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Longtime DLSU administrator to receive award for lay Catholic educators

Dr. Carmelita I. Quebengco, Chancellor Emeritus of the De La Salle University, will be conferred The Order of St. Michael the Archangel for Outstanding Contribution to Lay Catholic Education on March 8 at the Holy Angel University Theatre.

The recognition is given annually to laypersons who have played a significant role in Catholic evangelization through education. It was instituted two years ago by Holy Angel University, the first Catholic school in the Philippines founded by a layperson, Juan D. Nepomuceno, whose 121st birth anniversary is celebrated on March 8.

Previous recipients of the Order of St. Michael are Prof. Onofre Pagsanghan of Ateneo de Manila University and Prof. Regalado Trota Jose of the University of Santo Tomas. This year, the search was extended to all Catholic schools in the Philippines which submitted nominations.

Dr. Quebengco, who served the DLSU System for over 30 years until her retirement in 2007, helped raise the bar of academic excellence through reforms and innovations, specifically in curriculum development, research program, international accreditation, scholarships and grants, performance in board examinations, and admissions.

Along with the late Bro. Andrew Gonzalez, FSC and Bro. Rafael Donato, FSC, Dr. Quebengco created a program for the development and growth of Lasallian Brothers as administrators.

For her lifelong commitment to the Lasallian Mission, Dr. Quebengco recently became an Affiliate of the De La Salle Brothers of the Philippine District—the highest and rarest honor bestowed by the Brothers through which she is “incorporated intimately” into the Society of the Brothers, i.e., she shares with the Brothers in all the prayers and good works, with her name inscribed in the archives at Casa Generalize (the Brothers’ Mother House in Rome).

Prior to her retirement, Dr. Quebengco served as DLSU Executive Vice President for 12 years, Vice Chancellor for Administration, Vice President for Academics, Dean of the College of Saint Benilde, and Interim President of the entire De La Salle University System.

Among the programs she initiated are the Pundasyon Hanunuo Mangyan School, the STAR Scholars, the DLSU Museum, a certificate program in accounting/bookkeeping for the hearing-impaired, etc.

Date Posted: 02-27-2013