THE PROCESS WORKED: Tams fast-track return to elite status

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The process worked.

Far Eastern University’s return to the UAAP’s elite was fast-tracked Sunday as the Tamaraws won 1st runner-up in the 2016 Cheerdance Competition at the Big Dome.

While they already mentioned that they’re not going to rush the process of winning another medal, the FEU Cheering Squad will take their brand-new award and run away with it even if it means more pressure for next year.

They earned it after all.

“Syempre mas may pressure yun [winning second place]. Of course everyone wants the top spot di ba, pero yun nga since it’s a process, hindi mo kailangan madaliin,” head coach Randell San Gregorio told ABS-CBN Sports.

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Hard work pays off for FEU cheerdance squad

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An Outstanding Prof’s spontaneous journey through teaching

Prof, Marites Sangel believes teaching and motivating students go hand-in-hand.

Prof, Marites Sangel believes teaching and motivating students go hand-in-hand.

By Aliana Rebecah G. Ruelos

Not every achiever aimed to make it to the top. Some of them landed there by chance. Marites Sangel, one of the Ten Outstanding Faculty of the Year (TOFY) at Far Eastern University (FEU) proved to be just that.

“Wala sa isip ko na magtuturo ako. Di ko naging ambition yan.”

Marites Sangel, a graduate of Medical Technology of the Centro Escolar University, was working in a diagnostic laboratory for less than a year when a friend asked her to apply as a teacher at FEU. She was doubtful as she had no teaching experience but obliged, thinking that she had nothing to lose.

Surprise, Sangel got the job and was informed that she would be starting the following day. It was already July or August and classes were going. She left her job at the diagnostic laboratory and started her teaching career at FEU in 1983.

Reminiscing about her first day of work, could not imagine staying in FEU for 25 years like other co-teachers. But now Sangel is on her 33rd year. It wasn’t the first time she was lead to something she didn’t dream of doing – taking Medical Technology in her college years was never her choice either. “It was my father’s wish,” she recalled.

A Devoted Free Spirit

She enumerated things that made her stay at FEU, mentioning the benefits the university provides to its employees. I only wanted a job but I was also given the chance to study. I did my Master of Arts in Teaching Biological Science. Marites Sangel admittedly fell in love with teaching and the university itself.

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The Port of Call

She remains flexible in handling her students, adjusting her teaching style according to the standards of the class. She is also keen on motivating her students by making the first quizzes fairly easy so they wouldn’t feel disheartened.

About students who get failing grades or are not performing well in class, she says, “You have to treat them nicely so you help boost their confidence until they learn. Instead of losing their motivation, you boost their morale.”

When asked about her reaction to receiving the award, Sangel said, “Of course I was so thankful because being an awardee or even a nominee for that particular award is already a great thing. I felt so blessed because of the many faculty members in FEU, I was chosen as one of the awardees.” She was also one of the TOFY awardees back in 2013.

The university never failed to acknowledge her efforts and she received several awards and certificates from FEU. Despite plunging head on into a job she never expected nor dreamed of, Marites Sangel made it a point to workhand and loyal to her life motto, “In anything that you do, do your best.”

Higiadzo System, Inc. partners with FEU

Seated left to right : Edwin Maclang, FEU Section Head for Alumni Relations, Christina Corpuz, FEU Section Head for Placement Services, Michelle Bautista, FEU ARPS Director, Maricon San Pedro - Area Manager for Manila - Higiadzo Systems, Inc., Myla Calar - HR Admin Manager - Higiadzo Systems, Inc., Ace Azarraga - Marketing Manager - Higiadzo Systems, Inc.

Seated left to right : Edwin Maclang, FEU Section Head for Alumni Relations, Christina Corpuz, FEU Section Head for Placement Services, Michelle Bautista, FEU ARPS Director, Maricon San Pedro – Area Manager for Manila – Higiadzo Systems, Inc., Myla Calar – HR Admin Manager – Higiadzo Systems, Inc., Ace Azarraga – Marketing Manager – Higiadzo Systems, Inc.

Higiadzo System, Inc., the holding company of the six (6) restaurants available nationwide, firms up a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Far Eastern University for both work placement and card partnership. The growing company of restaurants opens doors of opportunities for employment of graduates of the university.

A new and sumptuous dining experience await all FEU Alumni card holders who will enjoy special privileges and discounts in the list of restaurants managed by Higiadzo System, Inc.:

• The Old Spaghetti House (TOSH)
• Grilla Filipino Cuisine (Filipino dishes)
• Pott’s Point Café (modern Australian cuisine)
• The Shrimp Shack (Hawaiian dishes)
• Beni’s Falafel (Middle Eastern dishes)
• TAMBayan

The job vacancies of Higiadzo System, Inc. will be made available to students and alumni through the Facebook group of Alumni Relations and Placement Services and on the bulletin board available at the ground floor of Nicanor Reyes Hall.

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Outstanding FEU prof knows no limits

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Prof. Lanas competes in high-level running competitions and holds several local records.

By: Aliana Rebecah G. Ruelos

Miss Jocelyn C. Lañas, an assistant professor in the Institute of Nursing (IN) and one of the Ten Outstanding Faculty of the Year (TOFY) in Far Eastern University (FEU), is more than a teacher well-loved by her students.

Lañas started working as a teacher in FEU in 2004. Her passion doesn’t just teach – like a prism, her light separates and radiates onto different fields. She currently holds two Philippine records in ultra-distance running and she’s the first and only female record holder in the longest distance run North Coast 200-mile Ultramarathon and West to East Coast 280-KM Ultramarathon. She claims running is an addiction.

Apart from running marathons, Lañas also plays instruments and climbs mountains. She spoke fondly of how she always teaches classes – such as drumming and martial arts in alternative classes during the Foundation Week of FEU every January.

Miss Lañas never cared about injuries as long as she accomplished her goals. She mentioned being injured while crossing the finish line in some of the marathons but for her, pain is temporary.

She declares, “I wasn’t meant to spend my entire life on Facebook. God never gave me 24 hours just to sit in front of Netflix and waste my time. There must be something more significant inside.”

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Prof. Lanas has been teaching in FEU Manila since 2004.

Jogging Through Classrooms

“I teach them in a way they can discover themselves”

Academics may be the highest priority of a student, but self-discovery is something essential for humans. Miss Lañas sees to it that she not only teach her students the usual book terms, but more importantly, ways to help them discover themselves as a person. She doesn’t box her students in but opens the gates for them to pursue greatness.

In her teaching style, Miss Lañas takes into account what her students have learned and their feelings. “I always start with where they are and then plan where they need to go.”
Knowing who her students are also important to Miss Lañas. Miss Lañas expressed her desire in producing nurses that love the profession as much as she does.

The Running-buddy

Despite being a graduate of University of the Philipines (UP) Manila, Miss Lañas does not deny her unwavering love for FEU. When asked why she chose to work in FEU, her eyes sparkled when she said “The three core values of FEU capture the characteristics of a leader and of a globally competitive nurse. My own core values are compatible with those of the school. If you think about it, I’m from UP but why didn’t I teach there? It’s because I love FEU more.”

To The Finish Line?

On her award, Ms. Lañas says “I was surprised because I was not really expecting any awards to begin with. I have been doing my lectures for more than 10 years already.

And I always look forward to going to the classroom every day without expecting anything. I have fun with my work and am very happy to share everything with my students because I want them to appreciate their work in nursing in the same manner I appreciate it.”

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“Be the change you wish to see in the world”, words by Mahatma Gandhi that Miss Lañas repeated for aspiring teachers like her. She believed that students will not care what you say; they’ll care about what you are as a whole.

“Wala yan sa tinuturo mo, sa award mo, sa degree mo, sa yaman mo – wala yan dun. Kumbaga , kahit hindi ka magsalita, tumayo ka diyan, are you the change you wanted to see to make a better country? Kung anong pagbabago yung gusto mong Makita- ikaw dapat yun. Sayo magsimula. Iraradiate mo yan sa buong generation ng tinuturuan mo. Yun ang pinakamahalaga e’.

So if you don’t love your work, it will show. Kaya ako, mahal na mahal ko ang trabaho ko. Mahal na mahal ko ang nursing. Mahal na mahal ko ang FEU. Mahal na mahal ko ang pagtuturo.”

(It’s not about what you teach, your awards, your degree, your wealth- it’s not in there. Even if you don’t speak, just stand up in front of your students – are you the change you wanted to see to make a better country? Whatever change you want to see, it should start with you first. Radiate that change among the generation you teach. That’s the most important thing. So if you don’t love your work, it will show. And I love my work, I love nursing, I love FEU, and I love teaching.”)

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She observes that work becomes greedy when you love and enjoy it, describing how work invaded every corner of her life. This love for work can never be depicted as a candle flickering in the night. It’s more than that. It’s like wildfire that swallows whatever it touches – an inextinguishable flame. And greatness, like wildfire, spreads in whatever path you put your heart into.

A Passion for Teaching and the Youth as Inspiration: Leylani H. Samson

Prof. Leylani Samson has been teaching PE classes in FEU for nearly two decades.

Prof. Leylani Samson has been teaching PE classes in FEU for nearly two decades.

By Justine Montaray

Prof. Leylanie Herico-Samson is a Ten Outstanding Faculty of the Year awardee. 

Teaching is indeed a noble profession. For FEU’s Leylani H. Samson, member of the Department of Physical Education, teaching is not only a job, but a passion. Aside from being one of the school’s outstanding faculty members as a PE teacher and moderator for the FEU Drummers, Prof. Samson is also a loving wife and a caring mother of three children.

Prof. Leylani H. Samson graduated from the Philippine Normal University, where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education, Major in Physical Education. Before joining the Tamaraw family, she was in Sta. Catalina College, where she taught Physical Education both High School and College. She also taught PE in public schools.
When asked why she chose PE she says, “Aside from learning, I enjoy what I do. If you’ll notice, almost all PE teachers look young.

Because not only do we teach physical education, but we improve ourselves in that aspect as well.” As for her teaching strategies, she explains how it is important for a teacher, especially in PE, to know different styles and techniques to use in class.

Teaching started off as a dream for the PE teacher. But what used to be just playing in school with friends when she was young, developed into a solid goal she strived hard to reach. She smiles to herself and laughs, remembering how she used to want to become a nun.

Prof. Lani shares a light moment with her students.

Prof. Lani shares a light moment with her students.

In all her years of teaching, she says that what inspires her and keeps her motivated is the youth, her students. “I see so much of myself in them. As soon as I step into the classroom, I try to enjoy every moment. I want to impart to them all that I have learned.

I want to see to them develop, it’s not only physically, but holistically as well.” Inspired and impassioned by her love for both students and teaching, Prof. Leylani H. Samson proves to be one of FEU’s treasured faculty members for 18 years.