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Marian devotion to Lady of Piat

As part of the  celebration Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception during the University Week, the Marian community gathered in Saint Mary’s University (SMU) College grounds to welcome the image of  Nuestra Señora de Visitation of Piat  or Our Lady of Piat in the morning of December 6, 2016. A concelebrated mass was presided by Most Rev. Prudencio P. Andaya, Jr., CICM, D.D.  in the afternoon.

There were lined up activities for the Lady of Piat including procession and visits in the Grade School and High School Campuses of SMU, novena prayers and masses. It was seated at the St. Mary Seat of Wisdom Chapel located in the College campus where devotees from Bayombong and other neighboring towns are welcome to visit and join the scheduled masses.

The five-day visit of the Lady of Piat intends to strengthen the SMU community’s love, faith and devotion  to our Mother Patroness, the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The miraculous Marian image is popularly known as the Black Virgin Mary because of its distinct dark complexion. Historical accounts claim that the Virgin Mary with the infant

Jesus on her left arm was sculpted in Macau and was brought to the Philippines by the Dominican friars in 1604. On June 20, 1954, Our Lady of Piat was designated as “Queen of Heaven and Earth” and her church was announced a National Shrine for Catholic Philippines in a ceremony led by papal delegate Most Rev. Egidio Vagnozzi.

Today, it is also known as the Mother of Cagayan, the patroness of Cagayan Valley. It is enshrined in its Basilica Minore located in the town of Piat, Cagayan. To the faithful in Cagayan, the Lady is popularly designated as “Apo Baket”, an Ilocano term of endearment which means Old Lady (literally), or Venerable Matriarch (formally).

The venerated Marian image was originally called the Nuestra Señora dela Santissimo Rosario or Our Lady of the Holy Rosary due to the fact that it was the Order of Preachers that commissioned the image.#

Most Rev. Prudencio P. Andaya, Jr., CICM blesses the image of Our Lady of Piat by incensing during the institutional mass. (contributed photo)

SMU teams up with SLU for Joint Development of Niche Programs

The University signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Saint Louis University (SLU) for the Master in Science in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (MSc DRRM), which is a dual degree awarded jointly by SLU and Coventry University located at Priory St., Coventry, United Kingdom.  The program is envisioned to be offered to prospective graduate school students, especially in the Cordillera Administration Region, Region 1, and Region 2.  MSc DRRM was selected to be SLU’s niche program because from a development perspective, it is most cognizant and vital to the situation and context of the Philippines and in the Northern Luzon area in light of climate change.

SLU was selected by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the British Council as a partner in the Joint Development of Niche Programmes through the Philippine-UK linkages project.  SLU then recognizes that inviting local partners in co-designing the program is vital to its successful implementation.  SMU was therefore tapped to co-develop the MSc DRRM curriculum, serve as offsite classroom/laboratory, co-host DRRM lectures, seminars, and research project development, and co-develop DRRM researches.

An initial meeting aimed at clarifying how the partnership will be made operational happened at Saint Mary’s University on September 18, 2017.  It was attended by representatives from Saint Mary’s University, Saint Louis University and Coventry University.  The program is expected to be offered in August 2018.  Currently, SLU is preparing its final report for the market study of the program. #(with reports from the External Affairs Office

GEO names Rosario best paper presenter in Prof Ed

Professional Education (Prof Ed) Department Head Dr. Liberty A. Rosario was recognized as best paper presenter “Peace Education Among Pre-Service Teachers and Leaders Towards Sustained Transformative Education”  during the 3rd International Educators’ Conference held at Manila Hotel, Philippines last January 27 -29, 2017. Global Educators’ Organization (GEO) in cooperation with  Centro Escolar University of Manila and Manipal International University of Malaysia organized the event with the theme: “Research and Reforms in Education Towards Stronger International Collaboration”

The conference which was attended by various educators around the globe  was conceived to globally showcase creativity and innovations as dedicated educators and cater to pedagogical needs.

The three-day conference widened network to various participants around the globe.

The paper was also accepted for publication in the professional education cluster. Dr. Moises Alexander T. Asuncion, Vice President for Academic Affairs, served as a co-author. #(with reports from the School of Teacher Education and Humanities and University Research Center)


SMU wins overall champ in 3rd Reg’l CEAP Meet

Several systems/schools in the tertiary and secondary levels  participated this year’s 3rd Regional Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) Sports and Cultural Meet held at Saint Mary’s University on November 24-27, 2016.

Bound by the theme, “Manlalarong Katoliko: Huwaran ng Pakikipagkapwa-tao, the participants of the different delegation not only showcased their skills and talents across dancing, singing and various athletic sports and games but also showed a genuine camaraderie between and among the other delegates said Ms. Ronda Navalta, sports coordinator of SMU.

SMU, the hosting school, commenced a friendship meet parade to welcome the  delegates from the different CICM Schools which was followed by messages from Dr. Moises Alexander T. Asuncion, Vice President for Academics and CEAP RO2 Secretary,   Regional Trustee Rev. Fr. Renillo H. Sta.Ana, CICM, and the Hon. Mayor Ralph Lantion, Municipal Mayor of Bayombong. Rev. Fr. Teodoro Lazo formally declared the opening of the 3rd Meet.

The weather condition did not stop the players in exhibiting their sports prowess as some games were transferred in other venues. The volleyball was transferred to Brgy.  San Nicholas Gymnasium while the sepak takraw was moved to Brgy. Don Mariano Marcos. On the other hand, the LGU Villaverde Gymnasium was used for the tennis event.

The participants for the tertiary level were Our Lady of the Pillar College- Cauayan, Saint Joseph College of Baggao, Saint Ferdinand College (SFC) of Ilagan, Saint Paul of the Philippines Tugeuegarao, Lyceum of Tuao, Saint Anthony’s College, Lyceum of Aparri, University of Saint Louis Tuguegarao (USLT) and SMU.

On the other hand, the participants for the secondary level include Tuguegarao Archdiocesan School System (TASS), Franciscan Apostolate School System (FASS), Ilagan Diocesan School System (IDSS), Diocese of Bayombong Catholic Schools Association (DBCS), Saint Ferdinand College, Our Lady of the Pillar College-Cauayan, USLT and SPUP, and SMU.

In the tertiary level, SMU emerged as the overall champion,  USLT as 1st runner-up and SFC as 2nd runner-up.

For the secondary level, TASS bagged the championship, SMU won the 1st runner-up and IDSS brought home the 2nd runner-up. #(with reports from the Office of the  Dean of Student Affairs Services and Sports Coordinator)


Junior HS Department get LED TVs from SMU Alumni

Alumni donors help push for the delivery of quality education through world-class facilities by donating  LED TV units to the to the Junior High School Department on December 2016.

Six units of LED television sets were donated by the alumni which according to Mrs. Gloria Vicky A. Antonio, Head of the Alumni Affairs Office, will be used in the laboratories in the newly constructed Clement Daelman Building.

Two sets were given by the SMU High School and Grade School Alumni Association Inc. (SMUHSGSAAI); one from Saint Mary’s College High School (SMCHS) Batch ‘75; one from Jovita Ongtao-Zapata, HS ‘74; one from Joseph Abuan, HS ‘75; and one from Cristina Gamboa, HS ‘81. #(with reports from the Alumni Affairs Office)

SMU goes solar, ties with WEnergy

In a greener, healthier world, we would conserve more, use the energy we have more wisely and efficiently, and rely only on sources of energy that are clean, renewable and tread lightly on the planet. Among the major targets of the University for the upcoming years, is the installation of 219.7 kWp rooftop solar Photovoltaic (PV) Station in the College Campus, hence, SMU has sought for the help of WEnergy Global Pte Ltd, which provides the solar energy expertise. On  September 28, 2017, an initial survey of building roofs for the installation of Solar PV panels was done by Engr. Fabian Weber, head of Systems Design and Engineering, and

Engr. Robert de Groot, lead transmission & distribution engineer. #(contributed photo)



SMU Junior High School gets a clean slate PAASCU Level II Re-Accreditation

The Junior High School Program of Saint Mary’s University (SMU) has again been granted a Level II Re-Accreditation Status  by the  Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU). The five-year re-accreditation is from December 2016 until November 2021.

Dr. Henry C. Navarro, Principal of the SMU Junior High School Department said that this is a clean slate for them after having been re-accredited last September 2011 which was valid until 2016.

The Junior High School Program was first accredited in 1988.  Its accreditation was upgraded as Level II in 1996,  was re-accredited in 1999, and again re-accredited in 2005.

PAASCU has found the Junior High School Program meeting high standards in  the areas of faculty, curriculum and instruction, library, student services, administration, and school and community.

Among the benefits of a Level II accreditation which is enjoyed by SMU are “Full curricular autonomy, i.e. authority to modify the curriculum without DepED approval provided that the minimum requirements and guidelines are complied with and the modified curriculum is an enriched version of the 2002 Basic Education Curriculum and is submitted to DepED Regional Offices” and “Priority in the awards of grants/subsidies from DepED for student scholarships, e.g. the Educational Contracting Scheme, scholarships for faculty development and funding assistance for other development programs”  as indicated in the DepEd Order No. 32, s. 2006.

The members of the PAASCU Team who evaluated the   SMU Junior High School Program last October 3-4, 2017 were: Dr. Maximo Muldong, Vice President for Academic Affairs of La Consolacion College Manila; Mr. Wilfredo Abrillo, Vice Principal of the Junior High School Department of San Beda College-Alabang; Ms. Gerlie Guia, Academic Coordinator of Holy Spirit School;

Ms. Elena Lalisan,  Librarian of St. Mary’s College-Quezon City;
Mr. Lorenzo Bunyi Jr., Vice Principal of Aquinas School;
Ms. Imelda Carmona, Director of the Office of Student Services of Marist School; and
Ms. Heidi Marie Padua, Liberal Arts Unit Coordinator of De La Salle-Santiago Zobel School BRAFEL Night High School.
 PAASCU representative was Ms. Jane Martinez.

With this accreditation, SMU gears toward more improvements in its academic programs. #(with reports from Junior High School Department)



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