Thoughts to Ponder for 2013

Year 2012 may have been a year of miracles…you got your promotion, you were not hospitalized, you had relationships restored, you were provided with what you need and you were even blest with what you want…

But, according to Joel Osteen,
“Don’t let your miracles become so common that you lose excitement… Let us live in amazement of what God has done. If you don’t get happy where you are, you won’t get to where you want to be… Don’t drag through life, put a smile on your face, a spring in your step, moon walk if you have to for if you do things to the best of your ability, you are honoring God.”

Happy New Year Riverside College Community!!!Phases, January 2013



When all the rest were busy with the holidays, Riverside’s talented students with their respective coaches and trainers crossed the seas to compete in the 2012 Western Visayas PRISAA events held in Roxas City, Capiz last December 26-30, 2012.

NOPSSCEA entries represented by our students brought home the championship for Impromptu Speaking (Elmor Gicaro III of BSPT 2) and Vocal Duet (Marjorie Moday of BSN 3 and Judelle Quijano of BMLS 3).  They were trained by their coaches Mr. Ruperto Dulce and Mr. Ariel Emnace Jr.

Our Folk Dance participants who won the championship in NOPSSCEA last September won 1st Runner Up in the WV-PRISAA.  They were Raphael Marion Lemoncito, Ernesto Malvas, Princess Joy Belonio, Kelia Isis Mallo and Bill Gregory Miravalles of BSN, Elyssa Aguirre, Hera Gamboa and Jeritz Anacleto of BSRT, and Shairah Kate Iyog of BMLS. They were accompanied by their trainer, Mr. Luiscito Traigo.

On the other hand, Sports Moderator Ms. Analou Claridad led her team for Taekwondo and Badminton.  Bringing home the Gold Medal for Taekwondo is Roni Jean Raymundo of BS Psychology and for Badminton Mixed Doubles, Mike Minulu-an of BioMed.

The students may have come from different courses, but, as one Team Riverside headed by Student Affairs Officer Mr. Japheth Gever Jingco, and as one team representing Negros for NOPSSCEA, they all have proven themselves as worthy to be called champions.

To the players, participants, coaches and trainers, CONGRATULATIONS and Riverside is so proud of you!!! – Phases, January 2013

PAASCU 2012 General Assembly The Future of Accreditation: Building on Strengths, Navigating Change

Three representatives from RiversideCollege joined this year’s PAASCU General Assembly held at the Century Park Hotel in Manila. VPAA Elsa Streegan, HR Head Lourdes Rodriquez and CAS Dean Ervie Gallespen joined more then 400 delegates from all over the country to be part of the annual gathering with the theme: “The Future of Accreditation: Building on Strengths, Navigating Change.’ PAASCU President Rev. Fr. Joel E. Tabora, SJ focused his keynote speech on PAASCU’s strengths with emphasis on the growing number of PAASCU member schools reaching 449 today which is far beyond the original 11 member schools when it started 55 years ago. The number of accreditors across the country has also increased with 787 of them reported to have conducted survey visits from December 2011 to November 2012. Another strength presented by Fr Tabora is the commitment of PAASCU to ongoing accreditation which is an enduring commitment to quality assurance that succeeds. A series of seminars and workshops were given during the year thereby making systems and processes within PAASCU at par with the other accrediting agencies outside the country.

In the international medical accreditation arena, PAASCU has been recognized by the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation of the Us Department of Education as having standards comparable to those being used for accrediting medical schools in the US. With these strengths, RiversideCollege takes pride in being a member of PAASCU and having been granted re-accreditation for the next five years. Phases, December 2012

PAASCU grants Re-Accreditation for Riverside

Finally the waiting is over…the Nursing Program of Riverside College is granted re-accreditation for five years until November 2017 by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU).

The fax message from PAASCU was read by the president himself, Mr. Samuel Lee in front of the members of the Riverside family last November 28.

It was an afternoon of joy and excitement for everybody especially the Nursing Department headed by Dean Maria Corazon Familiaran when news came in regarding the outcome of the visit by the PAASCU Accreditors last September 24-25.

To share the jubilation, a pizza party was given by the Administration for everyone to enjoy. The selfless efforts given by the members of the different committees through the supervision of VPAA Ms. Elsa Streegan and the support extended by VPA Ms. Ma. Puy Torre were all worth it.

 Indeed, nothing is impossible when everything is done for the good of the institution and when our outmost best is given for God’s glory.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Administration, Faculty, Non-Teaching Personnel and students of RiversideCollege. – Phases, December 2012


A Pharmaceutical Forum entitled “Solutions for Pharmaceutical Testing’ was sponsored by the Pharmacy Department last November 17 at the AVR 3.

Three topics were presented by the resource speakers: Ms. Aileen S. Catadman, Product Manager for SOTAX talked about “The Process of Drug Development and Pharmaceutical Testing,” Mr. John Kevin L. Cruz, the Application Specialist of Guill-Bern Corporation shared his insights on the “History and Applications of USP 4,” and Mr. Rick Zhao, Sales-Manager for Asia Pacific of SOTAX AG gave remarkable information regarding “Dissolution: From Theory to Instrumentation,”

Other topics given during the seminar that were found useful by the students were on Physical Testing, Automation of Assay, Stability, Blend and Content Uniformity Tests and Raw Material identification Using Raman Spectroscopy.

It was a fruitful day for the Pharmacy Department especially for the students who found themselves privileged to have been given learning opportunities that can enhance their understanding of the profession they have chosen.

Negros Occidental Pharmacists Association is celebrating the Philippine Pharmacy Week from December 3-9. – Phases, December 2012


Name of dormitory/boarding house:                   TESS AND TIN

Address:        # 26, 18TH Street, Lacson, Bacolod City

Owner’s name:         Merlinda Benedicto

Caretaker:     Merlinda Benedicto

Telephone no:         435 – 4743

Total no. of rooms: 35 rooms (all non-aircon) (20 rooms for female / 15 rooms for male)

No. of occupants / room:    4 persons


  • Each room contains 2 double deck beds
  • 20 rooms (female) have their own bath/comfort room
  • 15 rooms (male) common bath/comfort room
  • Curfew at 10:00 pm
  • With standby generator set

SAFETY STANDARDS includes fire-fighting equipments, unobstructed fire exits, safety grills / screen, and with detailed security guard

WATER SOURCES:    BACIWA and Deep well

CEP 2nd Awarding Ceremonies

After six months of training, the second batch of students in the Clinical Enhancement Program (CEP) had their Awarding Ceremonies last October 30. MN Student and Head Nurse of the Hemodialysis Unit of RMCI Ms. Kendy F. Panagsagan gave her inspirational message to the graduates with focus on five keys to success. She emphasized that Preparation, Work, Confidence, Golden Rule and Focus are the necessary ingredients to become successful in one’s workplace. – Phases, November 2012.