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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Senior High School duo wins University Duet contest

“I look around me and see a sweet life,” the singing tandem of Maria Raquel de Leon and Micah Mendoza intoned, in the process grabbing the first place of the University Duet competition held at the Auditorium of the Philippine Christian University (PCU) Manila campus yesterday, October 2, 2018, the second day of the week-long celebration of the University’s 72nd founding anniversary.

WINNING PERFORMANCE. Maria Raquel de Leon and Micah Mendoza belt out their winning piece, “Flashlight,” in front the appreciative PCU community that trekked to the Auditorium. The tandem won the coveted championship of the University Duet competition to celebrate the Philippine Christian University’s 72nd Founding Anniversary. (Photo by Neptalie Cortez)


Senior High School’s De Leon and Mendoza relied on their individual talents to give justice to the Jessie J. hit “Flashlight” to the delight of the overflowing audience, many of them students from the University’s Senior High School.

HEART-FELT. The emotion-filled performance of Jennifer Bornasal and Sheila Padagdagan earned them the second place of the University Duet contest. (Photo by Neptalie Cortez)

The panel of judges composed of University Guidance Counsellor Mrs. Maria Cecile Delfin, University treasurer Raul Cacho and University Music Director Glenn Cantada deemed the duo showed extra-ordinary voice quality, perfect blending and compelling stage presence to rule on their favor.

In the process, the duo got to split the P3,000 grand prize.

Meanwhile, the pair of Jennifer Bornasal and Sheila Padagdagan snatched the second place with their rendition of Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me.” Ms. Jonah Domingo and Ms Angeline Ramirez gained the judges’ nod with their interpretation of Josh Groban’s “You Raised Me Up.”

UPLIFTING PERFORMANCE. The panel of judges was moved by the rendition of Jonah Domingo and Angeline Ramirez and awarded the two with the third place of the University Duet competition. (Photo by Neptali Cortez)

The two pairs received the amounts of P2,000 and P1,000, respectively, as prizes.

The special number of Mr. Jesdale Padua, who sang the popular Gary Valenciano version of “I Will Be Here,” was a hit especially among swooning girls, who screamed at the top of their lungs as they asked for more.

KEEPING IT TOGETHER. Program hosts Angel Alfonso, College of Education Dean Maritess Mercado and Dr. Marlisa Villavisa (not in photo) entertains the audience with their wit and humor as they helped the program of the University Duet contest flow smoothly.


Program hosts Angel Alfonso and Dr. Marlisa Villavisa’s infectious enthusiasm kept the crowd in the PCU Auditorium interested during the whole proceeding. FN



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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


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