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Celebrating CPU's Foundation Day Through Her Core Values

Remembering the foundation day of Central Philippine University on October 1, I reflected on her core values.

I’m very grateful that my Alma Mater did not only teach me academic knowledge. I also grew spiritually at CPU. I learned her core values that for me, are far more important than the academic degree I earned.

CPU’s core values are deeply embedded in our family. My parents are both graduates of the College of Theology.

Basing from my parents’ life, I could say that the core values of CPU preceded her academic programs. Do you know why?

My parents came to know the Saviour Jesus Christ through the CPU Gospel Team that visited their town. Then their new found faith led them to study at CPU.

Basically, we could see similar pattern in CPU’s establishment. The Baptist missionaries came to sow the Gospel seed and later organized the school that became Central Philippine University.

As a Centralian, are you aware of your Alma Mater’s core values?

What is your understanding of faith, character, justice, stewardship, and excellence?

How far have you gone in putting into practice these core values?

If our founding fathers were alive today, do you think they will be proud of us – Centralians who have stood for CPU’s core values?

On 1 October 2009, I have the rare chance to make a stand for justice. I filed a labor complaint against my employer. Eventually, I found the justice that I sought.

Let us celebrate the foundation of our Alma Mater, Central Philippine University and bring great honor to her through standing firm on the core values she taught us.

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Celebrating CPU’s Foundation Day Through Her Core Values

CPU Core Values

Remembering the foundation day of Central Philippine University on October 1, I reflected on her core values.

I’m very grateful that my Alma Mater did not only teach me academic knowledge. I also grew spiritually at CPU. I learned her core values that for me, are far more important than the academic degree I earned.

CPU’s core values are deeply embedded in four generations of our family.

My grandfather, Raymundo Bais was alumnus of Central Philippine College.

My parents, Nenita Bais and Malvar Castillon are both graduates of the College of Theology.

I and my siblings, Asiel Nils (Chem Eng’g) and Ivan (AB History) graduated at CPU.

My wife, Jewel Kwe is a Centralian (Commerce) and our daughter, Jadyn attended nursery, Kinder 1 and 2 at CPU.

Basing from my parents’ life, I could say that the core values of CPU preceded her academic programs. Do you know why?

My parents came to know the Saviour Jesus Christ through the CPU Gospel Team that visited their respective towns.

Then their new found faith led them to study at CPU.

Basically, we could see similar pattern in CPU’s establishment.

The Baptist missionaries came to sow the Gospel seed and later organized the school that became Central Philippine University.

As a Centralian, are you aware of your Alma Mater’s core values?

What is your understanding of faith, character, justice, stewardship, and excellence?

How far have you gone in putting into practice these core values?

If our founding fathers were alive today, would they be proud of us as Centralians who have stood for CPU’s core values?

On 1 October 2009, I had the rare chance to make a stand for justice.

Eventually, true to what CPU has taught me, I found the justice that I sought.

Let us celebrate the foundation of our Alma Mater, Central Philippine University and bring great honor to her through standing firm on the core values she taught us, anywhere we are, no matter what we have achieved.

To God be the glory!

Injustices to Jesus

By Edwin I. Lariza

The comment of Kitchenchief on one of my Ezine articles has inspired me to start a series of Lenten reflections.

Lent is traditionally observed as preparation of the believer for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus the Christ. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ – his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial and resurrection.

Considered as one of the major liturgical seasons of the Roman Catholic Church, Lent is celebrated by other Christian denominations including Protestant groups like the Lutheran, Methodist,Presbyterian and Anglican. Lent, particularly the Holy Week, is one of the two most celebrated events in the Christian calendar. The other one is Christmas.

Results of survey may vary as to the perception of people on the most important between the two celebrations. Undeniably, however, these two events dominated the thoughts of believers in Christendom to the extent that the totality of the life of Jesus has been ignored.

It’s unfortunate that Christians have become selective in remembering the life of Jesus. The other aspects of Jesus life are seemingly neglected, especially his manhood. Some sociologists and theologians view this as manifestation of cultural distortion or vested interests. We love to think of the baby Jesus and Crucified Christ.

Their images evoke compassion. More importantly, less threatening as they reflect innocence and helplessness. But we are uncomfortable of the adult Jesus who confronts everyone without fear or favor, even turning the tables of those who make business out of religion. It seems, we want to evade the Jesus who challenges us to follow his example in service

Oftentimes, the period in between birth and death have been neglected- his growth, manhood, the fight against harsh realities in life which could have been a model for living. How he withstand trials and temptations. How he did not give in to the pressures and enticement of power compromise and pleasures of the world. His willingness to offer himself for a great cause.

From conception, he has already foretaste the cruel world system. The intrigues his earthly family encounters due to the controversial pregnancy prior to marriage. At birth, he has been exposed to vulnerable condition of the poorest of the poor, being born in a manger.

His childhood experience is colored with the uncertain life of refugees to escape the persecution. Likewise, he has to adjust to the internal struggle in family relationship, as well as the immediate social environment as he keeps up the ideal living, even going against the norms.

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Hapag ng Pag-asa by Joey Velasco

Prior to his public ministry, he has to undergo the process of immersion. Living in a depressed community, he has seen the hypocrisy of leaders in the socio-cultural, economic and political structures. Their wanton disregard of the avowed mission to serve the people as ordained by God.

How corruption and abuse of power has encroached the ideal immunity of the religious establishment. How religion has been used for business and profit. Yes, he has witness how leaders enrich themselves at the expense of the people they are supposed to develop. .

Jesus also knows the struggle of well meaning people in the government and other sectors including revolutionary forces in effecting change. Their two pronged vulnerabilities- stereotype from victims and antagonism from the mainstream perpetrators. Aware of their conviction, he includes some of them in the core of his disciples, mainly composed of representatives from the basic masses.

To be continued…

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