[Blueboard] Congratulations--and thank you!--to the 27th University Service Awardees!

Maricor E. Baytion mbaytion at ateneo.edu
Wed Feb 2 20:46:35 PHT 2005

27th University Service Awards at the Ateneo

On Thursday, February 3, 2005, the Ateneo de Manila honors and thanks 231
faculty, administrators, professionals and staff who have rendered dedicated
service to the university. Among 22 units/offices, the Loyola Schools have the
most number of awardees at 102; the grade school has 33; high school, 24; law
school, 15.

This year's special awardees (those who have worked at the Ateneo for at least
25 years) are:

40 years: Lydia G. Maribojoc (GS)
35 years: Virgilio T. Mandagan (GS), Zenaida Xavier (GS), Francisco Perez, S.J.
          (HS), Angelita B. Perez (HS), and Jose A. Marasigan (LS)
30 years: Yolanda L. Arambulo (AG), Alfredo F. Familaran (PPM), Joseph P. del
          Valle (HS), Percival J. Meris (HS), Joaquin Bernas, S.J. (Law), Ellen
          H. Palanca (LS), Antonia S. Santos (LS), Alma S. de la Cruz (LS)
25 years: Jeanne Frances I. Illo (IPC), Cynthia C. Veneracion (IPC), Ferdinand
          V. de Jesus (CPO), Leticia M. Benavidez (PDAA), Rolando  M. Enriquez
          (PPLH), Aida G. Bringino (VPFT), Jose M. Santos (VPFT), Soledad T.
          Bautista (HS), Armando F. Ogayon (HS), Tobias C. Tano (HS), Samson E.
          Go (LS), Teresa V. Go (LS), Rodrigo C. Domingo (LS), Ma. Luisa T.
          Reyes (LS), Numeriano M. Melaya (LS), Susan L. Cellano (LS), Susan O.
          Pador (LS), and Francis D. Puzon (LS).

Special awardee Father Joaquin Bernas, S.J., until last year was the dean of the
law school. He has served the Ateneo in  various roles for 30 of his 50 years as
a Jesuit: high school teacher right  after ordination; law school professor
after graduate work abroad; dean of  the college  of arts and sciences; dean of
the law school; Jesuit Provincial; and
president of the university. As Provincial he participated in the 33rd and 34th
sessions of the Society's General Congress in Rome. Closer to home he was member
of the Constitutional Convention while serving as university president.

Father Bernas's record of service as law professor and university
administrator as well as constitutionalist lawyer, author and newspaper
columnist exemplifies what Ignatian spirituality is all about: openness
to the world and centeredness of Christ in one's life. It is way of living and
serving which he urges employees to embrace more and more.

Serving the longest among this year's special awardees is Mrs. Lydia
Maribojoc of the grade school. Coming to the Ateneo in 1964 from
Labason, Zamboanga del Norte, after graduation in 1963  from St. Vincent's
College in Dipolog City, Mrs. Maribojoc has been with the Ateneo grade school
ever since. Starting out as a teacher handling almost all subjects, she now
serves as head of faculty and staff development, seeking to enrich the working
lives of 230 teachers and personnel of the Ateneo grade school.

She believes that Jesuit education is the best because it aims for the
spiritual formation not only of its students but also of its faculty
and staff. While challenges within a fast-changing environment abound, she does
not see these as insurmountable, and credits the Ignatian orientation of seeing
God in everything as her guiding philosophy. Perhaps this is what has made
working in the Ateneo for 40 years seem like a breeze.

Indeed, not only has Mrs. Maribojoc given a good part of her life to
the Ateneo; it also seems like the family's second home: her husband,
Atty. Cipriano Maribojoc, was last year's 40-year service awardee, and all
their five children studied at the Ateneo. "If staying in the Ateneo for 40
years is not love, what is?" she asks with a smile.


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