Adventist University of the Philippines-College of Medicine held its 5th white coat ceremony on August 11, 2019, with the theme “Tracing the Divine Footprints” at COM Atrium.
The AUP-COM family welcomes 64 freshmen students during the white coat ceremony. Dr. Francisco Gayoba emphasized in his welcome remarks the importance of whole-person care and holistic Christian-education that AUP-COM offers, a unique approach of the university in the academic realm. VP Academics, Dr. Miriam P. Narbarte has also shared the humble beginnings of the COM to the guests, parents and students, which served as a sturdy proof of God’s working through the institution.
Dr. Zeno L. Charles-Marcel the Health Ministries Associate Director of the Seventh-day Adventist World Headquarters gave a very inspiring message. He emphasized that though the white coat symbolizes a noble profession, of purity, honesty and truth, these physician-missionaries must always be ready to trade this with the white robe that only Jesus Christ, the 5-star class physician can offer and give.
Currently, the AUP-College of Medicine trains a total of 197 medical students, 64 coming from the freshmen level, 46 from sophomore level (Delta 2022), 50 composed the junior level (Solasta 2021), and 37 for the senior level (Hirang 2020). These students are supported, guided and trained by 195 faculties. A total of 131 (66.50%) of the total student population are Seventh-Day Adventist, and 100 (50.76%) of the total college population are alumni of AUP.
August 10, 2019, the AUP faculty and staff gathered at the university gymnasium for an acquaintance night; a start-up filled with fun, laughter and companionship for the new academic year.
To strengthen the camaraderie and unity amidst the university, AUP held its acquaintance night to welcome new employees as well as empower the bond among its team members. The social committee headed by the Human Resource Office prepared a short yet meaningful program which started with a devotional.
AUP workers joined in with singing scripture songs such as James 2:9, Psalm 17:7 and the well-known children song Mahal ni Jesus kaming mga bata Which ended with Psalm 96:3: “Tell every nation on earth, the Lord is wonderful and does marvellous things!”
AUP hired 57 new employees as an additional man-power to the workforce to aid the increasing number of students and the demand for labour in the university. AUP is happy to welcome the new members of its large family.
Thirty-nine Adventist University of the Philippines -College of Medicine (AUP-COM) scholars have participated in the academic scholarship contract signing on August 7, 2019, Multipurpose Hall.
The institution continues to support quality Christian-education through helping aspiring students finish their degrees. Some of the beneficiaries of such support are the COM scholars who have gathered for a contract signing before the university administrators. Present in the program are Dr. Francisco Gayoba, University President; Dr. Miriam P. Narbarte, VP Academics; Dr. Reuel E. Narbarte, HR Director; Dr. Robert Borromeo, VP Finance; Ptr. Salvador Molina, VP Student Services; Dr. Doris Mendoza, AUP-COM founding and current dean; Ptr. Rex Mangiliman, Church Pastor; and Mr. Oemer Rey T. Daquila, Director of the University Advancement Office.
With the support of the government for accessible education, academic scholarships help students acquire diploma with minimal exchange for the expenses—a return service to community and the Filipino people. “…those academic scholarship contract reflects our values. Values to study and the purpose of study and that is to serve the church and the country”, Dr. Gayoba pointed out. He emphasized that it’s not the high grades that matter, but rather the spirit of service after gaining an education, a mission that is beyond mere academic excellence.
Thirteen scholars came from the freshmen year, eleven from the sophomore year, six from the junior year, and ten from the senior year. Thirty-one of which are members of the Seventh-Day Adventist denomination and nine are non-Adventists. This only proves that the university also advocates education for all.
“Cooperation, Action, and Harmony”, kept the College of Arts and Humanities (CAH) faculty, staff, and their respective families busy and bonded on July 25 and 26 as they experienced the theme of their 2019 retreat. Team building activities, strategic planning, and community outreach to the Aetas in the hills of Guab, Magalang, Pampanga were all accomplished in two days.
Team building activities were led by the Psychology department headed by Dr. Sheryl Ann Castillo and Ms. Myrtle Orbon, the department chair, who divided the other six departments namely, Developmental Communication, Fine Arts, History, Languages, Music, and Physical Education into 5 color groups. These groups composed of four to five members each wore blue, orange, pink, violet, and yellow. Five challenging yet, hilarious team building activities were accomplished by each group, with Team Orange finishing with the greatest number of points.
The retreat also became an avenue wherein the CAH family can serve and minister to the others, despite steep slopes, the CAH team hiked their way to serve and bring goods to the community of the Aetas, braving the humidity after lunchtime going up, and the heavy rains in the late afternoon on their way down back to the retreat house which is the Adventist Community Center.
The culminating activity was the continuation of the strategic plans by departments which were completed on Friday afternoon, with Dr. Eunice Aclan, CAH dean as facilitator. Devotional speakers of the event were Dr. Flor Marticio, former Dean of CAH; Ma’am Tess Belarmino, Language Center coordinator; and Dr. Jesse Songcayawon, Chair of the of the History department.
Based on the accomplishments, and attendance which according to Ma’am Mary Ann Asi, secretary of CAH “only four faculty members were not able to attend for valid reasons”, the retreat was a success, and a greater blessing as well because of the presence of three CAH deans namely, Dr. Aclan, Dr. Marticio, and Dr. Aida Ledesma.
CAH wishes to thank Ma’am Jonalyn Aclon of the PE department and her team of chefs for facilitating the accommodation and meals, the elders and officers and members of the SDA church and community center in Guab, the vehicle owners, and all those who contributed in cash and in kind for the success of the program.
*(article written by Elmie Lynn V. Lagajino)