Westmead’s Graduation Ceremony 2014

Westmead’s Graduation Ceremony 2014


     School year 2013-2014 was a year of glorious triumph and tremendous challenges for the Westmead International School academic community. This year culminates with Ms. Geneve V. Pesigan graduating Cum Laude for Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Mathematics. She was joined by the outstanding students from various programs namely: IvyLallaine C. Ragadio (AB Communication Arts), Maila M. De Castro (Bachelor of Elementary Education), Laika Minaliza A. Bitang (BS Information Technology), Sarah Jane A. Bituin (BS Accountancy), Mc Lexter A. Calales (BS Mechanical Engineering), Mariel D. De Chavez (BS Business Administration), and Kristia Olive D. Manalo (BS Tourism Management). The Senator Loren Legarda Leadership award was given to BS Customs Administration outstanding graduate Joyciel H. Malibiran. On the other hand, cum laude graduate, Geneve V. Pesigan, received the Senator Aquilino Pimentel III Excellence Award. The outstanding graduates is joined by more than 200 graduates coming from six different colleges of Westmead last April 5, 2014 at the Batangas Provincial Auditorium for their Commencement Exercises.

     This year’s commencement speaker is a man of great knowledge and inspiration. Atty. Nicasio Aranas Conti is the Deputy Administrator for planning of the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA). He served as the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) Spokesperson from December 2011 to October 2012 during the stint of Secretary Mar Roxas. Atty. Conti started his career in government as legal consultant of the Office of the Press Secretary, Philippine Information Agency and Philippine Heart Center of Asia from 2001 to 2002.

     He also served as the Presidential Assistant at the Office of the President and Assistant Secretary of the Office of the Presidential Chief of Staff from 2003 to 2004. He likewise served as Commissioner of the Presidential Commission on Good Government from 2005 to 2008. In MARINA, aside from being Officer-in-Charge from April 2012 to May 2013, he served as the Head of the National Secretariat for the conduct of the Diplomatic Conference to adopt amendments to the International Convention on the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) for he was instrumental for the designation of MARINA as the Single Maritime Administration responsible for oversight in the implementation of the STCW Convention as amended through the signing by President Benigno S. Aquino III of Executive Order No. 75 series of 2012 which ended the long years of agency turf on jurisdiction over the education, training and certification of seafarers. Atty. Conti is largely credited for the expansion of MARINA’s functions through the opening of more plantilla positions and extension offices to cater to the needs of the dynamic shipping industry as well as the clinching of the establishments of the MARINA building after 39 years.

     Being a man of vision and action, he was given recognition for his hard work and dedication by the Alliance of MARINA Employees and was bestowed the Most Outstanding Public Servant by the United Filipino Seafarers and the Tinig ng Marino for 2012. Similarly, the Philippine Association of Maritime Training Centers, Inc. (PAMTCI) jointly conferred upon his Plaque of Recognition for his competent leadership as OIC Administrator of MARINA. His impressive educational and training background included San Beda College where he finished his bachelor’s degree in Economics as cum laude and class salutatorian. He also took up Bachelor of Laws in the same institution. He took up the pioneering course on Corruption Studies at the Hong Kong University in 2003. He was also a Chevening Fellow on Public Sector Reform Course in 2008 under the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom. He was the professor of Economics in San Beda College from 1998 to 2010 and the author of the book,

“To Serve with Honor: A Primer against Corruption”.

WIS-School of Economics, Business and Accountancy holds 4th Business and Economics Forum

WIS-School of Economics, Business and Accountancy holds 4th Business and Economics Forum


           Senior Business Administration Students, with the full support of their Dean, Dr. Marites D. Manlongat have successfully marked the year as they hold the 4th Business and Economics with the theme “Online Opportunities: Access to Success”.

           Held last January 30, 2014 at the Batangas Provincial Auditorium, Capitol Site, Batangas City, the said forum was attended by almost 600 students together with their respective instructors from Westmead International School, Lyceum of the Philippines University-Batangas and Colegio ng Lungsod ng Batangas.

           The event was indeed a remarkable one as it presented keynote speakers who are very inclined in their own field. The first speaker was Mr. Ronaldo L. Cabaccang who is a project manager of Social Consztellation, Owner of Zen Tuna Grille and the same time the National Vice Chairman of the board of Trustees for KA ENTREP. The students were all eager as he discussed about the Digital Media Discovery 101. Meanwhile, Ms. Alice Lacorte, dean of the College of Information Technology and Communication Technology of the First Asia Institute of Technology and Hospitality, and the Coordinator of the Council of Deans and Information Enthusiast (CODITE), CALABARZON shares her insights all about the E-Commerce 101.

           On the other hand, Ms. Jannete Toral, the Mother of E-Commerce and a holder of various awards such as: Women Innovator 2011, Champion of the Philippine Internet, Hall of Fame (March 2010), E-service Awardee 2008 (Policy and Legal Category) and an International Schools Cyber fair Ambassador Awardee was the third and last keynote speaker who enlightened the mind of each student about the notion of E-Commerce and how an individual can get into it and succeed unto it.

           At the end of the seminar, students were filled by much information and so the priceless smiles on their faces.

CITCS joins “Showtime”

CITCS joins “Showtime”


           Last January 20 of this year, the juniors and some BSIT seniors had one of the most exciting educational trips. Their first itinerary was the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) where they learned a lot about weather forecasting and how various calamities occur due to changes in the weather. This was followed but the ABS-CBN studio tour and their memorable participation in “Showtime” where they joined the crowd in their dance craze and breathtaking parts of the show. A lot of the students were able to meet and interact with their favorite artists such as Billy Crawford, Vhong Navarro, Jhong Hilario, Vice Ganda, Kuya Kim, some news anchors like Doris Bigornia and the casts of “LUV U”, a Philippine TV teen comedy series. Some of them even had the chance to be on stage with these personalities.

           On a different note, technology and innovation is very useful, dynamic and it makes everything quick and easy. It feels good how CITCS students demonstrate their eagerness to learn and discover different breakthroughs to all CITCS students to participate in the Youth for Information Technology Congress also knows as the Y4IT which was organized by the UP System, UP Information Technology Training Center, and UP System Information Technology Foundation, Inc. This year’s seminar was held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City last September 17-19, 2013, with the theme, “Imagine, Innovate, and Inspire”. Just like other seminars , conferences and fora, Y4IT 2013 focused mainly on the recent trends in IT.

           Moreover, a series of seminars were participated by them during the first quarter of this year such as Batangas Information Technology Students’ Technopreneurship Summit organized by the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship, and the 2nd E-Globio Seminar Series. Leading IT personalities, top corporate executives and technopreneurs, distinguished academic professors and researchers, and policy makers whose interaction and decisions shape the future of the Philippine ICT, were the speakers who shared their views in their respective fields of expertise. All of those were nationwide events, which provided a venue for discovering and evaluating the new technologies of the century. They gave the students new knowledge about the advancements in technology with their success stories and real life experiences which could be used on their future endeavors.

CITCS Tarlac and Subic Experience

CITCS Tarlac and Subic Experience


          The BSCS and BSIT junior students went to Tarlac and Subic Last March 5-6, 2014 for their next scheduled educational trip. Their first destination was the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB), the former Voice of America, located at Tinang, Concepcion, Tarlac. It is a global radio network of the Broadcasting Board of Governors whose main purpose is to serve as the transmitting station to ensure the availability of a strong into the China, Russia, Pacific Ocean, Korean, Oceana, Indonesia Tibet, South and Southeast Asia and East Africa. All IBB programs originate from studios in Washington ad are relayed to the Philippines through Satellite Interconnect System Circuit.

          Such company trip was followed by an astonishing exploration of the Philippine Academy for Aviation Training (PAAT), the official training provider of the Cebu Pacific Airlines for their Pilots. PAAT is one of the few aviation schools in the Philippines offering courses for the commercial aviation in industry in the country. It provides modeling, simulation and training for civil aviation and defense.

          The students’ fun-filled itinerary concluded with a visit to the Management Information System Department of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), the One Subic Power Generation Corporation, and finally the Subic Bay International Airport.

Westmeadians join USCAA 2013

Westmeadians join USCAA 2013


The cheering of the students echoed in the Batangas Provincial Coliseum last August 13, 2013 during the opening of the Universities, Schools, Colleges Athletic Association (USCAA) Competition. Players from different schools gathered in the coliseum for the opening ceremony of the said event. The ceremony started with the presentation of modern dances of each school followed by the entrance of the players, lighting of torch and the oath of sportsmanship.

Westmead participated in the following events: volleyball, basketball, badminton, table tennis and chess. Among the five schools that competed in the championship, Westmead successfully got the first place in Chess Board 1 in the person of Bryan Blair Fallarme, a 2nd year BS Accountancy student, as he continuously marked a trail of triumph against his rivals. In line with the said events, his teammates’ Mylene Beo, Jasmin Beo, Robert Bombales and Desiree Balbaira won second place while Roma Beo and Rolly Dalisay bagged the third place. Moreover, in the badminton events, players Ma. Theresa Igaya of Single A – Girls and Claudine Fortaliza of Single B- Girls both won second place while their teammate, Paulo Agtaym of Single B – Boys got the third place.

These players and other Westmead athletes have trained and practiced regularly before their respective sport events to hone their skills and to achieve the proper conditioning before the games began. Congratulations winners!