Blessing of the rides. Rev. Fr. Amadeo Lucero, OAR, officiated the blessing of the rides last November 13, 2022. The rides is an annual attraction where students and guests can experience funfair activities at the University Parking Lot. “As we bless this place, we acknowledge that all of this comes from the Lord. However, getting rid of the evil spirits is not the primary goal of the blessing. The blessing is to be aware that everything we have, including these rides, comes from God,” Fr. Lucero said. Fr. Lucero highlighted that, the blessing is a reminder that these rides are from the Lord’s creation, and we must take care of it.
(by Lixie Imee Soriano)
Realization of the Theme through essay writing… 14 participants joined in Essay Writing Contest as part of the University Week Celebration led by the Student Development and Placement Center (SDPC) held at the President’s Hall, Nov. 14. “This event is not just a showcase of talent but also an avenue for expressing what they really want to express,” project head Brendly Ann Mateo, MAGC, RGC shared. In addition, Mateo emphasized that the ideas in the essay will be part of SDPC’s property for publishing. The champion of the English category is Marty Catherine S. Nakar from the College of Allied Medical Health Sciences while Joe Arnel A. Celestial, Jr. of the College of Education for the Filipino Category. (by Danica Rose Quindap)
…And Poster-Making. Expressing their passion for artistry, 14 students took part in the poster-making contest with the theme “UNO-R @60, Together in New Heights” organized by the Student Development and Placement Center held at the Fr. Cuenca Hall. The champion team is composed of Amelia Rose Limsiaco and Althea Therese Nazaro from Senior High School.
EVERY DROP COUNTS. With a total of 48 blood bags, the medical Committee for this year’s University Week held its annual bloodletting activity in partnership with the Negros First Provincial Blood Center and every college department in the university at St. Augustine Building Rooms 101-103, LAST November 14. “We were first concerned that no one would want to donate, but it is good to see that individuals are still willing to contribute,” Medical Committee Chairman and University Physician Dr. Christer Marie Taclobos. (written by Krisha Danielle Ronzales)
MOTORCADE OPENS U-WEEK 2022. A series of floats and transportation vehicles representing the different Colleges and departments convoyed around the streets of Bacolod City to kick off the start of the University Week celebration. This motorcade is held to inform the public of the events and celebrations held at UNO-R.
TIGERS’ VIGOR. With solid stunts and fiery hearts, the Engineering Tigers claimed their grand slam title after a two-year hiatus from the Cheerdance competition held at the University Amphitheater, Nov. 14. “Our goal this year was to make a grand slam, and fortunately, we have achieved it. As a graduating student, this experience is memorable because this is what we will leave as our legacy,” fourth-year Civil Engineering student and participant Leo Araña shared.
The College of Arts and Sciences finished in second place during the competition, followed by the College of Accountancy, Business and Computer Studies; College of Allied Medical Health and Sciences; College of Education; and the College of Criminal Justice Education, placing third, fourth, fifth, and sixth, respectively. (by Krisha Danielle Ronzales)
BLAZED DEVOTION. With music and prayers, the first day of University Week 2022 concluded with a reflective service convened by student leaders and society officers in AMBAHANON: Taize and Lights of UNO-R led by UNORSSGO’s Department of Religious Affairs at the Oratory of St. Nicholas of Tolentine. The event was held in partnership with Campus Ministry Office, REEd Department, and religious organizations. Furthermore, U-Week 2022 chairperson Rev. Fr. Jose Alden Alipin, OAR blessed the candles at the University Parking Lot. (by Danica Rose Quindap)
COLLEGE FAIR. A series of college exposition were showcased at the Academic Exhibits at the St. Joseph’s Hall opened last November 15, 2022. Fr. Romeo Ben Potencio, OAR, Dean Christopher Taclobos, Dr. Carlos Eduardo Legaspi, Jr and the College Deans were present during the opening ceremonies. Representatives of each college flaunted their offered programs and projects for the whole week. (with Ysa Marie Padel)
JUVENILE EXCELLENCY. Embodying grace and glamour through her walk, Zoe Clarisse Limson from the SHS (Senior Highschool) department was crowned as the Miss UNO-R 2022 as she lit up the stage during the coronation night at the University Gymnasium, Nov. 15. “I hope that this crown I’m wearing will not only bring glory to myself but also uplift, empower, and acknowledge all the people that I represent,” Limson shared. Ynah Tessandra Talisay of the College of Arts and Sciences and Joyce Anne Cepeda of the College of Engineering ranked first runner-up and second runner-up, respectively. The other candidates were Shericka Mae Lorilla (CABACS); Jean Rose Burgos (COED); Krista Leigh Inoncillo(CCJE); and Jhela Lyzeth Chuatico (CAMHS). (by Raeverly Elena Ramirez)
CRADLES AND CANDLES. In line with the University Week celebration, 8 infants were welcomed to the Christian world during the Mass Christening officiated by Rev Fr. Amadeo Lucero, OAR, and sponsored by the Campus Ministry Office and Senior High School Department held at the Oratory of St. Nicholas of Tolentine, Nov. 16. “It’s really a big privilege for us parents to be a part of this program because everything is for free, from the ceremony to the reception,” one of the parents, Rhea Khubchand shared. Furthermore, the families can pick up their infants’ baptismal certificates at the San Antonio Abad Parish Church. (written by Anne Tricia Olmillo)
WIT AND STRIDES. Niecar Acebedo of the College of Allied Medical Health Sciences nabbed the title of AmbassaCourse Model 2022 after striding the runway with her recycled course-related costume held at the University Auditorium, Nov. 16. Furthermore, the College of Accountancy, Business, and Computer Studies, and the College of Arts and Sciences ranked first, and second runner-up, respectively. (by Danica Rose Quindap)
PROCESSION. In observance of the Feast of Nuestra Señora de la Salud, Religious and Lay Administrators, faculty and staff, personnel, and students participated in the procession in honor of Nuestra Senora de la Salud (Our Lady of Health) within University Grounds. The procession was followed by the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass presided by Rev. Fr. Amadeo Lucero, OAR with other Recollect Friars at the Oratory of St. Nicholas of Tolentine. (with Maecel Joy Priolo)
A HEART THAT CARES, NURTURES AND HEALS. Fr. Amadeo Lucero, OAR, led the UNO-R community in celebrating the feast of Nuestra Senora de la Salud last November 17, 2022 in a Concelebrated Mass. He was joined by Fr. Jose Alden Alipin, OAR; Fr. Samuel Eyas, OAR; Fr. Romeo Ben Potencio, Jr., OAR. And 2 other visiting OAR Priests. His homily opened with the Creation story and the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in our salvation history. After the fall of man, God asked, Where are you? We have a God Who seeks. Then He asked, Why are you Hiding? We have a God Who questions. When they answered that they hid because they were naked, God told them that because you have obeyed other gods. And they pointed at one another. A man never accepts sinfulness. This is the time that sin entered the world. But God did not stop loving us by sending his only Son to us; He used an instrument, Blessed Virgin Mary, so that we could be with His Son, Jesus. We have our Saviour because of a woman’s obedience and humility. We thank God for our Blessed Mother. She has man titles because she has helped a lot. Now, we have Nuestra Senora de la Salud, brought by the AR Fathers from Mexico. Through the intercession of the Blessed Mother, many were cured. History tells us that the gems that adorn the image were given by many prominent families who donated these precious stones in the past. We celebrate may as Our Lady of Health. She heals us all; all we need is to ask her intercession for our healing. Every feast or celebration always points to the author of our Life- God and Mary is an instrument of God. “To Jesus through Mary. We honor Mary; we also honor our parents today. We should all be instruments of healing for society and community by being Together. He hinted that gadgets had hindered our relationship with God. Like Ms. UNO-R, we should have a Crown with a Heart that cares, nurtures and heals; we need the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Let our prayer be, “Increase our faith, increase our love; we develop that heart into good action.”
BUILDING BRIDGES. Fifty civil engineering students showed their prowess and proficiency in a sturdy-testing invention in the 11th Bridge Building Competition at the University Main Lobby. “This event is to apply their learning in their subject [Structural Theory 1]. Its significance [bridge building] contributes to their field in the future, and improves decision-making skills,” Civil Engineering Adviser Engr. Jose Gino Gutierrez, CE, said. Furthermore, Engr. Gutierrez emphasized that the competition would help students analyze bridges and meet the aesthetic standard at the same time. The Team of Lyster Dalaguit Fernandez, Vester Carpio Pabuya, Jonathan Locsin, Cris Dysther Yulo Murillo, and Trajan Ice Espinosa Valerio won as champions. (with Danica Rose Quindap).
ONE-POINT LEAD. In line with the 60th University Week celebration, the Padres Recoletos vigorously grabbed the victor’s cup on their game against the UNO-R Faculty and Staff team, 104-103, in the Recoletos Basketball Exhibition Game at the University Gymnasium, Nov. 17. “The game was fun. It was purely a friendly match between the OAR priests and the university teaching and non-teaching staff,” chairperson of the event Fr. Jose Alden Alipin, OAR, shared. Furthermore, Rev. Fr. Amadeo Lucero, OAR, received the Most Valuable Player award. (written by Anne Tricia Olmillo.)
CLINCHED AND SWEEPED. The Padres Recoletos showed character after the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos Faculty team succumbed in a stunning defeat, 3-1, during the annual sporting event facilitated by the UNO-R Sports Office at the University Football Field, November 17. (by Deanne Eunice Tubal)
ACTION-PACKED. Service and passion for excellence were embodied in Pistang Hinampang, a series of Filipino fiesta games, led by the University of Negros Occidental- Recoletos Supreme Student Government Organization (UNORSSGO) held at the University Field, November 17. “The main purpose of this is to remember the culture of the Filipinos. Also, to enjoy and [stimulate] cooperation from each college,” UNORSSGO Department of Sports Secretary Christel Jane Rezaga said. Pistang Hinampang is composed of eight games: Tug of War, Dakpanay Baboy, Luksong Lubid, Sack Race, Dodge Ball, Kick, Longest Line, and Palosebo, which are played by the representatives of each college department. (by Alea Jen Villahermosa)
VISUAL ARRAY. Students dressed in costumes took part in a cosplay parade of “Mono-No-Aware Fest” facilitated by the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos Supreme Student Government Organization held at the University Auditorium, Nov. 17. Moreover, the students are dressed out in anime-inspired costumes from movies, video games, and books. (written by Deanne Eunice Tubal )
ELOQUENCE AND POTENCY. Representatives from various colleges of the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos (UNO-R) showed proficiency in speaking during the Tertiary Literary Musical Contest with Oration and Impromptu Speaking competitions held at the University Gymnasium, Nov. 18. The College of Business, Accountancy, and Computer Studies dominated the Oration competition, followed by the College of Arts and Sciences as the first runner-up and the College of Allied Medical Health Sciences as the second runner-up. Furthermore, the College of Arts and Sciences was hailed as the champion in Impromptu Speaking, with the College of Engineering, and the College of Business, Accountancy, and Computer Studies as the first and second runner-up, respectively. (with Keziah Patrice Jocson)
MELODIC MATCH. With their resonating voices, participants from each college department energized the crowd in the Vocal Solo and Vocal Duet Categories during the Tertiary Literary Musical Contest held at the University Gymnasium, Nov. 18. In addition, the College of Education was hailed as the champion in the Vocal Solo category, with the College of Engineering as the first runner-up and the College of Accountancy, Business, and Computer Studies as the second runner-up, respectively. Furthermore, the College of Accountancy, Business, and Computer Studies triumphed in the Vocal Duet competition, whereas the College of Engineering came in as first runner-up, followed by the College of Education as second runner-up. (by Keziah Patrice Jocson and Keren Faith Dilem)
FLAIRS FLAUNTED. With bellowing crowds and streaming lights, the College of Engineering (COENG) took the limelight as champion in the Celebrity Trio category during the Literary Musical Contest held at the University Gymnasium, Nov. 18. Furthermore, the College of Allied Medical Health Sciences claimed the first place, followed by the College of Accountancy, Business, and Computer Studies as second place, respectively. (by Anne Tricia Olmillo)
CELEB IMPERSONATION. The College of Engineering solidified the championship title after displaying boldness during the group MTV competition, as part of the Tertiary Literary Musical Contest held at the University Gymnasium, Nov. 18. Furthermore, the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), and the College of Accountancy, Business, and Computer Studies (CABACS) ranked first and second runner-up, respectively. (By Danica Rose Quindap)
FUN NIGHT JAM. Spirits awakened as the UNO-Rians sang the night away with the UNO-RHYTHM during the Music Fest and Foam Party event spearheaded by the University of Negros Occidental- Recoletos Supreme Student Government Organization (UNORSSGO) at the University Amphitheatre, Nov. 18. (by Nicole Bucayani )
TOUCH OF ARTISTRY. Ingenuity and expertise were demonstrated by students from different colleges in an artistic battle of creativity during the UNO-arts events organized by the University of Negros Occidental- Recoletos Supreme Students Government (UNORSSGO) held at the University Main Lobby, and Auditorium, Nov. 18. The event was composed of five activities: Dish Gardening, Fruit Carving, Tie Dye, Calligraphy, and Online Logo Making. (with Danica Rose Quindap and Lixie Imee Soriano)
CYCLISTS IN MOTION. With the goal of promoting health and celebrating the last day of University Week 2022, a total of 75 cyclists comprised of students, employees, and guests joined in the ‘Bike Ride Together’, spearheaded by the UNO-R RAMbikers, Nov. 19. “I wanted to have fun and create good relationships with other UNO-Rians who share the same hobby with me, and I wasn’t expecting to win the grand prize,” second-year Civil Engineering student and grand prize winner Melyn Hope Daipal said. Daipal emphasized that her goal was only to have fun and she did not anticipate her name being picked twice during the minor prizes as well as winning the grand prize. Furthermore, the route of the event began at the College of Engineering Lobby and continued along the major streets of Bacolod City before concluding with a raffle activity at the same location where it began. (by Maecel Joy Priolo)
DANCE CRAZE SEASON VII. From colorful costumes, and phenomenal dance moves, the red team’s teaching and non-teaching personnel, faculty, and religious administrators emerged as winners in the ‘Dance Craze: Dance Together’ competition, spearheaded by the Human Resource Management and Development Office (HRMDO) held at the University Gymnasium, Nov. 19. The green team placed first, followed by the orange team, blue team, and yellow team, respectively. In addition, the red team attained the Most Participative Award, Disciplined Group Award, and Best in Street Dance, while the yellow team won Best in Choreography. HRMDO Director Fr. Amadeo Lucero, OAR congratulated each team for their preparation despite a limited time. Again, he hinted, that UNO-Rians have shown that we can achieve greater heights with camaraderie and togetherness. He reminded everyone that All of us are champions! (with Nicole Bucayani)
UNITED HEARTS. Commencing the festivities, overall chairman for University Week 2022, Rev. Fr. Jose Alden Alipin, OAR, gave a message for everyone involved in the operation and preparation for the week-long celebration at the University Amphitheater, Nov. 19. “As suggested by the theme, Together to New Heights, our efforts were never in vain because you made it all happen. Attribute this to your support, cooperation, commitment, and love for the university,” Fr. Alipin said. The mass dance presentation followed showcasing the different dances prepared by the College of Criminal Justice, Senior High School, and Physical Health Education classes. (written by Alea Jen Villahermosa)
TIGERS DOMINATE. The College of Engineering (COENG) held tight to triumph as they bagged the overall University Week 2022 championship, summing up to 205.5 points held at the University Amphitheater, Nov. 19. The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) followed as the first runner-up with 169 points, seconded by the College of Accountancy, Business, and Computer Studies (CABACS) with 163.5 points. CAHMS placed 3rd runner-up with 153 pts while College of Education and College of Criminal Justice Education got 135 pts and 115 pts respectively. The Perpetual Trophy which was named after the first UNO-R OAR President, Fray Federico Terradillos, OAR were given to the roaring champions, the College of Engineering. TROPHY was made by Mr. Christian Claur and Dean Annabee. (by Alea Jen Villahermosa; photos by Khrystal Key Claridad and Lesel Erexima)
EMPLOYEES NIGHT – BARRIO FIESTA. An employees Night organized by the Human Resource and Management Office. the different groups competed once again in two events which are “the Blind Vocal Solo and the “2-minute-to fame”. The winners were the Yellow team and the red team respectively. Door Prizes were also raffled during the night.
Thanks to U-WEEK 2022 EXECOM and working committees, Ms. Shiela De la Cruz, Ms. Muriel Lobaton, The Tolentine Star, The Starlight, the faculty and students of BA Communication, the Fray Luis de Leon Library staff and the External Office READS.