SPAC Promotes Harvest Ingathering
by: Kaizer Iris Lasco
“Will you help?” – This statement reflects the generous spirit of the Seventh-day Adventist Organization as they endorse one of their campaigns for financial aid to help the unfortunate.
South Philippine Adventist College (SPAC) took part in promoting the Harvest Ingathering Campaign as one of the annual programs of the Seventh-day Adventist Organization. The campaign, usually done from October to November, is one of the organization’s programs to reach out to the needy people around the locality.
Pastor Ephraim Gersava from the Adventist Church Organization in Davao came to promote the said campaign and to inform the students of its guidelines and procedures. Selected topnotch students last Ingathering Campaign also performed a skit regarding the discourse of the Harvest Ingathering program.
Tribute to teachers
by: Jaacen Bacasnot
Education Department unexpectedly prepared a tribute to teachers during the Sabbath School Program last September 8, 2007. They designed a simple but heart-stirring tribute for the Education Providers.
The said special segment initiated by Joanna Christina Llaguno – BSED IV and Kaizer Iris Lasco – BSED II, recognizes the noble profession of teaching and its effect on the learners.
Teachers were surprised at the unexpected tokens of appreciation and the recognition they received. Mr. Consorcio Lavador, then offered the special prayer for them.
Teaching Strategy Seminar
by: Jaacen Bacasnot
“A teacher must be loved by the students. They must see the picture of Christ in you (teachers).” These are the very words of Dr. Suranjan Baroi, lecturer of the Teaching Strategies Seminar last September 3, 2007. Attending the seminar were teachers and students from South Philippine Adventist College (SPAC) with the teachers from Digos Center Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Elementary, Digos Central SDA Elementary and Davao Central SDA Elementary school.
Dr. Baroi emphasized on the importance of teacher-student relationship, student involvement in learning and conducive learning environment.
The seminar was made possible through the coordination of Dr and Mrs. Rico T. Javien with the SPAC school administration.
by: Kaizer Iris Lasco
SPAC Students and teachers welcomed another break from the classroom routine by participating in the CSG-ASA Days – the school intramurals – which was held last September 18-23, 2007.
Themed as “Youth, Simply Amazing”, it aims to develop the modest yet amazing image of the school youth through the training of the 4 aspects – Physical, Mental, Spiritual and Social.
The celebration kicked off with a parade around the Municipality of Matan-ao. Dr. Chliejvferwyn Catolico, Dean of Student Affairs, declared the intramurals open and the obstacle course soon followed.
Devotional Programs were initiated before they start the ball rolling. Sports such as softball, basketball, volleyball and soccer were played. Students also participated in individual games such as Badminton, Lawn and Table Tennis. There were also Mind games such as Scrabble and Word Factory to sharpen the minds of the players.
Nightly activities highlighted the occasion such as Songs and Yells Presentation, Cultural Competition and Extreme Talent Competition. College Departments and Academy Year Levels bonded by teams to compete for the prized championship title.
Friendly competition is the focus of the semester’s Intramurals initiated by the College Student Government headed by president, Rolando Zaragoza and the Academy Student Association headed by president, Dan Carlo Inato.
Night of the Stars
by: Erika Jane Bayogos
Departmental stars showed off their sparkle in the Extreme Talent competition held at the La Sage Auditorium last September 19, Wednesday Night.
The first portion of the said event was the presentation of the candidates which was followed by the Extreme Talent portion.
BSCS Department represented by Ryann Micua and Jimema Joy Batersal got the Best in Talent Award for their Song and Violin Rendition. The Juniors staged by Klarellyle Abellana and Micochi Daclison were proclaimed Best in Sports Attire. Orval Bacolod and Netsve Cavan were given the Most Eloquent Award.
The title, “Youth – Simply Amazing” was awarded to the Education Department represented by Mr. Bacolod and Ms. Cavan. The rest of the awardees include Shiela Aleria, HS Senior and Angel Hallarces, BSBA for the 3rd runner-up; Klarellyle Abellana, HS Junior and Vie Leonida, HS Senior for the 2nd runner-up and Ryann Micua, BSCS with Dhalcedony Villamor, BSBA for 1st runner-up.
Revisiting Adventist Lifestyle
by: Orval Bacolod
Youth and Health Department of the Adventist Church Organization of Davao (Davao Mission) in cooperation with South Philippine Adventist College held a convention for the Adventist Youth last Sept. 14-15.
The Seminar features “Revisiting the Adventist Lifestyle” with Guest speaker, Dr. Francisco Gayoba from the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (AIIAS).
He talked about the Principles and Issues on Christian Marriage, Personal Responsibility dimension, Principles on Recreation and other concerns of the Adventist Youth. His emphasis was focused on the blessings and opportunities of being Seventh-day Adventists.
Attendees were composed of Adventist Youth Leaders from around Davao.
I T Forum
by: Julie Anne Mahinay
2 Information Technology (IT) Professionals visited South Philippine Adventist College last September 23 to conduct an IT Forum for Computer Science students.
Mr. Adrian Schmidt, IT Director of the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies and Cecil Salamante, IT Supervisor of the same institute, shared their knowledge on the advances of Information technology.
They promoted the use of legal software and free software that is offered in the market nowadays. They also encouraged the attendees to share their understanding to others in the IT world.
The First SPAC Virtualgraphix Competition
Robin Charles Ramos
2 Virtualgraphix presentations produced by Ryann Gilbert Micua and Richard Aclon, of the Computer Science Department were awarded as South Philippine Adventist College’s official advertisements to be aired in Bansalan Cable TV.
The awarding night took place during the 2007 CSG – ASA Days on September 22 at La Sage Auditorium.
The event was sponsored and spearheaded by the Guidance Department as part of the campaign strategy the institution for the school year 2007–2008.
Victory for SPAC
By: Robin Charles Ramos
South Philippine Adventist College celebrates another victory during the 8th National ROTC Speech Contest as Jaacen Bacasnot garnered the 1st runner-up award.
Shaping the youth in a right training ground to establish a progressive nation was the focus of the 13 speeches outshined by 3 cadets who grabbed the major awards on September 30 at University of San Jose Recoletos, Cebu City.
Cdt. 4cl Jorjan Erin S. Cruz, University of the Philippine Los Baños (UPLB), Region IV seized the Championship title; Cdt. 4cl Jaacen Bacasnot from South Philippine Adventist College, Region XI succeeded as 1st Runner-up; and Cdt. 4cl Glen Sentes, Sorsogon State College (SSC) of Region V proclaimed 2nd Runner-up.
Three days prior to the event, 13 cadets together with their coaches mingled with each other during the City Tour. They visited historical places such as Magellan’s Cross, Lapu-Lapu Shrine, and Cebu International Convention Center. They also had courtesy calls in the Office of the Governor and the Office of the City Mayors of Cebu. They were accommodated in the Ecotech Convention Center, and were served meals with their respective foster parents.
“Out of 13 schools (mainly composed of state colleges and universities), SPAC is the only Adventist school who was given the opportunity to be part of the said event,” Miss Karel Mei Navora (Jaacen’s coach) expressed. “Truly, the event was a battle of champions,” she continued.
SPAC’s success was the result of constant prayers and efforts of Jaacen Bacasnot, who persistently underwent two-week training with Miss Emma Vinzon, Toastmaster Gold member and judge during the Region XI finals at Davao City. It was also made possible through the untiring support of the student coaches, Kaizer Iris Lasco, Febe Joy Cuadra, Shekinah delos Reyes, Robin Charles Ramos and Sheryl Mirth Aguadera (writer of Jaacen’s speech during the Regional Contest) with Miss Karel Mei Navora (coach) and Mr. Bernard Cordita (ROTC Coordinator).
“To GOD we bring back all the glory and honor. This is for HIM not ours,” the team joyfully exclaimed.
SPAC Technology Upgraded
By: Robin Charles Ramos
It had been the concern of most students that they’re being charged a fixed amount for internet fees, but are inadequately provided 5 online computer units to meet the growing demand of over 600 students plus the faculty and staff. Such may only serve about ½ of the 10-hour paid internet provision every semester.
Through the YOUTH LEAD! (Leading Effectively towards Achieving Development) Seminar conducted by South Philippine Adventist College Guidance Department last July 20-22, participants were given the chance to air out their concerns and needs regarding the school through a position paper that reflected their deep concern over the poor online and communication facilities of the school.
9 Multi-PC units for the Internet Laboratory were provided by “Faith in the Mission” through Mr. Gil Micua, SPUC Philanthropic Director, to answer to the longtime agony of poor online and communication facilities of the school.
This initiative was done to enhance the online services and communication facilities of SPAC making it more responsive to the growing demand of information and communication.
By the end of December 2008, the project aims to provide a minimum of 30 quality computers to serve the research and communication needs of students & staff in the library, internet room, offices and business centers of the college.
Alumni Dinner for a Cause
By: Robin Charles Ramos
65 Alumni of Southern Mindanao Academy, South Philippine Adventist College and South Philippine Adventist College Academy responded to the call for support of the Campus Development for their alma mater last September 22.
A Dinner for a Cause was initiated by the Alumni Affairs Council of SPAC to gather the alumni and inform them of the latest developments of the school. Mr. Gil Micua, Volunteer Philanthropic Director for SPAC, presented the overview and background of “Faith in the Mission,” SPAC Fund-raising Campaign Plan for 2007-2012.
Southern Mindanao Academy was represented by the following 7 alumni: Nery S. Faderogaya, Benonie P. Llanto, Armi Bugayong-Aragon, Fernando Aragon, Alpha C. Duran, Sioricar Ortizano and Maureen Dumalaog-Banasing.
South Philippine Adventist College Academy was represented by the following 27 alumni: Glenn Villasante from Batch 1997; Karel Mei Navora from batch 1998; Louis Cadava, Ian Muñez, Claemar Tambalque and Melody Pedro-Mocoy from Batch 2000; Eden Cuadra and Rodaphil Tambalque from Batch 2001; Adrian Rey Punay, Fritzie Sonza, Jenny Pansacala, and Robin Charles Ramos from Batch 2002; Clad Bacolod, Lester Dwight Hallarsis, and Kahlil Uyanguren from Batch 2004; Febe Joy Cuadra, Peter Lloyd Lamar, Lila Mae Maceren, Jenna Oyasan, and Anton Rovel Ben Pontanar from Batch 2005; Charlou Alistre, Welter Lloyd Lamar, Elizabeth Morales, Jeriel Veloso, and Percy Gyne Tiongco from Batch 2006; Merafe Love Aragon and Agnes Fulgencio from Batch 2007.
South Philippine Adventist College was represented by the following 19 alumni: Maureen Dumalaog-Banasing from Batch 1998; Arwin B. Rañola from Batch 1999; Glenn Villasante from Batch 2001; Isabel Morales-Cadotdot, Lindy Lou Magdadaro, Karel Mei Navora, Ruvelyn Ayuda-Rañola, and Alfonso Tan III from Batch 2002; Allan Rey Banasing, Heartwell Gutierrez, Lynnette Hallarsis, Edmore Polancos, Gerald Repuelo, and Marlyn Tin-ao from Batch 2003; Marlon Antonio, Honey Grace Corpuz, Ernie Cuba, and Ritchie Palma from Batch 2004; Andres Dagum from Batch 2005; and Jay Mar Albor from Batch 2007.
Heartwell Guttierez, Gerald Repuelo, Jay Mar Albor, Febe Joy and Eden Cuadra, Peter Lloyd and Welter Lloyd Lamar, Rodaphil and Claemar Tambalque, Mr. & Mrs. Aragon, Honey Grace Corpuz, Ernie Cuba, and Marlyn Tin-ao made pledges to support the school’s development program that night.
BSBA goes to Gensan and Alabel
By: Robin Charles Ramos
As part of the Business Administration students’ exposure to acquire knowledge and skills on valuable techniques on marketing, production and management, 50 Business Administration students and 4 mentors went to General Santos City last September 7 to visit the companies of DOLE Philippines and PhilBest Tuna Cannery.
They spent the following Sabbath in Alabel SDA Church and were the ones who handled the Sabbath School and Adventist Youth Programs.