THE 110-year-old University of San Agustin has released the names of past students who will receive the Alumni Achievement Award and the Distinguished Alumni Award in solemn rites today, February 28, in the University of San Agustin.
The 63 USA Alumni Achievement Awards recipients are the following:
CULTURE, ARTS AND MEDIA: Theater Director, Ford Foundation Fellow, and US-trained Master of Arts Management, Eric Divinagracia; composer and choir master conductor Arne Lubasan; ace TV newscaster and journalist Charlotte Tan-Mabilog; composer and pianist Gerard Muyuela; multi-awarded national TV anchorman and writer Stanley Palisada; TV newscaster and cultural heritage conservation advocate Jobert Penaflorida; leading fashion designer and indigenous fabric advocate Jaki Penalosa; author, professor, dean, and Folk Literature scholar, Dr. Amorita Rabuco (posthumous); National Commission on Culture and Arts awardee for Fashion and one of Asia’s top designers Eric De Los Santos; and World Olympics for the Performing Arts Hall of Famer, multi-awarded pop singer John Edward “Jed Madela” Tajanlangit;
EDUCATION: The lady executive behind the transformation of JBLCF into the first maritime university in Asia, recipient of Juran Medal for significant contributions to quality management in the country, Royal Norwegian Order of Merit- honored, Dr. Mary Lou Lacson –Arcelo; Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Teacher, Fely Batiloy; much-praised former President of Leyte Normal University, Dr. Evelyn Cruzada; Teodora Alonso Awardee and former Department of Education Regional Director Mildred Garay; pioneering educator considered as the teachers’ teacher, Department of Education’s Outstanding Private School Professor, Reynaldo Lataquin (posthumous); Catholic education leader and Colegio de la Purisima Concepcion President, Msgr. Policarpio John Luza; Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Teacher, Dr. Hilda Montano; and dean, renowned research consultant and director, Dr. Isaias Sealza;
ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND MANAGEMENT: Top hotelier, , financier, property developer, who is considered the country’s “Mr. Tourism Personality,” Dr. Henry Chusuey; hotelier, restaurateur, property developer, jeweler, top taxpayer, 2009 Galing Ilonggo awardee, Marcelino Florete, Jr; commercial development magnate and proactive Iloilo Business Club Chairman, Juan Jose Jamora III; noted business leader and recipient of the Golden Salakot Award, the highest honor given by the Iloilo City Government to a distinguished citizen, Jose “Pepe” Layson; former President and CEO, now Vice-Chairman of the Board, of St. Luke’s Medical Center, Jose F.G. Ledesma; Recipient of the 2008 Go Negosyo Most Inspiring Ilonggo Entrepreneur Award and of the 2008 Entrepreneur Magazine’s Most Promising Franchise, Fastest Growing Franchise and Best in Franchising Support, and the Urban Leadership Award for his social advocacies, Arch. Johnny Que; innovative construction leader who pioneered the Design and Build concept, Ernst and Young finalist for Entrepreneurship, 2009 Most Inspiring Davaoeno Entrepreneur, Engr. Remegio Salanatin; Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) laureate, 2010 Ernst and Young Awardee for Business Entrepreneurship, iconic Mang Inasal founder, Dr. Edgar “Injap” Sia II; Management Excellence awardee, Chief Finance Officer of the Year 2009 and 2010, SM Investments Corporation Chief Finance Officer and Executive Vice President Jose Sio; construction magnate, hotelier, Iloilo City’s Outstanding Men awardee Alfonso Tan; hotelier, real property developer, appliance center king, and 2009 Galing Ilonggo Business Award recipient, Rodolfo Tiu; top automobiles dealer, property developer, banker, and school owner Vicente Tiu; and Iloilo Paraw Regatta Foundation and Iloilo Cultural Heritage Foundation Chairman, Manuel Villa;
GOVERNMENT SERVICE: Department of Trade and Industry Regional Director and long-time chair of the Economic Development Committee of the Regional Development Council-VI, Eng’r. Dominic Abad; former Most Outstanding Mayor in the country, Lingkod ng Bayan awardee, Rafael Salas Population and Development Award recipient, now Iloilo Provincial Administrator Raul Banias; The Outstanding Women of Iloilo (TOWIL) awardee, Department of Tourism Regional Director Helen Catalbas; multi-awarded Local Chief Executive, recipient of the Award of Excellence Medal and Gawad Parangal for outstanding mayors, former League of Municipalities president, Anilao Mayor Ma. Theresa Debuque; Rotary Service Above Self awardee ad presiding officer of the region’s best local legislative council, Iloilo City Vice Mayor, Jose Espinosa III; former congressman and Philippine Coconut Authority Administrator Oscar Garin Sr.; Outstanding Capiz board member, Distinguished Public Service Award recipient as Dao, Capiz Vice-Mayor, now national president of the Confederation of Grains Retailers Association of the Philippines, Jaime Magbanua; and TOWIL awardee, Merit scholar, and Assistant Director-General for the Visayas of the Philippine Information Agency, Atty. Janet Mesa;
PUBLIC SERVICE (NON-GOVERNMENT SECTOR): Philippine National Director of the Government of Canada’s Local Government Support Program for Local Economic Development, Francis Gentoral; and PROCESS Foundation Executive Director and former Co-Chair of the Regional Development Council –Region VI, Wilfredo Homicillada;
LAW: Regional Trial Court Executive Judge Danilo Galvez; Ford Foundation International Fellow and Officer-in-Charge of the Public Attorneys Office-Regional Office 6, Atty. Edmund Guillen; United Nations Fellow and Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Santiago Kapunan; Law Professor, Bar Reviewer, former Labor UnderSecretary, NLRC Commissioner Ernesto Ladrido III; Outstanding Law Dean, Atty. Juana Judita Panigbatan-Nafarrete; and Court of Appeals Associate Justice Edwin Sorongon;
MEDICINE AND HEALTH SCIENCES: PRC’s 2005 Outstanding Professional of the Year and 2010 Philippine Medical Association Outstanding Leadership awardee, Dr. Romeo Encanto; one of the founding fathers of the Iloilo Doctors’ College, Iloilo Doctors’ Hospital and IDC College of Medicine; Dr. Alejandro Rivera; Scholar, First Neurologist in Iloilo to subspecialize in Electromyography and Dystonia, American College of Physicians member, Dr. Ma. Daisy Tabuena; and 2011 Iloilo City Most Outstanding Employee, City Health Office Dental Division Head, Dr. Daishiela Valasote;
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: Professional Regulation Commission’s Outstanding Professional (Chemical Engineer and PIChE’s Oustanding Chemical Engineer of the Philippines awardee, Rex Demafelis; Small Enterprises Technology Upgrading Champion and Department of Science and Technology Regional director, Engr. Rowen Gelonga; Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) – accredited architect and two-time National President of the United Architects of the Philippines, Arch. Guillermo Hisancha; Texas-based BHL International Chairman of the Board and President, Asian Institute of Technology Structural Engineering scholar and topnotch drilling rig designer, Engr. Reuel Lataquin; international refrigeration consultant and 2009 recipient of the US -Milton W. Garland Commemorative Refrigeration Award for Project Excellence, Eng’r. Cesar Luis Lim; Past Outstanding National Young Scientist of the Philippines and TOYM awardee, Dr. Ernesto Lozada; Professional Regulatory Commission awardee, Pharmacy Board First Placer, former Dean Gilda Rivero; internationally-published researcher- scientist, Dr. Regina Aileen May Vergara;
SPORTS: Philippine National Team (AZKALS) former Team Captain, PFF National Men’s Club Championship Golden Boot and TOYM awardee, Emilio “Chieffy” Caligdong; respected sports director and mentor, basketball coach, Victoriano “Bing” Ledesma (posthumous); pioneer Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) player, referred to as professional basketball’s “Iron Man,” Jaime Noblezada; and former PBA “Rookie of the Year”, now Talk and Text team manager -coach, Ferdinand “Bong” Ravena.
Distinguished Alumni Awards
The University will also hand out the Distinguished Alumni Award to five alumni who have distinguished themselves in serving the community, and promoting the common good. The recipients of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award are the following: Urban Leadership, Pinoy Icon for Women’s Rights and Ten Outstanding Women of Iloilo awardee Ma. Sonia Cardonigara for her work for the empowerment of and decent shelter for the urban poor; former CBCP President and Aurora Aragon Quezon Peace awardee, Archbishop Emeritus Fernando Capalla; Papal “Pro Ecclesiae et Pontifice” citation recipient for her generous support to the Church, Mrs. Imelda Florete; Former Society of Jesus Provincial Superior and Joaquin “Chino” Roces Freedom awardee for his human rights and liberation advocacy, Fr. Romeo “Archie” Intengan, S.J.; and Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International Past District Governor, Red Cross Chair and former Governor, Fire Brigade volunteer-leader; Filipino-Chinese Chamber president, and Dinagyang Foundation Chair, Ramon Cua Locsin.
In the same ceremonies, the University will also pay tribute to past Friar-Administrators, led by the following former University Presidents: Fr. Mamerto Alfeche, OSA; Fr. Eusebio Berdon, OSA; Fr. Manuel Vergara, OSA; and Fr. Raul Marchan, OSA.
Each of the awardees will get a specially-made trophy from the University, officially represented in the ceremonies by the University Board of Trustees Chair, Fr. Eusebio Berdon, OSA and University President, Fr. Frederick Comendador, OSA.