Glimpses: August 2017

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Forum on equality tackles women’s rights, representation, resources

The Office of University and Global Relations and the Office of the Vice President for the Loyola Schools, in partnership with the Embassy of Sweden, held “Equality Makes Sense: A Forum on Empowering Women in the Philippines” at the Leong Hall Auditorium on June 30. Among the speakers were Senator Risa Hontiveros, Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law National Implementation Team Chair Dr. Esperanza Cabral, Roots of Health Founder Amina Swanepoel, Connected Women Founder Gina Romero, Pronove Tai Property Consultants Chief Executive Officer Monique Pronove, and Regional Commission on Bangsamoro Women Chair Jehanne Mutin. They discussed how women should be empowered in various fields to achieve peace, sustainable development, and economic growth. They also explained the need for better representation of women in politics, better reproductive health services, more avenues for remote work for women, and more avenues for women’s participation in the peace process. Loreben Ll. Tuquero


Independent organizations join ASummit 2017

The Ateneo Student Leaders Summit (ASummit) from July 20 to 22 included independent organizations for the first time, according to Office of Student Activities Director Ralph Quiblat. The Intersession summit’s theme was “Ignacianidad: The Ateneo Student Leader Amidst the Challenges of Leading in Troubled Times.” Bobby Guevara, PhD, Associate Dean for Student Formation, delivered the opening keynote speech, saying that “a crucial part of Ignacianidad is love for the poor.” University President Jose Ramon Villarin, SJ reminded the participants in his closing keynote speech that “poverty is a ravenous monster with many hearts,” and a concerted effort is needed to defeat it. The student leaders went on mission trips to the Catholic Ministry for the Deaf, the Home for the Dying Destitute in Manila, among others. The Sanggunian officers also provided updates on concerns including mental health, externalization efforts, and the national situation. Loreben Ll. Tuquero



Venus Raj presents MA thesis on Disaster Resilience and Spirituality

Maria Venus Raj, former Miss Universe Philippines (2010), presented her Master of Arts thesis titled “Disaster Resilience and Spirituality” at the Faura AVR on July 13. Focusing on a fisherfolk community in Bato, Camarines Sur, Raj’s research explored how spirituality helped the community recover after Typhoon Nina in December 2016. According to Raj, spirituality was able to enhance the community’s vertical and horizontal relationships because it allowed them to look beyond their situation and work towards helping one another. In addition, she found that spirituality can be used as an approach to community development. Raj finished her Master’s Degree in Community Development at the University of the Philippines-Diliman this year. Luis M. Millares


SOH welcomes new dean

Interdisciplinary Studies Chair Jonathan O. Chua, PhD was selected by the Search Committee for the School of Humanities (SOH) to serve as the school’s new dean, replacing Benilda S. Santos, PhD. Chua will serve as the SOH Dean for a two-year term from June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2019. The newly appointed dean has a doctorate in English Studies (Anglo-American Literature) from the University of the Philippines, and a Master of Arts in Literature (English) and a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from the Ateneo de Manila University. Chua is also the Editor of Perspectives in the Arts and the Humanities Asia, a peer-reviewed journal, and the Officer-in-Charge of the Ateneo de Manila University Press. Luis M. Millares

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