UM is for peace and dignity for all on 71st Founding Anniversary

THE UNIVERSITY of Mindanao officials and employees gathered once again  to celebrate its 71st Founding Anniversary last Friday, July 28 amid a backdrop of military inspired decorations, and everyone looking clean and crisp in their white outfits.

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UM President Dr. Guillermo P. Torres Jr. along with employees of UM and affiliates leads the singing of the university hymn. BING GONZALES

The night started off with Chief Academic Officer Pedro B. San Jose giving the welcome remarks, in which he thanked all the employees; teaching and non-teaching, for their hard work and perseverance, which for the school has resulted in producing several board exam top placers early on in the year, as well as various accreditations from different agencies reaffirming its high standing in the academic community.

“We look forward to more challenges and victories,” he said.

The University also recognized its long-serving employees in different categories, beginning with the China Platinum Service Award (20 years) garnered to Ricky Alberca, Jeanette Anunciado, Dante Aviola, Brigida Bacani, Richard Bajao, Noemi Bataga, Frida Santa Dagatan, Maximo Dagatan Jr, Carlito Flores, Rodne Flores, Maryknoll Gabutero, Cresencio Genobiagon Jr, Roberto Magbojos, Agustina Perez, Teodoro Rivas, Reynaldo Saga, Edbert Tagalog, Joner Villaluz, Teotimo Badilla Jr, Cesar Banzas, Henry Claridad, Donerick Codilan, Roberto Duhan, Delfino Iguianon, Ma. Ethel Laurel, Jocelyn Leano, Sheryll Pueblos, Heler Duremdes, and Dionisio Namalata, and from the branch campuses: Jestita Gurrea, Imelda Isaal, Gina Fe Israel, and Carlito Panganoron Jr.

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UM President Dr. Guillermo P. Torres Jr. (center) and Edgardo O. Castillo, chief information officer, with teachers who received their special awards. BING GONZALES

For the Silver Jubilee Service Award (25 years) are Evelyn Canama, Marivic Dalumpines, Feliciano Deloria Jr, Carlito Dima, Evelyn Galope, Ma. Sandra Garcia, Geoffrey Girado, Ricardo Hermosilla, Marie Fe Lacsado, Diosdado Madelo, Bernard Muldes, Jaime Nini Jr, Jimmy Ranara, Joaquin Sarabia, Elsa Sevilla, Juanito Villasencio, Jocelyn Antonio, Marita de Jesus, Ma. Aurora Ibanez, Lolita Ocay, Rodrigo Solis, Romeo Briosos, Ronaldo Canada, Merydil Flores, and Eddie Manlaya; and for the branch campuses: Ma. Theresa Archival, Jesus Elson Dollete, and Merlie Miranda.

For the Pearl Jubilee Service Award (30 years) are Maria Linda Arquiza, Charlito Canesares, Norfa Mendoza, and Ruel Navalque, while from the branch campus was Riza Muyco.

For the Coral Jubilee  Service Award (35 years) are Nygen Catabay, Vilma Cuevas, Ane Itaas, Raquel Mohamad, and Zenaida Sablay, while from the branch campuses were Janet Matuguinas, Maria Teresa Barredo, and Cresencia Sardido.

The Ruby Jubilee (40 years) and Diamond Jubilee (60 years) Service Awards were garnered to Thelma Yu and Pedro B. San Jose, respectively.

Model Employees, Outstanding Teachers, and Best Practices and Special Awards for the colleges were also handed out to the deserving employees; a testament to UM’s valuing the services of its personnel.

The party wasn’t without a little friendly competition between “zones”, and Zone 3 brought the house down with their fiery number to the tune of Hagibis’ Katawan, ultimately clinching the championship, followed by Zone 5 in second place with their YMCA by Village People dance rendition, and Zone 4 with their number to the tune of Nanggigigil by Hagibis.

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The Dance Fever- Year 2 champion, Zone 3

Beauties also walked the stage in the celebrations for Miss Foundation Day 2017, but ultimately, Kate Derice Tancinco, a senior high teacher, clinched the crown. She was also Mutya ng UM 2012 during her college years and a Mutya ng Dabaw hopeful.

 Prizes abounded for everyone during the night, and lucky employees got to take home tablet computers, laptops, netbooks, television sets and other gadgets, home appliances, ten sets of P7, 100; and the grand prize, two sets of P71, 000 were won by lucky participants.

The event was of course attended by UM President  Dr. Guillermo P. Torres Jr. along with wife Betsy, and both busted out dance moves to the delight of all as the party continued into the night. But more importantly, Dr. Torres underscored the importance of the university’s stance on being for peace and ensuring there was dignity for all its employees, as well as the community it was serving.

Dr. Torres also excitedly announced the theme for next year, “Basic Education”, where he said participants would come dressed in their elementary or high school uniforms.

“Foundation Day is to enjoy and have fun,” he said, and added he looked forward to seeing everyone in the foundation day celebrations to come.

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