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Faculty promotes Filipino language in US confab

Dr. Teresita Fortunato, faculty of the Departamento ng Literatura at Wikang Filipino, helped in the promotion of the Filipino language during her stay at the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison as a Fulbright Asian scholar-in-residence from June to August.

While at the UW, she attended a two-day conference on CD-Rom multimedia technology in language teaching. Sponsored by the Council of Teachers of Southeast Asian Languages, the activity included a presentation of a CD-Rom for Tagalog lessons prepared by the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She was part of the acting cast featured in the video. 

She also taught Filipino language and culture at the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) 2000, a consortium of 15 universities in the US. It was her third engagement for the teaching of Filipino in the SEASSI. 

She also visited the Northern Illinois University where she helped with the website teaching lessons for Tagalog by the university’s Tagalog program coordinator.

International journal on Asian Studies features article of La Salle faculty

A journal specializing on the international relations of Asia recently came out with the article, “The Association of Southeast Asian Nations as an Entente Cordialle,” by DLSU-Manila Political Science faculty Renato De Castro.

De Castro’s article came out in The Asian Perspective (Vol. 24, No.2 2000), a refereed journal published by the Hatfield School of Government of the Portland State University, Oregon, USA and by the Institute of Far Eastern Studies of Kyungnam University, Seoul, Korea. The article critiques the view that ASEAN is an economic association and argues that the regional association is actually a political entente.

De Castro is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Government and International Studies of the University of South Carolina.

COSCA, CED conduct teacher training program

The Center for Social Concern and Action in partnership with the College of Education and the Urban Poor Institute for Community Building (UPICOB), a non-government organization, concluded the training for volunteer teachers last September 9. 

Dubbed “Pagsasanay para sa Pagpapaunlad ng Batang Maralita” (PAMBATA), the five-month training program consisted of the following modules: personality and communications skills development, pre-school children behavior, teaching skills and techniques, and classroom management and improvements.

Five faculty members from the College of Education facilitated the modules. They were Dr. Cora Rodriguez, English Language Education; Dr. Carmen Pabiton, Counsellor Education; Dr. Emelita Arevalo; Leah Iligan and Donna Culaba, Teacher Education.

Alumni enter finals in major songwriting tilt

DLSU-Manila graduates made it to the the finals of the Himig Handog Para sa Bayaning Pilipino, a songwriting competition sponsored by media giant ABS-CBN. The song entry “Maging Isang Bayani” by Ma. Cecilla Datu (lyricist) and Allan Feliciano (composer) was chosen as one of the top ten finalists, besting hundreds of entries from all over the country. The song will be interpreted by Cookie Chua, also a La Salle alumna.

The Himig Handog sa Bayaning Pilipino Awards Night will be held on October 1. The top ten contenders will vie for the grand prize of P.5-million.

The value-oriented song festival will also be the country’s first multi-media songwriting competition, with the establishment of three other attendant prizes to be voted on by the audiences in three different forums. The top 10 songs will also vie for the People’s Choice Award, the Youth’s Choice Award, and the OFW’s Choice Award.

Votes for the entry for the People’s Choice Award may be cast by calling DZMM at 924-2615 or 412-1168 or DWRR at 924-2684, 415-1111 or 448-7504. Deadline for casting votes is on September 24.

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