The Ateneo de Manila University awards 425 honorees at the 39th Service Awards held on February 17, 2017. Among the awardees is the president of the Ateneo Alumni Association Melissa S. Reyes for her 10 years of service and the 89 year old Ateneo de Manila High School teacher Mr. Onofre Pagsanghan for his 65 years of service.
Five year awardees received service pins— a half-inch replica of the Ateneo official seal while 10, 15, and 20 year awardees were given service plaques. Twenty-five year awardees received services plaques and monetary awards. Awardees of 30 years and above were presented with service certificates and monetary awards.
In his closing remarks, University President Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin, SJ stressed on the importance of raising a child.
If “it takes to raise a child,” as the African proverb says, then we of the Ateneo de Manila are privileged t be one of the “households” in that village. Everyone here in this community contributes to the raising of a child, who may not be our biological own, but who belongs to a greater and who, like every one of us, is God’s very own.”
He is inviting everyone to the party.