NOT ALL goodbyes are heartbreaking, especially for the 29 retiring professors who were honored by the University on May 18 at the Accountancy multipurpose hall.

“We, teachers, are known to change our students and make a continuity on preserving excellence. Our job as teachers does not end in school and we always teach to help,” Vice Rector for Academic Affairs Clarita Carillo said in her opening remarks.

Among the 29 retirees, Professors Evelyn Songco, assistant to the rector for student affairs, and Benedicta Alava of the Faculty of Engineering, had longest tenure of service, at 43 years.

Prof. Belen Tangco, former dean of the Faculty of Arts and Letters who served the University for almost 38 years, spoke on behalf of the retiring batch, saying that being a Thomasian educator for several years was both an honor and privilege.

Other retirees honored in the testimonial event included:

AMV-College of Accountancy

-Mercedes Hinayon (36.5 years)

Faculty of Arts and Letters

– Amelita Del Rosario

– Crescencio Doma, Jr.

– Reynaldo Lopez (22.5 years)

College of Commerce and Business Administration

– Eduardo Marino

Counseling and Career Center

– Nenita Cervantes (41 years)

College of Education

– Evelyn Ladines (24.5 years)

Faculty of Engineering

– Virgilio Agbayani

– Benedicta Alava (43 years)

College of Fine Arts and Design

– Myrna Sunico (23 years)

Faculty of Civil Law

– Maria Christina Cornejo

Faculty of Medicine and Surgery

– Mateo Bagsic (32.5 years)

– Lourdes Coloma (35 years)

– Imelda David (29.5 years)

– Graciela Gonzaga (33 years)

– Normando Gonzaga (35 years)

– Pedro Danilo Lagamayo (32 years)

– Renato Reyes (36 years)

– Antonio Say (32 years)

– Jesus Valencia (35 years)

– Robie Zantua (33 years)

Conservatory of Music

– Ricardo Calubayan (21 years)

– Apolonia Guilang

Faculty of Pharmacy

– Ophelia Laurente (16 years)

– Erlina Nuguid(38.3 years)

Institute of Religion

– Emmanuel Fiedican

– Celia Vinoya (26.5 years)

Acting Rector Fr. Richard Ang, O.P. awarded the plaques of appreciation to the professors who have either reached the age of 65 opted for early retirement.


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