As President and CEO of RCBC, Eugene Acevedo has not only spearheaded the bank's growth and recognition in digital solutions but also made significant contributions to the Filipino community. From promoting financial inclusion to supporting education through scholarship grants and smart classroom donations, his philanthropic efforts extend beyond the banking sector. Furthermore, his recent appointment to the USC Board of Trustees indicates a commitment to nurturing the university's legacy and fostering a hopeful future for the Carolinian community.


In consideration of the adverse impact of super typhoon Odette, students (tertiary and senior high school) who are victims of the super typhoon may opt to enroll without paying the down payment. Affected students who have promissory notes from previous semesters' school fees may still proceed with the enrollment and settle their outstanding obligations within the extended period of up to the end of the second semester academic year 2021-2022 to ensure the continuation of operations and the timely release of salaries of USC employees. 

Let us continue to pray for the World to be kept alive in each of us in these challenging times. 

Sophia Dianne K. Bernardo, Mike Wenmar Y. Payo, Rochel V. Valle bagged the first place in the Programming Competition besting five different Student Chapters all over the Philippines. The team, which also won the top prize in the Cebu leg of the competition (see related story), was coached by Engr. Ellen Agnes M. Zafra.

Bernardo and Payo, under the mentorship of Engr. Joseph Karl G. Salva also won in the Undergraduate Research Competition. Their research, “QR-based Personal Data Collection System for COVID- 19 Response Automatic Contact Tracing Database Development” received the Best in Research Design and Best in Research Presentation awards. 

The programming competition included C++, Java, and Python 3 problems while the research contest had three phases: initial evaluation and screening phase, semifinals, and finals.

The event was sponsored by the National Chapter of the Institute of Electronics Engineers of the Philippines (IECEP) Inc. and duly organized by the IECEP National Student Affairs Committee, through the IECEP Manila Student Chapter (IECEP-MSC) and IECEP Rizal Student Chapter (IECEP-RSC).


Screen-grab from showing the top performing schools in the October 2021 Ch.E. Licensure Examination.

The University of San Carlos ranked second in school performance in the chemical engineer licensure examination given by the Board of Chemical Engineering. The examination was held on October 3, 4, and 5, 2021 in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cagayan De Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Legazpi, and Lucena.

The Board recognized only four universities with ten or more examinees as top performing schools. With a 94.12% (16 out of 17) rating, USC came up second only to the University of the Philippines Diliman (14 out of 14, 100%). The two other schools on the list are UP Los BaƱos and De La Salle University. The national passing percentage is a meager 47.3% (321 out of 679 examinees).

The new Carolinian chemical engineers are:

Acero, Irene Kaye P.

Alvarez, Ros Vincent P.

Enopia, Brendaline C.

Flores, Dharyl C.

Go, Chloe Faye L.

Lasquite, John Leanard M.

Malig-on, Alyssa Camille D.

Maningo, Aira Jean S.

Martin, Alvin Mar V.

Mendaros, Czarina M.

Rojas, Kaye D.

Samporna, Carl John B.

Te, Kezia Gaile D.

Uy, Lorraine Claire C.

Uy, Newson Shann L.

Variacion, Manuel Jr. A.

Twice postponed

Only 17 out of the 25 who registered ended up taking the exam because of two postponements. The chemical engineer licensure exam is given twice every year. No examination, however, was held in 2020 because of the pandemic-related restrictions. The USC examinees who took the October 2021 exam originally registered for the May 2020 exam.

Five-year performance 

The University’s performance in the chemical engineer licensure examination has been consistently high throughout the past five years. Engr. Cyd P. Aguilera, member of the Board of Chemical Engineering, presented the performance of universities in the past eight exams (covering May 2016 to November 2019) during the 82nd Philippine Institute of Chemical Engineers (PIChE) National Convention last September 17, 2021. Engr. Aguilera reported that the USC’s overall passing rate was 90.48% (114 out of 126). This earns USC the 2nd best school performance nationwide after UP Diliman which had a 97.87% (367 out of 375) pass rate.

by Engr. Luis K. Cabatingan, Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering

University employees started to receive their COVID-19 vaccination shots today, June 14, 2021, as the Project Balik Buhay-University of San Carlos Vaccination Supercenter opened this morning. Fr. Pres. Narciso A. Cellan Jr., SVD, D.Comm. (see inset, photo below) blessed the center earlier this morning before it commenced operations.

Project Balik Buhay (PBB) is a partnership between the public and private sectors in response to the request of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas, the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Visayas on COVID-19, and the Department of Health (DOH) Region VII in support of the national government’s national vaccination program.

The PBB-USC Vaccination Supercenter is located at the University’s Talamban Campus and will cater to USC employees from June 14 to 16, after which it will accept those who registered with the PBB program. The center will continue its operations for three months. Based on the PBB dashboard this morning, the center was able to process almost 150 clients in three hours.
From left: Go (1st), Flordelis (2nd), Arriola (6th), and Borbon (6th) and 62 other Carolinians passed the 2021 Architect Licensure Examination.

Four Carolinian graduates topped the August 2021 Architect Licensure Examination, results of which were released by the Professional Regulation Commission on September 6.

Benson Heinrick B. Go clinched first place (83.50%) followed by Mark Anthony V. Flordelis at second place (83.40%). Meanwhile, both Magdalena Beatriz L. Arriola and Gerard L. Borbon placed sixth with 81.60%.

Overall, 65 out of 81 (80.25%) first-time takers, as well as one repeater, from the University passed the licensure examination. Nationally, only 560 out of 849 (66%) examinees passed the board exam. The examination was held across nine locations, including Cebu City, on August 27 and 29, 2021.

Congratulations to the new Carolinian architects!

1. Abellana, Jess Lorenz Cuabo 

2. Amores, Hannah Mae Lopez 

3. Aninon, Hana Marie Gonzales 

4. Antojado, Earl Patrick Samson 

5. Antolihao, Teresa Tao-on 

6. Arriesgado, Alexa Marie Diongzon 

7. Arriola, Magdalena Beatriz Lepiten 

8. Bacatan, Marie! Noynay 

9. Baclado, Milkee Jane Bacus 

10 Bagual, Jessah Nina Borja 

11 Banzon, Haydee Louise Luna 

12. Baring, Herb Jared Dalanon 

13. Barreto, Claudine Mae Dayag 

14. Bascon, Adrian Ivan Pondara 

15. Borbon, Gerard Luague 

16. Caballero, Rhea Michelle Carilimdiliman 

17. Cabonita, Dean Joseph Demana 

18. Cabulao, Ana Andrea Celina Otero 

19. Calalang, Stephen Jay Go 

20. Camacho, Charmaine Concepcion 

21. Castillon, Glen Santoceldes 

22. Cuadrasal, Jo'Anna Angelique Van Garay 

23. Cuizon, Danessa Christine Sadaya 

24. Cuizon, Zylee Marithel Romanillos 

25. Dagami, Marius Zyreau Cerio 

26. Degamo, Jetly Casio 

27. Dela Cerna, Emily Ann De Asis 

28. Dy, Andre Jason Tan 

29. Dy, Jannah Marie Capuyan 

30. Emotin, Marqueza Eve Marquez 

31. Escalante, Nerrissa Lea Sinco 

32. Faunillan, Caryl Fehazel Caritan 

33. Fernandez, Thea Joyce Espanola 

34. Figues, Phil Robert Sorono 

35. Flordelis, Mark Anthony Veloso 

36. Go, Benson Heinrick Booc 

37. Gumboc, Von Vincent Gaviola 

38. Hilongo, Vienna Marie Mabalhin 

39. Hisancha, Ralph Beltran 

40. Huang, Chloe Cang 

41. Inting, Rhett Marvin Sanchez 

42. Kuan, Karmell Canete 

43. Laroa, Nathaniel Abendan 

44. Legara, Monique Pancho 

45. Lepatan, Rae Moses Pesquera 

46. Lirazan, Dionne Derick Mate 

47. Loga, Catherine Ann Gesalago 

48. Lumagbas, Nathalie Marie Lugtu 

49. Manabat, Ivan Matthew Archibald 

50. Maquiling„ Nichol Vincent Buot 

51. Marzon, Melanie Mae Esperanza 

52. Mayormita, Mary Lyn Rodriguez 

53. Naranjo, Neil Bari 

54. Nemenzo, Angela Velez 

55. Quintero, Mary Noelli Tano 

56. Ramas, Joyce Azcarraga 

57. Salomon, Dianne Myrrh Ebuenga 

58. Senador, Heaven Leigh Andaya 

59. Seva, Kevin Bryan Cellona 

60. Sexon, Kevin Daniel Carabio 

61. Suarez, Eric Ryan Arquillano 

62. Tiu, Cal Jonathan Go 

63. Urpiana, John Lorenzo Santos 

64. Uy, Mar Adonis Rulona 

65. Yu, Heinz Jeremy Go 

The University of San Carlos Research Ethics Committee (USC REC) received its Level 2 Certificate of Accreditation from the Philippine Health Research Ethics Board (PHREB) last August 13, 2021. The Level 2 accreditation took effect last May 18, 2021 and expires on May 17th next year.

According to the PHREB website, Level 2-accredited RECs can review “all types of researches except clinical trials required for the Food and Drug Administration registration of new drugs.” Level 2 RECs can also review research that may entail more than a minimal risk to participants as well as post-marketing studies.

Previously, the USC REC was granted a provisional one-year Level 2 accreditation on July 15, 2019. Prior to this, the PHREB granted the committee a Level 1 accreditation on January 6, 2017. These recognitions from the board are testaments to the committee’s commitment to excellence, adherence to national and international standards in health research ethics, and efficiency. USC is the first non-medical school in Central Visayas to be accredited by the national ethics board.

Established on August 15, 2013 by then University President Fr. Dionisio M. Miranda, SVD, S.Th.D. as the Institutional Ethics Review Committee (IERC), the committee has seven members representing theological, philosophical, political/legal, behavioral, biomedical, and environmental backgrounds, along with a member with no professional discipline.

This was in compliance with the mandates of the Department of Science and Technology (A.O. 001, s.2007), the Commission on Higher Education (CMO 34, s.2007), and Republic Act 10532 or the Philippine National Health Research Act of 2013, which required higher educational institutions in the country to conduct ethical reviews of research that involve human participants to protect their rights and privacy. On November 9, 2017, the USC IERC was renamed as the USC REC.

The USC REC is tasked to review and ensure that all research involving human participants adhere to the highest ethical standards of health and social research. Inquiries and submissions for ethics review may be directed to the committee through

With reporting from J. J. Masna


Members of USC’s Department of Biology participated in a hybrid meeting with the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) Regional Coral Restoration Network Project on July 30, 2021.

The aim of the project is to upscale reef restoration in multiple regions in the Philippines through the introduction of coral larvae to degraded reefs, otherwise known as the larval enhancement method. 

Due to its rich marine life resources, Cebu is one of the planned demonstration sites. For this project, ACIAR has set the following objectives: increase the scale and efficiency of coral larval restoration; produce more resilient, heat-tolerant, coral communities and fish habitats; use innovative techniques in restoring degraded reef areas (e.g., use of an underwater robot); and monitor and evaluate the larger-scale coral and fish habitat reef restoration outcomes and community impacts.

This project is spearheaded by the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute (UP-MSI) and Marine Environment and Resources Foundation (MERF), Inc., together with leading universities in Australia namely: Southern Cross University, the University of Melbourne, Queensland University of Technology, and University of Technology Sydney.

Furthermore, the USC Department of Biology is looking forward to partnering and collaborating with the local project implementer, UP-MSI, through a memorandum of agreement for the next five years.

Reported by Annie Diola, M.S., Department of Biology

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