ASSOCIATE Professor Guillermina Aligada, the first department chair of Medical Technology (Med Tech), quietly passed away last Sept. 19 at the UST Hospital. She was 78.

Joselito Aligada, her eldest son, told the Varsitarian that his mother suffered from a heart attack last Sept. 18 and was rushed to the USTH emergency room by her husband, former Civil Law Dean Augusto Aligada Jr., and her fourth son, Mario. She was moved to the Intensive Care Unit the next day but died in the evening.

“She was diabetic for about 10 years and suffered from hypertension,” Joselito Aligada said. “Her sickness was getting relatively worse as the years passed.”

Aligada’s remains were buried at the Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina last Sept. 24.

She was fondly remembered by people close to her as a disciplinarian who lived her principles.

“Ma’am Aligada was very strict in class,” said Ceferino Ingusan. Jr., Aligada’s’s former student and a colleague in the Faculty of Pharmacy. “But in the faculty room she was very different as she was soft-spoken and gentle. Most of the things I learned from her were lessons that are not taught in the classroom.”

Joselito Aligada, said his mother taught him how to succeed in life.

“The measure of a person is how his or her children turn out to be, and by that measure, Mama did very well,” he said.

Aligada earned her degree in Pharmacy in UST in 1949. After graduating, she was appointed as assistant instructor of then College of Pharmacy. After pursuing a Masters of Science in Pharmacy in 1955, she took up her B.S. Med Tech degree in 1965, also in UST. She was made Med Tech coordinator in 1992 to 1994. Adrian T. Elumba

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