FEU honors hero of Marawi

The family of 1st Lt. Jeff Frederick Savellano attended the requiem mass held at the FEU Chapel

The family of 1st Lt. Jeff Frederick Savellano attended the requiem mass held at the FEU Chapel

WHEN the gun battle in Marawi first broke out, 13 brave soldiers were killed. Among the heroes who died in the fight against the Maute group was the troop’s leader, 1st Lt. John Frederick Savellano.

His team was responsible for one of the most successful AFP operations in Marawi, having discovered and surrendered millions in cash from the Maute group. To honor and remember the bravery of this fallen soldier, Far Eastern University, Jeff’s alma mater, held a mass in his honor forty-days after the Marawi siege.

Jeff, fondly called “Borgy” in class, graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Nursing and passed the licensure exam in 2009. He was described as very amicable and a source of happiness of to his classmates and teachers. Professor Lorna Defino, reminisced “He had an engaging personality and a unique ability to interact with his classmates.

He displayed confidence that inspired respect and cooperation from his peers and teachers.” Borgy’s life exemplified the core values of Fortitude, Excellence and Uprightness. He endured the hardships of a soldier, dutifully accomplished his sworn oath to the country, and withstood the temptations of glory. “1st Lt. Jeff Frederick Savellano proved worthy of the uniform he wore. He is a true Tamaraw, a true hero. Our country, most especially the FEU community, will long remember his valor,” said FEU president Dr. Michael Alba.

Outstanding alumnus Abacan named to BSP Monetary Board

Antonio S. Abacan

Prominent banker Antonio S. Abacan Jr. has been named a new member of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) Monetary Board. Mr. Abacan is an FEU Bachelor of Science in Accountancy graduate and FEU Outstanding Alumnus awardee in 2007. He was appointed together with Peter B. Favila and Felipe M. Medalla, who will serve a second term in the board.

“They were carefully chosen by the President to ensure that we continue with fiscal policies that would help sustain our growth momentum and attract more investments. I’m certain that Messrs. Medalla, Favila and Abacan will carry on the great service set by their predecessors,” according to Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III.

Mr. Abacan served as president of Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. from 1993 to April 2006 and of Philippine Savings Bank and Unibancard Corp. from 1988 to 1991.

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In Memoriam-1Lt. John Frederick Savellano

In Memoriam-1Lt. John Frederick Savellano

Let us pray for the eternal repose of the soul of 1Lt. John Frederick Savellano, who joined our Lord last June 9, 2017 after the bloody battle in Marawi City. He is indeed FEU’s very own alumnus, a brave soldier, and most importantly, a Filipino Hero.

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FEU distinguished alumnus Alfonso Yuchengco passes away at 94


Far Eastern University mourns the passing of one of its most esteemed alumni, Alfonso T. Yuchengco. He was 94. He graduated with a degree in BS in Commerce from FEU Institute Accounts,  Business, and  Finance in 1946 and eventually had successful ventures in the fields of banking, insurance, and education. He was recognized as Most Distinguished Alumnus during FEU’s 75th Foundation celebration in 2003.

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Annual Job Fair 2017 set to roll

ARPS - APEX Annual JobFair 2017 tarp Manila

Around 50 top companies will participate in the biggest annual job fair in Far Eastern
University. APEX 2017 with the theme, “Tamaraw Thrives: Connecting Towards Future Success in the Workplace,” will be held on March 16 and 17 at the FEU Manila SB and LB grounds and March 24 at FEU Makati.

The event is open to all graduating FEU students and alumni. “The APEX job fair continues to grow each year, more companies are getting involved and this is proof that FEU graduates are in-demand in the different corporate sectors,” according to ARPS Director Michelle B. Bautista.

For more information please get in touch with the ARPS at 735-8683.

Higiadzo System, Inc. partners with FEU

Seated left to right : Edwin Maclang, FEU Section Head for Alumni Relations, Christina Corpuz, FEU Section Head for Placement Services, Michelle Bautista, FEU ARPS Director, Maricon San Pedro - Area Manager for Manila - Higiadzo Systems, Inc., Myla Calar - HR Admin Manager - Higiadzo Systems, Inc., Ace Azarraga - Marketing Manager - Higiadzo Systems, Inc.

Seated left to right : Edwin Maclang, FEU Section Head for Alumni Relations, Christina Corpuz, FEU Section Head for Placement Services, Michelle Bautista, FEU ARPS Director, Maricon San Pedro – Area Manager for Manila – Higiadzo Systems, Inc., Myla Calar – HR Admin Manager – Higiadzo Systems, Inc., Ace Azarraga – Marketing Manager – Higiadzo Systems, Inc.

Higiadzo System, Inc., the holding company of the six (6) restaurants available nationwide, firms up a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Far Eastern University for both work placement and card partnership. The growing company of restaurants opens doors of opportunities for employment of graduates of the university.

A new and sumptuous dining experience await all FEU Alumni card holders who will enjoy special privileges and discounts in the list of restaurants managed by Higiadzo System, Inc.:

• The Old Spaghetti House (TOSH)
• Grilla Filipino Cuisine (Filipino dishes)
• Pott’s Point Café (modern Australian cuisine)
• The Shrimp Shack (Hawaiian dishes)
• Beni’s Falafel (Middle Eastern dishes)
• TAMBayan

The job vacancies of Higiadzo System, Inc. will be made available to students and alumni through the Facebook group of Alumni Relations and Placement Services and on the bulletin board available at the ground floor of Nicanor Reyes Hall.


FEU Alumnus-Professor Prevails at National Art Award

Philippine Art Awards 2015-2016 Awardees (Photo by Abi Dionisio)

Philippine Art Awards 2015-2016 Awardees
(Photo by Abi Dionisio)

by Genevieve Bianca T. Miano

Dexter Sy, a Far Eastern University of Manila Fine Arts alumnus and special lecturer, won for the first time the Grand Prize Title at the recent 2015-2016 Philippine Art Awards (PAA) last August 25 at the Yuchengco Museum in Makati.

A perennial PAA finalist since 2005, the painter finally obtained the National Winner’s trophy crafted by National Artist Napoleon Abueva. Aside from the trophy, Mr. Sy bagged the Php 350,000 cash prize, a 50” Samsung Curved UHD TV, and an all-expenses paid trip alongside the other four National Winners to an art fair in Hong Kong next year.

Mr. Sy’s winning piece, Paradise Lost, inspired by and named after John Milton’s poem represented the artist’s personal “sign of change” which was the PAA’s theme itself for this season.

Paradise Lost, depicted in mixed media, reflected the current societal and global evils people face today with Mr. Sy’s character right in the middle of it all. The painting was exhibited for three weeks in the Yuchengco museum with the other twenty winning works for Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao and Metro Manila.

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Mr. Sy has stated in an interview with Business World that his previous PAA pieces were made to be “safe” for competition. The notable difference between his past pieces and his latest one is the “fearlessness” with which he risked as an artist to exhibit his work regardless of whether or not he won the said contest.

The Philippine Art Awards 2015-2016 was organized by the Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corp., Inc. (PMFTC, Inc.) and supported by Samsung Electronics Philippines.

FEU alumna raises game for Kobe Bryant event


Recently-retired National Basketball Association superstar Kobe Bryant has made several stops in the Philippines but his latest visit could be the most significant considering the fitting tribute he received from thousands of fans at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last Saturday, June 25.

Bryant spent two days in the country but his appearance at the Big Dome was arguably the highlight. FEU alumna Jean Louise Dela Paz-Lapus (ABMC, 2002) directed the event and said that this project was very important given that she is a huge Kobe fan.

Directing events featuring NBA stars is not new for Lapus. Her list includes Ricky Rubio, Paul George, Jordan Clarkson, Steph Curry and Lebron James.

The show started with several kids coming out of the shadows and mimicking Bryant’s moves and vignettes showcasing highlights of his career. Kobe made a grand entrance in front of at least 10,000 adoring fans as he came out from a revolving stage that featured several giant screens and was followed by fireworks.

“We developed the concept on the premise that Kobe is already a legend. Our main goal was to highlight his mentality which differentiates him from all other players and turned him into the legend he is now,” said Lapus.

The most memorable moment during the show was when the fans were given a chance to express their appreciation for their basketball idol. With the house lights turned off, the people clicked on the lights of their mobile phones while host Aaron Atayde spoke about the importance and lasting legacy of Bryant to his Filipino basketball fans.

A Kobe banner hanging at the top of the coliseum – and directly across “The Thrilla in Manila” one – was unveiled to cap off the event.

Direk JL shared that she wanted this show to be different compared to his previous visits. “The event had to be legendary in effect like the main man, Kobe Bryant.”

In demand Director

Lapus credits her training in FEU for her creative skills and attitude. She was part of the FEU Advocate and Oratorical and Debate Council.

“It was in those organizations that I was able to learn communication skills that were not taught in the classroom,” she said in a recent interview with the University student publication.

She was also a working student as she used to sing and act in side jobs to partially fund her schooling.

Direk JL, who is married to former San Beda High School Basketball star Robin Lapus and mother to 11-year old daughter Riva, is now one of the most-sought after Events Directors, having handled numerous concerts, product launches and celebrity shows in the past 10 years.


JL Lapus also worked as a Director in Lebron James’ tour in the Philippines.

But she admits that the big lights and party atmosphere of events mask the huge amount of work needed to succeed in this type of work.

“There’s a lot challenges like adjusting to the demands of clients and juggling events every week. Like Kobe, I need to have the Mamba Mentality to stay at the top of my game.”

“She’s a one of a kind, very creative, all-in-one director. Direk JL always gives her all in every show and you’re confident whatever she does will be a huge success,” according to colleague D.I. Arguelles.

Lapus added that she’s privileged to be doing something that she loves and that she is able apply what she learned in FEU.

“Always remember that no matter how difficult, no matter how tiring, no matter how small your salary is, if you are happy, then you’ll stay longer in that job,” she concludes.







Former FEU student leader is BPI’s top unibanker

FEU alumnus Mark Niño Ong receiving the BPI Unibanker of the Year 2015 - Middle Management Category with BPI's top executives.

FEU alumnus Mark Niño Ong receiving the BPI Unibanker of the Year 2015 – Middle Management Category with BPI’s top executives.

“My student leadership training in FEU is now earning interest at BPI,” recounts Mark Niño Ong who was awarded the youngest recipient of the BPI Unibanker of the Year 2015 – Middle Management Category. The award is an addition to his more than 30 recognitions since he started as field sales officer in one of the country’s leading banks.

Ong’s leadership brand is democratic. He said, “I delegate tasks. I don’t create people. I create attitude.” Such attitude has translated to productivity. The BPI Tayuman which he heads as business manager for a year now was awarded Branch of the Year 2015 for topping sales performance among all branches in the Grace Park-Divisoria area.

His branch manager, assistant branch manager, senior sales associate, and sales assistant also received performance awards this year. “I go beyond sales. My team as the success pillar should grow with me. I challenge them to emerge from being staff members for the rest of their lives. Last year, I just promoted two of my staff to encourage professional growth,” he said.

He recalls how his training as president of the Institute of Arts and Sciences Student Council (2010 to 2011) and president of the Mass Communication Society (2009 to 2010) prepared him to lead a team of eight bankers with diverse ages, some even older than him. He narrates, “At FEU, I learned flexibility and people skills, which are very useful in my line of work. I learned how to write and revise project proposals, preside over meetings, and organize events. FEU trusts its student leaders. We did all the dirty work especially the logistics, which helped develop my patience, multi-tasking, and teamwork skills.”

The 25-year-old Mass Communication graduate (magna cum laude) decided to build a career in the banking industry because he thought it prestigious. He said, “People entrust their money to you and you do your best to maintain that trust.” Asked how he handles his clients, he said, “My training in communication came in handy when dealing with clients. I understand what they really wanted; I had to read their nonverbal cues. In doing so, I had to empathize with these clients, not just sell to up the sales.”

Winning the Unibanker of the Year is an exceptional feat. The rigorous screening process involves several elimination rounds. “I believe the judges saw my vision and passion. I always say, I am a leader with small eyes but with big vision. I always share my victory and incentives with my teammates. I always organize an awards night in my branch and the logistics are handled by my team. We also go out of town for bonding and teambuilding.

I believe these strategies help create a cohesive, ambitious, and formidable team,” he stressed. Their teamwork propelled the Tayuman Branch to be one of the 2016 BPI Escudo Chairman’s Circle Awardees, the most prominent accomplishment in BPI. Ong said, “It was the first time for our branch to receive such award since its opening in 1978. The entire staff also traveled to Hong Kong and Bangkok as an incentive for their top performance in investment and credit card sales.”

Mark Ong with the staff of BPI Tayuman branch.

Mark Ong with the staff of BPI Tayuman branch.

The award puts the spotlight on Ong as a key asset of BPI, which will help him attain his future goals. “At 30, I hope to be an assistant vice president. I also want to have my own food business when I retire.”

Ong’s advice to fellow Tamaraws: “Always strive for excellence because you are excellent. Learn to manage the politics in the corporate world but keep your non-negotiable values intact. If you want to climb the success ladder, share your success stories and inspire all to take charge.”