If you work hard, you get results. – Atty. Allana Babayen-on, 4th Place, 2016 Bar Examinations
University of San Agustin – College of Law Class of 2016’s valedictorian placed 4th in the 2016 Bar Examinations. Atty. Allana Mae Babayen-on, a native of Brgy. Belen, Banate, Iloilo got a passing percentage of 88.75%. She is just one of the 3,747 new lawyers of the Republic of the Philippines who comprises the 59.06% of the total examinees. The result was released the late morning of May 3, 2017, at the Supreme Court grounds.
The Augustinian law topnotcher is a proof that beauty and brains work in the bar. She is also the 2005 Mutya sang Banate (a local pageant in her hometown) and is USA College of Law’s representative during the 2012 Mr. and Miss Intramurals.
The lady attorney’s topping the bar didn’t surprise her classmates and colleagues because she completed her pre-law course with flying colors, finished her Bachelor of Law as Class Valedictorian as well as she topped four subjects when she took the law comprehensive exam.
Unlike those surrounding her, she personally had late night inhibitions before the results were released. “Being number 4, it was really a surprise,” Atty. Babayen-on shared in one of her interviews. She related that when she learned about her ranking 4th in the bar, she felt the feeling that she envisioned ever since she started law school. Of course, she never failed to credit her conquering the bar to the Highest Power and also to her parents and professors who supported her.
The University of San Agustin dominated the top spot in the Medical Technologist Licensure Examination held last August 26-27, 2017, based on the results released by the Professional Regulations Commission. The USA bested 119 schools running the Medical Technology program, producing two topnotchers from its 175 successful takers equivalent to a 100% passing rate.
Jan Renzo D. Besa and Fedeleme Joy P. Cawagas ranked 7th and 10th places, respectively, from among 4,821 successful examinees. The 175 Augustinian passers consisted of 170 first time takers and five repeaters. (See list below.)
The successful performance of the Augustinian graduates marked another first in the history of the USA Med. Tech. program, currently under the College of Health and Allied Medical Professions (CHAMP). This is the first 100% passing rate with the most number of successful examinees. The USA had a similar accomplishment in 2012 with nine passers.
Rev. Fr. Frederick C. Comendador, O. S. A., University President, is proud of this historic achievement of the Med. Tech. graduates and the program. Mrs. Ma. Deanna B. Jolito, Academic Supervisor of the Medical Laboratory Science Program, happily congratulates her new colleagues and their parents, adding as a reminder for them to always have faith “in God, in your institution, and in yourselves.”
Echoing the same pride, Ms. Sofia Cosette P. Monteblanco, Dean of CHAMP, also extends her congratulations to the successful examinees, academic supervisors, faculty, staff, and administrators. She says the CHAMP is proud of the Program’s performance, notably of the “bountiful harvest of topnotchers.” Aside from Besa and Cawagas, Pauline Grace C. Pabulayan placed 7th in the Nutrition and Dietetics Licensure Examination last August 20-21, 2017.
The University of San Agustin (USA) is proud to announce the inauguration and launching of its Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO), the intellectual property management division of the Office of Research.
As a higher education institution, USA has been championing research in Iloilo City in many fields of expertise, be it in medical technology and pharmacy, chemistry and biology, liberal arts, business management and commerce, engineering and architecture.
The year 2018 is another of-the-many milestones that USA has achieved by launching its ITSO. Through the determined and tireless efforts of USA President, Rev. Fr. Frederick C. Comendador, OSA, the USA ITSO office was formally launched on January 17, 2018 and was graced by the presence of Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) Director General, Atty. Josephine Rima-Santiago. During the launching ceremonies, Dir. Gen. Santiago gave a message about the importance of intellectual property protection. On this rare presence of Dir. Gen. Santiago, she was joined by USA administrators in a press conference that explained the benefits of intellectual property protection for the Filipinos.