February 19, 2019
Holy Angel University has announced the recipients of this year’s Founders Day awards. They are:
CLAUDE TAYAG, prominent Kapampangan artist, chef, restaurateur, food writer, TV host, entrepreneur and book author, recipient of the Juan D. Nepomuceno Cultural Award (Arts and Culture category);
EDNA ZAPANTA MANLAPAZ, author of Kapampangan Literature: A Historical Survey and Anthology, the most definitive book on Kapampangan literary genres and their history and translation, recipient of the Juan D. Nepomuceno Cultural Award (Research and Scholarship category);
CLAIRE MAGTOTO, co-founder and director of the Inocencio Magtoto Memorial Foundation, Inc., which provides care and training to children with disability, recipient of the Laus Deo Semper Award (for Community Service);
ADELAIDA VILLEGAS, former administrator of St. Scholastica’s College-Manila who introduced various innovations such as the school’s remediation, reading and self-paced learning programs, recipient of the Order of St. Michael the Archangel for a Layperson’s Outstanding Contribution to Catholic Education;
FREDESWINDA BAUZON, long-time Basic Education principal and vice president for administrative services of Holy Angel University, recipient of the Order of St. Raphael the Archangel for a Retiree’s Outstanding Service to the University; and
REY ALBERTO FRANCO, high school alumnus (HAU Batch ’64), cardiologist with long years of practice in the United States and volunteer and civic work in the Philippines, recipient of the Order of St. Gabriel the Archangel for Outstanding Achievement by an Alumnus.
The HAU Founders Day Awards are given on March 8, the University’s foundation day anniversary which coincides with the birth anniversary of the school’s founder, Don Juan D. Nepomuceno.
The process of selection started a few months earlier with the University’s academic and non-academic units submitting their nominations and several committees shortlisting the finalists until the Board of Trustees decided on the winners a few days before the awarding ceremonies.
The awards give recognition to former employees and students of HAU as well as to Kapampangan cultural workers and lay Catholic educators, since the University is known as one of the country’s leading advocates of local history and culture and the country’s first Catholic school founded by a lay person.
University President Dr. Luis Maria R. Calingo and the Chairman of the HAU Board of Trustees Most Rev. Paciano B. Aniceto, D.D., Archbishop-Emeritus of San Fernando, will confer the awards during ceremonies to be held at the University Theatre on March 8 at ten o’clock in the morning after the Founders Day Mass.