FEU Tourism senior draws strength from OFW parents

Jasmine San Miguel with FEU Student Development Director Joeven Castro and ITHM Dean Melinda Torres.

Jasmine San Miguel with FEU Student Development Director Joeven Castro and ITHM Dean Melinda Torres.

“Success is not just about you, it’s also about you helping others” said Far Eastern University (FEU), Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management (ITHM) student Jasmine Joy Marie San Miguel, who was named one of the 10 BPI Expat Pinoy Children for 2014 last December 15.

With some help from Student Development under Director Joeven Castro, Jasmine was chosen among from hundreds of applicants from different parts of the Philippines.
Jasmine had to learn to be independent at an early age because both her parents worked overseas. Her father Aldwin and mother Gloria San Miguel have been working as nurses in the Middle East even before she was born.

“My mom first worked in Saudi Arabia with my dad but when she got pregnant with my youngest sibling, she had to leave her job. A few months after giving birth, she decided to work again in Abu Dhabi where she had the opportunity to bring us along. We studied in a Filipino School in Abu Dhabi.”

Jasmine returned to the Philippines to take up college at Far Eastern University, while her younger siblings are staying in the province with relatives. Jasmine lives in Manila by and admits that she has to be strong to battle loneliness and to make crucial decisions. Jasmine still feels her parents’ hands on approach inspite of the distance.

“My parents were authoritative at first. They would call from Abu Dhabi or Saudi Arabia around 8pm and order me to go home or else I would be in deep trouble. However, they slowly became lenient when they realized I was doing well at FEU. They are very supportive and appreciative of my extracurricular activities and achievements and now just give updates from time to time,” the BS Tourism Management recounted.

Jasmine admits that she appreciates her parents’ affection, sympathy and guidance.

Jasmine with her parents and siblings.

Jasmine with her parents and siblings.

Student life in FEU

Jasmine has been an academic scholar in FEU since her freshman year and currently serves as ambassador for the FEU Drug Abuse Prevention Core Group as well as Committee Head for the Tourism Management Society. She shares that she likes working with people who push her to be better.

Her motivation comes from the fact that her parents have to work abroad in order to give their children a better life so she chooses to always stay positive inspite of the challenges.

“Things may really be sad and lonely but what I always like see is the brighter side of the picture. It is up to us to discover how to do that.”

Despite her achievements, she emphasizes that it is very important to stay humble and grateful.

“Face each day with great optimism, confidence, and a huge smile,” she advices.

“Trust me, it will pay off. It may not be today but, it may be sooner than you think. Never give up co-Pinoy expat children, it is a long and tough journey but we can all do it. “

FEU vows to enhance student mobility program


In preparation for the upward trend of student mobility and the implications of ASEAN integration on education, three academic managers of Far Eastern University participated in the QS Summer School Summit at the JW Marriott Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Organized by the Quacquarelli Symonds and the University of Malaya the summit was a gathering of university officials who shared their program designs for Summer Schools. It also provided networking for benchmarking and collaborative undertakings. Speakers from universities came with wide experience in the implementation of summer schools such as University of Edinburgh, University of Copenhagen, University of Otago, University of Malaya, Utrecht University, and Hong Kong Baptist University.

Dr. Maria Teresa Tinio, senior vice president for Academic Affairs, Dr. Sheila Marie Hocson, director of Guidance and Counseling, and Joeven Castro, director of Student Development represented FEU. They also visited Taylor’s University in Malaysia to strengthen an existing partnership.

Tinio mentioned that the summit is a reality check of trends in educational pedagogy and student mobility. “We need to start re-designing summer programs that will target international students or we target local students and just then together with faculty from our partner universities abroad. Our existing student exchange programs will have to be recalibrated to suit the operations of other student mobility programs,” she said.

“Summer Schools may include leadership camps and study tours. I think these are learning opportunities for student leaders to have multi-cultural literacy and global perspective. At Student Development, we can design a similar program that will expose in-bound international students to arts and culture and community-based leadership,” said Castro.

On the networking sessions of the summit, Hocson said: “Our networking highlighted the fact that student mobility involves knowing your selling point as a university. FEU should clearly define its competitive edge and use it in its curricular designs. Most of the universities that have successful summer schools have a clear unique selling proposition. We should have that too.”

FEU was the only Philippine university who attended the summit and was among universities from all over the world.

Books for the 12 days of Christmas

big8These are old and new discoveries, a merry mix of titles within easy reach in the house, by my desk, by the night light, on the computer table, on the kitchen counter, in a bag in the car for long waits and the usual aggravations of city life, with more tucked away here and there. Not in any logical order either in this list, but all highly recommended reads for the young and not so.

“To the Young Writer and Other Essays” by F. Sionil Jose. Far Eastern University Press, 2008. I must admit the sudden urge to pick this up again because of the author’s 90th birthday gala at the Cultural Center of the Philippines on Dec. 3, strictly by invitation only (allow me to gloat about that). His advice to teachers in “Literature as Memory, as Ethics” continues to ring true: “Draw the young into that enchanting realm of the imagination by making literature alive, interesting, and relevant.”

Read more in the Philippine Daily Inquirer

FEU beats Lady Bulldogs to end skid


Pumped-up Far Eastern University (FEU) ended a pair of losing skids on Saturday, cutting a taller National University (NU) to size as the Lady Tamaraws clinched their third win in the 77th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the San Juan Arena.

The Lady Tamaraws banked on the superb games of Bernadeth Pons and rookie Toni Rose Basas to overpower the Lady Bulldogs, 25-21, 26-24, 25-10 and snapped a two-game slide heading into the Christmas break.

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FEU student is PH representative in international branding training program

meFar Eastern University Financial Management major Adrian Dsa was recently selected as the global trainee for the Philippines in the Butterfly Global Academy. The Butterfly Global Academy is a virtual, cross-cultural trainee programme across 8 Emerging Markets that runs entirely online for one year.

Mr. Dsa and other chosen representatives will each be mentored by a Senior Head at Butterfly, who has extensive experience in Branding and Innovation. This is Mr Dsa’s second major achievement for this year as he was part of the winning team for the Bloomberg Aptitude Test International Team Challenge in August.

In addition, the half-Filipino, half-Portuguese student is an active member of the FEU OJFINEX and owns a business on industrial solutions for construction, oil, and gas companies.

FEU Nursing Alumnus Honored during the Philippine Red Cross 33rd Biennial Chapter Convention


Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduate Van Christian Lo (batch 2009) was recently awarded by the Philippine Red Cross during its 33rd Hotel in Manila on October 04, 2014. Lo received two awards namely “Bronze Merit Medal” and “Certificate of Service” for his seven-year meritorious voluntary service anchored on the humanitarian ideals of Red Cross and in recognition of services rendered to the board of directors as youth representatives.

Back in FEU, Lo was one of the Ten Outstanding Senior Students, President of the Institute of Nursing Red Cross Youth Collegiate Council (IN-RCYCC), and one of the Ten Outstanding Red Cross Youth – Philippines in 2010. He worked as a dialysis staff nurse at the HDS Care Dialysis Center prior to his current stint

Paragon ICC Collaborates with FEU on Community Service


In partnership with Far Eastern University), 40 personnel from Paragon International Customer Care Ltd. (ICC) volunteered at an outreach activity held on September 9, 12, and 26, 2014 at the Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Quezon City.

Organized by the FEU Alumni Relations and Placement Services (ARPS) and the Office of the Community Extension Services (OCES), the activities benefited more than 30 children and included physical improvement of the RSCC’s ‘green house’ – which shelters kids ages two to four years old. Learning materials and school supplies were donated, audiovisual equipment was installed, and games were played.

Paragon ICC partnered with ARPS and OCES through its Human Resource Department head, Claudine Auto, a BS Psychology graduate from the Institute of Arts and Sciences and her associates, Sheena Mendez, HR officer, and Kristine Joy Paroni, a graduate of BS Nursing at FEU-Nicanor Reyes Memorial Foundation (NRMF). Leading the volunteers were Asaf Greenhouse, Support Group’s (SG) Department manager and SG team leaders Jeremiah Lim, Edward Cruz and Allen Dorado.

The outreach activity is under the ARPS’ TAMBayanihan program which provides opportunity for FEU alumni and industry partners to immense themselves in community development initiatives under the ‘Bisig-Tamaraw’ framework of the university handled by OCES.

Paragon ICC is one of the active FEU company partners who do placement of graduates, alumni and working students. The company offers cutting-edge, value added services to its clients worldwide. Its philosophy is deeply rooted on strong, secure and committed partnerships and its success built on assurance to deliver excellence through cooperative discourse with clients.


FEU Alumna to lead the Outstanding Students of the Philippines Alumni Community, NCR


Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication alumna (batch 2009) Thermina Ann Akram is set to lead the organization of most outstanding graduates in the National Capital Region. Akram was recently elected as chair of the Outstanding Students of the Philippines Alumni Community (TOSPAC) – National Capital Region (NCR).

TOSPAC – NCR is one of the regional chapters of the Outstanding Students of the Philippines Alumni Community. The members of TOSPAC are alumni of the Search for the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines, the country’s most prestigious search for outstanding students being implemented by the RFM Foundation and Commission on Higher Education since 1961.

Founded by businessman and civic leader Jose Concepcion Jr., TOSP honors outstanding students on the basis of three holistic criteria: academic excellence, leadership contributions and socio-civic involvement. Each year, there are 20 regional finalists who automatically become members of the NCR chapter. Apart from recognition, the alumni are given the opportunity to work together to implement programs and activities geared towards youth involvement in nation building.

To date, FEU has always had nominees and has produced the most number of TOSPAC alumni in the NCR chapter followed by Ateneo de Manila Universtiy and De La Salle University.

Aside from Akram, other Tamaraws who were elected to be a part of the TOSPAC – NCR Executive Committee from 2014 – 2016 are: John Michael Lava (Auditor), Michael Miatari (Education and Training head), Dan Lester Mendoza and John Paul Sibug (Networking and Alumni Relations heads), Rachelle Ann Masilungan and Angela Lou Manuel (Resource Mobilization heads), James Edward Ang and Lawrence Yap (Batch 2010 representatives) and Gianina Joy Napo (Batch 2013 representative).


Photo taken during the TOSPAC-NCR General Assembly last September 21 at the RFM Corporate Center. TOSPAC NCR is a coming together of the outstanding students of the country’s capital,                                                                         to go beyond the awards and form a community of nation builders Source: John Paul Uminga, TOSP Batch 2008

Photo taken during the TOSPAC-NCR General Assembly last September 21 at the RFM Corporate Center. TOSPAC NCR is a coming together of the outstanding students of the country’s capital, to go beyond the awards and form a community of nation builders (Source: John Paul Uminga, TOSP Batch 2008)




Green & Gold featured alumna: Trustee Sherisa Nuesa


a. What are your most memorable moments at FEU? Any not-so-pleasant memories?

I was in FEU for eight years, high school to college. FEU gave me a well-rounded, solid education that exposed me not only to the regular academic courses, but also to other fields where FEU excelled at, such as art, drama and culture, through its various programs.

In high school, I was part of the editorial staff and a contributor of the Advocate, and a member of the Drama club and the Student Catholic Action. I performed in a stage play and participated in school performances. Those activities helped me gain self-confidence during formative years.

My college days, years 1971-1974, were labeled the “tumultuous 70’s”, rocked by mass actions, demonstrations and youth unrest. I was consistently elected as a Student Council officer until martial law was declared. I was also a member of the school-recognized Delta Sigma Lambda Confraternity. I must admit I joined street demonstrations then against the Marcos administration, and was not a stranger to Plaza Miranda.

b. How did FEU help you to become the person you are today?

FEU gave me eight years of scholarship at a time I needed the support most. Of course, I studied hard. It was in FEU that my values were developed. I went to the chapel daily, I sought advice from my professors and found mentors in my teachers and fellow students. I learned to appreciate art and music in my simple way, I learned to speak in public gatherings, gained confidence and developed leadership skills through various student organizations and extra-curricular activities.

Independent, critical thinking I believe was encouraged in FEU, through school associations and dialogues. Thus, I would engage in advocacies many years after graduation, up to these days.

c. What do you think is your most important/significant contribution to FEU? To society? 

Aside from carrying the school name with pride, I have served for several years in the IABF Alumni Foundation Board (currently President though I am giving this up), and since 2010, I have been with the FEU Board of Trustees. I believe I must always help the university, as it truly represents an institution for the “average Filipino” or the middle-class. It is here where we can develop extraordinary talents out of ordinary people, as one management tenet goes.

I believe in social and environmental responsibility and in being part of nation-building. I would like to think I have incorporated these values in my corporate work through over 36 years in various management and Board positions in the Ayala Group.

Currently, as a member of business organizations, I continue to adopt advocacies. I am a co-founder of the Judicial Reform Initiative, a multi-sectoral organization that aims to help achieve reforms in the judiciary. I am also active in corporate governance initiatives (Board trustee, Fellow and a lecturer of the Institute of Corporate Directors) and have served a year on the Board of a government corporation. In our Ayala Alabang parish, I have been active for ten years now in a “soup kitchen”/feeding project benefiting 200-300 less-privileged children, with seven other families in the village. 

d. What advice would you give your fellow Tamaraws

Tamaraws should see the positives: in the country, in the university, in themselves. In particular, I would like to encourage Tamaraws who may have encountered challenges, and the students who may have come from humbler beginnings, like myself.

Our country was able to turn around from a once-discouraging label of being the “sick man of Asia” to currently a “rising tiger” as described by the World Bank. Indeed, our solid economic fundamentals and better governance came about because of our people’s determination, resilience and learning from the past, having been crisis-tested so many times. Similarly, the Tamaraws should turn any challenges into advantages, as such have taught them patience, resourcefulness and fortitude: capable of rising after a fall.

In every endeavor, Tamaraws should strive for excellence and, once achieved, further excellence. Never be content with being “OK”, go the extra mile, go for the loftier goal, and do so in an ethical manner all the time.

The FEUture is bright for e-books

E-book Launch

“We at FEU will provide a new generation of Tamaraw-learning that is more inter-active, innovative and cutting edge”, said Jose Cabaltera, Far Eastern University (FEU) Tams Bookstore Manager, at the launching of Pilot E-book Project at the Institute of Arts and Sciences Center.

FEU partnered with Flipside [one of the leading publishers of E-books in the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific region] to provide the platform for e-books for various titles for some courses taught in FEU.

“E-books provide convenience, accessibility and can be delivered instantaneously” said Raymond Ramirez, Flipside account manager.

FEU Publications has six in-house titles with Flipside. The partnership with Flipside will provide the online gateway for the global marketplace for FEU Publications.

Dr. Ma. Teresa Trinidad Tinio, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, welcomed the e-books as the start of a better and brighter future. The e-books are being incorporated with FEU not only because it is the latest trend, but to give the students a better chance at learning.

“We have to make sure that our professors know, use and respect [these e-books]” added Dr. Tinio