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1. PHILOSOPHY: Our education is for the development of the total person in four dimensions – mental, social, physical, and spiritual. We work so hard to ensure proper appropriation of the said dimensions in his/her academic pursuit.

2. SIZE. The size of our overall facilities is rightly feasible and pragmatic in terms of the delivery of our academic practices and long term goals. In all of our programs, we make sure that everybody gets a fair chance of exposing his/her potential to self-realization and self determination be it in the classroom, in the dormitory, in the church or even in simple acquaintances . We individualize students both in their extra –curricular and classroom activities. Our present size is our advantage in the fulfillment of our mission and vision.

3. INSTRUCTION. Our teachers are multi- skilled and inbreed free. Many of our teachers are either below 30 or 40 years of age. This presentation is so vital in making our lessons get across especially among the millennial’s psychology. We blend faith and learning into our curriculum menu with open mindedness and dynamism.

4. PROFESSIONAL GROWTH. We make sure that our teachers go to reputable schools in their upgrading so that our designed and envisioned attributes for our graduates may thoroughly be cemented to ensure reliability and dependability. At present, we have six (6) faculty members who are engaged into doctoral studies either under the purses of the Church or the government (U.P. Diliman (1), Ateneo de Davao (2), Notre Dame University of General Santos City (2), AIIAS (1). The school stands by their side as a matter of our academic values.

5. AGE MATTERS. Our college is only 23 years old. Still young. But what God has done for this school outpaced its age. At 23 years of age with level II accreditation from ACCSCU–AAI and four- year accreditation from AAA is truly a testament of God’s amazing grace. And we continue to working so hard to improve our accreditation and delivery of instruction to stay relevant in our mission.

6. COMMITMENT and CHARACTER. Many of our faculty and staff could have positioned themselves in a much greener pasture due to their qualifications. Instead, they choose brown pasture and turns it into green by watering it. That’s character and commitment. Ours is TRANSFORMATIVE WHOLISTIC EDUCATION.

On Theologizing Martial Law: A Theology from Below


Through out the decades, the phrase, MARTIAL LAW, has been sedated in a temporal solitary confinement in our constitution for political consideration; for it has left painful memories to many Filipinos, especially among generation of baby boomers. So that when there was a looming invitation by any executive branch of government in the past to romantacize it, you could not expect a singing of hallelujah chorus from a vast strata of our populace and select politicians alike to dance with it in splendid adoration. So record speaks that after the 1972 declaration of martial law by then Pres Marcos, only two martial law proclamations was/is administered so far. The first one was on December 4, 2009 through Proclamation No. 1959, in which Pres. Arroyo officially placed Maguindanao province under military administration to avert escalation of lawless violence therein. However, the sting of martial law in Maguindanao lasted only a few days. The writ of habeas corpus, the crowning act of the bill of rights, was temporarily anesthetized (suspended) as mandated by the 1987 Constitution (Art VII, Section 8). This time, it has to be concurred by Congress with a prescription (Rx) of 60 days  (“in case of invasion or rebellion“), unless extended by the same. So the requirement for the passing of the martial law at present is rebordered with stringent mechanism like doing a doctoral dissertation in prominent schools. This is the new face of martial law in the PhilippinesContinue Reading

My Life. My Story

Art Kevin B. Rio
SPAC, Bachelors of Arts in Theology 2017

I am Art Kevin B. Rio. I was born on October 10, 1995, a historical day for my parents, in a humble community of Libasan, Nabunturan, Compostela Valley Province. For me, adversities don’t always win over aspirations. I always indoctrinate my heart with this quote, “Aspire to Inspire Before You Expire.” This gives me a reason to pursue and finish Bachelor of Arts in Theology at South Philippine Adventist College in spite of hardships in life. I do believe that we only experience life once and it must give inspiration to those who are discouraged and in despair that they may hold on to their precious aspirations in life like making it worth living (before God and man) before we expire.Continue Reading

God’ impression; My inspiration

By Dr Arceli H. Rosario

I was sitting in my office one afternoon, mulling over the idea how the college could raise funds. I listed possible ways. I also benchmarked how other colleges and universities did their fundraising. One of the ideas that hit me was writing a book and giving the proceeds to the college. My excitement, however, was like a wild fire doused with a thunderstorm. “What book will I write?” “Who will publish it?” “Will people buy it?” These were few of the questions I asked. I did not mention my desire to any one. Mentioning to people that you will write a book and donate the proceeds is like saying you will go to the moon and dig gold there. That’s how I felt–the idea seemed too wild to be shared. Few days later, Mr. Joe Sarsoza, the editor of the Philippine Publishing House (PPH), visited SPAC. He said, “Will you please write the adult devotional book for 2014?” I wanted to cry. It’s one of those days when you see God’s hand orchestrating events and working in the hearts of people without you doing anything except to dream big, wild dreams that only God will not laugh at. I said yes, not knowing how I could do it.Continue Reading

Image of God, Human Dignity, Social Issues: A search for meaningful dialogue

The model Jesus, there is no other name – Merry Christmas!

Inspired by the class in CRISTOLOGY (SATMI-Ateneo)

By: RPido


Allow me to mention some of the Bible characters that are, in one way or another, have been joyfully alluded to almost perfect symmetry of Christ character, and worst, by some so called self-proclaimed “moralists,” to equal footage of Christ holistic semblance of unwavering moral fortitude. Superfluous title(s) have been invented by superfluous people to dub them with angelic titles such as “man/woman of integrity” or “man/woman of uncompromised principle” without understanding, perhaps, that such exaggeration of biases (exaggeration because to be or being biased is not necessarily bad) may tend at times to self worship of the person, that is tantamount to idolatry. Or in some picturesque, they used these names to indirectly gratify their egos by telling people that at some point as if they, too, have achieved such kind of glorified character. Well and good, but naughty ones. Now, let us try to evaluate some of these Bible characters and see if such warrant our perfect sublime admiration. And to be more plain, we may ask, why are they mentioned in the Bible anyway?Continue Reading

The Theology of Reconciliation: A Point of Pointlessness


By RPido, Web Manager/Faculty, Theology Department

The word “reconciliation (katallasso)” is a doctrine that many preachers or believers of God like me love to talk about but hate to dispose it when it bounces back to our face. Because by human measure, our views of reconciliation is, by and large, effected by our innate nature to be always on top of our egoistic ecstasy. “What should I take the first step to be reconciled with him/her when he/she started all of these mess? “The church will only reach out to them when they come into full realization of the mistakes they have done.” “How can I accept his/her offer of reconciliation when he/she never said ‘sorry’ at all?” These are the common expressions we love to utter when our views of reconciliation are at times put to a crucible test. I, myself, is no exception to this.

But what really is reconciliation? Why there is a need for reconciliation? First, reconciliation is sought in the highest sense of the word when disruption of relationship has occurred between two parties or one has turned hostile to the other. In short, estrangement of relationship necessitates reconciliation. So that when relationship is not estranged reconciliation loses its definitive meaning or value. In other words, reconciliation, under this circumstance, is, therefore, nullified. Under the highly confusing pluralistic disposal of the doctrine of reconciliation, who should be our ultimate model and who needs to be reconciled?Continue Reading

Evolution and Creation: Theory versus Assumption

By RPido
(Faculty, Theology Department)

This presentation won’t delve into sparring debates of experts identified with evolution and creation for the reason that these two, though they shared some common academic idiosyncrasies, are entirely two different paths with different destinations. An evolutionist who begins with science must end with science. Because the discipline of science entails strict empirical scrutiny of something that they perceive at least, at its inception, worthy of scientific excavation or experimental test in order to establish a scientific fact of the same. In fact, this something may not be considered a full-fledged scientific fact or even a scientific theory until a body of legitimate scientists (Academy of Science) would declare it so.Continue Reading

Ordination of women: Is theology the sole basis?

Understanding the issue on ordination of Women: Is theology the sole basis?
Part I

The issue on ordination of women has been in the front line of many discussions in the church, school, and even workplace today. Not only does the Seventh-day Adventist church has so much of debate, paper presentations, dialogues on this issue but other denominations as well equally share the same amount of mastication of this seemingly never ending battle of the sexes  in today’s generation of the faithful.

Should women be ordained to the male-dominated gospel ministry of the church? Both sides have taken the Bible as their advocate exhausting all best arguments in order to raise their banner of victory. Each side claims that the Bible is covering them with the full blanket of authority to dispose the proper hermeneutical interpretation of the relevant Biblical passages. One uses a particular Bible text(s) to support his/her stand, while another destroys it like a crumpled paper. And the show of mental force goes on and on – ad infinitum.  For as long as both parties seek refuge in the Scriptura in trying to assert their claims as true, then this battle will soon transform into an Armageddon and we shall all get destroyed and divided. Division among members will continue to sink in. Emperor Constantine has this to say – “division in the church is worse than war.” I am not saying that the Bible is wrong. I am a firm believer in the “Sola Scriptura” dictum. In fact, I am of the opinion that there is no issue on this planet earth that the Bible does not touch. Although realities may not have direct or explicit representations in the Bible, yet its significance is never wanting (Dan 12:4)). For example, where in the Bible can you find terms like laptops or personal computers? Not even the name General Conference office has direct representation in the Bible. But its significance and relevance are ever present therein. There is not an instance of our lives where the Bible is silent. Only the brain is silent. But the problem is, we rely too much on some theologians to interpret the Bible for us. This is the very reason why up to now both sides of the issue cannot meet in mid-center. I have attended one religious gathering where one theologian was asked to give a report about their committee findings on the issue. And I dare say, I pity the Bible. It is like a pendulum swinging to and fro until it rests in no side, but the middle. I think this issue can be best resolved if we limit the presence of theologians in the committee en banc exploring on this issue, and instead allow other experts like Adventist/Christian sociologists, political scientists, psychologists, lawyers, historians, educators, etc.. to come together in a forum duly called for to dissect the physiological structure of this issue so that we may be able to strike a broader chord of understanding on what exactly is the role of women in the ministry. Should women be ordained to the ministry or not?Continue Reading

How did Jesus teach?

By Cristopher Verian Luaya
(Faculty, Theology Department)


Not all of us are faculty. But all of us are teachers. But today, I am specifically referring to teaching faculty. Each one has different teaching strategies. However, Jesus should be our foremost model in our teaching approaches.

Jesus was a teacher. Not just a simple teacher but a Great Teacher. People called him a Rabbi. A rabbi is someone who is a teacher of the Torah. A rabbi has students. Obviously, Jesus has the twelve disciples and others as his students, who listened to Him as their teacher.

In an academically community as SPAC, teachers have great role in making a difference in the life of every student. The future of our students largely depends on what we tell them in the classroom. We are their rabbis. In other words, we, teachers, are persons in authority as far as the classroom setting is concerned.

However, the question remained unanswered. Do we teach like Jesus? How did Jesus teach?

How Did Jesus Teach?

Allow me to share some important points with you. This is obviously important because we have Jesus as our model. No other people is worth emulating as Jesus. He is the source of everything as far as teaching is concerned.

First, Jesus was teaching by example. All we say in the classroom will be useless if we don’t perform them ourselves. The golden rule Jesus teaches is “love one another” (John 13:34a, NIV). In other that His disciples would follow His command, Jesus should be the first to love others. He confirms, “As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (verse 34b). Because “by this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (verse 35).

See! Jesus taught by example. He did not exempt Himself. He was bound to his own command. Therefore, whatever words we say in the classroom, always remember that we are also bound to those words.Continue Reading