Nobel Laureate in Literature Mario Vargas Llosa will be at De La Salle University on November 8 to receive an honorary doctorate in literature, the highlight of his visit to the country.
University administrators, faculty, students, writers, and members of the diplomatic corps are expected to attend the ceremony which will be held at the Teresa Yuchengco Auditorium.
Vargas Llosa studied in La Salle schools in Bolivia and Peru for his elementary education.
In 2010, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature, “for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt, and defeat” (Nobel Prize Foundation). According to the Swedish Academy, Vargas Llosa is “a divinely gifted storyteller.”
His critically acclaimed novels and fictions include: La ciudad y los perros (1963, Eng. trans. The Time of the Hero), La tía Julia y el escribidor (1977, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter), La guerra del fin del mundo (1981, The War of the End of the World), El sueño del celta (2011, The Dream of the Celt), El héroe discrete (2013, The Discreet Hero), and Cinco esquinas (2016, Five Corners). His collections of essays include Sables y utopías. Visiones de América Latina (2009, Sabres and Utopias: Visions of Latin America) and La civilización del espectáculo (2012, The Civilization of the Spectacle).
Aside from the Nobel, Vargas Llosa has received many prizes and awards such as the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature, 1986; Miguel de Cervantes Prize in Spanish-language literature, 1994; PEN/Nabokov Award, 2002; and the XII Don Quijote Journalism Award.
Following up on their second place run during the 2015 Shell Eco-Marathon held in Rizal Park Manila, The DLSU Eco Car Team is set to compete in the Driver’s World Championship (DWC) at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.
The team will be showcasing “Archer,” its entry in last year’s regional qualifier race at the Rizal Park in Manila. In last year’s qualifier, the Archer set the highest record in the Urban Concept-Battery Electric Category with a mileage of 78 km/kWh and placed second in the Petrol fuel subcategory after recording 159 km/l.
The Archer itself will be a technology testbed for more advanced models and future energy efficient production cars. It sports a lightweight and aerodynamic design, an in-house developed motor controller, and is composed of carbon fiber and composite materials.
To monitor the various subsystems of the car, the Eco Car Team developed its own android app dubbed “Archer-Board” for diagnostic and monitoring purposes. The app has the capability to measure the car’s speed, temperature, battery level, efficiency, and computer power consumption.
The DWC is a gathering of the world’s best Urban Concept car teams that will compete on the basis of energy-efficiency and is an innovation competition that challenges students from universities from across the world to design, build, and race energy-efficient automobiles.
The National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) will bestow awards on three De La Salle University researchers, including a Mechanical Engineering (ME) faculty who will receive the NAST Outstanding Young Scientist Award, in July.
ME Associate Dr. Aristotle Ubando will be recognized as Outstanding Young Scientist in the field of Mechanical Engineering for his research contribution to the field of algae and engineering. His Algae Bioenergy Laboratory is at the forefront of research on algal systems in the country. He is currently working on how to improve the production process of the algal industry and the automation of coco-sugar production.
NAST also notified Biology Associate Professor Dr. Isagani Janairo that he is the recipient of the 2016 Talent Search for Young Scientists (TSYS) for his paper, “Effects of biomineralization peptide topology on the structure and catalytic activity of Pd nanomaterials.” The study delves on coral-like Pd nanostructures and highlights the importance of topological arrangement in nanostructure formation and catalytic activity.
Likewise, CHED/PHERNet Sustainability Studies Program Research Assistant Christina Cayamanda will receive a TSYS special citation for her co-authored paper, “P-graph approach to optimal operational adjustment in polygeneration plants under conditions of process in operability.”
Her paper explores systems that integrate different processes and how they are susceptible to failure because of the manner that they are interconnected. The study scrutinizes the consequences of such lapses.
NAST is the highest recognition and scientific advisory body of the Philippines mandated to support outstanding achievements in science and technology.
Sony Pictures, through the efforts of Sony Global Business Services, awarded a Greener World Grant to De La Salle University to support the community efforts of the Br. Alfred Shields FSC Ocean Research (SHORE) Center in Lian, Batangas.
Part of the grant will go to the improvement of the tourism facilities in Sitio Kay Reyna, where residents are being trained as eco-tour guides and reef rangers in order to protect the rich marine life in their area.
Last April 30, a total of 30 Sony volunteers together with SHORE Director Dr. Wilfredo Y. Licuanan and SHORE Center staff planted 300 mangrove seedlings and conducted snorkeling activities to explore the corals and other sea organisms in the Sitio Kay Reyna Marine protected Area.
DLSU student Ian Lariba of the DLSU Women’s Table Tennis Team will be a representative of the Philippines in the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Currently taking up BS in Management of Financial Institutions, Lariba has consistently brought pride to the University in the five years that she has played for the DLSU Paddlers, winning Rookie of the Year in UAAP Season 74, Most Valuable Player in UAAP Season 75, 77, and 78, and being awarded the Athlete of the Year in UAAP Season 77 and Season 78.
Lariba earned her slot in the quadrennial event after winning in the Asian Olympic Games Qualification Tournament held last April 16 in Hong Kong. She also holds the distinction of being the country’s first table tennis athlete to qualify for the Olympics.
The five-year status is the highest granted by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and was received by only three universities. Among the benefits of the grant is the University’s exemption from the issuance of Special Order for its graduates and from regular monitoring and evaluation by CHED.
The University also receives priority in the grant of subsidies and other financial incentives or assistance from CHED whenever funds are available. Likewise, the University is authorized to grant an honorary degree to deserving individuals in line with the provisions of the existing CHED issuance on conferment of honorary degrees.
Other benefits include the privilege to determine and prescribe curricular programs to achieve global competence as well as the privilege to offer extension classes. The University may also establish linkages and offer programs via the alternative mode such as distance education or transnational education. It is also allowed to increase tuition without securing a permit from CHED.
The Department of Education (DepEd) and the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) in cooperation with the Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC College of Education (BAGCED) sponsored the Summit on the Survey of Philippine Languages on April 26, 2016, Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Verdure, 5th Floor of the Henry Sy Hall, De La Salle University, Manila. The activity was in line with the commemoration of the 10th death anniversary of a Philippine linguistics giant, Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC, who was a former Secretary of DepEd and the Chairman of the Board of SIL.
The national language project was the brainchild of Br. Armin Luistro FSC, DepEd Secretary and Chairman of the Board of SIL, in his desire to help preserve and revitalize the Philippine languages.
The event was a gathering of university and college presidents from all over the Philippines for the proposed survey and two-year research and community engagement of the current state of all 177 Philippine languages. The main objective of the event is for each higher education institution to adopt one Philippine language. For endangered languages this will help to ensure its preservation and survival through documentation. For more vital languages, it will give opportunity for collaborative work with the speech community to determine steps for language development. The main output of these research activities will be the production of the Philippine Ethnologue book that will document all language activities in the country.
DLSU professors top research productive Filipinos and Philippine-based scientists according to SCOPUS
With the recent publication of his 200th Scopus-indexed article, Dr. Raymond Girard R. Tan of the Chemical Engineering Department was named as the top research productive Filipino and Philippine-based scientist, according to the Scopus-Elsevier cumulative records.
Dr. Consolacion Y. Ragasa of the Chemistry Department and Dr. Elmer Dadios of the Manufacturing Engineering and Management Department were also cited as part of the Top 20 research productive Filipinos and Philippine-based scientists, with the former ranking second.
When a Mangyan poet writes of a flower, he writes of it not for the purpose of celebrating its beauty or fragrance but to make it an allegory or symbol of human life, its problems, and its challenges. – Antoon Postma
The DLSU Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center (BNSCWC) announces Write Green: Premio Ambahan 2016. This competition seeks to promote the writing of ambahan as a contemporary expression deep-rooted in our tradition. Ambahan is a short poetic form indigenous to the Hanunuo Mangyans of Mindoro. It consists of seven-syllable lines, mono-rhyme scheme, and images illustrating people’s lives in relation to their natural habitat. Its original language uses an ancient syllabary or a writing system Indic in origin.
Premio Ambahan is open to all bona fide undergraduate students of De La Salle University, Taft and STC campuses. The entry is one (1) good unpublished poem, an original work. It should follow the stylistic features of an ambahan, composed in English or Filipino. Theme is landscape and environment. The poem may reflect on green things, retell scenes of disasters, rediscover myth and milieu, imagine the future, or just love the planet.
Only one entry per contestant will be accepted. Entry should include author’s full contact information (address, email, phone) and copy of current EAF (3rd Term AY2015-2016). Not eligible for the contest are the student personnel of BNSCWC.
Three winners will be selected to receive the following prizes: First, PHP5,000; second prize, PHP4,000; and third prize, PHP3,000. The decision of the Board of Judges is final.
Entry deadline: 30 June 2016. Winners will be announced in August 2016.
Please submit entry as Word attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org. “Premio Ambahan” should be indicated in the space marked “Subject.”
This competition celebrates the Philippine Environment Month, and complements the DLSU No Impact Experiment in June.
For inquiries, please contact BNSCWC at (632) 5244611 local 233; drop by the office at M208; or email email@example.com.
Dr. Cirilo F. Bautista, De La Salle University Professor Emeritus and University Fellow, was among nine Filipinos formally inducted into the Order of National Artists last April 14 by President Benigno S. Aquino III at the Malancañang Palace. The induction of Bautista as National Artist for Literature follows the proclamation made on June 20, 2014.
The Order of National Artists is presided over by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). Upon the recommendation of both the NCCA and CCP, the President of the Philippines confers the National Artist award on Filipinos “who have made distinct contributions in the field of arts and letters.”
Described as a Renaissance man, Bautista is a poet, fictionist, painter, literary critic, and educator. At DLSU, he was honored as a member of the elite group of University Fellows. He spent 33 years teaching in the University, retiring in 2006.
He earned his Doctor of Arts in Language and Literature at DLSU in 1990. He was an exchange professor and honorary fellow in various universities abroad. He received notable literary recognitions including the first Hall of Fame Award of the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature, numerous National Book Awards, and the Grand Prize in the Centennial Literary Contest.