ILOILO CITY, MAY 11, 2023 – Angelicum School Iloilo took a momentous step towards its goal of becoming a research-oriented institution by hosting its First Annual Research Forum.


The event, which brought together student-researchers, teachers, and esteemed panelists, showcased the school’s dedication to fostering a culture of research and intellectual curiosity within its academic community.

“We want that our learners, as young as they are, to be exposed to research. We want our learners to love doing research. We want them to be prepared in their tertiary education,” said Fr. John Stephen Besa, OP, principal, Angelicum School Iloilo during his welcoming remarks, emphasizing the school’s commitment to nurturing critical thinking skills, problem-solving abilities, and a thirst for knowledge among its students.

With the theme “Research Matters,” the research forum aimed to provide a platform for students to share their research findings, innovative ideas, and intellectual pursuits across various disciplines. It served as a venue for intellectual discourse, collaboration, and the exchange of ideas that would help shape the future of education at Angelicum School Iloilo.

The research topics covered a wide array of disciplines, including innovation, humanities, social sciences, and business. 

The learners were interrogated by expert educators and professors, namely: Prof. Vicente Bilan, Prof. Rogelio Lacorte, both from PHINMA-University of Iloilo, and Dr. Ryan Lansangan of the University of Santo Tomas. 

In addition to the oral presentations, the event included poster exhibitions, where students creatively presented their research findings in visually captivating formats. Attendees had the opportunity to engage with the presenters, ask questions, and gain deeper insights into their research projects.

“The 1st Annual Angelicum Research Symposium is a first step to the realization of our goal of becoming a research-oriented academic institution. If truth be told, that goal is difficult to attain for it demands an unwavering sense of discipline and dedication to the craft. Also, we could not do it alone. That is why we are very grateful to the experts in the field and to institutions such as the University of Santo Tomas for their willingness to collaborate with us especially in the capacity-building of our facilitators and learners in conducting research,” said Aura Carmela Ferrariz-Sendico, assistant school principal. 

With a renewed focus on research and intellectual inquiry, the school is poised to empower its students to become lifelong learners and thought leaders in their respective fields.

“The Annual Research Forum has provided an incredible platform to showcase our hard work and share our ideas. It’s inspiring to see so many passionate researchers in our school community and it was a great opportunity to see various research papers. My 1st research fair was definitely a great experience and this event is something I will be treasuring forever considering that I was able to get out of my comfort zone and speak in front a panel of judges coming from different universities. I am extremely grateful for Angelicum for giving me and my schoolmates this opportunity,” said Anne Josephine Españo, one of the presenters whose group won 3rd Place in the oral presentation. /END