOUGHT TEMPORARY RESTRAINING which has been formally tabled IN PROGRESS for cyber-libel than libel in ORDER IS ONLY FOR PEOPLE? before a legislative assembly for After Sen. Angara filed the traditional media. Libel in Guess what, it has also been applied for this consideration. bill on 3 May, provisions on traditional media has a penalty law. On 9 October, the Supreme Court issued On the other hand, a law is an cyberdefamation, increased of up to four years and two the TRO for 120 days or until early 2013 in an approved bill. A bill becomes penalties, collection of real months imprisonment while unanimous verdict. legislation or a statute when the time data, etc. were adopted that of cyber-libel has a twelveThough this law is teaching us to be wary of appropriate parliamentary or legislative assembly has approved by the House’s technical year imprisonment period. whatever we post and do on the internet, if this it by holding a vote and in the working group on 15 May law will be truly implemented, then, we are not result, giving it the requisite 2011. Removed on 18 May 8. “IF THE LAW IS FOR US, truly a free country. All the things we have fought number of approval votes. 2011 was the provision on THEN WHO CAN BE for, such as freedom of speech and privacy, would cyberdefamation. On 24 AGAINST US?” be put into vain. It is martial law all over again. January 2012, Sen. Sotto Apparently, the law violates Only this time, it haunts us in the realm of the moved for the addition of libel as a cybercrime. and opposes what is stated in the Philippine World Wide Web, nearer to our selves. Would we Power was also given to the Department of Justice Constitution of 1987. Moreover, the law also put decades of “democracy” at risk? to shut down sites with harmful content according violates the 2011 declaration of the United Nations Sources: ; ; Illustration from to prima facie evidence. On 1 October 2012, Human Rights Committee which says that “the libel



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Say What · Share Lady G. I am against this cyber crime law because we live in a democratic country; therefore we have the freedom to express our thoughts and opinions. We should not be deprived of our freedom. Besides, there are several problems in the country that should have been given more importance. Wright and Fey It really needs a major revision especially the online libel part. The penalty is outrageous indeed. They must remove it entirely or at least lower the penalty. The internet is the new voice of our time. The law must differentiate what is an opinion and what is a libelous statement because with that law, every statement that does not please the person is considered libelous even if it’s just an opinion. Even the United Nations disagrees with the law. The politicians should make laws that please the whole nation, not the entire political system. Dawn Naval For me, the law is unconstitutional because it violates the freedom of speech and expression in the Philippine Constitution. One thing, Filipinos need transparency from the government (I’m talking about the Freedom of Information Bill) NOT this Cybercrime Law. Karla Upshur As a student, cybercrime law is one step closer to attain discipline; hence, if we look closer at the brighter side of it, we can ease tension against bullying, human trafficking and the like. Macee Rosimo The anti cyber crime law, if you ask me, is a good law. It prevents libelous acts, child pornography, cyber squatting and identity theft. Although most of us netizens had violent reactions when the law was implemented, we must also listen to those who may have more knowledge than us about this: our leaders. Crimes are at rage in the internet and many people misuse the ‘freedom of expression’, so it’s time for the government to make a move and lessen these crimes and promote discipline among Filipinos. Charity Gabriel Against ako sa cyber crime law dahil hindi ibig sabihin na naglike ka o nagcomment sa isang application or photo na hindi mo magustuhan eh makukulong ka na; wala ka naman ginawang masama, sinabi mo lang ang opinion mo. Svea No more fun in the Philippines Ignitor Waste of money XD I think cyber crime law is nice and helpful but I also think that it is not different from other existing laws. I mean, what’s the difference between the cyber world and the real world when the crime that has been committed is generally the same? I mean, adultery is adultery, stealing is stealing and libel is libel regardless the nature of the interaction. Charlene Marielle Tan I think the cyber crime law teaches responsibility. It doesn’t inhibit our freedom of speech. It’s high time for this law to be implemented. People think that the cyber world is a realm where they could freely hurt other people through their sharp words just because they’re hiding behind a screen, which I for one think is a very cowardly and cheap thing to do. FBG I’m not against cybercrime law because it was an issue na before na wala sa Philippines. It’s just that we should read it properly and understand it while the lawmakers should revise it (like what other laws din na nirerevise). There’s nothing wrong with that; they should explain it further to other people. What is more important for that law today is to read and understand and don’t be OA (over-acting). Ajocrivipor Agojo The government should revise the law. For me, it is okay to have cybercrime law pero sana mas maging specific ang government sa bawat aspeto ng batas. Masyado kasing malawak yung sakop nung batas. Mary Chesley Calderon First. I’m not against it. I actually think having this law is good for everyone especially for those who have been or are still victims of cyber bullying. But I’d admit there are some portions of the cybercrime law that need to be changed. Nonetheless, people, specifically the youth, should not look upon this law as something that would hinder “freedom” of expression. All should not forget that freedom too has its limits. One’s freedom ends when another person’s freedom is being stepped on. Eve Felix The cybercrime prevention law is not a hindrance to our freedom of expression or any of our rights. Rather, it intends to make us more responsible for what we do or share in the social media. Implementing the law awakens our discipline as Filipino citizens, to maintain the respect for others’ privacy and rights even in the world wide web. Likewise, we are all now protected from (cyber)bullies, scammers and hackers in the cyberspace. Rhema Articulo You can’t take away freedom of speech just because you cannot handle criticism. I think this law is more supressive than progressive. Really government? Aren’t there better issues that should be prioritized more? Corruption, for instance.

When a Pinoy says, “mapapel ka,” he means that you are trying to get the attention of people through excessive meddling in some matters. When a Pinoy says, “plastic ka,” he means that you are “fake” and sometimes, a “backstabber.” For the record, I am not referring to those types of people. Rather, I am referring to the denotation of plastic and paper for this column. The Freedom of Information Bill is in hibernation. The Reproductive Health Bill is so overrated. The Cybercrime Act is so passé. So I am bringing you closer to home. Let’s talk plastic vs. paper. The Plastic Bag Ban has been implemented in some parts of the country, such as Pasay City, Muntinlupa City, Las Piñas City, Quezon City, Davao City, Albay Province, and Bacolod. In Muntinlupa, per 2010 Ordinance 10-109, businesses caught violating will be fined P500 for the first offense, P1,000 for the second, and P2,500 for the third, while imprisonment will be decided upon by the court or city government, which may also opt for the suspension or cancellation of the license to operate. With the implementation of the ban, a lot of stores, even fast food chains, have been forced to comply. This means that their patrons are also affected. There was a time that my friends and I went to a fast food chain on Buendia. We ordered a lot. And we were given by the cashier paper bags to carry them. Two paper bags for each of us, for only a single meal, with no handle. So my friend jokingly asked, “How are we going to carry these?” Imagine the hassle. Some of the student leaders from other schools that I have encountered say that banning plastics is one step closer to saving the environment. Others say otherwise. I agree with the latter. Do not think that I am apathetic to the environmental issues that are confronting the entire world. I am very much concerned. So, here is my premise. Why use paper bags? Sure, plastics are one of the causes of floods. It takes a LONG time for them to disintegrate. But we need plastics. We need them when we go to the wet market because a paper bag certainly cannot hold meats and the like. Plastic bags are much more durable and recyclable than paper bags. They have handles while some paper bags do not. Plastics have been banned for the environment. But do paper bags save the environment? Sure, it is they are biodegradable. They do not emit harmful chemicals. They are recyclable, but up to what point? How many trees do we have to cut in order to produce paper bags? One tree is equal to what? Five to ten paper bags? People will say that trees can be replaced by planting seedlings in place of the cut down trees to manufacture these bags. But how many years does it take a seed to fully grow into a tree? All the forests might be gone by that time. My point is that banning plastic and substituting it with paper bags is a no-win situation. It should not be about banning. It should be about limiting and moderating the use of both materials. All of us should be educated and disciplined enough to know the proper use, re-use, and disposal of such materials. It all comes back to education and the implementation of learning. The solution? I am very much in favor of the use of eco-bags for shopping. Some of them are made of cloth, some are made of sacks, some of tetra packs. They are durable, and manufacturing these does not entail cutting down trees or using harmful chemicals. In some countries, such as Great Britain, the use of these eco-bags is enforced. Customers bring their own eco bags. If not, they have the choice to buy either an eco bag or a plastic bag for the cost of five or ten pence (Php 7.00) regardless of size. I suggest that the Philippines do the same. We will be teaching not only environmental awareness, but also discipline. At the moment, we could help save the environment in our little ways. Do not just adhere to the no styrofoam policy that our school is implementing. Throw your litter in the trash can, not on the floor, not in the canals. Print handouts on used bond paper. If you buy something that you will consume immediately, such as ice cream, chips, etc. that you can carry in one hand, refuse the plastic being offered. Our school advocates environmental stewardship. The natural hazards occurring are a wake–up call for all of us. Go green. Reduce the use of plastic and paper. Go for recyclables. Be disciplined at its best, Paulinians. Photo source:



Simple. Warm. Active. These are the characteristics which define a Paulinian. But do we still possess such characteristics? Can Paulinians still be described as such? There is an on-going trend among Paulinians these days. Being a Paulinian since high school, I can see the differences between the Paulinians of the past and now. Exhibit A: Simple

Being simple means no excessive accessories or heavy make-up. Being simple means knowing what is enough and what is too much. With the latest trends in the fashion industry and technology, the need to cope with what is new seems to have become a priority. Branded clothes, shoes, and must-have latest technologies-these are just some of the things to own in order to be ‘in’. I remember going to school and noticing some freshmen with heavy make-up. Come on, who goes to school in such manner? You are in school to study, not to flaunt your appearance. Another thing that I have observed is the tight skirt and very highheeled shoes that some students wear. I repeat: you are here to study and learn, not to walk the runway of a fashion show.

Exhibit B: Warm

Courtesy and politeness go hand in hand. Knowing how to pay respect to elders and those in position is just a way to show courtesy. A simple warm greeting of ‘hello’ or ‘good morning’ will suffice. But that is no longer the case. I once remember having a conversation with an alumnus, who said that some Paulinians no longer know how to greet people they pass by in the hallways. Paulinians are also known to be conversation starters and to be respectful to elders. Are we?

Exhibit C: Active

“I want to do this and that”; “I want to join this and that”-these are just some of the lines I have often heard from Paulinians. We are known to be active-joining different competitions and organizations, and being always on the go. But are we still like this? I often hear that some Paulinians prefer going to St. Paul annex (also known as Robinson’s Mall) or just going home straight. Some prefer to hang out with their friends or party in other places. Although these are just my observations, some will agree that they are true. We ask ourselves: are we still described as simple, warm, and active? Are we now defined by hateful ways that some students project? Are we being stereotyped? Comparing what was then and what is now, what can you observe? Look around. The answer is just before your eyes.

Paulinian Identity: Complacency? CHERRY MAE SALAZAR

Will Bangsamoro replace the ARMM? Whatever happened to Paco Larrañaga? Or Hubert Webb? Do we even remember former AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Angelo Reyes? Have the Hacienda Luisita farmers been given the compensation they deserve? Why did five mayors-who all belong to the Ampatuan clan-allegedly leave their offices the day BIFF attacked? What is the update on the passage of Freedom of Information Bill? Or the Anti-Epal Bill? How does the government define premature campaigning?

I bet not even half the number of Paulinians have an idea of the aforementioned issues. In a technologically-advanced generation, information dissemination has become more accessible. We can easily share Facebook posts, retweet Twitter updates, reblog Tumblr entries, and any information on topic is just a click away. I see fellow Paulinians posting their advocacies through social networking sites, attending various seminars and camps, but who among us do truly go out there and get involved? We must remember: social network activities, no matter how relevant to the pressing issues of the society, do not translate to civic action. We have our duties as citizens of this nation. We ought to get involved. Social involvement is not just about sharing links on websites or joining rallies. It can be as simple as being “in the know” and initiating intelligible debates and discussions. Whatever happened to the examples of Paulinian alumnae, such as June Keithley, Estelita Juco, and Agnes Devanadera?

Why do we, Paulinians, not take a stand? (For the record, RH Bill is NOT the only urgent social concern of the Philippines.) Why are Paulinians afraid to take a step beyond the confines of our classrooms-and Robinsons? We HAVE the resources. Our parents, who used to spend hours in the library in search of a single book, always tell us that we have it easy. Why do we not utilize this technological advantage to do more? We say that Paulinians are grounded on spirituality and excellence. I hope our lives do not revolve solely on spirituality. Outside the walls of this university, people are dying, children are hungry, impoverished families are refused health service accommodations, innocent people are jeopardized. This is a challenge to all: How can we translate spirituality and excellence to performance of civic duties? How can we maximize our Paulinian identity to contribute to the betterment of society? Paulinians, look around. Let us not be complacent. The time to act is now.


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SPU Manila hosted the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP)-National Capital Region (NCR) Regional Assembly held on 21 July 2012 in the Fleur-de-lis Theater. About 70 schools were represented and 450 participants attended the assembly. Themed “Remembering with Gratitude, Renewing with Fervor,” the assembly aimed to “remember with gratitude the contributions of Catholic education to the local Church and renew with fervor the Spirit of the founders of the Catholic educational institutions in the context of today’s mission.” “Spirituality is the heart of good leadership,” Msgr. Gerardo Santos, Ed.D stressed in his keynote address. Santos is the former President of CEAP National and CEAP-NCR Religious Education Commission. The assembly started with a Mass celebrated by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle. “We might hold the assembly here again,” Pariñas said. “SPC Sisters are friendly, the venue can accommodate more than a thousand, the food here is great, and [the place] is in the heart of Manila.” The Paulinian Student Government helped in the registration and served as ushers during the assembly. The CEAP National Assembly was held on 28-29 August 2012 in the SMX Convention Center. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle celebrated the Mass. The SPU Manila Chorale sang during the Eucharistic celebration and the opening of the assembly. The Paulinian Dance Troupe led the animation dance of the CEAP theme song “Huwarang Katoliko”. CEAP is the national association of Catholic educational institutions in the Philippines. "Fire hits..." continued from page 3

there will also be a fire, and it is the responsibility of the school to make sure that everybody will be safe in times of calamities,” Ms. Ma. Isabel Abear, Disaster Management Coordinator, said. Unlike previous drills, a simulation of injury was added for the students and employees to see possible scenarios. “If we practice these scenarios, more or less when the real thing happens – I hope it’s not going to be soon – [it would prepare us to] lessen the casualties and the injuries among us,” added Abear. To clarify rumors that the university failed to pass a Red Cross certification for the fire drills, Abear stressed that the school did not fail to comply but rather it did not make it to the satisfactory rating. “Students took so long to go down-as if nothing was happening. There was really a lot of indifference among the students. We should always take the drill as something real." Basic life support training A basic life support training program for Paulinian student leaders was also conducted with the help of Red Cross Youth Council (RCYC) and students from the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences (CNAHS), who had already undergone proper training. The goal was to share knowledge of basic life support with students of other courses so that in the absence of medical personnel, every Paulinian would know the basic things to do to help the injured in case of an emergency situation.

#1 Flush out vs. Flesh out Question: To provide more details, should you flush out or flesh out your plan? Answer: flesh out How to remember it: Think of fleshing out a skeleton. To flesh out something is to give it substance, or to make it fuller or more nearly complete. To flush out something is to cause it to leave a hiding place, e.g., “The birds were flushed out of the tree.” It can also be used figuratively, as in “flush out the truth.”


How to remember it: Torturous (with a second “r”) really does suggest torture, the word it comes from. It’s reserved for things that are very unpleasant, painful, difficult, or slow. But something that is tricky, complicated, or circuitous – such as an overly elaborate plan – is tortuous. Think of twists and turns, and consider a related word: torque, which refers to a force that causes something to rotate.



#7 Imminent vs. Eminent Question: Is danger imminent or eminent? Answer: imminent How to remember it: Think of the first syllables of immediately and imminent to remember that imminent means “about to occur” – often in a threatening sense. Eminent means “prominent” or “famous.” As it happens, these words have a shared root: -minent comes from a Latin word meaning “to project” or “to stand out.” In imminent, this root originally suggested something like a threatening overhang above your head; ineminent it suggested something conspicuous.


#2 Compliment vs. Complement Question: Do your shoes compliment or complement your outfit? Answer: complement How to remember it: If one thing complements (with an “e”) another, it completes that thing (e.g., the shoes complete your outfit, or make it perfect).Complement comes from the Latin word for complete. If you compliment something, you express admiration for it. And when something is given free as a courtesy or favor, it’s complimentary. #3 Proceed vs. Precede Question: Do the appetizers preceed or proceed the main course? Answer: precede How to remember it: Consider the prefix, pre–. It means “earlier than,” or “before” – as we can see in a phrase like preexisting condition, or in the word prefix itself. To precede is to go or come before, or to be earlier than. The root of proceed means “to go forward,” a meaning we can see in a sentence like “Let’s now proceed with the meal.”

#4 Accept vs. Except Question: He does nothing accept or except complain? Answer: except How to remember it: Keep in mind the link between except and exception. In an example like the one above, except introduces the only thing not referred to by the previous statement-in other words, it introduces an exception. #5 Than vs. Then Question: Is this room hotter than or then a sauna? Answer: than How to remember it: Use then only when you’re talking about sequences and time, e.g., “First we’ll come here, then we’ll go there.” When you’re comparing things, as in the example above, use than. (If it helps, consider that than, like compare, has an “a.”) #6 Torturous vs. Tortuous Question: Is an overly-elaborate plan best described as torturous or tortuous? Answer: tortuous

#8 Discrete vs. Discreet Question: Does the process involve a number of discrete or discreet steps? Answer: discrete How to remember it: Try this one: “discrete” means “separate” – so picture the letter “e,” divided from its twin in both discrete and separate. Discreet has an entirely different meaning: it’s often used to describe something not likely to be seen or noticed (e.g., “He made discreet inquiries about the job”). #9 Persecute vs. Prosecute Question: Does the manager persecute or prosecute the employees? Answer: persecute How to remember it: To prosecute someone you need a legal process, something most managers don’t have. To persecute is to harass people or treat them unfairly or cruelly. Not surprisingly, given these words’ similar meanings and spellings,persecute and prosecute share an ancestor: they both come from a Latin word meaning “to pursue.” #10 Loose vs. Lose Question: Did the speaker loose or lose his train of thought? Answer: lose How to remember it: Think of the related words lost, loser, and loss: they all have just one “o.” Loose and lose cause confusion partly because the spelling of lose is odd: it looks like it should rhyme with nose, but instead it rhymes with shoes. Loose, on the other hand, rhymes with words you’d expect it to rhyme with: goose, caboose, moose, noose (but not, of course, choose.) Source:



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How to keep your New Year’s resolutions

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Keep track of your progress. Jot everything down on a journal.

Don’t rush. Focus on one resolution at a time. Limit your list to a number you can handle. “It’s probably best to make two or three resolutions that you intend to keep,” says Richard O’Connor, author of “Happy at Last: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Finding Joy.”

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Involve your friends. This adds thrill to attaining your goal. They could also serve as your reminders for your goal. Try and try. See failures as temporary setbacks. You don’t get to the finish line all at once. It requires perseverance. Be specific. Set concrete goals and limits for yourself; e.g. I will save Php 100.00/week.

Set a deadline. Your resolution should be time bound; e.g. I will lose two pounds at the end of the month. Give yourself a pat on the back whenever you meet a goal. Reinforce yourself with rewards; e.g. If you met the quota grade for a subject, buy yourself an ice cream, etc.

Think Fast Cross off the forty-fifth letter of this sentence, not counting Fs. Now cross off the fifth letter in this sentence, counting only Fs. Write SNAP & STOP in reverse order in this space: _______________.

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Take baby steps. You would not be able to reach a goal at a glance. It is a process.

Exercise willpower. Fulfilling a resolution comes with many temptations. Resist them and be determined to see it through. Own it. Do it because you want it. Not for others but for yourself.

How many rectangles (of any size) are in the diagram at the right? __________. Underline the word that doesn’t contain a hidden bird: contravene, probing, microwave, expandable, Lawrence. Assume that no ogres are truly ugly and that some truly ugly things are horrifying. Can it be concluded that some horrifying things are not ogres? Yes or no: __________. In the face down cards in the diagram below, a seven lies to the left of a three, a spade to the right of a diamond, a heart to the left of a king, and a three to the right of a king. Name the three cards in order from left to right: __________ __________ __________.

Put a box around the only word that doesn’t consist solely of letters from the second half of the alphabet: proxy, worst, prowl, yours, rusty, sport. Name two chemical elements that begin with S but do not end with M: __________. __________. What letter can be put at the front of each of the following words to make four new words: ASHES, ELVES, LIGHT, OLDER? __________.


crow, wren.) 6. Yes 7. 7H, KD, 3S 8. Put a box around “prowl.” 9. Any two of: silicon, silver, sulphur 10. Number 8 11. S 12. QUIT


ANSWER KEY 1. The second N of the word “counting” should be crossed off. 2. The capital F at the end of the sentence should be crossed off. 3. POTS & PANS 4. 10 rectangles 5. Underline “expandable.” (The hidden birds are: raven, robin,

If SO doesn’t sound like SEW, then write QUITE in this blank: __________. Otherwise, just write the first four letters of that word.

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