Statement from FEU President Dr. Michael M. Alba

My dear students,

Allow me to explain briefly why FEU opted not to call off classes today. It is because September 21 is a day of infamy, a day of national shame. On this day 45 years ago, Filipinos lost the freedoms that were guaranteed to them by the Philippine Constitution of 1935 – the right to life, liberty, and own property as well as to all be equally protected by our laws. Our country ceased to be a democratic state, and slid into an authoritarian one, where all power was vested in one man alone, a dictator. It was, and is, the darkest period in our history, when instruments of the Philippine government were used to crush all forms of dissent.

To safeguard our rights and freedoms, today we have to take a stand, we have to make a sacrifice. We refuse to call off classes, because we refuse to consider September 21 as anything but just another ordinary day. We refuse to call off classes, because to do so is to lend importance to martial law – to honor and celebrate that dark period of tyranny and oppression in our history – whatever other reasons may be marshalled to justify not having a school day.

It is important to make this point because schools are the vanguard of our country’s democratic ideals. This stand is about our core values – the Fortitude to make the necessary sacrifices, the Excellence to discern the right moral stance, the Uprightness to hold fast to what we hold most dear under the social contract of this Republic: our human rights and civil liberties.

This is about an important line in our FEU Hymn, “Command thy sons and daughters to battle for the right!”

And so we make the sacrifice of coming to school today to uphold what FEU stands for and to signal our support for democracy and our freedoms.

FEU student film hauls awards in Precious Pelikula Film-Making Contest

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Far Eastern University student film “My Fat Chance” was the big winner in the Precious Pelikula Film-Making Contest. The awarding ceremony was held at the Manila International Book Fair at the SMX Convention Center last September 17, 2017.

The picture was awarded Best Film, Best Screenplay and with Jenny G. Yeo winning Best Actress.

The Precious Pelikula Film-Making Contest was joined in by amateur film-makers, including students and university-based film organizations. “My Fat Chance” competed against 11 films.

The production team, which is composed of FEU BA Communication students led by Director Victor Elijah Gador, also pocketed at cash prize of Php 100,000.

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Cast
Austin Tan
Jenny Yeo
Sabrina San Diego
Charles Cruz
Kevin Biol
Ron Alos

Production Designer
Joma Velasco

Production Manager
Isha Dalabajan

Assistant Director
Rhussel Famy

Director of Photography
Vince Catacutan

Three Tams place in August 2017 MedTech Board

Three Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology graduates from Far Eastern University, Manila made the Top 10 of the August 2017 Medical Technologist Licensure Examination according to the Professional Regulation Commission.

The successful examinees are third placer RENRENZ TIANGCO PAYUMO (90.70), seventh placer JESTER DANIEL JOHNSON MONTANO and ninth placer CHRISTIAN JOSEPH BARRION CRUZADO (90.10).

FEU Manila is once again a top performing school as it scored an overall rating of 97.43% (303/311) and 98.68% (300/304) for first time takers.

FEU gains ASEAN University Network membership

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Asean University Network (AUN) welcomed Far Eastern University as its newest AUN-QA Associate Member University starting August 10, 2017.

Choltis Dhirathiti, Ph.D., executive director of AUN, said FEU now holds the title “AUN-QA Associate Member” under the umbrella of AUN Quality Assurance network.

AUN is tasked as a key implementing agency of ASEAN in the Socio-cultural portfolio. It conducts programs and activities to encourage and promote higher education cooperation and development to enhance regional integration in achieving global standards.

Dr. Myrna Quinto, FEU’s Vice President for Academic Development, said FEU is only the 6th university in the Philippines to have been accepted as member along with University of the Philippines, Ateneo De Manila University, Dela Salle University, Centro Escolar University and the University of Sto. Tomas.

“We look forward to a prosperous collaboration between AUN and FEU to foster quality education in the region and beyond,” said Dr. Dhirathiti

FEU Law mooters win in South Korea

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Far Eastern University Institute of Law (FEU) earned a spot in the 2017 Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Moot global rounds in Boston, Massachusetts USA after finishing first Runner-Up in the regional rounds held in Seoul National University, South Korea last August 12, 2017

FEU Law bested 20 teams from different countries including Hong Kong, South Korea, Vietnam, China was also took home the Best Claimant Skeletal Brief Award. Malaysia’s Universiti Teknologi MARA, which FEU Law defeated in the preliminary round, won First Place.

The team is composed of Vladimir Tamargo, Ycel Castro, Helen May Frias and Josiah Felix Quising.

“”Im glad to see that FEU Law is now cementing itself as a powerhouse in moot court within the country and in the region. This is due to the unending support of our Dean, Mel Sta. Maria, and Assoc. Dean Paguirigan and Atty. Anthony Goquingco. Also, the team owes its success to all of the coaches who spent hours with them. We are honored to carry the name of our alma mater,” according to FEU FDI team coach Marco Sana.

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FEU Foreign Direct Investment Team

Advocates
Ycel Castro
Vladimir Tamargo
Helen May Frias
Josiah Felix Quising

Researchers
Justine Lim
Vincent David
Clarissa Mae Alvarez Sawali
Jasper Paul Valdez Evangelio

Logistics
Zhainey Cabison Apostol
Meg Rementina
Ernest Talingdan Castro

Coach
Marco Sana

Team Manager
Juan Carlo Fadera

Adviser
Tom Temprosa

 

Tams take lead roles in Peer and Guidance orgs

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Far Eastern University Guidance and Counseling Director Dr. Sheila Marie G. Hocson was recently reelected as President of the Philippine Guidance & Counseling Association in the 53rd PGCA Annual Conference held at the SMX Convention Center.

Meanwhile, during the 3rd Annual Peer Convention, FEU Peers was again entrusted in leading the Peer Organization of the Philippines. Mr. Danilo B. Talusan was named President for POP Advisers and third year BS in Medical Technology student Karl Michael C. Cabudoy will serve as President for POP Students for Academic Year 2017-2018.

 

FEU short films make it in international film festivals

Production crew of "Dungaw" and "Ma?"

Production crew of “Dungaw” and “Ma?”

“Dungaw” and “Ma?”, short films by a group of students from Far Eastern University- Manila, have qualified in several international film festivals.

“Dungaw”, directed by B.A. in Communication student Ralph Lauren Yco Quincena, will be representing the Philippines at the Short+Sweet Hollywood International Gala Final later this month. The film earned the ticket to Hollywood after winning the Audience Choice Award in the Short+Sweet Film Festival Manila last July 31.

“Dungaw” deals about a nursing student who accidentally gets pregnant and heeds the advice of a professor who happens to be in the same position as hers. It depicts the pressure young women usually experience in the society.

Meanwhile, “Ma?”, was named “official selection” in two international film festivals.

The film will participate in the ‘Marquee on Main’ and will be screened at the historic Turnage Theatre in Washington, North Carolina this September.

It also made the ‘Curt’Arruda Film Festival’, which happens in October at the City of Arrudo dos Vinhos in Portugal.

The 10-minute film tells the story of Andre (Antonio Collantes), a boy who suddenly finds himself alone in his house. While looking for his mother, he discovers events in the shadows lurking in the dark.

Quincena wrote the screenplay, edited and co-directed “Ma?” with fellow BA Comm student Patricia Ramirez.

Production staff of both films consists of FEU Film Society members and students.

Related articles:
2 Filipino films get tickets to Short+Sweet Hollywood gala
FEU short film makes big haul in POV awards

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Tams Frayna and Bastian named 2017 TOSP NCR awardees

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Janvier S. Bastian
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Major in Marketing
Management (Class of 2017)
Magna Cum Laude

Sole Recipient, Nicanor Reyes Sr. Leadership Award
Outstanding Senior Student of FEU awardee
Co-Founder, Project Asenso

“Marketing is an influential practice, and it’s high time to use it
not just for doing good business but essentially for doing good.”

On Everyday Heroism and his personal hero

“Everyday heroism is living in the intersection of one’s passion and purpose while having the grit to pursue impactful positive changes to one’s community. My parents, a seaman of 20 years and a housewife, have shown me the value of hard work and serve as my everyday heroes.”

Frayna

Janelle Mae B. Frayna
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Cum Laude
Batch Valedictorian 2017

Philippines’ First Woman Chess Grandmaster
Facilitator, Simultaneous Chess Exhibition among the youth and adult

Recipient, The Noble Order of Capt. Jose Calugas
Conferred by the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Recipient, Congressional Award
Conferred by the Philippines’ House of Congress’ House Resolution No. 12

Team Captain, FEU Chess Team (AY 2016-2017)

“I envision a culture of love for chess in the country. I am impassioned to promote it as
a competitive sport among the youth and aspiring players and to professionalize chess
education. Chess develops not just our mental faculties but also our values as a true
sportsperson. I wish to see chess as part of our basic education curriculum, a fitting
subject that teaches kids the discipline to focus, create better decisions and intensify
their passion on reading.”

On what Janelle wants to do for the Philippines
“I would like to lobby the implementation of the long overdue 2009 DepEd Curriculum
Circular instructing the inclusion of chess in the Basic Education Curriculum. It may take years for the lawmakers to heed on my advocacy. I’d continue on conducting simultaneous  chess exhibitions as a tool for that realization.”

WATCH: FEU 89th Commencement Exercises Valedictory Speeches and Addresses

Click the video to view all the Valedictory Speeches and Addresses during the FEU 89th Commencement Exercises .

Full programs

FEU 89th Commencement Exercises (June 20, 8am)
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FEU 89th Commencement Exercises (June 22, 8am)
FEU 89th Commencement Exercises (June 22, 12pm)
FEU 89th Commencement Exercises (June 22, 4pm)

President Alba’s address to the Graduating Class of 2017

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My dear Class of 2017,

Tonight we started the process of saying extended goodbyes to you as FEU students. This process – a hectic program of activities – is marked by two formal rites of passage: the Baccalaureate Mass that we just celebrated, and the Commencement Exercises that will be held in the PICC next week. In the Baccalaureate Mass, we thanked the Good Lord for the gift of your presence in the University and for the fruits your time here has borne – your academic degrees, certainly, but also your friendships and memories, both of which hopefully will last a lifetime. We also called on the Almighty God to bless you that your lives may be filled with goodness and grace.

In the Commencement Exercises next week, we will practice time-honored customs and quaint conventions, such as the donning of academic regalia, shifting of tassels, hooding (in the case of advanced degrees), and handing out of diplomas, to invoke the “eternal order of things” when we confer upon you your academic degrees. In addition, we will give distinctions by awarding medals to those who excelled in their academic programs, and we will listen keenly to words of wisdom from our commencement speakers. Then to close the long goodbye, we will induct you into the ranks of the FEU alumni.

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By tradition, a privilege of the FEU President is that he or she is called on at the conclusion of the Baccalaureate Mass to officially bid the University’s fare-thee-wells to the graduating students. This is a privilege I do not take lightly. Indeed, I consider it an honor and a heavy burden, given that your seat in this event was earned with years of discipline, persistence, and hard work.

But all that said, this year is even more special, for two reasons. First, Class of 2017, I feel that I share a unique bond with you. I came to FEU four and a half years ago, in October 2012. Were I an irregular student, I would have completed my course of study in October 2016, so that I should be graduating with you. Second, I became a senior citizen a few weeks ago, which means that the years ahead me are far fewer than those behind.

These two reasons triggered the following question: From the perspective of hindsight, what life lessons can can old fogey share with those who are just beginning their life journeys, and particularly in what millennials call the process of adulting?

After some hard thinking, I wish to humbly share five insights.

First, the biggest question you will need to answer (which no one else can answer for you) is: What is life all about?

Second, let me offer a starting point for your answer, which is tenable whether or not you are a person of faith: Life is about being given the gift of time.

Thus, the big question refined is: How am I to make use of this gift of time?

Here, I hope that you will reject an answer like Macbeth’s in Act 5, Scene 5, of Shakespeare’s play, when, upon being informed of his wife’s death, he says:

Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

Instead, I hope that you will see that the way to make good use of the time given you is to live a life of meaning, a life of purpose.

Third, if the point of it all is to live a purposeful life, then the big question further refined is: For what purpose can I dedicate my life?

Answering this question will involve, on the one hand, scanning the opportunities available to you and, on the other, understanding yourself and your passions. Helpful guide questions include: What developments in the world are accessible to me and how can I take advantage of them? What do I hold most dear in my heart? What life goals will make me happy as I pursue them? (Note the distinction: pursuing the goal in and of itself will be a source of happiness for you.) Are the potential life goals I am considering consistent with my strengths and resources? Are there ways of overcoming my weaknesses and constraints if they are hindrances to pursuing my life goals?

Also, you will need patience. Life has its rhythms. It can take a while before your life’s purpose reveals itself to you. If so, you will need to wait – in patience but also with a keenness to sense when the “fullness of time” has come. In the meantime, you should prepare yourself by honing your strengths and working on your weaknesses, so that you will be ready when your purpose finally beckons.

Fourth, whether or not you have found your life goals, it is important to take stock of where you are from time to time.

In the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola, the activity of the fourth day of the second week is a Meditation on the Two Standards. Having been a soldier, St Ignatius viewed life as a battle between good and evil; in his view, we fight under either the banner of good or the banner of evil. The point of the meditation is that, in the daily grind of life, it is easy either to lose sight of our purpose or to be impelled by a different set of motives. In our busy-ness, we may already have lost our way and forgotten our life goals; or, though apparently still working towards our purpose, we may already be doing so with selfish or self-serving motives. If so, we should reorient ourselves and find our way back to the banner of good.

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Fifth, if you are a Christian, then I invite you to consider taking up Silent Prayer as a daily discipline. Silent Prayer is about spending time, say, 30 minutes to an hour, in quiet with God, sometimes conversing with Him, at other times simply beholding Him. If you persevere, you will have an intimation of the boundless depths of God’s Love and partake in His divine life.

I invite you on this spiritual path because, ultimately, we are made for God. In his book, Jesus of Nazareth, Part Two: Holy Week: From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI notes, in His Ascension, Jesus being fully human and fully God, “opened up within God a space for humanity …. [And now He] calls the whole world to this open space in God, so that in the end God may be in all and the Son may hand over to the Father the whole world …. [And then] God will wipe away every tear, … nothing meaningless will remain, … every injustice will be remedied and justice restored. The triumph of love will be the last word of world history” (p. 287).

And that, my dear Class of 2017, is my message. To repeat:

The big question is What is Life all about?
Answer: It is about being given the gift of time.
Thus the big question refined is How am I to make use of this gift of time?
Answer: By finding my life’s purpose.
But along the way I should check my bearings.
Am I still working towards my life goals? Am I doing so with pure motives?
Finally, consider silent prayer, which will give you a sense of the life of God.

To close: Remember that I will always have you in my prayers. May you have happy, fruitful, and fulfilling lives. Welcome to your future!

Reference

Joseph Ratzinger [Pope Benedict XVI]. 2011. Jesus of Nazareth, Part Two: Holy Week: From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection. San Francisco, California: Ignatius Press.