[Blueboard] Talk on Filipino Self-Image

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Mon Nov 21 12:35:53 PHT 2005

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The Department of Modern Languages
School of Humanities
and the
Ateneo Lingua, Ars, Cultura

in celebration of

Arete, The Humanities Week 2005

invite the university community to a talk on
"The Filipino Self-Image"

Atty. Magdangal M. de Leon, Associate Justice
Court of Appeals, Manila

Tuesday, 22 November 2005
1:30-3:00 p.m., Social Sciences Audio-Visual Room

De Leon discusses the possibility of overcoming the negative mental
picture that we Filipinos have formed of ourselves owing in large part to
our colonial experience. He proposes  a new  program that gives Filipinos
a positive self-image, bringing to the fore their strengths, gifts,
talents, tremendous cultural and natural resources, their oneness as a
people and all the other  positive things they have in common. De Leon
argues that when we feel good about ourselves, we develop a willingness
to work, persevere and sacrifice for the common good, and thus attain
national progress.
	Magdangal P. de Leon is a product of the Philippine public school system
and was recognized for leadership and academic excellence throughout his
student years. He obtained his Foreign Service degree in the University
of the Philippines where he also graduate from its College of Law. After
a few years in private practice, starting with the law office of the
prominent trial lawyer, De Leon entered government service as a Trial
Attorney in the Office of the Solicitor General. In 1991 he was appointed
Assistant Solicitor General by then President Corazon Aquino. Last year,
President Arroyo appointed him Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals,
Manila. He is also a faculty member and bar reviewer at the Ateneo Law
School and other law schools.
	Aside from law, music is his other great love. Born to a musical family,
being the son of National Artist for Music Felipe Padilla de Leon and
concert pianist Iluminada Bonus Mendoza, De Leon is a musician in his own
right. He composed, among many others, hymns for the Philippine Army
March, the Philippine Coast Guard and the U.P. College of Law . Aside
from being a former member and soloist of the Philippine Madrigal
Singers, he has done choral arrangements for the said group  and other
choirs. He has also served as judge at the National Music Competition for
Young Artists (NAMCYA) and the Yamaha Guitar Competition.

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