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Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa to visit DLSU


Nobel Laureate for Literature Mario Vargas Llosa

Nobel Laureate for Literature Mario Vargas Llosa

Nobel Laureate in Literature Mario Vargas Llosa will be at De La Salle University on November 8 to receive an honorary doctorate in literature, the highlight of his visit to the country.

University administrators, faculty, students, writers, and members of the diplomatic corps are expected to attend the ceremony which will be held at the Teresa Yuchengco Auditorium.

Vargas Llosa studied in La Salle schools in Bolivia and Peru for his elementary education.

In 2010, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature, “for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt, and defeat” (Nobel Prize Foundation). According to the Swedish Academy, Vargas Llosa is “a divinely gifted storyteller.”

His critically acclaimed novels and fictions include: La ciudad y los perros (1963, Eng. trans. The Time of the Hero), La tía Julia y el escribidor (1977, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter), La guerra del fin del mundo (1981, The War of the End of the World), El sueño del celta (2011, The Dream of the Celt), El héroe discrete (2013, The Discreet Hero), and Cinco esquinas (2016, Five Corners). His collections of essays include Sables y utopías. Visiones de América Latina (2009, Sabres and Utopias: Visions of Latin America) and La civilización del espectáculo (2012, The Civilization of the Spectacle).

Aside from the Nobel, Vargas Llosa has received many prizes and awards such as the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature, 1986; Miguel de Cervantes Prize in Spanish-language literature, 1994; PEN/Nabokov Award, 2002; and the XII Don Quijote Journalism Award.

DLSU Wins in Sikat Design Challenge 2015

Team Animo Awards

Team Animo of De La Salle University placed second in the recent 2015 Sikat Design Challenge. Six teams presented their pitches last February 2 at The Loft, Manansala Tower, Makati City. The top three teams, including the Team Animo, were awarded after the pitches. The team from the Mapua Institute of Technology emerged as the champions while Team Animo of DLSU and the team from ADMU shared the seat as runner ups.

Team Animo DLSU-Manila is comprised of Jeremy Magdaong, Gabriel Baltazar,  Joshah Chua, Reii Nakano, Calvin Tiu, Vance Vazquez, Engr. Jeremias Gonzaga (Faculty Adviser), Engr. Isidro Marfori (Faculty Adviser), and Mr. Charlie Valerio (Industry Coach from Lopez Group Company)

For four months, the twelve teams were asked to create, to develop, and document an idea that would help their chosen community. For the DLSU team, the idea of an integrated modular microhydro generator and aquaponics system was developed for Sitio Apia in Antipolo, Rizal. This would help the community generate electricity with the micro-hydro while producing high value crops and fishes with the aquaponics system.

The 2015 Sikat Design Challenge is the country’s first national inter-university competition which focuses purely on Renewable Energy (RE) solutions targeted at the rural sector. It is organized by the Sikat Solar Car Foundation, Inc and it is captured by the tagline “Inspiring the Youth, Collaborating with All Stakeholders, and Uplifting the Lives of the Rural Communities.”

The Sikat Design Challenge has 12 participating teams from different universities across the country, including De La Salle University’s Team Animo. The other participating universities are the following:

  1. Ateneo De Manila University
  2. Batangas State University
  3. Bulacan State University
  4. Foundation University
  5. Mapua Institute of Technology (MIT)
  6. Negros Oriental State University
  7. Polytechnic University of the Philippines
  8. St. Paul University – Dumaguete
  9. Siliman University
  10. University of San Carlos – Cebu
  11. University of Santo Thomas

DLSU holds 12th Lasallian Scholarum Awards to honor PHL’s best youth and education stories

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In pursuit of its advocacy to promote the country’s youth and education sectors, De La Salle University held the 12th Lasallian Scholarum Awards for outstanding media coverage last September 14, 2015 at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel.

The Lasallian Scholarum Awards, with this year’s theme “#nofilter,” celebrates the truthful and fearless coverage of youth and education stories while challenging the public to seek creative and collaborative solutions to the issues at the heart of the news.


This year’s winners are: “Titser” by ANC for Outstanding Televised Feature Story on Youth and Education; “Muslim Kid” by  Manila Bulletin’s Linus Guardian Escandor III for Outstanding Published Photograph on Youth and Education; “Kukunin Ka ng Bumbay and Other Childhood Lessons on Race and Gender“ by’s Shakira Sison for Online Feature Story for Youth and Education; “DepEd chief to Bilibid grads: We’re not that different” by The Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Jovic Yee for Outstanding Published Feature Article on Youth and Education in a Nationally-circulated Publication; and “Our education reforms will work if…” by The Philippine Star’s Preciosa Soliven for Outstanding Published Column Article on Youth and Education. The winners from these categories each received P25, 000.00.

“A look into CHED Memo No. 20-2013: The End of Language?” by The Lasallian  won the Outstanding Published Feature Article on Youth and Education in a School Organ received P15,000.00. The grand prize winner for Outstanding Feature Story on De La Salle University is “This professor lights up their lives” by Jayson Mangalus of Manila Bulletin.  He received P40,000.00.

The winners from professional media outfits also received a sculpture especially designed and crafted by renowned sculptor, Daniel Dela Cruz. Sponsored by the De La Salle University’s Office for Strategic Communications, the Lasallian Scholarum Awards contracted an independent media-monitoring agency for the screening of youth and education news and features.

DLSU and Harvard Host Academic Conference

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De La Salle Project of Asian and International Relations (DLSPAIR) in partnership with Banco De Oro Unibank, kicked off the 2015 Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) – Asia Conference last August 20-24 at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel.

De La Salle University was chosen to be Harvard’s partner university through a competitive bidding process. To prepare for the event, DLSPAIR immediately began working after last year’s HPAIR-ASIA conference in Tokyo with great support from BDO Unibank Inc. President Nestor V. Tan and the Ayala Corporation Chairman and CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala.

The conference was themed “Confronting Asia’s Development Challenges through Innovation” and advocates the need for innovative ideas and practices in both government and business, especially in lessening the wide economic gap between the rich and the poor experienced across developing nations.

In attendance were Congressman Maria Leonor Robredo, Representative of the 3rd District of Camarines Sur, World Bank Country Director Motoo Konishi, and Lead Economist for Poverty Reduction and Economic  Rogier Van der Brink were also present.

4th STRAMACON: ASEAN Integration and Readiness for the Open Market


Dr. Benito Teehankee, Associate Professor, Management and Organization Department

De La Salle University and the DLSU MBA Alumni Club recently hosted the 4th Strategic Management Convention (STRAMACON) last June 6, 2015 at the multi-purpose hall of the Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC Building. Entitled “The Implications of the ASEAN Integration and the Business Sector’s Readiness for the ASEAN Open Market,” the forum explores the various opportunities and challenges that local businesses will encounter once regional economic integration is completed.

Notable speakers included Assistant Secretary Ceferino Rodolfo of the Department of Tourism and Industry (DTI), Brenda Mendoza of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), and DLSU Ramon V. Rosario College of Business (RVRCOB) Department Chair Dr. Benito Teehankee.


Brenda Mendoza Director IV, National Economic Development Authority

Teehankee, whose presentation was entitled “Perspectives on the ASEAN Integration,”  remarked on the country’s unique position within the region due to its large population and its non-contiguous location in relation to its neighbors.

Teehankee opined that there are advantages and disadvantages which the country must come to terms with. Leaders in both the private and public sectors must be aware and willing to study. Additionally, he warned against misplaced optimism and that market liberalization does not automatically lead to equity and, instead, may lead to the opposite.

“Systems must be in place before liberalization is let loose,” he said.


Assistant Secretary Ceferino Rodolfo, Department of Trade and Industry

On competitiveness vis-à-vis the changing business landscape and the forthcoming ASEAN market integration, Teehankee pointed out that businesses must deliver products which deliver real value while meeting real human needs.

“We need more businesses, we need more investments, and we need more products that will really help people become better human beings,” he said.

Dr. Elfren Cruz, Chairman Emeritus, DLSU MBA Alumni Club

Dr. Elfren Cruz, Chairman Emeritus, DLSU MBA Alumni Club

STRAMACON, now on its 4th year, is known to feature notable speakers such as Commissioner of Internal Revenue Kim Henares, former Development Bank of the Philippines CEO and President Gil Buenaventura, Manila Times CEO Dante Ang, and Globe Telecoms CEO Ernest Cu.

DLSU Department of English and Applied Linguistics to Hold Writing Conference with Prof. Kei Matsuda


Professor Paul Kei Matsuda

De La Salle University Department of English and Applied Linguistics (DEAL) invites interested parties to “take their knowledge in writing instruction to the next level” and attend the special mid-year conference: “Writing 101 and 102 with Professor Kei Matsuda: Issues, Trends and Strategies in Writing Instruction and Publication”  on July 22, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Henry Sy, Sr. Hall, DLSU.

Students, teacher educators, and researchers will have the rare opportunity of imbibing the expertise and wisdom of world-renowned speaker Professor Paul Kei Matsuda, whose publications on writing have been valuable resources in writing instruction and research for many years.

Prof. Matsuda is a Professor of English and Director of Second Language Writing at Arizona State University. He is also Concurrent Professor at Nanjing University. Currently, he is the president of the American Association for Applied Linguistics.

The pre-conference registration fee of P1,200 will be honored until June 30. For on-site registration, a fee of P1,500 will be charged for professionals, and P1,000 for students.

All participants are advised to pay the registration fee via bank transfer to De La Salle University’s UCPB savings account, details of which are given below:

Peso Savings
Account Name: De La Salle University
Account Number: 120-114711-9
After payment is made, participants should email as scanned copy of the deposit slip to seminar2015/

Registration can be accomplished online through Dr. Paulina Gocheco at and Ms. Nilda Perilla at

DLSU’s Project Einstein 2015 Announces Call for Entries

Project Einstein

To commemorate the centennial year of Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity and in accordance with the International Year of Light, De La Salle University’s Philosophy and Physics Departments, in cooperation with the College of Engineering and the College of Computer Studies, will be hosting a three day international, multi- and inter-disciplinary conference from September 29 to October 1, 2015.

The event will be held at DLSU on the first two days of the event and at DLSU Science and Technology Complex, Laguna on its final day. The conference, entitled “Project Einstein 2015: An International Conference Celebrating the Centennial of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity,” is part of the global effort to honor Einstein’s ingenuity and contributions in diverse fields of study.

Project Einstein 2015 will feature plenary speakers noted for their experience and contributions in their respective fields including the award-winning Dr. Paul Berger, full professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Ohio State University. Dr. Berger is the founder of Nanoscale Patterning Laboratory and both founder and director of Nanoelectronics and Optoelectronics Laboratory (NOEL) and Polymer Device Laboratory (PDL).

Project Einstein 2015 will also showcase research works in fields directly influenced by Einstein such as physics, mathematics, education, literature, psychology, philosophy, religion, politics, holocaust, gender studies, engineering, computer science, music, art, and their significance to the progress and development of the modern world. In addition, performances and art exhibits commemorating Einstein’s life and works will also be featured in the conference.

The Lasallian community as well as the general public are welcome to submit proposals for papers, artworks, and performances. Submissions will be accepted until July 10.

DLSU to Host Cartoons for Peace Master Class

Cartooning for Peace

EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture), the Cultural Center of National Institutes composed of Alliance Française de Manille, Goethe-Institut Philippinen, along with the Embassies of Denmark, France, and Switzerland in the Philippines will present Cartooning for Peace in Manila in May 2015.

by Plantu (France), Le Monde, Paris, March 11, 1999

by Plantu (France), Le Monde, Paris, March 11, 1999

Cartooning for Peace project, spearheaded by EUNIC Philippines, aims to invite European cartoonists from the Cartooning for Peace international network, together with Filipino cartoonists to participate in a series of conferences, master classes, interviews, and cartooning workshops in De La Salle University and other reputable academic institutions in the Philippines.  DLSU will host a master class for selected students for  its segment of the tour on May 7, 2015 and will be lead by renowned cartoonist Plantu, Bob Katzenelson, and local veteran Manix Abrera.

manix abrera cartoon

by Manix Abrera

This project will also collaborate with leading newspapers companies such as Manila Bulletin, Manila Times, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star, and Tempo to promote the event and to publish their cartoons in their respective editorial sections.

by Bob Katzenelson Source:

by Bob Katzenelson, Source:

Among its objectives is to encourage understanding among different cultures and beliefs using editorial cartoons. In particular, the initiative hopes to raise awareness on the role of cartoonists in promoting peace and fighting prejudice. It hopes to provide opportunities for interaction between the international cartoonists and the Filipino cartoonists, journalists, academe and the general public of the Philippines.

Five cartoonists from Europe (Denmark, France, Germany, and Switzerland) and six cartoonists from the Philippines will participate in Cartooning for Peace in Manila.

The 5 European cartoonists are as follows:

  • Denmark : Bob Katzenelson
  • France: Plantu, President of Cartooning
  • Germany : Thomas Plassmann and Miriam Wurster
  • Switzerland : Philippe Baumann

The 6 Filipino cartoonists are as follows:

  • Steven Pabalinas : Manila Times
  • Norman Isaac : Tempo
  • Rene Aranda : Philippine Star
  • Manix Abrera : Philippine Daily Inquirer
  • Roni Santiago : Manila Bulletin



Founded at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in 2006 by Kofi Annan (former Secretary General of the United Nations) and Plantu (French cartoonist), Cartooning for Peace is a network of 130 cartoonists around the world who use the power and language of images to fight for peace and freedom of expression.


EUNIC is the network of the European National Institutes for culture. Formed in 2006, EUNIC is a recognized leader in cultural cooperation. Its members work in the arts, language, youth, education, science, intercultural dialogue and development sectors.

1st TedxDLSU features the best and brightest Lasallians


De La Salle University hosted its first series of TED talks last January 23. Themed “Youth Kaleidoscope,” the set of 18-minute presentations focused on how today’s youth can be catalysts for positive change. It emphasized how engaging in dialogue can help transform ideas into action.

TEDxDLSU featured some of the best and brightest Lasallians including TJ Palanca, Star Scholar and Batch ’13 magna cum laude; Ireene Leoncio, DLSU advertising and marketing faculty; Dr. Lloyd Espiritu, Psychology Department faculty member; and Raymond Ang, an alumnus, writer, editor, and producer. Other notable speakers were Pambansang Edukasyong Pampanitikan Director Philip Kimpo and Philippine All Star’s Lema Diaz.

The event is licensed by TED, a nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading ideas in the form of short and powerful talks. Founded in 1984, TED covers a wide range of topics such as technology, entertainment, and design. TED events are independently organized in countries all over the world.

DLSU No Impact Experiment: Protecting the Planet One Simple Act at a Time


As part of the “No Impact Experiment,” from March 23-29, De La Salle University is encouraging members of the Lasallian community to reduce their impact on the environment through sustainability awareness and by practicing a few simple acts.

How to get started

1.    Register online and commit yourself to the one week experiment
2.    Follow each day’s theme and challenge.

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3.    Self-document and self-reflect to help evaluate the impact.

a.  Take the pre-experiment survey.

b.  Like the Facebook community page DLSU No Impact.

c.  Post selfies, share your insights, and reflections about the experiment.

d.  Take the post-week survey.

The DLSU No Impact Week also has a line-up of complementary activities which can be viewed here.

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