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Bernidos get HAU honorary doctorates

Ramon Magsaysay awardees Dr. Christopher Bernido and Dr. Ma. Victoria Carpio-Bernido received their respective degrees Doctor of Humanities, honoris causa, during one of the commencement exercises of Holy Angel University.

The Bernidos were also awarded the University Medal of Honor in the same occasion, with graduates of the Graduate School of Arts and Education and the College of Arts, Sciences and Education in attendance.

HAU President Dr. Arlyn Sicangco-Villanueva and HAU Board of Trustees Vice Chair S. Josefina G. Nepomuceno, OSB conferred the honorary degrees on the couple, who were cited for their innovations in teaching as well as for their advocacy to upgrade the standards of basic education in the country.

The Bernidos are the proponents of the Dynamic Learning Program (DLP), where a teacher holds parallel classes and students self-pace their learning through a portfolio of classroom activities.

In his laudation speech, Board Member Jose ‘Ping’ de Jesus said that with the Bernidos’ innovative methodology, “teachers need not require more textbooks, schools need not hire more teachers, and students need not pay more for their schooling. Poverty is no longer an excuse to mediocrity.”

The Bernidos are the fourth and fifth recipients of an HAU honorary doctorate, after Manuel V. Pangilinan, Washington SyCip and Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala.

The Bernidos, who administer the family-owned Central Visayan Institute Foundation (CVIF) in Jagna, Bohol, arrived two days ahead of the scheduled conferment to conduct a seminar on the DLP to HAU faculty.

Date Posted: 04-29-2012