Archives: Reflections

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The Silliman Experience: Designing and Implementing Innovative Digital Solutions

Keynote message of Silliman University President Betty Cernol McCann, PhD during the EDUtech Philippines 2022 virtual education festival, February 17, 2022

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Our Hope and Our Way Forward

Our Christian tradition has ingrained in us the belief that one cannot hope without faith

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A Pastoral Message to the Class of 2020

“may the faith and truth she gave us, be our guiding star.”

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Mar
10

A Faith Like Fire . . . to Live in a World on Fire

… we could survive any hellish heaps of burning malice, nastiness, venom, cruelty, and viciousness because Christ – the God with us – would be with us in the blaze.

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Feb
26

Fruits of the Spirit

We first need to die to ourselves so that Christ can live within us.

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Feb
17

Humility Opens Doors

“… if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

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The Ultimate Ride: Leaving A Legacy

“We need to finish what we start.”

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When the Portals Shift

“God will ways give us opportunities of #servicepamore”

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The Road to Zero Waste

Zero Waste is a goal that requires changes in lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles.

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Jul
20

Dare to Leave the Boat

I want to understand why among the 12 disciples, it was only peter who decided to step out from the boat.

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Jul
06

Welcome to SY 2018-2019

In this trying time in our society’s life, please focus on ways to overcome our regional divisions, and help heal our environment, and practice the Christian tenets of kindness and compassion.

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Jun
29

Siri and ‘The Way’

In 2015, the most asked question on Google was: “What is zero divided by zero?”

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Jun
22

Of Knowledge, Humility and Pride

Pride will result to disgrace or humiliation while humility would result to wisdom.

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Jun
06

Response at Turnover Ceremony

On this the consecration service, I deem it appropriate to take a Presbyterian oath of old, and make a plea for us all “To serve with energy, intelligence, imagination and love…”

By Mark Garcia |
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May
22

Summer Graduation Address

For all of us, it is important to remember that ‘the price of greatness is responsibility.’

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May
04

Of Faith and Doubt in the Risen Christ

But in the midst of their fear, “Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’”

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Apr
13

Serving Silliman with You

Thank you for the opportunity to serve Silliman with you. 

By Mark Garcia |
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Apr
06

Frederick The Dreamer

Throughout the generations, we have dealt with Dreamers. Perhaps, not with Joseph’s Divine inspirations, but movers and shakers, none the less, who play a vital role in shaping our present world.

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Mar
23

Message to Graduates

Whatever it is that you may venture into in life — a professional career, a vocation, business or innovation — and in whatever form success and fulfillment will present itself to you, we trust that you remain that person of competence, character and faith. 

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Mar
01

The Wonders of God’s Covenant with Noah

That is why, we all can say that having a common ancestor in Noah, we are all brothers and sisters, regardless of who we are, or where we come from, or the color of our skin, or whatever we profess, whatever is our set of beliefs and traditions.

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Feb
23

60th Honors Day Convocation Speech

That feeling of fulfillment and exultation must also be felt by those who have helped you to become what you are now.

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Feb
08

Christ in a Sillimanian

Where do we find Jesus in our daily struggle in coming safely to school and in going home fulfilled and satisfied after having learned essential ideas and relevant skills in our interactions with teachers and classmates?

By Mark Garcia |
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Jan
26

Competent and Motivated Workforce

Silliman University, as a matter of policy, continues to prudently provide for its personnel by not only affording competitive salaries and benefits but by also securing the long-term sustainability of these economic provisions. 

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Jan
19

Making Sense of One’s Existence

Existential therapy starts with the belief that although humans are essentially alone in the world, they long to be connected to others. People want to have meaning in one another’s lives, but ultimately they must come to realize that they cannot depend on others for validation, and with that realization they finally acknowledge and understand that they are fundamentally alone (Yalom, 1980)

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Jan
12

Redeeming Time

Most people however, and a lot of them are Christians, still do not quite know how to participate in what God is doing in history and thus they just remain passive. They would just say: it is too big an issue for me, let me just pray, watch and wait.

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Jan
05

Who am I?

Prayer is supposed to be our direct line of communication to the Father, and prayer is in fact very powerful.

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09

Successful Call Center Agents

So what makes a successful call center agent. If you ask me, here are three things which will make you stand out. The right attitude, having initiative and giving the personal touch.

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‘His Love Endures Forever’

In life, adversity, trials, challenges never ends. How do we respond? Do we seek out to the one who is faithful whose love never ends?

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Oct
07

A Beautiful Mind: Silliman’s OBE

In this model of teaching-learning, knowledge work on campus is not only assured of continuous improvement  but also of demonstrating accountability. 

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Sep
22

Analyzing the Relationship Between Economic Growth and Social Welfare in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one Four Asian Tigers. Its economy is among the world’s strongest and its market, ranked the world’s freest. With no debt, its foreign reserves run around US$370 billion, making it undeniably one of the region’s most robust. But this rosy picture of economic growth…

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Sep
15

Reminiscing Silliman University

Opening remarks delivered during the lecture series themed “Reminiscing Silliman University and the Ill Effects of Drugs and New Psychoactive Drugs”, held August 25, 2017 at the Science Complex.

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Aug
25

116th Founders Day Message

It always brings us joy to see old friends, be reunited with classmates and teachers after being away for years, and relive memories that feel fresh whenever we are back on campus.

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Aug
22

A Thanksgiving that Never Ends

For today, being thanksgiving even as it is also first Advent Sunday, I was requested by the worship committee to share my own kind of testimony that has made thanksgiving a very meaningful event for me.

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Aug
16

Education in Changing Times

Society, as we know it, today, is a complex web of values, and realities. The challenges before our children are most definitely not the same ones that we faced in our childhood. Before the Ipad, and the Internet, the world was much simpler. Before, when we were bored, all we had to do was go out and play with the kids outside. We did not mind the heat or the dust, we played. It was fun!

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