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College of Arts  and Letters


    The College of Arts and Letters at Bicol University boasts a storied history, with its origins dating back to its establishment on September 10, 2004, as per Board of Regents Resolution No. 75. This significant amalgamation of academic programs from various departments was not merely a reorganization but a strategic response to the evolving landscape of higher education, aimed at harnessing resources and fostering a thriving academic milieu.

    The birth of the College of Arts and Letters marked a pivotal moment closely aligned with the university’s Comprehensive Development Plan. Its primary objective was to nurture graduates who possessed creative and critical-thinking skills, well-prepared to confront the challenges of both the academic and cultural realms. Over the years, BUCAL has continued to evolve, making substantial contributions to the intellectual and cultural enrichment of the Bicol region.

    One noteworthy initiative within BUCAL was the introduction of the Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting program. This program was established in 2008 in response to the increasing demand for broadcasting graduates in the region. Its official approval came in 2009, accompanied by guidelines from the Commission on Higher Education, which prompted a curriculum revision in 2010. The program’s goal was to equip students with the essential skills required for success in the broadcasting industry, thereby addressing a significant gap in the region’s educational offerings.

    In a similar vein, the transformation of the AB English program into the AB English Language Program in 2018 aimed to align with contemporary educational and industry needs. The revised curriculum placed a stronger emphasis on communication competence and language-related proficiencies to produce adaptable graduates capable of thriving in diverse professional settings.

    Another pivotal moment was the transition of the Bachelor of Communication Arts program in Speech and Theater Arts into the Bachelor of Performing Arts-Theater. This change, guided by CMO No. 25, series of 2017, was a reflection of the evolving nature of theater and performing arts. It necessitated a more interdisciplinary approach to prepare students for a wide range of performance opportunities.

    Similarly, the Bachelor of Communication Arts program in Audio-Visual Communication transformed, becoming the Bachelor of Arts in Communication, guided by CMO No. 35. This adjustment acknowledged the evolving landscape of communication and media, emphasizing the need for professionals with diverse skill sets to excel in this dynamic field.

    Furthermore, the shift of the Bachelor of Communication Arts program in Journalism to the Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, guided by CMO No. 41, series of 2017, aligned with the evolving role of journalists in the digital age. The new approach emphasized a comprehensive and multifaceted approach to journalism education.

    The inclusion of programs such as the Bachelor of Arts in Literature, Master of Arts in Filipino, Ph.D. in Filipino, and Master of Arts in Literature within the College of Arts and Letters underscored the institution’s unwavering commitment to preserving and promoting Filipino language, literature, and culture. These programs aimed to produce scholars, educators, and advocates who could make significant contributions to the enrichment of these fields.

    Furthermore, the college offers a wide array of General Education Courses in Literature, English, and the Arts. These courses enrich the educational experience of all students by emphasizing effective communication, art appreciation, and exploration of great literary works, pop culture, and practical applications of literature.

    The College of Arts and Letters at Bicol University has continually evolved and diversified its programs to meet the evolving demands of education and industry, all while preserving and promoting the rich cultural heritage of the region and the nation. These programs are a testament to the institution’s unwavering commitment to holistic education, cultural enrichment, and the enduring significance of arts, culture, language, and communication in our society.

  • Goals of the College of Arts and Letters

    1. Provide quality instruction and training in communication, language, literature, culture, and the arts;
    2. Produce highly competitive graduates imbued with moral and social values needed to adapt to the ever-changing global challenges;
    3. Develop competent, critical, and responsive professionals in the delivery of service;
    4. Produce researchers and extensionists who will contribute significantly to the improvement of the quality of life; and
    5. Provide professional and technical services to various stakeholders, in support of the mandated functions of the university on instruction, research, and extension.


    1. Bachelor of Arts in Communication (COPC no. 11 series of 2017)
    2. Bachelor of Arts in English Language (COPC no. 06 series of 2024)
    3. Bachelor of Performing Arts (COPC no.07 series of 2024)
    4. Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting (COPC no.08 series of 2024)
    5. Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (COPC no.09 series of 2024)
    6. Bachelor of Arts in Literature (COPC no.10 series of 2024)

    Degree Programs

    Bachelor of Arts in English Language

    The AB English Language Program, guided by CMO 24, Series of 2017, is designed to enhance students’ English language proficiency, literature comprehension, and critical thinking skills. This program aims to produce graduates who are competent in English, capable of analyzing literary works, and proficient in effective communication. It prepares students for diverse career opportunities in fields requiring strong language and analytical abilities, such as teaching, writing, journalism, and research.

    Program Goals:

    The Bachelor of Arts in English Language program aims to:

    1. Provide a comprehensive knowledge of the English Language – its origin, growth and development, structures, and use;
    2. Enhance the students’ competencies in the use of the English Language in real-world contexts;
    3. Present appropriate strategies of language use through a heightened awareness of how English works in different situations in the Philippines and in Asia and the rest of the world.

    AB ENGLISH LANGUAGE graduates should be able to:

    1. Articulate a comprehensive and contextualized view of the English language system and development;
    2. Communicate in English (both oral and written) fluently, accurately, and creatively in diverse social, cultural, academic, and professional settings;
    3. Facilitate English language learning in diverse social, cultural, academic, and professional settings;
    4. Participate effectively in oral communication situations where language systems (phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic) vary;
    5. Produce well-written texts for various academic and professional purposes;
    6. Teach English communication skills using knowledge of best practices;
    7. Enhance literacy development and critical/creative thinking among students through the use of different types of texts;
    8. Engage in English language research relevant to the school and workplace settings;
    9. Effectively communicate orally and in writing using both English and Filipino;
    10. Work effectively and independently in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams; (PQF level 6 descriptor)
    11. Appraise the role of humanistic education in the formation of the human being and society;
    12. Act in recognition of professional, social, and ethical responsibility;
    13. Preserve and promote “Filipino historical and cultural heritage” (based on RA 7722)
    14. Recognize the need for and demonstrate the ability for lifelong learning;
    15. Identify multi-perspectives and interrelations among texts and contexts;
    16. Apply analytical and interpretative skills in the study of texts;
    17. Discuss and/or create artistic forms;
    18. Use appropriate theories and methodologies critically and creatively.

    Bachelor of Performing Arts-Theater

    The Bachelor of Performing Arts – Theater program, by CMO 25, Series of 2017, is designed to provide students with comprehensive training in theater arts. This program focuses on developing students’ acting, directing, production, and technical skills in theater. It aims to produce graduates who are well-prepared for careers in theater production, performance, and related fields, and fosters a deep understanding and appreciation of the performing arts.”


    The Bachelor of Performing Arts-Theater program aims to:

    1. Impart a meaningful awareness and appreciation of the characteristics and qualities and of the functions and roles of the performing arts as theorized, taught, practiced, and created in Philippine cultures and in the world;
    2. Impart an understanding of the physical manifestations and communicative capacities of dance and theater in the context of cultures;
    3. Provide opportunities for dance and theater creation and performance; and
    4. Contribute to national development and progress by forming citizens who possess cultural self-esteem and national pride.


    Graduates of the Bachelor of Performing Arts-Theater are expected to:

    1. Interpret performances as product of different contexts and perspectives;
    2. Explore and articulate the role of the Filipino performer in the inculcation and enrichment of traditions and innovations in national culture;
    3. Distinguish different theater forms through specific aspects of artistic production;
    4. Apply conceptual frameworks of performance in theatrical production;
    5. Evaluate elements of theater as performance; and
    6. Generate ideas on how to utilize theater in promoting local, regional, and global perspectives.

    Bachelor of Arts in Journalism

    The Bachelor of Arts in Journalism program, as outlined in CMO 41, Series of 2017, is designed to equip students with the essential skills and knowledge required for a career in journalism. This program focuses on developing students’ reporting, writing, editing, and multimedia storytelling abilities. Its goal is to produce graduates who are adept at ethical and responsible journalism, and capable of delivering accurate and timely news to the public. Graduates of this program are prepared for various media-related careers, including print, broadcast, digital journalism, and public relations.


    The Bachelor of Arts in Journalism program aims to:

    1. Equip students with the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitude, and a commitment to uphold professional ethics and standards in the practice of Journalism;
    2. Develop the capacity to anticipate and respond to the needs of rapidly developing media.


    Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in Journalism are expected to:

    1. Identify newsworthy stories in a complex field of facts and opinions, focusing on those of particular importance to the community they serve; community is interpreted broadly as geographic, virtual, of shared interest or philosophy;
    2. Conduct journalistic research;
    3. Write, illustrate, edit, produce, and disseminate for various formats and platforms;
    4. Uphold journalism ethics and professional standards in keeping with the role of journalism in a democracy; and
    5. Produce scholarly work that would add to the body of knowledge on journalism.

    Bachelor of Arts in Communication

    The Bachelor of Arts in Communication program, aligned with CMO 35, Series of 2017, is designed to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of communication theories and practices. This program focuses on developing students’ skills in interpersonal, organizational, and mass communication, along with digital media proficiency. Its goal is to produce graduates who are effective communicators in various contexts, ready for careers in public relations, advertising, corporate communication, journalism, and other communication-related fields. This program emphasizes critical thinking and media literacy while preparing students for diverse roles in the communication industry.


    The Bachelor of Arts in Communication program aims to:

    1. Equip students with the knowledge and skills in the theory and practice of communication applicable in various professions and contexts, with a focus on the media professions.


    Graduates of the BA Communication program should be able to:

    1. Define and access information needs; assess and organize information and knowledge; produce, share, and utilize information and knowledge;
    2. Communicate in different formats and platforms (print, broadcast, and online)
    3. Prepare communication/media plan;
    4. Conduct communication and media research and evaluation;
    5. Develop and produce communication materials in different formats and platforms;
    6. Demonstrate communication management and leadership skills;
    7. Develop entrepreneurial capabilities;
    8. Adhere to ethical standards and practices;
    9. Know and practice rights and responsibilities and accountabilities in the communication profession;
    10. Demonstrate a development orientation in communication work; and
    11. Apply communication theories/models, principles, practices, and tools in development work.

    Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting

    The Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting program, by CMO 37, Series of 2017, is designed to provide students with the essential skills and knowledge needed for a career in broadcasting and media production. This program focuses on developing students’ skills in radio and television production, journalism, scriptwriting, and multimedia content creation. Its objective is to produce graduates who are well-equipped for careers in various aspects of the broadcasting industry, including radio and television broadcasting, digital media, and media production. Graduates of this program are prepared to work as broadcasters, journalists, content producers, and media professionals.


    The Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting program aims to:

    1. Bridge theory and practice by promoting critical analysis and social responsibility;
    2. Produce competitive graduates who are innovative and competent;
    3. Encourage local and global insights; and
    4. Train for proficiency in the use of technology.


    Graduates of the BA Broadcasting program should be able to:

    1. Develop competency in at least six (6) of the following:
      1. Scriptwriting
      2. Directing
      3. Producing
      4. Performing
      5. News Reporting
      6. Production Designing (lighting, set design, costume/makeup)
      7. Post-production
      8. Web content creation and development and web designing
      9. Graphic Designing
      10. Videography/Cinematography
      11. Musical Scoring
    2. Prepare communication media/plan;
    3. Conduct media research: audience research, textual analysis, political-economic analysis of media;
    4. Apply basic media management and leadership skills;
    5. Exemplify ethical standards and practices;
    6. Abide by laws pertinent to broadcasting and other media;
    7. Demonstrate a sense of social responsibility; and
    8. Apply media theories/models, principles, practices, and tools in broadcasting and other media.

    Bachelor of Arts in Literature

    The Bachelor of Arts in Literature program, by CMO 21, Series of 2017, focuses on the in-depth study and analysis of literary works from various cultures and time periods. This program aims to develop students’ critical thinking, analytical, and interpretive skills while fostering a deep appreciation for literature. Graduates of this program are well-prepared for careers in writing, academia, publishing, and cultural analysis. They gain a profound understanding of the power of storytelling and the rich tapestry of human expression through literature.


    The Bachelor of Arts in Literature program aims to:

    1. Promote values of Filipinoness and humanness;
    2. Foster understanding of and sympathy for the feelings and thoughts of the Filipino as a human individual in concrete situations, relationships, experiences, and history;
    3. Enrich the students’ multicultural and interdisciplinary perspectives by studying local and global, classical and contemporary literary and cultural texts;
    4. Encourage students to produce their own literary and cultural texts that may be required by a range of disciplines and professions thus contributing to the body of Philippine literature and the development of Philippine culture;
    5. Expands the students’ experiential and intellectual horizons that develop knowledge, values, skills, and intercultural competence;
    6. Encourage disciplinary commitment and prepare them for national and international career outcomes and life-long learning; and
    7. Develop critical thinking and imaginative expressions and innovations across languages and cultures.


    Graduates of the BA Literature program should be able to:

    1. Apply close reading of texts, involving analysis and interpretation of a variety of forms, types, and genres;
    2. Deploy critical perspectives in the analysis and interpretation of texts representing a variety of forms, types, and genres;
    3. Produce a creative or critical text in one of the genres, forms, or types that may be useful to Literature as discipline as an individual or group work;
    4. Categorize literary and cultural texts according to geographic areas, cultural/intercultural milieus, types, conventions, movements, and historical periods; and
    5. Plan and execute written and non-written projects for careers and undertakings anchored in the discipline of Literature in which Literature graduates are specifically considered competitive and highly qualified such as postgraduate study, research, documentation, publishing, creative work in literary genres as well as in various media, education and work in higher education institutions.

    Master of Arts in Literature

    The Master of Arts in Literature program is a graduate-level program that delves deeply into the study and analysis of literary works across diverse genres, time periods, and cultural contexts. It is designed to advance students’ critical thinking, research, and writing skills, enabling them to become experts in literary analysis and interpretation. This program often includes thesis or research components, allowing students to contribute to the field of literature through original scholarship. Graduates of the program are well-prepared for careers in academia, publishing, writing, and cultural analysis, and they possess a comprehensive understanding of the complexities of literary expression.

    This is a multidisciplinary course anchored on several branches or disciplines of the Humanities such as arts, history, philosophy, and psychology. It provides the gateway for the students to discover the works of great writers and reflect, analyze, and evaluate the merits of masterpieces the world over from the ancient times down to the contemporary period; focusing on the universal impact of literature on humankind.


    1. To further the graduate student’s knowledge and understanding of literature as the aesthetic expression of humanity’s manifold experiences, ideas, and ideals, sentiments, and emotions, embodied in various forms and genres that have evolved throughout the ages;
    2. Evoke sensitivity and understanding of graduate students for significant world views and issues on the marginalized, discriminated, and oppressed through exposure to various literatures of the world;
    3. Instill and inspire cultural pride and appreciation through rediscovery and exposure to national, local, and indigenous literature;
    4. Equip the graduate students with the ability to teach and pass on knowledge and expertise in literature; and
    5. Develop the graduate student’s skills in producing literary texts, creative works, and researches.

    Master of Arts in Filipino

    Ang programa ay naglalayong palawakin at palalimin ang kaalaman at kahusayan ng mga guro sa pagtuturo, pananaliksik, pagbibigay panayam, pagsulat sa pamamagitan ng linggwistika, sosyolinggwistika, panitikan, mga teoryang pampanitikan at iba pang kaugnayan na disiplina na magiging sandigan sa pagkakaroon ng makabago at makabuluhang teorya at istratehiya sa paggtuturo ng wika at panitikan.


    1. Nagkakaroon ng malawak na kaalaman at pag-unawa sa nilalaman at estruktura ng wikang Filipino bilang midyum ng komunikasyon sa pagtuturo;
    2. Nakapagbibigay ng kasanayan sa pagtuturo at pananaliksik sa Filipino at iba pang mga wika kasama ang pagtuturo ng panitikan at pagpapahalaga sa kultural (lokal, pambansa at global);
    3. Nakapagsasagawa ng pananaliksik sa wika at panitikan tungo sa modernisasyon, istandardisasyon at intelektwalisasyon ng Filipino; at
    4. Nakapagtataguyod ng ekstensyong paglilingkod sa larangan ng pagtuturo ng wika at panitikan at iba pang kaugnay na lawak nito bilang tugon sa mga pangangailangan ng makabagong lipunan at panahon.

    Doctor of Philosophy in Filipino

    Layunin ng programang makalinang ng mga gurong may sapat na kasanayan, kakayahan at kaalaman sa Filipino, mga administrador at mga tagabalangkas ng programang pangwika upang makapagbalangkas at magsakatuparan ng mga gawaing pangwika.


    1. Mapataas ang kakayahan ng mga gurong nagtuturo ng Filipino sa iba’t ibang antas ng Edukasyon.
    2. Mapaunlad ang kaalaman sa pagtuturo ng Filipino sa pamamagitan ng pananaliksik at mga gawaing pampamayanan.
    3. Maihanda ang mga guro sa responsableng pamiminunong akademiko at di-akademikong gawain kaugnay ng Filipino.
    4. Magkakaroon ng malalim at mapanuring pakikipagtalakayan at pananaliksik sa mga paksang magsisilbing batayan SA pagbabalak ng mga patakarang pangwika sa mabisang paggamit ng Filipino bilang midyum ng pagtuturo at wika sa opisyal na komunikasyon.

    The College of Arts and Letters at Bicol University boasts a dynamic faculty for their commitment to education, research, and community engagement. Comprising experts in diverse disciplines, these educators are dedicated to fostering critical thinking and creativity among their students. They are prolific scholars, continually advancing knowledge through research and actively contributing to local and national initiatives. Moreover, their engagement with the community, through outreach programs and cultural events, ensures their impact extends beyond academia. In essence, the faculty members of the College of Arts and Letters exemplify excellence in education, research, and community service, enriching both the institution and the region they serve.



    Department Chair

    Bachelor of Arts in English (BU)

    MAED major in English (BU)

    MA in English Studies-Language (UP-Diliman)

    Ed.D. Educational Management (BU)

    Instructor I ABAINZA, ABIGAIL JO M.

    Bachelor of Arts in English (BU)

    Master of Arts in English (BU)

    Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (BU; ongoing)

    Assoc. Prof. IV ARANAS, MA. ANDREA JANE B.

    BSED Major in English (BU)

    Master of Arts in Literature (ADMU)

    Ph.D. Educational Foundation (BU; with units earned)

    Ph.D. English Language & Literature (ADMU; with units earned)

    Assoc. Prof. V ASAYTUNO, ALICIA A.

    BS Education Major in English (BU)

    MAED Major in English (BU)

    Ph.D. Filipino (BU)

    Assoc. Prof. V BELLENA, GEMMA B.

    Bachelor of Arts in English; CCT (BU)

    MAED (CAR); Master in English Education (BU)

    Ph.D. in English Language Studies (UST-Manila; with units earned)


    Bachelor of Secondary Education, English Major (BU)

    Master of Arts in English Education (Bu)

    Juris Doctor (UST-L College of Law; ongoing)

    Assoc. Prof. V BORRES, MA. JULIETA B.

    BSED major in English (BU)

    MAED major in English (BU)

    Bachelor of Laws (AUL)

    Ph.D. Educational Foundation (BU)

    Assoc. Prof. I BUENCONSEJO, MAYEN B.

    BSED major in English (BU)

    MAED major in English (BU)

    Ed.D. Educational Management (BU)

    Professor II HABALO, REINA O.

    Bachelor of Arts in English (Veritas College of Irosin)

    MA English (Annunciation College of Sorsogon)

    Ed.D. Educational Management (BU)


    Bachelor of Arts in English (BU)

    MAED major in English (BU)

    MA in English Studies-Language (UP-Diliman)

    Ph.D. Educational Foundation (BU)


    BSED major in English (BU)

    MA Literature (BU; CAR)

    Instructor II MORANO, MARNIE A.

    Bachelor of Arts in English (BU)

    Master of Arts in Public Administration (BU; CAR)

    MAED Major in English (BU, CAR)

    Assoc. Prof. II MORAL, IRENE R.

    BSED Major in English (BU)

    MA in Education Major in English (BU)

    Ed.D. Educational Management (BU)

    Asst. Prof. I NIVERO, GLENDA B.

    BSE Major in English (AUL)

    MAED English (BU; ongoing)


    Instructor I RUIVIVAR, MARTHA JOY B.
    Department Chair
    Bachelor of Communication Arts major in Journalism (BU)
    Master of Development Communication (UP-Open University)

    Doctor of Communication,(UP-Open University, ongoing)

    Assoc. Prof. V AGUILAR, ADRIAN B.

    Bachelor of Communication Arts major in Audio Visual Communication (BU)

    CCT (BU)

    MAED (BU; 30 units)

    Master of Development Communication; (UP-Open University)

    Doctor of Communication (UP-Open University)

    Instructor I ANDES, SEAN MARTIN A.

    Bachelor of Arts in Audio Visual Communication (BU)

    Masters in Computer Graphics and Animation (ADNU; ongoing)

    Asst. Prof. I BRON, RAMON GIAN A

    Bachelor of Science in Digital Illustration & Animation (ADNU)

    Master of Computer Graphics & Animation (ADNU)

    Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration (BU; ongoing)

    Assoc. Prof. I MACASINAG, RUBY M.

    BS Development Communication (UP-Los Baños)

    MA in Public Management (DAP-GSPDM)

    MA in Communication Major in Social Marketing (University of Texas at El Paso)

    Ph.D. Development Management (BU; ongoing)



    Department Chair

    BA Journalism (UP-Diliman)

    MA Media Studies - Journalism (UP-Diliman)

    Ph.D. Media Studies (UP-Diliman; ongoing)

    Instructor III MIER, MA. APRIL M.

    AB Journalism (BU)

    Master in Communication (PUP-Open University)

    Assoc. Prof. V ASAYTUNO, ALICIA A.

    BS Education Major in English (BU)

    MAED Major in English (BU)

    Ph.D. Filipino (BU)

    Instructor I OSTRIA, REY ANTHONY R.

    AB Journalism (BU)

    MA Journalism (UP-Diliman; ongoing)


    Assoc. Prof. V DEMATERA, ANACITO E.

    Department Chair

    AB Mass Communication (AMEC)

    Master in Communication (PUP Open University)

    Ph.D. Educational Foundation (BU; with Units)

    Ph.D. Communication (UP-Open University; ongoing)


    Bachelor in Broadcast Communication (PUP)

    MA in English Education (BU)


    AB Communication Arts (PWU)

    MAED (BU)

    Master of Dev't. Communication (UP-Open University)

    Ed.D. Educational Management (BU)

    Ph.D. Communication (UP-Diliman; ongoing)



    Department Chair

    Bachelor of Arts in English/Political Science (DWCL)

    MA Literature (UST-Manila)

    Ph.D. Literature (UST-Manila)

    Associate Professor IV, ABELARDO G. BELLEZA

    AB English - Aquinas University

    Master of Arts in Teaching Literature (DLSU)

    Doctor of Philosophy in English Language and Literature (ADMU)


    Bachelor in Communications Arts Major in Journalism (BU)

    MA in Literature - (BU)

    Asst. Prof. IV AMADOR, ALETA A.

    Bachelor of Arts in English; CCT (BU)

    Master of Arts in Literature (BU)

    Ph.D. Philippine Studies (UP-Diliman; ongoing)

    Instructor I MACASINAG, MICHAEL R.

    AB English (BU)

    Master of Arts in Literature (BU)

    Asst. Prof. II MORCOZO, VIVETH G.

    Bachelor of Arts in English (BU)

    MA Literature (BU)

    Ph.D. Comparative Literature (UP-Diliman; ongoing)

    Asst. Prof. II SAMAR, ROGELYN P.

    Bachelor of Arts in English (BU)

    MA Literature (BU)

    Ph.D. in Philippine Studies (UP-Diliman; ongoing)


    Assoc. Prof. V MALOLES, SHIRLEY N.

    Department Chair

    BSE major in English (BU)

    Diploma in Cultural Education (NCAA Scholarship; BU)

    MAED major in STA (BU)

    Ed.D. Educational Management (BU)

    Asst. Prof. III LASIN, AGNES G.

    AB Liberal Arts (DWCL)

    MA in Cultural Education (BU)

    Asst. Prof. III TABO, INDIRA B.

    AB Speech Communication (UP-Diliman)

    MPS (UP Open University; 24 units)

    MA in Speech Communication (UP-Diliman; CAR)

    MA in English Education (BU)


    Instructor I LONDONIO, MARYLET L.

    Bachelor in Elementary Education (BU)

    Master in Filipino (BU)

    Ph.D. Filipino (BU)


    BS in Secondary Education (BU)

    Master of Arts in Education (BU)

    Ph.D. Filipino (BU)

    Professor II LOPEZ, LETICIA M.

    BS in Elementary Education (BU)

    MAED major in Filipino (BU)

    Ph.D. Filipino (BU)

    Assoc. Prof. V MAYOR, GRACE L.

    BSED (ITEP) (BU)

    MAED major in Filipino (BU)

    Ph.D. Filipino (BU)

    Assoc. Prof. V OLIQUINO, EVELYN C.

    BS Agribusiness (BU)

    BEED (Republic College)

    MAED in Elementary Agriculture (Republic College)

    Ph.D. Filipino (BU)


    Professor III CHAVENIA, RAMIL C.

    Department Chair

    BEED major in Music (Daniel B. Peña Memorial College Foundation)

    MAED major in Music (BU)

    Ed.D. Educational Management (BU; with units earned)

    Instructor I ARMEÑA, NOEL S.

    AB Performance and Cultural Studies major in Theatre Arts (AUL)

    Certificate in College Teaching (AUL)

    Master of Arts in Education major in Educational Management (UST-Legazpi; CAR)


    Bachelor of Communication Arts major in Speech & Theater Arts (BU)

    MA Literature (BU)

    PhD in Literature (DLSU; ongoing)


    Bachelor in Communications Arts-Speech and Theater Arts (BU)

    Master of Arts in Education-Educational Management (AUL)

    Ed.D. Educational Leadership and Management (BU; with units earned)

    Asst. Prof. II MILLARE, JARIED M.

    Bachelor of Physical Education (BU)

    MA in Music Education (BU)


    Enhancing Literacy, Media Skills, and Socio-Cultural Awareness

    The Bicol University College of Arts and Letters (BUCAL) continues to be a beacon of community engagement and academic excellence through its diverse extension projects. These projects, spanning various disciplines and community needs, highlight BUCAL’s commitment to enhancing literacy, media skills, cultural awareness, and information dissemination, making a tangible impact in the region.

      PROJECT BRILLIG: Bridging Literacy Gaps for Inclusive and Lifelong Learning

      BUCAL partners with Cabangan High School for the Literacy Program

             Bicol University's College of Arts and Letters (BUCAL) has partnered with Cabangan High School (CHS) for the latter’s implementation of the Department of Education’s Brigada Pagbasa (BP) program, a response to literacy problems that arose nationwide in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.  BUCAL, through its English and Filipino departments, has committed to supporting CHS as a key partner in countering the negative effects of online and distance education necessitated by the pandemic.

             BUCAL's role in this partnership includes developing a tailored reading plan, creating instructional materials, training CHS teachers and BUCAL volunteer tutors, and directly implementing and monitoring reading intervention sessions. This program benefits 129 high school students who are assessed as deficit and coping readers.

             The program, aptly named "BRILLIG," or Bridging Literacy Gaps for Inclusive and Lifelong Learning, addresses CHS students' specific literacy needs, focusing on reading competencies in English and Filipino. To ensure its success, BRILLIG engages faculty and students from BUCAL's AB English Language, Master in Filipino, and Ph.D. Filipino programs volunteer their expertise, reflecting their commitment to academic excellence and community engagement.

             The BRILLIG program comprises two main projects: Bridging Literacy Gaps in English and Bridging Literacy Gaps in Filipino, led by the respective chairs of the two language departments. Each project has three components: designing and developing reading modules, capacity-building volunteers, and recruiting and monitoring tutors.

             To prepare for this partnership, capability-building workshops were held last semester to equip teachers and student volunteers with the necessary skills to conduct effective tutorials using newly prepared learning materials tailored to the tutees' assessed needs. Separate orientations were also held for the tutees and their parents for a holistic approach.

             The expected outcomes include improved student reading skills, a successful reading program at CHS, and a replicable model for other schools.  As of this writing, another local public high school has requested to be accommodated for a similar program.

             Through BRILLIG, Bicol University's College of Arts and Letters reaffirms its commitment to advancing literacy and education, one student at a time.  By collaborating with CHS and other public schools, BUCAL contributes to the broader goal of fostering inclusive and lifelong learning opportunities for all. 


      Empowering the Youth: BUCAL’s "Project Padaba Ta Ka" Enhances Media Skills for Journalism, Broadcasting, and Communication

      In an era defined by rapid digital evolution, proficiency in media has emerged as a vital skill for navigating today's complex world. Recognizing this, Bicol University's College of Arts and Letters (BUCAL) spearheads "Project Padaba Ta Ka," a training initiative focused on enhancing media and communication skills for community development, particularly in journalism, broadcasting, and communication.

      The project underscores the importance of hands-on training for high school students and teacher-advisers involved in school papers. Such workshops play a pivotal role in skill development, ensuring readiness for engaging in various media-related activities and enhancing participants' abilities to partake effectively in school press conferences.

      Aligned with national, regional, and institutional agendas and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the project aims to bolster media capacity, particularly for schools like Arimbay High School in Legazpi City. Schools participating in events like the inter-school press conference, as mandated by Republic Act No. 7079 (the Campus Journalism Act of 1991), can significantly benefit from these initiatives, increasing their chances of competition success and strengthening their school papers.

      Led by the experienced faculty members of BUCAL's Journalism, Broadcasting, and Communication departments, the project offers a comprehensive curriculum that combines theoretical grounding with practical experience. Leveraging their expertise, the faculty aims to equip participants with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in school journalism.

      Building on the success of previous initiatives, such as the 2015 "Project Padaba Ta Ka," which focused on broadcast news writing, public affairs, radio performance, photography, and documentation, this project seeks to empower the youth by providing them with the tools to become effective communicators and responsible journalists. By identifying the media training needs of stakeholders, training potential campus journalists, and strengthening school papers, "Project Padaba Ta Ka" aims to empower communities to disseminate information effectively and increase the likelihood of schools like Arimbay High School winning competitions.

      A. Enhancing the Community Library Through the Production of Indigenous Reference Materials for Folklore Awareness and Appreciation
      B. Creation of Instructional Materials on Awareness and Appreciation of Local Lore for the Community Schools of Barangay Arimbay, Legazpi City

      BUCAL Literature Programs Enhance Community Education with Local Lore

             In response to Republic Act No. 10533 on MTB-MLE (Mother Tongue Based-Multi-Lingual Education) and DepEd Memorandum Order No. 32 s. 2015, which integrates local lore into the curriculum of elementary and high schools nationwide, the MA and AB Literature Programs of Bicol University's College of Arts and Letters have embarked on a collaborative project with three community libraries in Arimbay, Legazpi City.

             The project, "Enhancing the Community Library Through the Production of Indigenous Reference Materials for Folklore Awareness and Appreciation," ran from January 15, 2016, to July 18, 2018. It aimed to benefit students of DepEd schools in the area and the residents of Arimbay, particularly the elderly, who are the primary sources of local lore.

             The project involved packaging various genres of verbal lore and their translations into chapbooks for reference in community libraries. However, it became apparent that teachers of English, language, literature, and social science subjects needed accompanying instructional materials to teach the lore in the classroom effectively.

             To address this need, the MA & AB Literature programs of the Literature Department, in coordination with the BU Extension Management Division, initiated the "Creation of Instructional Materials on Awareness and Appreciation of Local Lore for the Community Schools of Barangay Arimbay, Legazpi City" project. These materials will guide teachers in lessons promoting awareness, appreciation, and pride in local lore.

             The initiative enhances the community libraries and empowers teachers to incorporate local lore into their lessons, enriching students' educational experiences. This project is hoped to stimulate creativity, entertainment, and a deeper connection to their cultural heritage among the students of Arimbay.


      An Extension Service of Prof. Anacito Dematera of the Broadcasting Department of the BU College of Arts and Letters as Program Host
      • Implementing Unit/Agency: Technology, Innovation, Information Dissemination Section, BUEMD Office of the Director, BU Extension Management Division Office of the Vice-President for Research, Development, and Extension In partnership with BU College of Arts and Letters and BU College of Business, Economics, and Management

      Radio for Change: Bicol University's 'Programang Pang-Edukasyon at Pangkabuhayan' in Community Empowerment

             The ongoing project, "Programang Pang-Edukasyon at Pangkabuhayan," remains a vital platform for disseminating information and fostering informed decision-making within communities. It aims to enhance knowledge and encourage critical thinking by providing insights into various issues and formulating intelligent viewpoints.

             Radio remains a powerful medium for information dissemination, especially in reaching communities with limited access to high-end press. Its impact transcends barriers such as electricity shortages or disrupted mobile networks, making it a valuable source of information, inspiration, and instruction.

             Launched by the BU Extension Management Division (BUEMD) through the Technology, Innovations, Information, and Dissemination Section (TIIDS), the program builds on the success of its predecessor, "Tingog kan BU." It features information on health, education, agriculture, business, physical fitness, basic science, information technology, fisheries, and other relevant topics from various colleges, units, centers, and partner agencies.

             The project serves as a platform for disseminating homegrown technologies, scientific innovations, and research findings from Bicol University to a broader audience, particularly those with limited access to high-end media. It aligns with the TIIDS's campaign to promote scientific and technological innovation and research findings, supporting inclusive and quality education as outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals (Goal 4). Furthermore, it aligns with the national vision of "Ambisyon Natin 2040," promoting families' secure and peaceful lives, the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act (RA 11469), and regional and provincial socio-economic objectives.

             The radio program continues to air for one hour on a radio station with broad reach and is streamed live on social networking sites like Facebook. Prof. Anacito Dematera from the BU College of Arts and Letters continues to serve as the anchor host and facilitate the weekly program. The Bicol University Extension Management Division, through the Technology Innovation and Information Dissemination Section (TIIDS), continues to manage the program.

             Administrators, faculty members, non-teaching staff, and students continue to be invited as resource persons to discuss various topics. The program continues to be hosted by faculty members with expertise in radio broadcasting or experience as anchor-hosts. Topics are selected in consultation with the RDMD and BUEMD Directors, ensuring ongoing relevance and timeliness.

             The radio program airs weekly for one hour and is regularly monitored and evaluated to ensure its ongoing effectiveness and relevance. Feedback from the audience and implementers is used to improve the program continuously.

             The ongoing project, "Programang Pang-Edukasyon at Pangkabuhayan," remains committed to disseminating research findings, advocacy, and scientific and technological innovations from Bicol University to the community. Through its continued efforts, the project aims to improve the community and fulfill Bicol University's mission of producing leaders and change agents for social transformation and development.


             This ongoing extension project at Bicol University's radio station, DWBU 106.3 FM, was launched in August 2023. The proponents of "The Brunch: A Radio Magazine Show" are Indira B. Tabo (Performing Arts Dept), Jocelyn I. Bartolata (English Dept), Gemma B. Bellena (English Dept), and Julius Caesar M. Martinez (Humanities Dept).   

             “The Brunch” was conceptualized as a blend of light-hearted yet meaningful conversations akin to brunch with friends. It is a professional setting for discussions that engage the BU community and external stakeholders.

             The initial "The Brunch" season garnered viewership ranging from 1,000 to 12,000 per episode, indicating a positive response. Building on this success, the ongoing extension project plans to produce four more seasons, each focusing on the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, ensuring depth and relevance in discussions and attracting a specific audience for each monthly theme.

             Each episode of "The Brunch" is carefully crafted to provide a holistic view of the selected SDG, incorporating various perspectives and voices. The program creates a space for meaningful dialogue and reflection through discussions, interviews, and audience interactions, encouraging listeners to think critically about pressing global issues. Moreover, by aligning with local, national, and international events and celebrations, "The Brunch" remains relevant and timely, ensuring its content resonates with its audience. Whether highlighting indigenous peoples' rich cultural heritage or discussing tourism's impact on local communities, the program seeks to raise awareness and promote understanding.

             "The Brunch" also serves to showcase BU's expertise and talent. With a pool of experts and community members, the program provides in-depth insights and analysis on various topics, enriching its content and enhancing its credibility and value to its audience. Furthermore, "The Brunch" is more than just a radio show; it catalyzes change and social impact. The program fosters collaboration and partnerships by engaging with government agencies, private organizations, NGOs, and socio-civic organizations that can lead to concrete actions and initiatives supporting the SDGs.

             "The Brunch: A Radio Magazine Show" is a testament to the power of media in educating, inspiring, and mobilizing communities. Through its engaging content, diverse perspectives, and commitment to social change, the program has the potential to meaningfully impact its listeners' lives and contribute to a more sustainable and equitable world.


    on January 8, 2023, at the BU Amphitheater

    Greetings of a Happy New Year, everyone!

    Thank you for attending today’s Ceremonial Turn Over of CAL’s Deanship.  This momentous event is timely because the New Year is the best time to remember the past year’s achievements, set goals, and start a new beginning.  

    A famous quote says that for everything, there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven. Today is the time for me to fulfill the noble task of passing on with both pride and humility CAL’s deanship to my successor, Dr. Adrian Aguilar, whose qualifications best align with CHED’s COPC policies, standards, and guidelines.

    I am greatly humbled by the rare opportunity of being able to serve you well as Dean for six months.  I would like to express my sincere gratitude, 

    Foremost, to our dynamic President, Dr. Baby Boy Benjamin Nebres III, for choosing and giving me the trust and confidence to lead the college,    

     The vibrant vice presidents, thank you for the immense support you have given me.

     The two hardworking Associate Deans serving in succession – Dr. Agnes Nepomuceno and Prof. Marnie Morano

    The competent program chairs and department heads who voluntarily collaborated and worked closely with me:

    Dr. Adrian Aguilar, Chair of the Communication Department

    Dr. May Antoinnette Imran, Chair of the Literature Department

    Dr. Jocelyn Bartolata, Chair of English Language Studies

    Dr. Shirley Maloles, Chair of the Performing Arts Department

    Prof. Anacito Dematera, Chair of the Broadcasting Department

    Prof. Gladys Serafica, Chair of the Journalism Department

    Prof. Ramil “Plok” Chavenia, Chair of the Humanities Department  

    Dr. Marylet L. Londonio, Chair of the Filipino Department  

    The ever-ready College Coordinators

    For Research and Extension – Dr. Ma. Celina Eladia Meneses

              Gender and Development – Dr. Alicia Asaytuno

              Student Activities and Services – Prof. Noel Armeṅa

              NSTP – Dr. Mayen Buenconsejo

    The Administrative Head and Non-teaching Staff – headed by the very efficient

    Ms. Michelle Andes,

    Budget Officer – Ms. Cielo Ondevilla

    College Registrar – Mr. Antonio Lleva

              Accountant – Atty. Charmaine Cabria

              Cashier – Ms. Jane Redada

    The hardworking and supportive College Student Council Officers and the

    entire CAL student body,

    Kuya Manny and Ate Emma – words may not be enough, but still, I say   

              Thank you.

    In life and at work, there are losses and gains, wins and defeats, welcomes and goodbyes. But this morning, I will choose to speak about gains, specifically college gains that we have earned successfully as a TEAM.

    Allow me to speak about the College of Arts and Letters in a nutshell during the six months that I served as Dean to provide my successor – Dr. Adrian Aguilar, with a clear take-off point.    

              The College of Arts and Letters is a beautiful college where the love for culture and arts is strongly bred.  It comprises diverse and creative, proactive and reactive, vibrant and vigilant, engaged and highly expressive faculty members and students keeping different ideologies and advocacies.  Hard to handle, as they may seem, and as the people outside of CAL may postulate, at the end of the day, when given a herculean task and provided a direction, they certainly unite, work as a team, and remain cohesive – such is the beauty of working with my colleagues at the College of Arts and Letters – easy, manageable, and flexible.   

    My stint as a college Dean was short, but it was well-served. Accomplishments may not be that grand, but they are substantial, for we were able to put our efforts together to effect change and recalibrate our actions. And I am not giving way to any regret, for I took every opportunity to serve with dedication and genuine concern for everyone. Listening intently, even to what the faculty and students are not saying, has always been challenging.  And I was grateful for the goals accomplished, the learnings obtained, the genuine relationships built, and the people I have known better.   

              So, what is CAL’s status now?

    CAL submitted its five undergraduate programs, namely BA Communication, AB in English Language, BA Performing Arts, BA Journalism, and BA Broadcasting, for Certificate of Compliance (COPC) by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Regional Office V RQAT last July 27-28 and July 31, 2023. While AB Journalism was found to be Compliant with CHED’s policies, standards, and guidelines, the other four programs were non-compliant due to an administrative concern. The administrative concern raised by CHED is the academic qualification of the Dean, for I am a graduate of Doctor of Education major in Educational Management and Master of Education major in English, which do not align with CHED’s PSGs. In all instances, the welfare of the college cannot be subordinated to individual welfare, and I am one with the administration’s decision to comply with the recommendations of CHED to ensure that all the degree programs get a Certificate of Compliance with CHED’s policies, standards, and guidelines.

    During the six months, CAL continued to pursue a series of accreditations, thereby assuring CAL programs of their good standing.  Bachelor of Arts in Communication is Level IV Re-accredited, Bachelor of Performing Arts is Level III Re-accredited, and upon presentation of a Certificate of Program Compliance by CHED, could be granted the Level IV accreditation by AACCUP;  Bachelor of Arts in Journalism was subjected to Level 3 Phase 1 Accreditation last August 21-25, 2023; Bachelor of Arts in English Language has successfully undergone Preliminary Visit last December 4-8, 2023 while the Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting has applied for the Level III Accreditation.

    The College remains strong and vibrant with a strengthened research and extension status. Records as of December 2023 showed 13 completed research and eight ongoing research.  Upgrading the college facilities and equipment was attended to through the judicious purchase of needed technological hardware and software in coordination with ICTO and the University Procurement Office. Furthermore, faculty and student capability-building programs and activities were strongly supported.  

    I have served the University in different capacities:

    As Chair of the English Department of the then College of Arts and Letters (CAS) for two years, with Dr. Dolores Laguilles as my Dean;

            As Assistant to the President for Public Information for four years during the leadership of the 5th President – Dr. Emiliano E. Aberin;

              As Assistant Dean of CSSP for one year in service to the 6th President, Dr. Susana C. Cabredo, who implemented the Comprehensive Development Plan in 2006, which placed me at the College of Arts and Letters with Dr. Vega as Dean;  

              I was the Director of the BU Language Center for two years during the term of Dr. Cabredo, one year during Dr. Fay Lea Patria M. Lauraya’s term, and three years during the term of Dr. Arnulfo M. Mascarinas.   

    I have served with dedication and commitment in the past and will do it again and again with the same passion to serve Bicol University. In all the positions I served, I shall always speak of gratitude to God, to my designating officials, and to everyone I served.  

    Today, as it will be written in the history of the college, I joyfully and proudly relinquish the deanship to a beloved and esteemed faculty member and department head, Dr. Adrian Aguilar.  An alloy of sadness and happiness dwells in me at this moment: sadness because, leadership-wise, I will be away from the College that has served as my home for several years, but more importantly, happiness because my leaving will mean the granting of the COPC for the college.  Thus, this leaving shall not be in vain.  I must then say, “Congratulations CAL!”

    From here on, I assure the college of my full and sincere support in its future engagements toward greater heights. In my future undertakings, I will always ensure that this college will benefit, directly or indirectly, as a former full-time faculty and former dean will forever be connected to the college.

    For the last time, this is Dr. Irene Moral, the 9th Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, now the former Dean, congratulating everyone for a new chapter for the college. All the best.

Dr. Adrian B. Aguilar

Dean, College of Arts and Letters