Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Meeting the Marist Ad Gentes

I am blessed to have met a batch of Marist Ad Gentes from different parts of the world who are here in the Philippines to undergo formation for their upcoming missionary work in one of six identified Asian countries with a very few number of Catholic Christians.

Three of these Marist Ad Gentes stayed with the Kidapawan community for their family orientation from June 1-11, 2010: Rosana Alves da Silva of Brazil, Bro. Juan Gustavo Gil, FMS and Bro. Jose Descarga, FMS both from Spain.

During these days, they experienced life in Kidapawan and stayed with their foster families: Gabo, Yecyec, and Binoya Families.

A farewell and send-off program was held last June 11, 2010 at the St. Marcellin Student Center of Notre Dame of Kidapawan College where both the Ad Gentes and their respective foster families shared experiences and exchanged messages of thanks for the blessings of each one during this more than a week of experience.

The said gathering was also graced by the presence of the Ad Gentes who stayed with the Koronadal community for their family orientation: Abel and Cristina, a couple from South Korea and Manuel of Mexico. A fellowship dinner and party where the visitors were given an experience of local foods and the exotic fruit durian ended the celebration.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

CS 113/IT 113: Computer Programming 1

Course Description

This course introduces the students to the fundamentals of logic formulation together with their implementation in the C programming language.

General Objectives

  1. Introduce C programming language to the students as a problem solving tool.
  2. Solve problems using an effective algorithm.
  3. Familiarize programming techniques translatable in other programming languages.

Credits: 4 units
Prerequisite: none
Course Requirement: Solutions to Laboratory Exercises
Laboratory Activity Sheets

Major Topics

  • Introduction to Computers
  • Programming Fundamentals
  • Control Structures
  • Functions and Structured Programming
  • Arrays
  • Pointers
  • Characters and String
  • C Structures
  • C File Processing

Grading System

  • Assignments (10%)
  • Quizzes (15%)
  • Laboratory Exercises (15%)
  • Participation (10%)
  • Examination (50%)


  1. C How to Program By Deitel and Deitel
  2. Turbo C/C++ The Complete Reference by Herbert Schildt
  3. http://www.cprogramming.com/tutorial.htm

Class Policy


  • You are only allowed five absences for a 4-unit subject. If you go beyond the limit, you will be dropped from the class before the 2nd trinal or will get a failing mark during the 3rd trinal.
  • Fifteen minutes late and beyond will be considered absent. Three cases of tardiness are already considered an absence.
  • Students are responsible to contact the instructor ASAP if there are Institutional Acceptable reasons (e.g. Illness etc.).

Note: Please review what is stipulated in your Student’s Handbook regarding Class Attendance

Submission of Works

  • You are reminded to submit your requirements on time. Points will be deducted for late submission of requirements.
  • Laboratory Exercises, Quizzes, and Seatworks should be finished on time.

For other Academic Rules and Regulations, you are encouraged to read your Student’s Handbook.


Thursday, March 25, 2010

My Closing Remarks - Retirement Program 2010

Borrowing the words of a famous author. . . "Age is only a number, a cipher for the records. A man can't retire his experience. He must use it." (Bernard Baruch)
Bro. Briccio J. Baynosa, FMS (The NDKC OIC-President), Bro. Noel T. Fernandez, FMS (The IBED Principal), Marist Brothers, Administrators, Faculty, Staff, our Honorees: Miss Nilda Tan, Mrs. Norma Aleman, and Mrs. Gavina S. Dua
A pleasant evening to all of you!
We have a lot of reasons to be thankful to God. This is because of our dear honorees who have spent more or less one half of their lives in the service of Marist education in this part of the country.
We thank the Lord for giving us Maam Norma, Maam Nilda, and Maam Gavina. Words are not enough to describe how we really appreciate your gift of presence.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the people behind this event - the members of the Committee on Institutional Activities or the CIA headed by the Director of Student Affairs and Services, Mr. Santiago Angulo, Jr.
To end, I will be giving a check to each of our honorees. This is a retirement love gift from all the members of the Faculty-Employees Association (FEA) of the Notre Dame of Kidapawan College.
Thank you very much and good evening.
---Rico E. Nonles (NDKC-FEA President), delivered during the Retirement Program last March 24, 2010 at the NDKC Gymnasium---

Monday, March 15, 2010

NDKC, hailed as the Regional IT Quiz Bowl Champion

After consistently leading in all three rounds and getting a perfect score in the difficult round, the Notre Dame of Kidapawan College (NDKC) emerged as the 1st Regional IT Quiz Bowl Champion held during the 1st Philippine Society of Information Technology Students (PSITS) Regional Convention at Notre Dame University, Cotabato City, last March 12, 2010.

John Michael Sabnal and Meliza Lerio, both third year BS in Information Technology students, represented NDKC in the said event.

John Michael Sabnal and Meliza Lerio with Coach Rico (that's me)

The complete results of the said competition are as follows.

  • CHAMPION - Notre Dame of Kidapawan College, Kidapawan City
  • 1st runner-up - Notre Dame University, Cotabato City
  • 2nd runner-up - Notre Dame of Midsayap College, Midsayap, Cotabato
  • 3rd runner-up - Notre Dame of Tacurong College, Tacurong City
  • 4th runner-up - Sultan Kudarat State University, Isulan, Sultan Kudarat

The said convention was participated by eight IT schools coming from region 12.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Result of my Graduate Level Test

I took the Graduate Level Test at the University of Southern Mindanao (USM), Kabacan, North Cotabato. I only got the results last month and was happy with it. I ranked 2nd over-all in the batch of Masters and PhD students who took the same examination last August 9, 2008.


Center for Educational Measurement, Inc.
Graduate Level Test
Examinee Report
Student No.: 0501912
School: University of Southern Mindanao
Date of Testing: 08/09/2008
Standard Score
  • Verbal (V) -- 582
  • Quantitative (Q) -- 675
  • Inductive Reasoning (IR) -- 650

General Aptitude Score (GAS)

  • Standard Score -- 673 -- Excellent (E)
  • Percentile Rank -- 96

What your GLT Score Mean

The Graduate Level Test or GLT is designed to measure aptitudes which are deemed necessary for graduate study.

The GLT yields the following scores: Verbal (V), Quantitative (Q), Inductive Reasoning (IR), and General Aptitude Score (GAS). V, Q, and IR have a common standard score scale which makes possible the comparison of an examinee's performance across the three subtests as well as comparison with the performance of the other examinees.

GAS is the composite score based on the V, Q, and IR scores. It has a unique standard score scale with an equivalent percentile rank scale. These scores make possible comparison of your performance with the other examinees. For example, if your GLT GAS standard score is 584, which has a percentile rank equivalent of 80, this means that your score is comparable to that of the upper 20 percent of the norm group, or that your performance on the GLT is higher than that of 80 percent of the norm group.

The standard scores may be converted into quality index (QI) scores using the conversion table below:

Score Range QI
200-318 Very Poor (VP)
319-374 Inferior (I)
375-424 Below Average (BA)
425-473 Low Average (LA)
474-524 Average (A)
525-572 High Average (HA)
573-620 Above Average (AA)
621-669 Superior (S)
670-800 Excellent (E)