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SOAR 2015 Challenges Ateneans: Be Aptissimi

March 6, 2015March 6, 2015
The SOAR Night on 27 February 2015 challenged student organizations to be and do the aptissimi, which means the very best. Aptissimi was used by Juan de Polanco, a Jesuit and close friend of Ignatius of Loyola. Director of Student Affairs Rodolfo Virtus Jr explained to the organizations, however, that being and doing one’s best should be understood not only in the context of academic excellence but more importantly, in character formation and service to Bikol and the country. The keynote speaker, Jonas Soltes, emphasized that the journey towards aptissimi shall be without failures and hardships, but one should not fear being different and making hard decisions. These, according to Soltes, have to be anchored on a person’s foundational values. Soltes is the Political Affairs Assistant to Camarines Sur District III Representative Leni Robredo, and former staff of the late Secretary of Interior and Local Government Jesse Robredo. In between his government service, he worked as Southern Luzon correspondent at the Philippine Daily Inquirer. He is an alumnus of Ateneo de Naga University and a former editor of The Pillars Publication. Old, New Winners Held at the Arrupe Convention Hall, SOAR recognized once again the top-performing organizations, leaders, moderators and projects or School Year 2014-2015. Began in 2011, SOAR improved its systems and guidelines in documenting and evaluating the activities and performance of organizations. A tool that appreciates the holistic development of the groups was used to determine to top groups. Quantitative and qualitative evaluation of leaders and moderators were utilized, and scholastic records and work performance were also looked at by the Board of Judges. Extra-curricular group Ateneo Sarong Bangui Junior Eagles (ASBJE) was the night’s biggest winner. It bagged the Fr. Raul Bonoan, SJ Most Outstanding Student Organization of the Year, Outstanding Extra-Curricular Organization, and Achievement Award in Social Involvement (Extra-curricular Organization category). The organization’s president, Regine De La Viña, earned the Jesse M. Robredo Most Outstanding Student Leader o the Year. Juan Carlos De Los Reyes of ASBJE and Uswag Junior Ragles Club (UsJE) earned his fourth medal as one of the Fr John Phelan, SJ Outstanding Moderators of the Year. The Tarp-Bag Project of the ASBJE was also declared as the year’s Best Special Project. Tarp-Bag, a development of nationally award-winning Tarpadyak, makes use of tarpaulin scraps to fabricate bags for children of indigent families in Punta Tarawal, Calabanga, Camarines Sur. The Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants (JPIA) retained its position as Outstanding Co-Curricular Organization for the second year. It also won Achievement Award in Skills Development (Co-curricular Organization category) and a silver medal for JPIA President Jobelle Marie Pascual, runner-up Outstanding Student Leader. Dr. Helenita Ruiz, JPIA’s moderator, was highly commended. The Peer Coaches, Student and Kaabay Volunteers of the College Guidance Center emerged as Outstanding Volunteer Organization, while the Center for Community Development Volunteers (CCD Voltz) was the runner up in the same category. The PCSKV earned the Achievement Award in Skills Development (Volunteer Organization category) and a Phelan medal for moderator Mageline Magayanes. CCD Voltz, on the other hand, was the winner of Achievement Award in Social Involvement (Volunteer Organization category) and Phelan medal for Aldrin Belmes. Two-year old art group Elihidos positioned itself in the ranks of more tenured organizations as it received important awards in SOAR 2015. It took home the awards or runner-up Outstanding Extra-curricular Organization and Most Improved Student Organization. The group’s co-founder Kim Aimei Seng was also recognized as one of the top five Outstanding Student Leaders, while Timothy Paul Pron, the president, was highly commended. The Association of Psychology Students o Ateneo (APSA) came second to JPIA as Outstanding Co-Curricular Organization. It was also given the Achievement Award in Social Involvement (Co-curricular Organization category). Aside from giving out awards, SOAR 2015 also featured performances from the University Band and Choir, Ateneo Dance Club and Mark Avila. The program was hosted by Jan Victor Agna, Media Studies faculty, and Joel John Guererro, coordinator for services at the University Health Services. Around 300 students in their formal attire came. Jesuits, administrators and officers of the Parents and Teachers Association also attended the affair. Here is the complete list of SOAR 2015 awardees:   Student Organization Category Fr. Raul Bonoan, SJ. Student Organization of the Year Award: Ateneo Sarong Banggui Junior Eagles (ASBJE)    Outstanding Co-Curricular Organization: Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants (JPIA) Outstanding Co-Curricular Organization, First Runner-Up: Association of Psychology Students (APSA) Outstanding Extra -Curricular Organizations: Ateneo Sarong Banggui Junior Eagles (ASBJE) Outstanding Extra-Curricular Organization, First Runner-Up: Elihidos Outstanding Volunteer Organization: Peer Coaches, Student and Kaabay Volunteers (PCSKV) Outstanding Volunteer Organization, First Runner-Up: Center for Community Development Volunteers (CCD Voltz)   Most Promising Organization: Ateneo LeaderShape Society Most Improved Organization: Elihidos   Individual Category Jesse Robredo Outstanding Student Leaders of the Year: Most Outstanding Student Leader of the Year: Regine De La Viña, President, Ateneo Sarong Bangui Junior Eagles (ASBJE) First runner-up: Madelle Ruby Malabanan, President, Ateneo Paradigm Eclat Xircle (APEX) Second runner-up: Kim Aimei Seng, Oracle, Elihidos Third runner-up: Jobelle Marie Pascual, President, Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants – Ateneo de Naga University Chapter (JPIA) Fourth runner-up: Joy Agor, External Advertising Officer, Ateneo Literary Association (ALA)   Certificate of Commendation: Maurice Claire A. Aquino, Internal Vice President, Days with the Lord-Women (DWTL-W) Bernadette Ong of Ateneo Sarong Bangui Junior Eagles (ASBJE) Timothy Paul Pron, President, Elihidos Noemae Kae Fucio, Special Needs of the Poor Cluster Head, Uswag Junior Eagles   Fr. John Phelan, SJ Outstanding Moderators of the Year: (not in particular order) Aldrin Belmes, Center for Community Development Volunteers (CCD-Voltz) Shayne Bonavente of Days with the Lord-Women Juan Carlos De Los Reyes, Uswag Junior Eagles and Ateneo Sarong Bangui Junior Eagles (ASBJE) Mageline Magayanes, Peer Coaches, Student and Kaabay Volunteer Group (PCSKV) Evelyn Amaro, Gabay Scholars Organization   Certificate of Commendation: Engelbert Baloloy, Ateneo Paradigm Éclat Xircle (APEX) Federico Jose Lagdameo, Ateneo Literary Association (ALA) Jerico Lejano, Days with the Lord-Men (DWLT-M) Dr. Helenita Ruiz, Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants (JPIA) Jonafel Singson, Ateneo Catechetical Instructions League (ACIL)   Activity Category Achievement Award in Spiritual Formation: Extra-Curricular Organization: Ateneo Catechetical Instructions League (ACIL) Volunteer Organization: Chaplaincy Student Volunteers (CSV) Achievement Award in Skills Development: Co-Curricular Organization: Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants (JPIA) Extra-Curricular Organization: Ateneo Literary Association (ALA) Volunteer Organization: Peer Coaches, Student and Kaabay Volunteers (PCSKV) Achievement Award in Social Involvement Program: Co-Curricular Organization: Association of Psychology Students (APSA) Extra-Curricular Organization: Ateneo Sarong Bangui Junior Eagles (ASBJE) Volunteer Organization: Center for Community Development Volunteers (CCD Voltz)   Best Special Project: Tap-Bag, Ateneo Sarong Bangui Junior Eagles (ASBJE)   Special Awards Service Awards Louis Carla Mae Ayao Kim Aimei Seng Ateneo Digital Artists’ Society (Ateneo DARTS) Days with the Lord – Men (DWTL-M) Ateneo Junior Marketing Association (AJMA) Junior Ateneo Business Managers Association (JABMA)   Certificates of Appreciation University Choir University Band Ateneo College Red Cross Youth (ACRCY) Ateneo Dance Club (ADC)                                            College of Nursing – Clinical Instructors and Donor Care Parents and Teachers’ Association (PTA) Alpha Phi Omega – ADNU Chapter (APO) Center for Culture and the Arts (CCA) Supreme Student Government (SSG)

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ADNU Scores Triumphs in National, International tilts

March 2, 2015March 2, 2015
Student leaders from Ateneo de Naga University once again scored wins in major national competitions this school year, such as the Ayala Young Leaders Congress, Jose Rizal Model Students of the Philippines, and Top 25 Young Marketing Leaders of the Philippines, among others.   Model student Gabriel Asuncion became the tenth ADNU student to win a slot in the search for Jose Rizal Model Students of the Philippines. gab Asuncion, the former President of the Supreme Student Government,  received the recognition from the Order of Knights of Rizal (OKR) during the awarding ceremonies at the national headquarter of OKR in Manila in time for the commemoration of the death of national hero Rizal on December 30 last year. The University nominated Asuncion to the search after going through competitive paper screening and panel interview organized by the Office of Student Affairs. Upon hundreds of school nominees across the country, he was selected as one of the finalists and eventually winner after paper screening and facing a panel interview. As the search’s criteria, the JRMSP’s judges considered Asuncion’s academic performance, leadership and social involvement to be outstanding and reflective of Rizalian qualities and the virtue of love of country. Prior to this achievement, Asuncion was selected as one of the delegates to the Ayala Young Leaders Congress 2014. Life-changing AYLC In the 17th installment of the Ayala Young Leaders Congress, Associate Justice of the Supreme Student Government, Ron Ephraim Roluna, joined 80 other students who successfully passed through a rigorous school and national screening processes, which concluded with the panel interviews in November 18 to 21 last year. Out of the 718 student leaders nominated by top schools and universities nationwide, 165 successfully qualified as interviewees. This number was further trimmed down to 81 after the interviews. 10994864_942782695741193_1987782140_n Focused on the theme: “Authentic Leadership: Being True, Being You,” Roluna embarked on what he affirmed to be a “life-changing leadership journey” that hoped to deepen the delegates’ desire for service to the community and love for the country. The AYLC is the flagship program for youth development created by the Ayala Group of Companies as its concrete expression of its commitment to national development. After 17 years, the AYLC continues to pursue its goal of developing a corps of servant leaders who will hopefully contribute to uplifting the lives of Filipinos. After the congress, Roluna and other delegates were challenged to develop their advocacies and come up with projects for the community. There were alumni of the alumni who have started with projects as inspired by their experiences in the AYLC. For instance, Sonia Marie Bacares (Batch 2014) conceptualized an anti-corruption project, Organizational Accountability and Transparency Training. It was pilot-tested among student organizations in ADNU, and is set to be shared to local organizations in Camarines Sur this year. Outstanding Anak Expat Multi-awarded student leader Paul John Legaspi became the first ADNU student to win the search for Outstanding Expat Pinoy Children. On December 15, 2014, the program organizer Bank of the Philippine Islands honored Legaspi and nine other children of overseas Filipino workers. Legaspi is the lone winner in the category, Ibang Klaseng Community Leader. 1 Consistent with the search’s criteria, Legaspi belongs to the Top 10% of the college population, has co-curricular and community involvement, and has a father who works abroad. He previously participated in national programs such as the Ayala Young Leaders Congress 2013, Search for the Top 25 Marketing and Sales Management (MARKPROF) and American Chamber of Commerce Business Orientation Program, and a winner in the Ten Outstanding Students of Bicol in 2014. MarkProfers, Ateneans with big ideas Three students from ADNU hurdled several screening processes and a 7-weekend bootcamp in marketing leadership to earn slots in the search for Top 25 Young Marketing Leaders of the Philippines 2014. They were: Kim Aimei Seng, Jerald Joseph San Pablo and Legaspi.


The search was organized by MarkProf, an organization that provides a stimulating marketing leadership bootcamp with real case studies guided by marketing experts, executives and business strategists to hone the abilities and potentials of selected graduating college students. Bicol’s best volunteers, debaters, cheerdancers SOAR 2015 to awardee Ateneo Sarong Bangui Junior Eagles was the first student organization from ADNU to win as regional awardee in the Search for Outstanding Volunteers for 2014. Further, the members of Remontados Debate Society were back-to-back champions in the Bicol Intervarsities, held on January 16 to 18, 2015, and in the Savonarola Debate Cup, January 31 to February 2, this year. Both ASBJE and Remontados had previously won competitions in local and national levels. ASBJE was finalist in the national search for Ten Accomplished Youth Organization (TAYO) and recipient of Naga City Mayoral Awards – Jesse M. Robredo Youth Award in 2014. Remontados, on the other hand, scored multiple wins in the Raul Roco Cup and Luzon Inter-Varsity Debate Competition, both in 2013. Meanwhile, in the cheerleading scenes, the Ateneo Golden Cavalry secured the championship in the MILO Collegiate Division Cheer and Dance Competition held on August 24, 2014. In the same year, the school’s cheerleaders won first runner-up in the Peñafrancia Fiesta Regional Cheer and Dance Competition on September 22. More achievers In the Aboitiz Future Leaders Summit last year, four Ateneans were chosen, namely: SSG officers Jorge Borsong and Lailani Murillo, and Elihidos co-founders Paul Kyrex Bueza and Seng. This yearly summit talks about leadership and management concepts and shows how these are concretized in a corporate environment, providing opportunities for the student delegates to interact, network, and establish ties with executives of the Aboitiz Group, as well as with their fellow delegates. Through plenary discussions, teambuilding exercises, and team challenges, the summit also aims to bring out the best from the student delegates, inspire them to develop a renewed hope in the country, and encourage them to strive for excellence in all things.


 Aside from his Aboitiz stint, Borsong was the sole delegate from ADNU to the Nestle Management Immersion for Leadership Excellence or M.I.L.E. From a thousand of applicants, Borsong joined 29 other chosen students from across the country. They experienced personal mentoring, immersion in business processes, complex business challenges and self-development activities.


Meanwhile, in the ongoing search for the Ten Outstanding Students of Bikol, two students made it as finals, namely Joy Karen Damasig and Roluna. The announcement will be in March. In the Philippine Model Congress (PMC), held at the Senate Hall in Pasig on September 13 to 14, there were three students who represented ADNU. They were James Nathaniel Refugio, Mark Joseph Euste and Jim Vincent Largo. In the PMC, participants simulated congressional debates, engaged in workshops and learned from transformative guest speakers. The conference hopes to give students the opportunity to tell congress what matters to them. The Ateneo de Manila University made its own version of the PMC on November 22 to 23. Here, 28 ADNU students participated. International Opportunities and Beyond The University has maintained its reputation both in the local and national settings. In JRMSP, for instance, ADNU has consistently won yearly from 2007 to 2014. In AYLC, with 32 delegates now in the list, ADNU is one of the schools which have produced the most number of delegates in the leadership program’s history. In the search for the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines, eight ADNU students have so far emerged national winners and three national finalists. Recently, ADNU has also been participating in international events, like the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange and Youth Program and Kizuna, Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program, Asian-Korean Youth Exchange Program, and the International Youth Development Summit. In JENESYS and Kizuna alone, 21 of our students have already been given the chance to go to the different prefectures of Japan for immersion and disaster response training from 2008 to present. The OSA, in collaboration with other offices and stakeholders, will continue to expand its coordination with external linkages and the promotion external development opportunities for student leaders and organizations, to contribute to the school’s formation programs. OSA will maintain its established systems and structures for fair nomination process, and to provide services such as coaching, mock interview sessions, assistance in the student’s application. Written by: Rodolfo SB. Virtus Jr.