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USAAA HOLDS HOMECOMING FUN RUN
Sunday became fun-day as Augustinians and friends literally painted two major streets with red and gold. The University of San Agustin Alumni Association (USAAA) organized a fun run activity along General Luna Street and Benigno Aquino Avenue in Iloilo City as part of its Grand Alumni Homecoming and the year-long 60th Anniversary of the University as the First University in Western Visayas, July 14.
According to the Director of Philanthropic, External and Alumni Relations, Rev. Fr. Williener Jack Luna, OSA, the fun run was a ‘success because the whole community participated.’ “The USA fun run shows that with the collaboration of Augustinian alumni, administrators, employees, and students, we can flood the streets with red and gold.” Luna shared in an interview. There were four categories: three-kilometer run (male), three-kilometer run (female), five-kilometer run (male), and five-kilometer (female). Lasallian runner and Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports, Cultural and Education Association (NOPPSCEA) veteran Romulo Balinas (17:30:05) clinched a 70-millisecond lead from Milo Little Olympics 2012 Regional Finals Champion Axel Catalbas (17:30:75); Benie Murillo placed third with a time of 17:57:44. Joy Vargas topped the female five-kilometer run with a time of 21:45:89 followed by Janine Arrey (23:08:50) and Jonah Palencia (24:06:66). Meanwhile, the top runner in the three-kilometer run (male) was Mark Gagnao with a time of 11:25:63; Arden Doronilla (11:31:68) and Jonard Garcia (11:34:88). In the female three-kilometer run, JoydaGagnao with 13:42:91 placed first followed by Thea Ann Bagaforro (14:43:20) and ChennieNarisma (15:24:01). The fun run is one of major events held as part of the University’s Grand Alumni Homecoming to be held on July 19-21
HS CLASS ’75 STAYS STRONG AT 40
“GOING strong @ 40” was the theme of the USA High School Class 1975 reunion, as the group celebrated its Ruby Anniversary on 23 January 2015. The event was highlighted by the Holy Mass held at the USA Main Chapel at 10:00 A.M., with Fr. Williener Jack E. Luna, O.S.A, Director for External and Alumni Relations, as main celebrant. The group members then revisited the High School Building where they had their pictures taken. A “Luncheon Tribute to the Teachers” followed at JD Emilion Roadhouse, General Luna Street, Iloilo City. Thereafter, the Fellowship and Party was held at El Jardin De La Sagrada Familia at the Sacred Heart Subdivision in Hibao-an Sur, Mandurriao, Iloilo City from early afternoon until midnight. The whole event was guided by the theme, more specifically, by the acronym, STRONG, which spells out the reunion vision: S for Staying united, T for Trusting each other, R for Reminiscing good old memories, O for Opening our hearts to everyone, N for Nurturing our friendship, and, G for Gearing up for a more cohesive relationship. The same acronym guided the planning and implementation of reunion activities: S for Simple yet meaningful, T for Totally fun, R for Reaching out to everyone, O for Oneness in spirit, N for Non-stop enjoyment, G for Great bonding moment. In no way did the late rain downpour – that diminished as the party progressed – nor the traffic spoil the affair. The reunion was originally planned as a “One Day Affair to Remember.” Yet, a night-out kicked off at Planet Mug on 22 January 2015, followed by several unplanned activities in the succeeding days – which included participation in the Dinagyang Sponsors Mardi Gras, a Barrio Fiesta themed gathering in Pina, Buenavista, Guimaras, and the savoring of fresh seafoods at Panitan, Capiz. It was a great homecoming attended by almost ninety class members coming from Luzon, Davao, Bohol, Cebu, Panay, and as far as the United States, Canada, Italy, Australia and Japan. Faces and figures that grew more sophisticated with time were all eager to once again sing the USA Hymn, exchange pleasantries, as well as to reconnect and bond with teachers, with each other and their classmates’ spouses. More importantly, they were all willing to pledge support to the plans and projects of their Alma Mater, through the Office for External and Alumni Affairs of the University of San Agustin. With great enthusiasm and undying support to their Alma Mater, they chanted “Viva San Agustin,” “Viva Senor Santo Nino.” (HS Class 75)
HS CLASS ’73 GATHERS IN TABOÁN 3
HIGH School Class ‘73 once again gathered at the University of San Agustin on 16-18 January 2015 for Taboán 3, the 3rd encounter of Class 1973. Still making a difference after 42 years, classmates from the United States, Canada, Australia and Asia came home to reminisce high school days with fun, songs and dances to the beat of the 1970s music matched with a retro get-up. After the Eucharistic Celebration at the University Main Chapel on the second day, the group went to Sol Y Mar Beach Resort in Tigbauan, Iloilo for a boodle fight lunch. It was followed by games and zumba dancing. The whole day affair was capped with a bonfire just after dark. The gala night on the last day centered on the showcasing of the 1970s rock-star costume, attended by some of the alumni’s teachers. More bonding, dancing and sharing of life’s experiences added to the fun-filled affair to remember – the Taboán 3. (HS Class 73)
HS ’84 CELEBRATES PEARL ANNIVERSARY
IN celebration of its pearl jubilee, the USA High School ‘84 held a class reunion last 19-20 July 2014. It was attended by class members who, now, are businessmen, doctors, lawyers, nurses, teachers or seafarers, with some coming home all the way from as far as Australia and Canada. HS ’84 celebrates pearl anniversary On Day 1, the activity kicked off with a caravan around the major streets of Iloilo City at 3:00 P.M. The group then proceeded to the High School Campus in Sambag, Jaro where they had a picture taking. After which, they had a Fellowship Dinner at Esca’s Garden Restaurant, Aurora Subdivision where they were joined by Dr. Asuncion L. Faro, USA Alumni Association President, and Rev. Fr. Williener Jack E. Luna, O.S.A., Director for External and Alumni Relations. Day 2 was Family Day. There was a Eucharistic Celebration at the University Main Campus Chapel at 7:30 A.M., with Rev. Fr. Frederick C. Comendador, O.S.A., University President, as main celebrant. After the mass, the group had a campus tour, which ended with another round of picture taking in front of the new Statue of Saint Augustine. The attendees then had a quick breakfast at Roadhouse and proceeded to Alicia’s Grill in Tabuk Suba, Jaro for lunch, both treats courtesy of Capt. Von Conrad Nobleza. At lunch, the group was joined by their former Filipino teacher, Ms. HS’ 84 celebrates.... from page 4 Teresita Hontiveros and her husband, as well as by Fr. Luna and Fr. Comendador. The group also had a meeting to discuss their plans for their batch mates who are in need, and the University’s “Building the University Brick by Brick” project for the USA Scholarship Trust Fund. The election of officers followed, with the designation of Jose Evelino Gimenez as President. (M.H. Bretaña)
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HENRY CHUSUEY CONFERRED DOCTORATE DEGREE BY USA
Business tycoon Henry O. Chusuey was conferred with a Doctor of Humanities Degree, honoris causa by the University of San Agustin (USA) in a conferment ceremony last November 13, 2013. Chusuey, dubbed as “Mr. Tourism” of Visayas, graduated from the University of San Agustin with a degree of BS Commerce, Major in Accounting and organized Boracay Regency Group (now known as Hennan Resorts Group) in 1998, which currently employs over a thousand workers.
The University’s Honorary Degree conferment upon Chusuey was approved though Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Resolution No. 596-2013 citing Chusuey for his “significant contributions in job creations and to the government’s revenue generations program, tourism development and promotion; education; disaster response and peace and order; and health and environment protection.” The investiture and conferment ceremony took place at the USA Auditorium, where Chusuey was conferred by the USA Board of Trustees Chairman, Very Rev. Fr. Eusebio B. Berdon, O.S.A., together with CHED Regional Director, Dr. Isabela L. Mahler, and University President, Fr. Frederick C. Comendador. In its 109 years as the first University in Western Visayas , the University of San Agustin has only conferred thirteen recipients with an Honorary Degree, the most recent being Edgar “Injap” J. Sia III, who was conferred with a Doctor of Humanities Degree last 2012. (PEAR)
AUGUSTINIANS MAKE IT TO TOWIL 2015
THREE Augustinian alumnae made it to the roster of awardees in this year’s ‘The Outstanding Women of Iloilo City’ or TOWIL for manifesting exemplary performance in their respective fields of profession, thereby contributing to the development of Iloilo City. Dr. Asuncion L. Faro and Dr. Daisy Tabuena, graduates from the University of San Agustin (USA) College of Arts and Sciences, are awardees in the fields of Professional Service and Science and Technology, respectively. Judge Juana Judita P. Nafarrete, a graduate of Bachelor of Laws, is an awardee in the field of Judicial Service.
Dr. Faro, a graduate of Dentistry, is President of the USA Alumni Association and is former faculty member of the University. She has received an award as one of the 2015 Outstanding Miag-awanons and as one of the 100 Outstanding Augustinians of the Century. Dr. Tabuena, a graduate of B.S. Biology, is an Alumni Achievers Awardee 2013. Judge Nafarrete is Presiding Judge at the Regional Trial Court, Branch 38 in Iloilo City and is former dean of the USA College of Law. She is recipient of the Outstanding Law School Dean Award and 2013 Alumni Achievement Award. All alumnae bring the University of San Agustin pride for exemplifying and living the legacy of Augustinian excellence in the service of God and of society. (EAR Office)
PAX PROFS COMMEMORATE 30TH YEAR
LAST 26 October 2014, on the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the USA Pax Romana Professionals, Pax Profs from near and far gathered once more at the University of San Agustin. It was a homecoming to dear Alma Mater and to their beloved organization, the USA Pax Romana. The air was abuzz with excitement and joy as Paxies greeted fellow Paxies, some of whom were not able to see each other for twenty years. The celebration began with a Thanksgiving Mass at the Main Pax profs commemorate 30th year Chapel with Fr. Jessie T. Tabobo, O.S.A., as the main celebrant, and with Fr. Williener Jack E. Luna, O.S.A., Fr. Basilio S. Sugataon, O.S.A., and Rev. Oswald F. Duran, O.S.A. concelebrating. After a motorcade around the city, a brief stop at Megaworld Mcdonald’s for breakfast, and a photo ops at the Esplanade, the group returned to the University for a program held at the Nursing Review Center. Sr. Socorro Garrachico, C.M. and Ms. Cynthia Tajanlangit-Matas, former Spiritual Adviser and General Lay Adviser of the USA Pax Romana, respectively, delivered inspirational talks. Sr. Garrachico encouraged the group to continue spreading God’s love and peace by doing good work. Ms. Tajanlangit-Matas, on the other hand, centered her talk on the celebration’s theme, “To love and to serve at all cost.” She urged the Paxies to level up in their commitment to serve the Lord, not to be simply contented with loving and serving; rather, to love and to serve at all cost. The group was very fortunate to have with them other former lay advisers namely, Ms. Griselda Trespeces (Liberal Arts Unit), Ms. Veneranda Vallejo (Commerce Unit), Ms. Elsie Tamano (Pharmacy and Medical Technology Unit), and Mr. Leo Satana (General Lay Adviser). Sr. Christy Salas, C.M., the Director for Campus Ministry, was also present and gave the group an update on the current status of Pax Romana in the University. Re-elected as the new president of the organization is Jacob S. Ravena, Jr., an entrepreneur. He succeeded Edmon Mella, who served from 2009-2014. During dinner, the attendees were joined by Fr. Sugata-on, Fr. Luna, and Ms. Cecilia Montero of the Philanthropic Office, who earlier gave a presentation on the thrusts of the office. The evening was made more exciting by the presentations of the different batches. Some performed dance numbers while others sang. The program was much enlivened by the quick wit and natural humor of the Master of Ceremonies, Arch. Jeffery Sumbilla, who truly have mastered his art. Everyone went home happy, recharged and looking forward to more happy reunions in the near future. (USA Pax Romana)
augustinian alumni heads sm group of companies
JOSE Tan Sio, University of San Agustin Alumni Achievement Awardee in the field of entrepreneurship and management, is the new chairman of SM Investments Corporation. Sio succeeded the 93-year-old patriarch, Henry Sy, Sr., who established the company in 1958.Like most of the University of San Agustin alumni who are now successful in their respective chosen careers, Sio is also the epitome of an Augustinian graduate. A Transformative Community Builder
The community which Jose T. Sio builds alongside other management experts may be different from a layman’s concept of a community. He has established various communities for which he ensures growth and financial stability. Sio is affiliated to SM Investments Corporation as Chairman, former Director and Executive Vice President, Chief Finance Officer, Corporate Information Officer and Member of Audit, Compensation and Compliance Committees; SM Keppel Land, Inc. as Director; China Bank as Director and Chairman of Trust Investment Committee; Manila North Tollways Corporation as Director; Belle Corporation as Director and Member of Adult Committee; Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development Corporation as Director and Member of the Executive Committee; Carmen Copper Corporation as Director and Member of the Executive Committee; Banco de Oro Unibank, Inc. as Board Adviser; SM Prime Holdings, Inc. as Member of the Audit and Corporate Governance Committee and of the Compensation Committee; as well as SM Development Corporation as Board Adviser and Member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee. Apparently, his extensive service is instrumental in the successful growth and expansion of the company he serves. A Restless Critical and Creative Thinker Jose Sio finished his Bachelor of Science in Commerce, major in Accounting, at the University of San Agustin in 1962. Thereafter, he became a Certified Public Accountant. As a restless critical and creative thinker like St. Augustine of Hippo, he pursued his Master of Business Administration degree, major in Corporate Finance Management, at New York University, USA, as a scholar. His restless pursuit of excellence, though, was not just confined to his student life. He similarly exhibited the same restlessness as a professional, as manifested by the many citations he reaped. He was recognized as one of the CFO Superstars by the Global Finance Magazine (1997), The Asia 500 Leaders for the New Country (1999-2000), Who’s Who of the Asian Pacific Rim (1999-2000), Profiles in Excellence Bibliotheque World Wide (2003), ING and Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines – CFO of the Year (2009), The Asset Triple “A” Asian Awards – CFO of the Year (2010, Hong Kong), Finance Asia Award – Best CFO (2011, Hong Kong), Corporate Governance Asia Excellence Award – Best Philippines CFO (2012, Hong Kong), Corporate Governance Asia Excellence Award – Best Philippines CFO (2013, Hong Kong), and Alpha Southeast Asia Best CFO in the Philippines (2013). Certainly, it takes a great deal of perseverance and creativity to be able to garner all these recognitions from prestigious national and international award-giving bodies. A Social Communicator of Truth Sio serves as an inspiration to many of his contemporaries in his field of discipline, including those who are not. He gives hope to the many Augustinians and Filipinos who are just jumpstarting their careers. In 2014, Sio was given the USA Alumni Achievement Award – a search launched when the University of San Agustin celebrated its 60th Anniversary as a University in 2013 – not only in recognition of his exemplary achievement in the field of entrepreneurship and management. Most importantly, he was recognized by his Alma Mater for being an instrument in transforming lives and communities by means of his significant contributions to his profession. Through the life he lived, he was able to communicate to the broader society the true value of an Augustinian education – the formation of hearts and minds so that the pursuit of excellence shall not only be for the self but, most importantly, for others. Sio’s success is a testament that with this brand of training and education, the Augustinian can! The University of San Agustin community is truly proud of the achievements of Jose Sio and all the other alumni who have brought the name of the University in the limelight. The First University in Western Visayas hopes that the Augustinians of then and now will continue to live the Augustinian legacy of excellence and lead the way towards the transformation of man and society. (PEAR-USA)