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Baliuag University introduces Canvas


PatLouise-BlogPatricia Louise Carlos – SOCSCI 1

Canvas is a Learning Management System (LMS) created to aid students and educators to make studying easier and more convenient. It is used by professors to give softcopies of their modules to students for advance reading, reviewing, and further understanding of the lessons. It was also conveniently used by the students to pass their outputs to their professors.

In this modernized way of teaching and learning, Arth Noe Pagtalunan, a BSIT 2nd year student, shared that he prefers using LMS than the conventional way of printing and passing their outputs.“Mas gusto ko na po mag-pass thru Canvas. May tendency kasi na mawala yung hardcopy mo at less gastos na din sa print.” When asked about his thoughts from the previous LMS of Baliuag University, he said that he was satisfied with its performance; but compared to Canvas, Maria Angelica dela Cruz, BSIT 2nd year student said that Canvas is more organized. It has a feature that separates files depending on the subject. Pagtalunan added that this feature of Canvas makes it easier for them to look for files that they need.

With the arrival of Canvas, students were asked to pay for the access of their accounts. Dela Cruz said that they were shocked at first; but when they were able to experience it, she said that it is worth the pay. Pagtalunan said that through Canvas, the students were able to practice fairness and honesty among the students and their professors. He shared that they were asked to answer a quiz for 20 minutes thru Canvas, the rambled the questions to avoid cheating among students, the professors can also monitor the exact time the students passed his/her work, thus ensuring promptness of the students. Canvas uses a pointing scale for giving grades to students called “Speed Grader”, making it easier and faster for professors to check and give a corresponding grade.

Student-engagement is also significant when using Canvas. Dela Cruz and Pagtalunan shared that the University’s calendar of activities can be viewed on it, thus making them updated of the events in the university wherever they could be.

When asked how they would describe their Canvas experience, the students stated that it’s convenient, provides easy access to their files, and very handy through the Canvas phone application.

Studying could be difficult and draining, but it could be easier if we try to seek ways to improve our learning experience. Pagtalunan and Dela Cruz found Canvas convenient and useful to their learning process. What about you? How is your Canvas experience? Share it with us.


CHED recognizes Baliuag University as a Delivering Higher Education Institution during the K to 12 transition period


By Dr. Jasmin S. Tayao

Baliuag University (BU) is a CHED-Recognized DHEI (Delivering Higher Education Institution) during the K to 12 Transition Period. The University belongs in the first batch of approved DHEIs of the Scholarships for Graduate Scholarships under the K to 12 Transition Program of the Commission on Higher Education as issued in CHED Memorandum Order No. 08, series of 2016.  With this, Sending Higher Education Institutions (SHEIs) can encourage their faculty members who are affected by the five-year transition period to enroll in graduate programs of the University.

The University is in support to CHED’s comprehensive range of developmental programs that both mitigate impact on labor and upgrade quality of Philippine higher education, to ensure the smooth and successful transition to K to 12, as mandated under Republic Act 10533 (the law on K to 12).

CHED approved nominees/scholars may apply to the following programs of BU:

  1. Doctor of Education with specialization in Educational Management
  2. Doctor of Education with specialization in Filipino
  3. Master of Arts in Education with specialization in Educational Management
  4. Master of Arts in Education with specialization in English
  5. Master of Arts in Education with specialization in Mathematics
  6. Master of Arts in Education with specialization in Filipino
  7. Master of Arts in Education with specialization in History
  8. Master of Arts in Education with specialization in Guidance and Counseling
  9. Master of Arts in Teaching with specialization in English
  10. Master of Arts in Teaching with specialization in Mathematics
  11. Master of Arts in Teaching with specialization in General Science
  12. Master of Arts in Teaching with specialization in Social Studies
  13. Master of Library in Library and Information Science (non-thesis) off-site (Jose Rizal University)
  14. Master of Library in Library and Information Science (thesis) off-site (Jose Rizal University)
  15. Master in Business Administration (Jose Rizal University)
  16. Master in Business Education (joint -Jose Rizal University)
  17. Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management
  18. Master in Information Technology with specialization in Systems Development
  19. Master in Information Technology with specialization in Information Management
  20. Master of Arts in Nursing
  21. Master of Science in Nursing
  22. Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (Arts and Humanities Track)
  23. Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (Social Science and Philosophy Track)
  24. Master Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (STEM Track)

For more information, you may visit this link.


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).


BU represents the PH in Thailand

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Felina Gail Mar, a third year AB English student from the College of Arts and Sciences, represented the Philippines with two others from Jose Rizal University and Far Eastern University in the 2015 ASEAN Youth Camp in Chiang Rai, Thailand last December 15-19, 2015.

The youth camp was hosted by Mae Fah Luang University and featured delegates from different ASEAN countries. The Philippines had the least number of delegates while Malaysia sent the most number of delegates – seven students. The delegates were nominated by their respective schools’ Office of Student Affairs and chosen by the Ministry of Education or Commission on Higher Education to represent their respective countries.

Topics such as the role of the youth in ASEAN, cross-cultural awareness, and border management were discussed in the program. Afterwards, the delegates were given a guided tour around the different landmarks in northernmost Thailand.


Since returning to the Philippines, Mar joined a youth organization called SEA Youth Builders initiated by Nicole Emellie Yu, the FEU delegate to Thailand, with the aim of sharing what they learned from the camp.


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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.


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