HUGYAW @ ESELESYU
By Niño James L. Aceron
Opening of March also marked the start of the 13thanniversary celebration of the Southern Leyte State University themed with HUGYAW which translates to festive- a just word to describe this momentous event for the university.
A parade throughout the municipality of Sogod which housed the host campus for this year’s anniversary, educated the public about the event. In addition, this was also the first time the community was informed about the new system of the university. The students lined up in their respective departmental banners as they joyfully welcomed the spirit of festivity in this opening ceremony.
A program attended by the faculty and staff was then held at the grandstand of SLSU- Main Campus. Speeches from the different speakers flourished the ears of the students as they eagerly listened to them to get some inspiration. After, the grand opening of the Kyosko or Creative Industry Booths proceeded. The ribbon cutting was spearheaded by Dr. Prose Ivy G. Yepes then releasing of the colorful helium balloons commemorated the various jovial activities to be done by the different colleges of the university up to March 7, 2017.
Later part of the night, a grand fireworks display was held and a live band disco was performed by the Hybrid Monkeys that the populace enjoyed.
It’s that time of the year again when the university’s five satellites, SLSU-Main Sogod Campus, San Juan Campus, Tomas Oppus Campus, Bontoc Campus and Hinunangan Campus were gathered to celebrate a notable occasion, the Southern Leyte State University’s 13th Charter Day last March 17, 2017 at SLSU-Main Campus Multipurpose Court.
The event was hosted by the Campus Headliner Adviser, Mrs. Eda Opina and was opened by the SLSU Hudyaka Performing Arts Guild with a doxology. Warm words of welcome were then delivered by Dr. Valerio Cabalo, the SLSU’s Vice President of Finance. Hon. Crisly de Asis, the president of the Federation of Supreme Student Council also a message as his term came to a near end.Various intermission numbers from the different colleges were given after to amuse the crowd.
SLSU’s 13th Charter Day becomes avenue for artistic engagement
Creatively made college booths with a hodgepodge of native and modern arts, jaw-dropping college floats; flower-crowned, masked and balloon-tied. Students donning their fabulous and creative costumes while dancing their way around the town’s thoroughfares truly proved how artistic SLSU family were.
These works of thousands of ingenious and painstaking hands working together, regardless of what gender preference, religion and social backgrounds they might have, manifested the very essence of the festivity. This just showed the greatness of the mass number of people contributing their imaginative skills to achieve a more pleasing and unique crafts.
Dr. Prose Ivy G. Yepes delivers the SLSU Address 2017: “SLSU in the 21st Century: A Crucial Transformation”
“Hugyaw is historic” – Dr. Prose Ivy G. Yepes, the Southern Leyte State University President started her speech.She congratulated the SLSU faculty and staff, key officials, and students for another historic year of the institution. With a sweet smile painted on her face, she greeted SLSU a “Happy Birthday!”
She discussed and enumerated the things happened for the past years that made SLSU in its feat, that made it as one of the competitive universities not only in the national level but in international as well. The fact that we passed the AACUP and that we’re now in the second stage of the ISO 2008 version, these just proved that our very own university wasn’t stagnant. And yes, it’s always worth the doing as SLSU achieved great things through a step-by-step process.
For the past year, the school made historic names that truly reflected the quality and competent teaching it will always had. The College of Criminal Justice became third place among schools nationwide during the LCC last year. The College of Teacher Education as one of the center of development was also awarded.
The university also increased number of scholarships, facilities and others. Research areas and extension, publication and even international affairs were widened. These were the living proof that the administration was awake and functional.
To strengthen curricular programs, SLSU administration was planning to establish another college.
“We are entering the age of empowerment…”, as she put it. “We should be equipped with ideas in local, national and global scenarios”, she added. How to empower? Saying that we should foster academic and internationalism by providing the students more opportunities and through shifting traditional teaching to non-traditional pedagogy, whilst creating a platform that’ll create a high impact to our graduates by establishing and exposing them to the real field of research.