HAU announces Founders Day awardees

University News

February 7, 2023

Holy Angel University has revealed the names of the six individuals who will receive this year’s Founders Day Awards for outstanding contributions and achievements in various fields.  They are:  
Jazz singer/composer RAMON C. DAVID, recipient of the Juan D. Nepomuceno Cultural Award in the field of Kapampangan arts, for his role in raising the quality of Kapampangan song recording and for promoting Kapampangan music to national and international audiences;
Archaeologist DR. EUSEBIO Z. DIZON, recipient of the Juan D. Nepomuceno Cultural Award in the field of Kapampangan research and scholarship, for his archaeological studies and explorations that helped shed light on Filipino and Kapampangan culture at the dawn of history, particularly the prehistoric settlements in Porac;
International media development specialist RAMON GUILLERMO R. TUAZON, recipient of the Laus Deo Semper Award (Community Service), for advocating free speech and fighting fake news, and for his tireless work in safeguarding press freedom, promoting the physical safety of journalists and upgrading journalism curricula all over the world;
Educator, trainer, and administrator RHODORA ANGELA F. FERRER, recipient of the Order of St. Michael the Archangel (Lay Person’s Contribution to Catholic Education), for her work in upgrading the quality of private education through her work in accreditation and her leadership role in assistance programs for private schools across the country, through scholarships, faculty training and school improvement;
Retired HAU teacher and administrator FRANCISCO G. ADVIENTO, recipient of the Order of St. Raphael the Archangel (Service to the University by a Retiree), for over 40 years of dedicated service to students as a math instructor and later as dean of student affairs;
HAU high school alumnus DR. JOHN C. DE LEON, recipient of the Order of St. Gabriel the Archangel (Achievement by an Alumnus), for his groundbreaking research work in plant breeding and development of rice hybrids, and for his use of innovative technology to produce high-yielding varieties.  
The Founders Day Awards, considered the highlight of the University’s foundation anniversary celebration, will be given on March 8 at the University Theatre.  Members of the Board of Trustees will take turns reading the citations, while the Board Chairman, Most Rev. Florentino Lavarias, D.D., Archbishop of San Fernando, will confer the awards.