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The Centralian Family Loyalty Award Trivia

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In April 2005, as the CPU Centennial celebration drew near, Dr. Juanito M. Acanto, then incumbent President organized the Centralian Family Loyalty Award Committee.

Dr. Acanto desires to recognize Centralian families who have been loyal to CPU for generations. The legacy of loyalty award was determined through the family members who have attended CPU. Their continuing concern, undiminished interest, unselfish involvement and unswerving support to their Alma Mater were also considered.

Based on the Centralian Family Loyalty Awards site, a total of 117 families received the award in 2005, CPU’s centennial.

In honor of the late Supreme Court Justice Calixto Zaldivar and his family, whose five children are all Centralians, CPU presented the Centralian Family Loyalty Award to the family. Ex-Governor of Antique, Sally Zaldivar Perez received the award for the family.

Guess who came to CPU and gave the award? The President of the Philippines, then Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, honored CPU and the Zaldivar family. The awarding was held at Rose Memorial Auditorium in January 2006.

After the CPU Centennial, the Office of the President proceeded to publish the book titled, “Legacies of Loyalty: Stories of Families Loyal to Central Philippine University“. The book was launched on September 1, 2007 during the Alumni Homecoming Luncheon at Rose Memorial Auditorium.

Of the many CPU publications produced those years, the “Legacies of Loyalty: Stories of Families Loyal to Central Philippine University” is the only book that gained an ISBD or International Standard Bibliographic Description from the National Library of the Philippines.

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Copies of the book, “Legacies of Loyalty: Stories of Families Loyal to Central Philippine University” are available at the Henry Luce III Library.

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Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez – Australia Centralians raise funds for 7th CPUAA Global Reunion

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While Manny Pacquiao is getting ready, doing his daily boxing routines for the upcoming Nov. 12 fight against Juan Manuel Marquez, Centralians at Sydney are also preparing for their fund raising event through the Pacquiao-Marquez fight.

On 9-11 September 2012, the CPU Alumni Association – Australia Chapter will host the CPUAA 7th Global Reunion. The event will be held at Sydney, Australia. CPUAA – Australia Chapter is preparing actively for the CPUAA 7th Global Reunion at Sydney.

Led by CPUAA – Australia Chapter President Ismael Isidto, the group had already arranged the venues and accommodation for Centralians coming from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe, Middle East, Asia, and other parts of the world.

Realizing the fund raising potential of a Manny Pacquiao fight, the CPUAA – Australia Chapter organized the live streaming of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez III on November 12 for Centralians and friends.

On the Sydney 2012 CPUAA 7th Global Reunion Facebook Group’s Wall CPUAA – Australia Chapter President Ismael Isidto announces:

“For the amount of $30/person, there will be a good variety of food which the group will cater for the guests who are going to watch the fight and overflowing FREE drinks will, likewise, be provided. T-shirts printed with Manny Pacquiao’s images will be printed and sold before and during the fight with a price tag of $30 apiece. Imported and made to order pa ang mga shirts amo na nga medyo mahal. In the same token, promotional T-shirts of the Wicked Cybercafe group led by our VP, Val Centeno, will be on sale with profits going to our Association’s coffers.”

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Feeling the enthusiasm and cooperation that officers and members of the CPUAA – Australia Chapter are showing for the CPUAA 7th Global Reunion, there’s no doubt that after the Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez fight on November 12, there will be two champions.

No, I’m not looking forward to another draw between Pacquiao and Marquez. I am confident that Manny Pacquiao will win again and defeat Juan Manuel Marquez. With Pacquiao’s victory comes the victory of the Central Spirit.

Congratulations CPUAA – Australia Chapter for keeping the Central Spirit aflame to the world in Sydney for the CPUAA 7th Global Reunion and beyond.

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Meanwhile, let’s take a look at the Pacquiao vs. Marquez III trailer.

Vote Pop Sweetheart LIRAH – Lirah Bermudez Shines in 1st Protege Live Gala Night

By Lynna Joy Bermudez Cardinal

LIRAH BERMUDEZ performed greatly in the FIRST PROTEGE LIVE GALA NIGHT on Sunday, October 16 at the SM Mall of Asia Centerstage. It was broadcast live via GMA 7 right after Kap’s Amazing Stories.

Among the Protege contestants, Lirah is the only protege who sings while playing an instrument, her guitar. She also can play the piano.

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LIRAH LINN PAZ ENDRIGA BERMUDEZ of Panay, Capiz, is Mr. Janno Gibbs’ greatest contestant for GMA’s singing competition, named “PROTÉGÉ: THE BATTLE FOR THE BIG BREAK”.

At a young age, Lirah showed singing prowess and guitar playing skills. Through Protégé, she hopes to realize her greatest wish, to become a singing star at 13 years old.

This is a nationwide singing competition involving 10 mentors and the chosen 10 protégés that judges picked.

Judges chose Lirah Bermudez as the final protégée from Iloilo, besting two other Ilonggo region finalists. Now, she is competing with nine other protégé from different provinces or regions of the Philippines.

Her foremost desire why she joined the contest was to help her sick brother. Unfortunately, her brother died of brain tumor a month ago.

Despite the tragedy, Lirah Bermudez decided to continue competing as a tribute to her dear little brother.

Also, she sees the Protégé competition as venue to unfold and make known her singing potential. Lirah acknowledges that her singing prowess is a gift from God.

Bringing pride to Iloilo and Capiz, her hometown, Lirah is also raising the banner for Central Philippine University.

She came from a family of Centralians. Her mother, Del-rah May Endriga is a Centralian, an Alma Mater Awardee.

Her Centralian grandparents are Hector Bermudez (BSA), Evelyn Bermudez-Plappert (BSN), Eleanor Bermudez-Gange (BSN), Rolando Gange (BSME), Linnie Rose Alerta-Palabrica (BSE), Luz Perez-Alerta (BSN).

Her Endriga kin are also Centralians, grandparents: Deborah P. Endriga (BSC), Manuel E. Endriga (BSC), Teodoro E. Endriga (BSC), Andrea Endriga-Untal (BSEd); uncles: Demosthenes P. Endriga (BSHRM); cousin: Deana Rose G. Endriga (HS Student).

She is a proud niece to several Centralian uncles and aunts, namely: Darrell Palabrica (BSME), Lynna Joy Bermudez-Cardinal (BSCE), Joel Cardinal (BSEE), Lilybell Bermudez-Llavore (HS95), Donna Belle Palabrica (BSN), Leonilo Palabrica (BSA), Carmina Bactung-Palabrica (BSE), Dominique Endriga (BSE), Lobelyn Joan Bermudez (AB Psychology).

Her two cousins who studied at CPU are Stephanie Dawn Palabrica (BSN) and Jester Cardinal (BS IT student).

As Centralians, let us unite to help Lirah Bermudez meet her goal.

We can help Lirah by “liking” her Facebook page. Please click LIRAH BERMUDEZ and click the “LIKE” button.

Watch Lirah Bermudez sing with her mentor, Janno Gibbs.

Know more of Lirah Bermudez’s singing prowess through this video…

Central Philippine University – Find Her in This Video…

Is Central Philippine University an excellent university in Iloilo City?

Is Central Philippine University still an Iloilo City tourist destination?

I can’t help asking these questions after watching the “Livable Iloilo City” video several times trying to find any image of Central Philippine University.

Sad to note, there is none.

How could the producers miss taking footage of Central Philippine University, a University with more than 12,000 students?

Currently, the first and only university in the Philippines that is offering the B.S. Health, Fitness, Lifestyle Management and B.S. Packaging Engineering courses.

Maybe the producers went out looking for sponsors, invited CPU but maybe CPU did not respond positively for lack of budget?

Well, let me find some answers… meanwhile let me pray… God save Central Philippine University!

Share your thoughts by posting a comment. Thank you!

Encore…The 2011 Christ Emphasis Week and the University Church Praise and Worship Band

Christ Emphasis Week will never be complete without the support of praise and worship bands that enliven the convocations. Among the many bands that are participating every CEW season is the University Church Praise and Worship Band.

The University Church Praise and Worship Band took time to learn “Life Can Begin Again” so that they could lead the students in learning and singing the theme song. The Filamer Christian University Praise and Worship Band rendered the theme song on opening day convocation on July 18 only.

The 2011 Christ Emphasis Week at Central Philippine University has ended. The guest speakers have gone home, back to their respective mission field. Their task of sharing the Gospel of Christ is over, at least for the CPU’s CEW season.

As you listen to the UC Praise and Worship Band version of “Life Can Begin Again”, try to think about the many students who have found their new life in Christ. What would become of them?

Definitely, there are follow-up programs that will be implemented. Students must watch out for the schedules on the bulletin board or else visit the Office of the Chaplain.

Meet the University Church Praise and Worship Band

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Song leader: Lovejoy Quimpo

Singers: Salem Agustin, Jazer Paul Galvez, Prime Guillermo, Hannah Ortega, Kristelle Joy Tamayo, Ruth Gallemit, Joshua John Gabilo, Keren Rose Hope Cabayao, Eunice Bascar, Joshua Tarasona, Uziel Joy Bartolome-Tapang, Jessalyn Fetalsana, Sweet Alquiza, Ruth Bajada, James Buenafe, Novesa Lasco

Guitars: Joshua Jireh Quimpo, John Noel Cabayao, Jireh John Galvez

Bass: Ronald Meciano

Keyboards: Jan Daveson Panogan

Drums: Filomeno Sonza Jr.

A Drummer’s Testimony

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"I want to let others know how great our God is...by playing His music, His instruments, His drums..."

Known to me as Jojo, Engr. Filomeno Sonza, Jr. had played the drums with praise and worship bands since he was in high school. It is a blessing to see him now still giving lively drum beats with the University Church Praise and Worship Band.

I asked him why do you keep on playing with praise and worship bands, like the University Church Praise and Worship Band?

Jojo shares, “It’s the passion that I have for music, especially playing the drums and most of all I’m giving back the glory and honor to our Christ Jesus. These musical talents are not forever. He gave these for us to use not for our own praises but to glorify his Kingdom and his Name. As for me, I want to let others know how great our God is through playing His music, His instruments, His drums… God bless!” 🙂

Life Can Begin Again – Christ Emphasis Week Theme Song

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Verse 1

I want something real, not fancy words
I’m done with my false hope.
I want something whole, something pure
I’m tired of enslaving rules.


‘coz deep inside I’m broken, deep inside I’m weak.
The twist and turns of this life made me feel so down, oh down.


Show me your love Oh Jesus, teach me how to live for you.
Give me a sense of freedom, ‘coz nobody else will do.
I’ll take that zig zag, zig zag road if you’ll stay close with me.
This is the day, this is the hour to sing, life can begin again.

Verse 2

Having this clear night without stars is just like an illusion.
I want something fresh, simply new, somehow there’s something more than this.


‘coz deep inside I’m worn out, deep inside I’m dry.
I need your traveling grace now, Oh give me one more chance, just once more.


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Life Can Begin Again” is the theme song of the 2011 Christ Emphasis Week at Central Philippine University.

The composer, Pastor Joshua Zonita, is a graduate of the College of Theology, CPU. He is Chaplain of Filamer Christian University in Roxas City.

The Filamer Praise and Worship Band rendered “Life Can Begin Again” during the opening convocations of CEW.

For those who don’t know, Filamer Christian University is a sister-institution of CPU.

What do you want from life? – Christ Emphasis Week Update

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What a sight to see the students coming in groups, walking towards Rose Memorial Auditorium, University Church, and EMC Conference Room, to attend the Christ Emphasis Week convocations. Indeed, the students who received Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior in their hearts, whether they came forward or not, are now heaven’s treasure trove.

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Kevin "Kuya Kevin" Sanders

To give us a first hand peek of this week’s event, may I share with you Kuya Kevin’s blog about his recent Christ Emphasis Week experience. Kuya Kevin is Kevin Sanders, a Christian missionary based in Manila. It’s for the third time that Kevin has come to Central Philippine University as one of the CEW speakers.

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The Closing Convocation at Rose Memorial Auditorium

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The University Church Praise and Worship Band with Lovejoy Quimpo (leftmost) lead singing.

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The University Church Praise and Worship Singers

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Students always leave the convocations in high spirits. CEW is one event that every Centralian must experience.

Christ Emphasis Week – What Do You Want Out of Life?

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It’s Christ Emphasis Week (CEW) again at Central Philippine University.

This year’s CEW theme is “What do you want out of life?”

The CEW text is in John 1:37-39.

Beginning July 18 until July 23, class periods are shortened to give time to the regular CEW convocations scheduled for elementary, high school, and college students.

Nelson Ayala and his team from the Agape Philippine-American Ministries composed this semester’s CEW speakers.

Just a reflection, if Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the LIFE, then the question is not only “What do I want out of life?”

It is more comforting and God-directed if we could also be asking and reflecting, “What does LIFE (Jesus Christ) want from me?”

Watch scenes from last year’s Christ Emphasis Week through the “Awakened!” video:

Students must get the best out of what CPU is offering…ATTEND THE CHRIST EMPHASIS WEEK!

Achieving Success in the US – A Successful Juan Story

Getting the opportunity to study abroad

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Berkeley Baptist Divinity School, Berkeley, California

In 1961, Juan became the Director for Mission and Evangelism of the Convention Baptists. Through the help of Rev. Jesus Vaflor, CPBC General Secretary (1954 – 1964), Juan got the chance to study Master of Divinity in Berkeley Baptist Divinity School, Berkeley, California.

When he went to Divinity School, he found out that his studies wasn’t a full scholarship. He had to work for his board and lodging. The work he experienced in the US school was worse than in CPU for he had to wash plenty of dishes, big stew pots, toilets and scrub floors. Receiving nothing from the Philippines, he found extra income by working in a Dog and Cat Hospital.

In 1964, Juan got a job in a Methodist church. This paved way for the United Methodist denomination to call him to pastor a church in 1965. While working as pastor, Juan did extra job as a house parent. He needed income to finance his wife’s travel to the states.

Venturing into real estate

In 1973, their neighbor’s house was up for sale at a low price. Having the amount, the Anchetas bought the property. Then prices of real estate properties went up because of inflation in the US. It provided the Anchetas the opportunity to resell the property at a much higher price. Thus, began the real estate business of Juan and Nellie Ancheta.

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Luzon Kasapulanan pastor participants to the 2008 Celis-Ancheta Seminar that was held in Roxas, Oriental Mindoro. Seated at front row are Dr. Val Gonzales (resource person) and his family members

The business did not deter them from God’s work. Juan remained as a full time pastor while Nelly busied herself with the church’s women organization and US-wide ministry involvement. Their faithfulness to God and the Christian ministry provided more business opportunities for them.

The apartment business grew and it provided Juan and Nellie the means to extend the blessings that God endowed them through financial donations. CPU has been the recipient of the generosity of the Anchetas.

The annual Celis-Ancheta Seminar for pastors of the Convention of Philippine Baptist Churches is one of the continuing education programs that the Ancheta family is supporting through their endowment fund donations at Central Philippine University.

Further educational advancement

Juan finished his Doctor of Ministry at the American Baptist Seminary of the West, Berkeley, California in 1984. A humanist by heart, he translated every opportunity to serve his fellowmen as his spiritual fulfillment.

His passion for service is given life both in the Philippines and the United States. As pastor, he zealously devoted himself to evangelism work with the Convention of the Philippine Baptist Churches. Proving himself to be a genuine servant of God, he was given the honor as Pastor Emeritus of Melrose Methodist Church, Oakland, California.

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Imbued with true Central Spirit, Rev. Dr. Ancheta has kept the high ideals of CPU by tendering selfless service, invaluable assistance, and financial help to further the religious, educational, and humanitarian causes of the University. Indeed, his unconditional generosity, social consciousness, humanitarian concerns are Christian acts worth remembering and emulating.

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Dr. Juan 'Johnny' Ancheta

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He is active in the CPU Alumni Chapter of Northern California, which he and Nellie were pioneer members. Both Dr. Ancheta and Nellie were among the first five persons who started the CPU Alumni Chapter of Northern California in 1969. They both had served as either president or treasurer of the CPUNorCal.

When Nellie had a stroke in 1995, he was chosen by the group to take her place and continue to lead the group until 2009 when the Chapter accepted to host the 2010 Global reunion in San Francisco.

When the Chapter finally accepted to host the gathering, Dr. Ancheta asked to be replaced by a younger leader. He found joy in being one of those who started the CPU Alumni Chapter of Northern California.

Devotion to CPU’s welfare

For his lifetime commitment and Christian achievement as minister of the Gospel and humanitarian leader, Central Philippine University takes pride and pleasure in giving Rev. Dr. Ancheta due recognition and honor.

The Anchetas have been known for their passion for service and generosity in helping church related institutions in the Philippines , and Central Philippine University is a recipient. The Celis-Ancheta Hall for the College of Theology dedicated and inaugurated on June 25, 1997 is concrete evidence.

When Nelly joined her creator in 1998, Juan at 70 years old spend his life fulfilling Nellie’s unfinished dreams of helping those who are in need and developing the work of God both here and abroad. For his benevolent work, Rev. Ancheta received the Honorary Doctorate Degree from Central Philippine University on 3 September 1998.

Juan’s later successes

At age 83, Dr. Johnny Ancheta is still strong and busy in their business and in the work of the Lord. He testifies how the Lord is gracious to him and the members of his family. When Nellie passed away, Junell quit his teaching job and his graduate studies to take care of their business. He is blessed with three grand daughters.

On January 25, 1999, Juan married Aurora Carnaje, a US-based nurse and graduate of CPU.

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Johnny and Aurora met Dr. Bernabe Pagara, the Dean of the College of Theology during their November 2010 visit at CPU.

His son, Jorge is working in the Alameda County and living alone.

His eldest, Junell and his wife, Ritsuko have three children, namely: Joan, 13; Jane, 10; and Ellena, 8.

In November 2010, Dr. Johnny Ancheta and wife, Aurora Carnaje Ancheta visited their Alma Mater, especially the College of Theology

Juan Ancheta’s story remains as one example of a man’s successful search for better life, which he achieved through hard work, determination, and most of all, his faith in God.

Indeed, the “greener pasture” is always waiting for those who are willing to commit their lives to diligently work for it, not only for personal welfare but for the greater purpose of helping humanity.

Photo credits: Engr. Pio Go, College of Theology, and Link

A Successful Juan Story

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This is not the typical “Juan tamad” story we might have heard from our parents or yayas. The common Juan story relates to the Filipino’s laziness and usually ends in tragedy or humiliation of poor Juan.

The story of Juan F. Ancheta typifies the industrious and diligent Filipino who is hard working, God fearing and successful.

Juan F. Ancheta grew up in San Andres, a remote coastal town in Tablas Island, Romblon. Born on May 19, 1928 to a very poor family of eleven siblings, Juan struggled to live a hard life in their barrio.

Traditional farming and fishing were the town’s livelihood because machines were still unavailable and a luxury during those times. The way of life in the barrio raised him to develop a strong body structure and determined spirit.

He was graduating high school when he passed the test to be one of their town’s sanitary inspector. However, his conversion to Christ through an evangelization team from CPU changed everything. His commitment to follow Christ was so intense that after his baptism on April 2, 1950 he decided to go to CPU in May and took up the Theology course.

Work student days at CPU

During his beginning months at Central Philippine University, Juan recalled being rough in ways, clumsy and his physique gave the CPU community the impression of a rural boy. He had the feeling that he is not fit to work in a city church. However, his unorthodox qualities proved to be an asset because it helped him survived and overcome the difficulties of college life.

He was about to quit school after two to three months for lack of financial support. Determined to finish his schooling, he approached Dr. Joseph Howard, the dean of the seminary. He begged for any kind of work.

Juan’s first job was to varnish the newly acquired chairs in Johnson Hall. Next he was assigned the janitorial jobs in the elementary building, which was then made of lumber.

As a work student, he polished the floor, cleaned the toilets and mowed the lawn. In order to mow the lawn of Elementary School, he had to borrow the lawn mower of Rev. Ralph George, who lived in one of the mission houses. He did not mind being seen by the throng of students as he pushed the lawn mower. A town mate of his recalled that many times he heard Juan singing while scrubbing the floor. That town mate remembered sharing pandesal with Juan for some short respite.

Weekend pastoral work at Ito Baptist Church

After two months in school, he was given a weekend assignment in Ito Baptist Church, Cabatuan as part of seminary training. The place was a Huk area. (Huk is the short term for HukBaLaHap which stands for Hukbo ng Bayan laban sa mga Hapon, a guerilla group which fought the Japanese army but its ultra nationalist stand after the Liberation made it an anti-government group similar to the NPA of today.) The Huk was so strong in Ito but he managed to establish the presence of Christian ministry in that area.

Juan was assigned as weekend pastor but was not intimidated by rich people because he strongly believes that he is a minister of God. Juan shares, “I may be clumsy but it is the work of God and not mine. Why should I be ashamed?” Apprehensive of his safety, CPU decided to pull Juan out of the area. Shortly after, the Huk rebels overran Ito.

Finding a partner in life

He believes that to avoid any idea of misconduct you have to woe somebody outside of your parish. He was looking for a person who can help in the ministry, one who loves serving God and has a strong Christian character.

He found these qualities with Nellie a dedicated person, honest and very independent. She got the qualities that would enhance the ministry. Nellie also studied Theology. Juan and Nellie’s calling into the ministry runs parallel. Both of them were faced with good opportunities when they decided to enter the seminary.

Juan and Nellie got married on May 23, 1958 in a simple wedding at the Johnson Chapel. He was so poor that after the wedding, he could only afford ice cream for his guests.

He intended to bring his wife to his boarding house after the wedding but a fellow pastor secretly gave him P10.00 to spend for a night in a downtown hotel. At that time, a night’s lodge was only six pesos.

Juan and Nelly are blest with two son’s, Junell and Jorge.

Know how Dr. Johnny Ancheta achieved success…next post!