Region VI Places 3rd in SCUAA Nat’l. Olympics


Delegates from Region VI finished third during the recently concluded State Colleges and Universities
Athletics Association (SCUAA) National Olympics held February 17-23 at the Jose Rizal Memorial Sports
Complex, Dapitan City, Zamboanga Del Norte.

Region VI garnered 46 golds, 48 silvers and 51 bronzes to earn the third spot after the football
championship match was cancelled due to bad weather and the medals distributed equally among the
three teams vying for the gold. Region IV placed second, copping 54 golds, 29 silvers and 55 bronzes.
The National Capital Region (NCR), over-all champion, brought home 110 golds, 60 silvers and 35

The gold medals hauled by the Region VI delegation came from Arnis, Athletics, Basketball, Boxing,
Karatedo, Soccer, Swimming and Taekwondo.

The SCUAA National Olympics is an annual sporting event participated in by the different state colleges
and universities in the country.

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ITSO Conducts National Seminar-Workshop

Innovation and Technology Support Offices (ITSO) conducted a two-day seminar/workshop on the Foundation Course on Intellectual Property (IP) last March 7-8 at the Western Visayas College of Science and Technology.

The seminar, which is the first in a series of seminars and workshops  to be conducted by ITSO this year, oriented the participants from ITSO-member institutions on the basics of IP.

 Atty. Ricardo R. Blancaflor, Director General of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPhil), served as keynote speaker and talked about the relevance of IP in the academe.

Topics and resource speakers during the seminar were: Answering the Questions on Copyright, Ms. Carmen G. Peralta; Answering the Questions on Trademarks, Atty. Leny B. Raz; Answering the Questions on Patents, Engr. Epifanio Rey M. Evasco; Overview of Patent Information, Engr. Virginia F. Aumentado; and A Hundred Questions on IP, Mr. Dancel Arcel P. Hernandez. The seminar was capped off by a panel discussion on the topic The Case of the Missing Brain: An IP Case Study.

During the seminar, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between IPOPhil and Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) was signed  establishing an ITSO network in the agency.

ITSO networks within institutions aim to strengthen local institutional capacity to access patent information and use the patent system. The WVCST is one of the six original host institutions of ITSO in the country. It is managed by Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut with Dr. Richard De Leon and additional staff members.  

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AMSO DAY Celebrated

Officers and members of the Automotive and Mechanical Student Organization (AMSO) communed last February 23 at the Mechanical Technology Building of Western Visayas College of Science and Technology (WVCST) in celebration of
AMSO Day 2013.

The event aimed to increase student awareness of technological trends as well as develop camaraderie among the Automotive and Mechanical Technology students of the college.

Invited guest speakers during the opening program in the morning’s events were Prof. Raymond Candelon from New Lucena Polytechnic College (New Trends in Mechanical Technology) and Mr. Joebert Sujede from Toyota Iloilo (New Trends in Automotive Technology).

The highlights of the afternoon activities consisted of the Academic Quiz for Mechanical Technology, Academic Quiz for Automotive Technology, and the Championship Game for basketball.

WVCST ROTC Rated Outstanding

The Reserved Officers Training Corps (ROTC) unit of Western Visayas College of Science and Technology (WVCST) was rated “Outstanding” after receiving 91.60 percent in the Regional Annual Administrative and Tactical Inspection (RAATI) held last March 1 at the WVCST Parade Grounds.

Led by Chairman Col. Regie E. Gragasin, the team of RAATI evaluators assessed the effectiveness of ROTC instruction on the areas of theory, method of instruction, disaster risk reduction management, small unit tactics, military courtesy and discipline, company drill, assembly and disassembly of firearms (M-16 armalite rifle and .45 caliber pistol), administration support, and ceremonial parade.

The event was opened with a courtesy call on the WVCST president and the commandant’s briefing at the WVCST EdTech Center by the RAATI team together with the vice-presidents, deans and heads of the college.

The corps commander of the WVCST Army ROTC is Cadet Col. Leo Gene Valderrama while the commandant is Major Christian Misola.

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CAS Joins Love Month Celebration

In line with this year’s celebration of Valentine’s Day, the students and faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) of Western Visayas College of Science and Technology (WVCST) held the CAS Hearts’ Day on February 15 at the WVCST Multi-Purpose Gym.

Dressed in formal evening attire and donning ingenious masks, the students were treated to a night filled with music, gustatory delights, dancing and entertainment all in the spirit of love.

Special awards were given out during the night. Lynjilou Gallego (BSIF 2A) and Kevin Corcino (BSCS 3A) were chosen as Lady and Gentleman of the Night. The Couples of the Night award was given to BSIF 3A students Anthony David
Jaranilla and Fuedelyn Saavedra, and Jizrah Jill Manzano and Shella Marie Famatid. Adjudged also as wearing the best masks during the event were Ramert Jan Piz (BSIF 3A), Justine Joy Benoligo (BSIS 2A), Kimmie Cabal (BSIS 2A) and
Jona Jane Vecino (BSIF 4B).

With the theme “Love, Unity and Responsibility: Towards Personal and Social Development”, the CAS Hearts’ Night was made possible through the efforts of the CAS Student Council officers and adviser.

WVCST Students Hold Environmental Activity

Select student leaders of Western Visayas College of Science and Technology (WVCST) held a tree and mangrove planting activity at Brgy. Dangulaan in Anilao, Iloilo last February 16.

This activity was in line with Executive Order No. 26, or the National Greening Program created by the administration of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III.

Spearheaded and sponsored by the Educator’s Guild, the tree and mangrove planting activity was participated in by the members of the Kabataang Pangarap ni Rizal (KAPARIZ), the Environmental Club, and the College of Education class mayors.

As a way of giving back to the community, the students planted a total of 1,150 seedlings over an area of approximately 320 square meters. Faced with issues such as global warming and deforestation, the activity helped to address the world’s increasing environmental problems. Moreover, it served as a venue to establish harmonious relationships and camaraderie between the WVCST community and the people of Anilao.

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COE Conducts Socialization Lecture/Workshop

A lecture/workshop on Personality Development and Social Graces was held by the College
of Education (COE) on February 8 at the Western Visayas College of Science and Technology
(WVCST) Multi-Purpose Covered Gym. The event aimed to train the junior and senior COE
students on the fine points of cultivating one’s personality and good manners in different social

Participants dressed in formal evening attire listened to topics given by laudable mentors of the
college such as Dr. John Eric Juaneza (Personality Development), Dr. Frisian Causing (Proper
Table Etiquette) and Ms. Dyna Remeneses (Social Graces). Workshops followed the discussions
to give the participants a chance to practice what they have learned from the guest speakers.

Special awards were also given out at the end of the program. The winners are Alfred Justo
(BEED 4A) and Shernie Swannie Gustilo (BEED3C) as Darlings of the Crowd, Jessa Jallorina
(BEED 4A) and Jancer Tacayon (BSED 3C) as Dancing Queen and King, and Raffy Monteclaro
(BEED 3A) and Venus Kristel Bayona (BEED 4B) as Faces of the Night.

The lecture/workshop on Personality Development and Social Graces is a joint venture of the
Senior Council led by Alfred Justo and the Junior Council led by Jemylyn Plagata.

College Conducts ICT Training

Aiming to develop and train the teacher-education graduates of Western Visayas College of Science and Technology (WVCST) to become more competitive in utilizing technology for education, the WVCST-World Links Training Center conducted the Enhanced Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Training on February 4-8 at the WVCST K-3 building.

The topics during the 5-day ICT training centered on the uses of computers and other forms of multi-media devices in enhancing the teaching-learning process. Participants were trained to perform the basics of Microsoft Office, develop web surfing skills in identifying educational sites, recognize suitable pedagogy in ICT grounded classroom, and promote tele-collaboration in accomplishing academic tasks. The hands-on activities included making multi-media presentations, designing tables, graphs and simple desktop publications, and creating web quests. Each participant’s finished products were compiled into a portfolio which was presented during the closing program.

The team of trainers/facilitators was composed of Dr. John Eric V. Juaneza, team leader; Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut, Dr. Carmen L. Cruzata, Dr. Catherine L. Sumaculub, Dr. Noli R. Mandario, Dr. Renelda P. Nacianceno, Dr. Frisian Y. Causing, and Dr. Ma. Asusina Asuncion E. Echaveria. The project is a collaborative effort with World Links Philippines and Intel Philippines, leading companies in the field of technology.

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College honors 18 retirees

Eighteen retirees coming from the various departments of Western Visayas College of Science and Technology (WVCST)-Main Campus were honored in a Despedida Party sponsored by the WVCST Faculty Association at the Iloilo Grand Hotel on January 30.

The honored retirees are  Dr. Praxedes B. Cabardo, Mr. Eliseo C. Cachero, Mrs. Eva G. Bayona, Ms. Josefa A. Dalipe, Mrs. Regena P. Endonila, Dr. Edgar C. Jimena, Engr. Florentina I. Monsale and Mrs. Trene C. Tayona of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS); Dr. Bernabe S. Mallo, Mrs. Emma P. Palomo, Mrs. Susan J. Tuburan, Mrs. Excelsa B. Uy and Ms. Teresa S. Velasco, College of Education;  Mr. Nestor L. Acana, Mrs. Cresencia C. Bebita, Mr. Joshua S. Ciasico, Mr. Bernabe E. Fajura and Dr. Ronne N. Noble, College of Industrial Technology (CIT).

The retirees were given tokens, plaques of appreciation and retirement cash gifts by President Luis M. Sorolla, Jr. in behalf of the college, the Faculty Association and the WVCST Multi-Purpose Cooperative. A posthumous tribute was also held for the late Engr. Wilfredo S. Palma, a former  faculty member of the Civil Technology Department.

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Tribu Salakayan Retains 2013 Kasadyahan Title

Besting 11 other competing tribes coming from cities and provinces of Western Visayas, Tribu Salakayan of Miag-ao Town, Iloilo defended its title by emerging champion in the Kasadyahan Regional Cultural Competition  of the Dinagyang  Festival 2013 held last January 27 at the Iloilo City Freedom Grandstand.

The tribe, which is composed of students from the Western Visayas College of Science and Technology (WVCST)-Southern Iloilo Polytechnic College (SIPC), retained its title after a spectacular performance depicting the history of Miag-ao town. In colorful costumes, props, spirited dancing, and lively music, the tribe reenacted how the Miag-ao locals were able to defeat the invading Moros with the Sto. Niño’s help during the Spanish times. The performance made the tribe romp off with the best in choreography and best in performance special awards.

As champion, the tribe won P150, 000, a trophy and additional cash prizes for the special awards during the 2013 Kasadyahan sa Dinagyang Festival Awards night.

 Seventy dancers, thirty drummers/musicians and twenty props men comprise the tribe. Dr. Raul F. Muyong, WVCST-Miag-ao Campus Administrator, is the tribe manager. Its choreographer, Ramon Emmanuel, Jr., was adjudged the best choreographer of the 2013 Kasadyahan.

 Other winners of this year’s Kasadyahan are Tribu Kaing of Leon, Iloilo (1st runner up); Tribu Bayluhay of San Joaquin, Iloilo (2nd runner up); Tribu Padagyaw of Dumarao, Capiz (3rd runner up); and Tribu Mandaragat of San Jose, Antique (4th runner up).

Tribu Salakayan first joined Dinagyang Festival’s Kasadyahan last year and was declared champion. The tribe represented the province and placed fifth in the 2012 Aliwan Fiesta -The Philippines' Festival of Champions where participants from different festivals in the country competed.

Having won the title this year, Tribu Salakayan will once again represent Iloilo in the Aliwan Fiesta in Manila on April 11-13, 2013.

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