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Augustinian Educator to address USA graduates

Augustinian Educator to address USA graduates



Dr. Lilibeth Torrento-Estoque, CESE, Assistant Schools Division Superintendent of the Department of Education, Division of Iloilo is the Commencement Speaker in today’s graduation ceremony of the University of San Agustin.

Torrento-Estoque is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at the University of San Agustin in 1985. She later earned her Master of Arts in Educational Management from Hyogo University, as a scholar of the Japanese Government; Master of Arts in Education (Linguistics), and Doctor of Education (Educational Management) from West Visayas State University; and a Post Graduate Studies at the University of Auckland as a scholar of the New Zealand Ministry of Education.

As an exemplary educator, Torrento-Estoque was a recipient of several international training grants, to include the Teacher-In-Service Training Program at Kobe University, as scholar of the Japanese Ministry of Education, and the Management Leadership Development Training by the Philippines-Australia Human Resource Development Facility. She also served as consultant of the Ford Foundation for its Reading Proficiency Program of Northern Iloilo Alliance for Coastal Development.

As lecturer and researcher, she has published 25 different reading and supplementary materials in English, and was commissioned by the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) on the study, “GSIS Financial Status: Basis for Policy Recommendation”. She also served as chief of the Curriculum and Learning Management Division of the Department of Education RO 6.

A career executive, Torrento-Estoque is eligible for third level management. She has received several awards in the field of education, including the 2006 Alumni Achievers Awards of the College of Education, University of San Agustin.

Dr. Lilibeth Torrento-Estoque will address more than one thousand five hundred graduating students of the University of San Agustin in a ceremony scheduled at 4:00 P.M. at the University Football Field. The graduation ceremony will start with a Baccalaureate Mass, to be attended by the graduating class, their parents and mentors, set at 8:00 o’clock in the morning of 16 April at the USA Gymnasium. (USA Philanthropic, External and Alumni Relations Office)

Augustinian student wins National Oratorical tilt.

Augustinian student wins National Oratorical tilt.



Fedelene Joy P. Cawagas, a 4th year BS Medical Laboratory Science student at the USA College of Pharmacy and Medical Technology, was adjudged Champion at the 23rd National Oratorical Speaking Contest held at Veterans Center, Taguig City last 8 April 2016.

Cawagas, bested five other regional winners who wrote and delivered oratorical pieces anchored on the theme, “Reminisced the Past: Renounce War, Promote Peace, and Live with Honor.” The contest was organized by the VFP Sons and Daughters Association, Inc.

According to Cawagas, “Getting the chance to represent Region VI is truly a great honor for a medical laboratory science student like me. Oration was a new genre to me since I usually do declamations, impersonations and the like; however because my coach Mrs. Cynia P. Mirasol saw a potential in me, her fervent efforts to hone me into becoming an orator turned out to be successful... Moreover, God never fails to heed my prayers, it was Him who spoke on behalf of me that day and because of Him, I brought home the bacon.” (PEAR – University of San Agustin)

USA Troubadours bags 2 golds, best soloist title in int’l choral fest

Saludes, Dalisay

USA Troubadours at the Esplanade Concert Hall, Singapore

The University of San Agustin (USA) Troubadours came home with two golds and a best soloist distinction after joining the recently concluded Orientale Concentus VIII International Choral Festival in Singapore this July 2015.

The choral festival gathered a total of sixteen choirs, each competing in any of the eight contest categories. The 32‐member USA Troubadours vied for and won in three categories, as follows: Gold (Champion) in the Open Mixed Voices Category; Gold (Champion) in the Folksong Category; and Silver in the Church Choir Category. In the same international festival, Merrell Mei S. Secondes, one of the senior members of the choral group, was chosen as Most Outstanding Soprano Soloist by the competition jurors. Secondes is a 2015 graduate of Bachelor of Music, major in Music Education, from the USA Conservatory of Music. The USA Troubadours performed under the baton of its Artistic Director, Prof. Arne Sunico Lubasan. “We share these awards with all the Augustinians, with all our benefactors and friends, as well as with the USA Administration headed by Father President Frederick C. Comendador, O.S.A.”

An international choral festival conceptualized in 2008, Orientale Concentus aims to promote international arts and cultural exchange as well as youth choral music development in Asia. “Joining the festival was not only a culturally enriching experience for the USA Troubadours. It was another opportunity for the singing ambassadors of Western Visayas to showcase the talents of the Augustinians, the Ilonggos, and the Filipinos,” says Fr. Williener Jack E. Luna, O.S.A., Director for Philanthropic, External and Alumni Relations of the University of San Agustin.

Held on 24‐26 July 2015, the choral festival was participated by choirs from China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore. The first part of the competition happened at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music Concert Hall, National University of Singapore. The grand finals on 26 July was at the Esplanade Concert Hall. (University of San Agustin)

USA Job Placements and Job Openings

To all Augustinian Graduating Students, University Personnel, and Alumni, the Admissions, Scholarship, and Placement Office(ASPO) would like to inform you that Job Openings and Vacancies may now be viewed through the Online Services at the usa Website.

To view the job Oppurtunities on the USA Website Homepage, under the Online Services is a link to Job Openings. Kindly click that link to view the Job Oppurtunities on different companies that partnered with this University.



US-Trained Augustinian Professors Receive National Balik Scientist Awards from Philippine Government

Saludes, Dalisay


Two scientists of the University of San Agustin, Dr. Doralyn S. Dalisay and Dr. Jonel P. Saludes, were recently selected as awardees of the Department of Science and Technology’s Balik Scientist Program (BSP). Dr. Dalisay is a professor in the Department of Pharmacy while Dr. Saludes is a professor in the Department of Chemistry. Established in 1975 and re-structured in 2013, the BSP serves as a tool for strengthening the country's scientific and technological human resources and addresses the areas consistent with our country’s S&T priorities ( It encourages highly-trained overseas Filipino scientists to return to the Philippines, share their expertise, and empower the new generation of students to be frontrunners in the acceleration of the country’s development. Balik Scientists have been instrumental in providing solutions to national concerns, especially in areas where only a dearth of experts are residing in the country. These awards are unique for Western Visayas health sector and very fitting for the 111th year anniversary of the university, as the University of San Agustin (USA) is the region’s first academic institution of higher learning to benefit from the government’s new BSP program. As in-house experts, Dr. Dalisay and Dr. Saludes will mentor Augustinian students and faculty members (pharmacy, chemistry, medical laboratory science, biology) on cutting-edge, globally competitive education and research. Further, their addition to the USA’s faculty profile is responsive to CHED’s key result areas #2 – quality of teaching and learning and #3 – quality of advanced scholarly activity. Meanwhile, Iloilo and Region 6 in general shall benefit from these scientists as resource of expertise for the development of health science programs that will impact the lives of their fellow Ilonggos.

Dr. Dalisay is currently the Head of USA’s Pharmacy program. She was born and raised in San Joaquin, Iloilo, graduated from USA with a degree in Pharmacy, Cum Laude, and earned her Master of Science in Biology at the University of the Philippines in the Visayas. In 2001, she was awarded a scholarship by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and joined the laboratory of Prof. Staffan Kjelleberg at the University of New South Wales, Sydney to complete her Ph.D. in microbiology. Her graduate studies provided insights in understanding the mode of action of an antibacterial protein produced by an antifouling marine organism. She moved to the US in 2004 to pursue postdoctoral training in marine natural products chemistry and joined the laboratory of Prof. Ted Molinski at the University of California, San Diego. Her work led to the discovery of novel antifungal and anticancer compounds produced by rare marine organisms. She moved to Vancouver, Canada and joined the laboratory of Prof. Raymond Andersen at the University of British Columbia to pursue further training on drug discovery from marine sediment-derived microorganisms. After three years in Canada, Dr. Dalisay moved back to the US and joined the Institute of Biological Chemistry at Washington State University where she developed methods for plant tissue imaging using mass spectrometry as “state-of-the-art” tool for drug discovery and unique approaches to the discovery of novel compounds using evidence-based plant-microbe interactions ( Throughout her overseas training, Dr. Dalisay published 33 papers in high-impact, international peer-reviewed journals and holds 2 US Patents. She serves as international academic editor of the Public Library of Science journal, PLoS ONE ( As a short-term BSP awardee co-hosted by West Visayas State University College of Medicine (, she will establish a natural products research program using marine sediment-derived bacteria as source organisms, conduct lectures on microbiology and pharmacognosy courses, and offer workshops on effective scientific writing.

Dr. Saludes manages the USA Research Laboratory. He hails from Tagum, Davao, earned his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from USA, Cum Laude, and took his Master of Science in Chemistry from University of Santo Tomas, Summa Cum Laude. He was awarded a fellowship by UNESCO Regional Network for the Chemistry of Natural Products in Southeast Asia and trained under the tutelage of Prof. Mary J. Garson (President, International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry – Organic Chemistry Division) at University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. He joined the laboratory of Prof. Jacquelyn Gervay-Hague (former director of the US National Science Foundation Chemistry Division) at University of California Davis to complete his Ph.D. degree with emphasis in organic chemistry, peptide science, and magnetic resonance spectroscopy. At UC Davis, he discovered novel peptides and helped establish the fundamental principles for sugar amino acid-based anticancer vaccine design. Dr. Saludes pursued postdoctoral training in chemical biology at University of Colorado Boulder BioFrontiers Institute under the supervision of Prof. Hubert Yin. At CU Boulder, he developed a technology for detecting extracellular vesicles, which are nanoparticles that play a significant role in the spread of cancer. As independent investigator at Washington State University, Dr. Saludes focused on understanding key cellular recognition events using small proteins as drug delivery agents and tools for nanoparticle detection ( Dr. Saludes is a Co-Chair of Student Affairs Committee of the American Peptide Society, one of the founding members of the International Society for Extracellular Vesicles, and serves in the editorial boards of the American Association for Cancer Research – Chemistry in Cancer Research and SOJ Biochemistry. He published 19 papers in high-impact, international peer-reviewed journals and holds 2 US Provisional Patents. As the Philippines’ only long-term BSP awardee for the year 2015 and the sole BSP expert based outside of Metro Manila (, Dr. Saludes will establish a chemical biology program at San Agustin with an encompassing goal of developing a new generation of drug complexes to treat diseases caused by infectious bacteria. His research program will be funded through a grant from DOST Philippine Council for Health Research and Development. He will also teach classes and serve as research consultant to undergraduate and graduate chemistry and pharmacy students.

Dr. Dalisay and Dr. Saludes are members of American Chemical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and American Society for Pharmacognosy. In July 2015, they were elected to Full Membership in the prestigious Philippine-American Academy of Science and Engineering ( in recognition of the honor and achievements they have brought to the country as scientists.

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