DLSU hosts testimonial dinner for new Lasallian diplomats

The College of Liberal Arts (CLA) hosted the first testimonial dinner for its four graduates who passed the highly competitive Foreign Service Officer (FSO) examination and joined the Philippine Foreign Service Officer Corps last October 11, 2019 at the Roof Deck of the Henry Sy, Sr. Hall.   The honorees were Bea Antonio (AB-ISE ‘11), Anna Clariza Briones (MA IS), Louie Dane Merced (AB-ISA ‘09), and Reisha Olavario (AB-ISA ‘10).   

This is the first time that four DLSU graduates passed the FSO at the same time. St. La Salle scholar and summa cum laude graduate Merced topped the 2017 FSO Examination with a grade of 86%.  

The four Lasallians have finished their six-month cadetship last June 2019 and are now serving as career diplomats.  

In his welcome remarks, DLSU President Br. Raymundo Suplido FSC exulted the four graduates to be honorable diplomats who will not only look for inspiration and guidance from the “reason of state”, but also from their conscience and values. He reminded them that diplomats are human beings who must be truthful not only to their profession, but also to their conscience and values. 

For her part, CLA Dean Dr. Jazmin Llhana told the honorees that they may come back to their alma mater as lifelong learners, who may either take short courses when they need to or share their courses, share their experiences, and expertise for the lifelong learnings of others.

DLSU alumnus Ambassador Jose Cuisia, Jr.  gave the inspirational talk by sharing his experience as the Philippine ambassador to Washington D.C. from 2011 to 2016.  He recounted his experience in strengthening the two countries’ alliance in the face of the growing tension between the Philippines and China because of their territorial dispute in the South China Sea.  He also observed that all Lasallian ambassadors have been political appointees, and expressed hope that the four Lasallian diplomats will become career ambassadors in the future. 

On behalf of the four honorees, Merced thanked De La Salle University for providing them the knowledge, skills, and attitude that enabled them to pass the FSO and become members of the Philippine diplomatic corps.  He also thanked his alma mater for the gift of scholarship he received when he entered the University as a freshman in 2006.

All DLSU Gokongwei College of Engineering programs now ABET-accredited

All of De La Salle University’s undergraduate degree programs in the Gokongwei College of Engineering have been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.

The following programs are now ABET-accredited: Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering and Management, and Mechanical Engineering.

ABET accreditation assures that programs meet standards to produce graduates ready to enter critical technical fields that are leading the way in innovation and emerging technologies, and anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public.

“The ABET accreditation is a testament to the University’s commitment to providing quality education that prepares graduates to enter the global workforce,” says DLSU President Br. Raymundo B. Suplido FSC.

Sought worldwide, ABET’s voluntary peer-review process is highly respected because it adds critical value to academic programs in the technical disciplines, where quality, precision, and safety are of the utmost importance.

Developed by technical professionals from ABET’s member societies, ABET criteria focus on what students experience and learn. ABET accreditation reviews look at program curricula, faculty, facilities, and institutional support and are conducted by teams of highly skilled professionals from industry, academia, and government, with expertise in the ABET disciplines.

ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization with ISO 9001:2015 certification. It currently accredits 4,005 programs at over 793 colleges and universities in 32 countries.

More information about ABET, its member societies, and the accreditation criteria used to evaluate programs can be found at www.abet.org.

For more information about DLSU Gokongwei College of Engineering, visit dlsu.edu.ph.

DLSU implements university-wide digital transformation


Finance domain: (From left) /a/b/s/ Account Manager Riza Destacamento; Oracle Philippines Senior Alliance Manager Mara Conde; Oracle Philippines Country Manager Mina Lim; DLSU President Br. Raymundo Suplido FSC,  /a/b/s/ Senior Project Manager Jennifer Chua; and DLSU Vice Chancellor for Administration Dr. Arnel Onesimo Uy

A leader in educational innovation, De La Salle University has embarked on a university-wide digital transformation initiative starting this Academic Year 2019-2020.

This move aims to drastically improve information access, streamline organization processes, and enhance services for university stakeholders.

DLSU coins this transformation drive as the BITUIN Project. BITUIN stands for Banner Initiative to Transform, Unify, Integrate, and Navigate.

“This is in response to the ever-changing needs and challenges inside and outside the classroom,” says DLSU President Br. Raymundo Suplido FSC. “This will change the landscape of how we facilitate learning, conduct our operations, and provide services to our stakeholders.”

BITUIN’s flagship initiative Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is a three-year project involving financial management, human resources management, and student life cycle.

Student Life cycle: (From left) CAMU Co-Founder AR Swaminathan; SMST Director IT Solutions Ernesto Cruz; DLSU President Br. Raymundo Suplido FSC; and DLSU Vice chancellor for Administration Dr. Arnel Onesimo Uy, and SMSGT President Anthony Christian Angeles.

The BITUIN project committee, together with faculty members and personnel and industry consultants, determined the gaps and the “pain points” in the student lifecycle, financial lifecycle, and HR lifecycle. To address these, DLSU engaged with key partners for the said domains.

For the student lifecycle, the University works with Camu, a leading educational technology solution serving more than 200 institutions in six countries. Together with its local implementing partner, SMS GT, Camu provides customized offerings in the areas of, but not limited to, student recruitment, assessment, admissions, enrollment, extracurricular activities, support services and lifelong learning.

DLSU partnered with Genie Technologies, Inc. to focus on the concerns and challenges in the human resources domain. Recognized in the region for its quality business solutions, consulting, and support services, GTI’s scope of work include Core HR 201, employee benefits, labor and relation, time and attendance, global payroll, learning and performance management, succession planning, recruitment and on-boarding.

Human Resources domain: (From left) Mr. Manik Sarkar, Regional Delivery Head, Ramco Systems HCM; Genie Technologies, Inc. General Manager for Asia Pacific Mr. Arun Dhaka; DLSU President Br. Raymundo Suplido FSC; Genie Technologies, Inc. Chief Operating Officer, Mahesh Gopinath; and DLSU Vice Chancellor for Administration Dr. Arnel Onesimo Uy.

Likewise, Active Business Solutions, Inc. (/a/b/s/) was tapped by the University to address the gaps in the financial domain. With their expertise in financial management solutions, /a/b/s/ will offer improvements in process documentation, implement Oracle Fusion, and provide user training and technical support.

The partnerships with Camu, Genie Tech, and /a/b/s/ were formalized in a contract signing ceremony last September 24 at DLSU. The event was attended by University administrators and key representatives from the three companies.

“Harnessing digital technology will allow DLSU to maximize our resources and enable us to deliver quality education that befits our aspirations as a university of regional standing. Our shared commitment to the Lasallian mission and our individual desire for lifelong learning will ensure the success of this digital transformation,” shares Br. Ray.

DLSU hosts NASA International Space Apps Challenge hackathon

MANILA, Philippines – Now in its 8th year, Space Apps is an international hackathon for coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, and others in cities around the world, where teams engage with NASA’s free and open data to address real-world problems on Earth and in space. Space Apps 2018 included over 18,000 participants at more than 200 events in 75 countries.

Since its inception in 2012, NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge has become the world’s largest global hackathon, engaging thousands of citizens across the globe to use NASA’s open data to build innovative solutions to challenges we face on Earth and in space.

The NASA International Space Apps Challenge (or Space Apps) is an international hackathon that will take place over a 48-hour period in cities around the globe between October 18 and 20, 2019. The event embraces collaborative problem solving with a goal of producing open-source solutions to challenges we currently face on Earth and in space.

In the Philippines, it is the fourth time for this event to take place again in Manila on October 18 to 20, 2019. “I am thrilled and excited to continue the tradition of inviting students and professionals, beginners and veterans from the Philippines to join this prestigious global hackathon by NASA,” software developer Michael Lance M. Domagas said, who is currently leading the hackathon since 2016. “In fact, a Pinoy team winning globally last year makes Filipinos inspired to use these technologies in helping the society we live in, especially now that a law has been passed creating the Philippine Space Agency,” he added.

The Pinoy winning team who developed an app seeking to use scientific data to benefit fishermen, even without Internet connection, is being incubated at Animo Labs, the technology business incubator of De La Salle University in partnership with DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development. “Animo Labs looks forward to see these kinds of projects being developed by Filipinos with the help of NASA data and resources, and we are happy to host it again at De La Salle University,” Animo Labs Executive Director Federico C. Gonzalez said.

For more information, please contact nasaspaceappsph@gmail.com

Lasallian Jubilee Year Celebration Schedule


On the occasion of the Lasallian Jubilee Year in honor of the Tercentenary of the death of our Founder – St. John Baptist de La Salle, the Lasallian Family will be celebrating his faith and life through solemn Eucharistic celebrations on April 7 and 10, 2019.

On April 7, 2019, Sunday
The Lasallian community in DLSU will be coming together to celebrate the feast day of the Founder through a Mass with His Eminence Orlando Cardinal Quevedo and a simple salu-salo inside the campus.

On April 10, 2019, Wednesday
The Philippine Lasallian Family in Luzon will be gathering for the Feast of our Founder at the Manila Cathedral. Through the assistance of young Brothers in formation, the relic will be brought to the Manila Cathedral for the veneration of the faithful. The Eucharistic celebration on April 10, 2019 will be presided by the Archbishop of Manila, His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle.

These celebrations aim to spread the awareness that our Founder is the Universal Patron of Teachers.

We invite all Lasallians to join the De La Salle Brothers and the Lasallian family in these momentous celebrations.

BNSCWC, DLSU Publishing House, and Partners Launch Books by Lasallian Writers

The Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center (BNSCWC), in partnership with De La Salle University Publishing House (DLSUPH), OMF Literature Inc., Taftique, Inc., and The Bookmark, Inc., launched five books by Lasallian writers last March 14 at the Philippe Jones Lhuillier Conference Room, 14/F Henry Sy Sr. Hall, DLSU, Taft Avenue, Manila.

A Night Bird Sings of Blindness and Fear (OMF Literature Inc.) by Janina Marie Rivera chronicles a teenager’s struggles to live courageously while battling against Arterio-Venous Malformation (AVM). An MFA graduate, Rivera is a teacher, writer, magazine publisher, and missionary.

Hagdanang Bahaghari (Bookmark, Inc.) by Genaro Gojo Cruz is about the “super powers” of Toto’s mother. Gojo Cruz is the author of 56 children’s books. He teaches literature and creative writing at DLSU and serves as the BNSCWC Associate for Children’s Literature.

Walang Halong Biro (DLSUPH) by Mesándel Virtusio Arguelles plots the grit and grime of modern isolation.  It is an exploration of the roguish self, memory, and artistic creation. It contains English translations by Kristine Ong Muslim.  Arguelles teaches literature and creative writing at DLSU.

Edited by Clodualdo del Mundo, Jr. and Shirley O. Lua, Direk: Essays on Filipino Filmmakers (DLSUPH and Sussex Academic Press) includes works on National Artists for Film Gerardo de Leon, Lino Brocka, and Ishmael Bernal. The special edition contains colored plates.  Del Mundo is Artist-in-Residence and Professor Emeritus at DLSU. Lua teaches literature at DLSU and is the BNSCWC Associate for Literary Studies.

Narito: Essays on Place (Taftique, Inc.) is an anthology that muses upon spaces, comings-and-goings, and memories that endure. The book contains essays by Taftique members Vijae O. Alquisola, Genevieve L. Asenjo, Jophen C. Baui, Kei Valmoria Bughaw, Adrian Crisostomo Ho, Ma. Antonette E. Lofamia, Clarissa V. Militante, Krezta Rae M. Palces, Josephine V. Roque, and Dorynna Zyneensky L. Untivero.


DLSU BNSCWC hosts launch of Philippine contemporary poetry anthology

The De La Salle University Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center (BNSCWC) in partnership with the University of the Philippines Press, launched the two-volume poetry anthology “The Achieve of, the Mastery: Filipino Poetry and Verse from English, mid-‘90s to 2016,” last December 5 at the Philippe Jones Lhuillier Conference Room of the University’s Henry Sy, Sr. Hall.

The anthology is edited by award-winning poets Gémino H. Abad and Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta.

The Achieve of, the Mastery is the sequel to A Habit of Shores and offers a representative sample of Philippine poetry in English. The anthology features 141 writers and includes works by De La Salle University writers Cirilo F. Bautista, Marjorie M. Evasco, Ricardo M. de Ungria, Elsa Martinez Coscolluela, Raymundo T. Pandan, Dinah T. Roma, Sid Gomez Hildawa, Francisco Roman Guevara, Isidoro Cruz, Christine Godinez-Ortega, Alice M. Sun-Cua, Shirley O. Lua, Jhoanna Lynn Cruz, Noelle Leslie dela Cruz, Carlomar Daoana, and Ned Parfan. Also included in the anthology are works by some of the country’s renowned literary figures Edith L. Tiempo, Ophelia Dimalanta, Merlie Alunan, and Jaime An Lim.

The launch was part of the centennial celebration of the College of Liberal Arts of DLSU.

DLSU and UniLaSalle students take part in Ecology field trip to the Br. Alfred Shields FSC Marine Station

As part of the requirements for the Ecology course, 11 out of 13 students from UniLaSalle, a La Sallian University in France, and all 13 students from the BS Human Biology, BS Biology and BSEd Major in Biology programs of DLSU spent their field trip at the Br. Alfred Shields FSC Marine Station in Lian, Batangas last November 10-11, 2018.


The students performed laboratory techniques learned in their lab classes in testing the water quality of one of the freshwater streams connected to Talim Bay. They were also able to appreciate the rich marine biodiversity of the area through a guided snorkeling activity of the nearby coral reef with the Lian Fisherfolk Association (LFA), a fisher community fostered by DLSU’s COSCA. Members of the class also went on an early morning hike up Mt. Tikbalang where they saw the interconnectivity of the upland and marine ecosystems of the area. Finally, the class together with COSCA facilitators, Leo Tadeña, Annadel Sapugay and Roel Quenamot, experienced a focused group discussion (FGD) with a new fisher community organization called SAMLOK (Samahan ng mga Mangingisda sa Sulok) to learn more about the socio-economic situation of our fishermen and help in the creation of sustainable development plans for the area.

The faculty organizers for the trip were Dr. Wilfredo Licuanan and Dr. Chona Camille Abeledo of the Biology Department. They were assisted by Ysa Mendoza and Princess Zyrlyn Mordeno of the SHORE Center.

Br. Andrew Gonzalez, FSC receives posthumous award from the Philippine-American Academy of Science and Engineering

Manila, Philippines- De La Salle University (DLSU) Former President Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC was given the Distinguished Vanguard of Philippine Science Award by the Philippine-American Academy of Science and Engineering (PAASE) last October 24, at the National Institute of Physics, Diliman, Quezon City.

The posthumous award was given to Br. Andrew for his path-breaking and innovative contributions to the field of education. A staunch advocate of Science and Technology, he was highly instrumental in transforming DLSU from a teaching institution into a research-centered university.

Br. Andrew supported the deployment of DLSU engineering faculty in order to take PhDs in Australia, Japan, Thailand, and the United Kingdom under the Department of Science and Technology Engineering and Science Education Project (DOST ESEP). This subsequently established DLSU as the flagship private university geared towards building the country’s science and engineering capacity. In addition, he forged strong linkages with academic institutions in the Europe, Japan, and the United States, making DLSU a university of global repute.

The Professor of Language and Literature, University Fellow, and National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Academician was lauded for his numerous academic achievements throughout his lifetime. He is also most well-known for serving as DLSU’s president from 1994 to 1998. He was also a former Secretary of the Department of Education, Culture, and Sports (DECS).

DLSU offers new courses on Islamic Banking

Beginning this term, De La Salle University is offering course electives on Islamic Banking to all graduate students of business.

A pioneering initiative in the country’s academic sector, the programs are offered in pursuit of Senate Bill (SB) 668 or the Philippine Islamic Financing Act.

This move seeks to address the growing need for young professionals versed in Islamic finance both locally and within the region. It also aims to promote SB 668, which provides for the opening of the local Islamic finance sector to new players.

The courses  will be under the tutelage of the Amanah Islamic Bank CEO and Chairman of the Board, Alex Bangcola.  Amanah Islamic Bank is a subsidiary of the Development Bank of the Philippines.

Bangcola has over 20 years of professional work in finance, marketing, and energy development. His experiences in these fields include, among others, working as advisor for the Bangsamoro Affairs for Amanah Islamic Bank from 2012 to 2015, vice-president for World Energy Corporation, and group finance manager for the Lootah Group of Companies (Dubai, UAE). He also taught in Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology and Ateneo de Davao University.

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