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2 Sacred Heart School Students among 2015 China Primary Math Olympiad Medallists

9 Aug

The Philippine contingent finished 2nd overall behind hosts China in the 2015 China Primary Math Olympiad. The Filipino delegates bagged a total of 7 gold medals, 24 silver medals, and 38 bronze medals.  There were 2 students from Sacred Heart School- Ateneo de Cebu who contributed to the country’s medal tally. Daniel Yusuke Shimizu got a silver medal while  Sheena Dianne Bernardo bagged a bronze medal.

Here is the complete of the 69 Filipino medallists and their respective schools: Continue reading

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USC defends Square Off: The Firm Debates title

9 Oct

New season, same result.

The University of San Carlos (USC) College of Law debating team repeated as champions in the Square Off: The Firm Debates.  Square Off is a TV program being show over the ABS-CBN News Channel where top law schools send their best students to debate about import issues in the country. Square Off is hosted by broadcast journalist Maiki Oreta and this year’s competition was sponsored by Villaraza and Angcangco Law Offices which is known in the Philippine legal circles as The Firm.

The USC debating beat the team from the University of the Philippines in the finals of Season 7 of Square Off.  The team composed of Athena Plaza, Vincent Joseph Cesista and Alvin Clyde Gregorio took the negative position on the issue of whether or not the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee should continue investigating the pork barrel scam notwithstanding the fact that cases were already filed with the Ombudsman.  The team is coached by Atty. Daryl Bretch Largo.

Aside from bagging the championship, Vincent Joseph Cesista was adjudged as the best speaker of the season.  It was the second straight victory for USC as last year their debate team beat Ateneo de Manila University in the finals.

The competition was participated by 16 schools from all over the Philippines. The schools were paired each round and the competition was single elimination tournament meaning once a team lost, it is eliminated from the contest.  Team USC beat University of Perpetual Help, Far Eastern University-De La Salle University Law, and  San Beda College of Law (Manila) on their way to the finals.

The victory has once again proven that USC is one of the best schools to study law in the country.

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UP Cebu Dean and 2 others dismissed

3 Sep

Cebu City- A notice of dismissal dated August 26, 2011, terminated dean Enrique Avila, Prof. Ernesto Pineda and Alsidry Sharif from the UP Cebu College. The decision by the governing body of the University of Philippines System stemmed from the complaint by Assistant Professors Phoebe Zoe Sanchez, Anatacio Almocera, Michael Mark Mende and Henry Espiritu along with Associate Professors Lawlita Cabahug and J Karl Roque, Prof. Primitivo Ereno and the All UP Workers Union chapter president and representative, Gertrudes Carcallas and Nathaniel Roldan against the 3 sent last March.

Dean Avila was held liable for allowing Cebu Green Peaks Development Inc. to use the campus’ football field as a temporary stockpile area for materials dug up from its condominium development in Molave Street. He was also found liable of grave misconduct as he appointed an unqualified head in the school’s Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) in Prof. Ernesto Pineda. The third charge that he was found liable is in using part of the funds from the student tuition fee collection to pay for bonuses.

Prof. Pineda was dismissed for gross neglect of duty as the head of BAC for purchasing with out bidding goods and materials for the repair and renovation of the UP Cebu Guest House and the Management Division Undergraduate Building. He also got the flak for recommending the granting of the request of the developer to use the school’s football field as stockpile area. Pineda was also deemed unqualified for his position as he is retired from service.

Sharif was found liable for simple and grave misconduct.

The three were already suspended since June 11, 2011 pending the result of the investigation.  UP vice-president for Legal Affairs Atty. Danilo Concepcion said that three can still appeal the ruling within 30 days from the notice.

A group of students who supported the ouster of the dean celebrated the news by having a “budol fight” outside campus.

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