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  • A Young Standout who empowers leadership

    Lies Beyond the crown - A public servant

    Lil Giants of STIWNU advances to national finals

    STIWNU and RBSFM Help 80 Families in Flooded Areas

  • WESTERN VISAYAS COUNCIL OF DEANS ELECTS FIVE STIWNU DEANS

    STIWNU signs MOA with Brgy. Tomongtong in EB Magalona

    STIWNU Vaccination Campaign

    SSG President Dela Peña, sits as panelists in RMN’s
    Mayoralty Debate Series

  • KASADYAHAN SEASON 8

    EVP Molina Hosts My Titser On-Air

    STIWNU Cares

    STIWNU tops CLE in Negros Occidental

  • STIWNU SIGNS MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT WITH SPRING VALLEY TECH CORP

    STIWNU OPENS GROUNDS FOR VACCINATION ACTIVITIES

    PACUCOA Grants Highest Accreditation Status to STIWNU Programs

    STIWNU Mustang Esports wins NCO S2: MLBB Vis-Min Championship

  • CEAS Student Leads Interim Student Government

    ISG holds ANGOT: An STI Wesnecan Empowerment Camp

    STIWNU offers Housekeeping NC II

    NEGROS OCCIDENTAL GOVERNMENT USES STIWNU SCHOLARS’ DEVELOPED SYSTEMS

  • Engr. Dioscoro Marañon Jr. is the new Elected PIFPO President

    STIWNU holds Virtual ComSkills Training

    STIWNU Welcomes the Students from Galuh University, West Java, Indonesia

    STIWNU Launches Virtual English Enhancement Program

  • STIWNU AIMING HIGH: NEW PROMOTIONS AND EMPLOYEES

    STIWNU PhD graduate qualifies for SEAMEO RELC Scholarship

    Nine STIers to Join Asian School Online Chess Championship

    Dr. Ryan Mark S. Molina is WVAHEI Vice President

  • STIWNU Community Pantry On the Go!

    HUMSS 12th Grader tops Nationwide Online Essay Writing Contest

    STIWNU FACULTY IS COHREP-NISC PRESIDENT

  • Kasadyahan Season 7 Virtual Edition unfolds

    STIWNU Jobs Café Program: Partnership with Focus Direct, Inc

    STIer bags 2nd Place in Smart Bro Student Vlogger Search 2020

  • Esports Scholarships Are Now A Reality In The Philippines, Thanks To AcadArena and Globe

    POSITIVE HABIT, I HAVE IT!

    Orange Erudites bags Kasadyahan Season 6 Overall Champion

  • PASUNDAYAG: TEACHER-STUDENT INTERACTION

    STIWNU GRABS 6 GOLDS IN TAGISAN NG SINING AT TALINO 2020

    Fernandez is New STI West Negros University President

  • GALUH UNIVERSITY FORGES PARTNERSHIP WITH STI WEST NEGROS UNIVERITY

    2019 CRIMINOLOGY LICENSURE EXAMINATION

    AN INSANE, LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE

  • THE CHOSEN ONES, STIWNU COUNCIL OF STUDENTS LEADERS

    KASADYAHAN SEASON 6 OPENING

    STIWNU JOINS NATIONAL SIMULTANEOUS EARTHQUAKE DRILL

  • YOUTH VOLUNTEER

    INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN THAILAND

    YVEC: YOUTH EMPOWERMENT FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

  • STIWNU, TRANSCOM Inks MOA

    STIWNU PARTNERS WITH SIX KOREAN SCHOOLS

    STIWNU, ITECC INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR EDUCATORS

  • NEGRENSE HAILS STIWNU ROTC UNIT FANCY DRILL 1ST RUNNER-UP

    KASADYAHAN SEASON 4 OPENS WITH A BLAST

    STIWNU Holds Culinary Career Fair

  • 500 Students Join STIWNU Journalism Talk

  • Wesnecan Represents Neg. Occ. in Regional Language Tilt

    STIWNU Holds 21st National Youth Convention

    STIWNU Shares Gift of Knowledge to 3 Brothers

  • STIWNU to Host Sports Leadership Training by Ex-NBA Players

    129 Completes Senior High School AT STIWNU

    STIWNU Holds Enhancement Training to BCPO

A YOUNG STANDOUT WHO EMPOWERS LEADERSHIP

Written By: Jasper John Barcenal
Graphics By: Jeremy Modelo

Gian Lawrence Ulgasan, an 18-year-old Hospitality Management student who wore Mr. STI West Negros University 2022 crown, is revealed to be a leader in the making.

The standout from the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Ulgasan, advocates the manifestation of good leadership.

Ulgasan, in an interview, visioned becoming a leader who will help students build their confidence and enhance their skills and talents.

"I want to inspire and motivate my generation to manifest confidence within themselves as it is important in their lives to not lose hope in pursuing their dreams,” he added.

He wants to pursue this advocacy because there was a time when he doubted his capabilities, but the people around him and the leadership of the Pink Viking's team captain, MJ Canlas Javier, boosted his confidence which led him to triumph in this field.

Beyond the crown, he said that he is a timid guy and the kind of student who is not too pressured to his academics. Also, he sees himself as a future manager on a cruise ship five years from now.

LIES BEYOND THE CROWN - A PUBLIC SERVANT

Written By: Jasper John Barcenal
Graphics By: Jeremy Modelo

More than the Ms. STI West Negros University 2022 crown, Blessie Joyce Jayme, a 21-year-old AB Communication student, is proven to be more than just the glitz and glamour as she also serves the public.

In an interview, Ms. STIWNU Jayme shared her passion for volunteerism whenever natural disasters hit local and nearby towns and municipalities.

“Also, I am currently the chairwoman of our organization, TaYO (Talisay Youth Organization), back in Talisay, so most of the time, I am busy doing public service,” she added.

In addition, what kept Jayme busy was her participation in a political organization that also does constant services for the public. In line with this, she is also looking forward to amplifying her causes by running for a local position in the future.

Moreover, as the newly crowned Ms. STIWNU, she emphasized that her crown is not just an accessory but a platform as well. As a youth leader in their community, she wants to use it to inspire the youth and be their voice and representation.

Aside from public service and leadership, she also advocates for education because she believes it can empower the future of the young ones.

When asked about how she sees herself five years from now, she wants to see herself on a podium influencing other people. “I want to empower everyone to do good because I aspire to be a catalyst of change,” she concluded.

Together with Mr. STIWNU 2022 Gian Lawrence Ulgasan, they will be flying to Manila later at 11AM for their cluster competition on November 21.

LIL GIANTS OF STIWNU ADVANCES TO NATIONAL FINALS

    Lil Giants of STI West Negros University will continue to showcase their moves and grooves on the national stage as they made it to the Hataw Sayaw National Finals today, November 21.

    Moreover, Gian Lawrence Ulgasan, Mr. STIWNU 2022, wears the 1st-runner-up sash.

    STI West Negros University's 1314 Crim Band rocks the stage as they seize the 2nd-runner-up place in the Battle of the Bands Cluster Competition at the STI College Ortigas-Cainta's gym today, November 21. The band performed Hallelujah by Bamboo and they garnered a score of 85.93%.

    Blessie Joyce Jayme in Mr. and Ms. STI Cluster 1 and Rhonaly Suelan in Singing Idol, despite falling short to land a placement, also represented STIWNU with pride.

    Photo Courtesy of STI College Ortigas-Cainta

    STIWNU AND RBSFM HELP 80 FAMILIES IN FLOODED AREAS

    Written By: Jasper John Barcenal

      STI West Negros University Community Extension Office with Radyo Bandera Sweet FM Bacolod donated relief goods to the affected families of Brgy. Singcang-Airport after they were surged by a flashflood, October 26, Wednesday.

      STIWNU Community Extension office collected a sum of relief goods enough for 80 families. Led by Dr Ryan Mark S. Molina, STIWNU Executive Vice President, the relief goods were turned over to the Brgy. Hall through the help of RBSFM Bacolod's patrol team.

      The Brgy. Singcang-Airport's Secretary, Marilyn Jibala, expressed her gratitude for STIWNU and RBSFM Bacolod's initiative to help the affected families of Typhoon 'Paeng'.

      SSG President Dela Peña, sits as panelists in RMN’s Mayoralty Debate Series

      Written By: Gescel M. Solomon

        "It’s fulfilling to represent our school in such a big event."

        Mr. Rey Joshua Dela Peña, STI West Negros University's Supreme Student Government President and a fourth-year student in the College of Education, said this after he participated as one of the panelists in the RMN Debate Series last March 9, 2022.

        Dela Peña was honored to be one of the respected panelists in the RMN Bacolod Debate Series, along with school heads from other colleges in Bacolod.

        The debate series organized by RMN DYHB Bacolod and was participated by former District 3 Congressman Albee Benitez and incumbent Mayor Bing Leonardia. Their platforms and issues were scrutinized by the panelists that Dela Peña was part of.

        As a student who has been engaged in leadership since his freshman year, Dela Peña felt the fulfillment of attending the first great program in his journey as a student leader.

        Dr. Ryan Mark S. Molina, STIWNU's Executive Vice President, complimented Dela Peña and gave him words of encouragement as a student leader. In an interview, being the only student panelist, he mentioned that he exceeded the expectations of the EVP as he represented the school with so much pride.

        Dela Peña said that his advisers, teachers, and the people around him have always supported him and he has consistently outperformed their expectations. He believes that for a student to become a leader, they need someone to support them in order for them to unlock their potential and succeed in things they excel.

        "STIWNU helped me to become who I am today and to achieve things that I never imagined." Dela Peña concluded by expressing gratitude to the school.

        WESTERN VISAYAS COUNCIL OF DEANS ELECTS FIVE STIWNU DEANS

        Written By: Jasper John J. Barcenal

          STI West Negros University faculty continues to excel as they give pride to the school in the recently conducted Western Visayas Council of Deans elections on February 7, 2022. Four STIWNU deans were elected to different positions in the said council.

          Dr. Mima M. Villanueva, STIWNU's Vice President for Academics and Dean of the College of Business Management and Accountancy, was elected as the new President of the Council of heads of Business, Accountancy and Allied Programs.

          Dr. Nicholas S. Caballero, AVP – Academics and Dean of the College of Criminal Justice Education (CCJE), was elected as the new Vice President at the Western Visayas Criminal Justice Education Council of Deans.

          The Dean of College of Engineering, Dr. Erlyn Mae G. Desamparado, Professional Electronics Engineer (PECE), is gearing for a double celebration as she was elected as the new Auditor of the Council of Engineering and Architecture Schools of Western Visayas. In addition, she passed the Technical Evaluation for the upgrading as PECE administered by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

          The Council of Program Heads of Hospitality and Tourism Education also welcomed Genevieve P. Tan, STIWNU's Dean of the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, as the newly elected Board of Director.

          Lastly, Dr. Jose M. Mongcal, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was elected as one of the Board of Directors of the Council of Program Heads of Arts and Sciences Education.

          Congratulations to our dear Deans! Aim High!

          STIWNU Vaccination Campaign

          Written By: Gescel M. Solomon

            STI West Negros University responded to the Local Government Unit’s request for assistance in vaccinating children between five and eleven years old.

            The school has been a constant partner of LGU, especially in this kind of endeavor. Former City Administrator and incoming City Councilor Em Ang and incoming city councilor has commended the school for always being cooperative and helpful in all their actions.

            At the same time, Ang likes the school's environment, which is suitable for a vaccination campaign.

            "We want to make our stakeholders feel that we care for them, and so, in our own way, we opened the school as a vaccination site.” EVP Dr. Mark S. Molina, said.

            Each time the children arrived at school for vaccines, STIWNU, together with the LGU, ensured that the parents were present, and are compliant with requirements prior to inoculation last February 21, 2022.

            The first jab for almost 500 participants was a success. This program included not just learners from STIWNU, but also learners from other schools and neighboring communities.

            Children were treated with ice cream and cotton candies from Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports Cultural Educational Association, while a fast food chain partner gave them toys after vaccination. The STI West Street Camp also provided entertainment during the event.

            EVP Molina mentioned that the school will continue to work with LGU up to the 2nd dose on March 12, 2022, at the same time, should there be a good demand from parents who also want to have their kids vaccinated as soon as possible.

            STIWNU signs MOA with Brgy. Tomongtong in EB Magalona

            Written By: Gescel M. Solomon

              STI West Negros University's College of Hospitality and Tourism Management (CHTM) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Barangay Tomontong, Municipality of E.B. Magalona as they launched an outreach program on February 21, 2022.

              The signing of the MOA was represented by Dean Genevieve P. Tan of CHTM and Barangay Captain Haydiginia Benedecion.

              The MOA is an initiative to attain a sustainable development project in collaboration with the different stakeholders of the local community.

              STIWNU Community Outreach Coordinator Ms. Sharon Bermejo, Barangay Council Member Liezel Montano, and Municipal Environment Officer Mr. Jojo Vargas were present at the event together with the STIWNU CHTM faculty members, Barangay Tomongtong Council Members, Tomongtong Women’s and Vendors’ Association, and Barangay Health Workers.

              "Padayon sa pag-suporta, kumonidad itib-ong pakadto sa masanag nga buwas damlag!" Ben Beronilla, STIWNU Faculty Member, said. The event successfully got a strong commitment from the locals to support the project.

              KASADYAHAN SEASON 8

              Written By: Promise Angelus P. Ferrer

                STI West Negros University celebrates Kasadyahan Season 8 which started last February 14, 2022. Kasadyahan is the brainchild of the Executive Vice President, Dr. Ryan Mark S. Molina, eight years ago.

                Kasadyahan Season 8 has seven (7) teams which represent the various students and employees alike. These teams are: Blue Guardians, Purple Wizards, Yellow Tycoons, Green Titans, Pink Vikings, Orange Erudites, and Red Sentinels.

                The school created a short yet exciting opening program for the team members to demonstrate their talents and abilities and was followed by the Vocal Solo, Vocal Duet, Lip-sync, Mobile Legends, Poster Making, and Slogan.

                To demonstrate their team's ability to win, the teams participated in a school-created exercise.

                The contestants' performances were streamed live on the STI West Negros University's official Facebook.

                EVP Molina Hosts My Titser On-Air

                Written By: Carene Joy E. Estelloso

                  Dr. Ryan Mark S. Molina, Executive Vice President of STI West Negros University, hosts My Titser On-Air at RMN DYHB Bacolod 747 every Sunday, 5:30 PM, airing at 747kHz and showing at the station’s Facebook account, DYHB Tatak RMN.

                  Together with Mr. Allan Pomada, Principal of Bacolod City National High School, Dr. Molina hosts the radio program intending to give audiences a chance to get perspectives of both private and public schools by providing an avenue for school leaders, teachers, and students to share their inspiring stories, thoughts on certain issues, and features of their school.

                  Spotlighted in the show are success stories of newly-promoted school supervisors, wins and challenges of students in their online classes, trends among the youth today, among others.

                  In a written interview with Dr. Molina, he stated that RMN provided him such opportunity knowing his job as the EVP of STIWNU and the President of Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports Cultural Educational Association (NOPSSCEA). Plus, he has a college degree in broadcasting.

                  He also acknowledged that this radio program gives STIWNU a chance to be more known among its stakeholders because of the privilege to share the University’s identity, achievements, and activities.

                  Moreover, DYHB is the most listened to radio station in Bacolod and the whole Negros Occidental. The show, My Titser On-Air, is the most listened to and most viewed on the FB programs of DYHB every Sunday.

                  “As I thank you for your continued support to the show, please help me share the good news to your families, classmates, and friends by inviting them to listen and watch on FB. By doing so, you are able to help us in our mission of inspiring, educating and entertaining every Negrense here and in every part of the globe,” Dr. Molina concluded.

                  STIWNU Cares

                  Written By: Promise Angelus P. Ferrer

                    STI West Negros University sent a relief operation to the affected students residing in Sipalay City after Typhoon Odette slammed the area on December 17, 2021. The formulated plan called “STIWNU Cares: BAYANIHAN PARA SA KABABAYAN” was a success, thanks to the initiatives of the Executive Vice-President, Dr. Ryan Mark S. Molina, and the efforts of the Head of Community and Extension Office, Ms. Sharon P. Bermejo, and NSTP Head and Senior High School Principal. Dr. Rey T. Eslabon.

                    Collectively, teaching and non-teaching personnel together with the students moved quickly to donate in cash and in kind for the humanitarian operations among STIWNU students in Sipalay who were very much affected. Last December 21, 2021, STIWNU Cares made their first leg of humanitarian mission by distributing 85 assistance kits to STIWNU students.

                    On January 7, 2022, 185 packets of noodles, 124 assorted foods, 24 packs of rice and groceries, and 30+ water jugs were sorted out for the more than 100 families mainly those of STIWNU students.

                    As volunteers witnessed the aftermath of Typhoon Odette in Sipalay City, members of STIWNU Cares were overcome with joy to see the smiles of people being helped. They plan that for their next visit, they also help families in repairing the shattered houses.

                    STIWNU tops CLE in Negros Occidental

                    Written By: Jasper John Barcenal

                      STI West Negros University's College of Criminal Justice Education (CCJE) continues to top other Criminology Schools in the province after the release of the Criminology Licensure Examination's (CLE) results on January 28, 2022.

                      It is with pride that AVP for Academic Affairs and CCJE Dean Dr. Nicholas Caballero announced the results of the CLE to the whole STIWNU Community last Friday. "I am proud of my graduates and first-time takers who garnered 81.82% passing rate. I admired them since most takers self-studied for the exam due to the challenges of the pandemic," he added.

                      The examination took place in December 2021 and it resulted in an overall passing rate of 52.94% against the national passing average of 34.16%. This makes STIWNU the leading Criminology School in the entire province of Negros Occidental.

                      Dr. Ryan Mark Molina, the University's Executive Vice President, commends all the efforts of CCJE. "The result of the licensure examination is a manifestation of our efforts towards academic excellence. Let's continue to Aim High!" Dr. Molina concluded.

                      STIWNU SIGNS MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT WITH SPRING VALLEY TECH CORP

                      Written By: Jasper John Barcenal

                        The College of Information and Communications Technology (CICT) of STI West Negros University was filled with delight as it bounds partnership with Spring Valley Technology Corporation, a technology-based company that nurtures talent developers and intellectual proprietors that pursue innovation and creativity, on December 10, 2021. With the signatures of STIWNU's Executive Vice President Dr. Ryan Mark S. Molina and Spring Valley Tech Corp's President and CEO Mr. Jonathan De Luzuriaga, the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was put to finality.

                        CICT Dean, Dr. Mae B. Lodana will take the lead in the collaboration so students will be able acquire the opportunity to experience industry-based education and training which could lead to career development and job placements. It further benefits the College in the area of curriculum development, course content delivery, research collaboration, immersion, on-the-job training, outreach programs, and specific discipline training and workshops.

                        Also present in the signing of MOA are; Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs and Services, Mr. Caesar L. Pacalioga, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Nicholas S. Caballero, and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Mima M. Villanueva.

                        STIWNU OPENS GROUNDS FOR VACCINATION ACTIVITIES

                        Written By:
                        Anthony C. Pineda
                        Faculty, Senior High School

                          COVID-19 is still in our midst, and vaccination is currently our leading public health strategy to end COVID-19 Pandemic. STI West Negros University partnered with the Bacolod City LGU through its City Health Office (CHO) led the Vaccination Drive held in its Student Activity Center.

                          The Institution offered its grounds to serve as vaccination site for its employees, students, and stakeholders in addition to the several acknowledged sites around the city. Subsequently, the University and its partners have successfully led 6 Vaccination Activities to date, with a total of 1,247 inoculated individuals.

                          The University now has ninety-eight percent (98%) of the employees who have been vaccinated. The remaining two percent (2%) are waiting for their clearance from their doctors. Seventy-five percent (75%) of the students on the other hand have also been vaccinated.

                          This project was also made possible through the help of 5052nd Technical and Administrative Service Unit, 505th Technical and Administrative Service Group (Negros) Reserve, 5th Technical Administrative Service Brigade, AFPRESCOM, the ROTC Unit of STI West Negros University, Student volunteers from medical institutions in Bacolod City, and Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports Cultural Educational Association (NOPSSCEA). The University and its partners, stakeholders and frontliners continues to offer vaccination drives in support of the government’s efforts to combat COVID-19.

                          PACUCOA Grants Highest Accreditation Status
                          to STIWNU Programs

                          By: Carene Joy E. Estelloso

                          “This is such a great way to end the week and to start the year!”

                          It was Dr. Ryan Mark S. Molina, Executive Vice President, STI West Negros University, in his Facebook post as the PACUCOA accreditation results were disclosed on Friday, January 14, 2021.

                          STIWNU took hold of certificates on the same day through an email from the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA).

                          The said certificates confirmed the accreditation which happened last October 28-29, 2021.

                          Programs accredited were Bachelor of Elementary Education, Bachelor of Secondary Education, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and Liberal Arts (AB English) for Level IV status (the highest status). On the other hand, Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Management in their Level II 2nd reaccreditation status.

                          “Thank you, Team STIWNU! Such a great manifestation of our core values: Teamwork and Excellence! Aim High!” Dr. Molina emphasized.

                          STIWNU Mustang Esports wins NCO S2: MLBB Vis-Min Championship

                          By: Aliza B. Beloria

                            STI West Negros University Mustang Esports won the National Campus Open Season 2 of Mobile Legends: Bangbang Visayas- Mindanao Championship last July 11 streamed live on AcadArena’s official Facebook page.

                            In an intense five game series, STIWNU Mustang Esports owned the island against the San Agustin Golden Eagle Esports who widely dominated the Vis-Min region and had three teams in the play-offs.

                            During the game 4, STIWNU Mustang Esports had experienced some difficulties but was able to put up the game through proper discipline and communication.

                            As confident to their lead, the team also admitted that they have gone wrong with their decision for picking Saber or a Meta hero which is the most effective tactics available that they have seen on TikTok, thinking that it would be effective in the match however it was not compatible for the tournament, but nevertheless, STIWNU Mustang Esports was still able to overcome the odds.

                            When asked on how they remained focus despite the pressure and struggles, the team highlighted the discipline, analyzation and communication as key values that they had during the game.

                            The team also thanked their supporters especially their parents and circle of friends that keep them motivated in winning the game, and reminded everyone who wants to build a career in this field to grind and really give their full effort and to remain humble.

                            CEAS Student Leads Interim Student Government

                            By: Mary Rogelie Magbanua

                              In the midst of the pandemic where we face challenges and adapt to the new normal, the Supreme Student Government of STI West Negros University remained active and shifted into Interim Student Government at the beginning of the second semester of the academic year with the leadership of Rey Joshua S. Dela Peña as the president.

                              Dela Peña, a 3rd year BEEd-General Education student from the College of Education, Arts and Sciences who served as the vice president of the student government in the previous academic year, took the courage to accept the responsibilities of a president and represent the student body.

                              He said that it was challenging to lead the student body in the current setup because of the lack of resources and difficulties in communication, but still, they were able to make solutions to make the student government functional.

                              The amendment of the student handbook for the betterment of the students during the second semester was a success, according to Dela Peña.

                              Unity among the colleges is one of his goals and being connected and letting the students know that the student government is existing.

                              Dela Peña shared that juggling study, personal life, and responsibilities in the ISG is not easy but being surrounded by people who want to see him succeed makes him happy and the support of his teachers helped him to get through and continue moving forward.

                              "If you have the potential, pursue it. If you have the advocacy, pursue, put it into action, put it into papers, and pass it to the school admin because through your potentials and the channel of the SSG, you can discover yourself and what kind of leader you are," said Dela Peña when asked for his advice for his fellow students.

                              "Always leave footprints of legacy so that other students or student leaders will also be encouraged to follow your footsteps and their dreams and be their own unique kind of leader," he added.

                              Meanwhile, Angot: Connecting Ideas in these Trying Times an STI WESNECAN Online Empowerment Camp was the recent achievement of the ISG. It was a simultaneous webinar camp and workshop to connect students while broadening their skills and understanding to attain new knowledge that can complement to their field of interest. The webinar tackled topics in environment, English speaking, and entrepreneurial.

                              Engr. Dioscoro Marañon Jr. is the new Elected PIFPO President

                              By: Aliza B. Beloria

                                STI West Negros University College of Engineering Faculty, Dr. Dioscoro “Nonoy” Marañon Jr. was elected as the President of the Philippine Integrated Fire Protection Organization- Negros Occidental Chapter for year 2021-2022.

                                PIFPO is a fire protection organization in the Philippines affiliated to Society of Fire Protection Engineers International, which focus on the aspects of fire protection and life safety design, installation, maintenance, operation, legislation, trainings and seminars.

                                PIFPO Negros Occidental Chapter is the leader in engineering fire safe communities in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental which aims to develop it through awareness, education, research, competence and compliance.

                                In the PIFPO NOC Chartering last June 19 via Zoom and Facebook Live, Dr. Maranon shared their strategic plan of the key result areas which includes the Fire Safety Education and Compliance; Certified Fire Safety Practitioners (CFSPs) Facilitation; R & D on Fire Safety; Membership Promotion; Community Awareness; and Fund Development.

                                “We have a great work ahead of us, let us work together to achieve these goals in order to have a fire safe communities in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental,” said Dr. Nonoy at the end of his talk.

                                Along with Dr. Nonoy Marañon who took oath as the President during the PIFPO NOC Chartering, Engr. Noel P. Garbo, Engineering and General Services Division Head of Riverside Medical Center was elected as Vice President for Internal & Organizational Development; Arch. Chris Paolo L. Tiongco, Proprietor of Ledesma Enterprises as Vice President for External & Stakeholders Relation; Engr. Therese B. Sobrepeña, Management Trainee – Victorias Milling Company, Inc. as Secretary; Engr. Raul Baylon Velasco, Project/ Technical Director of ELEDS and Project Management Consultant of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company was elected as Treasurer; Engr. Hanny P. Gicalde, General Manager of Kerhanis Construction Services and Certified Project Engineer of DPWH is the Auditor; Engr. Ramonito G. Alejandro, an instructor from TUP Visayas and a freelance Professional Mechanical Engineer was elected as Board of Director for Conference Committee; Eng. James Ultim C. Benares, Deputy Administrator- Amity Public Safety Academy as Board of Director for Education Committee; Engr. Nelson V. Franco, Asst. Director for R & E – TUP Visayas and Proprietor of Nefra Engineering Services as Board of Director for Awards and Recogniton Committee; Engr. Benedict G. Fuentes, Mechanic III- Cadiz City Engineers Office Motorpool Division as Board of Director for Nomination Committee and Commission on Election; Arch. Zane Winly G. Jalandra, UAP, Prinicpal Architect- Kalahi Construction & Industrial Supply Corp. and Project Manager- GGm Agro Industrial & Construction Inc. as Board of Director for Membership Committee; Engr. Raymond G. Ledesma, Electrical and Instrumentation Department- Victorias Milling Company, Inc. as Board of Director for Finance and Accounting Committee; Engr. Mathias Archibald M. Po, Mill and Boiler Shift Supervisor- Hawaiian Philippine Company as Board of Director for Administration and Secretariat Committee; Engr. Manuel A. Uy, Professor at Carlos Hilado Memorial State College and Proprietor- M.UY Electronics Engineering Consultancy Services (M.UYECCS) as Board of Director for Ethics and Grievance Committee; and Engr. Pascualito P. Banasig was elected as National Board of Director and Regional Chairman of PIFPO Visayas.

                                Negros Occidental Government Uses STIWNU Scholars' Developed Systems

                                By: Charis Faith L. Mercurio

                                  STI West Negros University fourth year BS Information Technology provincial scholars conceptualized systems that were presented to Governor Bong Lacson last May 7, 2021.

                                  They coordinated with the Information and Communication Technology Division in designing their ICT outputs which aims to boost the economic recovery in the province.

                                  The group of scholars developed five systems namely Emergency Rescue and Response Operation System, Depot Procurement and Inventory System, Fire Alert Notification with Map Locator, Monitoring System of the Scholarship Program Division, and Document Tracking System of Negros Occidental.

                                  Among the five systems, the Emergency Rescue and Response Operation System was chosen as the best system that contains useful features such as online registration, user management, online rescue and response operation module, locator, and emergency report management.

                                  As prize for the winning group, Gov. Bong Lacson and Provincial Consultant Albee Benitez gave P10,000, while the other groups received a consolation prize of P2,000 each.

                                  The ICT scholarship program of the Negros Occidental Scholarship Program Division was created to help 100 worthy ICT Negrense youths finish their courses at STIWNU. This was sealed through the signed Memorandum of Understanding of Gov. Bong Lacson with STIWNU held at the university’s lobby last August 6, 2020.

                                  STIWNU offers Housekeeping NC II

                                  By: Aliza B. Beloria

                                  STI West Negros University now offers Housekeeping NC II in partnership with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

                                  Housekeeping NC II, supervised by TESDA and TESDA accredited education institutions, is a technical vocational program which designed to prepare students for housekeeping jobs in hotels, motels, and resorts and equips them with the skills in housekeeping services, guest rooms’ preparations, laundering, cleaning, and valet/ butler services.

                                  This course is offered to anyone at least 15 years old who were displaced during the pandemic and high school graduates who can’t afford to go to school.

                                  The first batch consists of 25 students, 18 were scholars of Congressman Greg Gasataya, 3 were scholars of Congressman Albee Benitez, and 4 are walk-in students who already started the class last June 7, 2021.

                                  The course will run for 436 hours or two and a half months which is a blended learning, after three weeks of online class, they will have a face-to- face class per batch or modular learning.

                                  On August 14, 2021, all 25 students will have an assessment which will last from 1-3 days and once they pass, they will have their National Certificate II (NC II).

                                  According to Dr. Ryan Mark S. Molina, this program is a new development in our University as we will be able to serve another cohort of stakeholders who are eager to learn in a short-term and get a job fast. “I am thankful to TESDA for the privilege given to the University,” he added.

                                  ISG holds ANGOT: An STI Wesnecan Empowerment Camp

                                  By: Aliza B. Beloria

                                    STI West Negros University Interim Student Government held an empowerment camp entitled ‘ANGOT (Connecting Ideas in these Trying Times)’ last June 5-6, 2021 via MS Teams.

                                    Angot is a two-day virtual camp that includes webinars and workshops which aims to improve the students’ skills in different aspects and to broaden their understanding to attain new knowledge that can supplement or complement their field of interest.

                                    Nearly 100 students attended the event simultaneously based on their interest on Environment with Mr. Jimson Abong, the former STIWNU KAWSA President who shared his expertise towards the “Ways to Live a Zero-Waste Lifestyle”; Entrepreneurship with Ms. Ruth Conception, an industry practitioner for more than 20 years on managing sales, marketing, operations, events planning and conventions who tackled some runs in the business; and English Speaking Workshop with Dr. Maria Teresa Asistido, Director of the Office Of External Affairs and Linkages of the university.

                                    After the discussion with the speakers, an activity was given to the participants wherein they created an action plan based from the problems that they identified in their specific interest.

                                    On the second day of the event, the students presented their action plan by applying the learning that they get from the speakers.

                                    ISG President Rey Joshua Dela Peña said that they are happy that the event was successful and with the help of EVP Ryan Mark Molina and ISG Adviser Mr. Caesar Pacalioga, they were able to push through with the activity even in these challenging times.

                                    STIWNU Welcomes the Students from Galuh University, West Java, Indonesia

                                    by: Stephanie Grace E. Siaga

                                      STIWNU joined the virtual pre-departure ceremony in relation to the welcoming of five students from Galuh University (GU) in West Java, Indonesia for their Online International Credit Transfer held last March 5, 2021 via Zoom Meeting.

                                      The virtual ceremony was attended by dignitaries from both schools. The Rector of Galuh University, Dr. H. Yat Rospia Brata, Drs., M. Si, gave his opening speech and was followed by the speech of STIWNU Executive Vice-President, Dr. Ryan Mark S. Molina.

                                      Internationalization program is a popular program in universities in Indonesia; and Galuh University, as one of the leading and biggest private universities in West Java, Indonesia, participates in this program to grab the title of world class university. GU challenged this program by implementing the inbound credit transfer.

                                      This program can help a lot on achieving the vision GU has set. On the other end, this partnership with GU through this program also supports the vision of STIWNU, "A leading University in the Negros Island in 2025 driven by passion for academic excellence through innovation."

                                      STIWNU holds Virtual ComSkills Training

                                      by: Aliza B. Beloria

                                        In partnership with Panasiatic Solutions Inc., STI West Negros University held a Virtual ComSkills Training spearheaded by Dr. Maria Teresa Asistido, Director, External Affairs and Linkages, through the E-booth program last May 3-6, 2021.

                                        Almost a thousand of students from year levels 3, 4 & 5 of College of Education, Arts and Sciences were divided into eight groups to attend the session.

                                        Ms. Devie Uy and Ms. Carol Ann Historiador of Panasiatic Solutions focused on discussing about the American Essentials; How to Build Confidence; Positive Words; Telephone Etiquette; American Sound Styles; Soft Skills; and the STI-PanAsiatic Partnership Awareness, which aims to improve the students’ English proficiency with a primary emphasis on the speaking skills while developing their self-confidence.

                                        An assessment on American Essentials, Confidence, Positive Words, and American Sound and Styles was conducted after the webinar wherein the results will be part of the study of identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the students, and the readiness of the university’s graduating students to become adept of the changing world of job hunting.

                                        STIWNU Launches Virtual English Enhancement Program

                                        by: Charis Faith L. Mercurio

                                          STIWNU's English Department held an e-booth program virtual launch last March 19, 1:30 P.M. via MS Teams.

                                          The e-booth program was implemented on the second semester of S.Y. 2020 – 2021 with the title “e-BOOTH: A Real-life English Experience” with its motto “i-learn, i-speak, we-win-life!”.

                                          Created to ameliorate the English proficiency, it primarily emphasized on the speaking skills – speaking accuracy, fluency, and pronunciation being its main language target areas.

                                          The content of the course aims to enrich the students’ communication skills as they attain confidence in using the English language through different speaking genres including, but not limited to, real life pursuits and situations wherein they are also expected to learn and speak based on their academic and personal interests.

                                          Selected teachers and students from the academe have taken part of the program where they shared their expectations, alongside the one-minute thematic presentations presented by four students from the elementary to tertiary level.

                                          The program ended with a special message given by EVP Dr. Ryan Mark Molina followed by the e-booth’s formal launch.

                                          STIWNU Aiming High: New Promotions and Employees

                                          Promotion is one of the things workers aim for, and for those who achieve it, it tell the world the sacrifices and hard work they made only to have this opportunity. Two staff of the STIWNU faculty team have been appointed to higher positions, and they definitely worked hard to make these promotions possible.

                                          Dr. Wilfredo Hermosura, former Vice President for Academic Affairs, was appointed as the new Director of the School of Graduate Studies last April 2021. Ms. Abigail Antonio, who previously worked as a payroll officer in the Human Resource Department, got promoted as the new Officer-In-Charge in the Admissions Office last January 2021.

                                          Having new employees means having new individuals who can share their knowledge and expertise to contribute to the institution's mission. The STIWNU family welcomes these following people who were hired last April 2021:

                                          • Ms. Ancella Denise Anne Pastias - Administrative Assistant, RDEO
                                          • Ms. Merel Rose T. Flores - Treasury Manager
                                          • Ms. Regina Jocson - Teller
                                          • Ms. Kathleen Nicole - Admissions Officer
                                          • Ms. Mazzie Dojoles - Administrative Assistant, School of Graduate School

                                          May these new promotions and appointments in the STIWNU faculty circle serve as a symbol of hard work. Stay positive, work hard, and make it happen.

                                          STIWNU PhD graduate qualifies for SEAMEO RELC Scholarship

                                          by: Aliza B. Beloria

                                          Out of five representatives from DepEd Bacolod and Iloilo, an STIWNU PhD graduate, Dr. Monijean Espeleta has been qualified to represent the Region 6 and DepEd Philippines in Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Language Centre Scholarship in Singapore on September 11- October 23, 2021.

                                          SEOMEO RELC has given five scholarships, of different courses, to all teachers (T1- supervisory level), and each division nationwide had endorsed one candidate per course.

                                          All five DepEd Bacolod and Iloilo representatives passed the regional level screening but only Dr. Espeleta was asked to get the English Proficiency Exam and later on confirmed as qualifier for SEAMEO RELC Scholarship specifically on C419: Specialist Certificate in Professional Development of Leaders/ Supervisors.

                                          SEAMEO RELC is an educational project of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education in Singapore and has worked to develop and support language education in the countries of Southeast Asia.

                                          Meanwhile, C419: Specialist Certificate in Professional Development of Leaders/ Supervisors is one of the courses of SEAMEO RELC designed for teacher leaders and supervisors who are engaged in the planning of professional development programmes for in-service teachers of English.

                                          “I will definitely be using my critical thinking skill. I will make sure that I will not be putting my great Alma Mater, STIWNU in vain. I will make sure to give justice to my being a PhD from STIWNU,” said Dr. Espeleta when asked if which among the university 5Cs helps her in this endeavour.

                                          “Since this is an English Language Scholarship, I will prove to them that we, Filipinos, are great in our communication skill both in written and oral. I will also be challenged to show my character,” she added.

                                          Nine STIers to Join Asian School Online Chess Championship

                                          By: Mary Rogelie Magbanua

                                          Nine students from STI West Negros University will join the Bacolod City Chess Team to represent the city in the upcoming Asian School Online Chess Championship to be held on July 2-11, 2021 on a virtual platform.

                                          Junior high school students, Einre Mar Abanco and John Cyrel Jimenea will be playing for the boys’ team.

                                          Meanwhile, Jamelin Ruth Lim, Jasmine Atienza, Aliyah Venice Aguilar, Summer Elaine Abanco, Jasmine Jade Cordero, Charlee Andrea Manjares and Cres Rhianne Jimenea will play for the girls’ team in their respective categories.

                                          The team is headed by their head coach, National Master (NM) and National Arbiter (NA) Rodolfo W. Toledo with their team captain, NA Joseph N. Delos Santos and trainer, NA Leo L. Romitman.

                                          The said tournament is to be hosted and co-sponsored by Bacolod City.

                                          STIWNU Community Pantry On the Go!

                                          by: Charis Faith Mercurio

                                            Initiated by Senior High School Principal Dr. Rey Eslabon, STI West Negros University participated in community pantry which was put into action last April 23 together with Ms. Sharon Bermejo, the school’s Community Extension Program Officer, along with the Senior High School teachers, and Senior High School and NSTP students.

                                            As part of its corporate social responsibility and community extension program, STIWNU established a community pantry at Barangay 20 with the help of Punong Barangay Edward Solis Yee. Also, the school teamed up with iFM and DYHB Bacolod’s mobile community pantries that freely distributed essential needs such as grocery items, vegetables, rice, and cash in Barangay 17 and Barangay 30 on the same day.

                                            On April 30, STIWNU also put up “Kasimanwa Ko, Buligan Ko: STIWNU Community Pantry”, a community pantry outside of the school entrance for food delivery riders that was made possible through the collaboration of the STIWNU college departments, alumni, Senior High School, NSTP, Community Extension, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

                                            Community pantries were organized in different parts of the country to express the value of compassion and sharing to our fellowmen in whatever way we can during these trying times brought about by the pandemic wherein several LGUs and schools have also decided to replicate this humanitarian act and laudable act.

                                            Dr. Ryan Mark S. Molina is WVAHEI Vice President

                                            by: Aliza B. Beloria

                                            STI West Negros University’s Executive Vice-President, Dr. Ryan Mark S. Molina, took Oath as the Vice-President for Negros of Western Visayas Association of Higher Education Institutions which held virtually last April 28.

                                            WVAHEI was organized by CHED under the leadership of Dr. Maura Consolacion Cristobal, CESO III, the Regional Director of ChED RO VI, which goal is to provide venue for all the higher education institutions in the region in pushing the best interest of the schools.

                                            “As for me, I am excited about the organization and how will it further promote camaraderie among schools - both public and private schools in the region. It opens doors for collaboration and sharing of best practices among schools,” said EVP Molina.

                                            “For us, the pioneering officers of the organizations, this is our legacy to all learners and leaders of the academic community,” he added.

                                            Along with EVP Molina who was elected as the WVAHEI Vice-President for Negros a week before the oath-taking ceremony, Dr. Raul Muyong, President of Iloilo Science and Technology University was elected as the President; Dr. Pablo S. Crespo, Jr., President of University of Antique as Vice-President for Panay and Guimaras; Dr. Ma. Johanna Ann R. Bayoneta, College Administrator of Bacolod City College was elected as the Secretary; Juan Antonio Z. Villaluz, President of Southland College as Treasurer; Dr. Gereon A. Cabarles, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Colegio de San Agustin – Bacolod as Auditor; Maria Mathilde G. Trenas Octavio, College Administrator, Iloilo City Community College as Business Manager; Dr. Minnie P. Chan, Vice President for Academic Affairs of Filamer Christian University as PIO; and Dr. Zenia L. Baliguat, President, Vicenta A. Javier Memorial Community College, Rev. Fr. Edione R. Febrero, JCL, President, St. Anthony’s College, Br. Joaquin S. Martinez FSC, D.Min., President and Chancellor, USLS – Bacolod, Dr. Elizabeth O. Salabas, President, VMA Global College, Dr. Nomer P. Mangulabnan, President, Carlos Hilado Memorial State College, Dr. Julie Mirriam Rizardo, President, CPAC, and Dr. Teodoro Robles, President, Central Philippine University President, Private Higher Education Institutions were elected as WVAHEI Board of Directors.

                                            Meanwhile, EVP Molina is also a second-termer President for Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports Cultural Educational Association (NOPSSCEA).

                                            Congratulations from your STIWNU community!

                                            STIWNU Faculty is COHREP-NISC President

                                            by: Haron Kem A. Mahilum

                                            Dr. James Andrew D. Oyo, a faculty member from the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management was elected as the new President of the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Educators of the Philippines - Negros Island and Siquijor Chapter(COHREP-NISC), last April 10, 2021.

                                            Due to the ongoing pandemic, the election was done virtually through Google Meet with educators from the Negros Island and Siquijor.

                                            COHREP generally promotes excellence in teaching hospitality education by providing venues to transform educators into confident and value-laden professionals, committed to developing competent graduates with employable skills. The council has been promoting this mission since 1989.

                                            Congratulations from your STIWNU community!

                                            HUMSS 12th Grader tops Nationwide Online Essay Writing Contest

                                            by: Mary Rogelie Magbanua

                                            Humanities and Social Sciences 12th grader, Jaylloyd Garche topped the HUDYAT+ Digi-Ssay nationwide online essay writing contest spearheaded by We Care Organization last April 14-19.

                                            With the theme, "Your Mental Health Matters, Speak Up for the Voiceless," Garche used his talent in writing to raise mental health awareness and garnered 1st place in the said contest.

                                            "If your mind is filled, be the pen to someone's paper and pour out your thoughts - vice versa, be the paper to someone's pen as well and listen to their stories and pains. Be the channel of hope, speaking up doesn't necessarily mean talking verbally. It could be done in some heartfelt ways like what I'm doing now," he mentioned.

                                            Garche is not only an empowered writer but also a singer. He joined The Voice Teens of the Philippines in February 2020 and became part of Team Sarah. He finished as a grand finalist.

                                            TM 2-A Students Initiate Tourism Industry Awareness Webinar

                                            by: Haron Kem A. Mahilum

                                            Second year Tourism Management students virtually conducted their Tourism Industry Awareness webinar last Saturday, May 22.

                                            Initiated by designated TM 2-A students and guest speakers, Herman Glen Marc J. Segovia and Aragen M. Rojero, the event was simultaneously livestreamed on MS Teams and STIWNU CHTM MICE Page on Facebook.

                                            Event head, Lyka A. Amante shared that the said event was intended to help every aspiring tourism students learn more about their career path and the culture of tourism management.

                                            There were approximately more than 100 students who participated in the webinar.

                                            Esports Scholarships Are Now A Reality In The Philippines, Thanks To AcadArena and Globe

                                            Appreciating the passion and hard work of student-gamers, AcadArena and Globe decided to open the first-ever esports scholarship program in the country.

                                            The project named Globe-AcadArena Merit Esports Scholarship (GAMES) Fund was first announced by AcadArena back in September and is only open to applicants from accredited student organizations under the AcadArena Alliance Program.

                                            “This program is our way of giving back to the student-gamers that have been so passionate about the local gaming space for so long now. We hope that this will empower them to chase their dreams, regardless of whatever they may be,” said Dennis Christian Dominguez, Globe’s gaming and esports lead.

                                            A total of 29 universities passed the Alliance Program’s accreditation process in 2020, with STIWNU, (Mustang E-Sports) garnering a 2-star Accreditation.

                                            “We’re excited to bring the GAMES Fund to life to support student-gamers excelling both in and out of play,” said Ariane Lim, AcadArena’s Co-Founder and Director of Student Programs, in the official press release. “We have a lot of plans on how we can improve this more with Globe and our tried and tested campus esports ecosystem in AcadArena. This is just the start.”

                                            Chosen scholars will be awarded either the Gold Award that will cover 100% of the tuition on top of a P30,000 maximum or P5,000 monthly stipend for either the active or the next semester for state universities, or the Silver Award will cover 50% of their tuition fee to go with a maximum P15,000 or P3,000 monthly stipend.

                                            STIer bags 2nd Place in Smart Bro Student Vlogger Search 2020

                                            Kezia Gabuya, a BSCE3A student who won 2nd place in Smart Bro Student Vlogger Search 2020. The event is sponsored by Smart Communications Inc.,

                                            Out of 24 aspiring candidates in the Negros and Panay Region vying to be one of the winners for the said search, she was adjudged as 2nd placer. The contest was held last November until December 2020, which features the vlogging skills of the participants while using Smart Bro LTE Pocket Wifi

                                            Kasadyahan Season 7 Virtual Edition Virtually unfolds.

                                              Kasadyahan, an annual most sought-after event of STI West Negros University unfolds its Season 7 celebration --- this time, in the virtual world. The highly-contested 7-year long competition between the 7 colors namely Red Sentinels led by June Mhurk Asetre and Faculty Adviser Nadhem Columnida , Green Titans led by Jovic Mongcal and Faculty Adviser Jay Velas, Yellow Tycoons led by Erica Mae Santiso and Faculty Adviser Anamor Jerez, Blue Guardians led by Khrisna Paula Salcedo and Faculty Adviser Cyreljoy Ebrada, Orange Erudites led by Art Mariant Bohol and Faculty Adviser Lory Ann Importante, Pink Vikings headed by Danmarc Laurilla and Faculty Adviser James Andrew Oyo and Purple Wizards headed by Jelyn Bitar and Faculty Adviser Liza Joy Barican.

                                              In December, Kasadyahan sets off with the priming event --- the Christmas Card making followed by the historical unfolding of the Virtual edition of Kasadyahan season 7 with Vocal Solo, followed by the Pop Dance Competition, ended by an enthusiastic dance number by the selected members of the student body, and the faculty members of the University on January 15, 2021.

                                              The opening of Kasadyahan was featured on the Facebook Page of the school through FB Live with thousands of viewers online, to witness talents despite the challenges posed by the Pandemic. This is a new challenge to all Team Leaders and Advisers in using online platforms to connect, collaborate and help each other.
                                              Who do you think will emerge victorious in KS7 Virtual Edition?

                                              PRIDE

                                              Grade 11 HUMSS student, Jaylloyd Garche brought pride to STI West Negros University as he passed The Voice Teens blind audition and became the first member of Team Sarah. Photo from the Internet.

                                              Positive Habit, I Have it!

                                              By: Aliza Beloria

                                              STI West Negros University held the 24th STI National Youth Convention at SMX Convention Center, Bacolod City last January 24,2020 headed by Mr. Caesar L. Pacalioga, Director of the Office of Student Affairs and Services.

                                              Thousands of STIWNU students and invited students from different schools participated in the said event. Two inspirational speakers talked about different topics based on the theme “Positive Habit, I Have It.”

                                              Mr. Randy Esguerra, a consultant and success coach delivered a topic on ‘Kryptonite: Your Mess is Your Message. He tackled the issue about self-identity that people have different personalities and traits, whether it’s positive or negative, it can still be a factor of who we are. He then stressed out the 3A’s. First key to a peaceful life is acceptance. Accept that everything changes. No matter how bad your situation is, accept it because who knows, your reward is waiting at the end of the tunnel. Adjust, learn to adjust in the environment that surrounds you because the world doesn’t only revolve around you and things are not always about you. Anticipate, it’s okay to blame but do not end in blaming. Turn our mess into a message.

                                              On the other hand, a life coach, motivational speaker and President of Motiv8 Training Development, Ms. Michelle Defensor focused on how to ‘Hack a Habit’ through our thoughts, words and actions. Habit is consistent and unconscious patterns that produce our effectiveness or ineffectiveness and shows character, knowledge, process and motivation that should go altogether to have a habit. “Be careful of your thoughts because your thoughts become your reality,” said Ms. Defensor in the middle of her talk as this may become our habit.

                                              It is expected that those in attendance were able to internalize the different concepts presented by the resource speakers and that they should manifest the value of positive habit in their day to day life.

                                              Orange Erudites bags Kasadyahan Season 6 Overall Champion

                                              WRAP. Orange Erudites with their dean, EVP Ryan Mark Molina and Dr. Daisy Mae Octavio, Chairman of Kasadyahan Season 6 during the awarding ceremony last February 14.

                                              Kasadyahan, an annual most sought-after event of STI West Negros University begins its Season 6 celebration wherein seven (7) different competing colors from every department showcase their talents and abilities. These are the Red Sentinels, Green Titans, Yellow Tycoons, Blue Guardians, Orange Erudites, Pink Vikings and Purple Wizards.

                                              On its 6th season, each team became competitive in every event during the entire six (6) months of celebration. Last February 10-14, 2020, during the University week, seven (7) colors came to a final battle and participated in the different events that added points to their team from the last stands.

                                              Gaining the highest points from the start up to the final battle of Kasadyahan Season 6, Orange Erudites headed by their team captain Niko Recososa, beat the other colors and was hailed as the over-all champion.

                                              The following was the list of winners from the different events.

                                              Amazing Race and Obstacle Relay: Orange Erudites
                                              Vocal Solo: Green Titans
                                              Laro ng Lahi (Agawan ng Buko): Blue Guardians
                                              Laro ng Lahi (Panit-Buko): Purple Wizards
                                              Chess (Women): Red Sentinels
                                              Chess (Men): Purple Wizards
                                              Basketball (Men): Yellow Tycoons Basketball (Women): Purple Wizards Football (Men): Green Titans
                                              Frisbee (Mix): Pink Vikings
                                              Volleyball (Men): Orange Erudites
                                              Volleyball (Women): Green Titans
                                              Parade of Lights Street Dance Competition: Blue Guardians
                                              Cheerdance Competition: Blue Guardians
                                              Pasundayag Entertainment Show: Orange Erudites

                                              “The reward of a thing well done is to have done it, when the great scorer writes your name it doesn’t mean that you win or lose but on how you play the game”.

                                              STIWNU Jobs Café Program: Partnership with Focus Direct, Inc.

                                                Jobs Café, a program of STI West Negros University which aims to immerse students with actual work environment experience while studying. This particular program which enables them to be more competent in their chosen careers proudly took its form from the University’s mission to develop students with the following graduate attributes: Critical thinking, Communication skills, Change adept, a person of Character, and Christ-centered.

                                                In pursuit of the University's Jobs Cafe Program, STI West Negros University, and Focus Direct, Inc. signed a partnership. The program also intends to holistically imbue in the students the character of 21st Century talents in the workplace. In the picture are the officers of both organizations supporting the continuing education of STIers in quest of a brighter future.

                                                Pasundayag: Teacher-Student Interaction

                                                By Aliza Beloria

                                                  The recently held university week of STI West Negros University had brought not only fun experi- ences but it also brought the teachers and students closer. One event made this student-teacher closer interaction possible.

                                                  The Pasundayag held last February 12 added up to the brightness of this year's U-Week. The university gymnasium was a sea of different colors: pink, orange, red, green, blue, yellow, and purple. It was filled with loud bangs and cheers coming from each color. The appearance of each participant for the said event made the spectators more active and excited. This year's Pasundayag held two contests and each was awaited by everyone who came to witness the prestigious event.

                                                  Various famous icons were displayed on the first contest. Each color had a representative coming from their pack and each also chose a famous icon that they'd need to imitate.

                                                  The Red Sentinels had the Dean of CICT, Ms. Mae Ludana to represent them. She never failed to radiate an upbeat aura as she chose to imitate Lady Gaga. Orange Erudites had shaken the stage by hav- ing Shakira represented by Sir Rhee Jay Bucayani, one of the instructors in Senior High school. Pink Vi- kings put the place into a slightly-rock-but-calm aura by imitating the popstar Tina Turner performed by Sir Jett Desucatan, also an SHS instructor. The Green Titans introduced us to the all-time favorite singer, Madonna imitated by Dr. Christine Julom. Ms. Joan Pacilan, the CEAS registrar put the stage on fire as she imitated Jennifer Lopez, represented the Blue Guardians. Yellow Tycoons brought chillness as Ms. Rosario Madamcila, an SBE teacher, chose to have Katy Perry. The SBE librarian, Ms. Ruby Pajura, also never failed to attract the viewers as she chose to imitate Megan Trainor to represent the Purple Wizards.

                                                  The second contest was as fun as the first, an entertainment show per color. In this portion, participants had the liberty to choose on any type of show they want. It was a requirement for this contest to have 15 participants five of whom should be teachers and the rest ten would be students. Each color displayed unique features of entertainment.

                                                  STIWNU grabs 6 golds in Tagisan ng Sining at Talino 2020

                                                  By: Haron Kem Mahilum

                                                  Nine STI schools from Cluster 7 competed in Tagisan ng Talino at Sining 2019-2020 hosted by STI West Negros University last March 6.

                                                  Participants from STI College Bohol, STI College Calbayog, STI College Cebu, STI College Dumaguete, STI College Iloilo, STI College Kalibo, STI College Ormoc, and STI West Negros University partook the event, unfortunately, STI Maasin wasn’t able to participate.

                                                  STIWNU won as Champion on Chef Xpress (Cooking) as represented by Romeo Bob Roy Bornales, Lyndon Paderna, Edmund Padilla, and Cygie Zerrudo, while STI College Ormoc and STI College Kalibo placed 1st and 2nd Runner-Up respectively.

                                                  STI Kalibo bags the Champion title on Codefest (Mobile App Development) teamed-up by Kendrick Yupano, Luel Jay Barrientos, Gerico Yacub, and Faith Italia Bustillo, while STI Iloilo placed as 1st Runner-Up and STIWNU placed 2nd.

                                                  STIWNU grabs the Champion title on Think Quest (Team Quiz) with Ethan Alexander Abad, Ranjie Daulo, Mary Grace Frias, and Jeff Michael Lacson as entrants, while STI Iloilo and Dumaguete placed 1st and 2nd Runner-Up accordingly.

                                                  Fernandez is New STI West Negros University President

                                                  Article from: UNLEASHED OFFICIAL STUDENT PUBLICATION OF STIWNU

                                                  A flamboyant personality in the person of Mr. Peter K. Fernandez, STI West Negros University newly appointed President visits last November 13, 2019.He was accompanied by the outgoing President Atty. Monico V. Jacob who rose to the position of Chairman of the Board and CEO based in Manila.

                                                  They were warmly welcomed during a General Assembly of the Faculty and Staff of the university by the school administration headed by Dr. Ryan Mark S. Molina, Executive Vice President, faculty and staff and the student body. Atty. Monico V. Jacob then announced that he will sit as the Chairman of the Board and will not be totally away from STIWNU. On the other hand, Mr. Fernandez, in his speech during the assembly, told everyone in the room to welcome changes and expect for more improvements in the university.

                                                  Indeed, a promising STI –breed leader will surely get the institution get moving forward.

                                                  Let us all brace ourselves for a change!

                                                  GALUH UNIVERSITY FORGES PARTNERSHIP WITH STI WEST NEGROS UNIVERITY

                                                  Article from: Unleashed

                                                  Galuh University from West Java, Indonesia visits STI West Negros University for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding last November 18, 2019.

                                                  Represented by STIWNU Exec. Vice Pres. Dr.Ryan Mark S. Molina and Galuh University Rector Dr. H. Yat Rospia Brata, both schools open doors for exchange students and professors, joint research programs,and various activities that will benefit both institutions and the society.

                                                  The other university’s officials witnessed a piece of our rich Filipino culture through a folk dance performed by the Worl-Reknowed Kaanyag Pilipinas Dance Company and Rondalla.

                                                  Galuh University becomes an addition to the group of international partner schools of STIWNU.

                                                  NEGRENSE HAILS STIWNU ROTC UNIT FANCY DRILL 1ST RUNNER-UP: Adjudged best in Production Number.

                                                  Article From: UNLEASHED OFFICIAL STUDENT PUBLICATION OF STIWNU

                                                    STI West Negros University’s ROTC Fancy Drill Unit won 1st Runner-up and Best in Production Number on the 11th Bago City Invitational Fancy Drill Competition held in Manuel Y. Torres Memorial Coliseum and Cultural Center in celebration of Cinco de Noviembre last November 5, 2019.

                                                    Spearheaded by Dr. Rey Eslabon, Sir Jake Mercado, and Sir Rhee Jay Bucayani, the fancy drill unit pulled off a snappy performance—leaving the spectators fascinated and spell bounded!

                                                    The school’s ROTC fancy drill unit competed along with Domingo Lacson National High School (DLNHS), Ramon Torres National High School (RTNHS), Lopez Jaena National High School (LJNHS), Minoyan National High School,Enriquetta Montilla De Esteban Memorial High School (EMEMHS), Bacolod City National High School, and Southland College.

                                                    During the tight and fiery competition, each fancy drill unit displayed creative and unique routines.

                                                    DLNHS managed to bag the Best in Platoon Leader and Best Disciplined Unit award, RTNHS gets the Best in Narration, and LJNHS as Best in Uniform and 2nd Runner-up.

                                                    EMEMHS, last year’s champion, retains the championship title along with Best in Street Performance award.

                                                    Amid loud cheers and strong support from their supporters and spectators, every unit went home with dignity and pride of representing their own schools.

                                                    KASADYAHAN SEASON 6 OPENING

                                                    By Aliza Beloria

                                                      Kasadyahan, an annual event of STI West Negros University opened another season last August 23, 2019 at the university gymnasium headed by the Executive Vice President, Mr. Ryan Mark Molina. The whole STI West Negros University was fractioned into 7 different colours, Red Sentinels, Green Titans, Yellow Tycoons, Blue Guardians, Orange Erudites, Pink Vikings and Purple Wizards, raised their flags and brought their loudest cheers.

                                                      Witnessed by close to 6,000 spectators, Kasadyahan Season 6 was officially opened with a showcase of talents. So, the part 1 was the formal opening were students, faculty and staff alike showed their talents in dancing and singing. The event got hotter during the Battle of the Bands and Hataw Sayaw. Representatives from every color exhibited their creativity and showed their skills in playing the different instruments in Battle of the Bands. Blue Guardians were hailed as the champion, Orange Erudites-1st runner-up and Purple Wizards- 2nd runner-up. The contestants in Hataw Sayaw showed their groove in dancing hiphop and owned the center stage. The Pink Vikings ran to the top as they’ve got the title, Orange Erudites as 1st runner-up and Green Titans, 2nd runner-up.

                                                      As the evening draws near, another set of talented STIers showcased their talent in Vocal Solo. Participants of each team leave the audience in awe as they performed their piece. Green Titans were hailed as the champion, Blue Guardians as 1st runner-up and Pink Vikings, 2nd runner-up. The gymnasium was filled with cheers and yells when the 14 candidates paraded their looks and talents during the Search for Mr. and Ms. STIWNU. Michael John Javier of Pink Vikings and Khrisna Paula Salcedo of Blue Guardians beat their contenders and holds the title as Mr. and Ms. STIWNU 2019. Vanessa Mae Chavez of Pink Vikings and Mark Alfonso Castro of the Yellow Tycoons were hailed as 1st runners-up, Remuel Gonzaga and Mariane Descutido of Purple Wizards as 2nd runners-up.

                                                      The celebration of the Kasadyahan Season 6 will last until February 15, 2020.

                                                      THE CHOSEN ONES

                                                      STIWNU Council of Student Leaders

                                                      Leadership Training Camp

                                                      By Kenth S. Jaype
                                                      Head, Student Development Office

                                                      “The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” – Ronald Reagan

                                                      As we grow in an institution with the vision of becoming the leading university in 2025, the population is also abruptly expanding. With the growth in our numbers, the Director of The Office of Student Affairs and Services, Mr. Caesar L. Pacalioga, with the support of our ever dynamic Executive Vice President, Mr. Ryan Mark S. Molina initiated our very first, Student Leaders Camp. They gathered all the newly elected student officers from the School of Basic Education (SBE), Senior High School (SHS) and College for the sole purpose of honing and developing the leadership skills in them for they will become the epitome of change in their corresponding departments.

                                                      A calm and sunny morning of July 5, 2019, the whole team headed by Mr. Pacalioga is now ready to venture the busy and winding road going to our camp located at the Eden South Beach Resort at the Municipality of Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental. Five hours of travel and we’ve reached our destination. With the help of Mr. Bayani Lacson, food was served in no time to fill our undernourished stomachs from the five-hour trip. After everybody is done settling in our respective chambers, all attention was called to be in the activity area for a short talk given by our supportive EVP, Mr. Ryan Mark S. Molina. In his talk, he gave emphasis to the graduate attributes of the institution which he calls the “5Cs”. The five (5) core elements a good leader should possess and develop. Critical Thinker, Communicator, Change Adept, Character and Christ Centered. As per Mr. Molina, a good leader should embody these characteristics to be able to lead and reach our goal of being one of the leading universities in the whole province. The students were mesmerized and captivated on how these five core values helped Mr. Molina reached his current position and how it can also help them lead their respective departments. It was indeed a constructive and beneficial talk for everybody.

                                                      Afternoon of the same day was allotted for students to have their team building activities prepared by Mr. Molina himself assisted by the other facilitators, Mrs. Daisy Mae E. Octavio, PhD., Ms. Sharon P. Bermejo, Mr. Jake Lauren S. Mercado, LPT, Mr. John Philip T. Villamin, LPT, Mr. Anthony C. Pineda, LPT, Mr. Caesar L. Pacalioga, Mr. Bayani G. Lacson and yours truly. The main objective for having this team building activity is to build camaraderie and relationship among the student leaders of the university. Their diverse personality and their leadership skills were put into test through the prepared activities. This includes how to handle crucial situation, their decision making skills, and their passion as a leader. The activity also determines who amongst the leaders are willing to sacrifice for the benefit of the many. Rationalization and feed backing were done right after the activity and we can guarantee a productive and a buoyant result from the students as they narrate how they were able to finish and accomplish each task with flying colors. As we ended our first day at the site, the leaders were already starting to build a connection which could lead to a profound friendship which could last for a lifetime.

                                                      Calm and breezy morning of July 6, 2019, it’s our last day at camp. Leaders were gathered at the shore for their final activity. For the last time, their stamina and strategic skills were measured to its peak. It was learning while having fun followed by a thorough rationalization about the activity. After the set challenges, the leaders were given their free time to enjoy.

                                                      The whole activity was a success! We’re confident that our new set of officers is well prepared and equipped to face a new challenge that awaits their way. Excited with all their new learning and the new friendship they were able to build, the leaders are ready to embrace responsibility and laugh in the face of problems and challenges. Together, they will lead and guide the students to help achieve the desire of the institution, to reach our vision and implement the mission. Together, we AIM HIGH, STI!

                                                      "BEHIND THE FOG OF SACRIFICES LIE THE VALLEY OF SWEET SUCCESS"

                                                      The 2019 Criminology Licensure Examination results speak how STI West Negros University hones our future police officers posted in January 7, 2020. Forty four (44) first takers with brave souls from the College of Criminal Justice Education attempted to surpass the challenge and thirty five (35) of them made it garnering a total of a whopping 79.55% Board Passing Rate!

                                                      The University got an Overall Passing Performance Rating of 66.10% and a National Passing Rate of 44.11% which made the University excels over other colleges and universities in the whole province and took the top spot!

                                                      All the hard work and sacrifices really paid off for these amazing students as well as their Dean, Dr. Nicholas Cabellero. Among others, the Executive Vice President of the University, Dr. Ryan Mark S. Molina, is the proudest because of the success of his people and as another milestone was added under his legacy.

                                                      “Together, let’s work towards our vision of being a leading university in 2025”, Molina concluded.

                                                      Aim High!

                                                      AN INSANE, LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE

                                                      By Mariel Angeline Malacad
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                                                      A journey of self-discovery, an opportunity to do and see things I could never dream of, an unforgettable lifelong experience that opened my mind to a lot of possibilities. It was an exchange program that was beyond my imagination.

                                                      In February 25, 2017, I, Mariel Angeline Malacad flew to Jeonju, South Korea. I was given the opportunity to study in Chonbuk National University. During the first semester, it was difficult for me especially with regard to communication. I only knew a few Korean words which I’ve heard from watching Korean dramas and listening to Korean music. Our teachers were all Koreans and all of them can speak Chinese but they don’t know how to speak English. For me and my Filipino classmates who knows how to speak English finds it really hard for to understand what the teachers were saying. I admit that we would usually use our Korean-English dictionaries and Google translators but a month later, I am so happy that we can talk a little Korean and we can already introduce ourselves. I improved my language acquisition through practical immersions like, talking to our friends in both English and Korean. During the second semester, our teachers were really fantastic. They explained a lot of things about the language for us to easily digest. They also shared a couple of Korean culture which really amazes me. One thing I love the most about our school is how they celebrate festivals and hold school fairs. It was an amazing school year for me and my friends because we were given the chance to witness their Music Bank and see a lot of our favorite K-pop idols that we only see in the internet and music shows in TV. Like EXO CBX, TWICE, VIXX and other famous singers. My school life in Jeonju was really challenging in the sense that I am not familiar with everything but because I’m learning and having fun at the same time I can say that it was one of the best times of my life when I was there. I enjoyed and learned a lot of things about school, people and their culture. It was a mind blowing experience and indeed a life-changing one.

                                                      My foster family, the Antioch family, was just simply amazing. They have been very accommodating and welcomed me with open arms in their family. I didn’t expect to make a lot of friends and be able to touch their hearts by my life testimonies about how I make it to Korea and had the opportunity to study in one of their most prestige universities in their country. When I first stepped my foot to this country which is also known as The Land of the Morning Calm, we went to one of its tourist destinations, The Antioch Church. It was a memorable experience. Our foster families became our first family in South Korea. They have English worship service and ministries like International Students, Korean Class and Filipino Community Ministry. I did not expect to see a lot of Filipinos there. They treated me like a family since it is normal for us Filipinos to be hospitable. I have learned about how Filipinas handles challenges in dealing with their Korean husbands. They’ve opened their doors for us, fed us, gave us clothes and they taught us how Koreans go about their cultures. Summer came and together with Antioch Family, we went to some of the beaches in Korea and had some sleepovers in some of the Filipinos residences. I was given the chance to participate in some festivals like Wanju. It is a festival in Korea that serves wild or exotic food as their main course. It is being offered to foreigners who want to indulge themselves in eating Korean special foods. I also had the chance to visit my brother in Busan three times. The tour around other parts of South Korea fires up my experience as well. I went to Gimje, Imsil, Buan, Seoul and Yeosu. During my birthday last September, a surprised birthday dinner was organized by my Filipino and Korean friends. Who would forget a birthday with a lot of food and six different cakes? That was an amazing birthday I would never forget. Another surprise for us last year was that our Executive Vice President, Head of Foreign Languages and Affairs and the Manager of our Institute of Language came to visit us in our school. Even though I was far from home and miss a lot of people, my Korean friends made me feel complete and happy beyond measures.

                                                      Time flew so fast and we celebrated our New Year in a very cold weather. Me and my friends moved out of the dormitory since our classes were already finished. The leader of the International Students, Agatha, together with her family offered us a house to stay into. We stayed there for about two months but I felt like it has been a year already. We became close with each other and they treated us as her daughters. She even gave us Korean names with her last name on it. We would go to different places and eat a lot of delicious food. She acted as our tour guide when we went to Seoul and toured us to popular places and destinations that we wish to visit before going back to our home country. We visited Myeondong, Gyokbogung Palace, SM entertainment, and COEX mall.

                                                      I experienced a lot of first times in South Korea as an exchange student. These experiences gave me a lifelong learning than money can never provide. With all the sacrifices and effort I gave, I can really say it was all worth it. It was really worth the risk to leave my home country to venture another place that was totally different in the place where I grew. I gained more interest in global and educational issues that surrounds me. I feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment when I finished my one year stay in Korea, not only because I passed my subjects but because of the direct purposeful experiences I had. The truth was that I don’t want to wake up to the reality that our one year was fast approaching. I was feeling excited to see my family and friends and at the same time sad to leave the family that I started to love in Korea. My experience will always be written in my mind and heart. It was the most unforgettable and incomparable experience in my life. The exchange program shaped me to become a better person. My experience will always have a great impact in what I am today and what I will become in the future. I learned a lot about one’s awareness, independence, knowledge, adaptability, creativity and development. As what Michelle Obama said “The benefits of studying abroad are almost endless.” I believe that studying abroad can really change one’s point of view of life and life itself. Aim high!

                                                      YOUTH VOLUNTEER

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                                                      Last May, I had the chance to attend a 3-day Volunteer Youth Leaders for Health (VYLH) Visayas cluster camp. VYLH is a non-profit national youth organization which focuses on advocating Newborn Screening (NBS), Folic Acid Supplementation, Rare Diseases Awareness and Preconception Health through its prime movers – the youth. The organization selected 44 student leaders, young professionals and health advocates of Panay, Guimaras and Negros Islands from hundreds of applicants. It was a privilege for me to represent the school and my health advocacy – HIV Awareness.

                                                      Although the camp did not tackle deeply on my advocacy, it opened my mind to many possibilities and opportunities. It was during the camp that I realized what a true volunteer means and what it costs to become one. I learned how important the four advocacies of the group were and why they focused on them: because it seems only a very few promote or even knew them. Hayaw, our batch’s name, also enabled me to gain not just connections but a new family in VYLH. The seniors – we call them Ate’s and Kuya’s – were the kindest facilitators and, at the same time, our greatest help especially after the camp.

                                                      In the camp, we were taught of the importance of Newborn Screening in saving a baby’s future; we should never be afraid to have our babies screened and pay a small amount than regret in the end and even pay a higher price. It was also then that I knew Folic Acid is vital on the first trimester period of pregnancy – it is when usually women do not even know they’re already pregnant – and as young as 14 years old should start taking Folic Acid. There are many more revelations for me that, according to the doctors who were also our speakers, some medical practitioners will also be surprised knowing about NBS, Folic Acid, Rare Diseases and Preconception Health.

                                                      After the camp, the Newborn Screening Center-Visayas sent me brochures and flyers of the advocacies that we, together with some STI Wesnecan volunteers, taught and distributed to young women and parents in selected public schools during Brigada Eskwela. It was also this time when I realized that passion can be learned through immersion. When one is well educated of something, he can be zealous to share it especially when it’s alarming.

                                                      Now, I continue to learn more about my newfound advocacy as I start to intensively share it with anyone I encounter. What do I get in return for this? Nothing. My rewards are the appreciations I get from the listeners knowing I may have made them understand and the fact that, in one way or another, I may have helped save a life. *Jhun Paul Alacre

                                                      WESNECAN WINS 2ND PLACE IN NEGROS CHESS TILT

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                                                      Jamelin Ruth Lim, Grade 7 of STIWNU SBE, finished 2nd with a perfect 6-0 record losing only one SB point, 24-23, from clinching the 3rd Edition of CityMall Mandalagan - Pawn Storm Negros Chess Kiddies Championship title at CityMall Mandalagan, June 23, 2018.

                                                      Lim, 12, is the only female in the top 5 and one of the only two players who won all their six matches – the other is her teammate and the champion, Neil Vincent Cena, 13. She bested 114 other players in the 13-under Swiss-system tournament.

                                                      Jamelin received P2,000 cash, a medal, a free Kartingtoon ride and a Negros Chess Journal.

                                                      STIWNU JOINS NATIONAL SIMULTANEOUS EARTHQUAKE DRILL

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                                                      STIWNU held a surprise earthquake drill in accordance to the simultaneous national earthquake drills, June 21, 2018, 2pm.

                                                      Students, faculty, staff and even visitors proceeded to the evacuation site, the university football field, where simulations of possible earthquake accidents and injuries were shown.

                                                      The head of the Security and Safety Office, Mr. Ernan Encarnado, emphasized the value of urgency and safety of everyone after the whole drill took over nine minutes to finish the evacuation and rescue procedure, which according to Mr. Encarnado, an alarming result as a lot of things may happen in nine minutes for an actual earthquake.

                                                      Mr. Encarnado also taught the participants the right things to do in case an actual earthquake happens to prevent delays of evacuation and lessen injuries.

                                                      The nationwide drill is second of the four drills expected to happen quarterly this year. The next one will be expected to be conducted sometime in July. *Jhun Paul Alacre

                                                      STIWNU ASSIGNS 5 TOP SEAT HEADS

                                                      For the start of the school year 2018-2019, STI West Negros University announces its newly appointed academic administrator.

                                                      The formerly assistant vice president for academic affairs Dr. Wilfredo E. Hermosura, is now set as the school’s new Vice President for Academic Affairs.

                                                      Dr. Hermosura shared his 38 years of experience in teaching and educational management which includes academic supervision as Principal IV, Division Supervisor, Regional Supervisor and Director of Basic Education Department.

                                                      The current dean of college of business management and accountancy Dr. Mima Villanueva is now taking seat as the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.

                                                      Dr. Mima is a certified public accountant. She is also a manager/accountant, review director of NOPSSCEA CPA review school and an active member and committee chair of CHED’s regional quality assessment team.

                                                      For the director of Research Extension and Development Office, appointed was Dr. Randolf L. Assistido, mentor, researcher with more than 20 years of productive experience.

                                                      The Senior High School’s newly assigned Principal is Dr. Rey T. Eslabon. He is the head of the school’s NSTP program and currently the VP of the regional NSTP coordinators association incorporation.

                                                      For the head of Guidance Services Center, appointed was Dr. Madeline P. Sotomil. She is a registered guidance counselor and a registered professional teacher. She is, as well, a member of Guidance and Counseling Association of the Philippines. *Faith Hope Lauren

                                                      INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN THAILAND

                                                      STI West Negros University co-hosted the 6th National and International Conference with a Theme: Research to Serve Society in Samut Prakarn, Thailand on June 22, 2018 at Huachiew Chalermprakiet University. As co-host of Huachiew Chalermprakiet University of the conference, STI West Negros University main responsibilities would include submitting academic papers either for oral or poster presentations for presentation and publication, and designating academically outstanding lecturers to be part of the double-blind peer review committee to examine the submitted papers. Another milestone to accomplishing the University’s vision-mission for 2025.

                                                      Joining the President of Huachiew Chalermprakiet University (HCU), Associate Professor Dr. Prachak Poomvises (Center), HCU Vice President Associate Professor Uraipan Junvanichyanont (third from right), and other partners of HCU from Malaysia and China Furthermore, as co-host, STIWNU helped in the organization with the Director for External Affairs and Linkages Office (EALO), Dr. Maria Teresa T. Asistido, acted as moderator during the research presentation. Two presenters excellently and impressively delivered their research:

                                                      DR. WELFREDO O. HERMOSORA Vice President for Academic Affairs Implementing Technical Vocational Program: The Doña Monserrat Lopez Memorial High School Experience

                                                      DR. LILYBETH P. ESLABON Director, Curriculum Instructional Media Development In Search of Indigenous/Traditional Practices of Tan-awan Village

                                                      STIWNU co-hosting of the conference supports Thailand’s National Education Act of 1998 that states “conducting research is an indispensable function of higher education institutions. Research projects must be regularly conducted so research findings can be used for development purposes and must be continuously implemented to harness maximum benefits for students, lecturers, academicians and respective institutions involved in the research projects.” Moreover, in Thailand, conducting research is one of the indicators in the quality assurance standard prescribed by the Office of the Higher Education Commission (OHEC).

                                                      Aside from submitting academic papers for oral presentations was designating academically outstanding lecturers to be part of the double-blind peer review committee to examine the submitted papers. Three were accepted by the HCU Committee to be part of the double-blind peer review:

                                                      • DR. MARIA TERESA T. ASISTIDO
                                                        Ph.D. in English (Language)
                                                        Director, External Affairs & Linkages
                                                      • DR. RANDOLF L. ASISTIDO
                                                        Ph.D. in English (Language)
                                                        Director, Research Development & Extension
                                                      • DR. LILYBETH P. ESLABON
                                                        Ph.D. in Management
                                                        Director, Curriculum Instructional Media Development

                                                      As an institution of higher learning that acknowledges the indispensable role of research in the academe, Huachiew Chalermprakiet University, together with its co-hosts, has the policy to promote, encourage and improve academicians,lecturers and students’ abilities to conduct research and other academic works not to mention the support in publishing research articles in local and international peer-reviewed journals and/or their presentations in national and international conferences.

                                                      YVEC: YOUTH EMPOWERMENT FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

                                                      Last June 13-15, 2018, the Research Development and Extension Office (RDEO) together with the KAWSA Organization led the 2nd year of the Youth Volunteerism Empowerment Camp (YVEC).

                                                      The camp focused on encouraging the young STIWNU leaders to be active and involved on KAWSA’s environment preservation and awareness advocacies.

                                                      20 selected participants, through the aid of 16 facilitators, listened to important topics, showed creativity and skills in workshops, helped in clean-up drive and collaborated in planning for major projects to be implemented in the school.

                                                      During the lectures, Ms. Olive Seruelo of Virlanie Foundation started with an environment talk and open forum. Then, four major discussions were conferred where former SSG President Anthony Pineda discussed the current school issues and the cost of volunteerism on his “EnviHEROment: School Environment Issues and Volunteerism”; former Torchbearer Associate Editor Karlota Sumugat taught how to become an advocate of preserving our nature through art on her “LiteNATURE.Ink: Literature and Arts for Nature”; Kawsa President Jimson Abong shared his expertise in up-cycling on his “TRASHformation: from Trash to Treasure”; while TWT EIC Jhun Paul Alacre challenged the audience to be ethical and positive influences in social media through his “NEATizen: The Practice of Responsibe Media and Clean Conscience.”

                                                      The campers were then grouped according to the four major talks and created project plans which they presented to panelists for approval. Team EnviHEROment came-up with a biennial awarding of top student environment advocates, Team LiteNATURE will be hosting an environment-themed literary writing competition, Team TRASHformation will be making an urban garden near the west side parking lot and the Team NEATizen will be holding a Christmas tree and decorative star making competition.

                                                      YVEC 2 was organized by the KAWSA President, Jimson Abong; co-organized by Anthony Pineda and Karlota Sumugat; supervised by the head of Community Extension Program, Sharon P. Bermejo. KAWSA, now on its 3rd year, is student-formed institutional organization focused on preserving the environment.
                                                      *JPA

                                                      NOPSSCEA 37 WESNECAN WINNERS

                                                      4th year student Janin Pialan bagged the champion title for NOPSSCEA 37 Vocal Solo with her rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Beat it” as other Education students Alley Tumabine and Charlene Capole also took home the champion title for the vocal duet after their version of “Footloose,” held at the University of St. La Salle Coliseum, Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

                                                      Meanwhile, STI-Wesnecans also shined in the sports with the Basketball High School Boys, Football Secondary Boys and Football Aspirants all winning gold medals. Also, holding the 1st runner up title is the Beach Volley High School Boys.

                                                      Lawn Tennis College Men, Basketball Elementary Boys and Basketball College Men were 2nd runners-up, with the impressive performance of Guard Nike H. Montalvo who is part of this year’s Mythical 5.

                                                      For board and strategic games, the Chess High School Boys and Girls divisions brought home the Champion title, while the Chess College Mean and Women won the 2nd runners-up.Gold medalists are set to compete for the national level next year which venues are to be announced.
                                                      –Julius Andrada

                                                      STIWNU, TRANSCOM Inks MOA

                                                      STI West Negros University (STIWNU) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Transcom Worldwide Philippines, Inc. held at Transcom office in Bacolod City, recently.

                                                      The MOA signed by Mr. Ryan Mark Molina, Executive Vice President (STIWNU) and Transcom’s Shared Services Operations Senior Vice President, Joy Sebastian expressed that the former’s students particularly those with practicum and internship program will participate and exposed to the latter’s events that will help promote and identify future career directions. They will also be considered candidates for future job openings.

                                                      Being engaged in the Business Process Outsourcing, Transcom has the requisite experience, expertise, manpower and capital to perform its obligations.

                                                      Both organizations intend to utilize their complementary strengths in the promotion of technology in education.

                                                      The partnership will focus on practicum and internship program to assist graduating students in finding practicum/internship program within TRANSCOM to be adequately familiar with the actual office and industrial operations and management to assist their formal training; the conduct of job fairs and career talks in the University that will train the students and identify potential hirees and scholarship program for deserving students, among others

                                                      Also present during the MOA signing were STIWNU’s Dr. Maria Teresa Asistido, Bayani Lacson, Ritzy R. Malo-oy, Dr. Emil Sama, STIWNU student representatives and other members of Transcom’s team. # (prstiwnu/rrm)

                                                      ‘KIEFLY’ LEADS NOPSSCEA 37 OPENING

                                                      Couple-athletes Kiefer Ravena and Alyssa Valdez spearheaded the opening of the 37th season of NOPSSCEA at STIWNU Gym, September 16, Saturday, 1 PM.

                                                      After the ceremonial lighting of the torch by student athletes: BTTHS gymnast Kiana Marie Alagaban, LCC-B swimmer Timothy Concon and USLS spiker Christian Marcelino, the Phenoms, their popular moniker during their college days with Ateneo de Manila University, led the hoisting of the NOPSSCEA Season 37 banner followed by LCC-B and Riverside Chorales’ singing of NOPSSCEA hymn.

                                                      Also known to their fans as Kiefly, Ravena and Valdez shared their struggles and successes in their respective field of sports on their inspirational messages to the jam-packed venue. Ravena, an Iloilo-descent Gilas member, started with an appreciation, in straight Hiligaynon, to the fans and the committee members for the warm welcome they both received. Volleyball superstar Valdez narrated her early years in the game as a lousy player to the dedication and hard work she went through to reach her dream as a national player for the sport she learned to love. In an interview, Alyssa said she’s happy to be back in Bacolod and was excited to see the local athletes play in Manila soon.

                                                      After NOPSSCEA President Dr. Ervie Emelda Gallespen’s declaration of the official opening of the 37th season, the event was wrapped-up with a production number by dance troupes of different colleges and universities of the 60-member schools association.

                                                      STIWNU Partners with Six Korean Schools

                                                      STI West Negros University recently partnered with six educational institutions in South Korea providing prospects for students and teachers alike to study in these universities.

                                                      Ryan Mark Molina, STIWNU Executive Vice President with Dr. Maria Teresa Asistido, External Affairs and Linkages met with the different heads of the school likewise for Korean students to study in the Philippines under the project.

                                                      The partner schools include: Pukyong National University PKNU) in Busan, South Korea; Korea Maritime and Ocean University also in Busan for Faculty and Student Exchange programs in marine transportation and business management in undergraduate and post graduate studies.

                                                      Also, three STIWNU Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSED) students are currently in Chunbuk National University, Jeongju, South Korea for the Student Exchange Program. They are; Mariel Angeline Malacad, Thea Marie Gemino and Geleen Ordaniel.

                                                      Moreover, Kumoh National Institute of Technology, Gyeongbuk, South Korea invites Engineering, Business Management and IT teachers and students in different industries for an educational trip in 2018. They are encouraging students and teachers to avail of Korean Government Scholarship grants in undergraduate and post graduate studies in engineering, technology and business management.

                                                      Finally, Keimyung University and Keimyung College University in Daegu, South Korea are proposing for the same exchange program both for students and faculty.

                                                      Ms. Zherry Jacela, Senior High School Program Coordinator is with Keimyung College University under Faculty Exchange-Global Zone.

                                                      All six schools will send their students to study English in the University’s Institute of Languages in January-February 2018.

                                                      More than the chance to see the world, the experience will further improve the students’ inter-cultural and social skills, find new interests, personal development and eventually find their niche in the world that has become smaller due to technological advancements.

                                                      According to Asistido, this is just the initial stage for more possible partnership with other Korean universities. * (rrm/stiwnu)

                                                      STIWNU, ITECC International Conference for Educators a Success

                                                      More than five hundred educators from different schools in Negros, Panay and Cebu Islands participated in the 3-day International Educators’ Conference and the 1st Early Childhood Education Conference held at STI West Negros University gym, October 23-25, 2017.

                                                      The first international conference was a project of the University in collaboration with International TESOL Education and Consultancy Corporation (ITECC) with the theme Overcoming Borders in Education.

                                                      School administrators, curriculum implementers, school heads, subject specialists, teachers and professionals who participated gained new knowledge and innovations in the field of education.

                                                      Plenary speakers during the 3-day conference were; Dr. Tracey Tokuhama Espinosa, Professor and Director of the Applied Educational Research Center- Latin American School of Social Sciences at Harvard University, USA; Marco Brazil, Global expert in Teaching Young Learners, Founder and executive training director of the Institute of English Teaching to Children (IETC), Associate of International Teacher Development Institute (iTDi), presenter for Oxford University Press Japan and Macmillan Education Asia; Ai Rita Murphy, School Directress of the Murphy School of Education, Fukouka, Japan; Teaching Young Learners expert; Neuro-ELT FAB Founder-an organization that promotes the application of neuroscience concepts in education and Prof. Robert Murphy, Mind, Brain, and Education Science expert; Professor from University of Kitakyushu, Japan and University of Birmingham, UK; Neuro-ELT FAB Founder-an organization that promotes the application of neuroscience concepts in education.

                                                      Certificates for the International Educators’ Conference (IEC) 2017 and the 1st Early Childhood Education Conference (ECEC) were given to participants and they likewise obtained Professional Development TESOL Certificates equivalent to 30 hours credited to the 120-hour TESOL Certification Course that they can pursue after the conferences.

                                                      The activity was spearheaded by STIWNU Executive Vice President, Ryan Mark S. Molina with Dr. Maria Teresa Asistido, director for External Affairs and Linkages and Ms. Revyrose Limbo, ITECC president. * (rrmalo-oy/stiwnu)

                                                      Kasadyahan Season 4 Opens With a Blast

                                                      Executive Vice President Ryan Mark Molina surprised the jam-packed University gym as he rappelled from its ceiling to formally announce the opening of Kasadyahan Season 4, Friday, October 6.

                                                      To officially announce each team’s participation, banners of Purple Wizards, Blue Guardians, Green Titans, Yellow Tycoons, Pink Vikings and Red Sentinels were raised by the squad leaders and advisers.

                                                      The event was then highlighted with the Cheerdance competition between the seven teams with the Blue Guardians won back-to-back first place with Pink Vikings and Orange Erudites, 2nd and 3rd places, respectively.

                                                      The 4-month long celebration will showcase various sports, literary, musical and cultural events and the highlight of the activity is set during the university’s 70th Anniversary on February, 2018.

                                                      A Holy Sacrifice of the Mass officiated by Fr. Raymond Asoy was sponsored by the College of Hospitality Management (CHTM) in the morning at Students’ Activity Center followed by Agape Lunch shared by the University faculty members and staff.

                                                      Kasadyahan Season 4 with the theme “Passion, Innovation, Teamwork” was also witnessed by visitors and students from other schools in Negros Occidental. * (contributed by: Jhun Paul Alacre/TWT)

                                                      STIWNU, ITECC Hold International Conference for Educators

                                                      STI West Negros University in collaboration with International TESOL Education and Consultancy Corporation (ITECC) will be hosting the International Educators’ Conference and the 1st Early Childhood Education Conference on October 23-25, 2017 at STIWNU.

                                                      School administrators, curriculum implementers, school heads, subject specialists, teachers and professionals will be participating in the 3-day conference with the theme Overcoming Borders in Education.

                                                      Certificates for the International Educators’ Conference (IEC) 2017 and the 1st Early Childhood Education Conference (ECEC) will be given to participants. They will likewise obtain Professional Development TESOL Certificates equivalent to 30 hours which will be credited to the 120-hour TESOL Certification Course that they can pursue after the conferences.

                                                      Moreover, topics on technology in education, blended learning, teaching young learners, NeuroELT-Neuroscience and English language teaching, among others will also be discussed.

                                                      Meanwhile, plenary speakers include; Dr. Tracey Tokuhama Espinosa, Professor and Director of the Applied Educational Research Center- Latin American School of Social Sciences at Harvard University, USA; Marco Brazil, Global expert in Teaching Young Learners, Founder and executive training director of the Institute of English Teaching to Children (IETC), Associate of International Teacher Development Institute (iTDi), presenter for Oxford University Press Japan and Macmillan Education Asia; Ai Murphy, School Directress of the Murphy School of Education, Fukouka, Japan; Teaching Young Learners expert; Neuro-ELT FAB Founder-an organization that promotes the application of neuroscience concepts in education and Prof. Robert Murphy, Mind, Brain, and Education Science expert; Professor from University of Kitakyushu, Japan and University of Birmingham, UK; Neuro-ELT FAB Founder-an organization that promotes the application of neuroscience concepts in education. For more information, you may contact Dr. Maria Teresa Asistido at Teresa.asistido@wnu.sti.edu or 434-4561 local 123. * (rrmalo-oy/stiwnu)

                                                      129 Completes Senior High School AT STIWNU

                                                      One hundred twenty-nine pioneer Senior High School students of STI West Negros University graduated during the 1st Senior High School Commencement Exercises held at LNAM Gym with the theme: “Headway to success through transformation and innovation.”

                                                      Dr. Ophelia M. Duayan, SHS principal presented the graduates and conferred by the University President, Atty. Monico V. Jacob.

                                                      STI prides itself in bringing world-class education nationwide. As one of the largest network of schools in the Philippines, STI has 78 campuses with 1 university. It becomes one of the pioneers of Senior High School in the Philippines with more than 700 graduates in 2014. With its experience in providing quality education with relevant program tracks for Senior High, STI West Negros University offered what the millennials need in this techno-savvy generation coupled with the skills to succeed in the world; tracks include academic with specializations like STEM, ABM, HUMSS and General Academic and technical-vocational among others.

                                                      STIWNU to Host Sports Leadership Training
                                                      by Ex-NBA Players

                                                      STI West Negros University will host a three-day leadership training and seminar on June 2-4, 2017 by two former NBA players and by an international speaker and member of John Maxwell team.

                                                      Ryan Mark S. Molina, Executive Vice-President of STIWNU inked a memorandum of agreement with Sunny Diego, of the Sunny Diego Show based in California, USA, to hold a training seminar on “Anti-Drug Sports Leadership and Development Seminar” at the University Gym.

                                                      Diego, a member of John Maxwell team of speakers along with former NBA players, Juaquin Hawkins, of Houston Rockets and Corey Benjamin, of the Chicago Bulls and Charlotte Bobcats will be sharing their skills, talents and expertise. The training will also develop participants to apply leadership to the highest level of excellence.

                                                      Moreover, the team will feature 25 years of leadership training resources from the materials of John Maxwell’s 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth.

                                                      STIWNU Mustangs, 2016 NOPSSCEA Basketball Men Champion will also be playing against the UNO-R Rams on June 5-7, 2017 with Hawkins and Corey.

                                                      For information about registration and schedules please contact STIWNU at 434-4561.*

                                                      STIWNU Holds Enhancement Training to BCPO

                                                      As an institution committed to provide knowledge through the development and delivery of superior learning systems, STI West Negros University (STIWNU) conducted Basic Computer Enhancement Training to members of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), February 17, 2016 at the BCPO grounds.

                                                      Fifty police officers from various departments and stations including the non-uniformed personnel participated in a one-day basic computer enhance training led by STI West Negros University in partnership with the Police Community Relations (PCR), BCPO to enhance our forces’ skills in basic computer literacy.

                                                      The participants had their hands-on exercises inside the University’s Mobile School with IT instructors; Beau Villanueva, Julius Vistar and Edwin Bermejo.

                                                      PSSupt. Flynn Dongbo, BCPO director, expressed his appreciation to the University for providing free training to the PNP personnel of Bacolod City. Awarding of certificates of participation will be given on February 29, 2016, Monday during the Flag Raising Ceremony at BCPO headquarters.

                                                      STIWNU’s computer enhancement training is part of its community extension activities through the provision of knowledge through the delivery of superior learning systems and producing innovative leaders by becoming more competent and responsible members of the society.* (rrm)

                                                      STIWNU Holds Culinary Career Fair

                                                      STI West Negros University conducted a one-day culinary career fair and student congress at Grand Regal Hotel with the theme “International Career Opportunities” attended by Hospitality and Tourism Management students, July 18, 2016, Monday.

                                                      The congress, according to Dr. Gina B. Montes, dean of the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management (CHTM) will train and equip the students with the knowledge, attitude, skills, habits, ethics and values (KASHEV) and make them competitive in the hospitality and tourism industry.

                                                      Armando Monterroso, executive chef of Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center based in Nashville, Tennessee shared his expertise in the field to the students and faculty members as well.

                                                      Orientation for the parents of the Cultural Exchange program, internship and trainings for their children’s international career opportunities was also held to provide them the different cultural exchange and internship programs and of the University in USA, Australia, Spain and Thailand, among others.

                                                      Likewise conducted were; faculty development program, cooking demonstration held at STI West Negros University HM laboratory.

                                                      A Memorandum of Agreement was signed between the University led by its Executive Vice-President, Ryan Mark S. Molina and VP for Academic Affairs, Dr. Nony Descutido with Lalaine Rotas, President and Managing Director of POEC Consultancy International, David Causer, Jr., International Business Development of Global Education Concepts and Monterroso representing Gaylord Resort and Convention Center.

                                                      More than 500 students from CHTM and Senior High School under Culinary Arts and Hotel Operations tracks attended the congress.

                                                      500 Students Join STIWNU Journalism Talk

                                                      Five hundred students from different high schools in Bacolod City participated in the four days journalism and broadcasting talk by ST West Negros University.

                                                      Mr. Mark Molina, Executive Vice President of STIWNU expressed that the University has been initiating activities in support of the Department of Education (DepEd) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) that will mold the total development of students and assist them to become better individuals.

                                                      Relative to this thrust, the University recently conducted a journalism and broadcasting talk from September 10, 17, 24, and 27, 2016 attended by students from Bata, Generoso Villanueva Sr., Angela Gonzaga, Domingo Lacson, Bacolod City, Abkasa and Mandalagan National High Schools, Mansilingan Agro-Industrial High School and Negros Occidental High School with STIWNU School of Basic Education and selected college students.

                                                      Topic on basic newswriting was conducted by former editor and now a practicing lawyer, Atty. Guillermo Tejida III; Sports Writing by Jerome Galunan Jr., Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Information Officer, Lorenzo O. Lambatin Jr. and capping the activity was the TV Lecture with GMA TV’s Jiggy Manicad.

                                                      Meanwhile, Jiggy Manicad, an internationally recognized journalist and television news producer/reporter gave the students the broadcasting perspective of journalism. He also shared the different challenges that the media industry is facing during the open forum.

                                                      The Journalism Talk also aims to provide students with the basic journalism techniques and skills which they could apply in their school publication projects and news casting events.

                                                      Wesnecan Represents Neg. Occ. in Regional Language Tilt

                                                      Grade 7 Chikki U. Villanueva of the STI West Negros University - School of Basic Education bested 34 other representatives from Bacolod City and Negros Occidental in the recently concluded English Language Festival.

                                                      Villanueva bagged the Champion in the Spelling Bee competition spearheaded by DepEd- Private Schools and School Administrators Association of the Philippines (PRISSAAP) held in Bacolod City last January 8, 2016.

                                                      She will compete for Negros Occidental in the regional English Language Festival on February 4, 2016 at 888 Premier Mall.

                                                      A staff writer of SBE’s official publication The Wesneco Flame, Villanueva loves to read and write short stories. She graduated 1st Honors in Elementary and the daughter of a public school teacher and an employee father.

                                                      Villanueva was coached by Mrs. Maybele Geduriagao, grade 6 adviser.

                                                      STIWNU Holds 21st National Youth Convention

                                                      More than 2,000 students of various programs of STI West Negros University participated in the National Youth Convention (NYC) held yesterday at the Garden Royal in Bacolod City.

                                                      The 21st STI NYC is an annual educational caravan that combines the traditional and superior learning opportunities for STI students from Luzon, to Visayas, and Mindanao.

                                                      This year’s event banners the theme: “#iWillLeadInnovation.” Students of STI nationwide are expected to discover their full potential in this activity set to provide them with the needed knowledge, skills and values to become Innovators. This year’s roster of inspiring speakers comprises of high-caliber and well-respected professionals in the field of ICT, Engineering, Travel and Tourism Management. It includes topics like: Technology for Innovation, Taking the Lead and Flexibility to Change, among others.

                                                      For the past 20 years, NYC continuously provides avenue for students to acquire supplemental learning that would help them succeed in their careers.

                                                      STIWNU Shares Gift of Knowledge to 3 Brothers

                                                      Christmas is that time of year when children of all ages are sharing that special feeling of excitement and hope that the season brings.

                                                      It is in this light that STI West Negros University awards three brothers with the Gift of Knowledge for Senior High School and any 4-Year Program in College. Gift of Knowledge is a scholarship program that Three brothers from Bacolod City

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                                                      • A Young Standout who empowers leadership

                                                        Lies Beyond the crown - A public servant

                                                        Lil Giants of STIWNU advances to national finals

                                                        STIWNU and RBSFM Help 80 Families in Flooded Areas

                                                      • EVP Molina Hosts My Titser On-Air

                                                        STIWNU Cares

                                                        STIWNU tops CLE in Negros Occidental

                                                      • STIWNU SIGNS MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT WITH SPRING VALLEY TECH CORP

                                                        STIWNU OPENS GROUNDS FOR VACCINATION ACTIVITIES

                                                        PACUCOA Grants Highest Accreditation Status to STIWNU Programs

                                                        STIWNU Mustang Esports wins NCO S2: MLBB Vis-Min Championship

                                                      • CEAS Student Leads Interim Student Government

                                                        ISG holds ANGOT: An STI Wesnecan Empowerment Camp

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                                                      A YOUNG STANDOUT WHO EMPOWERS LEADERSHIP

                                                      Written By: Jasper John Barcenal
                                                      Graphics By: Jeremy Modelo

                                                      Gian Lawrence Ulgasan, an 18-year-old Hospitality Management student who wore Mr. STI West Negros University 2022 crown, is revealed to be a leader in the making.

                                                      The standout from the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Ulgasan, advocates the manifestation of good leadership.

                                                      Ulgasan, in an interview, visioned becoming a leader who will help students build their confidence and enhance their skills and talents.

                                                      "I want to inspire and motivate my generation to manifest confidence within themselves as it is important in their lives to not lose hope in pursuing their dreams,” he added.

                                                      He wants to pursue this advocacy because there was a time when he doubted his capabilities, but the people around him and the leadership of the Pink Viking's team captain, MJ Canlas Javier, boosted his confidence which led him to triumph in this field.

                                                      Beyond the crown, he said that he is a timid guy and the kind of student who is not too pressured to his academics. Also, he sees himself as a future manager on a cruise ship five years from now.

                                                      LIES BEYOND THE CROWN - A PUBLIC SERVANT

                                                      Written By: Jasper John Barcenal
                                                      Graphics By: Jeremy Modelo

                                                      More than the Ms. STI West Negros University 2022 crown, Blessie Joyce Jayme, a 21-year-old AB Communication student, is proven to be more than just the glitz and glamour as she also serves the public.

                                                      In an interview, Ms. STIWNU Jayme shared her passion for volunteerism whenever natural disasters hit local and nearby towns and municipalities.

                                                      “Also, I am currently the chairwoman of our organization, TaYO (Talisay Youth Organization), back in Talisay, so most of the time, I am busy doing public service,” she added.

                                                      In addition, what kept Jayme busy was her participation in a political organization that also does constant services for the public. In line with this, she is also looking forward to amplifying her causes by running for a local position in the future.

                                                      Moreover, as the newly crowned Ms. STIWNU, she emphasized that her crown is not just an accessory but a platform as well. As a youth leader in their community, she wants to use it to inspire the youth and be their voice and representation.

                                                      Aside from public service and leadership, she also advocates for education because she believes it can empower the future of the young ones.

                                                      When asked about how she sees herself five years from now, she wants to see herself on a podium influencing other people. “I want to empower everyone to do good because I aspire to be a catalyst of change,” she concluded.

                                                      Together with Mr. STIWNU 2022 Gian Lawrence Ulgasan, they will be flying to Manila later at 11AM for their cluster competition on November 21.

                                                      LIL GIANTS OF STIWNU ADVANCES TO NATIONAL FINALS

                                                        Lil Giants of STI West Negros University will continue to showcase their moves and grooves on the national stage as they made it to the Hataw Sayaw National Finals today, November 21.

                                                        Moreover, Gian Lawrence Ulgasan, Mr. STIWNU 2022, wears the 1st-runner-up sash.

                                                        STI West Negros University's 1314 Crim Band rocks the stage as they seize the 2nd-runner-up place in the Battle of the Bands Cluster Competition at the STI College Ortigas-Cainta's gym today, November 21. The band performed Hallelujah by Bamboo and they garnered a score of 85.93%.

                                                        Blessie Joyce Jayme in Mr. and Ms. STI Cluster 1 and Rhonaly Suelan in Singing Idol, despite falling short to land a placement, also represented STIWNU with pride.

                                                        Photo Courtesy of STI College Ortigas-Cainta

                                                        STIWNU AND RBSFM HELP 80 FAMILIES IN FLOODED AREAS

                                                        Written By: Jasper John Barcenal

                                                          STI West Negros University Community Extension Office with Radyo Bandera Sweet FM Bacolod donated relief goods to the affected families of Brgy. Singcang-Airport after they were surged by a flashflood, October 26, Wednesday.

                                                          STIWNU Community Extension office collected a sum of relief goods enough for 80 families. Led by Dr Ryan Mark S. Molina, STIWNU Executive Vice President, the relief goods were turned over to the Brgy. Hall through the help of RBSFM Bacolod's patrol team.

                                                          The Brgy. Singcang-Airport's Secretary, Marilyn Jibala, expressed her gratitude for STIWNU and RBSFM Bacolod's initiative to help the affected families of Typhoon 'Paeng'.

                                                          EVP Molina Hosts My Titser On-Air

                                                          Written By: Carene Joy E. Estelloso

                                                          Dr. Ryan Mark S. Molina, Executive Vice President of STI West Negros University, hosts My Titser On-Air at RMN DYHB Bacolod 747 every Sunday, 5:30 PM, airing at 747kHz and showing at the station’s Facebook account, DYHB Tatak RMN.

                                                          Together with Mr. Allan Pomada, Principal of Bacolod City National High School, Dr. Molina hosts the radio program intending to give audiences a chance to get perspectives of both private and public schools by providing an avenue for school leaders, teachers, and students to share their inspiring stories, thoughts on certain issues, and features of their school.

                                                          Spotlighted in the show are success stories of newly-promoted school supervisors, wins and challenges of students in their online classes, trends among the youth today, among others.

                                                          In a written interview with Dr. Molina, he stated that RMN provided him such opportunity knowing his job as the EVP of STIWNU and the President of Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports Cultural Educational Association (NOPSSCEA). Plus, he has a college degree in broadcasting.

                                                          He also acknowledged that this radio program gives STIWNU a chance to be more known among its stakeholders because of the privilege to share the University’s identity, achievements, and activities.

                                                          Moreover, DYHB is the most listened to radio station in Bacolod and the whole Negros Occidental. The show, My Titser On-Air, is the most listened to and most viewed on the FB programs of DYHB every Sunday.

                                                          “As I thank you for your continued support to the show, please help me share the good news to your families, classmates, and friends by inviting them to listen and watch on FB. By doing so, you are able to help us in our mission of inspiring, educating and entertaining every Negrense here and in every part of the globe,” Dr. Molina concluded.

                                                          STIWNU Cares

                                                          Written By: Promise Angelus P. Ferrer

                                                          STI West Negros University sent a relief operation to the affected students residing in Sipalay City after Typhoon Odette slammed the area on December 17, 2021. The formulated plan called “STIWNU Cares: BAYANIHAN PARA SA KABABAYAN” was a success, thanks to the initiatives of the Executive Vice-President, Dr. Ryan Mark S. Molina, and the efforts of the Head of Community and Extension Office, Ms. Sharon P. Bermejo, and NSTP Head and Senior High School Principal. Dr. Rey T. Eslabon.

                                                          Collectively, teaching and non-teaching personnel together with the students moved quickly to donate in cash and in kind for the humanitarian operations among STIWNU students in Sipalay who were very much affected. Last December 21, 2021, STIWNU Cares made their first leg of humanitarian mission by distributing 85 assistance kits to STIWNU students.

                                                          On January 7, 2022, 185 packets of noodles, 124 assorted foods, 24 packs of rice and groceries, and 30+ water jugs were sorted out for the more than 100 families mainly those of STIWNU students.

                                                          As volunteers witnessed the aftermath of Typhoon Odette in Sipalay City, members of STIWNU Cares were overcome with joy to see the smiles of people being helped. They plan that for their next visit, they also help families in repairing the shattered houses.

                                                          STIWNU tops CLE in Negros Occidental

                                                          Written By: Jasper John Barcenal

                                                          STI West Negros University's College of Criminal Justice Education (CCJE) continues to top other Criminology Schools in the province after the release of the Criminology Licensure Examination's (CLE) results on January 28, 2022.

                                                          It is with pride that AVP for Academic Affairs and CCJE Dean Dr. Nicholas Caballero announced the results of the CLE to the whole STIWNU Community last Friday. "I am proud of my graduates and first-time takers who garnered 81.82% passing rate. I admired them since most takers self-studied for the exam due to the challenges of the pandemic," he added.

                                                          The examination took place in December 2021 and it resulted in an overall passing rate of 52.94% against the national passing average of 34.16%. This makes STIWNU the leading Criminology School in the entire province of Negros Occidental.

                                                          Dr. Ryan Mark Molina, the University's Executive Vice President, commends all the efforts of CCJE. "The result of the licensure examination is a manifestation of our efforts towards academic excellence. Let's continue to Aim High!" Dr. Molina concluded.

                                                          STIWNU SIGNS MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT WITH SPRING VALLEY TECH CORP

                                                          Written By: Jasper John Barcenal

                                                          The College of Information and Communications Technology (CICT) of STI West Negros University was filled with delight as it bounds partnership with Spring Valley Technology Corporation, a technology-based company that nurtures talent developers and intellectual proprietors that pursue innovation and creativity, on December 10, 2021. With the signatures of STIWNU's Executive Vice President Dr. Ryan Mark S. Molina and Spring Valley Tech Corp's President and CEO Mr. Jonathan De Luzuriaga, the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was put to finality.

                                                          CICT Dean, Dr. Mae B. Lodana will take the lead in the collaboration so students will be able acquire the opportunity to experience industry-based education and training which could lead to career development and job placements. It further benefits the College in the area of curriculum development, course content delivery, research collaboration, immersion, on-the-job training, outreach programs, and specific discipline training and workshops.

                                                          Also present in the signing of MOA are; Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs and Services, Mr. Caesar L. Pacalioga, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Nicholas S. Caballero, and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Mima M. Villanueva.

                                                          STIWNU OPENS GROUNDS FOR VACCINATION ACTIVITIES

                                                          Written By:
                                                          Anthony C. Pineda
                                                          Faculty, Senior High School

                                                          COVID-19 is still in our midst, and vaccination is currently our leading public health strategy to end COVID-19 Pandemic. STI West Negros University partnered with the Bacolod City LGU through its City Health Office (CHO) led the Vaccination Drive held in its Student Activity Center.

                                                          The Institution offered its grounds to serve as vaccination site for its employees, students, and stakeholders in addition to the several acknowledged sites around the city. Subsequently, the University and its partners have successfully led 6 Vaccination Activities to date, with a total of 1,247 inoculated individuals.

                                                          The University now has ninety-eight percent (98%) of the employees who have been vaccinated. The remaining two percent (2%) are waiting for their clearance from their doctors. Seventy-five percent (75%) of the students on the other hand have also been vaccinated.

                                                          This project was also made possible through the help of 5052nd Technical and Administrative Service Unit, 505th Technical and Administrative Service Group (Negros) Reserve, 5th Technical Administrative Service Brigade, AFPRESCOM, the ROTC Unit of STI West Negros University, Student volunteers from medical institutions in Bacolod City, and Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports Cultural Educational Association (NOPSSCEA). The University and its partners, stakeholders and frontliners continues to offer vaccination drives in support of the government’s efforts to combat COVID-19.

                                                          PACUCOA Grants Highest Accreditation Status to STIWNU Programs

                                                          By: Carene Joy E. Estelloso

                                                          “This is such a great way to end the week and to start the year!”

                                                          It was Dr. Ryan Mark S. Molina, Executive Vice President, STI West Negros University, in his Facebook post as the PACUCOA accreditation results were disclosed on Friday, January 14, 2021.

                                                          STIWNU took hold of certificates on the same day through an email from the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA).

                                                          The said certificates confirmed the accreditation which happened last October 28-29, 2021.

                                                          Programs accredited were Bachelor of Elementary Education, Bachelor of Secondary Education, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and Liberal Arts (AB English) for Level IV status (the highest status). On the other hand, Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Management in their Level II 2nd reaccreditation status.

                                                          “Thank you, Team STIWNU! Such a great manifestation of our core values: Teamwork and Excellence! Aim High!” Dr. Molina emphasized.

                                                          STIWNU Mustang Esports wins NCO S2: MLBB Vis-Min Championship

                                                          By: Aliza B. Beloria

                                                            STI West Negros University Mustang Esports won the National Campus Open Season 2 of Mobile Legends: Bangbang Visayas- Mindanao Championship last July 11 streamed live on AcadArena’s official Facebook page.

                                                            In an intense five game series, STIWNU Mustang Esports owned the island against the San Agustin Golden Eagle Esports who widely dominated the Vis-Min region and had three teams in the play-offs.

                                                            During the game 4, STIWNU Mustang Esports had experienced some difficulties but was able to put up the game through proper discipline and communication.

                                                            As confident to their lead, the team also admitted that they have gone wrong with their decision for picking Saber or a Meta hero which is the most effective tactics available that they have seen on TikTok, thinking that it would be effective in the match however it was not compatible for the tournament, but nevertheless, STIWNU Mustang Esports was still able to overcome the odds.

                                                            When asked on how they remained focus despite the pressure and struggles, the team highlighted the discipline, analyzation and communication as key values that they had during the game.

                                                            The team also thanked their supporters especially their parents and circle of friends that keep them motivated in winning the game, and reminded everyone who wants to build a career in this field to grind and really give their full effort and to remain humble.

                                                            CEAS Student Leads Interim Student Government

                                                            By: Mary Rogelie Magbanua

                                                              In the midst of the pandemic where we face challenges and adapt to the new normal, the Supreme Student Government of STI West Negros University remained active and shifted into Interim Student Government at the beginning of the second semester of the academic year with the leadership of Rey Joshua S. Dela Peña as the president.

                                                              Dela Peña, a 3rd year BEEd-General Education student from the College of Education, Arts and Sciences who served as the vice president of the student government in the previous academic year, took the courage to accept the responsibilities of a president and represent the student body.

                                                              He said that it was challenging to lead the student body in the current setup because of the lack of resources and difficulties in communication, but still, they were able to make solutions to make the student government functional.

                                                              The amendment of the student handbook for the betterment of the students during the second semester was a success, according to Dela Peña.

                                                              Unity among the colleges is one of his goals and being connected and letting the students know that the student government is existing.

                                                              Dela Peña shared that juggling study, personal life, and responsibilities in the ISG is not easy but being surrounded by people who want to see him succeed makes him happy and the support of his teachers helped him to get through and continue moving forward.

                                                              "If you have the potential, pursue it. If you have the advocacy, pursue, put it into action, put it into papers, and pass it to the school admin because through your potentials and the channel of the SSG, you can discover yourself and what kind of leader you are," said Dela Peña when asked for his advice for his fellow students.

                                                              "Always leave footprints of legacy so that other students or student leaders will also be encouraged to follow your footsteps and their dreams and be their own unique kind of leader," he added.

                                                              Meanwhile, Angot: Connecting Ideas in these Trying Times an STI WESNECAN Online Empowerment Camp was the recent achievement of the ISG. It was a simultaneous webinar camp and workshop to connect students while broadening their skills and understanding to attain new knowledge that can complement to their field of interest. The webinar tackled topics in environment, English speaking, and entrepreneurial.

                                                              Engr. Dioscoro Marañon Jr. is the new Elected PIFPO President

                                                              By: Aliza B. Beloria

                                                                STI West Negros University College of Engineering Faculty, Dr. Dioscoro “Nonoy” Marañon Jr. was elected as the President of the Philippine Integrated Fire Protection Organization- Negros Occidental Chapter for year 2021-2022.

                                                                PIFPO is a fire protection organization in the Philippines affiliated to Society of Fire Protection Engineers International, which focus on the aspects of fire protection and life safety design, installation, maintenance, operation, legislation, trainings and seminars.

                                                                PIFPO Negros Occidental Chapter is the leader in engineering fire safe communities in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental which aims to develop it through awareness, education, research, competence and compliance.

                                                                In the PIFPO NOC Chartering last June 19 via Zoom and Facebook Live, Dr. Maranon shared their strategic plan of the key result areas which includes the Fire Safety Education and Compliance; Certified Fire Safety Practitioners (CFSPs) Facilitation; R & D on Fire Safety; Membership Promotion; Community Awareness; and Fund Development.

                                                                “We have a great work ahead of us, let us work together to achieve these goals in order to have a fire safe communities in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental,” said Dr. Nonoy at the end of his talk.

                                                                Along with Dr. Nonoy Marañon who took oath as the President during the PIFPO NOC Chartering, Engr. Noel P. Garbo, Engineering and General Services Division Head of Riverside Medical Center was elected as Vice President for Internal & Organizational Development; Arch. Chris Paolo L. Tiongco, Proprietor of Ledesma Enterprises as Vice President for External & Stakeholders Relation; Engr. Therese B. Sobrepeña, Management Trainee – Victorias Milling Company, Inc. as Secretary; Engr. Raul Baylon Velasco, Project/ Technical Director of ELEDS and Project Management Consultant of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company was elected as Treasurer; Engr. Hanny P. Gicalde, General Manager of Kerhanis Construction Services and Certified Project Engineer of DPWH is the Auditor; Engr. Ramonito G. Alejandro, an instructor from TUP Visayas and a freelance Professional Mechanical Engineer was elected as Board of Director for Conference Committee; Eng. James Ultim C. Benares, Deputy Administrator- Amity Public Safety Academy as Board of Director for Education Committee; Engr. Nelson V. Franco, Asst. Director for R & E – TUP Visayas and Proprietor of Nefra Engineering Services as Board of Director for Awards and Recogniton Committee; Engr. Benedict G. Fuentes, Mechanic III- Cadiz City Engineers Office Motorpool Division as Board of Director for Nomination Committee and Commission on Election; Arch. Zane Winly G. Jalandra, UAP, Prinicpal Architect- Kalahi Construction & Industrial Supply Corp. and Project Manager- GGm Agro Industrial & Construction Inc. as Board of Director for Membership Committee; Engr. Raymond G. Ledesma, Electrical and Instrumentation Department- Victorias Milling Company, Inc. as Board of Director for Finance and Accounting Committee; Engr. Mathias Archibald M. Po, Mill and Boiler Shift Supervisor- Hawaiian Philippine Company as Board of Director for Administration and Secretariat Committee; Engr. Manuel A. Uy, Professor at Carlos Hilado Memorial State College and Proprietor- M.UY Electronics Engineering Consultancy Services (M.UYECCS) as Board of Director for Ethics and Grievance Committee; and Engr. Pascualito P. Banasig was elected as National Board of Director and Regional Chairman of PIFPO Visayas.

                                                                Negros Occidental Government Uses STIWNU Scholars' Developed Systems

                                                                By: Charis Faith L. Mercurio

                                                                  STI West Negros University fourth year BS Information Technology provincial scholars conceptualized systems that were presented to Governor Bong Lacson last May 7, 2021.

                                                                  They coordinated with the Information and Communication Technology Division in designing their ICT outputs which aims to boost the economic recovery in the province.

                                                                  The group of scholars developed five systems namely Emergency Rescue and Response Operation System, Depot Procurement and Inventory System, Fire Alert Notification with Map Locator, Monitoring System of the Scholarship Program Division, and Document Tracking System of Negros Occidental.

                                                                  Among the five systems, the Emergency Rescue and Response Operation System was chosen as the best system that contains useful features such as online registration, user management, online rescue and response operation module, locator, and emergency report management.

                                                                  As prize for the winning group, Gov. Bong Lacson and Provincial Consultant Albee Benitez gave P10,000, while the other groups received a consolation prize of P2,000 each.

                                                                  The ICT scholarship program of the Negros Occidental Scholarship Program Division was created to help 100 worthy ICT Negrense youths finish their courses at STIWNU. This was sealed through the signed Memorandum of Understanding of Gov. Bong Lacson with STIWNU held at the university’s lobby last August 6, 2020.

                                                                  STIWNU offers Housekeeping NC II

                                                                  By: Aliza B. Beloria

                                                                  STI West Negros University now offers Housekeeping NC II in partnership with Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

                                                                  Housekeeping NC II, supervised by TESDA and TESDA accredited education institutions, is a technical vocational program which designed to prepare students for housekeeping jobs in hotels, motels, and resorts and equips them with the skills in housekeeping services, guest rooms’ preparations, laundering, cleaning, and valet/ butler services.

                                                                  This course is offered to anyone at least 15 years old who were displaced during the pandemic and high school graduates who can’t afford to go to school.

                                                                  The first batch consists of 25 students, 18 were scholars of Congressman Greg Gasataya, 3 were scholars of Congressman Albee Benitez, and 4 are walk-in students who already started the class last June 7, 2021.

                                                                  The course will run for 436 hours or two and a half months which is a blended learning, after three weeks of online class, they will have a face-to- face class per batch or modular learning.

                                                                  On August 14, 2021, all 25 students will have an assessment which will last from 1-3 days and once they pass, they will have their National Certificate II (NC II).

                                                                  According to Dr. Ryan Mark S. Molina, this program is a new development in our University as we will be able to serve another cohort of stakeholders who are eager to learn in a short-term and get a job fast. “I am thankful to TESDA for the privilege given to the University,” he added.

                                                                  ISG holds ANGOT: An STI Wesnecan Empowerment Camp

                                                                  By: Aliza B. Beloria

                                                                    STI West Negros University Interim Student Government held an empowerment camp entitled ‘ANGOT (Connecting Ideas in these Trying Times)’ last June 5-6, 2021 via MS Teams.

                                                                    Angot is a two-day virtual camp that includes webinars and workshops which aims to improve the students’ skills in different aspects and to broaden their understanding to attain new knowledge that can supplement or complement their field of interest.

                                                                    Nearly 100 students attended the event simultaneously based on their interest on Environment with Mr. Jimson Abong, the former STIWNU KAWSA President who shared his expertise towards the “Ways to Live a Zero-Waste Lifestyle”; Entrepreneurship with Ms. Ruth Conception, an industry practitioner for more than 20 years on managing sales, marketing, operations, events planning and conventions who tackled some runs in the business; and English Speaking Workshop with Dr. Maria Teresa Asistido, Director of the Office Of External Affairs and Linkages of the university.

                                                                    After the discussion with the speakers, an activity was given to the participants wherein they created an action plan based from the problems that they identified in their specific interest.

                                                                    On the second day of the event, the students presented their action plan by applying the learning that they get from the speakers.

                                                                    ISG President Rey Joshua Dela Peña said that they are happy that the event was successful and with the help of EVP Ryan Mark Molina and ISG Adviser Mr. Caesar Pacalioga, they were able to push through with the activity even in these challenging times.

                                                                    STIWNU Welcomes the Students from Galuh University, West Java, Indonesia

                                                                    by: Stephanie Grace E. Siaga

                                                                      STIWNU joined the virtual pre-departure ceremony in relation to the welcoming of five students from Galuh University (GU) in West Java, Indonesia for their Online International Credit Transfer held last March 5, 2021 via Zoom Meeting.

                                                                      The virtual ceremony was attended by dignitaries from both schools. The Rector of Galuh University, Dr. H. Yat Rospia Brata, Drs., M. Si, gave his opening speech and was followed by the speech of STIWNU Executive Vice-President, Dr. Ryan Mark S. Molina.

                                                                      Internationalization program is a popular program in universities in Indonesia; and Galuh University, as one of the leading and biggest private universities in West Java, Indonesia, participates in this program to grab the title of world class university. GU challenged this program by implementing the inbound credit transfer.

                                                                      This program can help a lot on achieving the vision GU has set. On the other end, this partnership with GU through this program also supports the vision of STIWNU, "A leading University in the Negros Island in 2025 driven by passion for academic excellence through innovation."

                                                                      STIWNU holds Virtual ComSkills Training

                                                                      by: Aliza B. Beloria

                                                                        In partnership with Panasiatic Solutions Inc., STI West Negros University held a Virtual ComSkills Training spearheaded by Dr. Maria Teresa Asistido, Director, External Affairs and Linkages, through the E-booth program last May 3-6, 2021.

                                                                        Almost a thousand of students from year levels 3, 4 & 5 of College of Education, Arts and Sciences were divided into eight groups to attend the session.

                                                                        Ms. Devie Uy and Ms. Carol Ann Historiador of Panasiatic Solutions focused on discussing about the American Essentials; How to Build Confidence; Positive Words; Telephone Etiquette; American Sound Styles; Soft Skills; and the STI-PanAsiatic Partnership Awareness, which aims to improve the students’ English proficiency with a primary emphasis on the speaking skills while developing their self-confidence.

                                                                        An assessment on American Essentials, Confidence, Positive Words, and American Sound and Styles was conducted after the webinar wherein the results will be part of the study of identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the students, and the readiness of the university’s graduating students to become adept of the changing world of job hunting.

                                                                        STIWNU Launches Virtual English Enhancement Program

                                                                        by: Charis Faith L. Mercurio

                                                                          STIWNU's English Department held an e-booth program virtual launch last March 19, 1:30 P.M. via MS Teams.

                                                                          The e-booth program was implemented on the second semester of S.Y. 2020 – 2021 with the title “e-BOOTH: A Real-life English Experience” with its motto “i-learn, i-speak, we-win-life!”.

                                                                          Created to ameliorate the English proficiency, it primarily emphasized on the speaking skills – speaking accuracy, fluency, and pronunciation being its main language target areas.

                                                                          The content of the course aims to enrich the students’ communication skills as they attain confidence in using the English language through different speaking genres including, but not limited to, real life pursuits and situations wherein they are also expected to learn and speak based on their academic and personal interests.

                                                                          Selected teachers and students from the academe have taken part of the program where they shared their expectations, alongside the one-minute thematic presentations presented by four students from the elementary to tertiary level.

                                                                          The program ended with a special message given by EVP Dr. Ryan Mark Molina followed by the e-booth’s formal launch.

                                                                          STIWNU Aiming High: New Promotions and Employees

                                                                          Promotion is one of the things workers aim for, and for those who achieve it, it tell the world the sacrifices and hard work they made only to have this opportunity. Two staff of the STIWNU faculty team have been appointed to higher positions, and they definitely worked hard to make these promotions possible.

                                                                          Dr. Wilfredo Hermosura, former Vice President for Academic Affairs, was appointed as the new Director of the School of Graduate Studies last April 2021. Ms. Abigail Antonio, who previously worked as a payroll officer in the Human Resource Department, got promoted as the new Officer-In-Charge in the Admissions Office last January 2021.

                                                                          Having new employees means having new individuals who can share their knowledge and expertise to contribute to the institution's mission. The STIWNU family welcomes these following people who were hired last April 2021:

                                                                          • Ms. Ancella Denise Anne Pastias - Administrative Assistant, RDEO
                                                                          • Ms. Merel Rose T. Flores - Treasury Manager
                                                                          • Ms. Regina Jocson - Teller
                                                                          • Ms. Kathleen Nicole - Admissions Officer
                                                                          • Ms. Mazzie Dojoles - Administrative Assistant, School of Graduate School

                                                                          May these new promotions and appointments in the STIWNU faculty circle serve as a symbol of hard work. Stay positive, work hard, and make it happen.

                                                                          STIWNU PhD graduate qualifies for SEAMEO RELC Scholarship

                                                                          by: Aliza B. Beloria

                                                                          Out of five representatives from DepEd Bacolod and Iloilo, an STIWNU PhD graduate, Dr. Monijean Espeleta has been qualified to represent the Region 6 and DepEd Philippines in Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Language Centre Scholarship in Singapore on September 11- October 23, 2021.

                                                                          SEOMEO RELC has given five scholarships, of different courses, to all teachers (T1- supervisory level), and each division nationwide had endorsed one candidate per course.

                                                                          All five DepEd Bacolod and Iloilo representatives passed the regional level screening but only Dr. Espeleta was asked to get the English Proficiency Exam and later on confirmed as qualifier for SEAMEO RELC Scholarship specifically on C419: Specialist Certificate in Professional Development of Leaders/ Supervisors.

                                                                          SEAMEO RELC is an educational project of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education in Singapore and has worked to develop and support language education in the countries of Southeast Asia.

                                                                          Meanwhile, C419: Specialist Certificate in Professional Development of Leaders/ Supervisors is one of the courses of SEAMEO RELC designed for teacher leaders and supervisors who are engaged in the planning of professional development programmes for in-service teachers of English.

                                                                          “I will definitely be using my critical thinking skill. I will make sure that I will not be putting my great Alma Mater, STIWNU in vain. I will make sure to give justice to my being a PhD from STIWNU,” said Dr. Espeleta when asked if which among the university 5Cs helps her in this endeavour.

                                                                          “Since this is an English Language Scholarship, I will prove to them that we, Filipinos, are great in our communication skill both in written and oral. I will also be challenged to show my character,” she added.

                                                                          Nine STIers to Join Asian School Online Chess Championship

                                                                          By: Mary Rogelie Magbanua

                                                                          Nine students from STI West Negros University will join the Bacolod City Chess Team to represent the city in the upcoming Asian School Online Chess Championship to be held on July 2-11, 2021 on a virtual platform.

                                                                          Junior high school students, Einre Mar Abanco and John Cyrel Jimenea will be playing for the boys’ team.

                                                                          Meanwhile, Jamelin Ruth Lim, Jasmine Atienza, Aliyah Venice Aguilar, Summer Elaine Abanco, Jasmine Jade Cordero, Charlee Andrea Manjares and Cres Rhianne Jimenea will play for the girls’ team in their respective categories.

                                                                          The team is headed by their head coach, National Master (NM) and National Arbiter (NA) Rodolfo W. Toledo with their team captain, NA Joseph N. Delos Santos and trainer, NA Leo L. Romitman.

                                                                          The said tournament is to be hosted and co-sponsored by Bacolod City.

                                                                          STIWNU Community Pantry On the Go!

                                                                          by: Charis Faith Mercurio

                                                                            Initiated by Senior High School principal Dr. Rey Eslabon, STI West Negros University participated in community pantry which was put into action last April 23 together with Ms. Sharon Bermejo, the school’s Community Extension Program Officer, along with the Senior High School teachers, and Senior High School and NSTP students.

                                                                            As part of its corporate social responsibility and community extension program, STIWNU established a community pantry at Barangay 20 with the help of Punong Barangay Edward Solis Yee. Also, the school teamed up with iFM and DYHB Bacolod’s mobile community pantries that freely distributed essential needs such as grocery items, vegetables, rice, and cash in Barangay 17 and Barangay 30 on the same day.

                                                                            On April 30, STIWNU also put up “Kasimanwa Ko, Buligan Ko: STIWNU Community Pantry”, a community pantry outside of the school entrance for food delivery riders that was made possible through the collaboration of the STIWNU college departments, alumni, Senior High School, NSTP, Community Extension, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

                                                                            Community pantries were organized in different parts of the country to express the value of compassion and sharing to our fellowmen in whatever way we can during these trying times brought about by the pandemic wherein several LGUs and schools have also decided to replicate this humanitarian act and laudable act.

                                                                            Dr. Ryan Mark S. Molina is WVAHEI Vice President

                                                                            by: Aliza B. Beloria

                                                                            STI West Negros University’s Executive Vice-President, Dr. Ryan Mark S. Molina, took Oath as the Vice-President for Negros of Western Visayas Association of Higher Education Institutions which held virtually last April 28.

                                                                            WVAHEI was organized by CHED under the leadership of Dr. Maura Consolacion Cristobal, CESO III, the Regional Director of ChED RO VI, which goal is to provide venue for all the higher education institutions in the region in pushing the best interest of the schools.

                                                                            “As for me, I am excited about the organization and how will it further promote camaraderie among schools - both public and private schools in the region. It opens doors for collaboration and sharing of best practices among schools,” said EVP Molina.

                                                                            “For us, the pioneering officers of the organizations, this is our legacy to all learners and leaders of the academic community,” he added.

                                                                            Along with EVP Molina who was elected as the WVAHEI Vice-President for Negros a week before the oath-taking ceremony, Dr. Raul Muyong, President of Iloilo Science and Technology University was elected as the President; Dr. Pablo S. Crespo, Jr., President of University of Antique as Vice-President for Panay and Guimaras; Dr. Ma. Johanna Ann R. Bayoneta, College Administrator of Bacolod City College was elected as the Secretary; Juan Antonio Z. Villaluz, President of Southland College as Treasurer; Dr. Gereon A. Cabarles, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Colegio de San Agustin – Bacolod as Auditor; Maria Mathilde G. Trenas Octavio, College Administrator, Iloilo City Community College as Business Manager; Dr. Minnie P. Chan, Vice President for Academic Affairs of Filamer Christian University as PIO; and Dr. Zenia L. Baliguat, President, Vicenta A. Javier Memorial Community College, Rev. Fr. Edione R. Febrero, JCL, President, St. Anthony’s College, Br. Joaquin S. Martinez FSC, D.Min., President and Chancellor, USLS – Bacolod, Dr. Elizabeth O. Salabas, President, VMA Global College, Dr. Nomer P. Mangulabnan, President, Carlos Hilado Memorial State College, Dr. Julie Mirriam Rizardo, President, CPAC, and Dr. Teodoro Robles, President, Central Philippine University President, Private Higher Education Institutions were elected as WVAHEI Board of Directors.

                                                                            Meanwhile, EVP Molina is also a second-termer President for Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports Cultural Educational Association (NOPSSCEA).

                                                                            Congratulations from your STIWNU community!

                                                                            STIWNU Faculty is COHREP-NISC President

                                                                            by: Haron Kem A. Mahilum

                                                                            Dr. James Andrew D. Oyo, a faculty member from the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management was elected as the new President of the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Educators of the Philippines - Negros Island and Siquijor Chapter(COHREP-NISC), last April 10, 2021.

                                                                            Due to the ongoing pandemic, the election was done virtually through Google Meet with educators from the Negros Island and Siquijor.

                                                                            COHREP generally promotes excellence in teaching hospitality education by providing venues to transform educators into confident and value-laden professionals, committed to developing competent graduates with employable skills. The council has been promoting this mission since 1989.

                                                                            Congratulations from your STIWNU community!

                                                                            HUMSS 12th Grader tops Nationwide Online Essay Writing Contest

                                                                            by: Mary Rogelie Magbanua

                                                                            Humanities and Social Sciences 12th grader, Jaylloyd Garche topped the HUDYAT+ Digi-Ssay nationwide online essay writing contest spearheaded by We Care Organization last April 14-19.

                                                                            With the theme, "Your Mental Health Matters, Speak Up for the Voiceless," Garche used his talent in writing to raise mental health awareness and garnered 1st place in the said contest.

                                                                            "If your mind is filled, be the pen to someone's paper and pour out your thoughts - vice versa, be the paper to someone's pen as well and listen to their stories and pains. Be the channel of hope, speaking up doesn't necessarily mean talking verbally. It could be done in some heartfelt ways like what I'm doing now," he mentioned.

                                                                            Garche is not only an empowered writer but also a singer. He joined The Voice Teens of the Philippines in February 2020 and became part of Team Sarah. He finished as a grand finalist.

                                                                            Esports Scholarships Are Now A Reality In The Philippines, Thanks To AcadArena and Globe

                                                                            Appreciating the passion and hard work of student-gamers, AcadArena and Globe decided to open the first-ever esports scholarship program in the country.

                                                                            The project named Globe-AcadArena Merit Esports Scholarship (GAMES) Fund was first announced by AcadArena back in September and is only open to applicants from accredited student organizations under the AcadArena Alliance Program.

                                                                            “This program is our way of giving back to the student-gamers that have been so passionate about the local gaming space for so long now. We hope that this will empower them to chase their dreams, regardless of whatever they may be,” said Dennis Christian Dominguez, Globe’s gaming and esports lead.

                                                                            A total of 29 universities passed the Alliance Program’s accreditation process in 2020, with STIWNU, (Mustang E-Sports) garnering a 2-star Accreditation.

                                                                            “We’re excited to bring the GAMES Fund to life to support student-gamers excelling both in and out of play,” said Ariane Lim, AcadArena’s Co-Founder and Director of Student Programs, in the official press release. “We have a lot of plans on how we can improve this more with Globe and our tried and tested campus esports ecosystem in AcadArena. This is just the start.”

                                                                            Chosen scholars will be awarded either the Gold Award that will cover 100% of the tuition on top of a P30,000 maximum or P5,000 monthly stipend for either the active or the next semester for state universities, or the Silver Award will cover 50% of their tuition fee to go with a maximum P15,000 or P3,000 monthly stipend.

                                                                            STIer bags 2nd Place in Smart Bro Student Vlogger Search 2020

                                                                            Kezia Gabuya, a BSCE3A student who won 2nd place in Smart Bro Student Vlogger Search 2020. The event is sponsored by Smart Communications Inc.,

                                                                            Out of 24 aspiring candidates in the Negros and Panay Region vying to be one of the winners for the said search, she was adjudged as 2nd placer. The contest was held last November until December 2020, which features the vlogging skills of the participants while using Smart Bro LTE Pocket Wifi

                                                                            Kasadyahan Season 7 Virtual Edition unfolds.

                                                                              Kasadyahan, an annual most sought-after event of STI West Negros University unfolds its Season 7 celebration --- this time, in the virtual world. The highly-contested 7-year long competition between the 7 colors namely Red Sentinels led by June Mhurk Asetre and Faculty Adviser Nadhem Columnida , Green Titans led by Jovic Mongcal and Faculty Adviser Jay Velas, Yellow Tycoons led by Erica Mae Santiso and Faculty Adviser Anamor Jerez, Blue Guardians led by Khrisna Paula Salcedo and Faculty Adviser Cyreljoy Ebrada, Orange Erudites led by Art Mariant Bohol and Faculty Adviser Lory Ann Importante, Pink Vikings headed by Danmarc Laurilla and Faculty Adviser James Andrew Oyo and Purple Wizards headed by Jelyn Bitar and Faculty Adviser Liza Joy Barican.

                                                                              In December, Kasadyahan sets off with the priming event --- the Christmas Card making followed by the historical unfolding of the Virtual edition of Kasadyahan season 7 with Vocal Solo, followed by the Pop Dance Competition, ended by an enthusiastic dance number by the selected members of the student body, and the faculty members of the University on January 15, 2021.

                                                                              The opening of Kasadyahan was featured on the Facebook Page of the school through FB Live with thousands of viewers online, to witness talents despite the challenges posed by the Pandemic. This is a new challenge to all Team Leaders and Advisers in using online platforms to connect, collaborate and help each other.
                                                                              Who do you think will emerge victorious in KS7 Virtual Edition?

                                                                              STIWNU Jobs Café Program: Partnership with Focus Direct, Inc.

                                                                                Jobs Café, a program of STI West Negros University which aims to immerse students with actual work environment experience while studying. This particular program which enables them to be more competent in their chosen careers proudly took its form from the University’s mission to develop students with the following graduate attributes: Critical thinking, Communication skills, Change adept, a person of Character, and Christ-centered.

                                                                                In pursuit of the University's Jobs Cafe Program, STI West Negros University, and Focus Direct, Inc. signed a partnership. The program also intends to holistically imbue in the students the character of 21st Century talents in the workplace. In the picture are the officers of both organizations supporting the continuing education of STIers in quest of a brighter future.

                                                                                PRIDE

                                                                                Grade 11 HUMSS student, Jaylloyd Garche brought pride to STI West Negros University as he passed The Voice Teens blind audition and became the first member of Team Sarah. Photo from the Internet.

                                                                                Positive Habit, I Have it!

                                                                                By: Aliza Beloria

                                                                                STI West Negros University held the 24th STI National Youth Convention at SMX Convention Center, Bacolod City last January 24,2020 headed by Mr. Caesar L. Pacalioga, Director of the Office of Student Affairs and Services.

                                                                                Thousands of STIWNU students and invited students from different schools participated in the said event. Two inspirational speakers talked about different topics based on the theme “Positive Habit, I Have It.”

                                                                                Mr. Randy Esguerra, a consultant and success coach delivered a topic on ‘Kryptonite: Your Mess is Your Message. He tackled the issue about self-identity that people have different personalities and traits, whether it’s positive or negative, it can still be a factor of who we are. He then stressed out the 3A’s. First key to a peaceful life is acceptance. Accept that everything changes. No matter how bad your situation is, accept it because who knows, your reward is waiting at the end of the tunnel. Adjust, learn to adjust in the environment that surrounds you because the world doesn’t only revolve around you and things are not always about you. Anticipate, it’s okay to blame but do not end in blaming. Turn our mess into a message.

                                                                                On the other hand, a life coach, motivational speaker and President of Motiv8 Training Development, Ms. Michelle Defensor focused on how to ‘Hack a Habit’ through our thoughts, words and actions. Habit is consistent and unconscious patterns that produce our effectiveness or ineffectiveness and shows character, knowledge, process and motivation that should go altogether to have a habit. “Be careful of your thoughts because your thoughts become your reality,” said Ms. Defensor in the middle of her talk as this may become our habit.

                                                                                It is expected that those in attendance were able to internalize the different concepts presented by the resource speakers and that they should manifest the value of positive habit in their day to day life.

                                                                                Orange Erudites bags Kasadyahan Season 6 Overall Champion

                                                                                WRAP. Orange Erudites with their dean, EVP Ryan Mark Molina and Dr. Daisy Mae Octavio, Chairman of Kasadyahan Season 6 during the awarding ceremony last February 14.

                                                                                Kasadyahan, an annual most sought-after event of STI West Negros University begins its Season 6 celebration wherein seven (7) different competing colors from every department showcase their talents and abilities. These are the Red Sentinels, Green Titans, Yellow Tycoons, Blue Guardians, Orange Erudites, Pink Vikings and Purple Wizards.

                                                                                On its 6th season, each team became competitive in every event during the entire six (6) months of celebration. Last February 10-14, 2020, during the University week, seven (7) colors came to a final battle and participated in the different events that added points to their team from the last stands.

                                                                                Gaining the highest points from the start up to the final battle of Kasadyahan Season 6, Orange Erudites headed by their team captain Niko Recososa, beat the other colors and was hailed as the over-all champion.

                                                                                The following was the list of winners from the different events.

                                                                                Amazing Race and Obstacle Relay: Orange Erudites
                                                                                Vocal Solo: Green Titans
                                                                                Laro ng Lahi (Agawan ng Buko): Blue Guardians
                                                                                Laro ng Lahi (Panit-Buko): Purple Wizards
                                                                                Chess (Women): Red Sentinels
                                                                                Chess (Men): Purple Wizards
                                                                                Basketball (Men): Yellow Tycoons Basketball (Women): Purple Wizards Football (Men): Green Titans
                                                                                Frisbee (Mix): Pink Vikings
                                                                                Volleyball (Men): Orange Erudites
                                                                                Volleyball (Women): Green Titans
                                                                                Parade of Lights Street Dance Competition: Blue Guardians
                                                                                Cheerdance Competition: Blue Guardians
                                                                                Pasundayag Entertainment Show: Orange Erudites

                                                                                “The reward of a thing well done is to have done it, when the great scorer writes your name it doesn’t mean that you win or lose but on how you play the game”.

                                                                                Pasundayag: Teacher-Student Interaction

                                                                                By Aliza Beloria

                                                                                  The recently held university week of STI West Negros University had brought not only fun experi- ences but it also brought the teachers and students closer. One event made this student-teacher closer interaction possible.

                                                                                  The Pasundayag held last February 12 added up to the brightness of this year's U-Week. The university gymnasium was a sea of different colors: pink, orange, red, green, blue, yellow, and purple. It was filled with loud bangs and cheers coming from each color. The appearance of each participant for the said event made the spectators more active and excited. This year's Pasundayag held two contests and each was awaited by everyone who came to witness the prestigious event.

                                                                                  Various famous icons were displayed on the first contest. Each color had a representative coming from their pack and each also chose a famous icon that they'd need to imitate.

                                                                                  The Red Sentinels had the Dean of CICT, Ms. Mae Ludana to represent them. She never failed to radiate an upbeat aura as she chose to imitate Lady Gaga. Orange Erudites had shaken the stage by hav- ing Shakira represented by Sir Rhee Jay Bucayani, one of the instructors in Senior High school. Pink Vi- kings put the place into a slightly-rock-but-calm aura by imitating the popstar Tina Turner performed by Sir Jett Desucatan, also an SHS instructor. The Green Titans introduced us to the all-time favorite singer, Madonna imitated by Dr. Christine Julom. Ms. Joan Pacilan, the CEAS registrar put the stage on fire as she imitated Jennifer Lopez, represented the Blue Guardians. Yellow Tycoons brought chillness as Ms. Rosario Madamcila, an SBE teacher, chose to have Katy Perry. The SBE librarian, Ms. Ruby Pajura, also never failed to attract the viewers as she chose to imitate Megan Trainor to represent the Purple Wizards.

                                                                                  The second contest was as fun as the first, an entertainment show per color. In this portion, participants had the liberty to choose on any type of show they want. It was a requirement for this contest to have 15 participants five of whom should be teachers and the rest ten would be students. Each color displayed unique features of entertainment.

                                                                                  STIWNU grabs 6 golds in Tagisan ng Sining at Talino 2020

                                                                                  By: Haron Kem Mahilum

                                                                                  Nine STI schools from Cluster 7 competed in Tagisan ng Talino at Sining 2019-2020 hosted by STI West Negros University last March 6.

                                                                                  Participants from STI College Bohol, STI College Calbayog, STI College Cebu, STI College Dumaguete, STI College Iloilo, STI College Kalibo, STI College Ormoc, and STI West Negros University partook the event, unfortunately, STI Maasin wasn’t able to participate.

                                                                                  STIWNU won as Champion on Chef Xpress (Cooking) as represented by Romeo Bob Roy Bornales, Lyndon Paderna, Edmund Padilla, and Cygie Zerrudo, while STI College Ormoc and STI College Kalibo placed 1st and 2nd Runner-Up respectively.

                                                                                  STI Kalibo bags the Champion title on Codefest (Mobile App Development) teamed-up by Kendrick Yupano, Luel Jay Barrientos, Gerico Yacub, and Faith Italia Bustillo, while STI Iloilo placed as 1st Runner-Up and STIWNU placed 2nd.

                                                                                  STIWNU grabs the Champion title on Think Quest (Team Quiz) with Ethan Alexander Abad, Ranjie Daulo, Mary Grace Frias, and Jeff Michael Lacson as entrants, while STI Iloilo and Dumaguete placed 1st and 2nd Runner-Up accordingly.

                                                                                  Fernandez is New STI West Negros University President

                                                                                  Article from: UNLEASHED OFFICIAL STUDENT PUBLICATION OF STIWNU

                                                                                  A flamboyant personality in the person of Mr. Peter K. Fernandez, STI West Negros University newly appointed President visits last November 13, 2019.He was accompanied by the outgoing President Atty. Monico V. Jacob who rose to the position of Chairman of the Board and CEO based in Manila.

                                                                                  They were warmly welcomed during a General Assembly of the Faculty and Staff of the university by the school administration headed by Dr. Ryan Mark S. Molina, Executive Vice President, faculty and staff and the student body. Atty. Monico V. Jacob then announced that he will sit as the Chairman of the Board and will not be totally away from STIWNU. On the other hand, Mr. Fernandez, in his speech during the assembly, told everyone in the room to welcome changes and expect for more improvements in the university.

                                                                                  Indeed, a promising STI –breed leader will surely get the institution get moving forward.

                                                                                  Let us all brace ourselves for a change!

                                                                                  GALUH UNIVERSITY FORGES PARTNERSHIP WITH STI WEST NEGROS UNIVERITY

                                                                                  Article from: Unleashed

                                                                                  Galuh University from West Java, Indonesia visits STI West Negros University for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding last November 18, 2019.

                                                                                  Represented by STIWNU Exec. Vice Pres. Dr.Ryan Mark S. Molina and Galuh University Rector Dr. H. Yat Rospia Brata, both schools open doors for exchange students and professors, joint research programs,and various activities that will benefit both institutions and the society.

                                                                                  The other university’s officials witnessed a piece of our rich Filipino culture through a folk dance performed by the Worl-Reknowed Kaanyag Pilipinas Dance Company and Rondalla.

                                                                                  Galuh University becomes an addition to the group of international partner schools of STIWNU.

                                                                                  NEGRENSE HAILS STIWNU ROTC UNIT FANCY DRILL 1ST RUNNER-UP: Adjudged best in Production Number.

                                                                                  Article from: UNLEASHED OFFICIAL STUDENT PUBLICATION OF STIWNU

                                                                                  STI West Negros University’s ROTC Fancy Drill Unit won 1st Runner-up and Best in Production Number on the 11th Bago City Invitational Fancy Drill Competition held in Manuel Y. Torres Memorial Coliseum and Cultural Center in celebration of Cinco de Noviembre last November 5, 2019.

                                                                                  Spearheaded by Dr. Rey Eslabon, Sir Jake Mercado, and Sir Rhee Jay Bucayani, the fancy drill unit pulled off a snappy performance—leaving the spectators fascinated and spell bounded!

                                                                                  The school’s ROTC fancy drill unit competed along with Domingo Lacson National High School (DLNHS), Ramon Torres National High School (RTNHS), Lopez Jaena National High School (LJNHS), Minoyan National High School,Enriquetta Montilla De Esteban Memorial High School (EMEMHS), Bacolod City National High School, and Southland College.

                                                                                  During the tight and fiery competition, each fancy drill unit displayed creative and unique routines.

                                                                                  DLNHS managed to bag the Best in Platoon Leader and Best Disciplined Unit award, RTNHS gets the Best in Narration, and LJNHS as Best in Uniform and 2nd Runner-up.

                                                                                  EMEMHS, last year’s champion, retains the championship title along with Best in Street Performance award.

                                                                                  Amid loud cheers and strong support from their supporters and spectators, every unit went home with dignity and pride of representing their own schools.

                                                                                  KASADYAHAN SEASON 6 OPENING

                                                                                  By Aliza Beloria

                                                                                    Kasadyahan, an annual event of STI West Negros University opened another season last August 23, 2019 at the university gymnasium headed by the Executive Vice President, Mr. Ryan Mark Molina. The whole STI West Negros University was fractioned into 7 different colours, Red Sentinels, Green Titans, Yellow Tycoons, Blue Guardians, Orange Erudites, Pink Vikings and Purple Wizards, raised their flags and brought their loudest cheers.

                                                                                    Witnessed by close to 6,000 spectators, Kasadyahan Season 6 was officially opened with a showcase of talents. So, the part 1 was the formal opening were students, faculty and staff alike showed their talents in dancing and singing. The event got hotter during the Battle of the Bands and Hataw Sayaw. Representatives from every color exhibited their creativity and showed their skills in playing the different instruments in Battle of the Bands. Blue Guardians were hailed as the champion, Orange Erudites-1st runner-up and Purple Wizards- 2nd runner-up. The contestants in Hataw Sayaw showed their groove in dancing hiphop and owned the center stage. The Pink Vikings ran to the top as they’ve got the title, Orange Erudites as 1st runner-up and Green Titans, 2nd runner-up.

                                                                                    As the evening draws near, another set of talented STIers showcased their talent in Vocal Solo. Participants of each team leave the audience in awe as they performed their piece. Green Titans were hailed as the champion, Blue Guardians as 1st runner-up and Pink Vikings, 2nd runner-up. The gymnasium was filled with cheers and yells when the 14 candidates paraded their looks and talents during the Search for Mr. and Ms. STIWNU. Michael John Javier of Pink Vikings and Khrisna Paula Salcedo of Blue Guardians beat their contenders and holds the title as Mr. and Ms. STIWNU 2019. Vanessa Mae Chavez of Pink Vikings and Mark Alfonso Castro of the Yellow Tycoons were hailed as 1st runners-up, Remuel Gonzaga and Mariane Descutido of Purple Wizards as 2nd runners-up.

                                                                                    The celebration of the Kasadyahan Season 6 will last until February 15, 2020.

                                                                                    THE CHOSEN ONES

                                                                                    STIWNU Council of Student Leaders

                                                                                    Leadership Training Camp

                                                                                    By Kenth S. Jaype
                                                                                    Head, Student Development Office

                                                                                    “The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” – Ronald Reagan

                                                                                    As we grow in an institution with the vision of becoming the leading university in 2025, the population is also abruptly expanding. With the growth in our numbers, the Director of The Office of Student Affairs and Services, Mr. Caesar L. Pacalioga, with the support of our ever dynamic Executive Vice President, Mr. Ryan Mark S. Molina initiated our very first, Student Leaders Camp. They gathered all the newly elected student officers from the School of Basic Education (SBE), Senior High School (SHS) and College for the sole purpose of honing and developing the leadership skills in them for they will become the epitome of change in their corresponding departments.

                                                                                    A calm and sunny morning of July 5, 2019, the whole team headed by Mr. Pacalioga is now ready to venture the busy and winding road going to our camp located at the Eden South Beach Resort at the Municipality of Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental. Five hours of travel and we’ve reached our destination. With the help of Mr. Bayani Lacson, food was served in no time to fill our undernourished stomachs from the five-hour trip. After everybody is done settling in our respective chambers, all attention was called to be in the activity area for a short talk given by our supportive EVP, Mr. Ryan Mark S. Molina. In his talk, he gave emphasis to the graduate attributes of the institution which he calls the “5Cs”. The five (5) core elements a good leader should possess and develop. Critical Thinker, Communicator, Change Adept, Character and Christ Centered. As per Mr. Molina, a good leader should embody these characteristics to be able to lead and reach our goal of being one of the leading universities in the whole province. The students were mesmerized and captivated on how these five core values helped Mr. Molina reached his current position and how it can also help them lead their respective departments. It was indeed a constructive and beneficial talk for everybody.

                                                                                    Afternoon of the same day was allotted for students to have their team building activities prepared by Mr. Molina himself assisted by the other facilitators, Mrs. Daisy Mae E. Octavio, PhD., Ms. Sharon P. Bermejo, Mr. Jake Lauren S. Mercado, LPT, Mr. John Philip T. Villamin, LPT, Mr. Anthony C. Pineda, LPT, Mr. Caesar L. Pacalioga, Mr. Bayani G. Lacson and yours truly. The main objective for having this team building activity is to build camaraderie and relationship among the student leaders of the university. Their diverse personality and their leadership skills were put into test through the prepared activities. This includes how to handle crucial situation, their decision making skills, and their passion as a leader. The activity also determines who amongst the leaders are willing to sacrifice for the benefit of the many. Rationalization and feed backing were done right after the activity and we can guarantee a productive and a buoyant result from the students as they narrate how they were able to finish and accomplish each task with flying colors. As we ended our first day at the site, the leaders were already starting to build a connection which could lead to a profound friendship which could last for a lifetime.

                                                                                    Calm and breezy morning of July 6, 2019, it’s our last day at camp. Leaders were gathered at the shore for their final activity. For the last time, their stamina and strategic skills were measured to its peak. It was learning while having fun followed by a thorough rationalization about the activity. After the set challenges, the leaders were given their free time to enjoy.

                                                                                    The whole activity was a success! We’re confident that our new set of officers is well prepared and equipped to face a new challenge that awaits their way. Excited with all their new learning and the new friendship they were able to build, the leaders are ready to embrace responsibility and laugh in the face of problems and challenges. Together, they will lead and guide the students to help achieve the desire of the institution, to reach our vision and implement the mission. Together, we AIM HIGH, STI!

                                                                                    "BEHIND THE FOG OF SACRIFICES LIE THE VALLEY OF SWEET SUCCESS"

                                                                                    The 2019 Criminology Licensure Examination results speak how STI West Negros University hones our future police officers posted in January 7, 2020. Forty four (44) first takers with brave souls from the College of Criminal Justice Education attempted to surpass the challenge and thirty five (35) of them made it garnering a total of a whopping 79.55% Board Passing Rate!

                                                                                    The University got an Overall Passing Performance Rating of 66.10% and a National Passing Rate of 44.11% which made the University excels over other colleges and universities in the whole province and took the top spot!

                                                                                    All the hard work and sacrifices really paid off for these amazing students as well as their Dean, Dr. Nicholas Cabellero. Among others, the Executive Vice President of the University, Dr. Ryan Mark S. Molina, is the proudest because of the success of his people and as another milestone was added under his legacy.

                                                                                    “Together, let’s work towards our vision of being a leading university in 2025”, Molina concluded.

                                                                                    Aim High!

                                                                                    AN INSANE, LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE

                                                                                    By Mariel Angeline Malacad
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                                                                                    A journey of self-discovery, an opportunity to do and see things I could never dream of, an unforgettable lifelong experience that opened my mind to a lot of possibilities. It was an exchange program that was beyond my imagination.

                                                                                    In February 25, 2017, I, Mariel Angeline Malacad flew to Jeonju, South Korea. I was given the opportunity to study in Chonbuk National University. During the first semester, it was difficult for me especially with regard to communication. I only knew a few Korean words which I’ve heard from watching Korean dramas and listening to Korean music. Our teachers were all Koreans and all of them can speak Chinese but they don’t know how to speak English. For me and my Filipino classmates who knows how to speak English finds it really hard for to understand what the teachers were saying. I admit that we would usually use our Korean-English dictionaries and Google translators but a month later, I am so happy that we can talk a little Korean and we can already introduce ourselves. I improved my language acquisition through practical immersions like, talking to our friends in both English and Korean. During the second semester, our teachers were really fantastic. They explained a lot of things about the language for us to easily digest. They also shared a couple of Korean culture which really amazes me. One thing I love the most about our school is how they celebrate festivals and hold school fairs. It was an amazing school year for me and my friends because we were given the chance to witness their Music Bank and see a lot of our favorite K-pop idols that we only see in the internet and music shows in TV. Like EXO CBX, TWICE, VIXX and other famous singers. My school life in Jeonju was really challenging in the sense that I am not familiar with everything but because I’m learning and having fun at the same time I can say that it was one of the best times of my life when I was there. I enjoyed and learned a lot of things about school, people and their culture. It was a mind blowing experience and indeed a life-changing one.

                                                                                    My foster family, the Antioch family, was just simply amazing. They have been very accommodating and welcomed me with open arms in their family. I didn’t expect to make a lot of friends and be able to touch their hearts by my life testimonies about how I make it to Korea and had the opportunity to study in one of their most prestige universities in their country. When I first stepped my foot to this country which is also known as The Land of the Morning Calm, we went to one of its tourist destinations, The Antioch Church. It was a memorable experience. Our foster families became our first family in South Korea. They have English worship service and ministries like International Students, Korean Class and Filipino Community Ministry. I did not expect to see a lot of Filipinos there. They treated me like a family since it is normal for us Filipinos to be hospitable. I have learned about how Filipinas handles challenges in dealing with their Korean husbands. They’ve opened their doors for us, fed us, gave us clothes and they taught us how Koreans go about their cultures. Summer came and together with Antioch Family, we went to some of the beaches in Korea and had some sleepovers in some of the Filipinos residences. I was given the chance to participate in some festivals like Wanju. It is a festival in Korea that serves wild or exotic food as their main course. It is being offered to foreigners who want to indulge themselves in eating Korean special foods. I also had the chance to visit my brother in Busan three times. The tour around other parts of South Korea fires up my experience as well. I went to Gimje, Imsil, Buan, Seoul and Yeosu. During my birthday last September, a surprised birthday dinner was organized by my Filipino and Korean friends. Who would forget a birthday with a lot of food and six different cakes? That was an amazing birthday I would never forget. Another surprise for us last year was that our Executive Vice President, Head of Foreign Languages and Affairs and the Manager of our Institute of Language came to visit us in our school. Even though I was far from home and miss a lot of people, my Korean friends made me feel complete and happy beyond measures.

                                                                                    Time flew so fast and we celebrated our New Year in a very cold weather. Me and my friends moved out of the dormitory since our classes were already finished. The leader of the International Students, Agatha, together with her family offered us a house to stay into. We stayed there for about two months but I felt like it has been a year already. We became close with each other and they treated us as her daughters. She even gave us Korean names with her last name on it. We would go to different places and eat a lot of delicious food. She acted as our tour guide when we went to Seoul and toured us to popular places and destinations that we wish to visit before going back to our home country. We visited Myeondong, Gyokbogung Palace, SM entertainment, and COEX mall.

                                                                                    I experienced a lot of first times in South Korea as an exchange student. These experiences gave me a lifelong learning than money can never provide. With all the sacrifices and effort I gave, I can really say it was all worth it. It was really worth the risk to leave my home country to venture another place that was totally different in the place where I grew. I gained more interest in global and educational issues that surrounds me. I feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment when I finished my one year stay in Korea, not only because I passed my subjects but because of the direct purposeful experiences I had. The truth was that I don’t want to wake up to the reality that our one year was fast approaching. I was feeling excited to see my family and friends and at the same time sad to leave the family that I started to love in Korea. My experience will always be written in my mind and heart. It was the most unforgettable and incomparable experience in my life. The exchange program shaped me to become a better person. My experience will always have a great impact in what I am today and what I will become in the future. I learned a lot about one’s awareness, independence, knowledge, adaptability, creativity and development. As what Michelle Obama said “The benefits of studying abroad are almost endless.” I believe that studying abroad can really change one’s point of view of life and life itself. Aim high!

                                                                                    YOUTH VOLUNTEER

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                                                                                    Last May, I had the chance to attend a 3-day Volunteer Youth Leaders for Health (VYLH) Visayas cluster camp. VYLH is a non-profit national youth organization which focuses on advocating Newborn Screening (NBS), Folic Acid Supplementation, Rare Diseases Awareness and Preconception Health through its prime movers – the youth. The organization selected 44 student leaders, young professionals and health advocates of Panay, Guimaras and Negros Islands from hundreds of applicants. It was a privilege for me to represent the school and my health advocacy – HIV Awareness.

                                                                                    Although the camp did not tackle deeply on my advocacy, it opened my mind to many possibilities and opportunities. It was during the camp that I realized what a true volunteer means and what it costs to become one. I learned how important the four advocacies of the group were and why they focused on them: because it seems only a very few promote or even knew them. Hayaw, our batch’s name, also enabled me to gain not just connections but a new family in VYLH. The seniors – we call them Ate’s and Kuya’s – were the kindest facilitators and, at the same time, our greatest help especially after the camp.

                                                                                    In the camp, we were taught of the importance of Newborn Screening in saving a baby’s future; we should never be afraid to have our babies screened and pay a small amount than regret in the end and even pay a higher price. It was also then that I knew Folic Acid is vital on the first trimester period of pregnancy – it is when usually women do not even know they’re already pregnant – and as young as 14 years old should start taking Folic Acid. There are many more revelations for me that, according to the doctors who were also our speakers, some medical practitioners will also be surprised knowing about NBS, Folic Acid, Rare Diseases and Preconception Health.

                                                                                    After the camp, the Newborn Screening Center-Visayas sent me brochures and flyers of the advocacies that we, together with some STI Wesnecan volunteers, taught and distributed to young women and parents in selected public schools during Brigada Eskwela. It was also this time when I realized that passion can be learned through immersion. When one is well educated of something, he can be zealous to share it especially when it’s alarming.

                                                                                    Now, I continue to learn more about my newfound advocacy as I start to intensively share it with anyone I encounter. What do I get in return for this? Nothing. My rewards are the appreciations I get from the listeners knowing I may have made them understand and the fact that, in one way or another, I may have helped save a life. *Jhun Paul Alacre

                                                                                    WESNECAN WINS 2ND PLACE IN NEGROS CHESS TILT

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                                                                                    Jamelin Ruth Lim, Grade 7 of STIWNU SBE, finished 2nd with a perfect 6-0 record losing only one SB point, 24-23, from clinching the 3rd Edition of CityMall Mandalagan - Pawn Storm Negros Chess Kiddies Championship title at CityMall Mandalagan, June 23, 2018.

                                                                                    Lim, 12, is the only female in the top 5 and one of the only two players who won all their six matches – the other is her teammate and the champion, Neil Vincent Cena, 13. She bested 114 other players in the 13-under Swiss-system tournament.

                                                                                    Jamelin received P2,000 cash, a medal, a free Kartingtoon ride and a Negros Chess Journal.

                                                                                    STIWNU JOINS NATIONAL SIMULTANEOUS EARTHQUAKE DRILL

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                                                                                    STIWNU held a surprise earthquake drill in accordance to the simultaneous national earthquake drills, June 21, 2018, 2pm.

                                                                                    Students, faculty, staff and even visitors proceeded to the evacuation site, the university football field, where simulations of possible earthquake accidents and injuries were shown.

                                                                                    The head of the Security and Safety Office, Mr. Ernan Encarnado, emphasized the value of urgency and safety of everyone after the whole drill took over nine minutes to finish the evacuation and rescue procedure, which according to Mr. Encarnado, an alarming result as a lot of things may happen in nine minutes for an actual earthquake.

                                                                                    Mr. Encarnado also taught the participants the right things to do in case an actual earthquake happens to prevent delays of evacuation and lessen injuries.

                                                                                    The nationwide drill is second of the four drills expected to happen quarterly this year. The next one will be expected to be conducted sometime in July. *Jhun Paul Alacre

                                                                                    STIWNU ASSIGNS 5 TOP SEAT HEADS

                                                                                    For the start of the school year 2018-2019, STI West Negros University announces its newly appointed academic administrator.

                                                                                    The formerly assistant vice president for academic affairs Dr. Wilfredo E. Hermosura, is now set as the school’s new Vice President for Academic Affairs.

                                                                                    Dr. Hermosura shared his 38 years of experience in teaching and educational management which includes academic supervision as Principal IV, Division Supervisor, Regional Supervisor and Director of Basic Education Department.

                                                                                    The current dean of college of business management and accountancy Dr. Mima Villanueva is now taking seat as the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.

                                                                                    Dr. Mima is a certified public accountant. She is also a manager/accountant, review director of NOPSSCEA CPA review school and an active member and committee chair of CHED’s regional quality assessment team.

                                                                                    For the director of Research Extension and Development Office, appointed was Dr. Randolf L. Assistido, mentor, researcher with more than 20 years of productive experience.

                                                                                    The Senior High School’s newly assigned principal is Dr. Rey T. Eslabon. He is the head of the school’s NSTP program and currently the VP of the regional NSTP coordinators association incorporation.

                                                                                    For the head of Guidance Services Center, appointed was Dr. Madeline P. Sotomil. She is a registered guidance counselor and a registered professional teacher. She is, as well, a member of Guidance and Counseling Association of the Philippines. *Faith Hope Lauren

                                                                                    INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN THAILAND

                                                                                    STI West Negros University co-hosted the 6th National and International Conference with a Theme: Research to Serve Society in Samut Prakarn, Thailand on June 22, 2018 at Huachiew Chalermprakiet University. As co-host of Huachiew Chalermprakiet University of the conference, STI West Negros University main responsibilities would include submitting academic papers either for oral or poster presentations for presentation and publication, and designating academically outstanding lecturers to be part of the double-blind peer review committee to examine the submitted papers. Another milestone to accomplishing the University’s vision-mission for 2025.

                                                                                    Joining the President of Huachiew Chalermprakiet University (HCU), Associate Professor Dr. Prachak Poomvises (Center), HCU Vice President Associate Professor Uraipan Junvanichyanont (third from right), and other partners of HCU from Malaysia and China Furthermore, as co-host, STIWNU helped in the organization with the Director for External Affairs and Linkages Office (EALO), Dr. Maria Teresa T. Asistido, acted as moderator during the research presentation. Two presenters excellently and impressively delivered their research:

                                                                                    DR. WELFREDO O. HERMOSORA Vice President for Academic Affairs Implementing Technical Vocational Program: The Doña Monserrat Lopez Memorial High School Experience

                                                                                    DR. LILYBETH P. ESLABON Director, Curriculum Instructional Media Development In Search of Indigenous/Traditional Practices of Tan-awan Village

                                                                                    STIWNU co-hosting of the conference supports Thailand’s National Education Act of 1998 that states “conducting research is an indispensable function of higher education institutions. Research projects must be regularly conducted so research findings can be used for development purposes and must be continuously implemented to harness maximum benefits for students, lecturers, academicians and respective institutions involved in the research projects.” Moreover, in Thailand, conducting research is one of the indicators in the quality assurance standard prescribed by the Office of the Higher Education Commission (OHEC).

                                                                                    Aside from submitting academic papers for oral presentations was designating academically outstanding lecturers to be part of the double-blind peer review committee to examine the submitted papers. Three were accepted by the HCU Committee to be part of the double-blind peer review:

                                                                                    • DR. MARIA TERESA T. ASISTIDO
                                                                                      Ph.D. in English (Language)
                                                                                      Director, External Affairs & Linkages
                                                                                    • DR. RANDOLF L. ASISTIDO
                                                                                      Ph.D. in English (Language)
                                                                                      Director, Research Development & Extension
                                                                                    • DR. LILYBETH P. ESLABON
                                                                                      Ph.D. in Management
                                                                                      Director, Curriculum Instructional Media Development

                                                                                    As an institution of higher learning that acknowledges the indispensable role of research in the academe, Huachiew Chalermprakiet University, together with its co-hosts, has the policy to promote, encourage and improve academicians,lecturers and students’ abilities to conduct research and other academic works not to mention the support in publishing research articles in local and international peer-reviewed journals and/or their presentations in national and international conferences.

                                                                                    YVEC: YOUTH EMPOWERMENT FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

                                                                                    Last June 13-15, 2018, the Research Development and Extension Office (RDEO) together with the KAWSA Organization led the 2nd year of the Youth Volunteerism Empowerment Camp (YVEC).

                                                                                    The camp focused on encouraging the young STIWNU leaders to be active and involved on KAWSA’s environment preservation and awareness advocacies.

                                                                                    20 selected participants, through the aid of 16 facilitators, listened to important topics, showed creativity and skills in workshops, helped in clean-up drive and collaborated in planning for major projects to be implemented in the school.

                                                                                    During the lectures, Ms. Olive Seruelo of Virlanie Foundation started with an environment talk and open forum. Then, four major discussions were conferred where former SSG President Anthony Pineda discussed the current school issues and the cost of volunteerism on his “EnviHEROment: School Environment Issues and Volunteerism”; former Torchbearer Associate Editor Karlota Sumugat taught how to become an advocate of preserving our nature through art on her “LiteNATURE.Ink: Literature and Arts for Nature”; Kawsa President Jimson Abong shared his expertise in up-cycling on his “TRASHformation: from Trash to Treasure”; while TWT EIC Jhun Paul Alacre challenged the audience to be ethical and positive influences in social media through his “NEATizen: The Practice of Responsibe Media and Clean Conscience.”

                                                                                    The campers were then grouped according to the four major talks and created project plans which they presented to panelists for approval. Team EnviHEROment came-up with a biennial awarding of top student environment advocates, Team LiteNATURE will be hosting an environment-themed literary writing competition, Team TRASHformation will be making an urban garden near the west side parking lot and the Team NEATizen will be holding a Christmas tree and decorative star making competition.

                                                                                    YVEC 2 was organized by the KAWSA President, Jimson Abong; co-organized by Anthony Pineda and Karlota Sumugat; supervised by the head of Community Extension Program, Sharon P. Bermejo. KAWSA, now on its 3rd year, is student-formed institutional organization focused on preserving the environment.
                                                                                    *JPA

                                                                                    NOPSSCEA 37 WESNECAN WINNERS

                                                                                    4th year student Janin Pialan bagged the champion title for NOPSSCEA 37 Vocal Solo with her rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Beat it” as other Education students Alley Tumabine and Charlene Capole also took home the champion title for the vocal duet after their version of “Footloose,” held at the University of St. La Salle Coliseum, Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

                                                                                    Meanwhile, STI-Wesnecans also shined in the sports with the Basketball High School Boys, Football Secondary Boys and Football Aspirants all winning gold medals. Also, holding the 1st runner up title is the Beach Volley High School Boys.

                                                                                    Lawn Tennis College Men, Basketball Elementary Boys and Basketball College Men were 2nd runners-up, with the impressive performance of Guard Nike H. Montalvo who is part of this year’s Mythical 5.

                                                                                    For board and strategic games, the Chess High School Boys and Girls divisions brought home the Champion title, while the Chess College Mean and Women won the 2nd runners-up.Gold medalists are set to compete for the national level next year which venues are to be announced.
                                                                                    –Julius Andrada

                                                                                    STIWNU, TRANSCOM Inks MOA

                                                                                    STI West Negros University (STIWNU) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Transcom Worldwide Philippines, Inc. held at Transcom office in Bacolod City, recently.

                                                                                    The MOA signed by Mr. Ryan Mark Molina, Executive Vice President (STIWNU) and Transcom’s Shared Services Operations Senior Vice President, Joy Sebastian expressed that the former’s students particularly those with practicum and internship program will participate and exposed to the latter’s events that will help promote and identify future career directions. They will also be considered candidates for future job openings.

                                                                                    Being engaged in the Business Process Outsourcing, Transcom has the requisite experience, expertise, manpower and capital to perform its obligations.

                                                                                    Both organizations intend to utilize their complementary strengths in the promotion of technology in education.

                                                                                    The partnership will focus on practicum and internship program to assist graduating students in finding practicum/internship program within TRANSCOM to be adequately familiar with the actual office and industrial operations and management to assist their formal training; the conduct of job fairs and career talks in the University that will train the students and identify potential hirees and scholarship program for deserving students, among others

                                                                                    Also present during the MOA signing were STIWNU’s Dr. Maria Teresa Asistido, Bayani Lacson, Ritzy R. Malo-oy, Dr. Emil Sama, STIWNU student representatives and other members of Transcom’s team. # (prstiwnu/rrm)

                                                                                    ‘KIEFLY’ LEADS NOPSSCEA 37 OPENING

                                                                                    Couple-athletes Kiefer Ravena and Alyssa Valdez spearheaded the opening of the 37th season of NOPSSCEA at STIWNU Gym, September 16, Saturday, 1 PM.

                                                                                    After the ceremonial lighting of the torch by student athletes: BTTHS gymnast Kiana Marie Alagaban, LCC-B swimmer Timothy Concon and USLS spiker Christian Marcelino, the Phenoms, their popular moniker during their college days with Ateneo de Manila University, led the hoisting of the NOPSSCEA Season 37 banner followed by LCC-B and Riverside Chorales’ singing of NOPSSCEA hymn.

                                                                                    Also known to their fans as Kiefly, Ravena and Valdez shared their struggles and successes in their respective field of sports on their inspirational messages to the jam-packed venue. Ravena, an Iloilo-descent Gilas member, started with an appreciation, in straight Hiligaynon, to the fans and the committee members for the warm welcome they both received. Volleyball superstar Valdez narrated her early years in the game as a lousy player to the dedication and hard work she went through to reach her dream as a national player for the sport she learned to love. In an interview, Alyssa said she’s happy to be back in Bacolod and was excited to see the local athletes play in Manila soon.

                                                                                    After NOPSSCEA President Dr. Ervie Emelda Gallespen’s declaration of the official opening of the 37th season, the event was wrapped-up with a production number by dance troupes of different colleges and universities of the 60-member schools association.

                                                                                    STIWNU Partners with Six Korean Schools

                                                                                    STI West Negros University recently partnered with six educational institutions in South Korea providing prospects for students and teachers alike to study in these universities.

                                                                                    Ryan Mark Molina, STIWNU Executive Vice President with Dr. Maria Teresa Asistido, External Affairs and Linkages met with the different heads of the school likewise for Korean students to study in the Philippines under the project.

                                                                                    The partner schools include: Pukyong National University PKNU) in Busan, South Korea; Korea Maritime and Ocean University also in Busan for Faculty and Student Exchange programs in marine transportation and business management in undergraduate and post graduate studies.

                                                                                    Also, three STIWNU Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSED) students are currently in Chunbuk National University, Jeongju, South Korea for the Student Exchange Program. They are; Mariel Angeline Malacad, Thea Marie Gemino and Geleen Ordaniel.

                                                                                    Moreover, Kumoh National Institute of Technology, Gyeongbuk, South Korea invites Engineering, Business Management and IT teachers and students in different industries for an educational trip in 2018. They are encouraging students and teachers to avail of Korean Government Scholarship grants in undergraduate and post graduate studies in engineering, technology and business management.

                                                                                    Finally, Keimyung University and Keimyung College University in Daegu, South Korea are proposing for the same exchange program both for students and faculty.

                                                                                    Ms. Zherry Jacela, Senior High School Program Coordinator is with Keimyung College University under Faculty Exchange-Global Zone.

                                                                                    All six schools will send their students to study English in the University’s Institute of Languages in January-February 2018.

                                                                                    More than the chance to see the world, the experience will further improve the students’ inter-cultural and social skills, find new interests, personal development and eventually find their niche in the world that has become smaller due to technological advancements.

                                                                                    According to Asistido, this is just the initial stage for more possible partnership with other Korean universities. * (rrm/stiwnu)

                                                                                    STIWNU, ITECC International Conference for Educators a Success

                                                                                    More than five hundred educators from different schools in Negros, Panay and Cebu Islands participated in the 3-day International Educators’ Conference and the 1st Early Childhood Education Conference held at STI West Negros University gym, October 23-25, 2017.

                                                                                    The first international conference was a project of the University in collaboration with International TESOL Education and Consultancy Corporation (ITECC) with the theme Overcoming Borders in Education.

                                                                                    School administrators, curriculum implementers, school heads, subject specialists, teachers and professionals who participated gained new knowledge and innovations in the field of education.

                                                                                    Plenary speakers during the 3-day conference were; Dr. Tracey Tokuhama Espinosa, Professor and Director of the Applied Educational Research Center- Latin American School of Social Sciences at Harvard University, USA; Marco Brazil, Global expert in Teaching Young Learners, Founder and executive training director of the Institute of English Teaching to Children (IETC), Associate of International Teacher Development Institute (iTDi), presenter for Oxford University Press Japan and Macmillan Education Asia; Ai Rita Murphy, School Directress of the Murphy School of Education, Fukouka, Japan; Teaching Young Learners expert; Neuro-ELT FAB Founder-an organization that promotes the application of neuroscience concepts in education and Prof. Robert Murphy, Mind, Brain, and Education Science expert; Professor from University of Kitakyushu, Japan and University of Birmingham, UK; Neuro-ELT FAB Founder-an organization that promotes the application of neuroscience concepts in education.

                                                                                    Certificates for the International Educators’ Conference (IEC) 2017 and the 1st Early Childhood Education Conference (ECEC) were given to participants and they likewise obtained Professional Development TESOL Certificates equivalent to 30 hours credited to the 120-hour TESOL Certification Course that they can pursue after the conferences.

                                                                                    The activity was spearheaded by STIWNU Executive Vice President, Ryan Mark S. Molina with Dr. Maria Teresa Asistido, director for External Affairs and Linkages and Ms. Revyrose Limbo, ITECC president. * (rrmalo-oy/stiwnu)

                                                                                    Kasadyahan Season 4 Opens With a Blast

                                                                                    Executive Vice President Ryan Mark Molina surprised the jam-packed University gym as he rappelled from its ceiling to formally announce the opening of Kasadyahan Season 4, Friday, October 6.

                                                                                    To officially announce each team’s participation, banners of Purple Wizards, Blue Guardians, Green Titans, Yellow Tycoons, Pink Vikings and Red Sentinels were raised by the squad leaders and advisers.

                                                                                    The event was then highlighted with the Cheerdance competition between the seven teams with the Blue Guardians won back-to-back first place with Pink Vikings and Orange Erudites, 2nd and 3rd places, respectively.

                                                                                    The 4-month long celebration will showcase various sports, literary, musical and cultural events and the highlight of the activity is set during the university’s 70th Anniversary on February, 2018.

                                                                                    A Holy Sacrifice of the Mass officiated by Fr. Raymond Asoy was sponsored by the College of Hospitality Management (CHTM) in the morning at Students’ Activity Center followed by Agape Lunch shared by the University faculty members and staff.

                                                                                    Kasadyahan Season 4 with the theme “Passion, Innovation, Teamwork” was also witnessed by visitors and students from other schools in Negros Occidental. * (contributed by: Jhun Paul Alacre/TWT)

                                                                                    STIWNU, ITECC Hold International Conference for Educators

                                                                                    STI West Negros University in collaboration with International TESOL Education and Consultancy Corporation (ITECC) will be hosting the International Educators’ Conference and the 1st Early Childhood Education Conference on October 23-25, 2017 at STIWNU.

                                                                                    School administrators, curriculum implementers, school heads, subject specialists, teachers and professionals will be participating in the 3-day conference with the theme Overcoming Borders in Education.

                                                                                    Certificates for the International Educators’ Conference (IEC) 2017 and the 1st Early Childhood Education Conference (ECEC) will be given to participants. They will likewise obtain Professional Development TESOL Certificates equivalent to 30 hours which will be credited to the 120-hour TESOL Certification Course that they can pursue after the conferences.

                                                                                    Moreover, topics on technology in education, blended learning, teaching young learners, NeuroELT-Neuroscience and English language teaching, among others will also be discussed.

                                                                                    Meanwhile, plenary speakers include; Dr. Tracey Tokuhama Espinosa, Professor and Director of the Applied Educational Research Center- Latin American School of Social Sciences at Harvard University, USA; Marco Brazil, Global expert in Teaching Young Learners, Founder and executive training director of the Institute of English Teaching to Children (IETC), Associate of International Teacher Development Institute (iTDi), presenter for Oxford University Press Japan and Macmillan Education Asia; Ai Murphy, School Directress of the Murphy School of Education, Fukouka, Japan; Teaching Young Learners expert; Neuro-ELT FAB Founder-an organization that promotes the application of neuroscience concepts in education and Prof. Robert Murphy, Mind, Brain, and Education Science expert; Professor from University of Kitakyushu, Japan and University of Birmingham, UK; Neuro-ELT FAB Founder-an organization that promotes the application of neuroscience concepts in education. For more information, you may contact Dr. Maria Teresa Asistido at Teresa.asistido@wnu.sti.edu or 434-4561 local 123. * (rrmalo-oy/stiwnu)

                                                                                    129 Completes Senior High School AT STIWNU

                                                                                    One hundred twenty-nine pioneer Senior High School students of STI West Negros University graduated during the 1st Senior High School Commencement Exercises held at LNAM Gym with the theme: “Headway to success through transformation and innovation.”

                                                                                    Dr. Ophelia M. Duayan, SHS principal presented the graduates and conferred by the University President, Atty. Monico V. Jacob.

                                                                                    STI prides itself in bringing world-class education nationwide. As one of the largest network of schools in the Philippines, STI has 78 campuses with 1 university. It becomes one of the pioneers of Senior High School in the Philippines with more than 700 graduates in 2014. With its experience in providing quality education with relevant program tracks for Senior High, STI West Negros University offered what the millennials need in this techno-savvy generation coupled with the skills to succeed in the world; tracks include academic with specializations like STEM, ABM, HUMSS and General Academic and technical-vocational among others.

                                                                                    STIWNU to Host Sports Leadership Training
                                                                                    by Ex-NBA Players

                                                                                    STI West Negros University will host a three-day leadership training and seminar on June 2-4, 2017 by two former NBA players and by an international speaker and member of John Maxwell team.

                                                                                    Ryan Mark S. Molina, Executive Vice-President of STIWNU inked a memorandum of agreement with Sunny Diego, of the Sunny Diego Show based in California, USA, to hold a training seminar on “Anti-Drug Sports Leadership and Development Seminar” at the University Gym.

                                                                                    Diego, a member of John Maxwell team of speakers along with former NBA players, Juaquin Hawkins, of Houston Rockets and Corey Benjamin, of the Chicago Bulls and Charlotte Bobcats will be sharing their skills, talents and expertise. The training will also develop participants to apply leadership to the highest level of excellence.

                                                                                    Moreover, the team will feature 25 years of leadership training resources from the materials of John Maxwell’s 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth.

                                                                                    STIWNU Mustangs, 2016 NOPSSCEA Basketball Men Champion will also be playing against the UNO-R Rams on June 5-7, 2017 with Hawkins and Corey.

                                                                                    For information about registration and schedules please contact STIWNU at 434-4561.*

                                                                                    STIWNU Holds Enhancement Training to BCPO

                                                                                    As an institution committed to provide knowledge through the development and delivery of superior learning systems, STI West Negros University (STIWNU) conducted Basic Computer Enhancement Training to members of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), February 17, 2016 at the BCPO grounds.

                                                                                    Fifty police officers from various departments and stations including the non-uniformed personnel participated in a one-day basic computer enhance training led by STI West Negros University in partnership with the Police Community Relations (PCR), BCPO to enhance our forces’ skills in basic computer literacy.

                                                                                    The participants had their hands-on exercises inside the University’s Mobile School with IT instructors; Beau Villanueva, Julius Vistar and Edwin Bermejo.

                                                                                    PSSupt. Flynn Dongbo, BCPO director, expressed his appreciation to the University for providing free training to the PNP personnel of Bacolod City. Awarding of certificates of participation will be given on February 29, 2016, Monday during the Flag Raising Ceremony at BCPO headquarters.

                                                                                    STIWNU’s computer enhancement training is part of its community extension activities through the provision of knowledge through the delivery of superior learning systems and producing innovative leaders by becoming more competent and responsible members of the society.* (rrm)

                                                                                    STIWNU Holds Culinary Career Fair

                                                                                    STI West Negros University conducted a one-day culinary career fair and student congress at Grand Regal Hotel with the theme “International Career Opportunities” attended by Hospitality and Tourism Management students, July 18, 2016, Monday.

                                                                                    The congress, according to Dr. Gina B. Montes, dean of the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management (CHTM) will train and equip the students with the knowledge, attitude, skills, habits, ethics and values (KASHEV) and make them competitive in the hospitality and tourism industry.

                                                                                    Armando Monterroso, executive chef of Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center based in Nashville, Tennessee shared his expertise in the field to the students and faculty members as well.

                                                                                    Orientation for the parents of the Cultural Exchange program, internship and trainings for their children’s international career opportunities was also held to provide them the different cultural exchange and internship programs and of the University in USA, Australia, Spain and Thailand, among others.

                                                                                    Likewise conducted were; faculty development program, cooking demonstration held at STI West Negros University HM laboratory.

                                                                                    A Memorandum of Agreement was signed between the University led by its Executive Vice-President, Ryan Mark S. Molina and VP for Academic Affairs, Dr. Nony Descutido with Lalaine Rotas, President and Managing Director of POEC Consultancy International, David Causer, Jr., International Business Development of Global Education Concepts and Monterroso representing Gaylord Resort and Convention Center.

                                                                                    More than 500 students from CHTM and Senior High School under Culinary Arts and Hotel Operations tracks attended the congress.

                                                                                    500 Students Join STIWNU Journalism Talk

                                                                                    Five hundred students from different high schools in Bacolod City participated in the four days journalism and broadcasting talk by ST West Negros University.

                                                                                    Mr. Mark Molina, Executive Vice President of STIWNU expressed that the University has been initiating activities in support of the Department of Education (DepEd) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) that will mold the total development of students and assist them to become better individuals.

                                                                                    Relative to this thrust, the University recently conducted a journalism and broadcasting talk from September 10, 17, 24, and 27, 2016 attended by students from Bata, Generoso Villanueva Sr., Angela Gonzaga, Domingo Lacson, Bacolod City, Abkasa and Mandalagan National High Schools, Mansilingan Agro-Industrial High School and Negros Occidental High School with STIWNU School of Basic Education and selected college students.

                                                                                    Topic on basic newswriting was conducted by former editor and now a practicing lawyer, Atty. Guillermo Tejida III; Sports Writing by Jerome Galunan Jr., Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Information Officer, Lorenzo O. Lambatin Jr. and capping the activity was the TV Lecture with GMA TV’s Jiggy Manicad.

                                                                                    Meanwhile, Jiggy Manicad, an internationally recognized journalist and television news producer/reporter gave the students the broadcasting perspective of journalism. He also shared the different challenges that the media industry is facing during the open forum.

                                                                                    The Journalism Talk also aims to provide students with the basic journalism techniques and skills which they could apply in their school publication projects and news casting events.

                                                                                    Wesnecan Represents Neg. Occ. in Regional Language Tilt

                                                                                    Grade 7 Chikki U. Villanueva of the STI West Negros University - School of Basic Education bested 34 other representatives from Bacolod City and Negros Occidental in the recently concluded English Language Festival.

                                                                                    Villanueva bagged the Champion in the Spelling Bee competition spearheaded by DepEd- Private Schools and School Administrators Association of the Philippines (PRISSAAP) held in Bacolod City last January 8, 2016.

                                                                                    She will compete for Negros Occidental in the regional English Language Festival on February 4, 2016 at 888 Premier Mall.

                                                                                    A staff writer of SBE’s official publication The Wesneco Flame, Villanueva loves to read and write short stories. She graduated 1st Honors in Elementary and the daughter of a public school teacher and an employee father.

                                                                                    Villanueva was coached by Mrs. Maybele Geduriagao, grade 6 adviser.

                                                                                    STIWNU Holds 21st National Youth Convention

                                                                                    More than 2,000 students of various programs of STI West Negros University participated in the National Youth Convention (NYC) held yesterday at the Garden Royal in Bacolod City.

                                                                                    The 21st STI NYC is an annual educational caravan that combines the traditional and superior learning opportunities for STI students from Luzon, to Visayas, and Mindanao.

                                                                                    This year’s event banners the theme: “#iWillLeadInnovation.” Students of STI nationwide are expected to discover their full potential in this activity set to provide them with the needed knowledge, skills and values to become Innovators. This year’s roster of inspiring speakers comprises of high-caliber and well-respected professionals in the field of ICT, Engineering, Travel and Tourism Management. It includes topics like: Technology for Innovation, Taking the Lead and Flexibility to Change, among others.

                                                                                    For the past 20 years, NYC continuously provides avenue for students to acquire supplemental learning that would help them succeed in their careers.

                                                                                    STIWNU Shares Gift of Knowledge to 3 Brothers

                                                                                    Christmas is that time of year when children of all ages are sharing that special feeling of excitement and hope that the season brings.

                                                                                    It is in this light that STI West Negros University awards three brothers with the Gift of Knowledge for Senior High School and any 4-Year Program in College. Gift of Knowledge is a scholarship program that Three brothers from Bacolod City

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                                                                                    STI West Negros University (STIWNU), is a private university located in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines.