Romblon State Uni holds Sanrokan Conference 2015

•June 24, 2015 • Leave a Comment

sanrokanAs part of its centennial celebration, RSU conducted a 3-day environmental studies and climate change conference held at the foot of the majestic Mt Guiting-guiting of Sibuyan Island.

I was fortunate to join for the said event as a paper presenter and had a quick visit to my hometown of San Fernando. It was a short notice but as usual I prepared my presentation under pressure. My paper entitled “Rehabilitation of the Pasig River: Creating Resilient Communities” focused on the rehabilitation and development efforts of the national government thru the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRR) to revive the river system and to bring significant improvement in the water quality and wellbeing of the riverside communities. It also highlights the major strategies and approached employed by the Commission particularly address the following concerns: easement recovery, estero management, flood control, ferry service, water quality and public awareness/advocacy.

There were interesting topics presented during the conference.  For instance, studies focused on the effect of the illumination (light) in the gut characteristics of seahorses in sea cages;  growth, survival and ingestion rate of juvenile seahorses in varied light intensities;  characterization of different cassava in the Province of Romblon for climate change adaptation; identification of crab species located in Sibuyan Island; and many others.  Aside from the researchers of the RSU, other presenters came from other state universities from Sorsogon and Mindoro.

A Filipino national scientist 2008 was the key speaker of the said conference. Her name is Dr Lourdes Cruz from the University of the Philippines-Diliman Campus. Dr Cruz has made significant contributions to biochemical and molecular structures and properties of many types of conotoxins from Philippine marine snails.

The 2015 SANROKAN CONFERENCE featured four symposia held in different venues in Romblon with the following topics and dates:

  • Environment and Climate Change (Magdiwang, Sibuyan Island, May 1-3, 2015)
  • Culture and History (Romblon Island, May 5-7, 2015)
  • Archaeology and Museum Studies (Banton Island, May 9-11, 2015)
  • Language and Education (Odiongan, Tablas Island, May 13-15, 2015)

For documentation details and conference materials, you can contact the organizer at; or visit RSU official website at

Balik Probinsya (Going back to my home province, Romblon)

•June 17, 2015 • Leave a Comment
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THIS IS MY NEW HOME… for the next 15 years! Joining this state university at the middle of 2015 was a big decision I made as a 360 turn-around of my professional career. After 38 years of residency in Metro Manila, I finally decided to go back to my own province, Romblon which is located at the heart of the Philippines, where the marble thrives and the majestic Mt Guitiing-Guiing stands tall! This is a rare opportunity to bring back the skills, knowledge and experience I gained from both locally and abroad to my very own province. This is where I could inspire more young minds that they will also be the future movers of change and regional development – for a better resilient Philippines.

ASAP 1001 (Amazing Stories About Pinoy): Grand Winner of Asia’s Got Talent 2015

•May 24, 2015 • 1 Comment

3rd PAGCOR Photo Competition 2015 – “Tatak Pinoy” -EXTENDED 19 June 2015

•May 15, 2015 • 6 Comments


Just click the photo below for the free registration and mechanics.3rd Pagcor

Australian Alumni in the Philippines holds its National General Assembly 2015

•May 13, 2015 • Leave a Comment
This is one of the biggest annual gatherings of Australian Alumni in the Philippines, PA3i which will be held on 30th May 2015. Reconnect with schoolmates, classmates and Australian-Filipino friends, broaden your alumni network, and listen to notable speakers at the Marco Polo Ortigas, Pasig City.  This year’s General Assembly theme is

This is one of the biggest annual gatherings of Australian Alumni in the Philippines, PA3i which will be held on 30th May 2015. Reconnect with schoolmates, classmates and Australian-Filipino friends, broaden your alumni network, and listen to notable speakers at the Marco Polo Ortigas, Pasig City. This year’s General Assembly theme is “Strengthening PA3i: Towards Excellence in Action”. As part of the event, accomplished and distinguished alumni will be recognized during the evening’s ceremony of the Outstanding Australian Alumni Awards. The keynote guest speaker is the Australian Ambassador to the Philippines, His Excellency Bill Tweddell. CLICK THE IMAGE for the registration and program details or send email to

IDP Manila hosts Australia-New Zealand Education Exhibition 2015

•February 26, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Australia and New Zealand Education Exhibition 2015The IDP Philippines invites aspiring students to attend the Australia & New Zealand Education Exhibition 2015! Representatives from some of the popular Australian and New Zealand universities are present to provide info on the eligibility and requirements to study overseas. The schedules are as follows:

 MANILA : April 25, 2015, Saturday, Makati Shangri-La Hotel, Ayala Avenue corner Makati Avenue, Makati City,  Philippines; TIME:   11AM – 5PM

CEBU CITY: April 26, 2015, Sunday, Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu, Sergio Osmena Blvd cor Juan Luna Ave, Cebu City, Philippines; TIME:   11AM – 5PM

 DAVAO: April 28, 2015, Tuesday, Marco Polo Hotel Davao, C.M. Recto Street, Davao City, Philippines; TIME:   2PM – 8PM

Australian Study Grants 2016 for Filipinos

•February 24, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Australian Awards 2016

(The article or the post text is completely copied from the newsletter sent to alumni of Australian universities and availed the AusAID grants in the past.)

Do you dream of making a difference in your field and in society? Do you aspire for a world-class Australian education to develop your leadership skills?

The Australian Government is offering future Filipino leaders an opportunity to be change agents and development catalysts through its prestigious Australia Awards Scholarships program. Applications for the program’s 2016 intake is open until 30 April 2015.

For over 50 years, Australia has supported the Philippines’ best and the brightest to advance their education at Australia’s world-class universities on Australian Government-funded scholarships. Australia Awards Scholarships is aimed at future leaders – regardless of gender, ethnicity or disability –with the passion to spark positive change in their countries.

Scholarships are available to individuals who wish to pursue postgraduate qualification (Masters Degree) at Australian universities. It covers awardee’s travel, study, and living expenses in Australia. Interested applicants may visit the Australia Awards-Philippines website at for the complete guidelines on eligibility and application procedures or email

Note: You can check if you are eligible to apply for the study grant: