TORCH Reaps Awards in LEHPC '15
by: Jake A. Villanueva
PULSAR HOTEL, Tuguegarao City – The Louisian Torch reaped various awards both in individual and grouped categories during the Luzonwide Higher Education Press Conference last February 5 – 7, 2015.
Highest individual pointer of Region 1 Elona Lozano landed 7th in Comic Strip making (English); Narcy Lyn Vendillo bagged 6th in News Writing (Filipino); Editor-in-chief Lea Lorraine Bautista placed 8th in Feature Writing (Filipino); Jake Villanueva clinched 9th in Poetry Writing (Filipino); and Doven Gardon got 10th in Editorial Cartooning (Filipino) among more than 30 contenders from the different regions in Luzon.
In the group category, TORCH entry in tabloid received silver in the over-all ranking after its news page won 1st place; editorial page ended in 2nd place; DevCom page placed 3rd; Feature pageand Literary page both got 6th place.
Moreover, the page design of the newsletter entry and concept of folio landed 4th and 5th respectively.
"I think it was a job well done though I noticed that winning papers were those with quality outlooks," said Bautista in an interview.
She also said that it was very fulfilling on her part as the EIC for they got positive feedback from the Louisian community.
With the performance given by SLC together with Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU) – Mid- La Union Campus Voice, Lyceum of Pangasinan ULNOS and Verhen Milagrosa University Foundation who also garnered various awards, Region 1 rose from last year's post landed 4th Runner-up in the over-all ranking.
SLC-CCA's "Tawid Taoid" Recognized as Official NCCA Arts Month Local Project
by: Mr. Jeddhan Rosario
The Center for Culture and the Arts, Saint Louis College's culture and arts governing office, in coordination with the Extension Services Office, currently implements two (2) existing extension programs. The first one is the semester- long weekly arts enhancement program for La Union National High School (LUNHS) Special Program for the Arts (SPA). The second extension project is a cultural- mapping based documentation of intangible heritage of Bago tribe of Manggaan, Santol- a mountainous town in the eastern province- for the town's La Union Special School for Culture and the Arts (LUSSCA) - a National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) recognized school of living tradition.
"TAWID TAOID: Bridging Cultures" envisions bridging the arts schools together for the meaningful NAM local celebration and implementation, through travelling shows and arts exhibits in the open space auditorium and campuses of participating schools and towns. The project has been recognized and chosen as one of only twelve (12) local projects nationwide to be supported by NCCA for this year's local celebration of February as 2015 National Arts Month (NAM).
The visits will feature performances in different performance arts in dance, drama, music and oral tradition- focusing on promotion and awareness of local culture of ethno-linguistic groups in the province specifically Ilokano and Bago.
The visual art exhibits alongside with other production design will also be featured crafted by the visual arts students of the schools.
The activity will also further strengthen the dynamics and involvement of communities and participants to the culture and arts activities in schools and communities.
The schedule of the travelling shows and exhibits is as follows: February 17, 2015 1:30 pm at Santol Town Auditorium, February 18, 2015, 10:30 am at La Union National High School Auditorium and February 20, 2015, 10 am and 2 pm at Fr. Burgos Gym Saint Louis College.
SLC DRAMA GROUP GOES NATIONAL IN FRINGE MANILA FESTIVAL Louisian Theatre Ensemble (LTE), the resident theater company of Saint Louis College of San Fernando, La Union presents "BULONG: ANG ATING SIGAW NG PAGBABAGO" which is a showcase of four short one-act plays which all depicts how people claim to want change but fail to initiate any action to pull them out of their despair. Carefully weaved together, this show serves as a wakeup call to the audience in the reality of life where people's words are heavy, but their actions are light. Officially qualifying for Fringe Manila 2015 to be held at De La Salle College of St Benilde, LTE performs their theatrical masterpiece from February 19 to 22, 2015.
Student leaders convene at 4th CICM Convergence
by: Immanuel Munar
With one goal and one spirit, student leaders from the different Congregatio Immaculati Cordis Mariae (CICM) schools across the country gather for the 4th Schools Student Leaders' Convergence held at University of Saint Louis (USL), Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, May 5-7.
Uniting with 21 Saint Louis College-City of San Fernando (SLC-CSF) delegates, were the participants from Saint Louis University (SLU), Saint Mary's University (SMU)-Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya, and USL, the host school.
With the theme "CICM Student Leaders: Challenges and Opportunities", Louisian leaders took part in becoming responsible, competent and professional leaders of the community.
Despite of an unexpected black-out during the second day lecture sessions, Prof. Marlon Jay B. Baysa, one of the resource speakers continued on discussing his topics on challenging student leaders to maximize their potentials and social responsibility in student leadership.
Prof.Baysa highlighted that true leaders inspire other people and should never forget to be compassionate.
Rev. Fr. Ferdinand T. Maguigad, Principal of Lyceum of Aparri and Professor at St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary talked on the impacts and prospects of computer mediated communications.
During the socialization night, SLC-CSF delegates shined as they showcased their talents and bagged awards.
The group of Geo Renae Flores, Gino-Luigi Cariaso, Rhonalie Apilado and Gabby Llamzon and other participants from other CICM schools captured the Best Performing Group Award.
The team building activity highlighted the three-day leadership convergence where the diligence, intelligence and teamwork of the CICM student leaders were tested.
The group in which Immanuel Munar, CSC President and John Mark Barcelona, Vice President of Chorale belonged to emerged as the champion.
"Those 3 days in Tuguegarao City were more than what I have imagined and two from the many lessons I learned were: in great leadership, sacrifice comes first and in every situation there's always a silver lining," Ma. Regina Cruz, CSC Auditor and a participant in the said convergence stated in an interview.
Mr. Chester Merza, SLC Guidance Counselor-College Department, accompanied the SLC–CSF student leaders.
TORCH Conquers RHEPC '14
by: Jake A. Villanueva
Saint Louis College The Louisian TORCH once again conquered the Regional Higher Education Press Conference after ranking first both in the individual and group categories with total scores of 136 and 340 respectively held at Oasis Country Resort, City of San Fernando, Dec. 4 – 6, 2014.
Elona Joyce Lozano, a BS Civil Engineering 5 student, emerged as first in the highest individual pointer after winning gold both in Comic Strip (English) and Literary Graphics (English) and 4th Place in Editorial Cartooning (English). Joining Lozano in top ten individual highest pointers is Doven Gardon (BS Architecture 2) at 4th place after winning first place in Editorial Cartooning (Fil) and 5th both in Comic Strip (Fil) and Literary Graphics (Fil).
In the individual category, Immanuel Munar and Julius Cezar Barnachea (DevCom Writing) and Ray Allen Dumale (Lay Outing) bagged first place while Jake Villanueva (Poetry Writing – Fil) and Narcy Lyn Vendillo (News Writing – Fil) grabbed second and third place respectively. Torch Editor-in-chief Lea Lorraine Bautista emerged 4th place in Feature Writing – Fil while four staffers namely Arnel Barroga (Sports Writing – English), John Carlo Manabat (Editorial Writing - English), Christopher Maynes (Opinion Writing - English) and Dominic Canonizado (Photojournalism - Fil) placed 6th. Moreover, Barnachea placed 8th in Photojournalism – English and Chinque Gallejo placed 9th in Feature Writing – English.
Meanwhile, TORCH entries in the tabloid, magazine, newsletter and folio clinched a total of 22 trophies (8 first, 6 second, 5 third, 1 fourth and 2 fifth places) from various group categories in news page, editorial/opinion page, feature page, literary page, DevCom page, Sports page layout, cover design, theme and content.
SLC remained as the best performing school in Region 1 for Campus Journalism but after being the over-all champion for seven straight years and was given the Hall of Fame award last year; thetitle was given to the school next in rank which is Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University – Mid La Union Campus Voice.
Dr. Ruby Banez, the new adviser of TORCH, commended the efforts and sacrifices of all the staffers who worked hard for the said tilt.
"We had reaped the fruits of our sacrifices and I am proud of these students for giving their best knowing that we had a stressful week on the 4th CICM Meet before this," said Dr. Banez during an interview.
Top five winners in all events will proceed in the Luzonwide Higher Education Press Conference to be held at Pulsar Hotel, Tuguegarao City on February 5 – 7, 2015.