Mabalacat City College

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Sunday, May 11, 2014


SCHOOL officials led by President Leonardo Canlas Ph.D. confirmed in individual statements the invaluable role of the Mabalacat City College in the growth and progress of the city.

MCC officials, along with Vice Mayor Christian Halili, met the media last week to attest to the outstanding initiatives of Mayor Boking Morales, also MCC chairman of the board, in the establishment of the school in 2007. They also testified to the mayor’s extraordinary support and sacrifice to build up and win honors for the 8-year-old institution.

Dr. Canlas said the city college which Morales envisions as a "dream come true" may well be the great legacy of the Philippines’ longest serving local government elective official.

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City spokesman Diosdado Pangilinan named the hard fought conversion of the municipality to component city as the other indelible political legacy of the mayor.

The city college has won one laurel after another by beating rival institutions of higher learning in Pampanga in CHED-sponsored competitions, it was learned from Dr. Eriberta Maglaqui, MCC dean, and a forty-year veteran in teaching and faculty administration.

The school has garnered top honors in various academic, sports, and cultural competitions nationwide, said resident clinical psychologist Dr. Amelia Macapagal. It is national champion in sepak takraw.

Dr. Carmelita Pangan Soto said the MCC has 75 percent passing rate teacher’s licensure examination; the national median was 3l percent and 39 percent in successive years. This record eclipses the passing rate of the leading universities in Pampanga, including HAU, AUF, Assumption University of Pampanga, DHVTSU, and Guagua National Colleges.

The school legal officer Atty. RJ Donesa stressed that MCC graduates do not remain out of work for long. The graduates, whose skills and training had been matched with industry and professional requirements, make them easily absorbable in business establishments, he said.

While the school has strong achievements in the educational courses, its degrees in HRM, Customs Administration, Accountancy and Accounting Technology have produced graduates who are now employed in Metro Manila, Clark hotels and locator firms, as well as in progressive communities.

Mayor Morales who prides in the MCC as the first of its kind in the province said his concept of a community college has also given birth to similar city colleges in San Fernando and Angeles. Officials of the twin cities had used the MCC model as concept reference, and in establishing parameters of academic and other faculty excellence for Ched's rigid standards.

Morales’ decade-old foresight for an institution of higher learning in lahar ravaged Mabalacat is proving to be prophetic, according to spokesman Deng.

The school has prepared and is expanding courses to produce talents and experts in various disciplines that development demands, VM Halili said. He was cited for his efforts to provide legislative support to MCC.

The MCC, definitely, has been creating a highly educated citizenry, according to Mayor Boking, “which is essential to democracy, to the requirements of growth, and community building.”

The school logo is “A Dream Come True,” a reflection of Morales’s romantic streak and his vision of the future. The mayor’s next move is to organize a Citizens Educational Foundation to help the speedy expansion and growth of the MCC. Endorsed as a credible partner-trustee of the foundation is Dr. Irineo “Bong” Alvaro, Ph.D. Bong heads a major locator-investor group at Clark, and has always been a hot prospect for Congress in the lst District.

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Pasta and pizza lovers started trooping to the fabled Armando's Camalig since May 8 starting 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and had a fill with an "all you can eat" treat at P149 for pizza, and P45 for pasta. The Camalig has an air conditioned dining room, great cuisine, and excellent service in romantic ambience. Try it today! Local supporters of President Noy and provincial Liberal Party leaders strongly urged him to consider the appointment of former Gov. Eddie "Among Ed" Panlilio to succeed the resigned PCSO chairperson Margie P. Juico. Of all the Aquino-diehard advocates, it is only Among Ed who has not been given his rightful due by way of a government post that is tailored to his experience and passion.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 12, 2014.

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