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IAU’s e-Connect Summer Program

CommYOUnicate the right way!

Indiana Aerospace University (IAU) is not only Asia Pacific’s top and largest aerospace school – there’s more to this university than producing skilled pilots and flight personnel.

This summer, IAU is taking you to the skies, bright and breezy, with their “e-Connect Communication Arts Summer Program”. This summer program is set to empower and engage people of different ages on the different forms of communication arts.

e-Connect is a one-of-a-kind workshop seriesbecause it offers “beyond-the-classroom” learning experience. The said program has 5 different platform packages tailor-made to fit the needs of its target age group or sector. Communication Arts programs are available for Kids (ages 5-10 years old), Teens-Enthusiast Level, International Students, Corporate Professionals, and Aviation Major Students and Professionals.

“What makes our communication arts summer workshop different is that we put premiere on the right training with the right facilitators to deliver the right results in our clients the fun and creative way,” quipped Christian Ray Licen, program director and chairman of the Communication Arts Department of IAU.

IAU’s e-Connect Summer Workshops for kids and teens-enthusiasts will start on April 21-May 5, 2013, while the corporate professionals and aviation majors and professionals programs will be on May 3, 10, 17 and 24.For inquiries, call (032) 2369788 or +639322051470 and look for Christianor you may visit the program’s facebook Page: IAU E-Connect Communication Arts Summer Program, or the school’s website at

AMT, AVT go “The 3D Experience”

This year’s AMT-AVT day was packed with education and entertainment and was held for the first time out of the campus last October 4, Friday.

With the theme ‘The 3D Experience’, the Aircraft Maintenance (AMT) and Avionics Technology (AVT) students fared by six buses, toured at three destinations in Lapu-Lapu City. First destination was at the Brigadier General Benito Ebuen Air Base where students inspected the C-130 and Fokker aircraft of the Philippine Air Force. After which, they proceeded to Mactan-Cebu International Airport where they visited the site of Lufthansa Teknik, Phils. Thirdly, they stayed at Crown Regency Suites where the dinner and the much-awaited Bb. Haring Ganda 2013 were held.

The event was clinched with the crowning of this year’s Bb. Haring Ganda and the thank you message of the head of the AMT and AVT department, Mr. Rene S. Pono.

Cherissa Latoja, BS- AVT III

Avionics Students : “We had fun while working”

‘We had fun while working,’ quoted the Avionics Technology majors when asked on how they worked out the various projects showcased during their Avionics Exhibit last October 9-10 at the Avionics Laboratory.

The exhibit included miniature aircraft displays such as the C-130 of Philippine Air Force, Antonov An-225 also known as the ‘world’s largest aircraft’, the newest Hello Kitty themed Boeing 777-300ER airplane and a replica of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport incorporated with blue, yellow, red and white LED lights on the runway, a control tower, glide slope, VOR or very high omni-directional range and a primary surveillance radar (PSR). A simulation of aircraft flaps, landing gear and charging system and the back-to-back aircraft mobile robots were also showcased during this two-day activity.

Spearheaded this year by Mr. Jesonne Bacaron, the AVT exhibit has served as the venue for students to show their knowledge and skills in the field of aviation electronics.

Cherissa Latoja, BS- AVT III

Airwatch & Insights Chief Scribes Join 73rd NSPC

Three years since its last participation of the College Editor’s Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) in 2010, Airwatch, the official College publication of Indiana Aerospace University (IAU), deliberately renewed membership to the oldest and widest alliance of student publications across the country and in the Asia- Pacific.

Two delegates represented IAU: Cherissa Latoja, Editor-in-chief for Publication of Airwatch,and Kathrin Angela Baguio, deputy Editor-in-chief of Insights, the revived Basic Education Publication, during the 73rd National Student Press Convention (NSPC) from April 12 to 16 at the University of San Carlos, Talamban Campus Theater.

With the theme, “Rock the Vote: The Campus Press and Active Youth Participation in the 2013 Elections,’” more than 170 campus journalists from more than 60 publications nationwide attended the CEGP annual press conference.

CEGP President Pauline Gidget Estella described what is to be expected from the NSPC during its orientation on April 12. ‘This convention should serve as a venue for campus journalists to know what needs to be done, why it needs to be done, and how it is done,’said Estella, also the incumbent Editor-in- chief of Philippine Collegian (University of the Philippines- Diliman) in her welcome message.

Young Minds at Work

From April 12 to 15, the delegates participated in fora and discussions facilitated by renowned veteran writers and field professionals. The upcoming 2013 Senatorial Elections, the media and campus journalism, among other issues in Philippine society were discussed. Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) Maria Lourdes Mangahas and BAYAN Public Information Officer Arnold Padilla gave lectures on the role of media in the upcoming midterm polls.

During their “basic masses integration” activity on April 13, student journalists visited urban communities in Pajo and Bangkal in Lapu-Lapu and fishing villages in Talisay to discuss socio-political issues. The delegates also attended lectures and workshops on literature and arts with Palanca awardees Jun Cruz Reyes and Mark Angeles, fliptop artist BLKD and liberal band member Plagpul.

Catalysts for Change

Incumbent Bayan Muna party-list representative and senatorial bet Teddy Casiño encouraged the CEGP delegates to continue playing their historical role as an alternative press to report on crucial issues not published in mainstream dailies nor aired on television networks. ‘It is the role of student journalists to serve as alternative sources of information to the public and catalysts for change,’ the former CEGP president said.

Youth sectoral Kabataan Partylist also challenged the student journalists to be more than advocates for clean and fair elections and should also provide a deeper analysis on the personalities and events of this year’s elections. In a solidarity message, Kabataan stressed that “the challenge of the youth today is to continue its social responsibility in correcting the ills of our present society and eventually changing the dominating system of exploitation and injustice.”

To write is already to choose

As college editors and student journalists, each was given the unique opportunity to shape opinion, elevate public discourse, and influence change not only in their respective campuses but more also throughout the nation. The annual NSPC has become a tool to help student journalists to further hone up their skills and sense of responsibility and consciousness in ushering lasting social reforms. CEGP, in its 81 years as a national center for the advancement of campus press freedom ‘chooses to protect the rights of the common people’ through the principles of critical thinking and pro-people journalism.

Cherissa Latoja, BS AVT III

Avionics Department Holds “A-View-Next: AVT Projects Exhibit”

SONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSC               ‘Aircraft Mobile Robots’ was the highlight of the project exhibit conducted by the Avionics Technology (AVT) department  last March 15 at the ground floor of the new HRM-TTM building. The event showcased the various projects made by the First and Second year AVT students under the courses handled by Engr. Cyril Neil M. De la Rama. These include:
  • Telegraph kits of AVT 226(Aviation Radio Communication Procedures, Phonetics and Morse Code)
  • Runway layout and Pilot-Controller conversation of AVT 227(Airports, Airways and ATC Systems)
  • Aircraft Replicas and Visual Displays of AVT 124( Aircraft Structures and Components) and;
  • Aircraft Mobile Robots of AVT 123(Essentials of Communication)
The simulation of the aircraft mobile robots or technically called ‘line follower robots (LFR)’ wowed the audience with its ability to detect and follow a route delimited by a black line with a white background. The system was embedded with phototransistors that function as detectors to measure the light reflectivity of the surface, thus making the robot detect and follow a line drawn on the surface. The ‘Morse Code Your Name: Ask Me How” booth operated by the Second year students, was also showcased during the event on the conventional way of encoding information or messages using telegraph kits. Spearheaded by De la Rama and organized by the students themselves, the exhibit served as the culminating activity of the Avionics department for the entire semester. by:  Cherissa Y. Latoja AVT-III  

Gov. Magpale Guest of Honor and Speaker

MagpaleActing Cebu Governor and Director of Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority Agnes A. Magpale will be the guest of honor and speaker of the Indiana Aerospace University’s 20th Commencement Exercises on Saturday March 23, 2013.

According to IAU President, Dr. Jovenal B. Toring, the combined efforts of the members of the faculty, administration and staff has produced 260 graduates aiming to be commercials pilots, flight attendants, aerospace engineers, aircraft mechanics, avionics technicians, hotel and restaurant managers and teachers.

Aimee C. Diaz (BSAM),  Mary Heyzel P. Lepiten, and Kylie D. Tampus (BSAM) will be graduating as Cum Laude in this Saturday’s commencement program.

This year’s turnout of graduates is a manifestation that IAU reached positive growth despite the local aviation industry especially the air tragedy that befell on former DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo and the downgrading of the country’s aviation rating.


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.