Alumni Letter January 2014

Alumni Letter January 2014

Dear Fellow Sillimanians and Friends:

January came with the Siberian cold winds blowing in which gave everyone the chance to pull out their sweaters and jackets. It was a great respite from a warm December. The Siberian winds have slowed down but we still have cooler evenings.

The University Christian Life Emphasis Month (UCLEM) kicked off last January 26, 2014 during the 9:30am service at the Silliman University Church. This year’s UCLEM theme: “Act Justly, Always Do What is Right” is taken from the book of Psalm 106:3: “Happy are those who observe justice, who do righteousness at all times.”(NRSV)

The message is a faith-affirmation that blessings do come to those who do and uphold just deeds, and those who consistently carry out acts of righteousness. To do what is just and to act righteously is the key to a life of blessedness. (UCLEM Study Guide)

A whole month of activities is lined up, with the Galilean Fellowship as one of the major highlights. A Worship Service with Outstanding Sillimanian Awardee in Environmental Journalism, Mr. Adlai J. Amor, as guest speaker on February 23, 2014, 9:30am at SU Church will culminate the month-long UCLEM celebration.

ImageHollywood Designer and SUHS 1982 Alumnus, Alexis Monsanto recently presented his 2014 Spring Collection. Five Diamond Entertainment & Productions presented Monsanto’s 2014 Collection for “The World for Children” Fashion Show at The Center at Twenty-Three Hundred, Sierra Boulevard, Sacramento, California, USA. The beneficiaries of this event are the research for quality care programs of children at Shriners Hospital.

Monsanto’s designs are savored for their exquisite tailoring and precision cuts that flatter a woman’s body and accentuate the natural curves and shapes of a woman’s silhouette. His treatment of fabrics as his canvas is transformed into glamorous evening gowns and two-piece ensembles that are classic, yet suited for the woman with fashion-forward sensibility. (

Silliman University is holding its annual Job Fair on March 19 – 20, 2014 at the College of Business Administration grounds from 8am to 5pm.  This yearly Job Fair is for the 1,001 graduating students, recent graduates and alumni. According to the Alumni and External Affairs Placement Desk, the purpose of the Job Fair is to allow organizations to meet potential employees in an informal setting. The Job Fair also gives job seekers the opportunity to learn more about potential employers and the opportunities available. The focus is on sharing information between organizations and job seekers. It is a way to explore career opportunities within a variety of companies at one location.

A number of companies have registered to join the Job Fair.  These are: San Miguel Brewery; San Miguel Corporation; San Miguel Foods, Inc.; Coca Cola Bottlers Philippines, Inc.; RCBC Savings Bank; First Balfour Construction; Kyocera; DIWA Learning Systems Inc.; John Clements Consultants, Inc.; Metro Bank, Convergys; Qualfon; SPI Global; SSI (Science, People, Innovation); SUN Cellular; JP Morgan Chase & Company and Dupont Performance Coatings. For companies who wish to join the Job Fair you may e-mail, The Placement Officer at [email protected]. This Job Fair is open to the public.

Announcement to our Dear Alumni, Donors and Friends: 

We wish to inform you that the United Board of Christian Higher Education in Asia (UBCHEA) has adjusted its arrangement for fund transfer to Silliman. This development is to assist UBCHEA in mitigating administrative costs associated with the processing of designated gifts to partners (UBCHEA shoulders these administrative costs). 

Effective January 1, 2014, remittance will observe the following schedule: 

  • within one month when cumulative gifts total $5,000 or more
  • within three months when cumulative gifts total $1,000 or more
  • within six months for $1,000 or less 

Thank you for your continuing support to Silliman. 

Memorial Service for the late Mrs. Lourdes Diestro Quial

ImageThe Silliman University College of Nursing, headed by Dean Evalyn E. Abalos, recently held a memorial service in honor of the late Mrs. Lourdes Diestro Quial, a former member of the faculty. The memorial service was held at the Udarbe Memory Chapel. Mrs. Q, as her former students would address her, was a well-loved teacher and a mother to her students. Mrs. Quial served the university as a professor in the College of Nursing from July 1951 up to her retirement in May 31, 1979. Present during the memorial service was her son, former Mayor of Dumaguete City Atty. Efren ‘Dodoy’ D. Quial III and wife Milva. Mrs. Quial passed away last October 31, 2013 in San Pablo City, Laguna. The Quial Memorial Service culminated the SU College of Nursing Week celebration.




Student – Alumni Scholarship Matching

ImageWe wish to congratulate Maricon B. Deparoco (Junior Secondary Education major), Richard D. Araya, Jr. (Freshman Medical Technology) and Ruth R. Academia (Junior Secondary Education major) for having been awarded Class Honors during the recent SU Honors Day. These students are also recipients of the Student-Alumni Scholarship Matching program of the Alumni and External Affairs Office. We also would like to say thank you to our alumni Mr. Nasser A. Hernaez (BSME 1978); Mr. Aurelio P. Ramos, Jr. (BS Math 1973) and Ms. Jessica Rosete-Yogto (BS Psychology 2000) who have responded generously to help these less fortunate but intellectually gifted students.













IN MEMORIAM: Hernando M. Arevalo (BBA 1960) on January 22, 2014.  If you know of any Sillimanian who is not on our memorial list, please inform us.

Thank you for always being there for dear old Silliman.  

President Ben S. Malayang III has requested this office to update you regularly about the happenings on campus. We are also interested in knowing what you and your alumni chapters are doing.

Please keep in touch and update your file with our office if you have not done so. We would truly appreciate it. You may reach the President’s Office through this email address: [email protected] You may also contact the Alumni Affairs Office through this address: [email protected].



The Officers and Staff of the Alumni and External Affairs


cc: Dr. Ben S. Malayang III