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By Cugie Loarca With reports from Neslie Faith V. Sianson
VOL. 52 NO. 2 • JULY 4, 2008
The Lasallian Recipe
The Class ‘58 had a total of 94 graduates with 76 alumni from grade school and 32 alumni from college. Class ’58 was the 2nd batch to graduate from La Salle CollegeBacolod since it started in 1952. It was then an all boys school, and all the Christian brothers then were Americans. These were Br. Athanasius Francis, President and Director, Br. Nicet Joseph, Superior General of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, Br. Francis Cody, Br. Dominic, Br. Fidelis, Br. Gratian, and Br. Benildus. Several of the Grade 7 batches became community leaders in Bacolod and Manila. Among them were Roseller Ciocon of the L’Fisher Group; Dr.Hector Torre, president of Riverside hospital; Chick Garcia, a renowned architect of prestigious hotels and buildings in the city and a former Bacolod vicemayor as well as the first president of the USLS Alumni Association; Elfren Cruz, a faculty of DLSU Graduate School and former MMDA head during Pres. Cory Aquino’s administration. Others became business and sugar leaders: Jimmy Golez, Alfonso Dacles, Eddie Boy Ledesma, Tony Pastelero, Victo Cusi, and Spanky Torre. Florentino Broce became a star football player of DLSU-Taft, Philippine team captain and coach. The high school Class ’58 also had their own community leaders: Badong Laguda became a Congressman of San Carlos district and his son became a La Salle Brother- Br. Ricky Laguda, president
OFFICIAL STUDENT PUBLICATION OF THE UNIVERSIT Y OF ST. LA SALLE, BACOLOD CIT Y
Lasallian Journey: 56 years and beyond
By Neslie Faith V. Sianson
JULY 4, 2008
The University gives recognition to the service awardees who served La Salle for more than a decade. What drives these people to continue serving the University?
Ernesto Suplido: Service Awardee for his 10-year teaching profession Teaching in La Salle for ten years now, this full-blooded Lasallian finished his elementary and secondary education at the University of St. La Salle - Integrated School for 11 years and pursued a course in Mechanical Engineering at De La Salle Taft which added his stay in La Salle for 16 years and took his Master’s degree in St. Mary’s College of California (also a La Salle School) for two years which sums up to 19 years. For this Economics professor, high school was the most unforgettable moment in his 29 years stay in La Salle. It was then a small college- exclusive for boys with 300- 400 students where everybody knows everyone. An alumnus of Batch 1969 in grade school, Batch 1973 in high school, Batch 1978 in De La Salle Taft when he was in college and Batch 1982 for his Master’s degree. What drives him to continue serving the University is to return what he had learned from his Lasallian education. “I want to give it back to the University, to the Lasallian community, to the province and to my country,” he shares. As the brother of the University Chancellor, he is fantastically happy to work with his “manong.” After 30 years of not seeing one another, they will finally be in the same community. He even informed his brother if the position for Presidency will be offered to him, he would heartily accept it. In his 29 years in the University, he considers the Brothers as the most important people he can certainly rely on. “They’re like my family and I can go to them just for anything” he quips with a smile. As for this committed service awardee, La Salle plays a very significant role in his life because his Lasallian education brought him to where he is today. “My wish for La Salle is another 100 years of success especially for the incoming Centennial celebration. I’m also looking forward that the socialized tuition fee will also be adopted by the other La Salle schools. Indeed, we are practicing the virtue of our founder, which is to provide quality education to everyone.”
Noel Marañon: 15 years of Romancing the Mind
Romancing the mind for 15 years in the institution, this brilliant, gifted, and appreciative counselor was then an academic scholar of the University. He graduated a double major Liberal Arts and Commerce - Psychology and Business Management. Way back in college, he was an active BALAYAN volunteer, spirited CELAM member, consistent honor student, versatile leader in various organizations, and The Spectrum Filipino editor, among others. Having all these dynamic activities, accomplishments and involvements, Marañon told himself to take a rest after an action-packed and vivacious college life. “Since I was then an active volunteer of the BALAYAN, Mr. Cesar Villanueva, the former CEPBALAYAN Director asked me to work in one of the committees. Subsequently I landed my first job in La Salle. Fortunately, there was no male counselor in the Guidance and Evaluation Center (GEC) and it was a requirement of PAASCU to have male guidance counselors. Also, due to the increasing number of Engineering students, I was hired by the GEC,” he shares. In his 15 years of service in the institution, he could never forget his former boss, Dr. Evangeline Caper, who strongly influenced the GEC staff and members with her leadership skills. Marañon shares that one of his most unforgettable experiences in his professional life was in 1997, when a student turned out radically bizarre in his office. The schoolboy punched the walls, threw himself in the floor and the sympathetic mentor even got bruised. Despite what happened, it was just a challenge for him. “I’m still very happy and motivated with my job because for 15 years I’m still learning and I love the sense of community, my colleagues bring out the best in me, they love me and I as well totally love them. I’m still praying to God for all the blessings and opportunities He has given me for the past 15 years of my profession.” If there is one thing which people do not know about La Salle, Marañon has this to say: “Lasallians are an amalgamation of various people from all walks of life. It is a preconceived notion that once you are a Lasallian, you belong to an affluent elite society. A survey conducted shows that only 7% of the population belongs to the well-off and well-heeled cluster. Majority are the middle working class and the typical workers and staff of the University.” Furthermore Marañon wishes for La Salle to continue maintain its excellent standards and outstanding faculty and staff. “All my successes were brought about by the fact that I’m a Lasallian. I’m proud to be a Lasallian.”
Lisa Dy: 20 years of Transforming Lives Transforming lives for 20 years, it’s a fulfillment for her to see the graduates visiting the school and sharing their knowledge and accomplishments as well as acknowledging the contribution of their professors. Before she was employed in La Salle, this finelooking and accomplished Department Chair worked in the industry - conducting interviews, testing, recruiting, and a little of marketing. It’s always been a concept of the people to think that La Salle is an elite school but the fact is we have the social mix that is why we have the socialized tuition fee. La Salle is often presumed to be synonymous of being an elitist school. “As inculcated by our founder, the University is committed to provide a human and Christian education, which is accessible to the poor. Once you belong to the middle class and your family cannot afford, one can avail the recategorization and socialized tuition fee,” she explains. As for Dy, Br.Roly Dizon FSC is one of the people who motivated her to continue serving the University. La Salle serves as an avenue for her to live the life God has prepared for her. “We are bridging the gap and making it possible for those who can’t afford to come and be educated in a Lasallian way. I find joy in seeing the transformation.” For the highly-motivated professor, La Salle is life in itself. It is where one matures, learns and communes with other people despite being away from home. “The inspiration comes from within that’s why I’m still motivated to serve the University. My wish for La Salle is to continue in standing firm and believing that through education, we can make a big difference to constantly look up to the needs of the people.”
JULY 4, 2008
Compiled By Epi Ma. Kassandra A. Dajao
What is your birthday wish for La Salle?
“I wish for a cheaper tuition fee. I also wish for more improvements such as the centralization of the air-conditioning system in La Salle. I also hope that La Salle can provide education which is accesible to the poor.” - Jan Patrick Gaudiel, BN4 “I hope we will all achieve the goals of One La Salle.” - Anna May Golez, USG Secretary of Budget and Finance “To improve the lives of the Negrenses through quality education is my wish for La Salle. Also, the University should also continue to be one of the pillars of the other schools in Negros.” - Dr. Taffy Belleza, Agri Business and Management Professor “I wish La Salle will remain strong and will fulfill its mission of giving quality education.” - Dr. Gloria Fuentes, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs “I hope this would be a prosperous year for La Salle and likewise to the other Lasallian schools.” - Roy Roque Rivera, Jr. , ENCh2A “My birthday wish for the University is to promote unity among our fellow Lasallians especially the freshmen students. I hope they will be actively involved in different organizations and encourage them to share their talents and skills. We should also develop the true spirit of being a Lasallian.” - Urania Fleur Lingaya, COHM4B “I want La Salle to improve its Coliseum and put air-conditioned units in Solomon and Cody Halls.” - Katrina Eniego, BSPS2A “More success is what I wish for La Salle. I hope that comfort rooms will all be air-conditioned and repainted. I also want it to develop its standards.” - Jonna Montillan, BE1C “I wish La Salle to improve its strong foundation and improve the teaching quality of the University professors.” - Joanne Cagampang, EN1E “La Salle has improved a lot. Nami naman ang La Salle. It has implemented new programs and constructed new buildings.” - Liza Besonaya, Security Guard “I hope La Salle will have more achievements this year. More great years for La Salle!” - Christina Ballados, BE1D “As La Salle celebrates its 56th year, I hope the University will reach whatever dream it has. I also wish that Lasallians will know that they belong in this community.” - Dr. Robeeh Ramos, Guidance Evaluation Center Director “I hope we will see the change we want to see.” - Pacita Caroline Tan, School Nurse “I hope the University will continue to produce quality students and retain more qualified and competent faculties.” - Ma. Ligaya Castor, HRD “I want more developments for the students. Development of students’ moral values should not be taken for granted. For the faculty, I wish they will gain more prestige for the university and should not stop to what we are now. I also wish for a more committed Lasallian community.”
- Josephine Seva, Records Accountant
“May the University continue to teach young minds so that they will live the true values of a Lasallian.” - Jennifer Yulo, Center for
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of La Salle-Araneta University. Teddy Boy Infant is now a leading proponent of organic fertilizer. Ed Misa, one of the best basketball players of La Salle varsity team became a businessman in Cebu. Several of them became prominent sugar farmers, businessmen and executives. Among the College Batch of 1958, one became a leader in Philippine business. Oscar J. Hilado who had his Masters in Harvard University after La SalleBacolod through the strong encouragement of Br. Fidelis. Hilado, now president of a giant holding companyPHINMA and the current chairman of the USLS Board of Trustees.
Oscar J.Hilado with Ramon del Rosario started off the One Billion scholarship fund of the One La Salle Philippines for the 100th year of La Salle in the Philippines this coming 2011. Their batch pledged a P2M scholarship fund for St. Joseph’s School - La Salle as a thanksgiving gesture for La Salle. They have invited three of their old teachers to join them today. The jubilarians will be having a tour in the University to see the changes from that small La Salle College they had left 50 years ago, as young Lasallians, Christian gentlemen marching into the outside world of 1958.
Heller my dear Lasallians! Sugar here, making balik in the eksena! Stop na for now ang libot-libot ko sa La Salle doing all the pamantay and stop naman ko anay from letting people get igo of the bato-bato sa langit because I am so excited sa mga happenings later! Yes, mga manenoy kag mga manenay! 56 years na ang aton pinalangga nga USLS! R e a d y , sing! Happy Birthday, to yow… Happy Birthday to yowww… Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday… Happy birthday to yowww! H a a i … Time flies so fast... As in! Tick-tack-ticktack… Daw sang san-o lang ang year 1952! I remember that time when I was still a chaka doll, making rampa here sa La Salle. Along the way, I saw the changes. The Mater Dei is now being constructed and
inspired design really captivates my eyes the most every time I pass at the CSL Building. Moreover, the construction of the Mutien Marie Annex will also be pursued. Wow! I’m really looking forward for more infrastructure developments, upgraded facilities and equipment. The University gave their all-out super powers to construct new buildings and facilities for the betterment of the Lasallian community. Now, here they are.
“The University gave their all-out super powers to construct new buildings and facilities for the betterment of the Lasallian community.”
the newly-renovated Patio de La Salle is so…….. so amazing!!! The JapaneseThank you USLS! Happy Birthday! Mwah! Tsup tsup. XOXO.
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Birthday Bash Special
Editors-in-Chief Jamie F. Bentinganan Neslie Faith V. Sianson Managing Editor Arjay D. Solitario Newspaper Editor Randell T. Aranza Layout Editor Timothy A. Escopete Graphics Editor Jumpee P. Tipon News Writer Epi Ma. Kassandra A. Dajao Photojournalist Simon O. Ballados
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