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November 2002 Issue  

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Headlines

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. Dan Villa.   

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 to teach.”

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 students.”   

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.


Newsman 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 game.

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. Sibug, O.P.

The 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 co-curricular activities.

LETRAN 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 son.

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 schools’ alumnus-martyr-saint. 

Students, 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.

INSTITUTIONAL 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 December.  

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 Child.  

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. 

The series of livelihood seminars is supported by the Colegio’s Administrators, faculty members, non-academic personnel and collegiate students.

DBA 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 students. 

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. 

The 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 Reports.

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.

Campus Events

PAGES 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 7. 

This 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.           

Faculty 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 Dugang. 

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 better living. 

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 Environment. 

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 principles are:  

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 the cooperative. 

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 Christ. 


CEAP-NCR Annual General Assembly Held

The 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 and Education.

The 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”.

In the afternoon, Fr. Anthony Ma. Mendoza, OSB, Chair-Elementary Commission led the orientation and selection of Cluster Representatives to CEAP-NCR Commissions.

As 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.


Colegio Celebrates Theology Week

A 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.

The 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.

The 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. 

The week long celebration culminated with a mass held last September 6 at 3:00 p.m.

LJFINEX 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 2002-03.

The following officers were introduced:

EXECUTIVE BOARD 

PRESIDENT                                :DARREN ROXAS
VP-INTERNAL AFFAIRS                :CHRISTINA DEL ROSARIO
VP-EXTERNAL AFFAIRS                :GISELLE TAN
VP-FINANCIAL AFFAIRS               :MARK JOHN PRIETO
VP-SPECIAL AFFAIR                    :PETROS RESONABLE
SECRETARY-INTERNAL AFFAIRS   :MA. RAILA TIONGCO

SECRETARY-EXTERNAL AFFAIRS   :JASMIN CRUZ
SECRETARY-FINANCIAL AFFAIRS  :MAYLEEN LAROZA
SECRETARY-SPECIAL AFFAIR       :MA.GOLDERIZZA PRINCIPIO
BUSINESS MANAGER                   :RHEA MARIE ZAPATERO
 

ADVISORY BOARD 

1ST YEAR REPRESENTATIVE          : ALDRIN DODD
2
ND YEAR REPRESENTATIVE          : VIDALYN CALALANG
3
RD YEAR REPRESENTATIVE          : MERVIN GENE LOTA
4
TH YEAR REPRESENTATIVE           : ERNESTO BELLEZA
ASSOCIATE MEMBER                     : 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. 

Letran 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 the competition.


Graders Join Children’s Congress

 Twenty-five 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.

MANAGEMENT STUDENTS ON PLANT TOUR           

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 efficiency. 

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.

R & 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. Labrador added. 

In addition to the FRP, the Colegio also offers financial assistance through the Faculty Development Fund (FDF) of the St. Liem De La Paz Foundation.

EXTENSION 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 society.  

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: 

Education/Formation - 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. 

Spiritual/Moral - 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. 

Health -  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 seminars. 

Environment - 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
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 unemployed. 

Barangay Sawata
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
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.

Alumni Affairs
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 supplied) 

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 Court. 

(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 Decision.

(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.

Rector's Standpoint

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MANUEL LUIS QUEZON:  THE EMBODIMENT OF DEUS, PATRIA LETRAN
This speech was delivered by Fr. Edwin Lao during the Quezon Day Celebration 2002.
 

Allow 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. 

I 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. 

Time 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. 

President 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)

Thus, 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 challenges.

It 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 object.  

Manuel 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.) 

In 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, 1937, p.2.)  

Then, 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.) 

As 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.) 

Finally, 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.) 

President 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. 

I 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 Quezon’s memory. 

God bless.  Arriba Letran!

Sports News

Letranite 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. 


Perspectives

Ang 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 ko.

            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.


Editorial

LET US PRAY

The economic 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.  

Saddam 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. 

George 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. 

But 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 here . 

Sometimes 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. 

War 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. 

And 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. 

There seems no appeal to man’s reason or his sense of justice now. 

When 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?

Now 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. 

Remember 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. 

Truly God hears!


Featured News

17TH 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, Ontario Canada

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 organizers.  

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, Ontario Canada

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, Ontario Canada

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 organizers predicted.


 

Campus Personalities

Media Center Holds Faculty Orientation
Fr. 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

Mr. 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.  

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