OPI holds trainings for Campus Ambassadors and Institute writers, editors, students; trainers are DFA’s Stacy Danika Alcantara and ABS-CBN’s Stanley Gajete

OPI holds trainings for Campus Ambassadors and Institute writers, editors, students; trainers are DFA’s Stacy Danika Alcantara and ABS-CBN’s Stanley Gajete


The Office of Publication & Information (OPI) conducts its 3rd Series of Training-Workshop for its Campus Ambassadors and the 4th Series of Training-Workshop for the writers and editors of Schools, Colleges, Offices and for student writers of the Institute. The training in journalism focuses on broadcasting news and features for public affairs.

Two resource speakers, Stacy Danika S. Alcantara of the Office of Public Diplomacy, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and Stanley Buenafe Cajete of ABS-CBN will conduct the training-workshop for the two day affair.

Alcantara, graduated with a degree in Mass Communication from Silliman University, summa cum laude, the first to receive the honor from the university in over 30 years. She is a former Miss Silliman titlist, editor of the Official Student Publication The Sillimanian and was President of the Silliman University Student Government.

She was awarded one of ten Jose Rizal Model Students of the Philippines in 2008 and in 2009 she delivered the Batch Response in Malacanang Palace when she was awarded one of Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines. She is a novelist of young adult fiction, a seasoned journalist and has worked for two multi-national corporations until she topped the Foreign Service Exam with an overall rating of 91.21 percent in 2013-2014.

Her first assignment at the DFA was as Principal Assistant to the Office of the Director General of the APEC National Organizing Council serving under Ambassador Marciano Paynor. She is currently the Principal Assistant of the Public and Media Affairs Division of the Office of Public Diplomacy where she leads the Department’s Digital Diplomacy efforts. She works closely with the Office of ASEAN Affairs in engaging the public about the Philippines’ chairmanship of ASEAN in 2017.

ABS-CBN’s Stanley Buenafe Gajete is segment Producer and Writer of the TV network’s popular programs, TV Patrol, Salamat Dok and The Bottomline with Boy Abunda; is Segment Researcher of Matanglawin, the ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs, a news writer for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, a News Catalog writer and a Video researcher for ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs.

Gajete finished a BS in Development Communication, cum laude from the UP Los Banos, and an MA in Journalism from UP Diliman. He had topped his class for Best Produced feature story video for his Certificate in Broadcast Journalism from the ABS-CBN University. He also received a Certificate in Broadcast Voice from the same University.

Among his awards is the 2013 Gawad Felicisimo T. San Luis as Outstanding Youth of Laguna. He has represented the country in the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre as paper and oral presenter (Social Category) in Bangkok, Singapore and in Dubai. 

Topics : opi  campus ambassadors  institute writeres  editors  students  trainers  DFA  stacy  stanley

IIT’s cultural group featured in Living Asia Channel

IIT’s cultural group featured in Living Asia Channel

by Christine F. Godinez Ortega, Office of Publication & Information (OPI)

The MSU-IIT Cultural Development Office’s (CDO) Kalilang Ensemble was featured in the documentary film celebrating Alab Panitikan (National Literature Month) produced by the National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA) and Living Asia Channel (LAC).
The Alab Panitikan is celebrated in April each year.

The documentary on Alab ng Panitikan had its LAC world premiere on Sunday, October 23, 2016. It featured cultural groups from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

The Institute’s Kalilang Ensemble and the MSU Sining Kambayoka music ensemble led by Jamaludin Casnor represented Mindanao.

Excerpts of the Darangen were performed by the two groups and were filmed inside the MSU-IIT campus and at the Mini-theatre on April 23 this year.

The NCCA team was headed by Rene Napenas, Head of the NCCA Public Affairs and Information Office (PAIO) and Roezielle Joy Iglesia of the Komisyon ng Wikang Filipino (KWF). The Living Asia Channel team was headed by Thess Visda, Production/Logistics Director and crew Rodel Mercado (Production Assistant) and Dickie Neri (Videographer).

The NCCA PAIO donated NCCA publications such as magazines and three volumes of Sagisag Kultura to the MSU-IIT Main Library.

Napenas also dialoged with the AB English Mass Media class at the Mini-theatre during a lull in the filming of the documentary.

The visit of LAC, KWF and NCCA was arranged by the Office of Publication & Information (OPI). 

Check the Video Here

Topics : CDO  NCCA  LAC  OPI  IIT  Kalilang  Ensemble  Alab Panitikan

Godinez-Ortega receives 7th CMO Asia award for Education Leadership

Godinez-Ortega receives 7th CMO Asia award for Education Leadership

by Office of Publication & Information

Dr. Christine F. Godinez-Ortega, the MSU-IIT Acting Director of the Office of Publication and Information (OIC) and a senior faculty of the Department of English, College of Arts & Social Sciences (CASS) received the Education Leadership Award from CMO Asia at the Pan Pacific, Marina Square in Singapore on August 5, 2016.

Ortega, the only winner from Mindanao this year, was awarded for her leadership in literary education, her promotion of the literatures of Mindanao, and for making a difference in the community. The CMO Asia set the criteria for the selection of winners from a list of nominees from all over Asia. A group of jurors also from different parts of Asia including one Filipino made the final selection of winners.

The Editor of the Institute’s official newsletter Gazette and the Institute official journal Mindanao Forum, Ortega also received recognition for her long-time work as Director of the Iligan National Writers Workshop, and as present Head of the National Commission for Culture and Arts-National Literary Arts Committee and Secretary to the NCCA Sub Commission on the Arts.

Earlier in April this year, she received the Gawad Paz Marquez Benitez Award for her lifetime work in literary education from UMPIL Philippines at the Ateneo de Manila University.

The awards ceremony was preceded by panel discussions on “Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)Today: Issues, Challenges and New Paradigms” with Prof. Zakri Abdul Hamid, Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia as moderator, and on “Education for Sustainable Development” moderated by Dr. Lawrence Burke, Director of Education, Beaconhouse School Systems.

CMO Asia gave awards to the best corporate practices, sustainability and social responsibility of various industries and academicians around Asia for Education, IT, Telecom, Outsourcing, Travel and Tourism, Hotel Industry, Real Estate, Healthcare, etc.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is defined, based on a CSR flyer, as “an ethical business approach to meet social, environmental, sustainable and moral responsibilities to ensure that businesses make a positive contribution to society.”

Among the academic excellence awardees this year were from Nanyang Technological University, Stamford University of Bangladesh, UP Baguio, De La Salle University, Benguet State University, Bicol University, Far Eastern University, Trinity University of Asia, The College of Fashion and Design, Asia e University, International Culture University, and University of Hongkong. Among the corporate awardees were Ayala Corporation, Aboitiz, Microsoft, Dubai Duty Free, the country’s Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Thought Collective, Oman LNG Development Foundation, Sustainability & CSR Sealed Air, Singapore Red Cross, Internet Professional Association of Hongkong and ACRES of Singapore.

Keynote speaker of the event was former Senator Heherson T. Alvarez, Presidential Adviser on Global Warming and Climate Change and Founder of the Earth Savers honored as UNESCO artist for peace.

Topics : OPI  Asia award  Education Leadership

Official Press Release by the Office of Publication & Information: Released IIT student recounts ordeal; two more remain with captors

Official Press Release by the Office of Publication & Information: Released IIT student recounts ordeal; two more remain with captors

by OPI

 An MSU-IIT student who was one of the victims in Saturday night’s kidnapping met with the Office of Publication & Information (OPI) yesterday to recount his ordeal.

Juhari Gubat, 18, a General Education student said he was released together with three others on Monday by the still unidentified armed men who abducted him and five other companions on June 6, 2016.

Of the six kidnapped, only two remain with the kidnappers. Both are students of MSU-IIT identified as Cid Rick Jamias (5th Year BS Electronics and Communication) and Berzon Paeste (4th year AB History).

Gubat said that their kidnappers just released them Monday morning, and even gave them P200.00 as fare money. They were never rescued by the authorities as reported by other posts in Social Media nor were they taken forcibly into a vehicle.

Gubat was released along with non-IIT students Kevin Limpin, Hannah Yurong, and Eloisa Lacson. The kidnappers, however, held on to Jamias and Paeste.

Gubat, Limpin, Yurong, and Lacson were with Jamias and Paeste in a white Toyota Revo driven by a certain “Moamar”. The vehicle had the plate number KGJ 661 which is now believed to be fake or stolen as authorities allegedly traced this to belong to a Multicab vehicle in Cagayan de Oro City.

Gubat also clarified that he only met “Moamar” on Saturday at around 4 o’clock in the afternoon. Gubat said that “Moamar” approached him and introduced himself as a cousin, and asked for his number. He described “Moamar” with curly hair, to be around 5’3” and in his ‘30s.

Later in the evening, “Moamar” called him on his cell phone while he was still in the dormitory with Paeste and Jamias asking to hang out. At the same time, Paeste also got a call from Eloisa Lacson asking if they wanted to hang out at the Caltex Gas Station in Tibanga. Gubat, Paeste and Jamias then decided to let Moamar pick them up at the dormitory.

While they were at the Caltex Gas Station, Jamias decided to leave for the Bus Terminal so he could go to Maranding town (Lanao del Norte) but Moamar offered to drive him. The rest went along in the vehicle.

While the students were on their way to Maranding, six armed men flagged down their vehicle along a dark stretch of road in Barangay Buru-un near the popular Timoga Spring Pools.

“The men had ball caps on and were wearing their backpacks in front. They pointed .45 cal. pistols at us, and ordered us to open the doors,” Gubat recounted. The men boarded the vehicle and later blindfolded them, he said. When the blindfolds came off, Gubat said that he and his companions saw the name of Panga Elementary School. Panga is located in Munai, Lanao del Norte.

“They were very scary-looking, and they kept insisting that my companions and I were into drugs,” he said. Some of the armed men looked 18 to 19 years old to him.

After about two hours of being blindfolded, the group were made to get off the vehicle and to walk along a muddy, uphill place when they were separated. Gubat and the other three were brought to a house that was allegedly owned by the driver, alias Moamar. Each one was interviewed by the kidnappers who asked about their parents’ occupations. Gubat said Jamias and Paeste were brought to another place.

Yesterday afternoon, the OPI held a press conference at the MSU-IIT Boardroom and invited members of the local press and correspondents of national dailies through the local Philippine Information Agency (PIA).

MSU-IIT Security Chief Eduardito “Ditto” Maruhom briefed the media about recent developments and the combined efforts of the AFP 2nd Mechanized Brigade forces, the PNP and the NBI in rescuing the MSU-IIT students Jamias and Paeste still held captive by kidnappers.

Chancellor Dr. Sukarno D. Tanggol once more expressed his concern over the safety of the two students and said “we should do more and with concerted effort put an end to criminality. Our problems are gargantuan,” he said.

He likewise told the media that the Institute’s security measures on campus have further been tightened.

The Institute’s Chief Security Officer, Eduardito “Ditto” Maruhom is closely monitoring the situation and said he is hopeful that the remaining captives, Jamias and Paeste will be released soon by the kidnappers.

Chancellor Tanggol reiterated that campus security is stringent and despite the fact that the kidnapping happened off campus, he still wants them, as MSU-IIT students to be returned unharmed. — Office of Publication & Information

Office of Publication & Information (OPI)
MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology
Tel. (063) 2228769

Topics : MSU-IIT  OPI  students  kidnapping

Celebrating National Literature Month in April : IIT hosts Dandaniw 2016

Celebrating National Literature Month in April : IIT hosts Dandaniw 2016

In celebration of April as National Literature Month, the Institute through the Office of Publication and Information and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts hosted Dandaniw, a poetry forum, and an open mic session on April 8, 2016 at the CASSalida Theater.

Dandaniw an Iluko word meaning ‘oral poetry’ is also a part of collaboration with the regional conference entitled Current Issues and Trends in Language and Literature: Globalizing the Local which is organized by the senior students of the Department of English, College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS).

The forum was attended by distinguished literary icons in the Southern Philippines, namely: Prof. Hobart P. Savior and Prof. Roger F. Garcia from Xavier University, Dr. Victor N. Sugbo from UP College Tacloban, Dr. German V. Gervacio and Dr. Steven Patrick C. Fernandez from Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology.

The event began with a conversation with the poets on Creative Writing, The Use of Language, and Transcreation.

“The never ending accommodation of imagination” said Prof. Savior when asked about where he gets his motivation to write. “Imagination is limitless. It may be a cliché but imagination brings you somewhere. However, your responsibility is to pin down, that your imagination is relatable to others and that your imagination is something that will do something whether personal, institutional, or on the societal level.”

It ended with an open mic session at the HRM Laboratory where some original compositions of acoustic songs and spoken word poetry were performed by members of The Authorities, a group of young aspiring writers who submit to the authority of words in giving meaning to the being. They are Ric Anthony Pacaldo, Jibril Monsanto, Karl Anthony, Raymond Beltran, AJ Baterna, Rohanimah Ace Guro, Earl Ross Espere, Faith Brillantes, and Kim Ashley Escalona.

Topics : Dandaniw  Arts Month  NCCA  OPI