3 Jun 2014

CapSU Pilar alumni, students works featured in photo, visual arts exhibits

By Niño Manaog
Extension Associate
Capiz State University

Pilar, Capiz—In celebration of the 149th foundation day of the Municipality of Pilar, the visual artworks and photos of the students and alumni of the Capiz State University (CapSU) Pilar campus were featured in “Manggad: an Art and Photo Exhibit” recently here.

The exhibit ran from May 26–29, 2014 at the lobby of Pilar Municipal Hall in 
Poblacion, Pilar, Capiz.

Presented by the Municipality of Pilar through the Tagbuan Pilar, Inc. (TPI), Manggad featured the paintings and artworks of the members of TPI, Guban Handuraw (GH) and other local artists.

Among the works featured were Reden Aguadera’s mixed media piece (first and second from left in the collage). Aguadera is GH’s vice-president and a 2012 graduate of CapSU Pilar. In college, he won the title of Mr. Capsu and Mr. PASUC VI first-runner-up. He was also an active Red Cross Youth of CapSU Pilar.

According to its Art Statement penned by Ianthe Marie Benliro and Julian Almirol, Manggad sought to showcase pieces of contemporary art “conceived in a dream, nurtured through time and nourished with patience and love.” Guban Handuraw (GH) is a newly formed group of visual artists who seek to empower the community about “who we really are and what’s within us.” With membership mostly coming from the alumni and students of CapSU Pilar Campus, GH was also formed “to take part in the healing of the world.”

The exhibit was also supported by other GH members based in Baguio and Palawan and the Skills Development, Advocacy, Volunteerism and Empowerment (S.A.V.E.) Program on Health of CapSU Pilar Campus led by Ms. Jennifer Perez-Benliro, the campus’s extension chair.

Pieces exhibited included some 40 paintings, sculptures, photographs and art installations that “reflect social realities, nature, heritage and stories of life” sought to inspire the viewer.

Nelson Balberona, "Kinaugali"
Reggie Joy Benliro,
"Tay, Upod Ko Kay Nanay"

2 Jun 2014

CapSU hosts food products dev’t lecture; showcases Dayao food processing center

By Niño Manaog
With reports from Rector John Latoza
Photos by Rector John Latoza

Roxas City—It’s level-up for the Capiz State University (CapSU).

In order to give directions on food research & development to its research, production & extension personnel, CapSU’s Research, Development and Extension Center (RDEC) spearheaded the Food Products Development Lecture Workshop on May 19, 2014 at the Conference Room of the CapSU Central Office, Fuentes Drive, Roxas City.

Foremost, CapSU President Editha Magallanes encouraged the participants to take stock of the opportunities given to the University, which include the facilities and/or equipment donated by the national government agencies (NGAs) like the Department of Science and Technology, among others.

CapSU President Editha Magallanes (far left) promotes the new processing facilities in Dayao Campus to the visitors from the Cavite-based St. Dominic College of Asia led by Pres. Gregorio Andaman, Jr. (far right). Said facilities were acquired partly through the Department of Science and Technology.
The initiative featured Prof. Marife Hilapad, who lectured on methodology in food research and product development. Hilapad recently completed her graduate studies in food technology from the Visayas State University. 

Gathering some 40 chairpersons, coordinators and staff for research, production and extension from across the CapSU campuses around Capiz, the said capability-building initiative also sought to equip food product researches with added tools focused on food research & development.

And to give the CapSU researchers and production managers the firsthand view on new food product equipment, RDEC led the participants to tour the facilities of the Fish Processing Center acquired by CapSU now based at the Roxas City Dayao Campus. Dr. Edna Nava, project in-charge, hosted the touring delegation.

Dr. Edna Nava (foreground), project-in-charge of the food processing, shows to the visiting CapSU research, production and extension chairs how to operate the manual can sealer. (The center also has an electric can sealer).

Prof. Jocelyn Magallanes, research chair of CapSU Sigma, found the donated equipment advanced, which will be able to help much in packaging the products. In particular, Magallanes found the Center’s vacuum packing impressive even as she also realized how the procedure prolongs the shelf-life of the food products.

For her part, Prof. Nalyn Valzado, extension chair of CapSU Poblacion Mambusao, had to say that she was impressed by the provision of facilities in Dayao.

Dr. Evelyn Borgonia, research director of CapSU Pilar, found that the Dayao facilities can help their processing of silag tocino.

Dr. Vivian Alejaga, research chair of CapSU Roxas City Dayao Campus, also said that the facilities will help improve the food products they have been developing.

Prof. Candelaria Arro, research chair of CapSU Sapian, said that they are exploring the possibility to produce their very own flour made from green mussel, modelled after milkfish flour produced in Dayao Campus within the year.

According to Dr. Guillermo Legada, Jr., CapSU research director, the capability-building also sought to harmonize their plans for specific products to be developed by each of the campuses.

CapSU's new food processing equipment includes a steam jacketed kettle (upper photo) and an electric noodle machine maker (lower photo).