By Maria Fiona A. Labucuas| Feature Writer
Vol. XCI No. 13
Dec. 13, 2019
You attended 1 ½ semesters worth of classes.
Top Activities: Classes, Acquaintance Parties, Hibalag Booth Festival, Semestral Break, and Intramurals 2019.
Time flies fast and before we know it, the year is coming to an end. Every once in a while, it’s good to look back at what has happened to remember how we felt and what we learned from the past. Here are 10 things that happened this year.
Ben&Ben came to Silliman.
During Hibalag, indie folk/folk pop band Ben&Ben came to Dumaguete and held a concert for a cause in the Silliman University Gymnasium. Proceeds from the event were donated to the Talay Rehab Center for the construction of a new building.
Senior High School (SHS) won Miss Silliman 2019.
Miss High School Alexandra Kaye Tuale brought the crown back to her department after several years. Since then, she has been implementing her advocacy.
Silliman University College of Nursing Associaiton (SUCNA) won Mr. Hibalag.
Mr. SUCNA Dominic Fernandez won as Mr. Hibalag 2019. He was also made an ambassador for one of the event’s major sponsors, Freshman Hygiene.
Silliman University Student Government Environment Committee (SUSG EnviroComm) led Climate Strike.
The SUSG EnviroComm led by Maria Jaya Ariola led students and teachers from Silliman University and other schools from all over Dumaguete City in a Climate Strike to raise awareness about what is happening to the environment and to protest against coal power plants in Negros Island. Starting from Quezon Park to the Freedom Park, the students and teachers carried signs and slogans while walking and chanting.
Facebook came to Dumaguete.
Facebook Philippines collaborated with Silliman University in organizing Digital Tayo – a workshop on Digital Awareness and Literacy. Silliman University is the second school in the region to host Digital Tayo.
SU hosted first Falling Walls Lab in the Philippines.
Silliman University hosted the first ever Falling Walls Lab in the Philippines. Falling Walls is a pitch competition with delegates from different countries and from all over the Philippines.
College of Engineering and Design (CED) won as Overall Champions in Intramurals 2019.
CED ousted the back-to-back champions SHS and becomes the overall champions in the 2019 Intramurals with Senior High School as 1st runner up and the College of Business Administration as 2nd runner up.
SU hosted the (Association of Christian Universities and Colleges in Asia) ACUCA Meeting and Management Conference.
Silliman University hosted the annual ACUCA Meeting and Management Conference where college deans, university presidents, and authorities from different academic institutions all over Asia discussed about learning strategies and existing problems in Asia’s academe.
SU has its first ever Events Hosting Camp.
The SUSG along with the Kapunungan sa mga Mass Communicators and Ang Sandigan organized the university’s first ever Events Hosting Camp. The event, in collaboration with GMA Regional TV, taught students how to be good event hosts and enhanced their speaking skills.
Gary Valenciano came to Silliman.
The people of Dumaguete were serenaded by Mr. Pure Energy himself Gary Valenciano when he came to perform in the Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium. He also performed for free at the Presidencia Plaza.
A lot of events can happen in a year — whether they may be good or bad. This year brought a lot of changes to Silliman University and to its students; next year wouldn’t be any different. What’s important is that we enjoyed, we gave our best in all that we’ve done, and we survived what this year threw at us.