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Cardinal Vidal Takes St. Therese As Sister

I take St. Therese as my sister,” quoted Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal on the Fiesta Bisperas of St. Therese of Lisieux last September 30 in the Indiana Aerospace University (IAU) St. Therese Chapel.

Cardinal Vidal gave his message after the Eucharistic celebration with Msgr. Esteban Binghay as the main presider and with Rev. Fr. Rudy Bugna and Rev. Fr. Jerome Mesina, OSA, as concelebrants.

In his message, he shared that he would always ask the divine intercession of St. Therese during examinations. When was not to be allowed to receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders because he was sickly, he turned to St. Therese. He also thanked Aviation department head Capt. Stephen Toring for a miniature replica of the RP-C 50 Cessna plane, the aircraft used for the showering of petals during the Sinulog Festival Fluvial Parade.

When Vidal was asked in an interview about the youth who has gone astray from the Catholic faith, he only had to say this: “You have to go back to where you came from, the family. If the family has lost its contact with the Lord and cannot transmit the faith on you, what kind of faith would you have? Then, you have to go back to the Church because we have to train the family on how to transmit the faith.” He was also made to give an advice to the grantees of the Cardinal Vidal Scholarship.

“I am very much honoured that it is under my name but it is always at the direction of him Dr. Jovenal B. Toring, IAU’s Founder and President. If it is not with him, the scholarship would not exist. And even if there is a scholarship, there is a proper handling of it… But his aim is to educate people because he believes that education will improve our way of life,” he added.

The celebration for the Feast Day of St. Therese was with a mass novena on September 22 and a procession a day prior to the Fiesta Bisperas. The event also clinched the month-long celebration of Indiana Aerospace University 20th Founding Anniversary.

-Cherissa Y. Latoja

FL Classes Join Japan Festival 2012

Foreign Language(FL) 1 and 2 college students headed by Sensei Jocelyn Hirahara, joined the Japan Festival 2012 held at the Ayala Center Cebu last August 12.  The two (2) day event showing the Philippines’ and Japan’s strong and vibrant relationship was in line with its Seventh Anniversary since its inception of the Friendship Month in Cebu.

The activities were as follows:

  • Cosplay Competition participated by Filipino students impersonating as Japanese anime characters.
  • Karaoke sing-along competition.
  • Wadaiko (Japanese traditional drum) presentation.
  • Awaodori (Japanese traditional dance) staged by Filipino and Japanese dancers.
  • Exhibit booths showcasing Japanese culture and arts such as Ikebana floral arrangement.
IAU students availed free tickets given by the organizers of the Japanese Film Festival Eiga Sai, where ten (10) Japanese movies were shown at Cinema 4 of the Ayala Center.  Freebies were given to the audience and mini-stores offering traditional Japanese dishes were also displayed. The activity was sponsored by the Cebu City Government, Philippine Air Lines and various Japanese firms and hotels in Cebu.   by:  Alyssa Jae Gallo AMGT-II

IAU presses on for infrastructure development

Are you ever wondering what the drilling, digging, and hammering is all about around the campus? Well, here’s food for your curiosity. As a growing institution, IAU envisions to become a Learning Center of Excellence totally dedicated to the full development of the Human mind, Heart, and Spirit by elevating education to the highest level of all human aspirations in the service of God and His people. Keeping true to this, the Administration is all geared up for infrastructure development, which is but a badge of a progressing institution.

Below is a site map which highlights the following developments:

  1. Cabin Simulation Room? A two-storey building is currently constructed adjacent Room 112.  According to a reliable source, the 1ST floor will house additional classrooms and a “cabin simulation room” is set on the 2nd floor.   What can you say Airline Management majors?
  2. Surely not down the drain. A bigger drainage system which is situated across the gym is put up. As a system of drains, liquid waste will be drained from this area.  This will also forestall potential floods in the soccer field.  Also, it is building a catch basin which will gather rain water to be re-used for flushing toilet bowls and for watering the plants.
  3. Septic tank. A septic tank fronting the Administration building is set to be finished in a months’ time. This underground large reservoir will holds human waste from the toilets until it is turned into liquid enough to be absorbed on the ground.
  4. On-the rise. A new HRM and TTM building is undergoing furnishing. This new facility is set to showcase a modernized kitchen and a five-star hotel ambiance. Add to it, this façade is set to accommodate not only the HRM and TTM majors but also those who will enroll in the upcoming offering of short course programs such as Basic Housekeeping, Culinary and Bartending.
  5. In-the-swim. An Olympic size swimming pool is constructed for swimming classes which shall have been finished by the end of October.  This will surely be beneficial to the Airline Management majors who are required to teem for the Sea Survival training.
  6. ‘Leveling’ the playing field. Good news to soccer players. There is an on-going level-off of the school field for a smoother and bump-free play.
  7. Face-lift.  Yes, the school canteen is currently under renovation.  Tiling, painting and other food and catering provisions are set forth to ensure maximum cleanliness and sanitation.

More exciting still is the construction of a Lawn Tennis Court located in the Basic Education vicinity. You had better gear up your tennis wear by now because it will operate by the second semester.

What more can you ask for?  These developments are sure-fire to deliver quality education at a stone’s throw away.

  by:  Alyssa Jae Gallo

Acquaintance party 2012 went with a bang

The Supreme Student Council (SSC) of IAU held its first-ever Hawaiian Acquaintance Party on July 20, 2012 at Maribago Bluewaters Resort.  It was attended by no less than a thousand students from the different colleges, including faculty members, who were dressed to the nines in their vibrant floral beach attires.

The program highlighted the launching performances of the IAU Performing Arts, IAU Chorale, and an oath-taking ceremony of the SSC and Departmental officers which was conducted by the adviser himself, Atty. Vicente Roco.  But the hype reached fever-pitched when the Dormboys presented a jaw-dropping dance number.  The showcase of song and dance presentations concluded with the lighting of the sky lanterns.

SSC Officer Michelle Casas in an interview about the event preparations said, “It’s really tiresome.  You always go home late.  You need to multi-task as well just so you can catch up with your academics.  There’s no place for dilly-dallying because time is running after us.”

After that day, reviews foraged the social networking sites.  “Trending,” they said.

BSAM-III Carolyn Yangco was quick to express that the acquaintance party was nice.  The performers looked very professional on stage.  In short, she was really entertained.  Airwatch, the College publication, also gave their word on the affair.  It underscored that the acquaintance party was a big success although there are still many aspects which need improvement.  But for most of the students, the night was truly memorable.

“It’s such a nice feeling that all your efforts paid off,” quipped Casas.

Indeed, the students felt that this year’s SSC officers made a good impression.  What’s in store for the student body has really yet to be seen.

by:  Claudette Gem C. Gallardo AMGT-IV

Engr. Pono hurdle International Aviation Standards Exam

Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP) conducted another Quality Management System (QMS) technical training program on July 9-13 at Lufthansa Training Center Philippines, Villamor Airbase, Pasay City.

Indiana Aerospace University’s Engr. Rene Pono, also its Aircraft Maintenance Technology Department Head, participated in this program along with thirteen delegates from both local and international airline companies as well as other pioneering aviation school operators, and passed a QMS exam held on the last day of the seminar.  This certifies the school an Approved Training Organization (ATO) which is mandatory by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

This training, accredited by both the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) and the European Aviation Security (EASA) as a standard practice in maintaining quality service in airline industries, was aimed at promoting standard quality service in airline operations and in aircraft maintenance training organizations.

by:  Carl Mariol C. Palanog AMT-IV

CCTV Cameras : A Welcome Development

Twelve (12) Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras were installed around IAU Campus last June 2012 to ensure safety and security among the stakeholders of the school.

“It (CCTV cameras) will help us deter crimes and maximize security in the campus. We just have to review the recorded videos of the CCTV if an incident occurs,” quips Richilieu Canete, Head of Security of IAU.

The CCTV camera works by picking up the signal from the area being monitored. The images collected are sent to a CCTV monitor and recorded on video tape via a VCR (Video Camera Recorder) or as digital information via a DVR (Digital Video Recorder). The CCTV camera lens will determine how far the details it can see.

The installments of such were welcomed positively by the students.  Pursuant to IAU’s CEO Harold E. Toring, these cameras are a surefire way to promote maximum safety and security which has always been the utmost concern of the Administration.

by:  Cherissa Y. Latoja AVT-II

IAU’s New Chaplain

School year 2012-2013 in IAU formally started on a Wednesday, June 13, 2012. Following its opening was the welcoming of its new chaplain, Rev. Fr. Rodolfo A. Bugna, OSA during the Mass of the Holy Spirit last June 22, 2012 which he himself officiated. The St. Therese chapel was filled with students both from the college and basic education department who eagerly and joyfully welcomed the new chaplain whose powerful and lesson-filled homily that day inspired several students to look forward to attending the succeeding Holy Masses on first Fridays this school year. Welcome to the IAU family, Fr. Rudy!

SCAP 8th National Congress

For the first time, the Supreme Student Council of Indiana Aerospace University joined the 8th National Congress of the Student Council Alliance of the Philippines (SCAP) held in Cebu City last June 1-3, 2012.The theme of the Congress was “Those who do not move, do not notice their chains”. The Congress was attended by various student council representatives from different political regions: NCR, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.  SCAP is the largest student council and student political party formation in the country, representing more than 30 chapters and 150 campuses nationwide.

The SSC led by their President Sweet Coleen Romano and officers Cheryl Marie Seno and Roxcyl Matthew Tunacao proudly represented IAU.

SSC 2012 Leadership Training Seminar

The newly elected officers of the Supreme Student Council  had their leadership training and event planning seminar last March 22-23, 2012 at Cordova’s Alta Resort and Convention Center.

The activity provided the new SSC officers a full grasp of their responsibilities as student leaders.  SSC President Sweet Coleen Romano said that their objective was to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to make sound decisions, organizing and planning of activities and effectively lead themselves as well as the other members of the student body. The training helped in establishing trust and confidence to their fellow officers.

“Strive to be happy”, Sec. De Lima tells IAU graduates

Be cheerful, strive to be happy,” quoted Justice Secretary Leila de Lima from the famous Desiderata as she spoke before the graduates of the Indiana Aerospace University (IAU) on March 24, 2012 during its 19th Commencement Exercises.

In the early part of her speech, De Lima went on to say that it was her first time to be guest speaker at an aeronautics institution, albeit she had been frequenting as guest speaker to law graduates in most law schools in Manila.  Aside from that, she also highlighted the recent developments of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA).  As member of the board of the MCIAA, she brought to light that the board had not received any formal proposal as to the transfer of the MCIAA to Cordova, Cebu, and that matters pertaining to the move will still be deliberated.

In an interview with IAU Chief Executive Officer Harold Toring, he surmised that the transfer might hamper local businesses located near the airport. “Large-scale businesses in MEPZA will surely suffer the brunt of this move.”   AMT department head Engr. Rene Pono concurred by saying that there is a lot of work to be done should the transfer be carried out.  “Vast land has to be reclaimed and more roads will be built,” said Pono.

When de Lima was asked in ambush interview about plans by the government for the aviation industry here in country, she quipped: “Oh, definitely, there are big plans by the government. We need to improve and enhance the capabilities of all the stakeholders in the aviation industry because it’s going to be a big push to economic development if we have more efficient airports in the country in strategic areas.  The heart of the target is tourism improvement.”  On another note, she was also made to comment about the government’s stand of the K-12 program for the country’s educational system.  She said that the government really supports it, although it would come a long way in terms of inculcating more knowledge and training on the part of the students.

Prior to the commencement exercises, the Baccalaureate Mass was held at IAU’s St. Therese Chapel and was presided by Msgr. Achilles Dacay con-celebrated by Msgr. Jerome Mesina, OSA and University Chaplain.


HRM-Tourism Society Mangrove Planting

The IAU HRM-TTM Society conducted their 1st Community Project in Day-As, Cordova last February 19, 2012 in cooperation with the Events Management, Ecotourism and Urban Conservation and Heritage Preservation Class through Mnagrove Planting with the theme “Save the Earth, Plant a Mangrove”.

The event was to increase environmental awareness and camaraderie in connection to the Hospitality industry.

It started with a seminar hosted by Ms. Analeh C. Patindol, Coordinator of Coastal Conservation and Educational Foundation, Inc. and followed by mangrove planting.  Certificate were distributed right after.

The activity was made possible  through the support of the Administration, Dr. Ronald B. Payao (Department Head), Ms. Emmylou G. Tababa (HRM-TTm Society Adviser), Barangay Captain Rosa Maria Y. Suan and students.

AVT Trip at Mt. Majic: A Vital Cog

On January 27, 2012 the Avionics Technology (AVT) department had an exposure trip at Mt. Majic, Minglanilla, Cebu.

Spearheaded by department head Engr. Rene S. Pono, the trip was conceived for the pioneering first and second year students of the AVT225(Radio Navigation Aids-Equipment and Systems) class to plumb the workings of the Remote Control Air Ground (RCAG) and Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar (MSSR) alternately.

Engr. Primitivo Aldivino P. Bedia, facility-in-charge of the Mt. Majic station, and Engr. Danilo F. Lara, ANS Specialist, discuss the workings of the equipment.

RCAG, an unmanned Very High Frequency (VHF) or Ultra High Frequency (UHF) transmitter/receiver facility, is used to expand  Air Route Traffic Conrol Center (ARTCC) air and ground communications and facilitate pilots and controllers.  Meanwhile, MSSR uses the Radio Detection and Ranging (RADAR) to measure time interval between transmission and reception of radio pulses and correlating the angular orientation of the radiated antenna beam(s) in azimuth (a magnetic heading) and provide information on range and elevation of object in the path of the transmitted pulses.

Engr. Pono together with the other Avionics instructors: Engr. Ian Leonado and Engr. Voltaire Ordonez , looks forward to  more exposure and hand-on activities in the near future.