NEWS AND EVENTS

September 4, 2019

FAITH COLLEGES MARKS 19TH FOUNDATION ANNIVERSARY


FAITH Colleges (First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities) will host a four-day celebration to mark its 19th year with the theme "Transforming Our World." From 05-08 September 2019, the entire FAITH Colleges community will be engaging in various activities that include a diplomatic event, intra- and interschool competitions, exhibits, talent shows, and a partners appreciation day.

Global Awareness Program

Since 2000, FAITH Colleges has institutionalised featuring a country or region as part of its Global Awareness Program. Hosted by its Basic Education Schools, the two-part program is made up of the Country Feature, an elaborate student-mounted exhibit showcasing the featured country's culture, history, traditions, and cuisine; and the Country Talk ,a symposium top billed by a diplomatic representative. In 2018, the Institution featured ASEAN, prompting the Department of Foreign Affairs to commend FAITH Colleges "... for providing platforms for the exchange of information and innovative and creative ideas among students." This year, FAITH Colleges is featuring Indonesia. Special guest is Minister Counsellor Teguh Wiweko from the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia.


Passage to ASEAN
Recently, FAITH Colleges has been accepted to the Passage of ASEAN Association. Passage to ASEAN, or P2A, is "driven by the need for regional solidarity and a shared responsibility towards people and society as a whole. P2A was initiated with the principle that higher education should be a leader in the development of society." Following this, a P2A symposium will be held for the Tertiary Schools students.

World of Dance
In the field of performing arts, senior high school and college students will open the celebrations with World of Dance competition, where Idol Philippines first runner-up Lucas Garcia will give a special performance.

Battle of the Best and the Brightest
Close to 1,000 junior and senior high school students from 40 public and private schools are expected to join the FAITH Astra Battle interschool tilt. The competition categories cover math, performing arts, science and technology, languages, history, social science, and e-sports (Mobile Legends).

Bright Minds, Brave Hearts
Meanwhile, startup and innovation hub Brainsparks PH will conduct a series of Career talks for STEM, ABM, HUMSS, TVL, and Arts and Design.

This will be followed by a Partners Appreciation Day where the Institution's academic, industry, and government partners for scholarship, research, and academic endeavours are recognised.

The action-packed FAITH Community Mobile Legends Open Tournament highlights the third day along with other activities.

A holy mass, a series of musical performances, and teacher-related event will close the celebrations.

FAITH Colleges is a premiere academic institution located in Tanauan City, Batangas. For more information, visit www.firstasia.edu.ph and www.facebook.com/FAITHColleges

May 30, 2019

FAITH Colleges and Fastech host the GREEN ICT FORUM 2019


FAITH Colleges and Fastech Synergy Philippines Inc together with the Semiconductor & Electronics Industries in the Philippines Foundation Inc. (SEIPI) are co-organizing this year’s Green ICT Forum in conjunction with the Philippine Semiconductor and Electronics Convention and Exhibition (PSECE) on 01 June 2019 at the SMX Convention Center, Manila, Philippines.

With the theme “Green ICT and R&D for National Progress,” the event provides a platform for comprehensive discussion on the sustainable use, manufacturing, and development of Information and Communication Technology (or Green ICT). With technology and electronics playing an increasingly significant role across the world, the forum’s ultimate goal is to promote a mindset of sustainability for ICT.

The summit discussion will focus on: The Future of Manufacturing Technologies: Industry-driven Concept; Society 5.0; Industry 4.0; Practical Approach to Smart Factory; Green Power; Decentralized Energy Generation using Next Generation Solar Systems; and Sustainability and Green Initiatives of Analog Devices.

This year’s international lineup of resource persons include: Osamu Namikawa (並河 治), Sr. Manager for Environmental Affairs from the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA); Berthold Arweiler, Head of AIT MA Smart Factory from Continental Temic; Rhett V. Ramos, Asia IT Director from Allegro MicroSystems Philippines, Inc; Olaf Gresens, President of Merlin Solar Technologies, Inc.; Carlos Lorenzo L. Vega, Vice President for Power Marketing and Trading from First Gen Corporation; Florence Galindo, EH&S Manager from Analog Devices Philippines; Saturnino G. Belen, Jr., President of FAITH Colleges; and Dr. Danilo Lachica, President of SEIPI.

FAITH Colleges, an institution of higher learning and research in the Philippines and the academic partner of Fastech, continues to promote research and development into Green ICT in the Manila-Laguna-Batangas (MLB) Research and Innovation Consortium.

Fastech, a leading Philippine semiconductor manufacturing company, is recognized for its leading-edge know-how in niche IC semiconductor components and RF/microwave modules. With the industry and electronics moving toward more power efficient chips and components, Fastech has positioned itself to provide a broad portfolio of Si (Silicon), SiC (Silicon Carbide) and GaN (gallium nitride) based devices. In recent years, SiC- and GaN-based semiconductors called the "Next Generation Power Semiconductors" are two semiconductor materials seeing widespread use in power supplies, solar inverters and industrial motor drives. They are also called green devices because they reduce power consumption and carbon dioxide emissions tremendously.

ICT Green Forum 2019 is made possible with the support of our sponsors: Continental, Omniversal Assurance Agency Corp. (OVAA), Firstec Metallics Inc., IXL Lima Group Security Inc., and Lima Park Hotel.

May 30, 2019

MLB at PSECE 2019


The Manila-Laguna-Batangas (MLB) Research and Innovation Consortium is seeing action at the 16th Philippine Semiconductor and Electronics Convention and Exhibition (PSECE) from 31 May-01 June 2019 at the SMX Convention Center, Manila, Philippines.

PSECE is the biggest annual electronics industry event produced and organized by the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines Foundation, Inc. (SEIPI). This year more than 200 Foreign and Filipino electronics and supply chain companies are expected to exhibit at the show. In line with this year's theme: “Enhancing the Role of the Semiconductor and Electronics Industry in Nation-Building”, the participation of the consortium highlights the importance of industry-academe linkages for the further development of the country's electronics industry.

At this year's PSECE the six schools of the MLB consortium—Asia Pacific College, University of Perpetual Help System-Biñan, University of the Philippines-Los Baños, FAITH Colleges, Batangas State University, and Lyceum of the Philippines-Laguna—will be presenting innovative projects and engaging with industry players to collaborate on the development of the country's talent pool. The schools of MLB are recognized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as Centers of Excellence (COE) and Development (COD) in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and are poised to lead in research and instruction in these fields that continue to be critical for the continued competitiveness of Filipino engineers and electronics companies.

About the MLB Research and Innovation Consortium and Corridor

The corridor, which extends from the Magallanes Interchage in Makati, passes thru Laguna, reaching all the way to Batangas City via the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and Southern Tagalog Arterial Road Tollway (STAR Tollway). The region is a hub for the electronics manufacturing industry, along which hundreds of electronics companies are located, and contributes more than 50% of the total Philippine exports annually. Situated along the same route are the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the 6 HEIs recognized as COEs and CODs in STEM fields. With a high concentration of both industrial and academic activity, the MLB Research and Innovation Corridor bears much similarity to other regions in the world like Silicon Valley and the North Caro

May 22, 2019

Photo by EV Espiritu

First Asian tops PMA Class 2019

Dione Mae Umalla is graduating at the top of Class 2019, the fifth woman to graduate as class valedictorian in an otherwise male-dominated Philippine Military Academy since 1995, when the PMA first accepted women cadets.

Umalla is a FAITH Colleges scholar enrolled in Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in Math S.Y. 2013 - 2015 before she decided to join the PMA.

Read more:
https://businessmirror.com.ph/2019/05/22/5-female-cadets-land-on-top-10-of-pmas-2019-mabalasik-class/
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/05/22/1919867/
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https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1121465/female-cadet-tops-pma-class-of-2019
https://www.thesummitexpress.com/2019/05/female-cadet-ilocos-sur-tops-pma-class-of-2019.html
https://www.rappler.com/nation/231190-female-cadet-ilocos-sur-tops-pma-class-2019
https://jip.ph/woman-tops-pma-2019-class-mabalasik/


April 11, 2019

We have just been hailed as one of the
TOP PERFORMING ELECTRONICS ENGINEERING SCHOOLS in the PHILIPPINES
for 2018 by localpulse.net! #HomeOfTheBravehearts

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May 2018

FAITH Colleges opens School of Graduate Studies; offers MBA and MIT


The growth corridor of Metro Manila and the high-growth region of CALABARZON has a new pillar of development.

FAITH COLLEGES (First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities) announces the launch of its School of Graduate Studies, which will initially offer two courses–– the Master in Business Administration(MBA) and Master in Information Technology with specialization in Systems Development (MIT).

The School is located inside the campus of FAITH Colleges on President Laurel Highway, Tanauan City, Batangas, just an hour's drive from the Makati Business District. FAITH Colleges is south of Metro Manila where technology centers and industrial parks are located, and business and employment abound.

According to Dean Rufo R. Mendoza, PhD, CPA, the FAITH School of Graduate Studies will embrace value creation as the foundation of business and information technology. “We believe that the primary aim of any business is to create and deliver value in the most efficient way. Thus, our MBA and MIT Programs seek to develop managers and leaders who are capacitated and equipped on creating values.”

The graduate school will draw its competitiveness from the deeply-rooted business orientation of the network FAITH Colleges belongs to. It is part of the First Asia Venture Capital, Inc. (FAVCI), a venture capital firm specializing in investments in several Philippine-based businesses. FAVCI has strategically positioned itself in companies that exhibit the potential to excel in its line of business. Presently, it is involved in freight forwarding (AFreight Asia Pacific Ltd and AsiaFreight Logistics), real estate and asset management (Asset Growth Inc), publishing (Diwa Asia Publishing Group), electronics assembly for export (Fastech), industrial ecozone development (Hermosa Ecozone Development Corporation), hotel and international hospitality management (Lima Park Hotel), aviation (Omni Aviation Corporation), security services (IXL Lima Security Group), and construction (Agile Construction and Development Inc).

The group is also behind innovative programs that is spearheading the growth of this region. Among which are the MLB (Manila, Laguna, Batangas) Research Corridor; the Philippine startup community through Brainsparks, an innovation and startup hub; and the Batangas Development Summit, an annual conference that highlights the business, tourism, economic, and social developments in the province of Batangas

The MBA and MIT programs will be offered on a modular schedule. Instructional approach will combine strong theoretical foundations and practical applications delivered through interactive discussions and mentoring. Students will be exposed to real business situations through fieldworks, project studies and presentations, business application papers, system and process observations, and case analysis and studies. In the business application papers, the students will study and analyze their own workplace situations as part of the learning runway.

Faculty consists of experienced educators, managers, and executives with strong track records in managing business, public sector, and development works. The mix of local and international exposures of the faculty provides a productive ground for the students to become holistic and multidisciplinary. The group's faculty trajectory leans towards knowledge generation through research, production of instructional materials, and inter-organizational linkages.

A relatively young institution, FAITH Colleges has already made impressive strides in education. Its College of Computing and Information Technology is center of development. It has Level 3 accreditation of its BS Business Administration, BS Computer Science, and BS Information Technology by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA). It is the first HEI in Region IV to receive a Level 3 re-accredited status for its BS IT and BS Psychology programs. It also has one of the biggest senior high schools in the country today.

For more information, email inquiries@firstasia.edu.ph.


June 2018

K-to-12 delivers on its promise: Reduced college years at FAITH Colleges


AFTER two years since K-to-12 was implemented by the Department of Education (DepED), universities and colleges throughout the country will be welcoming back freshmen.

The academic community is quite excited to open school year 2018-2019 primarily because they will be accepting the first batch of senior high school graduates. “We at FAITH Colleges are eagerly looking forward to August when first year college students would once again be populating the campus,” FAITH Colleges executive vice president Juan P. Lozano said. He revealed that last summer, FAITH Colleges graduated a little more than a thousand senior high school students coming from its FAITH Catholic School and Fidelis Senior High.

“True to the objectives of DepED’s K-to-12 program, our graduates are more prepared for life ahead—whether they decide to immediately go to work, become entrepreneurs, or continue on to college,” Mr. Lozano said.

“For all of the young people who would decide to pursue college, we would like to announce that FAITH Colleges is now offering accelerated college programs. ‘‘This means a K-to-12 graduate can now finish college in as short as three years, depending on the course of their choice. If you’re eyeing to be an engineer, we guarantee that you will be graduating after four years,” Mr. Lozano said, “Let us not forget that one of the promises of the K-to-12 education system is enabling senior high graduates not only better chances of being employed, but more important is finishing college earlier.” crediting the new K-to-12 education system for this development. After the “extra” two years in basic education, FAITH Colleges now gives senior high graduates the option to enrol in select accelerated college programs that will allow them to finish college in four years in the case of engineering, and three years for others courses.

For school year 2018-2019, FAITH Colleges guarantees complete college degree programs in just three years, without any separate bridging program. This is made possible by a thoroughly-enhanced curriculum that is approved by the Commission on Higher Education. This is combined with a robust lineup of faculty with solid foundation in both teaching and actual industry practice.

In the Philippines, a typical undergraduate degree lasts for four to five years. While most universities encourage students to stay with a 4- or 5-year course, FAITH Colleges offers several programs that will allow students to graduate sooner: BS Electronics Engineering, BS Computer Engineering, BS Industrial Engineering, and BS Electrical Engineering. Meanwhile, the new 3-year programs are Bachelor of Science in Criminology, Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship, and Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.

Beginning school year 2018-2019, FAITH Colleges guarantees complete college degree programs in just three or four years, without any separate bridging program. This is made possible by a thoroughly-enhanced curriculum that is approved by the Commission on Higher Education. This is combined with a robust lineup of faculty with solid foundation in both teaching and actual industry practice. Further, FAITH Colleges boasts of strong industry linkages especially in the fields of engineering and technology.

“We would like to assure students and parents who would opt to take any of our accelerated college degree programs that they will be receiving the same quality of education and complete credit units. This means, the engineering students would be receiving a college diploma after just four years that would be recognised both here and abroad,” Mr. Lozano vouched.

He further reminded that in the year 2022, there will almost be no engineering graduates. “The first batch will graduate in 2023. So while most of this year’s incoming engineering freshmen students would still be in school come 2022, our accelerated engineering degree program students would be ready to enter the job market ahead of everyone else.”

With this scenario, prospective employers have fewer candidates to pick from. With less supply and more demand, those in the job market in 2022 can command a higher price for their skills and talent. Less competition means bigger and greater opportunities.

For more information on how to apply for the FAITH Colleges Accelerated College Degree Program, please visit the Admissions Center. You may also call (043) 778.9656 or (043) 778.4136.


June 2018

Are you ready for Accelerated College Programs?


Can you graduate from an engineering program in only 4 years? Can you graduate from college in 3 years? The answer is definitely, YES!

Most young people look forward to college experience, but really, don’t you want to finish school sooner so you can start earning money, help your family, and build your future?

With the cost of tuition fees on the rise, you and your parents are eager to find ways that will make college education affordable. A traditional option is to apply for scholarships. But with or without a scholarship, reducing the number of years in school is your best recourse. If you get out of school earlier, you save money, get a job sooner, and fast track your way to a better life. Or you can go to grad school and still be ahead of the pack.

Are you prepared to finish your engineering program in just 4 years and other college degrees in 3 years?

While it is already hard enough to finish engineering in five years and other college degrees in three years, it is doubly challenging to finish in four years and 3 years. You must be prepared for a tightly-packed schedule that would require more focus and less distractions.

If you want to finish earlier, you must be prepared to give up time spent on socializing and activities that would take you away from school. You’ll definitely be studying for longer hours. But not to worry because the rewards will definitely be worth every sacrifice. How will you survive? Be efficient with your time. Carefully plan and manage your schedule. Don’t slack in summer. Work closely with your college professors. They’ll be more than glad to be your coaches.

Scared? Think of it this way: You’ll be saving time and money on that extra year of tuition and other expenses related to school work like projects, allowances, transportation, dorm fees, and more. Beyond all these, the bigger reward is being able to put yourself out there in the job market way ahead of most everyone else who chose the regular path. So you get a crack at the best opportunities.

Keep in mind that four years or 3 years from now, there will almost be no engineering graduates and no college graduates at all. As early as today, secure your success. Are you ready? Remember, this is your life and your future. You will only start moving towards that direction if you make that decision now.


July 2018

Fly high with FAITH Colleges, OMNI Aviation


FIRST ASIANS to soar even higher. FAITH Colleges and OMNI Aviation Corporation ink and academe-industry partner agreement. Present during the signing of the memorandum of agreement

(L-R): College of Tourism and Hospitality Management Dean, Dr. Merlita Durana; FAITH Colleges Senior Vice President Dr. Lalaine V. Manalo; FAITH Colleges Executive Vice President Juan P. Lozano; OMNI Aviation President and Chief Operating Officer Steven G. Virata; FAITH Colleges Managing Director Dr. Brian L. Belen; and CTHM Academic Head Ms. Judlyn Monterey.

TANAUAN CITY, Batangas July 2018—FAITH Colleges recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement with its newest industry partner OMNI Aviation Corporation.

Under the newly-forged partnership, OMNI Airline Training Academy will be providing basic Non-IATA Cabin Crew Training Program to BS Tourism Management students as part of FAITH Colleges’ on-the-job training package.

BS Tourism Management students will undergo Non-IATA Cabin Crew Training at the OMNI Aviation complex in Clark, Pampanga as a school requirement of the OJT program in the airport and airline sector. The program will cover 30 days training that follows the International Air Transport Association (IATA) standards. Student trainees will receive two sets of OMNI cabin crew uniform.

The country’s largest flight school
OMNI Aviation Corporation, with more than 20 years of aviation experience, takes pride in its excellent training programs and state of the art facilities. Dedicated to the development of general aviation in the country, its programs are designed to ensure compliance with international standards for better job placements locally and overseas. It is recognized as the only IATA-authorized Training Center in the Philippines.

International Air Transport Association
IATA is the prime vehicle for inter-airline cooperation in promoting safe, reliable, secure, and economical air services. At its founding, IATA had 57 members from 31 nations mostly in Europe and North America. Today, it has 240 members from 126 nations in every part of the globe. IATA works closely with the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) which is responsible for the development, implementation, and oversight of "Rules of the Air" on travel safety and security.

Build your aviation career
Both FAITH Colleges and OMNI Aviation are committed to help young people build their aviation career. “With this partnership, our students will undergo a comprehensive cabin crew competency training that would cover the foundation of travel and tourism; ground services; airline services; among others,” FAITH Colleges executive vice president Juan P. Lozano said.

With the great demand for airline professionals brought about by increasing air travel worldwide, now is the best time to enrol in FAITH Colleges’ tourism program. OMNI Aviation president and chief operating officer Steven G. Virata said that FAITH Colleges students who take part in the practicum program will receive globally-accepted training. “Our program follows strict and rigid industry standards designed to give First Asians a definitive edge that puts them at a very competitive level both here and abroad.”

The FAITH College of Tourism and Hospitality Management offers BS Tourism Management and BS Hospitality Management. Visit the FAITH Colleges Admissions Center now at #2 J.P. Laurel Highway, Tanauan City, Batangas. You may also call (043) 778.9656 or (043) 778.4136.


September 2018

FAITH COLLEGES turns 18 with 4-day celebration



FAITH COLLEGES (First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities) marks its 18th year as an innovative academic institution with a four-day celebration for students, faculty, parents, and stakeholders from September 6-9, 2018.

With the theme “Transforming Ourselves,” the anniversary will have various fun competitions for arts and technology; seminars and workshops; talent shows; family picnics; and an open-air concert featuring the Youtube sensation indie music band, Agsunta.

ASEAN spirit
The celebration kicks off with Visions of ASEAN.
Traditionally, the Basic Education Schools features a particular country in an extensive history, arts, and culture exhibit prepared by the students. For its 18th founding year, FAITH COLLEGES puts the spotlight on ASEAN. Officials from the ASEAN Affairs of the Department of Foreign Affairs will lead ceremonies for “Visions fo ASEAN” as well as the Country Talk anchored on “ASEAN@50: Past and Present of ASEAN as A Region.” They will be joined by the student ambassadors from the different schools of FAITH Colleges.

This will be followed by FAITH Astra Battle, a compendium of arts and technology competitions where 1,000 junior and high school students coming from 30 public and private schools will compete in the areas of math, performing arts, science and technology, languages, history, and social science.

Building more bridges
Staying true to its commitment to strengthen linkages between and among the academe, government, and private sector, there will be a “Partners Appreciation Day” with academic partners, industry partners, local government unit heads, and representatives from the Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education, Department of Science and Technology, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and other government agencies. Among the highlights of this event is the partnership of FAITH Colleges and Tokyo Medical University for the immersion program of TMU’s nursing students.

Rockin’ it at 18
FAITH COLLEGES was founded on 08 September 2000. Day3 activities starts with a Foundation Day Mass, to be followed by a workshop and entrepreneurs’ forum spearheaded by Brainsparks Philippines (Brainsparks), an innovative startup hub located within the FAITH campus.

At sundown, students and guests will rock it at the Astra Music Jam featuring Agsunta at the FAITH Football Field. Dubbed as “Bagong Boses ng OPM,” Agsunta is an independent Filipino band popular for its acoustic and soft melodic rock sound.

On 09 September Sunday, First Asians will students, teachers, and parents will get-together for a talent show featuring a musical play, and a cultural and ethnic dance competition.

Nurturing brights minds, brave hearts
FAITH Colleges is an institution of higher learning and research located in the City of Tanauan in Batangas that provides a culture of research and academic excellence, as well as social and environmental awareness.

The Philippines’ youngest HEI recognized by CHED as Center of Development for its IT Programs, FAITH COLLEGES is the first and only HEI in Region IV to receive PACUCOA Level III Re-accreditation Status for BS Psychology and BS IT.

Further, FAITH COLLEGES has one of the biggest senior high schools in the entire country today offering all four tracks—Academic, Arts & Design, Sports, and Technology.

For more information, contact Emil G. Zapata of Institutional Marketing and Corporate Communications at +63 43 7780656 and 7784136.

November 18, 2018

Music and Arts Festival kicks off the 437th Batangas Foundation Day


MALVAR, BATANGAS—Great food, art, music, and a lot more cultural extravaganza await Batangueños and visitors as the Province of Batangas kicks off its 437th Founding Anniversary celebration on December 8-9 inside the master-planned Lima Technology Center in Malvar, Batangas.

With the theme “Live, Study, Work and Have Fun in Rich Batangas,” this year’s foundation anniversary aims to highlight Batangas as the land of a people who strived to be both prosperous and dignified Filipinos for close to half a millennium of existence.

Land of the brave
For the first time, Batangueños will commemorate their foundation day in the town of Malvar, named after the Filipino hero General Miguel Malvar. “For this year, we chose the town of Malvar as the site of the celebration to give tribute to the heroes who dedicated their lives to defend the freedom of and democracy for the Filipino people against Spanish and American soldiers,” explained Atty. Sylvia Marasigan of the Batangas Provincial Tourism, Culture and Arts Office (PTCAO). Offering more of history, Atty. Marasigan added that it was Gen. Malvar’s guerrilla force who moved against the Americans from its command post in the mountains of Batangas with the help of local residents who supported the soldiers and provided intelligence.

Batangas Tourism Council president Juan P. Lozano said that by making the event more accessible, he hopes to attract more tourists to join the celebrations as Malvar is only a mere 90 minutes away from Mega Manila via the South Luzon Expressway and STAR Tollways.

A party of music, arts, and good food
This year’s celebration will include an outdoor Music and Arts Festival at The Outlets at Lipa to showcase the abundance of young talented artists in the field of music and other arts; an outdoor Art Walk displaying Batangueño art pieces curated by Gruopo Sining Batangas; and a Batangas Fair that will showcase different products from all over the province, including organic produce of the farm tourism groups.

A celebration for the arts, culture, and environment
On the morning of Dec. 8, Batangas Provincial Governor Hermilando I. Mandanas will lead the awarding ceremony to recognize the outstanding sons and daughters of Batangas in the fields of arts and culture. The governor will also be conferring the BRAVO Awards —Batangas Recognition Award for Verde Passage’s Outstanding Marine/Mangrove Protected Areas and Bantay Dagat.

The afternoon shall see hourly street and stage performances by the different Batangueño solo artists and performing groups. And from sundown to midnight, international DJs Tom Taus and Jennifer Lee will turn the heat up for BRAVE—the Batangas Rave Party—at the Lima Park Hotel Open Grounds.

The 437th Batangas Province Founding Anniversary celebration is organised by the Batangas Provincial Tourism, Culture, and Arts Office (PTCAO), Batangas Tourism Council, FAITH Colleges, Lima Park Hotel, and The Outlets at Lipa. This is also made possible with the support of Steel Asia Manufacturing Corporation, Science Park of the Philippines, Universal Robina Corporation, Mary Mediatrix Medical Center, Hamilo Coast, Liberty Builders and Development Corporation, and Central Azucarera Don Pedro Inc.

For more information, please call the 437th Batangas Foundation Day secretariat: FAITH Colleges at +63 43 778.6397 and 0929 352.8328.

December 14, 2018

437th Batangas Foundation Day
A celebration for the arts, culture, and environment


MALVAR, BATANGAS—Great food, art, music, and a cultural extravaganza filled the 437th Batangas Foundation Day Anniversary celebration held on December 8, 2018 inside the master-planned Lima Technology Center in Malvar, Batangas.

With the theme “Live, Study, Work and Have Fun in Rich Batangas,” this year’s foundation anniversary highlighted rich Batangas as the land steeped in distinguished arts, culture, trade, and socio-political histories. Batangas Provincial Governor Hermilando I. Mandanas declared, “We will have an administration that will be able to deliver the basic services and provide the Filipinos the means to achieve the full potential that we have. ” The governor further stressed that “What is very essential is to motivate our people, to help them get out of that lethargy of being passive and really to be active and to commit.”

This year’s celebration included an outdoor Music and Arts Festival that showcased the abundance of young talented artists in the field of music and other arts; an outdoor Art Walk displaying Batangueño art pieces curated by Grupo Sining Batangas; and a Batangas Fair that showcased different products from all over the province, including organic produce of the farm tourism groups.

Governor Hermilando I. Mandanas led the awarding ceremony that recognized the outstanding sons and daughters of Batangas in the fields of arts and culture. The governor also conferred the BRAVO Awards—Batangas Recognition Award for Verde Passage’s Outstanding Marine/Mangrove Protected Areas and Bantay Dagat. This was followed by DepED’s Timpalak Lathalain ng Diwang Batangueño and the recognition of the regional finalists to the Local Legislative Awards of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

The rest of the day was filled with hourly street and stage performances by the different Batangueño solo artists and performing groups. And from sundown to midnight, international DJs Tom Taus and Jennifer Lee turned the heat up for BRAVE—the Batangas Rave Party—at the Lima Park Hotel Open Grounds.

The 437th Batangas Province Founding Anniversary celebration was organised by the Batangas Provincial Tourism, Culture, and Arts Office (PTCAO) and the Batangas Tourism Council with the support of FAITH Colleges as the 437th Foundation Day Secretariat, Lima Park Hotel, and The Outlets at Lipa.

March 2014

FAITH Donates Mabini Sculpture


TANAUAN CITY, BATANGAS- The City of Tanauan marks its 442nd foundation year on March 8,2014 with the unveiling of a larger than life bronze statue of Gat. Apolinario M. Mabini.

The statue is donated by the First Asia Insititute of Technology and Humanitires (FAITH) to the people of Tanauan as the city gears up for the sesquicentennial anniversary of Mabini, the foremost son of Tanauan and Batangas In a ceremonial turnover heln on 23 January 2014, no less than city mayor Antonio Halili accepted and signed the Deed of Donation for the Mabini bronze sculpture together with FAITH president Saturnino G. Belen

FAITH commissioned reowned artist Julie Lluch to create the larger than life bronze sculpture of Mabini that is donated to the City of Tanauan. Lluch is credited for the public sculpture commissions of Carlos P. Romulo on UN Avenue, Manila; Arsenio Lacson, Ninoy Aquino, and Emilio Javier, and Plaridel monuments Manila, and Pres. Manuel L. Quezon monument in Quezon Province among others.In the evening, a Parade of Lights featuring colorful floats and lively street danceing will be going around the main thoroughfares of Tanauan, capping the day-long festivities for this City of Colors.


January 2014

First Asia Institute leads celebrations for Mabini@150


The year 2014 marks the sesquicentennial anniversary of Mabini with the theme "Mabini: Talino at Paninindigan". Working closely with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and the Tanauan local government unit, FAITH is the private institution taking the lead in celebrating Mabini@150.
Born on 23 July 1864 in Tanauan, Batangas, Mabini is known as one of many Filipino heroes who defended the rights and freedom of our beloved country. He was poor and suffered from a disability, but he had the intelligence and brilliance of mind that made him the "Brains of the Revolution".

In January 2014, FAITH launched the Mabini@150 website found at www.amabini.com. The website showcases stories on Mabini and a virtual tour of the Mabini Shrine.
On May 9-10, 2014, FAITH and community-based youth leaders from CALBARZON and MIMAROPA are organized CAMYLLA-the Calabarzon-Mimaropa Youth Leadership Learning Adventure with the theme "Mabini, My Hero!"

On July 19,2014, engineering students of CALABARZON will be competed in ASSISTECH: Assistive Electronics Technology Competition held at the FAITH campus. Also on the same day, a seminar for Persons with Disabilities dubbed "Living Life without Limitations" held in FAITH with the Tanauan Social Orientation and Community Involvement(SOCI).

Mabini@150 crowns the Bisita Batangas 2014 calendar of events. For more information, visit www.amabini.com. Emails may be sent to inquiries@firstasia.edu.ph