UPHSI hosts PCOO #ASEANSchoolTour
Students and faculty members of the University of the Philippines High School in Iloilo (UPHSI) warmly welcomed representatives of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) during the Iloilo leg of the #ASEANSchoolTour held last March 7, 2017 at the U. P. Visayas Auditorium, Iloilo City campus.
The #ASEANSchoolTour is part of a series of events that are being held in the Philippines as part of the meetings of ASEAN leaders. This year, the ASEAN is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its establishment, with the theme “Partnering for Change, Engaging the World.”
In her opening remarks, UPHSI Principal Dr. Lourdes Zamora emphasized how this generation of high school students are at an advantage due to the opportunities that the ASEAN offers. Dr. Kevin Villanueva, UPHSI faculty member under the university’s Balik-PhD program oriented the audience on “The ASEAN Way” by sharing about the history and objectives of the ASEAN. Dr. Villanueva highlighted the unique quality of the association which provides all member countries with equal levels of authority when discussing common interests among them.
Karl Louie Fajardo, Director of the Strategic Communications Division of PCOO, led an interactive lecture which included a fun instruction on the unique characteristics and features of the ASEAN member countries. There were animated laughter among the students and faculty members as they learned how to say “thank you” in the languages of Southeast Asian nations.
The program was capped by the singing of the ASEAN Hymn led by UPHSI faculty member Ms. Sharie Faith Biñas, followed by the turnover of ASEAN promotional paraphernalia to UPHSI students.