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.

SLUC Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa 2017

“Huwag ikahiya ang ating wika sapagkat iyan ang diwa ng ating bansa”. Iyan ang winika ni dating Pang. Ramon Magsaysay. Ang wika ay kasangkapan ng pakikipagtalastasan. Ito’y tagapagdaloy ng ideya. Kung kaya’t para maipakita ang pagmamalasakit sa ating wikang pambansa, tayo ay nagdiriwang ng Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa tuwing buwan ng Agosto.
Ginanap sa Bulwagang Jose D. Aspiras noong ika-30 ng Agosto taong 2017 ang pagdiriwang nito na may temang “Filipino Wikang Mabagbago”. Ang kalahating araw ng selebrasyon ay puno ng mga pagatatanghal na kultural. Inumpisahan ni Tsanselor Cuison sa isang magandang talumpati ang selebrasyon. Napamangha ang mga manonood sa mga presentasyon na ginawa ng iba’t ibang kolehiyo. Isang pag-awit at sayaw ang ipinakita ng Paaralang Laboratoryo ng Elementarya na nakapagpatawa at nakapagpasaya sa mga manonood dahil sa kanilang pagiging bibo. Isa ring pag-awit at folk dance ang ipinamalas ng Paaralang Laboratoryo ng Sekondarya gamit ang kanilang magagandang kasuotan. Isang nakakatawang presentasyon ang ipakita ng Kolehiyo ng Edukasyon na skit at drama. Isang makulay na pagtatanghal naman ang ipinakita ng Surian ng Pangisdaan sa kanilang okupasyonal na sayaw. Ang nakakaindak na tugtuging “Piliin mo ang Pilipinas ang itinanghal ng Surian ng Kalusugang Pangkomunidad at mga kaugnay na Agham Pangmedesina (ICHAMS) sa kanilang presentasyong modernong sayaw. Nabuhay naman ulit ang kaugaliang haranang pinangunahan ng Kolehiyo ng Agrikultura at ang kakaibang pasalitang patula at isang makalaglag pangang sayaw sa bangko na itinanghal ng Kolehiyo ng mga Sining at Agham. Tuwang-tuwa naman ang lahat nang magkaroon ng sorpresang bilang ang Faculty at non-Teaching association ng DMMMSU.
Sa lahat ng pagtatanghal na ito, ipinapaalala sa atin ang pagpapahalaga sa ating wika at kultura. Nawa’y araw-araw nating isaisip at isapuso na hindi lang dapat sa buwan ng Agosto inaalala ang kahalagahan ng ating wika, kundi dapat habang nabubuhay tayo ay inaalala ito. Bilang isang Filipino, laging isaisip na ang ating wikang pambansa ay sagisag ng kalayaan, sagisag ng karangalan, susi sa pagkakaunawaan tungo sa kaunlaran nitong ating lupang tinubuan.

Isinulat nina April Agsangre, Romina Kris Navarro, at Bb. Dona Fortes

From a Leader’s Heart

A leader who does not only sit on the presidential table, that is how he described himself.

Seeing him move around during programs, he is truly a field-type leader. In events, he is a facilitator as well as a constant motivator among the officers. He is a person who strongly believes in the bonds created through diversity of ideas and so treated times of heated argumentations as an inevitable part of a strong organization.

Although exposed in leadership environment, he believes that he is made to be a leader. He admits that his grandmother, being a principal and administrator for 30 years is one of his inspirations and his mentor in his leadership career.

A leader with a strong leadership background shared the history of his expertise in the field. He started as an active officer of the Supreme Student Government, an Eagle Scout Awardee, the highest attained award by Senior Scouts, and National Jamboree Senior Crew Leader, La Union Council during his high school days. It is not questionable that his leadership career continued throughout his college days. He became the BSE vice mayor on 2014-2015, CE Governor on 2015-2016, SLUC CSBO Interim Secretary on Summer 2016, and the Incumbent SLUC CSBO Chairperson and Executive Secretary of the University Student Council, the highest governing student body of DMMMSU.

Not only that, Mr. Macalalay admits that he is madly in-love with politics and public service. He is also an expert in the fields of budget bearing, parliamentary meeting and paperwork; he is an event organizer, and, of course, he reaches to his fellow students to know their needs.

He may be serious at business but our student leader opens up his life as an open book to the studentry. When asked about the people he wants to thank for his success, he answered without thinking and any hesitation, “Si MJNM po, kase mahal na mahal ko po siya,” he said before saying, “Siyempre si God, for all the blessings, pamilya ko po, co-officers namely Siegfred, Jules, Jhel, Abelardo, Irene, Lance, Rachel, Japith, Mark, Arthur, Clariza, co-writer from student publication, advisers especially po ang aming Inang Jo Ann Rulla. Proud to be a Rulla production po! Mga kaibigan at kaklase po.”

Mr Macalalay believes in this saying of N. Mandela, “A good head and a good heart is always a formidable combination”. And for his fellow leaders and for the studentry, here is what our beloved student leader says, “Thank you for trusting our administration. We assure you that the remaining four months of our term will be at its best to serve you. Thank you for working with us hand-in-hand to attain such development and I hope that the next administrations will continue the things we have started.

SLUC celebrates 36th Foundation Anniversary

36th Foundation Anniversary


In line with this year’s theme, “DMMMSU @ 36: Living our World-Class Dream”, South La Union Campus (SLUC) prepared different events and activities for the students and teachers, as well as the non – teaching personnel.

The five-day event started with a motorcade, a thanksgiving mass, the coronation of the Faculty Association (FAD) Mr. & Ms. Supreme Personality, Bingo Socials for the Non – Teaching Association (NTA), Mass Blood Donation, and opening of the exhibits and bazaars.

For the second day, a recognition program for the Campus Awardees was held and the major awardees this year are Dr. Precelita L. Osillos as the Faculty Member of the Year; Dr. Eduard M. Albay as the Researcher of the Year; Dr. Janice Rhea P. Cabacungan as the Extension worker of the Year; Dr. Joanne C. Rivera as the IGP Manager of the Year; Mrs. Rhoda E. Sabangan as the Employee of the Year; Mr. Florencio O. Halog as the Employee of the Year (General Services Worker); Mr. John Matthew R. Macalalay as the Student Leader of the Year; Alliance of Health Service Enthusiasts as the Student Organization of the Year; College of Arts and Sciences as the Best Academic Unit of the Year; College of Computer Science as the 1st Runner Up, Best Academic Unit and; Bachelor of Elementary Education as the Best Board Program of the Year.

Also, special awards will be given to the faculty achievers, benefactors, loyalty awardees, past administrators, retirees, and student achievers.

Furthermore, the SLUC Got Talent and Intercollegiate Debate will be conducted on the same day.

The University Awards and Recognition Program will take place at the North La Union Campus (NLUC) as well as the University Research and Extension Day for the third and fourth day, respectively.

Meanwhile, a Color Fun Run, ‘Your Face Sounds Familiar’ FANTA Edition, and Alumni Dinner-for-a-cause will be held at the SLUC to end the five-day celebration.

Article by Catherine B. Paz

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