Tuesday, November 24, 2009

St. John Cathedral School Wins Sportsmanship and 4th Place in Passarelle Nationals

Ateneo de Manila University and La Salle Green Hills overwhelmed their respective opponents to capture the SBP and Passerelle titles, respectively, in the Milo BEST finals at the Easter College Gym in Baguio City last November 23, 2009.

In the Passarelle division, St. John Cathedral of Dagupan City settled for fourth place as Sacred Heart School Jesuit-Cebu bested them to cop third place. St. John Cathedral School however won the Sportsmanship Award.

The Milo-sponsored tournament which features a single, round-robin elimination format, showcases some of the nation’s best elementary and high school basketball teams and is widely recognized as the country’s only nationwide youth development tournament.

Monday, November 23, 2009

“Unos at Banaag” Benefit Art Show in Dagupan City

“Unos at Banaag (Storm and Ray of Hope),” a benefit art show for the victims of typhoon Pepeng in Pangasinan is slated from Dec. 12 to 26 at the newly constructed Liongoren Gallery at 301 Tapuac District, Dagupan City.

This endeavor is presented by Liongoren Gallery, in partnership with Operation Blessing Foundation Inc. Prior to the Dagupan City leg, the same exhibit will be held on Nov. 26 to Dec. 9 at the Liongoren Gallery, 111 New York St. Cubao, Quezon City.

The exhibit features the works of Leo Abaya, Gus Albor, Willy Alicdan, Yasmin Almonte, Nunelucio Alvarado, Jo Barja, Pablo Baen Santos, Jeho Bitancor, Remy Boquiren, Elmer Borlongan, Ross Capili, Daniel Coquilla, Pierre Noel Crisologo, Marina Cruz, Rey Contreras, Tala Contreras, Paulo De Pio, Simkin De Pio, Norman Dreo, Edgar Fernandez, Marge Garcia, Emmanuel Garibay, Renato Habulan, Winner Jumalon, Mark Justiniani, Eileen Lanuza, Lindslee, Jojo Lofranco, Alfredo Liongoren, Julie Lluch, Joel Mahilum, Noel Mahilum, Ferdie Montemayor, Manuel Ocampo, AJ Omandac, Jim Orencio, Florante Paghari-on, Alma Quinto, Jucar Raquepo, Raul Rodriguez, Cid Reyes, Rovi Salegumba, Sherwin Tan, Rodel Tapaya, Clairelynn Uy, Arlene Villaver, Nestor Vinluan, Ann Wiser, and National Artist Federico Aguilar-Alcuaz. Local artists from Pangasinan will also be represented in the Dagupan leg of the exhibition.

According to the organizers, proceeds of the show will go to Operation Blessing’s fund for medical missions and livelihood workshops for severely affected communities in Pangasinan province. The exhibit is part of the gallery’s efforts to strengthen awareness-building and action on environmental and social concerns among Philippine visual artists.

Liongoren Gallery dedicates "Unos at Banaag" to the memory of the late Odette Alcantara, a passionate and respected advocate for the protection of the Philippine environment and the development of culture and the arts.

For inquiries, call Erika at 912-4319 or SMS Norma at 0917-8874319.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

University of Pangasinan-PHINMA TV Commercial

University of Pangasinan-PHINMA
Our Heritage. Our Future.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Ramon R. del Rosario, Jr.'s Speech during UPang-Phinma's Inauguration

By Ramon R. del Rosario, Jr., President and CEO, PHINMA

University of Pangasinan Student Plaza
November 15, 2009

Archbishop Villegas, Honorable Governor Espino, Dagupan Mayor Fernandez and Vice-mayor Fernandez, other local government officials; representatives from CHED, DepEd, TESDA, the PNP and other government offices; college and university owners and presidents; members of the business and social community; UPang administrators, faculty, employees, and alumni; friends and colleagues in making lives better through education, good evening.

First let me thank you for joining us tonight. It is OUR privilege that you are allowing us to present to you our plans for the new University of Pangasinan-PHINMA. Secondly, let me thank you for accepting us into the community. We must admit that it was rough in the beginning, being unfamiliar with the culture and people, but things have settled down, and we all – from the employees and faculty to management – are eager and excited to build a University, of which every family here, and every generation of Pangasinenses will be proud.

The truth of the matter is, the PHINMA Education Network has long wanted to be here in Dagupan. Discussions with UPang began as early as 2003 when the network was still starting. And, it took us almost six years to finally get here.

It should be of no wonder why the PHINMA Education Network wanted to be here and wanted UPang to be part of the network. Pangasinan is a great province with an illustrious history and legacy. Princess Urduja, the legendary woman warrior, was believed to have ruled this territory in the 14th century. A proud people, the Pangasinenses rose against Spanish rule long before the Philippine revolution, in 1660 and 1762, temporarily driving the Spanish out, only to be conquered again shortly thereafter. The province was once and for all liberated in July 1898.

Pangasinan has also produced some of our nations most renowned Filipinos. Writers F. Sionil Jose and Carlos Bulosan, National Artist for visual arts, Victorio Edades and veteran actress Gloria Romera are all from Pangasinan. Former Central Bank governor Gabriel Singson and PHINMA’s very own former Secretary of Energy Dr. Francisco Viray are both from Lingayen. The province has also produced the longest-serving speaker of the House of Representatives, Honorable Jose De Venecia, and one of our nation’s most successful presidents, President Fidel V. Ramos.

With an economy bigger than all of the Ilocos provinces combined, a population that accounts for more than 50% of the region’s, Pangasinan is the gateway to Northern Luzon and is the heartland of the Philippines. The province economic power is such that some have proposed a new region, the Northwest Luzon region with Pangasinan as its lone province, or, even the Pangasinan Autonomous Region. It is of no wonder that we want to be here in Pangasinan.

University of Pangasinan likewise has a great tradition. Not only is it the first and oldest University in the province, it is the first University north of Manila. Leading education in the region since 1925, it was founded by members of the academic elite of the University of the Philippines and the University of Manila. With a history of graduating board top-notchers in Engineering, Education, and Nursing, it remains the province’s biggest single campus University. Its academic legacy continues till today having Pangasinan’s highest board passing rates in the past two nursing boards and having produced a second placer in this year’s education board examination. Many of the region’s school principals, elected and government officials, business managers, and professionals are products of this institution. Again, it should be no wonder that we wanted the University of Pangasinan to be part of the PHINMA Education Network.

Happily, we are here in Pangasinan, and contentedly, the University of Pangasinan, the region’s leader in education, is now a member of the PHINMA Education Network.

Before I continue and map out the plans and programs of the new UPang-PHINMA allow me tell you a little bit of who WE are. Victory Liner is one of the nation’s largest and pioneering bus companies in the country. A product of the Japanese occupation, it was born of the bits and pieces of US military vehicles, and first plied the Manila-Olongapo route in 1945, with a bus driven by its founder, Jose Hernandez Sr. It was incorporated in 1953, and was and is the first among industry players to introduce many innovations meant to improve safety and passenger comfort. Its mission till today is to move people better and safer.

The PHINMA story, on the other hand, is, I quote, “about the development of the Filipino entrepreneur and professional manager,” unquote. Born of the belief of its founders, Ramon V. del Rosario, Sr., Filemon C. Rodriguez, and Ernesto Escaler, that Filipinos could professionally manage large corporations it was incorporated in 1956 with 112,500 pesos. Today the PHINMA group manages more than 20 companies with combined assets of 23 billion pesos. Its present mission is to make the lives of Filipinos better through competitive and well-managed business enterprises.

A tradition of academic leadership and excellence in the region, decades of serving the communities and people of Luzon, and a passion for improving the lives of our people backed by competent and professional management – all come together here in this new University of Pangasinan-PHINMA, for greatness can only beget greatness.

Our vision for the new UPang is to build on its legacy of greatness and produce a truly national class University – one recognized throughout the country for its academic standards, the professionals it produces, and its contributions to community and nation building. Our goal is to create an institution of higher learning good enough so families of the region do not need to travel far to get the education their children so deserve. And our promise is to give you a University of Pangasinan, of which every Pangasinense can be even prouder.

What exactly can you expect of this new Upang?

First, we are embarking on a major campus and facilities improvement program. For this school year alone, the Board has approved almost 60 million pesos for this purpose. As a result, we recently blessed the nursing and culinary arts center which houses a new mock hospital and nursing arts lab, a mock hotel, a fully equipped kitchen and a bartending and barista center. Also part of the first phase of this program are brand new computer laboratories equipped with new computers and server systems. The second phase will break ground in two weeks with the renovation of the main building that will house additional computer laboratories including a Mac multi-media laboratory, a speech lab, and our professional schools. Next school year’s improvement will focus on our library and resource center, engineering and science laboratories, and other basic student facilities. UPang will no longer be “the oldest school looking old,” rather, it will be the region’s premier institution looking - - “premier.”

Second, as we strengthen our existing programs, we are expanding our course offerings. By June 2010, we are aiming to open BS Criminology and BS Tourism Management. In addition, to meet the demands of a new generation, UPang intends to also offer current, modern programs for GenX, -- Interior Design, Fine Arts, Culinary Arts, Barista and Bartending certification, and Information Technology with a specialization in Animation.

Third, we intend to fully exploit the network and opportunities the PHINMA group of companies and Victory and Five Star Liners create. The advantages for our students and faculty of having corporate partners and actual employers as part of the UPang family are obvious. Faculty members of different disciplines can train with our different sister companies, civil engineers with PHINMA Properties and Union Galvasteel, electrical engineers with TA power our power company, IT and accountancy with PHINMA’s or Victory’s corporate headquarters. These same companies also provide first among equals employment opportunities for our graduates. Moreover, having actual employers so close and accessible allows us to custom fit programs to suit the needs and requirements of industry. Our animation specialization, for example, was designed together with the PHINMA animation company Toon City, with the goal of turning out animators with the competencies the company needs. We are also considering opening, together with Victory Liner, an automotive mechanic program to produce their needed technicians.

Fourth, the University is committing itself to eventually having the best-paid, best-trained faculty in this part of the country. The faculty is the heart of any educational institution, and we must always take care of our heart. As such, much management time has been spent carefully analyzing compensation and benefits in order to produce the most appropriate package for our people. Furthermore, we have set up training and renewal programs and a staff college to strengthen competencies and spirit. Finally, a scholarship program has been established to help the faculty obtain their masteral and doctoral degrees. Our only condition is that they study in the best schools possible. Our belief is that a committed and highly competent faculty will produce the best results for our kids regardless of the conditions of the school.

Last and not the least, UPang is promising to continue to contribute to the development and welfare of the people of the region. We are part of this community, and therefore, must be a good Pangasinan citizen. We thus feel it is our duty to setup programs like Helping Hands to assist victims of calamities and others who are simply less privileged. Our teachers have been tasked to provide training programs for the barangays and public schools while our students are being encouraged to perform their own duties as citizens and participate in the upcoming 2010 elections. Furthermore, we are expanding our academic and need based scholarships to ensure that families with kids with superior abilities and who are willing to work hard are not deprived of a University education due only to financial limitations.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the new University of Pangasinan-PHINMA. As you can see, our dreams are undeniably lofty; but they must be if we are to help achieve your dreams for your children. We have a belief in the PHINMA Education Network, it’s a quote from the Adidas ad -- “impossible is nothing.” And indeed, with your continued support, with UPang-PHINMA, nothing will be impossible for the Pangasinense family.

Thank you and good evening.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Tinday Labi

Repost from The Official Website of Dagupan City:

Shoppers looking for innovative and affordable products for Christmas gifts and other everyday needs are expected to flock anew to Dagupan’s tiangge type Tinday Labi every weekend beginning November 14.

Councilor Karlos Liberato Reyna IV, this year’s Dagupan City fiesta hermano mayor, said Dagupan instantly became a bargain hunter’s paradise with the return of the night market last Saturday, bringing life to the downtown area during the night, business-and-tourism-wise.

“The great thing about shopping during Tinday Labi is that you’ll find a number of clothes, toys, knick-knacks, shirts, blouses, and other wonderful gift items at affordable prices. Lucky hunters may find authentic items for a fraction of a cost,” he said.

He added that the night market (the section of AB Fernandez corner Zamora Street to corner Jovellanos streets) would be open to all vendors selling various kinds of goods.

The annual night market starts from 4:00PM and stays open until the wee hours past midnight every Fridays and Saturdays.

Every year, Reyna said shoppers and visitors alike are amazed by the number of stalls line up serving different items with plenty of choices.

During peak times the place is jam-packed with hungry eaters, with several stores of fruits, beverages and easy-to-carry food items for those who like to eat while scouting for items to buy.

He said residents and visitors alike come up on overnight trips to Dagupan for the ukay-ukay, also known as “wagwagan”, or thrift stores selling anything from used clothing to children’s toys.

Reyna said those who are into bargain hunting will find the shopping action during Tinday Labi a treat.

“Dagupan is no tourist trap. The prices of commodities are already reasonable. With some haggling, buyers can bring the prices even lower,” he said

He said while Pangasinenses and Dagupenos are frugal in nature, they always have an eye out for a good bargain, and sellers take no offense when potential buyers haggle for a better price. © Ryan Ravanzo

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Most Rev. Socrates B. Villegas, D.D., Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan

His Excellency, MOST REV. SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS, D.D. was born in Manila, September 28, 1960. He is a bishop of the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines. He is new the Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan in Pangasinan, Philippines.

Socrates B. Villegas is the youngest of the three children of Norma Jacinta Buenaventura and the late Emiliano Villegas. He attended primary education in Pateros, Metro Manila, his hometown, and finished secondary education at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Manila. He studied for the priesthood and received his degree of Master of Arts in Theological Studies at San Carlos Seminary in Guadalupe, Makati City. Ordained to the priesthood by the late Jaime Cardinal Sin on October 5, 1985 at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Manila, he served as personal secretary of the Archbishop from his ordination until 2004. While keeping this post, he also served as rector of the EDSA Shrine and Vicar general of the archdiocese.

Pope John Paul II appointed him auxiliary bishop of Manila on July 25, 2001. He received the episcopal ordination from the late Jaime Cardinal Sin on August 31 of the same year.
He was installed as the third Bishop of Balanga on July 3, 2004 and convoked the First Diocesan Synod in 2006. He also founded the St. Joseph's College of Balanga.
On September 8, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan.

See the photos of Canonical Installation of Most Rev. Socrates Villegas last November 4, 2009.

Archbishop Villegas is currently the Chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines and President of the Asia-Oceania Mariological Society.
Pope Benedict XVI appointed him member of the Presidential Committee of the Pontifical Council for the Family on September 30, 2009.

He has written and published six books of homilies and spiritual reflections. He was awarded the 1994 Catholic Authors’ Award and the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) of the Philippines in the year 2000. The Bataan Peninsula State University bestowed on him the Degree of Doctor of Humanities honoris causa in recognition and appreciation of his work for the province of Bataan.

He is a member of the Secular Franciscan Order (SFO), the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. He was the Chief Executive Officer of the Tenth World Youth Day held in Manila in 1995 and the Fourth World Meeting of Families in 2002.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Dagupan Math Wizard wins in International Math Competition in India

Math Wizard Mark Davidson Cua, a student from Pangasinan Universal Institute in Dagupan City won bronze in 2009 Wizards at Mathematics International Competition in Lucknow, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

Read the full story at Good News Pilipinas!


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