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CPU Derecho… Sakay Na!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Watch out for more live campus coverage and feature stories.

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


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

Generosity Attracts Giving

Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. (Luke 6:38)

It is hard to comprehend and to some this is not acceptable but I believe that giving attracts generosity. This is not to run in contrary to another virtue that says, “Give and expect nothing in return” because the gifts would still come anyway even if with all candor and purity you are not expecting something in return.

You see, this is law of attraction at work, especially in gifts and giving.

First and foremost, the prevailing spirit here is generosity and not greed.

The Work Student Study Program is CPU's legacy of generosity since her foundation in 1905...click on the photo to watch a video

Generosity is the honest expression of giving favors in the form of talents, availability and financial help to others without looking forward to anything in return.

It is giving at its best because it is spontaneous and not coerced. It is freely and heartily given.

In this period of global financial crisis the most common phrase that we hear from many people, leaders of corporations, religious and humanitarian organizations, is “We don’t have money”.

May I ask, is the phrase “we don’t have money” borne out of honest evaluation of the real financial status? Or is it being used as a safety measure, a phrase that will dissuade spending despite the availability of money?

If this is the case, is this not dishonesty? And when you are not honest with your real financial situation how can you expect generosity to thrive in your areas of influence?

Where generosity is stunted, gifts are scarce, and it is likely that greed will breed and soon take over. It is my prayer that the current “no money”, “no budget” mantra that has been popular at the biggest university in Iloilo City would not attract poverty and greed.

Sowing the seeds of generosity begins with your genuine concern for your fellow person. When you do something to realize your concern through giving, then this act and substance of your giving becomes the gift to the person of your concern. Your deed of kindness, which has become a habit will attract gifts to come your way.

There are quality academic institutions that have cultivated excellently the culture of generosity. They nurture generosity among their students by giving scholarships, grant-in-aids, and support for extra-curricular activities.

Believing in the principle that giving attracts gifts, there are school leaders who commit sincerely to offer the best facilities, equipment, and services for their students. Beyond graduation, there are Iloilo City universities that continue to really be their students’ Alma Mater (nurturing mother) because they have built that true “mother-son” caring relationship.

Would you believe that there are churches and non-profit institutions who take pride in harboring large sum of money in the bank? They would declare that they are progressing because their “savings” have grown through the years.

Are churches and non-profit institutions not supposed to spend all their so-called “riches” for the poor and needy as Jesus Christ has commanded?

Quite contrary, the most progressive and fast growing churches and non-profit institutions are those that are sincerely all out in harnessing and using their resources to do for their worthy vision and mission.

Their members and alumni are giving cheerfully because they can see life and vitality in their total institutional existence. They won’t hesitate to give sacrificial to support a very worthwhile ministry projects for they see that their donations are used extensively and the results are tremendous.

Well, it is not yet too late to start giving generously. And when you see how your act of benevolence had lifted somebody’s spirit, giving a brighter day to him or her, you have just attracted the priceless gift of love.

The Work Student Study Program of Central Philippine University is one great bastion of generosity that must be protected . Know why by watching this short video documentary on God’s GRACE