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Rabbouni. Hebrew for “Teacher”. This was what the College of Arts and Sciences celebrated on July 22, 2010.

Teachers and staff of the CAS gathered in the spirit of fun and camaraderie to honor and admire some of its teachers for their recent professional achievements: Fr. Ruel Lero, Dr. Juliet Salgados and Dr. Ethel Doria for having successfully completed and defended their doctoral theses. Dr. Leonila Madelozo, Prof. Legardo Palaca, Prof. Jocelyn Tagaro, Prof. Fe Crescencio for achieving tenured status. Mr. Robert Relativo, Mrs. Karen Capapas, Mr. Regino Labesternos , Mrs. Janettes Renegado, Ms. Socorro Anne Revilla, Ms. Catherine Bustrillos and Ms. Hyacinth Suarez for being promoted or re-ranked. And Ms. Luzviminda Bijud for her dedication and commitment to serving the University until her retirement last semester.

A mass was celebrated by Religious Education Department Chairman, Fr. Anselmo Nicasio, and CAS Dean, Fr. Ruel Lero, at 8:30 A.M. at the St. Gabriel Chapel. By 9:30 A.M. the faculty and staff headed for La Casa Verbi Divini (House of the Divine Word) at Panglao and set-out for a day of recreation at the beach.

Upon arrival at the venue, the College’s BEC clusters gathered for morning reflection. That day’s passage was taken from “The Word in Other Words” and aptly talked about Mary Magdalene and the resurrection and ascension of Jesus to the Father. It was also in the passage where Jesus is called “Rabbouni” which means “Teacher.” Indeed, a very appropriate reading for the day’s celebration.

A brief program followed after the BEC session. Dr. Ethel Doria treated the celebrants to a free “fortunetelling session.” Personifying the known seer Madame Auring, Madame Ethel predicted what would happen to the celebrants five years from now, gamely referring to her “visions” in her Bolang Krystal (which was really a watermelon!) as those in line with the College’s Five Year Development Plan.

With predictions like Dr. Leonila Madelozo discovering a new element called Madelonuim, the matrimonial union of Mr. & Mrs. Robert and Hyacinth Relativo and Mrs. Karen Capapas becoming the Chairperson for the Department of Psychology, the program was hilarious and entertaining and had all of us laughing until our stomachs hurt.

A touching tribute was also offered to retiree and well-loved colleague Ms. Luvizminda Bijud. Ms. Bijud served our University for nine years and Holy Spirit School for 21 years. Dr. Isabelita Bulala fondly recalled stories and talked about the pleasure of having Ms. Bijud as a friend and colleague. Ms. Rosalina Chatto and Mrs. Rosalie Bojos, who were under Ms. Bijud’s tutelage in their high school years, gave heartwarming testimonials about her (Ms. Bijud) extensive experience in teaching, pleasant disposition, and kind heart. She will truly be missed!

After taking lunch, it was fun, fun, fun with the videoke machine! Teachers and staff sang their hearts out, danced like they had no care in the world, and desperately tried to beat Fr. Ansel’s score of 96. Kudos to Dr. Pancito, whose singing and dancing was truly at the highest performance level and could be likened to that of a Broadway performer’s. Working scholar Angelyn Suello surprised us all with her Sarah Geronimo singing voice. Fr. Ansel and Fr. Ted Gapuz treated us to a marathon of standards. Those, and many more memorable moments, made the day a great success!

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