114th Foundation Anniversary Highlights



A time for bonding and camaraderie, the faculty and administrative personnel from different campuses savor the moments of togetherness in the Faculty and Employees Federation, Inc. (FEFI) Day.

A day of fun, stress free and away-from-computer-and-classroom activities, the faculty and staff bond together regardless of their campus and work.

The faculty and staff enjoy the Patintero, Videoki Contest and the Amazing Race.

The Amazing Race made the representatives from different campuses connive with each other to finish the task assigned in every station. Aside from jumping ropes and face painting, the players also expanded their network of friends from other ISAT U campuses.

The Patintero, a Laro ng Lahi, made the faculty and staff remember their youthful days. Before the students, the professors and employees tried to revive the native game that are slowly brushed aside by modern gadgets and smart phones.

A modified Videoke Challenge was another new to a lot of ISAT U employees. No need to get a perfect 100 to win; just hit or get near the designated score and you pocket home the prize.

The sharing and giving during the community luncheon brought the members of FEFI closer and made their bond stronger.

The faculty of the College of Education entertains their co-employees. The COE Dancers are the champs of the Retro Dance Contest during the Testimonial Dinner.


One of the major activities of the celebration is the Federated Alumni Day.

Atty. Leo S. Sombiro

During the opening program, Dr. Raul F. Muyong reiterated that the Alumni is one of the major stakeholders of the University. He considered them as “the number one marketer of the University in the global society and partners in the development of ISAT U.”

Federated Alumni President Atty. Leo S. Sombiro acknowledged the role of the Alumni Association in promoting the University,  “The alumni is the major stakeholder of the University; we are the people who is outside looking inside of our Alma Mater, we are actually the Ambassadors of the University because what we exhibit outside of the portals of our Alma Mater reflects the image of ISAT U.”

He also expressed joy of what the University has achieved, “I am very happy that the impression and the image for ISAT U has radically change, we are now being looked up by other people as a booming university. “ Atty. Sombiro also welcomed the challenge to level up ISAT U.

One of the highlights of the day is the turning over of a school bus to Miagao Campus. The acquisition of the 3.6 million pesos school bus donated by Vallacar Transit  is one of the major achievements of the Federated Alumni Association. The donation was through the efforts of Alumni Class 81.

Dr. Raul F. Muyong and Atty. Leo S. Sombiro lead the turn-over ceremony of the school bus donated by Vallacar Transit to ISAT U Miagao Campus.

The University is currently organizing new chapters of the alumni. “This is to strengthen the local chapters before reaching out to other areas,” said Dir. Luz F. Cabalfin of the Office of Alumni Affairs. The new chapters are CAS Alumni, CEA Alumni, CIT Alumni, COE Alumni and High School Class 89. Officers of the five new alumni chapters were also inducted into office.

The alumni renewed their friendship and reminiscence the good old days through parlor games, ball games and team building activities.

The alumni test their skills in the different games and activities.

114th Foundation Anniversary Highlights


Mayor Jerry P. Trenas receives the Plaque of Appreciation  from ISAT U President Dr. Raul F. Muyong.

Iloilo Science and Technology University goes global in the celebration of its 114th Foundation Anniversary on September 9-13, 2019. This year’s theme is “ISAT U @ 114: Building Global Partnership for Inclusive Sustainable Development.”

“We are ASEAN citizens, we are global citizens,” was the call of ISAT U President Dr. Raul F. Muyong during the celebration’s opening program. “In our vision, we aim ISAT U as a leading science and technology university in Southeast Asia by 2030. We can only attain this if we actively involve ourselves in the global economy, global education, and if we participate our activities outside the country,”

Looking back at the person instrumental for ISAT U’s university status, the organizers invited Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Trenas as the guest speaker. Mayor Trenas, then Iloilo City lone district representative, sponsored RA No. 10595, converting Western Visayas College of Science and Technology into Iloilo Science and Technology University.

A sea of blue and gold filled the Multipurpose Educational Center after the celebration was formally opened by Dr. Raul F.Muyong. 

Mayor Trenas gave importance to formal education in the development of an individual. “It gives us the knowledge of the world around that changes into something better; it broadens our perspective about life and helps us build a strong sense of opinion,” Trenas said.

Education, according to Trenas,  plays a role in the development of people and society and it is part of the wheels for inclusive development of Iloilo City. He acknowledged ISAT U as an institution that is committed “to bettering the lives of each students and creating better opportunities and brighter future for everyone.”

The mayor also recognized ISAT U’s contributions in fostering better future through quality education, as a community that ensures holistic learning and development among Ilonggo students and the empowerment to effect positive change in the society. He also mentioned the university’s intervention as training ground and in the development of the Uswag Scholars of the city government.

The members of the Administrative Council in global attire.

A resounding applause filled the hall when Mayor Trenas signifies his support to ISAT U. “I am very proud of what this institution has become . . . from an institute to a college, and now to a University…you have my 150 % support.”

Mayor Trenas also included ISAT U in his dream to LEVEL UP ILOILO, “ bilang amay sang Iloilo, when I say Level Up Iloilo kita tanan ululupod agud mag Level Up. LEVEL UP ISAT UNIVERSITY. (as the father of Iloilo, when I say Level Up Iloilo, together we will Level Up. Level Up ISAT University.”

Setting the tone for globalization, the faculty and staff from different campuses wore global attires: the Non-Teaching Personnel-Asian; College of Arts and Sciences-South America; College of Engineering and Architecture-Oceania; College of Education-North America; College of Industrial Technology-Central America; Barotac Nuevo-Eastern Europe; Dumangas- Middle East; Leon-European Union; Miagao-The Carribean; alumni-Africa.

The faculty and staff from different campuses wear global attire representing the different regions of the world.


114th Founding Anniversary Celebration Highlights


Miss Lourdes A. Gapasin receives the Plaque of Appreciation from Dr. Raul F. Muyong. Joining the University president are (l-r) Dr. Manuel A. Sanchez, Jr., VPAA; Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut, VPRE; and Dr. Gabriel M. Salistre, Jr. ,VPAF.

A Testimonial Dinner on the night of the opening day was held to recognize the retirees, loyalty service awardees, best researches of the faculty and special awardees for exemplary deeds. Hon. Julienne Baronda, Iloilo City Lone District Representative was  invited  as guest speaker.

Due to prior commitments and the busy schedule in the Plenary Hall of the House of Representatives, Hon. Baronda was not able to attend the Testimonial Dinner. Her message, however, was read by Miss Lourdes Advincula Gapasin, one of Baronda’s consultants.

The RETIREES (above photo). Engr. Jonathan Antiquiera, Profs. Sammie Billanes, Rolando Jacuman, Rosario Mosquera and Engr. Dorothy S. Sorolla. Not in photo is Engr Editha S. Arguelles. Below are the outgoing department heads.

Cong. Baronda lauded the teachers’ commitment in bringing the welfare of the students, the well-being both inside and outside of the classroom, and the meaningful relationship in every aspects of the students’ lives.

She praised the teachers’ effort to survive despite of so many challenges and urged them to be catalyst of change in this great nation. Cong. Baronda also assured ISAT U academic community of legislation that will support the university’s program and activities. “Ang office ni Congresswoman Baronda, bukas gid sa inyo tanan (The office of Congresswoman Baronda is always open for you.”), says the message of the solon.

Six professors were honored as they closed the book of their teaching profession. The retirees were Engr. Jonathan C. Antiquiera, Profs. Editha S. Arguelles, Samie M. Billanes, Rolando  F. Jacuman, Rosario G. Mosquera, and Engr. Dorothy S. Sorolla.  Engr. Antiquiera was also recognized for his service as Faculty Regent of ISAT U.

This year there were 46 Loyalty Service Awardees. The awardees for best researches were also the firsts to be given recognition in the Testimonial Dinner.

The University also awarded a Huwarang Kawani Gantimpala to Ryan John A. Amarador, agency guard, for his honesty and integrity. Mr. Amarador returned the duffle bag containing millions of pesos that was left accidentally by a bank personnel in the campus premises.

Faculty Regent Engr. Jonathan C. Antiquiera and Student Regent Miss Christia Mae S. de la Cruz, were also acknowledged for their dedication and service as members of the Board of Regents, ISAT U’s governing body.

The outgoing department heads of the different colleges given recognition were: Engr. Ben Jesus U. de los Santos, Prof. Samuel G. Arsulo, Prof. George L. Lopez II, Prof. Renato T. Torreres, and Dr. Georgia D. Demavibas as outgoing principal of the laboratory school.

The talent-laden faculty and staff also displayed their poise and grace in the inter-department Retro Dance Competition. The College of Education was declared Champion. The College of Arts and Sciences took the second place while the Administrative Staff landed third. The College of Industrial Technology and the College of Engineering and Architecture were the fourth and fifth placers, respectively.

The best dressed employees of the night were also given recognition.




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114th Foundation Anniversary Celebration Highlights


The Skills Olympiad tested the students’ ability in putting into application the theories they learned in the classroom. Twenty-four skill categories in 11 trades areas were participated by the students from different ISAT U campuses.

“Winners should have gone further,” was the challenged of Dr. Raul F. Muyong. He emphasized that the Skills Olympiad could be a gateway for participation in much higher and bigger skills competition in the country and even abroad. “The University is also preparing for your competencies that could come toe-to-toe with the global standards,” he added.

A strong advocate of TVET courses, the university president also pointed out that lesser number of students are taking programs that would land on  3D (dirty, dangerous and difficult) jobs. He said that “many focused on computer programs. No one is taking civil technology or courses which are considered as dirty and we really lack workforces in this field of specialization.”

Dr. Muyong challenged the professors as well to include in their plans the upgrading of facilities, “Our laboratories should be smart laboratories in the future, I hope that this will be considered by the department heads for next year. “

“Let’s get out of ISAT U. Let’s showcase our talents outside of this University.  Our target is we have to join the national skills competition. We have to join the ASEAN skills competition or if we can make it, the global skills competition,” was the call of Dr. Raul F. Muyong.

In the Skills Olympiad, the students apply the theories they learned in the classroom.



The 1st GAWAD TASI was held to recognize and appreciate the partnership and the role of the local media in promoting ISAT U’s activities, programs and services.

“TASI” is the inverted acronym of ISAT. The name started when University was named Iloilo School of Arts and Trades or ISAT in 1939. Since then, even after its conversion to Western Visayas College of Science and Technology and into a university, the institution is popularly known as ISAT. TASI is also the moniker of the statue in front of the administration building.

The different local media outfit recognized were ABS-CBN TV Patrol Panay, GMA-One Western Visayas, Aksyon Radyo, Bombo Radyo, RGMA Super Radyo, RMN, The Daily Guardian, Iloilo Metropolitan Times and Panay News. The government run Radyo Pilipinas, Philippine News Agency and Philippine Information Agency were also given recognition.

Dr. Raul F. Muyong with representatives from different local media outfits.  (L-R) Mr. Jonathan Cabillon, GMA TV 6; Mr Lawrence  Fernandez, The Daily Guardian; Mr. Eduardo Coo, RGMA; Mr. Rene Monteclaro, Radyo Pilipinas; Miss Bing Pabiona, Capitol Press Corp; Mr. Jaime S. Cabag, PIA RO6; Miss Mae de la Cruz-Ortega, Aksyon Radyo; Miss Perla Lena, PNA; Mr. Roger Gencianeo, Bombo Radyo and Mr. Clark Antiquiera, Iloilo Metropolitan Times. 

Foreign studes on OJT, immersion at ISAT U

The exchange students witness the signing of agreement of ISAT U with partner agency for industry immersion. 

 Five foreign students are on their cross country training and immersion at ISAT U. Four are under the SEAMEO TVET Student Exchange Program while one is a recipient of the American Field Service Scholarship.

The SEAMEO TVET students from Indonesia are Gilang Pangestu and Helmi Taufiq Alhakim who are taking up Informatics Management from Institute Pertanian Bogor University. The other two are Nabila Rozqia Novianda and Aulia Rizky Utami from Politeknik Negeri Sriwijaya who are pursuing their Telecommunications and Mechatronics studies, respectively.

Italian Matilde Rou, on the other hand, is from Liceo Melchiorre Gioia, Italy. She joins the Philippine History and Filipino classes of the Laboratory School for her cultural immersion.

Given the chance to talk during the opening program, Miss Rou emphasized the opportunity to learn with the new students amidst different cultures, “meet them, talk to them and learn from them; share your opinion, ideas and culture.” According to her, communication is also important in bridging culture gaps. “The difference in culture is something we really need to look after. There are no impedes between cultures as long as people talk clearly and directly,” she added.

Trying to speak the native tongue, the Indonesians created an aura of lightness and a happy environment. Greeting the audience with “ Maayong aga,” Mr. Gilang Pangestu shows appreciation of a warm ISAT U accommodation he experiences, “the people in here are nice and kind also.” His expectations also generated smiles and giggles from the audience, “I did not expect the people here are so kind and so attractive; it must be fun to be with you and so much to learn from you and from the University.” Pangestu and Alhakim are assigned at the Management Information Service of ISAT U Miagao Campus.

The Memorandum of Agreement with the Sky Convergence, was also held during the opening program on September 3, 2019. Sky Convergence is the partner agency for Novianda and Utami’s training.

The University also sent two  students to Malaysia and seven to Indonesia recently.  Of the nine students, two are taking up Bachelor of Science in Education, four in BS Fashion Design and Merchandising,  one  in Bachelor in Industrial Technology major in Mechanical Technology and  two in BS Food Technology from Miagao Campus.

Dr. Muyong speaks at ICETECH 2019

Dr. Muyong shared his ideas and ISAT U practices in innovative learning to cope with the demands of the digital era.

Dr. Raul F. Muyong was one of the keynote speakers during the 1st International Conference on Education and Technology (ICETECH) 2019 at Universitas PGRI Madiun, East Java, Indonesia on August 6-9, 2019.

The only Filipino invited as keynote speaker, Dr. Muyong’s discussion aimed to help address the theme: “The Emerging Innovative Learning Across Disciplines in the Digital Era.” The other speakers were Prof. Dr. Joko Nurkanto, Universitas Sebeles Maret Surakarta, Indonesia; Dr. Yazni Abu Bakar, Universiti Kebangsaan, Malaysia and Mohd Mukhiz Abu Bakar, National University of Singapore.

The sub-themes of the conference discussed were: teaching and learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), STEM-based classroom management and Technology, robotics and game for Instructional Purposes, Instructional Technology and application for education, training and professional development for STEM teachers, computer-based learning, innovations in instructional training and education, design and implementation of technology-rich learning environment, augmented reality for education, simulation and game for Educational purpose, and virtual reality for education.

The ICETECH 2019 aims at facilitating researches, academic scientists and educators in an attempt to share their knowledge and experience in the education and technology. Being the only science and technology in the region, the activity is an opportunity for ISAT U to further enhance its program in research and development.

Dr. Muyong also strengthened ISAT U’s linkages and cooperation with other higher learning institutions abroad . He signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Universitas PGRI Madiun, Politeknik Elektronika Negiri Surabaya and Universitas Tidar, all from Indonesia. The partnership covers the exchange of students, exchange of faculty and researchers, exchange of academic information and publications, joint research activities and joint organization of international research conference.


Dr. Raul F. Muyong strengthens partnership with higher learning institutions abroad. The agreements with (l-r) Universitas PGRI Madiun Politeknik Elektronika Negeri Surabaya and Universitas Tidar were sealed during the 1st ICETECH 2019.

Research project receives patent for invention

The Letters Patent signed by Atty. Lolibeth R. Medrano, Bureau of Patents Director (l) and Dr. Rene L. Celda with the machine.

After years of waiting, the research project of the faculty members of the College of Industrial Technology (CIT) was finally granted  Letters Patent for an Invention by the Bureau of Patents (BOP) 0f the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHIL).

The TOROID-CORD TUNGSTEN INERT GAS (TIG) AND SHIELDED METAL ARC (SMAW) WELDING MACHINE was granted patent on April 5, 2019, six years after the application was submitted on November 22, 2013.

Dr. Rene L. Celda, the current CIT Dean, said that it took one year for the inventors to conceptualize the project. “ We planned the project and build our own model; it was not modified neither revised, it was original, “ he said. Dr. Celda, Profs. Renato O. Abucion, Enrique E. Elambre, Nemia H. Mabaquiao and Pablo N. Minerva, Jr. are the inventors.

“ We used toroid (doughnut type ) core which is different from the usual E-type, “ added Dr. Celda. The welding machine is with AC and DC shielded Metal Arc (SMAW) function utilizing ambient air as its coolant and is used alternatively for Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) operation. The machine is power efficient and temperature stable which can stand continuous operations for 30 minutes without overheating.

“To make it simple, our invention can run at least 30 minutes of continuous welding, thus, an advantage in performance over the traditional ones. We also have advantage in maintenance and performance over the inverters which are modular and have limited lifespan, ours is easy to maintain and lasts longer, ”explained Dr. Celda

One distinct feature of the invention is the inclusion of the Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding using Argon gas. “Traditionally, oxy-acetylene and conventional welding machines are separate, but in our invention, we integrate the two facilities in one machine and utilizes Argon, an inert gas,” said Dr. Celda.

The patent number 1-2013 000350 was assigned to the invention and shall be valid for 20 years from the date of filing.

ISAT U, CPU aim for reg’l innovation and entrepreneurship

Dr. Raul F. Muyong (c) and Dr. Teodoro C. Robles sign the MOU for the partnership of ISAT U and CPU CIRaC for regional innovation and entrepreneurship. Dr. Corazon C. Corbal, Dean of ISAT U College of Engineering and Architecture witnesses the ceremony.

The Iloilo Science and Technology University signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Central Philippine University (CPU) in fostering regional innovation and entrepreneurship while strengthening the collaboration between the local government, private sector and the community. The collaboration maybe realized through the Technopreneurship Hub, otherwise known as CPU Center for Ideation Realization and Commercialization Technopreneurship Hub (CPU CIRaC TECHHUB), a project funded by the Commission on Higher Education through the Institutional Development Innovation Grant.

Under the MOU, both institutions collaborate in developing and growing a pipeline of potential technology enterprise to the dissemination of TECHHUB promotional materials and nomination of possible applicants and on progressing existing research project through the TECHHUB’s technology business incubator.

The ISAT U and CPU also agreed to collaborate on the development of Technology Track and other related activities that will contribute to the improvement or success of the program.

The development of Technopreneurship 101 Instructional Materials and Workbooks which is one of the areas of agreement was realized during the PhilDev and CPU technopreneurship workshops on June 7, 2019, the day the MOU was signed. College of Engineering and Architecture Profs. Naci John C. Trance, Tajimi Faith H. Castano , Alfonso C. Abordaje, Freddie M. Gigataras and Philip Lloyd E. Legada joined other engineering professors in Western Visayas and collaborated for the development of instructional materials.

The MOU is based on the principles that ISAT U and CPU CIRaC desires to develop academic exchange and cooperation in entrepreneurship in engineering curriculum between the two institutions.

Dr. Raul F. Muyong, ISAT U President and Dr. Teodoro C. Robles, CPU President, signed the MOU during the Technopreneurship Hub Project Tehnopreneurship Workshop at the CPU.

ISAT U, DOST-PCIEERTRD to establish data science for good governance

DOST 6 Regional Director Rowen R. Gelonga (3rd from left), PCIEETRD Executive Director Enrico C. Paringit (c) and ISAT U President Raul F. Muyong, signifying unity for common goal, hold hands after signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the establishment of the  research equipment and facilities portal for Program on Data Science for Good Governance. Witnessing the signing of the MOU are (l-R) Engr. Emelyn P. Flores, DOST 6 ARD for Technical Operation; Dr. Rowena Christina l. Guevara, DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development; Dr. Carmelo V. Ambut, ISAT U Vice President for Research and Extension and Engr. Naci John C. Trance, IPMO Director.

Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT U), Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEETRD) and the Western Visayas Consortium for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (WVCIEETRD) forged an agreement to maintain and develop research equipment and facilities in the area of data science and smart cities.

A smart city harnesses the use of science and technology, and innovation to deliver good governance and services to the public.

Under the agreement, ISAT U can provide the necessary expertise and facilities needed for the collaboration to support the PCIEETRD science and technology sectoral plans and programs on its delineated sector which includes Data Science and Smart Cities.

DOST-PCIEERD Executive Director Enrico C. Paringit explained the concept of the portal for Program on Data Science and Good Governance . “They (ISAT U) will have to train a pool of students and people working at the local governments in order to apply data science techniques.” The program is also in line with ISAT U’s thrust in research and development, and computer studies.

DOST Region VI Director Rowen R. Gelonga added that the purpose of the collaboration between DOST and ISAT U is to create a pool of experts on data science or data analytics. Gelonga also passes on the challenge to ISAT U to probably open degree programs or even post-graduate programs related to data science, which is a multi-disciplinary field that uses scientific methods, processes, algorithms, and systems to extract knowledge.

He explicitly implied the importance of collaboration in the growth of smart cities like Iloilo City. Gelonga also divulge “Innovate Iloilo” which is a master plan to position Iloilo as an innovation hub by 2030. “This is a broad-based multi-stakeholders effort involving the local government units, the business sector, the government, the academe and the research institutions and other stakeholders’ collaboration of the local government units and other stakeholders, “he said.
The role of scientists and researchers who “present their technologies and research outputs that can potentially solve some of the problems as a growing community or as we continue to grow and prosper is important,” Engr. Gelonga added.

The MOU was signed by Engr. Gelonga, Dir. Paringit and ISAT U President Raul F. Muyong during the ninth anniversary of DOST-PCIEERD held for the first time in Iloilo City on June 13, 2019.

Skills demo highlights int’l youth skills day

ISAT U students and faculty members listen to the global address of Dr. Shyamal Majumdar, Head, UNESCO-UNEVOC International Center.

The University  celebrated the UNESCO-UNEVOC World Youth Skills Day (WYSD) through skills demonstration  on July 15, 2019. The activities aimed to guide the students on the importance and future of vocational education.  ISAT U is one of  the two UNESCO-UNEVOC centers in the Philippines.

A simultaneous activity on Global Cuisine demonstration by renowned chef Mr. Oscar J. Salazar III and the 2D Digital Animation Demonstration were witnessed by the students from different ISAT U campuses. The students also displayed their skills in the TVET Photo Competition 2019 that focused on culture and industry.

In his message, Dr. Raul F. Muyong gave emphasis on the dwindling number of students taking up TVET courses. He also pointed out the opportunities for vocational courses as it grow with Industry 4.0. The message of Dr. Muyong is in line with the concern on underemployment in 3D jobs (dirty, dangerous and difficult) generated by TVET education and training which is one of the focus of the WYSD 2019.

The cooking and 2D animation demo and the entries in the TVET photo contest.

In his global address, Dr. Shyamal Majumdar, Head of UNESCO-UNEVOC International Council expounded the theme “Learning to Learn for Work and Life.” He focused on the changes of the world which has rapid, drastic and serious consequences on the work and life. Dr. Majumdar pointed out that technological changes the way we live, work and learn, and socialize and also a challenge to prepare the future job. “ Rapid changing technology poses a big challenge on how to prepare young people on the job that do not yet exist. ‘ he said

He offered a solution on reports that 60% of the children entering grade school today ends up in jobs that do not exist yet. “Mere technical understanding is not enough for the future world of work,” he said, “there is a need to develop transversal skills which includes adaptability skills, learning to learn skill, entrepreneurial skill and foundation skill to prepare the learner for future job.”

Hon. Lili Nurlaili gives hints and ideas on designing Batik to the participants of the skills day.

Dr Majumdar also emphasized that the World Youth Skills Day display the importance of technical and vocational education and training in providing youth an opportunity to develop their competency. “Preparing the youth with a wide ranging skills prepare them for the job today and emerging occupation of tomorrow, “he said.

Hon. Lili Nurlaili, Culture and Education Attache, Embassy of Republic of Indonesia, also gave an international touch to the occasion. She talked on Batik Basics: The Art of Batik making and its high artistic value. The participants let out their artistry and creativity when they were made to develop Batik designs.