Amatong exhorts Sillimanians to adhere to the ‘Via, Veritas, Vita’

“We are living in a dangerous environment. When you watch the news either on television or read the broadsheets, there is no single day of peace and harmony,” thus, intoned Dr. Juanita Dy Amatong, former chairperson of the Silliman University Board of Trustees and former Finance Secretary as she guested in the gala dinner hosted by the Silliman University Alumni Association of Metro Manila Chapter, Inc. (SUAAMCI) last August at the Manila Polo Club, Forbes Park, Makati to celebrate the 115th Founders Day.

She mentioned bombings by terrorist groups in Syria, Lebanon, Pakistan, Bangladesh and even in Europe and the United States that “leave us with extreme fearfulness and despair.” Add to all these are natural devastations caused by floods, forest fires, typhoons, and extreme weather conditions.

“In the economic front, the exit of Britain from the European Union sends a strong political and economic signal, affecting not only the members of the European Union, but also the rest of the world,” Dr. Amatong explained, adding that “the financial markets went tumbling down after the Brexit announcement, and the British Pound suffered deep depreciation never experienced for the last 25 years.”

In addition, among other global challenges, according to Dr. Amatong, “the ASEAN integration, which officially started to be in effect this year, is another major economic event which we, in the Philippines, must face as challenges and opportunities.”

Dr. Amatong referred to the Christian values reflected in the Silliman motto, “Via, Veritas, Vita” She said that “in a world beset with turmoil, disharmony, materialism, radicalism, and all the ills invented by men and women, Silliman University, the institution, and those who pass through its gates should find their relevance by adhering to the Silliman motto.”

She acknowledged the leadership and members of SUAAMCI for sustaining their objectives and pursuing projects, like scholarships and assisting Sillimanians find jobs in Metro Manila.

Kidapawan Chapter Donates P50K


The Silliman Alumni Association, Inc. (SAAI) Kidapawan Chapter donated the amount of P50, 000 for the repainting of the Alumni Conference Room and the purchase of a wall-type air-conditioning unit.

The donation, done through the chapter president, Erlinda Solis Doblas, was acknowledged by Judge Rafael Crescencio C. Tan Jr., executive secretary, in a letter of receipt of the donation, saying that “the generosity will inspire other chapters to be generous as well.”

According to Judge Tan, a representative of the chapter attended the SAAI board meeting on March 18, 2016 to present their proposal, which was accepted gladly by the board.

Henceforth, the conference room, where many important decisions are made regarding alumni-related matters, would then be known as the Kidapawan Chapter Conference Room. (by Cecile Madronal Genove)

ACSUAA elects new officers

The Aloha Chapter-Silliman University Alumni Association elected its new set of officers for 2016-2017. The election of officers for the chapter happens every two years. The president and the rest of the officers serve for a two-year term. “The new set of officers were elected last July 2015 and the induction was held in December 2015,” informed Otilio “OG” Gimang Jr., chapter president.

The officers are:

President:                    Otilo “OG” Gimang

1st Vice-President:      Jean Tantano

2nd Vice-President:     Erwin Quinanola

Secretary:                    Meda Magdamo Palencia

Treasurer:                    Alice Sy Chuang

Auditor:                        Ivy Dael Quinanola

PRO:                            Nella Villanueva Gimang


Spiritual Advisers:  Rev. Alan Patadlas and Rev. Salome Pascubillo Patadlas

Board of Directors:

Marilyn Cenas Heintz, past president

Sam de la Pena, past president

Luzette Somera de la Pena, past president

“We are excited about our chapter’s directions with these new set of officers under my leadership. We have planned several activities here in Hawaii and the Philippines as well,” said Gimang. Their first major activity is to host the First Annual Golf Tournament in October 2016. It is a fund-raising event to help fight hunger.
Next year, ACSUAA will also be hosting Tipon 2017, a gathering among Sillimanians all over the world. “Hosting Tipon is a huge responsibility for the group in sponsoring and initiating more activities in Hawaii and the Philippines in the years to come,” added Gimang. “The new set of officers are aggressively pursuing ways to raise funds and be actively involved in ways to improve our community as well as our alumni relations,” he concluded. (by Raymond Vincent Cutillar, MassCom intern)

Zamboanga del Sur alumni chapter initiates feeding program

by: Princess Sophia M. Estiñoso (BMC III)

The Zamboanga del Sur Chapter of the Silliman Alumni Association Inc., (SAAI) held its annual feeding and fellowship program on Aug. 23, 2015 in a small community in Barangay Kagawasan, Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur.

The annual feeding program coincided with the Founders Week celebration of Silliman University in August. The chapter adopted the United Church of Christ in the Phiippines (UCCP) chapel in Barangay Kagawasan, Pagadian City, which is headed by a Sillimanian couple, Rev. and Mrs. Narciso, who are members of the board, as well.

According to Edward Sandiego, a Silliman alumnus and currently a registered nurse in the Zamboanga del Sur Medical Center, the feeding project beneficiaries are the 50 children of Barangay Kagawasan, where a medical mission was likewise previously held.

“The purpose of this activity is to rekindle our Silliman Spirit and share our blessings to the less fortunate. Since there are also alumni in the medical field (physicians and nurses), we also do free clinics or give free vitamins and milk samples to the children of the congregation,” said Dr. Andreli E. Farrales, a 1988 Biology graduate of Silliman University.

Objectives of the feeding project are to value the health of every individual in the community, to instill cooperation while giving food to others, and to educate the children about the basic food units.

Around 15-20 alumni participated with short programs and parlor games initiated by some of the members. In addition, a fellowship was also held with some of the parents of the 50 children who joined the activity.

“Through the feeding program, we are able to help people who are suffering from food scarcity…It also helps the child to develop good and proper behavior, like socialization, sharing their food, being kind to all, and to cooperate,” shaed Dr. Farrales..

She added, “We also have fellowship gatherings on occasions like Christmas and Valentine’s. We plan to do ‘Operation Tuli’ this summer and to sponsor kids for the materials and medicine needed.”

For the Zamboanga del Sur Chapter, the project was not only successful, but a fulfilling experience as well. Truly, the Silliman Spirit will always manifest itself in many different ways. (by Princess Sophia Estinoso, MassCom intern)