Methodists pray ‘for healing of our land’ at PCU

Bishop Ciriaco Q. Francisco of the United Methodist Church (UMC) last Friday, January 25, 2019, urged members of Manila Episcopal Area’s (MEA) local churches for a holy conferencing to “recognize the power of prayer” and “declare God’s blessing to our land.”

“Remember that the prophets in the Bible confronted even the kings to correct the evils of the society,” Bishop Francisco said, adding that church people, especially the clergy, must do likewise.

PCU PREXY JOINS PRAYER WARRIORS. PCU President Junifen Gauuan (second from left) sings along hundreds of United Methodists during the worship service held inside the Philippine Christian University (PCU) Auditorium last Friday, January 25, 2019. At the beginning of his message, Bishop Ciriaco Q. Francisco of the Manila Episcopal Area (MEA) expressed gratitude to President Gauuan for “generously allowing us to use the PCU facilities” for a worship service before proceeding to the prayer-rally at the Rajah Sulayman Plaza in Malate, Manila, where Christians from different denominations to converged. (Photo and text by Fort Nicolas)

He spoke before a flock of several hundred members from the local church in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija and Cavite who heeded his earlier call to gather at the Auditorium of the Philippine Christian University (PCU) at 1 p.m. liturgy last Friday.

A week before, Bishop Francisco issued a letter of instruction urging MEA district superintendents, pastors and lay members to congregate at the PCU Auditorium for a rally “to pray for our country and manifest our prophetic witness proclaiming Truth, Justice and Peace in this challenging time.”

During the worship service held at the PCU Auditorium, the Rev. Genesis I. Antonio, chairperson of the Board of Church and Society of the Philippine Central Conference (PCC), explained the purpose of the gathering. He said it served “to push our mission forward and manifest our faith.”

CHURCH AND SOCIETY. The Rev. Genesis I. Antonio, chairperson of the Board of Church and Society of the Philippine Central Conference (PCC): ‘Push our mission forward and manifest our faith’. (Photo by Fort Nicolas)

In his message, MEA Resident Bishop Francisco emphasized that the church’s clergy, aside from its priestly duties, has a prophetic function to perform. He added that all members of the church must do its part of praying together for God’s intervention.

He cited the Old Testament verse from the 2 Chronicles 7:14, which says, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sins and will heal their land.” He explained that God required His people to humble themselves before Him and to pray for His intervention.

“In our joint prayer, God will listen to our pleas and he will heal our land,” Bishop Francisco said.

GOD’S REQUIREMENTS. Manila Episcopal Area (MEA) Resident Bishop Ciriaco Q. Francisco: “Humble yourselves, see God’s face and pray, then God will heal our land’. (Photo by Fort Nicolas)

The bishop said that one can readily distinguish if a land is already healed. He said peace, justice and prosperity must reign in a healthy society. He said these are the things that the people must pray for.

The service finished at 3:30 p.m., after which the UMC-MEA delegation stepped out to the PCU Ground where they got ready to march to Rajah Sulayman in Malate, Manila, where a larger contingent of Catholic brothers and sisters led by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and members of Protestant denominations belonging to the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP), including the UMC, converged for a prayer-rally. (Fort Nicolas)


PCU-UTS Dasma’s New Access Road to Benefit Motorists, Businesses

The construction of a new access road is underway. Very soon, Cavite’s Aguinaldo Highway will be linked to the Governor’s Drive, thanks to the P139-million road project that cuts across the more than 90-hectare property of the Philippine Christian University (PCU) and the Union Theological Seminary (UTS). The project includes the construction of bridges.

Definitely, its completion will be a joyous moment for commuters and motorists who have been complaining about the worsening traffic jams in the area. The new access road, the construction of which started in February 2018 and is expected to be finished in 2020, will cut short their travel time considerably.

Engr. Robert Regala a member of PCU Board of Trustees, and Prof. Jordan Ramos, PCU
Dasmariñas Administrative Officer, inspect the dirt road that will soon become the new access road linking Aguinaldo Hi-way to Governor’s Drive .

The access road is just one of the several infrastructure projects the PCU is undergoing in consonance with the vision of the University president, Dr. Junifen Gauuan, of a progressive and academically excellent learning institution. The access road will not only benefit travelers but also the larger communities in the area since it will boost further the Information Technology-Business Process Management (IT-BPM) industry, a prospect that will transform the area into a bustling commercial and business hub.

Photos by JF Perona


PCU, foreign partners agree to explore TESOL potentials

The Language Training Institute (LTi), reputed to be one of the leading companies in the emerging industry of TESOL or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Philippine Christian University (PCU) and the Advantage Asia recently.

University President Junifen Gauuan, Ph.D., and Mr. David Robertson, representative of both the LTi and AA, signed the MOU that paved the way for the three institutions to make further studies and pursue potential paths they can tread together in search of an innovative system of English instruction they can offer to Filipino students.

“We agreed to explore further,” the PCU President said. “However, each project is subject to our mutual agreement at this point.” He, however, expressed optimism that the partners can come up with an excellent plan at the end of the day. LTi trains its students to be IELTS and TOEFL trainers to “greatly improve their chances of finding professional niche work.”

The Australia-based training institution has developed certificate and diploma courses in TESOL in consultation with other industry players to ensure that it meets, and even exceeds, industry standards. The AA, meanwhile assists TESOL students of LTi with all arrangements associated with the completion of Practice Teaching at PCU.

LTi, an Australia-based non-profit organization endorsed by its own government, has been delivering training in 20 countries, including China, Malaysia, South Korea, Iran and Singapore. President Gauuan said if the vision will push through, TESOL can mean more high-paying jobs for young Filipinos who will finish one of the courses.

“For example, we are looking at the vast China market,” he said. “Those who want to learn and speak the English language in that country would have a high demand of competent teachers who graduated from TESOL courses.”

President Gauuan, however, said they are carefully studying the financial aspect of the project.

“We have to look closely at the cost of TESOL courses,” he said. “If we can ascertain that the students will have a more than fair chance to land lucrative teaching jobs, then this project is worth pursuing.”


PCU President Junifen Gauuan, Ph.D. (Right), and Mr. David Robertson of the Language Training Institute (LTi) and the Advantage Asia (AA) shake hands to signify their agreement to explore together the potentials of TESOL or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages as an industry that will benefit a number of young Filipinos who will pursue a career in English education. Dr. Gauuan and Mr. Robertson are seen here flashing the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) they just signed moments ago.

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NAASCU opening rites ‘a success’

President Junifen F. Gauuan of Philippine Christian University (PCU) and other heads of member-schools of the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) took time out from their respective busy schedules last Tuesday, September 11, 2018, to take part in the league’s opening ceremonies held in Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City. Dr. Putli Martha Beata F. Ijiran, director of PCU’s Institute of Sports, Physical Education, Arts and Culture (ISPEAC), said the NAASCU opening was “a success” and that every member-academic institution was well-represented.

Director Ijiran said PCU is participating in the following events: Basketball, volleyball, table tennis, chess, taekwondo. “We’re thinking of taking part in the event called handball in the future,” she added. She also expressed confidence about the chances of the PCU athletes in bagging the crowns in the said events, although she disclosed that the PCU Dolphins basketball team’s lineup were depleted due to the exodus of veteran players to a recently launched league. “Some of our good players already graduated or have been recruited by the MPBL,” disclosed Director Ijiran, who is also the president NAASCU this year.

SUCCESSFUL OPENING RITES. Dr. Putli Martha Beata F. Ijiran, Philippine Christian University’s director of Institute of Sports, Physical Education, Arts and Culture (ISPEAC) and this year’s president of National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU), addresses the players from 16 member-schools during the opening ceremonies of the annual sports festival. Dr. Ijiran urged the athletes to play hard but fair for their respective schools.


The MPBL is the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, a regional and semi-professional basketball tournament that was launched last year. Director Ijiran said it is understandable that the newcomers would feel the jitters, adding that this may be the reason why the Dolphins lost its first game to New Era College, 70-64. “This is expected. However, it is now the opportunity for new players to shine,” she said optimistically.

MARCH TO VICTORY. Players from the Philippine Christian University (PCU) led by PCU Dolphins’ Mac Louie F. and the school delegation’s muse, Ms Allyssa P. De Lara parade before the crowd of thousands during the successful opening ceremonies of this year’s season of the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) held in Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.

The beaming President Gauuan led a large contingent composed of PCU staff and students, especially those from Grades 11 and 12, to watch the event. He also participated in giving awards and recognition to invited speakers, including Secretary Bong Go, the Special Assistant to the President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte, and Director General of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa. Secretary Go talked about the importance of sports in the development of the youth and the nation, while Director-General Dela Rosa emphasized the need for the young Filipinos to stay away from the use of illegal drugs in order to reach their highest potentials. Director Ijiran encouraged all the members of the PCU community “to show their support to our athletes, especially during the elimination round when the entrance to the games is free.”


PCU DELEGATION. Philippine Christian University (PCU) President Junifen Gauuan (right) beams with confidence as he leads a PCU contingent comprised of hundreds of students and staff to give support to their athletes during the opening rites of the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) league last September 11 at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City. Dr. Gauuan was with Dr. Narciso Immanuel C. Managuelod, PCU’s dean of the College of Business Administration. 


YOUTH, SPORTS AND THE NATION’S DEVELOPMENT. Special Assistant to the President Bong Go explains before the athletes during the recent opening of the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City the importance of sports in the development of the youth and the nation. Secretary Go was the main speaker of the event.

NAASCU is a sports association of academic institutions mostly located in Metro Manila was established in 2001 with only 10 participant-schools. It now has 16 active members. In 2014, PCU joined league, which runs for two months. Aside from PCU, the other metropolis-based member-schools at present are: AMA University, Arandia College, City University of Pasay, National Teachers College, De La Salle Araneta University, De Ocampo Memorial College, Enderun Colleges, Manuel L. Quezon University, New Era University, Philippine Merchant Marine School, Rizal Technological University, Saint Clare College of Caloocan, and Saint Francis of Assissi College. One member, the Holy Angel University, is based in Angeles City, Pampanga while another, the Our Lady of Fatima University, is located in Antipolo City in the province of Rizal. FN