March 21, 2016, Sorsogon City, Philippines – The Lewis College’s Thirteenth Commencement Exercises was graced by its Founder and President, Atty. Loida Nicolas-Lewis, along with guest speaker, Rev. Joseph Costantino. Father Costantino hails from Brooklyn, USA and served as President of Canisius High School in Buffalo, New York; became first advisory board of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps; was a Board of Trustee member of Canisius College and Loyola High School, and is now a Trustee of St. Peter’s University in New Jersey; and is incoming Pastor of St. Ignatius of Loyola Parish in Chestnut Hill, MA. With more than ten years experience of being retreat and spiritual director in the U.S., Father Joe also conducted the two-day Retreat for 149 college students in El Retiro Compound, Cabid-an, Sorsogon City. He was assisted by Dr. Agnie Cruz, who has served with the Jesuit Collaborative and is a good friend of Atty. Lewis.
Students and parents were overjoyed to have the chance to meet and take photos with the president, Atty. Lewis, who flew from New York to attend this memorable event. In her message to the graduates, Mrs. Lewis encouraged them to not be afraid of the challenges or failures ahead. “You have the chance, the opportunity to grow stronger, to learn from your failure, to understand what made you fail.” Furthermore, “Humility is the beginning of wisdom, look into yourself and see what you are doing wrong…and then try again… in the end you will succeed.”
After the messages, the parents were recognized for their tremendous support and love for the graduates for the past four years. The program was truly a memorable event, which was hosted by Ms. Evelyn Mella, faculty. Father Costantino sent a copy of the Jesuit Newsletter which featured his first-time travel to the Philippines and his activities while he was here. You can see it in http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1106449307960&ca=dd2161cd-2dd3-4f3c-bba6-df6813d2be49.
Father Costantino’s message can be seen below:
COMMENCEMENT MESSAGE TO THE LEWIS COLLEGE GRADUATING CLASS OF 2016
“Mrs. Lewis, Mr. Nicolas III, Dr. Azul, Mr. Gonzales, Mr. Jamisola, Miss Mella, Dr. Cruz from the United States, Engineer Naag from CHED, invited guests, grandparents, parents, relatives friends, and graduates of the class of 2016, I am truly honored to have been asked by Mrs. Lewis to visit your country and more specifically this province of Sorsogon to offer to you, the graduates, your graduation retreat with Dr. Cruz and now to address you on this most significant, memorable day in your life, a day you will not soon and maybe never forget, a day that you have worked so hard to achieve. It is a milestone. After today, you will forever be college graduates. Just think about that for a moment. Savor it: “I am a college graduate.” Yes it is something of which you should be rightfully proud.
Two hundred and forty-five graduates from the Elementary, Secondary and Tertiary levels gathered together for the Twelfth Commencement Exercises last March 27 and 28, 2015 at The Lewis College Quadrangle in Sorsogon City. This year’s theme, “Lifelong Learning: Key to the Challenges of the 21st Century”, was addressed by keynote speaker, Dr. Rosa D. Anonat, retiring Officer-in-Charge of the school.
TLC President, Atty. Loida Nicolas-Lewis personally thanked Dr. Anonat via a video message for exemplifying the three languages exhorted by Pope Francis during his historic visit to the Philippines: the Language of the Mind, the Heart and our Hands. Mrs. Lewis lauded Dr. Anonat’s fifteen years of dedicated service. “Her integrity, her diligence, and her love of teaching shine all the way through,” she added.
(Taken from Original Post from Inquirer at this link: http://globalnation.inquirer.net/119985/winners-of-overseas-filipinos-essay-contest-honored/)
MANILA – Winners of the Essay Contest on Overseas Filipinos were feted during an awards ceremony February 26 at the Manila Hotel during the gala dinner of the Third Global Summit of Filipinos in the Diaspora held in Manila.
The essay contest with the theme “The Overseas Filipinos and their impact on the Philippines” was launched by the US Pinoys for Good Governance Marianas chapter (CNMI and Guam) Chairperson Dr. Celia Lamkin in collaboration with the Commission on Overseas and its chairperson, Secretary Imelda Nicolas.