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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.

Global Homeschool Conference 2018

Messiah College’s President, Dr. Marlyn Del Rosario, was one of the panelists during the #1stGHC held at SM Aura last Saturday, October 13.

Pictured on the right is Edric Mendoza​, President of Homeschool Global​. Pictured on the left are other speakers: Rita E. Yokingco​, Irma Llorin Chua​, Deonna Tan-Chi and Donna Pangilinan-Simpao​.

Messiah College Undergraduate Research Colloquium 2018

November 29, 2018

Theme: Design Thinking and Collaborative Learning

The Office of Research and Development has created a platform for collaboration with other colleges. This colloquium will foster an exchange of ideas and collective discussion on how we can make a better world through research.

CALL FOR PAPERS
We invite the academic community, our partners and research collaborators to submit extended abstracts and full papers related to the following topics of interest, but are not limited to:

1. Behavioral Sciences (Psychology, Sociology, Integrated Communication, Public Relations, Education)
2. Business Studies (Accounting, Entrepreneurship)
3. Intercultural Studies (Diplomacy, Cross-cultural Studies)

Guide for Authors
The deadline to submit abstracts is 5:00pm of September 28, 2018
To submit your abstract, please email to: moc.l1566282670iamg@1566282670egell1566282670ochai1566282670ssemh1566282670craes1566282670er1566282670

Important Dates
Deadline for submission: September 28, 2018
Notification of acceptance: October 5, 2018
Deadline for final paper submission for publication: October 29, 2018
Early Bird Registration: until October 12, 2018
Final Conference Registration: October 22, 2018

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VALEDICTORY ADDRESS

Good afternoon,

To our president, Tita Marlyn, esteemed members of the Academic Council, and Board of Trustees, our commencement speaker, Dr. Tom Roxas, faculty, staff, parents, friends, and the Class of 2018, greetings to all.

My name is Ezekiel Dela Fuente, graduate under the program of Integrated Communications and Public Relations.

First and foremost, I’d like to give thanks and glory to our Almighty God, the Lord Jesus Christ, whom all things were through Him, by Him, and for Him alone.

Next, I’d like to give thanks and honor to my parents, who have sent me here in Messiah, and have supported me in all my endeavors. Every morning, gigising nang mas maaga sakin si Nanay para lang i-prepare ang breakfast and baon ko. And Tatay would always provide whatever I would need, and would always encourage me. I do hope they are proud of the product of their hard work and sacrifice.

Also to my Lola. Mommy, finally may unang apo ka na naka-graduate.

I stand before you today as not someone with the best speaking skills, or the most eloquent, or even the funniest.

Actually, I didn’t even know why I was chosen to be here. Probably si Josh kasi, nag-procrastinate sa Christian Home assignment niya kaya di siya yung pinag-speak dito. Sorry Josh.

I’m not at all a speaker, nor a front-man. For those who know me, my place is down there, with a camera, as the docu guy.

But today is a special day for a group of young students (excluding Kuya Jay, not young anymore) who will be opening a new chapter in their lives, and another hallmark for Messiah as it produces another fresh batch of graduates.

Each batch of graduates for Messiah is a miracle.

We survived every paper, quiz, group project, and of course thesis. And for the parents here today, you survived four years of tuition, a close to Php. 50,000 each semester, doubling that per year, for four years, that makes it around Php. 400,000 in total.

Wow!

But just think of the total cost it took to take you to be able to wear that toga today.

Think of the sleepless nights finishing that thesis.

Think of the struggles in Ministry week, when the bathroom looked like it was God-forsaken. Think of how lost you were when you didn’t know where to raise your funds for Cross-Cultural.

Think of the many people that sacrificed and rooted for you to finish today.

And think of how few we are here today.

You may look at it from a reductionist perspective, but I see it as prestige.

What comes to mind when you hear the word prestige?

Do we associate prestige with Messiah?

Why do you think that prestige is not a word stapled to Messiah? Is that word only for “exclusive” universities?

But what does prestige confer? Prestige is not only about exclusivity, but prestige is the honor that comes with it.

With prestige comes privilege.

Privilege for a chosen few. And aren’t we just a few sitting here in this room?

Not many are called to study here in Messiah; not many are given a chance to go to Ministry Week, or called to go to Cross Cultural missions trip at our age. Not many has the privilege to have a discipleship group like GReG in college. Not many.

But we are, you are.

Prestige is privilege.

And if we have this mindset in Messiah, our actions and attitude towards ourselves and towards the school will be different. Our words will no longer be, “Ay kase, no choice ako kaya sa Messiah ako bumagsak.” or “Sa Messiah lang ako nag-aral, maliit lang kami.”

But recognizing privilege is that we will have a sense of pride. And along comes that pride comes a sense of responsibility that we carry the name of Messiah towards our workplace.

And yes, we are geared to go outside. Geared to become ambassadors of Christ the most High. Isn’t that a privilege to be called as representatives of God?

I implore you brothers and sisters that you may walk in a manner worthy of your calling

The facilities or the campus won’t bring prestige to Messiah.

It is the significance of each one of us as we carry ourselves with honor as we walk outside; that will bring prestige to Messiah.

PRESTIGE DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE SMALL HUMBLE PLACES; YOU ARE CHOSEN THEREFORE, BECOME THE PRESTIGE

How do we become that? Two things how we live out the prestige:

1. Firstly is EXCELLENCE

Excellence precedes prestige. The hunger to become above reproach begets honor.

There are two things I realized about excellence:

First thing I realized is that you don’t have to be the smartest or the best to validate yourself in the pursuit of excellence.

Just show up.

Your presence is more important than any other perfect paper or quiz you could ever do.

Even if attendance only accounts for 10% of your total grade, think of the class participation, quizzes, and reporting grade you will miss. That in turn will affect more than 10% of your grade.

Which is why there is excellence in presence. Show up to meetings, in your job interview, in field works. Not matter how boring they may be. Just show up.

That is why it was said that Genius is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration.

Yung pagka-inspire kay crush, 1% lang pala yun. Dapat din daw ume-effort.

Kaya kay Rara, hindi lang naman yung pangarap makapag asawa, pero she is now gearing up to be able to become a teacher abroad one day.

Speaking of effort, I remember when Phil walked from Boni to Nova for 6 hours. I don’t know about you, pero more than 99% perspiration na yun. Hindi ko lang alam kung genius yun.

Second thing I realized is that that obedience is a key to excellence.

We each have our own calling out there. But how can God bless you in the place where He calls you to be if you are not there?

For others like Ella and Kath, as they will be going to Zambales for missions, I’m sure God will be with them there. Same with those that are called to be in the office, like Yanisce, or in government like Gen, or those called in the corporate world like Ana, or those that will pursue an MA like An. I know God will be with them there, and that He will bless them there.

And for those that will prepare for the board review, like Dana, I know that God will be with them there, too.

Also, the pursuit of excellence must not be limited to the system you are in. I mean, let’s admit it, Messiah does have its limitations, but that should not mean it should hinder our pursuit of our own excellence. It is not the system that limits your learning but only yourself.

During our Media Writing class, part of our requirement was to create and maintain a blog throughout the semester. And that, folks, was where ChibogChai was born. Eventually becoming a vlogging channel in YouTube, Chai wasn’t limited on what she could only do in class, but she made it her own, and she pursued excellence the way she knows how.

Passion turning into reality through hard-work. Just like Metch, where she started her business from her passion in clothing.

2. The second thing is that THE LOVE WE HAVE WILL DISTINGUISH OUR PRESTIGE

In Messiah, what do we describe our environment that we are most proud of?

“family environment”

But I feel like we may have been overdoing the “family environment” in our ideals and have undervalued what it really means to be a family. Because in the insinuation of the notion that we brand ourselves as family lies beneath is love.

But being a family means more than Coffee Bean hangouts, or inside jokes. Our love should be more than applause and affirmation.

In a family, there will be disagreements which is to fuel greatness in one another, the hard conversations towards reconciliation, and the heart to keep forgiving as forgiven.

May we have that kind of love.

May we be each one’s refining fire.

For four years I’ve shared joys, tears, and fights with my course-mates. I remember when Anj and I had a sharp miscommunication, and that was when I was at school and she was somewhere else. We disagreed on the phone, and we both were furious with each other. But thank God, we settled our argument a few days later; though it was hard, it increased our understanding threshold for one another.

We are a collection of different people from different backgrounds, brought together for one vision, and that is to impact the workplace for Christ.

And what a privilege it is to be chosen to love and be loved in a diverse community.

We are brought together to bring out the best in each one to make an impact in a world bigger than ourselves, so let’s make it count.

And as we go out, we will discover that the world out there may not be as loving or as forgiving as here, but if we practice what it really means to be family here, may it overflow there.

As I close, I hope that excellence and love will be a mark of Messiah. A mark of our prestige.

Refined and ready as we go out towards the mission field, may it be ministry, church, or office, they will know the privilege we have kept here in Messiah.

Not everyone gets to be in a position you are in. Cherish that. I hope everyone here in Messiah will recognize that.

Let us not bash ourselves, that we are just a small school, that we don’t have that much money, or facilities, or acclaim, and that our dreams or expectations matches the size of our school.

Yes, we are only but a few, but we are a chosen few. Be proud of where you came from, and back it up with excellence and love.

The expectations should be high ladies and gentlemen, so it should be; our calling is from the King.

Prestige does not come cheap, nor does honor rests on just anyone.

May we pour out our excellence into whatever we are called to do

May we love one another that it may overflow towards others

May we be each one’s refining fire

And may our recognition of our privilege define our prestige here in Messiah, and may it be God-honoring.

Ezekiel V. Dela Fuente
A.B. Integrated Communications and Public Relations
Magna Cum Laude
June 22, 2018