Sa halos dalawang taong pagpapaliban ng mga mahahalagang kaganapan dulot ng pandemaya, muling idadaos ng Unibersidad ng Antique (UA) ang face-to-face (f2f) nitong seremonya ng pagtatapos para sa mga pangkat ng estudyanteng magtatapos ngayong taon.
Batay sa mga nakalap na impormasyon sa panayam kay Dr. Jelyn O. Alentajan, Vice President for Academic Affairs, ay napapanahon nang ibalik ang ganitong klaseng aktibidad bagama’t may mga alituntunin at kondisyon parin na dapat susundin.
Ayon kay VP Alentajan, ang mangyayari sa graduation ay magkakaroon ng paunang-pagtutukoy ng mga estudyanteng makakasali base sa vaccination status.
Dagdag pa niya, malayang makakapagdalo sa seremonya ang mga estudyanteng may maipapakita na resulta ng kanilang Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR).
Pati mga magulang ng bawat estudyante ay kailangan din magpakita ng kanilang vaccination card bilang patunay.
Ayon sa impormasyong nakapaskil sa opisyal na Facebook ng UA, simula ika-12 hanggang 16 ng Hulyo ang mga petsang nakalaan para sa f2f na pagtatapos ng mga extension campuses nito.
Kahapon ay naidaos na ng UA Hamtic Campus ang kanilang seremonya ng pagtatapos kung saan itinampok ang isang graduation dance.
Kasalukuyan namang idinadaos ang seremonya ng pagtatapos sa UA Tario Lim Memorial Campus (UA TLMC).
Samantala, sa ika-18 ng umaga naman ang seremonya para sa mga magtatapos na estudyante ng Laboratory Highschool (LHS) sa main campus at sa araw ding ito gaganapin ang “Pasidungug 2022” para sa mga estudyanteng napabilang sa “Dean’s List” at magtatapos ng may “Latin Honor”.
Giit din ng VPAA sa kaniyang panayam na ‘tanging isang magulang lamang ang pinapayagang tumungtong sa itaas ng entablado kasama ang kaniyang anak na may Latin honor samantala sa mga estudyante na napabilang sa Dean’s List ngayong semester, tanging sila lamang ng walang kasamang magulang ang hinahayaang makakaakyat sa entablado.’
Hulyo 19 ang naitalang araw para sa unang pangkat ng mga estudyanteng magtatapos na napabilang sa mga kolehiyo: CAS, CEA, COT, at CCS.
Ang ikalawang pangkat naman ng mga estudyante na nanggaling sa CTE at CBA ay magdadaos ng kanilang seremenya ng pagtatpos sa Hulyo 20.
Panghuli ang mga estudyanteng napasailalim sa CMS na magtatapos ngayong Hulyo 21.
Inaasahan din na limitado at tanging mga mahahalagang tao lamang na may papel sa seremonya ang makakadalo.
Kasama na dito ang inaasahang pagdalo nina Sen. Loren Legarda at Dr. Raul Alvarez, Regional Director ng Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
The September 2021 Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) results were posted just in time when University of Antique (UA) held its Thanksgiving Day on November 29, 2021.
College of Teacher Education’s elementary level scored 90.91% passing rate and the secondary level, 77.08% passing rate in the board examination.
Ten out of 11 first time takers passed the exam in the elementary level while 37 out of 48 first time takers made it in the secondary level.
Dr. Runato A Basañes, dean of College of Teacher Education (CTE), was elated with the news and offered this milestone as a birthday present to Dr. Jelyn O. Alentajan, vice president for academic affairs, and Dr. pablo S. Crespo Jr., university president.
“My congratulations to all the passers for making it despite the pandemic problem. Kudos for doing a great job and making your college proud. Let us continue to pray for our future LET takers,” said Dr. Basañes said.
He added that there is a need to increase the passing rate since the college is planning to apply as a Center of Development.
Dream Rose M. Delos Santos, a Bachelor of Special Education (BSPED) graduate shared the struggle in becoming a LET passer in the new normal.
She said that it challenged her faith, patience, strength and courage.
“My journey has never been easy, it was a rollercoaster ride. One thing I learned is that – never discourage yourself to believe, because when your time will come, it is worth the wait,” Delos Santos said.
The overall LET results showed 55.96% passing rate in the elementary level and 57.76 in the secondary level%.
The College of Business and Accountancy (CBA) savored a back-to-back victory as Kate Ann Pagsuguiron sealed the crown while Macky Delgado from the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) finally brought home the title on his second try in the recently concluded Mr and Ms University of Antique (UA) 2021, which aired via delayed telecast on UA Facebook page on November 10, 10pm.
Mr. and Ms. UA has traditionally been the highlight of every HUGYAW event, and this year, the pageant was revived after a year off due to the pandemic, through adapting the new norm in pageantry where all categories are pre-taped.
“Amidst the pandemic, I think it is really important that we should celebrate activities like pageant because hugyaw is not just about pageantry but a celebration of how UA was able to come up with the activities that could add up to the success of the university,” Pagsuguiron replied when asked about the relevance of pursuing the HUGYAW.
Moreover, Pagsuguiron also took home three minor awards including Best in Production Number, Swimwear, and Interview.
Meanwhile, Delgado of CAS bagged the Mr. Photogenic award.
“This is my second time joining this competition, and I have experienced a lot with people; with the presence of the audience and no audience as well. Every year, I get to meet new people and it’s truly amazing,” Delgado said.
This year’s pageant was quite more challenging as the candidates had to do their own makeup in order to limit the close contact with people.
There was also a surprise when the final question came from Miss Universe 2015 Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach.
Furthermore, Hans Christian Magsipoc and Cristyl Kate Esclabanan from the College of Technology (COT) bagged the second runner-up, while Kevin Ryan Condes from the College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA) and Trixie Kate Boston from the College of Teacher Education (CTE) finished as first runners-up.
RSCS introduces new title: Ms. and Mr. Hugyaw 2021
With a new title introduced in this year’s pageant, UA Hamtic Campus (UAHC) representative Jed Bruce Cabanal finally got a crown and Angelica Yap Lotilla from the CEA as Mr. and Ms. Hugyaw 2021, respectively.
“I am very much happy that I was crowned as Mr. Hugyaw 2021, with this I am very thankful to my support system, my family, friends, UAHC faculty and staff as well as its RSCS,” Cabanal expressed.
Also, Cabanal stated that upon winning he is encouraging everyone to be vaccinated as it is one essential step for UA to have face to face classes again.
“The relevance of pageant amidst the pandemic is that we achieve the mission and vision of our university, I believe that University of Antique embodied the strength, resilience and transity,” answered Lotilla when asked about the relevance of pageant in this time.
Both aced the formal wear category, while Cabanal was awarded as best in swimwear, Lotilla on the other hand graced the formal wear which secured their spot for the crown.
Written by Louie John Servancia and Marianne Palcat
‘SarayUhAn’, an e-learning hub joint project of University of Antique (UA), LGU-Tobias Fornier, and Concepcion L. Cazeñas Memorial School (CLCMS) was launched at the said school yesterday, September 16.
The said project will help UA students (graduate and undergraduate) and CLCMS faculty members in the conduct of their synchronous classes.
“It is always with the thought and a prayer that we find ways and means to help the students. That’s why I’m very happy because we have this e-hub in Tobias Fornier housed in CLCMS,” Dr. Pablo S. Crespo Jr., UA president said in his speech.
‘SarayUhAn’ was a timely project following his announcement of having weekly synchronous classes at UA.
The e-hub is equipped with computers provided by CLCMS and UA, and internet connectivity provided by LGU-Tobias Fornier where e-skUelA or the Kasubay Learning Management System (LMS) can be accessed for student’s synchronous and asynchronous classes.
“Our hearts in CLCMS are full of joy because of this collaborative SarayUhAn, e-learning hub. We did not dream of this before, because we are just simply an institution of learning, but it happened with the support of the stakeholders,” Mrs. Delia F. Sio, CLCMS Principal, expressed in a speech.
On the other hand, Hon. Loren Legarda, Deputy Speaker and Representative, Lone District of Antique gave a message through a recorded video stating that the e-hub will serve as a safe place for everyone to converge, study, to connect, work and learn.
Vice Governor Edgar Denosta, SP Don Don Niquia, SP Majella Plamera, SP Fernando Corvera, Mayor Jose Maria A. Fornier, Vice Mayor Florante Cazeñas, SB Ma. Orchid Fornier, CLCMS faculty members, Abaca barangay officials, and UA key officials with its official mascot, Santi were seen in the event.
‘SarayUhAn’ is the second e-hub launched by the university following the launching of the first one in Laua-an, November 2020.
Trite as it may seem but it is true that poverty is not a hindrance to success. This becomes truer when two graduates of University of Antique surpassed the tribulations of being raised in a poor family. One raised by a fisherman, another became a sailor.
Nessie Kaye Cortejo, a daughter of a fisherman, decided to stop schooling after finishing secondary school. She took a job and supported her family’s needs. For two years, she did what she could to provide and through this time, the interest to go back to school diminished. Until one day, her former high school teacher persuaded her to go back to school; her teacher brought a torch for Nessie to clear her path.
“Walang salitang mahirap, sa taong may pangarap (there is nothing difficult for a person with dreams),” these are the words of Nessie’s Filipino teacher who pushed her to pursue college. But she knew very well that in reality, the word “difficult” is an understatement.
Fifty pesos. Everyday, she would eke out the fifty pesos allowance for her fare, lunch, and handout reproduction. Sometimes she would borrow money from her classmates just to get by in a day. It was embarrassing for her but she did though. She was lucky enough to have patient and generous friends who helped her when she needed them the most.
“I thought I was going to stop schooling again because of poverty but my father did his best to support my needs. He put shame aside to find someone who can lend us money for our needs,” Nessie Kaye shared while recalling another financial problem she encountered during her sophomore year in college.
Nessie Kaye was a government scholar yet her assistance is just enough to pay off her debts. When Republic Act 10931 was enacted, she was full of gratitude. Tuition fees were no longer a problem. All she had to worry were the cost of her projects, researches, printing fees, internet. But despite the fact that she’s struggling financially, she did not allow herself to stop and give up.
“I thought of stopping and giving up but what about the efforts that I have already exerted, right? Sometimes, the only person preventing you to continue is yourself,” she said.
Nessie Kaye stood tall on her ground like a bamboo and chose to face the wind that tries to bend her. She fought hard. Every opportunity she sees, she grabs and makes a way to earn. She helped her father who is a fisherman to earn the extra money she needed.
“Pamaon” and “husay lugway”are ways of fishing. Pamaon is fishbaiting. In a wooden box, nylon strings are attached with hooks at each end. Husay lugway is a way of pulling the strings and getting the fish out of the bait. She was born in this kind of living so she embraced it. Pamaon was her way of earning which supported her college education.
But COVID-19 pandemic happened and Nessie was thankful because as classes shifted online, she could have all the time in the world to focus on her livelihood. But it also posed another problem. She needs a smartphone to keep up with her teachers and classmates. Luckily, Nessie used her savings to buy a new phone for her online classes. Despite another challenge, she managed to crawl her way out and this year, she graduated her course, Bachelor of Science in Office Administration Major in Office Management with flying colors.
“I was called by our dean’s office. I was nervous about it. I did not expect that they called me to tell me I am graduating Cum Laude. I did not expect it at all,” Nessie Kaye glared in excitement.
It was her moment of validation of all her efforts. It was all paid off. She kept her distance from those who try to belittle her ambitions.
SAIL TOWARD YOUR DREAMS
Aside from Nessie, another graduate who persevered through the challenges is Jasper T. Silava, 25, a resident of Bia – an, Hamtic, Antique who just graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation (BSMT) degree.
He took BSMT because he saw it as an opportunity to rise out of the quicksand he’s in — poverty. He believed that being a seaman would help him improve his financial situation.
“I chose to study BSMT not because of the common cliché, (to travel the world while earning dollars) or (to taste girls with different nationalities). My dream is to become a ship captain and provide a better life for my family,” Jasper said.
Like Nessie’s his parents are separated. His father is financially unstable and finds it difficult to send him to school but he never surrendered.
“My father is a source of motivation for me. Despite his poverty and lack of education, it is his ambition for his son to complete his studies and obtain a better profession. The desire to enhance one’s life is what motivates me the most,” Jasper shared.
He spent his childhood with his grandmother. His aunt financed his elementary education; his uncle, his secondary education; and another aunt, his college education. While struggling for money while in school, his cousin who’s an OFW supported him. He strived hard with all his might to make them all proud.
“I managed to have high grades despite everything because I focused on my goals. I refused to acknowledge unnecessary habits like drinking and smoking. Above all, because I have faith in the Almighty God,” Jasper shared.
He said that having excellent academic performance is a great advantage in applying for jobs. For him, based on experience, theoretical knowledge is very useful onboard ships.
“Finding a job after receiving my completion of academic performance, my onboard training (OBT)is significantly difficult. I spent several months working on a domestic vessel. However, the working conditions are difficult, and a trainee’s monthly income is low. I was fortunate enough to be hired by Anglo Eastern Crew Management Phil. Inc”, he added.
After many years of completing his onboard training, it was this year when Jasper finally claimed his bachelor’s degree.
“Never give up is my message to students who are still trying to finish college. Make an effort to go above and beyond what is required of you. You aim to be a better person, one who is better than you were yesterday,” Jasper said.
These two success stories really dismiss poverty as an impediment. It only takes a brave soul. It requires resiliency. Like a bamboo, Nessia nad Jasper bent as rough winds blew their way. But the bounce back and stood up to keep reaching for the sun.
Written by Ma. Stephanie Kate Balboa and Marianne Palcat