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Dr. Emily Arangote (center) receiving her certificate of completion during the culminating activity of the Phil-HECS Executive Development Program at the Marco Polo Hotel, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, MM on January 19, 2017. With her are (from left to right) DAP Senior Vice President Magdalena Mendoza, DAP President Antonio Kalaw, Jr., CHED Commissioner Alex Brilliantes, Jr., and PASUC President Ricardo Rotoras.

Ibajay, Aklan – Dr. Emily M. Arangote, Campus Director of the Ibajay campus of Aklan State University, better known as the College of Hospitality and Rural Resource Management or CHARRM, and University Director for Standards, successfully completed the pilot run of the Executive Development Program by the Philippine Higher Education Career System (Phil-HECS) held from August 2016 to February 2017.

 The program was designed by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the governing body for all higher education institutions in the country, to engage senior executives of State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and enhance their competencies to prepare them for increased roles in the improvement of the public higher education sector in the country.

 The EDP contained a total of nine (9) modules in a span of a seven (7) – month period, for a total of 102 training days, including breaks, immersion, and colloquium, and a grand total of 162 days, including recruitment and final eligibility assessment.

 Dr. Arangote was recommended by the ASU President, Dr. Danilo E. Abayon and VP for Administration, Dr. Anna Mae C. Relingo, and successfully applied to the program at the start of the Academic Year 2016 – 2017, and received her acceptance letter from the Development Academy of the Philippines, the program’s implementing agency, on July 18, 2016, instructing her to attend a battery of managerial assessment tests on July 21, 2016 at Profiles Asia Pacific, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. After passing said stringent admittance and selection process, Dr. Arangote received a memorandum from the CHED chairperson, Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan, signifying her acceptance to the first batch of executive trainees, along with Dr. Relingo and thirty-eight (38) other SUC executives from all over the country. However, due to the exigency of her post as Vice-President for Administration, Dr. Relingo deferred her spot for the program.

 The training started on August 23, 2016 with modules on higher education perspectives and how to prepare HEI Innovation and Transformation (HIT) Plans. Dr. Arangote chose to focus on making ASU an Industry-Based Workplace because of the graduates’ low employability and job mismatch between the graduates and the industry. She wanted to focus on “backyard tourism” to promote community-based tourism in Ibajay, at the same time providing an additional venue

Dr. Emily Arangote (standing, second from right) posing with her fellow candidates who have successfully completed the Phil-HECS Executive Development Program during the culminating activity at the Marco Polo Hotel, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, MM. The panelists for the HIT Plan Presentation and Defense were (seated, from left to right) PASUC Representative Dr. Ruth Cabahug, CHED Commissioner Alex Brilliantes, Jr., Faculty Expert Dr. Eduardo Gonzales, DAP Senior Vice-President Magdalena Mendoza, and Institutional Representative, ASU President Dr. Danilo E. Abayon (not in the photo).

for ASU student-trainees to conduct their training while answering the needs of the community. She also envisioned a fully-committed partnership with stakeholders, which would greatly enhance instruction of the flagship courses in ASU-Ibajay as the curriculum will be fully-aligned with the needs of the industry and responsive to the needs of the community as well.

 The final leg started on November 14, 2016 with the HIT Plan writing and defense training, followed by the University Dynamics Lab, then the final writing of the HIT Plan. Dr. Arangote was assigned to do the shadowing activity of the executives at the Pangasinan State University for one week, and the immersion activity at Estanza, Lingayen, Pangasinan for another week. TO her it was a challenging and informative learning activity, and she learned a lot from the work of the various executives she had observed. The candidates were then given 34 days to finalize their HIT Plans, and prepare for the defense in the Colloquium. Submission for the HIT Plan materials was set on December 31, and the Colloquium was held on January 17 – 19, 2017.


 The Colloquium served as the culminating activity of the ED Program, and provided an opportunity for the candidates to showcase the progress they have made towards becoming more insightful and responsive SUC leaders through their presentation and defense of their HIT Plans to a panel of key stakeholders, which was composed of representatives from CHED, the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC), faculty experts, the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), and institutional head or representative of each candidate’s respective SUC.

 Dr. Arangote successfully presented her HIT Plan to the panel of experts and capably answered their questions about the feasibility and significance of the Plan to the development of Aklan State University as one of the leading HEIs in Western Visayas. January 20, 2017 saw Dr. Arangote heading back to her beloved ASU and hometown Ibajay, just in time for the festivities of the 2017 Ibajay Ati-atihan Festival. The Aklan State University management congratulates her achievement and is proud of what she has accomplished towards positive change in the university’s quest for excellence in higher education.

ASU Holds PASUC VI 2016 SCUAA Regional Games

Picture1The Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges VI (PASUC VI) -- State Colleges & Universities Athletic Association (SCUAA) Regional Games was held in December 19-22, 2016 at this year’s host, Aklan State University, Banga, Aklan.

With this year's theme "Strengthening the Spirit of Sports in Public Higher Education Institution”, the tournament was properly opened by a ceremony together with the Presidents of the participating SUCs and officials of the Province of Aklan, December 19, 2016, 8:00 am at the ABL Sports Complex, Kalibo, Aklan.Picture6 Other participating colleges and universities are:

  • Capiz State University (CAPSU),
  • Guimaras State College (GSC),
  • Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISATU),
  • Iloilo State College of Fisheries (ISCOF),
  • Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College (NIPSC),
  • University of Antique (UA),
  • and the West Visayas State University (WVSU).

Picture1.1There are 21 sports events contested:

  • Arnis
  • Athletics
  • Field Events
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Boxing
  • Chess
  • Dance Sports
  • Football
  • Futsal
  • Lawn Tennis
  • Karatedo
  • Pencak Silat
  • Sepak Takraw
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Taek-won-do
  • Volleyball


Winners of the various competitions will represent the region to the upcoming National SCUAA in Batangas on February 2017.


By: Zeus Bryan Nicolas of Eamigas Publication

Celebrating 49 years of excellence, the Philippine Association of the State Universities and Colleges Region VI paved their way to expose the discover the talents of the different talents, and skills and wits of the students in the different SUC’s in Western Visayas with the Theme: “PASUC @ 49: Paving the Path towards Internationalization of State Universities and Colleges (SUC’s) Through Culture and the Arts”, at the years host Aklan State University-Main Campus, Banga, Aklan, November 8-11 2016.

Eight participating State College and Universities showed their talents in Academics, Arts and Dance namely: the host Aklan State University, Capiz State University, Guimaras State College, Iloilo State College of Fisheries, Iloilo Science and Technology University, Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College, University of Antique and West Visayas State University.

The opening program was held in the ASU Amphitheater, Banga, Aklan in which the presentation of delegates was initiated, then the different contests and events were followed in the different areas namely the CAFES Function Hall and the University Amphitheater.

The event was made possible through the efforts and hardships of the eight participating SUCs with the leadership of their Presidents: Dr. Danilo E. Abayon for ASU, Dr. Editha C. Alfon of CAPSU, Dr. Rogelio T. Artajo of GSC, Dr. Raul F. Muyong for ISAT-U, Dr. Ma. Precy P. Perez (OIC), Dr. Ma. Theresa G. Palmares of NIPSC, Dr. Victor E. Navarra for UA and Dr. Luis M. Sorolla, the President of West Visayas State University.

After the three day clash of talents, wits and skills, the Closing and Awarding Ceremony was held at the University Amphitheater in which the announcement of winners took place.

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Global real estate website’s scholarship program aims to help exemplary Filipino college students

MANILA, 28 September 2016: Online real estate platform Lamudi Philippines ( is committed to helping to drive socioeconomic development in the countries where it operates. This desire to contribute to community development led to the launch of a new scholarship program for undergraduate college students in the Philippines.

Experience Life in an International Enterprise

Students who will soon be in the job market are usually in need of two things: money and experience. Lamudi is encouraging bright, driven, and enthusiastic college undergraduates to enter a competition for a brand-new scholarship. Applicants should be over 18 years old, in their third or fourth year of their college studies, and have a consistent GPA of 1.75 or higher.

In particular, Lamudi is looking for those majoring in Business and Management, Economics, Marketing, Media and Communications, Information Technology and Computer Science, and Engineering. However, those with other majors may also apply. Those who have the most potential will be awarded with PHP 20,000 and a paid internship in any department at Lamudi’s local office in the Philippines. One student will be chosen for each semester for the 2016–2017 academic year.

To complete the application, the first step is to fill in an online form. Students must also submit scanned copies of their school IDs and transcript of records, a letter of intent, and a letter of recommendation from a relevant professor. Applicants must send application no later than December 2, 2016, and the results will be announced from December 12.

Demonstrating Enthusiasm and Strength of Character

In order to be successful, entrants must write a letter of intent (500 words in length). In the letter, applicants should showcase their talents and their potential. They should express what an internship at Lamudi would mean to them and explain how they would put the scholarship funds to good use.

Working in a tech company like Lamudi demands strength of character. Tenacity, positivity, and a determination to succeed are key. As an online property platform, Lamudi brings innovation and transparency to the real estate industry. Entrants who can show that they are capable of driving innovation in a team will be the most successful of all. If applicants can demonstrate ways in which they have overcome obstacles, this is sure to impress.

A Mutually Beneficial Initiative

Lamudi is keen to attracting new talent, and so this program is mutually beneficial; Lamudi stands the chance of gaining a talented recent graduate, and a student has the opportunity to impress a potential future employer. Who knows – this could be the start of a prosperous career!

For more information on this program, visit




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Lamudi is a leading global property portal focusing exclusively on emerging markets. It offers sellers, buyers, landlords and renters a secure and easy-to-use platform to find or list properties online. Lamudi was established in 2013 in Berlin, Germany and it is currently available in Latin America (Mexico, Colombia and Peru), Asia (Philippines, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka) and Middle East (Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates). Within fewer than three years, Lamudi has established its presence as a key online real estate marketplace in the countries where it is operating. For more information, visit Lamudi Philippines on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Instagram.


Established in September 2010, is one of the leading Philippine real estate online and print brand that brings property buyers and sellers together. The website’s main offerings are listings of pre-selling properties and properties for sale and for rent. Both website and magazine also provide relevant and updated industry news and information for its clients and consumers. And with the release of its mobile version, finding or selling a home is made even easier. For more information, visit MyProperty on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram.

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