FEU, WWF and DENR launch Save-the-Tamaraw stamps

Far Eastern University (FEU), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Philippines) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) further cement their commitment to save the endangered tamaraw with the launch of a commemorative stamp on 26 January 2013. To be issued by the Philippine Postal Company (PhilPost), the “Save The Tamaraw” stamp celebrates Project TAMS2, a program by the three aforementioned organizations which aims to double the animal’s population by 2020.

“We take great pride and pleasure in unveiling the Tamaraw Commemorative Stamp which celebrates collaboration with WWF-Philippines and DENR,” said Dr. Michael Alba, FEU university president. “It dovetails perfectly with FEU’s advocacy to preserve the tamaraw which we have been supporting for several years already.”

Two stamp designs will be released: one is by Aaron Cedrick Santos Manaloto, an FEU Fine Arts junior student while the other is by Ross Joseph Bolaños Copiaco, head designer of FEU Publications. Manaloto and Copiaco were the student and open category winners, respectively, of a month-long stamp design contest sponsored by FEU.

Only 72,000 copies of each design will be printed.  FEU will start selling first day covers to the public on 28 January 2013.

FEU’s advocacy to preserve the tamaraw started in 2005 when the university partnered with the DENR Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau and its Tamaraw Conservation Program to enable FEU Students to be more involved in the latter’s conservation efforts.  The University has since been then sending students and faculty to Mindoro to render community service and participate in the annual Tamaraw count.

In July 2012, FEU formalized a partnership agreement with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-Philippines) for Project TAMS2.

FEU alumnus and Manila City Mayor Alfredo Lim signs first day issue covers of the Save the Tamaraw stamps. Beside him are FEU Chairman Dr. Lourdes R. Montinola and FEU President Dr. Michael Alba.

FEU Fine Arts junior student Aaron Cedrick Santos Manaloto receives a framed first day cover of the stamps .



FEU wins big in PAPJA 2013

A silver finish for FEU in the PAPJA – Interschool Psychology Quiz Challenge. Far Eastern University came out as one of the top performing schools in the Psychological Association of the Philippines Junior Affiliates (PAPJA) convention held last January 18 at the SMX Convention, Pasay City.

The FEU team comprised of Armand Vincent A. Sese, Cathyrine Joy N. Genova, Milo C. Gacusan and Noel DB. Favor, Jr finished second place in the PAPJA – Interschool Psychology Quiz Challenge (ISPQC).  University of Santo Tomas was the first placer, while the University of the Philippines -Tacloban grabbed third place in the competition that was participated by 43 schools all over the country.

Likewise, FEU Manila took second place in the Outstanding Undergraduate Research. Julius Jay D.J. Adriano, Alessandra T. Arpon , Andrea Carmelli D.G.Mendoza and Janine S. Sunga presented their research paper entitled “Ang Pagharap sa Pangungulila sa Pamilya ng mga Pilipinong Marino.”

Lastly, the Schitzos, the FEU Psychology dance group, was awarded second place among 8 finalists in the Transcendance interschool dance competition.

The second day of the PAPJA was held in the FEU Manila campus last January 19, 2013. Over 4,000 Psychology students from various parts of the country attended to take part in various workshops.  A total of 84 workshops were facilitated by various professionals and members of the PAP.

The workshops were held in the Education Building, Science Building, Arts Building and Law Building.

FEU Psychology student volunteers, Psychology Society officers and faculty members provided assistance to the participants and facilitators to help ensure the success of the activity.

FEU VP Obtains Certified Fire Protection Specialist Certification

Far Eastern University Vice President for Facilities and Technical Services Rudy Gaspillo has earned the title “Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS)” after successfully passing the Certified Fire Protection Specialist program in the United States.

The CFPS program is administered by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). VP Gaspillo took the International Board Examination in San Francisco, California on December 5, 2012 along with at least 2000 professionals from different countries.

The FEU official is the first NFPA Certified Fire Protection Specialist in the Philippines.

“The highest safety standard in construction is initiated by the NFPA. This standard of design for safety will contribute to the security of structures and the protection of lives from fire and other natural calamities,” shared Engr. Gaspillo.

“Mr. Gaspillo has demonstrated the knowledge and proficiency required to ensure the highest level of fire protection,” according to an official release from the Certified Fire Protection Specialist Board of Directors.

Since 1998, the NFPA has administered the CFPS program to professionals who have acquired a level of expertise and professionalism through work experiences and related educational opportunities.

“I encourage practicing Filipino Engineers to get the certification, be recognized as world-class in designing and attain the highest level of building standard.” VP Gaspillo summed.

Health crucial behind academic struggles

Students who have struggled with academics most likely are dealing with health-related issues, according to a study at Far Eastern University.

Students who regularly miss their class get the least opportunity and learning, thus, resulting to failure.

The study titled “The Profile of FEU Students under the Selective Retention Policy (SRP) for A.Y. 2011-2012 and its Impact on their Academic Performance” was published in the University Counseling and Career Guidance’s (UCCO) 2012 Research Digest. It was written by Ms. Ma. Elena Paz, RGC, MA cand; Ms. Adarna Cipriano, MA, RGC; and Ms. Catherine Mendoza, MA, RGC.

Utilized in the study were 326 students who actively participated in the Students-at-Risk (STAR) Program of UCCO from the first and second semesters of Academic Year 2011-2012. Filled out individual data sheets, survey forms and academic records were also used in deriving conclusions for the said study.

(The STAR program is an UCCO intervention program that provides guidance and counselling assistance to students who need to perform better in their academics.)

It was also found that many students who were under SRP belonged to the “Superior” IQ level which proves that they have the necessary intelligence and capability to make it on top, however, the negative circumstances that these students are facing greatly affect their academics.

“While many students are able to tackle the tough challenges of academic pressures and perform well in the exams, others respond on the opposite,” as stated in the research.

It illustrated that guidance and supervision provided by parents play a vital role in enhancing the academic performance of their children. However, it turned out, that a significant numbers of the participants had parents who are both working.

The STAR program, which sought to improve the status of students under SRP, was able to lift 50% of the participants from their probationary status. As derived from the conducted study, Cipriano et al. recommend that during family counseling, the parents’ role in enhancing the academic performance of their children should be emphasized.

In addition, having extra academic help from the same group is also advised as it is proven beneficial for the SRP students. Finally, strict implementation of the SRP procedures should be done to ensure full participation of the students in the program.

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FEU: To be top university at 100

BEFORE it reaches 100 years, Dr. Michael M. Alba, president of Far Eastern University, wants FEU to be a top-tier university in the Philippines and perhaps ready to go for an international ranking.

“We want FEU [students to say that] when they graduate, ‘I was transformed. It was the best college experience I got because I’ve gained so much [and I wouldn’t experience that] if I studied in another school.’ That is what we would like to do for our students,” Alba, a respected economist, said during an interview with select members of the print media.

FEU celebrated its 85th anniversary from January 21 to 26 with the theme “FEU at 85, Glorious Heritage.”

“I’m hoping that in the next 15 years before we reach 100 [years], we will have become a top-tier university, comparable to any in the Philippines and in Asia,” said Alba who was previously affiliated with the University of the Philippines (UP) and De La Salle University.

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Accounting senior named one of the 2012 Ten Outstanding Jose Rizal Model Students of the Philippines

John Micheal T. Lava with his proud parents.

John Micheal T. Lava, 5th year Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, was named one of the Ten Outstanding Jose Rizal Model Students of the Philippines for 2012.

The awarding was made by the Order of the Knights of Rizal through its Supreme Council last December 30, 2012.

The event coincided with the Centennial Commemoration of the transfer of Dr. Jose Rizal’s remains and 2013 marks the 25th Anniversary of the search.

Lava ranked 3rd overall in the search that was participated by 68 candidates from various Universities and Colleges nationwide.

The list was trimmed to 20 Finalists and they went through a rigid interview process last December 28, 2012.

The search aims to give due recognition to 10 college students in the country who best epitomize the Rizalian qualities of academic excellence, leadership, and community activities as well as the Rizalian virtue of love of country, thereby serving as living models to the youth of the land.

The 2012 Ten Outstanding Jose Rizal Model Students of the Philippines with the Guest of Honor, the Mayor of the City of Manila, Sir Alfredo S. Lim, KGCR, one of the descendants of Rizal, Ms. Gemma Cruz-Araneta, the Knights of Rizal Supreme Commander, Sir Reghis M. Romero II, KGCR, the Chairman of the this year’s search, Sir Lutgardo Barbo, KCR and the rest of the Board of Judges and Search Committee Members. (Photo from Knights of Rizal)

Related link: 2012 Ten Outstanding Jose Rizal Model Students of the Philippines

Marketing junior selected as AYLC delegate

Cliff Kevin Cendaña, a third year BSBA Marketing Management student, has been chosen as an Official Delegate in the 15th Ayala Young Leaders Conference (AYLC) on February 5-8, 2013 at the San Miguel Corporation – Management Training Center, Alfonso, Cavite.

Cendaña will join 80 other AYLC delegates that were selected among 800 applicants from top colleges and universities nationwide.

The participants were judged based on the quality and effectiveness of their leadership and involvement in their respective schools and local community organizations.

Tamaraws have been a fixture in the AYLC with Cendaña now adding his name to the list of outstanding FEU student leaders that made it to this prestigious event.

At present, Cendaña is the Vice President of the FEU Institute of Accounts, Business and Finance Student Council.

FEU honored for Red Cross programs

Far Eastern University-Red Cross Youth Council (FEU-RCYC) was hailed champion of the “4th Madugong Paligsahan (Blood Marathon).” Awarding was held at the National Commission for Culture and the Arts on December 14, 2012.

BS Nursing student Cassie Anne Ruanto was granted the “Outstanding Red Cross Youth Award” while Dr. Marilou F. Cao of the FEU Office of Student Affairs (OSA) was given a “Certificate of Merit” for her voluntary services rendered in support of the humanitarian work for the Red Cross.

FEU-RCYC had the highest number of blood donations during the 4th Manila Chapter Red Cross Youth (Blood Marathon) School Competition.

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