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  • onthebluecorneronthebluecorner PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Letranites shine anew
    by Joey Garcia - Letran News November - December 2006


    Students from the Information Technology and Communication Arts institutes ushered in the second semester of the School Year 2006-2007 on a winning note.

    Keith Lorenz Ramos and John Ringo Sagalongos, both Bachelor of Science in Information Technology students broke examinations record by scoring perfect 1,000/1,000 points at the recently concluded Microsoft Certification Examinations held at DBWizards Center in Makati last October, 2006, and an environmental advocacy conceptualized by Communication Arts graduate Raffy Gimeno won the Best Public Service TV Ad in the Student CMMA Division at the recently concluded 28th Catholic Mass Media Awards held on November 10, 2006 at the RCBC Plaza in Makati City.
    Institute Directors, Randy Castillo (Information Technology) and Rowena Capulong-Reyes (Communication Arts) are ecstatic about the honors collected by their respective students.

    Ramos and Sagalongos topped examinees in the Microsoft Certified Software Developer (MCSB) Track. It was Ramos’ second attempt at the examinations. In his first try, Ramos scored a measly 659 points – 41 points short of the 700-point passing mark.

    Castillo recounts Ramos’ frustration. “He was so close in making the mark, but he fell short by a very few points. I think his disappointment spurred him to take his second challenge more seriously,” he said.

    Meanwhile, 23 other students passed the MCSB Track; eight pulled through in the Microsoft Certified Network Engineering (MCSE) track; and two also successfully passed their Microsoft Certified Database Administration (MCDBA) track.

    Castillo said that the Microsoft Certification exams are not easy. “Even IT professionals who have already been practicing in their respective IT fields also sometimes fail.”

    The number of passing students from the Colegio – an impressive 60% – reflects the Institute’s commitment to upgrade the IT skills of its students and to live up to its recognition by Microsoft as a premier provider of world-class training programs. The Colegio is credited as the first Microsoft Academy in the Philippines and the only one of its kind in the National Capital Region.

    Meanwhile, Gimeno’s entry entitled “Save,” bested other entries including another Letran nominee, Madz Mansueto’s “Daddy’s Girl”. With the catch-phrase, “Forest is their shelter,” his work highlighted not only a call to save trees in order to save lives, but also to take care of nature, God’s gift to us.

    Aside from Gimeno and Mansueto’s works, six other nominations were garnered by Comm Arts students in two categories: Best TV Production (Sementeryo and Kumbidukasyon) and Best Public Service Print Ad (Pakawalan Mo Siya, Pilay, Not a Working Man, and Guess Who?)
    Since 2002, the Institute of Communication has won over half a dozen awards in various categories.

    Reyes takes pride in the quality of work produced by the students of the institute. “The fact that we are being recognized from 2002 up to now proves the consistency and the quality of work that our students produce. These are productions based on industry standards.” Reyes said.
    She gives credit to the support of the Institute’s faculty and added, “This can only be attributed to the collaboration and unity of purpose that exist between students and professors. What sets us apart from the rest is the hands-on training we give the students. We inculcate values in their work.”

    One such training is the Institute’s annual EXCELLANCE Night where outstanding productions of Comm Arts students are recognized, nominated and awarded. The awards night becomes the students’ training ground for a future of further artistic recognition outside the Colegio.
    With the semester only just underway, it is expected that more honors will come Letran’s way.
  • onthebluecorneronthebluecorner PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Intramuros Consortium holds research confab
    by Erlinda Pontilar - Letran News November - December 2006


    Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Research Planning and Organizational Development Department, headed by Eloisa Labrador, hosted the 1st Intramuros Consortium Research Conference on November 17, at the St. Thomas Audio-Visual Room.

    The theme was “Exploring the Research Capabilities of the Intramuros Consortium.” Dr. Milagros D. Ibe, dean of the Graduate School of Miriam, College, Quezon City, was the guest speaker.

    Dr. Victoria Rosas, dean of the Graduate School and the College of Business Administration and Accountancy, welcomed the participants in behalf of Fr. Edwin Lao, O.P.

    There were a total of 156 administrators, professors and researchers who attended the conference; 32 were from Mapua Institute of Technology (MIT), 28 from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM), 40 from Lyceum of the Philippines and 56 from Letran.

    The speaker emphasized that research “is not at all a boring, undertaking as many because through it one can discover the truth.”

    Directors of the research departments of the Intramuros consortium member-schools also presented their accomplishments. They were Dr. Joy Hofileña of Mapua, Dr. Carmelo Bihasa of PLM, Dr. Felicitas Sicam of Lyceum and Labrador of Letran.

    The Batingaw Dance Group of Lyceum performed the invocation and presented an intermission number.
  • onthebluecorneronthebluecorner PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    GBR pays a visit
    by Mitchell Bonavente - Letran News November - December 2006


    On November 7, Geronimo Berenguer delos Reyes (GBR) visited the Colegio. The Father Rector, Fr. Edwin A. Lao, O.P., and other members of the Letran community welcomed him.

    A graduate of Bachelor of Science in Commerce major in Management and Finance; GBR is also a Colegio awardee. He is one of the outstanding professional awardees in the field of business.

    He is the founder and chairman of Gateway Property Holdings and Gateway Electronic Corporation in the Philippines.

    He established the GBR Foundation and the GBR museum in his Cavite business park. The museum displayed significant Philippine related photographs, books, maps and the like.

    During his visit, he narrated his experiences when he was still a student. He mentioned the names of the faculty, staff and priests who were role models to him as well as people who helped him during his stay in the Colegio.

    He said that he has always been grateful to the Colegio for it has taught him lessons that made him who he is today, and that he is proud to have studied in this illustrious school.

    During his visit, GBR was presented his trophy and medal for the Outstanding Professional Award since he was not able to attend the awarding ceremonies last March.

    Capping the visit was a merienda and an audio-visual presentation of Letran-Abucay.

    He promised to visit the satellite school of the Colegio once a HELIPAD is constructed.
  • onthebluecorneronthebluecorner PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Letran Alumnus Geronimo Berenguer de los Reyes, owner of Gateway Property Holdings and Gateway Electronics Corp-Philippines, visited the Colegio in November 7. He promised to visit Letran's satellite school in Abucay, Bataan after the construction of Letran-Bataan's Helipad.
  • onthebluecorneronthebluecorner PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Accountancy major score in quiz bee
    by Ramon Marticio - Letran News November - December 2006


    An accountancy student, Riechelle Calderon, placed third over-all in the NCR Cup: Auditing Problems and Auditing Theories Inter-School Quiz Bee Level 6 & 7 held recently at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) in Sta. Mesa, Manila.

    The accounting competition was articipated by 21 different colleges and universities in the National Capital Region. Calderon competed in Level 7 and was third behind PUP and San Beda College, respectively.

    Meanwhile, another accountancy bet, Rose Ann Salvador landed 11th place in Level 6 competition in auditing theories.
  • onthebluecorneronthebluecorner PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Letran hosts stats training
    by Mitchell Bonavente - Letran News November - December 2006


    The Colegio together with the Philippine Statistical Association (PSA), hosted a two-day training on market segmentation. As a member of the PSA, the Colegio sponsored the venue of the event at the Computer Laboratory 2.

    The topics discussed included factor analysis; cluster analysis; logistic regression; use of Statistical Packages and Service Solutions (SPSS) Clementine, a product that specializes in data mining techniques, which includes factor and cluster analysis; and a demo on the use of CSPro, a software of the National Statistical Office (NSO).

    Speakers included Shirlee Ocampo, professor from De La Salle University (DLSU) who discussed factor analysis; Genelyn Maria Sarte, professor from University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, tackled cluster analysis; Len Peralta, marketing manager of The Asia Pacific Centre for Research, Inc., SPSS distributor, introduced SPSS Clementine; Dr. Emeterio Solivas, professor from UP Los Ba?os, explained the uses of logistic regression; Vincent Morris Olivar, representative of NSO, and Francisco delos Reyes, assistant professor from the School of Statistics of UP Diliman, facilitated the hands-on exercises.

    Participants were ABS-CBN Broadcasting Company, ACNielsen (Philippines), Inc., Ateneo de Naga University, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Bureau of Agricultural Statistics, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics, Commission on Population, DLSU, Development Bank of the Philippines, GMA Network, Inc. Globe Telecom, Holy Angel University, UPLB Institute of Statistics, National Statistics Coordination Board, NSO, National Tax research Center, Socila Security System, Social Weather Station, Statistical Research and Training Center, TNS Trends, Inc., Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, ACRE, UP School of Statistics and Colegio de San Juan de Letran.
  • onthebluecorneronthebluecorner PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Letran hosts stats training
    by Mitchell Bonavente - Letran News November - December 2006


    The Colegio together with the Philippine Statistical Association (PSA), hosted a two-day training on market segmentation. As a member of the PSA, the Colegio sponsored the venue of the event at the Computer Laboratory 2.

    The topics discussed included factor analysis; cluster analysis; logistic regression; use of Statistical Packages and Service Solutions (SPSS) Clementine, a product that specializes in data mining techniques, which includes factor and cluster analysis; and a demo on the use of CSPro, a software of the National Statistical Office (NSO).

    Speakers included Shirlee Ocampo, professor from De La Salle University (DLSU) who discussed factor analysis; Genelyn Maria Sarte, professor from University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, tackled cluster analysis; Len Peralta, marketing manager of The Asia Pacific Centre for Research, Inc., SPSS distributor, introduced SPSS Clementine; Dr. Emeterio Solivas, professor from UP Los Ba?os, explained the uses of logistic regression; Vincent Morris Olivar, representative of NSO, and Francisco delos Reyes, assistant professor from the School of Statistics of UP Diliman, facilitated the hands-on exercises.

    Participants were ABS-CBN Broadcasting Company, ACNielsen (Philippines), Inc., Ateneo de Naga University, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Bureau of Agricultural Statistics, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics, Commission on Population, DLSU, Development Bank of the Philippines, GMA Network, Inc. Globe Telecom, Holy Angel University, UPLB Institute of Statistics, National Statistics Coordination Board, NSO, National Tax research Center, Socila Security System, Social Weather Station, Statistical Research and Training Center, TNS Trends, Inc., Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, ACRE, UP School of Statistics and Colegio de San Juan de Letran.
  • onthebluecorneronthebluecorner PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Debaters reach final round
    by Aurora Alforte - Letran News November - December 2006


    A sense of elation engulfed four debaters of Letran Debate Society, its coach Herdy Yumul, his friend-supporter Aurora Alforte, Office of Student and Cultural Affairs head, Jeffrey Consignado, and his deputy Teresita Magmayo, as the group traveled to the mountainous slopes of the north and welcomed the October air of Baguio city.

    The purpose: to join the 8th National Debate Championship whose host for this year was University of Baguio.

    Along with the 31 colleges and universities, Letran followed to the theme “Rational Excellence Through Competitive Eloquence” in a six-day British parliamentary debate tournament from October 22 to 27.

    Letran sent four debaters in the persons of Arvin Ramos and Karlo Eleazar Gomez (Letran A Team) and Sherman Louie Gabito and Mikhail Tizon (Letran B Team). Ramos is a sophomore Communication Arts student, Gomez a graduating Broadcast Communication student, Tizon a freshman Advertising student, and Gabito a junior Political Science student.

    The two professors and two administrators who were with them sat in an observer’s status, witnessing how the teams performed against other debaters. There were more than 130 teams sent by the 31 participating schools.

    Succeeding match-up rounds were based on the number of points gathered by each team, 3 being the highest and 0 being the lowest for each contending team of four. Following the principle of power matching, the two Letran teams competed with and against prominent schools like Ateneo de Manila, DLSU Manila, and University of the Philippines, surprisingly producing more points than them considering the debaters’ rookie position and experience in debating (the LDS was formally established in CSJL this year).

    Meanwhile, the family of Tizon, coming all the way from Manila to watch him, seemed to have inspired the debater all the more in earning better points than previous rounds in that frenzied 4th round with the motion concerning the allowing or disallowing permanent war aids in war-afflicted territories. It didn’t serve inutile, however, even if his team with Gabito did not push for the Octofinal Round.

    After the 5th debate round, Yumul started inquiring and comparing points mentally to predetermine if Letran A may have a chance to push forward to the 8th round. The 6th and 7th rounds were silent rounds; hence, oral adjudication was not rendered, thereby barring the teams on inquiry of how they have fared. These rounds were their tickets to the 8th round, the Octofinal Round, which would permit a team to move on to the quarter finals.

    Debating since Monday of that week, all teams waited if they made it to the Octofinal round on the break night held at the Red Lion Pub that Wednesday evening. While the adjudication core busied themselves with manual and electronic tabulations, the quadrangular tables in the pub were flooded with drinks, popcorns, as music filled the air.

    The awaited moment came, and at almost 11 p.m., delegates started cheering as their teams were announced on the basis of points for breaking to the Octofinal Round.

    On the 21st place, out of more than 130 teams, Letran A was called.

    Yumul, very overwhelmed that night, hugged debater Ramos who was as euphoric. The four debaters and two professors made a Letran letter cheer at their table after a group hug, amid the participants from other schools, and despite their number.

    Letran, a rookie in debating whose debate society was founded only this year, was able to hit it big in that tournament when other schools had to take a number of years and toil further to enable themselves push for the Octofinal Round. It was indeed an achievement, an early one for Letran.
    The following day, while older debating schools started packing up to travel back to Manila as not any of their teams had made it to the octofinals, Ramos and Gomez were scurrying to a 15-minute prep time after the flashing of the motion.

    With their round against Ateneo de Manila, Silliman University, and UP Manila, they however, lost to Silliman University and UP Manila in forwarding to the quarterfinal round.

    UP Diliman brought home the championship title of the tournament.

    Letran was awarded a certificate for breaking in the Octofinal round.

    Part of such victory was shared with LDS’ coach and adviser Yumul who calls debate “the basketball of the mind” bringing into parallelism Letran’s successes in the NCAA, with high hopes of making the same in debate.
  • onthebluecorneronthebluecorner PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    ^Arriba LDS (The Letran Debating Society)!
  • onthebluecorneronthebluecorner PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Letran celebrates 386th foundation
    by James M. Fajarito - Letran News November - December 2006


    Colegio de San Juan de Letran observed its 386th year with a week of festivities from December 11 to 15, 2006.
    This year’s foundation activities, which revolved around the theme on globalization, were spearheaded by Dean Jolaflor Cabildo of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

    Day one of the foundation week witnessed the staging of Liem: The Musicale, the annual dramatic showcase in song on the saint Letran has produced: San Vicente Liem dela Paz.

    Teatro Letran presented the play twice: in the morning and in the afternoon.

    Three weeks before the celebrations, the Institutional Communications and Relations Office invited all sectors in Letran to participate in the Lantern and Belen Contests. After the judging December 5, the following emerged victorious:

    Lantern Contest: 1st - Jonathan Evans Andaya (blue globe); 2nd - Entrereneurship (wire globe); and 3rd - Christian Gatmaitan (Moss Parol)
    Belen Contest: 1st - Rector’s office; and 2nd - Entrepreneurship

    On December 13, the Letran-Intramuros community participated in a motorcade and parade around Intramuros.

    Upon returning to Letran, field demonstrations took place. Then, winners of various foundation-related contests were announced. Some present special numbers for the program.

    The highlight in the afternoon was the annual Letran Heritage Quiz, a Colegio-wide academic battle on the employees’ and students’ knowledge on the history of the oldest secondary school in the country.

    A symposium on globalization was organized in the morning of the 14th. In the afternoon, the community watched and participated in basketball, volleyball and parlor games.

    On the 15th, selected members of the Colegio (including National Service Training Program classes) distributed gifts to the adopted communities of Letran.
  • onthebluecorneronthebluecorner PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Marketing Area chair leads students at expo
    by Ramon Marticio - Letran News November - December 2006


    The Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Economics area of the College of the Business Administration recently attended fora and exposition on different industry concerns affecting business at present.

    The first event was the “TechnoNegosyo” held at the World Trade Center in Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. The Colegio’s participants were Virginia Salonga, area chair and Jojo Villamin, faculty member, and marketing and entrepreneurship students.

    Several topics were discussed during the forum such as profiling entrepreneurship, broadbanding a business, opportunities in biotechnology, jumpstarting tech venture, and latest technology trends in entrpreneurship.

    Prominent businessmen and entrepreneurs acted as panelists like Jaime Zobel de Ayala of the Ayala Corporation, Atty. Felipe Gozon of GMA Network and Patrick Aronson of Motorola Philippines.

    Highlight of the affair was the opening of the “Technonegosyo” expositon where guests included Sen. Mar Roxas, Sen. Kiko Pangilinan, Jose Concepcion III and Department of Science and Technology secretary Estrella Alabastro.

    The second was a conference entitled, “Move Up to World Class” sponsored by the Association of Marketing Educators (AME) of the Philippines held at La Consolacion College in Mendiola, Manila.

    Topics discussed were balikbayan marketing presented by Mr. Victoria Acac, an AME officer; new trends in marketing by Rogelio Ramos, group account director of Jimenez Basic and internet marketing by Donald Patrick Lim, president and CEO of www.yehey.com.

    Faculty members who joined Salonga in the conference were Nito Victoria, Gary Tubera and Sienna Santiago.
  • onthebluecorneronthebluecorner PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    CCD, LCV reach out to communities
    by Mitchell Bonavente - Letran News November - December 2006


    “Volunteerism is becoming servants of the Lord, workers of His vineyard.”

    This is the motto of the Letran Community Volunteers (LCV), a group of collegiate students that is dedicated to community building in the spirit of volunteerism and faith-driven service.

    The LCV under the Office of Student and Cultural Affairs, formerly the Letran Outreach Outdoor Society, was founded on Christ’s teachings of love of God and love of neighbor. The LCV is also under the close supervision of its adviser, Leo Bernadas of the Center for Community Development.

    This month of December, a month of giving and sharing, the LCV participated in a number of community service including a pre-Christmas celebration with the children of Baranggay 655. On December 9, together with senior high school students, LCV accompanied the children of Baranggay 655 to Manila Zoo, and then they came back to Letran for a Christmas party and gift giving.

    Following this activity was a visit to Tahanang Walang Hagdanan on December 10. In cooperation with the Student Assistantship Program the LCV conducted a pre-Christmas party and gift giving, and they also turned over tin cans to be used for the production of wheelchairs.

    On December 15, they facilitated a computer literacy program for the students and faculty of the Manila High School at the CL4 and CL6. The program included a catechism in the morning and computer literacy in the afternoon. On the same day, other members of the group and representatives of the Letran community went to the different adopted communities of the Colegio for a Christmas party and gift giving./
  • onthebluecorner,

    KINDLY ASK THE TEACHERS AND STUDENTS WHO ??VOLUNTEERED??? OR FORCED???

    PAPOGI NG LETRAN!! ASK THEM. THEY ARE FORCED TO ATTEND OTHERWISE FOR THE TEACHERS, THEY WILL RECEIVE A MEMO. FOR THE STUDENTS, NO ADDITIONAL GRADES.
    we were once part of this ministry . . . but they are futile.
  • NEWS . .
    paki remind naman ho ANG EVIL DEMONICAN ORLANDO ACERON regarding test questioners . . . We are afraid that test questions that will be on our test papers are not discussed by our teachers. We believe our teachers have problem with this PRIEST. . . .

    AND More so to his SIDEKICK??? EVA ABARDO, SIPSIP, DEMONYITA. ITO RAW NAGPAPAHIRAP SA EXAMS NATING MGA STUDENTS. . . .
  • bankereconomistbankereconomist PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    hahaha hindi ko alam kung bakit nakakatiis kang mag-stay sa Letran.
  • Have some respect to the thread. Don't advertise your stupidity here.
  • bankereconomistbankereconomist PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    well ano pa ba asahan mo kay pol45?
  • onthebluecorneronthebluecorner PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    This forum is to inform...not to lambast.

    You can write your comments and opinions in a very mature and professional way.

    Arriba Letran!
  • Daan lang...

    Arriba Letran!!! *okay*
  • pol45 wrote: »
    NEWS . .
    paki remind naman ho ANG EVIL DEMONICAN ORLANDO ACERON regarding test questioners . . . We are afraid that test questions that will be on our test papers are not discussed by our teachers. We believe our teachers have problem with this PRIEST. . . .

    AND More so to his SIDEKICK??? EVA ABARDO, SIPSIP, DEMONYITA. ITO RAW NAGPAPAHIRAP SA EXAMS NATING MGA STUDENTS. . . .



    ^^^ you are not a Letranista. Because if you are then you should know where to post your message.

    So we are convinced that you are just a poseur. :lol:
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