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BU’s First Music Festival: PLAYITFWD

Same day edit courtesy of Ericson Joseph Perez, BSIT

February 13, 2016 was a celebration of different musical genres in Baliuag University as the first music festival of the latter signed on: PLAY IT FWD. A total of 12 home-grown talents coalesce in University’s main campus open grounds. The performance of diary revealer band Silent Sanctuary highlighted the concert scene. As they graced the event, they chanted the crowd with their hit songs Sa’yo, Ikaw Lamang, Kundiman, Summer Song, Rebound, Pasensya Ka Na, Bumalik Ka Na Sa Akin and Hiling.

Play it Fwd is a project of the Baliuag University Supreme Student Council in partnership with the University’s Admission and Marketing Office and the event’s major sponsor, Globe Telecommunications. The event was also made possible through the generosity of numerous others, such as MX2 Gaming, Hi-Precision and Baliwag Water District. The event was attended by an estimate of 1,200 students, employees and alumni of the University. The audience enjoyed the music so as the several food booths joined by Bo’s Coffee, Dairy Queen, Kerrimo, Shawarma and Jollibee. All other details and pictures of the said event are available in all of its official social media accounts (Twitter and Instagram: @playitfwdbu, Facebook: Play it Fwd event page).


ProjectU: Passport to your Passion

The flight of ProjectU: Passport to your Passion was held at Baliuag University Sports and Cultural Gymnasium last August 5, after the installation of the 2nd President of the university, Dr. Patricia B. Lagunda. Prominent and well-known individuals were invited to share their words of wisdom, secrets in reaching success, and tips on overcaming hindrances. A week before the event, ProjectU already caught the students’ interests as the program was introduced to the different departments.

The program began with its first speaker, Mr. June Joson who is a seasoned community organizer, a youth leader, a skilled socio-political strategist, a Philippine history enthusiast, a passionate advocate of culture and arts and an astute small enterprise practitioner. He is the proprietor of Pambansang.com, a small enterprise that produces novelty shirts and items. He shared about finding out what your passion is. Students attentively listened to his sharing about how to find one’s passion.

The second speaker was Mr. JC Santos, a young successful business entrepreneur, self-made millionaire and a speech coach. His talk on “Overcoming Struggles” through his life stories and experiences taught the audience lessons on pursuing one’s passion despite obstacles and struggles. As he aptly stated, “You can overcome those struggles no matter what as long as you keep on pursuing what you’re passionate about.”

Another speaker was Mr. Jay Servito, a professional photographer for almost 10 years whose works include weddings, events, corporate, advertising and fashion photography. He is also currently working in BU as an instructor. Mr. Servito emphasizes that passion in what you’re doing will make you successful in life. He discussed that your future profession should not depend on the salary you will earn but rather on attaining happiness and enjoyment derived from what you are doing. He stated that he would not stay in the industry of photography if he did not love it.

Mr. Cyrill Tan, the author of Charlie Sparks, speaks about “Your Day Job is Not an Excuse to Pursue Your Passion”. Mr. Tan grew up in Bulacan and was a former student of BU. He found work as a personal banker in a leading foreign bank in the Philippines, where he is still currently employed. He ended up his speech with this quote “Seize the day because every day matters”.

Another speaker was Mr. Christian Jordan, BU’s Guidance Counselor and faculty, who dwelt on the topic “Do what you love, and love what you do.” Students roared and cheered as he stood up to speak. His humor added more interest to the program and engaged the students to listen even more. The most remarkable statements he gave were, “Don’t ever use someone’s past against them” and “MOVE ON”.

The final and the Keynote Speaker was Mr. Efren Penaflorida, the proponent of the “Kariton Klasrum”. He talked about his failures, and how these became his stepping stones to success. He also credited his mentor, Mr. KB. He also shared some inspirational quotes like, “Believe that you can!”, “If you want to reach your goal, hindi pwedeng, pwede na.”, “We have to learn to share our talents and victory because when we share it, we will have the joy na hindi mananakaw satin.” He showed videos about the “Kariton Klasrum” and how it captures the attention of the world by doing small acts of kindness in a society. After his speech, BU and Globe Telecom offers a helping hand and gave the Dynamic Teen Company a paycheck worth 35,000 pesos to fund its current and future endeavors.


Baliuag University hails new president


Baliuag University (BU), the first autonomous school in Region III, recently celebrated the installation of its second President, Dr. Patricia B. Lagunda, in a solemn ceremony on August 5, 2015, before a crowd of students, alumni, staff, faculty members, provincial politicians, academics and select university presidents across the country.
With the theme, “Glorious Past, Radiant Future,” the event also gave tribute to its first president, Dr. Alicia S. Bustos, whose leadership placed the institution in the Philippine academic map for producing graduates who land in the Top 10 of national board ratings in the fields of nursing, accountancy, education and library science.
Wearing a black and blue academic gown, President Lagunda as she thanked the Board of Trustees for giving her the opportunity to steer the University to greater achievements even as she faces K-12 issues and ASEAN integration challenges. “We have to ensure that our graduates are equipped with 21st century skills in information and media technology, learning and innovation skills, effective communication, and life and career.”


Her position may be new, but the leadership role is familiar to Dr. Lagunda, who joined BU in 1995 as Vice President for Administration and External Relations. A Ph.D. holder in educational leadership and management, she also taught at the School of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education concomitant to her administrative work and was later promoted to Executive Vice President.

Aside from her background in the academe, she also served as president of the Zonta Club of Baliuag, part of a larger Zonta International organization of professionals empowering women worldwide. She also assumed the presidency of the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU) in 2012 and 2014. In the same period, she served as vice chair and eventually chairman of the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (COCOPEA). At present, she is a member of the Executive Committee and the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Retirement Annuity Association (PERAA).

MUN_9879Members of the Board of Trustees, led by its chairperson, Dr. Alicia S. Bustos, hailed the installation of the new President, believing that she is the leader needed by the University to bring about the necessary changes to respond to the global challenges in education. “I am confident in her leadership and ability to lead this institution to new levels of academic excellence,” said Dr. Bustos.
Baliuag University, which is also celebrating its 90th founding anniversary, promotes excellence in education, research, and scholarship. It prepares students to become globally competitive and to make a difference in their respective areas of service and leadership.


Baliuag University strengthens ASEAN partnership


In an effort to maintain international linkages with ASEAN countries, Baliuag University (BU) has renewed its partnership with Thailand’s Chumphon Sueksa School on April 6, 2015. Mr. Kitti Kittichontawat, director/owner of Chumphon visited the University, along with his faculty members, for the renewal of the Memorandum of Agreement.


Chumphon Sueksa School is a primary elementary school that has collaborated with BU’s College of Education for the practice teaching/on-the-job training of its teacher education students. Trainees receive free accommodation and honoraria for providing English tutorial classes for their on-the-job training.

A significant number of teacher education students have already completed their on-the-job training in the said school. After their OJT, the school management offers teaching jobs to practicumers, resulting in not a few number of BU education graduates working there. In fact, the current principal of the Thai school, Ma. Rhodelynne Gonzalez-Thepwarin, was a graduate of Baliuag University and had also completed her on-the-job training in Chumphon.


With their growing commitment to strengthen the partnership, Chumphon Sueksa School is preparing to send some of its students for an English Camp at the Basic Education Department of the University.


Baliuag University kick-starts career program for graduating students


Baliuag University (BU) has launched a career training program for graduating students last March 21, 2015, in partnership with Berlitz and Avalerion Capital Pte. Ltd. Berlitz is the world’s premier language services firm that provides language instruction to students and professionals all over the world, while Avalerion Capital, Pte. Ltd. is a company incorporated in Singapore that seeks to build long-term value, growth and employment with their portfolio companies. This is the partnership’s first endeavor in the Philippines, with BU as the premiere university to partner with them.

The program, dubbed “Test Your Skills-A Kick-Start Career Development Event for Graduating Students” aims to prepare Information Technology (IT) and Business Administration (BA) graduating students for the real world of work through industry specific language training and soft skills development. The kick-start training offered business English and career development programs like networking, business relationships, markets, advertising, customer service skills, resume writing, meetings, priorities and strategies, human resources, financial documents, negotiations and interview skills.


The program resulted in immediate job offers from some of the participating companies like Concentrix, Teleperformance, Light and Hope, Computer Doctor, and SIA Engineering through Apertura Enterprise. Thus, many of Baliuag University’s IT and business graduates are assured of a job waiting at their doorsteps right after graduation.


Comm Arts Students attend Two Conferences

By Maria Corazon M. Delos Reyes
Faculty, College of Arts & Sciences


The Communication Arts Juniors attended two mass media conferences in August. On August 3, the group joined hundreds of other Communication Arts students in the 9thAnnual Comm Guild Conference of Journalism and Mass Communication students of the Philippines held at the AFP Theater inCamp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. This year’s theme was “Social Awareness: A Shared Responsibility of Media and the Community”.

Several media personalities served as resource speakers in the conference. Among them were Claire Delfin, Senior News Reporter of GMA 7, Martin Andanar, Head of News5 Everywhere and Michael Angelo Lobrin, a best-selling author and motivational speaker.. The last speaker was   Mae Panera.k.a Juana Change, a respected director, actress, and political activist.

Before the event ended, the annual COMM GUILD Awards for Radio and Television were presented to the various winners. Comm Arts Chair Theresa de Guzman presented the 2014 Best Female Field Reporter award to Kara David.

On August 17, the Comm Arts students attended the 11TH EDUKCIRCLE Convention on Media Communication at the UP Theater in UP Diliman. “Media and Politics: Reporting Philippines’ Recent Biggest Political Scandals” was the theme of this year’s event.

The line upof speakers was led by Dr. Clarita Carlos, a political analyst and UP professor who spoke on the role of media in politics. The second speaker was Mr. Michael Angelo Lobrin, President of LIFE Enrichment Consultancy and a popular motivational speaker.

Asenior reporter from the Philippine Daily Inquirer, NancyCarvajaltalked about CoveringPolitical Scandals.Ma.Theresa De Guzman, chair of theBU Communication Arts Department University joined the panel of reactors to Carvajal’s lecture.

The conference ended with the presentation of the 4thEdukCircle Awards to well-known broadcast and film personalities. The best documentaries made by the participants were also recognized.

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NSTP and Adarna House partners for Kwentuhan sa Bahay na Bato

By Miss Janet B. Dela Cruz
Director, National Service Training Program

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A total of 79 Day Care, Private Pre-School and early Elementary School Teachers attended the Kwentuhan sa Bahay na Bato: A Klasrum Adarna Storytelling Workshop of the National Service Training Program in partnership with Adarna House, Inc. on August 16, 2014.

Designed for parent volunteers, day care workers, preschool, and early elementary teachers, the workshop focused on the tools a storyteller can use and how these tools can be maximized at the storyteller’s advantage. It provided tips on preparing storytelling sessions, ways to tell a story and what stories to tell for a particular audience.

Ms. Jolizbeth Justo or Teacher Dyali , a teacher, storyteller and workshop facilitator of Adarna House since 2007 led the workshop participants to the discussions and activities.


BU attends ABAP Book Fair 2014

By Lynderlitte M. Maglaque
Library Department


From left to right: Mrs. Ma. Theresa de Guzman, Mrs. Alma Dela Cruz, Dr. Rolando Calma, Mr. Amado Policarpio, Mr. Alvin Almajose, Dean Wilhelmina Neis, Mrs. Elenita Maglaque, Mrs. Loida Navoa, Mrs. Josephine Descutido, Ms. Nancy Mabunga and Ms. Glenda Felizardo


School officials, librarians, teachers, professionals, reviewers, tutors, and book enthusiasts gathered for the 18th Philippine Academic Book Fair, the annual five-day event organized by the Academic Booksellers Association of the Philippines (ABAP) from July 9 to 11, 2014 at the Megatrade Hall 1, 5th Bldg. B, SM Megamall, EDSA, Mandaluyong City.

In preparation for the upcoming accreditation visits for Business Administration and Psychology, Dean Wilhelmina Neis, Mr. Amado Policarpio, Mr. Alvin Almajose, Dr. Rolando Calma, Mrs. Loida Navoa, Mrs. Elenita Maglaque, Mrs. Ma. Theresa de Guzman, Mrs. Alma Dela Cruz, with selected librarians, Ms. Nancy Mabunga, Ms. Glenda Felizardo, Mrs. Josephine Descutido, and Mr. Robert Tubis participated in the said event.

The book fair features the latest academic books, journals, references and other materials for educational institutions.
At the same time, Dr. Juan C. Buenrostro, Jr., together with Ms. Lynderlitte M. Maglaque, Ms. Nancy Mabunga, Ms. Jennifer Samontanez, library staff and faculty of BLIS Department, attended the forum entitled “IT Curriculum for Philippine LIS Education: Focusing on the Dynamic Needs of the LIS Profession” sponsored by the Philippine Association of Teachers of Library and Information Science (PATLS) in collaboration with ABAP’s 18th Philippine Academic Book Fair.
The three-day Book Fair was supported by the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education.

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BU Librarians participated in “SAMPAKA sa Palihan”

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Dr. Juan C. Buenrostro, Jr. with Mayor Carol Dellosa together with the BU library staff and CAS faculty Mrs. Perez, Ms. Rivera and Mr. Mercado

Bulacan Public Librarians Association (BPLA) headed by Mr. Marlon Hipolito (BU BLIS’ 2008) as its president, in coordination with Samahang Pangkasaysayan ng Bulacan (SAMPAKA) sponsored a free Seminar-Workshop entitled “Writing Local History” with the main purpose of discussing the importance of preserving local history.

The said event was conducted in the Municipal Library of Baliwag last May 16, 2014 with Mr. Dennis Galvez, a history professor and also a local historian of Baliwag as resource speaker. Among the participants was Mayor Carol Dellosa, the BU library staff headed by Dr. Juan C. Buenrostro, Jr., CAS faculty members, Ms. Lina Rivera, Mrs. Milagros Perez, Mr. Noel Mercado, the Baliuag Municipal Library librarians headed by Ms. Resurreccion Gaspar, and the members and officers of Bulacan Public Librarians Association (BPLA) and the officers and members of the Samahang Pangkasaysayan ng Bulacan (SAMPAKA).


College of Nursing Parents’ Day Successful


The first organized parents day hosted by the College of Nursing was successfully held. The activity which was held last February 15, 2013 at the University Hall was in line with the 88th Foundation Anniversary of Baliuag University. The first ever “Araw ng mga Magulang” saw a number of parents in attendance as they interacted and participated in the activities.

During the welcome remarks given by the Executive Vice President. Dr. Patricia Lagunda, the parents and guardians were brought up to the date with the status and activities of the university. She also mentioned some of the things the administration is doing to give its students the best start to their future.

There were lively interactive sessions during the discussion by the Director of Student Affairs and Guest Speaker, Mrs. Esperanza Balatbat. The main theme of her address was on parenting tips and family values in which parents gave their views on what could be done to improve parenting and have a better rapport between them and their children. Mrs Balatbat encouraged the parents to bring up their children with true values of life. Practicing well defined family values helps set the foundation for a strong, cohesive family.  A well built foundation and consistent family values are vital in building dependence and confidence in each family member she added.


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In the address by Dean Elizabeth Roxas, parents were given information regarding the College of Nursing as well as the activities their children are engaged in while in school and Clinical areas. She also urged parents to support their children so that they can perform better while students were advised to focus on their studies and be mature in their attitude.

During the break, the parents were involved in a number of games and Cha-cha dance that were fun and inspired bonding and friendly competition among parents. Participants who won received BU Souvenir items.
According to the coordinator of the activity, Mrs. Maria Lourdes Policarpio, all of the objectives were met and the faculty and staff are looking forward for the next session.