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Mayoralty candidates speak up Cordova: ‘Reducing gap between gov’t and people’ SU Chem Sagarbarria: ‘Continuing primary health care system’ names nat’l poster making finalists by Nova Veraley V. Grafe

INCUMBENT MAYOR MANUEL “Chiquiting” Sagarbarria and Vice-Mayor Alan Gel Cordova, both running for the city mayor’s seat this coming election, engaged in a forum series last Feb. 12 and 14 to present their party’s platforms. The forum series aims to provide an avenue wherein members of the Silliman community are able to engage with local candidates and know their respective visions for Dumaguete. Vice-Mayor Alan Gel Cordova and the Liberal Party was the first guest in Feb. 12 and followed by the incumbent Mayor Manuel “Chiquiting” Sagarbarria in Feb. 14. Both political parties were given 20 minutes to present their respective platforms to their audience at the Multi-purpose Hall, Silliman University. Cordova said, “…by introducing candidates that are coming from the masses, the gap between the government and the governed [the people] will be reduced.” Aiming for a government lead by people from ordinary backgrounds, LP’s line-up includes a pedicab driver, a professor, an ICT I (Information and Communications Technology) president, a nurse, an advocate of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), and a lawyer. Cordova said the majority of the team were from families who were never inclined to politics but have been serving people in the different sectors of the community with hard work and sincerity. Cordova added: “There’s a tendency that only the higher ranked officials will able to decide for the development of the city, without hearing the sides of the lower ranked officials…so, creating a strong partnership between the executive and legislative department and the barangay councils in policy determinations (policy-making), will lead to an active part in both the people in the position and the masses.” Improving and maintaining peace and order; providing health programs to indigents, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities; creating an office to stop de politicization of medical assistance; and making

Dumaguete City an agricultural trading center and a center for education are the platforms in Cordova’s mayoralty. On the other hand, Mayor Manuel “Chiquiting” Sagarbarria and the Nacionalista Party presented the three-year strategic vision of the party called HEALTH. The program stands for: H-health for the people and environment, E-education, A-agriculture, L-livelihood, T-transparency, and H-housing. Sagarbarria promised to continue the primary health care system, sustaining the one-nurse per barangay policy, and focusing on medical missions; to strengthen existing moral recovery program of the city; and continue to implement Solid Waste Management programs and efficient management of septage and wastewater management facilities. “Continue maximization of skills programs among students of all levels; promotion of arts, science and technology; support training programs for the athletes; and continue linkages with research developments and extension programs of schools” are the aims of Sagarbarria for the development of education. By providing the “Waste-to-food project and Plow-now-pay-laterprogram” to farmers, Sagarbarria and the Nacionalista Party work to make varieties of food available through the increased production and productivity of agriculture, fisheries, and livestock resources; promote accessibility to agricultural land; and stimulate the development and adoption of organic farming technologies that will increase productivity in both plants and animals while decreasing the environmental impact of the food and farming industries. “Being strong is the kind of spirit the City Government of Dumaguete City is trying to cultivate in every Dumagueteño, so that together as a people, [we] can go through everything and withstand the test of time,” said Sagarbarria. This is in line with the School of Public Affairs and Governance (SPAG) activity, with its theme, “Local Political Party Platforms: Convergence with Silliman’s Vision of Public Action”. ~

By Kristine Ann Fernandez

NEW KING. Hail the new Ginoong History-Polsci 2013, Ven Albert “Abs” Buenaobra (center), with Alvin Melon (right), 1st runner up and Rys Ray Dalmacio (left), 2nd runner up. The event took place last Feb. 20 as part of CAS week. PHOTO BY Alexandra Iso

CED holds robotics tilt

By Princess T. Abellon

STUDENT-MADE ROBOTS impressed the crowd as they participated in a race at the 3rd Invitational Robotics Competition last Feb. 18 at Robinsons Place Dumaguete. Silliman University College of Engineering and Design (SU CED) organized the event which aims to “encourage the youth to embrace the technology available in Negros Oriental.” Robotics is a competition of robots which are made by representatives from various colleges and universities. There were two categories: the line tracing race and the maze traversal race. Twelve robots competed with one another. These robots were from the SU CED, SU College of Computer Studies (SU CCS), SU Physics

Department, Maxino College, and Dr. Caridad C. Labe Education Centrex for Excellence (CCL), Lapulapu City, Cebu. “They compete in pairs and the first one to finish the whole track will be the one to win,” Warren San Jose, Philippine Institute of Computer Engineers (PHICES) president said. Nico Dique, Robotics competition organizer said: “As what we did, we build our own robots from scratch. This is where creativity, art and innovative ideas spring out in us…to let the students inside and outside SU to be aware that these robots exist in simplest forms.” The winners of the line tracing race were CCL, SU Physics Departments and CCS, respectively. On the other hand, the winners of the maze traversal race were SU Physics Department, Maxino College (2nd) and CCL (3rd). ~

SILLIMAN UNIVERSITY CHEMISTRY department served as one of the eight schools nationwide which hosted the 3rd National Children’s On-TheSpot Poster Making Contest final eliminations last Feb. 14. Twenty students from 11 elementary schools in Negros Oriental participated in the competition with the theme “A better life with Chemistry”. The said contest by the Philippine Federation of Chemistry Society aims to highlight children’s view of chemistry’s role in everyday life. The top three finalists of the said competition are Deanne Araula from Dauin Central School, Aubrey Lebelo from St. Paul University Dumaguete, and Airyll Teves from Amlan Central Elementary School. Their works will then be matched with the other finalists from the rest of the host universities. Each finalist received P2,000 from the following sponsors: Dow Chemical Company, Chemrez Technologies, Boysen, Shell, and Philippine Institute for Pure and Applied Chemistry. “Chemistry is considered as the central science. Everything has a chemistry root. Almost all facets in or lives has chemistry like food production, medicine, and the environment,” said Prof. Melchor Cerdania, organizer of the event. The national winners will be announced on April 10 as a kickstarter of this year’s Philippine Chemistry Congress which will be held for the first time in Silliman University.~

Family quintet releases debut album

By Elana Joy Bartlett

IN LINE WITH the musical endeavors of Silliman’s College of Performing and Visual Arts (COPVA), three COPVA students, alongside their parents and composers, launched their debut album Unang Huni last Feb. 15. Unang Huni is geared towards Tagalog and Cebuano speaking churches. It is composed of 17 Cebuano and 3 Tagalog songs. The

Quizo family quintet is composed of Jon Riam, Onna Rhea, Yeshuah ( J.O.Y.) and parents Joni and Meriam Quizo. The album is made to reach out to churches that do not have access to Tagalog and Cebuano Christian music. “The music was purposely written for rural churches. This [album] benefits various UCCP churches particularly because most choral [songs] are written in English,” Onna Quizo said. “The album is in

response to the lack of Cebuano and Tagalong compositions,” Jon Quizo added. The composers of the said album are Jean Cuanan-Nalam and Dave Jan Fabe, with translators Rey Antonio Macalan and Grace Roble Tabada; and several arrangements by Juni Jay Tinambacan and Abner Cabantig. Unang Huni is sold for P250 and can be bought at the Divinity School.~

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Practice makes character. What one habitually does becomes the definition of one’s character. Starting this week, green and blue posters have taken their places in bulletin boards as the university’s two opposing parties try to win the student body’s attention, trust and vote. Silliman University is one of only a few schools in the country which has two long-standing parties that compete against each other for the student government elections. The Concerted Actions for the Upliftment of Students’ Endeavors (CAUSE) and Students’ Union for Reforms (SURE) have been coveting for the majority of the SUSG positions for decades now. There is nothing wrong with competition. Let’s face it; nobody gets anything in real life unless it is fought for. Man, by nature, is not only a political animal – but THE political animal. However, it is not the fighting that’s usually wrong. It’s how the fighting is done. For the past years, political mudsling has become a “habit” by both parties. It matters less who starts throwing dirt at one’s personal lives. What matters more is that candidates and their political elders should always bear in mind that student politics is our training ground for the real world. And if this is the kind of leaders – backstabbing, black propaganda ninjas and gossip girls – that we are molding today, what kind of society are we shaping for in the future? Silliman is an institution oozing with intellectual and idealistic people. So instead of being a “miniature” of the circus that is Philippine politics, why don’t we try to get that clown out of ourselves and be good examples to our elders instead? We always criticize about immature, corrupt and unjust officials in our humanities subjects. Hopefully, we do not become the very thing we wish to destroy. Let us not spoil fresh and good tomatoes inside the basket of a rotten system. Yes, this is just student politics. But the big one starts here. How can we expect a transparent and good government when the campaign and elections are full of dirt and mud already? It’s hard to beat a chaotic system if both parties are not willing to beat the worst in them. Both parties talk about good causes and reformations. But they, most of all, should ask themselves: Am I the one who needs to be reformed? Does earthly victory weigh more than the principle and good cause that I should be fighting for? Second, elders of both parties should leave the work to the students. CAUSE and SURE elders should always remember that this is STUDENT politics. Yes, you are allowed to guide and advise your little brothers and sisters. However, they are not your puppets. If you think that they really are brilliant, if you trust them the way you sell their trust to the students, why don’t you let them decide and work for themselves? It is not a beautiful sight to look at student politics intervened by “veterans” in the political arena. Let us know our place. This is their battle now. Lastly, students should be more engaged in the elections. Know your candidates. Vote for your leaders. Students mostly say that the reason why they don’t vote is because they get sick and tired of the verbal crossfires between CAUSE and SURE. But that’s just a lame excuse. You’re always complaining about this and that, but what have you done? You want a better Founders Week? More projects to get involved with? Then do something! You are part of the problem. Your apolitical/apathetic attitude is the reason why you’re always complaining. Start acting. Listen to the miting di avance and know who you are voting for. When election day comes, remember that it’s not just a matter of party. It’s also a matter of personal background, platform and intention. The future of SUSG 20132014 starts with your decision. Practice voting wisely. It defines your character. ~



Compiled by John Lee D. Limbaga

“What is your take on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI?” “I give my sympathy on Pope Benedict, because he was honest enough and was not blinded by the opportunities that his position gave him. Instead, he resigned as the Pope because he’s afraid to fail in serving..” Ruthchell G. Sillero, BS ED Fil I “I see the Holy Father’s resignation as a manifestation of humility and acknowledgement of weakness and incapacity just like Saint Celestine V who resigned admitting his ignorance and deficiencies of his physical strength.” Reyman Krystoffer King G. Sy, AB Philo I “Human as we are we all have weaknesses. What is important is that we should take those shortcomings positively. All things happen for a reason. I know and I believe that God Has a better plan for him.“ Joseph Stalin O. Jatico, BS ME II “I felt that my faith has gone down because if he has really believed in God then he would continue to serve Him. No matter what it takes him. As what he had sworn from the very beginning of his service as pope, he should have served God till his last breath.” Karsten G. Tenaja, BS ComEng III ** Next issue's question:

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Fruitfool of Labor In the beginning of what we now call “life”, there might not have been anything in existence; simply put, there was nothingness. However, upon the movement of the (“intelligent”) unmoved mover (as others may argue), a series of events which might have been (and could still be) infinitesimal in nature transpired, thus, spawning everything else that is known to us, as well as otherwise. As a result, it will be safe to assume that what is now is now, and that is the only surest thing. Everything else aside from that which is now is either yet-to-be-discovered, or an inevitable mystery (as far as this day and age is concerned, anyway). The reason as to why I tell you this, friend, is because I want you to see how I see before this write-up is over. You see, this world we spend every single day of our (seemingly worthless and perhaps insignificant) lives is not what it was eternities ago. It was divine! If such a description is confusing to you, allow me to use another: it was heaven! Surely, the likelihood of you taking me for a fool for thinking that a landscape without pavement, vehicles, houses, and internet, among others, is very much conceivable, however, consider this question: is this “God-given” expanse of greenery (of self-sustaining

qualities if left alone) meant for a change towards development even if it meant that destroying it was involved in the equation? By all means, permit your thoughts to wander wherever they wish to go when it comes to scrutinizing my argument; you are free to think that I may be too radical! Nevertheless, we must continue: what say you? Must we continue to provide (subpar)

‘’Experiences are the best teachers in life,’’ as the saying goes. Therefore, it is expected that we always learn from our experiences. But, oftentimes, we forget to pay attention to little things and set aside the learning process itself. When you are biking down a gravel-strewn road and accidentally slam into a tree, you learn something. You learn for example not to look on ‘’cute guys’’ on the sidewalk, instead pay attention to the road. You learn not to daydream when you pull on the handle of the door to the library when the instruction says push. When you’re strutting leisurely along the corridors of your school and fall flat on your butt, you learn something, too. Obviously, we learn a lot of things from our experiences now and then. It may not be everyday that we encounter something extraordinary, but it is in everyday that each of us is molded into what we will become tomorrow. And you know what? The best thing I learned from experience isn’t brought about by intelligence, fame, not even riches- nothing of that sort. Rather, it is in living one day at a time with a foreseeing eye on the future and a will to survive and go on. It is

in facing every day with a courageous and faithful heart to our Almighty God, ready for any complexities to come. I can quite remember the time when I did everything just so I’d be smart or as skilled as some of my friends and classmates. I studied 4 hours a day just to get high grades. I kept myself updated to blend in with the latest trend. But still I was not satisfied.

Seeker of the Obscured Sun Kelvin John S. Wu

opportunities of employment to (both less fortunate and affluent) people at the expense of their health (and souls, even) in order to make life more comfortable for the consumerist faithful? Must we carry on in pillaging through earth and water at the expense of walking, flying, swimming, and stationary creatures in order to supply our needs (which for the most part, are more of wants, really)? Must we change or reshape an object (living or otherwise) at the expense of the “original” concept in order to rid ourselves of the disgust (that stems from our own wretchedness alone) and replace it with a FALSE sense of

beauty? I need not answer for you any question asked as I am more than just confident of your own intellectual prowess, friend. Furthermore, I need not urge you to take my trepidations with any sense of urgency because surely, if I do such a thing, that will not be urgency in its truest sense which is to say that it wouldn’t be genuine given that the state of alarm regarding the situation didn’t come from you. Ultimately, I respect you – whoever you are and whatever it is you might believe in – enough to leave the decision-making in your hands. We are of a strange kind such that I am caught in fascination. As you might have observed, there is no single book or school of thought capable of defining us without being partially true, or false at some degree. This, I believe, is because we are as dynamic and ungraspable as the wind, adaptive and clever as water, but stubborn yet impressible as the earth. In short, we are like the “God” we so revere – indescribable. Despite being thus, however, we are somewhat petrified of uncertainty to a point wherein we prefer inaction which is to say that we prefer to cling upon the “comfortable” no matter how murderous it is. ~

Learning From a Good Teacher

Pull the trigger Nelly Dableo

Then, I learned to live not just to exist. I also learned not to worry if I made mistakes. I learned to enjoy what I was doing and not to take everything as a challenge or competition. I learned to let go of things and move on. And I eventually learned that there is more to enjoy in life than constantly trying to catch up with everyone and everything. We have our own speed and capabilities. Now, I’m enjoying expressing myself in the things I’m good at and not on the things I do just because I feel

inferior to someone. Honestly, I have committed a terrible mistake for taking the process for granted. I have always wanted things to go my way. I have forgotten the real meaning of living and learning through my mistakes because sometimes I think I already know everything. I am just an average student. I am no smart kid. But I think I’m privileged enough I got the best teacher of all time: Jesus. We just need to discover for ourselves. And through Him, every day for me is another page to be filled with amazing memories. No matter how we see the world, we are bound to be exposed to different angles and different distances. This life has a lot to offer and we need to discover, learn, and become better persons out of it. It is also important not just to learn, but to understand the process for us to make the right choices in the future. Learning doesn’t stop at school, it doesn’t always start in homes either, rather, it perfectly begins in us based on our experiences that keep us moving forward. Let us all learn from it. We should appreciate every little failure and success that comes our way. Believe me, we can become great out of these little things. ~

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One Soul Rises

to education under heavy Taliban restrictions. Fortunately, she survived Word has spread on campus. We and is now a living testimony of saw people dance with raised hands, the strength of women amidst clenched fists, and united hearts. I felt that these people must be disturbed about something. What am I talking about, you ask? I’m talking about the One Billion Rising campaign last February 14 where women and men from 205 different countries danced together to raise awareness on violence against women. According to the campaign’s website,, “One in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. One billion women violated is an atrocity. One million women dancing is a revolution. It’s about time we raise the bar and break the silence of suffering women. According to GABRIELA, the country’s national alliance of women, one woman in the Philippines is raped every four hours. If you do the math, that makes 6 women in a day and 2,190 in a year. 1,670 cases of violence against women were also reported from January 2010 to September 2012 in the Philippines. oppression saying that “God has If you think about it, these women given me a new life, and I want to could be our mothers, sisters, best serve. I want to serve the people.” Now, she’s the youngest nominee friends or classmates. These numbers could even possibly include our ever for the Nobel Peace Prize for her daughters in the future if we don’t “courageous commitment to the right of girls to education - a commitment take action today. Violence towards women isn’t that seemed so threatening to the anything new. Just last year, Pakistani extremists that they chose to try and Malala Yousafzai, at the tender age of kill her.” Back in 2009, Malala wrote fifteen, experienced a bullet through her head for fighting for her right blogs for BBC Urdu about what the by Christal F. Javier

Talibans were doing to her place, taking turns raping her, they bit her by.” Awindra went on to explain that Swat Valley. Destroying schools and with their teeth all over her body and when the police arrived about 20 restricting girls to go to school, the knocked her unconscious with an iron minutes later, they seemed like they Ta l i b a n s didn’t want their uniforms to get dirty with Jyoti’s blood, to the point where they made Awindra carry Jyoti to the police van. Now, why do we tell these stories? Because of all the stories you could read in your life time, the ones about reality are the most significant. These stories are lived. These stories reflect real women struggling to find better days. So, why do we dance for them? No other description sums it up better than Monique Wilson’s, the lead organizer for One Billion Rising in the Philippines. According to her, dancing is an act of defiance as well as an act of celebration. It is an act of scared Malala and her father, Ziauddin. Malala’s father, who works as teacher and activist, greatly influenced his daughter’s thinking. When asked why she wasn’t afraid to speak up, she said, “If I didn’t do it, who would?” Another story with the opposite ending is that of Jyoti Singh Pandey, a 23 year-old physiotherapy student from Delhi. On December 16, 2012, she was raped by six men on a moving bus. While the men were

rod. Although she had a male friend named Awindra Pandey with her in the bus who tried to save her many times, he was overpowered and also beaten. Awindra lived with a broken leg to show for it, but his friend, dubbed “the daughter of India,” died 13 days after. Awindra lived to tell the story of how his friend lay on the street after they were thrown off. He waved to buses that passed by but “they would slow down, look at us and still drive

defiance to fend for the ones silenced

“catch em all” in 2013. #2 - The Rugrats. With over 20 awards during its 13-year run and its own star on the

old girl named Angelica. The show presents the babies’ everyday life experiences, which turn into fun, crazy adventures in the eyes of these fun-loving toddlers. One theme that is often seen is the importance of family love and independence, which is fitting for a show where toddlers are the main characters. This TV series was

The episodes usually revolve around Arnold helping somebody out, being the voice of reason towards his eccentric classmates and dealing with Helga, Arnold’s not-so-secret admirer (who makes us girls a lot better about our obsessive facebook stalking). After some thought, I felt that Hey Arnold deserves the number one spot on this list. Why, you ask? Aside from the characters, what makes this cartoon unique is that the stories told in each episode provide the audience with something to relate to. Many episodes present a lot of adult issues that people don’t normally see in children’s shows, such as broken families, bullying, unrequited love and adoption--sensitive topics which were explored in a subtle manner without being too preachy, making Hey Arnold one of the most psychologically complex and interesting children television’s programmes I’ve ever seen. Did you take a trip down memory lane when reading the above cartoons? If you weren’t born in the 90’s, myabe not. It doesn’t mean that What other cartoons do to you think need to be mentioned ~

by the grave a bit too early and an act of celebration for the living who thrive despite the odds. So if you want to dance, why not dance for this cause? If you don’t like to dance, why not advocate for it in a way that’s unique to your ability? Let the soul that rises be yours. ~

Your guide to 90’s-era cartoons

By Mariella S. Bustamante If you were a kid in the 1990’s, you must have spent hours in front of the TV during weekends and after school to catch up on your favourite cartoons. It was the 90’s that brought a lot of high-quality cartoons to our TV screens, and looking back; we can’t help but feel a wave of nostalgia hit us when we think about how much those animated characters left an impression on our young minds. This article pays homage to all those tv shows that entertained us during our childhood. Here’s my take on the top 5 must-see cartoons from the 90’s that I---and perhaps, many of you-grew up with. #5 - The PowerPuff Girls. When Professor Utonium combined sugar, spice and everything nice, he accidentally knocked Chemical X into the mixture and ended up with…the Powerpuff Girls! This cartoon was a special one in Cartoon Network history, as it introduced a completely different style of animation, a style which was animeish in design. Watching Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup fight crime together provided many girls with the idea that you can be girly and kick butt at the same time—just as long as you put all the bad guys in jail before

bedtime. #4 – Kablam! This show-within-ashow featured Henry and June, two characters who bring a comic book to life and take the viewer on a tour inside its pages. Kablam featured a collection of short films, each with its unique style of animation. Anyone remember the short superhero spoof “Action League Now” for its stop-motion animation and silly humor? From traditional, hand-drawn techniques to claymation and stop-motion, Kablam certainly is a must-watch for anyone interested in animation. #3 - Pokemon. Unless you lived under a rock, the Pokemon TV show was based off the popular video game of the same name. Aired in the Philippines in 1999, the show captured the hearts of many. What kid hasn’t stayed up late memorizing all the original 150 Pokemon and collecting all the trading cards? Pokemon is more than just a television show, a fact best shown by the dedication of the fanbase. Ash Ketchum left Pallet town to become the greatest Pokemon Master ever--and up to now, we can’t help but still be obessesed with his journey, finding excuses to play the video games and

Hollywood Walk of Fame, it’s not a surprise that the Rugrats is number two on this list. The series premiered on August 11, 1991, and follows the life of a group of babies---Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, and a 3-year-

Nickelodeon’s top rated show for five consecutive years, and spawned three featurelength films, Rugrats: The Movie, Rugrats in Paris and Rugrats Go Wild. #1 - Hey Arnold! Bascially, this show is about Arnold, a 9-yearold kid with a footballshaped head who lives in a multi-racial boarding house with his grandparents.

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Works of art can be staggeringly profound, cripplingly pretentious, or downright whack. As we celebrate National Arts Month from our cozy little cubbyholes in RANDOMspace: campus, let’s take a look at some of the weirdest art made in recent memory: Compiled by Roberto Klemente Timonera (Sources:



The Orvillecopter

The Dutch artist Bart Jansen lost his cat Orville in a car accident one day, so he decided to turn it into art. How? By turning it into a remote-controlled helicopter, of course. How else could he do it?

Tongue paintings

No, not paintings of tongues—we’re talking here about tongue-made paintings. Ani K from India dips his tongue in paint and licks the canvas with it. Yum!


The Surreal House

You’d think whoever took this photo must really be messing with you, but he isn’t. The Krzywy Domek is part of a shopping center in Sopot, Poland. It was designed by the architect Szotynscy Zaleski who was inspired by fairytale illustrations.




“Human life itself is the most profound work of art. Therefore giving birth, the greatest expression of life, is the highest form of art,” said the Brooklyn performance artist Marni Kotak. So, she gave birth in front of an audience.

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Parents and relatives continue to show their support towards their children during the 55th Annual Honor’s Day Convocation even if it means sitting at the Luce Auditorium lobby. PHOTO BY Melissa Pal

28 Honored for 20-Year Service; Real life couples get tested in race 4 for Merit on V-Day


AS EACH OF the more than 700 personnel of Silliman University received sweet treats on Valentine’s Day, a total of 32 were honored on stage at the Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium during the Faculty and Staff Recognition Day. Fifteen faculty and 13 staff members were recognized for their services rendered to the University for a total of 20 years this 2013. Three others received Merit Awards for outstanding performance in the areas of faith-nurture, instruction, research and extension, and one for the Layague/Johnson Award. A plaque and a cash gift accompanied the award. This year’s recipients of the Service Award from the faculty: Hope M. Bandal (Physics Department), Eligio T. Briones (Engineering Department), Hermiesela B. Duran (English Department), Roberto A. Estoconing (Economics Department), Marilu S. Ilem (High

School Department), Ma. Stella F. Lezama (Entrepreneurship Department), Betty Jane Y. Martinez (Accountancy Department), Mikhail Lee L. Maxino (College of Law), Jose Riodil D. Montebon (College of Law), Michele A. Naranjo (Nutrition and Dietetics), Elvisa E. Nario (Robert B. & Metta J. Silliman Library), Enrique G. Oracion (Research and Development Center), Marcelita C. Pascual (High School Department), Priscilla C. Patigayon (Elementary Department), Albert Geroncio Y. Rivera (College of Computer Studies) From the staff: Anecito F. Albios (Buildings and Grounds Department), Wilfredo T. Amor (Buildings and Grounds Department), Juliet L. Catigtig (Utzurrum Business and Finance Center), Evelyn B. Corsame (Utzurrum Business and Finance Center), Diosdado R. Custodio (Robert B. & Metta J. Silliman Library), Al F. Elum (Buildings and Grounds Department),

U-Crew introduces Windows 8

By Suzmita Villegas

SILLIMANIANS GOT A first-hand experience of Windows 8 as the newest operating system of Microsoft was introduced at the Windows U-Crew Campus Tour last Feb.12-13. The tour, which started on Nov. 8 of last year, had already been to eight universities in the Philippines including De La Salle University, Ateneo de Manila University and UP Diliman. “The main goal of this one is to introduce Windows 8 to students and to create awareness of Windows 8,” said Eufer Pasion, Windows Client Marketing Specialist. “Fast and fluid,” as how Pasion described Windows 8, already sold about 60 million licenses on its first month since it launched internationally. Pasion advertised the Windows 8 RT Tablet which, according to him,

is a student-friendly version. The new tablet has a mobile processor and a built-in Microsoft Office 2013. Students can now make their presentations and assignments, and at the same time be entertained and connected with friends and families. “On the tablet, you can just do anything,” Pasion said. Val Amiel Vestil (BMC I), Shanice McSavaney (BS Physics III), Novee Maestrocampo (BBA-Mgt II) and Warren San Jose were the local U-Crew Ambassadors. They went around the campus to demonstrate the new features of the Windows product. Vestil said, “There really were a lot of ‘ooohhhs’ and ‘ahhs’ and ‘woahs’ maybe because of the amazing new interface and apps of Windows 8.” Windows U-Crew Campus Tour will have their next stop to San Beda College and will end their journey at the University of San Carlos. ~

Elmedio C. Garcia (Buildings and Grounds Department), Charlie Y. Gutual (Buildings and Grounds Department), Jocelyn B. Limen (Utzurrum Business and Finance Center), Marcia Luz T. Salcedo (Utzurrum Business and Finance Center), Mildred S. So (Office of the Registrar and Admissions), Carmensita C. Tan (Utzurrum Business and Finance Center) This year’s recipients of the Merit Award: Gladice Divina P. Alcantara (Elementary Department), Mathilda L. Erojo (College of Performing and Visual Arts), Sonia B. Sygaco (College of Performing and Visual Arts) The Layague/Jonhson award was established to honor the memories of Carolina Layague and Aquilino Layague, who served as librarian and history professor in Silliman, respectively. This year’s recipient is guidance counselor Rodora T. Sagun who concurrently sits as Coordinator of the Student Scholarship and Aid Division. ~

By Jelanie Rose T. Elvinia

REAL LIFE COUPLES participated in a Valentine’s Day amazing race last Feb. 16 at Silliman University. “A Stoney Heart: Us Against the World Amazing Race” aims to “promote positive relationships among couples.” “We wanted to create a challenge and tribulations (among couples) to test their relationship if they really love each other and they really do trust each other,” said Federico Martinez VII, president of Amihang Mindanao Sillimanians (Sillimanians from Region 10). There were six challenges that the couples had undergone throughout the competition. First, the men had to look for the ladies who were blindfolded inside Ausejo Hall room 212. After which, the couples had to proceed to Oriental Hall to pop the balloons which contained their questions.

CAPTION THIS! In aiming to increase student participation, The Weekly Sillimanian has decided to introduce a new portion called “CAPTION THIS! “ Every week, photo/s will be published for any student to interpret. The winning caption will be published in the following issue along with his name, course and year level.

Third, they had to go to Divinity School to lift a container with water and a candle on it from one place to another, without the use of their hands. The couples then had to look for five pieces of Santan flowers with six petals. Next, they had to locate the place indicated in a photograph and to replicate it by taking the exact image using a camera. Lastly, they had to roam around the campus in search of one student who has their last pass. Cyra Hillditch BS-Bio I and Aleycx Justin Lofranco BBA-MGT II was the winning couple. Due to the competition, they found out that they” could cope up and work out right through eminent pressures.” Earl Frimpong and Queenie Jane Vicoy, and Dariel Jade Dugso and Weinona Ligason got the second and third places. The event was the first ever amazing race for real life couples in the university. ~


KUMBATI 2013: The Negros Oriental Gubernatorial Debates The COM36-TV Production class of the Silliman University College of Mass Communication invites you to the first gubernatorial debates in Negros to be aired on TV. Watch it live this Thursday, 2pm at the Luce Auditorium.

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The Weekly Sillimanian - February 22, 2013  

The Weekly Sillimanian: 02/22/2013

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