Alumni Update Letter April 2014

Alumni Update Letter April 2014

Dear Fellow Sillimanians and Friends:

ImageThe month of April gave us time to reflect and observe the Lenten Season.  Lent offers us all a very special opportunity to grow in our relationship with God and to deepen our commitment to a way of life, rooted in our baptism.  In our busy world, Lent provides us with an opportunity to reflect upon our patterns, to pray more deeply, experience sorrow for what we have done and failed to do, and to be generous to those in need.  The Easter sunrise service at the amphitheater last April 20, 2014 brought together the Silliman community to listen to the message of hope. Truly, there is hope with the risen Christ.

The Silliman Alumni Chapter of Dumaguete’s recent summer gathering at the Silliman Hall was highlighted by the KINAIYAHAN Award for National Scientist DR. Angel C. Alcala. The 2014 award on Excellence in Environmental Advocacy recognizes Dr. Alcala’s “pioneering works which paved the way for other environmental advocates, earning him the distinct honor of being the world’s Father in Coastal Resources Management.” 

ImageMrs. Naomi L. Alcala received the award on behalf of her husband who was out of town on a research project. Also present during the awarding were two of Dr. Alcala’s daughters, Grace Alcala-Gloria and Emily Alcala-Layos, both active members of the Dumaguete Alumni Chapter.

Previous KINAIYAHAN awardees were Dr. Nona Calo for her reforestation work in the CARAGA Region, Congresswoman Belma Cabilao for her environmental programs in Zamboanga-Sibugay, and Rene “Tatay Ite” Vendiola for his save-the-forest advocacy in Liptong, Bacong, Negros Oriental. 

SUHS 1965 Scanner Donation Turnover

ImageThe office of the Silliman University Alumni and External Affairs wishes to express its gratitude to the SU High School Class of 1965 for recently donating 3 Canon scanners. Recipients of the donation are: SU Library, Sillimaniana Section of the Library and the Alumni and External Affairs office. Representing SUHS ’65 during the turnover were, Leo Mamicpic, Mirzah Rodriguez, Elgie Ygnalaga-Melad and Flordeliza Eugenio. 

The newly elected officers of the Silliman Alumni Association Inc. (SAAI) Dumaguete Chapter recently took their oath as chapter officers for 2014-2016. The newly elected officers are: Roberto D. Montebon as president; Dr. Profetiza Sun-Lim, vice president; Leo Mamicpic, secretary; Arlene Delloso-Uypitching, treasurer;  Rosewell Cataylo; and Moses Joshua Atega as PRO. The new chapter Directors are: Jocelyn Somoza-dela Cruz, Jocelyn Sy-Limkaichong, Atty. Pristine Martinez-ImageRaymond, Luz Camacho-Forbes, Dr. Gervacio Salatandre, Atty. Nina Rica Ruperto-Teves, Atty. Riodil D. Montebon and Lorna Peña-Reyes Makil. 

Silliman University Church Senior Minister Rev. Jonathan R. Pia will soon be ending his term (May 31, 2014) after serving the church for 4 years. A despedida  was held at the church lawn recently to say thank you and goodbye to a well-loved pastor. His inspiring sermons we will truly miss. Quoting from the Plaque of Appreciation presented to Rev. Pia by the Silliman Park-Bantayan Bible Study Cluster, “with unfailing dedication and integrity he inspired all his listeners by his very presence as a true and honorable servant of the Lord… His passion for leading people closer to God and his caring friendship became manifest in his faithful service… and will forever be remembered as a mark of his distinguished term as Senior Minister of Silliman University Church for which we will be forever grateful.” Rev. Pia facilitates the Silliman Park-Bantayan Bible Study Cluster each Saturday.  To Rev. and Mrs. Jonathan R. Pia, Godspeed!   

ImageThe despedida also honored Rev. Jeremias M. Lagahit whose term as Student and Campus Chaplain comes to an end after 6 years of service (June 2008 – May 2014). SU Church Choir Director Prof. Joseph B. Basa was also recognized for his 18 years of directing the Covenant Choir. Prof. Basa retires from the university and closes his exemplary dedication to the music ministry of the church spanning nearly two decades. The fellowship was also a time to welcome Pastor Mark Agusto who has been called by SU Church as one of its Associate Pastor for a two-year term (June 2014 – May 2016). 

ImageOutstanding Sillimanian Awardee Dr. Perla Rizalina M. Tayko has been chosen as Bagong Bayani Outstanding Employee for 2014. The Bagong Bayani Awards (BBA) is a national search for the country’s outstanding and exemplary Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW). The award seeks to recognize and pay tribute to our OFWs for their significant efforts in fostering goodwill among peoples of the world, enhancing and promoting the image of the Filipino as a competent, responsible and dignified worker, and for greatly contributing to the socio-economic development of their communities and our country as a whole. 

For the past 17 years Dr. Tayko has been with the Graduate School of Business, Assumption University of Thailand as its Director for Organization Development Institute (ODI). She is an author of 3 books, namely: Making It to the Big 4: A Journey of a Decade (2014); On the Ball – Leveraging the Future You in Want with WBL (2012) and Whole Brain Literacy: Key to Wholistic Education & Success in Today’s World (2010).  

Thanking our Cebu Alumni

The SU Alumni and External Affairs office wishes to express its appreciation to the Silliman University Alumni Association Inc. (SAAI) Cebu Chapter for hosting the Silliman University Gratitude and Goodwill Ambassadors (SUGGA) to lunch and dinner. The SUGGA, directed by Dr. Elizabeth Susan V. Suarez, performed at the Cebu Bradford Church last May 4, 2014 to help raise funds for Bradford Church’s continuing campaign for super typhoon Yolanda victims, particularly the rebuilding of the UCCP Madredijos church building in Bantayan Island, Cebu. Thank you to the following active members of the Cebu Alumni Chapter: Mr. Winglip K. Chang, Engr. Mamerto Pietro III S. de la Torre, Engr. Siegfred G. Sia and Mr. Jose Melgredo B. Castillon.   

SAITE Offerings

The School of Agro-Industrial and Technical Education (SAITE) is calling on high school graduates interested to be trained in a specialized skill. The on-going programs are Animal Production NC II and Horticulture NC II. Other certificate programs that will soon be offered are: 



Automotive Servicing NCII

524 HOURS  66 Days     

Food and Beverage Services NC II

336 HOURS  42 Days

Shielded Metal Arc Welding NCII

268 HOURS  34 Days

Dressmaking NC II

275 HOURS  35 Days

Machining  NC II

337 HOURS  43 Days

Artificial Insemination (Large Ruminants) NC II

204 HOURS  26 Days

Artificial Insemination (Swine) NC II

127 HOURS  16 Days 

Organic Agriculture Production NC II

232 HOURS  29 Days

Motorcycle/Small Engine Servicing NC II

278 HOURS  35 Days

Driving NC II

118 HOURS  15 Days

Carpentry NC II

162 HOURS  21 Days

Masonry NC II

258 HOURS  33 Days

Plumbing NC II

162 HOURS  21 Days

Plumbing NC III

168 HOURS  22 Days

Pipefitting NC II

202 HOURS  26 Days

Consumer Electronics NC II

438 HOURS  55 Days

Tailoring NC II

275 HOURS  35 Days

Health Care Services NC II

996 HOURS  125 Days

Household Services NC II

216 HOURS  27 Days

Security Service NC I

170 HOURS  22 Days

Security Service NC II

223 HOURS  28 Days

Computer Hardware Servicing NCII

356 HOURS  45 Days

Medical Transcription NC II

396 HOURS  50 Days

Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) NC II

268 HOURS  34 Days

Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW) NC II

268 HOURS  34 Days

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) NC II

280 HOURS  35 Days

Submerged Arc Welding (SAW) NC II

194 HOURS  25 Days

Gas Welding NC II

312 HOURS  39 Days

CNC Lathe Machine Operation NC II

236 HOURS  30 Days

CNC Milling Machine Operation NC II

236 HOURS  30 Days

Food Processing NC II

568 HOURS  71 days

Slaughtering Operations NC II

280 HOURS  35 Days

Fish Products Packaging NC II

152 HOURS  19 Days

Bartending NC II

286 HOURS  36 Days

Housekeeping NC II

436 HOURS  55 Days

Tour Guiding Services NC II

196 HOURS  25 Days

Travel Services NC II

196 HOURS  25 Days

Bread and Pastry Production NC II

141 HOURS  18 Days

Tourism Promotion Services NC II

72 HOURS      9 Days

Cookery NC II

316 HOURS  40 Days


SAITE was established to provide specialized training to high school graduates who may not be able to enroll in a formal four-year degree program. It seeks to develop their skills and enhance their preparedness for employment and livelihood opportunities. (Note: all students in these programs are scholars of TESDA)

Requirements for enrollment:

1. High School Card
2. Two (2) statements of Good Moral Character
3. Three (3) copies 2×2 picture (latest)
4. Official copy of Birth Certificate issued by NSO
5. Physical examination certification issued by a registered physician attesting to the student's fitness for school. (Chest x-ray, CBC, Dental)

The School of Agro-Industrial Technical Education can be reach through [email protected] or 63 35 4226002 local 363.

IN MEMORIAM: Mr. Batch C. Divinagracia (AB History 2011) on April 5, 2014;   Emilio T. Yap (Honoris Causa ‘98) on April 7, 2014; Josephyta E. Catapusan (HS ‘64) on April 11, 2014; Jorge P. Juliano Sr. (Former Faculty of the College of Agriculture 1951-1957) on April 19, 2014

Thank you for always being there for dear old Silliman.  

President Ben S. Malayang III has requested this office to update you regularly about the happenings on campus. We are also interested in knowing what you and your alumni chapters are doing.

Please keep in touch and update your file with our office if you have not done so. We would truly appreciate it. You may reach the President’s Office through this email address: [email protected] You may also contact the Alumni Affairs Office through this address: [email protected].



The Officers and Staff of the Alumni and External Affairs