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Letran Calamba co-hosts IAMURE’s World Research Festival 2014

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Colegio de San Juan de Letran Calamba co-hosted the World Research Festival 2014 (WRF 2014) with the International Association for Multidisciplinary Research (IAMURE) along with nine other higher educational institutions (HEIs) in the country on May 1-3, 2014 at Radisson Blu Hotel, Cebu City. The theme for this year’s WRF was “Research for a Sustainable World.”

Three researches from the Colegio were presented; one was funded by the then CHED-Zonal Research Center for Region IV, the other two by the Research Department’s Institutional Research Grant Program (IRGP). Dr. Roberto DV. Revilla presented the CHED-ZRC-funded project on research culture among private HEIs; Dr. Nimfa C. Gamban shared her IRGP-funded research on stress management among the Colegio’s faculty members; while Ms. Floricon V. Encabo and Ms. Michelle L.Ventanilla showcased their IRGP-funded project on the nutritional value of foods being served by the Colegio’s canteen concessionaires.

Dr. Revilla, VP for Research and Development, received the Best Oral Presenter Award for his research presentation titled “Letting the Culture Grow: Constructing the Research Motivators among Private HEIs in CALABARZON.” He was also awarded as one of the Outstanding Research Leaders of the Philippines by IAMURE Interdisciplinary Research.

On the other hand, Dr. Gamban, SBMA and GSPS faculty member, was recognized for her talent presented after her research sharing. Her talent, a soulful rendition of a meaningful song, was highlighted during one of the plenary sessions. IAMURE believes that researchers are also talented and artistic individuals who go far beyond making sense of their research data. This makes IAMURE events different from others.

Also, Dr. Ma. Rhodora G. Odejar, VP for Academics, was given Diamond Recognition, for her keynote speech dwelling around how to make research sustainable. She also promoted the school’s “culture of inquiry and curiosity” during her keynote delivery. Other keynote speakers included Dr. Alvin B. Culaba of De La Salle University and Dr. Hernan Roxas of Deakin University in Australia.

RD OIC Mr. Lorenzo B. Isla and Research Officer Ms. Magnolia R. Quiatchon also attended the event as observers.

One hundred twenty papers from around the country and selected places in the world, representing various disciplines, were presented, critiqued, and eventually recognized during the three-day research festival. (RDVRevilla)


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Letran Calamba hosts PRISAA 2014

Colegio de San Juan de Letran Calamba was chosen as the host venue for the 2014 Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) Regional Meet. The event will commence on January 30 until February 2, 2014. The 11-hectare campus of the Colegio was considered ideal for the various games that will be competed by delegates from Batangas, Cavite, Quezon, Rizal, and Laguna.

The event will start with an opening ceremony which will be held at the Colegio’s new gymnasium. More activities are set during the second day which includes Vocal and Duet Singing Contest and Mutya ng PRISAA 2014.

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Letran Calamba Team Ph bags 6 medals in International Robot Olympiad

Six students from Colegio de San Juan de Letran Calamba were awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals in the recently concluded 15th International Robot Olympiad (IRO) held on December 16-19, 2013 at Colorado Convention Center, Downtown, Denver, Colorado.

Nico Garcia and Hans Calderon, 3rd year high school students, bagged the gold medal in the Robot in Movie category with the theme, “Once upon a time a Story”.

In line with the Olympiad’s theme this year, “Robot in Agriculture,” the prototype of Vince Maningas, Czareen Elan Gener, and John Raphael Aguila, all 4th year high school students, which is an automated irrigation control system for rice paddies, got the nod of the international panel of judges commissioned for the event by the International Robotics Olympiad Committee (this product of young minds boast of an irrigation system with water level sensors placed in the fields and water flow controlled by gates and operated by the output from the controller board). This system could benefit farmers by freeing them from the time-consuming task of manually operating the gates controlling flow to maintain proper water depth. The last medal, a bronze, in the “break-out challenge” was courtesy of first year engineering student, Matt Christian Rebong. This category is a test of precision for a robot to pass through a “maze” like path without bumping a trap set in any part of the maze. The team is headed by Mr. Nestor Sienes-Head Coach of Letran Calamba Philippine Delegation.

The International Robot Olympiad (IRO) is a science, technology, and education event aimed at offering young kids an opportunity to expand their horizons by designing and building robot models and experiencing the robot world. The participants include over 1,000 students, academics, researchers, and developers in the areas of Robotics, IT, and Education, from all around the world (www.iroc2013.org).

The 16th IRO will be held in Beijing, China, sometime in December next year; the entire team was awarded with a certificate of recommendation for IRO 2014.

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ONE for GOLD: Letranites invade USA

One more strike, for the second time, to hit the gold as Letranites set off for another sure win in the 15th International Robot Olympiad at Denver, Colorado, USA. The brave knights will spell a difference and create a mark in the global arena as they showcase the Dominican advantage on December 16-20, 2013, the schedule of the Olympiad. They are the official representatives of the Philippines in the said competition.

Excitement fills up the air in Letran Calamba’s campus as everyone envisions the delegates bringing home the bacon. More so, the very valuable experience awaiting these robot whizz-kids is extraordinary and remarkable.

An overwhelmingly positive response to take part in the said competition has been given by the robotics enthusiasts headed by the Team Letran Calamba Head Coach, Mr Nestor B. Sienes, together with Hans Simon D. Calderon, Ana Kiela F. Cruz, Nicole John B. Garcia, Sean Vince Ruel D. Maningas, Kenneth John O. Ortega, Josuah A. Repomanta, Czareen Elan C. Gener, Matt Christian Rebong, and BEd Assistant Principal Mr. Lorenzo C. Romabiles III. Nothing seems to stop them considering their desire to achieve success. The knack for technology is their forte; thus, there is no doubt that this will strengthen the powers of their accomplishment.

A “One for Letran” mind-set fastens the team’s determination to pull off a lot of possibilities of getting an edge over other competitors from around the globe. The principles of excellence, conscience, and discipline inspired them to compete with other robot specialists in the land called, “The Centennial State” Colorado, USA.

Few days to go and the Arriba Team is now ready and armed with a lot of razor-sharp techniques to come up with stunning robots that will hit the roof of amazement.

Obviously, another history in the making! A taste of US invasion, is indeed an aroma of victory!

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Colegio de San Juan de Letran Calamba ISO 9001:2008 Journey: From Oblivious to Victorious!
Dr. Zandra N. Maningas

“TERRIFIC!”

Rev. Fr. Honorato C. Castigador, O.P., Rector and President of Colegio de San Juan de Letran Calamba, only has this word to describe the entire process that the Colegio went through, and probably endured, to attain its ISO certification. The preparation, that include voluminous documents, sleepless nights, and confusions, according to Fr. Castigador, was almost terrible. And yet, after the certification was announced, the entire journey was unquestionably worth it and indeed terrific, in all the richness of the word!

After a 2-day rigorous evaluation of Letran Calamba’s Quality Management System, the TÜV SÜD PSB Philippines auditors proclaimed that the Colegio successfully satisfied the requirements of the standard ISO 9001:2008 (with design), and recommended its certificate.

Mr. Alan G. Fabella, Mr. Edison Pike, Mr. Charlie Labrador, Ms. Pamela Maye Gunay, and Katrina Joy R. Bicomong evaluated the Colegio’s procedures and documentation. They came up with 10 observations only.

The ISO 9001:2008 journey of the Colegio has been a roller-coaster ride. Yet, in the end, the collective efforts of everyone paid off! And this entire process can only be capsulated in one simple word: TERRIFIC!

With this new milestone under its belt, Colegio de San Juan de Letran Calamba continues to prove its unending commitment to accessible and high standard education, customer satisfaction, and quality service. This ISO 9001:2008 certification is not the end of the road, but just the start of the path as it inches closer towards the ultimate vision of universityhood.

With burning fervor, the whole Letran Calamba community shouts its battle cry with pride and honor: ARRIBA!

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Advent Recollection for Alumni
As a Catholic educational institution, Letran Calamba is not only committed to the total human development of its students, but also of its alumni. The Colegio aims to continuously strengthen the spiritual formation of its graduates according to the tradition of the Dominican philosophy of education and spirituality.

On December 1, 2013, Sunday, the Campus Ministry Department, in cooperation with the Alumni Office, will spearhead the Advent Recollection for Alumni. The said event will be held at M302, St. Martin de Porres Building. Registration will start at 1:00pm. All alumni of the Colegio are invited to take part of this meaningful event.

For more details, please contact Mr. Iyo Banatlao or Ms. Marianne Gonzales at (049) 545-4360.

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Colegio celebrates Book Week

The promotion of the importance and beauty of reading among students is one of the goals of the Colegio’s Library Services Department. And one way of achieving this is through exciting and enjoyable activities. Last November 25, 2013, the Library Services Department launched the Book Week 2013 Celebration, with Rev. Fr. Honorato C. Castigador, OP, Rector and President, leading the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Anchored on the theme, “Libraries: Preservers and Promoters of Culture and Arts,” the book week is scheduled to run from November 25 until November 29, 2013. Several activities are lined-up that would surely attract more pupils to take pleasure in reading. These activities include Book Characters Parade Contest, I love my Library Contest, Book Door Design Contest, Book Hunt Contest, Story-telling Contest, and Quiz Bee Contest.

A book exhibit is also set-up at the lobby of the main building. Publishing houses that are participating in this event include Academic Book Sales, C&E Publishing, CD Books International, Inc., Creative Mind Book Center, Fastbook Educational Supply, Inc., Forefront Book Co. Inc., Goodwill Trading Company, Golden Book, Infro-Ed Marketing Corp., Library Journals, Megatext Philippines, Inc., and Mind Mover Publishing House.

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Letran Calamba undergoes another evaluation from PACUCOA

The Colegio is currently undergoing evaluation for its Basic Education program and BS Industrial Engineering program. The PACUCOA team, led by Dr. Flordeliza Castro, will assess if the said programs are ready for Level 1 accreditation status. Other members of the accrediting team include Dr. Remedios Dela Rosa, who is in-charge of the Faculty, Instruction, and Laboratories areas of Basic Education; Engr. Flordeliza Villaseños, accreditor for Faculty, Instruction, and Laboratories areas of BS Industrial Engineering program; Engr. Dennis Tablante, in-charge of Physical Plant and Facilities area, Ms. Melfi Caranto, accreditor for Pupil/Student Services, Social Orientation and Community Involvement areas, and lastly, Ms. Elizabeth Malabanan, in-charge of evaluating the Library area.

Tomorrow, October 2, 2013, will be the last day of evaluation, wherein the PACUCOA team will meet with the administrators of Letran Calamba to present an overview of their assessment and give some suggestions.

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La Naval visits Letran Calamba

For many years now, the image of Our Lady of La Naval de Manila is a regular visitor at Letran Calamba. The nine-day novena for Our Lady of La Naval started last September 4, 2013. On that day, Letran Calamba faculty members, employees, and students, including devotees and parishioners, gathered to welcome the image of Our Lady. Floral offerings, novena, and Eucharistic celebrations were held daily at the Colegio’s new gymnasium.

During the nine-day visit of Our Virgin Mother, devotees solemnly prayed with the hope that Our Lady will intercede for them. Many devotees strongly believe that they could not win their personal battles alone and would need divine guidance and intervention.

As the image of La Naval de Manila leaves the Colegio, each and everyone faithful is optimistic that the divine power is at work.

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World Youth Day Laguna v2.0

Last July 27 and 28, 2013, the World Youth Day (Laguna Chapter) celebration was held at Colegio de San Juan de Letran Calamba. With participants coming from different schools and diocese, the celebration was held simultaneously in Rio de Janeiro.

The program started with a walk of faith, followed by a grand opening salvo, performed by 120 students and Kasambahay Campus Ministry volunteers. Other activities were talks, interactive forum with Most Rev. Bishop Buenaventura Famadico of the Diocese of San Pablo, Taize Prayer, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, and message of his Holiness, Pope Francis, via live streaming.

The World Youth Day was also celebrated in different schools such as Ateneo de Manila and Don Bosco Makati. The celebration in Laguna charted the biggest number of delegates with 15,000 participants.

(with reports from Mr. Romeo Banatlao)

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