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ASCOT Commencement Speech by Dr. Rafe Brown

The Aurora State College of Technology (ASCOT) held its 13th Commencement Exercises last April 9. The Guest of Honor and Commencement Speaker was Dr. Rafe M. Brown, Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Assistant Curator of Herpetology at the University of Kansas, USA. Dr. Brown has been working on different environmental researches in the country in collaboration with the National Museum. This is his second time in Aurora.

Here’s the transcript of his Commencement Address:

Greetings friends,

It is a pleasure to be here on this beautiful day and a great honor for me to be invited to speak at this important event.

Today, you are graduating and leaving behind an extremely important period of your life and your personal development. When I think of the importance of higher education and the great significance of a student’s college career, my first thought is that the last four years have, in many ways, been some of the most important years of your life. You have learned to work hard, to take your required class assignments seriously, and you have hopefully come to appreciate what others in your society will expect of you as adults. As an adult you have learned that aside from the great fun and pleasure you can derive from life and its distractions, you also have great responsibility.

As a graduating senior, you are now part of something much bigger than yourself. The many institutions of college – your clubs, your fraternities, your graduating class, and now your association as an alumnus – all make you part of something. When I look this graduating class, it occurs to me that you are now all members of society in a way that you were not before today.

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Buhay na Tubig

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Buhay Na Tubig – Agua Viva es un documental sobre la vida de familias de pescadores en Baler, provincia de Aurora, Filipinas.
Una mirada sobre la difícil realidad social, económica y medioambiental que enfrentan estas familias; y el registro de los esfuerzos realizados en conjunto por filipinos y españoles, con el fin de mejorar las condiciones de vida de esta pobla´ción.
Buhay Na Tubig -Agua Viva se ha rodado en el marco de un proyecto de cooperación al desarrollo ejecutado por la ONGD española Fundeso, junto a la Universidad de Tecnología de Aurora, ASCOT; con el apoyo de la Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional, AECI.


Buhay Na Tubig – Agua Viva is a documentary about the lives of families of fishermen in Baler, Aurora province, Philippines.

Looking on the difficult social, economic and environmental reality faced by these families, and the the efforts made jointly by Philippine and Spain, with the aim of improving the living conditions of this town. Buhay Na Tubig-Agua Viva was shot in the framework of a cooperation project development executed by the Spanish NGO Fundeso, along with the Aurora State College of Technology, with the support of the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation, AECI.

2007 Licensure Examination for Teachers Results

The results are out! Links from

High School

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The Aurora Association USA Scholars who passed the exam:
Marcelo Domingo (MCC)
Nikka Saturno (ASCOT)
Erick De Leon Delos Santos (ASCOT)

and the other passers:
Dolores Salvacion Tolentino
Cherish Villegas Lim
Dina Dela Cruz Lim
Antonio Dacuba Jr.
Gina Pascual Astejada (CLSU)

First Week of April

I posted this weeks ago and didn’t know it was on private mode until somebody asked me where is it. So I’m re-posting it. And this is where I’ve been on the first week of April.

On April 1st the guests of the 12th Commencement Exercises of ASCOT arrived and we have a sort of welcome thingy at the Bay’s Inn. Among the guests were the French Ambassador to the Philippines, Mr. Gerard Chesnel which was the Guest of Honor and Speaker during the graduation (the one with the white hair and beard); Dr. Benny A. Palma, first president of ASCOT and currently the president of Aklan State University (the one on striped yellow shirt with both hands in front) and Dr. Romeo S. Cabanilla, 2nd President of ASCOT (in red). Also in the picture are ASCOT VP Mr. Gerardo Rillon (white shirt), Mrs. Chesnel (in grey), Mr. Eriberto Rivera, ASCOT Student Affairs Director (in black), Dr. Eusebio V. Angara , ASCOT President (in pink, in front of Mr. Rivera) , and Dr. Oscar T. Vallejo, ASCOT VP-Academic Affairs (in plaid shirt). With them are the ASCOT streetdancers. Click on the picture to view the large version.

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Aurora Pays Tribute to Outgoing ASCOT President

Dr. Romeo S. Cabanilla

Last November 29, 2006 on the occasion of his birthday, ASCOT and Aurora officials pays tribute to Dr. Romeo Cabanilla, President of Aurora State College of Technology. Dr. Cabanilla will be retiring from service and will hand over the torch of ASCOT leadership to the next president which is yet to be determined. He served ASCOT for 5 years since 2002 when the first President Dr. Benny Palma was appointed as the new president of Aklan State university. Dr. Cabanilla hails from Nueva Ecija.

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While 99 percent of Baler were enjoying the Fiesta week, some of us were working. The opening of the ASCOT-Fundeso Training Dorm at Dicaloyungan. In the photo from left: ASCOT President Dr. Romeo S. Cabanilla, Sen. Edgardo J. Angara and his wife, Hon. Ryulchiro Yamazaki (Ambassador of Japan), Hon. Lim Kheng Hua (Ambassador of Singapore), Dr. Eusebio Angara of ASCOT, Gov. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo, Hon. Jesus Quintana from Spain, and Baler Mayor Arthur Angara. This was on August 18. The next day, August 19 we were in the same place again with two more Ambassadors, Hon. Axel Raimund Weishaupt of Germany and Hon. Peter Beckingham from the United Kingdom. I was the event photographer and the ambassador of Suklayin.