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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!” 🙂

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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!

Experiencing the Big Kawa Hot Spa at Katahum Tibiao

The trek up and down the mountains to visit Tibiao’s popular Bugtong-Bato Falls and the muscular effort spent paddling the Kayak exhausted the G-Force.

Flord, General Manager of Tibiao Fish Spa and Katahum Tours had told the G-Force that the Big Kawa Hot Spa is designed to sooth the aching muscles and joints of the Katahum Tibiao revelers from Central Philippine University.

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Trying to look confident that the firewood won't boil the water and cook May alive.

May, Joan, and Jonan who immersed themselves into the Big Kawa confirmed that Flord was right. The Big Kawa Hot Spa simmered down the tension that wrapped their being when they climbed the steep way to Bugtong-Bato and negotiated the foaming and gorging rapids of Tibiao.

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Two heads are better than one...

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Together we stand, divided we fall!

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If not for the fact that the G-Force had to go home that afternoon to CPU, Iloilo City, they could have stayed longer and savor every bit of Katahum Tibiao.

Even if the G-Force’s visit to Tibiao was short, the trip was indeed great time for refreshing, bonding, and most of all, in awesome wonder of God’s creation.































Thank you Mayor Walden Lim and Flord for your hospitality.

Crista, Nica, Che, and the rest of the tour guides gang, blessings and more power to you all!

More photos…


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Kayaking at the Katahum Tibiao River Rapids

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Cyrus at Kayak Inn

The G-Force, compose of some staff members of Central Philippine University, went on a two-day discovery 2011 at Tibiao, Antique on May 26 to 27.

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Resting a bit before leaving Bugtong-Bato Falls to go back to Brgy. Tuno. The G-Force appreciates the presence of Flord (red shirt) and Krista (yellow shirt) who guided their trek.

Their second day at Tibiao was an intensive adventure day for them. Early morning, the G-Force went to witness the fisher folks bring in their catch from their Lambaklad nets. They had fun at Bugtong-Bato Falls. Read previous post, “Katahum Tibiao Tours – Lambaklad Fishing, Bugtong-Bato Falls, Kayak Adventures & Hot Bath

It was already noon time when the G-Force finished their trip from Bugtong-Bato. They proceeded to Kayak Inn, the venue for their next activity… Kayaking.

After a hearty lunch, three G-Force members don the kayaking attire. Cyrus decided to rest, while Jonan soothed his tired body at the Kawa hot bath.

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Beneath the smiles of the G-Force Kayakers, a mix of excitement and eagerness pervaded their spirit. The walk to the training site added to the suspense.

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Jones, Joan, and May were the three G-Force who went Kayaking.

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The Kayak neophytes were brought to Grade 1 (still waters) for orientation and quick training.

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Kayaking is a mix of paddling and balance, which May finally mastered.

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It's easy to build confidence in the smooth water, what do you think Jones?

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With great determination despite falling into the water once, Joan finally overcame her fear.

After the crash course, Jones shot the Tibiao River Rapids…finishing 12 Kayaking stations.

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Watch out for more G-Force’s Katahum Tibaio Adventures…next post!

Katahum Tibiao Tours – Lambaklad Fishing, Bugtong-Bato Falls, Kayak Adventures & Hot Bath

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It looks like the sea would not favor our chance to witness the Lambaklad fish haul.

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Later, Flord sent Joan a message that they will proceed as planned. The G-Force cheered.

Sporadic heavy rains marked the whole night until early morning, which dampened the G-Force’s schedule to move out at 5:00 in the morning.

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The G-Force was supposed to ride the bamboo raft with the fishermen but the big waves were too much for them.

They were set to go to Brgy. Malabor, two kilometers from Tibiao town, to witness the fishermen bring in their fish harvest.

About 12 fishermen riding on a wide bamboo raft braved the heavy waves, pulled the nets, and gathered the catch. Despite stormy weather, the Lambaklad nets yield 44 kilos of Bayang and several kilos of Bulaw.

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G-Force bought two Bayangs; Flord gifted them with one. Each Bayang weighs 2.5 Kgm.

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Proudly, showing their spoils. The banana is courtesy of Flord, a token from their family orchard. G-Force gave Flord some CPU tokens, their way of promoting CPU wherever they go.

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The G-Force just marveled at Tibiao's verdant hills and vales. They had no idea what surprises awaited them at Bugtong Bato.

Bugtong-Bato Falls

From Brgy. Malabor, G-Force went back to town to have breakfast. They ate at Vbot’s Restaurant where they enjoyed sinabawan nga Tangigue, among other food.

They also requested Nang Vbot to fry the Bulaw that they bought from Malabor fisher folks. The G-Force brought packed lunch to Bugtong-Bato.

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Taking a brief pause after climbing the first slope. The site is way up the mountains with Che (rightmost) and Crista (taking the photo) as their local guides.

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Enjoying the best of times at Bugtong-Bato Falls.

Next…G-Force’s Kayak Adventure…hang on!

Katahum Tibiao Experience – Surf Watching, Spelunking & Tibiao Fish Spa

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Taking a pose with the Tibiao Mayor, Hon. Walden M. Lim (center) during the G-Force's courtesy call.

The rain had stopped but the skies remained cloudy. It was already past 3:00 in the afternoon of May 26, 2011. Being Centralians, the G-Force took time to visit Mayor Walden Lim in his office upon arrival at Tibiao town.

Besides doing the customary courtesy call to the town leader of every place that the G-Force visits, it is also their pride and honor to meet a fellow-Centralian who is leading the progressive town of Tibiao.

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We are here! Taking a photo with GM Flord at his Tibiao Fish Spa sign.

For them, it is great opportunity to hear and learn from Mayor Lim his vision and plans for his constituents. Thus, when Jones asked him what his priority project for the Tibiao people is, Mayor Lim replied quickly and without hesitation, “farm-to-market roads”.

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They thought their day tour would start the following day but Flord lost no time in inviting the group to visit some sites nearby. Thus, Flord guided the G-Force to Tiguis Beach.

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Appreciating the panorama that Tiguis Beach gives

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We negotiated steep slopes to reach Tibiao's popular seaside scene.

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Tiguis Beach is not your typical swim and dive beach.

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Tiguis Beach is one place to find peace by listening to the surf and learning from it.

Tibiao is definitely on her way to progress because Mayor Lim, Flord, and her constituents are listening and learning from nature. Thus, they reap nature’s bountiful gifts.

It is quite sad that there are leaders who neglect to listen to what nature and society are crying out because they are immersed with their pride and pretensions; leading themselves and their constituents towards self-destruction and hubris.

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Don't leave Tiguis Beach without getting a picture with the 100-year-old Balete Tree.

Let’s go to Tiguis Beach and listen to the surf and get the message!

Spelunking at Manlamon Cave

Although it’s only about 5:00 PM, the dark cloudy sky and the scattered rain showers made it look like it was already dusk. This did not deter the G-Force to follow Flord to Manlamon Cave for some short spelunking adventure.

Flord shared that according to folklore, one could travel through Manlamon cave and be transported to a nearby island by saying a magic word. Along the way, the traveler will be served with good food, fruits, and everything that would make your travel so memorable and comfortable. What the magic word is, no one knows nor not one of the G-Force would like to know.

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Life's challenges become light when we carry one another's burden.

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Doing a pose that is fitted for billboard promotion at the mouth of Manlamon Cave.

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Inside Manlamon's cavern

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Jonan was glad to exit without a hitch.

The Taste of Tibiao Fish Spa

No, the G-Force did not eat fish but instead they let those special kind of fishes eat their dead skin, leaving the soft and smooth dermis of their feet. At the Tibiao Fish Spa, the client undergoes three stages of treatment. You start with stage one with those little fish doing some kind of “micro-ex-foliation” of your skin.

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The G-Force at the Tibiao Fish SPA

Then you progress to stages 2 and 3 with the spa being managed by medium to large fishes. Oh boy, the G-Force cannot give an exact description of what they went through at the fish spa. You better come to Tibiao Fish Spa and experience it yourself.

Flord invited the G-Force to try the total Roman bath, a full-body fish treatment but nobody dared. For now, foot treatment was just enough.

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The G-Force at Stage 1

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Getting used to the fish nibbles, the G-Force relaxed a bit at Stage 2.

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Stage 3 gives a smooth finishing 'touch' to our skin.

Watch out for more Katahum Tibiao adventures…next blog post!

Central Philippine University G-FORCE DISCOVERY 2011

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A pose after a walk along the beaches of Tibiao

Central Philippine University‘s summer seasons (April to May) is a time for employees to spend great vacation time bonding with family and friends.

While there are university funded trips for some selected offices, the rest of the employees are just grouping themselves, planning and spending on their own for their regular summer (or semester break) getaways. G-Force is one of these employee groups at CPU that had been staging successfully several trips in many local places to unwind, enjoy, and take time off from the rigors and pressures of office life.

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With no one around, Jones took the shot this time with Cyrus (left) in the photo

On May 26-27, the G-Force went to Tibiao, Antique for yet another summer getaway trip. Their theme, “G-Force Discovery 2011”, was just appropriate for the many things that they discovered and experienced in Tibiao.

Besides knowing that the mayor of Tibiao is a Centralian, Hon. Walden M. Lim (HS ’83), what attracted the G-Force to Tibiao was the Katahum Tibiao video about the many adventures that Tibiao is offering that the G-Force watched via Internet.

Katahum Tibiao boasts of “the perfect mix of nature and adventure to get your adrenaline pumping and take your breath away with awe-inspiring sites.” G-Force gives a “triple A” or “XX” (extra-excellent) rating for all the activities that they went through. Among the many treks that they made, they all see the trip to the falls and kayaking adventure as the most adrenalin pumping adventure that they had.

To arrange the trip, they contacted Flord Nicson J. Calawag who is the 23-year-old General Manager of Katahum Tours and the now famous, Tibiao Fish Spa



For the G-Force, it is not just the opportunity for adventure and fun that they are aiming at. They see their trip as a way of meeting Centralians and promoting Central Philippine University to whomever they meet along the way.

Thus on their way to Tibiao, they met the Rev. Matias Arib, pastor of San Jose Evangelical Church, as they stopped at the parsonage for some necessities. A brief acquaintance and Cyrus and Pastor Matias recalled that they were classmates in one or two subjects during college. Pastor Matias was also May Guillem’s “kasimanwa” (townmate) in Sagay, Negros Occidental.

Jonan, owner and founder of Online Writing Niche, led them there because he once stayed at Antique Christian Center for eight months while working as process documentation researcher of the Institute of Philippine Culture, Ateneo de Manila in 1992. Together with several research assistants, he was documenting the implementation of the agrarian reform program in remote villages of Sibalom, Patnongon, Valderrama, Bugasong and Hamtic at that time.

Their next stopover was at Laua-an, Antique the town that Mayor Aser Baladjay, a graduate of CPU Civil Engineering in 1987 leads. Before going to Mayor Baladjay’s office, the G-Force met former CBYFP President, Ms. Mayden Acero. She is the Municipal COMELEC Head of Laua-an.

After having snacks courtesy of Nang Mayden and several songs at the videoke, the G-Force proceeded to Tibiao amidst heavy rains along the way. It was already 3:00 PM of May 26, when the group arrived at Tibiao town.

Learn more of the G-FORCE’s great Tibiao discoveries on the next post…

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Saying his prayers before the cooking began

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Jonan is being cooked in his own fat

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Giving dead skin treat to our fish spa friends

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Beholding the majestic Bugtong Bato Falls

More G-Force Discovery 2011 photos coming your way next time…

Central Philippine University G-FORCE DISCOVERY 2011 at Tibiao, Antique

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A pose after a walk along the beaches of Tibiao

Central Philippine University‘s summer seasons (April to May) is a time for employees to spend great vacation time bonding with family and friends.

While there are university funded trips for some selected offices, the rest of the employees are just grouping themselves, planning and spending on their own for their regular summer (or semester break) getaways. G-Force is one of these employee groups at CPU that had been staging successfully several trips in many local places to unwind, enjoy, and take time off from the rigors and pressures of office life.

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With no one around, Jones took the shot this time with Cyrus (left) in the photo

On May 26-27, the G-Force went to Tibiao, Antique for yet another summer getaway trip. Their theme, “G-Force Discovery 2011”, was just appropriate for the many things that they discovered and experienced in Tibiao.

Besides knowing that the mayor of Tibiao is a Centralian, Hon. Walden M. Lim (HS ’83), what attracted the G-Force to Tibiao was the Katahum Tibiao video about the many adventures that Tibiao is offering that the G-Force watched via Internet.

Katahum Tibiao boasts of “the perfect mix of nature and adventure to get your adrenaline pumping and take your breath away with awe-inspiring sites.” G-Force gives a “triple A” or “XX” (extra-excellent) rating for all the activities that they went through. Among the many treks that they made, they all see the trip to the falls and kayaking adventure as the most adrenalin pumping adventure that they had.

To arrange the trip, they contacted Flord Nicson J. Calawag who is the 23-year-old General Manager of Katahum Tours and the now famous, Tibiao Fish Spa



For the G-Force, it is not just the opportunity for adventure and fun that they are aiming at. They see their trip as a way of meeting Centralians and promoting Central Philippine University to whomever they meet along the way.

Thus on their way to Tibiao, they met the Rev. Matias Arib, pastor of San Jose Evangelical Church, as they stopped at the parsonage for some necessities. A brief acquaintance and Cyrus and Pastor Matias recalled that they were classmates in one or two subjects during college. Pastor Matias was also May Guillem’s “kasimanwa” (townmate) in Sagay, Negros Occidental.

Jonan, owner and founder of Online Writing Niche, led them there because he once stayed at Antique Christian Center for eight months while working as process documentation researcher of the Institute of Philippine Culture, Ateneo de Manila in 1992. Together with several research assistants, he was documenting the implementation of the agrarian reform program in remote villages of Sibalom, Patnongon, Valderrama, Bugasong and Hamtic at that time.

Their next stopover was at Laua-an, Antique the town that Mayor Aser Baladjay, a graduate of CPU Civil Engineering in 1987 leads. Before going to Mayor Baladjay’s office, the G-Force met former CBYFP President, Ms. Mayden Acero. She is the Municipal COMELEC Head of Laua-an.

After having snacks courtesy of Nang Mayden and several songs at the videoke, the G-Force proceeded to Tibiao amidst heavy rains along the way. It was already 3:00 PM of May 26, when the group arrived at Tibiao town.

Learn more of the G-FORCE’s great Tibiao discoveries on the next post…

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Saying his prayers before the cooking began

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Jonan is being cooked in his own fat

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Giving dead skin treat to our fish spa friends

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Beholding the majestic Bugtong Bato Falls

More G-Force Discovery 2011 photos coming your way next time…

Central Philippine University – EXCEL to the World



Background Story

“EXCEL to the World” was the vision that the Office of the Communications adopted under the leadership of its first director, Jonan Castillon.

The vision statement “EXCEL to the World” captures the portion of Dr. Teodoro Robles’ inaugural speech on March 26, 2008 when he said something about Central Philippine University being no. 1 in Western Visayas and the Philippines, why not “no. 1 in the whole world”.

After several nights of contemplation, the phrase “EXCEL to the World” was composed finally to encompass and echo what Dr. Robles had expressed in his inaugural speech.

To promote it, Jonan conceptualized a video clip that illustrates CPU going out into the world to establish her vision of EXCEL. Pastor Kim de la Cruz provided the poster, which is shown towards the end of the video clip. Donald Lebrilla did well in interpreting Jonan’s idea of the “EXCEL to the World” vision.

The “EXCEL to the World” video clip was adopted as the CPU TV Channel ID to further promote the Office of Communications vision for Dr. Robles’ leadership.

Meaning and Symbolism

The “ball of fire” coming from the dark depths of time and space represents the Holy Sprit, the Word of God, the Gospel Mission that the American Baptist Missionaries proclaimed throughout the whole world until it reached the Philippine Islands, specifically in Panay Island, more specifically the foundation and beginning of Central Philippine University in 1905.

The “explosion” that faded and metamorphosed into the CPU seal illustrates the establishment and development of Central Philippine University into a world-class university with the vision of “EXCEL to the World”.

Afterthoughts

Actually, the “EXCEL to the World” video clip is unfinished work.

In the original concept, a numerical counter representing the years from the birth of Christ to AD 1905 is supposed to be there. The centennial seal or logo of CPU should have been added too to signify that the university had reach 100 years. Alas, seven months after leading the Office of Communications, the CPU TV Channel was taken away from Jonan’s charge and was placed directly under the Executive Assistant of the Office of the President.

With this blog post, it is hoped that viewers of the CPU TV Channel ID get an enriched perspective each time the “EXCEL to the World” video clip is played in between TV programs.