‘GOD LOVES PCU!’

With gladness in their hearts apparent in their smiling faces, the members of the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Christian University (PCU) pose for posterity following a historic meeting. Dr. Junifen F. Gauuan (fourth from left, front row) was reelected president of the University, along with Dr. Kathleen Guimbatan as vice president for academic affairs and Mr. Raul R. Cacho as university treasurer. Also re-elected were: Atty. Perfecto Yasay, chairman (third from left, from row); Judge Edwin G. Larida Jr., vice chairman (extreme left, front row); and Mr. Reiner R. Puno, corporate treasurer. The Rev. Rannieh B. Mercado replaced Dr. Ruth G. de Lara as board secretary (left, third row).

The PCU Board of Trustees met last Saturday, June 8, 2019. “God loves PCU!” Dr. Gauuan remarked when asked about his reelection. “I thanked the Board members both from the United Methodist Church (UMC) and the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) for their solid support.”

Also in the picture were: (from left) Judge Larida of UMC, Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan also of UMC; Chairman Yasay of UCCP; PCU President Dr. Gauuan; Bishop Emergencio Padillo of UCCP; and Bishop Ciriaco Q. Francisco of UMC; (from left, second row) Atty. Nimia Peralta and newly elected BOT member Dr. Rebecca Kathleen Vidal, both of UMC; (from left, third row) the Rev. Rannieh B. Mercado of UCCP; Bishop Reuel Norman O. Marigza of UCCP; Engr. Robert C. Regala of UMC; Bishop Melzar D. Labuntog of UCCP; and Mr. Reiner Reyes Puno of UMC. Members of the PCU Board who were not in the photo are Mr. Lauro C. Millan and Bishop Jessie S. Suarez, both of UCCP. Dr. Gauuan thanked the members of the Board “for their wisdom in knowing the truth about his leadership.”

He admitted that there were attempts “from some sectors” to spread misleading information that he was dividing the University instead of uniting. “Thank God, the Board members were discerning enough to know that my efforts were quite the contrary.” With the unquestionable mandate from the Board, Dr. Gauuan is poised to face and solve the challenges PCU is facing. He said among his first moves is to identify, train, and give responsibilities to potential leaders who will guide PCU to excellence in the 21st century.

Myiesha Uy: PCU’s Pride

Taekwondo jin Myiesha Marie Jerriana Uy of Grade VI-Judges of the Philippine Christian University –Elementary School Department (PCU-ESD) last Feb. 13 bagged the gold medal in her event in the Poomsae Competition of the Calabarzon Heroes Games. The sports event was held in Sta. Rosa Sports Complex in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

As the champion of Region IV-A, Myiesha will automatically represent the region in the coming Palarong Pambansa in Davao City.

Myiesha started training in taekwondo when she was in Grade 3. Since then, she has not stopped polishing her martial arts skills. Myiesha has already reached the level of being a Second Dan Black Belter.

She had competed in different local and international contests, particularly in Singapore and Malaysia, bringing home medals of recognition. Last year, she became the youngest representative of Region IV-A Calabarzon in Poomsae Competition.

After winning the divisional and regional competitions (and even the Batang Pinoy contest), she said she is ready to conquer the Palarong Pambansa, which will start on April 27 and will end on May 4, 2019.

Today, Myiesha continues to hone her skills together with other Taekwondo players of Rizal Province.

Dr. Lenalee Borromeo, ESD principal, admitted that the whole department is proud of the achievement of Myiesha.

“Go for the gold, Myiesha,” she said. “We’re behind you all the way. May God bless your performance.”   (Photo by Raquel Uy)

A Family That Prays Together

Members of the faculty and staff of the Philippine Christian University (PCU) Dasmariñas Campus unite in prayers last April 15 before the Lenten Season break inside the Salakot Chapel of the Union Theological Seminary (UTS).  Classes from elementary, junior high school and college departments were shortened to give way to the Faculty and Staff Retreat, which started at 3 p.m. The group did dance prayer, Bible reading, small and big group sharing, and writing.  “Let us remove the things that keep us away from Jesus this season of Lent,” said Pastor Janice Serafica, the university chaplain. “Let us keep ourselves near Jesus through our prayers.”

(Photos and text by Rosalina Sumagui)

PCU’s Pride

Taekwondo jin Myiesha Marie Jerriana Uy of Grade VI-Judges of the Philippine Christian University –Elementary Department (PCU-ESD) shows her skills in the Poomsae Competition during the Calabarzon Heroes Games in the Sta. Rosa Sports Complex in Sta. Rosa, Laguna last February 13. Myiesha Uy snatched the event’s gold medal after getting the highest score. Being the champion, she will represent  Region IV-A in the Palarong Pambansa in May 2019 in Davao City. “Go for it Myiesha! We’re behind you all the way,” assure ESD principal Dr. Lenalee Borromeo.

(Photos by Raquel Uy and Text by Rosalina B. Sumagui)

‘PAANYAYA, PANGAKO, PAG-ASA’

The Rev. Dr. Rafael Vallejo addresses the staff members of the Philippine Christian University-Dasmariñas Campus (PCU-D) and the Union Theological Seminary (UTS) in Dasmariñas City, Cavite during a special joint worship service held in Salakot Hall. The service was held before the much-awaited cake raffle took place. “Nurture faith and inspire character,” Reverend Vallejo urged the members of the congregation.

(Photo and Text by Jhun Dizon).

Enterprising Women

Members of the Kaakbay Outreach of the Philippine Christian University-Elementary School Department (PCU-ESD) creatively combine beads of various colors in making beautiful bracelets during one of their meetings in Sampaloc I Barangay Hall last April 6, 2019. Kaakbay is an outreach project of PCU-ESD. The mothers, who help augment their families’ needs by selling their products, meet twice a month either on the PCU-Dasmariñas campus or inside the Sampaloc I Barangay Hall.  “It is very fulfilling to see them finish a product,” said Mrs. Miracle Belandres, ESD’s coordinator for Kaakbay. “Seeing the smiles on their faces makes all the hard work worth it.”

(Photo by Miracle Belandres and text by Rosalina Sumagui)

Enduring the Summer Heat

Members of the Computer Science Society (CSS) brave the heat to prepare for the upcoming cheerdance competition, one of the much-anticipated events of the annual College Intramurals of the Philippine Christian University-Dasmariñas Campus (PCU-D). Various academic organizations of PCU-D College Department are busy preparing for the cheerdance competition, which will happen on April 22, 2019. Juan Diether Angelo B. Bautista, acting editor-in-chief of college student publication, Christian Chronicle, has a message of encouragement to competitors, as well as spectators: “Motivate, Validate, Participate!”

(Photos by Juan Diether Angelo B. Bautista and text by Chester Kyle F. Menguiz)

Annual Sports Fest

Two Grade III pupils along with members of the Drum and Lyre Corps await the start of the parade that marked the kick-off of Intramurals ’19 last Mar. 18.  The intramurals of the Elementary School Department (ESD) is held annually to give the opportunity for its pupils to display their skills in various indoor and outdoor games. “This is one of the most awaited events in the department,” said Mrs. Maricar Ramos, ESD’s sports coordinator. “The whole campus comes alive during this week.”

(Photo and text by Rosalina Sumagui)

Folk Dancing is In

Sophia Montefalcon and Antonio Aragon, both pupils of Grade V-Chronicles of the Philippine Christian University- Elementary School Department (PCU-ESD), display their talents in dancing the national folk dance, “Tinikling.” Actually, all students enrolled in Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health (Mapeh) subject from Grade 3 to Grade 6 were taught the rudiments of folk dancing; a graded performance by the fourth grading period follows.  Mrs. Florence Prado, Mapeh teacher, said the pupils “must exhibit knowledge and skills in folk dancing because it is a part of their heritage as Filipinos.”

(Photo by Florence Prado and text by Rosalina Sumagui)