In April 2005, as the CPU Centennial celebration drew near, Dr. Juanito M. Acanto, then incumbent President organized the Centralian Family Loyalty Award Committee.
Dr. Acanto desires to recognize Centralian families who have been loyal to CPU for generations. The legacy of loyalty award was determined through the family members who have attended CPU. Their continuing concern, undiminished interest, unselfish involvement and unswerving support to their Alma Mater were also considered.
Based on the Centralian Family Loyalty Awards site, a total of 117 families received the award in 2005, CPU’s centennial.
In honor of the late Supreme Court Justice Calixto Zaldivar and his family, whose five children are all Centralians, CPU presented the Centralian Family Loyalty Award to the family. Ex-Governor of Antique, Sally Zaldivar Perez received the award for the family.
Guess who came to CPU and gave the award? The President of the Philippines, then Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, honored CPU and the Zaldivar family. The awarding was held at Rose Memorial Auditorium in January 2006.
After the CPU Centennial, the Office of the President proceeded to publish the book titled, “Legacies of Loyalty: Stories of Families Loyal to Central Philippine University“. The book was launched on September 1, 2007 during the Alumni Homecoming Luncheon at Rose Memorial Auditorium.
Of the many CPU publications produced those years, the “Legacies of Loyalty: Stories of Families Loyal to Central Philippine University” is the only book that gained an ISBD or International Standard Bibliographic Description from the National Library of the Philippines.
FOR LIST OF AWARDEES, PLEASE CLICK THIS CENTRALIAN FAMILY LOYALTY AWARDS
Copies of the book, “Legacies of Loyalty: Stories of Families Loyal to Central Philippine University” are available at the Henry Luce III Library.