Two of the “Four Waves of Transition” books feature the FEU female leaders who influenced the success of the university.

In commemoration of Women’s Month, FEU Publications and the Tams Bookstore put the spotlight on two books that delve into the leadership of Lourdes Reyes Montinola and Lydia Echauz, both of whom have left an indelible mark on the educational landscape.

“A Renaissance Woman: A Collection of Essays in Honor of Dr. Lourdes Reyes Montinola” is a tribute to a woman whose legacy reverberates through the corridors of Far Eastern University (FEU). As described by Michael Alba, former President of FEU, Montinola’s leadership was characterized by her geniality, gentleness, and resolute advocacy for the development of the institution. Through the essays, readers are immersed in the life and achievements of Montinola, highlighting her commitment to education and her influence on shaping the future of FEU.

In parallel, “Four Waves of Transition” encapsulates the complementary relationship between Lydia Echauz and FEU.  During her tenure as FEU president, Echauz embarked on a transformative journey. As noted by Patricia Licuanan, former Chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education, Echauz’s leadership was characterized by “a sense of tradition and vision for the future, an appreciation of where the university was, and ambition for what else it could be.”

What makes these books compelling are the personal insights and anecdotes shared by those who have closely interacted with these leaders. Aurelio Montinola III, Chair of FEU’s Board of Trustees, said this of Montinola: “she is brave, she exudes culture and good manners, but she is also passionate about what she believes in.”

Both books serve as historical accounts and beacons of inspiration for future generations of educators and leaders.

“A Renaissance Woman: A Collection of Essays in Honor of Dr. Lourdes Reyes Montinola” and “Four Waves of Transition” are available at the Tams Bookstore online shops.