Trinitian student leaders, together with their campus advisers, attend the Annual National Convention of the Philippine Association of Campus Student Advisers (PACSA), held last November 23-26 at the Teachers Camp, Baguio City with the theme “Pursuing Academic and Co-curricular Strategies and Advancing in Partnerships among Advisers, Communities & Students”.
PACSA, celebrating its 34th year together with the Philippine Association of Campus Student Leaders (PACS) which celebrates its 18th year, aims to provide an integral and holistic formation of Campus Advisers and Student Leaders through an enlightened intellectual, moral, social and spiritual citizenry.
During the opening ceremonies, PACSA National President Prof. Renato Jose Ma. Molano of DLSU gave his welcome message to the delegates and participants of the National Convention. Dr. Adelaida Fronda from the Far Eastern University gave the keynote address. After the dinner, business meetings were facilitated. In the business meetings, TUA delegates Kate Banasan, the College of Business Administration Local Council President was re –elected as officer of PACS-NCR for the second term and Dr. Froilie Somera, the Central Student Council Adviser, was elected as PACSA-NCR Secretary. Trinitians also showcased their talents thru sing and dance performances during the Talent Night & Jamming Session.
On the second day, the National Chair of Akbayan Party-list Congresswoman Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel, highlighted the day by giving an inspirational talk to campus advisers and student leaders with the topic “Identifying Societal Needs School Organizations Can Address.”
Plenary sessions were facilitated by Professors Ma. Lourdes Melegrito of DLSU’s Center for Social Concern and Action and Dr. Minerva Calimag of UST’s Faculty of Medicine and Surgery who both talked about the Holistic Framework for Balanced Education and Benchmarking on Best Practices from Universities on Community Engagement respectively.
Servant Leadership was the main focus of the session for the student leaders on the third day and was facilitated by Prof. Marlon Jay Baysa of the Northeastern College while the campus advisers had their separate session focusing on Motivational Leadership led by Prof. Molano. After the sessions, parallel and simultaneous activities soon followed.
That evening, the Cultural Night and the Showcase of Regional Talents as well as the Awarding of Winners and Service Awardees took place. Trinitians bagged different awards and recognitions; Andrea Santizo, won 3rd runner-up in the Mister & Miss PACSA 2013, Kevin Hombrebueno won 3rd place at the National Photography Competition while Bernadette Castro and Darnell Castro both qualified during the NCR pre-qualifying competitions. Raphael Sani, International Students Society delegate, won as the Mask of the Night. CSC President, Denise Lim, was chosen as a candidate for the Star of the Night during the Cultural Night.
During the last day, TUA delegates went around Baguio City to visit its tourist destinations like the PMA, The Mansion, SM Baguio, Baguio Cathedral, and many more. They were also able to visit and enjoy the Night Market and eat at famous eateries like the Good Taste Restaurant and 50’s Diner.
TUA was declared as the biggest delegation with 42 participants. The convention allowed the TUA student leaders and faculty advisers not only to hone their skills and be updated with current realities but also to meet and make new friends from different schools. The most inspiring delegations were from the Visayas Region where advisers, as well as their student leaders, who were affected by the recent calamities like earthquakes, super typhoon and flooding made the effort to join the activities.