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By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
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CHICAGO ( JGL) – Sometimes, there is virtue in having pre-marital sex when a woman wants to rule out marriage by convenience!

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CHICAGO (JGL) – CARDINAL O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, will confer the Ordination to the Diaconate of the Society of

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CHICAGO (JGL) – A Filipino American employee of Walmart in Richmond, California will be crowned Mrs. San Carlos City,

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CHICAGO (JGL) – Many baseball fans turned up Tuesday (May 16) to attend the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

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CAN FILIPINOS FILL UP WORLDWIDE ENROLLMENT GAP?

By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2017 Journal GlobaLinks)

 

CHICAGO (JGL) — Is college education the new frontier for Overseas Filipinos just as the Filipino working force is still fulfilling its demands for overseas workers worldwide?

 

A Philippine-born, Philippine-educated leader, Amado Gabriel M. Esteban, Ph. D., floated this idea when he was hosted a bienvenida (welcome) reception by the Philippine Consulate headed by outgoing Consul General Generoso D. G. Calonge and the Filipino community last Thursday (Aug. 17) during the ika-27 Pagkikita sa Konsulado (27th town hall meeting at the Philippine Consulate) in Chicago, Illinois.

 

Dr. Esteban, who belongs to rare club of Philippine-born presidents of American universities, said, “In the United States, the population is aging. In Illinois, by 2034, 17 years from now, the number of 18-year-olds will decline by 19.1%, the market of higher education. The loss of 20 %, that’s the market of higher education. What are we supposed to do?

 

“That group is not going to college. So, you have to make an extra effort that they are college prepared. The U.S. is rapidly aging. A lot of industrial world is rapidly aging. And that is what you see what happened in (South) Korea. They built a lot of higher education institutions. Now, they are shutting down or shrinking. Japan and China are going the same way.

 

“The Philippines, in contrast, is a young country. There are opportunities in countries like the Philippines for higher education to supply a workforce to the industrial world as economies are growing at different phases.

 

GROUP PHOTO: 

 DR. AMADO GABRIEL M. ESTEBAN (third from left, seated), the brand new 12th president of De Paul University in Chicago, Illinois, joins in the photo opportunity with some members of the Philippine Consulate led by Consul General Generoso D. G. Calonge (third from right, seated) during the ika-27 Pagkikita sa Konsulado (27th town hall meeting) last Thursday, Aug. 17 in the Philippine Consulate in Chicago, Illinois. Others in photo from left, seated are Liezl Alcantara, Cultural Officer of the Philippine Consulate, De Paul alumna Estrella Alamar, Mrs. Josephine King Esteban, Mrs. Gloria Calonge, Consul Mel P. Lalunio, Jr. and Josephine Mascarenas-Diaz. Standing from left Joseph G. Lariosa of Journal GlobaLinks; Mariano “Anong” Santos of Pinoy Newsmagazine; Atty. Marjorie Baltazar of Baltazar Global LLC; Adelina Fajardo, president of the Philippine American Cultural Foundation; Dr. Ramon Lopez, Maria Vergara, Ms. Marlyn Lopez, R.N.; Sammy Ramos, retired civil engineer; and Marlon L. Pecson of the Journal GlobaLinks. (Photo by  CORNELIO P. SANTIAGO)


“The Philippines is on track as the highest growing or fastest growing economy in Asia while U.S.  growth rate is 1 to 2%.”

 

As the 12th president of the nation’s largest Catholic university, the Chicago, Illinois-based De Paul University, Dr. Esteban, said the “Philippines has lots of education opportunities in the U.S., which has an education “workforce that has a large intellectual capacity.”

 

Published reports say, between 2004 and 2014, enrollment for higher education in U.S. increased 17 percent, from 17.3-milliion to 20.2-million. In Japan, there were 2.8-million students enrolled in its 778 universities. China has 6-million enrollments in its 2,000 universities and colleges while Korea has 3.7-million students it its 376 official higher education institutions.

 

PHILIPPINES HAS 3.56-M HIGHER EDUCATION STUDENTS

 

In the Philippines, in academic year 2012/13 total post-secondary enrollments account for 3.56-millions (of which 57 percent were in the private sector), an increase of over one million since 2004 when there were 2.40-million students in the system.

 

Aside from Dr. Esteban, a graduate of the University of the Philippines, the other Philippine-born president of a U.S. university is Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, Ph. D., who earned his B.A. in Economics from Ateneo de Davao University in the Philippines. Dr. Gempesaw is the current president of St. John University in Jamaica, Queens, New York. The third Filipino head of a U.S. college is Loretta Adrian, also a UP alumna, who is the president of Coastline Community College, the first campus-free college, scattered among storefront locations in Orange County in California.

 

Both De Paul University and St. John are under the Vincentian tradition as does the third Vincentian university, Niagara University, also in New York. Dr. Esteban said, the Vincentian mission is "what attracted my wife and I at De Paul, the mission of serving the population that most needs help."

 

There was a fourth college president, Chito Calino, who returned to the Philippines.

GROUP PHOTO PART TWO:

MEMBERS OF THE FILIPINO community greeted Dr. Amado Gabriel M. Esteban (third from left, seated) after his brief remarks when the Philippine Consulate General led by Consul General Generoso D. G. Calonge (third from right, seated) hosted the ika-27 Na Pagkikita sa Konsulado (27th town hall meeting at the Philippine Consulate) in Chicago, Illinois last Thursday, Aug. 17. Among those in photo seated from left are Grace Villamora, Estrella Alamar, Mrs. Josephine King Esteban, Mrs. Gloria Calonge, Abbey Eusebio and Dr. Cleofe G. Casambre. Among those photo from left standing are Ed Brotonel, Jelly Carandang, Atty. Aurora N. Abella Austriaco. Brittany S. Odes, Josh Delson and Ruben Salazar. (Photo by  CORNELIO P. SANTIAGO)


Dr. Esteban said, “Less than 1% of college presidents are Asian Americans. Asian Americans comprise 6-7% among American student population and are at the very top.”

 

According to Washington, D.C. think tank, Migration Policy, quoting Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) sources, “Today, more than 10-million Filipinos—or about 10 percent of the population—are working and/or living abroad.”

 

In an interview with the Journal GlobaLinks, Mr. Esteban said when he was president of Seton Hall University (SHU) in New Jersey, he set up academic linkages with University of the Philippines, University of Santo Tomas, De La Salle University and Silliman University among others.

 

“MY WAY OF GIVING BACK TO THE PHILIPPINES”

 

“That is my one way of giving back to the Philippines,” Mr. Esteban said in harnessing the talents of Filipinos.

WITH MEDIA:

DR. AMADO GABRIEL M. ESTEBAN (fourth from left) and Consul General Generoso D. G. Calonge (third from left) join the photo op with media types from left Connie Macatula De Leon of ABS-CBN International, Joseph G. Lariosa of Journal GlobaLinks, Mariano “Anong” Santos of Pinoy Newsmagazine and Marlon L. Pecson of Journal GlobaLinks during  the ika-27 Na Pagkikita sa Konsulado (27th town hall meeting at the Philippine Consulate) in Chicago, Illinois last Thursday, Aug. 17. (JGL Photo)


Now that he has started serving since July 1, 2017 for the next five years as president of De Paul University, the 55-year-old Manila-born educator said, “I hope to replicate my effort in Seton Hall University in De Paul. What is exciting about De Paul is that we already have a sister institution in the Philippines in Adamson University. We will see how we can work with other universities.”

 

Dr. Esteban had a seven-year stint with SHU, where his contract as president was renewed twice.

 

When this reporter interviewed Mr. Esteban in 2011, FIRST FIL AM UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT NAMED, I asked him where he would be in five years. His answer:  “It is hard to tell, maybe I can be president of another university.”


 

When asked Thursday by this reporter if he will accept a position as president of a university in the Philippines, Dr. Esteban demurred, saying, “No comment. I think there are capable educators in the Philippines. The biggest challenge is to move back to the Philippines with another set of knowledge. My knowledge of education is taken from another setting. 


 

“I believe in life going forward and you try to understand the decisions made. My wife (Josephine King Esteban) and I believe the way to be happy is to pray for the best and take the path that the Lord leads you, too, and not worry about it.

WITH PRINCESS:

PRINCESS EMRAIDA KIRAM of Sultan of Sulo was among those special guests during the ika-27 Na Pagkikita sa Konsulado (27th town hall meeting at the Philippine Consulate) in Chicago, Illinois last Thursday, Aug. 17. She is sandwiched by Joseph G. Lariosa (left) and Marlon L. Pecson of the Journal GlobaLinks. (JGL Photo)


“There are some worries as you progress and there are regrets. That’s part of growing up, be older and hopefully wiser. That’s a big thing. I am at peace where I am now since we’ve been blessed. Me and my wife and I have been blessed. We never imagine we will be here in the U.S. And where we are right now, we are just here for the ride. I think I was able to accomplish more than I thought when I was in SHU. Now, they (SHU) are going to open a new campus for health and medical sciences. They are opening up a new medical school. Right now at De Paul, we are going to strategic planning. I will spend a lot of time listening. Talking to a lot of people.”

 

DE PAUL U, LARGEST CATHOLIC U.S. UNIVERSITY

 

De Paul is the largest Catholic education institution in the U.S. with 23,100 students. St. John, 20,000. It has a large international student population at 2,500; very diverse community.

WITH DEPAUL ALUMS:

DR. AMADO GABRIEL M. ESTEBAN (third from right) and his wife, Josephine King Esteban (extreme left), are joined by alumnae and an alumnus of De Paul University during the ika-27 Na Pagkikita sa Konsulado (27th town hall meeting at the Philippine Consulate) in Chicago, Illinois last Thursday, Aug. 17. Among them from left are Estrella Alamar, Josh Delson and Brittany S. Odes. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)


“It has a long-standing relationship with Adamson University in Philippines, also a Vincentian university. They (Adamson) have the same mission as De Paul and believes in outreach; our agreement with Adamson goes back to 2005 with memorandum of understanding; their faculty can select online classes at De Paul because we believe in helping each other as sister institutions. More recently, we have offered an MBA with iACADEMY in Makati, first U.S. university to offer an MBA program in the Philippines.” Dr. Esteban said.

 

“At some point, my wife and I will probably go to Manila,” Dr. Esteban cracked. “As chief academic officer and president of SHU, we set up relationship with UP College of Nursing and School of Medicine, La Salle School of Medicine in Cavite, Silliman University and UST. My expectation at the De Paul, we are doing the same and add more outreach and interesting opportunities not only in the Philippines but also around the world. Every place where they can benefit from Vincentian education.” (Contact reporter: jglariosa@hotmail.com)

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CHICAGO (JGL) – The opening of the four-a-week flights of EVA Air route between Taipei, Taiwan and Chicago, Illinois recently will generate an estimated $200-M annual

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CHICAGO (JGL) – “Jesuits in Mindanao: The Mission,” a coffee-table book documenting almost four centuries of mission work by

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A. Gabriel M. Esteban: The Big One That Nearly Got Away

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CHICAGO (jGLi) – In his State of the Union address last Tuesday (Jan. 25), President Barack Obama

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CHICAGO (JGL) – Members of the Filipinos of St. Gregory held their 32nd Santacruzan (procession of the Holy Cross) last Saturday (May 27) under a clear

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By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
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CHICAGO (JGL) – A scenic drive to Malagos, Calinan and a visit to the Philippine Eagle Center in Davao City await those who will join the July 11-16, 2017 guided 11th Ambassadors’ Tour of Manila and Davao City in the Philippines.

This was jointly announced by the Philippine Consulate in Chicago, Illinois and the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D. C. who also said that deadline for registration for those interested who will join will be next Tuesday, May 30.

Consul General Generoso D. G. Calonge said it is possible that when the tour will visit Davao City, tour participants may be able to pay a call on President Rody Duterte if the President were in Davao City during the tour. Please watch the video clip below.

PDOT-NY OIC:

9341 - Ms. Zeny Pallugna presents the 11th Ambassadors’ Tour itinerary, rates, and packages to DC community, encourages the audience to promote Philippine tourism and economic development. (Photo by Philippine Embassy, Washington, D.C.) There is also a tentative dinner to be hosted by the President’s daughter, City Davao Mayor Sarah “Inday” Duterte. (Photo by Philippine Embassy)


Consul Mel P. Lalunio, Jr. said participants may reconnect with their Filipino roots through an experiential, fun-filled travel adventure in various parts of the Philippines.

This year’s tour will visit Manila and Davao as destinations. It is organized by Rajah Tours Philippines, supported by the Tourism and Promotions Board (TPB) of the Department of Tourism and the Philippine Embassy and the Philippine Foreign Service Posts in the United States.

Attached are the flyer, latest itinerary and the registration form for the tour. Interested parties may register online at www.acgdt.com or should email the following email addresses: acgdt@rajahtours.com.ph or ambassadorstour@rajahtours.com.ph.

WITH CHARGE D’ AFFAIRES:

Ms. Zeny Pallugna (3rd from left) of PDOT-NY conducted a presentation on the 11th Ambassadors’ Tour at the Romulo Hall of the Philippine Embassy on 15 May 2017. Joining her in the photo are (from left) Public Diplomacy Officer Darell Ann Artates, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim Minister Patrick A. Chuasoto, Travel Wise representatives Marielle and Max Kabin, and Mr. Nelson Garcia. (Photo by Philippine Embassy, Washington, D.C.)

For more details, participants may contact Rajah Tours, San Francisco Office at Tel. 415.397.0303, 415.397.0304 or visit their website at www.rajahtours.com.ph. Or they may also contact Joey Erandio at 312.583.0621 ext. 22 for more information. 

PDOT-NY MAKES A PITCH

Meanwhile, the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. and the Philippine Department of Tourism office in New York (PDOT-NY) conducted a presentation on the 11th Ambassadors’ Tour on 15 May 2017 at the Embassy’s Romulo Hall, underscoring the Tour’s unique characteristics and its significance to the overall cultural and tourism promotion strategy of the country.     

“The 11th Ambassadors’ Tour will give participants the opportunity to visit Davao, an exciting, emerging tourism destination in the Philippines, within an affordable package that also includes Manila, the capital city of fun,” said Zeny Pallugna, Officer-in-Charge of PDOT-NY.  

SALES PITCH:

CONSUL MELCHOR P. LALUNIO, Jr. makes a pitch to invite members and friends of the Filipino community to join the 11th Ambassadors’ Tour of the Philippines July 11-16, 2017 in Manila and Davao City. Deadline for registration is next Tuesday, May 30. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)


Ms. Pallugna also highlighted the post-basic tour packages featuring other emerging destinations Cagayan De Oro-Camiguin and Dumaguete-Siquijor. She urged audience members to participate in the Tour and take a more active role in promoting Philippine tourism.  

“If you visit the Philippines, or get even just one person to visit, that will create employment for one Filipino,” Ms. Pallugna told the audience.  

Mr. Patrick Chuasoto, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of the Embassy also pitched for the Tour, saying that “This year, the tour for Filipino-Americans has been re-branded to shift the focus to the participants who are envisioned to become ‘Philippine Ambassadors in their own right’ after spending their summer holiday in the Philippines. The 11th Ambassador’s Tour features key destinations in Manila and the King City of the South—Davao. It promises to be another fun-filled outing, and in keeping with its tradition of providing a unique and memorable experience, the Ambassador’s Tour offers VIP treatment, guided tours, and world-class accommodations.” 

“I strongly encourage every one of you to consider joining the 11th Ambassador’s Tour and spreading the word to your networks. Doing so will contribute to the sustained and inclusive economic development of the Philippines. Your support will go a long way in empowering the local communities in Manila and Davao, and cultivating good will between the people of the Philippines and the United States,” he concluded.  

Registration remains open until 30 May 2017. Interested parties may contact the Philippine Embassy at info@philippinesusa.org or PDOT-NY at pdotnewyork@gmail.com to get more information about the itinerary, rates and registration procedures. (Contact reporter: jglariosa@hotmail.com)

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