Partnerships were also forged with Knowledge Channel (KC), Catholic Educators Association of the Philippines (CEAP), and VIBAL Publishing to further expand program reach. FUSE was also recently awarded with a plaque of appreciation by the Philippine Association of Chemistry Teachers, Inc. (PACT), the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, and the Science Across the World Network in recognition of their exemplary support and generosity in co-hosting the first Philippine edition of Young Ambassadors for Chemistry “Promoting Public Understanding of Chemistry”.
Rizal honors its Outstanding Educators
A founding member and former official of the Foundation for Upgrading the Standard of Education (FUSE) led outstanding educators honored by the Rizal provincial government.
The Rizal government bestowed its first “Gawad Natatanging Rizaleño sa Edukasyon” to Dr. Avelina T. Llagas as special educator awardee and to 16 others.
The awards were given by Gov. Casimiro A. Ynares III at the Ynares Sports Complex in Antipolo City last March 4.
The award seeks to inspire educators in Rizal “to strengthen their efforts and aspirations in equipping the youth with quality education, harnessing values and producing globally competitive individuals.”
Llagas, who headed the Morong High School, is the only retiree among the awardees. She was former director of the Bureau of Secondary Education, Department of Education and was member of the board trustees and the executive committee of FUSE.
She also wrote “ Morong High School : A Living Legacy.” The proceeds from the sale of the book went to scholarship program of teachers.
The valedictorian of the Morong High School class of 1960, Rogelio Arcia, said he does not only respect Llagas “as a great teacher and adviser, but also a legend in this institution and in the world of Philippine education system.”
“Dr. Llagas had mentored me for what and where I am now,” Arcia told graduating class of Morong High School on April 2, 2004.
U.P. Alumni Group Honors FUSE Trustee
The U.P. Alumni Association (UPAA) will give a trustee and founding member of the Foundation for Upgrading the Standard of Education (FUSE) a recognition award next Saturday for her contributions to education.
UPAA has chosen Dr. Dionisia A. Rola to be among the 24 recipients of its Distinguished Alumni Award in the U.P. General Alumni-Faculty Homecoming and Reunion on June 26 at 4 p.m. in the Ang Bahay ng Alumni, U.P. Diliman campus, Quezon City.
From U.P., Rola got her associate in arts degree, with high honors, in 1941 and her bachelor of science in engineering degree, magna cum laude, in 1947.
She was first Philippine graduate of the University of Melbourne, where she earned her master of arts degree in 1952 as UNESCO and then as Colombo Plan scholar.
Rola was the first chancellor of U.P. in the Visayas. She spent her working life as an academic and senior administrator with U.P. while holding other positions, like being a member of the Presidential Commission on Educational Reform in 1998 and a member of the first council of the Asian Fisheries Society from 1984 to 1986.
When FUSE was being organized on December 1994 by Sen. Edgardo J. Angara, a former U.P. president; Sorsogon Rep. Salvador H. Escudero III and industrialist Lucio C. Tan, she readily joined the foundation and became one of its trustees.
“The UPAA made a special effort this time to identify unsung achievers – those whose accomplishments in little-known corner of the country are remarkable, but have remained unheralded and unrecognized,” said Alfredo Pascual, UPAA president.
In the case of Rola, UPAA is giving her a special honor with three others for lifetime achievement among the distinguished alumni this year. The three others are Dr. Jose B. Cruz, Dr. Ernesto O. Domingo, and Prof. Isabel C. Sevilla-Soriano.
The rest of the awardees are: Dr. Cleofas P. Rodriguez-Cervancia, Dr. Julie C. Fuentes, Nicolas A. Deocampo, Angel C. Cacnio, Annie G. Dee, Ma. Teresa J. Danguilan-Vitug, Adelina Royeca-Philipsen, Dr. Lily M. Rosqueta-Rosales, attorney Ramon Antonio P. Paterno, Dr. Carolyn Anne L. Canda-Benigno, Dr. Jaime C. Montoya, Dr. Francisco S. Sy, Dr. Juan Ma. Pablo R. Nanagas, Lucio N. Tabing, Dr. Agustin B. Molina, Dr. Rey A. Elizondo, Dr. Miflora Minoza-Gatchalian, Dr. Cynthia T. Hedreyda, and Marian M. Santos-Nash.
This year’s UPAA Distinguished Service Award goes to Dr. Ramon Maria G. Acoymo.