October 5, 2019
Holy Angel University (HAU) recently received a donation from the US-based Friends of Holy Angel University, Inc. (FOHAUI), from the proceeds of Javier Nepomuceno’s posthumous donation amounting to P10 million intended for the University’s scholarship program. The donation, made by Nepomuceno’s daughter Moraya Khan after his demise, was formally received by HAU President Dr. Luis Maria Calingo from Maria Socorro Wijangco-De Vera, FOHAUI's Secretary Treasurer.
FOHAUI is a not-for-profit corporation based in the United States of America established to support the educational mission of HAU in Angeles City, Philippines.
Nepomuceno was the eldest son of HAU founder Don Juan Nepomuceno. The donation, made through daughter Khan from his residual estate, is intended to augment a previous P20 million donation he had made while still alive. The combined amount comprises the Javier J. Nepomuceno Scholarship Endowment Fund currently benefitting several college students in the University.
Nepomuceno, who was 97 when he died in 2017, was a high school sophomore in 1933 when he convinced his father to open a new school so that he and his classmates from another school in Angeles could have the quality education they wanted.
Don Juan Nepomuceno, the town’s former mayor as well as leading businessman and philanthropist, granted his son’s wish and opened what was then known as Holy Angel Academy.
After graduating from Holy Angel in 1936, Javier took up Commerce at the De La Salle College where he graduated valedictorian in 1939. His law studies at the Ateneo de Manila were interrupted by World War II where he fought, was captured, and forced into the Death March.
After the war, instead of resuming his law studies, took the CPA board exam where he placed second, served as general manager of the family-owned Angeles Electric Corporation and founded the College of Commerce of Holy Angel Academy with himself as dean.
He taught at the Ateneo and De La Salle while he continued his law studies. He passed the bar in 1954 and four years later, joined the Ayala Corporation where he became its Comptroller, Treasurer, Vice President for Finance and Board Member until retirement in 1974, after which he served as the Board’s “permanent guest.”
One of the highlights of his stint at Ayala Corporation was his role in convincing the Ayalas to donate the land for a new graduate school of management to be jointly administered by his alma maters Ateneo and De La Salle. The Asian Institute of Management (AIM) has since then become Asia’s top graduate school of business.
Javier also started De La Salle’s first college scholarship fund in 1969, named after him.