Friday, November 27, 2009

NDKC bags 7 championship titles in the ICT Fest 2009

Notre Dame of Kidapawan College (NDKC) once again proved its worth as one of the leading institutions in the field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) education in Cotabato province as it bagged seven championship titles in the recently concluded 2nd ICT Festival organized by the Department of Trade and Industry of Kidapawan and the Advocates for the Development of ICT in Cotabato Province on November 24-26, 2009.

Here are the results of the contests in which NDKC won.

1. Computer Programming Contest
  • Champion - Notre Dame of Kidapawan College (Team 1)
  • 1st runner-up - Notre Dame of Kidapawan College (Team 2)
  • 2nd runner-up - Colegio de Kidapawan (Team 2)

2. Think Quest (Quiz Bowl)

  • Champion - Notre Dame of Kidapawan College
  • 1st runner-up - University of Southern Mindanao - Kidapawan City Campus
  • 2nd runner-up - Notre Dame of Midsayap College

3. Miss ICT

  • Miss ICT 2009 - Notre Dame of Kidapawan College
  • 1st runner-up - STI Kidapawan
  • 2nd runner-up - Read Data Access Computer College

4. Scrabble (PC-based)

  • Champion - Notre Dame of Kidapawan College
  • 1st runner-up - Cotabato Foundation College of Science and Technology
  • 2nd runner-up - University of Southern Mindanao - Main Campus

5. Graphics Design using Corel Draw

  • Champion - Notre Dame of Kidapawan College
  • 1st runner-up - (I forgot)
  • 2nd runner-up - (I forgot)

6. Open Blog Competition (Special Award)

  • Champion - Notre Dame of Kidapawan College

7. Graphics Design using Adobe Photoshop

  • Champion - North Point College of Arts and Technology
  • 1st runner-up - Notre Dame of Kidapawan College
  • 2nd runner-up - Colegio de Kidapawan (I'm not sure... sorry)

8. Computer Hardware Servicing

  • Champion - University of Southern Mindanao - Main Campus
  • 1st runner-up - Notre Dame of Kidapawan College
  • 2nd runner-up - Read Data Access Computer College

9. Speed Typing

  • Champion - University of Southern Mindanao - Main Campus
  • 1st runner-up - Notre Dame of Kidapawan College
  • 2nd runner-up - (I forgot... sorry)

10. Dancesports Competition

  • Champion - Notre Dame of Kidapawan College
  • 1st runner-up - University of Southern Mindanao - Main Campus
  • 2nd runner-up - North Point College of Arts and Technology

The 2nd ICT Festival was participated by the following tertiary schools in the province of Cotabato.

  • Central Mindanao Colleges
  • Central Mindanao Computer School
  • Colegio de Kidapawan
  • Cotabato Foundation College of Science and Technology
  • iLink College
  • JML College of Makilala
  • Notre Dame of Kidapawan College
  • Notre Dame of Midsayap College
  • President Roxas Technical School
  • Read Data Access Computer College
  • Southern Baptist College
  • STI - Kidapawan Campus
  • University of Southern Mindanao - Kidapawan City Campus
  • University of Southern Mindanao - Main Campus

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Filipinos, hailed as the most savvy mobile phone users

I was surprised to know that the Filipinos already have a new title as the "most savvy mobile phone users" based on a research conducted by a global market research firm Synovate.

I read it from a news article posted in Yahoo! Philippines news and I've decided to repost it.

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Pinoys lead the world in use of phone features

Manila Bulletin - Sunday, September 20

A new report by global market research firm Synovate has found that Filipinos lead the way in the use of many mobile features among 11 countries covered by the survey.

Aside from being the world's heaviest senders of SMS or text messages, Filipinos can now claim another title in the mobile space: Most savvy users of a mobile phone.

In the study, 87 percent of the local population use the phone's alarm clock as against the global average of 67 percent. There were 8,000 total respondents.

Sixty-three percent of Filipinos also play games regularly, 48 percent listen to or download music, 44 percent watch video clips, and 13 percent even watch TV (versus an overall 5 percent).

Carole Sarthou, Synovate's managing director for the Philippines, said in a statement that the high numbers of the country can be attributed to ''cultural'' and ''circumstantial'' factors.

''It's part of the national psyche to love social connections, music and entertainment. How the Filipino love affair with the mobile is different compared to developing nations is that, in many cases, a mobile is all people have,'' she said.

''It's the only way they can listen to music, the only way they can play games and the only way they can communicate from afar. Many Filipinos use this instead of the Internet and computers and it's not surprising that it has become such a multi-purpose, multi-tasking tool,'' Sarthou added.

The survey also found that the Philippines was the closest market to being split on the issue when asked, ''If lost, which would be harder to replace... your mobile phone or wallet/purse?''

Respondents from the Philippines said 47 percent of them said their mobile phone would be harder to replace while 52 percent chose the wallet/purse.

Synovate's Sarthou said this result shows Filipinos would find the mobile difficult, or even impossible, to replace.

''The connection to other people stops when the phone is lost. It's a storehouse for photos and videos, but most vital are contact details. Filipinos seek constant connection,'' she said.

The survey also showed the Philippines coming out on top in using text in conveying potentially bad news:

  • 12 percent have broken up with someone via text, led by 23 percent of Filipinos and 22 percent of both Malaysians and Russians.
  • 35 percent agreed that they have hidden behind text to say no or send a difficult message, led by 49 percent of Filipinos, 48 percent of Malaysians and 47 percent of Singaporeans. Least likely to hide behind SMS are Canadians (79 percent disagree) and Americans (71 percent).
  • 31 percent agreed they have lied about why they were running late or where they are, led by 57 percent of Filipinos and 44 percent of Singaporeans.

Least likely to lie via text (or so they say) are the Dutch (84 percent disagree) and the Americans (79 percent).

Synovate's global head of media, Steve Garton, said mobile phones have become so ubiquitous that by last year, more human beings owned one than did not.

''In the Philippines and Africa,'' millions of dollars have been transacted via mobile. The telco has effectively become a bank, allowing even those in rural areas to send and receive mobile money.

This is just one of the huge benefits which are changing lives in developing nations,'' he said.

Friday, September 18, 2009

EngTech's sweet victory over some not so sweet things

Congratulations to the students and officers of the Engineering and Technology (EngTech) Department of Notre Dame of Kidapawan College for bagging the over-all championship in the recently concluded Intramurals dubbed as Bioglitz '09. This is the first-ever intrams championship since the department was founded last school year. Truly, the union of the former Computer-Information and Engineering departments is a force to reckoned with.

Grabbing the top spot in a well-competed event was a bit unexpected for some faculty and students but unity coupled with a deep faith in God made the difference.

Kudos to the EngTech athletes and participants for bringing home the bacon!

Congratulations also to the officers of the Campus Student Supreme Government for organizing an event with a very timely concept that focuses on the care of our Mother Earth. I know they have experienced a lot of good and "not so good things" during the staging of this week-long activity but I hope they will learn a lot from the experience.

I would also like to recognize the efforts exerted by my friend Rizaldio "Thalia" Enemido. I know my friend Thalia had been through a lot of tests in the past intrams but I'm sure he had faced everything professionally.

My learnings

I personally have learned a lot from the past intrams. To admit, at some point I have lost control of my temper, specially during the opening day when I scolded the lady representative of ShirtGate(Davao) for not delivering the cheerdance costumes and some jerseys of the EngTech department and also during the Dancesports competition night when I loudly protested some of the decisions of the judges.

On the Dancesports Issue

I know I went beyond with some of my comments. I would like to extend my apology to Brian Porras, the LA governor and to his dance partner. I believe Maam Gabrido had already explained why a lot of people are not in favor of the results of the contest except for the Accountancy dancers who are deserving champions. However, I am still holding on my "opinion" that the EngTech, Commerce, and Education departments performed better than the LA pair. I am sharing the same sentiments with a "lot" of people, most of which are dancesport enthusiasts (including some teachers).

Past is past. I have nothing against Brian, his partner, and the judges. I am not even questioning the credibility of the judges. I just hope that next time we will be reminded of the value of "delicadeza".

I remember few years ago when I invited Mrs. Anita Fe Gaviola to be one of the judges in the ICT Fest hosted by NDKC. She turned down my invitation because her husband is the President of one of the participating schools. She also told me that even if she had already accepted the invitation before the school being run by her husband joined the festival, she would still not allow issues to float by backing out as a judge.

On the word sportsmanship

Some may say that I have forgotten the true meaning of sportsmanship. But I believe sportsmanship doesn't mean being blind with some obvious irregularities of the game.

Again, congratulations to all of us specially to the EngTech, Commerce and Accountancy Departments for bagging the top three spots.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Untitled Blog

I honestly do not know what to post. I first thought of being academic by posting something about the subjects I teach but I can't even hit the first key of my notebook. I even thought of blogging some good and not so good things that happened in the past NDKC intramurals but I really do not know how to start.

Well, most probably I am just bothered of the news that I received at lunch time. That news about an event that will happen next week will completely spoil the "celebration" that I have long been hoping for. I even consider it more important than my own birthday because I rarely celebrate it.

I am not blaming anyone. Someone even told me that it might be rescheduled but still I cannot resist myself from feeling bad because it might just blow up everything. God! I do not know what to say. I am just wondering....

  1. Am I unfair?
  2. Am I too bad?
  3. Am I difficult to love?
  4. Am I worthless?
  5. Am I just a toy?
  6. Am I not worthy to love and be loved?
  7. What is happening?
  8. Why does things most of the time go against what I hope it would be?
  9. Why am I alone?
  10. Why is time so unreasonable?

I hope time will give me the answers.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

NDKC bags three championships

The Notre Dame of Kidapawan College once again proved its worth in the recently concluded 1st Inter-collegiate activity dubbed as Holi 2009 held last August 21, 2009.

Pop Dance Contest
  • Champion - Notre Dame of Kidapawan College
  • 1st runner-up - University of Southern Mindanao - Kidapawan City Campus
  • 2nd runner-up - North Valley College Foundation, Inc.

Picture Critique

  • Champion - Notre Dame of Kidapawan College
  • 1st runner-up - University of Southern Mindanao - Kidapawan City Campus
  • 2nd runner-up - (i forgot)

Search for Ambassador of Goodwill 2009

  • Ambassador of Goodwill 2009 - Notre Dame of Kidapawan College (Joerem Jamilarin)
  • 1st runner-up - University of Southern Mindanao - Kidapawan City Campus
  • 2nd Runner-up - North Valley College Foundation, Inc.

In the search for Ambassadress of Goodwill, Charmaine Fajanela represented NDKC and she ranked 4th out of six participants. Charmaine also bagged the Miss Photogenic title.

Holi 2009 was participated by seven tertiary institutions from Kidapawan City.

  • Central Mindanao Colleges
  • Colegio de Kidapawan
  • North Point College of Arts and Technology
  • North Valley College Foundation, Inc.
  • Notre Dame of Kidapawan College
  • Read Data Access Computer College
  • University of Southern Mindanao - Kidapawan City Campus

Friday, August 7, 2009

Top Performing Students in Computer Programming 1

Congratulations to the following students who topped the CS/IT 113 - Computer Programming 1 Class for the first trinal 1st semester school year 2009-2010.

Name Course/year Grade Rank

1. CUIZON, Analie S. BSIT - 1 90% 1

2. CADERAO, Henry BSIT - 1 88% 3
MARTINEZ, Jennilyn S. BSCS - 1 88% 3
ORFRECIO, Mansour BSIT - 1 88% 3

3. JAO, Elien P. BSCS - 1 87% 5

4. PACATANG, Kenneth BSIT - 1 86% 6

5. ALVAREZ, John Mark BSIT - 1 85% 7

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Thank you President Cory for the gift of democracy!

I can still remember myself watching television when I was about to turn 6 years old. I kept on asking my nanay (mama) why a lot of people are shouting in the streets wanting to oust Marcos? Who's Marcos anyway? My nanay told me that Marcos is the President or the leader of our country for twenty long years and Filipinos already want change.

I actually cannot differentiate life with Marcos and life without him because I was just starting to understand things. I was only in kindergarten then. However, the slogan that I see in TV saying "tama na, sobra na, palitan na" made me realize that most people if not all really want something to happen and that is to topple the cruel Marcos regime.

I was also curious why most people were wearing yellow raising their hands with the L sign. And again my nanay generously responded and told me that yellow is the color of Cory Aquino who is the leader that Filipinos want to replace Marcos as President. I was just starting to learn colors that time and the first two colors that I was able to identify are red (color of Marcos) and yellow (color of Cory). My mother did not know the meaning of the L sign. It was only in my elementary years I knew that L stands for "laban."

As I go down memory lane, I consider this particular event in our country's history as the very first national event that I have learned and witnessed on television as a young kid. I can even remember myself asking my nanay if we can go to EDSA to join the rally. At that time I just thought that as a playful child I will enjoy staying with a lot of people in the streets not knowing the threats to our lives had the military stayed loyal to Marcos.

Much has been said about the gifts that the Lord has given us through the lady named Maria Corazon Cojuanco-Aquino. She is truly an epitomy of grace under pressure because she was able to overcome all the obstacles in her life as a wife, a mother, grandmother, and as a leader with calmness. President Cory is indeed the "Filipino of the Century" as recognized by the Philippine Free Press. She may not be the most intelligent or ideal President because of her vulnerability but her clean governance as a result of her strong moral values, made me consider her as the best President the Philippines ever had.

Thank you President Cory for inspiring us to courageously face life despite these trying times. You are worth remembring of.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Violeta M. Alqueza: A salute to a fine lady and a dear NDKC faculty

We are all saddened with the passing away of a beautiful woman inside out – Dr. Violeta M. Alqueza whom I consider as one of the most loved teachers in Notre Dame of Kidapawan College.

Maam Violy as we call her has touched the lives of many students and teachers as she had generously given her commitment as a Marist mission partner of NDKC. She is a perfect example of a Marist educator who had lived a simple way of life. Her love of work has always been and will always be an inspiration for all of us to work for the greater glory of God.

Words are not enough to describe Maam Violy’s contribution as an intelligent and considerate teacher, guidance counselor, and administrator. Like the late president Corazon Aquino, Maam Violy’s religiosity allowed her to overcome many obstacles in her life. Hence, her gentle remarks made everyone “at home” with her company.

I thank the Lord for allowing us to experience life with a very fine lady.

On behalf of the Faculty-Employees Association of the Notre Dame of Kidapawan College, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy and condolences to the bereaved family of Dr. Violeta M. Alqueza.

To Maam Violy, we all know that you are now with God in heaven. Thank you for your gift of presence and we just want you to know that “you will always be remembered.”

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Honors Society's Pioneering Officers

Congratulations to the following pioneering officers of the Honors Society of Notre Dame of Kidapawan College. They were elected during the First General Assembly last July 17, 2009.


President : Melvin Karl P. Diamante Nursing
Vice President : Mary Joy D. Cartagena Accountancy
Secretary : Marjorie May A. Salva Accountancy
Treasurer : Ervene Biyo Accountancy
Auditor : Cherry Lyn Alimento Accountancy
P.I.O. : Ma. Evelyn Vios Accountancy

Monday, July 6, 2009

Tao ka ba o hayop?

Natutunan ko sa aming Religious Education subject mula pa noong nasa mataas na paaralan pa lamang ako na tayong mga tao ay nilikhang kawangis ng Diyos. Sa ingles "We are created in the image and likeness of God." Subalit magpasahanggang ngayon ay gumugulo pa rin sa aking isipan ang tanong kung bakit may mga taong masahol pa sa hayop.

Kahapon ay nabigla ako ng nabalitaan ko na may isa na namang bombang sumabog sa Lungsod ng Cotabato (tinatayang tatlong oras ang layo mula sa Kidapawan). Ito ay itinanim sa labas ng Katedral ng Immaculate Conception habang nasa kalagitnaan ng isang misa.

Ang pangyayaring ito ay kumitil sa buhay ng limang inosenteng sibilyan at sumugat sa napakaraming iba pa. Ito ba ay gawain ng isang taong nasa tamang pag-iisip? Bakit kailangan pa nilang mangdamay ng mga sibilyan kung talagang may mga bagay silang ipinaglalaban? Ano ba talaga ang layunin nila sa paggawa ng mga karumal-dumal na bagay na ito?

Mariin kong kinokondena ang pangyayaring ito. Isang maling paraan ng pakikipaglaban ang ipinakita ng mga taong sangkot dito. . . pakikibaka ng mga "duwag at traydor!"

Hindi maaayos ng paraang pananakot ang anumang gusot na mayroon sa ating lipunan. Kung tunay mang may mga adhikaing ipinaglalaban, bakit kailangan pang idamay ang buhay ng mga inosenteng tao na walang ibang hinangad kundi ang mabuhay ng payapa? Hindi ba ito maidadaan sa mapayapang pag-uusap?

Hindi rin natin pwedeng gawing isyu ang relihiyon sapagkat sa pagkakaalam ko ay nagkakaisa ang doktrina ng bawat relihiyon na ang mundo ay ginawa ng Diyos para pamuhayan ng lahat ng nilalang. Kung ganoon ay dapat matuto tayong makipamuhay sa ating kapwa. Maaaring mayroon tayong mga pagkakaiba subalit hindi ito sapat na dahilan para tayo ay magkagulo at magpatayan.

Patuloy nating ipanalangin ang kapayapaan 'di lamang sa ating bansa kundi sa buong mundo. Ito na lamang marahil ang paraan upang maipaabot natin sa mga taong sangkot sa terorismo na "may bukas pa" at hindi dapat idaan sa dahas ang anumang pakikibakang kanilang isinusulong.

Isa lamang ako sa mga libu-libong taong nagnanais na magkaroon ng mapayapang buhay. Sana'y kaisa kita sa bagay na ito. Kung hindi ay muli kitang tatanungin, "tao ka ba o hayop?"

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Support Puerto Princesa Subterranean River to be one of the new Seven Wonders of Nature

Let us vote for the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River to be one of the "Seven Wonders of Nature." To vote, visit http://www.new7wonders.com/. We only have two days left to show our support to our beloved country. On July 7 midnight dateline, all voting will be on hold as the results of the second phase are calculated and verified. The top 77 nominees will be shown on the above website on 9 July, from which the New7Wonders of Nature Panel of Experts will advise on the choice of the 28 Official Finalists, to be announced on 21 July 2009 - the day that voting resumes in the Official New7Wonders of Nature, as chosen by over 1 billion votes and to be revealed in 2011.



The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is located about 50 km north of the city of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines. It features a limestone karst mountain landscape with an 8.2 km. navigable underground river. A distinguishing feature of the river is that it winds through a cave before flowing directly into the South China Sea. It includes major formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and several large chambers. The lower portion of the river is subject to tidal influences. The underground river is reputed to be the world's longest. At the mouth of the cave, a clear lagoon is framed by ancient trees growing right to the water's edge. Monkeys, large monitor lizards, and squirrels find their niche on the beach near the cave.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

The Dean's Listers from the Engineering and Technology Department

Congratulations to the following students from the Engineering and Technology Department who qualified for the Dean's List - Honors Category for the 2nd Semester School Year 2008-2009.

  • Ciriaco, Eliezer A. (BSIT 1) ----------------------- 90.97%
  • Munte, Jotanie C. (BSECE 1) -------------------- 89.85%
  • Ang, Keyfe Christian L. (BSCS 4) --------------- 89.67%
  • Lerio, Meliza C. (BSIT 2) --------------------------- 88.72%

NDKC students who have enrolled the required number of loads for a semester may qualify for any of the following:

  1. STAR HONORS: A student must have a General Weghted Average (GWA) of 93% or more with no grade below 90% in any subject.
  2. HIGH HONORS: A student must have a General Weghted Average (GWA) of 90% or more with no grade below 88% in any subject.
  3. HONORS: A student must have a General Weghted Average (GWA) of 87% or more with no grade below 85% in any subject.

Congratulations and keep up the good work!

Friday, July 3, 2009

The Honors Society of NDKC

The Notre Dame of Kidapawan College has now opened the selection for membership of the Honors Society with yours truly as the moderator. Mr. Santiago G. Angulo Jr, the Director of Student Affairs and Services told me that I can now start gathering all Dean's Listers of NDKC to be members of the said club.

I hope that the society will inspire students to be at their best so that they could also be part of this elite group of individuals.

The DSAS office will be giving the Honors Society a year of probationary status. Hopefully, after submitting the necessary requisites, regular / active status will be awarded to the club by School Year 2010-2011.

A big challenge awaits whoever will be elected officers of the society since they will be building the foundation of the organization.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Will the Philippines be great again?

"This nation will be great again", according to former First Lady Imelda R. Marcos, when she ran for Presidency many years ago. My father also told me that this was a very famous line from the speeches of the former President Ferdinand E. Marcos who ruled the Philippines for 20 long years.

I personally believe that our country could be great again. However, this will not happen overnight. Even the next President, if there will really be elections in 2010, would probably have difficulty in making this thought a reality. Others even think that life is hopeless and that they will just die living in a third world country.

Is our country already hopeless? Can the government help us survive in this very competitive world? Or we just have to face the reality of living alone and hoping for nothing from our government?

From the very beginning I have believed that we should never stop from hoping for what is best. Everything happen for a purpose. We can only change our country or even the world if we will start from ourselves. Our value orientation will for sure have a big impact. And so if all of us will change our value orientation then there will be a domino effect.

We are always faced with a question of what is the best solution to the problems of our country and I have come to realize that the best solution is "us Filipinos". If we will only love genuinely our country then we will do only things that would benefit the majority. Moreover, going back to basics just like paying our taxes promptly, following traffic rules, implementing properly the law, and by just being fair to our fellow countrymen, will really be a BIG help.

We should not wait for another problem to come our way. Let us all start changing our country by changing ourselves for the better. Hence, in the coming elections, let us all vote for whoever is the most deserving to lead us. He/she may not be the most intelligent candidate, the most charming, the richest, or the most famous, but he/she should be able to manage our country fairly.

Remember, there should be no room for mistake. If we will elect the wrong national leaders, then we will again suffer for the next six years of our lives. That is, if we are still alive.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Is Discrete Mathematics a useless subject?

What is Discrete Mathematics?

Discrete Mathematics is the part of mathematics devoted to the study of discrete objects. Here, discrete means consisting of distinct or unconnected elements.

Why study Discrete Mathematics?

There are several important reasons for studying discrete mathematics. First, through this course you can develop your mathematical maturity: that is, your ability to understand and create mathematical arguments. You will not get very far in your studies in the mathematical sciences without these skills.

Second, discrete mathematics is the gateway to more advanced courses in all parts of the mathematical sciences. Discrete mathematics provides the mathematical foundations for many computer science courses including data structures, algorithms, database theory, automata theory, formal languages, compiler theory, computer security, and operating systems.

Goals of a Discrete Mathematics Course

A discrete mathematics course has more than one purpose. Students should learn a particular set of mathematical facts and how to apply them; more importantly, such a course should teach students how to think logically and mathematically. A discrete mathematics course blends and balances these five themes.

  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Combinatorial Analysis
  • Discrete Structures
  • Algorithmic Thinking
  • Applications and Modeling

There are no useless subjects. Every subject offered in a college or a university has a purpose. Even the one-unit PGP subject offered by NDKC has a significance.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Oracle profit, sales beat the street

Profit margin hits record. Shares pop in after-hours trading.
Last Updated: June 23, 2009: 5:47 PM ET
CNNMoney.com

BOSTON (Reuters) -- Oracle Corp's quarterly earnings beat market expectations as profit margins hit a record high and software sales fell less than anticipated, sending its shares up 2.5%.

The No. 3 software maker said Tuesday that it gained share from SAP AG in the market for business management software, a sign it may be continuing to weather the economic downturn better than its main rival.

Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Holt said he believed Oracle (ORCL, Fortune 500) is also winning share in its database business, where it competes with International Business Corp. (IBM, Fortune 500) and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT, Fortune 500)

"If they are able to gain share through the downturn then they will have stronger customer relationships as the economy improves," Holt said.

Oracle had helped set analysts' forecasts in March, when executives warned that the recession and strong dollar would take a substantial bite out of profits.

Since then, the economy has stabilized and the U.S. currency has weakened, setting Oracle up to beat those conservative estimates.

New software sales, a closely watched revenue measure, fell 13 % to $2.7 billion in Oracle's fiscal fourth quarter ended May 31. Analysts were expecting them to decline about 18%.
Oracle reported profit, excluding items, of 46 cents per share, beating analysts' average forecast of 44 cents, according to Reuters Estimates.

"It's all about expectations. Everything looks good across the board," said Goldman Sachs analyst Sarah Friar.

Oracle, led by billionaire Larry Ellison, said its adjusted operating margin was 51%, up 2.4 percentage points from a year ago.

Its margin rose on an increase in revenue from its highly profitable software maintenance business. Its costs also benefited from the decline in new software sales, because the company paid less in commissions to its sales staff, whose bonus targets were set a year ago when the economy was in better shape.

Oracle reported that net income fell 7% to $1.9 billion, or 38 cents a share, from $2 billion, or 39 cents, a year earlier.

Shares in the Redwood City, Calif.-based company rose to $20.37 in extended trading. They had fallen 0.5 % to $19.87 on Nasdaq.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Remembering Maam May Santillan

About eleven years a ago, I met a teacher whom I admire the most because of her positive attitude towards life. She is Miss May A. Santillan, my professor in Data Structures and Algorithms, C Programming, and Artificial Intelligence.

I first noticed Maam May's goodness when I saw her one morning of June, 1998 at the College Canteen. She was so happy to meet all of her old friends because she just arrived in Kidapawan after finishing her Master of Science in Computer Science degree at the Ateneo De Manila University. I admire her speaking skills. Discussing about almost anything under the heat of the sun is effortless because she has a very good command of the English language.

I formally met her when I visited her office to inquire something about my schedule. She was very accommodating that you will feel very at home with her company. Maam May along with Maam Moling (Mrs Romula Oyao) encouraged and inspired me to perform well in my academics and extra-curricular involvement. And so I persevered and was able to finish college with flying colors.

Maam May is also a very good friend. She also shared with us some of her good and not so good experiences since childhood. I have also seen some of her former students coming back to NDKC to visit her. She treats every teacher and every student as part of her family. I personally have met her immediate family. I even call her mother as nanay and her siblings as ate and kuya. I feel that I have been a part of their family that is why I often visit Maam May at their residence in Crossing Mangga.

However, there are harsh realities of life that we have to face. Maam May passed away last January 2001, two months before we graduate. She is really a big lost to the Notre Dame of Kidapawan College. We did not only lose a very good teacher but a very dear friend as well.

Maam May is literally a big woman. But her heart is bigger than her size. NDKC has already moved on but her memories still live in our hearts.

I am dedicating the song "What Matters Most" to Maam May. It's her favorite song.

I love you Maam May and I miss you so much!

WHAT MATTERS MOST
Kenny Rankin

It's not how long we held each other's hand
What matters is how well we loved each other
It's not how far we travelled on our way
Of what we found to say
It's not the spring you see, but all the shades of green

It's not how long I held you in my arms
What matters is how sweet the years together
It's not how many summertimes we had to give to fall
The early morning smiles we tearfully recall
What matters most is that we loved at all.

It's not how many summertimes we had to give to fall
The early morning smiles we tearfully recall
What matters most is that we loved at all.

What is Influenza A(H1N1) Virus?

Influenza A (H1N1) is a new virus causing illness in people. This new virus was first detected in people in April 2009 in the United States. This virus is spreading from person-to –person, probably in much the same way that the regular seasonal influenza viruses spread.

Signs and Symptoms in Humans

  • Similar to the symptoms of regular flu such as fever, headache, fatigue, lack of appetite, runny nose, sore throat, and cough
  • Vomitting or nausea
  • Diarrhea

Mode of Transmission

Exposure to droplets from the cough and sneeze of the infected person. Influenza A (H1N1) is not transmitted by eating thoroughly cooked pork.

Prevention

  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing
  • Always wash hands with soap and water
  • Use alcohol- based hand sanitizers
  • Avoid close contact with sick people
  • Increase your body's resistance
  • Have at least 8 hours of sleep
  • Be physically active
  • Manage your stress
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Eat nutritious food

From http://www.doh.gov.ph/swine_flu

Saturday, June 13, 2009

URGENT HIRING! NDKC Needs a Full-Time CS/IT Faculty

The Notre Dame of Kidapawan College (NDKC) is in need of a full-time faculty to teach CS/IT subjects.
  • Graduate of an IT-related course preferrably BSCS/BSIT
  • Preferrably with Master's degree in Computer Science/Information Technology/Information Science/Information Management
  • We are also inviting exceptional fresh graduates and those with Master's degree units in CS/IT/IS/IM to apply provided that they are willing to finish their Graduate degree in a given span of time.
  • Can teach a wide-array of professional/major subjects in the BSCS/BSIT programs

Interested applicants are requested to come to the Notre Dame of Kidapawan College as soon as possible. Submit your application/resume to:

Bro. Manuel V. De Leon, FMS
President
Notre Dame of Kidapawan College
Kidapawan City

Thru:

Bro. Briccio J. Baynosa, FMS
OIC-President, NDKC

You may contact the College Dean - Dr. Gerardo Rigonan or the Associate Dean of the Engineering and Technology Department - Engr. Felix Suizo (09192948340).

Friday, June 12, 2009

Is President Arroyo the "Bagong Pag-asa Mayor (played by Albert Martinez) in Real Life?"

Last night's episode of "May Bukas Pa" showed that the Bagong Pag-asa Mayor, played by Albert Martinez, is taking advantage of a situation that has been thrown against him.

Is President Arroyo the Bagong Pag-asa Mayor in real life when she asked her allies from the House of Representatives to put CON-ASS on hold?

That question just popped in my mind after reading the news item below.

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Arroyo to House allies: Put con-ass on hold

GMANews.TV - Friday, June 12

MANILA, Philippines — A day after a massive protest rally against renewed efforts by administration lawmakers to rewrite the Philippine Constitution, a Cabinet official on Thursday said President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has asked her allies in Congress to put House Resolution 1109 on hold. Without saying that the massive rally affected the President’s decision, Finance Secretary Margarito Teves said in a press conference at Malaca┼łang that HR 1109, or the measure seeking to convene Congress into a constituent assembly, was among the bills that Mrs. Arroyo wanted to set aside to prioritize other measures that would provide more revenues to the country. Among the revenue enhancement measures were: the proposal of Quezon City Rep. Danilo Suarez to impose a five-centavo tax on telecommunication companies through metering, the rationalization of sin taxes on alcohol and cigarettes, and the Simplified Net Income Taxation Scheme (SNITS). On Wednesday, protesters from various political groups marched to Ayala Avenue in Makati to denounce what was perceived to be a ploy of the President’s allies in the House of Representatives to extend her term of office beyond June 2010.

Mrs. Arroyo's tumultuous nine years in office are scheduled to end with May 2010 elections, but her allies in the House of Representatives initiated moves last week to open the Constitution to amendments, leading her opponents to charge that term limits may be scrapped.

Philippine presidents can serve only one six-year term, but Arroyo has been able to serve an extra three years because she took over the term of former President Joseph Estrada in 2001 after he was toppled in a military-backed revolt for alleged corruption. She then won her own term in 2004.

Her spokesmen deny that she plans to stay beyond her mandate.

The opposition-dominated Senate has rejected calls for constitutional change at this time, but Speaker Prospero Nograles says lawmakers can propose amendments without the upper chamber, setting the stage for the case to be decided in the Supreme Court. - Aie Balagtas See, GMANews.TV

Organizational Culture and Execellence

I attended a lecture given by Bro. Briccio J. Baynosa, FMS, the OIC-President of the Notre Dame of Kidapawan College, about how we can achieve excellence through a commendable organizational culture. I got to realize that there is much to change in the culture of NDKC for it to really pursue University status in six years (Bro. Briccio's personal goal).

BusinessDictionary.com defines organizational culture as pervasive, deep, largely subconscious, and tacit code that gives the 'feel' of an organization and determines what is considered right or wrong, important or unimportant, workable or unworkable in it, and how it responds to the unexpected crises, jolts, and sudden change.

If you want to improve your organization then study the culture of that organization. There's a close relationship between culture and performance and so it implies that whatever culture an organization has will have a significant effect in its performance. It is the culture that yields the dividends although structures and processes are important in maintaining the organization.

Manifestations of Culture

  • Tacit Assumptions
  • Shared Values
  • Behavioral Norms
  • Stories and Ceremonies
  • Visual Manifestations

Culture and Worldview

Culture provides the paradigm that governs our perception and planned way of living. It patterns our perception of reality. A people's worldview is their "basic model of reality."

Worldview Components

  • Cognitive Dimension
  • Emotional Component
  • Motivational Dimension

Five Functions of Worldview

  • Explanation
  • Evaluation
  • Psychological Reinforcement
  • Integration
  • Adaptation

Correlates of Effective Culture tells us what to take into consideration for us to know if our organization is in the right track. The ten correlates of effective culture are as follows:

  • Vertical Team
  • Vision
  • Collegial Relationships
  • Trust and Support
  • Values and Interest
  • Access to Quality Information
  • Broad Participation
  • Life-long Growth
  • Individual Empowerment
  • Continuous and Sustained Innovation

Dimensions of Leadership Forces

  • Technical Leader
  • Human Leader
  • Educational Leader
  • Symbolic Leader
  • Cultural Leader

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Culmination of the Diamond Jubilee Celebration of Marist Presence in the Philippines

With the theme "Loving remembrance of the past... Joyful thanksgiving for the present... Daring commitment to the future", I was lucky to have joined the culmination of the Diamond Jubilee Celebration of Marist Presence in the Philippines held last Saturday, June 6, 2009 at the Notre Dame of Dadiangas University (NDDU), Gen. Santos City.

I learned that 60 years of existence of the Marist Brothers in our country has brought a lot of blessings to the people. I am happy to say that I am part of this 60 years when I entered as a college freshman in June, 1997 at the Notre Dame of Kidapawan College (NDKC), a Tertiary institution run by the brothers.

I'm with Bro. Damian (left), one of the first four Marist Brothers who came to the Philippines 60 years ago and Bro. Pop (right), the first and oldest Filipino Marist Brother, taken at the NDDU, Gen. Santos City

The Marist Mission in our country began when four American Marist Brothers went to the Philippines 60 years ago as a response to the invitation of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Out of the four pioneering brothers, only one is still alive in the person of Bro. Joseph Damian Teston, FMS whom I was able to meet during the said affair in NDDU. Some of the American Brothers who were also assigned to the Philippnes and are now based in the United States were also present during the celebration.

NDKC Moves Opening of Tertiary and Graduate School Classes to June 15, 2009

Dr. Gerardo A. Rigonan, the College Dean of the Notre Dame of Kidapawan College has issued a memorandum dated 9 June 2009 postponing the opening of classes from June 8, 2009 to June 15, 2009 in the College and Graduate School Levels. This is pursuant to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Memorandum dated 5 June 2009 signed by Chairman Emmanuel Y. Angeles.

The following were the reasons for the said postponement as stated in the CHED Memorandum:
  1. Many foreign students studying in the Philippines are still coming in, in time for the opening of classes. Some of them have come from countries where there are confirmed A(H1N1) cases, thus, the rescheduling of the class opening will give them time to self-quarantine;
  2. The inclement weather being experienced in the country now has caused street flooding, and traffic congestion which is not conducive for both the students and the higher education institutions relative to the opening of the school year; and
  3. It has been observed that most parents are not yet financially ready for the opening of classes for SY 2009-2010. This rescheduling will give them ample time to prepare and look for some other resources to enable them to send their children back to school.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Parvovirus: Serious Diarrhea in Puppies & Dogs

Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith

Canine parvovirus (CPV) disease is currently the most common infectious disorder of dogs in the United States.

'Parvo' is a highly contagious disease characterized by diarrhea that is often bloody. Prior to 1980, most canine parvovirus that caused disease was Type 2 (CPV-2). After 1980, CPV-2 was replaced by CPV-2a became more common and in 1986, another variation called CPV-2b appeared. In the past few years, a new strain, CPV-2c has been detected. Today, CPV-2b has largely replaced the previous strains as the most common parvovirus causing disease in the dog. There is currently some discussion that there may be other strains that are beginning to emerge and have yet to be formally identified. Current vaccinations have helped to control the spread of this disease but despite being vaccinated, some dogs still contract and die from parvo. There is much that we do not know about the virus or the best way to control the disease, but we are learning new information daily. Misinformation about the disease, its spread, and vaccination is widespread. We hope that with a better understanding of the disease, pet owners will be able to make good health decisions for their dogs that will help prevent and reduce the spread of this disease.

How is parvovirus spread?

Parvovirus is spread through contact with feces containing the virus. The virus is known to survive on inanimate objects - such as clothing, food pans, and cage floors - for 5 months and longer in the right conditions. Insects and rodents may also serve as vectors playing an important role in the transmission of the disease. This means any fecal material or vomit needs to be removed with a detergent before the bleach solution is used. The bleach solution should be used on bedding, dishes, kennel floors and other impervious materials that may be contaminated.

The normal incubation period (time from exposure to the virus to the time when signs of disease appear) is from 7-14 days. Virus can be found in the feces several days before clinical signs of disease appear, and may last for one to two weeks after the onset of the disease.

What are the symptoms of parvovirus infection?

There is a broad range in the severity of symptoms shown by dogs that are infected with parvovirus. Many adult dogs exposed to the virus show very few, if any, symptoms. The majority of cases of disease are seen in dogs less than 6 months of age with the most severe cases seen in puppies younger than 12 weeks of age. There are also significant differences in response to parvovirus infections and vaccines among different breeds of dogs, with Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, and Labrador Retrievers being more susceptible than other breeds.

The most common form of the disease is the intestinal form known as enteritis. Parvovirus enteritis is characterized by vomiting (often severe), diarrhea, dehydration, dark or bloody feces, and in severe cases, fever and lowered white blood cell counts. Acute parvovirus enteritis can be seen in dogs of any breed, sex, or age. The disease will progress very rapidly and death can occur as early as two days after the onset of the disease. The presence of gram negative bacteria, parasites, or other viruses can worsen the severity of the disease and slow recovery.

A less common form of the disease causes myocarditis (inflammation of the heart).

How is parvovirus infection diagnosed?

Not all cases of bloody diarrhea with or without vomiting are caused by parvovirus and many sick puppies are misdiagnosed as having 'parvo.' The only way to know if a dog has parvovirus is through a positive diagnostic test. In addition to the more time consuming and expensive traditional testing of the blood for titers, a simpler test of the feces with an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay antigen test (ELISA), commonly called the CITE test, is also available through most veterinary clinics. Testing of all suspect cases of parvo is the only way to correctly diagnose and treat this disease. A complete physical exam and additional laboratory tests such as a CBC and chemistry panel help to determine the severity of the disease.

How is parvovirus disease treated?

The treatment of parvovirus is fairly straightforward and directed at supportive therapy. Replacing fluids lost through vomiting and diarrhea is probably the single most important treatment. Intravenous administration of a balanced electrolyte solution is preferred, but in less severe cases, subcutaneous or oral fluids may be used. In severe cases, blood transfusions may be necessary. Antibiotic therapy is usually given to help control secondary bacterial infections. In those dogs who have severe symptoms, antiserum against endotoxins may be given. Corticosteroids may be given if the animal is in shock. In cases of severe vomiting, drugs to slow the vomiting may also be used. After the intestinal symptoms begin to subside, a broad spectrum de-worming agent is often used. Restricting the food during periods of vomiting is also necessary and parenternal nutrition (providing nutrients intravenously) may be necessary.

Undertaking the treatment of affected dogs and puppies without professional veterinary care is very difficult. Even with the best available care, the mortality of severely infected animals is high. Without the correct amount of properly balanced intravenous fluids, the chance of recovery in a severely stricken animal is very small.

All parvoviruses are extremely stable and are resistant to adverse environmental influences such as low pH and high heat. Exposure to ultraviolet light and sodium hypochlorite (a 1:32 dilution of household bleach - ½ cup bleach to 1 gallon of water) can inactivate parvovirus. The bleach solution can be impaired by organic matter and needs to have adequate exposure time and proper concentrations to work effectively.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

I Just Rushed My Dog to the Vet Clinic

I was in school few hours ago when my mother called me informing me that "Meepo", my male pet dog just died. She told me that I should come home if I would like to see Meepo before he will be buried. And so I left my laptop open and at once went home.

I saw my dog in the cage still breathing. I contacted Dr. Salvatierra and I was advised to bring Meepo to the clinic. He told me that based on his observation, Meepo might have been poisoned or probably has accidentally eaten a poisonous food or drink. The veterinarian is not also setting aside the possibility that Meepo was hit by parvo virus since his anti-parvo vaccine has already expired.

Dr. Josef told me that Meepo should be confined. What else can I do? I just have to follow with what the doctor had said because I still want my dog to recover. The doctor had difficulty in putting the dog's dextrose. According to him, Meepo's vein has already collapsed but after about ten minutes, he was able to hit the right vein.

I hope and pray that Meepo will be fine tomorrow. I really love my dog.

Happy Birthday Bro. Ted and I am So Sorry!

I woke up so early yesterday at 4:00am so that I can come to school at 4:30am for the traditional "manyanita" in honor of our birthday celebrant Bro. Ted. It was my first time to participate in that kind of tradition wherein we serenaded our dear Brother.

May 25, 2009 is a very special day because Bro. Ted is celebrating his 62nd birthday. He is so blessed to reach that age knowing that Filipino life expectancy slowly deteriorates. I cannot even imagine myself reaching 62 if I will not change my lifestyle specially my eating habits.

After the "manyanita", at 6:00am, I decided to stay in school. I surfed the net while waiting for the 8:30 am mass. The mass was attended by NDKC employees and few alumni. It was presided by Rev. Fr. Allan Sasi, DCK who was also a former RE instructor of NDKC.

The mass was followed by a program. I was the master of ceremony but I have to say that it was the worst program I have ever attended. I was the "master" of ceremony but I really did not know what to do. I am sorry to give this remark. I also have my faults but honestly I was emceeing in the dark. Someone else knows the program more than me and I was not given a clear instruction. I even didn't know that Bro. Ted will be delivering his message.

I was really frustrated because I personally believe that Bro. Ted deserves the best birthday program considering that he will already be leaving NDKC as President.

I learned a lot from that experience. As an "emcee" I should have exerted efforts in knowing ahead of time what really will happen in the program considering that NO program invitation was printed yesterday. I was told that it will be a "spontaneous program" but spontaneity doesn't mean you don't have to print or to be particular with the details of the program.

I am also to be blamed for letting my self be in that situation or for letting that situation happen. Sorry if yesterday I left shortly after the lunch. What I have posted here is just half of what I have experienced yesterday.

Belated Happy Birthday Bro. Ted and I am so sorry. Thank you for the three fruitful years you have shared with us as a President and as a Brother. I have to admit I did not reach your expectations in my tenure as a former Alumni Coordinator but I still would like to thank you for the trust and confidence you have given me.

We will all miss you Bro. Ted!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Let Us Help Stop Global Warming

Join the 1,289,591 supporters of the Stop Global Warming Virtual March, and become part of the movement to demand our leaders freeze and reduce carbon dioxide emissions now. We are all contributors to global warming and we all need to be part of the solution.

The Stop Global Warming Virtual March is a non-political effort to declare that global warming is here now and it’s time to act.This is a movement about change, as individuals, as a country, and as a global community.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Congratulations to the Newly Professed Marist Brothers!

I just arrived this afternoon at 4:30 from Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao together with some members of the Faculty of Notre Dame of Kidapawan College. I attended the First Profession as Marist Brothers of Bro. Leonel Roy S. Arpon, FMS of Archdiocese of Cotabato, Bro. Nelson L. Beltran, FMS of Archdiocese of Zamboanga, and Bro. Nolasco O. Gavilan III, FMS also of the Archdiocese of Cotabato.


Bro. Roy, FMS was assigned in NDKC for his exposure as a Novice.

The ceremony held at the De Mazenod Auditorium of Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto was very simple yet so meaningful. After long years of formation in the Aspirancy House at Gen. Santos City and in the Novitiate House at Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao, the three brothers will now be entering a very challenging point in their lives as Marist Brothers.
Rev. Fr. Eduardo Santoyo, OMI was the main presider of the mass while Bro. Manuel V. De Leon, FMS, Provincial Superior of the Marist East Asia Province led the Rite of Profession.

It was like attending a wedding because at the Processional of the Eucharistic Celebration, the three Brothers were accompanied by their parents. In the said event, they vowed to live a simple, chaste and celibate life. Like a groom to his bride, they promised to serve the Church as St. Marcellin Champagnat, founder of the Marist Brothers, did.

The occasion was graced with the presence of the Brothers and Lay People coming from the different Marist communities in the Philippines such as Jolo, Buda, Koronadal, Marikina, Gen. Santos, Cotabato, and Kidapawan City. The Ad Gentes Brothers coming from Malaysia, Italy, Argentina, and Spain were also present. It was also attended by different religious people from various congregations.

After the mass, we all went to the Dining Hall for the reception. We enjoyed the food prepared by the Oblates of Notre Dame (OND) Sisters. It was also a time to celebrate the Golden Anniversary of the Marist Novitiate in the Philippines. During the program, Bro. Manuel, FMS and Bro. Rustico, FMS unveiled the schematic diagram of the Novitiate and the logo of its 5oth Anniversary.

Here are some other pictures taken from the said event.


I'm with Bro. Fernando Armendez, FMS, the oldest Filipino Marist Brother who was trained in New York, USA.


I met Bro. Paul, NFMS, a Korean novice who was one of the busiest persons in charge during the Celebration. This happens to be my first picture with a Korean National.

This is the logo of the Golden Annivesary Celebration of the Marist Novitiate in the Philippines.


At the Reception Hall, Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto, Tamontaka, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao

At the Parking Area of Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto

Friday, May 22, 2009

Am I Really a Sanguine?

I took a personilty test in the Guidance and Testing Center of the Notre Dame of Kidapawan College and found out that I have a Sanguine Personality.

I surfed the net to know more about what a Sanguine person is and found out a lot of new things about me.


THE SANGUINE PERSONALITY TYPE


Personality Strengths of the Sanguine

  • Light hearted
  • Fun
  • A people person
  • Loves to extend hospitality
  • A peace maker
  • Enjoys children
  • Spontaneous Personality

Weaknesses of the Sanguine

  • Scatter brained
  • Impulsive
  • Doesn’t finish what they start
  • May avoid facing problems
  • Takes on more than they have time for

The Sanguine is the life of the party. Truth be told, they would love life to be one big party, complete with decorations and games! They are fun people. They can come up with something fun to do at the drop of a hat.

Source: http://womenbygrace.com/christian-life/sanguine-personality-type/

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Jun Limpot: My Long Time Basketball Idol

I started watching the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) in 1994. I was a second year high school student then. It was only because I admire a tall, athletic and a superb player who is a gentleman and a very good person as well.

Zandro "Jun" Limpot. . . my long time basketball idol is married to an Escudero! She is truly a "lucky" lady for being Zandro's better half.

Limpot is a Cebuano-speaking athlete who hails from Surigao. Originally a tennis player, he decided to play basketball after the urging of his uncle, the late Governor Jose Sering.

He started his basketball career as key player of the De La Salle University Green Archers, later on played for four years with the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) where he won an MVP award, and eventually became part of the PBA.



He was in the Sta. Lucia Realtors wearing jersey number 72 when I began following his career. Towering at 6 feet 5 inches tall, he and Dennis Espino was known as the Twin Towers of Sta. Lucia but Limpot is also known as "The Main Man". He never experienced playing and winning a PBA championship match. It was only when he moved to Ginebra wearing jersey number 9 he had a taste of being a PBA champion. Limpot, being a very talented player, also became part of the Philippine Basketball Team who competed in the Asian Games.

Through my high school years I keep on collecting Scoreboard magazines to see updates about my idol. I even used some of his magazine pictures as cover of my notebooks. Sounds a bit of an obsession, isn't it?

I stopped following his career when I transferred to Kidapawan. Why? I honestly do not know. But I still find time to read news items about him.

With the presence of the new breeds of PBA players including a large number of Fil-Ams, I still consider Zandro Limpot as one of the best basketball players the PBA has ever produced. And so I am very proud to be one of his avid fans who up to now never stop admiring him.


JUN LIMPOT and some PBA LEGENDS visit KIDAPAWAN CITY


After 15 long years, at last I have seen my idol in person. Last night, I went to the Kidapawan City Gymnasium to witness the basketball match between the PBA Legends versus the Catamco Dream Team of North Cotabato.

I availed the Php 250.00 ticket so that I can have a courtside view of my idol Zandro "Jun" Limpot who still looks like a college student.

That experience renewed my admirations towards Jun Limpot. He may not be as good as he was during his younger years but still he displayed his excellent skills as a player.

I wish and pray that I could still see Jun Limpot in person play in a real PBA match.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Welcome to NDKC Bro. Manuel V. De Leon, FMS

TEN-POINT AGENDA FOR NDKC
By Bro. Manuel V. De Leon, FMS
The New NDKC President
(Presented during the Turn-Over Ceremony last May 18, 2009 at NDKC-SMC Student Center)
  1. What is Education? - More Education is More Wisdom. It means to say that education is supposed to produce, preserve and promote wisdom towards fullness of life.
  2. What is Wisdom? - It is to view the world through the eyes of God. It is important to discern, contemplate and obey His will.
  3. What is the role of the Catholic School? - It is to spread the Good News. The Good News is the Word of God. The Good News are the Gospel Values of faith, hope, and love.
  4. What are the Marist Characteristics? - As Marists, we have some distinctive marks, namely: Simplicity (i.e genuine relationship, not complicated), Presence (i.e pedagogy of good examples), Family Spirit (i.e welcoming, supportive, challenging), Love of Work (i.e one becomes co-creator of God), and Mary's Way (i.e Mary at the crib, cross and the altar)
  5. What is Marist Education? - Marist Education is integral education or towards the development of the total person. The total development of the person includes his physical, social, emotional, intellectual, cultural and spiritual aspects.
  6. What are the main functions of Tertiary Education? - Tertiary Education is supposed to promote research, quality instruction and community involvement. Thus, it is important that NDKC should be known for the quality of researches, instruction and community involvement. In other words, every program must integrate these three components.
  7. What is my leadership style? - I believe in empowering people. Empowerment can only happen when there is high level of trust in the goodness of people who can work together as a team. I am a believer of dialogue or consensus building. I am action and result oriented. As a team, we need to share both the success and failure of the endeavor.
  8. What is a system approach? - We need to put up a system in order to make our values, content, resources, technology, and structures achieve our desired goals to the maximum. Most of the failures are caused by the failure in the system.
  9. What is the importance of financial viability? - High morale in the organization is a function of a good financial management. We will manage our financial resources and temporal goods as good stewards. We will strive to keep our balance sheet in good health. Otherwise, we will end up poorer than the poor we want to serve. Our philosophy in managing our resources will be based on stewardship, sustainability and equity.
  10. Ours is a Journey - Kairos is in God's time. We are all pilgrims here on earth. We are on our way to Holiness. Our actions or inactions contribute to our Wholeness. Let our actions be a product of contemplation. Actions without contemplation are shallow and lacking in wisdom. We are all participants in this journey. No one is a bystander, an audience or mere spectator. Let us make our community expandable. We reach out to the universe by making our "Circle of Influence" wider and bigger. But we cannot give what we don't have. It is therefore imperative for us to build a community "inside out". The best way to gauge our success is when we adhere to the three pillars integrity, excellence and service.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

My Second Home... The Notre Dame of Kidapawan College

There are lots of BEST schools in the Philippines and in other countries. Why? Simple. . . it's because a lot of people believe that their alma mater is the best!



I won't say that the Notre Dame of Kidapawan College (NDKC), my dear Alma Mater, is the number one school in the Philippines but I must say I am proud to be a Notre Damean because NDKC, through its holistic approach, has taught me to face this very challenging life.

Listen to the testimonies of successful graduates in the radio and we can also say that we are at par with the top universities of our country.

NDKC continues to grow as it fulfills its vow of educating the young the Marist way.

And so I invite you to consider NDKC for your college education.
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Baccalaureate Degrees
  1. Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS)
  2. Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT)
  3. Bachelor of Science in Information System (BSIS)
  4. Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE)
  5. Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communication Engineering (BSECE)
  6. Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  7. Bachelor of Science in Accountancy (BSA)
  8. Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA / BSC) with majors in Marketing Management, Financial Management, and Human Resource Development Management
  9. Bachelor in Elementary Education (BEED)
  10. Bachelor in Secondary Education (BSED) with majors in Biology, English, MAPEH, Filipino, and Mathematics
  11. Bachelor of Arts with majors in Economics, English, Mass Communication, and Political Science

Graduate Degrees

  1. Master of Arts in Mathematics
  2. Master of Arts in English

Graduate School Extension of Notre Dame of Dadiangas University (NDDU)

  1. Master in Nursing
  2. Master of Arts in Engineering Education
  3. Master in Public Administration
  4. Master in Business Administration
  5. Master of Arts in Education
  6. Ph.D in Education
  7. Ph.D in Language Education
  8. Ph.D in Science Education major in Biology

Monday, May 18, 2009

Grades in IT 231 (Summer 2009) -- Everyone PASSED!

Congratulations to the following students who passed the IT 231 subject. Only the code names will be disclosed except for Jake Constantino whose code name I forgot to get. Anyway, there’s nothing to be ashamed of because he is the topnotcher. =)

The first two grades specified below are your midterm and final term grades, respectively.

  1. Constantino, Jake O. (84, 94, Final Grade: 89)
  2. XJ (89, 87, Final Grade: 88)
  3. Betsy (83, 85, Final Grade: 84)
  4. Vlad (79, 87, Final Grade: 83)
  5. Blessed (83, 81, Final Grade: 82)
  6. Fat Boy (77, 84, Final Grade: 81)
  7. Boom (78, 83, Final Grade: 81)
  8. imBlue_15 (80, 80, Final Grade: 80)
  9. fugitive (72, 83, Final Grade: 78)
  10. Jimboy (68, 85, Final Grade: 77)
  11. Pacman (74, 78, Final Grade: 76)
  12. Seminar (71, 79, Final Grade: 75)
  13. humana_ang_finals (69, 80, Final Grade: 75)
  14. CodeX (72, 77, Final Grade: 75)
  15. Blue Bay (73, 77, Final Grade: 75)


The following students failed BUT I decided to give them a passing grade of 75%.

  1. Mr. D (70, 77, Final Grade: 74)
  2. Pink Lover (72, 74, Final Grade: 73)
  3. Sword of Union (71, 74, Final Grade: 73)
  4. Naruto (75, 73, Final Grade: 74)

For clarification, you may see me in person or just email me.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Ciriaco tops Programming Class

Eliezer Ciriaco, a promising first year BS in Information Technology student, once again topped the Programming Class for the Second Semester School Year 2008-2009.

This time, he led the CS/IT 121 - Computer Programming Class of the Notre Dame of Kidapawan College. He was a consistent topnotcher in all terms giving him a 95% final grade in the said subject.

Congratulations!


Name: CIRIACO, Eliezer A.
Course/Year: BSIT - 1

High School Graduate of Kidapawan City National High School (Science Curriculum Class)

Performance in IT 121 - Computer Programming 2

First Trinal

  • AQR / Lab Exers. - 48
  • Examination - 45
  • Raw Score - 93
  • Grade - 93

Second Trinal

  • AQR / Lab Exers. - 50
  • Examination - 43
  • Raw Score - 93
  • Grade - 93

Third Trinal

  • AQR / Lab Exers. - 50
  • Examination - 48
  • Raw Score - 98
  • Grade - 98

FINAL GRADE: 95%

Friday, May 15, 2009

What's behind number 12?

The question may not be that catchy but I hope you will enjoy reading this simple post of mine.

I just realized that I have already spent twelve tough years with the Notre Dame of Kidapawan College. Tough but still worth remembering. I believe that this institution had taught me a lot in facing the realities of life and for the next few years I still expect to grow as a better person.

I arrive in Kidapawan last April 26, 1997 together with my parents and brother. My father decided we should transfer to this humble place because he believe that the simple life Kidapawan could offer will make it easier for us to survive.

I have to admit, I never dreamed of studying here in NDKC or anywhere in Mindanao. Modesty aside, I felt that I deserve a better school because I graduated with flying colors at Holy Child Catholic School in Manila. I even inquired for student assistantship in De La Salle University and Adamson University. However, I had no choice. My parents wanted me to go with them to Kidapawan and gave me three options: to study in CMC, NORCIT (now CdK) or NDKC. And so I chose NDKC being the "most famous" of the three.

I thought I was entering a mini forest the first time I entered NDKC. I was just not used to a campus with so many trees. I visited the Guidance Office and inquired about the curricular offerings. I enrolled in the BS Computer Science program because at that time there's no Mass Communications program in NDKC.

My little knowledge of the Cebuano dialect made it difficult for me to communicate with some of my classmates, not to mention two of my former teachers who keeps on code switching but mostly using the local dialect as medium of instruction. But this difficulty did not hinder me to make my stay in this Marist institution a fruitful one. After few months, I learned the dialect and up to now the learning process continues.

NDKC gave me a lot of opportunities in college. I am happy to say that I performed well academically. I was also chosen as representative to some competitions in the region such as NDEA Academic Contest 1998 (2nd r-up), NDKC-NDMC Debate (Best Speaker), NDKC-NDMC Academic Challenge (Winner), YCSC-National Oratorical Contest (Champion), Statistics Quiz (4th I think) and Regional Super Quiz Bee (just 5th). Thank God I won in most of these contests.
Thank you also to the chance given to me as delegate to various significant gatherings such as the Mindanao Youth Congress in Davao City and the YCSC National Evaluation Seminar held at Teacher's Camp, Baguio City.

I also discovered that I can be a good leader when I was chosen as the Governor of the Computer-Information Department, Vice President of the Youth Community Service Club (YCSC) Kidapawan-Arakan-Mlang Council, and News Editor of The Almagan, then NDKC's student publication.


I have to say that the best experience was given to me by YCSC. Not only I was able to go to Baguio but also I was able to join a Six-week Immersion Program dubbed as Barrio Rehabilitation Program at Sitio Palusok, Brgy. Meohao, Kidapawan City. Together with other active members of the club, I experienced living in a remote barrio where we conducted various programs in coordination with the Students Assistance Committee for Community Development (SAC-CD), NDKC Community Extension Services (CES) and the Provincial Social Welfare and Development (PSWD).


I finished college in 2001 and received some recognitions. I bring back all of these to the Lord Almighty. Barely two months after, I was hired as a full-time faculty member. In 2004, I became a tenured faculty and was elected as President of the College Faculty Club. A year later I was appointed as Coordinator of Student Affairs, a position I handled for three years.

At present, I belong to the Engineering and Technology Department of Notre Dame of Kidapawan College. I am also on my second and hopefully last year as President of the NDKC Faculty-Employees Association (NDKC-FEA). I am still part of the Youth Community Service Club as Moderator. I am also gald to be part of the Champagnat Movement of the Marist Family.

I sincerely thank God for these twelve years and hope that I will still grow as NDKC continues to grow.

I may not be a perfect teacher. . . not a perfect officer. . . not a perfect son or kuya. . . I may not be a perfect person. . . but I hope and pray that the Lord will still bless me, my students, my co-teachers, my friends, and most specially my family.