The STELA Student Supreme Council, in coordination with the STELA Dean’s Office and CCA Staff, held the second annual “Vox Sapientiae” award show last July 8, 2017 at the Center for Culture and the Arts Theatre. The event hosted by Kenneth Dale Villarin and Dreiden Irving aimed to give due recognition to STELA students who had exemplified the four core values of the school through their achievements and talents.
The STELA Inclusion Choir commenced the event by leading the national anthem as well as an opening prayer. Ma’am Teresita Ignacio, the associate dean of the School of Teacher Education, then gave her opening remarks and spoke about how the event sought to recognize not just those who had achieved academically, but all students who had proven their worth in the different activities of the university.
The awards given under Competence were awarded to the Dean’s Listers and the contestants for “Louisian Got Talent 2017”. The certificates and medals for the top eight first years as well as the Second Year Dean’s Listers were awarded by Ms. Kiara Louise Manaat, Dr. Francisco Agoot, and Ma’am Teresita Ignacio. Meanwhile, Mr. Randall Joshua Noriega, Dr. Marilyn Balmeo, and Dr. Shiela Marie Marquez handed the awards for the Third Year Dean’s Listers. Finally, Dr. Bryan V. Catama and Dr. Mary-Ann Domalanta handed the awards for the “Louisian Got 2017” participants, Crismar Moya and Sidney Caytap.
Under creativity, Dr. Shiela Marie Marquez and Mr. Vel Castillo awarded the three research titles under the School of Teacher Education that were recognized—“Challenges in Maintaining a Heritage Language” by Dr. Bryan Catama and his researchers Brisel Wacdagan, Jessel Tigbao, Grace Ventura, and Merge Viernes, as well as his other research group’s study, “Adventitious Blindness: The Road to Self Acceptance” by Alayla Louise Del Castillo, Athena Grace Espino, and Eliel Dhenise Cruz. Another published study that was recognized was “Fears And Hopes Of Parents In Developing The Social-Emotional Aspects Of Their Child With Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)” by Dr. Mary-Ann Domalanta and her researchers, Mary Joy Manching, Regine Manguhan, Darleen Joy Mapalo, Marina Marino, Djelyla Maxion, and Julie Rose Mayam.
Ms. Athena Espino and Dr. Mary-Ann Domalanta meanwhile awarded the 2017 Arts Fest participants, CCA Scholars, and the members of the SLU Symphonic Band, SLU Orchestra, SLU Dance Troupe, SLU Glee Club, and Tanghalang SLU.
Dr. Barbara Lagos meanwhile handed the awards for the working scholars who were recognized under Christian Spirit.
Those recognized under Social Involvement were the athletes who participated in the second phase of the Intramurals—the STELA men and women’s Basketball Teams coached by Dr. Joel Cabanilla, the men and women’s Badminton teams coached by Mr. Benny Duriano and Mr. Neil Pasag respectively, the men and women’s Table Tennis teams coached by Mr. Marcelino Laguyo, the Sepak Takraw team coached by Ms. Honey Garcia and Ms. Anna Cabanilla, the Men and Women’s Chess teams coached by Sir Sabado Padtoc, and the men and women’s Taekwondo and Judo teams coached by Sir Jones Calingayan and Sir Marcelino Laguyo respectively.
The Top Five Best Performing Organizations were also recognized under this category—English Club, headed by Marielle Wong; Psyche Society, headed by Ryan Mae Dasceo; Social Studies Society, headed by Jess Siapno; SPED Club, headed by Athena Espino, and the Louisian Legal Studies Society, headed by Joanne Tondo. Finally, certificates of appreciation for the organizations who had assisted in the implementation of Vox Sapientiae were awarded to the STELA Inclusion Choir and Stellaris.
The event ended with a closing remark given by Dr. Marilyn Balmeo, and a prayer lead by Ms. Janella De Guzman.