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The Visayas State University (VSU), through the University Student Services Office, recently released the official results of the VSU Entrance Scholarship Exam Passers for the First Semester of School Year 2015-2016.  Among the 1,289 fourth year high school students from the different high schools in Leyte, Southern Leyte, Bohol and Cebu provinces, 10 of them qualified as Entrance Full Scholars while the top 5 places in the Entrance Partial Scholars automatically become waitlisted Entrance Full Scholars in case some of them will not enroll or opted not to enjoy the Full Scholarship at VSU. 

On the other hand, 37 qualified as Entrance Partial Scholars while 13 were waitlisted for Entrance Partial Scholars. All the scholars will enjoy the following privileges:  free tuition fee, book allowance of PhP200 per semester, and a monthly stipend of PhP1,000 for Full Scholars and PhP600 for Partial Scholars.  The new freshmen may process their enrollment on May 4, 2015.

            Below is the list of the VSU Entrance Scholarship Passers, First Semester, SY 2015-2016:




High School Name and Address



Gasatan          , Mervin June B.

Valencia National High School, Ormoc City, Leyte


Chua               , Gabriel  S.

New Ormoc City National High School, Ormoc City, Leyte


Mayol              , Bryan James 

St. Peter's College, Ormoc City, Leyte


Pera                , Nico S.

Bato School of Fisheries, Bato, Leyte


Abanes           , Maruel 

Bato School of Fisheries, Bato, Leyte


Alano              , Ric Nathan B.

Philippine Science High School-EV, Palo, Leyte


Delos Reyes   , Nicole Zam G.

Valencia National High School, Ormoc City, Leyte


Abrasaldo       , Galileo Gregory A.

VSU Laboratory High School, Baybay City, Leyte


Tutor               , Jeith Pons S.

Paku National High School, Bontoc, Southern Leyte


Cortez             , Tisha Marie L.

St. Peters College, Ormoc City, Leyte



Villar                , Ma. Mae Chastine T.

Dr. Geronimo B. Zaldivar Memorial School of Fisheries, Albuera, Leyte


Catacutan        , Dee Gyra J.

Ubay National Science High School, Ubay, Bohol


Cinco               , Jonel P.

Bato School of Fisheries, Bato, Leyte


Ycoy                , Eliza Mae A.

New Ormoc City National High School, Ormoc City, Leyte


Bayhonan        , Cres Van Loed M.

VSU Laboratory High School, Baybay City, Leyte


Napoles           , Heidi Lynn P.

VSU Laboratory High School, Baybay City, Leyte


Costillas           , Janriel A.

Mahaplag National High School, Mahaplag, Leyte


Arradaza          , Abbe Margarette M.

New Ormoc City National High School, Ormoc City, Leyte


Perez               , Jose Celso, Jr. S.

New Ormoc City National High School, Ormoc City, Leyte


Cabal               , John Louise R.

VSU Laboratory High School, Baybay City, Leyte


Batalon            , Rhian Elizabeth  

Paku National High School, Bontoc, Southern Leyte


Bombales        , Sheryl Ann Mae C.

VSU Laboratory High School, Baybay City, Leyte


Daguman         , Bonn Miguel

Maasin City National High School, Maasin City, Southern Leyte


Villacorte          , Kyle Tristan D.

VSU Laboratory High School, Baybay City, Leyte


Martinez           , Christian Albert L.

VSU Laboratory High School, Baybay City, Leyte


Diaz                  , Hillary M.

Valencia National High School, Ormoc City, Leyte


Cardines           , Niño Iann Loisse L.

VSU Laboratory High School, Baybay City, Leyte


Lor                    , Rolando, Jr. U.

Hilongos National Vocational School, Hilongos, Leyte


Metran              , Honey Grace R.

New Ormoc City National High School, Ormoc City, Leyte


Fuentes            , Maria Kristel P.

Valencia National High School, Ormoc City, Leyte


Gloria               , Camille I.

VSU Laboratory High School, Baybay City, Leyte


Handayan        , Glenise  

Paku National High School, Bontoc, Southern Leyte


Aliling               , Ma. Jasmine M.

Bontoc National High School, Bontoc, Southern Leyte


Andrino            , Devy S.

New Ormoc City National High School, Ormoc City, Leyte


Amestoso         , Felix John T.

VSU Laboratory High School, Baybay City, Leyte


De Los Reyes  , Christian Joseph C.

VSU Laboratory High School, Baybay City, Leyte


Salar                 , Divine Shanly F.

Paku National High School, Bontoc, Southern Leyte



Macanda           , Danielle Ray S.

Bato School of Fisheries, Bato, Leyte


Lim                    , Jose Antonio S.

Bato School of Fisheries, Bato, Leyte


Acompaniado    , Kathlene  

Kananga National High School, Kananga, Leyte


Bantasan           , Ivy Pearl  

Kananga National High School, Kananga, Leyte


Salazar              , Marlou G.

New Ormoc City National High School, Ormoc City, Leyte


Selario               , Al Glenn B.

VSU Laboratory High School, Baybay City, Leyte


Apa                    , Marijoy P.

Arcelo Memorial National High School, Liloan, Cebu


Fajardo               , Mariel A.

Linao National High School, Ormoc City


Cagadas            , Mary Grace  

Lungsodaan National High School, Hinundayan, Southern Leyte


Jero                   , Mario Van G.

Margen National High School, Ormoc City, Leyte


Angana              , Rogelin Marie O.

New Ormoc City National High School, Ormoc City, Leyte


Alcuino               , Joe Edward  

VSU Laboratory High School, Baybay City, Leyte


Fernandez          , Tiziana P.

VSU Laboratory High School, Baybay City, Leyte

Legend: * 11-15-Waitlisted for Entrance Full

Dr. Lucia M. Borines, professor of VSU’s Department of Pest Management (DPM), was awarded the John Dillon Fellow for 2015.  The fellowship is usually awarded to research collaborators of the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). Dr. Borines is the lone fellow from the Philippines among nine others from countries such as China (1), Bangladesh (1), Laos (1), Vietnam (2), Indonesia (2), Papua New Guinea (1) and Samoa (1). She underwent a series of trainings and traveled to different cities and states in Australia from February 15 to March 27, 2015.

The first was a “Research Communication Training” conducted on February 17-20 at Novotel, St. Gilda in Melbourne, Victoria. The training introduced her to the science of research communication such as writing a publishable scientific article, avoidance of plagiarism, how to get research papers to be published, how to respond to reviewers and editors, and other related things. It was conducted by two prominent Australians technical and social scientists, Dr. Margaret Cargill and Dr. Kate Cadman.

The second training was on “The New Leaders Development Program” held on February 23-27 at Mt. Eliza Executive Education, which is part of the Melbourne Business School of the University of Melbourne in Victoria. The training is all about how to become a good leader by first knowing about oneself, learning style, personality type, weaknesses and strengths how to overcome weaknesses to become a good leader, knowing the other people’s personalities, improving communication, problem solving, conflict management, understanding team culture and how to work in a team and lead a team, how to work in your organization and lead an organization. It was conducted by Dr. Edmund King and Dr. Abi O’neill.

The third was an “Agricultural Research Management Workshop” conducted on March 10-13 at the ACIAR office in Canberra, Australia’s Capital City. It was conducted by Dr. Robyn McConchie and Dr. Emma Walters of the University of Sydney.  This training included topics on developing a fundable research proposal, effective research leadership, motivation and teambuilding, management of human resources and finances, acquiring information from databases, managing information and databases, how to develop successful research partnerships, fostering linkages, etc. In Canberra, the fellows were given the chance to visit the Parliament House and were able to attend a parliament hearing with the prime minister and other politicians in Australia. In the same day, the fellows were awarded with their John Dillon certificates by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop herself at the Parliament House. The group also had a chance to visit the John Dillon family (3 generations).

Aside from those trainings, half of the fellows, including Dr. Borines, were given a chance to visit different research stations within Australia, such as the Department of Agriculture and Food (DAF) in different states in Western Australia to learn about their researches, organizational structure, see their laboratory facilities, equipment, visit their experimental trials such as the apple and other stone fruit breeding farms, the grains industry in Australia, animal industry, and many others.  The participants also attended to some seminars at the University of Western Australia, Murdoch University, and the University of Sydney that were incorporated in the fellowship.

During the last nine days, the fellows went separate ways to meet with their collaborators in different parts of Australia. Dr. Borines went to Sydney and met with former jackfruit research collaborators, Dr. David Guest and Dr. Rosalie Daniel, who led her to visit the Plant Pathology Diagnostic Laboratory at the Sydney Botanical Garden. The current ACIAR-ICM project leader, Dr. Gordon Rogers, also brought her to the Sydney markets to see various kinds of vegetables and fruits from different areas in Australia for delivery to department stores and other market outlets. 

Dr. Borines also traveled to Yanco Agricultural Institute in Narrandera, Australia, the station where another ACIAR-ICM project leader, Dr. Sandra MacDougall, is connected.  Narandera is a typical Australian outback where hundreds of huge irrigated farmlands planted to grapes,  rice, melons, oranges, canola, wheat, cotton and other crops are located. In that place, Dr. Borines was able to experience the site of kangaroos really in the wild.  During the last two days in Australia, she traveled back to Sydney and had short hands-on laboratory training on RNA extraction and RT-PCR analysis for the detection of plant viruses at the Elizabeth MacArthur Agricultural Research Institute in Cambden Valley in New South Wales before her return flight to the Philippines.

Fifty-four researchers received on March 6, 2015 rewards from the Visayas State University (VSU) for their published articles in local and international scientific journals and books from 2011 to 2013.

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Dr. Victor B. Asio, Professor VI of Soil Science & Geo-ecology and VP for Planning, Resource Generation and External Affairs of VSU, delivered a SEARCA Professorial Chair Lecture entitled “Biophysical Characteristics and Sustainable Management of Marginal Uplands in the Philippines” on March 27, 2015 at the PhilRootcrops Training Hall.

Dr. Asio mentioned that marginal uplands are widespread in Southeast Asia and other parts of the humid tropics in which most of the resource-poor farmers in the developing world dwell on these risk-prone marginal environments.  Specifically, he revealed that the poorest, most vulnerable and most food insecure households in the Philippines are living and farming on marginal uplands because they [tribal communities] have been forced by more powerful groups to retreat from one site to another which resulted to losing control on their ancestral homelands.  Asio also quoted the Asia Forestry Network findings that poor families continue to migrate to the uplands due to failure of government policies and programs to effectively address unemployment and inequitable land and income distribution in the lowlands.

The SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair also said that, until now, there is no exact and standard definition of what marginal uplands is.  However, Dr. Asio defined uplands as the undulating and steep lands that range in elevation from near sea level to about 1,000m elevation.  It gave him the idea to postulate that marginal uplands are those undulating, hilly or steep mountainous lands having very low crop productivity due to poor soil quality, limited water availability, and unfavorable socio-economic conditions which is synonymous to “degraded uplands”.

Dr. Asio elaborated the biophysical characteristics of marginal uplands which are affected by climate, geology and geomorphology, vegetation, and soil constraints.  He pointed out that aside from being common on the humid tropics, undulating and mountainous topography, marginal uplands are also underlain by various geological materials and with low biodiversity.  “The soils are infertile due to one or more soil constraints to crop production caused by deforestation, shifting cultivation, and destructive land use which enhanced soil erosion,” Dr. Asio averred.  He also mentioned the various physical and chemical constraints which contributed to marginal soil infertility, such as: acid or alkaline pH, low organic matter content and low nutrient status, high electrical conductivity, shallow solum, compaction, low rate of water infiltration, low water holding capacity, and unfavorable slopes.

Finally, in addressing the above problems, Dr. Asio identified some sustainable management strategies that would somehow resolve the issues depending on soil characteristics, cropping systems, and socio-economic factors.  Among these are:  agroforestry, SALT agroforestry, integrated nutrient management for crop production, and rainforestation farming.

Dr. Asio has been conferred the SEARCA Regional Professorial Chair in 2014, together with other four awardees from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (3) and Universiti Putra Malaysia (1), for his outstanding contribution to agricultural research and development as academician in Southeast Asia who has championed inclusive and sustainable agriculture and rural development through his instruction, research, and extension activities in the country and in the region.  JFMBaldos

The papers of some VSU researchers bagged the major awards during the 26th Joint ViCARP-RRDEN Regional RDE Symposium held on March 17-18, 2015 at the VSU Convention Hall.

In the Search for the Outstanding RDE Project (Research Category), the paper of Dr. Fe M. Gabunada entitled “Supply Chain Improvement of Donkey’s Ear Abalone (Haliotis asinina) in Eastern Visayas” was declared winner among the other eight best papers that were shortlisted for the competition.  The paper of Dr. Gabunada and her colleagues: Alice Prieto-Carolino,Rowena Paz L. Gelvezon,Hanny John P. Mediodia, Ana Liza B. Recto, Fatima Roseli J. Sosmeña, and Cherry Pilapil-Añasco received a cash award of PhP10,000 and a plaque of recognition from the organizers—the Visayas Consortium for Agriculture and Resources Program (ViCARP) and the Regional Research, Development and Extensions Network (RRDEN).  As the regional winner, ViCARP shall endorse the paper to PCAARRD to compete in the National Symposium on Agriculture and Resources Research and Development (NSARRD).

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The VSU’s College of Management and Economics (CME), headed by Dr. Antonio P. Abamo, celebrated its 5th Founding Anniversary from February 28-March 11, 2015 anchored on the theme “CME @ 5: Moving on with Responsiveness, Resilience and Relevance in the Changing Climate and Economy.”

The pre-celebration kicked-off with a conference on Business Conference and Strategy Innovation on February 28 which was handled by the class-related organizations of the Society of Agribusiness Students and BRAVO, and the parade and opening program on March 2, 2015 facilitated by the CME Supreme Student Council.

The week-long activity concluded with the anniversary convocation at the VSU Convention Hall graced by Dr. Cielito F. Habito, Chief of Party, USAID Trade Related Assistance for Development (TRADE) Project in the Philippines. 

Other activities during the anniversary were Trade Fair, Enterprise Resource Planning Workshop, YES Night, HIV Awareness Seminar facilitated by the members of H.O.P.E., and an Entrepreneurship Forum with distinguished guest speaker, Engr. Johnny A. Khong Hun, CEO/President of Salinas Corporation. SMCLemos

The Mighty Pythons Team was declared as the General Champion in the 2015 Faculty and Staff Intramural Games on March 11-13 held in the different venues at the VSU Main Campus.  The Team had accumulated 282 total points and was also proclaimed the Overall Champion in Sports competitions.  It got first places in kickball women, athletics men and women, tennis men and women, chess women, and billiards men.  Moreover, it also won first place in the mountain bike race (36 years old and above).  Furthermore, the Team dominated in the balak contest, a capella, and tango.

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The Institute of Human Kinetics (IHK) under the leadership of Dr. Aleli A. Villocino, with former IHK Director Ricarido C. Nanggan Jr., celebrated its month-long 13th Anniversary with the theme “IHK @ 13: Getting Stronger, Soaring Higher.”

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Miss Anna Catherine A. Plata and Miss Mary Jane C. Sumayod, senior BS in Criminology students of VSU-Tolosa who were on their internship at VSU Main, returned a ZHDX cellphone which they found on March 4, 2015 at 6:20 in the morning at the sidewalk near Post Number 2 and the Obelisk structure.  They thought that the cellphone was already destroyed, but when they opened it there was a message requesting the finder to return the cellphone to the IT Building.

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