Catherine M. Perez | 5/2/2012 12:00:00 AM
This year´s awardees of the Blessed Brother Arnould Reche FSC Distinguished Alumni Award 2012 or Gawad Alumni could never be more deserving. |
The three recipients of the prominent award were carefully selected for three different categories: (1) Science, technology and research; (2) Church involvement, community service/social responsibility and environment; and (3) Government and public service.
The SENTRUM was packed with the graduating batch of 2012 on March 22, 2012 to witness the awarding ceremony.
De La Salle Lipa´s President and Chancellor Br. Joaquin S. Martinez FSC, D. Min. posed a challenge to the graduates to follow the footsteps and example of the alumni who continue to live St. John Baptist De La Salle´s legacy in their chosen career, long after they left their alma mater. The Brother President urged everyone to exemplify the Lasallian guiding principles of upholding the faith, unwavering zeal for service and the communion in mission.
Dr. Benito P. Atienza, batch ´79, the recipient of Gawad Alumni for science, technology and research, is a well-known and trusted pediatrician in Batangas. Dr. Atienza along with his colleagues, established Child (Bulilit) Community Health Workers Foundation, the first ever child-to-child program to be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Mr. Jose Francisco Q. Cifra, Senior Asst. Vice Pres. of China Banking Corporation, batch ´72, was selected for the church involvement, community service/social responsibility and environment category. The multi-awarded Rotarian has been honored for his "vision to bring water to the thirsty, food to the hungry, medical attention to the sick, education to the illiterate and clothing for the needy" with the approval of his proposal known as the Rotary Gawad Kalinga Village-Brookside.
The last but not least recipient of the Gawad Alumni for this year was Maj. Gen. Tristan M. Kison, batch ´72. He is now "in command of all AFP Forces in the National Capital Region as Commanding General of the NCRCOM and plays a big role in protecting the seat of government." He attributed his achievements to the Lasallian ideals of “teaching minds, touching hearts and transforming lives."
In the closing remarks of the Vice Chancellor for Academics and Research Dr. Alicia Botardo, she quoted one of the awardees who said, "sarili ko, bahagi ng lahat." The VCAR referred to it as the very essence of a Lasallian. She hoped that the batch 2012 will soon make their mark.
The Blessed Brother Arnould Reche FSC Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes the outstanding achievements of De La Salle Lipa´s alumni in their respective field.