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Lasallians win 2018 Philippine Inter-Collegiate Debating Championship

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PIDC National Champions: DLSU students Kit Albert, Patrich Lozano, and Marina Lim


The La Salle Debate Society (LSDS) bagged the national championship for this year’s Philippine Inter-Collegiate Debate Championship (PIDC), which was held last June 8 to 13 at the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Mandaluyong City.

All three members of LSDS also bagged other major honors. Kit Albert (IV-Japan Studies and Legal Management), Patrich Lozano (III- Marketing Management), and Marina Lim (III- Development Studies and Management of Financial Institutions), were named Overall Best Speaker, 3rd Best Speaker, and 7th Best Speaker respectively.

120 debaters from 24 schools from all over the Philippines vied for the coveted title. The competition had 7 preliminary rounds and 4 rounds for the final series. Each round had different themes such as education, economics, health, social movements, international relations, powers of the state, religion, national issues, and environment. For the grand finals, the motion debated was about housing and development.

The PIDC is the largest national debate tournament in the Asian Parliamentary format.

DLSU law students ace international moot

COL Moot 5 07-2017

De La Salle University College of Law (DLSU COL) students bagged top honors in the recently culminated Vis East Moot in Hong Kong. The prestigious international moot competition took place last July 2 to 8.

Theodore Dolar, Romeo Lanzarrorote, and Gavriil Sulano had a stellar finish, ranking first among all moot participants. The team from DLSU COL was able to defeat representatives from the Edith Cowan University of Australia, last year’s Vis East Moot champions.

Lanzarrote was also given the Colin J. Wall Award for Best Mediator for the Vis East Moot Foundation Ltd’s 3rd Young International Mediation Competition.

Competing universities are from Australia, China, India, Indonesia, and South Korea.

DLSU Eco Car Team places 1st in Shell Eco-Marathon Challenger Philippines


In the recently concluded Shell Eco Marathon Philippines, held last February 2-5, 2017 at Mabalacat, Pampanga, the DLSU Eco Car Team placed first in the Urban Concept Gasoline category.

A total of 26 teams composed of 260 Filipino engineering students from 17 educational institutions all over converged at the Clark International Speedway in Pampanga to take part in the first-ever Shell Eco-marathon Challenger Philippines.

A version of the Shell Eco-marathon (SEM) Asia, the renowned global competition challenges student-teams to design and build innovative and energy-efficient cars of the future.

For the competition, the students will be utilizing an energy mix that includes biofuels such as ethanol, to technologies such as compressed natural gas and gas-to-liquids (GTL) apart from conventional fuels like gasoline and diesel.eco3

Shell Eco-marathon is one of the advocacy projects that global energy and gas technology leader Shell drives its future energy visions of powering growth more sustainably by promoting innovation, energy efficiency, and upholding smarter mobility through smarter products, smarter use, and smarter infrastructure. The company also diversifies the energy mix by pioneering cleaner-burning energy resources such as natural gas.

With SEM Asia competition as the highlight of Make the Future festivities, visitors will also experience the ideas, contribute their own, and join the journey to an energy-efficient, low-carbon future. eco4

Through virtual reality and hands-on experiential zones, visitors will be able to explore what is happening now and what the future of energy might look like, from renewable energy to natural gas and low-carbon technologies. Visitors can also learn of the various innovations from across Asia and participate in interactive zones about the future of energy, mobility, and innovation by Shell and its partners.

Winners of the local Shell Eco-marathon competitions will be supported by Shell in their entry to the regional tilt. To know more about the event, check out

DLSU chemical engineering team places first in 2017 PIChe National Quiz Bowl

Team DLSU placed first in the recently held Philippine Institute of Chemical Engineers (PIChE) National Quiz Bowl, held at LimKetKai Luxe Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City last February 22, 2017. Alongside DLSU, teams from the University of the Philippines Los Baños, University of the Philippines Diliman, Adamson University, University of Santo Tomas, Mapua Institute of Technology, University of Saint La Salle, Mariano Marcos State University, Colegio San Agustin-Bacolod, and Batangas State University also participated in the competition.

Team DLSU is composed of Donna Angeles (team captain); Christian Jay Balboa;  Joshua Martin Kalaw; and Francis Ian Tobias. Chemical Engineering faculty members  Dr. Vergel Bungay and Dr. Lawrence  Belo served as coaches. They were also trained by past quizzers Engr. John Frederick Tapia and Engr. Sed Anderson Holaysan.

In a separate competition, Industrial Engineering majors Christine Fernandez, Justine King, and Adrianne Tiu won second place in the Industrial Paper and Action (INPACT) 2017, an international competition hosted by the Industrial Engineering Department of the University of Sumatera Utara. The competition was held from February 22 to 25 in Medan City, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The team scored 224.970 points, achieving second place overall. Indonesia’s Bandung Institute of Technology placed first.

Another group from the Industrial Engineering Department won first runner up in the 14th Philippine Institute of Industrial Engineers (PIIE) National Student Congress held at Polytechnic University of the Philippines Sta. Mesa last February 24. This group is composed of Ian Frederic Ilagan, Paul Siegfried Barrios, Jayne Lois San Juan, Alysa Kimberly Tee, and Carlos Ilagan. IE Department faculty members Dr.Charlle Sy and Eric Siy served as coaches.

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 Tops LET and CPA Licensure Exams

In the recently concluded May 2015 Certified Public Accountants Licensure Exam, De La Salle University students Sharmaine Fernandez Sy and Melan Anthony Aberonio Yap placed 3rd and 8th respectively. Additionally, the university ranked 2nd among higher education institutions (HEIs) with a passing rate of 81.18%. This result compares favorably with the national passing rate which is at 35.78%.

In the March 2015 Licensure Examination for Professional Teachers (LET), Yvette May Nido Zulueta placed 9th among 56,596 secondary level teacher examinees nationwide. DLSU ranked 1st among HEIs with 100% passing rates in both the elementary and secondary levels. The national passing rates for the two levels are 27.42% and 31.64% respectively.

To Sharmaine, Melan, and the 67 other new Lasallian CPAs, Yvette, the 28 new Lasallian secondary-level teachers, and the 32 new Lasallian elementary level teachers, congratulations and Animo La Salle!

DLSU CE and MEM Students take part in 2015 Tokyo Technology Student Exchange Program

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DLSU Students and Faculty (Photo/Jason Ongpeng)

Last April 29 to May 8, 2015, students from De La Salle University’s Civil Engineering (CE) and Manufacturing Engineering and Management (MEM) programs were invited by the Tokyo Institute of Technology to a ten-day socio-cultural exchange program.

DLSU Students at Tokyo Institute of Technology 3

Tokyo Institute of Technology’s Cheesecake Library

The program is aimed at exposing students to the technological developments of Japan, its academic culture, as well as foster closer ties with students and faculty of the Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Aside from the technology and academic immersion, DLSU students also experienced the rich cultural heritage of Japan as well as an opportunity to visit landmarks such as the Miraikan Museum, Rainbow Bridge, and the Tokyo Skytree.

Readers who are interested in learning more about the students’ experiences in Japan can visit animoCIVnews.

Lasallian is Philippines’ Most Outstanding Civil Engineering Student

Lawrence Caringal

DLSU student Lawrence Caringal

A student of the DLSU Gokongwei College of Engineering, Kristian Lawrence Caringal, was named as the Most Outstanding Civil Engineering
Student of the Philippines 2014 by the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE).

Caringal is under the ladderized program BS/MS in Civil Engineering with specialization in Structural Engineering.  He was recognized for excellence in academic performance, leadership, community service, and knowledge regarding the topic “How to utilize technological innovations to further improve the infrastructure in the Philippines as a future Civil Engineer”. The awarding was held during the PICE 40th National Convention last November 13 at the Ibalong Centrum for Recreation, Legazpi City, Albay.

PICE is an organization accredited by the Professional Regulation Commission of the Philippines, composed of more than 74,000 registered CE members in 96 chapters and some 46,646 CE student members in 170 student chapters throughout the country.

Fokuoka University’s International Seminar with Asian Sister University Students Now Accepting Applicants

Fukuoka University’s International Seminar with Asian Sister University Students is now open to applicants. The program will run from October 21 to 31, 2014 and will focus on group studies, discussions, presentations, and collaboration with Fukuoka University students. This program also includes segments for experiencing and learning various aspects of Japan and its culture, nature, and traditions. The chosen De La Salle University student will receive from Fukuoka University the following:

  • Round trip airfare between the international airport nearest to the home institution and Fukuoka International Airport
  • Transfers to and from Fukuoka International Airport
  • 10 night accommodation and meals
  • Tuition fee for 3 classes (tentative)
  • All class materials
  • Field trips and cultural activities

To qualify, interested students:

  • Must be a native born Filipino citizen
  • Must be at least 18 years old by September 21, 2014
  • Must preferably have a valid passport up to at least April 30, 2015
  • Must be fit to travel
  • Must have completed at least 3 trimesters of study in De La Salle University on the date of application
  • Must be a bonafide student of De La Salle University on the date of application
  • Must have at least one academic trimester left in De La Salle University upon return from the program
  • Must have a CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0
  • Must not have participated in the student exchange programs and/or short-term language programs that have taken place in Japan
  • Must have preferably have a Japanese Language Proficiency Test level of 4

The students availing of the program will be responsible for other expenses such as visa fees, travel insurance, host university insurance if mandated, and other fees, expenses, or payables that will not be covered by the program. Deadline of submission of all applications at the International Center, SJ 207, is on June 25, 2014. You can also visit the International Center and inquire with Mr. Reodel Masilungan, International Center Unit Head and Global Education Specialist. Interested parties can avail of the outbound exchange student program admission form here.

The DLSU Chorale Wins in 11th Int’l Antonio Vivaldi Choir Competition and 19th Intn’l Competition of Sacred Music


The DLSU Chorale. Photograph by Pam Sta Cruz

The DLSU Chorale. Photograph by Pam Sta. Cruz

The DLSU Chorale is a wonderful group of singers that anyone who has the opportunity of listening to can tell is utterly passionate about their craft. The choir was established in 1987 with the purpose of being De La Salle University’s official choral group. Since then, the DLSU Chorale has made for itself a reputation for excellence starting in 1989, in Japan, to the present in Greece where they won first place under the Adult Chamber Choir Category  in both the 11th International Antonio Vivaldi Choir Competition and  in  the 19th International Competition of Sacred Music. There’s a lot more to tell about the DLSU chorale and, for those who are interested, there’s a great article that gives a lot more insight into the group and their exploits.

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