SPU Manila celebrates Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, 111th Founding Anniversary, and Service Awards 2023
By: Ryan Avi Rivera | The Paulinian | January 25, 2023
On January 25, 2023, SPU Manila celebrated the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul and its 111th Founding Anniversary with an Institutional Mass presided over by Rev. Fr. Norman Melchor Peña, SSP. This was followed by the Service Awards 2023 in the Fleur-de-lis Theatre.
During the Institutional Mass, Sr. Ma. Evangeline Anastacio, SPC, University President, led the blessing of the Icon of Jesus the Good Shepherd and welcomed the 2023 Christological theme of “Jesus, the Good Shepherd.” Sr. Nicole de Marie Dabalus, SPC, Vice President for Christian Formation and Student Services, led the Paulinian community in the 2023 adaptation of the Paulinian Gleaners Prayer.
After the Mass, the Service Awards 2023 began with Mr. Joseph Ogalesco and Ms. Judith Alderete from the Christian Formation Office as the masters of ceremony. Sr. Maria Vicenta Estrella, SPC, Vice President for Finance Services, gave her opening remarks to start the program.
“Today, we salute our service awardees who have been serving the institution for five, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 35 years of continuous service. Your endless effort, outstanding commitment, insights, and loyalty are all extremely valuable to the successful endeavors of our beloved institution,” she said.
Ms. Marjiemae Lorenzo, Head of the Student Welfare and Development Office, presented the first batch of service awards as follows:
● Five years
○ Ms. Anna Katrina M. Blas - SHS Faculty
○ Ms. Vivien Leigh L. Katubig - Bookkeeper
○ Ms. Irene A. Cruz - Compensation and Benefits Assistant
○ Ms. Camille M. Gabriel - SHS Faculty
○ Mr. Jose M. Tubio - SPCR Staff
○ Ms. Vanessa Rosette D.S. Vistal - Administrative Staff
● Ten years
○ Mr. Ajocrivipor Agojo - Head, Guidance and Career & Placement
○ Ms. Gertrude Lea M. Montenegro - College Faculty
● Fifteen years
○ Dr. Amelia S. Butial Head - Center for Continuing Education
○ Dr. Girlie F. Guiuan - College Faculty
○ Ms. Michelle F. Mijares College Faculty
○ Ms. Eva R. Navarro - Chairperson, Teacher Education Program and General Education
○ Mr. Leopoldo Pogoy Jr. - ICT Staff
○ Ms. Raya Ann C. Sayaboc - Purchasing Assistant
○ Dr Portia Z. Vitug - College Faculty
After the five, 10, and 15 year-service awardees were recognized, Sophia Santos, a 4th year student from the College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences, sang her own rendition of “Hanggang” as an intermission number.
Then, Ms. Percida Boneo, University Librarian, presented the second batch of awardees:
● Twenty years
○ Ms. Luzviminda A Ardon - Housekeeping Aide
○ Ms. Edetha N. Balaba - Cook
○ Engr. Mervin Cequeña - Building and Grounds Supervisor, Occupational Safety and Pollution Control Officer, Educational Technology Consultant
○ Ms. Ivy P. Coronel - PQA Assistant
○ Ms. Elsa T. Hubilla - Canteen Assistant
○ Mr. Lamer B. Morales - College Faculty
○ Mr. Edgar P. Ocenar - School Driver
○ Mr. Julius E. Riogelon - OIC, Information and Communications Technology
○ Mr. Eliseo H. Tibayan - Housekeeping Aide
● Thirty-five years
○ Mr. Arnold R. Checa - ICT Staff
After all the service awardees had been presented, Neil Dichoso and Anne Salazar from the College of Music and Performing Arts sang a duet, “Sun and Moon.”
Mr. Eliseo Tibayan, an awardee for 20 years of service, gave his message, thanking SPU Manila, the SPC Sisters, his colleagues, and the whole Paulinian community for their kindness since he became an employee in 1997.
This was followed by another intermission number by Sydney Delica from the College of Arts and Sciences—her rendition of “Times of Your Life.” A photo slideshow of the service awardees’ memories and experiences as Paulinian employees over the years was presented.
Sr. Ma Evangeline Anastacio, SPC ended the program with closing remarks about service, love, and the Paulinian core values.
She stated, “It is fitting that on the feast day of the conversion of our patron, St. Paul, we honor our service awardees—men and women who through the years they have spent in this institution, have emulated St. Paul and the five points I spoke about earlier: his Christ-centeredness, his commitment to mission, his giving value to the community; his charism; and his charity.”