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LETRAN INAUGURATES ITS NEWEST FACILITY

The Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s latest showcase, the San Vicente Liem dela Paz Student Center, which boasts of a modern 400-seat auditorium, canteen and classrooms was inaugurated on August 30, 2001. It is the third facility put up by the Colegio in the span of just six years.

The simple rites were officiated by the Most Reverend Teodoro C. Bacani, Bishop of Kalmana and Quezon City. He was assisted by the Reverend Fathers Quirico T. Pedregosa Jr., O.P., Socius of the Master General for Asia and the Pacific and Ernesto M. Arceo, O.P., Prior Provincial, Philippine Dominican Province. On hand for the ribbon-cutting were Governor Leonardo B. Roman of Bataan and Mayor Liberato Santiago of Abucay. After the blessing there was a short program where Rector and President, Rev. Fr. Edwin A. Lao, O.P. outlined the progress made by the Colegio in terms of infrastructure and academics as well as its needs as it confronts the twenty-first century. The affair was attended by notable alumni such as Gov. Leonardo Roman of Bataan and Bishop Teodoro Bacani. In his speech, Fr. Lao remarked, "We believe that reputations of schools rise and fall with the reputations of its alumni. Looking at the faces in this hall tonight, I can see that Letran has continued to produce, as it had done in the past, dynamic builders and leaders of communities loyal to the ideals of Deus, Patria, yes even Letran."

Fr. Lao also stated that the Colegio has turned in many accomplishments of its own. However, he added, Inspite of all these, there is still much we have to do and for this, the St. Vicente Liem dela Paz Foundation was launched with seed money that came from the savings from operational expenses of previous years."

Fr. Rector disclosed that some classes have already contributed to the fund and thus, he is thankful that the LAFI recognized such purpose and decided to turnover its fund to the Foundation where alumni shall also sit in the different committees thereof.

The highlight of the program was the turn over of the fund of the Letran Alumni Incorporated by the LAFI officials headed by Mr. Jesus B. Mendoza Jr., the president and two members of the board of directors, Mr. Justo Ortiz and Mr. Guillermo Chua. The Reverend Fathers Edwin A. Lao, O.P. and Oscar Novem Enjaynes, O.P. accepted the check for the Colegio. The program was hosted by Mr. Federico V. Ortiz III.

Memorabilia exhibits were displayed at the lobby of each floor of the Student Center. The exhibits ranged from trophies to old pictures specially prepared for the inauguration by Miss Edna Marco, Miss Carolyn Rulona and Mr. Ramil Leslie.

Other notable guests included Mrs. Zenaida Quezon Avanceña, Mrs. Lulu Quezon, Director Javier Galvan of Instituto Cervantes, Angel Lara Gonzales, Chief Librarian, Instituto Cervantes, Fr. Pompeyo de Mesa, O.P., Fr. Rogelio Alarcon, O.P., Dra Lucita Villegas of the NCCA, Lt. Col. Julian Malonso, Dr. Jesus Perez of UST and St. Luke’s, Congressman Rudy C. Bacani and the LAFI and LAA officials.

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Campus Events

Squires Participate in the Celebration of Buwan ng Wika
By Mrs. Maria Shirley Danao

Students took part in the annual celebration of honoring the Father of Philippine Language, Manuel Luis Quezon, on his natal day last August 19, 2001. Rev. Fr. Hermel Pama, O.P. , celebrated the mass with the distinguished family of the late president in attendance. It was then followed by a program that started with the singing of the Philippine National Anthem led by the High School Boys’ Chorale. Master Jed Yabut, delivered a dramatic poem entitled " Manuel Quezon",with the High School Dance Troop performing a dance interpretation to the tune of "Dakilang Lahi".

The day after the said program, art and skill contests were held locally in the high school department. These included slogan-making, poster-making, quiz bee, essay writing, balagtasan, OPM singing, and story telling contests. Selected students from different year levels competed with each other. The second floor lobby of the HS department was filled with exhibits that included the famous table and chair of Manuel Quezon when he was still a student of Letran. Miss Victoria R. Ramos, Filipino and Araling Panlipunan teacher and adviser of the Kampilan and Dramatics Club served as the over-all chairwoman of the said activity.

HS Students Engage in Tree Planting

On August 24, 2001, selected high school students from the different year levels joined in the tree planting activity sponsored by the Bantay Kalikasan Program of the ABS-CBN Foundation. The tree planting was a reforestation project for the La Mesa Watershed area located in Bulacan. The HS Administration sent student representatives who are actually the officers of the different clubs. They planted in the designated area which was bought by the Colegio a few months ago in support of the said program. Student representatives from different schools all over Metro Manila also took part in this activity. Teachers in the high school department accompanied the tree planters.

LYC: Epitomizing the Religious Heritage of Letran

Letran, a Catholic institution, takes part in molding the Filipino youth through first class education and inculcating in them the teachings of Christ, as part of the Vision-Mission of Letran. In order to fulfill this goal, the Colegio seeks the cooperation of its students. This is where Letran Youth for Christ (LYC) enters. LYC is the campus ministry and student arm of the Religious Affairs office of Letran.

The high spirited members of the LYC have dedicated their talents, time and effort to support the Colegio’s goal. In welcoming the school year with optimism and great pride, the Colegio has started the year with Eucharistic celebrations. LYC members, being model to other Letranites, actively participate in the mass of the Holy Spirit on June 13 and the Triduum mass for the Collegiate level in honor of St. John the Baptist held on June 22.

Unknown to many, the LYC members were behind these Eucharistic celebrations. They were the ones who prepared and facilitated the liturgical activities. LYC members are also involved in conducting recollections. Members are also active in outreach programs.

 

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Educational Tour at San Miguel Corporation - Canlubang Plant
By Nancy T. Balasan

The Production and Operations Management class (EN3A) under Mr. Robbie Macalde had their educational tour at San Miguel Corporation - Metal Closure and Lithography Plant at Canlubang, Laguna on August 10, 2001 as part of the learning process enhancement strategies intended for Entrepreneurship students.

According to Mr. Raem Mendoza, chairman of the Entrepreneurship and Marketing Area of the College of Business Administration and Accountancy, "Plant visits coupled with off-campus lecture is one of the major techniques being pursued to furthermore improve the learning process of Entre students in their major subjects." He emphasized that this undertaking is fully supported by the faculty of both Marketing and Entrepreneurship area and endorsed by the Dean of CBAA, Dr. Nancy L. Eleria.

Pages Attend Leadership Training Seminar

The Guidance & Counseling Center in the cooperation with the Elementary Department conducted a Leadership Training Seminar on August 18, 2001 at the St. Thomas Hall. The one-day seminar gave the class and club officers the necessary skills of an effective leader. Mr. Ricky Garcia, College Guidance Counselor of San Beda College was invited as resource person.

Letran-FAD Tie-Up

With the aim of educating the youth about adolescent reproductive health and sexuality, a tie-up between the Colegio as represented by the Guidance Department and the Foundation for Adolescent Development (FAD) was formed. To formally start the team-up, a "Seminar on Facts of Life" was held on August 24, 2001 at the St. Thomas Hall. Dr. Vicente Rosales discussed the topic "Understanding Human Sexuality and Adolescence as a Period of Transition". While, Mr. Hans Lopez-Vito talked on GenText Relationships. Those in attendance were the collegiate class/club officers and selected high school students.

Still at the Guidance . . .

The department also held a "Career Symposium" last .September 4, "Seminar on Individual Effectiveness" on September 7 and "Personality Development" on September 14. The participants were the senior high school students, junior college students and grade five students respectively.

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LETRAN JOINS OTHER SCHOOLS IN KBP AGREEMENT

By Ma. Ruth S. Que

Colegio de San Juan de Letran, represented by the Communication Arts Vice-Chairman, Ms. Rowena Reyes, recently signed an agreement with Ateneo de Manila University, University of the Philippines-Diliman, Centro Escolar University, and St. Scholastica’s College during the KBP’s General Assembly at the Dusit Hotel.

The agreement signed by the schools will involve students in the observance of the Radio and TV Code. This will also involve monitoring teams that will relay regular reports to the KBP.

According to Press Undersecretary Cerge M. Remonde, "This partnership with schools is very timely as it is high time educational institutions take a more active role in carefully assessing broadcast content, and analyzing whether views on matters of public interest are properly disseminated. This occasion also signals the renewal of KBP’s commitment to professionalism, particularly towards responsible broadcasting."

He hopes that this agreement will make certain that the policies and programs of the Arroyo administration are disseminated for the awareness and knowledge of the members of these educational institutions. Moreover, he is positive that this act will bring out cooperation and support for the administration’s programs, which for him, is a move forward as a nation.

Undersecretary Remonde was honored for his "invaluable contribution to the broadcast industry as the only three-time chairman of the country’s foremost broadcast organization." He was also given a plaque of appreciation for leading the association from Chairman Joselito Yabut, Vice-Chairman Rino Basilio, and President Ruperto Nicdao, Jr.

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LMS HOLDS GENERAL ASSEMBLY
By Alminda A. Dacoco

The Letran Management Society (LMS) held its annual General Assembly on September 07, 2001, Friday at the newly inaugurated auditorium of the Student Center. Around 300 Management students and some faculty members participated in the said affair. Highlighted by the presentation of this school year’s elected officers and the program of activities, there were interesting games especially the "Management Wizards" Quiz Show.

The said general assembly aims to further establish good rapport among its almost 500 members. As a student organization, LMS intends to serve the interest of the Management students in order to foster the spirit of camaraderie and commitment through their dynamic involvement in school activities.

This school year’s roster of elected LMS Officers are : President – Roxinne Lauren Agabin, MG4E; VP-External – Micheal dela Cuesta, MG4B; VP-Internal – Mary Ann Abalon, MG3D; Secretary – Jennie Venegas, MG4A; Asst. Secretary – Jossie Lou Lozano, MG3D; Treasurer – Janize Ocden, MG4A; Auditor – Curlee Galang, MG4E; P.R.O.-External – Alvin Tengco, MG4E; P.R.O.-Internal – Rexanlynn Resureccion, MG3D; Business Managers – Zandro Val Medina, MG4A, Art Mercader, MG2B, Jeffrey Candido, MG3D.

seven (7) positions and the House of Student Representatives were thirteen (13) representatives were elected for each year level (for both CBAA & CLAS) The election results are as follows: President – Kathleen Bandong, 4th Yr. AB PolSci; Vice-President – Jefferson Lopez; Secretary – Christian Bugay; Asst. Secretary – Karen Buendia; Treasurer – Luisa Versoza; Asst. Treasurer – Michelle Lopez; P.R.O. – Imelda Marquez. For the House of Representatives : CLAS 1st Yr – Kara Barza & Shane Castrillo; 2nd Yr – Marco Maat & Anna Soledad; 3rd Yr – Florencio Teves; 4th Yr – Janes Esguerra & Mark Tallara; CBAA 1st Yr – Engelbert Pimintel & Edward Sarmiento; 2nd Yr – none; 3rd Yr – Irene Balaguer & Noemi Gonzales; 4th Yr. – Wilbert Celestino & Leah Calingacion.

CLAS UPDATE ON PROBATIONARY STUDENTS

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) developed a program for students on probationary status. This program aims to monitor the performance of the said students as well as to extend assistance through the Academic Assistance for Students in English and Math (AASEM) Program. Each student is provided a portfolio where his semestral schedule, probationary agreement, and curriculum are attached.

Through this program, the students are informed of their academic performance. The Dean, Myrna Torreliza hopes that more probationary students will be lifted from their probationary status.

ECON PROFS ATTEND CECON CONFABS
By Ramon M. Marticio

Faculty members from the Economics department of the College of Business Administration and Accountancy (CBAA) recently attended a series of seminar-fora sponsored and organized by the Council of Economics Educators (CECON) of the Philippines-National Capital Region (NCR).

The Colegio’s delegates were Mrs. Ma. Victoria U. Rosas, Mrs. Evangelina D.J. Laurel, both faculty members and Mr. Expedito Belaos, Chairman of the Economics Area.

The first seminar-forum was held in Adamson University with the theme, "The Role of Economics Education for Environmental Sustainability" with Dr. Nicomedes B. Briones, an environmental economists and a member of the faculty of the School of Environmental Science and Management, University of the Philippines at Los Baños as the distinguished speaker.

The second seminar-forum was held at the International Center-Angelo King Building, De La Salle University, Taft with the theme, "Economic Outlook On Arroyo’s Administration: Government and Private Sectors’ Perspective".

Noted speaker Hon. Gil Beltran, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Finance and Dr. Bernardo Villegas, noted economist, author and currently the Dean of the School of Economics, University of Asia and the Pacific (UAP),graced the affairs.

The focus of forum were the strengths and weaknesses as well as the future outlook and trends of the economy on two important perspectives: the government and the private sectors.The series of seminar-fora were participated in by economics educators of different colleges and universities in the NCR region.

CECON is a national organization of economics educators with the primary objective of uplifting economics education to be at par with world standards and to be a contributor in achieving our nation’s economic growth and development.

The Colegio has a strong linkage with CECON through Prof. Rosas being the incumbent Vice-President for Internal Affairs.

La Naval Mass and Procession

The Colegio will have the La Naval Mass on Thursday, October 11, 9 a.m. at Sto Domingo Church, Quezon City. The activity will be participated in by the CBAA and CLAS students, faculty, and non-teaching personnel.

On Sunday, October 14, the Colegio is invited to the traditional La Naval Procession in Sto Domingo. Likewise, the faculty and the non-academic personnel are encouraged to join the said activity. Assembly will be in front of Sto Domingo Information Center by 4 p.m.

Entrepreneur  Students and Faculty Attend First Entrepreneurs Congress, Young Entrepreneurs Conference
By Ma. Nancy T. Balasan

ntrepreneurship students together with Mr. Raem Mendoza, Chairman of the Entrepreneurship and Marketing Area of the College of Business Administration and Accountancy (CBAA) and Ms. Nancy T. Balasan, attended the First Entrepreneurs Congress and Young Entrepreneurs Conference held at the Angelo King International Center, the Hotel-School of De La Salle University last July 12, 2001.

Asia Pacific Entrepreneurs Association, Inc. (ASPEN), Entrepreneurship Educators Association (ENEDA), and the Junior Entrepreneurs Society (JENSOC) also sponsored the affair with the theme: "Entrepreneurial Revolution in the 21st Century: Key to Economic Growth" last July 12 to 17 which was declared as Entrepreneurship Week signed by then President Joseph Estrada in his Proclamation No. 123.

The two events which were simultaneously held have separate programs for entrepreneurs faculty and students. The first congress was attended by faculty from all over the country and by some successful entrepreneurs. As emphasized by Dr. Amelia Balan, President of ENEDA and Co-Chair of the 1st Entrepreneurs congress, "No one will help the Filipinos but Filipinos themselves who, through entrepreneurship can introduce new sources of livelihood and employment."

It was the intention of the congress to ask the government for the creation of Presidential Commission on Entrepreneurship which is envisioned to provide local, regional, and national leaders with a roadmap on how to sustain and expand a flourishing entrepreneurial economy. Their vision is in line with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s plan to eradicate poverty within a decade.

COLLEGE ELECTS THIS YEAR’S STUDENT COUNCIL REPS
By Alminda A. Dacoco

This school year marks an important event among the college students as they elected, after a long period of its absence, the Student Council Representatives. Held on July 16, 2001, the electorate favored the Sandigan Party, led by the elected President herself, Kathleen Bandong, a 4th Year AB Political Science student who won 1,233 votes as against her contender, Ronald Allan Frias, 4th Yr. BSBA Management Student with 842 votes. Likewise, the Vice-President, Jefferson Lopez, who belong to the same party got 1,194 votes against Christian Roi Enares’ 757 votes. Twenty (20) student-leaders were elected to comprise the two houses, the Student Council itself, with seven (7) positions and the House of Student Representatives were thirteen (13) representatives were elected for each year level (for both CBAA & CLAS)

The election results are as follows: President – Kathleen Bandong, 4th Yr. AB PolSci; Vice-President – Jefferson Lopez; Secretary – Christian Bugay; Asst. Secretary – Karen Buendia; Treasurer – Luisa Versoza; Asst. Treasurer – Michelle Lopez; P.R.O. – Imelda Marquez. For the House of Representatives : CLAS 1st Yr – Kara Barza & Shane Castrillo; 2nd Yr – Marco Maat & Anna Soledad; 3rd Yr – Florencio Teves; 4th Yr – Janes Esguerra & Mark Tallara; CBAA 1st Yr – Engelbert Pimintel & Edward Sarmiento; 2nd Yr – none; 3rd Yr – Irene Balaguer & Noemi Gonzales; 4th Yr. – Wilbert Celestino & Leah Calingacion.

 

 

Alumni Affairs

President Manuel Luis Quezon, Letran Alumnus
By. Lt.Col.Julian Malonzo

President Manuel L. Quezon was my idol. I am partial to him probably because we are both Letran Alumni. There was a wrong impression that President Quezon was the son of a priest, because a Franciscan priest brought him to Manila from his hometown Baler, Tayabas (now Quezon Province). Since the Franciscans did not have a school in Manila then, Quezon was sent to Letran, a Dominican school, and became a working student, called "Agraciado". President Quezon and Don Vicente Madrigal were both working students in Letran. President Quezon said, "I am a successful politician but I am not a millionaire. Don Vicente Madrigal was a successful businessman and was a millionaire.

The father of Pres. Quezon was Lucio Quezon, a Spanish soldier. After retirement from the army he taught in Baler and met another teacher named Dolores Molina, whom he married. Pres. Quezon used his second Christian name Luis instead of the middle initial M. He was very particular that his middle initial L was not omitted.

I am very careful in writing about President Quezon, because his only living daughter, Ms. Zenaida "Nini" Quezon Avanceña said that I should be sure of what I would write, when I told her that I was going to write about her father.

August 19 is a red day in Letran because it is the birthday of President Manuel L. Quezon, its most illustrious alumnus. When Pres. Quezon was alive, every August 19 the whole family would come to Letran to hear mass and they would have their breakfast of thick chocolate and churros in the Fathers’ refectory. Even after the death of President Quezon, the living members of the family would come to Letran to follow the same tradition.

President Quezon used to go to the NCAA basketball games. On August 19, after the mass and breakfast, Pres. Quezon told the sudents, "I hope you win next time in baseball." This was when La Salle applied the zone defense and Letran failed to penetrate the La Salle defense. We did not know if Pres. Quezon was mistaken in saying baseball instead of basketball because of the low score. Pres. Quezon was cheering for his Alma Mater Letran while his children, Maria Aurora "Baby," Zenaida "Nini" and Manuel "Nonong" Quezon were cheering for La Salle, because Nonong was studyiing in La Salle. When asked why Pres. Quezon did not send Nonong to Letran, he said he was afraid that the priests in Letran would spoil Nonong.

Pres. Quezon and Pres. Sergio Osmeña were classmates in Letran. Pres. Osmeña used to give way to Pres. Quezon, who became the president of the Commonwealth while Pres. Osmeña became his vice-president.

When Pres. Quezon said he preferred a government run like hell by Filipinos rather than a government run like heaven by the Americans, according to Nini and Nonong, he did not mean it that way literally.

Before he died he told Nonong to be honest, grateful, and not to be vindictive. When he said this he meant it also for the Filipino youth. Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos admired Pres. Quezon. He referred to him as the "Mestizo".

Nini Quezon Avanceña sued Ferdinand Marcos before he was elected President because Pres. Marcos claimed that Pres. Quezon influenced Judge Roman Cruz to convict him for the Nalundasan murder. The Supreme Court reversed the decision of Judge Roman Cruz. Pres. Jose P. Laurel then was a justice of the Supreme Court who penned the decision. Ferdinand E. Marcos was a promising brilliant young man, who reviewed in jail and topped the bar examination.

During one alumni homecoming, President Quezon sent Mrs. Aurora Aragon Quezon. Senator Quintin Paredes introduced Mrs. Quezon and said that Pres. Quezon could not attend the homecoming for he was indisposed; instead, he sent his heart, Mrs.Quezon.

In another Letran Alumni Homecoming, upon the arrival of Pres. Quezon the Spanish National Anthem was played before the Philippine National Anthem. Pres. Quezon asked vice-president Sergio Osmeña, who was concurrently Secretary of Education to close Letran for the discourtesy to the President of the Commonwealth. The Father Rector then had to apologize.


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Rector's Standpoint

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Email me here: rector@letran.edu

(The following speech was delivered by Rev. Fr. Edwin A. Lao, O.P. on the occasion of the Blessing of the San Vicente Liem de la Paz Student Center And the Turn-over of the LAFI Fund to the St. Vicente Liem de la Paz Foundation)

Welcome to the Colegio de San Juan de Letran, alma mater to most of you who are here tonight. A school that will be celebrating its 400th anniversary sooner than we all think.

Two days ago, I arrived back from the United States, being among the representatives of the Philippine Province to the General Chapter of the Order. Before heading for home, I had a chance to visit several colleges and universities in the US, among them, Harvard University. It was then that I realized that what sets Harvard apart from the rest is not its campus, not its buildings nor its facilities. Among others, what sets Harvard apart from the rest is its alumni. It is Harvard University’s alumni that practically take care of its buildings, its facilities, its numerous professorial chairs, and an endowment fund said to be in the region of 10 billion dollars.

In the U.S., in the Philippines and anywhere in the world, practically all schools declare a desire to provide quality education and develop well rounded individuals. It is in all our mission and vision statements. Yet, as the Symposium on Tuition Fees in UE last month will attest, no two sectors in the same school agree on how quality education should be defined. All the more if we compare the definition of one school against another’s. What, I am sure of, however is this: the quality of graduates depends much on the quality of education, real or

perceived, provided by the schools. That is the reason why slots in schools perceived to provide quality education are sought after at any price.

Is Letran as sought after as the other premiere schools in the country? Do people who have a choice select Letran? It will be interesting to find out how many of the alumni in this hall continue to send their children here.

Maybe, we are partly responsible for this. Whenever people who know Letran speak about her, we tend to speak more about a glorious past instead of a bright future. Over the years, our promotional efforts focused on Quezon, Mabini, del Pilar and the other alumni heroes while other schools focused on life in the digital age and the knowledge based economy — something Letran is very much in a position to give.

We have our reasons for doing this, and you will agree with them. We believe that the reputations of schools rise and fall with the reputations of its alumni. Looking at the faces in this hall tonight, I can see that Letran has continued to produce, as it had done in the past, dynamic builders and leaders of communities loyal to the ideals of Deus, Patria, yes – even Letran.

Over the last few years, the Colegio has slowly been building its ties with its alumni. We have taken a more active role in the activities of the Letran Alumni Association such as the homecoming, the selection of outstanding alumni awardees, even in monthly meetings of your Board of Directors. On our own, we tend a fellowship day targeting specific batches from the elementary, high school and college alumni. We began organizing the alumni of the graduate school last year.

You have also responded in kind. During the Rector’s night held at the Polo Club soon after my installation, you gave me an opportunity to share my vision and plans for Letran. Over the months, there had been occasions to report to you the progress we have made with regards those plans. All of these have to do with why we are all together tonight.

Let me begin by giving you an idea of where Letran stands today.

Over the last 10 years, we have seen a steady decline in the enrollment of the elementary and high school departments. While college enrollment has steadily increased over the same period, we did not meet our projections this year.

We can think of all sorts of reasons for this. We can convince ourselves that it is due to the free secondary education program of the government. Traffic in Metro Manila is forcing parents to look for schools nearer their place of residence. Many schools have now opened in what used to be feeder areas of Letran – Cavite, Laguna, Quezon City. Then there is the economic crisis that has been hitting us ever since the peso broke away from P28 = $1.

I believe the bottom line is that we have not done enough to create the perception and the assurance that Letran is a school that provides quality education. An assurance that will make parents invest in a Letran brand of education at any cost.

In what form does this assurance come? In the United States, institutions concerned with quality education look for the following:

1. smaller class sizes, hence, more teachers for a given student population
2. classrooms equipped with the most modern
technology
3. higher faculty salaries in order to attract and keep qualified faculty members
4. a culture of research and publication.
5. regular opportunities for off-campus educational experiences for the faculty both here and abroad
6. the option to be highly selective in the type of students it will admit.

Over the last few years, Letran has already turned in many accomplishments of its own, all in line with the four-year development plan that was also presented to you at the Polo Club. May I just mention a few.

1. To meet the objective of professionalizing the faculty, Letran has provided loan assistance to faculty members working on their masteral and doctoral degrees;

2. We reduced the teaching loads of all our faculty members in all departments in order to provide them more time for lesson preparation and academic consultations;

3. We acknowledged and gave cash incentives to faculty members who finish their masteral and doctoral degrees. We actively encourage and support elementary and high school faculty members to obtain their masteral degrees, and for college faculty members to obtain their doctorates;

4. We continue to hire at considerable expense, recognized industry practitioners from the broadcast industry, print media and information technology. We have CPA’s and CPA board reviewers handling accounting majors;

5. To meet the objective of accrediting our courses of study, I am pleased to report to you that our elementary department has already passed the preliminary visit of PAASCU and is now preparing for the formal visit in February that will give us Level 1 accreditation. The preliminary visits to our high school and college departments are scheduled for February and March next year;

           6. There have been numerous improvements in our physical facilities. Since last year,
          all our classrooms are air-conditioned and the faculty reports better concentration
          in the classroom and fewer disciplinary problems because of it;

7. We have 9 computer laboratories, all connected via gigabit Ethernet fiber optic cable;

8. We have continuously improved our television studio and media center facilities in general;

9. The speech laboratory that many of you are familiar with has been renovated and our telephone system has been upgraded.

In spite of all these, there is still much we have to do and for this, the St. Vicente Liem de la Paz fund was launched last year whose seed money came from the savings from operational expenses of previous years. Some classes have already contributed to the fund as a response to that initial invitation. Tonight, we are especially thankful to the Letran Alumni Foundation Incorporated for deciding to incorporate the LAFI fund into the Vicente Liem foundation, seeing that both organizations shared a common purpose. In turn, the Colegio has given majority control over the Letran Alumni Fund committee to members of the alumni. In addition, alumni shall also sit in the committees of all the other sub funds of the Vicente Liem foundation.

The foundation has 15 sub-funds that will answer for practically every form of development assistance related to Letran. I wish to focus on just a few of them.

One of our most pressing needs is faculty development. It is vital to our other objective of accreditation. We would like to send all our faculty members to graduate school, first to earn their masteral, then their doctoral degrees. We would like to do it in a way that does not severely burden them financially. We would like them to do research in their respective fields, and publish their findings in respected journals. And when all that is done, we would like to make sure we can still afford them.

We can not do these things on the basis of school income from tuition fees alone. Letran is like most other schools in the Philippines where a significant portion of its income is used to pay for salaries wages and wage-related benefits. In our case, it is about 65%. Even if we increase our fees, we are still constrained by law to allocate 70% of the increase to salaries and benefits. Where then do we get funding for faculty development?

I could imagine that if each graduating class in the elementary, high school and college from 1960 to 1985 were to shoulder the costs of one faculty member working towards a masters degree, all of our full-time faculty members will have a masters degree in about 5 years time. Most of them will have doctoral degrees in 10 years. Add a batch every year, combined with research chairs and grants from individuals or corporations, all of these may be achieved in fewer years.

When the 400th anniversary of Letran comes around in 2020, we may even surpass Kyoto University in Tokyo, always in the top 3 of Asiaweek’s top 50 schools in Asia. The faculty to student ratio there is 1:6. Or City University in Hong Kong where more than 80% of its full-time faculty have a doctorate.

Their tuition fees must be astronomical in order to support obviously expensive faculty. Or are they? All of us know that in countries where private educational institutions are well organized, institutions of higher learning depend less on tuition fees and more on endowments and bequests by alumni, tax-hedging philanthrophists and business corporations.

Changes in the field of information technology is another area that schools have to contend with. The fact of the matter is that the latest technology acquired at great expense becomes obsolete in about 2 years or less, even if it is still functional. Parents and students want the latest Pentium 4 class processors, even if all they use are word processors, spreadsheets and occasional internet access – something that can be delivered by a

486 with 16 MB of memory. This year, we added 3 new computer laboratories all connected to our network. Aside from internet stations at the library, we are allotting one lab to be used for internet surfing by our students.

We would like to do more. In one of the schools in Hong Kong, students do not have to decide whether they would rather eat at the canteen or study at the library because they can do both. Even the canteen has network outlets. Maybe, we would like to do that too. In the short term however, we envision each classroom to have at least several network outlets, an overhead projector and an LCD projector for video and computer presentations. We’ve already taken care of the air-conditioning and the increased power consumption requirements. Hopefully, I can attract some of you to provide the rest.

I believe enough has been presented to give you an idea of where we stand, where we want to go, and the resources we would need to get us there. During the launching of the foundation last year, some of you, either as individuals or classes have already responded. I now take this opportunity to invite the rest to do the same. Let us not be content to inherit a glorious past. Help us provide a glorious future as well, for future generations of Letranites.

Arriba.

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Sports News

Congratulations to Letran Squires for being the 77th NCAA Season Juniors Champion

LETRAN ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, INC. BILLIARD TOURNAMENT

The Sports Committee of the LAA in coordination with the Colegio is sponsoring the first-ever Letran 9-Ball Billiards Tournament at SM Manila, Lower Ground on Saturday, December 15, 2001, from 10:00 A.M. to completion.

This will be a fine time to meet former classmates and to share in the fellowship and camaraderie reminiscent of those “good old days” at Better Billiards when the motto was “better grades with Better Billiards.”

According to Mr. Gilbert de Ocampo, Sports Committee Chairman of the LAA there will be two categories in the tournament: Students and Letran Employees and Letran Alumni.

The Rev. Fr. Rector has been invited to deliver the inspirational talk and to do the ceremonial first break. Cash prizes and trophies are at stake.

Interested parties may register at the Alumni Office with Misses Jackie Arizabal or Tonette Cruz.

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Perspectives

Beyond The Walls . . . .

The Most Reverend Socrates B. Villegas, D.D. Titular Bishop of Nona and Auxiliary Bishop of Manila, "Soc" to Letranites, hosted a lively dinner at the Archbishop’s Residence, Villa San Miguel, Mandaluyong last September 6, for his batchmates, H.S. Class 1977 and for his teachers in Letran.

During the gathering, the group presented "Soc" with a plaque inscribed with one of the poems that the Bishop had written for the Knightmare, the high school paper then. The group also donated to the scholarship fund of the Bishop. Attending the mini-reunion were Rev. Fr. Edwin A. Lao, O.P. the present Rector and President, Rev. Fr. Pompeyo de Mesa, O.P. Letran’s Rector during the bishop’s high school days, Mr. Rey Reyes, Registrar and Executive Assistant, Mrs. Ofelia Legaspi and Elfleda Saez, Mrs. Cynthia Claudio de Rivera, Miss Teresita Guiquing and Miss Fe Yabyabin, former teachers.

The Bishop’s classmates who came to share the reminiscences, the fun and photo sessions included Mario Aligada, Manolito Arriola, Arnel Baldonado, Noel Barzaga, Cesar Carpena, Carlos Casas, Rene Castillo, Reoben de la Cruz, Jonas de Leon, Virgilio de Santos, Edmundo Duay, Albino Evangelista, Bunny Hermanos, Dominador Isidro, Jr., Mario Jurilla, Dave Lagac, Crispulo Onrubia, Jojo Pahati, Franco Peñaranda, Joselito Pantanco, Noel Santiago, Estrelito Santos, Gabriel Santos, Joseph Sison, Jun Hector Tiu, Manolito Vinas, Alexander Wang, and Lincoln Yao.

Inside the Wall  . . . .
Responses to certain queries, complaints, heartaches and gripes

On plastic spoons and forks:

If you order take-out food you are given plastic spoons and forks. If you dine, you are provided with stainless steel wares. Even McDonald’s, Jollibee and Pan Cake House give you plastic spoons and forks for take-out food.

On leaking classrooms:

It takes time to fix leaks specially those which are hard to locate. The Auxiliary Services are working on these structural flows.

On complaints against certain personnel:

Please write a formal letter of complaint to their respective deans or department heads.

On the request for a student lounge:

College students can now use the second floor of the Student Center, now that its air-conditioning units are operational.

On the thesis:

Please address your problem to the concerned dean or department head.

 

On the situation of English in the Philippines
By Chester L. Hunt

Two recent events draw attention to the role of English in the Philippines. One is an order that government offices should conduct business in the national language. This was accompanied by a call from 200 school executives for the "Filipinazation of Education." Another is a Symposium on the "The Role of English and its Maintenance in the Philippines," hosted by the Solidaridad Publishing House.

Supposedly, the order to the government offices is a move designed to strengthen Filipino by embarrassing those who rely either in English or on one of the regional languages. The Symposium, on the other hand, was prompted by a concern that the diminished use of English would lead to a loss of the medium of international communication.

Since the case of emphasis on Filipino has frequently been argued, let us look instead at the findings of those concerned with the role of English. Although, in the 1980 census, nearly two-thirds of those six years old and older claimed to speak English, and although English seems a favorite medium of TV and radio advertisers, most school officials report a decline in English competence. This decline is verified by test results even in such prestigious centers. It seems that, even though English is still the newspaper language and important in education, government, and business, it is losing ground. This means that, at a time when most other countries are pushing English, the Philippines may be abandoning it.

The increased use of Filipino is often defended as favoring lower-class students who stay in school for too short a time to master a second language. On the other hand, private schools still stress English as much as changed curriculum regulation permits and wealthier parents supplement school instruction. Thus, as English is phased out in the public schools, lower-class students face a major obstacle in social mobility since they have little chance to gain fluency in the language still essential for higher-status employment.

Particularly in higher education, accepting the loss of English competence greatly restricts educational resources. Without English, it is virtually impossible to keep in touch with the world science and literature. Replacing English as a language of instruction is a major task and, even if successful, the gain is questionable. Surveys indicate that more than half of the population see no connection between nationalism and language usage.

The Symposium came up with a variety of interesting suggestions for educational procedures designed to strengthen English instruction. While these suggestions have merit, they do not really meet the major problems involved in keeping English a viable language.

Perhaps the major problem is goal dilution. If all Promotion efforts are directed at Filipino and English is seen as a passing burden, newer educational techniques are unlikely to be successful. For most people, acquiring real fluency in a second language is a difficult task. People seldom really learn a language unless they have a chance to use it. If the use of English is socially stigmatized, as it often is, the students will have little exposure outside the classroom and competent English teachers, already in short supply, will be difficult to secure.

One problem in English instruction is also true of the entire gamut of Philippine education. This is a failure to realize that learning outcomes have some relation to the amount of time spent in school. The most obvious problem here is that, while at one time, English was the sole language of instruction, it is now used in only about half the curriculum and in actual practice, probably much less. Another is that, in the words of an early commentator, Clifford Prator: "Filipino children go to school for an unusually brief part of the day and

for an uncommonly short span of years." Elementary school classes still run on a half-day schedule in any districts and the seventh grade, dropped after World War II, has never been restored. Thus, Filipino children have only 10 years of formal schooling before college, compared to 12 years for American students. Mastery of either a second language or the essential background of pre-college learning is more than a bit difficult under these limitations.

One hopeful aspect is that fewer Filipino children leave school at a very early age than formerly. A few years ago, a majority of children left school before finishing the fourth grade; now a majority complete six years of elementary education. There is even some talk of bringing back the seventh grade. Back in 1951, Gerardo Flores found that it usually required seven years of education to achieve real literacy in English. If the half-day session could be abolished, the seventh grade added and English content increased, perhaps the majority of Filipinos could become functionally literate in English.

The current state of language policy is not satisfactory either for those who long for a stronger role for the national language or for those who feel Philippine progress would be advanced by a greater degree of English competence. Logically, English should either be abandoned or more strongly supported. However, logic seldom wins and a confused language policy is likely to continue for the definite future.

LETTER FROM THE DALAI LAMA

Dear friends around the world,

The events of this day cause every thinking person to stop their daily lives, whatever is going on in them, and to ponder deeply the Larger questions of life. We search again not only for the meaning of life, but the purpose of our individual and collective experience as we have created it and we look earnestly for ways in which we might recreate ourselves anew as a human species, so that we will never treat each other this way again.

The hour has come for us to demonstrate at the highest level our most extraordinary thought about Who We Really Are. There are two possible responses to what has occurred today. The first comes from love, the second from fear.

If we come from fear we may panic and do things – as individuals and as nations – that could only cause further damage. If we come from love, we will find refuge and strength, even as we provide it to others.

This is the moment of your ministry. This is the time of teaching. What you teach at this time, through your every word and action right now, will remain as indelible lessons in the hearts and minds of those whose lives you touch, both now, and for years to come.

We will set the course for tomorrow, today. At this hour. In this moment. Let us seek not to pinpoint blame, but to pinpoint cause. Unless we take this time to look at the cause of our experience, we will never remove ourselves from the experience it creates. Instead, we will forever live in fear of retribution from those within the human family who feel aggrieved, and likewise, seek retribution from them. To us the reasons are clear. We have not learned the most basic human lessons. We have not remembered the most basic human truths. We have not understood the most basic spiritual wisdom. In short, we have not been listening to God, and because we have not, we watch ourselves do ungodly things.

The message we hear from all sources of truth is clear: We are all one. That is a message the human race has largely ignored. Forgetting this truth is the only cause of hatred and war, and the way to remember is simply: Love, this and every moment. If we could love even those who have attacked us, what then would be our response? Yet if we meet negativity with negativity, rage with rage, attack with attack, what then will be the outcome?

These are the questions that are placed before the human race today. They are questions that we have failed to answer for thousands of years: Failure to answer them now could eliminate the need to answer them at all. If we want the beauty of the world that we have co-created to be experienced by our children and our children’s children, we will have to become spiritual activists right here, right now, and cause that to happen. We must choose to be at cause in the matter.

So, talk with God today. Ask God for help, for counsel and advise. For insight and for strength and for inner peace and for deep wisdom. Ask God on this day to show us how to show up in the world in a way that will cause the world itself to change. And join all those people round the world who are praying right now, adding your Light to the Light that dispels all fear.

That is the challenge that is placed before every thinking person today. Today the human souls asks the question: What can I do to preserve the beauty and wonder of our world and to eliminate the anger and hatred and the disparity that inevitably causes it – in that part of the world which I touch?

Please seek to answer that question today, with all the magnificence that is You. What can you do TODAY… this very moment? A central teaching in most spiritual traditions is: What you wish to experience, provide for another. Look to see, now, what it is you wish to experience, in your own life, and in the world. Then see if there is another for whom you may be the source of that. If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another.

If you wish to know that you are safe, cause others to know that they are safe. If you wish to better understand seemingly incomprehensible things, help another to better understand.

If you wish to heal you own sadness or anger, seek to heal the sadness or anger of another. Those others are waiting for you now. They are looking to you for guidance, for help, for courage, for strength, for understanding and for assurance at this hour. Most of all, they are looking to you for love. My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. – Dalai Lama

(This letter is reprinted from the internet to give us another dimension to the tragedy of September 11, 2001. --- Editor)

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Editorial

Bullseye

It was a perfect shot, for a perfect crime, on a perfect day. Minus the hysteria, the pictures of the World Trade Center tragedy were a beauty in themselves, as the two sentinels in the skies of Manhattan quivered their last amidst the mushrooms of smoke, dust and fire. We are reminded of the Heroshima – Nagasaki photo files. Beautiful but deadly.

Two incidents set half a century apart. The first heralds the beginning of what may be a carnage of unprecedented proportions. The second ended the butchering spree of a race gone berserk with territorial ambitions.

So what’s the difference? The players on the world-stage are still countries and people. The pronouns that stoke the fires of patriotism and nationalism are also "me" "mine" and "ours". They start with a particular personal grief and rise to a collective outburst of anger, or shall we call it angst? A national angst? "I am invincible! America is invincible! Let’s show the world that our right is our might."

So it is still egoism of national proportions. "I am right. I have been aggrieved!." I am a victim!" An eye for an eye! A tooth for a tooth!

That is the Old testament paradigm of "Lex Talionis". Very physical. Very material. The New Testament teaches not retaliation but forgiveness. "How many times, Lord, must I forgive?" "Seventy times seven". The gematria of eternity. Can you forgive without counting?

We all know. It is the most difficult thing to do. God’s love is unconditional. That’s why He can forgive without counting. He is the prodigal Father to a prodigal son.

But man? The "I", the ego, are like prison bars that isolate him. So his love is limited by his condition and remains rooted to the self. No wonder it cannot expand. No wonder it cannot reach out to others. No wonder it cannot forgive seventy times seven.

Real love, true love is free. It asks no conditions. It eschews traditions and man-made conventions.

Ah, for the freedom of unconditional love and unlimited forgiveness. They are the stairways to God. But God. Where is God in this Manhattan tragedy? Listen to CNN, to BBC and the other news stations. Listen to people talk about it. There is an absence of God in their minds, in their hearts. They forget that tragedies are reminders of God’s presence among us. Especially when a people is so steeped in the pagan idols of materialism, of power that blinds to the workings of the spirit.

It is the Tower of Babel all over again. A power idol of immense proportions. Have we learned not its lessons?

Must we go through it again and again and again?

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Why Did God Choose to be Born Poor?

Faced with the spectre of macro-politics, macro-economics, macro-state, we are suddenly confronted with the Christian value of poverty. "Blessed are the poor ….begins the Beatitudes. And you ask….Really? In this world where to be poor is to be exploited, to be oppressed, to be consigned to the dung-heaps of a Payatas.

To be poor is not just a question of economics. Its psychological dimension is a crying reality. It is like being imprisoned in a dungeon where hope is lost because there is no opportunity for escape; where the light shines not for only darkness prevails. No wonder the poor clinch their fist against the heavens and shout their outrage at those who glory in their naked defenselessness.

The Lord said…."The poor you will always have with you…." How long, O Lord, will my people remain poor? It is easy to analyze their poverty with the mind. But try feeling it with your heart. Walk the pathways of their wretchedness and live in the polluted squalor of their hovels where life is compressed in the concreteness of lack of space.

Can you blame them their one moment of escape — through drugs? Their mind expands, their horizon stretches afar off and for that brief moment, they have the euphoria of power. The power to be! The power to dream!

Macro-state? Macro-politics. Macro-economics? They only hasten the destruction of what is already being destroyed. Hate upon hate. And greed upon greed.

And so God came to earth and chose to be born poor and live poor. He walked among the poor and his disciples were also the poor. And to the poor he gave the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven.

Why? Because "it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven."

And you would want to be rich? Filthy rich? Like the drug lords of macro-politics and macro-state and macro-economics? They count in billions but the poor in uno, dos, sinco.

These are dangling ideas in a dangling conversation on a hazy afternoon of hazy memories.

As Speedy Gonzales, would say: "Andale! Andale! Arriba! Arriba!"

Life after all is a comic strip.

Amen.

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Featured News

Jolen Tops Them All in GMA 7’s Digital LG Quiz

Master Jonathan Allen S. Yabut, a senior of 217, won the weekly Digital LG Quiz show sponsored by GMA 7 and LG Electronics, Philippines on June 20, 2001. He also topped the monthly finals on August 16 making him eligible to join the Quarterly finals on September 20. Jolen competed against three other schools namely, Bagong Barrio National High School, Maysan High School, and Pasig Catholic School in the weekly finals. He garnered a record-breaking score of 490 points, which was the highest among other weekly winners.

In the monthly finals, Jonathan bested three more schools,the Salvador Araneta High School, Lorenzo de Manila High School, and Novaliches High School. He broke once again the former record of 500 points because he got a total of 510 points. Jonathan was able to bring a big sum of money and a colored television set for the high school faculty. He is now intensively preparing for the quarterly finals with his coach Miss Edna Marco, Head for Cultural Affairs.

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Campus Personalities

Ten years ago, everybody hated him. Even the nice guy next door types like Denis Reyes, who was still in school in ‘89, the year he came to take the post as school treasurer. Today, however, paeans are being sung no end about the good he’s done.

The object of all these love-hate thing? Rev. Fr. Edwin A. Lao, erstwhile treasurer and now Rector and President. The school? Colegio de San Juan de Letran, the knight who has just about retrieved his shining armor. Many thanks . Letranites have no doubts about it, to Fr. Edwin.

Bad Days

Letran has seen better days. According to Father Edwin, the decline really started way back in the late 60’s when the management of the school was turned over by the Spanish Dominicans, the priestly order that founded the school 400 years ago, to their Filipino counterparts. For one thing, the whole Dominican Order, the Filipino side, that is, was left to fend for themselves, bereft of even the rudimentary skills in administration and business, much less the needed logistics. The fabled riches, the so-called friar estates, that were awarded to the Order by the Spanish Crown, seemed to be just that -- fables.

Not surprisingly, the Filipino Dominicans were unprepared to take over the reins of the institutions the Spaniards left behind. Management and organization were uncharted fields for Filipino Dominicans of three decades age. While the Filipino Dominicans strove to keep the schools and the churches going in the face of penury and inexperience, the adjustment period had been long and painful. That these goodly priests went through the gauntlet without a whimper of complaint or a shout for help to its numerous and very able alumni shows the mettle Filipino Dominicans are made of.

Good Results

And recover it did. Letran banking on the strength of its good performance and name over the last 400 years as a provider of a good Catholic education for the sons of

the rich and not so rich, many of whom have left an indelible mark of their passage in the history of the country, never failed to attract a good number of students.

Today, the products of those difficult years have proven their worthiness in many fields of endeavor. Some have become governors of provinces, legislators, big businessmen, prominent professionals, and academicians. Most of them have turned out to be solid citizens of the country, the types you would like to have on your side because they would never run away from a good fight.

Good and Bad

Recently some of these knights in shining armor hugged the front pages of newspapers and magazines and became household personalities because of the television coverage of the Estrada impeachment proceedings and the key roles they played in bringing the president of the Republic to trial. There’s Chavit Singson, key witness and governor of Ilocos Sur. Jose Luis Yulo, star witness and former president of the Philippine Stock Exchange, Cecilio Apostol, congressman turned prosecutor, and Leonard de Vera, member of the private prosecution team. Even on the civil front, a Letranite, Pastor Saycon, also played a critical role. Saycon was a convenor of Kompil II. the non-government organization that mustered popular support for Estrada’s impeachment and, after its ignoble end, for the second show of people power at EDSA.

Bad guys turned good guys? Sinners turned saints? Whatever, this latest batch of Letranites, shine with patina all their own. An elan that has not changed over the centuries, but which sizzles and dazzles whenever the push comes to shove and somebody has got hit back and hard. This indefinable quality that separates the Knights from the Archers or the Eagles or the Lions is the essence of what Letranites call Dugong Arriba.

Risky Days

Heady with their successful takeover from the Spaniards, the school decided to expand by building a branch in Calamba, Laguna. Needless to say, the decision was not only wise, marketing-wise, it was noble and patriotic. The market was really there for the taking. In fact, there was a real need for a good school. Letran-Calamba did contribute its share in making the industrialization efforts in the Calabarzon sustainable by providing locally the professionals and technicians

needed to run it over the last two decades of rapid growth.

The move was also timely. It was in synch with government moves to build an industrial corridor that would generate hundreds of thousands of jobs for the labor force of 4 provinces, including Metro Manila. The fact that the CALABARZON is now the biggest and most robust of industrial sites is one laurel more in the cap of Letran.

However, financially, the move was a risky one. Depending solely on its own internal funds, the school was squeamish about bank loans and solicitation from alumni had put a heavy burden on the finances of Letran-Manila. The added cost of a second campus stunted the growth of the Manila campus which, in time, translated in a decline of enrollment and prestige. The school built itself a financial quagmire that threatened to swallow up both campuses.

Stringent Days

It was, at this time critical time, that Father Edwin came into the picture. Neither a Letranite, although he did have a study stint at the school while on his way to postulancy in the Dominican Order, nor a management man, he admitted to a preference of pastoral work. Father Edwin, however, has money in his blood. Son of a Chinese grocery owner in his native town of Duenas, lloilo province. Father Edwin was raised in a typically Chinese household. Everybody’s life, all 7 children and both parents, revolved around the store. His childhood was, in the recollection of Father Edwin, a daily regime of packing orders and making deliveries interspersed with school and homework. Even play was done inside the store so the children will develop a "nose for the money".

Restoring the financial house of Letran in order was like-fishing hitting the water for Fr. Edwin. While he says he did not enjoy doing it as he was already making an alarming number of enemies in the faculty, personnel, studentry, and even among his colleagues, Father Edwin did a thorough job as Vice President for Financial Affairs of Letran. He pinched and counted centavos as only a Chinese can and he even did it in a big way. He took and finished a master’s degree program in management at the Asian Institute of Management.

Tough Days

Education in the seminary, however, did not prepare Father Edwin for an intellectual tussle with big time executives and businessmen who wre his classmates at AIM. Even the lingo was way over his head. However, trained from childhood, to deliver his best in whatever he had to do. Father Edwin ended up in the 40th rank in his class from a humbling start. He ranked 6th from the lowest. Along difficult climb that anybody who’s done it can be truly be proud of.

While Father Edwin was having a tough time at the AIM, he was also giving the whole school its own dose of bitter medicine. The school, in short, was made to live within its means. The Calamba branch was given autonomy and, had since, been doing well. The Manila school, on the other hand, was getting adjusted to being run like a corporation. After ten years of keeping a tigh hold on the purse, Letran has finally found its financial footing, ready and able to face up with the challenges of the 21st century.

Happy Days

Two years ago, Father Edwin was unanimously elected as president and rector of Letran Manila. But that does not mean happy days have already arrived. For one thing, Letran has more buildings, better facilities, qualified faculty, more amenities. At the back of all these, there is the need for more money to come in. But the school decides, not at the expense of the student. The only school that has not raised tuition fees in the last decade. Letran may yet be the only one that will not raise its tuition fees this coming school year.

So how will it get the money it needs to provide the quality education that will make it competitive in this age of Information Technology?

Maximization and optimization, words he must have absorbed at the AIM. Father Edwin believes, will bring in the money that tuition fees will not. That means going into business in many different ways from selling water, softdrinks, and bote garapa to selling bedspace for Letran transients, to holding banquets and seminars /workshops in its spacious and newly furbished -- San Vicente Liem de la Paz Student Center. Father Edwin nowadays is bursting with so many business ideas. One gets the niggling feeling that, contrary to his protestations, he is actually enjoying making money. For while he may have sublimated or quashed the Chinese feeling for money per se for the more euphoric highs that go with building and creating, the nose for it will always turn up when needed.

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NEW ELEMENTARY TEACHERS
By Maria Rosario Faustino

School year 2001- 2002 opened doors to new Elementary teachers.

Ms. Sotera G. Alcaraz is a native of Bulacan. She has worked as a Pastoral worker in the Diocese of Antipolo. She is formerly a Pastoral worker-formator in the Ministry of Social and Human Development. Her previous work was teaching Christian Living and Technology and Home Economics at San Idelfonso College in the High School Department in Tanay, Rizal. Ms. Alcaras is now teaching Filipino and Christian Living in the Elementary Department. Recently, she finished her M.A. in Religion at De La Salle University.

Ms. Maria Rosario A. Faustino is a graduate of Sta. Isabel College with the degree of Bachelor of Science major in Public Relations with Honorable Distinction. After taking her eighteen units she passed the Licensure Examination of Teachers (LET). She worked as a Grade School teacher in Maria Montessori School in Ayala Alabang. She is currently the class adviser of St. Thomas of Aquinas section and the new Letran Page adviser. She is currently continuing her Masteral Degree at the Ateneo de Manila University for an M.A. in Educational Administration.

Mr. Joseph M. Sarmiento is a native of Bulacan. He has been teaching Math for quite some time now. He graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Education. He taught in St. Paul San Ildefonso, Bulacan. He is teaching Math and MAPE at the Elementary Department.

Mr. Dennis A. Apostol is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education Major in English. A native of Dao, Capiz, he is presently residing at Sampaloc, Manila. He used to be a substitute teacher of Agtanguay Elementary School. He loves teaching children and he will be teaching MAPE, Language and Reading and Phonics.

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