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DLSAANC Welcomes DLSU Pres. Br. Ray and Hands Over Donations

By: Irvin Sevilla, Saturday, April 1st, 2017 05:35 pm

March 29th, 2017 – A small group of NorCal Lasallians welcomed De La Salle University President Br. Raymund Suplido, DLSU Alumni Relations Director Edwin C. Reyes and DLSAA President Mr. Derrick Yu for dinner and donation presentation at Fort McKinley restaurant, South San Francisco, Calif. last Tuesday night. The DLSU delegation took the opportunity to do an audio-visual presentation on updates on the DLS Philippine District to the DLSAANC chapter.

Br. Ray, after opening with a prayer, talked about what’s new and upcoming at our beloved De La Salle University and newly-formed campuses/colleges. This includes the February 2017-inaugurated DLSU Rufino Campus in Bonifacio Global City which will house the DLSU School of Law.  While the physical structure have been completed, there are still many opportunities for everyone to contribute and support the various classrooms and campus wings.  At DLSU Taft, they are opening a section to bring back a batch of senior high school students from all over the Philippines.  This is mainly due to the change in the education structure from a 10 year program to a K-12 program.  Since all Philippine schools have adopted the American standard K-12 program, the new high school sections at the Taft campus satisfies the academic needs of the remaining students caught in the K-12 transition to finish their senior studies.

Also discussed were the on-going projects to help continue the Lasallian mission:

  • Share your expertise and be an inspiration: Nestor Tan, BDO President, Ed Chua, SHELL retired chair, Dante Ang, Manila Times, and Chiqui Escareal-Go, Mansmith and Fielders, were invited to speak to Lasallian students for inspiration;
  • Fuel the Animo: sports recruitment;
  • Benches for scholarships: name a bench after you, your family, batch, organization, or chapter for 10 years.  Proceeds go to the LaSallian Legacy Fund;
  • Naming opportunities: name a classroom – DLSU Rufino Campus – mentioned above and at many other DLSU projects;
  • Professorial chairs: incentives given to professors to conduct further studies and research.
  • Animo lab: a business and technology incubation facility for aspiring students.

The presentation was continued by DLSU Alumni Relations Director Mr. Edwin Reyes, who talked about how we can all be a part of this.  DLSAANC, as a registered 501c3 non-profit organization, will be able to provide assistance in collecting donations from all over the United States and serve as a conduit to the many projects.

Finally, DLSAA President Mr. Derrick Yu talked about a few more ways on how we can earn points towards scholarship.  The use of choice credit cards from partners like East West Bank, Petron and Union Bank allows 1 to 2 % split commission to both cardholder and the DLSAA Scholarship Fund. Their newly-built office (from the fourth floor of Br. Andrew Gonzalez Hall, DLSU-Manila) was done for better access to students, DLSAA chapters, Special Interest Groups, United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, among others.

While we did not sing the customary Alma Mater song to finish the event, the group ended with an exchange of materials and farewell gifts.  DLSAANC President Irvin Sevilla presented a check for $9,000 (Nine thousand dollars) to Br. Ray, to be distributed to the following Lasallian charities in the Philippines:

  • Bagac School – $3,000
  • Benilde School for the Deaf – $3,000
  • Bahay Pag-Asa (Cavite) – $2,000
  • One LaSalle – $1,000

Animo LaSalle!

Mont LaSalle Visit with Br. Ray Suplido, FSC

By: Irvin Sevilla, Thursday, March 30th, 2017 11:23 pm

On March 28, 2017, a beautiful Tuesday morning, Orly Mayor and myself picked up the top level DLSU contingent comprised of Br. Ray Suplido, President of De LaSalle University; Edwin C. Reyes, DLSU Director of Alumni Relations; and Dr. Derrick Ethelbert Yu, President of DLSAA – Philippines at the Cartwright hotel in downtown San Francisco. We headed to Mont LaSalle in Napa, California via the scenic route and made a quick stop at the Golden Gate Bridge vista point for some photo op. We tried to get across the other side of the bridge too. Local Bay Area folks know that the view on the north side of the bridge directly across the vista point along Concelman Rd. has the best view of the bridge bar-none!  Unfortunately, due to the recent rains, the parking lots on that side of the bridge were all closed and so off we went…..Napa Valley here we come!

Upon arriving at Mont La Salle, we were greeted by Br. Mark Murphy, Vice Chair of Operations, and also COO of the Lasallian Education Fund, among other hats he wears within the La Salle organization. He gave us a short tour of the recreational center, the brothers quarters and explained in detail the many historical events and items that were displayed in-house.  Numerous paintings, photos and memorabilia are displayed in the property.  Shortly after, we were met by both Br. Dominic Berardelli and Br. John O’Neil for a delicious lunch prepared by the Mont La Salle staff.  While Br. Dominic is based at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, he was sent at Mont La Salle to recuperate from a bout with the flu.  Powered by a two wheeled walker, Br. Dom aka Aquinas was full of energy and back to his usual brightness. Br. John aka Fidelis, himself recuperating from a recent cancer scare, is based full time at Mont La Salle.  The gathering was happy and the conversation non-stop with everyone reminiscing their days at Taft, LSGH and/or Lipa and sharing stories of their different assignments all over the world!  Br. Dominic and Br. John were once elementary Principals at LSGH and Taft back in the 60’s.

The visit did not end here. After lunch, the group was escorted next door to Hess Winery.  The winery was once part of the Christian Brothers brand, and now leased for 100 years to the Hess family.  We were given a tour of the gallery and finished off with a four-wine tasting.  It was so refreshing!

Before we said our goodbyes, Br. Mark gave us one last look at one of the three chapels in the property.  With stained glass windows from Germany, originally made back in the 1930’s, it has never broken a piece!  Would you believe that it only cost $300 to make them during that period?  So much history and little tidbits of information from Br. Mark!

Finally, the drive back to the Bay Area at around 4:30 PM is never complete without the rush hour traffic!  50 miles and two hours later, we were back in the Sunset district of San Francisco having Chinese food at one of my favorite hole-in-the wall spots.  Won Ton House anyone?

A very long day came to an end. Thanks to Orly Mayor for safely driving everyone back at the hotel.  A memorable day indeed!

Fun Christmas Night With Alumni & Friends

By: Romi Beza, Friday, March 24th, 2017 06:36 am

Well, better later than later! Here are the photos of the beautiful ladies and gentlemen of the DLSAANC chapter who attended the 2016 Christmas dinner/dance party last December at Fort McKinley in South San Francisco. Thanks to the better halves for organizing the event! (Note: Thanks to Alan Estrella and Irvin Sevilla for the pictures! Click on the picture for a bigger sized version!)

Alvarez Inducted Into Cal North Hall of Fame

By: Romi Beza, Saturday, May 7th, 2016 04:10 am

fernando-alvarez[1]In recognition of his contribution to the development of the USA soccer referee program, former De La Salle soccer player and Philippine Football Federation Secretary-General Fernando Alvarez GS, HS’44 has been posthumously honored as one of two inductees of the Cal North Hall of Fame for the year 2016. Alvarez passed on in 2013 but his contribution lives on with the strong pool of US referees who are now very much engaged in officiating international soccer matches and of course several others in the Philippines that he has mentored. Also, Alvarez introduced the substitution signal for incoming and outgoing players that remain in use during soccer games.

Alvarez was a lifelong supporter of soccer beginning his DLS days and even after immigrating to the US in the 1990s. He made his mark internationally though as a referee and as soccer mentor. For his years of contribution to the sport, Alvarez was awarded by the world’s soccer organization FIFA (Federacion Internationale de Football Association) its highest honor, the Centennial Order of Merit, in 2005 upon the nomination of the Philippine Football Federation. The next year, Alvarez was inducted in the DLSU Hall of Fame.

 

DLSU Honors Lim Eng Beng

By: Romi Beza, Wednesday, February 17th, 2016 01:36 am

DLSU gives tribute to Lim Eng Beng

Last February 13, 2016, The Office of the President of De La Salle University in cooperation with the family of Lim Eng Beng, celebrated the life of the King Archer with various events.

The tribute started with a Celebration of the Holy Eucharistic at the Pearl of Great Price chapel followed by the opening of the exhibit entitled “King Archer #14 Lim Eng Beng” located at the 6th Floor of the Learning Commons, Henry Sy Sr. Hall. Various memorabilia were displayed to pay homage to the original King Archer. DLSU further honored the late Lim Eng Beng with a short program where DLSU President Br. Ray Suplido FSC announced the institution of the “Gawad Lim Eng Beng” as part of the annual student leadership search referred to as “Gawad Lasalyano.” The Gawad Lim Eng Beng award will be given to the most outstanding student leader in team sports.

It was a nostalgic afternoon attended by Lim Eng Beng’s family, relatives, friends, administrators and alumni.

The tribute was made possible by the participation of the following units: Advancement and Alumni Relations Office, Office of Sports Development, De La Salle Alumni Association, Lasallian Pastoral Office, Strategic Communications Office, The Museum @ DLSU, and The Learning Commons @ DLSU

Former DLSAANC President Jose L. Batto, Jr. (GS’52, HS’56, BSME’61) Passes On

By: Romi Beza, Thursday, October 29th, 2015 08:14 am

October 28, 2015 — Former DLSAANC President Jose L. Batto, Jr. (GS’52, HS’56, BSME’61) passed on early this morning after being rushed to the hospital by his son Jamie the previous night, when Joe complained of severe stomach pain. The cause turned out to be internal bleeding which the doctors unsuccessfully failed to cure leading to Joe’s untimely demise hours later.

Joe was among the senior alumni who were enlisted after Sonny Juico revived the association in 1982 after years of dormancy. Joe was particularly active in the outdoor activities — picnics, camping, rafting — but could wow them all as well with his moves on the dance floor. Joe eventually became president of the association in 1997 after several stints with the board of directors. A Lasallian throughout his school years, Joe continued to serve the association even after his 1997 term and attended the recent summer picnics at St. Mary’s College after surviving a bout with liver cancer, the same disease that his wife Helen Raimundo succumbed to in 2003.

We will miss you, Joe! Rest in peace!

DLSU Nov. 20 Newsletter: Rufino Campus Launched

By: Romi Beza, Thursday, November 20th, 2014 12:54 am

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Summer Picnic Held At SMC Again

By: pepper, Sunday, July 27th, 2014 04:16 pm
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July 27, 2014 — The DLS Alumni Association of Northern California held its annual picnic at familiar grounds again — at the Justin Mitty Grove of the Saint Mary’s College in Moraga. President Irvin Sevilla (more…)

Election of the General Councilors

By: Romi Beza, Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 10:06 pm

Following the election of Br. Robert Schieler as Superior General and Brother Jorge Gallardo as Vicar General, the Delegates to the 45th Chapter proceeded to the election of the General Councilors for the five Regions in which the Institute is divided. (more…)

Br. Jorge Gallardo de Alba Elected Vicar General

By: Romi Beza, Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 10:58 pm

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The Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools during its 45th General Chapter in Rome has elected Br.  Jorge Gallardo de Alba to the mission of Vicar General for the coming years. (more…)