Family Honors Dad with P1M Endowment Fund
The family of the first Filipino full-time director of the then School of Journalism and Communications, now College of Mass Communication (CMC), handed a check for P700,000 to Silliman University to start a committed P1 million endowment fund in honor of their late father, Atty. Alexander G. Amor.
One of his sons, Mr. Adlai J. Amor, who is currently Director of Communications at the Bread of the World in Washington, DC., presented the check to Silliman officials Vice President for Finance and Administration Prof. Cleonico Y. Fontelo, Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Betsy Joy B. Tan and Vice President for Development Prof. Jane Annette L. Belarmino.
(Mr. Adlai Amor shakes the hand of Vice President for Finance and Administration Prof. Cleonico Y. Fontelo. Looking on are Dr. Betsy Joy B. Tan, Vice President for Academic Affairs (beside Professor Fontelo) and Prof. Jane Annette L. Belarmino, Vice President for Development.)
This gift coincided with the naming of a facility at the CMC as the Alexander G. Amor Electronic Newsroom, which took place during the CMC’s anniversary celebration. Proceeds from the endowment will go towards the upkeep the AGA Electronic Newsroom.
Atty. Amor became the first Filipino director of the College following its establishment in June 1966 by Dr. D. Wayne Rowland, a Fulbright professor. He was active with his legal practice and was at the same time teaching part-time as an associate professor at Silliman. Two of his favorite subjects were Advertising and News Writing. Until his passing in 2011 at the age of 83, he was still teaching while practicing law.
In his message on behalf of their family, the younger Amor, who is an Outstanding Sillimanian in Environmental Journalism, recalled his father as “wily but humorous and (one) who loved teaching and his students dearly.”
Together with Mr. Adlai in the ceremony were three of his six siblings (all of whom are Sillimanians): businessman Alex Jr., lawyer Averill and public servant Arnel.