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Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences-Finland, latest BU international partner

Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences-Finland, latest BU international partner

In its continuing promotion for international cooperation in research and education and development of exchange programs to foster common understanding, Bicol University (BU) inked the General Bilateral Agreement (GBA) on international cooperation with Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences (SeAMK)-Finland on March 30, 2022.

The scope of cooperation includes the (1) exchange of scholars, (2) development of dual or double degree programs, (3) exchange of academic information, documentation, materials, researches, and publications, (4) development of joint research programs, and the (5) creation/organization of other joint initiatives.

Held virtually, the ceremonies commenced with welcome remarks from Dr. Jonathan C. Arroco, Dean of the College of Industrial Technology (CIT), followed by messages delivered by BU President Arnulfo M. Mascariñas and SeAMK President Dr. Jaakko Hallila.

For the brief university profile presentations, Dr. Dimson M. Rivero, BU International Relations Office Director, discussed BU’s profile of excellence while Marjo Arola, SeAMK International Education Services Head, presented SeAMK. They are also designated as administrative coordinators in the agreement.

The virtual signing was also attended by the respective administrators from the participating BU colleges that includes Prof. Roscefe B. Dy, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Forestry (CAF); Prof. Jean Annette S. Ibo, Dean of the College of Nursing (CN); Dr. Eddie S. See, Dean of the College of Business, Economics and Management (CBEM); and Dr. Herbert B. Rosana, Dean of Graduate School (GS).

On the other hand, attendees from the SeAMK were Heikki Rasku, Dean of Technology and Business; Dr. Päivi Rinne, Dean of Welfare and Culture; Dr. Anne-Maria Aho, Head of Master School; Dr. Ari Sivula and Dr. Taru Mäki, Research and Development Managers; Dr. Seliina Päällysaho, Research Manager; and Alaine Armario Hallila.

The event concluded with a closing remark from Dr. Luis O. Amano, BU Vice President for Research, Development, and Extension.

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BU debaters beat UNC at Inter-School Debate Competition on SOGIE bill.

BU debaters beat UNC at Inter-School Debate Competition on SOGIE bill.

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Region V in partnership with Bicol University (BU) and University of Nueva Caceres (UNC) held an International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) 2021, the first-ever friendly Inter-School Debate Competition on SOGIE Equality Bill through the BU Extension Management Division (EMD) Facebook page via Zoom teleconferencing on May 17, 2021.

This amicable debate held a significant dialogue about sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression (SOGIE) bill involving the LGBTQIA+ community in order to reform backward views and remove the harmful societal impression.

Participants were students from BU College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) and UNC College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) as witnessed by CHR, BU, and UNC administration.

“Annually, we celebrate this day to make known the alarming situation faced by people with diverse SOGIE. We must do away with the culture of homophobia and transphobia. In this modern time, there are still people who reject the idea that the LGBTQIA+ have the same right as we have,” CHR Director Atty. Arlene Alangco said in her welcome speech.

Meanwhile, BUCSSP Dean Atty. Alex B. Nepomuceno addressed the significance of the debate.

“All these intellectual exercise shall be done in a balanced and friendly as well as respectful manner as an academic forum for a truly free in the legible discussion and a scholarly platform to develop, acquire, and demonstrate knowledge, skills, and values that would sum up debate competencies that are not only desirable but sinequanon in the progressive and inclusive development of a civilized society,” he said.

UNC CAS Dean Kenjie E. Jimenea, on the other hand, presented a statement expressing his gratitude for the university’s participation in the significant activity as well as his support for the debate’s relevance.

Following that, Slyvia Angelique S. Umbac, Chief of the Human Rights Education and Promotion Office’s Advocacy Campaign Division, discussed the event’s background and rationale. Atty. Desiree G. De Vera, Atty. Carlo M. Camposano, and Asst. Prosecutor Antonette B. Bance made up the judging panel.

“This house believes that the Philippine LGBTQIA+ community should establish a single issue political party to secure the passage of the SOGIE Law as opposed to lobbying through Philippine mainstream parties,” was the topic of the debate.

BU was represented by James Oren Licup, Sydney Joseph Torrenueva, and Alfren Anthony Yango against UNC representatives Krislen Gaile Bismonte, Neil Andrew Formalejo, and Cyen Escalanda. Moreover, Torrenueva, the Deputy Prime Minister, was awarded as Best Speaker of the competition.

A monetary reward of P15,000 was also awarded to the BU student debaters. UNC, on the other hand, won a P10,000 consolation award.

The virtual debating tournament was facilitated by Ronald Fajardo Jr. and Trisha Kayle Frivaldo.

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ABS-CBN features CSSPnian tribute to PNoy

ABS-CBN features CSSPnian tribute to PNoy

Renz Adrian Ronda, a student from the Philosophy Department of Bicol University College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (BUCSSP), created an art and photography memorial to the late President Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Simeon C. Aquino III, which was featured by the ABS-CBN’s DZMM Teleradyo program on June 28, 2021. 
On June 24, the nation was struck by the sudden news announcing the passing of PNoy. When Ronda learned about it, he was shocked and thought about what he can do to memorialize the icon of good governance. As a photography enthusiast, Ronda collected his photos on sunset and made a collage-form bearing the face of the PNoy. 
The post received sympathy and amazement from the audience not just for its creativity, but also because of the message it conveys.
“Yellow Sunset hue
Marks of an ending day
But a promise of new tomorrow”
He wrote in the caption. 
The artwork was initially featured on the Bayan Mo, Ipatrol Mo Facebook page and received more than 15,000 thousand reactions overall. It also caught the attention of Aksyon Ko Online TV, a regional online-media organization. 
On June 27, two days after posting the memorial art, Ronda was invited for an interview by ABS-CBN’s DZMM Teleradyo to discuss the message expressed in his artwork. 
The 20-year-old student was one of the featured artists interviewed by veteran journalists Bernadette Sembrano and Julius Babao during the Lingkod Kapamilya segment.
When asked about the inspiration behind the artwork, Ronda told Sembrano that as a Filipino artist, he wanted to pay tribute to PNoy’s legacy to the country.
“As a photography enthusiast as well, I used my creative skills to come up with the collage,” he added.
The journalists later asked what Ronda appreciates about PNoy as a former president. 
“His calm demeanor and down-to-earth attitude. I also admire his courage to accept criticisms as well as his willingness for an open dialogue,” he answered. 
Focusing on the artwork, Ronda related the hue of the sunset to the color symbol of PNoy. 
“Some of us may believe that sunset signifies ending but for me, it symbolizes hope for a better and new tomorrow,” he explained. 
With reports from
Bicol University College of Social Sciences and Philosophy – College Student Council
Lingkod Kapamilya | Teleradyo (28 June 2021)

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