Rev. Edwin Lariza, writer, editor, adviser (Catalyzer, Central Echo, Centralite), BSSW and BTh graduate, outstanding social worker of the Philippines, professor, outreach director, pastor, president and president emeritus of Convention of Baptist Ministers Association, leader, organizer, supporter, blogger… finally rested early morning of 8 March 2015.
Those who know him had been praying and keeping in touch with his family. Expressions of sympathy and tribute began flooding the social media since his wife, DZ announced his passing.
We have posted some of them below:
Posted on Positively Centralian FB Page
SEE THE POSITIVELY CENTRALIANS FB PAGE FOR MORE POSTS…
Posted on Kun Ako Presidente sang CPU FB Page
SEE THE KUN AKO PRESIDENTE SANG CPU FB PAGE FOR MORE POSTS…
Other FB Walls
Rev. Lariza, the man who wore many feathered-hats had been known to us as a writer/editor since his Catalyzer and Central Echo days in late 80s. The legacy you left behind will speak and write for you now that you have parked your earthly pen.
GOODBYE FOR NOW, EDZIL A. RIZAL!
CPU PRESIDENT’S LETTER TO ALUMNI RE: CPU BLOG
Below is the content of the email the CPU President sent to alumni leaders, which was shared at the Positively Centralian FB page.
To all alumni,
Please be informed that central Philippine university org is not the official website of the university. It is administered by a disgruntled former CPU employee who now lives in New Zealand.
The official website of CPU is cpu.edu.ph. Please relay this information to all alumni in your email list.
Thank you very much.
DAVID AND GOLIATH TALKS
To all alumni and friends of CPU,
What a surprise to read the CPU President’s email informing all alumni that centralphilippineuniversity.org is not the official website of CPU.
It should be obvious to anyone who carefully reads the CPU Blog, and we assume that the President carefully reads and knows the distinction between a website and a blog, that it has never claimed that it is the official website of CPU.
Moreover, from its very inception the site’s “About CPU Blog” has been very clear about its purpose.
So, is centralphilippineuniversity.org the official blog of CPU?
We are also quite confident that the bloggers and followers of CPU Blog are intelligent enough to know that it’s not.
It is sad that the CPU President’s disingenuous and gratuitous announcement fails to see that the blog has attracted a consistently wide readership reflecting the reality that alumni and friends are looking for information about their beloved CPU, and find the blog worth reading.
In fact, the blog contributes to the online promotion of CPU and is evidence of the love and commitment that its contributors and readers have for CPU and its core values.
Indeed, disagreement with the President’s own preferences and actions does not constitute disaffection, discontent, or disloyalty to CPU and its ideals.
Thank you very much for making CPU Blog your preferred site for updates, news, and information about CPU.
For the Central Spirit,
In response to the request of the immediate past CPUFOAAI president May Vail Lee that these documents be circulated among alumni, we have published these reports.
Revised Final 12-31-2014 End of Term Report 2013-2014
Below is the image of the first page of the report.
CLICK on the image to read the FULL REPORT in PDF Version.
YOU CAN READ THE FULL REPORT BY ALSO CLICKING THE LINK BELOW:
CPUFOAAI President and Treasurer’s Report Sept 2012 – Dec 2014
This is the continuation of Dr. Lester Edwin J. Ruiz’s message at the Christmas Alumni/ae gathering hosted by CPUAA of the Northeast, Calvary Baptist Church, Clifton, New Jersey, December 6, 2014
What kind of banquet will you have? Who will you invite?
These four images tell us something about life and about ourselves. Indeed, these banquets are metaphors for the creation and nurture of “life together”—this life together that always, at least in the biblical tradition, as in Acts, Romans, Corinthians, and the other Pauline epistles, combines worship with “fellowship meals.”
Every banquet poses for each of us a question, not only of whom we invite to our banquets, but also, what kind of banquet we must have—and therefore, whether our lives are worthy to be called worshipful. In this specific context, if life can be understood as a banquet of sorts, then, the question of whom we invite to our banquets is also a question of whom we invite to participate in this thing we call “the Central Spirit;” and, what this Central Spirit is about.
Will our banquets (our alumni/ae associations), be like the one which King Xerxes hosted—where everyone is invited, but only the important people are honored, and where others are sacrificed for the pleasure of those who are considered important?
Or will our banquets be like the one that Queen Vashti hosted, where there is no record of who was invited. But, extrapolating from the character of Queen Vashti, we might surmise that those who were invited were those who were not only excluded from the centers of power and privilege, but also were those who were courageous, like Queen Vashti herself, to stand up to these centers of power and privilege and who refuse to submit to the unjust and arbitrary exercise of power and privilege? What does it mean to invite these people into our midst?
Or will our banquets be like the one on the mountainside, made possible by the graciousness of a young boy, who was willing to freely and unconditionally share what he had, especially without the promise of reward for being generous or obedient? Will ours be a banquet of divine excess; of unconditional regard—sharing both with the deserving and the undeserving; the just and the unjust; sharing like the rain that falls on everyone; like the sun that rises and sets for the whole world; like Jesus giving his life for the whole of creation?
Or will our banquets be like the Lord’s Supper, where everyone is invited—even those who would betray or deny us? Those who would challenge tradition? Those who would ignore life itself? Can we invite into our potlucks those who are not like us, those who have hurt us? Those whom we have hurt? And if we do, how do we ensure that they are fed just as we feed our friends and family? Or, to put the matter more theologically, how do we ensure that justice does not surrender to compassion; and compassion is not overwhelmed by justice? In other words, that God’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven?
One more banquet
There is one other banquet that I want to mention this afternoon. And I mention it with some trepidation because it is not easy for me—or for many of us, to talk about it. I refer, here to the Florida Global Reunion as a banquet.
Please do not misunderstand. I do not mean that the Florida Global Reunion was not pleasant. Please do not construe my comments as a lament about CPU, its alumni/ae, and the Global Federation—flawed as it may be in its organizational and administrative leadership. Au contraire. The Florida Global Reunion, by all accounts was a wonderful celebration of our beloved Central—and its Spirit. Indeed, it was, as I understand it, a success. And I regret I was not able to attend it.
That being said, some of us have been somewhat pre-occupied with the events around the Florida Global Reunion, particularly the painful controversy around the “Global Queen Contest.” I suspect many more have been watching quietly from the sidelines of cyberspace—some taking sides, some quietly trying to figure things out, some just curious or amused. Others horrified and disgusted; still others apathetic even uncaring.
But as Koheleth (in Ecclesiastes) says, there is a time and purpose for everything under heaven. And if one takes a long view, as I do, what this GQ “debacle” has done is bring to the surface so many deep generational-, class-, gender-, religio-moral-based differences among alumni/ae regarding the meaning, purpose, and function of being alums of CPU; it has re-opened old wounds, and inflicted new ones; it has brought to the surface the flawed monetized strategies of institutional development and advancement adopted by the leadership of our beloved CPU; it has underscored the deep violations of trust, transparency, accountability that many rightly feel; it has revealed the many agendas—both hidden and not so hidden—of different alums, some for the good of CPU, or the alumni/ae organizations, some for personal, even self-serving gain.
Viewed from this vantage point, it is not a very pleasant or pretty banquet. Not a fellowship of which we can be proud. Still, it is our banquet.
At the same time, the events surrounding the GQ contest even to this day has also disclosed a deep yearning for connection and re-connection—in other words, a deep desire for genuine community around personal, professional, institutional, and spiritual commitments and passions; a dream for living together well finally.
Sadly, it may be too early to ask of the violated to forget and move on; or too late to ask the self-interested to give up on their self-centered aspirations. It may be humanly impossible, at this time to ask of all of us—in our differences, incommensurable as they might appear—to return to a time of shared innocence so that we can all begin again.
Maybe, we are living in a time like Lot’s Sodom and Gomorrah, or of Noah’s flood—those times that require that what we have built needs to be destroyed, or be allowed to die—in order for something genuinely new to come into being. Then, again, we may be living in a time when the old Central is dying, but the new Central cannot as yet be born. I don’t really know; sometimes, I wish I had a crystal ball.
But what I do know, in my heart of hearts, is that all of God’s people are called to be “born again” and yet again—not just in some spiritual or religious re-birth important as that may be; but be truly “born anew”—which means, we all must be prepared to die to ourselves, and be resurrected in the name of what is good, and true, and beautiful which we do not possess or control, but which, ought to possess us.
Whether we like it or not, in other words, we have got to eat—sometime. And the question is, do we have nourishing food to eat? Do we have good food to share with others? Or is our food stale, pan-os, even poison?
A banquet for everyone—unconditionally:
Living together well, finally
And so, I ask again: what kind of banquet will we have? Who are we prepared to invite to our banquets?
Brothers and sisters in Christ, those of you whom, I know in my heart stand at the frontlines of struggles for justice, for peace, for transformation whether big or small, whether related to CPU and its alumni/ae federation or to local chapters or churches or places of work and play—those of you who have mounted crosses, carried crosses, taken others off of crosses—what kind of banquet will you have? Who would you invite to your banquet?
In other words, whom would you invite to share in your inherent truth, goodness, and beauty; your blessings; your most cherished values?
Who would you welcome into your most intimate convictions; your deepest vulnerabilities; your darkest secrets?
To whom would you entrust your faith; your understanding of “the Central Spirit;” your exclusive idea of Central?
My prayer is that God will grant us the wisdom and the courage to invite to our banquets all those whom God has loved and created. And may all our banquets, our communities, our lives, be about the gathering of people together to share freely, joyfully, hopefully, unconditionally in order to transform our world—tempered by the recognition that we may not get there save through the cost of discipleship that may eventuate in “the cross” even as we look to the resurrection of God and of God’s creation, and of God’s ultimate judgment and excessive grace, who, even now, comes to us again in this season, not only through the defiant innocence of a baby in the midst of a painful, ugly, disappointing world, but also, a baby whose lineage is explicitly linked to both “the prophets of old, who demanded to be heard, who dared to speak of a child to come, unexpected liberator of the people, vulnerable incarnation of the Holiest of Holies, a new name for God,” and also “the prophets among us today, who bring to us surprising new visions of hope, who challenge us to think outside the box, who show us a future we never anticipated.”
When Louise Vail and I were exchanging emails about the topic for this celebration, she first suggested “How can we, as Centralians, make a difference in our society or country or the world?” to which I responded that it was a broad topic. “If the topic is too broad,” she wrote back, “since its Christmas time, how about “God with us or the meaning of Emmanuel”?
So let me conclude by noting that we are gathered here to celebrate the season of the coming of Emmanuel; tomorrow is the second Sunday of Advent, which in the Christian calendar is a time of “waiting” for the coming of our Lord and Savior—God with us.
So what has banquets got to do with the holiday season; with Advent; with waiting for the coming of “God with us”?
This season of preparation for the coming of “the fundamentally new that is also fundamentally better;” and which includes, if we follow church history and tradition, confession, seeking forgiveness, and being pronounced holy and forgiven; a remembering of who we are, from whence we came, what we hope for. Well, maybe nothing, maybe everything.
But if banquets are about sharing, about “being together,” about “living well together finally,” then Emmanuel, God with us, is about the gathering of God and God’s people. It is even more than that, for in the Incarnation, God joins permanently with humanity in order that humanity may find its fulfillment in divinity.
Perhaps, after we have meditated on the questions what kind of banquet do we want and need? And whom do we want or need at the banquet? After we have agreed that it is important to learn how to live well together finally, perhaps, then, and maybe only then, can we ask, what kind of banquet are we waiting for? And who are the people we are waiting for to join our banquets?
I believe in my heart of hearts, that if we get to these questions, then we can get to Louise’s very important question about how we can, as Centralians, make a difference in our society, our country, our the world.
But the answers to her important questions, sisters and brothers in Christ, can only come from each one of you–individually and collectively.
May God give us the hearts, minds, and spirits, to answer her questions.
PHOTO CREDIT: Image of ‘Hapag ng Pag-asa painting of Joey Velasco’ courtesy of Google Images; CPUAA Northeastern USA photos by Felix B. Colinco Jr.
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.
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:
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.
WISHFUL THINKING NOW….
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?
[quote cite=”‘Rebranding’ – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia” url=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebranding”%5DRebranding is a marketing strategy in which a new name, term, symbol, design, or combination thereof is created for an established brand with the intention of developing a new, differentiated identity in the minds of consumers, investors, and competitors.[/quote]
To an alumnus living overseas, seeing these photos taken during the “Chasing the Sun Beach Party in the City” suggests that CPU might be rebranding…
Have a look at these photos and notice the use of “CPU” in the phrase “CPU Stolen Shots” or “CSS” at the bottom left of the photos.
As you take a look, try to relate the images with Central Philippine University’s vision and mission.
The flyer below shows clearly that CPU was involved in the activity.
The party aftermath – One student died; one critical
I pray that CPU isn’t rebranding and may our beloved Alma Mater remain true to her vision and mission forever.
Condolence to the family, classmates and friends of Mar Valentine Conejar. May the Lord God Almighty comfort everyone.
PHOTO CREDIT: CPU Stolen Shots FB
I’m sure dairy products, meat and wine would be on top of the list when you think about New Zealand, not to mention sheep, deer and cows.
For its scenic sites from the North Island to South Island, New Zealand has become the world’s popular tourist destination.
The location shooting of popular movies like “Lord of the Rings” and the “Hobbit” boosted the country’s popularity.
New Zealand is readily identified with rugby, sailing, shot put, and rowing. The country won medals in international competitions on these sports events.
These are just some of the popular things people around the world might say or think about New Zealand.
Do you know there is more to New Zealand than the popular perceptions mentioned above?
Being located far from the rest of the nations of the world except Australia, New Zealand is an innovative nation in many learning areas. Creativity and inventiveness is not limited to agriculture, manufacturing and education only.
Infrastructure management is one area where the Kiwis excel in terms of ideas and best practices. The country has institutionalised infrastructure management planning in her laws since 1990.
This paved way for generating and pioneering best practices and development of infrastructure management techniques.
As we all know, infrastructure has important role in the economic development of a country; service supports the constituents and society.
Thus, its management needs to be strategically planned, maintenance and risks management programs faithfully implemented, alongside wise allocation of fiscal and logistical resources of local and national government units.
As a nation established much later than other nations in America and Europe, New Zealand found herself developing best practices in infrastructure construction and management based on lessons learned from older developed countries.
NZ Asset Management Support, in partnership with asset management organisations and experts of Australia and NZ, created the International Infrastructure Management Manual. This is to ensure that best practices and standards are institutionalized and implemented among partner countries.
These are photos of CPUR benches that Nygel John Melitado took in 2007.
We used these photos for a mini-documentary in one of the episodes of the CPU TV program “CPU Derecho”.
The concrete benches were projects of past CPU Republic from as far back as 1960s.
Maybe a few of these simple CPUR edifices have remained and still serving their purpose.
Most of these benches had to be destroyed, relocated and thrown around to give way to more elaborate campus developments.
Behind every year period inscribed on these benches are stories of former student leaders whose leadership and character development began with the oldest student republic in the Philippines.
Well, if these benches could talk, they could probably narrate lots of campus stories.
Please have a look and try to think and reminisce your CPU campus memories.
The CPU Volleyball Team Girls represented Western Visayas in the Shakey’s Girls’ Volleyball League Tournament of Champions held at Ninoy Aquino Stadium on 13-19 January.
Of course, to earn the right to represent Western Visayas region, they defeated all participating teams in the regional version of the volleyball league.
By the way, the team grabbed the championship in the Western Visayas PRISAA meet held 8-13 January at San Jose, Antique.
The recent Shakey’s Girls’ Volleyball League Tournament of Champions was participated in by the country’s best, the champions of their respective regions.
Thus, the CPU Volleyball Team Girls battled the teams from the powerhouse Hope Christian School, De La Salle-Lipa, University of San Jose-Recoletos, Leyte National High School, Angeles University Foundation, Ateneo de Davao and Baguio City National High School.
The teams from New Zealand and Australia made the league more challenging for our young netters.
CPU made it to the semi-finals and battled the New Zealand team for bronze.
Here’s how the Volleyball New Zealand website article “NZL Junior Womens Bronze Medallists in Philippines” described the game between New Zealand and CPU:
While the CPU team didn’t make it to the final three, I’m sure their participation made an impression. They are a strong team.
We have a National Champion Team in the making. All CPU needs to do is strengthen support in all aspects.
The wonderful thing about winning national and international sports competitions, like volleyball tournaments, is the university gets good publicity and promotion.
I’m sure the teams and the audience as well, know now that there’s a school named “Central Philippine University” in Iloilo City, Western Visayas, Philippines.
Definitely, our sports ambassadors deserve the best from our Alma Mater, isn’t it Centralians?
PHOTO CREDIT: FB pages of Shakey’s Girls’ Volleyball League and Dominique P. Endriga; Volleyball New Zealand