Liceo de Cagayan University proudly congratulates two multi-awarded figures of her Conservatory of Music for winning at the 35th Aliw Awards held on December 5, 2022, at the Manila Hotel’s Fiesta Pavilion. Internationally renowned pianist Dr. Rudolf P. Golez and baritone Cipriano De Guzman were awarded Best Instrumentalist (Piano) and Best Male Performance in a Concert, respectively.  At the 34th Aliw Awards, both also got the honor of being nominated for the same awards.  

The sole prizewinner at the First ASEAN Chopin International Piano Competition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Golez performed on piano in several prestigious venues abroad – in Australia, Russia, China, and the USA. The most notable international performances he had included those held at the Los Angeles Museum of Art, the Zipper Hall at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, and the Cerritos Performing Arts Theater in California.  In the Philippines, he performed alongside the country’s leading orchestras such as the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra and the Manila Symphony Orchestra. He performed as a featured soloist at the Cultural Center of the Philippines Filipino Young Artists Series and at the season concert of the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra at the Metropolitan Theater of Manila last November 11, 2022.

De Guzman bagged several awards here and abroad. To cite a few, he won at the American Protege International Vocal Competition (2016 and 2017), 17th Roma International Music Competition – Grand Prize Virtuoso (2018), and London Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition (2018). In 2016, he won the second prize at the 10th Yokohama International Music Competition and a special prize at the 8th Tokyo International Competition. Locally, he was a two-time recipient of Ani Ng Dangal in Music (2018 and 2019). 

The prestigious award-giving body, Aliw Awards Foundation Inc., recognizes the best Philippine artists in the live entertainment industry. 

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.