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‘SAROK’ gathers former student leaders to inspire BUeños

To foster the student’s leadership skills while broadening their knowledge, Bicol University – University Student Council (BU-USC) conducted a student-leadership seminar dubbed “SAROK: An Pagtiripon para sa Padagos na Paguswag – An Pagtrayumpo kan Lider-estudyante nin Futuro,” participated by BUeño student-leaders from various organizations, held at the Bulwagang BUeño, Student Union Center on February 26, 2024. 

The event ‘Sarok’, a Bicol word that means to “fill-up,” discussed former student-leaders’ knowledge and wisdom based on their experiences, which were integrated in the inspirational messages, keynote addresses from prominent figures, and panel discussions between and among leaders and participants.

The program formally commenced with the opening remarks by BU President Dr. Baby Boy Benjamin D. Nebres III. 


Nebres accents role on student leadership, good governance

In his message, BU President Nebres mentioned that to become an effective and transformative leader, one must move forward toward progress.  

“But the only way to do that is to become good public servants and transformative leaders. What’s even better is, to start right now, on the road to becoming better leaders – while you are still young – trainable, and adaptable,” he added. 

He advised the student leaders to continue honing their leadership skills and build their “distinctive character as a BUeño leader and scholar,” before losing passion or one’s sense of idealism. 

The former USC-affiliated officer also reminded the students that leadership is not just the “quantity of extra and co-curricular” one participates in. 

“Know that your first duty is to be the best version of yourself as a student so that you can become a better person to others, and develop into a transformative leader in the service of humanity,” he concluded. 

Afterwards, the program continued with a keynote speech by Earl Vincent Vista, a former chairperson and student regent, who shared his experience as a former student-leader on the topic, Leadership Renaissance: Reigniting the Flame of Purpose and Influence in the Modern Era. 

It can be recalled that during Vista’s administration, he led the proposal for the unified uniform policy, which has since been implemented. 

The seminar continued with a panel discussion, “Empowering Tomorrow: Navigating Leadership across Student, University, and Community Spheres,” with panelists Irene Kayle Santillan, Usher Jade Azul, Leroz Atenante, and Joshua Carl Barcelon, who were all former student leaders of the university. They discussed the importance of strong leadership within and outside BU, and shared insights to effectively guide student leaders based on their roles. 

In the afternoon, Atty. Gio Bongao, Tabaco City Councilor, delivered his keynote message on “Charting the Course of Leadership in Public Service,” followed by Atty. Norly P. Reyes, VP for Administration and Finance, who also shared his experiences from being a student leader to a university administrator. 

The speakers gave encouraging messages to the participants, saying that anyone can be a good leader regardless of their status, and shared their tips on how to be an effective student leader.

The second panel tackled “Critiquing Leadership: Navigating Ethical Media Practices and Cultivating Ethical Responses in the Media Landscape,” where panelists Summer Jan Forrest Untalan, Reynald Sevillano, and Ralph Raven Tubice, who are all media-affiliated leaders, emphasized the significance of responsible media practices and the role of student leaders in shaping public perception.

The event concluded with a roundtable discussion among the student-leaders on addressing issues within the university and their solutions to the problem, followed by the signing of the board of commitment. | by Jamaica B. Divina, BUCPRO Student Intern & Arnold C. Noda, BUCPRO-MPS I

BU partners with OPAPRU, launches Peace Education Nook, University Tour

To further amplify the country’s goal of achieving unity through peace advocacy and education programs, Bicol University (BU) has joined hands with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace, Reconciliation, and Unity (OPAPRU) in conducting the Peace Education University Tour and formally launched the Peace Education Nook at the BU Library.

Through a Memorandum of Understanding signed at the BU Library building on February 24, 2024, the partnership will establish a linkage through resource-sharing between BU, OPAPRU, and other partner institutions. 

Through the launching of the Peace Education Nook, the  BU Library will house the OPAPRU publications to promote materials related to peace education. OPAPRU will also conduct “Learning Exchanges” through online, face-to-face, or hybrid peace education training, workshops, and webinars. 

In his message, BU President Dr. Baby Boy Benjamin D. Nebres III was thankful for the consecutive events leading to the development of BU, such as the latest partnership with OPAPRU. 

“Lahat ng ito ay mga biyayang hindi dapat isinasangtabi. In fact, these are blessings that need to be strengthened and explored further so that Bicol University can continue to become a ‘vessel of graces and blessings,’ for the public and the communities we serve beyond the university borders,” he said. 

The MOU signing was attended by the OPAPRU, headed Major General Francisco Ariel A. Felicidario III, GPH Chairperson of Joint Peace and Security Committee representing Presidential Adviser, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., BU President Nebres, Atty. Alex B. Nepomuceno, Dean of BU College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Glenda Aurora S. Julianda, University Librarian, and other BU officials and guests. | by Arnold C. Noda, MPS-I CPRO

BUGS and BUIRO collaborate for British Council’s 45 years in the Philippines

The Dean of Bicol University Graduate School, Dr. Maria Jane B. Mascariñas, and the Coordinator for International Mobility and Support Services of the BU International Relations Office, Ms. Abigail Jo M. Abainza, attended the British Council’s 45 years in the Philippines “Partners’ Gathering and Inaugural of the Study UK Alumni Awards in the Philippines” on February 16, 2024. They have witnessed how far the organization has reached when it comes to its programs in Arts, Education, GOJUST, and English and Exams. Furthermore, Bicol University has been highlighted as one of the trailblazers and champions of Transnational Education.