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 Republic of the Philippines’ 3,747 new lawyers who comprise 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 Ms. 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.
Garnering the top spot, the University of San Agustin dominated the Medical Technologist Examination held on August 26-27, 2017. Based on the results released by the Professional Regulations Commission, the University bested 119 schools with a 100% passing rate, producing two topnotchers from its 175 successful takers.)
Jan Renzo D. Besa and Fedelene Joy P. Cawagas ranked 7th and 10th placer, 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 on 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, in chemistry and biology, in liberal arts, in business management and commerce, and in engineering and architecture.
The year 2018 is another one-of-the-many milestones that USA has achieved by launching its ITSO. Through the determined and tireless efforts of the 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.