Academics sends messages of hope, inspiration and solidarity amidst COVID-19 pandemic

June 3, 2020 | 10:32 am

“I won’t let the Academic Community succumb to this COVID-19 pandemic. Learning continues. Teaching continues. Academic Service support continues. Staff support continues. Our operations continue for Learning knows no boundaries. Together, and by association, we shall all prevail”.

Juanito O. Cabanias, LPT, MAE, PhD
Vice Chancellor for Academics

“At the end of the day all we need is hope and strength. Hope that it will eventually get better and strength to hold on till it does”. And while we are waiting; whatever hardship, challenges, indecisions and fears that we are facing, we just remember that these too shall pass and by the grace of God we will overcome. To our students we hope that they continue to trust us that what we do today will define what kind of health professionals they will all be in the future. We promise that excellence will still be part of everything that we do for them and our community. Just remember that tomorrow is still full of wonderful possibilities for all of us here in DLSMHSI.”

Alicia P. Catabay, RPh, MSc, PhD
Dean, College of Pharmacy

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” Oscar Wilde As a Lasallian community, may we continue to reach out to those who may have forgotten the light that shines above. There’s light in this darkness; all we need is to look up.”

Sigfredo B. Mata, RPh
Vice Dean, College of Pharmacy

“Spanish flu (1918-1920);
Asian flu (1957-1958);
Hong Kong flu (1968-1969);
H1N1/09 flu (2009-2010);

Which have lost an outrageous number of lives.

Then, COVID-19 (this too shall pass).
Four words that may have given hope and resurrection to millions, then and now.

Life may be short, but God made sure it is wide and tall”

Jose Antonio P. Amistad, MD, FPSA
Dean, The Student Affairs

“St. John Baptist de La Salle believes that education gives hope and opportunity for people. And so, during this time of COVID-19 uncertainty, let us remember that we were chosen to continue the mission of St. La Salle in nurturing the young, through education, especially those who had little hope for educational advancement due to COVID-19 pandemic.”

Marlon G. Gado, RL, MLIS
Director, Center for Innovative Education and Technology Integration

“Weak? Tired? Feel like giving up?
Take heart…We have Someone greater than all these challenges.

Isaiah 40:28-29, 31 says,
“….The everlasting God, the Lord,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary….
He gives power to weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength….
….those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;”

Maria Corazon E. Gurango, MD, MPH, FPAFP
Director, Center for Community Engagement and Health Development Program

“This pandemic has caused anxieties, fears, and uncertainties. But we are capable, strong, and resilient. We may not be able to control the situation but we can control ourselves: our thoughts, actions, and choices. We can rise above these challenging times and continue our mission and ministry together as one Lasallian community.”

Efren M. Torres, Jr., RL, MLIS
Director, Romeo P. Ariniego, MD, AFSC Library

“The COVID-19 pandemic brings new challenges unfolding each week, compelling us to re-configure our academic strategies with urgency but with uncertainty, and oftentimes beyond our capacity to cope. We must not lose hope, and as one community in Christ, continue with our mission inspired by John Baptist De La Salle.”

Lemuel A. Asuncion, OTRP
OT Chair, Clinical Education College of Rehabilitation Sciences

“The Lord gives His toughest battles to His strongest soldiers”.

The greatest weapon we can have today is guarding ourselves with faith and prayer. May this situation help us realize that the Lord is always with us and will never leave us.”

Jion P. Dimson, RMT, MSMLS
Chair, Student Development and Activities Department, The Student Affairs

“As Lasallians in these time of pandemia, let us compose ourselves as mature, responsible, and self-disciplined individuals minding our health and safety, as well as our academic responsibilities in achieving our full potentials. By simply staying at home and doing worthwhile things, we are expressing our reverence for life.”

Roberto L. Cruz III, RN, MAN
Chair, Student Discipline and Security Department The Student Affairs

“As Lasallians we still continue to serve our partner communities despite the threats of COVID-19 along our way because nothing can stop our great desire to improve the health of our communities. We will continue to empower the people in the community for heath equity and for God’s greater glory!”

Jose Marcelo K. Madlansacay, MDC
Chair, Community Service-Learning Projects
Center for Community Engagement and Health Development Program

“The challenges of COVID-19 may seem unnerving yet, it can be an opportunity for growth and positive changes. May we strive to be hopeful, courageous and resilient despite the adversities we have to face. Let us draw strength from each other as we pray for healing around the world.”

Ma. Sheila Q. Ricalde, MAEd, RPm, RGC
Vice Chair, Student Life
The Student Affairs

“You are capable to handle this. I BELIEVE IN YOU. This health crisis can be overwhelming and that is PERFECTLY NORMAL. You may not think and/or feel at your best this time but THAT IS OKAY. YOU can still be a beacon of hope amidst this pandemic.”

Cesar M. Lago, MAEd, RGC
Vice Chair, Student Success
The Student Affairs

COVID-19: A Blessing?!

“COVID-19 can be considered as a blessing in disguise. Because of it, many have changed. All the busy streets were emptied, all the malls were closed, all were required to stay home. Everyone started to help one another, family ties were strengthened, everybody started again to turn to God and pray, pollution was lessened and Mother Earth started to recuperate. Let’s look on the brighter side. Stay well Lasallians!”

Jose Royce P. Aledia, RGC
Chair, Student Wellness and Guidance and Counseling Department
The Student Affairs

“As we face this time of uncertainty, the COVID-19 pandemic, do not forget that God is with us, we have to intensify our faith, be mindful that protection from sickness must begin within us, always wear mask, wash our hands frequently and observe distancing, take care not only our physical health but also our mental health. Keep safe everyone!”

Irene B. Maliksi, RN
Chair, Student Health and Safety Department
The Student Affairs

“There is light at the end of the tunnel, a rainbow after the rain and every cloud has a silver lining. Despite the pandemic, we, the Non-Teaching Personnel, will continue to support the administration in fulfilling the mission set forth by our Founder, St. John Baptist De La Salle. Together we will fight. Forever, we stand as ONE.”

Leslie V. Brito
Administrative Assistant, College of Medical Laboratory Science

“Congratulations, graduating class of 2020! We might not have experienced the momentous march of our graduation, yet. Our victory should set blaze in our hearts and actions, not doused even by COVID-19. As the Wolff’s law says, “Strengthened under force of pressure, and overtime will become stronger to resist it.””

Christ Don E. Apuntar
President, DLSMHSI Institutional Student Council

“As we face this global health crisis that causes major upheaval, we encounter challenges and become anxious about what’s going to happen. But surely, the presence of the Lord provides us hope of healing and certainty of the future. All you need to do is pray and strengthen your faith in Him! He will never leave us. He is our Emmanuel (God with us).”

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me”. —Psalms 23:4

Joren B. Fernecita
President, College of Medicine Student Council

“We all know the dangers brought about by this pandemic, but worry less since everything is going to be alright. I do believe that we just need to have faith in God to overcome this. He will be the one to give us hope and strength to hold on until it gets better.”

Renee E. Andal
President, College of Pharmacy Student Council

“To everyone, these are trying times but never forget to have faith in God and always seek guidance from Him. Always remember to stay safe and healthy. Let us fight this pandemic as One La Salle!

To our front liners, going above and beyond the call of duty is the essence of heroism. Some have fallen, but a lot more are continuing the fight. Heavy sacrifices have been, and continually being made. Words cannot capture the gratitude we wish to convey. But still, thank you front liners, heroes all, in every sense of the word.”

Christian Derik L. Aquino
President, College of Humanities and Sciences Student Council

“COVID-19 has changed our way of living and has transformed us to something we have never imagined. This pandemic has affected all of us. As we face more challenges along our way, let us all be determined to keep on learning despite the hindrances. None of us can say with certainty when will it be safe…when will we get back to normal…when will this be over. Let not fear hold us back and may our faith help us triumph over this unseen enemy.

Stay safe. As Lasallians, We are One in this battle!”

Neil Vincent D. Guyamin
President, College of Medical Imaging and Therapy Student Council

“As we face an invisible enemy, let’s take this opportunity to come together with clasped hands to pray for each and everyone’s safety. COVID-19 might have changed our way of viewing things, yet let’s be thankful for the life we have. At times like these, you may feel anxious; but do remember that you matter. You are not alone. We will bounce back and will continue to fight this pandemic as One Lasallian Family.”

Maria Veronica Louise C. Cabubas
President, College of Medical Laboratory Science Student Council

“This COVID-19 pandemic has taught us a lot of things. We became closer to our family, realize the importance of our healthcare workers, and reflect that no one is safe unless you follow the guidelines set by our government. Even though we are far from its end, it is vital for us to always know that there is hope. That someday, we will see the light and overcome this darkness.

We shall conquer this together, Animo La Salle!”

Marvin Jay C. Salvador
President, College of Nursing Student Council

“During his time, the Founder faced adversaries not too different from ours – poverty, hunger, sickness, corruption. He fully surrendered the work to God and succeeded. Likewise, let us remain steadfast in faith, bringing light to those who feel lost in the dark. Let us be vigilant whilst being empathetic to protect and nurture the weak and the weary. As we go through this pandemic, encourage a neighbor, check on a friend, hug a family member, donate to an organization, pray for the world; hope grows from the service we give – small or big. God will win the battle for us and we will call it our victory.”

Lizzy Jane Niquole Y. Ricardo
President, College of Rehabilitation Sciences Student Council

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.” ― Bill Keane

“Every day is a blessing and we should not forget to thank God for it. In this time of crisis, we need to strengthen our faith in Him and believe that this will soon be over. There’s no such thing as too much praying after all, for He can get us through this pandemic.”

Hennessy M. Frani
President, SHSSHS Student Council