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November-December 2001 Issue  

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Batch of 1976 hosted this year’s alumni homecoming last November 24, 2001. 

A general alumni membership meeting took place earlier in the program. This was followed by a concelebrated mass where Rev. Fr. Edwin A. Lao, O.P. was the main celebrant. 

The Jubilarians were presented to the alumni followed by the presentation of the reports by Mr. Jose Maria Aligada and Mr. Armin Sarthou, Jr., the alumni association’s president and treasurer, respectively. 

Outstanding alumni were given the following awards:  

The Fray Diego De Sta Maria Most Distinguished Alumnus Award was given to H.E. Prof. Dr. Enrique P. Syquia and Dr. Augusto D. Litonjua.

Prof. Dr. Enrique Syquia who is from primary batch ‘39 and intermediate batch ‘49 was the honorary general of the Hashemite, Kingdom of Jordan in the Philippines from 1987 to 1996. Currently, he is the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta to the Philippines.  

He finished Bachelor of Laws as Magna Cum Laude at University of Santo Tomas while he graduated Sobresaliente in Doctor of Laws at University of Madrid.  

Dr. Augusto Litonjua  the second awardee, graduated valedictorian both in his Primary and Intermediate levels. He continued his studies at University of the Philippines where he obtained a medical degree. He went to Massachusetts General Hospital where he was a research fellow in the thyroid clinic. He later became physician of the Diabetes Clinic of the Boston City Hospital. 

Now, he is a Professor Emeritus at the College of Medicine at the University of the Philippines. Also,  the Chairman of Medicine and Chief of Endocrinology at the Makati Medical Center as well as a consultant at Manila Doctor’s Hospital. 

Dr. Litonjua is the author of 4 books in endocrinology and has written 5 chapters in books and about 71 articles in medicine in lay publications both here and abroad. 

The Don Juan Geronimo GuerreroLetranism Award was granted to Fr. Pompeyo De Mesa, O.P. Fr. de Mesa is a true Letran Knight. He finished Elementary grades in 1950 and High School in 1954. 

In 1975 he became the Rector and President of Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Manila. He is currently the Regent of the College of Science at the University of Sto. Tomas. He was awarded the Outstanding Professional for Ecclesiastical Service in 1974. In the interim he was Letran Alumni Association (LAA) board member from 1990 to 1995 and LAA President from 1996 to 1997. 

The Outstanding Professional Award was given to the following: Gen. Edilberto Adan, Dr. Isabelo Ongtengco, Mr. William Uy and Mr. Al Francis Chua. 

Gen. Edilberto Adan, the first awardee, graduated from the Elementary in 1960.  

A young graduate of the Philippine Military Academy in 1972, he served in the 26th Infantry Battalion where he saw action for the first time defending Marawi from 400 rebel. He has an MBM degree from the Asian Institute of Management. 

The next awardee is Dr. Isabelo V. Ongtenco. He has the distinction of being the first Filipino Cardiologist to perform Mitral Balloon Valvuloplasty at the St. Lukes Medical Center together with two other doctors. 

Dr. Ongtengco is involved in charity work at St. Martin de Porres Charity Hospital as consultant in Internal Medicine and Cardiology. He is also the Chairman of the Department of Medicine from 1984 to 1998. Meanwhile, in the field of the academe, he is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean at the St. Lukes College of Medicine at William H. Quasha Memorial. 

The third awardee is Mr. William Carlos Uy a businessman.

Mr. Uy finished his secondary education in the Colegio in 1960. He pursued his commerce degree in the same institution and graduated in 1964.  

A loyal and generous Letranite, he is now chairman and president of Parity Values, Inc., Trade Demands Corp. and Liberty Commodities Corp. He is also the vice-chairman and senior vice-president of Liberty Flour Mills as well as director of Aghem Manufacturing Corp., Malayan Bank and CCC Insurance Corp.

He was the recipient of a special award for a feeding program and a special performance award from the Rotary Club of Mandaluyong.  

Mr. Al Francis Chua, an awardee, was the basketball coach in 1987 at University of Santo Tomas Juniors. In 1995 he became coach of STAG in the PBL and the team won three conferences. In the same year he was appointed assistant coach of the SEA games where the Philippines emerged as champion. He was also named coach of the Year of PBL in 1995. He was assistant coach of Pop Cola in 1998 and he coached Tanduay from 1999 to 2000.

Atty. Leonard De Vera, the next awardee is an active trial civil, criminal and commercial cases lawyer was among the very first to file criminal plunder cases against the officials of the former administration. He is presently the legal counsel of two high profile individuals Mary Ong (Rosebud) and Danny Devnani.

Congressman Rodolfo Bacani the final awardee, is the primary proponent of Sariling Sikap. Self-help Projects in Manila. Through the Bacani Foundation he established the Bacani Computer Training Center in Sampaloc where free computer courses are given to unprivileged but deserving residents.  

He is also the founding father of the Bacani Livelihood center and the Filipinas-Nippon International Training Foundation, Inc. The Bacani Livelihood Center provides free training programs in high-speed sewing, hotel and restaurant management, tailoring, dressmaking, quilting, cosmetology and food processing for the residents of the 4th district.

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Campus Events


Mr. Raem Mendoza, Chairman of  Marketing and Entrepreneur Area was invited to the First Lambat-Liwanag Conference on Empowering  Paradigm under the joint auspices of the SANIBLAKAS NG TAONGBAYAN FOUNDATION, the LAMBAT-LIWANAG  NETWORKS and the Social Research Center of the University of  Santo Tomas. 

The conference was held at Chiang Ching-Kuo Hall, Central Library Building at the University of Santo Tomas on October. 26,2001. This was a crucial event in a process seeking to facilitate a “Dynamic Directioning and Synergy-Building for Research Work of Universities and Colleges in the Philippines to face the challenge of the New Millennium. 

Mr. Mendoza joined other participants from various universities and colleges.  Fifteen empowering paradigms were developed and refined to be mainstreamed in education and policy making in our society.  This process would go a long way in energizing not only the academe but the entire nation in terms of transformative consciousness against decisive and disempowering paradigms that have dominated our lives from centuries.  

The group approved and endorsed to the body the following bullet-point summaries on the empowering paradigm on education, namely;

·     Seeking light as pursuit of reason and not mere knowledge;

·     Promotion of seeking and sharing wisdom and knowledge as the basic process in education;

·      “Reinventing” the teacher as a “sharing and learning facilitator” and of textbook as channel of learning instead of authoritative “last word” of anything;

·      “Reinventing” the school as a “sharing and learning community” firmly rooted in the bigger community of stakeholder.

·     Recognition and enhancement of sources of skills and knowledge outside the school systems;

·     Promotion of less-structured education systems for children that would encourage and enhance intuition, aesthetic appreciation and creativity, respect for self and others, love for all life; predisposition to team play, and basic spirituality;

·     Critique and repudiation of current data-memorization based, competition driven, grades indicated, teacher-centered and commercialized education system, programs and policies.

 Mr. Mendoza’s participation in the conference led to the admission of Colegio de San Juan de Letran as a the newest member school in the network. 

Founding members of the Research Centers Network include the Asian Social Institute (ASI); Pamamtasan Ng Lungsod Ng Maynila (PLM); Philippine Normal University (PNU); Philippine Science and Technology Center (PSTC); Polytechnic  University of the Philippines(PUP); University of the Philippines (UP); and University of Santo Tomas (UST).


The High School Guidance Office once again sponsored its annual Career Symposium for graduating Letranites. The event took place last September 3, 2001 at the St. Thomas Building. 

Mrs. Marilen Mintu and Mrs. Cecille Sanidad, High School Guidance Counselors, organized the symposium. Mrs. Carmelita Pascual, Languages Area Coordinator, advised the students to choose their career wisely and follow their dreams with fervent enthusiasm as her opening remark.  

A College counselor in the said activity discussed topics on college life. She gave a quick glimpse on what students should expect and how to cope with the  stresses of college life. Different representatives from various colleges and universities were invited to talk about their schools. The schools participated were University of Santo Tomas, De La Salle University, Aviation Flight School, Centro Escolar University, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, and our very own Colegio de San Juan de Letran. There were film showings, inquiry service and distribution of brochures.  The symposium ended with a closing remarks delivered by Mr. Edgar Garino. Application forms were also made available after the symposium. The Colegio held its commencement exercises for the graduates of May and October 2001.             The ceremony took place at the newly built San Vicente Liem de la Paz Student Center Auditorium.    


College counselors, Manuel Correa, Xutchil Espiritu and Amy Tabing attended a Seminar-Workshop on Stress Management held at La Salle Greenhills last November 14, 2001. It was participated in by educators and counselors of different colleges and universities.  

Iota Phi and La Salle organized the seminar with Dr. Julian Melgosa, author of the book,”Less Stress”; and Dr. William Andress, medical practitioner as resource speakers. 

The effects of stress on psychological and physiological health were discussed.  But the focus was on the right attitudes to stressful situations.  As Dr. Melgosa put it: “ Stress becomes negative when one responds to it negatively.  The speakers also demonstrated relaxation techniques to the participants.


The Colegio sent out its chosen delegates to the 43rd Children’s Museum and Library Incorporated (CMLI) Annual Convention at Teacher’s Camp, Baguio City on October 22-27, 2001. Fifteen high school students were given the privilege to participate in the convention and to represent the Colegio. For six days various contests, seminars and workshops were held. 

On October 23, 2001,  the two debate team rivals -  Letran and CSA met for their final match to determine who will bring back the prestigious Balboa Cup to their alma mater. The resolution for the debate was: Resolve that Negotiation is the Answer to Terrorism. Master Jonathan Yabut, team captain, with Master Jed Andrei Yabut, Master Bryan Atienza and Master Erickson Dino, led the team to the last match.  The Colegio San Agustin-Makati bagged the coveted Balboa Cup.           

Eleven delegates joined the Sigaw 2001 at the convention. Students had undergone rigid training under the supervision of Mr. Larry Legaspi and Mrs. Carmelita Pascual. Jonathan Yabut and Master Aries, a college student, choreographed the presentation. The squireswere able to progress to the finals, performing in the presentation night. 

Master Joseph Emman Pineda, a senior student, was elected as Region 4 Counselor of the Junior Council National Executive Board (JC-NEB). After undergoing numerous screening, he won the favor of the voting delegates. With the other 14 delegates from other schools, he would aid in organizing the next CMLI convention. “I’m very proud to have brought honor to our school in the CMLI. I’ll try my best to make the Colegio ‘shine’ again!” he proudly commented.

In the Competition for Excellence (CFE), Master Jed Andrei Yabut, a junior student from 319 won in the English broadcasting competition. Winning the first prize, he bested candidates from the other 50 competing schools. “We would do better in our next batch!” he exclaimed after going up the stage to receive his medal. 


The Guidance & Counseling Center conducted a Seminar on Study Habits to selected first year students last November 23, 2001 at the Mabini Hall.  The seminar was given since it was identified that majority of the concerns of the students is academic in nature.  The topics discussed were obstacles to studying and its solution. The talk  was given by a Letran alumnus, Mr. Alvin Bautista, who is currently the School Director of Queen of Angels Learning Center.


 The College of Business Administration and Accountancy (CBAA) conducted this year’s Operational Planning at the new St. Liem dela Paz Student Center last October 29-30, 2001.

Led by  the College Dean, Dr. Nancy L. Eleria, assisted by Mr. Rey Tiambeng, Administrative Assistant, the activity was participated in by all full-time and selected part-time faculty members with the CBAA Area Heads.

The two-day planning sessions commenced with the orientation and an inspirational talk by Rev. Fr. Edwin A. Lao, O.P., Rector and President. He emphasized the significance of the Colegio’s Vision-Mission Statement  which accordingly set the preconditions for the programs that the Department would outline for next school year. Among the various aspects considered in the operational planning were the programs for faculty development, program of studies, facilities, students, administration and linkages / community involvement. Dr. Eleria also lectured on the SWOT Analysis tool and the budgeting procedures. 

Despite the tight schedule given, the participants per area were able to complete their operational plans which were presented to the whole body for evaluation.

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Mr. Raem Mendoza, Entrepreneurship and Marketing Area Head,  who is also an active member of the Association of Marketing educators (AME) attended the Agora Awards Noght at the Grand Ballroom of the Hotel Intercontinental Manila on November 16, 2001. 

It was an evening of fun laced with Filipino songs in honor of our new heroes. 

The Agora Awards is an annual recognition given to individuals in different fields in recognition of their pride in their enterprise, passion and perseverance in the pursuit of excellence. 

This year’s Agora Awardees are: 

I. Marketing Company of the Year:   United Laboratories  

II. Outstanding Achievement In Marketing Education

Mr. Tomas B. Lopez, Jr., Professor, Asian Institute of Management (AIM)

III. Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship- 

Large Scale : Abraham F. Pascual, Ph.D Chairman and CEO Pascual Laboratories Group

IV. Outstanding Achievement in Entreprenuership (small to medium scale): Mr. Amable C. Aguiluz IX, President, ACA Video & Lasertech, Inc.

V.  Outstanding achievement In Export Marketing:

Mr. Luis Raymundo F. Villafuerte, Jr., President of Lara’s Gift and Decors, Inc.

VI. ASIA PACIFIC Agora Award for Marketing Excellence:  Mr. Cesar M. Dela Cruz, Deputy CEO PT. Indo food sukses Makm ur TBK Gedung Ariobimo Sentra, Indonesia


Mr. Enrico V. Torres, chairperson of the Mathematics Area of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) attended the BIENNIAL CONFERENCE 2001 sponsored and organized by the Philippine Council of Mathematics Teacher Educators (MATHED, Inc.) held last October 19-20, 2001 at Rasco’s Woodland, Guimbal, Iloilo. 

This year’s theme was “Curricular Issues and New Technologies”. It was attended by mathematics teachers all over the country and was hosted by the West Visayas State University (WVSU). The welcome address was delivered by Dr. Lourdes C. Aranadar of the WVSU, Iloilo Mayor Oscar Richard Garin and Congressman Oscar Garin. 

The conference got the best in the field of mathematics education as distinguished speakers with the likes of Dr. Milagros Ibe of Merriam College, Fr. Bienvenido Nebres, S.J. of the Ateneo De Manila University and Dr. Maxima Acelajado of the De La Salle University-Taft. Foreign guest speakers who graced the event were Dr. Jorge Urrutia from Mexico and Prof. Dede de Han from the Netherlands, who is a visiting lecturer at the University of San Carlos. 

“The conference and its theme is a relevant one as we examine seriously our performance problem in mathematics education as revealed in the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and TIMSS-Repeat”, said Dr. Ester B. Ogena, the Director of the Science Education Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). The two-day conference held plenary and parallel sessions as well as workshops for the participants


The CLAS Department, headed by the Dean, Dr. Myrna A. Torreliza prepared and planned programs and strategies for school year 2002-2003 at Lagos Del Sol, Cavinti, Laguna last October 22-23. This was participated in by Mr. Reynaldo Javier, the Administrative Assistant, the CLAS area heads and some faculty members. 

The group was able to improve the syllabi, curriculum and other plans that will help the department provide quality education to the students.  

The said activity became the venue for the finalization and presentation of the propositions made by the different areas, namely: Social Science, Languages, Natural Science, Psychology, Communication Arts, Physical Education, Theology and Math. Each area devoted two and a half days to map out schemes and other improvements outlined last October 17-19 at the Letran Campus. In this planning, all the faculty members contributed ideas as to how the program of instruction can best be implemented and how the syllabi can be enriched. 

The participants were able to align the goals, strategies and activities to be implemented next school year based on the Colegio’s Four-Year Development Plan.


The Integrated Performing Arts Guild popularly known as IPAG, recently performed for the first time in Letran’s newly built auditorium at the St. Liem de la Paz Student Center.  The group is from Iligan.  They are students of the MSU- Iligan Institute of Technology. They have been performing for almost 24 years now here and abroad. Some of the countries they have already visited  were France, Belgium, Thailand. Next year the IPAG performers will be the representatives of the Philippines in Brazil for the World’s Culture Exhibition.


The annually held Dance Festival has once again ended fruitfully. This year the PEHM Area, headed by Mr. Cesar Suratos set a new format wherein each section  competed against all other sections.   There were two categories: the Modern Dance and the Ballroom Dance. An Elimination Round was also conducted last September  at the Quezon Hall.

The Finals for the Dance Fest were held at the Letran Gymnasium in the afternoon of October 12 . The winners of the Dance Fest are as follows:

                                        MODERN DANCE     BALLROOM DANCE             

        Champion                   IV - 217                          III – 319        

       1st runner-up               III - 319                         III – 316        

       2nd runner-up               I – 414                             I – 417           

       3rd runner-up              II – 418                            I – 414


November is the month of Ecology for the Elementary Department. The month-long celebration was launched last November 5, 2001 by the Science teachers headed by Mr. Jimmy Gallo with the theme “Preserve Nature For Our Future. Let’s Go For It”. Master Abram Andrew Lumbang of VI-33 delivered some information about Ecology. There were activities in Science from Prep to Grade VI to make the celebration more meaningful to the pupils and to enhance their knowledge about the subject. Each class put up bulletin board displays about Preservation of Nature in their respective room.  The celebration culminated with an Ecology Exhibit at the Pages’ Lounge on November 29.

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Alumni Affairs


The Letran Alumni Association, Inc. has elected a new Board of Directors for 2002-2003 last November 24, 2001. The new board is composed of George Abeto, H.S. ‘72, Mario Alberto Aligada, H.S. ‘77, Enrique Ambat, Col. ‘83, Marcail Orlando Balgos Jr., Elem. ‘74, Ponciano Bautista, H.S. ‘78, Gilbert de Ocampo, H.S. ‘63, Gilbert Legaspi, H.S. ‘67, George Mariano, Col. ‘77, Jesus Mendoza Jr., H.S. ‘60, Federico Ortiz III, H.S. ‘68, Domingo Patajo, Elem. ‘68, Edmundo Reyes, Col. ‘78, Armin Sarthou, H.S. ‘76, Ramon Tabuena, Col. ‘61 and Jose Luis Zabala, Col. ‘78.  

During the joint meeting of the out-going and in-coming boards last December 4, 2001 at the St. Liem de  la Paz Student Center, the following were elected as the new officers of the LAA for 2002-2003: Mario Alberto Aligada, Secretary; George Mariano, Treasurer; George Abeto, Vice-President and Armin Sarthou, President.

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Rector's Standpoint

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Perhaps, all of you are familiar with the famous story of the Little Prince. I would like to begin my speech to point out some important details of the story, relating them to what we are celebrating this evening. On the surface, the Little Prince is a short story for children, but in reality it is a story of a child written for grown-ups or in a larger picture it is a story of going back . . . . a return to childhood.

Welcome Letranites to this Saturday gathering of reminiscing your old days. Your Alma Mater who is the sole witness of your happy memories welcomes you with open arms. I can surmise that most of your topics as you mingle around with your batchmates are your “kalokohan” and “kakulitan” during the old days . . . . how you used to cram for research works and the pressures of daily quizzes and recitations. It seems that time really flies. Look at you now, some of you are already known in the industry; others have established their names in different sectors, be it in private or in public; still others, already contributed much for the progress of our country. Now you’ll realize that the charming little prince is molded to become a real gentleman, a knight, responsive to the calls of Deus, Patria and even Letran.  

Do you still remember the Little Prince’s interplanetary travel that brought him to Earth where he learned the secrets of what is really important in life? Once in your life’s journey, you came across Letran . . . . your second home who taught you from the basic principles of counting and writing to the more serious approach in understanding human life. Yes, dear alumni, we welcome you back to the Colegio to share with you the decades of learning you have gained since your days here.  

The world of Letran was a very different place when you first entered. The administration continuously strives to give the best to its students in terms of quality facilities. New generation of Letranites now have the St. Thomas Building or what they usually call the Megamall because of its structure, the San Vicente Liem de la Paz Dormitory and the newly-inaugurated St. Liem Student Center where we have our new auditorium. Letran now can even boast of its television studio, video editing room, the computer laboratories and air-conditioned classrooms. And the list goes on. We did not get where we are today by standing still. Many factors contributed to these changes and honestly you are on of our inspirations. For as long as you are there, we will continue to change and we will go on changing for the next generations of Letranites. 

We have a lot of things to be proud of here in Letran. Aside from the common heroes and presidents like Aguinaldo, Osmeña and Mabini, we also have you. Your integrity and sense of leadership motivate young Letranites to follow in  your footsteps . . . . maybe not exactly in the same package but at least on the training and formation you had, they have and will have in Letran. 

I can confidently say that you have made your own steps to live in the ideals of Deus and Patria. Letran is now counting on your support. I am giving you this challenge. I am passing on the responsibility to your hands. For sure you will love to see as many as little prince grow up in a manner you were trained and developed. 

There are so much things we need to do. There are so much things that you can do. 

Again, Letran kingdom celebrates as She welcomes your majesty. 

Live long . . . . and prosper! Arriba Letran!

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Sports News

The Letran Squires grabbed the 77th National Collegiate Athletics Association Juniors’ Basketball Division over the expense of the San Beda Red Cubs, 63-61 in overtime at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum last October 5, 2001. 

Letran drew the first blood in the beset of three championship series with a 74-69 win in Game one. But the Red Cubs even the series by winning in Game 2 with a ten point, 8--70 final score. 

But Game 3 was the climax of the series. It’s a do-or-die game with the NCAA title at stake. It’s the survival of the fittest and the Squires proved that they more deserve  the crown. 

The Squires not just won the title but also ended a 15 year Juniors’ championship title drought since 1985, and nailed the jinx together with the Red Cubs. 

Letran lost last season’s championship to Mapua Red Robins after an outstanding 14 game sweep during the elimination round. Last season’s frustration made the Squires hunger more for championship. 

This time, the Squires returned back at the Red Robins after sending them on an early vacation after the semi-final round. 

Squire cager Jay-R Reyes was named Rookie-of-the-Year and Most Valuable Player at the same time. Also included in the Squires’ line up were Mark Anthony Balneg, Oliver Cua, Rafael Joey Jazul, Agerico de Rama, Joseph Samson, Edward Angustia, Andrew Ryan Dacanay, Ray Francis Guevarra, Rico Cariño, Brian Jeffrey Javier, Juanito Quiamco III, and team Captain John Christopher Intal, with former Knight Jing Ruiz as head coach and Elmer Latonco, and Robert Joseph Guevarra as asst. coach.


Attractive and stunning muses were presented to the High School crowd during the opening ceremonies of the Intramurals 2001. All the ladies were poised and showed off their beauty. They were cheered by the students as they walked down the aisle to represent each class.  Three lovely ladies were lucky to be chosen.  

Miss Kristine Gay Santiangco representing     III-316 is the second runner up. She is a 3rd year college student and is taking up BS Accountancy here in Letran. She joined the search for Miss Accounting and the modeling practices during the pageant helped. She is also one of the cheerleaders in our school and her cheering exposure made her feel confident in front of a large number of people especially in front of the High School students. 

The natural look displayed by Miss Roxanne Tan Gonzales made her first runner-up. She is a 4th year High School student from Sienna College. She said that she just acted naturally during the competition. She represented class IV-315. 

The crowd-favorite and very attractive lady, who represented III-317, topped all the other candidates and was proclaimed Miss Intramurals 2001 is no other than Miss Carla Marie Manalac, a 3rd year college, BSE-SPED student and is studying at St. Scholastica’s College in Manila.

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In His Time
Reasons  Why Smart
People Fail

People have sometimes experienced failure in any way. We come to realize that the only way to avoid failure is never to strive for success, to remain fixed where you are. But people as we are, we can always learn from our failure, we have the power to figure out what went wrong and correct it. We have the power to change… for the better. Even someone as successful as Samuel Beckett, a preeminent playwright, once wrote that he felt at home with failure. Scrutiny of defeat is critical. One has to confront his own failure to avoid committing the same failure again. Here are the six most common reasons for failure, you might find yourself in this list.  

1.          Lack of social skills. Most people who fail for this reason talk of “office politics” doing them in, but the politics may be nothing more than normal interactions among people. If you have trouble with “office politics”, you may really be having trouble dealing with people. You may get along on brilliance alone for a while, but most careers involve other people. You may have great academic intelligence but lack social intelligence ( this is the ability to be a good listener, to be sensitive toward others, to give and take criticism well). People with high social intelligence admit their mistakes, take their share of blame and move on. They know how to build team support. Social intelligence is an acquired skill. The more you practice, the better you get. Like good manners, it can be learned.

2.          Wrong fit. Success requires fitting your abilities, interests, personality, style and values with your work. The key value is taking a risk. The core value is doing something worthwhile.

3.          Absence of commitment. The imaginary terrors of failure loom so large that non-committers try to prevent failure by not involving themselves emotionally. Lack of self-esteem is a basic cause of failure. To be committed- in deed, to be successful in anything- you have to believe you can do it.

4.          Too scattered a focus. Some people do so many things that they end up accomplishing nothing at all at the end of the day. Refocusing is the main idea here. Recognizing your limitations, establishing your priorities and organizing your ventures are essential to success.

5.          Hidden barriers. Many times, ageism, sexism and racism are used as the excuse for failure, but most of the time they are the real reasons. The truth is that hidden barriers are very hard to fight. More and more people are confronted with such obstacles. You have to explore options- based on a truthful analysis of your situation- to regain control of your life and your future.

6.          Bad luck. Sometimes things happen that you just can’t help. When this happens, don’t blame yourself and always remember, you are always given options. 

Chance, accident, a hunch or a voice—who’s to say where ideas come from? When nothing else works, listen to your inner voices. Somewhere an idea may be lurking…just like now. Opportunities come and go, and the direction that you have set out may change yet again. But if you can think clearly about failure and only if you realize that you are always given options, that you are always given choices, you will have mastered an invaluable lesson.                 

People fail for many reasons. But failure is not the point there, the point is—the best of people experience that. It is the learning from failure that is special. We can always learn from our failures…remember that. God bless. 


The issue on the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) as a mandatory course for male students in the collegiate level has finally been resolved. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who approved recently the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the National Service Law that made ROTC an optional course for male college students in Metro Manila effective this second semester, SY 2001-2002 and next school year 2002-2003 for the rest of the country. 

Secretary Angelo Reyes of the Department of National Defense revealed recently that the National Service Program (NSP) as provided for by P.D. 1706 also known as the National Service Program (NSP)  by P.D. 1706 also known as the “National Service Law” will now have three (3) components or options and these are  -- Military Service (MS); Law Enforcement Service (LES)  and Civic Welfare Service (CWS) under the revised IRR. 

Military service is one that enhances military preparedness for national defense and internal security. This is basically the ROTC. On the other hand, law enforcements service is one which will assist law enforcers like police and traffic enforcers in maintaining peace and order in the community while civic welfare service is a service that contributes to the general welfare and the betterment of the life of the members of the community like those that would promote safety, health, education, morale of the ROTC. 

Under the IRR, a preference survey shall be conducted by schools concerned to determine individual choices for purposes of planning, organization and control. And those who have rendered the required period of the national service training shall be issued a certification and become reservists in the National Service Force. 

Thus, graduates of military service (ROTC) will become AFP reservists. Those who finished the LES will become police reserves and CWS graduates may be employed in civic welfare brigades. 

According to officials of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), students enrolled in the expanded ROTC may either continue in the program component they are currently enrolled in or shift to any of the other two components to complete the number of training hours required for graduation. 

Meanwhile, the CHED, in close coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) have already issued implementing Guidelines and designed program of instructions for the CWS while the Philippine National Police (PNP) has undertaken similar preparation for the LES component. 

The CHED had also issued a memorandum to all colleges and universities to be ready for the implementation of the National Service Program.


Representatives of Colegio de San Juan de Letran attended the opening of an exhibit of stage props and costumes entitled “Hugis at Hubog” at the Metropolitan Museum last November 13, 2001. On exhibit were elaborate and fascinating costumes and props from local stage productions like the “The Little Mermaid,” “Noli,” “Fili,” “Rent,” “Rama at Sita and others. On display, too, were stage designs for plays and for televelision productions. Spearheading the organizations that put up the exhibit was Director Salvador Bernal, himself an outstanding stage designer.


The Colegio de San Juan de Letran marked the 40th day of the death of Cesar Sequera, former Letran basketball star on November 10, 2001 with a mass celebrated by Rev. Fr. Edwin A. Lao, O.P. Rector and President at the school’s chapel. 

The memorial mass was organized by his teammate former Manila Vice-Mayor, Herminio A. Astorga Sequera were members of the legendary Murder Inc. the team which won for Letran the NCAA basketball Championship in 1950. 

The late Cesar de Sequera is survived by his wife Rosario Carmen Alvin de Sequera and his children John Marie, Ma. Luisa Asuncion, Ma. Cecilia, Ma. Rosario, Giovanni, Cesar Vicenzo and Rosa Candida. 

He graduated from the High School department in 1952 and took up his first two years in B.S.C. at the collegiate department. 

The mass was attended by some of his former classmates, basketball coaches, Letran Seniors and relatives of the de Sequeras.


To reaffirm that the city of Manila is the premier city of our nation, the City government recently revealed a multi-million rehabilitation plan to revive Manila’s grandeur particularly the Quiapo and Sta. Cruz districts as the main hub in the nation’s capital. 

The ambitious rehabilitation plan is part of Mayor Lito Atienza’s Program - “Buhayin ang Maynila”. According to Mayor Atienza, the plan would serve to push back urban decay that has plagued or enveloped the area caused by years of neglect and apathy as he addressed businessmen, property owners and potential investors in a press conference held recently. 

The scheme was already presented to the owners, investors and businessmen. And if they and the city government agree, it is projected to be accomplished within 42 months (3 1/2 years) or about by April, 2004. 

The plan initially will call for the “total facelift” of Quiapo and Sta. Cruz Areas. This includes the rennovation of at least 37 buildings along Rizal Avenue, C.M. Recto Avenue, Soler and Evangelista streets. 

It is further revealed that most of the buildings would be connected by elevated and air-conditioned bridgeways lined with shopping and food stalls. The bridgeways will connect stations of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) and the future LRT Line 2 along C.M. Rector Avenue. 

Air-conditioned ground level walkways along the facade of some buildings would replace sidewalks which would also be lined with shopping and food stalls. Wide-conditioned overpass traversing roads would be set up to serve as shopping walkways. This will eventually ease traffic snarls and solve the proliferation of sidewalk vending. 

Meanwhile, the Intramuros Administration (IA) is continuously maintaining the old grandeur of the Intramuros area by preserving its historical value amidst the modern establishments and infrastructures around. Two main bridge thorougfares in Manila, the Ayala and Quirino are having an overhaul by strengthening their foundations conducted by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). 

If all of these plans will be realized within the specified time frame, tourism in the city will definitely get a big boost and this will have a ripple effect in other major places nationwide. Because what Manila is projecting to the eyes fo the world is what the world perceives about our nation as a whole.

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Sad News for the Latest Batch of College Graduates

It’s quite imperative for business organizations to recognize the importance of its human resources to fully achieve its goals and objectives. Thus, firms are exhausting all efforts to get the best qualified individuals to work for them.

The supply for professional labor for business firms comes mostly from colleges and universities. With the present economic scenario, it is observed that the supply of labor in the country exceeds the demand of the industry. Thus, applying for a job has been a stiff competition among job seekers, especially the new batch of graduates this year which numbered less than a million. Limited jobs are available for the new batch of graduates which pose a serious problem in our society. 

What are the factors attributable to this? . . . . According to the Employer’s Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) through its president, Mr. Donald Dee, the following factors are, FIRST FACTOR. Wide Gap Between the Needs of the Industry and the Skills Acquired by the Graduates - this problem has been known for quite some time, but nothing substantial has been accomplished on the part of higher educational institutions. This mismatch often takes the form of teaching graduates ending up as domestic helpers. secretaries or entertainers. 

Employers take the pain of spending  a lot of money for the training of new recruits to adopt to their jobs and continuously retraining their  workers to adopt to new technologies needed by of the times the information age. 

SECOND FACTOR. Business Firms are Only Starting to Recover - this is another reason why the economy cannot absorb these graduates who join the labor force this year. This is due to the financial crises that struck most of the economies of the ASEAN member nations including the Philippines between 1997 and 1998 as well as the economic slowdown that took place in the U.S., Japan and Europe. 

Many factories are still operating below their full capacity as consumer demand remains flat. According to Dee, the problem is quite serious. Industry and manufacturing used to absorb up to one-fourth (1/4) of new graduates. The sector’s absorptive capacity has gone down below 20 percent. 

The only bright spot in the economy is the export industry which has consistently grown in almost a decade while the rest of the economy stagnated. As a proof to this, based from news report, exports from companies operating in economic  zones surged by 19 percent in the first quarter this year and is predicted to be rising up to the end of this year. 

THIRD FACTOR. Big Gap between Labor Rates and Productivity - is another reason behind the failure of the economy to absorb a big part of the unemployed Filipinos. The annual report on the Competitiveness of Nations made by the World Economic Forum in 1999 revealed that the Philippines has the distinction of paying those with jobs much higher salaries than their firm’s ability to produce goods and services. Furthermore, the report said that workers in the Philippines from the lowest to the top-level are getting paid much higher than most other countries when remuneration is measured against per capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The GDP measures the total value of goods and services produced annually in a given country, while per capita GDP is often used as a rough measures of a nation’s productivity. 

DOLE Report         

In a report made by Sec. Patricia Sto. Tomas of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the first quarter of the year, she said that this year’s graduates will have to compete with a total of 3.4 million Filipinos looking for jobs but cannot find one. The jobless represents 11.4% of all able-bodied Filipinos. On the other hand, over 6 million Filipinos have only part-time jobs or a seasonally employed. As of April this year, the unemployment rate is 14% and continuously going up and might reach as much of 16% according to some analysts. And according to the latest report from January to September this year, the total number of unemployed Filipinos increased by 37, 200.  


It is a reality that our country needs more investments particularly Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) to generate employment among Filipinos which will eventually neutralize the unemployment rate. But according to a study  made by the U.S. - based investment house Salomon Smith Barney revealed that it projects a bleak investment inflows into the country due to a host of domestic issues that are making off-shore investors cautious in ploughing their money to our economy. Some of the issues are the kidnappings, the Abu Sayyaf, peace and order situation and the question of political stability that deter foreign investments. It is also noted that our country will not be able to achieve our fiscal targets by yearend (e.g. revenue collections). 

Government Thrusts and Challenges 

The present administration through the DOLE had laid down programs to ease unemployment such as training on specialized jobs to make Filipinos more competitive; Extension services like teaching them livelihood Programs; Technology assistance to those inclined in technology-based jobs and Emergency employment program like placing unemployed Filipinos to seasonal or temporary jobs in the meantime while they are still looking for a stable job so as not to be idle. 

Overseas Employment 

One potent solution to solve unemployment is the placement of at least one million Filipinos this year to overseas employment, according to the DOLE through the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) in coordination with private recruitment agencies. According to Sec. Sto. Tomas, for the first half of 2001, there was an increase on the total Filipinos who landed overseas jobs by 1.49 percent compared last year on the same period. 

U.S. Tragedy 

The situation was aggravated with the terrorists attacks on the U.S. particulary in New York City and Washington D.C. on September 11, 2001. The tragedy affected the conduct of business activities like investments in almost all parts of the world including the Philippines. According to the latest report of CNBC, around 40, 000 or more Americans will be laid off by the airline industry alone. 

And because the U.S. is waging a war against terrorism particularly in Afghanistan, again the Middle East will be affected. What is the implication??. . . .  simply means this will worsen the scenario if war will break out in this region. Many Overseas Filipino Workers definitely will be evacuated thus, unemployment will be at its peak! 

Concluding Notes 

Unemployment problem is really a major concern today of every nation if we may say so, even industrialized countries like the U.S. because of global economic slowdown. In a country like ours which is continuously struggling to hasten economic growth, the following can be considered remedies either in the short or in the long-term;         

First, Job seekers should apply to firms that are export-oriented like the electronics, garments, semi-conductor, machine parts industries because these are the sectors that are in full capacity of operations in the light of the sluggishness of other industries. 

Second, for the jobless Filipinos to go abroaddue to the growing demand for labor in certain industries in foreign countries while the local business sectors recover and retools itself. Although it will mean a “brain drain” for us, nevertheless these overseas employees are now considered “new heroes” because of their contribution to the economy through their foreign remittances that help increase the inflow of U.S. dollars thus adding to our foreign reserves. 

Third, educational institutions on the tertiary level must update consistently their course curricula on business, economics and entrepreneurship programs to match the needs of the industry that will make their graduates highly competitive in their chosen field. 

Fourth, develop in the minds of college students the entrepreneurial spirit or character in taking initiative to start their own business so that once they graduate and they cannot find jobs right away, they have that option to be an entrepreneur thus making them economically productive. 

Fifth, for the government to stabilize political as well as the peace and order situation and strengthen or reaffirm its authority to govern. The result??. . . . of course total confidence of foreign investors! Therefore an inflow of capital funds that will propel mobilization of resources through establishment of businesses which eventually generate employment for many Filipinos.

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Featured News


Two of the Colegio’s alumnae, both from the Communication Arts area, were chosen as finalists to the first student Catholic Mass Media Awards. Reina Ida Matias competed for Public Service Advertising, where she presented a 30 second ad about abortion, while Moneth Miranda vied for Best Short Film Category with an entry entitled “Konsensya”.  

Three schools were chosen for each category. Matias fought against University of the Philippines (UP) and University of Sto. Tomas (UST) for Public Service Advertising, and UP bagged both awards, but the Letran alumnae bested other finalists. Matias said that it is already an achievement to be chosen as finalist in this very prestigious competition. The awarding was held last October 24 at the Irwin Theater of Ateneo de Manila.


The Quality Assessment Team of the CHED visited the Colegio last Novemeber 21, in connection with Letran’s application for the program Bachelor of Science in Education. The Colegio shall offer under this program major courses in Math, English, Science and Physical Education. The team was headed by Dr. Cleotilde Arcangel from the University of Sto. Tomas and Dr. Paquito Badayos from Philippine Normal University. 

Mr. Enrico Torres, the Math Area Chairman, spearheaded the research and the application as well as the compilation of the documents which were evaluated by the CHED representatives. Among the documents evaluated were the curriculum , syllabi, qualifications of the faculty and the Dean to head the said program. After the thorough examination of the requirements, the team gave its approval for the establishment of the BSE Program in the Colegio.

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Campus Personalities


The College of Business Administration Accountancy (CBAA) adds new full and part time faculty members in the areas of Computer Management,  Entrepreneurship & Marketing,  Accountancy, and Economics and Finance. 

Economics & Finance Area 

Mr. Ricardo Bustamante Deri is a new full time faculty member in Economics and Finance Area.  He is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Pamantasan Ng Lungsod Ng Maynila. He took his Master In Business Administration ( MBA) from the state university as a company scholar of Innodata Philippines where he worked for eight years rising from the position of Project Analyst to System Integration Manager to Implementation Officer. Currently, he is pursuing his degree on Doctor in Business Administration.            

Another full-time faculty member in the Economics and Finance Area is Ms. Darlene F. Cruz, who  has been in the academe for twenty-two years. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of the East in 1977 with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and from the University of the East Graduate School of business in 1985. She has also earned seventy-one units from UE-College of Law. 

Ms. Felicidad Dy Kam  graduated with a degree of Liberal Arts and Commerce major in Economics and Management from Ateneo de Naga University of the Philippines. She has been teaching since 1992. She started as a full-time high school instructor at Children of Mary Immaculate College,then at Meycauayan College,JIL Colleges Foundation, AMA Computer University, and University of the East-Recto and at San Beda College.  

Before joining the academe, she worked with the National Power Corporation for three years and  transferred to Siporat Municipal Hall. 

Computer Management Area

Ms. Jovy Soriano Lopez, is a Bachelor of Science In Computer Engineering graduate from Adamsom University with twelve units earned in Pre-Masteral in Education. She is currently continuing her Masteral Degree in Information technology at Adamdon University.

Aside from her teaching load in the Colegio, she is also a part-time faculty member in the Computer Science Department of Adamson University. She also worked as speech Instructor in he English Department of Adamson. She was formerly the  IT Head and Executive Assistant to the President at Cablelabs, Incorporated.  

Mr. Jose Kaharian, another full-time faculty member,  is a graduate of BS Computer Science from Adamson University. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Information Technology. Before joining the Colegio, he worked as full-time faculty member at San Pedro College of Business Administration. He is also a free-lance programmer. 

Mr. Francis Arlando L. Atienza,   had taught in East-Asia College–Far Eastern University, STI-Dasmariñas Cavite and De La Salle University-Dasmariñas and Bloomfield Academy. Mr. Atienza taught Turbo C Programming for Professionals taking up non-degree courses.

Currently, Mr. Atienza is pursuing his masteral degree in Engineering Management-Systems Management at the Pamantasan Ng Lungsod Ng Maynila (PLM). He graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from PLM. 

Mr. Ronald Aquino Ricablanca, a new full-time faculty in the Accountancy area, is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with 15 units earned in Doctor of Juris Prudence at the University of Batangas College of Law. He was a former faculty member of the University of Batangas College of Commerce and Accountancy. 


The Office of the Student Services (OSS)  recently appointed Mrs. Nancy Balasan a Marketing professor, as the Colegio’s Coed Coordinator beginning November 2001 to March 31, 2002. Mrs. Balasan holds office at the OSS every Monday to Friday except Thursday at one thirty in the afternoon. All queries and problems pertaining to female students will be entertained at her office. 


Miss Marilou Tolentino, Christian Living Coordinator in the Elementary Department, finished her degree in Master of Education, major in Religious and Values Education at the De La Salle University, Manila last October, 2001. Her project is entitled “Using the Theory of Multiple Intelligences in Enhancing Religious Instruction in the Elementary Grades. 

Mrs. Isidra Hernandez, adviser of Grade II-12 and a Science teacher in the lower grades has successfully defended her thesis for her M.A. degree entitled “Learning Styles in Science of the Primary Pupils of Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Relation to their Achievement : An Assessment at the Manuel Luis Quezon University in Quiapo, Manila last November 5, 2001.

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