Silliman University “Top 1” Best Performing Nursing School in the Philippines for 2015

Almost 17,900 nursing graduates took the exams held in Manila, Bacolod,Baguio, Cabanatuan, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, Laoag, Legazpi, Lucena, Pagadian, Tacloban, Tuguegarao, and Zamboanga and more than 9,700 (54.26%) passed the Nurse Licensure Examination given by the Board of Nursing in May 2014.

Dagit Dumaguete is proud to say that Silliman University is again included in the Top 10 Best Performing Nursing Schools in the Philippines for 2015. Silliman University together with two (2) other schools namely Chinese General Hospital Colleges and West Visayas State University – La Paz,  were named by the PRC as the top 1 performing schools in the May 2015 NLE or nursing board exam as per Commission Resolution No. 2010-547 series of 2010. Silliman University has also produced topnotchers, Carla Mae Borongan Abrigo (Top 8) and Sabrina Kristine Avanceña (Top 10). Only schools that had 50 or more examinees and with at least 80% passing rate were included on this list

SUCN list

The Silliman University College of Nursing (SUCN) is one of the constituent colleges of Silliman University, a private university in Dumaguete City, Philippines, established in 1947. Silliman is among the top nursing schools in the Philippines. It is a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education as designated by the Commission on Higher Education. In 2009, it ranked 1st in the Philippines based on licensure examination results with a passing rate of 96.57%. Here’s the university’s licensure examination passing rate for the last 3 years according to the PRC Official Website.




Miss CBA Bags Crown for Miss Silliman 2015

Miss Silliman 2015 Genin Amiscaray Photo Credit to:
                                 Miss Silliman 2015 Genin Amiscaray
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In spite of the all controversies Miss Silliman 2015 and its committee faced last August 24, 2015 at the coronation night in Macias Sports and Cultural Complex, College of Business Administration representative Genin Amiscaray was named Miss Silliman 2015. The College of Business Administration (CBA) has seized the crown for Miss Silliman twice in a row now since 2014.

Miss Silliman 2014 Sophia Diago passing on the crown to Miss Silliman 2015 Genin Amiscaray. Both are from the College of Business Administration. Photo credit to:
Miss Silliman 2014 Sophia Diago passing on the crown to Miss Silliman 2015 Genin Amiscaray. Both are from the College of Business Administration.
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This year’s Miss Silliman definitely made some noise after multiple changes were made and announced during the pageant night – from declaring the top 5 candidates to adding a sixth one and announcing to make it top 8 instead after the six candidates answered the final question and finally getting back down to the original top 5. All these and more dramas were witnessed by the spectators last Thursday. After much stalling and deliberation the candidates ended up voting among themselves whether to push through with top 8 and go through another Q&A portion given that the additional two candidates heard the final question and the top 6 candidates answers. Bottom line, the candidates decided to just retain the top 5 and proceeded with the rest of the program.

Genin Amiscaray of Business Administration went home the crown for Miss Silliman 2015. The runners-up are Miss Arts and Sciences Jeva Rhoden (first runner-up), Miss Public Administration and Governance Shamah Bulangis (second runner-up), Miss Nursing Maria Christina Goodwin (third runner-up), and Miss Mass Communication Dae Narah Garcia (fourth runner-up) respectively.

Here are the runners-up for Miss Silliman 2015 respectively. Photo source: Official Facebook Page of Miss Silliman 2015
Here are the runners-up for Miss Silliman 2015 respectively.
                                                        Photo source: Official Facebook Page of Miss Silliman 2015

Below are the criteria followed in determining the top 5 candidates for this year based from the Miss Silliman 2015 committee:

  • 30% – Press Launch
  • 30% – Pre-pageant
  • 40% – Pageant Night

Here are the top 5 candidates answers to the final question “How do you relate the Miss Silliman pageant to the whole person education of Silliman University?”

Miss CBA – The Miss Silliman pageant taught a lesson: that beauty is beyond skin-deep.

Miss AS – There is no question that Silliman University can produce holistic graduates.

Miss SPAG – She (Bulangis) believes that the holistic graduates are what Miss Silliman is all about.  

Miss Nursing – We have to remember that Silliman University revolves around one thing: Via, Veritas, Vita.

Miss MassCom – I know Silliman like the back of my hand.

Note: The answers were taken from the official Facebook Page of Miss Silliman. Click here to visit the page.

Minor awards were also awarded to the candidates which were mostly won by Miss College of Engineering and Design Lexandrea delaCerna and Miss SPAG Shamah Bulangis.

For more photos of the pageant night and Miss Silliman 2015 candidates please click links below:

Miss Silliman 2015 Facebook Page

Dumaguete Info Net Service

NORSU – One of the Best Engineering Schools in the Philippines

Dagit Dumaguete is proud to say that one of the universities who belonged to the Top Ten Best Engineering Schools in the Philippines, as per, is here in Dumaguete City. Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) ranked #3 on the list.

According to the article, schools were ranked according to their aggregated scores from 16 engineering-related board exams. A school must offer at least 4 engineering courses to qualify in the ranking.

The list does not aim to find the best “particular engineering” school in the country but for the best engineering school (all engineering courses or in this case, at least 4 and 6 engineering courses) in general. The list is also only based on passing percentages of board exams not hiring statistics

Read full article here

Silliman University: Hibalag Booth Festival

Photo grabbed: The Official Silliman University Student Government

Booth Festival of Silliman’s Founders Celebration or known as “Hibalag” is one of the highlights or major activities of Silliman’s Founding celebration. Hibalag is a Visayan term which means to come together or to meet up. The said event dates back since 1950 and it’s not just about the booth festival, it also includes homecoming reunions and oher exhibits and coming together. With the term itself “hibalag”,  Sillimanians enjoy coming together, visiting booths and involve themselves in different activities during the celebration. Amazingly, it’s not just Sillimanians who get to enjoy the celebration but also students from other universities and those non-students who just love to visit and feel the Silliman spirit.

Every year Hibalag Booth Festival has its theme and this year’s theme is “wonderland”. As the term itself means, an actual place or scene of great or strange beauty or wonder, Silliman has a lot of magnificent things and it will be showcased during the said event.

Hibalag is a 10 day event that will be launch on August 19, 2015, 7:00PM at the Ravello Ball Field. The event is organized by the Silliman University Student Government-ComSo. It will run until August 29, 2015. There will be Hibalag Christian Night as well on August 23, 2015.

It’s not just the Booth Festival, there are also other activities and a lot more events that everyone can enjoy. With the creativity of the students, I know everyone is excited to get to see all the booths and the gimmicks they have to offer.

Let’s all come together, enjoy and feel the Silliman spirit as we join them with their 114th Founding Celebration.

Let’s take a look on what “hibalag” really means for Sillimanians 🙂


SPUD: Region’s Eco-Friendly School

by: Rafael Duhaylungsod

St. Paul University Dumaguete, the only Catholic university in Negros Oriental, was adjudged the 2011-2012 Central Visayas Most Sustainable and Eco-Friendly School after a regional evaluation held by the Department of Environment & Natural Resources, Commission on Higher Education, Department of Education, and Smart Communications. 

The University’s environment program, Eco SWaRM (Ecological Solid Waste Reduction Management) received appreciation from the evaluators especially the implementation of the integrated and sustainable farming with livestock raising, conservation and preservation of biodiversity that consist of a butterfly sanctuary and aviary, the regular off-campus coastal clean-up activity, reforestation and adopt a tree program in Lake Balinsasayao, educational curriculum integration, the 5S technology or good housekeeping and the 4Rs (Recover, Re-use, Recycle and Reduce) plus a Composting & Vermi Culture Facility and the recent 4 in 1 Nature- Friendly Technology (urine diversion dehydration toilet, green /living toof, use of recycled and indigenous materials, and the application of alternative and renewable energy.

Moreover, SPUD is now offering a short-term modular course, called a Certificate in Environmental Management supported by the League of Municipalities, DENR, and the Technical Educational Skills Development Authority. The course is intended for the various local government units, private agencies and individuals interested to be part of environmental conservation and protection. (Rafael Duhaylungsod)

Read story from here: SPUD: Region’s Eco-Friendly School.

DISCLAIMER: Please note that Dagit Dumaguete did not write the story. Proper credits must be given to the writer. We only aim to share this good information. NO harm intended. 

Silliman Lands List of World’s 50 Most Beautiful Campuses

Here’s another Dumaguete pride.

Silliman University is the only university in the Philippines, and one of only two in Asia that landed a spot on the list of “50 Most Beautiful Christian College and University Campuses in the World”. The university ranks 47th on list highlighting the distinctive feature of the campus.

Last month, the Christian Universities Online ( released the list containing a description of each university. This year’s listing is the global version of last year’s “25 Most Beautiful Christian Universities in the US”.

Please read full article from the Silliman University website here

**DISCLAIMER: Please note that Dagit Dumaguete did not write the story. Proper credits must be given to the writer. We only aim to share this good information. NO harm intended. 

Estudio Damgo III: Floating Marine Sanctuary Center

Photo courtesy of Joel Balajadia | Captured Stills
Photo courtesy of Joel Balajadia | Captured Stills

Estudio Damgo is the first design and build program in the Philippines. It is a community program of Foundation University’s Department of Architecture. The program enables senior architecture students to guide the design of the project up to the actual construction and completion of their project and the resources that should be used are natural and ecological materials.

Its first project was the Day Care Center located at Baranggay Malaunay Valencia. The second project was a Multi-Purpose Building located in Baranggay Bajumpandan Dumaguete City. The third project (Estudio Damgo III) completed on July 2015 is the Floating Marine Sanctuary Center located at Baranggay Bantayan Dumaguete.

The idea of building a Floating Marine Sanctuary was brought about because of the identified problem in terms of food security, preservation of the marine environment and the absence of marine guardhouse where the fish wardens can stay and do their task effectively. Preserved marine sanctuaries not just increase the fish supply, but it would also impact the earnings of the people in the community. Building a floating marine sanctuary would also act as a reminder to the community that we need to protect and preserve our marine sanctuary.

Twelve months ago (June 2014) the planning of the now Estudio Damgo III was just a vision but now it is a completed and successful project. Many said that the project was too ambitious, but the senior architect students took it as a challenge and enthusiastically worked on the design-build floating marine sanctuary.

Estudio Damgo III was launched last October 2, 2014 at the Robinsons Place with the City Mayor Manuel Sagarbaria. During the launch of the project, a prototype of the Floating Marine Sanctuary was made to float in a kiddie pool. Last November 2014 the senior architect students attended a workshop with bamboo experts for them to learn how to deal with bamboo and use other tools and materials for the project. The student’s where able to gather the needed bamboos for the project. After cleaning, cutting and treating the bamboos, they began the fabrication for the parts of the structure. The task was complex but the students were able to finish it and they even received recognition through email from Yeon Ju Chu that the team made it to the first screening in the World Bamboo Design Competition. The anchoring of the floating structure to the seabed was also a challenge but they were able to get inputs from Seaflex in Sweden and they even donated a mooring system to hold the floating pyramid in place.

In terms of fund raising, there were two benefit concerts held at Foundation University last November 28,2014 (FUchella) and the other one was at Hayahay Treehouse last December 12, 2014. There were also other fundraising made like Global Giving, selling printed T-shirts (FUchella), other fundraising headed by the senior architecture students.

The interior of the pyramid was completed last February 2015. The sides of the pyramid structure were also completed last March 2015 and they weaved conveyors as the connections of the exterior frames. The parts were also delivered to the site on March 2015 with the help of Uymatiao’s Trailer trucks and plastic barrels for the flotation were also completed.

The project was supposed to be completed last March 2015 but due to uncontrollable situation it was extended for another two months. On May, the team continued on the project and with the help of divers from Dauin, they layout the floating structure’s location. On June 1, 2015, the base structure is already floating on the sea of Bantayan Dumaguete.

The blessing and turn over of rites was done last July 2, 2015 and the project was made possible with the initiative and enthusiasm of Foundation University’s Senior architecture students Minda Luz Badon, Florabelle Caloy, Marie Ann Lagudas, Frankie Magalso, Al Shamir Marquez, Julie Ann Mayoga, John Steve Memis, Melissa Anne Villalon, and Efren Torres, Consultant Paul Marin, Project Manager Ar. Zorich Guia, and the sponsors and partners as well.

“I call it the three P’s, Persevereance, Persistence and Passion..” – Paul Marin

NORSU: Hugyawan Festival

Photo credit to ALS Photography;

A major event that the Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) celebrates annually is the “Hugyawan Festival”. It’s a culminating activity highlighting the celebration of NORSU’s Founders’ Day held every end of November. Hugyawan usually comes in on the last day of the school’s Founders’ Week. Hugyawan comes from the Cebuano word “hugyaw” which means to make very loud noise using drums and other musical instruments. According to Dr. Peter Dayot

The annual festival started in 1998; the same year as the Philippine Centennial. It simply began as a Linggo ng Wika street dancing parade that evolved into a small-scale Buglasan Festival and was changed into the Hugyawan Festival for it to have a distinct identity of its own.

Hugyawan is also Dumaguete City’s most awaited street dancing competition where students of the seven (7) NORSU campuses come together for a parade of colorful costumes and festivities. In addition, each contingent must present candidates for the Hugyawan King and Queen which were featured in their showdown and street dancing competition. The main objective of Hugyawan is to showcase the unique way of life of the people of Negros Oriental.

Foundation University: DAL-UY Festival

Dal-uy from the word “daloy” which means “to flow”  is an annual event of Foundation University Dumaguete to commemorate its Founder’s Week celebration. Dal-uy is a festival of dreams and hopes where all members of Foundation University gather around the beach to launch floating lanterns carrying their respective wishes and prayers.

The floating lanterns are recyclable and environment-friendly. This annual event is patterned after Hawaii’s Floating Latern Festival. The festival happens every July and just recently, a lot of these floating lanterns dot the waterfront of Bantayan Beach in Escaño Dumaguete City last July 2, 2015.

This year’s Dal-uy Festival was special because Foundation University also officially launched Estudio Damgo 3, a marine sanctuary floating building in the shape of a pyramid. Estudio Damgo or “The Marine Sanctuary Center” is a building to be used by Sanctuary Wardens to help educate people about the sanctuary in Barangay Bantayan, Dumaguete City.

The center is a sustainable and eco-friendly structure right next to the sanctuary in the coastline of Bantayan. The team behind this project is mostly consists of Architecture students who are in their last year in Foundation University.

Dagit Dumaguete did roundup in Instagram and Facebook to see who were posting about the Dal-uy Festival last July 2, 2015. Check out their posts below:

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