FEBRUARY 6, 2008
Ofcial Student Publication o the University o St. La Salle * USLS Coliseum Ground Floor, La Salle Ave., Bacolod City, Negros Occidental 6100 * Volume 51 Number 13
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3 females top NOPSSCEA awards
Randell T. Aranza
Epi Ma. Kassandra A. Dajao
Three women from the University were cited as outstanding student,tertiary teacher and non-teachingpersonnel in the Negros Occiden-tal Private Schools Sports CulturalEducational Association (NOPSS-CEA) Awarding Ceremony at St.Scholasticas Academy Gym last Jan. 25.Nea Cecille Quiachon, Steph-anie Calamba and Rowena Japi-tanan were recognized as MostOutstanding Student, Most Out-standing Tertiary Teacher andMost Outstanding Non TeachingPersonnel, respectively.
Quiachon, a senior BS Biology student and currently the Pre-MedSociety President, led her list withoutstanding academic records and anactive involvement both in curricularand extra-curricular activities.“During the interview, I wasthe only one not wearing execu-tive attire and worse, I was late,”Quiachon disclosed.But that did not become ahindrance for her, she said that:In fact, the interview was a bitheartwarming for me because oneof the judges said that I was worth waiting for.Quiachon was also the MostOutstanding Student of NOPSC-CEA secondary level back in highschool at the USLS-IntegratedSchool.“Excellence is not aboutaccumulating medals, awardsor achievements. It’s just aboutdoing your best in everything eventhough no one is looking,” stressedQuiachon.
Japitana humbled herself asshe said that she is very gratefulto NOPSSCEA for giving the rec-ognition to her as the outstandingnon-teaching personnel.“It is not everyday that we areplaced in the limelight for oureveryday role is to be the silentforce behind the desk,” said Japi-tana. Japitana said she was terrified when she delivered her speechduring the awarding ceremony because she had to deliver it infront of educators whom she havepaid respect.“This recognition inspires meto work harder for excellence sothat I will be worthy of the honor,” Japitana said. Japitana owed her achievementmost to her family as she statedthat she grew up with six siblingsand parents working hard to sup-port the needs of the family.“I am very thankful that ourdear Lord chose to put me in a bigfamily with little means becausethis has taught me the values of frugality, which is very importantespecially nowadays that we areamidst rising prices of everything,” Japitana said. With all her heart, Japitanaoffered her profound gratitudeto the people who supported herand made the person she is today,a proud Lasallian and a NOPSS-CEA awardee.
LYC presents 5-point agenda
Epi Ma. Kassandra A. Dajao
John Alexander M. Cuyoca
A five-point agenda on educa-tion, governance, environment,Lasallian youth formation andyouth involvement were presentedby the Lasallian Youth Commis-sion (LYC) to 122 USLS studentsduring the Lasallian Youth Agenda(LAYA) Caravan last Jan. 29 at theUniversity Auditorium.The presentation called for thestrengthening of quality educationgeared towards nation-buildingand accessibility of Lasallian edu-cation, encouraging of the youthin governance and politics, ini-tiation of sustainable programs forthe environment, empowermentof Lasallian leadership and mobi-lization of youth in addressingsocietal issues.The five-point agenda wereformulated by the Lasallian leaders who participated in the NationalSymposium of Young Lasallians(NSYL) last Oct. 21-27 at Tagay-tay City with the theme “One inMission: Possible”.LYC Chairman Keane Pala-tino said that the students fromUniversity of St. La Salle are justa few of the Lasallian studentsnationwide but the greater chal-lenge is on embodying the Lasal-lian five-point agenda.“Youth can make a substantialchange in the society for they havethe same mission such as respond-ing to the needs of their fellows,”Palatino said. With Palatino were other LYCCoordinators Dindin San Diego,Executive Director, Vanessa Abella, National LYC Coordina-tor and Jelo Honrado.“As Lasallians, you are thepeople who are in the best positionto create a difference and makehistory,” said Brother Arianwen Androu Dagmar Tapang Lopez,FSC during that caravan.LYC also challenged the Lasal-lians to mobilize the student coun-cil, student organizations, studentpublication and volunteer groupsto work as one unit for society-oriented projects.LYC divulged that the “Bahay Pag-asa Project” of USLS hadbeen replicated by the other Lasal-lian schools in Luzon.
Spectrum editors join UNYAP
Science Playfest slated Feb. 19
servant-leaders of the country.BILIB an acronym for Believe,Innovate, Lead, Inspire, and Buildcalled for the youth (1) to believein the knowledge of a vision andbelieving in one’s dream, (2) toinnovate which implies that theyouth of today can create or finda solution to every encounter, (3)to lead which is leading oneself towards that vision, and wouldtake initial steps, (4) to inspirefor the young leaders to enthuse,energize and influence otheryoung potential youth towardsthe achievement of the goalsand vision and (5) to build by raising a patriotic community fornation building and sustainabledevelopment.The summit also cited an8-point MDGs to be achievedin seven years time which are to(1) eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, (2) achieve universalprimary education, (3) promotegender equality and empower women, (4) reduce child mortality,(5) improve maternal health,(6) combat HIV/AIDS, malariaand other diseases, (7) ensureenvironmental sustainability and(8) develop a global partnershipfor development.“Failure maybe of a possibility but it could only be a reality whenpeople who are knowledgeableabout the problem do not doanything at all,” said Bertch IanRanis, the National ExecutiveVice President of the UNYAP.Ranis also shared that therole of youth in nation buildingis through combining theirsmall efforts to create sustainabledevelopment. Among the speakers wereSen. Panfilo Lacson, Presidentof Fun Works Inc. Dr. FrancisKong, marked environmentalSillimanian youth activist Razcel Jan Luiz Salvarita, IndividualConsultant on Public Sector Accounting Prof.Leonor MagtolisBriones, Radio Host of RadyoEskwela Lea Janice Remata Sicat,and Senior Programme Officer of United Nations Children’s Fund(UNICEF) Philippines Alex Jr.Punzalan, among others.
Neslie Faith V. Sianson
Four editors of The Spectrumrepresented the City of Bacolodduring the 2008 NationalMillennium Development Goal(MDG) Summit for YoungFilipino Leaders held at SillimanUniversity, Dumaguete City last Jan. 10 – 13.The Summit was participatedby more than one hundreddelegates nationwide includingeditors Arjay Solitario, Timothy Escopete, Neslie Faith Siansonand Jamie Bentinganan. With the theme, B.I.L.I.B Young Leaders: Stand Up, Move,Lead, the four-day congressaimed to expose the youngleaders as well as the youth tovarious activities related to thetopic on MDG’S or MillenniumDevelopment Goals, which would provide knowledge on what these goals are for, createan attitude of making changes inthe community, and enrich theskills of leaders to become modelsof the youth and transformed“We are considering aperspective that this could bean organized activity since thereseems to be a pattern,” Dean of Student Affairs Roger Maraposaid.Marapo also said that “radicalactions” are being planned by the University authorities tocombat the “worsening” theftcases adding that the currentsituation is serving as an eye-opener for La Salle.“One of the plans is toconduct an entrapment operationbut without violating studentrights,” the Dean revealed.The Discipline Office on theother hand said that they will bevery careful in investigating thematter since the rights of thosevictims and the suspects mustboth be protected.“We are very careful since it isvery difficult to accuse students.The rights of both parties mustbe protected,” Vocales said.The Administrators arecalling for students’ cooperationregarding this matter.“Students must be extracareful with their belongings.They must not flaunt theirvaluables and must really bevigilant themselves,” DeanMarapo stressed. While AVP Fuentesbelieves that La Salle is still“generally safe,” the USLSSecurity Office refused tocomment on the matter as of press time.
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Thieves victimize 4 students in 1 day
Randell T. Aranza
The Natural SciencesDepartment and the Pre-MedSociety are all set for this year’sScience Playfest on Feb. 19 at theGallaga Theatre.The annual activity willshowcase the ability of studentsto incorporate scientific conceptslearned inside the classroom in atheatrical play.The contending classes willbe given a chance to explore allpossibilities and widen their rangeof creativity since the play will notbe limited to any theme.Big changes will also beexpected in the playfest becausethe department decided to revisethe criteria for judging.“We want to put an end to thecommon notion of students aboutscience as boring and for them torealize that learning the subject isfun,” Pre-Med Society presidentNea Cecille Quiachon said.For almost 30 years on track,the science playfest is already considered a University tradition.
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Volunteers from the Lasallian Youth Commission in Manila recently went to Bacolod to promoteLasallian leadership ideals in connection with the One La Salla Movement.(From L-R) Asst. Layout Editor Timothy Escopete, Asst. Magazine Editor Neslie Sianson, Literary Editor JamieBentinganan, and Managing Editor Arjay Solitario during the MDG Summit.
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