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The comeback of golden years.

On their recent 70th anniversary reunion, alumni of Manuel L. Quezon University (MLQU) said they now look forward to a renaissance of its stellar past.

The modern MLQU edifice now stands on Epifano de los Santos Ave. (EDSA) in, Quezon City, with new owners San Jose Builders, led by university chairman Dr. Rizalino L. Acuzar and president Dr. Isagani G. Germar.

At its festive 70th celebration at Wack Wack Golf and Country Club on Nov. 11, Atty. Pedro "Pete" Principe, president of the alumni association, said "there's great enthusiasm for Quezonians to take another shot at Philippine education's leadership" as he paid tribute to the seven illustrious men led by lawyer Leoncio B. Monzon who "envisioned an institution to give the poor and less privileged access to the education and profession to get ahead in life."

"Monzon and his group composed of former Sen. Lorenzo M. Tanada, Arsenio P. Dizon, Carmelino G. Alvendia, Jose B.L. Reyes, Manuel O. Chan, and Anselmo S. Claudio may now feel happy in their graves," Principe said because Acuzar and Germar are determined to resurrect President Manuel Quezon's advocacy that education is "the right of all citizens."

Principe's alumni committee held a meeting with former Chief Justice Reynato Puno at the MLQU Lounge a month before the reunion to rekindle the old fire and revive the old MLQU pride.

Former Philippine Export Zone Authority (PEZA) director general Lilia de Lima led the alumni honored at the Wack Wack reunion. She was recently honored by the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation for her leadership in building a credible and efficient PEZA. De Lima has become a symbol of MLQU's commitment to academic excellence.

Principe said that MLQU is set to regain its old glory in two to three more years.

Some 700 alumni attended the celebration at Wack Wack. The Aliw Awards Foundation multi-awarded "Spirit of 1967 Band" music stirred up nostalgia and unforgettable memories. Wack Wack Golf and Country Club president is MLQU alumnus Benjamin Abalos.

Among the alumni seen in the affair were Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, former Senator Wigberto Tanada, Justice Leonardo Quisumbing, Awards chairman Justice Artemio G. Tuquero, SSS chairman Amado Valdez, Director Dean Rogelio Avenido, Gov. Roberto Pagdanganan, David Balangue, Engr. Renato Ubay, Atty. Nestor Ifurong, Treasurer Amador Alvendia, Secretary Gregorio del Valle Jr., Dr. Felipe Iledan Jr., Atty. Eligio Mallari, Engr. Ricardo Casabuena, Dean Zenaida Beltran, Hector Inductivo, Dr. Dolores Gonzales, City Prosecutor Emilie delos Santos and Jaime Cabangis, Tarlac Vice Gov. Carlito David, Atty. Lolita Abella, media stalwarts Lhar Santiago, Rene Sta. Cruz, Juanito Velasco, E. Beltran Montano, and Prosy Badiola Torrechante.

MLQU's great and near-great alumni include Justice Ruben T. Reyes, Judge Amado Gat Inciong, Justice Carmelita Manahan, former Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, and Prof. Laura Sunico.

The alumni recalled the university's leadership in the law profession. On its founding year 1947, its law passing average was 97.9 percent. In 1949, it scored 100 percent passing with three of its graduates landing in the Top Ten. Its first bar topnotcher was Ismael J. Andres in the 1960 bar with a grade of 91.7 percent.

Former RTC Judge Marino dela Cruz in a phone interview ticked off from memory such bar topnotchers as Ivan Diaz, Samson Alacantara, Lorenzo Miravite, Manuel Pumaran, Isagani Cruz, Norberto Gonzalez, Alicia Sempio Dy, and Lilia de Lima, Blasito Angeles, and Kaulyao Faylona.

Other MLQU greats include former Justice Ricardo C. Puno Sr., Sedfrey Ordonez, Senator Wenceslao Lagumbay, former Mayor Artemio Villegas, Justice Jose Vitug and Jose Melo, Atty. Augusto Sunico who later became MLQU president, former PCGG Chair Magtanggol Gunigundo and Knights of the Golden Fleece stalwarts former RTC Judge Marino dela Cruz, lawyers Lamberto Nanquill, Rudy Tacorda, Bienvenido Bustria, and Lamberto Pia.

MLQU started as Manuel L. Quezon Educational Institute (MLQEI). It became MLQU in 1960. The university also towered in literature, media, and journalism. Efren R. Abueg, renowned novelist in Pilipino, says MLQU "spearheaded the cultivation, promotion, and intellectualization of our national language (from Pilipino to Filipino)."

The university paper "The Quezonian," has produced great names in journalism such as Guillermo de Vega, Ambassador Edmundo Libid, Justice Leonardo Quisumbing, Edgardo M. Reyes, Efren Abueg, Rogelio Sikat, Dominador Mirasol, Rogelio Ordonez, Jose Rey Munsayac, Bayani Abadilla, and Eli Tapanan.

Its new two campuses--the School for Professional Advancement and Continuing Education on the second floor of Victoria Sports Tower, and the Diliman Campus beside GMA-7 Kamuning MRT show the university's readiness to scale greater heights in the education challenge, officials said.


MLQU HONORS LILIA DE LIMA The Manuel L. Quezon University (MLQU) family pose with alumna Lilia de Lima (5th from left), former director-general of the Philippine Export Zone Authority (PEZA) and Ramon Magsaysay Laureate, after honoring her in ceremonies at Victoria Sports Tower of the university in Quezon City recently. From left: Thelma Avenido, wife of Dr. Rogelio M. Avenido, Amador P. Alvendia, former Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno, MLQUAA president Pete S. Principe, Atty. Nestor P. Ifurung, and MLQU president Dr. Isagani G. Germar. The MLQUAAI held its recent grand reunion at the Wack Wack Golf Club in Mandaluyong City.
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Date:Jan 14, 2018
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