Inside CEU’s virtual Loyalty Day

Published October 22, 2020, 2:50 PM

by Kerry Tinga

The university honors loyal employees and alumni on this special day

Neither rain nor shine nor pandemic stops Centro Escolar University (CEU) in their pursuit to provide quality education and celebrate achievements. This year, the university staged its annual Loyalty Day virtually to recognize the years of service rendered by personnel and alumni.

The CEU Loyalty Day is celebrated every Sept. 11 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Dr. Concepcion Aguila, who is the university’s icon of fidelity and commitment to service. Dr. Aguila served as the executive director, Dean of the Graduate School, Dean of the College of Education, and the moderator of extracurricular activities at CEU.

“I was not given the chance to meet her personally, but I felt her positive influence on the people who had the chance to work with her,” says CEU alumnus Dr. Allan Raymund Del Rosario in tribute to the late Dr. Aguila. “Her legacy and mantra of strict discipline, professionalism, and high standards are taken seriously, practiced earnestly and thoughtfully by her successor.”

“I hope that our care and love for our alma mater remains and stays forever,” he adds in his speech as guest speaker. “Let’s support one another, pray for each other, especially in this time of the global pandemic. Again, my congratulations to all loyalty awardees and to CEU.”

The highlight of the event were the 101 parent-alumni and service awards. This include two 45-year service awardees: Patricia Alviar of CEU Manila School of Nursing, and Amelia Rubin De Celis of CEU Manila School of Pharmacy. In accepting her award, De Celis roused her fellow CEU family, encouraging them to continue to use every opportunity to perform their work to the best of their abilities. They take pride in working in the education sector, helping pave the way for the next generation.

Meanwhile, Dr. Kathryn Cunanan-Elevazo, another alumna of CEU, delivered the response for the parent-awardees. She represents generations of loyalty to the educational institution that shaped her. Like her mother, Dr. Cunanan-Elevazo passed on the Escolarian education to her son, who will be graduating as a optometrist. Her husband is also a CEU alumnus, making it a full family affair.

“On behalf of all my fellow parent-awardees,” Dr. Cunanan-Elevazo starts, “I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to our alma mater, the Centro Escolar University, for giving us inspiration, for molding us and the future students of optometry to be better and successful individuals.”

The first ever virtual Loyalty Day was made possible through the efforts of this year’s working committees, led by university registrar Dr. Rhoda Aguilar, and CEU Alumni Foundation Inc. (CEU-AFI) president, Dr. Paz I. Lucido.

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