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LETRAN TOPS AWARDS IN THE CMMA 2002
Colegio de San Juan de Letran won in the
Catholic Mass Media Awards 2002 (CMMA) for the Best Public
Service/TV Ad and Best TV Production both in student categories. The
awards night was held on October 22, 2002 at the Irwin Theater in
Ateneo de Manila University. The Best Public Service/TV Ad was
awarded to Rochelle Harder, producer of “Text”
while the Best TV Production was given to “Pulumpo”
produced by 4th year Communication Arts students headed by Richie Soriano.
In its press release, CMMA recognized Letran
for having outdone the University of the Philippines for this
year’s CMMA. The
Colegio had six finalists in the student productions while UP only
had five nominations.
The finalists in the CMMA’s Best Public
Service/TV Ad are Abortion, Aso Mataba, Text and What’s Heavy for
You. The latter
is the only entry coming from UP while the rest came from Letran.
According to Ms. Rowena Reyes, Vice Chairman of Letran’s
Communication Arts Area, Letran
sent ten entries for the Best Public Service Ad.
All were group projects of the third year Communication Arts
students last school year in their Scriptwriting class under Mr.
Emil Carreon. These group works were also the same entries of last year’s
SULYAP Documentary Fest of the Colegio.
On the other hand, the finalists in the Best TV
Production were all from Letran. These are the Batanes Documentary,
Pulumpo and Barangay 564. The
school also sent seven entries.
All were likewise the projects of senior Communication Arts
students last school year in their Radio and TV Ad class under Mr.
In an interview, Fr. Jose Martin Sibug, the
Communication Arts area chairman commented “These awards are the
proof that we have been doing something to improve the curriculum,
facilities and faculty line-up.
It really is important for us to get industry practitioners
Fr. Sibug further said that these awards and
their students are the best marketing tool of the Communication Arts
Area. Ms. Reyes, on the other
hand, remarked “Advertising is more of values.
And what set Letran apart from other schools are the
Christian and Dominican values that the school instills with its
His Eminence Jaime Cardinal Sin founded the CMAA in 1978. This is an
annual awards night recognizing various media products that have
served to uplift moral values through mass media. The CMMA started
giving student awards last year as it commits itself towards a
responsible and values-filled media for future communication
practitioners. Through the years, the CMMA continued its thrust of
evangelizing people through mass media and bringing about unity in
Christ and the Church.
speaks to CA Juniors
“You have to
know the sports, understand it, to be able to write about it.”
Thus said Ruel Vidal, fitness editor and sports writer of
Manila Standard, to junior Communication Arts students enrolled in
Comm 307 (News and Feature Writing).
As part of the Operational Plan of the College of Liberal
Arts, Sciences, and Education and the Communication Arts Area, the
Seminar in Journalism Series that is on its third year was held at
9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon on Saturday, 24 August 2002 in Quezon Hall.
“To complement classroom learning by participating in an
activity that promotes a different kind of journalistic writing and
to afford a venue for dialogue with a sports writer of a national
daily,” are the objectives of the seminar.
After Vidal’s presentation, he devoted more time to
answering questions raised by students in an open forum.
“In the past, when I was just an ordinary fan, I had
favorite players. Now that I’m covering the Philippine Basketball
Association, I consider all the players in the league as my
favorites,” revealed Vidal.
Vidal added that many of these PBA players have even become
his friends since he has followed their careers in professional
basketball. He claimed to have covered the league for 25 years now.
Asked if he has covered other sports, Vidal answered in the
affirmative, saying, “When I edited an English language daily in
Brunei Darussalam, I covered snooker championships as well as water
sports. I even covered polo matches.”
Before his Brunei stint, Vidal edited three weekly sports
publications in the Philippines. When he returned last year, he
joined the Manila Standard as its Fitness Editor. However, since he
has always loved basketball, he also writes regularly about the
At the end of the seminar Vidal was awarded a plaque and a
token of appreciation from Fr. Rector Edwin A. Lao, O.P., CLASEd
Dean Dr. Myrna A. Torreliza, and CA Chairman Fr. Jose Martin L.
seminar was organized by the Letran Organization of Communication
Arts Majors (Letran On Cam), headed by its president Lester G.
Escobar who acted as the Master of Ceremonies. Escobar was supported
by four other officers of the organization in response to the CA
area’s aim to involve student organizers in the conduct of
HONORS OUR BLESSED MOTHER
It is the yearly tradition of Letran’s institutional
participation in the novena-mass for Our Lady of La Naval. On
Thursday, October 10, 2002, the nine o’clock morning mass was
exclusively Letran’s, so from the grade-schoolers to the High
School and Collegiate levels, from academic and non-academi
employees to administrators, the Sto. Domingo Church in Quezon City
was filled to capacity with Letranistas presence.
It was a concelebrated mass of the Letran Fathers with Rev.
Fr. Edwin Lao, O.P., Rector and President as main celebrant and Rev.
Fr. Napoleon Encarnacion, O.P. as preacher. Fr. Naps gave a very
inspiring sermon with an emotional intensity that honored Our Lady
on our Beloved Mother - “Woman this is your son; son, this is your
mother.” His sermon was a paean of love to the woman chosen from
the beginning of creation to be the mother of God’s only begotten
Fr. Naps reminded everyone present that Letranistas through
the continues have been favored with enumerable graces by God
because of our devotion to His Blessed Mother.
On Sunday, October 15, 2002, Letranistas joined the
procession walking behind the statue of St. Liem de la Paz, the
employees, administrators and some members of the Fathers’
Community were there praying the rosary and singing religious songs.
The two-hour procession winded through the students of Sto. Domingo
and D. Tuazon then finally at Quezon Avenue entering Sto. Domingo
Church once more, whick is home to Our Lady of La Naval.
EMPLOYEES’ SPORTSFEST 2002
In its effort to
foster physical development among its employees, the Colegio
launched its Institutional Employees’ Sportsfest last October 18,
2002 at the Letran Gymnasium. It was spearheaded by the Human
Resource Development Office. The sportsfest will have its
culminating activity during the College Days Celebration in
Aside from the previously
mentioned objective, the sportsfest specifically aims to develop
sportsmanship, camaraderie and teamwork; to give employees a break
from their usual routine; and for employees to have fun.
This year, four teams were
formed consisting of employees from different departments - Green,
White, Blue and Red. These teams will compete in five events -
basketball (M/F), volleyball (M/F), patintero (M/F), table tennis
(doubles), bowling (mixed).
The Opening Ceremonies started
with a parade from the catwalk to the gym. Fr. Orlando Aceron,
Chaplain of Employees, led the Invocation. Afterwards, Fr. Edwin
Lao, O.P., Rector and President, delivered his Opening Remarks
Each team was formally introduced, as well as their team
coordinators and team captains per event. The teams’ muses and
escorts were also presented, followed by their cheers and yells. For
this season, Ms. Evelyn Alejo and Mr. Rogelio Cortez of the White
Team were chosen as Best Muse and Escort. Mr. George Isleta, Head of
the Auxiliary Department, hosted the activity.
To make the ceremony more
meaningful, there was lighting of torch which was led by Mr. Judito
Morados (Green), Mr. Bernie Ramos (Blue), Mr. Richard Capulso (Red)
and Ms. Marietta Lacanlale (White). Mr. Noel Villegas (Green)
led the Oath of Sportsmanship immediately after.
After all these, Fr. Lao
declared the formal opening of the Institutional Sportsfest 2002.
As a kick off, there were games
for basketball (M/F) and table tennis.
OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY ALSO KNOWN
AS NUESTRAS SEÑORA DE LA NAVAL
The statue that is so dearly loved by the Filipino people
stands 4’8" tall and made of hardwood. The statue is the most
resplendent of the statues. On the Virgin’s left hand is the
Christ Child and on Our Lady’s right hand holds a scepter and a
15-decade gold rosary that is draped in such a fashion that it wraps
around the hands of Mother and Child. The figures are clothed in
exquisite golden dresses and mantles that are heavily embroidered
with golden thread.
An unusual ornament adorns the figure of the Mother of God.
Against the lace that encircles the head is a golden, gem-studded
circle. The bottom of this circle rests against the chest of the
Madonna. Resembling a golden aura, both small and large rays, richly
enhanced with jewels, extend from the circle. Atop the head of the
Madonna rests a magnificent crown that matches the one worn by her
To further display the love that the Filipinos have for the
Mother of God, they have encircled the golden aura and the crown of
the Madonna with an even larger halo of gold, and the crown of the
Madonna with an even larger halo of gold, with jewels sparkling at
the tips of 24 large rays and 24 small rays.
Recalling the Filipino history, the Church of Santo Domingo
was damaged several times by fire and earthquakes and was finally
destroyed in 1941 by bombs, yet the statue has never been damaged.
La Naval is presently treasured by the Filipino people in the new
Santo Domingo Church in Quezon City, a few miles from Manila. During
the Marian year of 1954 the church was designated as the national
shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary.
It marks the anniversary of the vow made by the defenders
of Manila during the second naval battle is still observed each year
by the people of the Philippines who pilgrimage to the miraculous
statue to demonstrate their love for Our Lady of the Rosary and
their gratitude for the miracles of protection that took place
almost 350 years ago.
To the Letran community the month of October is the month
where Nuestra Señora de la Naval is observed. Every 10th of October
a mass is celebrated traditionally at Sto Domingo Church which the
Letran community participates. Nancy Aquino-Jimenez
MORE LIVELIHOOD SEMINARS SCHEDULED
The Office of Extension Services
in close coordination with the College of Business Administration
and Accountancy (CBAA) sponsored a series of Livelihood Seminars
scheduled every Saturday spread in the months of August to December
for the residents of Barangay 399 in Sampaloc, Manila, an adopted
community of Letran.
The purpose of the seminars is to
teach the barangay residents to be economically productive by
enhancing their entrepreneurial capability and self-reliance.
The first seminar on cooking was
held last August 3 at the Practical Arts room of the High School
Department. The resource speaker was Dr. Rosalinda Antiporda,
faculty in the College of Liberal Arts, Sciences and Education (CLASEd)
who is also a culinary expert. The second seminar was on Bookkeeping
and Cooperatives held August 14 at the Quezon Hall.
Mr. Cesar Roque, CBAA faculty and
a practicing CPA lectured on the basics of Bookkeeping which is
important in starting and operating a business to check its
financial standing. It was organized by the Accountancy area headed
by Ms. Mary Pauline Santos.
The third of the series was on
Candle-Making followed by Basic Hair and Make-up last September 14
held at the Mabini Hall. The resource speakers were Mrs. Ana Cura
(Candle making), a Chemistry teacher at Lakandula High School and
Mr. Andrei “Taday” Gallardo (Hair and Make-up), one of the
make-up artists of S.O.P., “CLICK” and “Kahit Kailan”
programs of GMA-7. It was organized by the Management / HRM area
headed by Mr. Ramon Marticio and Mrs. Evangeline Laurel of the
Economics and Finance Area.
The next series of seminar for
the months of October, November and December will be on Basic
Computer Literacy to be handled by the Computer Management Area of
the CBAA headed by Ms Marilou Abing. The residents will be taught
Introduction to Computers, the use of Internet, MS Word, Desktop,
Multimedia and Excel. Computer instructors were assigned to take
charge of a module. A certificate will be issued to participants who
will complete the course.
series of livelihood seminars is supported by the Colegio’s
Administrators, faculty members, non-academic personnel and
Class Holds Seminar
The Graduate School of Business
Administration held a seminar on the Cost Effectiveness of Merchant
Marine Sector in Naval Defense last recently at the New Audio-Visual
Room, St. Thomas Building. It was attended by the MBA and college
The theme of the event was,
“The Philippine Merchant Marine Sector and RP’s Naval Defense: A
Businessman’s Perspective”. It was organized by the students of
the doctoral program in business administration (DBA) in their
graduate seminar class under Dr. Lourdes A. Cid who, also delivered
the welcome and opening remarks.
Capt. Cecilio I. Yutadco Jr. was
the presentor of the topic. He said that, “The merchant marine
sector is cost effective by expanding its role beyond its initial
mandate to protect the country’s shores which includes protecting
marine resources and the environment, conducting relief and rescue
operations and participation in the socio-economic development
programs and projects of the national government.
In reaction to the paper
presented, Capt. Constantino L. Arellano Sr. of the Philippine Navy
mentioned that costs incurred and budget allocated to the military
particularly the navy were also used to curtail smuggling, piracy
and terrorism that will bring peace, order and stability which will
attract businessmen to invest in our country as well as a big boost
for the tourism industry.
The second reaction was made by
Capt. Manfred U. Ramos of Aboitiz company representing the merchant
marine sector. He said that the sector is cost effective by means of
training and developing new recruits to become efficient seafarers
thus enhancing more the capabilities of the merchant marines.
An open forum followed where Mr.
Ruben Conti acted as the moderator. After the seminar a cocktail was
held wehre the guests and participants had time to socialize.
DBA students behind the seminar are Ms. Nancy Balasan, Mr. Vicente
Baldon, Ms. Helena Cabrera, Mr. Ruben Conti, Mr. Ferdinand Epoc, Mr.
Dennis Germano, Mr. Ramon Marticio, Mr. Richard Roxas, Capt. Cecilio
Yutadco Jr. and Mr. Bienvenido Zara.
ADMINISTRATORS ATTEND HRM IN-HOUSE SEMINAR
In line with the objective of enhancing their skills
in the management of human resources in their respective
departments, the priests and lay administrators of the Colegio de
San Juan de Letran attended a two day seminar-workshop on the topic,
“Human Resource Management Skills Development Program for Line
Administrators” held at the St. Thomas Hall of the Colegio last
September 10-12, 2002.
The resource person in the said seminar was Mr. Ruel
Montenegro, President and Principal Consultant of Corporate and
Career (CORE) Consultants, Inc. and Director of the Asian
Psychological Services and Assessment Corporation. He delighted the
participants with his comprehensive and interesting presentation.
Fr. Edwin A. Lao, O.P., Rector and President of the
Colegio, welcomed the speaker and the participants by citing the
importance of the said seminar not only to the administrators but
also to the whole Colegio as well. He said that administrators need
four qualities - knowledge, skills, patience, and wisdom - in order
to be effective human resource managers. He also said that seminars
of this type are avenues by which such qualities may be further
enhanced or developed.
The topics that were tackled in the seminar-workshop
included the following:
1. Components of the Human Resource Management System
2. Traits and Skills Needed by Line Managers in the Performance of
Human Resource Management Functions
3. Applying Focused Interviewing Skills in Recruitment and Selection
4.Managing, Correcting, and Improving Subordinates’ Performance
5. Designing Performance Appraisal Instruments and Critical Incident
The two-day seminar was capped by the distribution of
certificates to the administrator-participants by Father Lao and Mr.
Montenegro. Mr. Joy Santos, Training and Development Officer, and
Mr. Joselito Ortiz, Personnel Assistant of the Human Resource and
Development Office, organized the said activity.
PARTICIPATE IN CMLI CONVENTION
Selected pupils from Grade Six-33 under the advisory class of Ms.
Teresa Magpantay attended the 23rd Annual National Grade School
Convention of the Children’s Museum and Library Inc. (CMLI) last
September 4-8, 2002 at the Teachers Camp Bagiuo, City.
This year’s conference focused on the theme, “The
Filipino Youth Struggle: Re-strengthen Family Relations by Reviving
Our Culture and Values”. The four-day convention served as a
training ground for the pupils to strengthen their intellectual and
socio-cultural growth through various symposia,talent competitions
and commission discussions where they interacted with other
delegates from different schools nationwide. These activities also
served as avenues for the delegates to show their best in speaking,
critical thinking, creative writing. Fifty six participating schools
competed in the different contests which included an On-the-Spot
Poster Making Contest, Impromptu Short Story Telling Contest -
“One Day’ Isang Araw. . .”
both in English and in Filipino, Vocal Solo Singing Contest,
On-the-spot Essay Writing Contests in English and in Filipino, Poem
Writing, Paper Mache, Script Writing, and the National Quiz Bowl.
Letran’s entry in the Poster-Making Contest by Master Takaaki
Hasegawa won Third Place.
After five days of activities in the convention, the
delegates were treated to a night of partying and dancing just right
after the Closing Ceremonies in the evening of Saturday, September
year’s participants are Franz
Miko G. Verzon as the head delegate, Ar-Reb Aquino, Takaaki
Hasegawa, Lloyd Evangelista, Marc Ferdinand Ocampo, John Michael
Gonzales, Nhel Eric Gonzales Nicolai Nielsen Delgado, Juan Emmanuel
Andaya, Lucky Soro, John Patrick Gaden, Mikhail Klosko Tiangco,
Peter Daryl Isnit, Vincent Reynald Castro, Jeremy Kua, and David
Stephen Tankiang. They
were accompanied by their two teacher-advisers, Ms. Teresa Magpantay
and Mrs. Estelita Vinluan who also attended seminars on
“Discovering New Approaches For Functional Learning” and
“Theater Arts” in the same venue.
Members, Staff and Students Join Socio-Economic
Livelihood Program of Extension Services Office
Management and Accountancy students together with Ms.
Giselle Buot and Mr. Menandro Espiritu and Accouintancy professors
Mr. Roque and Mr. Atienza actively participated in the cooking and
baking activity and Cooperative Management and Organizing Seminar
sponsored by the Colegio’s Extension Office headed by Mr. Ronald
The Socio-Economic Livelihood Program of the Extension
Office aims to contribute to the development of the members of the
adopted communities through formative interventions that would
enhance their livelihood skills and to increase opportunity for
The Socio-Economic Livelihood Program is just one of the
five areas in which the extension office focused its activities. The
other areas are: Education/Formation, Spiritual/Moral, Health and
The cooking and baking activity was held last August 3 at
the practical arts room of the high school department of Colegio de
San Juan de Letran and participated in by the residents of Barangay
399 one of the adopted communities of the Colegio. Barangay 399 is
located in Intramuros, Manila. Dr. Antiporda of the College of
Liberal Arts and Education shared her expertise in cooking “buchi”.
Another seminar to uplift the economic condition of
Barangay 399 is on Cooperative Management and Organizing which was
held last August 17 at the Quezon Hall, High School Building.
Professor Cesar Roque of the Accountancy Area was the speaker of the
said activity. He said that organizing a cooperative is complex and
simple. It involves primarily the understanding of the basic needs
of the prospective cooperative members. He furthermore discussed the
history of cooperative, what it is and its principles. Among these
1) Open and voluntary membership. This means that
membership in a cooperative is not restricted by social, political
or religion. As long as the person meets the requirements and
willing to shoulder responsibility, he is welcome to be a members.
2) Democratic Control. Officers and managers of the
cooperative are elected in a manner agreed on by members.
3) Limited Interest on Capital and Patronage Refund.
Interest on members capital is limited. In that way, no person has
an overwhelming equity, thus preventing wealthy members to dominate
4) Continuous Education and Training of the members and the
general public in the principles of cooperation.
5) Promotion of cooperation between cooperatives at
domestic and international levels and lastly, concern for the
community. While cooperatives focus on members needs, it also works
toward sustaining economic development of the communities.
Prof. Roque emphasized that the strength of the cooperative
comes from below. He likened the cooperative to a ‘pyramid’. The
base which is the widest is composed of the ‘primary
cooperatives’ that serve as the foundation of the organization.
The Extension Service Office also offered a Personality
Development Activity last August 10 at the LR3 Room of the Colegio.
This activity was participated in by PS2A students and the faculty
involved were Mr. Lambojon, Mr. Angeles and Mr Parungao all from the
College of Liberal Arts and Education.
Every Saturday, under its Spiritual and Moral Area, the
Extension Office conducts Basic Catechism participated in by
residents of the adopted communities, administrators, professors and
students. The Spiritual and moral area of the extension office aims
to create a structure that would sustain the spiritual needs of the
members of the adopted communities. This is to develop persons who
embody a life of constant witnessing to the Gospel message of
CEAP-NCR Annual General Assembly
Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines – National
Capital Region (CEAP-NCR) Annual General Assembly was held last
August 10, 2002 a the College of St. Benilde, De La Salle University
with this year’s theme: “Moral Leadership: Challenge to Catholic
Educators” The Colegio’s representatives were Miss Angelita
delos Reyes, Principal of the Elementary Department and Mr. Reynaldo
Javier, Administrative Assistant, College of Liberal Arts, Sciences
whole day assembly began with the Regional Director’s Report
presented by Fr. Jimmy Belita, CM. Followed by Sr. Sonia
Aldaguer’s discussion on the topic “Moral Leadership: Advocacy
Through Voter’s Education”.
the afternoon, Fr. Anthony Ma. Mendoza, OSB, Chair-Elementary
Commission led the orientation and selection of Cluster
Representatives to CEAP-NCR Commissions.
the assembly’s highlight, Most Reverend Teodoro Bacani, D.D.,
Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Manila spoke on this year’s
theme. He said that in order to produce good leaders, the role of
the catholic education is to uplift the morals of the present
generation. According to him, this is the great challenge that every
catholic educator needs to face and be ready with.
Celebrates Theology Week
Holy Mass held last September 2, 2002 celebrated by Rev. Fr. Roger
Estorque, O.P. marked the beginning of the celebration of Theology
Week. Fr. Estorque spearheads this year’s celebration with the
help of Ms. Teresita Magmayo (Assistant Head,Theology Area) and
the rest of the Faculty from the Theology Area. It was also
on this date that the exhibit entitled “Si Maria Bilang Huwarang
Ina ng Pamilyang Pilipino” was launched with Ms. Herminia
Talicuran as the committee chairman.
following day, September 3, a symposium was held in the afternoon
with Mr. Rodel Enriquez as the guest speaker. The topic was about
the role of the Virgin Mary in the Filipino family. He stressed that
“as devotees of Mary, we should follow her example as a
kind-hearted and loving mother ”. Ms. Prescillia Abardo chaired the said activity.
yearly “Harana kay Maria” was held last September 5 at the
Student Center Auditorium. Students from the collegiate level as
well as faculty members joined together in giving their
heart-warming songs as they honored and presented the important
events in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
week long celebration culminated with a mass held last September 6
at 3:00 p.m.
Conducts G.A. and Joins 2002 Inter-Collegiate Finance Competition
The Letran Junior Financial Executives held their General
Assembly on September 11, 2002 at the Auditorium. Mr. Remigio
Tiambeng started the program with a short opening remarks prior to
the formal introduction of the LJFINEX Officers for school year
The following officers were introduced:
:CHRISTINA DEL ROSARIO
:MARK JOHN PRIETO
AFFAIRS :MA. RAILA
SECRETARY-FINANCIAL AFFAIRS :MAYLEEN
:RHEA MARIE ZAPATERO
: ALDRIN DODD
: VIDALYN CALALANG
: MERVIN GENE LOTA
: ERNESTO BELLEZA
: LIEZEL CAL-ORTIZ
Mr. Darren Roxas presented the objectives of the
organization and discussed the responsibilities of the executive
committee and advisory board. LJFINEX invited the chairman of the
Junior Financial Executives, Mr. Guilbert Aquintania, to deliver an
inspirational talk. Ms. Giselle Tan presented the activities of the
organization particularly the integration of the LJFINEX Night and
9-Ball LJFINEX tournament, which Mr. Aquitania said must involve the
national federation through member schools. He proposed to seek
sponsorship from San Miguel Corporation.
Moreover, Mr. Darren Roxas, Ms. Giselle Tan and Mr. Richard
Roxas attended the special meeting on the Inter-Collegiate Finance
Competition at Federal Seafood Restaurant, Ayala Avenue. The agenda
included the identification of the schools that would comprise the
four groups of participants for September 12 and 13, 2002 NCR/Luzon
Regional Competition, changes in the 2002 ICFC rules and
regulations, formation of the new confederation of Junior Finex
Organization and concerns of the National Financial Junior
Executives, NCR/Luzon competition rules and regulations, and FINEX
Medal of Academic Excellence in Finance and Economics. The first
bracket was led by De La Salle University, the second bracket by
University of the Philippines, third bracket by Ateneo de Manila
University, and the last bracket by University of Santo Tomas.
Colegio de San Juan de Letran was drawn together with Ateneo,
Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, La Consolacion University of
Makati, College of the Holy Spirit, Baguio Colleges Foundation,
University of the East and University of Nueva Caceres.
was represented by Ms. Ma. Giselle Tan, Ms. Ma. Golderizza Principio,
Mr. Mark Anthony Casanova, Mr. Neil Taytayan, Ms. Lindsay Kaye
Menguita, Mr. Mervin Gene Lota last September 13, 202 at the Lyceum
of the Philippines. The group was accompanied by Ms. Felicidad Dy
Kam and Mr. Richard Roxas during the competition proper. The group
managed to keep up with the easy round and led the moderate round
and finished 4th in
Join Children’s Congress
pupils from the Elementary Department joined the Children’s
Congress last October 2, 2002. This Congress is one of the major
activities for the Children’s Week scheduled from September 29 to
October 5, 2002 in preparation for the Fourth World Meeting of
Families to be held on January 22 to 26, 2003 here in Manila. The
Congress which has the theme, “Let The Little Children Come To
Me” (Mt.19:14), aims to make children realize their importance in
the family and the role of the family in their life. It also
presents values from the perspective of children from broken homes
and those with difficult circumstances, which would lead to Church
action. It highlights Catechesis meant to address the suffering of
children in the perspective of sin. It will be followed by the
gathering of out-of-school and school children to discuss laws for
children from broken homes and those with difficult circumstances on
October 2 at their respective venues in the seven ecclesiastical
districts of the Archdiocese of Manila. Representatives from Manila
District, to which Letran belongs will gather at Paco Catholic
School in Paco, Manila. Two hundred from the out-of-school youths,
200 from public schools, and 100 from private and parochial schools
are expected to join.
STUDENTS ON PLANT
The senior Management students of the College of Business
Administration and Accountancy (CBAA) had their Production Plant
Visit last September 24, 2002 at different progressive production
and manufacturing companies. This is part of their educational
training in their subject Production and Operations Management under
Mr. Menandro Espiritu.
The purpose of the annual activity is to expose the senior
students in the actual process of production of the different types
of products. They were also given a first-hand look and information
on plant machineries and equipments, methods, plant layout, safety
measures, labor efficiency, quality control and production
Among the companies visited were Nestle Waters Philippines
in San Pablo City, Sugarland in Pasig City, McCormick Philippines in
Novaliches, Asia Brewery in Cabuyao, Laguna and Gardenia Philippines
in Mamplasan, Laguna.
& D Assures Support for FRP
The Research and Development Office has assured all out
support to all faculty members who wish to undertake research
studies in their field of specialization.
In an orientation held at the Quezon Hall on September 12,
2002, R & D Head, Eloisa Labrador said that the Colegio has
allotted a big budget for the Faculty Research Program (FRP). She
also explained that the program aims to develop a culture of
research among the faculty in the Colegio.
Ms. Labrador further emphasized that preference is given to
full-time permanent faculty. However, fulltime probationary faculty
may also avail of the program upon completion of the requirements
and upon endorsement of the dean.
“All faculty who are on theses or dissertation writing
are encouraged to avail of the program to help them with their
financial needs. Application may be filed at the R & D Office
every first week of the month.
Processing is done on a first come, first serve basis”, Ms.
addition to the FRP, the Colegio also offers financial assistance
through the Faculty Development Fund (FDF) of the St. Liem De La Paz
SERVICES OFFICE REACHING OUT THRU COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
The Colegio, in her desire to
build community awareness and involvement and to commit to her
vision of molding her students to become dynamic builders of
Christian communities, has established linkage with the outside
communities. Through community involvement, the Colegio makes her
program, structures and resources responsive to the needs of the
The community involvement seeks
to form a model community that recognizes Christ-centered values and
promotes human welfare and community development was planned,
organized and implemented, supported and evaluated. The different
activities of the Extension Services Office headed by Mr. Ronald
Dugang focused on the following areas:
- This area aims to formulate a program that would sustain and
enable the members of the adopted communities, especially the youth,
to effect and create an impact in building their community through
informal education, values formation, literacy and other skills
training. The Education/formation area facilitate the empowerment of
the members of the adopted communities.
- This area aims to create a structure that would sustain the
spiritual needs of the members of the adopted communities. This is
aimed to develop persons who embody a life of constant witnessing to
the Gospel message of Christ.
This area aims to improve the health status of the members of
the adopted communities. This area would be a venue to provide
opportunities for medical and dental services stand and health
- This aims to promote environmental consciousness among members of
teh adopted communities, to promote protection, management and
improvement of the environment and natural resources.
Economic - This area contributes to the
development of the members of the adopted communities through
formative interventions that would enhance their livelihood skills
and to increase opportunities for better living.
Getting-to-know the Adopted Communities of Letran
Barangay 655 is located in Zone 69, District 5, Intramuros, Manila.
It has a total land area of 2,000 square meters. It is bounded by
Real St., north by Andres Soriano St. and west by A. Bonifacio St.
It is further divided by the following streets: Sta. Lucia,
Arzobispo, Gen. Luna, Cabildo, Magallanes, Anda, Beaterio, Sto.
Tomas and Portico.
The estimated population of the barangay is about 2, 759
persons (400 families). Most of the residents are pier stevedores
and pedicab drivers. The other sources of income of the families
come from small-scale businesses like sari-sari stores. It is
estimated that almost 20% of the population of the barangay are
Barangay Sawate is located in Dagat-Dagatan, Navotas. The area is
always flooded especially during heavy rainfall. Most of the
families have more than six children. Considering the age bracket,
the barangay has young population. Most of the members of the
community are Catholics. They rely on vending in the markets. Others
rely on their sari-sari stores. Most of the residents have no jobs.
Barangay 399 is located in Zone 41, district 4, Sampaloc Manila. It
lies close to business establishments and schools. It is divided by
nine streets: Sta. Clara, Floutousa, P. Naval, dela Rosa, Gastambide,
San Antonio, San Perfecto, MB delos Santos and Loyola.
The barangay has an estimated total population close to
1,000 persons. This relatively low population is just proportionate
to the small area of jurisdiction of the barangay. The squatter
population of the barangay is about 1.5%. Most families are
relatively small, an average of 2-5 children per family. Most of the
residents are catholic. Most of the residents have not finished
college and have no jobs. Almost 30% remains within the 1,000-5,000
income bracket earner.
Camiguin Mission Island-Kalayan Cagayan
The island of Camiguin is located about 100 miles in the northern
most part of the Philippines and far north of Luzon. It is found at
the east by the Pacific Ocean and the west by Balintang Channel. The
island is about 300 statute miles from Manila and 120 nautical miles
from the town of Claveria on the northern coast of Cagayan Province.
The island is usually hit by strong typhoons. The heaviest
rainfall is from August to November during which agricultural
activities are hampered. The source of living is their main concern
becuase of the frequency of typhoons. They rely much on fishing and
farming in as much as most of the residents did not finish college.
A STATEMENT FROM AN ALUMNUS
By Atty. Leonard de Vera
(1) The Supreme Court’s DECISION of July 29, 2002 citing
Atty. Leonard de Vera for indirect contempt based on his public
statement that “people are getting dangerously passionate. . .
emotionally charged” is no different from the language of the
Supreme Court in its 30 page decision upholding the
constitutionality of the Plunder Law where they themselves
recognized the danger and passion generated by the question on its
legality. Thus, to quote the Supreme Court:
“These are times that try men’s souls. In the checkered
history of this nation, few issues of national importance can
equal the amount of interest and passion generated by
petitioner’s ignominious fall from the hightest office, and his
eventual prosecution and trial under a virginal statute. This
continuing saga has driven a wedge of dissension among our people
that may linger for a long time. Only by reponding to the clarion
call for patriotism, to rise above factionalism and prejudices,
shall we emerge triumphant in the midst of ferment.” (Emphasis
Was not the Supreme Court in its Decision on the Plunder
Law, although couched in its elegant language, expressing the same
fears, concerns, and apprehensions shared by millions of
Filipinos, including Atty de Vera?
(2) Atty. de Vera wanted to uphold the dignity of the
Supreme Court and to stem the rising tide of the malicious
campaign directed against the members of the Court by insidious
and anonymous forces, by appealing
to the Supreme Court to help dispel malicious rumors that
were then being circulated nationwide through texts, radio, print,
and television. Atty. de Vera asked the Supreme Court to
immediately and publicly deny these false rumors precisely to
prevent undermining the people’s confidence in the Supreme
(3) The statement of Atty. de Vera that appreared in a
national broadsheet on November 19, 2001 when he said that
“People are getting dangerously passionate, emotionally
charged” on this issue. This was also the very day when the
Supreme Court issued its Decision upholding the constitutionality
of the Plunder Law. There was thus no way for Atty. de Vera to
have influenced, threatened or pressured the Supreme Court in its
(4) When Atty. de Vera said “he voiced his concern that a
decision by the high tribunal rendering the plunder law
unconstitutional would trigger mass actions, probably more massive
than those that led to People Power II,” He did not say that the
people must resort to mass actions. He was merely giving an
opinion that an unfavorable decision might result in mass actions.
(5) Does Atty de Vera not have a right as a citizen to
voice out and share his opinion with the many who likewise believe
that the people would have as an option, to go back to the
streets, as an exercise of their constitutional right “to
peaceably assemble and petition the government for redress of
grievances” [Bill of Rights, Article III, Sec 4, Constitution
(1987)]? As a lawyer and as a citizen, Atty. de Vera did not abuse
his constitutional right to freedom of speech. He exercised it in
a reasonable and restrained manner at a time when many voices
needed to be heard.
Email me here:
MANUEL LUIS QUEZON: THE
EMBODIMENT OF DEUS, PATRIA LETRAN
This speech was delivered by Fr. Edwin Lao during the Quezon Day
me, brothers and sisters, guests, dear friends and Letranites, to
use the English language in expressing and describing the
significance of today’s celebration. In doing this, I hope you
will not conclude that I am not placing emphasis and importance on
our wikang pilipino, considering that we are not only commemorating
Quezon’s birth anniversary but also observing the Linggo ng Wika.
Far from it! I am a “pusong-pinoy, isip-pinoy, ugali at kilos
pinoy” as anyone else, although I am a tsinoy.
chose English as a medium of conveying this morning’s reflection
and message, simply because I am more comfortable with it than with
the wikang pilipino whose rhythm and cadence I love but whose
pronunciation and accent I have difficulty, being an Ilonggo. And
so, ladies and gentlemen, your indulgence.
brings us together again, as a family and community, for one
objective: to remember and honor the man, in whom the ideals of
DEUS, PATRIA, LETRAN, comes real and fully alive. We are proud of
this Letranite, proud that Divine Providence has brought him into
Letran, into the Dominican fold and into this country which he
served with intensity and integrity of life and purpose.
Manuel Luis Quezon, as we all know, had humble beginnings. Of this,
he was not ashamed. His father was a small-town teacher with a
two-hectare rice land from which he saved very hard to give his son
a good education. But his savings were not enough. At a young age
Manuel said, “I knew what misery is. As a student I continually
lacked many of the basic necessities of life and I had almost no
money for my studies and my living. I even passed nights without
food.” (The Auto biography of Manuel L. Quezon by Sol H. Gwekoh,
1940, p. 13)
when Manuel came to Letran and later on to the University of Sto.
Tomas, he had to work hard in exchange for free board and lodging
and tuition. He graduated from the Colegio with the highest honors
in Bachelor of Arts and from UST, a law degree – a feat testifying
to the fact that for Manuel Luis Quezon, hardships and limitations
are not obstacles to progress and success but hurdles and
is of Letran that Quezon had fond memories. He even exclaimed once
that he would much prefer to be known as Quezon, the Letranite than
Quezon, the President of the Philippines. He was intelligent.
Typically, as quite a number of Letranites I know, he had a
rebellious spirit but he gamely accepted punishment for his
misbehavior and offenses. For this, the Dominican fathers loved him
and he returned such affection by starting the tradition of spending
his birthdays in Letran when he was president of the Republic. He instructed his family to continue the
tradition and this, we are doing today. Quezon declared no classes
in the Colegio, as part of his birthday celebration and of the
tradition. For this year, however, and only for this year and with
the permission of the Quezon family, August 19 is a regular class
and working day. As you all know, we already missed a number of
class days due suspensions of classes because of bad weather, floods
and typhoons. I am certain that knowing the president’s spirit and
attitude of always working and striving for the best, for intensity
and integrity of purpose, his family and fellow letranites will not
Luis Quezon could not really love his country less. In his inaugural
address as the first president of the Philippines, he said: “We
shall build a government that will be just, honest, efficient and
strong so that the foundations of the Republic may be firm and
enduring-a government that must satisfy not only the passing needs
of the hour but also the exacting demands of the future.” (The
Philippine Presidents by Eufronio M. Alip, 1958, p.67.)
a searing speech that he delivered when he bolted the Nacionalista
Party on February 24, 1922, Quezon with conviction said: “The
party never has been and never will be the people. My loyalty to my
party ends where my loyalty to my country begins.” (The speeches
of President Manuel L. Quezon, Pedro de la Llama and F.B. Icasiano,
in a test of nationalistic spirit, in the struggle for Philippine
independence, Quezon was quoted by his opponent, Gov. Gen. Leonard
Wood in April 1927: “Quezon is making an ass of himself in talking
about preferring hell full of Filipinos to a heaven full of
Americans.” (Quezon: Paladin of Philippine Freedom by Carlos
Quirino, 1971, p. 184.)
an ultimate proof of his love for the country, on his deathbed on
Saranac Lake in the United States, it is written that “when Quezon
heard of the sufferings undergone by the people (Filipinos) at the
hand of the enemy (the Japanese), he cried copiously. He said…
‘I only wish I could go back to the Philippines-even if I die the
day after my arrival.’ This burning hope, of seeing once more his
native land, kept alive the flame of life in his tortured body.” (Quezon:
Paladin of Philippine Freedom, p. 379.)
that President Quezon put God above all, I have no doubt. On August
19, 1937, he said: “On this my birthday, once more I implore the
guidance of Divine Providence in the performance of my task …”
(The speeches of President Manuel L. Quezon, p. 152.)
Manuel Luis Quezon: “henyo sa pulitika, lider ng masa”; the poor
boy who became the greatest statesman of our country; the Letranite
who embodied the beautiful ideal of DEUS, PATRIA, LETRAN. Today,
once again, I bring him before us as the model for all Letranites to
make this ideal, real and fully alive. May many, if not all
Letranites, emulate and follow his example.
wish to thank our dear president’s family, the guests, the
fathers, the administrators, the faculty, the students and all
Letranites for coming and continuing this heart-warming tradition in
bless. Arriba Letran!
Wins in the 14th Asian Games
The best athletes of Asia converged in Busan, South Korea
this year from September 29 – October 14, 2002 and participated in
the 14th Asian Games. An estimated 10,000 athletes from 44
countries of Asia competed this year including the Philippines for
pride and glory in 31 sports events. This year’s theme of the 14th ASIAN was “NEW VISION, NEW ASIA”.
In the event of bowling, a Letranite was one of the members
of the Philippine team. LIZA CLUTARIO, a senior Management student
placed third over-all in the women’s singles finals and captured
the bronze medal for the Philippines. Clutario scored a final tally
of 1,308 behind Kim Soo Kyung of South Korea (1,362) and Miyuki
Kubotani of Japan (1,334).
While in the Team-of-Five event, Clutario together with
Liza del Rosario, Josephine Canare, Irene Garcia-Benitez, Kathlyn
Lopez and Ma. Cecilia Yap finished second and got the silver medal
behind Chinese Taipei. Clutario has the making of a world-class
bowler wherein in 1997 she captured the Master’s Title in the
Asian F.I.Q. and early this year she emerged as the Master’s
Champion in the Malaysian Open in Penang.
The modern Asian Games began in 1951 in New Delhi, India
where 11 nations and 489 athletes competed. The Philippines hosted
the games in 1954. South Korea hosted it twice, Seoul in 1986 and
this year. The next Asian Games will be held in 2006 in Doha, Qatar.
As the 14th
ASIAN Games closed, the Philippines ended 18th
over-all with 3 gold, 7 silver and 16 bronze medals quite an
improvement compared with the 1998 ASIAN in Bangkok, Thailand where
we ended with 1 gold, 5 silvers and 12 bronzes.
China remained to be the sports superpower in the region by
taking the Lion’s share of the medal haul.
Wikang Filipino Tungo Sa Globalisasyon:Isang Paglilinaw
Ang pagtatapos ng pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Wika 2002 ay lalo
pang dinagdagan ng kahulugan ng naging panauhing tagapagsalita na si
Prof. Ramero B. Royo ng Pamantasang Normal ng Pilipinas. Kanyang
nilinaw ang ilang maling haka-haka hinggil sa wikang Filipino upang
lalong mapahalagahan ang tema ng pagdiwang para sa taong ito: “Ang
Wikang Filipino Tungo sa Globalisasyon”
Una niyang tinalakay ang kahalagahan ng pagpapalit ng P sa
Filipino nang gawain Filipino ang dating kinikilalang Pilipino
bilang Wikang Pambansa. Ayon sa kanya, marami ang di nakakabatid
nito kaya nalilito. Malaki ang pagkakaiba ng dalawa. Sa kontekstong
Filipino, simula ng maipatupad ang konstitusyon ng 1987, ang
Filipino ay tumutukoy sa Wikang Pambansa – ang wika ng ating
pagkakakilanlan, samantalang ang Pilipino naman ay tumutukoy sa mga
mamamayan ng Pilipinas. Bukod pa sa ito ay isang makapangyarihang
opisyal na wika ng bansa kasama ang wikang Ingles. Ngunit sa
kontekstong Ingles, ang salitang Filipino ay tumutukoy kapwa sa tao
at sa wika.
Sa Filipino: Ako ay Pilipino. Filipino ang wikang sinasalita
Sa Ingles :
I am a Filipino. I speak the Filipino language.
Ang dating kinikilalang Pilipino na pambansang wika ay
nakakulong lamang o kung di man ay limitado lamang ang nasasakop
sapagkat ito ay ibinatay lamang sa dayalektong Tagalog na noong
panahong iyon ay ang siyang nangunguna at pinakagamitin na dayalekto
sa bansa. Magkagayunman, maraming mga rehiyon, particular ang
Kabisayaan, ang tumutol dito. Sapagkat ayon sa kanila, ito y di
nagpapakita ng kalahatan ng Pilipinas. Subalit sa pagdaan ng ilan
pang mga taon, nakita rin ang limitasyong ito. Di maitatatwang
marami na ang mga salitang nakapapasok at nagagamit sa
pakikipagkomunikasyon ng mga mamamayang Pilipino na hindi lamang
batay sa Tagalog. At gayundin naman, maraming mga termino at
konseptong pumapasok sa ating sistema na di matugunan ng wastong
salin sa Pilipino. Di maitatawag noon pa ma’y marami ng salitang
galling sa iba’t ibang dayalekto bukod sa Tagalog ang nag-uumalpas
at di naiwasang magamit sa pakikipagkomunikasyon ng mga Pilipino.
Mga salitang tulad ng pinakbet (Ilokano), Inday (Bisaya), laing (Bikol)
at marami pang iba. Ang “salipawpaw” ay kinilala nang “eroplano”,
ang “pakikipagtalastasan” ay komunikasyon Bukod dito ay marami
ring banyagang wika ang walang pag-aatubiling nakapasok sa ating
wika. Nagagamit at nauunawaan ng mayorya ng mga Pilipino ang mga
salitang ito at tinatanggap na bahagi na ng ating wika sapagkat
karamihan sa mga tio ay sadyang mga walang salin sa Tagalog. Mga
salitang tulad ng spaghetti, pizza pie (Italyano), papier mache,
Mardi gras (Pranses), modus operandi, habeas corpus (Latin), siopao,
siomai mami (Intsik) at marami pang mga salita sa Kastila at Ingles
Kaya’t sa mga indikasyong ito ay muling pinag-aralan ang higit na
angkop na wikang magsisilbing pagkakakilanlan ng mga Pilipino.
At sa Konstitusyon ng 1987, sa atas ng Artikulo XIV,
Seksyon 6 tinukoy nito na “ang Wikang Pambansa ng Pilipinas ay
Filipino” Ito ay ang wikang di lamang nakabatay sa Tagalog kundi
gayundin ng mga umiiral na dayalekto at wika sa Pilipinas. Ang mga
salitang mula sa mga dayalekto at mula sa banyaga ay malayang
makapapasok sa ating wika bagamat nanantiling bukas ang wikang
Filipino sa paglikha ng mga salitang maaring maitumbas sa mga
konseptong umiiral sa kasalukuyan. Ito ay patuloy na lilinangin
tungo sa kanyang intelektwalisasyon.
Ito ang diwa ng tema ng pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Wika para
sa taong ito. Ang wikang Filipino ay pinayayabong hindi upang
yakapin ang kulturang kanluranin kundi upang manatili itong buhay..
Ang paghihiram ng mga salitang banyaga ay nagpapakita ng pagiging
dinamiko ng ating wika at di ng pagiging mahina nito. Ang Ingles,
bago ito kinilalang isang makapangyarihang
wika sa mundo ay dumaan din sa mga serye ng panghihiram. Mula sa mga
salitang Griyego, Latin, Anglo-Saxon at iba pa, ang mga wikang
ito’y kanila nang inangkin sapagkat naisalin at napagyaman na nila
sa kanilang wika at pinagyayaman din naman nito ang kanilang wika.
Ganito rin ang prosesong pinagdaraanan ng wikang Filipino sa
kasalukuyan. Maari mahabang panahon pa ang kailangang gugulin upang
marating ng Filipino ang estado ngayon ng Ingles subalit kung
sisimulan na ngayon ang mga pagbabago, hindi na malalayo sa possible
ang lahat ng paghahangad na ito. Kinakailangan makatugon ang ating
wika sa mabilis na takbo ng panahon tulad din naman ng pagtugon na
ginagawa ng ating siyensya at teknolohiya, edukasyon, kalakalan at
magin ng ating pamahalaan. Kaya’t ang wika, bilang salamin ng lahi
at ng lahat ng ito, ay di rin dapat mapag-iwanan.
scene today is the focus of man’s interest worldwide. There are
forces at work which could mean the rise and fall of nations
because of the struggle for money and power.
Hussein may be an evil genius but equally so are the Americans who
supposedly, in the name of freedom or anti-terrorism and
destruction, could plunge the world into a war of attrition, a war
that may be the mother of all wars.
Bush Jr. is the son of his father but apparently the latter had
more in the head and the humility to accept the fact that another
brush with Saddam Husseim could mean World War III. It could have
been a war without victory for all would be lossers. He thus
withdrew to a position of peace.
here now is talk of imminent danger and imminent
war. Chemical and biological weapons plus a nuclear arsenal
may be in Saddam Hussein’s hands but where did he get the
ingredients and the expertise and the technology that these
entail? Why is France and Germany so blessedly silent while
England and the US are acting like war freaks? Why is an Arab
prince talking about Israel and the influence of the Zionist
movement in the U.S. Congress?
Think my friends think. There is more than meets the eye
we wonder at the extent of man’s greed,
at his audacity to put his life and that of mankind into
the devil’s hands for the sake of money and power.
could mean a huge increase in the production of war materiels that
could boost a sagging economy that is headed towads recession. No
thanks to the CEO’s and the corruption in the high places of
American and European business giants.
war could also mean global annihilation by means of fire. Did not
God promise in the Old Testament that never would he again punish
man by means of water? The rainbow is the sign of that covenant
after the Great Deluge in Noah’s time.
seems no appeal to man’s reason or his sense of justice now.
giants quarrel, let the ants beware. They could be trampled
underfoot. Ants are not heard by giants: Their collective voice is
only a squeak in the night. And who are they anyway?
is the time for us to
go down on our knees and plead for peace before the Almighty God.
If the giants do not hear us God hears. For he is a generous and
forgiving God, says the prophet Exekiel.
the cold war with Russia? It was through the Blessed Mother who
lead the universal prayer for peace that the USSR conglomerate
broke into pieces and communism lost its dreaded fangs. Now
christian communities are coming back to life in the Russian
steppes and deserts.
WORLD YOUTH DAY
Theme: You are the salt of the earth You are the light of the
world (Mt 5:13-14)
Ottawa and Toronto Canada
July 18, 2002 to July 21, 2002 Lansdowne Park, Ottawa,
Our pre-World Youth Day was held in Ottawa, the capital of
Canada. It is 5 hours away from Toronto where the World Youth Day
took place on the 22nd of July. As
we registered, we were given our identification cards,
transportation pass and meal tickets.
We were also given color-coded badges for identification.
We were housed in different quarters provided for by the
Activities usually started with a Eucharistic Celebration,
followed by Worship and Praising, Healing, Parade of the Flags,
even Concerts which featured different local bands with Janelle,
the one who sang the World Youth Day theme song for this year. The
concluding mass, which, was held on the 20th, was officiated by the Bishop of Canada with the
participation of the different priest delegates. These days spent
in Ottawa were integral part of the WYD activities, which provided
the Diocese of Ottawa the opportunity to welcome and host the
pilgrims from other countries and to share and celebrate their
faith through activities that reflect the unique, spiritual and
cultural heritage of their region. Thus, for us Letranites and for
the more than 800 Filipino pilgrims, it was fortunate to have
spent the pre-WYD festival in this beautiful and panoramic City of
Ottawa. There were about 5,000 pilgrims/participants who attended,
of which majority came from Manila.
We left Ottawa at 10 am of 21st, which was the scheduled day for all the delegates to
travel to Toronto. We took a bus ride, the one, which brought us
to Ottawa from Pearson Airport. But this time we went down to
Pickering, a suburban. This is where we registered for the World
Youth Day proper. We were given our new Identification Pass, which
also served as our transportation pass in greater Toronto, a body
bag which contained our meal tickets, rosary, candle for our
overnight vigil, prayer book, cross necklace, Canadian flag pin,
WYD pin, Toronto map and a hanky. From here, we took the Go Train
going to our accommodation site in Mississauga, about 30 minutes
away from Toronto. The females were housed in Ascension of the
Lord School and St. Catherine’s Parish while the males were
accommodated in St. Hillary School.
July 22, 2002 to July 26, 2002, Exhibition Place, Toronto,
The activity of the World Youth Day started on the 22nd with Catechism at 10 am which was followed by the
Eucharistic mass at 12 noon. The delegates were divided among the
different venues inside the Exhibition Place. In the afternoon
there were different schedules of activities in different venues.
The Pope arrived on the 24th at the Pearson Airport at around 1pm. Everybody in
Exhibition Place had the chance to see him as he arrived because
the organizer set-up TV walls. On the 25th
at 5 pm we had our welcome program for the Pope which lasted till
6:30. There, he greeted all the countries in different languages.
There was also a presentation of the brief history of each World
Youth Day happenings.
The way of the cross was held on the 26th at 7 p.m. Everybody gathered around the University Avenue
and took part in this great drama play.
July 27, 2002 to July 28, 2002, Downsview Park, Toronto,
As early as 11am everybody was gathered already in their
designated route going to Downsview Park, where the Papal Mass
took place on the following day. Delegates come from different
routes. It was long hours of walk under the heat of the sun. The
delegates were carrying their things for the overnight vigil. But
still you will see and feel how enthusiastic everybody was, some
were singing and dancing as they waved their flags. Along the
roads, organizer set-up drinking stations and food stations,
others were even given by sponsors and volunteers.
At Downsview Park, delegates pitched their tents in their
designated area which, was assigned by colors. Pope John Paul II
arrived at 8pm boarding his chopper then, he toured the grounds in
his Pope Mobile and greeted the delegates before he went to the
stage. In his message, he contrasted 2 central events in recent
months: one, the sight of pilgrims coming to Rome during the great
Jubilee to pass through the Holy Door, which is Christ, our Savior
and Redeemer. The second, which is the terrible terrorist attack
on New York, which was an image of the world wherein hostility and
hatred seems to prevail.
There were about 400,000 delegates who camped after the
vigil with the Pope. It was so amazing to see young people stayed
up late at night just exchanging conversations with other
delegates from all over the world. The rain began to fall early
morning of Sunday, it was even a thunderstorm of sort but it did
not stop pilgrims from coming and celebrating the Papal Mass in
Downsview Park at 10am. The Pope arrive a little late because of
the weather, even though wet and tired, everybody enthusiastically
prepared for the concluding liturgy – the celebration of the
Eucharist. Pope John Paul II celebrated the mass with about 400
bishops and more than 1,000 priests. The mass was conducted in
French, English and native Indian languages.
In a brief allusion to the sex scandals that rocked the
church, John Paul II had this to say, “do not be discouraged by
the sins and failures of some of his members. The harm done by
some priests to the young and vulnerable fills us all with a deep
sense of sadness and shame. But think of the majority of dedicated
and generous priests whose only wish is to serve and do good to
others..” The Pope also assured everybody that although he is
now elderly, he remains young at heart. He even said at one point,
“ You are young and the Pope is old, and a bit tired, but still
I fully identify myself with your hopes and aspirations.”
Indeed, Pope John Paul II has lived through much darkness under
harsh totalitarian regimes, he has seen enough evidence to be
unshakably convinced that “no difficulty, no fear is so great
that it can completely suffocate the hope that springs eternal in
the hearts of the young.”
At the closing of the mass, Pope John Paul II once again
urged the young pilgrims/participants not to be discouraged or
distracted by reports of clerical misbehavior. He also announced
that the next World Youth Day celebration would be held in
Cologne, Germany in 2005.
Approximately 800,000 attended the Papal Mass in Downsview
Park, which used to be an airbase camp. Despite the early
thunderstorm, the number of the attendees even doubled than what
other people expected – even substantially more than the
Center Holds Faculty Orientation
Jose Martin Sibug, O.P. Area Chairman of the Communication Arts Area and
Head of the Colegio’s Media Center recently presided the Faculty
Orientation on Multi-Media. The orientation given to all faculty members of
the collegiate department of both colleges (CBAA and CLASEd) aims to make
everybody aware of the latest media technology trends and its implications.
According to Fr. Sibug, in multi-media, several kinds of
information like text, graphics, sounds, pictures, video are integrated by
computers so that users can interact with them and get feedback regarding
the interaction. Interactivity, he added is the greatest potential
benefit of multi-media. Media Technology trends involve a smaller, smarter
and more powerful media; more portable and flexible information; more
electronic delivery systems. Media Technology trend also includes
convergence fo technology, infotainment and edutainment. In this category he
made mentioned how TV programs today mix the delivery of information and
entertainment. Thus, tv programs now are not only informational, educational
but entertaining as well because of the way things are presented to the
audience. He emphasized that there is a decrease in the cost of technology
because companies now continuously find ways to improve their products and
therefore hasten obsolescense of the latest product models we have today.
These media technology trends not only expand classroom
boundaries but also change the role teachers or educators play. With the
presence of multi-media there is now a more active involvement of learners.
And the bottomline is that schools should continuously have technology
planning. Fr. Sibug encouraged faculty members to explore the possibilities
of applying technology in their instruction. He mentioned the instructional
model which he calls the ASSURE MODEL. The acronym stands for
A - nalyzing learners characteristics
S - tating objectives,
S - electing content and methods of technology use,
U - tilization of technology,
R - equiring learner response and
E – valuation
Davy Chioa, Media Clerk, said that the media center provides a viewing room
for students. In case of report presentation and film viewing, there is no
need for the students to borrow the TV. All they have to do is to proceed to
the Media Center and apply for reservation of the Mezzanine Viewing Room.