Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling opens November 2016

After earning the approval of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), La Consolacion College Bacolod will be opening the Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling by second semester of Academic Year 2015-2016.

The program is designed to equip guidance counselors with higher level competencies that will enable them to design programs, manage guidance and counseling services, and develop counseling skills anchored on updates and the evolving trends in psychology. It also emphasizes on skills in administering various types of psychological examinations appropriate in various settings and conditions.

“We take pride in the strength of our own guidance and counseling resources, particularly in terms of qualifications and experience. We have a good number of experts in the field. More so because we have just opened a BS Psychology program”, said Dr. Ma. Mercedes A. Joson, Dean of the Graduate Studies and Continuing Education. The program will be delivered by industry experts and professionals, psychologists, academicians and human resource managers. Joson added that students will be exposed to various types of researches and case studies. “The aim is for students to be able to publish their work in refereed journals, to contribute to the expanding body of knowledge in guidance and counseling”, she said.

CHED Regional Quality Assessment Team visited LCC last November 18, 2015. The  program was approved by the Management Committee and the Commission En Banc (CEB) by virtue of CEB Resolution No. 619-2016 in a letter sent by Atty. Julito D. Vitriolo, Executive Director.

Dr. Romela R. Aujero, a psychologist and LCC’s VP for Personnel and Ancillary Services is pleased by CHED’s affirmative response saying that having a post-graduate degree in the field is one of the requirements for professional license in guidance and counseling pursuant to the Guidance and Counseling Act of 2004 (RA 9258). She said that ideally schools are required to have one full-fledged guidance counselor for every 500 students but in most cases, this ratio is not met because only a few has the required qualifications. With the offering of the program, Aujero is hopeful that many will pursue the graduate study.

Although a graduate degree may not be necessary to qualify for the professional licensure examination for graduates of programs allied to the discipline like the Bachelor of Science in Psychology of LCC Bacolod, it is a requirement for graduates of other psychology programs whose curriculum do not meet the standards of CHED and the Professional Regulation Commission.

Aujero, who is also the president of the Asian Association of School HRMD Practitioners (AASHPI) in Negros said that the degree may not only be applicable for guidance counselors in academic institutions but even for personnel managers in various work sectors and environments. “There is a growing awareness of the importance of having a guidance and counseling support for people in the workplace,” she said. Work-related issues as stress, over-fatigue, bullying and personal and family issues directly impact employee performance. “Attending the graduate study will equip human resource managers with a comprehensive understanding of guidance and counseling and knowledge on how to develop an integrative counseling program incorporating core therapeutic approaches”, Aujero added.

Like other post-graduate degree offerings, a student may be able to complete the program in an average of two years but may also be finished within three semesters or 12 months if the maximum number of units allowable every semester were taken.

Sr. Jennifer Dela Cruz, OSA, VP for Finance and Administrative Services said that the program will be made more accessible through discounts in tuition fees. Those that are working in parochial schools will be given 20% discount in tuition fee while those from other schools of the Augustinian Sisters of Our Lady of Consolation (ASOLC) are entitled to 30% discount throughout their study.

Meanwhile, a crash course in psycho-trauma and crisis management is now on its second run. The two-month course that began on August 6, 2016 was met with an overwhelming response with 33 graduates mostly guidance counselors, psychologists, teachers, nurses, human resource managers and social workers. Now there are 28 students and the number of interested applicants is still increasing.

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Various events culminate first half of the year

Culminating activities marked a lively finale to the academic life of students as they prepare for a brief mid-year break. From the main campus to Villasor, from classrooms to laboratories, from the auditorium to the quadrangle, La Consolacion College Bacolod is abuzz with each class having their own way of climaxing the first semester.

Dr. Randdie P. Cuelo, VP for Academic Affairs commended the faculty who went out of their way to motivate students to come up with outputs that celebrate their achievements in their courses. He added that the culminating activities gave more opportunities for students to participate in competitions, performances or exhibit the products of learning thereby adding more dimensions to the learning experience as making it much more fun and engaging for the students.

The General Education courses held a celebration dubbed as the “GENOLYMPICS 2016” beginning September 28 to 30. It featured various events that captured the theme “Witnessing Excellence and Diversity in General Education”. There was an exhibit from the social and natural sciences, mathematics and computer courses. There were story-telling and mythological character monologues by the students in languages and literature while the speech classes held a Speech Festival where students competed in spoken-word poetry, ABC Improvisation and character interpretation performances. Similar events were organized by the Senior High School Oral Communication classes from the ABM and HUMSS strands.

The last day of the week-long celebration saw the biggest number of events and participation. Students packed the auditorium to witness the Gen Ed Academic Bowl, verse choir contest and competitions in pop dance and jukebox singing that featured Original Filipino Music (OPM) composed and popularized by Filipino artists of the 80’s. The faculty was not remised in the celebration. Their parody of Filipino pop entertainment stars drew the loudest cheers from their un-expecting audience.

One of the highlights was the Mr. and Ms Genolympics, a pageant search for students that manifest the competencies promoted in the General Education. Unlike the usual beauty pageants, the Genolympics’ had a category that challenged the students in the design of costumes using recycled materials, the candidates’ grace in donning them and their wit in presenting their advocacies.

On the same day, the Bachelor of Science in Tourism program hosted the “Parade of Nations” which featured traditional attires from different countries around the world. The event coincides with the celebration of the United Nations’ month. Events Management students have put together the whole show while the World Tourism class took part in the styling and modeling of traditional wears to their own interpretation.

“I am very proud of what the students have accomplished. Through the event, they have shown their capability to organize and stage a show. Those who took part in ramp modeling, many of them have done only for the first time, showed confidence which is very important in the people industry,” Mrs. Aireen Gedorio, the BSTM Program Head said.

Nichole Vasquez, one of the students who organized the event said that their hardships have paid off with the successful turnout of audience and participants , “dealing with people from motivating all participants to come-up with a show the audience will like, to coaching them on style and presentation, to dealing with providers for all the event needs was not an all-too-easy task but surely, we have proven something about ourselves that enhanced our confidence to face the real world”.

Meanwhile, the Center for Augustinian Formation in cooperation with the Diocese of Bacolod celebrated the Feast of the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary through a Living Rosary at the Bacolod Public Plaza on October 7, 2016. The religious event was attended by representatives from the students, faculty, parents and alumni with the special participation of the VMA Global College.

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BLIS graduates pass professional licensure examinations

Twelve graduates of the Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS) were successful in the Librarian Licensure Examination (LLE) given by the Board of Librarians this year.  The announcement was released by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) on September 26, 2016. The examinations were administered in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cebu, Davao and Legaspi last September 20-21, the Commission said.

The successful examinees are Nerisa Abaño, Solimar Apurado, Ma. Carmen Gumawa, Josephine Lagumbay, Jocelyn Panaguiton, Felin Paniergo, Helen Peñafiel, Romy Pineda, Teresa Porsuelo, Richel Reyes, Aida Talorong and Bethany Villarin.


Collectively, LCC’s passing rate is 86 percent of a total of 14 examinees coming from the school, while the national passing rate is 65 percent or 738 out of 1,140 examinees nationwide. LCC Bacolod has attained a 100 percent performance rating in the LLE in 2007, 2013 and in 2015. The average passing rate for the past nine years is 76 percent against the average national passing rate of 38 percent.

LCC opened the BLIS program in 2007. To date, it is the only school in the province which offers a degree for professional librarian. It has since produced a total of 34 professional librarians now serving in various public and private educational institutions and in special and public libraries locally and abroad. It has seen an increasing enrollment in the program since and the year 2016 saw the most number of graduates and correspondingly, the most number of passers in the board examinations.

Sr. Gavina F. Barrera, OSA, LCCB President, said that LCC Bacolod is committed to providing quality education and training for Librarians in Negros. She added that the college is now working for the accreditation of the BLIS program where it can further be subjected into evaluation by an external body of experts, whose feedback will help the school improve in the delivery of the program in all of its aspects.

One of the members of the Board of Librarians, Mrs. Corazon M. Nera, who was part of the accrediting team from the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) which conducted an audit of LCC’s library and other learning resource centers last January 27-28, 2016, said that the college’s facilities are well-equipped and has exceeded that minimum standards. She added that the BLIS program in itself has shown a history of good performance in the board examinations always exceeding the national passing rate. She also said that this is indicative of the quality of education that LCC Bacolod provides its students in the BLIS.

Mrs. Ma. Theresa Abellar, one of the graduates who had been working as a Library staff while taking BLIS as her second degree said that the program has cultivated in them the love of their profession with the dedicated instruction of the faculty combined with practical experiences through in- and off-campus internships. She added that having a comprehensive hands-on experience in running a library is essential in the board examinations which required a sound judgement based on practicality and the contexts of libraries in the Philippines.

Abellar also said that the in-house review courses given by the faculty free of charge also helped in the preparations for the board exam. Reviewers would also get helpful tips and notes from those that have successfully passed the examinations.

LCC’s Chief Librarian and BLIS Program Head, Mrs. Eden Q. Yong, said that in the next five years, the college is looking into offering a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. In order to get there, the college must pursue the accreditation of the BLIS program along with the continuing upgrading of the learning resources which is now increasingly taking advantage of the advancements in technology (ICT).

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Alumna completes DBP Management Associates Program with flying colors

A graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Commerce major in Business Management, Abegail Olandria-Ong, ranked first among the 31 graduates of the Management Associates Program (MAP) of the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP). Ong at age 31, will assume junior officer position in DBP.

Ong did not expect to top a batch of competent young professionals coming from the country’s leading universities like the University of the Philippines, De La Salle University, University of Sto. Tomas and Mapua Institute of Technology. Participants in the MAP are in the 25-35 age brackets.  Some of them are licensed accountants, engineers and graduates of business, economics, finance, mathematics and other related fields.  Most of the applicants, according to Ong, were the top of their class in college with about 95% of them being recipients of “Latin honors”. Ong herself finished Cum Laude at LCC Bacolod in 2006.

Abegail (third from left) was an active student leader in her college years at LCC Bacolod. She served as governor of the School of Business and Information Technology and president of the internationally-affiliated organization, the Students in Free Enterprise

MAP is DBP’s award-winning training and selection program for bank executives. In 2008, it was cited as the Most Outstanding Human Resource Development Project by the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific according to a press release published by the Philippine Information Agency. DBP also said that the program has received numerous other citations from the People Management Association of the Philippines and the Civil Service Commission.

More than 1,700 from DBP’s bank personnel and external aspirants all over the Philippines applied for the most recent MAP but only 31 were selected to undergo the rigorous training program that included nine modules, 61 subjects, more than 100 presentations and more than 4,000 examinations. The program ran for a year but trainees received allowances throughout its duration.

Professors varied from the highest executives of the bank and invited lecturers from the University of the Philippines and the University of Asia and the Pacific.  Others are experts consulting big corporations.

The program is designed to prepare individuals for leadership roles in the bank.  MAP combines the development of technical, behavioral and supervisory competencies through diverse learning approaches in the real-world context, the press release said. Students went through intensive and compact training that included board presentations, loan-packaging, RLE writing (Related Learning Experiences) apart from traditional quizzes and paper examinations.

Donna Shotwell, First Senior Vice President and Head of the Human Resource Management Group, said that the ninth batch of students, Ong’s group, exhibited superb critical thinking and strategic planning skills. Ong in her speech during the graduation at Bulwagan Ng Diwang Pilipino, DBP Main Office in Makati on September 23, 2016, noted that her class is the first with 100% of the students successfully completed in MAP’s nine-year history.

In her graduation speech, Abegail recalled the grueling training days and the time when they almost gave up, but she said she is very proud because their batch is the only in MAP’s history to have completed the program altogether, not having anyone left behind.

DBP said that as a program for future bank officers, the MAP selection process is highly competitive. Through the program, DBP is able to create new and young corps of bank officers with the competence, zeal, enthusiasm and ideals which they will bring with them as they step out to their areas of assignment. MAP graduates will be deployed as junior officers to the DBP head office, branch marketing units, and credit and support departments.

After completing her baccalaureate degree at LCC Bacolod, Ong worked for Mainstream Business Inc. where she served as Training Supervisor for two years. She then joined DBP Bacolod where she is employed for seven years now.  In 2015, she applied for the MAP which makes her the third person to have been qualified from Bacolod City since the program began in 2004.

During her years at LCC, Ong was actively involved in co-curricular activities.  She was a student leader and an academic scholar. Roland Garcia, a former faculty at LCC Bacolod who is close to Ong said that, she originally hailed from Cebu but moved to Bacolod with her sister who worked in the city. Garcia added that Ong did not receive much financial assistance from her sister while in Bacolod so she really struggled her way through college — “despite the odds, she was determined and finished Cum Laude”, he added.

Ong believes that anyone has the capability to reach their dreams, but to make dreams happen, perseverance and confidence are necessary — “dreams will remain dreams if you will allow your thoughts to remain thoughts” she added.

70 complete Amadeus Basic Reservation Course

LCC tourism grads take the edge in airline and travel services employment

Seventy students in the Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management (BSTM) degree at La Consolacion College Bacolod completed the Amadeus Basic Reservation Course, which is a component of the degree program. The Amadeus is a widely-used computer reservation system that supports various airlines worldwide. Knowledge and skills on operating the system give tourism graduates an edge when they look for jobs especially in the airline industry says Dr. Airene B. Gedorio, BSTM program head.

A tracer study for graduates of the past two years revealed that more than 70 percent of those who finished BSTM degree from LCC Bacolod are employed and already have earned a permanent status in the domestic and international industries. Graduates say that communication skills, personality and technical competence were the major factors that influence their employment and their ability to succeed in their jobs.

The Amadeus Basic Reservation course is provided within the BSTM curriculum but one that goes beyond the minimum requirements of the Commission on Higher Education. Dr. Randdie P. Cuelo, VP for Academic Affairs said that LCC Bacolod is determined to provide students with all opportunities to develop professional and technical competence. The college being the pioneer in the offering of the BS Tourism degree in the province remains focused in promoting excellence in these specializations through value-laden programs and educational facilities that match the trends and demands in the industry, he added. Currently, there are 331 students in the BSTM.

A completion ceremony was held on August 10, 2016 at the Millennium Hall of the HRM & Tourism Center where students received Certificates of Completion and Rating handed to them by Amadeus representative Malou M. Avila. Sr. Maria A. Garcia, OSA, Administrative Officer for Academics and organizer of the event said that the administration is pleased to have the parents at the ceremony. One of them who is an OFW said that he’s very happy that the college has included Amadeus in its curriculum. With the qualification, graduates could easily land a job not only in the airline industry but as well as in international hotels, tour and travel industry services where the system is also being used he added.

The course completers are:

  1. Johann Agpangan
  2. Ian Amar
  3. Faith Arevalo
  4. Camille Atas
  5. Tricia Barata
  6. Sherima Baruela
  7. Rica Joy Barroca
  8. Colleen Bat-og
  9. Louise Buenaventura
  10. Ronieville Cabili
  11. April Canlas
  12. Juvy Casibo
  13. Jessa Celiz
  14. Mary Rose Coja
  15. Nelrose Cornelio
  16. Sarah Sheen Cortes
  17. Michaela Custodio
  18. Mary Arden Dagohoy
  19. Mary Joy Declaro
  20. Nissaren Delgado
  21. Angel Dela Cruz
  22. Rosellie Dulosa
  23. Tiffany Esmalla
  24. Summer Espinosa
  25. Aleana Garlitos
  26. Kristen Gicaro
  27. Alexa Hilado
  28. Karen Homecillo
  29. Juleanne Jalandoni
  30. Cheza Lacao
  31. Leanne Lorayna
  32. Pauline Magada
  33. Ma. Consuelo Maipid
  34. Ellyssa Meguiso
  35. Christine Mercurio
  36. Caroline Mesa
  37. Nicole Mesobre
  38. Joanna Montero
  39. Sharmela Nardo
  40. Michelle Navarro
  41. Kisha Odtohan
  42. Princess Olavio
  43. Princess Pagalilawan
  44. Bianca Pangilinan
  45. Erica Pelagio
  46. Diana Pineda
  47. Jessa Pomarin
  48. Angelica Portugaleza
  49. Melie Ramos
  50. Lara Sauce
  51. Krystelle Sinadhan
  52. Katrina Tabudlong
  53. Joyce Tiangson
  54. Hillary Bill Torocio
  55. Divine Trayco
  56. May Jane Trofeo
  57. Anna Leah Torres
  58. Roxanne Torres
  59. Lovely Tuando
  60. Ojelyn Tugade
  61. Naira Tumindig
  62. Shiena Umbao
  63. Kim Valies
  64. Mari JeneVersoza
  65. Mikaela Victoriano
  66. Dhevy Villagonzalo
  67. Jireh Villamejor
  68. Karla Yulo
  69. Khena Zaldarriaga