HIGHLIGHTS | BU@52: Continuing the Tradition of Quality Education amidst the Pandemic

Wednesday October 6,2021

BU WEEK DAY 1 September 20. 2021 | The week-long celebration began with the opening of the Agri-Techno Fair headed by the BU Extension and Management Division (EMD). At the same time, the University Student Council (USC) launched the BU E-Sports Olympics and Dunong BUeño: Debate Competition virtually through their Facebook page.

On the other hand, a ceremonial virtual signing of the General Bilateral Agreement on the International Cooperation and Inception Meeting was held between Bicol University and the University of Tanjungpura, Indonesia participated by the International Relations Office, College of Arts and Letters (CAL), College of Business Economics and Management (CBEM), and Language Center.

Afterwards, a Virtual International Lecture Series on Value Innovation 2021 hosted by the University of Tanjungpura, Indonesia and BU, took place.

The highlight of the first day was the GAWAD BUEÑO: University Virtual Recognition Program prepared by the Office of the Student Affairs and Services broadcasted on the BU Facebook page.

BU WEEK DAY 2 September 21, 2021 | To formally begin the celebration, a Thanksgiving Mass was held presided by Rev. Msgr Noe B. Thomas at the St. Gregory the Great Cathedral, Albay. Some BU officials, headed by Pres. Arnulfo Mascariñas, deans, directors, faculty members, and non-teaching personnel attended with strict observance of COVID-19 protocols.

Afterwards, the Virtual Commemoration of the 52nd Founding Anniversary was shown online with video greetings and messages from the BU officials, deans, and select directors of the university.

The second day is also dedicated for the people behind the university dubbed, BU Personnel Day. In line with the annual occasion, the BU Association of Non-Teaching Staff (BUANTS) held a program broadcasted live in the BU Facebook page. The virtual program launched the Livelihood Augmentation through Skills Training and Development.

The partnership was a joint project of BUANTS in coordination with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the Office of the Vice President for Research, Development and Extension (OVPRDE) through EMD.

BUANTS also held a soft launching of their website and office as well as the Health Support Project in partnership with the BU Auxiliary Services. Afterwards, another project was introduced titled, Civil Service Professional Examination Review project of BUANTS with cooperation for the College of Science (CS) and the OVPRDE through EMD.

In the afternoon, the Online BINGO was held. This was participated by the BUANTS and BU Union of Faculty Association Inc. (BUUFAI) members. The winners for the Tiktok Challenge, I Heart BU K-Dub Challenge, Trivia Quiz, and Raffle Draws were also announced.

For the I Heart BU K-Dub Challenge, the College of Nursing received the first prize followed by the College of Science and College of Arts and Letters. 21 BU personnel received P500 to P5,000 on the Raffle Draws category. On the other hand, 12 winners were awarded with P250 for the Trivia Quiz Games. For the Tiktok Challenge, the College of Medicine was declared the winner followed by the Daraca Campus and East Campus.

The Agri-Techno Fair of the BUEMD and the E-Sports Olympics, Dunong BUeño, and Dance Competitions of the USC continued virtually.

This day also marked the inaugural ceremony of the BU and DOST PCIEERD supported, new facility – co-working space at the Student Union Building. It was also virtually broadcasted via BU’s Facebook page.

Day two’s highlight was the BU Gabi ng Parangal, organized by BUHRMDO, honoring the retirees and personnel in their years of quality service to the university. 41 retirees were awarded. Under the Loyalty Awardees, 47 was awarded Bronze Pin for their 10 years of service; 32 Bronze Pin awardees as well for their 15 years of service; 26 Silver Pin awardees for their 20 years of service; 24 Silver Pin awardees for their 25 years of service; 11 Gold Pin awardees for their 30 years of service; 10 Gold Pin awardees for their 35 years of service; and one Gold Pin awardee for his 40 years of service.

BU WEEK DAY 3 September 22, 2021 | The Agri-Techno Fair still continues along with USC’s on-going debate competition, E-Sports Olympics, and Online Quiz Bowl. 

An online selling of Agri-products also took place led by the BUEMD, TREMS, College of Agriculture and Forestry (CAF), and CTCED. The BUEMD also launched the BU Community Pantry online.

The BU College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP) held two webinars titled, Tabang sa Panahon nin Pandemya: A Community Pantry – Modern Bayanihan for BU-ANTS and the BUCSSP CREC for Institutional Research on Flexible Learning dubbed, One College, One for all Faculty Research Engagement.

The third day of the celebration continued with the virtual competitions on E-Sports Olympics, Dunong BUEño, Palarong BU: The Amazing Games 2021, and Online Quiz Bowl.

This day also served as the BU Student’s Day.

BU WEEK DAY 4 September 23, 2021 | College activities held virtually by the college units and campuses of the university.

The College of Business Economics and Management (CBEM), in partnership with the Extension Management Division (EMD) launched the virtual Best Theses Presentation.

The Institute of Design and Architecture (IDeA) and the Gender and Development (GAD) held a Workshop on GAD Concepts and Mainstreaming: Gearing Towards Becoming a College.

On the other hand, CSSP held the BUCSSP CREC for Institutional Research on Flexible Learning dubbed as “One College, One for All Faculty Research Engagement.”

In addition, a radio program was held featuring guest Dr. Ramesis M. Lorino, Director of BU Open University who discussed the topic on Bridging the University of the Future.

USC led the dance competitions on two categories: Philippine Folk Dance and Interpretative Dance.

The Institute of Physical Education Sports and Recreation (IPESR) spearheaded the Virtual Fitness broadcasted through the BUEMD Facebook page.

BU WEEK DAY 5 September 24, 2021 | The National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCAA), in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, CAL, EMD, and College of Education (CE) launched the NCCA 4TH Research Colloquium: Salikultura Research Methodologies.

On the other hand, IDeA and RDMD held the Mentoring Mentors on Thesis/ Research Writing.

The College of Science (CS) officially launched the BU-BINHI EDC Arboretum Project. It can be recalled that during the 51st Founding Celebration, a virtual MOA signing between BU and EDC took place.

The Office of the Vice President for Administration and Finance, along with the Jesse M. Robredo Institute of Governance and Development (JMRIGD), CSSP, EMD, and CEMS also held the Mandanas Ruling: Webinar on the Implementation of Mandanas Ruling and its Implication to SUCs.

BUOU also launched their Online Kapihan attended by Graduate School (GS) and OU students.

The Mr. and Ms. Bicol University (MMBU) was crowned. Both candidates were representatives from CAL. They were Angelica Marie Camu, and Nelson Villaflor II.

BU WEEK DAY 6 September 25, 2021 | The celebration continued until weekends.

The BU Graduate School Day was held virtually as well as the BU Alumni Day and BU NSTP Day.

As an annual tradition, the BU Virtual Hataw was also launched. On the other hand, the IDeA held Balik Arkitekto Lecture Year 4.

USC also released the over-all results. CENG was hailed Champion followed by IPESR, CE, and CS. On the other hand, the over-all highest pointer is IPESR followed by CENG, CE, and CS. (written by: Arnold C. Noda, CPRO)