education needed in globalization era
DLSU-Manila Executive Vice
President Dr. Carmelita Quebengco underscored the relevance
of Lasallian education in the face of globalization during
the 6th National Lasallian Educators’ Congress held from December
12 to 16 in La Salle Green Hills.
As keynote speaker, she said
“Except for graduate education where students are assumed
to have been adequately socialized most likely, schools in
the 21st century will strike a balance between electronic
learning and a shorter duration, but an immensely richer education
conducted by teachers, and a healthy active campus life.”
Quebengco noted that the influx
of rapid change at the exterior level would require a stronger,
more stable basic values formation to ensure that what is
universally desired and accepted to be good remains.
“Given the current state of
Filipino youth, I cannot think of anything more relevant than
our Lasallian Mission of “a humane and Christian education
for the young, especially the poor,” she added.
One of her five “practical
but deceptively simple recommendations” for Lasallian educators
is the need to undertake continuous learning. She emphasized
the importance of keeping updated about national and international
trends and developments, and studying their impact on societies,
governments, and schools.
She also urged the participants
to take the initiative, pro-act, and lead. She said that St.
La Salle should be the educators’ model—“he, who had enormous
courage to singly implement innovative ideas, the do-ability
of which were doubted, even opposed by many, during his time.”
For those who are not administrators
and classroom teachers, she suggested the adoption of a widely
consultative and participatory process in decision-making,
starting with the development of a school vision.
She also urged them to be vigilant
of students and to empower them to help them develop a strong
sense of school ownership and stewardship.
Quebengco also encouraged the
audience to form their own Lasallian support groups and association,
the need of which was noted in the 43rd General Chapter.
Lasallian Civil Engineers
Thirteen civil engineering
graduates passed the licensure examinations given by the Philippine
Regulatory Commission Board of Civil Engineering Examiners
last November 2000. DLSU-Manila obtained a passing percentage
of 81.25 percent, ranking the university 8th among others
with 10 or more examinees. The national passing percentage
is 33.11 percent.
The successful examinees are
Andrew Abrenica, Michael Alan Anciano, Ana Marie Joy Benitez,
John Paul Carillo, Marilou Shaira Lacson, Earl Howard Melendres,
Ma. Kristina del Mundo Mendoza, Peter Pocholo Olanday, Allan
Purificacion, Bjorn Buford Timario, Tonie Grace Vera Cruz,
Sherwin Villar, and Francis Villegas.
urges Lasallians to continue fight against corruption
The fight for good and honest
governance goes beyond juetengate.
This was the message by former
President Corazon Aquino after a prayer vigil held last December
12 at the Most Blessed Sacrament Chapel.
Speaking before the Lasallian
community, she stressed that “if President Estrada is acquitted
of the charges against him, I will still continue to fight
for good governance.”
In a forum sponsored by the
Office of the Executive Vice President and the Lasallian Pastoral
Office and attended by DLSU-Manila administrators, faculty,
students, alumni, and friends, Aquino urged the audience to
pray so that the truth would prevail in the ongoing impeachment
Aquino expressed hope that
through the prayers of Filipinos, the senators would act according
to their conscience. “Being optimistic by nature, I believe
in the power of prayer,” she pointed out.
Furthermore, Aquino urged the
audience to write the senators so that they would decide not
for their personal interest but for the welfare of the country.
She further said that an active and enlightened citizenry
would serve as a vanguard against corruption in government.
Aquino also added that she
is also praying for her sister-in-law Senator Teresa Aquino-Oreta
and brother-in-law Representative Agapito “Butz” Aquino so
that they would someday see the truth in this issue.
Also during the forum, former
House Speaker Manuel Villar, Jr. said the private sector must
support the prosecution panel because it has a dearth of resources.
Aquino and Villar both expressed
satisfaction with the performance of the 11-member prosecution
panel, which earlier received flak for its perceived lapses
in its handling of the trial against the President. “But they
are prepared now, and they’re getting better every day,” he
said. (Rizal Reyes)
named outstanding international student
Bachelor of Science in Computer
Science student Prashant Srinivasan was named as one of the
three recipients of the 2000 Search for the Most Outstanding
International Students in the Philippines. The presentation
and proclamation rites was held in San Beda College on December
The award aims to identify
leadership potential and capabilities and encourage social
consciousness among foreign students; promote international
friendship and understanding; and motivate international students
to achieve academic excellence.
Indian national Srinivasan
is a consistent dean’s lister and a member of the Society
of Proactive Role Models Involved in and Aspiring Total Development.
He has also actively participated in various local and international
The nominees were selected
by school officials based on the following criteria: academic
excellence, leadership qualities, school and community involvement,
and adjustment to the Philippines. The organizing committee
further screened the finalists through individual interviews,
a written test, extemporaneous speech, and a talent portion.
Now on its 31st year, the nationwide
search is organized by the Philippine International Friendship
Organization, a private, non-profit organization created to
help all foreign students in the country.