SEEKING to foster the Faculty of Arts and Letters’ (Artlets) continued excellence in journalism and literature, the Philets Foundation Inc. (PFI) inducted its newly elected officers last April 22 at the Rector’s Hall.

A non-profit professional organization composed of alumni of the former Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, now Artlets, PFI aims to maintain the Faculty’s commitment to creative writing and responsible journalism.

Former congressman Gualberto Lumauig was inducted chairman. Metro Pharma chief operating officer Romulo Abaya is the president.

Other elected officers were Philippine Broadcasting Service executive director Rafael Dante Cruz as vice-president, Lalie Dua-Garcia as secretary, Pacita Syquia-Almario as treasurer, and Manny Azaron as public relations officer.

The board of trustees is composed of former deputy press secretary Alice Colet Villadolid, Philippine Press Institute executive director Ben Afuang, Felicito Bautista, Nena Zumel-Lopez, Milagros Cabrera-Araneta, Artlets professor Roger Buhay, Vicente del Fierro, Jr., Arturo Dimayuga, and Nemesio Miranda.

Afuang said the foundation is coming up with programs for medical outreach projects recognition of outstanding alumni.

Among PFI’s well-known members are Manila Standard editor in chief Julie Yap-Daza and National Artist for Literature F. Sionil Jose. Ma. Cristina S. Lavapie

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