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Rock ‘n Royals, Class of 2019

June 24, 2019 marked not just the 10th Commencement Exercises, but also God’s grace and faithfulness to the Messiah College family and nineteen (19) of its students, along with their families, who marched and graduated.

It was surely a fun and fulfilling sight to see – for the parents and the Messiah College family – as the Class of 2019 graduated. What made the celebration even more exciting was seven among the nineteen (19) were awarded with Latin Honors: Diadem Paraso and Justine Paraso, both from Integrated Communications and Public Relations, and II Timothy Salegumba, from Intercultural Studies were Summa Cum Laude; Abigail Agoncillo and Aleckzandra Palisoc from Integrated Communications and Public Relations, and Amanda Barretto from Intercultural Studies were Magna Cum Laude; and Paula Praxidio from Intercultural Studies was Cum Laude.

Moreover, six students were presented with Special Awards: two for the Church Ministry Award, one Emerging Leader Award, one Great Commission Award and two for the President’s Award.

May you continue to be God’s ambassadors – but now in your workplaces and future endeavours!

Baccalaureate and Hooding Ceremony 2019

Psalm 61:2, “From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

June 18, 2019 was a celebration for the graduating class of 2019, along with the members of the faculty and staff, parents and honourable guests, as Messiah College held its 10th Baccalaureate and Hooding Ceremony.

Eighteen graduating students were hooded for their Bachelor’s Degrees: three from Accountancy, seven from Integrated Communications and Public Relations, five from Intercultural Studies and three from Psychology. Among the roster, three were awarded Dean’s Listers and another three were awarded President’s Circle.

The ceremony was graced by Mrs. Emmaloisa Malibiran Salumbides, 702 DZAS broadcaster and the Executive Director of Wise Up Global Ministry, who gave a sage Baccalaureate Address about holding on to our Rock and Fortress, Jesus Christ, that encouraged and inspired everyone.

Also a part of the night’s program was the hooding of the honorary degrees of four of Messiah College’s Officers. Our Executive Director, Engr. Michelle Manuel-Bartolo and Academic Dean, Ms. Lorina Maulion for their Masteral Degrees and VP for Academic Affairs Mrs. Stella Maria Galang and VP for Student Affairs Ms. Phoebe Parrenas for their Doctorate Degrees by Dr. Douglas Jul, co-founder and president of Triune Biblical Asia, Inc.

The graduating class, members of the faculty and staff, parents and honourable guests certainly enjoyed this fun and heart-warming night, which ended with a video tribute to the parents and a song rendered by Timbre, the guest choir and a mocktail fellowship served right after.

Praise God for this wonderful night!

Messiah College President Speaks at Calvary Christian School’s 19th Graduation Ceremony

Messiah College Foundation Inc. President, Dr. Marlyn Del Rosario, was the guest speaker at the 19th Commencement Exercises and Recognition of Calvary Christian School (CCS)last April 6.  This year’s graduation theme given by the Department of Education was Unity in Diversity: Quality Education for All.  CCS President,  Pastor Nelson Praxidio gave the Welcome Remarks and Principal, Dr. Ellaine Praxidio gave a short message of encouragement.  Two hundred fifty students, together with their parents, relatives, and other guests filled the auditorium of the Tanghalang Pasigueno in Pasig City where the event was held.  Leading the program were Masters of Ceremony, Mr. Micah Del Rosario and Ms. Paula Praxidio.  Twenty-three K-2 and twenty-six Grade 6 girls and boys comprised this year’s Completers while thirteen 10th graders were pronounced graduates of Junior High that afternoon.  

“Gotchu”-Messiah College Spiritual Retreat 2019

March 20-22, 2019 – NAGCARLAN, LAGUNA

The Messiah College Family – the students, the staff and the faculty members altogether – spent 3 days at Woodland Villa, Nagcarlan, Laguna for the annual Spiritual Retreat entitled “Gotchu” last March 20 – 22, 2019.

“Gotchu”, or ‘Got you!’, focused on encouraging and building each other up, taken from the theme verse 1 Thessalonians 5:11, “Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” But while it is saying “I’m here for you: I will walk with you, I will rejoice with you, I will cry with you, I will lift you up when you fall,” it is also “I’m watching you: I will correct you, I will rebuke you, I will reprove you, I will not tolerate sin in your life,” and for the duration of the retreat, this was what was practiced.

March 20, once there, started with a plenary entitled “Be Like Abraham”, led by Pastor Manric Tan-Pascual, or PMans as he is addressed. PMans left everybody with the point that “the most tangible expressions of lifting others up are through intercession and involvement” – encouraging others, being like Abraham.

After some time, students, and even the staff were given the chance to showcase their talents through the Messiah Got Talent night. The teams presented song numbers and skits depicting the theme. There was also an open mic where everybody was encouraged to perform.

The following day, March 21, was filled with activities: Plenary 2, Hour of Silence, Gotchu Time and the Red Letter Night.

The second plenary session led again by PMans, was about Judging Judgmentalism. He focused on Matthew 7:16 and on 4 keywords: Relationship, Reflection, Restore and Respect. This was followed by an Hour of Silence.

Gotchu Time was a time of fun. The students were grouped into five (5) teams and they were given tasks to practice building others up.

The staff and faculty members, on the other hand, also had their own Gotchu Time – a game of Paintball for some and sharing time for the others.

The highlight of the night, if not the whole retreat, was the Red Letter Night. It was a dress-up night for the students, the staff and the faculty members alike; but more than that was a recommitment of the covenant – with Messiah College, with the people, and with God. PMans reiterated that our Lord is a covenant-making and covenant-keeping God.

Mr. Manny Valencia, the owner of Woodland Villa also shared his testimony, during this time.

To cap off the night, the students prepared a program for this year’s graduating students, while the staff and the faculty members spent time around a bonfire.

The President of Messiah College, Dr. Marlyn Del Rosario wrapped up the retreat with her message of changing our minds because: “belief leads to action; our thoughts affect our words; our spoken words have a powerful impact on others and; we ourselves are not perfect,” during the President’s Hour on March 22, the last day.

Praises be to our good God for the 3 days of rest and retreat, but more than those is the knowledge that He continually blesses with people who can encourage and rebuke us and people we can encourage and rebuke the same way – molding us into becoming the people He wants us to be.

Defining Stories for Tomorrow’s Ambassadors

Last Wednesday, February 6, Messiah College’s Academic Council, along with some senior ICS students, spearheaded an undergraduate conference entitled “Transcend 2019: Defining Stories for Tomorrow’s Ambassadors”.

Guest speakers like Mrs. Melva Licayan, Ms. Lyqa Maravilla and Ptr. Manric Tan Pascual spoke about their own stories – their own stories of tough times – to inspire students in whatever field of specialization they are in and to make them keener in seeing opportunities beyond the challenge.

Students and guests were also able to engage in different concurrent sessions depending on their courses, like “Stories of Dissecting a Single’s Heart” for the Psychology students under Dr. Orpah Marasigan; “Stories of Cross Sections of Intercultural Relationship” for the Intercultural Studies students under Ptr. Noel Burias; and “Stories on the Anatomy of Young Entrepreneurs” for Entrepreneurship students under Mr. Marco Constantino.