CPU Derecho… Sakay Na!

Central Philippine University Blog
The CPU Derecho hosts. (L-R) Eric Lagradilla, Carmelle Frances Romero, Katherine Joyce Somosierra, Jason Pagunsan, Jonan Castillon, and Kim de la Cruz

Yes…it is more than the oldest and famous “CPU Derecho” jeepney route. It’s a wake up call to all Centralians and Ilonggos!

CPU Derecho, the newest morning talk show on the CPU Alumni Channel, is a 30-minute TV Program conceptualized a year ago by the staff members of the CPU Office of the President and the Publication and Information Center.

The President posed a challenge to come up with alternative shows on the CPU Alumni Channel. CPU Derecho, with its vibrant, dynamic concept was a sure go!

CPU Derecho aims to present the many facets of Centralian life and uphold its vision and mission as well. The show had her maiden showing on May 7, 2007 with pioneer hosts, Carmelle Frances Romero, Katherine Joyce Somosierra, Jason Pagunsan, Eric Lagradilla, and Jonan Castillon.

It features interviews of famous personalities, now and then, and interesting stories in and off campus. In our second episode, we had Dr. Agustin Pulido, ex- CPU President, and now Vice Chairperson of the BOT as guest. On the Monday showing, Pres. Juanito Acanto takes time to greet the CPU constituents, set the campus into his smiling mode signature.

There is also a segment of history and trivia by Jason Pagunsan where refreshing historical information for the week is told. Eric Lagradilla, the President’s legal aide seeks to present matters and extend assistance on student’s or employee’s legal concerns.

Short documentaries of Centralian interests are also shown. On the first show, a power-point presentation of the existing benches around the campus was shown along with interesting background information. It was entitled “CPUR Benches” for these nostalgic items were projects of the CPU Republic.

You should have seen the “Poste”, a power-point presentation on the evolution of electric posts in the campus from wooden to concrete as being parallel to development and technological change.

The first off-campus video feature was the “CPU Zarraga Farm”. Except for Agriculture students, most Centralians just heard about the farm but had never been there. The team visited the place, featured different farm activities, and interviewed the caretaker.

The informative video feature showed the farm’s potential for an eco-tourism site. The farm is worth visiting and alumni who come to CPU should include Zarraga farm in their itinerary. These and all other interesting stories are featured in the show’s segments.

Towards the end of the show, the hosts announce memorandums, meeting schedules, and other events of the week are announced.

Sandy Lim, Maricar Caballero, Kristen Jor are the work students in the President’s Office who assist in the production with Noel Christian Romero as lead production assistant.

Pastor Kim De la Cruz, Assistant to the President for Kid’s Central Program, helps in directing the show. For off-campus video recording, Mr. Ceciro Omero II is the volunteer videographer.

Because “CPU Derecho was coined from the famous “Jaro CPU Derecho” jeepney route, the hosts invite the TV viewers to “sakay na” and ends with the phrase “sa lugar lang” when they open and end the show, respectively.

Watch out for more live campus coverage and feature stories.

CPU Derecho is being shown live every Monday and Friday at 7:45 A.M. on Sky Cable’s, Channel 8, CPU Alumni Channel, with replays on Wednesdays-7:45 AM and Sundays-7:00 AM.


Katherine Joyce Somosierra wrote this press release published in Panay Panays May 2007. We re-published this write up her for recollection purposes. Also, so that alumni will know that once upon a time in CPU, a 30-minute TV program existed. CPU Derecho stopped airing in mid-2009, when the people behind the production became busy with their respective duties and responsibilities at Central Philippine University.

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