the first time, the Lasallian community will have the chance
to meet the neophyte senators on July 27 at the Marilen Gaerlan
Conservatory Wing. Dubbed The Senate...Live! Spotlight on
First time Senators, this GenXchange forum is organized by
the Marketing Communication Office.
Four senate neophytes, Manny Villar, Ralph Recto, Noli de
Castro, and Kiko Pangilinan, will visit the University and
give a five-minute presentation of their priorities in their
As first-term legislators, they are expected to make laws
that will serve the best interest of the Filipino people.
However, given their educational and diverse occupational
backgrounds, the members of the academe—teachers and students
alike—pose the much-awaited question, can they really deliver?
Given the present challenges under the administration of President
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, competency is badly needed in addressing
the problems of the nation. The recently staged people power
at EDSA showed the stark realities of massive urban and rural
University experts will participate in the discussion. Faculty
members Dr. Tereso Tullao of the Economics Department, Dr.
Francisco Magno of the Political Science Department, and Dr.
Eric Punzalan of the Chemistry Department will serve as the
panel of reactors. Dr. Wilfrido Villacorta, president of the
Yuchengco Center for East Asia, and Ronald Holmes, executive
vice president of the College of St. Benilde, are also included.
To join them in the open forum are a group of media people
from various news organizations.
GenXchange is a biannual event that primarily aims to provide
venue for students to dialogue with government leaders about
relevant national issues. Through this forum, the University
reaffirms its commitment of being a vital resource for Church
and Nation. It is exclusively organized for the students and
faculty of DLSU-M.
the past three years, the MCO has had President Fidel Ramos,
former DILG Secretary Alfredo Lim, Jr., and then Vice President
Arroyo as special guests.