In 2003, there was a humble building placed in the middle of a 55-hectare land. That is the Leandro V. Locsin Building and this is my Alma Mater. De La Salle Canlubang is now under De La Salle University – Manila. The university is now called De La Salle University – Science and Technology Complex.
Before DLSU-STC, there was DLSC. We had our own identity. We had our own DLSC ‘thing’ going on. We were a small community called the Canlubangers.
Students of DLSU-STC today may not know the life of Canlubangers. To show everyone a bit of a summary of our Canlubanger life, please read on below.
- Trees and in-campus River (and lots of mountains and everything jungle-related)
DLSC’s major distinction from other universities is its province-city hybrid feel. It is 10 minutes away from civilization and it is a full time forest sanctuary. It is certainly the best place to breathe. It has its pros and cons but I would prefer clean air any time of the day.
- Massive Land Area
Boasting a 55 hectare land area, this is one of the largest universities in the Philippines in the making.
- Smoking Area
SA has been controversial ever since it was established. There are some factions saying that smoking should not be patronized inside campus vicinity. The thoughts are divided about this issue but we can’t deny the fact that most of the relationship-strengthening activities are conducted here. A yosi break is one of the best venues for small talks and small talks lead to a higher form of bonding. Dami ko pang sinasabi eh to cut it short, tambayan ito at lugar ng kwentuhan. Tapos.
- Student’s Center
SC is like our third home. You can find us here when we are vacant. There’s not much in SC, even the computers are close to useless. The free internet is blazing fast (Fast to make you hot headed) and the chairs are decent. But, you just got to love that place. It sheltered us from boredom and it helped us kill time with our friends. I guess this would be one of the most memorable places for most of the Canlubangers.
- Sir Percy and Ms. Maleth
Everyone in DLSC knows Sir Percy, that’s for sure, especially the ladies who love wearing skirts way above the knee. He is the head prefect of DLSC. I think everyone is afraid of him but he is a gentle giant. He is one of the kindest people I know in DLSC. Make sure to bring popcorn when you talk to him because Sir Percy has a lot of stories and I mean a lot. So entertaining.
Ms. Maleth’s office is in the Student’s Center. She is one of the most approachable people in DLSC. As long as she can help, she will. SC is her land and she is the boss in her territory. She is really a fun person to be with.
- Spine Road
This one kilometer stretch is what isolates DLSC from the world outside. Some people dare to walk this lonely road but only a few have the courage to do it again. This road has witnessed numerous racing of hormonal teenagers, driving lessons and a lot of speeding violations. In the night, Spine Road is pitch-black and dark af. Can you walk alone?
- Kakilala Mo Lahat Culture
In a university with approximately a population of just 500, it is not impossible to get to know everyone, at least by face. Everyone would know if there is a new student. Everyone knows everyone in DLSC.
- Fashion Show, Talent Quest, Band Fest, Sports Fest, Car Show and etc.
These are the major school events during our time in Canlubang. Every year we prepare and look forward to these events. Despite our low school population, I could still say that these activities are well attended and are successful. These were the highlights of my stay in DLSC. Good old times.
- LUCID Dance Troup
This is probably one of the most, if not, the most active organization in DLSC. Composed of highly energetic and talented individuals, they have a lot of heart and passion for what they do. In every event, it is impossible not to see these guys perform their hearts out.
- Rocky Road Parking
It is actually called “Rocky Road Parking”, figuratively and literally. I guess it wouldn’t hurt to have this parking cemented, right DLSC? In the rainy seasons, this parking is your worst nightmare. Make sure your attire is mud and water proof.
- “You have an army? We have Michael Malabanan”
Need I say more?
Just a trivia, Michael’s LSS(Last Song Syndrome) for the song “Candy Shop” by 50-Cent lasted for two years, witnesses say.
- State of the Art Auditorium
Boy oh boy. The level of sarcasm in this statement is really high. Our auditorium is just a big room with a piano and lots of chairs and oh, I almost forgot, a stage. State of the art my friends.
- Tambayan ang rooms na walang klase + Aircon
It could really get hot and crowded in the Student’s Center and being resourceful Lasallians, we take refuge to vacant rooms and turn it to our humble abode while waiting for our next class. Plus aircon.
- Multi-Purpose Covered Court
They’re taking the name multi-purpose to a whole new level. If I am not mistaken, 90% of the school events are conducted in this venue. Please correct me if I am wrong. Okay, I’m not seeing any hands, I will assume that you all agree.
- The Reliable DLSC Shuttle
This is the Walking Dead DLSC version. Every time the shuttle arrives, you can expect a hoard of zombies so eager to get home. It is literally a kill zone. Survival of the fittest, as they say. Well for me, I’ll just wait for the next van. Konting hintay lang naman eh, mga isang oras lang.
Or you could always take the tricycle, with a special rate of course. Kuripot ako eh, so hintay nalang ako ng shuttle.
Or you could carpool with a friend going out. Best case scenario.
- Snail Elevator
When you’re 5 minutes late for a class, blame the elevator. “Sir, traffic po sa elevator eh.”
- “Entrep Hub“
This venue housed numerous business tycoon aspirants. Entrep students conduct their business debuts here. To name a few successful launches are Mr. Sorbetero, Ineh Grill and Sip and Dip.
Sip and Dip will open their first official kiosk in Greenfield Integrated School (San Lorenzo Village). Estimated soft opening is early 2016.
Sip and Dip is a third generation fish and fries enterprise owned by Garwyn Galza and Jaspher Santos. Their supply of merchandise cannot be bought anywhere else because it is expertly and exclusively prepared by their chef (who is a full time caterer of Letran schools). Their sauce is extremely addicting (it is a “Sauce-all-you-can” thing by the way). All of these marketing I have made, plus a drink, infused in their all-in-one cup, you are surely in for a treat. So watch out for their re-opening. (Yung libre ko ah? Hihi)
- Mind-Boggling Puzzle-like Address
De La Salle University – Canlubang, Binan, Laguna. So where is it located? Canlubang, Binan or Sta. Rosa? In reality, it is near the border line of Binan and Sta. Rosa. Up to this date, it’s still a confusion why it was named Canlubang. Can someone enlighten me please? Thanks.
- La Casita to Roberto’s to Zaide
Being isolated from civilization, we have no other to choice but to eat in the cafeteria. It’s either you bring your own food or you go out and have your expenses doubled. We have witnessed all the transitions from La Casita to Roberto’s to Zaide. Kung kalian paalis na kami, doon pa naging Zaide.
- The million dollar question: “De La Salle Canlubang? Saan/Ano yun?”
And finally, I’m pretty sure all of my fellow Canlubangers out there have encountered this question at least once in their whole stay in our beloved university.
I love my college life and my Alma Mater despite everything I have stated here. This is just to show you that it is not necessarily the school that makes it fun, it is the people in it and the culture you have.
ANIMO LA SALLE!
What was your most memorable Canlubanger experience?