Br. Harry Reynolds FSC

Brother Harold Reynolds FSC
16 March 1924 - 18 September 2019

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

With faith in the resurrection, we announce the passing of Brother Harold Benjamin Reynolds FSC. During his time with us, he touched and enriched the lives of everyone he came into contact with—through his wisdom, graciousness, and humor. He will be sorely missed. Br. Harry was 95 years old.

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A Cause for Running

With his love for running, Christopher Polanco takes to the streets and runs for De La Salle University Araneta agriculture scholars

“I run regularly and encourage generous individuals and groups to contribute varying amounts for every kilometer I run and the donations go to the endowment fund.”


There is a unique sense of freedom in running. Aside from the long list of health benefits one gets, there is a great sense of pride in the capacity to traverse distances on your own two feet, literally. For De La Salle Araneta University (DLSAU) chancellor Christopher Polanco, who’s first running experience was with his alma mater, things are slightly different. He doesn’t just run for himself, he runs for future Filipino farmers. 

 “The first official run I did was during the One Run, One Family, One La Salle Run organized during the Centennial Celebration,” he shares. But he began running seriously in 2016. His first 10km run was in Bacolod. From there he’s moved on to half marathons in 2017 and he took on his first full marathon in 2019 during the Los Angeles Marathon.

At first, Polanco was running for fun, fitness, and health. Running, he shares brings him calmness and an opportunity to reflect on life. After noticing others who used running to raise funds and awareness for certain advocacies, he was immediately drawn to the idea. “So I started to run and raise funds for the DLSAU BS Agriculture Scholarship Endowment Fund by February or March 2018.” 

The Salikneta Farm in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan houses the BS Agriculture program of DLSAU. There, students are able to learn and experience—first hand—concepts and theories on agricultural and farming systems. The students live on the farm for the entire duration of their studies, three years to be exact. “Almost 99% of our students in the program are on scholarship,” Polanco says. The University covers their education together with their lodging and food. 

This dedication to Filipino Agriculture is a response to the shortage of capable agriculturalists. Polanco, together with the University, strongly believe that agriculture continues to be the key to developing our country. We are, after all, still an agricultural country. “There seems to be little focus and attention, especially government funds, in strengthening the agricultural sector in the country,” he shares.

“I run regularly and encourage generous individuals and groups to contribute varying amounts for every kilometer I run and the donations go to the endowment fund.” To date, Polanco has raised almost Php 600,000.00 from running and plans to continue running, with several runs scheduled in the coming months: the OYM Run (21km) on September 15 the Runrio Trilogy Leg 3 (42km) on September 22, the Yakult Run (16km) on October 6, the Chuncheon Marathon (42km) on October 27, and the HOPE Run (21km) on December 8

But more than donating, Polanco wishes everyone to take part in building up Filipino farmers. “You can also help by caring for the environment by planting trees. You can also plant vegetables in your home gardens, that you will eventually consume. You get a better appreciation of what our farmers are able to do for us when you do this. And, of course, support our local farmers by purchasing local produce,” he says. For now, he does what he can. And, with the help of generous donors and his own two feet, he continues to run and give new life to future Filipino farmers. 

If you wish to contribute to the BS Agriculture Program of DLSAU you may contact Chancellor Christopher Polanco through the following avenues:

Mobile: +63917 522 5683 or +63918 911 0626

Statement of De La Salle Philippines On The Criminal Charges Against Br. Armin Luistro FSC And Atty. Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno

Last week the Philippine National Police (PNP) filed criminal charges against Vice President Leni Robredo and 35 other individuals, many of whom are members of the opposition. Among those charged are Br. Armin Luistro FSC and Atty. Jose Manuel ‘Chel’ Diokno, both Lasallians who are at the forefront of the advocacy to uphold human life, dignity, and liberty.

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The De La Salle Araneta University–Environmental and Climate Change Research Institute (DLSAU–ECCRI), together with the Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Association of the Philippines (HKSAAP) and Harvard Club of the Philippines, organized the inaugural Climate Smart and Disaster Resilient ASEAN International Conference last April 22-24 at The Bay Leaf Hotel in Manila. Among the objectives of the two-day, high-level conference is to create a network that can and will address pressing concerns and threats brought about by climate change and disaster risks in the ASEAN region. Two hundred participants attended the activity, where His Excellency US Ambassador to the Philippines Mr. Sung Kim served as the keynote speaker. The event also featured plenary, parallel, and poster seasons where the following topics were highlighted:

Plenary Sessions:
1. Policy and Governance
2. Science, Technology, and Innovations
3. Best Practices and Lessons Learned
4. Finance and Investment

Parallel and Poster Sessions:
1. Science, Infrastructure, Design, and Assessment
2. Climate and Disaster Education
3. Human Security and Capacity Development

With the working theme Leadership for Climate-Disaster Resilient ASEAN, the conference gathered decision makers, scientists, experts, development partners, private sector representatives, and other stakeholders so that they were able to (1) define their role in climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction and management strategies; (2) gain directly from the experiences of other international and local practitioners, scientists, and experts; and (3) promote science-based policy solutions, innovative mechanisms and platforms, indigenous local structures, and gender-responsive approaches to strengthening resilience. The conference was supported by the ASEAN, ASEAN Foundation, United States Agency for International Development, US Embassy, and the US Mission to the ASEAN.



Once again the formidable spirit of the Lasallian athletes soared to great heights as they bagged medals during the National Capital Region (NCR) Palaro 2019 held February 24 to March 1 at the Marikina Sports Center.

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The United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia recently announced this year’s United Board Fellows that includes the Dean of the College of Education of the University of St. La Salle. The United Board 2019-2020 Fellows cohort comprises 17 accomplished young leaders in higher education, representing a wide range of academic disciplines and administrative experience across 9 Asian countries and regions.

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DLSU-D ICTC conducts Basic Troubleshooting workshop

The Information and Communications Technology Center (ICTC) recently concluded the latest installment of its iTRain series. The Basic Troubleshooting Workshop was held at the 2nd floor of the ICTC Building on July 16 and 23.

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Among 1,100 students from 18 countries, our grade school students are part of the 79 Filipino mathletes who brought pride to our school and country by bringing home awards from the recently conducted 5th Singapore International Math Olympiad Challenge (SIMOC) held in Singapore from July 7-8, 2019

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Br. Benildo Feliciano FSC

With faith in the resurrection, the Lasallian Family in the Sector of the Philippines and in the Lasallian East Asia District [LEAD] announce the passing of Br. Benildo Feliciano FSC this morning, 8 July 2019. He was 82 years old, and a De La Salle Brother for 64 years.

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Appointment of De La Salle Philippines' Chief Executive Officer

Edgar O. Chua earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from De La Salle University.

He joined Shell Companies in the Philippines in 1979, where he eventually became President and Chairman of Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation. His years in the industry has given him extensive knowledge in the business fields of chemicals, auditing, supply planning and trading, marketing and sales, corporate affairs and general management.

On his engagements with the DLSP network, Ed has chaired the Board of Trustees of the National Mission Council of De La Salle Philippines and De La Salle University for the past years and is now the new chair of De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde. He continues to sit in a number of other DLSP Schools boards and executive committees.

Accompanying him with his new mission will be Br. Alexander Ervin T. Diaz FSC, Chief Operating Officer of De La Salle Philippines. Concurrently, Br. Alex is also the Country Bursar to the De La Salle Brothers and Executive Assistant to the President of La Salle Green Hills. His previous assignments include serving as Director of the Lasallian Formation Center, National Vocations Promoter to name a few.


Holy Mass and Candle Lighting for Press Freedom

Several De La Salle University student groups including the Student Media Council, Culture and Arts Office, and the Center for Social Concern and Action gathered earlier this evening, February 15, at the Pearl of Great Price Chapel for a mass, and at the facade of St. La Salle Hall for a candle-lighting ceremony in support of press freedom.


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Defend Press Freedom

Let’s give our all out support as Lasallians to Rappler. Let’s defend press freedom. Let’s make our voices heard. Let’s vote with our feet and stand with Maria Ressa!

— Br. Armin Luistro FSC

Photo by The LaSallian