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DLL supports Iluko forum and ASHEL Festival

By: Brett Andrew Rikke P. Bungcayao


    The Department of Language of and Literature (DLL) of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) comes full force in supporting the simultaneous conducted events such as the Ilokano Nation in the Community of Nations at the University Function Hall and the 5th Association of Students in Humanities, English and Literature (ASHEL) Festival at the University Training Center (UTC) last March 3.

      DLL showed their support to student development by attending both events.

   ASHEL’s 5th Festival with the theme: Appreciating Cultural Diversity through the English Language and the Arts became an avenue for high school students to expose their artistic, literary and speaking prowess in the different contested activities aimed to support and promote the English Language. The different contested include extemporaneous speaking, poetry and love-letter writing, on-the-spot-painting, charcoal rendering and poster-slogan making.

    The festival was participated by 6 high school institutions and among them were the Igama Colleges Foundation Incorporated (Badoc) and the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) Laboratory High school (Batac) who both copped the most number of wins in the different competitions.

     ASHEL invited Sheryl Lopez Gagala, a freelance artist as their guest speaker. She gamely presented her masterpieces mostly using the materials oil pastel, acrylic paint and charcoal. In her lecture she said that art is not an innate gift, but it is enhanced and developed, “Don’t be afraid to take arts class and even if you’re too old, it’s never too late to discover and love art.”

    Gagala managed to give a demo of her painting and sketching skills done within minutes before the awarding ceremonies commenced in the afternoon. She donated her painting to be displayed in CAS.

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The painting Ms. Sheryl Lopez Gagala gave to the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) during her painting demonstration at the 5th ASHEL Festival.

    Meanwhile, Dr. Marlina L. Lino of DLL organized the Lecture forum featuring Dr. Aurelio Solver Agcaoili, a Hawaii-based coordinator of the Ilokano language and Literature program spearheaded the symposium.

   In his talk, Agcaoili points out that Filipinos have allowed public policy to become an instrument of subjugation, “We succumb to the seduction of that idea that for us to become a nation, we should be only speaking one language we call as the Tagalog Language which is the national language which is wrong.”

   Furthermore he argues that the bilingual education is the most “idiotic” public policies of the country, “the concept in the United States (US) is scholars use the mother tongue amongst Spanish-speaking people in order to progress to another language. The Filipino scholars who came back didn’t understand the philosophy of bilingual education in the US and it is adapted wrongly.”

Dr. Auerlio Agcaoili enthusiastically sign copies of his books.

     The symposium ended with a book signing on his book “Gramatika ti Kontemporaneo nga Ilokano” wherein students who had copies got an autograph and a photo opportunity with the guest speaker. He also promoted his newest book Signos which is an anthology of poems.


Y2C, Cinemalaya advocates for environmental protection with “Lakbay 2 Love”

By: Brett Andrew Rikke P. Bungcayao

The Young Communicators’ Circle (Y2C) together with the different students from different colleges showing their love for the environment as Cinemalaya Director Ellen Ongkeko Marfil showcases her indie-movie, “Lakbay 2 Love.”

     The Young Communicators Circle (Y2C) of Mariano Marcos State University in collaboration with Cinemalaya inspires participants to protect the environment and advocate in fighting against climate change through the movie “Lakbay 2 Love” which was launched at the Teatro Ilocandia last March 2 during the second day of the YouCoMmand Congress.

     ‘Lakbay 2 Love” is the very first bike indie film aired in the Philippines and it’s produced by Erasto Films and Cinemalaya. The movie is top billed by GMA stars, Dennis Trillo and Solenn Heussaff-Bolzico. The film is directed by Ellen Ongkeko Marfil and it was originally released last January 29.

Lakbay 2 Love is the first ever bike indie film in the Philippines starring Solenn Heussaff, Dennis Trillo and Kit Thompson.

     The cum-laude film graduate from the University of the Philippines and former mainstream director shared to the participants her accomplishments, her experiences doing the movie as well as encouraging aspiring filmmakers to never give up on their dreams. In her speech, she confesses that tit took her 7 months to shoot the movie, “Solenn (Heussaff) actually had a lighter schedule, and I got to spend more time with her, it was Dennis (Trillo) who had a tight schedule. Within the 7 months, I only had 16 shooting days.”

     Karen Kay Salutan a member of the staff and production of the movie also gave a lecture tackling the history of Philippine Cinema. The Film graduate gives emphasis to the growth of technology and how it molded the indie filmmaking industry. “With the presence of DSLRs and numerous editing softwares, it is easier to make indie films because of digitalization,” she says in her lecture.

     The highlight of the event was the film viewing, wherein “Lakbay 2 Love’s” relatability and portrayal of natural circumstances in life and love earned the audiences’ positive reception towards the movie.

Y2C Adviser Ms. Irene Abegail S. Guerrero and President Legazpi Dela Cruz gives certificates of recognition and tokens of appreciation to the guest speakers, Karen Salutan and Director Ellen Ongkeko Marfil

     In an interview, Marfil clarifies the ending of her film wherein Solenn was didn’t end up with Dennis’ character or Kit (Thompson’s) character, “When you’re brokenhearted, you don’t immediately go to this guy or that guy. You need a time to heal and one way, instead of locking yourself up inside your room is going back out there and returning to nature and you realize that it has a healing capacity.” Furthermore, Marfil advices future filmmakers to find their own person, “do your own thing, money won’t be a problem. You can always find ways to make short films and engage with the world and don’t just stick with your laptops and cellphones. Those who has the information and knows how to communicate will rule the world.”

     The film was viewed by 947 participants comprising of student from MMSU, Holy Spirit Academy and Northwester University.



Y2C celebrates the power of journalism and filmmaking

By: Brett Andrew Rikke P. Bungcayao


Y2C Adviser Ms. Irene Abegail S. Guerrero and President Legazpi Dela Cruz together with Prof. Luvee Hazel Aquio awards certificate of appreciation to Mr. Nestor Corales, one of the guest speakers of the Congress.

The Young Communicators Circle (Y2C) of Mariano Marcos State University successfully conducts its 3rd YOUng COMmunicative human in Development (YouComMand) Congress at the Teatro Ilocandia last March 1 with the theme: I Share, I Connect, We Improve: Strengthening Connections.”

     The two-day congress started with an inspirational message from the organization’s adviser Ms. Irene Abegail S. Guerrero. In her address, she gives a portmanteau of words that defines the true role of a communicator such as LIeNg (Lee-aun) wherein the word means that a communicator knows when is the time to listen or speak up and EMPOPO (Emphatic + Maopopo which is “understand” in Hawaiian) meaning a communicator should readily put himself or herself in the shoes of another person so that communication will take place.

      The first guest speaker of the day, Nestor Corales who writes for Philippine Daily Inquirer talks about the necessary qualities a journalist must possess in order to become relevant and effective. In his speech he talks about the cutthroat nature in the media world and gives three rules whenever journalists commit errors: be whole enough to accept your mistakes, correct your mistakes and learn from it. Furthermore he also points out in his lecture that emotions should be injected in making news stories.

Nestor Corales

Nestor Corales gives his insights and ideas in the point of view of someone who experienced how it feels to be in the media industry.

     In an interview, Corales shares pieces of advice to aspiring journalists, “You must really love what you do. It’s true about what they say, that if every single day that if you love the thing that you do, you really won’t feel like working a day in your life. It’s fun to actually make a living out of your profession and that you’re happy with it. Undeniably corruption in the media exists in every institution. I also would like to tell aspiring journalists to read, read, and read.”

  In the afternoon, the organization’s CAS For The Community Cause (C4CC) representatives Patrick John Quitoriano, Justine Paula Agustin, Vincent Cyril Sipin, Love Joyce Umbay and Karla Auria Galeon presented their performance during the Pre-Finals round of the first-ever C4CC initiated by the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Student Council. The performance highlighted the proposal of eco-bricks as a powerful tool in constructing classrooms and lessening the plastics that are harmful to the environment.


CAS For the Community Cause (C4CC) representatives Patrick John Quitoriano, Justine Paula Agustin, Vincent Cyril Sipin, Love Joyce Umbay and Karla Auria Galeon presenting their C4CC performance.

     Finally, the day concluded with a talk spearheaded by Jeff Bumanglag from the Lucas Films Philippines wherein his lecture shared different cinematography techniques as well as the art of filmmaking. After his speech he challenged the participants to create a one-minute film to be passed within a span of minutes. Everyone teamed up with their respective year levels and started to conceptualize their own films.

The third year BA-Communication students excitedly share their concepts to execute their one-minute films successfully. 

CAS Student Council recognizes Academic Scholars

By: Brett Andrew Rikke P. Bungcayao

College Scholars were awarded by the Guest of Honor and Speaker: Mr. Jun Arvin Gudoy, CAS SC President: Ryan Roi Domingo, CAS SC Adviser: Mr. Mark Lawrence Fernandez, CAS Student Affairs Coordinator: Ms. Maria Deleilah F. Adriatico and Student Services and Development Director: Professor Henedine A. Aguinaldo

Academic scholars and the most outstanding students of the six degree programs from the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) were awarded during the CAS Awards held at the Teatro Ilocandia last February 27.

                24 university scholars and 64 college scholars were recognized as they were awarded with certificates and medals (blue or red) respectively. It is the first time that academic scholars were recognized in the history of CAS Awards.

                Among the 24 university scholars awarded, six are from the BA-Communication (BA-COMM) program as well as the BS-Biology. Nine students from the AB English Language (ABEL), three from the BS Mathematics and four from the BA-Sociology complete the roster. Among the awardees was Aira Cassandra S. Castro, A fourth year from the BS Biology course with a general weighted average of 1.07. She was also awarded as the most outstanding BS Biology student.

                The other students who made it to the list of the most outstanding students include: Alpha Shiela Aguedan (BA-COMM), Danielle Jude Angelo Pasamonte (BA Sociology), Emerald May Madalipay (BS Mathematics), Louie John David Gutierez (BS-Computer Science) and Ryan Roi Domingo (ABEL) who’s also the Student Council (SC) President of the college were also awarded with trophies.


                Aside from awarding academic scholars and outstanding students, the CAS Student Council also launched the first ever C4CC (CAS For The Community Cause) wherein the different academic organizations presented proposals that tackled societal issues as well as encouraging development and change. The Biological Circle and the Philippine League of Sociology Students (PLSS) were qualified for the final round during the pre-finals last February 24. After the finals, PLSS won as the first ever C4CC victor.

THE C4CC winners: The Philippine League of Sociology Students delivering their presentation during the final round.

                Ryan Roi Domingo, the SC President said that it was a night full of success. “It’s but right to honor and recognize the excellence of CAS Students especially those who have shown an exemplary performance in their academics as well as those who’ve carried the name of the college with pride in the different contested activities outside the university as well as the national arena. Tonight was a success since we celebrated the success of CAS.”

Credits: Photos were taken from Janna Mae Bumanglag (First Photo, Uppermost) & Mr. Mark Lawrence Fernandez (Second Photo, C4CC)



MMSU and NCCA produces historical theater play

Sam Cadiente (CTE) plays General Antonio Luna in this theatrical production.

Last February 14, 2017, Mariano Marcos State University collaborated with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in giving life and color to the one of Ilocos Norte’s pride and patriots- General Antonio Luna through a spectacular theater performance titled Taga-Ilog: Heneral Luna.

The theater play featured homegrown talents from the university. Among the roster of these talented artists is Sam Cadiente from the College of Teacher Education (CTE) who plays the title role. According to him, he was more than proud playing General Luna. Furthermore, he shared that there were struggles that he encountered during the preparations for the said play, “I always practice in our house despite the fact that a lot of our neighbors are starting to get irritated. When they call for practice, I would always urge myself to go since every rehearsal would feel incomplete without me. For the trailer, we started on December 27 but for the full production, we started four weeks before this actual performance.”

The play was initiated by the Guidance Counselor of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), Mr. Rodel Reyes. He confessed that this was a project that took two years in the making. “If I’m not mistaken, it was May of 2014 when the project was started when I called a certain group of artists in CAS. The group of that time is Miriam E. Pascua (former President of the University together with the Assistant Secretary of DOST. They gathered the group. The first idea is for teachers together with the student but given the situation that we have, it was decided that the play will only feature students. So after that, we have a continuous communication unitl they signed the MOA on September 8, 2016 and I told them there is a problem with the transition that we have June to August and they give us the extension of the project. Then finally, it has been launched today.”


Director Edward Perez from the Artists Incorporated of the Research Training Institute was one of the persons who helped Mr. Rodel Reyes in the success of conducting the play. Furthermore, Mr. Reyes stressed that the primary purpose of this theater play is to revive and celebrate the memory of Antonio Luna’s 150th Birthday which falls every 29th of October.

The show was visited by one of the representatives of the NCCA, Jason Septimo. He shared that it was actually the National Committee of Dramatic Arts that chose MMSU as the venue to stage the play. The admission of the play was free since it was funded by the government, “We would like to reach out to more students and more Ilocanos, so they would know the story of General Antonio Luna,” Septimo added.


The theatrical production was under developed and organized by the musical director of the show, Ms. Maybelline Sta. Maria from CTE. She was proud enough to share that the songs used in the play were original compositions and that the students were helpful since they were all interested and inclined to music. Overall, she was satisfied with the performance of the students during the first run, “For amateurs like them? Definitely? I can see that we still have a lot of things to work on especially the props. Hopefully if there is a sustainable budget then we can instantly improve and change things.”

The show ended flawlessly as people applauded with appreciation. Evaluation forms were distributed after the play asking the audience to rate the theatrical production in terms of the venue, props, performance and other aspects. The theatrical production is rumored to continue in UP Los Baños this March. MMSU has once again proven that it isn’t only home of globally-competitive individuals, but also it is home to countless talented students.


Regional CHR conducts community- based discussion on death penalty

Region 1 Commission on Human Rights Director, Atty. Harold C. Cobraon ponders on current issues relevant to death penalty.

The University Training Center (UTC) catered interested students in a one of a kind community-based dialogue regarding death penalty conducted by the Regional Commission on Human Rights (CHR) last February 10, 2017.


The day started with a registration wherein pamphlets about human rights were distributed among the participants. An opening program shortly followed as the Students Services and Development (SSD) Director, Professor Henedine A. Aguinaldo welcomed everyone with her speech, emphasizing that MMSU became an awardee because it served as a human rights advocate under the leadership of Dr. Marivic M. Alimbuyuguen. Prof. Aguinaldo also encouraged students to play an active role in participating during the discussion. A roll call of participating students from five of the different university campuses in Batac commenced after.


The first speaker, Attorney Harold C. Cobraon the Regional CHR Director gave bits of information about relative current events that are extremely relevant to death penalty. He expounded on the human’s right to life as basis of what the CHR fights for: the strong opposition of death penalty. He also gave the grounds for death penalty such as committing heinous like violating the anti-dangerous drug law. He also shared during his speech that plunder and bribery are removed as crimes punishable by death. Cobraon also pointed out that an effective law enforcement, impartial access to redress mechanism and courts and a responsive penal system is how justice can be attained. Furthermore, in his presentation alternatives of death penalty were suggested such as developing a credible justice, focusing on strengthening methods on crime investigation, honing the skills of the police and investigators and a better training for prosecutors.

Mr. Danilo T. Balino was the second speaker of the day as he shared all about what Community Based Dialogues (CBD) really meant.  Based from the human rights itself, his talk focused on the right of one person to express his beliefs, ideas and feelings. Balino also differentiated debate and dialogue pointing out that dialogues are collaborative while debates are a type of fight. He also highlighted the history of CBDs wherein it started on October 21, 2008 between the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). CHR had the fundamental missions of conducting community-based dialogues annually and the promotion, protection and fulfillment of human rights.

After both speeches concluded the speakers entertained questions from the students during the open forum. Things got a little bit intense as debaters, a member of the press and a member of the legal counsel raised their opinions and brilliant questions.

One of the main goals of CHR was to get the youth more involved by looking at universities, colleges and schools against death penalty. According to Atty. Harold Cobraon, the advantage of conducting community-based dialogues is to raise student’s public awareness of current issues especially those that concerns the community and everyone who are involved.

Furthermore, Cobraon said that the activity wasn’t a propaganda and CHR still respected the fact that everyone who attended the talk was entitled to their own opinion, “It is actually a way to gather the sentiments and ideas of the participants but not to necessarily force or convince the participants to adapt an anti-death penalty opposition. It is still their choice after the dialogue whether they are supporting or against death penalty.

The dialogue ended well as students became more informed and more courageous in shaping their own stand, believing in their own choice and they had definitely raised their level of consciousness and participation towards issues that impact the nation. //