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 December 2011
 
Dear Fellow Sillimanian:
“... ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for ME....”Matthew 25:40 (NIV)
 
It was Charles Schulz who said, “Christmas is doing little something extra for someone.” And there were a lot of opportunities for “something extra” in Christmas 2011; many Sillimanians led to give the season these meaningful expressions:
The picture of BANICA RIVER that went wild, taken on December 17 by Clark Amante, and that of the ship M/V Ever Transport III battered by big waves with the rescue drama documented in pictures by Melissa Alexandra Pal at 4AM also on December 17, uploaded on Facebook on the same day, called the attention of so many Sillimanians. And these Sillimanians have not stopped extending help to the victims of the unexpected impact of the non-stop rains and strong winds of Typhoon Sendong. Dumaguete, Cagayan de Oro and Iligan Sillimanians were kept busy extending their own aid and receiving so many more from all over the country, US, Australia, UK, Singapore and other parts of Asia.
 
Around Php 190,000 was generated from donations from members and friends of the Silliman community, as of December 27; and relief items that kept coming in reached “mountain-high” as they were being readied at the gymnasium and Silliman Hall for distribution. Relief efforts were coordinated by the Silliman University Church, led by Minister to the Parish Rev. Jonathan Pia, in close partnership with the SU Extension Program (headed by Director Dr. Nichol Elman), Institutional Advancement Office (headed by Mr. Jose Mari Jonathan Antonio) and Buildings and Grounds Department (headed by Superintended Engr. Edgar Ygnalaga). Silliman President expressed being overwhelmed by the SU church members and the Dumaguete community’s response to appeal issued by the University on the Silliman website to help the victims. Donations poured in and many enlisted themselves as volunteers. Alumni from high school classes also had their own “operation tabang” with their own relief items solicited from their former classmates. Some ROTC cadets postponed their trips home for the Christmas vacation and served as anchor for volunteers. A medical mission was also conducted in partnership with ABS-CBN and our very own doctors at the Silliman University Medical Center. SU also sent Ps 40,000 to Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City – the use of the donation was coordinated by SU Trustee Bishop Melzar Labuntog of UCCP Mindanao.
How Silliman was in service to those affected, President Malayang aptly described in his New Year’s message titled “Heroes”:
Capping the year 2011 was a tragedy brought by Typhoon Sendong. It left thousands homeless and grieving. It was a tragedy that made the celebration of Christmas more difficult to a lot of us. It cast doubt over prospects of a better life ahead. But that same tragedy brought out something positive: It united us as one Filipino nation to help, and so brought simple smiles on the faces of thousands badly hit.
A lot can be said about Typhoon Sendong from both scientific and non-academic perspectives. But however it unfolded, whatever it brought about, we can still see the greatness of the Lord in the millions who unselfishly dedicated their lives to give hope for brighter times ahead to the families affected. It painted pictures of heroes in ordinary people in our midst. Pictures of people from different ages and socio-economic backgrounds joining hands, swimming against the floodwater to save lives, tirelessly trekking in knee-deep mud to deliver relief goods, shoveling out debris to put children back to school, and making caring for people whom you just met for the first time a family and community affair.
We have our own heroes in Silliman University. From our teachers, students, alumni, drivers, security guards, and friends in the community – even those who themselves had lost properties during the typhoon… everybody pitched in. It was the time when, indeed, Silliman education showed how it is a ministry. Our relief efforts, for which we are grateful to the many who supported (updates on the University website), saw deployment of our fire and rescue and Silliman Water teams to communities. And all throughout, the source of fulfillment among us has always been the simplest of smiles, of “salamat kaayo”, of handshakes and hugs, of children waving goodbye, of teary-eyed mothers receiving free medicines, and of people like you who never tire to remind us that we are all in this together.
With our unwavering faith in the Lord, 2012 can only be a better year for us. I wish that it will open more doors of opportunities for many of us to make our lives matter to those in need. Let this year bring more meaning to our existence as individuals, as a family, as a community, and as God’s people.”
(More on Silliman’s relief efforts can be found on:www.su.edu.ph/sendong)
 
On Rizal Day in Baguio City, Silliman University's Mark Anthony Amparado was among the 20 students interviewed for final consideration in the search for the Ten Outstanding Jose Rizal Model Students of the Philippines. A good number of Sillimanians have received the same award in the past but Amparado's harvest came on a very special time, the 100th year of Rizal's birth. Amparado, a senior Mathematics student, is the president of the Math Society and served as a Philippine Student Ambassador to Japan under Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Student and Youths (JENESYS) in his junior year. The Ten Outstanding Jose Rizal Model Students of the Philippines is organized by the Order of the Knights of Rizal.
TWO BRILLIANT TEACHERS Dr. Thelma Maxino Bueno and Prof. Evelyn Romano Aldecoa joined our Creator peacefully last Christmas season. The news came as a shock to the Silliman community.
Dr. Bueno, who died on December 18, was the sunshine angel of the College of Business Administration. Her sense of humor was always a delight every faculty meeting. Her jolly nature was put to work with her leadership of the annual faculty variety show where she would lead co-teachers to a series of wacky production numbers. She was also noted for her being a disciplinarian, and this was evident in the decisions she made as Chairperson of the College Admission and Retention Committee. 
Prof. Evelyn Aldecoa died in her sleep on December 29. One of our wards at Alumni Affairs who was a Theater student expressed that Evelyn is one teacher that she will forever treasure with love and respect. Aldecoa was there to save Silliman theater from total silence. The revival of great productions and her support to student directors made Silliman theater a bankable avenue for campus talents to shine and experience excellent mentorship. She helped develop within them confidence – a lifetime armor in their career challenges. 
We are so proud of our alumnus Wilson Mendoza, who graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree in 1999, for being the only Filipino scientist in the 2011 United States expedition to Antarctica, a 68-day mission. Mendoza was the 2009 recipient of the Mary Roche Prize for scientific research. He is currently a doctoral candidate in Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry at the University of Miami Rosentiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.
SU College of Nursing alumna Mylene Freires (Class of 1992) was also the first Filipino to receive the Mary Seacole Development Award, an honor for healthcare practitioners in United Kingdom. Ms Freires was recognized for her pioneering work on “the development of nurse-led Port-a-Cath insertion service for patients with sickle cell disease on red cell exchange program”. Part of the award was a grant of 6,250 British pounds.
IN MEMORIAM: Rev. Salvador M. Dime (BTH 1954) December 7; Paul del Carmen Tapaya (Elem. ’65) December 8; Rodrigo C. Flores (former student) December 15; Joseph Rey S. Valencia (BSA’91, LLB ’95) December 13; Dr. Thelma M. Bueno (BBA 98); Ma. Theresa F. Dinopol (Elem. ’85, HS’80, BSN’94) December 18; Silverio P. Cuevas (HS’ 49, AB’56) December 25; Teresita N. Nonaillada (HS’65, BSN’80) December 25; Evelyn R. Aldecoa (Elem, HS’ 72, AB ’75; LLB “84) on December 29. If you know of any Sillimanian who is not in our memorial list, please inform us.
Thank you for always being there for dear old Silliman.                                    
President Malayang has requested this office to update you regularly about happenings on campus. We are also interested in knowing what you and your alumni chapters are doing.
Please keep in touch and update your file with our office if you have not done so. We would truly appreciate it. You may reach the President’s Office through this email address: pres@su.edu.ph. You may also contact the Alumni Affairs Office through this address: sillimanguidingstar@gmail.com.
Sincerely,
 
Jocelyn “JONG” Somoza de la Cruz
Director of Alumni and External Affairs
 
cc:    Dr. Ben S. Malayang III
 

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November 2011

 

Dear Fellow Sillimanian:

Allow us to bring you back to the classroom with a tula (poem) by Andres Bonifacio.   Born on November 30, 1863, he was the Filipino leader of the First Revolution in Asia against European colonial rule (1892).  Note: we are sharing only four out of the 28 stanzas. The lines in English are not the exact translation; they are from http://kasaysayan-kkk.info/docs.ab.pagibig.htm.  We selected this English version because it somehow preserved the beauty of the tula form . The painting depicting the heroism of Bonifacio is from the famous mural by National Artist Carlos “Botong” Francisco.
Pag-ibig sa Tinubuang Lupa (Love of Country)

 


Aling pag-ibig pa ang hihigit kaya
sa pagkadalisay at pagkadakila
Gaya ng pag-ibig sa sariling lupa?
Aling pag-ibig pa? Wala na nga, wala.

 

(Is there any love that is nobler

Purer and more sublime

Than the love of the native country?

What love is? Certainly none.)

 

Pagpupuring lubos ang palaging hangad
Sa bayan ng taong may dangal na ingat,
Umawit, tumula, kumata't at sumulat,
Kalakhan din niya'y isinisiwalat

 

(Though the mind may not cease reflecting

And sifting with perseverance

What humanity has printed and written:

That will be the result, none other. )

Walang mahalagang hindi inihandog
Ng may pusong mahal sa Bayang nagkupkop,
dugo, yaman, dunong, katiisa't pagod,
Buhay ma'y abuting magkalagut-lagot.

 

(Sacred love! when thou reignest

In a loyal heart, be it even

A plebeian's, a rustic's untutored

Thou makest it grand and revered.)


Bakit? Alin ito na sakdal ng laki,
Na hinahandugan ng busong pagkasi,
Na sa lalong mahal nakapangyayari,
At ginugulan ng buhay na iwi?

 

(To give the fatherland boundless honor

 Is the purpose of all who are worthy

And who sing, or compose, or make verses

To spread their country's glory. )


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Welcome Home! There is always a sense of pride in every welcome event for our alumni who are on a nostalgia visit to our campus by the sea! Among this month’s balikbayans are Priscilla Magdamo Abraham, State Artist of Vermont and our country’s pioneer in ethnomusicology, and her husband Fred Abraham, the Chaos Theory prime mover in the world of Psychology.  As in every homecoming, the Abrahams spend their time island hopping with a purpose: they do productive sessions with Filipino students. We value this gift of heroism from Ma’am Precy and Sir Fred, who come home and give lectures and workshops for free.

Since her arrival, Ma’am Precy, the world’s first Filipino expert in McClosky Voice Method, has been doing the rounds sharing her expertise.  She had a session with the Silliman University Gratitude and Goodwill Ambassadors (SUGGA), and Dr. Elizabeth Susan Vista Suarez, Dean of the College of Performing Arts, expressed that the voices of the members of SUGGA have become bigger after the workshop with Ma’am Precy. Also in this homecoming, Ma’am Precy went to Cebu for the choral direction workshop at the University of San Jose Recoletos. Other beneficiaries of the transfer of wisdom are the members of Cebu Chamber Singers. Her “Building Voices” workshop for choral conductors and individual singers might just be the needed magic to bring choral groups to the level of global excellence. She also conducted the “Freeing the Voice” workshop, which focused on the non-singing voices of public speakers, classroom teachers, church preachers and readers. Her mission to promote a “Healthy Voice Use” was generously extended in this homecoming.

Indeed, Ma’am Precy, the 2002 Outstanding Sillimanian awardee, is an unsung National Artist, acknowledged by the late Dr. Lucrecia Kasilag as her mentor and the other National Artist during the celebration of Kasilag’s 10th year as a National Artist. Too bad, the NCCA has a rule that a Filipino working abroad can’t become a National Artist. Ma’am Precy would more than give the award justice, especially that her pride for her country and its beauty is unwavering.  Even abroad, Ma’am Precy would visit school children  to promote the Filipino folktales and music from tribes like the Manobo and the Ifugao.  No other Filipino artist has this enduring lifetime commitment to show to the international arena the richness of Filipino culture.

Sir Fred also has his own mission: to strengthen the very young field of Sikolohiyang Pilipino (Filipino Psychology). It’s awesome to see this zeal in Dr. Abraham who is an American professor in Psychology. Through his classrooms, the Silliman University PhD students in Psychology had great opportunities exploring local colors in Cultural and Critical Psychology. During the first class session last Novemeber 5, Sir Fred and the class got worked up discussing two papers Abraham’s The Dynamics of Culture and Bhabha’s preface to the 2004 edition of his The Location of Culture.  Sir Fred proudly reported, “Also we discussed images of Rizal and Juan Luna’s art.  We also covered some basic issues addressed by post-modern, post-colonial, and critical theory, along with some related issues in psychology.”  Silliman is so fortunate to enjoy the loyalty of the Abrahams.


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The United Nations’ Year of the Forests in 2011 is echoed by Sillimanians in so many different expressions of GOING GREEN!  Last November 26, the Silliman University Student Government launched two new environmental projects: they have the Orgs C.A.R.E. (Conscious Awareness of our Responsibilities to the Environment) and the SU Sikad, followed by a campus clean up and a bikade/parade the city. Aside from the campus clean-up drive, the SU Sikad, a bicycle rental program for Silliman students, got the students excited. The Sikad aims to promote a healthy, active lifestyle of students with the use of vehicles with zero carbon emissions. Sixteen bikes are ready for rent at Php 250.00 per month. This project easily got the support of the other eco-warriors, health advocates, and civic organizations, such as Friends of the Environment in Negros Oriental headed by Leo Mamicpic, 350.org, the Negros Oriental Bike Association(NOBA) headed by Romualdo Seneris, the SU Association of Biking Enthusiasts (SUABE) led by Dr. Earl Jude Cleope, and Gawad Kalinga.

At the Center for Tropical Studies (CENTROP), the seedlings of the endangered White NARRA are now available for the tree planting programs of socio-civic organizations. It can be recalled that the smooth-textured White Narra is no longer in existence in many of our country’s forest covers. It became popular to furniture makers that most of the islands in the country don’t have a single living tree. Many Sillimanians who are actively participating in the Year of the Forests celebration are already thinking of giving a White Narra seedling as Christmas gift to a friend.

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Silliman University's representative to the Search for Top 3 International Students of the Philippines Baraka M. Karafuli was chosen as the Most Outstanding Foreign Student of the Philippines. Earlier this month she was chosen as among the 12 finalists. The beauty from Congo is president of the Overseas Fellowship of Silliman Church. Baraka, a student nurse, presented a poem for the Talent category.

Baraka’s parents are both Sillimanians. Her mother Muteho Kasongo was a PhD in Theology graduate who is now a strong feminist activist in Congo through an NGO called Action Aid International where she is the coordinator of the Education Program. She is also a lecturer at the University where her husband is currently president.  Baraka’s father, Dr. Kambale Karafuli received his Master in Public Health from Silliman in 1998.  He is now President of the Université Libre des Pays des Grands Lacs(ULPGL) in Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa. He is the first university president who did not come from the Theology field.

“We are all worthy of one another.” This is the famous quotation by 2004 Pulitzer Prize Awardee for Fiction and American novelist Edward P. Jones who visited Sillimanian University on November 13 sponsored by US Embassy Cultural Affairs Section. He is accompanied by William Cocks and Tony Perez of the US Embassy Cultural Affairs Section. His lecture at the Writers Village in Camp Look-out was attended by Sillimanian students and aspiring writers.

The new president of the United Board of Christian Education in Asia (UBCHEA) Nancy Chapman visited Silliman University on November 10. It was indeed inspiring that Ms. Chapman visited the campus on her first year as president.  It is also her first time to visit the Philippines and coming to Silliman means a lot to us. It was an expression of commitment to continue the long years of fruitful relationship. Chapman was accompanied by our very own Dr. Betty Cernol-McCann, Vice President for Programs of UBCHEA.

The College of Business Administration (CBA) is back as the Home of the Champions with a back-to-back win in the Silliman University Intramural Games in 2010 and 2011. Gathering a total 385 points from all the games last November 18-23, they overshadowed the tandem of the College of Education and School of Basic Education High School Department (COESBE) which gathered 335 points. Ironically, the ballgames were not the main attraction. In this annual event, the dance sport competition was the crowd drawer. The College of Nursing team composed of soccer varsity player Carlo Caballes and Kahayag Dance Company soloist Ruby Calahi dominated the Standard category. College of Engineering and Design team composed of reigning Miss Silliman Alexis Dawn Masangkay and Kahayag Dance artist Kent Rey Ibero won in all the Latin dances: Chacha, Samba, Rumba and Jive. Masangkay was again named the Best Performer, her fourth straight win.

One thousand choral voices were gathered on November 19 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao for the ABS-CBN Christmas Special: “Maestro Ryan Cayabyab at Sang Libo’t Sang Tinig ng Pasko.” Among the choirs invited was the Silliman University Gratitude and Goodwill Ambassadors (SUGGA).  The ensemble was personally chosen by the maestro himself, Ryan Cayabyab. Dr. Elizabeth Susan Suarez, SUGGA Director and Dean of the College of Performing and Visual Arts (COPVA), said:”You cannot pay for an experience like that. You sang there and you feel so small because the auditorium is so big but when you really look at it, your presence is the one that makes the one thousand. That’s how important our smallness is.” The project, dubbed “Thousand-Voice Choir,” was organized for choirs whose directors are members of the Philippine Choral Directors Association (PCDA). The Maestro made special mentions of the Madrigals, The Ambassadors from the University of the Philippines, the University of Santo Tomas choir, and SUGGA of Silliman University. Among the soloists were international star Lea Salonga, international pop music champion Jed Madela, country’s heartthrob Piolo Pascual, and the UN Youth Ambassador KC Concepcion.  

The Cagayan de Oro Sillimanians will be hosting the SADYA MINDANAO on May 3-5, 2012. This gathering of Sillimanians in Mindanao will include a Northern Mindanao nature adventure. Please alert your area leader and inform Cagayan de Oro President Lingling Bacal Guarin adamasgmt@msn.com of your participation.

HUDYAKA VISAYAS, the gathering of Sillimanians in the Visayas, is moved from December 2011 to April 2012. Please contact the leader of the host chapter Caesar Pacalioga of Bacolod City for details: pacs@yahoo.com


IN MEMORIAM: Lina de la Torre Pastor (Education 1952) on October 17, former Metro Manila Alumni president Lilian T. Pickard (SUHS 1947, Business 1951) on October 31, Virginia T.  Vicuña (mother of Sillimanians) on November 6, Macario I. Baliwis, (Agriculture 1979) on November 9, Sozelun N. Zerrudo (BS Pre-Med 1970) on November 16 and Mamerto P. Villegas (BSE Music Education 1965) on November 20. If you know of any Sillimanian who is not in our memorial list, please inform us.

Thank you for always being there for dear old Silliman.                                                 

President Ben Malayang has requested this office to update you regularly about happenings on campus. We are also interested in knowing what you and your alumni chapters are doing.

Please keep in touch and update your file with our office if you have not done so. We would truly appreciate it. You may reach the President’s Office through this email address: pres@su.edu.ph. You may also contact the Alumni Affairs Office through this address: sillimanguidingstar@gmail.com.

Sincerely,

 

Jocelyn “JONG” Somoza de la Cruz 
Director of Alumni and External Affairs

 

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October 2011

Dear Fellow Sillimanian:

 

HAPPY Halloween!      

 

Among the letters received by Dr. Ben S. Malayang III, our University President, in October was a request from Barangay 5, near the Silliman Campus, for a group of 300 Dumaguete public school children to visit the University House and enjoy some Halloween treats. It would have been easy to respond negatively as some members of our Christian community do not feel comfortable with this “pagan” celebration. This party version of the “Holy Evening,” the evening of All Saints Day, is the fun night of a long wait that keep people awake beyond midnight.  To some old folks it sounds like the most dangerous celebration when witches snatch children from their homes and bring them to Siquijor.  True or not, we still have Halloween parties at Silliman. We regard them as nothing but a time to have “scary” fun, games and an excuse for adults and children to bring out their best costume concepts and to share weird-looking concoctions.  Dumaguete children are starting to enjoy trick-or-treating.  Halloween fever started the week before with the city fun runners wearing superhero costumes while doing their a-night-in-a-week run.

 

Silliman University joined in the celebration of World Teachers' Day on October 5 as set by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. Students from all levels expressed love for their teachers in  many ways: artworks on paper, flowers, cards, sweet delights from popular bakeshops and the various greetings expressed verbally. In alumni gatherings, the following mentors seem to enjoy iconic status: Metta Silliman and her love for literature, the arduous work in the Biology classes of Dr. Dioscoro Rabor and Dr. Angel C. Alcala, the merciless critiquing of works in Creative Writing classrooms of Doc Ed and Mom Edith, the world tour of culture beauty with Dr. Albert Faurot, the elegance of the Spanish language in the classroom of Dr. Rosita Romero, the high-end sermon writing class of Dr. Pro Udarbe, the enduring homemaking techniques that were taught by Eve Bokingo, the business calculations in the classroom of Pol Mirafuentes, the glory of Visayan hymns shared by Dr. Elena Maquiso, Elmo Makil and Priscilla Magdamo’s mentorship of singing, the motherly strictness of Maria Concepcion Roble, the brilliance in the political analyses of Dr. Teddy Cortez, the complex structural directions under Engr. Antonio Dinoy, the realization of culture vehicle usefulness of the Wikang Filipino in a Dr. Nilda Magdamo’s classroom... so many more amazing personalities who made high school and college life truly memorable.  To all of them, our salute for the lifetime legacies they have given! 

 

Employers always say, “We like Silliman Accountancy graduates for they are trustworthy!” They will be happy to know that our twenty-six fresh graduates in Accountancy are now certified public accountants (CPA) from the results of the October 2011 CPA Board Exams. The College of Business Administration still enjoys its distinction as a Center of Development in Accountancy Education from the Commission on Higher Education.

We commend the City Council of Dumaguete for supporting a national program on Development Policy Research yearly. This year, research in this University Town under said program focused on supplementing what the present education sector lacks, or enhance what is already in place. In a competition called "Educational Colloquium: Search for the Most Innovative Education/Policy Program,” two students from the SU College of Mass Communication (CMC) were proclaimed as winners. Senior students Mahogany Ray Bacon (the current Student Government president) and Iresse Patricia Bulos (the president of the Kapunungan ng mga Mass Communicators) won the grand prize for their research on "Teaching Exposure Sessions for High School Students.” The study discovered how self-confidence and self-esteem may be developed to help students when they go to college, for a student‘s confidence is an integral part of learning. The two student proponents presented a program that would allow high school students in the higher level, particularly the senior and junior levels, to teach a class in the elementary level, specifically grade 5 and 6.  The experience helped the high school students gain more self-confidence.

Still on Research, Prof. Michaelito A. Naldo of the SU College of Agriculture won the Best Research Paper citation from the Central Visayas Consortium for Integrated Regional Research and Development (CVCIRRD). His paper, "Alternative Strategies in Providing Digestible Protein to Piglets" which was presented in Kentucky uncovers a way for the reduction of the expensive plasma protein and milk in the dietary requirements of piglets. Prof. Naldo was holder of the Professorial Chair in Agriculture in 2009.

 

The Regional Trial Court has acquitted an SU Theology student, Manuel Jarabe Jr. and his fraternity brother for the 2006 killing of 30-year-old Francis John Perez on November 3, 2006, a Dumaguete businessman. The conflict was believed to have stemmed from a fraternity war. At the sala of RTC Branch 41 Judge Gerardo A. Paguio Jr. the eight-page decision was made on October 5 on the basis of reasonable doubt. Jarabe was a graduating senior student when he was arrested in 2006.  He plans to finish his degree in Theology now that he is free, and will proceed to take up Law.  While inside prison, he conducted Bible studies for fellow inmates and shared testimonies on how the trials made him stronger in faith.

Congratulations to Elizabeth W. Gonzales, PhD, APRN and BC (SUCN 1968), Associate Professor in the College of Nursing, Drexel University of Philadelphia for having been elected president of the AAPINA (Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association). AAPINA is also represented on the National Coalition for Ethnic Minority Nurses Association (NCEMNA) with two Board members. The President of AAPINA is automatically a member of the Board of NCEMNA.

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The reining Miss Silliman, Alexis Dawn Masangkay and her dance partner Linwell Angeles Bongcasan, won the Championship in the Buglasan Festival Dancesport Competition. Both were Best Dancers in the University Intramural Games last year.  In the national level, the Silliman Team composed of Linwell and Alexis won third place in a 3-dance Latin American category during the 15th Dance Sport Council of the Philippines national competitions on October 14 at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium in Malate, Manila. 

 

IN MEMORIAM: Alma Bella Ponce de Leon (SUHS 1955, AB 1958) on October 2, Stephanie Alyssa Amada (Elementary 2004 Valedictorian, SUHS 2008 Valedictorian and Accountancy student 2011) on October 15, Kisea Grace G. Procianos (BSMT Freshman 2011) on October 18 and Demetrio (Pororoy) T. Larena III (Elementary 1957, SUHS 1963 and Agriculture 1968) on October 20. If you know of any Sillimanian who is not in our memorial list, please inform us.

 

Thank you for always being there for dear old Silliman.   

President Ben Malayang has requested this office to update you regularly about happenings on campus. We are also interested in knowing what you and your alumni chapters are doing.

Please keep in touch and update your file with our office if you have not done so. We would truly appreciate it. You may reach the President’s Office through this email address: pres@su.edu.ph. You may also contact the Alumni Affairs Office through this address: sillimanguidingstar@gmail.com.

Sincerely,

 

Jocelyn “JONG” Somoza de la Cruz
Director of Alumni and External Affairs

 

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September 2011

                                                                           

Dear Fellow Sillimanian:

The major obstacle to conservation of wildlife anywhere in the world seems to be people themselves.

Humans consider themselves more important than, or superior to, all other species of plants and animals. Because of this superiority complex, people justify their actions on what are considered lower forms of life.

On ethical grounds, other creatures should be allowed to co-exist with humans through proper conservation. But what often happens is that humans tend to overexploit or make use of other species without regard for the sustainability and survival of these species....
- Dr. Angel C. Alcala 


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Silliman University hosted the 7th Philippine Bird Festival of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines (WBCP) with exhibits in the on September 24 and 25.  The theme was “Langgam Paluparon, Lasang Palambuon.” All the “bird angels”of our islands and from other countries (the Asian Raptor and Research Conservation Network, Bird Conservation Society of Thailand, Borneo Bird Club, Chinese Wild Bird Federation, Kaoshiung Wild Bird Society, Malaysian Nature Society, Nature Society of Singapore and the Wild Bird Society of Taipei) were there, including the Silliman grade school and kindergarten kids had a great time who had a great time as their activities included lectures, games, coloring, face-painting, origami, film showing, a photo exhibit and, of course, bird watching! Everyone loved the story of the successful breeding program of the colorful Negros Bleeding Heart Dove (featured as the official logo of the event) at Silliman’s Center for Tropical Studies . Our very own “bird angel” Atty. Val, son of the Philippine Bird Man, Dr. Dioscoro Rabor, spoke on his father’s lifetime achievements. Silliman icon of environmentalism Dr. Angel C. Alcala and University President Dr. Ben S. Malayang III lent valuable presence to the event.  The active participation of Sillimanian young environment heroes was also noted: Pol Cariño, Jean Utzurrum, Elise Basa and Dong Pading.

 

The SU Alumni  Association of Southern California successfully celebrated SU 110th Founders Day and inducted its new set of officers with over 200 affected by the Silliman Spirit virus.  Sillimanians are now looking forward to another fruitful, fun term under the capable leadership of Jaime 'Jumbo' Ponce de Leon. 

 

Hosted by the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law, the 2011 moot court competition took place on 27 to 30 September. The fight got extremely tight in this year's National Moot Court Competition on International Humanitarian Law, as students from 17 law schools vied for the honor of winning in the largest moot court competition in the Philippines. Last year, the Silliman University team topped 13 other law schools and represented the country at the Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot Competition, an inter-university competition for the Asia-Pacific region. This year the Silliman team placed second.  Our team was composed of College of Law sophomores Zara Marie Dy and Kenny Melody Hotingoy. The Silliman team hurdled a series of elimination rounds and Dy was adjudged among the Top 3 Best Mooters. Their coach was Law professor and Salonga Center for Law and Development Deputy Director Atty. Sheila Lynn Catacutan-Besario. This annual competition for law students in the Philippines was organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Philippine Association of Law Schools and the Supreme Court.

Silliman University got 100% passing marks in two national board exams. All the seven members of the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Class of 2011 passed the Chemist Board Exam in August. In Medical Technology, the thirty-three 2011 graduates from the Institute of Clinical Laboratory Sciences passed the September Medical Technologist Licensure Examination. The national passing average was 52.5 per cent for Chemistry and 75.88 per cent for Medical Technology.

Silliman University Church celebrated Christian Education Month in September with the theme “Jesus Christ, Our Fortress.” Among the highlights were the Toddlers Class field trip which included a visit to the 7th Philippine Bird festival exhibits, a seminar on Prayer and Discipleship, the CYF visitation to an orphanage, a joint breakfast fellowship for all Bible study clusters and groups, an All-Men Fellowship Lindholm by the UCM, the Fellowship of the Least Coin and dorm devotions led by the CWA.

The Silliman University Church Pastoral Call Committee has announced the need for nominees as all four pastors now serving will soon reached their term ending. Nominations for Senior Pastor, Pastor for Christian Education and Nurture, Pastor for Campus Chaplaincy and Pastor for Christian Witness and Service are now open.

Silliman University joins the national movement for the immediate legislative enactment of the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill. A forum on reproductive health, "Population, Health and Environment," was held on September 17 at the Luce Auditorium with Former Cabinet secretaries and staunch reproductive health advocates serving as speakers: former Department of Health Secretaries Dr. Esperanza Cabral and Dr. Alberto Romualdez, former Department of Environment and Natural Resources Dr. Angel Alcala, and Likhaan Executive Director Dr. Junice Melgar. This was made possible by the assistance of the S.U. Medical School and the Likhaan Center for Women's Health.

The Supreme Court, in cooperation with the Society for Judicial Excellence (SJE), honored Judge Jeoffre W. Acebido, a 1986 SU College of Law graduate, in ceremonies held on September 19, at the Centennial Hall in Manila Hotel.  The 50-year old Manticao, Misamis Oriental native received JEA’s highest honor, the Chief Justice Cayetano Arellano Award. Aptly described by his nominators as the epitome of excellence in the Judiciary. Judge Acebedo, in his less than 10 years as a judge, has set the bar high for competence and efficiency as seen in his effective management of the docket of his court.  He normally renders his decisions less than two months after the cases have been submitted for decision and resolves pending incidents within 30 days, well within the constitutional deadline of three months.  In 2010, he has decided on the merits 131 civil cases and 68 criminal cases in his regular sala. As Acting Presiding Judge of RTC, Branch 22, he has also for the same period decided on the merits eight civil cases and 85 criminal cases. Remarkably, he has never requested for any extension of time to decide cases or resolve pending incidents. He has also earned the reputation of being punctual and prompt in his work. His colleagues, staff, as well as the litigants and their counsels in his sala, attest that he has never been late for work and starts court sessions not later than 8:30 am.  With Judge Acebido setting the example, all lawyers appearing in his court have been punctual in their attendance.           

IN MEMORIAM: Florencio A. Feraren (Law 1954) on September 20, Presencia Demerre-Aves (SUHS 1958, and BSHE 1965) on September 27 and Dr. Megdonio Bacal of Cagayan de Oro (all his children graduated from SU) on September 29. If you know of any Sillimanian who is not in our memorial list, please inform us.

 

Thank you for always being there for dear old Silliman.   

President Ben Malayang has requested this office to update you regularly about happenings on campus. We are also interested in knowing what you and your alumni chapters are doing.

Please keep in touch and update your file with our office if you have not done so. We would truly appreciate it. You may reach the President’s Office through this email address: pres@su.edu.ph. You may also contact the Alumni Affairs Office through this address: sillimanguidingstar@gmail.com.

Sincerely,

 

Jocelyn “JONG” Somoza de la Cruz
Director of Alumni and External Affairs

 

cc:     Dr. Ben S. Malayang III





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August 2011

                                                                           

Dear Fellow Sillimanian:

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Tears can only come again. Elsewhere. In other times. Maybe whenever we recall Mom Edith’s love and grace, her words on the page or as she uttered them to our face, addressing the ever-expanding family that came to grow and roost, in her very home.

We all lay her to physical rest today — all of us, wherever we are — all her sons and daughters whom she fed and nourished as we took our little steps in that big world that is the republic of letters. We know we’ll never see her again, never hear her actual voice — that lilt of diction, articulation, emancipation for all of us whenever we were caged by too much theory or doubts, or a little less loving. And there will be more chances to pay tribute to Mom Edith even as we keep bidding her farewell, even as we keep rebirthing all her bright words that strengthened and inspired us.  - Alfred A. Yuson, Philippine Star

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A gift of life for Silliman’s Founders Day: the celebration of the 92 years of the life and work of the National Artist Edith Lopez Tiempo. From the day she passed on at sunset, the day we celebrated the 95th year of Silliman Church on August 21; up to the the state funeral on August 29, the day after the 110th birthday of our Alma Mater, “the mother of Philippine Literature” gathered tributes from the literary luminaries of the Philipines. Some came with their poems for their Mom Edith, others made long shouts on facebook, others had essays on their blogspots and republished their works on the Tiempos. A  good number of writers flew in to be with Rowena and Maldon and Rowena’s husband, Lemuel and daughter, Rima.

The Philippine President was represented  by the country’s cultural prime movers Emily Abrera, Chairperson of the Board of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), CCP President Raul Sunico, and Felipe de Leon, Jr. Chairman of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

A MIGHTY FORTRESS is our GOD! The theme for celebrating  the first decade into Silliman University’s Second Century, the 110th Founders Day, was perfect as it affirmed the earlier promise of the 2001 celebration of the centennial of the first American school in the Philippines.

The Silliman University Cebu Alumni Chapter in cooperation with the Silliman Alumni Association, Inc. (SAAI) spearheaded the opening salvo with the Silliman Run 2011 on  August 7. Dubbed as “Run to Educate,” the event gathered more than 2,000 participants who came as early as 5 o’clock in the morning. Proceeds of the event were donated to the University during the TIPON Dumaguete by Engr. Siegfried Sia, President of SU Cebu and Judge Rafael Crescencio Tan,Jr. National President of SAAI.

The 95th year celebration of the Silliman Church (established as a student church in 1916), echoed the same theme with the affirmation of “God’s 95 years of faithfulness.” Highlight of the celebration was a Vesper Service which featured the different choirs and campus singing groups: Children’s Choir, Campus Choristers, Covenant Choir, J2MAD, SU Gratitude & Goodwill Ambassadors, Men’s Glee Club, Sunrise Choir, Heritage Choir, Family Choir, Pilgrim Choir and Chapel of the Evangel Choir. The Church also launched its centennial celebration in 2016 with the release of butterflies and a historic walk to Silliman Hall- site of the earlier student church.

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Crowned Miss Silliman was dance artist Alexis Dawn Masangkay who made history by becoming the first Miss Silliman from the College of Engineering. She was also awarded the Best Speaker and Best in Talent awards.  Miss Nursing Athena Mission  was first runner-up and was adjudged Miss Silliman Cover Girl.  Miss Medical School Bianca Bulaybulay  came in next as second runner-up  and Miss Silliman Headline Girl. Miss Mass Communication Gesta Gamo was third runner-up, and Miss Business Administration Vanessa Hinoguin was fourth runner-up.  Miss Medical Technology Keziah Montebon was Best in Gown, Best in Global Professional Attire and Best in Casual Wear.

The student booth festival Hibalag 2011 had the towering Red Shield Fraternity booth as Booth of the Year which also won the Best in Display award. The SU RHOANS Fraternity and Sorority booth was awarded Best in Design with the architecture inspired by the “Mighty Fortress” theme. Aggies Booth was awarded Best in Display for Academic-related organizations, Agusan Sillimanites got the Best in Display for Regional Organizations and the HI:SAW (the foreign students booth) was awarded Best Design and Gimmick for Regional Organizations.

The Cheerdance Contest championship went to the College of Computer Studies.

The induction of the Heritage Builders, to express gratitude to the faithful Sillimanians who served the University for more than 20 years had an interesting twist this year. It was the first time that the number of staff awardees equaled the number of faculty honorees. The honorees were:   Biological Scientist, Dr. James W. Chapman and his wife, Dr. Ethel R. Chapman who taught English and Mathematics (1916-1950);  Former Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Rosito P. Macalisang who taught Mathematics from 1950 to 1986; his fellow Math teacher,  Prof. Caesar V. Cavales (1957 to 1992), and Chemistry Professor, Felicisimo L. Kiamco who served from 1939 to 1978. The staff honorees included: Chief Plumber Fausto L. Flores (1915 to 1967), Medical Center electrician Bonifacio V. Mirasol (1925 to 1967), Medical Center aide Pablo E. Moreno (1936-1969), plumber Areston K. Piñero (1925-1967), Student Nurses Home Matron Melitona T. Rodriguez (1924-1964), and the Office of the President Administrative Assistant Lorseli A. Utzurrum (1952 – 1994).

Other activities filled up the Founders Day calendar. The Eminent Persons Lecturer was Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward S. Hagedorn on “Environmental Governance”.  Other lecturers included former Medtech professor Mrs. Florita Maslog on “Medical Technology in the Digital Age.”; Senator Teofisto Guingona III “Pinoy Solutions to Corruption”, Dr. Fabian Dayrit of Ateneo de Manila “New Paradigms on Coconut Oil”, Chemistry alumna Dr. Evangelyn C. Alocilja of Michigan State university and Lawrence Jeff Johnson, Director of ILO Country Office for the Philippines “Pathways to Education and Decent Work for the Youth”. The Engineering Class of 1986 had a successful Balik-Aral program, the Psychology Department had a fruitful harvest from their alumni through the lecture series and the Ruby reunion of SUCN Class of 1971 also had successful Balik-Talent lectures.

Books written by Silliman faculty and alumni were launched: In Samarkand by Cesar Ruiz Aquino; Beautiful Accidents  and Heartbreak and Magic, both by Ian Rosales Casocot; Whole Brain Literacy by Dr. Perla Rizalina M. Tayko; and Folk Poetry of Southern Leyte by Placido Go-Zaga

Two events further heightened the nostalgia felt by returning alumni. The first was a turnover of Dr. Pedro V. Flores Memorabilia to the Silliman Library, with special guests Mrs. Penny Rose Flores Vendiola and her family from Canada in attendance; and second was a Memorial Service for former First Lady Pearl G. Gamboa at the Udarbe Memory Chapel with children Melanie and David present.

The naming of old and new landmarks of Silliman has become part of the Founders Day celebrations as well. The main building of the Silliman University Medical Center, was named in memory of Heritage Builder in Healing Ministry, Dr. Jose “Tatang” Garcia.  His children, Drs. Florentina “Doody” Garcia Carre and Laong Laan Garcia were present at the ceremony. The Academic Building Complex of the College of Agriculture was named in memory of Dr. Quintin S. Doromal who was president from 1973 to 1982 and who was instrumental in the construction of facilities at the College of Agriculture and the faculty development program which sent Agriculture professors to Australia.  His children, Melanie and David, and grandson Endy represented the family. The Early Childhood Building near Hibbard Hall was named in honor of Dr. Paul and Mrs. Edna Lauby who were represented by daughter Jennifer. The building in front of Vernon Hall formerly New Men’s Dorm was named Agustin A. Pulido Hall in honor of Dr. Pulido who was president when this residential zone was developed. Pulido Hall currently serves as food service center now, and underway are plans to expand its use include art amenities for dormers and rooms for international students. Dr. Pulido, his wife Dorothy and their family graced the event.

The main birthday celebration on August 28 started with another tradition, the Silliman Band’s Diana at dawn which was a welcome reminder to  the Silliman community about the sunrise service held by the Gate of Opportunity facing the boulevard. The preacher was University President Dr. Ben S. Malayang III whose sermon had a strong historical perspective. The Founders Day Sunday Service was held later at the SU Church with Dr. Gideon Alegado giving the sermon, and representatives of the reunioning classes SUHS 1961 and BSN 1961 & 1962 participating as liturgists and ushers.

This year’s program for Outstanding Sillimanian Awards flowed smoothly. The awardees had their nostalgic moments as they were serenaded by singers of the College of Performing and Visual Arts who sang the song, “What a Wonderful World” was dedicated to  Outstanding Sillimanian in the Field of Nursing Leadership, Betsy Aya-ay Jackson (BSN 1977) and “Misty” to Outstanding Sillimanian in the field of Entrepreneurship in Chemistry,  Edna Callejas Mijares (BS Chem 1974). The two awardees, looking regal in their ternos, gave acceptance speeches touching on the influence of the Silliman Spirit in their careers.

The summa cum Laude graduates through the years were honored this year with the unveiling of a bronze tablet attached to the wall of the Robert B. and Metta J. Silliman Library. The tablet was donated by the family of Sixto (AB 1950 summa cum laude) and Elvira (AA 1948 with highest honors) Guanzon.

Oriental Hall as the SUACONA Student Center formally opened this Founders Day. We say thank you to the SUACONA prime movers who attended the ceremonies: Zenaida Duran Bennett, Gideon Alegado, Betsy Engle, Tonette G. Geary, Joel Pal, Rene Querubin, Jun Almiron, Paul Imperial, Miriam Luz S. de la Peña, Bennie Malayang, and many more.

The 110th Founders Day had the greatest number of reunioning groups  as it was the first time that in addition to the usual  high school and college classes, dormitory residents celebrating milestones like the Edith Carson Hallers and the Molaveans had reunions. It was also the first time that the elementary school classes had a grand alumni homecoming. Fraternities and student organizations like the LACUU also met and the Silliman Dance Company celebrated its 50th. These alumni gatherings made the 110th Founders Day distinctively fun and memorable. They have the Facebook to thank for easy communication and mobilization.

A wonderful gift on Founders Day came from the Silliman University Medical School (SUMS) which gave Silliman, for the second time, a 100% passing in the Physician Licensure Examination (the national passing rate was 75.32%). The new Sillimanian doctors are: Amatong, Bless Sygaco-Cadaved; Brillantes, Fel Aillen Grace Gargar; Caliso, Mark Gil Descallar; Centeno, Chrystal Anne Ege; Dayap, Vanessa Mae Galvez; Jamito, Allen John Nepomuceno; Muñoz, Golda May Dy; Nicolas, Darian Dalman; and  Taboloc, Juan Paulo Aguilar.

GOD bless OUR DEAR OLD SILLIMAN! To close, allow us to share these lines from Dr. Malayang’s Founders Day Sunrise Service sermon:

“The mighty fortress of Silliman is built up of small mustard seeds of faith, tiny kernels and small pebbles of faith which, because they were forged together into a common purpose of education, worship and healing, had become a mighty fortification of great strength, to make the university persist on its mission and ministry in the best and worst of times.

We can fail, and indeed many times we had failed and had fallen. We continue to be short of many peoples' expectations, even including our own. But our God sees us through despite our failures and shortcomings. God is there, real and true, always to be our rock, our refuge, and our strength.

What it would take - all it takes - is faith. For it is faith, even  as small as a mustard seed, that allows for God to be a mighty fortress for Silliman.”

IN MEMORIAM: Outstanding Sillimanian in the Field of History Professor Emeritus Caridad Aldecoa Rodriguez (AA 1946, BSE 1948, MA 1956) on August 8; Atty. Archer Baldwin Ricardo Martinez (Law 1989) on August 5; Mr. Sol Ebarle (SUHS 1970, BBA Management 1975) on August 9; National Artist and Professor Emeritus Dr. Edith Lopez Tiempo (BSE 1947) on August 21, and Judge Benjamin Gravino (Law 1959) on August 26.  If you know of any Sillimanian who is not in our memorial list, please inform us.

 

Thank you for always being there for dear old Silliman.   

President Ben Malayang has requested this office to update you regularly about happenings on campus. We are also interested in knowing what you and your alumni chapters are doing.

Please keep in touch and update your file with our office if you have not done so. We would truly appreciate it. You may reach the President’s Office through this email address: pres@su.edu.ph. You may also contact the Alumni Affairs Office through this address: sillimanguidingstar@gmail.com.

Sincerely,

Jocelyn “JONG” Somoza de la Cruz
Director of Alumni and External Affairs

 

cc: Dr. Ben S. Malayang III





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June 2011

 

Dear Fellow Sillimanian:

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The Silliman Spirit-filled TIPON in FAIRBANKS, Alaska

“I still haven’t come out of my euphoria with regard to this Tipon.  It was wonderful!  The ambience was that of warmth, friendship, a lot of respect for one another, and joyful commitment to achieve success for this 10th anniversary celebration of SUACONA.Ruby O. Agnir

Alaska Alumni chapter President Betsy Engle worked hard to ensure that Fairbanks deserved the honor of hosting the 10th year anniversary celebration of the Silliman University Alumni Council of North America (SUACONA) and Tipon Silliman 2011, the gathering of Silliman alumni and friends from all over the world.  She flew twice to the Philippines and back to Alaska before the event to make sure that preparations were done well.  Betsy’s tireless work was worth it all….those who were at Fairbanks were generous in their praise and appreciation, giving such comments as “We felt the Silliman Spirit every second of our fellowship,” and “It was coming home to my Silliman family.”

Among the Dumaguete delegates who were there were President Ben S. Malayang III; First Lady Gladys Rio Malayang; BOT Roselyn G. Delloso; BOT Grace A. Sumalpong; Judge Rafael Crescencio C. Tan, Jr. , National President of SAAI;  and SAAI Executive Secretary Mrs.Yolanda “Inday” Valente-Maxino.  They reported that already closeness was felt during the welcome night when a variety of talents was shared from music to poetry.  The worship service was well-attended as the aura of little-town-Fairbanks made Sillimanians feel it was like “being in Dumaguete.”

Dr. Elizabeth Susan Dimaya Vista Suarez, director of SUGGA (Silliman University Gratitude and Goodwill Ambassadors, the group of performing artists from home), who is a regular in TIPON took note of the wonderful hosting and well-attended events. “We felt so at home, and Betsy’s family was there for all of us. Fairbanks has the character of the old Dumaguete, helping to make everyone feel close to each other as there was no other destination that would divert the alumni from participating in the TIPON schedule. The “little town” feeling led everyone to be in-sync with the Silliman family.

It was also a TIPON of Music:  the Tipon Chorale led by Mrs. Ruby Agnir, with the singing participation of University president Ben S. Malayang III; the generous celebration of her birthday in Alaska by Silliman’s music icon Jenny Lind A. Delorino of the Aldecoa Family singers who brought warm nostalgia through her music; the family talents of the Pals and that of Faith Manigsaca Duran, and from Silliman's valuable gift, SUGGA. The idea of this unique gift came from Dr. Ben S. Malayang III.

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Those who attended the Tipon and heard them , realized it was not “just another expense” to send 26 performing artists all the way to Alaska because their heartwarming musical sharing  measured beyond the money actually spent. They represented Silliman’s “gift” to the alumni in North America, priceless as it was a “gift of faith”.

Our congratulations to the force behind TIPON Alaska, especially SUACONA Chair, Zeny Duran Bennett, and other members of the Executive Committee: Betsy A. Jackson, Josephine J. Jalandoni, Faith M. Duran, Betsy M. Engle, Joel V. Pal, Jocelyn G. Pajares, Sylvester B. Almiron, Jr., Renato D. Querubin and the newly elected Chairman, Gideon Alegado – the much appreciated emcee of the event as he is always everyone’s Kuya Box, with the Mister Silliman Spirit.  Other loyal Sillimanians who hosted were  Adlai J. Amor, Tonette G. Geary and Daday K. Millman.

There are now 8,921 students enrolled in Silliman for the first semester of school year 2011-2012. The comparative enrollment report shows an increase in the population as last year’s total enrollment was 8,882. The colleges and graduate school combined have 6,640, and the remaining 2,281 are enrolled in pre-school, elementary and high school. The College of Business Administration is the largest college, with 1,652 students, followed by the College of Nursing – 827 enrollees, and the College of Arts and Sciences with 726 students.

Among the features of the Freshman Orientation at the Luce Auditorium on June 21 as organized by the Guidance and Testing Division of the Office of Student Affairs was Live@edu Project.  As explained by Ms. Florence Benlota, a Computer Science instructor and the project’s main anchor, the Live@edu is part of Microsoft’s corporate social responsibility which offers educational institutions worldwide free hosted and co-branded communication and collaboration services for students, faculty and alumni. She made the new students understand that the @my.su.edu.ph is actually an email address provided by Microsoft to Silliman University as part of their Live@edu project. With this email address, students can work  with each other through the services provided, including a 25 GB files storage, downloadables, and messaging.

The first academic convocation was held on June 7 at the  Luce Auditorium during the first week of classes.  His Excellency Thierry Borja de Mozota, Ambassador of France to the Philippines, was the speaker.  The students enjoyed his speech which showed the personality of a hardworking government representative.  He pointed out that the job of a French Ambassador is not to party in social events but more importantly,  to be with communities to work on possible projects to help empower them.  Silliman University Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Betsy Joy B. Tan, who has been serving as Acting President while President Dr. Ben S. Malayang III is still on leave, led the welcome party for the French Ambassador whose down-to-earth charm endeared him to his young audience at Silliman.

Silliman University is proud of  alumnus Bentham de la Cruz, Mayor of the Municipality of Amlan, who recently received  a national recognition, The Orchid, for the successful implementation of the ordinance which bans smoking in public places. The Amlan-lead anti-smoking in public advocacy has caught fire. Other local governments are now implementing the same.  Dumaguete will soon implement a similar ordinance. Assistant provincial health officer Dr. Edgardo Barredo reported that Ayungon is now becoming like Amlan as it also takes pride in being a smoke-free town. Getting ready to implement is the town of Jimalalud which had a successful launching of the anti-smoking campaign.

In response to the international call for environmentalism, a proposed ordinance prohibiting the use of plastic in the City of Dumaguete was discussed in public at the Moot Court, College of Law, Silliman University on June 23. This has been echoed by different environmental advocacy groups in the province whose prime movers visited store owners to convince them that aiming for a plastic-free Dumaguete is doable. So far, only Fortune Mart, the pioneering grocery store in Dumaguete owned by alumni Ernesto and Evansuenda Quiamco, has responded positively.
 

IN MEMORIAM: Joselyn R. Anfone-Palacious (BS Nursing 1978) on June 19; Rodrigo C. Quiamco (SUHS 1948, BBA Accounting 1952, Law 1957) on June 22 ; Milagros Antonia Pastrano-Larena (wife of Demetrio Larena II) on June 22;  former Silliman First Lady Pearl Gamboa Doromal (MA Creative Writing 1982) on June 26.  If you know of any Sillimanian who is not in our memorial list, please inform us.

 

Thank you for always being there for dear old Silliman.       

President Ben Malayang has requested this office to update you regularly about happenings on campus. We are also interested in knowing what you and your alumni chapters are doing.

Please keep in touch and update your file with our office if you have not done so. We would truly appreciate it. You may reach the President’s Office through this email address: pres@su.edu.ph. You may also contact the Alumni Affairs Office through this address: sillimanguidingstar@gmail.com.

Sincerely,

Jocelyn “JONG” Somoza de la Cruz
Director of Alumni and External Affairs

 

cc: Dr. Ben S. Malayang III






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May 2011

 

 

Dear Fellow Sillimanian:

 

The 50th year of the Silliman University NATIONAL WRITERS WORKSHOP

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Gaudeamus! Let us rejoice!  The Silliman University Writers Workshop, the first in Asia, turned 50 in May 2011.  It was one of the important literary events of the Philippines (see photo of workshop participants, alumni and panelists on Luce Auditorium stage).

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With leading newspapers and magazines allotting spreads to feature the golden harvest, Sillimanians know why celebrating this legacy of the late Professor Emeritus, Edilberto K. Tiempo, and currently the only woman National Artist in Literature, Dr. Edith Lopez Tiempo (pictured above with daughter, Rowena Tiempo-Torrevillas) is wide and enduring. This was explained by workshop alumnus and multi-awarded Sillimanian literary artist Ian Rosales Casocot,  “… it is because of Mom Edith and Doc Ed that Philippine literature has lain claim to a mythic Dumaguete—the same literary sense of geography that embraces Manuel Arguilla’s Nagrebcan, Carlos Aureus’ Naga, Nick Joaquin’s Old Manila, and NVM Gonzalez’s Romblon. But while each of these places are mythologized in one writer’s dream of words, Dumaguete seems to breathe heavily on more than one pen, and has colonized more than one imagination. Every summer since 1962, the Philippine literary world knocks on Mom Edith’s doors. Since then, the quiet appeal of Dumaguete has made its way prominently to the magic pages of books, journals, and literary magazines, immortalized in countless stories, poems, and essays. The authors we’ve read, and often praised and emulated in college, have been through here, have made sonnets to the sunrise off the famous Rizal Boulevard, have seen Edith Tiempo at work, and have ended up calling her Mom for the rest of their literary life. For her, there are poems for every acacia tree that grows towards the horizon, to Tañon Strait.”
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The 50th year (celebrated during, the first three weeks of the month of May) had certain evenings when gratitude and recognition was publicly expressed to the workshop pillars and supporters through the years. After all these tributes, the founder, Mom Edith, expressed, “What else can I say to you except that I am happy, happy to be with you as I have always been happy all these 50 years with writers, and I hope that each one of you will be happy to say that, ‘Oh, last night I was with a 92-year-old woman who claims she is a writer.” By coincidence, a group of writing students and their mentor on tour from the University of Iowa arrived in Dumaguete and took part in the final celebration. Ed and Edith Tiempo learned their craft at the University of Iowa. They established the Dumaguete Writers Workshop in 1962 after their return. The present workshop Director-in-Residence, Dr. Rowena Tiempo Torrevillas, has consistently acknowledged that the seed of this workshop came from Iowa, “Truly, the world comes to Iowa, even as Iowa goes out into the world, carrying the seeds of that brave, creative idea. Sometimes those seeds, taken from a wondrous new crop grown far away, return, to be replanted in the land that first brought them forth. This is the golden harvest we now celebrate.”

Now, everyone is looking forward to another grand homecoming in 2013, the celebration of the centenary of Doc Ed’s birthday.

Many groups from different international schools come to Silliman every year for the varied Service-learning programs that we offer. Our University has become the leading institution in community-based education in this part of the country.  Silliman was the venue for the "Service-Learning Development Seminar-Workshop for Visayas and Mindanao” held on May 18 to 20. The program was sponsored by the Private Education Assistance Council/Fund for Assistance to Private Education (PEAC/FAPE) and the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (COCOPEA), chaired by Dr. Ben S. Malayang III. The workshop promoted service-learning as a teaching pedagogy to more than fifty leaders of educational institutions.


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One thing new in Silliman which has been followed for two school years now is the holding of three graduation ceremonies annually.  Graduates in October and during the summer term need not come back for a March graduation for they now have their own graduation program.  This summer, a Baccalaureate in the morning and Commencement in the afternoon with guest speaker Rev. Jonathan Pia were held on May 15 for 65 graduates.  Among the members of the graduating class was Mr. Dave E. Marcial, Dean of the College of Computer Studies, who finished with a PhD degree in Education (see picture).

College of Engineering alumnus Mr. Harold Mascardo arrived to a warm homecoming on May 12 at Silliman.  He was welcomed and was given a reorientation to the campus by the staff of the Office of Alumni and External Affairs.  His main goal in coming was to represent his fraternity brothers of the SU Lambdans in establishing a scholarship for poor and deserving students. The SU Lambdans scholarship was launched on May 13, with the deadline for applications set on June 26.  He thanked the Vice President for Finance and Administration, Prof. Cleonico Fontelo, Mr. Jose Mari Jonathan Antonio of the Institutional Advancement Office, and Mrs. Rodora Sagun of the Student Scholarship and Aid Division for their help in setting up the scholarship program.  During his visit, he also decided to enroll in the PhD in Social Science program of the School of Public Administration and Governance (SPAG) and is grateful to Dr. Reynaldo Rivera who facilitated the distant education arrangement for this US-based alumnus.

On May 17, Science educators and research scientists from around the country came to Dumaguete for a Seminar-Workshop on Preserving and Sharing Local Knowledge, with the theme "Preserving and Sharing Local Knowledge and Indigenous Practices in Coastal Resource Management using Digital Tools." The five-day, cross-disciplinary workshop provided a common understanding of coastal resource management (CRM), digital tools and the benefits of using technology to promote CRM.  It provided skills for librarians, IT developers, CRM researchers and multimedia/ communications faculty from colleges and universities across the Philippines to collect, document and disseminate local knowledge of and indigenous practices in CRM. The educational workshop was funded by The United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia.

Silliman sports icons Jennifer Chan and Joan Chan-Tabanag did it again! The international archery queens harvested gold medals for the Philippines in the 2nd Asian Archery Grand Prix in Vietnam.  Jennifer also won two bronze medals from the individual and the mix challenges.

Silliman University 1989 College of Law alumna Judge Pamela Abella Maxino has been appointed by Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III to be Justice of the Court of Appeals.  The former Regional Trial Court judge in Guaga, Pampanga is the third Sillimanian law graduate to be appointed Justice. The other two  are Justice Ramon M. Bato, Jr. and retired justice and former Silliman President Venancio Aldecoa Jr.

Sillimanians in Hawaii had a chance to have an Aloha Fellowship with Dr. Ben S. Malayang III on April 24 at the Mililani home of Sam and Miriam Luz de la Peña.  Chapter treasurer Meda Magdamo Palencia was happy to report that they have reached the goal of their collection for the completion of the Aloha room in the SUACONA Oriental Hall project. Chapter President Miriam Luz Somera de la Peña and Vice President Jean Tantano gathered around 20 Sillimanians for the event.  

The Silliman Run was launched on May 15, inspired by the successful Founders Day event in Cebu City last year, the “Run to Educate,” organized by the Cebu Sillimanians.  The Silliman Alumni Association, Inc. (SAAI) headed by President Judge Rafael Crescencio Tan together with Cebu alumni led by their president Siegfried Sia will hold the 11-km run in Dumaguete on Augusts 7. It will still be dubbed as “Run to Educate” and will serve as the opening salvo of the 110th Founders Day.  Interested runners may register at the SAAI office in Silliman University or may email sillimanrun2011@yahoo.com. Register before July 11 and pay only P300, P270 and P270 for the 11k, 5.5k and 1.1k categories, respectively.

 

IN MEMORIAM: Lucia Corazon Jalandoni Raterta (BS Social Work 1977) on April 30; Romulo Po Tambis (Management 1984) on May 12; Rosario L. Flores (ETC 1940) on May 22; Perpetua Tinambacan Bacarro (Early Childhood School faculty member) on May 26; and Eugenio S. Rio (SU Cafeteria cook) on May 31.  If you know of any Sillimanian who is not in our memorial list, please inform us.

 

Thank you for always being there for dear old Silliman.    

President Ben Malayang has requested this office to update you regularly about happenings on campus. We are also interested in knowing what you and your alumni chapters are doing.

Please keep in touch and update your file with our office if you have not done so. We would truly appreciate it. You may reach the President’s Office through this email address: pres@su.edu.ph. You may also contact the Alumni Affairs Office through this address: sillimanguidingstar@gmail.com.


Sincerely,

 

 

 

Jocelyn “JONG” Somoza de la Cruz
Director of Alumni and External Affairs

 

 

cc: Dr. Ben S. Malayang III





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April 2011

 

Dear Fellow Sillimanian:

The First Sadya Mindanao!

The Silliman Spirit, the bond known to bring Sillimanians into this family fellowship wherever they may be in the world, was celebrated again in General Santos City and Sarangani Province on April 29 to May 1. Silliman University Alumni Chapter President and Director for Mindanao Linda Bañas-Alvarez and her fellow alumni officers of the SOCSKSARGEN (South Cotabato-Sultan Kudarat-Sarangani-General Santos) Silimanians gave North America’s Tipon a Mindanao version, and it’s called SADYA MINDANAO! The convergence of Sillimanians from all over Mindanao happened with fun and discovery in this very progressive metropolis in Southern Philippines.

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The Dumaguete delegation was welcomed to General Santos with lunch at Sarangani Highlands. This hotel and restaurant on a hilltop overlooking Sarangani Bay is home to the city’s biggest bonsai collection set in a garden of rocks and driftwoods, with tropical blooms everywhere. The lunch menu was a great delight which had fern salad, fresh-from-the-barn beef and lamb cuts, and grilled blue marlin. Sarangani Highlands is a new oasis in this province of sandy shores. 

Our home during our 3 days here was the old known oasis in South Cotabato, the Kalsangi – clubhouse of Dole Philippines.  It is in the middle of a pineapple plantation and like a little Baguio, dotted with pine trees all over. There was no need for airconditioning for it’s cold even at noon time. Linda ushered us to an afternoon merienda of fresh-baked bread from the in-house oven and pineapple drinks.

We had to be in General Santos for the evening welcome party for the first Sadya Mindanao. A fun night of food and friends was held at a barn in the middle of the city, actually the Sechong Homestead, as we were hosted by friends of alumni Ronnie and Hena Sechong and their wonderful family and fishing magnate Roger Lim who made possible the seafood fiesta that evening. More home-cooked fare came from Sillimanians and their families to welcome everyone. We also shared unforgettable campus anecdotes, each spontaneous story keeping the sadya spirit of the evening. Lito Animo of Davao City could not help expressing, “This is so much fun!”

The day of work came.  Alumni officers representing SOCSKSARGEN, Bukidnon, Butuan, Cabadbaran, Cagayan de Oro, Davao and Surigao del Sur converged to look into the needs of alumni. The venue for this was the Kasfala Hall of the Sarangani Capitol as arranged by the longest-serving SOCSKSARGEN alumni prime mover Joe Villanueva, the Executive Secretary of the Sanguniang Panlalawigan of Sarangani. Guest of Honor was the Hon. Vice Governor of Sarangani Steve Chiongbian Solon who paid tribute to his grandparents who were both Outstanding Sillimanians. National Alumni President Judge Cresencio Tan Jr. and Executive Secretary Yolanda Valente Maxino were present together with Alumni Affairs Director Jocelyn Somoza de la Cruz who brought everyone back to the campus-by-the-sea through Silliman news and pictures. SU Liaison Officer for External Affairs Moses Atega facilitated a planning workshop with the guidelines suggested by Tipon pioneer and former New York-New Jersey alumni president Ms. Fele Magdamo. Many items were covered in the agenda, but the highlights included a Memorandum of Agreement on Sadya Mindanao, the election of Council Officers and the bids for hosting in 2012, 2014 and 2016, as it was agreed that Sadya Mindanao will be held every two years. Cagayan de Oro won the hosting for 2012, Davao for 2014 and Bukidnon for 2016. Ms. Angeline Bacal Guarin, president of Cagayan de Oro alumni, was elected the first council chairperson.

Linda Alvarez’ husband, Rene, is president of the newly launched SADYA: Silliman Alumni Drivers and Youth Association, the organization of husbands and children of Sillimanians in SOCSKSARGEN, with the motto COEGI. EPULUM. EXSPECTO (Drink, Feast, Wait).  The new organization is “seriously” hoping to have Silliman chapters all over the world.

General Santos City Tourism Officer and Assistant Administrative Officer Glenn Gonzales, a Mass Communication alumnus, organized a tour after the sessions which was highlighted by a visit to the Manilay bahay-na-bato, an ancestral house from Batangas transported piece-by-piece and rebuilt to perfection - its old glory fully restored in General Santos. Other groups made side-trips to the tuna fishing industry of General Santos-Sarangani and to view the homes from the gates of boxing sensation and Sarangani Congressman Hon. Manny Pacquiao.

The fun-filled Sadya Mindanao ended with an evening of food and spontaneous showing of talents. Tuna served included grilled cuts and sashimi gaian courtesy of Mindanao taipan Roger Lim, turkey and beef inasal, salad bowls, and lots of drinks. Laughter and dancing with a live band was interrupted only by the induction of the newly-elected council officers and the signing of the MOA. Sadya Mindanao, sans formal gowns and tuxedo, was greatly appreciated for its down-to-earth fellowship that made all members of the Sillimanian families feel so comfortably at home – also a mark of The Silliman Spirit.

On the Silliman campus, the faculty and staff of the English and Literature Department headed by Dr. Evelyn Mascuñana, together with the student goodwill ambassadors welcomed the panelists and fellows to the 50th National Writers Workshop which opened on May 2. Workshop Director-in-Residence is Dr. Rowena Tiempo Torrevillas, daughter of Professor Emeritus Edilberto K. Tiempo and National Artist Edith Lopez Tiempo, who founded the first Writers Workshop in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia. The 50th Anniversary of the Workshop will be celebrated on the third week of May, when Workshop alumni and friends will converge in Dumaguete for a grand reunion.

In honor of a good friend of Silliman University, Daniel Fissell, who generously shared his music through a visit by a youth orchestra he conducted, a scholarship for students in Music or Theology majoring in Liturgy and Music was set up by Dan’s friends. The Daniel Fissell Music Foundation Scholarship, based in Fairfax, Virginia established the grant on March 31. Alumnus Dr. Al Fuertes of George Mason University in Virginia is chairman of the Foundation.

The SU Institute of Clinical and Laboratory Sciences had a 100% passing in the April 2011 results of the Medical Technology Licensure Examination. The new licensed medical technologists are Maria Nina N. Bama, Jane G. Bancure, Sherrly Marie T. Dales, Mitchelle R. Delegero-Diago, Fretchie G. Gabas and Gordon Christopher C. Tubo.

Former Philippine Government Treasurer and former SU Board of Trustees Chairperson Prof. Leonor M. Briones was honored with Bayi, a biennial award given by the Institute of Politics and Governance and the Barangay Bayan Governance Consortium to Ten Filipinas whose community impact have inspired and empowered other women. Our 1982 Outstanding Sillimanian in the field of Fiscal and Public Administration has always been a prominent figure in the advocacy for good governance, particularly in the fight to reduce national debt. The Public Administration professor continues to serve the nation as convener of Social Watch Philippines.

An April 4 news release in the University of Iowa's paper features SU Alumnus and Multimedia artist Lemuel Torrevillas’ film '…in Trento' which won an award at the Los Angeles International Film Festival. This A film by Lem Torrevillas won an honorable mention award in the experimental film category. The 3 1/2-minute film, "…in Trento," is about a child grieving the loss of her father, a tank commander in one of the many wars in the fictional country Trento. The girl's uncle brings her a video of her father's wrecked tank, which she plays endlessly. It is a film about healing, and the story is universal as it applies to whenever humanity fighting itself, from an actual war to a disintegrating relationship between two people. The film previously won first place in the Iowa City Experimental Film Festival. Torrevillas holds a master's degree in video and film production from the University of Iowa. For the past 12 years, he has managed the UI’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Production Unit, which loans equipment to students in film, video and audio. Torrevillas is the husband of Dr. Rowena Tiempo-Torrevillas and brother of journalist and newspaper columnist Domini Torrevillas.

SU alumnus and lawyer Felipe Antonio Remollo assumed post as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Clark Development Corporation, the governing body of the Clark Freeport Zone. The former Dumaguete City mayor was appointed by President Benigno Aquino III to lead the 2500-hectare modern aviation complex designated as the country’s future premier gateway site. Atty. Remollo is also reelected as member of the Silliman University Board of Trustees after the expiration of his full term last May 31, 2008. He earned from SU his High School Diploma in 1977 and a degree in Political Science, magna cum laude, in 1981.

 

IN MEMORIAM: Estela Tayko Tulabing (SU High School 1949, BS Education 1953) on April 3; Julianita Gravador Odchigue (ETC 1950) on April 3; Genoveva Yuzon Macalisang (BSC 1955, MA 1964) on April 5; former SU Elementary School teacher and Church Organist Noella Viloria Aledia (SU High School 1952, AB Music 1956 , BS Elementary Education 1967) on April 7; Cyd Charissa Flores Yap (SU High School 1972) on April 7; Idiline Maris Imbing Lovery (SU High School 1979, BBA 1983, BSN 1992) on April 19; and SUHS Physical Education teacher Jhan Earl Lagman (BSEd 2009) on April 19; Atty. Alexander G. Amor (AB 1948, LlB 1955) on April 30; Joel N. Peñaranda (BBA Management 1974) on April 31; Faith Lilyvic R. Canoy-Edwards (BS Psych 1982) on April.  If you know of any Sillimanian who is not in our memorial list, please inform us.

              

Thank you for always being there for dear old Silliman.         

President Ben Malayang has requested this office to update you regularly about happenings on campus. We are also interested in knowing what you and your alumni chapters are doing.

Please keep in touch and update your file with our office if you have not done so. We would truly appreciate it. You may reach the President’s Office through this email address: pres@su.edu.ph. You may also contact the Alumni Affairs Office through this address: sillimanguidingstar@gmail.com.

Sincerely,

 

Jocelyn “JONG” Somoza de la Cruz
Director of Alumni and External Affairs

 

cc: Dr. Ben S. Malayang III




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Dear Fellow Sillimanian:

March is Graduation month at Silliman.  There were 973 who graduated with college, graduate and doctoral degrees; 204 graduated from high school; 150 from elementary and 140 from early childhood. Sixty-three of the college graduates have been studying in Silliman University since preparatory school days and are called by the yearbook, The Portal. As “RED-blooded Sillimanians.”

SU BOT Chairperson Juanita Dy Amatong
SU BOT Chairperson Juanita Dy Amatong

Baccalaureate Services were held for each level before their graduation programs.  The College Baccalaureate Service was held at the Silliman Church in the morning of March 20, with UCCP General Secretary Bishop Reuel Norman O. Marigza as speaker.  Later in the afternoon, the Commencement program was held in the newly-renovated gymnasium which is much brighter and more airy than before.  A very large picture of the Silliman Church framed by Acacia branches on tarpaulin formed the stage background, making it appear to the audience and television viewers that they were facing the actual iconic Silliman view.  Although the Commencement program was not held at the amphitheatre this year, the graduates and their relatives and friends were still reminded that the SU Church represents the heart of University life.  Former Philippine Secretary of Finance and the current SU Board of Trustees Chairperson Juanita Dy Amatong was the Commencement Speaker.

 

Summa cum laude graduate Hector Bailey G. Calumpiano, a Political Science major from Catbalogan, Samar headed the honors graduate list with 11 Magna cum Laudes and 92 cum laudes. Sharing Seniors Day with his fellow graduates, he expressed “it was a journey difficult to take considering the three rides to cover the distance but it was my grandparents dream to have a Silliman education for their children… my mother only spent a semester here as the family suffered from financial difficulty. So, when I had this opportunity to have this Silliman journey, I made sure I would give it my very best and this achievement is an honor not just for me but more importantly for my mother and my grandparents….” 

Among the graduates this year is the former acting president of Silliman University and currently graduate school Dean Dr. Ma. Teresita Sy-Sinda who obtained her second doctoral degree, a PhD in Nursing. Joining her in the march of the doctoral graduates were SUCN professor Dr. Evalyn E. Abalos who also obtained a PhD degree in Nursing, College of Agriculture professor Dr. Chona F. Javier with a PhD in Education Administration, and the two Doctor of Education graduates: the former head of the Nutrition and Dietetics Department Dr. Irma Mae V. Ridad and Dr. Elve O. Nasvik.

Ela Luzuriaga Clavano
Ela Luzuriaga Clavano

 

Miss Silliman 2010 Ela Luzuriaga Clavano is the Valedictorian of Silliman University High School Class of 2011. The reigning campus queen was also an elementary school valedictorian at ABC Learning Center in Dumaguete. 

 

A member of university activities were held earlier leading to graduation week. One of these was College Seniors Day, a tribute to all members of Class 2011 (including those graduating in May and October), which was held on March 18 at Silliman Hall. Two outstanding alumnae were the guest speakers. Dumaguete’s media queen Ms. Glynda Timtim Descuatan (Economics, Magna Cum laude) spoke on “the wisdom from the trees.” She is a prime mover in Negros Oriental for media, culture and tourism, and was former church council chairperson of the Dumaguete UCCP. The 2004 Outstanding Sillimanian in International Education Professor Priscilla Lasmarias Kelso (English, Magna Cum laude) spoke on Silliman Values. She was here at Silliman for the second semester with her husband, Dr. Bart Kelso, to serve as volunteer faculty. She had served at Northeastern University as director of International Exchange Program and taught Literature in Boston before retirement.

It’s now girl power in student military training. During the high school graduation, Liala Jean S. Bucol received the George Mangohig Memorial Corps Commander Scholarship honor for outstanding leadership in the Citizens Military Training (CAT.) The high school ROTC commander enjoys a scholarship from the Calderon-Mangohig family through Ms. Rosemarie Calderon.  Portal 2011 also features a woman as a military training commander in the College ROTC. C/Col. Desiree Faith Lingo is the first female commander in the history of Silliman ROTC. Like her predecessors, Miss Lingo is enjoying a scholarship from the family of the late SU Board of Trustees Chairman Emeritus Col. Roman T. Yap.

With the Bar Exams results released on March 17, Silliman University has five new lawyers: National chess champion and student leader Jason Maxino Bandal, Portal 2010 Editor-in-chief and Mass Communication Magna cum Laude Ma. Zusabel Redulla Digaum, 2000 Silliman University High School Valedictorian and 2004 BPI Science Awardee Ramon Antonio de Asis Ruperto, Political Science cum laude and fraternity chancellor  Lloyd Jeson L. Elmaco and Law Class of 1995 member Nestor A. Loable.  Out of 4,847 examinees, a total of 982 passed the September 2010 Philippine Bar Exams — a passing rate of 20.26%, lower than last year’s 24.5%. Silliman got 50% passing.

A film to be featured in The World Heritage Summit 2012 of  the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will have theme music composed by Ian Manuel Mercado, a student at the Silliman University College of Performing Arts. The presidents of the International Council for Film, Television and Audiovisual Communication and of the International Music Council are happy with the selection of the young piano artist who composed five of the nine scores for the film, World Heritage and Cultural Diversity. The film will have its world premiere at the summit in Dakar, December 2012.

The 2011 Founders Day Committee headed by Dr. Margret Helen Udarbe Alvarez has chosen the 110th Founders Day theme.  The celebration of the first decade of Silliman’s second century will be anchored on Martin Luther’s well-known1531 composition in tribute to a protestant martyr Leonhard Kaiser. “A MIGHTY FORTRESS IS OUR GOD” as the theme captures Silliman’s story as expressed by the lyrics: “…a bulwark never failing; our Helper He amid the flood of mortal ills prevaling.  For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe; His craft and power are great, and armed with cruel hate, on earth is not His equal….” The present theme captures the faith story of Silliman and echoes the Centenial theme “The Foundation of GOD standeth sure” in 2001.

MAKE it a habit to check the Silliman website su.edu.ph for other updates. The Office of Information recently announced a feature in the site for alumni: “One of the unique features of the new Silliman website is the ‘Blogs’ found at the upper part of the homepage. This section is intended for our alumni who may want to share their articles about anything relevant to the life of any Sillimanian. These articles are not limited to recollections of campus life or reflections on life; they may also be about socio-political issues affecting the country and the globe (like commentaries).”

IN MEMORIAM:  Fiscal Demosthenes B. Tinagan (LLB 1980) on March 5 and Erlinda Dacanay Schuetz on March 31 (BSN 1973) on.  If you know of any Sillimanian who is not in our memorial list, please inform us.

 

 

Thank you for always being there for dear old Silliman.       

President Ben Malayang has requested this office to update you regularly about happenings on campus. We are also interested in knowing what you and your alumni chapters are doing.

Please keep in touch and update your file with our office if you have not done so. We would truly appreciate it. You may reach the President’s Office through this email address: pres@su.edu.ph. You may also contact the Alumni Affairs Office through this address: sillimanguidingstar@gmail.com.

Sincerely,

 

Jocelyn “JONG” Somoza de la Cruz
Director of Alumni and External Affairs

 

cc: Dr. Ben S. Malayang III




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February 2011

 

Dear Fellow Sillimanian:

Di ba tayo’y narito (Isn't it that we are here)
upang maging malaya (so we could be free)
at upang palayain ang iba (and so we could free others)
ako’y walang hinihiling (I am not asking for anything)
Ika’y tila ganoon din (It appears you feel the same)
sadya’y bigyang-laya ang isa’t-isa (intentionally give freedom to each other)

- JOEY AYALA

The opening lines, from the multi-awarded song “Walang Hangang Paalam” written by Joey Ayala, usher us to the main feature in February, the Culture and Arts Month.
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The song “Make Believe” written by Kevin Oliver R. Diana, a fourth year political science student, won the grand prize in the  2011 Valentine Songwriting Contest, an annual event in Silliman University.  Chairman of the Board of Judges ABS-CBN Star Records’Jonathan Manalo, composer of the giant hit “Pinoy Ako,” shared his comment, before the winners were announced, that the quality of the lyrics needs improvement but the quality of the melodies have strong potential for a hit song. One of the winning songs “Time Machine” by Music student Bennet James Menguito is inspired by a true story of the student composer who was madly inlove with his teacher and was imagining a time machine that would bring her back to him. Singing his own composition which won the Audience Choice Award, Menguito also won Best Interpreter. The annual festival of love songs, a presentation of the College of Performing Arts and the Cultural Affairs Committee,  is a major Valentine engagement in Dumaguete.  The community, especially the young couples, love the event which include dating games after the compositions are perfomed live on stage by popular campus talents.

February is the country’s Culture and Arts Month and as the pioneering Culture Center in Southern Philippines, Silliman University’s leaders in cultural affairs were kept busy the entire month. The biggest event opened the culture month in Dumaguete with the performance of the Philippine Madrigal Singers at the Luce Auditorium on February 4 and 5.  As expected, tickets were sold-out to the choral music concert. The concert flowed awesomely from the world’s classic to fun songs from the Philippines. The song that gave local flavor “Matud Nila” received the loudest applause.

Mark Anthony Carpio, the present choirmaster of the Philippine Madrigal Singers, generously conducted a workshop on Vocal and  Choral technique. Participants were the Music Educators and students from Oriental Negros. 

Did you know that Silliman pioneered in Choral Music Education in the Philippines? In keeping with the pioneering spirit, the Silliman University Campus Choristers had a concert at Quezon Park on February 6. The Sunday concert for free gave the city folks a pleasant surprise as a group from Silliman is always a source of pride and joy for the Dumagueteños. 

Also on February 6, Revolutionary artist Luis Yee, Jr., popularly known as Junyee was featured in the Albert Faurot Lecture series. He who has had almost a hundred exhibitions and more than a dozen awards, was a prime mover of  installation art in Southeast Asia. This led him to a wide mastery of all media possibilities, from acrylic to wood, and with installation, his ultimate passion, the possibilities of recycling garbage. Installation as a formal artistic genre was introduced in 1969.  It blends the strength of architecture, the sensibilities of sculpture and the colors in painting into one three-dimensional expression. His lecture at Silliman had our Fine Arts students busy with their own installation made of recycled water bottles.  Their work became the teaser of the month-long celebration.

Dumaguete’s young film maker Carmen del Prado worked on a documentary of Dumaguete’s art scene. The film “Dumaguete, an Artist Haven” became the CinemaRehiyon feature on February 24 at the Audio Visual Theater 1.

We revived the inter-college choral and dance competition which was last organized in 1982. The choral festival called “Himig at Sayaw” was a presentation of the Cultural Affairs Committee with the aim to showcase our very own talents.  The College of Business Administration Chorale won first place interpreting the contest piece “Makulay, Mapalad” by a third year Composition student, Jem Robert Talaroc of the College of Performing Arts. The College of Nursing folkdance entry “Pandango sa Ilaw” won the dance competition.  The College of Education and the College of Engineering and Design entries were among the Top 3 winners in choral and dance competitions, respectively.

 

Philippine Alternative Music king Joey Ayala and selected artists from around Asia gathered for a rare concert called “Organik Musik” showcasing the lumad indigenous traditions on February 25 at the Luce Auditorium. This was followed by an Albert Faurot Lecture series featuring Popong Landero for Contemporary Mindanao Music, Samaon Solaiman for “Maguindanao Kudyapi,” Uwang Anadas for “Yakan Kulintang,” and Joey Ayala for “Neo-Ethnic Music” on February 26. These events served as an assurance that something is being done to preserve Philippine tribal heritage.

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The Higala International: Students from Around the World (HI:SAW) had the International Cultural Exchange (ICE) on February 12 and 21 at the Duchess of Dauin and at the Robinsons Place. This gathering of foreign students is an avenue for exchanging of views on global issues and a showcase of cultural traditions. Highlight of the celebration of global friendship was the  search for Mister and Miss Silliman International 2011. Chosen as Mister Silliman International is Haroun Ali Haroun, a senior Entrepreneurship student from Sudan. Miss Silliman International 2011 is Miss Denmark Lissa-Patricia O. Duch of the High School Department. Both of them also won the Best Speaker award. The first runners-up were National Costume winner Mister China Gong Wan Gen who joined with his English name Bryce King and Miss Netherlands Lana Allertz who won Best in Talent. Second runners-up were Mister Iran Amir Lankarani who was Best in Formal Attire; and Miss Germany Caroline Klumpp who was Best in National Costume for women.

 

Seventeen senior students will have their names engraved on the bronze tablet as they received the University Honor award on February 11. Leading them with the highest QPA and a summa cum laude candidate is Hector Bailey G. Calumpiano, a Political Science student from Catbalogan, Samar. Physics student Jonathan Andro P. Tan received the Most Outstanding Student Award and the Bank of the Philippine Islands-Department of Science and Technology Science Award. The other two BPI-DTI Science awardees are Jason L. Coo, a Civil Engineering student from Iloilo City and Kaiser Josef T. Sedillo, an Electrical Engineering student. Five of the honorees are products of Dumaguete Science High School, these include Tan, Sedillo, work student majoring in Chemistry Maisse Kirstine Isobelle B. Cahambing, Physics student Izzy Martin R. Maxino, and Computer Engineering student Avel Niño R. Moralidad. S.U. International Student of the Year awardee Mohammadsaeid Assad Zabeh, an Information Technology student from Shiraz, Iran is also a magna cum laude candidate like most of the University honor awardees.

In celebration of Law Week, the Oratorical and Debating Club (ORADEC) of the Silliman University College of Law hosted a grand debate between San Beda  and Silliman on the proposition “Resolved: That the Sub Judice Rule Be Abrogated” on February 19. Zara Marie Dy of Silliman won Best Debater, Karissa Faye Tolentino also of Silliman won Best Rebuttal Speaker and Luis Voltaire Formilleza of San Beda was Best Speaker.

Silliman University College of Nursing produced 421 new registered nurses, as the results of the December 2010 board examinations show. Only 29,711 out of 84, 287 (35.24%) passed nationwide.  Silliman has the biggest number of passers in the list of Top 10 performing schools:

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IN MEMORIAM:  Cecilia Degala Arandia (Commercial Science 1972, Business 1974) on February 12 and Josefa Flores del Carmen (High School 1953, Business Administration 1957).  If you know of any Sillimanian who is not in our memorial list, please inform us.

 

 

Thank you for always being there for dear old Silliman.                     

President Ben Malayang has requested this office to update you regularly about happenings on campus. We are also interested in knowing what you and your alumni chapters are doing.

Please keep in touch and update your file with our office if you have not done so. We would truly appreciate it. You may reach the President’s Office through this email address: pres@su.edu.ph. You may also contact the Alumni Affairs Office through this address: sillimanguidingstar@gmail.com.

Sincerely,

 

Jocelyn “JONG” Somoza de la Cruz
Director of Alumni and External Affairs

 

cc: Dr. Ben S. Malayang III


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January 2011

 

Dear Fellow Sillimanian:

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.


This opening quote belongs to Martin Luther King, Jr. who continues to inspire not only Americans but people all over the world with his advocacy of respecting the worth and dignity of all individuals through peaceful means.

His quote reminds Sillimanians and Dumagueteños of the life of Filomena Tan-Cang who passed away on January 15, 2011, a high school batch 1948 alumna.  She devoted her life to serving her alma mater and her community.  She was awarded the Outstanding Sillimanian for Christian Business Management in 2006, her family business – Cang’s Incorporated with its humble beginning in 1957, and Bethel Guest House – representing models of a caring employer-employee relationship and concerned service to the general public. (Cang’s Inc. moved to its new building in North Highway Road, Daro a few months before her death.)  Recognized by Negros Chronicle as the “legendary matriarch of local entrepreneurship.” Mrs. Cang was also honored as Outstanding Negrense by the province of Oriental Negros in 2005. Her daughter, Ruth, who spoke during the service at SU Church on January 18 honoring her mother, said that business was not the most important thing in her mother’s life, her commitment to Christian ministry and service to the University were what really counted. She led and coordinated Evangelism Explosion activities in Dumaguete for many years. Her institutional participation in the SU Board of Trustees and the SU Medical Center Board will always be remembered. Mrs. Cang was married to Agapito Cang and is survived by children Roy, who has taken over the running of the family business, Ruth and Grace. (You may e-mail us for a complete copy of the profile written by Dr. Ruth Tan Cang-Chang).

In June last year, Sillimanians and the province of Oriental Negros mourned the sudden death of Silliman alumnus, the late Governor Emilio C. Macias II who died of liver cancer. Seven months later, his successor, Governor Agustin Ramon “Tuting” Perdices succumbed to gastric cancer on January 5. They were both 76 year old when they died. Having served as mayor of Dumaguete City for nearly three decades, Gov. Perdices was part of many undertakings of Silliman University.  His daughter Maria Rosa Isabel who graduated cum laude in Business Accounting was awarded the 1991 Most Outstanding Student of Silliman University.

With the death of Gov. Perdices, 1989 Mechanical Engineering graduate of Silliman University Vice Governor Roel Degamo, took his oath as Governor of Negros Oriental and promised to continue the priority projects of his predecessors.

Silliman University welcomed 2011 with piano music from  two of the world’s best artists, Raul Sunico of the Philippines  and Michael Tsalka of Israel, who performed at the Claire Isabel Luce Auditorium. On January 14 the dean of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Conservatory of Music and president and artistic director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines Raul Sunico included his own arrangements of the classical Filipino pieces by Molina, Cuenco and Zubiri , and delighted the audience as he discussed the arrangement and story behind classic compositions of Chopin, Gershwin and Debussy in his program. His goodwill performance in celebration of the 400th year of UST was with a standing ovation. Michael Tsalka performed on January 16. Currently based in Mexico City where he is a faculty member at the Escuela Superior de Musica, the National Center for the Arts in Mexico City, entertained his audience with classical and Mexican contemporary music. His performance resurrected Albert Faurot’s favorite instrument, the 1964 Frank Hubbard harpsichord which was used for his Luce Auditorium concert. Like Sunico, he shared notes before a composition  was played, making the concert truly educational for the students, who also gave him a standing ovation and surprised their teachers for staying until the end of the concerts (an encouraging sign that classical music appreciation is becoming popular among the young at Silliman).
 

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photo caption: Student Photographer Ulrich Calumpang captured the moment as Harpsichordist and pianist  Michael Tsalka receives a lei from Miss Dumaguete 2010 Harlee Jell Tia, a Silliman student nurse, in the evening of his concert.)

The College of Business Administration was filled with pride as Chairperson of the Department of Economics Prof. Wilma M. Tejero, went to Manila to receive a special award from FINEX and Citibank on January 26.  Among the top ten finalists of the 2011 Rafael Buenaventura Outstanding Finance Educators of the Philippines award, Tejero was recognized for her involvement in Socio-Economics and Environmental research.

On January 25, Silliman University received a congratulatory letter from the Commission on Higher Education for winning First Place in the regional search for the Best Extension Program.  Silliman’s ALL for WIN (Alternative Lifestyles for Women in Negros) is honored as Region 7’s most outstanding Higher Education Institution (HEI) Extension program.

Our congratulations to our alumna Christina Roble Esperat, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N. who was recently elected as member of the Campaign for Action: Strategic Advisory Committee of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Initiative on the Future of Nursing. Dr. Esperat is currently Professor and Associate Dean for Practice & Research at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

The alumni of the City of Cabadbaran in Agusan del Norte had a New Year Fellowship on 1-11-’11 (January 1, 2011). The fellowship called aptly called “ONE” was hosted by City Councilor Hon. Nieva Calo Famador with special guests Retired General Alfonso P. Dacudag and DILG Regional Director Rene Burdeos. Chapter President Hon. Alice Corvera Funcion, also a city councilor, expressed her thanks to fellow Sillimanians who have been very supportive of the programs specially the Christmas for the Children event.

IN MEMORIAM:  Maximiana Escobar Toribio (high school 1930 and former matron of Occidental Hall and wife of Silliman’s legendary Olympian Hon. Simeon Toribio) on December 19; Camilo Corsino (AB 1968) on January 4; Maximo B. Nuez (BTh 1953) on January 8; former SU Trustee and 2006 Outstanding Sillimanian Filomena Tan Cang (SUHS 1948, BBA former student 1950) on January 15;  Manuel G. Lacson (SUHS 1977) in January 19; former Languages Chairperson Socorro Tenorio Didal (BSE 1955) on January 21; Alex Alba Recto Sr. (BSBA 1965) on January 22; Joseph Fernandez (BBA 1970); and Jaime Cordova on January 30.  If you know of any Sillimanian who is not in our memorial list, please inform us.

Thank you for always being there for dear old Silliman.

President Ben Malayang has requested this office to update you regularly about happenings on campus. We are also interested in knowing what you and your alumni chapters are doing.

Please keep in touch and update your file with our office if you have not done so. We would truly appreciate it. You may reach the President’s Office through this email address: pres@su.edu.ph. You may also contact the Alumni Affairs Office through this address: sillimanguidingstar@gmail.com.

Sincerely,

 

Jocelyn “JONG” Somoza de la Cruz
Director of Alumni and External Affairs

 

cc: Dr. Ben S. Malayang III

 

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December  2010

 

Dear Fellow Sillimanian:

Peace on earth will come to stay,
When we live Christmas every day.
- Helen Steiner Rice

Christmas on campus opened with a gathering of noted soloists, choir members of SU Church and other churches in Dumaguete on the first Sunday of December 2010 for the performance of the Christmas portion of the Messiah, the oratorio composed by George Frideric Handel, at Silliman Church. This Christmas tradition at Silliman of presenting the Messiah, with libretto by Charles Jennens drawn entirely from the King James Bible, interprets the story of the Messiah’s birth and was revived last year after a long hiatus with the leadership of Prof. Isabel Dimaya Vista. Professor Vista also directed the December 5 event this year.

Advent Celebration 2010 at Silliman had as its theme  “Proclaiming JESUS CHRIST!”  The Living Nativity pageant which was held for four nights opened  on December 13 featuring the elementary school pupils who gathered with their parents at the amphitheater to watch the children playing the different Christmas characters at the manger. One child was crying for he really wanted to play Joseph but was given the contemporary character of a businessman visiting the manger.  He eventually settled into the role when the cameras started clicking.  It was a meaningful moment when families were ushered to light the advent candles.  This first evening of the celebration ended with the Christmas presentations by the different dormitories. On December 14, it was the turn of the SU Early Childhood children with the SU Church toddlers class to present the living nativity pageant, ending with Christmas songs presented by the Chapel of the Evangel Choir, the UCCP City Church Choir and the UCCP Sibulan Choir. The High School students had their turn on December 15 even as college students, led by the student government, had their Christmas party at the gymnasium. The Divinity School presented their very theatrical Living Nativity (imagine showing Mary in pain as she delivered her baby!) on December 16, ending with the Silliman Church Night and the lighting of the campus lanterns.

Christmas Eve worship service included a cantata and pageant “Celebrate the Child” which was adapted for SU Church by Prof. Isabel Vista who put together familiar Christmas carols beautifully arranged in new chords and accompaniments by renowned choral arrangers. COPA Dean Elizabeth Susan V. Suarez, musical director, also conducted the 45-voice cantata choir of teachers, students, and alumni, and a small children’s choir.  Mrs. Nora R. Ravello, production director, directed the participation of the narrators, Holy Family, shepherds, angels and wise men. The worship service moved many to tears as the “old, old wondrous story” came to life and “old, old familiar Christmas carols” were heard.

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On December 10 foreign students from 14 universities around the country gathered at the Bahay Alumni of the University of the Philippines-Diliman for the search of the Most Outstanding Foreign Students in the Philippines 2010. Student nurse Patrik Norouzi of Silliman University was chosen  among the Top 3 and was also chosen as Best in Talent for playing his own piano com- position.  This student from Iran was joined by students from India (De La Salle University) and Indonesia (Adventist University of the Philippines) for the Top 3 honors. (Constantly wearing eyeglasses, Patrik, who is the 2010 Mister Silliman International is standing right side, second row in this Christmas postcard featuring Miss Silliman 2010 Ela Clavano and other SU campus personality search title holders.)

The family of Silliman Trustee Julio Sy chose the Luce Auditorium as venue for the birthday celebration of Mrs. Aning Sy on December 29. In the afternoon before the Luce event, the Silliman community gathered at the Julio Sy Grandstand for a special dedication of this sports facility with  members of the donor’s family  in complete attendance. This was followed by  cocktails and a birthday dinner at the Luce grounds. The event was highlighted by a concert that followed of the Ryan Cayabyab Singers and   the special participation of  Ating Pamana Choir under Dr. Elizabeth Susan V. Suarez.  The concept of the celebration was organized around  7101 Music Nation.  

7101 Music Nation is a new organization dedicated to the development of programs that will serve to discover and enhance local artistry in music. It was organized by Julio D. Sy Jr., CEO of TAO Corporation, Ryan Cayabyab and Twinky Lagdameo who, in cooperation with Silliman University conducted the 1st Elements  of  National Songwriting Camp last month.  Through auditions, Maestro Ryan Cayabyab selected 60 young composers from around the country to be the workshop’s pioneers.  Joining the elite group of young songwriters were students from the College of Performing Arts of Silliman University Jem Robert B. Talaroc and Danielle Elise Vista Zamar. The 60 participants had lessons from, and made music with OPM icons like  Ryan Cayabyab, Jim Paredes, Gary Valenciano, Joey Ayala and Chito Miranda of Parokya ni Edgar.

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A most memorable journey in December was the Mindanao Goodwill Concert Tour featuring the Silliman Concert Band and the Silliman Jazz Band both under the baton of Prof. Joseph Basa, and the Silliman University Kahayag Dance Company under the directorship of Mr. Ronnie Mirabuena.  Our first stop was in Cagayan de Oro City where they performed at Rodelsa Hall.  Even if the repertoire was largely a repeat of the 2009 concert in Cagayan, the Sillimanians and their friends still warmly applauded our performing artists after every number and gave them a standing ovation at the end. At the reception, many of them expressed what a fulfilling experience it was for them to watch the concert “for the second time”.   The Cagayan alumni  also arranged for a workshop to be held for members of school bands at SM Mall, and a mini-concert that went with it became the mall’s centerpiece of entertainment that morning. The touring Sillimanians were also featured in the early morning show of ABS-CBN Northern Mindanao.

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The trip towards our next stop, Davao City, held the SU goodwill ambassadors in awe by the beauty of the BuDa mountain slopes and its christmasy cool mountain breeze. The 6-hour trip did not affect the energy of the students who performed well in two concerts.  A matinee show at Davao Christian School had the faculty and the students  glued to the performance,  every applause accompanied by excited  screams of the students who later asked for the autographs and e-mail addresses of their new friends from Silliman. At the “Colors of Christmas” gala concert at Cinema 1 of Davao’s first mall Victoria Plaza, alumni and friends expressed their pride after listening to the songs and seeing the dances performed by their fellow Sillimanians. The concert’s finale of  the Silliman Song saw  many alumni  on stage,  many more standing from the passages  between rows of seats in the theater. It was very moving to see all of them in jubilant chorus of the song for  Silliman.

In Digos City, both the matinee and the gala concerts were held at the National High School gymnasium. It was good to see that many from the matinee show stayed on to watch the gala concert.  The Silliman Song moment had  instant stars in the presence of   three alumni from the 1940’s who were  singing loudly, amazing our touring students with their knowledge of  the lyrics of the three stanzas.  Many  of the young Sillimanians made sure they had pictures with the  grandmas: Mrs. Julianita Gravador Odchigue, Mrs. Austerberta Sur-Mariano and Mrs. Tomasita Sur Punzalan.  It was very inspiring to listen to their stories of  joy and fun while at Silliman.

The biggest audience of this goodwill tour was at Central Mindanao University auditorium when around 4,600  filled-up the bleachers of their cultural center. Alumni and friends were seated mostly in the front rows, and more students, faculty members and community patrons came to watch the Sillimanians.  This concert, Silliman’s Christmas gift to the people of Mindanao, was well received. The audience enjoyed the educational portion when all the band instruments were named and introduced to them.  They were also delighted with the creative interpretation by the Kahayag dancers of “Pasko Na, Sinta Ko” and Don McLean’s “Vincent”.  Everyone joined in the joyful celebration which was capped with the singing of “Kasadya ning Taknaa.” Sillimanian alumni  in BUSCO, the biggest sugar company in Mindanao, hosted a company tour for the goodwill ambassadors followed by more fun at  a mountain-cold spring.

We thank GOD for the gift of loyalty and faithfulness from our alumni who made the 2010 Mindanao Goodwill tour possible.

Many Christmas fellowships were held locally and abroad by Sillimanians. At a Christmas party on December 11,  Sillimanians in the US national capital region elected Mr. Bayani Pioquinto as their new president;  Mrs. Laarni Catague-Gularek was elected president of the San Diego Alumni Chapter; Mr. Alexdel Amor also got elected as alumni president for Alberta, Canada; Cebu  Sillimanians re-elected Seigfred Sia as president, and in Marihatag, Sillimanians led by College of Nursing alumna Josita Nueza elected Congressman Philip A. Pichay  as President of  the Surigao del Sur Sillimanians. Congratulations and more power!  Sillimanians in Singapore, Pagadian, General Santos also had Christmas fellowships.

 

Friends of Mrs. Thelma Appleton, former SU Acting Dean of Women in the 60’s will be happy to know that she will be turning 100 years old on February 26, 2011. Thelma and her husband, Rev. Fred Appleton, served in various capacities at Silliman from 1946-1951 and from 1962-1972. Those wishing to send birthday greetings can address them to Thelma Appleton, Monte Vista Grove Homes, 2889 San Pasqual Street, Pasadena, California 91107 USA.

 

IN MEMORIAM:  Leonardo Villegas (SUHS 1962) on December 1; Abegail Torrevillas (BBA 1967) on December 6; Gladys Ferolin (BSE Ed. 1962) on December  8;  Geraldine Erum Alano ( BSE 1957) on December 24  and Norma Merecido Arco (BSN 1969) on December 30).  If you know of any Sillimanian who is not in our memorial list, please inform us.

Thank you for always being there for dear old Silliman.

President Ben Malayang has requested this office to regularly update you about happenings on campus. We are also interested in knowing what you and your alumni chapters are doing.

Please keep in touch and update your file with our office if you have not done so. We would truly appreciate it. You may reach the President’s Office through this email address: pres@su.edu.ph. You may also contact the Alumni Affairs Office through this address: sillimanguidingstar@gmail.com.

Sincerely,

 

Jocelyn “JONG” Somoza de la Cruz
Director of Alumni and External Affairs

 

cc: Dr. Ben S. Malayang III

 

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November 2010

 

Dear Fellow Sillimanian:

Like his predecessor, Dr. Agustin A. Pulido, the current Silliman University President Dr. Ben S. Malayang III received a unanimous vote from the 15-member Board of Trustees for an extended five-year term starting in June 2011. BOT Chair Juanita D. Amatong expressed that the Trustees “recognized the valuable achievements of Dr. Malayang during his five-year term. For this reason the Board of Trustees trusts that Dr. Malayang’s continuance as President will provide sustainability to the plans and programs of Silliman University and enhance the University’s contribution to the educational, social and environmental development of the community in particular and the country in general.” The current Board includes Amatong (chairperson), Judge Candelario V. Gonzales (vice chair), Atty. Fema Christina P. Sayson (secretary), Dr. Angel C. Alcala, Dr. Silvester B. Almiron, Mr. Ricardo A. Baldbido Jr., Bishop Ebenezer C. Camino, Ms. Roselyn G. Delloso, Dr. Rosita V. Fundador, Ms. Deborah T. Marco, Atty. Reinaldo M. Nolido, Ms. Edna J. Orteza, Atty. Grace A. Sumalpong, Dr. Rebecca C. Torres and Ambassador Antonio P. Villamor. Responding immediately to the new challenge, Dr. Malayang presented through media interviews the five main thrusts of the University as it faces the next five years, which is within the second decade of its second century as a leading education center: a good focus on the content of University programs and their relevance, the level of competency of faculty and staff, the rehabilitation of the University’s physical assets with the residential zone as priority, fiscal sustainability, and the development and upgrading of the University’s capabilities to maintain friends from the alumni and public at large. In an interview with Dumaguete Metropost, he brought the media’s attention to the newly – established Alumni College headed by Dr. Ma. Teresita Sy Sinda and which will become the avenue for the alumni’s generosity in sharing gained knowledge and expertise through the Balik-talent teaching program. The Alumni College will also provide the feedback mechanism on updating the development of existing curricular programs and those which have been proposed to be offered.
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The Silliman University College of Law won the championship cup against the team from the University of the Philippines-Diliman in the final round of the International Humanitarian Law Moot Court competition held November 17-19 at the San Sebastian College in Manila. Winning the best team, best mooter and best oralist awards, the Silliman duo of Micah Dagaerag and Bryce Tenorio stood head and shoulders above 13 other teams from top law schools in the country to win the right to represent the Philippines in the International Moot Court Competition in Hong Kong in March 2011. Atty. Mikhail Lee Maxino, the SU College of Law dean, in an interview with Alex Pal of Philippine Daily Inquirer explained the nature of the contest: the law students “simulated the proceedings of an international court to promote awareness of the international humanitarian law.” The coach of the SU team was lawyer Sheila Lyn Catacutan-Besario, a faculty member of the College of Law. The moot court competition is an annual event organized by the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), the Philippine Red Cross, the Philippine Association of Law Schools and the Supreme Court of the Philippines.

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Fitness was the flavor of the 2010 Dumaguete fiesta celebration. The Dumaguete City alumni officers led by Ruben Bokingo and the College of Mass Communication alumni, with Alex and Irma Pal as prime movers, decided to promote health and fitness through the LIVE WALK program of fellow MassCom alumna and Dumaguete’s fitness queen Cathy Leonardo Carballo. Cathy led alumni and prominent community members to  45 minutes of “GET FIT… WALK LIVE” fun on November 26 at the Luce Auditorium lobby.  This was the second time that Cathy led men and women to enjoy a scientific and more effective way of walking. She had one session last August during the Founders Day celebration.

On November 21, the fiesta calendar included invitational athletic events where Silliman teachers lorded the run-bike competitions. Cobbie Palm of the SU Divinity School won the the Golden Boys category in the 21st National Sandurot Mountain Bike Race which started in Dumaguete  and had the finish line in Valencia.  Professor Irma Faith Pal of the College of Mass Communication won the 10.5 kilometer quarter marathon for the 40-49 age category, and Silliman swimming coach and PE teacher  Dionesio Piñero won the 10th place in the 10.5 kilometer quarter marathon for the 30-39 category.

Silliman business student Kim Cabahug won the Crown Prince title in the Hari ng Negros pageant on November 21 held in Dumaguete City. The main title went to the contestant from Kabankalan.  The male pageant was participated by representatives from the different cities and municipalities of the island of Negros.

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Silliman University College of Nursing student Harlee Jell Infante Tia was crowned Miss Dumaguete 2010. She was also chosen Miss Photogenic and Best in Evening Gown.  Psychology student Emma Martin, also a Sillimanian, won the 1st runner up honor and was chosen Best Speaker and Darling of the Press

The Silliman University Cultural Affairs Committee headed by Mr. Diomar Abrio presented the country’s leading company in jazz and modern dance,   the Douglas Nierras Powerdance in Dumaguete. Their concerts at the Luce Auditorium from Nov. 19 to 20 was dubbed as “Powerdance En L’Air.”  It was described by the Weekly Sillimanian as “a heart-stopping performance.” Dance director Douglas Nierras also conducted a Douglas Nierras Choreography Clinic, a workshop on hip-hop, jazz, ballroom, and cheerdance for students, teachers, and dance enthusiasts held at Silliman Hall. During the open forum after the show, Nierras said “Some of the best participants in the country are Sillimanians. There is a very high sense of cultural exposure and cultural sensitivity among the students and community.” He added: “Dumaguete is one of the most highly sensitized audiences we’ve ever encountered. I think it has something to do with the closely-knit community here which is also related to the university. I can feel that the applause that we received was sincere. We are choreographers and dancers, after all; we feel the nuances and vibrations of everybody.”

IN MEMORIAM:  Former Physical Education teacher Lumbay Dominado Alcoran (BSE 1948) on October 30, Mrs. Barbara Sedillo Antone (BSE) on November 1, and Elizabeth Tandayag Abalos (BSN 1957) on November 2.  If you know of any Sillimanian who is not in our memorial list, please inform us.

Thank you for always being there for dear old Silliman.

President Ben Malayang has requested this office to regularly update you about happenings on campus. We are also interested in knowing what you and your alumni chapters are doing.

Please keep in touch and update your file with our office if you have not done so. We would truly appreciate it. You may reach the President’s Office through this email address: pres@su.edu.ph. You may also contact the Alumni Affairs Office through this address: sillimanguidingstar@gmail.com.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jocelyn “JONG” Somoza de la Cruz
Director of Alumni and External Affairs

  

cc: Dr. Ben S. Malayang III

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Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe….

Hebrews 12:28

 

 

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October 2010

 

Dear Fellow Sillimanian:

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The Opening Ceremonies of the 15th Philippine University Games hosted by Silliman University were said to be the best in the history of the UNIGAMES.  Photo artist and alumnus Phil Calumpang captured the glory after the lighting of the UNIGAMES 2010 flame on October 24.  There was more fireworks display at the Rizal Boulevard that night as it was also the closing ceremonies of the Buglasan Festival, the annual tourism event of the Province of Negros Oriental.

The last day of the UNIGAMES, October 31, had the following schools capturing the championship: Ateneo de Manila in Athletics, Silliman University in Archery, University of the East in Badminton, College of St, Benilde in Chess, De La Salle University in Lawn Tennis and Football (Women), Rizal Technological University in Sepak Takraw, San Beda College in Table Tennis and Football (Men), University of the Philippines - Diliman in Taekwando and Swimming, Far Eastern University in Volleyball (Men), University of Santo Tomas in Volleyball (Women), National University in Basketball, Foundation University in Beach Volleyball (Men), and Southwestern University in Beach Volleyball (Women),

Alumna, Ramiah Nena Anfone-Thamavithya, led 21 students from Bangkok University in a service-learning program at Silliman University from October 10 to 30. Silliman in the past has hosted students for the program from Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the United States and this was the first group from Thailand. The community network of the SU Social Work Department served as the avenue for their exposure. The students were hosted by selected Filipino families in the Habitat housing projects and in other barangay units. Our very own Social Work interns also learned from the exposures as they served as community guides and translators in every journal entry of the foreign students.

Silliman University has 21 new accountants who passed the October 2010 CPA Accountancy board exam. The successful exam takers include all of the Accountancy graduates who received their diplomas early this year. However, SU cannot claim a 100% passing mark even if this is the case because its graduates of previous years, who did not take the board exam immediately after graduation, also took the exam in October. Silliman’s over-all passing percentage is 77.78%.

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The Eastern Samar alumni presented the Quizo Family Quintet (QFQ), goodwill ambassadors of Silliman University, in matinee and gala concerts in Borongan on October 28. The singing family captured the hearts of their Samar audiences with songs from different genres and eras. The performances dubbed as “Family Faith on Tour” had popular gospel songs and Christmas carols as requested by the audience who gave them standing ovations. One touching moment was when the five singers came down to serenade a grandma in the audience who was in tears with the irrendition of “Saan Ka Man Naroroon.”  Dekada-70 Sillimanians requested for the Beatles’ hit “Yesterday” which was performed by the QFQ in their distinctive acapella arrangement. On their way home, the QFQ serenaded patients, doctors, nurses and staff at the East Visayas Regional Medical Center and the Bethany Hospital in Tacloban City.

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Alumni in the United Kingdom elected College of Nursing alumnus Aaron Gallo as president of their newly organized Silliman group. Their fellowship was held at the Philippine Embassy in London on October 23. They were proud of Outstanding Sillimanian awardee in the Performing Arts JUNIX INOCIAN who honored them with his presence. The prime movers of the organizational meeting are London Philippine Consul Francisco Noel Fernandez III, SUCN alumna Verlyn Jugar Ganir and her Sillimanian sons, and President-elect Aaron Gallo.  

Singapore alumni will meet on November 5 at 11am in Block 422, Fajar Road. How to get there: From Choa Chua Kang MRT Station, take LRT and alight at Fajar Station. Turn right and walk straight to Blk 422 which is opposite of Fajar LRT station.

GOODWILL TOUR: The Silliman Concert Band, The Silliman Jazz Band and the Silliman University Kahayag Dance Company will be on a goodwill concert tour on December 5 to 15 from Northern to Southern Mindanao covering the cities of Cagayan de Oro, Butuan, Davao, Tagum, Digos and CMU in Bukidnon. Please encourage  friends and relatives to watch the Silliman concert in their city.

Sad news from Aklan: The only Aklanon baritone who, during his prime, impressed his audiences at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Metropolitan Theatre of Manila, and other important concert sites, Gamaliel Viray of Alibagon, Makato, Aklan and Laguna sang his farewell song last October 17. Remembered by his family and friends as one of the Three Baritones, a male trio of Silliman alumni (the other two members were the late Elmo Makil and Emmanuel Gregorio). Gamy was also known for his various roles in many Filipino films and soap dramas as mayor, priest, haciendero, and/or a father. Gamy sang a well-remembered concert; "A Tribute to My Hometown" staged at the now Makato Cultural House in the 1970s. That musical salvo generated thousands of pesos used to construct the back wing of the Makato Town Hall, where the Municipal Trial Court and the Office of the Mayor now are.


IN MEMORIAM:  Rustico A. Paralejas Jr. (SUHS 1962) on October 13, 2010; performing artist Gamaliel Viray  (BS Agriculture 1963) on October 19, Rev. Rex Inocencio T. Hiponia (Theology 1955) on October 23; Physical Education teacher; Lumbay Dominado Aleonar (HS 1939, BSE 1948) on October 30.  If you know of any Sillimanian who is not in our memorial list, please inform us.

Thank you for always being there for dear old Silliman.

President Ben Malayang has requested this office to regularly update you about happenings on campus. We are also interested in knowing what you and your alumni chapters are doing.

Please keep in touch and update your file with our office if you have not done so. We would truly appreciate it. You may reach the President’s Office through this email address: pres@su.edu.ph. You may also contact the Alumni Affairs Office through this address: sillimanguidingstar@gmail.com.

Sincerely,

Jocelyn “JONG” Somoza de la Cruz
Director of Alumni and External Affairs

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September 2010

Dear Fellow Sillimanian:

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The Justice and Peace Center (JPC) of Silliman University had a Peace Fellowship after an opening parade  in celebration of the UN World Peace Day in September. This was covered by CNN, ABS-CBN National, ANC, and GMA 7.  Thanks are due to ROTC cadets , CWTS(Civic Welfare Training Service) and LTS(Literacy Training Service) volunteers, various student organizations under the CSO(College Student Organization), and Silliman Peace Advocates  for their  participation.  With the leadership of Dr. Ben S. Malayang III and the Institutional Advancement and Information heads of Silliman, the JPC  availed itself  of a crane used to take this bird’s eye angle of students and faculty in candlelight in front of the SU Church. The huge peace sign created by one call is an enduring image of hope – truly inspiring. We congratulate Pastor Cobbie Palm and the JPC volunteers for a successful month-long celebration which was filled with out-reach activities for all ages.

Silliman University harvested many glories in September.  The Institute of Clinical and Laboratory Sciences (ICLS) got a 100% passing mark  in the 2010 Medical Technology board examinations which had a  71.21% national passing rate. Patrick N. Vera Cruz  placed 7th in the Top 10 ranking with 89.10% score.

The College of Engineering and Design strengthened its status as the country’s Center of Development in Mechanical Engineering when all members of Class  2010 successfully hurdled the Mechanical Engineering board examinations held on September 9 and 10. The 100% passing overshadows the 66.77% national passing rate.  

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College of Law student Joshua Ablong on facebook, alerted Sillimanians to this news he found while surfing the net: “Members of the Spindle City Historic Society along with Mayor John McDonald and other City officials, gathered Thursday evening to rededicate Silliman Park. The Park, constructed in 2004, stands in the place of the former Silliman Memorial Church which was built by Horace B. Silliman in 1896, and demolished in 1998. Mayor John McDonald issued a proclamation making September 24th, Horace Silliman Day in the City of Cohoes, New York. Two new signs were purchased by the Spindle City Historic Society and were unveiled as part of the dedication. Silliman was an ardent community activist and philanthropist who lived in Cohoes during the later part of the 19th century. For more information on the life and works of Horace Silliman go to http://www.lostlandmarks.org/silliman.html

The Silliman University School of Basic Education Elementary Department successfully defended their over-all champion standing in the regional level during the 2010 Science and Math Fair held at Ecotech, Cebu City on September 25 and 26.  Competing Silliman students won 1st place in the following categories: Physical Sciences: individual and team categories; Dumaguete City Division level – Grade III Science Quiz and Grade VI Essay Writing Contest. Three Silliman teachers who competed in the contest on Strategic Intervention Material (SIM) also won 1st place in their presentations for Grade III, Grade IV, and Grade VI.  Mathematics (for both the Dumaguete City Division and the Central Visayas regional levels): 1st place for student competition and 1st place for teacher category.

The Silliman University School of Basic Education Elementary Department also competed in the 31st CMLI (Children’s Museum and Library, Inc.)  Annual National Competition for Excellence and emerged as the Champion in Extemporaneous Speaking.  We congratulate all the students and teachers who participated in these contests and brought glory to Silliman!

Silliman University Church celebrated  Christian Education and Nurture Month in September with the theme “Celebrating Hope in Christ” based on Colossians  1:27. Among the events involving the Silliman students was YOUTHOPE, a fellowship of students and  the youth from the homes built by the Habitat for Humanity at the Church grounds;  a student-parent dialogue on “Understanding G2 (Generation Gap)” with clinical psychologist Dr. Margaret Helen Udarbe- Alvarez as resource speaker; a film showing of the youth-themed “Facing the Giants” for the dormitory residents; and the “Be the One” concert featuring  young talents at the Church Sanctuary.

Sillimanian Dinah Bibaoco Piñaflorida (BSN 1969)  is one of the Ten Outstanding Nurses  cited by the Philippine Heritage Institute International in collaboration with Sigma Theta Tau and the Florence Nightingale Society.  The recognition is part of the  celebration of  the 2010 United Nations Year of the Nurse.

Political Science Class of 2002 Magna cum Laude  Jenny Lind Elmaco has been  awarded the Marie Curie Fellowship from the European Commission. This is primarily geared at promoting the transmobility of top European researchers and the exchange of knowledge, training and research on sustainable peace building, and good governance.

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September ends with a sad note. Sillimanians feel a profound sense of loss over Daniel Aguila’s passing. All-time favorite of Sillimanian gatherings was US-based  journalist and cartoonist Dani Aguila who was born in 1928 in Manila, and became a naturalized US citizen in June of 1976. This former Weekly Sillimanian cartoonist had a productive career as an international visual artist and graphic designer. He was awarded the Outstanding Sillimanian in the field of Communication Arts in 1976. For the Weekly Sillimanian, he did a strip called 'Student Life'. Dani Aguila won international editorial awards for several of his cartoons. In every Tipon, Dani would sketch cartoon portraits of those who were present. He was always generous with his talent. He designed one plate to commemorate  Silliman Presidents. Dani became the first non-white member of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists (AAEC) to receive the coveted "Ink Bottle Pin Award" in June 1992.

IN MEMORIAM:  Puri Bella T. Gervacio (Elementary 1963, SUHS 1971) on September 13, 2010; Santiago S. Valiente (ETC 1953) on September 11; Daniel Aguila (SUHS 1948/Outstanding Sillimanian in the field of Communication Arts 1976) on September 29; Placida Go Saga(MA 78) on September 28  and Angelina Uy on September 30.  If you know of any Sillimanian who is not in our memorial list, please inform us.

Thank you for always being there for dear old Silliman.

 

President Ben Malayang has requested this office to regularly update you about happenings on campus. We are also interested in knowing what you and your alumni chapters are doing.

Please keep in touch and update your file with our office if you have not done so. We would truly appreciate it. You may reach the President’s Office through this email address: pres@su.edu.ph. You may also contact the Alumni Affairs Office through this address: sillimanguidingstar@gmail.com.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Jocelyn “JONG” Somoza de la Cruz
Director of Alumni and External Affairs

 

cc: Dr. Ben S. Malayang III


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August 2010

Dear Fellow Sillimanian:

Reflecting on the 109th Founders Day theme “Silliman @ 109th: Raised on Eagles Wings,” University  President Ben S. Malayang III  shared a sermon from the Ellinwood Church pulpit during the Silliman Sunday in Manila on August 22.  He said: “Recalling and remembering our past, and the many who, like eagles, carried us on their wings, who did so because they were themselves carried on the wings of God, their deeds and their commitments to live a faith that liberates, brings to us in Silliman – as in anywhere else – an assured present and a confidence on the future that in the best of times, and in the worst of times, the faith-inclusive and faith-proclaiming kind of education that Silliman seeks to offer, shall eventually make a difference in the life and character of our country.

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The best of times, or the worst of time: it is not  the times nor  the landscape of dire circumstances in the course of our journey that will have the say on how we might get to our promised land. It would be the eagles who bore us on their wings, and who did so because they themselves have soared lofty heights of faith, on God’s wings.  Silliman’s story is a story of any and all of us. It is a story of anyone who, because of faith, and driven by faith, seeks to serve others. That by serving others, we live out a living reality of a living and loving God. To many among us Sillimanians, Silliman is hallowed ground. There is awe and sacredness in Silliman. We may many times falter or fall. And we may many times disappoint many. But we’ll eventually cross our Jordan – for sure – because Silliman is carried on God’s wings.”
 

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The month of August started with a Founders Day gift: a 100% board exams passing of the pioneering graduates of the Silliman University School of Medicine (SUMS).  Even the provincial government was in jubilation as four of the new physicians were their scholars. The new doctors include: Cabristante, Julie Vida T.; Espancho, Kristine A.; Partosa, Georgitha; Ramas-Uypitching, Tanya S.; Salindo, Philmed T.; Saycon, Shee Marie; and Vidal, Pearl C. Cabristante, Partosa, Salindo and Saycon enjoyed  scholarships from  the provincial government of Negros Oriental, which was a move made to solve the shortage resulting from the trend of doctors becoming nurses and leaving their rural assignments to work abroad.  The SUMS board passers were  presented in a video during the schools annual Founders Day variety Show on August 25.  The annual variety show of the Medical students  is gaining popularity. This year the Junior Class won the Best Presentation award and  Bianca Bulaybulay and Dennis Udtohan were chosen Dream Girl and Dream Boy 2010. Med students really know how to have fun on stage as every twist was truly a break from their demanding classroom challenges.

The KDC or Knowledge for Development Center of the World Bank at the Robert B. and Meta J. Silliman library celebrated its 7th anniversary on August 19 with an Extemporaneous Speaking Contest. The contest had the  participation of  the country representatives of the HI:SAW (
Higala International: Students from Around the World), the organization of students from overseas of Silliman University.   The students from Myanmar, Indonesia and Iran won the top 3 places.  Judges included Americans Fred and Hedi Block of the SU Boxing program and Ruth Santander of Malaysia.  The contest was made possible with the leadership of the Silliman Worldbank KDC Information Officer and Librarian Prof. Gemma Plasabas, and Bryce King and Shanice McSavaney of HI:SAW.

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Making a difference in the celebration of the 109th Founders Day were the alumni who came and gave back through  Balik-Talent lectures. The list of wisdom givers include  Engr. Joelvito N. Villaluz  on “Overview of Professional Engineer Licensure in the US,” Raymond Sanchez  sharing a “Faith Testimony as a Corporate Leader,” Leadership guru Dave Saceda on “Leadership Development for Social Change in Southeast Asia” Filipino Language teachers Prof. Romualdo Bacha, Jr. and Prof. Danilo Mira on "Mga Salita ng Taon", Dr. Enrico Sobong and Ms. Annalisa Atienza on "Oncology," CRNA Bella Amor and CRNA Benny Cintron Jr. on ""Airway Management", Dr. Laura Goodgame-Tiu on “Status and Development of the Aquaculture Industry in Ohio:Opportunities and Challenges,” 2010 Outstanding Sillimanian Lucy Jumawan-Sauer on “A Reflection of a Lifetime of Dance,” Dr. Myra Waddington on "Peace and Educational Psychology," Founders Day Chairperson Dr. Margaret U. Alvarez on "Psychology Act and Certification of Psychology Specialists," 2010 Outstanding Sillimanian Dr. Evangeline Bravo-Manjares on "Student Services," Prymone S. Sirilan  on “Geriatric Care”, 2010 Outstanding Sillimanian Dr. Evelyn Tan-Requiza on “Diaspora Politics: The Case of the Indonesians in Balut and Sarangani Islands, Mindanao;” and a Science meeting with 2010  Outstanding Sillimanian Dr. Romeo Ariniego.  All lectures by alumni are now being coordinated by the Alumni College which was launched officially  on August 17 and is being headed by Dr. Ma. Teresita Sy Sinda.  Other  lecture events on Founders Day included: the crowd-drawer convocation featuring the boxing champ now Congressman Hon. Emmanuel Pacquiao who gave an  inspiring life testimony “Lessons from the Eagle,” Prof. Jonathan C. Malicsi  of UP Diliman on “Philippine English as a Case of Language Drift,” international performing artist and music educator Michael Dadap on “A Movement Towards Building and Nurturing Orchestra Sin Arco in the Philippines,” Atty. Carlos P. Medina of the Ateneo Human Rights Center on “Raising Awareness on Extra-Legal Killings and Enforced Disappearance,” national culture prime mover Flaudette May Datuin on “Emerging Directions in Contemporary Art,” the 4th annual STONES workshop on “Understanding by Design ;Puppetry and Story Telling Indigenous Instructional Materials Preparation,”  former Finance Secretary Hon. Gary Teves on “Ethical Governace” and the team of Dr. Michael Tan, Dr. Junice Melgar,  Dr. Belen Calingacion, Dr. Ronaldo Santos and Ms. Gladys R. Malayang on “Reviving Evidence-Based Family Planning in Nursing Education.”
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This Founders Day, Silliman's culture of gratitude also prevailed with the recognition of the Heritage Builders,  mentors who had served Silliman well during their lifetime. The 2010 Heritage Builders Wall inductees included: Silliman Athletics founder Walter McIntire and his wife Rebecca who was a pioneering Elementary school teacher, Science teacher and High School principal Aquilino Layague and his wife Carolina who was a Music teacher, Chemistry professor and former High School principal Emiliano Ygnalaga and his wife Aurora who was a high  school teacher;   Filipino pioneers in the Healing Ministry Dr. Jose S. Garcia and Dr. Ramon F. Ponce de Leon, Biology teacher and researcher Prof. Alfredo Y. Reyes, former Librarian Socorro M. Songco, Food services staff member Anacleta S. Abbot, former Superintendent of the Buildings and Grounds Pedro C. Palubio, and Chemistry staff member Bernabe G. Jereza. The New Men's Dorm  after a decade of being called “new” finally got a name. It’s now called Vernon Hall after the founder of the Galilean Fellowship Rev. Dr. Douglas Vernon. The Silliman Church Library was named in honor of Rev. Paul Lindholm; the new hospital chapel, a gift from his  widow, Ophelia Recla-Pantejo,  after the late University Pastor Rev. Edmundo Pantejo.  The new Grandstand was named Julio Sy Grandstand – a gift from his family to honor the great business leader and an Outstanding Sillimanian. The Order of Horace Brinsmade Silliman, our highest expression of gratitude, had ceremonies to honor the 2010 inductees Dr. Eusebio Kho who has constantly been giving Silliman international glories and sharing his blessings through scholarship programs and professorial chairs, he was also the guest speaker during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Medical School Building;  Rev. Alfredo Baliad who donated to Silliman over a hundred hectares of property in Bayawan City;  Mrs. Elizabeth How and her family who donated a 467-hectare property in Ticao, Masbate in honor of Mr. Paulino and Mr. Francis Xavier How – (a Sillimanian)  and  Dr. Enrique and Mrs. Rose Lamb Sobrepeña whose donation enabled the  establishment of  the Rose Lamb Sobrepeña Writers Village in Camp Lookout, Valencia.

 

The University was blessed with many more gifts from alumni and friends.  August 24-28 were the days for the  recognition and acceptance of these donations:  dedication of the MONAPIL (Molave, Narra, Ipil) Multi Purpose Court, a gift from SU Alpha Rho Sigma/Epsilon International and Delaware Valley Sillimanians and Friends;   turnover of Fire Truck donated by the Silliman University Alumni Association of Northern California attended by their delegation headed by  their President Mrs. Charito B.Lopez; dedication of the Silliman Cruiser project of the   Silliman University Alumni Association of Southern California in partnership  with Silliman University.  SUAASC was represented by their chapter secretary Ms Eva Estimo and past president Zenaida Duran Bennett;  unveiling of two paintings by Francisco M. Verano  and the  photograph of  Juanito Benedicto, consecration of the painting of Samuel B. Gregorio ,  which are now displayed at the Alumni Hall;  dedication of the home of the Dr. Jovito R. Salonga Center for Law and Development as Anastacia Yu Cany-Uy Hall in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Uy Ching Siong,  graced by the presence of their family;  dedication of the University Student Center (Oriental Hall) donated by Silliman University Alumni Council of North America represented by their officers and members headed by  their President Zenaida Duran-Bennett; dedication and formal turnover of SUHS 1970 project, the High School stage and SUHS 1990 for the seating area.

 

Then on August 28, the birthday of our Alma Mater, we honored four alumni achievers as the 2010 Outstanding Sillimanians:  a  Philippine Heart Association Distinguished Service awardee and a professor at the College of Medicine of the De La Salle Health Sciences Institute Dr. Romeo P. Ariniego was honored in the field of Medicine;  the Dean for Academic Student Services at Nassau Community College Dr. Evangeline Bravo-Manjares  was  the honoree in the field of Community Service;  the Silliman Dance program founder and the first Filipino to receive the Migrant of the Year Award from the SBS Television Documentary in Australia, Ms. Lucy Jumawan-Sauer was  the honoree in the field of Performing Arts;  and  recipient of the Horacio de la Costa Professorial Chair at the Ateneo and  also cited in “The Marquis Who’s Who in the World “ for her outstanding achievements in the areas of history and political science Dr. Evelyn Tan-Requiza  was  this year’s honoree for Education and Historical Research.


 

WINNING MOMENTS:  College of Nursing Cheerdance Team won the 2010 Championship;  the other top performers came from the College of Computer Studies, College of Business Administration and the College of Engineering and Design.  Chairman of the Board of Judges Dance Artist Douglas Nierras commented that the teams have very strong potentials but they need training in professional workshops to be able to create smooth lines in every degree of difficulty.

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The most fiercely contested Miss Silliman 2010 beauty pageant ended  with a surprise winner as the frontrunners reached a below Top 3 performance in one segment or two. The most consistent scorer, Miss High School Ela Luzuriaga Clavano, was crowned Miss Silliman 2010.  She also harvested the Miss Photogenic, Best in Picture Commentary on Social Realism and Best in Talent awards. Miss Institute of Clinical Laboratory Sciences Aesha Amigo Villanueva who harvested most of the ramp skills honors and the Best Speaker award  was crowned Miss Silliman COED and the one with the biggest audience share,  Miss Nursing Marian Vanslembrouck,  was crowned Miss Silliman Headline Girl.

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The Parada Sillimaniana successfully awakened the Dumaguete community with  a new concept and twists. Music like the “Silliman Whooper”and historical trivia narration was played by station DYSR during the parade with sound system stations in selected corners of the parade route. Selected students representing their colleges and dressed in T-shirts the color of their college, performed street dancing movements with colorful umbrellas as their props.  The unified choreography made it like one family performance, with the students of the College of Performing Arts shining with much energy and colorful presence. We thank Dr. Elizabeth Susan Vista Suarez for the gift of leadership and for conceptualizing the parade.

The most vibrant participation came from the reunioning classes, and this year had an added force for there were many college, dormitory and fraternity reunions.

The 109th Founders Day was a successful prelude to the bigger celebration next year of the First Decade of the Second Century of Silliman University Excellence.  It was all respectful of the Silliman Spirit tradition but with truly exciting innovations. Congratulations to the 2010 Founders Day Committee headed by Dr. Margaret Helen Udarbe - Alvarez.

 

Let’s us all be home in 2011! Let this wisdom from the most important part of our Founders Day celebration,  the Sunrise Service sermon by the Rev. Dr.  Lourdino A. Yuzon be our inspiration: “Have you ever wondered what the "Silliman spirit" means - that intangible and defining mark of Silliman's being and doing? In my humble opinion, the Silliman spirit simply means Silliman's ethos or state of being that impels, motivates, drives and indeed lures us into imbibing the "faith and truth" that Silliman offers us, and use that as our "guiding star" during our happy but fleeting days of school and college, and when we "roam the world o'er near and far." This "faith and truth" is not only enshrined in propositions, creeds, statements of faith and learned dissertations, but is also and above all, embodied in a Person in and through whom the God who bore Israel on eagles' wings is revealed fully and definitively. The ultimate purpose of Silliman's pedagogical ministry and mission is no less than to enable us to centre or root our lives in Jesus, the Christ, who is the Way to God, the Truth of God, and the Life in God, the Via,Veritas, Vita.”

 

IN MEMORIAM: Ms. Dolores V. Tabasuares (Business Administration 1957) on August 1; Atty. Martianiano T. Cornelio (father of Sillimanianians and the husband of the former VPAA Dr. Josefina Cornelio)  August 4; Mr. Vicente Teves (Law)  on August 10 and Dr. Nico  D. Calingacion (SUHS 1977) on August 12. If you know of any Sillimanian who is not in our memorial list, please inform us.

Thank you for always being there for dear old Silliman.

 President Ben Malayang has requested this office to regularly update you about happenings on campus.  We are also interested in knowing what you and your alumni chapters are doing.

Please keep in touch and update your file with our office if you have not done so. We would truly appreciate it. You may reach the President’s Office through this email address:
pres@su.edu.ph. You may also contact the Alumni Affairs Office through this address: sillimanguidingstar@gmail.com.


 Sincerely,


  Jocelyn “JONG” Somoza de la Cruz
  Director of Alumni and External Affairs


  cc: Dr. Ben S. Malayang III





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July 2010

Dear Fellow Sillimanian:

O Lord, we thank You for all Your blessings and say Yes to every circumstance we find ourselves- whether ourselves personally or ourselves as a university community.

We know that everything we are and have, and everything we can ever hope to be, ultimately comes from You.

Keep us alive in us that sense of dependence upon You, and give us the grace and the wisdom to cooperate with Your principles of living that we may work together with You to do things which by ourselves we could never accomplish at all.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Founders Day prayer shared by Dr. Margaret Helen Udarbe Alvarez, Chairperson of the 109th Founders Day celebration. 

July is the best time to start the travel home for Sillimanians aiming to go island hopping from their hometowns to the campus by the sea.  In the words of Dr. Alvarez, this is the “…time of the year when the toe part of the boot-shaped island we call Negros Oriental is somewhat heavier from the homecoming of many Sillimanians and guests to celebrate Silliman University’s founding.”

The Silliman students participated in student/youth camps held outside the country. SU Student Government President Johanna Lei Bandoy attended the student camp hosted by Keimyung University on July 19-22 in Korea. Themed “The Earth: Our Choices, Our Actions and Our Impact,” the camp was organized by the Association of Christian Universities and Colleges in Asia (ACUCA). Mary Grace M. Nidoy, senior in the College of Mass Communication, attended a regional youth camp on “Debating and Producing Media” in Thailand on July 5-18. The camp was sponsored by the International Debate Education Association (IDEA).

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Visual artists are using their talents to raise environmental awareness of the Silliman and Dumaguete communities. A.G. Saño, a wildlife photographer also known as “Whaleboy” and his fellow advocates who aim to paint 23,000 dolphins in public walls nationwide were hosted by the Institute of Environmental and Marine  Sciences (IEMS). The goal is to bring attention to the same number of dolphins slaughtered annually in the coves of Taiji, Japan. As a Center of Excellence in Coastal Resources Management in the country, the IEMS welcomed Saño’s advocacy on July 9. Dr. Hilconida B. Calumpong, IEMS director, made available a huge old tank as the space for their protest art. Saño in gratitude expressed their sense of purpose. “Public art is a permanent picture. It could plot any type of global and performance protest. Through visuals, anyone can easily understand the message.”

In another venue, Cebu-based artist Russ Raniel Ligtas and former Silliman Student Government president Razceljan Luiz Salvarita who is now based in Bali gave Silliman an afternoon performance art which drew a crowd on July 16 at the Luce Auditorium lobby. Their  presentation was a five- act play on the fight to protect dolphins and to protest against the slaughter of marine mammals around the world.

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 Miss Silliman 2009 Glenna Christina O. Duch with her runners-up Miss Silliman CO-ED Johanna Carla Saad and Miss Silliman Headline Girl Djerica Marie Mate led in the realization of their plans for “Green Kid Project”. They facilitated a workshop on Environmental Awareness among elementary children on July 24 at the Dioscoro S. Rabor Science Lecture Room. Assisting them were the 2010 candidates of the Miss Silliman pageant (shown in picture).  The Green Kid Project also included a workshop for public school grade schoolers on recycled craft, tree planting at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Nursery in Camanjac, and a tour of the SU Marine Laboratory and Center for Tropical Studies (CENTROP).

Two members of the Silliman Kahayag Dance Troupe, Speech and Theater student Linwell Bongcasan and Computer Engineering junior Alexis Masangkay captured the seventh place out of 22 competitors in the Grade D Latin category of the Mid-Year Ranking and Competition of the Dance Sport Council of the Philippines Inc. (DSCPI). They may have the opportunity to represent the country  in the Asian Pacific Dance Sport Championship in August to be held in Korea and the Macao Asian Championship in October.

Students from the USA, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Japan wrapped up their duties as service-learners in Silliman University last July 26. SLP Director Prof. Emervencia Ligutom of the Social Work Department explained why the program has been attracting foreign students, “Service-learning is combining academic studies and community service. Learning is not divorced from serving…that would make our students think critically about what they can do to aid others.” There were five students from the International Christian University (ICU) of Japan, two from Chung Chi College of Hong Kong,  two from Seoul Women’s University of South Korea and another batch of service-learners from George Mason University came in early June with their mentor, our very own Dr. Al B. Fuertes. Prof. Ligutom stressed that the students  had expressed their appreciation to an enriching experience,  having stayed with host families under the Habitat for Humanities, Gawad Kalinga, Little Children of the Philippnes and Casa Esperanza welfare agencies.

The late Don Eugenio Lopez received his Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Silliman University on March 19, 1971.  It was risky for Silliman University then to honor one of Marcos’ enemies at the height of the dictatorship.  Thirty-nine years later, Don Eugenio’s son, Oscar M. Lopez, recalled the event as one who had accompanied his father, and how they were taken by the beauty of the campus.  The son was back on campus on July 12 to turn over Php 3 million from the Energy Development Corporation (EDC) and First Gen Corporation in ceremonies held at the Luce Auditorium.

The Hawaii SU alumni will welcome  Chief Librarian of the Robert B. and Metta J. Silliman Library, Prof. Lorna T. Yso, who is scheduled to participate in the 30th Annual American Studies Forum on American Literature at the Center for Asia Pacific Exchange (CAPE) from August 3 to 10. Meda Magdamo Palencia will guide her on a Waikiki tour, Alumni President Miriam Luz Somera de la Peña will host her for dinner and Eva Rose Repollo Washburn will give her a Pearl Harbor tour. It is fortunate to be a Sillimanian, there is almost always a welcoming line wherever one is in the world.

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On the 7th day of July, the First Daughter Nayna Aurafe Malayang (shown in picture in front of  the President’s Home now called the University House, photo by Doltz Haller Jaypee Noche) had her altar date with Thomas Diehl at Silliman Church.  Nayna graduated from the University of the Philippines with a degree in Creative Writing. She also finished Law at UP. Prior to this, she was working with the communication arm of the World Wildlife Fund. Nayna loves our University Town, the gateway to her other passion: scuba diving. She made sure that this important date will be held in Silliman campus. She met her husband while on a study grant in the United States.

The 109th Founders Day theme “Silliman @ 109: Raised On Eagles’ Wings” is inspired by the 1979 song composed by Michael Joncas of the Vatican Council  “On Eagles Wings” with lyrics based on the wisdom found in Psalm 91 and Isaiah 40:31. Request for copy of the Founders Day Calendar of Activities (available on Silliman website: su.edu.ph) can be e-mailed to Dr. Alvarez, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences:  cas.malvarez@yahoo.com.

IN MEMORIAM: Atty. Federico B. Florendo Jr. (Business 1968 and Law 1973) on July 14; former Mayor of Siaton Atty. Teopisto Yap Jr. (High School 1953, Arts 1955 and Law 1959) on July 22; former Dean of the College of Engineering Cesar M. Gangsoso (BSCE 1955) on July 23; Silliman Orchestra pioneer Nora Lopez on July 25 and Atty. Alberto S. Roleda (Business 1968 and Law 1969). If you know of any Sillimanian who is not in our memorial list, please inform us.

Thank you for always being there for dear old Silliman. President Ben Malayang has requested this office to regularly update you about happenings on campus. We are also interested in knowing what you and your alumni chapters are doing.

Please keep in touch and update your file with our office if you have not done so. We would truly appreciate it. You may reach the President’s Office through this email address: pres@su.edu.ph. You may also contact the Alumni Affairs Office through this address: sillimanguidingstar@gmail.com.

Sincerely,

Jocelyn “JONG” Somoza de la Cruz
Director of Alumni and External Affairs
 

cc: Dr. Ben S. Malayang III



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June  2010


Dear Fellow Sillimanian:

"Today marks the end of a regime indifferent to the appeals of the people. It is not Noynoy who found a way. You are the reason why the silent suffering of the nation is about to end. This the beginning of my burden, but if many of us will... bear the cross we will lift it, no matter how heavy...." This and more points from the inaugural speech of PRESIDENT BENIGNO S. AQUINO III inspire much of the sense of nationalism that is spreading like fever on campus.

Nationalism as inspired by a historical event of the country, the inauguration of the 15th President of the Philippines, His Excellency Benigno Simeon Cojuanco Aquino III , was chosen as main theme in the opening of the cultural season for school year 2010-2011.  The June 23 salvo featured the Philippine Opera Company who filled the Luce Auditorium with Filipino classical songs.  A call for the preservation of these songs at the end of the concert was made by the performing artists and in response, our University President Dr. Ben S. Malayang III told the members of the Cultural Affairs Committee to make sure that the traditions in Philippine music  will be part of the mission of the University’s cultural program.

 
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The Miss Silliman pageant on August 24 with 13 students vying for the three titles (Miss Silliman 2010, the Miss Silliman CO-ED and the Miss Silliman Headline Girl) takes nationalism as the inspiration with the theme “Ang Pagsibol sa Bagong Filipina.”  This year’s candidates include  Mary Rose Ronville Montejo of the College of Agriculture, Ayesha Amigo Villanueva of the Institute of Clinical Laboratory Sciences (in picture), Anna Rachel Laplap of the College of Business Administration,  Marian Vanslembrouck of the College of Nursing, Johara Madronio Villanueva of the College of Engineering and  Design, Ella Clavano of High School, Stephanie Denise Horca Martin of the College of  College of Arts and Sciences, Kimberly Anne Cimafranca of the College Of Performing Arts, Nikita Kay Serion of the College of Education, Feb Rodriguez of the Computer Studies, Felrose Fabria of the School of Public Administration and Governance, April Joy Seville of the College of Law and Iresse Patricia Bulos of the College of Mass Communication.

The 110th Founders Day theme “Silliman @ 109: Raised On Eagles’ Wings” is inspired by the 1979 song composed by Michael Joncas of the Vatican Council  On Eagle's Wings, ” with lyrics based on the wisdom found in Psalm 91 and Isaiah 40:31.  The highlights of the celebration in August include the Parada Sillimaniana.  This year’s Founders Day parade will have background music consisting of an infusion of the tribal beat of Mindanao, the traditional cheer Silliman Whooper and the revival of the Silliman March. Each participating unit will have a choreography that goes with the beat. Alumni groups who are planning to participate may get an advance copy of the recorded music and the rules governing the parade. The new Chairperson of the Parada Sillimaniana is Dr. Elizabeth Susan Vista Suarez, the Dean of the College of Performing Arts.  Any request for inclusion in the Founders Day Calendar of Activities (available on Silliman website: su.edu.ph) can be e-mailed to the Founders Day Chairperson Dr. Margaret Helen Udarbe Alvarez, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences:  cas.malvarez@yahoo.com

There are 6,573 students enrolled in the college and graduate school levels for the First Semester of school year 2010-2011.  Around 300 of them comes from 23 countries. Among the new programs offered is the PhD in Psychology with specialization in Clinical Psychology and Socio-Organizational Psychology.

The Silliman Journal chosen as the best research publication in the country, was ranked No. 1 in the June 3 A-1 accreditation listing of the Commission on Higher Education.

2001 BBA Accountancy graduate Chad Ian Garcia Cahambing graduated with honors in two degrees, Master of Business Administration in Finance and Master of Business Administration in International Business - from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.

1976 Outstanding Sillimanian in Nursing Service, Dr. Luz Sobong Porter , was recently honored as College of Nursing and Health Sciences Professor Emerita, as presented by the President and Provost of Florida International University (FIU).

College of Agriculture Dean Dr. Jose Edwin C. Cubelo, is on a three-month fellowship at Purdue University in Indiana, as a Global Diversity Scholar in Residence at the university’s Diversity Resource Office. Dr. Cubelo left for Purdue University on April 17, 2010 and is set to return to Silliman University on July 22, 2010. This is under the Leaders Fellows Program of the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia (UBCHEA).

1988 College of Law alumnus Judge Rafael Cresencio Tan, Jr. was one of the nine honorees of the 7th Dr. Jose Rizal Awards for Excellence for Outstanding Chinese-Filipinos on June 19. Judge Tan is a multi-awarded public servant. The recognition is a project of the Manila Times and the Kaisa Para sa Kaunlaran, Inc.

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Former Literature teacher of Silliman University Kitty Sollesta Taniguchi is among the few female painters who has successfully “trespassed” upon a formerly male-controlled territory. For the past thirty years, she has faithfully explored themes of femininity and feminine modes of representation that challenge and reinterpret some existing social and cultural conventions. Many of her works are drawn from her personal struggle to define her own artistic identity, and her portraits of women may be read as the “truth, reality, challenges and sufferings of women through centuries of spiritual and physical oppression.”  Symbolism likewise pervades her works as a way of replacing traditional representations and to give substance to her content. Kitty recently received confirmation that her work titled “Wrong Horizon No. 2” is the Philippine entry for the 4th Beijing International Art Biennale, which will be held in Beijing, China from September 19 to 23, 2010.  The Dumaguete-based visual artist first made the Philippines proud when she represented the country in the prestigious exhibition in 2005, and she did it again in the 2008 editions of the biennale.

IN MEMORIAM: Journalist Henry Villalva (MA Creative Writing 1981) on June 4; Abigail Evaretta Maco (SUHS 1954, BSN 1968) on June 4; the Governor-elect of Negros Oriental and former Congressman Hon. Emilio C. Macias (SUHS 1950, Pre-Med 1952) on June 13; the former Dean of the College of Engineering Teogenes v. Magdamo (BSCE 1961) on Father’s Day June 20; Federico F. Genove (BSCE 1953) on June 26, sisters Flora Bartolo Roa (Gen. Norm 1947) and Salvacion Bartolo Abugan (SUHS 1949, ETC 1952), and David Resposo Sr. (former Silliman treasurer 1962-1966). If you know of any Sillimanian who is not in our memorial list, please inform us.

Thank you for always being there for dear old Silliman.

President Ben Malayang has requested this office to regularly update you about happenings on campus. We are also interested in knowing what you and your alumni chapters are doing.

Please keep in touch and update your file with our office if you have not done so. We would truly appreciate it. You may reach the President’s Office through this email address: pres@su.edu.ph. You may also contact the Alumni Affairs Office through this address: sillimanguidingstar@gmail.com.


Sincerely,

Jocelyn “JONG” Somoza de la Cruz
Director of Alumni and External Affairs


cc: Dr. Ben S. Malayang III





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 May 2010

 

Dear Fellow Sillimanian:

 

Time for summer adventure! Beating the summer heat in lowland Dumaguete, some faculty members rode up to Camp Lookout on mountainbikes. They conquered the hilltop challenge in time to participate in the opening of the 49th Silliman University National Writers Workshop at the newly developed Writers Village in Camp Lookout Valencia on May 3. Workshop Director-in-Residence Rowena Tiempo Torrevillas in her remarks, made a touching recollection of her own adventure at Camp Lookout.  This experience has been captured in this poem written by her mother, Workshop Director Emeritus Edith Lopez Tiempo , our National Artist for Literature and etched on a tablet in front of the village main house:

ROWENA, AT CAMP LOOKOUT
by Edith L. Tiempo

It’s now a century, since
Keats heard the soft pipes play
A darkling tune,
Blowing and breathing
From cold marble stone.
Now the cold stars burn
Blue holes above this slope,
And she cries, “Old magic trick! That star’s
No more―its light
Is from a million years ago!”
The thought I render sotto voce
Is spoken to the past―
Another time, another place
Catapulting, star-like,
To this young girl on the slope,
That far child that she was,
Crying out (as now)
A startled praise:
(“A Look, a rambler rose-vine hung with bloom!”)
That past day flinging here, star-fashion,
So that finished rose and vanished star,
In a wondering cry,
Endure as one.

 

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 As names for the five new cottages in the grounds are still being finalized, part of the opening ceremonies included the planting of  fragrant blooms and the cottages were named after these plants. ROSE HALL named after the donor, Mrs. Rose Sobrepeña, is the main house. The first house down the slope from the main house is named Katsubong Cottage, followed by Jasmine, Kamuning,  Champaca and Magnolia. In the future, these cottages will be renamed after the great names in Philippine Literature who have been part of the Silliman workshop, the first in Asia.

Silliman welcomed 15 fellows to the 49th National Writers Workshop (they were also called “pioneers,” being the first group to reside in Writers Village): 4 for poetry, 8 for fiction and 3 for creative non-fiction. In addition to Rowena, this year’s panel of critics was composed of Dumaguete-based writers Myrna Peña Reyes, Bobby Villasis and Cesar Ruiz Aquino, as  well as guest panelists Anthony Tan, Susan Lara, DM Reyes, Gemino Abad, and Alfred Yuson. Another innovation of the workshop this summer was the participation of internationally-acclaimed writer, Xu Xi, in with the panel. Based at City University, Hong Kong, Xu Xi has published several novels and essays and also edited anthologies. Future workshops hope to involve more Asian writers.

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 Camp Lookout, Valencia, Negros Oriental; is reached by a 45-minute ride from the city and is known as Negros’ own ‘little Baguio.’ The Writers Village was formally inaugurated as the Silliman University Rose Sobrepeña Writers Village on May  21, the last day of the Workshop, with donor, alumnus Enrique Sobrepeña, Jr. as Guests of Honor. Mrs. Sobrepeña failed to come but had her special message on video. Copies of her book “Fragments from Memory” were given to the writers and the audience in attendance. A touching tribute on video was presented to honor the project facilitator, the late University president Dr. Quintin S. Dormal. An inspirational message was given by Dr. Rowena Tiempo Torrevillas   which included a tribute to the Sobrepeñas, Dr. Doromal and to her mother who was present to give the fellows their certificates of participation.The workshop, which is the longest running Writers Workshop in Asia, is coordinated by the Silliman University Department of English and Literature led by the Chairperson Evelyn Mascuñana.

 

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Silliman University hosted the 9th General Assembly of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines from May 24 to 29 on the theme “Discerning and Obeying God’s Will in these Critical Times.” We would like to congratulate the Sillimanians who have been elected bishops:  Divinity School faculty member Rev. Reuel Norman O. Marigza who was elected General Secretary of the UCCP for 2010-2014. (Marigza, 51, earned his Master of Divinity, cum laude, from the Asian Theological Seminary and his Master of Theology from the Silliman University Divinity School); and the new Jurisdictional Area Bishops Reverends Melzar Labuntog and Modesto Villasanta.



We congratulate the Sillimanians who won in the May 10 national elections as members 
of the House of Representatives: Hon. George Arnaiz of 2nd District in Negros Oriental, Hon. Orlando Fua of Siquijor, Hon. Jocelyn Sy Limkaichong of 1st District in Negros Oriental, Hon. Rojer G. Mercado of Southern Leyte,  Hon. Florencio T. Flores Jr. of 2nd District in Bukidnon, Hon. Cesar G. Jalosjos of Zamboanga del Norte and Hon. Jonathan C. Yambao of Zamboanga-Sibugay. Like Congressman Yambao who is the son of the former Congresswoman Belma Cabilao, other children of Sillimanian political veterans also won seats in the 15thPhilippine Congress and we would like to congratulate them: Agusan del Norte Congresswoman Angelica Rosedel M. Amante who is  daughter of 1993 Outstanding Sillimanian and Agusan’s political kingpin Edelmiro A. Amante, Congressman Rommel C. Amatong of Compostela Valley and Congressman Marc Douglas C. Cagas IV of Davao del Sur, son of Doltz Hall alumnus Governor Douglas Cagas, himself a former Congressman. Our congratulations to alumna Fenina O. Tiukinhoy- Rodriguez whose husband Congressman Rufus B. Rodriguez is re-elected Congressman of 2nd district of Cagayan de Oro City and to College of Performing Arts alumna April Ocampos-Aoanan whose father Hon. Loreto Leo S. Ocampos won as Congressman of the 2nd district of Misamis Occidental. We also congratulate all other winners in various positions of the local government units.

Visiting the campus this month were two of the most productive Sillimanian couples, Dr. Fred and Priscilla Magdamo Abraham of Vermont. Chaos theory pioneer Fred Abraham of Blueberry Brain Institute was the Horace Brinsmade Silliman lecturer for 2010 on May 29.  His lecture was on “Critical Theory and Emancipation” which was part of the 33rd Annual Conference of the. Philosophical Association of the Visayas and Mindanao(PHAVISMINDA) - International Conference on Critical Theory held in Silliman on May 27 ro 29.   2002 Outstanding Sillimanian Priscilla Magdamo-Abraham held marathon sessions with our voice students at the College of Performing Arts.  She will be in Manila on June 7 to 8 to join her former student UP Voice Professor Kitchie Molina in the national workshop on McClosky Voice Technique. The two of them are the only McClosky voice technicians in the Philippines.

Summer graduates of Class of 2010 made history as the first batch to have their own graduation. Around 110 college seniors received their diplomas in a formal ceremony for Summer School on May 15 at the Silliman University Church.  The ceremonies made many of them cry for it was, for them, a gesture of recognition.  Among them was the only Speech and Theater graduate  Wowie Remata, a finalist in the talent search of ABS-CBN, who gave an inspirational song during the ceremonies. She was almost not able to finish the song for like all the other graduates, she was overwhelmed with joy and a deep sense of gratitude. The solemn graduation ceremony was integrated with the traditional baccalaureate service. Professor Carlos Plaridel M. Magtolis, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, was the graduation speaker. He concurrently sits as the Chairperson of the University Spiritual Life Council.  

IN MEMORIAM:
 Agriculture alumnus Oscar del Carmen Jr. (SUHS 1983, BSA 1989) on May 5; Carlomagno Calderon Caballero (BS Chemistry) on May 16 and the secretary of Cabadbaran City Sillimanians, Luisista Oga Monteclaro (BSE Home Economics 1964) on May 29.

If you know of any Sillimanian who is not in our memorial list, please inform us.

Thank you for always being there for dear old Silliman.

President Ben Malayang has requested this office to regularly update you about happenings on campus. We are also interested in knowing what you and your alumni chapters are doing.
Please keep in touch and update your file with our office if you have not done so. We would truly appreciate it. You may reach the President’s Office through this email address: pres@su.edu.ph. You may also contact the Alumni Affairs Office through this address: sillimanguidingstar@gmail.com.

Sincerely,

Jocelyn “JONG” Somoza de la Cruz
Director of Alumni and External Affairs

cc: Dr. Ben S. Malayang III 


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 April 2010

 

Dear Fellow Sillimanian:

 

I have repeatedly assured our students that it is Silliman’s commitment to help develop the total human personality.  Thus you have been exposed not only to academic preperation but also to opportunities for cultural refinement and spiritual well-being.  We would like to think that in your quest for knowledge and truth here you have found your own identity and that finding yourself you now have found a deeper meaning in your lives. If this has been your individual experience, our efforts have been amply rewarded.” (Portal 1974)

– Dr. Quintin Salas Doromal

 

The biggest news in April came on its last day – sad news that shocked everyone as the victim was a recent campus visitor. A Manila taxi driver made a u-turn on Taft Avenue on the short trip from Cosmopolitan Church to Ellinwood at around 8:30AM, his passengers two lady pastors and former Silliman University President  Dr. Quintin Salas Doromal, who sat in front.. The u-turn led to a collision with a bus that took the life of the frontseat  passenger:  82-year old Dr. Doromal. He was the only one who was gravely injured while the others sustained slight injuries.   He was brought to the nearby Philippine General Hospital but he did not survive surgery. At 1:55 PM he was pronounced dead.

 

This well-loved leader of our community,  King as he was fondly called by colleagues and friends, never stopped serving Silliman. The week before the tragic event, he was on campus to represent Enrique and Rose Sobrepeña during the soft opening of the Writers Village in Camp Lookout, Valencia. Dr. Doromal had facilitated this donation of the Sobrepeñas to their alma mater.Dr. Doromal was always here for Silliman, sharing  the Silliman Spirit with us. Our story of the Silliman Family will always have this endearing chapter on the  unselfish service  and loyalty of the KING.  (Other tributes to Dr. Doromal may be read on the SU website:  http://su.edu.ph/thisweek/thisweek16.html) 

 

 

The legacy of the pioneers in Environemental Sciences James W. Chapman, AY Reyes, Dioscoro Rabor, Rodolfo Gonzales, Angel C. Alcala, Hilconida Calumpong and many more green earth angels led to another honor for Silliman University. Silliman University was the lone academic institution to receive the Fr. Neri Satur Awards for Environmental Heroism on April 22 at the Malacañang Palace.  Named in honor of the late priest-environmentalist Fr. Neri Satur, the award is given to individuals, groups or entities from different sectors all over the country who have contributed to the protection of the environment.  Fr. Satur was a deputized forest ranger who lost his life in the hands of illegal loggers in the forests of Bukidnon in 1991.

 

In 2001, Silliman University was honored with a red and white gumamela variety of Hibiscus rosa-sinensis  during her 100th birthday. Recently, the 1980 Outstanding Sillimanian in Journalism Domini M. Torrevillas was also honored with a Hibiscus rosa-sinensis named after her. The Domini Torrevillas gumamela is the first of the series of special tributes for women in media and the arts.  The honor was presented by University of the Philippines-Los Baños Chancellor Ray Velasco.

 

For the first time Silliman University hosted the national conference of the Philippine Association of Schools of Medical Technology and Public Health, Inc. (PASMETH, Inc.) held on April 21 to 24 with 90 attendees.

 

1982 Outstanding Sillimanian in the field of Legal Education Rolando del Carmen is the 2010 Outstanding Mentor awardee of the American Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. The award was presented during the organization’s annual conference in San Diego.  Dr. Del Carmen is also a recipient of the  AACJS’s top three honors, namely the Fellow Awards (1990), the Bruce Smith Sr. Award (1997) and the Founder’s Award (2005).

 

Two Silliman professors were named the regional winners of the 2009 REPUBLICA Awards by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for their research papers.  Dr. Angel C. Alcala, Director of the SU Angelo King Center for Research and Environmental Manangement  won in the natural sciences category, and Director of Instruction Dr. Earl Jude Paul Cleope in the social sciences category.

 

The President of the New York-New Jersey Sillimanians Dely Po Go is the only Filipino in the 2010 list of Best 50 Women in Business by NJBIZ, a magazine on business published by the New Jersey Business Industry Association. All the 50 women were honored during  ceremonies held at The Palace in Sommerset, New Jersey on April 7.

 

All efforts are now directed towards preparing for the 9th Quadrennial General Assembly of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines with the theme "Discerning and obeying God's will in these critical times".  Silliman University and Silliman University Church will serve as hosts of this historic gathering on May 25 to 29.

 

The Outstanding Students of the Philippines Central Visayas (TOSP R7) announced the 20 students who qualified to represent the Central Visayas in the national level of the search for the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines. Commission on Higher Education (CHED) regional director Amelia Biglete revealed the names of the students in a press conference held on April 16 at the BRIGHT Academy in barangay Banilad, Cebu City. Two former Student Government Vice Presidents of Silliman University Nikko Paulo Cablao who graduated magna cum laude in Biology and Harmone Jay Naparota who was a BPI Science awardee and graduated cum laude were chosen to be among the Top Ten students of Region 7.  The regional finalists converged in Cebu City from April 21 to 26 for the formation program and judging. The ten regional awardees were honored at the Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission on April 25.

 

IN MEMORIAM: Reuben O. Espancho (LlB 1973) on April 11; Eufemia Navarro Pedrosa (SUHS 1956, BSCE 1961) on April 14; Iva Gayumba Verna Lazaruz (BSN 1955) on April 18; 2009 Order of Horace B. Silliman inductee Wilfred Uytengsu (SUHS) on April 18; former VPAA and Law Dean Dr. Teodoro V. Cortes (LlB 1958) on April 20; Silversity Anfone Madrazo (SUHS 1953, Education 1959) on April 20; former Librarian Emma Yuzon Gonzaga (SUHS 1942) on April 26 and former Silliman University President Dr. Quintin Salas Doromal (1973-1982) on April 30.

 

If you know of any Sillimanian who is not in our memorial list, please inform us.

 

Thank you for always being there for dear old Silliman.

 

President Ben Malayang has requested this office to regularly update you about happenings on campus. We are also interested in knowing what you and your alumni chapters are doing.

 

Please keep in touch and update your file with our office if you have not done so. We would truly appreciate it. You may reach the President’s Office through this email address: pres@su.edu.ph. You may also contact the Alumni Affairs Office through this address: sillimanguidingstar@gmail.com.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Jocelyn “JONG” Somoza de la Cruz

Director of Alumni and External Affairs

 

cc: Dr. Ben S. Malayang III 




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March 2010


Dear Fellow Sillimanian:

The Class of 2010 had 897 graduates who were honored during the 97th University Commencement on March 21. Among the members of the graduating class is Dr. Anne Paclar Jacalan who is the first graduate from Silliman University with a degree in Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing.  University Registrar Annabelle Pa-a, the main anchor and leader of the team behind the ceremonies, also took center stage in one special moment to receive her diploma in Master in Public Administration.

The first woman President of the University of the Philippines (U.P.) Dr. Emerlinda R. Roman was Silliman University’s graduation speaker. In her inspirational talk for the graduates, Dr. Roman reminded them: “Our country’s future is in your hands. Our generation may have failed to see or acknowledge how much responsibility we ourselves bore for the continuation of the circumstances that we now live in or the circumstances that have remained unjust. Perhaps we were not brave enough, not heroic enough to change what needed to be changed, to challenge the questionable, and to defend what is right. I believe that you and your generation have the strength and the will to accept the responsibility for it; to commit yourselves to it; to live your lives as you know they should be lived; and to do it with courage, imagination, and good humor—qualities we all know Filipinos do not lack.”

The Silliman University Church is about to select a new Senior Pastor as Reverend Noel Villaba’s term ends in June 2010. There are three finalists for the position: the pastor of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines in Cagayan de Oro City Rev. Jonathan R. Pia, the former Vice President for Academic Affairs and former Dean of the Divinity School Dr. Everett L. Mendoza, and the current Pastor for Christian Education of Silliman Church Rev. Bernadette A. Morales.  

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Meanwhile, the 1992 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for Public Service Dr. Angel Alcala, Director of the Silliman University Angelo King Center for Research and Environmental Management, placed 15th in Readers’ Digest list of 80 most trustworthy Filipinos, in an article titled “The Philippines’ Most Trusted—2010.” Writer Sarah Etchells, in the article, wrote that a survey was conducted nationwide asking people to rate eighty influential Filipino personalities on their trustworthiness. Scores were taken from the scale ranging from the ‘Don't trust at all’ level to ‘Trust completely’ level. Popularity also had an impact in the selection, which had veteran actress and former National Red Cross Governor Rosa Rosal at No. 1, international star Lea Salonga at No. 2, and television journalist Jessica Soho at No. 3. With Dr. Alcala in the next 10 was another veteran film actress Ms. Boots Anson Roa, who ranked 14th, and TV news anchor Julius Babao at 16th. 

Expressions of gratitude also marked March in campus. The Christian Education Building of Silliman University Church—which was built in 1985 through the efforts of the late Engr. Juanito G. Magbanua Sr., the former Chairman of the Board of Trustees and of the Church Council—was named Magbanua Hall last March 6.

A page in the Silliman University history book by former University President Dr. Arthur L. Carson included a citation for another important donation: “…The largest acquisition was arranged with the heirs of the Uymatiao Estate whereby the University purchased at the market price an area of 11,502 square meters, extending to the north beyond the Nazareno lot. With the help of Mr. Tirso Uytengsu and through the generosity of Mr. Filomeno Cimafranca and the other heirs, in January of 1949 an outright donation was made to the University of an additional 34,499 square meters. The total area of over eleven acres provided space for a new athletic field, releasing the old field for gymnasium and dormitory sites.” This area, where we can now find the Silliman Ballfield, was named Cimafranca Field on March 17, in honor of donor Mr. Filomeno Cimafranca. The ceremonies held to name it was indeed long overdue, but President Ben S. Malayang III was there to inspire the children and grandchildren of Mr. Cimafranca.

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Another expression of gratitude came with the induction of the Henry Luce Foundation into the Order of Horace B. Silliman on March 25. Luce Foundation President Dr. Michael Gilligan received the honor during ceremonies held at the Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium. [The donation was in honor of Claire Isabel McGill Luce (1923-1971), wife of Time Magazine founder Henry Luce III. The couple visited Silliman University in 1968.] Part of the event was a dance concert featuring the Silliman University Kahayag Dance Troupe in a Manobo dance repertoire choreographed by Artistic Director Ronnie Mirabuena. In his acceptance speech, Dr. Gilligan expressed gratitude for the honor bestowed on the Foundation, and reiterated his joy of having witnessed first-hand the usefulness of this cultural center in Southern Philippines. Dr. Gilligan, with Silliman President Dr. Ben Malayang III, led in the ceremonies to unveil the plaque recognizing the major donors and other individuals who contributed in the realization of the Luce Auditorium in 1973. The new plaque includes the name of Architect Augustus Ang Barcelona who gave his services pro bono for Silliman to have this beautiful landmark. Also included in the ceremonies was the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia (UBCHEA), which was represented by President Dr. Patricia Stranahan and Vice President for Programs Dr. Betty Cernol-McCann. The Order of Horace B. Silliman is the highest honor given by the University to express gratitude to an outstanding expression of generosity.

It must be noted that the Luce Auditorium, dubbed as the Cultural Center of the South, was inaugurated on 6 October 1974 under the administration of then Silliman President Dr. Quintin Doromal. The vision and the work towards its realization were established during the presidency of Dr. Cicero Calderon.

On March 26, the results of the 2009 Philippine Bar Examinations were released.   For this year’s Bar, only 1 out of 4 bar examinees nationwide passed—with 1,451 passers out of a total of 5,903 examinees. The passing rate is 24.58%, higher than last year’s 20.58%. Silliman University produced 12 new lawyers, and the list includes GWave legal assistant Sheena A. Alesna, James Roulyn R. Alvarico, Kelly Eusebio P. Catalan, Benjan B. Ilahan, Ruben M. Llosa, the son of the Divinity School Dean Nabi Karl Bayani O. Montenegro, former Portal editor Ace Victor F. Risma, Chloe Hope B. Trinidad and Salonga Law Center volunteers Mark Christoffel L. Banquerigo, Jorge Christian A. Cabrido, Rommel Jan T. Mirasol, and Edric P. Torremocha.


IN MEMORIAM: 1998 Outstanding Sillimanian in the field of Law Atty. Benjamin D. Somera (SUHS 1947, AA 1949, AB 1951, LlB 1953) on March 8; and former Student Government Vice President Sonia Eleccion (SUHS 1976, LAW 1986) on March 21.

If you know of any Sillimanian who is not in our memorial list, please inform us.

Thank you for always being there for dear old Silliman.

President Ben Malayang has requested this office to regularly update you about happenings on campus. We are also interested in knowing what you and your alumni chapters are doing.

Please keep in touch and update your file with our office if you have not done so. We would truly appreciate it. You may reach the President’s Office through this email address: pres@su.edu.ph. You may also contact the Alumni Affairs Office through this address: sillimanguidingstar@gmail.com.


Sincerely,

Jocelyn “JONG” Somoza de la Cruz
Director of Alumni and External Affairs


cc: Dr. Ben S. Malayang III




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February 2010

Dear Fellow Sillimanian:

We would like to share with you a Chinese New Year greeting from alumna Jocelyn “Josy” Sy-Limkaichong, Representative of the First District of Oriental Negros: “May the coming Year of the Metal Tiger give you huge earnings, fat savings, and most important of all, good health. May you have a heart free from sadness, a mind free of worries, a life free of stress, and a body free of illness. All of these blessings be with you always!”

 This all-encompassing wish is also our prayer for you. May your life in 2010, anchored on VIA VERITAS VITA, be a manifestation of  God’s omnipotence and faithfulness.

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 In February, Silliman University—in cooperation with the City of Dumaguete, the City of Bayawan, the Province of Oriental Negros, SkyCable, the Youth Advocates Through Theater Arts, and other schools and universities in the city—celebrated the Arts Month with the entire country, following the call of the late President Corazon Aquino who declared February as the National Arts Month through Proclamation No. 683 in 1991. The celebration is meant “to promote arts and culture in our country, and nurturing the Filipino creativity and imagination.”

The Arts Month celebration in Dumaguete City and Oriental Negros is called Kisaw—Magmugna Ta!, and the festivities started on the first of February with a dance concert by Ballet Philippines, the country’s leading dance company, at the Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium, under the auspices of Silliman’s Cultural Affairs Committee. The performance titled “Masterworks” was part of the company’s 40th season and was a celebration of its history as it paid homage to the most popular works—including Swimming the Ilog Pasig, Te Deum, and Igorot—by its esteemed roster of choreographers through the years.

At the National Department of Education/Intel Science Fair and Festival held last February 6 in Legazpi City, Albay., Silliman University Elementary School teachers Preciosa Esturas and Jane Bokingkito won First and Second Places in their respective grade levels with their production of Strategic Integration Materials or SIM, a contest for science teachers. They triumphed in what would otherwise have been a Luzon-centric preference of the Board of Judges. Congratulations!

Another Sillimanian triumphed in yet another national competition. Norman Marigza, a junior Physics student, won First Place at the National Astronomy Olympiad, which was held at the NISMED Auditorium of the University of the Philippines Diliman last February 19. Terry Joan Salaga of U.P Diliman and Candy Mae Cabayao of Mindanao State University garnered Second and Third Places, respectively.

In a related note, Mr. Marigza was also elected Vice President by the Silliman University Church Christian Youth Fellowship, to serve in 2010-2011. Will he bring back the experience of that stargazing youth camp at Camp Look-Out?

The First Sidlakang Negros International Festival—Adopt a Country tourism program of the Province of Oriental Negros last February 12-14 featured our very own foreign students, who are members of Higala International: Students from Around the World or HI:SAW. They participated as the welcoming showcase for all fourteen participating foreign embassies which converged in Dumaguete for the festival.

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 The internationally-themed week at Silliman that followed the Sidlakan Festival continued to keep our foreign students busy. They sponsored a forum on select global issues through the International Cultural Exchange (ICE) on February 23 at the World Bank Knowledge Development Center of the Robert B. Silliman and Metta J. Silliman Library. They also sponsored an ecumenical worship service at Silliman Church on February 24. Their crowning activity was the search for Mister and Miss Silliman International, a pageant already in its fifth year. This was held last February 26, with Nursing sophomore Patrik Norouzi of Iran bagging the Mister Silliman International title, and Psychology sophomore Emma Martin of Canada as Miss Silliman International. Mr. Norouzi was also adjudged Mister Photogenic, Best in National Costume, and Best in Formal Attire. Ms. Martin, a basketball varsity player, was also awarded Best Speaker and adjudged Best in Talent for her magnificent piano-playing.

Philippine alternative music king Joey Ayala and his band Ang Bagong Lumad also took part in the Arts Month celebration at Silliman University with a concert at the Luce titled Raw last February 13, filling his repertoire with Tagalog songs with a touch of whimsy and ardent social realism.

A gathering of works by Oriental Negros’ visual artists was placed in an exhibition titled “Kulay ug Hugis,” held at the ground level of Robinsons Mall, which ran from February 14 to 28. It also featured the National Commission for Culture and the Arts-sponsored artbox project of artist/environmentalist Razcel Jan Salvarita called “Damgo Quatros Kantos.” Salvarita’s work consisted of an interactive box with peeping holes that gave mall visitors a view into an interior filled with assorted classroom objects, including toys. The box—which had counterparts in Bacolod and in Dumaguete’s Quezon Park—also invited mall visitors to take part in the whole project by filling the box walls with graffiti of their own expressions.

First-time filmmakers, mostly from the College of Mass Communication, also showcased an assortment of locally-made short films last February 19 for a public screening at Quezon Park titled “Putting Tabing sa Parke.” The program, spearheaded by Carl Vincent Lim and film teacher Ian Rosales Casocot, included short films by Ramon del Prado, Carmen del Prado, Jai Dollente, Eliora Eunice Bernedo, Karen Grace Yasi, Marc Cabreros, Anthony Gerard Odtohan, among others.

The nationally-awarded theater group Young Advocates Through Theater Arts (YATTA) also mounted Leon Kilat and Other Short Plays last February 20, featuring the title musical on the heroism of Pantaleon Villegas, directed by Dessa Quezada Palm, with music by Emong Benitez. It also featured two other plays—an excerpt from the musical “Kikay Kalaykay,” which is about waste management and life in a dumpsite, and “Rape Buzz,” which is a heartbreaking look, in monologues, at a rape case.

Fashion icon Amir Sali also made a comeback to Silliman University last February 23. He gave a talk at the Luce Auditorium about his amazing climb to glory as an internationally-renowned fashion designer. The talk was spiced up by a fashion show on glamour as defined by the Sali touch.

On February 27, Silliman’s literary group LitCritters Dumaguete, led by local writer Ian Rosales Casocot, held an evening of Cebuano and Tagalog poetry and music titled “Balak, Balitaw, ug Uban Pa sa Boulevard” at the frontage of CocoAmigos Restaurant. It featured works by local poets, as read by Dumaguete’s young literary artists. It also featured local balitaw talents from Dumaguete City and Bayawan City.

The Honors Day convocation last February 18 had the biggest number of University Honor awardees thus far in Silliman’s history. The twenty academic achievers included Jun Xavier B. Alonso of Electrical Engineering, University Service Awardee Korina V. Beley of Education, Most Outstanding Student of the Year Nikko Paolo R. Cablao of Biology, Mary Angeleen V. Cortes of Mass Communication, University Service Awardee Blaise Marice Diane Diga of Mass Communication, Karlenne April D. Enriquez of Psychology, Elal Jane L. Lasola of Education, Darell M. Limquiaco of Nursing, Gino B. Lisondra of Education, The Weekly Sillimanian editor Anthony Gerard S. Odtohan of Mass Communication, BPI Science Awardee Howell S. Palca of Biology, Raine Marie M. Reformina of Nursing, Mary Grace M. Saldon of Secondary Education,  dance artists and twin sisters Angela and Angeli E. Sison of Nursing, Maude S. Tabigue of Nursing, James Thomas Wiseman of Nutrition and Dietetics, pianist Abigail Myrrh T. Yap of Performing Arts, and Bea Mara L. Zamora of Secondary Education.

The Honors Day guest speaker was Mass Communication alumna Melclaire R. Sy-Delfin of GMA 7, who was also the 1999 Most Outstanding Student of the Year. Ms. Delfin is a recipient of the 2007 Global Media Awards for Excellence, the 2009 PopDev Media Award, and the 2009 PsorPhil’s Most Loved Reporter on TV Award. In her inspirational talk for the honorees, Ms. Delfin noted: “When I visited [an] evacuation site in Zambales, [the] families [we met] had almost saved nothing of their belongings. They had to make do with the rations they received. But…they still managed to offer me and my crew something to eat for lunch. Where can you find people like these? Only in the Philippines! I bet our foreign students here [can] understand…what I mean [by this]. You must learn to appreciate that our strength as [Filipinos] is our people—us, you, and me. So, as you are honored today, please don’t forget the goodness of Filipinos that makes us a truly honorable race….”

 

IN MEMORIAM: Silliman University Elementary School Physical Education teacher Miguel Dominador Zerna Caballero (BS Education 1973) on February 15; Dr. Rodolfo Villaflores Loo (Pre-Med 1954) on February 17; Apolinar Incierto Arnaiz Sr. (SUHS 1947) on February 17; and 1999 Outstanding Sillimanian  Awardee Batua A. Macaraya  (AA 1947, MA  1968) on February 26.

 

If you know of any Sillimanian who is not in our memorial list, please inform us.

Thank you for always being there for dear old Silliman.

President Ben Malayang has requested this office to regularly update you about happenings on campus. We are also interested in knowing what you and your alumni chapters are doing.

Please keep in touch and update your file with our office if you have not done so. We would truly appreciate it. You may reach the President’s Office through this email address: pres@su.edu.ph. You may also contact the Alumni Affairs Office through this address: sillimanguidingstar@gmail.com.

Sincerely,

Jocelyn “ JONG ” Somoza de la Cruz
Director of Alumni and External Affairs

cc: Dr. Ben S. Malayang III 



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 January 2010

 

Dear Fellow Sillimanian:

Blue Moon: get it twice! The big surprise was that our side of the planet Earth enjoyed a Blue Moon last January.  The first full moon was in the sky on January 1, making the New Year truly bright, and there was another on January 30.  Actually, there will be a double Blue Moon in 2010, as March will also have two Full Moons: March 1 and March 30.

Imagine Van Gogh’s “starry night” when watching the blue moon from the boulevard or the amphitheater. It was poetry unfolding when the branches of the acacia trees welcomed the moon’s regal rising.  Silliman Campus is still the most relaxing place for a moonlit promenade.

Twice after their retirement in 1973, the Berans have made two successful homecoming journeys to Dumaguete, in 2001 for the Silliman Centennial and on January 27 to February 6 this year. Dr. George W. Beran, the founder of Van Houweling Laboratory at Silliman University Medical Center, his wife Dr. Janice A. Beran who was a Physical Education teacher at Silliman and author of PE textbook came with their grandson, Danny, a varsity basketball player (who had a jam session with our Silliman Stallions).

After the establishment of the famous laboratory in 1960, the entire Negros island was rabies-free, and the program was extended to include Siquijor.  The rabies control program was so successful  that even hospitals in Mindanao availed themselves of its services. Dr. George Beran’s recent visit was not just for nostalgia but mainly to find opportunities to discuss concerns in Public Health. He had successful meetings with Governor Emilio Macias and Mayor Agustin Perdices. He also was able to discuss future possibilities with the staff of the Silliman University laboratories on medical microbiology,  and he gave a lecture presentation for our Medical students. Back in Iowa State University, he is busy as curator of the newly established Museum for Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Janice Beran also had a reunion with the Physical Education family.  A good number of former students showed up for the afternoon fellowship including former volleyball player , Naomi Baslot Romero, who came all the way from Davao.  Mrs. Romero’s college life was with the Berans as she was their work student.  With the help of Dr. Sam Gregorio who offered to drive them around, the visiting Silliman heritage builders (as the Berans are considered) were able to meet with old friends and children of friends who have moved on, who also had fine memories of the Berans: the Florendos, the Garcias, the Tiempos, the Ravellos, the Udarbes, the Vistas and others.

In January, The Cultural Affairs Committee headed by Dr. Elizabeth Susan Vista Suarez presented two culture events at the Luce which featured groups from Mindanao. The acclaimed Sining Kambayoka of Mindanao State University performed the "Arkat A Lawanen," an epic of the Maranao people that is listed by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. In the audience on this January 16 tribal dance concert were homecoming alumni who had extended their Christmas vacation, and watching the colorful Maranao epic was indeed a highlight in their visit. 


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The concert of Bukidnon State University Chorale on January 29 was facilitated by Dr. Angel Alcala who, as Chairman of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), knew of this choir from Malaybalay City. Bukidnon State University Chorale received a standing ovation from the appreciative Silliman Community prompting Culture writer Ian Casocot to state that, “it was a great concert by the Bukidnon State University Chorale. Their rendition of ethnic Bukidnon chants and sounds was the stuff of heaven.”

An indignation rally was  held at the Quezon Park in Dumaguete City last January 22 to call for justice for Mass Communication student Jayfel Rayoso who was brutally killed by an unknown person. Jayfel was reported by his grandmother as missing since January 11.  News of a body found in Isugan, Bacong, Negros Oriental led to the confirmation of his death. It was his father who identified the victim from his clothes. Jayfel’s mother came home from Spain on the day of his funeral that was attended by the entire Mass Communication family of Silliman University.

IN MEMORIAM : Rodolfo M. Nobleza (Chemistry 1952) on January 2; Nonilon Vergara (BBA 1955) on January 3; former Chicago Alumni president Jessie Baldado Klemz (SUHS 1960, BSN 1965) on January 21; Engr. Rustico Emperado (SUHS 1932, BSCE 1951) on January 18; and Dr. Bienvenido Yap Jr. (AA Pre-Med 1951) on January 23 . (If you know of a Sillimanian not in our memorial list, please inform us.)

Thank you for always being there for dear old Silliman. President Malayang has requested this office to regularly update you about happenings on campus. We are also interested in knowing what you and your alumni chapter are doing. Please keep in touch and update your file with our office if you have not done so. We would truly appreciate it. You may reach the President's Office through this email address: pres@su.edu.ph or our Alumni Affairs Office through this address: sillimanguidingstar@gmail.com

 

Sincerely,

 

Jocelyn “ JONG ” Somoza de la Cruz 
Director of Alumni and External Affairs

 

cc: Dr. Ben S. Malayang III

 

 

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 December 2009

 

Dear Fellow Sillimanian:

It was the 1985 Academy-award winner and the current Golden Globe nominee William Hurt, son of Claire Isabel McGill Luce, who said “All I know is that my best work has come out of being committed and happy.”

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Halleluiah! To welcome the Advent Season, Professor Isabel Dimaya Vista organized a presentation of George Frederich Handel’s Messiah with 200 voices from alumni and friends, all campus choirs and solo performers, and choirs of the Calvary Baptist Church and Maranatha Full Gospel Church on December 5. This was a presentation of the College of Performing Arts and the Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium. Professor Vista’s strong commitment as director led to the success of the production. It was not just an evening of great music but an inspiring spirit of unity within the Silliman and Dumaguete community. The soloists included Evelyn Aldecoa, Francisco Agus Jr, Asenath Cadavos, Pearl Estacion, Rudy Juan and Salvador Vista.  The orchestral accompanists were Berneval Montes, Nathaniel Bicoy and Mark Ian Caballes on keyboards and Elizabeth Susan Vista Suarez on the piano.  After the concert, the participants and the audience shared in a packed dinner contributed by generous donors in the community and outside.

 

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Philippine Archery Queen Jennifer Germaine Dy Chan (SUHS 1981, BS General Science 1987) gave Silliman a valuable Christmas gift: a golden glory when she won a Southeast Asian (SEA) Games individual gold medal in archery on December 15 in Vientaine, Laos.  Chan won the women’s individual gold against Myanmar’s Aung Ngeain, 115-112.This was her ultimate goal, and at the height of the jubilation she bade goodbye to SEA Games as an athlete. She expressed, “ I have achieved my dream of a gold in SEA Games and this will be my last (participation).”  The 44-year old champion competed at her first SEA Games in 1991 in Manila, and her gold came from the women’s team event and not from an individual quest.  Now Jen is “committed and happy” to be a national training coach and to her passion for giving Silliman more glories in archery by building and inspiring new talents at the Dionisio Flores Archery Training Center in Silliman University.

The news of a massacre in Mindanao worsened the red stain on the face of this island known as The Philippines’ Land of Promise. Travel advisories stopped tourists from considering “the promise” in Mindanao. With the projection of a global “fear factor,” even local travelers are advised not to consider taking a trip to Mindanao.

 Silliman University took courage to give Mindanaons a gift of music to help promote peace and goodwill. The idea came from President Ben S. Malayang III after a successful Silliman Band concert on October 18 to raise money for the typhoon victims in Luzon and which was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Dumaguete. The inspiring music of the Silliman University Concert Band and the numbers from the Silliman University Kahayag Dance Troupe were well-received at that concert by the representatives of the cities Marikina and Valenzuela. Right after the engagement at the Luce Auditorium, Dr. Malayang called for a meeting and the idea for concerts in Mindanao was put to work.

 Music was shared through two goodwill tours just before the Christmas season.  First, the cities of General Santos and Davao enthusiastically received The Quizo Family Quintet (QFQ) composed of daddy Joni James, mom Meriam, kuya Jon Riam, ate Onna and the 14 year-old youngest son Yeshua through standing ovations in all their stops.

 

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The General Santos City engagement on the 4th of December was sponsored by the Sillimanians in SOCKSARGEN (South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos City) led by Mrs. Linda Bañas Alvarez, the chapter president.  The concert was held at the only air-conditioned sanctuary in the city, the Dadiangas Baptist Church. The audience stayed even after the performance to express how inspired they were to have witnessed a family joyfully singing together. In Davao City, the concert was sponsored by Delia Advincula, the president of Davao Central College (DCC). It was a Christmas serenade for DCC faculty and students. There was another concert at the UCCP in Davao City which was an instant addendum to the afternoon service.  Rev. Dr. Mariano C. Apilado expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Silliman for the beautiful gift of music.

The QFQ wins their audiences’ hearts with a message of faith shared through music. It’s always inspiring to see a family united through music.

 For the second tour of December 10 to 18, The Silliman University Concert Band, The Silliman Jazz and the Silliman Kahayag Dance troupe had their first performance at the park in front of the Zamboanga del Norte capitol building  on December 10 in Dipolog City. The concert gathered a good number of Sillimanians and since it was part of the month-long Christmas festival of the province, it drew a big crowd causing a bit of a traffic jam in the nearby main street.  Alumni president Mrs. Meriam Ibaoc, Rev. Danilo R. Macute and other officers were happy with the turn-out and she expressed gratitude for the support of the Governor Rolando Yebes.

 In the town of Calamba, Misamis Occidental, a motorcade in the main streets led by the high school band of Liberation Institute announced the arrival of the goodwill ambassadors from Silliman University on December 11. The welcome ended with a lunch fellowship at the Faith Missions and Ministries under the leadership of Tony and Lydia Jutba-Fabrega, the prime movers of the concert.  The evening concert was held at the municipal gymnasium which was packed with people as it was with free admission. The Hon. Mayor DrLuisito B. VillanuevaJr. was one with the audience in appreciating the music and the dance numbers. The students asked for autographs from the Sillimanians, who in turn, also gave them postcards with the list of  SU courses. The Sillimanians loved their audience here and the hospitality of the Faith Missions’ management and staff. During the dinner reception, the young Sillimanians got inspired when they learned that Mayor Villanueva is the only mayor in the country with a PhD in Engineering from Nagoya University in JapanThe mayor who is a civil engineering graduate from Silliman declared that the superb performance awakened in him the “sense of pride in being a Silliman alumnus.”

It was the 80th year anniversary of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) in Ozamiz City on December 13. The Silliman Band and the Campus Choristers who were also members of the band added to the festive atmosphere of the morning worship and celebration by playing marches and giving choral renditions. Later that day, the concert was held at the Medina College gymnasium, attended by students from different schools from around the city. They were dancing to the music.  Ozamiz UCCP administrative pastor  Rev. Ricardo Yul C. Yañez and his wife Pastor Lisa coordinated all concert arrangements, while the Young Adults Fellowship president Joan Missiona (also the Ozamiz City SU alumni president) made sure the hosting was complete with fiesta abundance. Young alumna Hon. Estela Obut, Mayor of Tudela, hosted a dinner on our first night in Ozamiz and another alumna April Ocampos – Aoanan with her parents Governor and Mrs. Loreto Leo Ocampos also hosted dinner after the concert.  It was inspiring that wherever we went, the alumni were present with welcoming hearts.

Next stop was the Christmas Capital of the Philippines, Tangub City on December 14. Indeed, lighted lanterns and running lights were all over.  At the city park, giant Christmas symbols were shaped out of running lights.  The welcome dinner had the performance of the Sinanduloy Choir and dance troupe, the pride of Tangub City.  The choir is directed by Silliman alumnus and Tangub alumni president Noriel Erap. As part of the Christmas festival, the Silliman concert was a highlight in the festival calendar.  Hon. City Mayor Jennifer W. Tan was there to take part in the welcome and in leading the audience in the expression of their appreciation. Many alumni who saw the concert in Ozamiz  followed us to Tangub, and we had more time for fellowshipping after the performance as the fun flood of lights in this Christmas city kept us awake even beyond midnight.

An indication that Mindanao is generally peaceful was seen in our next stop: Pagadian.  Most parents of the students on tour were apprehensive about including this city in the itinerary. Being part of the Muslim Autonomous Region, many notions were entertained as to its peace and order situation. But when we got there, we witnessed a city with much business establishments, and our students had a fun riding on the city’s uniquely-positioned pedicabs.  The  Silliman alumni led by their president, Dr. Aurito Ampong and vice president Dr. Andreli Farrales welcomed us in the function room of a hotel.  Serving as our home here was the school of basic education of the Pagadian UCCP.  We loved the matinee concert here for the students from selected high schools and grade schools were very generous with their applause. They couldn’t help but scream at the rock and roll numbers. The gala show was also memorable for it was mainly with alumni and friends,  many of whom stayed longer after the performance.  We asked the alumni of the College of Performing Arts who are based in Pagadian today to serenade us, the visitors from the campus-by-the-sea, and it was fun reconnecting with them, who also expressed how much they miss their Alma Mater.

 

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Iligan surprised the Silliman delegation, many of whom were first-timers in Mindanao. They couldn’t believe that an industrial city do exist in Mindanao.  They had thought of Mindanao as all mountains where NPA are always at war with Muslim rebels.  To see factories and widely paved roads changed their concept of Mindanao. The first performance here on December 16 was for the Department of Tourismat an open plaza hall. The evening concert at the park served as the promotional event for the two major concerts on December 17 which were held at the cultural center of the Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology.  The most applauded number was Kahayag’s interpretation of Don McLean’s Vincent and Silliman Band’s capturing of the theme of the movie Mission Impossible.

We are thankful to the 22 Sillimanians in the faculty of MSU-IIT and the former dean of the College of Engineering Art Ballesta, the alumni president, who successfully coordinated their hosting of the goodwill ambassadors. 

 

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We arrived in Cagayan de Oro, the final stop of our concert tour on Friday, the 18th of December. We were welcomed at the most modern and the biggest hospital in the city, the Polymedic Medical Plaza owned by our alumnus Dr. Ruben O. Go. Some students in the delegation expressed that it was their first time to be away from home and Cagayan de Oro was the biggest city that they had visited so far.  They were surprised to be in a hospital that felt like a hotel with escalators bringing them to the next floor where lunch was served at a function hall. After lunch, the Campus Choristers serenaded some of the doctors.  The greatness of Cagayan was further confirmed with the biggest number of Silliman alumni in attendance during the concert night.  Silliman Alumni President Angelina Bacal Guarin warned us earlier that day not to expect a big audience but even she was surprised at the turn-out. Rodelsa Hall, the best concert hall of the city, felt like our own Luce Auditorium.  The aura of elegance that evening gave a bit of tension to our young talents and it pushed them to give their best.  With every note totally heard, the Silliman Band and the Silliman Jazz Band awed their audience with the wonder of young talents giving life to the marches of John Sousa (with our four lovely band twirlers on stage giving their baton exhibition), a medley from the musical “Mamamia”,  the themes from well-loved movies Superman,Mission Impossible and another medley of themes from Disney films and more applause as the Jazz Band gave them danceable music.  Singing duets and solos with the Silliman Jazz Band were Silliman Idol winner Mico Lauron and the reigning Miss College of Performing Arts Katrina Saga. Kahayag’s Vincent again was well-applauded that evening.  The audience, after giving the goodwill ambassadors a standing ovation, were dancing when we got to the finale with music from the musical Fame.   We did not realize the flood of alumni in the audience until they were called to join us on stage for the singing of  the Silliman Song.  Over a hundred of them joined and some of them were in tears as they sang the song that brought them back home. “Tambal gyud sa kamingaw,” one alumna exclaimed. The goodwill tour was completed but the hospitality went on, with former Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees Atty. Noel Tan and his wife Elsie were all smile as he ushered us for breakfast the morning after the big night.

With all humility, the Dean of the College of Performing Arts Professor Joseph Basa expressed his thankfulness to God for making this goodwill tour possible. We can’t help but admire this humble man’s commitment to generously share Silliman’s gift of music.

 

IN MEMORIAM : Carmen Larot Rio (SUHS 1953, BBA 1958) on December 3;  Roger Alano (SUHS 1978) on December 12, Mary Ann Ricardo-Young Chiu (BSN 1980) on December 12; Professor Emeritus  Jose A. Ravello  (AA 1937, AB 1938) on December 15; Socorro Abo Salatandol (SUHS 1971) on December 14 and David Lacson (SUHS 1985, BBA 1990) on December 30. (If you know of a Sillimanian not in our memorial list, please inform us.)

Thank you for always being there for dear old Silliman. President Malayang has requested this office to regularly update you about happenings on campus. We are also interested in knowing what you and your alumni chapter are doing. Please keep in touch and update your file with our office if you have not done so. We would truly appreciate it. You may reach the President's Office through this email address: pres@su.edu.ph or our Alumni Affairs Office through this address: sillimanguidingstar@gmail.com .

Sincerely,

Jocelyn “ JONG ” Somoza de la Cruz

Director of Alumni and External Affairs


cc: Dr. Ben S. Malayang III




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SUAA-New York New Jersey Chapter held its Christmas Dinner-Dance on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, at the Sheraton Newark Airport Hotel. The souvenir journal published for this gathering may be accessed by following these links:

Pages 1-11
Pages 12-19
Pages 20-30
Pages 31-41
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November 2009



DEAR FELLOW SILLIMANIAN:
 
PRAY for JUSTICE, justice for Connie! Justice for the Maguindanao victims!

Silliman University alumna Concepcion “Connie” Jayme-Brizuela was only 56 when she was brutally killed in the November 23 Maguindanao massacre of a fellow lawyer, more than a dozen journalists, politicians, women and other innocent victims. The parents of our Medical Technology student Stephanie Lechonsito, Eduardo and Cecille Lechonsito were in a red Toyota Vios on their way for a medical check-up when they unwittingly came upon the convoy that had been stopped by armed men, and they, too, were mercilessly killed.

Classmates remember Connie who was only 4’8” tall but with an enduring campus presence in her own fashionista glory, complete with clogs shoes and looking lovely even in casual getup.

Silliman community is very proud of Connie who was a Creative Writing and Journalism graduate. She became an active human and women’s rights lawyer in Mindanao.  A founding member of the Union for People’s Lawyers in Mindanao (UPLM) and one of the conveners of Initiatives for Peace (INPEACE), she was a dynamic force in the movements to ensure peace and justice in Mindanao. It was in this capacity that Connie volunteered  to be lawyer to leaders who could make a difference in Mindanao in her quest of bringing good governance to the country through the coming 2010 elections. Genalyn, the wife of the Local Liberal Party candidate in the town of Buluan, vice mayor Ismael “Toto” Mangudadatu, and the rest of the brave team, with Connie as the volunteer lawyer, took that fateful trip to Sharif Aguak where Genalyn would be filing her husband’s certificate of candidacy for Governor.  Toto Magudadatu, believing that his political opponents would not harm women and representatives of the media, had sent his wife and sister for that purpose. But he was wrong. The “expected” terror did happen on that sunny Monday morning. Like Genalyn, Connie was shot in the face and chest several times.

Let Connie’s legacy of courage be our inspiration. We as Sillimanians, should continue the indignation and prayer rally that we first organized on Friday, November 27. We must put into action, within and beyond ourselves, the spirit of Connie’s message for change.

Local media men have echoed this call from Silliman University. In Aklan, the Sillimanians had a prayer service and Chapter President J’Roel del Rosario read the University statement over a radio program. The College of Mass Communication through the assistance of the University Church Rev. Noel Villaba, also a MassCom alumnus, will have a memorial service to remember Connie on her 57th birthday on December 8, the service will be held on December 9 during the Midweek Prayer Service.

The College of Engineering alumni are now preparing for a grand reunion in 2011, the 110th Founders Day of Silliman University.  Starting in August 2010, they will have a general alumni fellowship with graduates from CE, ME, EE and ComEng coming together.  Please e-mail John Orven Tia (orvenjohn@yahoo.com) and Jemar Patelona (jemar2X@yahoo.com.ph)  for you to be invited to the site they have made for this purpose.

Updates from the Dean of the College of Engineering Dr. Tessie Cabije include an announcement about the 17 new Civil Engineers who took the Board Exams on November 21, among them is 9th placer Leizley Jen Serafin Sieras. Also included in this announcement is Silliman University’s placing second over-all in the October 2009 Mechanical Engineering exams with 94% passing rate. Please take note that in the October letter, we made a mistake of placing the 94% rating under the year 2008 when we reported the October 2009 results. Please accept our apologies for the error.

ACTS Sillimanians or the Association of Central Texas Sillimanians recently had their election of officers.  Elected president was Dr. Celan Alo, an epidemiologist.  He belongs to the Silliman University Pre-Med Class of 1970. We would like to thank the successful entrepreneur Sam Tomale who is now based in New Jersey for his November 11 e-mail covering the elections held last October 31st. Update from ALOHA Chapter: The newly elected president of the Sillimanians in Hawaii is Miriam Luz Somera de la Peña is now teaching at Kipapa Elementary School of the State of Hawaii Department of Education. She succeeded College of Performing Arts alumna Meta Joji Jumawan-Tonko who had her homecoming last November 20.

The Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Betsy Joy Tan and University Pastor Rev. Noel Villalba represented Silliman University in the 2009 Management Conference of the Association of Christian Universities and Colleges in Asia (ACUCA) held October 28 to 30 at Chang Jung Christian University in Taiwan. The theme of the gathering was “Service-Learning and International Cooperation.”

The School of Basic Education High School Department was in great jubilation as the team of senior students Jay Y. Anderson and Julius Anthony B. Ragay clinched the Ana Alano Championship Cup in the Philippine Schools Debate held last November 7 in Ateneo de Manila. Silliman shone over  debaters from La Salle and Ateneo.

On November 5  at the Science Fair  of the Dumaguete City Division of the Department of Education, grade six student Patrich L. Lozano won first place in Science Investigation Project (SIP). Teachers Jane Bokingkito, Romel Bohol and Preciosa Esturas also won first place in their respective grade levels in their production of Strategic Integration Materials (SIM), a contest for Science teachers. In the High School division, Jeff Nicolo Palad, Jasmin Mae Rabosa and Richard Gui-noo won first place in the Life Science category with their paper on “Seaweed Organic Fertilizer and its Effect on the Development of Corn Plant.” Genin Amiscaray also won first place in the Science Quiz, and Mejorah Roz Pangilinan was first place in the Oratorical Contest.

Silliman University was introduced to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her Philippine state visit through a simultaneous telecast of an ABS-CBN forum dubbed “ABS-CBN/ANC Manila Forum  with Hillary Clinton” on November 13 held in three historical campuses: the University of Santo Tomas, the Ateneo de Zamboanga and from our very own Silliman Hall grounds. The nationwide broadcast became an opportunity for students to offer Secretary Clinton a “i-heart” Silliman University pin and for Silliman Business Economics student Anna Espino to ask this question: “…will the effort of your government to reverse the recession affect your adherence to free trade principles?” Secretary Clinton responded that America and other countries are seeing a slow move back to economic stability.  The Philippines, she added, is to be commended for posting positive gains for 34 or 35 straight quarters until the recession.  She said that the USA is committed to free trade which benefits both the workers and the top of society, and that the environment needs to be taken into consideration in trade agreements.  America will promote trade and economic activity that will have a positive impact on workers and the environment.


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It was a moment of nostalgia for those who attended the groundbreaking of the Creative Writers Village at Camp Lookout in Valencia on November 15. Led by the founder of the SU National Writers Workshop, National Artist for Literature Edith Lopez Tiempo, the rites and liturgy were indeed meaningful. The construction of the Village as part of the Creative Writing Center of Silliman University will start soon with the  P5-million donation from alumnus Atty. Enrique Sobrepeña in honor of his wife, Mrs. Rose Lamb-Sobrepeña, also an alumna and the late Dr. Edilberto K. Tiempo and his wife, Edith. This is the start of the many events that will culminate in the celebration of the 50th year of the National Writers Workshop in 2011.

The Silliman University College of Agriculture is the new National University of Agriculture for Region 7 was chosen by the Commission on Higher Education.  With this status, the College has been receiving grants from the Philippine Government to upgrade the technical and library facilities.

Among the flyers to be distributed during the The Silliman Concert Band and SU Kahayag Dance Troupe Mindanao Goodwill Tour on December 10 to 20 include the announcement that SU College of Nursing ranks No. 1 in the Commission on Higher education’s list of Top Performing Nursing Schools for 2009.  With 1,000 or more Board Exams takers for the last five years, Silliman got an average of 96.7%. Completing the Top 5 glory are: 2) Saint Louis University, 95.42; 3) Trinity University of Asia with 95.06; 4) University of Sto. Tomas, 95.06; 5) Cebu Doctors’ University, 91.89

IN MEMORIAM : Mr. Raphael Ongcog (husband of the late Natividad Ongcog and father of Sillimanians) on November 11; Judge Constancio Jaugan (LLB1956) on November 15, Elder Emeritus of UCCP Zamboanga City Umnui S. Funda (AB 1952) on November 17; former Miss Education Bethsaida “Betsy” Teves Ybañez (BSE-HE 76) on November 11; Edmund “Eddie” Liboon (SUHS 1953 and BBA 1953) and Jeremias Paul of Cebu City (AA Pre-Law 1948) . (If you know of a Sillimanian not in our memorial list, please inform us.)

Thank you for always being there for dear old Silliman. President Malayang has requested this office to regularly update you about happenings on campus. We are also interested in knowing what you and your alumni chapter are doing. Please keep in touch and update your file with our office if you have not done so. We would truly appreciate it. You may reach the President's Office through this email address: pres@su.edu.ph or our Alumni Affairs Office through this address: sillimanspool@gmail.com, alumni@su.edu.ph or sillimanualumni@yahoo.com.


Sincerely, Jocelyn “ JONG ” Somoza de la Cruz
Director of Alumni and External Affairs


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October 2009

DEAR FELLOW SILLIMANIAN:


 “ Chess problems demand from the composer the same virtues that characterize all worthwile art: originality, invention, conciseness, harmony, complexity, and splendid insincerity. ” - Vladimir Nabokov, Poems and Problems, 1969 .

The saving grace for Silliman University during the national University Games that was held on October 28 at Central Philippine University in Iloilo was the Women’s Chess Team with its harvest of bronze over- all. The gold and silver went to FEU and La Salle respectively. Behind the Silliman Team is this brilliant coach Jason Bandal (in picture), many times a national champion. Bandal was 4-time University Games medalist and champion in the national PRISAA individual chess.

Other wins for SU came from Swimming, Table Tennis, Badminton, Lawn Tennis, and Basketball women. What came as a shock to the people of Iloilo was the poor performance in soccer. This city is witness to many national glories of the Silliman soccer team, and having scored poorly in all the games here was frustrating for those expecting much from the Silliman team. In an interview with the soccer coach, he expressed that having a hard time gathering good players for the team as many of the good ones are now playing for other universities who have offered them full scholarships programs. The preparation to the games was also greatly affected by the lack of quality time to practice for players did not have a uniform schedule of classes. In the past, varsity players were given the privilege of advance enrollment to have a uniform free time.

As the delegation went homeward bound, the word of Mother Teresa as shared led everyone to an easy acceptance: “ Do not allow yourselves to be disheartened by any failure as you have done your best. ” With the possibility of Silliman hosting the 2010 University Games, the athletes promised to be prepared to define a rewarding hometown glory.

The Silliman University College of Engineering and Design maintains its status as CHED ’ s Center of Development in Mechanical Engineering with the impressive results in the October 2008 Board Exams. With a 94% passing rate, Silliman ranks second among the top performing schools.

The College of Engineering alumni are now preparing for a grand reunion in 2011, the 110th Founders Day of Silliman University.  Starting in August 2010, they will have a general alumni fellowship with graduates from CE, ME, EE and ComEng coming together.  Please e-mail John Orven Tia
(orvenjohn@yahoo.com) and Jemar Patelona (jemar2X@yahoo.com.ph)  for your to be invited to site they have made for this purpose.

The Aloha Chapter , the Silliman Alumni Association of Hawaii had election of officers on October 25. Elected president was Miriam Luz Somera de la Peña of SUHS Class of 1961 and currently an HR Manager of an entertainment company in Hawaii. She succeeds Meda Magdamo Palencia as Chapter President. She was on campus last Founders Day and took part in the ceremonies of naming SC 110 as Gerardo Imperial Science Lecture Room.

Chicago Sillimanians had an International Ball on October 30. Among the highlights of the event was a special citation given to Dr. Eusebio Kho as an Outstanding Alumnus of Silliman University, being a TOFA (Ten Outstanding Filipinos Abroad) awardee last year. The 1980 Outstanding Sillimanian in the field of Medicine continues to be recognized for his achievements. Last month, he was chosen one of the 20 Distinguished Alumni of the University of the Philippines.

Accountancy student Galileo Gene Robin won first place in the provincial level of the Philippine Statistics Quiz on October 18. He will be representing Negros Oriental in the regional round in Cebu City.

The School of Basic Education High School Department is proud of their reigning Miss Silliman Glenna Christina Duch who won first place in feature writing in the Dumaguete City Division Press Conference on October 20. In the same city-wide journalism contest, Alexis Faye Pal of the Elementary Department also won first place in Editorial Writing.

IN MEMORIAM : Bernardo Nery (BSCE 1962) on October 29, Evita Gadiane Saavedra. (SUHS 1968) also in October. (If you know of a Sillimanian not in our memorial list, please inform us.)

Thank you for always being there for dear old Silliman. President Malayang has requested this office to regularly update you about happenings on campus. We are also interested in knowing what you and your alumni chapter are doing. Please keep in touch and update your file with our office if you have not done so. We would truly appreciate it. You may reach the President's Office through this email address:
pres@su.edu.ph or our Alumni Affairs Office through this address: sillimanspool@gmail.com, alumni@su.edu.ph or sillimanualumni@yahoo.com.


Sincerely, Jocelyn “ JONG ” Somoza de la Cruz
Director of Alumni and External Affairs


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“The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.”
  Vincent van Gogh



September 2009


Dear Fellow Sillimanians:

    “While Jesus was in the temple treasury, there were many rich people who gave way too much more than two copper coins.
    But Jesus said, ‘These people gave out of their wealth.’
    In the other translations we read, ‘They gave what they did not need
        or ‘…what was in excess.’
    You see, giving is always meaningful and powerful when it is sacrificial.
    And what is sacrificial giving? It is a giving that hurts. It is a giving that is costly. It is a giving that comes so deep from the heart.  Giving is sacrificial not when we give out of our wealth.
    Giving is not sacrificial when we give out of convenience.  Giving is sacrificial when we give out of our poverty and during our most difficult situations.
    King David captured this principle so well when he said, ‘I will never offer anything to the Lord that costs me nothing.’ We always hear the statement, ‘Times are hard, don’t expect people to be generous.’  But I have seen the opposite. I have seen otherwise.  God’s people will always say, ‘Times are hard, but God is always good.’ ”
    This was part of the sermon of Rev. Bernadette Amistoso Morales to close the Christian Education and Nurture (CEN) Month in September through the celebration of The Parable of the Least Coin on September 27. The sermon inspired President Ben S. Malayang III to lead the Silliman comunity in responding to the call for help as the number of typhoon victims grew in Metro Manila and in Northern Luzon.

    The University gave an initial amount of P100,000 from its resources to the charity programs “Sagip Kapamilya” and “Kapuso Foundation” of the country’s leading television networks, ABS-CBN and GMA. Their track record of getting donations to their intended recipients is admirable.The commitment was made possible with responses from the faculty and staff and from the decision to reduce the planned expenses for the Christmas party this year. Colleges and schools, service units, alumni and friends shared amounts from their respective operational budgets. Financial donations from individuals, local communities here and abroad were also received. Donated goods, mostly  clothing and food items were packed at the drop-off points in Alumni Affairs Office, Office of Student Affairs and Silliman University Church. The goods were shipped to Manila through Operation Blessing of the 700 Club and through the free service extended by Philippine Airlines. Silliman through our alumni also monitored the situations in the other affected areas in Zamboanga and Cotabato were rivers have overflowed.

    Other highlights during the CEN month included the United Church Men’s MIC (Men in Christ) which covered whole day of events concerning men’s health, sex life, career and other dimensions.  Children’s Week had grade school children as speakers in dormitory devotions.  Youth Week had a chancel flower arrangement contest among dormitory residents, which had surprising results as the entries from Ipil Cottage and the New Men’s Dormitory came out the winners, -- the men overshadowed the ladies in the making of center pieces using local exotic blooms and foliage. Also held was a Search for Silliman University Goodwill Ambassadors (SUGA) which was a celebration of God-given talents. Tap dance artist Iresse Patricia O. Bulos was chosen as SUGA after her impressive performance in the final challenge, which required the Top 3 young artists to deliver a sermonette on the theme, “Thy Will Be Done.” (the complete story:  http://takenfromdwater.blogspot.com/2009/10/suga-making-difference.html )

    The Good Governance Videocon, a forum with the former Congressman Neric Acosta of Bukidnon, was held on September 23 at the Knowledge Development Center of the World Bank Group, in Robert B. and Metta J. Silliman Library.  Congressman Acosta was hosted by KDC Ortigas in Metro Manila. The interaction was participated in by the faculty and students of the SU Political Science department. Congressman Acosta discussed some models of good governance and cited his own experiences and the programs that made a difference in other local government units. 

    Two university towns recently had their alumni chapter events. On September 27, at the residence of  Drs. Alex and Myra Nacita, the Silliman alumni in Bukidnon had their Post-Founders Day Fellowship. Atty. Dorothy Sandalo Cajayon, national president of SAAI, and myself were the guests of honor. Among the highlights of the fellowship was the election and induction of officers led by re-elected president Dr. Annabelle Nochefranca Yebron. President Malayang could not make it to the affair because the roro transport system cancelled their services that day due to stormy weather.

    In Iligan City, the Iligan and Lanao alumni had their organizational meeting and dinner fellowship at the Iligan Gazpacho’s Restaurant. Out-going president Dr. Franco Teves  presided over the meeting. Elected president was Dean Art D. Ballesta who, together with other officers,  were inducted into office by no less than the mayor of Iligan City, Hon. Lawrence L. Cruz.

    Southern California alumni also had a turn-over of leadership from out-going president Dr. Rachel Silliman to President-elect Lady Hope T. Poculan-Robillos.  The new set of officers was inducted into office during a dinner-dance held last September 19.


IN MEMORIAM: Dr. Patrocinio P. Limpiado (BSE 1951, MA.Ed 1977, Ed.D 1990) on September 1, Rosita Malahay Gegoncillo (SUHS 1940) on September 2, Luis Trasmonte (SUHS 59) on September  14  and Crisanto “Chris” C. Sapaula (former student and DYSR talent) on September 18. (If you know of a Sillimanian not in our memorial list, please inform us.)


Thank you for always being there for dear old Silliman. President Malayang has requested this office to regularly update you about happenings on campus. We are also interested in knowing what you and your alumni chapter are doing. Please keep in touch and update your file with our office if you have not done so. We would truly appreciate it. You may reach the President's Office through this email address: pres@su.edu.ph or our Alumni Affairs Office through this address: sillimanspool@gmail.com, alumni@su.edu.ph or  sillimanualumni@yahoo.com.

Sincerely,

Jocelyn “JONG” Somoza de la Cruz
Director of Alumni and External Affairs
 
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August 2009


DEAR FELLOW SILLIMANIAN:

“Faith is not simply a patience that passively suffers until the storm is past. Rather, it is a spirit that bears things - with resignations, yes, but above all, with blazing, serene hope.”Corazon Aquino

August started with great inspiration in celebration of the life of Her Excellency Former President Corazon Cojuangco Aquino. Facebook uploads by many Sillimanians include yellow ribbons and pictures of the Philippine heroine of democracy. The Philippine flags on campus stayed at half-mast for ten days. Administration, faculty, staff and students wore yellow ribbons. Acacia trees along Hibbard Avenue had yellow banners. A memorial service was held at Silliman Church.

Her life reminded and inspired us all of the value of humility.  The 108th Founders Day theme had to be modified to echo Cory’s values and the message of President Ben S. Malayang the III (http://su.edu.ph/pres_speaks/bsm_ourmicahncalltoday.htm) became the basis of the final chosen theme: “LIVING JUSTICE, MERCY and HUMILITY with GOD” (Micah 6:8).

Attached to the month-long Founders Day was the celebration of our national language, Buwan ng Wika and the two-day Annual Book Fair at the Robert B. and Metta J. Silliman Library. 

The 46th Annual Convention of the Pyschological Association of the Philippines (PAP) was hosted by Silliman University on August 13 to 15. Sillimanians’ favorite Dr. Betty C. McCann of the United Board of Christian Higher Education in Asia (UBCHEA) and an Outstanding Psychologist of the Philippines awardee gave the keynote speech.


Alumni chapters also celebrated their Alma Mater’s 108th birthday in the following ways:

Sillimanians in Cebu City sponsored a feeding of street children and a Basketball Friendship Game with Bradford Church. And University President Dr. Ben S. Malayang III was their guest preacher on August 16 for Silliman Sunday;


Singapore alumni had a picnic on August 15 at Pasir Ris Park with young alumni excited that the first Miss High School to win the Miss Silliman crown was with them, they made sure they had photos taken with Atty. Carlisle “Jingle” Dans – Cortes.

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And on the same day, the Bukidnon alumni also gathered for a Founders Day fellowship at Central Mindanao University.

Former Silliman Church CYF President and now administrative pastor at UCCP Pasay City Rev. Bobby Alguso gave the sermon on Silliman Sunday, August 26 at Ellinwood Church Malate.

Metro Manila Sillimanians led by their president, Mr. Rod Pepito  had an evening of Filipino love songs during their annual fellowship dinner at the Ayala Ballroom of the Makati Sports Club on August 15. In Dumaguete, a job fair for overseas employment was Manila Sillimanians’ gift to Silliman. The successful job fair was held on August 21-22. Mrs. Gloria P. Belarmino came home early to facilitate the job placement program.

The celebration on Silliman campus officially started with a worship service on August 16 at Silliman Church. The preacher, Rev. Bernadette Amistoso Morales, spoke on the Founders Day theme.

The Rev. Dennis Duhaylungsod welcomed Sillimanians on August 30 at the Fil-Am United Church of Christ at Fremont, CA. Lay preacher Je Ygnalaga gave the sermon “The Way, The Truth, The Life.” Other leaders of the church service were Rev. Frank Beltran and the choir composed of members of the Silliman University Alumni Association of Northern California (SUAANC).  P.S. It seems so easy to organize a choir with Sillimanians, like the Tipon Choral organized for the Orlando gathering last July by Ruby Ordinario Agnir gathered those who attended from the different states and came up with a remarkable performance.

The 108th Founders Day was distinguished from previous affairs as a celebration loaded with lectures, mostly courtesy of Class of 1964’s Balik-Talent series, as a special way of celebrating their Sapphire Reunion.

The lectures included: Dr. Evangelyn C. Alocilja of Michigan State University on “Nanoparticie-based Biosensors,” former BOT Chairperson Prof. Leonor Briones on “Economy: A Case Study of Negros Oriental,” Dr. Elsa Austria-Bulado on Faculty Evaluation, Dr. Marlinda R. Sardovia-Iyer of Ohio State University on “Trends in Newborn Screening for Inherited Disorders,” Dr. Viad Mariano on “Digital Image Processing;” Dr. Perla Maturan Tayko on “Thinking and Tinkering with Organizational Development in Large Systems Change;” OSA 2009 Eduardo on “Entrepreneurship: The Davao Experience,” OSA 2009 Dr. Kenneth E. Bauzon on “Career Options for Political Science Majors;” OSA 2009 Francisco D. Somera Jr. at the Church Workers Convocation; Dr. Rachel Gadiane Silliman on “Pilipino and The Quest for National Lingua Franca;” Engrs. Jovie S. Aclaro and Yolanda Tan Aclaro on “Engineering Education and Competing in the Global Market;” Sapphire Reunion prime mover Dr. Leslie E. Bauzon on “The Study of Philippine History and Building the Filipino Nation towards Sustainable Unity, Stability and Progress based on Cultural Pluralism;” Dr. Gideon Z. Alegado on “A Quest for Excellence in Higher Education: The Other Ingredients;” Jenny Lind Elmaco on “Global Governance: Panacea or Penumbra to Democracy,” Dr. Ruth Cang Chang on the “Role of Parenting in a Child’s Development;” Dr. Christian Emanuel Mancao on “Chronic Muscle Pain;” Little Village’s Sheilah Lynn L. Domalaon on “Streams: The Compassionate Life.”

Lectures from SUCN ’59 and ’69 were given by Dr. Luz Sobong-Porter who gave the keynote address; Dr. Nancy Bohanon  on “Cardiovascular Research and Diabetes;” Dr. Enrique Ostrea “Neonatology;” and Aspen-Meti Corporation Atty. Martin Laburada on “Trends on High-Fidelity Simulation in the Philippines.”

This Founders Day’s Eminent Person Lecture had Mr. Bert Hofman, the Country Director of The World Bank Group on August 26 at the Luce Auditorium. Last year, we had His Excellency Former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos. 


The 2009 Outstanding Sillimanian awardees (pictured below, l to r) are: EDUARDO A. BANGAYAN in the field of Entrepreneurship, KENNETH E. BAUZON in the field of Political Science, MACARTHUR F. CORSINO in the field of Foreign Service, and FRANCISCO D. SOMERA JR. in the field of Military Chaplaincy.
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The culture of gratitude prevailed this Founders Day by honoring some of the faithful servants and former mentors who helped establish Silliman’s mark of excellence. Home Economics Professor Emeritus Evangelina Nobleza Bokingo was honored by naming the little center of hospitality at the main building of the Nutrition and Dietetics complex, Prof. Eve Bokingo Lounge. There was groundbreaking of the future Rev. Dr. Edmundo Pantejo Memorial Chapel at the Silliman University Medical Center Foundation grounds, led by his wife, Mrs. Ophelia Recla Pantejo. The circular road in front of the SUMC was named The Palmore Circle in honor of James and Mimi Palmore; the Law Library cyber corner as the College of Law Decenteceo E-Library in honor of former librarian Felicisimo S. Decenteceo; the road from Langheim Road to the amphitheater passing the new Nursing Education Building was named the Roman T. Yap Lane in honor of the Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees; also in honor of Col. Roman T. Yap is the ROTC Office now called the Col. Roman T. Yap ROTC Center; SC 110 was named the Rabor Science Lecture Room in honor of the Bird Man of the Philippines Dr. Dioscoro S. Rabor; SC 111 was named Imperial Science Lecture Room in honor of the First Filipino Chairman of the Chemistry Department Prof. Gerardo A. Imperial; the Biology Museum as the Rodolfo Gonzales Museum of Natural History in honor of Professor Emeritus Rodolfo Gonzales; the former soccer field beside the gymnasium as The Ravello Physical Education Field in honor of Professors Emeritus Jose and Sofia Ravello; the Archery Range as the Dionisio Flores Archery Field in honor of Outstanding Sillimanian in the field of Sports Development  and former Archery International Coach Dionisio R. Flores; and the Marine Laboratory facilities as the Dr. Angel C. Alcala Environment and Marine Science Laboratories in honor of world renowned scientist in Coastal Resources Management  Professor Emeritus Angel C. Alcala.

The third batch of Silliman mentors who were honored as Heritage Builders include the founders of the Mission Hospital Henry W. and Eleonor A. Langheim, the first S.U. Filipino Science teacher Guillermo T. Magdamo, Music Education pillar Mercedes V. Magdamo, first S.U. Filipino Bible teacher Lorenzo B. Bernardez, Basic Education pillar Genoveva E. Bernardez, first S.U. Filipino Spanish teacher Mariano Muñoz, College of Education pillar Dr. Herman C. Gregorio, Law Library pioneer Felicisimo S. Decenteceo, the former President’s Social Secretary and Alumni Affairs Director Ludy S. Perez, Chemistry Laboratory pioneer Victorio Alaban, University Library pillar Gorgonio D. Siega and Leoncio Duran of  Buildings and Grounds.  Their names were added on The Heritage Builders Wall at the Silliman Hall grounds on August 25.

Installed into the Order of Horace B. Silliman in ceremonies held at Silliman Hall grounds on August 25 were Dr. Romeo B. Ariniego who gave much towards the completion of the  Udarbe Memory Chapel, the late Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees Roman T. Yap represented by Mrs. Mary Consolacion Yap, the generous former Chairman of the Board of Trustees Fred S. Dael and his corporate associates represented by Rachel Gadiane Silliman, Outstanding SUCN alumna and donor of the Nursing Education  Building Olivia Villaflores Yanson, long time patron of the Robert B. and Metta J. Silliman Library and College of Nursing William Barry Thompson, and the donor of the Allied Health Sciences facilities and of the research arm of Dr. Angel C. Alcala, the Angelo King Foundation, Inc. represented by the President Teddy Kingsu. Present to do honors of the floral offering for Dr. Horace B. Silliman were Nathalie Yap and Allen King.

Someone asked, “Why does your Founders Day feel festive with the people in high spirits?” We explained that the people who come are our alumni, most of whom join the re-unioning classes.  Represented this Founders Day were the following:  SUHS 1939, SUHS 1947, SUHS 1948, SUHS 1949, SUHS 1951, SUHS 1952, SUHS 1954 (donated a Verano painting to celebrate their Emerald year), SUHS 1955, SUHS 1956, SUHS 1957, SUHS 1959 (they launched the Rabor Bird Walk to celebrate their golden year), Law 1959, BSN 1959, SUHS 1962, a general gathering for Class of 1964 represented by students who graduated that year from grade school to high school, college to graduate school in celebration of their Sapphire year, SUHS 1965, SUHS 1966, SUHS 1969, Pre-Med 1969, BSN 1969, BSN 1989, Accounting 1970, SUHS 1974, SUHS 79 (mounted a photo exhibit to celebrate their Ruby decade), SUHS 1984 (celebrated their Silver year), SUHS 1989, SUHS 1990, SUHS 1994, SUHS 1999, Accountancy 1999, Elementary 1999, SUHS 2004 , the alumni groups from Aklan, Bacolod, Bukidnon, Cabadbaran, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu Alumni, Davao (with their winning colorful performance in Parada Sillimaniana), Dumaguete, SoCKSarGen ( South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos), Metro Manila, Misamis Occidental, Palawan, Western Samar, Tacloban, Tanjay, ZAMBASULTA (Zamboanga, Basilan, Sulo and Tawitawi), Antique, Melbourne, Acacia (Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and Western Pennsivania), Singapore, NCR(Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia), Honolulu-Hawaii, Central Texas and from the following organizations Demolay, Rhoans, Pan Hellenic, Beta Sigma and Rizal Youth Club.

15-year-old Glenna Duch, a high school student whose mother is a Filipina and the father from Denmark, was crowned Miss Silliman 2009. Joining her were the runners-up: Miss Silliman COED Joahnna Saad of the College of Engineering and Miss Silliman Headline Girl Djerica Mate of the College of Mass Communication.

The College of Computer Studies won the University Cheerdance Competition.  Junior Philippine Physics Society got Booth of the Year at the Hibalag Festival.

The centerpiece of the celebration was the Sunrise Service which had the 2009 Outstanding Sillimanian Rev. Dr. Francisco D. Somera Jr. as preacher. The Rev. Dr. Federico Agnir was the speaker on Silliman Sunday, the 23rd of August.
TIPON in Dumaguete was a huge gathering that lasted until the wee hours of the morning.

IN MEMORIAM: Theonilo Pala (BSME 1977) on August 8; Leila Berenguel Alano on August 21. (If you know of a Sillimanian not in our memorial list, please inform us.)

Thank you for always being there for dear old Silliman.  President Malayang has requested this office to regularly update you about happenings on campus.  We are also interested in knowing what you and your alumni chapter are doing. Please keep in touch and update your file with our office if you have not done so. We would truly appreciate it.  You may reach the President's Office through this email address: pres@su.edu.ph or our Alumni Affairs Office through this address: sillimanspool@gmail.com,  alumni@su.edu.ph or  sillimanualumni@yahoo.com.
 Sincerely,
 
Jocelyn “JONG” Somoza de la Cruz
Director of Alumni and External Affairs
 
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July 2009
Dear Fellow Sillimanian:

…portraits hung in empty halls
frameless heads on nameless walls
with eyes that watch the world and can't forget…


The lyrics of the song “Vincent” by Dr. Don McLean, the 2002 inductee to the Grammy Hall of Fame, somehow describe the photographs on the pages of the picture albums left by the American missionaries, like this beautiful portrait of an unnamed young girl in panuelo and used in Portal 1999 on a spread celebrating the Centennial  of Philippine Independence (1898-1998).

Who could she be? The daughter of Walter and Rebecca McIntire? Was she the young  daughter of the Winternheimers who lived at what today is Ilang-ilang Cottage? She could be Kathryn Elizabeth or Anna Margaret,one of the two  daughters of Charles and Henrietta Glunz? We are hoping an alumna can help us identify this precious memento.

Hundreds of pictures are in the Sillimaniana, the archives section of the Robert B. and Metta J. Library, with no captions. We urge returning alumni to visit this room and help identify the people and events recorded in the collection of decades-old pictures.

The 4th of July celebration was celebrated in Silliman University at the American Studies and Resource Center, a section of the Robert B. and Metta J. Silliman Library. Historian Dr. Joseph Raymond, a just-returned Fulbright scholar, gave a lecture on the American Presbyterian Missions in the Philippines. Included in the celebration was an extemporaneous speaking contest among students from overseas with quotations from President Barack Obama  and First Lady Michelle Obama as topics.

The University Christian Life Emphasis Week was celebrated on July 12 to 18 on the theme “Wellness is Wholeness” based on 1 Thessalonians 5: 1-11; 5:16-24. Emphasized in the Galilean Fellowship that was hosted in the homes of faculty, staff and Church members was the idea that “a journey towards wholeness lays the foundations for a better world for all.”

TIPON SILLIMAN 2009 in Orlando, Florida
Congratulations to SUACONA and especially to members of the Silliman Alumni South Florida Chapter for hosting the successful TIPON 2009. More than 4oo participants registered. With the theme “Leaving Our Imprint For Tomorrow:  Raising the Bar of Excellence”, the 5th TIPON in Orlando, Florida took place on July 8-12. It was double work for the hosts because majority of them do not reside there but in other parts of Florida. Truly, the Silliman Alumni South Florida members headed by their President, Gedie Zamora-Wilson deserve  commendation for a job well done!

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This was the first TIPON attended by many delegates from the Philippines.  Financed by themselves or sponsored by alumni and friends, this was a good opportunity to bond with family and friends.Members of the Board of Trustees present included Vice Chair Judge Candelario V. Gonzalez, Ambassador Antonio P. Villamor, Atty. Reinaldo M. Nolido and Atty. Grace A. Sumalpong. From the campus: Dr  and Mrs. Ben S. Malayang III, myself, Dr. Nick R. Elman who also attended as Guest of Honor of the Rhoans Fraternity and Sorority International Reunion, Ms. Joy V. Salatandre of the Office of the President, who came with family and friends, Prof. Isabel Dimaya Vista and the S.U. Cultural Officer Dr. Susan Elizabeth Vista-Suarez, and also Ms Dolly Felicitas of the Manila SU Liaison Office,who was sponsored by some US alumni.From the Alumni Association (SAAI): National President Atty. Dorothy S. Cajayon and Yolanda V. Maxino, Executive Secretary. Aside from the Rhoans, there were many reunioning groups, such as the MedTech Society alumni and other organizations mostly from among the alumni of the College of Nursing. At the lobby of the hotel was a display of the Tree of Life where one could simulate the Interactive Screen at the lobby of the Silliman University Portal West Building. Tokens of appreciation were also distributed to the Tree of Life donors. For the first time, a continuing Education Program was offered by the nursing alumni consisting of lectures to update interested alumni on recent trends in their discipline. This was initiated in the hope that in future TIPONs other colleges will also offer similar activities. In the evening, the welcome dinner dance was “full house.” Performers from different chapters showcased the various dances of the decades, including for the first time  the Philippine delegation who performed a folk dance (Jota Manileña) to represent the 1900s era. July 10 was devoted to the General Assembly. Updates were made by SUACONA, SAAI and the  Alumni Affairs Office. President Malayang also gave a University report on the developments and plans  for Silliman, followed by an open forum.
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A Harana for outgoing Chairperson Prof. Leonor Briones featured artist Michael Dadap (classical guitarist). In the morning of  July 11, a memorial service for departed alumni (who have passed away in the last two years) was held. This  service,done as well in previous Tipons,is a moving especially for those whose family members were named. The rest of the day was for delegates to enjoy  what Orlando has to offer. The Gala Night had the outgoing Chair of  SUACONA, Mr. Joel Pal, gave his valedictory address. Dr. Malayang also inducted the new set of  officers headed by the new Chair, Ms Zeny Duran Bennett. A very solemn  portion was devoted to the conferral of the Order of Horace B. Silliman to  the following: SUACONA;  Dr. and Mrs. Victor Rich and  to Dr. and Mrs. Enrico Sobong. The next TIPON  which will be in 2011 will be held in Fairbanks, Alaska.

While in the US, Dr. Malayang touched base with alumni in Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York/New Jersey  and  Northern California. This was a good opportunity for those who were not able to attend TIPON to hear updates on our university.

The Philippine Tipon delegation also witnessed  the installation of Rev. Reuben D. Cediño as Pastor of the Fil-am United Church of Christ in Richmond Hill, New York.  Pastor Bong, a former administrative pastor of Silliman Church, served as the officiating Pastor during the TIPON.  We wish him the best in his new “mission.”
Back in Silliman, the Cultural Affairs Committee sponsored internationally acclaimed pianist Jovianney Emmanuel Cruz in a concert at the Luce on July 10. Mr. Cruz also conducted a Master’s class for the piano students at the College of Performing Arts.

108th Founders Day of Silliman University
The 108th Founders Day of Silliman University’s theme is a line inspired by Micah 6:8, “Living Justice, Mercy, and Humility with GOD.” It is a call to all Sillimanians to live lives that exude the virtues of justice, mercy and humility.  Please check this site for the Calendar of Activities: http://su.edu.ph/108th FoundersDaySked.pdf

See you here in Dumaguete in August. We are hoping you will start planning  ahead to come home in 2011 for two important reasons:  it will the 110th Founders Day, and Silliman University Church will turn 100 years old.


IN MEMORIAM: Maria Doris Tan Arada (BS Accountancy ‘83) on July 20,  Albino C. Divinagracia  (BS Chemistry ‘65 ) on July 21, Marie Anggie Taleon-Noob (BSE-HE ‘76) on July 22, Dr. Romeo Zarco (AA PreMed ‘38)) on July 25 and Dr. Beatriz C. Medina (AA PreMed ‘47) on July 25. (If you know of a Sillimanian not in our memorial list, please inform us.)

Thank you for always being there for dear old Silliman. President Malayang has requested this office to regularly update you about happenings on campus.  We are also interested in knowing what you and your alumni chapter are doing. Please keep in touch and update your file with our office if you have not done so. We would truly appreciate it. You may reach the President's Office through this email address: pres@su.edu.ph or our Alumni Affairs Office through this address: sillimanspool@gmail.comalumni@su.edu.ph or sillimanualumni@yahoo.com.

Sincerely,
Jocelyn “JONG” Somoza de la Cruz 
Director of Alumni and External Affairs 

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June 14, 2009


Dear Joel,

RE:  Support for HR 2536

I hope this e-mail finds you, Jen, and the rest of the family well and in good health. You probably are quite busy with the upcoming TIPON 2009 to be held in Florida next month.

I am writing you to seek your support for a legislative measure filed in the US Congress, HR 2536, that seeks to provide relief to the nursing shortage there and also provide employment opportunities for our nurses in the US. The title of the bill is the "Emergency Nurse Supply Relief Act" (ENSRA). We believe that this proposasl should be supported as its passage would greatly help many of our compatriot nurses here who are all waiting for a relief from the visa retrogression there in the US. A lot of nurses are presently unemployed and "opening the lid", so to speak, should help the unemployment pressures here. In the Silliman Medical Center alone, there are 200+ pending applications with no available positions that we can currently offer. I am sure this number will grow as more nurses take and pass the Philippine Board examinations.

Our friends from The Guardian Group are vigorously working at that end to help the measure pass. They were the ones who sponsored our trip in 2007 to visit some hospitals in Tennessee and Kentucky. They are suggesting that maybe the Sillman Alumni can communicate with the offices of their respective representatives.

Attached is a draft letter that can be used to forward to alumni, friends and colleagues living and working in the U.S.  They in turn could tailor the letter to suit their specific situation (nurse, nursing school advocate, etc) and then send it on to their Congressman/woman.

I am attaching as well a copy of the salient features of HR 2536 and some talking points why it is necessary that this bill should be passed into law. In case, you want a copy of the full text of the proposed legislative measure, I can send you a PDF file.

I have also e-mailed Ms. Alma Vierich, a moderator of the Silliman University College of Nursing Alumni Association International (SUCNAAI) based in Los Angeles, regarding this matter.

As Chair of the SU Alumni Council of North America (SUACONA), I hope you and the SUACONA can make this an advocacy so that our nurses here who dream of being able to work in the US can see a light at the end of the tunnel.

Best regards and may God bless our plans and intentions.

Bert Montebon

Other attachments:

Emergencry Nurse Supply Relief Act (summary)
U.S. Nursing Shortage (talking points)

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May 2009

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