Faulan (center) won two golds during the PNG VQL

Faulan, Flores shine at Philippine National Games VQL

Mike John Faulan and Allan Flores, Jr. , FLAG athletes of St. Anthony’s College (SAC) won three golds for Antique during the Philippine National Games – Visayas Qualifying Leg held in Antique on 10-14 November 2015.

Faulan, a second year BS Criminology student won Antique’s golds in both 800-meter and 400-meter track and field events. Flores, a second year BS Computer Engineering student also won gold in the Poomsae Seniors (Individual-Men) event.

Three other Anthonians in the Antique delegation won medals for the province. Anthony Agustin dela Peña, a BS Hospitality Management student won bronze in Badminton Men Elite Category Mixed Doubles. Rona Grace Salgado, a second year Bachelor of Elementary Education student won bronze in Badminton Women Elite Category Mixed Doubles. Carl Virgil Abiera, a High School student also won bronze in Tae Kwon Do Kyorugi Junior Men Welter Weight.

The five Anthonian athletes will be formally recognized during SAC’s Annual Recognition Ceremonies and will receive tuition fee incentives for bringing honor to the school and Antique.

Esquia (center) win ABS-CBN

Esquia wins 1st ABS-CBN newscasting tilt in Antique

Rick Jasper Esquia, a second year Bachelor of Secondary Education student of St. Anthony’s College (SAC) won the championship of the 1st ABS-CBN Newscasting Competition in Antique held on 7 November 2015 at the Robinson’s Place Antique. Following his win, Esquia became an official School Patrol Reporter of ABS-CBN Iloilo and will appear in either or both of TV Patrol Panay and Sikat ka! Iloilo. Esquia, together with the First Runner Up will also be competing for Antique during the 5th ABS-CBN Regional Newscasting Competition this November.

First runner up to Esquia was Raya Nicole Quemado, also a second year Bachelor of Secondary Education student of SAC. Three other Anthonians qualified as grand finalists for the tilt: Vincent Baylon (Bachelor of Elementary Education); Mark Andio dela Gracia (Bachelor of Arts-Political Science); and Mary Ann Obay (Bachelor of Elementary Education). The Anthonian delegates were coached by Mr. Prabhat Ranjan B. Ubas.


SAC publishes three new HED workbooks

In response to the challenges of an outcome-based education, St. Anthony’s College (SAC) recently published three workbooks including: General Chemistry Laboratory Manual by Teresa Connie G. Atilano, MChem; and Photography: Positive & Negative Development, and Fingerprint Classification both by Larry L. Lopez, MSCrim & Roselyn T. Lopez, MSCrim.

The authors have specially designed the workbooks for self-study by higher education students. The General Chemistry Laboratory Manual is intended for general education classes. It has also been aligned to Chemistry classes in the basic education departments under the K-12 educational system. Meanwhile the Photography: Positive & Negative Development, and Fingerprint Classification are both intended for Criminology students. The texts are in simple language, and the exercises are practical and simple with materials locally available.

Dr. Ana Linda O. Santos, Vice President for Academic Affairs of SAC, in her remarks during the launching of the workbooks on 13 November 2015 said “…I would like to highlight the teachers/faculty competence and leadership in research. As professionals we should believe in continuing education; and the unending task is to read, update, search and create in order to generate and introduce new ideas, strategies and approaches to improve our instructional function. As professionals we do not just keep to ourselves what we have developed; we are compelled to share the products of our inquiry and ingenuity so that we too could contribute to the body of knowledge for others to learn from.”

The workbooks are now available for purchase at the SAC Bookstore. Questions on placement of orders may be directed to 0906-5567611.


SAC launches Taramdan sa Lantipulong Kinaray-a

On 13 November 2015, St. Anthony’s College (SAC) launched the Taramdan sa Lantipulong Kinaray-a (Kinaray-a Grammar Guide), the most comprehensive reference on Kinaray-a grammar to date. Written entirely in Kinaray-a, the reference was earlier endorsed on 6 August 2015 by the Antique Sangguniang Panlalawigan as the standard grammar of Kinaray-a for Antique. The endorsement, timely issued during the Buwan ng Wika, came in the form of Resolution No. 165-2015 sponsored by. Hon. Joseph Eugene D. Alojipan, Chair of the SP Education Committee.

The Taramdan provides a background on the history, spread, development and issues and concerns surrounding the Kinaray-a language; Kinaray-a alphabet and spelling; Kinaray-a word formation; parts of speech; sentence formation; idioms; figures of speech; and punctuation marks. It also discusses several distinct characteristics of the Kinaray-a language including its super pronouns, articles, and verb and noun conjugations, among others.

Jose Edison Tondares, editor of the Taramdan sa Lantipulong Kinaray-a, in his introduction of the reference said “Sa pagpasad kang dyang taramdan, raku ang mga diskusyon nga gindesisyunan para mapabilin and balanse kang ikasarang kang Kinaray-a nga mag-ugwad dungan sa panahon kag sa ana ka dya padayon nga katampad sa kon ano ang kadunaan kang panumduman Karay-a” (In the composition of this reference, several discussions were concluded with the end goal of retaining the balance between the Kinaray-a’s capacity to develop abreast of the times, and its continuing faithfulness to the native Karay-a spirit and worldview).

The Taramdan is a collective research by language professors and local Kinaray-a writers including Alex C. delos Santos, Nora T. Millares, Ana Linda O. Santos, Nelda S. Sumaculub, Jose Edison C. Tondares, Ponciana B. Vegafria and Ma. Rogelia C. Villavert.

Tondares said the project was over a year in the making. Spearheaded by the SAC Research, Planning & Development Office, the composition of the reference was started in August of 2013 and was initially presented to the public on October 2013 and 21 February 2014. Individual consultations and continuing researches were done to address issues and concerns that were raised during the public presentations. Tondares hopes that the Taramdan will provide a more objective platform for the continuing discourses on the Kinaray-a language.

The Taramdan sa Lantipulong Kinaray-a is available at St. Anthony’s College Bookstore. For placement of orders, please call 0906-5567611.

Likas Tama Relaunch

SAC relaunches Likas Tama

On 3 August 2015, St. Anthony’s College relaunched its Likas Tama, the school’s integrated environmental protection and advocacy program.   The activity coincided with the school’s Foundation Day celebration themed,  “Ako. Anthonian. Bantay Kalikasan.” which translates to “I. Anthonian. Earth Guardian.”  The relaunching comes a few weeks after the issuance of the Catholic encyclical, “Laudato Si,” issued by His Holiness Pope Francis

Speaking to a couple of thousand students, Pedro S. Altar III, Community Extension and External Relations Officer of SAC emphasized the need for continuing awareness and sustained action to ensure tangible results.  He said that the Likas Tama will be implemented through campus beautification and clean-up drive; solid waste management and small-scale organic fertilizer production; organic vegetable farm; tree nursery and native fruit trees conservation project; tree planting drives; coastal & waterways clean up drive; and pro-environment advocacy, including closure of mining operations in Antique and ending of illegal fishing activities in the province.

In a ceremonial re-leafing of the Likas Tama Tree, the environmental advocacy partners and officers of SAC stamped green handprints on an image of a leafless tree, indicating their commitments to rebuilding and protecting the environment.  Present to re-leaf the Likas Tama Tree were  Teody N. Siesa, Station Manager of 91.7 Radyo Natin Antique; Pete Zaldivar of Buenavista Cable TV; Jose Allan S. Bartolo and Elma Zamuraga, Chair and General Manager, respectively of the Bugasong Water District; Josephine C. Maguad of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office; Susima Q. Nermal, Chief of Operations of the Diocesan Social Action Center – Hublag Evelio; Vicente W. Villavert OIC of the Philippine Information Agency – Antique; Irene O. delos Reyes, President of the SAC Alumni Association – BSHM/HRM Chapter; and Rev. Fr. Edione R. Febrero, JCL., College President of St. Anthony’s College and concurrently, Manager of DYKA, Spirit FM and Director of the Antique Diocesan Social Action Center.

Also present were Engr. Leda T. de Gracia, Vice President for Administration of SAC; Dr. Ana Linda O. Santos, Vice President for Academic Affairs of SAC; Pedro S. Altar III of the SAC-CEERO; Jose Edison C. Tondares of the SAC-RPDO; Agnes Tamisen, Dean of the SAC Nursing Department; and Ian Dave Acuisa, President of the SAC Student Republic.

Following the relaunching ceremonies, simultaneous activities participated by college students grouped per year level were also conducted.  First year students did the clean-up drive in their respective department.  All second year students prepared the organic vegetable garden along the yard fronting the Anthonian Publication and Student Lounge.  Third year students planted native fruit trees like lanzones, avocado and jackfruit around the campus.  The fourth and fifth year students prepared their departmental botanical gardens. (JPB)


SAC declares 4 August Memorial

On 4 August 2015, Rev. Fr. Edione R. Febrero, College President of St. Anthony’s College, and Ian Dave A. Acuisa, President of the SAC Student Republic signed the declaration of the “Anthonian Memorial Day for All Victims of Environmental Disasters.” The declaration designates every 4th of August as a day to remind the community of the ills of environmental degradation and a day of community action in support of environmental advocacies across the country. Incidentally, every 4th of August is also the celebration of the Foundation Day of St. Anthony’s College.

The declaration reads, “Henceforth, every 4th of August shall be known as The Anthonian Memorial Day for All Victims of Environmental Disasters. It shall be remembered that today, 4 August 2015, Anno Domini, the Anthonian Community stood in protest against crimes done to the Mother Earth, in sad remembrance of all those whose lives were lost to environmental disasters. This day we declare our solidarity with all those who commit themselves to saving nature. We declare that this Mother Earth, borrowed now that we may survive, will return to the future generations ever bountiful and sustaining, a source of beauty, respite, inspiration and true wisdom.”

The declaration was presented to the public for the first time, at the EBJ Freedom Park during the 4 August 2015 Advocacy Walk attended by around 4,000 Anthonian students and personnel. (JET)