On September 7, 2022, Liceans witnessed a highly significant event as the Philippines’ Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo, who was joined by other members of the judiciary (Senior Associate Justice Marvic Victor F. Leonen and Associate Justices Mario V. Lopez, Samuel H. Gaerlan, Jhosep Y. Lopez, Japar B. Dimaampao, Jose Midas P. Marquez, and Antonio T. Kho) and school officials (University President Alain Marc P. Golez, VP for Administration and Comptroller Atty. Leo Paolo Perez, and College of Law Dean Manuel I. Cabrera), unveiled at Paseo del Rio Campus a marker that serves as a testament of the University’s pioneering effort shared with the Supreme Court in support of the conduct of the consolidated 2020-2021 Bar Examinations using a new modality – digitized and regionalized. Witnesses of the event included the students and alumni of the College of Law. 

In his message during the unveiling ceremony, Chief Justice A. G. Gesmondo thanked Liceo U for allowing the Supreme Court to use its campus as the venue of the regional bar examinations and cited Liceo U as a highly respected university in the Philippines. “As one of the premier universities in the country, it comes as no surprise that it was chosen as one of the schools in Mindanao for this groundbreaking purpose.” He also lauded Liceo U for capturing the spirit of the Revised Law Student Practice Rule in its Clinical Legal Education Program, which prepares its graduates for the legal profession. “Through its CLEP, Liceo has not only helped in expanding access to justice, but it has also provided its students with a wealth of knowledge and experience with the aim of producing competent and practice-ready lawyers.”

Dr. A.M. Golez, in his opening speech, remarked that it is the University’s honor to serve as the host venue of the first digitized and regionalized bar exams. “We are happy to have been accorded the singular opportunity to have partnered with you during the time of the worldwide health crisis that was COVID-19. Indeed, the nation needed to stand in solidarity and perform civic duties in whatever capacity to restore some degree of normalcy. In our case, we were happy to oblige with this venue.” In his concluding statement, the University President thanked the Supreme Court for the marker, bringing honor to Liceo U.

In the consolidated 2020-2021 Bar Exams, 75 Liceans passed, and one of them earned an exemplary rating (85%-90%). 

By: Liceo Communications and Promotions


The Government of Canada through its embassy in Manila brought to Liceo de Cagayan University through the Office of Internationalization the Mcluhan Forum Series on Responsible Media. Facilitated by the Department of Languages and Communication of the College of Arts and Sciences on January 26, 2023, at the AVR 3 in the Main Campus, the forum themed “Democracy at Stake: How Media Battles the Disinformation Phenomenon” featured Mr. Christian Esguerra, a Mcluhan fellow and a multi-awarded multimedia journalist.

Mr. Esguerra hosts Facts First, a popular online political talk show that covers burning issues in politics and governance. As a journalist, he is committed to an advocacy that counters disinformation. He was the anchor and managing editor of After the Fact – a political talk program of the ABS-CBN News Channel.  As an educator, he teaches political reporting and journalism ethics at the University of Santo Tomas. Also, he is a researcher of UST’s Research Center for Culture, Arts, and Humanities. 

Attended by media figures in the city, students from different schools, and Liceo U’s officials and faculty, the forum’s discussion centered on the importance of responsible journalism, the threats of disinformation to the country’s democratic processes, and media stakeholders’ role in battling disinformation. The public discussion was jumpstarted by two reactors who are both media practitioners and university educators – Dr.  Rhyndl Nephl-z Luczon and Dr. Ronnie Waniwan. 

Present during the forum were Mr. Carlo Figuroa, Public Affairs, Attaché, Embassy of Canada, who gave the opening message and introduced the speaker; Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Zenaida G. Gersana who delivered the welcome remarks; Dr. Teresita T. Tumapon, Liceo U’s consultant for Internationalization; CAS Dean Dr. Rosella O. Ortiz who gave the closing remarks; Dr. Quivido Oregines, director of Internationalization and event chairperson; and Dr. Salvador C. dela Peña III, chair of the Department of Languages and Communication.

Through the Mcluhan Forum Series, the Canadian Government recognizes excellent work in journalism and supports journalists in their critical role in upholding democracy and freedom of speech. The McLuhan Forum is named after Marshall McLuhan, the Canadian media theorist who coined the term “global village” in his critique of a media-connected world as early as the 1960s.