With the eventual transition of face-to-face activities in many schools and universities in the country, Foundation University in Dumaguete City held its 14th Digital Expo on campus with some events held on a blended modality on June 7-10. In past years, the annual event was held outside the campus for greater visibility in the community and for immediate interaction among those attending it. With the participation of all schools and colleges of Foundation University, the tradition, short of calling it an extravaganza, continued even during the pandemic, albeit with limited activities.
“It has been our objective to showcase the outstanding outputs of our students, their projects, activities, and somehow feature best practices of each one. Everyone looks forward to this and I believe nothing can mar our enthusiasm and commitment,” expressed Arch. Victor Vicente “Dean” Sinco, president and chairman of the Board of Trustees of Foundation University. For this year, varied activities highlighted the Digital Expo which also focused on inviting Senior High School students to the campus for a look-see of university facilities and to assist them in their choices of a collegiate degree program in the coming academic year.
The opening program on June 7 was immediately followed by Padula, an inter-Senior High School skills competition featuring a digital quiz bee spearheaded by the College of Computer Studies and the School of Industrial Engineering and Technology together with Foundation Preparatory Academy; dish gardening led by the College of Agriculture; spoken poetry organized by the College of Education; photojournalism jointly led by the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Computer Studies; tech talk conceptualized by the College of Computer Studies; cooking competition and table skirting with floral centerpiece led by the College of Hospitality Management; the Foundation University Business Idea Development Awards (FUBIDA) and amazing race under the College of Business Administration; and, painting competition under the Department of Architecture and Fine Arts.
The winners were: digital quiz bee – champion, Bayawan City Science and Technology Education Center (BCSTEC); first runnerup -- Junob National High School; second runnerup – Camanjac National High School; dish gardening – champion, Alvin Amasan, Kalumboyan High School, Bayawan City; spoken poetry – champion, Sylvia Anna Silva; first runnerup – Irish Silot; photojournalism – champion, Rhed Llamada; first runnerup – Jemlen Albios; tech talk – champion, Camanjac National High School; first runnerup, Junob National High School; cooking competition – champion, Queenie Paculba and Christine Mae Tubio, Camanjac National High School; FUBIDA – champion, Negros Oriental High School; first runnerup, Bayawan National High School; second runnerup – Bais City National Science High School; amazing race – champion, team 2 with Jelaica Tabanag, Chenny Lasagas, Florymel Benigno, and Menilyn Aban; first runnerup, team 3 with Rose Lyn Semillano, Nicole Jayne Ayco, Dan Alfonzeta Luague, and Rhed Llamada; second runnerup, team 5 with Angel Dane Tubat, Jaidel Duran, and Jemlen Albios; painting competition -- champion, Jericho Philip Magsipoc, Foundation Preparatory Academy; first runnerup, Queen Divine Seneros, Bayawan City National High School Senior High School; second runnerup, Simon Arnaiz, Camanjac National High School.
Webinars were held on June 8 on various topics, while on June 9 had more skills competitions by the College of Hospitality Management and a truss and beam destruction esquisse was mounted by the Department of Architecture and Fine Arts, and later the undergraduate multidisciplinary research and innovation conference. The concluding day had a student-led talk show, “Speak 101: Extraordinary Me” with more showcase activities of Foundation Preparatory Academy, and highlighted by “Padayon,” an online concert featuring the performing groups of the university under the tutelage of the Office for Culture and the Arts.
Moreover, the winners of enrolment vouchers worth at least one thousand pesos are: Rica Losbanos, Camanjac National High School; Chenny Lasagas, Bayawan National High School; Jeralyn Calapiz, Camanjac National High School; Sylva Distrito, Junob National High School; Meca Danvic Dayucos, Junob National High School; Jose Simon Arnaiz Jr., Camanjac National High School; Florymel Benigno, Negros Oriental High School; Zxenra Claire Silot, Camanjac National High School; Jelaica Tabanag, Bayawan National High School; and, Justin Claire Villanueva, Bayawan City Science and Technology Education Center.
Winner of an iPad 64 GB silver 9th generation is Queenie Paculba of Camanjac National High School. “It was an enjoyable, exhilarating experience to set foot in Foundation University with its lush green campus and airy ambience,” gushed a first-timer student from Bais City.