[Blueboard] 2017 Traditional University Awards

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29 August 2017

Memo to         :           The University Community

Subject            :           2017 Traditional University Awards

The Traditional University Awards of the Ateneo de Manila recognize the
life and works of men and women in our society who exemplify the values of
the university. For 2017, the Board of Trustees has chosen to award the
following individuals, all exemplars in their respective fields:

*Fr Mark Lesage CICM                                              *

Bukas Palad Award


In this Year of the Parish as Communion of Communities, we honor a man who
dedicated 30 years of his life to transforming St Joseph’s Parish in Las
Piñas City into a participatory church. Under his guidance, St Joseph’s
became an exemplar of what a Basic Ecclesial Community (BEC) could be and
was visited by pastoral ministers from all over the world. Assigned to
develop the *Bukal ng Tipan* Pastoral Center in 2001, Fr Mark remains
committed to training pastoral workers and supporting BECs in parishes all
over the country.

*Synergeia Foundation Inc under the leadership of Milwida M
Guevara                         *

Ozanam Award

​From a learning circle for Ford Foundation grantees doing work on
education reform, Synergeia Foundation engages local governments, the
Department of Education, socio-civic groups, schools, teachers, parents,
and students in its mission to to improve basic education in the country.
Passionately and patiently guided by Dr Milwida M Guevara since its
establishment in 2002, Synergeia’s programs are now in 250 municipalities
and benefiting nearly 1.5 million schoolchildren.

*Br Carlito M Gaspar CSsR                                      *

Parangal Lingkod Sambayanan


A Redemptorist missionary, theologian and anthropologist, Br Karl Gaspar
has lived and worked side by side with the “lumad” or indigenous peoples of
Mindanao for more than 30 years. He is a champion of the indigenous
peoples’ cultural and resource rights, and promotes a deeper understanding
of their culture among the non-lumad population through teaching, and his
academic and popular writing. Also a staunch advocate of peace, Br Karl has
engaged in extensive peace-building efforts through inter-faith dialogues
and ecumenical involvements in Mindanao.

*Patricia B Licuanan PhD                                        *

Government Service Award


As Chair of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Dr Licuanan led the
implemention of significant reforms which have resulted in the advancement
of the quality of education in state colleges and universities, and in
greater access to higher education for low income students. An advocate of
women’s rights long before she was CHED Chair, Dr Licuanan was instrumental
in mainstreaming gender and development in higher education, both in the
curriculum and in school policies. Under her leadership, CHED has and
continues to respond with professionalism and compassion to the curricular
and personnel challenges brought about by the country’s adoption of the
K-12 basic education program.

*Alfonso C Bolipata                                                   *

Gawad Tanglaw ng Lahi


A violinist trained at the Juilliard School, Coke Bolipata was at the cusp
of an international career when he decided to come back to the Philippines
to teach violin to the children of Zambales’ farmers, fisherfolk, overseas
workers and other low-income families. Through 25 years and with the help
of other artist family members, Coke developed Casa San Miguel, a music and
arts school which boasts of an auditorium, artists’ residences, a gallery,
and a museum of local history and culture. Many of Casa’s scholars are now
mentors themselves, teaching underprivileged children in San Miguel,
Zambales and Tondo, Manila.

The schedule for the 2017 Special Academic Convocation is as follows:



Tuesday, 26 September 2017



3:00 in the afternoon



Rev Henry Lee Irwin SJ Theatre

All administrators, faculty, professionals, and non-teaching personnel are
expected to attend this university function.

Students of the various school units in Loyola, Ortigas and Makati are
encouraged to witness the conferment and be part of this university

Other details pertinent to the participation of each unit will be announced
separately by the units.

Thank you.

Jose Ramon T Villarin SJ


Office of the President
Ateneo de Manila University
Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights,
Quezon City 1108
Tel No: 63 (02) 426 6001
Fax No: 63 (02) 426 6079
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