Still committed to its mission to give the College’s various stakeholders, including students, parents, faculty members, staff, administrators, and even other audiences, “Todo-todong Balitaan, Todo-todong Kaalaman, at Todo-todong Serbisyo,” (News, Knowledge, and Service), ASCOT’ TO, Aurora State College of Technology’s radio program, aired its first episode for this year yesterday, February 7 at 92.1 RTV Baler.

Airing now in its new and longer timeslot, ASCOT’ TO 2023 introduced new segments for the program that will surely inform, entertain, and inspire its listeners. The new segments include ASK KO’TO (a simple game wherein the listeners may win prizes after correctly answering the trivia question from the topics discussed by the guests that will be given during the program), ATING ALAMIN (a segment wherein the listeners will be informed about different trivia, facts, and information about various topics that will be discussed with the help of audio-visual presentations), and TODO-TODONG ASCOTIAN (a portion that will feature the talents of ASCOT students and faculty members, showing live performances like singing, dancing, poetry, etc.). These segments are in addition to the usual news updates, interviews, and announcements the show has been offering.

This year, your favorite faculty members will also now serve as guest co-hosts every week, joining the tandem of Ms. Diana Rose D. Amazona, the College’s Information Officer III, and Mr. Eliseo Joseph M. Nakar, College Instructor and Information Unit Content Writer, who are still the regular hosts of the show. Another new twist in the new season is that the show will now have its teacher-reporters joining the student-journalists from The Voice of the Sierra, ASCOT’s official student publication, giving the listeners various news and updates inside and outside the Campus.

In the program’s Episode 54 (Comeback is Real: ASCOT ‘TO Pa Rin sa 2023! Plus Todo-Todong Kaalaman About Pop Culture, National Arts Month), Ms. Melissa Grace P. Nacino, Assistant Professor IV, and Mr. Darwin L. Magtangob, Instructor I, both from the School of Arts and Sciences, served as guests in the program’s first airing this 2023. The two discussed with the listeners some basic concepts about Philippine Popular Culture and how it affects the present lives of Filipinos. They also shared some possible factors that cause the evident impacts of the presently emerging cultures on the population. Some factors, according to them, include mass media and commercialism. The guests also added that Philippine Pop Culture is not a fixed concept because it is always subject to changes depending on what is trending, familiar, and relatable to Filipinos, whether it be in food, dance, attitude, and many more.

Joining the show as the first guest co-host this 2023 was Mr. Bernard P. Batoon, an Instructor from the School of Arts and Sciences, together with Engr. Noel A. Manzano, an Instructor from the School of Engineering, serenaded the listeners in ASCOT’ TO’s first segment offering, “Todo-Todo ASCOTian.”

ASCOT’ TO is scheduled to air every other Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., live on the radio at 92.1 FM and on RTV Baler’s Facebook Page, and shared on the ASCOT official FB Page.