FAD and NTA celebrate FANTA Olympics 2017

The Faculty Association and Non-teaching Association (FANTA) conducted a two-day sports and non-sports competitions, dubbed as FANTA Olympics, last September 19 and 20, 2017.

The teams and the opening program

The faculty and staff were divided into four competing teams: Blue, Green, Red, and Yellow. Each participating team was headed by a faculty and a non-teaching staff. The Olympics started with “FaNTarun”, a fun run for the competing teams, and followed by a Zumba exercise. The opening program of the two-day Olympics was held at the Jose D. Aspiras Hall.

Ms. Cecille Sanchez, NTA-SLUC President, gave her welcome remarks, wherein she emphasized the importance of conducting sports and non-sports activities for the well-being of the faculty and staff.

Prof. Jo Ann Rulla, FAD President, presented the four competing teams. Each team paraded around the floor area and presented their cheers. After the presentation and cheer exhibition, Atty. Benjamin P. Sapitula, DMMMSU President, gave his message. He talked about the importance of building a harmonious relationship with workmates and one way of doing so is the conduct of such activities. Dr. Floribeth Cuison, SLUC Chancellor, gave an inspiring message and formally announced the opening of the FANTA 2017 Olympics.

Cheer dance Face-off

The first competition was the cheer dance competition in which the four competing teams showcased their creativity and grace. The Yellow Team, headed by Prof. PJ Samson and Mr. Cristobal Crisostomo, showcased a cheer and dance with grace and energy which was especially reflected by Prof. Samson’s solo dance.

The Red Team, led by Prof. Ernesto Villanueva and Mr. Camilo Jucutan, exhibited a clean dance act. The Green Team, steered by Prof. Jiyger Pre and Mr. Franz Milanes, challenged the other teams with an army concept cheer and dance as evidenced by their military attires and props.

Lastly, the Blue Team, directed by Dr. Rodelio Indong and Mr. Ritz Dacpano, executed a cheer and dance balanced with props, yells, and in synched drum rolls. In the end, the Blue team emerged victorious followed by the Green team, Red team, and the Yellow Team, respectively.

Contest Proper

The hype was further taken to a higher level after the cheer and dance competition with the Non-Sports games for 40 years old and above.The games were as follows: Basket Trash (Men and Women), Paper Clip Challenge (Men and Women), JavAirplane (Men and Women), and Fly away Balloon (Men and Women), Stick-em (mix category).

“It was amazing to see the deans, directors, and other administrators play basket trash. You see genuine happiness in their faces when they shoot. It was like watching children. The teachers also embody competitiveness. We saw their concentration to win,” Clariza Garcia, the EIC of FORUM shared.

“I was taking pictures all those times and I like the relaxed atmosphere when the teachers were playing Basket Trash. It is not often that we see each other outside of the faculty rooms and classrooms basically doing something unrelated to our functions in the university. It was a good experience – relaxing and uplifting,” Ms. April Rivera from the Blue Team explained.

The other non-sports events were: Marshmallow Relay, Soduku Challenge, Tug-of-war, Patintero, Kadang-Kadang,Sack race, Tiyakad,Tablakad, Sakay sa Kawayan, Spell it and Quiz Bee.

The sports events were: 3 x 3 Basketball (women), Basketball (Men), Table Tennis (Men and Women), Lawn Tennis, Badminton (Men and Women), Volleyball (Men and Women).

Buwis Karangalan contests

Prof. Jo Ann Rulla facilitated the Spell it and Quiz Bee in the Eriguel Hall. She also served as the quiz and spell master. Prof. Rulla dubbed the Spell it and Quiz Bee as “Buwis Karangalan” contests. The Spell it became a battle among English teachers of the campus since almost all of the contenders were English teachers whereas the Quiz Bee was a battle among the student quiz bee coaches of the campus.

The jesting and good nature heckling among the participants and the audience gave more color and life to the contests. Worth mentioning was Dr. Fe Tangalin, from the Blue Team, who teased Dr. Emmanuel Songcuan, from the Red Team, about misspelling a word. In the end, the Yellow Team won first place in both competitions.

Further, the other “Buwis Karangalan” contest was the Soduku Challenge which turned out to be a battle among Mathematics teachers. The Red Team annihilated the other teams with an impressive time of five minutes and three seconds. The Blue Team, Yellow Team, and Green Team finished second, third, and fourth, respectively.

In retrospect

Ms. Dona Fortes summarized her feelings about playing basketball in one word “Astig”.

The second day of the FANTA Olympics was the Championship games and the presentation of the candidates for Mr. And Ms. FANTA Supreme Personality. With an interview with FORUM, Dr. Eduard Albay from the Red Team, said that FANTA Olympics showcased the versatility of the faculty and staff, that aside from their competency in the delivery of instruction they also have prowess, skills, versatility, and multi-dimensional personalities.

“FANTA Olympics 2017 showed the unity among faculty and staff, regardless of their position, everyone was of equal ranks. Everyone cooperated”, said Ms. Melody Tumanan and Ms. Dona Fortes from Green and Blue Team respectively.

Mr. Marvin Ordines, CE Governor and one of the facilitators said that “Naipakita ang mga tinatagong talento at kakayahan ng mga guro. Tila bumalik sa pagkabata ang mga guro. (The hidden talents and skills of the teachers were showcased. It is as if they became children again.)”

In the end…

Each non-sports and sports events were tallied to find out the overall champion. The Yellow Team placed as 3rd runner-up; the Green Team placed as the 2nd runner-up; the Red Team landed the 1st runner-up and the Blue Team emerged as the overall Champion.

The FANTA Olympics will continue in the second semester of this academic year and the Mr. And Ms. FANTA Supreme Personality will be crowned during the foundation celebration next year.

Article by Clariza Garcia and John Rabanillo Jr.

Cariaso, Guinto hailed as Mr., Ms. FAD Supreme Personality 2017

Mr. Vladimir C. Cariaso and Ms. Lara Janica Zera G. Guinto, this year’s Mr. and Ms. FAD Supreme Personality together with Chancellor Floribeth P. Cuison and Mr. Victor Rivera.

Mr. Vladimir C. Cariaso of the College of Education and Ms. Lara Janica Zera G. Guinto of the College of Arts and Sciences were hailed as Mr. and Ms. FAD Supreme Personality 2016 during the coronation ceremony held at the Jose D. Aspiras Hall – SLUC, Agoo, on January 16, 2017.

The program started with the welcome remarks by Ms. Jo Ann Rulla, President of FAD SLUC. It was followed by an inspiring message by Dr. Floribeth P. Cuison, Chancellor of SLUC. The masters of ceremonies were Mr. John Mark Lachica and Ms. Abelynn Llarenas.

Aside from Guinto and Cariaso, the following were the other winners, respectively: Mr. and Ms. FAD Amiable Personality – Mr. Kristoffer Camille A. Cacayuran (CCS) and Ms. Faith S. Tadeo (IF); Mr. and Ms. FAD Vibrant Personality – Mr. Andie John D. Tadeo (IF) and Ms. Maria Concepcion G. Balcita (CCS); Mr. and Ms. FAD Gregarious Personality – Mr. Ferdinand M. Navarro (IA) and Ms. Ruby Rose N. Solis (CE); Mr. and Ms. FAD Charming Personality – Mr. Jovencio M. Milan Jr. (ICHAMS) and Ms. Janice D. Usi (IA); Mr. and Ms. FAD Captivating Personality – Mr. Dan Vergel M. Masiong (CAS) and Ms. Elena B. Pimentel (ICHAMS).

In lieu of Hon. Sandra Y. Eriguel, Representative of the 2nd District of La Union, Hon. Victor Rivera gave a rousing message. After his speech, the sashes of the Royal Court were pinned and the trophies were awarded by the family members of the Mr. and Ms. FAD Personalities. The last part of the program was the Coronation of the Members of the Royal Court followed by their royal dance.

Article by Clariza G. Garcia

FORUM joins 17th RHEPC; reaps 24 awards

DESPITE MISSING LAST YEAR’S Region 1 press conference, Forum, the official student publication of Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University – South La Union Campus proved its excellence in the field of campus journalism after garnering 24 awards in group and individual competitions in the recently concluded 17th Regional Higher Education Press Conference (RHEPC) held at Oasis Country Resort, San Fernando, La Union, November 23-25, 2016.
Focus, the group entry of Forum in the Magazine, ranked first in Best in Opinion/Column Page; second in Best in Theme and Best in Feature/Literary Page; third in Best in Page Design and Best in News Page; fourth in Best in Developmental Communication Page; and eight in Best in Cover Design.

The campus publication’s literary folio, Liyab, placed fourth in Best in Literary Content and Best in Theme; fifth in Best in Cover Design and Best in Page Layout.

In the individual contests, Jericho E. Padilla, Forum’s Editor-in-Chief, bagged third place in Sports Writing (English) and Poetry Writing (Filipino). Associate Editor Clariza G. Garcia garnered second place in Feature Writing (Filipino) and fifth place in Column/Opinion Writing (Filipino). Managing Editor Catherine B. Paz won third and ninth spots in News Writing (Filipino) and Developmental Communication Writing (Filipino) respectively. Chief Cartoonist Sean P. Carambias placed fourth in Editorial Cartooning (Filipino).

Additionally, Circulation Manager Jasper Faith A. Abenes clinched the seventh place in Copyreading and Headline Writing (English) and tenth place in Photojournalism (English). Literary Editor Edna Joy B. Sotelo made it to the sixth place in News Writing (English) and tenth place in Copyreading and Headline Writing (Filipino). Vince Arvy M. Gachallan, then Managing Editor and now Opinion Editor, ranked ninth in Sports Writing (Filipino). 

Padilla, Garcia, Paz and Carambias will advance in the 16th Luzonwide Higher Education Press Conference to be held in Puerto Princesa, Palawan on February 2017 after being in the top five in their respective contests in the 17th RHEPC.

The RHEPC is an annual competition organized by the Association of Regional Campus Press Advisers, which aims to provide an effective medium in the development and promotion of campus journalism, promote consciousness among campus journalists on the value of responsible expression and appreciation of the many contributions the student publication gives to the institution, community and the nation as well to improve the quality of management and production of campus publications. 

Article by Jericho E. Padilla

Sapitula opens Sports Univ Meet

​WITS, WILL AND WORK — these three components served as the soul of the inspirational message of Atty. Benjamin Sapitula, DMMMSU President, for the University Olympics 2016.

Anchored with the goal of developing Unity and Camaraderie in Sports endeavor, the UN Olympics has been an annual tradition for the battle of wits and skills according to the president. 

“Dapat maintindihan natin kung bakit mayroon tayong Sports Competition taon-taon,” he reiterated. (We should understand why we have a Sports’ Competition every year). Mindful strategies (Wits), heart for success (Will) as well as a considerable degree of practice (Work) are the blueprint to outrun every game.

Moreover, he enumerated the achievements of DMMMSU for the past few years and set a challenge for the athletes to bring home the banner of championship for the 2016-2017 Regional SCUAA. . He also mentioned that DMMMSU is one of the State Universities which have a complete Sports Facilities in Region 1. 

Giving gratitude to SLUC’s Organizing Committees, the president commended their work and devotion for their preparation of UN. Likewise, he announced the possibility of 2018 National SCUAA at DMMMSU if the National Government will help the University.

He ended his speech with an invitation to enjoy the said event and formally ignited the tournament.


SLUC hosts Univ Sports Olympics

EQUIPPED WITH SPORTMANSHIP AND PRIDE, this year’s host, SLUC (South La Union Campus), welcomes delegates from MLUC (Mid-La Union Campus) and NLUC (North La Union Campus) for the university sports olympics with the theme, “Paving the path towards internationalization of the State College and Universities through Sports” held at Marcos Sports Center on Nov. 9.

The program started at the sunshine park for the assembly of delegates and parade of colors lead by the DMMMSU-SLUC ROTC (Reserved Officer Training Corps) Cadets and USC (University Student Council) and CSBO (Campus Student Body Organization) Officers, followed by the delegates from SLUC, MLUC and NLUC, officiating officials and university administrators.

Dr. Floribeth P. Cuison, chancellor of SLUC welcomed the delegates by emphasizing the importance of state of mind in shattering the impossible, and the value of camaraderie among the students.

The Oath of Amateurism was delivered by Darwin Valmonte, Regional SCUAA (State Colleges and Universities Athletics Association) 2015 bronze medalist in the National SCUAA 2015 the Baskteball competition. 

Regional SCUAA 2015 Gold Medalists Rodolfo De Guzman, Reynald Pioquinto, Christian Grace Ventanilla, Adrian Maningding, and Marilyn Sandoval of SLUC, Jane Galima of MLUC, and Carlo Raboy of NLUC lighted the athletic run.

 Finally, formally declaring the opening of the 2016 University Olympics, Atty. Benjamin P. Sapitula, President, DMMMSU encouraged the athletes by stressing the excellent performance of DMMMSU from the past years in sports competitions. 

Meanwhile, the announcement of the schedule of games was delivered by Mr. Ronwaldo G. Boado, Sports Director.