Espina: Celebrations

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Thank you to all those who sent birthday messages, prayers and tokens as their expression of friendship and goodwill. Yes, prayers for good health are what we all need.

Celebrations are salient parts of our culture. Any successful venture is commemorated.

The Josenians are getting ready to celebrate the 75 years of the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJ-R) with its mission to instill “Quality Christian Community Oriented Education.” I am privileged to have been part of USJ-R since 1963. Yes, a resounding six decades of educational immersion which produced successful alumni across the globe. Adelante!

The most challenging thrusts we experienced were the following: Upgrading the courses through Paascu (Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities) accreditation; the application for the University status; faculty development; community involvement; and the upgrading of state-of-the-art facilities like the IT labs, HRM mini hotel, law moot court, speech labs, college auditoriums, AVR, classrooms, the Benedicto Masscom Studio, the Quisumbing extension of the HRM kitchen and dining area, main and satellite libraries, accounting, IT and engineering technical facilities, science and computer labs, among others. There are also the extension branches in Basak where the Recoletos Coliseum is located—a botanical garden, school chapel, biology and science labs, auditoriums etc.

Go anywhere in the world, and you will meet a Josenian. Once on a cruise, I found my bedroom filled with so many shampoos, soaps and towels. During lunch, our table was served with adobo and sinigang. During an entertainment night, Cebuano and Tagalog songs were sung. Why? There were Cebuanos in the crew, mostly Josenians. Once in Hong Kong, during a shopping spree, a Josenian sales lady whispered, “That’s quite expensive, Ma’am. You can haggle to lower the price!”

In one of my USJ-R cross-cultural trips in Vegas and California, I brought Sakdap (led by Josenians) and Anna Fegi; they were a hit in Honolulu, Hawaii. So were the rest of the USJ-R Dramatics and Cultural (Drac) Ensemble and Amparito L. Lhuillier Educational Foundation (Allef) scholars. A tie-up with East-West Center was established. We linked with the Fulbright scholarships.

It has been my teaching fulfillment to have contributed relevant courses when I was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences: BS HRM, BS Tourism. Liacom, Masscom, Effective Communication, Graduate School Resource Instructional Facilities course, among others. I organized the High School Little Theater, the USJ-R Drac Ensemble, and linked with the socio-civic sectors for scholarships, like the USJ-R Drac Ensemble and Allef scholars, the We Care and Punla scholarship through the late Norberto Quisumbing Jr.

USJ-R upgraded courses in engineering, business/accounting, education, arts and sciences, graduate school, and more. (More next issue).

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