Archive | July 2014

Let’s Sing “CPU Forever” – Centennial Hymn of Central Philippine University

Who knows how to sing the Centennial Hymn of Central Philippine University, “CPU Forever”?

Composed by the late Mrs. Eleanor Ruth Buensuceso Fabula, “CPU Forever” should have been institutionalized as one of the Centralian songs that students and alumni all over the world must sing.

Do you know why?

The “Central, My Central” melody is an adaptation of the Thuringian folk song, “How Can I Leave Thee”

“CPU Forever” is fully a CENTRALIAN ORIGINAL that Centralians, Eleanor and her daughter, Roselyn Hope composed.

So let us celebrate and honor our uniqueness and originality through singing and living the song’s message.

It’s about time we value the foreign American Baptist missionaries who gifted us with self-determination.

Isn’t establishing ‘CPU Forever’ as a CPU song one proof of honoring the CPU forebears who desire to see Centralians manifesting their ingenuity?

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Composer/Arranger: Mrs. Eleanor Ruth B. Fabula
Lyricist: Roselyn Hope B. Fabula-Cabanos & Eleanor Ruth B. Fabula

Boundless is God’s grace on CPU forever.
You’ve soared high, reached far and wide to all the lands and seas;
May your name be revered by them who pass your gates,
‘Tis God’s anointing blessings that crown you with success.

Honored we shall be to bear the gold and blue,
To lift the standard, live our faith that all the world may see
God’s works through you, and all alumni true
Faithfully be spreading the truth that sets us free.

We thank the Lord for you, our Alma Mater true,
We learn to labor, seek God’s will His purpose to fulfill;
For God’s greatest glory, for God’s greatest glory,
Central Spirit share to EXCEL we dare
For God’s greatest glory!

PHOTO CREDIT: CPU by Jaiden Castillon Peñascosa

Centralian Dr. Rosanna Belo Reveals Secrets to 100% Passing NLE

She looks back to her Alma Mater with gratitude.

Centralian achiever

Dr. Rosanna Belo

In the previous blog post we learned that the Dean of WVSU College of Nursing, the top Nursing school of the Philippines, Dr. Rosanna Belo is a Centralian.

Her heart beating the blue and the gold, Dean Belo expresses her desire to help CPU. Talking with friends on Facebook, she shared how the college she leads achieve top performance in the Nursing Licensure Exam.

We collated Dean Rosanna Belo’s conversation with Centralians on the “The Good Old Days at CPU FB Page” where she revealed how West Visayas State University College of Nursing attains 100% passing of NLE.

How does WVSU achieve 100% success?

Our students take the board in May or June. We believe that if the foundation of the students is strong from first year to fourth year, there is no reason why they have to postpone taking the NLE in December when they can do that in May/June.

We allow the students to decide when to take the exam, based on their perceived preparedness.

When they have decided, that’s when we come in to support them until the last day of the exam… even if I have to sleep with them just to see to it that they are studying.

I personally give the orientation in the NLE framework and test taking strategies on the first day of intensive review. Then I give the final briefing two days day before the exam…In between, the faculty would come in.

If my Alma Mater would invite me to do the same, I am very much willing to give my time.

Are WVSU Nursing students honor students in High School, in other words, maalam kag driven gid, plus that they are thoroughly screened and the slots limited?

That’s not the picture now. We do not have as many honor students (as before) anymore.

IT is not the honor one gets from high school, but the aptitude for nursing that matters most.

Before we would have more than a thousand applicants in the first year but at this time of nursing glut, happy na kami kon may 300-400.

But systems theory lang na…what outcome would you like to achieve?

Know your inputs (the students you are taking in) so you can put in place strong, efficient and effective processes (thruputs) to achieve the desired outcome.

At present, Centralians nga CIs include Janet Marie Zamar Gequillana, Donabelle Sison, Sheila Salazar Sison, Cerlie Venturanza. Five na lang kami da nga graduates sang CPUCN out of the 44 faculty members.

On being a nurse and becoming dean

I did not dream to become Dean. In the first place, I wanted to be a teacher, not a nurse. But my mother wanted me to be a nurse just like my aunts Nilda Sazon Belo and Lilia Sazon Belo…all CPU grads.

Dean Belo acknowledges her mentors and Alma Mater

I was inspired by Dean Natividad Caipang to specialize in Community Health Nursing…. I had the best teachers – Lily lynn Velasco Somo, Rapunzel Edrosolano, Lilith Plagata, Florence May Rico, Wilna Solomon, Jocelyn Javelosa Bitoonon, Nora Carnaje, Mrs. Depakakibo… many more I can’t recall (senior moments) IMH offered varied clinical experiences…

I will always look back to my Alma Mater with gratitude.

Dean of Top Nursing School in the Philippines is a Centralian

Top Nursing School CPU

Dr. Rosanna Belo – Top Nursing School Dean

We read the news published on the Manila Bulletin “PH’s top nursing school still in Iloilo” and how we wished it was our beloved CPU.

Central Philippine University top nursing school

Then we gathered from social media through the “POSITIVELY CENTRALIAN FB Page” that the Dean of WVSU College of Nursing, Dr. Rosanna Belo is CPU BSN CLASS 1978 graduate.

Yes. The Dean of the top Nursing school in the country is graduate of Central Philippine University.

Margaret Rose Dominadao started the thread on the POSITIVELY CENTRALIAN FB Page:

KUDOS to Dean Rosanna Belo ( CPU BSN CLASS 78) for her outstanding performance in leading the WVSU College of Nursing….consistently 100% board rating plus topnotchers for many years now. The parents have spoken!

As a nurse educator myself, I always believe that the most important reward is when parents and students affirm that you have touched their lives. I have taught in WVSU a few years after graduation from CPU upon the recommendation of former Dean Natividad Caipang. Nursing schools in Iloilo used to get instructors from CPU.

Si Ma’am Caipang ang ila gina-tawgan kon kilanlan nila teacher and she would recruit her graduates. Those were the good old days, I guess. RosGrace Belo SO PROUD OF MY BFF!!! We share the passion and dedication for quality nursing education. POSITIVELY CENTRALIAN!!!

Read further information about Dean Belo through the responses at the FB page:

Centralian top nursing school

CPU top nursing school

cpu top nursing school

Please read Dean Belo’s responses on the FB thread and discover her outstanding quality as a leader. She’s posting as “RosGrace Belo”:


“There are people telling me to apply as Dean at CPU, and I have always been consistent with my answer. As long as the Dean is my former teacher, I will never compete because I am what I am today, because of my former teachers.”

What a wonderful statement of humility from the Dean of Philippine’s top Nursing school, Dr. Rosanna Belo.

Congratulations Centralian Rosanna Belo for your achievements!

By the way, the writer of the Manila Bulletin article, Tara Yap is also a Centralian.


This Letter Makes Me Wish He s CPU President

Being the pioneer of Nursing education in the Philippines, we are hoping CPU could bring back the old glory of 100 percent passing rate in the Nursing Licensure Exam.

Do you have some suggestions?


This Letter Makes Me Wish He’s CPU President

We got this letter that Centralian Delicia Gaje St Denis posted on the Kun Ako President sang CPU FB page and other Centralian FB pages.

It says:

From Delicia Gaje St Denis:

Hello everyone,

After reading posts from fellow Centralians,I had to wonder why there is so much animosity , curiosity,or simply just plain old jealousy to a fellow Centralian , by some . He is one we call our own, a brother, a friend, a colleague ,so I dared to ask him a question directly, when no one has ever done so. I do not know him personally, in fact I became acquainted with him through this FB page, he did give me a reply, and for that I am grateful. now we do not have to speculate, because , ladies and gentlemen, Dr. Lester Ruiz, has indeed given us his direct and honest reply as to who, what, where and why……

Thank you Dr. Lester Ruiz….God Bless…



Thank you for your question regarding the presidency of CPU. This is a very old question that goes back to the time when the university was searching for the successor of President Pulido.

At that time, I was approached by the search committee of the Board if I was interested, and subsequently was interviewed by the Board’s search committee. Similarly, during the time of President Acanto, there was a similar interest on the Board (and others), in having me consider the presidency of the university.

For those who knew me well then, as now, my answer was something like this: It’s an honor to be asked. My interest is in being part of a process of discernment by the entire university about what kind of president CPU needs; and for that reason, I am willing to be interviewed, willing to present my views, and be fully engaged”–which I did.

But, I want to be very clear: the presidency of CPU is first and foremost a call. I have not sought it; I have not dreamed about it. Any one who really knows me, will vouch for that.

It is those who don’t know me that think I want to be president of CPU–and believe me, there are many who think they know me, or know about me–and who have spoken both in front of me and behind my back, about how I am seeking this position.

Let’s be perfectly candid. Any clear thinking person who has followed my career, from my being a student at Princeton Theological Seminary in the 1970s-80s, to my being Director of the Transnational Academic Program at the World Order Models Project in New York, to being professor of political science and peace studies at International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan, to being Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean at New York Theological Seminary, and now, as director of Accreditation and Institutional Evaluation of the Association of Theological Schools in the US and Canada, should wonder why I would want to go back the the Philippines and seek out the presidency of CPU?

Why would I be interested? My career trajectory would suggest that I am doing something that has some meaning and value already.

Perhaps, more important, why would I, having worked hard all my life, enter into the twilight of my life, and take on leadership of an institution of such complexity–extremely contested, deeply divided–a thankless job? There is a wonderful life during retirement.

I still have so many things I want to do: travel the world, see the Galapagos, climb Mt. Everest, go back to Prague, ride the Trans Siberian railway from Helsinki to Vladivostok; also write and publish, do some lecturing, and spending more time with Jean and other family members? Why would I exchange this for the presidency of CPU?

I recognize there are many people who love CPU and who are disappointed in the directions it is taking–who are looking for people who might lead it well into the future. There are well meaning people out there who care deeply and who believe that I can and should lead CPU as its president. Truth be told, I don’t interpret their desire as wanting me, as such, to be the president.

Rather, I see this as a reflection of their hope for a better future–for a particular kind of leadership qualitatively different than the previous or existing leadership.

And, truth be told, I also know there are not so well meaning people out there, some who claim they know me, or who say they are my friends, who, in fact, have continued to gossip about me, my lifestyle, my character, my morals, my leadership capacity–who are discrediting me.

I would like to interpret this gossip, not just as a personal attack on me, but, rather, as a statement that I am not an ideal candidate for the presidency.

I don’t begrudge these people. Their comments, their gossip, only illustrates who they are–it is a commentary on who they are, rather than who I am. It is both sad and laughable. If it were true that I was seeking or desire the CPU presidency, then, their gossip should be taken seriously. But, in fact, they just are wrong.

I am not interested in the CPU presidency. I love CPU–or the idea of CPU, and what it represents. But there are more ways to serve CPU than being its president.

In this, my record, is clear. I have served CPU by offering/giving my teaching expertise over the past ten or fifteen years. That is what I have chosen to give CPU.

But I will be dammed if I will give CPU and those who think they have a franchise on character and expertise regarding what CPU needs, the remainder of my life. There are just so many avenues of service, some even more fulfilling, than being president of CPU.

I write this to you while at the biennial of our association of more than 270 schools in the US and Canada, including schools like Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Duke, the University of Chicago–all those schools that are markers of excellence in this world.

My current work, which I imagine will be mine to do for at least another ten years, is of such quality and joy, that I can’t see how CPU, at least currently, can provide an attractive alternative to.

I’m not suggesting CPU is without value, or that it is not accomplishing or meeting a need in our world. It is. That is why I love the school and what it represents. But such love does not mean I want to give myself to it.

So, Delicia, I know this is probably more than what you asked for. Thank you for giving me a chance to reflect and to state very clearly what I think of this gossip regarding my pursuit of the CPU presidency.

It is without basis. Totally wrong, and probably carries with it other agendas other than an assessment of my suitability for the presidency. I don’t envy anyone who wants that job. But, that is not what I want for my life.

All the best.


CPU Red Tape Revealed in this Short WSSP/God’s GRACE Documentary

This short documentary on the University Church’s program “God’s G.R.A.C.E.” reveals the red tape existing at Central Philippine University, at least when the video was made in 2008 by MassCom students.

Things might have changed by now (hopefully) but the narrative that Dr. Melvin Mangana and Rev. Roger Quimpo gave proves funds were not accessed fully to finance a noble project like “God’s G.R.A.C.E.”

Dr. Mangana and Rev. Quimpo are the Senior Minister and Associate Minister for Outreach, respectively when God’s G.R.A.C.E. ministry started.

Here’s what the video revealed:

@ 1:21 minutes – Request for Php 10,000.00 to buy rice for work students denied

On this video timeline, Dr. Mangana mentioned about the standing request of Vice President Walden Rio in the amount of PhP 10,000.00 to buy rice for the work students. “…but it wasn’t implemented” said Dr. Mangana.

@ 6:01 minutes – Limited use of the funds that alumni donated for God’s G.R.A.C.E.

In the video, Rev. Quimpo said they haven’t spent much of the funds that alumni sent for the “God’s G.R.A.C.E.” project. He said that they are spending the funds that University Church directly received from church member’s offering.

About the “funds that alumni sent”, Rev. Quimpo was referring to the Work Student Service Program (WSSP) initiative labeled as WSSP/God’s G.R.A.C.E Endowment that the CPUFOAA (CPU Federation of Overseas Alumni Association) established in December 2005.

The book “Years of Bliss, Years of Fulfillment” on page 82 provides more details about the WSSP/God’s G.R.A.C.E Endowment:

Central Philippine University Work Students

There’s no doubt that the God’s G.R.A.C.E. program of the University Church is successful. Laila Balboa, one of the beneficiaries who spoke in the video is now a professional teacher.

CPU is endowed with generous Centralians supporting financially her many programs. This tremendous amount of support from alumni deserves efficient stewardship response.

How transparent is CPU in providing information with regards implementing endowment fund policies?

Are the endowment fund stipulations being followed?

Basing from what the above video revealed, are funds still delayed or denied to beneficiaries because of red tape?