(by: Mrs. Noemi Cabaddu)
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St. Paul University Philippines was honored at the 2018 International Assembly of Youth for UNESCO (Y4U) as Paulinians were recognized as Outstanding UNESCO Club leaders and champion. Ms. Trisha Elene dela Cruz (PALM-4) and Mr. Janesis RR Buena (SW-4) were named Outstanding Youth Leaders and Dr. Allan Peejay Lappay (Director, Alumni, External Relations and Advocacies) as an Outstanding Educator. The said Paulinians, who went through rigorous screening and deliberation processes, were recognized for their significant contribution in the attainment of UNESCO goals and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Moreover, the Paulinian Volunteers for Community Development (PVCD-UNESCO) Club was adjudged as one of the Outstanding UNESCO Clubs in the Philippines. Sr. Merceditas Ang, SPC (University President) and Mrs. Noemi Cabaddu (Director, Community Extension Services) witnessed the awarding ceremonies.
The endeavour is annually organized by the National Association of UNESCO Clubs in the Philippines (NAUCP). This year, it was held at the Icon Hotel, Timog Avenue, Quezon City, with the theme: “Protecting Heritage, Fostering Creativity.” It was attended by delegates from public and private learning institutions and local government units from the Philippines; and a number of participants and speakers from other countries like Japan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Canada, Thailand, Malaysia, Pakistan and Germany.
The three-day convergence also featured various activities such as paper/research presentations; seminar-workshop on Global Citizenship Education; academic and aesthetics contests; plenary talks, recognition of UNESCO Clubs with good standing and newly accredited clubs; search for Mr. and Ms. NAUCP Ambassadors; product display; and cultural show.
(by: Dr. John Kit Masigan)
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The Basic Education Unit kicked off the school year with three podium finishes in the recently concluded Division Literary Joust held at Cagayan National High School on September 7, 2018.
From among the participating public and private schools in the Division of Tuguegarao, Maria Samantha Cobrador (Grade 3 pupil) grabbed the championship title in the oral reading category, while Yanny Valera (Grade 6 pupil) placed third in the story retelling contest.Meanwhile, in the secondary school category, Eun Seo Ha (Grade 12 student) won second place in the essay writing contest.
Having taken the top spot, Cobrador shall represent the division to the Regional Literary Joust on September 14, 2018 at NEAP Region 02. The said activity was in line with the celebration of the 84th National Book Week with the theme, "Connected Actions, Collective Vision: Libraries Transforming Society."
(by: Mr. Bryan Echanique)
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To orient and capacitate all employees for AY 2018-2019, St. Paul University Philippines conducted its annual pre-opening activities on August 28 – September 1, 2018 with the theme “Quality Life and Work.”
The first day was highlighted by the talk of Sr. Merceditas Ang, SPC (University President), on SPUP’s Strategic Directions. In her message, she said that character, competence, commitment, service and leadership serve as the foundation of quality life and work. She also said that every educator’s work in the University should be rooted in vision, mission, and inspiration. She also presented the administrators for the upcoming school year. Thereafter, the members of faculty and personnel were presented by their respective vice presidents, deans, and unit heads. The new employees were also presented by Dr. Juana C. Rivera (Director, Human Resource Management). In the afternoon, Fr. Renan Michael F. La Guardia, SDB, delivered a talk anchored on the theme “Quality Life and Work.” In his message, Fr. Renan reminded everyone that Christian educators are called to a life of holiness, that is: Teachers are called to be saints and heroes to their students every day. He also added that SPUP educators are exceptionally blessed because the pre-opening activities give them the opportunity to be in union with God.
On the second day, Fr. Renan continued his talk on the theme. He said that “we are relational beings,” and he expatiated on the five (5) SPUP Core Values, quoting what St. Paul the Apostle said in relation to each value. He also underscored the concept of communion, relating it to the term koinonia, which means “with God” or “with others.” He elaborated on this by citing as examples the trinity and divine intimacy.
Dr. Juana C. Rivera (Director, Human Resource Management), and Dr. Allan Peejay Lappay (Director, Alumni, External Relations and Advocacies) discussed some important University updates that all employees need to know about on the third day.
The SPUP Family headed to Kangaroo Beach Resort on the fourth day, where various team complementation activities like “Animal Cheer,” “Pastawer,” “Roll the Ball,” “Ball Hole,” and “Mr. & Miss Q & A Season 2,” were held. Mr. Ian Jaylord F. Beran and Ms. Marjorie A. Tumanguil from the Guidance & Counseling Office dazzled the audience with their charm and their wit in answering humorous questions and were crowned as Mr. & Miss Q & A. The night of fun and laughter ended with the awarding of prizes and a community dancing.
The final day of the pre-opening activities was spent for leisure. A Eucharistic Celebration was culminated the activities with Rev. Fr. Domingo Resureccion, OFM, as celebrant. Lunch followed the mass; afterward, the University set off for home at around 4 o’clock in the afternoon.
(by: Dr. Concepcion Doyugan)
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Chang Jung Christian University (CJCU) in Tainan, Taiwan sent three-student interns for a one-month program of teaching Mandarin to St. Paul University Philippines (SPUP).The third batch of interns, from the Department of Translation and Interpretation, were Huang, Yi-Cheng (|Daniel), Huang, Yu-Hsuan (Sharon) and Tang Chen (Tang). They taught Mandarin in the elementary, undergraduate and graduate school levels under the supervision of Dr. Jeremy Godofredo Morales (Director, International Relations) and Dr. Concepcion G. Doyugan (Head, Intercultural Institute for Languages).
Sr. Merceditas O, Ang, SPC (University President) thanked them for spending their time in the Philippines, particularity Tuguegarao City, as she awarded them their certificates of completion. The interns also reported how blessed they were to have experienced students who were active, participative and who always have a ready smile. They felt the warmth of Filipino hospitality and hoped to be back next year for another visit.
(by: Dr. Janette Fermin)
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Fifteen (15) administrators and faculty members of the SPUP - Basic Education Unit had a one-of-a-kind journey last August 20-24, 2018 to an emerging economic hub in Asia - South Korea. The five-day tour was brimming with unforgettable activities and exciting visits to breathtaking views and attractions. The group was pulsating with awe as they experienced the dynamism and incredibility of the country- from its vibrant culture to its booming economy and to its cutting-edge technology. Indeed, the travel gave each and every one endless and unique experiences.
Day 1: Wandering in a cinematic piece of paradise
From the Recenz Hotel, the group was transported to the ferry wharf where tickets to the half-moon shaped island- Nami island are bought. Nami island nestles gracefully like a leaf inside an artificial lake. This is the resting place of a renowned historical figure, General Nami. Many are most familiar with it as the filming grounds of the well-known K-drama “Winter Sonata”. The most enthralling scenes in the island are the lanes of metasequoia and ginko trees, other rows of majestic green trees, roaming animals and various art exhibits.
The picturesque Garden of Morning Calm left everyone in amazement. Being regarded as the oldest private garden in Korea, this artistic space is magical as different tiny themed gardens are created.
Day 2: Strolling around grand and magnificent palaces
Experiencing both the past and present of Seoul by simply strolling around the grand palaces was wonderful. The Gyeongbokgung and Deoksugung palaces are a masterpiece-exemplary works from the old Joseon period. The Gyeongbokgung palace is regarded as the largest and the most beautiful palace in Korea. Known to be the main royal palace, the Guard Changing Ceremony or the Gwanghwamun Gate Guard-on-Duty Performance, which takes place here, is a must-see. Within the grounds of this palace is the National Folk Museum of Korea. It showcases replicas of historical objects to explain the very rich history of traditional life of the Korean people. The Deoksugung palace, on the other hand, is famous for its scenic stone-walled walkway.
The stroll delightfully made everyone admire the way this country promotes its traditional culture.
Day 3: Climbing Seoul’s city icon and enjoying Seoul’s shopping mecca
Going up the N-Seoul Tower, the city’s iconic skyscraper, is breathtaking. This tower is located on Namsan Mountain at the very heart of Seoul. Getting here is the best way of taking a bird’s eye view of the city. One cheesy thing which can also be found here is the infamous lovelocks. Piles of locks of varying sizes, colors and shapes with love notes welcome you on the way to the tower.
Setting foot into the bustling shopping district of Myeongdong is satisfying. Lined in Myeongdong’s streets and alleys is a wide range of branded shops and department stores which offer insane sales for high-quality products. The place’s obsession to beauty is well-manifested in the good number of cosmetic stores which usually hand out free samples and masks.
Day 4: Taking on the challenge of a day of thrills
Everland, Korea’s largest outdoor theme park, is one best way of bringing out the child in you. This gigantic park houses unique rides and attractions and is proudly home to the world’s steepest wooden roller coaster and South Korea’s only safari.
Day 5: Travelling back to the past
Visiting the Bukchon Hanok Village is just like travelling all the way back to the Joseon dynasty. This village harbors traditional houses called hanok, which at the present time function as residential place, restaurants and shops.
More of Korea
Experiencing Kimchi-making and Hanbok-wearing at Kimchi School was gratifying. It was an opportune time as everyone has already learned to love and embrace the Korean way of life. The quick lessons satiated our desire to have more of Korea.
Something interesting always sprouts on every corner of Korea even in a random neighborhood. The group was bedazzled with the sparkles of amethyst in an amethyst shop, with the rejuvenating medicinal prowess of red pine in a red pine factory and with the grandiose artistry of Dongdaemun Design Plaza.
The journey culminated with a visit in Gahoedong Catholic Church of the Seoul Archdiocese-the most beautiful spot ever as everyone got the chance to praise, glorify, and thank the Lord, the Source of all Goodness, for the wondrous opportunity to travel and for the generosity of people who have made such great experience possible.