Date: August 3, 2020

The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord, and his delight shall be the fear of the Lord.

—Isaiah 11:2-3 (NABRE)

Most Reverend Paciano B. Aniceto, Archbishop Emeritus of San Fernando; Reverend Marvin P. Dizon, University Chaplain; and the Holy Angel University community: Good morning to you all and welcome to a new academic year!

Go teach! With these words, Jesus Christ sent His first disciples on a mission. That mission – the mission of the Catholic Church – is to reveal God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to all people and to teach them about the fullness of God’s love. As the General Directory for Catechesis states, “Indeed, the primordial mission of the Church is to proclaim God and to be His witness before the world” (GDC, 23). Since the beginning of Christianity, Catholic education has been one of the most important ways in which the Church has carried out its mission. Catholic education, which includes not only education, but also formation and transformation, shares in a special way in the Church’s mission by proclaiming and witnessing Jesus Christ and His teachings. Therefore, Catholic education exists in order to evangelize.

And what is our message?

There is an infinite, all-wise, all-powerful, all-loving God who has revealed Himself by means natural and supernatural in creation, in the nature of man, in the history of the Israelite people, in the Spirit-inspired pages of the Sacred Scriptures, in the Good News of the incarnation, death and resurrection of the Son of God in Jesus Christ, in the witnessing of the apostles and their successors, and in the faith, life, communion, and mission of the Church.

Catholic education manifests a foundational belief in the basic nature of the human being—namely, that all persons are created in the image and likeness of God, are fallen because of original sin, and are redeemed by Jesus Christ. To understand, to teach, and to model this nature of man are particular requirements of those entrusted with the Church’s educational mission. “The Church has in a special way the duty and the right of educating, for it has a divine mission of helping all to arrive at the fullness of Christian life” (Canon 794, § 1).

The primary purpose of Holy Angel University, without minimizing others, is evangelization. Therefore, a teacher at our university is an apostolic worker, in another words, a lay minister of the Church. We share in the mission of the Church and have the responsibility of fostering — through our instruction and in the lived reality of our lives, inside and outside our campus — the values, principles, doctrines, and teachings of the Catholic Church or, at least, of never publicly contradicting them.

As teachers of a Catholic University, we are, therefore, called upon for the express purpose of assisting women and men so that they can “arrive at the fullness of the Christian life.” Thus, in addition to our specific duties as university employees, in fulfilling our teaching ministry in the Church, we recognize that, as human beings, we are called by God to a life of holiness. We acknowledge that, without diminishing our freedom, this call orients us to heed God in our thoughts, words, and deeds. We further recognize that this call is all the more compelling for us since, in our lives and vocations as teachers, non-teaching personnel, and administrators in a Catholic university, we have been entrusted with the task of helping students “arrive at the fullness of the Christian life.” This is why we say and continually affirm: “We are all about students.”

At no other time in our lives have our religious freedoms and our responsibility to live our faith ever been at risk. Through his martyrdom, Saint Thomas More gave witness to the inalienable dignity of the human conscience. Many years ago, the late Reverend Martin Luther King said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Over the past few years, Holy Angel University spoke against extrajudicial killings as a violation of the sanctity of life and the dignity of the human person. We launched the ‘I AM REAL” campaign to combat fake news, which is a grave sin against charity. Our students started a grassroots initiative for voter education given that, in a democracy, we deserve the leaders who we elect.

Increasingly, many of our countrymen have been criticizing our clergy and our Catholic schools based on a faulty understanding of the separation of Church and State. Catholics who bring their moral convictions into public life do not threaten democracy but enrich them and the nation. The separation of Church and State does not require division between belief and public action, between moral principles and political choices, but protects the right of believers and religious groups to practice their faith and act on their values in public life.

In 1 Timothy 2, the Apostle Paul commands us to pray for our governing leaders. We are not to pray for their demise but for wisdom and the other gifts of the Holy Spirit. We pray in order that “we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”

This, my dear colleagues, is the collective confession and commitment that we renewed today at this Mass of the Holy Spirit. May God the Holy Spirit grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to do the things that we can change, and the wisdom to know the difference. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31 NABRE)

Thank you and may you have a fulfilling academic year in transforming our students into persons of conscience, competence, and compassion – all for God’s greater glory. May you and your loved ones live in safety, good health, and happiness.

Ad majorem Dei gloriam! For the greater glory of God! Laus Deo semper! Praise be to God always!

Luis María R. Calingo, Ph.D.
University President

August 3, 2020

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Dr. Luis María R. Calingo, University President
Date: August 3, 2020

My fellow Angelites, a pleasant morning to you all, and welcome to our new academic year 2020-2021 and to the pandemic version of our General Assembly.

A Vision of Our Future

Allow me to take you to March 8, 2023, the day we celebrate the 90th year of the founding of our dear university. The university theater reverberates from the angelic voices of our University Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, to which a standing ovation was given to them after a rousing performance of the “Hallelujah Chorus” of Handel’s “Messiah.” This is the first time we are celebrating Founders’ Day in person since March 9, 2020, with most of these celebratory events occurring in the quadrangle of the GGN Building.

After recovering from the pandemic, but still mindful of strict physical distancing protocols, we are altogether celebrating the university’s milestone and truly grateful for the blessings the Lord has granted us. I invite all of you to metaphorically close your eyes and consider the reasons for this thanksgiving three years from now:

  • We are thankful for the gift of life, that not one of our students and colleagues succumbed to the coronavirus because of all the safety and health protocols with which we strictly adhered.
  • We are thankful for the gift of hard work, our investments in quality and excellence have catapulted our degree programs in the ranks of top performing schools in professional licensure board examinations.
  • We are thankful for the gift of influence, our acknowledged leadership in providing accessible, faithful Catholic education to learners at home, on campus, and over cyberspace.
  • e are thankful for the gift of perseverance, our Level III accreditation and our additional international accreditations led by our Communications Department.
  • We are thankful for the gift of innovation, being a national center of academic excellence in information assurance, as a result of the impact of our cybersecurity education programs.
  • We are thankful for the gift of helping hands, the first 10 startups incubated at our Encephalon, led by KeyBol Games and Papa.PH, for they are now thriving enterprises and mentoring new startups.
  • We are thankful for the gift of brilliance, our employees for being the University’s ambassadors of goodwill, as a result there is a long queue of talented people from outside our region who wants to be part of Holy Angel University.
  • We are thankful for the gift of trust, increasing number of families sending their children and relatives to HAU because of our being a role model in Catholic education and character formation.
  • We are thankful for the gift of companionship, the many schools that have taken our lead and that have benchmarked us, leading to national and international recognitions, including the Philippine Quality Award.

Finally, I feel a continuing commitment to academic quality and organizational excellence, to being an authentic instrument for countryside development, to working for a great university, and to serving as a role model for faithful Catholic education.

According to author Max DePree, “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say ‘Thank you.’ In between, the leader is a servant to the mission of the enterprise.” So now, metaphorically, open our eyes and consider our present situation.

Our Situation as of March 10, 2020

Back in July 2019, after two years of seemingly endless debates and experimentation with various Learning Management Systems, Holy Angel University settled on adopting CANVAS as our college-wide LMS and ARALinks and OrangeApps as the corresponding systems for Basic Education. We came to this decision because of the spate of LGU-mandated campus closures due to earthquakes, typhoons, floods, and other natural calamities. We wanted to ensure that the education of our students will not be interrupted. We had planned to conduct a series of all-faculty training during the summer months and to pilot test CANVAS in our summer classes.

On January 30, 2020, the Philippines had its first case of coronavirus imported from China. Eleven days later, we issued our first set of health and safety protocols and travel restrictions to prevent the onset of the coronavirus on campus. Then on February 18, we adopted our Academic Continuity Plan – that part of business continuity planning, which would ensure that the education of our students would continue should the government impose a lockdown in response to what was then a public health emergency of international concern. Out of safety concerns, we cancelled all remaining Founders Day activities last March 9, including our Founders’ Day Concert featuring our Chorale and our Orchestra. We scheduled simulations of partial campus lockdowns during the period March 11-14 with the intent of refining our Academic Continuity Plan when we report back to the office on March 16.

But that was not meant to be! What was to be simulated lockdowns became the real thing when Angeles City Mayor Lazatin suspended classes and work on Wednesday, March 11, and then President Duterte declared an enhanced community quarantine throughout Luzon starting March 16.

COVID-19 Impacts and Status

At the beginning of the lockdown, fear was all over the place. Our interdependence became top of mind. One person’s cough could be another person’s death sentence. In a pandemic, everyone holds an ethical responsibility for others.

During the summer months, several decisions needed to be made; however, guidance from our government regulators would not be forthcoming. Our students have been surveyed multiple times not only by our Office of Student Affairs, but also by our University and College Student Councils. The triangulation of these surveys led to only one conclusion: We should expect only less than half of our students – 45 percent, to be exact –to return for the first semester.

All private schools in the Philippines and, in fact, worldwide, have their financial viability at risk. Every week, presidents of member-schools of the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU)—the umbrella organization of all private HEIs in the country—meet to discuss the situation. From these meetings, it became known that many private schools could not pay their regular faculty during the summer months. From these meetings, we learned that, as of two weeks ago, many large schools have achieved thus far only 20%-25% of their expected enrollment even when their classes would begin this month. From these meetings, we learned before the newspapers did that around 400 private schools in the Philippine face the risk of closure due to the pandemic and that, in the province of Cavite alone, about 100 private schools would close.

Holy Angel University has not been spared from these financial woes. The K-12 transition has already resulted in hundreds of millions in losses, and we had been looking forward to the school year 2022-23 as the light at the end of the tunnel. The pandemic will cause further losses this school year, leading to a significant depletion of our reserves. The magnitude of that depletion is too high to mention; suffice it to say that it is like losing 12 years of our financial history since our school opened doors 87 years ago.

What could we do if we want to free ourselves from the general climate of fear and inaction that COVID-19 has caused?

This question reminded me of the last two lines of the late Nelson Mandela’s favorite poem, Invictus by William Ernest Henley:

I am the master of my fate,

am the captain of my soul.

You heard me declare during my inaugural address: “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” We decided to take the proverbial bull by the horns.

As we made several key decisions under conditions of uncertainty, the Spirit of the Founder — What would Don Juan do if he were still alive? — and our five core values became our guide.

This transparency came with a high price as about 10,000 individuals who did not subscribe to either e-learning or a school reopening during the pandemic joined in a Twitter rally against HAU during the middle of April.

The social media attacks gave us useful information as to the key vulnerabilities of purely online education. Therefore, we spent the summer months addressing those vulnerabilities and to striving to become the most prepared school in Central Luzon. We communicated with our stakeholders. We bullet-proofed our strategy. While many other universities were experiencing breaches of their information systems mainly from hackers who wanted to expose their lack of readiness to deliver online education, none of these hackers succeeded in breaching our systems.

All our efforts seem to be paying off. As of the end of last week (July 30), we have enrolled 8,615 college students, which is 18 percent above goal. Thus far, our actual attrition from last year’s first semester is 23 percent, which is much lower than the 55% we have assumed from surveys. Basic Education enrollment is still ongoing.

Priorities for the Year

This brings us to where we are now. This school year, we will expect everyone to do their part in the execution of five key institutional priorities in addition to building community and being more inclusive in our virtual classrooms.

The first priority is campus safety. We expect that the pandemic and strict physical distancing would be with us for at least two school years. Wearing face masks and face shields, six-feet distancing, frequent handwashing, and electronic meetings would be second-nature to us.

To give you an idea of our workforce deployment this year, please allow me to share with you this four-minute video from Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science. Starting the month of September, we will implement the Weizmann Institute’s cyclic opening strategy that our Campus Opening Preparedness Advisory Task Force recommended.

The second priority is academic integrity. Integral to the mission and core values of our university is a commitment to live a life of integrity, honesty, and discipline. At no time in our history is this more important that when nearly all learning is digitally delivered. We will publish a new Code of Honor, which is the joint work product of Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Campus Ministry.

The third priority is process improvement and cost containment in various aspects of university operations. This includes preparing action plans for improvement to address the concerns raised in our student and employee satisfaction and engagement surveys. Our valued process improvement outcomes shall be simplicity, security, flexibility, adaptability, resilience, and agility.

The fourth priority is digital transformation in support of process improvement and cost containment. We should leverage and fully implement CAMPUS++ as we strive to move to cashless payments and paperless transactions. The pandemic also showed the viability of technology as an enabler of our educational mission.

The fifth priority is innovation. It might sound crass to think about innovations when we are currently in a survival mode. But we should not forget that the COVID-19 pandemic will end, whether medically or socially. When all HEIs will have finally shifted to e-learning, we face the risk of education becoming a commodity in the minds of the public. We need to regard technology not only as a tool but as a driver for innovation. When the pandemic has finally ended, Angel University should not be left behind.

We should recognize that 2020-2021 is actually year zero of our long-term plan toward the year 2030. In order to plan in the most strategic way for our future, we will start with a vision of where education is going – a vision of education within the context of the greater society. Then through a process called “backcasting,” we will plan back from that vision … recognizing that there is no “one size fits all” model. Nonetheless, I believe that colleges and universities that build digital capabilities – that embrace digital transformation – will have the resilience to seamlessly navigate through any crisis – whether that is an extended COVID-19 outbreak or a future calamity.

Concluding Comments

Please allow me to conclude with a story, which would help in uplifting our spirits during these trying times. It is a four-minute read so please bear with me. Here it goes.

The Carrot, the Egg, and the Coffee Bean

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil, without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.

Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me what you see." Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied.

Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.

Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, "What does it mean?"

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity — boiling water. Each reacted differently.

The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak.

The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.

The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

Which are you?" she asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?"

Think of this: Which am I?

Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity, do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you.

When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity?

Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

I choose to be COFFEE, and may we all be COFFEE!

Holy Angel University is all about students. We are a resilient community of faith, with faculty and staff, stakeholders, and families committed to supporting each other and providing helping hands to our students. We will continue to navigate the uncharted territory of a new school year during the pandemic, but equipped with flexibility, creativity and a detailed plan. We can do all these together, arm-in-arm and lifting each other’s spirits.

The 2020-2021 school year is going to be a marathon with sprints in between. Do good with your minds, souls, and spirits so that we can look back and know we did our best.

May all of you be blessed with good health, safety, happiness and joy in this new school year. Thank you very much. Laus Deo semper!

Secure in God’s protection (Ps. 91),

Luis María R. Calingo, Ph.D.
University President

August 3, 2020

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University President’s Message to Students and Families
Date: July 25, 2020

Our God is our refuge and strength: a helper in troubles, which have found us exceedingly. Therefore we will not fear, when the earth shall be troubled.(Psalm 45:1-2 DRA)

Welcome to the new Academic Year 2020-2021!

Holy Angel University very much appreciates the trust that you have in us for selecting HAU among others for enrolling during the 2020-2021 academic year. We extend our thanks to the parents among you for entrusting the education of your child to us during this COVID-19 pandemic. We promise that, despite the limitations of strict physical distancing, we will work harder to ensure that you will make your best moments here at Holy Angel University.

Because of HAU’s longevity, accomplishments and unique history, other schools have always looked up to Holy Angel University as a leader in academic excellence, and the general public has looked up to HAU as a guiding light in times of crisis and calamity. In 1991, barely a month after the eruption of Mount Pinatubo, HAU decided to reopen even if lahar flows were still active and no bridges connected the city to the outside world. That decision, unpopular at the time, actually jumpstarted the local economy and gave the despairing population a reason to rise again.

Last April, we were among the first schools in the country that declared the intent to prepare to deliver purely online education this school year. Again, that decision, very unpopular at the time, actually jumpstarted our efforts to ensure that we can deliver e-learning and that no student will be left behind in their studies because of connectivity and affordability issues.

While enrollment has been ongoing in three ways—either by coming to campus, or by registering online, or by simply calling—when instruction opens August, classes will be conducted purely online and will remain online until our government allows students to return to campus. Even when that happens, HAU will still enforce strict health and safety protocols like mandatory wearing of masks, strict physical distancing, frequent hand washing, and rotating schedule of classes so that no more than half of the student population will be on on campus on any given day.

We continue to honor our commitment that we are all about students and that no student will be left behind. Therefore, we offer assistance to students who will have difficulty connecting to online instruction. This assistance will be in the form of tablets and modems for lending free of charge for one school year, and free prepaid loads also good for one school year. More important than these is our guarantee that our instructors will always be considerate and sympathetic and will conduct online academic counseling for struggling students.

We know that, before the lockdown, your holistic development inside and outside the classroom was one of the things you valued most about your Holy Angel education. We want to assure you that we are preparing online versions of the student activities that gave you your best moments and the student services that prepared you for life. Outside your online classes, and in the safety of your home, we want to continue engaging you in the total Holy Angel experience so that you get the same character formation, as well as emotional, social and psychological nurturing that you and your family need especially in times of crisis and challenge.

All of us belong to the same Holy Angel Community, which continues to exist even online. The reason we are called a community is that we act like a large family whose members with a diversity interests, opinions and convictions, but we are still able to live and work together because we are united by one mission, a common vision, and a shared name—we are called the Angelites! There is more to our bond than just the “you pay us, we teach you” business contract. Holy Angel is a private school offering a public good. We sincerely want you to succeed in career and personal life not only because we take education seriously as a noble profession, but also because the future of any nation depends on how well its citizens are educated.

I will leave you now with the lyrics of a wonderful old hymn, "Till the Storm Passes By," that the Reverend Mosie Lister wrote in 1958. It is my encouraging message to you and your loved ones at this challenging time.

In the dark of the midnight, have I oft hid my face.
While the storm howls above me, and there's no hiding place
'Mid the crash of the thunder, Precious Lord, hear my cry,
Keep me safe till the storm passes by.

Till the storm passes over, till the thunder sounds no more,
Till the clouds roll forever from the sky,
Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand,
Keep me safe till the storm passes by.

Many times Satan whispered, "There is no need to try,
For there's no end of sorrow, there's no hope by and by."
But I know Thou art with me, and tomorrow I'll rise,
Where the storms never darken the skies.

Till the storm passes over, till the thunder sounds no more,
Till the clouds roll forever from the sky,
Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand,
Keep me safe till the storm passes by.

Thank you very much for continuing to do your part to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Together, we can work to keep our communities healthy and strong. Laus Deo semper!

Secure in God’s protection (Ps. 91),

Luis María R. Calingo, Ph.D.
University President

July 22, 2020

Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene

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Title: Student Economic Relief Package, including Freeze of Tuition and Other School Fees for SY 2020-2021
Date: May 12, 2020

I am pleased to announced that, at the regular meeting of the Holy Angel University Board of Trustees held yesterday (May 11, 2020), the Board approved the Management’s recommendation to not increase Tuition and Other School Fees for SY 2020-2021. The Board made this decision after considering the current state of the economy—in particular, the levels of economic inactivity and unemployment resulting from the COVID- 19 pandemic—and its adverse impact on the affordability of HAU education.

The following is a summary of the Student Economic Relief Package that your university leaders have developed in consultation with our governing board and that will be implemented during SY 2020-2021:

  1. Holy Angel University will not implement the approved increases in Tuition and Oher School Fees (miscellaneous fees) for all students for the 2020-2021 school year.

  2. The University will not collect the following approved miscellaneous fees for SY 2020-2021 for students at all levels: Guidance and Counseling, Medical and Dental, Athletic, Audio-Visual, and Student Activity Fee. All student councils and publications have also agreed not to charge their respective fees. Students in College, Senior High School, Junior High. School, and Grade School will have additional approved miscel-laneous fees that will not be collected during the coming year. For College students, the waived fees amount to a total of ₱1,843.00. For Basic Education students, the amount of the waived fees range from a low of ₱2,266 for Junior High School to₱3,949.00 for Nursery and Kindergarten.
  3. Continuing students who have no back accounts as of the end of the Second Semester of SY 2019-2020 but who cannot pay in full the Entrance Fee (enrollment down payment) may be allowed to enroll with a minimum payment of Three Thousand Pesos (₱3,000).
  4. Continuing students who have back accounts as of the end of the Second Semester of SY 2019-2020 will be allowed to enroll in the First Semester of SY 2020-2021; provided, however, that:
    • 4.1 They fully settle their back accounts from the Second Semester of SY 2019-2020 and pay a minimum Entrance Fee of Five Hundred Pesos (₱500); or

    • 4.2 They and their parents/guardians: (a) sign a promissory note with a monthly installment plan that will enable them to settle both their back accounts and First Semester tuition and other school fees until the end of the First Semester of SY 2020-2021; and (b) pay 50% of the Entrance Fee (enrollment down payment).
  5. A total of 1,000 tablets will be made available for check-out for a period up to twelve months, renewable upon request, by students who are in extreme financial need and who have no gadgets.
  6. The University will offer the following scholarships, grants, and loans to HAU students: Merit-Based, Need-Blind Scholarships
    • 6.1. Entrance Scholarships – 100%, 75% and 50% tuition discounts respectively to Grade 12 valedictorians, salutatorians and upper 10%, as certified by their principal, plus additional cash assistance of ₱7,000, ₱5,000 and ₱3,000.

    • 6.2. Academic Scholarships – 100% tuition discounts to Top 1% of student population per year level of each college, based on the population of the college

    • 6.3. HAFRD Scholarships – 100% tuition discounts to students in president’s/ dean’s lists ranked after the Top 1% who receive academic scholarships

    • 6.4. ISSI Academic Grants – 100% tuition discounts to students ranked after the Top 1% and HAFRD scholars

    Need-Based Grants and Work-Study Scholarships

    • 6.5. Expanded Grants – meal allowance (₱3,900), transportation allowance (₱3,900), dormitory subsidy (₱3,900), tuition voucher (₱3,000), book allowance (₱2,000) and uniform allowance (₱2,000) to qualified freshmen

    • 6.6. ISSI Financial Assistance – 50%-100% tuition discounts to students who render duty hours in HAU

    • 6.7. Student Assistantship Scholarships – 100% tuition discount and ₱500 monthly transportation allowance to academically qualified students who rendered 24 hours/week duty in HAU last semester

    Scholarships and Grants for Special Student Populations

    • 6.8. Talent Scholarships – 100%-50% tuition discounts and free costumes to current members of the HAU Chorale, Dance Theatre, Orchestra (Band), and Rondalla
    • 6.9. Sports Scholarships – 100% tuition discounts and free uniforms to current members of the various HAU varsity teams (basketball, badminton, athletics, chess, lawn tennis, table tennis, tae kwon do, volleyball)
    • 6.10. HAU Employees’ Dependents – 100% tuition discounts to children of regular University employees
    • 6.11. Scholarships for Special Groups – 100% tuition discounts for indigenous peoples; displaced refugees; Angeles City PNP, BJMP, and BFP dependents; persons with disabilities; and freshmen taking up the BSE degree majoring in Mathematics, Science, English, or Values Education
    • Student Loans
    • 6.12. PGMA Loans – ₱20,000 and ₱10,000 loans to graduating students and nongraduating students, with no-co-maker required

    • 6.13. GO PHILIPPINES – scholarships, grants, loans and financial assistance to students who apply to GO PHILIPPINES

  7. The University is currently negotiating with internet service providers and telecommunication companies to provide wifi internet plans or data plans to HAU students at a special educational discount. Further information will be forthcoming.

The education of our youth must continue despite COVID-19. We cannot relegate education to a lower priority as history has been replete with examples of foregone human development when education had been interrupted. We are all about students! We are committed to enabling them to complete their studies in a timely manner. Therefore, we will do everything necessary and feasible (including digital transformation) to empower our students to achieve their dreams and do extraordinary things.

Thank you very much. May you and your loved ones be spared from harm and enjoy the blessings of good health and peace during this pandemic. Laus Deo semper!

Sincerely in the Risen Christ,

Luis María R. Calingo, Ph.D.

University President

Title: Divine Mercy Sunday
Date: April 19, 2020


Dear Holy Angel University Community,

You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me, says the Lord; blessed are they who have not seen me, but still believe! (John 20:29)

Let me begin by wishing you the blessings of the Sunday of Divine Mercy and sharing with you the Catholic liturgy for Divine Mercy Sunday, courtesy of Magnificat. For a guided online reflection, I recommend that you go to Dr. Scott Hahn’s reflection, “His Mercy Endures.” URL; https://bit.ly/2Kmc6kt C.S. Lewis, in a letter dated September 20, 1947 to his good friend Don Giovanni Calabria, wrote: “I could well believe that it is God’s intention, since we have refused milder remedies, to compel us into unity, by persecution even and hardship. Satan is without doubt nothing else than a hammer in the hand of a benevolent and severe God. For all, either willingly or unwillingly, do the will of God: Judas and Satan as tools or instruments, John and Peter as sons.”

The darkness, emotional distress, and anticipatory grief we experience during the current COVID-19 pandemic might lead the doubting Thomas within us to ask the questions: “Where is God in our coronavirus world? If God is not the author of suffering and evil, why does He allow it? Why would an all-loving, all-powerful God allow suffering in our lives and in our society?”

God does not cause suffering as a retribution for sin. This simply does not fit the God of the Gospels, the father of the prodigal son. God allows suffering because love requires freedom and because, in an imperfect world, we can pursue virtue, a better world, and heaven through the opportunities given to us by suffering. A life of meaning requires suffering and opportunities for people to help each other and need each other. And when we do suffer and help alleviate our neighbor’s suffering, we benefit from it by growing in faith, humility, compassion, and courage – all of which lead to our eternal life with Him and help us to help others toward their own salvation.

In other words, God uses our suffering for us to be made more like Him and for us to be made a blessing for others. The Resurrection of Our Lord, which we celebrated last week, is a call to us to seek to be a light to others (Matthew 9:36). The darkness we currently experience makes that light even more meaningful. The darker it grows, the brighter the light shines.

You can do many things to be that light for others. You can use your time and resources to help the poor and the vulnerable. Follow the self-quarantine and social distancing regulations to protect as many people from getting infected with COVID-19. When you are buying groceries and other necessities, think of others by not panic-buying and leaving some for others. Be the light in this darkness.

Be safe and healthy. Laus Deo semper!

Sincerely in the Risen Christ,

/s/ Luis María R. Calingo, Ph.D.

University President

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Title: Easter Sunday Greeting
Date: April 12, 2020

He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. (Matthew 28:6 NABRE)

Dear Holy Angel University Community,

Let me begin by wishing you the blessings of the Easter Season and sharing with you the Catholic liturgy for Easter Sunday, courtesy of Magnificat. For a guided online reflection, I recommend that you go to the Lectionary Resource for Catholics. URL: www.word-sunday.com.

No doubt, we are all burdened by concerns arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Will the coronavirus afflict our family or friends? When will we ever see the light at the end of the tunnel? How will the New Normal look like? When we reflect on these concerns, let us look at the example of Mama Mary and Jesus’s disciples as they watched His brutal suffering and eventual death on the Cross. No doubt, they also experienced the fear and uncertainty that we are currently experiencing. Yet they held on to the belief that He will rise from the dead—that through Christ’s death on the Cross, God was carrying out His plan for our Redemption.

Easter is the celebration of our Redemption and is the holiest day in all of Christendom. The Resurrection is the central reality of our Christian faith and is the supreme argument for the divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The same hands which our sins pierced are the same hands reaching to us in forgiveness and compassion. Truly, we can say with the Prophet Isaiah: “But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5 NRSVCE). This is the glory of Easter!

As we navigate through turbulent waters in the days, weeks, and months ahead, let us look to the Risen Christ. He is the light that will conquer darkness, the hope that will overcome fear. May His blessings envelope you and your loved ones this Easter Sunday and the days to come.

Be safe and healthy. Laus Deo semper!

Sincerely in the Risen Christ,

Luis María R. Calingo, Ph.D.
University President

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Title: Reflections for the Easter Triduum
Date: April 9, 2020

But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31 NRSVCE)

Dear Holy Angel University Community,

These past few weeks, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, all of us have felt a sense of helplessness and, for some, anticipatory grief brought about by both fear of the present and anxiety about the future. Perhaps for the first time in our lives, we have all sensed the full weight of the frailty of our human condition. At Holy Angel University and on many levels, we are navigating the tension of how to acknowledge that the world has changed in significant ways, yet at the same time ensure that we remain true to our mission, core values, and vision.

For sure, we have not let this crisis go to waste. We have seen opportunities where we could make substantive changes at our university that we might not be able to make if the crisis had not occurred. And we have acted upon many of those opportunities—keeping in mind that we are all about students.

No doubt, we fear the social and economic consequences of the COVID-19 global pandemic. We also know that those who would suffer the most are the poor, the vulnerable, and those who have the least control of their lives. But the most significant of all consequences is spiritual – the deprivation of the Sacraments and our community celebration of Holy Week, especially when God’s consolation is most needed at this period of collective human weakness.

As we share the feeling of loneliness due to isolation especially as we approach Easter Sunday—the most important holy day in the entire Christendom—I invite everyone in our university community to join together in the following communal prayer (inspired by 2 Chronicles 7:14) on Good Friday, April 10, at 3:00 p.m.:

My family and I am answering God’s call to fall on our knees in humility and to seek God’s face in repentance in order that He might forgive our sins and heal our land.

Finally, let us include in our prayer intentions the following:

  • Those who succumbed to the coronavirus and their families who grieve yet could not even accompany them to their final resting place
  • Our healthcare workers and first responders – their compassion and wisdom as they care for patients, their physical health and well-being, their encouragement and mental fortitude, and their families
  • Shortages in PPEs and hospital beds will be met.


Mary Help of all Christians, pray for us.
St. Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
St. Rock, pray for us.
St. Lorenzo Ruiz, pray for us.
St. Pedro Calungsod, pray for us.

Secure in God’s protection (Ps. 91),

Luis María R. Calingo, Ph.D.
University President

April 9, 2020

Maundy Thursday

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Title: Fifth Sunday of Lent
Date: March 29, 2020

Dear Holy Angel University Community,

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind. (1 Corinthians 1:3-5)

Let me begin by sharing with you the Catholic liturgy for the Fifth Sunday of Lent, provided freely by Magnificat.

As we commence the third week of our Enhanced Community Quarantine, I would like you to know that Holy Angel University has been functioning well due to the collective efforts of nearly all of the University’s workforce who are working from home. We are preparing for the opening of the Summer Term and beyond, although admittedly we are still getting used to living and working in the New Normal. My staff is planning a series of Virtual Town Hall Meetings via Zoom videoconferencing for our faculty, NTP staff, student leaders, parents, business community partners, and other stakeholders. Please watch your email inbox for details.

Please continue to pray for our nation, especially the healthcare workers who are in the front lines of the ongoing battle against the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Our University Bus has been transporting healthcare workers of our partner, The Medical City Clark. Through our Encephalon TBI, we are engaged in the manufacturing of PPEs (specifically N95 face masks) for our front-liners.

Last Wednesday, March 25, Holy Angel University convened the Bayanihan Eskwelahan information-sharing network, initially with Ateneo de Manila University and Mapúa University, that will share COVID19-related information (crowdsourcing) such as open-source designs for PPEs and good practices in massive online instruction and university operations. You will find that FB group in:


A growing number of your colleagues have joined Bayanihan Eskwelahan. If you are among them, please search the Internet for open-source designs of PPEs, best practices on online education especially for first-timers, how to operate a university from a distance, and so on. Then please post them onto the above FB group. Only this way can we ensure the sustainability of this crowdsourcing site in support of our front-liners.

Let me end with a few pieces of information and guidance.

First, please be a responsible citizen by doing your 20-second hand washing routine as follows: open tap – wet your hands – close tap – soap on hands and tap – lather with soap for 20 seconds – open tap – wash hands and tap – close tap. Why? If your tap is left running during your 20-seconnd hand wash, 1.5-2 liters of water will go to waste. You would then end up wasting around 15-20 liters of water due to frequent hand washing. A family of five will, therefore, need 100 liters of water each day. Following this routine will help us avert the Pampanga water crisis that has been projected to arise around 2025.

Second, stay at home and observe strict quarantine to help “flatten the curve” in our city, province, region, and country. Different studies appear to converge on the prediction that COVID-19 cases in the Philippines would peak on June 30, 2020, and that the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in the Philippines would end sometime October 31, 2020. Of course, predictions do not necessarily translate to reality because collective human action can work to nullify such predictions. Do your best to comply with protocols and keep the faith!


Third, if you have not yet done so, download the COVID-19 self-screening app that Apple developed with CDC and recently released.


Fourth, at the first sign of flu-like symptoms similar to COVID-19, watch this 9-minute video from WebMD first before rushing to the Emergency Room.


Finally, the SARS-CoV-2 global pandemic is not God’s wrath of abandonment referred to in the New Testament (Romans 1:24-32). I strongly believe that it is God’s call for us to fall on our knees in humility and seek His face in repentance so that He might forgive our sins and heal our land (2 Chronicles 7:14).


Thank you and be safe and healthy. Laus Deo semper!

Standing (Eph. 6:13),

Luis María R. Calingo, Ph.D.
University President

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Title: President’s Well Wishes for the First Weekend of ECQ Lockdown
Date: March 22, 2020

Dear Holy Angel University Community,

All of us are homebound these days, which provides us an opportunity to use whatever means we have – email or text –to contact someone with whom you have not been I touch for some time. Call that person, pray with him or her, and do not fail to express your love and support, especially in these trying times. Pray for those who are sick, as well as those who are fearful and lonely.

We learned from the Apostle Paul: “For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7). May we be inspired by these uplifting words. This crisis too shall pass, and we shall overcome this trial with our sound judgment, compliance with the advice of medical experts, and prayers for one another.

Let me end with a few admonitions and advice.

First, there is hope!

“French Peer-Reviewed Study: Our Treatment Cured 100% of Coronavirus Patients,” Hank Berrien, The Daily Wire, 20 March 2020.

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Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93TpfCzpM3Y

Second, you have so many things to do while stuck at home!

“100 Things to Do While Stuck Inside Due to a Pandemic,” USA Today, 16 March 2020


Third, if you have children in your household, their schooling does not have to stop!

“School Closures—and Accidental Homeschooling—Continue; Here are More Resources for Families,” Lindsay Burke, The Daily Signal, 19 March 2020


Fourth and finally, walk with the Lord through spiritual communion!

“Spiritual Communion in a Time of Coronavirus,” Fr. Hugh Barbour, Catholic Answers, 18 March 2020



Luis María R. Calingo, Ph.D.
University President

Title: Guidance and Academic Policies for the End of the Second Semester 2020
Date: March 19, 2020

Dear Holy Angel University Community,

The disruption that the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak has caused Holy Angel University’s academic administrators to review and possibly revise the process of evaluating student performance during the Spring Semester 2020. The guiding principle is that the quality of our degree offerings should not be compromised because allowing such slippage would be detrimental to our students’ ability to succeed in the marketplace that they are about to join.

The Academic Cluster met on March 17, 2020, to discuss this issue. After thorough consideration, the University President has decided as follows:

  1. With a few exceptions, for the Spring Semester 2020, the final grade of the student will be based on the student’s progress grade as of March 11, 2020. If additional work (e.g., online assignments) have been completed and submitted after March 11, such work would serve to only improve (not lower) the student’s final grade. If a student feels disadvantaged by his/her inability to submit such additional work after March 11 due to extenuating circumstances such as lack of internet access from home, the student will be permitted to complete such additional work for a period of up to one (1) year from the end of the Second Semester (April 6, 2020).

  2. Some courses require performance-based deliverables. In the event non-graduating students are not able to complete these performance-based deliverables by March 31, 2020, they shall receive a grade of “In Progress” for the Second Semester and complete these requirements during the summer months.

  3. The Graduate School will not offer the Third Trimester of SY 2019/2020. Exceptions will be made for graduate students enrolling in Thesis Writing or Dissertation Writing for the first time.

  4. All Summer School 2020 courses will be offered online. Students are expected to have wifi internet access at home in order to participate in summer courses, and will sign a statement of undertaking to this effect. Students with extreme financial need who have difficulty accessing online materials should contact Ms. Iris Ann G. Castro (Office of Student Affairs) at icastro@hau.edu.ph or +63 (922) 687-1982 or Ms. Glesie T. Pineda (University Scholarships and Grants Office) at gpineda@hau.edu.ph or +63 (933) 609-3768.

  5. If laboratory courses could not be taught during the Summer Session 2020, they will be offered during the First Semester 2020/2021.

  6. There will be three (3) degree conferment dates in 2020: April 6, 2020 (end of the second semester); May 31, 2020 (end of the summer session), and the end of the First Semester 2020.

Please be guided accordingly.

Laus Deo semper!


/s/ Luis María R. Calingo, Ph.D.

University President

March 19, 2020

Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Title: Early Release of NTP Summer Bonus and Faculty Vacation Pay
Date: March 19, 2020

Early Release of NTP Summer Bonus and Faculty Vacation Pay

To help alleviate the adverse financial consequences of the Enhanced Community Quarantine on your families, the NTP Summer Bonus and one-month Faculty Vacation Pay—both for our regular employees—will be released today, March 19. The second month of the Faculty Vacation Pay will be released on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

The early release of the 13th month pay, or part thereof, will be considered only if the Enhanced Community Quarantine carries over to the next academic year (2020/2021).

Performance-Based Bonus

In recognition of our collective performance vis-à-vis Holy Angel University’s mission, vision, and strategic objectives, the Board of Trustees approved Management’s recommendation to award a one-time Performance-Based Bonus (PBB) and decided on the amount of the PBB pool considering the University’s financial condition especially in light of the absence of two college cohorts. The Performance-based Bonus (PBB) is given to employees on regular status, as well as the non-regular status (i.e., the probationary faculty and Academic Service Staff, fixed-term, part-time faculty, and guest lecturers) who rendered continuous service for at least four (4) semesters of the immediately preceding school years. The determination of the amount of each eligible employee’s PBB amount considered such weighting factors as individual goal commitment, job level, attendance, unit's performance vids-a-vis its balanced scorecard, and board program performance.

The PBB will be released next week – on Wednesday, March 25, Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord.

Calamity Fund

You have received my prior call for voluntary donations to the Calamity Fund, including the mechanics for doing so. Please consider sharing your blessings with the unsung heroes of the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak (our health care workers), as well as the vulnerable members of our expanded university community who are subject to no-work-no-pay. The Institute for Christian Formation and Social Integration (ICFSI) is the lead entity in the implementation of this outreach on behalf of the Holy Angel University community.

Remembering Saint Joseph

Today, let us join in contemplating in the silence of our homes and our hearts the life of Saint Joseph—an ordinary man, a family man, a worker who earned his living by manual labor, and one who teaches us to know Jesus and realize that we are part of God’s family. May you also find inspiration in the following words:

Joseph was a craftsman from Galilee, just one man among many. What had life to offer to someone from a forgotten village like Nazareth? Nothing but work: work every day, with the same constant effort. And at the end of the day, a poor little house in which to rest and regain energy for the next day.

But the name Joseph, in Hebrew, means "God will add." God adds unsuspected dimensions to the holy lives of those who do his will. He adds the one important dimension which gives meaning to everything, the divine dimension. To the humble and holy life of Joseph he added — if I may put it this way — the lives of the Virgin Mary and of Jesus, our Lord. God does not allow himself to be outdone in generosity. Joseph could make his own the words of Mary, his wife: "He has looked graciously upon the lowliness of his handmaid... because he who is mighty, he whose name is holy, has wrought for me his wonders."

Saint Joseph was an ordinary sort of man on whom God relied to do great things. He did exactly what the Lord wanted him to do, in each and every event that went to make up his life. That is why Scripture praises Joseph as "a just man." And in Hebrew a just man means a good and faithful servant of God, someone who fulfils the divine will, or who is honorable and charitable toward his neighbor. So a just man is someone who loves God and proves his love by keeping God's commandments and directing his whole life toward the service of his brothers, his fellow men. – Saint Josémaría Escrivá, Christ is passing by, 40.

Laus Deo semper!


/s/ Luis María R. Calingo, Ph.D.

University President

March 19, 2020

Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Title: Work Guidelines Amid COVID-19 Outbreak
Date: March 16, 2020

I trust in the Lord, I hope in his word; with him there is plentiful redemption. (Psalm 130:5,7)

Dear Holy Angel University Community,

Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2, aka COVID-19) continues to be top of mind and we’ve been actively monitoring updates from the Department of Health, CDC, and WHO to help us manage through this rapidly evolving situation.

Based on the most recent guidance and mandates from the government authorities and in an abundance of caution, all employees who can work from home, are hereby required do so starting tomorrow, Monday, March 16, through Wednesday, April 15, 2020. This guideline applies to full-time and probationary employees who are able to perform their work duties remotely. Please be mindful of where you work to minimize the risk of exposure for yourself and others. Your respective Cluster Heads or Deans/Principal will advise you of the Work From Home (WFH) arrangements for your respective Clusters or units.

For those who must come into the office to perform their jobs, we expect that having fewer people in the office will meaningfully reduce the risk of exposure and spread of viruses within our office. We will also take steps to limit contact for those in the office including limiting in-person meetings, reminding employees to maintain a safe distance (two meters) from one another and encouraging people who do not need to be in the office to stay home. We will also continue sanitizing the office, as we have been over the past few weeks. If you have any questions or concerns with working from home productively, please talk to your Cluster Head or Dean/Principal or contact Dr. Gertrude P. Tuazon (Director, HRMO) gtuazon@hau.edu.ph or +63 (998) 570-9711.

If you are sick or have any of the main symptoms associated with SARS-CoV-2 (fever plus cough, shortness of breath or diarrhea), you are required to stay home until fully recovered and without symptoms for at least 24 hours. In addition, the following groups are being advised by health authorities to avoid interaction in large groups or public settings and should work from home:

  • Senior citizens
  • People with underlying health conditions (heart disease, diabetes, etc.)
  • People who have a compromised immune system
  • Pregnant women

Since we do not have clarity on how long this guidance will be in place, we will evaluate the situation on an ongoing basis and provide regular updates as we receive additional information.

Our intent is to keep our employees safe and healthy while staying productive towards our mission. To ensure that our employees and managers have the support they need for working remotely, we will identify or develop Remote Work Good Practices, which your Cluster Heads will communicate to you.

The following are a few other updates and reminders for the next few weeks.

Final Examinations: Final examinations, which have not yet been administered, shall be cancelled and replaced by alternative online assignments that will meet the same learning goals. The Deans/Principal will provide further guidelines to their respective academic units, including the Graduate School. Students with extreme financial need who have difficulty accessing online materials should contact Ms. Iris Ann G. Castro (Office of Student Affairs) at icastro@hau.edu.ph or +63 (922) 687-1982 or Ms. Glesie T. Pineda (University Scholarships and Grants Office) at gpineda@hau.edu.ph or +63 (933) 609-3768.

Graduation Ceremonies: University Commencement is the most important academic event at any higher education institution. It is at the heart of what we do. True to our “We’re all about students” philosophy, the University Registrar has crafted a graduation protocol that addresses the competing imperatives of academic tradition, safety and health of our graduation participants, and government requirements for social distancing.

Travel: All non-essential work-related travel, including conferences, should be cancelled or postponed at this time, unless approved by the University President.

Events: Except for HAU Paragala, University Commencement, and the Honoris Causa Ceremony (all during the month of April), all on-site and off-site events will be cancelled. Please postpone team events and off-sites, until further notice.

Equipment: We expect this remote work arrangement to be temporary, so please use your best judgment. At your Cluster Head’s discretion, you can take your equipment home, including your monitor(s), for temporary use. For questions about monitors or other equipment, please reach out to ITSS. If there are accessories or office supplies you need to perform your job, you can purchase these items, with Cluster Head approval, and submit receipts for reimbursement through your manager. The expectation is that you will return the equipment when we discontinue working remotely. Additional information about equipment requests, videoconferencing capabilities, and IT support will be sent out shortly.

Hiring Interviews: All on-site interviews will be transitioned to videoconference interviews. If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Claudia Jumelle Quinto at cjquinto@hau.edu.ph or +63 (924) 944-3396.

New Hires: HRMO will notify new hires with an upcoming start date about the COVID-19 update and WFH guidelines. Managers shall coordinate with ITSS regarding equipment needs of new hires. Hiring managers should reach out to new hires ahead of their start date to discuss plans for onboarding and any changes impacted by remote work.

Training: As a provider of education striving to be a great university to work for, we will not waver in our commitment to workforce development. We will explore ways to deliver training using technology with training providers. If you have any ideas as to how we could better meet your training needs in a fully online environment, please reach out to Ms. Teresita O. Cruz at tcruz@hau.edu.ph or +63 (943) 469-7060.

Employee Assistance Program: This is an especially important time to take care of yourself, both physically and emotionally. All employees have access to off-site psychological counseling resources. To avail of such counseling, please contact Ms. Norma N. Bulaclac (University Guidance Services) at nbulaclac@hau.edu.ph, dhong0221@gmail.com or +63 (932) 365-6138.

As a reminder, the Department of Health recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and/or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Twenty seconds is the equivalent of one Our Father or two Hail Mary’s.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. Discard tissue immediately into a closed bin.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay at home when you are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

We will continue to keep a close pulse on what is happening and provide updates on a weekly basis. We recognize that this is an unprecedented and unique situation and appreciate your utmost flexibility and support. It is alright to not know what you are doing because none of us fully do. Only a handful—perhaps none—of our faculty and staff have experience teaching or working in a fully online environment. You are not alone in this predicament, and this is the time that we demonstrate the community that we collectively hold as one of our core values. Your leaders are leading you in crossing a new bridge at the same time that we are building that bridge. An extremely hostile environment is the mother of ingenuity and creative thinking. A crisis is not only a problem, but also a source of opportunity to bring out the best in us. Holy Angel University is no stranger to this and, as the University community collectively worked together and survived the Mount Pinatubo eruption, this too shall pass.

Finally, we are first and foremost a Christ-centered community of faith. We find words of comfort in the Word of God: if then my people, upon whom my name has been pronounced, humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their evil ways, I will hear them from heaven and pardon their sins and heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14) The above verse describes bringing a proud and recalcitrant people or spirit into subjection—a proud and independent spirit abasing itself. Many Biblical references to spiritual submission refer to the actions of a king in submitting himself and his nation to God (e.g., 1 Kings 21:29). It indicates that so long as a person, or nation, is arrogant and self-sufficient, God can do nothing for them.

Let us, therefore, pray for our leaders that they may acquire an attitude of humility before God, as well as a willing acknowledgment of our need for God's mercy and grace. If we remain self-sufficient in our attitudes, we cannot expect God to give us the help we so desperately need. For the greater glory of God! Laus Deo semper!

Mary Help of all Christians, pray for us.
St. Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
St. Rock, pray for us.
St. Lorenzo Ruiz, pray for us.
St. Pedro Calungsod, pray for us.
Standing (Eph. 6:14),

/s/ Luis María R. Calingo, Ph.D.

University President

March 16, 2020

Monday of the Third Week of Lent

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