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AUP Week of Revival: Follow

AUP Week of Revival: Follow

With the theme “Follow”, Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP) held their spiritual emphasis week, through morning and afternoon sessions from March 16 to 21, 2020 at Philippine International Church (PIC) with Pastor Don MacLafferty as the guest speaker.

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The semestral week of prayer is held in support of our institution’s mission in helping the students have a closer relationship with Christ through the prayer sessions and the study of the bible. With the leadership of PIC Pastoral staff headed by Pastor Rex Mangiliman and Adventist Youth Ministries (AYM). The weeklong program started with student ushers welcoming worshipers. The guest speaker Pastor Don MacLafferty has worked with children and teens for over twenty years. Pastor MacLafferty lives in Ooltewah, TN with his wife April and their three children. Pastor Don is an Associate Pastor of the Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church and founder and director of Kids in Discipleship, a ministry equipping parents and caregivers to mentor kids as empowered disciples of Jesus. The weeklong program has become much notable as it strives amidst the pandemic COVID-19. weekofprayer42020_2It did not stop students, faculty and staff who stayed on campus to continue with the week of prayer, of which later on turned into a week of revival for all, with two precious souls baptized by the end of the program. Despite the challenges that came, AUP and PIC family hopes that through these revival programs, students, faculty and staff will find the passion to continue to stand firm on their faith as they continue to serve and prepare for eternity.

Dean Doris Mendoza receives distinguished award from Loma Linda University Health

Dean Doris Mendoza receives distinguished award from Loma Linda University Health

Dr. Doris A. Mendoza, founding and current dean of the Adventist University of the Philippines-College of Medicine (AUP-COM) was the recipient of the 2020 Loma Linda University Health (LLUH) Global Service Award, given at the vesper service held on March 6, 2020, at the LLUH University church during the LLU homecoming weekend.

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The prestigious award is presented to individuals whose commitment to global service exemplifies Loma Linda University Health’s worldwide mission through healthcare, education, and/or research. Present to the awarding was Loma Linda University president Dr. Richard Hart, along with some AUP alumni, family and friends of Dr. Mendoza. Dr. Doris started her ministry with LLUH in January 2007 when she began her mentoring program in the areas of pediatric cardiology and heart transplantation as well as spirituality, wholeness and Christian bioethics. After this, Dr. Mendoza served formerly at West Visayan State University before serving at the AUP-COM as the founding and current dean of AUP-College of Medicine.  With this milestone, AUP continues to inspire more aspiring medical doctors to pursue becoming five-star plus-physician missionaries who will bring wholeness to the world through Christ Jesus.

First AUP-COM clinical clerkship rotation at Loma Linda Health

First AUP-COM clinical clerkship rotation at Loma Linda Health

Ira Alexis Aclan, Jezrael Casel, and Robbie Castro were the three chosen students as the first clinical clerks of Adventist University of the Philippines—College of Medicine (AUP-COM) sent abroad for their two weeks clinical rotations in the different fields of medicine at Loma Linda University Health (LLUH) from January 19 to February 7, 2020. The clinical clerks were accompanied by Dr. Elmer Valenzona, the clinical clerkship coordinator.

com1The AUP-LLUH international medical student elective is an international extension clinical rotation of senior medical students to Loma Linda University. The purpose of the program is to have senior medical students gain clinical exposure to elective subjects such as surgery, pediatrics, OB, internal medicine, E.R. department and the like. The visit is an initial invitation from the Global Health Institution (GHI)-Loma Linda Program.

The objective of the program is to strengthen the bond between AUP-COM and LLU School of Medicine and a sign of affirmation as a sister institution. It is also for the inclusion of the details of the clinical clerkship rotation in the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) which was for renewal and approval. The visit was also an opportunity to talk with the Dean of the School of Medicine of LLUH; Dr. Tamara Thomas and Dr. Kevin Codorniz; overall clinical clerkship coordinator of LLUH, where they had a discussion about the positive approval of the MOA which will be affirmed by Dr. Doris A. Mendoza; AUP-COM Dean on her visit on March 2020.

com3If approved, under the MOA between the sister-institutions, a maximum of six students from AUP-COM will be eligible for one-month clinical elective rotations at LLUH. Criteria for students to attend the clinical clerkship rotation are as follows: (1)spiritual aspect; students must have intact core values of a true Adventist/Christian believer, (2) academic aspect, students chosen must also excel on their classes, (3) good social and communication skills, and lastly (4) financial capability.

With this sisterhood between the two institutions, AUP looks forward to gaining many opportunities in developing and producing outstanding physician missionaries.

AWESNA Alumni extends help to AUP working students

AWESNA Alumni extends help to AUP working students

AUP-PUC Alumni of Western North America (AWESNA) extended help to working students of Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP) through an assistance program held at the commission point—Centennial park on February 15, 2020. 

wsa_awesnaHeaded by the AUP Working Student Association (WSA), its officers along with the Student Services Office and the University Advancement Office, working students gathered together for an assistance program rendered by AWESNA alumni. The program started with a devotional of which Gino Virtucio, an AB Theology student and the WSA president gave the devotional message. Several working students also rendered their ministry by sharing their talents in singing. Mrs. Ceres Arevalo Gurango, the representative of the Alumni from Great Los Angeles, along with other AUP alumni supporters were present and recognized for the assistance they have shared with AUP working students. A hearty dinner was served after the worship program, followed by the gift-giving, where working students received hygienic kits from the alumni.

These alumni continue to hope that through the help that they continue to extend, AUP working students would be encouraged to finish their education in the institution and be used in the future in the gospel work throughout the world.

AUP @103: “We Serve as One”

AUP @103: “We Serve as One”

With the theme “We Serve as One”, the Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP) celebrated its 103rd Founding Anniversary last February 1, 2020 at the Philippine International Church (PIC).

This year’s foundation celebration theme got its inspiration from the recently concluded 30th Southeast Asian Games (2019 SEA Games), “We Win as One”. Throughout the years, AUP has dedicated in serving the students, and neighboring communities. Adhering to its philosophy in providing holistic education, never did AUP know that it would as well uphold this year’s founding anniversary theme, which is serving as one.

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Last January 12, 2020, Taal Volcano erupted which blanketed Batangas City and the neighboring towns including AUP campus with thick sulfuric-ashes. Within days of continued eruption, the once ever-green campus of AUP looked like a monochrome photo from the early 90’s.  Immediately, the faculty and staff worked as one in cleaning the campus. For the next few days, with a united effort, AUP was back to its operations. This paved the way for the university in practicing its forte—serving others as one.

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Extending AUP’s service in the affected communities, on January 23-25, 2020, the volunteer students, faculty and staff, with the University Advancement Office, Philippine International Church-Adventist Community Services (PIC-ACS), and the Central Student Council were able to gather relief goods such as water containers with clean drinking water (a total of 25 gallons), pails, dippers, soap bars, underwear, toothpaste, shampoo, sanitary napkins, ethyl alcohol, face towels, and blankets. These relief goods were given to nine evacuation centers, namely the Tejero Evacuation Center, Navarro Evacuation Center, both in Gen. Trias, Cavite, Barangay Puting Kahoy, Sitio Muzon, Barangay Lumil, Barangay Pasong Langka, Pooc 1, Barangay Inchican and Barangay Tartaria. The relief goods were given to a total of 344 families. In addition, there were other services and ministry rendered to the victims like the psychological first aid which reached 245 individuals, medical outreach to 134 individuals and free haircut for five children.

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There were also support coming from generous members of Edmonton SDA church (Pathfinder Club) in the USA and Canada. Also, the Korean community donated 20 sets of goods for 20 families, and 5,000 pesos worth of learning materials. There were also assorted stuffs given by some members of PIC. Due to the Taal Volcanic eruption, a few of the scheduled programs for the founding anniversary celebration were canceled, but the natural calamity did not stop AUP family from paying it forward to others.

Towards the weekend, the AUP community continued its founding anniversary celebration through the consecration service on January 31 at the PIC. Alumni came to join the program, three of which gave inspiring testimonies of how God has transformed their lives while staying at AUP. Mr. Prom and Mrs. Norma Amoguis also graced the event. They were recipients of Service award for their dedication in serving AUP especially the working students financially including their foods and school supplies.

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On Saturday, the 1956 Colors Family, composed of AUP alumni, sponsored the Sabbath School worship. Pastor Romeo Mangiliman, the North Philippine Union Conference President gave the Hour of Worship message which focused on the keys of witnessing. The afternoon worship was filled with music and singing of praises as 14 different choir and musical groups rendered songs of thanksgiving during the musical concert. As AUP turns into another year of academic excellence, the institution continues to cultivate in its students a Christ-like character, and together as one, render exemplary services to others. As the CSC president said, Decxel Ragas, “The true essence of serving as one is when people come together with one purpose [in] mind, young and old, and gives in the effort it needs so that [the] goal will be accomplished.”

Adventist University of the Philippines Granted Autonomous Status!

Adventist University of the Philippines Granted Autonomous Status!

The Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP) was once again granted autonomous status by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), from June 1, 2019, up to May 31, 2021. The university enjoyed the said status since 2003.

The autonomous status is given to Higher Education Institutions which embodies a “long tradition of integrity and untarnished reputation”, “commitment to excellence”, and “sustainability and viability of operations”. The status is considered as one of the highest recognitions a college or university can receive from CHED. AUP is one among the 68 Private institutions out of 1,700+ Private Higher Education Institution (PHEIs) granted of such status. The prestigious status is given to PHEIs that have shown consistent exemplary performance in the field of education, research and extension services.

Some of the benefits of an Autonomous Status are that it allows Higher Education Institutions to open new programs in the undergraduate and/or graduate levels including doctoral programs in areas of expertise without securing a permit or recognition from CHED (except disciplines under moratorium), privilege to determine and prescribe innovative curricular programs to achieve global competence. This also gives the institutions to establish branches or satellite campuses, as well as offer extension classes and distance education courses and establish affiliations with a recognized foreign higher education institution. Educational institutions given such status have the freedom from regular monitoring and evaluation by CHED given that the school complies with the rules and regulations set. PHEIs with autonomous status also is a priority for grants,  subsidies, scholarships and other financial assistance from CHED, as well as the capability to determine and prescribe curricular programs that would help students achieve global competence, wherein one of its advantages is the ability to  revise and upgrade curricular offerings regularly.


The Milestones and Jump boards

A contributing factor to the granted status for the university is its accredited programs. 33 out of 35 of its programs offered are accredited by several accrediting agencies, such as: Association of Christian Schools, Colleges and Universities-Accrediting Council, Inc. (ACSCU-ACI), The Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA), Association for Theological Education in South East Asia (ATESEA), and Adventist Accrediting Association (AAA).

Nine of its programs are accredited Level 4, the highest level, namely Bachelor of Arts1 (English, History, Psychology), 2BS Accountancy, 3BS Business Administration, 4Bachelor of Elementary Education, 5Bachelor of Secondary Education, 6BS Nursing, 7Bachelor of Science (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics), 8Master in Business Administration, and 9Master of Arts in Education. Eleven programs are on Level 3 namely: 1BS Nutrition and Dietetics, 2MA in Psychology, 3MS Nursing and Master in Nursing, 4PhD. in Business Administration, 5Ph.D. in Educational Administration, 6Elementary Program, 7Junior High School Program, 8BS Development Communication, 9BS Psychology, 10BS Accounting Information System, and 11PhD. in Psychology. Five programs are on Level 2: 1Doctor of Dental Medicine, 2Master in Public Health, 3Dr. Public Health major in Preventive Health Care, 4Preschool Program, and 5Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science. Eight are on Level 1: 1BS Office Administration, 2Bachelor of Library and Information Science, 3AB Theology, 4Bachelor of Tradigital Fine Arts major in Visual Communication and Design, 5Bachelor of Music in Music Education, 6BS Information Technology, 7BS Electronics Engineering/BS Electronics Technology, 8BS Information Technology.

The result of these accreditation exercises is the granting of INSTITUTIONAL ACCREDITATION by the Federation of Accrediting Agencies in the Philippines (FAAP).

AUP is an active partner of the local government sectors in embracing sustainable development through its services ministered to its adopted communities located in Silang, Cavite namely Brgy. Hoyo, Brgy. Tartaria, and Brgy. Bukal. Part of the services the university shares is through the Community Extension Services that cater to the need for livelihood, youth development, health, educational advancement, and social enrichment. The university is also home and initiator of the S.A.D. Free Movement which advocates for a Smoking, Alcohol, and Drug-free life for the youth. The program is supported by the Municipality of Silang, Cavite, and is celebrated annually.